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Selected Femme

If you haven't heard of this label, brace yourself for a bit of a style stimulus. Denmark's best kept secret Selected Femme is a veritable walk in wardrobe of covetable chic, easy pieces. The epitome of feminine cool SF is where it is currently at for style savvy females in the know. 

 And it is getting bigger. Quietly growing massive in the wings, the power house company Bestseller that is the brains behind this outfit is soaring from fashion strength to strength. Watch this space for a massive flagship store on Oxford Street any time soon and yet most of us have never even heard of it! Like a cool mix of Top Shop and Zara with a bit of sophisticated Banana Republic thrown in Selected Femme is surreptitiously waiting to explode in the UK. Oh and the prices are wildly exciting too. We can all afford it!

 This draped poem dress is one of my favourite pieces. Along with the chila romenesque version below . 

 

Selected Femme poem dress £35 

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Hollywood Hair Colour Splash

Summer bring about pops of colour. This has never been more true. Hollywood is experiencing an insurgence of colour. This has transcended from clothing and accessories to tresses of celebrities. Bold hues of reds, blues and even pink and purples have now taken over. No longer is blonde or brunette the acceptable norm, celebrity hair has taken on a life all its own. One star who has transformed before our very eyes is non other than Nicki Minaj. Her locks are filled with personality and exude the brightest colours a bottle of die or wig has to offer. Minaj has gone from black, to blue, to pink, to platinum blonde, to red, to green and even animal print. She shows the world that your hair can match any outfit, or mood. The bold colours are just the start. Nicki Minaj hair texture evolves with the change of hue. Poofy pink afros quickly become curly blue waves. 

Hollywood Colorwheel by sugarnstyle-visuals featuring eye makeup 

Not to be out done is the lovely Katy Perry. Her lovely locks have seen pinkish purple and most recently a bright blue. Some women cut their hair after a breakup, its fair to assume that color gives the same liberation. Not to say that Perry’s hair is a result of her recent split from hubby Russell. Katy Perry has never been cookie cutter, and her hair colour follows suit.

Rihanna is the epitomie of celebrity love for coloured hair. The bajan native came unto the music scene rocking long loose brown curls. Over the years her hair has transistioned with her music. Brown is so three albums ago. Riri went through the rocker chick jet black, bright fiery red and now rocks a washed out blonde with black roots.

Its apparent bold hair colour is the new form of expression. Celebrity hair colour exudes their own unique personality and style. No need for a tatoo to stand out, a good bottle of hair dye or funky wig will do the trick.

 
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A shot of Banana Republic

[Please note the links have been removed as these products are no longer available- they are for inspiration only.]

Banana Republic always hits the spot with its easy chic casuals and great work wear.  Accessibly luxurious, BR is where I head for a fashion hit when I’ve had a month that makes net-a-porter look like a dangerous place to be perusing. Particularly if I was not thinking of a re-mortgage.

Meanwhile breezing into BR feels only marginally like skating on thin ice, but just about justifiable. And if I fail to stick to the strictly research purposes only mantra that I adopt at the door the resulting damage will at least not be seizure inducing.

I am currently considering, sorry researching, this dress in soft chambray cotton. Perfect for weekend hanging out when you feel like wearing something other than jeans but want to look super laid back. Seriously effortless  (spray tan for the legs aside) grab this quick whilst it stays in the sale and keep your fingers crossed that the sun starts to shine.

Chambray dress

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The entire buzz about Illuminum Pefumes!

Kate Middleton’s wedding day was to prove to be an event that sparked luck for many people around the world. Among these were Illuminum Pefumes. White Gardenia Petals Vaporizor Perfume was the perfume of choice for Kate on her big day. As the world received this information, there was much hype surrounding the line of fragrance. Kate Middleton was indeed the brands ticket to international acclaim. Illuminum Pefumes is a London-based brand. The popularity that the brand received led them to venture out into the US. Previously, Illuminum Pefumes were not available at any store in the US. The line of fragrance could only be ordered online via the retailer luckyscent.com. You can find these stocked in the US at the Henri Bendel store. There will be only a limited stock available and will include the one wore by Kate Middleton- White Gardenia Petals Vaporizor Perfume. You can purchase a bottle of White Gardenia Petals Vaporizor Perfume for around $150. White Gardenia Petals Vaporizor Perfume is all about the scent of flowers. It mixes together the fragrance from different leaves of flowers. These include Gardenia, Muguet and Jasmine. The perfume is fit for a bride since it parallels the beautiful scent of white flowers from a bride’s bouquet. Henri Bendel store will also be stocked with other fragrances of the same brand. It will also be carrying its very special “haute perfumes”.  The great thing about this unique line of perfumes is that they are long lasting. Once put on, the scent of the perfumes will last up to 16 hours.

