Adele, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift- Now and Then

Grammy’s Beauty Flashback

T SWIFT

2008 Grammy’s and 2013 Grammy’s- WOW

Adele

2012 Grammy’s and 2013 Grammy’s

Rihanna

2012 Grammy’s and 2013 Grammy’s

What A Difference A Year Can Make…

(or for Taylor Swift- 5 Years)

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

2013 Golden Globes- Who Made the Cut?

 

“The Passionate Fashionista’s” Fashion Critique of

 The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Award Season Has Begun!

I watched the Live from the Red Carpet special on E! and was carefully taking notes on trends of the red carpet and making a list of the Best Dressed and Worst Dressed celebrities of the evening; although it was hard to keep up with all of the beautiful gown

In this post, I am going to pretend I am one of the judges on E!’s “Fashion Police and reveal my “Best Dressed” and “Worst Dressed” picks, and ultimately pick  my favorite look of the evening and my least favorite.

There were some dresses that I wasn’t sure if I “liked” or” hated.” I am going to let you make the decision on those dresses.

Best Dressed List

 

 Ladies in Red

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Golden Globe Winner Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

“This is Dior Haute Couture,” she said on the red carpet. “I don’t really know what haute means, but I had to say it.”

-People Magazine Online

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Claire Danes (1 Month after giving birth) in Versace

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 Nude/Pale Pink Gals

amy-adams-marchesa-golden-globes-h724Amy Adams in Marchesa (“Ballet Pink”)

hayden-panettiere-roberto-cavalli-golden-globes-h724“Nashvillle’s” Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli

kerry-washington-miu-miu-golden-globes-h724Scandal Star Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

011313-connie-britton-shimmered in a strapless column dress by KaufmanfrancoNashville Star Connie Britton in KaufmanFranco

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 Women in Black

eva-longoria-emilio-pucci-golden-globes-h724Eva Longoria in Emilio Pucci; BEST BLACK DRESS

julianne-moore-tom-ford-golden-globes-h724Golden Globe Winner Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

katharine-mcphee-theyskens-theory-golden-globes-h724Katherine Mcphee in Theysken’s Theory

NBC's "70th Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Press RoomSalma Hayek in Gucci Premiere Gown

nicole-kidman-alexander-mcqueen-golden-globes-h724Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

011313-allison-williams-black J Mendel sequin seamed halter gown with a deep V necklineAllison Williams in J. Mendel

011313-rosie-huntington-whiteley-saint laurent gownRosie Huntington-Whiteley in Saint Laurent

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 Powder Blue

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nicole-richie-naeem-khan-golden-globes-h724Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

(One of my favorite dresses of the night)

Best Dressed List (cont.)

011313-julia-louis-dreyfus-corseted black and nude Vera Wang strapless gownJulia Louis-Dreyfuss in Vera Wang

anne-hathaway-chanel-golden-globes-h724Anne Hathaway in Chanel’s Spring 2009 Couture Collection

jessica-alba-oscar-delarenta-golden-globes-h724Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta

lucy-liu-carolina-herrera-golden-globes-h724Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrara

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My Pick for Best Dressed- Kate Hudson

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My Worst Dressed List

Halle Berry Atelier Versace Gown, geometric print disasterHalle Berry in Atelier Versace- Her dress is a “Geometric-Celestial Print Disaster, Circa 1991”-Instyle.com

lena-dunham-golden-globes-h724Lena Durham in a plum Zac Posen gown

taylor-swift-golden-globes-donna-karan-h724Taylor Swift in Donna Karan- I am not a fan of the straps or train of the dress. Plum dresses were a “miss”

tina-fey-lwren-scott-golden-globes-h724Host Tina Fey in L’Wren Scott- Bad Hemline, Bad Print, and is she wearing mini white Lapels?

amanda-seyfried-givenchy-golden-globes-h724Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy-Props on the color but the lines of the gown especially in the bodice resemble a circle collar

My Worst Dressed Pick- Jodie Foster

011313-jodie-foster-giorgio armani 2013 Lifetime Achievement AwardLifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jodie Foster in Giorgio Armani

Jodie , although the color of this dress does bring out your eyes, you look like a shiny and shimmering blue disco ball and I don’t like what is going on with the straps of the dress. You are a terrific actress and congratulations on receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Stick to what you know best: acting.

