Bold at the BAFTA’s.

Good morning to you my Film and Television fashionistas,

This past weekend, the 73rd British Academy Film Awards 2020 were held in the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London. This time of year always means awards season and with it comes my favourite bit – the FASHION! This year did not disappoint and I have picked my top looks from this years red carpet.

The EE British Academy Film Awards [BAFTAs] at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 18 February 2018

(all images courtesy of google images)

Firstly lets start with the ladies and wow what with fringing/ asymmetrical/ย  bold colour blocking and sparkle, it was a smorgasbord ofย  cutting edge looks on the red carpet.

Renee Zelleweger who picked up the Best Actress award for playing the beloved Judy Garland donned a pastel pink Prada number that reminded me of candy floss and our favourite chocolate treats at Christmas time. The pale hue complimented her fair hair and pearly skin perfectly.

Renee - Prada

As you know from earlier posts, I am a HUGE fan of the LBD and it seems that was the dress of choice for a number of starlets this year. I particularly love the cut out back detail of Margot Robbie’s Chanel Haute Couture lace gown which is reported to have taken a whopping 690 hours to make. Emilia Clarke let her embellished dress do the talking with her paired back accessories and slicked back hair – something I have a penchant for also in my own style. Olivia Coleman’s floral Alexander McQueen’s masterpiece reminded me of a summer garden in full bloom – so exquisite.

_110746690_black-compOlivia Coleman - McQeen

Contrasting textures from fringing to beaded embroidery, feathers and pleats to all out trophy shimmer were the name of the game for some of the celebrities. I particularly love the clever illusion of dimension with the contrasting fabrics and the thick belt which accents the tiny waist of Vanessa Kirby’s Valentino gown. I also really like the sleek silhouette of Zoe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent dress. The gold tone really brings out her complexion and the way her lipstick matches her nail polish is an great detail.

Alice Eve - Ralph and Russo

Dasiy Ridley - Oscar De la RentaVanessa Kirby - ValentinoZoe Saint Laurent

And now onto the leading men of the silver screen. I am a huge fan of cobalt blue and the subtle satin piping detail of this Dior Tuxedo jacket on Joe Alwyn really makes this look young and edgy. Velvet is another of my absolute faves, especially in a blazer (I have a navy velvet jacket which I try to dig out every Spring) and this burgundy Armani look on Taron Egerton really adds some warmth to the starkness of the rest of his monochrome palette. Baroque detailing featured on John Boyega and Alex Wolff in Joshua Kane and wow what a colour explosion. The white shirt and tasseled velvet loafers paired with the post box red suit is an absolute winner in my eyes.

Joe Alwyn - DiorTaron Egerton - Armani

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Although in our day to day lives, we may not be attending award shows or black tie events, we all can take away some great fashion tips from the red carpet.

Ladies, do not feel shy to be bold in your statement dresses whether it be lace, ruffles or pleats – just remember that if you are wearing a showstopping dress, tone down your accessories and hair/ makeup to really let it speak for itself.

For men, it is ALWAYS a good idea to experiment with colour, even if it is a small pop of a colourful pair of Happy Socks or a bright scarf – it will brighten up any dreary winter morning. Ankle length tailored trousers pair best with slip on loafers and no socks – this look is not limited to balmy summer days. No matter what though, fashion should be your way of showing your individually, sometimes making mistakes but also when you get it right – we all can feel like a movie star even for one day.

I am just going to leave you with a quote I saw this week which really stuck with me –

“Dress like you are going somewhere better later”

Take care,

Keya x

Cosmetics counterย 

Good day my make up magicians, 

In the same way fashions and trends change each season in the form of clothes, if you have ever looked closely at the models faces on the catwalk you will see that makeup and beauty also constantly evolves. For this weeks post I thought I would delve into the world of cosmetics and makeup. 

I will freely admit that I am not really a huge makeup fan and this is not because I dislike it but I just cannot do a good enough job on my face to merit wearing it all the time. For a night out my staple routine is mascara, eye liner, blush and a nice red lipstick – voila ๐Ÿ˜€ I love a Kohl eye pencil as it doesn’t smudge on a night out and my mascara and lipstick are both by Dior.

  
I follow so many professional make up artists on Instagram in the hope I will learn some new tricks or techniques to no fruition as yet. They just look immaculate all the time, and I would love to know how long it takes them to achieve those looks in the morning. I am all for more sleep sadly rather than spending an hour on my face – my bed wins that battle ๐Ÿ˜€

  
(Images courtesy of google images) 

Contouring is another fascination to me, I didn’t even know altering the perception of the angles and bone structure of your face was possible using makeup. I would love to have it done by a makeup artist one day just to see how it looks. I can truly see the skill in this trend. 

