The bold and The beautiFul- Part 2

Get Fearne Cotton’s eclectic luxe interiors look..

No one does quirky-cool like Fearne Cotton. Whether it’s on the red carpet or in the house, the mum of two never fails to impress. Her edgy take on fashion perfectly translates into the world of interiors to create a home look that’s opulent and, of course, seriously stylish. And, with her latest Very.co.uk interiors collection, she’s done it again. “My house is a mishmash of pieces from different eras,” reveals Fearne. “I just love a vintage feel to it all. It’s about experimenting and finding things that suit you.”

So, why not follow our designer’s lead and embrace the bold and the beautiful in your home this spring?

A mirror can make just as much impact on a wall as a vibrant piece of art. What’s more, it’ll open up the area, bouncing light around to make it feel more airy and spacious.

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Fearne never shies away from colours and is a fan of printed cushions. “Interesting patterns are a great way to give your room a unique edge,” explains our designer.

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“Get creative and blend different eras for a bespoke finish,” advises Fearne. We love this Gothic-looking chandelier with the mid-century-shaped sofa.

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A rug anchors your colour scheme and brings a focal point to a room, added to a stripped wooden floor or wood-effect laminate in a classic style brings some period charm.

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Fearne Cotton Home rosemont Decorative mirror, 6RXGL, £99, Fearne Cotton Home Betsey Two Seater Fabric Sofa, 6T4Q4, £639*, Fearne Cotton Home Tile Print Cushion, 6XL9M, £15, Fearne Cotton Home antigua Pendant, 6UYMP, £49.99, Fearne Cotton Home Kalim Cotton rug, 6XY7H, from £49

Captain America: Civil War- Super Premiere Fashion

I love a big-budget Hollywood movie because not only is the film action-packed, but there’s a great big celebration to mark the film’s release. Captain America is based on the Marvel comic book story and its premiere was actually marvellous in terms of the celebs’ outfits.

The actresses in the film aren’t yet as well known as the leading man Robert Downey Jr, and they must have felt pressure to dress up to get noticed because they dazzled in contrasting outfits – one in a bright maxi dress and the other in a dark jumpsuit. The celebs that attended to watch the film at Westfield London also dressed to impress. My fave outfits were:

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth’s the younger sister of fashionable American twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and she’s clearly learned a thing or two from them in terms of fashion. Her cream maxi dress really stood out and made her look like a Princess. With beachy hair and tousled waves, she makes the look more edgy. Anything slicked back and it may seem like she’s trying too hard but this way she’s definitely wearing the dress rather than it dominating her.

Emily VanCamp

The American actress looked super chic in a black jumpsuit that emphasized her slim waist. A tailored jumpsuit is great for an evening event as it flatters the figure and it looks like you’ve made an effort, but you’ll end the evening as comfortable as you started. Wear with killer heels for a more dressed-up style.

Made In Chelsea’s Jess Woodley

A trouser suit with a pretty vest underneath looks both fierce and feminine. Made in Chelsea is now back on our screens for its 11th season and Jess is drawing attention to it for all the right reasons. I always look forward to Monday nights to tune into E4 to see what the Chelsea girls are wearing.

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The girl band co-ordinated black and khaki green outfits. I particularly liked the khaki green blouse and the green coat, as the dark colour is flattering for all skin tones. It’s a strong colour and when you look in the mirror wearing this colour, you’ll feel more confident and be  ready for anything. It sends out the message that you’re strong and in control!

Who do you think looked best? The film’s out on 29 April if you fancy some drama.

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The bold and The beautiFul

Get Fearne Cotton’s eclectic luxe interiors look..

No one does quirky-cool like Fearne Cotton. Whether it’s on the red carpet or in the house, the mum of two never fails to impress. Her edgy take on fashion perfectly translates into the world of interiors to create a home look that’s opulent and, of course, seriously stylish. And, with her latest Very.co.uk interiors collection, she’s done it again. “My house is a mishmash of pieces from different eras,” reveals Fearne. “I just love a vintage feel to it all. It’s about experimenting and finding things that suit you.”

So, why not follow our designer’s lead and embrace the bold and the beautiful in your home this spring?

Tie your theme together with plenty of touches of greenery. Plants help to soften the edges and give your room a homely vibe.

Aim to incorporate a little colour alongside the neutrals. “a bright piece of artwork or a floral cushion pops against a cool grey background,” says Fearne.

Be brave with print and invest in a statement piece of furniture. Pattern doesn’t have to be confined to just wallpaper and cushions.

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Putting a clashing printed cushion with this animal-print sofa nails the star’s adventurous flair.

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Accessories are your friends. Keep things interesting by styling up shelves, dresser tops and tables with some fun and vivid homeware.

