Monday, April 21, 2014

The Duchess Downunder

Bloggers have been going nuts recently posting Duchess Catherine's outfits from the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand almsot as quickly as she can change them. The only thing competing for attention with Kate's fashion choices are Prince George's chubby cheeks. In general I find the Duchess's style to be be classic and chic, but pretty boring and conservative, which I suppose comes with the job (or is the Queen's orders). While she has whipped out the same tired shoes that we have been seeing her in for the past 3 years, Catherine has impressed me a couple of times. Below are my 3 favorite outfits from the Royal Tour.

Here she is in a Catherine Walker coat, stepping off a plane in New Zealand with baby George in tow. I love all her matching hats, and this pill box one is very Jackie Kennedy of her.

A simple yet effective Jenny Packham dress embelished with a fern, a symbol of New Zealand.

Here she is attending an Easter serice at a church in Australia. This look is my favorite. Obviously, since it's Alexander McQueen. I need to start wearing fancy hats like this. If people in Canada wore hats like this to church, it sure would make church a lot more appealing to me!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Desires

It's snowing in Calgary, so we know that means spring is here. Or something. Aside from warmer temperatures, my favorite thing about spring is NEW CLOTHES!!! Obviously. I think that my favorite fashion season is spring. Most fashionistas prefer fall because the designers really bring out the big guns, but I would always take a tank top over a sweater, and bare legs over tights. I have compiled a list of the things that I want to add to my spring wardrobe. If only I could afford it all!

Long Pencil Skirt

I am loving anything high-waisted, and especially high-waisted pencil skirts that fall below the knee. The particular one that I am coveting is this little gem from Dreamboat Lucy, in the top print.

The Statement Shoe
Apparently, the statement heel is "back." Was is ever gone? Not in my book. I think that a new pair of statement heels really is something that needs to be invested in every season. This season I have had my eye on a pair of hand-painted floral print python pumps from Stuart Weitzman, and last week I finally got them! They are going to pair fabulously with the skirt mentioned above, as well as the next item listed below. See? It's all working together, so it must be practical.

Faded Denim

I love the look of faded skinny jeans worn cuffed at the ankle. . I even more love the look of them worn with some seriously fierce heels, like these yellow Valentino Rockstud ones or the above floral pair. It seems like we have been wearing dark skinny jeans for so long now, that a faded pair suddenly feels very fresh for spring. The top jeans are the Avedon by Citizens of Humanity.

 Pleated Maxi Skirt

I love love love maxis. They are so easy and versatile. You can dress them up for a night out, or dress them down with flat sandals and a jean jacket. Pleats are a major trend for spring and I love them on a maxi skirt. I love the bright colours I'm showing here, but a pastel or off white would be really pretty too. The top skirt is by Ralph Lauren and the bottom one is from Victoria's Secret.

I feel like four items on my spring shopping list is quite restrained, actually. Oh, please, who am I kidding? There will be at least four more items added to this list by next week. Honestly, there are four more items in my head right now. Happy spring everyone!
P.S. It's snowing right now.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The 86th Academy Awards

The Oscar red carpet this year was unfortunately, a bit of a let down. There were only a few stunners, and even worse, there was nary a train wreck! Even the bad dresses weren't that bad. Since there is not really that much to comment on, I am just going to show you some of the looks and tell you what I think.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada.
I have to give this girl serious credit for looking fantastic in Prada on the red carpet, something that almost never happens. Usually Prada is a bit too avant garde to work on a red carpet, but this is so pretty. I love the colour and the ethereal feeling. My only problem is the headband! Apparently it is custom Fred Leighton, but to me it seems more like homemade kitchen twine.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior.
While this is head and shoulders above the Dior she wore to the Golden Globes, I just find it so boring. The thing that makes me the most annoyed about this is that I know she can do way better. For examples of this see her in Calvin Klein on her first Oscar red carpet, or in Dior at the 2013 Oscars. I love her necklace, and how she wore it longer in the back. the colour of her dress is pretty, but I am so over the peplum trend...ugh. As for her hair, I can't. I just can't. It looks like Jane Fonda's hair!

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
I love this, so Old Hollywood glam. The inky blue colour is so gorgeous, and I love the draping. The hair and makeup are on point. Perfection. Alexander McQueen really can do no wrong in my book.

Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel
What the FROCK? Poor Anna Kendrick, she is so cute and a great actress, but this is a hot mess. After the Angelina leg-pose at last years' Oscars, no one else should ever try to do a leg pose in a black gown. The asymmetrical bodice is really confusing and the sheer, printed midriff portion of the program is terrifying. This gown cuts her body up too much, making her appear much shorter. Overall, an unfortunate fail.

