Talking Happy

Hi Gorgeous readers,

This week my guest post for Creating Contentment focuses on happiness and talks some more about the 100 day challenge I wrote about in 100 Days of Happy. Click over to read it, I have included a small excerpt below:

For the past eleven months I have been on a journey to restore balance, positivity and happiness in my life. This has included creating Project 2014 ‘For the Positive Seeking Girl’.  I have found I become so easily influenced by the negative experiences and want to break this cycle …

Kooklah Xo

Rest In Peace Daniel..

Daniel Morcombe.

A name and face many people in Australia, no doubt in the world know well. A son, brother and friend greatly loved and missed. A boy I never met, but have not forgotten about since he first went missing eleven years ago.

It could have happened to anyone, and I think that is the awful reminder that hits home to many families. A reminder to cherish every moment with your loved ones.

Source - brisbanetimes.com.au

Source – brisbanetimes.com.au

We were the same age, born in the same month… I think this largely became the reason I originally became attached to the case – from the moment I heard the news broadcast that a little boy was missing in the sunshine state. I still feel that way now, I cried when his remains were found and get teary every time I see his parents, Bruce + Denise speaking to the media.

They have a wonderful campaign, ‘Keeping Kids Safe’, launched as part of the efforts of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation with the aim to raise awareness and keep other children safe. Daniel’s parents have worked tirelessly in their search for Daniel, and in getting justice for him. The love and strength they have shown is amazing, I am glad they recently received some kind of justice with the trial, conviction and sentencing of his killer.

May you rest in peace Daniel…

Kooklah Xo

2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18

100 Days of Happy

A few of my friends’ photos drew me in over the last couple of days. They were celebrating happiness. It has been lovely to see. I think life gets busy and we can often forget to take some time to let ourselves be happy.

Following what I had seen in these photos and their hashtags I did some research via Google… I came across 100 Happy Days,  a site that created a challenge for the individual, not to compete, but a something to engage in that celebrates daily happiness and can be used as a daily reminder to really appreciate those happy moments!

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It is pretty simple to take part, if you click the link you’ll be able to read more information {including the reason why 71% of people failed to complete this task} AND sign up.
But basically you upload a shot, to the medium of your choice, of something that made you happy that day. When uploading use the tag : #100happydays which will group your shots with everyone participating {you can also use your own tag, which was suggested for privacy}. I’m using #100happy days plus my own #happykooklah to group mine together on my preferred medium.

I love the idea, I don’t think of it as meaning you need to be happy 24/7 but instead that I am making a commitment to an increasingly happy life! I signed up last night and nominated today as my first day. I am about to upload my first shot to instagram, where I will be sharing {search for @saregiak + follow me or use the tags mentioned}.. they will also be shared on twitter and every ten days in wrap up posts on Kooklah.

My reason for joining is to use it as another tool to improve my mood, mindset and mental health. To be honest, I want to blast a whole lot of sunshine into depression’s black cloud of sadness, self doubt and isolation.

I hope you’ll join me! I think this will help many people to improve their lives. As my friend Peta said to me today “Good things happen to you if you are happy”.
If you are joining in, let me know so I can look out for your shots.

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Here’s to happy,

Kooklah Xo – p.s like Kooklah on Facebook {you can soon look forward to more updates, photos and interaction X}

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Guest Post: Everything is as it should be

Editor: I hope you enjoy this guest post from Sarah as much as I have, I look forward to your feedback.

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These words have been a bit of a mantra of mine of late.

I am running late for a doctors appointment, and traffic is a nightmare. But, it is all okay, because I am exactly where I need to be. Everything is as it should be.

This acceptance that the world is perfect just as it is, is a lovely realisation to come too. The world is perfect in its imperfections. And you are too!

This realisation is a step towards a greater acceptance that I need to come to. I need to accept the autism in my life, that my children are exactly as they are meant to be. I am not there yet. I am not willing to let go of the possibility that I can somehow ‘improve’ them. They need to be better in order to function as adults, and I want this so much for them.

As I said, it is a step forward. A small step, but forward.

I believe that it is easier to start on the inconsequential. If I can accept that we have ran out of coconut flakes, then surely, eventually, I can accept that my pain won’t ever go away. If I can talk myself out of the stress of traffic standing still on the freeway, then there is hope that one day I will accept I was not invited to the wedding of someone who I thought of as a good friend.

