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Summer 2013 Trend: BIG and BOLD June 28, 2013

Hello again! So with the help of Polyvore and Washington D.C. for inspiration, I have a new post for you all 🙂

One of the big trends I’ve seen around a lot this season is “Big and Bold” – which breaks into awesome subcategories like colorful, geometric, and flashy – all very fun! With this post though, I want to combine all of these trends and highlight a few of the best; Chevron, colorful/geometric jewelry, and a few hit hues for the summer season. So let’s get started!

 

I) BOLD GEOMETRICS: CHEVRON

Chevron… That funky zig-zag print that you keep seeing in the streets and on the stores… It’s a fun, bold geometric print that’s being seen everywhere from home decor, to clothing, to accessories… The best part about it is that it’s easy to wear – on a larger person, it distracts the eye from any imperfections, and on a smaller person, when used in a smaller print, or in little doses like an accessory or two, it gives that pop of color and pattern without overwhelming the figure. In general, chevron is a spunky, youthful print that gives off a fun modern vibe. Pair it with neutral or unpatterned clothing for the best effect. If you’re wearing it with another print, try something small and unassuming, such as small polka-dots or a tiny bird print so that the patterns don’t compete 🙂

The picture below is a Polyvore set I made to showcase different ways to wear chevron, all under $25, except for the dress ($40) and the skirt ($75), both of which you can likely find similar versions elsewhere for less 🙂

 

P.S. – Another “Bold Geometrics” trend to keep on the lookout for is Art Deco prints! With the recent release of The Great Gatsby, there’s been a lot of focus on the Art Deco throwback, a trend that includes classy geometrics, fantabulous silhouettes, and a general air of restricted freedom 🙂

 

 

II) BOLD ACCESSORIES: COLORFUL & GEOMETRIC JEWELRY

This trend is WAYYYY too much fun! I was able to spend a few days in Washington D.C. on a educational/political venture with an awesome group, and on the last day we had some free touring time, so I went with a few girls to Union Station in D.C., which is basically like a mall with a train station somewhere in it 😛  While there, I popped into a few stores that really caught my eye and gave me a lot of material for this section – Ann Taylor (who knew :P) and a SUPER adorable boutique called Francesca’s, which, if I could have bought the whole store, I would’ve! (yes, it was that cute <3<3<3)

Anyways, a huge trend in both those stores was again, the geometric prints, and just super fun, bright, colorful jewelry. Francesca’s, which was a little more trendy and geared to a younger age group, used a lot of lucite stones and beads in their jewelry (another big trend), while Ann Taylor stayed more on the conservative side of the jewelry material trends while still sporting bright and fun hues. The slideshow below is of a few pictures I took in the stores 🙂   I was able to find some of the items online, and included the links for you guys 🙂

P.S. – Keep an eye out for the lucite and acrylic-look jewelry trends as part of the “Colorful & Geometric Jewelry” trend! You can easily shop for this trend in stores like Francesca’s and Forever 21 🙂

 

 

III) BOLD HUES: COLORFUL COLORS

Remember all those fun Pantone Spring 2013 colors from their color report? (or my post :P)   Well guess which ones are huge this season?

Well, the bright ones, of course! (And some of the background colors :P) Among the popular colors this season are Nectarine, Greyed Jade, Dusk Blue, Linen and Poppy Red, seen in accessories, clothing, and jewelry all around stores and streets. This pattern of popularity is the balance between the ever-present opposites – the bright and bold, and the neutral and pastel. Colors like Nectarine and Poppy Red, along with smaller colors like Lemon Zest and bright greens like Tender Shoots and Emerald make up the showy stage colors, while color such as Greyed Jade, Dusk Blue, and Linen give the big spotlight colors a stage to shine on. Below is a gallery of a several items under $50 that can be found in these colors.

P.S. – Don’t ignore colors like African Violet and Lemon Zest in the “Colorful Colors” trend – while they aren’t the colors of the year, they make awesome complements for the really popular colors, and are making statements of their own 🙂

 

That’s all I have for now, but hopefully you enjoyed this post! As always, like, comment, follow, share, or all of the above 😉  Thanks!

