A Little Wiser Now

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I’ve been planning this look since Christmas, when I got these pants, these oxfords, and this fantastic brooch!  So excited to finally wear it, even though it may have been a weensy bit cold for it today.  How awesome I feel in it is so worth chilly ankles.

The pants are J.Crew Collection’s Cafe Capri, which I have in two other colors: my mint-and-gold brocade that I’ve featured on here before, and an emerald green cotton pair from J. Crew’s main line.  They fit me well (a little hard to move in the stiff fabric but worth it) and come in a variety of fashion-forward materials, colors, and prints.

I knew I had to pair them with two of my go-to basics:  this light H&M Conscious Collection blouse and my Ann Taylor blazer that makes me feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time.

What makes this look, though, is the accessories (I took a selfie to highlight the jewelry!).  I think I just need to wear more brooches and pins in general.  They add such a personal, eclectic touch to a look.  This Moschino one I got for Christmas is timeless and looks like it was made for the lapel of my trusty black blazer.  Another style resolution I’m always making is to layer necklaces more!  Always adds an effortlessly cool feel.  Love the three different gold ones I layered today, and I don’t think they detract attention from the brooch .  On the contrary, I think they bring the focus up and make it pop!  Also, these shoes!  Leopard-print oxfords.  Love.  I always see girls in streetstyle pics (and one particular girl named Taylor Swift) looking fantastic in oxfords, but neither pair that I’ve had previously (a cognac and a coral pair) have fit me perfectly, and they’ve looked more sloppy than professional.  I usually prefer ones that have thin soles like a ballet flat, because I think the really menswear, thick-soled ones would be too clunky, but I really liked the feel of the thicker sole and heel on these today.  They were fun to walk in–I felt authoritative–but weren’t so chunky that I found them unflattering.  The shoes also have a really nice structure to them.  I thought they were cute with the white ankle socks peeking out!

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This bag was also a Christmas gift, and I’m completely in love.  I’ve been coveting a Rachel Rachel Roy bag for a while.  What I love is that she is all about the details, and adds tons of quirky ones.  Those are the things that make a piece special.  This bag is quilted, has little wings, and studs, but also more subtle details like a rhinestone evil-eye zipper pull, royal blue trim on the straps, and labels on the pockets inside that say things like “communicate” on the phone pouch and “words” on a slot that can fit a pen.  So unique, and thought it really complemented without distracting from this look.  Plus it’s roomy enough for everything I need on a busy Wednesday!

Aunt Florence’s watch complements this classic-chic-with-a-twist look perfectly.

What I’m wearing today:

  • J. Crew Collection pants
  • H&M Conscious Collection tank
  • Ann Taylor blazer
  • Forever 21 oxfords
  • Moschino brooch
  • Anthropologie long leaf necklace
  • J. Crew giraffe pendant
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs turnlock charm necklace
  • Vince Camuto earrings
  • Rachel Rachel Roy bag from T.J. MAXX
  • Aunt Florence’s watch

No earthly idea where the socks are from.

Post title from “Feel Again” by OneRepublic.

Hope you all had a fabulous day!

You Almost Ran the Red ‘Cause You Were Looking Over at Me

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My look from yesterday.

This fantastic Love Moschino skirt was at the top of my holiday wishlist.  It’s so unique, with the classic red-and-black checks offset by the rhinestone embellishment.  Plus, IT IS SO RIDICULOUSLY COMFORTABLE.  I usually have to wear a size larger in high-ish waisted skirts than I do in jeans, but not this one!  Plenty roomy and comfy, AND it has pockets!

I wanted to let the skirt shine, so I kept the rest of the outfit basic black, with the exception of the red lip to match the skirt.  The cardi and tights keep it classic, while the combat boots and the chain detail on the bag add a modern edge.

Since this skirt features major embellishment, I didn’t want to overdo the jewelry.  I chose my favorite silver studded bangle and some rhinestone studs, and my go-to little silver best friends necklace my BFF Kristen gave me years ago.  Also in the personal jewelry department, as I may have mentioned I haven’t been wearing Aunt Florence’s gold watch everyday because the clasp is not the most secure and I almost lost it.  I’m planning on having a jeweler fix that, but for now I’ve been wearing another watch of hers, a beautiful and classic delicate one on a black band daily.  It works great with this look!

