Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Liverpool International Music Festival 2014

Liverpool International Music Festival
August 24th Saturday

BBC Radio 1xtra DJ Robbo Ranx spinning on the decks, got the crowd hyped!

Shaggy was just one of the many artists to rock the stage!

Always time for a photo! 
Do you want more?!


DAY 25th August: LIMF

Today's Uniform: Jumpsuit & Wellies



Festival Necessities: Your Pet Snake!



Pop and RnB singer Alexa Goddard rocked the charts with her first single ‘Turn My Swag On’ and landed her a five album deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label


Spotted!: My cute niece

Marsha Ambrosius's voice was like Courvoisier on ice! She crooned several songs including her hit tune 'Butterflies' written for Michael Jackson! 

A nice tune Marsha penned about growing up in
 Toxteth, Liverpool

The show must go on!: Being the professional she is, 
not even a little fight in the crowd could stop Marsha's set!
WARNING! Shaky Cam may cause motion sickness!

Take it to the bridge girlfriend!

I am a BIG fan of Liverpudlian born, Marsha AmbrosiusSo having missed her tour in the USA, I was oh so happy to be able to hop 3 mins. over from my apartment to see her perform in my backyard (Sefton Park)! The only thing I'll say is she would of faired much better performing Sunday where there was more of a...'mature' crowd who could fully appreciate this girls credentials (Grammy Award winner, writer for  Justin Timberlake 'Cry me a river' and the legend that is Jacko!). I still believe she's one of the most underrated singers of this generation- full stop! Anyways, all I'll say is, show her some love and go cop her album 'Friends & Lovers' if you haven't already!


Neon Jungle did take stage but before my sister and I could be further crushed by the throng of overzealous teeny boppin crowd-we split. Its a shame as well as I'd of liked to see this generations bootleg version of the Spice Girls! LOL! Ok.. no really, I'll play nice from now.I like their style and therefore would of loved to see them shaq out! But it came down to keeping our lives (and limbs) or risk getting stampeded by 15yr. olds high on bubblegum and with probing umbrellas! The Foxes too would of been a good watch and sing-a-long! So tell me, what did I miss?! 


**Newsflash! to local and National promoters and media; Do feel free to share any 'All Access' passes on your events for this blogite! Geesh! 

Blogging ain't easy!

(*brrrrrrrr! a cold shudder down my spine at the thought!). It's been a while since I've covered any events but that's only cause I've been busy on my year travelling and writing- so stay posted!

Who said you cant stay Warm, Dry  & Stylish?

Time to go home, but a great time had and looking forward to next year!

Disclaimer: All photos except for header are property of  Charlotte Van der haer Richardson please contact for usage.

Monday, 25 August 2014


The Best Dressed (in no particular order)

Jennifer Lopez owns it in a Charbel Zoe metallic number. All I know is, I better look this good at age 45! 
Beyonce can put no foot wrong in this black  widow slinky number!

Kylie Jenner demonstrates sophistication beyond her teen years in this silky tuxedo wrap dress. **Style Note to Kim K.!

This red gown on her olive skin and with her edgy brunette cut makes her pop on the red carpet! Speaking of "pop" Vanity Mode agrees sometimes "less is more" on this one!

YES!YES!YES! Nikki Minaj actually proves she can do demure grown up baby doll with out going plastic! The metallic pallete of gold and silver tones with a natural makeup look give her depth, youth and the right amount of Glam!
Rita Ora channels Jessica Rabbit in this beautiful bias cut silk dream gown! Perfect with her ash blonde locks and warm skin tone.

This look manages to be as classy as it is sexy! We love the sparkle with the high waist silk charmeuse palazzo pant!

Pop girl bands who manage to hold a individual look but convey a uniform front of sexy, fun and coolness.
I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be putting Miley Cyrus in my Best Dressed List! Just cause the thought of her twerking in latex coochie cutters and nympho animal onesies still plague me! But here she is!  This black leather boob tube and leather pant give her edge, sex appeal and drama without the DRAMA! VM LOVES!

Destiny Child's. Michelle in this wispy giraffe print  maxi dress gives her a Style Hall pass to the event!

Cheryl Lloyld knows just how to wear this red leather shift dress. 

Fun and cool looks in white and the trending metallics

I want to like this look on Kelly Roland, but either its the birds nest Grecian goddess hair fail or the uninspiring sea shell pink color I'm not terribly "excited" over. 
Iggy Azalea rocks this silver metallic number and keeps her hair and makeup simple to redirect focus on those enviable curves!

Niki Minaj prior to her wardrobe malfunction, well we didn't expect her to behave for to long, now did we?!


It looks like someone's stylist failed to deliver their runway options and instead opted for this season's loo roll in sea foam green (eww). This dress and the washed out color does nothing for her cool skin tone, hair or eye color. Well, how unflattering can a gown be?!

Flintstone jumpsuits past the age of 7 is never a good idea so neither is this look! YABBA-DABBA-DO....DON'T!

This is what happens when you go against your agents advice to get a stylist! What's with the earrings?! Just one last thing, there is a Eyebrow bar to be found in every city! If your outfit fails, at least be well groomed!

Am I the only one who feels that she looks looks like a hostess from a 70's tubawear party?

O-NO-O-NO-O-NO-O-NO! Wiz Khalifa should of said HOLD UP to this one! It seems Amber Rose is having issues letting go of her exotic dancing past and its bad cause we like Amber Rose, but this daring heavy metal get up wreaks of a failed  "Look at me" attempt-sorry, we're not sorry.

Photo Credits: Getty Images

Thursday, 14 August 2014

My Top 10 Inspiring Travel Quotes

Travel enriches the soul. Yes, for those of us fortunate to board planes and exchange time zones, for enticing new smells, spell binding sights and tropical climates, travel indeed can be therapeutic and necessary for regeneration and reinvigorating the creative conscious.
So forgive me for my absence, this year has seen taken me on a sabbatical from my adopted home from home, Dubai, to the rolling plains of the Amazing Grace (any guesses?) to the City that never sleeps and back to Her Royal Highness via the cold land of ice, in search of spiritual cleansing, re-balance and just overall, La dolce far niente "the joy of doing nothing"! But with that said, slowly, work abounds and new ideas have been planted where old ones were put on rinse cycle. I look forward to sharing them with you in the upcoming weeks!
Till then, I'll leave you with 10 of my favorite Travel quotes for your contemplation escape!


1. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence

2. To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

3. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

4. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

5. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

6. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

7. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

8. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

9. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” –Seneca

10. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins