91st Academy Awards - Fashion & Champions

"We will Rock You"

"Everybody We will Rock You!"

"We are longing for stories like this" Rami Malek - Best Actor, Boemian Rhapsody

"Any little girl who's practicing their speech on the telly, you never know.  I used to work as a cleaner, and I loved that job.  I did quite a lot of my time imagining this."  Olivia Coleman, Best Actress, The Favourite

I Paid My Dues
Time after Time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've had made a few
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I've come through
And I need to go on and on, and on, and on
We are the Champions my friends  

 Lyrics from "We are the Champions" - Queen 

The 91st Academy Awards Sunday, February 24th, 2019 was one for the ages.   Yes, Hollywood is the Champion with no time for losers.  Hollywood is the champion.  Hollywood is the champion.  The energy, excitement, wit, grace an acceptance speeches were at an all time high.  The attendees, A-listers, and audience viewers were stunned and thrilled by the incredible opening from Queen with Adam Lambert rocking the Dolby theater. Brilliantly played. Additionally, this was an exceptional year for film.  The movies captured hearts and minds worldwide with emotion, well told stories and sheer entertainment.  After all, seeing a movie is about escapism from the trials and tribulations of life.  We want to be entertained, we need to be entertained and who was going to do it... why Hollywood did with superb movies and wrapping it up with the infamous Academy Award show last night.  One for the ages!  ABC went back to the basics and won the Academy Award for Best Show in thirty years.  The eye popping and mesmerizing films included Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, The Favourite, Black Panther, Roma, Vice, BlackKkKlansman and my personal favorite of the year - A Star is Born.

When Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper walked on stage - the world stopped and held their breathe.  Absolutely the most moving moment of the night and completely unforgettable.  Acting at the finest hour on film and again on stage.  Or was it?   We may never know but the love of acting, film and excitement was in the definitely in the air.  Almost every acceptance speech was filled with grace, gratitude and hope for a better tomorrow.   Love permeated the theater and a profound feeling of "we are the champions" among  peers, family and those who create and develop movie magic.  Truly an epic night.

As for fashion? Well, the star studded celebrities and guests were draped in glitter, ruffles, diamonds galore with hues of hot pink, yellow, gold, cream, white and black.  The fashion was form fitting, upbeat and filled with shades of Hollywood glamour.


The Fashion
Glitz, Glamour & Old Hollywood Style

“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937)

Pink Divas

Show Stoppers

Glamour & Glitz

Movie Star Queens

"Who are you wearing?"  

It works - ABC brought the catch phrase back.  After all similar to making a  film it takes many to dress a star for the red carpet.  Everyone deserves credit. 

Silver Screen Siren

Amy Adams - Nominated Best Supporting Actress -Vice - Versace:  Adams hour glass figure was ravishing in this Versace intricately designed off the shoulder frock.  The Cartier necklace, tennis bracelet and ring complimented this beauty with old style elegance.  The hair and makeup were perfection.  

"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you are a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady"  Edith Head

White Goddess

Regina King - Winner Best Supporting Actress - If Beale Street Could Talk -  Oscar de la Renta:  The column dress in white with the magnificent high slit gathering at the waist was attention grabbing for this Oscar winner.  The jewels, makeup and hair made her the Queen of the red carpet.  King has been in the industry for years and this win is culmination of her acting gift.  I remember her in Jerry McGuire (1996) and have never forgotten her role.  I haven't seen "If Beale Street Could Talk" but look forward to it.  Additionally, King was extremely grateful in her acceptance speech. 

"It's appropriate for me to be standing here because I'm an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.  Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning - always has been leaning - in my direction.'"  Regina King

Brunette Classic Bombshell

Charlize Theron -  Dior:  The periwinkle Dior gown combined with over 75 carats of diamonds from Bulgari was eye-fetching.  The iconic Serperti design of the necklace was resplendent against the hue of the dress.  Theron strolled onto the red carpet with newly minted brunette hair, glittering in diamonds and frankly stole the red carpet out from everyone's feet.

"Diamonds are a girls best friend" 

Old Hollywood Glamour

Constance Wu - Versace:  The bright yellow gown on the red carpet was beautifully fresh and epic.  This Fresh off the Boat (ABC) and Crazy Rich Asian (2018) actress was every bit the movie star with her memorable red lipped smile and Atelier Swarovski high end drop earrings all the while radiating happiness on this evening.

