The Lady of Style

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Academy Awards 2014 Round-Up!

The Oscars are here, the Oscars are here! This award show season has been a little bit underwhelming for me in terms of fashion because there was either only a handful of looks that I fell in love with or none at all. However, tonight, the Academy Awards proved to me why the best is always saved for last. Everyone - and I mean everyone - looked stunning! Here are my favorite looks:

Emma Watson in Vera Wang
Emma is high fashion. She lives it and breathes it, so of course she came ready to amaze.

Charlize Theron in Dior
Oh Charlize! No words.

Amy Adams in Gucci
Some may argue Amy Adams' dress was a bit boring and safe for such a huge red carpet as this, but I personally think she looks gorgeous, clean, and classic. This look is timeless.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
She tripped - again - and just like that, I loved her even more! The peplum part of this dress, her hair, and makeup are ultimately what made me fall in love with this look. So elegant!

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein
Naomi Watts always looks glamorous and effortless and tonight was no exception!

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
The red carpet queen. Again, no words. Lupita is just a darling and, although totally predictable, is certainly my vote for best dressed.

What were your favorite Oscar red carpet looks? How was this year's award show season? Let me know!

Hugs and kisses,
Maria

Monday, February 17, 2014

Look of the Day: Makeup

             

Last night, I went out with my family to a lovely little restaurant just a few blocks from our hotel in Seaside to celebrate a birthday. I posted this photo on my Instagram earlier and now here are the details of my look:

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - Barcelona
- Natural brown tones for eyes, dark black for brows
Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara - Very Black
E.l.f. Contouring Blush/Bronzer Duo - St. Lucia
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Coral Bliss

Hugs and kisses,
Maria

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Inspiring Quote of the Day

via Tumblr
Today's quote of the day comes from one of my favorite actresses and fashionistas, Sarah Jessica Parker! Being an equally avid fan of both Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries, I felt that five-year-old-girl-on-Christmas-day giddy when I stumbled across this photo on Tumblr, mainly because this sentiment resonates so much with me. In the past, I would find myself dressing up in ways that didn't feel organic or genuine which ultimately resulted in a decrease in confidence that particular day. I would mentally beat myself up and every time I would catch my reflection, I'd feel ashamed. Why? Because I didn't look or feel like myself. Through this, I have learned that it is truly important to remain true to who you are - with your style and personality. Style, to me, is twenty-percent personal touch and eighty-percent confidence in what you wear. Never let anybody, including myself, tell you what is right, what looks good, or what doesn't. Always remember that your style is completely up to you. Embrace it.

Hugs and kisses,
Maria

Saturday, January 25, 2014

In Preparation for Spring: Topshop Wishlist


Also seen on my Polyvore here

As you can see, I've developed a little obsession with everything Topshop (...just a little bit.) With Nordstrom taking in the uh-mazing British brand allowing more convenient access to those in the US, I've been dying to get my hands on almost everything! Unfortunately, I have yet to pay a visit and satisfy my needs. So here I have assembled a small wishlist of my must-haves to help prep my wardrobe for the upcoming spring months.

Living in Seattle, sweaters are, of course, major essentials all-year round. Recently I have been interested in tops that outline and flatter my figure rather than opting for the popular slouchy look that is so often associated with winter which is why these two sweaters are high up on my list. I love skinny long sleeves and the cropped trend, so these are perfect! These black high-wasited faux leather skinnies are also an item I have been eyeing for months now. I saw them on one of my favorite bloggers and have wanted a pair ever since.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am, by all means, a skirt/dress type of girl. Not even the freezing weather can stop me from wearing a skirt and tights everyday! Spring is known as the floral season ("Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.") but no matter how much I would hate to be judged by The Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep, I will never stop loving the print! It's very girly which is exactly the type of word I would use to define my style. I can already imagine myself wearing this daisy print dress and floral skirt more than I should. I love skirts, I love sequins - you probably wouldn't want to see my reaction to a sequined skirt. (Spoiler alert: I would probably die.) I would love to own this Topshop skirt to have on deck for dressy events but I would also shamelessly wear them for more casual days, such as a school day or for shopping.

What are your spring essentials? What trends have you been loving this season? Let me know in the comments below!

Hugs and kisses!
Maria

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas


Happy New Years Eve, everyone! As promised, here I have a little post I've been meaning to make for quite a while. I gave you all a sneak peek of my Christmas dress a few weeks ago when it arrived in the mail, so now I'm here to give you the deets.

I ended up wearing this dress to Christmas Eve mass while I opted for something a little more casual for Christmas day. This dress was actually my first online purchase at Forever 21 so I was really excited for it to come in! I squealed like a little girl when it did. I read reviews about it being too long, that it hit too close to the knees, but I personally found it to be the perfect length. It was flattering and classy, just what I was looking for. After all, what's more classic than a little black dress?

Dressed down and layered, I could definitely see myself wearing this dress to school. It has this sort of versatile feel to it that I find all black dresses seem to have. A cold night meant it was time to add a blazer, tights, and booties, and voilĂ !

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have a safe New Years Eve!

Hugs and kisses,
Maria
bold halter bodycon dress - forever 21 (similiar here)
black ankle booties (similar here)
tan blazer - h&m (similar here)