• Oscars 2015: How To Work The Red Carpet Fashion Trends Without Breaking The Bank

    You don't have to spend a fortune to look a million-dollars...

    It was arguably THE biggest night of the fashion calendar with everyone from Beyonce to Jennifer Lopez gracing the red carpet.

    But while the A-Listers spent thousands of dollars to look incredible at the Oscars 2015, there's very little chance of us mere mortals ever being able to afford to look like them.

    OR IS THERE?

    We've rounded up the top five Academy Awards red carpet trends that we can actually afford to replicate on the high-street.

    Yep, from wearing THE colour of the season to rocking cut-outs, you CAN look like an Oscars superstar on a shoestring budget...

    Cornflower Crazy

    Yes, we saw reds, we saw nudes and we saw winter whites, but it was the blue hues that really caught our eye on the night of the Oscars. Amy Adams (wearing Atelier Versace) and Sofia Vergara (in Zuhair Murad) led the stars wearing cornflower a blue - a shade we can totally see ourselves wearing this SS15.

    Invest in a printed shirt dress like the one from Sugarhill Boutique, below, or jazz up an all-white

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  • I can’t stand flakes.

    And yet in every facet of life there they are, just BEGGING to cancel at the last minute.

    We live in a world of  ‘Yes Men’, defined by the overlapping parties they cram into their Outlook calendars.

    Yet when good old Patrick’s birthday finally comes a knockin’, here comes the migraine, speedier than a virgin in a brothel.

    Nowhere is flaking more prominent than in the dating world.

    Nervously waiting...will they show? [REX]Nervously waiting...will they show? [REX]

    We set up dates, and consistently bail.

    My advice: don’t schedule dates you won't make. The singleton’s heart is a fragile one and to build up hope is cruel.

    Here’s a pretty bad example of when the flake instinct was strong….



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    In my early days as a matchmaker, a client shared this story with me to explain why he hated going on dates.

    His friend Steve had finally decided to step into the waters of online dating.

    He was clocking an hour a night on various sites and was hopeful to meet someone he liked.

    Steve was a good looking guy. Great face, hilarious chat.

    The thing is. He was really

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  • Kim Kardashian And Rita Ora Wear Matching Fetish-Inspired Latex Dresses To London Party

    Atsuko Kudo was the fashion designer of choice for both ladies but we can’t quite figure out whether it’s on-trend or tragic…

    They’ve not exactly had the best history so we’re glad these two didn’t bump into each other in the loos last night.

    Because Kim Kardashian and Rita Ora stepped out wearing nearly identical dresses to a private party in London.

    Kim Kardashian and Rita Ora both donned fetish-inspired dresses in London last night [Getty]Kim Kardashian and Rita Ora both donned fetish-inspired dresses in London last night [Getty]It’s awkward enough for us mere mortals, let alone when you’ve got paparazzi snapping your every move!

    The Keeping up with the Kardashians star, 34, was pictured wearing the Sleeveless Joy dress by latex couturier Atsuko Kudo to Mert & Marcus’ House of Love Party for Madonna held at Annabel’s.

    Kim styled her nude dress with a fur coat [Getty]Kim styled her nude dress with a fur coat [Getty]Kim looked incredible in the latex dress [Getty]Kim looked incredible in the latex dress [Getty]Kim's form-fitting dress hugged her every curve [Getty]Kim's form-fitting dress hugged her every curve [Getty]But Rita Ora (who famously dated Kim’s younger brother Rob Kardashian) also opted for the fetish-inspired fashion piece – at the SAME party.

    And even more awkwardly, both ladies styled their dresses in pretty much exactly the same way.

    Rita, 24, wore her halterneck second-skin dress with nude heels and a fur coat while Kanye West’s wife also donned a fur coat and nude strappy heels (Manolo Blahnik, natch).

    Rita Ora styled the dress with nude pointed heels [Getty]Rita Ora styled the dress with nude pointed heels [Getty]It’s not as if they don’t have bundles of designer clothes at home so it

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  • Disabled Holly Greenhow Becomes Fashion Star, Despite Not Being Able To Walk OR Talk

    Well this should perk you up on a Friday morning.

