My love for fashion began as a young girl and one of my favorite tasks was choosing my outfits. However, one thing that I constantly overlooked were polka dots. I’m not really sure what I had against them but they were never my favorite. Yet in recent years my views have changed and I think I’m making up for lost time. I now have multiple polka dot dresses and shirts all in the same black and white color scheme. There is something so classic, preppy and girly about polka dots that I just love and if Marc Jacobs said “there is never a wrong time for a polka dot,” then who am I to argue? What’s fun about this blouse is that it actually has both white and black polka dots on it when you look closely. I paired this closet staple with a few others… my favorite a-line black skirt, black crossbody bag and my black booties. These items are constantly in rotation in my wardrobe and after seeing British YouTuber Vivianna Does Makeup, rock her Ash booties all the time, I knew I needed them too. So tell me, what are some of your favorite wardrobe staples?
One thing that I love about the Oscars is that it is the event when all of the celebrities pull out their a-game. They seem to save their fanciest dresses for the night and it’s the perfect way to wrap up award season. I’ll admit that this year’s actual award ceremony didn’t totally grab my attention, but I was, as usual, obsessed with the fashion.
I had a difficult time choosing my best dressed this year because so many actresses hit it out of the park fashion-wise! I absolutely loved Anna Kendrick’s soft coral, Thakoon dress with the jeweled collar and cutout. I think this color is absolutely gorgeous on her and I love how the dress elongates her petite frame. I also am glad to see her in a more sophisticated silhouette especially after she played a princess in Into The Woods. On the other end of the spectrum is Jennifer Lopez, wearing an Ellie Saab princess dress. As you may know, Ellie Saab is one of my favorite designers so it’s no surprise that this dress ended up as a top pick. I think the dress was utter perfection and Jennifer still managed to look age appropriate with the plunging neckline and beautiful detailing. (But then again, I’m convinced J.Lo never ages…) As gorgeous as the dress is in the picture, it looked even more so, when she seemingly floated across the stage to present an award. Finally, I’m so excited to include Rosamund Pike on my best dressed list after she was on my worst for the Golden Globes. However, this red Givenchy dress is fabulous and I love the scallop detail which is so on trend and the tasteful slit. This dress also perfectly highlights her amazing figure and I love the band at the waist.
In addition to their gorgeous dresses, another thing these women have in common is their beautiful hair and make-up. Perfectly complimenting their dresses, all three went for updos with Anna and Rosamund opting for some volume and Jennifer going for a slicked back ponytail. Their make-up was flawless as well, with J.Lo’s signature glow, Anna’s pinky-peach cheeks and Rosamund’s contoured cheekbones, while all three wore for a nude lip.
Honorable mention also goes to Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection. While it wasn’t my favorite dress, the 6,000 pearls on it do make it pretty spectacular!
Once again, only two stars made my worst dressed list. Award show veteran, Nicole Kidman, wore this Louis Vuitton sequin dress. Nicole often opts for a column style dress, which she looks great in, but the eyesore here is the red belt. Not only does it look garish next to the yellow sequins, but it completely draws the eye away from her face and directly to the belt. One thing that was working for her though, was her gorgeous long bob and I wish her hairstylist could show me how to inject as much volume into mine! My other pick is Chloe Grace Moretz, a relative newcomer to the red carpet. Unfortunately the fabric on her Miu Miu dress looks more like curtains from the 1970s and the exaggerated hips with the pleated detail is unflattering. At only 18, this dress just looks so dated for her age and I’d love to see her in something fresher at her next awards show. But hey, didn’t we all make a few fashion faux pas in our teens?
-Who was your best and worst dressed from the Oscars?
For some people, the early winter months mean football season. They have snacks and settle in front of the television, talking to the tv as if they can be heard and have a hard time looking away. Well, that’s how I feel about award season. I too, love to sit and watch the whole event, including the red carpet pre-show. On occasion, I might find myself talking to the tv, guessing who I think should win the award that’s up for grabs. Oh, and when the boys are checking out the plays they just watched on their phones, I’m scrolling through E!’s red carpet pictures so I can get a closer look. This year, the majority of the women walking the red carpet were on point. Of course, there will always be some who manage to pull away from the pack and those who fall behind, so let’s get to it.
These three women look absolutely flawless and can you believe that they are all over 40? Of course, Kate Beckinsale tops my list in her Elie Saab dress. Now Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers so it’s no surprise I loved this dress, but it’s absolutely perfection. I love that it has the right amount of sparkle, paired with the gorgeously draped, neutral skirt. I think her styling was spot on too with her neutral bag, double wrist cuffs and dark manicure. Beckinsale is one of those stars though, who consistently hits it right on the red carpet, and I’ll admit that I know her more for her red carpet looks than her movies. Amy Adams has been on a winning streak for the past few years, both on the award show stage and the red carpet. Her pale blue Versace dress, perfectly brought out her blue eyes. It was a simple style with classic styling but what made this a winner in my book was that it fit her like a dream. Now I’m not usually one for feathers on a dress, but Julianne Moore’s Givenchy Couture look worked beautifully. I absolutely loved the ombre effect and how the trailing sequins just melted into the feathers. I’m so glad that she let this very embellished dress do the talking too and opted for simple diamonds to complete the look.
I’d call it a very successful award show with only two stars on my worst dressed list. The first is Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang and I’m disappointed that both the actress and designer are on the list! This dress just doesn’t work as the bodice lays awkwardly in part due to the straps and the cutouts look a little odd. If you are going to go this bare, I’d suggest looking in the direction of Kate Hudson who rocked her very revealing Versace dress due to a perfect fit. For such a gorgeous, talented actress, I hope her next red carpet dresses are better. On the other end of the spectrum is Keira Knightley, wearing a very conservative dress. I’m sad to say that this dress is actually Chanel! I recognize that Kiera does tend to go for more offbeat dresses and is a Chanel spokesperson but this dress is just too much with the top and bottom made from a material resembling curtains. And I think you know how I feel about the matching butterfly on her wrist. I know that both Chanel and Keira can do much better and have high hopes for the future.
Of course, as award shows go, they can’t all be winners. But tell me, who topped your best and worst dressed lists?
This summer, I was all about neon pink. But as the weather has gotten cooler, I’ve put my brights away and have returned to my real love, neutrals. In the past, I’ve always gravitated towards black and I’ll admit that it makes up roughly 80% of my wardrobe. Yet lately, I’ve found myself buying lots of navy, a color that I never used to wear. With more navy skirts and dresses in my closet and the drop in temperatures, I was on the hunt for a navy coat to pair with it all. That’s when the company eShakti reached out and asked if I would like to try one of their items. When I spotted their navy cotton sateen belted trench, I knew it was meant to be. The awesome thing about the company is that their clothing can all be customized and made to your measurements. If you’ve ever experienced the high of online shopping and the low of discovering that what you ordered, doesn’t indeed fit, then this company is for you. It truly takes all the guesswork out so when it arrives, you know it will look great. For my coat, I chose to keep the sleeves the standard length, but if you are petite and sleeves are often long on you, then that can be changed. I did customize the length to the “mini” length, as I knew that I wanted a coat that would be long enough to wear with dresses, but would also work well with pants. When it arrived it fit perfectly and I was so pleased to find that the coat is a medium weight which is ideal for California winters. I have to admit, that after this experience I’m totally sold on custom clothing. If you are stumped with what to get for a woman in your life this holiday season, I think a gift card for eShakti would be an amazing gift. And if you’re like me, you might find a few things you have to buy for yourself too…
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-What color is most prominent in your wardrobe?