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior.
Poor Jennife rLawrence! They keep giving the good Diors to Charlize. While I generally find this gown to be stunning, I cannot get past the shoulder straps. Why, WHY did they make them nude? It looks so odd with the bodice ending in those squared-off points. They shuold have made the straps bejewelled, or just black. Other than that, this is gorgeous.

Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth
Here is a tip for anyone who is pregnant...draw more attention to your boobs, and define the spot directly below them, just before the belly begins. DO NOT, under any circumstance, define the area directly below the belly. Joan Rivers said that this does not look like a baby bump, it looks like a beer belly, and unfortunately, I have to agree. Look to Olivia Wilde for cues on red carpet dressing while preggo. Elsa's face looks beautiful, anf her arms are super-toned, so I really don't feel at all like she is the problem, or even her baby bump. The problem is the dress, her stylist (who needs to be fired, STAT), and her husband who let her leave the house like this! Maybe she thought his hotness would overshine her terrible gown. Looking at him does sort of soften the blow made by this dress...

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
Cate the Great does it again. The detail and workmanship in this dress is simply astounding. So looks so gorgeous and ethereal, but fashion-forward at the same time. I love her earrings (Chopard). She is one of my all-time favorite red carpet queens, and in my opinion, one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Number One Look of the Evening. Wear a cape, and you will be my best dressed. That is basically my rule. The fact the this is a backless cape is blowing my mind a little. The whole premise of a cape is that is covers your shoulders and back, and yet this one is even more fabulous than most capes, because it HAS NO BACK. White is a gorgeous colour on her, in fact it is an excellent choice for most blondes. I need to wear more white! The deep plunge works because of Kate's minimal chest, and in combination with the shoulder pads on the cape is a great 1970s/1940s reference. Her hair and makeup is also on point. If I were her, I would literally never take this cape off. In fact, I was a little disappointed that she took it off after she was inside the theatre. Ok, everyone, I gotta run. Off to buy a cape!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dreamboat Lucy

Today's post is dedicated to the Canadian fashion line Dreamboat Lucy. The team behind the brand are sisters Hilary and Louanna Murphy from Prince Edward Island. After growning up in Kensington, PEI Louanna studied costume and fashion design at Dalhousie University and LaSalle College. Hilary attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she studied jewellery design. Midway through her program, Hilary was joined by Louanna at NSCAD, where the sisters studied together for two years. Upon graduation it made perfect sense for them to go into business together, and in 2010 Dreamboat Lucy was born. Their designs are wearable, feminine pieces with a vintage influence that appeal to women of all ages. Vibrant colours and unique prints are a signature of the brand. Currently DBL is available to purchase online as well as at various boutiques in the Maritimes, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and at Studio Intent in Art Central here in Calgary. Hilary now resides in Calgary and is hoping to expand DBL westward. The inspiration behind the spring 2014 collection is "1950s Barbie goes to Hawaii." The collection includes a number of prints that were designed exclusively for DBL, most notably an adorable pineapple print found on a dress, crop top, and pants. The jewellery that DBL is the most well-known for is the seaglass collection. All of the seaglass is collected on a beach on PEI by Hilary's boyfriend's mother. What makes this jewellery so special is that every piece is completely unique, and the shape of the seaglass will determine what the end product will look like. The spring collection also includes pyrite, pearls, moonstone, and tourmaline. I love the various ways in which these different materials are combined to create a single piece of jewellery.

I love, love, love this top and skirt combo! The pencil skirt features an exposed zipper that runs the entire length of the skirt and is available in three different custom prints, including the pineapple one!

This top is called the Mariah top, after Mariah it! The front part of the crop top is woven by Hilary and Louanna's mother on her loom in PEI. She is the Dreamboat Mum! This whole outfit I can definitely picture on Barbie.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the sample of this top, and I can hardly wait until it's warm enough to wear! I also cannot wait until I get this skirt, which I've ordered.

Love, love, love this one!

And this one! When is summer coming???

The best-selling seaglass studs. I looooove the seaglass, pearl, and pyrite necklace with the bone pendant. All of the seaglass jewellery comes in a variety of colours.

Tourmaline and moonstone jewels.

Love the pyrite studs! So cool. And the pink mother of pearl is the perfect feminine touch to soften the edge of the pyrite. Actually, I think that is what I like the most about Dreamboat Lucy: the mix of soft and hard, edgy and feminine. This is what makes the line so appealing to such a wide variety of ladies! All items are now available for pre-order at

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's New and It's a Shoe...Is It For You?

