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And the Nominees are…

 The nominations for the Oscars which are to be held on the 27th February were announced yesterday and the Brits done good! The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth has already picked up Best Actor at the Golden Globes earlier this month. The film also received 11 other nods including Best Supporting Actor/Actress for Geoffrey Rush, the king’s speech therapist and Helena Bonham Carter for her role as the king’s wife, making 12 nods in total for the film.

 The Social Network, the film inspired by the debacle over who created Facebook, picked up 8 nods as did Inception the mind bending film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

 Natalie Portman (Black Swan) along with Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) take the pole for Leading Actress. And our very own Amy Adams and Helena Bonham Carter are in the running in best Supporting Actress category.

 For the men Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), James Franco (127 hours) and Jeff Bridges (True Grit) battle it out for the top spot.

Be your own screen scarlet in this fab 50s wrap dress

Be your own screen scarlet in this fab 50s wrap dress

 Here’s the low down of nominations;

  • The King’s Speech – 12
  • True Grit – 10
  • The Social Network – 8
  • Inception – 8
  • The Fighter – 7
  • 127 Hours – 6
  • Black Swan – 5
  • Toy Story 3 – 5
  • The Kids Are All Right – 4
  • Winter’s Bone – 4
  • Alice In Wonderland – 3
  • Biutiful – 3
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – 2
  • How To Train Your Dragon – 2

 And there you have it; all we can do now is wait until the 27th of next month for the results and to ogle the red carpet dresses.

a golden night

 

Get the red carpet look with a glam maxi dress

Get the red carpet look with a glam maxi dress

At the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards last night there was glamour-a-plenty as the stars showed up to see who would leave with an award (or four) and who would be going home empty handed. Usually in this Hollywood award ceremony, us Brits rarely get to bring home a golden statue, but this year Colin Firth scooped Best Actor award for his role as King George VI in The King’s Speech. A very pregnant Natalie Portman took home Best Actress for her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in Black Swan.

 The Social Network picked up four awards in total; Best Motion Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Original Score (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross). The cast of Glee will have been jumping for joy (even more than normal) as they won three awards in the television category. Good news for all you Gleeks out there (that’s short for Glee geek for those who have been living underneath a rock for the past six months).  

  One of the best things about award ceremonies, regardless of who won what, is who wore what. The guys have it easy, they just pop on a (designer) suit, a freshly ironed shirt and a tie and they’re ready to go. For the girls however a little more thought is needed. British actress Amy Adams wore a stunning dark blue floor length gown which complemented her porcelain complexion and red hair perfectly. The Dr. Who star has come a long way but we think she thoroughly deserves a place on the red carpet and we can’t wait to see more from this rising star. Anne Hathaway looked divine in her embellished gown with long sleeves that proves you can still look sexy without flashing the flesh. Catherine Zeta Jones adopted one of the hottest looks for the night, a beautiful emerald green dress.

 Helena Bonham Carter kept things eccentric as always with a layered dress, odd shoes and sunglasses which when worn together gave a distinctive 80’s vibe, whereas, Dame Helen Mirren kept things demure and taught us all a lesson in red carpet dressing. She wore a pale gold embellished dress and some serious bling, we can only hope we look that good at 65. Christina Hendricks didn’t disappoint either and worked the red carpet in a fabulous one shoulder red dress. Red hair, red dress, red lipstick and a red carpet; this look might be too much for some but Hendricks pulled it off perfectly. Natalie Portman looked blooming lovely in her pale pink dress with contrasting red flower embellishment and baby bump.

 Get the Golden Globes look;

  • almost every celeb on the red carpet was carrying a box clutch
  • turn people green with envy in an emerald green dress
  • try a nude embellished dress for the wow factor
  • brush your curled hair to the side for a 50s glam look
  • keep accessories to a minimum, let your dress do the talking
  • don’t disguise your baby bump, show it off with a fab dress

Move over Hendricks, there’s a new girl in town

We couldn’t take our eyes off the gorgeously glamorous Holly Willoughby whilst watching the new series of Dancing On Ice at the weekend. The TV presenter wore a stunning floor length red satin off the shoulder dress which certainly took the focus away from her baby bump. Holly managed to look sexy and glamorous even when pregnant and is an inspiration to expecting mothers and curvaceous girls alike. The show kicked off with 8 of the 16 contestants taking to the ice to show off their skills. Some of the celebs were of course better than others but we’re looking forward to the second show and the rest of the series. After the X-Factor it’s great to have another show to get our teeth into at least whilst the nights are still relatively cold and our post Christmas purse strings are tightly tied.

