Author’s Pick: Top 5 best and worst dressed at the 2014 Oscars

The Academy Awards is famously known to be Hollywood’s biggest night. Movie fans around the world set their calendars every year for this special night…but so do fashionistas like myself.

Although I am a huge movie geek, and tune in every year to see the best of the best of actors, actresses, writers, producers, directors, designers, animators etc., I also tune in to see the fashion!

I have been watching the Oscars since before I can remember. Every year, I make Oscar-Sunday my day as I watch everything from the pre-red carpet to the arrivals, the actual ceremony, to the after-parties. I don’t want to rule out the men, as they all look handsome in their designer suits and tuxes, but lets face it – the ladies are the forefront when it comes to the outfits.

Each award season I sit on pins and needles waiting to see what the actresses are wearing. When it comes to other award shows’ fashion, they tend to get away with almost anything, but with the Academy Awards, it’s either a hit or miss. It was tough as there were a lot of best and worst dressed gals this year, but I narrowed my picks down. Not in any particular order (in relation to the photograph above) here are my top 5 best and worst dressed.

BEST DRESSED

Idina Menzel – The ‘Wicked’ star wore a strapless, forest-green Vera Wang gown that was simply stunning. Last night Menzel performed ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Amy Adams – The five-time Academy Award nominee arrived at the red carpet wearing a strapless, sapphire blue Gucci dress that was nothing less than elegant. Adams was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘American Hustle’.

Jennifer Lawrence – The ‘Hunger Games’ beauty never disappoints when it comes to fashion on the red carpet. Like last year’s Oscar dress, Lawrence knows how to wow. This year she chose a red, strapless peplum Dior Couture dress that had on-lookers in awe. The Academy Award winner was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actress for ‘American Hustle’.

Charlize Theron – She warmed our hearts in 2003 for her performance in ‘Monster’, but she won our hearts at the 2004 Oscars in a gown that outdid everyone’s. The Academy Award winner presented at this year’s show in a sexy, strapless Gucci dress. It was, as I believe, to be the black dress that every woman dreams of having in her closet!

Giuliana Rancic – The Fashion Police diva was on the red carpet hosting for E! hours before the arrivals. She was pre-game to the red carpet as she showed off her Paolo Sebastian dress. The slightly off-the-shoulder, champagne, princess dress was just darling. Even Joan Rivers couldn’t pick a bad thing about that dress.

WORST DRESSED

Elsa Pataky – Chris Hensworth, actor best known for ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’, showed up with his very pregnant wife on his arm. Ok, I give kudos to the ‘Fast Five’ actress for stepping out onto the red carpet when she is ready to pop, but she stepped out in the wrong thing. She wore a teal, Elie Saab gown that covered too little on the sides and showed her baby bump in a very un-flattering manner.

Anne Hathaway – The Academy Award winner usually is a hit or miss when she steps out on the red carpet. We can either plan to see a ‘Princess Diaries’ look or a ‘ I Dreamed a Dream Les Mis’ look. This year, the presenter had a miss wearing a black and gold armor Gucci dress that would’ve been better designed as a shoe than a gown.

Anna Kendrick – The Academy Award nominee, and this year’s presenter, wore a J. Mendel dress that you either loved or hated. This is on my worst dressed so obviously I did not love it. The off-the-shoulder, black gown with the red sheer details at the torso would have looked much better with out the cross-body strap and thick-lining detail at the neck and arms. Better luck next time.

Sally Hawkins – One thing not to do when you are thin, beautiful and nominated for an Academy Award – dress like a nun. The actress who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Blue Jasmine’ wore a white and gold fully-covered Valentino dress. Too much skin is a no-no, zero skin is a big no-no.

Kerry Washington – The 2014 Oscars were no stranger to the very-pregnant beauties. The ‘Scandal’ star is usually always a stunner on the red carpet, even more so since she sported her cute baby bump, but this year’s Oscar dress wasn’t a good choice. The presenter wore a Jason Wu, strapless lavender gown that looked like a wrinkled, silk sheet clipped by a diamond pendant. She should have re-worn her 2014 Golden Globes dress.

Well, there you have it! My yay’s and nay’s for this years Oscars Best and Worst Dressed. Who were your favorites? Excited to see what 2015 brings.

