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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011: Fashion Recap

31 Jan

Fashions fade; style is eternal. – Yves Saint Laurent

To continue the trend of award show fashion recaps, it’s time for the next round of dresses, which were on parade at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night. In all honesty, I was less than impressed with the dresses, making it easy for me to find six standouts.  Unlike the gowns for the Golden Globes, many of these dresses spotlighted great prints and bright colors, reminding us that springtime is just around the corner (I hope!).  When I wasn’t falling in love with these fabulous fabrics, I was drawn to neutral colors – black or blush.

As I did with the Golden Globes (and to further confirm my poor decision-making skills), I’m sticking with my six favorite fashion moments for the SAG Awards. And here we go!

6. Angie Harmon radiates happiness in this feathery concoction by Monique Lhuillier. It’s my fashion dream to wear a dress by this designer, and I know that I’d be as giddy as Angie in this frock.

Angie looks like pure happiness to me.

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5. Nicole Kidman is the epitome of sophistication in her Nina Ricci gown.  The lace cutouts and jeweled neckline add just enough mystery and sparkle to her look. I’m usually not a fan of the dresses that Nicole wears, but I think she knocked it out of the park with this one.

my all-time favorite fashion moment from Nicole

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4. Mila Kunis rocked a mainly-red print dress by Alexander McQueen.  The color looks outstanding with her olive complexion and smoldering eyes. Plus, her wavy hair complements the sweetheart neckline and flowing frock, creating a look that appears effortless.

i much prefer this look to Mila's green Golden Globes gown...

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3. Fashion darling Louise Roe confirms that it’s never too early to wear breezy pastels.  The baby blue and purple print of this Tadashi Shoji one-shouldered dress really pops against the red carpet. Her neat updo and unfussy accessories prove that she’s anything but a Plain Jane.

can i wear Louise's dress to church on Easter Sunday?

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2. Of course, Lea Michele was one of my best-dressed picks. A girl can’t go wrong in Oscar de la Renta, and she proves it time and time again.  Departing from her propensity for big ball gowns, she picked a sexier number that really suited her tiny figure.  Her simple hair and make-up are a perfect pairing.

Lea's look is the perfect combination of sweetness and sass.

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1. Talk about a 180° difference from her Golden Globes look! Breaking from her trend of going with structural, bright-hued dresses (usually by Versace), January Jones chose an understated black-and-gold mermaid gown by Carolina Herrera. With her sweeping updo and muted make-up, she looks absolutely stunning and oh-so-ladylike. By far my favorite look of the night!

January's dress is beyond fabulous yet again!

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Four Eyes…Again

27 Jan

I always think about what it means to wear eyeglasses. When you get used to glasses you don’t know how far you could really see. – Andy Warhol

When I was younger, I was one of those strange little girls who wanted glasses.  I remember buying my first (fake) pair at Claire’s and being unable to take them off (as if they actually made a difference).  Little did I know that my wish would come true…

During the summers, my dad used to play doctor on Cat Cay island in the Bahamas, and my family would tag along for a week of vacation.  One afternoon, he decided to check our vision. My brother, of course, had better-than-perfect vision. This kid never had to wear braces either – he got the good genes in the family. Me? Not so much. I returned home and promptly visited the eye doctor.  When my parents asked why I never mentioned that I had trouble seeing, I said that I just thought it was normal. How was I supposed to know that things far away shouldn’t be blurry?

After wearing glasses for a few years, I had LASIK surgery, thinking I’d never have to deal with poor vision again.  The surgery came at the perfect time: I ended my high school years and spent my college years being able to see without any hitches. However, in recent months, I noticed those blurry edges creeping back into my life.  On one particularly rainy Nashville afternoon, I struggled to read a street sign and was afraid to drive again. Back to the eye doctor for me!

Lucky for me, I found a pair of tortoise shell Tory Burch frames that make me feel stylish and smart. Oh, and they allow me to see clearly again.  As Dad said, he should’ve known that I would turn getting glasses into a fashion event.  Success!

my new eyes

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Golden Globe Awards 2011: Fashion Recap

18 Jan

Just around the corner in every woman’s mind is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume, which will make an enchanting new creature of her. – Wilhela Cushman

The Golden Globe Awards were held in Beverly Hills on Sunday.  I know I’m a bit behind with this post, but it took me a few days to watch the show in it’s entirety. Plus, I, of course, had to watch E!’s Live from the Red Carpet before I could make an adequate assessment of the night’s glamorous gowns.

As always, there were quite a few commonalities among the attendees’ dress choices. Many women wore classic black (which is to be expected) – Halle Berry, Piper Perabo and Julianne Hough, for starters – and they all looked stunning on the backdrop of the red carpet (which is also to be expected). Personally, I fell for the nude-colored dresses (à la Dianna Agron, Scarlett Johansson and Kaley Cuoco, just to name a few).  For me, the biggest surprise of the night (and perhaps not in the best way) was the number of hunter green dresses. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mila Kunis and Elizabeth Moss all wore this bold color, and while I love it for everyday dressing, I thought it was less appealing in such a glitzy setting.

