Posts from — May 2012
Color me crazy but how is it already the Friday of Memorial Day weekend? It’s time to get summer-ready, sunshine lovers!
Whatever you pretties have planned after you hang your flags ~ sunning, swimming, surfing or a sizzling backyard BBQ ~ it’s easy to look cute & Vitamin D-ready this weekend and all summer long with some sunny essentials.
Here’s your Summer Sweet Sixteen checklist!
(1) Sunnies. Besides shielding your pretty peepers from the sun’s rays, sunnies are a great way to check out the scenery ~ and when you like what you see, you can slide those shades off to give your best wink & smile, Flirty McFlirterson.
Kate Spade Florence Broadhurst Retro Pink Sunnies
Tory Burch Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses
(2) Flippies. How many pairs of flip-flops do you have in your closet right now? If you’re like my sandal-savvy friend Suzanne, I’m guessing too many to admit…but here are a couple picks to get you started, sweethearts.
The King of the Flip-Flop World, Havaianas
Perhaps a prrrfect Mother/Daughter match from the fabulous Nina Garcia for Havaianas?
My go-to treats for tootsies ~ Tory Burch
(3) Floppies. I love a Bardot-esque sunhat.
Be sure to get one with a wide brim in breathable material so your pretty little heads don’t get overheated, darlings.
Kate Spade Garden Society Floppy Hat
Mossimo Straw Cowboy Hat
Betsey Johnson Flower Fedora
Click on this funked-up, jazzy-cool interactive video from Kate Spade ~ guaranteed to get you in a summer frame of mind! You can make up the music & moves as you go along! Quel funtimes.
For simple string bikini lovers like moi, Calypso has cuteness written all over its colorful Rasa bikini:
(5) Cover Up. Supersoft cotton like this Riviera Striped number from Nanette Lepore was made for sunkissed skin.
Pick up this cuteness from Nordies now ~ the Half-Yearly Sale started yesterday ~ don’t delay!
…then nab this Trina Turk treat on June 6 when her exclusive line hits Banana Republic!
(6 & 7) Shorts & Skorts. As far as I’m concerned, a few pairs from Lilly and you’re all set, sunshines. Her pretty & preppy scalloped style shorts and rick-a-rack trimmed skorts are sure to show-off those sassy stems.
Frocks ~ a (9) mini and a (10) maxi and you’re covered, cuties.
(11) Wedges. Sculpt stems in seconds with some sassy sandals.
Steve Madden Manngo Wedges
Jimmy Choo Hot Pink Espadrille Slides
TB Sherri Floral Flatforms
(12) Tote. Carry-on as Tim Gunn would say with these fun totes!
Tory Burch Jade Kerrington Tote
Kate Spade Daycation Harmony Tote
Juicy Pool Party Leann Tote with matching towel, now 30% off!
Cute stripe duffle from XXI
(13) Polish. I change my nail polish as often as I change my outfit. Current fave: Essie Lights from the Poppy-Razzi collection ~ a glam lil’ gift from my stylish Sis!
(14) Baubles. I’m a gold girl but also love a pop of pretty pigment. For all your accessory needs check out my latest love, BaubleBar. Obsessed!
Tangerine Teardrop Bib Necklace
Maize Lace Drop Earrings
Aqua Boho Drops
(15) Good Reads. Whether it’s on paper, iPad, Kindle, or Nook ~ pack your fave glossies and a good book.
Unless you want to look like this, lovelies…lather up the SPF and keep re-applying. Resembling a catcher’s mitt is never in style. Quel horreur!
Hope this list was helpful!
Ok, I gotta go get a head-start on the weekend ~ bye!
May 24, 2012 No Comments
It’s Monday night and the most stylish place to be ce soir is the Met, darlings. It’s the eve of the Costume Institute Gala ~ and I was lucky enough to witness the red carpet up close and personal. Thanks to Vogue, Amazon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the first time the Met Gala red carpet was broadcast live online.
It was stunning and slightly overwhelming to see the gorgeous creations flooding the red carpet among the camera flashes ~ if you didn’t maintain a laser focus you easily missed the fabulous frenzy of frocks sweeping by in a sea of sensational style.
This year the Spring 2012 Gala celebrates the exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, exploring the striking similarities between two Italian designers from different eras ~ the iconic Elsa Schiaparelli (a.k.a. “Schiap) and Miuccia Prada.
