Maybe it’s because we’re now living on the west coast, but this spring/summer is shaping up to be the season of white jeans. As much as I love denim, this is a look I’ve always passed up for several reasons. Firstly, how in the world do you not spill coffee, brush against your dirty car/subway, or generally get the look of life on white pants? Secondly, I’ve always felt they made my legs look wide, and finally the look came off a little too preppy for my taste. However, this year I’ve started to see a version of the trend that has me willing to jump in, as seen below (via WhoWhatWear).
It’s a little bit more relaxed, a little more worn, and lot cooler than the white jean ensembles I’ve seen in the past. A little fleck of dirt won’t be so glaringly obvious against torn up jeans, plus the shape is roomier and more forgiving. Here are a few of my notes for styling white denim this spring and summer:
Relaxed skinny: I am not one for painted on denim and definitely not in white. Give yourself a little breathing room and you’ll avoid the show-through and cling factor.
Crop or Flare: Or both! I love the new crop flare, but that’s a whole different story. White jeans also feel fresh in a full flare or ankle crop. Straight white denim can feel a bit stuffy.
Shredded: A little distressing once again relaxes the prep factor of straight white denim.
A few new pairs of white jeans to test drive the look…
Am I the only one who ever goes fantasy shopping, some casual online or window browsing with the mindset of “if money were no object?” I was casually browsing Luella & June, which happened to click me over to Moda Operandi’s sales (ruh oh) where I came to a screeching halt over these Dolce & Gabbana sequined beauties. They have a 4 inch heel, Swarovski flowers, and the cutest Mary Jane strap. Also, there just happens to only be one pair left…in my size. Please someone do us a favor and go snatch these up. Unless one of these lucky Powerball tickets works out tonight, then please step away from my shoes.
This year’s red carpet was a great way to kick off the award show season. Some years this carpet can feel a little safe, but since it is less formal it’s worth crossing fingers that someone will try a more daring look. After figuring out why the awards were shown twice (live and taped) while the red carpet was at 4 (NBC) and 6 (E!), I finally grabbed a beverage and took in some of the fashion. Since we’ve all seen the photos multiple times, I’ve broken down some comparison highlights and noteworthy favorites.
Midnight Blue Ballgown
Both Viola Davis and Jenna Dewan looked stunning in their midnight blue ballgowns with plunging necklines. I wish that Viola’s didn’t have the flutter sleeve detail. A flutter sleeve rarely wins, and just the illusion netting over the cleavage would have been enough coverage (plus she has incredible arms). The plunging neckline on Jenna’s dress plus the pockets and full skirt is young and playful – one of my favorites for the night!
Black Sloped Shoulder
Who would think Lady Gaga and Helen Mirren would be in the same category? While these dresses are quite different from the (very cinched) waist down, the slopped shoulders with exaggerated sweetheart necklines on both are incredibly flattering. Helen Mirren seems to have stopped aging about 20 years ago, and this look feels just as timeless and classic.
I think we’ve all heard enough about Jane Fonda’s dress. Yes it’s incredibly weird and looks slightly like a bed skirt, but if you subtract the giant ruffled distraction she still looks gorgeous. Note to self, ruffles look much better on the waist than the neck. How cute does Malin Akerman look? Just enough volume with a slight train and sculpted top, love it!
A basic black column gown is pretty much as safe as you can go for a big awards show. Sophia Bush looks pretty; nothing offensive but nothing memorable. Kirsten Dunst on the other hand is one of my favorites of the night. Yes it’s a lot of cleavage, but it still looks tasteful and malfunction proof thanks to the straps. The shape is beautiful and I love the slight train. This is the way to do basic black on the red carpet.
I love (love love) a good sequin gown so this is a really tough debate for me. Brie Larson looks cool, sexy, and confident in her gown, although the top is a tad droopy in the middle. I adore this dramatic v-neck ballgown (a big trend for the night) on Portia Doubleday. It’s a lot of dress and a lot of shine, but it works so well.
