Monthly Archives: January 2014

WIN A gorgeous View Quest Emma Bridgewater Retro DAB Radio

*Competition now closed, thank you for entering* Emma Bridgewater is delighted to unveil a dashing portable DAB+/FM radio, complete with a built-in 30 pin iPhone/iPod dock.

For her first-ever collection of audio products, Emma has teamed up with respected British audio firm View Quest. Luxuriously finished to the highest standards, this stylish Retro Radio comes with high quality real leather surround and sleek, yet robust, carry handle. It is finished in a print from Emma’s iconic range; Sampler. The perfect companion for any house-proud consumer, the Emma Bridgewater Retro Radio can be used throughout the home. Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen, relaxing in your living room or even, thanks to their 15 hour battery life and carry handle, tending weeds in the garden, this DAB+ radio can keep you company. What’s more the beauty of this radio is not just skin deep, as it boasts sound quality that is as impressive as its wonderful styling. Based on View Quest’s acclaimed, multi-award winning, Retro model, this new portable DAB+/FM radio with iPhone dock (30 pin connector) offers exceptional performance.

Specification:

– Gorgeous leather case and handle adding to the touch of luxury

– Compatible with iPhones and iPods using the 30 pin connector so you never go without your vibes. It will charge your iPhone or iPod too whilst you listen.

– Comes with DAB+ and FM radio reception for crystal clear reception

– 15 hours of battery life for use on the go so you can listen to the radio or your iPod anywhere from the kitchen or your garage to the park or the beach!

– Under that great leather finish is a sturdy wooden case providing great acoustics and sound quality

– It even has an AUX-in for other audio sources so if you never wanted to be part of the Apple revolution, you can still play your tunes from your Android phone or MP3 device

– There are 10 presets for DAB/FM stations so you can store your favourite stations and the Retro Radio comes with DAB/FM auto-scan to make finding your station of choice easier

– The LCD screen is backlit to provide easy viewing

– The Retro Radio comes with 2 10W speakers which means it packs a punch with the sound

And finally there’s even a clock radio function with the Retro Radio which means it can wake you up for those important dates!

For your chance to win one of five gorgeous View Quest Emma Bridgewater Retro DAB Radio with dock, simply comment below with the answer to the following question:

Which respected British audio firm did Emma Bridgewater team up with to create this stylish retro radio?

Good Luck!

Kate x

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

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 10th February 2014.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 28.02.14. Prizes available are: 5 x View Quest Emma Bridgewater Retro DAB Radio, 1 per winner. There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner.

7. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.

8. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.

9. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

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Valentines Day Beauty by Carousel Diary

Valentine’s Day has long been known as the occasion of romance, lust and love. With a lot of lucky ladies being treated to a meal out or perhaps a trip away you of course want to ensure that you look your very best for the man in your life!

Whilst you might spend some time pondering whether to wear an -line, prom or bodycon dress, or perhaps if you should stick to flats (by request of the shorter boyfriend!) or go all out with heels, have you given any thought to your make-up?

A great make-up look can make all the difference to an outfit and can in fact complete it. Not only that but, personally, I always feel that little bit more finished and attractive with my make-up done to its best. A slick of lipstick can leave you feeling like you can conquer the world!

Whilst many people go for bold lips and dark eyes for the occasion, why not channel something a little more girly and spring like? I personally really like muted and pastel shades; they go with a variety of different outfits and are a little more reserved than a loud red lip.

As a base I like to tan to ensure I look radiant and glowing, I personally love this Fake Bake 60 Minutes Tanner as I am usually in a rush! I then apply my primer and follow this with my foundation. One of the best in my make-up bag is the Illamasqua Skin Base which applies really well, gives medium coverage and leaves you with the perfect canvas to apply your make-up.

Use the world famous YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touche to hide any dark circles, spots or other marks and finish your base with a dusting of NYX HD Finishing powder.