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Fearne Cotton Home Snakeskin Two Seater Tub Sofa, 6Q9JK, £569*, Fearne Cotton Home
Pineapple Pot, 6UGAW, £25, Fearne Cotton Home Three + Two Drawer Chest, 73ARC, £199*

 

 

Coachella Weekend Two: More Celeb Festival Style

Coachella is such a fabulous festival that there’s not just one weekend of music and fashion fun – it goes on over two weekends. I had a close look at what the celebs wore to the first weekend in a blog post last week and now it’s time to see what happened in the second and final weekend of partying in America’s Palm Springs.

On the first weekend, the trend was for denim – shorts and dresses – as well as loose kaftans that could be thrown on as an extra layer and to brighten up an outfit. The second weekend had the same hot weather and the celebs went the extra mile to keep up the fashion standards. It’s more inspiration for festival season in the UK, which is only around a month away. The outfits I liked were:

Ellie Goulding

Ellie performed at the event and one highlight was her cover of Prince’s Purple Rain, in tribute to the recently deceased singer. I loved her black shorts and black crop top outfit – shorts are great at festivals as you can easily wipe the rain or mud off your legs, while it takes a lot longer to clean it off clothes!

Leona Lewis

Leona kept up the denim trend with some super cool denim shorts. I love how she mixes denim and lace for a boho vibe and the braided hair completes the look. Leona’s moved to LA now to work on more music and I can’t wait to hear it!

Paris Hilton

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Paris also went for a boho vibe with braided hair and unique body jewellery. However, my favourite part of her outfit is the maxi skirt. Not only is a maxi dress perfect for festivals, but a maxi skirt is equally good as its flattering and feminine, but practical because you can move and dance in it without risk of flashing anything you shouldn’t. Paris is a Coachella veteran and it shows!

Alessandra Ambrosio

Denim and leather is the ultimate rock chick combination and the supermodel rocks it! It’s her second weekend at the festival so she knows the style by now and she looks amazing. Denim shorts and a biker jacket is a simple formula but it totally works in a festival environment and it will give anyone a touch of attitude. What do you think?

Whose outfit did you like the most?

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Trend watch: candy crush

With bright shades against cool greys and whites, the ‘candy colour pop’ trend is a contemporary twist on the retro 60s look. Think Andy Warhol, mid-century shapes and plenty of splashes of bold turquoise, pink, yellow and green and you’ve got the right idea. Get creative and introduce vibrant hues in the form of picture frames, cushions, upholstery detailing and vintage gadgets like a colourful record player.1000x510-interiors-feature-5Products featured in image above: Candy Accent Chair, 6PP79, £239, Merlin Cushion, 4NDWV, from £15, Hedgehog Table Lamp, 6UKTH, £29, Monty Retro Lamp Table, 6VL36, £59, Lenco L-85 USB Direct Recording Turntable, 6E6G4, £149 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £25.99*, Nevada Rug, 6XYG3, from £57.

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A  neon pendant makes the perfect finishing touch for your space. Taco pendant, 6W9WG, £22.99

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This lamp’s fuchsia base will add a splash of colour to any room. Bobble Glass Table Lamp, 6WeQk, £69.99

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Not only does this radio in marine teal look great, but it sounds superb too. Double win. Roberts revival Mini radio, 6en4P, £139.99 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £25.99*

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Bring your storage up to date and nail two trends in one with these dip-dyed effect baskets. Dip Dyed Storage Baskets, 6ud7e, £35

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Snuggle up with this pink throw. It’ll add instant interest to your seating area. Catherine Lansfield Cuddly Throw, 694nt, £27

CELEBS AT HOME

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Drew Barrymore makes no secret of the importance she places on her interior surroundings. “There’s so much stuff in my home,” the star says. “I’ve always been a homemaker, I like creating spaces.” When it comes to making over your abode, drew has two top tips. “My favourite thing to do is to have a furniture rearranging party,” she says. Her second piece of advice? “Paint is a powerful thing. When you find room-changing colours, it really is an achievement.”

500x600-celeb-1V&A Kashmir Cushion, 6yWv4, £40

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The weather can be so unpredictable. If you end up stuck indoors this spring, here are my top tech tips to keep you (and your loved ones) amused…

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
Robots keep your big kids and little kids amused. The Star Wars BB8 Droid Sphero is just as cute as it is in the movie and there’s fun to be had chasing it around the house. The WowWee MiP robot is a self-balancing, smart robot that talks and has games you can play with him. It’s so easy to use, you run the risk of hogging it all day! 
WowWee MiP Robot, 6JJAM, £90, Star Wars BB8 Droid Sphero, 6QKWU, £129.99

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TELLY ON TAP
Let’s put the classic “but there’s nothing to watch” line to bed! Get yourself an Amazon Fire Stick – you can watch catch-up services and Amazon’s own TV/movies (which you can rent if you don’t subscribe), plus it has games! Or Apple TV allows you to access the music, movies, TV shows and podcasts you already have on your devices. Amazon Fire TV Stick With Voice Remote, 6XTTT, £44.99

