Welcome To The September #StyleBattle™

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September #StyleBattle™ Photo Credits:  I’m Koo | Crapeyewear.com

It’s cold, it’s grey and The X Factor has started, which means we’re officially on the countdown to Christmas (yes, really!) To celebrate this momentous occasion, welcome one and all, to the launch of our September #StyleBattle™ YAY!

This month we’re looking to crown the most fashionable users snapping their new autumn style, so here’s the lowdown on what you can WIN this time around…

> A VIP Photo shoot: We’re talking the works here! You will be dressed by a celebrity stylist, have your hair and make-up done by the pros at RUSH hair and Illamasqua, before taking your place in front of the camera for your shoot. If that wasn’t cool enough, you will be featured not only on the Shopcade App, but also appear in IDGAF Magazine! Impressive, huh?!

Fashion Union goodies: The winners will also receive some gems from our brand sponsor this month, the amazing Fashion Union!

So what else is new this month? Well, we welcome on board some amazing new Style Council members, including the lovely Danielle Peazer AKA Idle Lane, stylist Kristine Kilty and fashion photographer Rachell Smith, to name but a few!

Here’s the rest of the council you need to be impressing this month to be crowned the winner!

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10 Things You Never Knew About Mel B

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We’re feeling just a little bit smug right now. We TOTALLY knew that Mel B was going to be on The X Factor this year after her stellar stand in on the show a few years ago. Plus, who else would they have got to match the ‘fierce’ factor of the dearly departed Nicole Scherzy? Exactly.

So if you’re anything like us, your love affair with Mel will have started in her Spicey days and probably ended with her solo career (harsh but true). However, after proving a hit on the panel last time around, we have definitely warmed up to her again.

Not afraid to speak her mind, we reckon her and Cheryl Cole will get on like a house on fire and clash a fair amount too- basically the perfect love/hate relationship we’ve come to expect from the girls’ side of the judging panel.

Joining Mel and Cheryl is Simon Cowell and yes, unbelievably for no logical reason we can fathom, Louis Walsh is back for a record breaking 11th year as well. Craziness!

Anyway, to celebrate this glorious offish announcement, we’ve done some digging around around the artist formally known as Scary Spice.

Here’s 10 things you never knew about the lady who loves lycra and leopard print…

1. She sang ‘Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston at her Spice Girls audition.

2. She briefly changed her name from Mel B to Mel G when she married her first hubby Jimmy Gulzar.

3. She was given the nickname Scary Spice because she was so loud and lairy.

4. She had her own reality show. Yes really. It was called ‘Mel B: It’s a Scary World’.

5. She’s been a judge on America’s Got Talent and The X Factor Australia.

6. She’s an author. Well kind of. She wrote a memoir called ‘Catch A Fire’ about her life with her fellow Spiceys.

7. She dated British hottie Max Beesley for a brief period in 2002.

8. She has a Japanese tattoo on her stomach which means “spirit, heart, and mind”

9. She worked with Missy Elliott at the height of her Spice Girls fame, releasing ‘I Want You Back’ which hit Number 1 in the UK.

10. She came second on the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in 2007 losing out to Hélio Castroneves the Brazilian racing car driver.

Via CrushableOocities & Wiki  

Cannes Style Watch 2014

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We’re officially on Cannes Style Watch right now as the festival continues to showcase some of the best dressed women on the planet, and we’re only on day five!

Cannes is always a feast for the eyes fashion wise, but this year it really has taken on a whole new level of glamour. Want to see who has made out hot list? Then read on below and check out our fave looks from Cannes past and present right here!

Blake Lively: Fresh from nailing it at the Met Gala earlier this month, Blake is on fire right now as the hottest gal in Cannes. It helps she has the likes of Gucci and Chanel dressing her, but what we reckon is really doing it for her is that handsome bit of man candy she is carrying around everywhere right now, AKA Mr Ryan Reynolds. HOT.

Kendall Jenner: Kendall looked stunning, even if she did play it a little safe at the opening ceremony of Cannes a few days ago in a pretty little Chanel monochrome number. Critics weren’t overjoyed with her selection, but we reckon she looked dazzling and super sophisticated for her age.

