halloween 2012 playlist
The UK doesn’t exactly celebrate Halloween like our amigos in the US, but since I’m half-and-half and obsessed with music, I’m getting my kicks where I can. (Any excuse for a Spotify playlist, right?) It is a little more ‘True Blood gangster woman’ than ‘Monster Mash’, but with everything from Ice T to Marilyn Manson there is definitely something for everyone.

Click here to listen and have a happy Halloween!


Now that True Blood Season 4 is coming to a close in the U.S., the world can welcome many more porcelain-inspired make-up looks in the build-up to the finale.

To go a little retro on you in every regard, let’s look at Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne Leclerq – the beautiful and financially-endowed Vampire Queen. While a face like that can cost you thousands (nudge, nudge), I will show you how to re-create it for under £10!

Face: Whatever foundation or moisturiser you want to start with, remember to throw a good layer on matte powder on top! No oil/sheen allowed! (Try Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder Compact£1.)

Cheeks: No blood = no ‘flush’. Contour your cheeks by applying light browns under your cheeks, blending up towards your ear. (Try Revlon’s creme shadow quad in “Not Just Nudes”£4, to keep it from looking cakey.)

Eyes: Use the beige shade from the same quad as an allover lid colour. Then, apply heavy liquid liner with a wing on your upper lashes and a light line on your lower lashes – from the centre of your eye outwards. (Try e.l.f.’s liquid eyeliner£1.)

Lips: The main event! Create a perfect lip shape with a burgundy lip pencil, fill in your entire lips, then add the lightest shade from the Revlon quad – lightly – in the centre of your lower lip for dimension. (Try Lord & Berry’s Ultimate Lipstick Luxury in Burgundy,£3.50.)

Then sing along to the True Blood theme song for a few hours while staring at your beautiful face in the mirror. You know you want to.

Spellbound Vogue US July 2011
Everything is so on point for US Vogue‘s “Spellbound” photo spread in their July 2011 issue. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, we get a deliciously obscene amount of chemistry displayed from Lara Stone and Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman seems to be giving me the eyes). Grace Coddington‘s styling – once again – is compositionally perfect. This spread is phenomenal. Even Frida Gustavsson is thrown in for good model measure. View Post

The Romantics Cast Cupcakes J CrewJ.Crew gives us a sneak peek at images of Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and their costars in the upcoming film “The Romantics,” all decked out in J.Crew party attire.

The looks, drawn from the limited-edition Collection line for Fall 2010, are part of J.Crew’s wardrobe contribution to the movie. For the photos, Holmes and Duhamel dance around with Malin Åkerman, Adam Brody, Jeremy Strong, and Rebecca Lawrence.

The missing pieces are True Blood’s Anna Paquin, who plays the bride, and Elijah Wood. Yet even without pretty Paquin, the women gleam in a variety of shimmering styles. Åkerman wears a dark bronze sequined miniskirt; Lawrence swings her hips in a short, sunset-colored brocade sheath. Holmes, meanwhile, wears a pale peach dress dripping with beaded fringe – a look that practically begs to go dancing after the rehearsal dinner. (Something tells us that the film’s bridesmaids dresses won’t be the standard-issue taffeta horrors.)

In typical J.Crew fashion, the dressy duds are juxtaposed by boyish pieces. Åkerman layers on a sweatshirt vest, Lawrence tops her dress with a denim jacket, and Holmes toughens her wispy dress with a dark belt.The Romantics Cast Cupcakes J Crew