 The skating novices this series include;

Get the Holly Willoughby look and try a red dress

Get the Holly Willoughby look and try a red dress

Angela Rippon

Chloe Madeley

Craig McLachlan

Dave Vitty

Denise Welsh

Dominic Cork

Elen Rivas

Jeff Brazier

Jennifer Metcalfe

Johnson Beharry VC

Kerry Katona

Laura Hamilton

Nadia Sawalha

Sam Attwater

Steven Arnold

And the appropriately named Vanilla Ice

 All of which have been in training for the past 12 weeks and are keen to prove their skills on the ice. However, Nadia Sawalha and Angela Rippon failed to impress the judges enough to keep them in the show and they were subsequently the first unlucky two to be voted off.

Get Holly’s glamorous look with a figure hugging dress of your own and flaunt those fabulous curves instead of hiding them! And for those of you who thought you couldn’t wear red, think again and go for full on 50’s glamour with eye catching red lips to match. Light blondes, like Holly, look good in bold pillar box red, complete the look with loosely curled hair and keep accessories simple. Our Luxe Linen Dress in red combines a classic shift shape in a bold shade to brighten up your wardrobe. Our other style crush in the form of Christina Hendricks (we do still LOVE her despite the title) proves that red heads can rock the colour too. If you’re wary wearing a bright tone then opt for a red with a hint of pink. This slightly softens the shade and will work well with a pale complexion and red hair by adding extra warmth to the tone. Try our Jersey Wrap Dress in Raspberry which will complement a fair complexion perfectly. If you have dark hair/skin tone you can get away with a much deeper red tone such as burgundy or crimson that might wash out a paler skin tone, as well as being able to rock a bold bright red too. Lucky lady! So don’t shy away, embrace red and the red hot attitude to go with it. Go for all out glamour in this simply gorgeous Sequin Layer Evening Dress with its fabulous fit and beautiful embroidery detailing it’s sure to make heads turn, Willoughby style!

Chic dressing from day to evening

Easy day to evening ideas

Easy day to evening ideas

Day to evening chic has never been so easy with classic tailored pieces that can be glammed up for the night time and accessories that automatically turn an outfit from office appropriate to cocktail bar appropriate in no time! Trousers are going to be your new best friend this season, wear smart in the day with a classic shirt and flat loafers then crank up the glam factor by swapping your flats for heels and your safe shirt for a sheer blouse for the evening. Whether you rock the visible underwear look or wear a cami underneath will depend on the situation and your mood but remember, beautiful underwear was designed to be seen! And if you’ve got it…

Simple outfits work best when making the transition from day to night. Sometimes all it takes is a change of top, the addition of heels or swapping a large handbag for a dainty clutch to get you in the mood for an evening out. A swift change of hair style can also help you to feel more glam as well as a quick top up of make-up, so if you’re planning after work drinks or have a long day ahead of you make sure you take some provisions to freshen up throughout the day!

Jewellery will be your secret weapon for making the transition from day to evening; earrings especially add instant glam to an outfit and are very on trend. An embellished bag or jacket will give your day outfit an uplift, even a change of underwear from a comfortable day bra into a boob boosting cleavage bra will give you an extra little va va voom! Lace, silk and chiffon are great fabrics that work well for day to evening dressing as they give an outfit a more luxurious feel from the start!

This way of dressing is great for those impromptu evenings out or potential hot dates that might crop up throughout the course of the day. We suggest trying;

Day to evening dressing is about keeping your look simple and elegant by adding a few touches you can freshen up your outfit without having to change it. That way you can spend more time enjoying yourself!

Denim rules

Denim Dress by Bravissimo

Denim Dress by Bravissimo

Denim was a huge trend last summer and FYI it’s here to stay for autumn too! So if you didn’t invest in key denim pieces last season, now is the time to do it, but choose carefully…!