Many celebrities have excellent things to say about the brand. They are full of praises of its unique scents. President of Henri Bendel, Chris Fiore, instantly fell in love with the brand when he visited their shop at Dover Street.  The founder of this line of perfumes is Michael Boadi. He previously founded the line Boadicea, The Victorious. Boadicea has always earned a lot of cash for the store and so the owners are looking forward to introducing his latest line of fragrance. They have full of confidence in the success of their business venture. Aside from perfumes, you can also find scented candles and aromorizars. You can purchase car or home aromorizers. The candles and aromorizars smell equally good and leave you in a state of calm and tranquility. Those outside the US and UK can purchase these through the stores online website.

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Lady Gaga launched New Perfume

Lady Gaga is known for always being full of surprises. She never stops at reinvented herself.  It’s not only her style that she plays around with but also her business ventures. She never stops short of coming up with new and innovative ideas. She has previously ventured out into the world of fashion. She launched a fashion line for children that have been very popular. The fashion line for the kids is called Gaga Goo Goo. It has designed out of the ordinary styles for kids.  Her venture into fashion has been with her sister, Natali Germanotta.  Natali Germanotta is a young fashion designer growing with each passing year.

Her recent venture has been the launch of a new perfume. There was a lot of speculation surrounding her latest venture. This idea had been in the running for almost two years now. It is after a long time that it will be reaching its fulfillment.  Initially it was rumored that the name of her perfume would be Monster. However, it has recently been revealed that in reality the name of the much awaited fragrance would be “Fame”. She let her fans know this detail through a social media website. The name is quite befitting if we take into account the success of the Queen of Music.  Now there is just a few more months of waiting that needs to be done. The perfume Fame is all set to be introduced into the market in September. Back in 2010 Lady Gaga had described the perfume in peculiar terms. She has said that it would carry the scent of blood and semen. However, now she has denied that and has revealed the true smell of the perfume. It will consist of the scent of many natural ingredients combined. These include honey drops, saffron, apricot and Tiger Orchidia. The description given by Lady Gaga in a tweet has sure left all of us intrigued. The Perfume would resemble a thick black liquid. But once sprayed it will become invisible. In this sense it will parallel the style of Lady Gaga, which like the perfume is out of the ordinary, Lady Gaga has said that Fame will be like “a beautiful prospect with a dark heart”.  The bottle has been designed by Nick Knight. Nick Knight had been the director of Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The advertisement for Fame has been directed by another man who has also previously worked closely with Gaga, Steven Klein. Steven Klein was the man behind the “Alejandro” music video.

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Hang the budget Dior watch

Hang the budget Dior watch

Fuse function and fantasy with this dream on Dior watch. Guaranteed to get your second hand ticking, as it were, wear it to remind yourself that a watch is not just a watch and that time really is money. But whilst we are on watch related clichés what better way could there possibly be to experience time on your hands? And money leaving your pocket.

You could gaze at it and stroke it a bit and generally love it up all day and still not get tired of it. Like men do with watches and we would more usually, under normal circumstances, do with Victoria Beckham dresses or a mulberry handbag.  Until now.

Actually I have never spent anything over £50 on a watch. I am more of a shoes girl,but this watch ( which to anyone not otherwise watch minded is clearly not a watch at all in the sense of a watch, more a piece of to die for, investment seducing sex inspiring jewellery in disguise)  could change all that forever.

It is possibly the most beautiful thing made by man that I have ever seen in my life.  Encrusted with  diamonds and red sapphire crystal inserts you can practically justify the expense on the basis that you will mourn for ever if you don't have it.  And if you do have it you will wear it forever instead. Always a pre-requisite for an investment purchase which is the only way this eye wateringly expensive watch can be described.

 

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Hunter boots - how to achieve that elusive glamour girl look whilst splashing through puddles

A fusion of style and sensibility these are the rubber equivalents of Jimmy Choos.  No country fashionista's wardrobe is complete without a pair and with festival season coming up fast your very own Hunters are a must-have too.

