Sunday, January 31, 2010

I Got A Feelin...

Oh the Grammys... No one seems to really know what the dress code for the Grammys is. Some go all out with gowns as though it's the Oscars, some show up in jeans... but I think it's clear that these girls got it right.... it's music people, rock and roll! have fun with it. I just HATE when people wear their full length gowns on this red carpet...

Fergie and The Black-Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus (as much as I hate to admit it) looked PERFECT. This is what the Grammys is about, short, fun, expressive and sassy. And well Marissa Miller looked gorgeous per usual. And then there is Keri Hilson, as I just ranted above I strongly dislike log gowns at the Grammys but I just love love love Keri Hilson and think she's adorable and has amazing style and she looks like a knock-out in this dress so I'll let it slide.

And then the gowns I can't let slide... Taylor Swift is one of my favorites and I think she is so adorable but I just couldn't get on board this blue sparkly number that just ugh I dunno, it was too formal, too blue... not sure. Kristen Bell is also usually adorable and it breaks my heart to put her on the hate list but the neck part of that dress kills me. And Rihanna?! She usually has a way of just looking so so so cool! and well she doesn't here. fail. And Carrie Underwood just looks tangled in that neckline...

moving on... what happened to Brit Brit?! I though she was normal now and the crazy, white trashy Britney Spears was over... sigh... Britney you break my heart.

But then there is Travis Barker and his son Landon... LOVE.. sigh how cute is this!!! Travis is one of my favorite favorite musicians (I'm a HUGE Blink fan and think all his other music projects are AMAZING!) But father and son looking too cool for school on the red carpet! loves it!

okay, Grammys are still going on in LA, gotta get back to watching!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cinderella Style

Sigh, there is really nothing quite like ballet. Tonight I was lucky enough to attend opening night of The Jeoffrey Ballet's Cinderella. And it was MAGICAL! The dancing was beautiful, as were the costumes and sets.

The last ballet I attended didn't have a single tutu and I was heartbroken. Thankfully The Jeoffrey did not disappoint and now I can't stop thinking about tutus, tiaras, and glitter, every little girls dream. I felt as if I was watching a Degas painting come to life.

Next stop Norton Simon Museum to drool over their Degas collection! Especially my all time favorite statue, "Little Dancer." I remember as a little kid being dragged from museum to museum by my artistic parents and being enchanted by Degas from an early age. I mean, what's not to relate about his work. I think "Little Dancer" has been my favorite work of art since I was 4 and ballet class consisted of running in circles in pastel pink leotards.

After tonight, I'm also dying to order Harvey Edwards' prints to hang all over my walls. I remember his famous photographs from when I actually started dancing (ie not skipping in tutus but 1st position, 2nd position, plies and grande jetes) as they were hung all over the studio I danced at.

One year I had his calendar and it was BEAUTIFUL.... must find that and save the prints...

Anyway besides reminding me of all this art I liked, Cinderella also had me craving tutus and pointe shoes.
Sadly, I hung up my pointe shoes (Freed Studios to be exact) almost 5 years ago now so neither new ballet shoes nor tutus are quite practical anymore (although Louboutin heels aren't practical per-say but that didn't stop me... hmmmm)

After hours of exploring sites like Capezio and other dance stores looking for a wearable version of a legit tutu I gave up and wandered over to Bloomindales to see what I could find.

To my pleasant surprise they had quite a few ruffley, pastel and glittery pieces that popped out right away. I really love the first two! Although they look difficult to pull off I just adore how straight out of this version of Cinderella they look! (Well save for the fact that the skirts aren't horizontal but it echos some similar exuberance)

I was also enchanted by Cinderella's white ensemble which just re-ignited my hunt for the perfect white dress, which I have been searching for ever since this song came out a couple years ago... (The girl in the music video is inexplicably not wearing a white dress which boggles my mind, but maybe they had just a hard a time finding the perfect white dress as I've had.... so ignore the girl, it's just the lyrics and the song in general, the music video isn't all that exciting)

However, I feel my luck is about to turn around! Look at these cuties! I want all 3! Especially the Alice + Olivia (center) and the Herve Leger (right)... well actually top choice is def the Alice + Olivia one. Ugh and I love that Shoshanna one too (left)!!! ugh Shopbop just made it so easy, they have an entire "White Dresses" section. Brilliant!

