Cara Delevigne Hits the Stage with Rita Ora!

Cara and Rita at the DKNY Art Works event
Last night Cara Delevigne took to the stage with gal pal Rita Ora, singing her very own rendition of Ora’s ‘Party and Bull Shit’. Ora was performing for the DKNY Artworks event in South London that Cara was hosting. Both were rocking the sport luxe trend, Ora wearing a DKNY crop top, gold skinny jeans and black snap back, and Cara prancing around in a DKNY zip front jumpsuit and wedged trainers. Cara seemed to quite fancy herself the singer, after not only prying the microphone from Ora, but refusing to give it back! But just look how much fun these girls are having…

Cara and Rita at the DKNY Art Works event

Cara and Rita at the DKNY Art Works event
Cara and Rita at the DKNY Art Works event

Be charmed, stay inspired!x

The Kris Jenner Show

Kris Jenner in the Hollywood Reporter

It seems that it wasn’t enough for Kris Jenner to be the subject of chat show billionaire Oprah’s Next Chapter, now she’s after her job. Kris Jenner is going to be hosting her very own chat show! I am not sure what the general consensus is on Kris, but I am guessing she might not be considered the best of wives -mainly due to the way she treats Bruce and of course her affair(s?). She might not be considered the best of mothers either, mainly due to the fact that has so openly claimed that Kim Kardashian is her favourite daughter and has kind of possibly exploited her children and she might be considered vain and occasionally dress too young for her age, but one thing that cannot be denied is, she does have personality!  I am going to sit on the fence on this one and try not to make any hasty judgements, but I think we might all be pleasantly surprised! 

 

Don’t you just love those pink Valentino shoes?

Read Kris’s article in the Hollywood Reporter

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

Sex and the City – Fifteen Years!

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For those like myself, that were barely even teenagers when Sex and the City graced our TV’s late on a school night on channel four, Sex and the City was a little more special than it was to those of an older generation. Arguably, maybe we should not have been watching Sex and the City at all – after all, it was aired after the watershed – but we all watched Friends and that was pretty harmless, so what made Sex and the City any more special?

Well – it just was, wasn’t it?

For those of us that were in the early years of our secondary school education, we were still trying discover ourselves and work our way around our friendships – many of them new. We were starting to experiment with make up, trying to decide how we wanted to dress, which fashions we wanted to follow and most importantly, we were just starting to realise the opposite sex and getting used to being realised!

At such a young and impressionable age there is no denying it, those of us at the tender age of thirteen or fourteen that were reading Vogue and thinking ourselves as writers, fashionistas or ‘relationship experts’, Sex and the City had a far bigger impact on our adolescence than any parent might like to admit. Throughout the course of our teenage years, from tweenies to late teens, most girlfriend groups will have assigned each in the circle their very own Sex and the City character. Most girls will have emulated at least one of Carrie Bradshaw’s ensembles or referenced her somehow when dressing and most will have compared our own relationship dilemmas or triumphs to either Charlotte, Miranda, Samantha or Carrie (Samantha and Carrie mostly – let’s be honest!)

It’s been fifteen years since Sex and the City first aired on TV and all I can say is, those of us that went through our teenage adolescence with these amazing empowering women to watch each and every week – how lucky are we?

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Be charmed, stay inspired! x

Inspired by the Fashion Spirit of the London Olympics 2012

The perfect way to adorn oneself in the spirit of the London 2012 Summer Olympics…
Inspired by the Olympic Rings...

Floor length skirt
farfetch.com

Tory burch wedge
£185 – shopbop.com

Leaf jewelry
£6.42 – nbcuniversalstore.com

Chanel watch
£5,370 – watchesonnet.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs rubber jewelry
£27 – my-wardrobe.com

Skull jewelry
£200 – cultstatus.com.au

Panacea hardware jewelry
£15 – cusp.com

Mango resin jewelry
£18 – placedestendances.com
Be charmed, stay inspired…x

Kate Middleton Wears McQueen A/W 2011 -Inspired by: The Diamond Jubilee

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Alexander McQueen a/w 2011 at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant… 

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but could there be a better day to make a comeback than on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? The fashion press and bloggers were undoubtedly waiting with bated breath to see what the stunning Kate Middleton would adorn her ever so tiny frame in.  Once again she’s done the nation and the McQueen fashion house proud, shimmering in a striking brilliant red McQueen dress along the Thames against the dull, wet and rainy backdrop, that has unfortunately made the setting for the day. Kate Middleton complimented her red dress with a red Sylvia Fletcher flower embellished hat worn to the right from James Lock and Co.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

This particular McQueen dress is taken from the autumn winter 2011 McQueen collection and has previously been donned by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Tulisa. Admittedly, these are three very different bodies playing three very different roles in society, however the £1,195 knee length red dress looks very royal on the Duchess of Cambridge, whilst quietly nodding…or, more aptly, gently waving towards one of fashion’s key trends with its pleated skirt.

