5 More TV Characters’ Wardrobes I’d Like to Raid

As you may recall, I wrote a post a few months ago with a list of five of my favorite TV character’s wardrobes. Well, there are just so many fashionistas on television that I decided I needed to create another post. Here are some fictional ladies, in no particular order, who I wouldn’t mind going shopping with.

Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars)

I will be the first to admit that when I randomly ran across an episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” I thought Spencer was one of the moms on the show. I mean, out of the four main characters, she looks least like a teenager. That being said, I am now a full-fledged PLL fan, and I think Spencer does have a rather spectacular wardrobe. I love the random animal prints on her outfits, and her cute cardigans. She’s like a walking Anthropologie ad.

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

You cannot talk about “Scandal” without talking about Olivia Pope’s clothes. She is the master of wearing gray, black, and white. Her wardrobe is filled with Prada handbags, Gucci coats, and Dolce & Gabbana blouses. The beauty of Olivia’s wardrobe is that it is stylish, but still practical. She wears outfits that any girl could wear to work.

Lydia Martin (Teen Wolf)

I had to a do little research in order to figure out Lydia’s last name. I swear it’s never been mentioned on the show itself. In any case, Lydia wears the cutest floral dresses and quirky button downs, but always pairs them with something a little edgy – like a leather jacket or skirt.

Donna Paulson (Suits)

Donna is easily my favorite character on “Suits.” She’s sassy, she’s smart, she’s the best legal secretary you could ask for, and she’s so very stylish. Her gorgeous red hair is always curled to perfection, and her dresses are the epitome of both class and chic. Not gonna lie: in a competition between her and Rachel (who was on my previous TV character wardrobe list), Donna wins hands down.

Mellie Grant (Scandal)

Pretty much all the women on “Scandal” are immaculately dressed. First Lady Mellie Grant can often be rather evil, but her wardrobe is so sweet and dainty. She’s never without a strand of pearls, and she rocks color-coordinated cardigans and fit-and-flare dresses like nobody’s business. Plus, her beautiful hair adds an extra presidential touch.

Constructive Criticism

I have no idea who actually said this. I could Google it, but I’m too lazy. What I do know is that I ran across this quote as a preface to a chapter in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and it still stuck with me years later because it is so hilarious.

The Best Dressed at the 2014 Met Ball

The Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual “Met Ball” this past Sunday, and while the event is usually one of the fashion highlights of the year, this Sunday night proved to host a lot more fashion misses than hits. But instead of dwelling on the atrocious fashion (believe me, there were some hideous outfits on that red carpet), let’s look at some of the best styles.

This post comes a few days late (you can blame final papers + graduation hooplah for that), but better late than never, right?

Pretty in (shades of) pink

REESE WITHERSPOON in STELLA MCCARTNEY (via Buzzfeed),
ANNE HATHAWAY in CALVIN KLEIN (via Buzzfeed),
EMMA STONE in THAKOON (via Hollywood Life)

Oh my goodness. It is official: Emma Stone can do absolutely no wrong when it comes to fashion. I LOVE her outfit, and that fishtail braid looks phenomenally effortless. Ugh, can she be my new best friend? Also, it appears that Anne Hathaway is on a roll when it comes to this year’s red carpet events. I love this so much – it’s way better than the white Chanel two-piece that she wore to the Golden Globes last year.

Blue-sy cocktail dresses:

LENA DUNHAM in GIAMBATTISTA VALLI HAUTE COUTURE,
MICHELLE WILLIAMS
in LOUIS VUITTON,
MARION COTILLARD
in DIOR
 (all three photos via Buzzfeed)

Okay, so I get that all three of these dresses might be considered a bit underwhelming for the Met Ball. However, I think this is the best Lena Dunham has ever looked. The dress is edgy without being too insane, and it flatters her figure very well. As for Marion, the lace-ish pattern is fairly unique (is it made of velvet?), and her makeup ramps it up a notch. The shoes are hideous, though. Finally, I NEED Michelle’s dress to be in my closet right now. It’s chic, but normal enough that you could wear it to work.

