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Gift Guide : Working Girl

She never misses a meeting, her Blackberry is her BFF (second to you, of course) and she’s perpetually up for promotion. She’s worked her way into a corner office, so help her outfit it in style. She’ll be the talk of the water cooler with these professional presents.

{ 1. Tory Burch E-Tablet case  2. Indigo Gold & White Pen Cup 3. Diptyque Freesia Candle 4. Quips + Queries Note Cards 5. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes 6. Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch 7. Vivre Business Card Holder }


Oscar Night Fashion Recappaowiiiikkkkkkkkkk.

Oh, sorry. That was my head hitting the keyboard as I fell asleep just thinking about it.

In an attempt to make the 83rd Annual Academy Awards more young and hip, they paired two totally unrelated and uber-awkward non-comedians as hosts, showed clips from old movies, made Bob Hope appear via hologram, included a number of references to Facebook and texting (included a completely tired “There’s an app for that” line), and asked Kirk Douglas to present an award in the most awkwardly funny five minutes of Oscar history.

So, yeah. All in all, a great success. Or something. It was 1 part awkward to 4 parts snoozefest. And I kinda feel like the red carpet was a perfect precursor to how the rest of the night would ensue: a little boring.

But there were  a few great looks. So why don’t we jump right in with those?

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab. Fantastic. There is, in my opinion, nothing wrong with this look. She’s gorgeous, that dress is gorgeous and in a sea full of somewhat boring ensembles, this color was unexpected – in the best possible way.

I might catch some flack for this, but Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture was at the top of my list. This dress was like art. Maybe the show and the red carpet fashion had me in a boredom-induced coma, but I thought this was one of the most exciting dresses of the night. Cate looked beautiful and I truly believe she is one of a very small number of Hollywood actresses who could pull of this dress. And she did. Bravo!

Oh, Anne. My girl, Anne. You started off so well. This Valentino Archival number was so perfect on you. And then, the show started. And it was alllllll downhill from there, wasn’t it? I’ll catch up with Anne in a moment.

All I know about Camila Alves is that she’s Matthew McConaughey’s perfectly tan, thin wife. And she looked 100% totally perfect in this Kaufman Franco dress. The black was understated, so she didn’t get a lot of attention, but I love the revealing top combined with the huge skirt.

If I look a fraction as good as Helen Mirren does when I’m her age, then I will consider this a life well lived. She’s so classy and always dresses age appropriately even though she’s totally got the bod to rock something younger if she wanted. This Vivienne Westwood gunmetal gown was so on trend, so flattering and so age appropriate without being boring. High five, Helen!

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa. But not just any Marchesa. They asked her to draw her “dream dress” and then they made it for her. I mean, a professional stylist couldn’t have done a better job making her look beautiful, timeless and most importantly, her age.

***** Before I move on, I’m going to give quick shout outs to Halle, Hilary, Natalie, Michelle and Jennifer Hudson, who all looked great but didn’t stand out enough for me to include them with my favorites. I gotta edit, y’all, or we’d be here all day. *****

To the stylist who told Amy Adams to wear that weird, green necklace and bracelet: YA FIRED!  That necklace completely RUINED an otherwise perfect look. I loved the blue dress by L’Wren Scott. Apparently, she’s wearing $1.3 million worth of jewelry. About $1.3 million too much, in my opinion. Diamond drop earrings and a tennis bracelet would have been more than enough.

Dear Sandra: See Amy. She has a necklace you can borrow. This Vera Wang gown is gorgeous, but something is missing, don’t you think? A necklace would have done the trick. Or maybe a softer hair or makeup style. This all seems really harsh.

Jennifer Lawrence looked smokin’ last night. Great hair and makeup, and she’s clearly got the body for a dress like this one from Calvin Klein (Did anyone else see her bounce on over to Al Roker from the red carpet last night? Yowza.). But try as we might, we alllllll thought it when we saw her.

While her hair was a vast improvement from the Golden Globes, Scarlet’s dress did nothing for me. She looked stiff, and the high lace neckline felt a wee bit Victorian. It was backless but…who cares?

“Oh my god, y’all. Thank you sooo much for votin’ me this year’s Miss White County Dairy Farm Queen. I am so honored to serve y’all. And 1997 is going to be the best year yet!”

The fact that Gwyneth Paltrow made a number of “Best Dressed” lists today makes me really sad. The Calvin Klein dress isn’t terrible, but it’s not fabulous or even provoking in any way. Except maybe for that weird hip brooch. Let’s give her the “Most Strangely Placed Accessory Award” instead of Best Dressed why don’t we? I think she has the potential to be so beautiful, but more times than not, she just looks so….blah. And don’t even get me started on that barf-inducing country music performance (or the Michael Kors dress). Girl. Just stop.

Does anyone remember trying on prom dresses at Elle? Yeah. That’s all I have to say about this.

Yikes. Baby girl is one Dalmation away from looking like Cruella DeVille.

I love Florence and the Machine, and I would have been disappointed if Florence Welch had shown up looking just like everyone else, but I’m pretty sure she pulled this out of either a) her grandmother’s closet, b) the nearest Goodwill, or c) her high school drama department’s costume closet.

Ughhhhhhhhhhh. Melissa Leo totally freaks me out and makes me super uncomfortable. For one thing, trade ads trying to convince the Academy to vote for you for Best Supporting Actress? C’mon, girl. Then, you show up in an ill-fitting dress that looks like a football uniform made out of a doily. THEN, to top it all off, you win anyway and give the most obviously rehearsed “Oh my god I can’t believe it!” speech that’s ever been practiced in front of a bathroom mirror. Barf.

And back to Anne. I love Anne Hathaway, but she and James Franco hosting together made for a super awkward evening, don’t you think? She needed some of his calming remedies (ahem) and he needed some of her happy pills. She seemed too desperate to be liked, and he seemed embarrassed to be on stage with her. No chemistry whatsoever.

As for her million outfits, some were better than others, but when a beautiful young girl is hosting the Academy Awards, she should be dressed in the most fabulous dresses in existence. These were so not.

These were a little better, but she seemed uncomfortable in the white dress and a bit stiff in the blue:

But the Vivienne Westwood tux was adorable (as was her musical number) and the Versace red was super flattering on her.

Aaaaaand that’s all folks. What are your thoughts? Do you totally disagree with me 100%? Did you sleep through the entire show? Are you so happy The King’s Speech won? Me too.

My teeth are chattering!


It is SO COLD. I woke up this morning with a layer of ice – ON THE INSIDE OF MY WINDOWS! And my bed is pushed up against a window, so I basically slept next to a sheet of ice last night. With the heat running and my radiator next to the bed.

So I could do a post about wishing it were sunny and summertime or that I was on a beach somewhere, but truth be told, I hate summer more than winter. Blistering heat? Please. Give me sweaters, coats and blankets any day. So rather than posting images of sweat-inducing locales, I’ll post about cozy cabins and fireplaces and stuff.

I miss my fireplace.




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A Peak at Chic

I’m loving this little peak at the new style guide by French runway icon Ines de la Fressange posted on RDuJour. As if we needed any more reasons to envy that je nais se quoi that French women seem to exude so effortlessly. The style guide, titled Parisian Chic, is available in the US in April (pre-order here), but till then, check out these images of Ines and daughter, Nine, exemplifying their own takes on classic French style.





But of course, Ines’ great taste extends far beyond fashion. Below, see photos of her Paris office taken for The Selby.




Tres magnifique!


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