07/18/2016 Darling of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow in Head-To-Toe Blush!

While summer (for me) is all about a good dress & sandals, I’ve been thinking a whole lot about summer outfits that go beyond the comfy Americana look of a tank & cut-off shorts (an ensemble that never really suited my shape to begin with). However, in an effort to fill my brain with as much fashion as possible (an excellent escape plan for when life is throwing a lot of heartache your way), I’m a little obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow‘s head-to-toe blush outfit in a blouse & pants by Michael Kors with Chloe Gosselin sandals (shop similar here). The actress & goop entrepreneur made a recent appearance to promote her organic Juice Beauty collection while in Toronto, looking effortless & chic in the pastel hue with minimal jewelry.

Gwyneth Paltrow in a blush silk bow blouse & skinny pants by Michael Kors Collection with pink croc Chloe Gosselin sandals at a Juice Beauty by goop event in Toronto.Usually when I dress in a monochromatic outfit, it’s all-black, easy enough for any shape to pull off since pastels aren’t always figure friendly for the curvier shopper. However, I’m impressed to see so many blush options out there, while keeping a budget in mind, for misses, plus, or petites separates to inspire Gwyneth’s look for when you’re at the office, headed to brunch with family, or a day time party event. Wearing blush as a base color also works for a multitude of accessories options, such as metallics like rose gold, gold, & silver. Also, blush is a luxe foundation for other colors & prints to pop against.

Blush misses, plus, & petites looks.SHOP: MISSES blouse @Forever 21, pants @Boohoo, sandals @Lulu’s, & bangle @Charming Charlie. PLUS blouse @Eloquii, pants @Eloquii, shoes @Clarks, & LC Lauren Conrad bangle @Kohl’s. PETITES blouse @JCPenney, pants @Dorothy Perkins, Steven by Steve Madden Valor sandals @Bloomingdale’s, & bangle @The Limited.

What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow’s all blush outfit? Do you like to wear monochromatic outfits? What color has been on your mind this summer? For more celebrity inspiration, check out previous posts including pencil skirt options as seen on Kerry Washington & Christina Hendricks, Angelina Jolie’s nude strappy flats, & Blake Lively’s princess street style. Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Marilyn Monroe Transformation for Max Factor!

Gwyneth Paltrow has done it all. She’s won an Academy Award. She’s a working mom & celebrated lifestyle guru (for goop.com). She’s a designer’s darling, always on the best dressed lists. She never fails to make us envious of her effortless glamour. And now… she is making headlines for her latest collaboration it beauty brand, Max Factor, in a new ad campaign, featuring the actress undergoing a high glamour Old Hollywood makeover, á la Marilyn Monroe with a modern twist.

Gwyneth Paltrow for Max Factor 01The Oscar-winner has starred in previous campaigns for the cosmetics company, recalling stylish & vintage decades from the 50s to the 80s, inspired by icons like Brigette Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, & Farah Fawcett. This behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot, courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar UK, shares Gwyneth’s thoughts on blending her personal style with the brand’s signature pink lipstick.

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Max Factor’s aim is to continue celebrating a landmark of 100 years of glamour, under the direction of creative director Pat McGrath, also behind the previous campaigns. To achieve Gwyneth’s flawless Marilyn look, check out Boots for Max Factor’s clump defy volumizing mascara & masterpiece color precision eyeshadow in Pearl Beige & Coffee, as well as Superdrug for Max Factor’s color elixir lipstick in Bewitching Coral.  

For more stylish posts, check out Jennifer Lopez’s wide leg pants trend & look-alike items for less, five must-have holiday-ready affordable accessories, & TV-inspired style from shows like Scandal, 2 Broke Girls, & more! Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Latest Nail Polish Collaboration With Butter London!

Gwyneth PaltrowIn the last year, nail polish has made a big comeback, especially with the trend in nail art, thanks in part of quirky New Girl star Zooey Deschanel. However, she’s not the only star lending a hand to the culture of nail polish. Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow has collaborated a second a time with Butter London to create spring-ready sets, perfect for everyday looks, dramatic evening shades, & go-to neutrals, which will be sold exclusively on GP’s website, goop. This includes “Earth-friendly 3-free formula, which keeps harmful chemicals like DBP, formaldehyde, & toluene out of the mix,” according to InStyle.

Take a look below at Candy Coated Trio ($40.00) in a sweet pastel blue, lemon yellow, & cotton candy pink. Also, if you’re into sparkle with metallic shimmer (like me), the Stones Set ($40.00) calls on emerald, sapphire, & amethyst hues. The Starkers Set ($40.00) is a perfect base for a neutral look, especially when you’re looking for a matte finish under a modern French manicure. Lastly, keep your nails healthy with Tops & Tails ($28.00), the famed base & top coats that Butter London is known for.

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Of course these collections aren’t exactly budget friendly, but if you like to invest in your beauty products, particularly ones that don’t use harsh chemicals, then maybe it’s worth it to keep your tips looking & feeling great.

Which sets do you like the best? Do you prefer matte or sparkly colors? How much do you invest in your nail polish collection? For more celebrity fashion / beauty posts, check out Kate Winslet for Lancôme, Rihanna’s debut collection for River Island, Jennifer Lawrence’s debut ads for Dior, behind-the-scenes with Natalie Portman for Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, & the commercial for Gucci Guilty Black with Evan Rachel Wood & Chris Evans! Happy Styling!

.com Darling: Gwyneth Paltrow Talks About The Tom Ford Oscar Dress With Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman & More!

The following post is not written by me! It comes straight from one of my favorite .com Darlings, Gwyneth Paltrow, from her own site: goop! I read this on the train on the way home & happily rejoiced in my decision to sign up for goop’s super informative & fabulous newsletters.  If you’re into style, healthy living, celebrity access, & lifestyle trends, then goop is definitely a site worth checking out.  Do you really need me to endorse this? It’s Gwyneth-effing-Paltrow! Enjoy the read & Happy Styling!

The Oscar Dress

I don’t normally address false reporting in the media but this week I would like to clarify something. Last week, The New York Times inferred that I used a ghostwriter on my cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, which to me means someone else wrote the recipes and the text. That is not the case. My Father’s Daughter  was a three year labor of love, a collection of the food I make and serve loved ones, an ode to my dad. I had lots of tremendous assistance with things like note taking, recipe testing, logistical planning, but the recipes and words are all mine and come from my heart. Now, on to the fun stuff…

It’s always nerve-wracking to pick a dress for The Oscars, as it’s one of the (if not the) most scrutinized red carpets in the world. Getting the dress, the jewelry, the hair and the makeup requires a lot of work from stylists and designers who prepare months in advance for the event. Today we interview stylist Elizabeth Saltzman on her process and take a look behind the scenes at the prep for the big day.

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The Process of Finding a Dress

I’m lucky enough to work with stylist Elizabeth Saltzman who did an extra stellar job finding such a wonderful Oscar dress this year.  Ordinarily, in preparation for an event, she’ll work with no more than four  specific designers to gather several viable options for the event.  This requires months of work, of phone calls, meetings, and many long conversations just for this particular evening. This year, she called me up and said there was only one dress and it’s true; this white gown, with its long white cape by Tom Ford was just right.

Today, she’s kind enough to let goop pick her brain on how and why she chose this dress, and more generally how anyone can find the right look for any occasion.


How did you come across this Tom Ford gown?

A:              After looking at what Gwyneth wore last year, I called each designer that I wanted to work with and looked at their sketches first.  These are usually designs that they create specifically for The Oscars.  This particular time, I went to meet with Tom Ford at his studio about a week before the event.


Why did you pick this dress for Gwyneth to wear to this year’s Oscars?

A:This dress screamed OSCARS to me. It simply was ‘the one’. The dress was composed of all the elements that I look out for for Gwyneth: supreme elegance, grace, royalty, extreme modern luxury, simplicity without lacking intense skill and risk. It had a positive edginess to it as well. Also, being such a fan of Jackie Kennedy through the years, I thought the dress channeled some of her iconic style, but this is my opinion.


Can you tell us a little bit about the process of finding gowns for events like this one?

A:It’s a long process that begins the moment when the nominees are announced and doesn’t end until the moment she steps onto the red carpet.  The process consists of a lot of extremely late nights, when there are no phones ringing, no horns beeping, no children or husband needing attention. It’s the calm glow of a computer and lots of long-distance phone calls, discussions, FedEx’s to go through.

First I call certain designers that I know I’d like to work with for the event and find out if they have something special that might work. I ask all the necessary questions… If they are dressing anyone else. If so, what color and style are the other people’s dresses?, etc. After that initial conversation, they send sketches, and I gently try to make tweaks that I know will work for my particular client. I generally work with two or three designers from the beginning until there’s a finished dress to try.

We might Skype, email, and photos are often used so we can get a better idea of how the dress is taking shape. The best is if I can go see the dress in person, but I’m not always that lucky in terms of time or location. I always ask to see swatches (big ones) of the material – you never know… it might not show up well on a photo, it might be completely see-through, it might be rough to the touch or wrinkle prone. All of these need to be considered as it is my job to make sure there are no whooper mistakes on the evening. Once all is agreed, the dress is made.

