by Lauren

friday film: happy

November 22, 2013 in music by Lauren

pharrell-happy-music-video-01I love the concept of Pharrell’s new music video – it’s 24 hours of random people dancing down the street to his new song, Happy. Fortunately, it’s the kind of song you can listen to again and again, and it’s just so… happy!

There are some amazing dancers (my favourites are probably the swing dancing couple at 9.08am and Jimmy Kimmel giving a walk-through tour of his studio at 11.48am) and Pharrell himself shows up on the hour every hour.

The video will automatically start at whatever time it is for you where you’re watching but you can skip on through to any time you like. Enjoy – and get happy!

by Lauren

fashion inspiration: the oc

August 12, 2013 in fashion by Lauren

Is it really ten whole years since The OC first graced our screens? Back before Gossip Girl, this was my first glimpse into the fashionable teenage lives of privileged, American society.

Rather than bemoaning the passage of time (“am I really that old?”), it’s time to relive the past and take fashion inspiration from Marissa, Summer and the rest of the gang!

New Year’s: Oh, Marissa. Your character ultimately ran itself off the rails but sometimes you got your fashion oh-so-right. One of my favourites was this gorgeous black cut-out gown which she wore to welcome in 2004.

Marissa Black Dress

Recreate the look 2013-style in this One by Contrarian maxi dress ($425).

One by Contrarian Babs Bib Maxi Dress (Photo: Shopbop)

Prom: Unfortunately Marissa got it all wrong this time. Sure, it was Chanel, but seriously, what was she thinking? I hated it then and I hate it now.

Marissa OC Prom Dress

If you want to recreate this look in a slightly more fashionable and modern way, try the Mark + James by Badgley Mischka Strapless Flower Dress (currently on sale for $171).

Mark + James by Badgley Mischka Strapless Flower Dress

Taylor and Summer got it very much right (and somehow still look somewhat stylish ten years later – not bad!)

Taylor and Summer OC Prom Dress

For a sassy take on Summer’s look, try Milly for BHLDN’s Sparked Daisy Dress (now $480).

Milly for BHLDN Sparked Daisy Dress

And tone down the shine on Taylor’s look with this gown from Laundry by Shelli Segal ($275).

Laundry by Shelli Segal

Chrismukkah: What’s not to love about this look? Best of all, you can make it yourself!

Christmakah

Did you watch The OC? What was your favourite look?

The OC Cast

by Lauren

in the news: it’s a prince!

July 22, 2013 in news by Lauren

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new baby (Photo: PA)Congratulations today to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their little prince!

In case you missed it (do you live under a rock? Or were you just using The Guardian’s republican view?), the Duchess was admitted to hospital early this morning.

Maternity clothing manufacturers might be lamenting the Duchess no longer being a walking billboard for their wares, but her old faithful brands will welcome her back with open arms.

The big question? Not what the littlest royal will be named, but what will his mother wear to face the hospital press pit tomorrow! Any thoughts?

UPDATE 23 July: The Duchess wore bespoke Jenny Packham – check out the gorgeous photo of the Cambridges (right).

by Lauren

in the news: isabel marant for h&m

June 11, 2013 in fashion, news by Lauren

Doyenne of chic Parisienne style, Isabel Marant, is teaming up with H&M to ceate a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style.

“I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality,” said Marant.

Watch the clip below to hear Marant talk about her inspiration (and to see some great shots of Paris!)

The collection will feature clothing and accessories for men, women and teenagers. Isabel Marant x H&M will be available from 14 November 2013.

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: catching fire

April 15, 2013 in movies by Lauren

The much-awaited trailer for the second film in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, was revealed at the MTV Movie Awards last night… and based on what we can see, I think we’ll have another fashion inspiration in the works!

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) wear some spectacular outfits and I can’t wait to see them in full! (Of course, I was a big fan of the book – once I got around to reading it – so I’m looking forward to seeing the film for other reasons too!)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due to be released on 21 November in Australia and 22 November in the US and UK.

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