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GAME ON
When in doubt, always have a console on standby – it’s my life motto! If it’s for all the family and something to just pick up and play, why not get the Wii U with Mario Kart 8 plus Mario Party. Everyone knows how to play Mario Kart, so the whole family can get involved. Why not have a house cup tournament? The loser has to do the day’s dishes… That should inspire the competitive spirit! Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Hard Bundle + Mario Party 10 + Wii U Pro Controller & Wii U Wheel, 6EA34, £319.99* 1 year extra service guarantee, £19.99*

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YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED
There’s hours of fun to be had with a camcorder. Sony’s 4K Action comes with a waterproof case, so it’s ideal for using in all weathers. The Sony HDR-PJ620 looks like a normal camcorder, but actually has a projector in it too. Set a movie-making challenge and then you can all sit down later to watch it projected on the wall. Sony HDR-PJ620 Full HD Handycam Camcorder With Built-In Projector, 63YPR, £469.99* 2 years extra service guarantee, £99*, Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam, 63YPN, £379* 2 years extra service guarantee, £32.99*

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TECH ADVICE
They may be slightly more advanced than us when it comes to tech but the little ones don’t have to access everything…

PUT A PASS CODE ON IT
This is obvious, I know, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t put a pass code on their tablets or phones. It prevents your kids using up all your data and stops anyone else accessing your device.

SET UP SEPARATE USER PROFILES
Set up a user profile for your child, which will allow you to control the apps and sites they can access. No nasty surprises here – apart from a sticky screen, maybe!

ONLY YOU KNOW YOUR PASSWORD
It’s a good idea for only you to have the password to the Play Store or App Store, so if somebody accidentally hits that button, there will be no shock purchases (or unwanted charges for you).

 

 

 

 

The New Puma Forever Fierce collection has landed

Puma brings sport and style to the next level with the Fierce as worn by Kylie Jenner

Sports brand Puma unveiled the latest women’s training campaign focusing on their new fitness style offering head to toe looks featuring the Puma Fierce. Entrepreneur and style icon, Kylie Jenner headlines the campaign along with other Puma ambassadors.

Very bring you the complete Fierce collection with the chance to WIN the full head to toe look from the Kylie Jenner range – simply re-tweet our competition post on Twitter and win a full training outfit for you and a friend!

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The Puma Fierce collection worn by Kylie Jenner mixes performance-ready technology with street-worthy styling. The style will take you to and from your latest training class while taking your look to the next level.

Kylie Jenner represents the young and bright future of fashion and fitness for women and we are excited to be supporting this campaign. Our favourite look of the collection is the All Eyes On Me printed ¾ length tights paired with the PWRshape cardio bra for the full co-ordinated look this season.

They both offer sweat-wicking tech and a statement print to make sure you’re always ready to train! Featuring drycell fabric, you’re kept cool dry and comfy from start to finish, while the generous stretch provides a second skin cut that’s a must for focusing on your fitness!

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Finished in a blue colourway, this look is the ultimate training attire. Finish with a pair of Fierce trainers for a sleek style this summer dressed by Puma.

P.S Don’t forget to enter our completion to dress like Kylie Jenner on Twitter!

Good Luck!

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HOW TO DRESS LIKE AN Off-Duty Model

Models and actresses like to party just like the rest of us! Some top British stars all got together for a fashion party in London this week and it was interesting to see their individual styles when they weren’t being dressed by a top designer or on a red carpet. It’s easy for them to get it right when someone else is picking their outfits, but how would they get on when they were left to their own devices?

The answer is that their experiences on the catwalks and in front of the cameras has been good practise and inspiration for choosing their everyday outfits. Because they get to wear the new trends first, they know what suits them and they adapt this for their day to day style. We may not have the same direct knowledge of the trends before anyone else, but by watching these celebs we can tell what it is. So let’s have a closer look at what the models and actresses wore as if we copy them we’ll have a head start on the trends:

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan showed off her feminine side in a gorgeous peach coloured midi dress. The colour looks fantastic against her skin and the length is perfect for British Spring / Summer – it’s loose and flowing but it covers you up if the weather goes from hot to cold. Jourdan won Model of The Year at this year’s British Fashion Awards so she knows what she’s doing when it comes to fashion.

Daisy Lowe

Not only is Daisy a successful model, but her mother Pearl Lowe models as well as singing so fashion runs in the genes. Daisy has always dressed with attitude and this striped dress with a striking biker jacket looks amazing on her. A biker jacket can transform any outfit into one that oozes confidence and attitude.

Naomie Harris

The Bond actress looked a world apart from her formally-dressed, severe Moneypenny character at the party. I loved her bodycon midi dress, which was a similar colour to Jourdan’s and ideal for this time of year. The shape of the dress is simple, which means the colour really stands out. What do you think?

