fashion review – Oscar style

My favorite night of the year was Sunday.  I ate up every minute of it this year, beginning on the red carpet, of course.  You know what I’m talking about…The Academy Awards!  I know there has been lots of talk about Seth McFarlane and that is to be expected.  I really enjoyed the opening.  Not so much the William Shatner part, but the dance numbers were great.  I certainly didn’t know that Charlize Theron was a trained ballerina (or so I’ve read).  She and Channing Tatum were amazing.  I have a huge crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  I always have, I think its linked to his dimples.  So, seeing him and Daniel Radcliff dance was just the best.  Then in the middle of the show, Jennifer Hudson reminded us all just how amazing she is (like we needed reminding).  She really killed it singing from her role in Dreamgirls. Celebrating music in films is definitely a huge win in my book.

But down to the nitty gritty…the Oscar fashion.

Without a question in my mind, Reese Witherspoon was the best dressed.  She wore Louis Vuitton gown, jewels, and shoes.  It was my absolute favorite color combination cobalt blue and black. Her classic hairstyle really let the dress speak for itself.  I am constantly in awe at her poise and friendly/outgoing demeanor.  When she introduced the first 3 nominations for best picture she reinforced just  why I look up to her so much.

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Kerry Washington has been the one to beat this award season.  The coral jeweled Miu Miu dress was stunning.  It reminded me of something that Audrey Hepburn would have worn back in the days of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It was the perfect level of old hollywood glamour that the Oscars really command.

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I must have a little critical moment.  Amanda Seyfried is typically dressed to impress.  But, at the Oscars I was less than impressed with her look.  I think it could have been partially remedied if she had just worn a lip color that stood out from her face.  She really redeemed herself when she performed in the gorgeous red dress. That performance was wonderful, sheesh I still need to see Les Miserables.

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Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar in a gown worthy of a winner – Dior Haute Couture.  The blush pink and white gown really stood out amongst the crowd and had a youthful playfulness and elegance that really represented her age and personality.  Her hairstyle really completed the look – swept off her face and beautiful.

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My last critical moment of the post goes to Anne Hathaway.  I am tired of her wearing the same color almost white, almost blush. Find some color lady!

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My best dressed couple is of course – Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.  The love between these two was so obvious when Ben made his acceptance speech for Best Picture.  Jennifer stuck to her go to color family – red, setting on a beautiful Merlot  almost purple gown with an amazing bustle/train…MAJOR!  Ben looked dapper in his tux and was so humble and gracious in his speech.  I just can’t get enough!

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Then we saw America’s sweetheart – Sandra Bullock.  She went a little bit edgy in the lace Elie Saab gown.  She worn a classic Sandy hairstyle and carried herself as only she can.  A+

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Jennifer Anniston killed it in red ball gown.  I would wear that gown any day.  Her hair was a little plain for the gown, but that is her style.  Red or black is her go to color and we haven’t seen her in red in a while.  I was so impressed she went with a ball gown – not her typical silhouette and that made it even more special.

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Halle Berry’s dress was a 21st century throw back to a zoot suit and was really fun.

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Not so much about the men’s fashion at the Oscars.  All very dapper and formal.  Nothing out of the ordinary, which we really can’t complain about.

What did y’all think?  best dressed?

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high five for friday

This has been a crazy work week, but that just makes it that much sweeter that its Friday!

1. Two nights of The Bachelor this week – could there be anything better?

2. My dad came over and we worked on my washer, yet again! Last time we thought it was level and pulled together and it walked right out of the closet on the first wash.  So, fingers crossed it lasts longer this time! This thing is gonna be the death of me.

3. My Birchbox arrived this week! Always a fun treat! More on that soon! But, I have to say my favorite item is the Twistband headband…its great!

4. I’m feeling super official – I ordered business cards this week so that I am ready to swap with the wonderful bloggers I will meet at BlissDom.  Jumping in with both feet and loving it.

