Posts Tagged ‘Fun’
March 14th, 20110
It’s not quite been a week yet but we’re already seriously craving the things we have given up. You may, like us, have eaten enough sugary stuff on Pancake Day to last the whole 46 days of Lent but sometimes denying ourselves something only makes us want it more! That’s why a reward is needed to keep us all going and to give us a light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to.
If you gave up shopping then firstly you’re much stronger than we are here at the Bravissimo office, secondly you might want to think of a reward that you can focus on to keep your motivation up. This will also give you time to think about the things you want to buy and if after 46 days you still can’t get that pair of shoes out of your head then you should treat yourself to them! If the feeling passes however then you’ll know you made the right decision and will have saved yourself a few pounds. Why not treat a loved one too? If you have a friend or family member who really deserves a treat, be it a post Lent treat or not, why not give them a Bravissimo gift voucher? That way they get to choose what they spend it on and you will be known as the kind thoughtful one!
If you’ve decided to give up chocolate, sweet things or other food stuffs that are generally bad for your health then you’ll probably be in the same boat as us (seriously craving them). Why not plan a spa day for some serious post Lent pampering? Not that we need an excuse some for some R&R but not eating chocolate for 46 days is quite a feat and a treat that doesn’t involve making up the calories will be far more rewarding.
Good luck, only another 40 days to go!
March 3rd, 20110
As daffodils start to appear and we count down the days until the clocks go forward and British Summer Time officially begins (27th March) we’re fancying a new do to see in the new season. And boy are there some interesting styles to choose from…
- Colourful; we’ve done the statement colour look with our make-up and even worn clashing colours, or at least attempted to wear more colour with a brightly coloured handbag. But this season it’s all about making a statement with your hair colour. The dip-dye effect has been popular on the catwalk and has filtered down to the main stream with extreme versions (blonde hair with bright pink ends) and less extreme versions (brown hair with blonde highlights in the lower section of hair as opposed to starting from the roots). The most popular full head colour has to be red and we have the fabulous Christina Hendricks to thank for that! So how daring will you be?
- Frizzy crimp; a popular style on the catwalks for spring summer this look works particularly well with the season’s 70s styled hats. If you have naturally curly hair up the volume with hairspray to create a soft wispy finish. Those with straight hair will need to add volume by curling, crimping and even back combing. When worn with a hat the style can afford to be bigger and bolder than normal so that the texture is seen from underneath the brim. Finish the look with this fabulous Scoop Neck Jersey top and bootcut or flared jeans.
- Loose waves; summer style often includes laid back outfits like easy summer dresses and bo-ho styles that are perfectly accentuated by big loose curls or waves. Brunettes can even go for a few subtle highlights to distinguish the texture further.
- Undone bun; the messy up do was another hot look on the catwalk and can be easily achieved by spraying the hair and creating texture before you style. Up dos look great when a dress or top has an interesting neckline as it showcases the detail and doesn’t hide it under layers of hair. We think up dos are underrated as they keep our hair from getting in the way, and don’t require washing and styling everyday, plus this season’s relaxed styles means no need for perfection, hurray for up dos!
February 28th, 20110
The 83rd Academy Awards took place last night at a swanky Hollywood venue and the stars were out in force. Amazingly British film The King’s Speech took home four awards; Colin Firth won yet another Best Actor Award for his trophy cabinet the film also won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The Brits notoriously don’t do that well at the Oscars however Firth and crew proved that with the right film and the right cast, even die hard American film fans cannot deny the sheer brilliance of a film that captured the hearts of film goers everywhere. The States’ interest and intrigue with the Royal family might have helped somewhat with the popularity of the film across the pond but for us it was the sincerity of the performances and the strength of both the fabulous cast and storyline that did it for us
We were also pleased that Natalie Portman won Best Actress for Black Swan as we think the film was stunning and no-one can deny Portman’s dedication to a role. She looked great too in a gorgeous floor length aubergine dress and had that pregnancy glow that no amount of Hollywood make-up can recreate. Christian Bale took home Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fighter and Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress for the same film. Other winners of the evening were The Social Network that won Best Adapted Screenplay and Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Film.
Watching the Oscars made us realise all the great films that we wanted to go and see but never got round to. Why not plan an Oscar night of your own? Get your friends together for a night of film watching, cocktail drinking, glamorous red carpet worthy dresses and then head out for a night on the town. You could get dressed up and go to the cinema or wait until the films come out on DVD and have an Oscar winner’s film marathon of must see films; Black Swan, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, The Fighter and for the big kids, Toy Story 3.
Don’t forget the red carpet worthy dress;
1- The 50s Wrapover dress is simple and elegant, we love it because it can be transformed from day to evening with plenty of jewellery and striking make-up. Wear this dress with high heels, killer arm candy and red lipstick for a glamorous 1950s look.
2- Make a chic statement in the Nock Neck Shift Dress and add a splash of colour to your evening. We think this dress will look fabulous with statement earrings like Natalie Portman’s tassel drop earrings she wore to the Oscars to complement her purple dress.