Next I always like to line my eyes with my favourite eye product this Colouring Eye Pencil in black by Illamasqua. This will make your eyes irrisistable and give them a lovely touch of glamour. Then take your colour of choice and blend, blend, blend! This Love Label Eye Palette has some really gorgeous shades that would work fantastically together. Complete the look by sweeping some Rimmel The Maxx Bold Curves Black Mascara through your lashes. This product will give them the perfect curl and have you set and ready for the evening ahead.

Don’t forget your nails either! Giving yourself an at home manicure means you will have some extra money to spend on your other half’s gift (it’s not all about receiving you know!) and any shade from the In The Nude Collection by Nails Inc would make the perfect  the perfect accent to your make-up look.

PS If you want to ahead a slick of lipstick, go ahead! But remember this tip: always apply your lipstick, blot and reapply. This will make sure it has staying power!

Katrina from Carousel Diary; a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog.

 

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WIN tickets to the London Fashion Weekend in association with Triumph!

***Competition now closed, Thank you for entering*** At Very HQ, we’re always talking about the latest trends and our favourite fashions. However, when pulling outfits together, we also know that getting your lingerie right is really important to getting your style right. With a little lift and great shape, you can conquer anything life throws at you!

That’s why we really love Triumph. With a range of designs and colours, their Amourette range is super on-trend (and super sexy!). Even better, with 125 years of experience in the lingerie industry, you’ve got the added confidence that their products are the best of the bunch!

For SS14, they’ve got some super cute updated styles and colours in their Amourette range. We’re loving this bright pink Amourette bra. It’s bang on for the ‘Pretty in Pink’ SS14 trend, and it comes in a padded and non-padded version. If you want something a bit plainer, it also comes in a neutral mocha colour.

The Amourette Spotlight bra is also a key shape and design, a classic that offers elegant glamour under any outfit day to night. For SS14, it comes in a lovely pale pink, as well as black and white, offering a perfect lingerie solution for any outfit.

Also this season, as champions of innovation and style, Triumph is a sponsor of Vodafone London Fashion Weekend in Feb. Hosted at Somerset House in fashion-central London, this is the place to be to experience first-hand insider knowledge about upcoming trends from the most famous British brands at the moment. Luckily for you Very ladies (and gents!), we’ve teamed up with Triumph for an exclusive comp – two tickets to the London Fashion Weekend, plus travel & accommodation!

To be in with a chance of winning, just comment below telling us which is your favourite Triumph bra from those mentioned above and why?

Good luck x


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

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 2nd February 2014.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 03.02.14. Prize: 2 Tickets to the London Fashion Weekend, plus travel & accommodation (the night before) up to the value of £500. The prize is for one day only – winner to choose which day they would prefer to attend (20th – 23rd Feb).  There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 3 days we will choose another winner.

7. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.

8. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.

9. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

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A Guide to Eating Healthy

Healthy eating is always high up on every one’s January to do list (usually to atone for the amount of not so healthy food consumed over the festive season!) However all that vegetable prep and weeks of eating lettuce starts to get pretty boring… and those biscuits in the back of the cupboard start to call your name…

Don’t give in! All you need are the right tools to help you stick to it, stay healthy and feel great. Here are some of the best healthy food appliances out there, along with a few tasty recipes to get you started.

Get Juicy

Using a juicer is a quick and easy way to get your five a day and this Hotpoint Slow Juicer is specially designed to get 30% more juice from your fruit and veg – which means a delicious taste with maximum nutritional benefits.  You can also use fruit and veg that’s looking a little bruised, so no more wasting that sad browning banana!

Soups Up

Making your own soup is a great way to stick to you healthy eating without compromising on taste. It’s perfect for this horrible cold weather too! This Come Dine With Me Soup Maker is ideal, with the option to make chunky or smooth soup, along with a built-in heater for a piping hot lunch.

