Monthly Archives: July 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Fearne Cotton Launches Eye-Popping New Clothing Range

Fearne Cotton launched her new collection to journalists with an intimate cocktail party in London’s Groucho Club and the room was packed. All the major mags came to get a glimpse at Fearne’s latest designs and the general feeling was this range is one of her best yet. It was a sunny day outside but it was Fearne’s clothes that caused the atmosphere to heat up at the party – with bright and bold designs capturing everyone’s attention from the moment they walked in.

I grabbed Fearne for an exclusive Q & A about the new collection:


QS: How do you go about designing the clothes?

FEARNE: I design every day. I pull pages out of magazines and take pieces of fabric that feels good and pin it all to a huge mood board. I am obsessive about collecting little things and saving them so when it comes to sketching, I have tons of influences that’s relevant to my life. I think that’s important.

QS: What influenced you this season?

FEARNE: Colour! I think this is one of the brightest collection I’ve done. I do a lot of printed items normally and I’ve still got that but there’s quite an emphasis on block colour in this collection. You can wear that to a wedding or a birthday party and party all night long in them. It’s a ‘happy’ collection.

QS: What are you excited about in Autumn?

FEARNE: I’m just enjoying work right now. I haven’t got any holidays coming up so I’m just excited about simple things like walking through the London parks when the weather changes.

QS: What is your favourite from this range?

FEARNE: I’ve worn the bright floral co-ordinates a few times – you can wear it together or separately – and the same for the skirt too. But it depends on my mood as I love a playsuit and then every girl needs a power dress for going out.

Here are some of the clothes:


This is the floral suit Fearne was talking about.


I loved the print of this flattering shift dress


At first glance, the blue dress on the left looked like a shirt dress, but it’s actually a playsuit!


This monochrome dress has a cute bird print on it – so pretty!


Fearne wore her statement Petal Sleeve prom dress on the night, but an equal statement dress in her range is this pink a-line dress.


I love co-ordinates and I heard a lot of people admiring this jacquard zip skirt on the left. The zip adds a new season twist.

What’s your favourite item? I’m just blown away by the amount of thought Fearne puts into each piece.

Love Zoex

PS For more hot  fashion and celebrity news checkout my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP.

Best Dressed In White At Young Hollywood Awards

The Young Hollywood Awards are The Oscars for the under 25s! Actors and actresses start a lot younger in America and so it’s only right they have some form of recognition for their hard work. But just because they’re young, it doesn’t mean they don’t have style. In fact, older Hollywood stars need to watch their backs as these up and coming stars could soon upstage them.

This year, there was a common theme among the nominees and show presenters – white. As it’s summer the typical long black dress for an award ceremony has been replaced by knee length or long white outfits. My top five are:

Kelly Osbourne


Geometric triangles added a bold twist to her white shift dress.

Ashley Tisdale


With a printed leaf pattern, award-winner Ashley looked a cut above.

Audrina Patridge


The Hills reality tv star showed how co-ordinates can be just as stylish as a dress. The lace effect was super cute.

Vanessa Hudgens


Vanessa embraced her boho side with a long white maxi skirt. With bed hair and denim she owns this look.

Bella Thorne


Chic and elegant, Bella kept it simple with a shift dress and statement metallic sandals.

Who do you think looked best?

Love Zoex

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

Celebrity Style Steal: Rochelle Humes Shows Off Her New Range

If there’s one lady that knows how to rock cool casual it’s Rochelle Humes. The Saturdays singer always dresses to turn heads with her use of colour, but when you look closely her clothes are always really easy to wear. Her own collection for Very reflects this and she believes in it so much she wears it a lot herself. This week she’s presenting ITV’s This Morning with her husband Marvin and she wore clothes from her collection as she left the ITV studios and climbed into a taxi, presumably to be reunited with her gorgeous daughter Alaia May.

As a working mother on TV, it’s essential she can combine glamour with comfort and she did just that with what she wore – the printed woven top and printed woven shorts from her new range. To complete this look you could add some sandals like the Carvela ankle strap sandals and some jewellery like the chain weave cuff bracelet to add some extra shine. A big bag is a useful accessory if you have a busy life like Rochelle, you definitely need a tote bag.

