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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photo: vogue.com

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu

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photo: eonline.com

Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli

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photo: vogue.com

Kerry Washington in Prada

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photo: eonline.com

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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photo: eonline.com

Hannah Davis in J. Mendel

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photo: eonline.com

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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photo: eonline.com

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.

                                                              (http://www.calleencordero.com/about.html)

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!)

Lilly Is Back!

When I first heard that Lilly Pulitizer would be collaborating with Target on a new collection, I couldn’t help but think of the idea as one doomed from the start.  If you’re in your 20s and grew up in the south (yes, southern VA is the south) like me, you most likely were dressed in Lilly Pulitzer from head to toe as a child, and to me, the idea of dressing now like I did as a child just seemed ridiculous.

I vividly remember visiting the adorably decorated Lilly boutique that my mom would take my sister and I to every single time we vacationed at our beach house in Duck, North Carolina. We would go in the shop for hours and come out with bags full of new printed frocks and skirts for school- they were quite the trend for a while.  However, as I reached my teen years, Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister naturally took the place of Lilly in my and many other girls’ closets. By the time I was in college, I’d pretty much forgotten about the brand and its signature tropical prints, but little did I know that there were still plenty of women, especially living in the south, who still swore by their Lilly Pulitzer collection!  Still, as it was no longer my style, I hadn’t given the brand much of a second thought until hearing about this collaboration with Target, which has previously been led by top brands such as Missoni and Phillip Lim.

In my opinion, this collaboration means that Lilly is ready for a comeback in the fashion industry, and after putting aside my preconceived opinions and browsing through their lookbook, I think that their strategy by teaming up with one of the country’s largest budget retailers will prove to be a good one. As today is the day that the collection finally goes on sale, we will soon realize how many of our consumers will not only like but actually buy into a Lilly Pulitzer comeback.

For those of you who are interested in the new 250-piece lifestyle collection between Lilly and Target, check out some of my favorite looks below or start shopping on the site now!!!

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lookbook images via popsugar.com

Living Proof

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone – I hope it’s going well!

Here are some of my favorite things from this past week to keep your day interesting!

Favorite Spring Hair:

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Favorite Foodie Instagrammer to Follow:

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via https://instagram.com/chefjacqueslamerde

Favorite Fashion Splurge:

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Alexander Wang, Small Diego Bag, $775

Favorite Wallpaper: 

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Photographer and Artist Grey Malin is amazing and has the best prints, wallpaper, etc…

Favorite Video:

The Oscars 2015: Best Dressed!

This year’s Oscars show was entertaining per usual; however, aside from the moving musical performances, the most standout part of the show for me was definitely the fashion!  While watching arrivals on the red carpet, the overarching trends that I spotted on the stars included statement necklaces, embellishments, blue tuxes, and leg slits!  Overall, I was happy with the majority of the looks on the carpet and can’t wait to share the ones I loved with you!

The Ladies:

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

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Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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Jennifer Aniston in Versace

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Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad

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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

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Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

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Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

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Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

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The Gents:

Chris Evans in Gucci

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Chris Pine in Giorgio Armani

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Jared Leto

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David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabanna

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Ansel Elgort in Prada

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Bradley Cooper in Ferragamo

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Prettiest Couple Award:

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* all photos from elle.com, eonline.com and people.com