Caramelo Hits the UK!

I don’t know about you but I love it when a new brand arrives on the scene, especially European brands. Don’t get me wrong, edgy British brands are fantastic but sometimes you just need that chic, exotic European brand to spice up your wardrobe. Recently we’ve seen a lot of European brands opening stores in the UK, we all love a little change of scenery and if you can’t escape to Paris, why not dress like you’re there, right? Let me introduce to you the Spanish brand Caramelo, who have decided to cross the channel and to build a little Caramelo empire in the UK. So far they have set up shop with their flagship store on Regent Street, London. Caramelo also has several other stores popping up in House of Frasers up and down the country. Currently, the brand is available in House of Fraser stores in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Norwich, with 25 more outlets to come.

So what’s so great about this Spanish brand? First of all, Caramelo caters to both men and women, which would make for a very stylish couple indeed and we all love a stylish couple! Caramelo is elegant, sophisticated and classic, and who can really say they don’t want those words to describe their style? Take a look at their summer collection to see, I promise you will not be disappointed. Caramelo is a versatile brand that is suited to men and women of all ages; it is the perfect smart-casual brand. So if you’re more Zara than Topshop, if you’re more Mad Men than Gossip Girl, then I suggest you have a look at Caramelo and head to their store for some European Elegance! You can check out their lookbook here, and for updates on where they’ll be showing up next in the UK follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook page.


“Please Cannes we look like them?”: Fashion at Cannes film festival.

As well as being involved in an array of fantastic films, many of those that attended Cannes Film festival 2012 also showed the public they can dress as well as act. With its worldwide coverage and countless celebs, the annual event inevitably brings with it an element of fashion, but this year was one of the hottest yet. A-Listers graced the red carpet wearing only the finest of attire and below are just a few of the most-talked-about stars and their outfits.

Diane Kruger particularly caused a stir in Nina Ricci.

Supermodel Heidi Klum in a glamourous black number.

Shia LaBeouf looks cool in some pale blue.

Just some of the best dresses at the event. From left to right: Freida Pinto, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain and Eva Longoria.

A suited-up Tom Hardy looked dapper.

We can only imagine what to expect next year, but 2012 has set the bar pretty high!

The Ultimate Festival Welly Guide!

Here’s how the celebs do it!

Ladies, the festival season is upon us and it’s time to start shopping for your perfect festival wardrobe, and what is the most essential item for any festival goer? Your wellies of course! With all this rainy weather what better time than now to buy your perfect pair of wellington boots. Haven’t you noticed that most of us are just settling for the traditional pair of wellies, even the fashionable Hunters have become a little ordinary looking. Fashion, especially festival fashion, is all about standing out, being individual, wearing what you want and pushing the boundaries, and a great pair of wellies is the perfect place to start.

Wellies are becoming increasingly fashionable and edgy with many designers opting to include rain boots into their footwear repertoire; Lacoste, Diesel, Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors even Chanel has been at it. There are all kind of wellington boots out there and people aren’t just wearing them at festivals, yes they are wearing them out in the street. Wellies aren’t just for little kids splashing in puddles anymore (although we secretly wish it was still socially acceptable for us to do that). Check out these fashion forward wellies that you’ll actually want to wear and not just need to wear…


Colour has been very popular on the runway, whether its pastels or brights, everybody is wearing some colour. Taste the rainbow and be bold in these coloured boots:


Don’t we all love a bit of print? Again Prints have been rampant on the runway; floral, digital, Hawaiian, animal, you name it. You’ll be glad to know that you can continue your love for print with these wellies:


When you think about wellies, laces don’t really come to mind do they? We love our wellies because they easily slip on and off, and you feel invincible because you can walk through mud and water without a care in the world. Don’t worry these are still care free, the laces are just for decoration.


Everybody has been going hard-core with lots of studs and buckles on their shoes and various other items of clothing. When you’re at a music festival don’t you just want to look like a rock star too? Go grunge with these wellies and bring out your inner punk rocker.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder

Chanel’s summer 2012 make-up collection, Summertime de Chanel, by Creative Director of Chanel Make-up Peter Philips features nail colours, lip glosses, lipsticks, eye pencils, duo eye shadows and the featured product: Soleil Tan de Chanel, Harmonie Poudre de Soleil Luminous Bronzing Powder.