Cheryl Cole: Our Chezza gets a mention purely for the fact she was falling out of a nightclub, struggling to keep her food and drink down and STILL managed to look as stunning as ever in off-duty leather. In Cannes doing her beauty duty as a L’Oreal ambassador, we’re seriously counting down the days until she is back on our X Factor screens in the summer… can you imagine the dresses?! Ahh #excited

Jennifer Lawrence: Now J-Law can rock a frock like the best of them, but she’s only 23 and sometimes it’s nice to see her looking her age in a pretty white ensemble. Granted, it’s Dior but still! She looks gorgeous with her newly grown out pixie crop in soft waves here as she attends a photo call for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Love her look? Shop it here!

Want to turn heads this season? Then unleash your inner celeb and check out our best selection of party and cocktail dresses right here!

Shopcade Hits The Stylist Rail

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 The Stylist Rail | Photo Credit: @FashionFabs

For one day only, The Stylist Rail popped-up in Shoreditch’s Hoxton Hotel so I headed down there, as a stylist myself to see what I could find to add to my own rail.

Placed in the apartment area of The Hoxton Hotel, the atmosphere was buzzing as the DJs played the right tunes to keep shoppers happy whilst rifling through the rails. With previous labels from YSL, Acne, PPQ & Holly Fulton mixed in amongst new, young designer collections there was something for everyone!

Curated by the fabulous Plum from Plumdiddlyumcious blog, the event has gone from strength to strength! Starting in a bar, Birthdays in Dalston, passing through to a charity event at The Sanderson Hotel and now being hosted at The Hoxton, one girl’s dream has now been given the seal of approval from Grazia, StylistTime Out and now of course ourselves here at Shopcade!

For those that needed a style over haul pre LFW, style consultant, Emma from Back of the Wardrobe was on hand to help you compose two outfits with a discount too! Double deal!

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With a complimentary gin cocktail to hand on my travels I met some great young designers such as Nikita Karizma who has worked on The X Factor, dressing the likes of Little Mix and The Style Merchants who are stylists currently setting up their own shop. Exciting times for fashionistas!

It was a great afternoon to meet with like minds, support our fellow fashionista and have fun! Stay tuned as we’ll have some great features coming up in the next couple of weeks from Plum, NIkita and others!

Check out the Rachel’s fab dungaree and polkadot look below on my Shopcade…





The Goss: X Factor Special

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Sam Bailey wins the X Factor: Was there ever any doubt that Sam would lift the X Factor trophy this year? Sure, Nicky will have got the mum’s vote (as we predicted) but Sam had the voice- even though she had her thunder stolen by Nicole Scherzinger in the Saturday duet (hilarious, you have to look it up). Other gossip from this week’s X Factor… Ellie Goulding dueted with finalist Luke Friend in tiny velvet hot pants and a jewelled bralet (she looked amazing, may we just say?!) whilst Katy Perry went for an odd angelic get up (we’re talking halo, wings, the lot!) for her performance last night, but was torn to pieces on Twitter for her vocals. We just thought she had lovely shiny hair. Finally major fashion props must be given to Nicole for last night’s showstopper- a custom made gold flecked fishtail dress by Julien Macdonald– stunning. Well, that’s it until next year… how will we solider on? 😉

Miley’s Cheeky Xmas Selfie: Oh Miley, you cheeky little Christmas elf you. Posing with your top pulled up and only two ‘Merry Christmas’ stickers to preserve your modesty. Kids these days, eh?

Kelly Brook to pen autobiography: This is going to be a fab read! The ever gorgeous Kelly Brook has reportedly signed a £1million deal to pen her autobiography. Already tipped to be ‘sensational’ we’re looking forward to hearing all about her string of hunks and her stint on BGT a few years a go. Cant wait.

Andy Murray wins SPOTY: Ha, what a funny acronym. If you aren’t up on your lingo or have been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, our Wimbledon champ was crowned Sports Personality of the Year 2013. Cue lots of witty remarks about Andy’s lack of personality and how ironic it was to see him win. Personally we’re loving Murray in the office- guy has been dressed by Anna Wintour for heaven’s sake and is well on his way to matching his gorgeous girlfriend in the style stakes. Speaking of Kim, any sign of that hair deal yet?!

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blog.image-product-161213-ukFashion Ed’s Pick of the Day: It’s nearly Christmas! So what better way to celebrate than with an amusing Xmas t-shirt, which is all sparkly and pretty? Only £25 from River Island, go on make someone smile when they see this in their stocking 😉

The Goss: Jessie J performs at the Capital FM Xmas Ball

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Jessie J’s glittery red hair: Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Jessie J looks here please?! Performing last night at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball, JJ looked stunning in her red lacy bodysuit, red tuxedo jacket complete with glittery red hair fashioned into a retro hairstyle. We don’t know about you but we are seriously crushing on this girl’s style right now.

