"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Coco Chanel

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

The Little Black Dress - Must Have!


 Classic LBD

The "Must Have" Dress in the Wardrobe



Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)


In a quandary about what to wear out to a swanky dinner, soiree or for New Years Eve?  The answer is very simple - drum roll please.....The Little Black Dress officially known as the LBD.  The LBD was introduced by designer Coco Chanel and became made a staple in every ladies closet with Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) donning a Givenchy LBD.  Today, the LBD is a must have in every fashionistas wardrobe.  Even this fashionista is opting for a lovely LBD versus the previous red number sited in the last blog.  Why? Well, perhaps a bit too many holiday festivities this season.  The LBD is perfection on any woman divine silhouette after a month of having so much fun!


Coco Chanel

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."

Coco Chanel



Two Princesses - Catherine and Diana



 Angie and the LBD


Angelina Jolie


 The Perfect Little Black Dress (LBD)

Top Picks


 

I.  Simple, classic and eternal.


kate spade new York 'sicily' sheath dress


 "One is never over or under dressed with a little black dress."

Karl Lagerfield


Audrey Hepburn


II.  Diane Von Furstenberg adds flair and chic style to this number.


Diane Von Furstenberg Sleeveless A-Line Dress


 


Nicole Kidman

III.  Alfred Sung - Party Essential with a bow in the back.  So pretty.



Alfred Sung Boatneck Sheath Dress




Megan - Jessica Pare - Mad Men (AMC)


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IV.  The Sexy Pump- Simple is always unforgettable and versatile.  Do not opt for funky pumps unless the cost is minimal.




Stuart Weitzman 'Nouveau' Pump



Sarah Jessica Parker - SJP 'Fawn 100' Pump (Women)
 
 
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Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 
 

"When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in it's place."

Coco Chanel



V.  The One and Only Accessory - Well - Maybe Two:

 

 Pearls....Either Real or Costume



Nordstrom 6mm Glass Pearl Extra Long Strand Necklace

 

Some Diamond Bling



Nadri Pear Drop Earrings
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VI.  Finishing Touches...


Spritz of Perfume



Chanel N'5

 

Lips....Chanel...Will not Come Off all Night!!




CHANEL ROUGE DOUBLE INTENSIT√ČUltra Wear Lip Color
 
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 Rule of a Lady...Three Words

Little Black Dress

 
Taylor Swift - Blank Space (2014)
 

Drink Champagne - Sparkle and Shine - LBD


The Great Gatsby (2013)

 Happy New Year to Everyone!

 

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick



The Little Red Dress - Under $100!


 

Something Powerful, Gorgeous and Strong about Wearing Ravishing Red.....


Valentino

 

 

 

"When a woman smiles the dress must smile with her."

Madeleine Vionnet, Designer

 
 

Dolce & Gabbana

Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rough! (2001)


The color red is earthshaking for a special occasion or perhaps this New Years Eve!  Take a classic red frock and combine with nude, gold or even red pumps, glittering accessories and cause a ripple of envy at any soiree. Finish with ravishing red lip for instant va va voom.  Of course, be ready to speak about anything, walk with a head held high remembering grace, manners and kindness reign supreme.




"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." 

Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) - Actress, Humanitarian

 
 
 
Audrey Hepburn
 

 
 
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The Perfect Red Dress


Felicity & Coco - Seamed Pencil Dress (Regular & Petite) (Nordstrom Exclusive


Felicity and Coco's simple and classic red dress has a gold zipper that travels all the way down the back of the dress.  It is a fitted silhouette flattering an hourglass figure.  More importantly, the quality is beautiful and the cost is below $100.  Unbelievable!  Order a size up and wear SPANX underneath!  Can be dressed up for evening and dressed down for work.  The perfect combination and it will not break the bank.

 

 The Pretty Pumps

 
 
 
 
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Classic Nude

 
 
Miranda Kerr - Red Dress and Nude Pumps
 
 
SJP 'Fawn 100' Pump (Women)
 
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“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.”

Christian Dior - Fashion Designer

 

Glorious Gold

Red Dress with Gold Pumps

Steve Madden 'Atlantyc' Glitter Pump (Women)

"When in doubt, wear red"

Bill Blass, Fashion Designer



 Riveting Red


Red Dress with Red Pumps


 Vince Camuto 'Carlotte' Pointy Toe Pump (Women)

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The Accent Accessory

Earrings & Bracelets Only




Cartier - Rubies and Diamonds - 1950's




Givenchy Linear Earrings



Givenchy Line Bracelet


OR

 
"Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend!"
 


Marilyn Monroe


Nadri Faceted Crystal Drop Earrings


kate spade new york 'make an entrance' tennis bracelet



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The Finale 

 

Luscious Lips




Soft Red  

Clinique's All Heart - Red with Gold Tones


Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick

Decadent Red

Lasting Lots of Compliments - Chic Monica




Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick


Eyes are the Window to the Soul




 

The Bomb Mascara! Tried them all - This is My Favorite



Clinique High Impact Mascara



 

Red dress for day and night!  Add in the extras and suddenly dance amongst the stars.  New Years Eve is around the corner!  Enjoy!!!  Spritz on perfume, dazzle with a smile and embrace the new year to come. Be daring and wear red with style and elegance. After all, you are worth it.

