Red carpet: MTV Movie Awards 2014

There were only three words on everyone’s lips after the MTV Movie Awards last night and that was ZAC EFRON SHIRTLESS.

Behold the beauty:

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Where was I?

The red carpet fashion proved somewhat of a mixed bag as always when it comes to cast members of MTV shows mingling amongst film stars. I also only recognised about 30% of the people walking the red carpet so I’ll stick to who I know..

Shailene Woodley has been a regular feature on best dressed lists recently after her promo tour for new movie Divergent. Her style is known to be very laid back and verging on the lazy (i.e bare feet, no make up), but she’s been knocking it out of the park and this latest Balmain look is no exception. For some this olive leather look may be a bit like marmite but I love the tough girl edge via the belted skirt and gladiator type sandals and that little flash of skin via that knot feature.

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Shailene Woodley in Balmain at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

I normally discount Rita Ora whenever she appears on a red carpet because I just cannot get on board with her style. But this black satin very deep cleavage dress by Barbara Casasola, those blonde tumbling waves and that not-going-anywhere red lip all works perfectly. Well done Rita, and I salute you for ripping off Zac Efron’s shirt.

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Rita Ora in Barbara Casasola at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

Of course Jessica Alba does sexy and cute like only she can. Her Piece d’Anarchive crop top is super simple and very easy to replicate on the high street along with her full ball skirt by one of her favourite brnad Kenzo. The mix of citrus and white is so effective with a little touch of monochrome via her shoes, Jessica is working every spring trend to perfection.

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Jessica Alba in Piece d’Anarchive and Kenzo

Chrissy Teigen has been an awards carpet regular this year, being the perfect plus one to her musician hubby John Legend. She either goes full on glamazon sexy or super cute and girly, the latter is what she chose to channel at the MTV Movie Awards in her Ulyana Sergeenko Couture bird print dress. I’m glad that we’ve seen quite a lot of Ulyana’s collection because I basically loved it and love Chrissy in this in spite of the boring shoes.

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Chrissy Teigen in Ulyana Sergeenko at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

Another Ulyana Sergeenko Couture creation, this time modelled by Rihanna. Some said on my Twitter feed that it looked like she was ready for bed, and Rihanna is known for doing the whole lingerie look to the extreme but what I love about this particular boudoir-inspired look was her toned down styling. The wavy hair pinned loosely back with face-framing tendrils, the stunning bronze make up and the matching nude shoes just totally worked. Someone else, say Rita Ora for example, wouldn’t been able to resist adding that red lip and making it trashy but Rihanna works it like only she can, this is one of my favourite looks from her in a long time.

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Rihanna in Ulyana Sergeenko at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

Another major departure from her usual style on the red carpet was Nicki Minaj. I couldn’t believe how amazing she looked with her natural hair colour minus all the bells and whistles she normally sports. Wearing a figure-hugging black Alexander McQueen gown what made it stand out was her McQueen jewellery, are arm bangles going to make a comeback?

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Nicki Minaj in Alexander McQueen at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

I’ve missed Lupita Nyong’o from the red carpet. She made a bold appearance in a multicoloured Chanel dress at the MTV Movie Awards. I think I only half love it because of the high neck but I think Lupita can pull off anything and those sky blue Casadei Blade pumps are to die for.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Chanel at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

I adore Leslie Mann’s flirty polka dot Juan Carlos Obando dress. It’s great for this type of event and pairing orange shoes with black is something I absolutely must try this summer!

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Leslie Mann in Juan Carlos Obando at the MTV Movie Awards 2014

 

Images from Zimbio

Nail art: Round-up

I’ve been so obsessed with awards season that I haven’t uploaded any nail pics for a while! So I thought I’d do a round-up of what I’ve done this past month or so.

I always upload my designs to my Instagram page, if you want some inspiration you can find me @nlcorner!

First up some chic half moon nails. Always a good design to do when you want something simple but effective, and there are so many different colour ways you could choose from that you don’t have to stick with a classic nude like I have done here. Why not try out neon moons with white?

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I’ve been dying to try out giraffe print nails ever since I saw the WAH Nails design on their page, I ran out of white nail varnish and Barry M didn’t have any in stock for a while and I was desperate! But I eventually got my hands on some and tried out a white base with the orange giraffe pattern.

