Uncle Oscar

Hello again! If there was ever anything that could pull me out of my blogging slump, of course it would be the Oscars. Pretty ladies in pretty dresses are the dreams blog posts are made of. And even though usually I like to focus on local fashion and more affordable, attainable things... well... it's the Oscars. A little red carpet here and there never hurt anybody.

So, here are my favourite dresses from the night...

Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive
I just finished reading the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy, and this is kind of what I imagine one of the 'fire' themed costumes to look like. I think it looks pretty spectacular (and definitely puts to rest that silly 'redheads can't wear red' rule). 

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab
Of course, it's not hard for a former model to look amazing in beautiful couture gowns, but I really love this whole look. The gorgeous gown is perfectly offset by the 20s/30s inspired red lips and hairstyle, and I love the white nails too. This dress looks like it would be really heavy, though... I would be glad to be going to an event where I can sit down most of the evening. 

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood
I love Rose Byrne, and I love Vivienne Westwood. Although I must say that Miss Byrne looks very gloomy whenever she's photographed on the red carpet. If I were at the Oscars, wearing a Vivienne Westwood gown, I could probably manage a half-smile. Just a thought.

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab
I guess once you've been in a 1920s silent movie, you kind of have to carry that style through to all the awards shows you go to. Well, I thought this dress looked a little vintage inspired, anyway. I love the mint green colour and the sleeves!

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji 
I think you must be really relieved, if you're a nominee and you win your category, to be wearing a bangin' dress that looks fantastic on stage and will continue to look fantastic in the many, many photos that will probably be shown for years to come. I love that this dress looks like a really simple shape but has so much incredible detail in it. The jewellery looks amazing with it too. 

Natalie Portman in vintage Dior
This dress made me swoon a little bit, especially once I read that it was vintage. Hey, if you can get away with wearing polka-dots to an awards ceremony and not look like you're 13 years old/a clown, then more power to you. I think this dress is my favourite of the night, mostly because of the fact that it's vintage and the aforementioned polka-dots, but also because it's impeccably accessorised. 

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace (and Brad Pitt in... a probably expensive tuxedo)
Yes, it's black, yes, it has a sexy slit up the side, yes, it's accessorised with matching shoes and red lipstick... but for some reason I'm really digging it. I like all the volume and the weird-looking sharp angles. And if my thighs looked like that I would probably take every opportunity to flash them (tastefully) on occasions where millions of people were watching. 

Honourable mentions: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Louise Roe, Giuliana Rancic
Dresses I'm not entirely sure whether I liked or not and would probably like more if they were on a different person: Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone
Dresses I definitely did NOT like, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on because objectively, they are quite lovely things to wear: Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney's new ladyfriend, Anna Faris, Gwyneth Paltrow  

And so it's over for another year. What did you guys think?


{All pictures from this slideshow at vulture.com}


School's Out

I found out recently that due to some muck-ups on my uni transcript, I actually have 50 more credits to complete before I can officially graduate. The good news is that I'll still be done by the end of the year, the bad news is that I won't be graduating in a couple of weeks. Boo! But anyway, I guess it's kind of a positive thing. At least I can get a few more skills to put on the ol' resume and do some work that I'm really proud of, instead of the half-assed, leave-it-til-the-morning-it's-due work that I usually do.

Anyway, that's a long story, but I thought I would try and psych myself into the back to school spirit with this cute trompe l'oeil dress that I got earlier this year. If you didn't already know, trompe l'oeil is French for 'deceive the eye', which I thought was kind of cool. This dress fits into that category because while it looks like it's a pinafore over a Peter Pan-collared shirt, it's actually... all knitted together and only one layer and I am not wearing a pinafore at all DID I FOOL YOU YET?! It blew my mind a little bit. Well, not really. 

I absolutely love it (and even better, I got it on sale for only a little over twenty bucks). 

ASOS dress // Rubi shoes (Brogues? Creepers? Crogues? Breepers?) // Sportsgirl ring (a 21st present from my best friends)

I love these shoes, too. One of my favourite (and only, which is a bit of a pleasant surprise) purchases of the year! I think they're meant to be like a bit less extreme version of creepers, so they have a bit more of an edge than average brogues. Plus they're super sparkly! Being cheap-o Rubi shoes, they'll probably leave a bit of a glitter trail wherever I go, but I can live with that... 

Well, I have to go and find some edible dinner. I tried cooking chicken cordon bleu for Aidan & I but it turned out raw in the middle and was a bit of a disaster! At least the garlic butter potatoes were alright. 

I hope your February has gone off to an excellent start!


p.s Have you noticed that Gin in a Teacup has had a bit of a makeover? Let me know what you think!

School's Out - Alice Cooper 
{My dad has an awesome, awesome collection of vinyl and this is one of the first "rock" albums that I ever listened to. One of my earliest memories is listening to this song and staring at the album cover! So, that's why I have a bit of a soft spot for Alice Cooper. Well, that and Wayne's World.}