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February 27, 2013

top 7: it's all about the after parties.

let's be honest, the after parties are always less stuffy than the red carpet.  the bottles are popped, the winners were revealed and everyone that is hot in hollywood is there.  oh to be a fly on the walls of these parties.  i love seeing odd pairs come so stylishly together. for example, ashley olsen mingling with catherine zeta-jones or miley cyrus & kelly osbourne smooching on elton john.  plus the fashion is typically more fun and stylish... i just wish anne hathaway got the memo to not follow up a bad dress with an even worse one.  but then again, she did win.  

top 7 oscar after-party looks: 

<p>1: smokin' hot saldana killed it.

zoe saldana, in givenchy - photo courtesy of people.com

2. miranda kerr - she never disappoints.

miranda kerr, in valentino - photo courtesy of people.com

3: natalie portman - scoring major points on the emerald earrings. 

natalie postman, in dior - photo courtesy of people.com

4: amy adams - shimmer + fringe = true love
amy adams, in oscar de la renta - photo courtesy of usmagazine.com

5: miss miley is adding the rock n' roll.

miley cyrus, in azzaro - photo courtesy of people.com
6: lily collins - the mirror, mirror star.  i don't need to see the front since it's all party in the back. and a nice break from all the black & white.

lily collins, in zuhair mural - photo courtesy of people.com

7: last and certainly not least: dear diane, not many people will understand but i do.  and i love you. 

diane kruger, in giambattista valli - photo courtesy of people.com

<p>party on people, 
February 26, 2013

top 10 oscar pretties ... and a few well dressed men.

if you know me at all, you know oscar night means serious business... majorly, serious business.  i may have only seen 1 or 2 of the movies that were up for awards but let's be honest, to me, it's all about the red carpet.  i really don't mean to be rude when red carpet coverage is on but just know there shouldn't be any loud breathing, chewing, talking or emergencies while i'm watching.  </p> <p>
a few stars killed it... jennifer lawrence (how did she manage to fit in her seat?), charlize theron, naomi watts & stacy keibler (honorary 'celeb' thanks to her beau). biggest fail of the night was melissa mccarthy, in david meister signature.  what happened!? she was doing so well in the past few awards shows by dressing her body type. but enough about the big mishap & let's focus on the creme de la creme. </p>

and the winners are: 

1: jennifer lawrence look amaze-buckets.  plus by tripping up the steps to receive her golden statue, we got a great shot of the back of the dress, too.  thank you for falling, jennifer! 

Jennifer Lawrence, in Dior Couture - photo courtesy of www.style.comJennifer Lawrence, in Dior Couture - photo courtesy of www.style.com

2: naomi watts... perfection from head to toe. even more so because of her gorgeous hunk of a man.

Naomi Watts, in custom Giorgio Armani - photo courtesy of www.style.com

3 & 4: stacy (hi, clooney!) & halle.

Stacy Keibler, in Naeem Khan - photo courtesy of www.style.comHalle Berry, in Versace - photo courtesy of www.style.com

5: charlize 'vision in white' theron

Charlize Theron, in Dior Haute Couture - photo courtesy of www.style.com

6: amy adams - d.i.e. 

Amy Adams, in Oscar de la Renta - photo courtesy of www.style.com
7: alicia vikander. i was pleasantly surprised by this newcomer. kudos!

Alicia Vikander, in Elie Saab Haute Couture - photo courtesy of www.style.com

another new face & my #8: samantha barks. who doesn't love and appreciate valentino... and a deep plunge?

Samantha Barks, in Valentino - photo courtesy of www.style.com

9: ummmm... mark deserves a best dressed nod for sure.

Mark Wahlberg, in Giorgio Armani - photo courtesy of www.style.com
the #10 spot almost went to kerry washington but i'm not a fan of bows. or else it would have been nicole kidman but the swirly pattern at the bottom of her gown had me confused.  so the winner of #10 is... octavia spencer. i'm as shocked as you are but she looked gorgeous!

<p>Octavia Spencer, in custom Tadashi Shoji - photo courtesy of www.style.com
February 13, 2013

top 10 grammy looks (86 the side boobs)

the grammy's were already getting interesting when biebs was snubbed, rihanna was going to be on the arm of chris brown again (why-o-why?!) and then there was the wardrobe memo of 'no side boob or puffy skin'... huh?  it's the GRAMMY's and it's the one place you expect to see side boob, lots of risky cleveage showing & unusual dresses.  thankfully a few of my favorites rebeled and ignored the memo because it would have been a boring red carpet had they decided to pay attention to it.  at least it made for a good story.   

top 10 pretties: 

Ri-Ri needs to have the first and second spots for these 2 gowns... she never disappoints with her fashion.
i would love her even more if she 86'd chris brown but she apparently didn't get that memo either. 

