Saturday, February 28, 2009

More Wedding Loveliness...

My little sister and the BIL (Brother In Law ;)

A bunch of smile-y people :)

Michael and Bekah with the girls...

The Gents try to look manly and serious.

The Ladies know them better!

Happy Feet!

A brick wall + A newlywed couple = Romance

What a whirlwind! We had such an amazing time filled with so many beautiful memories. But I WILL say that it shall be nice to kick back and not do anything so CRAZY for a while. So, if anyone is planning on matrimony - please wait a while and give me a break, OK? ;)

You can see a ton more photos by visiting The Grand Adventure III - God bless!

Why Blackglam Mink Coats Are Considered The Best Fur Coats Available

Blackglam Mink Coat

Blackglama, this is a name which embodies a sense of comfort, elegance, and undeniable style. Blackglama fur coats live up to these associations and more, as they are considered, and have been for a long while, to be one of the world's finest natural fur coats. Blackglamas are considered an American Legend, and have a history of glamour which would make anyone proud to be associated with, and part of.

Minks are considered the most commercially valued animal with fur, because the quality of the fur is so explicit. Combined with the fact that they offer a variety of different colors, which vary from dark brown to white and include patches of diverse colors on the stomach, throat, and back, it is needless to say that mink furs are preferred by many. The company of Blackglama agrees.

Prior to manufacture, each fur coat is inspected by experts. They do this to ensure that the coats which Blackglama produces are of the finest quality. Blackglama has a reputation for being one of the best in the world of fashion, and they must continue to live up to that reputation as they have for some time now.

The mink furs are so meticulously examined, that every quality of it is examined. Every quality from the texture, density, length, resilience, to the leather which is found beneath the fur (called pelts). Blackglama manufacturers consider the leather to be one of the most important facts when choosing mink furs. Thus, when purchasing a Blackglama, you are purchasing the best of both fur and leather.

The pelts are tested for flexibility, lightness, and a variety of different things. Blackglama's reputation includes not only finding and using the best fur, but also use pelts with flawless leather. With such a built-up, strong reputation, it is a little surprising that Blackglama has continued to live up to its name for many years, and are still going strong. They understand that it takes high quality materials to make a high quality product.

Blackglama not only provides its consumers with great quality, but pairs this great quality with attractiveness. They are considered to be a very attractive type of coat, because as they are well-known for their selection of superior colors. The coats chosen have a color which portrays both richness and complexity. As is probably obvious, Blacklama fur coats are quite difficult to imitate.

Blackglama makers know, and have known what qualities they need to have to be considered a high-quality coat. They have achieved and surpassed the art of producing a fur coat, only to deliver what is considered to be the most attractive, the softest, and the most resilient fur coat your money can buy.
By Gregg Hall

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Best Of Oscar Fashion 2009

Despite being super slow at getting this recap together, I felt that I couldn't possibly let such a huge worldwide fashion occasion pass by without some mention - better late than never, right? You can read my "Oscar Commentary" here. Disclaimer: As always, I don't endorse or recommend the Academy Awards or any of the actresses mentioned in this article - their fashion is my focus. :)

I was positively thrilled that Kate Winslet finally won an Academy Award. She is such an amazing actress and has contributed to some of the most iconic films of this century and the last (although it saddens me that she plays so many inappropriate roles - including the one for which she won her Oscar - it would be lovely to have a talented actress who kept high standards and showed Hollywood a thing or two about beautiful movies. If you happen to know of one, drop me a line.).

Style trends remained very much the same as at the Golden Globes (check out my report here). If you're starting to think about prom, please take notes. :)
  • I am pleased to see that A-symmetrical dresses continue to be all the rage, including lots that feature one shoulder strap. I like this style because it usually covers better and keeps the gown from having to be pulled up all evening - much more modest, not to mention comfortable. 
  • Strong, confident dress shapes are very popular but, on the flip side, ruffles and lace are so in right now - yay for femininity!
  • Jewelery was way over the top (what happened to being a classy minimalist?) and ginormous earrings seems to be the thing - bleh.
  • There were lots of neutrals present and I just love white gowns, as long as the shade suits the wearer and there is enough contrast or color included to keep them from looking like an icicle. 
  • Bold colors continue to reign, with deep, bright blue being a real stunner. Also, a lot of ladies wore purple (which is still a hot fashion color this Spring), but most of them didn't pick the right shade and ended up looking totally washed out. 

