Belvedere Presents Lady Gaga

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I was lucky enough to attend an astounding evening at Annabel’s with Belevdere, who have created a limited edition Red vodka bottle with 50% of its profits going to the Global fund to fight HIV- Aids in Africa.

The evening started chaotic for me with my beautiful dress from Aqua tearing just before the event, with a quick dash to Zara I picked up a black leather dress and was ready to go. My make up for the evening was done by a Tom Ford artist and I kept my hair straight and simple.

Arriving at the legendary Annabel’s was a fabulous experience, with the usual paparazzi camping outside. A few Belevedere cocktails later at the bar, we was joined by many famous faces including Nick Grimshaw, Michael McIntyre, Bryan Ferry and Suki Waterhouse. At 9pm we was seated to our table and I could not contain my excitement at my table being next to the legendary Sting and Boris Becker.

A choice of 3 delicious courses was offered, I opted for the ‘seared beef carpaccio, aged parmesan, Pommery mustard dressing with wild rocket for my starter. Fillet of long horn beef, shiitake, roast salsify and parsnip puree for main and Annabel’s bitter chocolate ice cream for dessert. The menu was paired with Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 and Terrazas selection Malbec 2010.

Another round of cocktails and a rush of celebrity’s from Adele, Jessie J, Bar Reafeli, Emma Watson to name a few was seated, Lady Gaga entered dressed in a sequined body suit and matching leg warmers by Pam Hogg’s spring 2013 collection and hair as big as her fame. Lady Gaga’s performance was breathtaking, singing acoustic and playing the piano.

Life is Fabulous.

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Clarisonic Mia 2

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After months of debating about buying the Clarisonic Mia 2 and reading countless reviews from the beauty industry, I finally purchased it from Harrods for £125.

Having had bad skin for many years due to excessive partying, drinking, smoking and countless nights were I have fallen asleep in my make up, I wasn’t expecting miracles. But I can honestly say that I can see an improvement in the 10 days that I have been using this product. I was advised that I can use it twice a day but I have been using it at night to remove my make up.

I firstly wipe off my mascara and cleanse my face with MACS make up cleansing wipes, I then wet my face as well as the Clarisonic brush head (the product is waterproof) with warm water. Apply a pea sized amount of  your cleansing gel, (I use Lancôme’s Gel Éclat) and switch the button on, the Clarisonic comes with 2 settings I keep mine on low (Mia uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second), you then massage the product in circular motions for 20 seconds on your forehead, 20 seconds on your nose and chin area, then 10 seconds for each cheek (make sure to avoid the eye area). The Mia will double vibrate to indicate that you need to move onto the next part of your face and will turn off automatically after the minute session.

I have noticed and a few friends have that my face has a healthy glow to it and my actual products are absorbed a lot more into my skin, It has made my pores a lot less noticeable and also creates a smooth base so my foundation looks more natural. The only downside is that it has made my skin break out, but I was told that’s natural as your skin is breathing and adjusting to the machine and it will clear up.

My verdict is 8/10

Addiction

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Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.

Addictions can include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, sexual addiction, computer addiction and gambling. Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).

What is addiction? a disease that we are all prone to exercise one way or another through our own self deprecation or others. Its very easy now to get hold of anything that is harmful in excessive doses from drugs, food to pornography all  available within minutes. I personally believe we are all addicts in denial.

My biggest achievement overcoming an actual addiction was that I use to be a very heavy smoker for 6 years averaging 25 a day, and finally quit the horrible habit 4 years ago and I have never had a cigarette since. I am not going to say it was easy as it honestly took me 7 attempts to break free mentally.

But I now seem to have the biggest problem with like the majority of the world, what I call severe addiction to social networking i.e Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Its got to the point now were I check in my whole life onto these websites instead of social human interaction. I, like many others constantly have the need to be satisfied like an addict that my personal life is accepted or liked by total strangers who I would not come in to contact with in the real world, but seem to seek the approval of for unknown reasons.

With the constant need to check my Facebook news feed or how many likes I get on Instagram, which is now becoming such a bad habit that I feel to hide my shame at being a social media whore from my friends. I honestly don’t know if its to do with boredom or insecurity, but I have now realized that I have to physically make the effort to socialize with my real friends and create real memories that I will try (not promise) to not post online.

