My Picks for Best Dressed at the Oscars 2017!

There were so many gowns that I had liked at last night Oscar’s, with lovely ladies looking oh, so stunning! There were also some misses. With that said, i’d rather discuss, but mainly show you the ones that were hits :). The men, too. Heads up, you will see velvet that men had worn. It’s the new top fabric to wear coming fall. Before, I begin, I just want to say congratulations to all of the winners who had won. 

 

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend (Teigen in Zuhair Murad)

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Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner

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Hailee Steinfeld, Taraji P. Hensen and Chrissy Teigen

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Brie Larson

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Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

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Karlie Kloss

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Emma Roberts

The dapper men!

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Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Jamie Dornan, Mahershala Ali, Dwayne Johnson

Who are your best dressed at the Oscars? Share in the comments!

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Fashion & Beauty Hack: Remove Static with Hairspray

Yes, this so works. I was watching Live with Kelly co-hosting Carrie Ann Inaba (love these two) one day, and happened to catch Carson Kressley’s segment (it was a great one, by the way) offering this tip plus many others that is sure to be a must watch. Anyway, I had thought, that I would try it, since it was getting a little too staticky here in Alberta these days. Kressley was saying what he has done on photo shoots was to spray hair spray onto your tops to eliminate the static. 

The next day, I had tried this hack, and oh my goodness. It so works. My blouse was static-free. It’s definitely a must try. All you have to do is spray your hair spray right onto your top, even a blouse (this is really good tip when wearing a blouse). Instantly, you will notice the static being lifted. Thank-you, Carson for the amazing tip!

Another tip I had tried to remove static from my hair was using a dryer sheet. I actually heard of this hack a few years ago, it really works. I mean who likes to have static hair, especially after you’ve styled it, and when it’s such a great hair day? Come on. I can’t think of anyone. So, thank goodness for Carson for bringing to light this other beauty hack. 

Check out more great fashion & beauty hacks on the segment, What the Hack? on Live with Kelly!

(Video courtesy of Live with Kelly YouTube channel)

Have you tried any of these hacks that I had mentioned or from the video? Share in the comments!

 

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GiuseppexJennifer Collection!

I am loving this latest celebrity and fashion designer collaboration. Everyone is talking about the highly anticipated Jennifer Lopez and Giuseppe Zanotti collection. These beauties are available now at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Take a look:

 

 

 

 

 

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Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez Emme Knee-High Gladiator Sandal  CAD 1,778.90

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Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez Lynda Embellished Lace-Up Sandal CAD 4,114.14

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Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez Leslie Sandal

CAD 1,229.43

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Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez Jen Laser Cutout Bootie

CAD 1,717.09

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Golden Globes Best Dressed 2017

Awards season is here! I absolutely loved watching the red-carpet at the Golden Globes this past Sunday. I love how body hugging is out, and A-Line skirts are in. So flattering for any body shape really, more specifically hour-glass and pear shape figures. Below, is whom I feel won me over with their best dressed.

 

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Kerry Washington doesn’t do wrong with anything she wears, Emma Stone – gorgeous gown on her, so complimentry, Viola Davis – loved her speech, and her dress, Brie Larson – that red and neckline is so divine on her, Blake Lively – when doesn’t she look fan?!

 

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Mandy Moore – all eyes were on her. How beautiful does she look? She wears it so well. 

 

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Reese Witherspoon, along with Kerry Washington and a few other other Hollywood beauties, like Jennifer Aniston, when doesn’t she look? When isn’t there a colour can’t she pull off, or neckline, or style? Clothes always look so stunning on Witherspoon.So elegant, so classy, so tasteful with the slit up the thigh. 

I do have to say, Meryl Streep, you are so not over-rated. Your speech was fabulous!

Who do you feel killed it on the red-carpet at the Globes? Share in the comments!

Royal Visit Canada 2016

Here are my favourite moments of The #RoyalVisitCanada 2016 in no particular order. On a side note, doesn’t Princess Charlotte look just like Queen Elizabeth, or is it just me? Duchess Kate‘s fabulous fashion, of course.

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Sept. 24th Victoria: Just landed in Victoria, BC. The royals meet Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Trudeau.

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The royal family emerges from the plane with the young prince waving to the crowd once he is on the runway. Prince William helping his son down the flight of stairs. Kate carrying a blue hat, blue dress with the accessory of the Queen’s maple leaf broche.

 

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Sept. 24th-25th Victoria & Vancouver: Prince William and Kate Middleton arriving in Vancouver, British Colombia from a sea-plane. Kate is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress with matching bright red pumps and clutch. 