The Best Dressed (IMHO):

Penélope Cruz

Three cheers for vintage!!! I just adore when actresses choose an antique classic to walk the red carpet - this one is by Balmain. The embroidery here is just amazing - it looks like lace until you see it up close. And the gorgeous ruched draping of chiffon - ahhh!!! Who wouldn't want such a Cinderella dress? The pearly off-white shade suits her complexion beautifully and she looks like a swan. And, for the record, I just adore her haircut. So like Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina"! Oh, yes...

Anne Hathaway

This favorite of mine was another "woman in white" while wearing this lovely Armani Prive Spring ’09 gown. This shade almost has hints of pink and gold and complements her skin beautifully. I am usually not a "bling" girl, but I love the use of crystals and sequins here - she looks like a tall, shimmering goddess. And as much as I adore necklaces, the simplicity of the neckline looks so fantastic without one, and her dainty earrings, chunky bracelet and rings finish it off nicely. Overall, she looks softer and less severe than at the Globes (although I always think she's lovely). Go Annie! :)

Freida Pinto

This John Galliano dress stood out to me the first time I saw it (as did her lovely smile) and it has remained a favorite. I could do without the one sheer sleeve but I just love the way the neckline crosses and the shape of the bodice and skirt. The pin tucked (and horsehair hemmed) swirl of the latter is so pretty and the use of the beading is perfect. I think this is one gown that truly suits the wearer. The sweet simplicity of her pulled back and draped hair finish it all off nicely.

Kate Winslet

Here's some old Hollywood glamour for you. I love how this Yves St. Laurent gown looks like two separate dresses put together; one halter and one strapless. Usually, such a design doesn't work but Kate pulls it all together. The different tones of silk and the sheer overlay - featuring dozens of little rosettes - blend perfectly and give the effect of a gown worn in the glorious day of black and white films. The only thing I'm not so crazy about is her hair. The slicked back and waved look doesn't do much for her face shape. Besides that, there isn't much to complain about. As always, Kate's sparkling eyes and wide smile are her best accessory.

There was a fair share of bad fashion choices as well. Heidi Klum was a rose-colored nightmare. Jessica Biel was wrapped in a satin bath towel. Tilda Swinton took another fashion dare and lost it. Sarah Jessica Parker was tacky and inappropriate. Sophia Loren just scares me stiff. Amy Adams disappointed me once again with a strange red creation. Amanda Seyfried's lovely shade of orange was ruined by weird proportions. And Natalie Portman had a fuchsia prom dress. It's a sad world.

Next year, I'm going to dress up and hold my own awards show. Anyone want to come? ;)

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Few Favorites...

Because a few pictures are worth at least a couple of thousand words...

The Bearer Of The Ring...


Two nearly destroyed roses make one very cool flower...


Here's some top picks from the hundreds that were taken on our camera alone. I'll be sure to share others as they are released and include some links when all the fantastic photographers/bloggers we know share their photos.

It was beautiful. But, as with any major event, recovery is sometimes slow and a bit emotional. Keep us all in your prayers. Thanks and God bless!

And the Oscar goes to...

If there was one in the category "Best non-blogging fashion blogger" I'd definately get it - I guess. Please excuse me (once again) but I'm very busy right. School is such a tough challenge and eats my whole time. After missing NY's Fall 2009 fashion week here I go with a little review on what the ladies wore at last night's Oscar. I already marked my 4 favorites which are yours?
I totally fell in love with Satsuki Mitchell's dress (girlfriend of Daniel Craig). Does anybody know who's the designer?

Halle Berry in Marchesa and Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino Couture and Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott

Amy Adams in Carolina Herrera and Meryl Streep in Costum Alberta Ferretti

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Haute Couture and Freida Pinto in John Galliano

Tilda Swinton in Lanvin and Heidi Klum in RM by Roland Mouret

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab and Penélope Cruz in Vintage Balmain Couture

Melissa Leo in Badgley Mischka and Sophia Loren in Armani Privé

Natalie Portman in Rodarte and Beyoncé in House of Deréon

Jessica Biel in Prada and Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Alicia Keys in Armani Privé and in Melissa George in Dolce&Gabbana

Viola Davis in Reem Acra and Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé

Marisa Tomei in Atelier Versace and Queen Latifa in Georges Chakra

Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli and Amanda Seyfried in Valentino Couture

Vanessa Hudgens in Marchesa and Satsuki Mitchell in ???

