Michelle Williams + Red Carpets = Perfection

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Though I love my pre-awards show red carpet as much as the next fashion girl (Brad! Ange! Eeee!), I'm completely bored of the strapless bodice-mermaid hemline thing that so many stars insist on. (People: Repeat after me. Strapless necklines are just not your friend, not even if you're teensy and toned.)

Which is why Michelle Williams always seems like a breath of fresh air. Not only is she intimidatingly well-spoken, her fashion choices are unique, stylish and elegant. And the pixie cut! We applaud her chutzpah in modern-day Hollywood, when everyone else is rocking the perfectly tousled bedhead thing. We'll be sad when awards season is over, if only because we won't get to see Michelle in a flurry of perfect dresses. (But until then: The Oscars are a-coming! We can't wait.)

I so have to Tweet this now. {Also: Bangs!}

Rachel Rachel Roy + Me = A Poorer Me

Monday, January 23, 2012

Possibly my favorite dress is an amazing Rachel Roy confection purchased at a consignment store for too much to say because my mom reads this at a great discount. But I love her Rachel Rachel Roy line for Macy's too, and have a few pieces from there that I just adore. (I just bought this dress. Eagerly awaiting arrival!)

The Rachel Rachel Roy bag line for Spring 2012 is my new obsession, with about seven pieces I'd happily own. (Coral pinks! Hurrah.) A few of my favorites are above. (I've bought the blue one — it hasn't arrived yet — but am thinking I reallyreally NEED the coral pink shoulder bag.) Thoughts?

Clockwise from top left:
small shoulder bag, $79;
medium shoulder bag in blue, $89;
small cross-body bag, $59;
striped frame clutch, $59.

The Post Where We Give Away TULLE. {eeeee!}

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'm new to women's site Shabby Apple, but they've got a retro-inspired women's dress section that is To. Die. For.

When they offered me the chance to receive and style up one of their pieces, I immediately picked the tulle knee-length skirt in white (and then bought in myself in black as well). If you've read this blog for awhile, then you know how crazy I am for tulle. (Like, insanely crazy. I never met something in tulle that I didn't like.)

It's the perfect party skirt — poufy and pretty and fun. I paired mine with a drapey sweater and sky-high chartreuse heels, but there are plenty of combinations I can think of (sparkly sleeveless top! black turtleneck!) that would look perfectly Jackie O.-chic. And at $62, not bad indeed (plus, the site is offering 20% off right now with the code NEWYEAR).

Oh, but that's not all! One lucky reader will win their very own tulle skirt. Simply "like" Shabby Apple on Facebook, where you'll get first notice of giveaways and discounts. (And while you're at it, like Fashion is Spinach on Facebook too, whydontcha?) Then, leave your name and city/state in the comments, along with what pieces you'd wear this skirt with (or, if you prefer, where you'd wear it to). U.S. only, please. We'll pick the winner next Wednesday, 1/25/12.

Let the contest begin! Our winner: Hanna from Evanston! Hanna, send me a note with the subject "WINNER!" and we'll get this out to you.

PS) Thanks to our friend and style mentor Johanna Cox for the pictures. And for insisting on the red lip. And, while we're at it, for making me buy these awesome shoes at Zara last summer, too.

"The Artist" {Silent swoon}

Every once in awhile, this blog — and this blogger — goes somewhat through a crisis of conscious. Where should this blog go? What should it focus on? What should I focus on? And we sit back and watch the world and stop blogging and get inspired again and carry on.

Thank goodness for "The Artist", among the favorites to win this year's Oscar, to force us out of our reverie and get us excited again. A black-and-white silent film isn't for everyone in the modern day, but it was wonderful. Especially the costumes. As my mom said, "Well, she can wear a hat just about better than anyone, can't she?"

Enjoy the pics — but, better yet, enjoy the movie. We'll be back soon, we promise. Probably in a flapper dress.