February 28, 2014

Every Best Actress Oscar Dress


A dear blog friend came across this Oscar graphic and shared it with me because she knows I love this kind of stuff. She found it via this blog. And that blogger found it here. Now, I'm sharing it with all of you.


This year, the five ladies up for Best Actress in a Leading Role are Amy Adams, Judi Dench, Meryl Strep, Sandra Bullock, and Cate Blanchett. Any predictions on whose dress will be added to the list above?




The 86th Academy Awards will be hosted this Sunday night by Ellen DeGeneres. As always, I will have a full fashion recap on Monday. I can't wait!



Enjoy your weekend!

February 27, 2014

Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Spring 2014


Lauren Conrad brings us more great fashion with her LC by Lauren Conrad line for Kohl's. Her 2014 Spring Collection is once again both fun and feminine. Also, how pretty is she? Hashtag jealous.













Every year I say I'm going to try on some of her blazers and skinnies.

This year I'm really going to do it.

PS - I really wish my hair looked that great in a ponytail.


images via Kohl's

February 26, 2014

Things I've Learned from
Investigation Discovery, Part II


How To Get Away With It

1. Always wear gloves. When you're done committing a crime, be sure to take the gloves with you. You'd be surprised how many criminals take off their gloves and accidentally leave them at the scene. #NotVeryBright

2. Don't hit up The Home Depot with your credit card and purchase duct tape, rolls of plastic and a shovel. Credit cards leave a paper trail. Always pay with cash. I'd also suggest stealing your murder supplies from various places.


3. Cell phone towers will give away your location. When committing a crime, don't just turn your phone off. Take it one step further and remove the battery. Or, better yet, leave your phone turned on somewhere far away from where you'll be.

4. Don't get drunk and tell strangers at the bar what you've done. They will tell on you for a $500 reward. Or a pack of smokes.


5. Don't take out a life insurance policy on someone days before killing them. This is a huge red flag. The police will know you did it.

6. The same goes for updating someone's will. If you update it on a Wednesday, kill them on a Friday and try to get the money the following Monday, the police will know it's you. #YouBigDumbShit


7. If you shoot someone, don't throw the gun in a nearby lake. The cops always look there first.

8. The same goes for the dumpster behind your apartment or place of business. The cops will look for evidence there too, and will more than likely find it inside a brown paper bag. Seriously, who still uses those?


9. Never hire a hit man. If you want the job done right, you've got to do it yourself. Besides, any man who will kill another man for a small chunk of change will mess it up and then blame it all on you.

10. When calling 911, act hysterical. When talking to the police in the interrogation room, act hysterical. And always always cry.



***DISCLAIMER***
This post is written in jest. I do not condone crime of any kind. I am only mentioning things that are painfully obvious after watching one too many crime shows. #MurderIsBad #DontDoIt

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

February 25, 2014

If loving YA novels is wrong,
I don't want to be right!


Ever since Stephenie Meyer wrote Twilight, I find myself getting lost in more and more young adult novels. I especially love a good young adult series. But what makes a book fall into the young adult category? If I'm in my thirties and enjoy them immensely, what does that say about me?

According to Wikipedia, recent studies show that 55% of young adult novels are purchased by readers over the age of eighteen. So, I'm definitely not alone in my reading habits. And, if I'm being honest, I really don't care if people think I'm silly for reading books about teens and young adults.

When I'm reading, I want to step away from my own life for a bit and think about something else. I love romance. I love cheesy. I love over-the-top ridiculousness. I love vampires, dystopian futures and love triangles. I also love happy endings. Thankfully, there's an abundance of books just like this to keep me entertained.

Aside from the obvious Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games series, here are some more of my favorites.


Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand


The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking


My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking


Watersong series by Amanda Hocking


Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

*I love Amanda Hocking's books.
They're such quick and easy entertaining reads.
I always get attached to her characters.

**You'll notice that the Divergent series isn't on the list.
I've only had time to read the first one.
I'll post an update once I'm done.

So, what young adult series do you think I should read?

February 24, 2014

Things I've Learned from
Investigation Discovery, Part I


I am more than a little obsessed with Investigation Discovery. If you aren't familiar with Investigation Discovery, it's a television channel dedicated entirely to crime. It features true crime dramas, cold cases, forensics, autopsies, serial killers, and murderous women just to name a few. These shows air continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


I watch a lot of ID during the summer when most of my shows are on hiatus. I also get sucked in when they're having one of their crazy weekend marathons. The bestie is hooked on the murder-death-kill channel too. We often text each other about not being able to sleep because we've watched entirely too much ID. You know it's bad when you can't sleep until you've checked your closets and under the bed because A KILLER MIGHT BE LURKING THERE. I seriously do this every time I'm home alone. What will happen if I ever do find a killer hiding in my closet? I will die right there on the spot.

