Remembering the Dazzling kate spade

Hello, hello my headbandits and new readers!!

I’m sorry I am SO behind.  I’ve been meaning to update my blog for a while now, but have been busy or  not had enough energy.  I was also very sick from about middle of January-most of March, so I don’t remember much of the beginning of the year.  It was kind of a blur…more on that later though (which I do want to share about what happened).

Also,welcome new readers and likes!! Because of all you, I have 100 likes now.  I don’t know what brought you to my little blog, but thank you for reading and staying with me even though I haven’t posted in forever.  That means a lot to me! If you would like, I’m curious how you found me, drop me a comment and I would love to connect with you!!  I try to do tags and share on a lot of social media (twitter, my personal facebook, Google+, etc).

So by now the Met Gala has passed, The Royal Wedding, and now just yesterday this very tragic news broke of kate spade’s passing.  I originally heard the news around 930 am PT from a co-worker; it came to her phone on a news breif.  She told me immediately as she knows how much I love kate spade.  A lot of friends reached out to me actually because of that same reason.  I was shocked to say the least.  It’s always surprising to hear of someone’s death especially someone in the public eye.  She was 55…to me that’s still young.

I really was reflecting and thinking about her and the brand she created before posting this.  I’m a big kate spade fan.  If you know me even a tiny bit or have followed this blog for a while, you know I’m obsessed with the brand.  I can’t really afford her clothes, but basically all my purses are kate spade.  I used to have a few of her dresses and they were so much fun, but then I gained some weight and sold them. 😦

I first became aware of the brand around late 2007, I wanna say.  I was visiting my Grandma over on the West side (near Seattle) and there is this huge outlet mall that we always stop in before seeing her.  It has so many stores that we don’t have in Spokane.  I can’t remember all the exact details of what happened, as my memories are a little fuzzy (it was about 11 years ago), but I can surmise what happened.  I was walking around and stopped in my tracks at the outside of the kate spade outlet store with all its colors, fun, and prints; they probably had some kind of whimsical window display that drew me inside.  I do remember, vaguely, walking around the store in awe of all said colors and prints.  I do remember seeing so many colorful purses that my jaw dropped in admiration and wonder.  I had never seen anything like that before.  It made my heart happy and I fell in love from the get-go.

I remember picking up a Jackie Kennedy Pink purse, although the shape I don’t recall, and I loved the quality, shape, and color.  I put it back at the time, didn’t have the money, but I never forgot it.  That whole experience stayed in my mind.  The store felt and looked like Candy Land…so colorful and bright.  I got on their mailing list shortly after and followed the brand closely. I got my first spade a few months after that on her 75% off sale….ahh I love those and that’s where I’ve procured a handful of them from.  That or the spade outlet.  It’s a coral-red leather shoulder bag with a bow and the inside lining is white with black polka dots…so good.

I feel embarrassed to say this, being such a huge fan of the kate spade brand and all, but I don’t know much about kate as a person.  I know she started her brand with her college sweet heart & husband Andy Spade (brother of actor/comedian David Spade), they started it in their one bedroom apartment, and it started with six classic designs of handbags.  I need to do some research because the only knowledge I have of the original purses are the black nylon ones.  Did she start with leather too?? I don’t know, but I got to research it.   If you have one of her older designs, show us a photo!!  I see those fakes all the time though of hers with the colorful prints, modeled after her earlier days I assume.

But she sold her company and her shares in 2006; I became into it 2007, so maybe that’s why I don’t know much about her.  I pretty much am familiar with Deborah Lloyd , who took the reigns shortly after as creative director. I want to say 2008-ish??  I’m out of the loop though apparently because I just found out that Lloyd stepped down as creative director this past December 2017. Ahh!!! I really liked her and how she expanded the brand into athletic wear, furniture, baby wear, and more…I think they need to do pet stuff next.  If you know me, you know I have my sassy rabbit Ruthy and I would be all over the kate spade pet line.   The company got bought out from Coach around December 2017 too, so I’m not sure what is happening now.

Anyways, so when kate sold her company, I’m not sure what went down.  I assume kate spade started her brand with all the color and whimsy.  I just read here she was inspired by her mom’s colorful purses growing up, which I didn’t know, but I knew she wanted a purse that was functional as well as sophisticated.  This is a cool article The New York Times wrote in 1999 about kate spade.  I wish it had photos though, but it gives some information on how they first started up.

Remember when she was referenced in  season 3 of Sex And The City?? Episode 38: “The Big Time.”  It was early 2000; once you are referenced on that show, you pretty much have made it.

