The Simply Luxurious Life®: February 2011  

February 28, 2011

Anne Hathaway - 7 Dresses + 1 Tux

Rachel Zoe had her hands full with Anne Hathaway’s gig at the 83rd Academy Awards, but she certainly didn’t disappoint. With seven different dresses and a tailored tuxedo with custom-made dazzling pumps, Anne looked stunning.  Part of the entertainment of the entire evening was waiting to see what she would walk out onto the stage next in. Below is a compilation of her dress portfolio for the evening. I have to say, Tom Ford and Oscar’s gowns are my top two picks  . . . along with Brian Atwood’s pumps in the image below. And as one reader commented, the quick changes Anne’s hairstylist had to make, absolutely amazing.  Bravo to her behind the scenes crew most certainly.


In Lanvin tuxedo, custom designed Brian Atwood pumps & Tiffany jewelry


In Tom Ford


In Armani Prive


In Atelier Versace


In Oscar de la Renta


In Vivienne Westwood


In Givenchy


On the red carpet – Valentino

All images Daily Mail UK

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Traditions - To Follow Or Not To Follow

“Take tradition and decorate it your own way.”
–Carrie Bradshaw (SATC 2)

Tradition is a funny thing. Defined as a belief or custom handed down from one generation to the next, each tradition in any culture, any community or family is something that too often is followed without reflection as to why it was adopted in the first place.

It is with the event of my birthday today that I’m contemplating the topic of tradition because it is with milestones in life that traditions tend to emerge: birth, marriage, graduation, etc.

Recently, I finished reading Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for the umpteenth time, and I couldn’t help but be drawn to the blindly kept traditions that the feuding Grangerford and Shepherdson families continue to hold on to even though it breeds perpetual hatred, anger and fear. But, that as it may, it brought comfort because it was what they knew so they remained steadfast.

Adhering to a tradition or a belief simply to hold fast to something we know because we fear what may be if we let go and allow it to evolve, is a cowardly way to live. Such a blind allegiance stagnates growth and improvement in society and more importantly, in ourselves and our relationships.

History has proven that had many traditions not been broken we would be living in a very different place, and while this alludes to very grand traditions, there are traditions that we as individuals are a part of that we may follow without realizing we are doing so, or doing so because we don’t want to rock the boat.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not making a blanket statement here and saying all traditions because they are traditions are bad, but I encourage us all to examine why we follow the ones we do, and if they are in keeping with our values and our stance of living up to our true potential, then by all means continue to observe them.

I speak today of those traditions that don’t sit well with our souls, with our idea of how our honest and contentment focused life should be lived.

Last year I shared how I had spent a previous birthday, and I can honestly say that creating a unique way of celebration my milestone birthday was something I am so thankful I did. By stepping away from tradition, I chose to be true to who I am. The need to focus on gifts has always left me rather empty, so I chose to do something that would focus on what I valued, and in a way, I created my very own tradition, one that I will always cherish.

And that is what I believe tradition should be, something that causes a spring of beautiful emotions that enhance your life to be felt, instead of blindly going through the motions because “that’s what people do”, or “that is what my family does” or “everyone would laugh at me if I celebrated how I believe I should celebrate”.

Traditions are events that should be treasured if they add value to our lives, if they are tied to what we value as important because there are a beautiful way to connect us to the past if the past is something we want to perpetuate, but only if it allows who we are to shine and not be hidden.

One example comes to mind regarding a lady I know who instead of being married on the traditional day of the week – Saturday, she and her groom chose to exchange vows on Thursday. A seemingly very simple tweak, but one that spoke volumes about them as a couple.

The tweaks can be large, the tweaks can be small, the tweak can eliminate a tradition entirely or change it just enough so that a person’s voice can be heard. Whatever traditions you follow in your life, take a moment each time you are about to participate and be conscious of why you are doing them, and be sure you want to own your actions. Because our actions, our decisions each day, dictate the course our lives take – so put yourself in the driver’s seat.

Have a beautiful last day of February.

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February 27, 2011

83rd Academy Awards Red Carpet

Subdued, calm, respectful.  As the New York Times coined it – a “plain jane” red carpet.  And while yes, it was a very toned down Oscars Red Carpet, I found it quite respectful and appreciated the subtle touches of glamour.  There were a handful of favorites on my list, and it seemed as they each stepped out of their car, I was captivated, eager to see exactly who made the dress and what it looked like from head to toe.

While there weren’t a lot of risks taken tonight, another way one might critique it was that the women knew how to dress (or their stylists knew how to adorn them), so that they stood out instead of just the dress doing the talking. Gwyneth Paltrow has to be at the top of my list. To watch her Calvin Klein Collection dress move was enamoring and to wear it, from the audience’s vantage point, looked like it would be wearing silk-like gold, moving with your body with ease.  However, there were many stunning gowns.  Mandy Moore’s dress looked gorgeous on camera and the sheer fabric on her neckline was a beautiful facade (the image below doesn’t do it justice.) Below are ones that I’d like to share. I’d be curious to know what you thought.

Gwyneth Paltrow – Calvin Klein


Mandy Moore – Monique Lhuillier

(To see this dress on the runway, Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011 click here.)


Anne Hathaway – Valentino


Michelle Williams – Chanel


Jennifer Lawrence – Calvin Klein


Cate Blanchett – Givenchy


Mila Kunis – Elie Saab

(To see this look on the runway – Spring 2011 Haute Couture, click here.)


Jennifer Hudson - Versace


Halle Barry – Marchesa


Sandra Bullock – Vera Wang


Celine Dion - Giorgio Armani Prive


Reese Witherspoon – Giorgio Armani Prive


Hilary Swank – Gucci 

All images – People or InStyle

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February 26, 2011

Fall 2011 – RTW - An Eclectic Look

While the Fall 2011 RTW collections are still being revealed in Europe, I wanted to take a moment and share a handful of my favorite designs from an array of designers.  Between Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung and Pucci, along with many more, there were almost too many lovely fashions to choose from, but by way of this lengthy list I couldn’t leave any of these out.  Hopefully you will find something below that you enjoy as much as I do.  Take some pleasure in a bit of runway window shopping.

Elie Tahari


designed by Emma Hill


Bottega Veneta


 Cynthia Steffe





Prabal Gurung


Emilio Pucci


Costello Tagliapietra


Jenni Kayne


Derek Lam


Donna Karan

All images via or

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