Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Style Icon: Grace Kelly


In college one of my friends always used to joke, "Kelly, can I call you Grace Kelly?  Grace Kellyyyyyyy".   Yes, it was a joke but a very flattering one.  If anyone wants to associate me with Princess Grace they are more than welcome to at any time.  Plus I love tiaras.  I have seen quite a few of this  classic leading lady's movies and really wish she had graced the silver screen for more than six years.  But alas, she has to take over her Princess duties (a real thing) after she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.  Of the movies I have seen of hers - her role as Georgie opposite Bing Crosby in The Country Girl is really not to be missed.  I know I am not alone in this because she won the Oscar for Best Actress for this role.

“My father had a very simple view of life: you don’t get anything for nothing. 
Everything has to be earned, through work, persistence and honesty.” - Grace Kelly 

As Lydia Mag so aptly wrote, while one of my other style icons, Audrey Hepburn, played a princess in Roman Holiday, Grace Kelly played one in real life. Both her outfits during her stunning film and her outfits as a real, modern day princess I believe are noteworthy.  In almost every look her  hair and makeup were flawless and beautifully complemented her elegant attire of  cashmere, A-line skirts, sleek evening gowns and dazzling jewelry.  Another one who was taken far to soon, at the age of 52 after a stroke and car crash, take a look at some of my favorite outfits of the real-life fairytale princess:

fur stole - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
white gown - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
sipping tea - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
puppy - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
grecian gown - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
one shoulder white gown - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
tulle skirt - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
hair net - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
full color white fur stole - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
mint dress in carriage - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon
one piece swimsuit - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon

And of course, she was just about 
the most gorgeous bride there ever was. 

white wedding dress - princess grace kelly of monaco style icon


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pops of Color with Post-it Notes


Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Bangkok Wall

On Thursday night I went to the launch of the 2014 of the Post-it® Brand “Go Ahead, Explore” collection at Glass Houses in Chelsea and as soon as I walked through the door, I was floored.  As I said on Instagram, there were more Post-it Notes in that one beautiful room than I have ever seen in my life. And that includes a giant three-story Staples and a corporate supply room.


Post It Event on Instagram

As soon I read the line on the invitation that said, "Come explore the latest offerings from the Post-it Brand with Brad Goreski, celebrity stylist," I was already typing my RSVP.  At the event the appetizers that meshed with each of the four collections - New York, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, and Mykonos - were absolutely delicious and after I said yes to the third one in a row the nice server literally followed me around.  Thank you sir, those little beet-goat cheese tarts were delicious.

After talking with Brad about the collection, Kate Spade, and what he has coming up next, meeting the actual creators of the new giant Post-it Notes from 3M in Minneapolis was inspiring. I mean, how cool would it be if your job was literally to think of new things you could do with Post-it Notes?  To round out the evening being able to speak with both Jennifer Jolly, tech and gadget expert and Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert and author, were added bonus'.   Meeting celebrities is always exciting, weird, and intimidating and I love when they are actually humble in person.

Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Appitizers
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Kitty Brad Kelly
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Evernote
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Kelly and Jennifer
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Blue
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Brad at Desk
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Crowd
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Gift Bag
Post-it Brand Go Ahead Explore Collection - Brad Posing


Thank you Post-it Brand, I had a great time!


Monday, April 14, 2014

The Time My Friends Got Fake Married

Two years ago today two of my best friends from college, K and T, got fake married.  Yes, fake married.  Let me explain.  It was the month before we were set to graduate college - most people were all set on the job front, cruising in to non-existent finals, and we were all done swimming.  So what should we do on a Saturday?  Well how about stage a fake wedding for two of our close friends.  K and T had been inseparable best friends since the first week of our freshman year, and it was always a running joke that anyone who didn't know them automatically assumed that they were dating. It only made sense to cap off our senior year and their fake relationship with a fake wedding.

Besides the bride and groom more than half of my sixty team mates were involved in some way. I was the wedding photographer (I took every photo that I am not in) and the bride's makeup artist,  there were four groomsmen, four bridesmaids, a flower girl, a ring bearer, a fake rabbi, and a few dozen guests. Of course we also had plenty of champagne, a real wedding cake, and the only white dress K could find at Forever 21.  The whole day was amazing.

The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - First Look
The First Look
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Bride's Makeup

The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Bride and Photographer
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Ceremony
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Groomsmen
The Groomsmen
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Flower Girl and Bridesmaids
The Flower Girls and Ring Bearer
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - The Vows
Reciting their own vows
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - The Dance
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - The Embrace
The Embrace (yes, that is a ring pop)
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - The Cake
The Cake
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Feeding Cake
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - Senior Girls
Photographer, Ring Bearer, and the Bride
The Time My Friends Got Fake Married - First Dance
The First Dance



Overall, one of the best Saturdays of my college career.  

K and T, Happy Anniversary! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Popped Collars


Popped Collars - Josh Hartnett GQNo, it is not Thursday but this post is definitely a throw back.  The movie Pearl Harbor came out in 2001 at the very height of my Josh Hartnett crush.  Between him, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Garner the epic love story was almost too much for my heart to handle.  I had photos of Josh torn from magazines on the front cover of every single one of my binders and he had gone to college just five miles from my hometown - I dreamed that one day we would just run off into the sunset to get married.

I had seen him in a few movies but when Pearl Harbor came out I was like a little girl on Christmas. I will never forgive on girl on the bus, Danielle, who when I told her my mom finally let me rent the movie from Blockbuster and was going to watch it that weekend she said, "Don't get your hopes up, Danny dies half way through the movie".  I found this photo of Josh from GQ and the popped collar brought back so many memories!

In middle school and into high school I was the freaking queen of popped collars.  Well polos actually, I wore them to school and in my spare time.  Honestly I treated the polo the way most people treated a t-shirt - it went with everything and anything and I always made sure to pop the collar.  I owned the trend. For five years I had polos in a dozen different colors and wore them constantly.  Why, oh why, did someone not clue me in - I look SPECIAL to put it lightly in some of these shots:


Around junior year of high school I decided to wise up and try different styles of shirts.  While my quality investments from Forever21 and WetSeal may not have been the best choices at least I took a break from this trend. However, as it was part of my identity for so long I have stayed on top of it and last spring when the Wall Street Journal declared The Return of the Popped Collar I thought it was going to be back with vengeance.  Nope.  While I no longer pop my collar if you are going to do it, do in like this:

Nina from After the Bar 40 Finish Popped Collars
Men's Streetstyle Popped Collar
Miranda Kerr Popped Collar
 Alyssa from Sincerely, Truly Scrumptious Popped Collar
Men's Streetstyle Popped Collar
Mary from The Classy Cubicle  Popped Collar



But Ryan, as much as I love you, this is not your best look: 

Ryan Lochte Popped Collar


And with that, Happy Friday!  But first, popped collars - in or out? 


Comment