Monthly Archives: February 2011


Best & Worst: Oscars 2011

Last night the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were held the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. It’s one of the biggest events of the year in Hollywood & I am always very keen to see what all the big stars choose to wear to this glamorous event. As usual – here are my best & worst picks!


Gwyneth Palthrow shines a Calvin Klein Collection column dress and finished off her look with earrings, a brooch, and a ring from Louis Vuitton’s jewellery collection: L’Ame du Voyage. Gwyneth is one of my style icons! She just wears clothes so well. This metallic Calvin Klein Collection gown really was made for her. Stunning!

Cate Blanchett in a Givency Couture dress with beautiful yellow detailing on the black along with Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery. Cate is never afraid to make a bold fashion choice. She definitely wore the most controversial dress of the night. Some people hated it, some people loved it. It’s so different & not really ‘me’ but in some way I just LOVED it! She wears this dress so well & manages to look amazingly soft and pretty! Plus hair & makeup were perfect. She just blew me away, my absolute favourite of the night! :)

Reese Witherspoon wore a black & white Giorgio Armani Privé evening gown with Neil Lane jewellery. The strapless dress features a white silk band at the neckline and a subtle train. In some way the dress reminded me a little of the gown Julia Roberts wore to the 2001 Oscars. But have to say, Reese looked glowing, elegant and loved the retro ponytail!

Michelle Williams in a white beaded Chanel Haute Couture gown. It took me a while to decide on this outfit but in the end have to say I do like it! It’s soft, pretty and suits Michelle’s style & short hair.

Sandra Bullock is red HOT in Vera Wang. I know this is a simple look and not very ‘stand out’ but she looks beautiful & I plainly love Sandy so just had to put her on the best dressed list :)

Mila Kunis showcased her smoking body in this racy yet tasteful lavender chiffon gown with tiered lace detailing by Elie Saab haute couture. The colour looks so amazing on her and yes it’s a little ‘boobie-ish’ (haha is that even a word…) but I think she can pull it off and still look classy!

Hilary Swank in a Gucci Premiere couture strapless floor length evening gown. Think the glittery feather trail and silver/blue ombre features on this dress are stunning!

Halle Berry looks like a dream in a nude and crystal encrusted Marchesa corset gown with organza and silk tulle ruffles and Christian Louboutin heels.


Nicole Kidman in a Dior dress with a rare 19th century diamond Riviere necklace from Fred Leighton and Pierre Hardy shoes. Nicole told Hollyscoop that her daughter Sunday Rose picked out her outfit, which was cute, but clearly a mistake ;)

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana. I have very mixed feelings about this look. I liked the (open) back of the dress, I liked her messy hair and loved her rusty eye makeup…..But  I didn’t love the colour on her and the front transparent part of the dress looked a little odd. Plus in some photos it looked as if her black underwear & bra were showing in that dress. So in the end, she’s on my worst dressed. Sorry!

Melissa Leo, a real red carpet disappointment. She wore a white, lace/cut-out dress with an ultra-reflecting fabric underlay by Marc Bouwer. It looks too big, bulky & square on her & the mix of fabrics…a BIG NO!

Emma Stone at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Sunday. Emma wore a Chanel Haute Couture dress and Salvatore Ferragamo Heels. I know this is not from the actual Oscars Red Carpet but spotted this outfit & it just HAD to be on my worst dressed list! C’mon what on earth is she wearing and oh my gosh what did she do to her hair!! Did she try to cut her own fringe? Am lost for words. She looked so amazing at the Golden Globes & am just shocked & disappointed with this look.

Penelope Cruz has only just given birth to a little baby boy and I have to say her body looked amazing, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for her dress.  The embroidered L’wren Scott dress looked kind of cheap…..

Amy Adams in a dress by L’Wren Scott matched with jewellery by Cartier. Don’t think the dress is that bad (dont love it either) but the main thing I didn’t like was the way she wore her accessories with it. The green pendant just didn’t work well with the neckline and the blue!

Marisa Tomei in a 1950 couture Charles James dress from Lily et Cie. Oh where to begin! It looks OK until you scroll down and see the lower half of her dress. It looks as if an amateur seamstress worked on the bottom part on to the dress last minute. Didn’t like her hair either. Big fail….

