Red Carpet Round Up: Oscars 2015

One thing that I love about the Oscars is that it is the event when all of the celebrities pull out their a-game. They seem to save their fanciest dresses for the night and it’s the perfect way to wrap up award season. I’ll admit that this year’s actual award ceremony didn’t totally grab my attention, but I was, as usual, obsessed with the fashion.

Best Dressed

Oscar Best Dressed

I had a difficult time choosing my best dressed this year because so many actresses hit it out of the park fashion-wise! I absolutely loved Anna Kendrick’s soft coral, Thakoon dress with the jeweled collar and cutout. I think this color is absolutely gorgeous on her and I love how the dress elongates her petite frame. I also am glad to see her in a more sophisticated silhouette especially after she played a princess in Into The Woods. On the other end of the spectrum is Jennifer Lopez, wearing an Ellie Saab princess dress. As you may know, Ellie Saab is one of my favorite designers so it’s no surprise that this dress ended up as a top pick. I think the dress was utter perfection and Jennifer still managed to look age appropriate with the plunging neckline and beautiful detailing. (But then again, I’m convinced J.Lo never ages…) As gorgeous as the dress is in the picture, it looked even more so, when she seemingly floated across the stage to present an award. Finally, I’m so excited to include Rosamund Pike on my best dressed list after she was on my worst for the Golden Globes. However, this red Givenchy dress is fabulous and I love the scallop detail which is so on trend and the tasteful slit. This dress also perfectly highlights her amazing figure and I love the band at the waist.

In addition to their gorgeous dresses, another thing these women have in common is their beautiful hair and make-up. Perfectly complimenting their dresses, all three went for updos with Anna and Rosamund opting for some volume and Jennifer going for a slicked back ponytail. Their make-up was flawless as well, with J.Lo’s signature glow, Anna’s pinky-peach cheeks and Rosamund’s contoured cheekbones, while all three wore for a nude lip.

Honorable mention also goes to Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection. While it wasn’t my favorite dress, the 6,000 pearls on it do make it pretty spectacular!

Worst Dressed

oscars worst dressed

Once again, only two stars made my worst dressed list. Award show veteran, Nicole Kidman, wore this Louis Vuitton sequin dress. Nicole often opts for a column style dress, which she looks great in, but the eyesore here is the red belt. Not only does it look garish next to the yellow sequins, but it completely draws the eye away from her face and directly to the belt. One thing that was working for her though, was her gorgeous long bob and I wish her hairstylist could show me how to inject as much volume into mine! My other pick is Chloe Grace Moretz, a relative newcomer to the red carpet. Unfortunately the fabric on her Miu Miu dress looks more like curtains from the 1970s and the exaggerated hips with the pleated detail is unflattering. At only 18, this dress just looks so dated for her age and I’d love to see her in something fresher at her next awards show. But hey, didn’t we all make a few fashion faux pas in our teens?

Question:

-Who was your best and worst dressed from the Oscars?

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Red Carpet Round Up: Golden Globes 2015

For some people, the early winter months mean football season. They have snacks and settle in front of the television, talking to the tv as if they can be heard and have a hard time looking away. Well, that’s how I feel about award season. I too, love to sit and watch the whole event, including the red carpet pre-show. On occasion, I might find myself talking to the tv, guessing who I think should win the award that’s up for grabs. Oh, and when the boys are checking out the plays they just watched on their phones, I’m scrolling through E!’s red carpet pictures so I can get a closer look. This year, the majority of the women walking the red carpet were on point. Of course, there will always be some who manage to pull away from the pack and those who fall behind, so let’s get to it.

Best Dressed

Golden Globes best dressed

These three women look absolutely flawless and can you believe that they are all over 40? Of course, Kate Beckinsale tops my list in her Elie Saab dress. Now Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers so it’s no surprise I loved this dress, but it’s absolutely perfection. I love that it has the right amount of sparkle, paired with the gorgeously draped, neutral skirt. I think her styling was spot on too with her neutral bag, double wrist cuffs and dark manicure. Beckinsale is one of those stars though, who consistently hits it right on the red carpet, and I’ll admit that I know her more for her red carpet looks than her movies. Amy Adams has been on a winning streak for the past few years, both on the award show stage and the red carpet. Her pale blue Versace dress, perfectly brought out her blue eyes. It was a simple style with classic styling but what made this a winner in my book was that it fit her like a dream. Now I’m not usually one for feathers on a dress, but Julianne Moore’s Givenchy Couture look worked beautifully. I absolutely loved the ombre effect and how the trailing sequins just melted into the feathers. I’m so glad that she let this very embellished dress do the talking too and opted for simple diamonds to complete the look.