Rihanna in Azzedine Alaira - courtesy of usmagazine.com       Rihanna in Alaia gown - photo courtesy of justjared.com</p>

kelly rowland popped onto the stage last week during the superbowl looking amazing but even more so on the red carpet!
cut-it-out, k!

kelly rowland in georges chakra - photo courtesy of usmagazine.com

i swear, kelly osbourne is looking more and more gorgeous with each week/event show. i loved her in this black paule ka gown.

kelly osbourne in paule ka - photo courtesy of nytimes.com

florence welch, adele, katy perry & solange are the women that will never be considered boring. amen.

florence welch in givenchy - photo courtesy of usmagazine.comadele in valentino - photo courtesy of usmagazine.com
katy perry in gucci - photo courtesy of usmagazine.comsolange in ralph & russo couture - photo courtesy of okmagazine.com

pulling up the rear and keeping it lady like are the usual suspects: taylor swift & nicole kidman.

nicole kidman in vera wang - photo courtesy of usmagazine.comtaylor swift in j. mendel - photo courtesy of okmagazine.com

this last one is to put a smile on your face...
too funny and how hot is portia?!

portia, ellen & katy perry - grammy's 2013 - photo courtesy of usmagazine.com
i hope you had fun watching the show and soaking in all the fashion!


November 24, 2012

top 5 winter booties

my obsession started a few months ago when i saw this exact sorel ad featuring leila janah, founder & CEO of samasourse. i have 3 months worth of lucky mags and ALL of them have a dogeared page which is this exact ad because i'm crazy in love with it all.  not only does she look pretty fierce, smart & stylish... but those boots!! i HAD to have them... and now i do. but in the twill (black/grey) color. for the past 2 weeks, i have been putting together my outfits around these boots and they seem to work with just about everything... obsessed. 

Founder & CEO Leila Janah of Samasourse - sorel.com/getyourbootsdirty
(leila janah, founder & CEO of samasourse)</p>

here are my top 5 sorel styles that are worth checking out... and wearing out!

1: conquest carly boots in twill (um... these are the ones i have. xx)

Sorel's Conquest Carly Boots

2: conquest carly boot in trail... just as yummy. (as seen in the sorel ad)

Sorel Conquest Carly Boots in Trail - courtesy of nordstrom.com   

3: the slimpack riding boot.  these are more fashion forward and simply amazing for any pretty. (for my girl, g.l.)

 Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots - courtesy of nordstrom.com   Sorel Slimpack Riding Boot - courtesy of nordstrom.com

4: conquest carly short in both trail and twill. i'm digging the trail color more for the short boot.

Sorel Conquest Short Boot in Trail - courtesy of nordstrom.com    Sorel Conquest Short Boot in Twill - courtesy of nordstrom.com

5: sorel's joan of arctic boots in taffy... for that pop of color topped with fur.

Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots in Taffy - courtesy of nordstrom.com

stay cozy and completely adorable. 



November 05, 2012

Top 10 Fall Toppers

i'm not too sure how any pretty could make it through the fall (or winter) without at least one staple/go-to/must have/hide the bad hair day/chicer than chic hat. come on, at least one!  and don't give me the excuse of, "i don't look good in hats." because i'm not buying it, ladies!  

i have a dreamy black corduroy newspaper boy style cap that always has me feeling stylishly confident.  i can throw it on with just about any fall outfit when i'm feeling the need to give my style a boost.  or else i'm wearing because i did a horrible job with my hair and in that case, the cap completely solves my problems. 

here are my top 10 mad hatters for the fall (& winter) season: 

Coal The Brighton Hat at Revolve Clothing   Brixton Fiddler Cap at Revolve Clothing   Demylee Pointelle Mohair Hat at Revolve Clothing   Eugenia Kim Shelby Beret at shopbop.com   


   French Connection Fair Isle Beret - Asos.com   Maggie Equestrian Cap by Eugenia Kim - shopbop.com

Patricia Underwood Fedora - jcew.com   Wool Newsboy Hat - jcrew.com

Eugenia Kim - Jamie Chunky Hat - www.shopbop.com              Bop Basics - Faux Fur Trapper Hat - www.shopbop.com





September 25, 2012

top 10 pretty girl emmy looks... work it, ladies!

i have recently gone thru a few life changes which has left me watching less & less tv these days (probably a good thing). so i really wasn't as interested about the emmy winners but i sure as heck wasn't going to miss the live red carpet, hounding my favorite sites for picture updates and gossiping with my mother about who we thought looked amazing and who didn't make the cut... it's just what we do. i'm not embarrased to admit i sit at the edge of my seat and get super excited when they show the first shots of the fancy black cars pulling up to the red carpet and announce who's going to be stepping out of them. the big reveal is followed by either my true fashion appreciation or else disappointment that leaves me thinking, 'better luck next time.' 

i kept it positive and went with my top 10 looks, rather than top 5 faves and the top 5 'better luck next time' looks since it can be painful looking at the pictures again.  just keepin' it pretty for you!  

here we go.... 

