87th Annual Academy Awards

Last night, rain or shine, Hollywood shut down for its biggest night of the year, the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Even though it was torrentially pouring most the night, that didn’t stop film’s biggest starlets from getting glammed up and donning some amazing fashion. Although many people much more qualified than I have already given their professional opinions on last night’s red carpet, I am here to give you my two cents, for what it’s worth. Here are my unsolicited thoughts on last night’s Oscar fashion!

First up, we have Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta. This dress was pretty, but there is a lot going on here. Between the sheer lace bottom and the bows on top, it doesn’t feel very cohesive. Maybe if she had just lost the bows, it would work better.

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Cate Blanchett in this Maison Martin Margiela dress was probably my biggest disappointment of the evening, not because she looks bad, she just doesn’t look great. Normally, Cate brings it and is in the most cutting-edge of fashions, but this just looks like she threw on a black maxi dress and her favorite statement necklace. Obviously, she still looks beautiful, I just have come to expect so much more out of her fashion choices.
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Margo Robbie looks gorgeous as usual last night, but I think this St. Laurent dress just wasn’t enough for the Oscars. This would’ve been great at the SAG Awards, but the Oscars are a go-big-or-go-home kind of event.
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Patricia Arquette’s black and white Rosetta Getty gown was so chic. Of everything she wore all awards season, this is by far my favorite because she looks so put together, plus the little sash hanging off the back of this dress makes it stand out.
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Reese Witherspoon pretty much always looks perfect on the red carpet, and last night was no exception. This simple Tom Ford gown is simple and understated but perfect.
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Julianne Moore has pretty much been winning at life lately. Not only has she snagged Best Actress awards at every major award show this year, but she arguably could win Best Dressed Actress at every award show as well. At first I was a bit underwhelmed by this choice and thought her Givenchy Couture dress from the Globes would have been better for the Oscars, however, this Chanel gown is more understated and allowed the attention to be on her achievements rather than her dress. Also, Karl Largerfeld made this himself so…enough said.
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Lupita Nyong’o’s Custom Calvin Klein gown covered in pearls is gorgeous! I have never seen anything quite like this. This was definitely a fashion moment that people will remember for a long time to come.
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Lady Gaga has definitely been looking a lot more understated lately. The only person you could possibly describe as being “understated” while wearing a white and silver ballgown with crazy sleeves and huge, red, dish-washing gloves would be Lady Gaga, especially when you consider the fact that she once wore a dress made of meat. This Azzedine Alaïa dress would’ve been really gorgeous on its own. The gloves are a bit distracting but, it is Lady Gaga after all.
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When I first saw Marion Cotillard’s Dior Couture dress, I loved it, but then she turned to the side and I was trés confused. It just looks like way too much fabric going on for no apparent reason. I get that she is a spokesperson for Dior, but I find it hard to believe that Dior didn’t have something better for her to wear.
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Felicity Jones has been touted as this year’s red carpet “it girl,” and while I have appreciated her looks this year, I feel like she tends to look a little too old and matronly. This Alexander McQueen dress just has way too much going on. You want to wear the dress, not have the dress wear you, especially when you are as naturally beautiful as Felicity is.
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Oh, Kerry Washington. When you are Oliva Pope on Scandal, man, you look perfect all the time, but sometimes your red carpet game has me scratching my head. This Miu Miu number is a little bit too old, like Mother-of-the-bride old. Save this for when you’re…you know…a mother of the bride.
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Naomi Watts is one of my favorites on the red carpet because she likes to go for different looks and pretty much always looks amazing. This Armani Prive gown is fun and different; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gown that looks like it has a bandeau built into it. Also, her beachy hair and simple makeup looks effortless.
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I think Jennifer Lopez’s Elie Saab gown was my absolute favorite of the night. It’s almost as though this dress was custom made for her skin tone, because it matches perfectly. It is the perfect blend of sexy and elegant and I am obsessed.
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In my opinion, Jennifer Anniston’s red carpet choices haven’t been all that great this year, so thank God she put this Versace dress on and redeemed herself last night. I loved this dress when she got up to present, but the picture actually makes the bottom of this look really sheer, almost TMI sheer. That aside, she looked really beautiful.
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Kiera Knightly has figured out how to be prego-chic in this sweet Valentino Haute Couture gown. She said that while pregnant, she did not want to wear tight-fitting gowns and prefers more flowy, comfortable dresses. Who can blame her? This is definitely worlds better than her Chanel pilgrim/doily/weird butterfly dress that will live in infamy.
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Motherhood looks GOOD on Zoe Saldana. Well, that and this custom Atelier Versace that fits her new-found curves perfectly. If having twins makes you look this good, sign me up!
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Gwyneth Paltrow definitely took a fashion risk last night in this giant rosette embellished one-shoulder Ralph & Russo dress. Call me crazy, but I LOVE this. I think the reason the huge shoulder flower works is that the rest of the dress is simple and tailored perfectly. I know a lot of people probably hate this, but I think this really stands out from the crowd of strapless dresses.
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Dakota Johnson is my new favorite I think. Beyond the fact that multiple people swear she is my doppelganger, I just love everything she has worn this award season. When she walked on the carpet in this St. Laurent dress, I was just like…”YAAAASS.” This was definitely one of my favorite looks last night.
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I was pretty excited for Rosamund Pike to finally wear something that actually fits her! Between her ill-fitting Vera Wang at the Golden Globes and that large black sack of a dress she wore to the SAG Awards, this dress really does her justice and is gorgeous. This Givenchy dress was another one of my favorite dresses last night.
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Behati Prinsloo is always stunning, but I think she looked really elegant in this Armani Prive embellished gown. I also really loved how she kept her hair and makeup simple to really let the design of the dress stand out.
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Jessica Chastain in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress was another miss for me at last night’s Oscar’s. To me, she is the modern reincarnation of Jessica Rabbit. This dress did not say “Mrs. Rabbit” to me at all. It just looks too old lady for Jessica Chastain. However, since Jessica usually looks flawless, I will let her off easy this time.
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It’s pretty hard not to just love Anna Kendrick. I love everything about her custom Thakoon dress, from the color to the built in necklace. If I had a lot of money and a wedding to attend this spring, I would be trying to get my hands on this pronto. But since I have neither of those things going for me, I’ll just have to admire from afar.
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Scarlett Johansson, where do I begin? First of all, the color and the style of this Versace dress is gorgeous, but that necklace is just way too much. Statement necklaces were a big trend last night, but the only statement this necklace is making is that it looks like ScarJo ripped some dude’s beard off last year at a St. Patty’s Day party. Maybe that’s a bit much, but that’s all I can think of when I look at it. On a positive note, she looks like a bombshell even with a half-shaved head.
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Last, but not least, we have Emma Stone looking perfect as usual in Elie Saab. She never fails to show up in something chic and fashion-forward. I thought it was a really refreshing choice because it looked conservative from the front, but was completely backless.
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What do you think of my picks? I’d love to know what your favorite looks were last night, let me know in the comments! Have a great evening, and thanks for reading! xo