Miley Cyrus in Zuhair Murad and Sarah Jessica Parker in Christian Dior Haute Couture

Well then I'm off - hopefully for not so long ☺




Thursday, February 19, 2009

Trendy With Japanese Street Fashion

japanese street fashion

Japanese street fashion is a live example of innovation & ingenuity. Having carved a niche for itself Japanese street fashion has become a rage among the fashion gurus of the world. Among the leading fashion destinations of Japan are Tokyo, Harajuku, Ginza, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Shibuya etc. These are ideal places to shop for Japanese street fashion. Japanese street fashion has a variety of trends & styles for all categories. Japanese street fashion could basically be associated with the youth. Various styles are associated with Japanese street fashion like Gothic, Kogal, Bosozoku, Ganguro etc.
japanese street fashion
Gothic Lolita is a youth fashion among young Japanese women & teenagers. Elegant & sophisticated, these outfits include ribbons, laces, bonnets & large bows. The emphasis is more on Victorian style clothing, aiming to impersonate the appearance of Victorian porcelain doll. An attempt to imitate the American Californian look, Ganguro fashion is trendy among the Japanese youth especially women who go on to tan their skin, get their hair bleached & adorn trendy summer dresses. This style is considered to define modern Japanese women contradictory to the image of subservient, quiet, ideal, women. Yet another style in vogue is the Kogal style where young Japanese women flaunt latest clothes
Far more elaborate Japanese street fashion on the onset seems to be based on uncoordinated colors & dressing patternsjapanese street fashion

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

La Vie En Rose

There's nothing like a good old French love song, and a bit of romantic fashion to go along with it...

La Vie En Rose

The big "event" is Saturday and we are super busy, but I just had to drop in and share a new Polyvore set with you. If you're still soaking up all the love from Valentine's day, I'm sure there will something that catches your eye...

You probably won't hear from us till sometime next week, since both Tai and I will be at a wedding! Keep us in your prayers and I promise a nice recap when everything is all over. God bless! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

"Wasn't Ours A Lovely Love Affair?" - Judy and Mickey Style

Please forgive me for digging these two up again so soon, but when this romantic holiday rolls around I can't help but think of my favorite screen couple. I promise that they won't sneak in another appearance for a while and will let the other starlets get a chance. ;)

Poor little Judy! If only Mickey would stop treating her like a kid, quit chasing after blondes, and realize that she has real "Valentine" potential. As she says herself (portraying Betsy Booth in "Andy Hardy Meets Debutante), "Why are some men so dumb?" *grin*

As always, she is dressed sweet and smart, appropriate for her age. Her little, white lace blouse is paired with a dark bolero and she's sporting a charm bracelet (perhaps the one given to her by Clark Gable?). Mickey continues to play the "dapper dan" and never goes anywhere without a tie (I'm not huge a fan of that accessory, but I believe the young men today could take some lessons on "dressing" from him!).

Here we have the two of them (in "Strike Up The Band") singing "Our Love Affair", a perfect selection for Valentine's day. They just don't make romantic comedies like they used to! :)

I know I'm a good 15 hours early, but I'll probably be too busy to post tomorrow. So, here we go...
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

La Bella Donna

Want to make your Valentine's Day a bit out of the ordinary and play the ultimate "Bella Donna" (Beautiful Lady)? Here's some artistic inspiration from the February/March issue of Brides Magazine... (I just have to say that I love this model. I have always been fond of redheads and this young woman has such a sweet face. She would make a perfect Jane Eyre; don't you think?)

So, probably none of us own a gown this exquisite, but why not pull out that sweet, slightly old-fashioned piece that has been hanging in your closet and play the royal princess? Fine silks, lace and delicate beading all add feminine and exquisite touches to otherwise simple designs. And a stunning, over sized necklace like this one is sure to make the evening special...


Who says that we have to stick to the traditional red and pink? Although I think they're lovely, you can add something surprising with a burst of unusual color! The embroidery on this dress is so amazing - who would have thought that pairing  bright yellow with blue, green, red and pink would work so perfectly? And check out the fantastic be-jeweled hairpiece - accessories make the simplest style look "out-of-this-century".


If, like me, you happen to be a "blue" girl; go ahead and wear your favorite color! It flatters nearly everyone and adds a sparkle to any shade of eyes. This gown is just a masterpiece (Disclaimer: I would not recommend wearing the full length train out to dinner in a petite restaurant ;) - I love the corset (all edged in gold!) and the exquisite draping. "[This] is such stuff as dreams are made on!"


Here is a fabulous example of how to make a simple, contemporary style into something that is stunning and oh, so pretty! The popular "messy-bun" (at least, that's what my sisters always call it - does anyone have a better name? ;) is made unique by starting with accent braids and twists and finished off with a beaded headband and slightly curling wisps of hair about the face. Simplicity is the best friend of the "Bella Donna".

You can see the rest of the article (I scanned all the images) here. I was so completely blown away by the beautiful details in all these designs that I simply had to share some of my favorites with you...

Have a wonderful time planning your Valentine's Day - may Jesus be your one true love. :)

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