(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark listen to a conservation officer during a tour of the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada, September 26, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Sept. 26th: Bella Bella & Victoria: Kate is showing us how to do casual chic, as her and Prince William receive a tour through Great Bear Rain-forest. 

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Sepr. 27th Kelowna & Whitehorse: The royals attend an UBC Okanagan Campus with speeches from UBC Kelowna’s women’s volleyball team. They will then visit a winery.Arrival at the Whitehorse Airport with a welcome from the Canadian Rangers.

I have to stop and show you Kate’s makeup.

Princess Charlotte Handled Her First Royal Tour Like a Tiny Pro

Her signature smokey eye using a neutral palette, smudged eye-liner in black. Smudge your eye liner by applying it with a black eye liner pencil. With an eye-liner brush smudge your eye-liner to the outer-eye. Followed by creating a natural flush. This blush looks like NARS in Orgasm. This blush creates the perfect flush. It’s a best-selling blush, not just for the company, but over-all for a reason! Top it off with nude lips. 

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Duchess Kate in a gorgeous green Dolce & Gabbanna dress. 

 

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Kate Middleton's Most Memorable Outfits - Sept. 28, 2016 from InStyle.com: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to head out on a fishing trip with Skidegate youth centre children during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 30, 2016 in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.:

Kate makes cowgirl boots look so chic, don’t you think? 

 

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The stylish royal family. 

Attending a party for military families at Government House.

Oct. 1 – Victoria
Victoria harbour tour. They will board a tall ship with group of youth from a mental health organization and sail between 11:45 and 12:45.
Official farewell at 3:40 to 3:50 p.m. They will depart from the Victoria Harbour Airport.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehorse, Yukon. (Ben Nelms)

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10 HandBags That are Timeless!

his is a great article on TheRichest.com! They have nailed it. These must-haves are a staple to have in your closet. I love the Prada Saffiano Bag, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag, Dior Lady Bag, Fendi Baguette

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 Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag 

First available in the 1930’s, this classic Louis Vuitton bag might be called a Speedy, but it’s hardly fast fashion. It has cowhide leather handles that darken with age. While the most well known Speedy is probably the most classic model made of logo canvas, Louis Vuitton has created the bag in a variety of styles and colors, from graffiti to more traditional leathers and new ones come out every season. The Speedy is a classic bag because it can be casual with jeans and a t-shirt and formal for an evening at the opera. It also looks proportional with every body type. The size and shape of the Speedy make it the perfect bag for every woman who needs to carry a lot of things with them.

 

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Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag 

Although the brand was established in 1915, Balenciaga saw a resurgence in 2003, when Nicolas Ghesquière created the Motorcycle Bag exclusively for the fashion house’s runway show. Model Kate Moss fell in love with bag, Balenciaga then made it available for purchase and the rest is fashion history. A modern classic, the bags are made of a soft, very light, durable leather and come with leather framed mirrors and cell phone pockets. The zippers have a signature leather tassel pull. There are two hand straps fastened to the bags as well as a removable longer shoulder strap. Currently, the most expensive Motorcycle Bag is $2,045, but there are minis available for around $1,300.

 

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Bottega Veneta Intrecciato 

Bottega Veneta is the Italian leather brand you recognize for it’s style, not it’s logo. Known for their artisanal simplicity, Bottega Veneta simply means Venetian Shop and not surprisingly the company’s slogan is “When Your Own Initials Are Enough.” Established in 1966, the company’s founders Vittorio and Laura Moltedo, developed a leather weaving technique called intrecciato, which has defined their signature style ever since. Intreccaito is used to make a wide variety of Bottega Veneta’s handbags and accessories, from clutches to weekenders. Currently, the Nero Nappy Vulcana Bag is available for $6,650, but equally stylish and less expensive shoulder bags are available in the $2,500 range.

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Prada Saffiano Bag

The House of Prada was founded in 1913, but did not become a household name until after 1978, when Miuccia Prada took over the company. Saffiano is treated leather that is embossed with a cross hatch pattern, which makes the bag more durable and increases scratch resistance as well as water resistance. Most importantly, saffiiano leather makes for gorgeous accessories. Saffiano bags have two handles and gold hardware, as well as the signature Prada gold upside down triangle logo. A celebrity favorite, actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Lindsay Lohan as well as singer Rihanna have all been spotted with the Prada Classic. Saffiano bags come in a variety of shapes from totes to minis, currently costing from $9,660 to around $1,700.