Hit The Steamer

Steaming vegetables is much healthier than frying them as it helps retain all of the good stuff like nutrients and vitamins. Unlike boiling they still taste delicious too! You’re not limited to veg either, you can cook rice and fish in your steamer as well and have a full evening meal that’s healthy and hassle free. This Russell Hobbs Steamer is ideal for evening meals as it has a timer function and three separate tiers, so you can set it away and then leave it, returning half an hour later to a delicious meal. All you have to do is serve up and enjoy.

Get Your Grill On

Using a grill is another great way to cook, rather than sticking your meat in the frying pan. Appliances like this Tefal Optigrill make it quick and simple too, whether you’re dishing up steak and veg or chicken with a side of steamed potatoes and rice. You can also cook from frozen, with simple programmes to make it even easier. Just place your food on the grill, set it away and then sit down to a tasty meal without the guilt.

Now you’re armed with everything you need for quick, healthy and delicious meals there’s no excuse to reach for that takeaway menu!

Love Aimee x

P.s I also blog about my life as an Honorary Scouse in Liverpool if you want to take a peek!

Eating Healthy graphics by Sara Yates (@Sarah_Very)

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Kate Moss’s Rock And Roll Circus Night

If you want to hang out with Kate Moss you need stamina! The model went out again in London – just a week after her epic 40th birthday celebrations – to watch one if her best friends Sadie Frost perform in a circus troupe. Sadie, the actress ex wife of Jude Law, used to live near Kate in North London and is often seen with Kate in London bars…not flying through the air on bars on a trapeze. This is why she managed to persuade a lot of her mates to watch the first night at Camden’s Roundhouse theatre. Model Daisy Lowe (above right) added some rock chic to the occasion as well, and there was Babyshambles rocker Carl Barat and filmmaker Terry Gilliam.

Thankfully Kate (above left) remained firmly on the ground. I don’t think her ankle boots would have been appropriate for acrobatic moves. Plus she would have got rather hot in her snug faux fur coat. Looking leggy in a mini skirt, Daisy Lowe looked fit enough to perform. Maybe she’ll get inspired and take a leaf out of Sadie’s book. It’s certainly done Sadie a world of good – she’s glowing!

The circus show is called Fuerzabruta, which is on at The Roundhouse in London until March and it’s a must-see! Critics are raving about the mind-blowing visual effects, which offers the audience an intense visual experience, where a man can be seen exploding full throttle through a series of moving walls, as well as a watery world is suspended just inches above the audience’s heads. At one point, Sadie ‘swims’ underwater while suspended above the stage. It’s pretty mesmerising and it must be intense for Sadie to be part of. Whether she will look as radiant in a month’s time is anyone’s guess…

If you like the Cirque Du Soleil this is similar but more urban and with more graphics in the background and special effects. It seems whatever Moss and her posse do, they do it well! I can’t wait to see what they do next and when I know, I’ll share it with you.

Love Zoex

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

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Award Winners And Style Winners At The National TV Awards

The National TV Awards (NTAs) is one of my favourite events of the year as there are so many famous faces under one roof. Do you know what that means? Lots of fabulous outfits to look at!

In terms of the awards themselves, which I’ve listed at the end of this blog post, there were no real surprises. Ant and Dec won a trophy but they’ve won something for the past 12 consecutive years. Saturday night family TV show Strictly Come Dancing scooped an award and so did detective series Sherlock but we know their popularity by the ratings figures, right? 11 million people watched the last episode of actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing Sherlock. However, one thing we can never predict is what the stars will be  wearing. It’s an occasion to get really glammed up and this year I did spot one common trend – the cleavage was out. Here are my fave dresses from the night:

Holly Willoughby

Very designer Holly Willoughby always looks feminine and classy bur at the NTAs she went the extra mile! This black maxi dress makes her look like a classic Hollywood movie star.

