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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

Hurry up summer


We need some sunshine!

We need some sunshine!

 We literally cannot wait for the summer and simply cannot stop ourselves from daydreaming about summer dresses, flip-flops and sunglasses. It seems like a million miles away but we’re now in the home stretch to spring, and summer won’t be too far behind. Now there’s summer then there’s the British summer but right now we’d take a day of glorious sunshine, intermittently spread between the odd shower, over a January day anytime! The things we’re looking forward to the most this summer are;

 Floral prints; they were all over the S/S catwalks and have already been spotted on celebs such as woman of the moment Rihanna. However, the pop princess was probably in warmer climates at the time!

 Sunshine; the feeling of the warm sun on our (SPF protected) skin. We’re not quite sure what exactly it is, but there’s something about feeling the heat of the sun on our skin that puts a smile on our face.

 Eating (and drinking) alfresco; we can almost taste that first sip of chilled rosé, almost…

 Walks, picnics and anything else we can enjoy outside; we think we’ve been cooped up indoors for way too long and are hankering after milder weather and lighter nights so we can do more with our days.

 Summer trends; they’re usually lighter brighter and more fun than winter trends, saying that we’re usually lighter, brighter and more fun in summer too! The main themes to look out for are the 70’s, think flares, floaty blouses, bo-ho dresses and of course no 70’s outfit would be complete without a hat. Bold colours, self explanatory but generally the brighter the better. Maxi lengths for both dresses and skirts. Interesting prints, although we doubt we’ll be adopting the fruit print trend. And simple minimalism, a trend we probably will try.

 That summer feeling; we’re aware of the fact that many moan just as much in summer as they do in winter, but for the most of us we tend to feel happier during the summer months. We can’t explain it; we just can’t wait to feel the warm fuzzy feeling of summer again.

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!

Work wear doesn’t have to be boring!

Stylish Work Wear

Stylish Work Wear

Although we are sometimes envious of men for their ability to just throw on a suit, shirt and tie, maybe have a quick shave and leave the house ready for work in the space it takes us to wash our hair, we are grateful for the fact that we can be a little more creative with what we wear for work. Anyway, we can wear suits ourselves and look just as good in them, remember Kate from the last The Apprentice series? She worked the androgynous look so well we were all toying with the idea of tie wearing for work.

Now that it seems the summer has finally arrived, perspiration marks on public transport and all, it’s all the more important to make clever clothing decisions, especially for work. Being comfortable is key, but we also know that many women are more confident when they feel they look good. These great summer pieces should ensure that you keep your cool, whilst looking hot this summer…

- Linen is a great summer fabric, it is light and airy but smart enough for most offices. The luxe linen skirt in chocolate brown makes a great alternative to black. Wear with natural earthy tones for the utility look or keep it simple with a bright white top. Our tailored safari dress also comes in cool linen and will help to keep you on trend in the office this summer.

- The washed cotton dress in khaki is a fantastic basic to have in your wardrobe and can be worn smart for the office or team with funky accessories and flip-flops for the day time.

- Our pebble shift dress and co-ordinating cropped jacket make the perfect two-piece that is modern, on trend and a fabulous fit! Both pieces work well on their own and the dress can be accessorised with your own personal touch by adding your own belt, jacket or corsage. These items will definitely help you to keep your cool at work, but we also appreciate an air-conditioned office!

Tribal Accessories

Tribal Accessorizing

Tribal Accessorizing

Wood + crystal detailing = Glamazon accessories (tribal glamour) that will update your outfit for some high summer fashion. The statement piece this season is earrings; long, dangly, embellished and borderline OTT will get you noticed in the style stakes. This style of earring looks great with short or long hair in an up-do or worn loose and a little shaggy. The great thing about statement earrings is that they can be worn in the day time to add some fashion oomph to your day or work outfit or in the evening for more dressy occasions. However, if you’re not an earrings girl then there are plenty more tribal pieces for you to get your primal teeth into. Bangles have made a come back for summer and once again we are stacking them high on our wrists, just make sure the bangles you choose aren’t too heavy, we like fashionable accessories but we don’t like fashion related strains and injuries! Accessory rules have been broken this season so instead of having everything matchy-matchy we can now clash colours, prints and textures to our heart’s content. If you’re outfit is neutral add a bright but painless colour injection with bold coloured bangles, beads and rings. Necklaces are bigger than ever so make the most by investing in a statement necklace but make sure you stick to one very important accessory rule, statement necklace = no statement earrings and vice versa. This look is tribal chic not walking accessory department! Luckily the tribal trend lends itself to this look of eclectic and oversized pieces that are fun, funky and very fashionable. So even if you’re not sure about the khaki chinos and traveller prints then at least you can adopt the look in accessory form!

What the fashion?!

Every now and then a fashion trend will come along and leave us with open mouths wondering who in their right mind would wear that? Remember winkle pickers, shell suits and jelly shoes?

But fashion isn’t always about wearability, as the catwalks often prove. Fashion can be about having fun with your clothes and experimenting with different looks and styles. Wearing certain clothes can help to make you feel more confident, comfortable or sexier. It’s all about dressing appropriately for each situation.

We can sometimes however, get stuck in a bit of a fashion rut. We get to the point where we know what suits us, what shapes are flattering on our body types and which colours to buy. But why oh why stick to the same old  jeans, empire lines and black? Just because we know that these are flattering doesn’t mean that we can’t try something different every once in a while.

Although, we women have definitely got the long straw, men’s fashion isn’t any where near as fun. We have dresses, skirts, strappy tops, cute cardigans, sexy shoes and tonnes of accessories that men just don’t get to enjoy (apart from David Beckham in THAT sarong). We even have the masculine trend, proving that not only do we have our own fashion trends but that we also look great in men’s style clothing too!

So when it comes to fashion, the only real rule is to enjoy what you wear and don’t feel chained to one style or look, experimentation is key to finding a few brand new looks! And whatever you wear, wear it with confidence. We will all at some point in our lives, look back and ask ‘what was I wearing?’ but that’s half the fun of it!

How To Do…

Long sleeve shirts make a great base layer

Long sleeve shirts make a great base layer

… Layering

The layering trend can be a tricky one to master. However, if done properly the look can be both stylish and practical, as it makes it easy to add or remove layers to suit the ever changing weather, so that you can always keep your cool. We know you Bravissimo girls like to look great and feel confident and comfortable in what you wear so here’s our easy guide to pulling off the layered look…

Colour is important when tackling the layered look. Neutral tones (browns, creams, greys) and black often work best when layering a number of garments, introducing a multitude of colours and patterns will just make the look more difficult to pull off.

Layer both over the top and underneath a garment to create different looks. The key pieces for easy layering are long and short sleeve tee-shirts in a variety of colours, jumpers, cardigans, light weight coats and jackets and accessories. It’s just a question of how you put them together! Here are some ideas to get you started;

  1. Wear a long sleeve plain tee-shirt underneath a top or dress to create an all together different look whilst keeping your arms lovely and warm!
  2. Try to make sure each garment is visible, i.e. when wearing a cardigan under a jacket, wear both open so that each individual piece can be seen.
  3. Try a polo neck underneath a shift dress to keep cosy at the office.
  4. Use accessories to add interest to your layers. A top, cardigan and lightweight jacket (worn open) can be topped off with a waist belt, wrapped around everything including the jacket to define the waist and the bust and bring the outfit together.
  5. Try long sleeve tops under your cropped jacket/coat to add a splash of colour, alternatively long gloves will give an edgier look and keep your hands warm too!