Structured black & white:

HAILEE STEINFELD in PRABAL GURUNG (via Hollywood Life),
MAGGIE Q in ZAC POSEN (via Buzzfeed),
CHARLIZE THERON in DIOR HAUTE COUTURE (via Buzzfeed)

Funky prints:

KATE MARA in VALENTINO (via Buzzfeed),
EMMY ROSSUM in CAROLINA HERRERA (via Buzzfeed),
ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY in BALMAIN (via Hollywood Life)

Two of these dresses may have used some curtains for fabric. I’ll let you decide which ones. Two more things: Rosie’s shoes are killing it with that dress, and Emmy’s dress looks like something that Zooey Deschanel would wear (speaking of which, ZD was at the Met Ball, but her dress was really blah).

Expect the unexpected:

CHRISSY TEIGEN in RALPH LAUREN (via Buzzfeed),
CARA DELEVINGNE in STELLA MCCARTNEY (via Vogue),
KARLIE KLOSS in OSCAR de la RENTA (via Just Jared)

Ruffles, sequins, and a haltertop dress? Chrissy makes it work. Cara’s outfit looks incredibly comfortable and high-fashion at the same time. Karlie’s outfit appears rather demure – until you realize she is wearing black leather gloves! That’s it, all you amateurs. Just leave the high-stakes fashion to the models.

The queen of the Met Ball:

British model SUKI WATERHOUSE was THE best dressed lady at the event. I usually hate tulle-ish ruffles, but this is an exception. I love the different shades of pink and nude, and the minimal jewelry and bold lip pull the whole look together. Suki’s ethereal dress was by BURBERRY, and her hair and makeup were absolute perfection. #beautiful

Liebster Award Winners

fleur-de-liebsterMy sweet Canadian law-student counterpart, Dancing Orange, kindly nominated me for the Liebster Award on Friday, and she pretty much made my weekend. That makes two awards in one week! I’m so flattered and humbled, and I’m still just in disbelief that anyone is even reading my blog – let alone considering it worthy of an award. Thanks again, Dancing Orange! I owe you one!

Now then, as part of the award-process, I’ve got to follow some rules, answer some questions, pose some questions of my own, and nominate some other spiffy blogs. Here we go!

The rules

1) Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2) Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it.
3) Answer questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4) Provide random facts about yourself.
5) Nominate blogs – that you feel deserve the award – who have less than 200 followers. 
6) Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7) List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

My nominees for the Liebster Award

Put the Kettle On – I know I’ve sung Hannah’s praises before, but I just adore her blog so much. I think it absolutely deserves a spot on the list, and it’s a such a treat to peruse. Don’t miss out on her photos and great storytelling!

Collecting Conversations – I started following this blog yesterday, and I’m already enamored. Collecting Conversations has tons of lovely photos, fascinating interviews, and some truly thought-provoking pieces of writing. It technically has just over 200 followers, but I’m going to break the rules and nominate it anyway because I love it so much.

Sarah Marie – A super fun pop culture site that has something for everyone. Anyone who appreciates references to Rory Gilmore, ranking Kate Middleton’s fashion, and binging on Netflix won’t regret following this great blog.

The Royal Post – This is another intriguing royal blog that discusses some rather interesting aspects of the royals’ lives (for example, the history of the luggage that travels with the royals on official tours and the commissioning/sitting for official royal portraits).

Tales From 1L Hell A law student blog filled with gifs and stories about the whirlwind first year of law school.

Infographics Daily I love charts, graphs, and statistics, and this blog has all of the above. The topics range anywhere from how long it would take you to binge-watch The OC versus Breaking Bad to crazy facts about sleep to the evolution of the camera.

Cutie Cameras A fun and whimsical lifestyle and fashion blog that’s filled with sweet pins, clothes, and personal anecdotes.

Honorable mention: A Spoonful of Style – I wanted to nominate this blog for this award, but it’s already received it! Nevertheless, make sure you follow this beautiful lifestyle blog. I have yet to run across a post I don’t love.

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Kate’s Top 10 Outfits from the Royal Tour

After almost three weeks, the Cambridges’ royal tours of Australia and New Zealand have come to a close. Now that we’ve seen the Duchess of Cambridge wear dozens of new outfits, it’s time to pick the top ten. These are, of course, just my opinion. I have a feeling my number one choice is probably not most people’s choice, so let me know which of Kate’s outfits you loved the most in the comments!