More noteworthy favorites:
Alicia Vikander pulled off this incredibly tricky “apron-esque” gown beautifully. It helps that she is very petite so all of the ruffles and seams lay flat. I also love the balance of the deep side cutaway.
Jennifer Lawrence referenced o one of her best looks ever (the 2011 Oscar dress) with this beautiful red gown. I often think her Dior choices are too mature, but this dress is fun, sophisticated, and looks incredible. Another top favorite for me.
Multi-colored sparkles are very challenging, but Kate Bosworth pulled it off perfectly. The silhouette is a very simple letting the sparkle and slight pattern stand out.
More great sparkles! Olivia Wilde went for a slightly sexier take on last year’s sequin gown (and minus the baby bump) and yet looks completely effortless.
Taylor Schilling is one of the few stars who worn an alternative to a classic gown. I wish there was a deep drop necklace and more interesting shoes to make the look more red carpet appropriate, but it still feels so cool.
Another one of my very favorites of the night: Zendaya in tiered Marchesa. The voluminous tiers are interesting without overwhelming her, and the top is perfectly tailored. I would love to wear this dress.
One month ago today, we packed up and moved from New York to Los Angeles. That makes it sound much smoother and carefree than the process really was, but we’ve made it!
Growing up I moved cities every four years after age 11, but oddly enough I had been in New York for nearly seven. I never intended to become a permanent New Yorker, but I also never had intentional future plans to leave. Of course, life happens and in the fall due to some changes at my husband’s work we were offered to jump coasts. It was a great opportunity professionally and an exciting one personally, so off we went.
We made sure to give New York a proper farewell with an incredibly epic final week. We went out to dinner every night to some of our favorite spots (often with a free goodbye dessert!) We visited the Christmas windows, strolled old and current neighborhoods, and split far more than a week’s worth of champagne with great friends. After 30 days on the west coast here are a few thoughts, notes and highlights:
– As we we prepped to leave New York, several people mentioned that “everyone is moving to LA.” On paper the cities seem very much alike (fashion, art, entertainment), but in lifestyle they are incredibly different. Most obviously, in New York I walked everywhere. Literally everywhere. Of course in LA we drive. Everywhere. For the first three weeks I got in the car, looked up Google Maps, got lost, rerouted, and got home two hours later exhausted. Today I finally got our car registered with California plates, and I also think I’ve mastered the 405.
The best parking spot
– During our first week here we were towed and ticketed, separately. I’ve heard this happens often, but fingers crossed not too often.
– No matter what, I am almost always slightly over dressed. It’s a nice relaxing change, but I will probably still be over dressed.
– Last week Charlie learned to consistently do his business on the grass rather than the sidwalk. Huge win.
– We now do our morning walks next to the ocean watching the surfers and bumping into other dog buddies without blocking the sidewalk.
Post New Years Day Swim (yes it was freezing!)
– There is an endless stream of fish tacos, which I’m counting as “healthy seafood fats” aka good for you.
– I can not find the right balance of layers for this “winter weather”, more on this to come…
As soon as Brock and I started thinking about our reception, we focused on a few key points: an incredible live band, great food, and a cool open bar. We wanted our wedding to feel like a special intimate party more than a traditional “wedding reception.” The team at Bryant Park Grill was instantly on board with our idea and arranged the room in long banquet tables rather than a traditional round set up. A mix of candles and long floral centerpieces made the room feel warm and cozy. I’ve never felt such an overwhelming sense of love and warmth as I did sitting in the center of our table surrounding by loved ones and hearing speeches from our family and friends.
After everyone had stuffed themselves on delicious food, we had our first dance following by our father/daughter and mother/son dance. The team at the Silver Arrow Band was an absolute dream to work with. Brian and I met at a local coffee shop (after we were able to see their live performance in the East Village!) and had countless emails discussing our must-haves and ideas.
At the end of the night Brock and I were in a state of happy bliss and we walked through Bryant Park back to the hotel giddy from the best party of our life.