Glamour at the Grammys ….

….. Well sort of.  Deeply disappointed by the lack of imagination, creative styling and fashion forward designs at the 2014 Grammys.  This event is always know as the “little bit crazy red carpet event.”  In other words, it’s that one big showbiz event when stars can throw caution to the wind and wear something really different and unique.  Remember Fergie in that vivid orange lace dress with black underwear?

Ok, it may not be your cup of tea but she was going against typical fashion rules in showing her undies and the fact that she chose solid black underwear as well made an additional statement.  Fergie took advantage of the fun side of the Grammys with this look

How I wish some of her peers had also had this idea at the weekend

Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce.  Now I haven’t seen the footage myself but I hear you put on quite a risqué show??!!  That aside.  What the hell????

The hair is SSSSOOOOOO horrendously bad.  There are no words.  AND also, haven’t we seen this dress on multiple stars, in different colours, in sightly different textures of lace about 5 million times over the past good few years????  Come on, this is the most imaginative you could come up with??  Haven’t we seen this on Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rhianna, oh and even yourself only at a different event in black???!!!!!!  Seriously, so disappointe

I can’t believe I am actually typing this, but you have to check out Paris Hilton!!!!!  Now THIS is a “Grammys” dress.  I’m still in shock that she got this so right.  It fits her perfectly and I love how she has styled the whole look from accessories to hair. Have to also give her credit cos the girl knows how to work a dress!

Have to also say I’m a big fan of updos with evening dresses, so I loved Katy Perry’s hair.  If you have an event coming up consider her look because it will look immaculate the entire night as with enough hair spray and pins it won’t move

I’m still making my way through pics from the night and if anything else jumps out at me I’ll be sure to write another blog but I mean, nothing has stood out at all.  Yes, Taylor Swift looked beautiful, but it was safe.  Stunning absolutely yes she was, but boring so will keep looking for superstar fashion today from the Grammys and will keep you all posted!

 

BEST 2013 Celeb Halloween costumes!

I have to hand it to them, celebrities near and far went to alot of effort for Halloween this year!

There were some awesomely sexy garbs donned by X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger and pin up icon, Carmen Electra! Whilst some chose a tamer get up altogether like Rita Ora and Beyonce who to be honest looks like she didn’t make much of a ghoulish effort during her concert tour of Australia

And then we have those who really went the extra mile!  Kelly Osbourne, Jenny McCarthy as Miley Cyrus’s tongue (hilarious!!) and last but not least Heidi Klum, as an elderly pensioner we salute you!!!!  Fantastic commitment to Halloween fun!!

But without a doubt, the hands down winner of this year’s BEST celeb Halloween costume has to go to the Honey Boo Boo Thompson Family who this year dressed up as the Kardashian/Jenner clan.

 

 

Beyonce’s new blonde bob …

I posted just last week about how disappointed I was in Beyonce’s “new do”.  First of all, she cropped her hair into a pixie cut which I loved and thought was very cutting edge and dramatic.  Then to my dismay, she added extensions to the either side of her head at the front, giving the world famous diva a very dishevelled, “boho” look which to be honest just doesn’t suit her or her fashion style.  Maybe Beyonce was trying to prove that she can be a chameleon with her look and we shouldn’t just always expect her with long flowing hair and short hot pants.  Regardless of this, Beyonce has now gone on to change her hair once again, this time sporting a very sleek, platinum blonde bob.

Now, you would think I’d be delighted with the fact that she had very quickly ditched the “short at the back/long at the front” look that I despised BUT you’d be wrong!  COME ON Beyonce, if you’re trying to start trends, this isn’t the way to go!!!  My God,we have seen this look SO many times and even as far back as when Victoria Beckham was referred to as Posh!

Jenny McCarthy, NeNe Leakes, Jenni Garth, Nicki Minaj, even Paris Hilton have ALREADY rocked before!

I’m glad Beyonce has tidied up her look but why she just didn’t stick with the initial pixie cut which unbelievably made her face and skin look even more beautiful than they already are I will never know.  I continue to be disappointed with Beyonce’s hair at the moment and it’s really frustrating!!

 

Fancy a change like Beyonce??

It was all over the media this week when Beyonce posted a selfie with shorn locks!  Gone was the mass of blonde waves we all know her for and in their place was a short, pixie style haircut.

 

Now this pixie hairstyle has been very popular over the years with the likes of Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and of course Halle Berry all championing this ok.

