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/  bold colour blocking and sparkle, it was a smorgasbord of  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.

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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

Summer celebrations 

Good day to my sizzling superstars, 

This weeks post I have decided to dedicate to dressing for special occasions in the summer. This past weekend I was elated to have attended one of my friends beautiful weddings. As I awoke on Saturday, the sun was pouring through my window and I knew it was going to be the perfect day. Both the bride and groom looked stunning, I loved the shock contrast of the brides traditional dress to the shock of cobalt blue feathered shoes peeking out from under the hem. As the sunlight faded, the garden reception came alive with twinkly fairy lights and incense burning in the background. It truly was magical 😀 

  I chose to wear a shorter dress that reached just above my knee as I thought it was more appropriate for a a garden reception and also kept me cool in the balmy afternoon. Even though there was some embellishment detail on the shoulder which is usually banished to night-time,  it is acceptable during the day for such occasions and the burnt orange and red tones really set off my tanned complexion. I wore my Valentino stilettos and I used my Michael Kors clutch bag to accessorise. 
One year I attended Ascot ladies day that happened to fall on my birthday weekend in June. As I knew I would be going out in the evening I wanted an outfit that would be smart enough for the strict rules of Ascot but also would carry me through for an evening on the town. 

  

 I chose this monochrome dress as the capped sleeves made it appropriate for the setting whilst the large bow peekaboo back made it more fun for the impending evenings festivities. I wore a feather headband and laced up espadrilles during the day as I knew I would be walking across manicured lawns all day which I later switched for heels in the evening. 
Last year I was in South Africa for New Year. As December is summer time there, I knew I needed to find a dress that would kept me comfortable and collect r but also looked special enough for the chic night at Club 31 I was attending.

  
I wore the above navy vintage lace dress which I paired with my Valentino tan stilettos and red lipstick to accentuate. The subtle sequin detailing and V neck style flattered my figure and also really sparkled under the bright lights in the venue. 

One summer I also attended a masquerade party. As I knew my eyes would be covered with my mask, I really wanted my dress and shoes to show my individuality so I found the most perfect dress below.

  
I fell in love with the way the large discs on the dress moved as I danced and the colours really looked amazing when I went outside. As the dress was the main event, I paired it with a simple pair of strappy black stillettos and my black Chanel bag. 

My advice for summer occasions is to always enquire about the venue. I learnt the hard way this weekend when I wore my stiletto shoes to the wedding. As the reception was in a garden setting, my heels kept sinking in the lawn or were unstable on the pavement. Ideally wedge shoes would have been more appropriate but I guess we live and learn 😀 I would also suggest that even though you leave the house when it is a beautiful warm day, as dusk sets in, it can become a tad chilly so always try to take a pashmina or light cardigan with you that you can throw over your shoulders as the warmth begins to fade. 

When any of us organise a special celebration, we wish for perfect weather when the date arrives. In this city, if that does occur then I would honestly make the most of it, be brave with your light pastel colour dresses, delicate sandals and tropical nail polishes. After all, who isn’t happy when the sun has its hat on ☀️

Until next week, take care 

Keya x 

Colour Champions.

Good afternoon my colourful chameleons, 

I believe I would be correct in saying that those who know me personally, would say I am a happy go lucky kind of person and I love incorporating bright colours and patterns into my day to day wardrobe. Today’s post I am dedicating to some of my favourite colourful outfits I have worn and I also want to give you some advice on how to incorporate brighter shades into your own wardrobe if it all seems a tad daunting.

  
The above outfit I wore for an fashion party in the city which is one of my favourites. The dress is by Hoss Intropia, the snap back is by Fort Riu and the shoes are Jimmy Choo. I love the quilted material and flared skirt of this dress and the cut away detail on the top flatters my broad shoulders. 

  
This red dress from Massimo Dutti I wore whilst on holiday in Portugal. The red hue really compliments my olive complexion and as the dress was a statement on its own I teamed it with my black Kurt Geiger wedges and a Chanel bag.

  
This is another outfit I wore whilst on my vacation. As soon as I saw this print in the shop I was drawn to the bright colours and the fitted shape suits my athletic frame. I just threw on some sandals with it so the dress could do the talking. 