 

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Dior Lady Bag

A new classic, Christian Dior’s Lady bag was given as a gift to Princess Diana from the first lady of France, Bernadette Chirac. After the chic Princess was photographed with it, the bag was immediately named after her and has graced the forearms of the elegant and sophisticated ever since. Each bag is hand made and each cannage quilted square pattern is hand crafted and then fitted with either gold or silver hardware and a singature CD charm. While perhaps the most well-known Lady bag materials are patent leather and calfskin, but you can buy a python one for $11,800. However, non-leather mini Ladies start at around $1,200.

 

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The Gucci Jackie Bag

The Gucci Jackie Bag is another stunner than never goes out of style. Created in the late 1950’s for the bag’s namesake Jackie Kennedy Onassis, it has remained an accessory staple. It was even slightly redesigned and re-launched in 1999, but both the old and new Jackies are still avalable. The shoulder bag, which is actually quite comfortable, has the signature Gucci piston clasp. Handmade in Italy, it comes in many styles and materials. The most expensive Jackie Bag was sold for $20,400, but there are classic GG initial logo styles available for only $1,450. Like it’s namesake, the Jackie is sophisticated, but stunning.

 

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The Fendi Baguette 

A modern classic, designed in 1997 by Silvia Venturini, the baguette was made to fit under the arm, like a French Baguette loaf. Ever since, there have been over a thousand different baguettes made of different materials from denim, to pony skin and crocodile. Perhaps the most famous Baguette belonged to fictional fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City, when she was mugged for her purple sequin one. After the episode aired, fashionistas declared the Baguette, an It bag. A book was even published to commemorate the bag’s fifteenth anniversary. The most expensive Baguette was sold for $6,220, but prices start around $1,400.

 

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Hermès Kelly Bag

The Hermès Kelly Bag is the ultimate stays symbol. No other accessory has subtly screamed expensive quite the way the Kelly does. First introduced in 1892 as a saddle bag, the iconic accessory evolved and was ultimately named for princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, when it was given to her in 1954. It has been making women feel like princesses ever since. Handmade, these bags take between 18-25 hours to create. It is Hermès’ best selling bag of all time.

The most expensive Kelly Bag ever sold was auctioned for $125,000 in December 2013. It was a one of a kind known as the Geranium Porosus. However, most “starter” Kellys start at around $11,00.

 

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Hermès Birkin Bag

Named for actress Jane Birkin, it was first created for her in 1984 when she sat next to Hermès executive Jean-Louis Dumas on an airplane and told him she was having trouble finding a good leather weekend bag. Dumas had the bag created for her based on a design from 1892. These bags, which are lined with goat skin leather and then made with a variety of leathers including calf skin, ostrich, lizard and crocodile, take approximately 48 hours to make by hand.

The most expensive Birkin Bag cost $120,00 and was made of crocodile with 18 carat gold hardware encrusted with diamonds. However, most Birkins start around $11,000.

 

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The Chanel Flap Bag

The Chanel flap bag is the epitome of a classic handbag. It is simply designed and crafted. First introduced in 1955 by Coco Chanel herself, who was tired of carrying her purse in her hands and wanted something chic for her shoulders. It was slightly re-designed in 1983 by Karl Lagerfeld, who added the iconic CC clasp.

If you are considering purchasing one of these bags, do it sooner rather than later because the prices of these bags have been known to increase bi-annually. At any price, it is a worthwhile investment. The most expensive flap bag was sold for $261,000, but less expensive ones start at a more relatively affordable $2,200.

 

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Timeless Designer Classics that You Must Have in Your Closet! Part 1

 

 

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Valentino Patent Leather Rockstud Slingbacks in Blush C$1,370

 

PRADA Minimal Baroque Round Sunglasses C$365

 

 

Burberry THE SANDRINGHAM – LONG HERITAGE TRENCH COAT C$2,395

The Burberry trenchcoat was famously worn by British officers in WWI. Its original design was called the Tielocken and was designed to protect military officers against harsh weather. The D-shaped belt ring was used for attaching small items such as maps. Later the coat was modified for the masses. Since then it has remained the brand’s most recognizable piece. 

Chanel 2.55 C$7,075

The first bag that Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel designed in 1929 was a hand-carried, just like all other bags that were available to upper-class women during that era. However, it turned out to be an impossible task to combine the bag with a flûte champagne, theater leaflets and hors d’oeuvres. But in 1955 Coco Chanel changed handbag history with the introduction of the Chanel 2.55. It was modified for practical reasons. “I got fed up with holding my purses in my hands and losing them, so I added a strap and carried them over my shoulder,” The practical 2.55 was therefore immediately a great succes. In the first year Gabrielle Chanel even had to refuse orders because of the high demand. For the first time, it was acceptable for upper-class women to carry a bag on their shoulders. 