What do you think?

Love Zoex

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

Introducing Fearne’s New Home Trend

If you’re looking for key pieces to give your home a decadent, quirky, through the looking glass feel, then you needn’t look any further than Fearne Cotton’s new Home collection for Autumn Winter 14. We’ve been super excited about this drop at Very HQ for so long – just take one look at our fab pics to see why!

Building on her earlier collections, this new one shows off Fearne’s strong individual style to give your home a cool but distinctly feminine look.

Fearne Cotton Home AW14Take the Hepburn lighting range, for instance. The monochrome shades and spindle bases are dramatically gothic, but the floral detailing and ribbons really soften the look. Imagine curling up with a glass of wine and a good book with one of these lighting your room!

Fearne Cotton Home AW14And then there’s the cushions. These are cleverly designed to sit well together while still giving that eclectic, curated look that Fearne always pulls off so effortlessly. We’re crazy for the cool cat cushion that lets you be a cat lady in the best possible sense, and I personally can’t wait to get the Portobello cushion on to my sofa!

Black has come into the collection in a big way this season, with mirrors, photo frames, beds and chairs all taking on a touch of gothic glamour for a sophisticated, grown up style that still has plenty of Fearne’s signature quirkiness. Your room will look stunning, although I don’t envy you the decision of choosing which pieces to buy!

Love Sarah x

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

Top Tips For Doing Up Your Home

Just over a year ago I bought my first home and I’ve spent most of that time doing it up. To get into my dream area I had to compromise somewhat and ended up buying a rather unloved two-bedroom Victorian terrace that was badly in need of a lot of work.

Everyone at Very HQ knows about this because I basically don’t shut up about it (it’s OK, I know they totally love hearing about wallpaper samples), but besides constantly reaffirming my status as a complete interior design nerd, I have collected some good tips that I can share with anyone in the same situation. So if you’ve just bought your first wreck and are beginning to wonder what you were thinking, read on – and let me know if you have any tips of your own!

KitchenKitchen: before and after.

1. Live there for a bit

Trust me, you’ll move in with grand ideas about what you want to do, but you won’t really know what needs doing until you’ve spent a bit of time there. You don’t want to blow your budget on getting, say, a new bathroom when the current one is liveable, only to discover your kitchen units are rotting. The idea of living in a yucky, undecorated house might not thrill you but it’s totally worth it!

2. Be prepared to prioritise

Unless you’re a financial genius then you’re probably not going to be able to afford to do everything straight away. If, like me, you’ve moved into a complete fixer upper, decide after living in the house a while which jobs are urgent and which can wait. As my house was such a wreck (we didn’t have a kitchen floor as some bright spark had once laid cushion floor directly on the dirt, to name but one big job!) a lot of big stuff was urgent, so fun things like buying wall art suddenly dropped several rungs on the list.

3. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

DIY isn’t as scary as some people like to think and, while it’s tempting to pay someone to do all the work for you, it’s also expensive. Expert jobs like plumbing, electrics etc. get someone in for. Otherwise have a bash yourself. Painting, hanging wallpaper, fitting shelves, putting together furniture – once you’ve done it once it’s a lot easier and you can always ask more experienced friends and family to help. The satisfaction you get looking around a room you’ve just finished decorating yourself is immense.

BathroomBathroom: before and after.

4. Enjoy it!

Fixing your place up is seriously stressful. It’s a financial drain and you have to make a lot of sacrifices and compromises (living without a loo or shower for 4 weeks – yay!) but you know what, it’s fun as well. You get to make everything exactly how you want it and you get to spend time picking out pretty homewares, reading home magazines and showing people snaps that won’t at all bore them to death after the fiftieth time. And after it’s all over, you can really start living there.

Love Sarah x

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

What’s Your Summer Blockbuster Style?

The sun’s out, the weather’s actually hot, and the smell of BBQ is in the air. We all know what that means… Yep, that’s right, it’s time to lock ourselves in a dark room with a bunch of other people and stare at a screen! We’re at the height of summer blockbuster season and there are some fab films on their way.