Size 12 Models Could Be Coming to Project Runway

When it comes to the world of fashion and models we all know that “THIN” is in. Project Runways Tim Gunn wants to shape the runway with woman who represents the majority of today’s society who are not a size 2.

Gunn who keeps the designers on their toes and has coined the phrase “Make It Work” doesn’t take light to excuses. Gunn’s motivation for wanting to feature more real women on Project Runway stems from an incident in season 10 where designer Ven Budhu made it very clear that he was not happy working with his plus size model who was nominated to be on the show for a makeover by her friends.

According to Today, Budhu brought the plus size contestant to tears and Gunn took to his twitter page and said, “That a truly good designer can make any size look good”.

Gunn as mentor to the designers uses the platform of Project Runway to give the designers the opportunity to step outside the norm and create for markets in fashion that are not being addressed.

According to an interview last August with the Huffington Post, Gunn said, “I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is, and frankly, there are two markets: The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite and most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant.”

If you are a fan of Project Runway and you want to see more models on the show that represent women beyond size 2 you can cast your vote here and be a part of the poll that just might bring more real women to the runway on Project Runway.

Things Girls Consider When Buying Clothes

Different types of designs and styles have been launched in the market with versatility. However, the girls are very keen to purchase various types of designer clothes. When any woman makes an intention to purchase any fashion item, what they must consider is that all the accessories and dress which she is to purchase, match each other. It is the nature of women to consider each and every thing while purchasing different types of pieces of clothing. Usually women purchase handbags, belts, tops, skirts, different types of fashion dress they prefer to purchase. Girls are not only purchasing for specific occasion, but they also buy different clothing accessories for everyday use. Being chic and stylish is one of the main goals for all the girls and they make clothing choices in accordance to the current trends. For the most part girls consider the following things while purchasing clothing items or any fashion accessories.

  • Personality – Whenever a girls finds any dress or accessories in the market and makes the intention to purchase it, before purchasing it she considers whether this specific piece of clothing will look good on her or not. Because more often than not girls purchase the different items of clothing that look remarkable at the shop, but when they take them home sometimes it seems like the clothes doesn’t match their personality. The reason this happens is because not all the things are designed for each person. Therefore, girls first try it out by wearing it to make sure whether these accessories or dress look good on her or not. If they feel like the dress suits them, then they make the final decision to purchase the product.
  • Body fitting – If they went to purchase a dress to wear at a party, they are more than willing to spend more than five hours shopping for a single dress. It is in the nature of all women. The girls come across different dresses in terms of shape and sizes, in order to consider the versatility and the prices of all those dresses. After visiting all the shops they decide to make their purchase at the shop where the prices are reasonable and the shopkeeper will happily allow them to try it out before making the final decision. However, first they make sure that dress is appropriate, well-fitting, or whether the cut requires some additional alterations to be made, in which case they will consult with the shopkeeper who can alter it. They are not even willing to cover any additional expenses to do the fitting. Therefore, the fitting of the dress is very important. If the fitting of the dress is not satisfactory, then the dress will not look good on the body.

David Jones shows large handbags at Melbourne Fashion Festival

David Jones presented designs on the runway from forty-three designers at the Melbourne Fashion Festival yesterday. The designs were from the current season in Australia and featured a collection of medium to large handbags which shows a possible trend away from the current mini-handbag trend of 2014.
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The handbags on the David Jones runway yesterday at the Melbourne Fashion Festival were soft, large and shown in dark colors. There were several silhouettes featured including shoulder bags, north-south totes, duffle bags and clutches. The only handbag style shown on the David Jones in a small size were the clutches. The shoulder bags were medium and the totes, duffle bags and additional styles were shown in large sizes.

This is an interesting move as most designers during fashion month in New York, Milan, Paris and London showed small and mini sized handbags for the fall/winter 2014/2015 season. In fact, there has been a move towards small handbags over the past few years. The larger handbags shown on David Jones runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival last night could signal a possible move towards medium and large handbags as we move into 2015.

