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Beautiful Birmingham

Often voted the ugliest city Birmingham frequently suffers criticism due to its appearance. However talented photographer Verity Milligan used her personal camera to capture Birmingham’s beauty for the naked eye and the results are outstanding…

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Controversial Kimye…

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Kanye West and socialite Kim Kardashian cause media mayhem anywhere they go so its no wonder that when they appeared on the cover of high fashion magazine Vogue it would cause a storm globally!! Undeniably the pictures are flawless and Kimye as they have been labelled alongside North make for the most picture perfect family. Numerous celebrities and industry critics have slated the magazine for selecting the controversial Kardashian who is constantly criticized for her actions, fashion and life choices, adorning the vogue website with disapproving comments. Celebrities such as Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted ‘Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???’ which proceeded to get over 8,000 re tweets and 11,000 favorites.

Are they actually offending anyone? who could possibly be angry at Norths signature quizzical West brow and chubby posture and Kimye’s quest for world domination seems somewhat natural for Kanye’s outrageous personality and strong willed ways.

Surely anyone would have liked to be a fly on the wall at this shoot, described delicately and to the point by vogue editors…

“The fast-cooling Los Angeles afternoon air is filled with the scent of eucalyptus and mimosa, the gurgle of water as it tumbles down a fountain wall into a picture-perfect azure pool, the exultant strains of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” and a chorus of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” performed in unhappy a Capella by Annie Leibovitz and Kris Jenner”.

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This week in pictures…

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Beyoncé holds Paris in her hands whilst completing the European leg of her tour complete with husband Jay Z and adorable Blue Ivy in tow.

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Gwnyneth Paltrow gracefully announces the separation from husband Chris Martin on her personal website complete with this pic showcasing their marriage of over 10 years.

emma-watson-makeup-bag-vogue-28mar14-twitter_b_426x639Effortless beauty Emma Watson tweets this picture of her beauty bag ahead of new film premiere including some very unusual suspects including Invisible knickers and Haribo gummy bears.

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One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan meets the Queen at the Palace celebrating the contribution made by Irish people within Britain

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Once again Marion Cotillard stars as the face of Dior fronting the new Lady Dior Campaign working for the brand since 2008

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Lady Obama accompanied by her daughters Sasha and Malia visits the Great Wall of China

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Last but not least..
Lady Gaga makes a futuristic entrance to meet fans in New York.

Mothers day break…

After working myself into the ground during the last few weeks and spending endless days at uni, i was extremely looking forward to going home for the afternoon this Monday to treat my mom to an afternoon tea as a belated mothers day. I don’t get home often due to work and uni so any chance i have to spend some much needed time at home i do, me and my mom are very alike and despite turbulent times during my teenage years she is now my best friend and someone i can always rely on, i think this is super important in life.

The Moat House at Acton Trussel do the best afternoon tea i have ever had and the cakes are so yummy! Surrounded by a picturesque lake it is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon and i was extremely saddened on the train back to Birmingham later that afternoon, another flying visit doneIMG_6057

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Go PURPLE!

A charity very close to my heart are raising awareness this month, specifically THURSDAY 13TH MARCH.

World Kidney Day is an annual global awareness, raising knowledge and importance to the life of your kidneys, how you can look after yourself and the risk factors of kidney disease – you might just save a life.

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Kidney Research UK are raising awareness during the month of March with several events and activities planned, however just by wearing something purple of Thursday 13th March (World Kidney Day) you can show your support and raise awareness for a hugely important cause!

KIDNEY FACTS

  • At least one million people in the UK with moderate to severe kidney disease have not yet been identified.
  • Almost 20,000 additional heart attacks and strokes are seen every year in people with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease.
  • 20% of people with kidney failure are only referred to a specialist when their kidneys have already completely failed and their outcome is poor
  • In the UK more than 26,000 adults are currently receiving dialysis treatment for kidney failure and this number is increasing every year
  • Over 6,000 kidney patients in the UK are awaiting a kidney transplant, but due to the shortage of organ donors one person a day, dies while waiting
  • Acute kidney injury (AKI) results in up to 43,000 preventable deaths every year.

Prepare to pose in Purple,
And don’t forget to post them on Kidney Research UK, Facebook and Twitter pages too.  #GoPurple

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Oscars selfie gone viral.