Jennifer Lawrence in a Calvin Klein Collection dress made for her by designer Francisco Costa. OK there is nothing wrong with this dress. She is a beautiful woman and she looks very sexy! But, I think she looks boring! I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this one, but I just think, she’s a first time nominee and this was her time to shine! She looked beautiful….but a little boring!

So this were my picks! What were yours? Award wise, thought the Oscars were quite predictable this year – pretty much knew who was going to walk away with a little gold statue. Am glad that Natalie Portman won though, she truly deserved it!

To view a full list of all the Oscar winners – click here!

Ticking off the Shopping Wish List…

Hi lovelies,
It’s Sunday night and I’m just chilling at home after a lovely weekend! I hope you all had a great weekend? 
So a while back I did a guest post for Andi’s blog ‘Saltwater Dreams’ on my Holiday Wish List. See the original post here. Since then I have been slowly ticking items off the list….
First it was the iPhone4 – check ✓ then the Hunter Regent Savoy Wellington’s – check ✓ and yesterday I faced the Oxford Street crowds to get to Selfridges to full-fill another dream and get wish list item number 3! What I got?? The Alexander McQueen Silk Skull Scarf!!! Initially I couldn’t decide on which scarf to get i.e. the black scarf with white skulls or the ivory scarf with black skulls.  But after a little help from my lovely twitter friends I made up my mind and got the ivory/white one! Check ✓ :)
It was SUCH a happy moment and I just love love love it!!

This is me today whilst shopping with a friend on Kings Road wearing my new scarf! 
A happy Rozy for sure :)

Speaking of today – I had a perfect day out with a friend. We met up for brunch at Le Pain Quotidien, which is now one of my favourite places to go in London for brunch. There we pretty much ate our weight in bread topped with their amazing chocolate, hazelnut and praline spreads, sooooo delish! After brunch we went to see the movie ‘No Strings Attached‘, with Ashton Kutcher & Natalie Portman, which was actually really cute and romantic! And then we did some shopping on Kings Road – a great area to shop in London because it has a mix of high street brands plus also gorgeous boutique/luxury/designer shops. I ended up getting the following:
Some MAC Cosmetic items I have been wanting a while:
♥ Paintpot in Groundwork
♥ Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC20
♥ Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Medium
♥ Plus a stunning pair of patent leather red heels on sale at Shuz! Down from £119 to £35 – BARGAIN!

To finish off this post I thought I’d quickly share an item that’s currently on my shopping lust list!
Erdem’s Margot Lace Dress! So beautiful right….. Sigh, however at almost £2,000 I fear this dress will have to remain a dream forever and will never quite make it off my lust list! :) xoxo

Bourjois: Paris Ballerine

On Saturday I was invited by Bourjois to preview their new 2011 spring/summer collection called ‘Paris Ballerine’.  The collection is right on trend with the current ballet hype! It’s filled with gorgeous & glowing soft pinks and silver shades to create the perfect youthful and romantic look! A group of us bloggers got to enjoy yummy treats (just check out those cupcakes, nom nom) & got a demonstration of how to create a romantic smokey eye and swatch all the new collection products. 
So let’s see what the Paris Ballerine collection includes:
♥ Sweet Kiss Naturel Lipsticks (£7.99/€11.99) in Rose Innocence (11) & Rose Passionné (13)
Rose Innocence is such a gorgeous soft pink and the consistency of the lipsticks is very creamy and non-drying. I have been wearing the pink lipstick heaps recently – love it! Definitely recommend getting it!

♥ Effet Smoky Pencils (£4.99/€7.99) in
New Wave Blue (78),  Sand Rose (77) & Ultra Black (76)
These liners are creamy, long lasting and are dual ended with a great little brush – perfect for smudging to create that soft smokey look! 
♥ Little Round Pot Eye Shadows (£5.99/€8.99)
Shade 05 – Frosty Pearl Pink & Shade 25 – Glittery Light Silver
These shades really suit my complexion. The light pink shade is frosty is perfect for all over the lid or used as a highlighter. The silver can be used in combination with the soft pink for a romantic look or mix with black for a more edgy look! The silver is quite glittery so can cause a bit of fall out when applying. An option to avoid this would be to apply the shade wet which would also increase the intensity of the colour. 

