Iconic hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies aged 84

May 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today has brought the sad news that iconic British hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has passed away aged 84 after losing his battle with Leukaemia.

Vidal Sassoon rose to fame in the sixties when he created a series of fantastic geometric hairstyles for women. His creations include ‘The 5 point cut’ and most famously ‘The Bob’ which became Vidal’s signature cut and is still requested in hair salons today.

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

Along with creating fashionable hair styles for the ordinary woman Vidal Sassoon also worked with some of the most iconic names in Hollywood with cliental including Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.

Renowned for revolutionising hairdressing with his series of short ‘wash-and-wear’ hairstyles that proved to be incredibly popular Vidal Sassoon was requested to cut the hair of actress Mia Farrow in 1968 for her role in the film Rosemary’s Baby.

He created a short pixie cut which became an overnight fashion sensation much like the ‘Nancy Kwan’ bob that liberated women across Britain and America to go for the chop. This trendy bob cut was arguably one of Vidal’s most notable looks and a favourite of mine.

Vidal Sassoon geometric hair styles

Vidal Sassoon’s most iconic looks

Along with creating cutting edge hairstyle which epitomised the era of Cool Britannia, Vidal Sassoon also created a legacy of credible hairdressing with a series of salons and hairdressing academies both here in Britain and in America. During his career he also commissioned a range of styling products that have proved popular amongst professional and amateur hair stylists.

Vidal Sassoon will be greatly missed in the world of hairdressing however I’m sure that this legacy of creating pioneering hairstyles will live on forever.

Twiggy for Marks and Spencer Woman

April 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Fashion is a great way of expressing yourself but often it’s easy to get stuck in a rut especially when you’re getting older. I know that lots of women question if they are ‘too old’ to wear certain garments and consequently give up on fashion all together.

So it’s brilliant to hear that supermodel Twiggy, who is now 62 years old, has launched her debut collection with Marks and Spencer Woman. The summer collection, which is available exclusively online now, is full of stylish wardrobe essentials and one off special occasion pieces that truly are fantastic high street purchases for women who want to remain fashionable despite their age.

Twiggy Marks and Spencer woman

Twiggy collection for Marks and Spencer

What I like about the collection is that Twiggy has designed it with herself and other women of her age in mind. She’s used feminine colours and sophisticated patterns with tailored cuts and soft fabrics that all complement women whatever age they may be.

And the variety is endless as Twiggy’s Mark and Spencer collection includes flattering dresses, stylish trousers, blouses and statement jackets plus a selection of accessories which pull all of the outfits together perfectly.

Twiggy Marks and Spencer Chic

Twiggy collection for Marks and Spencer

Along with designing the collection Twiggy can also be seen modelling the outfits on the Marks and Spencer website, where you will also be able to see her in the Marks and Spencer Jubilee TV advert alongside Dannii Minogue, Myleen Klass and Jamie Redknapp with music from Gary Barlow.

View Twiggy for Marks and Spencer Woman online here– it comes highly recommended from me.

Websites of the Week- Harry Potter Studio Tour, Pepperberry by Bravissimo and Friends Reunited

March 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Warner Bros. Studio Tour- The Making of Harry Potter- If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter films you will no doubt be excited to hear that Warner Bros. Studio- The Making of Harry Potter officially opens this weekend.

The studio tour, which is set to attract thousands of fans daily, gives visitors an insight into how the magical films were created and lets visitors explore some of the most famous sets in the Harry Potter films including Gryffindor’s Common Room, the potions classroom, Dumbledore’s office and even Hagrid’s Hut.

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley in Harry Potter Studio

Most excitingly visitors get to enter through the iconic Great Hall, which will be a magical moment for all Harry Potter fans including myself, and exit the tour with a walk along Diagon Alley where they can peer through the shop windows and even purchase their own wand.

Opening the studios to fans is something which I think will be incredibly successful and a real treat for families who have followed Harry and his friends. Having seen a photograph of the Hogwarts Castle model that is featured in the London based studio I’m looking forward to going on the tour to see how much time, effort and creativity went into making such a magnificent series of films.

Great Hall Harry Potter

Great Hall Harry Potter Studio

Warner Bros. Studio Tour- The Making of Harry Potter would be a great day out for Easter holidays but please note that all tickets must be purchased prior to your visit. Visit the official website to source tickets and general information including directions, prices etc… and browse the tour’s Facebook page for exclusive photos of what to expect from the Harry Potter Studios.


Pepperberry clothing by Bravissimo- Fashion is a great way of expressing yourself and I love nothing more than buying a new outfit which looks good and feels great. For me the most important part of buying new clothing is ensuring that the garment fits properly.

But this is often easier said than done, as finding clothing which fits perfectly can be a real problem for ladies. So it is with great delight that Bravissimo have introduced a new range of clothing called ‘Pepperberry’.

Pepperberry clothing is ‘designed with your boobs in mind’ so you don’t have to worry about blouses gaping at the button holes or buying a size bigger. Pepperberry have designed a range which is sized as usual size 8-18 (UK) but also incorporates room and comfort for your shape specifically.

Pepperberry clothing

Pepperberry clothing by Bravissimo

Customers pick from the additional sizes of ‘Curvy’, ‘Really Curvy’ and ‘Super Curvy’ enabling the garments to flatter your shape and fit to perfection. Speaking from experience there is nothing worse than buying a size bigger than you need which is why I believe Pepperberry’s new sizing system will be a hit amongst ladies who love fashion but hate sizing issues.

Pepperberry’s range is not only stylish but also colourful and tasteful with dresses, tops, coats and skirts meaning that there really is something for every style and every occasion. Check out your Pepperberry size and browse the range at www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry now.


Friends Reunited– I’ve include the all new Friends Reunited website on my weekly recommendations because I believe that it could be a fantastic website for older internet users and the perfect place for people who are just starting out online.

Friends Reunited

The new look Friends Reunited website

The site boasts a theme of nostalgia and encourages its users to document their memories of the past in a digital memory box. Users can flick through all sorts of images, videos and news clipping to help jog their thoughts, which is why I believe that Friends Reunited could be extremely beneficial to the elderly. Helping them remember the good times in a modern way.

Fingers crossed Friends Reunited will become an internet success and help older people, many of whom are reluctant to go on the internet, enjoy the World Wide Web by filling it with the things which they have enjoyed from many years ago. Remember that signing up to Friends Reunited is completely free www.friendsreunited.co.uk

Woman’s Weekly celebrates 100 years

November 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s a great delight to hear that Woman’s Weekly, the weekly magazine for adult women is celebrating 100 years of fantastic work.

Created in 1911 the magazine has become renowned for its relatable content which covers all areas of interest. From crafts, family life, what to do out in the garden, health advice which we can trust, delicious recipes, real life stories and fashion advice for mature ladies.

womans weekly 100 yearsFor many Woman’s Weekly has become somewhat of an institution. Subscription has been passed from generation to generation and with such a wealth of history behind it the magazine has seen lasting success which continues to grow.

In its celebratory 100 year edition readers are treated to a collector’s reprint of the first ever edition.  The publication also relives some of its highlights from the past 100 years, including features such as fashion throughout the decades and the magazines most memorable ad campaigns which are great to remise over.

Like many of Woman’s Weekly other readers I am thrilled that the magazine is celebrating such a milestone. Here’s to 100 more years of great reading for great women.

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