Amy Willerton

She’s only just got out of the I’m A Celebrity jungle and before that I didn’t know who she was but you can’t deny Amy W looked super glam at the NTA’s. I love the big 80s style backcombed hair almost as much as the embellishment on her dress. In the jungle she got with The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex. He must be kicking himself for letting her get away!

Kelly Brook


Kelly has one of the best figures in Showbiz – personally I’d kill to have curves like hers – and at the NTAs her mantra seemed to be ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it’. Check out that thigh split in her little black dress!

Kym Lomas

Coronation Street star Kym literally dazzled in a sequin floor length dress. Talk about yummy mummy! It’s hard to believe Kym started out in a TV singing contest and the 90s pop band Hear’Say now she’s an acclaimed actress. She gets better every year, I think.

Caroline Flack

In a sea of black and colour on the red carpet, I think Caroline Flack was the only one in white. She wore it her way with her signature style of shorts and a vest top but the vest top is lower cut than we’re used to seeing from her. I like the layered look with the blazer over the top – what do you think?

Abbey Clancy

Strictly Come Dancing won an award for Best and as Abbey won the dance competition she picked up the prize in a bright red dress. Ok, so she kept it quite conservative on the top half unlike some of the other stars but she made up for it with the thigh split! She looked gorgeous.

And the winners are:

Factual Entertainment

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Entertainment Programme

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Documentary Series

Educating Yorkshire

Newcomer

Khali Best, EastEnders

Drama Performance

Matt Smith, Doctor Who

Daytime

This Morning

Comedy

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Serial Drama Performance

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Coronation Street

TV Detective

Benedict Cumberbatch

Entertainment Presenter

Ant & Dec

Drama

Doctor Who

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

Talent Show

Strictly Come Dancing

Landmark (25 years in TV)

Ant & Dec

Love Zoex

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

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American Freshman has landed on Very!! Competition time!!

***competition now closed *** New year, new season, new term, new brand! Coming all the way from the US to bring fashion forward casual clothing, that’s rooted in the trends & lifestyles of USA campus living. This is the real deal for American College clothing; with sports inspired graphic prints and retro logos. We’re taking it back to the Old Skool, as collegiate is going to be around for another term! There’s something undeniably fun about this trend, and you don’t have to be in school or college to wear it! American Freshman is bringing some fabulous preppy looks, see below for some outfit inspirations and also for the chance to enter our competition to win an American Freshman outfit! All our American Freshman range is EXCLUSIVE to us!

Starting with my personal fave! The McKendrie Baseball jacket! I remember watching all the American teen movies when I was younger, lusting after varsity jackets, wishing I’d been born in America (come on admit it, we all did at some point!). Now I can wear one here and be bang on trend! You can team this with joggers and the American Freshman Clara t-shirt, or why not go for these Hilfiger jeans and  some Converse to smarten up the casual look.

Whether your playing sport, off to the gym or just lounging around, everyone needs some comfy’s in their lives! The American Freshman hoodie and joggers, give a sharpened edge to your sweats! These can be worn with any style trainers, but if you like these Converse, get them on Very!

For the chance to win the Mckendrie baseball jacket, Clara t-shirt AND the Shoreline jogging pants (sizes 8-16), comment below and tell us in 50 words why you love American Freshman?

Good Luck!!!

Love Jules for Very_fashion.

PS for more from me go to jollydollyxx for views on fashion and food.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

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 6th February 2014.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 28.02.14. Prize: Mckendrie Baseball Jacket, Clara T-shirt and Shoreline joggersThere is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner.

7. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.

8. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.

9. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

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It’s here, Fearne’s Spring Summer collection is waiting for you!

That’s right, the quirky, fun-loving, mum of one and the woman behind everything retro, Fearne Cotton has launched her latest collection with us and it’s…super cute!

Ranging from floor length dresses and lace to zesty colours and casual, Fearne’s collection has everything a girl could want – it’s true, I want EVERYTHING!

