Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
 
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — April 2012

C-SPAN Rocks Red Carpet

The Washington Hilton was rocking with the sheer star power of the guests mixing & mingling inside at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

When my sister told me that C-SPAN would be covering the red carpet arrivals in  addition to the dinner, I was pretty excited ~ the WHCD is about as close as DC gets to its own Golden Globes and Oscars.

I adore E! and Giuliana, but C-SPAN’s candid coverage of the DC and Hollywood glitterati pouring into the Hilton ~ then filtering up and down the escalators, often unaware of the cameras and the awkward moments being captured ~ was a fun change and made for perfect people watching.

 

Jimmy Kimmel was just the right mix of funny and irreverent, and the President had some great lines, too. The First Lady was having a ball in a pretty floral brocade Naeem Khan strapless gown.

Here’s  a quick recap of some style highlights, lovelies.

Kate Hudson ~ purple and piled-high ~ love the Jenny Packham sequin gown and ballerina bun.

Kerry Washington ~ glowed in creamsicle colored Calvin Klein and Roger Vivier clutch.

Tory Burch wore baby blue Carolina Herrera.

Sofia Vergara in a party-ready David Mason frock.

Reese Witherspoon channeled Grace Kelly with a classic chignon and Monique Lhuillier gown.

Arianna Huffington in neon yellow Nanette Lepore.

Always adorbs Leslie Mann in floral Naeem Khan.

Ginnifer Goodwin ~ looking very angry to have her photo taken, in white tiered gown from the H&M Red Carpet Conscious Collection.

Rashida Jones in the “Cora” peplum gown from the Tory Burch Fall 2012 collection.

Charlize Theron in black lace Emilio Pucci and Judith Leiber clutch.

Eva Longoria in Marchesa frock and Brian Atwood pumps.

Zooey Deschanel smiles in a gold beaded oyster Oscar de la Renta gown, despite the crick in her neck.

“Ladies, please, one at a time…” 

Who cares who George Clooney was wearing… le sigh.

 

photo credits: 1-NYMag, 2-PopSugar

April 30, 2012   No Comments

You Had Me at Amazing

Brad Goreski, you had me at hello.  I was smitten, starstruck, and momentarily rendered speechless when I first met you ~ but you quickly put me at ease with your charm, straight up chic style and good looks.

I’m still pinching myself that I met @MrBradGoreski ~ favorite style stud and stylist, and an A+ on the A-List or Any List.

Thanks to the classy & colorful Brooks Brothers team in Georgetown who hosted a terrific event and book signing for Born To Be Brad at their fabulous M Street location. The book is amazing like its author and a fantastic literary mix of life & style à la Brad. It’s half memoir, half style-guide, and chock-full of heart & humor. A lust-have for anyone who loves fashion.

 J’adorbs!

First in line

Bowtie cookies – quel cuteness

Appropriately clad in a hot pink cover, the book chronicles Brad’s colorful life thus far. It includes the beginning of his love affair with fashion at age 12 when he picked up his first Vogue, later working at Vogue and W, and his stint on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, where he worked his style magic for a spell before movin’ on up with his career.

The super stylist with Jessica, Mandy and Minka.

Dashing Duo ~ Andy & Brad at Fashion Week.

Fast-forward to the present ~ Brad is having a banner year. Highlights include wrapping his first season of It’s a Brad Brad World on Bravo (best season finale ever ~ kudos to Gary!) and being scooped up by Kate Spade as their brand ambassador. I’m smitten with their flipping fabulous collaboration and crazy-creative campaigns.  He deserves every happiness and success that has come his way, and it couldn’t happen to a more authentic, talented guy.

Stylin’

Gary & Brad on It’s A Brad Brad World

Brad & Kate Spade ~ a match made in fashion heaven!

While I was sporting my pink & green and playing with my beloved Barbies as a little girl, there was a young boy named Brad in Port Perry, Ontario, with technicolor dreams who also loved the art of dress up.  Little did I know that he would grow up to create a stylish & sunny world bursting with color, and become an inspiration for living a bright & sparkly life!

