Charlotte- University of Birmingham

I'm a 20-year-old British student studying in the USA spending far too much time painting my nails, reading style blogs and drooling over clothes I can't afford. Interested? Check out my blog- girl next door fashion
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Dec 22, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Kate Moss in Stella McCartney at the British Fashion Awards

Oh Kate, you've made some mistakes in your life -- remember Peter Doherty?* -- and sometimes your style is questionable. Well, quite often it's questionable. But you always manage to pull it off with that effortless thing you have going on and that devil-may-care pout. But seriously, what is this? Is it 1995 again?

Dec 15, 2011

The Five Biggest Celebrity Hot Messes of 2011

I would like to start with a disclaimer. One, I have only been writing this column since June, so I cannot account for any hot messes prior to this time. And two, hey, there are a lot of celebrity hot messes out there. I have only been able to criticize a tiny percentage of them.

Dec 8, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Sonam Kapoor in Chanel at the Paris-Bombay Chanel Show

Rising Indian actress Sonam Kapoor joined pal Freida Pinto at the Chanel Paris-Bombay show at the Grand Plaza in Paris on Tuesday. She, of course, wore Chanel -- choosing a frock from the Spring 2012 line.

Dec 1, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Lady Gaga in Chanel at Barney’s New York

I can't physically express my envy in writing this post. As a poor, fashion-obsessed college student, my one dream is for some Chanel. A Chanel bag would be the dream. Just one beautiful piece of black and white monogrammed beauty. Or a vintage Chanel tweed jacket. Or a dress. Or even just some tights...

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Nov 17, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess? Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Gala

Kirsten Dunst wore this Rodate Spring 2012 dress to the Museum of Contemporary Arts Gala earlier this week. She is the first celebrity to wear the new-season empire gown, which featured a strapless bodice and aqua and lace tiers. She paired it with pretty makeup and 40s style hair, diamond jewellery and a Chanel clutch.

Hot or Hot Mess: Daisy Lowe in Gaultier at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards

Daisy Lowe went for a goth-rock look for the Harper's Bazaar Woman of the Year awards earlier this week. She wore a tuxedo-style dress cut short at the front, and long at the back from the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2010 runway. She paired the look with dark red lips (and a matching Lulu Guiness clutch) and YSL patent pumps.

Hot or Hot Mess: Amanada Seifried in H&M at the In Time Premiere in London

Amanda Seifried stepped out on the red carpet for the In Time Premiere in London in a blue shorts and blazer combo from H&M. Yes, that H&M.

Hot or Hot Mess: Chloe Moretz in Dolce and Gabbana at the Scream Awards

I know here at CC, we're kinda say whatever you want, do whatever you want girls, and that's awesome, but let's be gentle with Chloe Moretz. She is only 14. When I was 14 I was still wearing blue eyeshadow and tshirts with Eeyore on the front.

Oct 20, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Jennifer Aniston at the 18th Anniversary Elle Awards in Kaufman Franco

Jennifer Aniston rocked some serious side-boob at the 18th Anniversary Elle Awards this week. She wore a plunging silver Kaufman Franco dress, shortened from the Fall 2011 catwalk, ditching her usual black ensembles.

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Oct 13, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Emma Stone at The Help London Premiere in Luca Luca

A strange mix of conservative (the covered shoulders) and a little sexy (the thigh-high slit) and not something everyone can pull off, but Emma Stone has this amazing ability to pull off certain things that would look hideous on other people. I love the print (polka dots are huge for Spring/Summer 2012) and this dress has that straight-off-the-runway look while also looking super-wearable.

Oct 6, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Lady Gaga at the iheartradio music festival in Moschino

Gaga, why would you ever consider a dress made of meat when you can look this good? This is a non-negotiable HOT from me. She looks perfect. I cannot understand why she doesn't dress like this all the time.

Sep 29, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Sarah Jessica Parker in Stella McCartney at the Premier of Ocean’s Kingdom

It's just... SJP could feasibly be my mother. I would not want my mother going out in something like this. Don't get me wrong, it's a gorgeous dress. I love the lace, I love the white (who says you can't wear white after Labour Day?!), I love how she has accessorized with a big floral piece (very Carrie), but I just don't think it's...well...appropriate.