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Kim wears the same red McQueen dress as the Duchess of Cambridge in New York

Google Chrome: Dear Sophie

Google Chrome: Dear Sophie, an Advert by Google 2011.

Because I love this advert just as much as I love Google Chrome!

You almost can’t help but shed a tear.

Be charmed, stay inspired. x

Rihanna wears Alexander McQueen on X Factor

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McQ By Alexander McQueen dress worn by Rihanna on UK X Factor 2011

On Sunday  night Rihanna bounced around the UK X Factor stage wearing beetle crusher shoes and a cutesy Alexander McQueen dress. Admittedly, this may not have been the sexed up performance we would have expected or hoped for from Rihanna.  It was a major contrast to the femme fatale, seductress many of us associate Rihanna with.

The performance didn’t even remotely compare to her previous X Factor appearances, that have seen her under dressed in bra tops and barely there shorts, sculpted in a power shouldered body con dress and sensuous in that full length black dress, cut away from the top of the hip the entire way down the leg, that nearly sucked the voice out of Matt Cardle.

The beetle crusher shoes may be a little way out there for me in terms of fashion, but because I am absolutely all about the collar this season I was excited by the fact that she embellished the Alexander McQueen frock with a perfect pointy collar.  

London Film Festival Concludes

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So, the London Film Festival has concluded. In spirit of this wonderful art form and without the privilege of attending the festival, I had my own little film festival. My festival worked like so: notepad, pen, bed and film…and of course the disapproving boyfriend, who can’t seem to comprehend why I can no longer watch a film without having to scribble in my notepad.

‘I thought you blogged about fashion?’

To be honest…so did I? I do! I blog about anything creative and inspirational… Strangely I seem to have flocked like a moth to a flame, with this whole blogging about film…(but that’s another post for another time).

So, in tone with the London Film Festival I watched a film a night – my intention was to watch all the popular must sees that I haven’t seen or forgotten and those currently dominating the cinemas. So, I started with The Help, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love – which I have blogged about individually, and then I randomly selected a number of  mostly great films, some not worth mentioning at all.

A Stream of Consciousness…

…Inspired by:Kevin Spacey

Ayesha’s Film Festival begun with a number of films starring Kevin Spacey, starting with Iain Softley‘s K-Pax, 2001.  I am yet to watch a Kevin Spacey film that I haven’t found enjoyable. He brings a certain density and texture to his characters and the films I have watched him act in. This ‘tone’ I refer to is particularly prevalent in films like Pay It Forward, in which he stars in with Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt and of course the miraculous American Beauty. In fact it was American Beauty that truly made me recognise my profound respect for Spacey. American Beauty may have also been my introduction and appreciation of REAL film. I suppose it made me realise how intrigued I am by the human condition. After watching the film maybe one hundred times, I wrote my very own terrible screenplay, inspired by the film.

Once discovering my admiration for character driven plot, I went on to explore an endless list of world film. I also watched a selection of other films starring Kevin Spacey, including John Swanbeck’s The Big Kahuna, with Danny DeVito. The film is predominately shot in a hotel room. Spacey and DeVito play two salesmen. The film features some amazing dialogue and a soundtrack that has stuck with me, Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen, ever since I watched it two years ago. In fact…I think The Big Kahuna definitely deserves its own blog post (I’ll get onto that).

I then watched A Time To Kill, with Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L Jackson and Sandra Bullock. This is a particularly important film to me. I discovered it when I was studying To Kill a Mockingbird for my GCSE’s. During the summer of 2000, I watched A Time to Kill possibly twice a day. I dissected the film shot by shot and learnt it line for line…It might be apt here to reveal…if I haven’t already, that I have a particularly addictive personality. Towards the end of my ‘A Time to Kill’ stint, I was just forwarding the film to my favouritse scenes or lines. And many shots of McConaughey’s ripped torso.

Although Kevin Spacey isn’t a protagonist in A Time to Kill, and although each time I watch the film I hate his character more and more, his court room scenes are absolutely spectacular. When an actor can evoke such hate in you, they’re definitely on to something. Naturally, I can’t help be drawn to Spacey for other reasons besides his acting. As an aspiring playwright I am particularly fond of his directorship at The Old Vic and even moreso I respect his ability to remain obscure from the press.

So…I suppose this little stream of consciousness, totally inspired by Kevin Spacey, is my homage to him and all of the films he makes a presence.

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The London Film Festival starts today…

Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetite.

The New Google Chrome – Jamal Edwards Ad

‘The Web is What You Make of It,’ Google.

Saw this and loved it!

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