The Oscars 2017 Fashion Round-Up

Sunday 26th February saw the 89th annual Academy Awards take place and we couldn’t wait to see what, and who, all our favourite starlets wore. From the likes of Emma Stone (who unsurprisingly won Best Actress) to Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the red carpet was at its chicest. Here’s are run down on who we think won best dressed at this year’s Oscars…


 

Emma Stone

Best actress Emma Stone, definitely dressed for the occasion in this striking number by Givenchy Atelier. According to sources, this creation took 1700 hours to make and 11 team members and 70 days to hand craft of the gorgeous embellishment you see below. This 1920’s look is definitely one of our favourites and we love how well it coordinates with her Oscar... Congratuations Emma!

 

 

 

Michelle Williams 

Best supporting actress nominee, Michelle Williams, wore a striking number by Louis Vuitton. The monochrome dress featured a plunge halter neckline and sparkling skirt which highlighted Michelle’s pixie crop just beautifully. With minimal accessories and neutral make-up, Michelle kept things simple and looked absolutely effortless. She may not have won an Oscar but she won in the best dressed stakes.

 

 

Amy Adams

Amy Adams is definitely one of our favourites when it comes to red carpet glamour. Her red hair and alabaster skin made for a flawless look, and teamed with this striking Tom Ford number, she can do no wrong. With a plunging V neckline and head-to-toe shimmer, this dress created a statuesque silhouette worthy of old school Hollywood. Her hair was also twisted to the side for a super glamorous finish. Winning! 

 

 

Naomie Harris 

Oscar nominee Naomi Harris cut a chic silhouette in this modernist and architectural piece by Calvin Klein by Appointment. Naomie dared to go strapless and all white in this number which looked amazing against her glowing skin, the back also had a train to add a dramatic effect. To add a pop of colour, Naomie added yellow strappy sandals which we think added a sense of fun. 10/10.

 

Jennifer Aniston

Although many of the clientele opted for nude and flawless, the lovely Jennifer Aniston decided to go all out in this Atelier Versace frock. With a plunging neckline and thigh high slit detailing at the leg, this dress is perfect for the awards ceremony AND the after party. Jen kept it chic by leaving her famous locks loose for the evening and wearing minimal make-up and accessories. Score!

 

 

*All images courtesy of Pinterest.

Introducing Magic in the Moment

Introducing Magic in the Moment

Welcome to the Jacques Vert SS17 Magic in the Moment campaign, showcasing our new season range that is perfect for all your special social events and occasions. Occasions are full of glamour, style, sparkle, excitement, emotion and joy, and we believe every occasion is a special occasion. You can find the perfect outfit to capture that special moment with Jacques Vert.

Featuring top model Caroline Winberg in our beautiful collection, we will help you to confidently find the perfect outfit to capture that magic special occasion moment.

Jacques Vert invites you to celebrate the magic in the moment this spring/summer season with our calendar of special social events and occasions. Whether you’re having afternoon tea with friends or your attending the wedding of the season, Jacques Vert will help you dress the part.

#MagicintheMoment

Top Five Places For Afternoon Tea

We love afternoon tea here at Style Diary! And with Mother’s Day coming up at the end of March, it’s the perfect excuse to treat her and yourself.

We’ve chosen our favourite places around the UK for afternoon tea to inspire you…

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is renowned for its wonderful afternoon tea in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, which was opened by HM The Queen in 2012. They offer traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade preserves, as well as delicious éclairs, cupcakes and macaroons.

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

The Lowry Hotel’s afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, pastries and dainty fondant fancies washed down with teas, infusions or champagne. A traditional experience with a twist.

Bettys, York

Bettys has a rich heritage dating back to the 1930s. Indulge in afternoon tea as you sit among huge, curved windows, elegant wood panelling and ornate mirrors. Enjoy sandwiches, scones and cakes, and a choice of 18 speciality teas.

W Hotel, London

W London’s afternoon tea includes unique treats influenced by the likes of Coco Chanel, Lady Gaga, Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher and Vivienne Westwood. Their latest tea offering ‘Anarch’Tea’ combines classic British flavours, with bold punk-inspired designs.

