Bringing Sexy Back

sequin spring dress A few weeks back I went to a few Oscar events where I needed to find the perfect outfits for the perfect events. I was looking for the cutest cocktail chic dress and was having a hard time finding the one that I liked. But suddenly at a certain point I came across this sequin dress that instantly made me fall in love (....because let's be real, who doesn't love anything that has sequins and a shoulder pad?). But what really sold me in was not the front, but the back. There's just something about a low back that makes an outfit an instant winner to me. And as I was pairing all the details of my outfit together trying to find the best shoes and clutch to go with it, all that I was confident about was that I really wanted to focus and highlight my fave part of this dress... the back. So I layered on a few necklaces from my fave brand Nissa Jewelry and threw it on in the back to finalize the perfect touches for one of my fave looks.

Dress: Bariano Shoes: Boohoo Necklace: Nissa Jewelry Ring Bracelet: Boohoo Rings: House of Harlow, Forever 21 Purse: Anthropologie (similar here)

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

sequin spring dress

Oscars 2014: The Parties

oscar partiesPhoto Credits: WireImage, Getty Images, Lisa Rose, Edward de la Torre Photography, 

They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but I'm pretty sure Los Angeles near and far took that title during awards season with the endless events and celebrations that went on leading up to awards like the Oscars. And of course just like the Golden Globes, this week was no different in the Hollywood scene. With so many celebrations to take part in daily, I break down below some of my favorites from this week.

Oscars week started off with a bang with things like Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Auction Presented by Mercedes-Benz. Coming back from their previous uber successful Art of Elysium Gala in January, this more intimate yet equally special setting brought the same good vibes and successful charity efforts like the others had in the past. Filling the space with beautiful artwork from some of the most talented artists, crowds got excited taking part of the auction to raise money for such great causes. The week continued with things like the epicly well-known 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscar Gala & Tournament where some of our favorite celebs like Kevin Jonas and Jon Hamm came together to play a mean game of dominos all in the name of raising money with the Artists of Peace and Justice for impoverished communities in Haiti. With people in attendance from Kate Beckinsale to Adrien Brody, and intimate performances including that of Rumer Willis, this was definitely one of those charity events you didn't want to miss out on. Hitting the town the same night across the way was yet another must-be at event with unite4:good's first ever unite4:humanity event in association with Variety which honored those in the industry for their philanthropic efforts. Hosted by Andy Samberg and special remarks by Jane Fonda, this event had everyone from Bill Clinton to Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Selena Gomez along with a side of amazing performances by Alicia Keys and Demi Lovato.  At the Sofitel Hotel guests came together to commemorate and celebrate Tom Hanks and his cover and editorial for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine while at the Andaz Hotel, Kari Feinstein's Oscar Style Lounge stirred about yet again another of her must-go-to successful gifting suites featuring brands like Mulia Resort- Nusa Dua, Bali, Crystal Light Liquid, and Red Carpet Manicures. Wanted your fix of the celebrating the Oscars with some of the most stylishly fabulous fashionistas? QVC had you covered with their 5th Annual Red Carpet Style where they brought their shopping experience to life by uniquely airing the segment live on QVC as the event itself was taking place. With people like George Kotsiopoulos interviewing celebs on the red carpet and heavy fashion hitters from Isaac Mizrahi to Nicole Richie in attendance, even the hard-hitting rain outside the tented location couldn't mistake one for actually feeling like they were in a fashion heaven. And as we round up the week with the actual night of the Oscars, that was of course the biggest night to go out and hit the scene. From the obviously given hot after party tickets including InStyle, Vanity Fair, and Madonna or Elton John's parties, there was also another one in town thrown with a charity twist by Fame and Philanthropy where visionary James Cameron spoke to raise money, where Halle Berry and Charlize Theron (with beau Sean Penn) were in attendance to support, and Paris Hilton and Ne-Yo performed.

I think it's safe to say this week was nothing short of busy times and successful efforts by all of Hollywood's best to not only celebrate the accomplishments of those in this week's Oscars race, but to help make a difference and to raise money and support causes in different fields. And now I think it's even safer to say that after all of this... we're all ready to take a big long nap.

oscar parties art of elysium The crowd getting ready for the auction at Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Presented by Mercedes-Benz

oscar parties qvc nicole richie Nicole Richie looking stunner per usual at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties hollywood domino Celebrity guest hosts in the midst of a game of dominos at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties paris hilton Paris Hilton throwing it down at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscars Gala

oscar gifting suites jessica szhor Jessica Szhor trying on some Jewelry by Veronique jewels at Kari Feinstein’s Oscars Style Lounge

sprinkles cupcakes art of elysium Some yummy mini Sprinkles bites at Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Presented by Mercedes-Benz

tom hanks oscars Stacks on stacks of Tom Hanks in honor of his cover for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

oscar parties demi lovato selena gomez Besties Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez hanging out at unite4:humanity

oscar parties kat grahan Kat Graham looking amazing at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties robert de niro martin scorsese Robert De Niro awarding Martin Scorsese with the Creative Commitment in Film Award at unite4:humanity

oscar parties The ambiance setting at the Sofitel Hotel celebrating Tom Hanks and Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

oscar parties andy samberg jane fonda robert f kennedy julia louis dreyfus cheryl hines Andy Samberg, Jane Fonda, Robert F. Kennedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Cheryl Hines taking a quick pic together at unite4:humanity

