Lela London: Brit/American globetrotter. Co-founder of Digital PR agency AR&L and blogger. I like to use this so-called lifestyle blog to make you smile while you listen to me ramble about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, food, music, and more.
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Category Archives: Fashion TV
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I live a lifestyle that involves very little television. While there are shows I love, I am likely to catch up on TV in large chunks. That being said, while in the ‘detox phase’ a juice cleanse I decided to spend two days in marathon of rest, relaxation, and TV escapism. When you spend your life gallivanting around London, nothing seems more indulgent than catching up on a few of your favourite TV shows.
First up, Game of Thrones – when everyone about me caught the Game of Thrones bug I wasn’t sure what to expect. From what I gathered from broken conversations, I was anticipating lust, intrigue, Kings, Queens, savage scenes, and dark forces. Unable to resist temptation – though it didn’t really seem like my kind of thing – I settled in to see what all the fuss was about. Thoughts? It’s graphic, it’s exciting, and very easy to see why watching the struggle for the Iron Throne keeps everyone on the edge of their seat. (I later learned it’s based on A Song of Ice and Fire – one of George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels!)
After watching a series of plots disentangle and several characters meet their fate, I decided it was time to put something a little more light-hearted on. Though I was late to join the fan club, I am slightly obsessed with the hit US comedy Girls. Almost every woman I know can relate to the happenings in this dysfunctional group of twenty-something women, and watching the countless mortifications (and few triumphs) unfold around the beauty of New York is only part of what makes this witty dramedy a must-watch. The girl crushes are rampant; Lena Dunham not only stars in the series but also created it (alongside Jenni Konner and Judd Apatow), and she has amazing chemistry Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams .
To satisfy my ‘reality’ TV fill, I decided to finish my weekend watch with a few episodes of Entourage. Though it jumped the shark quite a few years ago, its depiction of celebrity lifestyle – following Vincent Chase on his journey to stardom – rings as true as ever.
It leaves no room for dispute: HBO is the TV Messiah. All of these hit TV shows (and many more I’ve loved; Sex & The City, The Wire…) are all aired on the network. There are a number of other shows I have my eye on (all here!)); for now, however, it’s back to the real world.
Need the perfect dress for any occasion? My latest obsession has you over. The Outnet – being the Outnet – have once again lured me into tapping in my debit details when aided by beautiful dresses (all from Issa, and all on sale!) being pranced under the dulcet tones of Laura Mvula (Green Gardens).
Dangerously, this is a shoppable video. I dare you to click.
The Carrie Diaries – the long-awaited prequel to Sex and the City – has finally hit US screens. Though the script has yet to impress as its predecessor had done so many years ago, I was sold on the wardrobe from first sight (she even has a first-timer version of the infamous Carrie necklace!). Intended to replace the fashion-crazed Gossip Girl viewership over on The CW, I look forward to see where how rather garish – but altogether charming – ensembles develop over the first season.
Shop the first looks below!
1. Carrie Bradshaw:
The Lulu Polka Dot Pullover by Cardigan
Current/Elliot ‘Ice Cream’ denim skirt (not online)
2. Larissa Loughton:
Robert Rodriguez Leopard Print Trousers
3. Jen, Donna, and Jen:
Pastel skinny jeans (similar here)
6. Carrie Bradshaw:
Marc Jacobs yellow striped sweater (similar here)
7. Carrie Bradshaw:
10 Crosby Derek Lam floral-print blouse
8. Carrie Bradshaw:
Marc Jacobs heart print top
9. Carrie Bradshaw:
Topshop sequin skater dress
POSTED IN: annasophia robb, carrie bradshaw, carrie diaries, carrie diaries fashion, carrie diaries style
Though it launched earlier this year to an immense sign-up storm, it took me a few months to bite the bullet and sign up for Netflix. For years I have tended to adopt a love of TV shows and movies long after they have been cancelled (Mad Men is the exception). When the Netflix app popped up on my iPad before a long trip, however, the stars seemed to align and suck me into Netflix mania.
