Lessons Learned from the Emmys

As I have said before, I do not like to do worst dressed lists. What I do like to do is learn from misses so that when we are shopping for our every day events we do not repeat the mistakes of celebrities! 

Here are my top 3 lessons:

1. Pastels get harder to pull off with age… but are hardest when you don’t pay attention to your own skin color.


Julie Bowen made this mistake. This is also a LOT of dress and she’s not a lot of woman. Phew! Here’s a better look from her past: 


I vastly approve of this citron dress — her look is balanced as well with hair and accessories and some detail to the dress but not an overwhelming amount. 


2. FIT MATTERS. And dress to your body type.

Dresses and clothes in general should work WITH your body as it is. If you have wide hips, I would respectfully suggest that you dress in a dress that flatters them — NOT one that draws attention to them. Or, say you are curvy, don’t wear a clingy dress that will show every bump or bulge without making a serious Spanx investment. It pains me to put these pics up but there’s a lesson here. 



Amy’s dress does nothing for her. No waist, no flattering at all. AND her earrings? What’s going on? They clash with her lip and they don’t make sense with the dress. 







Oh Mindy, why this dress? It does nothing for you? The color — nope. The style — nothing. It also doesn’t seem to have anything to do with you. Your stylist picked a dud here. They should be dressing your body and your style and it simply didn’t happen here. 

And fit? There must be tons of seamstresses and tailors in LA — FIND ONE! 




3. Just because a certain amount of see-through styles are in doesn’t mean you should go crazy! 

I am not going to even comment on these. I will just let you all reach your own conclusions. 





Emmy’s Review… Not overwhelmed!

The Emmy’s are generally considered the kick off of the long awards season. I am always so excited to see the glamour, the beauty, and really to see what people with LIMITLESS resources pull together for one of their biggest nights out. The Emmy’s are like when my friends and I spend weeks (some of my friends, months) looking for the right dress for a wedding or a birthday or a holiday party. We regular folk don’t get to have Oscars and Emmy’s so I have to say I am pretty judgy when it comes to the HIGHLY questionable decisions of celebrities and their stylists. 

To say I was underwhelmed by this year’s Emmy’s fashion is a bit of an understatement. I don’t believe in worst dressed. So I will limit to my best dressed and then a bit of a retrospective. 

Best Dressed:  (I will end with my TOP choice!)

Best New Look:


Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black 

Taylor has burst on to the scene with a strong sense of personal style. I LOVE this dress. The simplicity of it, the clean lines, her accessories, hair/make up — all of it works beautifully to create a fresh look that really stood out. Now, this is a dress by Thakoon and I think it is perfect look for her and the event. Now Thakoon is not a go-to line for the red carpet, which I think further shows Taylor’s unique and fresh take on red carpet style.


Next: Best Bright Color



Allison Williams — Girls

Allison really popped in this cobalt gown by Ralph Lauren. The only person who encroached on her color territory was Tina Fey and this was a better dress. I think that the bodice of the dress could have used a little more tailoring (but I love a really snugly fit dress — which might because I am more well endowed than Allison so I need the dress to hold my chest in. I thought this was a beautiful, relaxed, yet still glamorous and youthful look. I think she could have done a little more with her hair yet I still think she had the best bright AND was hands down, no doubt in the world, everyone would agree, the BEST dressed member of the Girls cast. Sigh. 

Best Age Appropriate (Also best fall look):





Sarah Hyland — Modern Family 

Wow, it’s crazy to think how much she and the other children of Modern Family have grown up. And grown up is a great way to describe her dress. It fits beautifully, the lace does wonders to protect and enhance her cleavage. I LOVE the earrings and the sleek hair. At first, I wasn’t sure about the dark red lips but then I was like what have I been talking about for the last month — oxblood. This is a girl who is paying attention, learning and just getting better. She’s one of my celebrities I always watch for at these events because despite her age (22) she is consistently put together in a thoughtful, beautiful and fabulous look. This dress is the color of the year emerald by CH Carolina Herrera. 


Best Pastel: 


Rose Byrne 

Pastels were all the rage this fall? for the Emmy’s but almost no one nailed the right tone for their skin. Not so for Rose, her Calvin Klein is the perfect dusty rose for her skin and her new blondish hair. Her look was perfect. Bare midriffs and cut outs have been the feature this summer and fall and she showcases the look perfectly. She always perfects the lady like details and this is no exception.  


Runner Up Top Choice: 



Kerry Washington — Scandal 

This dress by Marchesa does what Marchesa does best — beautiful, ethereal, heavily detailed, fairy tale dresses. Kerry is consistently one of the MOST stylish and best dressed celebrities on any red carpet. I think the details of this dress are beautiful; the fit is unbelievable; and it really popped. I don’t know who else could have pulled it off. 


and now the moment that you’ve all been waiting for (and by all I mean Mom, VP Bestie, and MLT)…




Zooey Deschanel — New Girl 

Now, I know what you are thinking, and this is NOT a sentimental choice. I think she nailed it. For someone who can be a little unpredictable, Zooey hit a home run in this ice blue J. Mendel gown. It fits her beautiful, makes her skin look like porcelain, and her hair is gorgeous. No wonder she’s a spokesperson for Dove Hair care. I mean seriously, I think she looks beautiful and elegant — like a fun modern day Grace Kelly. But her zanny personality creeps through in the details like her black and white nails: 




The Emmy’s were not amazing but it’s only the beginning… here’s a look at some past looks from my best dressed to see what they did last time! 



