Top 5: Nicole Kidman Cannes Fashion 

There’s been so many great looks at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and while going through all the red carpet looks I noticed that Nicole Kidman was consistently nailing it, as per usual. Can we just take a moment or two and appreciate some of these amazing looks soe’s worn thus far:

At last Sunday’s premier of “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” wearing a sparling silver Rodarte gown with baby pink ruffle details and coordinating silver heels by Christian Louboutin.


Wearing a luscious look by Calvin Klein by Appointment, featuring a black satin bodice and white tulle skirt.  Her red lips were a perfect contrasting complement to the red carpet look.


The visual interest and texture of this Dior Haute Couture gown is simply stunning. This peacock inspired look, complete with multiple strap details, definitely brought quite an extraordinary appeal to the photo call for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” on Monday.

 

Nicole bought some serious vixen vibes at the photo call for “Top of the Lake: China Girl” on Tuesday. This assymetrical black dress by Versace was feminine, chic, and flirty, perfectly accessorized with black ankle strap heels and minimal jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 

How beautiful is the bold print on this patterned gown by Armani Prive?! Nicole bought some boho vibes to the Cannes 70th Anniversary film screening, complete with choker and carefree summer hair.

There are a few more days left in this year’s festival, so that’s plenty of time for more beautiful and showstopping looks to grace the red carpet. Who has been wearing your favorite looks this year? Are there any films you are particularly excited about seeing for yourself??
*photos via Getty Images*

 

Elle Fanning: Cannes Couture

It’s easy to go over the top, I imagine, when getting glammed up to make an impression on the red carpet; however, the looks I gravitate towards are the ones that bring those unique creative moments to otherwise chic and glamorous looks. Take this Vivienne Westwood gown that Elle Fanning wore to the Cannes premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts; it is beautiful and feminine with perfect notes of whimsy:


The ivory gown is pin-tucked and rouched in all the right places, baring her shoulders and cinching in her petite waist. The voluminous train brings home the win here with its array of floral and other assorted doodles, bringing both pops of color and a clever charm to the look.

Elle kept accessories to a bare minimum, opting for only some sparkling rings to complement her look. Her blonde hair was swept up in a top knot, and her winged liner and red lips perfectly rounded out this    statement red carpet look.

Winnie Harlow: Giving us the Blues

Whilst scrolling through pages and slides and what-have-you of Cannes Film Festival fashion, I saw this image of Winnie Harlow and was utterly and instantly enchanted:


Winnie arrived at the premiere of Loveless in this dazzling blue gown by Zuhair Murad. I was having immediate recall to the famous blue stoned engagement ring that was once Princess Di’s and now Kate Middleton wears; oh yes, you know the one I am talking about! Seriously though, this is a show stopping look. The structured and strapless bodice is drawn in at the waist with the overlapping folds of sparkling blue. The ball gown Cinderella-worthy skirt has the sheen, volume, and subtle texture that all together make the look all the more special. 

Winnie’s accessories of drop earrings and unexpected black and white checkered bracelet add additional special moments, while keeping with the glamorous and chic tone. Her swept back upstyle and soft natural makeup complete this unforgettable look. 

Review: BH Blacklight Highlight Palette

When I was stocking up my pro kit with a few little goodies, I saw this new highlight palette and said oh my goodness, yes, you belong to mama!  The Blacklight Highlight palette features 6 iridescent shimmer highlights that are absolutely as dreamy as they look.


I will swatch them all below, but these are the perfect shades for your everyday highlight and beyond. You can even combine colors to tackle the rainbow/unicorn trend in a effortlessly pretty way. They are soft and smooth to apply, making them easily blendable and buildable. The color payout is actually really nice too. As I said, they are buildable so you can determine how subtle or dramatic you want to go. I swatched them below with just one swipe of color, so you can see how much reflective payout you are already getting with just that tiny bit:


One of these I will figure out how to master lighting when taking flat lays and makeup shots over here! I am pretty much doing everything from my iPhone. I know, I know,  it’s not the greatest of set-ups, but I digress. This palette is only $16.99, and besides that, you know BH always has amazing coupon codes and deals floating around! I’ve even seen a lot of my peer artists comparing this one to other palettes from brands like ABH. This is definitely one you want to add to your collection!

