Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tea Dress from Playful Promises

Tea Dress* Playful Promises / Shoes* Barratts

This pretty tea dress is from a brand called Playful Promises. They are primarily known for being a lingerie brand but have recently launched a clothing range which completely embodies the their flirty, vintage and fun branding. I picked this dress as I think it is what suits me best, but there are lots of gorgeous silk blouses and peplum dresses if you can pull the style off. You can't tell from the photos, and it is very cleverly hidden but there's a panel across the dress (just below the bust) which holds everything together, giving structure and a flattering shape to the body, almost like how a corset would. The skirt also starts just above the tummy so this dress does a great job of holding in the part that most women are insecure about, yet hide it under the lovely floaty-ness of the skirt. It's the little things like that which independent shops get right, they care about designing garments that people feel great in. We can trust Playful Promises to make women feel sexy in their clothes! They do specialise in lingerie, after all!

A dress like this needs to be teamed up with some fancy shoes! I've been trying to match these red shoes with my other clothes but nothing goes together as this dress. It must be because it's a vintage-style dress and I immediately want to team it up with 50's style red peep toe shoes! These shoes were a present as I was Barratt's Blogger Of The Week earlier on in the month. If you have a blog and want to be featured, scroll down to the Blogger of The Week page and you will find out how to get in touch with them.

My giveaway for Audrey Hepburn book is now live, I posted it earlier today but if you missed it, you can find it here.

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GIVEAWAY! Win a copy of Audrey: The 60s


Yesterday, I blogged about Audrey: The 60's book and now here is an opportunity for you to win your very own copy of the beautiful book! To read more about the book review blog post, click here. To enter the competition, please read on for how to enter.

You must be a follower of this blog (via Google Friend Connect) to enter the giveaway. This qualifies as the main entry.

There are bonus entries such as following on Twitter, and Like a Facebook page. These are not mandatory entries but they are there if you'd like to increase your chances of winning. We will let Rafflecopter take care of the giveaway entries because it's easy to use and it's simple for everyone to enter, plus they will be selecting the winner at random! This giveaway runs for a week and will end on 6th December 2012. Open to residents of the UK only. The winner will be contacted after the closed date and the prize will be sent from Aurum Press. Good luck! x
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Audrey: The 60's | Book Review



Audrey The 60s* by David Willis - £25.00
www.aurumpress.co.uk

"People associate me with a time when movies were pleasant, when women wore pretty dresses in films and you heard beautiful music. I always love it when people write me and say 'I was having a rotten time and I walked in to the cinema and saw one of your movies and it made such a difference" - Audrey Hepburn

There is no one in the world who doesn't know who Audrey Hepburn is. She found fame in a generation where talented people were quite rightly put on a pedestal. Her image remains strong and true to herself and she is someone that no one has come close to replacing. I admire her elegance and her beauty but I could never put my finger on why I love her so much since she isn't someone who I grew up watching, I wondered why I admired her so much. Was it just a phase? Is Audrey Hepburn a fad? When I was in my early teens, I became interested in 50's and 60's fashion when I learnt of Audrey Hepburn and soon after, all my user names on MSN and hotmail were Hepburn related, and I would google her quotes and put them all over my MSN profile! (Good old days!) Most women, even now, idolise Audrey Hepburn and she will always be idolised for eternity. This book has made me realise what it is that we love about her as a talented actress, a fashion icon, role model and a Hollywood legacy. 

Audrey: The 60's is a truly beautiful and romantic tribute to Hepburn. I think with books like this, it can verge on being a bit cheesy but this book is far from it. Each and every single page is tastefully done with rich, colourful and quality images, inspirational quotes and the book also includes short but sweet anecdotes. If it's even possible, this book elevates her image more so with co-stars, directors, fashion designers, friends and family all gushing with praise and appreciation about how wonderful she was to work with and how charming she was as a person. The sort of charm and feminine elegance that is rare nowadays, I'd imagine, but anyone in the public eye who possesses those qualities probably find it hard to preserve due to shameful paparazzi's and tabloid culture (Kate Middleton and the topless photos, for instance). One of the things that I love is that Audrey Hepburn didn't have to bare skin, do outrageous stunts or reinvent herself every season to draw attention to herself in order for success. Less is more and everyone loved her all the same. As it states in the book, her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer proudly express "She believed in quality and if she still is an icon of style today, it is because she found her look she stayed with throughout her life". 

