Monday, 28 February 2011

Reader Question: Body Con Dresses

Q:

hi julie, i have a hen night on saturday, i`m not sure what to wear, Ive lost a lot of weight recently so was thinking a nice black body con dress with nude heels, just cant seem to find any black body con dresses. any idea where i might locate one. thank you. xx

A:
You can't beat a little black dress, for showing-off  your fab new figure! Here are some suggestions..


THE body con dress has to be the original Herve Leger bandage dress. Expensive, yes, but what an investment! This one is reduced from £1200 to £429...

Deep V-neck bandage dress by Hervé Léger
Herve Leger bandage dress, £429 @ The Outnet

The sexy, see-through panels on this LBD give it a really modern look.....

£38 @ Miss Selfridge

The grey and black stripes on this little number will really emphasise your curves...
Dina Colour Block Dress
£18 @ Boohoo.com

Karen Millen's bandage dress has clever control detail at the waist, that will really nip you in...
Bandage knitted dress
£160 @ Karen Millen

For a more classic take on the body con dress, try this elegant ribbed one from AWear...

Black ribbed dress, £38 @ AWear

Worried about your upper arms? This slinky number from FCUK has a little more coverage, but still oozes sex-appeal!

£105 @ French Connection

AND FINALLY.... The bargain of the century! This LBD from F&F @ Tesco for under a tenner! It'd be rude not to...


£8 @ Tesco


Daily Record Saturday Magazine Fashion - 26/2/11

Want it. Need it. Buy it


I can't get enough of wedges right now. They're easy to wear, and add a fashion edge to the simplest of  outfits. This pair from Office, £70, are top of my wish list for spring.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Hour Fashion- Awards Ceremony Makeovers

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On the Hour this week, a team of four hard-working dinner ladies get an Oscars-inspired makeover!

Friday, 25 February 2011

Get Set For Sunshine!

After a crazy month of non-stop shows and shoots, I've managed to nip-off for a weekend in the sun....can't wait to get the bikini on! But with Summer on the way, it's time to start shopping for some 2011-style beach attire!

So while sitting in the departure lounge, I've been browsing my favourite swimwear sites.....and I just HAD to share this little cutie with you!

Warehouse's crochet bikini is just £30... And looks more than a little like this £270 Missoni one, that I've been eyeing for months. So that's a saving of over £200...that should cover those poolside cocktails ;)



Brown bikini, £270 @ Missoni



Pink bikini, £30. @ Warehouse

Moisture Boosting Beauty for Lips and Hands

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Hour Beauty - Best new beauty products

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The Hour Fashion 21/02/11 - Handbags

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The Hour Fashion - Awards Dresses 25/02/11

With awards season well underway, and anticipation of The Oscars on Sunday, we took four lovely school dinner ladies, and found them delightful dresses to wear to their work award ceremony dinner. You can see the results of our makeovers on The Hour tonight at 5pm on STV. 

 Finding the perfect dress for a special occasion is never easy, so here's my foolproof guide to suiting your shape, to make sure YOU feel a million dollars on your next big night out, too!


Best for Small Bust....

If you want to make your bust look fuller, opt for dresses for draping and detailing around the bust, to distract from your shape. A high, beaded neckline, or an asymmetric style will show-off toned arms and shoulders, while maximising your bust!

£68 @ www.lipsy.co.uk



Best for hiding upper arms....

If you want to disguise those bingo wings, go for dresses with a loose sleeve detail. Avoid dresses with a tight, cap sleeve that will dig-in to the flesh on your arm, and instead look for loose chiffon, or lace floaty sleeves!

£79 by Teatro @ www.isme.com
£65 @ www.missselfridge.com


Best for top-heavy....

Big busts are minimised by deep v-necks.  They help to break up the bust line, and show-off your killer cleavage. Remember to find dresses that have structure around the waist, to nip you in, and create an hourglass shape.
£175 @ www.johnlewis.com


Donella Silk Cream Maxi Dress





Best for pear shapes...