Commuting on the train every morning to work and seeing the amount of people on their phones at 8am does make me feel a little more secure that I am not alone in this shameful habit. But I have now decided that slowly I will ween myself out of this time consuming habit and take up actual activities that will strengthen me mentally.

So for now my readers you will still see me on your screens 🙂

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Edeline Lee

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This fabulous London based, Korean-Canadian designer is definitely one to watch. Edeline graduated from London’s mother of all designers university Central Saint Martins.

Following on from the success of working as an apprentice at the late Alexander McQueen and John Galliano studios in London, Edeline moved to New York to work for Zac Posen. Launching her own label after being discovered by the ever talented Hamish Bowles,  Edeline was commissioned to design a collection on to display her jewellery which has lead to her success.

Edeline’s signature designs are based on feminine shapes with decorative detail and impeccable tailoring making her pieces timeless classics. Quality is one thing Edeline is successful with, as every piece is hand made in England of fine Italian and French silks, cashmeres and tweeds.

Edeliene’s A/W13-14 collection was showcased at London fashion week and was giving the approval by The fashion Bible VOGUE in February.

So keep an eye out for the designer.

Here are a few pieces from her collection.

Image from fashion156.com

Image from fashion156.com

Image taken from modadelamode.com

Image taken from modadelamode.com

Image taken from thewildmagazine.com

Image taken from thewildmagazine.com

Roksanda Ilincic

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I have just recently discovered Roksanda Ilincic a Serbian born, London based designer, who graduated with a MA in women’s wear from the ever fashionable Central saint Martins university. Having showcased her first collection at London fashion week in 2003 Roksanda has been a sought after designer ever since, dressing the likes of Hollywood A Listers and our very own Duchess of Cambridge.

Roksanda’s bold use of colours on luxurious fabrics has caught the eye of many fashionistas. Her range starts from £480 for her tops and shorts to £1500 for her dresses. You can find Roksanda’s collection at Matches, Browns, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

I have added a few of my favourite pieces from her current collection available to buy.

Roksanda Ilincic 'Avery' long dress £1637

Roksanda Ilincic
‘Avery’ long dress £1637

Roksanda Ilincic 'Marlin' dress £1108

Roksanda Ilincic
‘Marlin’ dress £1108

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Roksanda Ilincic Lamont stretch wool blend crepe pencil skirt £490.00

Roksanda Ilincic
Lamont stretch wool blend crepe pencil skirt
£480

Roksanda Ilincic 'Hunter' blouse £497

Roksanda Ilincic
‘Hunter’ blouse £497

London Fashion Week 2013

My street style photographs from London fashion week 2013 at Somerset house #shhhandpout

cara delevingne

Cara Delevingne born 12th August 1992 in London is an English fashion model who just about fronts every fashion house imaginable.

Delevingne is a breathe of fresh air as was Kate Moss in the 1990’s both breaking the supermodel tradition and bringing a whole new game to the industry. Delevingne known for her bubbly personality and not forgetting those eyebrows has exploded onto our screens with such force that big names like Chanel, YSL and Burberry have been quick to snap her up to front the biggest campaigns.

Signed to the most successful modelling agency Storm model management who has the best biggest names in the industry on their books, you can see that Cara will be on the scene for a while.

Born to a family who are described as country aristocrats, the Delevingne family are in fact of one London’s best-connected high society families. Making this industry far more easy for this young beauty, than it was for Croydon born Kate moss and Streatham born Naomi Campbell who had to work harder to get were they are now.

The only problem which young Delevingne faces is the fast paced party lifestyle that comes with being the model of the moment which has blighted models like Kate moss with her cocaine use which was given the nickname the Kate moss weight loss diet at the time. Kate lost a lot of contracts in the industry but managed to get back on the scene by another friend originally from Croydon Sir Philip Green who brought Kate back on the scene by launching her very own successful clothing range for Topshop.

Luckily for Cara whose cocaine use was easily dismissed early this year, when it fell out of her hand bag in front of her own door step after a night out partying has some how managed to go unmentioned for some one so high profile.  Given the fact that Cara’s mother who fought a crippling heroin addiction in the public eye would have got the right help very fast and would hopefully put Cara off the idea of drugs and its devastating effects.

I hope to see a long and successful future for such a bright young star and wish you all the best. Just keep your real friends close and don’t be easily influenced by this live fast die young industry.

Love The Skinny Doll