The Red Dress That Stopped Me in My Tracks
While randomly scrolling through Pinterest I came upon this image — and the red dress made me catch my breath. I LOVE it. LOVELOVELOVE.
It wouldn’t look that great on my 5’2″ frame but I covet it all the same. The color is so rich, the cut so fabulous. The boots are pretty great too.
What do you think? Would you wear it?
Katie Holmes Nails It in Midnight Blue Dress
I already wrote about this dress for Popeater.com, but I loved it so much I thought I’d give it some extra love on the Hot Pink List.
This dress is gorgeous and Katie looks sensational in it. The color is great, the shoe color is perfect and her hair and makeup complement the whole look very well.
Check plus, Mrs. Cruise, check plus.
***My very hip and stylish friend Ann Marie just told me this dress is available at Singer 22 in lavender. The price is surprisingly just $381!
Hot Spring Trend: Bold and Bright Handbags
I’m looking for a new handbag. Something cute, bright and fun for summer. Maybe yellow or something equally as bright. (I know, I know, I’m known for my love of all things black, but it’s time to lighten up!)
Since it’s my first foray into color, I’d like to keep the spending under $600. Also, Nick would kill me if I hovered into Chanel territory again so soon. Here are some cute options I’ve found:
Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Clutch
I am usually not a Marc Jacobs kinda gal. His cuts and prints are SO not me. But this little clutch might be the perfect mini-step into the world of bright purses. Plus, I’m a hardware fanatic, and the detail here is Tracey-approved. ($250, net-a-porter.com)
Jimmy Choo Tilda Patent Tote
Okay, okay, so this isn’t under $600. But I love the color and patent leather so much that I had to throw it in. I’ve always been a big fan of Jimmy Choo handbags but for some reason have never pulled the trigger. This might be a fun first dip into the Choo pool. ($950, neimanmarcus.com)
Prada Striped Canvas Clutch
How cute is this? It feels so ’80s preppy. I love the stripes, the colors and the shape. ($595, saksfifthavenue.com)
Kate Spade Chrystie Street Large Anisha
Kate Spade Flicker Bon Shopper
Yikes! Much like Marc Jacobs, I’m usually not a Kate Spade person. But when it comes to color, she really knows what she’s doing. I couldn’t decide these two so I decided to post both.
Top handle bags are big trend for Spring and this one is such a fun color. At $445, it’s a good price a fun, new bag. ($495, katespade.com)
Love the yellow. Simple, bright, fun, affordable—perfect for the beach. ($225, katespade.com)
Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote in Poppy
I love the shape of this bag. I love that you can carry it by the handles or fold it over and wear as a shoulder bag with its cute detachable strap. I almost bought this last month in black (surprise!) but perhaps this shade would be more fun for summer. ($395, shopbop.com)
Michael Kors Gia Flap Leather Shoulder Bag
Clearly I’m leaning towards yellow based on the number of yellow bags I’ve featured in this post and while this isn’t my favorite yellow one in the bunch, I think it’s really cute. It’s perfect if you have an office job and need a bag with clean lines. The hardware is nice too. ($595, saksfifthavenue.com)
Unrelated sidenote: I’m loving the bags in the Victoria Beckham line. Very sharp lines and pretty handles. But, if I’m going to drop between $2,600 and $4,500 on a bag, it’s probably not going to be on a VB bag….
Best Dresses of 2010, Friends Edition
After months of anticipation (ha!), I’m excited to present the Best Dresses of 2010, Friends Edition!
Back in July, I asked friends and friends of friends to send in photos of their favorite dresses. I also did some trolling on Facebook and found some gorgeous frocks as well. After sifting through all the submissions, I’ve narrowed down the list to these 11. They are in no particular order… but they are all fabulous!
Thank you to everyone who submitted and for all of you who allowed me to use your photos and dresses.
I love everything about this dress: the color, the length, the shoulder ruffle, the skirt around the waist… everything. And it fits Elyssa perfectly.
Diane von Furstenberg
The print of this dress is so wild and fun–and Kelly pulls it off wonderfully. You need a little sass in your style to wear this dress and Kelly does this effortlessly. Love the length and fit too.
