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Friday 18 May 2012

The Can Cannes Can!

So, one of my MANY followers managed to get a message through to me regarding the Cannes Red Carpet and like a good blogger I listen to all suggestions. Juliet, your wish, my command…

Lana Del Ray: so what if her live singing has an essence of the Milli Vanilli about it, I still love her album. But the smoking and all the drama (darling) show’s her up as a schoolgirl play acting at being cool rather than a woman optimising it. Nice (if a bit dull) dress though.

Eva Longoria: Like a really stunning version of one of those dollies your Nan used to put over an unsightly toilet roll. There is no denying she does look beautiful, but it was all a little ‘look at me mum, mum! MUM LOOK AT ME!’ in its delivery. Why was she there again?

Diana Kruger: My husband calls this one ‘dead behind the eyes’ and while her passion for life may be called into question her fashion style is spot on pretty much all of the time.  AND she’s dating Pacey from Dawson’s Creek which makes me more than a tad jealous.

Tilda Swinton: I know I go on about her a lot here but I honestly think she has the personality of a soggy bowl of cornflakes and her style is half as stimulating. This isn’t too bad for her and I did see one comment saying 'she looked amazing (as ever!)' but I’m not sure they had mastered standing up straight yet (their sign off was ‘DailyMailReader’) so we can dismiss that out of hand.

Jessica Chastain: WORST DRESSED this pains me as I loved her Oscar’s frock but even if this dress had seen an iron I still don’t think it would have scrubbed up much better.

Jane Fonda: the woman’s 74 and looks like this. Props to Mrs Fonda!

For the first time I couldn't pick 1 BEST DRESSED so I went for two.

Dolores Chaplin: Granddaughter of the legendary Charlie (should have known, oldest Hollywood was in her blood) her Lanvin dress was dramatic without being so in your face.

And Finally Fan Bing-Bing: a little out there but I get the feeling she’s not one to show up anywhere in a two piece and pearls, loving that she went with tradition with just a twist of fashion.

Tell me if I missed anyone you think deserved a mention!

Source getty images


Monday 14 May 2012

20 Years of Fabulous.

Ah Mr Louboutin,

Long have I revered his style and panache and viewing his exhibition at the Design Museum in London is an experience akin to arriving home after a lengthy and tedious journey.

Christian, it seems, was always destined for greatness as anyone that hangs out in the same club as Grace Jones at the age of 13 or bumps into Princess Caroline at a random event is not likely to spend the rest of their days in obscurity.

The exhibition allowed many a first time viewing of one of his shoes with (gasp) a BLACK sole made in 1994 and inspired Google hits to find out how much a Louboutin Barbie would cost (its £100 FYI and exclusive to Net-a-porter). Strangely the exhibition included a pair of shoes from his time at YSL and I wonder if Monsieur Saint Laurent would be as generous in the opposite situation given the current legal wrangling they are both embroiled in.

A particular highlight was the larger than life hologram of Dita Von Teese, doing what she does so well, in jewel encrusted liquid diamond stilettos. The images taken by David Lynch for the fetish collection were also more than a little intriguing (is it wrong that some of those shoes didn’t look so strange to me?)

An unfortunate low point was how aggressive the short, butch and attractively-challenged brogue wearing assistants were, especially when they saw an Iphone. It has yet to be explained why they were pouncing on anyone who seemed to approach a shoe barking ‘No Photographs’! (It’s not as if they were painting that will fade from exposure). One supposes it is due to the fact that they cannot afford the luxury they are surrounded by and therefore use what power they have to feel better about themselves. A shame yes, but not even those little Rottweilers could dampen the mood of the red sole sisters that wandered around their ruler’s life works.

Louboutin has reportedly commented that he does not care if his heels hurt women but I feel this was taken out of context.  Not to sound like a massive kissarse, but I believe it was aimed at celebrating Tina Turner for performing in his shoes for 3 hours straight rather than berating the mere mortals that also purchase his wares.   