The W Hotel Anarch’Tea combines classic British flavours, with bold punk-inspired designs…

Combe House, Devon

Enjoy afternoon tea in a Grade a listed Elizabethan Manor set in one of Devon’s finest country estates. The delicious spread includes freshly baked fruit scones, home-made buttery shortbread, traditional Devon clotted cream and jam made from strawberries grown in Combe’s Kitchen Gardens.

Pancake Day Recipes

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is definitely a highlight of the year. After all the January diets and detoxing, here’s a chance to indulge in one of the tastiest – and most versatile – foods there is. So here are some of our favourite pancake day recipes. Invite over some friends and tuck in, before giving it all up for lent!

Something sweet: coconut pancakes with pomegranate jewels

Who said sweet pancakes have to be smothered in sugar? This recipe, courtesy of Jamie Oliver, offers a light, healthier version of a sweet pancake.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 20g butter
  • 1 pomegranate

Method:

  • Crack an egg into a large mixing bowl, add a cup with flour and baking powder. Add a cup of milk and pinch of sea salt. Whisk till smooth. Mix 8 tablespoons of desiccated coconut into your pancake batter. Cover your bowl in clingfilm and put to one side.
  • Cut a pomegranate in half. Hold the pomegranate, seed-side down, above a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to tap the back of the pomegranate (do both sides) until all seeds fall into the bowl. Fill bowl with water, pick out any white bits floating at the top, then drain the water.
  • Put a large frying pan on a medium heat. Place half the butter in the pan, and once it is melted and bubbling, spoon in the pancake batter. You should be able to make 2–3 pancakes in one batch. Cook for 1–2 minutes, until bubbles rise to the top. Flip them over and cook for 2 min till golden.
  • Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper, add the remaining butter and keep going until all batter is used up. To serve, top with a spoonful of yoghurt and some pomegranate seeds. Grate over lime and orange zest.

 Something savoury: squash, goat’s cheese & rosemary pancakes

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These savoury pancakes offer something a little different – but sound delicious nonetheless. Recipe courtesy of Good Food.

Ingredients:

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 rosemary sprig, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • 25g butter, melted and cooled, plus a knob extra
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes
  • 100g vegetarian goat’s cheese, crumbled into small pieces
  • handful pumpkin seeds, rocket salad and onion chutney, to serve

Method:

  • Mix the flour, baking powder, rosemary and pinch of salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg with the milk. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk mixture and melted butter to make a thick, smooth batter. Place in the fridge.
  • Over a medium heat, add a knob of butter and 1 tsp oil to a large pan, then add the butternut squash and cook for 10 mins until tender, turning the heat up for the final few mins to brown. Remove batter from the fridge, add the goat’s cheese and squash, then carefully fold everything together.
  • Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan, then add a ladleful of batter per pancake. Allow to cook for 3 mins until bubbles cover the surface, then flip over and cook the other side until golden. Serve with dressed rocket salad, a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and onion chutney on the side.

Something Classic: pancakes with chocolate, strawberry and banana

Chocolate, strawberry and banana: perfect with a thinner base, this super sweet filling will pack out your pancakes with a deliciously moreish taste.

Banana and yogurt: bake a banana in the oven for a few minutes, before placing on top of your pancake. Add a healthy dollop of vanilla yogurt or creme fraiche and you have an amazing mix of hot and cold, complementing textures and different tastes.

Bacon and egg: If you take your breakfast seriously, this is the recipe for you. Add mashed potato into you pancake mix to make them chunkier, before adding your usual breakfast ingredients of bacon and egg, maybe with some avocado or tomato. Add a dollop of maple syrup for a true American breakfast.

What recipes will you be trying for Shrove Tuesday? Let us know @Dash_Fashion

Unique Valentine’s Dates

Fancy doing something with your loved one this Valentine’s day? We’ve pulled together a few things we think will take your Valentine’s date to the next level and it doesn’t involve chocolates in a heart shaped box or a dozen red roses.

Take a break from the norm with the below….

