Red Carpet: the SAG Awards

January 27, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have realized why I am so grateful to attend a fabulous university in the heart of Los Angeles. As you may know, awards season is upon us, and that means exciting Hollywood events all day, everyday for over a month. It helps to go to a school that is so invested in film and that offers free screenings of awesome movies (Silver Linings Playbook with a Q&A afterwards with the director, editor, and actors Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles) and other fabulous events.

Just today were the Screen Actors' Guild Awards, conveniently located at the Shrine Auditorium, a mere block away from the north end of campus. Also conveniently, I had to pick up some nail polish and makeup for Spring Rush purposes (important stuff, you know; makeup for a cause) at CVS, which just so happens to be on the same block as the Shrine. Unfortunately the security guards weren't too keen on letting me and my pink bike just cruise on by to try to get a glimpse of some of the loves of my life, like Eddie Redmayne and Damien Lewis -I don't know if I was dressed up enough for the occasion, even though I was wearing an adorable black pants and jacket/hot pink J. Crew sweater combo- but just the sight of a line of limos and SUVs with tinted windows made me so excited. Maybe I didn't get to see Claire Danes or Jessica Chastain in their phenomenal gowns, but perhaps they caught a glimpse of me as I biked back to campus and made a mental note to get a hot pink sweater like that one girl on her cute pink bike. Wishful thinking?

Star-stalking attempts thwarted, I returned to my dorm room only to see the celebrities arrive on the red carpet, giddy with the knowledge that they were still in such proximity to campus. Though I lacked the opportunity to catch the starlets in action, I was personally delighted to see the looks of the night. The SAG Awards are a sophisticated affair -more dignified and less gimmicky than the party-like Golden Globes without the pretentiousness of the Oscars- and the dresses were for the most part divine.

Here's a look at some of the most memorable stars and starlets of the night:

Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior
Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta
Rose Byrne in Valentino
Kiernan Shipka
Naomi Watts in Marchesa

Midnight blues and blacks were the most popular colors on the red carpet (See: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, etc.) but there was plenty of color and excitement to combat the somewhat dreary and incredibly unusual rainy LA weather. Jessica Chastain dispelled the myth that redheads shouldn't wear red by wowing in Alexander McQueen and Freida Pinto donned a stunning neon pink Roland Mouret gown alongside beau Dev Patel. The misses were few and far between, and that's the way the red carpet should be.

Favorite looks of the night for me, you may be asking? I must say that Jennifer Lawrence stunned with her Dior gown and simple side-swept hair, and Naomi Watts was old-Hollywood glamour (as usual). Who were your best dressed celebrities at the SAG Awards?

Pop Art

January 25, 2013

Looking for a way to pump up your spring look? Go for bold, bright colors and fun geometric prints a la the 60s Pop Art and Mod Movements. Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton have made this look all the rage and there's many different ways you can take this trend. Be loud, be bold, and have fun!

Vogue Japan Spring 2013
Kate Spade "Mondrian"-inspired print for Spring 2013
Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 Ad Campaign
Kate Spade Spring 2013
Lisa Perry Spring 2013 Presentation

Outfit of the (Yester)Day: Sea Foam Tides

January 24, 2013

Left: my tanning + reading accessories Right: inspired by my outfit

Just last week it was 80 degrees and sunny. I was wearing mini skirts and reading for classes under the Southern California sun. Now I am in an oversized knit sweater (with elbow patches, no less), leggings, and boots. Sure, I'm comfy and cozy, but watching movies in oversized sweaters while the rain pours down outside just doesn't compare to soaking up sun rays while reading about the American television industry in to-die-for neon sea foam J. Crew ballet flats.

Oh well. Rain this weekend, but I'm hopeful for the week to come. And can I really complain too much about California weather?

Spring's Top Trends: Bell Sleeves

January 10, 2013

Balenciaga; Gucci; Dries Van Noten

In an homage to the fluttering butterflies and blossoming flowers of spring, designers have turned slender model arms into blooming bells. The fit-and-flare sleeves are perfect for an easy fashion statement.

Combine with easy-fitting trousers or pencil skirt for a fabulous outfit.

