Sunday, January 31, 2010

Grammy Arrivals Pt. I

Let's talk Grammys, shall we? I had really high hopes for tonight's red carpet outfits judging from last night's Clive Davis Grammy event. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with tonight's turnout and wardrobe choices. Here are my faves (and fails) for the evening who win (and lose) major fashion points in my (albeit unofficial) book:

FAVES:

PINK

 
{Image Courtesy of AP Photos}

Before I begin the long list of loves and hates, I must give tons and tons of credit to Pink for this gorgeous/amazing/beautiful/stunning/immaculate/perfect/glamorous gown! I did a double take when I saw this stunner walk the red carpet. I have to give this one Best Dressed of the Night. What a gorgeous dress! From the jeweled and ruffled bustline to the crystal-encrusted waist belt to the scalloped and tiered skirt, this gown is absolutely divine. I will update once I find out who the designer is!

LADY GAGA

LOVING IT! I love Lady Gaga and her recent Armani Prive phase. The designer created this galactic gown inspired by his SS 2010 collection. I love how simple the lines of the high-low hem and corset top are, yet the presumably one million Swarovski crystals and God knows what material spiraling around her keeps things more than interesting. I'm loving the spiky whatever-that-is-in-her-hand and THOSE SHOES!!! Sensing some McQueen 2010 happening down there. Pay attention to her crystal studded tights. Love this.

KATY PERRY
 
I'm not sure how I feel about this Zac Posen dress, but I totally "get" Katy Perry's style. I think she did OK with her nude Indian-inspired dress which, observed by Ryan Seacrest, was covered in metallic embellishments. She was also sporting a bindi between her eyebrows, a practice she picked up on her recent trip to India, no doubt. Not my fave, but I had to pick from a pile of "just OK" dresses.

RIHANNA

 
I love Rihanna, I really do. I'm digging this Elie Saab Couture dress straight off of the 2009 runway.  I think the creamy ivory color looks amazing against her caramel colored skin. The bodice is covered with chiffon and feathers and the draped fabric on the hips adds high drama and volume. I'm not sure if this dress with its sweeping train and dramatic front slit is a bit much for this event, but she is definitely rocking it! Her hair (which I have been questioning lately) is PERFECT for this high neck silhouette. Rock on, Ri Ri!

Fails:
TAYLOR SWIFT
 
 
 I really want to love Taylor Swift's dress. Let me just say I dislike the starry night thing that's going on. The skirt is gorgeous. However, the top of the dress is REALLY disappointing and too old for this 19 year old! It's borderline pageant-y. Her stylist, Joseph Cassell, is so much better than this! At second look, the dress is actually beautiful, it's the old lady hair that's really throwing me off. For such a big night for her, I expected a bit more.

JENNIFER HUDSON
Now, there's nothing wrong with this dress. It is extremely figure-flattering and has a gorgeous old Hollywood silhouette (which is always good). Unfortunately, I loved it more on Blake Lively and, the designer herself, Victoria Beckham. Having SOME experience in the styling sector, I'm truly surprised that her stylist put her in this repeat look! Vogue Editor-At-Large Andre Leon Tally has famously dressed the Dreamgirls star for several occasions, but I find it quite jarring that he would dress her in VB's most worn peplum hem dress. Meh.
BEYONCE
 
::Sigh:: What is this? I totally get what look she was going for, but I really expected more glitz and glam from the diva herself! Beyonce's choice was a look from Stéphane Rolland's Fall 2009 runway collection. In my defense, I do love everything below the waist. The silhouette of the skirt and the ribbed panels that add some geometric edge to this zip-down dress. Not digging the zipper or the big shoulders. If it makes any difference, I hate the earrings too.


{Images courtesy of Red Carpet Fashion Awards}

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Doodle...

Remember when I said I could sit around all day perusing the internet for fun finds? I failed to mention my favorite website to browse (and occasionally buy from), Etsy! I am constantly searching for original artwork to buy for my bedroom or even as gifts, and I recently came across these fabulous doodles inspired by 1920s flapper girls. Their names are Eloise and Ramona and the artist, Kate Gabrielle, makes simple ink drawings that would look great in a black-and-white themed room! Kate's collection, Flapper Doodle, documents the light and lovely lives of Eloise, et al while they lounge, party and play in their fictitious world! Here are a few of my faves:

Is it sad that I'm jealous of a couple of pen strokes??? Le sigh...

{Photos courtesy of Flapper Doodle}

brb, dying...

Lanvin

 
Circus

   
Mirror

Officially swooning over Yu Tsai's photography...


{Photo courtesy of Shutterlounge.com}

Numéro feat. Frida Gustavsson

I'm not ashamed to admit that a perfect weekend for me includes sleeping in (req.), cooking a yummy breakfast and perusing fashion photography websites in my pajamas until I have to get ready for my nighttime plans. One of my faves is Fashion Gone Rogue, a website that posts the latest editorials and ad campaigns from around the world. Today's post was from  Numéro magazine featuring Frida Gustavsson shot by Miguel Reveriego.

 
 
 
 


I love the desperate anticipation on Frida's face and the warm glow that surrounds her. Can you believe she's only 16??? This is one of the sexiest editorials she's ever done. Styled by Capucine Safyurtlu.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Want, I Want, I Want!

I have an unhealthy obsession with suede shoes and wedge heels. Perforated leather doesn't suck either. I just got a mental picture of about 500 different outfits these shoes would fit in perfectly with! These Jeffrey Campbell Roks wedges can definitely replace my unrequited lust for Jeffrey Campbell's Alexa wedges (why, oh why must they be sold out??).
 
 These may have to be my next shoe purchase...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Leather Bound MacBook

Oh, my poetic heart! The BookBook company has found a way to mix the old and new (my fave) with their hardback leather bound MacBook sleeves/covers. No two covers are alike due to the specialized distressing technique that is used and the double zippers look like old time bookmarks! I love the contrast of vintage and modern...this is the best example I've seen so far!

 
This is serious motivation to invest in a MacBook! What a perfect gift for a book lover (ahem, like myself).  Totally worth the $80 price tag. Maybe I can stuff my HP laptop into this glorious find!
 

{Images courtesy of BookBook}

Monday, January 25, 2010

Always Be Glamorous

I have been in the process of updating my bedroom for the past God knows how many years and have collected boxes and bags filled with all kinds of trinkets to decorate my "dream Hollywood Glamour bedroom" with. Today, I found just the piece I've been looking for to hang above the amazing gold leaf curved chest I ordered last week! Home Goods is my go-to place for unique home decor and I audibly gasped when I saw this piece!





I have been dying to buy artwork that is both thought-provoking and fanciful and I think I've found it! I wonder what this fashionable woman is thinking about or gazing at. Perhaps she is resting her tired (yet fabulously outfitted) feet after a long day of shopping or lounging on a settee at a swanky uptown restaurant. Whatever the setting of this amazing print, I bought it so I can meditate on it every morning while getting ready for my day and remind myself to be glamorous no matter where I'm going.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hello!

What a glorious day for an introduction! I had always imagined that my foray into the blogosphere would be full of inspiration, perhaps an intimate thought or an invocation of sorts. That my mindless thoughts and thoughtless dribble would somehow reinforce my status in my personal fishbowl - the one which allows me to look out from my buoyant stagnation and simultaneously offer insight from beyond the glass. But, it's just me staring at a page full of infinite possibilities and hoping that my tireless rants and raves will reach the ears (or eyes) of like-minded folk (you). In short, I love anything and everything that gives me butterflies in my belly: fashion, design, music, art, lullabies, poetry, love, delicate things, dessert, fine dining, a vintage china pattern and just about anything that has a touch of whimsy. I can't wait to start sharing my fabulous finds, frolics and fantasies with whoever is out there!