My “Love It” or “Hate It”List

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“Hit?” or “Miss?”

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“Hit?” or “Miss?

olivia-munn-giorgio-armani-golden-globes-h724Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani- I kind of like this dress…

“Hit?” or “Miss”

011313-debra-messing-donna karan gown with hand ruched detailingDebra Messing in Donna Karan- Too Much?

011313-rachel-weisz-700 louis vuittonRachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton- Personally I like this dress and the Mod Theme of LV’s Spring 2013 Line

naomi-watts-zac-posen-golden-globes-h724Naomi Watts in a backless burgundy Zac Posen gown- Can’t make up my mind on this one.

“Hit?” or “Miss?”, You Decide

I want your to hear YOUR thoughts, so please comment on “My Hit or Miss List”, “Worst Dressed”, or “Best Dressed” looks and please add some of your own from last night. I can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say.

Can’t Wait for the SAG Awards

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

Award Season Kicks Off Tonight…It’s Party Time!

Tonight is the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year…Awards Season!

It all starts with The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

And it is hosted by none other than Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; women I actually think are funny…

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***Remember Baby Momma***

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I am very excited and am looking forward to laughing a lot tonight with the two of them hosting.

Before I get to the nominee’s for tonight’s award show and who I want to win…there is the question of who is this year’s Miss Golden Globe?

Each year, a daughter of a celebrity is chosen to be Miss Golden Globe and assist with handing out the coveted statues. In 1975, Tippi Hedren‘s daughter Melanie Griffith was Miss Golden Globe and in 1982, Laura Dern, the daughter of Dianne Ladd had the honor bestowed upon her.

Below are the most recent Miss Golden Globes

(From Left To Right: Rumer Willis, Mavis Spencer, Gia Mantegna, Rainey Qualley)

Rumer Willis 2009- Daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

Mavis Spencer 2010- Daughter of Octavia Spencer

(Octavia Spencer is one of 9 actresses to win the Critic’s Choice Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Oscar in the same year for her role as “Minnie” in The Help)

Gia Mantegna 2011- Daughter of Joe Mantegna

Rainey Qualley 2012- Daughter of Andie MacDowell

Meet Miss Golden Globe 2013

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Francesca Eastwood

 She is the 19 year old daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fischer

Her half sister Kathryn, was Miss Golden Globe in 2005

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Kathryn Eastwood

(daughter of Clint Eastwood and flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves)

As excited as I am to see what the stars are wearing tonight on the red carpet, I’m also excited to see which celebrities will go home with a Globe.

(Don’t worry, tomorrow I am going pretend that I am apart of E!’s “Fashion Police and critique the best and worst dressed of the night)

2013 Golden Globes Nominees List

 My Predictions

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Performance by an Actor — Drama
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From his transformation into his character, to his perfection of Lincoln’s “Kentucky” twang accent, Lewis is a sure thing.
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Denzel Washington was also nominated in this category for his role in “Flight” which I have yet to see but I consider Washington a fabulous actor

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

 Jessisca Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
 Naomi Watts- The Impossible
 Marion Cotillard “Rust and Bone”
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Although I have not seen either of these movies, I am rooting for Jessica Chastain. Chastain stars as “Maya” in “Zero Dark Thirty “, a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. –IMBD
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Naomi Watts delivers her most emotional performance yet, writes Jane Cornwell. “The Impossible” is based on the true story of a family caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. –The Telegraph
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But Cotillard has never given a finer performance as a woman who loses her legs in a tragic accident. “It’s really about her relationship to her body,” Cotillard told CNN. “Before, she was empty, because she didn’t enjoy her life. And after, she had to learn to live again. She has a fuller life without legs. It’s an unconventional love story.”
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I will have to check out all 3 actresses performances in these movies.

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

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Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper

Jennifer Lawrence

enough said…

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

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Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

It seems like every year,  Meryl Streep’s name is on this list.