Acceptance is tied up with forgiveness. Both are hard. But start small and eventually we’ll get there.

Try to remind yourself that everything is just as it should be and let me know how you go.

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Epcot Styling for Kendra

When it comes to fashion and styling, there isn’t much I love more than putting together a look for a specific style, occasion or event. I do this regularly not just for myself, but for friends and family as well.

This week I received an email from Kendra Thornton who is a seasoned traveller and travel expert from the USA. Kendra is holding a fashion challenge to assist with planning looks for an upcoming trip. She is off for a fun, family weekend at Florida’s Epcot {a theme park in Walt Disney World} and is looking for some style inspiration. The aim is to have outfits that are fashionable yet functional and can be worn day or night..

I was lucky to be reached out to by Kendra in admiration of my own style, to put together an ensemble that fulfilled the brief I was given.

Here is the brief from Kendra:

“A trip to Orlando is a fun-filled opportunity for the entire family. Whether I’m spending a day with the family at Epcot or escaping for some romantic time with my husband at a lounge or nightclub, I know I’ll enjoy my time in Orlando! I’ll have the best time when I look and feel confident and comfortable! This is why I created “Kendra’s Fashion Challenge.” Perhaps I’m a little embarrassed about this. But as a mother of three children I could use some help getting fashion forward ready. I’m looking for some feedback from my favourite fashion bloggers concerning my style. I’ll be taking those three wonderful kids to Orlando, and I know there are bound to be plenty of photo opportunities!  I don’t want to look dowdy in pictures! Specifically, I need help choosing an outfit to wear to Disney’s Epcot. I found so much information on Disney hotels and attractions on the travel talk site gogobot. After reading many reviews my husband and I chose to go check out their fantastic aquarium! Hopefully this will be some inspiration when planning my new look!

I have a deep fascination with the ocean and marine life. On this excursion, I get to share this fascination with my kids as we get to explore one of the world’s largest man made ocean environments. We’ll see over 4,000 sea creatures and learn about more than 60 different species of marine animals. During our time there, we will get a chance to touch and interact with many of the different animals. On the second-floor observation deck, we’ll be surrounded by marine life to gaze at and enjoy. The staff holds two fish feedings each day! I just hope I don’t get wet! I’m ecstatic to see what looks Sarah will choose for this adventure! Thanks to one of my favourite fashionista bloggers I’m sure I will look stunning while visiting Epcot!”

I started this challenge by styling two looks that could go from daytime fun with the kids to drinks with her hubby at night – with just a few simple tweaks! The idea behind this is that Kendra could feel confident to take this look straight to the bar with just a quick ‘fresh up’ stop at the hotel.

Look One: ‘Functional Feminine’ an outfit styled to feel feminine, fresh, fun {great for photo ops} plus appropriate for a trip to Epcot.

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For day – pair lightweight, comfortable jeans and a monochrome colour block tank top with a bright scarf {could be worn tied as pictured, open/draping from back of neck or as a headscarf}, complementing but comfortable flats and an across body bag.
The scarf adds a pop of colour and can be used as a wrap if a cool breeze comes on. The bag allows Kendra to keep her hands free – ideal when assisting kids! I also added a pink belt for extra style-pop!

For night – this outfit is good to go, but for added glamour add a pair of heels {black pictured to complement the top} + a statement necklace to instantly dress up a casual look. For added sleekness I have added another belt option – either would work. Tie a knot in the strap of the across body bag and you now have a clutch! Pairing with a blazer will add sophistication.

Look Two: ‘Casual Edge’ an outfit styled to tick the functional box AND add some rock chic edge…

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For day – pair a good quality black {or white} tee with patterned pants. Having a basic top allows the pants to standout – patterned pants are a must for any wardrobe, as they have great stylish impact with minimal effort. Keeping with the minimalistic vibe I kept accessories simple with a basic, long gold costume jewellery necklace, tan + gold accented sandals and wayfarer sunglasses. The bag I chose is a larger handbag but has both shoulder straps and a body strap, the across body bag from look one would also work.

For night – adding a lightweight kimono style jacket {jacket pictured has some embellishment on lapels} lifts this outfit as does the addition of some wrist bling and heels.

