Well I know everyone ALREADY has their opinions about all the Oscar dresses & I am dying to watch FASHION POLICE and laugh & cry with Joan Rivers at all the marvels & mistakes. But rather than re-hash for the 1,000 time, here is a look at the less-mentioned Oscar AFTER PARTY dresses… some of these rival the red carpet dresses and are worth a peek. ENJOY! xoxo
….for show stopping dresses…! I’m always happy to be surprised and I really have NO IDEA what the stars will be wearing but here are a few drop dead gorgeous dresses to get you all drooling! First is: J. Mendel, then Ralph Lauren, Elie Saab, Zac Posen…. I’m hoping we’ll see lots of pastels in pink, peach & nudes… and bring on the couture vintage gowns too! The last dress below is a vintage Charles James c. 1951 – vavavaVOOM! xoxo
…& she certainly has! Deborah Lippmann’s latest two nail shades perfectly hit the mark on the nail colors I want to be wearing NOW. On the Beach is the perfect vacation-sky-blue and I ADORE Mermaid’s Dream, a sea foam green with unusually shaped glitter. Ironically I was dreaming of this sort of color a week ago when I created an abstract version of it by mixing about eight different shades of teal, mint green & blue over each other and Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday on top of it all to add some colorful sparkle. As with most of the Lippmann Collection these colors can be worn alone or give you endless possibilities by painting them over your favorite shades for a modern take on sparkles & elegance. Try them both out…and let me know what you think! xoxo
Since today is about honoring all of the American presidents and looking back on our past with pride – why not use this time to shop a bit of our beautiful, FASHION history too? Just click on over to Etsy.com and buy yourself a vintage dress…!
…or a sexy romper…
…or whatever is fabulous and fits your body well…!
I hope you like these samples of what is waiting for you out there…
…the possibilites are endless! xoxo
(All images from Concetta’s Closet at Etsy.com)
…on infamous Australian designer Florence Broadhurst whose innovative and exotic wallpaper & fabric designs from the 1970’s are as unforgettable and timeless as the woman herself. This spring, Kate Spade has commissioned a select group of these graphic designs and they now appear on various clothing, bags, shoes, accessories & home design items from their collection now selling online and in stores.
If you are familiar with Florence Broadhurst you will know why I am so thrilled to have new items on the market imprinted with her designs. I have an obsession with the late Mrs. Broadhurst ever since I read the above book; Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives. It gives a wonderful glimpse into the exotic world of this amazing businesswoman, designer, painter, singer and banjolele player. I highly recommend giving it a read. But even without knowing the story of her exciting life and mysterious end, her designs still speak volumes for themselves. The Kate Spade/Broadhurst collection offers a fun way to bring Florence into your daily life, so have a look and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! If you don’t find your favorite Florence designs on the Kate Spade site then search on EBAY for scraps of fabric and paper that occasionally turn up and can be framed or sewn into a pillow case or some such item. Some Etsy.com sellers use Broadhurst fabric in their bags and small accessory designs as well, BUT if you need large scale paper or fabric then check out Signature Prints; the Australian company that, since 2002, owns all of Florence Broadhurst’s designs and sells the complete collection of wallpaper and fabric patterns to the true Florence Broadhurst enthusiasts.
A baby tote, but it will look even cuter with OUT a baby… n’est-ce pas?
A 2012 Desktop Spiral Calendar with pages of Broadhurst/Spade designs…AND here’s an idea: at the end of the year pull out all the designs and frame & hang them in a small group above your home office desk or some quaint little corner of your home.
I am LOVING the new arrivals at ToryBurch.com There is an easy, classic elegence to everything she designs and it’s hard to ignore. This season the colors and mix of patterns are especially alluring and I highly recommend checking out the new items. I always avoid any logo from ANY designer that is too large or prominent but I crave a FEW key, stand alone items that have that Tory Burch style with enough subtlety to be worn for ages. How fun would it be to rock the blouse/skirt combo below? This look is great for work but also gives you that feeling of being on a ‘holiday everyday’ that I rarely see in any other clothing line. Cheers…! xoxo
Neiman Marcus sent me an email to preview their Prada Spring shoes collection on pre-sale right now…and as usual Prada NEVER disappoints. These are such gorgeous pieces! The collection is inspired by 1950’s cars and BOY do they look like they are about to take off in lightening and flames and patent leather. Here’s a look at the RTW Prada Spring Runway show details at STYLE.com – get ready to see a lot of these shoes, bags and accessories popping up in stores this April and DO do a pre-sale now if you can! Nothing says ‘look at my shoes’ like Prada and I hope one day to own a pair but for now I’ll just sigh and keep watching them drive on by…! xoxo
One of my favorite shops to surf; MATCHES, is having a SALE …SO of course I had to take a peek & I found loads of wonderful non-sale, summer items. I LOVE their style sense and the range of designers but it does get a bit expensive so I usually just LOOK here for ideas and to drool. Here are a few pretty, classic looks with a modern twist…soOoo tempting…!
A bit O’ French svelte sailor in this sleek MCQ by Alexander Mcqueen all-in-one navy piece with YSL red pumps
Matching & MODern with MOXY in Chloe shorts, an orange silk top by Freda, a straw envelope clutch by Anya Hindmarch & leopard print stilettos by Sam Edelman
A KILLER White Lace needle-point dress and skull-ring clutch by Alexander Mcqueen with flesh colored pumps by Rupert Sanderson
Four more days to order from Shopbop for your delivery to arrive by the Feb 14th deadline. This year they have so many great items in honor of V-day so it’s worth a flip through their look-book above. And YES I know a lot of people abhor or ignore Valentine’s Day. And this is no surprise when you look at the overwhelming amount of silly hype, over-priced gifts & dinners and then the expectation to feel romantic after all that chocolate, food and wine when all you can feel is extremely bloated and sleepy. So my humble suggestion is to come at this from another angle where you take advantage of the holiday and personally tailor the evening to focus on REAL no-pressure enjoyment. Make a light dinner at home, watch a movie and have some sangria or a nice, fruity Pims punch. And then focus on the romance instead – it IS priceless right? And with all the money you are saving by skipping the expensive night out you can buy a gorgeous lingerie set so you can look FAB & feel extra great about yourself inside & out. Just be sure to get something that makes YOU feel wonderful – your significant other will find you most attractive if YOU feel attractive. If you DON’T have a current “other” follow all of the above instructions JUST be sure to rent a movie that doesn’t torment you about being wonderfully single & fancy-free. Celebrate being a strong, classic woman! Try something with gangsters; the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre or classic horror OR read a copy of The Victorian Chaise Longue which makes Ibsen’s A Doll’s House look like a fun romp through the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills….!
Alberto Vargas illustrated Marlene Dietrich on this poster for the Italian release of “The Flame Of New Orleans”, you can click on the image to buy a reproduction for $33.
…or you can buy an original at auction for around $4,000. …but it’s more fun to NOT buy the poster and just BE the poster for one night instead… n’est ce pas?
For more Valentine’s inspiration listen to Marlene sing “Je m’ennuie” in 1933 – I LOVE this song – sound familiar? You may have heard this play in the 1990 film Henry & June. Another BIG favorite of mine and this would also make a lovely V-day movie to see…
…so many happy escapes from an otherwise expensive and/or mundane evening all owing to Saint Valentine! Whoop WhoOp! xoxo