Kian Egan wins I’m a Celebrity: Westlife fans must have been voting in their droves for the past few weeks, as Kian was crowned king of the jungle last night! It wasn’t exactly a shock, given who he was up against, but we totes thought Joey would have gone all the way and his eviction last week made everything go a bit flat. Still, there’s his romance with Amy to keep us entertained, hotting up if his twitter feed is anything to go by! Watch this space…

 

Final Three of The X Factor Confirmed: Noooo Rough Copy have gone! Who will we swoon over now!? Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald are a bit young and Sam is a lady, so there is a severe lack of man eye candy in this year’s X Factor final! Still, we reckon it’s going to be cutie Nicholas’ year- he’s the mum’s favourite after all.

We Heart Holographic Fashion: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? You are of course! Holographic fashion is hot to trot right now, so check out our list of mirrored goodies for you to rock this festive season.

blog.image-bubble-daily.goss.1-031213-ukFashion Ed’s Pick of the Day: Art deco is uber fashionable right now and these gorgeous Dorothy Perkins chandelier drop earrings are the perfect way to work this trend. Get them quick, they won’t be around for long- they’re under a tenner!

The Goss: Kate Moss for Playboy Cover Revealed

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Kate Moss for Playboy: It’s the cover we’ve all been dying to see and now, thanks to Photographer Mert Alas, we have been given a sneak peak at Kate Moss’ 60th anniversary cover for Playboy. Our verdict?! HOT to trot! Kate posed for the magazine last month wearing a black leotard, complete with a pair of bunny ears and white cuffs (you know as you do!) The Instagram pics posted today show the gorgeous Miss Moss lying on a bed with a copy of the magazine, while the other one is an arty shot of scattered covers. She certainly gets around does that Mossy, as tonight she’ll be honoured at the British Fashion Awards for her contribution to the fashion industry with a special recognition award. Busy lady.

The X Factor confirms finale line-up: Wowsa! Katy Perry, One Direction and Elton John have all been confirmed to perform on the final of X Factor later this month at Wembley Arena. In other X Factor goss, style queen Tamera Foster was finally given the boot after she lost in the sing off against Luke Friend. To be fair it was only a matter of time, after forgetting your words three times in as many weeks, the writing has got to be on the wall. We’ll miss Tamera and her fabulous outfits though. *sad face*

We heart Party Dresses Under £50: It’s December, which means it’s officially time to get this party started with our list of fab dresses under £50. Glitz, glamour, mini, maxi, printed, plain… we literally have them all in this list for you to drool over. Each under £50… why on earth are you still reading this and not checking them out?!

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Fashion Ed’s Pick of the Day: Statement necklaces are hot to trot right now and this gorgeous crystal necklace is the perfect piece to liven up a dull office outfit and then complete your party look this season.

Get it or regret it!

The Goss: Kelly Brook Parties in Style

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Kelly Brook parties in style: The gorgeous Kelly Brook celebrated her 34th Birthday in style this weekend wearing the sparkly jumpsuit from her recent party collection for New Look. Kelly posted a series of pics on her Instagram page over the weekend in the back of a cab and needless to say she looked stunning. Shop the exact same jumpsuit here!

The X Factor’s Hannah Barrett Sent Home: Nicole Scherzinger was not a happy bunny on last night’s results show was she?! ‘Furious’ with the British public for putting Hannah in the bottom two for the third week running, Hannah faced a sing off with Rough Copy and was promptly sent packing. The question is… do we actually care?! The best part of the show has to be One Direction lighting up the stage (it’s OK to fancy them all isn’t it?!) and hear the hot goss that Niall Horan has a crush on Tamera Foster! Stay tuned for how that little romance plays out…

We Heart Cropped Knits: Think cropped knits were a passing phase? Well think again as they are the thing to be seen in this season. Just because temperatures are hitting sub-zero (ok slight over reaction, but brr! It’s getting cold out there!) is no excuse, all you have to do is cleverly layer up. Think cropped knit over a long top or shirt and voila instant trend revival. You’re most welcome.

La Moda launch a clutch for £1: Ok hold everything. A clutch for £1, surely this is some kind of joke?! No? Ok we’re sold! Accessory label La Moda are launching a gorgeous ponyskin (hottest texture of the season no less) leopard print clutch bag in an array of colours for just £1. Available from tomorrow, we’d start hitting the refresh button nice and early on Lamodauk.com if we were you!

