Month: February 2011

2011 Oscar Awards Best and Worst Dressed

The 83rd Academy Awards was held on Sunday, February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Holywood, California.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the big event this year, which seemed to be an unlikely choice.  Anyway, here are my personal picks of Best and Worst Dressed people from the Oscars.
BEST DRESSED:
Anne Hathaway glows in a red Valentino gown.
Jennifer Hudson looking gorgeous in Versace.
Michelle Williams is simply elegant in her Channel gown and pixie ‘do.  She is nominated as Best Actress for her role as Cindy in the love-story “Blue Valentine”.
Mila Kunis, lovely in lavender Elie Saab gown.
Scarlett Johansson in a sexy magenta Dolce & Gabbana lace gown.
Natalie Portman looks radiant and lovely in her plum Rodarte gown.  She won the Best Actress Award for her role as Nina in the psychological thriller “Black Swan”.  Loving the tassel earrings too, by Tiffany & Co.
Reese Witherspoon is known for her ‘classic-hollywood’ style in the Red Carpet.  Love the simple elegance  of this and the ‘do!
 Sandra Bullock looks regal in a scarlet Vera Wang gown.
Amy Adams, nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fighter” wore a dazzling royal blue gown by L’Wren Scott and $1.35 Million worth of emerald accessories by Cartier.
  Celine Dion looking fabulous in Armani.
 The ever pretty Gwyneth Paltrow in a shimmering Calvin Klein gown.
Matthew McConaughey’s leading lady, Camila Alves was breathtaking in this plunging black Kaufman Franco gown.
WORST DRESSED:
 I chose these people to be the Worst Dressed because they are either wearing gowns that are  overly embellished or with unflattering additions that didn’t do anything good for their look.
Staying true to her reputation as the “weird one” in the Red Carpet, Helena Bonham Carter showed up in what seems like one her tamest looks. She is nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The King’s Speech”.  The film won the Best Picture award.

 Busy Philips’ gown looks too busy, indeed.
 Virginia Madsen looks messy in this feathery number by Romona Keveza.

 Marissa Tomei’s vintage dress failed to impress.

Nicole Kidman had a great ‘do and accessory but this Christian Dior dress just isn’t flattering.  She is nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Becca Corbet in “Rabbit Hole”.

Cate Blanchett is known to be fashion a risk-taker but her pale lavender Givenchy gown looks more like a wall-mirror than a dress.

Melissa Leo won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in “The Fighter” but her doily-inspired  Marc Bouwer gown wasn’t a winner.
Who did you pick as the best and worst dressed?
photos: yahoo

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Emma Watson Wins Elle Style Icon Award

Emma Watson Wins Elle Style Icon Award

Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood presented the 2011 Elle Style Icon Award last night to actress/model Emma Watson (she is the new face of Lancôme).  Apparently, the designer was not aware of who Emma Watson was until that moment.  But the awkward introduction didn’t matter as Watson took it lightheartedly and confidently walked up the stage to accept her award. (watch the video here)
Vivienne Westwood with the ‘Style Icon’ Emma Watson
I thought she looked really lovely and sophisticated in pixie hair and Hakaan cut-out mini-dress.  I like that she didn’t try to dress up too sexy for her age when she was in her teens.  Now that she’s 20, she really has a style of her own.  And here are some of Emma’s looks over the years.
at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
at the Los Angeles premiere of The Tale of Despereaux
at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London
at the BAFTA nominee luncheon
at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

photos via: yahoo & showbizspy

bleubirdvintage

How Cool Is This Family?

Just been over at Miss James’ blog and I just can’t help but share their fabulous family photo.  “What We Wore” is actually one of my favorite segments.  I love vintage style of dressing and this one has really made my day. Hop over her shop for more vintage-glamour!

How Much Will a Car Repair Cost You?

