Best Dressed October 2014

Now that we are well out of the summer season I expected the October round up to be a dull, boring and wrapped up affair. How mistaken I was! Last month saw some great bright and floral looks across the red carpets and press call events. This month sees the first instalment of film premières that will undoubtedly be considered award-worthy. The only consolation to the dark days of winter is the upcoming red carpet events!

Blue and Silver

Reece Witherspoon, Gisele and Kate Middleton

Reece Witherspoon, Gisele and Kate Middleton

Reece Witherspoon, unwilling to acknowledge winter just yet, was spotted last month wearing a beautiful black, blue and white floral, feminine dress. Reece styled the look by sweeping her hair to the side in vintage Hollywood waves, a thin clutch and monochrome bowed shoes. Very cute, very summery! Gisele never fails to dazzle and her appearance at the Chanel No5 #TheOneThatIWant launch was no exception. Wearing a silver, slinky Chanel mini, Gisele showed off her fabulously tanned legs and was the star attraction at the event launching her career as the new Chanel Girl. Kate Middleton was photographed last month for the first time since her severe morning sickness as she expects Royal Baby No2. Kate wore a beautiful baby blue Jenny Packham dress with a thigh high front slit.I absolutely love Kate’s suede nude shoes, a nice break from the Staurt Weitzman’s that have been doing the rounds recently.

Nudes and Stripes

Hallie Berry, Jenna Coleman and Amal Almuddin

Halle Berry, Jenna Coleman and Amal Almuddin

 Actress Halle Berry was photographed at the Golden Heart Awards in New York City.The star, who is working with designer Michael Kors to stop world hunger was wearing a white, tea length dress with dark blue neck and waist trim by the designer to the event. Dr Who’s assistant Jenna Coleman turned heads at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood where she attended a pre-Britannia Awards party. Jenna paired her browny-nude long sleeved sheer top with a subtle sequenced skirt and matching nude shoes, topping off the elegant look with a box clutch. Perfection! Everyone’s favourite newly-wed Amal Alamuddin was back to her day job last month. Pictured in Greece, Amal wore an uber-stylish green striped and white dress wich she matched with a practical handbag and great pair of shoes.

Dressed in Black

Jessica Alba, Catherine Jenkins and Selena Gomez

Jessica Alba, Catherine Jenkins and Selena Gomez

Jessica Alba attended the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am opening ceremony in China last month. Jessica wore a black Emilio Pucci jumpsuit to the event, with a studded halter neck. However, I’m not sold on the Giuseppe Zanotti shoes… Welsh singing sensation Catherine Jenkins stunned in a sparkling, strapless floor length gown  by Suzanne Neville. The minimal jewels and amazing hair-do make this a winning look for me. Unleashing her inner Olivia Pope, Selena Gomez stepped out in LA during October in a gorgeous form fitting lace ensemble. I love the belt detailing. A very sophisticated and grown-woman look by Miss Gomez.

Casual Chicas

Victoria Beckham, Nicki Reed and Christe Brinkley

Victoria Beckham, Nicki Reed and Christe Brinkley

Running to a from her new London store, Victoria Beckham was papped wearing a pair of skinny ripped jeans, black suede boots and coordinating green top and jacket. Topped off with her signature glasses, Victoria can dress down to odd time! Nicki Reed was also papped last month. Leaving the airport, Nicki was seen wearing brown boots, a long flowy blue and gold dress acessorised with a stylish black hat, leather jacket and handbag. American model and actress Christie Brinkley was pictured at a Hamptons event last month looking dressed down to perfection. I love her chic camel coat and hat and Burberry bag. This is a great winter inspiration look as her printed trousers are bang on trend.

It was all Yellow

amie King, Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain

Jamie King, Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain

Jamie King and a very pregnant Blake Lively glowed together on the redcarpet as they attened an event hosted by Michael Kors. And, yes, you guessed it… both are wearing Michael Kors. Jamie wore a birght yellow dress, a rarity for her, while Blake wore a full length blue and nude sequenced dress. Jessica Chastain was spotted last month. Looking like a Grecian Goddess in this yellow Givenchy dress. I love the halter neckline and jewel detailing. The gold belt ties the look seamlessly together.

