Ten on Tuesday: Oscars fashion edition (2014)

I skipped the Oscars Sunday night (too tired), but I was really eager to see all of the gorgeous dresses come Monday morning. I eagerly turned on my computer and started flipping through slideshows of the red carpet, waiting for the slew of really jaw-dropping gowns that I knew just had to be hiding in there somewhere.

I’m still looking for them.

Truthfully, this year’s Oscar fashions sucked. I wasn’t feeling the plethora of nude gowns–they made most of the actresses look really washed out, and after a while they all just blended together. Also blah were the capes (Jada Pinkett Smith, Camilla Alves). And as much as I wanted to love the dresses on Elsa Pataky (aka Mrs. Thor) and Olivia Wilde, they both looked insanely uncomfortable–not to mention there was something weird going on in the boob area on both dresses.

Other offenders: Anna Kendrick and Ireland Baldwin seemed to be wearing dresses that didn’t know what they wanted to be. So many were just boring, like Meryl Streep and Emma Watson. And some were just harsh on the eyes: Gabourey Sidibe and Chirssy Teigen both looked like they were wearing prom cast-offs, not red carpet gowns.

With all of that said, I did see a few winners, so I thought I’d share them here!! Read more (and see pics) after the jump! And don’t forget to swing by Alyssa’s blog to link up for Ten on Tuesday!

1. Lupita Nyong’o in Prada. Of course I knew she’d knock it out of the park!


2. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen. She looks so youthful yet classy and elegant.


3. Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra. She had the best out of all the nude gowns on the carpet.


4. Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Haute Couture. Second-best nude gown. For some reason people really disliked this one, though.


5. Olga Kurylenko in Alice Elia from Red Carpet Green Dress. Her dress is eco-friendly!


6. Rachel Smith in Sherry Hill. She’s a beauty queen and TV personality, not an actress, so she didn’t show up in a lot of the slideshows I browsed. But she definitely had the best black gown on the carpet. (I wanted to like Charlize Theron’s number, but the strap/boob situation was weirding me out!)


7. Kerry Washington in Jason Wu. I was kind of torn on this dress, but it’s Kerry, and she would look good in a trash bag, so…yeah. She just looks so glowy and happy, even for being pregnant on the red carpet!


8. Viola Davis in Escada. Love the green, and love the hair.


9. Sari Mercer in Suzanne Neville. Isn’t it kind of bad when a nominee’s girlfriend is more pulled-together than the majority of the celebrities on the red carpet? Doesn’t that mean all those high-paid stylists are really dropping the ball? (That’s 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the tux.)


10. Jared Leto in Saint Laurent. Surprise, a dude! I liked that he didn’t go with the traditional tux. He truly looks like a rock star.


So who were your best-dressed ladies (and gents) of the night? Tell me in the comments!

Ethical/vegan/USA fashion picks: March 2014

Ethical/vegan/USA fashion picks: March 2014

I thought it would be fun to start doing a regular feature of ethically sourced, charitable, vegan and/or made in the USA fashion picks. I don’t know if I’ll do this on a monthly basis or just as the mood strikes me. For now, here are some spring picks for you, all under $100.

1. Folk Like Us cotton crinkle maxi skirt; $54 (converted from pounds) from Fashion Conscience. Fair trade.
2. Crowned Earrings; $28 from Roozt. Designer Glit-Z donates a portion of proceeds to charities benefiting autism awareness and child abuse prevention.
3. Hopeful of Life tank; $27.99 from ModCloth. Made in the USA.
4. On Deck sneaker in pink; $60 from Pure Citizen. Vegan, fair trade, recycled and eco-conscious.
5. Chinese Laundry Vegan Milk Shake Tribal Wedge; $80 (converted from pounds) from Fashion Conscience. Vegan-friendly synthetic design.
6. Ellie Bouquet Dress; $80 (converted from pounds) from People Tree. Organic and fair trade cotton.
7. Everyday Hobo; $32 from One Mango Tree. Locally sourced and stitched by Ugandan artisans.
8. Heads or Tailwinds top; $37.99 from ModCloth. Made in the USA.

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February 2014 Julep Maven unboxing

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Happy February everyone! I had enough Julep reward points sitting in my account to earn a free box, so I thought I would treat myself this month and get some new polish to make the gloomy winter weather a little less dreadful. February’s Maven theme was ‘The Dramatic Collection’, and it did not disappoint! The colors were definitely dramatic and there was a nice mix of gloss and sparkle inside. 
If you’re new to Julep, it’s a monthly nail polish subscription box that brings you $40+ worth of fashionable polish shades and new beauty products for $19.99. When you sign up you’ll take a style quiz that will match you to the box type that best suits you: Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic With a Twist, It Girl or Modern Beauty. Each month you can preview the box selections and elect to try a different box style or skip the month altogether. If you decide to sign up, I’d be super-duper thrilled if you’d use my referral link
Now, on to the polish. This month I decided to go with the “Bombshell” box, which contained two gorgeous shades: “Judi”, an “English violet creme”, and “Kristen”, described as “deep sea teal with silver microshimmer”. Personally I think Kristen looks nothing like the Julep blog swatches in her bottle, but maybe once she’s swatched the teal will really show up.
 
 
 
I also chose two add-ons. “Roc Solid” is described as a “vintage military creme”, while “Cameron” is a “silver lilac stardust (matte glitter)”. I’m really into matte glitters (or any glitters, really) right now so this is right up my alley.
There were two extras in the box this month. The Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow should be interesting–I got the shade “Warm Fig”. The “Love” polish is a mix of “gold, pearl and fuchsia microglitter” and I really can’t say whether it will be full coverage or not. (I hope so.)
Both my Julep box and my Zoya promo order arrived within two days of each other, so clearly I have a lot of swatching to do! If you’d like to check out even more nail polish, take a look at my new Zoyas over here. Hopefully I’ll have a ton of swatch spam up for you over the next couple of weeks!
 
 
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My Zoya promo order arrived!

My Zoya order (from the 2014 Color Your World promo) finally arrived! I ended up ordering three extra polishes to get the free shipping, so I now have a total  of six lovely polishes waiting to be worn. Zoya is my favorite polish brand–the formula is great, the color selection is massive, and the polishes are all vegan–plus they release tons of trendy new fashion colors each season that you won’t find in the drugstore.

 

I tried to order with an eye toward the polishes I’ll want to wear this spring and summer, rather than snagging more glitters and “winter” polishes. To that end, I grabbed “Charisma”, a neon orchid shade, to fit with the Pantone color of the year: Radiant Orchid! I also picked up “Darcy”, a warm yellow, and “Destiny”, a coral PixieDust that I’ve been craving since last summer. I think both of these colors will make great pedicure colors once the weather warms up.

 

I also picked out three wild card colors. I don’t normally go for blues, but “Song” was too pretty to pass up. “Purity” is a solid white that should be great for nail art, while “Rue” is a blush nude from the spring “Natural” collection that was just recently released.

 

Here are some shots in cooler light. I think you can see the shimmers in Song a bit better. I’m wondering what Charisma will look like on the nails, because it’s insanely bright even in the bottle! I’ve heard it has a semi-matte finish, so I might have to use a high-gloss topcoat with this one.

 

 

Now the swatching begins… :D

Product review: Crown Brush HD Set (video)

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Today I’m doing something a little different…a vlog review! I received this lovely Crown Brush HD Set from iFabbo and Crown Brush and thought it would be fun to do a video of my review instead of a typed post with pictures.

The Crown Brush HD Set is available in orange, purple or white/blue and contains six brushes: a large powder, tapered blush, small contouring, eye shadow blender, crease brush, and liner brush. These brushes are super-soft, rivaling my favorite Ecotools brushes! They are vegan-friendly and come in a zippered case with a large mirror and tweezers, so you’re all set for applying makeup on the go. The set typically retails for $69.99 but has been on sale on the Crown Brush website for a little while for just $27.95, which is a great deal for six brushes. However, today I logged on again and saw that the price had been slashed even further–down to $19.50! So if you want to snap up one of these kits for yourself or another makeup lover in your life, don’t wait! You don’t want to miss out on this deal.
(Disclosure: I was provided with the products mentioned in this blog post for the purpose of review. However I was not compensated for writing a review and as always all opinions are my own.)