Whew! It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks but life is finally calming down again. A bit. Maybe I'm hallucinating. Either way, it annoys me when I don't get a chance to create and publish all the posts for this site that I would like to on a regular basis. But thankfully the breaks are few and far between.
In the coming weeks I have a lot of great stuff planned for you. My first ever "paid" review from a REALLY unique place. (They didn't pay me, they just asked if I'd like to try anything out and review it. I agreed and really like what I chose.) A couple of new "Ask Image Interpreters" posts. A great one for the men included! And lots of fantastic fall fashion as we approach another Season for Clothes.
For this happy Monday I'm presenting a Modest Moment from the mother of all supermodels - Cindy Crawford.
She's busy in a miriad non-supermodel ways nowadays so current pictures of her don't crop up that often but goodness, the woman knows how to dress in a flattering way.
Love the bright top and white jeans.
I know she's in mid sentence below, but I loved the shades of gray and silver outfit.
Casual but not schlumpy. And it doesn't look like she's trying too hard, unlike some celebrity moms out there who can't seem to master "mom on the go." Cindy nails it in both shots with flattering jeans, simple-but-not-boring tops, and interesting shoes.
There's a lesson to be learned here!
Summer is always a difficult time to keep up on all the fun blog posts I want to do. I'm leaving today for a family reunion so please enjoy this final round of lovely outfits from Kate's North American tour. It's a far cry from what I'll be seeing this weekend.
It's a camping reunion. Camping is rarely rich with style. Mercy.
I found the source of the blazer from this photo I highlighted in the first post of this series
. It's from Smythe. She later paired it with a sheath dress (below).
Love the simple, structured bag!
Smythe blazer, Roland Mouret dress, Mulberry bag, Manolo Blahnik pumps
Jenny Packham dress, LK Bennett shoes
Lovely dress. I like the yellow Jenny Packham dress from yesterday better, but this is elegant. I'm not in love with the nude heels with this one. I'd have chosen something in the purple family with this gray/possibly light lavender dress.
Joseph and Natalie dress
Marlene Birger dress, LK Bennett pumps
Whistles cardigan and skirt
LOVING this pleated skirt and lacy cardigan! I have a skirt very similar to this and will now be creating an outfit like this around it. Totally love it.
Roksanda Illincic dress
Again, love the simple and elegant dress - would have chosen purple-ish heels.
Wanted to close with another glance at the fantastic Alexander McQueen sweater dress. I would wear this in a heart beat. I'm desperately hoping somebody makes a version in my price range this fall.
We had the biggest microburst hail and rain storm I've ever seen here Monday night. It tried to take over our driveway and destroy our basement. Actually, it tried to do that to several houses in our neighborhood where the storm drains simply couldn't keep up.
So I'm very behind on things I would like to post. I still have a ton of clean up work to do, but need a little break. So today, let's check out more of Kate's awesome outfits from the her trip to our side of the pond. For the first post of her looks, click here
Catherine Walker dress and coat
Love this! I fell in love with coats-matching-dresses in Doris Day movies.
Alice Temperley blouse
The girl's gone country! I sometimes chuckle when Europeans try western, but they both actually did alright! William finally doffed his blue suit.
Issa dress LK Bennett wedges
Jenny Packham dress
There has been MUCH hoopla made over Kate's use of sheer stockings (nylons, pantyhose, whatever your generation chose to call them.) While there appear to be certain standards for royal dressing that she is adhering to, I think she mainly just wants nice looking legs without the fake tan orange glow. Her sister Pippa is also wearing them a ton and it has sparked a MASSIVE upsurge in sheer stocking sales. I don't often think to wear them in summer but I have a pair of Donna Karan's that are exquisitely sheer, never sag around the ankles or knees, and make my legs look great. Plus, they're slightly control top so they help my hip area as well. Bonus.
A note of warning if you're going to wear them.
