Saturday, March 27, 2010

Finding your perfect prom dress

So the question is "I'm really looking for some advice about how to find the perfect gown for myself. Help!". The first place I went was to google. That narrowed me down to about 1,500,000 sites. I found some great baseline advice to start with:

Six tips to help you find you perfect Prom dress.
But then i called my friend, Joanne, who manages a local Bridal and Prom shoppe to validate the advice.

Also, check out this very helpful video.

PENCIL YOURSELF IN: "This is going to take time. So make an appointment with a knowledgable salesperson and be willing to try on all sorts of styles. Do research ahead of time. Bring photos of what you like.

DRESS THE PART: "You'd be surprised how many girls go shopping for a gown in jeans and tennis shoes. Do yourself a favor and dress up. That means proper lingerie, heels, makeup, etc. You want to be able to see the full affect of the Prom Gown"

BRING A SMALL FANCLUB: "Bring a good girlfriend. Someone who will be honest and critical."

GO "COUTURE": "Buy the best gown that you can afford. You'd be surprised what a little extra money could get you."

HAVE FUN AND PATIENCE: "Enjoy the journey. It's not everyday you have this opportunity."

Here are some of my favorite prom dress sites:

Dresses.com
Cinderella's Gowns
Prom Dress Shop
Find My Prom Dress
edressme
Bella Boutique


And just a few gorgeous gowns!








Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Friday, March 26, 2010

Prom Season 2010

I was out having dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant last Saturday night when I spotted a large group of well dressed young adults out on their Prom Night. Of course, I first took a look at the many different prom gown styles and how they were being worn.

Then I suddenly realized that my inbox was being inundated with all sorts of ads for dresses and prom accessories. The season lasts through the middle of June. It's traditionally the major social event of one's High School experience. The money that is spent on dresses, accessories, parties, dinners, transportation (limos) and so much more can run into thousands. Quite a lot for one evening.

So I decided to look for the one amazing gown that would first catch my eye. Maggie Sottero p1209.
Colors:Hot Pink/Flamingo Tie Die; Teal/Aqua Tie Die; Purple/Sky Blue Tie Die

This gown is absolutely enchanting. A tulle ball gown featuring a fun, tie dye, sweetheart bodice that is sprinkled with crystals with the sweetness of a satin belt to dazzle. The tulle skirt is full and glistens with crystals.

Link to Prom Gowns from Flirt by Maggie Sottero

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An incredible moment in American History

This is not a political blog. This might be the only time I write about that kind of topic. But while I love fashion, tea-parties, jewelry, make-up and meet-ups there are some things that are much more serious and important. Like Health Care.

So what does Universal Health Care look like. As President Obama stated:

For the first time in our nation's history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here.

Consider the staggering scope of what has been accomplished:

Every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage.

Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.

And we'll finally start reducing the cost of care -- creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children.

But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers.

It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe.

It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill.

And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need.


Death Panels - remember Sarah Palin going on and on about how so-called death panels were going to put Grandma to death. Check out this story. Woman's move triggers loss of coverage for cancer treatment.

This woman did something she never imagined would jeopardize her good health. She moved. Less than 30 miles - from one county in Wisconsin to another. The move triggered a review of her health insurance from Medicare, which eventually led to a loss of coverage, including the drug. And the tumor returned within four months. What happened to Ms Oertel stunned her doctor, Mark Malkin. Nothing he learned in medical school prepared him for what now is too often a sad and frustrating part of his job as a cancer specialist: fighting Medicare and private insurance companies over life-or-death decisions. She was sentenced to death by her private insurance company. This is not an isolated incident. Hardly.

But let's look at one of the most positive outcomes of this legislation. Young Adults.
The passage of health care reform -- and the under-publicized but far-reaching student aid reform that passed along with it in reconciliation -- arguably constitutes the broadest, most meaningful and beneficial legislative victories for young people in recent history. Adults from 19 to 29 -- although they tend to be healthier than older adults -- represent nearly a third of the uninsured population. Two-thirds of those uninsured young people reported going without necessary medical care in 2007 because of costs, according to research for the Commonwealth Fund. By addressing these two issues in the face of epic political opposition, Congress and the Obama administration did a great deal to restore young Americans' faith in a system that many considered irreversibly broken.

Some amazing quotes from Arizona Senator John McCain that reflects the general sense of the Republicans who refused to accept a constructive role in shaping health care reform.
"There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year," McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate. "They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it."

"With all this euphoria that's going on, this inside-the-Beltway champagne toasting and all that, outside the Beltway the American people are very angry. And they don't like it, and we're going to try to repeal this, and we're going to have a very spirited campaign coming up between now and November, and there will be a very heavy price to pay for it," he said.

"I believe the will of the people is reflected sooner or later in the makeup of the government," McCain said.

No cooperation for the rest of the year? Laughable. The Republican's plan since Obama became President has been to do everything in their power to make him fail. Armageddon. No cooperation. Nothing. Nada. The party of NO! Also, when a Republican quotes the "people" you need to understand that their "people" are the fat cats on Wall Street, Insurance Company CEOs, and the like. The Republicant party has not changed one iota since the days of Marie ("let them eat cake") Antoinette. Sorry, I meant Herbert Hoover. But you get the idea.

