Beauty and the Beast

Find of the Week

Beauty and the Beast – The Press Tour

Are you a Beauty and the Beast fan? I am and I can’t wait to see the remake. Nothing will compare to the original of course but I’m excited all the same. Not a Disney fan? Fret not, there is more to this than just a beauty and a beast.

Emma Watson has been in the media of late not just for playing the belle in this remake. Emma Watson is wearing many hats these days; actor, UN WOMEN Global Goodwill Ambassador, feminist and now she is playing an avid role in the fashion world.

Emma sparked my interest last year at the Met Gala where she graced the red carpet in a gown made from recycled plastic bottles. Now she is using the Beauty and the Beast press tour to share her style choices, focusing on sustainable fashion. Some of you may already be following this account and if not, you should! The Press Tour Instagram posts detail each item worn, makeup and accessory choices and the brands behind them.

The second day of @beautyandthebeast LA junket had it all… including kittens! Probably the best interview ever. Coming soon to @buzzfeed 🇺🇸🌹🐱 The white bespoke dress was created in @oscardelarenta's New York atelier, featuring hand embroidery on silk taffeta and a silk faille bow, both made in the Italian mill @taronisilk. The mill specialises in the highest quality couture fabrics, and is committed to reducing its environmental impact, including investing in solar energy and committing to removing all toxic chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. The hand embroidered silk taffeta panels have been cut and folded by hand, shaped using natural starch. The dress also features a repurposed zip from an unused sample. Black T-shirt is by @mainlinebasics. Their basics are designed, cut and sewn in San Francisco and all pieces are made from 100% organic cotton. Jewellery @allbluesofficial. The Ellipse collection, inspired by Emma, consists of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and hairclips. All pieces are handcrafted in Stockholm from locally sourced, recycled 925 Sterling silver in a third-generation, family-owned goldsmith studio. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with Heritage Store Rosewater Glycerin Water. @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover Up was used as foundation with "Un" Powder to set. RMS Beauty is free from nanotechnology and GMO ingredients. @tataharper Contour in Very Bronzing on eyes, along lower lashline, in contour of eye, under cheekbones, across top of forehead, under jawline and on temples. Tata Harper runs her company in the belief that a company that makes products for women should be run by a woman. @vitaliberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing was also used for contouring. Cheeks are Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Sweet. Tata Harper is made in the brand’s US-based manufacturing facility. It is not outsourced to another company as most skincare manufacturing is. Eyes and brow are @janeiredale Liquid Eyeliner in Brown and Pure Brow Gel in Clear Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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 Even if some of her style choices don’t tickle your fancy I urge you to follow and read about the amazing work that is being done. Some brands I’m familiar with and some I am learning about for the first time. Each post she puts up seems to be getting longer and longer and I love that she is sharing her knowledge and making me ask questions about what sustainable fashion means to me.

I hope this account continues long after the actual Beauty and the Beast press tour ends as anything that contributes to sustainable fashion can only be a good thing.

Tonight was a special screening of @beautyandthebeast in London. The film was shown at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema to 1,600 people after a reception at the stunning Spencer House 🌹 Bespoke @emiliawickstead structural, off-the-shoulder gown with inverted pleat train. The gown is made from end-of-line fabric sourced from a family-run, London business specialising in couture fabrics, and produced in Italy. These unwanted fabric pieces have been given a new lease of life; often irregular quantities of surplus or end-of-line fabrics cannot be sold and are destroyed. This piece was created in Emilia Wickstead's London atelier, by an all-female team. Earrings are from @catbirdnyc, whose pieces are handmade in Brooklyn. Dress validated by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with @demamielskin Dewy Facial Mist, @tataharper Repairative Moisturiser and @decleoruk Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. De Mamiel mist is made from ingredients sourced and blended in the UK, in small batches to maintain the vitality of each natural ingredient. Tata Harper are verified by PETA that neither the brand nor its ingredient suppliers conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products. Decléor serum is a blend of naturally derived ingredients such as neroli and sandalwood and free from mineral oils and parabens. Foundation is @inikaorganic's BB Cream, which is certified organic, vegan and not tested on animals. Concealer is the @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover-Up made from organic coconut, jojoba and cacao oil and mineral colours. Cheeks are @iliabeauty A Fine Romance Multi-Stick which is gluten-free and then finished with Inika's Mineral Mattifying Powder, blended from silica, corn, tapioca and rice powders instead of talc, which face powders have traditionally been based on. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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xo

