2015 SAG Awards Red Carpet: The night’s standout looks

Lupita Nyong'o upped the stakes in a bold print Elie Saab gown

The always stunning Lupita Nyong’o upped the stakes in a bold print Elie Saab gown.

The Glitz and glamour of awards season continued tonight with the Screen Actors Guild Awards taking over the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles. The best part about the SAG Awards is that the red carpet style is not as stuffy as the Oscars, Golden Globe Awards or even Emmys.

Emma Stone officially this season's title for biggest risk taker. First she stunned at the Golden Globes in a Lanvin jumpsuit then she opted for a tux / dress Dior Haute Couture number. We love her for stepping out of the box.

Emma Stone officially takes this season’s title for biggest risk taker. First she stunned at the Golden Globes in a Lanvin jumpsuit, then she opted for a tux / dress Dior Haute Couture number tonight. We can’t wait to see her choice at the Oscars.

The stars let loose a little bit and we tend to see some more risk taking on the red carpet. That being said, tonight’s looks didn’t disappoint. From gorgeous and unusual prints courtesy of the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o to the always elegant Felicity Jones and this season’s top risk taker–Emma Stone, our list of stand out looks is filled with one fantastic style moment after another.

Felicity Jones was elegant and chic in pink Balenciaga.

Felicity Jones was elegant and chic in pink Balenciaga.

Reese Witherspoon had a "white moment" in custom Giorgio Armani.

Reese Witherspoon had a “white moment” in custom Giorgio Armani.

Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer was gorgeous is a one-shouldered water color print Naeem Khan gown.

Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer was gorgeous is a one-shouldered water color print Naeem Khan gown.

Gretchen Mol opted for some retro sleeves and looked every inch the elegant lady.

Gretchen Mol opted for some retro sleeves and looked every inch the elegant lady.

Emmy Rossum's gray lace was a modern day take on an ice princess look.

Emmy Rossum’s gray lace was a modern day take on an ice princess look.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting continued this season's lust for red  in an understated and belted Romona Keveza column gown.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting continued this season’s lust for red in an understated and belted Romona Keveza column gown.

Sofia Vergara showed off her figure in red hot Donna Karan Atelier.

Sofia Vergara showed off her figure in red hot Donna Karan Atelier.

Julianne Moore has mastered the art of color and this emerald green look played off her porcelain skin and red hair perfectly.

Julianne Moore has mastered the art of color and this emerald green Givenchy Haute Couture look played off her porcelain skin and red hair perfectly.

 

 

2015 Golden Globes Style – Who won on the red carpet?

Jennifer Lopez stunned  in Zuhair Murad at the Golden Globes.

Jennifer Lopez stunned in Zuhair Murad at the Golden Globes.

This evening marked the official start of awards season. Once again, actors, directors, producers and writers gathered at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills to celebrate the best in film and television over the past year.

Pre-ceremony, the stars lined the red carpet to show off their Couture best and as usual, there were hits and there were misses. This year, we thought we’d do things a little differently and instead of just breaking down the best and worst looks of the evening, we’ve decided to give out our own awards to the most interesting looks of the night.

With all eyes on them, it’s understandable that most stars want to play it safe on the red carpet, lest they end up on a worst dressed list. That being said, it’s always good to remember that fashion is supposed to be fun, liberating and even sometimes unexpected. It is afterall a form of expression –yours, not your stylist’s.

The award for the night’s most unexpected fashion moment goes to…

Emma Stone skipped the traditional gown and went for a Lanvin jumpsuit instead. To add some unexpected length, she finished off her look with a long side belt.

Emma Stone skipped the traditional gown and went for a Lanvin jumpsuit instead. To add some unexpected length, she finished off her look with a long belt and attached bow.

For the best use of texture, we couldn’t get enough of the three gorgeous ladies below…

Lupita Nyong'o stood out in a gorgeous embellished Giambattista Valli purple gown.

Lupita Nyong’o stood out in a gorgeous embellished Giambattista Valli purple and cream gown.

Julianne Moore takes risks with her roles and fashion. She stepped out of the box again in this custom Givenchy gown with a sequin, feather and ombré effect.

Julianne Moore takes risks with her roles and fashion. She stepped out of the box again in this custom Givenchy gown with a sequin, feather and ombré effect.

Salma Hayek wowed in a crinkled, belted Alexander McQueen gown.

Salma Hayek wowed in a crinkled and belted Alexander McQueen gown.

This year’s best metallic moment goes to…

Jessica Chastain looked stunning in this bronze Atelier Versace halter with plunging neckline. We love seeing her pick colors that play off her alabaster skin and gorgeous red hair.

Jessica Chastain looked stunning in this bronze Atelier Versace halter with plunging neckline. We love seeing her pick colors that play off her alabaster skin and gorgeous red hair.

Best use of volume…

The dress, the hair, the bling. La Lopez brought the glamour in this Zuhair Murad dress which the  designer described as an "art deco inspired beaded sheer caftan".

The dress, the hair, the bling. La Lopez brought the glamour in this Zuhair Murad dress which the designer described as an “art deco inspired beaded sheer caftan”.

Best red moment…

In a sea of red gowns, Heidi Klum stood out as a siren in head to toe red. We also loved the retro waves and matching red lips.

In a sea of red gowns, Heidi Klum stood out as a siren in head to toe red. We also loved the retro waves and matching red lips.

Unexpected color moment…

Jenna Dewan's mellow yellow Carolina Herrera gown was a sweet and unexpected delight in the midst of so much  red and pre-requisite sparkle.

Jenna Dewan’s mellow yellow Carolina Herrera gown was a sweet and unexpected delight in the midst of so much red and sparkle.

White hot moment…

There's nothing like a white moment on the red carpet. The honor this year goes to the gorgeous Emily Blunt who looked elegant in a Grecian inspired white Michael Kors gown with cut-out details.

There’s nothing like a white moment on the red carpet. The honor this year goes to the gorgeous Emily Blunt who looked elegant in a Grecian inspired white Michael Kors gown with cut-out details.

Grown and sexy moment…

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Kate Hudson has found a niche and it is white, low cut and  hugs every curve of her body.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Kate Hudson has found a niche and it is white, low cut and hugs every curve of her body.

This year’s award for understated elegance goes to…

Another lady that knows what works on her is Reese Witherspoon. In spite of this simple silhouette, the star sparkles in her understated but glamourous Calvin Klein Collection gown.

Another lady that knows what works on her is Reese Witherspoon. In spite of its simple silhouette, the star sparkled in her understated but glamourous Calvin Klein Collection gown.

The most interesting length award goes to…

We're seeing more and more of this length on the runways and red carpet with skirts and dresses. We love that Kerry Washington tried something new with this color blocked number but it unfortunately overwhelmed her petite frame.

We’re seeing more and more of this over the ankle length on the runways and red carpet. We love that Kerry Washington tried something new with this color blocked number but it unfortunately overwhelmed her petite frame.

Last but not least, the red carpet wouldn’t be complete without a Princess moment…

After playing Peter Pan, Allison Williams was ready to go back to being a girl. She sported a tiered, red Armani Privé number complete with sparkle.

After playing Peter Pan, Allison Williams was ready to go back to being a girl. She sported a tiered, red Armani Privé number.

Anna Kendrick channeled her Cinderella character and opted for a princess moment as well. The Into The Woods actress went with a blush tulle Monique Lhuiller gown.

Anna Kendrick channeled her Cinderella character and opted for a princess moment as well. The Into The Woods actress went with a blush, tulle Monique Lhuillier gown.

 

Is your beauty routine all wrong? Popular beauty myths debunked

 

Is your beauty routine all wrong?

Is your beauty routine all wrong?

I come from a family where we love to share beauty and fashion secrets. There are beauty routines and tips that have been passed down from generation to generation and after a while, you don’t even think about whether or not these little tricks work. The thought that accompanies most routines is usually “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

This year, I’d like to focus on another saying ” if it doesn’t add value, it’s time to toss it.” When it comes to what you’re putting on and in your body, ignorance is not bliss. Are you worried that your skin will age like your mom’s? Do baby wipes make the best makeup removers? Does chocolate really cause acne?  It’s time time to set the facts straight. La Jolla, California dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart is helping us put debunk a few skincare myths.

Myth: There’s no difference between SPF 30 and SPF 60

This isn’t completely true. The percentage of increase may not be proportional to the number on the sunscreen, but a higher SPF does in fact offer greater protection.

