Friday, March 15, 2013

Red Nose Day: ELLE's pyjama party for Comic Relief

PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH

For Red Nose Day today, I'm joining in with the Evening Standard's pyjama party to raise money for Comic Relief and going to work in my pyjamas. In fact, all of Team ELLE are wearing PJs to the office.

To help us reach (and beat) our fundraising target Comic Relief, please sponsor us. Want proof that we really are wearing PJs at work? Here's it is.

My shorts pyjama set and my colleague Lisa Rahman's PJs are by Nicole Farhi. I love the ditsy floral print, don't you?

As for my Kate Moss Red Nose Day vest, it's designed by Stella McCartney and is available at TK Maxx for £14.99. All profits from TK Maxx's Red Nose Day T-shirts go to Comic Relief so you can give to charity simply by shopping!

Are you wearing PJs to work today? If so, what pyjamas have you plumped for - faithful flannels, cute cottons or sexy satin? 

Of course, you could always rework last year's pyjama trend. My Marni for H&M PJ set has already been worn in the office. And H&M's PJ outfit is a smart choice. Whatever you're doing for Red Nose Day, have fun.

Btw, this is the Sport Relief challenge I took part in for Comic Relief in 2010. Click here and here to see the Beckhams worn the Bargainista way!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gap's monochrome nautical-print trousers

PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH

Monochrome is a big trend this season. And it's a really easy look to tap into. You don't even need to buy anything new if you've got black and white pieces in your wardrobe already.

For style inspiration, see how Team ELLE wears monochrome. My nod to the trend is with these £34.95 super-skinny trousers from Gap. Isn't the anchor print cute? I do like a nautical motif.

I've paired my trousers with a simple black cashmere jumper, but once the cold freeze is over, you can carry on the monochrome theme with a white T-shirt or top. The great thing about these trousers – or 'khakis' as Gap is calling them – is that they'll easily see you into summer. I'm already picturing them with flip-flops!

As usual, I like to make a look my own with jewellery. Gold has been my thing for a little while now so I've layered a vintage locket with my Alex Monroe horseshoe necklace.

And remember when I teased you on Twitter last year with a picture of a receipt for a diamond ring for £35? Well, this is the ring. It's a delicate gold band with four teeny-tiny diamonds set in a square.

It was one of those spur-of-the-moment purchases when you're browsing in an antique jewellery shop (this one was in Honiton), not really expecting to find anything to your taste or budget. So when the dainty simplicity of the 1940s design caught my eye, together with the £35 price tag, it was too irresistible a bargain to ignore.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

My ELLE Style Awards hair and make-up look

PHOTOGRAPH BY VICTORIA ADAMSON

For the ELLE Style Awards, the team is really lucky to get a helping hand to look great on the night. This is me pre-outfit with my hair and make-up done, thanks to the amazing teams at Daniel Hersheson and Benefit.

I opted for The B-52 hairstyle offered at Daniel Hersheson's Blow-Dry Bars. A half-up, half-down up-do, there's lots of backcombing, pins and hairspray involved, but it's a lot looser and more casual than a full-on up-do. I had the same style at last year's ELLE Style Awards and I loved it.

And the best part of my Benefit make-up? The false lashes. My make-up artist used the Angel Lash, curled and precisely separated lashes that give a natural, pretty look. They felt so light and weightless. At £11.50, they're definitely worth buying, especially as they're reusable.

Go behind the scenes and see the other ELLE Style Awards hair and beauty looks from the team.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

What I wore to the ELLE Style Awards 2013

 
 PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH

Forget Fashion Weeks, the highlight of the past month for me was the ELLE Style Awards 2013 – not least because I got to enjoy the Awards dinner with Markus Lupfer (he gave me a preview of his a/w 2013 look book on his iPhone), Holly Fulton and Osman Yousefzada and got a close-up of Kate Hudson in her amazing Stella McCartney red lace dress.

With any fashion event, what to wear is the biggest dilemma. To avoid the stress of finding something new, this year I returned to an old favourite: a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress.

I admit, it's been worn to a previous ELLE Style Awards and many a wedding, too, but recycling a look is often the thriftiest option, especially one that's as well-loved as this one. (There's actually a rather obsessive tale behind the purchase of this dress, but I'll save that for another day.)

I kept the rest of my look simple with a vintage Whiting & Davis clutch that made its first appearance at the ELLE Style Awards 2011 and a pair of suede and snakeskin Chie Mihara sandals that I purchased last summer, post-Latitude festival in Southwold (along with my Aubin & Wills quilted jacket; I'm still mourning the closure of A&W).

It's always worth checking out independent boutiques for designer labels. My Chie Mihara shoes were from Collen & Clare, which stocks everything from Acne to Vaness Bruno Athé. It just so happened there were 50% reductions in store, so my shoes came tumbling down from £195 to £97.50.

They're worth every penny. Ever since I bought my first pair of Chie Mihara shoes, I've been impressed. Chie Mihara makes heels that are comfortable. The ELLE Style Awards was the first outing for my new shoes and there weren't any painful feet to complain of. Perfect for a night of partying.

See what the rest of Team ELLE wore to the ELLE Style Awards 2013, plus read what the team's favourite memories are over the years. I'll leave you with mine…

'As the award for International Designer of the Year was being announced in 2010, I glanced to my left and I saw Burberry's Christopher Bailey waiting to go on stage to collect his award.
I caught his eye and gave him a big congratulatory smile and he smiled back!'

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