It is an extremely gloomy Sunday here in the GTA, so what better way to brighten things up than with a classic red polish. Sultry Siren, from Maybelline's Fall 2011 collection, is just the kind of red tone that I always fall for: creme formula, deep, more on the blue side and with a good amount of shine to it. I really like Maybelline's Express Finish line. While they aren't usually the longer wearing of quick dry polishes, I've found that they do dry a bit quicker than others and have a glossier finish. The brushes are usually thin but spread across the nail well.
Despite the fact that I'm obsessed with nail polish, I have long admired a woman who, when she made public appearances, kept her hands hidden under gloves: Grace Kelly!
|The Apex of Class & Elegance!|
Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess is exhibiting at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto until January 22, 2012 and I checked it out yesterday, which also happened to be her birthday. The collection on display features her personal clothing and film memorabilia including:
I've met two Oscar winners in my life, the first being Patty Duke (Best Supporting Actress, 1962) and the second being Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor, 1994) but I hadn't actually seen an Oscar statue, so that was fun. But I have to admit that I had been captivated by Kelly's Oscar Gown since childhood and it was a thrill to see it right before my eyes. That dress is why I actually like the colour Seafoam!
- A letter from Yul Brenner asking her for a stamp to add to his collection
- A letter from a friend warning her that Jack Nicholson was looking to have an affair with her (what an d***!)
- Pre-production artwork from Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window
|...This Dress & That Oscar!|
|You Wish This Was Your Bridesmaid Dress!|
Although there are interesting items from Kelly's film career, the exhibit is more of a treasure trove for fashion lovers and vintage enthusiasts. If fashion is your thing, then get your butt down to the Lightbox because you will not want to miss all this:
|This Dress By Her Paramore, Oleg Cassini|
|The Dress Kelly Wore to Her First Meeting With Her Prince|
|Her Royal Engagement Suit (In Which The Polka Dots Are Printed With Gold)|
|Royal Portrait Dress|
|And Not Just a Kelly Bag...THE KELLY BAG!|
There's also stunning dresses by Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. I don't include her wedding dress on that list because:
- I admire her work as an actress, not that she married a prince
- I'm one of the few women on this earth who really doesn't give a crap about weddings
- The dress on display as part of the exhibit is a replica, not the original gown
So if weddings and being a "princess" is your thing, then not seeing the actual dress will be a disappointment for you. I have to admit that I don't understand the current North American "Princess" culture and I don't want to attempt to delve into it right now except to say this: Not every girl is going to become a princess but it's in every girl's realm of possibility to become a lady, which is what Kelly always was and always will be in my eyes.
|Audrey Hepburn & Grace Kelly: A Master Class in Class.|