Natalie Dormer

The Game of Thrones actress looked a cool mix of feminine and fierce. The black bodycon dress is super girly, while the biker jacket is pure rock chick. I like this outfit as she looks pretty but you wouldn’t mess with her. At the party, I found out Natalie is running this year’s London Marathon so she is super strong – it will be her second London Marathon.

Rose Leslie

Rose, who also stars in Game of Thrones, went for a black dress as well but hers was more girly. A black lace midi dress looks almost vintage and Rose looked lovely in it, keeping her red hair loose and simple to emphasise the detail on the dress. I like lace dresses as they catch the eye and yet they’re really easy to wear.

Who do you think had the best off-duty style?

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Celebrity Style Steal: Taylor Swift’s Edgy Festival Outfit

Taylor Swift has undergone a makeover and she looks better than ever! With cropped, bleached blonde hair and cool skater girl style clothes, Taylor looked worlds away from the preppy, squeaky clean young girl that started in the music industry as a teenager.

I don’t know whether she’s been influenced by the laidback style of her boyfriend Calvin Harris, or whether she was bored with being highly groomed all the time as to constantly match tops and skirts and blowdry your hair takes time! But whatever it is, it’s worked for her because in this outfit that Taylor wore to the Coachella festival she’s proved she’s a natural beauty.

If this look is good enough for Taylor, it’s good enough for me and I’ve found it’s super easy to copy. I’d start with the supersoft Warehouse cupro mix oversized t-shirt, which layers up perfectly with the South lace-tie denim mini skirt. The skirt’s very short but you’re not showing any of your top half so you can get away with it. The next step is the accessories and Taylor’s wearing a choker, which is really on trend right now. I’ve seen so many celebs wear chokers recently! I like the Ariana Grande by Lipsy heart choker.

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As she’s at a festival, Taylor’s had to ditch her normal heels for some trainers. However, comfortable shoes don’t have to be dull and if you look at Taylor’s footwear you’ll see she’s wearing colourful Converse. They’re very similar to the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars in sunset yellow.

What do you think of Taylor’s new look?

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Capture your creativity at Very!

Capture every special moment with the perfect camera for you. From socialising with friends to exploring new, exciting places – visit our top picks at our Camera Event.

We’ll give you a sneak preview into our favourite cameras this year!

For the socialisers

The Canon IXUS 285 is ultra slim, stylish and easy to carry with you wherever you go. This camera is perfect for days out with friends.

Using the Wi-Fi, you can shoot and share all your images with your friends online. Plus, you can experiment with the creative shot mode which analyses the scene and creates 5 unique images to find the best one for you.

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For the adventurers

The Canon EOS M3 is lightweight, compact and delivers outstanding image quality. This camera is great for those who love to explore the scenery.

Take high speed shots at the touch of a button, and shoot in HD video to remember special every moment. We also have a great top tip for you – use the wheel dial to find the perfect setting for any photo!

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For the photographers

The Canon 750D gives you professional results and lets you explore your creative side. This camera is designed for those looking to take their photography to a whole new level.

With 24.2-megapixels, you can capture vivid, high-resolution images wherever you are. It is packed with the latest technology, a moveable screen and you can record full HD moves!

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Visit the Camera Event now to find the perfect camera for your adventures!

Celebrity Festival Style At Coachella

Coachella has to be the world’s most glamorous festival. It’s in Palm Springs in America so the weather is always fine and because of that, the stars can wear what they want without fear they’ll get rained on.

Festival season starts in the UK in June with the Isle Of Wight on 9 June, followed by Glastonbury on 22 June, so it pays to take inspiration from Coachella and plan in advance. Even if it rains, you can wear something like what the celebs wore to Coachella as a base layer and sling a parka jacket or a waterproof over the top. Festival chic is all about layering!

Here’s a look at the stars who made the festival ground their mini catwalk and looked absolutely gorgeous:

Kendall Jenner

Denim is a festival essential and Kylie looks gorgeous in her denim shorts and gladiator sandals. This is an outfit that not only looks cool, but is practical and this is important at a festival as you’re likely to be running round to see different bands and catch up with friends.

Bella Thorne

Bella pulled off a boho chic style at the festival with her denim shorts and bardot top. The layered accessories are the finishing touch to the look – the more bling, the better!

Suki Waterhouse

Suki also had a boho vibe going in a white kaftan. A kaftan is so comfortable for warm weather – it feels like you’re walking round in your nightshirt – but it looks stylish at the same time. If you’re likely to have a hard week partying, packing an oversized kaftan will make you feel super cosy.

Kylie Jenner

The youngest of the Kardashian / Jenner sisters spent most of the festival in a bikini, but when she did wear clothes, she kept things simple with a loose black mini dress over a white t-shirt. You don’t have to go OTT with embellishments and super tight clothing at festivals. The more effortless you look the better.

