How to Wear 2012 Oscar Trends

Watching the red carpet coverage of the Oscars last night, I couldn’t get enough of the stars’ gowns this year. Though usually I can quickly write some off as “ew,” this year I was ooh-ing and aah-ing all over the place.

To pick my favorites would be to post nearly every photo, so instead I’m going to focus on some of the night’s most popular trends and how we mere mortals can rock them.

Trend: Peplum

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera

$$$: Le Petite Robe Di Chiara Boni

$$: Nasty Gal

$: Forever 21

Trend: White

Milla Jokovich in Elie Saab

Shailene Woodley in Valentino

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

$$$: Cache

$$: Nordstrom

$: Lulus

Trend: Beaded and sequined details
(Milla deserves acknowledgment here as well, of course!)

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

$$$: Jovani

$$: Adriana Papell at Nordstrom

Badgley Mischka only $ when you rent it at RentTheRunway.com!

Trend: Textured skirts

Cameron Diaz in Gucci Premiere

Kristen Wiig in J Mendel

Viola Davis in Vera Wang

$$$: House of Fraser

$$: ASOS

$: Threadsence

Some of the Oscar gowns included here weren’t my favorites, and there were definitely some favorites that I did leave out. Check out here and here, where I got all of these shots, for plenty more!

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Frilly Things

Yesterday, as I sat in my room procrastinating on Pinterest (per usual), I noticed a pattern in the fashion shots and apparel that I like to “pin.”  They all have a lot of really intricate details.  From beading to embroidery, lace, rhinestones, colors, patterns, fabrics, and so on, every single photo had some detail or another that made it pop.  As I thought more about it, I realized that this is how I like to style my own outfits too.  I try to have at least one piece in each outfit have some detail that makes it stand out from the others, making the outfit just a little more special.

With Spring coming up, I keep picturing all the different things I can wear, and I keep coming back to lace and eyelet.  What can I say, I like frilly things!  They are both so delicate, but command a certain presence that not many other fabrics can.  They are classically beautiful, but can be worn with almost anything.  Both are so versatile that they can be edgy, natural, preppy, modern, and romantic, depending on what you put with them.

perfect for the evening, a simple, but romantic lace dress looks great when belted and paired with a black clutch

the lace detailing on these shorts keeps them effortless and refined

the lace shirt paired with the blazer and necklace is perfect for the daytime. swap the shorts for a pair of jeans or black leggings, and it's perfect for nighttime too!

a lace crop top with shorts or jeans is casual and natural

a little bit more formal, this eyelet dress looks classic, elegant and effortless

Lace and eyelet are feminine, flattering, and easy.  They can be dressed up or down and always look pretty.  I’m getting so excited just thinking about all the ways I’m going to incorporate them into my Spring wardrobe!!

In the mean time, I’m going to keep searching for inspiration and pinning everything I find on my Pearls & Lace Pinterest board and pretend that it’s warm out so I can start wearing them…

xoxo,

Caitlin

Photo Sources:

http://inspired-design.tumblr.com/post/6894849722

http://ohthelovelythings.blogspot.com/2011/09/happy-friday.html

http://www.tumblr.com/reblog/16543632244/Dbaxb83t?redirect_to=%252Fdashboard%252F32%252F16544017502%253Flite

http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/butterfly-lace-crop-top

http://www.sunnysummerdresses.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Banana-Republic-Aliana-Eyelet-Racerback-Dress.jpg?cda6c1

Put Some Spring in your Step with Sorbet Inspired Pieces!

Though it’s not exactly warm outside, and spring might feel like it is light years away, it is much closer than you think.  What could possibly be more exciting than the warm weather, longer days, longer nights, and looking uber fabulous in this spring’s hottest trends?  Nothing.

Personally, I’m most excited for Spring 2012’s hot color scheme, which features colors that aren’t quite neon and aren’t quite pastel, but somewhere in between.  Inspired by the colors of sorbet, gelato, and sherbet, these colors keep things sweet and cool.

