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Women We Love: Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington is taking the world by storm. In 2014 she was deemed one of the most influential people in the world, and we can see why. She has worked with dozens of charitable causes from early on in her career and continues to do so to this day. Most of them have to do with women, domestic violence, and the arts! These are all things dear to our hearts and she is doing so much good in this world. Go Kerry!  Some of her work includes being a member of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities, a board member for V-day–a charity against violence for women, a board member of the Creative Coalition for the arts, and on the Artists Committee for Americans for the Arts. Here she works with youth in DC on the Turnaround Arts Initiative. Kerry Washington

She goes beyond education, youth, and violence, and has used her unique and fabulous style to raise money and awareness for not only domestic violence, but the frequent financial strain that those in domestically violent environments cannot afford to get away from. Last year, Ms. Washington joined with The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and fashion designers to create a purple handbag representing women’s financial independence and to raise awareness for women’s violence.

Washington says, “Abuse is hard to talk about, so we thought a purse is a beautiful object that can get the conversation started…it is a symbol of a woman’s financial domain.”

Here is the bag she designed for the cause in 2014:Actress Kerry Washington unveils her design for this year’s AlWe were so excited to find out she did it again this year! Here is the design for this year that came out just 2 weeks ago!Limited Edition Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Launch With Kerry WashingtonYou can now buy the bag at Saks Fifth Avenue, and 25% of the proceeds go to the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 1.44.20 PMThanks Kerry for all that you do for women, girls, and humanity! You go girl!

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AJ

Color Inspiration: Indigo

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Indigo changed the world, it’s story is one for history. It is the color that will forever be unbreakable and impervious. When natural fabrics are dipped in indigo you have an earthy element envied by bohemia, and when luxurious are fabrics smothered in indigo, you have a regal color envied by royalty. That calming, brooding, and perfect shade of blue will always be one of the most exquisite colors to style.CKCr6fBUAAMXrQcsuitsepson-final-moon01oceanindigoeyescoast-indigo-wedding-inspiration-932553976_041_aindigoinky-blue_kitchen_dining1cd8c2ca5f076238823534f9e196a41aferncapri-wedding-17{1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18}

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AJ

2015 Emmy’s Best Dressed

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It’s that time again to take a look at who had the best style at the 2015 Emmy awards in Hollywood California last Sunday. There were plenty of styles that had us gushing, especially Cat Deeley in that little gold number by Patrick Kielty (above). Here is our top 10 in no particular order.GettyImages-489368382_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xMaggie Gyllenhaal in Oscar de la RentaGettyImages-489358662_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xSarah Hyland in Zac PosenGettyImages-489359494_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xAriel Winter in Romona KevezaGettyImages-489367944_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xEmma Roberts in Jenny PackhamGettyImages-489364558_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xSarah Paulson in Prabal Gurung.GettyImages-489366926_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xSofia Vergara in St. Johnemmy-aamanda-crew.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xAmanda Crew in Gustavo CadileGettyImages-489359986_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xAubrey Plaza in Alexandre VauthierGettyImages-489368346_master.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xKerry Washington in Marc Jacobs

Photos from NY Mag.

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AJ

Fall 2015 Elie Saab Couture Show

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Elie Saab’s Couture show for Fall 2015 is to die for. Shimmering champagne and intricate bronze shades flooded the runway with these exquisite gowns from the Lebanese designer. The metallic details and miles of draping recall the ideals of centuries of women’s fashion, clinging to the idea that the women’s garment should be stunning, flowing, and romantic. Each piece radiates a goddess-like quality elevating Saab as king of detail and poise. These looks are soft and strong, an interesting and revealing style for his runway 2015 show. _A2X0588saab1_A2X0747Capture-d’écran-2015-07-08-à-15.28.45One of the most striking components of the show were the highly talked about accessories. These headpieces were literally the crowning glory for each of Saab’s looks. From the gold leafy crowns and bracelets to the metallic lattice headbands, these are the things that accessory dreams are made of.saabheadpieceselie-saab-headbands-1024x683elie-saab-gold-leaf-1024x683saab2_A2X0493_A2X1494He will never cease to take our breath away. Enjoy.

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AJ

Why We Love Pastel Hair

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The stigma that those with unnatural hair color are ultra rebellious and scary has run away, and in come the cream puffs and sweet hearts with their pastel hair, proving you don’t have to be a punk to have colored hair. Can we hear a Hilary Duff or Julianna Hough anyone? People have even started calling it mermaid hair, and who doesn’t love mermaids!? Which is why we are devoting an entire post to pastel hair. When people ask if they could pull it off, we say do it! Why not? Hair is as fickle as a wardrobe change, and we like it that way. After all, you can always change it back. For further evidence as to why you should go pastel, simply view the photos below–we guarantee you will fall in love!

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We hope that you lovely mermaid heads will go forth and color the world with your magnificent locks!

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AJ

Seaside Bridal Inspiration

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Can you find any wedding inspiration that captures the serenity of the seaside more than this? This gorgeous ocean inspiration will make everyone want to dive in. Everything from the gown to the flowers is romantic, whimsical, and completely captures the airiness and magic of sunset at the beach. The literal crowning glory is this custom crown created by Amanda and Meredith Markworth-Pollack (lead costume designer of CW’s show Reign) for the show. Their collaboration makes up our Gilded Collection, which we cannot get enough of. This seaside bride wears the most beautiful crown, fit for a princess of the sea. Check out more of this inspiration below!bridalsoiree-styled-01

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We hope this seaside beauty inspires the mermaid in all of you. Happy Wedding Wednesday!

