Saturday, December 31, 2011

Trevor Live 2011: Little Black Dresses

The Scene

Earlier this month, I attended Trevor Live, the premiere annual fundraising event for the Trevor Project in LA. It was my third. (Here are my 2009 and 2010 posts.)


But this year's event was my first one attending as a board member. Best.New.Accessory.EVER.


So this year, I was less about the OOC cocktails.


And more about my duties, primarily thanking supporters and volunteers.

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And schmoozing with the donors at Sable Crow's table

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After the dinner, I could finally relax and enjoy the AH-mazing show directed by Adam Shankman.


Our MC was the one, the only Amy Poehler.

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Soooo many high-profile faces graced the stage this year---a real testament to how much the organization has grown in a few short years.

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This American Idol kid was one of the evening's highlights with an awe-inspiring rendition of O Holy Night!

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Best celebrity encounter of the night was with Christina Hendricks. Walked into the ladies room and there she was. I gushed, "Omygod! It's you!"  Told her I adore Mad Men and thanked her so much for supporting. She was lovely lovely lovely!

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Michelle was prettier than Zac if you can believe it.

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Let's talk about Leann Rimes. So given all the tabloid chatter about her, I will admit I had my opinions about her. But, let me tell you, I am a converted, full-fledged fan of her talent. Her performance was one of the most beautiful I've heard in my life. What a voice!

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The most touching moment of the night came when Gaga accepted the Trevor Hero Award from the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, the bullied New York teen who committed suicide this September. Gaga said the honor meant more to her than winning any Grammy.  

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And I have to say my increased involvement with the cause this year is one of my proudest achievements of 2011. Can't wait for what 2012 will bring Trevor.

The Outfit
Nanette Lepore dress (seen here before way back in 2009)

The Accessories
Chanel purse
Gucci jacket
Alexander McQueen heels

The Grade

The Commentary

Was feeling the pressure to look Board of Directors-y this year and opted for a tried and true LBD. THis dress invariably makes me feel polished and pretty. Knew I'd be working the room and this dress is the definition of comfortable. The forgiving retro shape doesn't require spanxing it up (which helps) and it's got pockets. Not a standout look but event-appropriate.

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Was dying to wear color to stand out amongst all the boys in black but ultimately decided it'd be best to work with the pops of red via the lips and the bag.

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Interestingly, my shoes were the accessories that got the most attention. Although Mr. D's new Louis Vuittons and Sable Crow's alligators were my faves of the night.

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Speaking of shoes and pops of red, I did fall for these little Loubies that were part of the silent auction. They would have been mine if they'd been a 9 instead of an 8. Fie on my enormous feets.

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But the most dreamy fashion auction item of the night was one that I helped coordinate with Mr. Brad Goreski's help.  It was a NYC shopping extravaganza.  The winner received airfare to the city, a stay at the Mercer, a priceless wardrobe consultation with Brad and a shopping spree at some of his favorite places: Barney's, Macy's, Kate Spade and Tommy Hilfiger. 

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It was the night's top live auction item bringing in $12,000!!! Was so proud.  And it's only the beginning of my plan to bring more fashion brands, influencers and lovers into the Trevor fold.

What the Stars Wore

LBDs were the look of the night.


Always chic and elegant.


Loved Dianna's pops of red.


And Zoe's. Very Diabolina.


Alas, Miss Piggy was the star that probably bore the closest resemblance to me. Sigh.

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Loved Mary J's belted and banged look

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Christina kept it simple in separates. 


As did Ricki in a turtleneck and leather skirt.


Julie had my favorite look of the night in skin tight leather. Perfect for the occasion.


Gaga minus the gloves would have been a close second. Adored the headpiece.

Fergie was one of the few stars doing her own thing in a bedazzled number.


Very ala my look in 2009---minus the feathers.

Picnik collage

The standout of the night for me again tho was Leann Rimes.  She was wearing a gorgeous flowy green number. Found out later it was designed by Dallas blogger-turned-designer Nini. AMAZING.


But the shoes were my favorite part of the look: McQueen.
Great minds...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday JewelMint Giveaway

The winner of my last JewelMint giveaway, The Peeper, sent me this picture today: the debut of her Silver Swan bracelet. She said it got complimented the minute she walked into her office. LOVE!!!!


The lovelies at BeachMint offered me another giveaway just in time to celebrate holiday promotions of JewelMint (and sister site StyleMint!) giftcards. Cute and easy last minute gift idea!

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To enter to win a JewelMint piece, just leave a comment below along with your email before midnight on December 25. I'll email you and we can figure out what piece you want and is in stock.

As for the comment, this time I want you to share at least one style-related resolution you're planning for 2012. Mine is to feel more comfortable and less cha-cha wearing red---clothing, accessories and lipstick.

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Mr. D hates a red lip so this should be F-U-n!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Giambattista Valli for Macy's

The Scene

For Thanksgiving, I whisked my tallest best friend and my shortest one away for the weekend.

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We spent three perfectly relaxing days at the absolutely goregeous Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.

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Easily my best Turkey Day yet.

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Endlessly thankful this holiday season for our family of three.
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The Outfit
Giambattista Valli for Macy's dress
Tahari coat

The AccessoriesWolford tights
Chanel bag
Tory Burch booties

The Grade

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The Commentary

This lewk on Emma Stone is easily one of my favorites of the year. Giambattista Valli. Known for very feminine designs: ruffles, bold colors and shapes, and loads of leopard. Valli is a cross between Lanvin and Valentino with a dash of Dolce thrown into the mix.


So I was thrilled when I heard the house was collaborating with Macy's for a diffusion line.


When I actually saw the designs, I was a little less enthused.

Me thinks the delicious volume of Valli designs is hard to translate when mass produced.

Or maybe it's just---sigh!---my hips. I bought and returned this delish skirt. It was one of the more luxe looking pieces.  Works beautifully on a size 0 model but on my size 8 ass it looked like I was giving birth to a Rose Parade float.


Loved all the glorious leopard first glance. But on closer inspection, they didn't look quite so right. Leopard on not so fine fabrics is tough to nail. 

Still, I nabbed this leopard shift dress online and kept it. Like the 60s vibe of the color blocking, dropped waist and short hemline. The leopards aren't ideal but they'll do for the price.

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We can't all be Diane Kruger and rock the actual Valli dress from a few seasons ago (that's the designer himself with Diane!)


Ugh. Adore me the idea of luxe leopard on luxe leopard. One day, one day.

Ultimately the diffusion look worked perfectly for a chilly night of holiday pigging. Though I wish I had done more pops of red to be more festive. Def a red lip to pick up the accent color of the dress.

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Next time red tassle earrings and lips---maybe for NYE ;)

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