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.

Editor’s Pick: Precis Petite Enid Dress

 

 

The question on the top of everyone’s lips at the moment is what to wear to all the occasions we’ve pencilled in our diaries?! With wedding season fast approaching and talk of Ascot and other race-days becoming more predominant, all we’re left with is the nagging feeling of finding something to wear.

If you want our advice, we would suggest finding something versatile, statement and a style that can be easily dressed up or down…

 

 

This week our Editor has chosen the Precis Petite Enid dress for this very situation. Carefully crafted from a textured jacquard fabric, this dress is cut in a soft prom shape and features a beautiful floral print perfect for the season. There is also a skinny belt designed to cinch in the waist for extra shape, so not only will you look super feminine, you’ll be accentuating your figure too!

Modelled by the gorgeous Caroline from blog The Belle Abroad, this dress can be worn with a cropped cardigan and heels for a garden party or with a structured jacket and strappy sandals for a wedding, you can even wear this dress with ballet pumps for a more dressed down summer look.

 

 

Get yours here!  http://bit.ly/2jYXXLw

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)…

 

New Year, New Fitness Trends..

Are you interested in making a fresh and healthy start this year? We know it can be difficult to stick to your resolutions, especially when it’ s cold and miserable outside, but a key mood-booster (annoyingly) is exercise. So we have put together a quick list of new fitness trends that will not only keep you on the move, but are fun too!

 

Boom Cycle 

Boom Cycle is a high energy, bike based, indoor cycle class. Similar to spinning, Boom Cycle is intense but you have the sounds of the music to keep you going, hence the ‘Boom’ in the title. We would recommend going with the knowledge that the class will not be easy,  just remember to cycle to the beat of the music.

Book your class today! > https://www.boomcycle.co.uk/about

Dance Buzz

Learn to dance. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, dancing is super fun and there are many different dance options available so take your pick! Whether you fancy learning Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance routine or want to try your hand at jazz, anything goes. You’ll not only have a great time, you’ll get to burn some calories too!

Check out Dance Buzz for more information on classes – http://www.dancebuzz.co.uk/

 

House of Voga 

What is Voga we hear you ask?! Voga is a combination of yoga and vogueing. Voga is a great way to incorporate a bit of fun to your normal yoga workout and it consists of normal yoga mixed in with Madonna’s Vogue poses. We actually cannot wait to try this, plus it doesn’t even matter if you’re a beginner!

Head to House of Voga for more information on classes and cost >  http://houseofvoga.com/

Healthy Winter Recipes For The New Year

Happy New Year and welcome to January 2017!

As many of us embark upon healthy eating plans, we thought we’d share some of our favourite winter recipes to keep motivation high. The cold, short days and the long, colder nights are not conducive to salads and daily jogs. But it doesn’t have to be this difficult to eat healthily. In fact, with just a bit of preparation it can be so tasty that you’ll not even stop for left over Christmas chocolate.

Here are some of our favourite healthy winter recipes to help inspire you to keep eating healthily.

Chicken noodle soup

Courtesy of Good Food magazine, this recipe will have you rushing home after work so you can warm up with a wholesome and easy meal.

Ingredients:

  • 900ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 175g/6oz
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50g rice or wheat noodles
  • 2 tbsp sweetcorn, canned or frozen
  • 2-3 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, shredded
  • 2 tsp soy sauce, plus extra for serving
  • mint or basil leaves and a little shredded chilli (optional), to serve

Method:

  • Pour the stock into a pan and add the chicken, ginger and garlic. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 mins, until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces using two forks.
  • Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, corn, mushrooms, half the spring onions and the soy sauce. Simmer for 3-4 mins until the noodles are tender. Ladle into two bowls and scatter over the remaining spring onions, herbs (and chilli shreds). Serve with a little extra soy sauce according to taste.

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A healthy, quick and versatile snack or the centre of a meal – falafel is a great staple for the healthy diet. This recipe is courtesy of Good Food magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (or use more cumin)
  • handful parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method:

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, then fry the onion and garlic over a low heat for 5 mins until softened. Tip into a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas and spices, then mash together with a fork or potato masher until the chickpeas are totally broken down. Stir in the parsley or dried herbs, with seasoning to taste. Add the egg, then squish the mixture together with your hands.
  • Mould the mix into 6 balls, then flatten into patties. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, then fry the falafels on a medium heat for 3 mins on each side, until golden brown and firm. Serve hot or cold with couscous, pitta bread or salad.

