Dressing Like The Stars: SAG Awards 2018

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Welcome to Dressing Like The Stars, my awards season series where I show you how to replicate the best celeb styles on the red carpet! 

Although the spirit of #Metoo and #TimesUp were prevalent throughout the 2018 SAG Awards, it wasn't necessarily reflected in the fashion. Black was big, but it wasn't the uniform. However, if there was an overall theme that described most of the looks from the red carpet, it would be accessibility. Although the stars still looked like stars, it doesn't mean that regular people can't also achieve these looks. Here are a few of my favorites from the evening as well as dresses (and jumpsuits) that you can rock no matter your size, style or budget.

Yara Shahidi in Ralph Lauren Collection

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As a jumpsuit/romper enthusiast, obsessed doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about this outfit. While there isn't an exact dupe for this overlayed jumpsuit, I found a few similar looks. My fingers are crossed we see more outfits like this all season long.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

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While everyone wants to be like Reese, you don’t need to be green with envy. From the color to the style, I hunted down several dresses that have the same vibe. Okay, I'll stop punning terribly now. 

Kate Hudson in Valentino

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To be honest, I'm entirely sure how I feel about this dress. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I really heart the heart print. It's also a nice compliment to the star print trend that's been really big this year. 

Millie Bobbie Brown in Calvin Klein

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Millie Bobbie Brown always stands out and this outfit was no exception. For the most part, I've never really been into sneakers, but I like the way she rocked her Converse with a formal dress. I think this is perhaps the most accessible look of the evening. I feel like sneakers with formal dresses are going to be everywhere for the next year and then we will be sick of it. But until we are, enjoy...

Diane Guerrero in Christian Siriano

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I feel like Diane Gurrero's two-piece look didn't get enough credit. She was absolutely stunning! To re-create this look yourself, just get one of the tulle skirts below from ASOS (they have lots more, by the way) and add a mock turtle. But you could also go badass ballerina and wear one with a t-shirt. To make the look even more casual, Millie Bobby Brown it with Converse sneakers. 

Amanda Salas

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Styled by my girl, Ali Levine, Amanda Salas looked classic old-school Hollywood in a black off the shoulder dress by Faviana. Check out these affordable dress dupes, but don't tell Ali I jacked her idea, please.

 

All photos courtesy of Instagram

 

 

 

Around The World In 80(ish) Products: Global Beauty In France

Welcome to the second post in Around The World in 80(ish) Products. Today, we’re going to talk about French beauty. I’ve always had a love for France especially when it comes to products, just tell me something is French and I automatically love it. French beauty is all about being subtle. It doesn’t try to create something that isn’t there so much as enhances what you already have. French style is sophisticated, yet simple. French women never look like they are trying too hard, which is the exact opposite of how many American women approach beauty. Here are some of my favorite French products and brands.

Paul & Joe Beaute

Did you know that French clothing brand Paul & Joe has the most wonderful makeup line? I’m obsessed with their foundations because they feel light and provide just enough sheer coverage. If you are one of those people who spends 45 minutes making it look like you spent five, Paul & Joe will change your life, or at least your routine, so that’s close enough.


One of the most unique products is the Gel Foundation N, which comes in a compact with its own blender, so you can apply it faster than you can say “La tour Eiffel.” I love this for travel or if I want to touch up on the go.

I also like the Moisturizing Fluid Foundation for a bit more coverage. Like the gel, the liquid is super light, but has SPF 25, making it a good choice for those warm days when you plan to sip rosé at an outdoor café for hours.

After applying your foundation of choice, finish the look with Limited Edition Gel Blush. It’s a cushion formula, so no brush is needed. Then top with the Pressed Powder.

I also can’t not talk about Paul & Joe’s gorgeous packaging. My favorite is the foundation bottle. It’s so pretty, I feel like it belongs on the vanity of a princess. The Gel Foundation and Powder cases will also make you feel like royalty and they come with extra karma points because they’re refillable. Pro tip: avoid touching up in a public place because you will be continuously be approached by people complimenting your French style.

Bioderma

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Bioderma is a French skincare brand that has lots of affordable products. You might have heard of the brand before because they put Micellar Water on the map. But, my personal hero products are the Atoderm Shower Gel and Atoderm Shower Oil.

I personally find many American shower gels and oils to be overly scented and drying. Both of these products have a light ocean-like scent that won’t interfere with your perfume or other products.

If you hate using shaving cream like I do, swapping it out for the shower oil will help your razor glide. It also rinses off easily, so you don’t have to worry about slipping in the bathtub, which is a terrifying thought if there is a razor in your hand. Don’t ask…

L’Occitane

L’Occitane is one of my favorite brands of all time. As someone with super dry hands, their Shea Butter Hand Cream is the only hand cream I ever use (EVER). Not to be gross, but my hands literally crack and bleed in the winter, staining any kind of winter white, so this product is pretty much a medical necessity for me. It’s available in a range of scents including Vanilla (très yummy), Cherry Blossom, Peony and Verbena.

Nars

Nars is my go-to brand for makeup. I’ve been wearing their Orgasm blush forever and yes, I still feel awkward asking for it at store. I also love the Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil because it is literally the perfect shade of red. Haven’t we all been looking for the perfect red lipstick since forever? Once you find Cruella, your search is over.

Bourjois

Bourjois is a French brand that has been around since 1863. It used to be owned by Chanel and made in the same factory, but it was bought out by American company Coty in 2015. While it’s not available in US stores anymore (or at least I haven’t been able to find it), you can still buy it online. Coty people, if you are reading this, BRING BACK BOURJOIS, s'il vous plaît!

I first discovered Bourjois at the Sephora on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In retrospect, it’s kind of cheesy, but this makeup brand somehow remains close to my heart. When I lived in England, I used to buy it at my favorite drugstore, Boots, all of the time.

One of the brand’s most iconic products is the Little Round Eyeshadow Pot. It has the most perfect crème to powder finish and blends so easily.

Hèrmes

If you can’t afford a Birkin or Kelly bag, Hèrmes Kelly Calèche perfume might be the next best thing. Just one spritz makes you feel like a rich, Parisian supermodel. Whenever I wear it people always come up to me and ask what perfume I’m wearing. It’s annoying, but they can’t help it. I totally understand.

Sisely Paris

Sisley Paris Kohl Star can’t be compared to any other eyeliner. It’s a classic black pencil that has glittery flecks that bring out your eyes like magic. While I’m not always a fan of glitter, this pencil is understated and underrated. You can wear it to the office or date night. It goes on smooth and stays beautifully. I’ve tried other eyeliners that have glitter, but nothing compares to what Sisley can do. Trust me, it’s worth the price! 

