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Nominate us for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013!

By Daisy Buchanan on May 29th, 2013

If we’ve made you laugh, smile – or, well, shop – recently, we’d love it if you nominated us for this year’s Cosmopolitan Blog Awards…

(It would give us an excuse to put a nice frock on and get our hair did)

Nominate here – in the Established Fashion Blog category

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards

Thank you!

Lauren and Daisy



Accessories, Affordable Fashions, Beauty, campaign, Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Features, Get the look, Uncategorized

With Nails Like This, One Direction Will Date You Too! Little Mix Launch Nailwear Collection

By Daisy Buchanan on April 15th, 2013
Daisy gets nailed!

Daisy gets nailed!

I’ve had a fashion crush on Little Mix since I first clapped eyes on them when Tulisa was using the X Factor as a perfume product placement vehicle, with a subtle arm tattoo.  Jesy, Perrie, Leigh Anne and Jade make the sort of brilliantly bold style choices that inspire us to layer, clash and burn any “sensible greige workwear” that has mysteriously found its way into our wardrobe. After all, greige is clearly not the way to Zayn One Direction’s heart.

Admittedly, I’m not always bold enough to follow their look to the letter – but I love the idea of wearing it on my fingertips. So it was really exciting to hear the girls were collaborating with Elegant Touch.

Working with designer Jenny Pasha and their stylist Alex Knox, the girls have each created a false nail and wrap design reflecting their personalities. Jesy’s black stud effect press ons are awesomely edgy, but Perrie’s alternate stars and sparkle design was the one that won me over.

Elegant Touch Perrie Press On Nails, £6,

Elegant Touch Perrie Press On Nails, £6,

The wraps can last for over a week if you look after your nails, and the falsies will keep going for around three days, although they’re perfect for parties and less perfect for writers on deadline (Perrie, if you’re reading this – how do you type?) Luckily the nails come with adhesive backing, so they’re much easier to apply than traditional, glue on falsies – you press ‘em on and peel ‘em off, so you can use them next time you have a big hand based event, like some shadow puppetry or a demonstration slot in home shopping channel.

The nails and wraps are available exclusively from New Look for £6.

campaign, Designer collaborations, Ethical Fashions, Fashion News

Stella McCartney creates t-shirts featuring Kate Moss and The Beatles for Red Nose Day

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 31st, 2013


Stella McCartney’s t-shirt designs for this year’s Red Nose Day have been unveiled.

Reprising her role from 2009, McCartney has given Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and Tommy Cooper a red-nosed makeover this year in order to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The t-shirts – all manufactured in Africa using Fairtrade-certified cotton – will be sold exclusively at TK Maxx nationwide from today, with prices ranging from £5.99 for long-sleeved tops in kids’ sizes to £14.99 for a fitted women’s t-shirt.

Red Nose Day 2013 takes place on Friday, 15 March.

campaign, News

Rihanna for River Island preview video released ahead of London Fashion Week debut

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 28th, 2013

The world is eagerly awaiting the collection Rihanna has done for River Island, which will be shown at London Fashion Week in February. And as is usual to keep momentum, a little teaser video has been released to ensure fans are kept on the edge of their seats.

In the clip, the 24-year-old singer is followed around as she fits models and discusses the details with her co-designer in the high street brand’s design studio.

Rihanna says:  She says: “The collection is casual, it’s chic, it’s flirty … I wanted all types of girls to be able to wear this and feel comfortable but edgy. I wanted there to be character within the clothes, but without it trying too hard. It’s just simple.”

The collection goes on sale on March 5th and will be unveiled at London Fashion Week with a full catwalk show and after party. We expect Rihanna to cater for the music as well as the fashion at that party!

campaign, Designer collaborations, Fashion News

Whitney Port is the new face of Very AW11

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 2nd, 2011

Having made her fame – and turned herself into a LA style icon and fashion designer for her own brand Whitney Eve – through reality TV show The Hills, Whitney Port has now set her eyes on conquering Britain by becoming the latest celebrity to front a collection for

Joining Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby, who both design for the brand, Whitney is the face of the Autumn Winter 2011/12 capsule collection for the Love Label and Love Label Luxe.

