Tag Archives: Valentino

All Hail the Queen.

16 Dec

So I consider myself to NOT be a star struck person. I won’t chase after you, or interrupt your dinner to ask for an autograph or accost you and take your photo; you’re human just like the rest of us and want your privacy.

I live in Southern California, the metropolis for celebrities and so maybe I am just used to it. Part of it though is I really don’t care. Not to be harsh but if I love you, I will be loyal by buying your records, watching your shows or movies and potentially even praising you on my blog or amongst my friends.

I think in general our generation, (yes us 20-30 year olds), spend too much time idolizing the few who become famous. What is fame really? I wonder what those who have lived it would say?Maybe we learned to cope with the state of the world through the escapism of Perez Hilton and US WEEKLY to name a few. (I am guilty as well) It deters us from the focus and scary reality of our economy, our planet’s health and the war and potential for more on the horizon.Yet, with the news that Kate Middleton & Prince William are engaged and getting ready to marry, it seems as though my newfound restraint against needing to know everything in the celebrity world,  has gone out the window. I can’t seem to get enough of this story and feel profoundly happy for them.I don’t know her and never will but she has a good energy about her. She is naturally beautiful and comes from a great family and is in all intents and purposes; normal. I love it. It is about time something modern happened to the monarchy.

Unlike the royal weddings of the past, this one has the chance to be less pomp and circumstance and more just two people in love wanting to simply get married. One has to wonder if Princess Diana didn’t have a hand in this, as it seems like the perfect ending she would have scripted and wanted for her William.So now on to the fashion side of things. As every girl who gets married knows, the dress is one of the key elements. Once you find “the one” everything else to seems to fall in place.

Every designer in the world is now clamoring for the chance to dress Kate on her wedding day. Women’s Wear Daily asked a group of designers to submit sketches to them of their “royal wedding dress” visions for Kate. (Scroll through the choices below.) Regardless of what direction she goes in, it will be a hard decision for her and one that will be scrutinized for years to come. Ultimately it is her day and she needs to wear what makes her feel beautiful and comfortable.

What a spectacle this will be for the world to watch!!

Luella says…Here Comes the Princess Bride.

Alberta Ferretti


J. Mendel

Lela Rose

Rachel Roy

J. Crew

Prabal Gurung

Kimberly Ovitz

ValentinoTommy Hillfiger

Chris Benz

Reem Acra

Rebecca Taylor

Nina Ricci

Nicole Miller

Nanette Lepore

Yigal Azrouel

Monique Lhuillier


Lyn Devon

Karl Lagerfeld

Jason Wu

Elizabeth Emanuel


Chado Ralph Rucci

Badgley Mischka

Christian Lacroix

Vera Wang

Which dress would you choose for her to wear? Or if you are artistically inclined, sketch one of your own.

Remember what I always say, think big, live big.


First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage.

15 Nov

One of my good friends is getting married next year and she is just starting her dress search. They are not sure if they are going to make it a destination wedding or have it in California but either way she wants something non-traditional and unique.

It has been a while since I have done an INSPIRE TO FIND and I was really excited for this one.

For new readers, INSPIRE TO FIND is when someone sees something they absolutely love but either can’t find it at retail or want a more affordable alternative so they send it to me and I do the searching for them. This can be Anything: travel itineraries, clothes, food and wine, accessories, home decor etc.

Luella says…I challenge you to challenge me.

Ok back to the dresses. My friend gave me two totally opposite choices to search for. One floor length, one mini. I loved both.

Did someone say long for the ceremony, short for the party?

Choice #1 Valentino

As worn by Keira Knightley at the 2006 Golden Globes

My alternative choices  to this dress are all by the British designer Jenny Packham.

My friend’s style is very Boho Chic and I think Jenny Packham encapsulates that perfectly.

(Click on the logo to go to their retail websites)

Choice #2 Marchesa

Mini Wedding Dress as worn by Tori Spelling to renew her wedding vows in 2010

For this one, I chose to feature similar dresses by Oregon based designer Sarah Seven. She is amazing and I will be doing a future post just on her collections very soon. She does everything made-to-order and so it makes your wedding dress truly one of a kind.


28 Sep


I’m in the mood for Autumn. Growing up in the Midwest, Fall was represented by the changing of the trees and a brisk cool turn in the weather. It marked a time when we had to officially transition our wardrobes into “Winter wear”. Now I live in Southern California and the transition is a bit more subtle. Either way, I love this time of year. It makes me want to cook hearty food, light musky, earthy candles and have a fire in the fireplace. It makes me want to snuggle.        

 Dresses truly are year round MUST staples. (At least in my closet.)  They are easy and comfortable and depending upon where you are reading from, can be underneath the layers you may have to add-on. While there are a couple Dreaming price point dresses below, the majority are Steals. Don’t believe me, click and find out.    

 A rule of thumb, is to try to create a nice balance in your closet of all price/designer ranges. Remember Sharon Stone wore a Gap turtleneck with a Valentino trumpet skirt to the Oscars back in 1996. Don’t be afraid to pair one of the choices below with an unexpected riding boot, close-toed wedge or flats. (They were the craze this season on the runway!) Fashion is your chance to make a statement. Be bold.        

Let’s get Dressed.       



Top Shop Every Day Dress


Ruche Fairytale Dress


Velvet Cotton Drama Dress


Diane Von Furstenberg Celia Dress


ModCloth Go Dress




TOPSHOP Tea Trim Dress


See by Chloe Lace Dress


Ruche Thinking of Home Dress


Dolce Vita Dress


Daughters of the Revolution Kitty Dress




Elizabeth and James Doris Belted Dress


Free People Crochet Sweater Dress


TOPSHOP Black Bubble Dress




Ted Baker Silk Kimono


Top Shop Black Flower Embellished Dress


Kain Label Puff Sleeve Dress


Asos Frill Back Dress




Asos Numph Hexagonal Dress


Planet Blue's Otis and Maclain Striped Dress


Marni Striped 30's Dress


Loeffler Randal Overlay Dress


A/Wear Garden Dress


 Try and find a moment every day that is a cause for celebration. I give you permission to have a From Me, To Me day today. Go get yourself a little something special.    

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