Sorry Meryl, but this award should go to Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook”

Her role in this movie as a young widow is far from Katniss Everdreen but she and Bradley Cooper are supposed to be a hit in this dark comedy

Best Performance by an Actor — Comedy or Musical

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If only the great comedians didn’t have to go up against the great musical performers, because there’s only one leading man in this category who’s both funny and sings: Jack Black for “Bernie.” –CNN.com

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Hugh Jackman will win for his portrayal of Jean Valjean, but the most truly insane performance of the year belongs to Bradley Cooper.

-CNN.com

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

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Again, like Daniel Day Lewis, Anne Hathaway is a shoe-in to win this award. I don’t like musicals so I do not plan on seeing this movie but I  heard that Anne’s performance is sub-par and Hugh Jackman basically “made” the movie

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

I’ll admit, I do not know much about this category and the nominees…but according to CNN.com

Jones is the clear favorite for his portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens, with Hoffman not far behind as the charismatic leader of a cult.

WINNER- Christopher Waltz for “Django Unchained”

Best Director – Motion Picture

Hard catergory but my front runner is “Ben Affleck”, “Argo:”

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I have been meaning to see “Argo” but it is a unique true story that I have heard many good things about and not only did Ben Affleck direct Argo but he starred in the movie too.

Apparently, Steven Speilberg is supposed to win for “Lincoln” but I’m rooting for the under-dog

Honorable mentions would be:

 Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”; she was the first female to win the Best Director Award for “The Hurt Locker”

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I am also a fan of Ang Lee’s work; he is a fellow award winner for directing “Brokeback Mountain”

Best original song

Taylor Swift (“Safe & Sound,” from “The Hunger Games”) and Adele (“Skyfall,” from “Skyfall”) are up against the “Les Miserables” juggernaut, which has a new original song in “Suddenly.”

“Skyfall” is my pick for best original song

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But if Taylor Swift wins for ” Safe & Sound” from“The Hunger Games,” it won’t be a total disappointment

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As for Television Shows and Mini-Series, nothing beats the Movies so I chose just to include them.

Airs Live Tonight at 8ET/5 PT

If you have a favorite best dressed actor or actress of the night, please comment and I will make sure they are included in my “Fashion At The Globes” post tomorrow.

Cheers, to The Freakin’ New Year!

Cheers!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and along with all the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, took time to look around and appreciate everything that is good in your life; your family, friends, health, career, etc. I don’t know if it is because I am getting older (23 in February) but I had never taken the time to realize how lucky and blessed I am.

I know that most people try to make a New Year’s resolution, which is new territory for me too; mine isn’t so much a resolution but just some things I know are achievable and that I would like to accomplish in the new year. Here it goes: In 2013 I want to continue to write and expand my blog’s audience; I have a list of things that I want to write about so get excited! Also, I want to maintain and strengthen my relationships with my family and friends. I will continue to work at Michael Kors but I hope something or some connection I make either through my blog or at MK will open some doors and take me in the right direction career wise. In addition, I would like to travel more this year; dreaming of a vacation to the beach. The last thing on my list is incredibly corny and cliché but I wish for love; I’m even chuckling to myself as I’m writing this but what can I say; I’m a romantic (thanks to too many Nicholas Sparks books and movies).

Pssst…His book “Safe Haven” is coming to the big screen in February and stars Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel; Josh Duhamel ladies, need I say more. I would encourage you to read the book first and stick a box of tissues in your purse when you see the movie.

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Watch the trailer for “Safe Haven” by clicking the link below

http://youtu.be/mj6i_Z1Srsw

I want to thank all of my readers for taking the time to read my blog; I admit that I was scared to start a blog because I didn’t know what kind of response I would get but I am so happy that I started “The Passionate Fashionista”. I am loving blogging more and more each day and I love finding new things to share with you, so thank you. I am going to be taking a short break from blogging until the New Year, but I promise that my time off will be well spent gathering information and researching new ideas. 2013 is going to be a good year for “The Passionate Fashionista”.

So, on New Year’s Eve, get dressed up and go dance the night away; curl up on the couch with a fire burning in the fireplace; watch movies all night with your special someone; watch the ball drop on TV or in person in Time’s Square; whatever your plans on I hope you have a fabulous New Year’s and raise your glass literally or figuratively and Cheers to the Freakin’ New Year!