Ryan Seacrest interview about Crazy Rich Asians (2018): "It was kind of historic.  For someone like me, who is Asian-American, I had grown up never seeing a major network or major studio tell a story that centered around my experience.   To be something like that for young women today, to let them know that they can be heroes of their own stories and their stories are worthy and interesting and people want to know them....That has been so meaningful to me.  That's why it's been so important to me."  Constance Wu 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall - Whose the Fairest of Them All?

Jennifer Lopez - Tom Ford:   J Lo made an entrance on the red carpet in a Tom Ford number that sent photographers into a jaw dropping frenzy.  The mirror mosaic material combined with simple earrings and rings created the illusion of gorgeous statute.  This talented artist who stunned at the Grammy's with her singing ability did it again on the red carpet.

"Fashion creates a bit of a dream." Tom Ford

Pretty in Hot Pink - The Best of the Best Dressed

Julia Roberts - Elie Saab:  Roberts is Hollywood Royalty and on this night she presented the award for Best Movie to (Green Book (2018) with grace, all smiles and professionalism that was refreshing and memorable.  Additionally, the hot pink gown, diamonds, nails, hair and makeup stopped the presses.   She captured everyone's attention in this moment.  And, for me she sparkled with both inner and outer beauty. 

"Character, strength, intelligence, style that makes beauty" Diane von Furstenberg

A Star is Born 

Lady Gaga - Winner Original Song Shallow - A Star is Born (2018) - Alexander McQueen:  My favorite fashionista of the night was indeed Lady Gaga.  The moment she walked onto the red carpet in the black Alexander McQueen gown with the $30M 128 carat yellow Tiffany diamond last worn by Audrey Hepburn signaled a true star had arrived.  The diamond, found in the Kimberly mines in South Africa 1877, is considered an American Crown Jewel and only three people have ever worn it. The hair, makeup and both black dresses worn evoked Hepburn from "A Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).  More importantly, Lady Gaga completely stole the show when she and Bradley Cooper sang Shallow.  It was a moment that will never be repeated again at the Oscars.  The chemistry was electrifying culminating with everyone giving them a standing ovation twice -once on camera and once off.   It was unforgettable.  

"To my sister, my soulmate, I love you.  My family's here, I love you, Mom and Dad.  Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could've sang this song with me but you.  Thank you for believing in us.  Thank you so much.  And if you are at home, and you're sitting on your couch and you're watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work.  I've worked hard for a long time, and it's not about, you's not about winning.  But what it is about is not giving up.  If you have a dream, fight for it.  There's a discipline for passion.  And its not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or you're beaten up.  It's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going. Thank you!"  Lady Gaga

Hollywood indeed was the champion.   The 91st Academy awards show was mesmerizing and the best to date.  The no-host formula was perfect and the overall show was fantastic.   Movies are loved by many world wide.  So let's enjoy, relish and seek out films that are emotional and provide a well told story.  After all life is a journey and why not seek out the best and also be the best you can be. Enjoy your life and be a shining light of positivism.  Have faith and perseverance in yourself.   The Oscar winners did this year.  They are the champions and you are a champion in your own life. Seek it out, dream big and believe. 

"I did my best, and my best was good enough" Hannah Beachler, Best Production Design, Black Panther


Forever Chic Style by Kim Hardwick

White Sneakers & More - Weekly Fashion Picks

My Fav's For

Friday, February 22, 2019

I believe it is time to wish for spring and summer after another snowy and bitterly cold week here in the Northwest.   Here are just a few items to uplift the spirit and think of end of winter.   

Frye - White Leather Sneaker

My Treasure and Bond white sneakers bought two years ago are scuffed and showing a bit of wear.  I wear them everywhere and love them.   However, time to locate for another spiffy white sneaker.  I can only wear sneakers made out of leather as I am allergic to other materials.  Luckily, I found a leather sneaker that will be a great replacement.  Pair with jeans, shorts and evoke and image of Audrey Hepburn.  The impeccable weekend foot attire or for everyday during the warm months to come.

