Yearly Archives: 2014

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Celebrity Workout Trends Of 2014

There’s a reason why celebs are in good shape on the red carpet – they work out! I think 2014 was the year in which the celebs stopped trying to pretend their hot bods were the result of ‘good genes’ and started to admit they did exercise. I’ve lost count of how many gelfies (gym selfies) I’ve seen as well as yoga poses, sweaty cycling pics and runs along the beach.

If you’ve not exercised in a while it doesn’t matter as everyone has to start somewhere. You can exercise indoors or outdoors, on your own or in a class. I’ve had a look at five methods of exercise the celebs were loving this past year.
(1) Soulcycle
The Victoria’s Secret Angels (above) love shaping up their legs with indoor cycling classes. Soulcycle is a bit of a celebriy cult in LA and New York as David and Brooklyn Beckham are regulars as is Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Lady Gaga and Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzy loved it so much she held the album preview of her album there, encoraging journalists to work out to her tunes. With spinning, all you need are fitness leggings (they’re the most flattering and anything baggy could get stuck in the pedals) and a loose vest top.
 
(2) Yoga
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Yoga is the best exercise for anyone starting out to exercise, as it’s low impact, as well as for people who have previously focused on cardio and have developed tight joints as a result. Nicole Scherzinger (left) does it to stay flexible while Jessica Alba did it after the birth of her baby. A yoga mat is a good start as the essence is on comfort.
(3) Jogging
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 Kendall Jenner (above left) and Ellie Goulding (right) are a couple of the stars who like to get out and about in the fresh air. I find running really as it’s just you and your ipod playlist and you are free to go wherever you want. A good pair of sports trainers is essential to avoid leg injuries and you’ll need a good sports bra.
(4) Bootcamp
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 Joining a bootcamp and doing sets of exercises outside is a great way of getting in the fresh air but it has more variation than running. Usually a trainer will shout at you if you’re not doing enough so it would push you more than if you exercised alone. I think if Denise Van Outen (left) and Kim and Khloe Kardashian can do it then so can we. Looks like leggings and a vest top are good options.
(5) Gym
khloe-k-gym-selfieThis year I keep hearing the phrase ‘strong is the new skinny’ and Millie Mackintosh and Khloe Kardashian are great examples of that. Muscle burns calories quicker than fat so if you lift weights it will speed up your metabolism so you look thinner. I love Millie’s look and Khloe’s black vest top is also cute. You can lift weights and still be feminine!
Are you brave enough to make a resolution to try one this year? If you want a figure like a celebrity, you are going to need to work out like a celebrity. Sorry, but you can at least look pretty doing it.
Love Zoex
PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my showbiz lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP
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Top 10 Celebrity Style Icons 2014

I’m so shocked we’re at the end of the year already but what a year it’s been! Its time to look back and think about what we’ve learned style-wise. Trends will only be trendy for a matter of weeks, but if we take our inspiration from indivuduals’ fashion sense (and particularly celebrities’ tastes as they hear of things first) then we will always be one step ahead of the curve.

But who do we follow? Casting my mind back to all the events I’ve attended this year and all the celebs I’ve bumped into and written about, these are my top 10.

(1) Kendall Jenner (above)

What’s most impressive about Kendall is that she always dresses in clean lines. It’s rarely bodycon nor too revealing but instead she lets the elegant shaped items drape over her model body. While we can’t get her body without a ton of work, I am inspired by how she doesn’t feel the need to wear lots of sequins or detail and she still looks party-ready. My fave thing she’s ever worn is the white jumpsuit as it stood out in a sea of dresses.

Olivia Palermo (below)

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Olivia Palermo is the Queen of layering – I’ve never seen anyone that can do it like her. The trick is to go for a large handbag in a contrasting colour to your outfit. Always have at least two different types of fabric  -eg knitwear and shorts or leather and cotton. And always accessorise!

Cheryl Fernadez Versini

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Cheryl seems to have employed a new style team for this year’s X Factor as she’s never looked better. Maxi dresses really suit her and the more sequinned the better. If I have a big ball / formal event next year I’m going to find a dress like hers.

Beyonce Knowles

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No style icon list could be complete without Queen Bey could it? Beyonce never gets it wrong, causing men and woman to lust after her. One thing is guaranteed – her outfit will be bodycon, showing off her tiny waist and bootylicious hips and there will be a fabulous pair of high heels involved somehow!