Kristen is one of the most stylish people I know. And with her model-like figure, she wears designer clothes beautifully. This Tibi dress is no exception. Fits her flawlessly… just gorgeous.
I love love love this yellow — and it looks so pretty on Hannah. Can you tell I like shoulder detail? The ruffles on this are so feminine and sweet. A perfect dress for a wedding!
I love how timeless this dress is–the cut, the sleeves, the pencil skirt. And Gillian wears it supremely — you can feel (and see!) the fun she’s having while wearing it. Love the splash of red too.
I love Meredith’s unique sense of style: what she does with clothes always amazes and impresses me. And this dress is no exception. I love the color, the crystal detail, and the one-shoulder top. Super fun shoes too!
How hot is this dress?! Chelsea is absolutely rocking it. I love the bodice, the colors… and I’m also just a tad obsessed with the shoes! Fits her like a glove.
The material, the fit and the colors of this dress create a look that screams effortless chic. And that’s just how I see Megan. She’s a mother of four that always looks put together in a classy and fun way. Love this!
Alice + Olivia
I’m a total sucker for two-tone dresses and this one is fabulous. I love the strapless top, the length, the belt and the way it fits Holly superbly! You just can’t go wrong with Alice + Olivia dresses–they are always so fun!
Few people can pull off a dress this sassy and form-fitting, but Jen nails it. I’ve been loving Nicole Miller’s funky fabrics the past few seasons and Jen shows how to really rock it. I also love the collar of this dress: classy and feminine with a touch of flirt.
I was looking for the perfect little black dress to feature–and this was the hands-down winner. Aside from being a fun party dress, it really highlights Meredith’s showstopper legs. Not to mention those Pour Le Victoire heels. Hot, hot, hot!
Jessica Szohr Looks Cute, Right?
I was recently reading one of my favorite all-time blogs, Go Fug Yourself, when I came across this photo of Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr at the premiere of her new film, Piranha 3D.
GFY didn’t really like, though I thought she looked super cute!
I’m not usually a huge fan of Jessica Szohr — her character on Gossip Girl is getting tired and she always looks so pained. But I can’t disagree that she is gorgeous and that this color red looks sensational on her. The layers of the dress seem perfectly placed — not too flowy, not too overwhelming — and the bow around the waist works with the rest of the dress. I don’t love the shoes though I don’t hate them either. The bag is fine.
Jessica also scores high points for her hair and makeup here. With a dress with that much personality, the hair needs to play second fiddle — which I think she’s done well here. Heavy eyes with a nude lip also compliments the look nicely.
What do you think of her dress?
A Perfect Pair: Christian Louboutin Miss Fast Ankle Boots
I’m a big Louboutin fan… I think he makes amazing shoes and I’m still not over the red sole. In fact, every time I think I’m sick of the red, I’ll stumble across another pair of fabulous heels or boots.
And today, I came across these beauties:
Right? How cute are theses? In fact, I think they are the perfect bootie. Some booties are a little too crazy for me. My style is more tailored/classic and some of the booties on the market seem too ornate for me. But these. THESE ARE FANTASTIC! Simple cut. Platform for comfort. Elegant split front. And great height.
And the taupe color! Love these!
Link to buy: Saks Fifth Avenue, $995
The Heels to Die For: YSL Pumps
The truth is I’ve been obsessed with Yves St. Laurent heels for several years. I think YSL makes amazing shoes (and bags for that matter) and I’ve tried on many pairs over the years. I just haven’t been able to pull the $800ish trigger quite yet. But I dream about them on an almost daily basis.
Here are some of the pairs I covet:
I mean, right? HOW HOT IS THIS SHOE?!? I would kill a man for a pair of these in black. I would maim a man for them in red. Yes, they’re high but anyone who knows me is well aware that I’m rarely found wearing a heel less than 4 inches. I love the platform front and the stiletto heel is just breathtaking. Ready to really swoon? Here’s the metallic version:
Tribute Platform Pump
If you’ve known me for a long time, you’re aware that I could talk of little else when this heel first hit stores. I love the little strap, the peep toe, and the platform. It has a four inch heel and one inch platform–love it! I think these are so cute and dainty and while they won’t work with every outfit, they’d be a perfect finishing touch on a super feminine outfit.
