Category Archives: Celebrity style

Emma Roberts- the princess of clashing patterns and boho vibes. 💜💛💜

  
She’s the niece of Julia Roberts so her beauty is anticipated even before you’ve seen her- Emma Roberts is one of Hollywood’s most talented young ladies at the moment and is fast becoming not only known for her sterling acting skills, but also for her confident and fun fashion style. Think tomboy and girly girl at the same time- impressive! 

 
  

What I love about Emma’s style is how laid back it is when she’s ‘off-duty’. Often heading out in loose fitting floaty numbers paired with scruffy converses or a thrift shop vintage fur coat, Emma has achieved both a casual Californian style and a fun and innovative one.  

Emma is a big fan of effortlessly clashing patterns, particularly leopard print  (one of my personal favourites). I love how she successfully combines things that you would never think would look good together. Who would’ve thought Bart Simpson would look so chic paired with an A-line skirt? 

  
  

She clearly loves experimenting with her clothes, and being the Hollywood actress she is, has lots of exciting opportunities and events to attend where she can exercise her style ideas. From Coachella pool parties, to sitting Frow at a fashion show and attending premieres, Emma always manages to execute her wonderful personal style perfectly.

   

 She’s also a great fan of accessorising, be it with fab fifties shades or a cute (but I’m sure verrrry expensive) designer bag. 

  
So Emma’s style recipe seems to be find some boho patterns, mix with a little bit of vintage, add a few drops of classic designer, fold in some playful motifs and finish off with a twist of fifties style. et voila! An exciting and refreshing style! Emma has definitely encouraged me to clash and mix up some of my summer outfits! 

  
  

  

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The Perfect Style Icon for Me… 

I’ve been blogging as a hobby for a few years now and just like fashion trends, my style icons can change from season to season. 

I can remember becoming obsessed with Sienna Miller’s boho style many years ago, inspired by Victoria Beckham’s sophisticated and pretty tailoring when she launched her fashion label, and endlessly impressed by Kate Moss’ ability to make anything look cool over the years.  

  
This week I thought I’d revisit one of my steady style icons, Ashley Madekwe. She’s a fairly well-known British actress now living in LA (you may recognise her from Scandal and Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) but perhaps not up in the ranks with Kate and Victoria. I first discovered her amazing style through her blog ‘Ring My Bell’. 

  
The thing I love most about Ashley’s style is that it’s often simplistic but still has an adventurous edge to it. She’s a big fan of wearing neutrals and then adding some fun to her outfit through some playful accessories or a blast of colour or pattern. 

 
Ashley uses her blog to document her every-day style and again, this is why I love her- her style is easily achievable and actually does define ‘every-day’. 

 Saying that, Ashley is an actress living in LA, so gets to attend lots of glamorous events. This is where I lust after outfits which I probably wouldn’t be able to wear for everyday occasions! 

    Whether she’s going for timeless monochrome  

 
Pretty in pastels…

  
Or going neutral while some snappy clothing shapes do the talking, Ashley has conquered the art of everyday street style and glamorous LA actress style simultaneously. 

  

Ashley, I love your timeless, simplistic yet trendy style and will continue to try to replicate it for many years to come! I wish I had your wardrobe! 

  

  

 
 

 

Cut It Out! 

Gosh this erratic weather at the moment is really testing our fashion ways! One day we wake to glorious sunshine and the starting signals of spring,then the next day decides to bless us with rain and gales and we’re catapulted back into winter. 

In past years this would traditionally be the time to start transitioning to our spring wardrobes- the shops are certainly sticking to this regime. Window fronts have literally blossomed into spring, with light colours and floral patterns starting to adorn many a mannequin. 

  I’m still finding refuge in my big cosy coats, lined ankle boots and knitwear,though I long for the days where you can go outside without needing a jacket and tights on! 

I’ve recently discovered a great way to still keep warm but bring something new to my spring wardrobe-cut out clothing! 

 Not as weird as it sounds I promise. This trend has been seen on many a celebrity recently and also in both designer and high street collections. Take a traditional knitted garment and simply cut out the shoulders or parts of the sleeve. The result- a trendy twist on an otherwise fairly normal piece of clothing. 