1.Champagne Cruise

Cruise around Little Venice on the Prince Regent and partake in a glass of bubbly or two with London Shell Co. Starting from Paddington station, this little boat tour will take you through London and provide you with a tip top meal, now you can’t get more romantic than that…

 

 

2. The Sherlock Holmes Experience

Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? Of course you are. So whether you want to go with your other half or your best friend, this idea is a marvellous one. Located at Madame Tussauds, this exhibition take you on a journey and will give you something to think about. https://www.thegamesafoot.co.uk/

 

 

3. Play with Cats

Don’t worry about being single this Valentine’s Day. Battersea Cats Home have created a cat networking event called ‘Feline Lonely’, where you can enjoy a glass of bubbly, mingle with other like-minded cat lovers and potentially adopt a cat. This is a great way to re-home cats and find you the perfect match (or cat)…

 

Inspired By… Jess Priest

Last week, illustrator and painter Jess Priest came into the Jacques Vert studio to do a print painting techniques masterclass with the designers. We caught up for lunch with Jess after the class to find out what inspires her…

The Jacques Vert design team loved their flower painting workshop! Have you always enjoyed painting flowers?

I’ve always loved painting and drawing. My Mum was a graphic designer, so I had a very creative upbringing. I went to Winchester School of Art and graduated in Fashion Print in 2000. The best piece of advice I had there from a visiting lecturer was, that if you could paint a flower, then you would be able to find a job in textile design. She wasn’t wrong and soon after graduating I found myself working for a top print design studio in London where I painted flowers all day long. Working in a textile studio is very fast paced, and under that pressure you soon find your own handwriting and develop techniques which work. I’ve always been in work off the back of a good old floral design!

How did you become a painting teacher?

The power of social media! I’d been freelancing from my home studio since having my daughters and been thankful that I could be at home with them. I joined Instagram a couple of years ago and started to put up pictures of my floral paintings and design work. I kept getting asked if I taught classes or would do some private painting tuition, so started to do a few workshops in fashion and textile studios. My classes have really taken off and through word of mouth and social media I’ve been able to keep teaching. I also have workshops in Marlow, Buckinghamshire which is where I’m based. These are open to everyone and take place about eight times a year. I’m really happy that Instagram has opened up a new direction for me, I’ve met loads of lovely people through teaching and its great to be passing on techniques and skills to people who want to expand on their skill set or maybe haven’t picked up a paint brush in a while.

What inspires your painting?

For me its about being very hands on with the mediums which I use. I don’t think theres anything like having a proper paintbrush in your hand and seeing a flower come alive on that white piece of paper. I love ink which is great for creating layers in my work, It really lends itself to capturing the feeling of delicate petals and foliage. I’m always trying different mediums and trying out new techniques to keep my work looking fresh. I will never get tired of painting a flower though, I’m happiest when choosing what to paint in the florists.

You also do printed textile design, who have you designed prints for?

Its been a varied customer base. I’ve had prints in a lot of High street stores such as M&S, Debenhams and Next as well as Anthropologie, Toast and Vera Wang.

How would you describe your day to day style?

I love a bit of sports luxe! There are so many gorgeous prints out there in sportswear. I like to keep things simple and pair a few key pieces with buys from the high street each season.

Dash Does Après-Ski

What better way to blow away those January Blues than head to the mountains in search of snow, sunshine, fondue and après-ski! It certainly wins as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful holidays to embark on…

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Beautiful French Alps

What’s almost as exciting as the skiing itself? Letting your hair down and enjoying a bit of après-ski action donned in some effortlessly stylish attire! Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a snow ploughing novice, one thing we can all be great at is looking stylish on and off the slopes!

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Lead the off-slope style with a floaty feminine poncho…

Dash’s collection of knitwear will have you feeling and looking effortlessly stylish once the ski boots are off!
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Gone are the days where you need to bulk out your suitcase out with chunky knits, it’s also important to take some lighter layers and finer knits for those cosy evenings by the fire in your ski lodge or hotel.

Take a look at Dash’s new season tops for inspiration.

Lighter layers are perfect for drinks by the log-fire…
Relax in your ski lodge after a long, exhilarating day on the slopes in fine layers and stylish knits….