Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Robots Invade: Met Gala 2016 Round Up

If you're allergic to silver or shiny things (or photos of people wearing silvery-shiny things), read no further! Haha. Comedic genius at its finest. Quite the relatable teen jokester I am. I'll be here all week, folks. Alternate joke idea: the Met Gala this year must have really been a great party because all the celebrities dressed up like disco balls! Am I right or am I right?!?! Sigh.

But seriously, the Met Gala red carpet last night was practically dripping with silver by the time all the exclusively-invited guests made their rounds. For rightful reason, though, because what other occasion warrants one to dress like the A-List, Balmain-donned version of WALL-E besides one with the theme of "technology"? Well, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," to be exact, but tomato/tom-ah-to, right? (This is me trying to be funny to make up for the fact that I don't have the mental resources to write an intelligent paragraph on the depth of this theme).

Let's get to the freaking out over beautiful works of art, shall we?

ALEXA CHUNG, MY MOTHER!!! I think she looks awesome. Her jeweled up suit looked fun and edgy while simultaneously sophisticated. While I'm always up for taking the road less-traveled with outfits, the Met Gala is such a fancy event that sometimes a pantsuit or mini dress can just seem wrong- however, I really think Alexa's look was right.

Speaking of mini dresses, here's Alicia Vikander! On this particular instance, I think she did the short dress thing well. Knowing me, I gravitate towards maximalism- and this look has A LOT going on while somehow still looking like a cute mini "put it on and go" type of thing. The colors look cool together and the shoe choice was SUCH a yes- I think I would like the look less if it was paired with simple black heels.

Also part of the Louis Vuitton crew last night was Selena Gomez. I first was really underwhelmed, but then I saw the shoes and was kinda like... this changes everything...
I think the full look is really cool and the boots make it. Her face, hair, and figure look beautiful, too!! The more I look at it, the more I like it.
(A lot of the Louis Vuitton crew last night was wearing cool chunky boots and I'm in love, just wanted to put that out there).

Taylor Swift's look was one of my least favorites. She did seem to be following the theme with the futuristic silver shininess, but something about the silhouette of the dress seemed wrong. Maybe it would have worked better if it was longer?

Brie Larson's dress seemed to be cut similarly to Taylor's (side cutouts, ruffled bottom) and I really like this version of that look more:

Speaking of Taylor Swift, let's talk about her girl squad!

Karlie Kloss looked beautiful because she is a beautiful, beautiful woman. Everyone on the carpet is beautiful, for that matter!! However, my picky "maximalism but only when it works" taste is urging me to deem this look a bit predictable. Of course she looks beautiful and elegant (the removable cape is cool), but I can't say I was absolutely floored or call this look a "work of art."

HAIM was AMAZING!! They looked so great as a group. The hair accessories, the dresses, the everything- so awesome. They look just like Rodarte models.

Kendall Jenner also looked absolutely stunning because, well, when does she not? Her dress looked great on her (the blue crystals are quite pretty) and her makeup was perfection, but I feel like it's missing a bit of wow-factor, at least for my taste. Writing these red carpet round-up posts continue to make me more acutely aware of how picky and unidentifiable my "taste" is, but that's what I think as of right now, May 3rd at 4:34 PM!!

The same goes for Gigi. She looked pretty and I guess I liked the look, but that's all I have to say for some reason.
Side note: She did have a lovely date there with her, Zayn Malik, whom I chose not to picture out of my own spite because I wish I were in Gigi's place. I love maturity.

Gigi's sister, Bella Hadid, also looked beautiful- not necessarily overly on theme, but anything with a pretty train gets bonus points from me. I'm a bit tired of Bella wearing black to everything, but it looks amazing on her, so no harm, no foul! It looked classic and gorgeous.

