Oscar de la Renta Exhibit: Five Decades of Style

This past weekend my mom and I got to check out the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Bush Library in Dallas. I had never been to the museum before and it is very nice – I highly recommend it. I was a fashion major in school so I love exhibits that focus on style. I am lucky enough to have seen two other exhibits like this: one about Alexander McQueen and one about John Paul Galliano. They were exceptional and the de la Renta exhibit was too!

A little background about this amazing designer. Born  in the Dominican Republic, he started designing in the 60’s. His homeland greatly influences him from using bright colors to white cotton dresses. He has dressed Jackie Kennedy and many other first ladies. He has designed for Lanvin and Balmain and has won many awards. De la Renta’s designs are beautiful and timeless – see for yourself below. This exhibit ends on Oct 5 so if you’re in the Dallas area hurry up and go! There was no glass surrounding the dresses so you could get up close and see every stitch and detail. It was AMAZING! Here are just some of the many beautiful designs I saw.

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First Lady Laura Bush wore both of the designs on the left. There is intricate beading on the dress. The coat and dress are made of wool, and there is a knotted design on the edges of both. A simple grosgain bow completes the look. The third dress is much more dramatic with feathers – it is an amazing sight in person.

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Taylor Swift wore the dress on the left to this years Met Fashion Institute Gala. It is something I would never have expected her to wear as it looks older like from the 50’s. The pink color is gorgeous and it has beads and sequins all over it. And a HUGE bow in the back.

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The two dresses on the left are inspired by Spain – de la Renta lived there for a while. Karlie Kloss wore the dress on the far left to the Met Costume Institute Gala this year. It is amazing – the fabric has a flowery brocade pattern with a gold metallic sheen over the black. It then has gold lacquered feathers applied in an ornate pattern on top.

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This dress was inspired by the French and totally looks like something Marie Antoinette would wear. Here’s Kirsten Dunst in one of my favorite movies rocking a fantastic wig.

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This is Jenna Bush’s actual wedding dress! It is no much more gorgeous in person – it is COVERED in beautiful beading and intricate embroidery. It has a great fluted skirt and not a very long train. The teal dress on the right is also the one Laura Bush wore to the wedding. I love the cut and color on her.

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The gorgeous dress on left was worn by Carrie Underwood at this years American Country Music awards – it is all hand beaded in the most interesting undulating design. It was seriously stunning!!! The dress on the right is covered in silver and gold sequins – it would make a great prom dress!

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Amy Adams wore this silver stunner to this years MET gala – and she looks amazing! It’s such a beautiful and flattering design and made of the most gorgeous buttery silk. I just wanted to touch it…but of course I didn’t.

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The beautiful black gown was worn by former first lady Nancy Regan.

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OK Mrs. Bush looks straight up fabulous in this beaded gown at a State dinner. I LOVE the pop of turquoise with a belt! There is also a gorgeous day skirt suit on the right which she wore to meet the Queen. Such a feminine collar that also looks pretty regal.

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This is my second favorite dress in the entire collection and I think it’s from the 1960’s. It was a great brocade fabric with frog closures on the coat. I like that the exhibit was arranged with dresses from all different decades – it was more grouped by style or theme. These dresses had an oriental feel.

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This was by far my favorite dress in the exhibit. That hot pink silk is a fantastic color for one, and two the silver design is so beautiful! I would wear this in a heartbeat. This was from his Fall 2013 RTW collection. That lucky lucky model.

Overall I thought this collection was a fabulous representation of an American icon designer. Clearly it’s not something you get to see everyday – it was an extremely special experience getting to see his designs in person. I highly recommend that you check it out! The rest of the Bush Library and Museum is great too.

Julep Haul

Once a month if you’re a Julep Maven subscriber they have a secret store with discounted prices. Here’s my picks!

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Bare Body Milk – This is a fairly new Julep product and it is much more lightweight than a normal lotion. It is supposed to skin into skin fast, and I agree that it does. It has milk thistle, olive oil, grapefruit oil and orange peel for moisturizing and brightening skin effects. It has a nice floral scent and this is a huge bottle which will last me a while.

Bare Body Polish – This is not a sugar scrub, but seems to be a very moisturizing scrub with most of the same ingredients as the body milk. It also has aloe and shea butter. I haven’t tried it yet as I am thinking about gifting it – I don’t use polishes very often.

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Jet – Jet Black Creme. I don’t have a black polish! This will be great for Halloween or a chic fall/winter look.

Rita – I didn’t see this color online, but it is a gorgeous raspberry shimmer.

Sienna – Sophisticated, shimmery gold. I already have some golds – I really just wanted the other two.

So on the Julep app each day there is a Secret Score – products at a discounted price. I saw a deal recently I couldn’t pass up.

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Mask Noir – $26.50 (Maven prices listed) An antioxidant-rich peel-off black mask that leaves skin smoother, brighter, and deeply hydrated. I haven’t tried this but it got good reviews on the website – everyone said it made their skin much softer but it was pricey.

Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer – $22.40 This age-defying primer creates a smooth, even canvas for gorgeous makeup that lasts all day. Y’all I seriously love this stuff – that’s why I ordered the package. I love the way it smells, and melts into my skin – unlike other primers. It’s made with plant materials that I think really helps to keep the oil at bay as best it can. I needed a backup!

Green Tea Facial Blotting Papers – Perfect for midday touch ups, these natural linen blotting papers absorb oil and shine without removing makeup. I don’t see these online but I bet they’re worth about $5. I can never have too many of these – I keep them in my purse and use 1 a day.

That’s a total of $53.90 that I got for $15! I really just wanted a good deal on the primer but get to try two other products as well! Super excited about this score.

