Monday, April 30, 2012

nerd prom best dressed

Seeing as this is a D.C.-based style blog, it's only fitting to discuss this weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner. While I was unimpressed by Hollywood's hottest starlets, like Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian and Kate Upton, I was nicely surprised by some of the high profile attendees. The celebrity guests love to play the role of "D.C. insider" at this event, and they certainly dress the part. There was an onslaught of neutral colors, with a dash of sparkle for interest. The silhouettes were modest and accessories, hair and makeup were minimal. Reese Witherspoon looked adorable with her little baby bump and gorgeous earrings. I also really loved Rachel Zoe's fairy-like prairie dress.

I love that Washington takes center stage for this event and celebrities direct the style spotlight to the District. However, Hollywood kind of steals the show, and I'd love to see some broadcasters step it up next year, considering the night is actually all about them. I think Mika Brzezinski, some of the CNBC women and Lisa Ling (my idol!) could really hold their own and experiment with some glamorous styles.

Friday, April 27, 2012

paule marrot

A few months ago I inquired about the amazing art in this picture featured on I Suwannee. Well I was browsing Dwell Studio and stumbled across the same beautiful piece.

The "painting" is actually a textile from French artist Paule Marrot's archives. Marrot was an artist and textile designer in the twentieth century. Her bold colors and modern patterns are associated with the Art Deco movement. She hobnobbed with royalty and Jacqueline Kennedy actually based the decor of a White House room on one of her pieces.

I adore the bright colors and whimsical prints in Marrot's work. "Feathers" is still my favorite, but I can't stop looking at "Clouds." A couple of pieces are being sold at Dwell Studio, but you can check out her whole collection at her website. You can even buy rugs and furniture. I would love to get my hands on this carpet. They're out of my price range, but I'm daydreaming about filling a future home with this beautiful art.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

j. crewing

Is J. Crew kidding me with their current merchandise? I am absolutely dying over the beautiful colors they have this season. From pastels and neons to primary colors and earth tones, everything they're selling makes me so happy. The only downside is that I can't own literally every item above.

They've been selling their neon pink since last year and it's still my favorite tone. I have a t-shirt, silk blouse, necklace and shorts in that color, but want to add a pencil skirt and at least one style of pants. The new mint green is so beautiful. The mint midi skirt is so feminine and almost ethereal.

The pieces seem like they are made for colorblocking, and I think it would be fun to experiment with the different aspects of that trend, like mixing tones. The bright pink jeans with the fuchsia belt and the neon rose silk blouse would be pink perfection. I'd also wear the green pencil skirt with the mint blouse and blue espadrilles. I would link to the above pieces, but literally everything on the site is in this same vein and there are tons of gorgeous looks that I left out. Check it out and let me know your favorites!

Images via J. Crew

Monday, April 23, 2012

my day job

Like most of you wonderful bloggers, as much as I love Doux Rousse, I have a regular job. I work at NBC Washington here in D.C. I love what I do and am super lucky. The drawbacks are waking up at 3:30 every morning, but I also get really cool opportunities like this one. A little while ago I went out and interviewed Stacy London about her Style Tours that she was launching in the area.

Stacy is so amazing. First of all, she's so dynamic. Interviewing her was so easy. She gives amazing sound bites and knows exactly what she's talking about when it comes to style, demographics and business. Her mission with Style Tours and Style for Hire is awesome: aiming to make fashion accessible and not intimidating. She was so friendly and professional. She looked gorgeous and asked her "people" if her hair color looked anything like mine because she had just dyed it for the first time ever the day before! Gone was her famous grey streak, replaced by gorgeous honey highlights.

As a broadcast journalist, and a style lover, Stacy is one of the people I look up to most. She's fashion-minded but has a great work ethic and really knows what she's doing. Hope you enjoy the video! If you want, you can check out the story here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

lacy laser cut leather

I have a thing for lacy laser cut leather (say that ten times fast). I loved when Heidi Klum wore the trend in a metallic dress, and I'm dying for Nicole Richie's more gothy version. It's a great way to take simple silhouettes and add interest and dimension. Leather tends to be rather stiff, and putting intricate detailing gives it more movement. It takes away some of the toughness and adds femininity while also being a little flirty, exposing unexpected skin.

Inspired by Miss Richie, I'm dying to get in on this trend. I love it in surprising pieces, like a t-shirt, but it's also a fun way to make basic pieces, like an a-line skirt and shorts, edgy and unique. Nicole and Heidi both went all out for the trend, Nicole paired her top with similar looking black waxed jeans, and Heidi wore it in an entire dress, and was anything but basic with the silver color. However, I think this could look equally as cute worn in a more subtle way. It would give a leather jacket a girlie feel, or add some sexiness to a pair of menswear inspired oxford shoes.