Solange Knowles

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Since this year’s ‘lift incident’ Solange has really come into her own. She has a more experimental style than Beyonce (eg she doesn’t always do bodycon) but she will always go for something detailed or embellished.  She wears the maxi dresses rather then them wearing her.

Amal Alamuddin

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This time last year I didn’t know who Amal Alamuddin was and now she’s gone and married George Clooney! He chose well as Amal has never looked anything less than sophisticated and classy. She loves tailored pieces, which she’s always had to wear for her day job as a lawyer, but I especially love these wide leg trousers.

Taylor Swift

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My favourite singer about heartbreak, Taylor Swift, always looks amazing on stage but I take more inspiration from her casual wear. I’d even go so far to say she’s the queen of coats and hats. It doesn’t really matter what she wears underneath as she lets her outerwear do the talking.

Selena Gomez

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Splitting up with Justin Bieber was a smart move for Selena Gomez as she’s taken way more seriously and gets way more attention. She’s excellent at picking pretty party dresses that stand out and can be worn all night long but the best one she’s worn this year has to be the gold dress she wore to the MTV Movie Awards.

Kate Moss

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Kate Moss has been on the catwalks for around 20 years and she still looks not just relevant but ravishing! Kate was the woman who invented the boho look after all. For this, the key is skinny jeans and flats. It’s all about being effortlessly cool…

 Fearne Cotton

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Talking of cool, Fearne Cotton lives and breathes it. She picks pieces she likes and wears them with other pieces she likes, meaning you don’t need to plan outfits or match as gorgeous items will look good no matter what they’re worn with. She shows you can wear prints and colour at the same time and she has a gorgeous selection of coats.

So that was my top 10. I didn’t number them because I thought they all looked equally brilliant. Who’s your favourite?

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP.

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The Hottest Single Male Celebs 2014

Don’t worry if you are single this Christmas period. Never has it been more appropriate to say ‘I’m only single because I’m fussy’ as there are so many hot eligible celebrity bachelors right now.
And celebs don’t just date celebs, you know. When gorgeous George Clooney walked down the aisle with lawyer Amal Alamuddin this year, it gave me hope that we all have the chance to date (and marry) celebs. Equal opportunity and all that!
So it’s time to raise your A’game and dress to impress in 2015 as you could win the hearts of:

(1) Harry Styles

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The One Direction star needs someone to be his One.

(2) Leonardo Di Caprio

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The Wolf of Wall Street needs to be tamed!

(3) Orlando Bloom

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After splitting from model Mirander Kerr, the Lord of the Rings star is without a ring on his finger and back on the singles market. Yay!

(4) Patrick Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son and aspiring actor Patrick has a fit bod, soul-searching eyes and looks gorgeous in a suit. I think I’m in love.

(5) Jake Gyllenhaal

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He famously dated Taylor Swift, but since then Jake’s been busy with his acting. He needs someone to make his eyes smile more.

(6) Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford

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Gossip Girl may no longer be on our TV screens but it doesn’t matter if you can have 24/7 access to Chace by making him your boyfriend. However, you may have a bit of competition as girls swoon over his chiselled face and lean bod.

(7) Chris Martin

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Well he’s not with Gwyneth anymore…And pretty damn good at the piano and guitar.

(8) Prince Harry

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All little girls dream of marrying a prince and it still could happen as Harry hasn’t been snapped up yet. He’s over 6ft, he rides horses and he flies helicopters in the army. What’s not to like?

Harry’s the one I’m most keen on. What do you think?

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion and celebrity news see my showbiz lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP 

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Top 10 Party Dresses Of 2014

Have you had a good year? Hoping for an even better 2015? I hope so!

Some celebrities have had a really positive 2014 and I think we can learn from them to make sure we see in 2015 in style on New Year’s Eve and be the best dressed when going out to parties and social events throughout the year

So let’s take a few moments to reflect on the showbiz world’s biggest award ceremonies and parties:

(1) Kate Hudson at the Oscars

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It’s a deep v-neck but Kate owned it! Plus she followed the golden rule of covering your legs if you’re flashing cleavage. A white dress always stands out.

(2) Lupita N’yongo at the BAFTAs

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Lupita N’yongo emerged as one of the world’s favourite actresses this year and one of our red carpet faves too. Nobody wears colour as good as Lupita and I loved the green dress she wore to the BAFTAs.

(3) Mila Kunis at The Golden Globes

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Before she announced her pregnancy, Mila Kunis looked radiant at the Golden Golbe Awards. It must have been partly because she was exopecting but I do think the silver colour would have helped to lift her complexion further. I love silver dresses!