Though I wouldn’t say the app is faultless, the very cheap service (£6 per month) more than delivers when I am all blogged/styled/travelled out and need a creative escape. The biggest problem for me is actually deciding what to watch. For that reason, I have created a quick access guide to ‘flix-cure your every need!
What To Watch
For those who have yet to hear of the ‘manacled Mormon’…
Tabloid. Directed by Errol Morris, this bizarre documentary features sex, lies, Mormonism, and all of Morris’ mesmerizing flair. It is delusional, disturbing, and captivating on many levels.
For those who miss The Wire…
Breaking Bad. Having recently released season five exclusively through Netflix, this is the app’s calling card. Like the drug the show is centered around, the probability of addiction is high. This show has rocked more hours on my iPad than anything else.
For some neo-noir man candy…
Drive. Has Ryan Gosling. Pretend you need a better explanation.
For some guilty pleasure…
Secret Diary of A Callgirl. Led by Billie Piper, the series – based on the anonymous blog turned bestseller, Belle de Jour – is a knowingly ironic look at the adventures of a London call girl. The reality and disillusionment of sex as a commodity is certainly interesting, but this series is more about the Sex and The City-esque one liners than any sort of sexual agenda.
For something quick and mind-blowing…
Derren Brown Trick of the Mind. Because you can only say you’ve lived when you see someone be whispered unconscious in seconds via telephone. Derren Brown does ‘magic’ in a way that would make David Copperfield cry.
For the ‘THANK YOU, LELA’ moment…
Arrested Development. I have introduced more people to this TV show than anything else. It is the smartest and best-cast comedy I have ever seen. (You’re welcome.)
For the fashionista…
…who can appreciate a satirical, frivolous, but poignant update of Jane Auste’s Emma…Clueless.
…who has ever wanted to work in fashion…The September Issue.
For the dirty Brit in you…
For the traitor Brit in you…
The Office (US). (Better than the original).
For unaware hilarity…
Teeth. If there is anything you will take away from this movie, it will be the phrase ‘vagina dentata’. Classed as horror, I believe this one is a little more comedic than the average slasher, but a worthwhile watch for the experience alone.
For your XY Chromosome…
Green Street (Hooligans). Gritty and poetic all at once. You wouldn’t be faulted for raising your eyebrow at a few of the casting choices, but when you combine the primal highs of West Side Story, Fight Club, and the culture of football hooliganism, you get an authentically riveting film.
POSTED IN: arrested development, breaking bad, clueless, derren brown trick of the mind, drive, Green Street Hooligans, netflix uk, secret diary of a callgirl, tabloid, teeth, the inbetweeners, the office us, the september issue, what to watch on netflix
Christina Hendricks is a hot woman. Perhaps not everyone’s dream woman, but with a curvaceous figure, sweet nature, and a fame-making role as the quintessential femme fatale, the unaffected are few and far between.
Last week, Christina was in Australia to promote Specsavers launch for Australia’s Most Stylish Spec Wearer (setting those optician hearts racing, I’m sure) and sat down for a preliminary interview with the fashion editor of the Sydney Sun-Herald, Kate Waterhouse. Half way through the interview Waterhouse noted, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?”
Quickly, a viral video surfaced that showed Hendricks flustered and shutting down Waterhouse’s full-figured question on account of being ‘just rude’; the F-bomb, if you will. I was perplexed by her reaction. Instead of taking the moment in its positivity, the gorgeous actress – having built a career in this same body, always the poster girl for full-figured women – looked hurt. I felt empathetic.
Regardless of good intentions, you could see the affect the comment had on her. Regardless of being human – just like you and I – she has since been ridiculed for “breeding insecurity of body acceptance“.
Hendricks later told The Sun-Herald that she prefers her body to be described as “feminine“, causing just as much of a stir; as if she would perhaps exclude those without curves from being feminine. Is it her responsibility to be politically correct, here? Let me know what you think!
POSTED IN: christina hendricks, curvaceous figure, femme fatale, full figured woman, full figured women, gorgeous actress, joan holloway, Kate Waterhouse