Empire Magazine reveals 25 original X-Men covers #Empire25

Who would have thought it was still cool to collect special edition magazine covers? I mean Empire Magazine have done something I don’t think any other magazine has done to this scale before.

Releasing TWENTY-FIVE different covers of the same edition. That’s brave it’s not a guaranteed sell like if it was One Direction or something.

But there will have been a lot of logic and thought gone into the process, I mean we all know that Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique #Empire25 cover is going to have the biggest print run. And most likely the newer characters a much smaller run because let’s face it FANBOYS are going to want to get their hands on Jennifer Lawrence naked… Well almost.

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The other 25 covers were all brilliant in their own way, even Bryan Singer made his debut as the first ever director to feature on the cover of Empire Magazine. My particular favourite, aside from Mystique, was most definitely Iceman. It may have something to do with my huge crush on Shawn Ashmore but I think he is a cool character.

1013191_588411477906201_415876968_nThe other cover concept I thought was pretty clever was the link between Fan Bingbing as Blink and Booboo Stewart as Warpath, almost as if they were each at the opposite ends of a time portal? Anybody know?

warpath and blink

Which cover was your favourite? See the rest on Empire Magazine

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Taylor Swift: why are you so annoying?

I cannot make my mind up about Taylor Swift. She is like Marmite.

When she released that super catchy song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I thought yes a great song about some kind of female empowerment, we girls are putting a foot down and not letting you boys drag us back and forth and tease us to and fro. And I shall play this song over and over until I can’t stand it anymore OH HO!

And then I was kind of miffed that it was yet another of those diatribes good old TayTay writes about a guy she dated for five hot minutes. She was hurt that [insert celeb guy name here] was in the wrong and so she goes and writes a song to kick them in the balls.

Why is Taylor so bloody naive that she wears her heart on her sleeve?

She knows she’s a super famous generally popular young female country pop singer that is also super duper rich and is followed by paparazzi religiously as soon as she’s in a “relationship”. So why does she insist on making things so publicly obvious, we all know how famous people hate the paps and will do anything to hide from them or will be purposefully cagey in interviews with publications and refuse to “talk about their private lives, because my private life is just that… blah blah blah”.

But she is on a whole other level. I mean what was that circus with Taylor Swift and Harry Styles? Jesus. It was painful knowing that in less that ten days she was going to have been “hurt” over “bad boy” Harry Styles, yet she insisted on letting them follow the couple to the zoo whilst accompanying their weird chaperones friends who had a baby that Taylor insisted on cooing over like she was in an episode of Teen Mom.

And then it’s almost as if it wasn’t all a publicity stunt because she has her next single ready and boom it’s called I Knew You Were Trouble, about Harry Styles. I think she’d broken up with him for all of seven seconds before it was released – she has a shit hot publicist let me tell you.

Then it was that interview with Vanity Fair where she talked a load of idiotic bollocks that made her as annoying as Anne Hathaway (poor Anne Hathaway I don’t even know why I don’t like her), about how she doesn’t like that tabloids and has to avoid them yet as well as the aforementioned paparazzi whoring she writes about her famous ex-boyfriends like we wouldn’t know and judge her songs over them.

She allowed a “source” to talk candidly about why ‘Haylor’ broke up and blamed Harry. Of course. But who else was just thinking as E! Online pointed out that the “source” was really just Taylor Swift. Boo.

Now, yet another interview later, Taylor speaks to Wonderland magazine about how she doesn’t know whether she’ll be married or single in the future. I mean for starters, she’s just 23. TWENTY-THREE. Chill. The. Eff. Out. Why does she insist on talking about all her relationships and whether she wants to be married and have children and then wonder why guys run a mile after spending more than a month in the company of her crazy desperate personality.

“Relationships are like traffic lights, and I just have this theory that I can only exist in a relationship if it’s a green light.

“I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own. You know, paint in a cottage by the ocean by myself,” Swift said.