Stylish Trios

Bee, Michael Kors, Anna Wintour, Eddie Redmaune, Lily Collins, Ben Barnes

Bee, Michael Kors, Anna Wintour, Eddie Redmaune, Lily Collins, Ben Barnes

Anna Wintour and her daughter, Bee attended the Michael Kors God’s Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Heart Awards. Both ladies opted for floral designs while Mr Kors kept it classic in a black suit and tie. Meanwhile in Hollywood at the Vanity Fair and Burberry BAFTA party, Eddie Redmayne, Lily Collins and Ben Barnes posed for photos together. Burberry model Eddie wore a wine suit tailored suit with white shirt and baby blue tie, a surprising buy stylish combo. Lily looked girl in a white checked flowy skirt and crop top while Ben opted for a grey suit with a casually buttoned light blue shirt.

Let me know who your favourite from last month was in the comments below!

 

 

The Best Celebrity #ALSIceBucketChallenges

The #ALSIceBucketChallenge has been doing the internet rounds for weeks now and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. The challenge aims to raise vital funds and awareness for ALS or Motor Neuron Disease. There have been various charity social media trends this year for good causes, like the #NoMakeupSelfie for Breast Cancer Awareness at the start of the year. However, the Ice Bucket Challenge is by far my favourite! Aren’t fundraisers better when there are soaking wet celebrities involved?!

Justin Timberlake

I love the energy and collective effort JT and his team went to in this video. They make the challenge look fun and exciting.

David Beckham

Well if a shirtless David Beckham doesn;t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will!

Lady GaGa

Cool, calm and collected!

Niall Horan

Great reaction by everyone’s favourite One Directioner!

Victoria Beckham

The sheer delight and laughter in the background of this video is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. Victoria getting drenched is an added laugh.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Only Leo could do an IceBucketChallenege whilst raising awareness for two important charities. A true philanthropist.

Michelle Dockery 

I love Michelle’s video! Surrounded by half naked men in golden shorts and  she gives us possibly one of the best reactions to the ice cold water.

Don’t forget to donate if you do the challenge! Let me know your favourite video, celebrity or otherwise!

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!

#MyVegasStyle |Vanessa Taaffe|

♫ Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire ♫

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! America is without a doubt number one on my list of ‘Must Visit’ countries. New York, Los Angeles and of course the famous Las Vegas, are all cities I can’t wait to explore. When Vegas.com contacted me to see if I would be interested in compiling a style post for a day spent at the Aria Hotel*, I jumped at the chance. Naturally, this being a fictional visit to the Aria, I went to town with the designer gear and accessories that are definitely out of my price range. Unless I get lucky in the casino that is…

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

 

Breakfast and Exploring

Breakfast, for many the most important meal of the day, can be spent in the Jean Philippe Pâtisserie. A floaty dress like this floral Oneness is one trend for summer and meal appropriate as it’s not too constrictive. Paired with Kate Spade cork wedges, a Victoria Beckham bag and Kwiat earrings for a bit of glamour in the morning. To coordinating, on the nails, Essie’s “She Said Yes”, for lips Clinique’s Chubby stick in the shade “Budding Blossom”, a bit of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer to contour the cheeks, temples and jawline and a light dusting of your favourite colours from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette on the eyes.

Poolside Lounging
After breakfast and some exploring around the hotel, I’d be straight to one of the amazing pools the Aria has to offer. I love the bright colours of this Hot Anatomy bikini and the tropical floral print. Of course, oversized sunglasses like these Fendi ones are a must. To keep it chic, I’d add a double lined turquoise bracelet, white wedges and a floppy white hat. To match and store all my poolside essentials, a white Michael Kors handbag. Being fair skinned sun cream is vital if I’m at the pool, a lip balm with SPF like the Body Shop’s vitamin E is also handy to have along with a compact shine controlling powder and a bright pink nail like NARS Schiap.
Dinner At Sage in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
Dinner time at beautiful Sage Restaurant demands a show stopper. This green Lanvin full length one shoulder dress would be my choice. For a change from my usual taste in silver jewels and accessories, I’d reach for these gold Jimmy Choo strappy sandals, a Trellis Lover gold clutch bag and Carolina Bucci ‘Mirador’ half ball earrings to round off the accessories. For some added drama a red lip like Rihanna’s from MAC, dramatic lashes with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara and some Chanel no.5 perfume.
Night Out in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
If it’s a night out I was after, Haze would be my first choice. What’s a night out with out an LBD? This Herve Leger, black with grey panels and a pair of black Staurt Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals would be my go-to LBD-Shoe combo. To go all out with jewellery, I’d reach for a Tiffany & Co. diamond bracelet and pair of earrings. A black Karen Millen clutch and I’d be ready to party!
Let me know what your #MyVegasStyle day at the Aria Hotel would look like and which is your favourite look above!
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*I was kindly contacted by vegas.com to compose this post. I was not compensated to do so.