February 27, 2015

What I've Been Up To
February 2015


February has been crazy. The weather has gone from freakishly warm to excruciatingly cold and back again a couple of times. We've had lots of ice and a little bit of snow. Every member of the family fell ill with an evil stomach bug. I missed several days of work. The kids missed almost two weeks of school. I think we're back to normal now. Spring is looking to be rather busy. So, I'm going to try to enjoy what little bit of free time I have left. My house is in complete disarray. There's dirty laundry piled up. There's clean laundry piled up. One of these days, I seriously may splurge and hire myself a maid. #OverIt


What I've Been Reading


The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Ask the Dark, Henry Turner
Swim, Jennifer Weiner
Dangerous Girls, Abigail Haas (currently reading)

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What I've Been Watching


I'm still catching up on these shows, in addition to all the shows on my DVR.


What I've Been Listening To



I started listening to Beck's Morning Phase after it won Album of the Year. I really like it. It's very mellow. If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you probably know that Kid Rock is my main man. I will love him until the end of days. I still haven't seen the Fifty Shades movie, but I've been listening to the soundtrack for over a week.


What I've Been Wearing


I saw it. I pinned it. I wore it.


What My Kids Have Been Up To


Both kids failed their vision test and had to get glasses. #TheyGetItFromTheyMama

February 23, 2015

2015 Oscar Fashion
Best Dressed


Let's start with Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad. She's quickly becoming one of my favorites. #GirlCrush I went back and forth on whether or not she'd make the final cut for best dressed. I just can't get over how great she looks in this white gown. It's sexy, but not too sexy. I love the pops of silver. Her accessories are perfect. I love her sleek hair and coral lip too. She wore another Zuhair Murad to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. I love it too. Fierce!


Next up, we have Jennifer Aniston in Versace. Jen doesn't usually make my best dressed list because she tends to play it safe. I liked this dress when I first saw it on the red carpet, but it didn't blow me away. When she presented, I was able to see just how pretty it really is. The color, beading and fit are perfect. I don't even hate that the bottom half is sheer. Designers, take note. This is how you do sheer. Her hair and makeup are signature Jennifer Aniston. I can also appreciate that she doesn't have any accessories. Why have them when they aren't necessary? Rachel Green would be so proud.


Before the show started, I predicted Rosamund Pike would finally get red carpet glam right. Up until Oscar night, she'd fallen a little short this awards season. This red Givenchy gown is gorgeous. I don't typically like red dresses. I don't even typically like this style dress. Something about this one stands out. The fit is great. The color is perfect for her. I love that she went with matching red heels. She kept her hair and makeup simple, letting the dress speak for itself. And it says, "Look at us! We're beautiful!" I'm thrilled she got it right.


Two red dresses on my list? I can hardly believe it. Dakota Johnson keeps it simple and chic in this Saint Laurent gown. I think what I love most is the knotted diamond shoulder strap. That's how an ordinary dress goes from nice to wow. Like Rosamund, Dakota kept her hair and makeup simple. I love the pop of color on her lips, the ponytail and wrist bling.


Last but not least, we are down to my absolute favorite. Margot Robbie slayed the red carpet in this Saint Laurent gown with Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. I know this look isn't for everyone, but I love it. The dress itself is extremely simple. It works for two reasons. 1. It fits. 2. It's styled properly. Her sleek bob, red lip and barely there eyeliner are perfect. And the necklace, which I probably wouldn't like any other day, pulls it all together. Without the necklace, I don't think this look would work for the Oscars. I may be alone in this, but I stand by my choice. She looks flawless.




So, who do you have for Best Dressed?


images via People + Us Weekly

2015 Oscar Fashion
Statement Necklaces + Pearls



GWYNETH PALTROW | JESSICA CHASTAIN
My best friend Terri wants everyone to know that Gwyneth's dress is her favorite.
I like the fit and color on Gwyneth.
I also love her earrings.
I just can't get on board with the giant shoulder flower.
I think Jessica's hair and makeup are perfect.
I also think navy is a great color for her.
I hate the dress though.
The fit and style are wrong for her body.