Gah. Take a note from Beyonce, girls rule the world. This is pathetic.

Maybe I belong in hell along with Amy Phoeler and Tina Fey [TS in VF: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.“] for pointing out just how annoying Taylor Swift is but why does she have to be like this so openly, and she wonders why other women pick on her because she is the worst example of the kind of desperate women out there. She just could be less whingy.

Oh and not forgetting she’s infiltrating one of my favourite television shows, New Girl. Please stay away from Nick.

I have nothing against cat lady's but Taylor, you're just setting yourself up for a fall.

I have nothing against cat ladys but Taylor, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

The Best of The Importance of Being Oreo 2012

As I’m currently compiling my best dressed of the year lists, I thought I’d look through my blog posts from this past year and pick out my favourite ones. It’s hugely self indulgent, but as I was looking back there were so much stuff I’d forgotten I’d written about especially in the earlier part of the year.

I’ve picked one from each month, so if you find yourself currently bored of wrapping presents have a look! Check back later in the week to see who made my Best Dressed of 2012.

January: Shailene Woodley vs Jennifer Lawrence – The two actresses at similar places in their careers, Jennifer Lawrence has had another great year with The Hunger Games and The Silver Linings Playbook.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dolce & Gabbana at the Independent Spirit Awards 2011 and Shailene Woodley in Honor at the 2012 AFI Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dolce & Gabbana at the Independent Spirit Awards 2011 and Shailene Woodley in Honor at the 2012 AFI Awards.

February: Spring Couture – a look at my favourite couture pieces, Elie Saab has to be Being Oreo’s most featured designer!

Elie Saab Kasia Struss

Elie Saab Kasia Struss

March: New Yorkshire Music: Seafret – I interviewed this up and coming Yorkshire duo earlier this year, I predict big things for Seafret in the next few years!

Seafret Blog

April: Dawson’s Creek possible reunion – This topic will not die down, and now that Katie Holmes has been released from her marriage who knows what the future holds?!

Dawsons Creek

May: Christina Ricci at the MET Gala – Christina Ricci was a standout at the MET Gala for me this year, the dress is super quirky but who would guess that she is only 5″1 she knows how to werq it!

Christina Ricci at the MET Gala 2012 in a bespoke Thakoon dress.

Christina Ricci at the MET Gala 2012 in a bespoke Thakoon dress.

June: Blake Lively Savages press tour and Diane Kruger at Cannes 2012 – It was too difficult to pick just one post for June, especially when two of my favourite style crushes had fabulous runs on their respective red carpets. Blake Lively was back to her amazing self promoting Savages and Diane Kruger did a fantastic job as judge at the Cannes Film Festival with an array of couture.

Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture at the LA Premiere of Savages

Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture at the LA Premiere of Savages

Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at the Amour premiere in Cannes 2012

Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at the Amour premiere in Cannes 2012

July: Kate Upton wants to enjoy life and eat – Kate Upton seems to have made an impression on everyone this year, she must be one of the most controversial models to grace the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue ever, all because she likes to eat apparently.

Kate Upton on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Kate Upton on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

September: It’s September again… Television time! – I like my American television, and I think this is a great guide for those who want to know what imports to watch when they appear on British tellyboxes. This year Fringe comes to an end, which I am very upset about as that will mean Joshua Jackson needs to get another job lined up sharpish!

Tyler Hoechlin as Derek in Teen Wolf. Check out the hilarious recaps from Price Peterson over at TV.com

Tyler Hoechlin as Derek in Teen Wolf. Check out the hilarious recaps from Price Peterson over at TV.com

October: Emma Stone and that Maje coat – One of my most popular posts this year, Emma Stone worked the hell out of that coat.

Emma Stone at the Musee Rodin in Paris, wearing a Maje coat.

Emma Stone at the Musee Rodin in Paris, wearing a Maje coat.