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Healthy, filling and perfect for lunch or dinner, these burgers can be enjoyed by meat-eaters and vegeans alike. Recipe courtesy of Jamie Oliver.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 x 340 g tin of sweetcorn
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 heaped tablespoons plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • sea salt
  • rapeseed oil
  • 1 small round lettuce
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • tomato ketchup
  • 4 wholemeal burger buns

Method:

  • Drain and place the chickpeas and sweetcorn into a food processor. Add half the coriander leaves to the processor along with the stalks. Add the spices, lemon zest, flour and a pinch of salt, then pulse until combined, but not smooth, to retain some texture.
  • On a flour-dusted surface, divide and shape the mixture into 4 patties (about 2cm thick). Pop onto a tray and place in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
  • Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the patties and cook for around 10 minutes, or until golden and cooked through, turning halfway.
  • Meanwhile, wash and spin-dry four lettuce leaves and finely slice the tomatoes horizontally.
  • Squeeze ketchup onto the base of each bun (toast them if you like), then top with the burgers. Layer over a couple of slices of tomato, a lettuce leaf, a few coriander leaves and finally the burger tops. Serve with a salad according to taste.

Homecooked beans on toast

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A grown-up take on an ageless classic: beans on toast are perfect for winter, and dare we say these ones are even better than the original.

Ingredients:

  •  300 g dried borlotti or cannellini beans, soaked in cold water for at least 12 hours
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 stick celery, trimmed
  • 1 small potato, peeled and halved
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • A few sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 4 slices sourdough bread

Method:

  • Drain and wash your soaked beans. Place them in a deep pot and cover with cold water. Throw in the garlic, herb sprigs, bay leaves, celery stick, potato and tomatoes and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on whether you’re using fresh or dried, until soft and cooked nicely. Top up with boiling water if needed.
  • When the beans are cooked, drain and reserve enough water to cover them halfway up when back in the pot. Remove the garlic, herbs, celery, potato and tomatoes from the beans. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and pinch the skin off the tomatoes. Put the garlic, tomatoes and potato on to a plate, mash them with a fork and stir back into the beans. Season with salt and pepper, pour in three lugs of extra virgin olive oil and a few splashes of vinegar. Stir in the parsley and serve on toasted sourdough bread.

Jacques Vert: New Season Preview

Our new season preview showcases the SS17 edit of feminine pastels, dreamy shapes and nature-inspired florals brings a beautifully sophisticated and romantic ambience to the season.
This new season preview gives you a sneak peek of styles that will be coming up in our Spring/Summer 2017…
The languid mood is brought to life in the Sahara collection with desert-inspired shades and textures. The season unfolds with structured laces, sharp silhouettes and fluid separates for a nostalgic feel. Neutral hues are showcased on longline jackets, draped dresses and sleek separates.
Designed for the modern woman who appreciates quality and exudes effortless style, this collection will refresh your look.
Add these luxurious pieces to your winter wishlist with our new season preview, shop new in.

New Year, New Outfit…

With 2017 soon approaching, it’s natural for us to start winding back and looking forward. New Year’s is all about celebrating newness and the want of something different, so why not kick-start your New Years Eve with a bang by donning one of these party-ready dresses from Precis.

 

A Little bit of Lace (goes a long way..)

New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to wear lace, although to be honest we would wear lace every day given the chance. The Faith dress is perfect for parties and combines two of this season’s hottest trends; lace and velvet. Such a statement dress doesn’t need too many accessories, so we would literally just add heels and a dash of red lippy to finish.

Smooth Like Velvet

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s, the Precis Cora Jacket is ideal if you want something chic and flirty to wear but aren’t a fan of dresses. With a tie belt to wrap over, you can just add a lace camisole underneath and just finish with skinny jeans and heels.

All in One

Another great outfit for those who are anti-dress. An outfit all in one, this jumpsuit is cut to fit in all the right places and has lace panel detail for extra pizzaz. Accessorise with a finishing clutch and some heels, oh and don’t forget your lipstick…

 

 

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!!!