Using larger quantities of a product will yield better results

Less is more. Normally, a pea-sized amount of facial product will do the trick. Excessive amounts can cause skin problems and waste money.

Myth: My makeup has SPF, so I don’t need sunscreen

Even if the SPF is in your tinted moisturizer and not just a concealer, you’re not applying enough of it to get the full degree of SPF that’s stated on the bottle. So, from spring to winter, you should be applying a generous layer of sunscreen each and every day.

Does Chocolate give you blemishes?

Does Chocolate give you blemishes?

Myth: Chocolate gives you blemishes

Unfortunately, evidence suggests chocolate causes acne-prone individuals to break out.

Myth: Toothpaste is a great pimple cream

Toothpaste is great for taking the itch out of a bug bite, but doesn’t seem to work when trying to get rid of a blemish. Try a real acne-fighting formula.

Myth: Baby wipes make perfect makeup removers

They may be convenient, but baby wipes as well as makeup remover wipes include very harsh chemicals. The idea behind such wet clothes is that the packaging requires added preservatives to increase shelf life; therefore, your skin is being exposed to extra formaldehyde-releasing chemicals commonly used as preservatives. Plus, since you’re not rinsing away the cleansing ingredients from the wipes, there’s a residue that’s left behind that exposes your skin to solubilizers, surfactants and emulsifiers. This can lead to irritation, hives, dry skin, breakouts, and other unpleasant reactions.

 Myth: Switching to skim milk is better for your skin

Wrong! Skim milk actually contains even more hormones than both 1 percent and 2 percent milk, which causes breakouts. Dr. Stuart advises that high-glycemic foods (that is, white foods like bread, pasta, rice, and sweets) are super skin-enemies since they trigger the body to produce insulin, causing age-accelerating inflammation. The solution is easy: load up on colorful fruits and vegetables-particularly green and yellow veggies-which help prevent wrinkles.

Does hot water open pores

Does hot water open pores?

Myth: Hot water opens pores

Despite cleansers, scrubs and other skincare products claiming to have pore-opening powers when paired with warm H2O, this advice just doesn’t hold water. Skin’s openings neither change in size nor operate like train doors, says Dr. Stuart. In reality, hot water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup within pores, allowing for better cleansing

Myth: Your skin will age just like your mom’s

Your mother’s wrinkle-free, so that means you’re destined for complexion perfection, right? Even though genetics play a big part in the aging process, external factors, like sun exposure, facial expressions, smoking, pollution and diet, affect how skin looks over time. So if Mom turned her nose up at tanning and you eschew shade, you may not grow old as gracefully. The bottom line: Good genes aren’t a free pass to flawless skin.

 Myth: Sun is Good for Acne

Although a little sun can give skin a nice glow and may even clear up a few pimples, major acne will only be aggravated by prolonged sun exposure. For one thing, the drying effect that sun has on skin will only cause the sebaceous glands to be overstimulated to produce more oil. Overstimulated sebaceous glands are the cause of acne, so it is not advised to provoke these sensitive glands anymore with too much sun exposure.

Dr. Susan Stuart is considered one of San Diego’s leading experts in dermatology and lasers and has been selected as one of America’s top physicians in dermatology. She is the co-founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery Dermatology.

 

5 ways to up your style game in the new year

Hermès | Fall 2014 Paris Show.

Hermès | Fall 2014 Paris Show.

Last year you promised yourself that you would revamp your style. You were inspired to be that stylish woman you always dreamt you could be. You sorted through hundreds of photos on Pinterest, created multiple boards for different seasons and then… nothing. 2014 passed and nothing about your style changed. Yoga wear was Couture and an all black look was the equivalent of dressing up.

Well, the good news is that the new year always brings with it a chance for new beginnings. While you worry about keeping up with your other resolutions, we’ve got you covered on the style end. Below are 5 ways to up your style game this year.

1. Clean House
We believe in starting things off with a clean slate and that includes getting rid of all things that will not add value to your style and wardrobe this year. Those striped shirts that you have in multiple colors? Time to get rid of them. What about the jeans that sag in the butt area or are so tight that they create rolls where you never even thought rolls could exist? Time to toss them.

Even Carrie Bradshaw had to clean her closet every once in a while.

Even Carrie Bradshaw had to clean her closet every once in a while.

