Sunday, May 22, 2016

The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is one of my favorite red carpets. The fashion pack always bring their A-game, and the stunning Mediterranean backdrop doesn't hurt either.

Bella Hadid in Roberto Cavalli
Bella Hadid made her Cannes red carpet debut this year, and she has proven to be a style star. I love this dress that she chose with the nude colour and intricate beading. The collar-style necklace is a perfect finishing touch.

Amal Clooney in Atelier Versace
I had to include a picture with George! Although I cannot abide by his goatee. I love the pale yellow shade of this gown, and I always think an ethereal goddess gown is a perfect choice for Cannes. The red lip and old Hollywood hairstyle compliment the look perfectly.

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
I cannot believe that this woman is pregnant! She looks amazing. I love the graphic pattern on this dress and the colour looks stunning on her.

Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier
I love a good slip dress, and this one is truly stunning, but the slit is just too much. Much too much. Red satin is tricky enough to pull off in a classy way, and unfortunately this aggressive slit just ruins this look for me.

Kendall Jenner in Roberto Cavalli
This looks like a Halloween costume to me. There is something deeply wrong with a gown that doesn't even manage to flatter a super model. No bueno.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy
While I will admit that the cobra motif is a bit weird, the more I look at this ensemble, the more it grows on me. Julianne Moore always takes fashion risks and tries edgier looks on the red carpet, so I think that this one is a good choice for her.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
This dress is simply gorgeous. The intricate beading is truly breathtaking, and there are butterflies worked into the design. The only thing I would change is the necklaces. With such an ornate design I think this dress would look better without them.

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
This girl rarely has a miss, but this is one in my books. It looks like something that a Miss America contestant would wear. This particular shade of blue combined with glitter reads extremely tacky. Everyone has a misstep now and again I suppose!

Katy Perry in Marchesa
This is a hot mess. She looks like a flamenco dancer. I don't actually mind the bottom part of the dress, but the sleeves are ridiculous. The fit in the bust area is very unflattering, and has created a bit of a uniboob situation.

Naomi Watts in Michael Kors
Now this is how you do a slip dress! I love the simple shape of this dress and the shimmering pale grey colour looks beautiful. I would have loved maybe an emerald necklace with this to add a bit more punch.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
This is the ultimate Jessica Rabbit look. While this is definitely a safer choice, this looks exudes old Hollywood glamour. I love the bright yellow colour, which is nice change from all the black and nude we have been seeing lately. The necklace is a perfect finishing touch.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Met Gala - Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Fashion's biggest night has come and gone. The annual Met Gala is the one evening when all the stars throw caution to the wind with their sartorial choices, and truly push the envelope. I really love this year's theme. It lends the perfect opportunity for wearing stunning designs that showcase the truly fantastic feats that can be reached with both traditional hand crafted techniques and new modern technologies. That being said, I don't think very many people on the red carpet managed to pull off this theme in a chic or flattering way. Here is my list of some of the best and worst dressed of the evening.

Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors
It makes me just a little sad that she is pregnant and you can't even tell. I love how simple and modern this dress is. My favorite part is the silver choker detail, it really makes the dress. The sleek ponytail is the perfect hairstyle to compliment this look.

Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
This new grunge look is really not working for Taylor. The platinum blonde hair washes out her light complexion and the dark lipstick is too harsh. The dress and the boots separately aren't bad, but put together, it's really too much and just doesn't work for me.

Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
This gown is just okay. I have never been a fan of the love handle cutouts, I always find it looks a bit trashy. I do like the colour and the pattern, but it doesn't compare to the emerald green Calvin Klein gown she wore last year.

Kim Kardashian in Balmain
This woman consistently fails to have even a mild understanding of what is flattering to her body. This gown is clearly made for a tall supermodel, and poor Kim looks fairly ridiculous. On a side note, apparently Anna Wintour was so upset by her selfie-taking on the red carpet last year that she explicitly told her and Kanye to not do it again this year, or they would be uninvited next year!

Margot Robbie in Calvin Klein Collection
I love this minimal look in clean white. The more subtle cutouts in this gown work without looking trashy. My favorite part of this outfit though, is the gold Wonder Woman cuffs!