~Christiana S.~

 

Spring 2013 Trend Spotlight: Florals March 4, 2013

Hello again! Once again, it’s been forever since I last posted…. but school, life, and personal stuff… it gets crazy after a while and prioritizing is tops! xD

Anyways, with a little inspiration and research, I’ve managed to scrap up a post for you guys! Thanks so much for still following and supporting and reading, despite my spotty posts!

So this spring, there are several fun trends out, one of them being the timeless floral – hence the post! I’m hoping to do one on the Pantone color of the year, “Emerald” – I recently did an interview with a BCC fashion class about this color (which should come out in a local newspaper by next week :D), so I’m all up on THAT trend 😛

But one thing at a time! As in some of my other posts, I’ve looked around and found a bunch of clothing within this trend, most under $50 and all super cute! I’ve included links to buy each clothing article, as well as some of my own tips for how to wear this super spring-y trend! So without further ado, here it is 🙂

Dresses:

Work: pair with a black cropped blazer and classic black pumps                   Party: pair with a multi-strand pearl necklace and patent leather stilettos

Day-Date: pair with a lightweight v-neck sweater and flats (polka-dot would be ADORBS :P)

Casual: pair with cowboy boots (matched to accent belt) and a matching crochet sweater                   Party: pair with a dark moto jacket and gold filigree jewelry

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“Into the Wild” floral print dress (Ruche) – $36
http://shopruche.com/into-the-wild-floral-print-dress.html

Casual: pair with hoop earrings and wedges                   Outdoor Party: pair with dangly earrings and sandals or flats

Day-Date: pair with coral-colored epoxy earrings, a bold colored watch and coral pumps 😀

Tops:

Pair with pearl jewelry, khaki shorts, and sandals for maximum trend effect! This top is also the perfect canvas for the stud trend, so try wearing it with a large studded belt or bracelet set!

 Since the print on this top is larger and more concentrated, be careful about pairing it with busy objects. To avoid overload, skip the necklace, wear a pair of studs, dark leggings and flats. In other words, go simple and let the top be your statement piece 🙂

 Super cute! Keep the girly vibe going with feminine jewelry and dove gray accessories. Try picking up the accent colors in the leaves when choosing bottoms, and remember to keep the accessories light and feminine 🙂

 

 

Skirts:

The best way to wear printed bottoms is to keep the top solid. All of these skirts would look adorable paired with tank tops in any shade of gray, but if you want more color, try picking up accent colors in the skirts for a polished, coordinating look. If you dare to try print with print (I would not suggest this for people with small frames, as it can be overwhelming), make sure you’re matching large print with small print and vice versa – prints that are the same size compete for attention and end up being an eyesore!

Accessories:

For those of you who want this trend in smaller doses, or to accent an outfit! I’m pretty in love with all of these! Introduce them to an outfit for a pop of color and trendy awesomeness 🙂

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Natural Floral Concealed Platform Court Shoe (Dolcis) – $53
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_60543+742701926_-1

And as always, there has to be an end…. Hope you enjoyed!!!! Like, comment, follow, and share! Love you guys!

~Christiana~

 

The Rustic Room February 9, 2013

Hey guys!!! Soooo sorry for the lack of posts! Spring semester has totally thrown me for a loop…. it’s SO crazy already, and I’ve been super busy with that plus work and really haven’t had time to sit down and do a really good post 😦
Anyways, hopefully this will hold you guys over! I was feeling inspired tonight, and decided to switch it up a little and publish an interior design post just because 🙂

So the room… the colors and the faded out quality of the room give it a weathered, lived in look, and while the minimalist color scheme may seem a little scarce and maybe even cold, the room still has a soft feel to it. Personally, I love the washed out browns (mostly in the couch and photo on the far left) paired with the rich gold (in the pillows and the middle and top right artwork) and cool blue-green (in the walls, floor, and pictures). The antique feel is brought out by the rough wood flooring, weathered dress form, and even in the text on “The Hobbit” artwork. The same antique feel is found in the handwritten script artwork and pillows, but here, there is also a soft, romantic feel to it (also present in the Paris photo). I also threw in a slight urban feel with the minimalist couch and the pillows (city graphics, bold text, animal print, etc.)

