spring 2011 {couture}: elie saab

Elie Saab’s Spring 2011 couture collection was exactly what you’d expect from him: pretty, soft, flowing gowns in lovely colors.  And just because it was expected, didn’t make it any less gorgeous.  Looks in shades of deep blush, pale lilac, bright claret, golden moss, shimmering silver, and dramatic black embellished with sparkle and texture were fabulous.  Expect to see lots of these looks on the red carpet.

all images from style.com.


January 31, 2011. couture. 3 comments.

spring 2011 {couture}: chanel

Arguably THE couture show to see, Chanel is always glamorous and fabulous.  This collection was amazing.  Lagerfeld sent the models down the runway in flats and slouchy sequins leggings – LOVE!  Everything was so chic and so hip, yet so soft and pretty.  I’m a huge fan of the slim-leg pants with buttons up the calf worn with sash belts, as well the lovely grey, pink, black, and lilac shades.  It was hard to choose which of the 66 looks to feature here!  Images from style.com.

January 26, 2011. couture. 1 comment.

spring 2011 {couture}: christian dior and armani privé

The couture shows started in Paris yesterday.  Christian Dior’s John Galliano payed homage to René Gruau, the house’s illustrator in the forties and fifties who created some of the most iconic fashion imagery.  I love the updated take on the looks from that era.


Wouldn’t you just love to see one of those gowns at the Oscars!?

Armani Privé went in the opposite direction.  Bold, gem-inspired futuristic designs were totally sci-fi and fabulous.

I think Mr. Armani has made his own strong case for the Oscar Red Carpet as well!

Images from style.com.

January 25, 2011. couture. 5 comments.

new bedding {decorate}

After a recent dog-related disaster, we are in need of new bedding.

We had gotten this lovely set from Restoration Hardware as a wedding gift, but they sadly don’t make it anymore (sidenote: what is up with the new Restoration Hardware? Everything is grey and burlap.  Not a fan.).

Now, I’m on the hunt for something new.  We have a chocolate brown velvet headboard to consider, but that’s pretty neutral.  I was hoping to go organic, but I’m having trouble finding something that husband and I both like.

LOVE the Amy Butler organic bedding I blogged about here, but it is definitely too feminine for our bedroom.

I really like this duvet at Plover Organic, but it is expensive.

I also like this one, which is on sale, but of course only available in twin size.

I LOVE this non-organic DwellStudio Peacock Duvet Set in Citrine.

I’m not sure husband would be on board though…

He preferred it in Dove:

I also like this banded hemstitch duvet at Pottery Barn.

And I like that it can be monogramed, but I think I was hoping for some pattern this time around.

What are your favorite sources for bedding?  I need some inspiration!

January 24, 2011. decorate. 3 comments.

j.crew spring 2011 look book {style}

The promise of snow tonight is more than I can bear, so I am focusing on the promise of SPRING.  These images from J.Crew’s spring lookbook are a lovely antidote to the impending precipitation.  Maybe I should consider moving south…

Images from style.com.

January 20, 2011. style. 1 comment.

{shop} iomoi canvas totes

HUGE fan of Iomoi and its preppy-cool aesthetic.  I am especially obsessed with the fabulous customizable canvas totes.  I don’t know how you’d choose just one design!  Here are just a few of the quirky, chic options.

January 19, 2011. shop. 2 comments.

{wear} scotch naturals

I read about Scotch Naturals, a new line of eco-friendly non-toxic nail polish that comes in fab colors and lovely packaging, on Design Sponge recently.  I’ve been a holdout on eco polish, even though I’ve converted most of my other beauty products.  The colors never seemed hip!  This line has changed my mind. I think I will definitely give it a whirl.  And bonus – husband will be so glad to not have to endure that awful nail polish smell. 🙂

January 18, 2011. wear. 2 comments.

golden globe red carpet {style} 2011

I thought the fashion at last night’s Golden Globes was  so fantastic!  The stars went for color and sparkle.  It was so great to see people taking risks and having fun.

The first color trend I noticed was GREEN!  These ladies looked so fabulous in shades of emerald green.

Angelina Jolie never wears color and for the Globes she went for this gorgeous sparkly long sleeve Atelier Versace.  I loved the retro silhouette and that color makes her look even more beautiful.















Catherine Zeta Jones also looked incredible in green Monique Lhuillier.















 Elisabeth Moss and Mila Kunis also rocked deep green frocks, by Donna Karan and Vera Wang, respectively. They both looked fabulous.





























 The next big trend was PINK; in all shades of fuchsia, coral, and petal pink. Lovely.

