Met Gala 2018: Best and Worst Dressed

Last night the Costume Institute sanctified its love of fashion as presented this years Met Gala.

The theme was: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

“Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, the show was presented in a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at the Cloisters.”

Crosses, veils, mitres, all things religious were in full display. Alongside that it was a display of figures, as celebrities battle it out to showcase what God had given them.

Some went all out with the theme in mind, whilst others simply failed to present any resemblance or similarity to the chosen theme.

Let’s take a look at my best and worst dressed from the 2018 Met Gala ball.

Best Dressed

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Rhianna stole the show, wearing Maison Margiela by John Galliano. A true ode to the Catholic religion, this heavily embellished gown with matching Mitre was an absolute show stopper.

Although the dress is not screaming the theme, super model Gigi Hadid, wows in a two tone one-shoulder-cut-out floor length gown with thigh-high split.

In a gorgeous rich blood red velvet, Priyanka Chopra’s gold head and shoulder jewel detailing looked every inch elegantly and sophisticated.

Taking the theme and Catholic religion with full seriousness, Cara Delevingne and Greta Gerwig kept it classic with black.

With contrasting criss-cross lacing and solid black panels, Cara not only fulfilled the theme’s brief with a nod to the Catholic religion, but she perfectly displayed her fine figure.

An ode to a Catholic sister, with cuffed bell sleeves in contrasting cream material and plain black chiffon dress with a cinched waist, Greta nailed the theme.

Stepping out with Shawn Mendes and confirming their relationship, Hailey Baldwin looked sensational in a drop-shoulder, bustier fit and flare pale pearl dress with a full skirt and thigh-high split.

Topping her look with a diamond encrusted crown, Hailee Steinfeld looked regal in a satin cream dress with diamond detailing. Tousled bed head curls, layered necklaces and a dark red lip sealed this look as a winner.

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In classic a gold figure-skimming, floor length gown, with embellished cross details, Kim Kardashian wore Versace. Keeping hair and makeup smokey and sleek, her body and dress did all the talking. Another killer look from Mrs KKW.

Worst Dressed

Poor Cardi B, Rhianna stole the show and your look! Whilst it may seem great minds think alike, the simplicity of her dress has won the hearts. Whilst Moschino was on the right tracks, the final look is all a little too pomp and circumstance. Less is always more.

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Jeremy Scott and Cardi B wearing Moschino.

It’s strange how Versace can wear such a stunning gown for Kim Kardashian, yet make Katy Perry look ridiculous. Sarah Jessica Parker however, needs to think again about the choice of designer. Whereas other celebs pulled this look off in an elegant manner, the yellow gold and giant red hearts chosen just look tacky.

Whilst I understand the concept of Ariana Grande’s dress – having cherubs and angels printed on the fabric – the final look is not executed well. Amal Clooney however, it might be a beautiful dress, just doesn’t fit the theme. Another ball perhaps.

It seems the other two sisters from the Kardashian-Jenner clan didn’t get the theme memo! Whilst both Kylie and Kendall look amazing in their black vs white ensembles – I fail to see the theme envisioned anywhere on their outfits.

(All images have been taken from British Vogue )

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The Ideal Work Wear for the Summer, Come Rain or Shine

Hot sweaty tube rides? Cool, air conditioned offices? Cool summer breeze at lunchtime? As Britain had it’s first wave of sunshine last week, it can be a real challenge planning an outfit for work when there are so many weather conditions to consider. Here is a selection of perfect every-day office wear outfits.

The colours of summer are soft, powder blue and vibrant, bold red.


Steal of the Season

ZARA wins the steal of the season with this comfortable and stylist pleated dress.

An ideal length for the office, hitting at the knee, this versatile dress can be worn bare legged or over jeans or culottes. Vertical thin stripes elongate the body and with three alternating colour-ways, suitable for all skin variations.

Team with a pair of box white fresh trainers, chunky black ankle boots or court shoes for the boardroom meeting. A bargain under £10.

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ZARA – Multicoloured Pleated Dress – £9.99

Mini, Midi, Maxi

Dress are an ideal way to keep cool and perfect layering. The wrap dress is especially a favourite this season. Working well for small to bigger busts, nipping you in at the waist and flowing delicately over curves.

