Monday, 13 January 2014

My Golden Globes Best Dressed List

Award show season is currently under way. All I really care about is who's frock is being worn or wearing whom and leave the recognition part to the rest of the world.

Though there weren't many "shockers" to me this year, I must admit that I am overall impressed by the sophistication and appropriateness of most of the gowns.

Here are some of my favourites. All images from Vogue, Huffington Post and Daily Mail

When I first saw Emma Watson in Dior my immediate thought was "is she wearing pants under that?" I have nothing against that, definitely cool and different.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

Then I saw the back and everything made sense.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

I would flip this dress around and wear a black tube body con under neath it all.

This is a great dress that has that playful edge yet a quite elegance that suits her so well.

My next pick is Paula Patton in Charlotte Olympia

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

I am such a sucker for large ruffly details. A dress like this can over power someone, but Paula definitely wore the dress instead of having the dress wear her.

A good little black dress is a must in anyone's wardrobe. This custom Lanvin is the ultimate little black gown. Emma Roberts looks perfect in this dress perfectly made for her.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

I wouldn't mind any of these dress either.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

Peplum and lace? Yes and yes please. Leslie Mann's petite frame is perfect for a dress like this.

Of course you can't forgot Sophia Vergara. The drama in this Zac Posen ultra gown matches her rocking figure amazingly,

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

But deep down I am more of a color girl.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

I picked this Narciso Rodriguez especially because how figure flattering it was on Julia Louis Dreyfus. Anything that stopped me in my scrolling tracks is a winner of a dress.

Similar color, but a different feel. Lupita Nyongo's Ralph Lauren cape crusader number is totally on trend.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

At first I wasn't so sure about this next dress. It's probably Amber Heard's hair and makeup combo being a little harsh? But upon second inspection, the intricate detailing and the exaggerated slit won me over.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

The bejeweled detailing is leading the pack this year, showing up in all types of garments. When pair so seamlessly with a stunner like this, Gucci and Margot Robbie definitely won my heart.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

Kate Beckingsale is usually a staple on any best dressed list. Being such a stunner herself, it's hard to mess up with her. That's why I am so happy to see her in this glamorous Zuhair Murad.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

The next gown is another metallic pick. Softer, more feminine and tradition stands Michelle Dockery in this Oscar de la Renta number. The subtle hi-low is doing everything for me.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

I also really like seeing a more "down to earth" brand representing so well on the red carpet.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

Maria Menounos is rocking this fusia BCBG gown. The cut outs, the color and the fit are all perfect on this quintessential peak of spring and summer.

Finally, I want to end this list with a safe and predictable pick. The always effortlessly flawless Kate Blanchette caught my eye first with her Armani Prive gown.

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed list

I love the delicate detail of this gown. It looks lighter than air and seems to hug her body in all the right places.

I hope I can graduate to that level of sophistication one day.

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Friday, 10 January 2014

London Calling

I am a leggings aficionado. When I first saw these London skylines wrapped around legs I had to have them.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

When I saw them splashed against red skies I was in heaven.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

These leggings are the perfect base to create two completely different looks. One for day and one for night.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings
Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

I also used the same elements in both outfits as well. A bustier as a top and a blazer to cover up, so the look can be more versatile.

I chose to layer a shirt over the bustier for the day look so it's more conservative.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

The faux fur shawl/collar offers some mysterious edge.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

Also offers some more cover up when you want to remove the blazer.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

To maximize the difference of these two looks, you can also change up the hair and make up. Which I realize I didn't do... (bad Jasmine)

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings
Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings
Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

I hope you guys enjoyed these two looks and inspired you to also have some fun with awesome graphic leggings.

Vancouver Fashion blogger Jasmine Zhu wearing london skyline leggings

A great place to find these in Vancouver is Blim, you can shop their Etsy shop, or Big Cartel.

Or check out these options, too. From affordable to super lux.


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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Fashion Benevolence :: Obakki Foundation

As a fresh start to this year, I want to draw attention to the amazing things local companies around me do.

I learned of Obakki a few years ago. Their chic minimalistic design drew my attention. From time to time I would stop by the store and admire their unique set up and beautiful merchandize.

Eventually, the physical store was closed, all merchandise are sold online and by other high end stores, so they can focus their efforts on the Obakki Foundation. Since then, they have been drilling and monitoring wells in South Sudan.

Obakki foundation cover

Providing the most basic human need is where everything starts.

obakki foundation project

The foundation also built 2 schools in Cameroon.

Obakki foundation building schools

Find out more about their meaningful campaigns and projects.

We can help by directly donating to the cause.

Or, my favourite way, by shopping.

The collection of foundation merchandise is very affordable and 100% of the proceeds goes directly to fund their efforts.

I will be helping by making these three items mine.

Obakki signature scarf oxblood
Obakki signature scarf
Obakki foundation bkr water bottle

I love doing charity shopping.

Don't forget their regular collection too, which is 30% off as well.

Hope you will be joining on this meaningful fun as well. Don't forget to tag #Create4Change every time you share your fabulous self and the OF signature scarves.

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