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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I finally got some photos off my camera

You may or may not know that the new and exciting way my computer has decided to piss me off is by not recognizing the usb chord for my camera. Any photos that I take cannot be directly related onto my pc. So, this means that I have a huge backlog of photos to share with you!

These three photos are all taken at Holt Renfrew, two over Christmas and one this week. The first photo is a DVF blazer with a skirt like vent area, the second is a miu miu jacket and the third is a Helmut Land one-shoulder black wool dress with black silk pleated deatil (necklace is my own). Of the three I bought only two pieces, of the two I am returning (horror of horrors) one. In my defence I only bought the item so that my boss could use it as inspiration for an item they are having custom made for myself. So can you guess which is which? Bought, Returning & Wishful Thinking....

Monday, February 23, 2009


Well, this year's Academy Awards was a little different. I Loved the set, it was absolutely stunning, I liked the actor category presentations (best presentation- Robert De Niro on Sean Penn). Hugh Jackman was a great host, funny, charming, infinitely talented he reminded me that he is meant for the stage but is too good looking to be kept away from film. I liked the way the show unfolded- they actually explained the importance of each set of categories: it starts with an idea (writing), moves into production (cinematography, costume), gets put together (editing, sound) get the idea. It just had a flow and intimacy this year, so eventhough it lasted 3 hours and change it didn't feel as long as normal.

Best speech: Mr Kato who won for best animated short "I am berry happy...domo arigato mr. robato." So cute and so much love. Honorable mention to Dustin Lance Black and Sean Penn for their Equal Rights shout outs.

Now, on to the fashion! I have to sat that Ryan Seacrest is the WORST red carpet host. He barely asked anyone who/what they were wearing. The whole point of the red carpet is to purvey all the beautiful (and sometimes hideous) celebrity fashion choices. The actual red carpet pre-show hosted by Tim Gunn was so much better.

Best dressed:

Marisa Tomei in Versace. She never normally impresses me with her choice of clothing but this was STUNNING. The intricate pleating and the silver-white colour give this dress sculptural sophistication. Make up was on point and the hair is perfectly tussled. Understated accessories round out this spectacular outfit.

The Men:

Always underrepresented in any award show fashion discussion (except for Mickey Rourke- his dog pendent was pretty adorable).

Daniel Craig is always slick especially in this single button tux. Love the shawl lapel and the sheen in contrast to the matte jacket (is it a dark, deep midnight blue or is it black?) the pocket square is what kicks this emsemble up into the stratosphere. A modern take on traditional black tie wear.

Robert Downey Jr. This year he has been to so many award shows and his experience pays off yet again. Gorgeous suit with grey/black contrasting peaked lapels and dark grey pocket square, this is how to make black tie dressing fun and interesting for men.

Now, back to the women...

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior Haute Couture. I had previously picked out a dress from this collection for Keira but she didn't attend this year. Leave it to reigning fashion plate SJP to show up in couture. Great colour "barely mint" in her words, her breasts look fabulous and she looks like a fairytale princess (but not in a little girl way).

Taraji P Henson: I could not find out who she was wearing. No one asked her on the red carpet (although they did try to allude to it, "there must have been so many people dying to dress you..." she didn't take the bait and give the designer a shout out). This tired ivory gown looked incredible on her. Simple, sleek but with interesting (non beaded/emrboidered) detail. Stunning necklace, sleek hair, classic make up. I hope to be seeing more of her in the future.

Marion Cotillard (pictured above in the first photo): I LOVE THIS WOMAN. A completely different look from her winning beauty last year. She took another chance this year and pulled it off in a black and navy sequined dress with a strapless bodice, cinched waist and layers of sharply angled black tulle. She'll probably get panned for it but I loved the look especially her up do and dark lips.

Her cohort and co-star in the upcoming movie Nine, Penelope Cruz (pictured above with Marion) chose a 60 yr old ivory vintage Balmain gown. As Tim Gunn said, she was dressed to win tonight. Well deserved.

While I loved Penelope's dress I didn't love her hair. It was too severe and with her bangs shaped her face in a weird, boyish manner. I didn't think it was particularly attractive at all.

This brings me to another actress/presenter whose dress I couldn't care less about but whose hairdo was horrendous. Jessica Biel you should know better. What was that limp, messy thing hanging off of your head. You looked tired, annoyed and quite frankly bad. Next time do yourself a favor and run a brush through that tangled mess of yours before you leave the house and speak on camera infront of a few million people.

So now for the fashion LOSERS:

Miley Cyrus what were you thinking?! After such a terrific debut last year in red Valentino you followed it up with....THIS. It's like a prom dress gone horribly, disgustingly, overly beaded and beadazzledly wrong. The cut is flattering, I guess. But that belt, those extremely large fish scale like tiers. EW.

Not pictured (because it think showing off one fashion crime is more than enough).Reese Witherspoon, the hair- no, the make-up- too dark/not flattering, the dress- what were those two black slashes holding up your dress? Why were they there? It was too busy, kind of messy, trying too hard.

Evan Rachel Wood: The dress is too pale, she's already whiter than white so she looked really washed out and kind of naked. The hair colour is disgusting as well.

Melissa George: What are you even doing at the Oscars? How did you even get an invitation?

Amanda Seyfried: Too boxy for you. The turned down bust line was doing you no favours.