Holding on to things that you don’t need only stops you from creating the space needed to allow great things to come into your wardrobe and your life. We make it a point of duty to sort through our wardrobe and donate usable items to Goodwill once every four months.  Who doesn’t like some extra karmic points?

2. Try Something New
There is no better time to step out of your comfort zone than the beginning of a new year. Your adrenaline is pumping, you have new goals and ambitions and you pretty much feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. If you’re all about structure, why not go for something a little bit more feminine? If your color palette rotates around black and grays, it might be time to spice things up with some reds and blues . This year, we’re jonesing for some Grecian Goddess glamour courtesy of Jennifer Behr’s gorgeous and mouth watering head pieces.

Jennifer Behr ERIS Headband

Jennifer Behr ERIS Headband.

Jennifer Behr ARIELLE Headband

Jennifer Behr ARIELLE Headband.

3. Go Big
We love structure. We love fit. We could talk about structure and fit all day long. So when we say go big, we’re not advocating pieces that will drown out your shape. Keeping that disclaimer in mind, what we’re loving about this season’s outerwear is that they are all about making a big statement. Literally and figuratively. And quite frankly, we can’t get enough.

Go Big - Stay Cozy and Stylish in Oversized Coats this Winter

Go Big | Stay Cozy and Stylish in Oversized Coats this Winter.

4. Go Bold
The best way to make sure you don’t fall into a winter funk is to infuse your life with some color. We’re talking both your wardrobe pieces and beauty items. Why reach for your go-to gloss when you can stand out in stunning matte red or gorgeous plum?

Go Bold - Matte Red Lips

Go Bold | Don’t Shy Away From Stand Out Color This Year.

5. Go Light
What we love most about fashion is that there are no rules. You get to experiment and dance to the beat of your own drum. That being said, we are all about introducing light colors into our winter wardrobe this year. We will be sporting gorgeous pastels like powder pinks, baby blues, heather grays and even white all season long.

Go Light - Pastel Colored Coats

Go Light | The Haute Pursuit’s Vanessa Hong in Gray, Burberry Cape Trench (center), Pink Oversized Carven Coat.

 

A tribute to Oscar de la Renta – A fashion legend who left his mark

Last fitting: Amal Alamuddin in her custom Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. Image courtesy of Vogue.

Last fitting: Amal Alamuddin in her custom Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. Image courtesy of Vogue.

I have never met a woman who didn’t get starry eyed and weak kneed in the presence of an Oscar de la Renta dress. My first experience with the man whose clothes epitomized elegance, grace and beauty was through the pages of vogue at the tender age of 15. Even though I was just developing my sense of style, there was no doubt in my mind that the Oscar woman resonated with the woman that I dreamt of growing into . She was bold yet romantic, powerful yet chic. She put herself together in a way that showed thought. She carried herself with an effortless grace that could stop an entire room.

Jessica Biel graced the pages of Vogue in a sultry in Oscar de la Renta number.

Jessica Biel graced the pages of Vogue in a sultry in Oscar de la Renta number.

Anne Hathaway in signature gorgeous Oscar de la Renta red.

Anne Hathaway in signature gorgeous Oscar de la Renta red.

From First Ladies to Oscar Winners, Supermodels, Socialites and Executives, Oscar de la Renta has touched the lives of so many women from different walks of life with one common thread tying us all together –he made us feel beautiful. His passion showed in his work and his work was art. Thank you Monsieur de la Renta for sharing your gift.

Sarah Jessica Parker in iconic pink Oscar de la Renta dress featured in Sex and the City.

Sarah Jessica Parker in iconic pink Oscar de la Renta dress featured in Sex and the City.

A look back at elegance defined….a few of the Oscar de la Renta looks we’ve featured over the years.

Zooey Deschanel's hot pink column Oscar de la Renta number was glamorous, chic and complimented her love of all things retro.

Zooey Deschanel’s hot pink column Oscar de la Renta number at the Emmy Awards was glamorous, chic and complimented her love of all things retro.

Amy Adams looked lovely in a tiered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown

Amy Adams looked lovely in a tiered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta and Harry Winston jewels

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta and Harry Winston jewels

Jennifer Garner looked stunning in gold Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Garner looked stunning in gold Oscar de la Renta.

Allison Williams in a green Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum detail.

