Marketplace: Draper James Makes its Debut

Reese Witherspoon’s latest venture is Draper James – an online marketplace featuring classic southern style. Browsing the site makes me want to move south, sit on a rocking chair, and sip on a mint julep. It’s a shop full of very pretty items for your closet and your home.

Here are my top picks:

For the home

GF0013_silver_2_10sterling silver magnolia bowl, $400 (USA)

DK0012_horseshoe_1_10horseshoe objet, $98

TX0006_sayings_1_4southern sayings cocktail napkin set, $85

GF0016_custom_1_12custom mint julep, $85

For the wardrobe:

LG0003_put_your_face_on_1_8canvas powder room pouch, $65 (import)

DR0002_magnoliawhite_front_98eyelet love circle dress, $285 (import)

LO0001_DJ_front_28kiawah cover up, $200 (import)

I was curious to see what items were actually made in the south (or in the USA), and I didn’t find too many. I feel as if production was in the USA, this would really be an American brand. Don’t you?

Fashion: White Wear at the Oscars

I honestly watch the Academy Awards more for the fashion than for the films. Is that so wrong? The stars Рwith the help of their style team Рwork hard to look good, and I am always keen to see what colours and styles make the final cut. This year, there was a lot of pink (e.g., Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, Karolina Karkova), red (e.g., Giuliana Rancic, Dakota Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Solange Knowles), glitter (e.g., Emma Stone in lime glitter), nude (e.g., Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington), and black (e.g., Cate Blanchett, Tegan and Sara, Laura Dern, Sienna Miller).

I, of course,¬†was curious to see who would wear white on this very special evening. Here’s¬†a brief review:

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Julianne Moore in custom Chanel

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Faith Hill in J. Mendel

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Lupita Nyon’go in custom Calvin Klein¬†(read the story behind the dress here)

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Anna Faris

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Reese Witherspoon

My favourite top-to-toe looks were: Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett, and¬†Gwyneth Paltrow.¬†While I did like quite a few of the celebrity looks, I sort of wished that the outfits and styling were way more glam and out-of-the-ordinary than they actually were. The simple column silhouettes just seemed sort of¬†– dare I say –¬†normal.

Images via Hello Magazine.

Fashion: Oscar in White

Okay, okay – the Jennifers* looked great at the Oscars. Fine. But why isn’t anyone talking about Charlize and Queen Latifah? I thought they looked absolutely stunning (and not just because they were wearing white). Their gowns suited their figures most beautifully and their hair and makeup teams did phenomenal work. They are two of my top winners of the night.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture at the 2013 Oscars, via

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka at the 2013 Oscars, via

* Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Hudson