Bring On Awards Season

It’s that time again, awards season has arrived.
YES

Some may watch and follow these events to see the artists hard work be acknowledged – my reasoning, the outfits. The pure joy I have in waiting for the celebs to walk the red carpet and to see there outfit of choice. Of course it is fantastic for people to be nominated and receive an award for there achievements but we all know that the minute they step out of that black tinted car the whole world will be judging them on how they look.

Do I have the right shoes on to coordinate with my outfit? Am I wearing the right colour for this season? Is this outfit edgy enough for people to remember my choice tomorrow? How many millions are my earrings worth, I hope I don’t loose them? Can I remember what designer I am wearing?
All really important questions of course.

In five minutes the Golden Globes live from the red carpet on E! airs here in the UK. I will wait eagerly to see who has made a bold, brave choice and who has underwhelmed with a forgettable ensemble.

Of course I will report back to you all with my favourites but if you want to catch up sooner head over to my Twitter account for some live feedback.

Twitter: The Trendy Orange

Who are you most excited to see? I cannot wait to see Emily Blunt and Emma Stone.

Bring on the fashion! 

Hysteria, Hair Dye and Fashion Week. I’ve Been Busy.

It seems I have a lot to tell you since I’ve been absent from the blogging world.

I’ve changed jobs. I can now call myself a London commuter, Mayfair to be precise. Not as glamorous as some might think. Squabbling to get a seat then the crush, heat and hysteria that is the tube. If you have ever been on a tube during rush hour then you will know that you have to wave goodbye to the luxury that is personal space. One of the frustrating parts is that I can be having an amazing hair/makeup day, however when I actually get to work it looks like I’ve just run a marathon. Sweating, frizzy and NOT attractive. All things considered I bloody love London and all of it’s quirks.

My hair colour has changed 3 times in my time away. It’s now a burgundy that looks vivid in the light. As much as red dye is a pain to maintain I have a weakness and seem to keep coming back to that same colour.

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L’Oreal Feria Booster Scarlet Power

Unless you bleach your hair first I do not know how anyone can get the colour this bright. I have been pillar box red once but had to bleach my hair beforehand, won’t be doing that again anytime soon. Hair = straw.
Over the years and experimenting with most high street hair dye brands I really rate the Loreal range. I’ve found that the colours are really pigmented, long wearing and you can usually get some form of special offer if you buy two or more. Perfect for someone like me who needs a couple of boxes for my thick mane.

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Dress: Boohoo

Necklace: New Look

Lipstick: Called Up by Topshop 

One of my most exciting adventurous was London Fashion Weekend. Of course being a fashion addict I watched as many shows at LFW as I could, far to many amazing collections for me to mention. Let’s save that for another post shall we?

I have so much more to tell you but will keep you in suspense until next time otherwise we will be here for hours.

I’m glad to be back. More posts coming soon.

Festival Fashion

71 DAYS TO GO

Anyone else who is counting down the days just like I am will know exactly what I’m talking about. VFestival.

I’m very excited to be going this year, even though I am not your typical camping kind of girl. Me sleeping in a tent should be fun.. well an experience at least. Being my typical fashion forward self one of my first thoughts was ‘What am I going to wear?’

One of the main things I love about festival fashion is that it is so carefree. This season is the time to see who has their own individual style and who follows the standard festival look book. I personally like to mix my own style with the typical bohemian look – flowers are a given as I love them anyway! So along with the standard wellies, floral headband and denim shorts I am keeping an eye out for something that catches my eye.

