Spot the Trend: Denim on Denim

Cast your mind back to 2001. It’s the American Music Awards and Britney and JT strutted their stuff in matching double denim outfits, sparkles and all. Remember when everyone laughed? Well fear not denim lovers! The Double Denim trend has taken a fashionable turn. Last week style icon Olivia Palermo was spotted at New York Fashion week looking gorgeous, as always, in denim on denim, as she attended the Marchesa fashion show. As expected the double denim debate has begun again. This time however, the former 90’s fashion faux pas is fast becoming a fashion must.

Olivia Palermo September 2014 V Britney & Justin 2001

Olivia Palermo September 2014 V Britney & Justin 2001

Looking around the shops recently, denim is making a major fashion comeback. While double denim has long been classified as a ‘No’, a cluster of stars have made it socially acceptable to unleash our inner cowgirl. Below are some of my favourite ways and inspirations to wear denim on denim.

Light on Light

Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana, Zendaya all wearing denim on denim

Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana, Zendaya all wearing denim on denim

Matching light denims which we associate with 90’s mania, have been given a fashionable reboot by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana and Zendaya. These ladies have all worn light denim on denim in a stylish way, minimal accessories are key with this look. Kim and Zendaya opted to wear pointed shoes for some interest while Miranda chose leaopard print shoes to add some fun.

Darks and Lights

Christina Hendrix, Kate Boswort, Holly Willoughby wearing dark and light double denim

Christina Hendrix, Kate Bosworth, Holly Willoughby wearing dark and light double denim

A less in your face way to rock the double denim look is to pair lights and dark denims. Christina Hendrix and Holly Willoughby both paired their light denim shirts with black. Kate Bosworth paired her light blue denim shirt with a dark navy pair of jeans. This is by far the most wearable look of all the denim on denim trends.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon and Rihanna in denim on denim

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon and Rihanna in denim on denim

Alessandra Ambrosio has styled double denim with browns to give some variation to the look while Reese and Rihanna decided to both go for a nude shoes and black bag. Another great alternative if you are styling this look at home.

Denim Shorts and Skirts

Double Denim Shorts and Skirts

Rihanna, Olivia Palmermo and Miranda Kerr wearing double denim shorts and skirts

If you’re not a jeans kinda girl, grab your beloved Daisy Dukes or 90’s Skirt and pair them with a denim shirt like Rihanna, Olivia and Miranda. Make sure to pair with a nude shoes and you’re good to go.

Granted, double denim is not for everyone. The key is to pair it with another denim piece you feel comfortable in. Luckily there can be no clashing with denims. Another alternative is to opt for a white jean skirt, shorts or trousers to lessen the visual denim on denim impact.

Let me know if you’ll be wearing double denim this season and who your inspiration is!

Best Dressed July 2014

With summer well and truly under way July was a great fashion month. Gallery exhibitions and Wimbledon provided excellent celebrity style displays. Pink was a big colour trend sported last month by Suki Waterhouse, J Lo, Jessica Alba and Abbey Clancy.  Summer floras and prints were also prominent. From causal to uber-chic July did not disappoint us style hunters!

The Serpentine Gallery London

Couples at the Serpentine Gallery Party, Richard Fleeshman and Samantha Barks, Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper, James Righton and Keira Knightley

Couples at the Serpentine Gallery Party, Richard Fleeshman and Samantha Barks, Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper, James Righton and Keira Knightley

There’s nothing I love more than Fashionable couples! Acting and singing duo Samantha Barks and new BF Richard Fleeshman attended the London event. Samantha wore a metallic sparkling Lanvin dress and heels to match. Richard kept it stylish in a white shirt almost denim/navy suit and navy suede loaders. Celeb couple of the moment Bradley Cooper and Suiki Waterhouse looked stylish at the event. Suki wearing  a soft pink Burberry dress and TopShoe shoes, Bradley wearing a suit and blue shirt. Keira Knightley and husband James Righton also attended the event together. Keira wore mishmash Chanel dress. I have seen some harsh criticism for this dress online but I quite like the three-dresses-in-one look on Keira. James looked very smart in a suit and dickiebow.

