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Oscars 2014

You have probably noticed that I try not to post many pictures of celebrities on my blog anymore.  I love to do copycat looks but I am still working on a copyright issue that I can’t seem to get resolved. And trust me, this girl doesn’t want to be sued.  So for now, I can only list my best/worst dressed. Even though a picture is worth a thousand words.  You all have access to Google and that’s the best I can do for now!!

After close to twentyfive tweets, I thought it best to start working on my best/worst dressed for the Oscars.  And I love being critical of others appearances while in my leggings wearing no makeup.

Here is my overall best dressed nominee (and so happy for her that she won!)-

Cate Blanchett in Armani- I love that she chooses things that are out of the box.  Even though she clearly got the neutral metallic memo, she stood out above the others.

Other dresses I enjoyed-

Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan – I don’t know if this dress has embroidery or laser cut outs or what but I love its texture.  It looks so boho and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada- I love that she wore blue.  And that it had pleats.

Kate Hudson in Versace- This dress looked amazing under the lights but I liked it more minus the cape. That was so Gwyneth a few years ago?

Sally Hawkins in Valentino- Because I adore the intricacy and the sleeves.

And here are the ladies who just didn’t cut the mustard-

Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham- Her dress just looked very ill-fitting.

Anna Kendrick in a J. Mendel gown- There was nothing I enjoyed about this one.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci- Did she fire a stylist?  She used to be able to own a look but she’s had some serious misses lately?

I hope you had a fun Oscar night!  I had a great time on Twitter!  Until next year!

The Prom

Okay, not really.  But that’s what we lovingly call it.  Here are some photos of our big night out. Sorry for the crazy eyes, these are just some smartphone snapshots.

Here’s my dress.  You may remember it from the hanger here.  And finally after alterations-

All Dressed Up

All Dressed Up

This is what I wore as my cover-up.  It is very, very soft.

20140208_174439_resizedOff we go!

The Mr. & I

The Mr. & I

And that, my ladies, is all for now!


BSS- Big Night Out Beauty

Big Night Out Beauty

It is time to assemble all of your efforts and actually “get ready” for your big night out!

I put together an ensemble of products from Maybelline, not because I am a diehard Maybelline fan, but because you can find their products in almost any place, regardless of how small and they are affordable.  (And secretly I feel they are at least one step up from Cover Girl.)

This is my night out makeup routine and I’ll lead you through it.

1)      Always start with a good primer.  It’ll smooth out your skin and let the rest of the makeup lay better on your skin.

2)      Next step is foundation.  Make sure to apply it more than just on your face, blend it down your neck and sometimes on your chest.

3)      Now it’s time to cover your imperfections.  Blemishes, under eye circles and any other flaws can easily be blotted away with concealer.  Be sure to use the right formula for each specific area.  Undereye concealer is generally a thinner consistency than blemish concealer so it doesn’t cake into fine lines.

4)      In the winter, I like to use a cream blush because my skin is so dry.  And if you are using a cream blush, you can to put it on now, before the powder.  If you were using a powder blush, it would go on after the powder.

5)      Set all of your makeup with the powder so it lasts.  Be careful not to be too heavy with this step.  Especially in the winter when dewy skin is more challenging!

6)      Before we get started on your eyes, now is the time I like to focus on your eyebrows.  Don’t skip this step!  Filling them in is very important to framing your face.  For evening, you can go a little heavier here than you would for a daytime look.

7)      I try to focus on one feature with makeup.  If you want a rosy glow, let that be your feature.  If you want a smoky eye, go easy on the lip.  Going with a red lip, tone down the eye makeup.  For this look, I’m doing a smoky eye, so the lip color I chose is a neutral rose color.  If you choose an eye palette with at least two colors, it makes it easier to pair complimentary colors.  I use the lightest color all over the lid and the darker color in the crease and in the outside corners.

8)      I always put my eyeliner on after I’m done with the shadows because I like its intensity.  If you wanted to down it down, you could do it before.

9)      And finally for eyes, mascara!  A few coats for a special event.

10)   Lastly, the lips.  For a big night out, I take the time to line them and also use the pencil to color them in a little.  It helps the lipstick stay longer.

11)   Top it off with a little lipstick and you’re red carpet ready!

