The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards took place this weekend, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. In typical fashion, I didn’t watch the show (which didn’t get rave reviews anyway) but of course I tuned in to watch the red carpet. Overall I was pretty underwhelmed. There were a few standouts that I really enjoyed but most stars played it safe or missed the mark.
The red carpet looks I enjoyed:
Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection.
This is what I’m talking about. Crop-top on the red carpet, done right. I love this two-piece look from Rose Byrne. The color is perfect, accessories simple, skirt length just right, and body on point. I love this look from head-to-toe. Understated, effortless, and still chic. She was easily my favorite of the night.
Kate Mara in J. Mendel.
Kate Mara was an (edgy) vision in white. I love her in this J. Mendel dress right off the runway from the Spring 2014 collection. She is working that high slit and the hair and makeup are right on. The straight bob with the deep part and the nude smokey eye pull this all together.
Lena Headey in Alessandra Rich.
I’m not super familiar with ‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey but I really like her look for this event. Black often reads boring on the red carpet but I like this lace creation from London-based designer Alessandra Rich. This see-thru lace number is a risk, one that I think paid off. L.A.M.B. white pumps and a cool ring from Tina Thor complete the look.
Tina Fey in Narcisco Rodriguez.
My first thought when I saw Tina Fey on the red carpet? “Tina Fey has found her sexy!”. Gone are the boring black tea-length dresses and stuffy up-do’s. Kudos to Tina and her stylist for stepping outside the box and showing those curves (that we should have seen awhile ago). This cobalt blue is perfection and the halter neckline is so great on her. The loose waves and Fred Leighton jewelry are great compliments to the dress.
As I type, it’s currently 98 degrees in good ol’ Texas…yeah, at night! That’s what you sign up for a Texas summer. That being said, I’m not exactly sure why I’m even thinking of sweatshirts…but I am. (fashion girl brain, always months ahead) While I can’t wear them now, I’m getting excited for the day I can wear sweatshirts. And I’m not talking oversized, ex-boyfriend’s college sweatshirt, I’m excited about the endless options of sweatshirts and sweaters in the most luxe fabrics in sporty cuts.
For some reason, the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 collection popped into my head, reminding me of the super cool Bambi sweater that Ricardo Tisci sent down the runway. I need to somehow get my hands on this sweater. You can dress it up with a chic lace pencil skirt, wear it casual with a leather biker jacket, or make it playful by pairing it with sequins. It’s quirky but one of those iconic pieces that is fun to have in your closet. Hopefully it’s not sold out (here) before I can afford it.
Amanda Seyfried looks amazing in the ad campaign for the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The berry lip and nonchalant hair tucked into the Bambi sweater are just perfect. This shows you how well Ricardo Tisci does gypsy goth.
Here are some other options for sweatshirt chic come fall!
Stella McCartney hit it out of the park with this one. I mean, is this not the most amazing dress? The whole thing is definitely my cup of tea. It’s orange, a little sexy, has mesh panels, an open back…what more can a girl ask for?
I need it.
The Julienne dress is Look 2 from the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2013 runway collection. I love the whole styling of the look–the shoes are Stella’s Valerie Plexi Wedges in Nude. Even the makeup compliments the dress, the bright aqua liner on the lower lash line is a subtle, yet fun contrast to the orange of the dress.
Julienne is a satin micro-plisse with superfine pleats (you have to zoom to see). The colorblock contour reveals a sheer mesh panel.
Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing chose this dress as one of his top picks of the season. ”I love Stella McCartney’s ORANGE dress from her runway in Paris so much, I made it my Spring Art of Fashion® pick!” — Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing
Shout out to New York Magazine’s online blog The Cut for posting this dress in their “To Consider” feature. Definitely considered a new favorite!
My heart goes out to all who are affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon today. It makes me feel some kind of way that someone would plan and plot an attack like this. The images from the scene are full of sadness and filled with the weight of pain. When I saw the CNN alert on the bombing, I just felt like my life, my job is so insignificant. It’s one of those things that puts life into perspective. I don’t know anyone in Boston, let alone anyone who would be running a marathon but I feel a deep sorrow for everyone impacted, even the families of the victims, first responders, doctors and staff at all of the hospitals.
The frequency of these tragedies is beyond sad.
If nothing else, pray for Boston.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
Add these Victoria Beckham high-waist flare jeans to my ‘Want’ list. Inspired by none other than VB herself while out with baby Harper in LA over Easter, I’m convinced that a pair of these would be a great addition to my denim stack. She is the best at modeling her own collection (and making me want everything she makes/wears). If I could find these on sale, that would be amazing. A high-waisted super flare jean is a must to give the illusion of long legs and works well when worn with your tallest wedges. Sometimes it’s just easier to wear jeans when going out on Saturday nights and this silhouette is sexy, yet different from what everyone else is wearing. I even love the back pocket detail, so simple but true to the Victoria Beckham branding.