♥ Illuminating Touch in Rose Essentiel (£6.99/€9.99)
A lovely pink highlighter to apply on high end of your cheekbones for that glowing look!

♥ So Laque Ultra Shine (£5.99/€7.99) in Rose Satin (36) & Blue Asphalte (37)
I got the Rose Satin which is a opaque pink nude and great for an everyday classy nail colour.
I couldn’t wait to try to re-create the Romantic Ballerina look myself with the Bourjois Paris Ballerine Collection. Check out my FOTD below! I went a little less smokey to make it suitable for work but for a more dramatic look just bring the liner to work in your handbag, apply and smudge out to update the look for a night out!
♥ Face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
Bourjois 10hour sleep effect foundation
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzer
Bourjois Illuminating Touch in Rose Essentiel (cheekbones)
Bourjois Rose De Jaspe blush (apples of cheek)

♥ Eyes:
Bourjois Little Round Pot in Shade 25 – silver (all over the lid)
Bourjois Little Round Pot in Shade 05 – frosty pink (crease blended up to brow bone)
Bourjois Effet Smoky Pencils in Ultra Black (waterline & upper lash line – smudged out)
Bourjois Volume Fast & Perfect ‘Rotatif’ Mascara

♥ Lips:
Bourjois Sweet Kiss Naturel Lipsticks in Rose Innocence (11)
plus a touch of Bourjois Effet 3D lipgloss in 05

The Bourjois Paris Ballerine will be released mid April 2011. 
So what do you think of my Paris Ballerine look – think this is something you will try? xoxo


Happy Hump Day

A little somber message from me today as my thoughts are back with everyone in NZ after the horrible Christchurch earthquake occured there on Tuesday :( If you haven’t yet heard about this on the news; the city of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand, was struck by a terrible 6.3-magnitude earthquake yesterday which caused many deaths, injuries and destruction to this beautiful city. So far the confirmed death toll stands at 75 people with around 300 people still missing. Rescue teams performed amputations to free some of the 120 earthquake survivors rescued last night but many more are still buried beneath concrete and twisted metal and hopes of getting to them in time are fading. So incredibly sad….

Luckily everyone I know personally in Christchurch has confirmed they are safe but I do have friends that have lost people or have been affected by this terrible event. It definitely makes you realise to value every day and life your life to the fullest!

For more information on the disaster you can read constant updates on or Plus the Red Cross in the UK has launched a NZ Earthquake appeal so if you want to help, you can donate by visiting this website! Sorry for the not so upbeat message today but I truly hope everyone still has a Happy Hump Day!


Gold & Silver Inspired FOTD

Last week during my daily communte to work, while on the tube, I was reading the fabulous free ‘Stylist Magazine‘ and was mesmerised by the beautiful makeup on the model in the Modern Art photo shoot! I loved the bold combination of gold & silver together so I felt inspired to try this look for myself. I made it a little less dramatic, making it more wearable for during the day (& suitable for work) but this could easily be dramatised by applying the eyeshadows more heavily & adding a bold lipstick to make it a stunning glamorous evening look!

Some images from the photo shoot above and below my inspired FOTD:
♥ Face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
Bourjois 10hour sleep effect foundation
STILA contour trio palette
MAC Springsheen blush

♥ Eyes:
MAC Woodwinked e/s (all over the lid)
MAC Electra e/s (crease)
Urban Decay Chopper e/s (lower lash line)
MAC Smolder eyeliner (waterline)
Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner pen (winged along top lash line)
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

♥ Lips:
I love..Raspberry & Blackberry Shimmer & Shine Lip Gloss

I feel the photo of my FOTD doesn’t do the look enough justice. In person it looked a lot more bright and vibrant plus the silver stood out more! What do you think of this look? Hope you liked it! xoxo Roz