As soon as our tickets were booked I grabbed my laptop and went straight to ASOS, as usual it did not let me down. First thing I was looking for was a rain mac that would be able to cope with all kinds of weathers, as we all know the British weather is very unpredictable even in August. Most festival macs are only shower proof so I needed to find one that was made from a soft plastic – polyurethane is the materials proper name. I saw one and it stood out immediately and before I knew it

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 ASOS Rain Mac With Henna Print £40

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Unfortunately I have had to send this back for an exchange as it was extremely big but hopefully it will be back soon so I can show you all how amazing this is on. So my advice if your buying a mac this shape and style is to go for a size down! The black outline detail was a real selling point, the piping combined with the geometric pattern makes this is perfect festival purchase for me. One thing to bare in mind is that this material doesn’t give you any warmth but in the cold weather throw a jumper on underneath and you are good to go. The pockets are a fantastic size, big enough for you to put everything in and not to have to take a bag. Cannot wait to wear this… but for now it’s more shopping for me. You won’t hear me complaining about that.

Are you going to any festivals this summer?

Do you have any tips and tricks on festival fashion? 

More festival related blogs to come.

Stay Tuned

Hiya!

Just wanted to start by apologising for my lack of posts, It’s been a busy time for this trendy orange lately. No excuse though… SORRY.

I have plenty of fab things on the way so stay tuned.

Tomorrows post – Festival Fashion.

Reverse Hair Washing. Does it actually work?

Just a quick post from me today.

I have to say when I first read about the reverse hair washing technique I was extremely sceptical. If you haven’t heard of this its where you condition before shampooing.

The whole idea just seems strange to me. How could shampooing your hair after it’s been conditioned work? Apparently the ‘experts’ say that with the normal shampoo-conditioner method weighs your hair down as you can never quite wash all the oil out. So with this new reverse technique you are supposed to have a end result of de-tangled, silky hair that is full of volume but no left over residue.

Everyone in the twitter world has been raving about it. What is the worst that could happen right? Apart from wasting 15 minutes of my time… So I gave it a go.

To my surprise I was VERY impressed. My hair felt really soft, shiny and full of life. For someone like me who has quite naturally oily hair anyway this technique is fantastic. I didn’t find that I had a residue on my hair that creates that waxy texture and look, it just left it feeling like a silky gloss finish that you get when you go to the hairdressers. I would suggest everyone to go and try it!

It would seem that we have been washing our hair wrong all these years. Who knew?

I have definitely jumped on the reverse hair washing bandwagon and I won’t be going back. 

Let me know how you get on… Would love to know if this works for you as well.

Plaits Are Here To Stay

You cannot deny that hair braids have been EVERYWHERE lately and believe me when I say that they are not going away any time soon. One thing I love about a braid is that they are so versatile, they seem to withstand all types of weather. Sun. Rain. Wind. Even torrential downpours which we are not short of in the UK. Whether you opt for a simple traditional plait or a more modern take on the trend the braid is here to stay.

Having extremely thick hair myself I am lucky that I can do pretty much anything with it. Growing up with frizzy, thick, ginger hair was an absolute nightmare! I didn’t have a clue what to do with it. How do you tame something that resembles a cross between a lions mane and a poodle? You may laugh at the image you have in your head right now, but I’m not joking.

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This pretty much sums up my natural hair. If you didn’t think a ginger afro was possible, think again. Thankfully I have a great sense of humour and now a good understanding on how to tame the beast. Apparently this season frizz is back – a bonus for me and my mane. Its not about the smooth sleek finish any more, so grab the salt spray and add some texture to your hair.

My lovely friend Sarah is my personal hair guru. She just has this natural gift with hair, the type of person that can look at a complicated style and replicate it without even trying. Very envious of her natural ability but extremely thankful that she loves playing about with my hair.

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(Me and Sarah a few days ago)

The other evening we were having a girlie catch up which turned into a mass hairstyle trial session. I wanted to share these hairstyles with you as I fell in love with them and will definitely be trying and including them in my future looks. First Sarah blow-dried and straightened my hair, which is a challenge in itself. Also excuse the lack of hairspray/stray bits of hair but as we were just doing one style after another I didn’t want to put a ridiculous amount of product in my hair.

A Dutch Braid

Anyone who has seen the Disney film frozen will understand my train of thought here – this hairstyle reminds me of the character Elsa. The long braid is very structured yet wearable in any situation.