I have picked up a wealth of knowledge from watching this channel. So, I thought I would share some of it with you. There's actually so much information that I've decided to split this into two parts.


Part 1: How To Avoid Getting Attacked and/or Murdered

1. Don't listen to headphones while running. How are you going to notice an attacker coming up behind you if all you can hear is Beyoncé singing about a surf board? #ThatsMyJam

2. Leave a few lights on when you're not at home. But, you should never leave the same ones on all the time. Change is good. Patterns are bad.

3. If you have a room in your house that you never go into, trick predators into thinking you actually go in there. {example: spare bedroom} I once saw a show where a guy watched women for months before he killed them. If they had a room they never went into, he would break in through that room's window and hide there until the woman was asleep or otherwise occupied. Come home and turn lights on and off in various rooms. This will make the murderous dude watching you from across the street think he could never break into your house unnoticed. #YouGotTheWrongGirlPsycho


4. Don't develop a pattern that is easy for a predator to figure out. She always comes home at 5:30 and always goes straight to her bedroom to change clothes. She always feeds her cat at 5:45 and starts making dinner immediately after. She only has people over on Fridays. She always turns out the lights for bed at 10:30 after watching tv. Seriously, don't do that!

5. Fight like a girl. Scream, slap, kick, and bite your attacker. Knee 'em in the nads. I also heard it's helpful if you can vomit, piss or shit yourself while being attacked. #TotallyNotKidding


6. Always check the backseat for crazies before getting into your car.

7. Don't try to reason with your psycho ex. Run, bitch. Run!


Bonus Tip: Always dress like you are going to get murdered in those clothes. You never know when you may end up in an ambulance, on an autopsy table or have your death re-enacted on television. Trust me, you do not want to be that girl. #MatchingUndiesAlways




Be sure to check back Wednesday for the dramatic conclusion.

February 21, 2014

The Talk of Tinseltown
I'll Be There For You


Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green welcomed another baby boy. He joins big brothers Noah Shannon and Kassius. TMZ says Baby Boy Green's name is Bodhi Ransom. I can deal with Bodhi, but Ransom?


Speaking of babies, it would seem that Christina Aguilera is going to have another one. This news comes a week after Christina and Matt Rutler announced their engagement. The pair has been together since 2010, and his mom is said to have accidentally let the cat out of the bag.


Modern Family's Sarah Hyland was assaulted last night while greeting fans in Australia. A male fan grabbed her breast. The jackass was then promptly arrested.


It's true! The adorable heartthrob from The O.C. and the pretty brunette from Gossip Girl are married. Adam Brody sparked rumors earlier this week when he was spotted out and about with a gold band on his ring finger. He has now confirmed that he did quietly marry Leighton Meester. Seriously, how cute are they?


Miley Cyrus and Jared Leto have reportedly been "hooking up". How about we all just pretend this isn't true?


Jennie Garth said her teen daughter binge watched all ten seasons of Beverly Hills 90210 and fell in love with Dylan. Now she looks at Luke Perry like a crazy fan because he is "Dylan". I'm sorry, but you're on the wrong team. Brandon Walsh 4ever!


Last but not least, we have the latest #hashtag video from Jimmy Fallon. As if I didn't love him enough already, he throws in some friends references. #ChandlerBing




The Talk of Tinseltown is brought to you today by...


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February 20, 2014

3 Beauty Products I'm Currently Loving


I have a small problem with impulse purchases when inside the walls of a Walgreens or Target. Thankfully, these small purchases don't break the bank.


oil, $4.99

On a recent shopping trip for I-can't-even-remember-what, I picked up this new Garnier Fructis product. It's called Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil. The bottle says it's for the hair, body and face. It contains avocado, almond and olive oils. Since I've been battling super dry skin this winter, I thought I would try this in addition to lotion.

You spray the oil 6-8 inches away from your skin and massage it in with your fingertips. It does feel greasy at first, but only until you rub it in. My skin feels incredible after. Soft. Silky smooth. Like buttah. Not dry! And on top of it actually working, it's cheap.

As for using it on my hair, it didn't have the same results. I looked like a grease monkey immediately after using it. I may be in the minority though. Most hair products make my hair oily.


serum, $4.99

I use and love another Garnier Fructis product on my hair. The Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum doesn't make my hair oily if I don't overdo it. I have annoying flyaway hairs around my face. My stylist likes to call them baby hairs because they are baby fine and don't grow. I use a half pump of this after I've dried and straightened my hair. I rub it into my palms and then lightly run my hands through my hair. It works and smells delicious.


concealer, $10.49

Let's talk about my face for a minute. As a teen, I got the occasional bad breakout. Now, I only get a pimple or two when my monthly visitor arrives. If there's one thing I'm enjoying about my thirties, it's that my skin is in great shape. I can leave the house without wearing foundation and not have a care in the world. I don't have an uneven skin tone. I don't have any redness or sun spots. I consider myself to be very lucky.