By Terry

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow is one of the best multitaskers. It’s like a BB Cream, CC Cream and bronzer all rolled into one like a delicious croissant, but for your skin. It blurs your imperfections, gives you a pretty tan that’s not fakey-looking and contains anti-aging ingredients. Only the French would find a way to simplify all of these steps into one. Sometimes, I don’t use it on my entire face, but apply as a highlighter or liquid bronzer instead.                                                                                                                                                 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Met Gala 2017 Edition

The annual Met Gala in New York is a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute aka the fashion exhibits. It’s one of the most important fashion events, if not the most important fashion event on the East Coast. This year, the theme for the event was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which honored the designer and founder of the label.

Several of attendees this year really honored the theme, forgoing avant garde outfits and opting for more classic pieces instead. Here are some of my favorite looks from the night along with similar dresses that you don’t have to be a celeb to pull off or pay for. 

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow looked pretty in a pink Calvin Klein dress. Copy the cut, but in a more universally flattering color in Halston Heritage

Zoey Deutch

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Zoey Deutch wore an absolutely stunning Tory Burch dress. White House Black Market has an interesting version of it, that's a little more boho inspired and causal.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner definitely outshined her sisters in a La Perla dress made entirely of crystals. Missguided’s Glitter Fishnet Overlay Slip takes two of the most important elements of Kendall’s dress, the shimmer and texture, making it perfect for less formal and more fun occasions. 

Gisele

Gisele shined in a silver beaded cutout dress by Stella McCartney. Sharing a similar va va voom vibe, this cutout sequined stretch jersey gown by Halston Heritage won’t score you Tom Brady, but make you will feel like a supermodel. 

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel’s TopShop dress was my favorite look of the event. Obviously, I checked TopShop to see if the dress was available and it’s safe to say, the gown was custom. Seriously, TopShop, can you please release this dress to us non-model shoppers?  Luckily, Amanda Uprichard saves the day with her black sweetheart neckline dress, which shares a similar classic elegance. Who doesn't need another little black dress in their wardrobe?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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I will try not to comment or judge adult twins who still dress alike. I will try really hard. Okay, I just failed, but no one does boho quite like the Olsen twins do. In lace dresses that were accessorized in a way that can only be described as eclectic, they still rocked the white carpet, even if it does seem a little bit absurd (I'm being kind here). Say "I do" with TopShop’s Bride Bardot lace off the shoulder gown, which shares the Olsen's chill boho vibe with layers and bell sleeves. 

Elizabeth Banks

It was hard not to check out Elizabeth Banks in her Michael Kors checkerboard dress. While this is not a regular Elizabeth Banks look, I thought it was a fun and interesting choice.  Donna Rae New York’s halter dress has a similar print but no one will try to hail you 50 years ago. 

Kim Kardashian  

Kim Kardashian looked beautiful, but this Vivienne Westwood gown was the last thing everyone was expecting her to wear. It’s a mature new look. DKNY makes a similar white off the shoulder dress. However, just because Kim can get away without accessorizing doesn’t mean you can. This dress is just begging for a statement necklace or bold earrings. 

Slumber Party Series Part Three: Sheets, Duvets & A Giveaway

Happy National Sleep Awareness Week and welcome to part three of the Slumber Party series! This installment is all about my favorite duvets and sheets. But first, a giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Slumbr, which is a company that makes the most amazing pillows (they make you relax faster than a valium and champagne) and Poéthique, which is an eco-luxe brand of 100% plant-based skincare products. 

Everything you need to know is on Instagram. Good luck. You can also click here for the official rules and other things the law requires me to post, etc.

Now let’s get the party started on bedding. I’m a duvet girl and down insert (aka down comforter) kind of girl. I know some people like regular comforters and no duvet, but I don’t. Sorry. If you enjoy a good comforter vs duvet debate, there’s a great post on Apartment Therapy.

Also, I know there are alternatives to down, but for me, there is no alternative. Would you rather drift off to sleep in a comfy cloud of down or sandwiched between clumps of cotton/polyester fill? Didn’t think so. Down is just so lux. Furthermore, a decent down comforter will last you forever. I took my parents’ old one with me to college and I still use it for guests to this day. Honestly, it's probably like 15 years old at this point. So buy the real thing. It's worth it. 

Here are some of my favorite duvets along with sheet suggestions for maximum style and comfort.

Dwell Studio Chinoserie Duvet

If you couldn’t tell from the picture above with my dogs, I love my Dwell Studio Chinoserie Duvet. It’s soft, stylish and looks good with any style of bed or headboard. As they say in Portlandia, put a bird on it

Marimekko Kesahelle Sheets

While I’m normally not a fan of mixing patterns, I really like the way Marimekko’s Keashelle sheets coordinate with the Dwell Studio duvet. The stripes contrast the birds without getting too busy.

Missoni Patrick Duvet

Missoni bedding is kind of my dream. It’s Italian (omg, do you feel a Dresses to Decor coming on, I know I do!) and impossible to mistake for anything else. The Patrick Duvet provides a great focal point for a room, especially if you have simple bedroom furniture. 

Sky 500 Thread Count Sheet Set

If you’re going to have a Missoni duvet, you can’t go crazy with patterned sheets unless you want to give the person you are sleeping with a seizure. Sky’s 500 Thread Count Sheets are available in two perfect colors to work with the Missoni Duvet, which are orange (I get it, not for everyone) and lavender (the safer choice). 

Anthropologie Georgina Duvet

Anthropologie’s Georgina Duvet is like that person who walks into the party and everyone stares and gasps at their beauty. An interesting update of the Shabby Chic style, it is available in white and cream as well as the muted blue color that is pictured. 

Anthropologie Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set

With a classic scalloped edge, Anthropologie’s Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set is the perfect compliment to balance the Georgia Duvet. Remember, no one wants to get busy in a bed that looks too busy. 

Anthropologie Tolouse Duvet

The Toulouse Duvet by Anthropologie is what you choose if the person you are sharing your bed with thinks the Georgina is too feminine for their taste. A little more muted and modern, it has just enough ruffle going on. 

Sweet Home Collection 1800 Thread Count Sheets

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Dark on dark starts to look goth. Don’t be a downer. The crisp mint color of these shockingly affordable 1800 thread count sheets from Sweet Home Collection is a fresh compliment to the dark Tolouse Duvet.

