April 18, 2014

Easter weekend fashion

Easter weekend is upon us, and with dinners and parties it can get pretty hectic. Planning outfits for every event this weekend can get stressful, but it can also be super exciting to show off those new spring clothes! Trends for this season are awesome and easy to pair together with all the black and white that has been out there. An easy way to put together a fresh spring look is to wear black and white and then have a pop of colour, whether it is a top, shoes or an accessory or two.
Keep it fun and fresh and throw in some floral pieces to really bring the spring vibe to life. You can never go wrong with a nice dress for Easter dinner and to dress it up if it is a little more on the casual side, toss on a blazer and slip into a nice pair of heels! If you are anything like me though, it might be a good idea to wear something that doesn't fit too snug on your body. I tend to overeat at family dinners so I always have to remember to wear something a little more on the loose-fitting side. A loose blouse with pants is great, especially if you have a white blouse with pants that are bright or even patterned. A pantsuit can also be great for those dressier Easter events where if you do not want to wear a dress, a pantsuit is still fabulous!
When it comes to Easter beauty, you can't go wrong with a lip colour that pops. Orange is all the rage for spring and there are so many shades that everyone can find the right shade of orange! A good way to have your lipstick last through eating and drinking is to choose a long wearing lip colour, or even a matte lipstick. Matte colours tend to last a lot longer, and contrary to popular belief, not all of them dry out the lips.  A lot of brands put moisturizers in their matte lipsticks so that it feels soft and moisturizing and wont dry out your lips.
Play around with the trends and make them your own with your own style. Remember to have fun with fashion and beauty! Drink some champagne and go on those Easter egg hunts and I hope all of you have an amazing Easter weekend filled with good food and drinks!













xoxo
-rca

April 11, 2014

VanStyle

On Friday, March 28, 2014, I had the pleasure of attending the second annual VanStyle fashion show. It was so awesome to be invited to this event that showcased some great designers. The show this year was held after the craziness of Vancouver Fashion Week calmed down and the venue was Caprice nightclub. Unfortunately, my photos did not turn out at all and I could not get a photographer for the night so the photos that I have posted are from Mike Phang photography (visit www.mikephang.com for more photos from the event as well as from VFW) and from the Vanstyle Facebook page.
The red carpet was rolled out for the guests and the show ended up having a great turnout. I got to meet some fellow fashion bloggers (who post more than I do, of course) and watch a well put together event. The designers that were showcased were Brandy Melville, Skout, Sofia, Arcane Fashion, Ego Closet, and Marianne Greaves. There are plenty more photos of the pieces that were showcased by the designers on the VanStyle website (www.vanstyled.com) so I highly recommend checking it out to see great photos from the show.
The MC for the event did an awesome job and both of the singers that were performing between designers were so good. Everyone that was involved in the show did such an amazing job and I want to thank Nicole Wong for inviting me to this event. I had a blast and I hope to be a part of it again in the future!













Photo credit: Mike Phang Photography, and VanStyle

xoxo
-rca

March 03, 2014

2014 Oscars Best and Worst Dressed

Last night was the 86th Annual Academy Awards, aka the biggest night in Hollywood. Everyone dresses to impress in their most fabulous gowns of the season. But unfortunately, they can't all be out of this world amazing. There have to be some losers in the fashion game of who had the best gown. I do have to say though, there were a lot of gowns that would have been easily overlooked if it hadn't been for the stars wearing them.
While I felt there were a lot of neutrals this year, there was also the usual pop of colour, like Jennifer Lawrence in red and Viola Davis in teal. some gowns were simple and while simple can sometimes be stunning, there were some gowns where simple just was not Oscar-worthy. So here is a list of my personal top ten picks for best and worst dressed and last nights awards show.

BEST DRESSED
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier

Laura Dern in Alberta Ferretti

Meryl Streep in Lanvin

Goldie Hawn in a champagne gold gown

Kate Hudson in Versace

WORST DRESSED
Lady Gaga in Versace
We all know Lady Gaga just wants to shock everyone, but what I found shocking is how she got into this gown. The pose she is seen doing in the above photo is the only pose she could do to make it not look like she was spilling out of the dress. This gown looked gorgeous on the runway, but I have to say that it was not flattering on Miss Gaga. 

Elsa Pataky in a teal gown
It pained me to see Elsa Pataky in this gown. She is so stunning and even though she is ready to pop out that baby, she could have chosen so many other options for the Oscars. She could have taken a tip from Kerri Washington and chosen a more flattering gown. This one makes her breasts look like they are sagging a little and if she extended an arm too far she could have had a wardrobe malfunction. This was such an awful choice for her.