November: A zombie romance for Valentine’s Day: Warm Bodies – This is on my 2013 film list already, really looking forward to seeing it and will get round to reading the book if it’s not too scary!

Nicholas Hoult as R in Warm Bodies, out February 8, 2013.

Nicholas Hoult as R in Warm Bodies, out February 8, 2013.

December: Twilight: Kristen Stewart – I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Kristen Stewart, I make myself laugh at how shocked I was she was named Best Dressed of 2012 by Glamour just a few months into the year! This is a round up of her best Twilight red carpet looks with an extra addition or two, but her street style will always keep her on my worst dressed list!

This technically isn't related to Twilight, but Kristen in Reem Acra on the Cannes Red Carpet for Cosmopolis is one of my all time favourite Kristen looks.

This technically isn’t related to Twilight, but Kristen in Reem Acra on the Cannes Red Carpet for Cosmopolis is one of my all time favourite Kristen looks.

Kristen Stewart Best Dressed?

Saying that Kristen Stewart is best dressed of 2012 is like saying Katie Holmes had a stellar career last year and has become the best actress EVER.

Even though we’re only four months into this year Glamour UK have announced their voted by readers annual best dressed celebs of 2012 and K-Stew has topped the list knocking Emma Watson from the coveted top spot.

In my opinion for someone to be best dressed you need to be an all-rounder, your red carpet style has to be translated to your street style aka Miranda Kerr, glamour has to be present in some form or another and if you saw K-Stew at Coachella the other weekend you would simply assume she had her wardrobe stolen and bought a cap from a trucker named Bubba.

Kristen Stewart at Coachella

Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against Converse, denim , or slouchy tees but when this is what you consistently wear, it’s no wonder the rumour that not one stylist wants to work with you goes around Tinseltown. I would also hope in the near future that she invest in some dry shampoo or a shower to wash her greasy hair, effort please!

This Stella McCartney look for Paul McCartney's My Valentine video premiere is doing absolutely nothing for her, that skirt is the wrong length the blazer tsk, and that hair needs a good wash.

There are those rare occasions that K-Stew steps onto the red carpet looking an absolute dream, i.e Breaking Dawn Part One premiere in J. Mendel and Roberto Cavalli and there is the upcoming appearance at Cannes Film Festival to promote her latest film On The Road so we could see some really impressive looks from her if she has an uber stylist in her entourage. Fingers crossed we get to see some great Summer 2012 looks.

Also Robert Pattinson scooped best dressed male, needless to say these two are a perfectly matched pair, because according to a Coachella-goer on Instagram he looked like a homeless British guy. How he managed to be placed first I have no idea. Come on Glamour sort it out! I am adding to this because Editor Jo Elvin has just pointed out that it is voted by Glamour readers, I am a Glamour reader maybe I should pull my finger out and put pen to paper next time they do the list because clearly the majority are a bit dim!!

Kristen Stewart in Roberto Cavalli at the London Twilight Breaking Dawn Part One premiere back in November.

Kristen was doing an Angelina way before Angelina was, in J. Mendel at the LA premiere of Breaking Dawn Part One.

The rest of the list is in the June issue of Glamour.

Jennifer Lawrence in GQ

It’s not like there aren’t enough blonde-haired, doe-eyed hot American actresses out there but as GQ points out this certain actress is only 20 and already Oscar-nominated for Winter’s Bone, a little unknown film that earnt her a best actress nod.

And like GQ also says no one cared that she didn’t win when she rocked up in a red hot Calvin Klein dress.

Jennifer Lawrence will be hitting our screens this summer in her first big blockbuster, X-Men: First Class, as Mystique. Rightly so she has to be in the best shape of her life and her shoot for GQ proves just this, I was a little concerned about the way she looked in her costume on the cover of Empire magazine but I’m sure the hotness will transfer to the big screen as well as her Oscar-nominated acting talent.

Marc by Marc Jacobs romper

Top by D&G

Bikini by Chloe

Bikini by Chloe, sandals by D&G

Do I live in the real world?

