I don’t even like cats, but this one is too cute not to like.
The 5 Reasons Girls Type Like Thissss. I’ll admit, I’m guilty of this at times but, mostly, I’m annoyed with how often I see it on Facebook/Twitter/text messages/planet earth in general. Ladies, we can do better.
Love this: I Want to Be a March Sister. I’m pretty sure I’ve written this before but, Little Women is one of the most underrated movies of all time. And the book is pretty spectacular too (though that much goes without saying).
$20,000 is pennies when it comes to law school debt, but this video still made me cry. Also: Ellen is awesome at life.
This sums it up: What Grad School Is REALLY Like. Most accurate (yet soul-crushing) part? “In college you feel pretty confident, because you were at the top of your class…But guess what? Everyone at grad school was the smartest kid at THEIR college.”
Another Oscars have come and gone and, I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit underwhelmed. The show itself was not great; I wanted Seth McFarlane to be a lot better at hosting than he actually was. And the red carpet fashion? Kinda dull, with lots of colorless and neutral gowns. Here’s how I saw it:
Stacy Keibler: Completely perfect. Stunning. Wow. Those are all the words I have to say. Wait, I have a few more: best dressed of the night.
Jessica Chastain: First, her hair and makeup were brilliant. Love, love, love the soft waves and red lips. Second, her dress – a pale color on a pale girl – should not work, but somehow it does. Well done.
Naomi Watts: This gown took me awhile to get used to, but once I did, I decided Watts looks fabulous. It’s such an interesting bodice, but it really works, sidestepping potential awkwardness and heading right into downright striking territory.
Amanda Seyfried: My second favorite look of the night. Her hair is perfection and her dress is gorgeous – just so intricate and lovely. As with Jessica Chastain, I can’t believe such a pale girl can pull off such a pale color so well, but Seyfried is doing it.
Jennifer Lawrence: This is certainly a gorgeous gown, but the overall bridal vibe held me back from outright “loving” it. It’s a LOT of train for one person, but J. Law’s pulling it off (well, except for the part where she fell walking onstage to accept her award). Also: her hair is absolutely perfect and her earrings, though hard to see here, were lovely.
Samantha Barks: This is one of those looks that it striking because it’s so wonderfully simple (and, yes, because there’s a gigantic slit down the front, which she’s totally rocking). I wish her hair had been a bit less messy though.
Octavia Spencer: I complained about the colorless gowns, but in this case, the color (or lack thereof) totally works. I also love the tulle wrapped around her shoulders; it’s got an old Hollywood vibe that I’m digging.
Amy Adams: At first I thought this gown was a little too “pretty, pretty princessy” for my tastes, but I decided to embrace it because it’s pretty incredible. A statement dress, for sure.
Anne Hathaway: I hate this. Hate it. And it’s not just because Anne Hathaway annoys me; I fully accept that she can look awesome on the red carpet despite my personal apathy toward her. But this is just NOT her dress. It’s WAY too pale and downright dull – total shades of Paltrow the year she won. Anne’s hair and makeup look great, but that’s all I like about this look.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: I’m sorry, but this is tacky. Too gold, too attention-seeking. Rein it in, CZJ. Also, if you wear a solid gold dress, do you really need gigantic gold earrings, too? However, to end on a positive note: she looked fabulous in the Chicago number, did she not?
Melissa McCarthy: I’m not a fan of the color of this dress, but I can live with it. What I cannot live with? Her hair. Straight up ’80s, but not in a good way. Egregious.
Zoe Saldana: It pains me to label someone who consistently takes risks with fashion (and often looks fabulous while doing it) as a “worst dressed,” but it had to be done. This dress just looks overworked, with too much nonsense piled onto the top half and too many ideas overall. The ombre train is kind of cool, but it’s too much when combined with everything else this dress has going on.
Kerry Washington: I adore the coral color, but I’m not sure how I feel about the bust – it seems like a bit too much going on. I also wish she did something (anything!) with her hair; it was just hanging there.
Jennifer Garner: I love the color of her dress; it’s unique and looks really lovely on her. However, she has a giant ruffle trailing down her spine and…just no. Looks good from the front, but not so much from the side or the back.
Charlize Theron: I feel like peplum is way overplayed at this point, but you can’t deny that this is a striking look on Theron. Also, can we talk about her hair? She makes the pixie cuts sported by the likes of Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams look like child’s play. Just wow.
