To Spend or Not to Spend: Oscar Edition

When you think of the Academy awards red carpet, you think multi million dollar jewelry, diamonds galore, and crazy expensive gowns. What you might not think of is the reasonable retailer and one of my favorites… H&M. Well, Helen Hunt sure did! That’s right, the actress chose the retailer for her red carpet moment and believe it or not, looked astonishingly similar to the look Reese Witherspoon chose, by Louis Vuitton. Quite the price point difference right?! So, what do you think? To spend or not to spend when it comes to the red carpet?

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Oscar Jewels: The Best of the Best

Next to the dresses and of course the little golden statue of Oscar himself… The other star of the Academy Awards is the jewelry! The baubles a star chooses can make or break an entire outfit. Sunday night’s festivities did not lack in sparkle! Backwards necklaces, brooches in hair, phenomenal bracelets, and much more! Here are my top pics in Oscar jewelry!

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

images via whowhatwear, & instyle

The Many Faces of Anne

Yesterday I covered the fashion of the Academy Awards…too many things happened Sunday for just one post. Anne Hathaway hosted in an array of outfits that cannot go unmentioned. When I say they cannot all go unmentioned, that doesn’t always mean in a good way. Some where undoubtedly fantastic, while others left me wondering if her stylist, Rachel Zoe, had slipped out for a latte and Anne had to pick a couple out on her own. Either way, it’s all fashion, and good or bad…it’s always fun!

You were expecting my first pick to be a ball gown, right? Well guess again! Surprisingly I fell in love with both the musical number of this segment of the show, and the quirky Lanvin outfit; lady like fit, and fabulous Brian Atwood custom made sparkle heels.

She opened the show in this fabulously constructed Givenchy gown. I loved the hardware on the bodice and the separate pieces flowing around the skirt were incredible.

While the ending of the show was probably my favorite to date. All the award winners singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow with a children’s choir? Pure magic. However, the Tom Ford dress did not convey the same magic. I was hoping for something a little more ethereal, but you gotta give props for bravery!

I adore this Valentino gown. Incredible detailing and oh that train! Love everything about it. The end.

I thought this Armani Prive dress was a little bit curious. I found myself really wanting to like it…I love the color, I love the neckline…but I just don’t know what to think of the material. I sort of thought it looked a little like plastic with folds in all the wrong places.

I wasn’t sure about this Oscar de la Renta dress while watching it on t.v., until she did this little swishy move and all the tassels shook this way and that. You gotta love a dress with a personality. It still wasn’t my favorite; I wasn’t a fan of the fit of the dress and I personally would have worn my hair up to show more of the one shoulder detailing.

While this Vivienne Westwood gown is artfully designed and fits lovely, I almost forgot about this outfit change due to how much it blends into the background of the set. Speaking as a former theater student, knowing your set colors is a must!