Gabourey Sidibe in Theia
What is this!? As soon as I saw her walk out to present I choked on my Coca Cola! This has got to be one of the most unflattering gowns I have ever seen. I don't think anyone in the world could have gotten away with this dress! It is definitely at the top of the worst dressed.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci
Once again, Anne has gone for a pencil style gown. She seems to love this particular cut in a dress and while it does look good with her figure, the chest-plate looking design on the front is too much. The only thing about this dress that I like is that she learned from her mistake last year and didn't have it looking like she was high beaming everyone the entire time.

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Haute Couture
I actually really like the bottom half of this gown. The top half is what I really do not like about it. While so many stars have chosen the neutral colours, they all kind of blended in with each other and did not look much different. This one however, was not flattering in the chest area. It at least made her look like she weighs more than 95 pounds, which is a good thing.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang
I was so disappointed with this! I love, love, LOVE Vera Wang and I think Emma Watson is so beautiful! This look however, was not Oscar-worthy at all. It looked like she was wearing a shimmery t-shirt with a full skirt. The Oscars are about glamour and this gown just screamed casual to me, and the colour just did not look good on her. She should have gone with all black, or something a little brighter.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
I really like the way this dress moved when she walked, it was so fun! But it seemed like something that would have been more appropriate at the Golden Globes or the Emmys. The shoes she wore also a little too 90s for me. It is like the last century was fighting over which decade would get to be part of her Oscars look. This was definitely a dress that would have looked better if it was knee length, not full.

Sally Hawkins in Valentino
I did not like this dress at all. It looked way too heavy for her small frame and the sleeves were too long for her as well. It was also a little too busy for my liking. I know that a lot of stars went the simple route and their dresses got lost, but this one was too much. Not only that but I found her hair and makeup could have been a lot better as well. Overall, not a good look.

Cate Blanchett in Armani
At first I actually like this gown, but the more I looked at it the more I disliked it. I was waiting for those things attached to it to fly away or something. I wish it didn't have all of those things all over it. It might have looked a lot nicer if it was more simple with a single embellishment on it maybe. The bottom of the gown also, to me, resembled a bed skirt.

Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham
Did a spider make her gown? That was one of my first thoughts when I saw this. I feel like this gown aged her quite a bit as well. I wish it didn't have the spiderweb feature about it. I don't know if it was meant to catch flies or not because it did not get her any Oscars, nor did it get her put on the best dressed list. At least her hair and makeup lasted through the rain.

So there it is, me opinions for best and worst dressed at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. What was your picks?

xoxo
-rca



February 23, 2014

One more week

In exactly one week, the 86th Annual Academy Awards will be happening. Hollywood’s elite will be attending in the most fashionable attire, but some not so much. There will be a lot of hits as well as a lot of misses, but who will be at the top and who will flop this year? Will stars that have been on the worst dressed list be able to redeem themselves this year? Or will they make the same mistakes all over again. 
Personally, I am hoping that we will be seeing a lot more hits than misses, but in all honesty, I don't see it happening. Granted, I will be judging dresses based on my own opinion, as usual, and not based on what all the fashion elite think. Given my past Oscar's posts, I have not been a fan of a lot of dresses that have been posted everywhere as "the best dressed". A perfect example of that is Jennifer Aniston at last years Oscar's. I LOVED her gown and thought she looked amazing, however, many bloggers and magazines would have disagreed with me. Another example would be all the stars I put on my "losers" list. I thought a lot of the dresses were awful, but if you were to look at the majority of best and worst dressed lists, they thought the opposite. 
Nevertheless, I am excited as always to see what the stars will be wearing and which designers have been preferred to others. There is just a week more to wait until the most anticipated awards show of the year and I can not wait! So stay tuned for my take on who was the best dressed and who dropped the ball.

xoxo
-rca

January 23, 2014

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Jazz up your workout

Party season is far from over and if you haven't already, it is time to get back into shape! But, it can be hard to get motivated in the dreary January weather, especially when the sunny days are rare. Not to worry though, there are simple ways to jazz up that workout and really get you motivated. One way is to switch up the usual routine, but another way is to switch up your workout attire!
During the many gloomy days of winter, slipping into neutral black and grey workout wear doesn't have to be the norm. Get excited about working out and brighten the day by adding some colour! Neon colours can put a smile on your face without being tacky looking. So brighten up your winter by throwing on some bright runners or a neon tank and turn heads in a good way!








xoxo
-rca