Sally Field: I adore this color on her, but I think she almost went a little too matronly with this gown. The dress was too plain; I wanted a little sparkle or something to jazz the gown up. However, Field did get to walk the red carpet with Joseph Gordon Levitt which, let’s be honest, was one of the more adorable things ever.
Miscellaneous Fashion Awards of Note:
Most Adorable: There can be NO critiquing someone as adorable as Quvenzhane Wallis; she’s nine years old and beyond reproach. Her dress is cute, she’s wearing a tiara, and she’s carrying a freaking puppy dog purse. I can’t even.
Most Expected: Okay, the skirt here is fuller than Jennifer Aniston normally goes, but otherwise this look is 100% expected – solid color, column bodice, stick straight hair. But, damn, she does it well. Ultimately, I can’t fault her for knowing what works and sticking with it.
Second Most Expected: This feels reminiscent of what Sandra Bullock wore the night she won her own Oscar – that high neckline, in particular. Bullock looks good, and credit her for knowing what she likes, but I wish this look had a bit more pizazz.
Most Boring: Though her hair was gorgeous, Reese Witherspoon‘s dress was something of a snooze fest. Not really bad, but just…standard.
Best Black: This is a predictable look for Adele, but she looks lovely. The dress is nice, and I really like the softness of her hair. Also, she wins points for being an awesome human being in general. Love her.
Best 80s Diva Fabulosity: Let’s be honest: Halle Berry‘s look is kinda cray, but I sort of love it anyway. It’s shiny, and there are stripes going every which way, and she’s rocking shoulder pads. It sounds like a joke, but she looks amazing – if anyone can pull this off, Halle can.
The “This Is What Sally Field Should Have Worn” Award: When I said I wished Sally Field would have jazzed her look up, this is what I meant. Jackie Weaver‘s gown is age appropriate yet interesting. I like this dress a lot.
Worst Fabric: The black parts of Nicole Kidman‘s dress almost look like trash bags to me. Am I crazy? There’s just something about the uber-shininess of the black that does not work for me. I wanted to like this gown but cannot get on board with it.
Best Mama-to-Be: I love Jenna Dewan Tatum‘s dress – it’s pretty and sexy but totally appropriate for her now. Also, she gets my vote for best accessory, if you know what I mean. What I mean is, Channing Tatum is hot.
Most Ageless: Ladies and gentleman, Jane freaking Fonda. Wikipedia tells me this lady is 75. Whaaaaat? She looks fabulous. The yellow color is crazy but I think she’s making it happen (as best as anyone can make that color happen). Her hairstyle looks dated though.
Best Bargain: The dress that Helen Hunt is sporting is from H&M. Let that sink in for a minute. H&M, home of the $5 blouse. This is like when Sharon Stone wore a Gap shirt on the red carpet – cheap fashion made fabulous. I kind of love Hunt for this, even if the gown is a tad simple.
Worst Collar: Salma Hayek looks like she’s being strangled. I’m not a fan of her hair, either. She can do (and has done) better than this.
Most Begrudging Admittance That I Like This Look: I’m not a K Stew fan (she inspires a rage in me similar to that of Anne Hathaway), but she looks fairly good here. She usually goes for a look best described as “gothic and unhappy,” but she took a different approach – and I think it works. Minus the hair, however. That’s just tragic.
Best Red: Yeah, that’s a lot of fabric around the middle of Olivia Munn‘s dress, but I think this gown is gorgeous overall – especially the detailing on that bodice. Love Marchesa, always.
The “Take That, Beyonce” Award: During the Dreamgirls segment of the show, did anyone else think Beyonce was just going to pop up? I mean, she’s everywhere these days. Alas, there’s no time for Queen B. when J. Hud is killing the Dreamgirls song and looking fantastic on the red carpet. Her hair is gorgeous, and the color of this dress is beautiful. Get it, Effie.
Most in Need of a Hairstylist: I’m fine with Renee Zellweger‘s dress (though it’s nothing special), but what was up with her hair? Lady, I know it was windy on the red carpet, but no.
If you watched the Oscars, what did you think? Was this one of the longest, most mind-numbing shows ever? And are my picks for best and worst dressed spot on, or totally crazy?
Recently, I’ve found awards shows themselves fairly awful (bad hosts, cringe-worthy jokes, terrible acceptance speeches). In those instances, the red carpet has been the most interesting part of the night for me. However, this year’s Golden Globes reversed that trend – with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts and awesome acceptance speeches from people like Jennifer Lawrence and Adele, the Globes themselves were pretty entertaining this year. The red carpet, however? Not so great. I was bored by almost every look, and even the looks I loved weren’t as wow-worthy as dresses from years past. That said, I’m still going to talk about the fashions anyway. Obviously.
