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Show Dry : Harvey Nichols Leeds

‘Gorgeous hair is the best revenge’ – Ivana Trump Have you ever tried blowdrying your hair in a rush before? Yep, me neither. That’s because it just simply isn’t an option. The heavy barrel brush, the difficult angles, the time it takes. I can be at work sat at my desk with a cuppa much quicker by sticking to my usual routine of dangling my hair upside down and swirling my hairdryer around my head for a few minutes. However when my hair reaches pancake levels of flatness by lunchtime let’s just say I’m not having the best hair day of my life. The thing about my hair is I have quite a lot of it but it’s very fine and poker straight so achieving a bit of texture and volume is a big deal for me! Gone are the days of back combing and gallons of Elnette – the future is Kate Middleton hair. Glossy and naturally bouncy, K Mids has revolutionised the Blow Dry and with help from Show Dry it’s a possibility …

Spring Beauty Fix Blogger Event: Victoria Quarter, Leeds

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to attend a taster event for the Victoria Quarter’s Spring Beauty Fix, happening on 25th and 26th April. Myself and the rest of the bloggers enjoyed an evening of beauty bliss from skin-matching tests at Kiehl’s to a make-up session at Illamasqua. Charlotte Tilbury was a personal highlight; their counter in Harvey Nichols is adorned with glamorous spotlights and beautifully displayed products that are truly irresistible and look so sophisticated. I am dying to try out Charlotte’s Magic Cream and I have my eyes on a Colour Chameleon Eye Pencil in Dark Pearl (bring on Payday). Food followed in the form of Afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols’ Espresso Bar; the perfect pitstop to socialise some more and eat yummy sweet and savoury treats topped off with a scone of course! I found out that the Espresso Bar host a film night most Fridays where you are treated to a fashion-related film in the elaborate surroundings of the VQ plus a three course meal all for £30! A bargain when …

70s Boho: New Look 

Saint Laurent, SS15; Alberta Ferreti, SS15; Etro SS15  When a season commits to a revival of a certain era it’s pretty exciting. SS15 has brought back the Seventies: think Woodstock festival, hippies hugging trees and a whole load of suede tasseling. In other words: Boho. Sienna Miller created a ‘boho chic’ phenomenon in the early Noughties however since then it hasn’t had a chance to shine, until now. It’s not the sexiest of trends but it carries a lot of context in its cultural ties. That’s what’s so great about these powerful era-trends. They have a story. It’s embraced by many fashionistas from the cool, androgynous type to the glossy, girly type due to it’s place in our past – it’s part of all our histories. The high street is sure to be a major fan of the 70s trend this summer as it seems to be a trend that easily filters through from catwalk to shop floor. New Look’s summer collection is a shout out to the Seventies, brimming with floppy fedoras, suede A …

Steal her Style: Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung has reached a level of style status that is pretty untouchable. Her career as a fashion icon has progressed into the clique-y realm – you can spot a Chung-ista a mile off. I was looking through old magazines the other day and found a 2008 issue of ELLE with Alexa’s slightly rounder face on the cover. She looked like a Bambi in headlights, fresh to the fashion pages and unknowingly delving into a future life of style appearances and designer Frows. Her hair was cut into a cutely coiffed bob and she hadn’t quite conquered her famous eyeliner cat flick yet. I noticed something familiar though; her clothes. Unlike Victoria Beckham who evolved from Puma to Prada, Chung’s style was there from the starting line and dynamic to say the least. ELLE, April 2008 Whether she’s watching bands perform at Glastonbury or filming for Vogue at London Fashion Week, notes of her individual style are forever apparent as well as being totally interchangeable – she never looks out of place! Her street style …

Topshop Wish List

Ghillie Shoes, £78; Gathered Neck top, £22; Suede A-line skirt, £75; Striped Print Shirt, £42 It’s the last week of Winter and your wardrobe is screaming for some new investments. Topshop is always your best friend when you’re looking to pick up a few statement pieces that will transition you between seasons and instantly update your look. You can pretty much walk into Toppers and spot the top five trends for that season in one corner in the space of a few minutes! That’s why, for me, it will always be my number one high street fashion brand. Nothing can compete when it comes to diversity and trends. Here’s a few pieces from my recent Wish List that I have my eye on… I always stock up on new white tees and tops when Spring arrives as I am constantly wearing them with everything in my S/S wardrobe. Topshop have a great variety of designs. The gathered neck top above is super flattering and girly and will look amazing tucked into high waist jeans or …

The D&G Mamma: Accepted or Archaic?

Long-standing Italian designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, have found themselves at the centre of a social media storm after expressing their somewhat controversial views on same-sex adoption. Following their AW15 collection, ‘Viva La Mamma’, in Milan Fashion Week recently, the design duo spoke to Panorama about their allegiance towards the ‘traditional’ family, in other words a family with a mother and a father, ‘No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed’. When asked if the pair would like to be fathers themselves, Domenico replies, ‘I’m gay, I can not have a child. I believe that we can not have everything in life’. Image: Style.com After creating such a positive and powerful message about the beauty of motherhood in their AW15 collection (featuring a pregnant model, the Spice Girl’s ‘Mama’ song and beautiful bambinos carried down the catwalk) this sudden outburst is honest yet evidently very unexpected by the fashion community. As the article spread, Elton John lashed back at the Italian pair expressing his …

JANUARY FAVOURITES

FASHION  Fashion-wise, January has been a month of Couture ogling and last-minute sale shopping. The SS15 Couture shows arrived and beatified my Instagram feed for a few days. Although the shows don’t inspire me as much as Ready-to-wear, I can’t help but admire the craftsmanship that goes into them. Dior is usually always my favourite and this season was no exception! I really like how Raf Simons ensures that the Couture collection isn’t too far away from RTW in terms of the approach and inspiration. Even though he uses historical influences, his Couture shows still feel modernistic and unlike a collection of replicas. Ultimately, it is the design teams that must be congratulated for these shows as the fine detail that goes into Haute Couture is impeccable and beyond fashion’s expectations. This video tells the story of how Dior Couture SS15 was created from the design rooms to the catwalk. The pure effort that goes into these shows is phenomenal! I loved the cleanliness of the stripes on the pleated skirts in this collection – …