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection
This mermaid-esque shimmering gown is gorgeous, and I really love the sheer train. However, the hair is giving me a strong Dr. Seuss vibe. No bueno.


Blake Lively in Burberry
I love the train on this gown. The floral detailing is gorgeous and the peachy colour looks so pretty on Blake. The only part I don't like is the earrings, they really are too much with this look.

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
This is one of my favorite looks from the evening. The pale blue colour is so gorgeous with the white flower applique. In truly embracing the theme of technology in fashion, the flowers actually light up! Simply stunning.

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
This beaded celestial-themed gown was another of my favorites. It looks like a dark starry night. The couture workmanship that went into this ensemble is just incredible. Of course, I love the cape too!

Nicki Minaj in Moschino
This is a mess on so many levels. She looks like Morticia Addams long lost sister that's a hooker. The whole looks is too much. Too sheer, too many buckles, too many straps, and too much boob.

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture
I love everything about this, except that it's made out of a condom. The flesh-toned latex really ruins the whole effect for me. The fit is perfect and the embellishment is beautiful, but all I can think about is the layer of sweat that must be accumulating inside this dress.

Katy Perry in Prada
I love this look from the neck down. The hair and makeup is quite terrifying, but the dress is quite magnificent. I always love a good train, especially on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
At first glance I wasn't a big fan of this gown, but upon a second look I really like it. The construction of this dress is incredible, appearing as if it were crafted out of slices of paper. This look truly embraces the theme.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Jeans...there is so very much to say about them. They are worn by farmers as well as Beyonce. They can cost $2 or $2,000. Almost everyone owns a pair, yet so many own the wrong pair unfortunately. They are such a classic wardrobe staple, but they cause so much trouble for so many women. Finding the perfect pair that not only feels great, but looks fantastic as well can be pretty tricky. Here are some general tips for finding your bum a perfect match:
Generally speaking, a higher rise is more flattering to almost everyone. Not to mention that an extreme low-rise is very 2001. Especially when accessorized with a flash of thong (also known as the whale tale). Not a good look for anyone. A higher rise is one of those great things that is on trend as well as flattering. A win for everyone. Except for muffin tops, they tend to lose with a high rise. But a loss for the muffin top is a win for everyone else. Usually a mid-rise, which comes just below the belly button does the trick, if you're not comfortable with clothing at or above the belly button.

Marilyn Monroe rocking a pair of  high rise jeans on the set of River of No Return. No muffin tops here!

Another key component of a good pair of jeans is pocket placement. The pocket must sit on your actual rear end. The whole pocket must be on the cheek! It must not sit in the bum crease, where half the pocket is on your actual bum and the lower half of the pocket is on the top of your thigh. This is so crucial: the pockets must be high on your cheeks, not low in your crease! Recite this mantra. If this rule is not followed you will get a sad, droopy low hanging bum, regardless of whether or not this is the actual state of your bum.

Marilyn's perky bum - a yes.

A definite no to this flat and droopy situation. It looks like her actual bum starts where the hideous stitching begins, but the pockets sit much lower, creating this unflattering situation.

Levis with pockets ON the bum, creating a much perkier look.

Another common jean feature to be wary of is fading. Generally speaking if you want a faded look, choose a style that is totally faded. Avoid weird patches of fading along the thighs and be very careful of "whiskering", which is the little strips of fading that swipe across the hips. These accents can sometimes accentuate areas that you might not want accentuated.

An example of unflattering whiskering. This pair of jeans actually has a number of other horrific things going on as well. Starting with an extreme low rise, as well as a bejewelled button, and my personal favorite, what appears to be some nude pantyhose underneath it all. Say no to all of this. 

Keeping all of this in mind while denim shopping can be difficult, especially when you also need to consider what style of jeans you are looking for. I'm not going to tell you what style is right for you because everyone has different needs based on your lifestyle. Instead, I will just share with you my personal favorite styles. I hope you like them too!

Skinny jeans are a classic staple that is so versatile. My current favorite style is the high rise skinny from Levis.

