Month: January 2011

The social calendar: Shopping party at Vespucci!

Got the winter blues? I have just the cure for you …

BCRL is proud to be hosting its first private shopping party at Vespucci, one of Edmonton’s premier consignment stores, on Friday, February 25, 2011. If you have not already RSVP-ed for what promises to be a fun night of shopping and style, do it now! Come browse the new spring/summer selection of designer and department store brand names in an intimate, friendly atmosphere, with your own personal stylist on hand – no more dressing-room style dilemmas! Forget winter, and get ready for spring with a whole new look … on the same old budget.

Every guest will be able to take advantage of an exclusive 10% discount on all new spring/summer stock, courtesy of Vespucci, and will be eligible to enter a draw for a personal styling session with yours truly.

If you would like to attend, please contact me at or on Facebook (BlueCollar RedLipstick) not later than February 22, 2011.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. (12529 102 Avenue NW) – hope to see you there!!

The awards season style pool: SAG Awards score card

The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards were handed out last night, and there didn’t seem to be too many surprises in the major movie categories. Both Colin Firth and Natalie Portman continue their awards season domination with respective “best actor/actress” wins … which makes me wonder if we will get to see any surprises come Oscar night. But let’s turn to the red carpet, shall we?

Oh, Natalie Portman! I sympathize, I really do. Pregnancy must pose difficulties even for a red carpet queen, I know, but is there any excuse for this bed sheet-y Azzaro gown?  I like simplicity but this look is putting me to sleep – literally. Look at (the very pregnant) Jane Krakowski; her sparkly Badgley Mischka cocktail-length dress was fun and sassy. At least Natalie did not scrimp on the bling – to the tune of $2 million worth of Tiffany & Co. jewels.

Nicole Kidman‘s Nina Ricci gown was a bit of a “one step forward, one step back” proposition. On one hand, it was more interesting than her Golden Globes pick. On the other hand, it struck me as somewhat ill-fitting, especially in head-on shots. This side view shows off the details of the dress better, including the lovely lace back, but it’s still a long way from vintage Kidman show-stopper, in my opinion.
Much like her choice at the Golden Globes, Amy Adams‘ Herve L. Leroux dress left me cold. It’s so … blah. I don’t like the bandage-looking details of the bodice, and I question the styling (especially the hair). I actually preferred her in navy, which at least brought out her gorgeous coloring.

Mila Kunis continues to impress! Her Alexander McQueen dress was by far my favourite of all our awards season style pool contenders’ picks last night. I loved the romantic feel of the dress and the print was a bold choice that, in my opinion, paid off. Mila looked stunning in red.
It appears that Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway were MIA for the event, so unfortunately there are no photos for review. I will have to adjust the style pool accordingly. Stay tuned!
And my overall favourite look of the night … is a tough call. I wasn’t truly bowled over by any of the gowns on the red carpet, but if I have to pick, it would be Lea Michele‘s Oscar de la Renta dress. I love how effortlessly elegant it looks – a nice departure from some of Lea’s past red carpet statements, which have sometimes been a little on the grandiose side. I would love to have seen Anne Hathaway in this dress … alas!

I also have to confess that I have a bit of a secret liking for January Jones‘ Carolina Herrera mermaid-style gown. Maybe it’s my weakness for lace, but I found it to be a risky, yet intriguing pick. A good choice on a red carpet that was otherwise pretty safe and not particularly memorable; people will be talking about this dress, for sure. A part of me does wish the lace was a colour other than gold (and I’m not totally sold on the hair), but this is still a huge improvement over her Golden Globes “naughty hula girl” moment.
As for my worst pick, it was a tie again – this time, between Dianna Agron’s navy Chanel and Angie Harmon’s feathery Monique Lhuillier. As for the latter, my first thought was “Big Bird’s stripper fairy wedding dress” and my second “it’s been done before, and better”. Sorry Angie!
As for Dianna’s tea-length pick, something about the satin-y trim at the neckline and the bow just bugged me.They looked – dare I say it? – a little bit cheap. The horror!

Your thoughts?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one already …

There must be something in the water. For what will likely be the one and only time in my life, it looks like I have something in common with Victoria Beckham. 

And Natalie Portman. And Marion Cotillard. And Jewel, Kate Hudson, Selma Blair, and Alicia Silverstone. And, no, it’s not a fabulous sense of style.

It’s a baby bump.

Yes, folks, the BCRL family is literally growing; this July, my husband and I are expecting our first child. Which should make the next few months increasingly (haha!) interesting. Of the many ways in which pregnancy can be a challenge (as well as a blessing), not the least is the way that it forces you to re-evaluate your relationship with your body, your sense of identity, and, yes, your style. While I have no plans to turn this into any sort of maternity blog, I’m sure that I will be occasionally writing about my experiences with the dark side of fashion – a.k.a. maternity wear – and the triumphs (and disasters) of my quest to welcome motherhood in style.

Let the adventures begin!