Charlotte: Do you have another?
Carrie: Ladies, I am not Tampax central. Put on list: buy tampons.
Charlotte: Well, I have them at home but they won’t fit in my Kate Spade purse.
Miranda: Wow. Kate must have a tiny vagina.

Ha! So funny.  Her purses are bigger now.

I don’t know it it was written in the contract to keep the origins of the brand (fun, color, whimsy, prints), but I’m glad they have stuck to it.  The kate spade brand (I always do it lower case because they do; I think it’s some e.e. cummings type thing) has forever inspired me and fueled my love of fashion.  I owe a lot to her.  She reminds me to be daring, unique/stay true to who I am, be colorful, and have fun with fashion. She really created so much in her life time and I bow down to her creativeness. Like my words really seem not equipped to say how much I adore her brand kate spade she created. She also created the line Frances Valentine, in 2016, named after her daughter.  It was their new venture of shoes and handbags; I’m not sure what is in store for that company now with her sudden passing.

I’m very heart broken to what happened to her, especially for her 13 year old daughter.  I don’t know what happened, but it is gut wrenching.  Her legacy will go on and I hope with the new owners (Tapestry formally Coach), they will keep true to her original concepts of color, whimsy, sophisticated, and functionality.

kate spade…you will be missed, but never forgotten!!

I do have the tattoo though behind my ear…hehe.  Got in 3 years ago.  That’s how much I love and believe in the brand.

Also, a few years ago, my former work  bestie made up this motto: “spades forever!”  And that’s how I sign each and every blog post.  I also have it in scrabble letters on my mantel.

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KATE SPADE AT HER STORE IN BOSTON JUNE 25, 1999. WENDY MAEDA/THE BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES Definitely looked to have started with color. Her pink dress is so much fun!

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One of my favorite quotes and agree 100% . Clothes are so much fun!

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Spades forever!! Above my mantel in my living room.

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Some of her earlier ads that I love. 

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My main purse shelf.  I count 9 spades…can you find them all??? I have more though not on this shelf.  The spade life is real. 

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My adorable spade tat!!

 

 

Hugs to all you spade fans out there and especially to the Spade family!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Spades forever!!

♠♠♠♠♠

 

xoxo,

 

Haley

 

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Coeur D’Alene, Idaho First Mac & Cheese Festival Review

Hello, hello headbandits!

How was your weekend?? I didn’t do much Friday, my first day off. I’m in a weird mood lately.  I guess it’s the cold weather and the dying down  after the holidays.  It’s like a weird in between time.  Not much going on, it’s dark and cold most the time, you can’t go outside too much, high expectations for starting the new year off right linger in the back of your mind.  I don’t think I’m much a fan of January.   I am going through my closet, so I got rid of 3 or 4 trash bags so far on Friday.  I just have way too much.  It’s borderline glutenous. I needed to do that purge and get rid of stuff.  I really would love to get rid of at least half my closet.  It’s going to be hard because I do have a ton. More on that later! I just want to live minimalist and not be bogged down by stuff.

Anyways, Saturday I did get to do something pretty cool in CD’A. That’s in Idaho if you are not from the PNW about 30 minutes from Spokane.  It was their first ever mac & cheese festival hosted and invented by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association.  I heard about it a few month’s ago on facebook and wanted to check it out because a. I love food, b. I love mac and cheese type food, and c. I love CD’A.

Here’s how it was set up: four brewery’s and 14 restaurateurs participated.  It was held inside the Shops across from the CD’A resort.  For $15 you got six tickets basically six samples of mac and cheese in four oz containers.  Or for $25 you could get the six tickets for mac and the six tickets for six oz beer (if you were 21 or over of course). You got to use and take home a mac and cheese festival glass cup if you did the beers.  I didn’t do the beer part because I don’t like beer personally; I think it tastes gross.

The Golden Noodle trophy is what was at steak.  Basically a golden yellow  piece of elbow pasta macaroni trophy.  There were about five or six judges too, so they did the judges choice and the people’s choice.  They gave the people a green color piece of bow tie pasta to drop in a glass jar at their favorite piece.  I guess they would have had to count them all after. That would have taken forever.   For   some reason I didn’t get one,but I know others who did the beer too got one.  I wanted to vote and have a say!  That would be weird to only give them out to people who got the beer and might make the results skewed like if they were drinking too much and maybe not thinking as clearly. There was also a Mac Queen.  I don’t know who she was, I’m assuming the the Cd’A downtown association, or what her qualifications were.  She wore a bright yellow fitted dress with uncooked noodles adorning her collar.  I did talk to her a quick second and she said the dress took forever to make.  I think it would have been cooler to glue the pasta all over the dress, but that would have taken even longer.  She forgot her pasta crown.  I totally would have rocked one.

 

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Mac Queen in her yellow dress with noodle adorn collar

 

 

What I should have done, like my friends sister in-law did,  was collect all the samples and try them all at the same time.  I was already hungry though when I got there, so I ate them as I collected them except for the last two.  I’m not good at savoring food.  Also, it was really super packed, so I didn’t want to carry around a plate pull of food and like have to dance and elbow people.

 

Let’s get right into the macaroni.  These are the samples I tried, in no particular order.

  1. Rustic : Mac Bread Bowls

To me they were more like bread balls since they were so small and there was no opening at the top.  Inside was classic mac and cheese. No frills just cheese pretty much and noodles.  But the fact that the macaroni was breaded added a layer of innovation. So if Rustic really served these, I’m not sure if they would make them larger or what.  The small size would be good as an appetizer dipped in marinara, ranch, or your favorite dressing.  Most places don’t have these items on their menu; they just created them for the event.    Fast line from what I remember.   I give it a four out of five because the bottoms were hard and hurt my teeth, but I did like that they were bite sized and they tasted yummy.

 

  1. Cedars: Southwestern Mac

This was my favorite one. It had black beans, corn, tortilla chips, and I think sour cream. Mine didn’t have much sour cream and I’m glad because I don’t like it. I thought it had like mozzarella cheese in it, but I could be wrong. I’m a sucker for anything southwestern; I love the soup and the salads, so this southwestern mac was right up my alley.  I overheard another person comment to them that it wasn’t on their regular menu and if they would add it.  The chef said if it did well at the event they would think about adding it.  I’m going to be calling them soon to see if that is happening!  I want more of it.   Not much of a line, which was nice.  I thought it was worth waiting longer though. It was that good to me! I give it a five out of five.  Loved the flavor and ingredients.

 

  1. Taphouse Unchained: Deep fried Mac & Cheese Balls

It’s almost like a mozzarella stick but in ball form and macaroni inside. I loved it.  They had a bit of marinara sauce on the outside and some kind of spicy tangy white sauce. I’m not sure I liked the white sauce as it was too spicy for me, but the rest was so tasty.  They were very popular and had at least a five to seve wait time.  Definitely the most popular.  I give it a four out of five.  The white sauce was too spicy for me, but they did taste good.

 

  1. CDA Resort Banquets: Sloppy Mac & Cheese

Kind of like a sloppy joe, I think is what they were going for.  It had some ground beef, red sauce, basically the typical sloppy joe mix.  Me and E mainly picked it because it was close, the line was short, and we know the CDA resort is known for their high quality food.  They had good presentation; put a tiny slice of French bread in it and gold fish crackers on top, but at the same time I don’t know if they needed it because the even was really all about the macaroni.  I did enjoy the bread though on the flip side, but I didn’t like the gold fish crackers on top.  I was disappointed with their macaroni.  It was bland and I couldn’t taste the sloppy joe flavor.  I thought there’s would be more flavorful.  I give it a two out of five and mainly because of presentation.  Otherwise I’d probably say one out of five.

5. Mangia Catering Co: Mexican Mac & Cheese

I think it had Chorizo on top. I thought it was bread crumbs, but it was basically just tiny bits of ground beef and either cilantro or green onion.  I don’t remember it being too flavorful, but I remember liking it.  I probably would say three out of five just because it was kind of mediocre; I wasn’t super wowed.

6.  Paragon Brewing: Duck Bacon Mac & Cheese with Cougar Gold

I love Cougar Gold cheese, so that’s what drew me in.  It is the best tasting cheese besides my beloved Gorgonzola.  I never have had duck or duck bacon (who knew that was a thing?!?), so I decided to try it.  Unfortunately, by this time I was too full to give a fair score.  It surprised me too because I was thinking I was not going to get enough to eat.  But a lot of the mac’s were rich and all together are filling.  I did try a piece of the duck bacon, but it tasted more bitter to me.  I couldn’t taste the cougar gold either.  I didn’t like the taste of it, but I’m kind of a picky eater.  I think this was one that was innovative, but it wasn’t for me. I’d say three out of five.

You could buy extra tickets if you wanted too.  I almost did get another Southwestern mac, but I was too full.

Overall, I really liked the event and it was fun.  It had way more people than I thought.  I guess they sold out like the night before.  That was the only draw back.  I think next year they need a bigger venue.  I got really hot too because there was so many people.  Luckily, I didn’t really wear a coat that day because it was surprisingly warm (46 degrees I loved it), so it worked out for me.  I also heard   they ran out of macaroni at the end of the day like around 3.  We were there around 1 ish I think, so we had plenty.

