56th Annual Grammy’s Recap

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night and if you watched while engaged in social media the general consensus across Facebook and Twitter was the show was rather boring; the highlights for me included Mr. And Mrs. Carter AKA Beyonce and Jay-Z opening the show with a performance of Drunk In Love the hit from Beyonce’s self-titled album. Kendrick Lamar’s performance with Imagine Dragons resulted in me joining Lamar’s fan club- seriously, color me a HUGE Kendrick fan. Other highlights included Daft Punks performance with Pharell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rogers and a rather confusing wedding officiated by the gorgeous Queen Latifah.

As usual, the real focus of any award show is always the red carpet and here are my favorite looks from the evening:

Rita Ora was in an iridescent cocktail length dress by Lanvin. I loved the bombshell-esque waves of her hair, the bodycon fit of her dress and her makeup,were all just pitch perfect.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

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Tamar Braxton
I’m a huge fan of Tamar’s music, however her fashion choices always ring inauthentic to me. Last night she found her voice wearing crimson Michael Costello.

Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

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Taylor Swift wore a chain link Gucci gown and was simply stunning in a gown that quite possibly could be my favorite look of the evening.


Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Beyonce also opted for a Michael Costello gown which definitely demonstrated her alter-ego “Yonce” is here to stay.




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Please visit Grammy for a complete list of winners.

Women Crush Wednesday- Lupita Nyong’o And Her Natural Hair

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes Red Carper

Lupita Nyong’o Golden Globes Red Carper

I have been obsessed with Lupita Nyong’o since I first spied the gorgeous actress slaying red carpets for her role in 12 Years A Slave. Though Nyong’o did not win for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years, her choice of a vibrant red Ralph Lauren gown for the Golden Globes cemented her as winner of fashions newest rising star.

Much attention has been given to the actresses gown for the evening however naturalistas everywhere were most definitely checking for her hair.

I was able to get the scoop on Nyongo’s gorgeous tresses, styled by celebrity stylist Larry Sims.

First he used Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Curl-Licious Mist to freshen up her natural curls.

Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Then he used a rat tail comb to add a dramatic part to her hair. He polished off the look by applying Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Butter Bouncin which added both hydration and made her coif easier to mold.




Smooth and Shine go pro curls retails for 12.99

Smooth and Shine go pro bouncin butter retails for 12.99

Lia Sophia- Red Carpet Collection

Whatever comes to mind when you think of Lia Sophia jewelry is probably way off base compared to the fabulousness of their newest red carpet collection.  I took a moment out from my frenzied NY Fashion Week schedule to stop by the Social Fashion Suite hosted by Lia Sophia and I fell in deep love with the Boudika collection designed by Dani Stahl. 

The collection runs the gamut from chunky on trend cuff bracelets made from lapis and black diamond crystals, to beautiful matte gold necklaces and rings in white resin pearls.

Each piece in the collection makes a unique statement and provides the perfect exclamation point to any fashionistas ensemble.


For more details on the red carpet collection visit the website:  http://www.liasophia.com



Pearl cage cuff with resin pearls $300


Rings range from $125-$175


bracelets range from $275-$375







83rd Annual Oscars- Red Carpet Picks

The 83rd Oscar’s were handed out at the Kodak Theater last night and though the general consensus was the show could have replaced Ambien with its dull moments and lackluster hosts, the red carpet was definitely something to see.  Here are some of my favorite highlights:

I am seeing Red

The red carpet was complete with well, lots of red dresses. Sandra Bullock gets an A for her choice of a crimson Vera Wang gown.  Host Anne Hathaway and a newly slim and trim Jennifer Hudson also donned red for their red carpet walk.

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang
Anne Hathaway
Jennifer Hudson in Versace

Blinged out Beauty

Shimmering gowns were a big trend last night and both Hillary Swank and Gwyneth Paltrow get high marks for executing this look flawlessly.

Hillary Swank in Gucci
Gwyneth Paltrow

In the Nude

Halle Berry was perfection in nude last night. I loved everything about her look and she gave a very heartfelt tribute to the late great Lena Horne who passed in 2010.

Michelle Williams looked amazing in Chanel and her platinum pixie cut was one of her best accessories.

Favorite Anne Hathway change

I loved her in the Lanvin tuxedo- she was chic, elegant and edgy all at the same time.

photo credit: Daily Mail

Last but certainly not least Natalie Portman was resplendent in Rodarte last night.   Hand down her two best accessories were her baby bump and Mr. Oscar as she took home the statue for her role in Black Swan.
Natalie Portman

Adrianna Papel wants to dress YOU!

Adrianna Papel best known for their sumptuous eveningwear
wants to give you the opportunity to win a frock from their 2011 collection.

Simply like their new Facebook page for an opportunity to
win not only one of their red-carpet worthy looks, you will also be entered to
win a consult with one of Adrianna Papel’s personal shoppers.  

Winners will be announced via the Facebook page on Monday,
February 28th @ 3pm EST.

