Grammy’s 2016: Best Dressed

Okay, I’ll admit it… I didn’t watch the 58th Annual Grammy’s Awards Show on Monday night. This past weekend, I spent time in my hometown, enjoying the fireplace and free cable while my parents were away. But by the time I got back to the city Monday afternoon all I wanted to do was prepare for Tuesday, and then crash. And let me tell you, yesterday was surprising in more ways than one, but that’s a post for another day! Anyway, let’s get to the best looks of the night.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor’s fashion choice for the Grammys certainly did not disappoint. She continued full force with the crop top trend, by pairing a tangerine top with a pink maxi skirt. My favorite part? All the memes from the night!

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Selena Gomez

Taylor’s partner-in-crime and date for the night showed up in a sparkly royal blue gown that was a total show stopper. This dress fit her like a glove, and the cut outs added a nice point of intrigue on the dress.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

I loved Kaley’s outfit for the night. I thought this sequined jumpsuit was a fun choice for the red carpet and the cutouts kept her from getting lost in the material. Not just anyone could pull of this look, but Kaley looked absolutely amazing.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie chose a pale blush gown with a beautifully intricate beaded back. I was surprised by her choice since it was more simple than her usual ensembles. Nevertheless she looked beautiful in this glamorous outfit.

Chrissy Teigen

The glowing mother-to-be rocked the red carpet in a white fitted gown and sequined cape overlay. It was definitely a risky choice, but Chrissy (like always!) looked incredible!

What was your favorite look from the night? Did I miss any showstoppers?

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Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style

Earlier this year, my mom and I went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style exhibit. After seeing my photos of the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit a few months ago, my mom wanted to check out the latest costume exhibit.

We invited my godmother and her daughter, (who are basically extensions of our family!), to join us. Last winter, we all went to the MoMA to see the Henry Matisse exhibit together. My godmother is an incredibly talented artist (and even created a piece I’ve had hanging in my childhood room for 20+ years and is now in my apartment!) who has a knack for slowing me and her daughter Virginia down in museums to really stop and appreciate the art. I may not know a lot about art, but I’ve learned that if you have a visceral reaction to something, that makes it art. It’s something special to you. It was such a great experience at the MoMA that we were hoping they would make the trek back to the city to see this costume exhibit. Unfortunately due to some unexpected news, they were unable to join us. My mom was still able come into the city so we decided to have a girls day. We went to my favorite restaurant chain, Sarabeth’s, before admiring the Jacqueline de Ribes collection.

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Let me just say, this collection did not disappoint! I’ll admit, I had never heard of Jacqueline de Ribes before this exhibit, but I was completely starstruck by her collection. The use of color and texture was absolutely breathtaking. My favorite part? Stopping to read her many quotes. Jacqueline was clearly the epitome of glamour and grace. This exhibit will be closing on February 21st, so go while you still can!

What to Wear: Office Holiday Party

Tonight is my company’s annual holiday party! Every year they invite the employees to a nearby Manhattan private social club for the festivities. It is a HUGE event filled with tons of food, drinks, and lots of dancing. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends from all different departments/offices in one place. Dressing for an office holiday party is never easy so I decided to round up a few great options. Through my constant Pinteresting, I was able to find choices for every type of office holiday party, from formal to more casual!

For the girl on her way to the corner office:

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Elegant Polyvore Combinations For A Holiday Office Party:

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"Office Christmas Party" by bcsmith on Polyvore. THERE IS LEGITIMATELY NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN THIS OUTFIT.:

Sleek and sparkly

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Plaid and sequins

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 I hope these picks help spark a few ideas for your own office holiday party! And if you are ever stumped for what’s best, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or your manager what the dress code is typically like!

American Music Awards 2015: Best Dressed

Another day another awards show! Last night was the annual American Music Awards held in LA, California. As with all awards shows, the stars wore incredible ensembles (some better than others!) that need to be recapped. Here are my favorite looks from the music filled night!

Carrie Underwood

All that glitters…Carrie came dressed as a modern Glinda The Good Witch in her sparkly mini and matching cape. The rose gold color was absolute perfection on her! Carrie can truly do no wrong on the red carpet.

