Best Dressed November 2013

November showcased some great winter red carpet looks to ease us into the upcoming award season. Film premieres and TV photocalls displayed shorter, fun looks to banish the winter blues. Chic street style should hopefully provide us with some much need winter fashion inspiration for the cold days of December.

Red Carpet Glam

Emily Rossum Naomi Campbell Emma Roberts

Emily Rossum looked festive on the Saban Community Clinics 37th Annual Benefit Gala in a black bejewelled Naeem Khan two piece. Naomi Campbell maintained her Supermodel rep in a white, custom made Roberto Cavalli dress at the GQ Awards in Sydney, Australia on November 19th. Actress Emma Roberts looked lovely in a short black subtle print dress with sheer embellished long sleeves to the H&M Isabel Marant launch.

Nina Dobrev Kiernan Shipka Elizabeth Banks

Promoting The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Elizabeth Banks brightened up the redcarpet in a printed Alexander Mc Queen. While Nina Dobrev , wearing Naheem Khan and Kiernan Shipka, in Preen, followed suit in fun, young, colourful ensembles.

Olivia Palermo Karl Lagerfeld Jessica Chastain IMAN Evan Rachel Wood

Jessica Chastain and her date Karl Lagerfeld looked edgy in black, silver and white combos. Legendary model IMAN (who is 58, by the way!!) wore a tight black and sheer dress to the ACE Awards in NYC. Olivia Palermo also in black and attending  the ACE Awards, looked her usual stylish self in a 1920’s inspired flapper dress with gold shoes and an interesting rounded clutch. At The LACMA Awards, Evan Rachel Wood wore a black studded Gucci floor length dress to honour director extraordinaire, Martin Scorsese.

 Taylor Swift

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Miss Swift has had quite the month with 5 show stopping outfits. On November 3rd  at the BBC Radio1 Teen Awards, Taylor wore an emerald green dress with gold embellishments and shoes to match. A few days later at the CMAs she stunned in a gorgeous Ellie Sabb Coture gown with a sophisticated and on trend updo. Continuing with the theme of embellishments Taylor donned a bejewelled Victoria Secrets number at the Victoria Secrets Fashion Show. At the Weinstein and Co Hollywood party she kept it dark and sultry in a maroon Herve Leroux number. And finally, on November 26th to party with Prince William and Bon Jovi, Taylor wore an embellished sculpted gown to Kensington Palace.

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Street Stylin’

Gisele, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Eva Longoria wore similar black ensembles with oversized handbags and sun glasses on the streets of New York and LA.

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Clare Danes turned heads with her new red hair and matching red Giambattista Valli outfit outside the David Letterman Show in NYC. Khloe Kardashian looked chic in a military green three-quarter length coat with light denim jeans and oversized bag at the Kardashian Kollection launch in London. David Beckham looked his usual stylish self at JFK Airport on November 4th and Nicole Roberts also kept it stylish at the airport in a camel coat and black ankle length trousers.  Street Style 2

Blue Babes

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Li Bingbing looked super glamorous in an off-blue-slivery coloured sheer Ellie Sabb couture dress at the 50th Golden Horse Awards. Kate Beckinsale looked absolutely stunning at the LACMA Art and Film Gala in LA on November 3rd in this blue embellished floor length dress. My personal favourite of the month! Model Miranda Kerr, who never puts a fashionable foot wrong in my eyes,  wore a baby blue and white combo to the Jaguar F-Type launch.

Let me know who was your best dressed!

 

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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