I’m going to end this post with some “Words to Live By”.

Those are just some of the “Words I Live By.” Tell me what some of yours are.

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

P.S. I hope that you and I get a taste of serendipity in 2013; whatever that entails…

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Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Maybe someday, I will spend Christmas in Paris but this year, I am so happy and lucky to spend the holidays with my wonderful family. Mom, Dad, Logan, McKenna, Flannigan (dog), Zoey (dog), I love you; Merry Christmas!

I also want to wish all of my readers and followers a Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for supporting and reading my blog. It means the world to me, especially since I am new to the blogging world. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones; and if you live somewhere where you are going to have a white Christmas, I’m very jealous lol please send some snow to the Midwest.

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

P.S. To other new bloggers, I just want to say that it does get easier. Starting a new blog is hard and you should be proud of yourself. Keep writing, stay true to yourself, and I can promise you that people will read what you have to say. Trust me.

Adam Levine- Hottie of the Week

ADAM

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Details Magazine Cover- June/July 2011

“Some have superstardom thrust upon them. Others earn it the hard way- by revealing their soft sides on reality TV. For the thirty-three year old Maroon 5 Frontman, NBC’s top-rated The Voice did more than provide a massive new audience and a bestie in Blake Shelton; it gave him a last shot at being the King of Pop and he’ll be damned if he blows his chance to be a kinder, gentler Rock God.”

-Craig Marks, Details Magazine

ADAM LEVINE

Maroon 5 Frontman, Coach on NBC’s The Voice, Blake Shelton’s BFF

and I’d like to add, One of The Sexiest Men Alive.

MUSIC

Do you remember the first time you heard the song, “She Will Be Loved“? I’m sure we all do. Well that was the breakout song of Maroon 5 on their first album, “Songs About Jane.” An album that Adam has said he was written about his breakup with a girl named Jane. That was the beginning of Adam Levine’s rise to superstardom.

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Personally, I’ve always been a Maroon 5 fan and even got to see them in concert a few years ago; Adam was looking especially fine, rocking tight white jeans and a white tee. And unlike some musicians, Adam actually CAN sing, not to mention play guitar; he has collaborated on songs with other musicians like Rihanna, and if you have seen him during the “Blind Auditions” on The Voice (where he, and fellow music entertainers: Cee Lo Green, Xtina, and Blake Shelton sit with the back of their chairs turned as an aspiring musician sings) when he puts his head down, closes his eyes, and just listens, he knows his stuff when it comes to music. You can tell that he has so much passion for music and being a coach on the voice allows him to use his passion and experience to help each individual musician on his team. I think that being on The Voice has allowed viewers and fans to see past the sexy, tattooed, bad boy musician vibe that he gives off. Instead you see a great teacher and coach with a big heart who is truly a nice guy. Recently, on the Ellen DeGeneres show, he defended fellow coach Christina Aguilera when asked about her body and weight issues, telling people to simply leave her alone. Now that’s my kind of guy.

The BFF

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BFF’s Blake & Adam

People Magazine recently featured Adam Levine and fellow coach of The Voice, Blake Shelton on the cover, the headline reading, “The Odd Couple”. Below is an excerpt from the cover story.

Fans of The Voice already know how much fun Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have with each other on the show. But what’s their friendship like in real life?

“A few weeks ago somebody asked me, ‘What about you and Adam’s bromance. Is there anything to it?’ ” Shelton, 35, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

“And I sputtered off, ‘Yeah, I’m going to make out with him.’ The next thing you read is, ‘Blake wants to kiss Adam.’ Man, I can’t believe how …”

“True that is?” interjects Levine, 33…………..How adorable is that?

ON WOMEN

“There’s two kinds of men. There are men who are f#&king misogynist pigs, and then there are men who just really love women, who think they’re the most amazing people in the world. And that’s me.”

