In Conversation with Cosmopolitan – The Truth About Celebrity Fashion

It’s not even payday until Monday but it didn’t stop me… I’ve just ordered a ticket to Cosmopoltian Fash Fest (Okay, not such a fan of the name but I’ll let it go!)

I’ll be going along to the Tuesday the 16th of September session: In Conversation with Cosmopolitan- The Truth About Celebrity Fashion.  Their website states that hosted by Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief Louise Court, this is a chance to get behind the scenes and discover trade secrets.  The panel are certainly well connected in the industry:

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Victoria Adcock – Celebrity stylist to clients including Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham.  If you read my wee interview over at secretsofatwentysomething.com you’ll know that Victoria Beckham can do not wrong in my eyes so I’m interested to hear any tips from her stylist!

Lisa Valencia – Celebrity Make-up artist

Jess Moloney –  Designer Fashion PR for Vivienne Westwood

Ben Cooke – Celebrity hairdresser to clients including Nicole Scherzinger- who always has beautiful luscious locks!

 I can’t make LFW A/W this year due to work commitments, so I’m excited that I have this to look forward to instead.  Of course I’ll do a full review post afterwards!

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Oil Pulling: Fad or Fabulous?

You’ve probably heard of the latest new beauty fad, recommended by beauticians and celebrities alike. Oil Pulling.  Sounds kind of disgusting if you ask me… but what is it?

Oil pulling basically consists of swishing oil (most people seem to be using coconut oil but you can use any vegetable based oil) around your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out, rinsing your mouth with salt water and brushing your teeth.  There are many reported benefits, such as:

• Whiter teeth

• Cures spots and acne

• Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath)

• Stronger teeth and gums

• Helps with sleep issues and sinus problems

• Eases headaches and hangovers

As the oil actually pulls germs and bacteria from your gums, the whole process is about removing the toxins from the mouth before they can travel to other parts of the body.  This means you literally end up with a ball of toxins in your mouth at the end of the 20 minutes.

Although this beauty trend has ancient roots,  it’s been brought in to the public eye recently by Gwyneth Paltrow.  The practice apparently originated from ancient Ayurvedic Indian natural medicine, which claimed oil pulling was a remedy for oral diseases.

So is this really a miracle cure? Can I throw away my Crest white strips and face wash?  I don’t think so.  Although there is some evidence that oil pulling can be beneficial, it’s not the answer it’s claimed to be. Most experts agree that it won’t really do any harm (although you might make yourself ill if you swallow the oil!) but it also doesn’t really have any proven health or beauty benefits. I think I’ll be sticking to my more conventional products for now, at least until a bit more research is done, and perhaps when someone invents a better tasting oil!
What do you think of the oil pulling trend?  Have you tried it?

L’Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott was proof that anyone could become anything that they want to be.

She was adopted, and raised as Luann Bambrough, in Utah.  At 12 years old she was already 6 ft tall so modelling was a natural choice. She left school at 18 and flew to Paris, changed her name and walked for Chanel.  That is the real American dream right there.

In the early 90’s she went back to the US and established herself as a stylist, dressing A-listers and icons alike.  Some of her most famous fans include Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman (a close friend of hers who has an apartment in the same block),  Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Hendricks,Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman.

A divorcee, she had been romantically involved with Mick Jagger since 2001 and he has spoken to his devastation over her death.

L’Wren is proof that being beautiful, thin, and rich is just not enough to live on. Those are plentiful things but to be loved, fulfilled and content are worth so much more.

Another bright star in the fashion sky gone too soon. So very sad for all those who loved and respected her.

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SJP for Nordstrom…Hello Lovers!

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I’m sure I’m not the only girl out there who spend her teens, and indeed twenties, wishing they had Carrie Bradshaw’s life.  The apartment, the friends, the shoes, the closet… in fact pretty much everything but the love life!

Sarah Jessica Parker is a style icon in her own right, and her portrayal of Carrie only cemented this further.  Now she’s taken this to new heights with the launch of her first shoe collection, exclusive to upscale American fashion retailer, Nordstrom. The good news is that they ship to the UK ladies!

SJP worked with legendary shoe designer George Malkemus (the right hand man of Manolo Blahnik!) to create a beautiful high end collection, including shoes and a fabulous trenchcoat, inspired by New York in the late 70′s and early 80′s.

“I recall being a younger girl in New York City, arriving in 1978, say, and looking around, as many young girls do, at women who were older and more sophisticated. They seemed to be cosmopolitan; they seemed to have an air about them I was convinced I did not have but seemed possible to acquire after time spent in this sophisticated urban city. It was an aspirational look I thought any woman could achieve once she was grown up, had money of her own and could make her own aesthetic choices,” Parker told the Nordstom Blog.

The whole collection can be found here: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/all-sjp-sarah-jessica-parker

My favourite piece in the collection has got to be the ‘Jill’ sandal in pink (pictured at top of post) but at £220 I will have to pass on them this time I think!

What do you think of the collection? What shoes are you loving?

Oscars 2014: Best & Worst Dressed

Best of the night:

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The stand out winner of the red carpet for me.. And many others:
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.
The colouring of this was fantastic on her, and I love the classic shape. Simply stunning.

Runner up:

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A close runner up. Kate Hudson in Versace. I’m usually prefer the brightly coloured gowns but I love the simplicity and classic lines of this. The silhouette is just perfection.

My loser for the night has got to be this…

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Robin Roberts in Dennis Basso. Too much detail & crushed material. I also don’t like this shade of purple on her.

There were certainly more winners than losers, and some inspired choices. The red carpet is always my favourite part of the Oscars anyway! Who was your red carpet winner? I kinda hate to admit it but I love Kim K’s red dress too!