Naomi Watts: I love this color on Watts – the deep red was just gorgeous. The cut of the dress (which you can’t see that well from this photo) was also really nice, and I liked her hair a lot – it had an old school, 1920s vibe that seemed to be on trend last night.
Julianne Moore: You can always count on Moore to wear something striking on the red carpet, and this was no exception. You might hear “black and white dress” and think “boring!,” but the way the white stripe was incorporated into the dress and the cut of the shoulders made this so visually interesting. I think Moore takes the overall best dressed crown.
Michelle Dockery: I can’t think of one thing Dockery has ever worn on the red carpet that I liked so, most of all, I’m just relieved to see her in something fabulous…finally. This look is risky and unique, but it paid off. Great hair, too.
Katherine McPhee: I don’t know much about McPhee, but my impression was that she had sort of a wholesome persona, so I liked seeing her play against type with this daring dress. Also, her hair and makeup were styled perfectly to complement the look.
Sally Field: I love that Sally Field shows up, looking fantastic, and really shows some of these younger, misguided actresses how it’s done. Navy is the perfect color for her, and this dress is classy but not stuffy. Her hair is a bit messy though.
Amy Poehler: On a night where nearly everyone bored me, I was mostly excited to see something unique come down the red carpet, and this is nothing if not unique. This fit well and looked sharp – plus, I liked her side swept hair and cool necklace.
Jessica Chastain: Chastain is so hit-or-miss on the Red Carpet; it seems like she either kills it or is a total train wreck. And, sad to say, it was the latter here. I wasn’t a fan of this dress’s color, but it was the fit that I really found atrocious. Her hairstyle was also a bit scary. Good to see her win, though – she deserved it.
Rachel Weisz: When I first saw Weisz on TV, I only saw her top half, and I thought this might be a winner – it looked like a classic dress, and her hair is beautiful. Then the camera panned down and…yikes. The sheer polka dot overlay is downright tacky. Still, you can’t feel too bad for Weisz – she gets to go home with Daniel Craig, which pretty much makes her the biggest winner of all.
Sienna Miller: People always claim that Miller is some sort of brilliant fashionista but, honestly, how many great red carpet moments has she had? I can’t think of any, and she certainly didn’t have one tonight; I hated that this was two pieces and the floral bits looked tacky and cheap, as though a kindergartner had glued them atop the dress as a craft project.
Other Fashion Awards of Note:
The “Girl, Where’s Your Train?” Award: I loved almost everything about Kerry Washington‘s dress – except for the length. It would have been even more striking if it had a nice, dramatic train. Still, this is a solid look – and Washington looks great with bangs.
Most Expected: Big puffy princess skirt. Precious nails. Retro-ish hairstyle. We’ve seen it before from Zooey Deschanel, but it still looked good, despite its predictability.
Worst Color Choice: The silhouette of Amy Adams‘s dress is beautiful (if a bit too tight), but I loathe the color – it matches her skin almost perfectly, and I just don’t think that’s a flattering situation for anyone. If this had been a bold – or, hell, any – color, this probably would have been a best dressed for me.
Best Post-Baby Rebound: You guys, Claire Danes had a baby a month ago. I repeat: one month ago. She looks fantastic. This dress is simple (which is no surprise coming from her), but she looks wonderful.
Second Best Post-Baby Rebound: Adele also had a baby recently and also looks fantastic. This was a pretty basic black gown, but the collar added some interest. I also loved her updo. Plus, she high-fived Daniel Craig after she won her award, which was adorable. Unrelated to how she looked on the red carpet, but adorable nonetheless.
Most Awkward Bust: I almost loved Jennifer Lawrence‘s look, but I just can’t handle what was going on with the top half. The pointy bra top was almost reminiscent of Madonna, which is never a good thing.
Best Glamming Up: The red carpet doesn’t seem to be Lena Dunham‘s natural habitat, but she cleaned up really nicely last night. Her gown was simple (verging on boring), but the rich brown color and the pleating work added just enough pizzazz. It was also great to see her win two awards, and her onstage shout out to Chad Lowe was one of my favorite jokes.
Tackiest: I’m sorry, Julianne Hough – you seem like a nice person, but from the awful hairstyle to the crazy, gold-bedazzled, overly-tulled ball gown, this look was just wrong.