Sassy Ts and Me…

First of all, anything remotely sassy and I am there. Second, I have become more and more obsessed with the trend of pairing a sassy T with a cute skirt and a statement necklace. Obsessed is too weak of a word. I think my pinterest feed has given me away. My bestie, MRW, and I are planning a trip to NYC in February and it would be a solid bet to expect to see at least one spectacular sassy T outfit on me during that trip.

Here are some ingenious pairings…

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Let’s talk about STRIPES baby!

I have these faint memories of someone saying horizontal stripes aren’t flattering and so growing up I avoided them like the plague. Then they were everywhere — they often come out in the summer and just hang around all through the fall.  Places like Old Navy are like swimming through a striped sea at times. One day, I said I don’t care, I may be on the curvier side but I don’t want to be shut out of swimming in that striped sea. So I jumped in, and hot damn, if I didn’t realize that whoever said that thing about stripes not being flattering must have been also the person who said we can’t wear white after Labor Day (a rule that was MEANT to be broken). Au contraire mon ami, stripes make my curves curvier and help you out if you are having trouble locating curves. Not to mention, they can be on the most fun, easiest pairings out there. Bold prints, bold colors, pastels, solids, b and w, colored, neon — there are no limits to what stripes can do and they will do it for you!

So let’s get to it — let’s talk about stripes baby!

First out of the gate: Stripes and bold colors for the ballsier followers out there (this ones for you, Mom)…






I love every piece of the above outfit… from the vintage silhouette to bright turquoise to the leopard print heels! Inspired and easy to pull off!


Then there are stripes with bold prints… this might be more my speed…



And with polka dots… who can resist?

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You could always pair stripes with stripes… these are some inspired combos…



Stripes don’t have to be black and white… (though let’s face it I think they are best in b and w!)


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Stripes don’t have to be bold… they can also be subtle…



They can even venture into evening wear…



In the end nothing is better than a simple pairing of neutrals and stripes. It has the appeal of being incredibly classic and vaguely French feeling.



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The last look is one that is perfection. ANYONE could pull it off and look chic. It could be dressed up or down. Introduce stripes to your weekly menu and see what you think… I’d love to see pics!


Dare to go GREEN!

So I have been home sick this week for a couple of days now and at first I kept thinking what a perfect time to catch up on some blog postings. You know get a couple ready in the bank for those times when I am super busy or running low on ideas. Unfortunately I didn’t get inspired BUT I did spend a ton of time on Pinterest, Instyle.com, and looking at magazines while laying in bed (and coughing my brains out). There was one overwhelming trend for fall and that is a serious GREEN movement. 

Green is a fantastic color because there is a not a bad shade, everyone looks pretty great in green, and best of all it can be a rich color that pairs creatively without a lot of other colors. You would think the fashion world would be a bit over green — particularly it’s emerald incarnation — since it was dubbed Pantone’s color of the year for 2013. 


Nevertheless, green is everywhere. This fall the biggest nail trend thus far is green nails. And I am curious and obsessed. My birchbox came with some green nail polish and that means I’ll be trying it soon. One of my friends, E, recently purchased an emerald green t-shirt at the GAP Outlet for $7. It couldn’t be easier to be on trend this fall. Sub in the green T and you’ll be chic and look fantastic. Here’s an example of how easy it is…


Here’s some ideas for how to wear green and look fabulous doing it:

Let’s start with nails…



Then there are accessories whether it’s shoes, bags, or tights (TIGHTS TIGHTS TIGHTS)…




Dresses — the LBD can always meet it’s match in a dark moody shade of green or kelly green-Grace Kelly-ladylike work dress…



But you don’t have to go all in, green is a great friend in pairing separates… (start safe and work our way up to the more daring pairings (pastels and prints)….



Finally, I have said it once and I’ll say it again, the best thing about green is the unlimited and interesting shades of green out there… military olive has been huge this fall (I suppose it’s understandable since fall is to menswear fashion what summer is to seventies fashion — inevitable) but there are tons here’s a sampling…





Today’s challenge: Find a way to introduce green into a black and white outfit or pair it with an unexpected print — or just throw caution into the wind and paint your nails green. 


Monday’s here again…

If Monday is here, that pretty much guarantees that I am exhausted! And therefore, feeling lazy.

My excuse is also that I was gone all weekend at concert festival in St. Augustine and didn’t have the time or the energy to be on top of things this morning.

So today, I took some shortcuts and I hope you will find them helpful when you drag…

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Took my own advice on colored eye liner (again). This time I used purple. It’s quick and easy and high impact.

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 Shiny things are your friends. I used sparkly lipgloss, headband, and earrings to dress up my dark floral dress. And it didn’t take much effort at all.

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Bold flats are a fun way to dress up a dark floral but they also are a comfy but lively enough to make you feel a little sassy and maybe not so draggy.

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Don’t be afraid to rock braids. It’s a great way to disguise dirty or still-wet hair. I put a hairband in and then braided the ends backwards and joined them in the back. All that remained was to pull out some tendrils and I am done. It’s a pretty solid messy up do and I literally did it at a traffic light before I pulled into work this am. 

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The finished product!


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Happy Monday!


Blog Obsession Tuesday!

One of my closest friends is working on a blog about saving money and living frugally. I am really excited to try her frozen burritos that she made a couple of posts ago.

H’s blog is lifestyle and cooking related and I think it’s really creative.

So it’s this Tuesday’s blog obsession!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Her tag line is “fine living on a shoestring budget”

Story of my life! Enjoy!