Awards Season

Awards Season

The Oscars

As much as I tried to stay awake to watch The Oscars, sleep got the better of me and so while  franticly trying to see what everyone wore this morning, I was in shock with what I actually found. Talk about making a blunder! Other than falling over and causing yourself serious injury or stepping on someone’s else gown to tear it and revealing their smalls, I’m pretty sure announcing the wrong winner is up there with the worst case scenario for an awards show. I’ll be honest, for a short while it overshadowed any outfit that graced the red carpet but after getting over the shock of it all (anyone would think I was the recipient of the award) here are my favourites.

Let’s start with the best of night. There is not one thing I would change about Ruth Negga’s entire ensemble. The colour, the lace, the sleeves, her makeup and hair. I love it all! Now I’ve never met Ruth Negga but if I did, I imagine this is exactly how she would want to look. Or that’s how it appears and I put that down to her being an expert in her own style and knowing how to achieve it. That and a good stylist of course.

Valentino - The Oscars

Valentino

An award night can’t go by with out a few monochrome numbers making it on my list and Emma Robert’s vintage Armani Privé ticks all the boxes. I do think there could be a little more material on the torso but each to their own. The thing that I like most is that this gown was debuted in 2005. You know my thoughts on wearing things on repeat and to see this on the red carpet in 2017 can only be a good thing.

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

When I look at these events I always look at the gown first then the person wearing it but in this case I have to say I always look forward to seeing what Emma Stone wears.  Although I would not wear this colour myself, like Ruth Negga, this ensemble is perfection. The detailing on the dress is impeccable and I’ll be honest, I’m a fan of fringe and a dropped hemline so this is a winner all round.

Givenchy - The Oscars

Givenchy

Red was a clear winner of the night and although this is not a dress I would wear myself, Viola Davis always manages to look sophisticated, polished and fun. This red Armani Privé gown, much like the blue number she wore to the BAFTAs was so vibrant and classy I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

Unlike the BAFTAs, colour took a back seat at The Oscars and even though this wouldn’t be my  colour palette of choice, these gowns are all worth a gawk. Parts of them anyway.

Marchesa - The Oscars

Marchesa

Gucci - The Oscars

Gucci

Armani Privé - The Oscars

Armani Privé

Marchesa - The Oscars

Marchesa

If you have time to have a snoop, check out some of the after party outfits as in some cases they are better by far than what was worn on the red carpet.

What a show. Although I didn’t stay up for it I feel like I need a nap after all that!

xo

In This Week’s News

In This Week’s News

I know I have written loads about my wedding but there is one story I haven’t shared. Don’t worry it’s actually a very short story and you can find in THE NEW YORK TIMES!

I’m so thrilled to see my name maybe not quite up in lights, I’m working on that, but in The New York Times and with this special story.

Click here to read how I picked my engagement ring; it’s in The New York Times!! Just in case you missed that part.

We're married

Photograph by Alex Feld

xo

Awards Season

Awards Season

BAFTAs

I was very much looking forward to the BAFTAs, mostly because it’s in my time zone and I don’t have to stay up until all hours to catch a glimpse of the stars.

There were so many looks that are worth a mention so I’d better get on with it. Emma Stone and Chanel are a great match and this dress-come-trouser combo sure is interesting. The detailing, tailoring, hair and makeup are masterful. The pants, well I’m not sure they add anything to the ensemble but at the same time I don’t dislike them either. Maybe Emma read the weather forecast and wanted a bit of extra warmth for the night. Whatever the reason behind the addition of the cropped trousers, this look is how one should look on a red carpet.

