Best Dressed at the Emmys

Unfortunately I did not get to watch the Emmy Awards this year  however I am very excited because I just read that one of my favorite cast members on SNL, Kate McKinnon, won outstanding supporting actress. Anytime she would play Justin Bieber I would be on the floor laughing hysterically. I was also keeping up with the red carpet fashion (as per usual) and I was pleasantly surprised by a few people who broke the mold. Going through all of the looks I was seeing the usual red gowns, black and white dresses, and high slits that did not seem to be that different or interesting compared to any other red carpet. The people who I chose as my best dressed celebs decided (or their stylists decided) to take a bit of a risk and I think it paid off well. Here are my best dressed pics for the 2016 Emmy Awards:

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Kristen Bell wore this Zuhair Murad gown beautifully last night. I love how the jewelry was kept simple and classic to let the dress speak for itself. Her neck was left bare to draw even more attention to the plunging neckline. Her skin is glowing, nothing to heavy on her face and her hair is just messy enough to relax the look. This nude color is not easy to wear however Kristen pulls it off effortlessly.
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This dress may be one of the most interesting looks I saw at the Emmys this year. I like how Olivia Culpo took a risk with the midi hem and sheer details. The dress is also interesting because it is a Zac Posen piece which is unusual as he is known for solid, more sophisticated gowns. This look is fun which is not always a celebrity’s number one criteria for a red carpet look although I believe it should be.

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This Atelier Versace dress is extremely hard to wear because there is no hiding anything. The color, the fabric and the silhouette are all beautiful however they are made for a specific body type, which Emilia Clarke has. This dress accentuates her curves and creates a dramatic waistline that gives the dress its sexy edge. The classic old Hollywood feel that the gown and Emilia’s updo have makes this look shine on the carpet.

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Rarely do I have men on my best dressed lists because is it often times much harder for them to stand out among the glamorous and dramatic gowns. Trevor Jackson looks tailored and stylish in this Anthony Franco velvet suit. Not only is he on trend with the velvet but he also pulled off a colored suit which is very difficult to do without looking over-the-top. I always appreciate a man who tries to wear something different or who has fun with fashion on the red carpet. Well done Trevor Jackson.

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How to Dress Like a Bond Girl

I have seen many James Bond movies and in everyone I have noticed the same thing. No matter if the women are running from an exploding building in the desert or about to drown in a sinking car, the Bond girls always look fabulous. The glamour in the Bond movies is the reason why I love them. So many iconic looks and even more iconic women have come from this twenty-four film franchise. The most recent Bond movie, Spectre, starring Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann was one of my favorites. The storyline, scenery, and the characters were all great, and most impressive was the fashion in the movie. I am going to show you how to get Lea Seydoux’s chic outfits from the movie for all you Bond Girls on a budget.

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Ghost London Salma Dress, Show Me Your Mumu Maxi DressSlink and Wink Matte Maxi Dress

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Chloe Saddle Bag, Asos Tee, Missguided Saddle Bag, Classic Wide Leg Pants from Daily Look

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Lover Venus Dress, Free People Lace Slip, Tadashi Soji Lace Dress

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The First Day Outfit

Prepping for the first day back to school is a daunting task. The most stressful things I encounter on the eve of my first day are going to Staples which becomes more crowded then Times Square on New Years Eve, setting my alarm clock for the first time in months, and of course choosing the perfect first day ensemble. No matter what age you are, everyone has the same mentality when choosing their first day outfit. You want to stand out slightly but also blend in. You want to look good, but not like to tried too hard. This mantra however can mean different things to different ages and grades. If you are entering elementary school, being cool while stilling fitting in may mean Heelys sneakers and a Hannah Montana backpack, if you are from my generation. If you are going into middle school (I’m so sorry) then maybe you are going for a risky off the shoulder shirt or printed bottoms so you know you look good but it was almost unintentional. High school is a whole new ball game. This is the time when people begin to break out and try new, unique styles. It is also the time for other people to dress exactly the same as everyone else. If you are like me you try to be as original as possible but it can be hard to wear whatever you want. Sometimes I want to wear heels but at 5’10” I am already taller than the majority of my class. Maybe I want to try out a new pair of flare jeans but I don’t want to be labeled as a flower child just because everyone else is wearing skinnies. If you are going into high school whether you are a terrified freshman or a senior who is just so over it, wear whatever makes you comfortable and whatever makes you confident. Whether that is a pair of overalls, sweatpants, or just jeans and a tee it doesn’t matter. And if your school requires uniforms, then you lucked out.