Recent shopping purchases

Hey lovelies,
Thought I’d quickly share some of my recent shopping purchases! Because my boxes full of clothes, shoes and personal belongings from New Zealand STILL haven’t arrived in London (sob sob) I decided I was in dire ‘need’ of some new office dresses. I find ASOS has a brilliant selection of dresses that are suitable for work with a jacket but can also be worn out! So onto my new goodies:
♥ ASOS Bengaline Cut-Away Tailored Pencil Dress, in Red, on sale here now from £38.00 to £24.00
Tailored pencil dress featuring a fitted shape through the body, a centre-back zip fastening, a v-neck & a cutaway silhouette at the upper front and back. I’d been looking for a red dress for ages & loved this one!
♥ Oliver Bonus silver bow earrings with diamonds in the middle for a touch of class!
On sale
here now for only £13.50! With REAL diamonds, at that price = what a steal!!
♥ Limited Collection Patent Platform Court Shoes from Marks & Spencer at only £19.50. Was shopping for underwear at M&S when I spotted these shoes. I’d been looking for some black patent shoes and these are suprisingly comfertable. So great bargain at that price! Buy them online
♥ ASOS Nude Black Seam Tights. I always wear tights to work and love the backseam! Available here for £6.00
♥ ASOS Tailored Seam Detail Ponti Pencil Dress, in Black.
Tailored pencil dress. Featuring a structured design, a V-neckline, pleated detail to the sleeves and slit detail to the hem. Really nice thick fabric and a gorgeous fit! Buy
here now for £40.00
♥ ASOS Tailored Cowl Neck Pencil Dress, in lipstick pink. Tailored pencil dress, featuring a draped cowl neckline, panelled stitching and pleating to the hips.
Available in 8 colours
here, starting from £18.00 (pink one is £30)
♥ I also got this amazing push up bra at M&S. It’s basically a boob job for £22 – uh-mazing haha!
Check them out
here :)

Have you done any shopping recently? Please share any nice/bargain/good purchases :) xoxo


Open your Eyes!

I recently received a new product from New CID Cosmetics in my mailbox; the ‘i-open’! I was intrigued by this product because it contains a powder concealer & a nude coloured pencil in one. I’m pretty addicted to using concealer – meaning I’m always keen to try out new products to help hide my annoying pigmentation spots underneath my eyes, reduce my dark circles or brighten up my eyes! 

What they say:
“i-open is a double-ended wand for widening and brightening eyes. The retractable pencil end helps to reduce redness inside the eyes whilst the cream to powder concealer at the other end helps to hide dark circles under the eyes. An essential for any make-up bag.” 

How to apply:
First run the pencil end of i-open along the inner rim of the lower lash line (aka your waterline). Now using the sponge end, blend the powder concealer under the eye & over the lids. To pick up a bit more concealer, dip the sponge end into the cap & twist. 

Swatched: top line is the pencil, bottom line is the concealer. In the picture above I applied the concealer powder around my left eye and the right eye is left natural (yikes..) I didn’t use the pencil on my waterline in this photo.
♥ Am a fan of the skin coloured pencil. I personally prefer using nude coloured eyeliners on my waterline instead of white eyeliner to brighten my eye, because I find it not as harsh. I already love my Chanel Eyeliner in Clair, see my review of it here, so this is a great alternative!
♥ The liner is very soft & easy to apply
♥ The liner has great pigmentation and is long lasting
♥ The 2-1 in product is ideal, great size & perfect for the handbag to allow touch up’s during the day/night!
♥ The concealer powder probably doesn’t give me with enough coverage as I ideally would prefer. I’m used to using creams and liquid concealers. But this is also because I have a few pigmentation spots that I find need a good amount of product to cover them. However if you just want light coverage this powder would be ideal. 
♥ Not that much concealer powder comes out when you remove the lid so personally I have to re-dip and twist a few times to get the desired coverage. Therefore I probably I won’t use this product much at the start of my day to apply concealer but I think it’s perfect to have in your handbag to allow you to touch up during the day or night when you need to! 
i-open is available in Light & Medium and is priced at £18.50 (this review is on the light version)
To view a demonstrational video, to buy i-open or for stockist details click here!