Jean Pierre Braganza Spring 2012

Jean Pierre Braganza Spring 2012

Jean Pierre Braganza Spring 2012

Jill Stuart Spring 2012

Jill Stuart Spring 2012

Jill Stuart Spring 2012

Maria Grachvogel Spring 2012

Paul & Joe Spring 2012

Paul & Joe Spring 2012

Sachin & Babi Spring 2012

Sachin & Babi Spring 2012

Tibi Spring 2012

So let’s get prepared and inspired.  I’m going to think warm thoughts and about cool, sweet desserts, and hope that maybe Spring 2012 will come more quickly!

xoxo,

Caitlin

A Christmas Loot Photo-Shoot (Part I)

Santa outdid himself this year, especially when it came to clothes.  My sister and I are very lucky to be almost exactly the same size, so we can share most things, so we decided to take some of the best, most statement-worthy pieces we received and a few we stole from our mother’s closet (vintage clothing heaven) and put them together for a mini photo-shoot.

Erin is wearing a cropped turtleneck sweater, leggings and booties from H&M

Erin has on a bright yellow back-buttoning cardigan from LOFT and leggings and booties from H&M

Erin’s wearing plain black jeggings, booties from H&M, and vintage Irish wool knitted sweater

Erin is sporting a blazer from H&M, plain black leggings and turtleneck, vintage Etienne Ainger riding boots (thanks, mom), and a leather and sterling silver belt from Brighton

Erin’s wearing a cropped back-buttoning blouse from H&M, bandage wrap skirt from Express, and brown combat boots

More to come, but until then have an amazing New Year’s celebration!

xoxo,

Caitlin

Subtle Festivity

I don’t know about you, but for me this week has been awful.  Like the typical BC student, I have spent 99.9% of my time studying, writing papers, and trying not to lose my sanity completely in the wake of finals.  Sadly, this doesn’t leave much time for holiday excitement and anticipation (sigh).  Craving a little bit of holiday cheer during your stressful studying?  Here’s a few little things that you can do to make the next few weeks a little less painful!!

2 of my roommates and I before a Christmas party!

The other day, I decided I needed a 10 minute study break, so I painted my nails.  Pretty standard, but I decided to go with a festive, shimmery gold from Jack Wills (Gold Dust Polish) instead of my usual pink.  I am literally so beyond excited about this.  The color looks amazing!  It’s glitzy and exciting, but not too flashy.  Reds, golds, and glittery polishes are huge this year, and you’re sure to look (and feel) more cheerful with them.

The Nail Polish


Gold Dust by Forever21

Caramel by Forever21

Glitzerland by OPI

Gold for Me by OPI for Sephora

Shimmering Cherry by Forever21

Shanghai Red by Chanel

Midnight Red by Chanel

Big Apple Red by OPI

Not a huge fan of red and green ensembles?  Not too excited to be wearing that beautiful sweater to class?

My sister and I modeling our MATCHING Christmas sweaters from when we were little...jealous??

No worries, there are more subtle ways to dress Christmasy, like these great stud earrings.  They’ll match anything, and add a little spark to your outfit.

The Earrings

by Claire's

by Claire's

by Forever21

by Juicy Couture

by Forever21

by Forever21

Or, you could get something that is appropriate all winter, but still (kind of) screams “Christmas”…like this flannel from Jack Wills.  I’m obsessed.  After waiting a month for  new shipment, I finally got one and could not be happier.  It’s actually probably not the healthiest obsession with a flannel shirt…oh well.

black leggings, tall boot socks, Jack Wills boyfriend flannel, off-white vest

Okay, so now you look festive, but do you feel festive?  No?  Neither did I…so my roommates and I spent an hour last week listening to Christmas music and cutting out paper snowflakes to finish decorating our room.

An amazing paper snowflakes tutorial I found while browsing Pinterest

The guidelines actually worked!!!

a few of our snowflakes

the nutcrackers are guarding the cookies...

Hello, winter wonderland in Edmond’s!  Lights, a mini tree, nutcrackers, stockings, and paper snowflakes!  Oh, and did I mention that I baked 130 Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch?  If that’s not the ideal study break, I don’t know what is.  Besides, you can’t have Christmas without cookies.

All of these were quick, easy, and amazing.  And I definitely feel better now.

Happy Festive (flannel?) Friday!
xo,
Caitlin

It’s the Final Stretch: Style, Music, and Procrastination Activities to Get You Through Finals

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start buckling down and preparing for finals.  At BC, we typically do this by rolling out of bed, grabbing a coffee and some snacks, holing up in the library, leaving late, and getting a few hours of sleep, and repeating…up until we finish that last exam and can head home for some much needed R&R.

