Wednesday, September 30

Music... John Allred

Photograph by Chad Braithwaite
As a fan of new music, I love it when I spontaneously come across a new artist that I love! In this case... I was living in New York and had an urge to listen to U2 - With or Without You ... and I came across a different version instead.

John Allred is a Connecticut-born singer/ songwriter with an amazing voice. I secretly love when bands do covers of songs... but there are some songs I feel shouldn't be covered. I felt this way about With or Without you...that is until I heard John Allred's interpretation!

Have a listen here.


Photograph by Chad Braithwaite

The City

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have spent countless hours this summer re-watching all the re-runs of The City waiting for the new season to start and wishing I had their wardrobe! Luckily, the new season premieres tonight on MTV.

Tuesday, September 29

H&M and... Sonia Rykiel

Fantastic news for fashionistas all over the world; Sonia Rykiel has become the latest designer to collaborate with high street store H&M!

The Parisian design house have joined the likes of Matthew Williamson, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartneyViktor & Rolf and Jimmy Choo to create not one, but two lines for H&M- Winter '09 and Spring 2010. Not only will the lines contain Rykiels' signature knits, but they will also be extended to lingerie and accessories for the first time!

Get your diaries out and clearly mark December 5th - when the first collection will go in store!

Vanity Fair: Penelope Cruz

Let's take a minute to appreciate the beautiful Penelope Cruz on the cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair.

Photographs by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

She looks absolutely stunning and I can't wait to read the interview from the notoriously private Spanish enchantress.

The November issue is out on October 6.

Friday, September 25

Designer Love: Luella - S/S 2010

Luella's Spring/ Summer 2010 collection seems to have suddenly grown up. For the past few years, British designer Luella Bartley's collection has always been very diverse, girly with an edge; multicoloured, buckled, floral... Now she's focused on beautiful silouhettes, cute dresses accenturating your hips...and now my must have piece has become an oversized bow!

As a huge fan of cute, little dresses, I am glad Luella has kept all the shapes cut short and made sure you can emphasize your girly figure and show off your waist! Although her collection seems more proper and lady-like than past collections, she's still kept her usual cool edge by keeping the fabulous colours and adding beautiful shapes, polka dots and distinctive hair pieces!

View the complete collection here.

Wednesday, September 23

Paul Smith for Evian

British Designer, Paul Smith, launched his design of the Evian bottle on Monday 21st September.

It was a star studded event with guests including Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, Paloma Faith, Lady Victoria Hervey and D&G model David Gandy.

The bottle is designed for the festive season (not long until Christmas...), but Paul Smiths' design is miles off from the theme, instead opting for a cool, chic look with his trademark stripes!

The bottle is made from recycled glass and organic ink and is available to buy from Selfridges and Harvey Nichols from October.

Saturday, September 12

The September Issue

The September Issue is finally out. The documentary following legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, is definately one to watch, and I can not wait to get myself to the cinema to witness the behind the scenes making of the biggest issue of the year.

Thursday, September 3

Huge Lips, Skinny Hips!

While living in New York for a few months, working in fashion and hopelessly falling in love with the City, I came across a fantastic range of lipgloss. Lipgloss is something I never leave the house without - it's not a good look having dry, chapped lips. This particular range seems too good to be true...

Purple Lab are proud to give us HUGE LIPS, SKINNY HIPS! I'm so unbelievably excited knowing that a lipgloss doesn't just have to give you fabulous plump lips, but it can also suppress your appetite! Genius.

The lipgloss contain plump-promting Vitamin B3 and the natural appetite suppressant Hoodia and come in 6 flattering colours.

Karen Robinovitz, the Purple Lab Creatix, has named the 6 shades with names designed to inspire; Red Sole, Love Your Thighs, Worship Kate (Moss - a personal fave!), Lychee Martini, Kitty Poledancer and No Panty Lines.

I think this range is fantastic. I know a lot of people can be skeptical when it comes to things like this. Hoodia is widely reported to work well, and although there's only a tiny amount in the lip gloss, maybe not enough for actual effects, I still found myself subconsciously watching what I ate, which could be helped with the slight tingle you feel when you put it on... a gentle reminder, which is exactly what I need! And the colours are gorge!

Unfortunately, the lipgloss aren't available in the UK just yet, but they're available to buy online at Bliss World  and B Glowing