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Monday, January 8, 2018

Golden Globes 2018 #TimesUp

Golden Globes 2018 #TimesUp
Monday, January 8, 2018
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In recent years, the red carpet has become a time capsule, capturing the essence of every era. Long before the introduction of the stylist, red carpet snaps have offered us glimpses into the styles and faux pas of the time. With a reality show host as president, the red carpet has also become a snapshot for the hot button social issues of the moment more than ever. Comprehension of current social issues has become as essential as a proper manicure. 2016 had #OscarsSoWhite. Last year, ACLU ribbons and Planned Parenthood buttons were chic. This year, the Golden Globes red carpet displayed the most polarizing trend of 2017/2018: the #MeToo movement. 

What started as a trending hashtag to encourage solidarity between all survivors of sexual assault and harassment reached its zenith with the recent creation of the Time's Up Now Initiative. Time's Up is a legal defense fund created for all women to fight against sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. It is spearheaded by over 300 women in film, television, and theater, as they use their audience and their privilege to extend the conversation beyond Hollywood. After some of the most powerful men in Hollywood were exposed for their true nature and their disgusting actions, other professional fields and groups of women now feel empowered. 

But what makes the movement so polarizing is the way these women, the ones in the spotlight and those arguably with the least to lose in speaking out, chose to speak out. Some find the idea of wearing black to a black-tie event to be laughable; the epitome of doing the least. Some women brought activists, leaders, and representation from other fields as dates to the Golden Globes. As great as the gesture was, others felt like it was tokenism. Are activists and people of color the latest accessory?? ...At least no one wore Marchesa.

Though I am not formally educated in anything related to grassroots or social justice movements, the Golden Globes red carpet was an interesting display. As a woman who loves fashion, film, and diving deep into shallow culture, I enjoyed the couture on the red carpet and the elevated questions women asked this time around. Anytime there is less "manicure cam" on my screen, the better. 

So, let's move on to the looks of the night... 

Strong Shoulder

Lily James in Valentino Couture; Issa Rae in Prabal Gurung; Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs
Isabelle Huppert in Chloé; Saoirse Ronan in Versace Atelier ; Margot Robbie in Gucci

Greta Gerwig in Oscar de la Renta; Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton with Billie Jean King; Naomi Campbell in Jean Paul Gaultier

We Mean Business

Claire Foy in Stella McCartney; American Ferrera in Christian Siriano; Natalie Portman in Christian Dior Couture; Michelle Pfeiffer in Dior Haute Couture

Debra Messing in Christian Siriano; Alison Brie in Vassilis Zoulias; Alexis Bledel in Oscar de la Renta

Salma Hayek in Balenciaga; actress Ashley Judd; Meryl Streep in custom Vera Wang; Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Marai Larasi, the executive director of the UK-based black feminist organization Imkaan and co-chair of End Violence Against Women Coalition; Emma Watson in Ronald Van Den Kemp

Halter


Jessica Chastain in Armani; Sarah Paulson in Calvin Klein Appointment; Mandy Moore in Rosie Assoulin

Straight Cut

Kerry Washington in Prabal Gurung; Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello; Maggie Gyllenhaal in Monse

Devil in the Details


Diane Kruger in Prada; Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace; Jessica Biel in Dior

Mary J. Blige in Alberta Ferretti; Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren Collection; Dakota Johnson in Gucci

Mariah Carey in Dolce & Gabbana; Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton; Emilia Clarke in Miu Miu

Katherine Langford in Prada; Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell; Hong Chau in Stella McCartney

Gaten Matarazzo; Caleb McLaughlin in Ports 1961; Finn Wolfhard; Sadie Sink in Miu Miu; Noah Schnapp

While the cast of Stranger Things is always fashionable, major props go to Caleb and Noah. That mock neck? That scarf? Their older male counterparts could learn a thing or two.