Anyways, to try and wrap this up and describe it, I would say this room is a bit of urban, industrialist, country, and romantic – a big mix of layered textures and feels (which is my absolute favorite way to do a room!). I could see this room as a small apartment in the city with a good landscape window view and somewhat sparing furnishings 🙂

P.S. – this is a total movie-buff friendly room xD (movie poster, film frames and movie-worthy shots :P)

http://www.polyvore.com/rustic_room/set?id=71867778#

“The Rustic Room” – click here to view the full set on Polyvore

I’ve also included a fashion design set that I made to coordinate with the interior design one just for fun 🙂
The colors and feel is pretty similar, but in the fashion design set, I’ve picked up on the more urban angle with the dress outfit and brought out the yellow accent from the one pillow on the floor…

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“The Rustic Set” – click here to view the full set on Polyvore

 

Anyways, that’s all I have, but hope you enjoyed, and hopefully I’ll get a break on homework and be able to do a real post soon… O.o

<3Christiana<3

 

<3 February 4, 2013

Hahaha, ok, so this set! Made it pretty much just for fun, but I LOVED the dress, and had a ton of fun working with the different colors and patterns to accessorize it! I played up on the cream and antiqued gold theme to make a rich combination that in the end reminded me of whipped cream and chocolate syrup ❤

Also did some experimenting with detail in the jewelry, and sprinkles of “shimmershine” (don’t laugh, I’m a creative person :P)  in the glitter accessories (still not sure about the clutch though…)

And OMG…. LOVE the shoes! A little bit of a higher heel would be awesome, but whatever… super cute xD

Anyways, sorry I can’t post more, but if you REALLY need a fashion pickup, just go back and read my old posts 😉

<3Christiana<3

&lt;3

Friis Company glitter handbag
$42 – shopfriiscompany.com

Leaf necklace
modcloth.com

Accessorize rose jewelry
accessorize.com
 

Golden Globes Fashion 2013 (Part 2) January 25, 2013

Hello again!!! So here’s the last half of my Golden Globes post! I’ve really had fun gathering all these looks (by the way, all photo credits go to Huffington Post!!) I love seeing the different celebrities’ ensembles at gala events, and don’t forget to like if you do too! Enjoy!

Adele (Burberry)

Adele in Burberry

Starting it off with one of my favorite singers, Adele, who, I have to say, looks pretty darn awesome post-baby!! Her signature color is definitely black, and she didn’t switch it up for this event either! First, the hair (as always), is super funky, and again, part of her signature style. It’s definitely influenced by the beehive hairdo of the 1960’s, sported by icons like Audrey Hepburn and Amy Winehouse, and Adele wears it with so much confidence and poise! Ok, so now that I’m over the hairdo, on to the dress 😛  The cut of the dress is perfect for her – the wide neckline offsets slightly broader shoulders, and the sinched waist creates an hourglass figure, while the skirt skims over whatever might be left from the baby bump, creating a flawless figure that Adele carries perfectly! The minimal makeup and jewelry is understated, but elegant, and really just fits Adele’s simplistic, but sophisticated personality 🙂

Amy Poehler (Stella McCartney & Chopard)

Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney & Chopard

Kudos to the women who buck the system and show up in blazers and pants instead of dresses!!! The key to this is to make it still feminine and stylish – unlike the ensembles seen on some celebrities who have tried to pull this look off at previous events, this particular one is very feminine, but still to the point and business-y.
So why does it work? First, the cut of the blazer, while boxy, is still somewhat fitted, giving it a less girl-trying-to-look-like-guy vibe. The blingy necklace also helps with this, giving it a decidedly feminine air. The fitted cropped pants add to this, showing off Amy’s figure, and making what would have been an office look (if the pants hadn’t been cropped) a funky, personalized, feminine look. The shoes are (in my opinion) awesome! Also notice how the bling on the shoes matches the bling on the necklace, which is also mirrored in Amy’s box clutch, giving the whole outfit a cohesive look 🙂