Summertime de Chanel 2012 Collection

The limited edition Soleil Tan de Chanel is a powder formula featuring seven unique colour strips.  The colours can be blended to help illuminate the complexion or used individually to sculpt the face and define natural contours.  By using a powder formula, Chanel’s  bronzer brings a warmth and shimmer to every complexion.

Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sable Rose

Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sable Rose features warm pink tones, shades of sand and spice, and a luminous gold.  While recommended for fair skin with pink/red undertones, the beautiful palette can work on every complexion.  The darker pink hues can be used as a blusher while the lighter side can be used as a highlighter.

Bronzers have been transitioning to more of a shimmer foundation than a matte one.  They are working to create a soft, sun-kissed glow instead of a harsh or streaky orange look for their users.  Peter Philips shows his commitment to this new look by explaining his vision for the summer make-up line was to “accentuate the perfect harmony of bronze shades and tanned skin in the sunlight.”  Chanel has lead the way in creating light-weight, reliable, and natural-looking bronzers that keep their customers coming back for more.  Fans of Chanel’s past bronzers have eagerly awaited the release of Soleil Tan de Chanel, Harmonie Poudre de Soleil.  They note Chanel’s ability to bring a healthy glow to pale faces and create a natural look with their moisturising product.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige (right) and Sable Rose (left)

Soleil Tan de Chanel is also available in Sable Beige featuring peach, light bronze and gold tones.  The Summertime de Chanel line has been released in select stores since April and is expected to be widely released by the end of May.  Soleil Tan de Chanel, Harmonie Poudre de Soleil Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Rose retails for approximately $60USD/30GBP.

Watch the Summertime de Chanel Summer 2012 Makeup Collection video here.

Drop, dead, gorgeous earrings.

Siren: Longoria at the screening of De Rouille et d'Os (Rust and Bone)

Accessorising is essential. It is like going to a party and not having your hair done. Accessories may only be a small fraction of an outfit, but they are what makes the look so special and unique!

So, what is in? Drop earrings. As seen on Eva Longoria and Fan Bing Bing at this years Cannes Film Festival, they are a must for the summer. Especially when wearing denim waistcoats or shorts, not just for night outs, but they are a cool way to spruce up your day-to-day wear, to leave an edgy feel. Having your hair pulled back in a high ponytail or a high, messy bun and showing off your new, dangling earrings is the way to go with the look. Top designers like Bottega Veneta and Emilio Pucci have a fabulous range. If you are worrying about the price, there is no need to fear, as I have found the best, must-have pieces at reasonable, high-street prices.

Freedom at Topshop seems to have an extremely cool range of long, triangle and arrow drop earrings. From casual wear like these triangle arrow drops,

to this elegant, stylish pair of multi triangle drop earrings. Both pairs of earrings are only £8.50.

Or why not go for these delicate brushed heart short drops from Accessorize for only £4.

Delicate Brushed Heart Short Drops

As tribal wear is another ‘in’ look, why not go for this pair of silver tone triple row spike drop earrings from River Island for £9, to shake up your outfit.

But out of all the drop earrings I found, my favourite, essential pair are these white wooden skull earrings from River Island. For just £4, they are a bargain!

Just by adding a pair of these long, petite, dangling earrings can transform any outfit to an elegant, chic look in just a few seconds, so why not treat yourself and indulge in a gorgeous pair?

Images courtesy of Topshop, Accessorize, River Island, Daily Mail and Glamour

By Katerina Yiakoumi

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome

Lancome is launching its newest women’s fragrance, La Vie Est Belle, this fall.  La Vie Est Belle joins Lancome favourites Tresor, Hypnose and Miracle Forever.  The face of La Vie Est Belle is long-time brand ambassador, Julia Roberts.

La Vie Est Belle represents a natural and simple beauty.  It allows the wearer to choose their own vision of happiness and take pleasure in the small things.  It is described as a gourmand fruity-floral fragrance.  La Vie Est Belle has top notes of pear and black currant, heart notes of  iris, jasmine and orange blossom, and base notes of patchouli, praline, tonka bean and vanilla.

La Vie Est Belle

La Vie Est Belle was created by legendary perfumers Olivier Polge and Dominique Ropion.  It took them three years and over 5000 versions to create the final formula for La Vie Est Belle.  Both men have worked on Lancome fragrances in the past, Ropion created the Tresor line and both Ropion and Polge collaborated on Miracle Forever.  Olivier Polge is the son of famed perfumer Jacques Polge (house perfumer at Chanel) and winner of the 2009 International Fragrance Prize.  Dominique Ropion studied at the Roure Bertrand Dupont and won Cosmetic Valley’s International Fragrance Prize in 2008.