The book contains photos of behind the scenes and never-before-seen on set of Audrey Hepburn's iconic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Two For The Road and My Fair Lady (and more!). In addition to that, a small part of the book is dedicated to showcasing Hepburn as the well deserved "Style Icon". This is possibly the nicest, most stunning "coffee table" book I own with it's glossy sleeve, and Tiffany-blue coloured hard back covers. I have several fashion books that are equally as stylish but they just remind me of work and university so it can be a bit of a chore to look through them! If you're an Audrey Hepburn fan, I would highly recommend this book (the physical book, not on a kindle or ipad!). Or perhaps you know someone who is a big fan, this would definitely make a gorgeous Christmas present! I wish I could show you more photos but I hope you like the snippets that I am able to reveal. Maybe flick through it next time you're at a book shop and I guarantee you that you'll fall in love with it. Stay tuned for tomorrow as Aurum Press has given me an extra copy to giveaway to one lucky blog reader! I'm so happy about this as I know so many of you are Hepburn fans too and it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy to be able to give something away, especially something as beautiful as this book. 

Image credit as referenced in the publication

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Polka Dot Dress from TopShop


Dress Topshop / Jewellery T:S / Jacket ASOS / Hat Monki

I bought this dress on a whim but I wish I returned it. Anyway, I went out to dinner a few days ago and I wore this dress for the occasion so it's too late to take it back now. I have convinced myself that I'll probably wear it a lot more when the weather is warmer! It creases really easily and I only realised when I took these photos that not only the skirt was creased (front and back), there are also creases on the top front which are less than flattering! God knows how scruffy I'll look after a full day in this dress. That's not a big issue, lots of clothes do that regardless of the price. Nothing the iron couldn't fix! However, the sleeves are not great; every time I lift my arms up I feel the sleeves are going to split! It sounds like such a tedious thing to complain about, I know, but I have such gripe with Topshop clothes when they're not comfortable (Topshop in particular due to their increasing prices - I'm just being petty, really!). I should have worn the dress around the house for a few minutes before removing the tag. A heads up to anyone thinking of purchasing this, it would be best to try it on in the changing rooms - the sleeves thing really annoys me as it's kind of restricting on movement!

Last week, I posted a photo on Instagram of an Audrey Hepburn book and mentioned that I have one copy to give away. Tomorrow I will be blogging about it so if you're an Audrey fan, be sure to come back and check it out! I'm just about to write it up and get images sorted out for the post ready for tomorrow. The giveaway (courtesy of Aurum Press / @AurumPress ) will commence the on following day, Thursday, with hopefully another outfit post to follow depending on the lighting and whether I can get any decent photos taken. The photos above were taken in the evening so had to increase the ISO setting to the highest which makes the images a little fuzzy but never mind! Probably better that the clarity of the image is slightly hindered or you might see those pesky little creases in all it's glory. (scruffy!!)
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Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Cat Face #6


Week 6 of Oscar! Cat photos every Mondays here!

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Lulu Guinness at Jules B








Lulu Guiness at Jules B

Out of everything in the Jules B boutique in Yarm, the Lulu Guinness collection was what caught my eye. I'm a huge fan of bags - shoes I'm not so bothered about - but bags makes me weak at the knees (sort of...). Lulu Guinness bags are known for it's wacky, witty and quirkiness - three things I am not, but I am still completely drawn to these bags because they are cute and different. Items like the Wanda Doll Face Bag is extremely sweet but it isn't something I would wear on a daily basis and it's one of those pieces that may possibly "go out of fashion" very quickly, but I am not a die-hard trend follower and I'm rather frugal these days! Due to the designer price tag, I'd probably opt for something like this classic Black Audrey Doctor's Bag or Annabelle Shoulder bag which would be a good investment, stand the test of time, and would go with everything whether it's day time or evening wear. (Sorry I didn't get a photo of these two bags, I got very distracted by the ones with eyes on them!) 

The quality of these bags (as with all designer bags) are perfect. Immaculately produced with great attention to detail and you do get what you pay for so if you take that step to purchase a designer bag or purse, you know you're paying for perfect quality and craftmanship. Prices on Jules B website start from £44.99 for a card holder and the most expensive bag they stock retails at £624.99. The more I look at the Annabelle Shoulder bag, the more I want it! It's because it's similar to the Mulberry Lily which I've had my eye on for a long time! I'm imagining all the outfits I could wear it with! I better start saving up!

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