But there is one thing I never leave the house without, and that is concealer. I have the darkest under eye circles. It doesn't matter how much sleep I get or how much water I drink. I don't have any problems with puffiness, only darkness. So I am always on the hunt for a great concealer. I recently ran out of a few of my favorites. While perusing the beauty section at Target, I ran across several cheapie concealers from Sonia Kashuk.

This one is called the Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette. I'm always blending concealers to get the perfect combo. Since this one came with several shade options in one, I thought I'd give it a try. Plus, it was only $10. The palette comes with two colors for blending and a third neutralizing color for covering redness and imperfections. The fourth is a finishing powder. I've only been using this for a few days, but I'm extremely pleased with the results. I love that I can leave the house in the morning without looking like a zombie and without breaking the bank.

What inexpensive beauty products do you love?


images via Target

February 19, 2014

Why I love the Olympics


It's no secret that I love sports. So it should come as no surprise that I love the Olympics. I love all of the events, be it summer or winter. I love the competition. I love rooting for the great U S of A. I love cheering on an underdog. I love the sob stories, the success stories and the camaraderie among athletes.


I'm an absolute sap when it comes to the Olympics. I cry during the commercials. I cry when someone wins gold. I cry when someone loses gold. I cry when someone sticks their landing. I cry when someone falls down. It doesn't matter what country they're from. And this is why I ultimately love the Olympics so much. It's a time when we can put our political and religious differences aside to root on the greatest athletes in the world.


One such story has already tugged at my heartstrings. A Russian skier took a tumble during his cross-country semifinal. He tried to finish the race, but his ski broke in half causing him to fall again. It looked like his race was over when a man came running down the hill with a ski. The man quickly replaced the broken ski with another. Who was this man? He was a coach from another country! The Russian skier, Anton Gafarov, finished the race to cheers as though he'd won. He actually placed twelfth.


Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth didn't think anything of it. He said, "It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can't just sit there and do nothing about it. I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line."


My all-time favorite Olympic moment is when Kerri Strug led the US women's gymnastics team to gold after landing a perfect vault on one foot because she was injured. The clip is often shown in commercials year after year. Here's an example.



I tweeted out the following after seeing the commercial for like the fifth time:



Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug responded the next day:



I think she says it all.

#TeamUSA

#Olympics

#Murica

February 18, 2014

2014 BAFTA Fashion


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards were held over the weekend in London.

I planned to blog them yesterday morning.

Work got in the way.

I planned to blog them last night.

Dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant got in the way.

Next thing I knew, it was bedtime.


NAOMIE HARRIS
The dress is pretty and a great color for her.
I just feel like something's off.



MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
This so old lady.


ANGELINA JOLIE + BRAD PITT
Hot!


UMA THURMAN
She looks gorgeous.
Love the makeup.
Love the diamonds.



HELEN MIRREN
She always looks fabulous.


LEONARDO DICAPRIO
nice tux
needs a haircut + shave



CHIWETEL EJIOFOR
I had to copy and paste his name.


MICHAEL FASSBENDER + BRADLEY COOPER
*squeals*


MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
When I first saw this on Twitter, I liked it.
After getting a closer look, I realize I don't like it at all.
Haphazardly gluing leather scraps onto a satin dress is not a "make it work" moment.



LILY ALLEN
I hate the material and shape.
But at least it's a fun look.



AMY ADAMS
I quite like the dress, but not with the severe hair and lip.


CATE BLANCHETT
She looks pretty, but...
The dress is tugging and wrinkled in all the wrong places.



EMMA THOMPSON
I have no idea what's under the coat, and I don't care.
Love her!



DAVID GANDY
DAYUMMM!


CHRISTIAN BALE + SIBI BLAZIC
She always wears plain black dresses.
I guess it's because she knows no one's really looking at her.



RUTH WILSON
I appreciate a woman wearing a suit.
I do not appreciate a woman wearing a suit resembling the Tin Man.
Love the heels though!



OLGA KURYLENKO
A lot of people seem to like this.
I don't.



OPRAH WINFREY
This is how you rock 60.
Looking good, girl.



LEA SEYDOUX
Love the color on her, but...
This is YET ANOTHER pretty dress ruined by a sheer bottom.



GILLIAN ANDERSON
A lot of people like this dress too.
I don't like the dress or her messy hair.



LUPITA NYONG'O
Once again, Lupita knocks it out of the park.
Love the green.
Love the gold belt and cuff bracelets.
The bright lip works.
I even love the hint of green on her eyes.



images via People, Us Weekly + Elle UK