Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar Beauties

Much preparation is involved in the decision of the Oscar ensemble including the hair, the make up, the jewels and (of course the main event) the dress. Here are some of my favorite looks from the 83rd Annual Academy Awards...

Mila Kunis looks fresh in her ethereal Elie Saab lilac gown

Michelle Williams looks statuesque in Chanel Haute Couture

Pregnant Natalie Portman is glowing in her plum off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown

Bold and beautiful reddish hues were all over the Red Carpet. Who do you think wore it best?

The lovely Anne Hathaway in a Valentino gown

Jennifer Hudson looking svelte in a tangerine reddish Versace halter

Jennifer Lawrence stuns in Calvin Klein collection

The beautiful Sandra Bullock in a strapless Vera Wang

                                           My favorite couples of the night...

Recent mother Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott with husband Javier Bardem
Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana and Camilla Alves in Kaufman Franco

I hope you enjoyed all the Oscar Beauties of 2011!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bold Cocktail Rings

I have always been a habitual ring lover. It was about five years ago until I fully embraced the bold cocktail ring. My first find was one of my absolute favorites. I stumbled upon it at a kiosk of all handmade jewelry on campus when I was in college and it was love at first sight. I joyfully purchased it though I didn't take the owners card and was distraught when I never saw her again. Luckily, I’ve seen replicas of that style at local Farmer’s Markets that sell jewelry and ogle them every time I pass by.

My beloved ring with gold wire

I find myself drawn to noticeably gorgeous colored semi-precious stones that pop. Bold rings make a confident statement and naturally receive attention. I simply love to wear it on my index or middle finger, though everyone has there own preference.

Here are a few photos of stylish and bold cocktail rings that I am quite taken by...aqua stone, amethyst and pearl, oh my!

When you wear something as striking and eye-catching as a cocktail ring be sure that the rest of your outfit and jewelry is minimal so your items don't compete with one another. The ring can be worn with something as grandiose as an evening gown, a classic cocktail dress or even with your favorite denim. 

Wear it with confidence and exuberance and you are ready to go!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stylish Updos

Whether luxe or casual, updos instantly add an effortless polish to your  look. It is a beautiful way of drawing attention to your facial features and neckline. This style will keep you cool throughout spring and summer while amplifying your appearance. Here are a few styles that you can experiment with and wear depending on where you are going and (let's face it) how much time you have...

I just love the Milkmaid updo, it is sweet, demure and simply irresistible. This style is quite versatile and adds a feminine touch to any outfit. It looks particularly nice with a flirty sundress and a coy smile.

Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren exude femininity while wearing the bouffant hairdo. It pairs perfectly with a sizzling date, cat-eye eyeliner and sky-high heels.

The neat bun channels the modern sophisticate, it is understated, easy and pays homage to the sleek and flawless ballerina bun. You can settle it at the top of your head, right in the middle, or at the nape of your neck. This is a great professional look that commands respect.

The french twist epitomizes timeless elegance. It adds refinement to any look and looks amazing with simple yet sophisticated dresses knee length or floor sweeping.

The side bun is romantic and delicate often worn by the modern bride and whimsical women everywhere. Add a flower or adorn it with a beautiful clip creating a stunning look. Be sure to have a deep hair part as it will soften your image.

The messy chignon radiates effortless chic and looks great with practically anything. The more wispy hairs the better attributing to its natural aura. It is sassy, stylish and the best part about it is that it is as easy as it looks.

Go ahead and sweep that hair out of your face and revel in every minute of it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Denim Jacket Revival

Recently, the denim jacket has been making a huge comeback. I have always felt strongly that the denim jacket is the quintessential American classic and now more than ever it is looking stylish and ultra cool. Throw one on over a flirty frock, a super long maxi dress or pair it with white (or black) denim and you will be exuding an exceptionally hip aura that is simply irresistible. 

     These celebs reach for their denim jacket for a stylish yet on-the-go look

The denim jacket is the perfect item of clothing to wear as we approach spring and summer as the fabric is lightweight and comfortable enough to wear everyday. Additionally, it is ideal for a casual outing or can be spruced up with stunning heels and a sassy dress.

                                                   FROM THE RUNWAY

Gap Denim Jacket
Paige Vermont Denim Jacket

Levi's Denim Jacket

Be sure to find a jacket that is fitted, which is much more flattering than something that is over sized. Go ahead and roll up the cuffs for a stylish nonchalant vibe. This piece of clothing continues to return to fashion over and over again. Let's embrace it and enjoy the informal hip trend that is comfortable and cool.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beige Isn't Boring

Some may consider beige to be a bore, however, I beg to differ. Neutral colors are popping up more than ever this spring and I am certainly on board. Champagne, taupe and tan are just some of the beautiful earthy hues that are offered. Pair it with dark denim, black, white or stun with an all neutral palette from head to toe.  

This unpretentious color is chic and stylish perfect for any occasion. It is also quite prevalent in the shoe department as it elongates your legs adding instant charm and grace to your look.


                                         THE WEDGE
                                          THE FLAT

These blushing unassuming hues look great as shorts, chic dresses, wide leg trousers, billowy blouses, gauzy skirts, cozy cardigans or buttery leather bags. This classic tone will surely keep you looking sophisticated, delicate and natural all throughout spring.