Worst Dressed

Golden Globes Worst

I’d call it a very successful award show with only two stars on my worst dressed list. The first is Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang and I’m disappointed that both the actress and designer are on the list! This dress just doesn’t work as the bodice lays awkwardly in part due to the straps and the cutouts look a little odd. If you are going to go this bare, I’d suggest looking in the direction of Kate Hudson who rocked her very revealing Versace dress due to a perfect fit. For such a gorgeous, talented actress, I hope her next red carpet dresses are better. On the other end of the spectrum is Keira Knightley, wearing a very conservative dress. I’m sad to say that this dress is actually Chanel! I recognize that Kiera does tend to go for more offbeat dresses and is a Chanel spokesperson but this dress is just too much with the top and bottom made from a material resembling curtains. And I think you know how I feel about the matching butterfly on her wrist. I know that both Chanel and Keira can do much better and have high hopes for the future.

Of course, as award shows go, they can’t all be winners. But tell me, who topped your best and worst dressed lists?

Real Talk: Like A Girl

I’m excited to introduce a new series on the blog today entitled “Real Talk”. Today’s centers on beauty but you can expect these to be on a variety of topics. One of the wonderful things about having a blog is having this platform to discuss things that I find interesting at the moment and sometimes they don’t always fit in the food or beauty category. So here’s some real talk from me to you! If there are any topics you’d like me to cover be sure and comment below!

In terms of commercials, so often these days we are fast-forwarding through them or if we’re on YouTube, waiting the requisite 5 seconds before we can skip them. Except lately, a few beauty brand commercials have caught my eye and enticed me to watch the entire thing. In the past, we have become accustomed to women’s empowerment type of commercials from Dove  (and I have previously written about them here and here) but it is so wonderful to see other female brands hopping on the positive self-esteem bandwagon.

Pantene Not Sorry| Shine Strong

I don’t know about you, but when I first watched this video, all I could think was “Omg, that’s me”. I am always saying I’m sorry whether it is when someone else bumps into me or for a myriad of other reasons. In fact, previous boyfriends have told me to stop saying I’m sorry so often. (And for the record, when someone tells me to stop saying ‘sorry’, it’s extremely difficult for me to not respond with ‘ok, sorry’.) Needless to say, it’s been a bit of a problem. Now I’m not really totally on board with the whole “sorry not sorry” thing, as I think sometimes people use that as an excuse to be rude but I do think that many women are constantly apologizing for things that we don’t need to be apologizing for! As a natural people-pleaser, it’s a difficult habit to change, but I do love the idea to “be strong and shine” and I feel inspired to live that out a little more and leave some of the unnecessary sorrys behind.

Covergirl #GirlsCan

In this commercial, I love how these amazingly talented female musicians, athletes, as well as TV and movie stars are all sharing how they were told that they “couldn’t do something.” And then they went ahead and did it. Women have been breaking barriers since the beginning of time and it’s so refreshing to see the media focus attention on challenging those walls. It’s also so interesting to see these huge stars whom we associate with their talents that made them famous and think that they were once held back from doing those very things. I feel so lucky to live in a country that doesn’t put barriers on what women are capable of and so many opportunities are now afforded to us. Reminds me of a pin I had in high school that said “A women’s place is in the House… and Senate” and maybe next the White House!

Always | #LikeAGirl

This post is similar to the Covergirl campaign but it focuses on the phrase “like a girl”. It’s one that has inundated our language for so long and yet, this is the first time I really thought about what it meant. I think it’s so eye-opening watching the adults do a variety of activities “like a girl” and then to see the young girls do the same activities to their full potential. It saddens me that as we grow up, many women lose confidence in their abilities and tend to give in to that gender stereotype. But what if “like a girl” meant strong and powerful and capable? How many more things and boundaries would we be able to push? Definitely food for thought in this one.

Clean & Clear | Confidence in Yourself: See the Real Me

I just stumbled upon this video tonight but I had to include because it’s one of my favorites. I’ll be honest, I love beauty and hair and style and think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with those things. But self-confidence is something that every woman has struggled with at some point in their life, if not on a regular basis. The statistic in the beginning shocked and saddened me that 75% of teen girls want to be seen but are afraid of being judged. Little personal story: when I was in middle school my mom had to have a little talk with me because I wasn’t raising my hand in class. I remember telling her that it wasn’t because I didn’t know the answer, in fact, I often did. Rather, it was that I felt uncomfortable giving the correct answer, afraid of how I would be perceived. I was never shy and have always loved speaking in front of crowds and yet, I was worried what people would think if I was correctly answering questions. Thankfully, with my mom’s wise words and growing self-confidence, that worry went away and I became much more engaged in answering questions from then on. But I think girls need to hear the message that it is wonderful to be smart and that it is something to be celebrated, not to be downplayed.

Questions:

-What campaign resonated with you the most?

-Any topics you’d like me to cover in the new series?

5 Binge Worthy TV Shows

I consider myself somewheat of a pop culture aficianado, but somehow I missed these 5 great shows in the beginning. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime though, I was able to hop on board and thought I would share some of my favorites. Plus, who doesn’t love watching a full season of a show minus commercials and waiting week-to-week for new episodes? Instead of inserting pictures, I put the first season trailer (some of these are older shows so I promise the trailer doesn’t do them justice) but thought it would give you a better sneak peek into the shows. If you’ve overlooked these shows in the past, plan a little staycation, grab some snacks and get ready for some seriously good tv.

1. Friday Night Lights

I don’t know how, but somehow I completely missed Friday Night Lights when it was on tv (truth? I was probably too busy watching the CW). My brother and his wife were completely into watching it a few years ago, and to be honest, I didn’t understand the draw. I thought it was some football show, and not being much of a sports girl, decided I wasn’t really interested. Well, was I missing out. Friday Night Lights is one of the best tv series out there and I can’t tell you how sad I was when the 5th season was over. It is a show where you really fall in love with the characters and of course idolize the marriage between Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler. It also doesn’t hurt that there are a number of very cute guys on the show! There’s always drama, but what keeps you coming back is the heart, it feels like quality television that I just couldn’t get enough of. No judgment here if your new mantra becomes, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”.

2. Suits

When Friday Night Lights was over, I was on the hunt for a new show. Luckily, my bestie Krae came to the rescue and suggested I watch Suits. I haven’t really watched much on the USA Channel but found that I was missing out on this great legal drama. I have always loved legal dramas and this one is up there with the best. Similar to The Good Wife (another fave if you haven’t seen it), most episodes feature a case of the week, but they are far from boring. They have a unique ability to capture your interest while progressing the characters storyline, not to mention some relationships as well. Come for the legal drama, but stay for the dynamics between Harvey and Mike, they are the dynamic duo that you never want to be broken. Also, the female characters on this show, like Donna, Jessica and Rachel rock and are strong women that you don’t get to see on many shows. An added bonus is that Suits is currently airing Season 4 right now, so once you finish your binge watch, you can continue your obsession in real time.

3. Veronica Mars

I remember catching an episode or two of Veronica Mars years ago, but never really started watching it. Then, when the kickstarter campaign for a movie started and was a smashing success, I thought that maybe I was missing something. This is a show that is really best to watch from Season 1 because you would miss a lot of the character’s arcs without it. Veronica is a high school student (and later college) that happens to be a private eye on the side. I’ll admit that it sounds a little cheesy, but somehow, the show just nails it. Kristen Bell does a phenomenal job and is totally snarky and loveable at the same time. It definitely is a little on the younger side but such a fun show to watch. Plus, it has the added bonus of catching up with Veronica in the movie when she’s 30 which if you’re like me, you’ll start streaming the second after you finish the final episodes of Season 3!

4. Parenthood

Parenthood was another show like Friday Night Lights that I just never found myself getting into for no real reason. When Krae suggested that I get on board (yep, she suggested another of my favorites) I knew I had to start watching because we have such similar tv taste. Parenthood feels like Friday Night Lights in the wholesome sense mixed with Brothers & Sisters in the family sense. It revolves around the Bravermans which includes the grandparents, their four children (including Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham and Erika Christensen) plus their significant others and their children. Needless to say it’s a big group. But the more you watch, the more you fall in love with the Bravermans and they will make you laugh and will make you cry. In fact, Vulture does a great “cry-cap” after each episode rating scenes on how many tears were shed. Season 5 just wrapped and the 6th and final season premiers in the Fall, so be sure to check it out before then!

5. House of Cards

Yes, the Netflix show that everyone talks about really does live up to it’s hype. My brother urged me to start watching this series, so just before the second season was set to drop, I binge watched the first season. And wow, what a season it was! HOC is set in DC and revolves around Frank Underwood, the Democratic Majority Whip Leader who is extremely ambitious and ready to do anything to rise up in the ranks. It stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Penn as the power couple that you do not want to cross. Episodes are shocking and exciting and if you like Scandal this show is for you!

Other shows that would be great to binge watch: The Good Wife, Scandal, Revenge and Pretty Little Liars! (Can you tell I love a good drama?) In the comedy department I only really watch one: The Mindy Project and it’s amazing. So much so, in fact, that I might have to do a full focused post on it soon!

Questions:

-What are your favorite tv shows?

-Any shows that I need to binge watch? I’m always looking for new recommendations!