Pack smart and go on spring break in style

March 9, 2009 at 4:12 am (Uncategorized)

After numerous Red Bulls, nerve-racking midterms and hours at the library, spring break will be here!

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Going on a trip somewhere is fun, while packing for it is not. It’s hard enough figuring out what to wear each day of the week, yet alone what to pack for an entire week. Therefore, I’ve decided to compile a few suitcase strategies, so you can avoid any excess stress and take full advantage of your relaxation time.

First, it’s important that we address the most common packing problems. Most of the time, you’ll need to squeeze all that you need into one suitcase. This is challenging, because you’ll probably have to prepare for several events with limited clothing options, and stuffing your wardrobe into a suitcase will only cause your clothes to wrinkle.

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Don’t get caught up in a tiny suitcase, and travel too light. It’s worth mentioning that it’s better to pack an extra outfit or two than it is to end up with nothing to wear. Bring along a big tote for extra packing freedom. You can fit little necessities in the pockets, and save room for all your fun vacation expenditures.

Then again, space is still an issue. Resolve this by opting for separates that can be paired with numerous items. Get the most out of each garment. Rely on neutrals, because they go with everything.

neutrals

Black, white, grey, navy and brown are ideal, but don’t be afraid of intense colors like coral or yellow to suit the season. Pick pieces that can be dressed up or down so you have multiple occasion options.

These items include camisoles that can be layered or worn on their own, a cardigan for warmth and sophisticated events, and bottoms that can be paired with anything.

Another way to get more wear out of fewer pieces is by packing versatile accessories. They don’t take up much space, and can really transform an outfit.

Unfortunately, shoes take up the most suitcase space. Thus, it is essential you put extra thought into the ones you pack. Consider comfort, versatility, and suitability. I would suggest a pair for walking and a pair for a dressing up.

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Or, go for a classic ballet flat that can be dressed up or down and is comfortable. Trust neutral colors, because they can match numerous outfits.

You should avoid packing colors that soil easy, and fabrics that have the propensity to wrinkle.

Look for materials that stretch. These items pack better, are easy to care for and come out wrinkle-free. Consider lightweight knits, cotton blends, and the elasticity of jersey.

Lastly, I advise against looking like a tourist. Use common sense, dress like yourself and leave your expensive clothes behind.

Most importantly, enjoy fuss-free packing for your much needed vacation.

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The Oscars, the fashion culmination of awards season

March 2, 2009 at 3:43 am (Uncategorized)

Oscars night was like a grand finale in the fashion world, and man was it a good one. There are so many celebs who got it right, and not too many that missed the mark. So, I decided to end my award season blogs on a similar high note only mentioning what I believe to be the top five looks of the night.

1. Taraji Henson looked absolutely divine in a white, strapless, tiered dress by Roberto Cavalli. The layers of different fabric combinations really set this dress apart from the rest. It is simply stunning. Henson was also exactly on trend with a bold statement necklace that complemented the dress very well.

Henson has looked superb all throughout awards season but Oscar night, she definitely did it right. Her hair and make-up was also exceptional. She looked fresh and glamorous.

Taraji Henson

2. Angelina Jolie hasn’t impressed me much this awards season. But she hit it out of the park at the Oscars. I was happy to see her in something fitted. She looked like a young super model wearing a black gown by Elie Saab paired with striking emerald green earrings.

Angelina Jolie

3. Heidi Klum- in a word, impeccable. She was sporting a few trends here by combining origami with asymmetrical and pairing it all with some serious accessories. The red dress, by, Roland Mouret dared to be bold and Klum dared to bare it all by wearing it. The slit was high and showed off her assets. The accessories were pretty and sophisticated. Bravo Ms. Klum.

Heidi Klum

4. Natalie Portman was fancily fashionable in Rodarte at the Oscars. Her gown was sweet and romantic. Portman also stood out by wearing fuchsia; many other celebs went for white or red. The beading on the dress is just enough and balances perfectly with Portman’s diamond stud earrings.

Natalie Portman

5. Miley Cyrus dressed to impress. She really shined in a layered and intricately beaded gown by Zuhair Murad. The belt accent emphasized the dress’s perfect fit, and the open back was a cute and youthful touch.

Miley cyrus

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Barbie at Fashion Week

February 23, 2009 at 3:55 am (Uncategorized)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York was here and is gone, but images from the runway will be imprinted in my mind for weeks to come. My favorite show was the Barbie collection celebrating 50 years.

