Monday, February 25, 2008

Red Carpet Style 2008

Each year, the gowns on the red carpet just get better and better, and 2008 was no exception! Some of my favorites:

Jennifer Garner. I absolutely feel in love with this Oscar de la Renta gown. It's fabulous, beautiful, and classy.

Cate Blanchett. Normally the dresses you see at the Academy Awards are solid-color gowns, but Cate looks amazing in this perfectly detailed one. I am also completely loving the color -- the deep blue may seem to edgy against pale skin, but she knows how to wear it.

Marion Cotillard. Another detailed gown, but in a sold color. I just fell in love with the mermaid-like shape, modern color, and texture.

Heidi Klum. The Project Runway host stood out in a sea of red dresses with this Haute Couture by John Galliano gown. It's stunning! The best part? It's going to be auctioned off to benefit Red Heart Truth charity. To bid, go to

Kerri Russell. This strapless Nina Ricci evening gown is absolutely gorgeous! I love the soft color and the floaty fabric. It's perfectly accessorized with that necklace (H. Stern) as well.

Katherine Heigl. Another fabulous red dress. I love the shape of this one -- it's so modern and that detail on the shoulder makes it stand out from the usual red dress. Plus, it's elegant and flatters her beautifully.

Renée Zellweger. This Carolina Herrera dress is such a stunner -- it almost looks like Elie Saab Couture gown. It's so glam!

Penélope Cruz. Of course, we would expect no less from this ever-glamorous star. She looks absolutely elegant in her custom-designed (by Karl Lagerfeld) Chanel Haute Couture gown. And I adore the color -- it's simply gorgeous. As you know, I'm not the biggest fan of navy blue clothing, but this midnight color is fabulous!

What are your opinions on these gowns? Favorites? Least favorites?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spring's Nail Polish Trend

I don't know about you, but I am definitely going to be painting my nails this spring. Just a little tidbit about myself: I rarely paint my nails. But this trend is so fabulous, how could anyone resist? Alright, want to know? The color is .... NAVY BLUE. Now, I am most definitely not a fan of navy blue at all, just let me say that. I think it looks very unprofessional, and when it really should be black, navy just looks horrible. But for your nails -- well, I am totally loving it!

Chanel's Blue Satin (461) Nail Polish
was originally seen on models at the Chanel Spring 2008 show, and it went flying off the shelves. And now, it's sold out everywhere. Chanel is completely out online, and even Neiman Marcus no longer carries it. Why, if it is sold out then, am I telling you this now? Well, I was a little late too, I guess, but you can still snag some navy Wet N' Wild polish (in Sapphire Blue), so if you want to try this trend, then you better head to your local drugstore now (you couldn't even find black -- last year's nail color -- Wet N' Wild in 2007). I'm actually pretty disappointed I wasn't able to get the Chanel one, because the color is gorgeous, and it's very high quality. Go figure. But what I am curious to know is if they still sell the navy Chanel polish in Chanel stores in other countries besides the states? I'm not sure if it's a big trend there...

UPDATE: Sephora is now selling a limited edition Dior "Poison Blue" nail color! But it's going to sell out FAST and it's only available at, so submit your email now to be notified as soon as it arrives in stock!

UPDATE: Don't want to pay $19 for a bottle of [amazing] nail polish? Try OPI's "Yoga-Ta Get This Blue" nail color from the India Collection for only $7.89 at eNail Supply!

Will you be rocking navy nail polish this spring?


Monday, February 11, 2008

Spring Trends of 2008

Okay, I admit that I have been putting off this post for awhile now. Mainly because trend posts like these take hours to put up (for me, at least), although they are beneficial for those who love fashion. Well, here they are! The greatest spring trends...

Of course, every season brings tons of fresh new colors, and spring this year will not disappoint any neon enthusiasts (come on, you know who you are!). You don't have to go all-out in a neon pink trench coat or some crazy pants in electric blue if you don't want to, but
play around with bright and fun colors such as canary yellow, tomato red, and bright violet. Nonetheless, these eye-popping colors in soft, floaty fabrics and meticulously simple designs are a breath of fresh air from the chunky knits and dull colors the beginning of fall brought upon us. Designers (even Ralph Lauren!) have been lighting up the runways with fabulous styles and colors, so you definitely need to play around with this trend. Above: Versace dress.

For some reason, I am totally digging this trend. It's fresh and new, yet you still get tons of cultural and ethnic flavors that have been around forever when you wear a fab little safari-inspired dress. It's a great way to go global, without leaving home. Plenty of designers (like DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg, Just Cavalli, Christian Lacroix, and so many more) are offering up great clothes with tribal prints, so you have plenty of opportunities to snag one -- whether or not you are paying full designer label prices. Above: Oscar de la Renta dress.

Of course, how typical. How could we survive one single spring without our precious rose clutches and Gucci's technologically-generated blooms? But, seriously, the flowers of 2008 won't have you yawning -- everything was on the runways this year, from fierce, techno blossoms to artsy, reed-inspired skirts. Need some garden inspiration yourself? Check out Thakoon's pastel creations or Aquascutum's simple, fresh prints in clean colors and cuts. Above: Missoni dress.

Yeah, time to renew your gym membership if you want to rock this trend and you're feeling a little out of shape. Simple, solid, and -- um -- mini clothes in all various colors appear under layers of floaty, pastel-colored or white sheer fabric and chiffon. This trend is refreshing and comfortable. But, if you're like me, you may think it's a little strange and aren't ready to bear too much skin, so try a gorgeous Betsy & Adam party dress from Nordstrom's with a sheer overlay and lace inset or a chic Development smock top from Net-A-Porter with a lace inset. Above: J. Mendel dress.

The perfect way to mix masculine and feminine? Putting a flirty touch on the classic suit. This season, designers such as Karl Lagerfeld were more focused on bringing a glam-rock vibe to the two-piece look, while Marios Schwab and Todd Lynn were playing with fitted jackets and body-hugging skirts and pants. Above: Jens Laugesen suit.

I love bohemian and I love this trend! It's completely perfect for that formal night when you need a gorgeous, floor-length dress. In a way, it ties in a little with the recurring floral trend, because of the floaty fabrics and some of the prints are very paisley. So, this spring, pair a gorgeous bohemian dress in deep purple, cream, or maybe with a touch of green/gold with some elegant gold heels and a gold clutch and you're set for a night out. Even shop around to see if you can find a shirt that'll do the job -- you can wear it to more places, and dress it up (with dark jeans and heels), or dress it down (with leather flip flops and a nice pair of shorts). Above: Roberto Cavalli gown, available at

Well, at least in fashion they are. Don't cringe yet -- everything has been totally modernized (and we can only hope it won't all get out of hand!). Look out for fringe bags and dresses, dashes of tie-dye (please not the tacky dye-an-ugly-shirt-rainbow), and Prada's lilac and teal palette. Also check for pieces that mix both rock and sixties psychedelia from Nina Ricci. Above: a Maurizio Pecoraro ensemble.

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