Now, without further ado, here are my top 10 picks for the Duchess of Cambridge’s best outfits during the Royal Tours of New Zealand and Australia.

10) Arriving in Queenstown, NZ to visit a local winery | wearing a gingham button-down from Gap, blazer from Zara, and wedges from Stuart Weitzman

9) At a playdate with Prince George as part of a visit to toddler organization, Plunket, in New Zealand | wearing Tory Burch

8) Visiting the Royal New Zealand Police College (and later playing with police puppies in-training!) | wearing Rebecca Taylor separates

7) Leaving Australia to return to England with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George | wearing a Michael Kors coat dress

6) Arriving in Dunedin, NZ for Palm Sunday service | wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress

As many were quick to note, this is sort of a repeat outfit. The Duchess has worn the same dress in pink on two other occasions. 

5) Attending a welcoming ceremony upon the Cambridges’ arrival to New Zealand | wearing a Catherine Walker coat dress

OMG. I think the hat makes this whole outfit. It’s so very Jackie O. The coat dress is one of the better ones I’ve seen Kate wear, although the buttons are a bit large.

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Fashion Flashbacks of the Future Queen

It’s no secret that my ultimate style icon is the Duchess of Cambridge (better known as “Kate Middleton” in the United States). We will undoubtedly see her sport some lovely new outfits over the next three weeks as she, Prince William, and Prince George embark on a royal tour of New Zealand and Australia. But before the Duchess charms us with her charisma and charitable heart, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of her most (in my opinion) lovely outfits.

There are so many things to love about the Duchess’s fashion. She is confident, yet modest. She pays tribute to tradition, but with a modern twist. She wears high fashion labels, but wears “high street” brands more often than not.

She is not afraid to repeat outfits. She is not afraid to wear heels (and as a rather tall girl myself, I applaud her for that). She is not afraid to pop into a clothing shop and pick out her own clothes.

She is always smiling and always looks effortless.

She’s just like us. Except she lives in a palace, has a fleet of Land Rovers, has access to priceless jewels, and is befitted with the most gorgeous hair that only a princess could have.

5 TV Characters’ Wardrobes I Wish I Could Steal

1. Jess Day (New Girl)

jess-new girl-style

The quirky twenty-something (thirty-something?) wears her polka dots, bows, and dresses loudly and proudly. Her outfits are whimsical, but still demure enough that you could wear them to work. I love that she wears bold colors and funny patterns, and mixes super girly elements (like the aforementioned bows) with more tailored pieces (like tailored shorts or a crisp button-down). I guess I’m not the only one infatuated with Jess’s wardrobe; there are quite a few blogs devoted to it (including Dress Like New Girl, What Was Jess Wearing?, and What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?).

2. Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Claire Underwood is probably one of the most morally-corrupt and ice-cold characters on TV. However, her wardrobe is to die for. She’s notorious for wearing high-end designers like Zac Posen, Gucci, and L’Wren Scott, but she occasionally busts out some Reiss and Banana Republic numbers. The only downside to Claire’s closet is that all her outfits are in neutral colors: black, white, gray, blue. A different pop of color wouldn’t hurt, Claire!

3. Rachel Zane (Suits)

rachel-suits-style

Rachel Zane knows how rock a pencil skirt at work. She also knows how to dress it down when she’s at home (love that cable knit sweater!). And look how polished she is when she sits for the LSAT (bottom right photo)! Stunning.

4. Abby Whelan (Scandal)

abby-scandal-style

For the first two seasons of Scandal, Abby’s clothes were pretty drab. But now she’s in love with David Rosen, and it appears that her life and wardrobe are looking up. She’s ditched the oversized sweaters and replaced them with wrap dresses, funky printed pieces (Diane Von Furstenberg), and leather jackets.

5. Betty Draper (Mad Men)

Betty has to come in last place mainly because some of her outfits would look a bit crazy anywhere other than a 1960s themed party. That being said, a lot of the cocktail dresses, fitted capris, and coats Betty wears (at least in the first season or two – forgive me, but I’ve just started watching the show) would actually be quite fashionable even today. They are rather reminiscent of the Jess Day’s outfits, now that I think about it.