  
  
This trend is actually very flattering for all body shapes too, highlighting little sections of the upper body body, breaking up bigger frames or showing off petite frames by highlighting delicate features such as shoulders. Sometimes just the littlest flash of flesh can be more attractive  than showing off a lot of it too! 

  
Celebrities including Selena Gomez and high street brands such as H&M, New Look and REISS demonstrate how versatile this trend can be using all sorts of clothing styles and colours. 

Selena’s simple black jumper is instantly transformed into a slick and sexy number with just a few choice slashes! Black is a great colour to go for with this trend as it can always be dressed up or down. All you would need to do to the below outfits is to add some heels to take from day to night. 

   As you can see, this trend can easily be worked into all of our everyday wardrobes, and can be used as a fun twist on the everyday knitted jumper.   
Take a look at this outfit idea for the office (or just for a smart trendy look), all from New Look:

 

And if you like the idea of cut out tops, you can transfer it to a more well-known trend, the ripped or ‘cut out’ jean. Again, a great way to keep your everyday look but add a fun twist. 

And there is no better time to buy, as sales are still going strong in the shops. You can get a cut out garment for a cut price- perfect! 

   

  

  
  

Shirts To Make You Smile.

A capsule wardrobe- its what we all aspire to own. A carefully compiled collection of all the basics which will cover all of our needs and which will also stand the test of time. The trouble is, what with all the temptation on the high street and trends enticing us in, its quite hard to achieve this! How often have you come home from a shopping trip with something that you probably don’t need, or something which you realistically know you will only wear once? But as emotional shoppers, we women usually find a good enough reason to justify our purchase, much to the bemusement of our functional male shopper counterparts!

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Personally speaking, I have fallen into the ‘impulse shop‘ trap many a time, but since training as a stylist, I have learnt to reign in my shopping habits and only part with my money if I know I can team new buys with items already in my wardrobe. In my mind there is a mini ticklish which I have to complete before reaching the till;

  1. Will I wear this more than once?
  2. Can I wear this item in more than one way?
  3. Will this item stand the test of time?

Inspired by my new shopping ways, this week I thought I would do a blogpost on an item which I think is one of the most important parts of a timeless capsule wardrobe…..

The Classic Shirt.

Yes, its the classic shirt! One of the most versatile pieces of clothing you will come across, but also a flattering and chic piece. The shape and fit of a shirt is designed to flatter a women’s shape- the collar frames the face, the shape of a tailored shirt pulls in at the waist and flows out, and a 3/4  sleeve length  can show off the most elegant and thinnest part of your arm.

If you’re looking for an easy piece of clothing to start off your capsule wardrobe, this is it. I’m going to look at three of the easiest and most popular shirt styles to wear.

The White Shirt.

A crisp white shirt teamed with denim jeans could not make for a more classic and timeless combo. This is an effortlessly stylish look and easy to achieve for a smart-casual look. Minimal accessorising is needed and the shirt shape will flatter your assets. Choose whether to go for an oversized ‘boyfriend’ version teamed with slimline jeans, or alternatively a tailored fitted shirt for a smarter look.

The beauty of a white shirt is basically that its a clean palette for you to do whatever you want with! As mentioned previously, you could pair with jeans for a day-time outfit, dress up with a pencil skirt for work, or glam up with a patterned skirt for a sophisticated night out. When shopping for a good white shirt, I would recommend shopping for a good quality one rather than going for a cheap and cheerful version. It is likely to look better, be more comfortable and will also stand the test of time. Remember to wash well, as there’s nothing worse than a white shirt that has turned into a grey miserable one!

Personally, I would choose to wear a white shirt with some skinny jeans, adding a pop of colour with some bright or patterned heels. I would also like to try pairing one with a pretty mid length A-line skirt. See these pics for some inspo…

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The Plaid Shirt.

This is the perfect easy-to-wear option to have in your wardrobe. I have had a plaid shirt in my wardrobe since my late teens and find that they are perfect to throw on for a stylish yet comfy piece. If you wanted to dress up your plaid shirt you could team with a skirt, be it a flowing maxi or a fun mini A-line. To complete this playful look, I would knot the shirt up at the hips . Alternatively, why not go oversized and wear over a dress or as a dress. Like the white shirt, there are so many ways to wear this timeless look and you’ll never find it hard to locate them in all different shapes and colours on the high street.