Imagine everything you can do besides cheekbone highlighting? A little on the Cupid’s bow or inner corner of the eye; possibilities are borderline endless y’all. I know a lot of people are also on the skeptical side when it comes to the BH brand itself, but let me tell you now that you do not need to be! I have used their products in both my pro kit and my personal collection for years now. They are a great brand overall, and I have been embracing them all the more recently since they are a cruelty-free company.

Have you used any of their products before? What are some of your faves??!

Review: Perfectly Posh Forever Young Anti-Aging Serum

I always try to support my friends, whether it be through their business or a cause they are supporting. One of my very best friends on this planet is dealing with her one-year-old daughter battling a tricky stage four cancer, so when a Perfectly Posh rep ran a fundraiser for her, well duh, I was in. I have never used anything from PP before, but I ended up getting one of their hand creams (it’s called Yassss Queen, so obviously it was meant to be mine), and this Forever Young anti-aging serum, because I have totally been complaining lately about fine lines starting to arrive to the party of my face. I didn’t have high soaring expectations or anything, but I thought what do I have to lose besides these lines??


Should I talk about the product first or my thoughts? I haven’t had my coffee yet so I am feeling anything but genius. Well, speaking of coffee, part of the formula of the serum contains caffeine (unintended but suitable segue; I like it). It’s also comprised of aloe vera and other natural oils, as well as Vitamin B3 which stimulates collagen, evens skin tone, and tightens the skin. So far so good, right??

You basically rub it all over your clean face in the morning and then again at night before bed, and this is the part where I tell you how essential this stuff had become for over the past 2 weeks! Not only does it both wake up and soothe my skin at the same time (magical), but within the first few uses I was already feeling the tightening and smoothing effects. Going into my second week, not only am I seeing and feeling the effects of the tightening and decrease in fine lines, especially around my eyes, I am beginning to see a decrease in the redness and uneven tones that I have been low key (not so low key) fretting over. My skin just feels fresher and so smoothe, and the lavender and lemon scent is absolutely lovely; almost therapeutic to the treatment. I love how much cleaner my skin feels when I apply this after cleansing my face and using micellar water (which I’ve also added to my routine). It’s just really uniqie from anything else I’ve tried out lately.

If you have been looking for something all-natural, and yes, cruelty-free, which I love to see more and more of these days, then definitely find a rep or go online to perfectlyposh.com and treat yo’self! There’s also a companion anti-aging creme I think I need to try. In fact, I have my eye on a few other things now that I have been introduced to the company. Bonus Jonas, this serum is only 22$. Yes! It’s affordable and it works? Who would have thought?! This one is definitely an everyday essential to me now, so I’m curious to know what some of your essential skin care items are??

Top 10: Met Gala 2017

Yesterday was the first Monday of May, coincidentally May 1st, and that means the annual Met Gala, held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institite, took place in New York. This year’s theme was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”, in honor of the Japanese designer who founded the label. As usual, looks ranged from elegant to outspoken and daring, and celebrities were turning heads left and right for their taste-making, and perhaps taste-breaking, decisions. Here are my Top 10 favorite looks from the evening, in no particular order.

 

1. Dakota Johnson in Gucci

 


 

2. Lauren Osnes in Christian Siriano


 

3. Blake Lively in Atelier Versace



 

 

4. Stella Maxwell in custom H&M


 

5. Alexa Chung in Diane von Furstenberg


 

6. Diane Kruger in Prada


 

7. Kendall Jenner in La Perla


 

8. Taylor Hill in Carolina Herrera


 

9. Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger


 

10. Daria Strokous in Christian Dior



Who do you think had the best look of the night? Or, who do you think made the most daring statement? Share your picks in the comments!