-Adam in Details interview

STYLE

In addition, to being a talented musician, I also really admire Adam’s style. He can rock a white tee and a leather jacket just as well as he can pull of a sweater, yes I said sweater. Whether performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show in a tank top, or wearing a suit at the Emmy awards, Adam always manages to look amazing. His good looks and great style do give him an upper hand with the ladies.

 

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Personally, I like him best in a suit or in a plain white tee displaying his tats. What can I say, I have a thing for the bad boy look with the nice guy personality. When I think about it, I can only think of a few guys that I know that fit that description; where’s my Adam Levine?

Until I find my own “Adam Levine”, I’ll have to settle with listening to Maroon 5′s newest album “Overexposed” (Daylight and The Man Who Never Lied are among my favorite songs) and (fingers crossed) hopefully getting to see them on tour in February.

**Stay tuned to find out who is next Friday’s “Hottie of the Week”**

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

P.S. I’m ending this post with the lyrics to “She Will Be Loved”

She Will Be Loved

Beauty queen of only eighteen
She had some trouble with herself
He was always there to help her
She always belonged to someone else

I drove for miles and miles
And wound up at your door
I’ve had you so many times
But somehow I want more

I don’t mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile

And she will be loved
And she will be loved

Tap on my window knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful
I know I tend to get so insecure
It doesn’t matter anymore

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along, yeah
My heart is full and my door’s always open
You come anytime you want

I don’t mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
[  From: http://www.elyrics.net ]

Ask her if she wants to stay awhile

And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

I know where you hide alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all
Comes back and begs me to catch her every time she falls, yeah

Tap on my window knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful

I don’t mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile

And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
(Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye)
And she will be loved

Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye
Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye
(I don’t mind spending every day)
(Out on your corner in the pouring rain)
Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye

Killer (Comfortable) Heels

This is another favorite thing from my fashion collection: Jessica Simpson tri-color suede peep toe ankle-strap pumps. I bought these shoes last year after Christmas at Dillard’s who was having a HUGE sale. These shoes are the perfect accessory for a little back dress and are surprisingly comfortable! If you are looking for a great pair of shoes to wear on New Year’s Eve, buy a pair of Jessica Simpson heels. Trust Me.

Last fall, while attending Teen Vogue Fashion University in NYC, I had the privilege of going to Jessica Simpson’s showroom. Apparently, Jessica Simpson only wears heels, even when she was 9 months pregnant.

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Me at The Jessica Simpson showroom

Hope you enjoyed getting another peek into my fabulous fashion collection.

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

Jennifer Lawrence- Hollywood’s Game Changer

Who’s That Girl?

You may remember first seeing new-comer Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Academy Awards.

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JL in Calvin Klein at the 2011 Academy Awards

Yes, she was THAT girl. THAT girl in the fabulous Calvin Klein dress. Not only was she a knockout on the red carpet that night but she was a nominated for Best Actress in the movie, “Winter’s Bone“; her first breakout role. She went on to play Mystique, in “X-Men First Class.”

Later that year, she landed the role of a lifetime. Lawrence was cast as “Katniss Evergreen” in the big-screen adaptation of the best selling series, “The Hunger Games,” which became one of the highest grossing movies ever at the box office. “The Hunger Games” earned $407 million dollars, no big deal. Currently, there are three other “Hunger Games” sequels in the works.

Suddenly overnight, Jennifer Lawrence went from Indie actress to A-List actress.

And landed on the Best Dressed List.

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JL in Prabal Gurung at ” The Hunger Games” Premiere

But unlike many of her fellow actors and actresses, Jennifer has a different attitude when it comes to body image. She told Elle magazine, “I eat like a caveman, I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors.” Lawrence also says, “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in the one picture on the beach.

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Val Kilmer

Elle Magazine‘s Maggie Bullock who interviewed Lawrence, writes, “This is a whole new kind of role model, the 5.0 version, who heads into the Hollywood maelstrom wiser than her reckless forebears, knowing from the get-go that every decision she makes will have a ripple effect.

How refreshing! An actress who refuses to give in to the “Hollywood” stereotype that “thin is in.” Lawrence is a true role model, not only to her “Hunger Game” fans but to girls and young women everywhere. Spread that message Jennifer; you don’t know how many lives you will affect.

Jennifer Lawrence’s photo spread in Elle magazine

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(source- Elle Magazine)

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The Liebster Award

The LIEBSTER Award

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WOW… I am speechless and extremely flattered to have been nominated for the LIEBSTER award. I feel extremely honored to have been nominated for the LIEBSTER award. My fellow blogger supporter and friend simplyjyune has nominated me. A LIEBSTER award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers, giving them recognition, encouragement, and to help the rest of the blogging community discover their fabulous blogs. To comply with the rules my blogger pal simplyjyune has asked me 11 questions, and in return, I must select my favorite 11 newbie bloggers to pass on the award, along with my 11 questions for them….This is so exciting!

11 Questions

1. What do you like most about blogging?

I consider blogging my 2nd job in addition to working at Michael Kors. I would also consider it an outlet for when I am stressed. If I’m having a bad day, I want to blog. My passion is fashion after all and I love coming up with ideas for new things to write about. Yes, I am fairly new  to the world of blogging, but I have followers who subscribe to my blog because they want to see what I’m going to write about next. I want to share things with people, not just about fashion but about other things too. I have almost 10 years of  fashion experience; including various fashion opportunities and I feel it is my job to “Pay It Forward.”

2. What is your favorite style or fashion statement?

I would classify my favorite style as the “All American” girl look. Rachel Bilson, who played  California girl Summer Roberts on the O.C., is the “All American Girl” of fashion. Rachel’s looks are always simple and classic; a perfect combination. From the streets to the red carpet, Bilson always manages to look her best; her style appears almost effortless.

My favorite fashion statement is currently leather and lace best emulated by a red Valentino dress.

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3. What is one fashionable item that you regret buying and why?

A fedora. I didn’t regret buying it at the time; it was summer so it was fun to wear to pool parties. However looking back, it wasn’t my style at all.

4. What is your favorite piece of accessory?

Jewelry.  I have a huge collection of jewelry; everything from earrings and rings from Forever 21, necklaces from Tiffany’s (birthday gifts), 2 Michael Kors’ watches, an assortment of bracelets that I love to stack on and am constantly adding to and finally my David Yurman bracelet (21st Birthday) gift. But the pieces of jewelry that I love the most are things that my family has given me; they are extra special.

5. What was your favorite trend in 2012?

Peplum

6. Which designer is your favorite and why?

Michael Kors. Yes I may be a little bit biased because I work for his company but his products speak for themselves and I stand behind them 150%.  Also, I love his attitude; he wants every woman to be able to own one of his products. At his Michael Kors’ lifestyle stores, not only does Michael himself hand pick his favorite things to be sold at the store but we also carry all of his lines including jewelry, shoes, handbags, sunglasses, etc. His labels include Michael Kors (high-end line)  MICHAEL by Michael Kors which is very affordable to the woman who doesn’t want to spend $1000 on a handbag but still wants a Michael Kors bag. His label KORS by Michael Kors is his higher end shoe line.  Michael tries to cater to every woman whereas some designers just have a high end line.

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7. Which is one beauty product that you must have?

Loreal Paris Colour Riche Lip Balm. Not only does it have SPF 15 and soothes dry lips but it comes in several different colors. It provides the perfect amount of color with each application while remaining very natural. I own almost every shade! My favorite is nourishing nude.

8. What is your favorite color?

Triple tie- kelly green, black, and blue

9. Who is your fashion idol?

Blake Lively aka Mrs. Ryan Reynolds aka Serena Van Der Woodsen on “Gossip Girl.” Surprisingly, Blake has  confessed that she has no stylist, and her fashion knowledge was acquired while working on Gossip Girl uses. She also references Style.com. Over the past few years Blake has not only solidified her status in Hollywood as a great actress but has emerged as the girl with a killer fashion sense both on and off the red carpet. She can be seen wearing everything from a neon pink Michael Kors dress, to an Elie Saab royal blue pant suit, and in Prabal Gurung’s fabulous dresses. With her flowing blonde tresses, flawless makeup and impeccable style, Lively will continue to shine in the fashion spotlight for many years to come.

