Monday, February 26, 2007


The 79th Academy Awards brought on The Gorgeous, The Bad, and The Hideous. A night so G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S it's hard to imagine that anyone would walk the red carpet in anything less than the best, but alas in order to have the Best Dressed we have to have the Worst Dress too!

Just because someone has a great body, doesn't mean they have great taste. Jessica Biel is wearing Oscar de la Renta but the hot pink and black patent leather belt could easily be mistaken for something off the sale rack at 5-7-9, it does not look elegant.

Hottie Tottie divorcee Reese rocks the red carpet in Nina Ricci (must be her new fave designer because she wore a Nina Ricci design to the Golden Globes too!)

Cate Blanchett was smokin' hot in this metallic Swarovski crystal mesh gown by Giorgio Armani Prive- so modern, so unique, and so stunning.

Penelope Cruz herself said, "This can only be an Oscars gown!" She worked this incredibly glamorous Versace gown on the red carpet and enjoyed every glamorous moment of it.

First time Oscar winner and Cindarella story, Jennifer Hudson also arrived on the Starship Enterprise (this explains the jacket)!

Jennifer Lopez (what happened to J.Lo or is that not an appropriate name at The Oscars?) looked like a gorgeous Grecian goddess in this gown by this year's hottest designer duo Marchesa. She must truly love Marc wearing Dior Homme because he is not a good looking accessory.

Queen Latifah loves her some Carmen Marc Valvo and she should because he makes her look so curvalicious! (Carmen Marc Valvo can be found locally at Saks!)

Though this Zac Posen dress got mixed reviews - I adored it on Gwenyth. The color is so soft and beautiful. And guess where she found it - on the internet!

The next generation Bond Daniel Craig kills in his debonair tux.

The lady in red looked gorgeous in this eye popping Balenciaga shade, but why oh why the big bow!

Et tu Chanel? Our dear Chanel who never disappoints may have been having the worst week ever, why else would they have dressed Kirsten Dunst in this awful, awful gown.

Even the rich, famous, and beautiful do not always prevail with fabulous fashion. So remember when walking the red carpet, choose your gown and designer wisely!
Check out our local best and worst dressed from the YP Oscars Party tomorrow online at

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


With a non stop 2 hour Delta Flight the abundance of the Big Apple is at your feet. But with so many choices and not an abundance of time – how do you decide what to do? With New York Magazine’s Adam Platt profiling the latest and greatest eateries every week, with amazing exhibits at all the museums, and hip boutique hotels opening constantly, here are a few musts of the moment to help you plan your trip to the city that never sleeps.
New York is famous for its fabulous food and rightly so with celebrity chefs, exotic ingredients, and more foodies per capita than any other place in the world, taking a bite out of the Big Apple is much more than a metaphor. So grab your fork or chopsticks and dig into these:
Kobe Club – New York’s newest steakhouse making the cut, Kobe Club is absolutely delicious and with 2,000 Samuri swords hanging from the ceiling, it sets the scene for a dangerously exhilarating meal. Kobe Club 68 West 58th Street New York, NY 10019 212.644.5623

Next Door Nobu – Robert Dinero’s famed restaurant’s more casual counterpart, Next Door Nobu has the same menu as Nobu without the need for reservations. Incredibly fresh sushi and a variety of saketinis make this one of the best sushi restaurants in the world. The food literally melts in your mouth creating a culinary experience you will not soon forget. And of course the occasional celebrity sighting is fun, too! 105 Hudson St New York, NY 10013 212.334.4445

Sfoglia – Mediterannean menu includes generous portions of homemade pastas and sauces. But as delicious as the pasta dishes are the most impressive may be their desserts which include a butternut squash cranberry tart with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. 92nd & 93rd 1402 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 212.831.1402

ino – Once you turn on Bedford the noise of the city quiets and you feel like you are in a more intimate part of the world, but if you blink you may miss 'ino. This charming little panini cafĂ© in the Village may be the tiniest restaurant on earth, but the cozy setting, delicious sandwiches, antipasta, and fresh bellinis make it well worth the squeeze. Anyways what is a little elbow bumping between foodies? 21 Bedford St Between Houston Street and Downing Street New York, NY 10014 212.989.5769

STK - Steak with a sophisticated touch, this chic eatery has a wonderful Tuna Tartare, petite cuts of meat, and Dirty Bird Martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. Don't be surprised if this joint is still jumping at midnight with late night reservations and with hot spot Tenjune downstairs you will want to make a late night of it too! 26 Little W 12th Street Between Washington Street and 9th Avenue New York, NY 10014 646.624.2444

Bar at Etats-Unis – Another small establishment this eatery off the typical foodie path nestled in the Upper East Side. Bar at Etats-Unis is the sister restaurant of Etats-Unis and carries the exact same menu but also a variety of delectable tapas. Their guacamole is so fresh and spicy, their crab dip is phenomenal, and their fondue is an unbelievable treat. Enjoy these three menu choices with a glass or their house wine or try their Margatini, and you are in for a wonderful night! 242 E 81st New York, NY 10028 Between Second and Third Ave 212.517.8826

Now that your stomach is full, what to see, what to see? There is Museum Mile with the Met, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and more. There is Broadway with long running hits and come-and-go performances. And of course, there is shopping!
No matter how many times you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you will never see it all. The amazing exhibits include ancient artifacts that leave you in awe, armor collections from Medieval times, and masters like Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Then there is the Fashion Institute with exhibits like Nan Kempner: American Chic displaying the well-stuffed closets of the fashion icon. This exhibit will have fashionistas exclaiming "I do not shop, I collect!" Met Art 1000 5th Ave New York, NY 10028

A must see on Broadway right now is the hilarious farce, The Little Dog Laughed with Tom Everett Scott (TV's Saved) as the closeted leading man. With twists and turns that will keep audiences guessing, The Little Dog Laughed cleverly reflects our celebrity-obsessed society.

