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Oscar Predictions

I like movies but I LOVE fashion. So the Oscars are more about what the stars wear than what the stars win…

I really enjoy the process of looking through the runway shows and trying to figure out which looks will be chosen by the stylist elite. Here are some general and specific hopes and dreams followed by dresses…

1. I hope they don’t make Jennifer Lawrence wear another huge dress. She looks fabulous but it’s gotten old. Also, it’d be nice if she could be a bit more comfortable. 

2. I hope that the stylists take advantage of the power of a proper white dress. They cut through the see of color and black and literally shine. Also you can accessorize so creatively with white that it adds so much fun and nuance to a look. 

3. That the older stars — Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Julia Roberts — show the young ladies how to do it. The three of them know how to rock a red carpet, I hope that this year is no exception.

4. I hope that we won’t see mid-drifts or thigh slits anymore… those trends should die. 

5. If I could have any dress walk the red carpet of the ones below I picked… it would be:
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I have loved this dress since the first moment I saw it. For me, it has everything — shape, movement, color, b&w, a touch of neon. It’s fun but classic. Futuristic but not cheesy. I love this dress.

And now for the dresses: 

I went through the couture shows of 2014 to look at what was released and what would make great choices on the runway…

Here they are:
Chanel

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Elie Saab** By far my favorite, and not generally a huge favorite amongst the red carpet a-listers but I believe that’s a mistake. Their collection was incredible.

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Armani Prive

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Atelier Versace

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And then there’s Dior. Since I was planning on trying to guess what Jennifer Lawrence might wear to the Oscars, I have been pouring over Dior’s runways lately. She wore EVERY single dress they put down the runway in the last year except this dress. I had planned on that being my pick.

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And then this happened:
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So I was forced to go to the drawing board. Their 2014 couture line doesn’t really lend itself to the red carpet. But I do kind of like this one…

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Here are the random other pics:
Jenny Packham –

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Valentino –

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Monique Lhullier-

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Oscar de la Renta –

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Zac Posen:

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The Oscars – My Best List

Arguably the biggest night for fashion that appears on international TV, the Oscars have always been one of my favorite events of the year. For my own enjoyment (and if you are reading this, I hope yours as well) I compiled what I consider some of the best looks of all time. (Don’t worry more Oscar posts are coming at you soon!)

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Fisherman Sweaters – A major “DO”

I love it a good fashion “do.” Fall and winter are all about the chunky sweaters and perhaps none more chunky than the classic cream fisherman sweater. As a Floridian I recognize the hardship that it is trying to wear these sweaters but they look so classically cool that I find myself making it work.

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I decided to break down three different ways to wear fisherman sweaters…

1. Baggy with skinnies – Obvi, a favorite!

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2. Layered up.

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3. Skirted down!

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With my plaid midi length skirt, I feel like this look is very Scottish… I tried to take it out of the British Isles with a pair of sassy snub-nosed red heels.

Here are two bonus fisherman sweater looks: All white (you know I love that!) and short and flirty! 🙂

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Neon is back.

Neon is back. Three of the best words a girl could type. Also, I am not so sure it ever left. But the weather getting warmer (sorry, Indianians, it really is like 80 degrees here), it’s time to start brainstorming and/or getting excited about neon for summer.

But how can I wear neon? It’s for teens and models? Neon is better in workout clothes, right?

If any of those thoughts are on the tip of your tongue, buckle up because you are about to be schooled in neon. Sharpen those pencils and push up your thick glasses, and here. we. go!

How to wear neon in 3 (anyone can do it) steps:

1. Don’t over think it. Neon is easy to pair with jeans as either shoes or a bag…

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2. Neon and black are meant to be. Make it happen!

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And if it goes well with black…

3. Neon is meant to be worn with white as well. It’s almost time for white shoes (Easter) and if you live in Florida or a tropical climate, white pants are appropriate now… See how great they go together?

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So ready to rock neon? What? Still not convinced? Did someone say put your money where your mouth is? Fine, here you go.

1. Jeans + Neon

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2. Black + Neon

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3. White + Neon

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NYC Nails

When my bestie Meg and I planned our trip, friends and family would frequently ask what we had planned. And the truth is we had really only one thing planned in the weeks going up to our NYC trip: getting our nails done. We both LOVE getting our nails done and it’s an activity we frequently do together as we are both busy and it’s convenient way to meet up. We’ve both always been intrigued by nail art and we thought our trip to the Big City might just be the ticket.

Like the giant nerds we are, we did research. We read articles about the best nail places in the city and had our NYC friends ask around. In the end, we settled on Marie Nails in Soho. We love Soho for the shops, chill atmosphere, and the shops. So it was a perfect fit. After picking the place, we both created boards on Pinterest with ideas! Here’s some that we considered…

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We had an incredibly difficult time deciding but were both VERY happy with the results!

Take a look:

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#19. Go to the Florida State Fair

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I did it! It was AWESOME! Special thanks to my dear friends Jess R. and Meg for joining me on this culinary journey through the state fair. I am so lucky to have friends who are up for anything and always support me as I snap 1000000000 pictures for this blog. So, we really enjoyed the people watching, the varied food choices, and the giraffe! What did we eat? A turkey leg, corn on the cob, cotton candy, sweet tea slushie, fresh squeezed lemonade, fried dill pickles, fried avocado, corn dogs (all of us agreed best we ever had — they were buttermilk corn dogs!), salt water taffy, fried snickers, and red velvet funnel cake. I don’t think I missed anything… whew! What can I say, it was a great day!

Join us for the adventure…

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The crowds were pretty intense…

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Fried pickles and fried avocado… so yummy and delicious. We sat in the grass and watched the paddleboaters. It was very idyllic.

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That’s a deep fried snickers… Jess was a major fan. I didn’t try to take it away from her– it seemed like it was dangerous.

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Red velvet funnel cake, yes, that happened.

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I thought this guy had a handsome profile.

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EVERYONE was pretty psyched about the giraffe. The three of us were definitely part of that group!

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Jess really really wanted to pet the zebra. It was the only animal I let her pet. I got a little freaked out around the animals, small children, and my pregnant friend.

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Why is this not my profile pic on Facebook??

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Two good looking ladies gnawing on food… like a pair of caveladies.

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The turkey leg was oddly delicious. We couldn’t resist getting one and it was worth it.

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I am sipping on a sweet tea slushie (in a fun at the fair cup) holding a bag of cotton candy. Basically, I am 10. And I am about to run around screaming until I pass out in a corner. 🙂

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It was a beautiful day at the fair and I had a wonderful time with my friends!
#19 is DONE!

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