Guess what. Now that the rhetoric is over the American people check out the latest pool. Health Care Reform a Political Victory for Obama.

BTW - for those of you who are not all that familar with history read about the fights for Social Security (FDR) and Medicare (LBJ). History repeats itself.

If it's any consolation to Democrats, progressive policymakers are always vindicated by history. In 1935, Republican opponents of Social Security insisted that Roosevelt's "socialistic" plan would, among other things, force all Americans to wear dog tags. Not quite a half-century ago, conservative critics of Medicare seriously argued, in public, that the law would empower bureaucrats to dictate where physicians could practice medicine, and open the door to government control over where all Americans were allowed to live. Around the same time, many opponents of the Civil Rights Act believed the fabric of America was being torn apart by the legislation.

Right-wing arguments of today are absurd, but they are branches on a large and ridiculous tree.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"GothicStyleRevolution" App

I downloaded this fun iphone app called "GothicStyleRevolution" from the itunes app store. It contains gorgeous photos of well dress Lolitas. They can be downloaded and then saved. It appears that new photos are constantly available.

Description from itunes:
Gothic Lolita (known in Japan as gosurori, "goth-loli") is a mixture of the Gothic and Lolita fashion. The origins of the Japanese Gothic style can be traced back to the English New Wave Movement during the 1980s: however, the Japanese Gothic scene is fundamentally different from the Gothic subcultures of the west. This Gothic fashion has been adopted into the Lolita fashion through the use of darker make up, clothing, and themes in the design. Unlike other Lolita Styles, in Gothic Lolita darker colors are used for makeup. Red lipstick and smoky or neatly defined eyes, created using black eyeliner, are typical styles.The Gothic Lolita makeup is not as heavy or dramatic as the Western Gothic counterparts. Newer makeup styles emphasize lighter colors but still retain the heavy eye makeup.

The outfits themselves usually use dark color schemes like black, dark blues and purples; often with accents of white. As with western gothic subculture, cross jewelry and other religious symbols are also used to accessorize the gothic Lolita look. Other accessories, like bags and purses, are often in uncommon shapes like bats, coffins, and crucifixes.

Like many other Lolita fashions, the Japanese visual kei movement was responsible for helping to introduce and popularize the Gothic Lolita style. One artist in particular, Mana, a Japanese musician and fashion-designer, is considered to be the major force behind the popularization of the Gothic Lolita style, though he is not credited with creating it. Mana’s own Gothic Lolita fashion label, Moi-même-Moitié, has grown to be very successful. To describe the designs of his new label, he encouraged the use of the terms Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) and Elegant Gothic Aristocrat (EGA)


Here are some examples:
















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LoliAndrea

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Trend Tracker - a new iphone app!

In a future post I'm going to write all about my favorite iphone fashion apps. But for now I want to share with you something I just found called "Trendstop Trend Tracker".

Trendstop.com’s iPhone application is the must have tool for any fashion lover or professional who wants to know the latest trends even before they hit the industry. Created by trendstop.com, the global trend forecasting team for the fashion industry, trendtracker™ provides professional fashion trend forecasts, instant coverage from the fashion shows, inspirational photo galleries and daily catwalk trend analysis. The application also includes the most fashionable events, venues, show schedules and news from the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Your device will automatically be updated to notify you of any last minute show, venue or schedule changes. Search by Designer or City for instant access to the hottest as-it-happens catwalk trends and news. The application will kick off in earnest on the 11th of February 2010 for New York Fashion Week. Check out the full coverage and in-depth trend analysis at www.trendstop.com


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Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Angelic Pretty

I admit that I adore Angelic Pretty. I know it is rather juvenile and definitely OTT (Over-the-top) Sweet. But the patterns are so gorgeous and delicious. I would own all the dresses if I was the right size. But being a tall girl the dresses are not made for my size.
Gallery of my favorite Angelic Pretty Prints,

Some history of AP that I found on the web. (This is from Wikipedia)
Angelic Pretty is a name of a Japanese fashion company specializing in lolita fashion, created in 1979. Angelic Pretty sells an assortment of sweet lolita clothing, accessories, coats, dresses, jumper skirts, blouses, cutsews, skirts, headdresses, petticoats and bloomers, shoes, socks, bags and more.As well as the brand's popularity in Japan, Angelic pretty is increasingly becoming one of the most well known Lolita brands world wide.

Earlier this year, the company opened an official English site to cater for their fast growing foreign customers.
Two of the designers which have made themselves well known throughout the lolita community are Maki and Asuka. Recently they have appeared at the American event PMX hosted by Cosplay Oneesan during November 2007 where a designer panel was held, and a recreation of one of the Japan Angelic Pretty stores.