Most of you are familiar with Prada’s classic, clean lines, basic colors and luxe fabrics ~ but Schiap’s influence is just as strong. For starters, having a shade of (shocking) pink ~ Schiaparelli Pink ~ named after you is a pretty big deal if you ask me, pretties! Schiap’s designs were also heavily influenced by artists in the surrealist and dada movements, namely Salvador Dali ~ but you can read more about that here.
Wonder how many muses were wearing NARS “Schiap” tonight?
The bossy photogs provided an entertaining soundtrack while guests tread the tricky & trying tapestry of stairs up to fashion heaven. Note to self: wear cocktail-length frock or have arm candy handy for a lift up the steps when Anna invites me next year.
The paparazzi repeatedly, shamelessly shouted names of celebs (Eva! Eva! Eva! Eva-Eva-Eva!) and hurled insults at anyone who blocked their shots. A few faves: “Get out of the background with that portable camera!”; “Except for that idiot behind you, the picture’s perfect”; and “Kristen look at the camera; she’s looking at nothing” ~ from one photog who was not happy with Kristen Wiig.
Kristen Wiig, looking at nothing.
What I love most, besides the fashion, is that The Costume Institute Gala is not an awards show like the Oscars or Golden Globes ~ but a kick-off soiree that allows its guests to celebrate the Met and its colorful, creative, collaborative exhibitions each year. Here’s a glimpse of the glimmer and sparkle of the evening…
Anna Wintour breaks from her typical Chanel ~ rocking a stunning white Prada gown based on a famous dress Schiap designed for the Duchess of Windsor.
Ashley Green was gorgeous in a Donna Karan grecian white gown.
Lovely Leslie Mann in petal pink organza ruffle gown by Nina Ricci.
SJP arrived on the arm of Valentino in one of his creations ~ a floral satin full-length frock. She acknowledged that “There is nothing more terrifying, frankly, than these particular steps.”
The Mrs. Drapers ~ January Jones in yellow Versace and Jessica Paré in shimmering bronze L’Wren Scott.
Katharine McPhee was smashing in tangerine.
Karolina Kurkova shimmered in slinky gold Rachel Zoe gown & turban.
Why is Betty White so angry?
Damn, girl… Rosario Dawson wows in Calvin Klein Collection black leather halter gown.
Diane Kruger in purple plumed Prada.
Coco Rocha in a yellow vintage (and red-wine stained!) Givenchy jumpsuit that belonged to Liz Taylor.
Model Anja Rubick shoots from the hip in Anthony Vaccarello ~ do you accept the challenge, Angie?
Liv Tyler ~ gorg in Givenchy.
Chloe Sevigny pays homage to Schiap’s mirror print in a Miu Miu mirrored mini. Based on the crazy hair, I guess she didn’t check her reflection in her dress when she left the house.
Sofia Vergara stuns in an oyster and gold organza gown by Marchesa.
Marc “Oh, it’s just a lace dress” Jacobs.
Julianne Hough in Schiap Pink Carolina Herrera.
Gisele with hubby Dennis the Menace.
Kate Bosworth ~ j’adore her custom bordeaux and navy ostrich feather mini by Prada. Makes me wanna shake my tailfeather.
Liya Kebede, Tory Burch, Rashida Jones, and Brooklyn Decker in Tory Burch.
Renée Zellweger ~ Pucci prrrfection.
Dashing duo ~ Chelsea Handler holding on to boyfriend Andre Balaz.
Gwynnie rocking a Prada mullet-hemmed frock with bedazzled pockets.
Brooke Shields ~ and all…that…jazz…! Bob Fosse would be proud.
Eva Mendes simmers in silk tangerine Prada.
Jessica Alba glows in gold metallic Michael Kors. No doubt styled by the j’amazing Brad Goreski.
Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren Collection ivory tulle beaded gown.
JT in Tom Ford & Jessica “Soon to be Mrs. J.T” Biel in Prada. Photo taken just before Justin announced “We’re gonna go find champagne” and whisked his fiancée away. I’ll clink to that!
After the fashion frenzy, I’m très tired. Time for some beauty zzzz’s…. sweet dreams!
May 7, 2012 No Comments