Sports Luxe Looks with Fanatics

People so often underestimate the baseball hat. Many believe it is simply for baseball or for the beach but I think a simple baseball hat can change an entire outfit and make a statement. Since there are so many different kinds with every sports team and color scheme imaginable there are a lot of looks that you can achieve with a baseball hat. Fanatics is a popular online retailer for sporting goods specializing in apparel which is where I found the bright orange Nike San Francisco Giants hat with vintage inspired lettering which I love because it makes the hat seem classic but the orange makes the whole outfit seem brighter. If you want to go for a more subtle look Fanatics has hundreds of styles for every team so check out their Giants hats. Instead of showing just one outfit I wanted to give you two options, one for a day game and one for a night game. So here are the two looks.

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Day Game Look: Dress, Flannel, Espadrilles

Night Game Look: Blouse, Jeans, Jacket, Wedges

Black Friday Shopping

Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving eve! With Thanksgiving comes family traditions, football, pie, and of course, black friday shopping. Despite my love of bargain shopping and sales, I have never been black friday shopping. But this is the year that I will finally get to take full advantage of the ridiculous sales first hand. I am going in, full force, with a game plan. Friday morning I have made arrangements with a licensed driver (my grandmother) to take me at around 5:30 AM to the closest outlets.

Here are the stores where I plan to shop: Kate Spade New York, J crew Outlet, Levi’s Outlet Store, Nike Factory Store, Under Armour and Tommy Hilfiger.

Here are a few new-bee black friday sale tips that I have come across in my hard core research:

-Follow your favorite stores and outlets/mall on Twitter. They will announce special sales here or they may announce the sales first here as well.

-Have an idea of what gifts you actually want to get so that you do not walk out of the mall with three carts full of extremely cheap action figures when you have no one to give them to.

-Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes, in case you have to grab that last sweater in the clearance bin at the J crew outlet. I plan on wearing Timberlands, leggings, a hoodie and vest and maybe a beanie.

I hope these tips help and have a wonderful Thanksgiving and black friday!

Liebster Award Nomination

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Hello everyone I am thrilled to share with you all that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the fabulous ladies at Les Assorties. I am so excited to be nominated along with so many other amazing and talented bloggers. The award brings together the blogging community and has helped me discover new blogs and helps other bloggers express their personality outside of their posts. As per the rules, here are my ten random facts about me, the answers to the ten questions, the ten people I nominate and their questions.

  1. I am an only child.
  2. I am terrified of crocodiles and alligators.
  3. I love the smell of a new can of tennis balls.
  4. The first dog I ever had was named Sassie and I currently have three dogs, Sasha, Jameson and Axl.
  5. I am a devoted New York Giants fan.
  6. My favorite desserts are French macaroons and cannolis (and anything with chocolate).
  7. I have been taking French for eleven years and I am still not fluent however that is one of my goals.
  8. My favorite nail polish is Russian Navy by OPI.
  9. I weighed eight pounds ten ounces when I was born (I was a fat and happy baby).
  10. My two favorite cities are New York City and Paris. I hope to live and work in NYC after I graduate from college.

1. What is the one thing you cannot live without?

My computer. I use it everyday for school work, writing blog posts, reading other blogs and expanding my audience.

2. Is there a person you cannot stand in the fashion industry?

Not yet.

3. Use a song to describe your personal style.

I am still discovering my style and if you asked me to describe my style in one word I could not, so the song that best describes my personal style is Waves by Mr. Probz because it is constantly changing.

4. Where do you want your blog to be in one-year time?

In one year, I want my audience on my blog to grow and I would like to be able to post more frequently if I can.

5. Which garment in your wardrobe do you treasure the most?

I have a cream, knit cardigan that I purchased when I was in New Orleans with my mother about two years ago. It is an absolute staple in my wardrobe and I probably wear it at least once a week.

6. If you could collaborate with a blogger, who would that be and on what project?

If I could collaborate with Leandra Medine on honestly anything, that would be amazing.