In terms of style, one-shouldered dresses made a strong showing, as Lea Michele models below.  As with most fancy occasions, sparkly dresses are always on-trend.  Carrie Underwood, Anne Hathaway and Olivia Wilde (all three below) dove into this style head-first, while Sandra Bullock just dipped in her toes.  My favorite accessory also made it’s mark: many women opted for a simple dress with a pair of statement shoes – or, in Helena Bonham Carter’s case, a pair of mismatched statement shoes.

Originally, I intended to pick my three favorite dresses, but per usual, I struggled with my decision-making skills and instead settled on my top six looks of the evening. Drum roll, please…

6. One of my favorite up-and-coming actresses is Emma Stone. As much as I love her as a redhead, I think she looks even more beautiful as blonde (she reverted back to her natural hair color for her role in the upcoming Spiderman movie). Her choice of a bright sherbet Calvin Klein Collection sheath makes her look like she’s glowing. I feel like a girl couldn’t help but feel pretty in a dress like that!

this peach color perfectly complements Emma's blonde hair and tanned skin.

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5. On-trend in terms of color and sparkle, Carrie Underwood sticks with the basics and looks beautiful in a blush-colored and sequined sweetheart gown by Badgley Mischka. Her neat chignon pairs perfectly with the sleekness of her dress.

the perpetually stunning Carrie

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4. January Jones adds a pop to my best-dressed list.  She always makes a statement, and this red and fringed Versace dress may be my favorite so far.  She made a slight nod to Betty Draper with her retro curls, adding a touch of softness to such a bold (and somewhat scandalous) look.

January's smoldering glare and red lips accent her sassy gown.

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3. Styled by the lovely Rachel Zoe, Anne Hathaway sparkles (quite literally) in a bronze sequined number by Giorgio Armarni Privé. I love the contrast of her long-sleeved but backless gown. It’s quite different than her previous award show choices but follows her tendency for an ethereal yet strong overall look.

Anne looks like a Golden Globe statue herself!

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2. Lea Michele’s one-shouldered Oscar de la Renta gown combines two of my favorite things: light pink and ruffles. This dress just makes me smile!

always love Lea's looks at award shows

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And the best-dressed gal was (in my book, at least)…

1. Olivia Wilde never fails to impress me when she walks a red carpet. I’m always in awe of her style choices, and this dress proves no different.  Wearing a chocolate brown and sequined ball gown by Marchesa, she toughened up her look with spiky and sparkly gold Christian Louboutin booties. For me, it was the perfect mix of girly and edgy. Her blunt bangs and simple hairstyle sealed the deal.

Olivia is perfection.

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Ready to Run!

17 Jan

Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I have to admit that I felt more than a little lost as I entered the real world post-college graduation. While my life has always been filled with great people and endless opportunities, I cannot help but wonder what my future holds, which leads me to My Bucket List. What are those adventures I’ve always wanted to take? What are those things I want to do to feel more fulfilled? How do I want to leave my mark and say that, “I was here?” While that last question may take a few (or a lot) more years of living to answer, I can start checking off some of the less-complicated items on my list. There is no time like the present, right?

It is this mindset that led a friend and I to sign-up to run our first half-marathon in April 2009.  To be honest, our initial motivation may have been self-serving – after all, it is a great way to ensure bikini enviability by the summertime.  But soon after finishing the race, I realized that this experience affords us so much more than a beach-ready body.

First, it served as a great “something” to focus on as I survived a chilly Chicago winter.  Post-holidays can be a bit sad for me.  I spend a week or so with my family, and then I return to the doldrums of the everyday working world.  To this end, my scheduled running also acted as a much-needed stress-reliever.   It was a somewhat-confusing and unconfident time in my life – and achieving a goal like this one ensured that I not only make time for myself but also that I rebuild my self-assurance and become an even stronger young woman than I was before.

Finally, strutting through Nashville with thousands of runners (both more and less prepared than myself) allows me an excellent opportunity to improve upon my current workout wardrobe.  I believe that you feel your best when you look your best, and this motto certainly extends to those times when you perhaps look your worst.  I was sweaty, tired and achy as I logged those miles, but I assure you, I was dressed from head (visor) to toe (sneakers) in coordinating black and pink Nike gear.  After all, accessories are a central part of any outfit.

ready, set, RUN!

For a less-than-athletic girl, this pursuit initially surprised my family and friends. Looks of incredulous belief were usually followed by apprehensive notes of encouragement and endless reminders that the most important thing is to do the best I can. Perhaps this self-doubt from others motivated me even more.  Not only did I have something to prove to myself, but I had something to prove to the people I loved most.