After, we walked around some of the shops outside. They have such a charming downtown and well taken care of.  E got me ice cream at the cute ice cream shop, and I got some taffy there too (cotton candy; my favorite, orange cream, bubble gum, and cupcake), then I showed them the giant cast iron metal rabbi sculpture Harvey.  I discovered him a few weeks ago. I love him; he’s the coolest.  I was happy it was 46 degrees out; so warm it felt like spring.  Great day!!

 

I will try to do at least one more post this week…here’s hoping!  Thanks for reading.

 

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous!

 

H

 

H

 

Golden Globes 2018 Best Dressed: Fashion Black Out

Hello, hello headbandits!

So I did do a post a few days ago about the 2018 Globes, if you read it, but I was  playing around practicing different writing styles and took a more journalistic approach.  I liked it, but I only covered the fashion a little in the end. It was more about the TIME’S UP movement which was the focus of this year’s awards and why all the ladies decided to wear black.

I know I am a little behind, but I like to say every year for each award show who I think my best dressed are.  Award season is one of my favorite times of the year.  It beats the winter blues that’s for sure. Instead of dreary snow (if you live in the PNW that is), I get to focus on an array of bright colorful dresses. It’s fun to see all the high fashion looks and honestly to me they are works of art. My mouth drops when I see them.

But first let’s talk about some things I noticed.

Okay, of course the dress-pants hybrid was a big trend of the night.  I shared most of them in my previous post (linked above).  I love it. I think it’s so cool, hip, edgy, and fashion forward.  I’d say Emma Watson started the trend in 2014 with her backless red Dior gown and the black cigarette pants. Ever since then we’ve seen it in on the red carpet reimagined.  Remember Lady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars wearing her white strapless dress over trouser pants by Brandon Maxwell.  This year 2018 Globes we saw at least 5 or more pants-dress looks.  I can’t help but wonder if it was intentional.  Pants have a masculine and powerful connotation.  I’m wondering if the ladies chose to wear them on purpose to challenge typical women dress standards especially with the theme of the night.

However,  “Glow” star Alison Brie did do it on purpose and said, “Tonight is about women wearing the pants so I chose to literally wear the pants.”  I started watching Glow a few months ago. I only saw a few episodes, but I plan on finishing it.  I really liked it and I didn’t think I would because it’s about women wrestling, but it’s actually about more than that.  I saw a very strong, independent woman in Brie’s character and I am drawn to characters like that. I also thought it was super funny especially the director character.

Another big trend was mixing textures to stand out. I don’t think there was a bad dress of the night.  Some ladies wanted to stand out by wearing velvet,sequins, lace, tulle, or adding a little bit of color around the middle (think Mandy Moore).   I think it was smart to do and it added more to just a plain black dress.   We also saw a lot of different silhouettes which was refreshing and made each lady stand out.

 

 

I don’t typically like black personally as I wear a ton of color, but I like the cause and message behind the black. I think what these woman have started is monumental and really important.  Sexual harassment and abuse is never okay in the workplace or anywhere. I’m glad woman are using their voice and standing up now.  I think we are going to see a domino effect across all industries, not just acting, and I hope this new movement really combats the issue.

Let’s get down to to my top 5 best dressed list:

1.Alison Brie in Vassilis Zoulias.

I just love it. I think it’s so modern and fresh.  I think we are going to see a lot from her in acting and fashion coming up. She’s one to watch.  I just found out that she is married to Dave Franco; I love Dave Franco.  I love the sweetheart strapless ballgown; it’s very sweet and feminine, but the slim pants dress it down and edge it up. Like I said above, it’s my favorite red carpet trend. She’s looks great.

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2. Alessandra Mastronardi in Chanel.

I’m a sucker for Chanel.  I love the tea length as I think it’s more fun than full length.  I love how she is mixing feathers, sheer, and sequins.  She stood out to me, although I think her shoes would have been better if they were like open and thin strappy.

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3. Zuri Hall.  I can’t find the designer. Probably because she is a TV personality they didn’t find it important to ask her, but I do!

I love her hair, the ruffles, of course the polka dots, and the sheerness.  I think she mixed textures well and stood out.  Very chic.

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4. Eva Longoria in Genny.  I love sleek long sleeve dresses.  Her hair is simple but effortless.  She has the deep V and the V opening at the front, but it looks great.  And she’s pregnant too. She looks fierce.

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5. I loved Rita Wilson’s firework dress (unknown designer; I can’t find it anywhere).  She’s pretty much the only one who added a pop of color and I love me some color.  I love how minimalist it is and how sleek she looks with the long sleeves.

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That’s my top 5. Who were yours?? Let me know in the comments!

The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) will be in 2 weeks January 21st.  Can’t wait to see who wore what there. I’m going to try to do a few more posts in between that time.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Spades forever!

Stay fabulous!

 

xoxo,

 

H

 

 

Photos from Elle, Harpers Bazaar, and/or stock photos.  All credit goes to original source/photographer.

75th Golden Globes 2018 Used TIME’S UP Fashion Black Out As a Political Statement

By: Haley Lewis

1/11/18

The 75th Golden Globe Awards was a year of change.  Instead of a kaleidoscope of vibrant dresses across the red carpet, all but 3 women donned black.  This year it was about more than the expensive dresses the woman were wearing.  It was about bringing awareness and standing in solidarity for women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault in the workplace backed by the new movement TIME’S UP Legal Defense fund. 

TIME’S UP came about from the out pour of sexual assault allegations stemming from Harvey Weinstein, to Matt Lauer, and to all the women across the board saying #metoo of their sexual assault experiences.  Their GoFundMe page went live just over a month ago, December 20, 2017, and their open letter was written December 21, 2017, but it was only published in the New York Times January 1, 2018.  It is signed by 300 women in the industry: actresses, writers, agents, directors, producers,  and executives.  Spearheaded by Reese Witherspoon, who also designed the pin that many celebs wore that night.

“This is a moment to shine a light on other people,” said Reese Witherspoon, quoted in The New York Times. who has been working closely with Time’s Up. “This is not the time to be quiet.”

Other tour de forces apart of the movement are Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively to name a few.

“For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour,”  Longoria said to The New York Times. “This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.  This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,”

This is arguably a bigger movement and stand than seen at award shows past. Last year pins and ribbons were popular at the Oscars.  Recall the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blue ribbons,  the Stand With Planned Parenthood gold pins, or the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) ampersand pin.  Yes, TIME’S Up did have pins, but this was a total fashion black out and went far beyond a tiny lapel pin.  Black is seen as somber , powerful, respectful, and elegant.

Tracee Ellis Ross said in a statement, “I wear black today as a “we” not as an “I”, as a celebration of our collective power as women, as an embodiment of sisterhood, solidarity and the work being done to create structural change. We wear black for equity, parity and inclusion across all industries. We wear black to join with the voices of ALL women, particularly women of color, LGBTQX women, disabled women and all other women who have been disproportionately affected by sexual violence. TIMES UP on discrimination, harassment and abuse.”

Here are some fashion forward looks of the night; most the looks included pants.  It’s been a popular trend the past few years to mix a dress and pants on the red carpet, made popular by Emma Watson’s 2014 backless red Dior Globes dress with the slim black pants. It is edgy, modern, powerful, and unique.

Some stars did it intentionally.  “Glow” star Alison Brie, who donned the half pants half dress trend said, “Tonight is about women wearing the pants so I chose to literally wear the pants.”

 

 

From left to right:

  1. America Ferrera: Christian Siriano & Natalie Portman: Dior
  2. Alexis Bledel: Oscar De La Renta
  3. Debra Messing: Christian Siriano
  4. Elisabeth Moss: Dior
  5. Eva Longoria: Genny
  6. Susan Kelechi Watson: Monsoori
  7. Sadie Sink: Miu Miu
  8. Ryan Michelle Bathe in a fitted tuxedo
  9. Millie Bobby Brown: Calvin Klein
  10. Maggie Gyllenhaal: Monse
  11. Reese Witherspoon: Zac Posen
  12. Laurie Metcalf: Sachin & Babi
  13. Rita Moreno in a studded jacket
  14. Alison Brie: Vassilis Zoulias
  15.  TIME’S UP Lapel Pins designed in part by Witherspoon
  16. Christina Hendricks: Christian Siriano

Most photos are from Elle.Com or stock photos.  All credit goes to the original photographer/source.

 

Welcome Back; Back on Track

Hello, hello headbandits!

Sorry again for being MIA. I guess we left off at the MET Gala back in May 2017.  If you have read my blog for a while, you know I don’t just write about award shows.  I usually write about my life too and the outfits I’m wearing, but I didn’t have much time for it this past year.  The last 7 months or so of 2017 were heartbreaking and challenging, so that’s why I haven’t been as active.  I am hoping to do a post about my 2017 soon and explain the challenges, the top trends of 2017, as well as creating more content weekly again.  I really want to make writing more a priority for myself.  I hope your 2018 is off to a great start!