Maki is from the Saitama prefecture. She started working for Angelic Pretty in 2003 and is one of the main designers. She majored in Illustration from a vocational school. Before graduating she brought some of her art to Angelic Pretty to answer their ad and was offered a job, working her way through school. Originally she wasn't interested in clothing design as "you can't draw scenery on clothes, so I thought I would prefer drawing." She is in charge of designing socks as well as choosing the base cloth and thread.

Asuka is from Kanagawa prefecture. She started at Angelic Pretty in 2001. She is another of the main designers, however she also oversees all press work. She majored in Design during high school and entered a vocational school for clothing and accessories. Similar to Maki she answered an ad that Angelic Pretty had placed and was offered a job. She designs shoes, bags and parasols.


Official Japanese Site
English Site
Cosplay Oneesan, Angelic Pretty's fashion events organizer for United States
Angelic Pretty on Facebook
Virtual Japan Review of Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty pictures (photobucket)
Angelic Pretty Pullips

Watch this wonderful video by Mishi of Angelic Pretty original Prints.

Love
LoliAndrea


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Purple in Las Vegas

Some gorgeous photos of my purple outfit on my last trip to Vegas. Photos taken in the Bellagio Gardens, Ceasar's Palace and around the Ls Vegas Strip. Let me know what you think!















Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Monday, March 15, 2010

My Modeling Portfolio Widget

A new Blurb feature. The new Blurb BookShow™ widget that can be embed in your website, blog, or Facebook page. This new feature will allow your friends and fans to automatically preview and buy your book.



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Andrea Nicole Baker

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Redux

I saw this gorgeous photo at thefashionwh0re. Love the giant headbow and that she is so engrossed in the book! I can't wait to see the movie again. It was so visually stimulating. I'm sure I missed so many things the first time.

Did you see that the movie made almost $120 Million the first weekend? Lots of star power there! Probably will draw well as some of us go back for seconds. Most of the reviews that I read were not very complimentary. It's true that the plot was somewhat "ho-hum". Very traditional Disney! The heroine slays the Dragon and all ends well. But it's great fun and highly entertaining.

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Monday, March 8, 2010

Gorgeous Gowns at the Oscars

I love watching the red carpet show at the Oscars. The gowns are truly the highlight of the show. Actually after about 30 minutes of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin I was bored silly. I turned off the TV and went and did something else. I loved last years show. Who scripted this one?
Now on to the 3 gowns and women that I adored the most:


Cameron Diaz

Strapless embellished Oscar de la Renta gown, which she accessorized with a Cartier diamond ring and loose sideswept hairdo. The 37-year-old actress, who presented the Best Animated Feature to Up this evening, wore an Oscar de la Renta gown. Cameron chose a champagne tulle gown with metallic ribbon and gold paillette embroidery from the fashion house’s Fall 2010 collection! See more photos.






Penelope Cruz
She looked ravishing in a dusky red draped Donna Karan gown, chic bun, and Chopard jewels. She is carrying an Haute Couture Folies Clutch with a black strass Swarovski buckle and black stripped ostrich feather work by Roger Vivier.
See more photos








Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo’s iridescent pink Armani Prive creation had the “wow factor” the diva said she was looking for in an Oscar gown. The cascading ruffles contributed to the dramatic effect. See more photos.


Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Alice in Wonderland Meet-up

It's hard to tell whether it was seeing a fabulous movie or being with so many wonderful girlfriends that made Friday evening so fantastic. Probably a combination of both. We met at PF Changs for dinner at 6 PM. There were only four of us for the first hour. But that was awesome because the four of us girls got a chance to chat and know each other so much better. By 8 PM we were a much larger group.

The movie in 3D and Imax was spectacular. The visual effects were incredible. I loved Mia Wasikowski as Alice. Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was awesome as usual. Helena Bonham Carter is most assuredly portraying the Queen of Hearts, both in attire and in attitude -- not to mention the quite real beheadings. Anne Hathaway is gorgeous as the dainty White Queen who is looking for her champion. While it's a simple story - Alice has to decide whether to accept a marriage proposal from a geeky guy and live the life he wants her to lead or choose to be her own woman and find her own path. It is a coming of age story of a dream child with quite an independent streak. A message that resonates for all of us Lolitas! Here are some more photos!









Love,
Loli Andrea

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alice in Versace Land

Alice in Versace Land is the inspiration for Versace's Spring/Summer 2010 Show.
Check out more at The Daily Truffle.

Alice in Versace Land The inspiration for Versace’s Spring/Summer 2010 runway collection, is the upcoming Alice in Wonderland, Directed by Tim Burton.Donatella described her show as, “Alice in Wonderland in a Baroque world.”Ms. Versace has been a fan of Never Land for a long time, in fact, it is her favorite fantasy land.Up close, some of the fabrics are adorned with pocket watches, rabbits, playing cards, hearts, baroque curlicues, butterflies, and mushrooms.I loved this collection because it brought a younger, more hip feeling to Versace. (No more tacky, obnoxious 80’s feel). My only complaint is that Nana, the children’s maid and dog, was not involved. (wait, did I mix up my lands?) Next stop……My idea of Donatella in Wonderland !

How about these gorgeous Spring/Summer 2010 Versace fashions...













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Andrea Nicole Baker