LOVED Julianne Moore in Lanvin. She wears Lanvin a lot, but I think it suits her.  And I love when a redhead rocks hot pink.















Claire Danes and Emma Stone both wore coral Calvin Klein. I loved them both. Sleek and fabulous.





























Sandra Bullock showed off new bangs (LOVE) with her gorgeous beaded Jenny Packman dress. I loved this easy silhouette and lovely pale shade.















Scarlett Johansson also wore pale sparkly pink.  Her dress was by Elie Saab. I liked the retro feel of her dress and hair. She looked lovely.















Natalie Portman was GLOWING in her Viktor & Rolf pink column.  I loved this look. Her hair was perfect and her dress was fun and fabulous.  Husband thought pregnancy suited her as well.















Lea Michele looked AMAZING in this pink Oscar de la Renta. Loved the turquoise jewelry too.  She is sort of getting on my nerves though – STOP CRYING!















Another color trend was dark blue – Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams in Marchesa both looked fantastic.





























 Ok, now for my absolute favorites:

Anne Hathaway looked super gorgeous. LOVED her Armani Prive long-sleeve, backless column. Her hair and makeup were PERFECT.















Olivia Wilde in Marchesa.  Just when I thought it was maybe a little too princess-y, she showed off her cheeky Christian Louboutin booties. AWESOME.















Eva Longoria in black Zac Posen looked FIERCE. Good for her.















And I have to give honorable mentions to Piper Perabo in Oscar de la Renta, Leighton Meester in Burberry, and Tilda Swinton in Jill Sander. Piper looked sleek and chic. Her red lips were perfect with her cooly structured black dress.  Leighton can sometimes look like a hot mess, but I loved her long sleeves (a big trend last night) and platforms.  She looked so fresh and young.  And Tilda Swinton is always herself and I love this incredibly simple and chic white shirt and pale skirt. It suits her perfectly.











































And now for the hot messes…

Helena Bonham Carter, in Vivienne Westwood, obviously.  She is such a great actress and a beautiful woman, I don’t know why she insists on dressing like a deranged fairy.  She isn’t even wearing a matched pair of shoes. UGH.















 Christina Aguilera, in Zuhair Murad. This was incredibly unflattering.  She needs a stylist (or a new stylist) ASAP.















Rita Wilson in Dolce and Gabbana.  Again, she is totally gorgeous, but she’s been making some bad choices lately.  I don’t understand spaghetti straps and big boobs.  It just looks tacky.  Rita, you can do better!















I really like January Jones, and I usually support her unique red carpet looks.  I hated this fringed red Versace number though.  We get it, you have an incredible body.















Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza. This is awful. Stop dressing like a princess. It’s boring and unflattering.  That ruffle on top is doing her no favors and ENOUGH with the spray tan.  Again, such a pretty girl. Sigh.















Jayma Mays, in Alberta Ferretti.  I usually like her red carpet looks, but this is just all wrong.  Too much makeup and the black dress is too harsh.  She looks emaciated.















Who were your picks for best and worst dressed on the red carpet?

January 17, 2011. style. 4 comments.

{wear} kate spade’s karolina

Hello, lover.

I want this shoe. Bad. Love that perfect nude patent with the striped heel. Genius.

It’s the perfect spring shoe. And here’s a perfect spring outfit to go with it.  Are we almost done with winter yet!?


Untitled by coutureandcupcakes featuring tory burch handbags

Women’s sweaters – J.Crew cashmere – Cashmere crewneck tee – J.Crew
$145 – jcrew.com
Cashmere tops »

Women’s AE Denim Jacket – American Eagle Outfitters
$50 – ae.com
Denim jackets »

Women – skirts – Double-serge pencil skirt – J.Crew
$118 – jcrew.com
J crew skirts »

Amanda Leather Hobo
$465 – saksfifthavenue.com
Tory burch handbags »

Assorted Frieda Bracelets, Lot #3
$260 – charmandchain.com
Vintage bangle »

4 1/6 Carat London Blue Topaz 14K Yellow Gold Earrings
$125 – ice.com
Yellow gold earring »

$298 – katespade.com

Discount Twenty8Twelve by s.miller Babushka disc-embellished cotton…

January 14, 2011. wear. 1 comment.

{shop} boden for spring

It’s about 12 degrees in Baltimore today and there is snow on the ground. UGH. I am dreaming about warm spring weather and lovely spring clothes. I got a new Boden catalog yesterday and there are so many pretty things.  Plus 20% off and free shipping/returns if you spend $175. Done.

Here are my picks:

Spring @ Boden

Spring @ Boden by coutureandcupcakes on Polyvore.com

January 13, 2011. shop. 2 comments.

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