Allison Williams in a green Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum detail.

Jessica Biel in an embroidered teal Oscar de la Renta frock

Jessica Biel in an embroidered teal Oscar de la Renta frock.

Sarah Jessica Parker pairs her all pink Oscar de la Renta dress with a leather Theyskens' Theory jacket

Sarah Jessica Parker paired her pink Oscar de la Renta dress with a leather Theyskens’ Theory jacket at an amfar event.

Kristin Davis goes for the classic dots in Oscar de la Renta

Kristin Davis went for classic dots in Oscar de la Renta.

Michelle Williams looks lady-like in a gorgeous lace Oscar de la Renta

Michelle Williams looked lady-like in a gorgeous lace Oscar de la Renta.

Minka Kelly attends the Art of Elysium gala in a shocking yellow Oscar de la Renta number

Minka Kelly attende the Art of Elysium gala in a shocking yellow Oscar de la Renta number.

Michelle Williams premiered my week with Marilyn in a ladylike and golden Oscar  de la Renta frock

Michelle Williams premiered my week with Marilyn in a ladylike and golden Oscar de la Renta frock.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen stuns as newest face of iconic Chanel N°5 fragrance

Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet and Nicole Kidman –just a few iconic women that have held the title of the Chanel woman. Today, supermodel Gisele joins the ranks as the newest face of the brand’s iconic perfume. CHANEL N°5, the world’s most famous fragrance, was created in 1921 when Coco Chanel asked the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to create a fragrance that reflected her vision of modern femininity. N°5 was her lucky number and it was the fifth submission presented to Mademoiselle Chanel, thus a legend was born with the name CHANEL N°5.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen struts her stuff for Chanel

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen struts her stuff for Chanel.

To celebrate a new era of N°5, the brand premiered “The One That I Want,” a film produced, conceived, and directed by auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), with production design by Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, and featuring Supermodel Bündchen.

The model sported a black double silk-crepe dress with silver embroideries from the Cruise 2014/15 Collection.

The model sported a black double silk-crepe dress with silver
embroideries from the Cruise 2014/15 Collection.

The film tells the story of a woman who struggles to find space for everything – herself, family, career, and love. In short, the CHANEL N°5 woman is today’s modern woman. It’s a story that resonates albeit quite fantastical with soft lights, Chanel surf boards and wetsuits, gorgeous men , gorgeous children and a haunting and dramatic cover of  “You’re the One That I Want” by Lo-Fang. That been said, we’ll still take that fantasy.

18K white gold and diamonds N°5 necklace.

18K white gold and diamonds N°5 necklace.

Behind the scenes: The Costume Design

Girl About Town: Giuseppe Zanotti Celebrates 20 years — Rock ‘n’ Roll Style

Rock 'n' Roll Giuseppe Zanotti style

Rock ‘n’ Roll Giuseppe Zanotti style

Giuseppe Zanotti has always been a name synonymous with luxury. The Italian shoemaker who worked with powerhouses like Dior, Missoni, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Thierry Mugler before branching out on his own has carved out a niche of “sexy luxury” with followers that have spanned across two decades.

Only Carrie Bradshaw could understand how we feel about these beauties -- Hello Lova!

Only Carrie Bradshaw could understand how we feel about these beauties — Hello Lova!

Giuseppe Zanotti - Goddess inspired, luxury approved.

Giuseppe Zanotti – Goddess inspired, luxury approved.

For the unapologetic woman (or man) who is not afraid to flaunt her money, power or sex appeal, Zanotti’s bold and atimes extravagant designs are not for the faint of heart and it’s no wonder that the brand’s avid fans include risk takers like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Zoe Saldana.

Giuseppe Zanotti - It's all in the details.

Giuseppe Zanotti – It’s all in the details.

Giuseppe Zanotti - Links and chains.

Giuseppe Zanotti – Links and chains.

To celebrate 20 years of style, the brand opened up a spanking new store at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and offered a sneak peek into its latest collection as well as a 20 year retrospective. Present were bold gold embellishments, chunky links and chains in silver and gunmetal gray and reptile inspired accessories. We can’t wait to see what the next twenty years bring.

Giuseppe Zanotti Accessories - We can't promise they won't bite.

Giuseppe Zanotti Accessories – We can’t promise they won’t bite.

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