Carla Gugino (Rami Al Ali & Swarovski)

Carla Gugino in Rami Al Ali & Swarovski

Haha, ok, not much to say about this one, other than that I love it! First, I’m obsessed with the hairdo – if I could figure out how to do it myself (and pull it off as well), I would totally try it!! Anyways. The dress.
I love the way the panels with the crystal are mixed with the silk panels, giving it a subtle stripe effect with some weathering on the edges! The keyhole back, high neckline, and small train add structural interest, and also give the dress an unexpected twist. Carla’s makeup fits the dress, as well as her skin and hair color, and while I would have gone with earrings that maybe matched the dress more, the overall score of the outfit makes it totally forgivable 🙂

Helen Mirren (Badgley Mischka)

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

*sighhhhh*…. If I get old I would so love to age as gracefully as Helen Mirren… at 67, she still looks incredible and knows how to dress to complement her age… First, I love the hair! Not sure about the color, but the curly bob complements her face shape and is a great youthful style that actually looks really good on her! Skipping around a little, the dress was also a great choice for her – the black is slimming, while the gold adds interest and character – especially with the small studs on the sleeves and around the detailing on the bodice and at the waist. The cut of the dress does a fair job of hiding and disguising trouble spots, while the drape of the dress elongates her figure and the train gives it an almost regal feel that is matched by Helen’s posture and air (in the best way :P). She’s also done a great job accessorizing, choosing accessories that pick up the accent colors in the dress (aka. the earrings and clutch). Overall, a very cohesive, age-defying, but age-appropriate look!!

Jessica Alba (Oscar de la Renta)

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta

Ok. Wow. I don’t ever think I’ve seen a red carpet miss by Jessica Alba. She always looks fab… but then again, how could you go wrong wearing Oscar de la Renta??? By the way, he happens to be one of my all time favorite designers, bot just for formalwear, but also for bridalwear… his designs are always gorgeous… Anyways!!
Jessica has jumped on the Ombre hair trend that was big last fall and is still seen a lot now, and while I can’t say that it’s my favorite hair color for her, she can definitely pull it off. The dress is, as always, gorgeous, and warms up her somewhat pale skin (come on guys, it is hard to safely tan in the middle of January, so you have to improvise! xD).  The cut off the dress gives her the coveted hourglass figure, while the trumpet style adds volume and interest. She seems to have gone with an analogous color scheme here, with the light peach gown, darker peach lipstick, and dark peach feathered clutch (which, by the way, I love…. it looks almost like a furry, colored pet lol…), but she’s broken it up a little with the silver-white accents in the necklace and ring.

Julianne Hough (Monique Lhuillier)

Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier

Ok, so basically, I love the dress here, but I think it totally should have gone one someone else… Julianne is a little too pale for this number, and it makes her look washed out and pale. There are times when it’s ok to match your dress with your hair color, or whatever, but the blonde-gold in the dress is too close to her face and hair, making it just look washed out, while the bottom is an almost blinding white. I think what I’m trying to say here, is that there is nothing in a darker color that grounds the outfit. You can see that Julianne’s stylist has attempted to do this by adding the oxblood-colored clutch and nail polish, a d dark eyeliner, but it just isn’t enough to counteract the effect of the dress. The dress really is gorgeous though, and I think even if Julianne had dyed her hair maybe a darker brown, it would have made her look less washed out… Oh well 😦

Lea Michele (Ellie Saab)

Lea Michele in Ellie Saab

Hahaha, Lea Michele looks adorable in almost anything… and this is no exception. My favorite shortie is, like Jessica, rocking the ombre hair, but with more subtlety. The light makeup keeps her face from looking really dark (which it would have, combined with her hairstyle, had her makeup been darker), while the dress complements her figure and makes her look taller (again, though, the people behind her give away her height, lol…)  The halter cut of the dress does double duty, downsizing shoulders that are a little on the broader side (hence the reason I love halter, lol), while also giving the design extra interest. While turquoise wouldn’t have been my first choice in an accent color, I love how Lea stuck with it, using not only earrings that bring in the color, but also using a bracelet with small turquoise accents the keep the color going. I would have gone a little further and maybe used a turquoise colored sandal, or even just a buckle on the shoe in the accent color to make sure the color is kept throughout, but overall, I have nothing to complain about! 🙂

