Tuesday, January 19, 2010


yes! i love award season, solely because i get to blog about the red carpet choices made by celebs and their stylists. the 2010 golden globes offered up plenty of blog-worthy material. let's get started. so, i actually liked all the color this year, particularly the purple gowns.
krakowski looks elegant in her one shoulder number, bullock a fashion-forward princess, and i truly love rose byrne's fitted eggplant dress. her vintage-feel accessories balance out the modern dress. good choice in my opinion.
unfortunately, i can't say the same for lindsay lohan. i normally love her, but this dress sucks. i retract, it sucks for the globes. really? the sparkly hoodie dress? with the hoodie up? bank robber chic just doesn't sound right. and the shoes are a less than stellar choice for this ensemble. but there's bigger fish to fry here...ick...i'm sorry, but that's just a hot mess. i mean, i guess it's age appropriate with the semi-bedazzled covered arms, but the choker, chandelier earrings and glasses to boot are fashion overkill. the hair is a disappointment and the makeup flat out gross. i loathe frosted lipstick. but hey, that's just me. sorry sophia. but the award for worst dressed goes to....
...tits mcgee. uh, i mean mariah carey. two words--cover up. i'm sure this joke has been done, but please don't take the golden globes so literal next time. just tasteless. at least you made the umbrella holders night. take a hint from halle berry in the future:
if you wanna show a little somethin', do it tactfully. moving on....
y'all know i heart french chic, so penelope cruz impressed me with her very francais-inspired gown.
emily blunt's neutral flowy gown is decent. maybe consider a different shade of foundation and don't double duty the arm cuffs...looks a tad butch chic (haha, that made me laugh...my overuse of chic i mean)..but other than that, i like it.

looking cute were one of the olsen twins and the high school musical girl:
the short bubble-bottom dresses are cutesy, age-appropriate, well maybe for the second chick, but i do like the blue shade of olsen's dress. i can do without the pilgrim-esque shoes, but she's a stylish girl. and she can pull it off.

the best dressed couple award goes to colin firth and his wife:

classic black n white. kinda prom-y meets renewal of vows. but it plays out well. they look great.

to end my unsolicited critiquing is best dressed. i feel like i've put her on my best dressed list every time i write one of these. kate winslet. you rule. time after time, you make the most impressive choices. it doesn't go unnoticed. classic beauty at it's best.

golden globes 2010. done and done.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

french connection

i've always been intrigued by french culture. i love the way the people seem effortlessly stylish sitting in cafes, smoking and sipping their espresso. maybe i was influenced by my mom, who is also a francophile, but my interest in the french culture has always been prevalent. when it comes to french fashion, chanel always comes to mind...tweed ensembles, pearls, little black dresses, etc. or i see the horizontal striped ballet neck top and ankle length pants with a scarf draped carelessly around the neck. i always like to channel my inner french self and add some sort of free spirit eclectic frenchness to what i wear. i don't do it all the time, but when i do, i can't help but feel sexier and a little bit cooler. ask my friend ashlee. she thinks it's hilarious that i seek out the pamplemousse flavor of la croix...even if it means going to four grocery stores in one day. (why is that flavor so freaking hard to come by these days? ugh.) besides the fact that the flavor is by far the best, i do love that the name of it is pamplemousse. where was i going with this? sidetracked....oh, french eclectic. this past weekend was chock full of 50% off sales, and i had my eye on this shirt on consignment at lela. the shirt doesn't look like anything i would ever wear, but i fell in love. it's vintage and crazily over sequined but once i laid eyes on it, i knew it had to be in my closet. my roommate and my friend mari took one look at it and started laughing. adjectives such as hideous and heinous were tossed at me and said shirt. it didn't phase me in the least...i knew the shirt was cool. so i open my email this morning and get a new shopbop email and what's on the front? this...
this is the exact cut and design as my vintage shirt. my shirt is black and gold, but it looks just like this. my shirt was $24 which i had in my lela consignment account. this shirt is $415. BAM. i win. i'm ahead of the game here. i knew my shirt was awesome and i got the steal of the century. i honestly don't know when i'll wear this shirt, but i know regardless of my friends finding it heinous, i'll feel eclecticly french and cool when i do. so, that has me on my french kick again. i want more things that give out that vibe.

i don't know if i could i pull off a cape. probably not. but i love the look of that one. these elbow length fingerless lace gloves seem borderline french. or maybe i'm getting that confused with 80s madonna, but i think with the right outfit, could be really cool.

this neckace kills me. it's called the "froggy" necklace which is hilarious in itself. and the size of it is also laughable. maybe i associate this with the french esthetic because of the frog legs at bastille days here, but i think the necklace could be worn by a risk taking fashion forward chick.

any one of those dresses would be perfect for bastille days...not that that's the only place to wear them, but all this has me wishing it was summer and i was enjoying my beignet and crepe and cafe au lait and champagne and cigarettes...focus danielle. french fashion is inspiring to me. i always tell customers to find inspiration in whatever they love and put it into what clothes they buy and how they wear them. works for me, so give it a shot.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

spring in the new year...

it's a new year and time for a fresh start. stores are having sales on all their winter merchandise and making way for their spring lines. it's always been hard for me to start thinking spring knowing there's still two months of bitter cold and snow, but this year, i'm turning a new leaf. i resolve to get my spring wardrobe in tip top shape before the flowers start blooming. the trends ahead are all promising: plaids, pale neutrals (my favorite), khaki, florals...and i vow to get my spring must have list in order asap, but for now there are a couple things i'm dying for. i saw these sweaters in lucky magazine and i can't help but feel like i need one, or both:

of course they're both expensive, but i truly need both of these in my closet. i don't have anything similar and how inspirational are these for me? hopefully, they'll go on sale. and they'll be great for the beginning of spring to layer. love them.

i've been wanting a long sleeve black mini dress for awhile now and i think i found the perfect one.

so simple. yet makes a big statement. can be worn with flats, boots, heels, tights, no tights, over leggings (not me), under a thicker longer cardigan...options--plentiful. this one is in my price range, so i'll grab it, but i found so many others i loved:

i know, another black dress, right? but there's something unique about all of these, whether it be the cutout in the sleeves, the bell sleeve detail, the one shoulder bare vs. lace sleeve...it's those subtle touches that make these black mini dresses stand out to me. and i don't care what anyone says, i feel that wearing a little black dress is the best cure for a fashion rut. anytime i slip on something like that, i feel amazing.

i'll save my mini dress for special occassions, but for everyday, i'll stick to my blouses with unique details. muted nude tones are in this season, and i fell in love with this one:

i love how weirdly off center it buttons, the unexpectedly oversized collar...the color..everything. this is for sure on my must have list for spring. also making the cut is this "tee shirt" (that's how it's described). i can't tell what color i want it in though:

or this color: i'll probably opt for the blush color. regardless, i want one. i love the thought of spring shopping and de-layering myself after yet another long cold winter. good thing fred is starting to get spring merchandise in now...time to start compiling my list!