5. It’s Oscar time this weekend.  Its one of my favorite Sundays of the year! I cannot wait!

Link up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk Blog!

putting pinterest to the test

Sunday, I finally did what I always tell myself to do…cook!! So, I pulled out the iPad and ran through my endless list of recipes to try from Pinterest.  I ran across a crock pot rancher’s roast beef.  The pin led me to a great and super easy to follow food blog: Heather Likes Food (link to blog & recipe)!  I made a few alterations.  I used Italian dressing mix instead of ranch just because I already had it on hand.  Also, I didn’t add in any sour cream as I unfortunately, must remain lactose free.  BORING, I know.

Take a look at the before shot – right when I added the ingredients to the crock pot!

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Doesn’t this look great already!

The finished product in the crock pot – wish we had scratch and sniff blogs so you could smell the wonderful smell that filled my whole house.

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I couldn’t wait to get it on a plate!! I also tried spaghetti squash – it went horribly a rye.  over cooked? I think so.  Prepared in an amateur manner?  Absolutely.  But, back to the delicious beef! After all, it’s what’s for dinner.  I mean who am I kidding…I am Texan to the core!

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I have eaten two different versions of this meat as leftovers.  Today at work, I sliced the meat and ate it cold on a hawaiian roll.  Healthy lunch! Jealous co-workers.  Then tonight for dinner I tossed several slices of the meat into a skillet and heated them up.  I also steamed broccoli.  The broiled hot dog bun is a family favorite.  For some reason, when you put butter on a bun and broil it for toast it becomes a heavenly treat!

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Heather – great recipe! SUPER easy & SUPER tasty! Thanks!!

And a big thank you to the blogosphere for inspiring me to cook! (A huge feat! Just ask my friends!)

high five for friday

This was quite an interesting week…

1. Out with some friends this weekend and happened to see the Bachelor, Sean Lowe.  naturally, we went over and tried to act cool…tried and failed…but he was really sweet (not to mention cute).  My friends and I are mildly really into the show.  Hope it all turns out well for my fellow Dallasite! We’re rooting for you Sean!

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2. I finished reading Safe Haven this weekend.  Nicholas Sparks has done it again! He really does tell a great story.  There was a lot more suspense than I expected.  I am really excited to see the movie version this weekend.

3. Mardi Gras was Tuesday, and although I was under the weather, I celebrated with a pancake supper.  This is a tradition we had when I was at an Episcopal school as a kid.  My family also lived in New Orleans during my tween years.  FYI-Tween wasn’t even a term when I was that age.  So, I have to say my heart really wanted to be there on St. Charles! There is a lot of Mardi Gras love within me.

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4. My mom gave me a great Valentine treat.  I firmly believe that you can never have too many fun mugs!

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5. Really looking forward to tonight – headed to see a fun band with a group of friends and dance the night away.  TGIF for sure!

How was everyone else’s week?

Linking up with Lauren!

fashion review – grammy style

I’ll admit I was an entire day late watching the e! red carpet and Grammy awards (which had been dutifully DVR-ed).  I was completely impressed with the musical performances of the night.  I think this was one of the most entertaining Grammy awards in many years.  Loved the reggae tribute with Bruno Mars, Sting, Rhianna, and the Marley brothers.  The retro glam way Bruno Mars performs really brings style to the 21st century.  Big bands were a thing of the 1940s along with the wide lapel dinner jackets.  It’s a little crazy that I loved this tribute because I don’t even like reggae music, not even a little bit.  It must be the modern take of Bruno and the collaboration that drew me in. We must not leave out  Justin Timberlake…nough said.  (more on my love of JT in a bit).

Carrie Underwood stole the show in her elegant Roberto Cavalli gown with sparkly jewels and soft curls.  She looked glamorous in a dress that could have quickly made a turn to a gothic look.  Also, she knows how to walk in it & the appropriate way to lift it up to climb the stairs of the stage when accepting an award.

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I also appreciate that the Grammy’s bring together so many different styles and levels of dress.  The Grammy’s are the only place that you will see pants and balls gowns side by side, I’m convinced.  Kaley Cuoco looked great in leather leggings and a sequined blazer.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE killed it.  The look:  the black moire blazer & oversized (slightly) bow tie.  Moire is a fabric that appears to have a wood grain.  Elegant, fashion forward, old hollywood.  His new “swept off his face” styled hair really completed the look.  In my book, he can do no wrong.  I was thrilled beyond belief to have him back on stage singing. Tom Ford, I salute you.