Most Funereal: There was so much dark material here that it looked like Morena Baccarin was preparing to attend a very fancy funeral. I also think that this look – particularly the sheer material covering her arms – is much too old for her.
The “Nice Dress, but I’m Already Sick of You” Award: First, I have to get this off my chest: my Anne Hathaway annoyance was temporarily put on hold after I saw Les Mis and realized she really was that good, but it’s now back in full force – something about her just screams “insincere” to me. When she acted so shocked to win last night, I just thought, “come on! We all KNEW you were going to win.” However, I will have to come to terms with her, because I know she will be popping up on every red carpet for the next few weeks. Speaking of which, her dress. My verdict: fine. It was good, but not great. Beautiful, but not very dramatic or special. Try harder for the Oscars, Annie.
Best Retro Glamour: There seemed to be a lot of Downton Abbey-inspired creations on the red carpet last night, but Catherine Zeta-Jones just might have had my favorite one of all. Someone like her is just born to exude old Hollywood glamour, and last night was no exception. The dress was gorgeous; I especially loved the beautiful beading.
Most Attention-Seeking: I know this is going to sound harsh, but…please go away, Jennifer Lopez. You weren’t nominated for anything and, let’s be real, you’re barely relevant as an actress anymore. Something about this attention-seeking number just grated on me; why not let the actual nominees shine on the red carpet? Not everything has to be about you.
Best Little Black Dress: Does Salma Hayek age? I’m beginning to think not. She looked great, and this dress was a good choice for her. Sure, it’s simple, but I think on someone like her, it’s enough to make an impact.
Split Decision: At first, I really disliked Kate Hudson‘s dress – the gold collar, in particular, threw me off. However, upon further consideration, this look is actually growing on me. She looks pretty chic, and I like the black and gold combo. But, I do think her hair should have been pulled back – it’s fighting with that collar for attention. All in all, I’m torn between loving and hating this look.
Most Outrageous Slit: There were a couple dresses with crazy high slits last night, but I think Eva Longoria‘s takes the cake and, overall, I was not a fan of her look. Honey, Angelina Jolie you are not.
If you watched the Golden Globes, what did you think? Who wore your favorite looks?
The red carpet at the Grammy Awards makes me sincerely miss the red carpet at all other movie and TV award shows. Seriously, 95% of people at the Grammys are dressed over-the-top and super tackily. Perhaps that’s part of the charm for some people, but for me – Oscars, you cannot come soon enough.
But in the meanwhile, the Grammys are all I’ve got. So, with that disclaimer, here are my thoughts on this year’s Grammy fashions.
My Best Dressed:
Kelly Rowland: Love the beautiful details on the top and the lovely cream color of the gown. Her hair looks fabulous, too.
Lily Aldridge: I love this print – it’s bold without being tacky. She’s the perfect example of looking chic while pregnant.
Carrie Underwood: Head to toe sparkle, and I like it. The back of the dress, which you can’t see here, was also gorgeous.
Rihanna: My vote for best dressed (by a mile). Simple and stunning.
My Worst Dressed:
Nicki Minaj: Note to Nicki: you are not Lady Gaga. Can we please move on from the ridiculousness? Also, why was your red carpet date a dude dressed like the Pope? Odd and completely pointless.
Robyn: Ugh. Such an unflattering outfit – the skirt is way too short, and what is up with those shoes? Not appropriate, at all.
Snooki: I seriously don’t know why anyone would have invited her to this event. Per usual, her clothing is uber tacky, but perhaps even more horrifying is her hair. Yikes.
Fergie: I think Fergie could look so nice if she wanted to, but she almost always insists on wearing garish clothing. I hate the orange and black Halloween color combo, and it’s just tacky to wear a see-through lace dress.
Other Fashion Awards of Note:
Most Blah: I want to like Miranda Lambert’s dress, but I just can’t – I think maybe it’s the color with her skin tone? She’s pretty, but it makes her look drab and washed out.
Most Ready to Participate in a Live Action Version of Candy Land: I get that the bright colors are Katy Perry’s thing, but I’m not totally on board with it. I sort of like the dress on its own (though it is a bit much), but when paired with her hair, it’s way too blue.
The “Almost Best Dressed” Award: As the title of the award suggests, I was this close to adding Adele to my best dressed list. However, I wasn’t crazy about the length of her sleeves – I thought they looked awkward. Make up your mind – long sleeved or short! Additionally, her hair and makeup look amazing.
Most Dramatic Departure: Taylor Swift usually wears ultra-feminine, floaty, princess gowns. I like that she went for something more structured and dramatic here, though I’m not a huge fan of the dress’s collar.