    Little Holly Greenhow has landed ANOTHER modelling job.

    This isn't your average child-star story though, because unlike other tots, Holly cannot walk or talk.

    The nine-year-old has a condition called Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, which affects her movement, speech and balance so badly that she is usually confined to a wheelchair, which her mother Fiona has to help her with.

    Holly's Tesco campaign [Geoff Robinson Photography]Holly's Tesco campaign [Geoff Robinson Photography]

    She communicates using a computer which responds to her eye movements.

    Despite all this, little Holly has landed herself a second major modelling campaign, this time for supermarket giant Tesco.

    Little Holly is usually confined to a wheelchair [Geoffrey Robinson/REX]Little Holly is usually confined to a wheelchair [Geoffrey Robinson/REX]

    This isn't Holly's first modelling campaign though.

    Adorable Holly Greenhow has suffered from her condition since birth but that didn't stop her being cast in the ‘Mini Meet and Greet’ childrenswear campaign for Boden.

    Cerebral palsy sufferer Holly Greenhow has been cast in a new Mini Boden campaign [Geoff Robinson]Cerebral palsy sufferer Holly Greenhow has been cast in a new Mini Boden campaign [Geoff Robinson]

    It was schoolgirl Holly’s gran who suggested she try out for Mini Boden as she loves trying on clothes at home.

    “My mum suggested it as Holly loves pretty clothes and particularly likes wearing those designed by

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  • Is This Dress Blue And Black Or White And Gold? Here's What The Experts Say

    There’s a debate dividing the Internet that’s splitting apart offices, marriages and friendships alike. It is… What colour is this dress?

    By Laura Kenney, Yahoo Health

    [Yahoo Health][Yahoo Health]There’s a debate dividing the Internet that’s splitting apart offices, marriages and friendships alike. It is…

    What colour is this dress?

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    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to #DressGate. Some see the dress as white and gold. Others see blue and black.

    And the two sides cannot agree.

    The debate began on Tumblr Thursday when a user named Swiked posted the image of the dress, above, along with a plea: “Guys please help me — is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the [expletive deleted] out.”

    The image immediately caused controversy: “My class just had a debate over this. Half sees black and blue, the other half sees gold and white. Someone please explain this…”

    "If that’s not gold my entire life has been a lie," replied Swiked.

    The image spread like wildfire and, from Facebook to Twitter to media sites, everyone is mystified. A Buzzfeed survey says 74 percent say white and gold,

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  • Is This Dress White & Gold or Black & Blue?

    A Tumblr post of a dress has gone viral, diving the world and celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift

    By Lauren Tuck



    Fashion is often controversial but never has a sartorial debate caused such divisiveness.
    What colour is this dress? [Tumblr]What colour is this dress? [Tumblr]

    Tumblr user swiked uploaded a photo of a dress a minidress and posed the question, ”Guys please help me—is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree…” And swiked’s friends aren’t the only ones at odds with each other. 

    The hashtags #thisdress, #blackandblue and #whiteandgold and the phrase “What colour is this dress?” were all trending on Twitter on Thursday.

    Hundreds of thousands of social media users, celebrities included, weighed in. Mindy Kaling got especially heated, dragging Julianne Moore and BJ Novak into the conversation:
    Oscar-winner Julianne Moore weighs in on The Dress debate [Twitter]Oscar-winner Julianne Moore weighs in on The Dress debate [Twitter]

    Actors Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak fall out over The Dress debate [Twitter]Actors Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak fall out over The Dress debate [Twitter]

    Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and nearly everyone you follow on Twitter and Instagram injected their personal opinion as to what colour the dress is.

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  • It’s going to be a suede parade this Spring 2015. 

    Suede was one of the more unlikely trends to hit the catwalk this season. However, if you manage to get all visions of cowboys out of your head, suede can actually be a real head-turner! Mix a key suede piece with the right silhouettes, colours and textures and you shall have yourself a bang on trend look!

    By Sabrina Carder, The Young Eccentric

    1. Large Suede Carry-All Pouch by American Apparel £27 

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    Let's start small. If you want to add a pop of texture and colour to your outfit, do it with this gorgeous orange suede clutch.