SIENNA MILLER | CATE BLANCHETT
I love navy on Sienna.
I wish the dress liner went all the way down.
I like the black velvet piping, but hate the bows.
Her hair and makeup are on point though.
This was so close to being perfect.
Cate's look is simple, but polished.
It looked even better on tv.
Great necklace!


ANNA KENDRICK | EMMA STONE
I love this color on Anna.
Her hair and makeup look great.
The fit of the dress is great too.
I just think it's too bridesmaid.
So close!
I love love love Emma.
She almost always gets it right.
This is also close.
I just hate this color on her.
She still looks fabulous though.


RACHAEL HARRIS | JAMIE CHUNG
I love Rachael's dress!
I just don't love it on her.
I think Jamie looks beautiful.
Her dress is pretty, but something's off.
I think maybe if the bottom were lined in black...


ZOE SALDANA | OPRAH WINFREY
Zoe is another who came close to getting it right.
I love the color and ruching across her mid-section.
The straps and sweetheart neckline totally ruin it for me.
Oprah, girl, you look good!


JENNIFER HUDSON | SCARLETT JOHANSSON
This yellow dress is beautiful.
I really love it on Jennifer.
Scarlett looks great in green.
I just don't like the whackadoo neckline.
Is it a necklace? Is it the dress?
She looked really pretty though.


LUPITA NYONG'O | REESE WITHERSPOON
Lupita looked stunning in this dress made of pearls.
The color and fit are perfect for her.
Her makeup was just right too.
I love her sense of style.
Reese made a lot of best dressed lists today.
I just don't love it.
The dress is simple and pretty, but I'm bored.
I think her hair is what ruins it for me.
Anyone else think she didn't look like herself?


So, have you figured out who's missing?
My picks for Best Dressed are next!


images via People + Us Weekly

2015 Oscar Fashion
A Familiar Gown



BEHATI PRINSLOO + ADAM LEVINE | SOPHIE HUNTER + BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
I don't like Behati's dress or hair. It's too severe.
Sophie and Benedict look smashing together.


HANNA BAGSHAWE + EDDIE REDMAYNE | EDWARD NORTON + SHAUNA ROBERTSON
I adore Eddie, but I never love his tuxes.
Edward Norton is dead sexy. The end.


RYAN + ETHAN HAWKE | FAITH HILL + TIM McGRAW
A lot of people loved Faith's look. I don't.


NANCY + STEVE CARELL | J.K. SIMMONS + MICHELLE SCHUMACHER
I love Carell with a beard. His tux is nice too.
I don't love what J.K. and his wife are wearing, but I love him!


SUNRISE COIGNEY + MARK RUFFALO | MILES TELLER + KELEIGH SPERRY
I like the top half of Sunrise's dress.
Keleigh's dress doesn't say Oscars to me.


PAIGE BUTCHER + EDDIE MURPHY | LUCIANA + ROBERT DUVALL
I don't love Paige's dress, but the color is perfect for her.
Do you recognize Luciana's dress?
It's JLo's dress in a different color without a belt.
It's pretty, but it doesn't suit her.


JOANNA NEWSOM + ANDY SAMBERG | DAVID BURTKA + NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
I like Joanna's earrings.
David and NPH are married, so why do their suits clash?


images via People

2015 Oscar Fashion
Tuxes Should Be Black



KEVIN HART | ADRIEN BRODY


JARED LETO | ANSEL ELGORT


BRADLEY COOPER | CHRIS EVANS


CHRIS PRATT | CHRIS PINE


DAVID OYELOWO | CHIWETEL EJIOFOR


KEITH URBAN | COMMON


JOSH HUTCHERSON | JOHN STAMOS


MICHAEL KEATON | RYAN SEACREST


MATT McGORRY | WILL I AM


The color of Jared's tux is unfortunate.
Bradley and the three Chris's look the best.
I like the fit of David O's tux, but not the color.
I've got to go with Chris Pratt for the overall best dressed male.
Oh, and let's not forget Will i Am. He looks stupid.


images via People