The Oscars: Red Carpet Best Dressed

               Sunday March 2nd was Hollywood’s biggest night, also known as The Oscars. Considered one of the film industry’s most prestigious ceremony’s, The Academy Awards are also one of the most anticipated red carpet events of the season. The stars certainly brought the glamour factor on the last big award show of the season. While top honors were awarded to some of the film industry’s best, there were also some clear-cut winning looks as well. Below are my top five fashion picks from this starry night:

1. Sandra Bullock: Sandra arrived on Sunday’s red carpet looking absolutely stunning in a midnight blue Alexander McQueen gown. The perfect draping of the gown accented the Gravity star’s luminous features.

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2. Kate Hudson: Kate shined on Oscar night in a white-hot Atelier Versace creation. She looked sensational in this standout look of the night with a deep v and cape, and even outshined some of the nominees themselves.

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3. Lupita Nyong’o: One of the big winners of the night was also on virtually every best dressed list as well! The Oscar-winning actress looked ever so lovely in a sky blue Prada gown.

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4. Jennifer Garner: Jen sparkled and shimmered in this fabulous Oscar de la Renta number. The flapper inspired dress looked like it would have fit perfectly in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The beautiful movement of this dress must make it look amazing on the dance floor too!

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5. Jenna Dewan-Tatum: The beautifully crafted neutral toned Reem Acra cream confection really brought out the actress’s dramatic features. The exquisite design and meticulous details are certainly a nod to Old Hollywood Era glamor.

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Spring Forward

                Spring is a time for looking forward and into the future. The warmer months often bring about a sense of optimism and the feeling of endless possibilities. Sheading those winter layers has a way of making us feel lighter and rejuvenated. While we may still be in the midst of winter, there is no denying that the changing of the seasons is right around the corner. So with that, I’ve already started thinking about what I will be keeping next season and what I may change. One look I plan to continue wearing is the maxi skirt. The maxi skirt offers the body an effortlessly fluid silhouette with just a bit of drama and a hint of mystery. Which looks will you be staying with next season, and which will need a change?

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Last Fall, checking out the sites along the Adriatic Coast.

Jacket: Banana Republic, Peplum Top: Express, Maxi Skirt: J. Crew, Shoes: Aldo

An Italian Road Trip

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        All of the seemingly never-ending cold gloomy weather in New York lately, has me dreaming of planning another vacation. So the next best thing has been reminiscing about my travels last fall and pouring through all my travel photos. For a long time I had dreamt of visiting Venice, and that dream came true last November. Through an interesting turn of events, and a last-minute car rental, my cousins and I planned a weekend road trip through northern Italy. Along the way, we found a designer outlet mall, dinned in a quaint trattoria, sampled authentic gelato, and became immersed in centuries of history and culture. Perhaps my favorite part of the weekend was walking through Venice’s narrow side streets, shopping the charming shops, and stumbling upon a hidden gem of a jazz bar, before eventually making our way to the Piazza San Marco. Once in the sprawling piazza by the water’s edge, surrounded by the captivating Venetian Gothic architecture you may even feel like you’re in one of Turner’s dreamy paintings.

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Taking in the Venetian Scenery

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Sunglasses: Prada, Scarf: Zara, Necklace: Lia Sophia

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Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Tee: Gap, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Levi’s, Boots: Steve Madden

SAG Awards: Top 3 Best Dressed

Awards season is currently in full swing with many dazzling looks gracing red carpets. Just last weekend the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Saturday January 18th. Actors were honored for outstanding performances in film and television. Here are my top three winning looks from the red carpet.

1. Amy Adams wore a stunning royal blue Antonio Berardi dress and killer heels. The American Hustle actress appeared every bit the movie star she is in this impeccable “Old Hollywood Glamour” look!

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2. Camila Alves in a gorgeous golden yellow vintage Donna Karen Atelier gown looked like a modern day bombshell. The rest of her look was minimal which enhanced the easy effortless feeling of the look.

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3. Katrina Bowden wore a slick black Badgley Mischka number with gold accents. The play on textures between the black and gold added to the sophistication of the ensemble.

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Intriguing Film and Theatre at Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center has long been considered one of New York’s cultural centers with many fascinating performances. This season is no different, showcasing Academy and Tony Award Nominated actor Ethan Hawke in the title role of Macbeth. Shakespeare’s classic Scottish play comes alive with a stellar cast on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

This week also finds the Lincoln Center Film Society screening all three films in director Richard Linklater’s Before series. The series stars Ethan Hawke as Jesse and Julie Delpy as Celine. In Before Sunrise Jesse and Celine meet by chance on a train through Europe. After getting off in Vienna, they spend the night exploring the city and find themselves falling in love.

Fast forward nine years to Before Sunset. In Paris the pair meets again, just as Jesse is finishing a book tour based on their chance meeting years earlier. Finally, Before Midnight shows Celine and Jesse another nine years later, now a couple at the end of their Greek vacation. All there films have a very interesting look at time and relationships. While still maintaining a hopeful sense of romantic love, the smart dialogue and intelligent complex characters feel very real. The gorgeous European locations provide the perfect backdrop for their story to unfold. Celine and Jesse will forever be one of my favorite film couples and the series is one of my absolute favorites.

Catch the films and the play while you can, they are not to be missed!

Croatia Revistied

2013 has come and gone, leaving behind some very memorable moments. Among those memorable moments, one of the most notable was visiting friends and family in Croatia this past Fall. Although it was a short and sweet trip, I took in every moment spent with loved ones and all those majestic views! No matter how many times I visit, I always find the Adriatic Coast and the Austro-Hungarian architecture absolutely stunning! Sometimes rediscovering old favorite places can bring new insight and perspective.

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Dress: Bar III, Bolero: The Limited, Sunglasses: Prada

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Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Dress: Bar III, Shoes: Aldo, Sunglasses: Prada

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Pop of Color

Adding a bright pop of color to an always chic black outfit instantly brings new life and dimension to the ensemble. A simple way to create this effect is by finishing your look with a blazer or accessorizing with a colored scarf. Jewelry also helps add that extra bit of sparkle.

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Blazer: The Limited, Tee: Calvin Klein, Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Scarf: Express, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: Jessica Simpson