Seeing the accumulation of his work all under one roof endears me to the man's genius more than ever and those of us blessed to own a pair of his heels left itching for another slice of the action.  Those that find his prices a little to 5” heel-ish can also celebrate as it has been announced recently he is embarking on a beauty range, the muse of which is said to be Queen Nefertiti.  So your lips can now match your feet as he won’t be charging over £300 for a lipstick… err will he?

All photos taken by Moi - Merci beaucoup!

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Red Carpet Netball Gala

Well, there weren't a great deal of hoops around and not one person had the guts to wear a Wing Defence bib which was disappointing.  However, Monday night's carpet event is apparently known as the most glamorous red carpet of the year (bit of an up yours to the Oscars but there you go!). 

Some of the designers even got to leave their velvet and jewel encrusted cages to walk alongside the starlets and while certain photos seemed to be the embodiment of what happens when Prince Charming leaves Cinderella (who, in her dispair turns to crack and is now being hoared out by Golem), others were stranger still.

Rather than ponder who is walking the carpet with whom and why, I thought it best to share a few that have sparked an inner monologue in my nogin.  Behold...

The Good
My girl Emma Stone pulls off cutesy pie and I'm starting to love Tory Burch’s style, a new favourite may be forming.

Not sure who this girl is but Marion Cotillard has my vote for the best look of the night (Beyonce was just too obvious!)and while I rarely include men in red carpet round ups, for Ed I'll make an exception.


The Bad

Diane Kruger: While this isn't that bad, I’m thinking she didn’t get a +1 and has therefore resorted to hiding Joshua Jackson under her skirt.

 Jessica Alba paid homage to the 80's complete with side sweeped hair and too much lipstick.  I’d probably like her more if the woman did anything other than breed children and wear different coloured pastel jeans for a living.

And the should be committed

Flying the flag for fucked-up dresses when Lady Gaga isn’t around we have Florence Welch in the ghost of a christmas tree.

Sarah J goes all Scarlett O'Hara on us and manages to knock up a dress AND shoes out of her oldcurtains, proof Celebrities shouldn't try austerity..

And finally Mary Kate Olsen, what the heck is up with her?  if this isn't a cry for help I don't know what is.

NB:No photographers were hurt in the process of this blog as no money has been sort for the images

Saturday 5 May 2012

My New Favourite shop

Its official I am old.  I say this for several reasons:
  1. I am now obsessed with feeding birds, which as I remember is something the shawl wears do (remember the old dear in Mary Poppins).
  2. When I go out I don't care how daft I look as long as I'm warm.
  3. I love me a new shop and a good bargain.
This latest one isn't really an age admission, its simply an excuse for me to talk about the fact that my home town has just provided me with a new boutique with which I feel a firm and fabulous friendship is forming (try saying that 5 times fast!).  
Velvet Stool £295
You have your high end high street 'special occasion' shops (Ted Baker, Reiss, Coast etc.) all lovely clothes but for the majority of us not everyday wear.  And you have your bargain basement shops (Primark, H & M Dorothy Perkins etc.) which most of us can afford but you may agree, sometimes the clothes sold aren't made with the most romantic of materials and can fall apart after one spin of the washing cycle.  
Royalty Teabags £7.50
Shell Necklace £12.00

Being a middle sister I have craved a middle ground shop. Quality items that give that shoppers buzz but without a price tag that has you wondering how you'll pay your electricity bill if you buy them.   Oliver Bonas is that shop, the latest on the block that has X factor shopping appeal.
Short Dress £22.00
Like a mini department store, OB sells clothes, furniture and accessories for your home that resemble gifts a friend might bring to you when they return from their travels. Which is exactly how OB got started in 1993.  Now with 32 shops trading across the UK OB has finally come to me and it's not a moment too soon.

Welcome King Oliver, long may you reign...

All Images taken from the Oliver BOnas Website, but as I;m totally biggin' them up I'm thinking they wont mind!
Happily Ever After £95.00
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