Wimbledon 2012 has been a delight to watch for a number of reasons, not least being the fashionable audience…
While Murray and Federer battled it out in the men’s final, a number of trendy celebs looked on from around the court, and though my eyes were glued to the game, I couldn’t help but enjoy the brief moments when the camera cut away to Wimbledon’s VIP spectators.
I spotted a few notable faces during the match, including David Beckham, who, with a sharp suit and slicked-back ‘do, looked his usual dashing (albeit slightly greasy) self. His missus, on the other hand, could be seen sporting a posh ponytail, royal-purple nails, and her infamous beaming smile signature pout.
Sitting next to one another in the Royal box were the Middleton sisters, both of which boasted thick eyeliner and silky, voluminous hair. I reckon Kate and Pippa secretly attempt to out ‘do (pun intended) each other at public events, but in this case they scored equal points in the barnet stakes.
Another lady in the audience who looked immaculate was Murray’s girlfriend, Kim Sears. With her flawless makeup, Bond-girl facial features and enviable blonde locks, Sears looked every inch the tennis WAG. Could she be a new style icon in the making? Watch this space…
The alarm sounds, you wake up confused, and in a frantic rush to catch your plane you forget to put on your top. We’ve all done it. Oh no, wait, we haven’t. But there’s one Lady who has, and that’s Gaga.
On her way to the airport in Australia, Lady G was spotted wearing a somewhat bizarre ensemble. “Quelle surprise!” I hear you say, and you’re right, I know. Gaga’s whacky wardrobe hardly comes as a shock these days – but let’s discuss her outfit anyway. After all, the pavement is her catwalk, and we, the world, her bewildered audience.
Gaga, who had just picked up a coffee from Melbourne’s Flavour cafe, teamed a pair of flowing velvet hareem pants with gold studded belts and killer heels (quite literally, they could probably be used as a torture device). For her torso, the songstress opted for a draping velvet jacket and, erm, a push up bra, with which she proudly displayed her baps to the paps.
Yes, her attire was attention-seeking, but I have to admit that Gaga, with her custard-coloured ponytail, candy-pink lips and Lennon-esque shades, looked every inch the superstar while strutting along the sidewalk – coffee in hand and entourage in tow.
Mila Kunis is my ultimate girl crush. Not only is she a talented and beautiful actress, but, given that she’s the voice of Family Guy’s Meg, she clearly has a brilliant sense of humour too (which, let’s face it, is rare for someone so pretty).
From the interviews I’ve read with Mila in various glossies, she also comes across as a laid-back, friendly and down-to-earth kinda gal. One who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and one who voices her opinions intelligently.
And as if all of that weren’t enough, I must now add another point to my long, creepy list of reasons as to ‘Why I lurve Mila’. Namely, her new and incredible sixties-inspired photoshoot with Elle magazine.
The shoot, which will appear in the August issue of Elle, sees Mila sport a number of gorgeous, modish outfits alongside bouffant hair, power brows and a pair of smokey eyes. Can the woman do no wrong?
It must be said that, when it comes to beauty, both Venus and Serena are at the top of their game this year; Serena with her funky nail art, glossy lips and feline eyeshadow, and Venus with her sculpted features, dazzling teeth and impressive mane of hair.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Venus named her top beauty picks. Read on to find out what they are…
1. Mascara: “Lancôme, the one that vibrates. This is my must-have product. My lashes are so curly, and it makes them look long and sexy.”
2. Shampoo and conditioner: “The Body Deli. These are among the only shampoos and conditioners made of raw food products, and they get the tangles out of my wildly curly hair!”
“A splash of Marilyn”, the title given to a recent feature in Vanity Fair, provides fascinating snapshots of Marilyn Monroe. I use the term “snapshots” in both literal and figurative terms.
The article, an adaptation from photographer Lawrence Schiller’s memoir of his sessions with Marilyn Monroe, depicts the actress in a state of total undress.
Not only did Marilyn strip off for Schiller’s camera, but to some extent she also bared her soul to the photographer.
The feature is accompanied by a series of never-seen-before, semi-nude shots of Marilyn, but far more revealing than the photographs is Schiller’s account of his working relationship with the Hollywood icon.
According to Schiller, there was much more to Marilyn Monroe than met the eye – or indeed the lens. She was beautiful and charismatic, undoubtedly, but she was also troubled and insecure.
In his article, Schiller depicts the many different facets of Marilyn Monroe; from headstrong and career-driven (“Fox should start paying as much attention to me as they are paying to Elizabeth Taylor”), to angry and resentful (“This lousy movie! Fucking studio!” he once overheard her say from her dressing room).
But in his memoir Schiller also sheds light on how gentle, fragile and vulnerable Marilyn was – qualities which no doubt complimented her shapely curves, dulcet voice and her face which, in Schiller’s words, was ‘as soft as a silk bedsheet’.
Marilyn not only confided in Schiller about her feelings towards the movie industry (“It’s still about nudity. Is that all I’m good for?”) but she also trusted him with her deepest insecurities.
“I never wanted to be Marilyn,” she once told him. “It just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.” This quote, to me, is the most telling and poignant of all, and proves that beauty does not necessarily equate happiness.
Indeed, Marilyn was plagued by good looks, and to her they were both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand they made her a star, and on the other they made her miserable.
But there’s no denying the power of Marilyn Monroe’s beauty, or indeed the beauty of her character. After all, we’re still talking about her today…
Check out these garishly gorgeous nails, which belong to my super creative and highlytalented pal Heledd Jones.
Heledd has always been an arty creature (she won the BBC Blast Scrap Fashion Competition back in 2007) so it came as no surprise to me when I found out she designed these badboys herself.
Yes they’re gaudy and completely impractical, but who cares? I WANT THEM!
“I love nail art because they’re tiny, exciting snippets of art,” says Heledd. “Instead of painting a canvas and putting it on a wall, I paint my nails about twice a week and don’t have enough time to get bored of them!”
Fancy recreating Heledd’s nail art? Then follow these five simple steps…
1. Apply a basecoat to your nails.
2. Apply a coat of white nail varnish to each fingernail.
3. Apply a second layer of white nail varnish to just one nail.
4. Using tweezers, place the beads onto the freshly painted nail straight away. Repeat step 3 & 4 on each individual nail.
4. Lastly, apply a gloopy layer of top coat to each nail, making sure to go cover the beads so that they stay in place.
Yesterface fact:Nail art can be traced back to 5000 BC in India, where women dyed their fingertips with henna. To find out more about the history of nail art, visit refinery29.com