The amount of articles I have read recently about how as a nation we basically suck at communicating in the real world.

“But I do, I do!” I hear you say? No, apparently Facebook, Twitter, BBM, Whatsapp and whatever else doesn’t count. WHAT??

After reading Jameela Jamil’s column, “Cyber schmyber”, in Company magazine (bought to wile the time away waiting for a train) she made the point – “In a world where we have never been so well connected, in truth, we have never been more detached”.

Some truth, because after a weekend away with my university mates who I’m totally ashamed to admit some of them I had not seen since graduation night over 8 months ago, I realised that although I had seen plenty of their pictures, Facebook statuses, Twitter updates thinking I knew what had been happening in their lives, I really didn’t know half the details!

Another point from Jamil’s column is that we only see an “edited glimpse” of what our friends are up to. There isn’t one single person who can whole heartedly, truly and honestly say they don’t edit their photo albums missing out those ridiculously drunken ones or “ugly” pictures, or spend a good few minutes thinking of the perfect status or tweet or text message. For me I admit I prefer Twitter, sometimes I act erratically and tweet nonsense other times I carefully construct my 140 characters into something I think resembles wit and intelligence in the hope I get a retweet or a response with a gratifying nod of approval from a follower.

I edit myself to appear how I want people to perceive me in that online snapshot, it’s a bad habit but who can truly be themselves in a network full of famous people that appear to have such better lives, or even normal people who are your “friends” on Facebook that like to brag about what they have done that day or week that is obviously better than your life. Sometimes that can honestly make you feel like an inadequate twat unworthy of connecting with anybody.

I returned from my weekend away feeling happy purely for seeing good friends face to face, laughter and alcohol helped along the way of course. But I couldn’t help but tweet my way through just to make sure everybody else knew where I was, what I was doing or what I’d just laughed at that very second. It’s now second nature to do something or see something and be thinking about how to share it with everyone on your online community.

Why is that? It’s like writing a diary that everyone can read. You miss something and you can turn back to that page by trawling through tweets and statuses as they are seemingly forever captured on the world wide web. It’s totally impossible to avoid, we are connected online and it makes it easier to keep in touch and update each other quickly, I want to live in the real world but I can’t stop tweeting.

I feel I’m rambling, but one thing is for sure we have a need for attention and social interaction it’s how we survive, imagine not communicating with anybody for a whole week?! We seek the validation and feedback from the interaction and if the only way we can get this is living in a virtual world then I’m afraid it is a case of so be it.

But everyone should remember as Stylist magazine so eloquently put it:
“Live it, don’t tweet it”.

RANT

Ok I feel a massive rant coming on… I don’t want to say it but WTF David Beckham, Ashton Kutcher, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Ronan Keating, Tiger Woods, Jesse James, Vernon Kay, Mark Owen, John Terry, Peter Crouch and the list could go on and on and on.

So maybe some of these are rumours, but some of these have ended in divorce and family break-ups. I just don’t get it. Why why why ruin your life and marriage? And for that matter what actually possesses those women that know full well the particular celebrity they engage in an affair with, has a wife and family? Soulless, heartless, pathetic and money-grabbing.

And we all know, especially as a recent journalism graduate, that the media has a massive role to play in the breaking of news like an affair involving a celebrity male (or female), and it will do nothing for that person’s image if they try to put superinjunctions (aka John Terry) on anything being revealed. Guilty as charged.

Currently InTouch Weekly (USA) are running a front cover with David and Victoria Beckham with the headline “The Ultimate Betrayal”, a former high class call-girl has come forward claiming she had sex with Beckham 5 times back in 2007. The thing that bothers me is that after the whole Loos(e) affair I very much doubt David would even consider to wreck his marriage even more. According to my fellow journos, The Daily Mail has removed the story and the NY Post have decided to not run with the story, only InTouch are confident enough to believe a fame-grabbing w**re.

I hope it’s all crap.