Serena & Lilly Cherry Duvet

Serena & Lilly’s Cherry duvet is technically kids bedding (so it’s only available in twin and full/queen sizes, boo), but it was too cute not to include in this roundup. What adult wouldn’t love these cheery cherries?  I die for this to dress up a guest room. 

Comphy Sheets

Sometimes, less is more. I think if you are going to use a fun fruit print duvet, plain white sheets are best. And I found the most comfortable ones are from a brand called Comphy. I swear, I can’t make this up.

I discovered these sheets when I was getting acupuncture from Colette Widrin at Askeo Theraputics last week. She had the softest sheets on her table. I was literally never so comfortable having someone insert needles into me. Comphy sheets are made from magic, clouds and microfiber from heaven. 

Around The World In 80(ish) Products: Global Beauty In Italy

Welcome to Around The World In 80(ish) Products, an ongoing series where I will explore the best in international beauty. The idea for this series started in 2016 when I wrote about K-Beauty. While I try not to obsess over my analytics, I’m always surprised to see how much traction that post still gets. Obviously, K-Beauty is a huge trend right now, but I think that globalization and the Internet in general have made us more interested in international beauty products now more than ever.

After all, I know when ever I visit another country, I love to go to a local drugstore or department store and buy things that are likely better, but at the very least more interesting than what is available back home. But, the truth is that you don’t need to go abroad to buy international products. So many are available at brick and mortar stores in the US as well as online.

So, bellas, let’s take a trip to Italy. Or just talk about my favorite Italian products. 

Jolii

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Jolii is a new Italian cosmetics line that has answered a question many of us have asked for years, which is“Can you please take the gloss out of my lip gloss?” The answer is yes. Jolii Luxe Crème Mattes apply exactly their glossy sisters, but they last longer than an iPhone battery and are sexier than a super model in a tight Gucci dress. But because so many matte formulas leave your pout feeling dry as a box of pasta, Jolii is formulated with both shea butter and jojoba oil to keep your lips as moist as the cream inside a cannoli. Jolii’s color selection is also very unique (clearly these people think outside the lipstick box) with deep shades of red, purple, brown and orange.

Armani Beauty

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I first tried Armani Beauty is at the least glamorous place on earth, which is the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles. Without getting into too much detail, this mall is the exact opposite of the Sistine Chapel. I was scheduled to do a photoshoot for MRKT Handbags that day, but could not find an available makeup artist all week. Being the resourceful person I am, I figured there would be tons of people at Bloomingdales who would want to do my makeup and in return, I’d buy lots of products. But I guess I was wrong because the cosmetics section was a ghost town at 11:00am on a Saturday. The whole thing was so bizarre, but clearly it was destiny because the only counter where someone was actually working was Armani Beauty.

It was there when I was introduced to Maestro Fusion Makeup, which I’m pretty sure is a product I will use for the rest of my life. Maestro is not like any other foundation I’ve ever used. It has a very unique texture, almost like a liquid powder. Just a few drops are needed. The bottle has a built-in dropper, which dispenses the perfect amount. Then, you blend it in with your fingers (no blender or spongie thing necessary) and it disappears into your skin like magic. It’s hard to say a foundation can change your life, but this one might be the exception to the rule.

Terax

Terax is a true Italian brand. Founded nearly 50 years ago in Bologna, Italy, the company is still family owned and operated.  My favorite Terax product is the Crema Conditioner. As a not so natural blond with dry AF hair, Crema has taken up valuable real estate in my bathtub on and off since middle school. The brand disappeared from shelves for a while and was re-launched in 2016. I recently started using it again and I feel like I’m in love with my conditioner. Crema is super creamy (hence the name) and really penetrates into the hair to restore moisture. Leave it on overnight once a week and you can skip your regular hair mask.

Davines

 

Before I started using their products, I always found Davines in the showers of the most sophisticated people I know. Yes, I’m that guest who uses your fancy shampoo. Davines, which is pronounced dav-vin-ess, was founded in 1983 in Parma Italy. The brand focuses on creating artisanal and sustainable products for both hair and body. Their hair care line is quite extensive and includes shampoos, treatments, and styling products for every hair type you can and cannot think of. Every single product smells like heaven and has a cool name such as Oi, Volu, Nonu, Dede as well as other names I’m incapable of figuring out how to pronounce. My favorite Davines product is the Love Shampoo for curly or wavy hair. It’s the only shampoo specifically made for curly hair that I (you guessed it) love. It’s also the easiest to pronounce. 

Kiko Milano

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Kiko Milano is the best affordable Italian makeup you’re not wearing (yet). With over 1000 stores in 20 countries, they aren’t quite that big in the US, yet. But give Kiko some time. After opening up their first location in 1997, the company only expanded to the US in 2014. Considering their first stores in this country were in New Jersey and Staten Island, which are not exactly centers of emerging cosmetic trends, this brand has yet to break the Internet. But, when I visited their store at Hollywood and Highland (which is essentially the Hollywood version of the Fresh Kills Landfill), I was very impressed. With over 1,400 products, I like that Kiko is a one-stop shop with literally everything including makeup, brushes, skincare, nails, etc.

This year, the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary with a variety of limited lines. Check out the Tropic Heat capsule collection for some spring/summer/vacay/you-live-in-a-warm-climate-so-seasons-are-really-irrelevant-anyway inspiration

 

 

F-It Fridays: Hopping Into Spring With Flower Print Accessories

One of the biggest trends this season is flower prints. There are so many things I love about this. First off all, flower prints are an instant mood booster. Seriously, it's hard to be sad if you're wearing sunshine. But I totally get a full on flower print dress or romper isn't for everyone. That's why you've got to accessorize. Here are some of my favorite flower print accessories of the season. So, as I always say, F-it, it's Friday, buy yourself something pretty.

Trina Turk Desert Oasis Clutch

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The good thing about Trina Turk's Desert Oasis Clutch is that it's really unique. The bad thing about it is that pictures don't quite do it justice. I took a look at it in person at Trina's new boutique in my neighborhood and was so wowed. Made of vinyl, the style of this bag is very vintage, as if you bought it from a Palm Springs consignment shop. I feel like this is something you could pull out every spring and summer for the rest of your life. 

J. Renée Alawna Wedge Sandal

No white shoes before Memorial Day is a rule no more with these cute wedge sandals by J. Renée. Super affordable priced under $100, the print is the epitome of spring. 

Gucci Printed Coated Canvas Continental Wallet & Pursuit Slides

So, these are not technically matching, but with similar prints, how could you not want to pair these Gucci slides and wallet together? Much like you and your BFF who might not like Real Housewives, but you love her anyway, these two just go together. And you shouldn't feel any guilt about going double Gucci because the wallet is really large enough to use as a clutch. Wear them together with a cute sundress or even to lux up simple shorts and a t-shirt. 