I thought it so very brave of Beyonce to go all the way with this look because I also have really long hair and it becomes a comfort blanket at times and a curtain to hide behind if necessary as well.  With really short hair, you are so exposed!  There’s nowhere to hide! Your skin needs to be flawless and a petite, slim jawline is a must to sport this look in order to maintain an air of femininity.  I also applauded Beyonce for trying something different, especially now that she’s a working mum, surely having less hair to style each day is bound to be a relief, right?  BUT alas, within days Beyonce must have felt the overexposure of her scalp just a tad too much to handle as a photo emerged today of her showing a short cut at the back with longer layers at the front.

I’m really disappointed.  I think this look is ghastly! It’s neither here nor there and the hair looks in really bad condition.

In fact, Giuliana Rancic from E News had a similar “non-descript” hairstyle recently which I’m glad to say she has changed to a sleeker, more groomed bob.

I think where hair is concerned you need to go either long or short with a definitive style and shape to the hair.  Beyonce this new look is so blah honestly and looks really untidy and dare I say it not becoming of a DIVA!!   Please change it immediately!!!

 

“Someone has just walked in … in the same dress as you!”

It’s every woman’s nightmare.  After hunting to find the perfect dress and accessories someone walks into the event 5 minutes after you in exactly the same outfit.  Disaster!!! That’s why I always suggest that Belle Dress Hire customers try to customise their evening looks by adding a piece of vintage, family jewelry which no one else would ever have.  Or dig out a shawl or fur wrap which an old aunt left for you in their will, dust the mothballs off and again you’ll have something unique.

Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard we try, this situation is at times simply unavoidable.

A friend of mine, recently attended a wedding in a random separate top, belt and skirt which she pulled together into an outfit.  No chance of someone turning up in the same thing, right???  WRONG!  Would you believe that another wedding guest had the exact same top and shoes on but a different skirt and belt yet in the same colours in an extremely similar style.  My friend found the whole thing amusing as there was simply nothing she could do, however, the other guest was not very happy at all and went home to change after the wedding ceremony.

Another situation which may occur is someone posts a photo on Facebook in the same dress/outfit that you posted yourself in a few months previous.  Not only does this girl look better in the dress than you, she got 50% more likes and comments than you did!!  This is something celebrities have to endure on a regular basis.  Take this example, Britney Spears wearing a royal blue Herve Leger dress and Beyonce wearing practically an identical dress (although they aren’t the same designer).

Even though the dresses are from two completely different designers they look exactly the same.  So….. “Who wore it better?”  For me, I think both choices of footwear are awful!!!!  But I like Britney’s more natural, tousled hairstyle than Beyonce’s.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare and plan in advance there may just be one occasion where another girl turns up in either the same outfit or something extremely similar.  So how do you react?  Either you have a hissy fit which makes you look ridiculous and petty OR you simply go up to the girl, have a good giggle and get a photo taken together.  Remember the scene with Miley Cyrus from Sex In The City ……

 

 

Practically identical dress to Beyonce’s available at Belle …

 

Beyonce attended The Grammy Awards a number of years ago with her estranged father and former manager in a beautiful black and gold beaded gown.

Belle Dress Hire has an almost identical size 6/8 dress available to hire, the only difference is the colour!  Check out this extremely similar dress to Beyonce’s in a vibrant orange …

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Beyonce’s new trainers!

Check out the custom made trainers ordered by Beyonce recently!  Made of anaconda, stingray, ostrich and crocodile skins, these definitely wouldn’t be the type of footwear you’d wear to a training session at the gym.

Apparently, a regular pair of these shoes would set the average Joe back around £230 but as these were custom made for the diva, she will be looking at a much bigger bill!  To be honest I can think of so many other fashionable items that I’d rather spend my paycheck on.  What do you guys think?

Spanx – Not just for celebrities and here’s why!

This is a product that crosses spectrums! Ordinary, everyday women can share and have something very relatable in common with red carpet celebrities!

Whether we live in the hills of Hollywood or in Belfast, women want to look the best they possibly can and to make the most of the shape that they have.  Enter Spanx!!  Who doesn’t want the illusion of shaving off a few inches from their waist, hips and bum???  Especially after those mince and pork pies over Christmas.

Ladies, if they’re good enough for Kim K, Jessica Alba and Beyonce to name but a few, then Spanx is good enough for us!!  Some female celebrities seem to defy the laws of nature when we see them grace the red carpet at movie premieres, but just how real is it??  Famous actresses and music stars have said that they even go as far as wearing two and three pairs of spanx at a time!  Now that’s dedication right there.

Remember girls, Spanx not only takes off inches it also smoothes out your body shape and gives you a sleeker line.  This is really important regardless of your size when wearing a long evening/formal dress.  At belle dress hire, I recommend that everyone wears a pair of spanx when they hire a dress from me because of this very reason.  In fact, you will very soon be able to buy a pair of spanx at belle dress hire for an affordable price when hiring at belle dress hire!