Don't give up!! That was my motto while pregnant, and still is. While you might feel like living in sweat pants and orthopedic shoes, don't start the slippery slope of personal style sacrifice. Although someday you might rock the minivan out of sheer convenience, you don't have to sport a Disney diaper bag. Figuring out how to adapt to motherhood while keeping a sense of self and style is an art form.
Talking Oscar Trends With @cleshopaholic, My Fashionable Friend
My Oscar party included a glass of Cab in a plastic wine glass (my choice, due to the unruly nature of one of my guests), a
hair tie that was eerily reminiscent of a scrunchie (I forgot hair
ties), and an attendee who decided to remained pantless. I was at my
parent's house waaaaay up north in Michigan, where my choice in footwear
hasn't wavered from my trusty Sorels in over a week. I absolutely loved my time up there, but to get an urban
perspective on the Oscars, I turn to my super stylish friend S
(@cleshopaholic, author of the blog Things I Luuuuurve) who was asked to run fashion commentary on the event for newsnet5.com in Cleveland.
@CJAllDressedUp: Let's start with the most controversial, Worst
Dressed Nominee, right out the gate. Thoughts? If you have a stylist and
unlimited funds, do people just smile and nod at you no matter what you
wear? Do these people have frenemies who support their choices to their
face then secretly giggle behind their back?
@cleshopaholic: My worst dressed was Anne Hathaway, and I say this as someone who
actually LIKES her. Was hers truly the worst dress on that Red Carpet?
No. But hers was the worst because she was all but guaranteed to win her
first Oscar and her stylist sent her down the Red Carpet in a 90's
bridesmaids dress. So, I've heard the story that she switched out
dresses because of Amanda Seyfried's dress, to which I go "and THAT'S
what you came up with?!" Obviously I'm not a stylist but it seems like
they would have has a more Oscar-worthy backup, ideally from Valentino.
But then again, what do I know?!
Anne Hathaway in Prada
@CJAllDressedUp: SO many trends, so little time! What was your favorite trend or theme of the night?
SPARKLES!!! There were so many fabulous sparkly outfits on the Red
Carpet, my three favorite being (in no particular order) Stacey Keibler,
Nicole Kidman, and Halle Berry.
Halle Berry in Versace
I think some celebs like Jennifer Aniston hit it out of the park every
time, and some need a little help from their friends. What celebrity would you like to play stylist to?
@cleshopaholic: This is a tough one. At this point, I would say Lindsay Lohan because
she looks like a train wreck pretty much every time she's on a Red
Carpet. But then again, she really needs more than a stylist.
My biggest pet peeve is when the dress is beautiful but doesn't meet
its full potential because of a hemline that doesn't hit the floor. My
theory: most shoes shouldn't even be seen on the red carpet if you are
wearing a long dress! What is your biggest pet peeve?
Wrinkled dresses. This year's worst offender in this category was Helen
Hunt. In situations where there's a lot of dress and sitting and
standing, you need a fabric that's going to conceal wrinkles.
Helen Hunt in H&M
I know you hit up a black tie ball on Saturday night; I loved your red
carpet fashion! Tell me a little about your look and what you go through
to make your selections?
@cleshopaholic: My dress was ABS, acquires on Bluefly.com.
My clutch was from India, shoes were Nine West, earrings were the same
ones I wore on my wedding day, ring was Rebecca Minkoff and bracelet was
Prabal Gurung for Target. My decision process came down the three
1. Long or short ( I decided long bc it is winter after all)
2. Black or color ( I knew there would be a lot of black, so I decided to go with a jewel tone. I can't carry off pastels)
3. Budget (my goal was to stay under $150 and I believe my dress came in at $109)
The key here is to make some decisions early so you can pull the trigger the minute you see the sales!!!