Red Carpet: Oscars 2012


There were some amazing fashions on the red carpet this year. I had so much fun watching the pre-show carpet and believe it or not, I really liked some looks that were on random people in the background of the red carpet footage too -- they were either guests of the actually famous people or people with headsets working the event. Whodathunk? Obviously I'll never find pictures of them too, so enjoy my favorite celebrity looks from the Oscar carpet!

[ mila jovovich in elie saab / gwyneth paltrow in tom ford / octavia spencer in tadashi shoji / rooney mara in givenchy ]

White was having a moment on the carpet this year. Mila Jovovich was one of the first to arrive on the pre-show and looked so glamorous in this 2009 Elie Saab gown. Gwyneth Paltrow rocked a Tom Ford CAPE! So let's just take a moment to digest that. Amazing. I really loved her ensemble, with and without cape -- but I could have done without the low/loose ponytail. Octavia Spencer looked absolutely beautiful in this beaded Tadashi Shoji gown and it worked every inch of her body just right. Loved it! Lastly, ahh... Rooney Mara in Givenchy couture. She kind of came off like a twat in the red carpet interviews that I saw, but that can't stop me from admiring this structural masterpiece! It's hard to say because there were so many gorgeous gowns, but Rooney's getup might be my overall favorite.
 [ viola davis in vera wang / meryl streep in lanvin / michelle williams in louis vuitton ]

I loved Viola Davis' Vera Wang gown from the waist up -- I just wasn't feeling the chiffon at the bottom. But I couldn't not include her because she looked absolutely stunning -- I especially loved that she wore her hair natural because I seriously LOVE natural hair. I wish I had it. I've discussed this before though so enough about that. Green just pops off her skin in the most gorgeous way. And I wish I had her skin too. DAMN. Can I skin her and wear her??? It rubs the lotion on its skin. It puts the lotion in the basket. Okay, enough serial killer talk. Back to dresses. Meryl Steep looked gorgeous and sexy in this eco-friendly Lanvin gown. Cougar! Michelle Willaims... what to say about Michelle Williams. I love her style. Remember that yellow gown she wore a few years back? Gorgeous. I'm loving this peplum trend, it appear to be quite flattering for all sorts of body types. It's hard to pick between this Louis Vuitton coral dress or the white Givenchy, but I think what Rooney Mara wore edges this one out for the top spot by the tiniest margin.
 [ berenice bejo in elie saab / kristen wiig in j. mendel ]

Berenice Bejo looked gorgeous in this mint green Elie Saab gown. I am generally not a fan of mint green, but I couldn't get over the beading and cut of the dress. Kristen Wiig is muh gurl. I am in l.o.v.e with her and I thought she looked amazing and true to her own style in this J. Mendel gown. Giuliana, on E!, was all butthurt that she didn't put her hair in an updo because apparently that's a MUST of the Oscars... shut up Giuliana! Of course when Angelina Jolie showed up with her hair down and her leg comically posed out the slit of her dress, no one said anything about her hair. Nevertheless, Kristen looked beautiful and was definitely one of my top looks of the night.

[ jessica chastain in alexander mcqueen / nina garcia in jean paul gaultier / tiny fey in carolina herrera ]

It was hard for me to find a picture that did justice to how great both Jessica Chastain and the Alexander McQueen gown she is wearing looked on the red carpet pre-show because pictures that capture the richness of the dress tend to over saturate her hair color. I really loved the gown -- it was interesting and fresh while at the same time feeling really classic. Nina Garcia was one of the hosts of the ABC pre-show and I really liked her simple Jean Paul Gaultier gown, so just I had to feature it! Keep in mind that the picture washes out all the details, it wasn't too simple! Last, but not least, Tiny Fey looked probably the best I've ever seen her look in this custom Carolina Herrera gown. It fit her perfect and worked wonders for her figure. Gotta love that peplum!

Best dressed? Worst dress? Share your thoughts in the comments!

[ images via here, here, and here ]

WANT: Vince Tie Front Dress


I have some Vince sweaters I got on major discount from the Saks outlet; which, by the way, is the only way I will own Vince. On sale. Until this Vince tie front dress is marked down... oh say, like 70%, it will have to remain on my irrational wish list of items I will never afford in life on a social worker's salary. Here's to hoping future me can just make rent and the electric bill! (Side Note: Google to the rescue -- the code TOUTIE10 gets you 10% off your order.)
(If you're a large, you're lucky. $79 on ebay!)

Plenty by Tracy Reese Striped Dress from Anthropologie


I had a bit of a splurge at Anthropologie recently and picked up this bright, striped Plenty by Tracy Reese dress (which Anthro so eloquently named the "striped stripes dress") as a possible option for an upcoming summer wedding or spring bridal shower. It's so beautiful in person and fits like a glove. Ryan thinks it is WAY too bright and that I look like a walking rainbow, but when have I ever listened to him?! The straps are adjustable and detachable, so I may tie them up in a halter for a more vintage feel or remove them for the ultimate strapless summery feel.

