Wine Riot Giveaway

Love wine? Live in Chicago? (or can get here quickly) then I suggest you keep reading.

As a wine enthusiast myself I’m really excited to attend Wine Riot this weekend at Union Station. Wine Riot is a unique wine event created by wine lovers who wanted a more fun environment for tastings. With a DJ, photobooth and more, this is far from your ordinary wine tasting. The coolest part? They have a mobile app where you can keep track of the wines you like throughout the event. I personally always forget the wines I end up liking (all I know is I love Cab) so I’m especially pumped about that aspect.


So why am I telling you all this? Second Glass (who puts on Wine Riot) is giving away a pair of tickets to this weekend’s event! This will be the first ever 24-hour giveaway on ChiCityFashion, so be sure to take full advantage. Here’s how to enter:

1. “Like” Second Glass on Facebook.
2. Like  wine (duh)
3. Leave me a comment below telling me whatever you feel like telling me (just be nice)

I’m picking a winner at 8am ct Friday, June 1. The winner will get to choose the option of attending the following Wine Riot dates/times: Friday 6/1  7-11pm, Saturday 6/2 1-5pm and Saturday 6/2 and 7-11pm. Perfect for those looking for last minute fun plans for this weekend! Oh and I’ll be picking the best dressed attendee at Friday’s Wine Riot :)

Red Carpet Fashion: People’s Choice Awards 2012

I’m going to be up front with you…I did not watch the People’s Choice Awards last night nor did I plan on doing a red carpet post today. However, after browsing the photos and being quite impressed with the risks people took on the red carpet last night (regardless of whether they paid off or not) I just couldn’t help myself. And of course this isn’t the entire list of people who attended the awards show last night…but it’s the people who the dresses that matter, in the best or worst ways possible.

Photobucket Vanessa Hudgens in Jenny Packham

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Red Carpet Fashion: 2011 MTV Movie Awards

The MTV Movie awards were last night. Overall, they were less painful than I expected. Jason Sudeikis was pretty funny, the fashion was subpar and the backdrop on stage really confused me, but I didn’t mind that 2 hours of my life so I can’t complain.

Let’s get to the stuff that really matters…the red carpet of course.


Amanda Bynes in Hervé Léger

Man did I LOVE Amanda Bynes in her All That days. However, I am so not loving her now…in this getup. I’m all for a bold shoe but these have no business being paired with this dress. I hope this is not the work of a stylist because if it is, they should probably consider another profession.


Brooklyn Decker in No. 21

Short sequin dress and plain black pumps. Boring. Standard.


Elle Faning in Dolce & Gabbana

I like the individual elements and I’m all for mixing prints but I’m just not feeling this. And although this is not the most formal award show, I still find this outfit a little casual for the occasion.


Emma Watson in Marchesa

A little simple for my taste, but she looks really great here. These types of award shows tend to bring out the “trashy” when it comes to celeb style but Emma looks classic and chic here. So refreshing to see a look I don’t hate.


Hailee Steinfeld in Louis Vuitton

She’s been on a great red carpet streak since the SAG awards, but unfortunately….all good things must come to an end. She’s SO adorable and so young…why would she even think about wearing a pantsuit? AND it’s June. Nothing about this outfit says Spring/Summer…nor does it say “I’m 14.”


Jessica Szohr in Alice & Olivia

I never really cared for her story lines in Gossip Girl, nor do I care for this jumpsuit.


Kristen Stewart in Balmain

Let’s start off with this positive…she doesn’t look miserable. So I feel bad dissing her outfit. But let’s be honest…it’s a too-short dress with safety pins. Erica Domesek of PS I Made This could have actually made this. And pointy black pumps? Nine West circa 2006.


Leighton Meester in Balmain

I always want to like her red carpet looks, but I never really do. To be honest, this could have been much worse but I just can’t stop thinking of the JLo disco ball dress (I know there’s many but I mean this one).