These are NOT tan colored stockings. They should be sheer in a color that exactly matches YOUR skin tone. You're simply trying to make your legs look smooth and even-toned. You are NOT using the stockings to simulate a tan.
Diane von Furstenberg dress
And finally, a lovely DVF dress. I swear, is there anyone that von Furstenberg dresses don't look great on? Double love the sleeve length on this dress.
The Prince and his new bride have been touring our side of the world. The ever elegant and simple Kate has, in my humble opinion, been making some great choices. Let's look.
Reiss Nannette dress, Anya Hindmarch fan clutch
Issa London dress, Queen Elisabeth II’s Maple Leaf Brooch
There have been many different types of events on their tour, from casual to dressy to ceremonial. Every look I've seen pictures of so far has shown a modest hemline to the knee, and sleeves. Brava, Princess!!
J Brand skinny jeans. Don't know the labels for the blazer, blouse or wedges.
Erdem lace sheath dress
I've seen how this Erdem lace sheath dress looked on the runway, she had more lining added for more coverage. No doubt about it, this woman knows the power of a tailor.
Erdem sheath dress
I'm just showing one picture of each look, but there are tons of shots out there. The lace shoulders on the dress above are filled in for coverage.
Alexander McQueen sweater dress paired with Prada pumps
This sailor sweater dress is BY FAR my favorite. Oh, how I drool. If I had the cash, I would get this in a heartbeat. Dang you, McQueen for sticking at a price point beyond my reach.
Catherine Walker dress, Hobbs clutch, Tabitha Simmons heels
Some fashion critics have ragged on her for being too modest. (We get that all the time, don't we?) They equate modest with boring. They say she's dressing too "safe." "With a figure like hers we should be seeing more skin!" I say, "PLUG YOUR EARS, PRINCESS!" You keep fighting the good fight. She knows what fits her body and looks good on her. As I've said before, she's not out to shock anyone or push any envelopes just for the sake of rebellion. She's very respectful of her title and position in the world and I absolutely applaud her. Prince William, however, could try a suit color other than navy.
Oh my goodness, dear readers! I am going on a week of battling the most unrelenting, energy-sapping, brain-fogging, I-didn't-know-a-person-could-be-this-congested, lung-hacking, miserable, please-just-give-me-a-new-head, cold!
I hope to finally kick it this weekend and be back to my old self next week. For now, please enjoy this quick shot of the newly married royals hosting the Obamas.
William & Catherine host the President & First Lady
I LOVE the simple dress Catherine chose. She looks appropriate, classy, and understated. She smartly chose something that would not compete for top-billing, no matter what Mrs. Obama chose to wear.
Can't see the front, but the spring frock and cute jacket are nice on Michelle.
She's an icon. Without question.
Helen Mirren will be 66 this summer. You'd never know it.
She looks better than many women in their 40's.
Even on a casual day, snapped unexpectedly exiting her hotel, she looks pulled together and chic. One of the things I love most is her hair style.
"Age appropriate" but totally age defying!
She says her red-carpet secret is platform stripper shoes she buys in Los Angeles. They give her the height and stability to confidently pull of the gowns and the walk. Genius!
Looking this good at any age, let alone her age, is something every woman should strive for. Let's all channel Helen when we can!
I was going to launch my post to answer Julie's question about dressing for a gala event, but luckily I heard back from her today with the extra information I'd asked her for. So I'm tweaking that post to form a more comprehensive answer. In it's place, please enjoy these Modest Moment's from the Oscars.
Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott
An absolutely gorgeous color on her. Beautiful dress.
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
This dress fired up a lot of debate. It was basically either totally love it or totally hate it. I applaud her for the risky move that it obviously was, she's good at those moves. And I for one don't mind it at all. I think the chartreuse accents at the neck/shoulder detract from the look. Had those been the same pink color then your eye wouldn't have zeroed straight in on them, distracting from the other interesting details of the dress.
Melissa Leo, unknown dress
The detail on this dress might look like cutouts, but no. They're actually metallic shards affixed to the gown to create the pattern. Not exactly the kind of dress that makes you a great waltzing partner. Ouch! Neckline is too low.