The next step is the first fitting. This is a moment of excitement, as you want your client to feel great and body language says it all. I look at the fit, we find the shoe that gives the right height and that is wearable for such a long evening. Fittings happen quickly, so I take tons of pictures from all angles so that I can take them home and digest. If I’m lucky, I get a second fitting in, to try the dress we’ve chosen with full accessories and get an idea about hair and makeup. On the day of, I’m there with the makeup artists, hair stylists, everyone, discussing every decision in minute detail, every step of the way. When she gets in the car, I make sure that the dress won’t get wrinkled on that long drive to the event.


Are there politics involved in getting the right dress?

A:Oh yes, the politics, especially when it comes to this event, can be rough if you don’t know the players.  It’s hard because getting the right celebrity in the right dress can mean huge, and I mean monumental, publicity for a designer as well as the client. The advantage I have is that I’m not new in the industry and I’ve built relationships that are not about screwing anyone else over.  It’s about being honest with the designers and the other people involved, listening to what they’re hoping for, and striking a compromise between their vision and the client’s needs.


How much of your pick depends on what is simply a gorgeous gown versus the personality of and what will work specifically for your client?

A:The client always comes before the gown. You have to think about the person, their body, their confidence, their coloring, their wishes, their needs and what will be successful for them.


What advice would you give to anyone looking for the right dress?

A:Think about what looks best on you, not which dress you like on the hanger. Think about your posture. Look at yourself in the mirror with how you would naturally stand, not in pose, as you’re usually not posing. Think about where you are going and how much you can relax knowing you are safely, securely, happily dressed.

Oscar Prep

Once we had the dress decided on that week, everything else fell into place. Here’s a quick look into my day preparing for The Oscars and how we picked hair, makeup and jewelry to compliment my gown.

10AM: Pre-show workout

I did an intensive cardio workout with Stacey McDermott from the Tracy Anderson Method and tried out my partner, Tracy Anderson’s new mini Trampoline workout for the Metamorphosis series.

1PM: Arrive at the Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills

I get to the hotel for a shower and then get my roots done with Tracy Cunningham, who I always call when I’m in LA. She’s got my particular color down to a precise science.

My kids come for a visit and we all go hang out at the pool for a little bit.  I have my traditional pre-show turkey burger and fries before hair & makeup.

2PM: Hair & Makeup

Adir Abergel, who did my hair, initially goes for a tousled bun.

Meanwhile, in keeping in line with the simplicity of my gown, makeup artist Leslie Lopez emphasizes my eyes with some black liner while keeping everything else pretty natural. Stop me if I’m boring you…

We all decide that the dress requires even simpler hair. The straight, long ponytail mimics the straight, clean lines of the dress and cape.

Final product.

It’s more fun when you get ready with one of your best friends.

2:45PM: Dressed and trying on jewelry

First, I try these Anna Hu cuffs, as I was asked to represent her brand on the Red Carpet. They’re incredible. The one on the left is inspired by Van Gogh’s painting, Irises, and is made up of garnets, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds in the same colors as those of the painting. The orchid cuff on the right was inspired by Monet’s color palette and designed while listening to Chopin.

I also try some of Anna Hu’s amazing, statement Fire Phoenix earrings, which are made with pear-shaped cabochon rubellites, if you know what I mean…

            They’re gorgeous, but this double hoop diamond and purple sapphire ring and the amazing rose-cut diamond cuff that Anna made fits best with the dress. Maybe I’ll borrow the other ones for another time…
Here’s Anna Hu herself, helping me with the cuff.

Final touches as I leave.

3:45PM: In the car and on my way!

4:30PM: Red Carpet

Stephen Huvane, my publicist of 20 years, fixes my button right before I walk down the Red Carpet for pictures and interviews.

I stop to chat with a member of our Armed Forces.

5PM: One of my favorite red carpet moments

I snapped this on my Blackberry so it’s a bit blurry, but there’s someone holding up Sandra Bullock’s train, and Sandra Bullock holding up soon-to-be Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer’s train.

6:30PM: Robert Downey Jr. and I get on stage to present the award for “Best Documentary Feature”.

Robert helped write the funny mock documentary sketch for presenting the award to Undefeated.

The green room, where all the presenters go right before getting on stage for a snack and refreshments, was designed by Architectural Digest this year. Juniper Books made stunning custom-made book covers based on classic cinema especially for this year’s event.

6:45PM: After presenting, I duck out to meet friends at the famous annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

The event was at the Sunset Tower Hotel and I may have had the best french fries ever there.

9:30PM: As ever, Jane Fonda is totally punk rock.