  • A simple smart denim jacket will last throughout many seasons but a denim jacket covered in tassels and dangly bits is limited only to those season when the 80s cowboy look is in fashion i.e. not very often! This season go for the Bo-Ho look by wearing your denim jacket over a floaty floral dress, our Paisley Print Dress does just the trick!
  • Denim dresses can be dressed up or dressed down so will form a versatile part of your new season wardrobe. Get the look with our curve flattering button front denim dress; wear it with flat pumps now and with tights, boots and a chunky knit cardigan when the weather gets cooler.
  • A good fitting pair of straight leg jeans will never be far out of fashion. Go for a classic dark wash for a smarter look like our straight leg jeans and in keeping with the classic theme of the season you can’t go wrong with a crisp white shirt to create a smart/casual look, simple but effective! If you prefer a jean with more of a flare however, then make the most of the 70s trend and invest in some flattering flares. The shape of this style of jean will also help to balance out a top heavy figure, opt for a high waist to make the most of your figure and wear with a pussy bow tie silk blouse to complete the 70s vibe!

The general rules when donning denim of any type are to keep it simple, don’t over do the denim theme and make sure your denim is flattering even when worn casual!

End of festival season

As the big UK festivals are over for 2010 we say goodbye to tents, wellies and mud bathing for another year. But if you missed out this year then we suggest you get planning early for next year. Glastonbury 2011 registration has already opened, so get online pronto if you fancy going to the Daddy of the UK festivals! The thing we love the most about festivals is that you get a lot of music for your money and there are certain things that happen at festivals that you wouldn’t experience anywhere else (some good – the atmosphere and the music and some bad – the porter-loos and general hygiene)! We also love the people at festivals, nowhere else in the world would you meet such an incredible number of people who are as into their music as the folk at festivals. But you don’t have to be a music boffin to enjoy a festival, there are also lots of new and up and coming bands filling the stages in between the main acts so you can discover new music too!

Like the idea of a festival but not so sure about the camping side? Then why not try glamping? For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term ‘glamping’ is basically camping with glamour (or glamorous camping). General rules for glamping;

  • Take the biggest tent you can find, or go one step further and invest in a trailer tent (looks like a normal tent from the outside but step inside and find raised sleeping areas and even a cooker)!
  • Take your duvet, Glampers don’t use sleeping bags, they use their best sheets and have proper pillows!
  • Glampers don’t drink cider from plastic cups they drink wine from wine glasses and make cocktails.
  • Skimping out on food is also a no-no, full picnic hampers and crockery are a must!
  • Every effort should also be made to look good this includes make-up, hair and clothing even if it is a little impractical!
  • Paisley Dress

    Paisley Dress

    Glamping is all about having those extra home comforts but there are logistical issues, with all those pillows and posh crockery you might need an extra day just to get things set up so make sure you factor this into your glamping schedule!

    And what about festival dressing?  If you’re a fan of the festival look and don’t want to pack up your floral dresses and Bo-ho inspired pieces just yet then you’re in luck as Bo-ho is a huge trend for autumn/winter too! For the cooler weather, layer a floral maxi dress with jersey tops worn underneath and a light jacket or heavy knitwear cardigan over the top. Team with flat boots or a peep toe wedge to see you through the autumn months. Our paisley print dress will look great with tights and boots in winter and with a jersey top underneath to get the new season Bo-ho layered look just right!

Work wear…

Now that we’re really back in the swing of things, we need a little something to cheer us up. Hopefully our gorgeous new early spring clothing will do just that!

The slinky knit dresses is ideal for comfort and versatility. But for something a little more special, take a look at our

Slinky Knit Dress

Slinky Knit Dress

fabulous animal print wrap dress, which is on trend for this season’s safari look and the figure hugging button up dress. We know just how important comfort and fit is, that’s why our clothing is designed to give you that extra bit of room for your boobs without compromising on style.

If you want to add a bit of glam to your usual work attire, try the jewel trim top. The subtle jewels on the shoulders of this top make for a little bit of work time sparkle.

Stripes are a must this season and are a wardrobe staple that can be worn smart or casual. Our nautical stripe tee will last all season and the red stripe adds an instant colour injection.

The great fine stripe shirt gives a defined waist and its subtle details add femininity without being overly frilly. Great for the office but also great worn with jeans out of business hours too.

To finish off your spring work look, try our all weather trench. Super smart, super flattering and with two colours to choose from, the only other thing you need to decide is navy or stone?