An Independent Spirit

5th March, 2013

While I was in LA recently to work with LoveGold, they invited me to be their guest at the Independent Spirit Awards. As a freelance creative producer working in a myriad of mediums, it was immensely inspiring for me to sit in that big Santa Monica tent and witness passionate, working artists be recognized and rewarded. Perhaps I was swept up in the magic of Hollywood, but hearing a slew of cinematographers, writers, directors, and actors talk about operating outside the studio system and fighting that much harder to see their dreams come to fruition was so uplifting for me ~ a reminder that the tougher goal is always the one worth working toward.One thing that’s never tough is getting me into a formal dress: I’ll take any opportunity! Keeping in mind that this was an afternoon affair, I went for a simple, 90’s-esque, sliver of a slip. You know, something casual. A day gown.To support the intended grunge references, I paired the look with heavily-mussed tresses (thanks to a double dose of my favorite potion!) and super-90s burgundy lips. I used one of my new favorite palettes on my eyes.
Most importantly, I finished it all off with an epic cuff and ring on loan from Munnu (whose work I also showcased in THIS POST). I’m thoroughly convinced that the two contain magical powers.
|WEARING| Chris Benz gown, Khirma Eliazov clutch, Brian Atwood shoes, Munnu jewelry

|PHOTOS| by Jamie Beck |CLICK HERE| to enjoy an epic array of additional golden goodness

  • Anonymous

    so gorgeous! your makeup is stunning! and i’d kill for your heels!

  • great photos!! love them!! you look stunning!

  • Megan

    stoppp i cant even handle this right now so so beautiful! i want a day gown and 90’s lips and tousled hair and everything about these photos. obsessed with your creative soul, so inspiring xo

  • monkeyshines

    gorgeous makeup and hairdo!


  • lola reggy

    Love that bracelet, too bad that there is not a close up of it! Really really love it!!

  • Philippe

    You’re wonderful as usual !

    See you !

  • Project Style

    Beautiful!!! I really love your makeup.

    Friederike for

  • Lisa Kouwenberg

    Wow these pictures are stunning! Gorgeous

    X lisa

  • Oh my goodness! You are so beautiful!

  • Huyen

    simply stunning, the hair, make up and dress are perfect!


  • Charity Griffin

    SIDEBOOB! This feels very Carrie Bradshaw. Love it.

  • Denisa

    Wow, amazing pics… Very nice place and I like that dress. Have a nice day.

  • Fashionably Kate

    Love this look! The pale dress and oxblood lips look incredible on you!

  • You look stunning!! xo, Christina


  • love your hair and your lips soooo much ♥ Perfect !

  • Malibu PR Gal

    Aaaaahhhh the Indie Spirit Awards. Has to be the number one fave on my list, allowing for the most creativity in dressing ( aside from the projects who are being recognized ). You look mah-velous : ) The shoes are ah-mazing!

  • elena.musconi

    I love these photos
    Very inspiring!

  • I love the entire look! Amazing styling and you look very beautiful.

  • Your bracelet is fabulous and the shoes just stunning!
    The Occasional Indulgence

  • You look absolutely gorgeous! And the dark lips were a definitely a good choice to add to the 90s vibe.


  • Street Fashion PARIS

    Looks stunning!!! just like in the magazine!!!

  • Caviar NOIR

    i love the throwback to the 90’s. You look stunning!

  • Hillary

    Very beautiful – Love that you kept it modern by mixing patterns with a leopard shoe.

  • Absolutely stunning, Kelly!!! I agree w. the comment below – very Carrie!

  • Valerie Yvonne
  • Sara Morais

    You look incredibly beautiful!!!

  • Stephanie Lam

    Just love the dress, shoes (and side boob)!!! Hehe


  • mulberry&melrose

    so flawless! i love it and it evokes a drew barrymore in the 90’s vibe, love!! 🙂 -S

  • Gorgeous look, and the dress is divine!!!

  • Sydney Juzenas

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about this look!!

  • Love everything here – the mix of patterns, the colour palette, the pop from the green – gorgeous! And the makeup is perfect – can you tell us the shade of lipstick and nail polish?? (The lipstick link only goes to the general page not the specific shade) Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Oops, sorry! The lipstick color is ‘Black Orchid’… Unfortunately I don’t recall the name of the nail polish! It was a gel manicure, so for once I didn’t bring my own color.


      • Great, thank you!! Love the 90’s throwback burgundy 🙂 I just picked up “Retro” from MAC and it’s perfect for everyday, a little lighter than this. I’ll look out for Black Orchid when I want to kick it up a notch!

  • You look stunning! Gorgeous dress, and I love the shoes!

  • Woww !! truely wow! I am amazed. I’ve always poped by your blog and glanced at your photos that we’re always very refreshing but now i am a true fan and addict of your blog. I love the way you write its always something interesting and it makes you travel..the fact is there’s always is a message passed on there and you’re not just writting for the sake of it, or taking photos just to look pretty for the camera. There really is something more there, the photos fit with the text and you do look gorgeous ! I am going to seriously start following your blog on a daily basis and catch up on all the reading over the past years ! 😛
    This might have even inspired me to start my own, although i am not sure there is that much to write about living in Bali for the past 18years! ha
    Anyways keep writting beautiful!

  • You look stunning! I love the texture and fit of that dress!



  • That dark lip looks great on you!

    A new cold weather outfit post is up on Local & Opulent. Hopefully there won’t be too many more days that I will need my giant scarf!

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  • Vanessa Rachelle

    Freakin gorgeous!!! U go girl!

  • tangoella

    Beautiful photos. Love the makeup with soft and flowy dress.
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  • Aleksa Costa

    What I love the most is the purple lipstick in contrast with the dress. Very tasteful!

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  • vittoria gallacci

    You look amazing in these pics, love the lipstick!

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