Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Red Carpet Report: Oscars 2015

So the 87th Academy Awards have been and gone with Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons and Birdman walking away with the main awards.

The ceremony was hosted by showbiz Swiss-Army knife Neil Patrick Harris (thank god How I Met Your Mother is over) and saw performances from the Lady Gaga and Best Song Winners John Legend & Common.

One of the big issues on the red carpet was Reese Witherspoon's (Best Actress nominee for Wild) campaign #AskHerMore which encourage the presenters and paparazzi to vary their commentary from the usual "Who are you wearing?" superficiality.
Well, call me superficial but I like to know who is wearing what. The actors have more than enough opportunity to voice their opinions on their hot topics so let the rest of us live vicariously and pretend we are in the know on the night's best dressed.

Anyway, politics aside, the red carpet saw some fantastic suiting that pushed the boundaries of black tie.

Here are some of my favourite looks that broke away from the usual black tuxedo.

Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen
Best Actor - The Theory of Everything. 
His inky blue tuxedo is sharp and sophisticated. He wore the same colour in a velvet Armani suit at the BAFTAs - maybe this is his lucky colour?

Neil Patrick Harris in Brunello Cucinelli
Pictured here with his husband David Burtka.
The ceremony host had no less than 5 costume changes during the night but this soft grey, shawl neck suit is perfect for Spring.

Benedict Cumberbatch 
Nominated for Best Actor - The Imitation Game
Showing how an Englishman does black tie, Cumberbatch goes all 007 in a white tux jacket.

David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana
The Selma actor took the red carpet theme to the Nth degree with this marsala 3 piece tuxedo

Jared Leto in Givenchy
Best Supporting Actor 2014
The Oscar messiah makes another statement with this lilac suit.

The Oscars is the pinnacle of the award season but watch out for more red carpet coverage from the Emmys and Cannes Film Festival later in the year.

I make no ownership claims to these images.

2015: The Year of the Three Stripes

Adidas (and yes, it's pronounced addy-dass - not ah-dee-dass) has been at the forefront of sportswear and sports luxe fashion for over 50 years. Big-name collaborations from the world of fashion and music such as Kanye West, Jeremy Scott, Pharrell Williams, Raf Simons, Yoji Yamamoto & Stella McCartney have further cemented the brand as *the* sports apparel line.

To celebrate such success, Mainline Menswear (who kindly sent me my much loved Penguin jacket last September) and Adidas Originals are offering one lucky winner a years supply of Adidas footwear.

That's a new pair of kicks every month for the whole year! This prize pool is worth over a whopping £700 and will see you through 2015 in style.

To enter, all you have to do is complete the simple form over at Mainline Menswear

If I were to win, here's a few of the styles I know I'd be hoping to get:

The iconic shell toe, made famous by Run DMC, is a trainer classic.

Harkening back to the 80's and intense games of squash, these retro trainers are perfect with jeans.

The dove grey suede is a versatile colour and will work with jeans or casual chinos.

The competition closes on 15th March 2015.
Good luck and happy feet!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Fifteen Shades of Grey

Just when you thought the fuss of the books had finally died down (the shelves of every charity shop I have visited in the past year are crammed with the 3 volumes) the infamous "love story" Fifty Shades of Grey hits the big screens on today, just in time for Valentine's Day. How romantic.

I've never read the books nor do I plan to. I'm not prudish, however, I do like a good book and supposedly these are nothing like good book, filled with grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and a GCSE level of writing ability. (Plus a series of books spawned from rejected Twilight fan-fiction should be approached with caution in my opinion) That aside, the author has made a fortune capitalizing on tapping her readers/frustrated sexpots secret desires and fair play to her.
Apparently B&Q staff have been given notice to expect a surge in sales of padlocks, rope and cable ties after the release of the film. I just go there for my paint and plants...

Anyway, this is too good a bandwagon not to jump on but rather than filling your screen with 50 must-have menswear pieces I thought I'd opt for a more manageable 15 Shades of Grey (see what I did there?)

1. Uniqlo grey Oxford button down shirt
2. Next grey swirl pocket square
3. Samuel Windsor grey fisherman's jumper

4. Clarks Originals greystone desert boots
5. New Balance 410 grey trainers
6. Next grey suede derby shoes

7. Reiss Puro grey document holder
8. ASOS monotone grey watch
9. Ted Baker grey contrast wallet

10. Forever 21 grey polka dot trousers
11. Burton charcoal grandad t-shirt
12. Topman dark grey heritage jacket

13. H&M grey bomber jacket
14. Boohoo grey skinny jeans
15. New Look dark grey parka coat

There you have it, a much more appropriate and altogether tasteful collection of shades of greys. If you do go see the movie, shame on you. Dirty dirty dirty.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Red Carpet Report: BAFTAs & GRAMMYs 2015

The 2015 awards season is now well under way, culminating in the Oscars later this month. Last night, focus was split on award ceremonies on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean as London held the BAFTAs and Los Angeles hosted the Grammys.

The BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscars, saw Eddie Redmayne lift the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, He is tipped to repeat his success at the Oscars too.

Britain dominated the Grammys too with Sam Smith picking up 4 awards including song & record of the year for Stay With Me. Not a bad achievement considering it was only 9 months since the release of his debut album In The Lonely Hour.

All back-patting and hand-shaking aside, let's move on to the important matters of what the best dressed men wore!

This is a black-tie affair but there is always a bit of variety that sets the stylish chaps apart from the standard rented tuxes.

BAFTA red carpet menswear blog Guardian

My favourite look of the night, Douglas Booth in Dunhill. This sage green grey velvet jacket is a fresh alternative to the usual black or navy.

