Thursday, February 28, 2013

85th Annual Academy Awards Fashion Trends

There were waaay too many gorgeous dresses on the red carpet to make an Oscar's Best and Worst Dressed list so, I figured I would show you guys what was so fabulous this year!  There were three trends that really stuck out to me: Column Dresses, Dramatic Skirts, and Glitz!

Source: Celebutopia
Sexy and chic, the column dress style was a big winner at this year's Oscars.  It's a very elegant cut that lends itself to texture and color with out fear of having a dress look over the top!  From Left to Right: Kerry Washington in Miu Miu. I love the color and that sweet bow was just enough!  Her dress also had a train which was a nice touch.  Stacy  Keibler wowed in the Naeem Khan studded dress. I love the neckline and the back of it is to die for as well.  Jessica Chastain wore a nude Armani gown. This dress has been on everyone's radar.  Sandra Bullock wore one of my favorite designers- Elie Saab. The lace and beading is just amazing on her. 

Source: Celebutopia
Drama, drama, drama to the floor. I was so delighted to see these fun skirt options.  I personally will be wearing a mermaid cut dress in the near future ;).  This is a fun way to add some pizzazz to an otherwise drab dress.  First we have the lovely Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta.  I love the layered tulle skirt. Its absolutely beautiful.  Jennifer Garner's dress was my favorite!  This Gucci gown was right on the money with color and flair. I also love that she wore a sapphire ring. It's a great accent.  The Dior Haute Couture gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence is an exaggerated mermaid style. This is a dress that will be iconic for sure.  Kristen Stewart wore a Reem Acra dress. I didn't care much for the entire dress itself but I do love the lower skirt area. It is very unexpected and I think it gave the dress some personality.

Source: Celebutopia
It can't be a Hollywood party with out some glitz! Sequins, beading, and high sheen fabrics can really kick a boring design to the next level. Any how, I think all four of these dresses were great and sparkle is all the rage!  Nicole Kidman's dress was very unique but I loved it. The L'Wren Scott sequins gown pushed the limits.  Adele looked gorgeous in this Jenny Packham dress.  It's a lovely silhouette and the beading made a suttle statement.  Jennifer Hudson looked awesome. I love this color on  her and not pictured is a lovely front slit. Bravo Roberto Cavalli! Last but definitely not least is the breath taking Catherine Zeta Jones. This dress landed spots on some worst dressed list but I think it's rather nice!  The detailing on this Zuhair Murad dress is nothing to sneeze at in my opinion.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Joie de Vivre

The first crawfish of the year.

My sister was in town for Mardi Gras from Virginia and she had to have crawfish! It is something that I will never get tired of eating!  We all gathered around and ate pounds and pounds... with the left overs we made crawfish alfredo! Yum, yum!

Vintage inspired perfume bottle.

I keep it on top of my jewelry armoire along with other fragrances.  I actually found this lovely bottle at a jewelry trade show and had to have it.  Lately it has been catching my eyes and has me on the hunt for the perfect emerald nail polish.

My new puppy.

I know some of you may think that I'm absolutely bonkers about animals... I do adore them.  In an earlier Joie de Vivre post, I mentioned that we attempted to get a pup at the beginning of this year but with no luck.  Well, we found our new baby and named her Luna.  She's the sweetest and cutest!

Photography lessons + Hibiscus flower.

My sister is an amazing photographer. She has a great eye for capturing scenes and getting unique angles on her pictures.  So while she was in town I got a mini tutorial that left me with some nice images!  Hopefully my  pictures will start improving on here!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How to: Fried Sweet Plantains or Platanos Maduros

In Nicaragua or any Central American household this side dish is very, very common. But don't worry, I've introduce sweet plantains to many of my non-Hispanic friends and they adore them!  So if you are trying to make dinner a little more interesting- give these a try.

What you will need:

Plantains- Make sure they are yellow and black in color and soft when you squeeze it.
Frying Oil- I prefer Canola
Crema Fresca- this will be what you dip your plantains in! The best part!

                                                                                    How to:
1. Peel your plantains and cut at an angle.  You want to cut it like your are making an oval and make sure that you make them a little thick.
2. Heat up oil.  You want your oil to sit over fire for at least 2-3 minutes before you drop in the plantains.
3. Once you drop them in, wait til they are a golden brown color and flip if necessary.
4. Remove plantains from oil once they are fully cooked. I usually like to ensure that I've gotten any extra oil off of them by dabbing with a paper towel.  Then let it cool.
5. Serve up with your favorite dish- I would recommend Gallo Pinto and Carne Asada...or even tacos!  Also, don't forget to serve them with crema fresca.  I unfortunately was so excited to eat them that I forgot to take a picture with cream on it...oops!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Best and Worst Dressed of 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Let me be frank for a sec here... no one should really care what celebrities wear.  I just love a red carpet and I was so inspired and not so inspired but some of these dresses that I just had to make a post!