Both of these day looks could be packed with streamlining of accessories + shoes for increased practicality of packing for travel. I.e one pair of heels, one necklace & one bag …

I had so much fun working on these two looks that I decided to create a look specific for night that could be paired with any accessory, bag or shoe from above {I have included some examples too}

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By using a little black dress {LBD} you suddenly create a canvas on which to create a look.
In the left-hand side of the picture I used a combination of accessories from looks one and two to highlight that accessories of either look could work. On the right hand side I have added some optional extra accessories such as an evening clutch. Great LBD styles for mixing and matching include peplum {pictured}, shift and wrap dresses – they are usually sleek with minimal embellishment.

Thankyou Kendra for this opportunity, I hope your trip is sensational, and that you feel fabulous throughout!

Stylish readers, I hope you have enjoyed this post and the looks I created. Do you have a favourite? Which one would you wear, my personal favourite is look two.

Kooklah Xo
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*outfits styled using Stylicious app

SensatioNAIL Product Review

One of my favourite things to do is go to a beauty salon and get my nails done. This little bit of pampering gives me a mood boost and I love the look of manicured nails.

For the last year and a half I was periodically getting Shellac manicures, a gel enamel that lasts for around two weeks. I’ve recently cut my spending habits to save for a few things.
Ironically it was after I decided to stop getting my nails done that I received an email from the PR team behind SensatioNAIL – a company providing kits to achieve salon standard gelnamel nails at home.

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SensatioNAIL sent a starter kit which includes everything you need to achieve nail look {pro LED lamp, gel cleanser/primer/polish/base and topcoat, lint-free wipes, nail buffer, manicure stick} as well as a detailed but simple to understand instruction card.

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This card has instructions to prime, paint, set and then remove the gel, with handy pictures in case you need an example.

I was also sent a removal kit, {so I can remove and continue to maintain manicures at home} and two extra colours.

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I set aside Thursday afternoon to play around with the kit. I settled on a silver glitter enamel as it complemented the dress I planned to wear to a concert that night. I found everything easy to use and the instructions easily understandable. The finished quality feels exactly like salon finish. I followed the provided instructions exactly, as a result my nails were completely dry. I went on to curl and style my hair, plus put makeup on and my nails stayed perfect!

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One aspect that wasn’t explained was how long the lamp stayed on for {has an on/off switch for power and then a button on top that turns the lamp on}, this information is needed because at different stages nails are cured for 30 or 60 seconds.

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It isn’t a huge dilemma, just good information to have. I timed it myself at 30 seconds.

I am excited to try the other colours provided, and will update this post with how long the enamel stayed on for. Product states up to two weeks. When using the glitter polish, if a heavier cover is required, I would recommend a third coat or to put it over another gel polish for extra depth.
Although I am currently enjoying the splash of sparkle two coats gave!

Have you tried this product? Is attending to treatments at home something you’d consider? I highly encourage you to try it!
The information I received states each bottle is enough for ten manicures. There are a range of different kits from starter, essentials and removal {view kits here} with a variety of colours {I received Silver Glitter, Kitten Heel and Scarlet Red}.

I found that from setting up, attending the manicure and packing away took just over 20 minutes, which is ideal to fit into an at-home-routine.

I hope this review was helpful, I am thrilled to have beautiful, good quality nails that I can do myself {I’m also going to treat my Mum to a Mani this weekend!}

Kooklah xo
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Clutter + Mental Clarity

For my fortnightly guest post for Sarah at Creating Contentment I shared something I learnt in the last two weeks, how clutter can affect our state of mind. Find an excerpt below, then click the link to head over to Sarah’s blog to read the rest… Don’t forget to let me know what you think! Kooklah Xo

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It was during this week, as I was coming and going from work, with a few piles of belongings I was sorting through and some deconstructed furniture lying around that I felt really low… I found the clutter only added to my frustration, it made me feel dragged down and overloaded.

I have come to realise that our mental state is very much influenced by the area in which we spend the most amount of time. This realisation is fantastic and such a positive step in my journey.

Happy mind, happy life.

For the rest, click the link at the top of the post. Have a brilliant day…

Thought of the Day

I found this to be an inspiring and thought provoking saying. It is simple and yet has a strong message…

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#quoteoftheday

What a great reminder to keep moving forward. You can’t change the past, we should all be able to look back for the benefit of learning from our experiences… but ultimately we need to keep looking ahead.