Because we’re not quite out of winter yet…

 

 

With a velvet like texture and vintage lace detail, Fearne’s jumpsuit is like no other. It’s chic yet retro. Casual yet luxe. Daytime yet evening. What’s more, you can style it with Fearne’s gorge geo print platforms for a real retro revival.

Complete your look with: Fiorelli tote bag, or a lip smackingly cute clutch, O.P.I red nail polish and Fearne Cotton platform sandals 

Because it’s almost spring…

  

Spring wouldn’t be spring without a dreamy floral print and Fearne gives this floral print jumper that old English heritage feel. Show off your inner English Rose by pairing it with her lace up, cut-out ankle sandals.

Complete your look with: Fiorelli shoulder bag, O.P.I pink nail polish, Elizabeth Arden lipstick and blusher set and Fearne Cotton lace up, cut-out sandals 

Because summer is just around the corner…

 

Playing peek-a-boo with our hearts, this swing dress is straight out of the 60s. In floral print orange it’s bold, daring and ever so retro, while in understated black it’s the perfect versatile pick for summer evenings and winter days.

Complete your look with: Ted Baker clutch, O.P.I orange nail polish, Miss KG sandals or Fearne Cotton platform sandals 

Just because…

 

Well everybody loves shoes, don’t they? Fearne’s really gone all out this season with her collection of heels – methinks her motto may have been the higher the better with this lovely lot!

1.  Gladiator sandals

2.  Geo print platform sandals

3.  Lace up, cut-out sandals

4.  Perspex heel sandals

I’ve already filled up my basket – can’t wait to show off a few of Fearne’s pieces to my friends!

To read more of my blogs come pay me a visit at imakemyownfashion

Love Laura x

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Celebrity Style Steal: Wear The Midi Dress Trend

Everywhere I look in celebrity land, I see a midi dress! Actresses, TV presenters, singers, reality stars – they’re all wearing them. In Winter, it’s a great length as it means less of your leg is exposed to the elements but I think the main reason the celebs are wearing them is because they are both classy and sophisticated. You don’t have to flash the flesh to look glamorous!

If you look at the celebs above you’ll notice that Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan, soap star Michelle Keegan and Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall have all opted for very different midi dress styles. In fact the only thing that is similar about them is the length, which I love as it shows that whatever your fashion style and colouring you can find one to suit you. For example, if you like a print then I would suggest trying the Fearne Cotton paisley print midi dress  – a fun and fabulous way to brighten up these dark Winter nights. Or if you want sonething you can wear from work to play, check out the Kimberley peplum crepe dress.

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall wore the trend in a bold way with an aztec print dress and another bold way to do it is with animal print. Is the  Lipsy animal print midi dress (below left) fierce or what? Or maybe you want to channel your inner Michelle Keegan and go for monochrome? I’d try the South printed midi dress

Do you have a favourite midi dress yet? Personally, I want one with some colour because we may not be able to control the weather but we can control how bright we feel!

Love Zoex

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

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Fearne Cotton SS14 Collection Facebook Competition

***Competition now closed, Thank you for entering*** To enter this competition, simply like, share and comment on the item you would like to win from the Fearne Cotton SS14 Facebook album.

There is only one winner for this competition and they will be chosen at random entry is open from the 22nd – 28th January 2014.

Good luck!

Kate x

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

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 likes, shares and 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 28th January 2014.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 31.01.14. Prize: an item of your choice from the current SS14 Fearne Cotton Clothing Collection – please ensure your size is available on the product you would like. There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 3 days we will choose another winner.

7. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.

8. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.

9. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

Borrowed from the boys

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS

The boy-meets-girl shoe trend has been around the block before now, but our fave celebs Cara Delvingne, Kate Moss and Ashley Roberts are bringing it back up to date and making it an easy footwear trend to pinch and there are lots of styles to choose from! Mix up this old school style and see what a versatile wardrobe addition they are…

Brogues have the biggest following and have even been spotted on the red carpet once or twice! Loved by Pixie Lott, Fearne Cotton and Taylor Swift it is easy to see why they love this comfy style item that actually looks better with wear! This simple lace up flat shoe is a smarter alternative to ballet pumps and great for all seasons too, wear in black or tan for a classic feel.

