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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stellar Shoes

I'm not sure about this black lace Nina Ricci frock that Jennifer Aniston wore to her appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but I am sure that I am in love with her peep-toe shoes.  As for the dress, I like the lace sleeves, but I find the neckline somewhat unflattering. On a more positive note, those delicate bows on her sling back pumps are perfection. One other thing, I would love to see Jen in some color, even navy blue would be a nice change of pace.  Although, I can't really talk considering I too am a "black-aholic" when it comes to formal wear.  What can I say; it's the ultimate classy choice.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Anne's August Cover

The gorgeous Anne Hathaway is on the August cover of Harper's Bazaar.  I absolutely adore this photo that accompanies the article.  I love her outfit, and I love the phone booth, so cute!   I must find the Batman set this summer to get a glimpse of my "celebrity look-alike" in real life.  I personally, don't think I look like her at all, but I'm extremely flattered when people tell me that I do!

Monday, June 27, 2011

NYC Top Picks

My suite mate and great friend, Melissa, is taking a trip to NYC this summer.  Since I am in love with the city and have made a hobby out of researching it,  I decided to compile a list of my absolute favorite places there.  So Mzitt, this post is for you!

1. The Met
 Even if the McQueen exhibit isn't for you, this extraordinary museum on the Upper East Side is still worth a trip. See my other posts on it for more reasons to go check it out!

2. Little Italy
In the mood for some authentic Italian cuisine? Little Italy is def the place for you.  Go for lunch instead of dinner to eat great food for a great price.

3. Magnolia Bakery
There are four locations in the city, but go to the one on the upper west side to experience my favorite neighborhood. In a time crunch? Go to the one near Rockefeller Center to experience this bakery's (which has been featured in Sex and the City and the Devil Wears Prada) fantastic treats.  The vanilla cupcakes are my personal favorite.

4. Dylan's Candy Bar
 Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan, owns this whimsically decorated candy paradise.  There is even a bathtub full of gumballs and giant gummy bears.

5. Bloomingdales
I have never seen a department store so large. Even if you're not a shopper, it is a place to see.  Bonus - it's right by Dylan's.

6. Forty Carrots 
 This cleverly-titled restaurant, which is actually located in Bloomingdales (can you believe it?), is fun and fantastic! Plus, their frozen yogurt and fruit dessert is the perfect end to a hip meal.

7. Central Park
or more specifically the Mall and Belvedere Fountain.  The lush, tree-lined path of the mall, which leads to the vibrant plaza in which the stunning Belvedere Fountain is  located, is a must see. Every time I enter the park I discover something new and am in awe of the fact that all that green-space is located in Manhattan.

8. Bryant Park/ NYC Public Library
The beautiful public library backs right up to the gorgeous park on 42nd and 5th.  There's even a Jamba Juice across from the park on 42nd!

9. St. Patrick's Cathedral
You do not need to be Catholic to appreciate the architecture and grandeur of this cathedral.  How can something so historic and so gorgeous be located smack-dab in the middle of 5th avenue?

10. Serendipity
Frozen Hot-Chocolate may be somewhat of an oxymoron, but Serendipity's is practically legendary.  This original location is slightly cramped, but its size adds to its charm.  Oh and it's right down the street from Dylan's!

Wonderful at Wimbledon

Earlier today, Will and Kate watched Britain's own Andy Murray win on center court at Wimbledon.  Murray moves on to the quarterfinals, and will hopefully represent his country well.  In the meantime, I am admiring Kate's white pleated dress. I love the geometric straps and back, and the tiered pleated layers are perfection.  I seriously do not think she could ever be on my worst dressed list.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Mad" Wardrobe

The wardrobe stylists for Mad Men are collaborating with Banana Republic on a new line.  This is not the first time the company has incorporated the popular TV drama into marketing campaigns.   I mean, I'm sure the new line will be great, but I wish they would just focus on some new episodes! I'm going through a Sterling Cooper Draper Price withdrawal.  I'd also like to see Jon Hamm without having to go see Bridesmaids.

First Look...

Project Runway!
The fashion design reality competition, and my personal favorite television show, held a public fashion show in Battery Park as part of the new season.  Kim Kardashian guest judged, and it seems as though the challenge was somehow related to the circus.  I can't wait for the new season,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More of Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing (as always) at The Order of the Garter Service in London.  Who knew she could make business attire look so chic? Oh and can the fascinator trend please come to the US?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Glee Project

I love Glee, so naturally, I love the Glee Project- a new reality competition show on Oxygen.  The winner gets to star in 7 episodes of Glee, and I would just LOVE for Cameron to win. He would be amazing on the show.  He is literally the epitome of cool, no matter what he does! It's Love.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The MET

As promised, here is my post dedicated to the architecture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Yes, the McQueen exhibit was extraordinary, but the Met also had a lot more to offer.  I was more than surprised and equally impressed by the high ceilings, rooftop garden, old charm, and unique aspects of the astronomically large museum.  If you can't make it to NYC this summer to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit, I still recommend going to see this amazing museum and NYC landmark at some point. 

