Saturday, March 01, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
I saw a couple of great movies this year (I'm looking at you Blue Jasmine and Her) but the reality is, I don't get out to the movies as much as I used to. This of course means that this Sunday, the Oscars are going to be more about the fashion for me then ever.
Have you seen this fantastic infographic showing every dress worn by Best Actress winners at the Oscars?
After looking at this, it occurred to me that several of these gowns would look fabulous translated into plus sizes for today's woman. Here are my favourites.
Ginger Rogers won the Oscar in 1941 for her performance in Kitty Foyle. The designer of this dress is unknown, but I just love the delicate overlay and the on-trend peplum. This could so easily be modernized and styled for today.
Elizabeth Taylor won the Oscar for her performance in Butterfield 8 in 1961 wearing this feminine yet dramatic gown with floral embellishments. Another "designer unknown" gown that I think would be stunning on a present day plus sized fashionista. Shorten the skirt to tea or knee length, lose the gloves and wear your hair loose and you'd be the most admired guest at any Summer wedding. The voluminous skirt would be so fun to wear, wouldn't it?
Jane Fonda wore this relaxed and glittering off the shoulder dress when she won for Coming Home in 1979. The gown (also by an unknown designer) looks sort of silver in these pictures, but if you click on the link you can see that it looked almost mauve on television (she gives an amazing speech too). I would love to wear something like this, perhaps with a kimono type sleeve and and a slightly empire waist. We've all loved maxi dresses the last few seasons and I think this would be right in line with that flattering yet comfortable silhouette.
While there were certainly more elegant nominees in 1980 (Mary Tyler Moore and Gena Rowlands specifically) Sissy Spacek wore a very of-the-time jumpsuit to accept her Oscar for Coal Miner's Daughter. Anyway, I think jumpsuits are cool and they're making a come back in a big way. Check out this great design from Monif C. I'd love to see a plus size lady rocking a jumpsuit on the red carpet this year.
I'm just going to say this. Would the detailing on the back of Julia Roberts' Valentino gown not look magnificent draped over a larger backside? Like a modern bustle! Her 2001 win for Erin Brokovich pretty much made this dress iconic and with good reason. It's a classic. Queen Latifah would look killer in a gown like this!
Last, but not least, my favourite dress from the recent past, Kate Winslet's Yves Saint Laurent from 2009 when she won for The Reader. I love everything about this gown including the way it was styled and the way she wears it. Magnificent.
Some fashion related eye-candy from around the web:
Since we're talking plus sizes and the red carpet here are a few of my favourites from recent years:
Melissa McCarthy in David Meister at the 2012 Critic's Choice Awards.
Gabourey Sidibe in Marchesa at the 2010 Oscars.
Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka at the 2010 Oscars.
Adele in Valentino at the 2013 Grammys.
If there's anything that you'd like to see in this space on a Friday, let me know!
Posted by Tracey Nolan Labels: fashion friday
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
A couple of months ago, I posted a status on Facebook asking my friends their opinions on countertop espresso makers. Winter was settling in and I was desperate to get my fix without leaving the house. I was picturing an old school machine, definitely not something with pods as I was a card carrying member of the pod-snob-squad. Much to my surprise, everyone starting raving about Nespresso. Fellow coffee lovers were singing its praises quite passionately. My curiosity was piqued. Then, at an amazing American Thanksgiving Party at our friend Kelly's house she made me a long espresso on her Nespresso. I was hooked.
But you know how it goes, suddenly it's Christmas and you get too busy and too strapped for cash to buy a fancy coffee maker. Then it's the new year and well, you just don't do it. But the idea was always in the back of my head. That's why I was so excited to be invited to a special event at the beautiful new Nespresso boutique in Toronto last week. If you get a chance to drop by the cafe on Cumberland, you really must. It's beautiful.
From the moment I got there it was obvious this event was something serious, but I still had no idea why we were there. After an opportunity to look around, mingle and enjoy some champagne, Chef David Rocco came onstage and introduced the crowd to what Nespresso is calling a revolution in the coffee business.
Nespresso may have the market cornered on espresso but here in North America, we like a big mug of Joe in the morning, don't we? I know I do. Even as a fan of the flavour of an espresso I'm much more likely to grab an Americano or a good old cup drip brewed coffee in the AM. Well, the coffee experts at Nespresso seem to have us figured out, because their new system, the VertuoLine gives us just that. A long brewed coffee with that delicious flavour they deliver in their espresso and a beautiful crema. That's what sold me, the crema. It's magnificent. Texture, fragrance, flavour....they've got it all covered.
Also, like everything Nespresso does, the design is impeccable. This machine is a sleek stunner available in red, chrome and black. I was thrilled to take a VertuoLine home that night and have been enjoying not just the delicious long brewed coffee and espresso but how gorgeous the machine looks on my countertop.
|No, that's not actually my countertop (natch) but it looks almost this good in my house.|
I'm looking forward to the first dinner party we throw with the new VertuoLine in the house, because of all the wonderful post-meal coffee options we'll be able to offer our guests. We're talking different roasts, flavours and even half-caff options. Good stuff.
Mostly though, I'm enjoying starting my days with this delicious easy to make coffee and the beautiful machine. Technology in action, folks. The future is now and it's delicious...and I'm awake for it!
The VertuoLine will be available for purchase beginning March 1, 2014.