The collection is very seventies inspired and is part glam, part hippie. We’re big fans of Very’s Love label as it offers affordable yet beautiful designs. Love Label prices range from £8 to £75 and Love Label Luxe ranges from £38 to £120.

Whitney Port for Very

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Advertorial, Beauty, campaign

Top beauty tips for winter

By shinychris on October 27th, 2011

When money is tight it can be hard to make the most out of your money. If you find yourself scraping the bottom of your mascara or squeezing the last drop out of your shampoo, you are in some serious need of some budget beauty tips.


During the winter your skin will dry up against the cold weather.  The skin on your face is significantly thinner than the rest of your body and is more sensitive to the cold weather as it is the most exposed.

For normal skin types, if your skin becomes dry, your body will over produce oil to compensate and this will result in an outbreak of spots. Therefore, it is vital that you keep moisturising during the winter. Oil based products containing Jojaba oil, for example, are often good for dry skin because the skin quickly absorbs the oil, without giving you a shiny finish.

Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products and so it can often be hard to find the right product for you.  To avoid unwanted reactions to various products, why not start with something for sensitive skin such as Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera beauty products are typically designed for sensitive skin and tend not contain alcohol and are odourless.

If you find that you have oily skin, Tea Tree related products dry out the skin.

If you have already found a face moisturiser that works well for you, you may just want to apply more during the winter months.


Whilst the hot air of a hair dryer can be comforting in the winter, unfortunately this is bad news for your hair. Hair can become dry and brittle after blow-drying, straightening and using curling tongs. One way to combat this is to towel dry your hair and use plenty of conditioner! There are many leading brands, which offer different types of conditioner for different hair types, such as Pantene. Alternatively, if you have the time and resources, you could make your own hair mask from olive oil, bananas, honey and other household food items.


If you want to add some colour to your cheeks this winter, but don’t want to look like you’ve been in the Bahamas for the last week, why not create your own tinted moisturiser. If you have any liquid bronzer or fake tan left from the summer but not enough to complete the look, you could create your own tinted moisturiser by adding some to your daily moisturiser. Not only will this save you money, but it will also keep you and your skin happy.

Cracked lips are a common winter problem.   Although there is little risk of sunburn during an English winter, you might want to consider buying a lip balm or lipstick with an SPF 15. This is because SPF lip balms help fight against the cold weather, jam-packed with essential oils, which help soothe and repair sensitive skin.

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Top five pink pieces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Andrea Petrou on October 6th, 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding a rock, you’ll know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to Breast Cancer Care, every year 50,000 women a year hear they have breast cancer, which we’re sure you’ll agree is devastating.
To raise awareness of the illness and encourage women to check their breasts there’s a huge range of initiatives taking place this month as well as fundraising events such as fun runs to the more serious sporting days.

However, over here at Shiny towers we’ve decided to support the event in the best way we know and that’s of course through fashion.

See the gallery below and rope your friends into having a “pink dress day” – think Mean Girls – for every pink item you wear you can have a pound donated to a Breast Cancer charity of your choice.

Read the rest of this entry »

campaign, Celebrity Style, charity, Fashion News

Paloma Faith designs vintage inspired lingerie range for La Senza

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2011

Vintage loving singer-songwriter Paloma Faith is collaborating with lingerie brand La Senza to design an exclusive range of vintage inspired lingerie and nightwear to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.

The designs include an emerald green playsuit (£30) and a halter-neck bra and French knickers set for £16. Paloma who is currently showing off her wonderfully playful sartorial flair at London Fashion Week has a distinct 1940’s style and is a style icon in the making.

The range hits stores from 1 October and will be available throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month with a donation from every sale will go to Breast Cancer Care.

We love!

Advertorial, Beauty, campaign, Celebrity gossip, Designer collaborations, Gallery

Spotted: Lady Gaga being photographed by Annie Leibowitz

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Lady Gaga posing for Annie Leibowitz in NYC

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A bit of a fashion happening yesterday on the streets of New York as two icons met for a fashion shoot: Annie Leibowitz photographing Mother Monster Lady Gaga herself.