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The Denim Shirt.

Saving the best until last, the denim shirt is my all time favourite! For me, its one of the most easily stylish looks you can get and demonstrates the ‘timeless, versatile and easy to wear‘ functions of ‘the shirt‘ perfectly. If you’re feeling brave, denim on denim can look amazing-just make sure the shades of denim you use are slightly different to ensure your outfit has a bit of depth. Same rules apply as with the white shirt- for ultimate chic denim shirt inspiration, see Olivia Palermo who always teams her shirts with timeless neutral classics.

For me, the classic shirt will always have a place in my wardrobe, I just love how easy to wear they are and how I can match them up with so many other items already in my wardrobe.

If you would like any help getting your wardrobe in shape, or would like to create your own capsule wardrobe, feel free to get in touch with me, or visit my website http://www.charlottebethstyle.com to have a look at the services I offer to help you feel happier and more confident with your style!

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Brogues in Vogue.

We all have that one area of our wardrobe which we neglect. It could be that we find that particular garment a nightmare to buy (usually jeans as it feels like rocket science is needed to find ‘the perfect fit’), or it could be that its something that is just easily overlooked (boring socks). But personally, my area of wardrobe that often looks a little neglected is my footwear section.

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Don’t get me wrong, I do own a fair few pairs of shoes! But these shoes are usually all very similar and despite the large volume of shoes I own, because they’re all the same I actually end up with the dreaded ‘I have nothing to wear!!!‘ syndrome on a lot of occasions.

So this Autumn I have decided to focus on my tootsies and keeping them warm and protected. My go-to shoe style at this time of year (before it gets really cold) is more often than not the ballet pump. Pretty and easy to get on and off but with very little support or protection. It is essentially like walking on bare feet with a small slip of fabric between you and the ground!

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I have always admired the brogue style of shoe for women but until recently have  thought that it doesn’t particularly fit in with my personal style. I love the slightly androgynous look that they can give off whilst still maintaining a level of femininity by showing off sleek and elegant ankles. Worn with cropped or ankle grazers, they can be shown off at their best.

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After a lengthy session on Pinterest followed by an online shopping mission, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of brogues that caught my eye and the different looks you can create with them. So here are three ways to wear brogues this season.

With a dress.

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Bringing feminine together with the androgynous. I think it would be a little optimistic to assume we would be going tight-less during the winter but all the same, a pair of brogues with a pretty dress makes for a really stylish look and a great way to show off legs! This is a great look for an apple-shaped lady who is perhaps larger on top but who has skinnier legs as the brogues will draw the eye down. Wear with chunky tights and layer your dress with a warm and cosy knitted cardigan or jumper cinched in with a belt. For extra style points to embrace this season’s trends, team your brogues with a boho dress for a warm winter look.

As a splash of colour.

Aside from the black or tan colours that we mostly associate traditional brogues with, there are a plethora of patterned and coloured brogues on the market nowadays. These can add a ‘bit of ommph‘ to a simple or classic outfit.

Wear with cropped trousers, a crisp white shirt and tailored blazer for a stylish and smart look. Alternatively, wear with a colour block outfit to really let your brogues do the talking. This is a great way to team your new brogues with staples that you probably already own such as your jeans and neutrally coloured garments. All black teamed with a coloured, metallic or patterned pair of brogues will look effortlessly stylish in my opinion, and I’ll definitely be trying this look out!

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Modernise Your Brogue

If the traditional brogue isn’t your thing, why not try an adapted version of it? During my online search I found a number of ‘girlier‘ styles of brogue which may work for someone with a particularly feminine personal style, from cut-out detailing to heeled brogues. These would work well with dresses and also as a smart footwear option for workwear. Also quite good as a stepping stone between ballet pumps and traditional brogues!

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After writing this blog post I am even more convinced that I’ll be investing in this style this season. My feet will rejoice and my ballet pumps will despair! To finish off, here are a couple of my favourite brogue looks.

Are you a brogue convert?