Chances are, unless you’re a bit of a film buff, you’re not going to go see all of them (there’s BBQs, festivals and beer gardens to frequent after all!) so which one’s the one for you? Luckily, I’ve put together a handy guide so you can work out where to invest your popcorn budget.

Guardians of the Galaxy film
If you’re a sci-fi fan you should totally head for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (in cinemas 31 July). It’s the start of what will likely be the next big film franchise for Marvel and if you loved The Avengers and all of its off-shoots then you’re probably going to go mad for this. The rather lovely Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation plays Peter Quill, who becomes the object of a manhunt after he steals a mysterious orb. The handsome rogue is forced into an alliance with a band of misfits in order to evade his would-be captors, before realising that the the fate of the entire universe is in his hands… Expect awesome special effects, lots of off-beat humour and Bradley Cooper playing an intergalactic raccoon. Seriously.

The Expendables 3If action’s your thing then it’s got to be The Expendables 3 (in cinemas 4 August). Sylvester Stallone’s franchise about a gang of mercenaries made up of some of cinema’s biggest and best action heroes is in its third installment and it promises to be just as bonkers as the previous two. This time they come up against ruthless arms dealer, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who wants to destroy the group, forcing Stone’s Barney Ross to recruit a new generation of younger Expendables. You can expect explosions, fights, cheesy lines and a lot of muscle. Oh, and Jason Statham. Let’s never forget Jason Statham.

Sin city 2
If you love graphic novels and film noir then you should definitely make Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For your pick (it’s in cinemas 25th August). It’s the long awaited follow-up to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s  Sin City and, from the promo materials, it’s looking just as stylish and sexy. Like its predecessor, it’s made up of a series of shorter narratives, each dealing with different characters and stories within the same city. Expect the stories to intermingle throughout the running time and see if you can spot all of the famous faces!

Sex TapeIf all of the above sounds a bit action-heavy and you feel more like a comedy, then you should check out Sex Tape when it hits cinemas on 3 September. I have to admit, I’m a massive fan of Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, so I’m hoping for good things from this. They play a couple who attempt to spice things up by making a sex tape. But when it leaks, they have to race to get it back, exposing even more than they bargained for in the process. Expect rude jokes, big belly laughs and quite a lot of nudity.

So hopefully you’ve now decided on your blockbuster of choice so there’s just one thing left to ask: salted or sweet?

Love Sarah x

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

Your Computer Buying Guide from

Do you love having the latest tech gadget but hate all the tech jargon that comes with it? Well has the answer! We have teamed up with the experts, Microsoft and Intel, to make it easier to buy your PC or tablet.

We wanted to take the time and pain out of buying a PC, making it easier for you to know what you are looking for and what suits your lifestyle. Why waste your money and time on something you are not going to use?! We want to take all the hassle out of shopping tech items, and make you more tech savvy along the way!

So what is it all about? We have created a computing buying guide to help you decide what device is best for your needs. There are so many different PC’s, at a range of different prices, that it can be difficult to know which one you should spend your money on. You don’t want to waste your money on something that isn’t right for your needs! So let us help you..

We have created 5 different sections to help you decide which type of person you are! Here is a snap shot into them;

Can we convert you?

‘Can we convert you?’ will take you through all the key things you need to know about 2 in 1 laptops an shop them directly for your needs and purse- clever hey?!

Be Productive

‘Be productive’ will lead you through to our selective range of high performing laptops, ideal for multi-tasking. We have highlighted key features that you should have in your laptop.

On the move

‘Always on the move?’ is ideal for those on the go. Super slim and lightweight, it means you can do it all on the go.

Keeping tabs

‘Keeping tabs’ aims to educate you on what to look for in a tablet. We have made it really simple to find the right one for you.

Hub of the home

‘Hub of the Home’ is all about desktop computers. Prefer being at your desk? Then you know this one is for you. It is for the dedicated worker and we will take you through what to look for in your desktop computer.

Once you have decided which type is most suited to you, you will be navigated through to our buying guide. Here you can modify the price to suit your purse, as well as allowing you to choose all the important bits like colour, brand etc. It is all that simple!

