glam squad: MET gala 2013 – punk: from chaos to couture

The internet is all a-flutter today with mini mohawks (or not-so-mini if you’re the one and only SJP), thick eyeliner, leather, spikes, and studs, and glamour glamour glamour. For fashion lovers everywhere, Vogue‘s annual MET Gala—founded in 1948 and held every spring to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute exhibit in New York City—is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year. Full of fashion elite and Hollywood’s finest, the MET Gala always promises show-stopping looks, iconic red carpet moments, and more lustworthy fashion than Grammys and Oscars combined.

This year’s MET Gala paid tribute to 80s glam in the best possible way with Punk: From Chaos to Couture. An over-the-top theme like this made it easy to either play it far too safe (a high fashion no-no) or take punk and run so far with it that you leave everyone scratching their heads the next day wondering what you (or your stylist) were thinking. But, as always, plenty of gala-goers brought their fashion A-game, striking a perfect balance between edge and elegance. Here are some of my favourite looks from the night:















This is probably my favourite look from MET Gala 2013. Cara Delevingne was completely stunning in this Burberry Prorsum gown. The cut of the dress was simple and sophisticated, but the plunging neckline and spike detailing (brought out as well by the choice of accessories) paid homage to the night’s theme in the most glamorous way.















Nina Dobrev turned heads in this custom-made Monique Lhullier ensemble with a bustier top and tulle outskirt with leather strapping at the top. This was a stunning example of how to pull off both bold and feminine in a single look.














A lot of people were thrown off by the hair, but I thought Nicole Richie looked outrageous (in the best possible way) in this white, floral-encrusted Topshop gown with matching coif. If you’re going to make a dramatic beauty statement, an 80s punk MET Gala is the place to do it.













Speaking of dramatic statements, Katy Perry was anything but understated in this Dolce & Gabbana look. But, I thought the detailing on this gown was completely couture and the look was accessorized perfectly for a night of punk glamour. She went for it!













I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that little Dakota Fanning has quickly become a fashion knockout, but once again the budding style icon reminded us that she knows good clothes and knows how to wear them. This black Rodarte illusion dress was an incredible choice for the night. If you haven’t taken a closer look at the back of the dress yet, definitely check it out—stunning.














Very few people pull of understated glamour like Rooney Mara. Her white Givenchy had such simple lines but the plunge, slit, shoulders, and metallic zipper detailing brought the look to a whole other level.











Another Givenchy moment: new spokesperson Amanda Seyfried in vintage couture. Girlfriend knows good dresses.














Bringing a serious pop of color was Kate Bosworth in this Balmain look. Mini, hot pink, metallic, plenty of embellishment—what could be more punk than that?















Another mini pulled off by another red carpet pro: Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vacarello. The chainmail meshing on this otherwise simple LBD is pure high-fashion creativity, and the spikes on her sky-high heels closed off a great tribute to the gala’s theme.













Carey Mulligan has such a great aesthetic and always knows exactly how to pull off the perfect look for the perfect occassion—whether it’s very high-risk or slightly more muted. This black Balenciaga dress seems understated at first glance, but the cut-outs, the uniquely structured bodice, and the metallic detailing make this a really well-executed look.
















Stacy Keibler was a bolted beauty in this Rachel Roy number. And those shoes! Going short at the MET Gala isn’t always a popular choice, but I thought Keibler looked edgy and super glamorous. The only thing missing was her most coveted accessory, Mr. Clooney.















Brooklyn Decker was a definite standout in this incredibly detailed Peter Pilotto dress—the structure of the gown, the colors, and the accessories were all on-point. So daring and so chic!

What were your favourite MET Gala looks?



glam squad: kate hudson’s killer week

Was anyone else following Kate Hudson’s every move last week? The girl was on a serious fashion high! Hudson is always radiant and on-point with her style sense—whether it be a red carpet affair or a Saturday stroll through LA—but her recent whirlwind media tour of NYC (as both the new face of Ann Taylor and in promotion of her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) was on a whole other level, marked by one glamorous triumph after another.

Repping Ann Taylor in a black jersey dress at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party benefit gala
April 17th, NYC












Completely stunning in a baby blue Reem Acra gown at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball
April 18th, NYC













Wearing a white textured Jenny Packham sweater dress at the Tribeca Film Festival premier of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
April 22nd, NYC













Multi-colored pumps and all-around expert street style, out and about in NYC
April 22nd, April 26th

Kate Hudson looks radiant while out and about in NYC












Kate Hudson & Son Bingham Out In New York












Rocking leather for Letterman: entering the studios in a Michael Kors hot pink knit top, leather pencil skirt, and white Louboutins; appearing on the show in a Barbara Bul drop-waist dress and Giuseppe Zanotti pink suede pumps
April 26th













Is everyone else loving Kate’s fashion tour of NYC as much as I am?


glam squad: denim on denim on denim

I’ve always been a believer that a really great pair of jeans—with just the right fit and paired with the perfect pair of shoes and a great top or jacket—can be just as chic as the most stunning cocktail dress. So you can imagine how excited I’ve become over the chambray trend that has dominated fall and spring street style. Tops, jackets, vests, skirts, dresses—you name it, you can do it with denim. Here are a few of my favourite looks:















Denim + knee-high boots + scarf. Everything about this screams fall fashion at its finest.













Proving that accessories are everything. The blazer and statement necklace make this look!













Acid wash, distressed denim and layer layers layers!













Who would have ever thought a turtleneck and a denim shirt could look so glam?













Denim and Chanel, I mean…













Could anyone rock bi-color denim on denim like OP? And don’t even get me started on the shoes.













Denim, leather, and studs—a badass summer ensemble.













Loving the pops of color with this dress. The clutch and yellow heels are so adorable.

What’s your favourite way to rock chambray?


bookshelf: “grace: a memoir” by grace coddington


I started this year off on a very fashionable note by picking up a copy of Grace, the recently released memoir of Vogue magazine’s iconic Creative Director, Grace Coddington. After a friend recommended that I watch The September Issue, a fascinating documentary on American Vogue’s ever-allusive Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour (if you’ve never seen it, check it out!), I became a little obsessed with the fiery, British redhead responsible for some of Vogue’s most stunning editorials.

Grace is exactly what you’d expect of Ms. Coddington—honest, witty, creative, and visually beautiful.


getting organized.

A large part of starting this blog has to do with a promise I made to myself that I would make more time for writing this year; I care less about the type of writing it is and the topic I am writing about and more about the fact that I am making it a priority. And as much as I’d love to approach the blog with reckless abandon, posting every fun thing I come across or any random idea that pops into my head (a la Tumblr, Pinterest, StumbleUpon …you get the idea), the planner in me just couldn’t get away with it. So, I wanted to commit to a few key topics that seem most relevant to my life and that I knew I would be excited to write about. I figured if I could organize a handful of feature posts, it would be easier to commit to writing about the things I enjoy most, and commit to doing it often.

So, here they are. Some fun things to look forward to:

turntable: New musical discoveries and old favourites.

bookshelf: Books I’ve read. Books I want to read. Books worth reading. (Another promise I made to myself for 2013 is that I would read more, so hopefully this will help me stay on track!)

beauty all around: It could be a really beautiful photo I saw, or a touching story I read somewhere, or a really great vintage shop I tracked down on a random Saturday afternoon. I think it’s important to remind yourself that amazing things and amazing people are everywhere if you look for them.

glam squad: I enjoy yoga pants and a hoodie as much as the next girl, but I can also appreciate the creative genius that goes into a truly stellar runway show. I think breaking the bank in the name of fashion is completely ridiculous (sorry, die-hards!) but my heart still goes pitter-patter over all of the pretty things that compose a really killer look.

domestic goddess: Recipes either created or conquered. (Or that end up looking like this.)

musings: Let’s be honest—I basically needed a category for the things that don’t fit into any other category. Just some thoughts on some things.

on a serious note: For the days when musings don’t seem to be enough.

I like where this is going. This feels good.