Seventies flares are another favorite of mine. To really nail this look make sure to choose a high rise and a style that is really long (hem them to mostly cover your shoes). Also, keep in mind that this is very different flare than the one you wore in grade eight if you're close in age to me. The flare needs to start at least at the knee, not all fitted and then a sudden flare at the ankle, which can look dated. This style is from Free People.

Make sure the rear view is good too!

My other favorite jean style is the boyfriend jean. Choose a style that is still fitted on the hips and then is looser in the legs. This style is always best cuffed and with rips. Boyfriend jeans are great to wear casually with sneakers or flat sandals, but I really love them dressed up with some killer statement heels. These ones are from Sun and Shadows at Nordstrom.

I will leave you with a parting shot of quite possibly the worst jeans of all time. Say no to everything happening here: the cuffed capri length, the white stitching, the embellished pockets, all culminating in a truly heinous pair of jeans. I just know that on her feet are a pair of foam platform flip flops. So please, get your rear into a pair of jeans that make you feel fabulous, and if this final pair are what makes you feel fabulous, then that is great. Just know that I will be secretly judging you if I see you wearing them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Golden Globes Fashion

Ahhh...the Golden Globes, the one night when everyone knows the awards are bought, but no one will say it. Until now: thank you Ricky Gervais. The legitimacy of the actual awards aside, the fashion is still great...or greatly terrible. Here are some of the most notable looks of the evening.

Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli
This is one of my favorite looks of the evening. This particular shade of mustard is quite tricky to pull off, but J.Lo slays, as usual. I love the little cape and the necklace is killing me it's so good. What I love the most though, is that this is somewhat of a different look for J.Lo. She stuck with her favorite red carpet designer, but this is quite a departure from the usual beaded, plunging, sheer, smokey eyed, nude lipped, massive hair situation that we are used to seeing her in. Not that I don't love that J.Lo, but this is a breath of fresh air.

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors
I was so disappointed when I first saw this, since I usually just love what Kate wears. This is a bit too much on the trashy side. I would have preferred it if this dress just had cutouts, rather than a Britney Spears-style tube top. I do love the colour and the hair and makeup is on point, but the massive strip of midriff (great abs, by the way) and the hideous choker situation is a big fail.

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
Having Tom Ford as one of your besties would be a real asset when it comes time to turn yourself into a total glamazon for the red carpet. Julianne Moore is just killing it in midnight blue. This is how you work a weird choker thing! What I love about her is that she always goes high-fashion and takes a bit of a risk with her edginess, and she ALWAYS hits the mark.

Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren
While there is nothing terrible about this, there is certainly nothing great about it either. It's giving me a bit of a bridesmaid vibe. The fit is perfect, and her bod looks great, but this is truly putting me to sleep. Kate, we know you can do so much better. Please bring it to the Oscars.

Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent
As someone who is known for bringing some serious heat to the red carpet and giving girls four decades younger than her a run for their money, this would be a huge disappointment if it wasn't also pretty hilarious., She looks like a clown or a pilgrim and the internet has named her Jane Fondant.

Amy Adams in Atelier Versace
I love this one! She shows that you can be a redhead and wear red. I love the waist accent that carries all the way down to the hem of the gown creating an elongating effect. I would have preferred her hair to be  swept to one shoulder to showcase some statement earrings. Other than that I love it.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
This gown is a piece of art. Standing still, it might not be to everyone's taste, but seeing it move with the layers of individually hand sewn fringe swaying you have to at least appreciate an incredible piece of haute couture, even if you don't particularly care for it. I actually love it, and the fact that she always wears these meticulously crafted works of wearable art are one of the reasons I just love Ms. Blanchett. The delicate pink colour works perfectly here, bringing a little femininity to something so avant garde. Not everyone can pull this off (most in fact, cannot) so I applaud her for taking a risk and making it work, every single time.

Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors
I love a good seventies throwback, and this one is no exception. I love the burgundy sequins, which is a bit unexpected. At first I didn't like the necklace, but looking at it the second time around, it has definitely grown on me. The only thing I don't like is the matching burgundy eye shadow. I have yet to see anyone look good in red eye makeup.