Michelle Williams in Chanel
I loved this dress. I would really love this dress in a less "wedding" color to use for future fancy events I might ever attend. I don't know if it's her haircut or what, but it didn't come off looking nightgown-ish, like another gown with a crew neckline and sleeves might have. The original version (that I'll actually be showing in another post) widened a lot as it reached the floor, giving it a much more trapeze silhouette. I like how it was altered to be more sleek and form fitting here.
He is delightful. He is darling. He's about what my husband will look like in 15 years.
He will ever be Mr. Darcy to me. Colin Firth and his gorgeous Italian wife Livia are your mid-week eye candy. Enjoy.
If her dress is backless, don't tell me! It's such a gorgeous color and they look so charming together I am determined to see this dress as nothing but glamorous, modest and fabulous. With the phenomenal success of The King's Speech
they've been hitting the red carpet pretty heavy. Much to my delight.
This photo is from last year and her neckline is a titch too low for me, but check out her shoes! (if you can look away from Firth) The print is different scale which is really interesting. I love unique shoes.
Handsome and brooding even when done up a little kooky by W magazine.
Love the tie!
So many stars look idiotic in their "I got my walk of fame star" pictures, crouching over the ground. Not Mr. Firth. Is this the epitome of casual cool or what? (I get this same look from my husband quite often. Makes my knees wobble.)I love movies but I'm not a religious Oscar watcher. I like the fashions but many times I'm incredulously wondering how the stupid movie
that's winning everything ever got funding in the first place. Not this year. This year I'll be watching. Because The King's Speech
is a fantastic film and if Darcy doesn't win the Oscar I will personally lead the revolt.
I'm not an awards show watcher. I just like looking at the pictures afterward to see the pretty evening wear and check if anybody managed something modest. There were a few, some good, some ok, and some not so great. Let's look...
Tina Fey in L'Wren Scott
The neckline is too low, but the sleeve detail is nice. The creasing makes it look to tight around her thighs.
Tilda Swinton in Jil Sander
I'm a big fan of the white-shirt-with-ball-skirt look but not THIS particular pairing. The shirt is too billowy for a skirt with this much volume at the waist. And the lack of accessories makes the whole look very unfinished. A gorgeous necklace or chandelier earrings and she would have been set. But Tilda Swinton rarely does accessories.
Scarlett Johannson in Elie Saab
Again, the neckline is too low but everything else is lovely.
Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer
I had to look up who Melissa Leo is and haven't seen anything she's done but the dress is great and looks great on her. She's 51!
Leighton Meester in Burberry Prorsum
Meester screwed up this dress. Burberry styled this dress by scrunching the sleeves up to the elbows and adding a wide black leather belt. It looked AWESOME! Minus the edgy belt and tweak to the sleeves, the muted print falls flat. Would have been gorgeous had she worn it the right way.
Hope Davis in Bibhu Mohapatra
This dress is a good example of trying too hard. I like the black lace over the colored cap sleeve, but the pleated part over the left side seems unnecessary. I'd have liked it much better with one more layer filling in the neckline and no pleated overlay down the front.
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
There were a couple of gowns I had to research. Most often, when you see something this modest from the front - it's backless. Anne Hathaway and Angeline Jolie wore such gowns. But apparently this Calvin Klein is not. Hurray! There were other pictures of her not looking so washed out but I wanted a full-length shot and this was it. Pretty fabric in the other pictures. I'd have added one cuff bracelet or super thin and simple lariat necklace but otherwise she was smart to keep the accessories simple.
Enjoy a few Modest Moments from some good looking couples!
I naturally had to put Colin Firth and his wife first - I married Mr. Darcy!!
Her neckline is a titch low but they look fantastic as a couple.
Christina Hendricks (in Carolina Herrera) and husband Geoffrey Arend
David and Courtney Arquette (LOVE her dress!)
Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber