Friday, 29 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Fancy winning yourself £120 to spend on some stylish summer shoes? I've given my top picks to the peeps over at Sarenza to help celebrate their Crazy Days Sale, and you could buy these, or other shoes up to the value of £120, if you are lucky enough to win. Lots of other lovely bloggers have also picked out their summer must-haves for the Facebook feature too. Head on over to Sarenza's Facebook page to enter and check out all the bloggers' favourites.
I tried to opt for something for work, weekend and evening, so as a sneak peek, here are the shoes I went for...
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Last weekend I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Lovebox with the team promoting the new Puma fragrances (you can find out more about the scents on The Style PA for Men). It was the Friday of the Lovebox Weekender and headlining were Hot Chip who I've been keen on seeing for ages. They were great, but city festivals just aren't loud enough sometimes. They've also got a new album out which I've been listening to on Spotify the past couple of weeks.
The other highlight was a young DJ called Madeon who has made it onto a lot of festival line-ups this year. He's French and started DJing when he was just 11 years old - definitely worth catching if you get the chance. I met lots of fab bloggers and press peeps and had the pleasure of hanging out with the lovely Zozo of The London Lipgloss for most of the day (seen below playing mini golf in the VIP area). She was also lucky enough to win a pair of Hunter wellies in a competition they were running on the day too.
At the end of last month I saw The Noisettes perform at an event for Windows Phone. The Live events they run are always great fun and this was probably the 6th time I's seen Shingai and the band perform live. Her voice is so amazing and she's great at really capturing everyone's attention and getting people involved in the performance. I can't believe they still haven't released a new album yet... come on guys!
Shingai wore an eighties-style jumpsuit along with Louboutin wedges... although she didn't keep them on long. No way you can dance and get crazily energetic within the confines of heels.
I've been using the phone for a while on-and-off and I love the calendar and contacts management on there. It makes me feel really organised. The X-Box gaming section is pretty cool too, plus the sleek design is a bonus. I just can't completely give up my Android... we're too close!
The event was held at one of my favourite venues - Proud Galleries in Camden - which is also just a short walk from my flat!
Tomorrow I'm off to Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, headlined by Rihanna. Watch this space for updates on that. I love festival season!
Thursday, 21 June 2012
The UK beauty market is reportedly now worth £3.4billion a year, and to highlight the massive impact that make-up can have, QVC hosted a beauty catwalk show which they called the 'Facewalk'. The runway event showcased new beauty looks where the room was dark and light was shone just on the faces of the models. Specially designed looks included ‘nu wave’, ‘flower’, ‘geisha’, ‘sky’ and ‘space’. The looks were created using products and brands available through QVC including Jemma Kidd, Bobbi Brown and bareMinerals.
QVC’s event took place at London’s Hospital Club and was curated by leading make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench. What do you reckon, could this idea catch on? Which is your favourite look?
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
Sunday, 17 June 2012
TV presenter and model Zara Martin has designed an exclusive jewellery collection for Made, available at ASOS. The 15-piece range is inspired by Zara’s love of fashion and music, with a rock ‘n’ roll look feel representative of Zara’s own style. Watch the video above to get a feel for the collection.
1 June saw the launch of a new Burberry beauty campaign featuring British models, Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell and Jourdan Dunn and shot by Mario Testino under the direction of Christopher Bailey. The simplicity of the models' faces against the iconic beige macs is really striking. What do you think?
I just had to share this image from shoe brand Bionda Castana because it's just so fun. It was shot by Aaron Tilley and styled by Michelle Hillier. The shoe style pictured is 'Molly', and they would look fabulous with a classic LBD don't you think?
I'm told that Friday was national flip flop day (there's a day for everything now right?!) and if there's one brand that epitomises what flip flops are all about it's Brazilian Havaianas. This week also marked the brand's 50th birthday and I recently got an email with some very revealing facts about just how hugely popular these shoes are, it's quite remarkable.
- 94% of Brazilians own, or have in the past owned, a pair of Havaianas
- In the 1980s, the Federal Government considered Havaianas a basic-goods basket item
- The company has 18,255 employees
- The main factory in Campina Grande, North East Brazil, manufactures over 206 million pairs per year
- 190 million pairs of flip-flops were sold in 2011 - that's 6 a second
- If a consumer wants to buy all Havaianas flip-flop models, print and colour combinations, available he/she would need to buy 454 pairs per year.
- Since its birth, over 4 billion pairs of Havaianas have already been sold. If lined up all together, they would go around the Earth about 40 times.
- Each Portuguese owns 4 pairs of Havaianas on average.
- Each Aussie owns 5 pairs of Havaianas on average.
- Each Brazilian owns 25 pairs of Havaianas on average.
Martini has launched a search to find a new female face of the brand and along for the ride are Christian Louboutin as the international judge and Josephine De La Baume who leads the panel in the UK.
Previous Martini stars include Charlize Theron, Nicollette Sheridan and Monica Bellucci and, the winner of this contest will receive €150,000 (approximately £120,000), 12 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes and a year’s worth of designer outfits. Can I win please?!
The ideal candidate is said to need the qualities of the Martini Royale cocktail using 50% Martini Bianco and 50% Martini Prosecco - 'the right amount of style and, importantly, sparkle' The slogan the winner will be embodying is ‘LUCK IS AN ATTITUDE’.
Any woman over 25 can enter the Martini global casting at www.facebook.com/MARTINI, by uploading a short video describing why they should be the next Martini star. The closing date is 9 July 2012. You'll be up against global competition though, across 25 countries from Brazil to Spain, South Africa to Italy. Christian Louboutin, alongside a high profile judging panel, will choose the successful winning candidate in October 2012.
It's time to start thinking of a great idea to make your video stand out enough to win!
Here's my life in pictures posted via Instagram for the month of May. I'm gonna try and do this every month, it's a fun way to get a feel for what went on. I have concluded that my life revolves too much around food, drink and shoes... but, that's not likely to change any time soon. Leave a comment if you've spotted a place, event or something else that you recognise.