10. Does your fashion reflect your personality?

My personal fashion style is simple and classic but with a modern flair. I love classic pieces like skinny jeans, and basic blouses. My day to day looks often involve mixing designer and affordable pieces; for example, pairing J Brand jeans with a tank top from Target. I am a big believer that accessories can transform an outfit, and I love accessorizing a simple outfit with a fun pair of shoes, a chunky necklace, or a statement handbag. While I do read all about the latest trends, I only experiment with  trends that are true to my signature style; I buy trendy pieces that are modern yet classic and I know will enhance my look.  I dress to impress myself and feel the most confident when flaunting an outfit that reflects my signature style in every aspect. I think that rings true to my personality; I feel my best when I am being myself. I am an outgoing, funny, vivacious and confident young woman. I know who I am and always try to stay true to myself. I am also a very loyal, and caring person. So I guess that my style does reflect my personality.

11. Do you have any fashionable don’ts.

 Matching the color of your handbag to the color of your shoes; boyfriend jeans, VPL (visible panty line)…btw “Hanky Panky” makes the most comfortable thongs in every imaginable color; don’t show a lot of cleavage; anything that is too tight; overall, not dressing for your body type. I always feel terrible for other women who just don’t know how to dress for their body type, I wish I could help every one of them.  DO rely on the saying “quality” over “quantity.”  I was raised by a mother who lived and breathed fashion, always took my sister and I shopping and helped us with clothes; a mother who I credit with helping me to become the future “Passionate Fashionista.”

Again, I want to give an enormous thank you to simplyjyune. Now it is my turn to pass on the LIEBSTER Award to these amazing bloggers….(in no specific order)

1. http://mylifeismystyle.wordpress.com/

2.http://ipreferheels.com/

3. http://frivolousfringe.wordpress.com/

4. http://goldonblackblog.com/

5. http://asimplelifeoffashion.wordpress.com/

6. http://garishismymiddlename.wordpress.com/

7. http://thecitizensoffashion.com/

8. http://makeupbysarahjane.wordpress.com/

9. http://kavyabasavraj.com

10. http://boldmode.wordpress.com/

11. http://epilepticfashion.com/

11 Questions

1. Who is your fashion icon?

2. What is/was your favorite trend of 2012?

3. What is your favorite magazine/fashion magazine and why?

4. Currently, what artist or song can you not get enough of?

5. Who or what is the biggest inspiration in your life?

6. What is your favorite beauty product?

7. What is your “go-to” fragrance?

8. Why did you start blogging?

9. Do you have a favorite celebrity blog or blogger that you admire?

10. What is your favorite fashion “item” (clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbag, other accessory) that you own?

11. What are you going to wear on New Year’s Eve?

I’m so excited to read your responses, so please remember to leave me a comment after you have answered the questions and passed on the award to the next 11 lovely bloggers.

Congratulations! You deserve it.

xoxo Hayley

The Passionate Fashionista

“Like Mary-Kate & Ashley”

I own quite a few fashion books to say the least.

On my bookshelf, you will find everything from ,”FASHIONBOX” (features celebrities/fashion icons wearing fashion basics like “the white button-down,” to the “LBD” little black dress) to “The Atlas of Fashion Designers”(it features designers you may have not heard of, and a few that you have like Temperely London, made famous by Kate Middelton)

Recently I heard about a fashion book called ,”Influence,” written by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I found myself thinking back to the days when I watched them on “Full House.” They have not only surpassed the title of “child stars” but have established themselves as true fashion designers. Their clothing lines include: Elizabeth and James ( named after their siblings; younger sister Elizabeth Olsen is breaking into the acting business) and The Row.

I heard their book was hard to find BUT today was my lucky day. While browsing the fashion books at Half Price Bookstore, I found it! And it was only $17.95 but is normally listed for $35.

The only down-fall…I have to wait until Christmas morning to open it.

Oh well, I can be a good girl and wait patiently until then 😉

T-10 Days til Christmas

Yikes! I still have so much to do!

***Does anyone have good ideas for stocking stuffers? 18-24 year old females***

I need ideas….

Hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit or just spirits this weekend

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista