Monday, February 28, 2011

Best Dressed at the Oscars!

I watched the Oscars with James last night and I have to say that they were quite the snorefest compared to the Grammy's... Much less excitement aka. Lady Gaga arriving in an EGG... and although I did enjoy Anne Hathaway's numerous costume changes, James Franco and Anne Hathaway were awkward at times and not that funny. There are so many hilarious comedians out there who could have killed it... Tina Fey? Jimmy Fallon? ANYONE FUNNY and ENTERTAINING?! Whatever happened to the golden years of Billy Crystal or Steve Martin? Either way... I DO love the fashion! Here are some of my favorites:
PERFECTION! I absolutely adored Gwenyth's sleek silver Calvin Klein number with straight locks and the funky broach on her left. I also appreciated her candid answer on the red carpet claiming she hasn't slept for a week leading up to the Academy Awards. Too many stars try to play it "too cool" sometimes and she brought humility to the show last night.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! My favorite look of the night. I LOVE her high pony tail, emerald jewels and classy choice of dress. Perfection!!! I am so doing my hair like this... If I can figure out how ;)
Do they have one in Andies size!!?! Feathers are so in right now... Leave it to Hilary Swank to rock it with those toned shoulders. Love how the dress fades into grey/black at the bottom.
Love this soft confection... Blush looks great on Halle and I love the taffeta bottom and ruffly top.
Va Va VOOM! How amazing does Jennifer Hudson look?! I love this bright color on her but her slightly lighter boobs do kind of stand out in this dress... Can't really say anything about it though.. LOVE her hair and accessories too!
I'm so torn on this dress... I love Amy Adams, sparkly things, this is my favorite color blue and her hair looks great. Maybe it is the emerald jewelry throwing me off? I would have just done chunky diamonds I think...
*YAWN* ... I just find this so BORING... Boring color, conservation shape, hair, jewelry etc... Meh!
I loved ALL of Anne's dresses during the ceremony... Most of them were by Valentino like this one. Super hot!
Classy... But kinda boring too. I would have put a ice encrusted necklace with it.
The back is definitely my favorite part of this dress... The mulberry color doesn't do the Oscars justice. Had it been bright red or blue I think it would have been a real hit.
I just adore Natalie Portman... She looks like a pregnant Goddess and I thought her acceptance speech for best actress was so heartfelt. You go girl!
Mila Kunis can do no wrong in my eyes. This lavender dress is super unique, sexy and elegant at the same time. I love the way the fabric is draped and the bra-like detail. She looks great in this color and I thought she rocked it.
Eek.... Nicole Kidman looks like a folded napkin. Who wants to ADD volume to their hips? I do love the a-mazing Henry Winston choker and pop of color in the shoes though.
New comer Jennifer Lawrence played it safe and rocked it... Super sexy and classy.
Hailee Steinfeld from "True Grit" designed this beautiful, age appropriate gown and I think she did great! I love the sheer bodice and beading. So girly and cute!
LOVE THIS DRESS! It's a work of art by Givenchy... So unique!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson's long-standing fashion career was built following her rules and beating to her own drum. With over 45 Betsey stores worldwide and over 1000 specialty stores carrying her label Betsey has taken the world by storm with her whimsical and feminine fashion line.
Betsey was born in 1942 in Wethersfield, Connecticut and there are not enough words to describe this dynamic, exuberant and inspirational business woman. Growing up in dance classes laid the foundation for Betsey's love for costumes which is still evident in her designs today. In 1964 Betsey officially entered the New York fashion scene by winning Mademoiselle magazine's "Guest Editor Contest"... One year later she landed the top designer position for Paraphernalia, a hot London clothing boutique, and her unique style blossomed here. 
Calgary opened its first Betsey Johnson store a year ago in Fashion Central on 8th Ave & 1st Street SW and I LOVE her jewelry and accessories... Mainly because her textiles are a bit too rich for my blood with a dress running anywhere from $400-650 on average. Her unique designs and funky tutu-style dresses have me drooling on a weekly basis through the window... Here are a few of my pieces:
My first Betsey Johnson shopping experience in Montreal!!!
I bought this bag and wear it all the time with jeans :D
I got this awesome hat at Betsey Johnson last year and I get compliments on it EVERYWHERE I go! It was around $40 and I loooove it!
EEK! I just found it in pink online... SO CUTE!
I fell in love with these "school girl" drop earrings a few months back and had to have them... $45 and I wear them ALL the time!
Exhibit A... Man I have hot friends ;)
Here are a few other of my favorite Betsey looks... She is so charismatic and is famous for doing a cart wheel after her fashion shows! What a babe for being almost 70?!?!
Betsey is famous for her full bottom dresses and skirts... And we all know how I feel about TUTU'S!!!!
Beautiful!!!
So cute!!! Love the back and ruffled lace layers.
Love love love love love


