Best Dressed December 2013

Happy New Year! It’s the final Best Dressed for 2013. Last month saw some great looks from The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle red carpets to casual street style. Now that Christmas is over and 2014 is here I’m especially looking forward to January and February as we will be in the thick of awards season fashion!

British Fashion Awards

Clemence Poesy Erdem Suki Waterhouse Burberry

Clemence Poesy in Erdem and Suki Waterhouse wearing Burberry

I have to confess myself a tiny bit disappointed with the fashion at the British Fashion Awards. Thankfully British model, and current GF to Bradley Cooper, Suki Waterhouse brought some glamour to the red carpet in a plunging lilac Burberry number. French actress Clemence Poesy wore a black printed Erdem gown to the event.

All Dressed in White

Amy Willerton Lily Aldridge Margot Robbie

Amy Willerton Lily Aldridge Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie donned a floor length Armani Prive dress to the New York premiere of her new film The Wolf of Wall Street. Model Lily Aldridge looked elegant in a white long sleeved mini dress. The sheer netting was bang on trend for the winter season and the sparkly red shoes added a magical touch reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz. Fresh from the I’m a Celebrity Jungle, Amy Willerton wore a white strapless gown paired with huge hair to The Sun British Military Awards, December 11th in London.

Not Forgetting the Fellas

Ok, so when I say fellas I have only one in mind! Bradley Cooper looked chic and sophisticated on the red carpet photo call for his latest film, American Hustle in NYC, wearing Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Copper, American Hustle red carpert

Black and White

Rosie Huntington Whitely displayed her long legs and torso in a Balmain printed mini at the AEM Association Children of the World event.  Making a rare public appearance, Blake Lively channelled old school Hollywood glam in a lace Marchesa dress at a charity event in NYC on December 10th.

Rosie Huntington Whitely Blake Lively Naya Rivera

Rosie Huntington Whitely Blake Lively Naya Rivera

Glee actress Naya Rivera looked like a super sophisticated secretary in Michael Kors at The Hollywood Reporters 22nd Women in Entertainment event while Rose Byre wore a gorgeous David Jones dress to launch the Boxing Day sales in Sydney.  Promoting American Hustle, Amy Adams wore a black sheer panelled Ellie Saab gown and  Adrianna Lima looked every inch the Victoria Secrets model as she wore a black slit asymmetrical skirt and diamante top to the a St Luke’s Event in NYC.

Rose Byrne Amy Adams Ardianna Lima

Rose Byrne Amy Adams Ardianna Lima

A Pop of Colour

Jessica Alba was spotted looking bright and fashionable in Beverly Hills on Christmas Eve. I love the floppy hate and oversized bright blue bag combo!  Chinese model, actress and singer Angelababy lit up the promo carpet in a bright yellow Stella Mc Cartney number.  Nicole Richie wore a blue and white Emilio Pucci crop top and trousers shopping. I can’t help feeling this is a peak of summer look. That said, I’m more accustomed to woolly jumpers and jeans during winter months.

Jessica Alba Nicole Richie Angelababy

Jessica Alba Nicole Richie Angelababy

Pinks Nudes and Reds

Naomie Harris looked like she was ready to attend thr Oscars in Monique Lhuillier  at the Oxfam Charity Gala. Downton Abbey favourite Michelle Dockery wore a simple but fashionable Miu Miu mini to launch Downton season 4 in the USA.

Michelle Dockery Naomie Harris

Michelle Dockery and Naomie Harris

Nicole Scherzinger stunned on the X Factor in a Ziad Naked structured sequined red gown. Also wearing a red gown, Astrid Kilsans in Gabriela Cadena and young fashionista, Kiernan Shipka wore a trendy red tartan dress to the ACLU event in California.

Astrid Kilsans Kiernan Shipka Nicole Scherzinger

Astrid Kilsans Kiernan Shipka Nicole Scherzinger

It’s been a great year for fashion, here’s hoping that 2014 is equally as exciting!

Summer Reads Part 2

This summer it’s time to make the most of your free reading time before college, university, school or work takeover control again.
While your typical summers day may not involve embezzlement, fraud, reckless driving, a murder case or life as a circus hand, why not grab the opportunity to experience them?!

The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort (RRP £8.99)

Wolf of wall st

About: The story of how Wall Street’s biggest multimillionaire banker, known as the Wolf of Wall Street, had it all and lost it all!  Sinking yachts, running up $700,000 luxury hotel room bills and landing helicopters completely stoned.  Told by the Wolf himself, this is a tory of the “ill-fated genius”. Trivia: Soon to be released as a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey.

The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly (RRP £7.99)

the lincoln lawyer

About: Defending drug-dealers, bikers, con artists and drunk drivers is the norm for L.A lawyer Mickey Haller.  Travelling from courthouse to courthouse in a black Lincoln town car, Haller finally get his first big paying, high profile case in the form of  Beverly Hills rich boy, Louis Roulet, who has been accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. As the evidence begins flooding in Haller believes he may have been assigned his easiest case yet, an innocent man. As the trial begins Haller soon realises he has bitten off more than he can chew with Roulet.

Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen (RRP £ 8.99)

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About: The Great Depression Strikes again! Jacob Jankowski finds himself orphaned, penniless and desperate for work. He joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a travelling circus. Now in his nineties, Jacob recalls himself as a young man and the events that changed his life forever. Haunted by his memories of the beautiful Marlena, the wife of the cruel, merciless, circus master and star of the show, Jacob tells a story lf love, trust and hope. Together Jacob and Marlena train Rosie, the elephant bought to save the circus. Sparks soon fly between Jacob and Marlena, and it’s only a matter of time before the crew, including the Ring Master, begin to notice.

The Help – Kathyrn Stockett (RRP £7.99)

the-help

About: It’s 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. Here, the black maids raise the white babies. When twenty two year old Skeeter learns that her maid, friend and confidante, Constantine has disappeared, she vows to get to the bottom of it.  Aibileen, a black maid who has raised seventy white babies, struggles to deal with the loss of her own son. The short, fat and mouthy maid Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, loses her job and in the process her previous employer ruins her reputation. Throughout the story we watch as these three woman come to terms with their losses. All three are connected and soon, their stories collide. An amazing, humours and full of hope, The Help will stand the test of time.

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffienegger (RRP £8.99)

The Time Traveller's Wife

About:  Meet Henry DeTamble. Henry unwillingly travels through time, pulled without warning, into his past or future. When Henry meets Claire Abshire, a young and beautiful artist, they embark on a unique and unconventional relationship. Far away from the soppy romance stories that dominate bookshelves worldwide, The Time Traveller’s Wife is a romantic, unique and moving story about two lovers caught in the trap of time!

Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Kluassmann (RRP £7.99)

Tigers in Red Weather

About: A nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Tigers in Red Weather depicts cousins Nick and Helena’s summer of cocktails, champagne and parties. After the Second World War the girls’ lives are just getting started. Helena is off to Hollywood to begin her life as a new wife, while Nick awaits the return of her husband from the war.  When Nick and Helena both return to Tiger Estate in the 60’s with their families and husbands, they discover the victim of a brutal murder. The violence surrounding the murder brings family secrets and lies to the surface.

You can find my Summer Reads Part 1 here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/summer-reads-part-1-2/
Let me know your favourite summer reads in the comments below!