Sequin chic: how to channel the Duchess of Cambridge’s elegant red carpet style

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Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads at her first red carpet appearance since the birth of baby George, wearing a stunning sequin gown by designer Jenny Packham. He left his crown at home but Wills also looked suitably handsome in a smart suit and bow tie as the couple attended the Tusk Trust Awards. Kate is known for her effortless elegance and she certainly sparkled in this sweeping gown, accessorised with flowing locks and a simple silver bangle. If you want to steal her regal style, check out the gorgeous gowns and jewellery available at Littlewoods to get yourself ready to wow in no time.

Dress to impress          

Dazzle like the duchess at your next engagement in this Grecian style dress by Coast. Perfect for a wedding or a glamorous ball, this gown flows elegantly and skims your curves, flattering all shapes with its silky lining. The embellished straps and waistband add a touch of regal shimmer to this demure and classy look.

Recreate another iconic Jenny Packham look with this turquoise floor length dress, which features an embellished satin belt that can be adjusted to create an enviable waistline like Kate’s. For a different jewel tone choose this  halter neck maxi dress in sapphire: the sheer lace neck detail adds a touch of glamour to this simple floor length frock. 

Embrace your inner Cinderella

No red carpet look would be complete without a pair of show-stopping heels. Take inspiration from classy Kate and try pairing your formal gown with these sling back heels from Guess in silver or nude. A neutral tone will make you look taller by seemingly extending your legs. If you prefer to create a dramatic contrast add some sparkle to a richly coloured gown with these glittery peep toe heels from Guess, complete with an easy-to-wear platform for a comfy height boost.

Stow your stuff in style

The right clutch bag can make or break an elegant evening look. Kate tends to favour neutral tones, which compliment gowns of any colour and mean she can re-use her favourites time after time. This classic glittery envelope clutch with stylish turnlock fastening is a wardrobe staple – pair it with a simple dress or a blazer and jeans to create an instant evening look. If your outfit is loaded with jewellery, this evening bag with diamanté embellishment around the flap is subtle enough to complement your most colourful gowns but with a hint of pretty detailing.

Hidden gems

A fan of understated chic, Kate has shown us that simple jewellery can still make a statement. Fossil’s zirconia bangle makes a great stand-in for the duchess’ diamond wristwear, and you can layer a few of these for a fancy formal look. Alternatively, go for maximum impact with this set of Swarkovski bracelets: the crystal accents add true red carpet glamour to a subtle silvery stack. We can’t promise you a handsome prince like lucky Kate, but you can certainly look as elegant as the duchess in this shimmery and sophisticated style.

Is Breaking Bad’s Walter White one of TV’s greatest bad guys?

In its fifth season, it has captivated a growing number of viewers from across the globe. However, Breaking Bad, a compelling drama series about the travails of a science teacher-turned-crystal meth dealer is just a few episodes away from ending for good, much to the dismay of viewers and critics who have lavished the show with praise.

Life of Bryan

Part of the show’s phenomenal success can be put down to the casting of Bryan Cranston as Walter. Cranston, who has appeared in a range of films, TV dramas and comedies, brings edge to his character, making him appear more of a bad guy than some people may realise. As a result of Cranston’s portrayal, a number of sites have paid homage to him, and he seems fully deserving of it.

Given how critically-acclaimed Breaking Bad is, it might be hard to think that early on in the first series, it was struggling to get sufficient ratings to keep American broadcasters AMC happy. Sadly, for the show’s creators, the threat of cancellation loomed large, but fortunately for all involved, streaming the show online helped provide some form of salvation.

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With every series, more viewers tuned in until it became a TV sensation. Every week, viewers would tune in wondering what would happen to White and whether his ending would be a satisfactory one. The story itself, of how after White was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he turned to selling drugs in order to look after his family, seems like reason enough to watch!

Even though his initial motives were good, what he did in order to finance them seemed like an extreme solution, leading him astray in the process. As a result of dabbling in drugs, White became a bad guy that would keep us entertained week in, week out.

Following the show’s success, it’s possible that Cranston could be seen as one of the best ‘bad guy’ actors around. Perhaps he might one day be mentioned in the same breath as some of these names, leading to major roles in Hollywood blockbusters and arthouse classics once the hysteria over Breaking Bad begins to die down.

5 Celebrities Rocking the Ponytail

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Some of Hollywood’s top celebrities have brought back the ponytail. Image

What do Mila Kunis, Mariah Carey, and Kim Kardashian have in common? Here’s a hint: it’s a shared talent. When it comes to hair, they’re all masters of making some of the most casual, relaxed hairstyles look like ultra-chic, stylish masterpieces.

These five celebrities are all rocking ponytails while out and about shopping, going to premieres and media events, and even while taking part in fashion photo shoots:

          1.  Mila Kunis

Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis has come a long way since the days of That 70s Show. The Hollywood star is known for her natural beauty and stylish looks, and a stylish messy ponytail suits her sleek, chiselled face like no other hairstyle. Perfect for the stylish-but-not-too-formal look.

2.  Gwyneth Paltrow

Whether she’s trying to impress Tony Start or wow the paparazzi, Gwyneth Paltrow can make a simple ponytail look effortlessly stylish. We’ve seen this superstar rock a low ponytail, a high and tight ponytail, and the typical mid-length ponytail, making her one of Hollywood’s most versatile hair influences.

3.    Mariah Carey

Known for her amazing voice and thrilling live show, Mariah Carey is one of the pop world’s most stylish and timeless performers. While she may be best known for her curly styles of the 1990s, Mariah Carey’s current hairstyles are stylish, versatile, and perfect for everyday life.

4.     Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba makes casual cool look incredibly stylish. This dynamic Hollywood star is one of the ponytail masters, rocking the casual hairstyle at the gym, at live events and press conferences, and even at red carpet premieres. Whether it’s off to the side or loosely plaited, Jessica Alba’s casual hairstyles are excellent ponytail inspiration.

5.     Kim Kardashian

Whether it’s long or short, straight or curly, Kim Kardashian’s hair has never failed to impress. The world’s biggest reality show star has rocked a variety of ponytails in the last five years after hitting it big with the show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

The key to Kim Kardashian’s impressive ponytail is length, which can be achieved using hair extensions, a clip-on ponytail, and other hair accessories. Straighten the ponytail and wear to the side for the ultimate reality superstar look.

OZ the Great and Powerful – Daughter Says a Must See

My daughter went to the movies last weekend with her Dad and said that Oz the Great and Powerful is a film I must get when it comes out on Blu-ray or DVD because it was AWESOME. Her words. Not mine. I have not seen it. I do hope to see it as soon as I possibly can, which like the daughter said – may have to wait until it is released on DVD or Blu-ray.

For now, I get all of the fun emails about Oz the Great and Powerful, just to tease me a bit while I wait for it to leave theaters, because this Mom can barely make it to the bathroom alone never-mind a movie theater. Sigh. So anyways, back to the point – Oz the Great and Powerful – Opening Sequence has been released and I am sharing with you all, feel special!

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