Betsey also comes out with a bunch of sweater t-shirt dresses which I love. So comfortable!
Paris Hilton & Mischa Barton in Betsey

I LOVE Betsey's jewelry collection... Super funky and brightly colored.
I'm OBSESSED with her earring collection... They are often different earrings but the same theme like these horseshoe ones. SO CUTE!
The Bay also carries Betsey Johnson and I have been eying these for a few weeks now.......
How cute are these?!?! The black part of the dress is real lace too!
LOVE THESE!

SHINY!!! MAMA WIKE!
RAWR!!!
Cutesies... Love the pom poms.
Love love love
LOVE HER STYLE and UNIQUE prowess. DO YOU HAVE ANY BETSEY?!

Ceramic Painting!

Happy Friday everyone!!! Hope you are staying warm in this deep freeze.. BRRRRR!
One of my favorite ways to spend a cold, snowy evening is to paint ceramics! My favorite place is "U B The Artist" located in McKenzie Towne... If you are located in the north part of the city the best is "Fire Escape" in Bowness... Amazing staff!!! The staff are AMAZING and SO helpful. I do tons of projects around Christmas time and there is nothing more special than a personalized Christmas gift. You first choose a bisque which can be anything from a sushi platter to a tea cup to a flower vase to a dinosaur!:
Once your bisque is chosen you can really let your creative side go wild. Scared you don't have an artistic bone in your body?! Not a problem! Ceramic shops specialize in customized "TLC" as they call it to help you create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. They have inspiration books, stencils, examples hanging around the studio and tons of different techniques to teach you such as sponging or different textural effects. Most ceramics need three good solid coats for a solid color and you can do one or two coats for a more transparent color. Here are some fun examples from some of my past projects!
This was a super easy project.. One of my first!!!
This is the piece I am most proud of. I made this for my mom for mother's day three years ago and it took me quite a few hours to complete. I would NOT have been able to do it without Lise's help from U B The Artist! My mom hangs it as a piece of art :D
This was a class I did a few years back as well... Mine is actually purple and pink and I gave it away as a gift but it looks identical thanks to their techniques ;)
I painted this koi fish platter for James as a house warming gift when we moved to our new house.. On the back it reads "May our home be a place where friends gather, memories are made and love grows".. The koi fish was actual just a Google print out that was then put on carbon paper which I traced onto my piece with pencil and then painted.. All the tricks of the trade ;)
This is the only piece I've done from Fire Escape but I had a lot of fun painting it with a group of gals over Christmas. I did the outside of the bowls a darker shade and the inside a lighter one.. Thought it would be good for dips!.. I actually got this piece for my bridal shower and JUST completed it ... SAD! You can take kits to paint at home as well which is what this was!!!
Hilo from baby Fraggle!!! hehe.... This vase was a really unique class using Q Tips and alcohol to get this drop effect. It's James' favorite piece strangely enough...
This was another really easy class... I know you probably don't believe me!!! But it took about two sessions and we had a lot of help with technique and shading.
Hehehe... This is a CD holder I made for James for Christmas one year.. On the other side is a bunch of his favorite hobbies etc and this part is an ocean scene because we love to snorkel.
U B The Artist also offers Glass Fusion which is SO MUCH FUN! I made my first piece last night and here is what it looks like before it was fired... It will look completely different once it has been in the kiln and will be completely flat... It will also be "slumped" to shape a "sushi bowl".. I shall post when it is ready. You choose a background piece and then looks through different boxes of "treasure" to find pieces of glass to make a design and then glue them on until the piece can be fired.. This is my first piece so I'm not expecting anything crazy but it was super fun..
Here are some more experienced glass fusion pieces!:
Love this funky bowl that was made layering different colors of glass of top of each other to create the different colors inside each square.
Cute! Same size as I worked with last night.
So gorgeous!!!
Check out U B The Artist for a fun night out... Girl's night, birthday party, bridal shower, etc!!!