Lately I have felt low, stuck and stagnant. Reading this allowed me to take a breath and remember that progress doesn’t have to come in huge ways, progress can be recognised in the smallest of victories.
For me, last week I reached out and was open when I felt that I couldn’t deal anymore. I needed support and to take some time to recharge. I also went to the gym again. Once + yoga, but this week I am aiming for atleast two gym sessions. Small steps towards change.

So turn forward, just keep moving. Eventually you’ll be able to turn around and say “look how far I’ve come…”

Kooklah Xo

Time for a Change – Letter to my Readers

 

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have probably already noticed {+ maybe been confused by} the realisation that this blog has changed from ‘For the Style Seeking Girl’ to Kooklah.

That’s ok. I have written some new information in the about page to explain it to you… I have also adapted that into the following post – a letter for you. It is an exciting change, FTSSG will still be around – this is the category that all the beauty, fashion and styling posts we publish will come under, but you can also look forward to different content and topics for posts.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts + just a little (A LOT) nervous for them too.

Thanks, Kooklah Xo

Hi, I am Sarah the creator & writer from For the Style Seeking Girl, and now Kooklah. From now on not only will this site post about beauty, fashion and styling but also such topics like lifestyle, travel, positivity, mental health awareness, equal rights + current issues.

I have been blogging for ten years, it originally started as a hobby, a vice to indulge my obsession for all things beauty, fashion and styling. I called this ‘For the Style Seeking Girl’, the blog grew from something I wrote just for me to a blog that has been read and shared by many. My aim was to pass on my own passion to others, assisting them to feel beautiful, be confident & sparkle.

As the blog grew and went through different experiences, I did too. I changed blog domains, and at the time thought about changing the name, I was scared to. If I am been honest, I have/had grown quite attached to the name I had created, but started to feel like I had outgrown it. I am no longer a girl, I am a woman, and I have so much more to share. Over the ten years I developed a love and voice for pieces that included lifestyle, travelling, day to day musings and voicing opinions on world issues. I wrote for other people on these issues, even had a side blog to try and release this passion {funnily enough it was called Kooklah} and every now and then I wrote a post FTSSG that wasn’t related to fashion.

I have decided to take my blogging identity of ‘Kooklah’ further and develop it into a fully functioning blog. All of the posts from For the Style Seeking Girl are still available, and can be found in the archives. I’m a dreamer who looks for meaning in life and I wanted to embrace this in my writing.

Kooklah is Greek, and is something that my Dad has affectionately called me – all of my life. It means ‘Living Doll’, I have always used it as a sign off or to brand anything I created. Over time, Kooklah, became a real part of who I am as my creative identity whilst still been affectionately used as a nickname. It feels very fitting that this is now not only my blogging identity but also my blog + website name. My beautiful friend Sarah from Creating Contentment has been a big support to me as I thought long and hard over whether to change things now. It was more emotional for me to do than I thought, but if I didn’t do it now, when would I? {Sarah, I am so grateful to you – thankyou for letting me soundboard my worries, intent and even name ideas off you… it meant a lot to me. Xx}

I really hope my old readers embrace this change, there will still be a large amount of fashion related posts as this is what I LOVE but I am also hoping you will join me in celebrating the other aspects of life too. I look forward to interacting with new readers and seeing how my voice is received on different topics. Have a brilliant day… and please let me know your thoughts! For our latest fashion post read ‘Oscars Fashion’

Currently, each fortnight you can look forward to a post from Sarah at Creating Contentment, as part of a joint project between our blogs to reach out to our readers on topics of positivity, self belief and acceptance. {read Sarah’s latest post Give a Gift to Everyone You Meet}

Sarah Xo

Oscar Fashion

I really enjoyed the Oscars this year, I was with friends and we had some bubbly, good food and watched The Oscars. It was interesting to watch the red carpet with a group and see what looks were loved or hated, and what ones divided the group. The awards ceremony didn’t disappoint either, we loved the Ellen selfie & the pizza delivery, Pink’s performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the heartfelt speeches of Jared Leto & Lupita N’Yongo {I was teary as Jared paid a loving homage to his Mother and then showed acceptance, love and support to anyone who is discriminated for who they are or who they love}. Despite knowing Matthew McConaghey was the ‘favourite’ for Best Actor, I was so disappointed that Leonardo DiCaprio did not get it… what more does he have to do? Yes, I am #TeamLeo – he has such great acting skill and I cannot wait for the year that he is not passed over but receives the Oscar.

