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I am torn on Keira Knightly. She can be a terrific actress at times while falling completely flat in other roles. One thing I know for sure is that she looks absolutely amazing in these two photos from the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK shot by famed fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Such beauty has been captured here.

    

    

*Photos courtesy of Tom and Lorenzo website post featuring images from Harper’s Bazaar UK.

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Today marks the launch of the Girl Around Town video which highlights co-founder Mary Cunningham and Leigh Evans. As you will see in the video they’re both beautiful women who wear clothes wonderfully, but the video also gives you a sense of what Girl Around Town is all about.

What might be even better than the video is the opportunity to win one of seven pairs of shoes from Luxury Rebel Shoes. They’re absolutely fabulous and the timing is perfect since every lady needs to add another pair of heels to her closet for summer’s arrival.

Enter to win by following the instructions on the GAT Facebook page. It’s easy. Enter to win a pair, then spread the word so your friends can win too!

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Diana’s Best of the 2012 Met Ball!

              

Carey Mulligan, newlywed and co-chair of the evening, shut it down in this sparkly Prada number. I’m not usual a fan of shine and shimmer in a dress but this is certainly worth making an exception for. Also, the Met Ball is such a formal affair that most women opt for a full length gown and those who do not have to select something really amazing to compete with others wearing 50% more dress. In all respects Carey pulled it off!

              

Cate Blanchett can always be relied upon for a polished red carpet look. She’s willing to take chances in her day-to-day wardrobe (which for her means film premieres, photo shoots, interviews, etc) so she has to go the extra mile to really amp it up for an event like this. Covering everything in feathers could be a horrible road to travel but she’s rockin’ it, while looking unbelievably relaxed.

              

This dress is just too bizarre. Elizabeth Banks is amazing for having worn it - and so well considering how unusual it is. Was this a leftover from her wardrobe as Effie in The Hunger Games? She got my attention and gave life to a dress that would never see a traditional red carpet. Kudos risk taker!

             

I’m a sucker for all things purple so when I originally got stuck on this dress Diane Kruger wore I felt my color bias was kicking in. But later in the day I kept thinking about it and had to select it as one of my favorites. The necklace and hairstyle work so perfectly with the dress too!

             

I want to wear this Elie Saab dress and have that body. Basically I want to be Katharine McPhee on the red carpet at the Met Ball. Period.

Filed under Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 Costume Institute Gala celebrities fashion Elie Saab Prada Carey Mulligan Elizabeth Banks Katharine McPhee Diane Kruger Cate Blanchett

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The Met Ball - 2011 Recap

I’m far from fashionable, but I sure do enjoy looking at beautiful celebrity women rocking the shit out of a fabulous ensemble. Naturally even the richest women with the most impeccable bodies and in-the-know stylists with the best connections to fashion designers can’t always look amazing. Even a massive behind-the-scenes team of make-up artists, hair stylists and jewelry experts can’t ensure an outfit will come together as planned. And nobody really knows how the final result will go over with critics. Critics from professional judges on television shows which rehash major red carpet events, critics on well-read blogs and the critic in me.

                      

I usually don’t know why I love one look but hate another. That’s why I enjoy reading write-ups from articulate critics who can break down an outfit, explaining what element was off, why the balance of elements worked, what dress was hopelessly out of date or the entire look was too ‘outside the box’. I silently wonder what I’d look like in some outfits and in the same thought bubble am so grateful my world doesn’t include the pressure of red carpet appearances.

                      

There is one event that seems so much more special than the rest - The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. Sure, it is attended by the very most fashionable people in the world (overstatement? perhaps, perhaps not) and there’s a ton of expectation surrounding the wardrobe selections, but from what I gather it is the only event where you’re encouraged and applauded for dressing like Lady Gaga would on a casual day. The more interesting, unique, couture and daring the outfit, the better. You want to be talked about. You want to be noticed - amongst a sea of other LOOK AT ME, noteworthy dresses.

                         

At last year’s Met Ball the winner of the evening, for me, was Christina Ricci. She is a tiny woman who isn’t an A-List star but she commanded attention and admiration in the beautiful dress she wore. Sure, other women like Iman, Michelle Williams and Florence Welch were phenoms too (see above photos for proof) but Christina wowed on a whole other level. There’s no doubt some critics hated this dress but for my money it was a big winner. This dress which wouldn’t make it out on the town in almost any other instance, was appreciated for its brilliant design and unique vision. I can’t wait to see what everyone will be wearing tonight to the 2012 Met Ball!

                

*All photos pulled from Tom & Lorenzo blog with original sources listed as Getty Images and WireImage.

