Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Once upon a blog...

I had this thought that maybe I would start blogging again. I work night shift in the NICU now (and love it- the NICU is a fascinating place. But that's for another post), so I have days like today where I can play on the internet for several hours, drink way too much coffee, and enjoy the company of my Long Dog, Helix. For your enjoyment, here he is eating a dryer sheet:

Anyhow, I wanted to blog about the Met Gala, namely because I remain in love with what Kylie Jenner wore. I think she looked fantastic: young, fun, beautiful. The simple hair and makeup with the high-necked, side cutout gown in that gorgeous green worked wonders for her, in my humble opinion. I get that people didn't love the sideboob action, but to me, this is perfect on her.

But I chose not to write a whole post, because I got lazy.

I just cannot ignore some of the magic that happened at the CFDA awards, though. People (and their stylists) brought their A games, and I'm in so much lust with many of these outfits. I think the CFDAs often bring more to the table than the Met Gala because people stretch the boundaries of fashion but don't veer into costume territory. It's what I would hope to wear if I were a bajillionaire with galas to attend and had a trainer and dietician.

My favorites, below:

Alek Wek, in H&M's Conscious Collection (funds amazing things, details here):

Amanda Seyfried, in Rodarte. Like high fashion Tinkerbell. Plus: sparkles!:

Chiara Ferragni, in Rebecca Minkoff. Say what you will about crop tops, but this is just FUN.

Diane von Fürstenburg, in...duh. It's slouchy, it's chic, it's print! Palm Beach: Fanciest edition.

Dree Hemingway in The Row. I'm so predictable: I'm a sucker for a woman in a tux.

Check out her earrings! Those plus the gold bangle seal the deal for me here. I also could never pull off that barefaced, chill as everything hair, and I am in awe of people who can.

Gigi Hadid in a Michael Kors jumpsuit. That is gold. and flared. WTF I LOVE THIS. Her makeup is perfect, too, which helps. I could pick on her clutch, but I won't.

One of my top top favorites, Jacquelyn Jablonski, in Giulietta. Stunning, with über-rad shoes, to boot.
M hm.

Janelle Monae killing it in Tadashi Shoji. Arguably the best look of the night.
And a big thank you to my hippest friend, Bryan, for introducing me to this video years ago.

Joan Smalls, she-who-can-do-no-wrong, in Calvin Klein Collection (this shot makes it look like a jumpsuit, but it's a dress):


I'm not usually a Katie Holmes fan, but this is so 90's glamour that I can't resist it. Plus I LOVE olive and think it is way underused (Ralph Lauren, btw). Also, she looks so happy, right? A little wrinkled, but I assume that's unavoidable if you're wearing satin unless you walk to the event. The whole Tom Cruise thing was so weird and I am happy to see her out and about on her own, being lovely and smiling.

Lily Aldridge, an aesthetic idol of mine, in Thakoon. Sleeves, sparkles, and a v-neck? It's my dream dress, you guys.

Lastly, probably my top top top favorite- Emmy Rossum in Dion Lee. Again: SLEEVES. and black! Bonus: sweet clutch. Hm, maybe this one is my dream dress instead.

You can buy this for me here, by the way. Thanks!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Globity globes

What an interesting roundup of outfits there was last night at les Globes d'Or! I found myself indifferent to very few things; I mostly either loved or hated people's choices.

I can't proceed with my top choices without giving a huge shout out to Richard Linklater and my love love love Wes Anderson- way to represent Austin with your amazing talent, personfolk!! Completely deserved.

And now, since you haven't already been completely inundated with pictures of all of these outfits...well...I just want to reinforce the awesome of some of the styling choices. In no particular order, but leading in with my secret husband, Señor Brody, in Givenchy:

uuuuuuuugh the sexy. It hurts my soul.

Anna Faris, in Reem Acra, being adorable with her husband Mr. Pratt (in a boring tux that I don't care about but it's fine ok sure):

They lurve each other. Or he's about to eat her face.

Mr. Clive Owen in Giorgio Armani. Deep green velvet, be still my heart!

that look on his face is stupid cute.

Dakota Johnson, in Chanel Haute Couture All the Sparkles plus lovely hair and makeup (I do wish she'd done a cool jewel-toned shoe and maybe big emerald studs, but no one asked me):

bonus: LEG!

Eddie Redmayne, in MOAR VELVET (Gucci):

such a cad.

Helen Mirren, looking sexier than should perhaps be allowed, in Dolce & Gabbana:

Jessica Chastain (hey, that's my middle name!) being characteristically beyond stunning in Atelier Versace:

bonus: perfect hair!

