Ida – best foreign film in 2015 Oscars

And The Oscar Goes To Ida for the best Foreign Film …

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This year Oscars – Academy Awards is very special to me. There were 5 film nominations for my native country Poland. I was co closely crossing my fingers for Ida to win and was so ecstatic to see Director Pawel Pawlikowski on the stage receiving the honors of golden Oscar statue from the hands of Nicole Kidman. This is a historic moment for Poland honoring for the first time Polish cinematography.  Pawel Pawlikowski with his eloquent speech and sense of humor had the audience in his pocket within minutes. Hollywood stars were laughing and applauding him. Even signs of wrapping up his speech with disturbing music didn’t intimidate to rush him off the stage. I was so proud for my native country man to be so honored by the Academy.

Each year there is a big focus on what stars are wearing on the red carpet.  If you happened to tune in this past weekend for the 87th Academy Awards then you are well aware that the fashion was at an all time high. Here are a few of my favorite looks:

Julianne Moore won best actress for her film, “Still Alice.” And according to many, she may have won best dressed too. Who was the designer, you ask? It was the infamous Karl Lagerfeld. After approving his very first sketch, Moore entrusted Lagerfeld for her big night. 987 hours and 80,000 hand-painted sequins later, Lagerfeld proved with the one-of-a-kind gown that he always pulls through. And to top it all off, Moore’s win earned her an extra five years of life! Yes, you heard that right. According to her winning speech, if you win an Oscar you gain five years of life. Wouldn’t that be nice!

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One of my personal favorite dresses of the night was the black and silver metallic Armani Privé gown worn by the amazing Naomi Watts. Watts starred in the film that won best picture, “Birdman,” and she was clearly ready for the win. I’m not always won for too much glitz but this long, chic look with the sequined band and dark lip color was nothing short of glamorous. That’s two wins for Watts! Check out her look here:

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Another honorable mention, Lupita Nyong’o and her Calvin Klein pearls. Reportedly her dress had over 6,000 pearls. It was stunning to say the least but if you’ve ever worn pearls, a necklace perhaps, you must be wondering what we all are: how heavy was that dress? According to an interview on the red carpet, the gown was surprisingly comfortable, even to sit in.  Let’s hope so, because I can only assume that gown cost her quite the pretty penny. Comfort or not, Nyong’o was easily one of the most talked about looks of the night. You must see it here:

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So what was your favorite look of the night?

KASIA

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you about your fashion picks or gown suggestions? Share your tips, comments, and suggestions with the rest of us

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Valentine’s Day – Share your love story

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Every love story is beautiful, but lets be honest – nothing compares to the story closest to our hearts. Maybe it’s the one your mother tells you about how she met your dad when she was 15, forced him to take her to a school dance and they’ve been inseparable ever since (true story). Or maybe it’s the one your grandma tells you of her and your grandfather: they were childhood best friends turned teenage lovers, married at 18, had ten kids quick and are still going strong today. It’s beautiful, it really is. But whether or not your great aunt was a nurse in the war and fell in love with a wounded soldier or your sister met the love of her life on match.com, there is one love story most people forget – their own.

Now let me be clear, I am not talking about how you and your fiancée met and it was love at first sight. I am sure he is the most amazing guy in the entire world. I believe you, I really do. But I am talking about your own love story. You know, the one between you and yourself? It is the most important love story you will ever have, it is the only one that will keep you going strong forever and it is the most forgotten and quite possibly least cherished love of all. So do yourself a favor and when you wake up this Valentine’s Day, take a good look in the mirror and tell yourself you are loved. As the saying goes, if you don’t love yourself, how do you expect anyone else to?

That is why this Valentine’s Day I am reaching out to all my ladies, single and taken, to show a little love … to yourself. Yes, you can still carry out your romantic dinner plans and finish up your do-it-yourself valentine for the hubby, but please promise me one thing: you will treat yourself too. Because I promise, it will be the best gift of all. Whether it’s a bouquet of flowers, a nice long bubble bath or some vegan chocolate you desire (wink wink), I give you permission to go for it. Free yourself of guilt, make no judgments, and just love you for you. Because the only way to truly spread love is to first love yourself.