Sep 22, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Gwyneth Paltrow in Pucci at the Emmy Awards in LA

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those celebs you have to take with a pinch of salt...and a dash of jealousy. She has the talented husband, the gorgeous kids and the rockin' body. But at least she doesn't pretend she got her hot bod from a diet of burgers and fries, like most celebrities. She doesn't give those utterly crap statements about a "fast metabolism" and never moans "Oh, I hate the gym" and "I love pizza!" Girl works hard for her body, so props to her for wearing an ab-bearing dress for the Emmy's.

Sep 15, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Keira Knightley in Elie Saab at the Toronto Film Festival

Usually I pick something either undoubtedly ugly or something that divides me completely, but this week I decided to pick something that I personally really like but that I felt might divide people. I thought it might be more fun this way. So this week I chose Keira Knightley's ensemble at the Toronto Film Festival.

Sep 8, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Evan Rachel Wood in Alessandra Rich at the Venice Film Festival

I like picking outfits that I'm not quite sure how I feel about. So here we are, another outfit of indifference. Evan Rachel Wood wore this Alessandra Rich dress to the Venice Film Festival this week. The dress is almost a big-girl shirt dress, with a cinched in waist and full skirt with a thigh-high slit.

Sep 1, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess VMAs Edition: The Bad, The Worse and The Ugly

Having not watched the VMAs this year, I suggested doing a "Good, Bad and Ugly" post for this week's Hot or Hot Mess. Upon looking over the pictures from the event, I have not found a single outfit that I really, really like. Not one. So instead of applauding outfits that I would only class as okay, I have decided that today we are going to examine the whole hot mess that was fashion at the VMAs this year.

Aug 25, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Zooey Deschanel in Moschino at the My Idiot Brother Premiere NYC

I have a confession to make- I love Zooey Deschanel. As in, I really love her. I want to be her and marry her all at the same time. She is one of my number one style icons and as far as I'm concerned, she could walk around in a snuggy and I would still think she looked amazing. However, while always looking amazing, she sometimes makes some strange sartorial choices.

Aug 18, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Olivia Wilde in Gucci at the Cowboys and Aliens Premiere in London

Olivia Wilde wore Gucci to the Cowboys and Aliens London Premiere last week and caused a stir with her sheer-paneled dress (read: side boob). The dress was mainly black with tiny white polka dots, a pretty pussy bow neckline and a belted waist. She paired the dress with simple Brian Atwood "Maniac" pumps, gorgeous red lips and simple accessories.

Aug 11, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Ana de la Reguera at the Cowboys & Aliens Premiere in Gucci

The problem with high fashion is that while it looks stunning on the runways, it's not always wearable. This dress demonstrates this fact. While it is an absolutely stunning dress, in real life, it kinda looks like half a dress and a big pair of spanx.

Aug 4, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Blake Lively at Green Lantern Premiere in Chanel

I would never know, but I always imagine it's quite a challenge to look less than perfect in Chanel. However, looking less than perfect in Chanel is better than no Chanel at all. Well, usually. When I look at this Chanel dress, worn by Blake Lively at the Green Lantern Premiere, I just...don't get it.

Aug 1, 2011

Baby Phat Review & Giveaway [20 Prizes!]

A few months ago I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous maxi dress from BabyPhat to review for College Candy, so I was super-excited when BabyPhat asked me to review some items from their Spring/Summer 2011 range. They sent me a selection of cute tank tops, perfect for summer, ranging in style from cute, daytime tops to sparkly evening wear. Each top is fun and wearable, with key summer trends -- perfectly for looking stylish in the sun!

Jul 28, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Katy Perry at the Smurfs Premiere in New York

Katy Perry has never been known to be a wallflower. She's also never been known to not look amazing in any of her crazy ensembles. So when she turned up to The Smurfs premiere on Sunday in this adorable Smurfette dress, we couldn't help but be jealous of how hot she looks!!

Jul 23, 2011

One Month Challenge: No Nail Biting Week 4

Now, instead of thinking “oh god, one nail gone,” I can file it up real nice and yeah, it won't be quite as long, but it won't be quite as short either. Breaking nails sucks though. One day my nails are all looking quite good, and then I break my “best” nail and they all look crappy again.