Alexa Chung, Princess Beatrice and Cara Delevingne

Alexa Chung, Princess Beatrice and Cara Delevingne

Models Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne both wore black. Alexa Wore a beautiful strapless structured Erdem dress while Cara wore a Mulberry dress with keyhole detailing on the chest. Princess Beatrice looked lovely in  a stunning white Nicholas Oakwell number. Too add some interest and youth to the look Beatrice added lilac strappy heels.

Gemma Arterton, Pharell Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker

Gemma Arterton, Pharrell Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker

Gemma Arterton looked red hot in a matching two piece Prabal Guran skirt and crop top at the event. Gemma’s hair and makeup match the sexiness of this outfit. A real stand-out for me! Singer Pharrell Williams brought his famous hat out again at the gallery. Wearing ripped skinny jeans, runners (no socks), a blazer and white printed t, Mr Williams is the epitome of cool. SJP lived up to her fashion icon status in a frapper style Naeem Khan dress. She finished the look with black shoes and a poker straight hairdo.

Wimbledon 2014

David and Victoria Beckham, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw, Christine Blekely and Frank Lampard

David and Victoria Beckham, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw, Christine Bleakely and Frank Lampard

Not long after celebrating 15 years of marriage together David and Victoria Beckham were seen in the Royal Box to watch the Men’s singles final. Victoria is wearing, you guessed it, Victoria Beckham Resort 2015. David looks preppy chic in a cream and navy Ralph Lauren suit combo. Newly engaged Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw attended the Lawn Tennis club together, Eddie wore a snazzy Alexander Mc Queen suit and lace tie! Hannah matched in a denim dress. Christine Bleakely and Frank Lampard looked stylish as they prepared to take their seats in the royal box at Wimbledon. Christine looked summery in a long polkadot skirt with white top and shoes. Frank looked very smart in a navy three-piece suit and brown shoes.

 Anna Wintour, Kate Middleton and David Beckham

Anna Wintour, Kate Middleton and David Beckham

Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour wore a summery floral number to watch the tennis. As always her hair was in her perfectly coiffed signature bob. Kate Middleton re-wore this Jonathan Saunders aqua green printed dress to the Men’s final as she attended with Prince William. David Beckham made a solo appearance to the tennis wearing Ralph Lauren again! I love the mustard and brown combo. He is one very well dressed man!

 Dior Couture Show Paris

Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Palermo and Charlize Theron.

Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Palermo and Charlize Theron.

A stylish troop of ladies attended the fashion houses’ show in Paris last month, all wearing Dior, of course. Emma Watson wore a black and white structured silk dress with sheer skirt with half circles. She styled the dress with white pointed shoes and a black clutch. Brand ambassador Jennifer Lawrence made a rare public appearance at the show. She wore an elegant silk scarf top and white high-waisted suede skirt, pairing them with pointed black and white shoes. Newly married Olivia Palermo wore a black  button skirt, two-tone jacket and a printed green blouse combo to attend the show. The brands most famous face Charlize Theron glittered in  a tight gold mini with strappy golden heels.

Summer Lovin’

Jessica Alba, Poppy Delevingne and Reese Witherspoon

Jessica Alba, Poppy Delevingne and Reese Witherspoon

Jessica Alba was spotted in a MaxMara outfit in Santa Monica. I love this get-up! The purple jeans and pale pink  blazer perfectly compliment each other, a look  that would work well in either summer or winter. Poppy Delevigne was in Paris last month attending the Bulgari Cocktail party. Poopy wore a white lace dress with pointed white and gold shoes. She added a denim blazer with interesting curves to make her outfit more casual. Reese Witherspoon was seen looking summery and professional as she left her offices in LA. I love the length of this top and skirt and the coloured bag brings some life to the outfit.

Black is the Colour

Taylor Swift, Nina Dobrev and Olivia Palermo

Taylor Swift, Nina Dobrev and Olivia Palermo

Going dotty in NYC, Taylor Swift rocked a brassiere crop top with a matching split knee length skirt to beat the city heat. I love Taylor’s green box bag. A young and fun outfit. Actress Nina Dobrev was spotted many time last month at various fashion shows in Paris, the lucky girl! Here Nina is pictured at Elie Sabb wearing a rockier look of a long flowy skirt with black heels, leather jacket and sheer top. Also attending the Elie Sabb Paris Show, newly married Olivia Palermo. Olivia looked her usual super-stylish-self in floral printed skinny jeans, a tailored blazer and white top.