Links to buy:
– Platform Pump in Black Leather ($795, YSL.com)
– Platform Pump in Red Patent ($795, YSL.com)
– Tribtoo Platform Pump, Metallic ($795, NeimanMarcus.com)
– Tribute Platform Patent Pump ($660, YSL.com)
Alert! Super Cute Dresses Ahead
I love dresses. I love short dresses, strapless dresses, solid dresses, print dresses, dresses with sequins, halter dresses…. well, you get the point.
Earlier today, I was browsing one of my favorite online shopping sites, Cusp (it’s the Neiman Marcus boutique) and came across several fabulous dresses. Here are some of my favorites:
Tibi Strapless Silk Dress
Um, how friggin cute is this? Yes, it’s basic Tracey-style with the strapless top and short length, but I lovelovelove this yellow color. I also think this has the right amount of flowy-ness: enough to hide a bit of bloating but not enough to look like a colored garbage bag. (Tibi, $345)
Alice + Olivia Bethany Peplum Dress
I love the colors of this dress. But living in Hawaii, I don’t really have anywhere to wear a dress like this. Too bad,
because the sequined bodice is just so pretty and eye-catching. And I love the Mad Men-inspired ruffle around the waist. Hot! (Alice + Oliva, $495)
This dress is stunning–with the right figure, someone could really rock it. The asymmetrical waist and black lines, it’s just such an interesting print! If my hips were smaller, I’d definitely buy this little number. (Robert Rodriguez, $418)
Trina Turk Floral Kiki Dress
While I normally don’t LOVE large prints, this one works for me. I like the navy with the quick splashes of green. It’s interesting and classic while still being unique. And how cute are the little cap sleeves? (Trina Turk, $348)
Sexy Summer Suits: Juicy Couture’s Cutest Styles
Summer starts in about five minutes and it’s time to find some fun bathing suits. Since I live in Hawaii, I’m always on the lookout for cute suits, but the selection’s been pretty limited until now–stores are just now unveiling new styles and looks.
While perusing online, I found two SUPER CUTE Juicy Couture one-piece suits. I generally don’t wear one-peices, but my mom got a really cute Juicy one last season and she looks great in it, so I wanted to see what they did this year. Here are my faves:
I love this navy suit. The shirred side seams will help hide any hip issues while trying to lose those pesky last five pounds. And I really like the halter neck. The ruffles are a cute addition that make this a little more playful vs. Marilyn Monroe bombshell-esque. Check plus. ($150, Nordstrom)
This yellow suit is also very cute. The bodice is long and shirred so you can pull it low if you’re feeling a little pooch-y or pull it up if you’re feeling 6 pack-y. I love this particular halter top–it’s got great support for the fuller-chested ladies. And I like the lack of ruffles… it’s a little more mature looking. If you have the skin tone to pull this off (ie. super tan/not pasty), I highly recommend this for laying poolside. Overall, I think the shirred side seams of both these suits are extremely flattering. As someone who enjoys a cocktail while sunning, I predict this type of suit will work out well for me this season! ($168, Nordstrom)
For all those bikini lovers, I thought I’d throw in this adorable Juicy two-piece, also in navy:
I wish the model looked happier about wearing this because she looks great in it. It’s just the cutest little bikini: classy with full coverage and touch of sweetness with the ruffles. (top: $85; bottom: $98, Neiman Marcus; also available in red at Nordstrom)
It’s Haute: Gold-Plated Cuff by Oscar de la Renta
I absolutely crave this cuff. It’s the most beautiful cuff I’ve seen in a long time and it must be mine. I love the design and the look. And again, I love what Net-a-Porterhas paired it with. With summer around the corner, this is the perfect accessory to wear with the lighter, more fun outfits in the warm weather.
I’m not in love with the $345 price tag particularly since it’s actually gold-plated brass but for Oscar de le Renta it’s not horrible. And it’s the type of piece that will always be in style. So, I can consider it an investment right?