All images via Getty Images

Outfit of the Day: Oscar Sunday!

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Happy Oscar Sunday everyone! Here’s a quick little post of today’s outfit in honor of the biggest award show of the year! This is my second year hosting a small party to watch the Oscars, so I figured, what better to wear than sweat pants covered in gold sequins? Obviously, I’d rather be wearing St. Laurent…maybe next year. :P Now if you will excuse me, I need to get back to drinking sangria and drooling over the red carpet fashion going down right now.

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IMG_5925Shirt: Forever 21, similar/ Pants: Forever 21, similar/ Shoes: Steve Madden/ Necklaces: Vintage

Have a fantastic Oscar Sunday, thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Ashley Capella

Red, Red Lace

JM_02-31Happy Friday everyone! This look was originally meant to be for Valentines day but between school and work this week, I have been one busy girl. In any case, I think this is a great look for any date night, Valentines or not, so I guess that this being a little belated isn’t the end of the world. In any case, I am definitely not that big on Valentines, because you should celebrate love everyday, not just once a year, am I right or am I right? On the other hand, that definitely didn’t stop me from getting festive and putting on this dress!

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Dress: Free People, similar/ Shoes: Forever 21, similar/ Purse: Just Fab, similar/ Sunnies: Fashion Q, similar

Have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!