 

P.S ~ Brad, now that I’ve regained my ability to talk, tweet, and type ~ my offer to be Your Girl Friday still stands!

“Be yourself ~ everybody else is already taken.”  ~Oscar Wilde

 

Book signing photos 4 & 5 courtesy of The Scene Bisnow.

April 22, 2012   No Comments

Easy Breezy Style

Ahoy, lovelies! These breezy, seaworthy days call for some nautical seafaring style.  Whether you’re cruising the Seine à la Audrey or promenading pretty on the boardwalk or sidewalk ~ you can make some waves and flaunt your inner sailor.

The nautical look has always been a staple of the style set…

JFK & Jackie

 

 Jackie

Audrey

George Clooney

Natalie Wood

Gary Cooper

Grace Kelly

Navigating the nautical look is easy breezy, darlings ~ so no need to go overboard. Simply add some aquatic accents to your spring and summer wardrobe (stripes, rope details, anchors) and you’re ready to set sail!

Old Navy French Terry Striped Shift

 

Kate Spade Mini Ship Studs

 

Juicy Striped Terry Tote

 Juicy Risha Espadrille

 J. Crew Maritime Blazer

Madewell Nautical Knot Cuff

J. Crew Saint James Tee

J. Crew Sailor Shorts

 Sperry Westport Skimmers

 

Ray-Ban Wayfarers 

 

 

Lafayette 148 Linen Sailor Pants & Tee

Betsey Johnson Multi-Anchor Necklace

J. Crew Café Capris

Splendid Stripe Dress

Betsey Johnson Anchor Crossbody

 Old Navy Lace-Up Hoodie

 

Tory Burch Karissa Espadrilles

Free People Vintage Hand Knit Aran Sweater

Marc Jacobs Flavin Stripe Drop Waist Dress

Girl Props Pink Anchor Pendant

Clearly, nautical never goes out of style…

 

Best Mates: Medestrian & Sis rocking their fave nautical frocks at the park.

April 11, 2012   No Comments

Mr. Tall, Dark & Handsome

Happy Birthday to one of my most beloved leading men, Gregory Peck! Talented, intelligent, dashing and kind ~ his honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime humanitarian efforts, the AFI’s Award for Greatest Male Star of All Time, and a place on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame ~ quel dreamboat!

Born April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, this studly smart cookie studied English and pre-med at UC Berkeley, rowed university crew, ran on the track team, and became involved in theater. After graduating from Berkeley, he headed to New York to hone his acting chops and the rest is history (lucky for us!).

He wasn’t just a scholar, athlete and actor, but also a romantic ~ he was married to the love of his life, beautiful French journalist Veronique (Passani) Peck, for 37 years.

Gregory starred in countless movies including The Yearling, Spellbound, The Big Country, and Cape Fear, to name a few…

Most memorably for moi, his star shined brightest in To Kill a Mockingbird and Roman Holiday ~ two of my all-time favorites. His powerful performances in these classic films were etched in my heart the moment I first saw them, and I’ve adored him ever since.

His portrayal of Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird won him an Oscar, and our hearts. His strong personal character perfectly  fit the role of such a principled man.

 

As dreamy American reporter Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday, he romanced Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann character, and the two icons started a life-long friendship.

He also had a great sense of humor, scaring Audrey in the famous Mouth of Truth scene at  via Margutta….

Always the perfect gentleman ~ halfway through  filming, Peck suggested that Audrey be given equal billing ~ a gesture unheard-of in Hollywood.

Rome! By all means, Rome.

There is only one Gregory Peck ~ so don’t even waste your time, gents ~ nobody will ever fill his suave shoes.

“I have been described as tall, dark and handsome a million times. If it’s true, I’m just lucky.”  ~Gregory Peck 

April 5, 2012   No Comments