This post is dedicated to a shoe designer that has popped up on my radar in the last little while, because she is  FREAKING FANTASTIC. She is Sophia Webster, a Britsh a designer. She used to be a design assistant for Nicholas Kirkwood, and you can definitely see the influence he had on her. Her designs are bright, feminine, and full of whimsy. The butterfly styles are my favorites from her spring 2014 collection. I have shown some of the styles below.

The "Chiara" sandal. Butterflies featured quite prominently in this collection, and I love it! The pink and silver combination is my favorite.
Here is the "Cleo," a pointy, closed-toe option. I prefer the sandal, but see below for a shot of "Cleo" in action, and you will discouver how much better they are on the foot.
For spring 2014 Sophia Webster did a capsule collection for J. Crew, which I've shown you above. I am obsessed with the black and white style! Now to find out if any of this is available in Canada..

Oooh, they come in gold too!
A parting shot...
Sophia Webster has many other amazing styles in her spring collection, the butterfly was my personal favorite, though. Give her a Google and check out the rest!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 Golden Globe Awards

Welcome to 2014! I have decided to change up the format of my red carpet reviews a bit. New year, new format! Instead of listing my best and worst five, I am going to list my hits in no particular order, and then finish with my number one favortite. Then, I will do the same with my misses. I hope you enjoy the new format!
The Hits

Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere.
This is a tab unfair. The woman is pregnant and yet she looks better than most unpregnant women. I adore the emerald green sequins, and the long fitted silhouette. This gown proves that you definitely do not have to show any skin to look sexy. Love it.

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren.
She was the break out fashion star of the evening, hands down. I had never even heard of her until I saw her on the red carpet. Anyone who can pull off a cape is on my hit list. The bright tomato red shade is so flattering with her skin, and I love how the cape is off the shoulder. Perfection. Let's hope she keeps it up.

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad.
I had to show this one from the front and from the back because everyone needs to see that amazing mermaid train. In fact, she kind of looks like an amazing, shiny, hot mermaid. Is there any other kind of mermaid, though? I love the beautiful intricate pattern of the gown, the amount of work that must have gone into that is insane. The fit is perfect, and I love her hair and makeup. Kate always gets it right on the red carpet.

Naomi Watts in Tom Ford.
So simple, yet so effective. The pale metallic colour looks so great with her hair and skin tone. Tom Ford is one of the only designers that almost never gets a miss in my book.

Margot Robbie in Gucci Premiere.
I love the crisp white with the emerald green crystal detailing and the matching shoes. The plunging neckline works because her boobs aren't too big, and the slit is just the right height. This is perfection. It makes me even more sad that her show Pan Am got cancelled!

Dame Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham.
This is how I dream of looking in my seventies. She looks SMOKING HOT. I love the gathered ruching on the sides, the beading, and the gorgeous colour reminds us that spring is (hopefully) around the corner. This dame can truly do not wrong.

 Mila Kunis in Gucci Premiere.
Another metallic gown! This is a great trend to follow, as it's not even really a trend when it comes to the red carpet and with so many shades of metallic to choose from, there is a shade for everyone. I love how this gown juxtaposes the hard, edgy, metallic elements with the flower appliques and the flowing chiffon skirt. Keeping her hair really simple and off her shoulders was the right choice for a high-necked gown with so much detail near the face. It's a definite hit!

Emma Thompson in Lanvin.
I would still love this woman if she showed up in a garbage bag. But she sure didn't! I love the gold finish on the top half of her dress, and the simple black skirt is a nice finish. Her hair colour is also spot on. Just as a happy side note, she presented the award for best screenplay barefoot, with her shoes in one hand and a martini in the other hand. Love her.

The Biggest Hit: Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive is my Best Dressed of the night.
Ahhh, Cate the Great. The dress is simply STUNNING. I adore the lace on the sleeves and the neckline, and when she turns around, the gown is backless! Her hair, makeup and jewels are perfect. Cate truly is a real fashionista. She can pull off things are so edgy and fashion-forward and make them look so beautiful. The key to this is perfect fit and confidence; wear the dress, don't let the dress wear you! Obviously, in addition to being the best dressed, she also won Best Actress - Drama. I bow down to you, Cate.

The Misses:

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung.
Sandy, no! Normally she looks so good on the red carpet, but this is a mess. I hate that heavy satin fabric, especially in the pink and blue colours. The length is also awkward and while I do like a side ponytail, this one is too messy for the red carpet. At least she didn't win so she can just quietly forget that this dress ever happened.

Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem.
In theory this dress does have the potential to be quite beautiful. The painterly flowers in muted colours sound like they would look lovely. In execution, however, it's pretty awful. The colours completely wash her out and are in no way at all flattering. The way the pattern ended up on the gown, with the brownish shades at the hem, makes it look like she got in a tussle with a mud puddle and lost. A dirty-looking dress is never a good thing. I also hate her hair, why does it need to be covering half of her bodice?

Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford.
As I mentioned above, Tom Ford almost never gets a miss. Almost never. However, apparently Tom has a rule that he will only dress one person per event and he did a fabulous job dressing Naomi Watts. Hayden Panettiere was alledgedly desperate to wear Tom Ford, and since he was already dressing someone else, he wouldn't dress her. So, she went out and dropped $10,000 of her own money on this gown, and showed up at the Globes looking a hot mess. This is what happens if you try to take genius of Tom Ford into your own hands. The dress itself is gorgeous, but it is all kinds of wrong on Hayden. She is way too short for this style of gown, and she completely ruined it with the wrong shoes, terrifying hair, and that god-awful brooch. It is an abomination to deface such a stunning gown.

Lena Dunham in Zac Posen.
Oh, Lena. Poor Lena, she really just had no idea how truly terrible her personal style is. This is another example of right dress, wrong girl. I do think that this is a beautiful dress, but it looks awful on her. She is too pale for this colour and the fit is so bad. It squeezes her in all the wrong places, creating excess upper-boob fat, and an unflattering stomach region. Also, her tatoos are really gross, and it appears as if she forgot to her her hair done. Apparently, her and Zac Posen are really good friends, but after this misfire I would really consider him to be more of a frenemy than a friend.

Drew Barrymore in Valentino.
I decided that since she is pregnant I would be nice and use a side shot, since this looks even worse from the front. Poor Drew, you just cant get around the fact that all the preggo ladies on the red carpet will be compared to each other, and there really is no competing with Olivia Wilde. All I will say (because I can't really abide by being too mean to a pregnant lady) is that this gown looks like some kind of Valentine's Day costume.

The Biggest Miss: Paula Patton in Stephane Rolland.
Oh, dear. She looks like a soggy pile of toilet paper. Once you've been compared to something made for butt-wiping there is simply no coming back. Her Charlottle Olympia shoes are cool, though. But, no, just no...She will forever be the lady who came to Golden Globes swathed in TP. End of story.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall Fads

Now that fall is fully underway - actually where I am I would more call it winter - I thought it would be a good time to discuss some of the trends that I have been appreciating lately. While I do find summer dressing to be a bit easier (no layers, no tights, no jackets bunching up under your coat, and a much simpler shoe situation), there is something decidedly cozy about fall fashions. Rich colours, comfy sweaters, chic boots, fur, and lovely cashmere. So, here are a few of my top trends for fall.
Leather Skirt

I have a skirt similar to the one above (this one is by Dolce Vita), and I have been getting lots of wear out of it. I pair it with sweaters or blouses, and I find it looks really great with tall boots. This time of year I wear it with tights, but come spring I will wear it bare legged with some killer shoes. The skirt shown is the "new" shirt shape, a full style, sometimes with pleats. This style is pretty much universally flattering, just be sure you don't go too short. Give leather a go! And FYI, faux leather can look great too. My skirt is real leather, but the one above is faux, and it looks just as nice.

Embellished Sweatshirt

This is a trend that has been on my radar, but I haven't yet taken the plunge and tried it out yet. I really need to hop on this bandwagon ASAP though, since this trend combines two of my very favorite things: comfy sweatshirts and shiny jewels. The grey sweatshirt on the top is from J. Crew, and it is definitely very nice. But then there is the Lanvin one, embellished with BEETLES! Yes, beetles. Amazing, I know. Sadly, it is somewhere is the $1,500 range. Maybe this is a bandwagon I won't be jumping on afterall. There is always Zara or Forever 21...

Statement Necklace

Second only to shoes, the statement necklace is my go-to accessory of choice. An extremely versatile piece, a bold necklace can elevate a plain T-shirt or sweater, add glitz to a basic blazer, and of course, is the perfect finishing touch to your party dress. From top to bottom: J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Erikson Beamon for Club Monaco. The J. Crew and Club Monaco styles have a more vintage feel to them, with the mix of different crystals. The gold link necklace has more of an edgy look, but the pave crystals add some glamour.