Graduation dresses

Graduation is right around the corner! It’s a time for celebrating knowledge, freedom, and the future. I am so excited to go to college and learn new things, but I’m also excited for the ceremony. Many girls take this as an opportunity to wear something cute under their robes, often choosing the color white. As much as I like white dresses (they always look so fresh and clean) there are so many other options! Don’t be afraid to go out of the box with a color or a pattern. Stores are bursting with great summer options perfect for wearing under your graduation robe.

As for choosing what’s graduation appropriate, definitely go with something short, so that it’s underneath the robe. Wear something with thicker straps so they don’t fall off your shoulders underneath the robe. Make sure the fabric is light because generally the robes are polyester, aka sweaty. Also, as in as high necklines are right now, make sure it doesn’t look weird sticking out from your robe. Also in regard to the robe, try not to go for a clashing color scheme, or worse (in my opinion) matching.

Macy’s

Macy’s

American Eagle

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H&M

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This one also comes in pink, which I actually like better, but the white one is on the model.

Pacsun

Lulu’s

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Lulu’s

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Forever 21

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JCPenney

Congrats to all you graduates out there!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

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Fashion show

My first fashion show was a success! The event was held at a beautiful venue called Macoluso’s near my town, and it benefited a senior class event. Anyone in  my senior class could participate and could choose from categories of sportswear, semi formal, and formal. I decided to make my dress and had an absolute blast!

I based my dress from a Tshirt dress pattern I already had, but I cut the panels individually and sewed the dress in pieces. The top purple section is actually made from an old curtain, and the bottom blue part is a piece of my junior prom dress. My blocking was inspired by the famous Yves Saint Laurent ’60s. I really loved how simple the shape was, but how cool and modern the blocking was.

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Yves Saint Laurent

My dress! Thanks to my fabulous photographer and friend Anna for these beautiful pictures.



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Anna and me

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

2017 Golden Globes red carpet

The Golden Globes were fantastic last night! La La Land swept every category it was nominated for, Meryl Streep delivered a beautiful speech when accepting the “Lifetime achievement” award, and most of all, every star made a statement on the runway! There were so many amazing looks, but also some eh ones that took my eye.

The guys

Men in tuxes is probably my favorite thing about any fancy occasions, I appreciate the tailoring of a good tux or and love when a guy chooses to go off the standard black route.

From left to right:

Eddie Redmayne-Prada. Eddie is so attractive and putting him in a tux made me melt.

Pharrel Williams-Chanel. This was a really cool and really different look that I think would look weird on anyone besides Pharell.

Donald Glover (Childish Gambino)-Gucci. This tux is so unfortunate, I couldn’t tell if it was silk or corduroy.

Ryan Gosling-Gucci. A white tux can sometimes look a little “waiter” but Ryan looked handsome as hell and added class with the little red flower.

My least favorites

These ladies went for something else and really missed the mark with their looks.

Anna Kendrick-Vionette. At first I loved this dress, the color is beautiful and the skirt flows so gracefully; then I saw the top. I just don’t understand the boob situation, the stlye is so unflattering and odd and the diagonal shoulder strap makes it worse.

Felicity Jones-Gucci. I couldn’t decide if this dress was made for an 8 year old or an 80 year old. Though the colors are nice, the weird lace with the puffy skirt gave off some weird vibes.

Kerrie Washington-Dolce and Gabanna. For a lot of people, this dress was a hit, for me it looked like a craft project. Kerrie’s makeup and styling was beautiful and she looked great in gold, but the weird accessory in the front, the material of the dress, and the sleeves made the dress so complicated and weird.

Zoe Saldana-Gucci. The first thing I thought of when I saw this dress was in Disney’s animated Cinderella, she gets her pink dress destroyed by her evil step sisters. The colors of this dress look great on Zoe, just not together. The tiered skirt and the boy made it super girly and a little immature for her.

The ones I can’t decide on

These ladies had some cool dresses that I liked for some reasons, but for others had me totally confused.

Tracee Ellis Ross-Zuhair Murad. Tracee looked so stunning in this cocktail length dress, but it was something about the proportions that confused me. Her butt looked A+ amazing but her top looked kind of smushed. I totally love the sheer sparkly fabric though and her red lips made her look even cooler.

Carrie Underwood-Iris Serban. The more I look at this dress, the more I like it. The color is so pretty on Carrie and the style really flatters her figure. The whole top of her dress is really exciting but the ruffles with the belt thing, with the structure was a little much for me.

Hailee Steinfeld-Vera Wang. Lavender is my most favorite color ever and doing it with a long flowing skirt makes it 10 times more whimsical. My problem is once again with the top of the dress, my friend cleverly stated it looked like “boob curtains”. I think this dress could have been so much cooler if the top matched the whimsical style of the bottom instead of going weird and sheer.

Drew Barrymore-Lee Harris. When Drew walked out I thought that her dress was covered in really long Q-tips. It was actually really cool crystal thingies, but I didn’t like how everything was placed and the colors made her looked a little washed out and oddly shaped.

The goodies

These ladies KILLED it and looked stunning AF.

Brie Larson-Rodarte. Wearing a red dress on the red carpet risks camoflauge, but Brie looked so stunning in cherrry. Her waist looks so tiny and the cut is so flattering, her sparles and simple styling gives her a timeless vibe.

