Frocks Away

I’ve had a request to put together a guide for the best Christmas dresses – as a dutiful blog monkey I’ve obliged.  Now, I should point out from the off start that any dressing guide that I assemble will never be run of the mill party frocks. I try to avoid anything too generic and obvious. I often fail to do this, but it remains my overriding intention. In short, I believe that to stand out rules must be broken.  With that in mind, here’s a selection of my favourite dresses for Christmas parties, I’ve covered the traditional festive red and LBD bases. However, I think white and cream in the winter is a beautiful option that’s guaranteed distinguish one from a sea of black.   Featured image courtesy of Vogue.com

Daytime Disco

I love sequins, each and every shimmering disc has my undying affection. I have irrational fixation on the shamelessly gaudy; it’s an obsessive love that has claimed squatting rights in my heart and refuses to be evicted. My love affair with sequins started when I was very little, it was the 80’s and my parents were frequently attending swanky film industry events. Mum had a dazzling collection of evening dresses that locked into my impressionable subconscious. To this day I’m drawn to anything that sparkles and shines like an moth to a flame. I know that I should opt for sensible, reliable and understated clothes that won’t malt a trail of spangles in my wake, but sequins have a vice like grip on my heart; logic or reason does nothing to shake it off. Rather than […]

The Husband Jumper

I’m not ashamed to say that I have an extensive wardrobe – I’m a savvy shopper and get a lot of amazing bargains on Ebay. However, my husband is continually perplexed by the fact that I raid his clothes when I have so much clobber of my own. I have a weakness for flouncy frocks and skirts, but they need to be contrasted with something manly to ground the look. I love the 50’s flair of this high-waisted skirt from Whistles, but when paired with an ultra girly top it can look rather contrived. To keep the look  modern I’ve styled the statement skirt with a chiffon blouse from Topshop (similar here), my husband’s navy sweater (similar here), over the knee boots from Kurt Geiger and a vintage belt. I never wear an outfit […]

For the love of Shoes

Women love shoes. Well, that’s not entirely true – most women are at least very fond of shoes. It’s a lazy stereotype that I had hoped to avoid, but most cliches are rooted in a grain of truth. In this instance it’s not so much a grain as a whole granary of truth. The reason women love beautiful shoes is regardless of how self-conscious she’s feeling about her body or the relative plainness of her outfit, a killer pair of shoes immediately elevate the look to something special. Speaking for myself, wearing heels never fails to make me feel confident, which is ironic seeing as I frequently stack it in my stillies. However, I’ve been known to trip over my own feet in flats and unimpeded by obstacles of any kind. In short, […]

Charlotte Tilbury: from Youtube to Yourface

I’m a champion procrastinator, I’ve whiled away many an unproductive but happy hour watching videos on YouTube and browsing for vintage clothes on eBay. My favourite videos on Youtube either involve Honey Badgers, full grown men re-creating the conversations of a two-year-old or makeup tutorials.  The plethora of makeup tutorials on YouTube are somewhat hit and miss, however there are some that provide indispensable advice from veteran makeup artists who’ve honed their craft after years of working in the industry. In my opinion, the best ones are by Pixiwoo, Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury. The proliferation of  YouTube tutorials have fundamentally changed the way makeup brands market their products. No longer can brands rely on glossy adverts and pretty packaging to tempt customers to part with their hard earned cash – women want to see the products […]

The Shape of Beauty

I  have a career where I wear many hats.  Whether I’m in actress, writer, producer or stylist mode, I have to get my brain into the appropriate headspace. Alas, these hats are metaphorical as apposed to actual – my headwear collection would rather more impressive otherwise. Having been on both sides of the camera I’ve come to understand a great deal about body issues. A few years back I was booked for a TV commercial for a high profile beauty brand. I was dead chuffed to have been chosen from the dozens of hopefuls; I strolled into the fitting session brimming with confidence. After about an hour of with wardrobe, 15 folks from the ad agency and the director ambled in and sat around critiquing my looks as though I wasn’t there. One […]

Georgia Hardinge: The best designer on the high street

Designer/High Street collaborations have become something of a rite passage for the brands involved. For the designer it’s an acknowledgement that their brand has earned mass appeal that the general public wants to buy into. For the High Street brand  it’s is a way of flexing their fashion muscles, not only displaying the high calibre talent they’ve pulled, but also proving  they have their finger on the zeitgeist’s pulse.  For the shopping public it’s a chance to own clothes by designers whose usual  sky high prices are permanently out of reach. However, oftentimes Designer/High Street collaborations cause a shopping riot that’s not worth the hassle. The recent Isabel Marant for H&M collection sold out in hours and the  store on Kensington High Street had shoppers setting up camping outside the store in freezing temperatures. […]

The hot brand to know about now – Self Portrait

I have an unquenchable thirst for fashion that is rarely sated; it’s a burning preoccupation that needs to be fed with fashion news, new designers and trends. However, even I can suffer from fashion fatigue – there are days when I can’t bear to look clothes or write about new trends. When they do it’s most unsettling, my obsessive sartorial compulsions are what a fuel a lot of my work. However, once in a while a brand comes a long that re-lights the flame and stokes the engine of the my fixation – one such brand is Self Portrait. Founded this year by Central Saint Martin’s graduate Han Chong who is also behind the in-the-know brand Three Floor. I’ve been a fan of Three Floor since its launch in 2011, but Self Portrait […]

How to be a feminist without losing your femininity

I had a conversation in a taxi the other day with a colleague and her friend that sparked off a trail of cantankerous thoughts. The friend of my colleague had been on a lunch date with an potential beau –  they had apparently enjoyed a pleasant meal and when it came to settle up the guy had expected my colleague’s friend to pay for half of the meal. She was outraged. So was my colleague. They asked for my opinion on the matter and, being somewhat vociferous and outspoken (in other words, an insufferable loudmouth) I shared my thoughts in no uncertain terms. My views on the issue are as follows – if a woman expects the rights and pay afforded men, she must behave as an equal. This entails picking up her […]

Cool Yule: Christmas in Bloom

It’s an boring and unoriginal cliche, but Christmas has come round really quickly this year.  I’m well aware that I’m grumbling like a puritanical miserablist, but it seems that  saccharine TV commercials peddling tidings of comfort and joy appear on our screens way before the trees have shed their summer leaves. Despite my dismay at festive advertising shooting its load too early, I’m actually rather fond of Christmas. Hanging out with my family, cooking, decorating the house with twinkling lights are activities that make me very happy indeed.  Added to that is the pleasure of getting to dress up for parties; any excuse for a fancy frock and a cocktail. What I don’t so enjoy so much about christmas dressing how homogenised the ‘Christmas party look’ has become. The afore mentioned cursed festive […]