  
I wore the above outfit to a party in Newcastle at the end of last year. The dress is a vintage lace one which I wore with my Valentino tan shoes and Michael Kors snakeskin bag. I really like the navy colour of this dress with the sequin detail, it looked chic and elegant on the night and really sparkled under the dance floor lights. 

  

  
  For my fathers 60th birthday dinner I wore the above embellished grey dress that I found in TK Maxx and the shoes are from Kurt Geiger. The A-line style of this dress was really comfortable especially when sat down for dinner and the colour was really appropriate for the winter setting of the celebrations. 
Brighter prints do not need to only be worn on nights out, they can be appropriate for the office too. I love this jazzy shirt from Ralph Lauren which I wear with black skinny chinos and pumps. 

 If the idea of wearing a bright colour brings you out in hives I would suggest starting really small perhaps with colourful bracelets or a patterned scarf which will immediately brighten up a plain outfit. You can then start introducing colour block shoes or a pastel bag. You will amaze yourself at how quickly you will love having brighter items in your wardrobe and you can go as bold or as muted as you wish! I am probably at the extreme end of wearing colour but when I am having a bad day or the weather is miserable, it’s amazing what a bright red pair of suede moccasins or printed dress will do for your mood 😀

Most of all, the reaction you will get from friends and colleagues is amazing – if you can bring out a huge smile or start a conversation because your outfit, what’s not to love ❤️

Until next week, 

Take care, Keya x

Birthday suit

Good afternoon my sunshine souls, 

What a wonderful day in the city today, feeling so happy 😀

For this weeks post following on from celebrating my birthday last week,I have decided to dedicate this post to dressing for your special day.

I have been lucky enough over the years to celebrate my birthday in a number of different countries. Below I will reveal some of the more memorable for me and what I wore for the occasion. 

On my 25th birthday I got to enjoy it whilst in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. On my special day my friend and I went out for a wonderful dinner which involved the freshest pasta I have ever tasted and copious amounts of prosecco. We then went to a club called Music on the Rocks which was as the name suggests built into a cave overhanging the ocean. It truly was spectacular. I chose to wear the below dress from a vintage stall I used to frequent in Brick Lane. The nude colour was perfect against my deep sun tan and I just wore classic black wedges and bag to let the dress do the talking.  

  

For my 26th birthday I went to Bali on a yoga and surfing retreat. My day started with a sun rise yoga session overlooking the beautiful rice paddies, I then relaxed by my hotel pool in the afternoon and in the evening my wonderful South African friend (who I had met on the trip) and I jumped on the back of some local scooter taxis to a great restaurant to watch the sunset with exotic cocktails in hand. I chose to wear the below dress as the evening was so beautifully balmy paired with some simple sandals. The bright pattern and metallic accents really made this dress one to remember. 

  
For my 27th birthday I was working overseas in South Africa at the time which was an amazing experience. I am actually half South African so it meant a lot to me that I got to spend my day with my family and friends. Although winter was on the approach on that side of the world, my best friend and I decided to go all out and celebrate in style. We went for a lovely dinner overlooking the harbour, followed by drinks at our favourite watering hole in Long Street and then onto Club 31 which as you may have guessed was on the 31st floor of a skyscraper building. I chose the below navy lace dress with sequin detailing paired with my vivacious Valentino shoes and a Michael Kors snakeskin bag. 

  
For my most recent birthday ( cannot quite believe it but my 29th) I celebrated on the following weekend as my special day fell on a Tuesday this year. On the Saturday morning I did my birthday wod at my Crossfit box which was tough but a lot of fun and then I had my closest girlfriends over to my house for drinks in the garden in the darling dusk of evening. We then went to East London to a few bars where we met my birthday buddy and all of the rest of our friends. Wow what a night. As I knew we were going to be on our feet all evening I went for the comfortable option. My top seen below was vintage lace which I paired with my black wet look jeans from Massimo Dutti, boater hat from the Italian wool company and my espadrilles from Havianas. 

       

 These are just a few of my more recent incredibly memorable birthdays. I think the key to enjoying your special day is to firstly ensure you dress for the venue.  Always research a new place thoroughly before visiting to ensure all guests adhere to the dress code and there are no problems gaining entry. Most important of all though,  as long as you surround yourself with your dearest friends and family, it does not matter if you are turning 21, 30 or 50 you will surely be the belle of the ball and have an amazing evening. 

 Until next time party people,

Take care, Keya x