Make sure you turn into the red carpet Olympics known as The
Oscars on Sunday  to catch glimpses of Papel’s designs.

2011 Golden Globes- Red Carpet Recap

The play offs leading up to the super bowl may have been a highlight for many on Sunday evening however, the real showdown happened on the Golden Globes red carpet.

The biggest color trends for the evening were nude, emerald green and lots of black.

Best dressed
Olivia Wilde

The hands down Belle of the Ball was Olivia Wilde in a chocolate brown Marchesa gown which I would gladly walk down the aisle and say “I Do” in as it was just that fabulous.

Best Tressed
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez gown screamed soccer mom in fact, I wonder if she arrived in a minivan as opposed to a limo, but in the midst of all of the messy hair that ruled the red carpet, Jenny from the block was absolutely flawless on the hair and make up front. She rocks a nude lip like nobody’s business and her sleek, honey-hued pony tail was a win.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock was another one of my favorites on the hair front and she was completely on trend with a blunt bang which is going to be huge for spring.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman’s best accessory was probably her baby bump, but I loved her take on the retro-chic French roll.

You’re practically nude
Vanessa Williams

Scarlett Johanson

Carrie Underwood

Jewel toned emerald
Mila Kunis

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Elizabeth Moss
Catherine Zeta-Jones

Black is the new Black

Julia Stiles

Eva Longoria

Halle Berry
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Red Carpet Redux- Angelina Jolie and Gywneth Paltrow

This week the Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Country Strong starring Gwyneth Paltrow had premieres complete with all the red carpet fabulousness we have come to love from both celebs; Jolie and Paltrow literally exemplified the black and white of fashion each choosing very different looks.

Gwyneth donned a figure flattering white gown by Emilio Pucci with a plunging split that left very little to the imagination. Her Pilates or whatever it is the celeb has been doing to be able to pull off such a revealing dress has been doing wonders.

Jolie played dress up in ladylike Goth Versace during the Berlin premiere of her Golden Globe nominated The Tourist.

Though I admire Paltrow for her daring, I love the lady-like chicness of the built-in gloves of Jolie’s dress.

62nd Emmy’s Red Carpet Remix

The Nokia Theater played host to the 62nd Prime Time Emmy awards and of course for most with a thriving passion for fashion the red carpet pre-show is always the highlight. How much did we LOVE last night’s Emmy awards though? Jimmy Fallon was an amazing host and I was in stitches the entire night. From the “Glee” inspired intro to Fallon’s amazing sketch comedy I truly enjoyed the show.

On Trend
Navy was a trending color for the evening and was a very welcome change from basic black which can be both boring and predictable. The other big trend was the color white with Grecian inspired influence- Kim Kardashian wore this look flawlessly.

Admittedly many celebs and their stylists took great care when selecting last night’s red carpet drag- there were many red carpet hits for me, however these ladies stand out as my absolute favorites:

Kim Kardashian in Marchesa- she was polished, sexy and definitely channeled her inner Grecian Goddess

Clair Danes- everything about her Armani Prive struck a pitch perfect chord

Lea Michele this child is gorgeous to me and she selected a navy Oscar de la Renta gown for last night’s red carpet

There is no further commentary necessary as these red-carpet misses speak loud and clear

January Jones
Keri Russell

Curvy Girl Swag

Both Amber Riley and Christina Hendricks got it right when it came to the red carpet looks. Both of these ladies selected curve-enhancing gowns that celebrated versus covering up their curvy fabulousness

Christina Hendrick
Amber Riley

MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet Remix

by Lisa

I admittedly did not tune into the MTV Movie awards- I figured all of the highlights would be on YouTube and the red carpet was the only thing I was truly interested in- so why bother?
As I peruse the photos from last night’s awards “Come as you are” must have been the recurring theme. Many of the starlets looked like they stepped out without the assistance of a trained stylist eye, and the greatest accessory? Awesome gams as many folks opted to skirts way up to here.

Standouts for me included:

Katerina Graham- with her whimsical accessory choices, and her orange pout she looked AMAZING.

Katy Perry- sure she was channeling her inner Wonder woman with that blue wig, but hey she looked like a haute couture super hero, and what can I say- I LOVED it!

Christina Aguilera- although X-tina (her moniker tattooed on the back of her neck) caught a lot of flak for ‘trying’ to be Lady Gaga, I thought her black gown was a little rock and roll, and old world glamour all rolled into one.

For the men- I LOVED TI’s ensemble- there is nothing better than a well-dressed man, and with his bright- hues combined with white shoes I thought he represented the ultimate in hip-hop chic.

Who was your favorite?
Scarlett Johnasson
Audrina Partridge
Amber Lacaster
Sean Combs, Tyrese Gibson

That’s Gay- Award Shows Are Gay ( Hilarious!)

I literally just professed that I need a new gay boyfriend… if you have to wonder why, just take a look at this video from Current which does a thorough breakdown of the Oscars red carpet. A gay man is a fashionista’s best friend.



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