We haven’t seen the final results of the shoot yesterday but we do have these amazing paparazzi snaps taken at the high-fashion shoot which show Gaga standing regally on the streets of New York in haute couture, coyly hiding her body with a giant black feather hat and throwing her head back to show off her couture eye-candy headwear. We have to say, it does look really fun posing for Annie Leibowitz.

You definitely know you’re a superstar when you’ve posed for Mama Leibowitz, who’s taken some of the most famous celebrity portraits in the world. A pregnant Demi Moore? Shot by Leibowitz. John Lennon curled serene naked around Yoko on the floor? Yep, shot by Leibowitz. Miley Cyrus posing coyly wearing nothing but a sheet? Yup, that was shot by Leibowitz.

We can’t wait to see the final outcome of this photoshoot. We reckon this is going to be a celebrity portrait to remember.

Advertorial, Beauty, campaign, Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style

Kate Moss is to front a new line of Rimmel lipsticks for her 10th anniversary working with the brand

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

Kate Moss is set to celebrate ten happy years as the face of Rimmel makeup with a new capsule collections of lipstick for the brand.

The collection will consist of seven different shades which will span from classic pillarbox-reds to coral and pink colours that the model promises will match any outfit. The model said: “My inspiration for this range was really to create a range of easy to wear, classic shades that I have always worn and loved. From bright reds, to soft pinks and nudes, there is a shade for everyone and any occasion. It was also really important for me that they were comfortable to wear. Whatever your outfit there is sure to be a shade to match!”

Steve Mormoris, Senior Vice-President, Global Marketing for Coty Beauty, added: “Kate Moss is the ultimate London girl and truly conveys the London Look: she is a leader in the fashion and beauty stakes and Rimmel is thrilled with our long-standing relationship with the world’s most famous model.”

The new line will be launched at the beginning of London Fashion Week on the 15th, with Mossy turning up to Battersea Power Station in a helicopter to re-create the first campaign she ever did with Rimmel. Viva the London look!

Ad campaigns, Beauty, campaign, Features, First Looks

First Look: Emma Watson’s new ad campaign for Lancôme

By emilyborrett on September 7th, 2011

Emma Watson, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.. We’re super excited because not only did she dazzle us yesterday at the GQ awards in an Alexander McQueen dress, but we’ve also just seen Emma Watson’s new campaign as the face of Lancôme Paris’ new perfume, Trésor Midnight Rose. And she looks like a dream in the advert!

The ad shows our favourite British actress flitting across city streets with her trademark cropped hair, enchanting bookstore clerks in fedora hats and sizzling at night in a mist of Midnight Rose. How very Lancôme. We’re pretty much sold on this perfume already.

You can check out the new ad in the video below – is Emma the perfect Lancôme cover girl or what? Let us know what you think of the new advert by commenting below.

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Update: Fashion Faces of AW 11

By shinychris on August 31st, 2011

The fashion department’s been busy recruiting some new meat, namely the high-street players. We bring you a round-up of pretty visages to look out for.

Marks & Spencer are going all out, it seems, for their Autumn campaign. According to the Telegraph, Transformers star Rosie-Huntington Whiteley will front M&S’s Autumn campaign alongside David Gandy and Ryan Reynolds. Yes you read right, Ryan Reynolds for Marks & Spencer! It’s a superstar line-up fit for the store’s high-end line called Autograph. The ad may risk lacking credibility mind you. Rosie comes fresh from a stint with Burberry, David from D&G. Meanwhile,  it’s hard to believe Ryan (voted the Sexiest Man Alive no less) even knew what an M&S was before he was cast, being Canadian and, well…being Ryan Reynolds.

Next up we have supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a Victoria’s Secret gal like Rosie, looking fantastic for Esprit Fall/Winter 2011. Not that we need a reason why, she’s a Brazilian beaut, but nonetheless she was picked because ‘she embodies easy elegance, charisma and naturalness’ befitting of the brand’s spirit. Oh that she does.