Margot Robbie: Candy Coated 

You already know I love me some Margot Robbie, all day, so when I saw the look she wore this past Tuesday at the Time Gala I was definitely feeling some things. Amongst others, Margot was being recognized as one  of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017, and she did so looking like candy coated perfection in this Prada gown:


It’s like sprinkles, or delightful little candy buttons, am I right? This is most certainly the way to carry candy vibes onto the red carpet while remaining chic and unobtrusive. Overall construction featured a squared neckline and low-cut back, while additional sweet accessories, like a bubblegum pink clutch, complemented the vibe as a whole.


Margot’s smoothed hair was easy and effortless, while her peachy makeup kept her looking fresh and bright. Touches of whimsy on the red carpet are always fun, and this one look that brings the fun and the class all bundled up into one sweet package.

Kiernan Shipka: Pretty in Pink

Spring is here and is having quite a moment when it comes to celebrity fashion. I love how this pink Erdem gown, worn by Kiernan Shipka, vibes with the season while providing some unexpected eye candy with it’s details:


Kiernan wore this dress to an event for FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, and caught every eye in the bubble gum pink hue. A silver floral pattern adorned the dress, and the high low hem line featured a delicate feminine ruffle. The deep-V neckline held onto trend, but the winning bit of this look is the back of the dress where the straps meet to form a trailing bow in contrasting red fabric.


Kiernan kept the accessories simple with a pair of of silver floral heels, a softly styled updo, and fresh flowing makeup. I love how easy and ethereal her styling was and how it really allowed her playful dress to shine. Here’s to keeping it clean and pretty this season. ✌🏻

Come in, We’re Open!

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For quite some time I have wanted to take some of these creative things I have been doing almost behind the scenes and bring them into the forefront, as they have really become quite intertwined with the brand I have found myself evolving.  Well, I did it! I have opened an online store and have stocked it with some initial inventory as I work to gain momentum. Right now there are several hand-embroidered home decor pieces, which you can view by clicking on the ‘Store’ tab in the above menu. Once you are in the store you will be able to link over to the etsy shop where all details and purchase options are available.

Coming soon expect to see lots more subversive cross-stitch pieces, vinyl decals, drinkware, toddler tees, and other rad little home goods designed to make life more entertaining and whimsical! As always, I want to throw out some love to everyone who has encouraged me to do this and supported me along the way. To have a tribe of people who appreciate what you do is always aces, and I hope to add lots more of you to my tribe. I am also still taking requests from personalized pieces and commissioned art projects, just message me to discuss options and availability. I look forward to creating more and building this brand, thusly collaboration requests are also now on the table. Mama over everything, I just want to do all the things!

Top 5: Coachella 2017 Weekend One

Oh, Coachella. Thoughts anyone? Well, personally, I have always wanted to go! I want not only the experience under my fringed belt, but the music lineup is beyond impressive. As weekend one wraps up I sit on the opposite coast with several thoughts. Firstly, I have always found myself mildly infatuated with the bohemian vibes of festival fashion, but I suppose not to be outdone this years mix of looks is all over the place. It’s getting VMA-level crazy out in the California desert, but I am still loving what I guess can now be dubbed as traditional Coachella garb.

After combing through troves of photos and videos and Instagram moments, I really feel that the non-celebrity festival goers are definitely doing it up better than celeb attendees; however, I have still curated my top five celebrity fashion picks from this past weekend to share with you, in no particular order.

1. Taylor Hill at the Winter Bumbleland party.

Image: Getty/ Jerod Harris

 

2. Romee Strijd at the Revolve Festival Party

Image: BFA


3. Josephine Skriver at the Angel Oasis

Image: BFA


4. Kaia Gerber at the Revolve Festival Party

Image: BFA


5. Nicole Scherzinger at the Revolve Festival Party

Image: Getty


Which celebrity looks were you fancied with from weekend one of Coachella?? Share your picks in the comments! ✌🏻