(4) Anne Hathaway at The Oscars

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I don’t often think black dresses are deserving of being on best dressed lists but Anne Hathaway’s black maxi dress is especially nice because of the embellishment. I like the straight shape of the skirt too – the column shape is super slimming.

(5) Rosie Huntington Whiteley at AMFAR in Cannes

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Rosie was like a ray of sunshine at the AMFAR charity gala in Cannes in this yellow dress. I have never thought about wearing yellow before, being quite scared of how bright it is, but if the dress fits you well then why not use colour to get everyone to pay attention. I’m sure a dress like this would get tons of compliments.

(6) Sarah Hyland at The Golden Globes

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Not only is this my fave colour – hot pink – but the bodycon shape into a fishtail skirt is super flattering without being flashy. The colour reminds me of a Definitions dress at Very. Like her Modern Family co-star Sophia Vergara, Sarah Hyland is one to watch as she always wears some killer outfits.

(7) Taylor Swift at German Radio Awards

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Taylor has gorgeous legs so quite rightly wants to show them off. I had to put one of her outfits into this list to show you don’t always need a maxi dress and I especially liked this monochrome dress as it demands attention!

(8) Cate Blanchett at the Oscars

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Cate collected a golden statue for Best Actress at this year’s awards while wearing a gold dress. How appropriate! Gold is the colour of success.

(9) Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato is a role model for girls with curves. She looked sensational in her scarlet maxi dress giving new meaning to the term ‘red hot’. Fresh from her Christmas duet with Olly Murs, 2015 will be a great year for her.

(10) Charlize Theron at the Golden Globes

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Elegant and chic, Charlize looked statuesque in a strapless maxi dress. If you colour block as well as this you don’t need any sparkles or embellishment as the dress speaks for itself.

What do you think? Which dress did you like the most? And most importantly, do you know what you’re wearing on New Year’s Eve yet?

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP

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Dreaming of a Vintage Christmas

When the chaos of Christmas gets into full swing it’s nice to take some time out and remember how they did it in the good old days. There’s definitely something magical about the old festive movies and starlets, whether it’s the sense of calm serenity, the slush-free snow or the sing-a-longs there’s nothing quite like them for bringing back the sparkle (especially if you’ve been wrestling bags in a rammed shopping centre, enough to make anyone Grinch like!). The best bit for me is the costumes, no onesies, no Pug jumpers with flashing lights, just some good old fashioned vintage dressing.

So even if you haven’t got a sleigh bell, roaring log fire or bottle of egg-nog to hand, settle back with this little look at festive style icons and let the yuletide glow surround you, altogether now “I’m dreaming of a …..”

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Behold, the leading ladies from the ultimate Christmas film ‘White Christmas’, proving firstly that lace is always a Christmas party winner and secondly that it’s good to rock a little colour. If you want to don something a little different for the Christmas do this year, this lace dress from Definitions is going to make you stand out amongst all the LBD’s and sparkle.

 

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Next up is Loretta Young in The Bishop’s Wife – this Christmas classic features Cary Grant as an Angel (or is he?) sent to help raise money to build a Cathedral, it’s pretty schmaltzy stuff but it’s got that feel-good innocence about it that makes you feel all warm inside.  Plus the fact that Ms Young looks dazzling with perfectly coiffed hair and a beautiful wardrobe – luxe outerwear is always a game-changer when it comes to winter dressing and you can find your perfectly chic cover-up right here.

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You’ve got to be in awe of these costumes in ‘It Happened on 5th avenue’ – I take my hat off to anyone who can pull off that much leopard print, and I can’t be alone in thinking that the world would be a much better place if our gents still wore classy coats and hats! This film is a classic tale of rich versus poor, and happiness prevailing over sadness, and of course a few lovely Christmas songs along the way.

If you want to add a fierce fur to your winter look, check out this little lot!

Finally here are a few other Hollywood Icons getting into the festive spirit, proving that no matter how glam and fabulously rich you are, no-one can resist Santa’s charms!

 

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Hope you all have a VERY merry Christmas and that Father Christmas brings you everything on your list. I have it on good authority that you’ve all been well behaved!) x

 

Thanks to Lynn Johnson for the graphic design

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Marilyn Monroe www.thisismarilyn.com

 

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#WIN with HP’s Perfect Match!