Frye - Comes in White and Black

Frye Ivy Sneaker - Leather

"I wear sneakers" 

Lancome Perfume

If you want to be stopped every time you spritz on perfume - look no more.  On a whim several months ago, I purchased La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum (Life is Beautiful). The scent is heavenly. Pulled from the Nordstrom site:  Floral notes of sambac, jasmine and Tunisian orange blossome are added in the form of sublime absolutes.  Free, happy and addictive.   There are over 1.3K reviewers on Nordstrom site that give this luxurious perfume 5 stars.  Heads will turn. 

La Vie est Belle - Lancome

"Perfume is personal magic. It's a first impression and a lasting recollection." 

Hand Lotion

A superior hand lotion is a must during this time of year.  The endless cracking and dryness seems to wreak havoc on our beautiful hands. A must during this time of year.  Kiehl's fits the bill.

Kiehl's - The Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

That is it for now!  Have a wonderful weekend. 

"Happiness is enjoying the little things in life." 


Forever Chic Style by Kim Hardwick

Veronica Beard, Majestic and Everlane - The Perfect Trio

Veronica Beard, Majestic and Everlane

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Veronica Swanson Beard & Veronica Miele Beard 

Have you heard of the ready-to-wear fashion brand Veronica Beard?  If not, you are about too.  Veronica Beard is named after two sister-in-laws married to brothers who love fashion.  They developed a line of clothing that is feminine, tailored and meant for women's daily activities whether off to a high powered job, meeting girlfriends for lunch or racing off to an event.  The apparel takes minutes to assemble and sophisticated outfit.  The line originally began in 2010 with the launch of the Dickey Jacket.  The Dickey Jacket is the cornerstone of your wardrobe, according to the Beards.  You can zip in pieces for a different look or treat as a normal jacket.  The Dickey Jacket is what I noticed first in-store more for the cut and style versus the idea of zipping in fabric for a different look.   The overall slim fit, superb tailoring with an edgy twist attracted my eye.  As a fan of the Theory brand, and a believer in owning the perfect jacket, the Veronica Beard jackets are a pleasant surprise.  The brand to date has expanded and includes jeans and shoes.  For this report, let's focus on creating the ultimate ensemble.  We will combine with the Majestic layering brand.  Majestic tops are a must, soft, well constructed and will last over 100 washes, which makes these the perfect choice for under a jacket or alone.   Finally, finishing with a sublime scarf and Everlane's The Boss Boot. 

Remember why spend money on clothing that will not last for years.  Seems so pointless and a waste of coin to purchase mounds of cheap clothing when after a season ends up in the garbage and landfills or burned.  I always lean toward selecting a few pieces rather than multitudes of apparel that are here today and gone with the wind tomorrow.  You work hard for your money so why not invest wisely and look unforgettable.  Are you ready? 

Five Steps for Perfect Ensemble 

 Veronica Beard

The Jacket

Step into Spring - Pretty in Pink

Lonny Double Breasted Dickey Jacket

"Pink isn't just a color. It's an attitude!" Miley Cyrus

Meow Jacket

Neiman Marcus - More Sizes 

Miller Double Breasted Leopard Print Jacket

Nordstrom - Sizes 00, 0, 2, 4

Miller Double Breasted Leopard Print Jacket

"Leopard prints never lose their spots or their station in fashion" Iman

Summer Floral

Miller Floral Double Breasted Dickey Jacket

"After women flowers are the most divine creation" Christian Dior

Majestic - The Layer

The Ultimate Layering Piece or Stand Alone
Wardrobe Essential - Will not fade or pill after 100 washes

Comes in white, black, stone, marine, anthracite

Majestic Paris for Neiman Marcus

"Simplicity is the cornerstone of true elegance" Coco Chanel

Veronica Beard - The Jean & The Legging

Made in the US from Japanese stretch denim.  Great stretch and fantastic shape recovery.  Chose a pair with a clean hem and no rips.  This number fits the bill.  Raven hue. 

Veronica Kate 10 Skinny Jeans

The Legging - 5 Stars Nordstrom 

Scuba Leggings - Expensive but Worth Every Penny

"Everyday is a fashion show and the world is your runway" 

 Finishing Touches

The Sassy Scarf - Bright spring hues!