Throwing in a very controversial choice here, but I actually adore Kerry Washington's weird Mary Katrantzou dress. It's different and flattering and looks fun to wear, plus it's hard to mess up anything with that face.

antibonus: BAD SHOES

Leslie Mann, amazingly gorgeous human specimen, sunny in shimmery Kaufmanfranco:

bonus: no bonus. Did you see her face?

Julianne Moore, goddess, in custom Givenchy:

bonus: maybe a little too much botox going on in her world currently.

Louise Roe, whose Jenny Packham dress may be an ode to Ariel's sheet beach cover-up, but is still by my wedding dress designer and quite lovely (although aren't we done with braids yet? I vote yes):

Taylor Schilling in a dramatic tomato Ferragamo:

Dramatic Tomato is the name of my new emo punk band.

I'm such a sucker for a hot back-

bonus: the blonde girl's look in the background.

And ending with my absolute favorites. 

#4, the ADORABLE Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit with giant buttock bow:


#3 in my heart, Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren. This was another controversial one, but I think she looks sexy as everything + confident + über chic (I mean, isn't that her signature?), which is saying something when you can see a belly sliver. I just think this works perfectly on her and also I want to be her and also I'm always the most covered person in the room so maybe that's part of this whole adoration thing.

bonus: sexiest pixie ever.

#2 in my heart, Felicity Jones in Dior. So French! So perfect-fitting! Such a lovely peacock blue! Great sleek shiny hair! So classic and glamorous and yet utterly modern! Plus, how relaxed does she look? That must be hard to do on the red carpet, non?

And my absolute favorite, Sienna Miller in Miu Miu. I can't say enough good things about this. The whole styling is perfection: relaxed, sexy hair; simple, flattering makeup; deep v-neck without a necklace; simple shape enhanced with a delicate pattern and great beading and pleats, happy smile. You can just tell how great she feels- she's glowing!

another view to really see the hem and detail work:

Full success, Ms. Miller. Full. Success. Next time please to help out Ms. Knightley, won't you?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Oh my, I own a blog! I have nothing interesting to say due to being in full-on post-nursing school lala land, but I did put up some sparkly things last night, so that's exciting?

Oh, and I got my BSN and my dream job of a level III NICU nurse, which is SO EXCITING THAT I AM NOT YET TOO TERRIFIED OF BEING A REAL NURSE.

Anyhow, here's some terrible quality photos of my little Christmas condo wonderland.

We aren't going to be around much (yay, Bastrop!), so we didn't get a real tree this year. Plus we were a little terrified of what our personal elf would do with that much to eat.

Who, me?

Tomorrow I'll post pretty design-y pictures; stay tuned!

and Happy All the Holidays!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Back in black.

Ah, the beginnings of fall! When I walk Helix late at night or before noon, it actually feels lovely outside, which is obviously the best reason to begin cleaning out my closet. Besides being slightly terrified of how many J.Crew button-ups I own, I also realized that in the past few years I've ventured into way more colorful territory than I had been previously. I'm feeling much more drawn to black again (shocking), so I've already grabbed a few key pieces to re-black up my wardrobe. I also discovered that my favorite leather jacket from 2004 fits perfectly again and looks on-trend, which was probably the best score of the clean-out.

So, an ode to black:

Have you seen Mark Badgley and James Mischka's dining room? It's black and booky and divine:

I guess if you forced me to I'd drink champagne in there all day.

Then I'd go powder my nose here:


And make sure my outfit still looked all right. Hedging my bets I'd be in these trousers:

nice work, Ann Taylor

With this guy tossed over my shoulder:

Mackage via Revolve

It's a lovely thought, yes?

I'll probably keep it simple, considering student loans and all, though, and look into a pretty pretty black diamond band to buy myself if I get a job and magically have expendable cash. Procrastinating studying and eyeing these beauties:

Non-old lady looking David Yurman

Much more affordable, via Etsy

Spill the beans- are you as excited about donning all-out black as I am? Or is oxblood calling your name this season?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emmys (or: better late than never)

Quick! Sparkly and beautiful things!

 I know I'm days late, but perhaps you want to re-visit some wonderful Emmys outfits? Yes? Yay! My favorites of the night were (in no particular order, except that the last is my favorite):

Gwen Stefani in Versace:

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli:

January Jones in Prabal Gurung:

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Haute Couture:

Keke Palmer in Rubin Singer:

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier:

Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli:

and my favorite favorite, Lena Headey in Rubin Singer:

Good work, stylists. And now, back to ECGs for this nursing student.