Bryce Dallas Howard in Jenny Packham
This poor girl! She is so young and pretty, and it looks like she borrowed her grandmother's dress. The colour is beautiful on her (we saw how Julianne Moore worked it), but a three quarter sleeve tends to be quite aging. Add to that the mixture of lace and brocade, and an extremely boring hairstyle, and what you get is a big sad yawn.

Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Sometimes fringe plus feathers equals a big hairy mess. Considering she is a supermodel and has had a long standing job on a show about fashion designers, you would think she would have picked up a style clue or two. Alas, Ms. Klum continues to be red carpet disaster time and time again. The Golden Globes were no exception.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace
This is golden goddess perfection. There really isn't much else to say. It does make me feel a little bad for the actresses who are under so much pressure to not only look amazing and but then also take home an award at the end of the night, to have to share the carpet with a stunning supermodel who looks like absolute perfection and also like she didn't even try, and she's only there for the party.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
I know this look is topping a lot of best dressed lists, but I didn't love it. I definitely like the dress, but I don't think it's really anything too special, and the hair I hate. It's so blonde that it almost looks grey, and the updo is really boring. The overall combination with the choker is extremely aging. Be young while you can! You have plenty of years to dress like a clown, just ask Jane Fonda.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stampede Style

If you live in Calgary you know that every July our fair city goes country for 10 days. Whether you love it or hate it, the Stampede is almost upon us. Personally, I choose to use the The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth as an excuse to dress up like a country cowgirl. If you like to get into the Stampede spirit and you live here, it is definitely worth it to get yourself some cowgirl boots and a hat. That being said there is really no reason why the rest of your cowgirl emsemble can't be put together with pieces that you will wear again. My friend Amber (check her out at ) asked me help her pick out an outfit for the Stampede Breakfast that she is hosting. Amber told me that when she first moved to Calgary from a small town she was totally not into anything to do with Stampede style, but she has since come around. Now is an ideal time to pick up some pieces that you can wear for Stampede and beyond, because the boho seventies vibe is so trendy right now. For Amber, we went with a gorgeous white lace maxi dress topped off with a faded denim vest and turquoise jewellery. I am trying to convince her to add a cowboy hat. I will post some pictures after her Stampede Breakfast! Below is a list of some ideas of items you may already have in your wardrobe or things you could purchase and wear again.

Anything with Fringe
Since the seventies are so trendy this spring, fringe is something that is easy to find in stores right now, and you will also look fab wearing it well past those 10 days in July.

This crocheted top with fringe from Urban Outfitters looks really cute and not at all western paired here with black shorts. If you want to really go seventies post-stampede, wear it with high-waist flared jeans. It could also work dressed up with a skirt. For Stampede just add blue denim and a cowboy hat!

I just love this suede fringed wrap skirt! The model has paired it with some western-inspired stiletto booties with would work perfectly for Stampede. I actually just bought a dark brown suede fringed skirt, and I plan to wear it in the fall with lace-up ankle booties. The one above is from ASOS.

Suede really is the material of choice for spring 2015, and this fringed bag from Saint Laurent is not only totally on trend, but goes with any Stampede outfit.

Boho Dresses
A boho dress, short or long, with the right accessories makes a perfect transition from you go-to summer wardrobe to Stampede style.

This dress from Free People paired with light brown fringed booties could work perfectly for Stampede. Just throw a crocheted fringe vest, or a denim vest over it, and you're rodeo ready!

A maxi dress in the right flowy shape works well, too. Accessorize the same way you would a short one.

Denim All Over
Head to toe denim has been a trend we've seen for a while now, and it's a no brainer that this will work for Stampede.

This denim off-the-shoulder dress from Zara is so cute, and as you can see, this blogger above has styled hers with 100% no western vibes. Add a big cowboy belt, boots and a hat, and you've got your Stampede style in the bag!

Just add the accessories: hat, boots, belt! And you could throw in some turquoise gems as well.

This seventies-inspired denim mini skirt looks great styled as above, but could also be paired with a denim shirt for a full-on blue jeans cowgirl look.

With all this in mind, now you can spend your money on things you will actually wear again, rather than getting yourself a pair of hideously stiff Wranglers and a plaid shirt that you only pull out during Stampede. Giddy up!