Does anyone else wake up on a Saturday morning and think style? OK, actually first I think coffee, then I think style. There are always so many events going on, especially during the summer, that I often find myself mentally going through my closet before I've even wiped the sleep out of my eyes. And, as my entire blog indicates, I take a lot of notes from things I see on TV. My spirit animal, Nicole Richie, is back on the media circuit promoting her new VH1 show "Candidly Nicole". I've been following the series since it first popped up as web short on AOL last year, so you know I'll be tuning in on July 17th (#notsponsored #justloveher ). As usual, Nic is nailing it with her high fashion looks...like the Pucci print she wore on Jimmy Fallon. While Pucci is not attainable for most of us (tip: you can find some scores if you dig through "The Runway" section of TJ Maxx) let prints be your muse for summer with some more affordable frocks.
The inspiration: Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci Fall 2014
It's happened to all of us before. Shopping fatigue. You've gone to every store, tried on ever shirt, pair of pants, dress...whatever, only to find, yup you guessed it- nothing! Truthfully, I have a higher tolerance than most for digging through racks to find exactly what I'm looking for, but even I've been in a spot that an extra shot of espresso can't pull me out of. Enter Stitch Fix. My very fashionable, albeit tired of dragging through the mall and finding nothing she liked, friend turned me on to this new service.
Here's how it works: you create a profile so they can get to know your style, then they send you five items that their stylists pick for you based on said profile. You keep (and pay for) the items you like then send the rest back. And the fee for all this styling goodness? $20! I think that's pretty reasonable if they do a good job. Plus if you keep any of the items the fee goes towards what you keep. So,you ask, "Do they do a good job?". I can tell you from my friend's experience that I thought overall they picked items that fit her style well.
Things to keep in mind: you don't really know what you're going to get. You may like nothing, or you may like something but it's not in your budget (average item price $65). If you consider this going in and have reasonable expectations, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If the stylist does a good job, that $20 is SO worth it. If you don't really like anything, consider the $20 an entertainment fee. One thing I really liked was the option to provide them with a specific pinterest board. I have one that is just dedicated to my own personal style, so I supplied that one as inspo for my stylist. My overall verdict? If you have an extra $20 this month, and you're tired of shopping all the usual spots- give it a try! I just placed my first order to arrive next week, and I have a feeling this could be my new obsession! Check back to see how my personal order turns out!
You've been hearing about it for weeks, if not months, and now the H&M "Conscious Collection" is live on their website and in select stores. JLo rocked the lace frock a couple weeks ago on idol, so no surprise that one is already sold out online. Check out the rest of the collection here. Happy (Eco-friendly) shopping!
Jennifer Lopez in H&M Conscious Collection
Admittedly, Taylor Swift is not my favorite. I don't enjoy her music (or most in the genre for that matter), but I am woman enough to give credit where credit is due! T Swift knocked it out of the park at last night's ACM Awards. So chic. So grown-up (in a good way). So fashion forward. Bravo!
Taylor Swift in J. Mendel
And just like that, the red carpet is rolled up! So many great looks from this year's Oscars. No one looked truly horrible besides poor Liza Minnelli- but at least she's fun! Overall my favorites were in the neutral, pastel, or metallic categories, but I had to throw in one HOT red dress! My "best dressed" for the 2014 Academy Awards below!
As expected, Lupita Nyong'o was best dressed and looked like Cinderella in Prada.
Another princess look: Cate Blanchett in Armani. This is a love or hate look. I love it.
Giving off that old Hollywood glam, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace looked so perfect for the occasion.
People can hate on Kim K all they want, but I think she is drop dead gorgeous in this Celia Kritharioti gown.
Ellen may have commanded the stage, but Portia De Rossi ruled the red carpet in Naeem Khan.
Looking just like a little Oscar herself, Kristin Chenoweth glittered in gold Cavalli.
It's a lot of look, but I adore Jenna Dewan-Tatum in this Reem Acra. Talk about a hot mama!
Winter blues got ya down? Join the club! Check out some cheap thrills to help brighten this endless season! All items layer-able now, and can stand alone when spring (eventually) comes.
J Crew Factory Short-Sleeve Stripe Necklace Sweater - 30% off, no code needed.
Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Rugby Stripe Slim Ankle Pant- 40% off until midnight tonight w/ code BRCLUE40
I've often said that I take all life lessons from reality TV, and this season of Vanderpump Rules is a prime example. If you've seen the show you know that the final episodes were insane, and we've all been left waiting to see what happens at the reunion. In the meantime, I'm stalking Stassi's awesome dress from the finale episode. If you're going to turn all of your friends against your former BFF and your former BF there is no better way to do it than in a tight dress with a slit up to your thigh. Stassi proving once again that she's the Queen B at SUR (well besides Lisa, duh!).
Stassi in Topshop
Actual Dress: Topshop Slit Front Maxi- Out of Stock
Similar look: Line & Dot Deep Slit Maxi Dress
Similar Look: 1015 slit fitted maxi dress
I am not only a fashion fiend, avid reality TV watcher, and television producer, but also... single! A "most eligible" single, in fact, according to Providence Monthly. It is February, after all- the month of love, and I, along with some other fab singles are featured in this month's issue! We had such a blast at the shoot, and since the magazine hit shelves, I've been getting a lot of questions about my dress. I have to admit, this may be my favorite dress I've ever worn- and the best news is, you can wear it too! Why? Because I rented it! I've written about my love of "Rent the Runway" before, and this dress just proves the amazing quality of their inventory. This is the "Red Lace Dahlia Dress" by Nha Khanh. Retail you'd pay just under $600 for this perfectly flirty, but totally appropriate dress. Rental price is only $100. If you've read my blog before, you probably already know about RTR's fantastic customer service, and the optional 2nd size dress (lifesaver!). One of the best features, though, is the real women reviews that other renters post to help you really determine the fit of all the dresses on the site. Read my dress review here- it's perfect for Valentine's Day! And speaking of Valentine's Day, join myself and some other singles for a tweet party this Sunday! Get all the details here and chat along!
It's no secret I've never been the biggest Taylor Swift fan. As G.B. would say, I'm sure she's crying in her private jet. But, I'm woman enough to admit that despite my general distaste for the country crooner, she looked stunning at last night's Grammy Awards. Best dressed for sure. My runners-up were Chrissy Teigen, who looked absolutely flawless, and Katy Perry. Katy Perry's fresh off the runway Valentino may not be everyone's favorite, but I think it hit just the right note for the occasion (see what I did there?).
Taylor Swift in Gucci
Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson with husband John Legend in Gucci
Katy Perry in Valentino. The dress just walked down the runway last week in Valentino's spring/summer 2014 Haute Couture collection. Check it out here!
Happy awards season! Time to do my favorite thing: silently judge, then offer my opinion when nobody asked for it! And last night's red carpet did not disappoint! The sewage spill should have been a sign to us all of what was to come! I havn't seen so many bad dresses since my junior prom! There were a few shining stars in the bunch, but overall it was hard to even pick the worst dressed because there were so many! Some of my faves are below, but keep scrolling for the far more entertaining worsts from the red carpet!
Best- Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad
Best- Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Roberto Cavalli
Best- Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana
Best- Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Best- Cate Blanchett in Armani
Best- Margot Robbie in Gucci
Worst- Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung
Worst- Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana
Worst- Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Worst- Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Worst- Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung
Worst- Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
Worst- Ariel, I mean, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Image via MTV. Actually, I didn't think it was that bad until I started seeing the comparisons- check more out here.