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The Beginning

And with the Golden Globes behind us, Award Show Season is officially underway.  I have always liked the Golden Globes because it mixes both television and movies which in my opinion makes for a less serious, fun environment.  The Academy Awards are of course my favorite, but it often seems a bit tense and everyone takes themselves quite seriously.  The Golden Globes are supposed to be a bit less dressy, and often more playful, but not to the extent of the Grammys.

Sunday night I was happily surprised by the clothes on the red carpet.  There was experimentation and some very sleek and sophisticated gowns.  There were only a handful of dresses that I really disliked, and a few lackluster ones, but other than that the show made me very excited to see what is planned for the Oscars!

My Absolute Favorites:

Michelle Williams in Valentino, channeling Twiggy.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Julianne Moore in Lanvin

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein

Honorable Mentions:

January Jones in Versace

Scarlett Johanson in Elie Saab

Nicole Kidman in Prada

Leighton Meester in Burberry

Julianna Marguiles in Vintage YSL

Jayma Mayes in Alberta Ferretti

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood

Anne Hathaway in Armani

Angelina Jolie in Versace

And the Bad:

Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza

Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad

Milla Jovovich in Armani

 

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An Apology

Hi blog, it’s been awhile, and for that, I apologize.  I haven’t written in so long that I was scared to come back to it, I have so much to write about and I haven’t been quite sure where to begin.

Well to be honest, what I had to say was just about lovely Christmas presents, shopping excursions, films I’ve seen, and what I wore on New Years Eve, so I guess it wouldn’t have been that difficult.

While I was home in Connecticut the past few weeks, I had apparently decided to go on computer hiatus.  I listened to my parents advice (shocking, I know) and gave myself a much needed break.

But I’m back now, and for some odd reason I feel weird being in New York and not writing on my blog.

After I take a few more pictures, I will be sure to post some fun things I got while home for the holidays.  My favorite being an Alexander McQueen silk scarf (which I have worn practically every day since opening it Christmas Day) and a vintage black silk Yves Saint Laurent skirt/dress set (courtesy of my Grandfather).

As well as fashion and magazines, I am also a huge movie person.  So whenever I go home I try to go to the movies as much as I can ($6 a ticket, you can’t beat that).  This break, I saw Black Swan and The Kings Speech.  It goes without saying that the costumes in Black Swan were extraordinary, the Mulleavy Sisters of Rodarte (who designed all of Natalie Portman’s costumes) are kind of genius, and I sincerely hope they get some major Oscar nods.  The movie itself was just what I expected, weird and beautiful, so I loved it.

The Kings Speech, however, is one of the best movies I have ever seen.  Ever.  And I’ve seen a lot.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, except that Colin Firth was supposed to be amazing in it, and he was even better than I thought he could be.  He will hands down win Best Actor in every award show, and he deserves it.  The movie was not only hysterical, but also a well done period piece with Helena Bonham Carter in gorgeous costumes.   I felt so terrible for Firth’s character, King George VI, that I was scraping away at my freshly painted nails, so nervous that his horrible stutter would never go away.

Thanks to my father, the movie theater wasn’t the only place I would have to see movies, because he bought Apple TV.  This adorable black box which allows you to access Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, etc. from your television.  So of course because of that I watched countless movies at home including The White Ribbon the German film which took home the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago, and I have been dying to see it ever since.

On January 1, I was quite exhausted and decided that it would be an excellent idea to not move from my bed the entire day.  So I watched five movies.  It was a personal record for me, and one that I now pride myself on.  I watched, Outsourced, When Harry Met Sally, Love and Other Disasters, Interview with a Vampire, and City Island. It was a glorious day to say the least.  I think I might try and have one every month or so.

I will put up pretty pictures hopefully later on in the week, but I hope this apology is enough for now.

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The Glorious Costumes of The Talented Mr. Ripley

A few days ago I finally got around to watching The Talented Mr. Ripley a wildly interesting movie with an amazing cast including Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cate Blanchett.  Set mainly in Italy with the hot sun and cool sea breeze, the costumes reflected the beachy 1950’s sentiment with a mix of high waisted bikinis and full skirts with tied oxfords.  The ladies definitely got the better costumes, though we did get to see Jude Law in his speedo…  The movie itself was very intriguing and intense at times, the softer costumes were a good balance to the mystery and secrets going on throughout.

My absolute favorite.

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Birthday Blog (aka the Balloon Post)

Coco Rocha in Japanese Vogue

Japanese Vogue

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Louis Vuitton

Stella McCartney

Vogue

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Marie Antoinette

As today is my birthday I felt the extreme need for a birthday post, complete with balloons, cake Marie Antoinette, Coco Rocha and, of course, Vogue.

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Interview with a Vampire

In honor of the premiere of Eclipse I am doing my one and only vampire post.  I read all the books and have see the movies, but I am not a Twilight fanatic (I much prefer Harry Potter).  However, when I saw the Vanity Fair photo shoot with the women of Twilight, I couldn’t resist.  The pictures were just so, yummy.

I love the old Hollywood glamor and the red!  So red.  Blood red.  I realize that is the point, but it is done in a tasteful elegant way.  The hair and make up is stunning, the gowns are beyond gorgeous and Dakota Fanning is so grown up!  But I guess when Annie Leibovitz is the photographer this is what you get.

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La Vie en Rose

If you don’t already know, Marion Cottilard is one of my favorite people on the planet.  And while I do not (regretfully) know her personally, she exudes a likability that is hard to ignore.

I first saw her in Big Fish, one of my favorite movies, and then later in A Good Year, but it wasn’t until I saw her tour de force and Oscar winning performance in La Vie en Rose did myself, and the world really take notice of her.  That year she became the third person in history to win an Oscar for a foreign film, let alone the Best Actress award.  She was also dressed, quite beautifully, by John Galliano, in a stunning white dress which resembled fish scales.  The head designer of Dior loved her so much that she became the face of the Lady Dior campaign.

And for the July Issue of Vogue she is on the cover.  I cannot tell you how happy I was to see her beautiful face on the cover and and not another celebrity.  In my mind Marion Cottilard is an actress, a singer, a humanitarian, but not, as of yet, a celebrity.  While I like Blake Lively, I really do not think that she should be on the cover of Vogue but there she was on the June issue.

It was risky putting Cottilard on the cover, she is not really a household name in America nor is she doing drastic publicity stunts to get her there.  Instead she is charming, French, quirky, and of course an amazing actress.

The pictures from the cover shoot are incredible, the best I have seen in a very long time.  To me, this is what they should look like.  This is what a magazine is meant to do, transport you to a different country or time and make the clothing come alive.

The July Cover.

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Educate Me

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I finally saw the movie An Education last night and fell in love with it, but that was inevitable.  The story (a memoir) was great, the acting (especially Carey Mulligan) was wonderful, and the costumes were to die for.  Every scene I found my self wanting each and every one of the lovely dresses and boxy jackets.

And I am not the only one who feels this way, both Vanity Fair and Vogue thought the costumes were exceptional.  They were the epitome of the 1960’s done in a way that didn’t look costumey, but instead perfectly natural.

Sometimes I think that I was supposed to be born in 1945, so that I would be 15-25 during the 60’s and able to wear all of the gorgeous clothes.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the movie, enjoy Mulligan in all of her adorableness.

Actual costumes from the movie.

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