What I’m wearing:

  • Love Moschino skirt
  • J. Crew cardigan
  • J. Crew factory store tank (best go-to tanks ever, btw!)
  • Stella McCartney bag
  • Ann Taylor tights
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Necklace from Art Effect
  • Betsey Johnson earrings
  • Michael Kors bangle
  • Aunt Florence’s watch
  • Bare Minerals lipstick in Moxie

Post title from “All Too Well,”  the amazing song Taylor Swift performed at the Grammys.

Stay warm all!

 

Grammys Best Dressed

I had so much fun watching the Grammy Awards last night!  Here are my favorite looks.

Top 5

1. Taylor Swift in Gucci and Alberta Ferretti

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THERE ARE NO WORDS.  I don’t what’s better–her red carpet look or her performance getup.  THIS is how I want Taylor to look.  I love when her hair has wave to it like it used to when she was younger, instead of flat-ironed like she’s been doing lately.  As I mentioned in my Golden Globes post, Gucci gowns always wow me, and this is no exception.  The sweet, demure cut with the puffed short sleeves and sheer panels are perfection.  The sweetheart cut of the bust, the glitter, the waist definition, just wow.  Her flouncy ponytail is the perfect finishing touch, keeping the look young and fresh.

The performance look is pure romance.  I love a feminine dress with edgy detail like the chain on this one, and the sleeves and neckline are so unique.  The layers in her shorter hair and her makeup (purple eyeshadow in a cat-eye shape and a pink lip) add some fun to the girly-romantic vibe.  Also, just  a note on her performance, between the outfit and the song choice (“All Too Well,” one of my favorites off Red) and her grittier-than-usual vocal, I was in a state of bliss throughout the entire performance.

Only minor critique is I didn’t love the keyhole or the slit in the back of the red carpet dress.  But whatever.  You go Taylor.

2. Katy Perry in Valentino

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At first glance I wasn’t in love, until I realized that the bottom had MUSIC NOTES on it!  How fun.  I love music notes as a print, and the fact that the notes were printed on glitter lines and that this dress is freaking Valentino make it all the better.  This dress was made for Katy Perry, a girly girl with an edge who loves to have fun.  What a great risk.  I don’t love the hair but I do love the girl.

3. Alicia Keys in Armani Prive

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The combination of royal blue and black will never get old, and this color looks amazing against Alicia’s skin.  At first I wasn’t in love with the square, low neckline, but the black glitter at the waist pulls it together and makes for a very cool, bold statement.  I’m not a huge fan of the bouffant hairstyle in general, but I think an updo works with this dress.  Still, I would have loved to see her with long, cascading waves off to one side.  Very movie star.  Regardless, she looks simply great.

4. Anna Kendrick in Azzaro

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My mom pointed out that Anna could have been on the Globes or Oscars carpet and looked amazing in this.  I love bold gem embellishments like the ones on the bust, and the cutouts are ridiculously flattering on her.  Thanks to the lilac color and her awesome waves, the look is both edgy and feminine.  While I admire her for going fashion-forward and bold, the one thing I would change is the shoes.  If they were very similar but open-toe, I think it would have made her look taller and been less distracting from the awesome gown.

5.  Zendaya in Emanuel Ungaro

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Here’s a totally unique one.  And I’m obsessed with it.

When I looked up who made this look, I was surprised to see it was a dress!  I thought it was a top and skirt (and if it was I would totally want the skirt!).  I’m not so sure about the sleeve detail, but the overall effect is knockout.   The unbuttoned slit is so sassy, and I love that she keeps her accessories sleek and simple.  I normally don’t like the wet, slicked-back hair look, but it’s perfect with this.  The edgy hair and major smoky eye take the look to a whole new level.  Talk about a rising fashion icon.

Honorable Mentions

  • Rita Ora in Lanvin

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Classic with an edge!  So fantastic and chic, and not overdone.  I’m debating whether or not I would have preferred Rita’s signature red lip with this look, but I think the natural makeup and platinum waves are great beauty choices that really complement this statement-yet-simple frock.  I kind of wish the shoes were a bit less dainty or didn’t have an ankle strap because I don’t think they make the best line on her leg, but I think it is important that she kept the shoes and accessories minimal to highlight this knockout Lanvin and her natural beauty.