Styles shown are Clarks Compass Realm Silver Brogue, Carvela Label Silver Loafer and Clarks Hamble Park4 Brogue.

 

Another style we’ve pinched from the boys is the ‘monk strap’ shoe  (the ones with the buckle strap across the front!) Victoria Beckham made these acceptable when she recently wore them with bare legs and a simple dress leaving her trademark stilettos at home for once and Clarks does a fab leather pair! Wear your androgynous flats with anything from skinny jeans, tailored trousers, cut off denim shorts or a girly dress to soften the edge on your borrowed-from-the-boys look Pixie Lott style. They really do go with everything! Whether you want a smart look for work, to tone down a glitzy outfit or for a casual vintage feel for a festival there is sure to be one to suit you.

Sports Luxe doesn’t have to mean looking like Sporty Spice in the 90’s! Up your game with some cool kicks not for the gym. Choose from wedge hi-tops from Miss KG and ASH, retro feel trainers, brights from Nike and metallics to give yours the edge and go for it! This trend has only just begun and is set to explode for Spring 2014 so get ahead of the ‘fash pack’ and lead the way now! For style tips copy Cara Delvingne and wear yours with super skinny jeans and a baseball logo top or for a completely different look flash a little leg and layer up a floaty dress for the perfect boy-meets-girl ensemble, simple!

 

We guarantee if a pair of boyish flats aren’t already one of your top wardrobe staples they soon will be!

 

Remember, shoes have soles x

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CES

The Consumer Electronics Show

Every year the top tech companies all head to Las Vegas for the international CES event to showcase their latest designs, wow the audiences and give us a taste of what is going to change our world in the not so distant future! Very went along to get a first look at the latest technologies, so here’s our round-up of what to look out for.

Technology will become an even bigger part of our lives

Toshiba managed to revolutionise the bathroom mirror with their newest magic mirror technology. It gives you access to your Facebook, Twitter and other social media, as well as biometric data and calendar updates, all while you’re brushing your teeth! They also unveiled a kitchen version that gives you the same social aspect, along with recipes and how-to videos so you can cook up a storm. Sony were also considering how to make technology even more versatile with their amazing waterproof mobile and tablet technology – it’s sure to be hugely popular!

Get set for even bigger TVs 

Panoramic screens are set to take viewing to a whole new level! Samsung showcased a 105 inch LED 4 x HD television with a curved shape. It really brings your shows to life thanks to the extra wide, panoramic view and the curved design that makes you feel like you’re part of the action. However the Vizio Reference series takes the crown as it offers a 120 inch TV – officially the largest consumer television in the world. Pretty impressive! Clarity has taken a big leap too, offering up to 8 x HD (or UltraHD) quality for a truly stunning experience. Sony also showcased their stylish wedge shaped TV which offers a huge improvement in sound quality.

Technology will meet with fashion in a big way

This category is really starting to take off, with big things expected in the next few years. The tech ranges from Google Glass, a simple band across your forehead with a tiny screen that lets you scroll using eye movements, through to the Sensoria Fitness Socks that measure your vitals through your feet. No seriously! Another was body monitoring ear buds that check calories, pulse and pace as you listen to your music and feeds it all back to your smartphone. They’re aimed at runners and niche things such as this are sure to start popping up as the technology is explored. Fitness trackers and flexible wristbands are already huge, but expect them to become a lot more stylish and even more accurate as the technology improves.

And the more out there ideas…

From a giant wireless QWERTY keyboard that you grip like a steering wheel to  the electric toothbrush that sends data back to your smartphone, there were some technology that might not be destined to become a must have accessory just yet!

Love Aimee x

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