Emma Roberts

Emma, who is Julia Roberts’ niece, looked super pretty in a denim dress – yet another star to be wearing denim! It fits her figure perfectly but it’s also easy to move in.

Alessandra Ambrosio

The supermodel went for a layered look, mixing denim shorts and a bikini with a loose, flowing kaftan. She looks bright and colourful without looking as if she’s tried too hard. A kaftan is as essential for festivals as denim shorts!

Emily Ratajowski

The star of the Blurred Lines video looked stunning! A maxi dress is perfect for festivals as it’s easy to wear and you don’t have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions! Simply wear with sandals or boots and you have a practical but pretty look.

Who do you think looked the best? Are you going to any festivals this year? Let the summer of live music commence!

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BLOGGERS CORNER

We chat to the coolest parent bloggers around to get their top tips and picks!

Name: Natalie Wong
Children: Gabriella, four, and Lucia, 23 months
Blog: mummygorgeous.com

What do your two girls love to wear?
I always get them involved when shopping, so we don’t have unworn or hated outfits. Gabriella likes dresses and skirts as much as leggings, chunky knits and t-shirts. Lucia is another story. She’s at that age where she doesn’t like wearing any clothes!

Which kids’ pieces are a must for Spring?
A raincoat, a nice shirtdress, a gilet and wellies. I blame Peppa Pig for the number of shoes and boots ruined by jumping in muddy puddles!

You’re so glamorous. Does that side trickle down to your girls?
Am I? Thank you. I don’t feel quite so glamorous these days. I try, though! I think it has an effect. I’m sure most little girls look at their mummy and like to mimic their style.

Are they into fashion?
Gabriella is. She likes to look nice and has an eye for clothes.

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River Island Girls Denim playsuit, 7437H, £18, Hunter Original Junior Wellingtons, 2CEEX, from £32, Name It Long Sleeve Stripe Dress, 6T7EX, £30, French Connection Marble Structured Dress, 6NYPY, from £48

What else do they like?
Both girls are so into arts and crafts. They enjoy drawing and painting. Gabriella’s quite a tomboy. She’s a fan of Paw Patrol. Lucia is obsessed with Peppa Pig. She’s more girlie.

Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
I’m a traditionalist and love a magazine that I can flick through. I like to peoplewatch too. I’m completely inspired by my fellow ‘Notting Hillers’. Anything goes here!

What can’t you live without as a mum?
A bag that’s big enough for snacks, toys, paper, pens, my iPhone and a camera. I love to capture simple moments.

What about your style?
I like a neutral palette: black, grey, nude, blush and white. If I’ve had a sleepless night, it’s not too difficult to decide what to put on!

Has your look changed since becoming a mum?
I dress for comfort now. I run around with my girls in the park, so the active-wear trend is great. I like getting dressed up from time to time, though.

How do you spend your time as a family?
Hyde Park is like our second home. My daughters love afternoon tea. I think it’s the pretty cakes and sandwiches that keep them entertained.

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Mini fashionista Gabriella and her little sister Lucia.

 

 

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Interiors blogger Amanda Cottingham writes at theanamumdiary.co.uk and is a self confessed lover of all things quirky. Amanda, who has more than 250,000 followers on Pinterest, can spot a good textile from a hundred paces and has a keen eye for detail.

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“My biggest interiors tip is that if you love it, go for it. Yes, you can go with current trends, but I think homes should be filled with your personality. If you love something – whether it’s a style or a particular piece – start with that and work your room around it.”

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“Because I travel quite a lot, I chose a console table with a display shelf that I keep travel memories on. It holds things like Tanzania shillings and a spaghetti charm from Florence. I’m also a little obsessed with photography and cameras, so I keep those there too.”

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“My office is at the far end of the living room. It was important that the style was integrated into the space. I decided to surround myself with my collection of magazines and vintage bits and bobs.”

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“My favourite room is the smallest in the house: the en suite. It’s light, bright and a reflection of my eclectic interiors style. I love the floor tiles, which I was told wouldn’t work. I’m so glad I pushed for them because they make the room.”

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This metallic pineapple pot has a fun design that would work really well in an eclectic home. Fearne Cotton Home Pineapple Pot, 6UGAW, £25.

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“I’m a bit like a magpie, collecting different things that catch my eye. I’m a fan of colour and metallics. The only looks I can’t embrace are minimalism and monochrome.”

 

Wild Fashion At Jungle Book UK premiere

What do you wear to the premiere of a movie set in the jungles of India? Something bright, of course! When the stars turned up to London’s BFI IMax cinema for the premiere of The Jungle book – Disney’s live-action / computer animated remake of their classic cartoon – they dressed to reflect the spirit of the film.

The celebs’ outfits were beautifully coloured, which is ideal for this time of year. Now that Spring is here and we’re starting to see some sun between the showers, it’s a time that we can wear lighter colours and get in the spirit of summer. It will be here before we know it. So let’s have a closer look at some of the celebs to see Spring style inspiration.