 

Before going to an auto repair shop, you should already have a good idea as to how much a specific service (ex. oil change or brake job) would cost you.  Look for a reliable online resource that will provide you with a fair estimate on prices of auto repairs, parts, and labor. Hence, you can avoid shops or mechanics who are out to rip you off.

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The website also provides a bulletin board where you can read tips and information on how to deal with common car problems.  You can also post your own question to get specific answers from master technicians. Lastly, you can store all information for all vehicles you own so it would be easy to keep track of all previous repairs and services.

Repairpal.com is accredited by the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and has been given an A rating. For more information, check out the website.
Sarah Storm Photography

Behind the Lens: Sarah Storm

It has been awhile since I have posted an interview for this segment.  Today, I’m very happy to introduce you all to another talented photographer. Her name is Sarah Storm.  You can find most of her works here and from her blog.  But not only that! Sarah is also a painter! Check out her beautiful artworks here.

I’m glad that I asked her to do this interview  with me because I have learned much.  She did not take up any class and for someone who wants to learn more about photography, that is inspiring.  Now, I hope you will enjoy reading this interview as much as I did.  Thank you so much Sarah for sharing your thoughts and experiences:)

 

How did you get into photography?

I have always had a passion for photography. My father is an amazing photographer and growing up he was never anywhere without his cameras. He even has his own dark room in the house. He really helped me develop my passion for it. I received my first 35mm camera when I was very young and since then have been hooked. I spent most of my High School days in art class and the yearbook darkroom.

 

Did you take up a formal education in photography?
I have not taken a single class. I believe it is important to read your manual inside and out and to experiment, go out and shoot as many photos of as many things as possible to find your style. Digital helps a lot that aspect.

 

 

In three to five words, how would you describe your work?

Little details in nature.

Which one is your most favorite or most memorable photo?
When I was in 6th grade I took a photo of my puppy, who is 14 now running though the snow and it was amazing. She had the best expression. Everyone, including myself was impressed it turned out so nice. That was before digital so it was a bit harder to get that perfect photo.

 

 

What type of photography do you like to do best?
Nature photography. I am a biologist and I love to capture the little details most would overlook and share that.

 

What kind of equipment do you use?
Right now digital, but I do love film as it is what I learned on. I haven’t been in a darkroom since high School. It is a dream of mine to learn large format film photography like Ansel Adams used.

 

 

What is your personal view on computer manipulation or digital enhancement?
My views have changed over the years. I think the world of photoshop is amazing. I wish I knew more about it. It is capable of things I could never dream of doing in the darkroom. I think it is a way for someone to really make an image their own. However, I believe in using it only to slightly enhance my photos since I am trying to capture the true nature of things, which in itself are amazing.

 

What/who are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I am blessed to live in Colorado where I have a lot of inspiration. If I had to choose, I love the feeling and subjects in forests.

 

 

What are your least favorite subjects?
People and food. I am sure that will change when I have children. And I would much rather enjoy the food.
If you were not a photographer today, what career would you have pursued?
I have a degree in environmental science and biology and am hoping continue preserving our natural world. Currently I work as a horticulturalist and enjoy beautifully the land. But my dream job would combine the two and work for National Geographic.

 

What is your dream photoshoot that you still have to do?
I would love to take a large format camera and travel to some of the places Ansel Adams visited and try to see what he saw. The Tetons and Redwood forests are on the top of that list.

 

If you can travel anywhere for a photoshoot, where would it be?
So many places, I would love to travel deep into the rainforest and see animals that most have never seen before. Africa and Alaska would be amazing too.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?
It motivates me to see new places and things. I see things as if I am looking through a camera lens even when I don’t have one. It helps me to always be observing and because of that I see things I might normally miss if I wasn’t a photographer.

 

What is your idea of beauty?
I tend to find things that are natural more beautiful, but I also love old architecture. I think beauty is anything that brings you the feeling of pleasure. It can be a view, a smell or the feeling of sunshine.