If your tummy or thighs are your problem area, you should look for dresses with draping down the lower half. These dresses will skim over your lumps and bumps and create a streamlined silhouette.
£179 @ www.Planet.co.uk
Ida Strapless Purple Maxi Dress
£130 www.monsoon.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Daily Record Fashion Fix 22 Feb 2011

Reader Question - Daily Record 22/02/2011



Q:  Hey Julie! Is there any chance todays daily record fashion will be on your website or blog? I missed it today, i follow it every week! love seeing your ideas!
Thanks! xx
Ps, love your new blog! :) 







Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Five under Fifty - Stripes


Sailor stripes come back into fashion every spring, but this years' sophisticated shapes are more ladylike and elegant than ever before. Just one stripy buy will add some wow! to your wardrobe
Jacket, £30 @ Tesco












 Dress, £45 @ Dorothy Perkins

£39.50 @ Marks and Spencer












£6 @ Matalan. This one won't hit stores til mid-March, but it's well-worth putting on your shopping list!

Bag, £6 @ Primark

Monday, 21 February 2011

Reader Question - The Hour 21/02/2011

Q:

Hi Julie

I hope you dont mind me emailing you! Well while juggling several things at once at dinner time this evening I did notice your nails. The colour is just lovely and have just booked to go on holiday next week and would love that colour as will be lovely on my hands in the sun-once they are tanned of course!! Really hope you dont mind me asking but I would probably be way off with the colour if I just tried to match it when looking for that colour.

Thanks again

A:


Thanks for  your email. It's Boots No7 Limited Edition Spring Nail Colour in Spice. I notice it's sold out online, but I'm sure you'll still be able to find it in stores. Hope you manage to find it, and have a lovely holiday! x

Reader Question - Scottish Wedding Show

Q:
Hi.
I am wondering if you could help. I was at the scottish wedding show yesterday and seen a dress that I love that was on the fashion show. I am pretty sure it was one  of the first designers on. I have looked at there websites and  cannot find it. Are you able to tell me the order in which the designers appeared? The dress was quite different from the others and had ahigh neck line and was a line style (i think). Your help woulld be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:
I'm glad you spotted one you liked, and I think I know which dress you are talking about...
If it's this one, then it's from The Wedding Planner in Helensburgh. They have a website, http://www.theweddingplanner.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=5 but they don't show many styles on there, so that's probably what's made it difficult to track down.
x

Reader Question - The Hour 21/02/2011

Q:

Hi Julie, please can you tell me where you got the dress you were wearing on The Hour show tonight? I love the colour, and I've been looking for one just like yours for ages!...


A:

Thanks for your email! I just bought it this morning in Dorothy Perkins. It's £38 and it's by a label called Closet, that they stock in the bigger stores. They have an amazing range of bright dresses, and the prices are all really reasonable. Happy Shopping!


The Hour Fashion - Handbags

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We're talking 'handbags' on The Hour tonight... lots of lovely arm candy for the new season! Tune in at 5pm tonight, on STV, to see some of the best bargains around!

I found so many amazing bags when shopping for this feature, and I just won't have time to mention them all on-air tonight, so here are a few of my faves from each of the key trends we'll be talking about... xx


Brights.......
Pink Suede clutch, £40 @ Topshop
Blue messenger bag, £44.99 @ Zara

Green chain strap bag, £18 @ Dorothy Perkins

Messengers.....

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pink mini-messenger, £22 @ Warehouse
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grey suede satchel, £45 @ Asos

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cream satchel bag, £795 @ Miu Miu





Luxury Leathers.....
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brown croc frame bag, £90 @ Mango

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brown snake bag, £33 @ River Island


cream mini lady bag, £20 @ Miss Selfridge
snakeskin look bag, £115 by Episode





FRINGES...


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taupe tassel messenger, £360 by Paul & Joe
fringe clutch, £35 @ Topshop



Animal Prints....


straw animal clutch, £6.99 @ H&M





pink shopper, £108 by See By Chloe @ Mywardrobe.com
Leopard ponyskin clutch, £65 @ Dune