Sadly, this means that during the month of December we spend even less time on ourselves than usual, sporting the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-really-don’t-care-what-I-look-like look, feeling tired and crumby, and letting our stress and crankiness get the best of us.  Not good.

The solution?  A comfy-chic wardrobe, some great study music, and some easy, quick activities that will help you de-stress and give you the study break you deserve.

When You Look Good, You Feel Good: The Wardrobe

The essentials: black leggings, cute boots, a big comfy sweater, and a scarf.

Throwing these on is just as easy as the sweats, but much cuter, and more comfortable.  Layer a plain white tee under the sweater, so if you get too hot in the boiling atmosphere that is O’Neill, you can take it off and stay cool and chic.  This season is all about big, chunky wool sweaters and patterned ski sweaters, so aim for something that screams “I’m cozy!” and you’ll be good to go.  No time to wash your hair?  Put it in a quick messy braid or a loose bun on top of your head.

cream wool sweater by Jack Wills

fair isle print sweater

An Atmospheric Balance: The Music

Okay, so you have your usual study play list that you listen to religiously when preparing for finals, but how about a change of pace?  New music can give you a new energy and approach to studying that might just be the extra kick that you need.  Not sure what to put on it?  No worries.  Check out StereoMood (http://www.stereomood.com) for some amazing play lists for each and every mood that you can imagine.  It free and unlimited with no commercials, and most of the music on the site is not widely known so it gives you a great chance to discover something new!

StereoMood

Procrastination Station: The Study Breaks

And you’ve hit the wall.  No matter how hard you try, you can’t absorb any more information, and sitting in the library is driving you crazy.  So what do you do?  Check Facebook?  Tweet about your frustrations?  Bang your head against a wall?  Nope.  Go to yoga, update your Pinterest, bake something yummy, or do anything else creative that you enjoy and that gives you a release from stress.

bake some christmas cookies

I’m going to have to get back to my own study session now (yes, this was my sanity-saving study break), but good luck prepping for finals.  We’re so close…

A Dance and Fashion Filled Thanksgiving

While most (normal) people spend their Thanksgiving break at home with their families, stuffing their faces with delicious home-cooked food, I have spent the last 15 Thanksgivings of my life in hotels for the Mid America Irish Dance Championships.  A weekend full of laughter, tears, dreams come true and disappointments, it is a truly unique experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.

This weekend isn’t all about the dancing, though.  It is a chance when all the dancers, teachers, family and friends are together in one place, which can only mean one thing: we show off.  We want to out-do everyone else, in our choreography, results, and especially the way we look.  It’s a weekend full of fashion statements, both on and off the stage, and it is in this way that it is unlike any other weekend.

Firstly, we have the dance costumes, which are as colorful, sparkly, and ridiculous as you can possibly imagine.  Yes, they might remind you a bit of the dresses that you see on Toddlers & Tiaras, but you have to remember that these are costumes.  We are performers, and in order to be seen and stand out on stage, the glitz is a must.  Between the tanning, wigs, makeup, costumes, shoes, and all-around glamour, it might seem unnecessary, but it is what many of us love about Irish dance.  We can dress up and truly put on a show when we compete, and it becomes magical.

My own dress design

Off the stage, dance teachers, parents, friends, and dancers who are not competing on that day are trying to win another title: best dressed.  You will see everything from the strictest business attire to dresses appropriate for a semi-formal dance, from tennis shoes to sky-high pumps.  The range is amazing, but everyone looks fabulous.

My younger sister, Erin, who was unable to dance this year due to injury, was one of the many who wanted to look her absolute best when she couldn’t dance, so I put together an outfit for her to wear yesterday.  I paired an off-white sequined tank from Ann Taylor with a pair of grey wool shorts from Jack Wills, a black silk trimmed blazer from Banana Republic, and a pair of suede ankle booties.  The outfit was a statement, but also practical; she was comfortable, but looked effortlessly polished as well.

Erin

Erin!

Other statement items were little black dresses and footwear, like these.

via ASOS

via Steve Madden

As one of the most fashionable weekends in the Irish dance world, it is one that we look forward to all year long.  Next up, the World Championships in Belfast in April 2012, which are sure to impress even more.