Julia Roberts became a global ambassador for Lancome in 2009.  In 2010 she extended her contract for an additional 5 years.  La Vie Est Belle is the first fragrance Roberts has represented.  Roberts says about the perfume, “The perfume smells so good, which is the only reason I agreed to it. I believe in smelling good, and as my husband said, ‘people will think this is what you smell like’… It is a small-town girl’s dream to be in a place like this. Thank you all for being part of it.”

Julia Roberts at the launch of La Vie Est Belle

The official reveal of La Vie Est Belle was earlier this month at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St Jean Cap Ferrat.  The party invited guests to sample teaser elements of the fragrance, snack on champagne and canapes and enjoy the beautiful villa gardens.  A crystal chandelier dispensed drops of the perfume on the upturned wrists of the attendees.

Crystal chandelier dispensing droplets of La Vie Est Belle

La Vie Est Belle launches worldwide in September 2012.  The campaign featuring Julia Roberts was shot by iconic photographer Tarsem Singh.

What do you think of Lancome’s newest fragrance? Will you try La Vie Est Belle when it debuts in September? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter.

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Trainers Go Green

In the global effort to create ethical fashion, anything from fairtrade labour agreements to using recycled materials, trainers have finally found a way to step up (pun intended).

A history of highly publicised unethical production stories has haunted athletic shoe production for quite some time.  The horror stories began over 10 years ago with the discovery that major shoe producers were employing child labourers, underpaying them, and forcing them to work in unsafe conditions.  Thankfully, many of these companies have cleaned up their act since then.  Most have publicly declared their commitment to safer labour laws and some have switched to using more earth-friendly materials.  While there has been improvement, none of the big companies are able to offer trainers as ethical as smaller operations such as REMYXX, Jinga and Fair Corp.

REMYXX claims to be the first landfill-free trainer producer by making their products 100% recyclable.  Meaning, once you’ve worn out your REMYXX trainers, you can simply recycle them.  They may even be reused to create a new pair of  REMYXX trainers! The trademark recycling logo featured prominently on the upper part of the trainer helps the wearer make a statement about their commitment to eco-friendly footwear and helps remind them to recycle their trainers once their worn.

REMYXX 100% Recyclable & Landfill Free Trainers

REMYXX is committed to keeping it out of the ground by creating a product that is eco-friendly, sustainable, and available in many fashion-forward prints and patterns.  REMYXX trainers are now available for pre-order on KickStarter.

Jinga, a UK based company, boasts a lightweight, flexible shoe that was produced under environmentally-friendly and socially-conscious business practices. All of the material that goes into Jinga Shoes is produced in Brazil.  Jinga works with other like-minded producers all sourced out of Brazil.  They also provide above standard working conditions for their employees such as education bursaries, childcare and free dental.  In addition to their commitment to their employees, Jinga is also committed to helping out in their community by spearheading projects to help combat poverty and dedicating 25% of their profits to these efforts.  On the environmental side, Jinga has been awarded the Green Seal, locally sources all materials and ensures all waste material is recycled.

Jinga Ladies White Brazil Originals

Jinga has also expanded to include women’s ballet flats.  Their trainer is available in many patterns and colours for both women and men.  To shop their entire collection, click here.

Fair Corp , another UK-based company, is committed to putting people and the planet first by producing ethical and fashionable footwear.  They work with organic and fairtrade cotton and rubber, the first in the footwear industry to do so.  Fair Corp also carries the FAIRTRADE mark and FSC logo on all of their trainers.  Their trainers have been awarded the Best Buy label, meaning they are leaders in ethical standard and quality.  Fair Corp also boasts a social enterprise warehouse in the UK, a preference for sea freight over air freight (more fuel efficient), banking with Tridos (an ethical bank), and eco-hosting on their website.  Fair Corp pays their employees in Pakistan double minimum wage, supports micro-credit loan programs and trade unions to promote women in the work force.

Fair Corp “Ethletic” Low Top Trainers

In addition to trainers, Fair Corp also produces ethical wellies, flip flops, sports balls, clothing, and home products.  All of these items can be viewed and purchased on their website.

Now that trainers have officially joined the “greener” side of things, supporting eco-friendly materials and socially responsible business practices, is all of fashion ready to make the leap? Let me know what you think and if you’d buy a pair of ethical trainers in the comments below or on Twitter.

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