"Attitude is everything."

Diane von Furstenberg - Designer

Oscar Reds...Jennifer Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Penelope Cruz

Happy New Year!

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick


Unbroken (2014): Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhall Gleeson,Finn Wittrock

 

"If you can take it, you can make it."

Louis Zamperini (1917 - 2014)


Unbroken is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini,  an Olympian track runner, WWII bombardier, who overcame the horrors of war, was an alcoholic, family man and a spokesperson that lived an extraordinary life.   This mesmerizing tale is about an incorrigible youth who channeled defiance into running and became a track star in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany.  A month later as a B-24 bombardier in WWII, Zamperini finds himself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a raft without food for 47 days with sharks circling only then to become a prisoner of war (POW) in a Tokyo, Japan and thus the saga unfolds.  

 

Jack O'Donnell - Louis Zamperini




 



Actual Footage of First Crash


The movie opens promisingly "Spielberg-like" with Zamperini, Jack O'Connell, as a bombardier fighting the Japanese in a harrowing airshow of planes and bullets.  Phil, Domhall Gleeson, is a pilot flying the plane over Japanese territory.  The flashbacks to Zamperini's childhood sets the tone of the film with scenes of a troubled teen and brother Pete, Alex Russell, encouraging Louis to take up running and track.  The mantra, "If you can take it, you can make it" becomes a lifelong mantra that is carried out during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany and now in the sky over the Pacific Ocean.  Eventually, the plane lands only to be sent up again on a futile rescue mission that ends with the crew crashing into the ocean.   In two lifeboats, Phil, Louis and Mac, Finn Wittrock,  remain struggling to survive for 47 days, only to be rescued and escorted to a Japanese prison-camp with a sadistic commander Watanabe, (Japanese pop star Miyavi) at the helm creating unrelenting evil.  




Angelina Jolie, director, carefully crafted the filming of the movie with a keen eye on detail from the sky, to the ocean and ending with the brutality of the prison camps. The flashbacks provide a glimpse of young Zamperini who was fearless, unruly, lawless and determined. The film is visually stunning with the sharks circling the boat, special effects, stylized shoots from different angles to the subtle references of God throughout the film.  Additionally, an optimistic theme of survival is interlaced throughout every scene. When the men are first in the lifeboat, Mac exclaims, "We are all going to die!".  Louis and Phil instead have an optimistic view and refuse to give into defeat or hold onto negativity.  No whining or moaning were in these born fighters thoughts or vocabulary.    Louis makes a pack with God and is on a mission to survive no matter the cost.  Jolie also paints for the audience that Zamperini was part of a collective team and not out for himself.  For instance,  when Mac had eaten all the chocolate on the lifeboat, Louis forgives him and when Mac is on his last legs, Louis gives him the last piece of chocolate.  Or at the Japanese war camp, when Louis is brutally beaten by all of his peers in order to save one man, the audience understands that Zamperini took a sadistic beating for good of the whole, saving one man from brutal pain rather than saving himself.  Conversely, Watanabe, was self absorbed, self focused, wartime cruel and obsessed on breaking the mentally tough Zamperini.   Watanabe deep down understood that Zamperini embodied everything he was not.







Jolie hits strong notes of compassion, a collective collaboration of humankind and portrays the inspirational spirit of Zamperini with gusto.   What is lacking in the film is thorough character and story development.  Questions arise as to why Zamperini was so positive?  Was it genetics?  What made him so special? Was it family origin where the Italian Zamperini family desperately wanted to fit it? Did this spur Zamperini on to survive no matter what?  More importantly, after the war when drugs and alcohol almost cost Zamperini's his marriage, what saved him?  Of course, the book builds upon (not the movie) Zamperini's strong faith in God and finding religion after the war through a Billy Graham revival.  The movie could have taken a deeper turn and perhaps focused on the aftermath where Zamperini grows and finds forgiveness and reconciliation.  However, the film is  about Zamperini's childhood and the horrors of surviving the war.  The remainder of Zamperini's life is encapsulated in real life photos and words.  

O'Connell, is brilliant as Zamperini, and should have been nominated for a Golden Globe.   Ishihara, also is mesmerizing as "The Bird".    The chemistry between these two actors was well played.  Jolie, director, and friend of Zamperini's, captured the essence of Zamperini's wartime experiences but misses an overall satisfying finale.  The film is moving, stunning, violent and an adventure drama where suffering is the central theme versus heroism.    It just seemed a bit lacking that the best part of Zamperini's life was not examined.  Perhaps this alludes to a second film or perhaps since Louis Zamperini, who passed away this summer at age 97 lived such an extraordinary life that it was impossible to encapsulate a rich, vibrant and almost unbelievable tale into 2 1/2 hours.  Either way, Jolie, is definitely on the right path of becoming a great storyteller and filmmaker.  And, O'Connell, British, is the new and rising star in Hollywood.









"Perseverance is important to everybody."
"Don't give up."
"Don't give in."
"There is always an answer to everything."


 

Louis Zamperini (1917 - 2014)