Like I said, this is just a quick post, but I’m working on my Globes review as we speak and hoping to share that soon.

 

 

 

Check back shortly!!

 

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous!

 

Haley

Met Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Hello, hello!

It’s been a while.  I’ve been meaning to post more, but you know how it goes.

I guess I’m at least two weeks late, but it’s better late than never!  Met Gala is my second favorite time of year, after The Oscars.  So much fashion.  Sounds like a fun event too.

I was sad that SJP wasn’t there though!  She is my very favorite and always brings the best high fashion, edgy, most unique outfit at the gala.  I guess she was filming her new HBO show, Divorce, and couldn’t make it with scheduling conflicts. Bummer!

I guess we will just dive in. The theme this year was,  “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.” I guess it’s a Japanese designer and label.  I’m not familiar with her designs, but Instyle.com describes her looks as avant-garde.

This is going to be kind of a lazy run down.  I want to get this post out, so I’m just going to show all the pictures of the dresses I liked and not a lot of descriptions ( I know, shame on me).  There were a lot of cool and pretty dresses.

Let’s take a look.  A lot of color and prints, which I like.  I just felt like not many stuck to the theme of avant-garde.  I noticed, from previous Met Gala’s, it seems like only a few of the guests actually stick to the theme.  I guess everyone interprets everything different, but if I ever get invited I’d be so excited to go with the theme.  I did notice some of the girls were doing kind of more edgy makeup, so maybe that’s how they gave a nod to the theme.

 

Only a few of the girls really stuck out to me as following the theme and/or stuck out to me the most:

I love the pants and dress combo, still to this day.  Kudos to Emmy Rossum and Evan Rachel Wood for doing that.

I thought Tracee Ellis Ross was on par with the theme in her structural, Asian inspired dress, although I could never find the designer.

Rihanna actually wore Comme Des Garcons.  It’s not my favorite look, but for the event I think she hit it right on the mark.

Katy Perry in Margiela.  Not my favorite, but still more the avant-garde look.

I actually love Lily Aldriidge in Ralph Lauren. I’m not sure who made the boots, but I noticed Selma Hayek wore the same pair in blue.  That sheer piece of pink tulle across her face really plays to the theme, in my opinion.

 

 

 

What did you think??

 

Who were your best dressed??   Let me know.

 

Spades forever! Stay fabulous!

 

xoxo,

 

 

H

 

*all credit goes to Instyle.com for images and original photographer. *

The Oscars 2017 Best Dressed

Hey guys!

So what did you think of The Oscars?  I only saw a few of the movies nominated: Zootopia, La La Land, and Hidden Figures.  Sad to say, I ended up not watching the awards show. I don’t have cable. I guess  I missed out this year especially the flub at the end. Oops!

Of course, I did review the dresses the night of.  For me, I wasn’t super impressed.  Of course all the actresses looked stunning and beautiful, but I didn’t have that many “wow” moments in regards to the dresses.  There was a lot of black/dark colors and nothing that super surprised me.

 

However, still some emerged different:

  1. I liked Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein. I love a good white dress moment and the simplicity of this dress is one reason I love CK’s red carpet dresses.  I love the minimalist design.  She looks great.

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2.  Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad.  I liked the vibrant color mixed with the dots that were like lace. It gave a vintage vibe. Very her. Also she was great in Zootopia! Glad they won! That movie had a great message.

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3. Jamie Dornan’s wife or partner.  I don’t know her name or who designed the dress. I love the shape of the gown with the long sleeves, cape, and of course the dots!!

 

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4. Busy Philipps. I’m not sure who designed the dress. It looks like Stella McCartney. I love the color, fitted shape, and dots.  Plus her make up and sleek hair with the statement earring makes her look modern.

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5. Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab Couture and Forevermark Diamonds.  This was probably the only dress that wowed me.  She’s worn really fashion forward and unique pieces all award season and I love her style.  She looks like a queen and very chic.

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Honorable mentions (from left to right):

1. Giuliana Rancic in Georges Chakra, Forevermark Diamonds, and Christian Louboutin heels.  Love that powder blue color.  She was one of the only one’s in color. I like the cut and the one shoulder type cape going on.

2. Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo.  I thought she’s looked great all award season, but I didn’t see her at The Globes, I think it was. I like her style.

3. Olivia Culpo in Marchesa. Very 20’s/Gatsby vibe. I like it.

4. Priyanka Chopra in Ralph & Russo.  Very modern and chic. I like the double bracelets. She styled that right without a necklace and her hair down.