Draper James Peabody Perforated Tote

If you like flowers, but aren't into prints, this tote from Reese Witherspoon's boutique Draper James, will have y'all covered. It's the perfect size and style for a spring day. And yes, it comes with that adorable key fob.

Sonix Primrose iPhone Case

Hello! Why shouldn't you dress up your phone for the new season? Make your smart phone even smarter with this on point case from Sonix.

Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Floral Print Sunglasses

I can't with these Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Floral Print Sunglasses. They are too cute for words. I can't even imagine how awesome they're going to look with swimwear this summer. Be a lolita and not a cougar with these cat eyes!

Ted Baker Suitcase

Airports are generally the least chic places on earth. Actually, that's not true. Heathrow is pretty darn stylish. Do you know what Heathrow and Ted Baker have in common? They're both British! Coincidence, I think not. This flower print luggage from Ted Baker is really special. It will also be super easy to recognize in baggage claim.  But obviously, people will want to steal it, so if you purchase, please pay close attention. 

Balenciaga Knife Flower Print Booties

Flower prints are generally more cute than sexy, but these Balenciaga boots are simply bangin'. Made of leather, you need to step into these right now. With a heal that high, they aren't made for walking, but who cares?

So Last Week: Ciao Manhattan/It's Getting Personal Edition

Happy(ish) Sunday! It’s time for So Last Week.

I try to keep things light here, but I didn’t have an easy weekend. I’m only deciding to write about it because I think so many lifestyle blogs are overly aspirational and lack honesty about real life. There’s a reason why I say this is a blog for people with “imperfect hair and sometimes unmade beds.” Before you think I’m about to throw myself a pity party because I’ve had a rough few days, that’s not what I want at all. I’m very well aware of how privileged and lucky I am. But sometimes, even first world problems hurt and my weekend was ruled entirely by one. On Friday, my parents moved out of the home I grew up in. I know this is part of adulthood, but it doesn’t change the fact that I feel a bit heartbroken. I’m not sure I will ever be the same.

The thing about growing up in New York is that you’re always a New Yorker no matter what. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for nine years and as Californicated as I’ve become, I’m also every cliché in articles like this one, except for the fact that I don’t like bagels or the subway. If you were wondering, I prefer croissants and Via. Being a New Yorker is almost like an option that should be listed in the race/ethnicity section on a form. It is who you are. I think only real New Yorkers can understand what I mean. But, now maybe my NY card has finally expired. I still have friends and family in the city, but no roots. All I wanted to do was mourn the loss of real estate (I know, so first world), but I couldn’t cry about this all weekend because I was afraid to cry alone. Coincidentally, everyone I love was gone this weekend.

My husband had a bachelor party in Nashville and 99% of my close girlfriends (those I can cry around) were out of town. It was really strange. I couldn’t help my emotions from creeping up. I worked out, made the bed, went food shopping and walked the dogs. Perhaps this was the longest period I’ve been by myself in over three years.

So, for two days, which felt like an eternity, I distracted myself the only way millennials know how. By disappearing into click holes and binge watching seasons of a show everyone else watches, but that I just discovered. And I’m pretty sure tonight, I’m going to mess up a whole lot of mascara to make up for it. Ciao Manhattan! I’ll miss you.

If you need to be distracted, here are some good places to start.  

The List: The Untold Truth Of Bath & Body Works

Want to know a ton of secrets about Bath & Body Works? I dish (yep, I wrote this one) everything like the TMZ of mall stores. If you’re wondering, I’m not exactly a fan of their beauty line, but I’m obsessed with Wallflowers because most plug-ins smell like a gas station.

Jovani: Celebrity Stylist Ali Levine Shares Star Style Secrets

As always, my very good friend Ali Levine delivers the goods. Also, if you haven’t read my interview with her from 2016, you should.

Byrdie: I Tried The Bizarre Lipstick Hack Jude Law's Daughter Swears By

I don’t want to spoil this, but I think this trick might just actually be life changing. I can’t wait to try it after I stop crying. So, hopefully by Wednesday.

Vogue: Your Internet Search History Will Soon Be Up for Sale—Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself

This article explains how your ISP can now make even more money off you. Awful. I know. You’re welcome.

Well+Good: Taking A Hot Bath May Be Just As Good For You As Working Out

If this is true, I’m about to hop into one right now.

Dresses To Decor: Ralph Lauren (No Relation) Edition

Welcome to Dresses To Decor, the series where I discuss the decor lines of my favorite clothing designers. Ralph Lauren, who I am not related to (because I know you were wondering), is one of the greatest American designers. Known for his sophisticated cable knits, prints, and the ubiquitous polo pony logo, the brand is synonymous with classic looks that are just as stylish today as they will be in fifty years. The same applies to the label's extensive home line with things to enhance every single room. Here are a few of my favorites and must haves. 

Palmer Bath Sheets

Ralph Lauren Palmer Bath Sheets are my favorite towels of all time. At 35 X 72, they’re big, fluffy and fabulous to wrap yourself up in. These towels are kind of magical and will make you feel like a VIP at a spa every time you get out of the shower. Available in 25 different colors (I can’t even think of 25 colors off the top of my head), they will match everything. If you like your towels extra fancy, have them monogrammed. And you should because if couldn't tell from the site's logo, I so heart monograms.

Whitney Cashmere Throw Blanket

Whitney Cashmere Throw Blanket

My personal rule for life is that friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. This applies to both sweaters and throws. There is nothing quite as lux as a cashmere throw sitting on your couch, especially the Whitney Cashmere Throw with its chic ruffled edges. With six colors available and sized at a generous 60 X 60, it’s a great way to upgrade your Netflix and Chill.

Amalfi Coast Diffuser

Designed in the style of a perfume bottle, the Amalfi Coast home fragrance diffuser is a must. With notes of fig leaf, cassis, blonde woods, and galbanum, who wouldn’t their home to smell like the Amalfi Coast of Italy? It also makes a no-brainer hostess gift.

Audrey Dinnerware Collection

If any dinnerware set deserves a #adulting label, the Audrey Collection is it. Rimmed in 24k gold, the pattern is inspired by a hand-painted silk garment. Made in Portugal of porcelain, (so that's where it actually comes from), don’t forget these delicates dishes are not dishwasher safe. But, they're so worth it for special occasions. Teacups with saucers, as well as dinner, bread, and salad plates are available. 