The designers showcased on the David Jones runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival included Akin by Ginger & Smart, Alice McCall, Banjo & Matilda, Bassike, Bec & Bridge, Bianca Spender, CM Camilla and Marc, Calibre, Cameo, Camilla, Camilla and Marc, Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, Easton Pearson, Ellery, Etre Cecile, Finders Keepers, Ginger & Smart, Industrie, Jac + Jack, Jack London, Josh, Goot, Keepsake the Label, L’America, Lover, Michael Lo Sordo, Mimco, Mink Pink, Nicolas, Nicola Finetti, Rachel Gilbert, Romance Was Born, Sabatini, Scanlan Theodore, Shakuhachi, Staple the Label, Talulah, Thurley, Tigerlily, Vanishing Elephant, Viktoria + Woods, Willow, Zanerobe, and Zimmerman.

To view photos from the David Jones runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival last night, please click on the slideshow associated with this article.

Choosing The Right Jewelry and Watch For Your Lifestyle

Buy dainty jewelry for slender ladies, and chunkier jewelry to get a bigger lady. If your wife is petite, then a little wrist watch is suitable. Buy the same watch for the six-foot tall partner and it might not even fit on her wrist! Whatever you do, Do not buy men’s jewelry to get a girl! She’ll know the second she lays eyes on it and could be offended.

In the event you find your self going off wearing jewelry such as Swiss watch brands simply because you put on a bracelet, buy a watch that matches your bracelet in type and color, and wear it on the other wrist. Bracelets are enjoyable and are just one of the only pieces of jewelry that you can see on your self when you’re wearing them. Wear one on the wrist without a wrist watch, or merely get rid of your wrist bracelet altogether.

A certain “old fashioned” piece of jewelry that you might wish to reconsider wearing, is a watch. Younger individuals are used to use their cell phones or other electronics to inform them the time, but in certain scenarios, it may be more suitable or more expert to put on a good wrist watch. You don’t wish to be constantly checking your wrist watch when tackling a work or a formal event, but wearing a watch sends a certain sort of message.

When purchasing a Swiss watch online or selecting jewelry for an outfit, think about not only what color or colours your clothes are, but also what color your jewelry is. If you’re wearing a necklace on a silver chain, attempt to pair it with perhaps a silver ring or earrings with silver findings. Attempt to steer clear of mixing various colored metals unless of course you’ve a single piece, like a watch, that combines each.

When wearing jewelry, much less is much more. You do not have to put on a necklace, earrings, bracelets, a watch, and rings to create your outfit look complete. Select pieces that function well together with your outfit and what you are wearing. One well selected bracelet or necklace will draw much more compliments than multiple striking objects.

When you have a round face, stay away from long dangling earrings. This kind of earrings generally make your face appear rounder and draws focus away from excellent features you might have. Rather, opt to buy small dangling earrings or stud earrings for any look that enhances your round face and functions.

Vintage jewelry can actually make great fashion accessories. It does not have to be your granny’s jewelry any longer. Make a statement piece by displaying a vintage necklace or a pair of vintage earrings. Vintage seems to become all of the new rage and almost every store out there seems to become promoting vintage inspired pieces. Why buy “inspired pieces” whenever you can purchase the actual thing for any fraction with the cost?

When cleaning your fine jewelry, usually adhere to the recommended cleansing directions for the gemstones utilized in the piece rather than the metals. Many jewelry cleaners designed to remove tarnish from metals may also dull or even destroy many soft valuable gemstones. Use a cleaner safe for all gemstones and avoid harsh chemicals.

When you wish to get diamond jewelry it’s important that you know the high quality of the stone you’re trying to purchase. Any qualified or knowledgeable jeweler will be in a position display you the quality of the diamond you’re buying. From there, the costs are explainable; the greater the high quality with the diamond the more expensive they might be.

Hand Wash Only?

Nothing is more annoying than getting a stain on that favorite silk blouse or cashmere sweater — except looking at the tag and finding the three words everyone dreads: “Hand wash only.” Don’t give up on your garment just because of a few words; try some tips and tricks that make hand-washing a breeze.

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Before pulling that detergent out, consider that it may not be time to wash just yet. Though hand-wash-only clothing tends to be more delicate, it can typically stand up to three to four wears before it’s time to clean it, according to Athelia Woolley, co-owner and head designer of Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique. “Hand-wash-only fabrics are almost always made of natural fibers, like 100-percent silk or cashmere or wool, and those fabrics don’t get soiled easily,” she says.