This is just a simple makeup routine for a fancy evening.  Clearly, you can make this process more or less complicated as you wish.  But doing something a little more than your everyday makeup can really make you look and feel special.  If you never wear lipstick, add it in.  If you usually only wear mascara, make your eyes the feature for a special evening.  Play up it up!


Big Night Out Beauty by stylefromthesticks featuring maybelline eye makeup

Maybelline beauty product
$13 –

Maybelline beauty product
$4.88 –

Maybelline face powder
$23 –

Maybelline makeup primer
$15 –

Maybelline concealer
$15 –

Maybelline makeup
$13 –

Maybelline makeup
$11 –

Beauty Arsenal

Beauty Arsenal

“Just look at me Annelle.  It takes some effort to look like this.”

Remember that quote from Truvy in Steel Magnolias? Oh how it is true for an Oscar-worthy night out.  While the guys shower and shave and are good to go in under 15 minutes, it takes us girls considerably longer.  Why?  Here are a few reasons:

1)      Hair removal- well, let’s just say, at least we don’t have to shave our faces.  I mean, why were we born with hair anyway?  At this point, we all want thick, beautiful hair but only on top of our heads.  Removing it?  Time consuming!!

2)      Eyebrow shaping- while the boys may be sporting unibrows, we strategically shape ours.   Do you want the Marilyn Monroe or the Sophia Loren?  Can you imagine them putting themselves through plucking, ha!

3)      Teeth whitening- all that coffee and wine ends up somewhere else!  A few white strips later and you can undo at least yesterday’s damage.

4)      Self-tanner- winter whites are only popular in clothing.  I wish I had that beautiful Nicole Kidman porcelain skin that looks great pale white.  But I don’t.  So a great spray tan gets me through.

5)      Manicures and pedicures- now this is the fun part.  Break out your creative side!  These days nails are all about fun patterns.  Get a nail pen and do a few swirls.  Or cheat and buy the nail stickers…

Guys, these are all perfectly good reasons a night out is much more than a few minutes getting ready.  And I have not even mentioned the obvious, hair and makeup.  But isn’t the end result so worth it?  A night out feeling fabulous!


Beauty Arsenal by stylefromthesticks featuring Sally Hansen

Sun care

Nail polish

Tweezerman tweezer


Accessorizing Your Dress

Accessorizing Your Dress

It’s time to talk accessories!  This might be my favorite part!

I found three dresses that have similar elements of my own dress and accessorized them.  I kept the accessories the same (earrings, bracelet, clutch and shoes) so that you can focus on the difference they make between looks.  Don’t forget that your hair is an accessory too!  And probably your most important one!

The first look has a sophisticated hairstyle because the dress is very simple.  I chose simple jewelry that feels very regal.  Nothing too showy but also still fancy.

The second look is more of a Grecian inspired look.  I chose the longer earrings with the longer hair, a simpler shoe to peek out the bottom of the dress and a deco looking clutch.

The last look has a sweeter feel.  Because of the rhinestones on the dress, I put the more romantic inspired hairstyle with it.  I also added the all over sparkle shoes and clutch but kept the accessories simple.

Three different looks with very similar dresses.  I hope you have fun with your accessories!


Accessorizing Your Dress by stylefromthesticks featuring metallic handbags

Thakoon pink satin dress

How to wear formal ball gown
$245 –

Jane Norman metallic handbag
$24 –

Free People cuff jewelry

What to wear with bracelet jewelry
$39 –

Oasis what to wear with vintage jewellery
$16 –

Hairstyles for Evening Wear

Before we talk about accessories for your gown, one thing to consider is how to wear your hair.  Even if you have short hair, there are ways to dress it up and make it different from your everyday hair.

Short hair ladies can wear their hair chic and sleek, smoothing it down for a wet look.  Or a headband or other sparkly hair accessory (heck, even a pretty bobby pin) can add something new.

For those of you with hair that can be put up, here are some recommendations on the age old question- do I wear my hair down or up with this dress?

If your dress is pretty low key, sometimes doing the opposite with your hair adds another dimension.  I know this doesn’t always make sense.  But think of it this way, if you wear a fancy dress and have a really fancy updo, you’re going to feel pretty dressy.  Like going to “prom” or perhaps your own coronation.  Get my drift?  It is just a little fussy.  Whereas, if you wear a fancy dress and have easy hair, it gives it a more relaxed feel.  Think of it like wearing a leather jacket with lace.  Opposites attract.