All photos from Green Wedding Shoes.

xoxo,

AJ

Women We Love: Mindy Kaling

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Where do we begin with Mindy Kaling? We could tell you she is one of the funniest women alive because she has written and stared in award-winning comedy television. We could tell you she is smart because she graduated from Dartmouth, has written two books, and comes from doctor parents. We could tell you she is an influential feminist because she changes beauty and body standards, writes herself as an imperfect female protagonist, and is one of the first Asian-American women to simultaneously write, star in, and produce her own television shows. We could tell you that she is considered one of the most charitable celebrities in Hollywood because on her birthday she asked for her fans favorite charities so she could donate to them…Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 3.03.41 PMBut what it comes down to, is that Mindy Kaling is a woman we admire, and a celebrity who advocates for many amazing causes.

In her book “Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me,” she tells her young readers to do their homework! She says to work hard in school and do homework even before they watch her show. Homework over TV?! What person who has made a career in television tells people to do something else besides watch their show? Mindy Kaling. kahling-book-cover

She doesn’t stop there with the young people. She is also involved Girls Inc, and recently spoke at the Google sponsored event Made For Code which helps to get young women into science and technology. She also held an auction for Rosie’s Theatre Kids by auctioning off one of The Mindy Project’s scripts."Google's Made With Code" Launch Event To Inspire Girls To Code Hosted By Mindy Kaling And Featuring Chelsea Clinton"Google's Made With Code" Launch Event To Inspire Girls To Code Hosted By Mindy Kaling And Featuring Chelsea Clinton

She also auctioned off her outfits from The Mindy Project to raise money for they Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (her mom had passed away from pancreatic cancer). And when asked about what charities she supports, she responded with pancan.orgtumblr_nlbh5qfGa11s0q65no1_1280

Mindy Kaling is a phenomenon and you shouldn’t just want to be her best friend, you should want to be her. Thanks for all you’ve done Mindy!

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AJ

Women We Love: Stacy London

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You’ve seen her on What Not to Wear, and now her new show Love, Lust, or Run, and the truth is we’ve always loved that strong, sassy woman with phenomenal style. However, even she will admit that she isn’t the same woman she was on What Not to Wear. There is something softer and more open about her now, and we still love it which is why she is the newest feature in the Women We Love series!TLC

Stacy isn’t just an evolving style maven either, another reason we love her is because she is one tough cookie who has dealt with her fair share of issues. Opening up on her new show, she describes her struggle with body image, and in her book The Truth About Style (a New York Times bestseller) she reveals in detail even more about her fight with self-esteem. 810AOzohKaL

“I have been every size in my life. I’ve been smaller than a zero, up through a size 16. I’ve had lots of issues with body image and weight my whole life and it really took a great deal of work to recognize that at all those weights, no matter how I felt, I could still find a dress that made me feel sexy and powerful.”

She says that personal style is what helped her to become confident–and we are witnesses to the fact that she has given hundreds of people that same confidence by helping them discover their personal style as well.Stacey London shares beauty secrets with FIT students

“I think there’s a deep connection between style and self-esteem. There’s nothing superficial about making yourself feel good, and strong, and confident.”

Another thing Stacy London is open about, is her battle with psoriasis. She was featured in the Psoriatic Arthritis Total Approach to Health program with the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2007, as well as AbbVie’s “Uncover Your Confidence” campaign in 2013 where she even offered style advice.Uncover-Your-ConfidenceStacy is such an example of a strong, confident woman and we are thrilled to have her on our Women We Love series!

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AJ

 

2015 Met Gala Headpiece Trend

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As always, the Met Gala styles are stunning, but this year, there was a HUGE trend among attendees that we’ve seen all over the media–the oh-so-fabulous headpiece! These little babies flooded the red carpet, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Why you ask? Because if there is one thing we love here at Untamed Petals, it is a gorgeous headpiece!

You may have seen some of these:

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However, after getting through these rather “ostentatious” pieces, there were some other pieces with a little more subtlety that we would like to draw some attention to.

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Of course we can’t forget the flower headpieces! All of these are total stunners on some beautiful ladies.flowersChrissy Teigan, Diane Kruger, Selena Gomez, and Georgia May Jagger

Hope this inspired your passion for amazing headpieces!

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AJ

Summer 2015 Movies to Read First

Summer is almost upon us and so is the time to read at the beach and hit those summer blockbuster movies! This summer there are plenty of movies that are based on books. So if you want to beat everyone to the punch and claim the “book was better,” here are some great adaptations to check out before you watch on the big screen.

Far From the Madding Crowd (May 1st) This period film featuring the beautiful Carey Mulligan, revolves around a young lady who enchants multiple men around the same time and has to choose one to marry in 1800s rural England. Scandalous! If you enjoy a nice Jane Austen book or movie this might be just up your alley.FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWDfftmc

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12th) Here is a winner of two Sundance awards including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. This book is about a young boy who tries to strategize his high school senior year so it doesn’t totally suck. This works for a little until his mom forces him to hang out with a girl his age who has cancer.MeandEarlandtheDyingGirl_article_story_large599x899xme-and-earl-683x1024.jpg.pagespeed.ic.EFAsEnVV1M

Paper Towns (July 24th) This will be model Cara Delevigne’s first starring role portraying an adventurous girl who after plotting revenge on her cheating ex, sends the boy next door on a scavenger hunt to find her. The book is written by the same author as The Fault in our Stars and stars one of the same actors from the film, Nat Wolff. 26C3A32300000578-0-the_first_images_from_the_highly_anticipated_movie_the_supermode-m-33_1426675057097papertowns

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AJ