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Zendaya

Zendaya was truly pretty in pink last night! Her flower embroidered blouse and skirt were the perfect pop of color amongst the other celebs. She also somehow managed to find a matching pair of pink punks…pretty much impossible!

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Glitter was clearly a trend last night! Selena came dressed in a knockout red sparkly open-backed gown. Keeping her accessories and makeup on the more simple side, kept Selena’s look from becoming, well…too much!

Kendall & Kylie Jenner

The Jenner sisters were the definition of edgy last night. Both rocked the red carpet in black ensembles, that lets face it, could not be ignored. They were expertly styled, but I have to say Kendall’s look is my favorite. Her hair, that dress, and those shoes were amazing!

Demi Lovato

Demi showed up looking like she was straight out of the 20s! I love that she went with finger waves and dark gothic makeup, but chose a gown in a modern print. It created the perfect show stopper look on the red carpet.

Julianne Hough, 2015 American Music Awards

Julianne Hough

I”l admit, I was initially on the fence with this look. That being said, I think Julianne looked like a beautiful modern-day Cleopatra. The print was funky and colorful, but the sleek hair, makeup, and the double leg slits kept the dress from overpowering her.

What were your favorite looks of the night? Any incredible looks I failed to list?

Winter Coats to buy…NOW!

Last week felt like a strange continuation of summer with weather in the 70s, but I think winter is (unfortunately!) finally approaching. The air is cool in the morning, and I am starting to see a growing number of winter accessories when I walk to work (which reminds me I need to bust out a hat and scarf soon!). It is clear that fall is slowly coming to an end, which means now is the time to invest in a great winter coat. Last winter, I had a puffer coat that went to my waist, which I quickly realized wouldn’t cut it in New York winters. But it was January, and way too late to buy a long down coat.

In preparation for the coming months, I just purchased a new down coat and I am actually really excited to wear it. So in honor of my new purchase, I decided to round up a couple of great options that will definitely get you through the winter months to come!

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Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.02.44 AMCalvin Klein Faux-Fur Trim Knee-Length Down Coat

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.12.14 AMLondon Fog Faux-Fur Trim Down Coat

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.05.42 AMBCBGeneration Faux Fur Trim Hooded Down Maxi Coat

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.06.47 AMLarry Levine Faur-Fur Trim Water Repellent Down Coat

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 I hope these selections will help you find a winter coat that is perfect for you! Fingers crossed this year won’t be quite as brutal as last winter!

China: Through the Looking Glass

One of the biggest perks of my job (besides the major beauty discounts!) is free/reduced admission to most museums throughout New York City! The Lauder family are quite the art aficionados, and Leonard Lauder (aka Estée Lauder’s eldest son) even donated his own private Cubism collection to The Met! This past rainy Saturday my friend Toni and I met for brunch and decided to head to The Met for a little culture (and to stay dry of course!). I have been dying to see the latest exhibition (and theme of The Met Gala this year!) China: Through the Looking Glass and let me tell you I was not disappointed.

This exhibit is described on the website as an exploration of “the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery”

The three floor exhibit was incredible and I couldn’t help but take a TON of photos. Every ensemble was truly more beautiful than the last. Each piece was designed by, arguably, the most famous fashion designers in the world, John Galliano, Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and even Andy Warhol! Although my photos definitely do not do this exhibit justice, I thought you might like to take a glimpse into the latest Met exhibit!

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IMG_1644IMG_1642My favorite section of the exhibit was the Blue & White Porcelain room. All the gowns were intricately detailed with the two colors and perfectly coordinated with the porcelain plates on the opposite wall. If only I had an occasion to wear a gown like that…

While wandering through the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit I was continually reminded of a play I read during my senior year at Bucknell, M. Butterfly. This is a 1988 play that was loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a male Peking opera singer. M. Butterfly was inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly.