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Re-tweeted more than 3 million times, host Ellen DeGeneres instigated a celeb filled group selfie at the Oscars  on Sunday which sent twitter into momentarily melt down for the first time ever. Bradley Cooper is seen holding the camera surrounded by celebs such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts to name a few. What would you give to be in this famous selfie snap?

And the WORST…

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Liza Minnelli may be a Hollywood legend but her lack of bra and visible nipple pads were a little more than distracting from her royal blue silk trouser suit clashing with the oh so red carpet. Brownie points for matching the hair to the outfit though!

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There is no doubting Pharrell Williams is uber cool yet he certainly set tongues waging with this oh so wrong look at the Oscars showcasing shorts in all the wrong ways. Not only did he look dwarf like compared to his beautiful wife who rocked a two piece elegantly, it was very much business on top party down below. He certainly set social media on fire, no doubt there will be several business men rocking half trousers next week.

The Oscars, BEST…

The fashion that lines the famous red carpet at the Oscars has became almost as famous as the gold gongs themselves.
This year did not disappoint in the fashion stakes here are some of my favorite looks from the red carpet…

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Jennifer Lawrence provided the perfect scarlet in this beautiful fitted, strapless Dior dress with peplum detail and unusual backwards necklace. Although for her age her hair was a little aging with its zebra style highlights dampening the look slightly.

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Kate Hudson brought true Hollywood glamour to the evening with this stunning beaded Versace dress complete with deep plunge v neck and cape detail showcasing just the right amount of flesh, complimented with flawless make up and effortless hair.

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My absolute favorite look of the night came from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party. Sporting a sophisticated pale blue Cushnie et Ochs gown, the knock-out model was the picture of elegance supported by boyfriend Jason Statham. The dress featured classical pearl detailing and strategically placed sheer paneling, the perfect shade for Rosie’s English rose skin complexion.

Yoncé.

Crowd falls crazy in love with Mrs Carter.

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I was lucky enough have tickets for the Beyoncé concert in Birmingham this week and i was super excited to see her finally, after hearing rave reviews from friends of mine about the ‘Queen B’ of pop. And she DID NOT disappoint! The show was full steam ahead from the minute the logo encrusted curtain lifted to reveal Beyoncé belting out ‘run the world (girls)’ fitting for the majority female audience who were on their feet singing and dancing all night long. Although used effectively the staging was surprisingly simply which only highlighted Beyoncé’s fierce presence much more, with an all female incredibly talented live band to her two twin male dancers who kept the crowd entertained between outfit changes, everything was FLAWLESS in the words of the queen herself. The introduction of new songs was hugely welcome by myself personally as i love the new visual album and her vocals were absolutely out of this world, especially when she sang a rendition of Whitney Houston ‘i will always love you’ which gave me goosebumps, the atmosphere was unreal.

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Two things are undeniable about Beyoncé. First, the voice – her vocals for the entire evening were sublime and effortless. Combined with some impressive choreography, Beyoncé is one helluva performer. Even when on stage by herself, Beyoncé is a captivating performer and doesn’t need ostentatious set pieces to give a memorable performance. Secondly, there’s her star quality and charm. In those moments engaged with the audience, Beyoncé’s warmth poured out of her, undoubtedly aided by her Texan drawl and infectious smile that you cannot help but fall in love with.

What IS she doing?: Beyonce Knowles shared this photo of herself straddling a prop during the European leg on her Mrs Carter World Tour which kicked off Thursday

On the fashion front – the costume changes were all seamless with little interruption, from ghetto glamor to full on sophistication the outfits were impeccably thought out and fitting. And one thing is for sure, Beyoncé would look good in a plastic bin bag, her body is INCREDIBLE and envious and i will one hundred per cent be going to see her again…

UNFORGETTABLE EVENING.

Hairspiration…

London fashion week always brings a plethora of easy, new hair trends to try out..From soft bohemian waves to slicked back locks and fierce up-dos.

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My favorite award winning creative director from Birmingham’s Francesco group James Earnshaw was creating serious hair envy during his time at London Fashion Week via Instagram, working for fabulous hair tool brand cloud nine he helped create some effortless hair looks, perfect day to night styles. My favorite easy to wear hair stemmed from Emilio de la Morena’s show, created by cloud nine this easy slicked back root with fresh textured ends is perfect for lazy hair days or uncontrollable ends and easy to replicate with any hair length/thickness.

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This quick tutorial filmed at London Fashion Week shows you how to achieve this look for some serious hair envy…

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