I’m not going to lie, this isn’t exactly how I had imagined they would turn out. I didn’t do the shapes neat enough so it’s definitely something I would have to practise, maybe with a better brush.

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I’d seen the holographic nail colours around and was pretty intrigued by them but never got round to buying any, my new flatmate actually has one from Topshop so I borrowed that and messed around with a random design. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a negative shape really neat, so ended up just drawing it free hand but the lines don’t look sharp enough – another to practise!

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As white nails seem to be a pretty popular trend at the minute, and I’ve always loved white nails, I thought I’d update them. I’d seen a similar design somewhere on the internet (I see them and they get stuck in my head but I couldn’t tell you specifically where it’s from) and thought the simple clean lines were perfect.

I think all you need for this is a steady hand to do the straight line with a nail art pen. I found that the ridges in my nails seemed to help me keep it straight when I was doing the vertical lines! This design is so worth trying out because it is so easy. Will absolutely be wearing this repeatedly during the summer.

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I follow nail queen Sophy Robson on Instagram and she posted a flipagram of a nail design for Poundland that I had to try. Clashing red and pink together with a half black stripe just worked so well. That’s probably why she’s so in demand of course! It didn’t take me long at all to do these. If I had a tip it would be to paint the pink as your base coat with it being the lighter colour and then the half red on top just so you get better coverage. Obviously wait until they dry before doing the black stripe with a nail art pen.

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And finally my latest nails which were inspired by WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid. She posted a picture of her nails and I simply had to try them out. [And then I tagged her in mine and she liked them you guys, I died]. All you need is a baby pink colour for your base coat, and because the gold moons are straight rather than curved, some either striping tape or good old sellotape, and a sparkly gold colour.

I did a couple of good thick coats of the baby pink colour (Barry M) and used Seche Vite’s fast drying top coat which is literally amazing and then waited a little longer so the sellotape wouldn’t lift off the colour before using Orly Voyeuristic Adventure finished with Orly Lavish Bash for the gold moon, which are available on LookFantastic.com.

The finished effect of the baby pink mixed with gold glitter is super girly. A good request to make if you wanted to get your nails done professionally!

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The Oscars 2014: After parties

The main event was a bit of a letdown for me, there was some stand out dresses on The Oscars red carpet, but the celebrities really come out to play at the after parties.

As I mentioned in my Oscars red carpet round up, Kate Hudson managed to select another jaw-dropping gown to attend the Vanity Fair Oscars party wearing a black and nude Zuhair Murad Couture look.

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Kate Hudson in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Evan Rachel Wood chose an emerald green Elie Saab Couture dress that perfectly matched her complexion, she always looks best in green.

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Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Couture at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Emmy Rossum worked the green and cream carpet in a Monique Lhuillier confection, the perfect princess moment.

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Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Anna Kendrick shed her edgy red carpet J.Mendel dress for a super sexy second skin Atelier Versace, I never would have thought she could pull something like this off but she definitely did.

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Anna Kendrick in Atelier Versace at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

There were so many gorgeous models there, that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Karlie Kloss worked sexy glamour with the most revealing of cutouts without looking trashy, Chanel Iman wore an electric blue glittery Zuhair Murad also with daring cutouts, absolutely adored Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s pale blue Cushnie et Ochs dress, Miranda Kerr obviously looked every inch the hot starlet in Kaufmanfranco and Karolina Kurkova worked the supermodel glamazon look in white lace Elie Saab Couture at Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party.

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Karlie Kloss at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Chanel Iman in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Cushnie et Ochs at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Miranda Kerr in Kaufmanfranco at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Karolina Kurkova in Elie Saab Couture at the Elton John Oscar Viewing Party

When I first saw Diane Kruger‘s Valentino Couture dress, I was a bit unsure, but the more I looked at it the more I loved it. The lace is beyond perfection, and I loved the braided up do and of course her flawless make up. Not forgetting to mention her best accessory, Joshua Jackson.

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Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture

I can’t go without mentioning how good Ellen Page looked. She absolutely rocked her Saint Laurent head-to-toe outfit, she shone and was clearly comfortable and sexy and all the better for it.

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Ellen Page in Saint Laurent at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Here’s the best of the rest:

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2014 over on my Pinterest board

The Oscars 2014: Red carpet

I made the mistake this year of expecting too much from the Oscars 2014.

