Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So Renee Zellweger Looks Different...

Renee Zellweger Looks Different.

On Monday night actress Renee Zellweger attended the 21st Annual Elle Women In Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills.
Zellweger normally avoids the limelight, but on this occasion came out to honor her friend and costar Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
And she wore a very nice black dress.


Which is where the story should end.

But instead everyone is talking about a change in her face. 
She looks different.
Big deal.


Maybe she took on some enhancement, maybe she didn't.
Maybe she augmented something that bothered her, maybe she didn't.
Maybe she is just aging in her own way - who knows and who cares?

But it sickens me that she is being attacked and dissected on the world stage because of it.
Zellweger walked into a room full of enhanced women that night. It was Hollywood, it was Beverly Hills, which means you can virtually guarantee that every female over the age of 28 probably has had a little help in some direction. Probably most of the women under 28 have too.

Zellweger isn't trying to con you into buying anything.
She's not trying to sell you skin care or weight loss products. She isn't trying to sell you a lifestyle program. She isn't trying to make you believe that if you buy product X you will look like her.  She hasn't been liposucked halfway into oblivion so that you will buy a workout regimen that she's schilling for. So why care if she has changed things up a bit?

She is just a girl who went out for the night with her boyfriend.
And wore a pretty black dress.

Renee Zellweger and boyfriend Doyle Bramhall at Elle Women In Hollywood Awards

It should be noted that Renee Zellweger isn't a fame hungry starlet. She doesn't trawl Robertson looking to get papped. She doesn't fame whore her way through L.A nightclubs and parties, causing scenes, getting drunk, acting out.
Instead she lives a private life.

She responded to the brouhaha over her new look via People magazine, with grace and dignity saying only:  "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," 

Go girl.

Alli Cripe For Schon Magazine

I love model Alli Cripe, (she of the flowing red locks),
and have shot with her myself.


Here she is resplendent in lavender hair (courtesy of Castillo), and gorgeous makeup from Homa Safar, in a new editorial for Germany's Schon! magazine.


Photographed by Robert John Kley and styled by Jimi Urquiaga in a wardrobe embellished with lace and crystals and fringing and beading.










Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goodbye Oscar de la Renta

Just last week I wrote a blogpost archiving some of designer Oscar de la Renta's magnificent moments in Vogue Magazine.(linked here)

"My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best"
Oscar de la Renta


Yesterday I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing at age 82.

Dominican born Oscar de la Renta spent half a century dressing the most glamorous women in the world.
De la Renta apprenticed for Cristobal Balenciage in Spain, and then Lanvin and Balmain in Paris before launching his own line in 1965.

An arbiter of style and timeless elegance, de la Renta's gowns were both a fixture on the red carpet, and also at the White House. He  was the only designer to have dressed every first lady from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama.


More recently he designed the wedding dress of George Clooney's bride, Amal Alamuddin.

Never one to fall into the extremism of the fashion industry, 
De la Renta famously said "I'm not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes".



And how incredibly beautiful his clothes always were.

Recently he helped Vogue editor Anna Wintour in her efforts to rehabilitate the career of fashion genius John Galliano. ( read about it here)

The passing of Oscar de la Renta is a major loss to the fashion industry, and to women all over the world who love beautiful clothes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hotel Il San Pietro Di Positano

There is no place on earth quite like the glorious Il San Pietro Hotel in Positano.


No place at all.

The Il San Pietro is an architectural masterpiece, sculpted into the cliffs overlooking the beautiful bay of Positano. The hotel was designed to be in complete harmony with the natural beauty of this very unique stretch of the Amalfi Coast, and combines the utmost in luxury with views so spectacular you can barely breathe.

There are only 62 rooms, each of which has it’s own private balcony with views so stunning you can barely breathe.

The San Pietro has its own private beach that you reach by an elevator cut into the rocks.

The Michelin Star restaurant grows it’s own vegetables in a private terraced garden, and the olive oil comes from The Hotel San Pietro’s own olive grove.
If you are unable to stay at the hotel, a glass of wine on the beautiful Mediterranean terrace, with it’s breathtaking and world famous view of Positano is an absolute must. It is one of those multi-sensory experiences that will stay with you forever. 



It is quite possibly the most romantic place on earth and most definitely the very closest you can get to heaven on earth.

Every view is stunning

My favorite place for a glass of wine at the end of the day. The terrace at the beautiful Hotel Il San Pietro, Positano.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How To Look Ageless In A Selfie

I still get hundreds of hits per day on my blogpost about 
How to Take An Amazing Selfie.

So today I am updating the selfie story with some tips from Instagram queen and E! Host, Catt Sadler (@IAMCATTSADLER) as seen in Health Magazine.

While researching this I looked at most of her instagram feed (linked both above and at the bottom of this post) and now I am a little bit obsessed! Now I want to know what she's getting up to next, and what she's wearing while she's at it...

How to Look Ageless In A Selfie

1. Be Real
Say no to duck face. 
Catt says a beautiful shot of a barefaced woman is better, but looking through her Instagram selfies there are just so many gorgeous images with makeup on! So avoid duck face, but be your gorgeous self.



2. Look Up
Catt is a fan of the high angle shot because it's much more flattering.
I say keep the camera slightly above eye level. If your curves are looking too curvy angle it higher and you will look both slimmer AND younger.


3. Choose The Right Light
Natural daylight is ideal. Avoid light shining down from above you - it creates shadows all over your face and adds 10 years. Light should be coming directly at you, essentially at eye level.



I only found Catt Sadler on Instagram via her bestie, Jacey Duprie @DAMSELINDIOR who is one of my absolute faves. I look at her Instagram most days, and get her blog, Damsel In Dior delivered to my email each day.



Check out Jacey on Instagram here @DAMSELINDIOR
Have a look at her blog here Damsel In Dior
Follow Catt Sadler on Instagram here @IAMCATTSADLER

All images via @IAMCATTSADLER instagram and @DAMSELINDIOR instagram

Quote me

I found this quote on one of my favorite design blogs,
 La Dolce Vita.

Truer words never spoken...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oscar De La Renta Vogue Archives

I saw this on and loved it.
I adore Oscar de la Renta. ran 18 images of fabulous moments in de la Renta from their archives. 
Here are 13 of my favorites

 Beyonce by Patrick Demarchelier

Penelope Cruz

Amal Alamuddin Wedding Dress Fitting

By Steven Meisel, September 2012

Grace Mahary, Imaan Hammam, and Cindy Bruna

Anne Hathaway

Kate Moss

Renee Zellweger

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Biel

Amber Valetta

Reese Witherspoon

Kirsten Dunst
 See 5 more Oscar de la Renta images from the Vogue archives here

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