Best Dressed @ 55th Annual Grammy's: Source
Kimbra- Jaime Lee: This dress actually landed on a few worst dressed list but not for me!  I think this whimsical dress is absolutely gorgeous on her!  The soft turquoise tulle and delicate bead work  was very glamorous and over the top yet soft and feminine.
Rihanna- Azzedine Alaia: What more can I say.  I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS GIRL.  She looked beautiful!  This dress screams glamour and sexy but is still very lady like.  This was the best dress there.
Taylor Swift- J Mendel: I usually am not wowed by anything Taylor Swift wears but this was a very sophisticated and well balanced dress. I just love the overall goddess feel and the cut outs are in just the right  places.  It surely makes up for that top hat/circusy thing she wore for her performance.
Natasha Bedingfield- Emerson: Again, we see here great cut outs and a beautiful neckline. I love that she wore a metallic belt with the dress. Its gives the red lace a little more edge.  Also, who doesn't love a front slit?

Worst Dressed @ 55th Annual Grammys: Source

Jennifer Lopez- Anthony Vaccarello: Jennifer Lopez usually has on great dresses... so I was let down a bit with this number. It does nothing for her figure and it just hangs.   The top bun isn't working for me either. I think I would've like to have seen this dress with out the long sleeve, a little more fitted in the bodice area and sheer!
Adele- Valentino: The cut of the dress itself isn't too bad. In fact, the cut is spot on Adele... I'm just tired of  the same look on her.  Yes, I do like that she didn't wear black but this isn't the best print either.  We all know how much I adore Valentino but I just couldn't get on board with this one.
Katy Perry- Gucci: All I can say is blah.  It's just blah.  The neck detailing is nice... the boob window is expected...Katy doesn't mind showing some cleavage but blah.
Kelly Rowland- Georges Chakra Couture: I'm sure I'm one of the only people that put her on a worst dressed list for this dress but, I'm sorry... this is just too much.  The silhouette is perfect on her. I think it fits her body type well.  The cut outs on her leg are okay.  They really lost me with the chest cut outs. I'm just not feeling them. To me, it makes the dress appear less sexy and almost a little costumey.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gel Liner Review: M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, Mary Kay

I swear by nothing else but gel liners and Urban Decay pencils when it comes to eye liners!  It took me a while to get used to the application of gel liners but, it's actually great!  Through out my experimental phase, I went through quite a few brands! I tried Coastal Scents, L'oreal, Mary Kay, Smashbox M.A.C., and Bobbi Brown.  Out of all of those brands... three came out on top for different reasons.

Mary Kay
  • Pigmentation is amazing!  Very impressive color.
  • Long lasting (8-10 hrs) and once dry doesn't budge.
  • Not easy to apply.  Its a very soft gel so a little goes a long way and spreads easily.  
  • Great price- $12
Bobbi Brown
  • Great consistency in formula. Makes application very manageable
  • Long lasting (8-10 hrs) and doesn't spread through out day.
  • Numerous color options- 13 to be exact! Great color pay off!
  • A little pricey- $23
  • Very easy application.  The best consistency in a gel liner formula that I have tried to date.
  • Spectacular color pay off.
  • Lasts for about 5 hrs. Color doesn't fade but it does spread.
  • Retail: $16

Joie De Vivre

This edition of Joie De Vivre is fashionably late!  I was with out my camera for almost a week so it was hard to chronicle my favorite things from last week but here is what I enjoyed. I was feeling very "catty" this week. :)

My leopard tights.

I looooove fun tights!  These in particular I've been hiding in my dresser for quite sometime. I've had them for years and I just never felt like wearing them. Well, I found some courage and rocked them.

The sky.

On January 21st, Jupiter was visible to the naked eye. If you look closely you can see it in the picture.  Its the blurry spot above the right side of the moon.  It shined so brightly.  That night there was also a moon ring but I couldn't photograph it for some reason. :( 

A new found favorite nail color.

This color is Penny Talk by Essie. I have an irrational love for Essie nail polish so anytime I visit a drug store or Target that is usually the first product I go looking for.  I think this color is amazing and will look fantastic on all skin tones!


I have been a chocolate fiend!!  Any form of it: milk shakes, bars, name it  I do find that I have been especially love chocolates with almonds.  Lets be fair here: chocolates give you endorphins which make you feel happy and in love! Why not love it?

My tuxedo cat. 

This kitty is the love of my life.  Ive been having Binky for 11 years now and he's quite unique to other cats I've owned in the past. He's my alarm clock and snuggle buddy.