Best Dressed September 2013

September is undoubtedly the month for all things fashion! New York Fashion week kicked off with a celebrity studded bang closely followed by London and Paris Fashion Weeks. While all eyes were on the runway and the coveted front row seats, the after parties displayed some elegant and interesting styles. GQ magazine hosted their Men of the year awards in London on September 3rd.Gorgeous men in impeccable suits, a great way to kick off the month! The Emmy Awards kicked off the first of a six month long red-carpet award season, which I covered in my post “Fashion Fix The Emmy Awards”. There was even a celebrity wedding this month when Millie Macintosh wed rapper beau Professor Green.  Film premieres, publicity tours, press events and more meant this month was jam packed with great outfits.

Here are my picks for best dressed.

Dynamic Duos 

Kate Middleton Prince William Tusk event 2013 september

The worlds most talked about couple Kate and William, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, steeped out in style at The Tusk Foundation Gala on September 12th. Kate displayed her post-baby-George-figure in a stunning sequined Jenny Packham gown as William looked smart in his tuxedo.

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl  NYFW 2013 and Moncler Opening Paris

Fashionista Olivia Palermo and boyfriend Johannes Huebl looked every inch the stylish couple as they took their front row seats at New York Fashion Week shows and attended the Moncler opening in Paris. Look at those shoes!!

Cheryl Cole Kimberly Walsh Robin Thicke Paula Patton

Cheryl Cole looked beautiful in a rose print red sheer dress as she supported Kimberly Walsh at her London book launch. Robin Thicke supported wife Paula Patton on the red carpet  fora her film premiere on September 26th.

Millie Mackintosh Professor Green Wedding Picture

Millie Mackintosh and Rapper Professor Green looked picture perfect as they said “I Do” on September 10th. Millie wore vintage Alice Temperly but kept her hair young in a braided updo.

Casual Chicas

Mollie King Selena Gomez

Twenty one year old Selena Gomez worked black skinny jeans and a black leather top which she accessorised with a box monochrome bag and sunglasses as she arrived at Kiss FM in London. Mollie King also wore black skinnies paired with a horse print top as she landed back in the UK.

Olivia Palermo Katherine Webb

There was no stopping Olivia Palermo this month as she kept it casual at Paris Fashion week. Olivia paired her blue jeans with a white top and red shoes.Sports illustrated model Katherine Webb also took her casual style to the airport. Isn’t her hair amazing!?

Black is the Colour

Michelle Dockery Roise Huntington Whitely Miranda Kerr

Michelle Dockery attended the HBO Emmy after party on September 22nd in a black sequenced blouson number. Rosie Huntington Whitley kept her head down and legs out as she left a London Fashion Week after party on September 17th. Model Miranda Kerr makes it onto the best dressed list again this month for this sheer lace dress that she wore to the Madmoiselle C premiere.

Print it Out

scarlet johanssen julia Roberts Michelle Dockery

Newly engaged Scarlett Johansson donned this spotted sweet heart dress while Julia Roberts displayed her legs in this red swirled dress with sleeves at the Toronto Film Festival. Michelle Dockery is here again enjoyed her trip to New York as she attended the Carolina Herrera show wearing autumns hottest colour, blue.

Don’t Forget the Fellas

Jake Gyllenhaal David Gandy Eddie Redmayne Justin Timberlake

Jake Gyllenhaal stepped out in New York after his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel live. Not sure about those dirty shoes though, Jake. David Gandy looked super sophisticated at the GQ awards as did Eddie Redmayne and music mogul Justin Timberlake.

Pink, Gold and Black

Mollie Sims Alison Williams

Model Mollie Sims stunned in this gold sparkling Marchesa mini in New York on September 12th.  Girls star Alison Williams rocked the black, brown and white trend at NYFW.

Jessica Alba Joanne Frogatt Kimberly Walsh

Jessica Alba stepped out in a pink ballerina style skirt with a long sleeved cropped jumper. Downton Abbey starlett, Joanne Frogatt looked gorgeous and girlie at the Venice Film Festival photo call for Life Stills on September 4th. Kimberly Walsh also wore a jumper skirt combo as she promoted her new book at Morrisons.

Let me know who was your favourite!

 

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It’s Time For: Wimbledon

Rackets at the ready please!