Check out the buying guide and find your ideal PC. It is the new stress free way of finding your PC solution.

Let us know what you think? x

Celebrity Style Steal: Fearne Cotton’s Floral Kimono

It’s back to work for newlywed Fearne Cotton but she’s making life brighter for herself. Rather than crawl back to work with dark clothes she’s bringing a touch of the holiday vibe into the Radio 1 studios with lots of colour. If you need something vibrant just like this then I have some happy news. Her top is from her own collection – the Fearne Cotton printed kimono.

To make it even cooler you need some accessories. Fearne’s stylish gold footwear is similar to the Shoe Box Sally leather fisherman sandals. Tortoiseshell rim sunglasses are very popular right now, just like the vintage cats eye matt sunglasses.


When you have so much colour you do need some items in classic black to balance the look. Fearne does this with fitted black trousers like the Definitions essential slim trousers and a black tote like the Mini Middleton tote bag.

So if you have to go to work while it’s sunny outside, don’t despair. If you wear something cheerful it will make you feel better for sure.

Love Zoex

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

Add a little Glamoriser to your hair

Glamoriser Auto Curler by Richard Ward

Richard Ward; Award winning celebrity hair dresser. 

April 2011 – The Richard Ward Artistic team had the honor and privilege of styling the hair of the Royal wedding party. Richards burgeoning TV profile as resident hair dresser and hair guru on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Lorraine’s breakfast show, cement his reputation as ‘Golden Scissors’.

“I always use the Glamoriser Professional hairstyling products in my media, TV and salon work; they’re powerful, lightweight and easy to use. That’s why I recommend them to my clients and celebrities to deliver salon performance hair when styling at home. Enjoy!”

Richard Ward x Celebrity Hairdresser

Auto Curler:



The Glamoriser Professional Digital Auto Curler gives you unlimited styling options from one innovative simple yet effective tool and is an easy and safe way to create a head full of glamorous curls. The Auto Curler can produce endless glamorous styles and luscious curls. With a motorised Nano-Diamond Ceramic barrel, this feature allows the Auto Curler to automatically twist around the hair to create beautiful curls. Boasting a revolutionary barrel design, infused with mineral oil, your hair will be left looking glossy with a salon perfect finish that will be the envy of all your friends.


  • 14 adjustable heat settings 80°C to 210°C catering for every hair type.
  • Auto shut off -3m tangle-free cable.
  • Nano diamond ceramic barrel polishes and smooths the hair.
  • Ceramic barrel is infused with mineral oil helps to de-frizz and add shine
  • Instant heat and temperature recovery for ultimate performance at all times.

Watch the video:

Now follow our simply step by step on how to use this amazing tool to create gorgeous curls:

STEP 1: Use approximately 2cm sections of hair. Place the end of the hair firmly under the inside of the tong clip and hold the hair taut from the scalp.

STEP 2: Press and hold the motor button furthest away from your face and curl away from the face.

STEP 3: Follow the hair upwards as high as you want the curl to go, keeping the hair taut throughout, and release the motor button to stop the barrel rotating.

STEP 4: Hold the barrel in the hair for approximately 5 seconds.

STEP 5: Depress the tong clip and remove the tong down through the hair to release the curl. Allow hair to cool before styling.

Shop now  and achieve those gorgeous curls for all those special occasions.

Love  The Very Beauty Team x

Michelle Keegan And Mark Wright Celebrate Wedding In Style

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright definitely caught the loved-up feeling at his cousin Leah Wright’s wedding in Spain as they could barely stop giving each other tender kisses and little cuddles. They make such a beautiful couple, don’t they? TV presenter Mark always looks impeccable as in Essex men take as much time over their appearance as women, while the actress who’s been voted Soap’s Sexiest Star for six years in a row is naturally gorgeous.

But for the wedding, I  love how she made an effort. The blue dress is perfect for an outdoor wedding and in Spain it matched the colour of the clear blue sky. The embossed midi dress is actually a dress from her own collection for Lipsy. So pretty!