Alexa Chung, ever the restless fashionista, will be the star of Vero Moda. She’s hard to keep track of, now unseen, now stateside with her own TV show, now breaking up with Alex Turner. Now though, she’ll front Vero Moda’s AW campaign, which was Gisele Bundchen’s role formerlyby the by (a lot of links amongst celebs here!). It’s safe to say any retailer fortunate enough to bag Alexa for their campaign is guaranteed a nice surge in business. The campaign launches in November.

Ad campaigns, Advertorial, campaign, Celebrity gossip, Department Stores, Gossip

Rosie Huntington-Whitely is set to star in the Autumn M&S campaigns

By emilyborrett on August 31st, 2011

Britain’s poutiest supermodel, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, is going to be the new face of Marks & Spencer’s Autumn ad campaigns alongside the Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds.

The A-list twosome are going to front M&S’s Autograph collection, one of the department store’s many different clothing lines, though Autograph is one of the most fashion-forward ones. Rosie, who’s previously modelled in Burberry campaigns, said: “I feel proud to be associated with a British high street favourite that holds fond memories for so many people.”

The Canadian heart-throb Ryan also has a fond connection with the store and thinks of M&S with “nostalgia”. He said: “Going into an M&S store with my family or friends always gives me a beautiful pang of nostalgia. The Autograph collection is a modern take on the classic style I love and feel most comfortable wearing. The pieces in this collection are lasting staples that’ll never go out of style.”

The executive director of the store, Steve Sharp, was absolutely ecstatic to get the Hollywood pair to front the brand – we have to say that a Victoria’s Secret model and a Hollywood blockbuster hero is a bit of a step up from Myleene Klass and Danni Minogue dancing around in their pyjamas. He told MailOnline: “Rosie and Ryan are the perfect fit for Autograph – beautiful, exclusive and absolutely contemporary. On set, they worked together to deliver a mesmerising performance which allowed us to capture shots that literally sizzle with excitement and an air of mystery.”

Keep an eye out for these two on the telly – Marks & Spencer just got sexy.

campaign, Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Gossip, jewelry

Zandra Rhodes would never go out without accessories

By emilyborrett on August 22nd, 2011

The bonkers designer Zandra Rhodes, who is currently working on a new accessories range with Adele Marie, says that she could never be without jewellery or accessories. We know you couldn’t, Zandra, we’ve seen you!

Zandra’s new collection was designed in accordance with her own personal love for trinkets and beads. She said: “Firstly, I never go out without jewellery, ever! When I saw what Adele Marie did I knew that this was jewellery that I could be wearing. As a designer you have to want to wear what you are putting out. I like to get away and take inspiration from the kind of things I want to be wearing. With collaborations it’s different – we merge our ideas and visions together.”

Mama Rhodes’ new collection, basically, is for women like her who aren’t too scared to make a few brave choices about their look.

She told Marie Claire: “It’s for women who just want to wear a unique piece of jewellery. They’re very strong pieces, which emulate me. It’s not shy jewellery; it’s for women who want to make a statement.”

campaign, Celebrity gossip, charity, Fashion News, Gossip

Sienna Miller has donated her favourite shoes to charity

By emilyborrett on August 18th, 2011

The actress Sienna Miller has donated her favourite pairs of shoes to the charity “Small Steps Project”, which raises awareness of children in Cambodia working on landfill sites.

Along with other celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Colin Firth and Eva Green, Sienna will be auctioning off her very favourite shoes, with the profit going to the Small Steps Project, at the Royal Society of Medicine on the 12th of October.

The charity was started by celebrity journalist Amy Hanson, who was shocked by the poverty and living conditions in Cambodia when she visited in 2008. She said about her time there: “When I went to Cambodia, I witnessed huge landfills filled with our waste and excess packaging where the local children would look for scraps to sell in order to support their families. Ideally we want to raise enough money to get the children away from the rubbish dumps and into schools, but for now we’re focusing on providing durable boots to prevent the children from harming themselves with the shards of glass and sharp objects on the ground.”

A very worthy cause. If you happen to be the same shoe size as Sienna, and you’ve got money to burn then get down to that auction in October!

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