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blog.image-laura.bubble-251113-ukFashion Ed’s pick of the day: Today I’ve come over all Christmassy with these ADORABLE reindeer gloves from ASOS. A steal at only £10, these will see you through the festive period in style and keep your mitts warm. Who said functional couldn’t be fashionable?!

The Goss: Katy Perry Announces ‘Prism’ UK Tour Dates!

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Katy Perry announces UK ‘Prism’ Tour: This news has totally brightened up our Monday morning, we don’t know about you?! The lovely Katy Perry has just announced her UK tour dates for new album, Prism kicking off in May 2014! After the success of her California Dreams tour in 2011 we’re super excited to hear she will be back on the road and visiting her lovely fans. The show will kick off in Belfast on May 7th, ending in London’s O2 on the 30th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, so start planning your ticketing strategy now Katy obsessives!

Vivienne Westwood to write memoirs: OH MY GOD can you imagine how amazing this book will be? Due out next year, the grand dame of fashion herself will be spilling all in her official memoirs. We can’t wait, it’s seriously on our wish list already!

Miley Cyrus performs on X Factor: It was hyped to be one of The X Factor’s best guest star performances and what with all her recent drug EMA controversies, you would have thought Miley wouldn’t disappoint…. And yet, we were left pretty underwhelmed by the whole thing. The biggest shock? She actually covered up and wore a long metallic dress complete with brick lane turban (yep turbans are back in fash) to belt out her Number 1 single, Wrecking Ball.

Alexa Chung hearts hair chalk: The ever gorgeous Alexa Chung has given one of the hottest hair beauty trends her seal of approval by posting this pic on her Instagram page. Hair braids and hair chalk? Clearly this lady knows how to make a fash statement. We heart.

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Meadham Kirchoff for Topshop: The wait is nearly over fashion fans, as Meadham Kirchoff’s fourth collection for the high street giant lands in store on November 21st. The capsule collection is themed around ‘cherrys’ and it’s clear the duo have had a hoot designing this one. What with Isabel Marant for H&M last week and this collab coming out Thursday, we’re being seriously spoilt by the high street at the mo. Who needs high end, eh?

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blog.image-daily.gloss-bubble-181113-ukShopcade hearts Joey Essex: Oh Joey how we love you and your pearly white knashers! We think he will be hilar on I’m A Celebrity if last night’s opening episode is anything to go by. The Only Way is Essex star was ripped for his brilliant pearly whites by his campmates as soon as he landed, but he may have the last laugh as we can see romance blossoming between him and Amy Willerton. Lotsa flirting going on last night on the ITV show as Amy attempted (she really tried, bless her) to teach Joey how to tell the time with a giant makeshift clock on the floor. Joey’s response? “It’s so much easier to look at your phone though, isn’t it?” Brilliant.

The Goss: Nicole Scherzinger’s High Street Style

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Nicole Scherzinger is a cutie in cut-out: Who knew Nicole was such a fan of Shopcade?! No sooner do we post about cut-out being hot to trot, does the gorgeous lady herself step out in a black cut-out number to do some after-hours partying post X Factor. Yours for the bargain price of £16, shop the exact same dress from New Look here and check out this cute pic Nicholas McDonald posted of himself and the lady in question.

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Cheryl Cole back in the hot seat? Hold the phone… is Cheryl Cole about to make a dramatic return to the UK X Factor next year? If rumours are to be believed not only is Simon Cowell on his way back to save the show, but he has also persuaded Cheryl to return. We thought hell would have frozen over before Chezza agreed to come back, but it seems two years and a lot of thawing has gone on for her to forgive Cowell over the US X Factor debacle. We’re just uber excited for Cheryl’s outfits if this turns out to be true!

Little Mix Storm The X Factor: We’ve got a lot of love for those Little Mix minxes and it seems so do the rest of the UK after the girls returned to the X Factor stage last night to belt out new hit, ‘Move’. Looking gorgeous in black bralets, black jeans and Dr Martens, we’re seriously crushing on their new style.

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blog.image-face.thor-041113-ukThor, more like phwoarrrr! Ladies, any excuse to post a picture of the beautiful Chris Hemsworth and we’ll take it. Starring in Thor Dark World, which opened last weekend to rave reviews, here he is in all his Thor-like glory…. You’re welcome.