Looking back now, I can say…I did it! Two hours, 34 minutes, and 56 seconds later, I crossed that finish line and was filled with immense pride and a bit of disbelief. How did a girl who could hardly run three miles at the start of her training just survive 13.1 miles in the time it takes to watch a movie? To fly from New York to Atlanta? To enjoy a delicious meal in good company?

As I said before, this adventure is not a one-time deal. In fact, it’s time to start training for my fourth half-marathon, which I’ll run with my mama at the end of April. Next time around, my goal will not only be to finish but to beat my previous times and, of course, to always do my best. If you’re up for it, join me!

jamie and i look quite fashionable in our pink attire and glitter headbands.

Connecting the Dots

11 Jan

From now on, I’ll connect the dots my own way. – Bill Watterson

As I mentioned in a previous post, Ross admitted that, while he does look at every blog post, he usually does nothing more than glance at the ones dealing with fashion.  In his own words: “I don’t really care about polka dots, let’s be honest.”  Upon further reflection of this comment, I realized that I had yet to write about polka dots, one of my favorite patterns (second to stripes, of course).

this little guy keeps my savings safe.

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Polka dots can liven up any outfit, but there are a few basic fashion rules to help you avoid looking like you belong at a circus. Sticking with my love for nautical-themed clothes, I like white polka dots on a red or navy blue background. Polka dots make a statement all by themselves, so it’s usually best to stick to neutrals rather than going crazy with color.  Personally, I prefer smaller prints (as shown by my picture selection below). Large polka dots can be overwhelming and not quite as easy to mix and match.

a fun top for a warm, spring day

i love this Madewell by Alexa Chung dress and have a similar one in my own closet.

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Which brings me to my next point: I love to wear contrasting prints, and polka dots look great with stripes or floral or whatever else is hiding in your closet. Just be sure to stick with the same color palate.  My go-to interview outfit is a floral black-and-white skirt with a black-and-white polka-dotted top, both from J. Crew. I believe that your clothing choice is a reflection of your personality, and never is it more important to be yourself than when you’re making a first impression. The more you feel like yourself, the more confident you’ll be – and voila! The job is your’s. Who knew that those polka dots could be so vital to your future?

a perfect example of mixing and matching prints

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From Runway to Reality

10 Jan

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. – Coco Chanel

There’s a moment in the fashion world from over a year ago that I just can’t seem to shake. At the “Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009, Leighton Meester received continual criticism for her Louis Vuitton dress and embellished leggings. Yet despite this negative reaction to this ensemble in the real world, it appeared twice in 2009 fall fashion magazines, being featured in photo spreads for the August issues of both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. I understand the concept of fashion being art – but shouldn’t that art be wearable? Shouldn’t a piece – especially one of such unique and grandiose style – be translated from the runway (or glossy pages of a publication) to reality? I believe Leighton made that outfit, however inaccessible it may seem, accessible: she brought it to life, and that is the most fashionable thing a girl can do.

the unforgettable outfit

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

26 Dec

The first fall of snow is not only an event; it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found? – J.B. Priestley

Growing up in Georgia, I never experienced a real winter until I attended college in Nashville. Even then, I had no idea that I would someday endure months of cold and snow in Chicago and New York City, making Nashville’s winter seem mild. For me, winter was spending a few days in Ohio each Christmas. We also vacationed in Utah for a week or so each January. In both instances, we would bundle up, brave the chilliness and then return to home to our winter of weather in the 40s and 50s.

all bundled up with snowballs to throw!

That’s not to say that I haven’t always loved buying winter clothes – and I certainly stocked up during my time spent in the endless snow globe that is the Windy City. There’s nothing like wrapping a chunky knit sweater around you (like this See by Chloe V Back Striped Sweater) and cozying up by the fire, good book  and glass of wine in hand.  This season, my favorite options for keeping warm are Fair Isle sweaters, which Kate Hudson models below (source). I already have one picked out to keep me warm during our New Year’s weekend in Telluride.

Of course, as a southern girl who is not necessarily accustomed to chilly days, my go-to solution for dressing in the wintertime is layering.  Yesterday, for instance, I wore a sweater dress and leggings with an open cardigan from J. Crew and Ugg boots.  Before I ventured outside, I threw on my new favorite coat and a scarf. My layering proved well worth it: Santa delivered a white Christmas in Georgia!

love this watermelon and camel sweater, courtesy of shopbop.com

layers, layers, layers!

you can't help but stay warm in a fair isle sweater

My ability to dress cold temperatures will surely be put to the test when I spend the next two weeks in Colorado. As if packing for the week of Christmas (including our annual trip to Ohio) wasn’t enough, I also had to throw in enough clothes to keep me warm until mid-January. Here’s to chunky knits, Fair Isle sweaters and lots of layers!