The other morning as I was getting ready for my work day, grooving to an R&B playlist on my Songza app, Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” blared from my iPhone. While I’ve heard this song countless times, it was my first time seeing the album art for the song. “I’m Every Woman” was released on Chaka Khan’s debut album ‘Chaka’ in 1978. I just love the whole vibe that the album cover gives. Chaka just looks so 70′s flawless. The red maxi dress, floppy hat, big hair, gold pendant necklace are just so fabulous and eternally chic. Chaka’s emotion on the cover is so exuberant and I love it.
I happened to fall in love with a pair of shoes today. I guess you could say that shoes are my “thing”, but then clothes and handbags would be my “thing” too. Once I saw these Sergio Rossi wedges I instantly had to have them, well if I had an extra $1,300 lying around.
Meet ‘Clash’, a geometric pattern wedge from the Radical Pattern story in the Sergio Rossi Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
I love the classic color palette of yellow, black, and white. But what makes it fun is the hammered brass on the back heel that adds another dimension. A cute wedge is crucial for the spring and this one can dress up an outfit of boyfriend jeans and a worn in tee so easily. You can see the silhouette of a pump in the heel which is a nice twist. Pairing this wedge with a sexy black dress or jumpsuit would be a fun option for date night. Lots of ways to wear this wedge, definitely wishing I could add it to my closet. (even though room for a new pair of shoes is non-existent)
If you want to add ‘Clash’ to your closet, get them here.
I’ve been anxiously awaiting Justin Timberlake’s comeback to music and he did not disappoint. My new favorite song is “Mirrors” off JT’s new album “The 20/20 Experience”. The whole album has hits but I can play this song on repeat and not get tired of it. ”Mirrors” is a beautifully well-written song that conveys a feeling by telling a story and this song does it in a unique way.
I heard that the video was cool and I finally sat down to watch it.
The video is a tribute to Justin’s grandparents, Sadie and her late husband William who passed at the end of this past December. The video was a surprise to Sadie, she didn’t know before watching it for the first time that it was about the love between her and her husband who were married for 63 years. ’Justin didn’t tell me he was doing it (making the video), it was a surprise. He said, “you have to see this video, just you sit down and watch it.” I was moved by it, it brings tears to my eyes. It’s a lovely tribute to us.’
As the video directed by Floria Sigismondi unfolds, we see a widow going through a box of belongings that traces her history with her lover. The ups and downs are chronicled through their teenage years, wedding, and growing old together. The video takes us on an emotional journey but the importance of love is sincerely felt throughout.
Justin and his grandparents in 2006.
We don’t see Justin until the song breaks to the extended version. The part where Justin catches the ring from the generational love story is what Sadie loved most. She said: ‘I like the way he catches my wedding ring, like he’s the husband now. He’s making a great husband. I am close to Justin and it’s a lovely, beautiful thing to have done. That’s how he is.’ For the rest of the video we get to see the classic JT dance moves that we all fell in love with back in the *NSYNC days. I’m obsessed with the song, love the video. Justin thinks outside the box, I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.
Disneyland Paris is celebrating their 20th anniversary! Well, the actual anniversary was in 2012 but they’ve extended the celebration through September of this year. To mark the start of the extended celebration, the park had a ‘Designers of Dreams’ runway show to showcase Disney character costumes re-imagined by top European designers. Nine designers took up the challenge to re-create runway looks especially for Disney characters.
Lanvin’s Creative Director Alber Elbaz created a custom-look for Minnie Mouse inspired by a runway look from the Fall 2012 collection (this one).
Hat designer Philip Treacy designed a Peter Pan inspired topper.
German designer Michalsky dreamed up a new gown for Cinderella.
Hopefully Minnie gets to wear her Lanvin dress for other special occasions. Her red-and-white polka dots are classic but this update from Alber Elbaz is really fun. Too bad Mickey didn’t get a new tux. Check out behind-the-scenes videos of the runway show and the making of the Lanvin dress. Here and here.
Got lots of goodies last week. So excited to try everything!
Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lavish Lilac
Even Better Skin Tone Corrector
A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins (aka Clinique’s new nail polish, launching April 25)
Nail Lacquer, Rage (cute rosegold color)
Neiman Marcus *exclusive* Custom Artist Portfolio (get it here)
a limited edition set that features:
-3 Well Custom Compact with Eye Color Duets in Calla Lily/Sable, Bakelite/Chambord, & Sandstone/Black Plum
-Faux Lash Mascara (love this!)
-Caviar Stick Eye Color in Amethyst
-Creme Cheek Color in Rose Tulle
-Lip Glace in Duchess
Caviar Stick Eye Color in the 8 new shades
(Rosegold, Orchid, Sugarfrost, Mint Snow, Sandglow, Grey Pearl, Pink Opal)
Creme Eyeliners & Angled Eyeliner Brush
Phew, that took a lot to get it all out, so much fun for a girl to have! First on my list to try was the new Creme Eyeliners from Laura Mercier. I’m definitely a fan and the Angled Eyeliner Brush makes for super easy application. I wish the brush was a bit thicker but it’s still a great tool to have. Excited to test out my new nail polish from both Clinique and Orly. My favorite item is probably the Custom Artist Portfolio. It makes traveling with makeup super easy and the removable pouches (magnetic too) are great for quick trips and day-to-day.
Can’t wait to play!