Fashion Review: Met Gala 2017

Oh the Met Gala!

Everyone thinks that the Oscar’s are the fashion Superbowl, but done right the Met Gala can bring much more excitement!

The most exciting part about the Met Gala is that there is a theme. It’s truly the chicest costume party you will ever see!

This year’s theme was meant to pat tribute to the designer Rei Kawakubo, a Japanese designer best know for the Commes de Garçon label. In researching the designer’s aesthetic, one will find it to be very avant garde, with many pieces being very large and sculptural. Red and black are often used, but Kawakubo does not shy from bright colors either.

With the theme in mind, I was ready for people to really go outside the box, but for the most part all I saw was your typical red carpet looks. I have to say, It was actually a bit of a challenge to come up with my misses, because even if they did not stick to the theme, mostly every still looked gorgeous.

So here we go. Again, the evening started off pretty so-so, and then… wait for it… RHIANNA

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Like there is no words. She just simply came, conquered, and continued on. This nailed the theme 115%. Bow down!

Ok now for some others who fared rather well.

2) Zendaya

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I love Zendaya. Just in general, I find her to be amazing. But then on top of that she always seems to nail her fashion. This dress is no exception. It is so beautifully fierce, fits the theme nicely with its volume and nod to Asian-esque art, and her hair and makeup fall right in step! Kudos Zendaya!

3)Blake Lively

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I mean really, does Blake Lively ever not look fabulous? I really thought this was the way to bring a little bit of the theme/costume element without going to crazy. She looks super glam, but also like a beautiful Asian bird of paradise. Ugh! and her body is unfair to anyone who has had children or has been alive ever, but you go Blake Lively!

4) Chrissy Teigen

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Another one who can do no wrong is the infallible Chrissy Teigen. Not only did she look beautiful, but also gave me enough drama to fit the theme. The train flowed behind her effortlessly and she smiled and laughed down the whole carpet. Her beauty came from within and and outside!

5) Ruby Rose

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So on this one I am totally bias, because Ruby Rose is my girl crush and she could be wearing a potato sack and I would love it. But, in this case she happened to wear a stunning dress! It had just enough drama,not quite on theme, but still daring enough,and truly looked effortless. I love seeing her all femmed out! Perfection!

*Honorable Mention goes to Nikki Minaj, Ashley Graham, and Halle Berry, as they were about the only others to stay on theme.*

And now the worst…

1) Rose Byrne

 

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Oh dear. This was so bad I feel in pain. It was a sad combo of Borat’s unitard bathing suit and mosquito net. Topped with hair that should have staid on the set of Saturday Night fever, and you can just call it a night!

2) Lena Dunham

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Ugh. Why do we let Lena Dunham out of the house. She always looks like a hot mess and last night was no exception. Her hair looks like rats are nesting in it (sorry! but its true!), her eye makeup is way too heavy, and the dress is looks like something one of the goth girls in home ec tries to make for prom. I just can’t. Did I mention I also just don’t really like Lena in general? In case you couldn’t tell!

3) Solange Knowles

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What in the Lord’s name? Solange, sweetie, this was the Met Gala, not the REI Jamboree. Please return your sleeping bag and come back with an actual outfit,OK? This event is also not on ice, so shoes over skates might be a wise choice as well. Girl, bye.

4) Karlie Kloss

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Well, here we have a case of when bad styling happens to beautiful people. While costumes are encouraged at the Met Gala, I do not think a “Sexy Secretary” is what Anna Wintour had in mind. I’m really at a loss on this one!

5) All the Kardashians

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I wasn’t going to even bring them up, because my loathing of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is so unreal that one of them could have been wearing Rhianna’s dress and I still would have hated it. But in this case, they all looked foolish (well minus Kylie, she did alright, but I’m lumping her in for good measure!), so my thoughts are justified.

Kim did not even try. She put on a beach cover-up and said “Ta-Da!” Go back to Bali Kim! No one wants you here!

Kendall was almost acceptable, until she turned around and you found out the dress was assless… as is she. I just find this to be completely tasteless. Like she is actually a pretty girl. Do not do this to yourself.

Kylie, well she is just bad by association. I actually liked this look a lot.

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Fashion Review: Grammys 2017

Last night was the 2017 Grammy Awards.  Some stars came to rock, while others I would have liked to see be rolled right out the door. As always, lets start with the bad and the ugly.