 

 

 

 

Who are your inspirations?

My Parents are huge inspirations. They’ve always had me creating and playing outdoors. Also they are always supportive, never critical. Also, Andy Goldsworthy, is such an inspiration to me. He is by far my favorite artist. His work is beyond incredible.

 Sarah with her dear puppy 🙂

Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?

Always, Always carry a camera. I cannot tell you how many incredible moments I have missed because I did not have one. I have spent more time mad at myself for this than anything else.
Nicole Kidman at 53rd Grammy Awards

53rd Grammy’s Best and Worst Dressed

Here are my personal picks for the best and worst dressed at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
BEST DRESSED
Jennifer Hudson looked so sexy in this Versace dress and strappy Loubotins.
Heidi Klum’s glittery golden gown is by Julien Macdonald.
Named as “Best New Artist” of the Year, Esperanza Spalding looked pretty in this olive green dress. I like  the hairstyle although the pink pumps seem out of place.
Giuliana Rancic looked pretty in this fringed mini-dress.
Selena Gomez wore a simple but elegant piece by J. Mendel.
Nicole Kidman wore a mermaid gown accented with frills by Jean Paul Gaultier.
I really like Kelly Osbourne’s Tadashi Shoji ruffled lavender dress paired with metallic peep-toes.  Very fitting for the Grammy’s.
Lady Antebellum’s lead singer, Hilary Scott donned this gorgeous black number by Roberto Cavalli. Love the hair too!  Her group won five awards at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, including Record and Song of the Year for the ballad “Need You Now”.
My favorite look is Julianne Hough who strutted this beautiful Catherine Malandrino gown.
WORST DRESSED
 I don’t think Cyndi Lauper’s trashy jacket dress rocks!
Ciara’s outfit is so unflattering!
Grammy Funk’s attire looks like it’s screaming!  The cup size is too small and the scalloped front is too short.
 Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz would have looked better if her black mini dress wasn’t a see-through mesh.
 Katy Perry’s winged gown was actually Armani but I still think it looks awful.
 The texture and print of Natasha Bedingfield’s gown feels and looks uncomfortable.
 The print on Amber Reilly’s dress by Ema Savahl looks scary.
 Yocon Talie has feathers coming out in all directions as she arrived at the Staples Center for the big event.
 Monica’s raised-shoulder structured gown looks too stiff and sad for this event.
Finally, Lady Gaga arrives inside an egg, lifted up by these group of scantily-clad people. Later on the show, Gaga would hatch as an alien woman with shoulder horns as she performed (watch the performance here) her latest latest single and upcoming album, both titled “Born This Way.”
Who is your personal pick for best and worst dressed?
photos via: Yahoo Music~!
Eyewear by Warby Parker

Eyewear by Warby Parker

Have you heard of Warby Parker? Just been to their online store where you can get vintage-inspired designer eyeglasses for men and women.  Loving the tortoise eyeglasses frame like this one here. This is called the Huxley from the Light Tortoise collection but you can also find it in Dark Tortoise and Crystal Tortoise collections.

 

 

It’s cool that you can actually upload your own photo to virtually try on the frames you want but they also offer free shipping, free home try-ons (yes, you can request for up to 5 frames to be shipped to your home so you can try it on in person), and returns.

 

At only $95, each frame comes with free anti-reflective prescription lenses. To get a prescription, you can visit your local optician or optometrist before ordering a frame. Warby recommends that you also request for the Pupillary Distance or PD (the distance between your two pupils measured in millimeters) to be included in your prescription to ensure perfect fitting.

There are so many designs to choose from to complement the shape of your face. And the width of the frames is available in wide, medium and narrow so can really pick the one that will fit comfortably.

 

And with each purchase you make, Warby contributes a portion of the sale to RestoringVision.org, a non-profit organization giving free eyeglasses to people who can’t afford to buy their own or don’t have access to eyeglasses.  Hop over their website for more info.