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Kendall Jenner

WithChic blue cardigan
$30 – withchic.com

H M womens plus top
$35 – hm.com

Vero Moda holiday legging
$23 – vanmildert.com

Ted Baker blue purse
$83 – tedbaker.com

Canvas purse
$9.09 – newchic.com

Nila Anthony bag

Gold sunglasses
$33 – brazilianbikinishop.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 πŸ˜›Β  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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).Β  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…)Β  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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚
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,Β 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 πŸ™‚



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!!!!



Valentino Spring 2013 Resort Collection September 22, 2012

Hi everyone! So I hadn’t done one of these in a little while (this week was a little crazy school-wise), so I figured I’d take some time over the weekend to do at least one πŸ™‚
I was browsing through the designer lookbooks on style.com, and happened across Valentino’s Spring 2013 Resort collection…. and loved it!
So, here are some of my favorites πŸ™‚

The colors in this are really adorable (they remind me of Easter!), and while I’m not crazy about the sheer part (I would’ve just used a silk or satin material underneath the flower overlay, and just made the dress strapless), I like the breezy, girly feel to the look.


Another “version” of the previous dress, that I also love – it’s semi-professional – I think it could totally work in the office with a royal blue silky blazer over top (thinking of the Amy Byer jacket in my closet right now :P) and a pair of nice pumps – but it’s also a dress that you can wear on your off days when you want to look dressy, but laidback.


Love it!! First of all, one of my favorite all time colors is red (so I’m a little biased). Second, red is one of those colors that is supposed to look good on every woman (which I actually agree with in most cases). And lastly, it has lace… and pockets. How can you go wrong? Seriously, though, I love the understated details and almost imperceptible lines (at the waistline and right above the skirt flare), and of course, the hi-low hemline, which, although not dramatic, is one of those things that just pulled it all together for me.


Ok… so it took me a little while to decide that I liked this dress… I’m not usually one for loose-and-bordering-on-baggy dresses, but I thought this one was neat. I love the color, but probably would’ve made the dress in a lighter, possibly a semi-sheer fabric with an airy print rather than something that looks like a heavy satin… But otherwise, it’s pretty cute, and reminds me of one of those old time prairie dresses πŸ˜›


Pretty, pretty, pretty! Gorgeous color, great pleating detail in the bodice and waist, and it drapes perfectly. Can’t say much else! Finish off the look with maybe a bib necklace with burnt orange stones and a pair of matching heels, and you have a perfect party (or even bridesmaid) outfit!


The 50’s shirtwaist is making a reappearance on the runway, and I’m loving it! I like the mix of crisp and relaxed in this dress (which I know doesn’t make much sense, but let me explain). There’s a psychological element to the shirtwaist that makes you automatically think crisp, even when you see this dress. Plus the white (which is a crisp, pristine color). However, the relaxed material, little bow, and drape of the skirt (especially in the hem) give it that relaxed feel as well. So hopefully that helped!


My first thought when I saw this dress was “Grandma’s closet” vintage… I really do like it though! I think the line of the dress is very antique-y, but I think it’s a unique office look for the brave and stylish soul! Just add a briefcase in the same color clutch the model is using, a couple pieces of modern jewelry, and a pair of office shoes, and you have a look that is no longer outdated, but classic and mod πŸ™‚


Love the print. I wouldn’t have made the neckline as high, and probably would’ve gone with cap sleeves instead, but that’s why I’m not Valentino πŸ™‚


Well, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that dresses similar to this are already in stores and probably will be for a while It makes use of the classic A-line silhouette and lace, but also includes little twists like the bubble hem and the lace pockets (which I think are interesting, but impractical – I mean, that’s the point of putting your hands in your pockets if everyone can still see them??) Oh well! Super adorable outfit though!


Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m crazy about animal print… and this is no exception… but aside from the print, I really like the ribbon sashes – not only are they very cute details, but they also break up a longer torsos.


Squealy mode!!!! Awesome print (again), and great color (yes, I do like hot pink when I’m in the mood xD). The crisp collar and cuffs are unconventional details that add interest and lend a unique quality to the dress. And the ruffles are so0o cute!! And the skinny patent leather belt just finishes it off… Totally a winning outfit for all of you girly-girls!

So on that note, I’ll end this post! Let me know what you think – leave a comment, like the post, and if you like what you see, just click the “Follow Me :)” button on the right side of my blog πŸ˜€

Hope you enjoyed!!


Zac Posen Spring 2013 Collection September 17, 2012

Well, after hearing all the hype about Zac Posen’s new Spring 2013 Runway collection, I decided to check it out! Anyway, here are some of my favorites from the collection, as presented at New York Fashion Week (which I’m SO sad is over!)…


Oh. My. Goodness… what an adorable print!!! And the jacket is sooo cute! Love the poofy detail and the salmon color…. the collar reminds me of 80’s power dressing… haha


Love the use of sheers and corset-looking details in the dress… It looks so right!! The mermaid skirt is different than most because it’s not in a full length gown, but it’s so pretty! The Grecian gathering the the shoulders is pretty as well, and the pins totally complete it. The only thing I would add to top off the look would be matching earrings and maybe a few skinny bangles…


Beautiful. Reminds me of something an ice skater would wear (although obviously a lot shorter)… or a dancer… but the color is perfect, and the lines in the waist are so pretty!


Not sure if I like the silhouette here… it makes the model’s hips look twice as big as they really are… but I love the colors… So American!