Achingly cool in an unlikely kind of a way for footwear made out of moulded rubber, who can forget Kate Moss working hers with a pair of cut offs and glamorously mud splattered legs at Glastonbury, causing an unprecedented rush on countrywear retailers across the UK? Because as with the best style setters, where Kate goes the rest of us follow, keeping our fingers and toes crossed that we too can step out looking like goddesses in the combination of practically no clothes and a pair of wellington boots.  

And it is not only us non celbs who try to emulate the fashion forward Miss Moss. The list of Hunter crazy females reads like a Who's Who of Hello, with the uber fab Lily Allen and groove chick Pixie Lott amongst them. Everybody loves Hunters. 

But fashion aside for a quick moment with mother, as a bit of a country puss myself I can lay testament to their enduring comfort and fit. Unsurpassed in the world of wellies, Hunters have this gloriously soft spongy interior, fitting your feet like a sensuously padded glove. And they go on for years and years. Durable as, um, tyres.  

So which do we love best? I particularly adore the black argyle with its red top edging.  Imagine how gorgeous these would look rocking at V teamed with a pair of hotpants and in my case a bit of airbrushing. Or for a deeply country girl kind of a look you could go for the originals in green, edged up with some black coated skinny jeans for maximum sex appeal. Alternatively I am loving the fuschia pink version for a hit of this season's candy coloured cool. 

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Choosing the Perfect Swimsuit for Summer in 2015

Summer 2015 is promising to be one of the hottest, so its time to put on your favourite swimsuit and head to the nearest pool or beach. Don’t have a favourite swimsuit, not sure which one to choose, well I am here to help. It’s as easy as two steps to have you looking your best poolside. First and most important when choosing the perfect swimsuit is cut. The basic types are the one piece, the tankini, the bikini and the monokini. Don’t be scared that most of those rhyme with "teeny". There are a variety of swimsuits that will suit your body type and shape.

Have a few "trouble areas" or sections you'd rather cover up? Don’t only focus on hiding imperfections; highlighting your assets is just as important in choosing the right swimwear.

For gals who want to minimize the tummy, choose a one piece with ruching around that area. A ruched swimsuit with a push up bra will hide your tummy, and draw attention to your girls. If you want a little more coverage down below, pick a swimsuit with a skirted bottom. Choose a cute tankini with a skirt, or a one piece with a skirt. Go ahead, loose the wrap and step out in confidence.

If you have no trouble zones and just want to show some skin, bikinis now are sexier than ever, low cut hipsters and side tie bottoms are all cute. Monokinis will give you that sexy backless effect, so dare to bare...a little bit more.

Choosing the perfect swimsuit is not all about cut. Colour is just as important. Use my tips and tricks to pick the best cut, and then have fun with colour. Mix and match colours, try a turquoise bandeau top, with a hot pink bottom for your next bikini. Tribal and ethnic prints make any monokini pop. And forget that "black is slimming" for all your swimsuits. Pick your favourite colour and pattern, red, bright yellow, or polka dot.

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Red Dresses for this Summer : Weddings or Special Occasions

Amazon SELL Dresses !This is the colour that is chosen by brides to be choose for their bridesmaids, with the right sheen it looks fabulous. These are some of the best red dresses we saw online currently as a round up for you to get inspired.

 OK too flashy and don't want to outdo the bride dresses co uk has very good price for this safer dress.

Was in coast today and these 2 caught my eye..

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Maybe better to go for a 14 inch laptop as the best size ?

[Please note this is an old blog post now and laptops and technology have moved on so please treat any information as old]

From my recent blog on the best 15 inch laptops out there I was talking with a colleague Henrick and he raised the question as to why I was looking at 15 inches. In Asia 14 inch and sometimes 13 inch are more popular - they love stuff small and cute in Japan for example. But here the 15 inch has dominated main stream laptop sales and for me this has also been the size laptop I have looked at in the past.HP Envy Spectre 14 xt