There was such a long stretch of time between the last bout of awards in January and the Oscars on March 2nd that in my own imagination, it was a lifetime. A lifetime that should have given all the stylists in Hollywood the time to gather all those amazing couture dresses we saw on the runway in Paris and shipped to LA. But no, I thought Lily Allen’s tweet summed it up:

Award season started on a high for Lupita Nyong’o with her Ralph Lauren red cape dress at the Golden Globes, a jaw-dropping moment that was soon to be followed with the bright turquoise floral Gucci stunner at the SAG Awards. There were so many amazing looks inbetween that I’d need a whole blog dedicated to her to go through them. So when Lupita arrived on the Oscar red carpet I was more than a little disappointed, don’t get me wrong her sky blue custom Prada gown was nice but it wasn’t jaw-dropping. The shape was very reminiscent of Amy Adam’s two-tone red Valentino Couture gown from the Golden Globes, and it just wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before. I do really wish she had worn this Elie Saab Couture look.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at the Oscars 2014

Another star that I was on tenterhooks for was of course Jennifer Lawrence. She mentioned briefly at the SAG Awards that she may be wearing vintage Dior so my mind wandered and created a dress of such mind-blowing epicness that her simple column dress with peplum detail at the waist came as a bit of a shock as did her fantastic stumble and fall. She did look gorgeous, and I was glad for the return of red but once again I couldn’t help but think of how much better and smokin’ hot her 2011 Oscars Calvin Klein dress was.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars 2014

So to my best dressed of the night without a shadow of a doubt, Kate Hudson. Even in a sea of soft golds, champagne hues, and nude tulle she sashayed onto the Oscars red carpet in a stunning Atelier Versace gown adorned with the most perfect beaded demi cape. Not to mention the  gorgeous detail at her waist, that sexy deep neckline complemented with softly curled hair and nude make up. If I had the opportunity to wear this dress I don’t think I’d want to ever take it off, but Kate did just that for the Vanity Fair after-party which I have to give special mention to because she managed to wear another stunner of gown. Kate rocked up on the green and cream carpet in Zuhair Murad couture, she won the war of the red carpet by wearing two amazing dresses whilst some of the attendees couldn’t even manage to wear one above average.

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Sandra Bullock has had a great awards season, so I was impressed with her Alexander McQueen gown. The knotted drape feature made what could have been a simple and boring dress into a classic navy strapless wonder.

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Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars 2014

I think Kristen Bell has been just under the radar on the red carpet this season, she’s not a mega watt star so sometimes goes overlooked. I myself admit to doing so, but her Roberto Cavalli Oscars gown was something not to be ignored. Her best accessory of course was her smile.

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Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli at the Oscars 2014

Special mention must go to the best looking red carpet couple, Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudeikis in Prada. I mean those two, there’s so much hotness I can’t cope.

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Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudeikis in Prada at the Oscars 2014

There were other stars out there that looked beautiful, and I admit no one really had a red carpet mishap. The female celebrities all seemed to be a tad mediocre especially when compared to last year’s Oscars. But fear not my fellow fashion fiends, there are only a couple of months to go until the MET Gala and Cannes Film Festival.

Here’s the best of the rest:

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2014 over on my Pinterest board.

Wait, what’s that you’re single on Valentine’s Day? Again?

Yes, yes that’s right. Single on Valentine’s Day. Again.

I think I’m doing pretty well for myself if I’m honest, I can’t believe how much money I’ve saved over the years while all you other suckers out there are forking out cash to buy presents for your loved ones. BIG FAT HA. And special mention goes to those clever enough to head down to Poundland.

I’ve been inundated this past two weeks with absolute crap about Valentine’s Day. And I cannot escape it.

Check my emails and I get this (Side note: I can not tell you enough how much I detest emojis in an email subject line):

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I’m like:

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Go on Facebook and I get this:

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I’m like:

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Go on Google I get this:

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Cheers Google. I can create the imaginary chocolate that I will not receive.