Gina Rodrigues-Naeem Khan. I loved this dress so much. It reminded me of the 20’s flapper style but more modern because of the length. The deep v and the sparkeles made Gina stand out and look like a diamond.

Issa Rae-Christain Siriano. Issa’s body looked so incredible despite the fact that she was all covered. This further proves that mystery is sexy and she absolutely glowed in white.

Jessica Biel-Ellie Saab. This dress was straight up cool. It was totally original and funky and I loved the cool flowers. I loved that the top was so open and the skirt was fuller but the whole thing looked sexy.

Kristen Wiig-Reem Acra. Kristen looked like a pretty fairy in this dress. The color, lace, and cut is all so flattering and her pixie cut  looks so good. She almost twinned with Michelle Williams, but I think Kristen pulled ahead.

Emma Stone-Valentino. Emma can do no wrong, she is stunning in every way. Her dress was classy and flowy and the stars were straight up cool.

My QUEENS

These two ladies ruled the runway.

Sarah Jessica Parker-Vera Wang. SJP is my queen always and this dress furthered her regal status. She looked elegant, stunning, and everything inbetween.I loved the drama of the sleeves and the skirt and the little belt added the right amount of sparkle. Her hair also looked super cool in the sort of “milk maid fishtail” look.

Lilly Collins-Zuhain Murad. Lilly stuns me with her beauty each time she walks down the red carpet. The dress is so perfect and elegant, I love how modest it is in the front but the back has a nice deep scoop. She looks so incredible with red lipstick and her eyebrows are as always on point.

Tell me your favorite looks of the red carpet!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

 

The Little black dress

The little black dress has been an iconic wardrobe necessity since Audrey Hepburn started the trend. Since then it has been cut, bedazzled, painted, fringed, and everything in between. The lbd has become a wardrobe staple for high school students to celebrities. Though the little black dress obviously has to be “little” and “black” that doesn’t mean it has to be boring in any sense. Practically brand has come up with their own style of the lbd to suit every girl out there.

fx21 deep plunge                                                             fx21 crisscross

tillys spaghetti strap                                                                 tillys babydoll

zara shoulder cutouts                                                              zara sheer

h&m lace                                                                  h&m one shoulder

Lulu’s ruffles                                                              Lulu’s line cutouts

AA velvet                                                                          AA metallic

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

Prom

For many schools, prom is coming up in May or June. Though this seems like a long ways a way, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into this night for many high schoolers. At my school the junior and senior prom are separate and at junior you wear short dresses while long dresses are worn at senior. Many of my friends have started looking for dresses, and some people started a Facebook group for all the junior girls in the grade to see what others are wearing. I happen to be going to 2 proms, and since a lot of the same people will be at both proms, I have to wear 2 dresses! Shopping for dresses can be a little stressful and expensive, so here are some styles that are really in this year as well as some great places to look.

Brands:

David’s Bridal

Sherri Hill

Jovani

Websites:

Promgirl

Simply Dresses

Rent the runway

Macy’s

For shoes, I’m probably going to wear the same shoes for both and I’m going to stick between 4/5 inches. My date is 5’11 and I’m 5’3 so I could go higher, but I don’t want to be in pain all night.

Nordstrom

Lulu’s

DSW

Payless

Also, as a side note, if you are in need of some glam, check out Mirina collections and use my code sarah20m to get 20% off!

There are so many different styles out there for dresses and shoes, it may take a little while to find one that’s right for you, but I hope this gives you some guidance! Happy shopping!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

 

 

The Oscars, best of the red carpet

Leonardo DicCaprio won!!! This years Oscars was obviously amazing for that reason and for the other amazing movies. As usual, the red carpet looked great as well, here are some of my favorite looks.

 

Priyanka Chopra: Zuhair Murad, once again the stereotype of lace being old and dated is irrelevant as this ZM gown is sexy, modern, sleek, and definitely not grandma like.

Olivia Wilde: Valentino, Liv is getting lots of attention for this completely backless and partly frontless dress, yet remains on my best dressed list. The slim pleats on the skirt and armor-like shoulder pads are so fierce and sexy.

Emily Blunt: Prada, the pale pink of this dress was pretty and feminine to go with her fin curls, plus totally flattered her slightly pregnant belly.

Rooney Mara: Givenchy, The lace on this dress was so elegant and sleek, Rooney always looks so cool and her hair is so on point.

Heidi Klum: Marchesa, I loved this look it was light and airy, the colors were gorgeous and reminded me of fairies.

Kate Blanchett: Armani, this was the first dress I saw when turning on my Tv and I immediately fell in love with it. Like Heidi’s, Kate’s dress is whimsical and fair like, though hers steps it up a bit with the plunging neckline and ice blue. The texture on this dress was fantastic and every angle looked amazing.

 

Brie Larson (winner!!) : Gucci, Brie looked so powerful in this emerald blue and she really stood out in the sea of pastel colors.

Alicia Vikander (winner!!) : Louis Vuitton, all I could think of was that Alicia looked like the real life version of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and she rocked it!

Saoirsi Ronan: Calvin Klein, This dress was so perfect for the red carpet, it has flash and sex appeal while still remaining classy.

Rachel McCadams: August Getty Atelier, In my opinion this was the sexiest dress of the night. The slit was way high and the open back made a daring plunge, however the deep green kept the look from being trashy, upholding Rach’s steller red carpet reputation.

Xoxo,

Sarah.A