Met Gala Style 2015

Last night’s Met Gala was a busy time in the fashion world! I woke up to images of hundreds of dresses that graced the red carpet and overall, I was pretty impressed with them! The theme for this years event was ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ and overall I think the theme was interpreted well into stylish, beautiful gowns, dresses and outfits that were seen.

The most talked about was Rihanna in Guo Pei. I mean, come on, how can this NOT be the most talked about outfit from the night. I’d expect nothing less from Rihanna, and while the colour and feather trim were not to my taste, she rocked the red carpet.

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The other statement outfits came from Karen Elson in Dolce and Gabbana, Sarah Jessica Parker (sorry, but she’s lost it) in custom H&M and a Philip Treacy hat, Lady Gaga in Balenciaga and Kerry Washington in Prada. Overall the only one that impressed was Karen Elson, appearing regal in gold and red.

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Speaking of red, there was LOADS of it on the red carpet, a little too much for my taste. I adore a beautiful red dress at an event like this (see here for my Oscars review) but I would have liked a little more originality. Kendall Jenner in her jade Calvin Klein gown was sublime, as was Joan Smalls in Roberto Cavalli.

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Some of my favourite red’s were from Poppy Delevigne in divine Marchesa, Sienna Miller in Thakoon, Alison Williams in Giambattista Valli and Gigi Hadid in stunning Diane von Furstenburg.

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The second round of reds include Helen Mirren in Dolce and Gabbana (future goals), Jaime King showing her gorgeous bump off in this simple Hugo Boss gown, Rita Ora in Tom Ford and Reese Witherspoon doing her thing in Jason Wu.

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The last round of reds are a little disappointing, and don’t pop on the carpet like the others. Vanessa Hudgens in H&M, Hailee Steinfeld in Michael Kors, Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger and Amal Clooney in ruffled Maison Margiela. I’m probably being unfair to Amal to be honest, the more I look at her dress, the more I like it.

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One of the beauty trends on this years red carpet were the dark lips, as rocked by these beauties. An extreme look that lent itself really well to this years theme. Pictured is Adriana Lima, Carey Mulligan, Claire Danes, Lily Aldrige and my fave, Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Beautiful.

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The other ladies who were on point with their interpretation of the theme were Anne Hathaway in this STUNNING gold hooded Ralph Lauren gown, Kate Mara in this elegant Diane von Furstenberg dress, Lily Collins nailed it in this classic Chanel outfit and Cara Delevignes edgy temporary body art showed that fashion is not just material. Loved them.

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Now for the other most talked about dresses, the booty shots. These nude/crystal/feathered delights worn by the most bootilicious women in the world…but whose was best? I’m going to have to say…Kim K.

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Beyonce’s Givenchy see through is beautiful, and she has the body to show it off, but her make up aged her and she looked a bit tired and a bit fed up to be honest. Jennifer Lopez wore Versace Atelier but that side angle shows just an inch too much skin. Kim Kardashian’s Roberto Cavalli dress had the nude in all the right places, and she looked the most comfortable in her dress, and the feathered train is sublime.

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My other favourites were the gold dresses worn by Jessica Chastain in Givenchy (her complexion!), Kate Beckinsale in Diane von Furstenberg and Kate Hudson in impressive Michael Kors.

Of course Rosie Huntington-Whitely is divine in this Versace Atelier one shouldered dress, Sofia Vergara sticking to her glamourous style in Marchesa and Sophie Turner is killing it in this Burberry dress. I’m surprised she wasn’t featured more in some of the style reviews I’ve read so far.

Now for the not so goods, and there are a few. These outfits say it all, I love ladies pushing the envelope in terms of style on a red carpet but some of these are just, no.

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Chloe Sevigny fails again, while Zac Posen has done Katie Holmes no justice in this dress, even a dramatic hair cut can’t save it. Emily Blunt gives me horrid 90’s flashbacks in this satin dress, and Katy Perry’s Moschino gown is a little last season. That colour dress and those gloves on Olivia Wilde are a let down from Michael Kors.

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These dresses definitely fit into the ‘What were you thinking?’ category. Zendaya, Solange, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lisa Bonet and Karolina Kurkova miss the point completely.

What were your favourites from the red carpet at this years event?

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Wedding Wednesday…Suzy’s Dress

Wedding dress shopping is daunting, exciting, scary, joyous and stressful all rolled into one. No matter what your temperament is as a person, you will experience a whole range of emotions when choosing THE DRESS. And rightly so, your dress will be what makes you feel beautiful on your wedding day, and you will want to feel like a million dollars.

I’ve been off work this past week and have been indulging myself by watching a LOT of TLC – in particular, ‘Say Yes To The Dress’, so today’s topic could be nothing other than this. Here’s a few tips of my own (and some stolen from the show) for when you make the decision on your wedding dress.