Barbie opening

Barbie has always been a fashion icon in the eyes of women at all ages, everywhere. Feb. 14, the 11 1/2-inch plastic doll was transformed on the runway to a life-sized model and fierce fashionista.

Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka and Vera Wang were among 50 designers playing a part in creating the blonde bombshell’s new wardrobe, and if I may say so myself, Barbie’s new closet is smoking hot and creatively cute.

Barbie 1

The fist look sent down the runway is reminiscent of the old Barbie dolls my mom has safely bubble packed in storage. The look is a very glam throwback to the ‘50s. It’s updated because it is paired with a chic, khaki trench with leopard lining and beautiful stud detailing around the collar.

Barbie 2

Another look I love is this very pink, floral, origami inspired dress. It is so intricate, and ornate, I could look at it all day.

Barbie 3

Another outfit I feel compelled to comment on is this fabulous little black dress that has been reinvented for Barbie. The dress reminds me of lingerie in a subtle way, yet I can see it in a fashion spread in Vogue. There is just something very simple and chic that makes the dress so marvelous and so far from the ordinary little black dress.

Congratulations Barbie, on 50 fabulous years.

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Grammy Gossip

February 9, 2009 at 3:43 am (Uncategorized)

The Grammys are always an exciting time in the world of fashion. Musicians usually bring an extra flair and spark to the red carpet.

Someone that’s not consistently successful on the red carpet is Katy Perry. She always sports a retro throwback, but doesn’t always hit the mark. For example, at MTV’s 2008 VMA Awards she wore a vintage store get-up she assembled herself. Unfortunately for Katy, it wasn’t Halloween.

VMA Katy Perry

And at the 2008 European MTV Awards she must have lost her mind. Take a look and see for yourself. The eyes have it.

Katy Perry

However, this year at the Grammys, Katy was spot on. It took me by surprise, but she was my fashion favorite of the night. I thought she looked stunning, and her look reminded me of old Hollywood glam. If only she hadn’t opened her mouth to Ryan Seacrest about her lip color coming close to a porn pink, she would have been an all-around class act. The dress, by Basil Soda, was on trend with the oversized details. Plus, the color and fit was incredibly flattering.

Katy Perry

On a different note, Paula Abdul, also wearing Basil Soda, missed the fashion boat. She was the worst dressed for the night, in my opinion. The color was pretty, and something I enjoyed seeing at the Grammys. The shiny bling was also something I expected to see at the Grammys, I just didn’t want to see it all on one dress.

Paula Abdul

Overall, I was somewhat let down with the red carpet fashions this year at the Grammys. Aside from Katy Perry, I wasn’t blown away by any particular ensemble. Then again, hip-hop artist M.I.A. made quite the impression. She was nine months pregnant. I’m glad she didn’t wear heels, but the lime green bra and tennis shoes weren’t doing it for me. Otherwise, I think the dress suited her personality.

MIA

It was disappointing to see so many stars in black. Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, come on ladies- you’re young musicians. I would have liked to see more color and more enthusiasm in the style department.

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The colors of romance

February 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm (Uncategorized)

January 25, 2009 marked another night of fabulous fashions as celebrities gathered for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. After examining the red carpet starlets for some time, there seemed to be an unmistakable trend- color.

Maybe love was in the air in light of Valentine’s Day, because the red carpet was decorated with all the colors of romance.

Red seemed to be the trendy color of choice for numerous celebrities. Paula Abdul wore a red gown by Nicole Miller. Christina Hendrix wore a remarkable ruffled dress by Carolina Herrera that showed off her curves. Jane Krakowski hit it out of the park in a red Roberto Cavalli gown; the dress had a plunging neckline that only a woman of confidence could wear. And Lisa Edelstein wore a red number from Reem Acra’s 2009 resort collection. Each of these celebs looked beautiful in the sizzling hot color. Especially Hendrix, whose hair complemented the color of the gown wonderfully.

Paula Abdul Jane Krakowski Lisa Edelstein 

Claire Danes nailed two trends by wearing a red Nina Ricci dress that touched the asymmetrical trend. One strap on her gown was slightly larger than the other.  In my opinion, it was a refreshing take on the oh-so-popular one-shoulder strap that so many other celebrities chose to wear.