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Spalding Stripe Wallpaper

When wallpaper came back in style, I cheered. It’s such a pretty way to decorate a hallway, dining room or to accent just one wall of your bedroom. Ralph Lauren’s Spalding Stripe is simple, clean and works for a variety of styles.

Cantwell Ice Bucket

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The Cantwell Ice Bucket is absolutely stunning. Handmade of lead crystal in Hungary, it features a brown saddle leather cover. Embossed with a Ralph Lauren logo, it’s a truly unique piece. And yes, the leather comes off so you can wash it without needing to take a valium first.

Preston Bar Tool Set

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I've already professed my love for the Preston Bar Tool Set in my post about bar cart styling, so if you're already in the know, feel free to skip over the next sentences. Featuring an ice shovel, jigger and bottle opener, Preston is extremely modern and functional.  There’s also a matching martini shaker. And because I personally have this set, let me answer your question right now. Yes, the leather can get wet. No, it doesn’t get ruined. Just be careful and you will be fine.

Ashlyn Bedding

Ashlyn Bedding

Bold floral prints are classic Ralph Lauren style. The Ashlyn bedding line reminds me of a spring day. It also might be the perfect choice for a guest room. You could even skip the duvet or comforter (I’m a total duvet girl, but I understnad how they are completely annoying) and just use the sheets and pillowcases to break up a solid comforter. I also think your in-laws and parents would absolutely love this.

Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books are an easy and affordable way to dress up your coffee table or enhance a bookshelf.  You can also leave a coffee table book out and everyone who comes over will think you actually read. Ralph Lauren has several including Speed Style and Beauty: Cars From The Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren (surprising title, I know), and Vogue On Ralph Lauren.

Big Pony Dog Polo

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Okay, so this Polo for your pooch isn’t technically decor, but I don’t care because it’s so darn cute. Perhaps they kind of are because we all know that dogs, polos and especially dogs in polos are an instant way to upgrade a room. 

F-It Fridays (Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy): I Love Rompers, But Not When I Have To Pee Edition

 Romping around Larchmont Village in one of my favorite rompers. Sadly, it's sold out. I really wanted to include it here. And yes, having to use the bathroom while wearing it is a complete nightmare.   Photo by Haley Fisk

Romping around Larchmont Village in one of my favorite rompers. Sadly, it's sold out. I really wanted to include it here. And yes, having to use the bathroom while wearing it is a complete nightmare. 

Photo by Haley Fisk

Welcome to F-it Fridays, your weekly(ish) dose of retail therapy, where I recommend things you should buy for yourself. After all, you made it through another five days, so you certainly deserve something. 

This week, we’re romping into spring with (you guessed it) rompers. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and sporty, except for those moments when you really have pee and getting them off can kind of be a close call. Just being honest. Still, the slight inconvenience is totally worth it. Also, not that comfort is ever a real factor for me, but I think rompers are way more comfey than dresses or pants, which is which kind of strange, because they are essentially a combination of both. Here are few of my favorites:

Top Shop: Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuits aren't technically rompers, but they're part of the greater romper metro area. I love the Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit from Top Shop. Maybe it’s because I miss my mom right now (she lives in New York and I live in Los Angeles), but this jumpsuit reminds me of things my mother used to wear when i was a little kid. I really wish should would have kept her vintage ones for me, but Top Shop will have to suffice. Sophisticated and chic, this jumpsuit would look incredibly fabulous with a statement necklace from Sterling Forever.

Revolve: Del Rio Off The Shoulder Romper

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I love this romper from Del Rio. With its bell sleeves and the off the shoulder neckline, it’s extra on trend this season. 

Lilly Pulitzer: Tiki Wrap Romper

It’s not exactly a secret that I adore Lilly Pulitzer, especially this Tiki Wrap Romper. The print reminds me of cocktails, vacations and sunshine. The long sleeves and shorts combo is just right for spring days and breezy summer nights.

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Nordstom: Misguided Ladder Stitch Lace Romper

Misguided’s lace romper is perfect for an evening romp. With a sexy, plunging neckline, it might just become your new little black dress. Don’t be afraid to wear it heels and accessories such as this delicate Cartier inspired bangle from Sterling Forever.

Forever 21 Lemon Print Cover Up Romper           

Seriously, I’m obsessed with this lemon romper from Forever 21. It’s maybe the cutest thing I’ve seen all season and at less than $20, there are no excuses not to buy one. I’m seriously ordering one as soon as I am finished with this post because LEMONS! If this is a little summery for your spring season (it's summer 85% of the year where I live), wear it with a cropped denim jacket

Alice + Olivia Richie Romper Gown

I don’t know if Alice + Olivia’s Richie Romper Gown is a romper, a gown or just a work of fashion magic, but I know I’m completely in love. Wear it and you will stop traffic. You will not be able to get through an event without being completed annoyed by people asking you about your outfit. If this could win an Oscar for Best Romper, it totally would.

Free People Nolita Romper

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This cut out romper from Free People needs to be cut into your wardrobe immediately. The gorgeous plum color and fitted legs really stand out.

F-it Fridays (Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy): Six Pieces You Need For Spring Right Now

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 Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup courtesy of  Kinx .

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup courtesy of Kinx.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in Los Angeles, the winter is finally over. This has been the longest two months of my life since I moved here eight years ago. It's been non-stop cold and raining since the beginning of the year. I actually cried when I had to buy rain boots at Havaianas, which is a store where I normally buy flip-flops. 

   
  
 
  
    
  
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Yes, these look like unicorn hooves.

Now that the rain has stopped and I’m finally able to quit dressing in layers, I’m more excited than ever about spring fashion. Remember, it's never too early to start shopping for next season. And it's always an appropriate time to treat yourself, because f-it, it's Friday! Here are six must-have Spring pieces you need right now! ASAP! Seriously, not kidding!

Selfie Leslie Maxi Skort Romper

I have a floral skort romper from Forever 21 (shown in the picture above) that I bought two weeks ago, but it's already sold out. (I know, that sucks I can't wear it without stopped in the street.) So this one from Selfie Leslie at Forever 21 is the next best thing. Florals are everywhere this season and it's my personal belief that you can never have too many rompers. I like that this one has long sleeves, so it's perfect for slightly chilly nights, perhaps with a denim jacket

Miss Selfridge Red Choker Neck One Shoulder Top

Super trendy, Miss Selfridge's choker neck one shoulder top is one of my faves. Miss Selfridge is a UK high street retailer that has just recently become available in the US. Wear this piece now with a motorcycle jacket over your shoulders. 

