Met Gala 2015: Best Dressed Picks

Last night, celebrities, models, and designers made quite the presence at the 2015 Met Gala. This annual event is always held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Exhibit and is known among the fashion crowd as the most inventive and extravagant event of the year. With this year’s theme being ‘Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion,’ the anticipation over how the attendees would honor this theme through their ensembles felt higher than the Great Wall prior to the big arrivals. Of course, the guests on the red carpet did anything but disappoint and the fashion looked even more imaginative and awe-inspiring than ever!

Some common themes that I spotted on the red carpet included headpieces, capes, embellishments, risqué cutouts, and LOTS of red. For the most part, these trends added some extra “wow factor” to the amazing outfits at the event, making my choice of favorites extremely difficult! However, after long contemplation, I finally was able to pick out my top ten outfits from the Gala. Check them out below and see if you agree with my standout looks!

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors

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photo: vogue.com

Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection

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photo: vogue.com

Rihanna in Guo Pei

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Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu

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Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli

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photo: vogue.com

Kerry Washington in Prada

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Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen

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photo: vogue.com

Selena Gomez in Vera Wang

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photo: vogue.com

Gigi Hadid in DVF

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Hannah Davis in J. Mendel

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Runner-Up

Beyonce in Givenchy

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I can’t decide how I feel about the dress- her and the dress are beautiful but it may be a bit too risqué for my taste..

photo: eonline.com

Best Dressed Among The Men?

Justin Bieber in Balmain (actually dressed for the theme!)

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Small Brands To Love

Happy Sunday everyone!  As I mentioned in my previous post, Storefront Spotlight, storeowner Tricia Snyder is always bringing new and unique designers into her cool boutique, Trish. Every time I visit the store and see these new brands displayed among the racks and shelves, I am immediately educated about these brands by Tricia or her employees. This is not only a smart sales move, but it also makes my shopping experience much more personal and memorable. Plus, when leaving with a bag full of merchandise, knowing about the designers behind my purchases makes them feel that much more special.

This morning, I thought that I’d share with you some of my favorite lesser-known brands that Trish first introduced me to: Mother, Calleen Cordero, and Pam and Gela.

Mother:

            Mother was founded in 2010 by designer Tim Kaeding and Lela Becker. Famous for its super-soft fabrics and irreverent attitude, their boutique, made-in-L.A. brand is unique for its genius for keeping an indie spirit while still offering fits and washes that appeal to a wide range of women. Tim likes to say that Mother, a word as loaded with innuendo as it is unconditional love, goes against the grain; the brand pushes technological boundaries when it comes to that signature soft denim, and pushes brand boundaries when it comes to, for instance, naming silhouettes (think cheeky: The Dropout Boyfriend, The Groupie).

                                                             (http://www.motherdenim.com/about-us)

Favorite Looks:

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Via motherdenim.com

Calleen Cordero:

            Calleen Cordero’s first step on her journey to becoming one of today’s most inspiring American designers began in Marin County, CA, where at the age of fifteen she was first immersed in the world of high fashion footwear. Beginning in sales at an upscale boutique, her innate talent for fashion and her passion for well-crafted shoes began to shine through, and Calleen soon found herself elevated to the position of assistant buyer, travelling to Europe to view collections and meet with designers, all by the age of sixteen. From this precocious beginning, Calleen went on to represent some of the top names in the footwear industry and learned about every aspect of the art and trade.

            In 1999, she began designing her own line and started her company with two simple ideals: bring the Old World art of handmade artisan quality footwear, handbags and accessories back to the United States – and everything that she made would be as authentic as it was beautiful, as comfortable as it was luxurious, and as nourishing to the soul as it was to the eye.

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Favorite Looks:

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Via calleencordero.com

Pam and Gela:

            Pam and Gela were the maximalist masterminds behind the extraordinary Juicy Couture brand. They created an unapologetic world where more was fun. Their unique take on everyday luxury and irreverent fashion expression served as an inspiration to a whole new generation of young designers and paved the gilded way for progressive, up and coming ready-to-wear brands.

                                                                 (http://www.pamandgela.com/about-us/)

Favorite Looks:

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Via pamandgela.com

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

Good morning everyone!  We are halfway through the week and only a few days away (woah) from the start of May.  This means that it’s time to get shopping for a Mother’s Day present if you haven’t already!  If you’re struggling to think of the right present for your deserving momma, don’t fret!  I’ve kindly put together a fab gift guide to help you out in your hunt for the best gift, so get clicking and order your items today!

For the athletic mom:

Nike Free 5.0

Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet (splurge!)

Zella ‘Live-in’ Leggings

For the lounge lizard:

Walton Wood Farm Recovery Bath Salts

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe

La Mer ‘Soleil de La Mer’ Collection (splurge!)

For the entertainer:

‘Mom’s’ Copper Mug

Le Creuset Four Mini Cocottes Set

Diptyque ‘Baies’ Hourglass Diffuser (splurge!)

For the fashionista:

Nadri Pave’ Curved Bar Studs

Eileen Fisher Bateau Neck Cotton Blend Top

Shinola ‘Gomelsky’ Moon Phase Leather Strap Watch (splurge!)

New in Beauty

I’ve always been a sucker for new beauty trends and products, and it definitely doesn’t help quell my obsession when the products I try end up being amazing. Even though this beauty habit has me constantly cleaning out my makeup bags, I can’t truly complain about an obsession that introduces me to better and healthier beauty products, right?

Now, with my new monthly series called “New in Beauty,” I will be continuously sharing with you my latest beauty discoveries and where to get them for yourselves! Start clearing up your makeup counter now because here is my latest and greatest find from this month!

Glo Minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation – $54.00 (in natural)

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This foundation was actually given to me by my mother, who was told about the mineral makeup by a well-respected dermatologist. As it’s a brand that has received raving reviews from skin professionals around the country, she knew it would be something that I’d want to test out. Well, I gave it a try and fell in LOVE! My handy drugstore foundation is now in the trash and replaced by my Glo Minerals makeup! I really love it because I only have to use a pea-sized amount to achieve an even complexion, long-lasting coverage, AND a lightweight feel! Plus, the natural shade matches my skin tone perfectly, which has never happened for me in the past.  I definitely recommend this foundation for someone who doesn’t want the heavy feeling of makeup but does want to benefit from the skin protection and coverage!

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What To Watch Now: Fed Up

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Last night, I watched the documentary Fed Up, and I cannot express how eye opening, scary, and important this film is. It investigates America’s obesity epidemic and why our society is only getting bigger and bigger, despite increases in research and “education.” Even though I’m a very health-conscious person and always reading into the latest health news, I still learned quite a bit about how our minds have been brainwashed about nutrition and health over the years. Everyone being affected by this problem, a.k.a. ALL OF US, should watch this documentary and educate themselves about the foods we’re putting in our bodies. So, put down the Doritos, grab some water, and start watching this on Netflix ASAP!

Here are some disturbing images from the documentary:

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images via http://www.momtrends.com

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