Lydia Bright

Lydia looked adorable in loose white trousers that are very similar to the Rochelle Humes wide leg palazzo trousers and a long white waistcoat. It’s ideal for lazing around on summer holidays or attending an event and making sure all eyes are on you. Not many people would be brave enough to wear something like this but Lydia took a risk and pulled it off so there’s no reason why we can’t do the same.

Sara Gallagher

Rock star Noel Gallagher’s wife Sara definitely had a rock chick look about her in jeans and a bright red shirt. This is a safe way to get more colour in our wardrobes – wear a great pair of jeans and simply alternate different bright coloured tops!

Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt

Wow! Talk about making an impact! Kimberly went all out in a floral print multi-colour bodycon dress. It’s not something you’d wear every day but ideal for when you want everyone to notice you. The bodycon shape is very flattering too – creating womanly curves. What do you think?

Jessica Wright

Ok, so the reality TV star may be wearing a black dress but her caramel coloured biker jacket is gorgeous. The jacket would look equally good with pale blue or white skinny jeans for true Spring / Summer dressing.

Ashley James

The pretty TV presenter and on-off girlfriend if David Walliams  looked picture perfect in her floral midi dress. It’s cinched in at the waist so it really flatters her shape and gives a gorgeous hourglass silhouette. Very classy!

Are you in the mood for lighter and brighter clothes now?

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Wear A Black Dress For Work Or Play Like A Star

A black dress is the ultimate confidence booster. Black dresses are always flattering and they fit into all dress codes – from smart casual to black tie. A black dress is not to be under-estimated – just because it’s not colourful, doesn’t mean it’s boring. In fact, there are so many gorgeous styles of black dress from skater dresses to shift dresses to stunning bodycon dresses. We’re spoiled for choice!

The most fashionable celebrities often wear black dresses and if they’re good enough for the likes of Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian they’re good enough for me. These are the most popular black dress trends right now, set by the celebs:

Victoria Beckham – Smart Black Dress

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Victoria Beckham means business during London Fashion Week. It’s a busy time for her and she’s a working mum so she needs a dress that’s easy to wear but looks smart and sophisticated. I suggest copying her chic look with the V by Very lace collared A’line dress.

Nicki Minaj – Black Maxi Dress

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Nicki is the ultimate diva, showing just how good you can make a plain black maxi dress look. A black dress allows you to spend more time on some seriously cool acessories. Nicki’s dress reminds me of the V by Very racer back maxi dress. Then layer up with some statement jewellery like the Glamorous tassel necklace and some gold bracelets.

Kim Kardashian – Black Bodycon Dress

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Kim Kardashian always looks glamorous, and since meeting Kanye her wardrobe only contains black dresses, beige dresses and white dresses. They do suit her though. I can imagine Kim wearing the AX Paris eyelet lace up side midi dress – what do you think?

Taylor Swift – Black Midi Dress

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Taylor has a fan base of millions and when she acts, everyone follows. I love how she’s rocking a simple black midi dress for a TV appearance, as it highlights her slim frame without it appearing as if she’s tried too hard. Her dress is similar to the V by Very lace up sleeve jersey midi dress. But you need some killer heels to work the look like Taylor did – try the Paper Dolls Jezabel caged court shoes.

Cara Delevingne – Black Skater Dress

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Cara may have left modelling for film, but she still has a great sense of style. At the premiere of her latest film, she looked awesome in a feminine black dress and boyish boots. To nailthe rock chick look you need a loose dress like the Samantha Faiers lace panel skater dress. It looks fabulous when worn with boots like the TIimberland lace up boots. The finishing touch is a pendant like the River Island drop detail layered necklace.

Who do you think wore black the best?

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MTV Movie Awards 2016: Award Winning Fashion

When MTV hosts a party, they do it in style. Hours of preparation must have gone into the MTV Movie Awards as there were lots of comedy gold moments and the show itself was just as entertaining as the films that won. There’s a list of who won what at the end so you can see what the best movies to watch are, and what was especially cool was that British actress Daisy Ridley won an award for her role in Star Wars. She looked stunning too!

A lot of preparation must have been put in by the celebrities to work out what they were going to wear as there were some seriously head-turning outfits. This could be because when supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are presenting awards, the actresses know they can’t look casual in comparison. Here’s a look at some of the best MTV Movie Awards party outfits:

Cara Delevingne

Cara’s been keeping quite a low profile recently so it was cool to see her back on the red carpet. She’s lost none of her supermodel style, keeping things elegant in a black jumpsuit. She’s never been a girly dresser and a jumpsuit makes her look strong and powerful while the velvet material gives it a playful edge. Welcome back, Cara!