Also looking loved-up at the wedding was The Only Way is Essex stars Eliot Wright, another of Mark’s cousins, and his new girlfriend Chloe Sims. She dressed for the heat with a floaty pink dress with strappy sandals. I like her vampy red nail varnish too!

The bridesmaids included Leah Wright’s cousin and Mark’s sister Jessica Wright (below, second left) and they wore floaty green dresses. They must have been relieved that the bride picked flattering outfits for them. All in all, the family couldn’t stop smiling all day and posed for tons of pics. Just like what we all get up to at weddings then….

It won’t be long until Michelle walks the aisle herself. One thing’s for sure is she will make a stunning bride!

Love Zoex

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

How to wear dresses from Day to Night from

Summer is here! Which means there are going to be times that you will be out during the day and in the evening when you haven’t been able to bring a change of clothes. If you can prepare yourself in advance and know that there is a strong possibility that you are going to go out in the evening some of these top tips may help you change from day wear to night wear without changing your clothing, but just the accessories!

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The Definitions swing shirt dress is a perfect day dress, as it’s quite simplistic and light. For day wear, a pair of navy flat shoes would look great along with a white over body bag and anklet. For night wear, trade the navy flats for a pair of white platform heels which will match the dress nicely. Wear with a ruby red blazer and a white clutch to finish the look off.

girls on film floral print dropped hem dress 34.00

The Girls on Film floral print dropped hem dress is a lovely statement dress with it’s a vibrant burst of pink attracting attention. For day wear, a pair of black court shoes with a pink shoulder bag and a silver necklace and bracelet would make for a lovely summer look, not overdoing it too much. For night wear, replace those court shoes, with platform boots with silver stud detail to give a more edgy look and change the shoulder bag for a clutch in the same colour.

glamorous short sleeve swing dress 20.00

The Glamorous short sleeve swing dress is a very simple dress, yet with the right accessories can change into a must have piece for your wardrobe. The pastel colours are huge this season, so this pastel pink dress is already a winner. For day wear, wear this dress with silver strappy sandals as well as a silver chunky pendant necklace, charm bracelet and also a white shoulder bag. For night wear, a white blazer is an essential to create a sophisticated look with this dress. The jewellery can stay the same, but the shoes need to be changed from sandals to white heels.

colleen laser cut hem dress 49.00

The Coleen laser cut hem dress is a beautiful royal blue colour, which is a great summer colour. Just because the dress is a bit longer sitting at just around knee length and isn’t bodycon material, doesn’t mean that it can’t be changed from day wear to night wear easily, because it can. For day wear, a pair of colourful sandals along with some bright costume jewellery would create a very bright summery look. For nightwear, swap the sandals for a pair of neon orange heels and you’re sorted,

This shows that most of the time, the piece or pieces of clothing can stay the same, but if you change your accessories, such as your shoes, jewellery and outerwear you can create a totally different look from day to night.


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Frankie Sandford’s Picture Perfect Summer Wedding

The Saturday’s singer Frankie Sandford married her footballer partner Wayne Bridge in what has to be one of the prettiest summer weddings ever! All The Saturdays were watching her with tears in their eyes as she wed in a stately home, Woburn Abbey, in the Bedfordshire countryside.

The weather held out and it was hot and sunny which meant two things – bright dresses and floaty dresses. Rochelle Humes, whose clothing collection launch I attended last week, ticked both boxes by arriving pre-ceremony in a dress from her new collection. This chiffon stripe prom dress is a great dress for when you want to look smart but you have stuff to do (in her case driving and looking after her cute daughter Alaia May).


For the actual ceremony, she changed to a brighter dress. The pink bodycon dress she picked was so flattering on her skin tone, wasn’t it? Una Foden also went for bright with a cobalt blue dress that contrasted brilliantly with her red hair.


However, floaty and feminine was the order of the day for Vanessa White, who looked very pretty in a purple maxi dress. Mollie King went for a striped white midi dress with a delicate gold bow at the waist. Cute but classy!


Does this get you in the mood for summer weddings? I wish I had one to go to now. Good luck to the new Mr and Mrs Bridge!

Love Zoex

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