And last but not least, the story of Cinderella wouldn't be the same without shoes!

Since I already own the perfect pair of ballet flats, I thought I'd share them with all of you. It's the Kate Spade Felice in pale blush and it's so chic and sweet. The color is identical to that of ballet shoes but the peep toe and black bow details help prevent you from looking like you've just rushed off stage. And check out those Louboutins!! Now THAT trumps a glass slipper any day! The shine, the sparkle! loves! I die!

Alright, that was a long blog full of tangents and extra thoughts but I hope you enjoyed it! Off to practice arabesques and bourrees (for those of you that don't speak ballet bourrees are shown in the video below and the same user has posted videos for all sorts of ballet moves)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

SAG Awards

So since I'm on a roll I figured I'd keep it going. Yesterday, January 23rd was the SAG Awards. And there were some STUNNING gowns. Number one in my mind, which is no surprise, is Diane Kruger. She looks so flawless and glamourous in this gown! Complete perfection.

Next up is Sandra Bullock. If I had to be anyone, it would probably be her. 1) she's HILARIOUS and who doesn't want to be funny. 2) she's BEAUTIFUL. I loved how she looked in all the sleek, starch lines of The Proposal and the sleek lines reappear on this red carpet look. 3) She's also married to badass Jesse James. I mean, could she be any cooler. (I run a moto blog so it's no surprise that her legendary arm candy had to be included in this post). They're such a seemingly unlikely pair but they look so so so good together!

My next to favorites look almost statuesque and definitely took the "plunge" with their looks. Kate Hudson showed up in white again, and she pulls off the color well so why not. I MUCH prefer her choice here than at the Golden Globes. The backless gown is smashing on her. I'm not going to lie, I don't watch Glee so I had no idea who Lea Michele was, but her dress certainly caught my attention. The cut is so flattering and I LOVE LOVE the color. I just love the draping on it. I have an awards dinner to attend for my dad next week and I have a strapless dress in the turquoise color that I think I might just bring out for the event... although I was going to use it as an excuse to go shopping... hmmm

Anyway, award season is officially in full swing! Can't wait to see how this year progresses!

Golden Globes mini-wrap up

okay okay I'm a week late, but when you consider I haven't blogged for the last 6 months or so that's not bad timing! I have to admit I wasn't even planning on blogging about the red carpets this year since all my heart and soul has been poured into my new blog Lil Miss Moto ( However, after receiving an email request on my opinions on this years red carpet gowns I went ahead and did an "email post". Well since the work's been done figured I might as well post it. So enjoy my super mini, four dress review of the 2010 Golden Globes..

I have to say I ADORED Penelope Cruz not only is her dress adorbs it looks smashing on her and she has my favorite accessory of the night, AN UMBRELLA! She's just so cute holding her own umbrella while the majority of people are just loitering under the poor PUHs (personal umbrella holders... can you say divas!)

I also like Jenna Fischer's Halston dress (and she has an umbrella too! coincidence? i think not!) BUT I think the dress is out of place and wrong on her. It was one of my faves of the collection but I envisioned it on someone tanner, with more bangles and jewelry and to be honest, not at the golden globes... I know it's a gown but I just envision that dress swirling around a FABULOUS dinner party by the gracious, wealthy and gorgeous hostess. Sigh, I can dream for the poor dress that had to be instead dragged down a wet red carpet.

Speaking of wrong dress, wrong time what was Julia Robert thinking?! The woman that brought us that INCRED vintage Valentino gown that has become so iconic chose what appears to be an off the rack cotton dress?! are you kidding me?! Jules, what gives?! She looks great but if she were going to a meeting or dinner or something... def not a red carpet moment.

And despite that I usually adore everything Rachel Zoe does and she is caring her own umbrella I just hate Cameron Diaz's dress... It's so unflattering! Both in cut and color... tisk tisk

So there you have it, my mini post... maybe i'll take some time today and take a look at some of those SAG Awards dress... hmmm