Met Gala Or Bust

This year’s Met Gala was once again the best example of what not to wear to your friend’s wedding. The theme of “white tie and decorations” (seriously, who thinks up this shit?) was across the board, relatively easy to follow. The men really seemed to jump on the band wagon with the “white tie” aspect of the theme. And of course the women- oh the women– were decorated to the nines. It was a grand spectacle of extravagance and overflowing discretionary bank accounts.

Conscience Coupling 

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Designer Dates

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Middle of the Road

Middle of the Road

I love a good midi length dress. I do not love the midi length beaded fishnet Kristen Stewart is wearing.

Ancient History

Greek Tragedy

I just want to throw these ladies a shield, sword, and goblet of liquid gold. Maybe they will join forces and become a super group.

Crop Tops and Cut Outs

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I am determined to find the appropriate crop top/skirt combination for myself to wear in my ordinary life. It will happen….one day.

Laugh-y Taffeta

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This is where all of your bridesmaid and prom dresses aspire to be, yet none ever measure up.

Black White and Hot All Over

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These two had major red carpet mojo working. SJP looks like a princess. A smiling, gloved princess. Anna K just look sexy as hell.

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Between Charlize and Cara, black and white has never looked so good.

Lil Bo Peep Stunt Doubles

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I love Chloe’s look. I really do. Lil Bo Peep just popped in my head for some reason. Naomi looks okay, by Lily and Anna confuse me. I think I am missing the point.

Long Story Short

Long Story Short

Elizabeth Olsen looks fantastic and those shoes need to immediately be made into a cheaper/more affordable version that I can purchase at my local TJ Maxx. Lena, no.

The Strangers (ie, I didn’t read the invitation)

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Valley of the Deep Vs

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Deep Vs and high slits should not be on the same dress. It’s just too much.

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Olivia looks fantastic and I am strangely loving Maggie’s look. Something about the combination of her hair color and complexion with the dress pattern works for me.

Fishtails

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Liquid Slink

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The Bigger The Better

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Oh look, it’s Cinderella!

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Applique Queens

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Asymmetrical Dreams
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Best Dressed of the night (aka Hollywood’s Ken and Barbie)

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Blake Lively looks like a modern day Veronica Lake. I love every last bit of this look on her. And Ryan Reynolds is definitely working the double Ds-that’s short for “Dashing Debonair”.

We’re More Than What We Wear

As a lover of fashion, I never even considered downplaying my affection for getting dressed. It’s honestly my favorite part of the day. Although, it often starts the night before. I check the weather forecast the night before and think about my schedule for the upcoming day. Then, I consider my mood and who I want to be that day. It’s almost as if I’m playing a character. Sometimes I want to be a 1950’s Rockabilly girl. Other times I want to be a 1960’s socialite vacationing in Italy. I use my style to convey the many facets of my personality. It honestly never occurred to me that I should hide my enthusiasm for fashion. But, that’s exactly what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie felt she had to do in order to be taken seriously as a writer.

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In an Elle article, Chimamanda talks about how she finally let go of her fear of not being taken seriously and decided to wear the clothes that she wanted to wear. We, as women, are often so focused on being taken seriously that we try to fit into whatever prescribed mold is available to us. I think it’s about time we stop letting other people’s perception of how we should dress or act influence who we are. My work should be able to stand on its own. Meanwhile, I’ll be standing in my peep toe pumps and pencil skirt.

Read the entire Elle article here.

*photo credit Elle.com

Golden Globes 2014- The Best, The Worst, and The Soon-To-Be Forgotten

First things first, to whomever decided the Sunday night tv line-up: Screw YOU! There was just way too much goodness on last night, between 8-10 pm. But, alas…you must work with what you’re given and make the best of the situation. I decided to watch the Golden Globes live and catch up on Girls later, curtesy of OnDemand.

My favorite thing about awards shows is the fashion. I love movies and tv shows just as much as the next guy, but I could watch red carpet arrivals all day long. The dresses! The shoes! The jewelry! Oh my! While I wish I had occasions in which to dress up on a regular basis, I do not envy having to walk the red carpets with paparazzi flashing and yelling and screaming. That being said…red carpets are the best!

Bravo Ladies!

Cate Blanchett
Amy Adams in Valentino
Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Kate Mara
Lizzy Caplan
Julianna Margulies
Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren
Sarah Hyland
Kelly Osbourne in Escada

Maybe This Should Have Stayed On The Rack?

Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera
Taylor Schilling
Kaley Cuoco
Gabourey Sibide
Leslie Mann
Megan Mullally
Giuliana Rancic

I Guess High-Low Hemlines Are Still A Thing?

Elisabeth Moss in J. Mendel
Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar De La Renta
Caitlin Fitzgerald in Viktor & Rolf

 

And Lastly….Meh

Kerry Washington
Allison Williams
Naomi Watts
Aubrey Plaza
Amber Heard

 

How To Wear: The Slip Dress

I have been searching high and low for a classic slip dress to add to my closet. I like to find items that I believe are classics and will last me a few years. A well made, well-fitting slip dress can be dressed up or down. Fall is the perfect season to get full use of a slip dress.

Now, I have yet to find one that fits my body and bank account. But I will not be dissuaded. I know one day I will happen upon a gorgeous slip dress and it will be love at first fit.  Until that fateful day, I will endure the hunt and search on. If you are lucky enough to already have a great slip dress, but find yourself perplexed as to how to transition it into the fall, I present you three options, all using the affordable $76 TOPSHOP Strap Back Slip Dress:

Slip dressWhen topped with a long cardigan and belted, the slip dress takes on a more businesslike look. Use simple jewelry and round toe heels to further demure the sexy slip dress.

Date Slip Dress

I like the juxtaposition of the soft slip dress against the toughness of a leather jacket. A pair of nude shooties and gold accented accessories and jewelry complete the date-night look.

Weekend Slip Dress
An oversized shawl sweater and flat boots are the perfect pieces to take this slip dress down a notch. Whether it’s Saturday lunch with the girls, running errands, or hitting up a matinee, this casual outfit will keep you comfortable and stylish.