.oscar trend alert: aj’s very favs.

Ah yes, I must admit this is a bit of a superfluous list. Without cohesiveness, these are my favorite gowns of yesteryear (err…yesterday). Though I’ve blogged about Oscars 2013 trends here and here, I needed to mention my very favs. Some of these looks are from the Academy Awards, and some are simply from the parties celebrating the occasion. Agree or not, scope out my list below and let me know your thoughts!

Photo by Digital Spy

Photo by Digital Spy

Hands down #1 is the iconic, incomparable, irresistible Jane Fonda. At 75 years young, Jane wowed in this canary Versace number. Forever my hero.

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Photo by PopSugar

Speaking of incomparable, let’s touch on Namoi Watts for a moment, shall we? She was simply flawless in this Armani Prive gown. The unexpected neckline and luxurious fabric dazzled on the red carpet.

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Photo by Lifestyle.Yahoo

British personality/fashionista Louise Roe was ethereal in Monique Lhuillier. I loved the delicate, feminine detail.

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Photo by Tom and Lorenzo

Jessica Chastain easily graced every Best Dressed List with this glamourous Armani Prive number. Her mega-watt smile (clad in perfectly red lipstick) made her even more beautiful.

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Photo by Digital Spy

Zoe Saldana was both flirtatious and delicate in Alexis Mabille garb. I could have done without the belt, but the ruffles and layers were charming.

Photo by Styleite

Photo by Styleite

Molly Sims dazzled in this sleeved Temperley London number at Elton John’s Oscar party. She looked confident and regal all at once. A total knockout.

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Photo by Fashion Gone Rogue

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was a pink goddess in this Valentio dream, but she mixed in a naughty element with the black choker. Spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Rosie was impeccable as always.

Photo by OK Magazine

Photo by OK Magazine

Lily Collins brought the right amount of intrigue in this beautiful Zuhair Murad dress. Shimmering in blue, the contrast of the top and bottom of this gown were captivating at the infamous VF Oscar bash.

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Photo by IBI Times

My favorite wildcard of the evening, Diane Kruger was a welcomed breath of fresh air at the Vanity Fair party. Decked in a Giambattista Valli frock and amazing Louboutins, I was completely excited by this look.

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.oscar trend alert: fabulous couples.

If there was one common thread of the 85th Academy Awards (other than the mounting love vs. loathe sentiment the general public seems to be developing for Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, respectively) it’s gotta be the fabulously dressed, beamingly delighted celebrity duos who strolled down the red carpet.

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Photo by Daily Mail

Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams was breathtaking in this extravagant gown by Oscar de la Renta. Her fiancé Darren Le Gallo -equipped with a bow tie- was the perfect compliment.

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Photo by Celebuzz

Expectant parents Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum simply glowed on the red carpet last night. She looked sophisticated and comfortable in this Rachel Roy garment, while her proud hubby reigned as the sexiest man alive in a a suit by Gucci. Baby’s first award season!

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Photo by Taste of Country

A-list powerhouse couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban let their adoration of one another  speak for itself in their affection gestures. Second place bling? Her runway-fresh L’Wren Scott dress, his quirky striped-tuxedo pants.

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Photo by Us Magazine

One of my favorite couples, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, were Oscar royalty last night. She was radiant in a simple, elegant, ruffled evening gown in a beautiful magenta shade produced by Gucci, accented in Neil Lane jewels. Ben, officially the recipient of the most prestigious honor of the night, held his own in the same label.  I’m looking forward to many more show-stopping (and hopefully coordinating!) moments from these two.

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Photo by She Knows

Dapper George Clooney, decked out in Giorgio Armani, waltzed down the Oscar carpet with lovely lady Stacy Keibler (who donned a right-on-trend Naeem Khan number). Some may question their love, but last night these two proved they’re rock solid.

.oscar trends alert: black starry night gowns.