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If you’re all about watching the latest movies, streaming and catching up on TV, the HP Pavilion 15-p058na Beats will tick all of your boxes. With its brilliant HD touchscreen or optional Full HD display, you can tap, swipe and get in touch with true clarity and bring your cosy nights in to life!  What’s more, with integrated BeatsAudio, the laptops dual speakers and built-in subwoofer will fill your room with studio quality sound so you can dance around your room in style. Plus, with a suite of music apps included you can create music, play an instrument or be a DJ in seconds!

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  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight (3rd January 2015).
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Our Favourite Christmas Films

There’s nothing better than a fun, heartwarming Christmas film to get you in the mood for the big day, so if you’ve not watched one yet this December, you’re missing out! So far I’ve watched The Holiday, Elf and  A Christmas Story, I have some serious plans in place for a yuletide movie marathon of epic proportions this weekend – and I’m feeling about as festive as you can get!

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to Christmas movies. Whether you love the cheesiness of Miracle on 34th Street, the creepiness of Black Christmas or the wackiness of Nativity, there’s a festive favourite for everyone. With that in mind, I decided to investigate around Very HQ to check out what our own top picks are.

Our Favourite Christmas Films 1As you can see, we’re a pretty diverse bunch. Marc’s choice of  The Muppet Christmas Carol was a popular one – who doesn’t love singing along with Kermit?! – while Gemma picked The Snowman, going for an absolute classic, as did Aimee with It’s A Wonderful Life. Lisa, Sara and Kate all went down the comedy route with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf and Jingle All The Way respectively, while Mark went offbeat with Bad Santa.

I love all of these films and don’t disagree with a single choice. But my own festive fave? The one I save to watch every year on Christmas Eve? It’s got to be Die Hard.

It’s perhaps not a Christmas film in the most traditional sense, but think about it. A cop goes to a corporate party on Christmas Eve to reconcile with his estranged wife and spend Christmas with his kids. Once there, the building is attacked by terrorists and the cop has to fight his way out, walk barefoot over broken glass and deal in witty repartee with Alan Rickman, all to win his wife back and spend Christmas with his family. It’s the ultimate Christmas movie!

Plus it has the line ‘Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.’

Love Sarah x

PS. I blog about my favourite books over at Sarah’s Adventures in Literature Land if you fancy it!

Thanks to Lynn Johnson for the Our Favourite Christmas Films blog banner and image!

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The X Factor Wrap Party Trends

It’s been a rollercoaster few months for the X factor contestants and now it’s all over – Ben Haenow has won. So what’s next? All the finalists toasted the end of their hard work with a wrap party in London’s Mayfair and now they weren’t being instructed by the TV show’s wardrobe department and stylists they were free to let their own characters shine through.

Fleur East (above) always looks amazing in front of the cameras and the party made it evident that she has star quality no matter what (I’m still a bit disappointed she didn’t win!) That leather biker jacket was gorgeous and I liked how she owned the outfit with red trousers too. The red jacket reminds me of the Diesel leather jacket at Very.

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Meanwhile Chloe Jasmine Whichello stayed to the persona she’s created for herself as a 1920s starlet. Sequins are a timeless party look and there’s a lot of ways to get this at Very like the new Rochelle Humes sequin cut out back dress. On the show, she hooked up with Stevi Ritichie and he must be counting his lucky stars at that. Chloe’s a beauty.

And talking of beauties, Sarah Jame Crawford looked gorgeous in a white midi dress. A midi dress is a lovely length as it’s less formal than a maxi but more comfortable than a mini skirt. Sarah certainly looks happy with her choice. She’s done well to replace Caroline Flack as Xtra Factor host as Caroline was so popular. We look forward to seeing Sarah Jane on the next series.

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Many congratulations to Ben Haenow!

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Do you think the right person won?

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my showbiz lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP

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Get your party hair with BaByliss & Fearne Cotton

Party season is in full swing here at Very HQ as Christmas is ever drawing nearer! Exciting! But if like us, you’ve got the perfect outfits ready for the festive season but are lacking hair inspiration, look no further- we’ve teamed up with our friends at BaByliss to bring you the hottest trend this season and show you just how to achieve the look yourselves!

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This is the perfect time to announce the newest partnership between BaByliss and the beautiful Fearne Cotton. As Fearne said at a recent launch event: “I’m excited about my partnership with BaByliss,” … “It’s a brand I’ve grown up with and trust. When I’m at home I don’t have a makeup and hair stylist at hand so being able to do my own hair is important to me and BaByliss’ collection of tools makes doing that effortless. Most importantly though doing your own hair should be lots of fun!”