Essie - Master Plan


Master Plan, by Essie, is a nice, simple grey. There is nothing special about it. No sparkles. No shimmer. No fuss. I feel as though I have become very simple and muted with my style recently and I want my nails to blend in with the rest of my neutral or black wardrobe -- winter does that to me. This polish lasted on my nails for days and days and days (about seven or eight days passed before I even saw one chip). I loved the color, it was easy to apply with just two coats, and the homemade manicure lasted for over a week. What more could you ask for?

 (with the flash)



I tried so hard to not get into Pinterest, but the ease with which I can "pin" things and essentially have a web-wide wishlist (without bombarding TOO many online wishlist posts here) is too addicting and I'M TOTALLY HOOKED. There are so many interesting DIYS (if you can avoid all the awful, tacky ones -- yikes!) and I've encountered so much inspiration for outfits, hair, house decor, etc... and not, I repeat NOT, saying I want to be married for years and years and years... but it's a great way to harness all the dress and reception ideas (as well as discover new ones) so that when the time comes to plan, you already have a gigantic scrapbook of ideas. I'm not alone in this premature planning of wedding receptions and dresses, girls... right?!?!

My name is Chelsea, and I'm a pinterholic.

Do you use pinterest? Link your page in the comments and I will be sure to check it out.

DIY: Ombré Dip Dye Shirt


I immediately fell in love when I saw this tutorial on a pair and a spare (an amazing site for fashion DIYs!) -- not only is the result awesome, but the process is simple enough for an uncrafty person such as myself. I am definitely going to do this when I am home in March and rekindle my tie-dye roots (my friend Jill and I used to sell tie-dye tanks throughout high school and called our "company" To Dye For... totally original, I know...). Check out the post to see the instructions and make an ombre tee for yourself!

[ image via a pair and a spare ]

Red Carpet: Grammys 2012


The Grammys were pretty underwhelming fashion-wise, but aren't they always....

[ rihanna in giorgio armani / adele in giorgio armani / corinne bailey rae in christian siriano / gwyneth paltrow in stella mccartney ]

I know, I know... these are all black.... but they were the only ones I really liked!! I was completely in love with Rihanna's whole look. Apparently she collabed with Giorgio Armani on the creation of this gown and damnnn she did a good job. It's simple... but it's. so. perfect. Adele looked beautiful in her custom made Giorgio Armani gown as well. The way the sparkles caught the light on camera was gorgeous. Corinne Bailey Rae looks both cute and sultry in this Christain Siriano number. I am not in TOTAL love with the dress but I appreciated the vertical symmetry of her hair and the ruffles at the bottom of the dress (also I'm just straight up obsessed with her hair and wish I could look like her). Gwyneth Paltrow looked very sexayy in Stella McCartney -- another simple, modern, and sophisticated black dress. Too much black?? NEVER! I know I love Elie Saab, but Katy Perry just had too big of boobs for me to get behind that blue backless Ellie Saab dress.

And can we just have a moment to recognize just how fucking glamorous Adele is:

[ images via here, here, here, and here ]

Silence & Noise Cutaway Shift Dress


I stopped into Urban Outfitters while downtown picking up some MAC lipstick colors from the latest collection "Shop MAC, Cook MAC" (hello... quick sizzle!!) and scooped up an interesting, new dress. This is the Silence & Noise Cutaway Shift Dress, a modern and futuristic feeling little number that I have since fallen in love with. I was incredible attracted to its lines and I had been looking around for an exposed shoulder tops or dress (ones that still have sleeves) for a while to no avail. [Side Note: NeNe is workin' em on the current season of Atlanta Housewives and you know I love me some NeNe.] While I love the loose, potato sack fit of this dress, I am most fond of this dress when paired with a thin belt (I recently picked up a green, braided one from H&M that is perfect). Give the dress a little tug up so that it ever so slightly hangs over the belt and then complete the look with a top knot, black gladiator sandals (or heels -- hey girl hey), a subtle smokey eye, and a bold lip --- werrrkkk.

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Monthly Beauty Favorites: January 2012


Another month, another favorites video...

My January Favorites:

-Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe
-Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette
-CoverGirl Eye Shadows in Champagne and Tapestry Taupe
-Dainty Doll Blusher in #3 (Money Talks)
-Alba Natural Even Advanced Sea-Algae Enzyme Scrub
-ginkgo botanicals Grapefruit Lime Body Scrub
-MAC Lipsticks in Scarlet Ibis, Lady Danger, and Morange
-MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed

If you care to see what my monthly empties were (the products I used up in the month), click here!