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Summer is officially in full swing now that Wimbledon has hit our television screens.  (Yes, I know, terrible tennis puns are unnecessary.) Coverage from the prestigious All English Lawn Tennis  Club for the next two weeks will focus on world class players, the underdogs, shock early exits, which this week included Rafael Nadal, celebrity spectators and of course,  strawberries and cream.

Nadal bows out of Wimbledon. Naomi Campbell pays a visit

Nadal bows out of Wimbledon Early. Naomi Campbell, Mollie King, Pippa and Jmes Middleton and Michelle Dockery all enjoy the Action on court

Nadal bows out of Wimbledon Early. Naomi Campbell, Mollie King, Pippa and Jmes Middleton and Michelle Dockery all enjoy the Action on court

Last year after my final exams, myself and two of my friends headed over to London for a mini holiday. On the third day of our trip we decided to hop on the tube and head out to Wimbledon. The tennis club is about a fifteen/twenty minute walk from the tube station so be prepared. Along the way there were Evian reps giving out free water and companies distributing free strawberries and cream sweets, which were delicious! For those of you who planning to go to Wimbledon on a whim, here is what to expect.

Queues, Queues and More Queues    

If you don’t have tickets, try to get there as early as possible. When we arrived at the “No Ticket” gate around 10 am we were greeted by a not so friendly young blonde attendant. She informed us that it was “cash ONLY” from here on in. The nearest ATM was a good walk away so make sure to have cash with you. None the less, there is a great queuing system in place. The attendants even handed us a “Guide to Queuing”!  The queue begins at the edge of a field and curves right the way round. Eventually, after you walk up and down the field numerous times you reach another entrance.  Naively we thought that this was the entrance to the grounds.  This point sees the beginning of a long walk up to the grounds.  Along the way there are more freebies including sweets, juice and water. We were also reminded numerous times that it was indeed, cash only. After two hours of queuing we reached the security checks.

Top L-R, Queues to enter the grounds, Campers setting up for the next day. Bottom Entrance to the Grounds

Top L-R, Queues to enter the grounds, Campers setting up for the next day. Bottom Entrance to the Grounds

Note: The free blister patches we were given further back were not allowed in. After a quick climb up the stairs we were finally there. It was worth the wait!

Tickets and Where To Go

Once you begin to see the roof of centre court and the exclusive roof dining areas the boring queuing atmosphere dissolves and the buzz of Wimbledon replaces it. The ticket office wizz you right through.  Once leaving the ticket area you are free to roam the glorious grounds, including gift shops where you can buy, towels, programmes, hats, even used balls. Naturally we headed straight for strawberries and cream stand, which were surprisingly cheap at £2.50 each. Strawberries at Wimbledon

Henman Hill has a great atmosphere if you’re interested in watching the games on centre court. There are multiple courts that you can view games without tickets but if you want a seat you need to be there early.

Top, The View from Henman Hill. Bottom, one of the courts

Top, The View from Henman Hill. Bottom, one of the courts

What to Bring With You

As we were completely unprepared for our outing I’ve compiled a list of a few essentials that I wish I had brought with me.

  • An Umbrella, a Light Coat, Sun cream and Sunglasses. The weather is always unpredictable so I would highly advise preparing for all eventualities. When we were queuing to get into the grounds it was cloudy and quite cold. Once we reached the courts the sun was splitting the rocks. Later on in the day it began to drizzle. Typical English summertime weather!
  • A blanket, drinks and food. If you haven’t got a ticket it’s most likely you will be on the Hill watching the action. We regretted not having brought a picnic with us and a blanket of sorts to sit on. The grass can be quite damp up there. While there are benches they’re usually full. There is no more free water once you get inside. You can buy food inside but if you have a good spot, you won’t want to leave it. Food also comes in handy when you’re queuing. There are burger and concession stands but at 11 in the morning we didn’t feel like burgers.

Despite not having the majority of what I’ve mentioned above, Wimbledon was a fantastic day out. There is so much to see and so many strawberries to eat! If you are making a trip to Wimbledon I would advise that you don’t go on a day that a British player is on court. The man ahead of us in the queue last year told us that the queues are twice as long and they often close the grounds when they’re full.

Make sure to look out for the ball boys and girls around the grounds. They walk around like little ducks in a row. If you’ve had the chance to experience Wimbledon, make sure and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Around the grounds at Wimbledon