Pretty in Pinks

Abbey Clancey, JLo, Keira Knightley

Abbey Clancy, Jennifer Lopez and Keira Knightley

Model Abbey Clancy was papped in London in a pretty pink long sleeved dress.  I loved the pouting-pink-lip details on the sheer sleeves. Sadly the black shoes let this outfit down for me but apart from that Abbey looks like she could have just stepped off a runway. At the League of United Latin American Citizens’ National Convention for the Empowerment of Latinos in New York, J Lo wore a stunning pink Zuhair Murad look wearing a silk blouse with floral-embroidered appliqués and a peplum tea length pencil skirt. This is my favourite look from July, I think Jennifer looks like the epitome of elegance in this dress and her hairdo and minimal accessories add to the elegance. A barefaced Keira Knightley was photographed in a floral colourful  dress leaving a London restaurant with husband James. Keira also sported a black classic Chanel bag and gladiator sandals. Very summery!

Toni Garn, Anna Camo and Ashley Tisdale

Toni Garn, Anna Camp and Ashley Tisdale

German model, Toni Garn looked great in a green Elie Sabb gownn as she attended the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation event last month. As always Elie Sabb gowns are a perfect redcarpet choice, I  love the neckline and  minimal accessories. Anna Camp looked fab as she made an appearance at the Young Hollywood Awards. This dress is so on trend with the lace, bow and then plain structured skirt. Anna also went for a fun red lip and leopard print shoes to make the overall look occasion appropriate. Ashley Tisdale, also at the Young Hollywood Awards stunned in a white and silver midi dress. Again, I really like the neckline of this dress and the strappy silver shoes.

Let me know who your favourite was from last month!

Summer Reads Part 1

Summer is well and truly in full swing!
For many the summer season involves, music festivals, ice cream cones, long sunny days and maybe even longer nights. Whatever you’re up to during the summer holidays nothing beats reading a great book… or two!

Serena – Ron Rash (RRP £8.99)

Ron Rash Serena

About: Newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton begin their married life in the mountains of North Carolina. It’s 1929 and the Great Depression has brought the country to a standstill. Greed has forced them to the mountains and it’s greed that spurs them on. The couple do everything in their power to ensure that nothing stands in the way of their timber empire. Serena proves herself equal to any hard working man. The power-hungry couple soon discover that Serna cannot bear children.  When we learn that George has fathered an illegitimate child, the story propels into a tale of shocking twists and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Trivia: Due to be released as a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, September 2013.

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (RRP £7.99)

Birdsong

About:  In 1910 a young Stephen Wraysford arrives in France. Stephen embarks on a love affair with Isabelle Azaire, the wife of his host family. From this moment on we follow Stephen through the horrors of love and the First World War. With a palpable desire to survive, Stephen witnesses the comrades he has grown to love become disheartened, maimed and shadows of their former selves. Sixty years later, Stephen’s granddaughter discovers his encrypted diaries and continues his quest to keep his promise to a dying man. This story of love, war and friendship gives the reader a great sense of what life truly was like in the trenches.

Atonement – Ian McEwan (RRP £8.99)

atonement-cover

About:  When thirteen year old Briony Tallis witnesses a fleeting moment of flirtation  and desire between her older sister Celia and Robbie, the servant’s son, her mind races. Celica and Robbie become victims of Briony’s childish imagination.   When Briony and Celia’s visiting cousin is sexually assaulted within the grounds of their estate, Briony convinces everyone that Robbie is the culprit. Celia does not believe these accusations and her relationship with her family falls apart. The story flicks between Robbie, Celia and Briony’s lives. While Robbie and Celia lives are turned upside down by the war and the rape allegations, we watch as Briony spends her time attempting to atone for the crime and sins she committed during her youth.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (RRP £7.99)