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Waterfall Braid

The waterfall is so simple but turns a normal hairstyle into something with interest. 

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Added Ladder Braid

Including a ladder braid underneath the waterfall braid adds another dimension to the style.

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Added Twisted Sectioned Barrel Bun

The addition of the twisted barrel bun here makes this hairstyle pop. The best part for me is that the barrel bun is slightly messy yet really secure, meaning this style is perfect for a damp windy day as you don’t have to worry about it looking perfect.

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Rope Twist Braid

Sometimes known as a crown braid. I find this hairstyle very romantic, almost like it was inspired by a fairytale. This isn’t your everyday pop to the shops style but it would certainly make a statement with any outfit that it is paired with.

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I know it isn’t a plait but I had to include it as it’s my personal favourite….

Barrel Bun

I LOVE this. Very sophisticated but not over the top – It is definitely a style that lets the simplicity do the talking.

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You have to admit that Sarah is VERY clever. 

So take note… the plait trend is hot right now and I would jump on the bandwagon. It is one of the only trends that can be adapted for any hair type.

What shall I do with my hair next? Any ideas?

My Morning Observation

Sat drinking my coffee in the early hours of the morning my mind begins to drift. Have you ever completely zoned out? Not knowing how long you’ve been staring into thin air or what you’ve even been fixating on. Well I’ve just had one of those moments. I’m currently in the middle of a shopping precinct, drinking my faithful McDonalds morning frothy coffee. Some may call me strange but I love to just be still and focus on what’s around me. I’ve always been an observer. Noticing the little things that some people would just let float by.

When I finally snapped myself out of my glazed thoughts I realised I had been staring at woman’s shoes. The highest heels I have ever seen in my life. Clear platform, sparkly straps and definitely NOT appropriate for our surroundings. The most annoying thing is that I didn’t get a photo. I wish you could of all seen what I can only describe as ‘stripper shoes’ (Sorry guys). Pondering on the sight that was before me it made me ask myself a simple question.

Is it always appropriate to wear high heels in a casual environment?

Being quite short I am a lover of a heel but am very picky when I wear them. Maybe it’s because I am conscientious about where I am going or who I am seeing when choosing my outfits but it just baffles me how someone can choose platform heels to go for a coffee. Surely I am not the only one that thinks that is out of place? Or perhaps my mindset it’s wrong. I suppose I shouldn’t question why she made that choice this morning, if she is happy with her stripper shoes then who am I to judge. Good on her for having the confidence and who cares attitude but it still doesn’t stop me questioning it though.

When does an outfit cross over from empowered personal taste to just simply inappropriate?

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Brit Award Fashion

Last night the Brit Awards came onto our screens once again. The Brits are musics equivalent to the Oscars, everyone who is anyone in the music world wants to dress to impress and stand out from the crowd. As a massive music fan of course I tune in to follow who wins what award but I love seeing the many artists parading up and down the red carpet.

One of the main reasons that I find Brit fashion so captivating, the celebrities aren’t afraid of taking a risk. The ceremony is still glamorous but always has a fashion edge.The red carpet is a battle of the stylists. Who can stand out the most?

Here are some celebrity styles that I LOVE

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You cannot deny that Ella looks amazing – her dress is classically timeless but still has that ‘cool’ factor. I have some serious hair and makeup envy right now. The word flawless comes to mind.

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With some of musics biggest names on the red carpet I am so glad that we saw some rock influenced styles last night. 

Once again the Once Direction boys get top marks on the style front. I think that Daisy Lowe and Nicole Scherzinger deserve some style recognition as well. So many people have slated both female outfits, but personally I commend them for trying something different. I love the dark sexy edge it gives them, a win in my opinion. 

Now for the bad… brace yourselves.

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Oh Laura. I really do think its time to get a new stylist. First it was that strange dress at the BAFTA’s now this dreadful ruffled number. Sorry but nothing about this outfit works for me.