Lucky Blue Smith and Pyper America Smith KILLED IT. I was so happy to see them there because I have a huge crush on both of them, to be honest. I just love Lucky so much and Pyper's pink hair and unique alien-esque look has me rooting so hard for her in her modeling endeavors. I love Pyper's whole dress, train and all, and her hair color and hairstyle looks AWESOME with it. 
An accurate depiction of my excitement to see Lucky in attendance, as told by last night's text messages between my friend Emma and I:

More of my personal favorite looks came from another sibling duo, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith.
More details from Willow's look. SO good!!! The septum ring, eye gems, and silver earrings are edgy yet seem to go perfectly with her sophisticated look. I am LIVING for this.

Also wearing Chanel was Lily Rose Depp. If this year's theme translated to "shiny and silver," she didn't necessarily adhere to the theme, but I still think she looks absolutely beautiful. The silhouette of the dress looks really cool with the Chanel bomber jacket (what a unique piece) and her not-too-harsh hairstyle was a good choice. I might just be biased because I love her, but that's my verdict!

Now to indulge into the very depth of the silvery shininess that I keep referencing:

LOTS of people wore Balmain- and while they all looked beautiful, they all kind of looked the same to me. Whether that's a bad thing or not, I'm not sure, but each dress (and woman) was shiny and glorious, so I'm just going to leave it at that.
(Joan Smalls, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Cindy Crawford)

Also very silver and very shiny was Rita Ora, who I think looked amazing. I'm really inconsistent with my thoughts towards Rita's style, but last night I think she got it just right: she brought the drama while following the theme and kept it looking put-together.

Poppy Delevingne's look was pretty cool- her sleek hair looked awesome and I love the layered ruffle look of the bottom part of her dress. Maybe a middle part or slicked back hair would work better with the look, though.

I'm not exactly sure how I feel about Ciara's dress itself but all I know is that she pulled it off really well. The color of her hair was the best part for me- now that's real silver hair, not just gray! It's so shiiinnyy, I can't look away from it.

Some looks that were a little too underwhelming for me were those of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Kate Upton, Emily Ratajowski,  Lily Collins, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling, Margot Rubbie, Taylor Hill, and Ivanka Trump. Maybe it's just something about solid colors? Well, I don't think that's it, because I liked Bella Hadid's all-black ensemble. I don't know, I just feel like these looks lacked drama and the Met Gala is for drama! All beautiful women, just a little too simple for the Met Gala.

Blake Lively didn't seem to be an ounce on theme, but she still looked so pretty and definitely brought the drama. The earrings and the train made the look- super elegant but still unique!! I think this look was one of my favorites because she stayed true to her personal style but still brought the drama that the Met Gala calls for.

And of course I have to address Beyonce's look. I don't really have much to say besides the fact that I'm not a fan of it- the whole look just seemed a bit off. Am I missing something?? I don't know. Sorry, Bey.

Okay, I know I'm skipping tons of attendees, but my nit-picky opinions should only drag on for so long. I just wanna end with how GREAT Florence Welch looked. This Gucci dress defines the word "iridescent" and she looks like a beautiful futuristic fairy. The way the dress reflects is SO cool- is it silver/pink, silver/blue, or silver/green? It's all of them! I'm in love.
Wait, one more thing:
Kate Bosworth looked like a delicate doll and her hair pieces were beautiful.

Also: Props to Claire Danes & Zac Posen for the light up dress. How could I forget this?? Very awesome. (I love Zac looking like a proud father in the back)

What were your favorite looks from last night? Let me know in the comments if I missed any!
(All photos are not my own, obviously, and all opinions are indeed my own- but they're only opinions, so take them as you will).


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Summer '16 Style Resolutions

The redeeming quality about the awkward stage between winter/early spring and summer is the time it provides to mull over what exactly your summer style will consist of. I don't necessarily revamp my style with every changing season, but there's certainly always a running list in my mind of new things I want to incorporate into my future looks- and yes, this mental list flourishes with the idea of a new season, a new beginning, a new crop of weather-driven standards to work with.

