Rave: Female Role Models

From what we understand, Valentine’s Day is the leading cause of vision boards and Alanis Morissette during the month of February. It can be a nice opportunity to plan a date night, or ladies night but let’s be real: most of the time it is overhyped, cliché, and regardless of marital status, can make you feel depressed and disappointed. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. You don’t need to nurse your post Valentine’s Day feelings-hangover with mountains of pink and red wrapped sale candy*, or define yourself by this Hallmark Holiday. As an office full of fierce, 20- and 30-something women we are champions of the fearless, independent woman. Today, we salute them. Here are some of the ladies that inspire us:



Tina Fey


From head writer on SNL, to actress, to author, to mother, Fey’s list of accolades is seemingly endless. Since her stint as the first female to lead the SNL writing team, she has continued to break gender barriers and bring a feminist voice to the main stream. The message from her success (and of her fictional counterpart Liz Lemon), is that we as women don’t have to choose between career and family life. She blew us away co-hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler  and we look forward to seeing her in her first project after 30 RockThe Nest.

Jennifer Lawrence


We can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see a young starlet with ambition, modesty and a sense of humour. Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress us with her down to earth attitude, and grace under pressure. At only 22, she is a two time Academy Award nominee for best actress in Winter’s Bone and this year’s Silver Linings Playbook and has nailed the iconic role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Did we mention she beat Meryl?

Lena Dunham

While Lena Dunham is probably the newest on the scene as far as these role models go, that is not to say she has had the least impact. In only it’s second season, her much-talked-about Judd Apatow produced HBO show Girls has been nominated for four Emmys, won two Golden Globes and has been lauded as the definitive voice of the young female generation. She has unapologetically helped lead the charge in redefining what it means to be beautiful and feminine in our society in the face of cruel criticisms.  

Kathryn Bigelow



One of the most influential female filmmakers to date, Kathryn Bigelow does not do rom-com fluff. She was the director behind two of the most well-known and hard hitting American war films of our era, The Hurt Locker (for which she was the first female to win the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out ex-husband James Cameron for Avatar. Zing) and this year’s Zero Dark Thirty. She bravely faced criticism and controversy regarding the subject matter of her films and continues to thrive as a woman in notorious “boy’s club”. 


Emma Watson


It’s not all witchcraft and wizardry for the former Harry Potter actress. Like her character Hermione Granger, throughout the decade long franchise we saw Watson grow from an unknown awkward pre-teen, to a charming and poised young woman.  Unlike other starlets who grow up in the spotlight, Watson has kept a firm head on her shoulders and has managed a successful acting and philanthropic career without sacrificing her education. 



Also, this:


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*You should probably have some sale candy. C’mon, Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. 

Fashion-able: Golden Globes 2013

Have we ever mentioned how much we love awards season? Well, we do. And the Golden Globes, with its seemingly bottomless bottles of Moet and more irreverent attitude than the Oscars, is one of the season’s most entertaining. Last night’s 70th annual show was hosted by the amazing, amazing, amazing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and featured all the drama, hilarity and fashion we’ve come to expect. 


Hostesses with the mostestes – Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

We’ll get to the fashion in a moment, but first we need to give props to Fey and Poehler for demonstrating how to be cheeky and funny, while still respecting (most) of the people in the room (too bad for you, James Cameron and James Franco). Ricky Gervais, take note: this is how you do it without pissing off Harvey Weinstein. 


Tangerine Tango


FASHION Magazine’s Paige Dzenis tweeted “suck it Emerald Green, Tangerine Tango is still happening.” It certainly did look like Pantone’s 2012 colour of the year was alive and well last night, with Marion Cotillard (in Dior), Jennifer Lawrence (also in Dior) and Claire Danes (rocking an insane post-baby bod in Atelier Versace) all sporting the shade. We’d have to elect Danes the winner of this colour battle, with Cotillard coming in a close second. Lawrence’s breast detailing was a bit too distracting for our liking. That being said, Lawrence did offer one of the most quotable speeches of the night (“I beat Meryl!”).


Claire Danes in Atelier Versace

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Class Acts/Open Backs


In a sea of strapless, there’s something so elegant about Julianne Moore (in custom Tom Ford) and Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen) in their long-sleeved, open back dresses. Each dress featured elegant detailing that landed them both on our best dressed list. We loved the graphic black and white colour-blocking of Moore’s dress – such a far cry from the dowdy outfits she wore in her winning portrayal of Sarah Palin. 


Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Arm Candy


While neither Rachel Weisz nor Emily Blunt won their award categories last night, they both scored big in the “dreamy husband” category. Truth be told, we’d probably be OK with losing too if we had Daniel Craig or John Krasinski to console us. These two duos top our “hottest couple” list, with Weisz/Craig just edging out Blunt/Krasinski. Because let’s be real, James Bond > Jim Halpert. 

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz (in Louis Vuitton)

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (in Michael Kors)

Aubergine Nightmares


We screamed with joy when Lena Dunham won Best Actress In A Comedy Series and then again when Girls took home the prize for Best Comedy Series. As an office full of 20-something women, we have serious amounts of pride for Dunham and her accomplishments. That may be why we were a bit disappointed to see her in that aubergine-hued taffeta (by Zac Posen). To be fair, we also hated the colour on Taylor Swift (in Donna Karen).  


Lena Dunham in Zac Posen



Taylor Swift in Donna Karen

No Nomination, No Problem


Hollywood red carpet outfits, particularly at big award shows, aren’t necessarily known to be the most fashion-forward. That’s why we were especially delighted by Kerry Washington and Lucy Liu last night. Maybe not being nominated takes the pressure off and allows one to experiment a bit more? In any case, Washington’s sheer, beaded Miu Miu was a show-stopper (we can’t say we were quite as enamoured by her hair though). Liu took a risk with a floral patterned Carolina Herrera and, while some people are slagging the look, we quite liked it. Besides, we’ll take a bold floral over princess-y sequins any day. 


Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera

Oh Hells No


Over in the “what the heck was your stylist thinking?” category, we have Halle Berry (in Versace) and Giuliana Rancic (in Celia Kritharicti). While Berry’s bod pretty much allows her to wear anything at all, we still couldn’t get on board with her oddly patterned and slashed dress. Meanwhile, Rancic’s ill-fated attempt at goth left us shaking our heads. Perhaps she should’ve taken a cue from Julianna Margulies on how to do lacy and black best. 


Halle Berry in Versace

Guiliana Rancic in Celia Kritharicti

*All photos c/o Just Jared, unless otherwise noted.