ASOS Top With Laser Cut Broderie // Chloƫ Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Laser Cut Leather Skirt // ALICE by Temperley Libre Laser Cut Leather Shorts // Haider Ackermann Laser Cut Oxford // AllSaints Dana Jacket

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

coachella queen

Coachella is upon us, and I think we all knew who the best dressed would be at the music festival before it even began. Over the years, Kate Bosworth has transformed from the California surfer girl we all wished we could be to the epitome of hipster chic.

Her place in sartorial history was solidified last year at Coachella, with that American flag shirt and desert booties. She didn't disappoint this time around, either. From her western top with black cutoffs to her Hunter boots and anorak, she's like the American Kate Moss, perfecting the casual edginess of rock chic. Even her poses are cool. I love her side slouch and how she throws her arm around boyfriend Michael Polish, showing that, although she looks like the ultimate groupie, she's not one to stand in the wings.

Every year, Miss Bosworth's Coachella style foreshadows the trends that will be everywhere in the upcoming year, so expect to see lots of designer sneakers, coral lips and heavy accessories.

Friday, April 13, 2012

editorial love part deux

Something must be in the water in Germany. Just as I was getting over the chicness of this Vogue Germany spread, I fell in love with this editorial of Yana Sotnikova for Grazia Germany. While the Vogue spread was all about flawless hair and makeup, these pictures caught my eye with the amazing styling. The gorgeous colors, prints and textures evoke feelings of traditional Mexican garb, while the setting shows a more modern Mexico. The accessories, including tribal necklaces and festive footwear, complement the images perfectly. The brightness of the pictures makes me crave the heat of Spring and Summer even more.

Note: I'm not sure what was wrong with the rest of the images, I will re-upload them later this weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

editorial love

How beautiful are these images of Barbara Palvin for Vogue Germany? She's channeling Lana del Rey with the thick, shiny red hair and the makeup is to die for. I love all the exaggerated eyes from the bronze and charcoal smokey eyes to the cat-eye liner to the spidery lashes. Combined with the different colored matte lips and bronze skin, it's springtime perfection. The clothes are texturally rich, in eyelet, tweed and embellished and the jewelry is loud, metallic and amazing. I'm basically obsessed with the first picture and will try to emulate it all season.

Images via WhoWhatWear

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

top knot

Call it a top knot, ballerina bun, sock bun, whatever. From blogs to the red carpet to magazines, messy buns are everywhere, and nobody is happier about it than me. With long, wavy, layered hair, sometimes (a lot of times), I just have to throw my hair on the top of my head and call it a day. The fact that this can now be considered in style makes my life a whole lot more convenient. Granted, a lot of these buns involve some straightening, teasing or special tools, but I'm just glad that easy hair is taking center stage.

Images via Pinterest

Friday, April 6, 2012

are you ready to go back to titanic?

Umm... yes! What twenty-something girl is not thrilled that Titanic is coming back? I've already watched it on T.V. (and even got my boyfriend to watch!) and am totally planning on seeing it in 3D. The movie was a girl's fantasy when it first came out. The gorgeous cinemetography, award-winning score, beautiful costumes, epic love story and some actor named Leonardo Dicaprio.

One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Kate Winslet appears the first time. She's so aloof with her gorgeous luggage and perfect posture. She steps out into the street filled with steam from the cars and boats and the epic music kicks in and it's like Ahh!! TITANIC!!

Rose's wardrobe was so major, filled with gowns, corsets and intricate detailing, but her look in the first scene is one of my favorites. She's wearing a purple pinstripe skirt suit complete with a fabulous hat, umbrella and a sharp tie! I thought it would be fun to try to emulate her classic, elegant look with modern pieces. Rose looks so effortless and sophisticated but I think tailored cream trousers, a striped blazer and silk scarf work better for a current take on the look.

Smythe Piped One Button Blazer // Reiss Suzie Wide Leg Trousers // Forever 21 Wool Floppy Hat // Emilio Pucci Floral Silk Blue Scarf // Aspinal of London Ladies Umbrella

Images via Pinterest, Yahoo! Movies, IMDB

Thursday, April 5, 2012

a break for ice cream

I know ice cream isn't a common topic on this blog, but I have to talk about Ben & Jerry's new flavors. Greek yogurt is obviously a big trend in the food world these days and it seems that the dessert giant is cashing in.

The new frozen yogurt is available in Blueberry Vanilla Dream, Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Peanut Butter and Raspberry Fudge Chunk. I'm excited to try these frozen treats because those are some of the same toppings I add to my greek yogurt snacks. There are also fewer calories and more protein in the new flavors. However, they're still pretty loaded with sugar and fat, so it's not like they're a diet food. And I doubt they taste nearly as good as my beloved Phish Food.

I've never been the kind of gal who can replace unhealthy vices. Eat an ounce of dark chocolate when I'm craving craving cake? Get real. I'd end up eating both. So I'm not sure these frozen yogurts will be my new favorite dessert, but I'm excited to have a healthier alternative... for when I'm being good.