Have a shifty on Twitter and come across several Buzzfeed lists, 24 Things Single People Are Tired Of Hearing, Why Are You Single, What Type Of Relationship Should You Be In?What It’s Like Been Single On Valentine’s Day. *WAIL*

But then this result makes me slightly more upbeat because screw you all. I’m TOO perfect. That’s why I’m single. HA *sidles away weeping*

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 21.05.56But then I can’t possibly forget this joyous link that a friend sent me. TIME so lovingly made up some stupid algorithm that can tell you when you should be married by using your Facebook friends. They even SAY OUT LOUD:

“Given that envy and loneliness are Valentine’s Day’s two chief exports, TIME presents an app that analyzes your Facebook feed to see exactly when your friends are tying the knot—and when it might be time for you to take the plunge.”

You can see where this is going. A wedding popped up in my timeline just last week…

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I’m like:

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Not to worry though, because I shall turn to ye ol’ faithful Valentine’s Day classic tear-jerker the film I base my imaginary non-existent love life on which is probably why I don’t have a love life BECAUSE NOAH DOES NOT EXIST EVER, The Notebook.

Oh but wait, thanks Glamour magazine for pointing me in the direction of this video:

MY SOUL IS DESTROYED.

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But alas I shall end in honour of single sister solidarity and all that sparkly shit as this article sums up basically the past 10 years of my life. And it is FUNNY.

Extra tips to survive Valentine’s Day:

1. Avoid all public places.
2. Do not wear red.
3. For the love of god, do not, under any circumstances, purchase a meal for one. You’re just asking for it.
4. Ignore all those well intentioned messages of support from your coupled up friends. You don’t know!
5. Stay away from Facebook. Too. Many. Engagement. Announcements.

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Video: Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson star in first movie together…

But alas it is not what you think. My favourite Hollywood couple Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson took part in the ‘Defying Death Valley’ challenge with Mercedes-Benz.

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Just casually being good looking people.

They were challenged to survive Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on earth, with only the water their F-Cell Mercedes-Benz car produced.

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson have been together for around eight years, and although many continue to speculate the couple are going to get married because they occasionally wear gold bands on their wedding fingers, they’ve often said that they are commitment rings and are in no rush to get married!

But the couple looked adorable on their trek into the Valley with Diane losing the coin toss to take the first sip of the water produced by the car.

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Well done Mercedes-Benz for getting two international stars to appear in an ad that will no doubt be a success on the other side of the Atlantic as green-obsessed LA falls over one another to get their hands on the limited run of F-Cell engines.

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Book: Before I Go To Sleep #B4IGTS

Woah. I love a good book, one that has so many twists and turns that you can’t put it down and must read more. I haven’t read a book as quick as Before I Go To Sleep since I read Gone Girl last year, but at least this time I can say I was satisfied with the ending*.

The novel, by author S J Watson, was published way back in 2011 and became a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, amazing going for a first time novelist who wrote the book while he was working as an audiologist for the NHS.

So I’m certainly late to the game when it comes to this book, but the reason it caught my eye is the inevitable movie adaptation set to be released later this year, starring Nicole frozen-faced-don’t-know-how-she’s-really-going-to-play-a-47-year-old-woman Kidman, former Railway Man co-star Colin Firth and the forever villain Mark Strong.

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As the book is written from a first-person perspective, it is likely we will hear a lot of inner monologue as the main character, Christine Lucas, comes to terms with her amnesia. Every day she wakes up with no memories of the day before and very little memory of her former life before her ‘accident’. She is looked after by her husband Ben Lucas, who every day informs her of who he is, what happened to her, and that he loves her.

I like how the book only really exists because Christine began to keep a journal, and we get an insight into a two week period of her life and how it feels for her to remember her life through her own writing that sometimes she doesn’t even believe she wrote.

Straight away you are lured into the mystery surrounding her husband, Ben, who is he really and why doesn’t Christine feel like she can trust him? Dr Nash, the doctor she is meeting in secret, has a shroud of mystery surrounding him and the attention he lavishes on Christine even though she is only his patient.

As Christine slowly uncovers truths about herself it becomes clear that the people she should be able to trust are those that are the most dangerous.

I highly recommend Before You Go To Sleep to anyone who loves a thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. It was only a few pages before the end that I figured out what the dark secret was, after trying so hard to guess from the beginning. Because I have a need to solve it so I can brag to my inner Jessica Fletcher.

Go read it now. Or don’t, whatever.

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*NB Gillian Flynn has rewritten the end of the Gone Girl for the David Fincher movie. I guess she read my review.