Least Dressed: I know she’s a model and basically there to be Adam Levine’s arm candy, but I feel like Anne V could’ve tried a little harder here. She can pull it off, but it’s basically just three pieces of strategically draped black fabric…not very exciting. Well, maybe for the guys watching the show…
The “Please Chop off the Bottom 1/3 of Your Dress” Award: I thought Julianne Hough’s dress was pretty, but it occurred to me that if it were a shorter length, I would have enjoyed it much more. I think the length and all the fabric at the bottom makes it kind of blah; it would look younger and fresher if it were short. I also wish she would have made more of an effort with her hair.
Best Ombre: I just love the fabric of Esperanza Spalding’s dress – the way the grey bleeds into white and then into orange. It was unique and interesting. And the gold belt and flower are the perfect touches.
Most Unnecessary Detail: I kind of like Alicia Keys’s dress (though it’s pretty basic), but I just don’t get the gold reflective collar. It’s strange.
Best Ruffles: I liked Corinne Bailey Rae’s black ruffled dress very much. I suspect some might think the ruffles were a bit much, but I thought the dress was dramatic and fun. Her hair, however, reminded me of something Helena Bonham Carter would rock. Just…no.
Oddest Touch: I really like Kate Beckinsale’s dress (lovely draping), but I don’t understand the black bow on her shoulder. A, it’s way too long, and B, I just don’t like it with the cream colored dress. Also, why is Kate Beckinsale at the Grammys?
Best Pop of Color: Hillary Scott’s dress is quite basic, but I thought it was lovely in its simplicity. I like the bit of purple that almost looks as though it’s woven into the fabric.
Most Puzzling: I don’t know who Sasha Gradiva is, but after seeing this dress…I’m not sure I want to know or care. I don’t get this look – gluing a bunch of guns on your arm just for the hell of it? Is it supposed to make a statement? If so, what statement? I’m baffled.
I’ve pretty much given up on Glee; I quit watching after the first episode of this season because it’s gotten downright awful at times. However, I saw this clip floating around the internet and I have to say it’s an amazing mash-up. You can’t go wrong with Adele.
Okay, these vintage ads are decidedly not awesome, but they did make me laugh at how ridiculous they are. They are all offensive, but my personal vote for the worst would be: Most men ask, “is she pretty?,” not, “is she clever?”
I love this so much – Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are two of GQ’s Men of the Year, and their interview and pictures together make me so happy. Adorable.
This video, where Diane von Furstenberg talks about her travel philosophy, is great. First, I love DvF (one of the all-time most stylish women). Second, the illustrations are so charming.
This sounds like the best trip ever. Aziz Ansari AND David Chang in Tokyo, drinking Zima? Hilarity ensues.
Nostalgia Fact-Check: a series of blog posts on New York Magazine’s website, re-examining old movies/TV shows/music. This is such a fun idea (and perhaps one I might steal for my own blog?). I especially love the posts on Dawson’s Creek and Ace of Base – two things that, I’ll admit, I loved way back in the day, but that don’t hold up quite so well now.
I found this compilation of analogies, and some of them are hilarious (some hilariously good, others hilariously bad). I have no idea why, but I think I liked this one the best: “The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.”
I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before. Damn right, that’s hurting my scar. I’ll never be able to hear “Milkshake” the same way again.
Adele’s I Found a Boy. Pretty much EVERY damn song on 21 is incredible, but this is the one I’m loving the most at the moment.
More on Adele – this cover of Someone Like You is so haunting and beautiful.
Fall in Ann Arbor. It’s not this colorful yet, but it will be soon, and I can’t wait.
I bought a new shade of nailpolish for autumn – Essie’s Aperitif. In the bottle it looks like an autumn-ish red orange, but it actually comes out pure red. Nonetheless, I love it. I always feel fancier when I have my fingernails painted.
Mindy Kaling is awesome, and this article proves it. Cannot wait to read her book when it comes out!
And more Mindy Kaling – an article she penned, “Flick Chicks.” Love that she simultaneously professes her love for romantic comedies while also lamenting some of their more unfortunate cliches. I feel the same way.
This video. So joyful and happy. Totally made me want to visit Berlin again, and soon.
The trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. True confession: sometimes I cry just watching a movie preview. Ahem, not that that happened here.
Though apparently it will never happen, we can all dream of Kate Middleton on the cover of Vogue, can’t we? This mock-up of such a cover made me smile.