 

Louboutins

The story goes that Christian Louboutin’s red soles are inspired by his assistent. As she was painting her nails in a bright red color, Louboutin took the nail polish from her hands and began to paint the sole with the nailpolish. And so the bright red became the signature color of Louboutin. No other than the Princess of Monaco was his first real customer. The Princess unleashed a true rage on the red soles. The now famous Louboutins are worn by famous designers like Diane von Fürstenberg, and many celebrities.

In addition, the story of the red sole goes a little something like this: YSL and Louboutin were in court fighting to obtain the right to the trademark, as you can see Louboutin had won the lawsuit against YSL. YSL were and are unable to use this infamous trademark that is a signature of a Louboutin.

 

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Hermes Birkin

In the 80’s Jane Birkin was seated next to Jean-Louis Dumas, the CEO of Hermès, on her flight from Paris to London. Jane was complaining that she never found the perfect weekend bag. Without knowing who he was, she described to Dumas what her dream bag would look like. Shortly after their meet-up, Jane Birkin received her personalized bag with a personal note. From that moment on the Birkin became the most recognized luxury handbag in the world. To receive one of these beauties, you now have to sign your name on a waiting list. That is just as high-in-demand this Birkin weekend handbag has become. It’s so in-demand, that even celebrities find themselves on the infamous Hermes Birkin wait lists with the hope of one day owning this ultra-exclusive bag. Birkin prices range from $10,500 to $150,000. My advice is to make sure you get warranty for the handbag. 

YSL Smoking Jacket

The introduction of ‘Le Smoking Tuxedo’ in 1966 was a turning point, allowing women to be feminine and masculine all at once. This was the first time women could acceptably wear a smoking jacket to dinner and other events. Whether worn with a t-shirt or with absolutely nothing underneath, this is a fashion staple that has withstood the test of time.

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DvF Wrap Dress

Described by Vogue as a “sartorial symbol of women’s sexual liberation”, Diane von Fürstenberg’s classic jersey wrap dress became a classic fashion piece since it launched in 1972.  Fürstenberg explained to the Los Angeles Times in 1976: “Clothes have to reflect women’s liberation. Women today want versatile, simple, classic, comfortable, slimming clothes. This is the story of my success.”

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Dior Ballet Skirt

After WWII fashion yearned for something more frivolous, colorful and playful. Christian Dior presented just that with the voluminous ballet skirt. It contributes to the 1947 creation of the New Look

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The Chanel Suit

In 1923 Coco Chanel invited a small group of journalists to her salon to show her new collection. One of the items of this collection was the Chanel suit. However, the journalists were far from impressed by the suit. The tweed twinset barely got a mention in reviews. But after the WWII (more precisely in the 1950’s) she reintroduced the Chanel suit as we now know it. This time it was a grand succes and it became one of Chanel’s most iconic creations and has influenced many look-a-likes.

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The Must-Have Handbag: YSL Small Sac de Jour Leather Tote

 

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Saint Laurent Small Sac de Jour Leather Tote C$3,972

 

This is the it handbag. The smaller version (pictured below) has been sold out around the world. It is as if it is the Hermes Birkin. Before you know it, you will be having to place your name on a wait-list just to recieve this fabulous, chic tote. 

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Saint Laurent Baby Sac de Jour Bonded Leather Tote C$3,642

 

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Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet! Part 1

When I was in make-up school, my school was in Yorkville, I would watch celebs walk the red carpet before class would begin. I was the only one standing behind the photogs watching them work the red-carpet. I got to meet a couple of them, too. So down-to-earth. I do recall I was normally at the Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street watching this. I just love TIFF. It’s one of the best film festivals there is. I’m proud, because that is my home!! Yay, Toronto! I’m feeling a bit sentimental right now, ha-ha. 

Some people that are here are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway, 

 

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Anne Hathaway

I just love Anne’s make-up. So glam. So fab. 

 

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Singer Tori Kelly at the Sing premiere

I love Tori Kelly’s jumpsuits. So chic.

 

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo DiCaprio smoothing up his hair. Looking fab, as always. DiCaprio at the Before the Flood Premiere.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Actress Pallavi Sharda at the Lion premiere.

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Jake Gyllenhaal 

 

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Fan Bingbing

 

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