Lindsey Loves: Glitter Nail Polish

January 5, 2013

Urban Outfitters nail polish

After finally teaching myself patience and the art of painting my own nails, I have had a recent obsession with finding new, fun colors to practice with. And by far my favorite so far have been the glittery shades at Urban Outfitters.

The polish comes in a variety of fun shades from turquoise to midnight blues to multicolor sparkles and is perfect for making a cool statement or for a night out. And the best part is, the glitter makes it easy for your manicure to look perfect, because any streaks or inconsistencies in the paint job are hidden behind the iridescent polish.

I just bought two more shades yesterday (the turquoise pictured above and an indigo midnight blue shade) and can't wait to try them out!

As If!

There are a few fictional characters that I truly admire. Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's; Mia Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries (both the books and the movies); Any Molly Ringwald character; Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf.

As different as these women may be they all share some striking similarities: they are all pretty young, sometimes stylish, always naive and slightly self-absorbed women with fantastic lives but realistic flaws. It's easy to love a superhero in a comic book because superheroes are meant to be absolutely perfect; even their flaws essentially make them stronger. But these women don't necessarily aim to correct their flaws. No, they embrace them or even sometimes remain blissfully unaware that they aren't perfect princesses after all.

For the same reasons that I love the previously-mentioned ladies, I am in love with Cher Horowitz, the incredibly shallow if not absolutely loveable heroine of the 1995 Beverly Hills Spoiled Teenager Bible Clueless. Cher has a computer program that makes sure her outfits don't clash, a fancy car that she can't drive, and an overall incredibly charmed life but still the same woes and heartbreaks that we normal people also deal with. Cher gives makeovers and tries to find love for herself while playing matchmaker to others all while wearing unforgettable yellow plaid outfits and mini-mini dresses by Calvin Klein and Alaia (which are the subjects of great memorable lines from the movie, I might say).

Cher might be a bit misguided, but she is such a beloved character because she is such a real teenager- albeit an incredibly stylish one.

Wildfox Couture, the cheeky T-shirt design label that always produces incredible campaigns, has also been incredibly inspired by the life and times of Cher, and their spring 2013 ad campaign recreates the iconic movie in a modern style.

And with great, sassy phrases like "Need Ride to the Mall" and "Rodeo Dr." emblazened on barbie pink oversized tees, Wildfox has got the Valley Girl lingo down.

images courtesy of wildfox couture

Mulberry SS13 Ad Campaign

January 3, 2013

There's always an otherworldly, fantastical element to Mulberry (the British label known for its iconic handbags) collections.

For Spring 2013, the label plunged into the ocean -a soft, pastel coral reef, to be precise- and created a dreamy, mermaid-like collection of soft beaches, cool seafoam greens, and fish scale-like prints. Throw photographer Tim Walker, who happens to have a flair for the magical, and you are bound to get an enchanting end result.

images courtesy of Mulberry

Lindsey Loves: Elbow Patches

January 2, 2013

Elbow patches -which used to be reserved for stern-looking collegiate professors prone to donning easy-fraying tweed jackets at lectures- have made a stylish resurgence as of late, and everyone is getting their hands (or should I say elbows) all over this trend. 

When donning revamped elbow patches, there appear to be two schools of style thought:

1. The Literal Bunch. This group is doing the full-on tweed jacket with suede patches, Ivy League Prepster look. There will be plaid, leather briefcases, and other smart-looking cliches.

Copenhagen Street Style
untitled by tweexcore on flickr

2. The Rethinkers. This group has taken the elbow patch out of its traditional school teacher blazer setting and placed it into a more modern environment. Think sweatshirts and knits with elbow patches, patches decorated with sequins or in crazy prints, a more urban edge.

Tommy Ton for GQ
Chinti & Parker Fall 2012 ad campain

Personally, I'm in love with both schools of style thought, so I'll take inspiration from everyone! In case you are still wary of being tempted to lean on your elbows too much or don't know how to quite pull this off, I've taken the liberty of creating two possible outfits for your new patched-up sweaters! 

The two outfits mix preppy poise with urban cool, so feel free to channel both Greenwich, Connecticut, and Greenwich Village when testing out your new elbow patches!