Kendall Jenner

Cara’s BFF Kendall Jenner looked like a Grecian Goddess in her black maxi dress and  super high black gladiator sandals. She was up on stage to introduce Ariana Grande and if I was Ariana I would not have been happy about sharing the stage with such a stunning celeb.

Daisy Ridley

Daisy Ridley looked super cool in a mini dress. When other stars were wearing maxi dresses or midi dresses, Daisy showed she had an individual sense of style as well as lovely legs. She was a great ambassador for British stars, showing we can do movies just as well as the Americans.

Gigi Hadid

I wouldn’t want to mess with Gigi Hadid! She looks like she means business in her formal suit. When wearing a suit, make it more feminine by adding heels and wearing your hair down just like Gigi. Her boyfriend Zayn Malik is one lucky man!

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain stuck to her tried-and-tested formula with a figure-hugging black maxi dress that showed off all of her curves. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! And she’s covering her legs so she gets away with showing her top half.

Charlize Theron

Charlize is almost 20 years older than the likes of Gigi, Kendall and Cara, but age means experience and the Oscar-winning actress had a lot of experience dressing for red carpets. Her black midi dress is divine – showing her gorgeous legs off but keeping things classy and elegant. What do you think?

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande had to make an effort with her appearance as she was performing after Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid introduced her. It can’t have been easy to follow two supermodels but her bluesy performance of Dangerous Woman kept everyone on the edge of their seats. A white faux fur coat adds glamour and luxury to any look.

How glamorous was all that! Would you have worn a jumpsuit or trouser suit or a dress if you’d been there? Cara and Gigi show that trousers can make a woman look powerful when they arrive at a party – what do you think?

And the winners are:

Movie of the Year: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

MTV Generation Award: Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award: Melissa McCarthy

Best Male Performance: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Female Performance: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Breakthrough Performance: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

True Story: Straight Outta Compton

Documentary: Amy

Best Comedic Performance: Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Fight: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein), Deadpool

Best Kiss: Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect 2

Best Villain: Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Action Performance: Chris Pratt, Jurassic World

Best Virtual Performance: Amy Poehler, Inside Out

Ensemble Cast: Pitch Perfect 2

Best Hero: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

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Calm your living spaCe

Turn a busy living area into a Zen-like sanctuary with cool colour palettes and classic prints.

Arguably one of the most-used rooms in the house, it’s easy for the living room to become cluttered and busy. This is exactly what you don’t need when you’re trying to create a calming sanctuary to relax in after a long day.

The quickest way to take your living room from chaos to calm is to rethink your colour scheme. Opt for pale blues, greys and creams as your base palette, keeping patterns subtle and classic. Textiles are vital for a sense of cosy luxury, but avoid too many throws or cushions as they can end up being yet more things to tidy.

Here are our six top tips for calming your living space…

600x600-numbers-1Accessorise your home with glassware and pretty floral arrangements for a grown-up, polished finish.

600x600-numbers-2A gallery of mirrors makes for a great feature and it’s a simple step to reflect more light around your room.

600x600-numbers-3Floor-length curtains in a subtle metallic shade adds a sense of understated elegance.

600x600-numbers-4Create interest with mixed textured textiles in metallic and floral prints, but opt for neutral shades to keep the overall look relaxing.

600x600-numbers-5Choose furniture with a white or natural base for a feeling of laid back order. Pick a few matching pieces for a classic look.

600x600-numbers-6Contrast your pale base colour palette with furniture in a dark lacquered finish to bring edge without compromising on the calming atmosphere.

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Graham & brown Classic Orchard Canvas, 4JQMT,  £25 Ritz Two Door, Three Drawer Sideboard With Mirrors, 6PNYU, £219* Edgeware Set Of five Mirrors, 6RXGN, £99 Luxury Soft Velour eyelet Curtains, 6EF9J, from £59 Pembroke Two Seater Sofa, 6T4NT, £499* Luxury Soft Velour Cushion, 669K9, £12 Pembroke Wool Rug, 6XYEA, from £79 Valentina Table Lamp, 6CER7, from £59 Ritz Lamp Table, 6PNYR, £99

Inspired by what you’ve seen? Check out Very Home here;  http://www.very.co.uk/home-garden/e/b/12981.end

Bright Up Your life

Add colour into your everyday life with some of the brightest buys around!

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Go old-school with this great Instax Mini 70 camera. It uses Fujiflm Instax Mini film to give you photos instantly and comes complete with Selfie Mode (and a handy mirror to check your framing), self-timer (with a 10-second delay) and a built-in, automatic electronic flash.

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This is a fab speaker with 12 hours of continuous play time, a Bluetooth range of up to 10 metres and sound clarity so good you’ll think you’re at a gig rather than playing it from your device! Available in four colours, there’s bound to be one that’s great for your home.

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This sleek smartphone in a beautiful coral colour features a 23-megapixel camera, which is waterproof, so great for underwater shots. other features include the fingerprint sensor, its powerful processor and speakers above and below the screen to give you amazing audio. Plus, with its bumped up 200GB storage and microSD card, you won’t have to delete any selfies!

