The 83rd annual Academy Awards

I didn't watch all of them, but these awards bore little entertainment when the attention wasn't on what the stars were wearing.
The shoe of the day is the strappy calf leather and elastic "Matador" sandal by Jerome C. Rousseau in 2010.
Today I had to get up earlier than a school day to attend work with my mom to get my teeth cleaned. On the up side, I had a fabulous lunch at Parthenon, a Greek restaurant. But enough about me. What were Hollywood's elite wearing last night?

Amy Adams is wearing L'Wren Scott with Cartier jewels.

Andrew Garfield in Louis Vuitton.

James Franco is wearing Gucci and Anne Hathaway
is wearing Givenchy Haute Couture.

Anne Hathaway is wearing vintage Valentino Haute Couture with
Tiffany & Co. jewels, standing with Valentino Garavani.

Cate Blanchett is wearing Givenchy Haute Couture with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels.

Christian Bale is wearing Gucci, standing with Sibi Blazic. 

Florence Welch is wearing Valentino Haute Couture.

Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing Calvin Klein
Collection and Louis Vuitton jewels.

Hailee Steinfeld is wearing Marchesa, with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and clutch.

Halle Berry is wearing Marchesa with Neil Lane jewels.

Hilary Swank is wearing Gucci Premiere and
Anna Hu jewels with a Roger Vivier clutch.

Jesse Eisenberg is wearing Band of Outsiders.

Mila Kunis is wearing Elie Saab Couture and Neil Lane jewels.

Melissa Leo is wearing Marc Bouwer and Jay Carlile for Forevermark jewels.

Natalie Portman is wearing Rodarte, Tiffany
and Co. jewels and Jimmy Choo shoes.

Reese Witherspoon is wearing Armani Privé and Neil Lane jewels.

Russell Brand with his mother Barbara.

Sandra Bullock is wearing Vera Wang and Harry Winston jewels.

Jeremy Renner is wearing Yves Saint Laurent
and Scarlett Johansson is in Dolce & Gabbana.

Photo source.



It feels like summer already

The shoe of the weekend is the surrealistic patent leather peep-toe pump with "misplaced" heel by Marc Jacobs in 2007.
I am on page 108 of FASHION, which is the beginning of an article called "Emerald City." I told myself I needed to blog before I dove into it, because then I'd never stop. I read it last night until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I began making a list of things I wanted from The List. I was very modest and considerate and reasonable. I'm quite proud of myself for not freaking out over the bright Dior purse on page 94 ($6900).
So far I am looking forward to owning:
1. Crocodile wedge heel with platform by Christian Siriano for Payless, $70.
2. Hot pink peep-toe flats at Spring, $20.
3. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in "Laced Up", $10.
Summer is going to be amazing.



Sky high

It didn't hit me yet that I'm only required to put on the blueberry uniform again on March 7th. This is nice.
Today's shoe is the red silk "Tai" pump with gold piping from India between the years 1962 and 1967.
My room is the epitome of disorganization at the moment. I have no plans to start cleaning it anytime soon, because I am on vacation. People don't clean while they're on vacation.
So far I've already consumed one McDonald's breakfast, a bagel with melted cheese and a movie. The health has left the building. That's one of my bad habits, you see. I forget that greasy food isn't good for the complexion after I eat it. Tons of celery and carrots will have to make up for this gross intake.
Post-consuming, I realized I'm expecting Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson to arrive in the mail. So I went to check if it did, but instead of seeing a novel when I opened the mailbox, I saw Amanda Seyfried staring back at me. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the April issue of FASHION has arrived. Amanda is wearing a crazy, covet-worthy orange number which achieves the perfect look when accompanied with blonde hair and dark eyeliner.
I'm off to sit down with two and a half hours of Leonardo DiCaprio. Isn't he just so entertaining in Catch Me If You Can?



Stuck in the middle of the sea

Be the best dressed, all the time

My twenty-four hours are up, spring break has begun. There are no words to describe the elation I feel just by knowing I can sleep in tomorrow morning, and watch movies all day for the next 10 days.
I'm sorry for the lack of any posts about fashion news, but this is just the beginning. Now that the exams are over and done with, I'm free. This is the first time in four years I don't have any homework whatsoever for the time off... That is what you call a major miracle, especially with my teachers.
The shoe of the day is the black pump with gold netting overlay by Maud Frizon, between the years 1984 and 1990.
I haven't covered the classic trench with you yet. It can be bought literally everywhere, but I'm talking about the pocketed trench at Michael Kors. No matter the price tag, any classic piece of clothing is an investment. Wear it now, wear it forever.
Any formal events coming up on your spring calendar? Need an outfit that's red-carpet worthy? There may be a few items to your liking in the evening affair section of BCBG. What can I say? Dressing up is my weakness. There are few things better than putting on an evening gown and looking like the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour, minus the drug problem or the admission into rehab.