Nikki Reed in Heather

I’ve never seen or read Twilight but this looks like Twilight.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Dolce & Gabbana

I’m not the biggest fan of animal print and those shoes look like flat thong sandals at a glance…but overall it’s not terrible. She’s gorgeous so it’s hard for her to look bad, but at the same time…she’s gorgeous so she could have definitely done better.


Selena Gomez in Giambattista Valli

She dresses very sophisticated for her age but I don’t hate it. This is actually a more complex than she usually wears. The overall look is pretty standard though. But of course…she looks gorgeous.


Emma Stone in Bottega Veneta

Let me start off by saying…thank goodness she’s back to this hair color (was not feeling the blonde). Let’s move on by CONGRATULATING EMMA…for not only winning some award in a category I can’t remember (and was probably not that important to begin with) but for being the BEST DRESSED OF THE NIGHT. I absolutely love this dress, and even more on her. Perfect bag. Perfect shoes. Overall perfection!


Mila Kunis in Balmain

If you didn’t watch the awards show, this photo may or may not confuse you. Either way, Mila is yet another celeb wearing Balmain…and unfortunately another miss for me. It’s not that I hate the outfit, because I don’t, but it’s just another “going out” outfit. If you’re going to attend an awards show, especially if you’re presenting, you should try a little harder (even if it’s just MTV).

Photos: Tom & Lorenzo, Just Jared

Best Dressed: Met Gala 2011

Last night was the Met Gala…otherwise known as the Met Ball, Costume Institute Gala, and the “Oscars of Fashion.” As I like to say, normal red carpet events are meant to please the mainstream, and the Met Gala is meant to please the fashion world. There were a lot of fabulous dresses out there, which of course can easily be ruined by poor styling choices. No one is perfect, but when you have a team of hair stylists, wardrobe stylists and makeup artists on hand, you are expected to get pretty damn close.

With that said, here are my best dressed picks for the 2011 Met Gala…


Miranda Kerr in custom Marchesa

Her job is to be an angel, and she looked like quite the fashionable one in this custom Marchesa dress. Those appear to be Nicholas Kirkwood shoes which is always a funkier pairing choice. I appreciate when celebs choose an unexpected accessory, and pairing this stunning dress with something other than a sparkly pump is exactly what I’m talking about.


Margherita Missoni in Missoni

I can always count on Margherita Missoni for some unexpected accessory pairings. Belting this dress definitely dresses it down, but I don’t hate it. Wearing a spiked necklace with those statement bracelets is a bold move, and it’s the perfect juxtaposition to the pastel lightness of the dress.


Liv Tyler in Givenchy Haute Couture

The 2011 Met Gala wouldn’t be the 2011 Met Gala without at least one dress from the Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture collection. That collection screams WEAR ME TO THE MET so I’m glad Liv Tyler decided to go this direction. The bright yellow clutch is a perfect pairing for this lavish gown.


Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney

I’m normally not one for simplicity but this was too perfect to pass up. I know she does this minimalistic nude dress look often, but you can’t help but stare. When a dress fits like a glove, it makes all the difference…and this fit is just amazing.


Emma Stone in Lanvin

To be honest, I don’t really like this dress. So why did I pick this look for my best dressed picks? Because the drama it brings combined with the bold lips and statement earrings is just amazing. I had to look at this a few times to make sure I loved it, and although this will be a controversial one…I LOVE this look.


Diane Kruger in Jason Wu

This is another look that brings the drama. A large slit is an easy way to pump up the drama, plus the hair and makeup really compliment the outfit. She is also working the HELL out of this look…which is always important when posing on the red carpet. The dress is gorgeous on it’s own but was meant to be worn by Miss Kruger.


Demi Moore in Prabal Gurung

Another controversial look, most would see this and give a big WTF, but this was my absolute favorite dress from the Prabal Gurung Fall 2011 collection so I had to include it here.  I actually was hoping someone wore it to the Oscars, so when I saw it at the Met Gala I was beyond thrilled. Although the headpiece is a little much, this is the ONLY event you can get away with wearing a head-to-toe feathered look. My only comment, I wish she would have “worked it” like Diane, because the standard smile-and-pose does not work with a look like this.


