Oscars 2019 Best Dressed

Howdy Y’all,

Today I bring you TLL roundup of the best dressed of this years Academy Awards. I must start by saying I thought this years dresses were very disappointing, I liked so little. It did confirm to me that award seasons dresses so often look better or the womanly woman, which should be celebrated since it so rarely is in fashion these days. What did we learn? Metallic is going to be huge this season as is color in particular yellow. Pink was on a popular choice in all tones and lavender. There were many looks which were almost there but either the color choice didn’t suit the skin tone or the slit was too high of the neckline too short. The exciting thing about the nine ladies who made the cut is that each dress was by a different designer, which keeps fashion exciting and invigorating. So if you are in the dress market for a gala, ball or event may this inspire you, if not just enjoy. Who did you like?

Emilia Clarke, Balmain. Pretty lavender metallic dress, simple, elegant and a beautiful silhouette. This dress is sophisticated but youthful at the same time. I love the simplicity of her minimal accessories so the dress is the centerpiece which I think makes it look modern. My best dressed of the evening by a country mile she is the mother of dragons and fashion. Plus secretly love to see a Brit as best dressed.

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Constance Wu, Versace. Exquisite color for her skin tone, I love a bold color but in a softer fabric makes it pretty and feminine. Several woman this evening wore bold colors with too strong a silhouette or detail and it fought each other and didn’t work. She looks comfortable and happy and that makes it an Oscar winner.

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Jennifer Hudson, Ellie Saab. Red is a bold choice for a carpet. Jennifer demonstrates perfectly why womanly/hourglass figures really shine in award season, she has the curves to display the elegance and structure of this gown. Her curves wear the dress, the dress does not wear her. I love how the slit in the skirt is not too high which is why a few woman didn’t make TLL cut. Mr Saab is a genius at balance in a gown and the ruffles are proportioned perfectly by the one sleeve and layering. Hollywood glamour at its finest.

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Olivia Coleman, Prada. This lady can do no wrong for me, firstly she makes no secret of feeling uncomfortable with all the attention and I love that she wore something that she is comfortable in. I secretly hoped she would wear green, it suits her so. I love the high neck and embellished sleeves. She used the character she was nominated for as inspiration for the gown and touches of the embroidery on her dress reflect Queen Anne, this shows what an intelligent and thoughtful person she is. Her pixie cut and simple earrings finish off her look and show her to be the Queen she is. She also dresses so age appropriate and in my opinion looks younger in the process.

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Jennifer Lopez, Tom Ford. She is no longer Jenny from the block, she is Hollywood royalty and tonight showed why. The dress fit her body wonderfully and she demonstrated how to wear the metallic dress. Miss Lopez kept her hair sleek and elegant and accessories to a minimum. Top marks.

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Dame Helen Miren, Schiaparelli. Love love love this color. The knockout pink look of the night. I love pink but most the frocks tonight were horrendous. Helen always shows a lady how to dress age appropriately but in a fashion forward way. She keeps herself covered up but creates a playful edge in the soft floaty skirt and demonstrates that woman do get better with age. Did you see her diamonds? Sorry folks but another British knockout.

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Emma Stone, LV. Sharp shoulder detail which flatters her slender frame. So elegant, her accessories were minimal which let the texture and color speak. The bronze color was unlike anything else tonight which suited her skin tone and made her standout and a metallic trend hit.

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Charlize Theron, Dior. I wanted to love this, I often think Charlize hits it out of the ball park in the fashion stakes. I just didn’t like the color with her new hair color and I am not sure about how the dress sits in the bust area. The style of the dress would have flattered a few of the maturer ladies better. I wish she had kept her hair blonde it would have been outstanding. I also think there was a little too much jewelry for my taste. It did demonstrate how sexy it is to be covered up and the back was stunning, a lovely dress and look if styled a little different.

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Marie Kondo, Jenny Packham. Not only is Marie teaching people to clean their homes but also how to dress. This pretty dress is soft, elegant and shows her petite frame to perfection, the soft pink is fashionable and the small metallic touches make it forward. I also love how she has covered her shoulders, she looks cute as a button and she will have to say many a thank you to that dress when she throws it out.

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To finish I had to leave with the man I thought hit a home run and for me this evening that was Rami Malek. He didn’t try to reinvent the wheel he kept it sharp and smart in Saint Laurent. Keeping it classy couldn’t be a better tribute to Mr Mercury.

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Have a wonderful week friends.

Ta Ta for now

Kate x

Monday Links & Loves

Howdy Y’all,

Happy Monday, how was your weekend? Good I hope! Full of love, fun and memory making. I had a particularly adult weekend as I went out both Friday and Saturday night. I am quite sure it will take me all week to recover. I do love going out and spending quality time with Mr L and friends. It is only that Little L is unaware of our escapades the next morning when she comes bounding in at 6am.  The words mama and papa had a late night don’t apply to her. I recommend the toddler alarm clock it is very persistent and will get even the most stubborn highnies out of bed. Plus could someone please explain to me the psychic abilities children have? How do they know the particular night they choose to wake several times is when mama has chosen to have that extra cocktail and nightcap!

So this week I caved to peer pressure for the first time in my life. A few of my friends have been using and discussing stitch fix, I have always been reluctant to try this service, mainly because I am tall and I love clothes. I have my style but I have noticed more and more with an energetic toddler and more demands on my time, I have less and less time to follow trends and to find particular cute items to add to my closet. So in the name of “blogging research” (that is what I will tell Mr L) I have requested my first fix. I will report back. I notice that they are branching into maternity and petite so why not check them out.

On the clothing front Little L is becoming more and more the diva about what she wants to wear. Although she has an extensive closet for a two year old, if it is not a tutu or a Princess costume from Frozen you have no chance. Luckily tis the season for the tutu and good old Target has not disappointed. If you want a great gift idea for a two year old gal, tutu all the way.

While on the subject of Target I picked up these really cute colorful pens to write in my planner and calendar, because they have to be pretty am I right? These Bic Velocity are really comfortable to write with, don’t bleed and look so cute,I am sure they will be available in all stationers so check them out.

I am not sure whether I have shared with you before but I am not a tea drinker, which is near on treason for a Brit. Tea is in our DNA. I only started to drink coffee a few years ago. I had been reading for a while about this brand in the UK called Tea Pigs and when home at Christmas I thought I would pick up a box and give it a try, and I’m in love with the Camomile. I need to extend the repetoire, you can buy in the US through Amazon and other suppliers, so if you love herbal teas, give them a try you won’t be disappointed. It is an evening ritual for me now, it’s only missing a chocolate hobnob and my life would be complete.

It is the Academy Awards this evening, honestly I don’t get to follow film like I used to, I am not sure I have seen any of the main movie contenders (how life has changed!) I do love to watch them, mainly the arrivals, and the fabulous dresses, hair and makeup. I love the glamor of it all, I hope Leo does it this year, he has always “been the bridesmaid never the bride.” This could be his year 😉.

I made this meal last week, it was a complete hit, even with Little L. It’s a great week night meal, it requires one pot which means less mess and it is easy enough to prep and cook in sufficient time to all sit round the table together. We try and do this as much as possible, I think it’s so important. I love budget bytes as a site to use for dinner inspiration, go take a look.

Speaking of supper I must finish before Mr L and Little L start moaning about where supper is. Have a great week.

Ta ta for now,

TLL X