  1. Jennifer Lopez

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Well all I can say is J. NO! For starters that color has got to go. This is the Grammy Awards, not brunch with Grammy! That pastel hue has no edge, no femme boss power. It is putting me to sleep. And then, obviously there is that  neck line. It looks like she was walking past a circus tent during high winds and someone’s cotton candy flew by and stuck on her. I like her shoes? But not nearly enough to save this.

2) Nick Jonas

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My first male review because I just can’t understand this. He looks like a gay Johnny Cash. The Bedazzler needed to stay in the the attic with the rest of the 80’s memorabilia. And why, when you have one of the most gorgeously ripped bodies on the carpet do you wear a tee shirt so large it looks like he just came from the Biggest Loser ranch? Not to mention that the rhinestone cowboy jacket, while being stand alone ugly, is also too big and boxy. Ugh, has he never heard of the KISS method? Keep It Simple, Stupid! Should have worn a suit.

3) Tori Kelly

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Tori, Tori, Tori. This is not cute. The layers make you look wide, the neckline looks like a tissue box cover, and overall this just looks sad. Did no one remember that the Grammy red carpet is a time to have a little fun with fashion? This dress is safe and blah and does not scream Diva. Keep dressing like this and your voice won’t be able to keep you a float. You have to look the part too!!

4) Katy Perry

 

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I don’t even really have words.  I was not aware that she was here to promote the new Beauty and the Beast film, but…

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Thankfully there was some good

 

  1. Demi Lovato

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While I loathe the Kardashians, Demi keeps wanting to dress like one, and I am surprisingly OK with it. This fits her impeccably, her hair and makeup are flawless, and while there is a lot going on here, somehow it doesn’t seem like too much. Well done Demi! Keep doing you!

2) Adele

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Adele loves to dress like Lady Grantham and I love every minute of it. Her mother-of-the bride style somehow works. She always looks gorgeous and always picks something that glides over her shape in all the right ways. This is no exception. This dress would literally be completely unacceptable on anyone else, but on Adele, it works!

3) Halsey

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I am in love with this look in  so many ways! She said she wanted to do an early 90’s/TLC throwback, and she nailed it! Her hair and make up look great, this color looks great, and this is the edge that I demand from the Grammy red carpet! She had fun with fashion and took a risk, and I wish I could pull this look off! Although have to say, it apparently did not photograph well, as this looks rather wrinkly.

4) Lady GaGa

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At first I wanted to hate this. GaGa stepped onto the carpet, and I was a bit taken aback because I thought GaGa may be past this phase, as many of her latest awards shows she has gone the Hollywood glamour look. But then, I fell in love, because this is classic GaGa that we all know and love, it had the edge of a music super star, and was such a fashion moment. All hail Lady Gaga for bringing this award show to life!

Fashion Review: SAG Awards 2017

Last night the 2017 SAG Awards aired, which means another chance for stars to make their mark on the red carpet. While I didn’t get a chance to watch the show itself, I have done a thorough review of the wardrobe wins and fashion fails of the evening.

Unlike the Globes, where many usually on point icons were off their mark, the SAGS provided a plethora of Best Dressed nominees. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety, from suits to prints to shear and barely there, there was something for everyone.

Of course, even among all these bright stars, there were some that just fell flat. So lets start with those!

Winona Ryder:

While some bad looks do not have any explanation, this one clearly does. Winona obviously was feeling nostalgic and decided to take a time machine back to 1988 where she borrowed her wardrobe from her Beetlejuice dressing room. While not a wise decision at least we have an answer!

Busy Phillips:

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Unlike her partner in crime, Michelle Williams, who redeemed herself from her horrible pilgrim costume that she wore to the Globes, Busy decided to taker her turn on the worst dressed list.  I love a good glittery gown, but I look at this and think “Limited Too is calling, they want their purple camo back!” Seriously, I’m pretty sure I had a pair of cargo pants in this fabric circa 1998. To her credit, her hair and make up look great! But, the dress has got to go.

Salma Hayek:

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Oh Salma, so close, but so far away. Her body looks lovely, hair and make up are beautiful too, but this dress, it is the dress that I have seen on many a Barbie birthday cake.

