and the oscar goes to…

YOU for throwing a fabulous party!

I have to say, although “Oscar season” is totally overplayed in the media {with all that we have going on in the world} and the show can be a bit boring, I enjoy the show just to see what people are wearing! I love the fashion that the night brings, and as a party girl, I love the excuse to invite some girlfriends over and watch the Oscars! With these tips. your Oscar party {Sunday, February 26} will be red-carpet worthy.

Kathleen at Twig and Thistle created an ENTIRE SET of Oscar party printables. From the invites, to the voting ballots and place cards – she’s got your covered and they are all for FREE here. Thanks, Kathleen. I based my party inspiration on her classic black, white, gold and kraft paper.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS:

For the table, find a sparkly gold table cloth, or if you don’t have one, find a white table cloth and add a black and white chevron runner down the middle of the table.

Add and light lots of votive candles. Love me some candle lighting.

Place a ballot from Twig and Thistle at each place setting and a gold pencil for guests to fill out at the beginning of the night.

Cut out white stars from cardstock paper, write best actress nominations {Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams…if you have more friends than nominees, add best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees} and attach via black and white twine to champagne flutes. Your girlfriends can be a nominee for the night…and keep track of their cocktail.

For the centerpieces, spray paint wine bottles with chalkboard paint and use chalk to write down all Best Picture nominees {Hugo, The Descendents, The Artist, Moneyball, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, War Horse, The Tree of Life, The Help, The Artist and Midnight in Paris}. Complete with look with a white flower inside the wine bottle centerpiece.

Hang black, white and gold poms above the table.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU:

I think it would be a blast to pay homage to all the year’s best nominated films by serving foods inspired by the movies. Epicurious had some fantastic ideas…so I picked what I thought would be delicious to try.
Deviled Eggs and Chocolate Cream Pie {The Help}
Hot Dogs and Beer {Moneyball}
Cranberry Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel Topping {War Horse}
Cherry Tomato Pizza Margherita {Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close}
Twice Baked Potato with Goat Cheese and Chives and Creamed Spinach {The Artist}
Crab Cakes with Creamy Chili Sauce or Coconut Shrimp {The Descendants},
French Champagne {Midnight in Paris}
Skillet Corn Bread {The Tree of Life}
Oven Baked Chicken and Slow Roasted Tomatoes on a Baguette {Hugo}

If all that is too fancy for you, I think Moneyball inspired food – peanuts, hotdogs, beer, Coca-Cola and CrackerJack boxes would be lovely…and of course some French Champagne for a little fabulousness!

{images via Twig and Thistle, Snippet and Ink, MaryJane and Galoshes, The Glitter Guide, Reasons to Breathe, Pinterest, Lindsey B Photography and Rue}

block it like it’s hot

It was a big trend in spring/summer 2011, and good news ladies…fashionista’s expect the color block trend to stick around for a while, at least through Spring 2012.

Here’s some looks we love…

And, here’s some reasonably priced separates to bring your color block outfit together this fall/winter.

Dresses
Adrianna Papell Colorblock Shift Dress, Nordstrom: $138
Ali Rio Colorblock Shift Dress, CUSP by Neiman Marcus: $215
Block it Like It’s Hot Dress, ModCloth, $54.99

Accessories
Clasped Fedora, Anthropologie: $29.95
Colorblock Elastic Belt, Forever 21: $7.80;
Deena and Ozzy Chain Tote, Urban Outfitters: $58
Peeking Radiance Necklace, Anthropologie: $48

Tops and Bottoms
Brunch Date Top, ModCloth: $32.00
BCBGMAXAZRIA Colorblock Skirt, Dillards: $148
Lucca Couture Chiffon Back Colorblock Tee, Urban Outfitters: $44
Jade Green Woven Front Vest, TopShop: $32
Blue Essence Colored Denim Skinny Jean, Nordstrom: $98
Perfect Fit Colorblock Tee, J. Crew: $39.50

Shoes
BDG Tall Leather Colorblock Boot, Urban Outfitters: $129
Vince Camuto Jorgie, Piperlime: $129

{images via Glamour, Nordstrom, Piperlime, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, TopShop, Dillards, Forever21,  ModCloth, CUSP by Neiman Marcus, Polyvore}

boyfriend blazer bombshell

Happy Fashion Friday!

OK, so at first I was not such a fan of this trend (I have to be honest) but now I am just crazy for the oversize boyfriend blazer! This trend can find at all price points and I think great in the spring and summer for that sheek, stylish career woman. First of all, blazers automatically make a girl look professional and well put-together, but are also comfortable and not restricting. Look classic (with a stylish twist) and presentable no matter what body type, age … and sex, male or female!

Now you don’t just want to literally raid your significant others’ closet. Although this blazer is inspired by those hunky men in our lives, you want your “feminine” boyfriend blazer to be well fitted and tailored. Great to wear with a casual t-shirt or silk camisole, suit pants, jeans, summer shorts, or leggings and heels to dress it up. Wear your cute boyfriend blazer outfit to work during day, or dress it up and make it more edgy for a night on the town.

You can find great boyfriend blazers at Nordstrom and J. Crew, among many other retailers … and from what I found, prices range from $29 to over $600.

boyfriend blazer

{images from Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, J. Crew, glamour.com, celebrityfashiontips.com}

big hats (not just for the derby, honey!)


First, I have to say to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge … gorgeous Sara Burton (Alexander McQueen creative director) dress! Beautiful. Simple. Grace Kelly-esque. She looked stunning, and the wedding was so lovely. Her second dress, also by Alexander McQueen, was a show-stopper as well. We enjoyed coverage of the momentous day … while sipping our tea and champagne, and nibbling on our tea sandwiches and scones, of course.

In honor of the royal wedding and all the fabulous (and not so fabulous) hats, we decided that whether you’re siting poolside, on the beach, or at the park for the day enjoying a picnic with friends … you need a big hat!

Women all over the nation are finding ways to wear them. With a combination of practicality and style, these big hats will protect your skin from the sun and make heads turn in jealousy!

big derby hat

big hat beach

audrey hepburn big hat

I have seen cute, big hats to purchase at Nordstrom, Target, ShopStyle and local swim suit stores  – but don’t feel rushed  to get yours before the trend ends … these fashionable accessories will always be in style under the sun!

{images via People.com, Fashionista.com, tiptopcelebrity.com, Portfoli, All Over Albany}