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Stylish Not Just On A Saturday- Rochelle Humes

*Hoorah, I’ve finally had time to blog!! As I’m sure all you fellow bloggers know, balancing both a full-time job and a blog can be quite the challenge. Throw in organising a change of job and a new flat in a new City and you find you’re even more pressed for time! But I’m happy to say I eventually  found some free time to do what I like to do best- talk fashion!*

I heard a crazy statistic on the news today (please don’t ask me to remember the exact statistic as I heard it not long after I’d woken up very early, let’s just say it made me listen), that we all spend a HUGE part of our day trawling through various apps and websites on our phones. Whether its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the Daily Mail showbiz app (guilty pleasure of course), we are constantly aware of everything going on around us. This suits me fine as I get to nose on what everyone is wearing!

Internet browsing and walking on a busy street- the ultimate multi-task!

Internet browsing and walking on a busy street- the ultimate multi-task!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week my celebrity style crush has to go to Miss Rochelle Humes of Saturdays girl band fame. She brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘yummy mummy’! At the start of the week she appeared on TV wearing a very on-trend pink PVC pencil skirt. When Lady GaGa wore her own pink PVC skirt a couple of years ago, little did she know that her ‘out-there’ look would eventually catch on for the mainstream market! Spotted on other celebs including Kim Kardashian and some of the Towie girls, these skirts are incredibly statement. Be prepared to dazzle onlookers with the shine for a start! Wear with a cropped top and heels in the evening, or teamed with cute knitwear for a more casual look. Why not invest in a stunning statement necklace too, just like Rochelle’s pretty flower one. So jealous of that girl! If you’re looking to pocket a PVC skirt off the high street, ASOS is the place to look.

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And for her appearance at the Pride of Britain Awards alongside fellow Saturday band mates and husband Marvin, Rochelle took the crown for best dressed girl-band member in her simply beautiful nude embellished floor length gown. This rather ethereal dress teamed with gothic lips, a loose plait and metallic clutch looks amazing I think! Embellishment is always en vogue (see my previous blog post on embellishment at LFW 13), and the trend is set to stay with designers including Christoper Kane and Burberry using it heavily in their new collections. River Island have some lovely embellished designs- I absolutely love this dress shown below. So well done Rochelle, you can have 100 house-points for your fashion efforts this week! And I’ll give myself a pat on the back for finding some time to blog!

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Jessica Alba Looking fashionable at New York Fashion Week (who would’ve thought?!)

The fashion cycle is turning once again, and a new season of looks has been thrust upon us- yep, its fashion week time. As Autumn creeps up on us and we begin to pack away our summer lightweights and invest in some key winter pieces, our attention is diverted to spring 2014- that’s fashion for you, always something new on the scene!

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As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, and London prepares to host its own one, I thought I’d hail a lady who always looks effortlessly amazing and who certainly  didn’t disappoint at the various f-row events and parties in New York- Miss Jessica Alba!

Jessica Alba is always firmly in my top five style icons. I love her ability to look flawless, whether she is shopping in a supermarket with baby in tow, or posing on the red carpet for a Hollywood premiere. She’s a fan of timeless classic pieces but teams these with kooky daring garments-creating a rather versatile wardrobe. Her best fashion trick is to use vivid colours in everyday outfits to give them a bit of Ka-Pow. AND she’s a big fan of yellow just like me. All in all, I would like to be her please!

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At New York Fashion Week Jessica wore some key AW trends. At the Charlotte Ronson show, she defied all rules that knee high socks are only for school girls.  With these she wore classic monochrome stripes, a pleated mini skirt and some very on trend deep berry lipstick. This was a fun look made all the better by an artfully draped leather jacket over the shoulders- draping is BIG this winter guys, perfect for your big oversized coats. Not necessarily winter-friendly though! 😛

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Jessica Alba at Charlotte Ronson NYFW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing her fun streak, Jessica wore a signature Phillip Lim comic book slogan sweater teamed with navy and black tapered  trousers and red stilettos. But she also displayed her versatility as a style icon, going all demure in an asymmetrically cut black dress with white accessories and sleek hair at Narciso Rodriguez. She also returned to stripes in a smart power blazer and quiff up-do at DVF.

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Jess wasn’t the only well-dressed celebrity to grace NYFW. Check out these celebrities looking pretty suave. Bonus points to Olivia Palermo for wearing sunglasses on the frow during a show- so fashion darling!

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And of course, I couldn’t blog about fashion week without picking some favourite looks for Spring 2014- what were your favourite shows? Can’t wait for LFW!

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