Sunday, 28 November 2010

Get the look: Alexa Chung!

Alexa Chung is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and fashionable current style icons, so I have decided to write about how we can all get her look!
Hair and make up.
Alexa recently told magazines that she believes she has been blessed with good skin, and wears very little makeup. She thinks the key is to drink water. However, the little makeup Alexa does wear to affect her skin is usually from the Decleor Paris range. To get the Alexa look, you need to make your skin radiant, so moisturize regularly, and use a foundation slightly darker than your natural skin tone, and apply to your face, and possibly neck and ears, to avoid foundation lines! Alexa has statement eyebrows, so shape and define your eyebrows sharply. You can buy tools for shaping and pencilling eyebrows, as a two-in-one. Despite being so skinny, Alexa has a healthy tint to her cheeks, so try a peach blush, and perhaps a very small amount of pale bronzer. Finally, for lips, go for a nude or pastel pink lipstick rather than gloss, so as that shiny, artificial look doesn't occur. That's not Alexa. 
Alexa's hair may look pretty plain at a first glance, but it is actually beautiful, and extremely detailed! Firstly, to get the Alexa hair, you need to have your hair cut, into a layered look, that finishes just below your chin. Now this bit is pretty confusing, but you need to dye your whole hair dark brown, and then buy three different highlighter kits, one in light latte brown, on in caramel blonde, and one in golden blonde. Apply the latte brown only to the top layer of your hair. Next, apply the caramel all over the bottom layer, and lightly streak it into the top layer. Finally, take your golden highlighter, and apply extremely lightly over the top layer, and then take small sections of the bottom layer, and coat them in golden highlighter, for the 'frosted tip' effect. To get the Alexa hairstyle, wash your hair with a volumising shampoo, and condition well. While your hair is still wet, work in some almond or coconut oil, and comb your hair. Then, using a diffuser, start to dry your hair on a cool but strong setting. Stop when your hair is half dry, and use a volume mousse or seasalt spray on the roots of your hair. Give your hair a final blast on a cold dryer setting, and then tip your head upside down. Ruffle your hair, and then spray randomly and loosely.

Here is a high-street shops outfit, put together based on the photo above.

Pins and Needles Pleat Front Dress.
Urban Outfitters.

Pinstripe Blazer.
Pepe London @ Next

Chocolate Masculine Satchel

 Vintage Cameo Necklace
New Look

Herald Brogue Ankle Boots
Bronx @ Schuh

Thanks for reading, Kiki xx

Friday, 19 November 2010

Top 5 Gifts!

As Christmas sneaks nearer and nearer, everyone starts going mad, buying presents! So here are my top five gifts, which will go down really well with the close friends and family, and they aren't particularly expensive, either!

So, on with the list...

Gingerbread House Tin, £13.95, Lush.
This interesting gift box is filled with luxurious and dreamy relaxing treats, and makes the perfect gift for the self-indulging friend, who loves good smells, and everything good looking!
This box contains a candy cane design bubble bar, a 'bath ballistic' shaped and patterned to a Christmas Pudding, a gingerbread bubble bar, and a spicy cinders 'bath ballistic'. Kindly of Lush, you will also find a 10% discount voucher thrown into this beautifully scented and designed gift box.

3-in-1 Me To You Pyjamas, £32.99, New Look.
These wonderfully cosy pyjamas consist of warm fleece material hoodie and trousers, and a pink ribbed vest top. This is the ideal gift for the one who loves being cosy during the 'Warm Warm Winter'.
These pyjamas appear to be on sale in New Look. during every winter season, and never at any other time. That's good, because when you go to New Look, and you see the 3-in-1 pyjamas, you can say it's Christmas! It's like the Coke Advert, seeing Advent calenders, you know the score!
Anyhow, these pyjamas make a fabulous present, and should be bought a size bigger. Just saying, they're more comfortable then!

Waldo Pancake Notebook, £5.50, Utility.
This notebook is brilliant! I actually love it! I think it would be a very effective gift for the person who loves to write, but doesn't have the confidence to go public. However, this could possibly encourage other people to publish for them; it's like, don't press the red button. This quirky green book has 100 pages inside, which are alternately lined, which means that the writer has space to be a tad creative at times, as well!

Hello! Cushion by Emma Ferguson, £12.00, Hannah Zakari
I don't know about you, but I always seem to find people who I can't decide whether to buy them a present or not, because we haven't spoken in a while...anyhow, this would make the best gift for them; it'd remind them who you are, by saying hello, and giving you a hug!

Under The Mistletoe lip gloss set, £16.50, Philosophy.
This lip gloss collection is a good gift for the beautician of your friends, as these very pretty lip glosses really beautify your lips!
The set has four flavours; Have A Cherry Christmas, Pink Frosted Cookie, Peppermint Bark and Candy Cane!

Thanks for reading, Kiki xxx

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Topshop- The Kate Moss Collection!

Kate Moss, one of the most inspiring and famous models that I know has let out her own fashion range, which is now on sale at Topshop.
Kate has been gradually adding to her clothing line, and recently let out her last collection, before ending her partnership with top clothes shop, Topshop.

Kate Moss.
Kate Moss is an English model, and now also designer amongst other smaller jobs (which include singing in several published CD's, and appearing in music videos). She was born in Addiscombe, Croydon, and despite her extreme intelligence in general fame, out of the eight GCSE's she sat, she only passed one, which was in Science, and she achieved a C grade.
Kate was discovered at the young age of 14, by Storm Model Management, whilst in an airport, following her Bahamas holiday.
Kate currently lives in a £9million townhouse, with her young daughter, Lila Grace.

The collection.
Because the Kate Moss collection at Topshop is rather vast, I have just selected some of my favourite garments from the compilation.

At  £65.00, this embroidered blouse caught my eye, because of its controversy! Firstly, it's a blouse. That to me suggests sharp, precision, and business. However, it's made of a relatively flimsy, see-through, scarf like material, which actually suggests quite the opposite!
I think this blouse would be very well suited over a sophisticated party dress, with extremely high heels, or perhaps leggings! The difference in the outfits this blouse can make once again give a controversy, which I think is always good in clothing! Sadly, I don't really like the colour of this blouse; I think it is lacking in some interesting, bright shade.
So I rate this blouse 7/10.

You have probably gathered from reading my website by now that I am a massive fan of beautifully printed dresses! This dress is yet another to love! It costs £75.00, which considering I love dresses of this style is pretty reasonable. The colours used work very well together, and are very unique to be found on this style of chiffon dress, but that's a plus point, and I think that these shades would suit any tones of hair/skin/eyes. Secondly, I love the shaping of this dress, it's not too short, and I love the ruffly edge of the sleeves! I like how the dress is brought in at the waist, and tied with a ribbon; it gives the skirt a nice bit of volume!
I would rate this dress 9/10.

This ring is in my opinion, absolutely beautiful! I think it is completely wonderful!
It would match most outfits, because of the lovely inset imitation diamond stones, which would catch every colour in a stunning light, and the main red stone would either match, or create an interesting clash with the colours it is worn with.
Penultimatly, the design of the ring is fabulously intricate, which is what you like to see in jewellery!
Finally, I think this ring can be worn casually, or to a dressy event, which is perfect for people with rather hectic social lives!

I would rate this ring 10/10.

Thanks for reading! Love Kiki :)xxx