Thursday, 27 March 2014

Emma Watson in Oscar De La Renta!

Emma Watson is my ultimate fashion icon. Whether she's on the red carpet, presenting a golden globe or being papped strolling the streets of New York in a pair of ripped up jeans and a t-shirt, she always looks EMMAZING! Get it? Yes? Okay...

I would just like to dedicate this post to Emma's amazing look at the New York Noah Premiere last night (she portrays Ila in the upcoming film, alongside actor Russell Crowe). 

Emma looked absolutely stunning in this gorgeous black Oscar De La Renta gown. Her last noticeable Renta dress was the silvery grey princess gown that she wore back in 2011 to the final Harry Potter premiere. That was always one of my favourite red carpet looks of hers. I absolutely love ODLR! It has to be up there with my favourite designers. 
She really pushed the boat, or should I say, ark out with this big, bold, daring outfit choice. The black silk is simply sublime! I love how it catches both the natural light and camera lights, making her really shine on the red carpet. She looked super sleek, sophisticated and sexy! 

The back of the dress is definitely my favorite part! The teared train gives this modern look an old-fashioned twist. I love the V-shaped back also. She's only bearing a bit of flesh and it works. It doesn't look as though the dress has gobbled her tiny body up! 

Her hair was pinned-up in a carefree way, and her minimal makeup gives this a very natural beauty/effortless feel- not like she needed the makeup because a) she's flawless and b) it would be too much with this mountain of a dress! I LOVE the orange lip though. It adds just the right amount of colour to this look. 

But wow, Emma has done it again. She looked wonderful and has lived up to the many high expectations of her. 

Renta + Watson = The best thing ever ever ever! 

Thanks for reading! 
Kiera x 

And for those of you who are interested, here's Emma in 2011 wearing another devine Oscar De La Renta gown! I think it's fair to say she should be called "Princess Emma" or "Queen of the Renta's" or something... 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

A day out in York!

Hello everyone! Today I have had a lovely day-off in the beautiful city that is York! I decided for the first time, I would blog my day. 

York is a beautiful city situated in North Yorkshire, famous for it's very own Betty's Tearoom and sights like The Shambles! Me, my brother and our parents have had a lovely day out, exploring the cobbled streets and many stores. 
First of all we walked along the "The Great Wall of York" as I call it. Basically it's just a wall surrounding the city centre. We took quite a few photos up there. Today I wore my very snug Topshop coat. I sported my very-loved white blouse from Warehouse. I paired these with the comfiest bottoms ever- my River Island jeggings- I then wore my topshop Chelsea boots and finally my trusty Ted Baker handbag! 

have bought a few nice things today. It was pouring it down with rain when we got there, much to my displeasure. We took refuge in Waterstones, which I was more than happy about. I bought a new book called "Two Brothers" by Ben Elton. I'll let you guys know if it's a good read :) 
I also ventured to Warehouse! The store is amazing at the minute! I love the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I bought some gorgeous monochrome trousers and a bright yellow top to go with it. They work really well together. Also at the till there were some sunglasses. I got some of those too. Impulse buy...I won't lie... 
Finally, I bought the new limited edition Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs. Daisy is my all time favourite perfume, and I needed some more. A perfect buy! 

For dinner we went to a gorgeous restaurant called "Lucia's". It's out of the way, hidden beyond the cobbles. It was very modern and fancy. I really liked it. For starters we shared a sort of tapas! We had some deeeeelicious olives, some cheesy meatballs, some kind of squid (it's disguised as an onion ring- it was NOT a nice surprise!) and finally some 'chickeny' dough balls. Hurrah for my great description...

For my main meal I chose to have a yummy salad! It contained chicken, bacon, lettuce, croutons, Parmesan and such a wonderful dressing that made it 100x tastier! A nice healthy dinner overall!

Now, here are just some pictures that I snapped from today! 
Thanks for reading, Kiera x 

See the cute little house with the blue door? Yes. That will be my future place of residence. 

Outside York Minster! 

My brother basically bought the whole of Lush! 

What's life without a Costa! 

The river just looked so pretty! 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Haim Gig!

