Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Goodbye Serena

I recently watched the last episode EVER of Gossip Girl.

I was a mess. I had tears down my face and didnt want the episode to end. I honestly thought the finale was amazing and wrapped up the storylines in a nice little package and have no compaints whats so ever. My favourite part was the 5 years later flash that they did- awww.

Anyway, here is my ode to my favourite TV Fashionista Serena Van Der Woodsen....may you always wear Gucci!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Summers Day

As we enter into February, the sad realisation comes that summer is almost over.
In Australia, especially in Queensland, we spent alot of the summer at the beach. I dont know if you have looked at Australia on the map but most of the population lives no more than 2 or 3 hours away from the beach in the outer regions of Australia, leaving the middle for dessert and small mining communities. Hence, most Australians spending atleast one weekend of the summer, at the beach.

Below are some staples that I believe are essential for a day at the beach. Enjoy, and remember to slap on the sunscreen :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

In the Navy

In the Navy

One of the best colours, IMO, for any occassion is navy. Whether it be for a formal event or just casual basics, navy is staple for any wardrobe. It is the perfect substitute for black, when you want to shake it up a little. Not only does the colour flatter most skin types, it also compliments most colours too, making it the perfect staple basic. If you dont believe me, think of denim.... navy right?

To prove my point, I have come up with some classic navy pairings, to show that any colour will compliment a navy piece of clothings, whether it be as the main focal point, or with accessories.
Another thing I wanted to add, is that navy is perfect for any season. You can go nautical in summer with navy and white, or effortlessly cool with navy and black for winter.

Below I have my first ensemble created for a casual summers day. This navy shirt is paired with red shorts for contrast. Because we are going to keep it casual here, I kept the accessories to a minimum with navy canvas shoes, leather wrist bands and a fedora hat. I also added a floral cross body bag.

Next I upped the ante a little with a pastel pink bustier top paired with a navy high wasted skirt. I added gold sandals and leopard print bangles for some cute contrasts.

Last, for a more formal occasion, I used a yellow dress as the basis of my outfit. Yellow is the contrasting colour to blue, therefore making it the perfect shade to colour block with navy. I added navy heels and jewellery for a subtle navy kick and finished it off with the ever-trendy leopard clutch.

Navy Fashion

Thursday, February 7, 2013

SAG Awards 2013: Hair & Makeup

Hair and Makeup this year was a stand out for me.
I love how most had flawless skin with either a dramatic eye or bold lip. Some even took a risk and did both, and in my opinion, one or two killed it.

So below in order from top is Jennifer Lawrence. She nailed it with emphasizing both the lips and the eyes. The eyes arent too overwhelming with a soft grey smokey eye, paired with a ruby red lip. I think some extra care does need to be taken with Jennifer so as not make her look like she has a lazy eye, which it did look like in some photos.

Julianne Moore showed up with flawless porcelain skin and natural features. I think this look is perfect because on ageing skin, the more natural the makeup, the younger you look, and also her red hair often is the centre of attention.

Claire Danes was the absolute winner for me this year. I cant fault the makeup, with the brown smokey eyes and burgandy lip. It is absolute perfection!! Also her hair is in my favourite upstyle of a loose chignon which ties the whole look together.

Jaimie Alexander and Maria Menounos both rocked the smokey eye this year and nude lip. Both paired it with polished updos which finished the looks off perfectly.

Lastly, Nina Dobrev did a makeup look that I havent seen on her often. It was soft, almost natural and she actually had bangs in her hair. She never has any front pieces and she is always sports a harsh centre part or high bun. So I think she looks amazing with this different look.

SAG 2013 HairMakeup

Onto the fails for hair and makeup. There was three standouts for me, starting with Rose Byrne. I dont know what happened here but her hair is flat, and her eyes are smudgy, but mostly its the hair for me. It looks greasy and slicked against her head but not in a cute 1920s way. I can see what she was going for here but it didnt work.
Next is January Jones. Now she doesnt usually make it on the best dressed lists for me, but she sure doesnt make it on the worst dress lists either. She usually plays it safe and flys under the radar and after this attempt of attention, I think she should stick to safety. I think the makeup could have been nice had it been paired with a better hairdo but oh my goodness... no words. That hair...seriously no words... fire your hairdresser.