Jul 21, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli at the Friends with Benefits Premiere

Emma Stone was back to her vibrant, bright self in more ways than one at the Friends With Benefits premiere this week, in this on-trend Giambattista Valli number. The colour-blocking piece combined colour-of-the-season punchy pink in the skirt and bright red in the bodice.

Jul 16, 2011

One Month Challenge: No Nail Biting, Week 3

Wow, are we really onto week 3? Well I am definitely noticing progress and I'm learning what works and what doesn't. What doesn't is painting my nails, weirdly enough. Not being able to see that glimmer of white means I can happily gnaw away at them long before realising the damage I've caused. What also doesn't work is forgetting to apply my nasty-tasting solution every day.

Jul 14, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: HP Cast at the London Premier

The stars were out for the premiere of the final Harry Potter movie in London last week, the there was a mix of good, bad and Helena Bonham Carter...

Jul 9, 2011

One Month Challenge: No Nail Biting, Week 2

I'm not going to say I haven't bitten my nails all week. Because that would first of all be impossible for me, and that would also be a lie. There has been some nibbling. Some chewing. But I have been making a conscious effort to not bite my nails as much as I normally would. There is a little bit of white to be seen on my nails. Only a little, but more than my usual white-free stubs.

Jul 7, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Mischa Barton at the Shanghai Film Festival

Oh Coop...I mean Mischa. Where did it all go wrong? A few years ago you were Marissa Cooper, darling f-up of The OC. We also loved your wavy locks and the way you started every sentence with "So..." We loved your on/off romance with Ryan and that brief lesbian fling you had with the girl from House. But then you got knocked off and it was all downhill from there really, wasn't it?

Jul 2, 2011

One Month Challenge: No Nail Biting, Week One

I don't really remember biting my nails much as a child, and it was only in high school when I realised that everyone else had grown out of a habit I just couldn't kick. I tried everything; spending hours painting my nails, nasty tasting solution but none of it worked. I battled through every layer of pretty colours and bitter taste to get my fix.

Jun 30, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Diane Kruger in Alessandra Rich at a Charity Gala in Paris

One of the things I like about writing this style column is that it allows me to fully embrace my general indecision and fickleness. It lets me avoid fully committing to liking or disliking something and leaving the final call up to you guys. This week is yet another outfit that I am completely on the fence about again.

Jun 23, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Elle Fanning in Marc Jacobs at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards

When I was 13, I was not a style icon. I favoured t-shirts with Disney characters and jeans with words on the back in rhinestones (shudder), so it's natural that I am jealous of Elle Fanning, who is a whole eight years younger than me and wearing Marc Jacobs.

Jun 16, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Nicole Scherzinger Does Thigh-High Boots at the Capital FM Summer Ball

Thigh high boots can be tricky. Let's face it, as much as we all love Pretty Woman, we don't watch it for Vivienne's sartorial choices (or at least I don't). However, it seems that she was Nicole Scherzinger style inspiration for her outfit at the Capital FM Summer Ball.

Jun 9, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Selena Gomez in Dolce and Gabbana at the Billboard Music Awards

I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the fact she's dating Justin Bieber, maybe it's because at 21, I consider everyone younger than me to be children, maybe it's just the fact that her face is not one of an eighteen year old, but Selena Gomez doing sexy kinda weirds me out.

Jun 2, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Keira Knightley in Rodarte at the 2011 Jameson Empire Awards

One thing I love about being British is the word "quirky." This word is frequently flung around as an affectionate way of saying that we dress kinda eclectically and often downright weird. It's the word that allows us to get away with looking like our Grandmas and wearing our boyfriend's clothes (the delightful Ms. Chung springs to mind). But being "quirky" and a little out-there doesn't always work, no matter how willowy you are.

May 26, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Blake Lively in Marchesa at CinemaCon Awards 2011

Blake Lively accepted her award for Breakthough Performer of the Year in a dazzling red Maschesa dress and Brian Atwood heels at this year's CinemaCon Awards. The dress had a red sheer-pannelled bodice and a ruffled tulle skirt, and she paired it with simple chandellier earrings and fresh makeup.

May 19, 2011

Hot or Hot Mess: Ashley Olsen in The Row Red Suit in New York

Let's face is, style-wise, the Olsens often make some... er....unusual fashion choices, but usually end up looking incredibly chic in something that really, really shouldn't work. But does this outfit just cross over the line of odd?