As wonderful as Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue are, there is something quite charming and captivating about Soho that makes it a shopper's, excuse me, fashion collector's heaven. Designer boutique after designer boutique line the cobblestone streets. Pick up a pretty frock at Betsey Johnson on Mercer, a great top at Jill Stuart, a funky tshirt at Anna Sui on Greene, and then pop into Tarina Tarantino on Greene for her unique, quirky jewelry. Don't forget to visit the sidewalk vendors for handmade jewelry and even handmade journals. Grab lunch at Mercer Kitchen and you have enjoyed the perfect day in Soho.

Now it is time to crash and it is only fitting since you are getting so little sleep to do your snoozing in style.
Ian Schager's hotel is lush, opulent, and oh-so hip. With red velvet walls, chandeliers, and elegant furniture, The Gramery Park Hotel is dressed to impress. It also houses 3 fabulous bars the Rose Bar, the Jade Bar, and the Roof Top Bar. Dripping in luxury, this hotel will make you never want to leave.
Room Rate start at $495, special packages available.

If The Gramercy Park Hotel is a little out of your price range. Hotelier Andre Balaz's Hotel QT located near Times Square comes equipped with Egyptian cotton sheets at a smaller price tag. This hotel is rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best boutique hotels in the world. With a pool bar located in the lobby, sauna room, walk in shower, continental breakfast, and 24 hour coffee bar, Hotel QT has everything you need plus a few luxe perks as well. Don't miss their hopping happy hour and special events. Prices start at $269 and up.

Another favorite, Hudson Hotel at 58th Street near Columbus Circle. This modern hotel was designed by Philip Starke with chartreuse elevators, contemporary Hudson bar, Library, Sky Terrace, and chic rooms. Pricing is $239 per night and up. Visit for reservations.

Now what are you waiting for - you know what they say "if you can make it there..."!

Saturday, February 17, 2007


A week ago I was watching the runways in New York, and now that I have had time to digest all the fabulous fashion moments, here are my top 10 highlights from Fashion Week.

10. Sipping Moet and mingling with the fashion crowd at all the Fashion Week parties.

9. The short black cropped dos at Catherine Malandrino.

Catherine Malandrino show at Chelsea Museum of Art.

8. Freebies! Like Foot Petals which can be found at Lara at Patton Creek, Susan G Matthews in Mountain Brook Village, Marella in Mountain Brook Village and other select Birmingham boutiques.
Foot Petals Strut in Style Package

7. The Bubble with a Band The bubble look is flattering to almost anyone and very comfy and deisgners took it a step further on the runway by adding a band at the bottom.
Badgley Mischka's Bubble with a Band

6. Leggings are still in!
Black leggings paired with a soft gray chiffon dress

5. Red Not only is red chic, but also important. The Heart Truth show reminds us all to wear red for heart disease awareness.
Kelly Ripa at The Heart Truth Fashion Show
Eye Popping Red Velvet at Marc Bouwer

4. The dainty 20's inspired headbands at Nanette Lepore.
Nanette Lepore Show with models wearing charming headbands with florals and other embellishments.

3. Proenza Shouler debuted their Target collection in New York at a special invitation event downtown.
Proenza Schouler Palm Print Jacket $39.99 at Target

2. Jenni Kayne's youthful, sophisticated designs This young designer is wooing young, hot Hollywood and fashionistas across the nation. Check out Jane Simon in Mountain Brook Village for her latest collection.
Jenni Kayne with the Olsens
Jenni Kayne's runway show

1. Badgley Mischka's show! The dresses, the outfits, the gorgeous metallics by the most creative and nicest fashion designers in the world. A piece from their collection is a must for all you fashionistas!
Bagdley Mischka Fall 2007 Collection

Mark Badgley and James Mischka

And I have to add although it was fun rubbing elbows with Nicole Richie, Uma Thurman, designers and Devil Wears Prada Editrix herself Anna Wintour, the most fun was meeting savvy, sexy Giada de Laurentiis whose show I adore on the Food Network and is a living doll! Not only does she make food sexy, but she is a little fashionista herself!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


In the spirit of Valentine's Day here are must haves that will have you in love with Spring 2007!

Mint Dress by Birmingham native designer Jodi Arnold available at Lara Kathryn in Crestline Village.

Stuart Weitzman Sensual Pump $225 available at Saks.

Verdier Lockets $79-$139 available at Lara at Patton Creek.

I Love You Flower Bomb Gift Set exclusively at Saks $130.

Warbler Leggings $19 available at

Jenni Kayne's tshirt design $68 available at

Diana Brill Lip Lingerie available at Skin and Tonic in Homewood.

Orla Kiely cross hatch stem print wallet $88 available at Anthropologie.

Red Cardigan $44 available at Ann Taylor Loft Colonial Brookwood Village.

Kooba Audrey purse $285 available at Gus Mayer.