Caught in a studying craze

There are still a few tests to go, but have no fear, spring break is almost here. In twenty-four hours, I will be free of essays and homework assignments.
The shoe of the day is the red leather Victorian barrette boot with jet beading from the United States in 1870.




Today's shoe is the vintage silver kid pump with rhinestone ornament and trim from Canada in 1968.


Colour outside the lines


Michael Kors spring wedges

This morning I got out of bed and I collapsed. My legs gave up; they're too sore. All day in between classes, I winced with every step I took. But it was worth it.
The shoe of the day is the green silk "Rix" pump with velvet cut-out detail by Sophie Gittins in 2009.
Spring will be here soon. What will you wear when it's time to push the winter boots to the back of the closet? As a lover of fashion and anything MK, I tend to think ahead most of the time. Why not glide into warmer days in a pair of wedges by Michael Kors? They'll compliment any outfit, and are perfect for when the stilettoes catch up to us. You know you want to.


Florals, for spring. Groundbreaking.


The March Issue

I've been putting this off for a while. Since I have no plans to do anything productive with relevance to school, I might as well review the March issue of FASHION before the April issue arrives. Gracing the cover was Beyoncé in a dress by Donna Karan.

The cover of Fashion File (which was all about trends for spring 2011) featured a model in a stunning red and orange dress at the Lanvin spring 2011 show. Among the trends were wearing white, wearing studs, wearing florals, and the previously mentioned Haute List.
Lanvin Spring 2011

Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Celine, Michael Kors

Balmain, Haider Ackerman, Jean Paul Gaultier

D&G, Etro, Oscar de la Renta

More details here.

In the beauty section, there were also several trends in makeup. These included bright lips at Fendi and dark lips at Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton
This summer there will be an exhibition called The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I've never been so excited to step into a museum, in the summer, no less. This fall couture look from 2009 will be one of the 120 featured.
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2009
Here is another shot of Beyoncé, accompanied with the article called Beyoncé Inc.

This is the bright orange skirt by Jil Sander from the photo shoot Saturation Point: the Future is Bright! I also liked the neon color blocking, with a dress by Prabal Gurung and shoes by Walter Steiger.

Here are Patricia Gajo's always informing Montreal Notes!
I was coveting these Jeremy Tarian sunglasses. Until I looked over to the other side of my room and saw the Giorgio Armani case staring back at me.

I really like this modern-based design by Ellinor Stenroos.
An early birthday gift I wouldn't mind recieving this year would be this Forte Forte top, just like Rebecca Tay.

The shoe of the weekend is the snakeskin-embossed leather ankle boot by Calvin Klein, circa 1996.
My legs and feet are sore from dancing all night in high heels. Just my luck, I have gym tomorrow morning.


Dress it up


Crazy weekend ahead

I had a bad day, which followed a terrible night. Last night I found out my grandmother was having chest problems so she called herself an ambulance. Today I found out she'll stay there the weekend to run tests for her heart. I don't know how I am supposed to handle something like this. It's scary. No matter how many people have told me not to worry, that she'll be fine, I can't help being nervous.
But I know everything will turn out okay.
Today's shoe is the "Frontpage" double-platform peep-toe with multitonal bow by Stuart Weitzman in 2009.
Next week is going to be absolutely insane. Given that fact there is only four school days left before spring break, my teachers are thowing everything possible at me all at once. This is what my week will look like:
Monday: science test.
Tuesday: science presentation and French test.
Wednesday: another French test.
Thursday: English test and math quiz.
Is that not a little bit much?
Not to mention that tomorrow night is party night. Jade's party came at the perfect time, because I don't feel like spending my Saturday night studying like no one has studied before and worrying about weak tickers.




Today's shoe is the scalloped wood platform by Bonnie Smith, between the years 1972 and 1976.
Every subject came back home with me today - I'm procrastinating. There's a pile of books on my desk waiting for me. I hate to say it, but here it goes.
Math, here I come!



Michael Kors fall 2011

If there is a lack of sparkle in your life, look no further to remedy that situation than the fall collection by Michael Kors. Fall isn't necessarily all about being neutral, you know. Although there were outfits in grey, black and beige tones, there also was white, red, and an interesting mix between pink and purple. Not to mention that almost everything besides the suits were absolutely drenched in sparkles. Some may say that just looking at it would hurt your eyes, but I say there's no such thing as too much sparkle. After all, we need to wear something that counters those dreadful months of cold days and grey skies. Don't you agree?
The shoe of the day is the suede ankle boot with geometric wood and resin wedge heel by Diego Dolcini in 2009.
Today I had a field trip to see a play based on "The Breakfast Club". As dumb as this might sound, I was skeptical about it because I have never seen the movie. Being someone who doesn't like breakfast, I thought I was going to be bored and count the seconds to the play's end.
I was wrong.
It was hilarious, and I did not want it to finish. Guess that means I'll be renting it soon!



Once you go Marc, you never go back

I won't do a full review of the Marc By Marc Jacobs show because that is all I've been talking about the whole afternoon and I need abit of a break from it. In an effort to divert myself, I began watching the Hervé Léger fall 2011 show. I took notes the same way, however there was a severe lack of enthusiasm on my end. My points started out good, got progressively worse as time passed. I got bored. It went something like this:
- Beige suits.
- Knee-high boots.
- Attitude.
- Gold.
- Good music.
- Nice zipper detail.
- Great jackets.
- I'm loving these sequins and this glitter.
- Pretty cage-patterned dresses.
- Studs. (Again.)
- Lighter colors. Unusual, but in a good way.
- The clothes are starting to look synthetic.
- A shocking white dress appears. Surprise!
- Hit: sheer pink miniskirt.
- So far I can live without it.
- Too much of the same idea.
- Too similar.
- It's starting to pain the eyes.
- Am I expected to wear this when it's cold outside?
This wasn't the reaction I expected from myself. Don't let my personal opinion stop you from seeing the show for yourself. In fact, if you do, let me know what you thought via Twitter @ninamorenaxo.


Marc Jacobs fall 2011

The shoe of the day is the floral tapestry court shoe with paste jeweled buckle from England between the years 1720 and 1740.
We have more imporant matters to attend to.
Ok people. Everyone knows we are in the middle of New York fashion week. Last night was the Marc Jacobs fall 2011 show. My favorite part of the whole production was that it wasn't the least bit romantic, despite the date. No matter how far away I may be from New York City, I still got a front row seat sitting by the laptop. I watched the live streaming show, taking notes at lightening speed just like all the editors and writers who were attending in the flesh.
This is the frantically scribbled down, probably not grammatically correct version:
- No romance.
- Mean.
- Intimidating.
- Vinyl.
- Pencil skirts.
- Dark colors.
- Fur.
- Textured jackets.
- Space-like astronaut boots.
- Pops of red and white for purses.
- Most of the accessories as well. (HATS!)
- Overall: brighter on accessories.
- Make sure to mention hats. (Philip Treacy?)
- Structured tailored suits.
- Angry.
- Important.
- Studs.
- Patterns.
- Business-like.
- Beret.
- Black and red lace dress.
- Long skirts.
- Glitter.

I'm sure you are now thinking, 'how does she expect me to know what she's talking about?' That is why I'll take the time to put those points in coherent, explanatory sentences.
Before the show started, the whole room was cloaked in a dim red light, giving off the impression that the show would be dainty and lovey-dovey. It didn't exactly happen that way.
As soon as the runway was lit, it was clear there wouldn't be any romance involved. The music playing sounded like something the models would listen to. The models strut back and forth on the catwalk, managing to look mean, intimidating, unapproachable, angry, important, business-like and poised at the same time.
The vinyl pencil skirts were drool-worthy. Some fur jackets popped up here and there. Either way, all the textures were made creatively. Among most of the tailored suits that can make anyone feel beautiful were longer skirts, glitter and studs. The astronaut-resembling boots added an even more powerful feel to the looks. (As if it was needed.)
Throughout the expected dark colors were slight pops of brighter shades, especially in the dresses. Both of the dresses I took note of went a little bit past the knee. One had a black and white pattern. The other was mostly black with the upper section red, and completely covered in lace. Marc Jacobs has the ability to make lace look unromantic. That's love right there.
Many of the accessories were brighter too, like the clutches. But the part that made the whole thing worthwhile was the hats. From something as simple and as elegant as a little black beret to an unidentifiably amazing headpiece, the hats were a pleasant and unexpected surprise. The first thing that went through my mind when I saw them were Philip Treacy's fabulous creations.

Soon I'm going to watch the Marc by Marc Jacobs show and then later the Hervé Léger. Fun fun fun!



The 53rd annual Grammy awards

Happy Valentine's Day! No matter how much I may despise this holiday, I'm going to be mature and not complain about how horrible it was.
The ironic shoe of the day is the red satin platform stiletto with a daintly ankle strap by Giuseppe Zanotti Design in 2009. That must have been done on purpose.
Did you all watch the Grammys last night? Were they not amazing?!

Katy Perry


Jennifer Hudson


Jennifer Lopez

Lady Gaga arrives on the red carpet in an egg, which she leaves when it's time to sing Born This Way.

Rihanna during her performance with Eminem

Kim Kardashian

Miley Cyrus

Selena Gomez

Rihanna on the red carpet

Lea Michele


None of the photos are mine unless they are taken by me and if not, there is always credit given to whoever the photo belongs to.