by Lauren

best dressed at the 2011 oscars

February 28, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

It’s the night the stars have been practicing for – the Academy Awards, film’s night of nights.

Winners were almost all as expected, with The King’s Speech scooping the pool with Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Awards darling Natalie Portman also took home a little man for her Best Actress turn (or should that be pirouette?) in Black Swan.

The glam factor usually steps up a notch compared with the earlier awards ceremonies (even the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards) and this year was no exception.

There were some hot, new trends on the red carpet as well as some old faithfuls.

Nude sparkles: Combining two popular themes from earlier ceremonies, many stars chose to adorn their elegant nude gowns with a bit of bling. While there were many fabulous gowns (including Mandy Moore‘s Monique Lhuillier, Gwenyth Paltrow‘s Calvin Klein and Michelle Williams‘ Chanel), my favourites were Halle Berry and True Grit cutie Hailee Steinfeld, both in Marchesa.

Red: Blending into the red carpet was one of the top Oscar trends this year. Penelope Cruz went for sparkles in L’Wren Scott, Sandra Bullock went classic in Vera Wang, Jennifer Lawrence went sleek in Calvin Klein, and Oscars host Anne Hathaway went Hollywood glam in Valentino.

Purple: One of my favourite colours was also a favourite of the stars this year. All shades were covered from palest lavender (Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture) to laced lilac (Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture) to rich aubergine (Natalie Portman in Rodarte) and even deep magenta (Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabanna).

There were so many beautiful gowns, it’s difficult to choose just one! My favourites are Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Hudson in shocking orange Atelier Versace, Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood and, of course, Natalie Portman.

Who gets your vote?

by Lauren

friday film: organizing the bookcase

February 25, 2011 in entertainment by Lauren

Can you believe it’s Friday again already? Admittedly it’s been a big week for me, but it seems to have just flown (pun intended).

To celebrate the impeding arrival of the weekend, today’s Friday film is cute and upbeat. I was made aware of it by the brilliant Anthology Magazine (seriously, check it out) and the combination of Rodrigo y Gabriela with those beautiful books brought a real smile to my jet-lagged face. Enjoy!

by Lauren

in the news: virgin blue on the runway

February 24, 2011 in fashion, news by Lauren

I’ll admit I’m not usually keen on corporate uniforms – I love the fun of choosing what to wear each day – but I’m rather impressed with Virgin Blue’s new compulsory wear.

Project Runway Australia winner Julie Grbac designed the eye-catching red and purple outfits, which replace the more sedate tan and red outfits formerly worn by the hosties.

Grbac’s inspiration came from the 1960s, when flight attendants were the most glamorous and stylish of women.

The men haven’t been forgotten either, looking sharp in three piece suits with bold neckties.

Richard Branson wasn’t there for yesterday’s launch but Aussie supermodel Elle Macpherson led the hosties down the runway – and I must say she looks fabulous, doesn’t she?

by Lauren

lusting for: lucerne peasant blouse

February 23, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

Looks like Anthropologie has released another Swiss-inspired item of clothing, just in time for my arrival.

The boy and I arrived in Switzerland yesterday after 31 hours in transit from Brisbane – Singapore – London – Geneva.

Lucerne is the next major town so it’s very apt that Anthro has just released the Lucerne Peasant Blouse.

Its beautiful eyelet sleeves would be a little too chilly to wear here at the moment, but come spring I think it would be perfect for a romantic stroll around the lake.

If you would like your own little piece of Switzerland, the blouse is available from Anthropologie for $138.

by Lauren

design a t-shirt for queen

February 22, 2011 in music by Lauren

Legendary rock band Queen is preparing for its 40th birthday – and they need a hand from your creative selves.

In partnership with Talenthouse, Queen is offering fashion designers, illustrators and graphic designers the chance to become part of history by creating a t-shirt design featuring the band’s famous logo.

The selected t-shirt will be sold in Queen’s online stores, on the band’s official site and on the Mercury Phoenix Trust website. The winning design will also be featured on the band’s Facebook page, which has over 7.5 million fans.

All proceeds will be donated to fighting AIDS worldwide through the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity set up in Freddie Mercury’s name – so not only will you be getting global recognition for your design, you’ll also be helping those less fortunate!

The winning artist will receive $1,500 and a further 10 designers who receive the most votes will share a prize pool of $1,500. All submitted designs will be reviewed and judged by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Submissions close 19 April 2011 so head over to the Talenthouse website for all the details.

Queen will also be collaborating with Talenthouse on two other creative initiatives – stay tuned for more details!

Here’s a little ditty to inspire you to greatness…

Page 1 of 512345