P.S. And come February 15, I hope you will share your own love story with me.

KASIA

 

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Super Bowl Commercial Review

 

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As a health educator and a fitness fan, I have always loved sports. What better way to get in shape and stay healthy then by doing something that feels nothing like a workout? Getting your friends together to hit, throw or kick a ball around while you boost morale and confidence by cheering on those closest to you is one of the best ways to stay fit and lift your spirit. And healthy competition is always fun right? That is why as American’s it is no surprise that we can’t resist inviting all of our friends over, cooking up a storm and turning on the television for the big, annual game. You know the one. The Super Bowl!

Since you won’t find most of us on the field, the Super Bowl isn’t exactly a workout. But whether you follow the sport, place a bet for a little friendly competition or just enjoy the gathering of good food and friends we can all agree on one thing, we cannot wait for the commercials. Yeah, those things we pay money for to fast forward on the daily, well we actually want to see those now. So incase you happened to miss any while you were entertaining what felt like the Patriot’s entire defensive line, here are a few you must see:

 1. My favorite ad without a doubt this year is the Budweiser’s Best Buds. It should come as no surprise, seeing as Budweiser comes up with an ad to pull at our heartstrings each and every year. The Clydesdales. The puppy. I have to fight my tears back every single time. Good luck fighting yours while you watch this one.

2. Go Daddy. No, I’m not referring to the sacrificing business owner. I’m referring to the adorable puppy commercial they originally planned to air, just not the last five seconds. Buddy, who looks like the he might be the same pup who starred in the Budweiser ad, is absolutely adorable and Go Daddy is absolutely horrible for creating an ad that received a lot of negative attention and discussion on animal cruelty. Sorry Go Daddy, I won’t be “raising a chip, with some dip on it to you,” but I do think Buddy deserves to shine so click below to watch both ads.

3. Bud Light. Okay, this ad was far from genius, but the idea of a real life pac man sure is and who wouldn’t want to play. For that reason alone you have to check it out. Be warned, it might ignite a childish desire to go laser tagging, or something of the sort.

4. Toyota. As someone who loves any and all types of inspiration and motivation, sharing the Amy Purdy and Muhammad Ali montage seems appropriate. Although I wasn’t exactly inspired to buy a car from you Toyota, you sure make me want to head out for a nice long run. And Amy Purdy is quite the role model. Attention all, if she can do it, so can you!

 5. Last but not least, I feel the need to share the Like A Girl spot done by Always. There were a lot of great messages presented through touching ads this year but as a woman and role model, I find this a very important message to all girls. Throwing like a girl isn’t bad or weak because girls are strong and unstoppable. So I agree Always, it is time to rewrite the rules. Watch the full ad not shown on TV below.

Now you tell me, what were your favorite 2015 Super Bowl commercials?

KASIA

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Five Cozy – chic Winter Trends to follow

Since winter has been heavily upon us with snow and blizzards, and the temperature dropping below 20F I thought I can give you some styling suggestions how to keep it chic & cosy this cold season. The oversized sweaters have begun to be very popular and when styled correctly they are great asset to everyone’s winter wardrobe. This casual smart Gucci cardigan is versatile, comfy and can be worn every day with jeans, slacks, or leggings.

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We can add some classic Gucci Guccissima fringe scarf to complete this look.

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The transition from season to season isn’t always smooth and the heat may have hit New York City a little late this year but don’t be fooled. This is a time for cold weather attire. Now I know it happened suddenly and you’re feeling unprepared but don’t sweat it. Our stylists here at Boutique On 57 have you covered with the fashionable winter five.

COLOR is first on our list. Go bold or go home! We’re only kidding, we would love to see you at our place but color is the name of the game. Whether it’s a vivid red pantsuit like one below from Biba or orange knit or some rich chocolate nail polish you’re going to see a lot of color. Mix and match (accentuate that orange knit with some bright red leather pants) or double up on one but either way, be sure to take a risk greater than neutral.