So, because I've already said RIP to most (MOST) of my New Years Resolutions, I am documenting my mental list of Style Resolutions for summer 2016 - not as a definitive rule book for my outfits this summer or a pre-summer shopping list, but as a bit of brain vomit from the corner of my mind devoted to style which will paint a hopefully decent picture of my current summer inspiration.

Caroline's Summer '16 Style Resolutions:

During a closet-cleaning excursion about three years ago, my mom looked at the piles of newly rejected clothing on my bed and concluded, "Well, I know one thing: you definitely don't like color anymore." I began to wear mainly black, gray, or white clothing a la the Brandy Melville Instagram models of summer 2013. As my styling tendencies evolved and changed over the years, I've found myself slowly adding more colorful and eccentric pieces into my wardrobe, and I think I'm at the point in my style journey where just the perfect arrangement of rich hues has me sold. Summer is for color, and color doesn't bite!!

2) Big colorful sunglasses
I've been lusting over cool sunglasses for basically the entire past year; you need sunglasses during every season as long as it's sunny, right?!?!! That sentence sounded less dumb in my head. The wider-framed and cooler-colored, the better.

3) One piece swimsuits/high waisted swimsuits
It is with pieces like these where the phrase "pull off" arises: "Can I pull this off???" is a question that I've associated with one pieces multiple times, but I think my game plan as of now is to just put it on my body and do the damn thing. The real struggle though is finding a one piece with ample boob coverage in a silhouette and color that I like, which has proven to be a bit difficult so far. However, for those who aren't as detrimentally picky, here are some that seem pretty cool:

This one!

That one!

Over here!

Or something more simple like this one:

Or something not simple at all like this one via The Blonde Salad:
4) Chunky statement gold earrings
Leandra Medine and the Man Repeller crew had me hooked on these type of earrings. I'm not really a jewelry girl with the exception of necklaces, but with summer approaching I'm predicting a love affair with cool earrings and I'm excited for it.
(@elizcardinal on Instagram)
5) More flat shoes
My winter uniform shoes were heeled ankle booties and my summer uniform shoes are usually flip flops or sneakers. I feel like I could open my eyes to the other types of flats that exist and shake up my footwear this summer with other various members of the "flats" family: glittery sandals, lace up ballet shoes, slippers and loafers await!!

6) More vintage; give my looks a more retro feel
We all know I can't afford most vintage so I don't even know how to explain this one but retro-vibed outfits like these are inspiring me lately:

7) Wear natural hair as much as possible
My natural hair is a frizzy, kinky, unpredictable, knotty mess. However, nobody has time for straighteners and blow dryers (I mean, I actually do have that time, but I'm trying to make a point). My hair needs to breathe, and I'm going to wear braids, buns, ponytails, or free mane, frizz and all.

8) Try pins/patches.
Pins and patches are popping up everywhere, adapting to their new journey of swift travel from online shopping carts to jackets and denim shorts. They've become a way to personalize and add flare to previously purchased pieces (don't you just adore alliteration??), and what is summer if not for crafty DIY's when you're bored?
Tons of pins and patches can be found at Nasty Gal or Topshop, & here's one of my favorites, Amanda Steele, decking out a leather jacket to give you some inspiration.

9) Wear more trousers
Another option to answer the omnipresent question of "What the heck do I wear with this shirt" arises! I tend to buy shirts after shirts and stick with the same jean shorts or skinny jeans to wear with them, but by changing up the silhouette with things like trousers, I feel like the main piece of the outfit wouldn't always have to be the top.

Culotte-style option here:

& Topshop has SO MANY!!

For the pin-striped princess: 

For those who want to wear their pajamas in public but still slay, so basically everyone:

For the effervescent blue beauty:

10) Wear hair metal/head wraps
They're cool.

(@amyvalentinex on Instagram)

Options for metal hair accessories here, here, and here.
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