Red Carpet Inspiration – Trends from the Oscars

My favorite dress from Oscar night wasn’t even worn on the red carpet. Katie Holmes’ Oscar after-party look blew me away! Seriously, how gorgeous is her Elie Saab navy dress? She stunned at the Vanity Fair party the night of the Oscars and so it went under the radar, but it’s my favorite dress of the evening.

I love everything about this dress –  the embellishment along the top, the belted waist, and the flowy skirt. It is stunning.

Katie Holmes Dazzles in Navy

Katie Holmes Dazzles in Navy

Of course, I’m back to my old tricks and want to see how I can recreate some of the key elements of her style on a tighter budget.

Cocktail

What do you think about this cocktail version? It’s embellished at the top with a beaded feather pattern, is cinched at the waist, and has a flowy skirt. Pair this with a cute silver or black belt and I think we’ve done a great job of recreating Katie’s look for a less formal occassion.

Rebecca Taylor Beaded Feather Dress

Rebecca Taylor Beaded Feather Dress

Formal

How about this dress as a formal version of Katie’s dress? I love the cinched waist, flowy skirt, and even the ruched top – but I am longing for that beautiful embellishment that we see on Katie’s dress. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an evening dress to recreate Katie’s look exactly, but I still think this BCBG Maxazria version does a great job – plus it’s in that hot coral/orange color we’ve seen on Michelle Williams this award season.

BCBG's Amber Strapless Evening Gown

BCBG's Amber Strapless Evening Gown

Can YOU find a formal option to better recreate Katie’s Elie Saab look? Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Posts of the Week: The Love Edition

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a sweet Valentine’s week.  My hubbie and I had a nice surf-and-turf dinner at home followed by a quiet night of TV watching. It was actually pretty perfect for a Tuesday night.

Although my hubbie and I had a quiet Valentine’s day I definitely got inspiration from the blog world for something more elaborate next year…or even for a random, romantic night any other day of the year.

Here are some of the sweetest and loveliest posts from the week of February 13th:

“Love”ly fashions

Reese Witherspoon was in the spirit this week when she stepped out in NYC in a cute heart-patterned dress. The Frugal Fashionista helps those of us on a budget recreate Reese’s look (although the dress she found is a bird-pattern…which satisfies my bird obsession, but doesn’t go with our love theme). Also, love the pop of red which screams “v-day”.  How much do you love the studded bag the Frugal Fashionista found similar to the one Reese is wearing? Love it!

Reese Witherspoon's Heart-Patterend Dress

Sweet home decor

Loving this bathroom makeover featured on DomestiKated Life.  Originally posted by AB Chao, the bathroom showcases a few cool pieces that you don’t usually find in a bathroom like a monogrammed shower curtain, framed word art, a runner (rug), and, um, Polaroid pictures taped to the wall. How does that hold up with all that humidity in the air? This bathroom design is pretty funky, but there is something sweet about it. What do YOU think?

I seriously want a monogrammed shower curtain – like now!

LOVEly bathroom makeover

Showing some PDA

This adorable post from Spearmint Baby is a pregnancy shoot while she was at 34 weeks. I love the winter/snow theme. I actually don’t usually like pregnancy photos because I’m not a fan of the bare belly shots and so the fact that she’s bundled up is absolutely adorable and so sweet.

I’m definitely going to try to recreate this one with my hubbie during my next ski trip (preggers or not).

Love in the Snow

Feed him something sweet

Craving this adorable cocktail perfect for a romantic night in. This recipe featured on Style Me Pretty includes chocolate and marshmallows as main ingredients…seriously, what’s not to love? I know my hubbie will chug it down!

Valentine's Day Cockatil by Sugar and Charm

How dainty are these cupcakes featured on Kara’s Party Ideas? I’m loving the light blue, pink, and red combination (which I’ve seen a lot in home decor lately too) and the unique designs on each cupcake. This is definitely something that’s going on my Adventures in Baking board on Pinterest!

Dainty, Love-themed Cupcakes

Do or Don’t: Tail Skirts

I’m seeing a new trend pop up all over the internet. Looks like tail skirts are going to be all the rage for Spring and Summer. What is a tail skirt? Well, it’s almost like a mullet – party in the front and all business in the back. The front of the skirt is usually somewhere above the knee and the back falls somewhere between your calf and ankles.

I spotted my first tail skirt yesterday on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and although I was a bit skeptical of this trend when I spotted it online  it was actually really cute in person. I love how they can be a casual outfit or you can dress it up for a nice, romantic dinner (aka yesterday’s Lincoln Road sighting).

What do YOU think? Will tail skirts end up being a “what was I thinking” trend?

1. Ya Los Angeles High-Low Wrap Dress via Piperlime
2. Hi-Low Maxi Skirt by Loveappella via Piperlime
3. Flowing Tail Skirt by Forever 21
4. Tribal Trim Tail Skirt by Forever 21
5. Gauzy Mint Maxy by Anthropologie
6. Coya Slip Dress by Anthropologie

Feel like a fashionista. Add layers!

I have a confession to make. I’m not a fashionista. I like shopping, I like looking good, and I like getting complimented on my outfits, BUT I kinda hate having to put outfits together.

Figuring out what to wear is sometimes a very time consuming process for me. In my mind, fashionistas can look at their closet and mix and match pieces they own to create an entirely new outfit. This is where I fall short. I look at my closet and all I see are old clothes and wear them pretty much exactly in the same way every time.