    2. Jeffrey Campbell Don’t Trip Suede Heel £103.02

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    Suede, statement and sassy. These Jeffrey Campbell shoes will be reminding us all to watch our step as we strut down the street feeling like Queen B.

    3. Blue Suede Jacket by Mango £89.99 

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    This has GOT to be one of my favorite pieces. This blue suede is so strikingly gorgeous it would definitely be a head turner for all the right reasons! The baby blue is also

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    Have you seen our London Fashion Week super video yet? You saw us go backstage and interview the pros - now we bring you the low down onthe products which helped the beauty pro’s create these amazing catwalk looks.

    Who used what? What were the results? And (most importantly) how do I get it in my makeup bag?! Here are our top 5 backstage products with the final look as seen on the catwalk.

    By Zoe Dubs, facevaluebeautyblog.co.uk

    Beauty Hero #1: Powder With A Punch

    Backstage at Felder Felder [Getty]Backstage at Felder Felder [Getty]

    The got2b Powder’fulVolumizing Styling Powder £3 is a little bottle which packs some serious clout.  It’s a weightless powder which disappears in your hands but it creates instant volume when applied through the roots of your hair. 

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    The hair stylists at Felder Felder used the got2b Styling Powder to create 70s inspired, rock ‘n’ roll hair! You can also use it to give just-washed hair some texture and grip. The best bit? It’s only £3! 

    Top tip: For extra oomph, sprinkle it in roots for a plumped-up backcombed effect. 

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  • BRIT Awards 2015: The Best Beauty Looks On The Red Carpet

    Michelle Keegan, Rita Ora and Taylor Swift showed off stunning hair and make-up at the BRITs 2015

    All eyes were on Madonna as she took a tumble at the BRIT Awards last night but she wasn’t the only person that people were talking about.

    Because Michelle Keegan, Rita Ora and Taylor Swift all turned heads on the BRITs red carpet with their stunning beauty looks.

    Former Corrie actress Michelle, 27, made a glamorous red carpet appearance sporting voluminous, wavy locks with just a hint of balayage.

    Michelle Keegan rocked voluminous locks on the BRITs red carpet [Getty]Mark Wright’s fiancée styled her brunette locks with gorgeous smokey eyes, a matte complexion and nude lips (we wonder if it’s that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick she’s been raving about?)

    Another star to work the nude lips trend was 24-year-old singer Rita Ora who showcased chocolate-brown smokey eyes and chiseled cheekbones (the work of her make-up artist, Emma Osborne).

    Rita Ora rocked nude lips with chocolate-brown smokey eyes [Getty]Her edgy pixie cut was styled into a ‘50s-inspired quiff hairstyle by hairstylist Chris Appleton while statement ear cuffs were added for interest.

    We were also totally in love with Paloma Faith’s hair and make-up, channelling D&G

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  • Great Comic Relief Bake Off 2015: Michael Sheen's Perfect Pavlova Topples Jameela Jamil's Disastrous Dessert

    Marvellous meringues took on kitchen cluelessness in this week’s competition

    It was an evening of firsts in the Bake Off tent last night. The perfect pavlova was produced, education campaigner/Gordon’s missus Sarah Brown was so utterly charming you forgot she’s married to the grumpiest man in Britain, and one contestant thought a quail’s egg was made out of chocolate.

    This week's contestants (clockwise from left): Michael Sheen, Jameela Jamil, Sarah Brown and David Mitchell [BBC]This week's contestants (clockwise from left): Michael Sheen, Jameela Jamil, Sarah Brown and David Mitchell [BBC]

    More surprising still, all the bakers were actually pretty good. Except Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil (responsible for the quail’s egg comment), who had ‘never handled butter before with (her) bare hands’. Just what she has handled it with wasn’t made explicit.

    Funnyman David Mitchell and actor Michael Sheen joined the proceedings, hosted this week by Jo Brand. On the menu was shortbread, pork pies and pavlova.

    After an inauspicious start – David seemed to have difficulty mastering the art of sieving, while the filling for his mini shortbread Victoria sandwiches was more red berry broth than jam – everyone got their act together. Ish.
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    The lovely Sarah produced a cheering batch of red nose shortbreads

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