Being an avid reader of fashion magazines and blogs, I often take inspiration from the designers and celebrities featured. Most celebs have stylists so it’s not too difficult for them to get the right look for glitzy premieres and awards ceremonies, but what I find more interesting is seeing how the stars are dressed when they’re off duty, as thier style becomes a little more accessible. Here’s a quick run through a few celebrity muses who rarely get it wrong when it comes to fashion and style in the summer:
Nicoles staple style is very simplistic, often using accessories to highlight a simple outfit. Whether she’s walking the red carpet or popping to the shops, she always manages to look effortlessly stylish.
Rarely seen without her Balenciaga handbag, Vanessa is fast becoming one of Hollywoods top fashion icons. From her trademark floaty mini dresses to her laid back daytime style, her look is accessible and bang on trend.
Kate Moss/Sienna Miller
Although both ladies are style icons in their own right, they both tend to have a very similar summer festival look (which I adore!). They both manage to make even the simplest style arrangements look achingly cool, whether they’re pairing short shorts with boots or effortlessly combining trends into one outfit. Their everyday casual summer style is similar but each of them somehow makes their outfits their own.
Rachel Bilson’s style is very cute and feminine whilst keeping up to date with the latest trends. She always manages to find the right balance between smart and casual, looking effortlessly chic in every situation.
On the 27th June Prince will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the BET Awards, and it’s about time too I say! I can remember watching the video to Alphabet Street as a child and loving it, and seeing as both my parents listened to his music a lot, it didn’t take long for me to develop a serious obsession with The Purple One! Prince’s talent seems to know no ends, from playing almost all the instruments on his recordings to writing and producing his own records, using a variety of vocal styles in his music and putting on a show only rivalled by the likes of Michael Jackson, he truly puts the artists of today to shame. I was lucky enough to see him live (twice!) at the O2 arena in London in 2007 and it was an incredibly flawless performance from start to finish. So here’s to one of the greatest musicians of all time, I can’t think of anyone more deserving!
I’ve noticed a lot of grey shades of nail polish around at the moment, and while I’ll occasionally go for a nude colour for my finger nails, I really prefer more stand out colours, whether it’s neon, pastel or simply black. Luckily I have also noticed a trend in aqua coloured nail polishes, which is a little more my style. I found these gorgeous minty green and turquoise polishes and just had to have them, especially as I have bracelets that match the turquoise colour perfectly!
Fringe never seems far from the front line of fashion, and this year will be no exception. It’s so versatile to wear, whether it’s clothes, bags or even jewellery, there’s a way to incorporate it into your individual style with ease. It’s very simple to customise and update your wardrobe by adding fringe to pretty much any piece of clothing or accessory, whether it’s a piece of trimmed suede fixed onto a pair of old sandals or some stripped cotton sewn onto the neckline of a vest, the sky’s the limit with this trend! I’ve always thought of fringe as a summer trend, teamed with a straw cowboy hat and denim shorts, it’s the perfect festival attire. Personally I’m kinda in lust with the white boots in the collage above, which would go great with this fab brown suede fringed bag that I picked up from Primark last year without risking fringe overkill!
I am a huge Beatles fan, and although I could never even contemplate picking a favourite in terms of musical style and talent, I do appear have a soft spot for the one and only Sir Paul McCartney. I unfortunately did not have the pleasure of seeing this performance at the Isle Of Wight Festival this past weekend first hand, but I still felt a twinge of excitement the first time I watched this footage of Macca belting out Hey Jude. It’s not my favourite Beatles hit, but I have to admit, there’s something about the chorus of na-na-na’s towards the end that get me every time. Perhaps because no matter how many times I hear it, following his trademark simplistic opening style, it catches me off guard as it explodes into a passionate, unexpected climax as a mixture of chanting, percussion and Paul’s famous screams surround me. At the age of 67, he’s proven once again that he can still rock out with the best of them. Sir Paul, I salute you!
I love accessories, but one item that’s never really appealed to me before has been the watch. Sure I’ve worn watches in the past, but I’ve always seen them as more of a necessity (that is now no longer, thanks to mobile phones) rather than a fashion accessory. Until recently that is, as I casually flicked through a magazine and the Toy watches caught my eye. I instantly loved them, the array of fresh, bright colours, the chunky face and the rubbery, snug strap all appealed to me and for the first time, I found myself actually longing for this piece of wrist candy. With prices exceeding the £100 mark, I knew it would be a while until I’d be walking out of a shop with one of those bad boys on my arm, but a stroll down Oxford Street soon led me to a fabulously cheap alternative until I could afford the real thing! At £10 each and in an assortment of colours, New Looks copycat watch was well worth buying to tide me over and curb those Toy cravings for now 😀
[Toy watches at Selfridges.com & New Look watches at newlook.com]
Okay, so it’s more like beads and metal, but I love my costume jewellery none the less! The problem with keeping it in boxes though is it tends to get tangled up, which is no good for someone like me who leaves things to the last minute and has no time to sit around carefully untangling each piece. I moved out of my shared flat at university last year and ever since I’ve had random kitchen objects laying around which have no use for me right now. I decided to use a mug tree to hang my jewellery off of, it’s the perfect height and makes it easy for me to see all my jewellery at once and grab what I want if I’m in a hurry. I also had this beautiful shell which I got when I went to the Bahamas a few years back, and it’s perfect for storing all my earrings and rings in. Problem solved!