Cashmere and Silk Wrap

"When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman" Audrey Hepburn

The Happy Feet

Everlane - The One and Only Boss Boot - Love these! Have several, made in Italy, 2 inch heel and super comfortable 

Comes in black, black patent, burgundy and bone patent

The Boss Boot - Please Use My Link - Under Boots - Scroll to The Boss Boot

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" Marilyn Monroe

There you have it.  A simple and elegant outfit to be worn over and over again.  Mix it up with different tops, scarves with a splash of jewelry.   Veronica Beard, Majestic and  Everlane should be top of mind when putting together a show stopping and memorable ensemble which highlights the fabulous YOU.   Until next time. May the sun shine and the butterfly's soar. 

"Happiness is enjoying the little things in life." 


Forever Chic Style by Kim Hardwick

Weekly Fashion Picks

My Fav's For

Friday, February 15, 2019

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"If you can't stop thinking about it - Buy it"

Here are several items that have sparked my interest for the glorious week of February 15, 2019.  Hopefully, you all had a wonderful Valentines Day with loved ones.  With the arctic weather freezing the country we do need a pick me up until sunshine and heat become the spring norm.    Thus, I think it is time to reward ourselves.   Don't forget you are your own best friend. Thus splurge, smile and shop. 

Kate Spade - The Pink Coat 

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon) classic coat.  This coat is exquisite.  It runs large so size down.  I am actually a size 2, which is surprising since I am a size 6 in everything else.  On sale!

Faux Fur Trim Coat

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon

The Over The Knee Boot

Steve Madden 

My daughter recently greeted me in a pair of over the top knee boots. Stunning.  These numbers are top of mind for me. 

Steve Madden Brinkley Over the Knee Stretch Boot

Flawless Eye Shadow - Charlotte Tilbury

Pillow Talk - Can't Wait to Get Mine

Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

That is it for now!  Have a wonderful weekend. 

"Happiness is enjoying the little things in life." 


Forever Chic Style by Kim Hardwick

Books - Powerful Inspiration

Live, Light, Love - Enlighten Me Please!

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Reading fills the soul, the mind and educates more than any other art form.  Opening a new book is similar to charting an unknown course across the open sea.   There isn't a day in my life that does not involve reading a book whether for pleasure, curiosity, for a book club, to learn something new or to help understand myself or others along this journey called life.  My latest is called The Gown by Jennifer Robson.  The novel is set in London after WWII and in present day Toronto, Canada.   The story is about those that created, designed and embroidered Queen Elizabeth's II, wedding gown during the aftermath of WWII in 1947. Life was bleak, little food, destruction, poverty abound yet two women from different backgrounds forged a friendship that lasted and was never forgotten.   Which brings me full circle in finding a couple of books that expound on what is friendship, what is love, what does it mean to pause, what is listening and how to keep moving forward with passion and kindness.  There are two books that are exceptional. Thank you to my dear friends who recommended them to me. 

"I've Been Thinking" Maria Shriver

Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life

Maria Shriver is a prominent woman who has forged many different roles including daughter of a mother who founded the Special Olympics, niece of a former President and Senators, First Lady of the State of California, journalist, author, Alzheimer's advocate, mother of four and the list goes on.  To the outside world, we see an image of someone who appears confident, calm and supposedly has it all.  However, what we envision isn't always completely accurate.   "I've Been Thinking" is an insight into the challenges that Shriver and many of us face in everyday life.  The book contains short essays with quotes and prayers on happiness, listening, letting go, death of loved ones, complaining, positivism, perfection is an illusion, being present and so much more with the ultimate goal of loving yourself first and being your own best friend.   We all make mistakes but do you beat yourself up or move forward?  Shriver's writing style is uplifting, warm, compassionate, intelligent and a precious gift.  "I've Been Thinking" was also published in the perfect size for throwing into a tote.  Which means one can refresh and read at any moment for a pick me up or reminder of what is important.  These gems promise to inspire, to remember what is important, to learn, to understand and to experience a meaningful and joy filled life of  hope and love. 

Quotes from "I've Been Thinking" Maria Shriver

"I am not what happened to me.  I am what I chose to become." Carl Jung

You are a jewel.  "The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently." Pema Chodron

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have." Eckhart Tolle

"Sometimes, life is gonna hit you in the head with a brick.  Don't lose faith." Steve Jobs

"Perfection doesn't make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate."  Maria

PS:  If you want to receive Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper - News and Views for a Meaningful Life weekly - subscribe to the following - Click on this link:  Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper

"The Noticer" Andy Andrews

Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. 