When I’m in the mood to switch things up my trick is to pull inspiration from several sources – like fashion blogs, celebrities, and Pinterest. One thing I always seem to gravitate towards is the layered look…and truthfully, I think that must be a chapter in the fashionista rule book. I’ve learned that layering is key – especially when you’re trying to freshen up your old wardrobe.

Jackets with scarves, a cardigan with a belt around the waist, necklaces of multiple lengths, layered tees, or a watch with several bangles and bracelets on the same arm…all different ways of layering. Here’s a round up of inspiration I found on Pinterest.

Do YOU use the layering trick?

Update:

Today while checking out the latest pins on Pinterest, I found this VERY timely image. A step-by-step guide to layering!!!! (I’m kinda on a high right now since this validates my layering theory). The step-by-step guide was originally posted by Made By Girl on her blog. Some of the styles are a little too gutsy for me, but I’m liking the sequins option. What do you think?

Update: Step-by-step layering

By MadeByGirl

Tattoos Professing Your Love: Do or Don’t?

A few weeks ago a coworker celebrated her wedding anniversary by surprising her husband with a tattoo of his name on her wrist. I thought it was such a special gift. The tattoo was done beautifully – it was small, dainty, and in a whimsical, cursive. She said her hubbie smiled from ear to ear when she revealed the surprise.

Although I love the idea of my coworker’s anniversary gift, I’m not sure if that’s something I could ever do. I’ve admired other people’s tattoos and there are definitely beautiful ones out there, but it’s something that I’ve never felt was my style. One thing I always think about when the idea of a tattoo enters my mind is how it would look when I’m 70. Um, probably not so cute…

I did a bit of research for some love-themed tattoos to either give you inspiration for your own or to admire from afar.

romantic wrist tattoo

romantic wrist tattoo

heart outline with name inscripted

heart outline with name inscripted

Finger tattoo

Finger tattoo

What do YOU think? Would you ever use your body to profess your love for your significant other?

Red Carpet Inspiration – Trends from SAGs and Golden Globes

My favorite part of Hollywood’s award season is spending the days after the awards shows pouring over the different red carpet looks. Although many of the designers celebrities wear on the red carpet are out of reach for us “average” girls, I always find fun in pulling inspiration from these celebrity looks and trying to find more budget-friendly alternatives.

I have a wedding coming up in March and so I’m in the market for a new dress! I took at look at my favorite dresses from the SAG and Golden Globes and found similar looks on some of my favorite sites. (I’ve done all the leg-work for you…you’re welcome!)

Racey Lacey

Lace is HUGE this year! Michelle Williams wore an adorable, coral dress that I included as one of my favorite looks. I found a way to wear this hot trend – also worn by Emma Stone, Stacy Keibler, and Jessica Biel – in a cocktail dress or formal dress.

Cocktail - Nanette Lepore via Piperlime
Formal - BCBGMaxazria
Sequin in a deep V

Even in her Cherrios cheerleading uniform, Naya Rivera is pretty hot. She really rocked it last weekend at the SAG awards in this deep V sequin dress. Also in sequin this award season – Nicole Richie and Maria Menounos both wore this hot trend at the Golden Globes.

Cocktail - BCBGMaxazria
Formal - Scala via edressme.com
Ruched (and one shoulder)

Hello super duper sexy Lea Michele! She’s obviously trying to break out of her geeky, Rachel Berry shell – and WOW! She’s owning the sexpot look with that red carpet pose! I really love BOTH of these trends – one shoulder and ruched. The BCBGMaxazria formal option is totally something I would see myself wearing to the upcoming March wedding. What do YOU think?

Cocktail - Soprano via Nordstrom
Formal - BCBGMaxazria via Nordstrom
Baby got Back..(open back, that is!)

Clarie Danes must HATE this, but every time I see her I’m taken back to the days where she was Angela on My So Called Life. One of my absolute favorite shows…ever! Clarie always looks amazing and has fabulous style; her Golden Globes look was no disappointment. The front was gorgeous, but the back…WOW! I’m loving the cocktail dress I found from BCBGMaxazria – it actually pulls of two of the trends we’ve talked about today!

Cocktail - BCBGMaxazria 
Formal - BCBGMaxazria

 

What were some of your favorite red carpet so far from this year’s award season?


Boudoir Session: Do or Don’t?

Seriously, who doesn’t like to flaunt their stuff in some cute lingerie for their man? But how many of us are confident enough to flaunt it in front of a photographer … and even more to have it made into a photobook that your dad or kids can find? Ekkk…

I find boudoir sessions fascinating, and admire the women who have enough confidence to pull it off. Every time I stumble upon some pictures I envision what my boudoir session could look like – and I’ve even pinned a few inspirational shots, but at the end of the day I don’t think this is something I would ever do.

First of all I don’t think the camera loves me — and I don’t necessarily love the camera either, as I discovered during my wedding. Secondly, I’d probably need too many tequila shots to be able to “turn on” the sexy, but that only means I’ll have blood shot eyes. lol. And finally, what the heck am I to do with all of these pictures? The whole point is to give it to my hubbie for him to enjoy, but after he’s looked at it a few times what is he supposed to do with it? Stuff it in his sock drawer? That doesn’t sound very sexy to me.

Anyway, I’ll keep fantasizing about my boudoir session. Join me in picturing your own — here’s some inspiration….

From CasaMartinez

Tell me! Would you do it?