Van Gogh would be proud: the Oscar 2013 fashion drama materialized in black, sparkly, slinky gowns reminiscent of his most famous painting. All these ladies brought their own spin to old glamour in the timeless hue black. Each largely emphasized her look with shining gold or silver embellishments directly on the gown (forget blinging jewelry!) What are your thoughts of this trend? Academy appropriate?

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Photo by Hollywire

Sandra hits a high note with sleek hair and a beautifully-beaded Elie Saab Haute Couture gown.

Photo by Huffington Post

Photo by Huffington Post

Halle Berry absolutely stunned in this structured Versace number. I love the sharp shoulders, shimmering lines, and interesting (read: plunging!) neckline.

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Photo by Daily Mail

I love Adele in this glimmering Jenny Packham gown, but as always my disappointment lies in her hair. Her self-described “gingersnap” locks are beautiful, so I wish she’d let them down to be bouncy and free! Alas, her strong eye makeup and subtle earrings were otherwise delightful.

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Photo by Jestina-George

Kelly Osbourne shone bright in this Zac Posen dress. I adore the asymmetric neckline and flowing bottom half. Kelly has transformed herself as a fashion force to be reckoned with.

Photo by OK Magazine

Photo by OK Magazine

Though Kristin Chenoweth was admittedly irritating during her pre-show coverage (I’ll give her a get-out-of-jail-free card…I’m sure it was mostly Lara Spencer’s influence that make K. Chen so over-enthusiastic) she looked beautiful on Oscar night. Despite this Tony Ward gown being large and in charge, it still complimented her small frame.

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Photo by Bravo TV

After all these years, Babs manages to stay on trend. While belting out Memories on the Oscar stage last night, Barbra Streisand gleamed in a custom Donna Karan number.

.grammys trend alert: outrageous beauty.

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While I typically love spotting trends during award show red carpets, the Grammys are a complete free-for-all. There is no rhyme or reason as to what celebrities wear, making it nearly impossible to spot a trend (other than the more outrageous and unexpected, the better). Instead I’ve decided to round up a few of my favorite looks, listed below in no particular order. Do you agree with my picks?

One glaring trend was long sleeves. Though many of them were not my favorite (Adele and Maria Menounos, for example) there were a few sleeved gals that I loved.

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Photo by Huffington Post

Katy Perry brought the hotness (and snubbed the Oscar dress code) in this smoldering mint green Gucci gown. The embellishment and bared chest were a lot, but her subtle makeup, soft hair and solitary seafoam ring totally worked.

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Photo by Sugarscape

Beyonce also rocked unexpected glamour in a black and white colorblocked pantsuit. The slits in the sleeves of this Osman ensemble remained sultry and sophisticated. I loved her sleek pony and oversized cuff bracelets.

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Photo by Huffington Post

Keeping it in the Knowles family, Solange aced this Ralph and Russo Couture number. The emerald green hue (which is officially Patone’s color of the 2013), structured cap sleeves and bright textured shoes were right on point. But my favorite element? Her perfect afro and nude lips. Solange just may have been my favorite look of the night.

Photo by Us Magazine

Photo by Us Magazine

As I’m always a sucker for an afro, Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town also earned a spot on my list. She paired feathers, a backless gown and messy locks perfectly. Her Maria Lucia Hohan dress fit like a glove.

Photo by Us Magazine

Photo by Us Magazine

Also one to scoff at the dress code, Kelly Rowland stunned in this Georges Chakra number. The strategic cutouts and delicate train were perfection! Her shiny bangs completed her look.

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Photo by College Fashion Net

Another long-sleeved beauty was Florence Welch in Gievenchy. She jumped on the emerald bandwagon but spiced up the couture gown with studs and sparkles. The look was classic Flo and complimented her red tresses sensationally.

Photo by E! Online

Photo by E! Online

Rihanna was refreshingly demure in this beautiful Alaia gown. The sheer bust kept her look undeniably sexy, but her soft curls and bright red lip were a welcome change from her raunchy Instagram pictures. She looked timelessly classic.

