Color Me Kate

If you read this blog, chances are you are very much aware that Duchess Catherine has been giving a fashion show disguised as a tour of New Zealand and Australia. As if to apologize for her long absence from the public eye she has thrilled us with multiple outfits per-day, ranging from cute and casual to the ultimate of chic.
And she has not shied away from color on this trip. I've loved all her bold, bright numbers in blue, green, red - and even yellow. Wills allegedly told her she looked like a banana in the yellow dress below. That's the chicest banana I've ever seen...

Want to be a copy-Kate? Here are a few of my top picks for dressing the the bright hue:
dress: top shop // necklace: j crew factory // blazer: zara // top: marni // shoes: repetto // phone care: kate spade saturday


What To Wear // In Transition

According to the calendar it is now spring. However, according to the weather it is still very much winter. This makes me sad. I am sick of the cold, and I am sick of all my winter clothes - so I dreamed up this little ensemble that's bright and fun - like spring! But that will still look cute with a huge winter jacket, scarf and gloves {also a hat, and probably an umbrella}.  

Thinking warm thoughts. 


Wise Words // Just Keep Swimming

Sometimes we all need a little reminder to keep going - no matter what. Happy Wednesday!



Featured // ShopStyle

Here's a little fun self-promotion! My Spring Trends shop is featured on ShopStyle today!

Check it out here and let me know what you think!



The Academy Awards // Fashion Nominees

Let's cut to the chase here, on the surface the Oscar's claim to be all about movies - but we all know the truth, they're really about the fashion. And when it comes to big wins, the biggest always come on the red carpet. This year there are dozens of amazing gowns just dying to make the cut, dreaming of their moment in the spotlight, their shot at making the best best-dressed list. So, here we go - my nominees for the best dresses for the red carpet event of the year:

Jenny Packham
A favorite of my favorite, Princess Kate, Jenny Packham has some gorgeous, girly offerings for the red carpet. I can't decide which of these looks I like best: the classic but bold crimson number, or one of the more playful nude-illusion looks, can you? 

A staple of red carpet season, Marchesa always makes just about every best-dressed list, and with the gowns being offered-up here I can't see this year being an exception. I love the idea of a mustard colored dress for the Oscars - it's like liquid gold, like you melted an Oscar statue and decided to wear it, chic. Also, I'm pretty sure that if Meryl Davis was going she'd totally wear that middle look. 

Prabal Gurung
Alright, here's the deal. These are a little risky. But - just a little. Is a cut-out canceled out by a turtle neck? Maybe. Does that make it it more or less risque? Either way, that element of intrigue has me itching to see these beauties on the red carpet. 

Elia Saab
Elie Saab has always designed show stoppers, some that are safe and others that have that Oscar edge. This white one-sleeved peplum look - perfection! A Fuchsia ball gown, where else are you going to wear that if it's not to the Oscars?? 

Oscar de la Renta 
Someone will always wear Oscar to the Oscars. Here are my 2014 nominees for the big night. I adore the playfulness of these 2 gowns. They still have a classic sophistication but they are also fun, and I think we should have a little more fun on the red carpet, because why not??  

Monique Lhuillier
And the award for best drama goes to... these stunners. If (who am I kidding, WHEN) someone steps on to the red carpet in either of these she will instantly make every best dressed list. These are like the Titanic of dresses (b/c of all the Oscars Titanic won, not b/c of any ice bergs...). You can try to argue with me, but you will be wrong. 

Armani Privé
These babies tend to be controversial because of their slightly over-the-top nature. But I think my selection here have some great potential - if styled correctly. Keep it simple and let the dress steal the show. I have a feeling that The Fashion Police will brand the dress on the right a "figure skating costume gone wrong" but I really thing that on the right person it could totally work. (That's 2 figure skating references in 1 blog post, too much??)

So there you have it. Do you think any of these beauties will make the cut? Who do you think will wear them? (4 days until we find out!! eeeek!!) 

*All image via Style.com


NYFW // Nellie Partow

I tried to keep things low-key this Fashion Week (as you may have noticed from my lack of posting...) However, I've always had a deep love of the "up-and-coming" designer, the rather un-know name working to be a name. So I couldn't pass up the invite to Nellie Partow's Fall presentation. (Style.com called her the "next big thing,"and for good reason!)

Her Fall collection is an effortless combination of soft feminism with menswear in a pretty palette of neutrals and pasteles. From cozy knits and flirty tops paired with perfectly tailored pants to chic shift dresses and a fur collared cape, the collection if full of totally wearable workwear.

So simple, so pretty. I'm obsessed.

What do you think? Check out her older collections here (all equally gorgeous!). 


*photos by me! 


SAG Awards // Best Dressed

If the Golden Globe's red carpet was all about metallic and neutrals the SAG awards were all about jewel tones. Bold, bright and GORGEOUS.  And there's something I really love about how blues and greens look contrasted against the red of the carpet.

Amy in Antonio Berardi // Sandra in Lanvin // Lupita in Gucci // Jennifer in Christian Dior Couture // Jane in Roland Mouret // Jennifer in Max Mara

Check out more of my Red Carpet favorites on Pinterest

*images via People Style Watch 

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