The Met Gala (and what actually is it?)

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Every year we (or I do) look on in awe at some of the beautiful dresses, walking the carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute – as it’s officially known. Some celebrities are asked by designers months in advance, whether they will wear one of their dresses. Kendall Jenner for example admitted she had “lots of options”, with designers presumably queuing to have the young model in one of their designs.

So what is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is a Benefit and black tie event, held to raise money for the Costume Institute – this is actually the only Met curatorial departments that has to fund itself. The gala has also become known as the “Oscars of the East Coast”, due to the extravagant dresses and celebrity guests that attend the event. Each year has a theme which sets the tone for the gala as well as the guests’ outfits. Some are clear, others are more open to interpretation for example The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion in 2009.

What happens inside is strictly secret, from last year Social Media has been banned from inside the event. There are various rumors of what happens inside, which involves cocktails, dinner and some form of entertainment (last year it was Rihanna). Once Gwyneth Paltrow said it’s hot and boring and crowded … And to be honest most people seem more concerned with the outfits and red carpet anyway.

Can you go?

A ticket to this year’s Gala will set you back $30,000, with tables at $275,000 – although all the money raised goes to the Costume Institute… But of course not everyone pays for a ticket, some celebrities will be invited by sponsors or a designer, or even Anna Wintour herself if you’re really lucky. But if you think you can dip into your savings for the East Coast’s night of the year, think again. The Met Gala in invite-only, and there’s even a waiting list to get on the invitation list. Ms Wintour (also chairwoman of the gala) has the final say, but often invitees will have a “buzz” around them, for example Riley Keough and her new film “The Girlfriend Experience” and of course the Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik.

The Met Gala 2016

The exhibit this year is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” – hence the array of metallics and slicked back hair styles. The hosts are Anna Wintour , Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift (discussion on her new style is for another time) and Idris Elba. This year everything from the high street’s H&M and Topshop, to Burberry and Dolce and Gabbana sauntered along the red carpet. Claire Danes even appeared in a light up dress by Zac Posen, building on the tech/3D theme of the night.

My absolute favourite dress from the night was Kate Bosworth in Dolce, but at the moment it seems Burberry can do no wrong as seen by Blake Lively in a beautiful, Burberry gown. Naomie Harris and Nicole Kidman (who looked elegant as ever), also make it to the top of my list).

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Rachel McAdams in Atelier Versace

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Naomi Watts in Burberry

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Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana
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Naomie Harris in Burberry
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Blake Lively in Burberry

March Wish List

This year has already been super busy, with lots of changes. I feel like I haven’t had the chance to online shop, let alone take a proper trip to Lakeside. This isn’t an actual real life problem… but it’s meant putting off this wish list for a while.

I’m starting to feel very excited for spring and even a few spells of sunshine. Although black will probably always remain the main colour in my wardrobe, I’m trying to inject a bit of colour into my wardrobe; from pastel pinks to bright florals. It’s also time to start thinking about a skincare regime reshuffle, as skin is bound to change inline with the brighter/warmer(?) weather. It might a bit too early to think about sandals, but it can’t hurt having them sat in the wardrobe ready can it?

I already own a pair of ripped jeans, but i’m trying to lean away from just skinny jeans and try some new styles like straight leg (still not brave enough for flares). I love Gigi Hadid in excessively ripped jeans and heels. Not too sure I can actually pull this off but totally going to give it a try. Superfacialist is also worth a mention because it has done wonders for my skin recently. Their cleansing oil forms part of a double cleansing routine – post on this to come …

 

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Missguided Ripped Jeans @ ASOS | Ban.do Floral Weekend Bag | Superfacialist Renew Cleansing Oil  | Mango Heeled Sandals | Zara Antique-Effect Photo Frame | Pink Whistles Clutch | Mac Skinfinish in Lightscapade | Office Embellished Sandals

JĀSÖN Natural Skincare

More and more, I’m becoming conscious of the products I’m using on my skin particularly with the ingredients that go in them. Usually I opt for something that contains Salicylic acid that comes with a whole bunch of other chemicals. But 2016 is a year of new things, so it was time to give something more natural a go.

JĀSÖN aim to produce products that are made from natural ingredients whilst delivering  handful of benefits to your hair and skin. They don’t use parabens, synthetic colours or fragrance, or harmful chemicals in their products. Even the packaging is bio-degradable and packaged in recyclable containers. One of the best parts is that it all smells really great (without being too overpowering) too – especially the Apricot Scrubble!

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Over the last 3 months, I’ve slowly incorporated two of their products into my skincare regime – The Brightening Apricot Scrubble and Quick Clean Makeup Remover Pads. I use the scrubble 3/4 times a week, although it’s gentle enough to use everyday. I’ve always been a fan of St Ives Apricot Scrub, but I felt even though i don’t have sensitive skin the texture was too harsh.At £5.29, you can’t go wrong with the Scrubble. It gently polishes away any dead skin without the greasy residue you get from a lot of face scrubs. That said, it contains apricot oil putting some goodness back into your skin too. It’s become a staple part of my skincare routine, alternating between this and my current face cleanser (which is AMAZING, but more on that another time…)

So, the Quick Clean Makeup Remover Pads… These are something I will always keep a supply of although they aren’t always my go-to for removing makeup. First of all, they really do remove all makeup and don’t make me feel like double-cleansing. If i’m wearing more “heavy” eye makeup from an evening out, I do find i need to use two pads per eye. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but if you have sensitive eyes or skin beware of a sting. I’ve only felt this once or twice and the benefits of a completely makeup free face outweigh this. Nevertheless, I’m not sure I could use them everyday. One of my favourite things about them is the subtle fragrance. It’s a lovely fresh scent that’s not overpowered with artificial fragrance and again, cruelty free.

I’m going to continue on my organic/natural skincare journey, hopefully also avoiding the big price tag that comes with the likes of Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics and MV Organic Skincare. Aveda moisturisers and cleansers are great and very gentle to the skin, if you’re wanting to try something else new.

 

 

The Wet Brush

Having my hair highlighted and bleached has finally started to take it’s toll. Well, it started happening a while ago but I feel like i’m moving past denial and into acceptance. I would love to have long, thick hair but I’m not sure extensions are for me/it feels like a lot of effort.

I tend to always carry a brush or comb, and for someone who has relatively fine hair I brush it quite a bit. This is also due to the tangles/knotting that the bleaching causes. After moving from comb to Tangle Teezer, I’ve finally found something that de-tangles without pulling and leaves my hair feeling soft – The Wet Brush.

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One of my main issues with the Tangle Teezer was when putting my hair into a ponytail, I would always drop it. This may just be me being clumsy or having butter fingers, but i missed having a handle. Another thing I found, was the bristles started to bend after the brush being banged about in my bag. Again, this is probably more a fault with me than the product but I found the Wet Brush to be a much better fit. Whether you’re hair is fine like mine, or gets knotted easily, i am an absolute advocate of the thing.

It comes in different colours and styles if that’s important to you. There’s also lots of different sizes depending on your preference or the thickness of your hair. At £8.00 it’s pretty much a bargain and instantly fixes the whole “way too windswept” look. After having it for about a year, there’s no wear and tear and has become a solid handbag staple. I got mine from Beauty Bay, but there’s plenty of choices online and in store.

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