Beautiful color… love the simplistic A-line silhouette and the subtle lines in the bodice and waist… barely there, but when you notice them, they really add to the character of the dress – understated beauty…


I’m in love with mermaid dresses….. just saying… I could never pull it off – I’m too small and the fabric would pretty much eat me alive… but they really are gorgeous. And how can you go wrong in a color like this?

I feel so sorry for the model…. they totally tried to stuff her in this dress 😦

The gown really is beautiful though! I love the watercolor look to the print at the bottom, and the layers of gathering and pleating at the waistline give the dress fabulous shape and drape (as well as some architectural interest!)

Anyway, there are some of my favorites! As always, please let me know what you think!!

Hope you enjoyed!



Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012 Runway Collection September 14, 2012

Well, one thing led to another, and now I’m going through Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2012! I’ve included some of my favorites from the runway show, so let me know what you think πŸ™‚

By the way, just in case you haven’t picked up on it yet, Oscar de la Renta is one of my absolute favorite designers… along with Lazaro Perez (he designs bridalwear for JLM couture), Marchesa, Alexander McQueen (his “casual” wear scares me, but I love the gowns), and Vera Wang.

Anyway, enough about me! Here are the pics you’ve been waiting for!

Love the simple but elegant black and white color scheme and the way it’s paired with the tights and shoes… classy with a little bit of funky to it πŸ™‚

That stole looks like it’s made out of a bathrobe… it has to be comfy! Plus it’s such a cute pink!

I love the fur vest… and the ombre boots?? Amazing… I would absolutely wear it!

Similar to the first dress, but a lot more intricate when you look at the details! I love the wide collar (I’m not sure exactly what the technical name is, so if anyone does, please let me know!), and the way he makes the dress pop and look 3D by adding actual beads and feathers to the printed design (at least that’s what it looks like to me :P). The makeup is so cute – simple, but it’s that nice dewy look that few can master…

I’m crazy about tweed… it’s just such a funky texture and a great mix of colors and uncoventional thread… super cool… and it looks amazing in this dress. The colors are right on, and I like the mix of textures throughout the whole outfit – the almost silky hair to the sequin looking sweater to the rough tweed to the fishnet stockings and the boots… the use of tons of different textures really adds interest to the whole look.

While some people might call this boring, I like the simplistic elegance to it. The A-line silhouette is a classic because it flatters all body shapes, and I like the solid color. The interest comes in with small details, like the wrap and asymmetrical pleating, the collar, and the jeweled pin.

Oh goodness…. I saw this and just thought “how weird is that??? but it’s awesome!” First of all, I like the color, and second of all I’m crazy about the detail with the pleats and buttons down the middle – so cute! And the giant layered strip ruffle at the bottom… can’t describe it any other way than unique… it just looks awesome πŸ™‚

Finally! The part I’ve been waiting for… the gowns πŸ˜›
I’m not really crazy about the skirt… I think the black totally overpowers the rose color instead of co-existing with it (i might have inverted the colors to avoid that…), but I love the way the top drapes and how the colors go together…

Soooo cute! I love the beading up it the bodice…. It’s so colorful… the whole thing reminds me of strawberry ice cream with jimmies on top… or cotton candy with little multicolored jewels sprinkled on top (which is random, but would be adorable :P)
I could totally see this gown with a pair of multicolor glitter stiletto pumps that matched the beading or crystals on the bodice (whatever they are)… or a crystal encrusted bangle that matches the colors…

SUCH a Disney Princess dress… I really have nothing more to say… except that I think every girl, underneath, has still loves (to some degree) the Disney princess fantasy from childhood πŸ™‚

And of course, the man behind the magic, Oscar de la Renta himself πŸ˜€

Well this has to be my longest post… congrats if you actually made it to the end! Please let me know what you think! Hope you enjoyed it πŸ˜€


P.S. – If you want to see the whole collection, check out the slideshow on style.com here – http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2012RTW-ODLRENTA/#1


Oscar de la Renta gown :)

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Well, today’s a new day, which automatically calls for a new post!!!

So I happened across some older Oscar de la Renta pictures from his 2009 Resort collection that may not “technically” be in style anymore, but I still think are gorgeous!

Here’s my absolute favorite gown, shown in brown…


I’m absolutely in love with the frothy design and the multi-layered look – it just adds to the overall texture and design. And I love the way they accessorized it with the necklace! (I might have chosen a different pair of earrings, but it’s a minor matter of opinion :P)

Anyway, apparently I wasn’t alone in my love for this gown! Freida Pinto obviously liked it as well, and actually wore it to the 2009 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards, except she wore it in this gorgeous cotton candy pink that looked amazing on her!

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel at BAFTA Awards

And I can’t end this post without mentioning how adorable she was with her date (and Slumdog Millionare co-star), Dev Patel that night πŸ™‚

Now TELL me that’s not adorable!!!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post! Please comment and let me know what you think – it means a lot to me!



Marchesa Spring 2013 September 13, 2012

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So, I saw this article from Women’s Wear Daily, and thought I’d share my favorite designs from the runway. So here they are!

I think I love these so much because of the definite Indian influence in the designs – I’ve always loved Indian formal wear, mostly because of the harmonious blend of sheer fabric with solid fabric, the intricacy of the draping, beading, and the boldness in the different colors used. So the Marchesa designs have definitely hit a vein and I really hope it’s something we’ll see elements of in stores come next spring!


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