  
Where I lack in makeup know how, I certainly make up for in my skincare however. Since I was a teenager I have always been disciplined with my skin routine. Growing up I remember my grandma used to smother her face every night with Nivea creme and allow it to soak in which was instilled in my mum too. She is always mistaken for someone 20 years younger as she has such youthful skin. This inexpensive but effective ritual was passed down to me too as you can imagine, every night with out fail I get out my trusty blue tub. I hope that I can look half as good as my mum or my grandma when I get older. 

About 10 years ago I had my first facial using Dermalogica products and I was immediately a fan. My skin was glowing and luminous as I walked out of the beauticians and I knew that I needed that feeling every day at home. I have used Dermalogica ever since.

 Try not to laugh but I actually have used anti aging products since I was 14 years old.  My reasoning behind it is I wanted to stop the fine lines from forming and I can say that at nearly 30 I still get told I look in my early 20s.Their Age smart range is incredible – I would thoroughly recommend it ๐Ÿ˜Š 

 Finally I am a huge advocate of drinking water. I religiously consume around 2-3 litres a day, not because the media have scared me into it with all their health concerns over the years but just because I literally feel good from the inside out when I am fully hydrated. I know straight away when I haven’t drank my quota because my skin looks dull and I also suffer from headaches. A handy way of making it a bit more bearable if you find drinking water too bland, just add a squeeze of lemon or lime – it gives it a nice refreshing taste. 

I personally believe whether you feel naked with out makeup or like me you love a no frills beauty routine in the morning, it is best to find the products that work for you through some good ole fashioned trial and error. So many high street and big brands cater for all skin types now so I am sure you will find something that makes you look as amazing as you are within.

   
 
Until next week,take care

Keya X

Sale shopping smart

Hello 2016 and all my lovely followers, 

Firstly I would like to you wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break with your families. 

I had a super time spent with all of my loved ones laughing, visiting relatives, playing board games and of course overdoing it on the food and wine ๐Ÿ˜€

  
As I am sure like most of the capital I returned back to work this week and one of the few perks to stave off the major January blues is the sales are still on! Yay! Over the Christmas break I managed to hit the West End a few times and if you haven’t done so already, here are a few of my tips to ensure you snap up some major bargains not bungled purchases.  

When I was in New York just before Christmas I searched high and low for some plain leather Chelsea boots. I have tasseled and buckled ones already so just wanted a simple every day pair to add to my collection. I came away empty handed whilst there but was delighted to find a beautiful Russell and Bromley pair under our Christmas tree this year. I also nabbed a black and tan pair of ankle boots from Jones the Bootmakers in the sales. They really are just what I was looking for and I know they are going to see me through the rest of winter.

  

Also on my list was a new leather jacket this year. My current black biker I have had since I was sixteen and although I still love it and wear it all the time, I wanted to invest in a navy one subsequently. I found some amazing designs in Reiss, All Saints and Massimo Dutti although none seemed to fit my shape perfectly so I am going to keep my eyes peeled for the “it” one over the next few months. One great thing about the sales is you can find a leather as soft as butter jacket for such a reasonable price and as mine will confirm, they really far outlive the test of time and cost per wear ten fold.

  
For Christmas I was lucky enough to be bought a wonderful Dior red lipstick and mascara which I just fell in love with instantly. The packaging is so chic and elegant. So much so, that after Christmas we headed to the wonderful Selfridges and I purchased the pressed powder and blusher to match so my makeup bag is now complete ๐Ÿ˜€

   (Photo courtesy of google images)

I feel so grateful and happy that I was bought so many beautiful gifts but watching the faces of my loved ones when they opened the gifts I had got for them meant more to me than anything. It really is priceless seeing their faces light up when that wrapping paper and bow we’re ripped off.

If there are any gifts which were less than perfect for you,there is no shame in returning them and picking something which you will be able to wear or utilise either. One year I was bought a pandora charm bracelet which didn’t fit with my current jewellery so I returned it and got a watch instead which is still in my jewellery box now.

When it comes to navigating the shops, I always recommend to invest in good quality, classic items. Fashion comes and goes but timeless pieces will last forever and if you can get ยฃ100 off of that Armani coat you had been eyeing up in December then you know you have bagged a bargain and got your dream item in the process. The sales are extremely seasonal too so you will get better value for your money if you buy winter items now and save them for next year. I did that one year with my Ralph Lauren overcoat which still comes out every cold winter without fail. 

With that said, get your fabulous fur trimmed coat on, new boots and armed with your wallet go and hit those sales HARD – race you there ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next week, take care

Keya X