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I mean, can you deny the resemblance? If anything, this is certainly not a red carpet gown. She might have gotten away with this if she wore it to a beach wedding? But, then again, I still think I would see the cake.

Emma Stone:

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This pains me. Emma Stone is a beautiful woman. She always comes dressed to impress. Not to mention her talent. But this…OOF! What happened? It looks like the pins let loose on one side and the fabric fell down, leaving us with nothing but her Spanx! Besides just being ugly, this dress does nothing for her figure, with that belted portion hitting in a spot that makes her hips look much wider. Is it just me? Or is it also too short? Ugh, why oh why does bad fashion happen to good people?

Now for the good stuff!!

Sophia Vegara

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Sophie Vegara has been switching up her look lately, and I love it! Gone are the body-con va-va voom dresses and in are the feminine and romantic. And, being that she is ageless and flawless, she can pull of both looks with ease. However, her new looks are really breathtaking. This dress is classic, simple, and light, and just lets her natural beauty be the focus. Her hair and make up are so elegant as well. The only thing is I might have added a necklace, as its a tad bare near her neckline, but over all, stunning!

Thandie Newton:

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I feel I will probably have people disagreeing with me on this pick. I get it, the images at the bottom make zero sense. But if we could look past the crazy images, there is a gorgeous dress underneath!. The shape and fit are beautiful, the sparkle is great, I’m in love with that collar! So please, just squint past the odd Persian style horses, the crows, and the random Ferris wheel, won’t you?  Because her skin, hair, makeup, and confidence, make up for them!

Nicole Kidman:

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Thank you beautiful Nicole for getting back on track. The Globes was not your finest moment, but this heals all wounds! The color does all the right things for your skin, the feathers are a stand out, but not over the top, and the frills at the bottom are giving me great movement and texture! I feel like she looks like some wonderful Amazon queen, parrot armor and all!

Mayim Bialik:

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And my best dressed for the evening goes to Mayim Bialik, because I want to live in the dress right now! The fit, the color, the sheen, the shape, the EVERYTHING! She looks like she is wearing the most luxurious wrapping paper, and she is the beautiful gift inside.  But seriously, where can I get this dress. I’m obsessed!

Can’t wait to tune into Fashion Police and hear their take tonight! Bring on the rest of awards season!

Fashion Review: The 2017 Golden Globes

I have been wanting to add some new material to this blog, and since TBT Vinyl is on hiatus (my record player went belly up! But a new one is in the works.), I felt it was a good time to introduce something. I have always wanted to write about fashion, but wasn’t sure how to start. So with the Golden Globes kicking off awards season last night, I thought I would start there!

The Golden Globes is an interesting awards show, because the dress code falls somewhere between putting on the Ritz (aka the Oscars) and arrival night at The Bachelor mansion. Stars don’t want to break out their best and brightest, but they still need to try and be on point…key word there is try.

I think I shall start from the bottom and work my way to the top, beginning with those that should probably reassess how much they are paying their stylists.

1)  Michelle Williams

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Ok, girl, you are in one of the hottest movies right now. And, all I can say is while the movie may be Manchester by the Sea, this get-up looks more reminiscent of something one would find in another Massachusetts town… Plymouth.. actually Plymouth Plantation. Please, save this sexy (?) pilgrim look for Thanksgiving, or lay it out and use it as the Thanksgiving table cloth, but don’t try and tell me this is attractive.

 

2) Carrie Underwood

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Carrie, beautiful Carrie. What happened? You are usually flawless, always rocking something sleek and shimmery. This, while right off the bat does noting for your figure, then culminates in collar that has me almost lost for words. Wilting radishes? Melting strawberry ice cream cone? Molting flamingo? I’m not sure, but It was not right. Your hair, your make up BEAYOOOUTIFUL! This dress, no.

3) Sienna Miller

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Oh, pardon us Sienna Miller, we were not aware that your Soul Cycle class was scheduled for the same time as the red carpet! I mean, that has to be the only excuse for this. You can’t see it from here, but her hair was literally held up with a thick black string, and actually most of it was falling out. The dress, looks like she could have taken some scissors to a terry cloth spa robe and made this in the car ride over. It is overall too casual. But wait! Some pearls will dress it up! Nope, sorry. Thanks for trying (or not!).

