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La Dolce (& Gabbana) Vita

So I haven’t posted in a while, I know!  When I’m away for the summer my outfits are more suited for taking care of horses and donkeys than for writing a fashion blog.  Also, school is CA-RAY-ZEE and my fabulous photog and I have barely had time to take pics!!!

Excuses, excuses!  Anywho, this dress is my new obsession, my new very special find, my latest prized, real piece of high fashion.

I mean, It’s a bright green Dolce & Gabbana midi with owls, bunnies, squirrels, frogs, birds, snails, and other woodland friends on it.  I mean…

THERE ARE SNAILS ON IT.

As you can tell I’m in luuurrvvvvveeee.  There’s a new Dolce & Gabbana store in Chicago and my mom and I wandered in one day, after seeing more of their owl-motif stuff in the window (their new collection is an absolute dream, with all kinds of amazing animal motifs, simultaneously cute and beautiful).  And then I saw this.  And it was an oh-so-wearable-and-vegan-friendly (no silk!!!) a-line cotton frock with cap sleeves and BUNNIES…love at first sight.  Like actually someone should write a freaking romance novel.

As always, I like to pair a bright patterened dress like this with some neutrals and a piece or two that draws out the colors in the print.  So I picked a blue bag to match the blue birds and some gorgeously blingy Kate Spade faux-emerald earrings (their jewelry right now is off the chain.–or rather, on it…).  And of course, nude kitten heels (confession–wore nude flats instead part of the day) and a delicate gold ring so all eyes were on this dress.

In the future I plan on rocking this number with some different-color accents, like pink, and a cropped jean jacket.  Classic-but-modern femme.

What I wore on Friday:

  • Dolce & Gabbana dress
  • Kate Spade earrings
  • Kensie Girl heels (and for part of the day Boutique 9 flats)
  • Aldo bag
  • ring from M2 Boutique

Title is, of course, from Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.  I’m as obsessed with her as much as (if not more than) ever.  Have you seen her streetstyle lately?!?! Off the charts.  I CANNOT WAIT for her new album on Oct. 27th!!! I can’t imagine how many amazing lyrics there will be for me to obsess over and make as post titles…

Happy Fall all!

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.