3- No need for statement jewellery with the Crinkle Chiffon Dress as the embellished hem and sleeves on this dress will do all the talking! Wear with metallic heels and clutch bag.
February 16th, 20110
Celebrating all that is great about British music (with the odd award for international artists) the 2011 Brit Awards took place last night and we take a look at who won what and more importantly, who wore what.
Who won what?
We were very happy that Take That won Best Group, an award they were also nominated for in 1993, however, with the help of Robbie they picked up the very well deserved prize 17 years later! They just keep getting better and we cannot wait for the tour. Mumford and Sons took home the Best Album award and for any of you who have seen them live will understand why, although their performance on the night was quieter than usual, a great band though and one we look forward to seeing more of this year.
Tinie Tempah received two awards; Best British Breakthrough Act and Best Single for ‘Pass Out’. Plan B took home Best British Male Solo Artist and Laura Marling took the female equivalent. If you haven’t heard of Laura Marling we’d describe her as the female version of Mumford and Sons, only there’s just one of her. Jessie J took home Critic’s Choice and the seemingly tough girl showed her soft side with a tearful speech. Cheryl Cole handed the Best International Female Award to Rihanna (there were no surprises there) and Cee Lo Green took the International Award for Best Male. Arcade Fire, a band that have proved to be very popular in the UK won Best International Album and fellow Canadian Justin Beiber scooped Best International Breakthrough Act.
Who wore what?
There were frights as well as delights on the red carpet of the Brit Awards; the frights mainly belonged to Jessie J who appeared in a very short, very shiny green dress and Rihanna who turned up looking like the dolly our Grandma used to have covering the loo roll wearing a very poufy dress. Cheryl Cole kept it glamorous with a sequined backless number and Katherine Jenkins looked simply stunning in her green floral strapless number. Adele looked elegant and classy in a ladylike black dress with beading detail and her performance proved that Britain has got real talent; she was simply stunning in every sense of the word.
Why not take a leaf out of Katherine Jenkin’s book and rock a floral print now. Our Woven Jersey Wrap dress has a jersey top perfect for adding comfort whilst the cotton print skirt will add structure and definition to your silhouette. Or go for full on glamour with the Sequinned Maxi Dress, maxis are big news this season and this dress will add sophistication whether worn on a red carpet or for a glam night out with the girls. For more fabulous dresses for any occasion click here.
February 11th, 20110
Some weeks seem much longer than others and this past week has definitely felt that way but today is Friday and the weekend is almost here. However, this weekend isn’t a normal one as it’s Valentine’s Day on Monday, this particular weekend will be full of swooning couples and packed restaurants. So if you’re not in a relationship or don’t celebrate it here are some alternative things you could do;
1- Escape to the country; it’s the perfect excuse to leave your town or city behind and have a day or two in the great outdoors. It’s just about mild enough now to enjoy a walk, a bike ride or any other outdoor activity without the risk of frost bite. Do be prepared however for the inevitable changing weather conditions.
2- Have a pamper day; we don’t need an excuse for a pampering but think it would be extra well deserved after number 1. So dig out the body scrub, face masks and nail file and treat yourself, it doesn’t have to be an expensive health spa, plus you can wear your own dressing gown at home!
3- Avoid the crowds and shop online; the shops are full of pink fuzzy things, some we’re not even sure what they are, so escape the commerciality and shop online. Why not get your girlfriends together and do some browsing? That way you can keep warm, beat the crowds and build your own wish lists at the Bravissimo site.
4- If you are in a relationship why not turn up the heat in the bathroom and share a bubble bath together? It’s inexpensive and fun but watch out for taps digging into backs and slip hazards to make it romantic evening as opposed to an evening resulting in a trip to A&E.
February 7th, 20110
Whether you’re in a relationship or not, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to indulge in some luxurious lingerie. Here’s our pick of sensational sets to get you in the mood;
1) The Rhea bra by Masquerade is the perfect antidote to the typical red and black themed lingerie that has become popular on Valentine’s Day so you can keep your loved one on their toes with this elegant but sexy set in purple. The soft satin fabric gives a sensual touch whilst the bra’s amazing balconette shape and fantastic support up to a H cup will ensure you feel as good as you look. The extra detailing of lace trim and a heart shaped jewel in the centre of the bra make it a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day.
2) The brand new Sweetheart bra by Bravissimo was designed with love in mind. This stunning white bra with red heart patterning is sexy and feminine we think you’ll want to show it off! Gorgeous lace trim and red bow detailing add to this bra’s attraction, plus the fabulous shape will create a boob boosting effect. Choose from shorts, thong and suspender belt to complete the look.
3) Alternatively you could unleash your wild side with the Cheeky Monkey set from Faubourg. The leopard print fabric and purple trim on this set make it fun and sexy, add suspenders to the thong to create an extra special look.
4) The Starlet bra in scarlet will make you look red hot! This beautiful bra has a half sheer cup with embroidery detailing for a very sexy finish. The same sheer detailing can be found on the matching briefs and thong, wear as a set with matching suspender belt for ultimate effect.