Also, depending on the type of fabric, hand-washing may not be your only option. Many clothes that carry a hand-wash-only tag may actually be machine-washable, according to experts including Woolley and Krystal Savanella, fashion designer and owner of Krystal Savanella Designs House of Couture, a high-end clothing label based in Ventura, California. They say the labeling typically serves to protect the clothing manufacturer from liability in case something goes wrong in the washing machine.

“The majority of the time a manufacturer suggests ‘hand wash only’ due to beading or another type of embellishment or a fiber or fiber blend that is delicate and might shrink or change properties, such as a fuzzy sweater,” explains Savanella.

So, when is the right time to hand wash your garments? Take it on a case-by-case basis. When it comes to sweaters, antique clothing or clothing with embellished features, like jewelry, sequins or other beading, stick to hand-washing only.

For natural fibers like silk, wool or cashmere, the rules can vary, depending on with whom you talk. Some say they can handle the machine, in a cold wash on the gentle cycle, but Savanella advises leaving those fabrics to the professionals. “I have the rule never to wash silk or wool [in water],” she says, “even if it says hand-washing is OK. Dry clean only.”

Mistakes to Avoid

Sometimes hand-washing can be a frustrating process, especially when you don’t get the results you want. Leslie Reichert, cleaning expert and author of “The Joy of Green Cleaning,” shares some common mistakes to avoid.

First, never use hot water; go with water at cool, cold or lukewarm temperatures. Make sure the sink is clean, or dedicate a special tub to hand-washing. And always add the soap to the water before placing the clothing in, not afterward.

If there’s a stain on your piece, pretreat it the old-fashioned way before you hand wash it. “Back in the day, they used an old-fashioned soap and a small brush,” Reichert explains. “Depending on the fabric, rub the soap into the spot and, if the fabric can take it, brush it in on both sides of the spot.”

If the piece is really dirty, let it soak overnight in cold water before hand-washing it. Once it’s time to wash, fill up the sink about three-fourths full and follow the directions that came with the detergent. Or alter the instructions to suit your needs. “I use like three-fourths of the amount that the instructions recommend,” says Woolley.

Reichert advises that when washing more than one item, never mix colors. Just as with machine-washing, the colors can bleed into each other. Rinse the garment as many times as it takes to remove all the soap, but never wring a piece of clothing. Gently squeeze or pat it to remove suds. Place especially delicate items on a screen and then soak the screen in the water to rinse.

Finishing Touches

If commercially popular detergents are too harsh on your garment, try a very gentle dish soap or laundry soap, Reichert suggests. “Originally, soap was made with animal fat, but now there’s olive oil- and vegetable-based soaps out there,” she says. “I use soap flakes.” This type of soap can be hard to find, but green cleaning stores and websites carry it.

Drying your hand-washed clothing properly can be just as crucial as the cleaning process. Reichert says always lay the clothing flat to dry, either on a clean white towel or a raised mesh or netted drying rack that allows the garment to lay flat. Never hang sweaters, but instead use what Reichart calls a “blocking” technique in which you lay the sweater on a clean towel and roll it up to get rid of excess water, then lay it flat to dry. This keeps the sweater from becoming misshapen.

Once the item is mostly dry, you can even toss it in the dryer, but set it to tumble dry only, Salvanella says. Again, do not use this technique with antique or embellished clothing or knitwear if you want to maintain its original shape and style.

Godiva Chocolatier Easter and spring collection is bright cheerful and yummy

Godiva Chocolatier, renowned for its premium Belgium chocolates, is loved all over the world such as United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia! Godiva’s chocolates, truffles, coffee, cocoa, and biscuits make a delicious special treat, and gifts, especially for making someone feel happy this Easter holiday!

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Chocolate magically makes everything alright. Studies suggest that eating chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is healthy for the heart and mind. Chocolate can help people stay thin, reduce body mass, prevent blood clots, improve numeracy, decrease stroke risk, doesn’t ruin the complexion and increase serotonin levels in the brain, thus help the immune system. Of course, chocolate have some health benefits and should be eaten as a treat (not as a substitute for fruits and vegetables) on special occasions, such as Easter coming up.