    • Time – two things to consider:
      • Leave enough time before your wedding to choose your dress, you have to consider the usual lead time from ordering your dress to it arriving. You will also need to set aside enough time for the alterations to be made. On average it can take 9 months, so bear this in mind. I was quoted 6 months for mine to be ready, and it actually arrived just two weeks before the wedding. It was a worry I did not need!
      • When making appointments with bridal shops, ensure you leave enough time for the actual appointment. Each shop will have so many styles to choose from, you may need longer in some than others depending on the range available, experience and knowledge of the bridal consultant etc. Feeling rushed when choosing and trying on different dresses could lead to rash decisions.
    • Set a budget that includes accessories and alteration costs. Typical alterations can include, bust, waist and height so you will need to factor an estimate of cost in for this. Unfortunately not all sizes will fit perfectly. You may also choose a hoop with the dress, and these come at an extra cost.
    • I’d probably also consider what lingerie you think you might like before you choose your dress. For example, I have a larger bust and knew that not wearing a bra for my wedding day was a no go. That also meant low backed dresses were not an option for me. I decided fairly early on I would like a corset as I am also quite conscious of my tummy.
    • Following on from this, decide what is important for you for the style of dress you like. You may be set on a lace dress, or a dress with sleeves, or a skirt style like A-line. However, always be open to other options.
    • Communicate your initial preferences (like the corset & style) to the bridal consultant and also to your friends and family who come with you to your appointments.  For the consultant this is a great starting point for them, to get a feel for what you are after. If you don’t have any preferences, then I would definitely suggest you try lots of different styles, colours and fabrics to try and narrow down what you like and don’t like.
    • In fact, even if you do have set ideas on what your perfect dress is like, make sure you try on at least a couple of different options just to make sure. You never know! I think it’s a great idea to try on a style of dress you would never normally consider. At the very least, it will reaffirm your final choice.
    • I’d also consider asking the bridal consultant to pick out at least two dresses for you to try. They have the most experience on this, and they can choose options for you based on your colouring, size and the current trends in bridal design, as well as your price range.
    • Try and take heels similar to the height that you want to wear on the day with you to the appointments. Even though length of dresses can be altered, you need to know how tall you are going to look in the dress.
    • Know when the dress is THE ONE. It may well be the first one you try on! Of course, carry on trying on some more dresses, knowing you can always come back to your favourite at the end of the appointment to make sure. Conversely, if you are not grinning from ear to ear when trying any of the dresses on, then move on from the appointment. Visit some more stores, and maybe make notes about the dresses you didn’t like and why. This should help you find the right one at a future date. I tried my dress on three times at two different stores before I chose it, and my body language when I was wearing it confirmed my decision.
    • To veil or not to veil? I was ADAMANT I didn’t want or need a veil for my wedding day. The bridal consultant suggested I try one on with the dress just to see how it felt and I have to say, it transformed my dress from a lovely dress to my perfect wedding dress. It completed the look for me, and I was amazed at how I felt about it once I had tried it on. Luckily, I borrowed a veil from a good friend (thanks Fiona!) so didn’t need to find extra money in the budget for this!
    • Make sure you order the size that fits you now, and not a smaller (or larger) size that you hope will fit you in the future. The bridal consultant will measure you and advise which size you need based on your dresses size guide, and I strongly suggest you take their advice. You can’t add material, you can only take it away. I lost just over a stone in weight between ordering the dress and my wedding day, but I was more than happy to pay for the alterations needed. Imagine the heartbreak if I had ordered a smaller size and hadn’t lost the weight!
  • Ask for discount. I am so serious about this I can’t even tell you. What’s the worst that can happen? They say no, and you pay full price. Most stores are competing for your business, and discounts are an important incentive to you choosing the dress from their store as opposed to another. I didn’t even have to ask for any discount on mine, the consultant knew what my budget was and told me she could discount my dress to come within my price point. Lovely stuff.

Here’s some of the dresses I tried on:

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And here’s the dress I chose. The last pic was taken at the final fitting.

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I hope you find these tips helpful!

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This is our journey, all of us. Our blog was born from the desire to do something together, to share with each other and with you.

We have been friends for seven years, and have already grown, uprooted, fallen in love, succeeded and failed, become a family and won and lost at many things during our friendship.

Our blog name is born out of the idea that as we approach the next stage in our lives we will be growing from blossoms to flourishing at whatever we set our minds to.

So, now on to the exciting stuff….and also the everyday stuff too. Neither of us are writers or particularly creative types so we are looking forward to the challenge this blog presents.

We’ll be sharing our lives, our upcoming projects and craft ideas. We’ll also be posting recommendations on places to visit, recipes & sharing photos, alongside beauty and fashion tips, personal stuff and anything else that comes along our way on this new journey! So, we hope you enjoy our blog, and would love to hear your comments. Give us time though, we’re new to this!

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