7. How do you spend your days when you are not blogging?

I am at school all week and I am also an intern for a sustainable bag company, Rising Tide Fair Trade, where I write their company blog. Also, I play tennis about three times a week.

8. If you could live on one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Trish McEvoy high volume mascara.

9. Which is your favorite social media platform?

Twitter.

10. What’s on the top of your Christmas wishlist?

A new camera and of course, clothes and shoes.

I nominate:

Classy Girl

Simimaus

Love Always, Liv

Manigazer

Le Mode de Flo

Fancy Since 1992

The Twiggies

Essie Button

Fashiionistah

Viva la Moda

Here are my ten questions:

  1. Is there a piece of jewelry that you always wear or has sentimental value to you?
  2. What is your dream job?
  3. If you had to change your hairstyle, what would you do to it?
  4. What is your favorite part about blogging?
  5. Where can you always count on finding inspiration?
  6. What is your favorite color combination?
  7. Who is your role model?
  8. If you had to move out of your country, where would you move to?
  9. What was your favorite clothing item as a child?
  10. What is your favorite fashion/beauty quote?

 

 

Sunday Hatday

Hello everyone, sorry for not posting anything this past Wednesday. I was in the green mountains of Vermont where the chances of finding wifi are slim to none as I have discovered firsthand. Anyway, today I wanted to talk to you all about an obsession of mine: hats. One of my favorite things about winter time is the fact that I have complete freedom to where a hat all the time. When I was a swimmer as a kid I would be forced to wear knit hats by my parents when I came out of swim practice so I would not catch a cold with my sopping wet hair. Ever since then my hat collection has grown and consists of mainly New York Giants baseball hats and an assortment of beanies (including my ice cream cone one with a cherry at the top). I was browsing Pinterest a few weeks ago and I came across a picture of a hat that I absolutely fell in love with:

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It is such a mature and grown up looking hat and is so masculine chic. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this exact hat, however, I have picked out a few similar styles to give you all some options in case you are in love with hats like I am.

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Announcement!

Hello everyone I have an exciting announcement to make! This Saturday, October 25, is a sample sale for Rising Tide Fair Trade. I have raved about this brand before here on Like Lillian but it really is an amazing line of sustainable and beautiful bags. There will be sales up to 50% off so this is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping. If you plan on attending please RSVP by October 20th to info@rtfairtrade.com. It is being held at 50 Bayside Drive in Atlantic Highlands, NJ from 2 to 4:30. I hope to see many of you there!

Sustainable Sunday

I have recently been writing for Rising Tide Fair Trade’s blog, which is a sustainable bag company. When I started out, I was a bit unsure of what “sustainable” really meant, so I did some research. By definition sustainability is when something is able to be maintained.

Sustainable fashion is when clothing is produced using eco-friendly materials by workers and artisans that are treated with respect and paid fair wages. In my research, I often times came across companies or people in the fashion industry mention the “sustainable fashion movement.” Consumers are becoming more aware and conscious about where their clothing comes from and how their purchases can greatly affect the environment and the people who make them.

I decided to take a look at my jumbled and unorganized closet to see where exactly my clothes came from. I was disappointed to find the majority of the labels on my clothing said “made in China.” That was when my Cher from Clueless realization came to me. My purchases were not beneficial to the environment or real, working people. Most factories use machines to produce their clothing and, often times, will generate tons of waste and fumes that will diminish water and air quality.

Rising Tide Fair Trade works with independent business women who create handmade bags with upcycled and cruelty free materials. Many designers are contributing to the sustainable fashion movement like Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta who have all tried using more organic materials in their collections.

I will be the first person to say that it is not always easy to purchase ethical clothing all the time. We have all been in stores like Forever 21 where everything is ten dollars and super trendy and we just cannot help ourselves. But trust me, once you start buying clothing that is not only beautiful, but well made and beneficial to the environment, animals and actual people who care about the products they create, you will really feel good about how you look and what you are wearing.

Here are just a few online sustainable brands to help you get started on your ethical fashion hunt:

https://www.thereformation.com

http://shopindigenous.com

http://www.datura.com

http://www.shopethica.com

https://modavanti.com

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