For Easter, Godiva has something sweet, special and also healthy for everyone:

Spring Gift Box comes in a pretty box decorated with spring flowers, perfect for Easter, bridal and/or a baby shower. Awaiting inside the colorful box is Godiva’s signature assortment of rich and velvety milk, dark, and white chocolates (36 pieces, 14.7 oz., $50).
Very Berry Truffle Flight contains delicious, fruity flavors swaddled in rich Godiva chocolates! The flavors are Sring Raspberry, Black Forest Cake, Strawberry Crème Tarte, Cranberry, Black Raspberry Mousse, and Double Chocolate Raspberry (6 pieces, 4 oz., $16).
Foil Wrapped Bunnies come in milk or dark chocolates. These yummy chocolate bunnies are guilt free, as they are hollow and full of rich chocolate flavor (2.25 oz, $6.50).
Foil Wrapped Chocolate Easter Eggs includes four in credibly delicious truffle flavors: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Ganache, and Almond Butter (15 pieces, 6.4 oz, $15), and are perfect for filling up in Easter baskets with.

Orange Dress Shoes For Men: Add A Spark To Your Style

Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Then, orange is the color you must choose. Men contrary to what many people think love to try different styles when it comes to clothing. It is a misconception that women are obsessed about dress. Modern men are as aware and choosy about their attire as women. There are many men out there who are bold enough to try dark colors such as purple, black, orange, green, brown, etc. Orange in particular is a hot favorite among men these days as they go well with all the other colors. A majority of the online stores sell pants and orange dress shoes for men at pocket-friendly rates. Orange is the best color for fun parties and informal outings. Neon orange shoes in particular are an eye-catcher that is loved by many and they are available in online stores.

Online stores stock a wide array of shoes in various colors. They deal in top brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, etc. Apart from men shoes, you can also purchase shirts, pants and orange trousers online. The online stores provide discounts on year-end sales and festive season. The sites also provide custom-made services for the convenience of those who buy online. Shirts and pants are available in different sizes, colors and designs and all you need to do is just click and buy! It is as simple as eating a pie as many stores provide easy navigation features that is not hard to understand. Most of the products are delivered within a day or two depending on the city you reside. Some products may take a while to be delivered if you are residing outside the country.

Shoes are available in many different colors and sizes. You can choose from size 8 to size 13 depending on your requirement. Online stores also sell a collection of other items that include belts, jewelry for men, casual wear, walking shoes, clothing, and more. When it comes to purchasing shoes online, you must make sure that you choose the right size. If you are not aware of the size, you can always talk with the experts at the store and get the exact measurements. Some sites also allow customers to try the shoes and then purchase them online. There are also stores that refund the bill amount if you are not satisfied with the item you purchased. With so many wonderful options to choose from, who would say ‘no’ to online shopping? Hurry! Purchase your favorite shoes online right away and save a fortune.

Denim Crush: 8 Denim Looks for the Spring

If you’re one of the many lovers of denim then you know the spring season is the perfect time to showcase your denim duds.

Whether you’re bent on the classic Midwestern Americana look or more of a fan of the chic head-to-toe chambray, you can can celebrate the warmer weather with these 8 ardent spring denim looks…

1. Gap Quilted Floral Chambray Moto $118 gap.com

2. Sinclair Skinny Destroyed Jeans $168 farfetch.com

3. Dorothy Perkins Petite Floral Denim Dress $35 dorothyperkins.com

4. J Brand Candy Stripe Skinny Jeans $106 boutique1.com

5. River Island Blue Chambray Lace Insert Shell Top $33 riverisland.com

6. Miu Miu Floral Printed Denim Shorts $685 mytheresa.com

7. River Island Dark Wash Two-tone Denim Dungarees $40 riverisland.com

8. Almost Famous Crave Fame Jogger Pants $25 tillys.com

Monday edition: The modern man’s guide to timeless traditional style

A well-made and well-fitted suit is a classic wardrobe staple all men should invest in. Whether for business purposes or special occasions, only, a suit shows sophistication and speaks of versatility. Black, gray, navy and brown give off a more refined look and are timeless. Use these as your “go-to” suits.

If you’re looking to add some spice to your suit style, refer to Tom Ford’s spring/summer 2014 collection. The use of bright and fun colors in this collection give suave a whole new meaning. Tom Ford’s seasonal collection for 2014 was inspired by the carefree era of the seventies.