the first sunday of the new year always means one thing...the golden globes. with such a diverse group of presenters and nominees, i was looking forward to the fashion, but with some fantastic performances on the small and big screen, i was also looking forward to the actual awards. atlanta and donald glover winning best comedy and best actor in a comedy respectively was a nice surprise, as was tracee ellis ross' win for best actress in a comedy. i was not shocked by sarah paulson's win for the people vs. o.j. simpson, and i wasn't really shocked by la la land winning best actor and actress. i was not feeling la la winning all the awards (like best direction and best screenplay over moonlight, same with the night manager (it was awful and in what universe does sterling k. brown not win?) and the crown (best drama over westworld and this is us and best actress over evan rachel wood).
viola davis introduction to meryl streep was probably my favorite moment, and meryl's speech was also my favorite (with donald glover and viola davis a close second), but it was shocking to think that meryl is just now getting the cecil b. demille award when she's been nominated 30 times! THIRTY.
anywoo, to the fashion, there were clearly trends of the night. gold and silver, plunging necklines, black and white—sometimes together—and sequins were all on display. some went too far (looking at you sofia vergara, lily collins, emily ratajkowski, and nicole kidman) and others were blah (amy adams, reese witherspoon, brie larson, and anna kendrick), but the six women above were bold, elegant, and unique in a good way. for their first golden globes, ruth negga (in vuitton) and issa rae (in custom christian siriano) went the form-fitting route, but each had interesting details and were accessorized to perfection. viola davis (in michael kors) does color like it's her job, michelle williams (also in vuitton) is a gorgeous muse for nicolas ghesquière, and it's always lovely to see thandie newton (in monse) back on the red carpet. finally evan rachel wood has always marched to the beat of her drum, and her elegant tribute to marlene dietrich and david bowie (it was his birthday yesterday) in a custom altuzarra tux was perfection.
who were your golden globe favorites?
photos via nymag and getty
the break between christmas and new year's (or really between the 23rd and the 2nd) was exactly what i needed before diving back into real life. if you follow me on instagram, you saw that i was in southern california and went to disneyland for the first time. it was like being a kid again—experiencing the park as i did when i was younger and having a blast. it was also a chance to connect with dear friends; we all need a solid group of people in our lives that we can laugh, cry, and have deep talks with.
i'm a believer in intentions over resolutions and i have some in mind for the new year. with so much change in 2016, i am focusing on my own growth, strengthening friendships, and challenging comfort zones (even more than last year). even though i didn't blog as much as i wanted to, i had some amazing opportunities come up last year and want to build on that momentum. i feel re-energized about this space and i've got a few things in the works that will be revealed very soon. that being said, i'd love to know what you'd like to see more of so please reach out either via email or commenting below. most of all, i just want to thank you for visiting this space, commenting, emailing, sharing, and appreciating what i do...it means the world to me.
have a wonderful weekend!
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i wore this to a low-key work week holiday party at a friends' house, so it needed to transition from work to evening easily. i wanted to be festive but also comfortable and not too over the top. i've had this vintage faux fur jacket for years (it's old gap!), and these zara jeans are among my favorites. they're slim but not skinny and have subtle distressing. i added a bodysuit i picked up at and other stories when i was in rome...they have such interesting pieces at an affordable price point. i swapped out my hoop earrings for a more sparkly pair, changed to a clutch and off i went.
hope you all had a lovely holiday and start to the new year!
vintage faux fur jacket (similar here and here), and other stories bodysuit, zara jeans, schutz pumps, chanel bag, bauble bar earrings, super sunglasses, j. crew belt
photos by alex drysdale
just a few things i've been wishing for/stalking/adding to my cart the last few weeks. i did pick up the tom ford lipstick (in mitchell!) and dior palette during the sephora sale and the phyllis posnick book is on the way (i also got the barneys book which is fab). i had the balenciaga earrings and totême sweater on my pinterest board for a while and now both are sadly sold out. and as for the proenza schouler dress, alaia sandals, and byredo bag, well, a girl can dream (or stalk the real real and ebay)...
byredo apocalyptic candle / artis 5 brush set / dior total matte smoky eye palette / fornasetti 'face with diamond design' plate / stoppers: photographs from my life at vogue by phyllis posnick / balenciaga earrings (similar) / byredo seema small satchel / proenza schouler cut out knit dress / alaia studded suede sandal / jayson home brass colored pencil set / totême ribbed mock turtleneck sweater (similar here and here) / tom ford lips and boys lipstick in mitchell
this holiday season has been a bit more low-key than in years past...smaller, more intimate get togethers are more common instead of big parties, which suits me just fine. it really gives you the opportunity to really connect with people and truly enjoy the company. but inevitably, because the holidays can also be about spontaneity, an invitation will come up last minute where you need something a bit fancier. i'm a bit believer that every woman should have a dress or two in her closet that makes her feel confident, and for the holidays, a velvet dress fits the bill. this one from express is a different silhouette for me—with a deep v-neck, natural waist, and a wrap midi-skirt—but i still felt amazing in it. whether you go with a tried and true shape or try something new, you should feel like you in it, and when you try (or put) it on, you'll know.
*this post was inspired by bonobos...if your guy is looking for a last-minute way to feel festive (and coordinate with your look), consider one of their custom fitted pants, like the velvet like moleskin jean or the capstone tuxedo pant.
express dress c/o (sold out online; similar and more options below), banana republic necklace (old, similar), m. gemi heels (also comes in nude), vuitton bag, super sunglasses, dannijo ring, bing bang earrings (30% off!)
photos by alex drysdale; taken at the palace of fine arts
long time followers may know that i really love sequins (see here, here, here and here), and i love wearing sequins all year round and at any time of year—not just saving them for special occasions or the holidays. about a month ago, i was in the office and some of my co-workers talked to me about a campaign they were doing centered around 30 days of gifts; each day they'd reveal a gift on instagram, something you'd want to get, give, or keep for yourself. influencers, friends of the brand, and some employees were asked to participate and our editorial director wanted me to model this sequin skirt...right up my alley. i was asked to style the skirt how i would really wear it, and for me that's always with a masculine/feminine mix in mind. to balance the flirtiness of the skirt, i paired it with a chunky sweater and oversized denim jacket, then added a sky high bootie. this look would work for holiday weekend brunch or even a festive gathering at home when you don't want to look like you tried too hard, but still want to get in the spirit.
check out the whole series here and on instagram at the hashtag #givekeepget.
vintage jean jacket (similar here and here), polo ralph lauren sweater (old, similar here and here), banana republic skirt, sam edelman booties (similar here and here), super sunglasses, michael kors hoop earrings
photos by gwen rodgers
*this post isn't sponsored; just a cool opportunity i got to be a part of through my day job. i didn't keep this skirt but did buy the navy one.
the weather has been unseasonably warm here (as in the high 60s-low 70s), so i've still been wearing this cotton zara jumpsuit with sneakers and pumps—i'm all about white after labor day. i originally bought this to wear to le dîner a san francisco but ended up going a bit dressier (the trade off being i was definitely colder). finding a good jumpsuit can be tricky, but when i happen upon on, i usually snatch it up.
also in case you missed it on instagram, i'm a chico's holiday style tastemaker this year. i got to fly to new york back in august for 48 hours to do the shoot and met some amazing women there like maye, danielle, and jamie. check out my interview and my picks from their holiday collection.
zara jumpsuit, shoemint pumps (old, love these lace ups and these simple white pumps), silence and noise bag, michael kors earrings, super sunglasses, urban outfitters velvet choker c/o
photos by alex drysdale