Chanel - BAFTAs

Chanel 

Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen had numerous outfits showcased last night. The first and my favourite, is the gown worn by Emily Blunt. This reminded me of the Alexander McQueen gown worn by Cate Blanchett at last years BAFTAs. Very similar shape and as equally fabulous with the detailing on the bodice and the textured skirt. Her hair and makeup complement the gown and the blue earrings finish the outfit off nicely. Lovely all round.

Alexander McQueen - BAFTAs

Alexander McQueen

The next Alexander McQueen is one I only caught a glimpse of and if I’m being honest, I’m mentioning it more because of the person wearing it; my girl crush Lisa Eldridge. This fun yet sophisticated lip-printed jumpsuit is something I would definitely wear myself. Forget the red carpet, I’d wear it around the house if I owned it!

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Next up and something I’m delighted to see on the red carpet, is colour! Surprising really as I’m team monochrome, but check out these crazy, stylish interesting dresses. I’m not sure I would wear any of them but I love that they are different. Whether you like them or not they sure do make you look.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Valentino

Valentino

Gucci

Gucci

 I’ll wrap up the BAFTAs with this smashing sequined Louis Vuitton number worn by Michelle Williams. Again l like this as it is a bit different from all the other sequined dresses we see on the red carpet. The shorter length may be seen by some as not red carpet appropriate, but even with her pins out the overall look screams class!

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Still with me? Hang in there as I’m sneaking in the Grammy’s while I’m here. My least favourite of all the awards and with only one outfit worth looking at (for the right reasons) I had to mention this beautiful Givenchy number worn by Adele.

Givenchy

Givenchy

Ok I’ll stop now as I really could have included more, from the BAFTAs anyway. Click the photographs to get all the details and have a really good look at these amazing pieces.

xo

Awards Season

Awards Season 

Screen Actors Guild Awards

I have to admit, sleep got the better of me last night so this morning I enjoyed my coffee while drooling over last night’s stars at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. I love seeing variety on the red carpet, a bit of sleek styling with a touch of pure glamour and let’s not forget the total bonkers outfits; the SAGs did it all for me.

I have to start with this number from Gucci worn by Nicole Kidman. An outfit so outrageous I actually like it! I would have preferred the main body to be black rather than green but if you’re going to go big you might as well go all the way and this sure is all the way!

Gucci - SAGs

Gucci

Next in complete contrast is this very simple but stunning Dior dress worn by Natalie Portman. I’m not a fan of white or cream dresses but this is pure beauty. I’m rather fond of this silhouette but have never managed to pull it off. In my mind this is exactly how you do it! This gown with all its fabric doesn’t swallow her or her bump and the sleeves make a lovely addition to what could have been a very plain dress.

Dior - SAGs

Dior

An awards night can’t go by without something monochrome catching my eye and this Chanel number worn by Janelle Monae tickles my monochrome obsessed heart. The ruffles, the pattern and the fact that it fell just above her ankles was a total winner in my book. I’m not completely sold on her hair but it was definately a good choice having it up to show the glory of the collar. This is one I could definitely imagine myself in!

Chanel - SAGs

Chanel

The big houses were on fire for this awards night! Don’t forget to click the photographs for all the details. Remember I was at home sleeping, not on the red carpet drooling in person.

xo

Awards Season

Awards Season

Golden Globe Awards

Awards season is upon us which means I’ll be sitting on the couch in my pjs, staying up far too late, casting a judgmental eye on complete strangers, in the nicest possible way of course!

The 74th Golden Globe Awards was the one to watch last night and I have to say I thought there were some very good looks and some not so good looks. Let’s focus on the good.

 Emma Stone and Valentino are always on my radar so you can imagine how I  jumped for joy when she stepped onto the red carpet in this Valentino gown, specially designed for her by the one and only Pierpaulo Piccioli. It is not necessarily my colour of choice but who cares, he didn’t design it for me! Beautifully fitted, just enough stars and the perfect way to start awards season.

