Friday, January 24, 2014

Chic of the Week :: Elie Saab at Paris Fashion Week


If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Pinterest, then you know just how utterly breathless I am with anything Elie Saab. Synonymous with goddess-like gowns layered with bespoke beading and intricate appliqué, Saab did not disappoint Wednesday at the couture shows in Paris. As pastels permeated the high-fashion promenade in of-the-moment materials and striking silhouettes, it was clearly another successful event for the Lebanese-born couturier.

Floral motifs, whimsical lace and dipped-necklines lined the runway in vibrant canary, iced lilac and striking sable. And an ode to ombré introduced chiffon gowns graduated in tone from black-to-violet-to-rose and finishing in a color reminicent of a dusty snow. Breathtaking indeed and truly too beautiful for words. Oh what I wouldn't do to sit at one of his shows. Perhaps the universe is listening today or perhaps I'm just lucky enough spending a evening wearing a masterpiece.



  













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Friday, January 17, 2014

Chic of the Week :: Lettering by Liz

 

I love to write when I feel inspired and have the urge to share something uniquely fresh. I also love showcasing anything that involves creativity and self expression (dance, drawing, you name it). This week, I'm thrilled to introduce a woman who is creatively chic and awing everyone with etiquette.

I first met Liz Roessler and learned all about her panache for penmanship while writing a story for the Boston Globe. You can enjoy my full article here. Roessler has worked as a professional calligrapher for 20 years and for the last two, she has been sharing her talent with others through her business Lettering by Liz.

Roessler specializes in a dip pen style of the fine art. “It’s a sophisticated version of calligraphy,” she explained. The classic style involves the use of a dip pen rather than a fountain pen. A dip pen consists of a metal nib mounted in a handle or holder and the user dips the nib in ink while writing.

Stepping into Roessler’s cozy studio in Boston’s Leather District is like walking into an artsy living room. On her walls, you’ll find handcrafted cards, whimsical words and letters laced with love. A long table in the center of the room is lavished with acrylic paints, specs of glitter and paper as far as the eye can see. It feels like home and Roessler is the host as she greets you with muffin bites, refreshments and a furry blanket on your seat. “I love welcoming students to a relaxed and interactive workshop filled with festive colors of ink, card stock, envelopes and embellishments,” she said.

The artist teaches beginner and intermediate sessions, as well as, several themed workshops dedicated to weddings and various holidays. With Valentine's Day only a few weeks away, you can easily become a crafty cupid after just one class. In the 2-hour session, you'll practice basic lettering, play with inspirational quotes and take home a dip pen, acrylic ink and alphabet sheets because like any form of self-expression, practice makes perfect. Click here for a selection  of classes and events.








Monday, January 13, 2014

GLAMOUR at the 71st Golden Globe Awards

Last night was very busy for television. With so much entertainment and eye candy broadcasting from numerous networks, I had so many choices: the 71st Golden Globe Awards, Downton Abbey, Girls and Revenge. Sadly, I don't watch Girls... yet. I knew Revenge was out of the question -- that’s why I pay for DVR service. I knew E’s red carpet procession was a MUST. Oh how I love to tweet Hollywood's fashion hits and misses with the style and star struck.

I gushed over gorgeous gowns, dazzling diamonds and flawless faces for the better part of three hours (before turning my attention to Downton Abbey). Last night was noteworthy of many high-end designers and fashion houses including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Gucci. Personally, I thought Gucci hit a home run with Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis.

In all honesty, it's the red carpet event that really feeds my stylish soul. I've been watching award show arrivals with my mom for as long as I can remember. These days, while I'm live tweeting the event, I'm also chatting with her on the phone. I don't know how I do all three at once. It's magic!


Here's a look at 10 of my favorites from the 71st Golden Globe Awards. You'll notice many familiar faces, while others may be less conventional but they're all beautiful nonetheless. And don't miss my dress picks from last year.


 Margot Robbie // Gucci
Sleek, stunning and sophisticated at 23-years-old. The youth in Hollywood should take several pages from Margot's book. Beyond. Beautiful. And I don't have much else to say except that it was my favorite look of the night. I loved the jewel trim and her emerald heels were killer too!

Kate Beckinsale // Zuhair Murad
Does Kate ever age? I mean, really. This dress was so flattering on her figure and just look at her decolletage. Perfection.


Olivia Wilde // Gucci
Who knew Gucci designed maternity?! But pregnant or not, Olivia looked elegant in emerald. The gown flattered her baby bump and she looked fabulously fit from head to toe. I hope I look this good in a gown when it's my turn!!!

Cate Blanchett // Armani Prive
Cate looked exquisite and romantic in black lace. I would have skipped the faux bob and opted for an on-trend updo a la Julia Roberts. Who else was crushing on those Chopard works of art dangling from her ears?

 Juliana Margulies // Andrew Gn
There are so many details about this black gown that I love -- the cap sleeves, brilliant twig design and plunging neckline are just a few. Bottom line, it suited Juliana perfectly. And she wore the dress; the dress didn't wear her.

Amber Heard // Atelier Versace
I love navy. I love one shoulder silhouettes. And I love high slits. So, basically this dress had it all. A dash of old-Hollywood glamour. A touch of modern. And a splash of sexy. This dress actually has similarities to the gown I wore to the Ellie Fund's Oscar Gala in Boston last year. Note to self: more navy, less black.

Nancy O'Dell // Marchesa
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Nancy O'Dell always looks flawless. Her gown was simple in form (even though it was embellished on top) and striking in hue. Cobalt is certainly her color. She also wore blue last year.

 
Julie Bowen // Carolina Herrera
I love cap sleeves and velvet is fitting for the season. Perhaps it was a little too Christmas-y, but I thought it was beautiful all the same. I'm also loving the red-purple combination...two colors I'd never think of pairing.

Michelle Dockery // Oscar de la Renta
Just like Lady Mary, Michelle can do no wrong with her wardrobe. Her sequin gown, with its marriage of taupe and gold, was fitting for Downton. And how chic was her cut?!

Sosie Bacon // Rhea Costa
Miss Golden Globe 2014 is the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. She graced the red carpet in a nude, hip-hugging gown with an intricate bodice and dipped neckline. At 21-years-old, she is one to watch.

Who were your picks for best dressed at the Golden Globes?

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Beautiful Things

Happy New Year, kittens! As we bid farewell to the first full week of 2014, I wanted to close this week with a crush I'm having on a few beautiful things from the lovely Za Za Bellagio.

Lately, Rue Le Chat has been lacking in beauty and creativity. It's sad, but true. Maybe it's the daily demands of adult life and real world responsibility. Or perhaps I'm slowly outgrowing this blog. Gasp! Heaven forbid! I hope that's not it. Actually, I know that's not it. This little creative corner of mine has opened many amazing doors and introduced to me to even more amazing people. And I hope it continues to do so, but it's all what I put into it. With that said, I'll continue to write and entertain when I have fabulous finds to share with you and the rest of the world.

In all honesty, my lack of blogging has been replaced with a reconnection to life…strolling through the snow, ice skating falling while on skates, snuggling up to Manolo and Mr. Chat on snowy evenings, laughing with friends (old and new), sampling robust red wines, using my new grey KitchenAid mixer to blend concoctions for mouth-watering desserts and the list continues. You have to live in the moment, seize the day and even skip an Instagram or two.