Top Shop Zig Zag Pattern Dress

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Featuring a fun, bold stripe pattern, this Top Shop dress makes the top of my list. It will look perfectly appropriate without outerwear until it's warm enough to be worn on its own.  

J. Crew Tulle Ball Skirt

When I first saw J. Crew's Tulle Ball Skirt, I actually swooned. Incredibly versatile, it can be worn with a t-shirt, button down, or with something more formal for a big event. It's available in navy as well as a bright mint color. Maybe buy all three.

Sea Linen Tie Tank

Sea's yellow Linen Tie Tank is the color of the season. Beautiful and unique, this is a good investment top that will part of your regular wardrobe rotation for the summer.

Reebok Cardio Crop Top

 

If there's one trend I'm sure of this season, it's all things sheer. Reebok's crop top might be athleisure, but it's sexy and stylish enough to wear outside of the gym. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

 Photo by  Hayley Fisk

Photo by Hayley Fisk

Happy Sunday! I am writing this from my bed because I’m exhausted. I’ve had a very tiring, but exciting week. Yesterday, I had a photoshoot for Kinx Active, which is a new brand of activewear cosmetics. I can’t wait to tell you more about Kinx and share all of the pictures with you soon. In the meantime, I’m doing a giveaway. All the details are on Instagram.

After you’ve entered the giveaway, don’t forget to check out some of the posts I came across last week. As always, they’re totally worth your time. 

The Cut: 50 Simple Pieces For Building A Classic Wardrobe

Classic clothing is always a good investment. Here are fifty suggestions.  How many of these do you have?

The Lady Gang: Kate Sommerville Skincare Notes

If you aren’t listening to The Lady Gang Podcast, you should. A few weeks ago, they interviewed Kate Sommerville and it was one of the best beauty podcasts I’ve ever heard. This post is the Spark Notes version of the episode. This information won’t change your life, but it will change your skin, so that’s close enough.

Vogue: Forty Things I've Learned In Forty Years

Listen to your not-so-elder elders. This is important stuff!

Man Repeller: Why I'm Done Dressing Down

I related to this essay because I work from home and rarely dress up. Like Claire Beerman, I’m trying to pick up my game. Perhaps #ootd on Instagram is in my future.

Ali Levine: Wardrobe Wednesday All Dressed Up

Celeb stylist Ali Levine makes some fancy and affordable wardrobe suggestions that are especially applicable to those who read the Man Repeller link.

Dressing Like The Stars: Oscars 2017 Edition

All I can say about the Oscars last night is “wow.” It was night of mistakes (okay, just one really big one), but not when it came to fashion. I didn't see one jaw-dropping-but-in-a-bad-way dress on the red carpet at all. As I was typing this, I almost accidentally wrote "runway" instead of "red carpet." Perhaps that was a Freudian slip or fashion slip, but runway is a good way to describe the general vibe of the evening. The dresses were big, bold and much like the movies, each one told a story in its own unique way. Here are some favorites from the night along with similar dresses that will inspire you to win best dressed at your next big event.  

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris was simply stunning in Calvin Klein. Look just as wild in white with this shorter Black Halo cocktail dress. It has the same idea sans sequins. But, if you'd rather wear the "Best Supporting Dress" of the evening, this high-low from Halston Heritage provides a little more support than something strapless. 

Kirsten Dunst

I totally fell in love with Kirsten Dunst's Dior faille dress. Halton Heritage's halter has a similar shape and captures the same classic look, while this floral dress by Ienna For Mac Duggal puts a trendy spin on it.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron was daring in a Dior gold lame gown. Steal her look almost entirely in Nicole Miller or choose a more subtle style from A.L.C.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin was ravishing in a red dress by Zuhair Murad. Make your own statement in this red lace dress from Finity or try a crochet layered style from Self-Portrait.

Jillian Reeves

I'm completely obsessed with Jillian Reeves' jewel toned Matthew Christopher dress, styled by my girl, Ali Levine. Ieena For Mac Duggal's gown takes the trophy for being equally grand, but way less expensive. This Halston Heritage dress is in the same color palette, but more appropriate for a less formal event. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Wow, it’s been such a busy week for me. Between the big makeover reveal and some super exciting projects coming up that I’ll tell you about soon, I haven’t had a minute to breathe. [Insert Deep Breath Here] Okay, I finally exhaled.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite links from last week. From hair and food ideas to Lena Dunham doing yoga, beauty product organization tips and what could be my favorite new podcast, these links are both a great way to procrastinate and learn. So, click away and enjoy.

Fat Mascara Podcast

Hit subscribe now because I’m “raising a wand” to Fat Mascara. This podcast features beauty editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein dishing about their favorite products, dissecting trends, and interviewing celebs as well as influencers. #FanGirl

Well+Good: Lena Dunham Does Yoga

Lena Dunham recently collabed with Well+Good to make a series of short videos (under 2 minutes, so actually short) that based on the title, are pretty self-explanatory. Along with her yoga bff, Beth Cooke, Lena will make you smile, stretch and give you a little peak of her cool living room.  

A Sweat Life: Ways To Indulge In A Whole Avocado All At Once

As a Californian, I can attest to the magic of avocados. In this post for A Sweat Life (and yes, I also write for them), Ashley Aranha gives us some healthy meal ideas that use the entire fruit. Because we all know how gross half a leftover avocado living in a Ziploc in your fridge is.

Hello Giggles: Banana Buns Are Trending In Paris, And Yes, We'd Like To Partake

Spoiler alert: French women know EVERYTHING! Have you ever seen those banana clip things at the drugstore and wondered what you’re supposed to do with them? Apparently, they’re used to make an extra chic bun in your hair.

By Jonnie March: 4 Quick Tips For Organizing Your Beauty Products

If so much stuff falls out of your medicine cabinet that you need to put orange cones around your sink, this post from Jonnie March is for you. Speaking of beauty product organization tips, if you haven’t read my post on how to KonMari your beauty products, you should. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Welcome to So Last Week, all of the things I’ve read in the past seven days that are totally worth your time. Speaking of time, I’ve been spending a lot of it giving It’s Amanda Lauren a makeover. The new site is looking gorgeous and will be more informative, easier to navigate and more shoppable than ever. I’m hoping to go live Monday or Tuesday, at the very latest. I’ve been blogging since July and while the current site is pretty, I’ve just outgrown it in so many ways. And while I’m so not a DIY person, I designed the new site all by myself (so grownup), did lots of backend way beyond my pay grade and I just can’t wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime, enjoy these informative posts written by other people.