The busy steps of the MET which are often featured on Gossip Girl
 
View from the fabulous, sculpture-filled, rooftop garden

Gorgeous, exposed brick interior- did they add on the the original building here?

Old Victorian room, straight from a castle

Amazing indoor courtyard.  I enjoyed a fantastic grilled salmon salad at the tables on the bottom left overlooking the space.

Indoor pond and gorgeous wall of windows surrounding one of the Met's  most extraordinary objects- the Temple of Dendur

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Stylish Story of Us...

I love Tay Swift, and I am loving her chic school girl look in this music video for "The Story of Us."  Oh and I'm totally a sucker for guys in those thick-framed glasses.  Perfection

Green Lantern Premiere


Blake Lively wore a white, floral embellished, sheer-skirted Chanel gown and Ryan Reynold looked simply dashing (as always).  I think Blake looked fabulous, but I would have liked this dress better as a mini-dress.  I love the top portion, but I am not sold on that sheer skirt. Her hair is pure perfection, though.  She definitely still remains one of my style icons.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I'm inspired by..

Lilly Pulitzer Prints!!!
After seeing this print a few months back and making it my desktop background, I decided that I wanted to see more of it. Since wooden crafting frames are a lot less expensive than a lily dress, I decided to just paint the print (with some slight modifications, of course)!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yikes

Nicole Kidman at the CMT awards

I am not usually a fan of Nicole Kidman's wardrobe choices (except for that red bow Balenciaga gown she wore to the 2007 Oscars http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/56431/nicole-kidman-oscars-2007-01/ ), but this dress that she wore the the CMT Music Awards last week, was one of her worst ever. Between the green velvet, pale blue shoes, and mesh multiple-length skirt, this look is not okay.  Yikes.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kate Does it Again

Kate Middleton continually makes the right fashion choices.  On Thursday night, Will and Kate attended
the10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) gala dinner in London.  Kate looked absolutely fantastic in a sparkly Jenny Packham fitted gown.  Will she ever end up on my worst dress list? Probably not.

Style Report - MTV Movie Awards

Best:
1. Emma Watson (at an after party) - Marchesa
2. Emma Stone - Botegga Veneta
3. Blake Lively - Michael Kors
4. Emma Watson - Marchesa
5. Aimee Teegarden - Alice + Olivia

Some may say that I am biased towards Emma Watson because I am such a fan and I recently met her in person.  In all honesty, though, she deserves to have two spots on my best dressed list! I absolutely adore the lime green, ruffled, Marchesa mini she wore to an after party.  The ruffles are perfectly placed and her makeup complements the look amazingly. I want that dress.  The white embellished sleeved Marchesa gown that she wore to the actual awards was also a show-stopper.  She may "have a lot of help," but she continually gets it right on the red carpet.

Worst:
1. Jessica Szohr - Alice + Olivia - wallpaper ill-fitting jumpsuit
2. Amanda Bynes - Herve Leger - too tight and  hideous shoes
3. Chelsea Kane - Maria Lucia Hohan - I usually like black lace with nude, but this looks cheap.
4. Brooklyn Decker - No. 21 - sparkly potato sack
5. Hailee Steinfeld - Louis Vuitton - She's such a fashionista, but this was not right for the occasion.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Can we talk about...

Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio's romance?

Is there a hotter couple in Hollywood right now?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Celebrity Sighting