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There is no great way to explain any of the many examples of a fashion faux pas (in my book) of the night because of the range of styles represented.  Also, do you dress up for the event, since it’s a big deal, or do you dress in the look you have cultivated as an artist?  Or maybe thats just me not understanding the hipster, rocker, rapper way of life?  Let’s face it – I know nothing about any of these.

What are your thoughts on Grammy style?

high five for friday

Here we are at my third #h54f!

1. I have been in a battle with my washing machine for a while now.  Currently, it’s a losing battle.  tile floor plus plastic washer feet = slippery, so I added rubber feet….no dice…now it walks out of its closet and is really hard for me to move back because of the rubber feet…..any and ALL suggestions welcome 🙂 please and thank you!  Take a look at the culprit and my rant on instagram.

2. I FINALLY got my hair cut!! It was WAY overdue.  (Sorry for the lack of picture….I have a lot to learn about taking pictures of myself)  The cut wasn’t extreme or anything, but the fresh ends are worth every penny.  Also, I just love getting my hair cut & styled.  There is just something so relaxing about having your hair washed and head massaged followed by a cut and blow out.  just the best! This can be a stressful time for some…but I have gone to the same stylist for 10+ years and we know each other very well and she never steers me wrong.

3. I have become throughly engrossed in Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.  It’s a great story and I am less than a week away from the movie hitting theaters…its crunch time people!

4. Starting to get really excited about BlissDom 2013.  I am planning on spending some quality time this weekend prepping and learning more about the conference. AND of course beginning to plot my outfits for the event!

5.  I am READY for the weekend! I spent a lot of time this week helping Mama (yes, that’s what I call my mom….let’s be serious…this is Texas people) prep for the open house for her new business Let’s Craft Together by Blue Parfait.  She will be teaching several craft classes a month with different themes and projects.  More on that to come, but its an exciting time for her! I have to say I am dog tired.

Don’t forget to link up with Lauren!

I can’t take it anymore…

I just have to have a moment to write about Downton Abbey.  I can’t get enough of it.  Several of my friends told me that I needed was required to watch it.  Little did I know that would lead to me watching the first two seasons in ONE weekend.  That’s actually pretty much all I did all weekend….with a little laundry and straightening thrown in.  One of my sweet friends has a blog as well (Erika’s Tea Cup) and I read her words about Downton and could wait no longer.

Watching this show takes me to a different time and place.  Watching it for an entire weekend makes the words I say to myself (in my head) have a british accent and dialect.  No complaints here!   The story is a very compelling look into history.  It all begins the morning after the Titanic sinks.  The show scoots through time rather quickly with periodic jumps.  This doesn’t cause any problems for the plot line.  Each week I cannot wait to step away from my life and head to Downton.

My fashion loving side can’t get enough of this show either!  The transition from early 1910s to around 1920 was a significant time of change for fashion.  Corsets gave way to flapper dresses.  Long elaborate hairstyles led to bob’s and the beginning of finger-waves.  The introduction of the dinner jacket, as an alternative for tails was even a topic of conversation between the men and their valets.

I really don’t want to ruin any of the plot of this wonderful show, so I won’t share any of the plot twists or specific costumes.

But, check it out, you won’t regret it! PLEASE start from the beginning, you really must see how it all unfolds and be sure to  keep an eye out for Matthew Crawley.

high five for friday

TGIF! Here are some peaks of my week:

1.  spent some much-needed time relaxing & blogging in bed Saturday morning.  found a few new gems from linking up for #H54F.

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2. (really #1 cont.) new blog loves: dancing with ashley, pursuit of pink, design your dwelling, & not your dirty underwear (to name a few). I was quickly swept up a long time of perusing these blogs! so fun!

3. had dinner and caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. good to catch up & we ate at a new burger place – hopdoddy – delish & great local vibe!

4. spent some quality time with Tweed.  He’s been a little under the weather and needed a little TLC time.

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(isn’t he just the sweetest…i swear i’m not at all biased…)

5. working on a new layout for the blog – pretty excited about it, can’t wait to debut…but it’s not ready yet.