Style Spotting: Jessica Alba

Easy-to-wear ensemble

Style Spotting: Jessica Alba

Famed celebrity blog Just Jared posted a series of photos featuring Jessica Alba leaving an office building in Santa Monica on January 24th and I am captivated by her outfit! This is a fabulous example of the perfect, easy-wearing ensemble that doesn't look schlumpy.

Just Jared: Jessica Alba

Sweater Jacket

This cute alternative to a blazer gives structure while making it easier to move. I love the mix of this tomato red with the medium blue. Jessica's jacket is not actually a knit but a woven but you can find so many structured, casual sweaters in the same style right now.


A youthful, two-colour print that doesn't cling to all the wrong places (which Jessica doesn't exactly have). And I love the print mixed with the stripe of the jacket.

Dark, "Skinny Flare" Jeans

Incredibly elongating and slimming without being too tight. These could also be MiH (like her jacket) but you can find them anywhere.

Suede Wedges

I'm still obsessed and have yet to find the ultimate pair. But these have renewed my hope that they will become easier to get my hands on!


It looks like the Tory Burch Robinson Satchel from the hardware but what I love is that it can be carried as a lady-like top-handle bag or worn messenger-style. I'm much more likely to invest in a handbag that can switch gears!

Minimal Accessories

A neutral scarf, a pair of classic aviators, delicate gold hoop and one or two trendy bracelets.

Absolute perfection!


Sh*t Fashion Girls Say

Jessica Simpson DOES Make a great shoe

Sh*t Fashion Girls Say

Joining the seven hundred other variants of the Sh*t Girls Say video meme, a fashion-girl version was brought to my attention on Twitter this week (with props to the lovely fellow style blogger @ahautemess).

This second installment of what is currently a two-part series had me in hysterics (and I think it's far funnier than the first):

There's been some smart commentary about the original meme and its subsequent spin-offs, mostly centered on the fact that this is straight, white men making fun of historically oppressed minorities: women, a variety of different races, homosexuals and so on.

Interstingly for me is what makes Fashion Girls funny in comparison to the rest is that it's me who it the butt of the joke  The fact that the lines are delivered by a bearded fat guy in a wig just underscores how ridiculous I am.

I've always been a fan of turning the joke in on myself. I'm completely horrified by all the stupid stuff I do and usually nothing makes me laugh harder. Jerry Seinfeld-esque observations mixed with Larry David-esque cringes never fail to get me chuckling.

Embarrassingly, I counted just how many of the obnoxious phrases lampooned in the video I myself have uttered and came up with 17.  I must tell you, I feel the most amazing mix of pride and shame. And, seriously, that Jessica Simpson does make a pretty good shoe! 



Decoding The Globes

How award-show fashion influences the rest of us

Decoding The Globes

A big-time award show red carpet is the most likely place that many of us will see couture gowns for the first time. We aren’t invited to fashion week in Paris or Milan and even someone as obsessed with clothes as I am has little time to flip through Vogue or Elle on a regular basis. Sadly, premium designer gowns just don’t have a place in my world of hockey practices and school lunches.

The Golden Globes signals the start of awards season in Hollywood and gathering around the boob tube with my girlfriends is a great way to indulge in Hollywood gossip, eat salty snack foods and pick up some great new fashion trends.

Before you freak out that I may be suggesting you cut some weirdo '60s side burns like Zooey Deschanel or fish scales and feathers like Evan Rachel Wood, there are three trends which appeared on the Golden Globes red carpet that translate well into every closet:

Nude is the new LBD

There was a time when black was the most popular option but, this year, I can’t really think of more than 3 or 4 black dresses from the entire evening. Varying tones of neutral blush dominated. These pale colours are elegant and fresh without being overpowering.  If opting for a nude shade this Spring, make sure it brings out your natural flush because the wrong shade can wash you out. When done right, it looks almost as though you are glowing from within.

Cyan Rules

Sure, Pantone has declared Tangerine the colour of the season but, to me, that colour is so Spring 2011. This year, look for tones that fall between blue and green on the colour wheel: teal, cerulean, turquoise and sea green. Much more universally flattering that orange, these shades can highlight most eye colours and enhance most hair colours.

Black and Gold

One of my favourite looks of the night was Salma Hayek in a beautiful beaded Gucci with golden bustier. Sure, she’s asking for Joan Rivers to make her annual requisite “Golden Globes” joke but Mme. Hayek-Pinault was in my top three for the whole night. Her husband is Chairman and CEO of PPR, which own the famous Italian design house as well as at least a dozen other well-known brands. Graphic black and gold patterns, mixed with white or emerald green, were the cornerstone of the Gucci S12 colelction and I look forward to seeing more of this combination in the red carpets to come this season!

Tune in and tweet the red carpet at the SAG awards in less than two weeks and follow the hastag #ymcSAG

The YMC team loves to tweet and talk about awards shows! 

Check out Kelli's post about whether Ricky Gervais let fans down.

Check out Ali's post about the good, the bad, and the confusing at the Golden Globes.