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Oscars: The Good, The Bad and the Nicole Kidman

In Fashion, Media on February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

BEST DRESSED: Gwyneth Paltrow. TheFoodinsita.com is typically a Gwyneth-free zone, but let’s give credit where credit is due. This platinum Calvin Klein Collection column sheath was smoking hot.

RISING STAR: Hailee Steinfeld was princess perfect in a sweet Marchesa ballerina pink dress.

GRANDE DAME: Oh my god—Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood. Does it get any better?

INDIE FAVE: How totally gorgeous was Florence Welch in her lace Valentino tiered frock? Such a cool juxtaposition of rocker and girly chic.

BEST JEWELRY: While Amy Adams sizzled in a glittering L’Wren Scott gown, it was her Cartier emeralds—reportedly worth $1.35 million—that stole the show.

WORST CLEAVAGE: Jennifer Hudson is a pretty girl—and her newfound figure is stunning. But can we be honest here for a second? Yes, she’s gorgeous. Yes, the dress is a show stopper. But this dress with this cleavage?

WORST ATTITUDE: I didn’t hate the dress (and please—how could anything look bad on that body?). The gum chewing and hair, however, are another story.

BED HEAD: Wearing a mess of a dress that my friend Vincent describes as “ecclesiastical red,” Scarlett Johansson looks like she just rolled out of bed without taking off her makeup from the night before. Or brushing her hair.

F BOMB: Melissa Leo, I couldn’t agree more.

WORST JUDGEMENT: Nicole, we hear that you wanted to show support for an anti-Semite by wearing Dior, but this dress is doing nobody any favors—least of all your hips.

Mad Men Bash

In Fashion on February 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

Last night I attended one of two Mad Men bashes happening in LA. The other, I’m told, was for the actual show. Ours was a Mad Men-themed gala fundraiser for Tiny G’s new preschool and was fantastic! You should have seen some of the dresses on the other moms…amazing. Styled by Ilene Rosenzweig, who was wearing an insane white fur shrug, every detail of the evening was swish, from the champagne cocktails in coupes to the Marilyn Monroe transvestite auctioneer. Mr Foodinista looked dashing in a grey suit and thin black tie. For fashion advice, I turned to my sage friend Monica Corcoran, who is literally writing the book on Mad Men style along with the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. I wanted to wear a black cashmere sheath, already in my closet, so here’s what Monica recommended:

I think a black sheath sounds perfect. You could make a mini splurge on a matching costume earrings and necklace set — all the rage in the early 60s — in jet beads, aurora borealis, enamel or even pearls. Matching jewelry was a must!

Gloves work too. Also, per Janie, Betty loves to match her shoes to her bags–lizard or alligator, of course.

Also, for cocktail chatter, wear a cream blush in coral (there were no powder blushes back then) and a matte lipstick (no gloss either). A thick black line on the upper lash line with a slight kick — a la Bardot — was the eye look of choice.

As it happens, I look awful in coral so I went with a matte red M.A.C lipstick (Ruby Woo), and attempted a Bardot eye with a liquid liner. For gloves, I stopped by The Way We Wore on La Brea and picked up the most beautiful cloth pair. They had a whole basket full of gorgeous vintage gloves if you are in the market, and you won’t find friendlier service anywhere! They are SO nice and knowledgeable! And for shoes, a favorite pair of square-toed Chanel black pumps. My one splurge was on the earrings to go with this necklace—a gift from my dear friend Vincent. Thanks to my generous friends, I felt like Cinderella at the ball—if Cinderella drank too many gin and tonics, that is.

Kelly Double Tour

In Fashion on June 2, 2009 at 7:02 pm


Today we are celebrating our two-year wedding anniversary! Shortly we’ll be heading out to dinner at Lucques, where we got engaged several New Years Eves ago. Tonight when I got home from work, there was a pretty orange and brown bag, and within a red leather Kelly Double Tour leather bracelet (shown in white above). I have a serious thing for leather cuffs, and I’m over the moon about this saucy new red number!

Ring Tones

In Fashion on February 2, 2009 at 8:29 am


I love this oval turquoise filagree ring from artist Becky Kelso. I first met Becky over 10 years ago when I was working with her husband at my first-ever magazine job in the Bay Area. Her exquisite designs are feminine, and have a sort of ethnic quality to them. I’m also loving this peridot stacking ring:


Green Party

In Fashion on January 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

hoss necklace

My Spanish host had to return a dress at a Madrid boutique near her office, and so I tagged along. The shop is called HOSS Intropia, and has the best party dresses and coats, sort of bohemian chic with gorgeous fabrics, all very feminine, along with fantastic accessories. I got this silk braided necklace in emerald green and white, and can’t wait to wear it with a white shirt and jeans, or over black.

Small Pleasures

In Fashion, Food on January 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm


I have a soft spot for anything in miniature, and love that this sweet little necklace from Barcelona designer Géraldine Klein is called “breakfast.” The truth is, breakfast used to look a lot like this, both in content and scale. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before Starbucks invaded Paris (I am told there are now 29 of them in Paris), I lived in the 11th on a tiny street called Rue Paul Bert. On mornings when I felt like a treat, I would pop down to the Alsatian bakery around the corner and get a tiny croissant, because in France croissants aren’t the size of footballs. And, yes, I did used to chase that croissant with a cigarette and coffee. (A very small and very strong coffee, and regular American-sized cigarette.) But the moral of this story isn’t about smoking, which I haven’t done in over six years people, it’s about taking pleasure in the little things!

Reduce your carbon footprint, fashionably

In Design, Fashion on January 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm


If your New Year resolutions include being more green, then check these out. My mother-in-law sent me a set of five of these chic, waterproof Envirosax from the Botanica series. Bags from the Kids Series, featuring the likes of these little creatures below, are really great too for the budding environmentalist. baa, maa & paa You can throw a few into your purse or the glove compartment so they’re always at the ready for a shopping emergency—leeks, rhubarb, a Marni coral resin necklace, whatever. marni I have a bunch of those green bags from Whole Foods but always forget to bring with—they’re kind of bulky—but I think the odds of reducing my carbon footprint are infinitely better with these handy and stylish little guys. 

Faux la la!

In Fashion on December 5, 2008 at 4:38 am


I don’t believe in knock-offs when it comes to handbags or shoes. But when you’ve just had a baby and can’t get rid of those last 10 lbs (which has NOTHING to do with eating banana dulce de leche ice cream from MILK on Beverly Blvd. several times a week), a little faux Chanel never killed anyone, especially when you’re co-hosting a holiday party and you don’t want to drop a fortune on something you’ll hopefully only wear once. I got this little black dress ($25) at Target in West Hollywood, and the necklace (£10) at Top Shop in Dublin. Paired with some vintage Chanel earrings (a Christmas gift from my parents circa 1990, does that count as vintage or just old?) for street cred.