Regardless of weather or not these leading ladies went home with an Oscar, they were winners on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o looked radiant in her Prada gown in a color she dubbed Nairobi blue, & the Fred Leighton jewels completed the outfit. There are some people who you might have always thought were beautiful, & then when you hear them speak & get a glimpse into who they are as a person, they become even more attractive; Lupita is in that category. In her acceptance speech for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in 12 Years a Slave, she eloquently expressed how grateful & historically aware she is, “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” Lupita said in reference to the film, which was based on a real-life memoir. She concluded on an inspiring & encouraging note, “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” Somehow, after hearing her speech she looked even more spectacular. Cate Blanchett was gorgeous in Armani Privé, with Chopard jewelery; I loved her opal chandelier earrings; her hair & make-up were perfection. It was also impressive that she advocated on behalf of “women -centric” films in her speech, claiming that it is false to categorize them as “niche” or chick-flicks. Jennifer Garner invoked 1920s glam in her Oscar de la Renta dress, which was the perfect shade of silver, making her skin glow rather than washing her out, as silvers can often do to the best of us. Jennifer Lawrence, looked chic & sophisticated in a red, structured Dior Haute Couture gown with Neil Lane jewelry, & a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch. Lastly, if there had been an award for “Best Dressed Couple” it would have gone to Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce & Gabbana, & his gorgeous wife Camila Alves, in Gabriela Cadena & Lorraine Schwartz jewelry (see photo below).
For special occasions, or even just for a fancy dinner, if you want to add a little extra sparkle in a way that’s a bit more unique than usual, the ear cuff will accomplish that exactly. No extra piercings are required, the cuffs come with fasteners in one or two places so that they stay put securely on your ears. You can wear the cuff on just one ear, with a matching stud on the other, or one in each ear, or you can opt for the more subtle approach of the the “almost cuff” earrings (above bottom row, far right). Whichever you choose, you can be confident that you will be one of the most sophisticated women in the room with these pieces inspired by a combination of the 1920s & 1980s. My favorites, from top left: Ryan Storer’s silver-plated Swarovski crystal ear cuff, which comes with the single stud as well, Net-a-Porter, Suggested Retail $320. Ryan Storer’s Swarovski crystal & pearl ear cuff, accompanied by a pearl stud, Net-a-Porter, Suggested Retail $630. Ryan Storer’s rose gold-plated Swarovski crystal ear cuff & stud, Net-a-Porter, Suggested Retail $300. Ca & Lou’s Carine Swarovski crystal & yellow-gold earrings, Neiman Marcus, Suggested Retail $520. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter & like us on Facebook!
One day, about 3 years ago, I woke up & all of a sudden the price tags on each one the fabulous handbags I had wanted jumped to $2,000 and above, just like magic, overnight, or so it seemed. Unfortunately, $2,000 did not also magically appear in my wallet or bank account, overnight; I have checked everyday since then just to be sure. So, what is a fiscally responsible girl (who chooses to pay her rent over purchasing the handbag she covets) to do? Well she has options, albeit polyurethane ones instead of leather in some instances, but think of how proud PETA will be. For work, Zara’s combined office city bag in black, white, & red or in grey, white, & black is the perfect mix of polish & sophistication, (above, 1st row)) Zara, Suggested Retail: $79.90. For days off, I love Madewell’s Eaton leather clutch in two-tone amber & black (it comes with a slide-in wrist strap), & Zara’s striped messenger bag, (above, 2nd row) Suggested Retail: $128 (get 30% off with code SPRING) & $79.90 respectively. Lastly, for everyday, I need a stylish handbag that is versatile enough to take me from day to dinner, can comfortably fit over my shoulder, & will work well back to most of my wardrobe. That bag is the Emme shopper by Christian Siriano for Payless (below) Payless, Suggested Retail: $34.99. So, until $2,000 miraculously finds a way into my wallet, these are the handbags that will be in my spring rotation.