On Thursday, June 09, 2011 around 2 am, I met and had a conversation with Emma Watson.  She had just finished twelve hours of filming for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and was in her car on the way home.  Out of nowhere, she pulled over to meet with those of us who were on the set.  We weren't allowed to take pictures, but just talking with her was enough for me! As a Harry Potter fanatic and fashion enthusiast, I consider Emma Watson one of my idols.  I saw her for the first time last week, and when she said hello to me, I was literally star struck.  I was not able to say a word.  I was frozen, like I was hit with a real life petrificus totalus spell.  This time, however, I tried to mentally prepare myself. 
My friend, Olivia, and I arrived on set around 8pm and sat in the grass outside of the house that they’re filming in.  A short time afterwards, we saw Emma and Logan (Lerman) emerge from one of the vans and enter the house.  We heard that they were finishing up earlier tonight (1-2am instead of 3-4am), so Olivia and I made the decision to leave for a little and come back later on to catch some of the stars on their way out.
                We ventured back to the set a couple hours later, laid out our towels on the wet grass, and waited.  Our new friend, Lexi, had tons of information on the actors. This was not the first time she was staying up late to wait for filming to end.  In fact, Logan Lerman pretty much knows her by now and commonly remarks “you again?!” Our other new friend, Cameron, was quite the charmer.  He made a sign reading “Emma, Could I Give You a Date” and brought a bag of Dole dates to go along with it.  When filming finally wrapped for the night, we watched the stars get in their vans and head back to “base camp.”  After making a run for it, there were six of us standing near her trailer.
                Suddenly, we see Emma at the wheel of her car, coasting towards the six of us.  To my surprise, she rolled down the window, put the car in park, and proceeded to have a polite conversation with us! She signed autographs for us, including my picture of her and the rest of the Harry Potter cast that I saved from an old Entertainment Weekly issue.  My friend Olivia was even brave enough to ask her some questions.  She asked her what her favorite Harry Potter book was and if she liked the area.  Emma said that the 7th book was her favorite and that she loves the Pittsburgh area so much that she doesn’t want filming to end! When she signed my photo, I was able to get some words out this time.  I said, “I just wanted to let you know that you are my style icon, I love everything you wear on the red carpet” She was surprisingly incredibly appreciative! She replied, “Aw, thank you so much! I have a lot of help, but thank you, really!” I was proud of myself for keeping my cool, but I was completely freaking out on the inside!
          Seconds later, Cameron took a shot at charming Emma Watson.  I must say, he was quite convincing.  When he handed her the package of dates, she replied “bloody hell!” I loved hearing her say that! He proceeded to explain that he understands that she can’t trust him, but he cracked a joke about possibly filling out an application to go on a date with her.  She was giggling throughout, and said that she just couldn’t go on a date with him considering she doesn’t know anything about him.  Olivia, Lexi, and I backed him up by saying that we just met him and that he seems like a really great guy! He proceeded to hand her a slip of paper with his name and email address on it, and remarked, “Here’s some of my information, you know, in case you want to run a background check. “ He was so cute, so clever, and so charming.  Who knows, it may have worked!
                When she finally pulled away, I no longer had control over my emotions. I was practically hysterical.  The security guards had to have written me off as insane.  When Olivia and I got in my car, we both just took the opportunity to spaz out and frantically tweet about our experience.  I have been giddy ever since.  It was only fitting that we watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I when we got back.  Every time Hermoine spoke, I could not believe that I had met her!  It was such a surreal experience for us and I desperately tried to take it all in!  She looked so much older in person and was incredibly poised!  
          Since getting hooked on the books at age eight, Hermoine has been my favorite character.  As I got older, I began to really appreciate Emma Watson as an actress, and more recently, I have been infatuated with her dresses on the red carpet.  I watched Emma grow up on screen just as I did in real life, and she is someone that I truly admire.  I have to say that this experience was most definitely a high-light of my life.  She was just so extraordinarily nice to the six of us standing there.  It would have been so much easier for her to speed off without even a wave, but she didn’t, and I am so thankful.  She was exactly how I pictured her: sweet, kind and absolutely gorgeous.  My summer could not get much better.
Emma with "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Photo tweeted by Logan Lerman

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Photo of the Day

Belvedere Castle - NYC
I really loved stumbling upon Belvedere Castle in central park during my last visit to the big apple.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

British Invasion

I just realized that 5 out of my last 6 blogposts have featured the British! Sorry, not sorry.

Will and Kate - Derby Day

Kate Middleton looked perfectly proper and effortlessly chic at the Investec Derby Day in Epsom, England.  I don't think any one can pull off a fascinator as well as she can!  Seems like the event is the British (aka classier) version of the Kentucky Derby. Oh and I'm loving her nude pumps.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inside Look: Alexander McQueen - MET


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

"You've got to know the rules to break them.  That's what I'm here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition." - Alexander McQueen . 

This quote was printed on the wall inside of the Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (as shown below).  I recently had an opportunity to spend one day in NYC and I made going to the MET my number one priority!  The entrance to the exhibit (shown below) features two fantastic looks from the Spring/Summer 2001 collection. 

Entrance
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Aside from the exhibit, I was blown away by the MET itself! People say how large it is, but I didn't really realize just how large and amazing it was! The architecture in that place is jaw-dropping, and deserves a post of its own (soon to come). 

There was an hour wait just to step foot inside of the McQueen exhibit, but it was well worth the wait.  Hundreds of hours must have went into the designing and decorating of the exhibit. There were so many different rooms, and each featuring parts of a specific collection, with the room's decor matching the theme of the collection.  There were also holograms and projected images throughout the exhibit. I expected the exhibit to be large, but it exceeded my expectations content-wise.  I got to see so many pieces up close and personal, it was really exciting for me.  Cameras were prohibited (I was so disappointed) but I took notes and I was able to find a bunch of photos online. 