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FUR. We know you aren’t new to the faux fur trend but this fall it’s all about eccentric looks. Pops of color, perhaps even patterns, fur has a whole new look so have some fun and experiment with this cozy trend. Check out this Dennis Basso broadtail trimmed brown coat.DENNIS-BASSO-COAT-2

If you usually find new pieces when shopping the vintage racks than you’ll love the fourth trend, SIXTIES. Groovy, we know. We love the sixties silhouettes so much over here at Boutique On 57 that they actually inspired Kasia’s new line (more on that another time).

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The last of the winter five will keep you warm well through the winter season. We happen to love our TURTLENECKS. Form fitted sweater dresses? Oversized crop tops? This neckline knows no boundaries. Check this Brunello Cucinelli gray tunic, turtleneck top.

That may be the winter five but there are many other trends you’ll see pop up this fall including embellished socks, winter parkas, feline inspired prints and lets not forget velvet. Go for one or go for all, we can’t wait to see which trends you choose to sport.

KASIA

P.S. As always I would love to hear from you how do you dress in cold winter season. What’s your favorite styles and trends this season? Share your commends and tips with the rest of us.

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Splurge With Purpose: Warmth and Style

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Moschino beige coat with black fur trim

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We’ve all seen the news and heard the rumors. Yes, this winter is going to be a cold one but luckily here at Boutique on 57 we have a great selection of designer coats that will keep you warm all season without you having to compromise your personal style. Choose from reversible, down, classic, quilted, embroidered and many others to find the perfect piece for you. And no matter where you decide to spend your winter months, Boutique On 57 has just what you need to accommodate your fashionista lifestyle.

After spending the hot months searching high and low for the best deals in designer outerwear, I came across a few items that I could not pass up. My favorite styles this year are fur and shearling options. And I know what you’re thinking, “it’s already cold Kasia, I have a coat.” But what you don’t have is one of these coats. I guarantee you won’t want to pass these up. Christmas is just a few days away; it’s time you splurge on something nice for yourself.

My best deal by far this year was the J. Mendel Paris Ivory Off White Cocoon Mink Fur Coat. Not only was it absolutely gorgeous, but honey, when the price drops over twenty grand you buy it! So why am I telling you about this coat that is sold out? Because I have two other amazing fur options with the same detailing I loved about the J. Mendel option, and they are offered at amazing discounts.

The Dennis Basso Broad Tail Trim Fur Coat is perfect to keep you warm and cozy all season long. And with adjusting tussles and strings, it will be the perfect fit for your body that in a coat can often be hard to find. I also love the flip-buttoned pockets feature, which will save you from your iPhone (or other important items) from falling right out of your pockets, something that seems to be an issue with most larger winter coats. And at over 50% off, who can say no?

If you fancy fur but don’t want it covering your entire jacket, then you have to check out the Love Moschino Beige Black Fur Collar Coat. This is my favorite color outerwear item this season because it offers a sense of uniqueness and has the potential to be the color of the season. And when the wind blows strong, you won’t blink twice with the warm fur collar embracing your rosy cheeks. Oh, and did I mention the price is only $650? What are you waiting for?

Now lets discuss shearling. Not only is it naturally water resistant, but also it offers great flexibility and breathability to keep you nice and toasty but not drenched in sweat once you enter that subway car. And Boutique On 57 can provide you with the best options out there.

If it’s a long coat you love, then may I suggest the Bally Black Shearling Coat? Made of 100% genuine lambskin fur, and trimmed with black fur, this is the perfect everyday option. And again, at over 50% off, is it even a question? But if you prefer shorter options to show off those sexy jeans you just bought, your best bet is the Escada Cognac Shearling Jacket. I love its ¾ length sleeves that will allow you to accessorize with the long gloves that are one of my favorite winter trends. Also 100% genuine lambskin, this item is the perfect Bolero-styled piece of the season. And it must be your lucky day because this piece is over 75% off at just under $1000.

With Christmas being just a few days away, don’t miss the opportunity to treat yourself (or a friend or family member) to a gift well worth the investment. Not only are all of these coats greatly discounted making them very affordable, but they are pieces that will last a lifetime. Get in the holiday spirit and do what us fashionistas do best, shop!

And even better, if you’re a new customer be sure to enter your email address prior to your purchase to receive an extra 10% off.

KASIA

 

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you about your winter trends to stay warm and chic. Share your favorite designer coats brands with us and tell us why you like them.

 

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