BAFTA’s – Helen’s Winners and Losers

Posted on February 22, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

2009 was a miserable year economically and 2010 doesn’t seem to be shaping up to be much better. Luckily, us mere mortals still can revel in the glamour of awards ceremonies – like the BAFTAs!!

If you’re looking to recreate some red carpet glamour but don’t have a deep enough wallet, I’ve found this red maxi dress from Goddiva. No promises on whether the dress suits all figures as when you buy cheaper clothes, you know that you are taking a gamble on the fabric and the precise cut – will it suit your unique figure?

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Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh, Girls Aloud singer made a fashion clanger in my eyes. She had what was potentially a very eye-catching and lovely dress, she turned it into a calamitous ensemble with that strange fluffy thing draped over her shoulders.

The result?

Fashion critics saying she looked like a lampshade!

The dress undoubtedly took some poor soul hours to make, but the end effect was fussy. You can’t possibly be overstated at the BAFTAs, this is as high end as celebrity fashion goes! The ordinary people like you and me would look positively overdressed at a ball in a dress like this. Kimberley’s choice was a brave one, I just feel she didn’t quite pull it off. Commiserations.

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Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson certainly should know a thing or two about pure Hollywood glamour! Born of the Redgrave acting dynasty, I expect she and members have her family have been down the red carpet more than anyone! Joely’s dark blue dress is perfect for the BAFTAs, a beautiful dark blue that shimmers when the light catches it. The fabric clinics in all the right places showing off her shapely silhouette.

Because of the ‘bling’ on her shoulders, she doesn’t need a necklace so she can show off her enviable decolletage. Here is one actress who is hanging on to her looks very well and does not appear to be overdoing cosmetic treatments, unlike Angelina Jolie who despite being 10 years her junior, has become scrawny, sinewy and frankly, a little strange to look at.

If you’re looking to recreate Joely Richardson’s glamourous look on a smaller scale, check out Max Studio UK for designer dresses. There are still some sale items left!

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Colour in dress? Whatever next?!

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

The dress in versatile... but a bit strange...

A new dress by designer fashion designer Berber Soepboer and graphic designer Michiel Schuurman has been a talking point in the office today.

Priced at £250, the dress is effectively a ‘paint by numbers’ exercise. Wearers can colour in the spaces and change the look of their dress when they feel like it.

The dress is a great shape and should be flattering for pear-shaped girls, provide a bit of shape for skinny girls and hold in girls who are carrying a little bit of extra weight.

Whilst this is an imaginative and creative way of letting fashion lovers make their dress unique, I can’t help but feel that after a couple of wears, you’ll get bored of colouring the bits in and the dress will look really cheap and tacky!

The girls in the office agree, this dress is a lot of money for most ‘normal’ people so when you’re spending 1/4 of your month’s wages on one item of clothing, you want something beautiful – and complete!

The colour is on-trend and the shape is flattering for most – perfect!
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Jazz up winter outfits with make up

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

This is a coat. Fashionistas and normal people alike all wear coats in the winter as the cold weather dictates that if one wishes to not develop hypothermia, one ought to wear a coat. Whilst the model in the picture looks unconcerned about the temperature, in the real world, she would have the buttons done up if she were shopping on a cold Saturday afternoon.

Luckily, the model is wearing a wool coat from Max Studio. The coat is made from heavy wool and is also fully lined so keeping warm is not a problem. But girls who like to stay stylish in the winter often run into the same problem time and again – how can you jazz up a coat and dazzle whilst in a crowd of people?

There are three answers to this:

  • Choose a garish colour coat. The danger with this is that it doesn’t really match any of your other clothes if you decide to undo the buttons but not take the item off once you go indoors. On second thoughts, maybe this isn’t such a great idea!
  • You could wear  a brooch. Brooches are no longer for grannies and elderly aunts but costume jewellery appears to have become the surprise fashion accessory of the late noughties
  • Wear make up that  makes a statement by choosing bright lippies or eye shadows

Personally, I go for choosing more distinct looks in the winter to stand out from everybody else!

How to put on red lipstick successfully

  • Put all your other make up on first. If you are opting for bright lips, make sure your eye make up is understated (unless you want to look like an extra from Moulin Rouge!)  Keep eye make up to mascara and a tiny bit of eyeliner on the inside of your eye lid.
  • Even out skin tone with a lovely light foundation (I like No7 and the Body Shop’s effort) and using a sponge, lightly brush it over your lips too to form a base. If you put some loose powder over the foundation, keep it light otherwise you will literally look caked in make up.
  • From the cupid’s bow at the top of your lips, apply lip liner that is the same or similar colour to your lip stick around the natural edge of your lips. Don’t try and make your lips look bigger by drawing on the outside of your lips as you will look ridiculous.
  • Apply a moisture-rich red lippie (I like Rimmel’s ‘Alarm’ as it is so, so bright!)
  • If you have a ‘setting’ lip gloss to keep the colour in place, by all means, feel free to use it. Clear gloss can make lips look stunning but can spread across your face easily.


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Ladies boots – a wardrobe staple!

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

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Knee-high boots are fantastic for the colder days

Now that we are truly into autumn and moving into winter, all ladies out there need to consider their daily footwear choices.

Sandals are no longer suitable for keeping your tootsies warm and cosy but you still need something you can wear with literally anything. The answer is of course, knee-high boots.

I’ve found a gorgeous pair of knee-high boots from Max Studio. They’re not cheap at £175 but they really are an investment piece that you will be able to wear for years to come. Absolutely exquisite, they are going on my Christmas list!

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