Featuring v-neck openings, choose floral patterning and opposite colour beading to create hour glass illusions.

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Newlook – Bright Blue Tie Front Flutter Sleeve Dress – £24.99, River Island – Yellow Floral Frill Tie Waist Wrap Midi Dress – £60.00, Topshop – Piped Kimono Maxi Dress by Glamorous Tall – £40.00

Trousers

Loose wide fitting trousers are great to keep you cool if you’re not willing to bare all and get your legs out. From soft silks to light linen, this season we’re seeing soft florals, statement colours and thick paper bag tie waists.

Choose a wide strap plain top, or a oversized t-shirt tucked in one side at the waist. Trainers are a great choice or sandals for a summery feel.

 

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Mango – Satin Palazzo Trousers – £49.99, Bershka – Linen Paperbag Culottes – £25.99, ZARA – Wide Leg Linen Trousers – £29.99

Shirts and Blouses

A cooler alternative to a t-shirt, loose fitting oversized shirts are a great way to stay protected in the sun but not over heat. Opt for lighter blues, pinks and whites. Stripes are a definite must!

Cute floral frills and wrap around blouses are a pretty alternative to pair with cut off denim jeans. Embroidery and lace are also popular choices, pick white as your base colour to reflect the sun and pretty florals to decorate. Wear tucked into a denim skirt and add sandals.

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H&M – Oversized Shirt – £17.99, Nobody’s Child – Red Rose Ditsy Wrap Top – £20.00, Topshop – Linear Floral Ruffle Blouse – £29.99

Skirts

If you fancy giving your legs a little air, don’t be afraid to wear a skirt – length appropriate of course. The top three skirt trends are pleats, longline denim and body con.

A pleated skirt provides soft lines and makes a beautiful addition to the spring summer season. Many fall at the knee or below, making it a great piece for all body shapes. Add a pair of ballet shoes or strappy heels for the ultimate feminine look. Go bold with trainers and a boxy tee.

Denim skirts are a wardrobe staple and an essential item you need for your summer work wear. Make sure you choose a skirt that is an appropriate length and opt for structured styles in darker shades, without rips or frays for a smarter look.

Need to be comfortable and cool? The midi body con skirt is the ultimate piece. If you’re worried about sweating pick darker colours. Team with a denim jacket and you’re good to go.

 

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Boohoo – Neave Crepe Pleated Midi Skirt – £20.00, Warehouse – Patch Pocket Denim Skirt – £32.00, Prettylittlething – Red Side Tape Midi Skirt – £ 15.00

 

All images are copyright of the owners – all images have been taken from the brands websites. Prices and availability are subject to publishing date. No endorsements of brands have been taken. 

Top Tunes of the Week!

This week the women have the power. Five amazing artists with equally incredible music, taking us is different directions.

Carlie Hanson – Only One

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Apparently we’re all going to be “obsessed” with Carlie Hanson soon. An independent singer, she first came into the spotlight last year, when she released the single “Why Did You Lie?” – delivering a certain darkness and confidence topped with catchy lyrics.

This year she’s back. Only One is a collaboration with Carlie’s writing partner Dale Anthoni, an LA based writer and Canadian duo House Of Wolf. The song is apparently about a person who she tried to trust, but wasn’t loyal. Relatable.


King Princess – 1950

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The young talent form Brooklyn, King Princess turned down her first record deal at aged 11. Named as a musical prodigy, her single 1950 explores the experience of unrequited love through queerness, with King Princess singing and playing every instrument on the track.


 

Anne-Marie – 2002

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With the release of Anne-Marie’s long awaited debut album Speak Your Mind dropping this week, the British pop star is back with her new single 2002, co-written with Ed Sheeran.

“‘2002’ is a breezy, guitar driven, laidback pop tune on which Anne-Marie reminisces about a crush she had in her early teenage years.” A Bit of Pop Music


Ashnikko – Blow

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Making a huge introduction last year with her debut EP Sass Pancakes, the now London-based American artist returns with a new found confidence with her brand new track Blow.

Her independent attitude remains fierce and even more focussed than previously. The single is ignited with her in-your-face rhymes, laced with messages of female empowerment.