Thanks to CNET for the image

 I did have a serious consideration 4 years ago on the subject but the 15 inch won out.  This is the laptop I have now the dell 1530 XPS which is due for replacement as the screen is having freezing issues depending on the opening and closing movement (hinge) a slight adjustment gets rid of the green slime and all is well. Its also running the rubbish Vista. It will last me out until windows 8 perhaps later this year and the arrival of the Ivy Bridge 3rd gen Intel processors which should be much better for battery consumption. At the time I went for the 15 inch version and didn't regret it. I have perhaps watched 50 movies in 4 years and could be argued that a 14 inch might have been ok to do this as well. The display is a very important consideration for me. In todays market so long as I can connect to a big flat screen then working on a 14 inch laptop (usually sharing the same keyboard) should offer advantages giving up few of the disadvanages. Im actually tapping this out using a Samsung notepad an 11 inch N120 and it is fun for a short time to work on this. I think I would be fine full time with a 14inch machine, some 13 inch machines cram 14 inch worth of resolution into them but I would not go this low.So thanks Henrick for muddying the water and giving me a whole new bunch of machines to compare ! I am finding myself looking at the smaller siblings of the same machines found in my 15 inch laptop reviews. Namely Dells XPS 14z, the HP Envy 14 and the Samsung Series 5, 7 and 9's.The display becomes more critical for me so for these what are the resolutions for these ?Dell 14z - A dissapointing 1366 by 768

HP Envy 14 Spectre1600-by-900 (What I want) but the RAM is just 4GB preventing me from going for it !

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Automotive India Funnies

Please share these around and enjoy a world less serious.

 

Lads are just a bit different in India ! Le Beouf Touch

 

Sports seat included. Easy Access Self Cooling Engine !!!

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Primark is a zoo and Plastic Fantastic Shoes

If you like your fashion so much so that you are buying it so often and throwing it away after a few wears out then you probably find Primark a great place. Its a zoo in their Oxford Street store with all ages sexes though mostly younger females doing the rounds. You see I think its about the feeling of buying something and that new smell. It goes so fast you need to get back in there tuesday evening to find the next fix.

You can buy plastic shoes that fit the bill of value and fashion. I'm not fully against such low priced items provided they are not sweat shop fabricated but this is another story and a complex one. Lets just see the side of fun for the moment and the colours of spring into summer. You see these shoes could be fabricated by moulding them and there isn't a stitch in sight.

Its the new UK punk style !

 

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Me Before You Book Review– Jojo Moyes

I chose this book to read thinking it was just a usual ‘chick lit’ book. I’ve been embroiled in the urban fantasy genre for a couple of years now and just fancied a good old fashioned love story to get lost in, but what I actually got was quite the opposite, an anti- love story if you will.

We first meet 26 year old Lou Clark as her boss decides to close down the café where she’s worked for the past 6 years, leaving her jobless and skill less. We follow her to interviews with Syed her jobcentre advisor who packs her off to menial jobs in a chicken factory and fast food restaurants, which she hates. Syed becomes so frustrated with her, that he suggests jobs in lap dancing and pole dancing clubs! Finally he sends her on an interview for a carer’s role, for which she makes sure there would be no ‘arse wiping’ involved. Much to her surprise she’s offered the job of carer to ex city high – flyer Will Traynor, who through a cruel twist of fate had been mown down by a motorcyclist whilst crossing a London street two years previously. Now quadriplegic with very limited movement in one arm, Will is suicidal and cantankerous 

What follows is a painful and poignant story of Lou’s desperate attempt at making Will’s life worth living again. Whilst she may fail at that, what she actually succeeds in accomplishing is learning to love herself and make her own life worth living again.This is so far my book of the year, and I will definitely be reading further titles by Jojo Moyes. She’s an extremely talented writer who manages to write very rounded, if not always likeable ‘real’ characters; a rare oddity in today’s book market. A brave story that is well researched, I was beside myself with grief at the end of the book, and it’s been a long times since a book has provoked such an emotional journey in me.

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Katy Perry Moves On from Russell Brand

Katy Perry is getting on with her life in the wake of her separation from actor Russell Brand. The 27-year-old singer hosted the GiveLove charity benefit at the opening of 1 Oak nightclub in Las Vegas. Perry tweeted about the charity, which benefits Haiti, writing, “Happy to be supporting my best friend @MDMOLINARI & his j.molinari jewelry w/all my other besties in #VEGAS for a great cause @GiveLoveOrg.” It is her first official U.S. appearance since 36-year-old Brand filed divorce papers and ended their marriage.The former couple was married for 14 months, and in that period showed themselves to be in a committed and stable relationship. Perry is best known for her music with hit songs such as, “I Kissed A Girl” and “California Girls.” Brand is known for being a comedian, singer, actor, author, and for his history of sex and substance abuse. Brand is now sober and has starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.
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Anger Management for Halle Berry's Ex

 