Claire Danes

Not only was red a popular color, but pinks, purples and corals also highlighted the romantic theme of the night.

Holly Hunter sported a very bold look by wearing a bright pink strapless gown by Reem Acra, and Laura Linney donned a coral, one-shoulder piece by Michael Kors.  Freida Pinto, wore a lavender gown by Marchesa Casati; it was one of my favorite looks of the night. The look was soft, feminine, graceful and romantic. It also didn’t over power Pinto’s tiny frame. Eva Longoria was also a magnificent sight in a coral colored, chiffon, ball gown by Jenny Packham. I adored the detail on Longoria’s dress. It was a lovely representation of refined elegance.

Holly Hunter Laura Linney Freida Pinto Eva Longoria

 

 

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White hot White House fashion

January 25, 2009 at 1:31 am (Uncategorized)

Michelle Obama is not only beautiful and admired by many fans, she is impossibly chic. Could she be the next trend-setting Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?  She has generated quite the buzz already, but it’s up to you to decide.

Michelle Obama has the sophistication, grace and style potential needed to be the next American fashion icon in my opinion.

Election night Cindy McCain, wearing Oscar de la Renta, upstaged Michelle Obama who wore a dress by Narciso Rodriguez. The Narciso Rodriguez dress was probably perfect in person, but on television it looked like Elmo was strapped to her chest.

http://blogs.newsobserver.com/fashion/michelle-obamas-election-night-dress

Fortunately, the First Lady redeemed herself by wearing a stunning dress by Isabel Toledo with J. Crew gloves on Inauguration Day. She further impressed the fashion gods in a gown by Jason Wu later in the evening.

I loved the ensemble by Isabel Toledo for many reasons. The lemongrass color complemented her skin tone so well; she was glowing despite the chilly weather. The detailing on the neckline was an elegant touch, and the sheen on her coat gave the look fabulous finesse.

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As for the gown by Jason Wu, I’m nearly speechless. The white was brilliant. The fit was impeccable. The neckline was trendy, and the intricate details of the dress polished her look to perfection. She looked spectacular.

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I must also mention it’s quite the coincidence that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis also wore a white gown on the night of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

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Golden Globe Gowns

January 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm (Uncategorized)

I waited eagerly for the Golden Globes. Many people anticipate the Golden Globes, not just for the awards, but also for the oh-so-glamorous and not-so-gorgeous gowns. Now that the event is history, I’ve had time to digest the dress debacles and sultry successes; it’s time to make some judgements. Instead of subjecting you to endless commentary on each major celeb, I’ll put my judgment in a nutshell and share with you my favorite and least favorite looks.

A lot of celebrities played it safe- a fashion mistake for the Golden Globes. The event is a chance to shine and really play up a look with some drama.

Angelina Jolie was the start of many disappointments. She looked like she got ready in 15 minutes flat. Her hair looked ratted and her dress wasn’t fancy enough for my liking.

Christina Applegate looked like Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” in a bad way.

Renee Zellweger was a train wreck.  Her hair and makeup did a great disservice to the beautiful Carolina Herrera gown.

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Hayden Panettiere got the hair and makeup right but her dress was all wrong. It seemed as if the bodice of the dress was made for a 12-year-old boy; it flattened her chest completely.

Blake Lively looked like she rolled out of bed and got her ill-fitting dress off the floor. Honestly, Lively has the perfect body and she ruined it when she put that dress on.

Marisa Tomei dressed for the wrong event; she looked like a pirate. 

Drew Barrymore’s hair and red clutch were too distracting for me to notice her dress, and Jennifer Lopez needed some coverage.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Eva Mendes got it all right. Her crisp, white Dior gown was nothing less than phenomenal paired with a to-die-for turquoise necklace.

Evan Rachel Wood was also stunning. She was wearing so much more than just a black dress. Her gown was special and interesting.

Olivia Wilde can do no wrong. This girl is beautiful. Her dress still amazes me; it was perfectly tailored and trendy with a classic touch.  I could look at it in the pages of Us Weekly all day. The designer, Reem Acra, deserves major props for Wilde’s look and for the piece of perfection that Eva Longoria donned.

If you want to check out these fashion feats and flops yourself, go to http://www.focusonstyle.com/frontrow/golden-globes-09.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 12, 2009 at 9:30 pm (Uncategorized)

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