Other thoughts: I noticed that the side-swept up 'do was most popular this year.

I liked that most women wore colour (red!) or a shade of white, this meant that the few who chose to wore black actually garnered some attention. Lovely ladies in black included: Robin Wright-Penn, Diane Lane and Angelina Jolie (who was an exercise in how accessories can MAKE a look- simple, colourful & gorgeous).

There were a lot of people I thought looked great but played it safe (read: a bit boring) with their choice of clothing. Ann Hathaway would have made my list but the bodice of her gown looked overly large- like she didn't have enough boob to fill it out. Heidi Klum, whom I adore, dress looked nice from the front, bad from the back and the hair was gross and looked dirty. Kate Winslet, dress looked AWESOME from the back, but the division in the front was too severe. I would have liked it more if more of the skirt at the front had been draped by the black lace. Hair and makeup was very pretty and chic. Everyone else was dressed as expected and therefore elicited either a yawn, a kind word, or indifference.

Friday, February 20, 2009


"Good God, I'm pregnant; I wonder who did it."

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Where's the love?

"Valentine's Day is quite possibly the worst holiday for men."

and that quote is from Men's Health

If you take away the -for men part- and just end the sentence after -holiday- then I agree. I can't stand the expectation, the idea that most women buy into- that expecting some lavish display of affection in the form of a gift, a "special" activity, dinner or some combination of all three is somehow a valid show of romance. Did you know that on average guys, not women, just the GUY spends $156 on this hallmark 'holiday'? For girls that amount is $90, but I would hedge a bet that the average girl expects to pay $0. 

And what happens if these expectations aren't fulfilled? Well, the guy just isn't romantic, not a good boyfriend. It doesn't matter, if he came to pick you up and held your hair back while you were sick all over his car one night after too many vodka shots, or if he surprised you with flowers one day just to see you smile, if he doesn't go all out and plan something splashy for Feb 14th then he's a jerk. It doesn't matter if you didn't get him anything and he made you a candle-lit dinner or got tickets to a play, you're the girl, if he's lucky you might put on some nice underwear (that he won't even notice cos he'll just be ripping your clothes off anyway) to mark the occasion. It's pure bullshit.

Now, this may seem like some bitter rant from a single gal, but it isn't. I have never been a fan of v-day, not since I was 12 and stopped giving a card & candy to every member of my elementary school class (so that no one would feel left out and everyone would feel liked). I have always insisted, if I happen to be in a relationship, that the day go by as any other, unmarked and uncelebrated. I have never received more than a card, with a picture of the Rock on it and that wasn't meant to be romantic. 

The most romantic gestures are the ones that you don't expect. These don't require reminding and prodding, they don't require a monetary value, they aren't some show piece for you to parade around the water cooler to the envy of all your friends and co-workers. They are from the heart and they shouldn't always be from the guy. 

(the picture posted, has nothing to do with what is written, just some henry cavill eye-candy for you to feast upon...mmm tasty!)


Am lusting after this Yigal Azrouel leather jacket.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Who says you can't buy love?

I hate the upcoming hallmark "holiday" known as valentine's day- but I would love anyone if they bought me this $25million townhouse in NYC 

For more photos of this beautiful dream home click here

hair do

I can finally forgive them for all that freakin whistling (but I'm still hesitant about seeing them live- don't think I can take that song- not yet at least)

Michelle Vogue's

Finally, a Vogue celebrity cover that I am excited about! 

Monday, February 09, 2009

It's Hot in Rio

Steven Klein shoots Madonna for W

(yeah, that up there is her new piece)

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Lil'Kim is going to be a contestant on the new season of dancing with the stars!!! (so is jewel, steve-o, denise richards and gillies marini- also known as the HOT dude who lived beside Samantha in the SATC movie) I don't watch the show but I will if Lil Kim in on!!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

I pose this question...



Why so prevalant?

The unfortunate reality is, that in order to sell, fashion magazines have to put celebrities on their covers. That is what peaks the interst of the ordinary consumer, and what sets their issues apart from their competitors. FASHION is usually very good about using models on their covers, but their celebrity issues far out sell their model-covered ones (hilary duff in 2008 was their biggest seller). I'm sure this MKOlsen issue will sell incredibly well, much to my chagrin. She looks awful on the cover. Actually, she almost always looks awful, that's because, although she is skinny, she's not much in the face department. Smiling never came easily to the Olsens, although in some candid shots their smiles can look less forced. You'd hope that photoshop could help with that, but I guess not. I wonder who did the styling, hopfeully it was Tammy Eckenswiller. Apparently MK had very strong opinions about what they dressed her in. That is why working with models is far preferred to working with celebrities. Celebrities are egos, who think they have better taste and loftier opinions than you do. Oh, and MK if you can't stand to look like everybody else then I suggest you stop with the whole I'm-a-rich-faux-hipster-who-wants-to-look-like-a-thrift-store-ruffian-in-john-lennon-glasses look. It's been done, and it's over.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Red Carpet Worthy Couture

Elie Saab


(psst, Keira Knightly, you + this dress + hair in loose large ringlets + a few antique jewelled bangles (or a cuff) at the Oscars = perfection!)



Happy Superbowl Sunday

This weekend's scotch-off was fun, now it's time to cap it off with The Boss!