For necklines, here are some general guidelines (because I guarantee I can find contractions to any hard rules).  Think about what the dress is trying to showcase.

1)      Does your dress have a high neck but is sleeveless?  Then you probably shouldn’t cover it up, wear your hair up.

2)      If the dress has a fancy back, wear your hair up.  Or at least pull all of your hair to the front.

3)      Sleeves can mean, go ahead and wear your hair down.  Same goes for a fully covered front (aka high neck with sleeves)

4)      Strapless dresses are putting the emphasis on your shoulders and neck.  Now, for broad shoulder girls like me, I like to wear my hair down when I’m wearing strapless.  But for those of you with delicate features, showcase those beautiful necks and shoulders and wear your hair up!

5)      An off the shoulder, boat neck or scoop neck dress feels very ballerina.  Try a bun.

6)      A square neck or v-neck could be a half up do.

7)      A one shoulder can be balanced with a braid pulled to the side.  A halter also looks great with a braid.

8)      Thin straps can be a way to showcase your delicate features with an updo or they can be hidden by long hair, if you’re built like me.

9)      A mermaid gown looks great with sleek hair pulled to the side or sculpted Hollywood waves.

10)   And the width of cap sleeves can be balanced with medium length hair worn down.

Lastly, I love hairstyles that are a little bit loose.  Unless you’re doing a severe hairstyle like a high bun, keep things looking relaxed and keep the hairspray to a minimum.  And don’t be afraid to try something trendy or new- here are a few pictures of braids, which have been trendy a few years now.  But maybe something new for you to try!

I hope this gives you some ideas on what to do with your hair based on your dress!

Hairstyles for Evening Wear


Hairstyles for Evening Wear by stylefromthesticks featuring prom hair accessories

Prom hair accessory

Oscar-worthy Dresses

Oscar-worthy Dresses

First start to an Oscar-worthy look?  A great dress.  When you are a mom, you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a prom dress.  Or for that matter, any formal that can be found in the junior’s department.  But finding a dress that is sophisticated and also fun can be a struggle.  Throw on top of that constraints like it’s freezing outside or you don’t want to show a ton of skin and it can be a treasure hunt.

Thank goodness for the Internet.  Because even if the local mall doesn’t have what you need, you have a host of options online.  And many of them can be thrifty choices!

I sought out three dresses that I felt were sophisticated but not matronly, fun and age appropriate.

The first dress feels the most Oscar worthy to me.  It showcases the arms but everything else is covered.  It isn’t wild and crazy but you can definitely dress it up even more with a great updo or show-stopping accessories.  I can see this dress being worn by Emma Stone or Gwyneth Paltrow.

The second dress is for the woman who wants to be fully covered and comfortable.  It has the ease of a maxi dress with the sophistication of a formal.  The key to pulling this dress off is the accessories.  In order for it to feel like evening wear, it needs some fancy pieces.  And while this girl looks fabulous in this nude color, recognize that she is darker complected and finding a nude that looks great on everybody doesn’t exist.  Read- you’ll want to try on a nude dress to be sure it doesn’t wash you out!  I could see this dress on Jennifer Lopez or Meryl Streep.

This last dress is for those of you who want to wear something fun.  Navy is a very regal alternative to black and I love the shape of the top of this dress.  It even gives you just a touch of sparkle.  But this dress is not for the faint of heart!  It will be an attention getter!  So keep the accessories minimal.  I could see Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain rocking this dress.

And that’s the starting point of our red carpet look.  Stop by tomorrow for more prepping!


Oscar-worthy Dresses by stylefromthesticks featuring a pink dress

Philosophy purple ball gown
$225 –

Unique Boutique navy blue dress
$205 –

Koh Koh pink dress

Schutz pastel pink pumps

Red Carpet Ready

The adult prom is coming up for moi.  Remember where the grown ups get all dressed up and go out on the town?

Well, even if you don’t, I thought we could talk this week about getting ready for a big event such as this one.  No doubt you have a prom, wedding or other special day in your future.  And I mean to help you know how to prepare!

Think of this week as getting red carpet ready!