  • Sarah Hyland in Emilio Pucci

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Fun, flirty, fashion forward.  From the bows at the shoulders to the sequins at the hem, the details make this adorable dress.  Her hair and makeup are gorgeous and perfect for the overall look–a red lip is a must with black-and-white.  The edgy shoes are great, and I definitely prefer the thin straps to the edgier cage sandals many stars would have paired with this mini–this choice is classier and fresher.  The chunky ring is all the jewelry she needs.

  • Ariana Grande in Dolce & Gabanna

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So sweet and fun!  This flirty, tea-length Dolce & Gabanna is perfect for her.  Minimal jewelry keeps it from being overwhelming.  The dress is a bold statement on its own, and it was smart of her to pick up the pale pink color of the floral print in her shoes instead of opting for basic black.  Great choice–she looks beautiful.

Sources:  All pics from people.com, except for the one of Taylor performing, which is from says.com.  Most outfit info from the E! red carpet broadcast last night, except for Anna Kendrick (Just Jared Jr.), Alicia Keys (express.co.uk), and Taylor’s performance look (Red Carpet Fashion Awards).

What was your favorite Grammy look (I included a few other goodies on the poll, too)?

I hope you all enjoyed the Grammys as much as I did!!!

XOXOXO

My 2014 Golden Globes Best-Dressed List

Top 5, in no particular order because I’m far too indescisive:

  • Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana

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(For the record I admit I just had to check how I spelled “Gabbana” to avoid a Devil Wears Prada moment)

All spelling aside, this Dolce look is PERFECTION.  Classic without being boring.  It’s hard to go wrong with a perfectly fitted black strapless gown, bold lip, and gold clutch, but the lace and the peplum, as well as the simply beautiful hair and the texture of her Bottega Veneta clutch make it.  I cannot gush enough about this.  It fits her like a glove, and that raw lace neckline?  Speechless.

The one thing I would change is to switch the black earrings for gold ones to tie in with that effortlessly placed, perfectly sized gold bangle.  But really, in this dress, who’s looking at her ears?

  • Zooey Deschanel in Oscar De La Renta

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Maybe I’m biased since I’ve spent winter break binge-watching New Girl.  I know this look ended up on both best- and worst-dressed lists, but I personally have a soft spot for a girly girl who loves to take risks and who loves to accessorize (I can relate).  This look is so cool and fashion-forward–I love the silhouette of a crop-top bodice hitting a high-waisted skirt,  and the pearl embellishments on the top of this dress are fantastic.  I’d love to wear the bodice as a tee!  Also, what can I say, I’m a sucker for tulle.  If I were strutting my stuff on the red carpet it would be all I’d want to wear, because, let’s face it, it makes you feel like a princess.  I think that with different hair, higher heels and minimal accessories this dress would have looked very high-fashion.  Still, I love Zooey’s quirky style.  The red lip is a great pop, and the box clutch, sparkly bracelet, major earrings, and the flower in her hair add a personal touch and make her look like she had a ton of fun getting ready for this event–which, after all, is what formal dressing should be all about.

Of course, Zooey added her trademark nail art to the look, sporting daisies on her tips.  You gotta love this girl.

The one thing I’ll critique is that the detailed shoe combined with the high-low hemline make her look shorter.  A higher, unembellished nude pump would have been better.  Still, this look just makes me happy.

  • Olivia Wilde in Gucci

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Baby bump or not, this look would have made my list.  This is not a look that is good for a pregnant lady–it’s just plain good.  Can all the redheaded stars of the world just take note that they should be wearing emerald sequins?  After all, Florence Welch in Givenchey at the Grammy’s was one of my favorite looks of 2013.  Also, I so much prefer beautiful, flowing hair to severe updos.  It makes gorgeous gals like Olivia look not only stunning, but effortlessly stunning.  I just generally love this lady–she’s smart, funny, talented, and, lucky girl, engaged to Jason Sudekis!

As much as I love this look, I would have loved it even more with one piece of statement jewelry–a major earring would have worked better than the delicate bracelets and rings.