The Exhibit
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The top left photo is one of the rooms featuring all plaid pieces from his Autumn/Winter 2006-7 collection.  I was immediately reminded of when Sara Jessica Parker showed up to 2006's MET Costume Institute Gala with Alexander McQueen. Both were wearing his plaid creations. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AnxruRfOENA/S3TN44nKYaI/AAAAAAAADxQ/gejYCK6Vsac/s400/sarah-jessica-parker_300.jpg ). The top right photo is a large detailed glass case towards the beginning of the exhibit.  The bottom left photo was towards the very end of the exhibit and featured looks from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection including the "jellyfish" outfit and infamous "armadillo heels" that were worn by Lady Gaga on more than one occasion.  The bottom right photo shows the area of the exhibit showcasing accessories, Philip Treacy hats and the spray-painted dress I reference later on.

From Runway to Real Life
images property of the MET and Vogue
These pieces, as shown straight out of different Alexander McQueen runway shows, were featured in the exhibit. (From far left)
- This black extravagant frock, from the Autumn/Winter 2009-10, was stunning in person.  The photos of all of these looks just do not do them justice! It has intricately woven straps and the bottom ruffles are extraordinary up close.
- The third look in this collage, from the Autumn/Winter 2006 collection, is insanely detailed up close.  Tons of lace embroidery was done to make this look complete perfection.  If only Kate Middleton would have worn this gown (without the antlers of course).  The craftsmanship on it is just unbelievable. 
- The final dress, from the Autumn/Winter 2010-11 has a really awesome print up close, it is very colorful and I could definitely see a celebrity wearing it on the red carpet!
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- The first dress, from the Autumn/Winter 2001-2 collection is very unique in that it contains hair (not real human, though) on the bottom of the skirt.
- This gold gown from the Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection is STUNNING.  It is made from small gold-coated leaves that are precisionly placed.  I also love the tulle at the bottom.  This is an example of one of the gowns that seems much more elaborate in person.  When I first saw this it reminded me of royalty.
-The third look, from the Spring/Summer 2005 collection, is so fun and playful. The bottom reminds me of a Hershey kiss, and the headpiece (a Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen creation), was also part of the exhibit.
- The last look, from the Spring/ Summer 2003 collection, is known as the "Oyster Dress" and was inspired by a shipwreck.  The layers are impeccably done, and it is much, much more elegant in person.
-Another spectacular look that I was able to see in person (shown in the video below and in the accessories room above) is a white spray-painted tube dress.  The spray-painting, however, was done on the runway, in the middle of his show. Watch this video from 0-1:17 to see the process.

As Shown in the MET
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(From left)
- A unique torn lace dress from the Autumn/Winter 1995-6 collection.  The torn lace look would later become an Alexander McQueen signature technique.
- A stunning gown from the Spring/Summer 2001 collection featuring embroidered chrysanthemums and black ostrich feathers.  I would love for a celebrity to wear this to the Oscars...Cate Blanchett take note.
- This Autumn Winter 2006/7 gown is made entirely of ostrich feathers! McQueen said of the dress: “Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.”
- This ensemble is known as "Jellyfish" because of the small iridescent enamel paillettes that cover the entire outfit.  It is from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection and was worn by Lady Gaga in her "Bad Romance" video posted below.  It can be seen  from 3:30-3:44.  There is also another pair of McQueen shoes at  the 3:06 time mark!
- This floral gown from the Spring/Summer 2007 collection is on the MET's advertisements for the exhibit for a reason. It is a true work of art made out of silk, organza and real (yes, real) flowers!

Alexander McQueen's presence in Bad Romance (skip to 3:06 and 3:30-3:44)

Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen
These are just four of the hats featured in the accessories area.  The bottom left peacock hat is shown here on Emma Watson for a magazine spread, but it was also present in the exhibit.  The gold Chinese inspired hat (top right) can be seen on the runway in the collage above.  The butterfly hat is even more stunning in person! Just fantastic!


If you are in or near NYC this summer, I highly recommend visiting the MET to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit.  Pictures do not do these pieces justice, seeing them in person will completely change your opinion of them! The exhibit runs until July 31st, and you can find great information about it and learn more about some of the items featured at http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/ . 

Ps. This is my 100th post, enjoy!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spotlight On: Emma Watson

Her 5 Best Looks Ever!
5.                   4.                   3.                  2.                  1.

5. Headed to the Late Show with David Letterman in 2009 wearing Christopher Kane
4. At the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere in Rafael Lopez
3. Attending the NYC premiere of HP and the Half Blood Prince in Proenza Schouler
2. At the 2009 Burberry runway show in London wearing Burberry
1. Attending 2010's MET Costume Institute Gala in NYC wearing Burberry