4) Sarah Jessica Parker

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It pains me that I must insult this woman. She is one of my style icons, and typically her grace and poise are exquisite. But this, this is unforgivable. OK, I could almost forgive the dress, almost. But that hair! It looks like a combination of a wreath and antlers. Add it to the dress and she looks like a Christmas tree topper. Or perhaps her next role is in a Shakespearean play? All I know is that SJP needs either a new stylist, some new friends, or a new mirror, because one of the 3 failed her in telling her this was acceptable.

5) Winona Ryder

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Poor Winona Ryder looks like she is lost on her way to the saddest prom ever. The shape and style of this gown just reminds me of every 12th grade girl’s attempt to feel like a pretty princess (not excluding myself!). The fit is completely wrong, as there are more wrinkles in that corset than on Donald Trump’s frowny face after hearing Meryl Streep’s speech. This could have some redemption if she made any attempt to accessorize. And, if you tell me that purse is an accessory, then I will show you the receipt from the last 10 for $5 sale I went to at Claire’s back in 1997 where I purchased the same thing. Winona, you haven’t had a moment in awhile. Coming out to awards season for Stranger Things could have been it…but then you wore this.

 

Whew! Now for the good ones!

1) Emma Stone

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Ah, Emma Stone! Never failing to bring true Hollywood glamour in a modern and effervescent way.  Light and airy just like it appears her spirit must be. I wish her hair was a tad more put together, but over all, a glimmering breath of fresh air.

2) Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington, thank you! You took a risk without looking bizarre! This dress is warrior chic without looking like a suite of armor. This is warrior chic lace people! Only Olivia Pope could make this dream a reality. Her figure looks beautiful her hair is on point, her shoes are stunning. She is rocking this H2T!

3) Drew Barrymore

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What I have always loved about Drew Barrymore is she always  stays true to herself when it comes to personal style. She always pulls of a bohemian, free-spirit vibe with ease and class. This dress is no exception. On the carpet she simply floated when she walked and just looked like she was enjoying every moment. Which in a dress like that, how can you not! You go Drew!

4) Evan Rachel Wood

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On each new red carpet, everyone is looking for “the moment,” the look that when you think Golden Globes 2017 you automatically remember. I think Evan Rachel Wood’s tux will be that. And it’s not just because its a tux, because there were plenty of stunning dresses, but this was a whole look. The fit was superb, her hair was sleek, and her make up was flawless. This look provided more glamour than most of the gowns that graced the carpet, without a single stitch of sequin or tulle. Like Drew, she also appeared to be very relaxed and enjoying every moment, which helps make the whole package even more memorable.

5) Kristen Bell

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By far, the greatest moment of the night was Kristen Bell. This was a gown like I have never seen. It was the perfect about of glitter and svelte-ness. It was smooth and sleek, yet sharp at the same time. Every inch looked like it had been melted onto her body. And while most could not pull off that neckline, all I can say is WORK IT KRISTEN! Beyond the dress her hair and makeup shine as bright as the smile on her face. It was all just so stunning that I feel like someone should commission a portrait of it.

Well, that’s all I have for the Golden Globes. I have no commentary on who won or lost, because I really don’t pay too much attention to the awards themselves. I just come for the carpet.

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I’ll Try Anything Once: Nick Chavez Soft Flocker and Thirst Quencher Hair Spray

Well let me start by saying… Choo!Choo! That’s right, I am on the QVC train. I have been watching QVC for a long time but never bought anything because, as I have mentioned before, their job is to oversell products like a used car salesman with a lemon.  But, this is my third item that I bought after seeing it on QVC (this time I actually bought it from them as well), and its another winner!  So to QVC, my trust in you is completely solidified.

So, lets talk about the products! QVC decided to bundle some otherwise luxe priced hair items into one, more affordable, kit and caboodle, which was my incentive for buying it. Also the Soft Flocker just looked amazing. Here is the demo:

I have super fine, straight as a board hair and I have been wearing it in a piecey pixie for about a year now. I have tried several different gels and pomades to try and get it the way I like it. I settled on a drugstore brand that weighs my hair down the least, but doesn’t really have the hold to last me through the day. Again, I was impressed with what I saw on QVC so I decided to give Soft Flocker a try. I didn’t really need the hair spray as I have settled on a Chi hairspray that I love, but it was more cost effective to get the set then just order the Soft Flocker on its own. Today I tried both products….

Yup, the products are that good.