But now to the fashion and styling … There were sensational gowns, amazing accessories and beautiful looks. I have put together For the Style Seeking Girl’s favourites {including ‘Suits Worn Well’}, least favourites, honourable mentions, eye-catching couple, and best beauty look.

Favourites

Lupita in Prada

Lupita in Prada

This dress blew me away, I love the Grecian style with the flowing fabric and gorgeous train. Lupita swung the train allowing the beautiful, draping pleats to be viewed as often as she could, the ice blue looks sensational against her skin. Classy, understated and completely unforgettable. Perfectly paired with simple, golden accessories + her beaming smile. Best dressed – without a doubt.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Very old Hollywood. A sexy, glamourous look with eye-catching detail. This gorgeous gown has the cape draped over her shoulders and is backless. With a plunging front and short train, this is not for the faint hearted. Smokey eyes, sweeping curls and simple accessories complete this Screen-Siren look.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

 

Necklace draped over her back

Necklace draped over her back

Jennifer looked radiant in this red gown, as the face of Dior I could think of no one better to wear this beautiful column gown with peplum detail. I love her hair, it has a slightly 90s vibe which is on trend right now. The styling is brilliant, adding unique detail by draping the necklace over her back.

 

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia looks radiant wearing a gorgeous dress from the design house behind Audrey Hepburn’s original little black dress. This dress is stunning, I love the classic detail of lace used in playful ways – bodice insert, edging at the shoulders and on the peplum. It is understated and feminine.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

This long, flapper style dress sparkled in silver, when Jennifer presented an Oscar onstage the strands bounced and moved as she walked, whilst glistening under the lights. A simple dress became a standout. Jennifer is the Queen of low-key elegance and she cemented this at The Oscars. I love the pop of berry coloured lipstick and the complementing accessories.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

I love this gown on Sandra, she has chosen a timeless look with a modern twist, the huge layer of fabric that is ruched and then falls into the train is a stunning aspect. This is a very flattering gown and the colour contrasts well with her ivory skin and dark hair. Adding some frosting with the bracelet, earrings and hairclip finishes off this look perfectly.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

This dress is amazing, the use of a classic silhouette with almost futuristic detail is clever and works well. I love the Perspex straps that add some mystery and fun to the gown, I also like the train overlay that can be seen through. Charlize is the perfect woman for this dress, she takes control of the look and was hard to stop looking at on the red carpet!

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Romantic and Grecian, this dress is soft, playful and ultra feminine. Penelope proves once again that she is all woman in this sensational gown. The draping suits her well, with a fabulous splash of fabric hooked over arm for some added volume. The black fabric sash and bow add dimension. Simple accessories with a topknot complete this elegant look.

 

‘Suits Worn Well’

Ellen

Ellen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Jared Leto - Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Jared Leto – Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Honourable Mentions

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma looks sensational, loving the mix of black with gunmetal grey, red lips add some sexiness.. I would have liked to see a less ‘school girl’ like hairdo. But overall a stellar look for a presenter!

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry looks beautiful in this mauve gown, I like the simple detail, but it is just that, simple. She packs some impact with the dark lip. Stunning pregnant woman – she definitely glows.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

This gown reminds me of Amy Adam’s from last year with the detail in the skirt. I adore the embellished cap sleeves and bodice. I feel her hair really lets her down, too casual for this look – a classy chignon or swept up curls would have made this look shine!

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

A gorgeous gown choice for the ‘Frozen’ star. This gown highlights her slender frame, although it does give me a ‘wedding’ vibe. A pop of colour would have lifted this look too.

Sally Hawkins - Valentino

Sally Hawkins – Valentino

Beautiful embellished gown, very simple in cut and fit. I do not get an overall ‘Wow’ factor from this look, especially with the casual hair and the fringe she kept running her hands through during her red carpet interview – it was distracting and made her look uncomfortable.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi showcased a look completely suitable for a presenter, she looked classy and had a simple elegance but didn’t use a gown that would take all the attention off the nominees. She shone in this gorgeous white gown and added glamour with a red lip and defined eyes.

Pink  'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

Pink ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Even though it was not her red carpet look, I couldn’t go without mentioning Pink’s look as she paid a beautiful tribute to The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland. Not only was her performance wonderful {and incredibly moving} but she sparkled in this ruby-red gown. Loving the neckline and full skirt.