trista sutter bachelorette Trista Sutter strutting a post at the Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine celebration

rumer willis oscars Rumer Willis taking the stage at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties zendaya Zendaya rocking probably one of my top favorite outfits of the week at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscars Party

oscar parites vanessa hudgens kevin jonas jon hamm Kevin Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jon Hamm throwing in a quick chat between dominos at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties kristin chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth strutting a pose with her Red Carpet Manicure goodies at Kari Feinstein’s Oscars Style Lounge

oscar parties whitney port nick cannon jenna dewan Whitney Port, Nick Cannon, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum striking a pose at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties Stylish guest sporting Google glasses and the Hollywood Domino app at 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties james cameron James Cameron speaking at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscars Party

rose mcgown oscars Rose McGowan and artist Davey Detail at Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Presented by Mercedes-Benz

oscar parties bella thorne Bella Thorne gathering a heart sign at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties cody simpson Cody Simpson and girlfriend Gigi Hadid celebrating their win of a stay at Mulai Resort in Bali at Kari Feinstein’s Oscars Style Lounge

oscar parties stacy keibler Stacy Keibler looking pretty as always at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties alicia keys Alicia Keys belting out a medley of her top hits at unite4:humanity

Oscars 2014: Best Dressed

Oscars 11Photo Credit: Just Jared

The Oscars had so many high moments this year... but would else would you expect when Ellen Degeneres is the host? Everyone knows that the Oscars really has two shows. The actual award show and that of the red carpet. So what did people wear and more importantly who wore it best? Today I lay it all out and break down my take on the top ten best dressed women of the Oscars 2014 red carpet.

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Metallics, whites, and beaded details hit the carpet major this year and Naomi Watts represented it extremely well. Simple yet chic, I instantly loved the short sleeve look to this dress and the most stunning bejeweled necklace that Naomi perfectly noted as a "spiderweb-like" design.

Dress: Calvin Klein Collection // Shoes: Bulgari // Jewelry: Bulgari 

Oscars Best Dressed

All eyes were on Jennifer Lawrence not only when she fell yet again at the Oscars (this time on the red carpet), but also all eyes were on her to see if she would win another Academy Award. Being really the only one who wore red this year I think, she definitely looked stunning (especially with the little necklace in the back detail). As pretty as she always looks though,  I'm not going to lie that  I was a little disappointed that this dress was so simple that it was, I feel like she could have came with a bigger showstopper than this.

Dress: Dior // Shoes: Brian Atwood // Purse: Ferragamo // Jewlery: Neil Lane

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Kristen Bell was one of the first people I saw hit the red carpet and I then instantly knew there was definitely going to be a spot for her on my Best Dressed list. Can we talk about how she just had a baby and still looks like perfection?! Wearing this pretty white dress to symbolize her nomination for "Frozen" as she had mentioned, this was definitely the look of an ice princess.

Dress: Roberto Cavalli // Shoes: Brian Atwood //Purse: Salvatore Ferragamo // Jewelry: Piaget

Oscars Best Dressed

Ummm.... hi Kate Hudson! Can you ever not look freaking amazing?! And throwing on a blazer on top of it? I don't think anyone can have as much swag as her with a white silk blazer shawl on an Oscars red carpet.

Dress: Atelier Versace // Jewelry: Neil Lane

Oscars Best Dressed

Chrissy Teigen always looks amazing. But I'm not going to lie, it took me a second to assess how I felt about her and this dress. The more and more I saw it though, I fell more and more in love. The combo of the secret pockets along with the beautiful design of the falling flowers/leaves... Chrissy 100% killed it.

Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Purse: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: Lorraine Schwartz 

Oscars Best Dressed

This dress is amazing. Period. I really don't think there's more to say than that. As I had mentioned re: Naomi Watts, metallics and beads were big this year, and this one really stole my heart. I love how this dress is long sleeve and I love the intricate beaded designs. Win all the way.

Dress: Valentino // Jewelry: Fred Leighton

Oscars Best Dressed

How much does Kristin Chenoweth kill it in this dress? The snug tight fit look combined with the perfect intricate details that fall throughout the dress make this a red carpet winner.

Dress: Roberto Cavalli // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: Neil Lane 

Oscars Best Dressed

Everyone was wondering what Cate Blanchett would wear on the red carpet and she definitely did not disappoint. Looking like the definition of Hollywood glam, Cate's interestingly unique dress definitely set the tone for being an Oscar winner.

Dress: Roberto Cavalli // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Purse: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: Neil Lane

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What I love about Charlize Theron is that she is not afraid to try out different and unique shapes and styles in her dresses. And I for one am so glad that she does because she makes these red carpets so interesting and worth looking forward to because she comes up with major hits like this one.

Dress: Dior // Jewelry: Harry Winston // Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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I mean. Just come on. Shut. It. Down. Everyone was obsessed with Lupita Nyong'o and her orange-red Golden Globes dress in January but this one is just as killer... and might even be more amazing. Super super simple, but what's so great about this though is that it actually didn't need anything at all (other than a headband... obvi). The perfect drop down v-neck and back, this light blue shade worked beyond perfectly on Lupita, making her the best dressed girl in my book (and I'm pretty sure everyone elses).

Dress: Prada // Jewelry: Fred Leighton