2013 Met Ball

The 2013 Met Ball was last night. It’s total dress porn – an even better night for those that watch the Oscars strictly for the dresses. Because here you have the Oscar people but also the Grammy people, the fashion people and the sports people, all selected by Anna Wintour. This year’s theme was Punk Rock. I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, how on earth does Taylor Swift choose to present herself in that theme? On the other.. I kind of want to see her try?

Our job here is to judge. There’s no fair standard that I’m applying to all. Some people get credit for working the theme, some get credit for working life and looking amazing. Here are my favorites:

Carey Mulligan at the 2013 Met Gala in Balenciaga by Alexander Wang
Tacking on a safety pin to your Balenciaga dress? I’ll accept it, Carey Mulligan. The cutout dress fits beautifully and is very Wang. I could also see Gwyneth Paltrow, who never shied away from a cutout, wearing this. She would have been better served in this dress than another pink monstrosity.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at the 2013 Met Ball
This Gucci reminds me of a Project Runway dress, but in the best possible way.. Which is to say a dress made by Christian Siriano circa 2008. It elevates Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who is essentially still a Transformers gal. Satin almost never works. It wrinkles too easily and ends up looking messy. And it creates bulge illusions on even the thinnest. But this does neither, so props to Gucci.

Florence Welch in Givenchy at the 2013 Met Ball
You knew Florence would nail it with her Givenchy luxe witchy cowboy. Stevie Nicks would be proud.

Madonna in Givenchy at the 2013 Met Ball
More Givenchy on Madonna. You knew someone would take the theme literally. I know, I KNOW. But isn’t his better, in the context of tonight’s event, than wearing this?

Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino at the 2013 Met Ball
Annie in vintage Valentino bleaches her hair, does Cher.

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the 2013 Met Ball
The spiked gold Stella McCartney belt speaks to the theme. The cape speaks to me.

Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood at the 2013 Met Ball
Another slightly more literal interpretation – Christina rightly represented plaid in Vivenne Westwood.

Sienna Miller in Burburry at the 2013 Met Ball
Sienna Miller in Burburry is one of the few attendees who I believe actually wore a studded black leather jacket in her youth. And the studded headband = best accessory of the night.

Kirsten Dunst in Louis Vuitton at the 2013 Met Ball
Kirsten Dunst in Louis Vuitton. Don’t know why she’s not in Rodarte.

Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower in Moschino at the 2013 Met Ball
The Brits understand the aesthetic..even the spawn of Phil Collins in Moschino.

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at the 2013 Met Ball
Perfect from toes to forehead. The hair is problematic – she nailed the dress but went ‘extra’ on the hair. Still, props. Marc Jacobs was probably one of the most sought-after designers for the night as he can deliver on the theme.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon at the 2013 Met Ball
KILLING IT. This reminds me of (sad alert!) when she attended the Met Ball in 2006 with Alexander McQueen – one of the best. Look at those boots! Again, consider the theme and contrast with, let’s say.. Heidi Klum, who should be on Project Runway probation with that dress.

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So Stoked for StitchFix

I’ve been into trying new things via delivery services lately. So far this year I have tried and cancelled two of them. There was nothing really wrong with them, but upon reflection I felt like they both added clutter to my life more than anything.


Image via Quarterly

First, I signed up for curated packages from Jason Kottke at Quarterly. I think this is actually a pretty great idea. I have followed Jason online for years now, so when he wrote about his curated packages for Quarterly, I signed up right away. Quarterly finds people in different fields (beauty, food, etc) that put together, or curate, 4 packages each year and sends them directly to you. Each is themed and the first one I got was the best – food from Jason’s homeland of Wisconsin. So in the middle of a winter afternoon at work, I got Wisconsin cheddar cheese, sausage and bitters for an Old-fashioned (big in Wisconsin, who knew?). Great! But then after that, I got some things that were retro fun but I ultimately ended up passing them along to my nephews, like sea monkeys and Mexican jumping beans. I would probably keep at it if I had my own children and it would be fun to open these packages as a family, but for now I’ve cancelled. I would recommend it for others who are intrigued – it’s always fun to receive surprise packages of curiosities.

NatureBox snacks
Image via NatureBox

I also was getting shipments from NatureBox, which sends out a box of 5 healthy snacks a month, like dried fruit, nuts and edamame. I thought this would force me to snack healthily, but as it turns out I’m just not a big snacker, so it was taking me too long to eat my way through the bags. Again, probably good for a family, but I cancelled.