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And fun it will be! In her new role as brand ambassador, Fearne is collaborating with BaByliss to produce a series of video tutorials showing you just how to achieve a series of looks using styling tools available right here at VERY.co.uk.

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We’ve been lucky to get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes and are bringing you our favourite look which will dazzle this season – so get your hair party ready!

Soft Curls all Day and Night

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You will need:
BaByliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves – available here.

3 Step Tutorial 

Step 3

1. Wash and blow dry your hair until completely dry.
2. Take a small section of hair and starting at starting at eye level wrap the hair around the ceramic barrel, leaving your roots straight. Hold for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat on the next section of hair – this time wrap the hair in the opposite direction around the barrel (alternating curl directions will give your curls a more natural look). Continue until all your hair is curled.
3. Gently run your fingers through all the curls to loosen them and finish with a spritz of hairspray for a day to night hold.

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Now that we have given you the how to’s to create the lovely Fearnes locks, shop the range and give it a go yourself.  Look glam this Christmas with BaByliss.

Have a fantastic Christmas.

Love the Very Beauty Team x

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Celebrity Style Steal: Taylor Swift’s Stand-Out Duster Coat

Taylor Swift is finally on her Christmas holidays and if anyone deserves a break she does! Straight after her album 1989 had the best selling release week ever and she became the first artist to sell a million albums in 2014, she came to London for the Victoria’s Secret Show and Jingle Bell Ball then flew back to the US to celebrate her 25th birthday with Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Jay-Z. With all this, it’s surprising she manages to keep stylish (I’d be living in a onesie or jogging bottoms after so much running round) but Taylor kept up her  flawless image as she ran errands in New York recently.

The piece de resistance of her outfit was her blue duster coat. To be honest, we can’t even see what’s underneath but when paired with a cute hat and chic handbag, we’d immediately say she’s made an effort. The coat is a lovely blue colour just like the South fluffy edge to edge coat and I reckon you could get away with wearing something comfy underneath. Talking of comfort, the Under Armour cable knit beanie would keep your head warm and enhance your outfit. Accessorise with a Taylor Swift style Mink Hero padlock tote bag and some Hush Puppies Sissany bow leather court shoes and Shake It Out – you’re Winter ready!

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Even if you’re not a fan of pastel blue you can still wear this look as they key to it is a duster coat that can be layered on top of anything to instantly smarten up your look.  A duster coat doesn’t have buttons so it’s laidback and effortless and it’s a longline coat so it’s great for Winter and flattering if you want to hide things underneath. As well as the pastel blue one at Very, I really like the black one from AX Paris and the Love Label yellow swing coat makes me feel brighter just looking at it. I’m sure it would make leaving the house in the dark in the morning better as it’s like wearing the sun, even if you can’t see it in the sky.

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Are you on the duster trend yet? If not, what’s stopping you?

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Rochelle Brightens Up LOVE magazine party in her own collection

LOVE magazine has a reputation for being trendsetting and unique, most recently featuring Kendall and Kris Jenner in their advent calendar photoshoot, so when I heard they were throwing a Christmas party I knew it would be exciting. Sure enough, it was held at the new Ivy Grill in Covent Garden, the Champagne was overflowing, there were tons of scented candles making the venue all Christmassy and the celebs really made an effort with their outfits.

The theme of the night seemed to be mini dresses and playsuits, with the stars showing off some leg. Rochelle Humes showed just how the green strappy playsuit from her own collection should be worn as she stood out for all the right reasons.

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Lindsay Lohan looked gorgeous in a gold mini dress. She revealed she lost weight while acting in Speed The Plow in London and I could tell that. Her younger sister Ali (below right) was proud of her. Lindsay also confessed she might be looking to make a permanent move to London in 2015 – watch this space!

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Abby Clancey went for silver and sparkles! She’s still yet to do her Christmas shopping so if she looks stressed it’s because she only has 10 days left to get organised. Well, at least there’s nothing like a deadline to get her moving quicker!

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Meanwhile Daisy Lowe is more organised and says she starts preparing for Christmas in October. Wow! She was one of the only celebs to wear a midi skirt but the leather material livens it up a bit. It reminds me of the Vero Moda dapper pu calf length skirt at Very.

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Who do you think looked the best?

Now there’s only days left til Christmas, have you got the stamina to keep it up until the big day? And then, of course there’s New Year’s Eve…