5 Things I loved about the Royal Wedding

1. The hats

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Pic from Women24.com

And my absolute favourites, just because they are so shocking... Beatrice and Eugenie. What WERE they thinking?! Pic by Pascal le Segretain

They were crazy, and over the top and nothing I would ever put on my head… but highly entertaining!

2. Harry

Especially Harry in uniform. Yummy.

From News24.com

Apart from being dashing and handsome and oh so eligible, Harry also seemed to be a great support to his brother. Remember that time Wills didn’t watch Kate walk down the aisle, but Harry sneaked a peek and then said something to the groom with a chuckle? Well, the buzz from the bees (i.e. @Enigmeg via @Jezebel via @LaineyGossip on twitter) is that he said: “wait till you see her.” How sweet!

3. The queen looking like a fluffy baby chicken in yellow

See... Said with all due respect, admiration and kindness.

4. Kate’s endearing wave

Hand tilted back like a little girl

Although you can’t see it clearly in this pic, Kate evidently hasn’t gotten the elegant royal wave down yet. As she was whisked past the crowds she waved in bursts of childlike exuberance, which I thought was quite sweet!

5. This quote from the sermon

“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena

Style Icon: Florence Welch

The epitome of a Celtic beauty with her fiery hair and pale skin.

With her strong facial features, burnt-orange mane, milky skin and willowy body Florence Welch, the enigmatic lead singer of Florence and the Machine, is not exactly what you would call ‘pretty.’

Red carpet pose

But who needs pretty when you’ve got attitude, sex appeal, style and a booming voice to boot?

Festival ready in shorts and a bowler hat

With all the trappings of a legend, it seems as though the 24-year-old is steadily shaping up to become one of the, if not the, definitive rock ‘n roll icon of our generation.

All innocent and sweet

Although I’ve been a fan of her music for a while now, I only really took note of Welch’s wonderfully eclectic style when I spotted her waltzing in at the number 5 position of  Harper’s Bazaar’s list of Top 20 Best Dressed Ladies of 2010 on PopYaCollar’s blog.

Somewhat gothy

Here she joins the ranks of Carey Mulligan, Victoria Beckham, Yasmin LeBon and Alexa Chung (all in the top 5), while easily outshining the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow (number 11), Kate Moss (number 14) and Sienna Miller (number 16).

Glorious in gold on stage

What I love most about her style is the way she manages to seamlessly switch between a whole array of different looks: from her dramatic on-stage persona swathed in drapes and decked out in glittery make-up, to crisp and cool street-style vintage, to straight-forward rock ‘n roll diva and even the occasional flirtation with romantic folk hippie.

And just to illustrate my point, I play out with a few sartorial snaps.

Tea party pretty

Pop art

Hippie folk

Want to know more about Florence? Here are some interesting links:

Heartbreak, depression and a rise to fame

The dog days are indeed over

Some background

Florence and the Machine’s YouTube Channel

Harajuku Lovers Fragrances

Harajuku Lovers Fragrance Range

I’m a real sucker for cute, so you can imagine that my head almost burst when I spotted these adorable fragrance bottles in Clicks’ Christmas cosmetics brochure yesterday. While indisputably cute, the dolly-shaped bottles left me pondering whether those more sophisticated than myself would consider them kitch or cool.

Love and Li'l Angel Fragrances from Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers range

Cuter than cute: Love and Li'l Angel Fragrances from Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers range

One Google later and I couldn’t care less what the hoity toity might think, as I discovered that Harajuku Lovers is in fact gorgeous Gwen Stefani’s quirky fragrance collection… and, in my mind, anything bearing Gwen’s brand is cool by default.  *sigh of happiness*

Love and Li'l Angel Fragrances from Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers range

By far the coolest fragrances on the page 🙂

Although this discovery sparked a vague recollection about ms. Rossdale’s foray into fragrances, it was the first time I really took note… and boy am I fascinated!

Colourful, fresh and exciting

Colourful, fresh and exciting - an advert for the fragrance collection

The Harajuku Lovers fragrance collection consists of 5 different scents – Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby and G – with collectible figurines to match. The limited edition Summer 2010 range was especially adorable with each sunny cutie sporting sexy swimwear and fresh new fragrance to match.

Limited edition 2010 Summer range of Sunshine Cuties

The fragrance range obviously forms part of Gwen’s clothing and accessories line of the same name, which was launched in 2005. The entire Harajuku Lovers brand was greatly inspired by the eclectic cuteness of Kawaii fashion, an urban Japanese trend cultivated in the streets of Harajuku, and popularised to some extent by Gwen and her four Japanese back-up dancers.

A form of Harajuku fashion

The cute figurines (cuties for short) atop each of the bottles also then represents Gwen and each of the four “Harajuku Girls.”

G and her Harajuku girls

Intrigued? Why not make your way over to Clicks to check it out for yourself. Love, Lil’ Angel, Music and Baby seem to be going for a special price of R349 for a 30 ml bottle. Might be a bit steep for your own pocket, but ’tis no less the season to be hinting for those little luxuries you can’t afford yourself… no?