  • Margot Robbie in Gucci

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And a star is born.  I had never heard of the Wolf of Wall Street star until last night, but wow, wow, wow.  Perfectly fitted, just-right cleavage, and gorgeous, glittering, Gucci embellishment.  She adds just the right jewels–a diamond ring and sizeable studs are all she needs.  And holy moly.  I did not even see those incredible emerald satin Louboutins on TV last night.  They make the look.  There are not words in the English language to describe how I feel about them with this gown, but I’ll give it a shot.  Perfect.  Unexpected.  Standout.  The shape, texture, and color of the shoe are exactly what this look needs to go from exceptional to, well, possibly the best look of the night.

There is nothing I can critique about this look.  It is flawless.

  • Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Rani Zakhem

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Newly married, new hyphenated name, same bold and unexpected style.  I am a sucker for floral gowns–Lucy Liu’s Carolina Herrera number was my #1 favorite at the Globes last year–because they are both daring and feminine.  I love the visible boning on Kaley’s version, and the abstract-style print, and I think the wine-colored clutch is a perfect touch in a trendy hue.  Kaley’s best accessory, though, is her bold eye makeup.  If you know me, you know I love the combination of edgy and feminine, and a badass beauty look was genius with this dress.  Her forest green cat-eye lids are SO cool.

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(You can also see her pretty earrings better in this pic)

The thing I’d change in this look is where the dress hits her on top.  I wish it came up a bit higher, it looks like she could be in danger of a nip-slip!  Still, I think the sexy bodice makes this dress, so I’d only want to tweak the fit, not the style.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Zosia Mamet in Reem Acra

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Let me start by saying I LOVE the Girls star’s new hair!  It keeps this elegant dress looking young and fresh.  I love this chic design and Reem Acra in general.  This dress is simply beautiful.  I admire Zosia for her risk taking style but have never been completely obsessed with one of her looks until now. Those major diamond hoops with that adorable new haircut frame her face beautifully and are only accessories she needs with this gorgeous gown.

  • Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead

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Another star I hadn’t heard of until last night who blew my mind.  The only reason the Masters of Sex star isn’t in my top five is because I didn’t see her look until after the show while surfing the web, so it hasn’t been bouncing around in my mind for as long as the others.  But it’s perfection (am I overusing that word?).  It is unexpected, fashion-forward, and a risk that totally pays off.  The silhouette, fit, and color of the dress are outstanding, and the shoes and matching box clutch add a super fun pop and take the look to the next level.  The light blue is especially great with her platinum hair, and her wavy, side-parted bob keeps with the flirty, vintage vibe of the look while adding a modern edge.

  • Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

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What an awesome risk Sandra took!  The color blocking on this dress is so different and cool.  This dress would overwhelm a lot of people, but Sandra pulls it off.  It’s a total standout and is unexpectedly flattering.  Plus, I always love an ankle-strap pump, and her chic ponytail and moody dark lip complete the daring-but-not-over-the-top look.

  • Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

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How does this woman always look amazing?!  I love how bold she is with her choices.  I would wear this, and she is a generation or two my senior.  She has such great taste and knows what works for her.  The color, drape, and embellishment on this gown are beautiful.  I like her matchy accessories, although in some pics they look a bit more emerald than teal, but I think the closer she is to a dark version of her dress’s hue, the better.

  • Mila Kunis in Gucci

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Okay, running theme of this list:  I love Gucci gowns.  We all know Mila really brings it on red carpets.  Her lavender Elie Saab a few years back was, in my humble opinion, one of the best Oscar dresses of all time.  The neckline and the ombre sequins of this dress are stunning, as are Mila’s bold eyes.  The choice of emerald stud earrings was an unexpected one, my first thought would have been diamond chandeliers.  I like her jewelry choices, though–they make the look feel effortless.  I would have preferred a slightly less severe hair look, but she looks beautiful.

 Now it’s your turn:  Who was your Golden Globe fave (I included a few other great looks I didn’t write about in the poll)?

Credits for this post:  All pics from peoplestylewatch.com except: Leslie Mann from ontheredcarpet.com, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting close-up from ehads.com (dress info from justjared.com), Caitlin Fitzgerald from fabsugar.com (dress info from redcarpetfashionawards.com).  Most dress/designer info came from E!’s red carpet coverage last night, except what was previously noted and: Zosia Mamet dress info from perezhilton.com, Helen Mirren from justjared.com, and Mila Kunis from huffingtonpost.com.