I mean, really, what does Nick Chavez put in his Soft Flocker? Faeire dust, unicorn tears? This product smells good, the texture is just right, and the styling is no hassle.  Here are the results:

flocker 1 flocker 2flocker 3Totally transformed! Of course I tried the hair spray as well and I may be converted (sorry CHI!). It has great hold without being heavy. It is easy to sculpt with and leaves your hair feeling soft and not crunchy. Over all I definitely recommend trying this set. Plus you are getting a huge 4oz jar and a 2oz jar. My drugstore brand only comes in the 2oz so this is really great!

Leave me a comment if you try or have tried this product and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

I’ll Try Anything Once: Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting Tahitian Glow

Well yesterday’s review of Frog Prince from Lipstick Queen by Poppy went over so well I decided to follow it up with the other product that I was feeling adventurous enough to try. Luckily, my journey to Ulta was not all for nothing, as they did have today’s topic of discussion, Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting in Tahitian Glow.

This product was another intriguing QVC item. But with a price tag of $45 dollars, I was looking to test it out a bit before I bought it (although QVC has a wonderful love it or return it policy). This product was being shown as an all-over body product that can be used for a foundation on the face or as a self-tanner of sorts.

Now, I have tried year in and year out every summer to find a self-tanner that would work for me. Everything has been terribly unnatural, streaky, smelly, etc. You name it, it went wrong when it came to me and self tanning. So over the past year I just gave up and decided to embrace my porcelain glow, thanks to celebs like Michelle Dockery who rock the red carpet and simply don’t give a F***.  But with summer here again,  I have begun to cave. Not that there is anything wrong with being fair skinned, its just having no pigmentation at all to one’s skin  during the summer, really borders on sickly.

With no where to go today, I thought it was a good time to give this product a shot. That way if it goes horribly wrong I won’t be seen. Now, there are no instructions that come with this product, but thanks to my QVC entrapment, I learned that wetting it is the best way to apply it if you are looking to use it for the purpose of self-tanning. Again, this is first and foremost a makeup, not a self-tanner, so dry, it can be used on the face as foundation or even on the rest of the body as subtle shimmer. I decided to go all in and wet it.  Before I give you my verdict here are some visuals to give you an idea of the product:

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As you can see the product comes in a large compact with a large poof as well. I had tested it a bit when I first bought it, so the product is smudged up a bit, but if you look at the edges you can still sort of see what it originally looked like, which is marbling of tans and neutrals.

And here’s what happened:

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So on the legs, the left leg is after the product was applied, and the right is without product. The arm is with product.

Ok, so the verdict…. I’m on board! This product, with just touch of water, went on very easily, with no mess due to the large poof. When I first put it on wet, it went on very dark, but once I smoothed it out and rubbed it in, the finished look was a beautiful, natural glow. There was no streakiness, because of its powder consistency as opposed to a creamy self-tanner. If I felt I missed a spot, it was easy to add more and blend it in, and with the use of the poof, it was not all over my hands which was great. In fact, unlike most self-tanners, I applied this to my hands, feet, and ankles, and it did not set in and get overly orange.

There a  few things to watch out for, but they are pretty minor. The first is that I would not suggest wearing this with something white. This was actually something that Laura Geller was upfront about on QVC as well. While the product does dry almost instantly and should stay on for most of the day, it can rub on to clothing, so just be careful. I have a white shirt on today, and there is a few places on it that are showing signs of the product. This is something that is found with any self-tanner so really no shock there. The other thing is that if you are strictly a matte girl, I wouldn’t recommend this, because the product does shimmer. I find it to be just the right amount of shimmer to give you the sun-kissed look, but if you are really against any shimmer or shine, maybe not for you. The last thing is that Laura Geller has an almost identical product called Hawaiian Glow. I tried both at the store and Hawaiian did seem a bit darker, so just depends on your skin tone and the amount of coverage you are looking for, but you might also want to try that one.

Over all, I think it works great! I don’t see it as an everyday product, but great for the upcoming wedding I will be going to, or even at the beach. Laura Geller claims this is water-proof, although I have not tested that theory yet, so maybe a drinks in the beach chair item over swimming in the ocean.

Hope you enjoy!

P.S.  If anyone tries out the products I’ve reviewed, share your thoughts in the comments! Would love to know how they worked out for you.