Monday, August 24, 2015

Eastern Inspiration: The Costume Institute Exhibit at the Met

I finally stopped by China: Through the Looking Glass, this summer’s Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibit explores Chinese culture’s influence on fashions—in the East and in the West—over the centuries. Over 140 garments, many created by well-known designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs, are displayed in rooms on three floors. To emphasize the connection between culture and fashion, the garments are juxtaposed with Chinese paintings, films, porcelains and other objects. Don't you love the influence of Chinese porcelain on the garments above and below?

Although photography is allowed in the exhibition, the room lighting is often dimmed for dramatic effect. Nevertheless, I took a few snapshots to share with readers who may not be able to attend this wonderful exhibit.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Still Learning: Creating Your Own Nail Art

Photo credit: Jason Setiawan

I'm happy to report that Astrid and Vicki are the winners of the recent Flattering50 Giveaway of  Designer Nails: Create Art at Your Fingertips, a new book by nail artist Ami Vega. This new book, filled with gorgeous photographs of nail art by Jason Setiawan (like the photo above), tips and resources, and lots of encouragement from Ami, recently inspired me to dip my toe, or rather fingernails, in nail art.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Flattering50 Giveaway: $150 NIC+ZOE Gift Certificate

Editor's Note: This Flattering50 Giveaway has ended. Thanks to all the Flattering50 readers who entered! 

Fall 2015 fashions are now on to the shelves and webpages of most clothing brands and department stores. It’s time to make that wish list of clothing and accessories to complete your fall look. Regardless of whether I’ll be shopping for a new textured sweater, cropped pants or new boots this fall, I'll be looking for fashions that offer two things: Style and Comfort. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that the folks at NIC+ZOE would like to give one lucky Flattering50 reader a $150 gift certificate to the clothing brand’s online site. The Boston-based fashion brand specializes in comfortable, feminine knitwear for travel and life. Above, is an outfit from the company’s fall 2015 Adagio Collection.