And okay, you can call me Andy Sachs–I had to do a sad amount of Google spell-checking of designer and celeb names in this post.

And I Bet it All on You

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My New Year’s Eve look this year (I know, belated post!)

Anyway I’m obsessed with it.

I’ve worn this jumpsuit once before with black lace up heels, major silver earrings, a red lip and a metallic blue box clutch.  Both times I’ve worn it have been some of my favorite dressed-up looks, and this is my new fave piece for dressy events.  I feel amazing in it.  It’s so flattering and the blue makes my eyes pop.  It’s also incredibly versatile–the solid navy works with other colors or with prints, and it looks killer with heels. Also….

IT’S SO FREAKIN’ COMFORTABLE!

I love this statement necklace and I think mint and navy go great together.  Mint and leopard accessories are the definition of me!

I had never actually been to an NYE party before, I always just hang out with my family at home.  It was really fun to spend NYE with friends, even though I did go to bed early since I was so tired from Miami!

And I mean, I was just glad to have an excuse to wear this outfit.

What I wore for NYE:

  • Love Moschino jumpsuit
  • Fioni pumps from Payless
  • Express Necklace
  • Steve Madden clutch
  • Cuff from Local Charm

Since this post is so belated I actually don’t remember which earrings I wore, but I know they were sparkly studs, probably either from Express or Betsey Johnson.

Post title from Gavin DeGraw’s new single “Make a Move,” which I love.

Happy 2014 all!  Hope it’s off to a great start!

 

 

Another Look From Miami

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I’m so behind on my posts of break outfits!  Out to dinner look from Miami.  Went with some family friends and had a great time.  I got this romper ages ago (same day as the clutch, actually) and have been dying to be somewhere warm enough to wear it, so I’ve been planning this outfit for a while.  I wanted to pair it with my go-to blue pumps (a royal blue pair is so versatile) and my fave earrings.

What I’m Wearing:

  • BCBGMAXAZRIA romper
  • Type Z pumps from Zappos
  • Clutch from Lori’s
  • Francesca’s Collections earrings
  • H&M ring

😀

Miami Day 2

 

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Here’s what I wore on my second day in Miami, to have an awesome spa day with my mom and shop at the legendary boutique The Webster!

If you’re ever in South Beach (or Chicago, or NY, or any of their many locations) I strongly recommend visiting Bliss spa!  The facials are amazing (ask for Audrey in South Beach), as are the manicures, and the technicians are so fun and friendly!  Bliss also makes awesome products like lotions and masks that they sell at Sephora.  On this day I got a fantastic facial, a polish change on my toes, and a MINX manicure, which is a manicure with these awesome printed nail stickers.  Obviously I chose a metallic leopard print. I’m obsessed!

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Shopping at The Webster is like visiting a museum.  I haven’t bought anything either time I’ve been there, but I am awed to be in the presence of the fashion I drool over in print and online.  From 2.55s to PS1s, from McQueen to Dior, from Tom Binns to Delfina Delettrez, The Webster’s got it all.

Loved my look on this day.  I’m a bit of a jumpsuit obsessee.  I have lots of rompers but only 2 full jumpsuits: One dressy and one casual, this one from the Calypso St. Barth for Target collection a few years ago.  I was really resistant to the camo trend, but this jacket is a fave.  Necklace and earrings were awesome Xmas prezzies from my mom and completed the look perfectly, and let’s talk about how obsessed I am with the jelly Valentino rockstud flip-flops I found last season.

I picked up these beautiful babies with a Nieman Marcus gift card I was given for my 18th bday.  I was thrilled to find a piece with Valentino’s (my favorite house) signature rockstuds with no leather at all whatsoever!  A vegan-friendly pair of Valentino shoes are a dream come true, and these nude and gold ones go with EVERYTHING.  This season they’ve released colors like royal blue that are calling my name like sirens.

What I wore:

  • Calypso St. Barth for Target jumpsuit
  • Valentino flip-flops
  • Maurice’s jacket
  • Kendra Scott earrings
  • Express necklace
  • Love Moschino bag
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

Happy 2014 all!!!

XOXO,

Katy