 

I was kind of bummed Taraji P Henson wasn’t nominated for Hidden Figures.  That movie is so inspiring, not only for women and/or women of color, but for people beating the odds. I think Henson has a lot of range as an actress. If you’ve seen her in all the different roles she’s played, she really can do a lot and transform into a lot of different roles.  She has major talent.

I thought Henson deserved to be nominated and win best actress more than Emma Stone, but that’s just my opinion. I didn’t think Stone did much acting in La La Land besides her monologue at the end. Otherwise, it didn’t seem like she had that many lines. I’m probably in the minority here though.  To be honest, I didn’t like La La Land as much as I’d thought.  I think it had some cool parts and how they played with time, especially at the end, but otherwise I thought it was way hyped up.  Maybe I need to see it again, but that was my opinion off the first time I saw it.  There’s this musical called Sing Street and I think it’s on Netflix now.  I thought that was better than La La Land.  They were nominated at The Globes for Best Picture, but otherwise only got a few noms at smaller award shows and none at The Oscars.  Look it up though! It has a great soundtrack. The songs are upbeat and fun.

 

So…who were your best dressed??

 

Let me know in the comments below.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

xoxo,

Stay fabulous!

Spades forever!

 

H

 

*All photos and information are from InStyle.Com and all credit belongs to their photographers/sources.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Gaga Shines at The Super Bowl: Then 2016 & Now 2017

Hey guys!

 

This post is a little past due, but I wanted to talk about Gag a at The Superbowl for some time now. Both last year and this year.

Did you see her half time performance? It was pretty major.

 

But let’s not forget she sang the star spangled banner at last year’s Superbowl 2016. She wore a glittery red Gucci suit.

I LOVED IT. Like I said previously, red glitter is one of my favorite colors. It reminds me of Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz. Her shoes were great as well as her makeup. She looks very patriotic and festive.

 

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She even had the blue nails; how perfect!

 

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This year Gag had 3 outfit changes. All 3 were Atelier Versace, which that’s who I originally  guessed  (off some of her previous looks and her relationship with the brand), but then I read somewhere else it was her sister.  Well the sister thing must have been a misprint because I definitely found multiple sources saying Atelier Versace designed her looks.

 

She looked great and fierce. I love the studs, especially on her jacket. She did something similar at The Grammy’s.  I loved her last look like how it was a chic version of a foot ball uniform.

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She looks confident and strong.

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Here’s some other pictures. Her makeup was really cool too.

 

Here’s this years 2017 performance:

 

And last year’s 2016 performance:

 

 

 

What did you think??

 

I’m also super excited because tonight is The Oscar’s.  I can’t wait to see all the fashions.  It’s basically The Super Bowl of Award Shows.

 

Stay tuned!

 

xoxo,

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous!

 

H

 

 

 

*All photos are stock photos. Credit goes to original source/photographer.  Video clips are from The NFL on Youtube.*

Grammy Awards 2017 Best Dressed

Hey guys!

 

Sorry I’m a week behind, but here are my best dressed from The Grammy Awards.

Did you watch? I wasn’t able to because I don’t have cable.

I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw on the red carpet. It seemed like there wasn’t a whole lot of musicians who walked it. Anything goes at The Grammy’s really. It’s a more relaxed, fun award show from my understanding. Mostly there is a lot more SKIN showing.

  1. I LOVED Celine Dion in Zuhair Murad. That emerald green color is perfect. I’m wondering if she should have done without the bow in the middle though or took the ring off just because having both seems a bit much.

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2. Taraji P Henson in Marc Jacobs. I thought it was perfect for the night. Short and whimsical. It winks at her roll in Hidden Figures with the space themed.

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3. I loved Beyonce’s red glitter dress by Peter Dundas. Red glitter always makes me think of Dorothy’s glitter shoes in Wizard of Oz.  I didn’t see her walk the carpet though. She looks so ethereal. Dundas also designed her performance dress and wow…what a stunner!

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4. Maren Morris. I’m not sure who she is, but I think she is a new comer. Her dress is by Michael Costello (Project Runway Alum!) and I liked how it was kind of a romper and a dress. Overall a unique look.

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5. Nick Jonas in Balmain. He looks so chic and current. I love his studded jacket. I saw him in concert this past summer and loved it!! I love him. I always have since Jo Bros haha.