Gone girl

About: It’s the morning of Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Instead of presents, hugs and kisses, the beautiful Amy vanishes into thin air. With numerous signs of a struggle in the couple’s house, Nick becomes the prime suspect. To make matters worse, Amy’s only friend tells the police that Amy was scared of Nick in the lead up to her disappearance. As Nick struggles to deny all of these claims and accusations, he exhibits inappropriate and odd behaviour. Worst of all…Nick lies to the police in attempt to prove his innocence. A fast-paced, intricate and extremely clever, original plot, Gone Girl is the novel of summer 2013! Trivia: Reese Witherspoon has bought the film rights to the book and plans to star in the film.

Rosamund Pike

 

UPDATE: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rosamund Pike is to play Amy Dunne in the movie adaptation. Read more here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rosamund-pike-star-david-finchers-593245

The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald (RRP varies on edition)

the great gatsby cover

About: Welcome to the 1920’s. Make sure to hold onto your hats Old Sports, it’s a bumpy ride! Nick Carraway introduces us to the glittering, sensational and glamorous residents of Long Island. Self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby welcomes Nick to his elite world of money, drinking and partying. A tale of love and tragedy intertwined within the glamour of the “New” and “Old” rich of America. We follow one man’s pursuit of love, wealth and happiness.  This is a MUST read novel! If you haven’t already,  have a look at my Great Gatsby themed posts here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/the-great-gatsby-part-1-fashion/

Let me know your essential summer reads in the comments below!

Celebrity Mugshots

If you’ve ever been envious of  a celebrity and their wealthy lifestyle this may just make you smile… for a few minutes at least.

Sadly for this lot, celebrity status couldn’t buy them out of an arrest.

Here’s a look at some famous faces and their, let’s face it,  ridiculously good looking mugshots.

Chace Crawford Mugshot

Who: Chace Crawford

Famous For: His role as Nate Archibald in the hit series Gossip Girl

Arrested For: Illegal possession of drugs, marijuana.

When and Where: 2010, Texas.

Reese Witherspoon Mugshot

Who: Reese Witherspoon

Famous For: A-list, Oscar winning actress. Starred in, Walk the Line, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Friends and Monsters vs Aliens (voice).

Arrested For: Disorderly conduct

When and Where: 2013, Atlanta

. Khloe Kardashian Mugshot

Who: Khloe Kardashian

Famous For: Member of the reality TV superstar family, The Kardashians. Father, Robert Kardashian, defended OJ Simpson during his trial. Married to basketball play Lamar Odem.

Arrested For: DUI

When and Where: 2007.California.

Bruno Mars Mugshot

Who: Bruno Mars

Famous For: Singer, songwriter. Hits include; Locked out of Heaven, Just The Way You Are, Runaway, Grenade, When I Was Your Man.

Arrested For: Cocaine possession.

When and Where: 2010, Las Vegas.

Nicole Richie Mugshot

Who: Nicole Richie

Famous For: Starring alongside Paris Hilton in the reality show The Simple Life. Daughter to Lionel Richie. Designer and Fashionista.

Arrested For: Heroin Possession and a DUI.

When and Where: 2003 and 2006, both California.

Mischa Barton Mugshot

Who: Mischa Barton

Famous For: Actress from the successful TV series,The O.C

Arrested For: DUI and drug possession

When and Where: 2007, Hollywood.

Neyo Mugshot

Who: Neyo

Famous For: Singer and songwriter.

Arrested For: Reckless driving, speeding at 100mph.

When and Where: 2008,Georgia.

Lindsay Lohan Mugshots

Who: Lindsay Lohan.

Famous For: Successful child star actress…. and for getting arrested!

Arrested For: DUI, cocaine possession, stealing and a Hit and Run.

When and Where: 2007, 2011, 2012. Beverly Hills, Italy, New York.

Paris Hilton MugShots

Who: Paris Hilton

Famous For: Heiress to the Hilton Hotel Empire, reality TV star, entrepreneur.

Arrested For: Possession of Marijuana and a DUI.

When and Where: 2006, 2010. Las Vegas and Hollywood.

Leave me a comment letting me know your favourite mugshot!