Golden Globes – My Top Picks.

GG 4Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Hope everyone enjoyed the Golden Globes last night, I know I did! I know I don’t talk about fashion here at Lacquered Life very often, but awards shows are always an exception. And while we have all seen these photos a million times this morning, I wanted to highlight two of my favorites that haven’t been popping up on all the “lists”.

First is Felicity Jones in Dior. Do I really have to say anything to accompany this photo? The color is phenomenal, the cut is so chic, and it fits her like a glove. She looks like she just stepped out of Hollywood’s golden age. I absolutely adore this dress. This is the sort of black tie gown that one could have hanging in their closet and wear it over the next 50 years and it would always look on point. Well done Felicity.

GG 7Second is Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead. I am really not sure whether Diane Kruger can do any wrong. She is absolutely stunning, so anything you put on her is going to look beautiful. But I love the metallic sheen in this dress, and the structure of the train. Despite looking like a princess, she also looks surprisingly comfortable being in this dress – which is probably another reason it looks so good on her. I am also a big fan of Emilia Wickstead’s designs, so it doesn’t come as a shock that I loved this one.

What were some of your favorites from the night?

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Rainy Day Reading & Rowing

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  • September 29, 2014

Cambridge University Boat Club-1Good morning Lacquered Lifers. It is another dreary day here in Charleston – hello, sun, where did you go? – and I am taking the opportunity to look through some beautiful new books that have recently found their way to my doorstep. Despite the fact I went to school in Connecticut and Massachusetts, I have never been a rower, was never involved in crew in high school or college, and was never particularly interested in the culture of crew – until now. Rowing Blazers, written by Jack Carlson, he himself a rowing champion, explores the culture and history of rowing through its most recognizable attribute – the rowing blazer. I am now officially ashamed that after having gone to Boston College I never once watched the Head of the Charles. Photographer PhotographerWallingford-1-2RowingBlazer_cv_high resThrough photographs of rowing champions wearing the blazers of their school or rowing club, Carlson shares with us the history of rowing, and some of the great stories of the individual schools and clubs. A beautifully laid out book, with photos by F.E. Castleberry, one cannot help but think that a book like this will propel the rowing blazer into one of fall 2014’s biggest trends. With representation from Wisconsin to New Zealand, Carlson paints a picture through these vibrant blazers which is both entertaining and fascinating. A must read.

Rowing Blazers is available through Vendome Press

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Full of Grace

Grace 10Good morning Lacquered Lifers! As you know, I never post about fashion, but today I am making an exception. I recently watched To Catch a Thief (for the millionth time), and this time Grace Kelly’s fashion really jumped off the screen. Perhaps I am ready for a Mediterranean vacation, or just a vacation in general, but even though it is sixty years later I would wear any of these outfits that Ms. Kelly wore without hesitation. There are the memorable ones, that we all know, specifically the white dress, but it is some of the less iconic outfits that really piqued my interest this time.Grace 7I love the pattern, collar, and shape of this wrap dress. The dress has a nautical rope trimmed detail that is so chic, and the belt cinches in the waist just perfectly. Grace 8One of the iconic dresses, the blue dress. One of the most wonderful things about this beautiful dress is the way she wears it, almost casually. To me she is never more American looking than she is in this dress. Simple hair, no jewelry, good tan – just perfect. Grace 6The only thing about this that I wouldn’t wear is the hat. Looks a tad awkward. Otherwise I love the skirt that attaches to the suit. Now that one piece bathing suits have come back into fashion, I love the high neck on this one. Grace 3Now that midi skirts are all the rage, and I am a big subscriber to this rage, I would definitely wear this outfit. My heels might be higher, but it is such a flattering look. And the scenery in the background doesn’t hurt. Grace 9And here is the most iconic dress in the bunch. I’m sure people have copied and copied this for weddings since this movie came out. Again there is such a casual nature to the way she wears a gown, I just love her attitude. And this is the only time we see her in jewelry. Grace 5Finally, this is the one that jumped out at me! A matching skirt and top with this cool yellow rope detail. Again, I love the midi skirt trend, so this is right on point, and many of the popular midi skirts have tops to match, so this vintage look would not look a year out of place. Grace 11So perhaps there is an exciting trip to the South of France in my future, or somewhere equally mediterranean and sexy where I can dress just like Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief.

Photos via & The Blonde at the Film

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