The play begins with Rene Gallimard a French civil servant serving in the French Embassy in China. While in Beijing, he falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera singer, Song Liling, who is actually a man masquerading as a woman. During this time, women were banned from performing on stage, so all female roles were played by males. Throughout their romance Song is actually spying on Gallimard for the Peoples Republic of China. This love affair lasts for 20 years, and throughout this time Gallimard is completely unaware or ignorant of the fact that Song Liling is actually a man. Gallimard is tried for treason for betraying his country, which as a result forces him to face the truth about his relationship with Song. At the end of the film, faced with this truth that the woman he has loved for 20 years is actually a man, Gallimard himself takes on the role of the beautiful Butterfly, the woman who died for the sake of an illusory love.

This was a truly fascinating play to read (and to watch on film) for my class and explained the concept of Orientalism clearly. To me, the entire China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit also embodied the concept of Orientalism that I had discussed in my English Lit class.

(The below is an excerpt from a paper that I wrote on the topic last year)

Orientalism refers to “the Indian subcontinent and especially to the Islamic Middle East” (Parker, 278). This is an understanding of the Western discourse regarding the East. Certain stereotypes that the West constructed the East to be were “sensual, lazy, exotic, irrational, cruel, promiscuous, seductive, inscrutable, dishonest, mystical, superstitious, primitive, ruled by emotion” (Parker, 278). This term as a whole focuses on colonial discourse, which produced the idea of the Orient. Said defines “Orientalism as ‘the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient…by making statements about it, authorizing views of it, describing it, teaching it, settling it, ruling over it…a Western style for dominating restructuring, and having authority over the Orient’”(Bryce, 166).

Understanding this concept of Orientalism from class last year made my experience at The Met that much more intriguing. It wasn’t simply beautiful garments, but a representation of the Western interpretation of the Eastern World.

The final aspect of the exhibit that I found fascinating was the film clips that were playing throughout. In the description online the reason for these short clips was to show how “our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.” It was interesting to compare the garments in the film clips to the ones on each wall of the exhibit.

As a whole I was thoroughly impressed with this exhibit. I think that it clearly showed the Western interpretation of China through pop culture, fashion, and art to highlight the fantasy and whimsy of Chinese imagery. I cannot recommend this exhibit enough and encourage you to check it out for yourself if you find time to visit the Big Apple this summer!

 

Works Cited in the excerpt from my paper

Bryce, Derek. “Repackaging Orientalism.” Tourist Studies 7.2 (2007): 165-91.
Parker, Robert Dale. How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies. Second ed. Oxford University Press.

Billboard Music Awards 2015: Best Dressed

Another day, another awards show! Sunday night was the annual Billboard Music Awards. As with all awards shows, the fashion was incredible. Celebrities decked out from head to toe were truly dressed to impress. As I have done in the past, here are my favorite looks from the night! Sorry for the delay in this post, I actually did not watch this awards show live. Instead I saw Pitch Perfect 2 with my roommate (totally worth it!). 

Taylor Swift

Coming home with EIGHT awards last night, Taylor not only killed in the awards category but also (as always!) in fashion. At first I was not entirely sure how I felt about this look when I saw the highlight reel on the news today. However, after a second look, this outfit is spot on. It is daring, fashion forward, modern, and totally edgy. Taylor looked absolutely stunning with smokey eyes and an all white jumpsuit with cut outs. Plus the “Bad Blood” clutch was the perfect touch!

Ellen Pompeo

It’s clear that jumpsuits are in this season! Although she is not an artist, Ellen looked AMAZING last night! Her sheer and sparkly jumpsuit perfectly complimented Taylor’s white jumpsuit when she presented TSwift with one of her eight awards.

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Zendaya

Definitely taking a risk with this daring outfit, Zendaya pulled it off. Her entire ensemble did not overwhelm her frame thanks to the crop top and teal pumps that added the perfect pop of color. The funky pattern was fun and a great choice for the awards show.

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Martha Hunt

A refreshing color on the red carpet, model Martha Hunt looked stunning in this plum dress. The nude panels on the sides gave the dress some interest and her accessories and makeup were simple but beautiful.

Kendall Jenner

Looking very high fashion, Kendall rocked the red carpet. Her slicked back hair and minimal makeup pulled all the attention to her ensemble. I loved her intricately beaded top and how she paired it with black pants and over the knee boots. Her look was edgy and cool, the perfect outfit for the event.

What was your favorite look from the Billboard Music Awards 2015?