About once a month Julep releases a mystery box – sometimes they tell you an item in it and sometimes not. These are good for people who are trying to build their Julep collection and are usually a mix of nail polish and their other products. I decided to get their Jewel Heist Mystery Box. Usually you can’t use coupons on these, but after reading on My Subscription Addiction I decided to try my %50 off code and it worked! I got this box for $12.50.

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Night Night Overnight Repair for Hands – Reg $48 but on sale for $19.99 This set contains the Luxe Care hand creme and the Luxe Repair skin serum. The serum can be used on face and hands. I tried a little of both and they melted right into my skin. The creme has a light scent that I wasn’t wild about – but it was very thick. The only thing I don’t like is the jar packaging because the ingredients deteriorate after being exposed to air. Other than that I am very happy about this set – two products I haven’t tried yet!

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Faye – $11.20 Maven, Liquid bronze shimmer, I don’t have any brown polish so I think I’ll keep it! It looks really pretty online.

Francis – $11.20 Maven, Celery green creme, I don’t have a polish exactly this shade but I’m not loving it. I prefer a shimmer over a creme. I think I’ll gift it.

Nadia – $4.99 sale, Sun kissed golden frost, I don’t have any yellow so I’ll keep it.

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Lip Vernis in Peony – $5.99 sale, Nude blush creme gloss, I love gloss so I am very excited to try this. Hopefully it’s a good formula!

Padma – $11.20 Maven, Royal Plum creme, Even though purple is my favorite color I feel like I already have a polish similar to this so I will gift it. It is very pretty and fall appropriate though!

 So in total this box amounts to $64.57 (with sale amounts)! That’s a great steal for the $12.50 price I paid. Overall I like these boxes and would keep getting them every once in a while. They are always hit or miss but this one was pretty much a hit for me.

Those are my recent Julep hauls (ordered over a period of time, not all at once!). Gotten anything good from Julep lately?

September Julep Maven

I got my September Julep Maven box a little while ago, but haven’t posted it because one of the items was incorrect. I emailed their customer service and got a response very quickly that my correct polish was in the mail – I got it yesterday! Here’s a look at my first customized box.

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The Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat was something I didn’t order – I actually I already have this product and like it pretty good. They let me keep it and I gave it to my Mom.

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Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Magenta – This is my favorite item in the box and it must be popular because it’s out of stock online. It comes in four colors: a nude, pink, red and this plum. This is a totally new Julep item and I think they created a great product. The crayon itself is pretty small, but it is twist up. Unlike other lip crayons I’ve used it’s not waxy at all – more of a lipstick consistency. And it stays on really well! Great color and coverage almost all day. In the center is a moisturizing core and I think it really helps to not dry out your lips. It also has a really nice and yummy scent. I would love to get the pink color once it’s back online.

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Oueen Anne – Lilac Confetti Microglitter. This was an add on polish at a discounted price – a special for their three year anniversary. I can’t wait to use it!

Kirby – Silver Jagged Glitter Topcoat. I don’t have any top coat like this – I think it will look great!

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Dry Clean Invisible Dry Shampoo –  I love dry shampoo and am a big fan of Julep’s Sea Salt Spray, and this was a new product launch for them so I decided to add this on too. Sadly I didn’t like it and I don’t see it online yet…I wonder why. This spray was too wet to me, and didn’t seem to soak up any oil. It also didn’t smell nice which is very important to me – it smelled like alcohol. Now I’m stuck with a whole bottle of it when I could have bought my favorite Tresemme dry shampoo for $5.

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Quinn – Charcoal Purple Satin. This is the one I ordered that they forgot to put in the box. I’m all about the purple!

Other than the dry shampoo, I’m very happy with this month’s box. I want more plush pouts! What did you like about this month’s box?

Random Things

Here’s some things I am loving right now or have gotten recently.

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My mom just got back from Disney World and brought me back this ADORABLE Minnie Mouse Tsum Tsum. These are all the rage in Japan and the trend has made it’s way here. Tsum means stack because these cute little creatures are meant to stack on top of one another. There are many more characters available on the Disney website. There is also an app sort of like Candy Crush where you match 3 or more of the little creatures to get points! It is super addictive and very fun. They just added Alice in Wonderland to the shop and they are all adorable.

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I am loving all the purple polishes I have gotten recently. Ruffin in Ambrosia from Birchbox and Phia from Julep both look amazing!

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I recently customized my Julep box for September and although I wasn’t really psyched about the polish colors this month, I did add on their dry shampoo and I can’t wait to try it!

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I got this awesome book for free from Birchbox for being a Birchblogger – it’s by Mindy Kaling who is hilarious. You might know her from The Office or The Mindy Show. It’s was a really easy read and I enjoyed it! She seems like a totally normal celebrity who worries about her weight, what other people think, and loves cupcakes. Mindy is a very easy person to relate to and also a funny person. I know her from watching The Office and a couple episodes of the Mindy Project, but I didn’t know much about her early career or how she is truly a comedy writer. It chronicled her career from when she was basically starving in New York through her work on The Office. Overall I liked her book and was happy to get a chance to read it!

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Over labor day weekend we went to the Dallas Zoo and had a great time! We had some up close encounters with a bird and a giraffe. We also got one of my most favorite ice cream treats in the world…

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DIPPIN DOTS

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I also got to check out a new restaurant that weekend – Whiskey Cake. My husband had been twice with some coworkers but this was my first time. It’s a super trendy restaurant that is always packed, and it’s no wonder because what I got was delicious! I had a grapefruit cocktail which I loved, and a fried chicken salad with apples and pecans. Then for dessert we had the whiskey cake (duh)! We got vanilla ice cream and fresh made whipped cream and it was fantastic. We actually took a little to go because we were so full. I would definitely go again!

So that’s what’s been going on in my life recently! Hope you had a great weekend!