Who What Wear: Cashmere At Every Price- What You Need To Know

If you read this blog, you know I believe strongly that friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. Luckily, cashmere is more affordable that ever. Here’s everything you need to know about the different price points of this fabric. 

Brit + Co: Instantly De-Clutter Your Closet With These Easy DIYs

If you liked my post on closet de-cluttering, you will love these great tips and stunning photos from Brit + Co.

WWD: Neiman Marcus To Trial Plus-Size Departments At Last Call

I’m not plus sized, but I definitely feel people in that category get the shaft when it comes to shopping. So, cheers to those who can now look chic and get a deal at any size.  

Harper and Harley: How To Wear A Cropped Jacket

A cropped jacket and maxi dress is one of my favorite looks. Harper and Harley show us how to style these elements together.

Awkward Girl Beauty: Battle of the Beauty Sponges

Makeup sponges are becoming just as necessary as blush brushes. The brilliantly named Awkward Girl Beauty breaks it down by brand and price. Her findings might surprise you. 

Dressing Like The Stars: Grammys 2017 Edition

The Grammys are generally one of the most interesting nights for awards show fashion because we always expect artists to take risks and shock us. It’s fair to say that every risk with the exception of one really paid off last night. Overall, the red carpet felt more like a runway. With so much high fashion, the vibe was more like the Oscars than the Grammys. Think old Hollywood and less old time rock and roll. Here are some of my favorite looks from the event and similar styles more appropriate for those who give concerts in the smallest of venues, like their showers.

Adele

Adele was a green goddess in Givenchy. You'll want to say hello to these green dresses from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Ali & Jay

Jennifer Lopez

Purple has been the stand out color this awards season and Jennifer Lopez's Ralph and Russo dress was my personal favorite look of the night. Nasty Gal and Boo Hoo have stylistically similar dresses, both of which are affordable, no matter what block you're from.

Charli XCX

Charli XCX rocked the red carpet in Vivienne Westwood. Rock your own event in these ravishing dresses by Faviana and Nicole Miller.

Keltie Knight

Keltie Knight has never looked more stunning. Her Burberry dress shines bright. Consider her style your guide in this dress by Missguided or Amanda Uprichard

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum was anything but plain in Phillip Plein. Shine bright like a super model in a short silver dress from Carla G. or ASOS (plus size). 

Soundz

Styled by Ali Levine, Soundz aka the guy who produces Justin Bieber's music, took over the red carpet in a custom burgundy suit from Klein, Epstein and Parker (not to be confused with a law firm of the same name). If you don't have Bieber money (or Bieber girls, or that cool haircut), cover Soundz' style with a tuxedo jacket and pants from ASOS.

Tinashe

Tinashe had lots of panache in Alexander Wang. Cut out and copy her look with Halston Heritage's Hi Lo Crepe Dress .

Margaret Cho

The Fashion Police's Margaret Cho looked anything but lame in a lamé pantsuit. Go for the gold in this blazer from Sinéquanone.

 

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! If you’re new here, welcome to So Last Week, a compilation of things I read on the Internet that are totally worth your time. If there were a general theme of the links this week, I think it’s being your best self. Aren’t we all striving for that? So, whether it’s business, style, food or fitness, these posts can inspire us to try new things and push ourselves in a positive direction.

West Coast CEO: Etsy Entrepreneur & Eco Gifts for Animal Rescue with Jillian Clemmons of Best In Shore

Jillian Clemmons is doing amazing things for animal rescues with her Etsy shop, Best In Shore. She discusses her passion for helping our furry friends, creating eco-friendly products and running a business, in this enlightening interview for West Coast CEO. Stay turned for my interview with Alex, which should be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Among Other Things: How (and Why) to Be a Morning Workout Person

Are you trying to motivate before the sun comes up? Soul Cycle instructor Hallie Wilson gives us new reasons to become “morning workout people.” She also includes tips from other bloggers, myself included. Shouldn’t that be reason enough to click?

The Little Blog of Vegan: Best Ever Blueberry Pancakes

This beautiful blog features easy vegan recipes that vegans and non-vegans alike will appreciate, including these tasty Blueberry Pancakes. I can’t wait to make them!

House of Comil: Play It Like A Parisian Woman – Parisian Style

There’s nothing I love more than French style. Looking at this post, it’s almost impossible not to say “oui” to Julia Comil’s jaw dropping style. You will want to steal all of these looks.

LA Times: Shopping Habits Are Changing, And Teen-Oriented Retailers Like Wet Seal Are Among The Casualties

With The Limited reaching its limit earlier this month and now Wet Seal going out to sea, you might be wondering why these retailers that have been around since the beginning of time (the 80’s and 90’s) and now saying goodbye forever. The LA Times explains what happened. 

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy (Winter Beauty Edition)

Living in Los Angeles, I’m usually exempt from winter skin and hair dryness (in all fairness, my hair tends to be dry all year round). But, this year the temperature has been at an all time-low and my body has been at an all-time dry. When I moved here from New York eight years ago, cold winters were not part of the contract I signed. So, I’ve had to do a major product switch up. If the weather is having a negative affect on your hair and skin, you probably have to do the same. Here are my favorite winter dryness solutions because F-It, it’s Friday, treat yourself.

White Sands ER Fusion

White Sands ER Fusion is a game-changing product that makes hair both softer and stronger. No, it’s not another oil or conditioner, but a unique treatment that creates a micro-shield for 30 days. After washing and towel-drying your hair, you apply the product and help it penetrate using a heat cap or hairdryer for 20 minutes, then rinse it out. 20 minutes of effort for 30 days of good hair, I'll take it! 

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is magical. I was in a business meeting with Anthony Pazos (of LA Hair fame) when he accidentally touched my leg (I was wearing a short skirt) and interrupted the entire conversation to discuss how soft my skin was. True story! Remember, it’s called Wet Skin Moisturizer for a reason, so apply it immediately after showering, before toweling off. I actually keep my bottle in the shower, so I don't forget. 

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Dove is my favorite bar soap, but when the temperature drops, I need some extra help, so I use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash instead. Formulated to cleanse in the gentlest way possible, it’s been great to counterbalance the hot showers I’ve been taking to warm up. (Yeah, I know that’s bad for dry skin, but don’t judge me.) Dove’s creamy texture makes my skin feel soft and clean. It also smells super fresh.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

What can’t Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil do? My favorite multi-tasker, I put it on the ends of my hair every night as well as on my lips. It also works as a gentle eye makeup remover and super duper moisturizer for extra-dry skin. Pro tip: a little goes a very long way. 

