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Thanks to the wonderful dollar movie rentals of Redbox, this weekend I was able to rent some of the films I’ve been wanting to see but was too cheap to go watch in theater. Instead of cleaning my room like I was supposed to, I sat on my bed and sat transfixed as Christina Aguilera and Cher belted out an insanely awesome performance in Burlesque.
Now, I know this movie has been out for a while, but if you haven’t watched it yet, I seriously recommend it. The plot is kinda eh, but the costumes, dancing, and vocals are totally worth your time.
Two of the songs in the film were nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Golden Globe Awards: Christina’s “Bound to You” and Cher’s “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.” (Cher’s song, written by Diane Warren, actually won the award.) The song that caught me the most however, was Xtina’s “Bound to You,” where she not only sang one of her most beautiful ballads ever but also rocked one of the most killer looks I have seen in a long time.
Here’s a close-up:
Ahhhhhh so gorgeous! I love everything about this look, from the lime green dress to the soft hair and dramatic makeup. If I still had a prom to go to, this is definitely the look I would use. However, this is also an ensemble you could wear for a fancy cocktail party or an opera night if you wanted. Swap out the gown for a sundress and use gloss instead of lipstick, and you could also make this a super-cute first date look.
Hair: Use a small curling iron and curl your whole head. The curls don’t have to be perfect, but try to avoid too much hairspray. You want a soft, touchable look. Then pin hair into place, sweeping up from a messy side part. Leave a few tendrils of hair loose around your face and the nape of your neck to create a soft, romantic look. Then add a fresh gardenia behind your ear (a cute fakey will work if you don’t want it to wilt), and ta-da! Instantly gorgeous hair.
Makeup: Take a look at this tutorial below:
With just a little bit of practice, this look is totally do-able. Don’t be afraid to mess up a few times until you get it right. Now, just slip into your dress and you’re good to go! Now all we need are the lungs to go with it!
If you need some inspiration while practicing, here’s a non-movie performance of the song:
What do you think ladies? Will you try this look for yourself?
With all of the press surrounding the upcoming royal nuptials, my sister and I have developed a new obsession: what we have come to call “Kate Middleton hats.”
Commonly known as everything from fascinators to cocktail hats, the Kate Middleton hat has had my sister and me searching far and wide for this elusive headpiece. Unlike many of the hats I’ve worn over the years, Kate’s caps are all about accentuating a great hair day rather than covering up a bad one.
But where, one might ask, does a girl wear such an elaborate hair accessory if she hasn’t made the guest list for all of Britain’s swankiest royal engagements? My sister wears hers to church, but for those of us who aren’t married to the son of a minister, I recommend weddings, parties, dates, or even formal events like prom. But if you’re feeling bold, why not the mall??
My sister, Mollie, is ready for church, or her best friend’s wedding, or a romantic date…
This trend harkens back to the classic everyday looks for women of the 1930s, 1940s, and beyond.
How chic do Ginger Rogers and Barbara Stanwyck look?! And that’s just another day at the market in their time.
Katharine Hepburn just strolls through the park in this black number, while Audrey H. sasses it up in her feathery and flowery white headpiece.
Classic Hollywood starlets and future British royalty make these fancy hats look effortlessly elegant, but if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and risk looking like a crazy church lady, then ease into the trend with some subtler starter pieces. Barrettes, headbands, flowers, and bows can make a statement without overpowering your pretty little head. Try these adorable options:
What do you think? Can this classy craze make a comeback?
Spring decided to join us for a few days recently and then retreated back, giving winter a few more showers and cold, gusty winds. In an attempt to bring Spring back to us in full swing, I decided to spotlight a young photographer, Ann He, whose work is simply breathtaking and reminds me of warm days and flowing dresses. Even if winter decides to stick around for a few more weeks, these images will tide me over and keep me waiting for the springtime!
At only sixteen, Ann has a natural ability to capture a magical mood and mystery in each image. Her work is undeniably feminine, with long hair, nature, and soft focus being trademarks of her images. Although her landscape shots blew me away, she seems to have an inclination and talent for fashion photography.
With work featured in Elle Girl Korea, DisFunkshion Magazine, and several more, this teen is making a name for herself and making the world a little sweeter with such beautiful pictures. It is so inspirational to see artists as young as Ann with so much talent and drive.
Make sure to check out Ann’s website for more gorgeous photos. With so many to choose from it was not easy to just pick a few!