Gabriel Aubry has agreed to attend anger management classes after being investigated for child endangerment by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Aubry met with the department Friday of last week after an alleged scuffle took place with his daughter’s nanny.The 36-year-old model, who has a three-year-old daughter named Nahla with actress Halle Berry, is alleged to have pushed his daughter’s nanny while she was holding the toddler. Aubry has denied pushing or laying hands on the nanny. Although 45-year-old Berry has gone to court to have a restraining order put on Aubry, as well as asking for full-custody to be granted to her, a judgement will not be made until Monday. Berry and Aubry have been to court multiple times since their separation in 2010, battling custody issues. It is rumored that Berry and her boyfriend, 46-year-old actor Olivier Martinez, became engaged in January, but the couple has not confirmed the engagement.
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Rihanna is a Thug

 Everybody might have an opinion about Rihanna’s new tattoo, but the only person whose opinion could possibly matter is no longer living. The 23-year-old singer got the words “Thug Life” tattooed in pink on her knuckles as a tribute to the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who had the same words tattooed across his abdomen. Tupac was killed in Las Vegas in 1996 when Rihanna was seven-years-old. The singer tweeted a photo of her new tattoo yesterday, and included the hashtag #THUGLIFE with accompanying twitter posts. At one point she tweeted, “Err'body has an opinion, but yall know what yall can do with them!!!” She also tweeted a picture, taken the same day, of the tattoo artist adding a tattoo on her back, but she did not show the actual tattoo. Rihanna is known for her edgy fashion style, many tattoos, and provocative songs. In November, 2011, she released her sixth album, “Talk That Talk.”  
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Actress Demi Moore Back in Rehab

 

Actress Demi Moore is back in the news, and this time she is rumored to have checked into rehab for substance abuse problems. The 49-year-old actress, whose recent pictures show her looking thin and frail, claims to be entering rehab to treat her exhaustion. However, after being taken to the hospital in an ambulance early this week, many think she could be struggling with anorexia or drugs. This past November, Moore confirmed that her marriage to actor Ashton Kutcher had ended. She had been married to the 33-year-old actor for six years. Moore has also dropped out of the film Lovelace, in which she was set to play legendary feminist Gloria Steinem  based on the life of porn actress Linda Lovelace. The actress has a history of substance abuse, and received treatment at a rehab during the 1985 movie St. Elmo’s Fire. Her mother also battled addiction throughout her life.
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Did Jim Carrey’s Daughter Received Special Treatment?

Jane Carrey was just another American Idol hopeful, but unlike other contestants she may have had a little help with her auditions. Rumors are circulating that Carrey did not have to wait in line like the other singers, but instead made an appointment for her audition.

Carrey, the 24-year-old daughter of actor and comedian Jim Carrey and his first wife Melissa Womer, sang Bonnie Raitt’s song, “Something to Talk About.” Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson, American Idol’s three judges, were impressed with her vocals and passed her on to the next round in Hollywood. During her audition Carrey talked about the difficulty of being a celebrity child, and having to prove her talent, in spite of her upbringing. In addition Lopez remembered having known her as a young child during her time with her father on In Living Color.Although there is talk of special treatment, the review of her singing and American Idol audition has been positive.
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Tracy Morgan Rushed to Hospital

Tracy Morgan, actor and comedian, passed out at the Sundance Film Festival where he was being honored with an award at the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards. Shorty after his acceptance speech the 43-year-old actor was rushed to the hospital, and while hospital officials gave no other causes, they denied alcohol or drugs being found in his system. Earlier today Morgan tweeted, “Superman ran into a little kryptonite. The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn.” His spokesman, Lewis Kay, also released a statement blaming the altitude and exhaustion for Morgan’s collapse. In a separate tweet Morgan thanked the hospital staff for the care he received. Morgan is best known as the character Tracy Jordan on the show 30 Rock and his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live. His latest film Predisposed will be premiering at the Sundance Festival this Friday.
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It's a Girl for Actors Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard and actor Seth Gabel, gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, January 19. Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel, weighed eight pounds six ounces at birth, according to a Saturday posting on Twitter made by proud grandfather and actor, producer, director Ron Howard. Gabel and Howard were married in 2006, and the couple has a four-year-old son named Theo. Howard has been open in sharing her experience with postpartum depression following the birth of her son. News of the couple’s second pregnancy came out in May, and in August Howard shared with Jay Leno that her son had predicted he was going to big brother to a little sister. She recently starred in the movies, The Help and the Twilight series. Gabel plays the role of Lincoln Lee on the television show Fringe. Many celebrities were quick to respond on Twitter, posting congratulations for the couple on their new family addition.
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