While the idea of equating an all-black couture outfit to activism feels cheap, the effort to display solidarity was comforting. (This idea of using fashion as a political statement isn't new either.) I like to think of this red carpet moment like the third-wave feminist slogan tees that took over fashion week: though this fashion moment isn't creating radical change, it is creating visibility. We may not know the intentions of all the people participating, but it adds a level of accountability. Sometimes that's all we can ask for from movie stars. 

Though I want to see greater displays of activism from my favorite on-screen role models and from the content displayed on-screen, I also know I need to ask more from myself and my peers. After all, we are the future. If the conversations happening on the red carpets stop after award season, how am I continuing change and conversation within and outside my own social circles? How can I squash the precursors to sexual assault and harassment (of these great levels) with my classmates and friends before we graduate? Because let's be real, it's not very radical to just gaslight actors who have worked with gross offenders. Soon enough it becomes less like a statement for awareness and more like a game of "I'm Better Than You Because I Don't Support This Single Actor." It's hard to ask for more from people literally on display for us, so why not ask for more from ourselves?


Despite the *heavy* topic, I hope you enjoyed the awards show and these looks as much as I did. Look out for a more lighthearted post soon on some of my favorite films and TV shows of the moment!

Photos from Vogue.com, Twitter



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Why blend in when you can stand out?

Star print wrap dress | Glitter booties 

 Just like the Seven Magic Mountains, I like to make my presence known. There's no such thing as being too much. This outfit, with the excess of stars and sparkle, is something I'd wear to any party...not just New Years. 

Wrap dresses have been a huge hit lately and for good reason. Not only are they insanely flattering on everyone, but they can easily be dressed for any occasion. I'm loving this ASOS Wrap dress. It's a great dupe for the Realisation Par Alexandra dress at 1/3 of the price. I feel like buying dupes based off of popular boutique shops has a bit of a weird stigma around it, especially since we're always encouraged to shop small and Instagram never forgets, but there's no use in breaking the bank over a dress. Live ya life! Do what you gotta do to achieve that look! Ultimately it's up to you to shop how you want, but know the purchase power you have.

Feelin' stellar knowing my love for stars will carry on into the new year.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Buying Shoes Off Amazon + Black Friday

Buying Shoes Off Amazon + Black Friday
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Thought I'd create a little haul of all the stuff I got during the major sales from Black Friday and Cyber Monday now that they've all arrived. I also bought the epitome of statement boots from Amazon of all places. Keep reading to see the links of everything I got + my experience on buying shoes from Amazon.



Reformation


Denim is a closet staple. Rather than continuously buying denim from fast fashion stores, I figured it was time to invest. Reformation is known for being environmentally conscious while curating amazing collections. Now that I own multiple pieces from Reformation, I finally feel like a true Los Angeles girl.


ASOS


Some well-needed pieces to update my wardrobe for the colder months. My ultimate goal is to own word association between myself and star prints.



EGGIE Shop


I'm an avid YouTube watcher, especially for styling inspiration. One of my favorites, Jenn Im, released her own clothing line and I've loved the latest additions. Look out for trousers and pants with white stitching because the "industrial" look is in.


Zara


I love stripes and space-related anything. What more can I say about that?



Amazon


Ever since Chanel released their glitter boot, I've been scoping out for the best dupes. Booties, especially those that extend beyond the ankle, are my go-to shoes for nights out because they elongate your legs and don't give a tall girl like me too much extra height. (I don't enjoy towering over people that much.) Since I proudly have large feet, I knew I couldn't find pairs at fast fashion boutiques...or anywhere in the mall. I tried my luck on Amazon and I was seriously impressed. They're definitely trying to take over the Internet and they have seriously elevated their clothing selection.

That being said, if you're going to buy shoes on Amazon, especially a "no name" brand be sure to wait at least a month for your shoes to arrive. My qualms with these shoes are the shape of the toe and the zipper detailing on the back. The toe looked far more pointed on the site, but they look more camel-shaped. Ideally, I would have liked a more subtle zipper perhaps on the inside face of the shoe. But in shoes like these, no one's looking at the zipper. 

BRB while I kira kira these bad boys to my hearts content.

What did you get during the craze of the holiday sales? I can't wait to style what I've got.