Mark Ruffalo in Lanvin. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Foxcatcher, Ruffalo pulls off varying shades of navy perfectly.

Leading man Eddie Redmayne's velvet Armani ensemble is close enough to classic without being cliched.

The biggest award ceremony in the music industry, the Grammys court controversy on an annual basis with some sort of political statement or publicity stunt usually happening during the course of the night.

Quadruple winner Sam Smith's usual uniform of a fully buttoned shirt and sharp suit gets the finishing touch of a white bow tie in a nod to classic black tie.

Beck picked up the award for Album of the Year. I love his retro rock n roll look with classic wayfarers, black velvet jacket and vintage paisley print shirt.

I'm looking forward to seeing what sartorial style the Oscars bring - look out for another round up post coming soon!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

If I Were A Boy: Forever Scarlet

For the next guest post in my If I Were A Boy series, please say hello to Carolyn of Forever Scarlet. A finalist in the 2014 Blog Awards Ireland in the Best Beauty Blog category, Carolyn's passion for make-up and beauty gives a great spin on this subject. Read on to find out more!

I’m very much a girlie girl. I like my dresses, skirts, high heels and makeup. I love shopping for a new outfit or buying items to add to my ever expanding beauty collection. However, as a girl, getting ready for the day or for a night out can be a little time consuming. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about what it would be like to be a boy and how much time I would save if I didn’t have to do my hair and makeup every day.
I’m a little envious of the fact that my boyfriend takes just 10 minutes to get ready for a night out whilst I need approx 2 hours to look half way decent. Being a girl is high maintenance you know! Or maybe that’s just because I’m a little OCD with my make-up, hair and clothes…
Over the 7 years that my boyfriend and I have been dating, I've slowly noticed that our styles are becoming more and more similar. There have been a couple of occasions where we accidentally dressed in the same style of jeans with a denim shirt, teamed with a quilted jacket. Queue one of us heading straight back up the stairs to hastily change into something else.
When I was asked by Ian to create a post based around what I would wear, if I were a boy, I found myself veering towards things that my boyfriend would normally wear. When I was single, I was never really aware or cared too much about what a guy was dressed in, but now looking back I did have a certain type.
I like guys with a distinct indie look; a mixture of style conscious taste, but with an effortless edge. Alex Turner springs to mind when I think of the kind male style that I go for.
For this post, I’ve kept it quite minimal and simplistic. I don’t tend to go over the top normally, so even if I were a boy, I think I would still stick to that style.

guest post forever scarlet blog

  1. 1.       A good pair of black jeans is a must. I wear black jeans a lot and I don’t think I would change this if I were to swap gender. There’s not much more to be said here, black goes with everything and jeans are a wardrobe staple for both guys and gals!
  2. 2.       Brogues of course. The smart/casual shoe that compliments any outfit. I couldn’t write a post for Ian without featuring a good strong pair of brogues.
  3. 3.       A classic cool watch. I picked this Daniel Wellington style before I saw that Ian had already featured it in a previous post! Great minds.
  4. 4.       Checked shirts never date. I have to admit that when selecting this I was looking more at the model than the shirt. If I were a man, I would definitely want to look like him.
  5. 5.       Barbour jackets are the bomb-diggity. Expensive but worth the investment. I personally love the textured shoulders.

There you have it, the items that I would opt for if I were to morph into a man. Thank you Ian for letting me be a part of your ‘If I were a boy’ series!

Thank you again for taking part Carolyn! If any of my female readers would like to feature in the future, please drop me an email.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Werk Bitch

So I only went and got myself a new job...(I ended up being unemployed for a total of 3 days.) I had a week off before I start my new job on Monday past and I'm happy to say I'm back in e-commerce and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities to come! Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, offering advice and wishing me well - it was really appreciated

Anyway, this isn't a yay-for-me post but more of an interview wardrobe edit. This is what I wore to my interview.

  • A dark grey Strellson suit I've had in my wardrobe from my Carter days. The classic 2-button shape will never go out of style. I added a vintage waistcoat in a matching cloth to give it a more considered sartorial twist.
  • I paired it with a plain navy shirt from H&M. I knew the situation did not call for a tie but remember to only leave the top button open; this isn't Vegas.
  • Completing my executive realness, I popped on my new Cooper brogues from Last Shoe. I got them for Christmas and have been looking for the perfect opportunity to debut them. To ensure a sharp finish, ensure you choose a belt to match your shoes and I have a favourite tan belt I picked up in Zara many moons ago.

Horses for courses dictates that the job you are applying and interviewing for will dictate how formal you need to be but always bear in mind that you need to impress. You are an unknown quantity to your potential employers so you need to be memorable for the right reasons. Be yourself of course, but maybe curb some of your more experimental or outlandish attire until you know you've got the job. Inject some character with perhaps a pocket square or an interesting wristwatch  and cufflinks; interesting NOT novelty.

To those going through the recruitment process, I offer you this classic RuPaul-ism as a motivational mantra...

Thursday, 5 February 2015


This is my 100th post.

I'll admit that taking 18 months to write 100 posts may seem unproductive but slow and steady wins the race. I know some prolific bloggers who can post almost every day and I tip my hat to them. I decided when I started my blog I would only write when I felt I had something worth writing. I never wanted to burn through a series of posts for the sake of it - it's not my style to be too busy.

I would like to thank all the bloggers, PRs, companies and friends who have supported my little hobby. What began as a secret blog that I was too shy to share,  I am immensely proud of what I have achieved.

Here's to my next 100 posts!