Now I am super stoked about a new delivery service I’ve found in the form of a personal stylist – StitchFix! Do you remember me blogging a couple of months ago about Lifehacker’s ‘How They Work’ series that I love? This is how I found out about StitchFix – one of the founders of Birchbox named it as one of her favorite time-saving tips. I signed up for an invite this past Saturday, got my login on Sunday, filled out my style profile and my first shipment went out on Thursday. Filling out the style profile was pretty fun. It covers the basics about your measurements, but goes deep on your preferences. You can specify certain patterns (animal prints!) and colors (purple) that you would prefer to avoid, you set price ranges for each items (higher for dresses than shirts, for example) and you rate photo collages of different clothing styles.

For example, this spoke to me:
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Image via StitchFix

And this did not:
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Image via StitchFix

I’ll get my first shipment on Monday – can’t wait! I know it contains 2 dresses, a tank top, scarf and chambray shirt. No more details til I open the package, though. The cost is $20 for their styling efforts. If I want to order any or all of the 5 items in the package, that $20 is deducted from the total. Otherwise, I just pack everything up and send it back.

I’ll post pictures and details next week after I try everything on and decide what, if anything, to keep.

Mad Men

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So excited Mad Men is back, and, with it, the ensuing Internet chatter. Some favorites:

For discussion – Slate has had a Mad Men discussion group for a few years. It’s sort of like peeking into the email correspondence of your Mad Men-obsessed coworkers. I particularly like the signoffs, inlcuding “This is MY funeral”.

For background – Mad Men Unbuttoned (formerly The Footnotes of Mad Men) finds advertising, articles, photos and more of materials referenced in the show.

For a show review – I enjoy all of Duana Tata’s reviews, even if I don’t always agree with her (she gave up on Nashville too soon).

And my favorite..

For a fashion review – Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style, who pick up on color meanings, like Peggy’s mustard yellow and Joanie’s purple.

So one of my favorite blogs (I have many, you’ll see) is Possessionista. I know the name is silly, like Recessionista, but we can get past it. Credit: I’m not positive, but I THINK I got the link from my Internet-friend Erika of Flowers and Sausages fame. Someday I’d like to go to the mall with her…the good mall, that is.

Possessionista seems to be most well know for and popular because she tracked down clothes worn by Jillian Harris, The Bachelorette of summer  09. i was going to post some of Jillian’s cute clothes, but looking back, she was pretty partial to rompers. Then again, it was the summer of 2009 and that’s what girls of certain proportions rocked.

The first time Possessionista really grabbed my attention was when she posted a link to a purse when I was in the market for a new bag for my trip to Spain this past spring. I needed something cute enough for Europeans to judge me and roomy enough for my DSLR camera. Like an angel from the heavens, she posted this 12 days before my trip. I’m going to spare you the image she used because, uhm, the inspiration is from Miley Cyrus. Yes, Miley was spotted with this beg. Yes, Miley and I have the same bag. Miley is actually not the worst person on the Earth, which I am basing on her now deleted Twitter, but that’s another story for another day. I don’t particularly want to style myself after MILEY. But the purse is great. It’s roomy and soft leather and I love it and will buy more from the makers of it, The Sak. Here it is:

Win on that count. It was the perfect Spain purse. So a few weeks ago Possessionista again caught my eye by equating a pair of boots as being as necessary as that purse. Really? OK I WANT THEM NOW. But it’s Christmas. I can’t buy myself boots with Christmas coming up. Obviously they will go on my Christmas list. I keep the post ‘unread’ in my Google Reader so I keep going back to it.

Then!

I get to work one day last week and my boss had sent an email to all of her female employees asking if anyone wears a size 7? Uh, I do! And guess what? SHE GAVE ME THE BOOTS I SECRETLY WANTED/BOOKMARKED.

Life rules sometimes.

Here’s the boots:

I put them on today when she brought them in for me and never took them off, even though I was wearing a black and blue outfit. She told me it was okay because the boots are “cognac”, not brown. Ha! Seriously, though, I love them. Possessionista said to buy two pairs, and I’m gonna back her up on that. They are cute, comfortable and look great with dresses or long shirts and leggings. So just remember if you think hard enough about material goods you want on the Internet, sometimes they will just fall into your lap because your boss’s ankle-to-calf ratio is not suited for these boots so she gives them to you for free. OMG, did I just invoke The Secret?