“The song starts with ‘Take it off and show them how much you want it’, which is poking fun at the culture of women being exploited in music. I’m tired of being brainwashed that my body is my biggest asset. And it’s me saying to myself that I will never exploit myself in a way that doesn’t empower me, I will try to stay authentic. Me having my tits out is my choice, I’ll do it if I feel like it.” Ashnikko 


 

All images have been taken directly from Google.

5 Great Podcasts to Get Hooked On

How do you spend your morning commute? What do you do on your lunch break? Or perhaps you fancy a change from the office radio.

Dive into five great podcasts that will grip you from the very first second. Laced with humour, gripping facts or darkest evidence, give the following a listen!


Guys we f@#ked

GUYS WE F@#KED is a weekly self-produced podcast, produced by New York City-based stand-up comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson. The episodes see the two friends interview men they’ve slept with, titans in the comedy and sex industry, as well as discussing sexual taboos. Their aim? To create a sex-positive environment for their million plus listeners worldwide.

Serial

Where was Hae Min Lee for 21 minutes after school one day, before she was murdered in 1999?

SERIAL is a podcast that examines the death twenty-year-old murder case in intense detail. Sarah Keonig, the show’s host, discovered that the trial covered up a far more complicated story than the jury – or the public – ever got to hear. She makes it her mission to unveil to find answers.

Dear Sugars

“The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick.” DEAR SUGARS is the radical empathetic advice show hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond.

This podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers the best options to move forward and heal.

Who

Who even is Millie Bobby Brown? Ever wanted the low-down on A-Z list celebrities?

WHO is an essential podcast to decipher everything you need to know about pop culture’s greatest (and not-so-greatest) Whos and Thems.

 

Flash Forward

Mass famine! The end of coffee! World economic collapse! What would happen if honey bees went extinct? And how likely is a honeybee extinction anyway?

FLASH FORWARD is a podcast about the future. Each episode the possible (and not so possible) future scenarios are discussed in great depths. Super fascinating.

 

Hottest Sunglasses for This Summer

As the daylight hours gradually get longer, hopefully the sun will be shining bright. One of the best accessories for summer are sunglasses. With styles taking you back to the 90s and sending you to the future, here are the best on-trend sunglasses you can buy.

Mini

The arrival of teeny-tiny sunglasses, in a variety of peculiar shapes and colours have become hugely popular both on and off the catwalk.

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Left, top to bottom: Le Specs, Revolve Kendall + Kylie, Quay. Right, top to bottom: Pared, Taylor Morris, Farfetch Saint Laurent.

Maxi

Whilst the Kardashians opt for little lenses, some of us have facial proportions that require oversized frames. The classic maxi is back, but with edgier and softer shapes to suit all faces.

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Left, top to bottom: Diff Eyewear, Pared, Le Specs. Right, top to bottom: Netaporter Rejina Pyo, Farfetch Celine, Sunglassesshop.co.uk Rayban.

Hardware

The industrial futurism is a new style of sunglasses. Chunky soft seventies styles and bold lines will define your face.

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Left, top to bottom: Topshop Quay, MyTheresa Acne Studios, Netaporter Dolce & Gabbana. Right, top to bottom: Illesteva, Chimi Eyewear, MyTheresa Saint Laurent.

Bejewelled and bejazzled

From assorted sparkling incarnations to glittering pineapples, for the wilder and bolder woman there is an abundance of aesthetic sunglasses.

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Left, top to bottom: Alan Mikli, Farfetch Moschino, Netaporter Freda Banana. Right, top to bottom: MyTheresa Gucci, Farfetch Jimmy Choo, Farfetch Saint Laurent.

All images are taken from the website linked, some sunglasses are taken from the brands SS18 collection look book and may not be available to purchase yet. 

Reserved: Review and Top Picks

After literally stumbling into Reserved’s Oxford Street store to take refuge from the snow,  this was the first time I had ever heard, been or shopped with this brand.

A Polish born brand, their flagship opened on Oxford Street just last year. Noticeably European, the huge variety of clothes available to purchase is outstanding.

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Black and white stripe jumpsuit £39.99, green bag £24.99, earrings £2.99, oversized parka £44.99, t-shirt £5.99, mom jeans £19.99, heel sandals £24.99.