5) Why not try something a little different? The Tiffany Basque by Masquerade in black satin is as sophisticated as it is sexy, wear it underneath a fitted dress or top for a streamlined silhouette or as lingerie with matching briefs and suspender belt to knock his socks off this Valentine’s Day!
February 4th, 20110
Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and so the shops are full to the brim with ‘love’ themed merchandise; cuddly toys, mugs with hearts on and other novelty gifts that are essential in showing that special someone that you care.
If you’re more of an anti-valentine than a love bug however you could make the most of the increasing number of single parties that pop up at this time of year. Or use it as an excuse to get your girlfriends together for a night of glamming up and dancing, whether you’re in a relationship or not. We can sometimes feel awkward if single at this time of year, however, some couples prefer to keep Valentine’s Day more of a low key affair and stay in as opposed to dining in a restaurant surrounded by other couples gushing all over one another.
So if you do have a special someone why not treat them to a home cooked meal, that way you can be as gushy as you wish without putting others off their food. Plus dining in means that you can eat wherever you wish including the bedroom. Ok, so spaghetti on the duvet covers might not be the most romantic thing, but champagne, strawberries and something sweet are less messy and a heck of a lot sexier.
With the money you save by dining in, you could also treat your fella and yourself to some fabulous lingerie and make this Valentine’s Day an excuse to have some fun! So whether you embrace Valentine’s Day with a special someone or rebel against it with your single friends, we hope you have a fabulous weekend and make the most of the extra love that will be in the air on what would otherwise be a very normal Monday.
January 26th, 20110
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.
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.
June 10th, 20100
Festivals are fashionable places, but they’re also muddy, crowded and the fact that you only get a shower if you’re lucky makes it difficult to look your best. The general festival look is funky bo-ho, the kind of look that seems easy but actually takes a fair amount of planning and with limited wardrobe space in your tent, multi-functional pieces for clever dressing are essential.
Thanks to the glorious British weather, most outdoor festivals will become muddy so be prepared for anything, from a little soft ground under foot to full on mud baths! That’s why footwear choices should be sensible, don’t take your favourite pair of sandals as they will inevitably get ruined. Wellies are a good idea especially for UK festivals; however, novelty wellies are out. Instead go for a plain black or green and that way more attention can be paid to your outfit!
What to take;
- Utility style shorts, stylish and practical especially if they have pockets!
- Plenty of vest/tee-shirt tops always come in handy. Vests and strappy tops with integral support are great as you won’t need to take lots of different bras with you.
- A couple of skirts/dresses/playsuits, dresses are an easy throw on outfit and will save space in you bag for other things
- Something warm, we don’t want to sound like your mother, but it does get cold when the sun goes down so a couple of warm layers are essential. Plus a waterproof jacket, light weight layers are usually best.
- A few funky accessories will dress up a casual outfit, the more bangles the better and festivals are great places to get away with more unusual accessories such as hats, head pieces and more eclectic jewellery so don’t be afraid to be bold and try something new!
What to avoid;
- We do love a maxi dress, but they’re just not practical. Great for the city or on the beach or in a park but not great for mud, struggling through crowds of people or frequenting the porter-loos.
- Don’t take anything too expensive, the festival look is somewhat cheap and cheerful so don’t risk loosing your designer sunglasses, I-pod or favourite piece of clothing!
- Try not to take too many clothes as you will probably stick to a couple of pieces of clothing for the majority of the time (that’s why accessories are great, they allow you to change the look of an outfit without changing the whole thing!
Festival must haves;
- Cleansing wipes
- Toilet roll/tissues
- Anti-bacterial hand gel (clever invention)
- Sun cream
- Sunglasses (the more outrageous the better)
- Back pack, hands free handbag, that’s what we’re talking about!
- Dry shampoo and hair accessories to disguise unwashed hair
March 24th, 20100
As well as looking forward to having an extra couple of days off over Easter, we’re also excited to get the family together and enjoy some Easter fun (and food!). It’s a great time of year to get the family round and feast on some scrummy nosh. Not since Christmas have we had everyone round to eat drink and be merry, so its about time we got everyone together again.
As it’s almost spring, the weather is getting better/nights are getting lighter and there’s even more reason to celebrate! If you have young children or will be catering for young children around Easter then why not put together an Easter egg hunt. They’re great fun and will keep the kids entertained for hours (depending on how difficult you make it of course!).
If you’re planning a child free Easter, or your children have grown up, then you could always make the Easter egg hunt more of a challenge by creating cryptic clues and making the prize more interesting. We’re sure friends and family would be more keen to participate if they knew that there was a good bottle of wine at the end of the hunt! Easter is also good to test your baking skills.
With all the chocolate and sweet treats doing the rounds this time of year, no wonder it’s the busiest for home baking too! Cup cakes, buns, scones, hot cross buns there’s plenty to go at and you know what they say, practice makes perfect! Baking is also a fun activity for the whole family and is one of those past times that will always remind us of our own childhoods. Follow these links for recipe ideas and inspiration;