If you feel like you’re seeing red everywhere these days, it’s not just because of Valentine’s Day. There is a far better reason; the month of February is dedicated to heart disease awareness. Not only is heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States, it is also the top killer of women. The fashion community has come together again to promote awareness through a selection of products at the Go Red for Women website and via the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show hosted in New York last week. The show was sponsored by the American Heart Association, “Go Red For Women” campaign & featured celebrities (ranging from Joan Jett & Ireland Baldwin, to Lindsey Vonn on crutches) on the runway in beautiful red dresses provided by top designers with big hearts, such as Donna Karan and Dolce & Gabbana. So, although I generally prefer wearing black to red, this month I’ll make an exception to spread awareness & support the cause. My top picks: Donna Karan’s long sleeve v-nk draped jersey dress, (above) Net-a-Porter, Suggested Retail: $2,495; the Pamela silk blouse by Elizabeth & James, (above) Net-a-Porter, Suggested Retail: $295; the short sleeve fine knit top, (below) H&M, Suggested Retail: $24.95; OPI’s Big Apple Red nail polish, (below) Amazon, Suggested Retail: $6.39. So show your support this month & wear red!
If you’re having flashbacks of side ponytails & scrunchies, you’re not alone. (If you’re not having flashbacks because you weren’t alive back then, please don’t tell me; I’d rather not feel old.) Yes, the favorite slip-on sneaker, which everyone owned at least one pair of back in the 1980s, is back & I’m welcoming our comfortable old friend with open arms & happy feet. There are several places to purchase them, but my favorites are from the SUNO collection, Suggested Retail $65.00. They are all made in Kenya with SUNO fabrics & recycled rubber, & 15% of your purchase will be donated by SUNO to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan preservation devoted to the protection of endangered elephants & rhinos. SUNO is the New York based womenswear label founded by Max Osterweis with designer Erin Beatty in 2008. The label uses vintage Kenyan textiles that Osterweis had been collecting for years, & their first collection was produced predominantly in Kenya, a second home to Osterweis. SUNO has since evolved its business to expand production in Kenya, India, Peru & New York, the company’s home base. They combine traditional, local techniques and high-end tailoring to offer a global perspective of the luxury world in an accessible way. So, purchase the SUNO slip-on sneakers & be a shopper with a cause.
Since half of the country is either in or recovering from a deep freeze, or polar vortex part deux, I thought it was time we start looking forward to spring. We have a lot to be excited about, starting with designer looks that are actually in your budget. Yes, it’s that time of year again, Target is collaborating with Peter Pilotto and launching a collection, which will be available in stores & online February 9th. The assortment will feature almost 70 items ranging in price from $14.99 to $79.99 for apparel and swimwear, and $16.99 to $39.99 for accessories. The design duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos met in 2000 while studying Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the result of which is the label Peter Pilotto. Their philosophy of womenswear incorporates both new and classic perspectives on elegance. They have mastered prints, their trademark, by combining them with soft, architectural shapes, which continue to evolve each season, keeping fashionistas excited & inspired. So get ready to head to your nearest Target on Sunday February 9th, or start clicking away to order online on that same day; supplies are limited & the best pieces always sell-out quickly!
So, if you think I’m obsessed with Downton Abby, you’re probably right. While all of the characters have their own unique style, my favorite one from a fashion perspective is definitely Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery. I love that her character exudes elegance & confidence, which makes every outfit look even more spectacular. So, how do we mimic the roaring 1920s look in way that makes sense in today’s world…? My darling, with jewels! Tiffany’s Ziegfeld Collection was inspired by the Jazz Age & offers everything from unique earrings, to bracelets, necklaces, & rings, all of which I’m quite certain our Lady Mary would happily sport, Tiffany & Co., Suggested Retail: prices range from $150-$1,400. Now take a cue from our dear friends across the pond & treat yourself to something that comes in a little blue box.