Customer Service

Considering there was loads of staff floating around, not many of them seemed to be working. Having to wait in a mile long queue at the tills to see a handful of employees standing around chatting – wasn’t too impressed. However – when in the changing rooms, I did request another size of trousers and the employee happily obliged to find me a pair.

Online Experience and Delivery

The website isn’t that easy to navigate around, and the filters are really basic. Disclaimer: I have not ordered any items from online and had them delivered to store or home. 

Range and Variety

There is also too much range and it’s a little confusing as to what their USP really is. With a wide range of basics, to smart office wear and even borderline ‘fashwun’ items, it’s no wonder it’s popular with every customer.

Pricing

Again, like their range their pricing varies too! From basic t-shirts cost a couple of quid to  offering coats with wool nearing one hundred pounds.

Sizing and Quality

Their sizing is true to fit and you pay for the quality. Cheap t-shirts, cheap quality.

Overall Rating – Good, but need more experience shopping there.

 

8 Luxe Activewear Brands You Need to Know About

It’s time to make a fitness fashion statement. 

Summer is just round the corner and what better way to amp up your motivation with some new activewear. Pretty pastels, striking colourful prints and technical cuts will not only make you look and feel good, but will improve fitness performance. Here are my top 8 luxe activewear brands that you need to add into your basket, right now.

Varley

Originally from USA, this brand is widely available online from Fashercise, The Sports Edit, and Active In Style to name a few alongside Varley direct. Their collections are a fusion of California active lifestyle and London’s cosmopolitan elegance.

NO KA’OI

“A high-fashion activewear experience,” NO KA’OI is inspired by “the powerful energy of Hawaii” captured with Italy’s superior design heritage. It’s foundations lies within the spirit of yoga, but see the transition from class to cafe and beyond. Their designs are totally ‘fashwun’ with super-fluorescent detailing, eye catching patterns and daring metallics that with turn heads no matter what compromising position yoga gets you in.

Olympia Activewear

Quality fitwear blended with sports chic, Olympia Activewear is for the minimalists who like their moves to do the talking. Timeless and beautiful cuts, natural colour palettes and versatile fabrics, they should be your go to gym brand if you’re after discretion.

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1 Varley, 2. Varley, 3. Lucas Hugh, 4. Olympia Activewear, 5. Tribe Sports, 6. The Sports Edit, 7. Tribe Sports, 8. NO KA’OI

Tribe Sports

With their aim to bring you “the ultimate running kit,” Tribe Sports do not compromise on style, comfort or technique when it comes to crafting their clothes. Their collection may be small, but their quality excellent. Using the latest technology, from “anatomical engineering, to flat seaming, lazer cutting and bonding technology” they guarantee the perfect fit and wear. Some pieces may be pricey, but worth it if your committed to your sport.

Lucas Hugh

“Designed for the woman who does not want to compromise on performance or style,”  the London born and bred Lucas Hugh sportswear, carries energy and sophistication beyond the gym. Bold investment pieces for those wanting to make a statement, married with high performance cuts ensure that nothing will stop you from performing your best.


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1 ASOS 4045, 2. Lucas Hugh, 3. NO KA’OI, 4. PE. Nation, 5. PE. Nation, 6. Tribe Sports, 7. Alo Yoga

ASOS

Watch out – “the online fashion giant just gave you one less excuse to get moving.” Following the company’s “More Reasons To Move” campaign, ASOS have just launched their 4045 activewear range for both men and women. With a range of rainbow-coloured prints and textures, every piece is made from high-performance fabrics as well the latest technology to ensure you get the very best for your fitness gear. All in one yoga outfits, reflective detailing on running jackets and even the odd item of ski gear is what you can find amongst this collection.

PE. Nation

Perhaps my favourite luxe activewear brand, PE. Nation oozes coolness. Described as “the ultimate activewear concept,” the brand – established in Sydney – has made an epic impact here. Technical activewear, retro-inspired streetwear, additional denim capsules and international collaborations in the pipeline, this brand will be reaching new heights.

It’s understated, urban style meets uncompromising performance wear.

Alo Yoga

Inspired to make the “best yoga clothing in the world,” Alo Yoga is for all the ‘yogis’ out there. Boasting the ‘more toes on the mat movement,’ their innovative cuts and designs, sculpt, lift and supports you during your downward dog.


(All images are copyright of their original owners. Product images have been taken from the brands website.)