So last year marked my very first critique of best and worst dressed for the Oscars. Since then I have decided to make this a new tradition on M. Renee's Closet that I like to call The Best and Not So Best Looks of the Oscars. I really want to steer clear from using the term "Worst", because after all haven't we all at one point left our homes in something that probably should have remained in our closets or in some cases the store all together? My belief is that there is always room for improvement when it comes to our wardrobe selections good or questionable. And now without further adieu, my selections for this years Best and not so Best Looks of the Oscars 2016!!!
Not only does she have an impeccable voice, but also impeccable style as she is seen here channeling Old Hollywood glamour in this Safiyaa creation.
To me Jared's sense of style is a mixture of classic sophistication and a bit of rebelness rolled into one which is hot! In addition to the sharp contrasting red piping on both th blazer and pants, he also decides to break away from the traditional bow tie in favor of a matching carnation. Very clever Mr. Leto!!!
Ok, so last year I marked Patricia's choice of looks as a bit dowdy and not well put together. This year she's really kicked things up a notch with a curve hugging, off-the-shoulder number by Marina Rinaldi. By the way, did you see her hair? Yeah, I did too. MUCH better Patricia!!!
Reese was another one that I gave low marks on last year, but not by much. The hair, makeup and bodice of her dress aged her a bit, however this year she managed to return to her classically beautiful self. One of my many favorite designers, Oscar de la Renta (God rest his soul), has and always will be known for beautiful silhouettes that blends Old Hollywood gaiety with a modern flair. This off-the-shoulder number complements her hourglass figure well, and the royal purple color does wonders for her lovely skin tone.
I seriously cannot recall a red carpet moment where Charlize looked anything but radiant, and this year was no exception. I like to call this look "Lady in Red Redefined" with this sultry red, curve hugging gown by Dior Haute Couture and plunging neckline.
So last night I learned something important. There are certain outfit combinations that simply do not work, and boardroom mixed with evening wear is one of them. Had this particular dress not been a maxi, then I would've felt differently about it.
I love Kate and I love Ralph Lauren. However this look...not so much. It looked to me like it was constructed from several Hefty bags and vinyl that may have been rather noisy when she moved.
My girl Heidi can usually pull off any look,except for this one. As with Charlotte Rampling's dress, Heidi's was a mixture of ethereal, sex appeal and a bit of edge that culminated into a disaster.
Again with yet another combination that failed with me in the form of this Versace creation that Kerry Washington wore last night. For me it was a mixture of goddess and dominatrix.
What do you get when you strip your grandmother's couch of all its fabric, sew it into a baggy frock then dress it on a woman with a small frame? You get Amy Poehler in this Andres GN nightmare. Sorry Amy, but it was a huge miss.
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Ok, so last time we went over some really awesome traditional ideas that you fellas could wow your sweetheart with this Valentine's Day. Now on to the not-so traditional, but before I go on, I would also like to address another audience that might be reading this post, the singles. Being single myself, I am well aware of the begrudging feeling of seeing everyone in a relationship receive numerous gifts and adoration. As I am also well too familiar with the seemingly poignant message that "Valentine's Day is a day for couples only. NO SINGLES ALLOWED." That is why I have decided to make part two of this post more of an "All Inclusive" deal. Though these unique ideas are something that couples can do this years if looking for something different, it can also serve as a way to break the mundane of entertaining a pity at home and help those who are feeling the Valentine's Day blues of being single realize they are fabulous too!
One really neat idea for both couples and singles this Valentine's Day is feeding your inner hobbyist. A personal favorite of mine is visiting my local bookstore, Half-Price Books in Overland Park, KS. It is not only a wonderful way to satisfy the literary lover in your sweetheart, but also a terrific way for singles to pick up new hobbies through information books, or to get reacquainted with an old favorite read.
This is a picture of my beautiful fur baby Boots when he first came to me as a stray a few years ago. That is when I learned of a local organization call KC Pet Project and their wonderful work to help find loving homes for abandoned and abused animals. This is another wonderful way to spend Valentine's Day with either yourself or your sweetie by giving a rescued animal a loving forever home. Also KC Pet Project are always looking for volunteers throughout the year as well as donations of food, toys and supplies.
Recently I've decided to take up cooking which was a really fun idea for Valentine's Day last year. Not only was I able to learn new cooking techniques, but also enjoy time with my family by making them a loving homemade meal. This is also a perfect idea for both couples and singles. It gets people involved and leaves more time to enjoy one another's company whether it's with a sweetheart or close friends and family.
No matter if you're with someone special or single, Valentine's Day can be a great day for everyone. Hope you enjoy yours. Until next we meet, STAY FABULOUS!!!
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This one's for the fellas. So once again it's that time of year when you walk into stores of what seems to be an endless array of reds, pinks and hearts with frilly lace as far as the human eye can see. For many who are coupled up, it can be an overwhelming time of year when that one burning questions starts to echo in the back of the mind, "What are we going to do for Valentine's Day this year?" Believe me when I say that there isn't anything to worry about, for the following ideas will not only make for a memorable Valentine's Day, but will also show that there is truly something for everyone!
If your special lady is into the traditional Valentine's Day gaiety, then these gift ideas are just for you. Of course nothing says "I love and adore you" like a beautiful bouquet of sweet-smelling floral arrangements. No matter what your taste or budget, one of the perfect places to get a lovely floral arrangement will always be FTD. And now with FTD.com you can have flowers sent to your special lady anytime, anywhere. With so many arrangements to choose from, nothing will ever beat a dozen of these gorgeous long-stem roses.
Another great Valentine's Day tradition, of course, is the candy, and if you're a Kansas City native like I am, then you'll know one name is synonymous with excellence in chocolate. That's right, Russell Stover! Since their early beginnings in 1923, Russell Stover has been the number one in the chocolate confection business in Kansas City, as well as globally. In addition to their confections being sold in local grocers, Russell Stovers are also known for their stand alone chocolate shops with eleven locations throughout both Kansas and Missouri which boasts other selections such as coffees, ice-creams, and cookies which makes for a perfectly sweet date night!
And lastly for the traditionalist lady in your life, a few gifts that she will surely appreciate. Now this is strictly depending on some of her likes, but my personal faves always come from the jewelry and fragrance perspective. Of course you can go the simple route and have the wonderful experts at your local jewelry or department store give you a hand at picking one out, or if you really want to got he extra mile, why not make some of your own! A perfect way to combine a date and gift together is by doing something creative. For fragrance, one of the most amazing places is Blend formally known as S- Scents in the shops of Hawthorne Plaza in Overland Park, KS. Blend offers an array of essential oils and carriers for your love to create a special fragrance that is uniquely her own. Plus why not make a few manly scents for yourself as well! Also, while keeping up with the theme of V-Day creativity, take a trip to your local Pandora to have her create a one of a kind piece that she will cherish forever!
So of course this only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Valentine's Day treats. Stay tuned Friday for some of my not-so traditional Valentine's Day finds as well as a little something for the singles out there. Until next time, stay FABULOUS!!!
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Cupid - Preston-Peabody, Josephine. "Cupid and Psyche." Myth of ***. Siteseen Ltd., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
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Hey there Lovelies!!! With Valentine's Day fast approaching, some may be scrambling for the perfect gift for that special someone. Tomorrow, I will be sharing some awesome ideas as well as some things to do around town to treat your special sweetie. All this and more when next we meet on M. Renee's Closet!!!