When something so wonderful & unexpected happens, sometimes it’s best to not ask questions & just embrace the moment; this is one of those times. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, I am indeed advocating on behalf of sweatpants. After years of being your dark secret, the one you wouldn’t wear out of the house even to get groceries, sweatpants decided to reinvent themselves. Instead of being baggy & frumpy, these new versions are stylish & tailored, often with extended cuffs, tapered legs, & sporty zip pockets. Now you will proudly wear them out for casual daytime activities because the one thing that hasn’t changed is that they are still divinely comfortable. Pair them with chic metallic sneakers, or even sandals if you are lucky enough to live someplace where it’s warm enough to do so, a button down shirt, & a cardigan. Choose classic, neutral colors such as the grey everyday relaxed sweatpants, Forever 21, Suggested Retail: $15.80, or the black zip-pocket sweatpants, H&M, Suggested Retail: $29.95. The perfect finishing touch is Christian Siriano’s Preslie crossbody bag in black & white from his Payless collection, Payless, Suggested Retail: $22.99. So give the “new and improved” sweatpants a try, you’ll be pleasantly, & comfortably surprised.
Yes, awards were presented, jokes were cracked (nicely done, Tina & Amy), & speeches were made, but let’s talk about what’s really on your mind, what they wore. The fab five of the 2014 Golden Globes (in no particular order) were: Robin Wright, Cate Blanchet, Emma Thompson, Taylor Swift, & Emma Watson. Robin’s high-neck halter gown, by Reem Acra, combined a simple silhouette with a lot of shine, which is the only elegant way to wear full shimmer, or what is now being dubbed “liquid metal.” The dress also flatters Robin’s amazing figure; she kept the hair & make-up simple making this look ideal for the winner of Best Actress in a TV series/Drama for her role in “House of Cards.” Cate Blanchet always makes flawless choices for the red carpet, & this Armani Privé gown in black chantilly lace was no exception. Earrings, a bracelet & ring were all that were needed here, & the glamourous Cate knew that, accessorizing the look perfectly. Emma Thompson just makes me smile because she has great style while still being down-to-earth. She looked lovely in Lanvin, & I laughed when she announced, ”I just want you to know, this red, it’s my blood, ” referring to the bottom of her peep toe Louboutins; quite frankly, she’s right, those shoes can cause pain beyond believe, to both your feet & wallet. Taylor Swift looked stunning in Carolina Herrera. This look invoked “old Hollywood glam,” complete with the bold red lip & bob hair style. “Elementary, my dear Watson,” Emma your look was anything but basic. You took a risk here, & it worked beautifully! I love that she chose to wear black skinny cigarette pants underneath her Dior open back, high slit dress. The pants were not only a brilliant style choice, but it was practical too, as they allowed Emma to walk down the carpet with confidence, not having to be cautious about the slits of the dress. Oh, and can we talk about the shoes? Roger Vivier, they’re fabulous. Ok, I’m ready for the Oscars, please….
The award season has officially begun. Starlets will be striking a pose on the red carpet for the pre-shows, which I confess I watch more closely than the main telecast. For the new year I have decided to be a more positive person, so although there were some celebrities who clearly need to change stylists, or get one if they selected their own outfit, I am choosing to see the glass half-full. As such, I am just focusing on my favorites, & at last night’s People’s Choice Awards I had two. Jennifer Hudson, who won the People’s Choice Favorite Humanitarian award last night, looked gorgeous in a long sleeve fitted white Kaufman Fanco dress. Her hair, make-up, & accessories balanced the look perfectly. I love that she didn’t wear a necklace, letting this stunning dress speak for itself, & instead she wore fabulous earrings, rings, & a sleek modern watch. Allison Williams looked chic, sophisticated & a touch edgy in a David Koma dress. The up-do with loose locks in the front, & her minimal jewelry all worked in perfect harmony with her dress. Allison, on the off chance that you are reading this, you & my adorable 31 year old brother would be a great couple, perhaps even soul mates, & I’d be happy to put you two in touch. If I had gone to the show last night, I would have worn either Oscar De La Renta’s printed poplin dress, or Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville’s stretch silk chiffon dress Net-a-Porter, Suggested Retail $990 & $495 respectively. Thankfully, I didn’t have to make the tough decision between the two dresses because my invitation was lost in the mail.