Kylie seems to have turned up in a pvc bin bag. Very strange. However you cannot say she doesn’t have a cracking body at 45 though?

My worst outfit award – Myleene Class. Congratulations. This swimsuit, granny knicker, see through dress combo is not a good look. 

This next outfit is the one that EVERYONE has been talking about. 

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I am a massive fan of Julien Macdonald and this catsuit is no exception. He creates daring yet beautiful pieces that show off the women that wear them. The problem I have with this outfit is the way Jessie is wearing it, the lavender lipstick. NO. As attention seeking as this outfit is you have to reward Jessie’s bravery. She took a risk and unfortunately it didn’t quite pay off.

From the weird makeup choices to the fashion hits the Brit Awards this year were certainly exciting. Who knows what will happen next year but I cannot wait!

I will leave you on a fashion bombshell.

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She went from my best dressed to this. Oh how it all changes. 

Who was your best dressed this year?

Airport Style

Packing your suitcase for a holiday is easy but I find it really challenging trying to decide what I am going to wear to the airport.

Comfort and style. Two words you would never usually hear in the same sentence. Flying is uncomfortable and tiresome but you have to remember you are still in public. The amount of times I’ve seen people parading around in tracksuits, onesies and even slippers I just want to scream. I’m not saying we have to go back to the time where your airport look was just as glamorous as the red carpet but please, have some pride – people can see you! This is where the dilemma stems from… is it possible to find the right balance between fashion and comfort? 

My classic go-to airport outfit is usually a cute dress teamed with leggings and stylish flats or boots. For extra warmth I throw on a long cardigan or jacket to add some additional layers. I am a great believer that a jacket can change a whole outfit turning a dreary look into something that is timelessly sleek.

One thing that I never travel without is a scarf – a scarf is an essential accessory in my wardrobe within seconds it can transform any dull outfit. They are great for adding texture or colour to an outfit but most importantly it doubles up as a blanket. There is nothing worse than being cold on a long flight. As you can see I have plenty to choose from:

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Jeans or leggings are a great staple for any airport outfit, whilst being extremely comfortable the key thing about them is that they will never go out of fashion. If you look at most jetsetter celebrities the majority of them opt to wear classic pieces in dark tones that can be layered to create a warm yet stylish look. 

Take a look at these celebrities who have got airport style just right.

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Men have travelling fashion SO easy! All they have to do is chuck on a pair of jeans, slim fit t-shirt, a nice jacket and some cool aviator sunglasses. Done. They walk through the airport looking unruffled and stylish.

Hopefully you take inspiration from these celebrities that get their airport fashion right time and time again. One thing I think everyone should remember when choosing your travelling outfit is that the airport isn’t the runway, but you’re not in the comfort of your own home either. Find the balance and KEEP IT SIMPLE. The key to sophistication is simplicity, layer dark tones but make sure you add either texture or a pop of colour to ensure the final outfit isn’t bland. 

Whether you are planning a holiday or already have an amazing adventure booked make sure you have a think about what you are going to wear to the airport. Remember that simplicity is key – think comfort mixed with style and please make sure you don’t wear this…

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Just one more thing.

Rebecca and Matthew have an amazing travelling blog, check it out:

travellerschecks91.wordpress.com

 

 

It’s Become An Addiction

I admit it. I’m a nail varnish addict.

My fascination started whilst at my very first job. A boring mundane coffee shop, working part time whilst at school. The uniform consisted of standard white shirts and black trousers with dull brown aprons. For someone who has always loved colour you can see why I hated this uniform. Run of the mill, zero personality – BLAND. Whilst I couldn’t do anything about my unexciting uniform I could inject a bit of colour into my nails, this is where my ‘nail queen’ reputation started to form. 

My varnish collection has built up ever since, it is starting to become a bit obsessive really.

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See? I just can’t help it.

Be warned.. more nail themed posts/reviews to come in the future.