Bodyography Hydrating Mask

Adding Bodyography’s Hydrating Mask to your routine helps restore moisture to your face and treats fine lines. Gentle enough to use every day, it's formulated with anti-oxidant ingredients including watermelon, green tea, and apple fruit extract. Anyone else craving a smoothie right now? Bonus karma points come free with every purchase becuase it’s vegan, paraben and cruelty-free. 

Dressing Like The Stars: The People's Choice Awards 2017 Edition

When it comes to the People’s Choice Awards, it doesn’t really matter who wins or loses, as long as they look good on the red carpet. Honestly, I didn’t watch the show and couldn't even be bothered to find out who the winners were. As far as I'm concerned, the red carpet is the main event.  After all, awards season isn't simply a time to watch a bunch of people you don't know give speeches you don't want to listen to. It's about finding new inspiration for those nights when you need to look extra fabulous (or at the very least, when you must get out of sweatpants). Luckily, you don't need a stylist or an unlimited bank account to dress like the stars. Here are my favorite looks from the event last night alongside some similar, more affordable styles that will make you look so good, you might just get chased by the paparazzi (your friend with one of those cameras not designed to make phone calls).

Blake Lively

Blake Lively topped all of the best dressed lists in Elie Saab. Top everyone at your next event in these fringe-tastic dresses by Aidan Mattox and French Connection.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra made everyone blush in Sally LaPointe, but you can make everyone swoon in Misa and Forever 21.

Ruby Rose

Blaze the red carpet (or the carpet at your office) like Ruby Rose in her Veronica Beard suit with these lookalikes from Vince Camuto and Express.

Ashley Greene

Ashley Greene went purple in Jeffrey Dodd. These dresses from Adrianna Papell and Diane Von Furstenberg share the same stylish, but reserved vibe at a fraction of the price.

Fifth Harmony

This might be the only time Fifth Harmony can be described as neutral. Look equally harmonious in these fabulous frocks by Reverse, Paper Crown and Amsale.

Keltie Knight

Own the night like Keltie in your own striking green dress from Women's Social or  Boohoo.

Lilly Singh

Look anything but lame in lamé in Topshop and Nicole Miller

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I feel like I'm finally over the holiday season and getting back into my regularly scheduled life. This week, I spent a lot of time trying to organize my closet. Take that as a hint for an upcoming post. Or perhaps I just mentioned this on my blog for the sake of accountability...

I also finally caught up on what’s going on in the world of fashion and beauty. Here are five posts I read that are totally worth your time. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Stylish Non-Leather Bags

Miriam Porter is an expert in cruelty-free chic. Her picks for non-leather aka vegan leather handbags are stylish and affordable. Don’t forget, for every bag you buy, you get free bonus karma points.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Whether you are a woman or not, self-doubt happens to the best of us, even very accomplished people. This article will make you laugh, take a deep breath and realize, you aren’t the only one.

WWD: DVF Re-brands Under Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders

WWD has everything you need to know about the re-branding of a fav label of mine, Diane Von Furstenberg.

Blush & Pearls: Shade Adjusting Drops By The Body Shop

Whether you accidentally bought the wrong color or you got tan on vacay, Blush & Pearls has found a solution for many of our foundation woes.  

Quartz and Leisure: Snowstorm Chic

Being that I live in Los Angeles, I feel It’s Amanda Lauren is not your destination for staying warm and stylish at the same tine. But Quartz & Leisure just might be. 

Slumber Party Series Part Two: Get On The ZZZ List With Luxe Sleep Accessories

Welcome to part two of my Slumber Party series. 2016 is almost over and resolutions are on everyone’s mind. Even if your resolution is fitness or wellness related (and really whose isn’t?), it’s been scientifically proven that getting more sleep will help you reach those goals and support an overall healthy lifestyle.

But, if you’re anything like me, it’s hard to relax in bed. My life is crazy and I always have so much going on. My mind feels like the Energizer Bunny because it keeps going and going and going and going… However, since adding some luxe sleep accessories to my bedtime routine, I’m able to wind down and relax a whole lot faster. So, if you want to be on the ZZZ-list, here are four ways to join my slumber party.

Slumbr Pillows

Sometimes a better pillow is all you need for a superior night of slumber. But the process of purchasing a pillow is a total pain in the neck (sorry, I can’t help myself). The last time I bought a pillow at a retail store, I kept feeling and petting those things like a puppy. Sure, it felt soft and fluffy, but I really had no idea if I chose the right pillow for me. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t.  

Then, I tried to buy another set of pillows from a website where I was at the mercy of reviews. Long story short: SleepXprt4U69 was not an expert after all. 

Several sets of crappy pillows later, I was thrilled to discover Slumbr. The company was founded by two Silicon Valley #girlbosses turned pillow experts, Michelle Fishberg and Heather Rebuelta. They realized that people spend thousands of dollars on mattresses, but cheap out when it comes to pillows and then wonder why they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. After some facepalming and major research, they designed six different pillows to fit a variety of sleep styles and budgets. Then they created a highly scientific but also short (because really who has time for this?) quiz to help you choose the right one. Quite simply, Slumbr is a total game changer.

Soft Surroundings Silk Pillow Case

We all love our 10 bajillion thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, but unfortunately, if you use a cotton pillowcase, you might as well be sleeping on a cactus. I hate to break it to you, but cotton dries out your skin and hair, causing split ends. That’s why you need to make the switch to silk. Silk pillowcases are like a magical beauty treatment. In addition to preventing bed head, silk helps your skin retain moisture, so all of your products work better.

My favorite silk pillowcase is from Soft Surroundings. It makes me feel like I’m sleeping at a five star hotel. Also, unlike many other silk pillowcases, this one is machine washable, so you don’t have to get it dry cleaned. Available in 12 colors with lots of monogram options, Soft Surroundings makes sure your bed looks just as fabulous as you do.  

AnaOno SHHH! Eye Mask

Nothing kills a deep sleep faster than sunshine. (Isn’t that literally the only time you don’t like sunshine?) So, avoid the light from hitting your eyes with this chic sleep mask from Ana Ono. Embroidered with a message for your bedmate and an elastic strap to stay secure, this mask practically guarantees a better night of shuteye.

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

Sometimes, it’s just impossible to CTFD. Tata Harper’s Aromatic Bedtime Treatment is made for those moments. Featuring notes of melissa (the plant, not your best friend from fifth grade), orange, lemon and lavender, all you need to do is apply it to your pulse points before bedtime. Then take at least five deep breaths and get ready to drift off to Slumberland. It might just be your new Ambien, but obviously natural and less harmful.