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Photo by InStyle

Estelle shook things up in a printed two piece by Genelle Brooks x Love Collins. Her look was original and fun, and clearly on trend with the long-sleeved look.

.blog ‘n shop = love.

Back in November I was invited to attend an exclusive bay area fashion bloggers event hosted by Last Call by Neiman Marcus at the Great Mall in Milpitas, CA. It was a fab experience for many reasons, largely because I never knew this mall existed – and I love finding new shopping spots! Located south of SF near San Jose, the Great Mall boasts an enormous selection of stellar shops. Last Call is a high end outlet, meaning they carry semi-current products at a discounted rate, straight from Neimans. The host Robyn (media contact for Last Call) was darling and so excited to have the bloggers present. Unfortunately I arrived late (I drove in from SF during pouring rain, which is no picnic on the 101) so I missed the introduction. However, I jumped in with the group and finished out the last of the hour as we traveled some of the best shops in the mall and scouted fun spring trends. Favorite highlights: J. Crew, Michael Kors and Joes Jeans.

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Last Call by Neiman Marcus was especially generous with the bloggers, gifting us with the below beautiful black handbag, cuff bracelet and heart necklace. They also included gift cards to both Last Call and Simon Malls (applicable to any shop in the Great Mall).

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Always the smart shopper that I am, I waited until I had ample time to spend in the South Bay then high tailed it to Milpitas to spend my winnings. I arrived, grabbed a Starbucks, took a deep breath and dove into some serious shopping. Firstly I did a few laps around the mall to scour my options then started in with my store-specific cards.

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J. Crew is one of my happy places. Though the preppy, Hamptons-esque look is generally not my style (I lean more towards messy, chic boho) there is something about the crisp linens and soft stripes in J. Crew that makes me weak in the knees. Their claim to “make the best t-shirts in the world – literally” is sincerely the truth. Fortunately, they were 40% off! I indulged in a short-sleeved white v-neck, a teal ¾ sleeve boat-neck and a cozy crimson/grey striped cardigan (for $13!). J. Crew was also particularity generous with gift cards and coupons (immensely appreciated!)

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My next purchase was at Aldo, where I scored these adorbz pink creepers for $40. Seriously, who doesn’t love a bargain? They’re a delightful spring accessory and uber comfortable. The ‘bowling shoe look’ is charming and pairs perfectly with various ensembles.

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I then headed to Last Call by Neiman Marcus where I was on the prowl for premium denim. A downside to outlet malls: searching through unorganized piles of clothing can be challenging and frustrating. While I settled for the perfect pair of Joes Jeans, it took me hours to find them. Literally. The staff I encountered at the bloggers event were lovely and helpful, but the staff working the floor were uninterested at best. The saving grace was Belinda, my original cashier, who made the suggestion that I go down a size with the Joes because they stretch like crazy. I’m so grateful she mentioned it (they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned, but they seriously form to your body). However it was slightly frustrating that no one helped me pick them out or offered that advice during my long stint in the fitting room (I tried on about 20 pairs, each of which I found on my own, making multiple trips to the fitting room). At her suggestions I retreated back to the Joe’s table attempting to find the next size down. After rifling through every pair it was obvious my dream pants weren’t there. Belinda was helpful at finding the jeans at another store and having them shipped to me (for $7). However, the rest of the staff seemed to have a bit of an attitude and didn’t necessarily make me feel very welcome or comfortable (Was it because I was shopping with gift cards? I still haven’t quite figured it out.) Either way, I scored dreamy denim originally priced at $172 for $65, so I can’t complain *too* much.

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I definitely plan on making a trip to the Great Mall the next time I’m in the South Bay. While the shopping experience isn’t the same as a standard department store the sale prices are absolutely worth it. There were various other shops I didn’t pursue, and I can only assume there are many more deals to be had. Take a trip to Milpitas and let me know what you thought in the comments below!