Photos by Matt Osgood

An Ode to the Boyfriend Jeans

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If you have been keeping up with fashion at all lately, you have probably heard that the skinny jean’s days might be numbered. Whether or not you are ready to ditch your skinnies for good, there are so many equally awesome styles of pants out there, such as flares, culottes, and wide leg trousers. While I think it will take a lot for me to ditch my skinny jeans, sometimes a good “boyfriend” jean is really necessary. They’re baggy and slouchy and hole-y and generally much more comfortable than a pair of skinnies. Plus, they look effortless, like you just grabbed the first pair of pants you could find off the floor regardless of who they belong to kind of way. While is this a great look, it can tend to be tricky if you aren’t super tall and leggy. While I am slightly taller than average at 5’7″, I feel that these jeans can sometimes make me look a little too frumpy. If you aren’t super model tall, sometimes a little added height can give boyfriend jeans a more flattering, dressed-up look. Nude pumps are great for this because they give the illusion that your legs are longer than they are, but any heel could work. Because these pants have a lot going on, I like to keep the top simple, but a fun, sequin-sleeved jacket never hurt anybody. ;)

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Sweater: Forever 21, old, similar/ Jeans: Forever 21/ Jacket: Piperlime, sold out/ Purse: Forever 21, similar/ Pumps: Jessica Simpson/ Necklace: Forever 21, similar

Thanks for reading, have a great afternoon! xo

Photos by Matty Taylor

Back to School Duds

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The dreaded has arrived: my Spring semester is officially underway. I am a pretty good student and very determined to maintain my high GPA, however, I think I might have bit off more than I can chew. That being said, I’m trying to think positive and take things as they come. I also bought a planner for the first time ever so I make sure not to miss anything, which is a first for me. Unfortunately, I don’t think that planner is going to have very many social or fun things penciled in. So for all of you out there who aren’t suffering through college in your mid 20’s, please have all the fun for me! In honor of going back to school, here is my “back to school outfit.” Enjoy and I hope you all have a fantastic, homework free evening because I definitely won’t for a long time!

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Jacket: Forever 21/ Blouse: H&M, old, similar/ Pants: Forever 21, similar/ Sneakers: Nike/ Backpack: Forever 21, similar/ Sunnies: Ray Ban/ Watch: Michael Kors

Thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Matty Taylor

LA Winter

DSC_0002To all those buried in snow right now, here’s a sunny and warm look to get you dreaming of warmer temperatures, as if you weren’t already. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I do believe that “winter” is over here in Los Angeles, or at least, whatever semblance of winter we experience. Call me crazy, but, I’m not entirely happy about this. I actually enjoy winter in LA because compared to anywhere else, it’s not really winter, its just mildly chilly and nice. Besides that, watching people who live here bundle up like the thermometer reads 30-something degrees when in fact it is in the 60’s is pretty hilarious. All this to say, I don’t want to seem ungrateful for the gorgeous weather we have here, but I just wish I had the cold for just a little longer. That’s all.

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DSC_1391Blazer: Forever 21/ Top: American Apparel/ Skirt: Bebe/ Heels: Steve Madden, similar/ Purse: Just Fab, similar/ Watch: Michael Kors

Thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Matty Taylor

 

Heavy Packers Anonymous

ash outfit pairing 1I am pretty good at doing a lot of things. One of those things is not packing light. In fact, I am pretty awful at it, as anyone who has ever traveled with me can tell you. I want to bring my entire wardrobe with me just for the sheer joy of having options. Having options comes at a price, and that price is usually the annoyance and burden of schlepping around too many heavy bags. The struggle is real. That’s why when my friend Ashley asked me to help her pack for her honeymoon to London and Paris last month, I had a slight panic attack because I am the definition of a horrible over-packer. I decided to approach it more from a styling standpoint and less of a pack-everything-in-your-wardrobe-that-you-like standpoint, and I think the whole process changed the way I pack for good. First, I had Ashley pull everything from her closet that she likes to wear for cold weather, and put it all on her bed so I could get a good look at all the options we had to work with. Next, I had her describe to me the first day of her trip, and I put an outfit together for her for that day’s activity. After the whole outfit was assembled flat on her bed, we took a picture on her iphone so she could easily reference it during her trip. We repeated this process for each day of the trip. I also really tried to remix pieces together to create multiple different outfits while not packing too heavily. I don’t want to assume that I can break my bad packing habits on myself, but I really want to try to pack this way in the future. If you plan all your outfits in advance, then you don’t have to waste time trying to figure out what to wear. This allows you so much more time to enjoy your vacation. Also, packing versatile pieces that can be styled multiple ways will make your bag lighter, which will result in more money in your wallet and less strain on your back. It’s time to start packing smarter, not heavier. Change can be hard, trust me, I know, but it can be done!

And now, please enjoy these adorable outfits I put together and be jealous of Ashley’s awesome trip. :)

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Thanks for reading and have a great evening! xo

Photos courtesy of Ashley Capella

Weekend Outfit Formula

IMG_5867When the weekend hits, I just want to kick back and relax. Part of relaxing means not spending a lot of time in your closet wondering what the heck to wear. Because of this, I have a couple go-to outfit formulas to save my precious weekend time for more fun things, like brunching or flea-marketing or doing nothing. This particular formula goes a little something like this: Fun, printed tee + skinny jeans + ballet flats + light jacket + cute purse + big sunglasses (just in case yesterday’s brunch turned into a lot more than brunch) = an outfit that’s easy to pull together fast but also makes you look put together. If you want, you can always sub out the ballet flats for sneakers which looks equally cute. If you live anywhere besides Southern California, you might also want to wear a heavier coat, since you probably aren’t experiencing the 75 and sunny Sunday that we are enjoying here today. Sorry, not sorry, I just have to brag a little about that every once in a while. ;)

IMG_5853IMG_5840IMG_5839IMG_5843IMG_5848IMG_5836Tee: Donald Robertson for J.Crew, no longer available/ Jacket: Forever 21, similar/ Jeans: Forever 21,similar/ Flats: J. Crew, old, similar/ Purse: Kate Spade/ Sunnies: Mink Pink, similar/ Lips: Impassioned by MAC

Happy Sunday, and thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Bianca Bethune

Tuesday Shoesday: Thigh-High Boots

If you aren’t familiar with the Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots, you are about to be. I’ve only been in love with these boots for about 2 years now because they are just gorgeous and make your legs look so sleek and long. Just take a look at these great street style pictures, and you will see what I mean:

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0e1b7b7a6db46cf5ddba47047646d295You’re obsessed now too, right? Unfortunately their price tag is major as well at $800 a pop. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not at a point in my life where I can spend my rent money on a pair of boots, no matter how gorgeous they are! Luckily, there are some really affordable options out there that will get you a similar look. When buying a pair of over the knee boots, you want to make sure that they fit close to your legs and don’t have a lot of embellishments, otherwise this style can quickly look a little trashy. Here are my favorite wallet-friendly options:

forever21Forever 21, $44.90

gojaneUrban OG, $23.80

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b8dcdba4a09e77fc7595a57b2de175c4May Kool, $33.99

cb9fce5fd23f41bec3aa1eed86a66a8fJeffrey Campbell, $225.00 (These are a bit more of a splurge, but that heel!)

Have a great day and thanks for reading! xo

Photos via Pinterest

Mulholland Drive

IMG_1583Hello, hello everyone, I hope your weekend is going well so far! Here’s a dark and moody look I wore the other day, shot by my friend Matt Osgood. I recently got this dress from Sheinside.com, a website which I have been skeptical of shopping on for a while. They are based in China, which was my first red flag as I have been BURNED by similar websites. I was pretty scared that I was going to end up with another batch of clothes that looked like they were made for children and were constructed by someone who took up sewing last week. However, I have a couple of friends who have ordered from Sheinside and love it, so I finally broke down and gave them a try. I have to say, I am really satisfied with everything I ordered. Their sizing charts are accurate, so you get exactly what you expected, not something that looks like it would fit a 10 year old, or that will fall apart as soon as you put it on. Another thing I really love about shopping on their website is that they have a Style Gallery where other shoppers can upload pictures of themselves in the piece you are looking at, which allows you to see what it looks like on all different sizes and shapes. All this being said, the quality of their clothes is ok, I would say on par with a lot of stuff you would find at Forever 21 or similar stores. You definitely get what you pay for, but if you are looking for something fun and trendy, it’s definitely a great place to look for those types of pieces.

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Dress: Sheinside/ Hat: Forever 21/ Boots: Just Fab, old, similar/ Purse: Fossil, similar/ Watch: Michael Kors/ Sunnies: Ray Ban/ Hand Chain: Forever 21, similar

Happy Sunday, and thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Matt Osgood