Gisele Bundchen in Alexander McQueen

This entire event was dedicated to the late Alexander McQueen, so I knew there would be quite a few McQueen dresses on the red carpet…although there were none like this. If you’ve read my red carpet commentary posts before, I rarely ever fall in love with a red dress (it’s my least favorite color…especially paired with the RED carpet). However, I literally gasped when I saw this photo. If anyone but Gisele wore this, my reaction would be completely different. But she BROUGHT IT in this dress and I am loving every bit of it.

Who were your best dressed picks? Let me know in the comments section below!

Photos: Tom & Lorenzo, Radar Online, The Cut

Red Carpet Fashion: 2011 Oscars (Part 2)

If you haven’t yet, I’d suggest reading Part 1 of my red carpet coverage for the 2011 Oscars. If you have, we can just move right along…

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier

As I tweeted last night, Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier is just as surprising as Ryan Seacrest in Burberry. It’s hard for me to take Mandy seriously when I just think of her as the girl who sang “Candy” that I jammed out to a number of years ago, but regardless…she really does look beautiful. I love the pop of color in the lips. My only comment is that the color of the dress washes her out a bit. But overall, she looks great.

Melissa Leo in Marc Bower

Remember how awkward her acceptance speech was? It kind of reminds me of this dress. She tried, but it just didn’t work. It could be worse. It could be better. She could have worn something a little more cool and modern. I guess that’s all I can really say about this…

Michelle Williams in Chanel Spring 2011 (modified)

Thank you Michelle Williams for not wearing a floral pattern (see daisy disaster). I actually really wanted her to wear Chanel because it fits her look and many of the pieces from the most recent Spring 2011 collection would work for her. I’m glad she went with this modified version and not the original (would have given her no shape). It’s simple yet interesting. This dress fits her perfectly and I just love it. Michelle, you have redeemed yourself!

Mila Kunis Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture

I recognized this dress immediately when she walked down the red carpet. You can’t go wrong with Elie Saab Couture on the RC. Mila looks STUNNING in this dress. This color is amazing on her. The boob pieces are a little weird but I kind of love them. I really don’t find anything wrong with this look whatsoever…PERFECT. One of my favorites from the night!

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

The BEST she has looked on the red carpet since being pregnant. I especially appreciate the ode to Rodarte. This color looks beautiful on her and the silhouette is perfect for her “bumped” shape. But why did she have to wear matchy earrings? AND shoes? You are better than that Natalie. I know it.

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior Spring 2009 Couture

I really love this dress on the original model, but when I see it on Nicole all I can say is…Ummmm no. Too much going on here–the structure of the dress, with the embroidered detail throughout, plus a chunky necklace AND orange shoes? Oh, and side bangs? Sorry Nicole…this just is not working for me (or for you).

Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani

I love Reese Witherspoon which is why I hate to bash on her…but how can you not? I wore a Jessica McClintock dress very similar to this to my homecoming dance freshman year of high school. The clip-in ponytail is something I wore for cheerleading competitions in high school. Now I know you’re totally judging my high school experience but let’s get back to judging Reese. This is just beneath her. Get her some Oscar de la Renta ASAP…

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang

Oh Sandy, remember when you wore that stunning Marchesa gown to the Oscars last year? What’s with the down grade? First of all, I can’t even handle another red dress on this damn red carpet. Second of all, especially one that isn’t anything special. Then pair with an awkward off-color red clutch? I love you Sandy but you have disappointed me here.

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

I am torn with this one. Let’s start at the top…I actually kind of love the hair. The “undoneness” of it is pretty cool. The color of the dress is ok. The dark patches over the floral lace confuse me a bit. But what confuses me the most is the exposed bra. Is that really her bra or just part of the dress? The world may never know…

So overall my best dressed picks for the night are: Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture, Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture, Gwyneth Paltrow in Clavin Klein (minus the brooch), and Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein. Who were yours?

Photos from Popsugar