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With vinyl making a comeback, it’s the perfect time to invest in a turntable. Made from wood and covered in a leatherette material, this record player with built-in speakers is easily transported in its briefcase.

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Combining a 50s retro design with all the latest technology, this lightweight digital radio can be taken out and about with you. access a huge range of great radio stations or link to your MP3 and enjoy eight hours of music before having to recharge.

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This is a lamp and a Bluetooth speaker all rolled into one! Its rechargeable battery means it’s portable, so it’s ideal for the garden, going out or even moving around the house.  Connect via Bluetooth or use the aux-in connection to enjoy your favourite tunes wherever you go.

 

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 Quantum Break now available – be in with a chance of winning a copy of the game and an Xbox One!

Named to be one of the most anticipated games of all time, Xbox One’s Quantum Break was finally released on the 5th! Since the game was announced way back in 2013 we’ve all been itching to know all about it and the one thing we knew was that it was going to be BIG and boy we were right!

We’ve teamed up with Xbox, giving you a chance to WIN the Quantum Break bundle so you can start playing our favourite release of 2016 on the impressive Xbox One console in no time at all! Be sure not to miss out and simply retweet our Xbox post on the Very twitter page to enter!

Quantum Break has proved to be a unique, pulse-pounding cinematic gaming experience, featuring an embedded live action series that is influenced by your choices in the game! Described as; one part hard-hitting video game, one part thrilling live action show, Quantum Break is like nothing you’ve experienced before.  Featuring a stellar cast, including Shawn Ashmore as the hero Jack Joyce, Aidan Gillen as his nemesis Paul Serene and Dominic Monaghan as Jack’s genius brother William it is full of the vivid storytelling, rich characters and dramatic twists! Plus, as your choices in-game will affect the outcome of this fast-paced fusion between game and show, you’ll truly experience a completely unique entertainment experience. To find out more, head over to our Quantum Break page which really brings the game to life!

As the gamehas now officially launched, don’t waste any more time – enter today and start experiencing time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline where time is your greatest weapon. Plus, with Xbox One you can play certain Xbox 360 titles with advanced features like Game DVR and in-home streaming to Windows 10 and enjoy the greatest exclusive games line up in Xbox history with titles like Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, and Rise of The Tomb Raider. With new features added all the time, and over two hundred since launch, there’s never been a better time to jump ahead with Xbox One!

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Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards: Maxi Dress Glamour

The Laurence Olivier Theatre awards are the Oscars of the stage world, held at The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

Here are the best looks:

Laura Carmichael

The Downton Abbey actress looked so pretty and feminine in a black maxi dress with a floral print. Now we’re in Spring, florals are blooming and making a comeback and it’s a nice way to brighten up a party!

Gemma Arterton

Wow! Talk about a statement dress. I don’t see many purple dresses on the red carpet, which is a shame because it looks fabulous on Gemma, helping her to stand out from the crowd.

Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington

The Game of Thrones stars looked so elegant on the red carpet! Rose’s strapless maxi dress made her look like a Princess. Now the sun is coming out, it’s time to get a tan and show off your shoulders.

Preeya Kalidas

The Eastenders actress turned star of Bend it Like Beckham had some gorgeous embellishment on her blue maxi dress, which shone as the paparazzi took her photos. This look could work equally well with a plain dress and some gold jewellery.

Lara Pulver

Lara won an award for her performance in the musical Gypsy, which is currently at London’s Savoy theatre. She certainly looks like a winner in her green maxi dress. The colour is divine and looks stunning with her dark hair. What do you think?

Who do you think looked the most sophisticated?

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WIN tickets to ladies day with lambrini

Here at VeryHQ, we love nothing more than treating ourselves to a gorgeous new dress, a super glam fascinator and a pair of amazing shoes. So obviously, Ladies Day at Aintree Races is our idea of a fabulous time!

That’s why, together with Lambrini, we’re giving you the chance to win an amazing Ladies Day prize! Not only will you be off to Ladies Day at Aintree on Friday 8th of April, but you’ll also be the best dressed there as you and three friends will have up to £500 to spend on outfits for the day from Very.co.uk.

Maybe you’ll pick a super glam dress from our V By Very range, or what about some pretty floral prints from Ted Baker? Don’t forget to finish the look with some statement accessories too.

To be in with a chance of winning, look out for our Ladies Day tweet on @VeryNetwork on Friday 1st of April.

Good luck!

How to enter:

Followers of the Very.co.uk Twitter feed can enter a prize draw in which one winner will be selected from all valid entries and will receive four Tattersalls tickets to Ladies’ Day at The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival 2016 and x4 outfits to the value of £500. All prizes subject to availability. Tickets only valid on 8th April 2016.  No travel or disbursements included.

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