Hello everyone! How are we all?
So, I've decided to mix things up a little bit...for today's post, no more fashion or beauty, it's all about an amazing gig I went to a few days back, and that is HAIM! 
When I tell people I've seen Haim, 50% of people know who they are (those who do are basically jealous I went to see them). Then, there's the other 50% who have never even heard of them. I find myself thinking, why not? And more importantly, HOW not? Three amazingly talented Californian sisters who are literally the coolest chicks around? Not to mention they bet Justin Timberlake to the number one spot with their debut album "Days Are Gone" here in the UK and a mighty six months later they're still topping the album chart! They are a new musical revelation!! 

So it all started at work, of all places. A song kept playing that I just LOVED and I wasn't sure who the singers were. Then, a friend recommended me listen to them, I did, I recognised the song I loved, I fell in love in the quickest time I have ever with a music artist and BOOM. The obsession begins.
I went to see them at the Sheffield O2 academy on the 11th March, 2014 after managing to buy a pair of tickets to the sold-out gig off of a very kind lady on twitter! At this stage, I'd only been listening to them non-stop for a month, since I discovered them in January. 
After battling my way to the barrier (gold sticker please) the support act for the gig came on stage. They were a New Zealand brother-sister duo called "Broods"! I had never heard of them, but over in New Zealand they are number one chart hitters! I loved them! The only support act I have ever seen where I've actually gone and bought their EP off of iTunes. They performed some of their songs which included "Bridges" and "Never Gonna Change". They also did a beautiful cover of "We Are The People" which literally gave me chills. They were so eccentric and really got the crowd going. 

So, next it was time. Time for Haim (wow that rhymes). The lights went down, screams filled the air and the room was filled with flashing spotlights and booms from the speakers that made your heart beat out of your chest. 
The girls ran on stage jumping around, picking up their guitars and waving to the audience. Este was stood straight in front of me throughout the whole gig. I got to see her famous Bass Face first hand. It was a big moment in my life. 
To everyone's pleasure, they sung every song off of their album. The gig started with their upbeat song "Falling" and ended with one of my favourite songs off of the album "Let Me Go". They also performed a cover of Beyonce's "XO" during the encore (honestly I prefer their version, hands down!) Everyone clapped their hands, screamed, sung along and danced. Or as Este liked to put it "Don't clap with your hands, clap with those butt-cheeks". 

Between practically every song was an epic guitar solo. It was literally INSANE. After seeing Haim in action I want to go out and learn how to play an electric guitar, or bass, you name it! 
Live, they sounded brilliant. The gig was so intimate and for me there were many pinch-me moments. It was weird to be rocking out with three girls from all the way across the pond. At one point, Este (obviously the most talkative and banterus if you haven't gathered that yet!) said she wanted us all to feel as though we were rocking out with them in their living room. It was a cool prospect and a fun thought! 
The funniest part of the gig however was when Este started to rap about Alana's legs. Yes, it was a random night. 
"I have to get me some eggs. I look over to my right, holy shit it's Alana's legs. Well what should I do. Let's get cereal. I don't know about the cereal...but I think the next songs forever here we go!" This was followed by Danielle and Este contemplating what would have successfully rhymed with cereal...
For me, it wasn't just Alana's legs that stole the show..It was just all three of them in general! They looked super HOT. Honestly, I have never wanted to be anyone as much as I have wanted to be a Haim sister after leaving the gig. They just looked so COOL. And I realise that doesn't sound very cool...
They have the greatest image. Leather and boots and legs and long gorgeous hair and the shiniest legs ever. I'm sorry, but no one could deny it, everyone was staring at the legs! 

Overall, the gig was amazing. They sounded brilliant, they looked fantastic (Danielle is now my girl crush), their personalities really came out and two minutes after the gig had finished I had serious withdrawal symptoms. 
Lucky for me though, I was "the chosen one". No, I'm not Harry Potter...I was the one who got Este's setlist which now resides on my wardrobe. I could have cried with happiness. 

am now an even bigger fan of Haim. I really, really, REALLY need to see them again. A perfect night overall that I will NEVER forget. I feel so honoured to have shared an hour and fifteen minutes with them :) 

Thanks a lot guys for reading! 
I realise this is a bit different for me, not the usual fashion/beauty related topic but..there's a reader out there for everything and everyone! 
Kiera x