Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Italian Film: 'Baaria'

Today I thought I'd share a really beautiful Italian film I recently watched: Baaria
It was nominated for a Golden Globe and is the story of the Silicilan town of Bagheria, also know as Baaria.
"Written and directed by Acadamy Award winner Giuseppe Tornatore. The story follows Peppino Torrenuova (Francesco Scianna) from his childhood as a high-spirited cowherd's son in the '30s, to his forbidden romance and marriage to the beautiful Mannina (Margareth Madè) through a turbulent time of Italian political upheaval.
BAARÌA is a humorous and often heartbreaking tale set against the backdrop of a vibrant Sicilian town in the first half of the twentieth century."

Take a look at the trailer:
The movie is  romantic, funny and even comical throughout many parts, beautifully made, and overall very interesting.  (Just a heads up - there are two short violent scenes in the film; one involving a cow and another of a man being shot.) Like many Italian sagas, it runs about 3 hours. Baaria's captivating story which spans 3 generations, its beautiful music, and romance alone make this film worth watching-especially if you are looking for something unique.

Have a lovely day everyone!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September's Sapphires

Being that it is still September and that Sapphire is the birthstone for this month here is a lovely collection of September's most inspiring Sapphires:
Natalia Vodianova by Vincent Peters 
Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2011

ASOS Bias Cut Dipped Hem Tea Dress 
What captivates me about this dress is how it moves as you walk: Watch the runway video of the dress HERE

Instyle Makeover Piper Perabo, perfect combination of shimmer and comfort- perfect for a September day.
Ruby Mines Sapphire Rain Pearl and 14K Gold Necklace available HERE
Intimissimi Blue Jersey dress fall 2010- Comfortable and romantic

Julianna Rosalia Chemise Journelle

Anthropologie Capri Blue Volcano Candles
Lapis Lazuli Stone Ring by Billy Bride

Macaroons with Turkish Coffee (Martha Stewart Mag)

I hope you enjoyed these rich sapphire hues and find some inspiration in the rich blues. For me navy and sapphire are my go to colors- I adore little navy dresses as an intriguing and modern alternative to the LBD. Have a lovely week everyone! And be sure to take some time to enjoy the changing weather around you. :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Colors of the Harvest

Happy Fall Everyone! Being that today is the first full day of Fall, here are some gorgeous pieces inspired by the colors of the harvest.
Orange Sunset by night fate on deviant art
Cacharel Fall 2010 RTW (I'm in love with this)
Natalia Vodianovain Louis Vuitton, Vogue Russia September 2010

ASOS Mango Burnt Floral Print Ruch Dress

Tara Matthews dress in Net-a-porter Magazine
Dries Van Noten Spring 2010 (I would much rather wear this in the Fall)
J.Crew Ikat Bow Monde Dress
Malandrino Spring 2011
I hope these rich fall colors inspire you to keep color in mind as you shop for your fall wardrobes! Thats right- less gray, black, neutrals, and military,.. more color! :)
Have a lovely fall day everyone!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Madame Aviator

Shearling and Aviation Jackets are a huge trend for fall as ads and editorials featuring the sought after Burberry jacket grace every magazine, blog, and fashion lover's wishlist. My favorite way to wear these jackets is with a dress. Here are some of my favorite aviation jacket / dress pairings, editorials, and a few budget friendly options.
Flacia de Oliveria's aviation Jacket was paired with a champagne colored pleated gown in Elle Spain creating a glamorous look.
MS Aviator Jacket
Hilary Rhoda looks incredible pairing a rolled cuff aviation jacket with a bow front mini and delicate top in this Blanco Fall 2010 Campaign
For those who have been searching high and low for the perfect shearling jacket on a budget, H&M has a got your covered with this Aviator Shearling Jacket jacket for only $29.95.
I love the rich, brown, buttery leather, it has a nice finish and I love that the material is soft /supple enough for her to scrunch up her sleeves. (also love how its paired with a dress).
Burberry Prorsum shearling jacket, Lace Dress and Voluminous waves make this editorial in September's Harpers Bazaar Spain something to aspire to.
Marie Claire October 2010 Splurge vs Steal
Left to Right: Jacket: $59.90, Uniqlo:(917) 237-8800.
$89, Grass at Macy's;
$299, RACHEL Rachel Royat Macy's;
Dress: $298, Porcelain; $290, Beyond Vintage; $125, Eryn Birine;
Karmen Pedaru Come Fly with Me Burberry
Warehouse (UK clothing site) has an announcement on their site that their Aviator Jacket will be coming soon, you can even get on their waiting list:
"The Sought after aviator jacket! The super soft chocolate shearling jacket is not only a can't-live-without-piece of the season but also an investment, the aviator is timeless and will never be out of style"
Burberry Prorsum Cropped Shearling Aviator Jacket

Marie Claire Amelia Earhart, Angelika Kocheva
This whole look by Eddie Bauer is incredible; the Leather Aviator Jacket, Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, and slim olive cargos.
Pairing your new shearling /aviation jacket with a dress is also a great way to wear some summer dresses into fall. The jacket makes the dress edgy and fall ready, while the dress keeps the jacket feminine.
And when the weather gets cold just throw on some leggings underneath your dress (like the H&M ad).
Have a lovely day everyone! :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall's Classic Revival, Channeling Sophia Loren, and Faux Bobs

My favorite fall editorial thus far is Catherine McNeil for Vogue Australia September - the beautifully feminine pieces (including by beloved Louis Vuitton), Sophia Loren inspired makeup, glamorous poses, and an equally glamorous bob.

You can achieve this glamorous look using these 2 fantastic tutorials:
Here's a video tutorial on how to get a faux bob by Ford Models hair stylist Johnny Lavoy.

And here's another great video on how to get Sophia Loren Inspired makeup up by one of my favorite make-up vloggers, pixiwoo.

These are two really fantastic tutorials that everyone ought to try. The Faux bob is a wonderful way to be spontaneous and try on a new look without committing to a serious hairstyle change. Pair it with the 60s inspired winged eyeliner, and you'll get an incredibly easy, incredibly glamorous look!

Special thanks today to Cut Out +Keep and all the judges for naming me the Fan Favorite of the Ultimate DIY Competition. Over 300 people Favorited/hearted my Chan Luu Inspired Turquoise Wrap bracelet tutorial. :)

Special thanks also to Alexandra of Sparkl.daily for naming me their Blog of the Week.
Have a lovely day everyone! :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall's Lovliest Lace

A few of my favorite fall lace pieces:
Hilary Rhoda for Blanco Fall 2010
Gisele Bundchen in Louis Vuitton for UK Harpers Bazaar Sept '10
Burberry Satin Dress with Lace TopDolce and Gabbana Wool lace Insert Tank Dress
Milly Lace Dot Dress
Adriana Lima, Louis Vuitton Fall '10 Runway
D&G Lace Strapless Corset DressRoberto Cavalli Lace Insert Satin Dress
Valentino Tiered Silk GownJ.Crew Cupcake Crepe lace dress
Frieda Pinto in Rodarte, InStyle Mag
Have a lovely lace day!