Maria Menounos (Celia Kritharioti)

Maria Menounos in Celia Kritharioti

Again, not much to say about this one! The dress is super pretty, and I love the color. Maria uses minimal jewelry to accessorize, but she makes sure to keep it all related by using the same metal and style (minimalist). One thing that I have to point out in this picture is how a stylist can always take styling cues from nature. Notice how picture perfect this ensemble looks next to the flower arrangement to the right, and against the topiary behind her. The colors in the flower arrangement are all in the same color family as Maria’s dress, and imagine how different, but how perfect this outfit would have been if Maria had taken color cues from the colors in the plants and maybe accessorized with those colors… maybe a small, skinny belt and a pair of shoes in a the dark (almost eggplant colored) purple seen in the tall, leafy flower in the arrangement, or a clutch that used the colors from the green plant in the arrangement that looks almost like an artichoke… Anyways, kind of off topic, but just an example to show you guys that nature is often one of the best places to find inspiration for color matching and so much more!

Megan Fox (Dolce & Gabbana)

Megan Fox in Dolce & Gabbana

Haha, prime example of the “color grounding” that was missing in Julianne’s outfit. In this outfit, Megan’s dark hair and clutch ground the outfit, and give the pale color in the outfit some dimension. Had Julianne take note, it might have saved her! Anyways, I love this dress… Another designer who knows what they’re doing – Dolce & Gabbanna! The only thing I have to say about this outfit is that Megan doesn’t relate her accessories. Her earrings are too light, and it’s a pinky color that doesn’t relate to the tone of the outfit. Her shoes are a light gold that really has nothing to do with the rest of her accessories. Here, the only accessory I would keep is the clutch, which was actually a hit, as it mirrors her hair color and carries it throughout the outfit. To complete the rest, I would change the earrings to this Amrita Singh pair (here), which complement her hair color, as well as something similar to these Rupert Sanderson heels (here) – both of which are in colors that match and complement the gold-brown in Megan’s hair and clutch, as well as have the same bohemian-glamor vibe as the gown.

 

Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta & Kwiat

Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta & Kwiat

Haha, Oscar de la Renta does it again! Simplistic gown that’s striking and bold, but totally elegant. Zooey totally understood this, and played up her accessories to match, using the timeless pearl, finishing off the look with a soft, simple hairstyle that allows the dress to take center stage 🙂
I think I love this looks so much because Zooey totally understood the tenor and overall look of the dress and just went with it, like she and Oscar de la Renta had the same mind.

Taylor Swift (Donna Karan)

Taylor Swift in Donna Karan

This was a stunning outfit on Taylor that left me wondering why in the world she rarely wears dark colors! The high drama color is perfect for her, and looks incredible on the gown itself. The only thing I might have changed about the dress is the neckline. I love the neckline to be honest, but I think an off-the-shoulder neckline would have offset the slightly overdone figure that the trumpet gown created. Otherwise, gorgeous gown! Taylor also accessorized it perfectly, using the same shade of purple for the earrings. One thing that I might have added to her accessories is a maybe a wide indian-looking bangle that matched her earrings or something like this 🙂

 

 

Okays, so I’m done!! Hope you enjoyed my favorites from the Golden Globe Awards! Don’t for get to comment, like, or follow!! It means so much to me!!

Also, if you want to see all of the celebrity outfits from the Golden Globe that didn’t make it into my post, check out the link at the end of the part 1 post. Thanks!!!!

<3Christiana<3

 

Golden Globes Fashion 2013 (Part 1) January 20, 2013

Hello!!! I’m back, and without an excuse this time, except that I was being lazy and taking advantage of my last week of break before spring semester starts again at college…. and cleaning my room (which, I have to say, looks amazing right now!).
Anyways, so a week after it all happened, here is my post on some of my favorite looks from the 2013 Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, split into two parts, because celebs? You really had it on this year, so congrats! There were so many awesome fashions, it was hard to pick just a few!
So here’s the first part!