Golden Globes - Valentino

Next is a designer I had to go searching for. I was so disappointed when I couldn’t see a Delpozo gown on the red carpet and then there it was, Caitriona Balfe in what has to be the best ensemble of the night! Bless her stylish heart for picking Josep Font of Delpozo to dress her for the evening. Beauty is something different to us all and for me, this dress is so beautiful. The dress, the colours, her hair, makeup, actually everything about this look is something I would imagine myself replicating on the red carpet, if I ever had the chance.

Golden Globes - Delpozo

I could go on and on but I’ll wrap it up with this fun and stylish number from Elie Saab. Jessica Biel looked fabulous in this number although if I were wearing it, I’d have a little less boob and leg showing but that’s just me. This is the perfect example of adding a little extra something to a gown without it being overpowering.

Golden Globes - Elie Saab

Just in case you forgot, I was on the couch when this took place not on the red carpet snapping like a crazed fashion fan, so click the photographs above for all the details of photographers, designers, stylists, stars, makeup artists and everyone else who was involved in putting these looks together.

What a great way to start the awards season this year. I can’t wait to see what they wear next!

xo

 

 

There’s new trousers in town

Wardrobe staples

#ootw

culottes

Move over skinnies; there’s new trousers in town. You heard – my staple black skinny jeans have been replaced. I blame my beloved jumpsuit. The wide, cropped leg inspired me to invest in a pair of culottes for winter and they have been crowned this week’s outfit of the week.

Culottes can be tricky to wear. They need to sit on the waist at just the right spot and be just the right length and if not, things can go horribly wrong. If I’m honest, these Zara culottes on the hanger are everything I want. Elastic waist, pockets, tie at the front. All very positive features. However, it feels like someone got the measurements wrong, leaving the material about half a centimetre short in a rather uncomfortable spot. Get my drift?

culottes

I’m persisting though as the positives outweigh the negatives. Whether it’s boots, tights, socks, sneakers, heels, a cardigan or a shirt, these black culottes are the perfect staple for the winter months ahead. What’s even better is they have become a part of one of my favourite outfits. The culottes and my white ‘hug’ in a jumper are a match made in heaven.

Culottes

These trousers are here to stay!

xo

 

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the season

As much as I try to avoid it, I think it’s fair to say summer is no more. Everywhere I look there are signs of autumn with all of those dark blues and plum autumnal colours that are supposed to fill our wardrobes. Can you tell I’m not on board yet? Before I’m head to toe in black, I’m going to wear my summer clothes for as long as I don’t freeze while thinking of ways to transport them to autumn. This is nothing new; remember my summer clothes in winter strategy?

I’ve decided I’m applying this strategy all year round! I had so much fun this summer, playing with shapes, patterns, taking risks and relying on old favourites so why would I give that up just because the seasons are changing?! It was too hard to pick just one favourite outfit of the summer so I’m declaring all of them Outfit of the Season!

There were a number of keys pieces that really stood out and as you probably saw I wore them over and over again. I certainly got my money’s worth out of my selections of skirts. Polka dots, patterns, block colours, pencil, midi; not a day went by when I didn’t wear one of them. I found they catered for my every mood, every event and required zero effort.

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

T-shirts accompanied all of my skirts but if it wasn’t that combination, I replaced it with some fabulous dresses. It really was a good summer, outfit wise. You can tell I take these selfies in the morning, phone in one hand, coffee in the other, generally running from the brown carpet and running out the door!

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Heels were also another main attraction but more importantly, it was a very sad day when I had to say goodbye to my beloved Penneys red sandals (I still haven’t been able to throw them out!) but thankfully they were replaced with possibly my best investment of the season. Say hello to my new red Saltwater sandals. I’m in love!

Outfit of the Season

Not to be a complete creature of comfort, I did take a few risks over the summer. The great thing about taking a risk is that there is the chance it will pay off and this one sure did. I got great wear out of my navy blue midi jumpsuit and feeling inspired I bought another. This time a little more risque. Comfortable, on sale, short but not too short. This one is staying!