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Here’s other looks I thought were pretty, but a few I thought could have used some adjusting. I thought Katy Perry looked great in Tom Ford, but I thought I’d like the dress better if it was shorter and if it didn’t have such a dropped waist. I love her new hair color though; it really suits her. I liked the top of Rihanna’s Armani Prive dress, but thought the bottom was too poofy/looked like it went to a different dress, but at the same time I kind of like how she mixed them like that and it’s so cool and her.  The other dresses I thought were nice, but nothing super special. I did think Katharine McPhee (wearing Thai Nguyen) and Kat Grahm’s styling was super chic and sleek; they both look polished. I did really like Gaga’s studded jacket.  I liked Andra Day’s 60s look dress, but I’m not sure who designed it.

 

 

 

 

 

Who did you like from The Grammy’s??

 

Ready for next week?? It’s the big one…THE OSCARS!!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo

 

spades forever!

 

H

 

*Most photos are from Instyle.com. The Beyonce one’s are stock photos. All credit goes to original photographer/source.*

 

The SAG Awards 2017 Best Dressed

Hey again!

How are you? Did you watch The SAGS last week? I didn’t even realize they were on and then I heard everyone talking about it; well, mainly the funny faces of Winona Ryder during her cast member’s acceptance speech. Her faces were hilarious though for sure.  There were so many meme’s going around.

In my opinion, a  SAG award (Screen Actor’s Guild) is the best one to win and the most prestigious. Many people think it’s an Oscar, but  at the SAG’s  it’s actors voting for actors. Essentially, your peers are voting for you. I think that says a lot more than a board of directors or whoever votes for the other ones.

So who are your best dressed??

There was a lot to choose from and a lot of good looks. I will get down to trends later, but lately I’m happy with what I’ve been seeing at award shows. It’s more color and print then I’ve seen in a while.

Let’s start with my number 1:

  1. I absolutely LOVED Michelle Dockery in that striped Elie Saab gown. The color, the shape, and of course the stripes. She really stuck out to me.

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2. I also loved Yara Shahidi in Naeem Khan. I didn’t realize she is the oldest daughter on Blackish until I looked her up. I like that show. It’s funny. Again, we see someone wearing stripes (seemed like a big trend for the night) and color. I loved it.

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3. Kirsten Dunst looked great in Christian Dior. I liked her ruffley dress. It was effortless and chic. I’m really a fan of white dresses at award shows. I think hers was a good moment. It was kind of a vintage vibe and looked like it had polka dots (some of my favorite things). Since my post about The Globes, I have seen Hidden Figures. I mean, wow, what a movie. I’m sad that I never learned about it growing up. It’s very inspiring. Not only for women, people of color, but really anyone trying to beat the odds. I loved it.

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4.  Julia Louis Dreyfus always makes my best dressed list. The dresses she picks are so lush and very nice style/quality. I’m not sure if it’s she who picks them out or she has a stylist, but either way she knows what looks best on her.  She got nominated for Veep. I didn’t realize that show was still on. I’ve never  seen it,  but I imagine it’s great. JLD wore Lula Rose to The SAGS. She always picks the column dresses and wearing her hair down. She looks so chic and effortless. I love how she wore gold and black.

 

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5. Last, I loved Cara Buono in Georges Hobeika. I love the tea length and the mix of pink and red. It’s really sweet. I didn’t realize she plays the mom on Stranger Things and I LOVE that show. It’s very good.

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Other trends I saw of the night:

  • Tulle
  • White
  • Suits on Women ( at least 3)
  • Sequins/Metallics (seems to always be popular at award shows)
  • Floral/Prints
  • Stripes (at least 4 dresses)
  • Caped Dresses

 

Here’s some of the other dresses I liked:

 

 

There were a lot of fun looks. I thought Amy Adams looked like a modern day Audrey Hepburn in Brandon Maxwell. Millie Bobby Brown is definitely one to watch. I love her in Stranger Things, but I think she’s going to be a real style star. She wore Armani and I love how she wore a Jennifer Behr headband (that brand was used a lot of Blair’s headbands in Gossip Girl). I loved Kate Hudson’s Dior cape dress; she looked so chic. Janelle Monae had such a fun look in Chanel. Thandie Newton’s dress was so unique by Schiaparelli (again I love black and gold together).  Bryce Dallas Dress The Population dress was only like $300. I love when celebs wear something an everyday woman could afford. I liked the sequins too and color. Everyone on my list and in the photos looked chic. The only thing is I wish Nicole Kidman’s Gucci dress didn’t have the parrots on the shoulders, but I loved that rich emerald green on her and the sequins.

So, who were your best dressed??

I know The Grammy’s are coming up and then The Oscar’s. I will keep my eye out.

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous!

 

xoxo,

 

H

 

*All Photos are from Instyle.com and credit belongs to original photographer.*