Anna Gunn (Irene Neuwirth)

Anna Gunn in Irene Neuwirth

Love this dress! It’s really simple, and not something that you would immediately think of as glamorous, but the way it’s accessorized makes it look amazing! The pleating at the neckline and the blousing at the waist give the dress some interest points, and the collar on the dress just makes the whole thing click! While I would’ve liked to see at least shoes that matched the collar, Anna did a great job in keeping her accessories simple and related to each other. Plus the simple hair arrangement and peachy makeup just complete the look, and makes everything look flawless!!

Emily Blunt (Michael Kors)

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors

This is a fun design! I love the lace and the way it’s accented with the deep red crystals. Unfortunately, the high neckline doesn’t really do much for the dress; I would have opted for a small v-neck or a criss-cross bodice, but I’m not Michael Kors! Emily did a great job accessorizing this outfit, picking up the dress’ red accents with the earrings and bracelet… I would have loved to see her shoes though, but I could totally see a pair of dark red velvet cross-strap heels (like this pair by Nine West) with this dress 🙂

Francesca Eastwood (Giorgio Armani)

Francesca Eastwood in Giorgio Armani

My first thought: “Wedding dress!”. My second thought: “Her eyes are SO light!”. Anyways…. Love this dress! It does look pretty wedding-ish, though, but I think that’s mostly because Francesca (or her stylist) didn’t bother to accessorize it with non-wedding looking accessories. Maybe a pair of colorful glass chandelier earrings, or even a colored belt and a pair of bold peep-toe platforms… Too bad it was an event instead of her wedding 😦

Halle Berry (Atelier Versace)

Halle Berry in Atelier Versace

*sighhhhhhhh*…. now THERE’S a woman who ALWAYS looks good… Can’t really say much about this one… The print on the dress is gorgeous, and looks like it came straight off a graphic designer/water color artist’s computer! Her hair looks fab, the shoe choice is just right – it complements the dress without taking anything away from it. It looks pretty amazing! I probably wouldn’t have taken the slit up so high, but she definitely has the legs for it! Another score for Halle 😛

Eva Longoria in Pucci

Eva Longoria in Pucci

Can I say right now that I LOVE short celebs? I’m only 4’11”, so it’s always really nice to know that there are short people out there!
Eva, though, totally knows how to make herself look taller than she really is (the only thing that betrays her actual height are the people in the background, lol). First of all, she uses black strategically to slim, lengthen, and draw out her proportions. The sky-high heels, high slit in the dress, and the train also help to elongate her figure, as does the hairstyle, which adds another couple inches (*whispers – the real reason I wear my hair in large buns!!*). The only thing I don’t like (but I’m OCD, so don’t mind me!) is that she does nothing to incorporate the gold in the shoe soles into the rest of her outfit… To do that, I probably would’ve just changed out her earrings for something simlar to these, by Aurélie Bidermann 🙂

Hayden Panettiere (Roberto Cavalli)

Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli

Ok. I pretty much posted this because I love the dress! And the jewelry… And Hayden 😛  (She’s one of my favorite actors from “Nashville” xD)
I think everything about this ensemble was perfect, until she got to the clutch (and maybe the makeup, which isn’t the right color)… Hayden has this great thing going with the light pink color and the silver-white jewelry, but then it gets hijacked by the weird pink colored, boxy clutch, which throws off the color, the look, the shape, and kind of messes up the outfit for me! So I picked another clutch out for her – this one, by Asos (and yes it’s quilted, but the quilted pattern complements the lines and patterns in the gown bodice and skirt), is Empiredesigns approved 😉

Jennifer Lawrence (Dior Haute Couture & Chopard)

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture & Chopard

Never has the “Girl on Fire” looked so tall… The short bodice on this dress, skinny belt, endless lines and fullness in the A-line skirt, all combine to create an elegant, elongated, figure. The shade of dark salmon red, rather than being harsh and making Jennifer look pale, complements her skin tone and hair color, and creates a seamless, captivating look. Accessories are right on – subdued, simple, and streamlined – and work perfectly with the whole look.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Vera Wang)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang

This dress is super cool – I love the flower print and the tulle overlay, and the way the pale cream and the smoky grey have been put together! I would never be able to pull off these colors, but it works perfectly on Julia because her skin tone matches the pinky-cream, and her hair and makeup are in the same color family as the dark gray in the gown. I really don’t have a ton to say about this because everything is perfect! I might have added a short necklace that was either black or matched her earrings, but otherwise, I have no critiques to make! (I know, shocking!! :P)

Kristen Bell (Jenny Packham)

Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham

Another score!!! This dress is so spunky! I think my favorite thing about it is the multiple personalities it has, with the almost armored look in the bodice, the sheer insets at the top, the empire waistline, and drapey feminine skirt. The makeup and hair are perfectly suited to this look, as is the minimalist box clutch! Lovelovelove 🙂

Lucy Liu (Carolina Herrera)

Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera

Another one of my favorites, Lucy not only usually scores with her outfit, but she has the cutest smile and just looks like she has the most awesome personality! So I’m a little biased on this one, but even if I weren’t, I think I’d love it anyway! First off, her hairstyle is awesome… (my friend showed me how to do a fishtail braid over the summer, and ever since, I’ve been obsessed – except my hair isn’t long enough to do a nice one :Z). Second, the dress? Super fun! The oversize print and voluminous skirt make it look almost like a gown from the 18th century, but the hairstyle, decided pleats, and slim bodice make it very much a modern style! The powdery blue looks great with Lucy’s skin tone, while the dark green grounds the airy colors, and the light yellow and pastel pink complement the blue and green and brighten up the color scheme.

Naomi Watts (Zac Posen)

Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Totally loving this dress on Naomi. Normally a neckline that high would look stiff and unforgiving, but the soft pleating, ribbon-ish inset panels, and keyhole in the bodice soften it up. The skirt subtly hugs her figure, while the cape-like train adds drama to the gown. And I didn’t notice this until about the 50th time looking at this picture (ok, totally kidding, I didn’t look at it that many times! :P), but the same ribbon detailing used in the panels in the bodice is used at the hem of the gown – perfect example of tying in seemingly unrelated details! Thank you Naomi!!
Oh, and I have to mention her hair…. which looks adorable… Loving the retro soft curl bob…

Shaun Robinson (Pamella Roland)

Shaun Robinson in Pamella Roland

I love teal…. and glitter…. So this dress is right up my alley! Super cute, but I think it could use a little more… For instance, the tube-top bodice does nothing for Shaun’s figure and doesn’t really fit with the drapey train look that’s going on… But switch that neckline to a halter or a sweetheart, and it’s 10 times better! Extra empirepoints for matching the clutch to the dress (safest, best-looking way to go, girls!), but the outfit really needs a different pair of earrings, an added necklace, and possibly a different color of nail polish, and maybe a loose updo instead of the half-do… but again, that’s just my opinion! Love the idea of the dress though!!

Alrighties! That’s the end of the first half of my Golden Globe review! Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for the last part later this week! Thanks so much for your support! Comment, like, and follow! Love you guys!!

<3Christiana<3

P.S. – Photo credits go to Huffingtonpost.com 🙂
To see their full (amazing) slideshow, just click the link below!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/golden-globes-2013-red-carpet-photos-fashion-dresses_n_2398097.html?utm_hp_ref=golden-globes-2013#slide=1978026

 

Minnie loves Mickie January 11, 2013

Hahaha, ok, so I know this post is totally random, but I was in the mood 😛

The whole set was inspired by the dress – i LOVE polka dots, and thought it was totally adorable… PLUS it reminded me of Mickey & Minnie mouse…. and the rest of the set just came from there! I matched the shoes to the dress, found matching nail polish, and then added on the accessories and makeup!
And I know that it’s super crazy, but hey – red is totally in, so take advantage of it and feel free to go a little overboard! Anyways, this look would be super cute with a messy, undone updo or a tousled bob 😛

Enjoy!

<3Christiana<3

Minnie &lt;3s Mickie
 

 
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