Least Favourites

Amy Adams in Gucci

Amy Adams in Gucci

Classic shape. Check. Exciting detail? No. The dress is lovely, but it doesn’t look striking or stand out. I found this a disappointing look for someone who was nominated for TWO roles and also in comparison to her heavily detailed princess gown from last year. I think even choosing a different colour for this gown would have made a difference. I think Amy really flew under the radar in this dress and also with her makeup. Keep in mind – this is The Oscars.

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Ok, I appreciate the huge risk taken here. I like the red, I like the skin showing section … but it stops there. I think this dress would be ideal for the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs where left of centre outfits are huge {like Angelina in a fitted suit?}. To me, this looks more like a high school dance than The Oscars. Points for having a go though!

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

This look is way too monochromatic. I hate to say it but Mrs Mosby got it wrong. I love the dress, with the cupped bodice and falling skirt. This had the potential for an ethereal look when paired with her gorgeous ivory skin. Nude or soft pink lips with shimmery eyes would have bumped this look into favourites.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

So last year Anne wore a similar cut from Prada – deciding at the last minute to leave her custom made Valentino behind – and follows it up this year with a futuristic column gown. The cut, shape and fit of the gown is sensational. I don’t like the metallic bodice – which has been likened by some critics as a ‘breast plate’, this aspect impedes on the rest of the dress and seems like an odd choice for this event.

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

I like the halter style cut of the dress, and that is it. I look at this dress and see a huge, walking doily. I think Portia could have done better, apparently the inspiration was snowflakes… but I just don’t see it, it makes her look older than she is.

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

This look is a bit plain, the nude looks fabulous with her skin, but there is no pop of colour at all {she had nude lips too}, when watching her, I felt she looked washed out. I see fish scales when I look at the dress, but a guest at the party I was at stated “All I can see if keys on a rack, like a hotel wall”. While I am not a huge fan of the gown, to take this look from drab to fab, a striking lip {pink or red} and well styled hair would have done the trick. I think Cate got lucky because this dress photographs well, and stands out more in photos than it did when watching the red carpet and awards ceremony.

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

This dress reminds me of a mermaid. I think the skirt detail and small train is really pretty and I love the colour. Though overall this was a least favourite because it isn’t totally flattering for her. Though it is much better than last years!

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel could easily make best dressed lists everywhere, but she always chooses gowns that are basic and similar. Instead of cementing a certain style it creates a I-have-seen-this-all-before-feel. Nothing stands out in this look and the hair pulled lazily over one shoulder drags the look down. Even by piling the hair in a towering bun or keeping it to one side but in a chignon or curled ponytail would have lifted the look. I would love to see her pick something a little more daring – even just colour wise like red, emerald green or purple.

Pharrell

Pharrell

Saving the BEST of the WORST till last. Shorts. Really? At The Oscars. Oh. Dear. This is school boy trying to dress up, and failing. There is a dress code, and that should be respected. He could have worn a nicely tailored suit and played around with colour, patterns/prints or textures and that would have been amazing.

Eye-Catching Couple

Joseph and Emma

Joseph and Emma

What a cute would-be-probably-should-be couple. They were so cute when they were presenting on stage together and definitely had all eyes on them! They look striking together… one to watch!

Brad and Angelina

Brad and Angelina

The love between these two is so obvious and sweet. From holding hands and flirting with each other on the red carpet, snuggling during the awards ceremony and looking at each other with admiration and affection – I couldn’t stop looking at them whenever they appeared on screen. How beautiful was it in the montages shown where Angelina had accepted a humanitarian award and spoke of her belated mother, camera pans to Angelina watching this with tears in her eyes and Brad looks at her then leans in to kiss her. Awww. I felt they looked striking together. Angelina’s dress wasn’t my favourite, despite been from one of my favourite designers Ellie Saab {felt it didn’t flatter her bust – but am wondering if she purposely wanted that after the surgery she has had} but she looked healthy and glowed.

Best Beauty Look

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

I felt this look was most complimentary to the outfit paired with it. I love the bold, red, Hollywood glam lip, paired with defined eyes, brows and a minimal base. It is striking but maintains a natural look which allows her true beauty to shine through.

Which Oscar looks did you love or dislike? Which gown from this year would you choose? For me, I would choose Penelope Cruz’s Grecian style gown or Julia Roberts’ classy, sexy black gown.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! If you want to wander down memory lane, read 2013’s Oscar post.

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Kooklah xo