Filed under fashion celebrities Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 Costume Institute Gala fashion designers works of art dresses Christina Ricci Iman Michelle Williams Florence Welch florence + the machine Tom & Lorenzo Blog

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You may have noticed in fashion now it is all about POC - Pop of Color! 
That means you can wear all black, white, or whatever muted color you want, you just need to be sure to add one piece with a bright color to give the outfit some life and interest. Socks work for men the way shoes, a purse or big earrings work for women.
This petite cake is an example of that fashion concept coming to life in food, which was the natural next step for the POC concept.

You may have noticed in fashion now it is all about POC - Pop of Color!

That means you can wear all black, white, or whatever muted color you want, you just need to be sure to add one piece with a bright color to give the outfit some life and interest. Socks work for men the way shoes, a purse or big earrings work for women.

This petite cake is an example of that fashion concept coming to life in food, which was the natural next step for the POC concept.

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Let’s talk for a moment about my wonderful Vintage Wool Ruffle Front Coat in Pacific Blue from Tulle.
November and December were genuinely cold (by Los Angeles standards) so I ordered up a huge box of sweaters and coats from Piperlime, once I finally gave into the need for a warm outer layer - a real coat. Inspired by a cute Tulle coat I saw in Real Simple magazine I was eager to try on the even cuter blue coat I discovered online. I don’t normally wear blue - not since moving out of my navy blue t-shirt phase during high school (I must have owned 12 of them from various thrift stores around Chicago) let alone a light blue, or ruffly light blue. But this coat with its mid-thigh length and perfect fit won me over. Apparently blue IS my color. Who knew?!
Since the day I put it on I’ve received compliments on the coat. LOTS of compliments. From co-workers, friends and family. From men - both gay and straight. From complete strangers. I joke that if I had $1 for every compliment I received on this coat it would have paid for itself by now. Maybe two or three times.
Now the question is - should I buy another one? I hate it when you adore an item and it eventually wears out, with no opportunity to purchase a replacement. It is on sale at Piperlime, just not in my size. Bummer. I guess I’ll just have to cherish the one I have.

Let’s talk for a moment about my wonderful Vintage Wool Ruffle Front Coat in Pacific Blue from Tulle.

November and December were genuinely cold (by Los Angeles standards) so I ordered up a huge box of sweaters and coats from Piperlime, once I finally gave into the need for a warm outer layer - a real coat. Inspired by a cute Tulle coat I saw in Real Simple magazine I was eager to try on the even cuter blue coat I discovered online. I don’t normally wear blue - not since moving out of my navy blue t-shirt phase during high school (I must have owned 12 of them from various thrift stores around Chicago) let alone a light blue, or ruffly light blue. But this coat with its mid-thigh length and perfect fit won me over. Apparently blue IS my color. Who knew?!

Since the day I put it on I’ve received compliments on the coat. LOTS of compliments. From co-workers, friends and family. From men - both gay and straight. From complete strangers. I joke that if I had $1 for every compliment I received on this coat it would have paid for itself by now. Maybe two or three times.

Now the question is - should I buy another one? I hate it when you adore an item and it eventually wears out, with no opportunity to purchase a replacement. It is on sale at Piperlime, just not in my size. Bummer. I guess I’ll just have to cherish the one I have.

Filed under Tulle Coats clothing fashion Piperlime

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I’m absolutely in LOVE with the series of fabulous fall fashion spread Neiman Marcus presented with Drew Barrymore as the star. She looks utterly amazing in every single shot, but this is my favorite of the collection. It is such a moment in time. Hollywood but not in the stereotypical way. Drew gets more beautiful the older she gets and is an inspiration to women everywhere.
Photo by Norma Jean Roy

I’m absolutely in LOVE with the series of fabulous fall fashion spread Neiman Marcus presented with Drew Barrymore as the star. She looks utterly amazing in every single shot, but this is my favorite of the collection. It is such a moment in time. Hollywood but not in the stereotypical way. Drew gets more beautiful the older she gets and is an inspiration to women everywhere.

Photo by Norma Jean Roy

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Fabulous and Opinionated

One of the select few blogs I read daily is Tom & Lorenzo who offer hilarious commentary on fashion on the red carpet, in editorials and on television. This pair of witty gay men with an incredible eye for fashion earn their self proclaimed description of Fabulous and Opinionated.

TLo, as they are affectionately known, gained notoriety after blogging about Project Runway under their original blog name: Project Rungay. Everyone took notice - from other fashion bloggers and fans to the TV show’s contestants themselves. From there they began to blog about A-Listers red carpet looks and magazine cover looks while also covering additional TV shows from a less fashion oriented point of view.

The way these two inject their personal opinions and observations about fashion, stars and the bizarre television world with wit and sass is endlessly entertaining. Their blogging consistency gives me something hilarious to read at least four times a day. And that doesn’t even count their presence on Twitter @tomandlorenzo. Check them out - you’ll thank me for it!

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