Jones is the central character in this charming short story lined with different life lessons in each chapter. He meets with the residents of Orange Beach, Alabama and helps them see the path from despair to gratefulness and contentment. The story is about understanding perspective and recognizing the miracles in moments and the greatness uncovered in daily struggles.   The book opens your eyes and helps to untangle situations, to be honest, to be kind, to be open and most importantly to be grateful rather than envious, unhappy, competitive or sad.   There are so many topics covered in this short novel that one must read again. Use a highlighter to capture the jewels sprinkled throughout each chapter.  There is one particular chapter that was an eye opener for me.  Did you ever wonder how people receive love?  Easy question right.  You will think from hugs, being kind, talking wisely, giving back and yet Jones explains why disagreements, disappointments occur when we do not fully understand how one actually receives love from another.  Maybe you know people who seem happy when you do something for them, others who just want to chat or maybe some like to be touched?  Did you know that this was their primary way of receiving love?  I didn't.  Jones lists out four types of love using animals to describe the type of love someone needs in order to be considered love. Once you understand what you, your spouse, family members, friends etc., needs to feel loved, you will have unlocked a special key to spreading love and happiness.

Love - Chapter 3 - I extracted some text and added my own

1. Physical Contact - Are you a Cat?  People who speak the dialect of physical contact tend to feel most loved when touched  Anything from a pat on the back, hug, kiss etc., makes them feel loved.  Like a cat.  Cats require physical contact.  They want to be touched and in turn express love to you by touching you back.  Cats don't pay attention to what you say or do.  They just want to be touched.   My word of caution is with this type of love is that not everyone wants to touch others.  However, if you know someone who only receives love through touch then this knowledge will help you. 

2.  Quality Time - Are you a Canary? To a person that speaks this dialect, it doesn't matter if you touch them, do something for them, or tell them repeatedly that you love them.  They only thing that matters is quality time together.   A canary says "Just be with me".  They do not notice food or water.  A canary is happiest when you sit and listen carefully to its song.  A canary requires and loves attention.  My word of caution for this type of person is that you might feel drained after listening nonstop to someone.  Be wary and work towards a two-way conversation. 

3.  Spoken Words of Approval - Are you a Puppy?   To feel love one needs spoken words of approval similar to a puppy.  Tell a puppy how wonderful he is and his whole body wags.  There is a word of caution to those who love a puppy dog or someone who requires words of approval. Nothing is more devastating than words of disapproval spoken in an angry tone of voice.  Like a puppy, this person will cower under attack.  The repercussions from harsh words to the puppy can be  difficult to smooth over.  The puppy must learn that receiving someones approval is not always the best path to feeling loved.  And, those with tones of disapproval need to curb their words and tone around the puppy. 

4.  Favors and Deeds - Are you a Goldfish?  They feel love when something is done for them.   A goldfish feels love purely on favors and deeds.  You can't really touch them, you can't hear them and they do not want your affirmation. They do not need quality time or care if you are there or not.  They just want you to feed them and clean the bowl.  This is someone who wants the trash taken out or a favor to help them accomplish something.  They only feel love when others "do" for them.  My word of caution is that after awhile it can be difficult to continually "do something" to make this person feel loved.   You could become a doormat or a pleaser, which doesn't foster good self care.  Step wisely. 

The overall point of learning how love is received by others is to foster kinder communication.  After all, we just want to be heard and loved.

If you enjoy this book - Andrews has a new book out:  "The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and sometimes Perspective Finds"   I haven't read but have ordered.

Quotes from The Noticer - Andy Andrews

“Remember, whatever you focus upon, increases...When you focus on the things you need, you'll find those needs increasing. If you concentrate your thoughts on what you don't have, you will soon be concentrating on other things that you had forgotten you don't have-and feel worse! If you set your mind on loss, you are more likely to lose...But a grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life.” 

“Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely. Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider that even the simplest actions you take for your lives matter beyond measure...and they matter forever.” 

“A life filled with opportunities and encouragement finds more and more opportunities and encouragement, and success becomes inevitable.” 

Well, there you have it.  Two books that are bound to inspire, fulfill and motivate us to live a better life and to be a better person.  Why not dig deep, search your soul and sing with gratitude, grace and joy.  After all life is a box of chocolates and why not chose only the best for yourself.   Be kind and loving to yourself too.  And, don't forget you are your own best friend.

Happy Valentines Day! 


Forever Chic Style by Kim Hardwick