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier - courtesy of Style.com

my #1 pretty of the night: ginnifer goodwin in monique lhuillier... sweet baby jesus, i love it!


ariel winters in katharine kidd. courtesy of style.com  

                             julie bowen in monique lhuillier. courtesy of style.com      sarah hyland in notte by marchesa. courtesy of style.com

     this modern family mother/daughter trio is looking pretty amazing... and age appropriate.

january jones in zac posen. courtesy of style.com

dear january, i love you. but i miss your blonde hair.

emily vancamp in j. mendel. courtesy of style.com

revenge looks good on her. 

emilia clarke in chanel. courtesy of style.com

love the sweetness of this dress... sadly, not loving the shoe choice but can't win them all.

edie falco in stella mccartney. courtesy of style.com   lucy liu in versace. courtesy of style.com

bring on the metal! (the construction of lucy's versace gown is incredible at the top)

kat dennings in j. mendel. courtesy of style.com

any quick movements in this dress had me anticipating a wardobe malfunction but the colors of the look immediately grabbed my attention. meow.

until next time, pretty girls... 






August 16, 2012

pretty look of the day

check out the blushing bride-to-be, jessica biel! she was caught strolling thru london while promoting her new movie, total recall, and i must say that this pretty girl is beaming and totally gorgeous!  i may not agree with her bag of choice but minus the bag... i love the look! 



work it, pretty! 

picture courtesy of usmagazine.com

June 18, 2012

crushin' pretty hard - top 5 looks for my charlize

i have a girl crush.  i actually always have some sort of girl crush on a few different ladies but right now it's defintiely, charlize theron.  she has a few movies coming out right about now and has been seen jetsetting from country to country with her little baby in tow... all while looking quite marvelous. her premiere red carpet moments are typically stunning but i love her day looks just as much.  here are the top 5 looks that i'm completely crushing on... 

Snow White and the Hunstman Premiere in Dior Haute Couture

i love anything sheer right now and this is one hot ticket of a dress.  ooo-la-la! 

Jimmy Choo's Webbed Sandals - Courtesy of People.com

those shoes!!! this is just how she strolls.  i wish i looked this amazing while out running errands.

MTV Movie Awards - Lavin Dress, Jimmy Choo shoes & Cartier Jewels - courtesy of ew.com

this pretty, pretty peplum bestills my heart. i love the color combo with her blonde locks, simple accessories and nude nails.

Casual Stroll - Courtesy of people.com

post blonde locks and hiding a shaved head.  i love the fedora and stripes... and the pom pom on the kid's hat too. 

Charlize in Giambattista Valli - Courtesy of People.com

the longsleeves work so well with her thin frame.  again, love the shoe pairing with the red for a classic, sophisticated & stunning style. 

there it is, people.  my top 5 looks for my crush-of-the-moment.  i'm very certain there will be more crushin' posts but writing about ryan gosling seemed a little too obvious. but i'm sure i'll write about him sooner than later. 



February 29, 2012

it's okay to judge...

sometimes it's hard to believe there could be something better than a few hours of the red carpet for the oscars.  getting a few fashion loving girlfriends together in one room is already a good time... but add the red carpet and there will be lots of judging going on & it's fantastic.  there's nothing like each of us ooo'ing and ahh'ing (in unison is best) with a mix of, "her stylist should be fired"  to get the party started.  but i think my favorite part is how my mom always calls me on the phone to give me her best and worst dressed list.... it's just our 'thing'.

the red carpet mavens that i believe rocked it include michelle williams (my #1 for sure), gwyneth, rooney mara and a few more that i think looked gorgeous.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood Kristen Wiig in J Mendel

Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture; GP in Tom Ford; Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Katie Holmes in Elie Saab

yeah yeah yeah... kristen wiig looked washed out to most but i loved it.  and as much as i would love to give emma stone more credit for the amazing red giambattista valli dress, the fit just wasn't there for me.


since we're already on a roll with judging, i'll add my worst dressed list too:

Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive J Lo in Zuhair Murad Cameron Diaz in Gucci

i'll leave it at these three.  i was a little sad about jennifer lopez.  she would have been one of my favorites if she didn't have the cut out sleeves with the nude iceskater-y fabric on the arms.  bummer.

hope you all enjoyed the big night!



pictures courtesy of people.com, usmagazine.com & glamour.com

February 15, 2012

pretty grammies

okay, okay... i'm a few days behind on writing about my favorite grammy looks (or anything for that matter) but it's just too hot to not share. you really never know what you are going to get on the red carpet at the grammy's.  it's not like the oscars where it's all about fashion and can often seem a little stuffy ... but i love that stuff, so who am i kidding. the grammy's give a great variety and i love the healthy looking women, daring rock-n-roll styles, unexpected duos and the outrageous costumes that a few dare to wear (gaga, i love you).

back to the fashion... i keep seeing photos of rhianna pop up EVERYWHERE because she looked stunning. quite honestly, i didn't expect her to be so sleek and gorgeous.  she was definitely my best dressed pick of the night and was all the rage on the carpet.  now only if we can get her to stay away from chris brown!

Rhianna in Giorgio Armani\

Rhianna in Giorgio Armani Rhinna in Giorgio Armani


and for my remaining best dressed picks....


Fergie in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Corinne Bailey-Rae in Christian Siriano


Carrie Underwood in Gomez-Garcia; Adele in Giorgio Armani; Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad

nicely done, ladies!




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