Monday, February 23, 2015

The Doily Duck's Top 3 Fashion Favorites: 2015 Academy Awards

Finally, it's red carpet time for Hollywood's biggest fashion event of the year, the 87th Academy Awards! And the red carpet definitely did not disappoint for this star-studded night! One thing, for sure, white dresses were white hot at this year's Oscar red carpet and no one wore it quite like my #1 fashion favorite of the night! For both the ladies and the gentlemen, there were a handful of very unconventional choices for dresses and suits. I definitely appreciate the risk-taking for the film industry's most glamorous night!

And, once again, just for the Oscars, I will honor my favorite dressed lady and gentleman with the 3rd Annual Golden Doily Duck award where they will be crowned "Best Dressed Duck" and "Best Dressed Drake", respectively! These celebrities will earn their place in Doily Duck fashion history thanks to their choice of wardrobe ensemble for the Academy Awards!

So, let's waste no more time, and get right to my top fashion favorites for the 2015 Academy Awards:



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3. Behati Prinsloo
Victoria's Secret model, Behati Prinsloo, looked stunning in her beautiful two-piece red Armani Privé couture gown. I loved all the layered red and black beading on her bustier and skirt which also was layered with a bit of black veiling tulle. I also loved her bold black beaded necklace and earrings, as well as her sleek knotted pulled-back, center-parted hair, which complemented her entire look!


2. Emma Stone
Emma Stone looked amazingly fantastic in her glittery long-sleeve beaded, floor-length chartreuse custom gown by Elie Saab. She came very close to being my #1 fashion favorite this year. She not only wowed on the red carpet with her backless, high slit dress but Emma also exuded pure classic Hollywood glamour by just looking simply effortless!

Honorable Mention: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard earned an honorable mention for walking down the red carpet in her white Dior eyelet dress with a modern black bustle at the back. She looked like an exquisite little piece of couture sushi!

Honorable Mention: Naomi Watts 

Naomi Watt's cool, daring tube-top, graphic cut-out Armani Privé dress shimmered with silvery and black beads.

Honorable Mention: Margot Robbie's Necklace
Margot Robbie's diamond, sapphire, and beaded blue tassel necklace by Van Cleef & Aprels was absolutely gorgeous! It was the perfect statement necklace to her sexy, black Saint Laurent gown. 



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3. Jared Leto
Only Jared Leto could pull off this lavender Givenchy suit complete with white shoes and his signature long, ombré locks! Bravo for unconventional!

2. David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo totally stood out among the sea of suits on the red carpet! I loved his crimson wine-colored Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo…such a bold choice and the fit was perfect!


And now I present to you the winners of the 3rd Annual Golden Doily Duck:

The Golden Doily Duck


BEST DRESSED DUCK

1. Lupita Nyong'o



Oh My God! Lupita Nyong'o looked amazingly elegant and absolutely stunning in her white-and-ivory custom pearl gown by Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection. Her dress was studded with about 6,000 pearls and crystals! In addition, she kept it simple with minimal make-up and dazzling Chopard diamond drop earrings. Her open-back dress was unexpected in every way and I just love how Lupita is never afraid to wear the unexpected! I suppose it really is hard for her not to look good in just about anything - she is an absolute beauty!



BEST DRESSED DRAKE

1. Chris Evans
Chris Evans looked classic and sleek in his black perfectly-tailored Gucci tuxedo. And I loved his perfectly-trim beard…I am a sucker for a perfect beard especially on Captain America!


Congratulations to Lupita Nyong'o and Chris Evans for being crowned "Best Dressed Duck" and "Best Dressed Drake" for the 2015 Golden Doily Duck award! They now join 2013 Golden Doily Duck winners, Naomi Watts and Eddie Redmayne, and 2014 Golden Doily Duck winners, Charlize Theron and Jared Leto, as my top fashion favorites for the Academy Awards!


Oh, and I can't forget my pick for "Hottest On-Stage Couple of the Night"...



HOTTEST "ON-STAGE" COUPLE OF THE NIGHT

Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain
Idris Elba, with his sexy voice, and Jessica Chastain, with her noteworthy cleavage nestled in her dark blue Givenchy dress, presented the award for Best Cinematography and they were my pick for "Hottest On-Stage Couple of the Night"! They even took a back-stage selfie together during the ceremony! 

Congrats to Idris and Jessica!


And that concludes The Doily Duck's fashion favorites for the 2015 Academy Awards!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2015

February Give-Away for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

My husband, Carlos, is training again with Team-In-Training (TNT) for the 2015 San Diego International Triathlon on June 28th. This triathlon marks his 4th season training with TNT. Not only will he be swimming, biking, and running, he will also be raising money to fight blood cancer! Please help support Carlos's efforts with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's TNT, by making a donation to his fundraising page. Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives everyday! Blood cancer patients need these cures and your support. Also, your donation is 100% tax-deductible!

In addition, I will be giving away different shrink plastic jewelry that I've made to the first person of each month (through June) to donate at least $20 to Carlos's fundraising page:


And for this month's Give-Away, it's a trio of Henri Matisse-inspired stud earrings made from Shrinky Dink's shrinkable plastic and hand-drawn by me! Each earring measures about 1 inch tall by about 1/2 inch wide and are coated with a clear, non-toxic glaze. I hope you like them! And FYI, nobody has donated yet (ignore the $25 already raised on his fundraising page…that doesn't count for this month's Give-Away)! So, please, help make a difference and make a donation to help fight blood cancer! And you might also win my handmade earrings! 

Thank you!