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

I made such an effort this summer to wear all the things that usually get left in the wardrobe after one outing, never to be seen in public again. Screw that! I wore everything I wanted and loved every minute of them.

xo

 

lovetomtom has been shortlisted!

LWI Blog Awards 2016

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It is that time of year again, Blog Award time and I am thrilled to see lovetomtom has been shortlisted in the Fashion Blog category for a second year in a row!

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There is a public vote component to the judging and if you fancy, click here to give lovetomtom some love. I had such fun last year getting to the final round so I can’t wait to see what happens next.

It’s hard not to sound like I’m making an acceptance speech when saying thank you but I have to say it: Thank you for all the nominations, votes, support and being part of lovetomtom!!

xo

Paris Again

lovetomtom went to Paris

Again

Paris

With a blink of an eye and what felt like a million footsteps (just ask my folks), my holidays have been and gone. That’s right, I packed my bags for Paris (again) but this time I was able to go with my parents. A first and very memorable trip.

Doesn’t matter how many times I visit Paris, there is always so much to see and of course I always have a lot to say, so here goes.

Where are all the Parisians?

Ahhhh August in Paris. I forgot that while many of us are on our summer holidays, so are the Parisians who actually leave Paris in droves! Not too much of an issue but something to keep in mind if you are planning a trip to Paris in August. Time and time again you will see that hand written sign on a shop front window saying something along the lines of ‘closed until end of August, Bon Vacances’.

Safety

I was a little nervous about heading off to Paris this time round, mostly because my parents were travelling with us and I felt somewhat responsible for them. The decision was made to continue with our travel plans and not to be too flippant about our concerns we made a very simple emergency plan and that’s all we said about that. Even if we didn’t talk about it, our worries were hard to ignore. There was a very obvious security presence on the streets of my beloved Paris and if I’m honest I was a little jumpy. I know I am beyond fortunate that a heavily armed military presence is not part of my day-to-day life, walking the streets, checking bags and scouring everyone and everything that passed them. On the other hand it was a constant reminder of the world we are currently in. A sad and worrying one.

Fashion

Paris will always be special, so let’s get on to the good bits. I had huge plans to do lots of shopping but as makeshift tour guides, I soon realised we were going to run out of time for my grand shopping plans. I did manage a few purchases, two vintage finds which I’m thrilled with. First is this polkadot number which I originally put back on the hanger because I thought the back was the front! A wide-brimmed collar really doesn’t suit me but at a closer glance I realised it was actually the back with big white buttons all the way down the dress. I tried it on (a must when it comes to vintage) and this baby was mine! In pure vintage style it is missing a few buttons and I only realised this once I was out of the changing room after giving everyone a clear view of my underwear. Once I was over my embarrassment I bought this gorgeous dress for only €8 and will enjoy my search for some replacement buttons.

Paris Vintage

The other fabulous vintage number I bought was this blue high-waisted skirt. I’m having a bit of a skirt moment of late and it’s fair to say they have replaced my black skinny jeans. This skirt is the perfect addition to my collection. Unfortunately there are no pockets, and it is an absolute pain to iron, something I don’t do, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I’ve already taken it for a spin and think it might be on repeat for some time, creases and all!

Paris Vintage

Beauty – the skincare type

Like my fashion hopes, I had huge plans to hit the French pharmacies with the same gusto and determination as I do a boulangerie. However, I think I managed about five minutes in a pharmacy while everyone waited patiently outside for me and I was rather overwhelmed by all the things I wanted to buy. I did get a few bits but you’ll have to wait until August’s Beauty Bag for all the details.

Beauty – the city

I have been to Paris I can’t tell you how many times and it never gets old. This trip was a little different as my parents were visiting the city for the very first time. With only four days in the City of Light, we wanted to show them some of the main sights and some of ‘our’ Paris. Basically walking the streets, eating, drinking and watching the world go by. It was fun to do some of the touristy things again and I know I go on and on about Paris, but boy do I love it there!

xo