Lastly is Kaley Cuoco. I hate to have her on this list because I love her. She is so funny and doesnt take herself seriously and is on one of the best shows on TV. But this look makes her looks like she is 50. Where did those lines come from? The black liner drags her eyes down to look droopy, and the makeup is on too thick. Also the hair just looks like a wig. I hope she can pull it together for next time because she just seem so nice and is so naturally pretty.

Well this is my wrap up for the 2013 SAG Awards. More award shows to come soon and more posts on fashion and beauty in general :)

SAG Hair Bad

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SAG Awards 2013: Worst Dressed

Ok so I am going to make this post short, because lets face it, these people failed on the red carpet, and that not anything to rave on about :) The sad thing about my picks are that they are well known actors who just couldnt pull it off this year, and usually make it on the best dressed lists... well most of them

So first up is Sarah Hyland in Dolce&Gabbana. Poor girl seems to always make it on the worst list for me. I think she tries to hard. She is only in her early twenties and she looks like she is pushing 30 at award shows. Just relax and embrace your youth.

Next is Kaley Cuoco in Ramona Kaveeza. This dress just shortens her body so much that she looks like she kneeling. Nothing more to say...

Last is the beautiful Anne Hathaway in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. First I need to express my distate for her hair. I am very biased with her and her long hair. It suited her better and made her look younger. I know she cut it for the role of the century in Les Mis, but extensions maybe? I dont know but onto her dress. I dont like her in black for starters, and then the cut again makes her look stumpy. This cut should just be left for under 5's.

Hopefully these ladies will amp it up for the Academy Award (fingers crossed). Stay tuned for the hair and makeup wrap up :)

SAG Awards Worst

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SAG Awards 2013: Best Dressed

I love Award Season!!!!
The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held recently in the United States and again the red carpet is where my attention gravitates. Unfortunately I wasnt able to watch the red carpet live this year, so I had to settle for researching the frocks and fashions online.
Is it just me, or does not make any sense that there are 2 award shows after eachother that critique the exact same batch of people and usually end up in the same people winning? Anyway who am I to judge, it just means more red carpets for me to pull apart :) Winning!

So first up are the best dressed of the evening.

Amanda Seyfried killed it in this navy gown by Zac Posen. The cut and the shape was divine, the fit was perfect and the train was just right. Next on my best dressed list is Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab. In my eyes Nina can do no wrong. Be it my obssession with The Vampire Diaries, but she is just amazing and beautiful and could pull off a paper bag. This pink of the dress is gorgeous and you dont often see it on the carpet. The peek-a-boo cut outs are awesome as well. Absolute winner.

Two people who I have honestly never heard but should be kept on the radar are Jaimie Alexander and Zuleikha Robinson. Firstly, Jaimie absolutely nailed it in Marc Bouwer. Its almost mermaid style finishing mid thigh and flaring out, with this insane cut out, soft panelled neckline. It was magnificent. Now, I know I said previously that I dont like prints on the red carpet... well sometimes celebrities can get it very right. Case in point with her Gustavo Cardile gown. She has manage to attract some negative opinions with this dress but why? I think the fit and the cut is beautiful on her. The colours are very water-colour and they do not overwhelm. I think it is a winner for sure.

Finally my last two of the evening are regulars on my best dressed lists. Katrina Bowden in Badgley Mischka and Maria Menounos in Randi Rahm. I think Katrinas dress is very elegant. The colour is the beautiful misty blue colour which looks amazing in the chifon material. Its fitted yet flares out at the knees and I cant fault it. Maria always looks stunning. Her body is rocking and she knows how to show it off in her red carpet picks. This red dress just complements her colouring so well and it skims her figure perfectly. You cant see it here but the dress also has a low back and honestly the only thing I can fault is the train of the dress. Its like it tried, but it failed.

Stay tuned for the fashinon fails and beauty posts coming soon :)

SAG 2013 Best