Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 163

The weekly(ish) roundup of internet awesome:

  1. God she is fabulous, and this is WONDERFUL: Adele Impersonated an Adele Impersonator, and It Worked. Also, are we all listening to When We Were Young on repeat yet? Yes, yes, that’s what I thought. Literally cannot stop.
  2. Would you believe that with all my Instagramming, I have never photographed any of these spots (save the Empire State Building popping up in the background of my NYC pics)?: The Most Instagrammed Location in Every State.
  3. As my friends and I would say (and did say after reading this article), this is far, far too real: The Five Stages of Ghosting Grief.
  4. He he he: Now You Can Enjoy Gluten Free Versions of Famous Art.
  5. This is fantastic. Jane Seymour, you stealth genius you: Unsolicited Advice for the Six Wives of Henry VII, Working Within Their Social Parameters and Not Suggesting They Just Invent Feminism Because That’s Anachronistic.
  6. Look at him go!: Skateboarding Bulldog Breaks Guinness World Record.
  7. We all think Fitz should win, no?: The Actual Worst: A Bracket to Find the Most Terrible Character in Television.
  8. YES: Alanis Morissette Updated the “Ironic” Lyrics with Modern Struggles and It’s Hilarious.
  9. I mean: Drunk Girls Get Surprised with Puppies.
  10. I cannot even express how wonderful Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in this: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dressed Up as Janet Jackson to Perform Rhythm Nation on Lip Sync Battle.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 162

The weekly roundup of internet awesome:

  1. We are entering Love Actually season, and while I was prepared to disagree with this article, I actually think these rankings are pretty accurate: A Definitive Ranking of the Relationships in Love Actually.
  2. These Kate Spade ads are so fun! Anna Kendrick is the best.
  3. Some real gems here: Photo Booth for Dogs.
  4. Love this: If You Steal from Serena Williams She Will Hunt You Down.
  5. Twenty years! I cannot: See the Cast of the Baby-Sitters Club Together Again, 20 Years Later.
  6. Yes: All Hail: How Adele’s Rolling Stone Cover Destroys the Male Gaze.
  7. Floordrobe is very real for me: Made-Up Words That Perfectly Describe Your Everyday Life.
  8. “I’m eating a Tootsie Roll” was what initially sold me on this compilation, but then it just kept getting better: People Are Tweeting Their Most Awkward Moments and It Is Cringingly Hilarious.
  9. Love: President Obama Couldn’t Handle This Kid’s Adorable Pope Halloween Costume.
  10. This is everything: Aladdin Magic Carpet Prank.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 161

Before celebrating Halloween, why not make time for a bit of internet awesome?

  1. Michelle Obama is all of us: When You Get Seated Next to the Cutest Boy in Class.
  2. I miss this show: 21 Little-Known Facts About The West Wing.
  3. Now scheming about a fall 2016 trip: Largest Ever Exhibition of the Queen’s Wardrobe Planned for Her 90th Birthday.
  4. Really excited for this: The Trailer for Aziz Ansari’s Netflix Comedy “Master of None” Has Arrived.
  5. The internet was basically invented for moments such as these: 22 of the Best Hotline Bling Memes.
  6. I’m a sucker for these type of projects: Historic Scenes Merged with the Present by Nick Sullivan.
  7. Timely information: This Infographic Pairs Wine with Halloween Candy.
  8. YES: Lionel Richie Gets in on the Adele “Hello” Mash-Up Fun on Instagram.
  9. Talk about late fees: Someone Returned Library Books After 52 Years, Left an Awesome Note.
  10. I’m currently reading this book (thumbs up so far) and am happy to report that the trailer for the upcoming movie looks great, too: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 64


The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. I don’t even like cats, but this one is too cute not to like.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. What a fun illustration project: Windows of New York.
  5. $20,000 is pennies when it comes to law school debt, but this video still made me cry. Also: Ellen is awesome at life.
  6. 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.”
  7. Bridget Jones Is My Spirit Animal. She really is.
  8. I am so ready for the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men. So ready.
  9. Watch Adele Say “Fank You.” God, she’s the best.
  10. I’m about to type a really nerdy sentence, but if I had to choose a favorite Supreme Court Justice, I’d probably go with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So, naturally, I love this.

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Red Carpet: Academy Awards 2013

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:

Best Dressed:

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  • 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.

Honorable Mention:

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  • 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.

Worst Dressed:

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  • 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.

Split Decision:

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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Golden Globes 2013: Fashion Recap

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.

Best Dressed:

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  • 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.

Honorable Mention:

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  • 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.

Worst Dressed:

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

(Images via People and Entertainment Weekly)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 47

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. These are so cool: Minimalist Vector Portraits of Cultural Icons.
  2. Here’s the Arrested Development reunion photo the world has been waiting for.
  3. And one more thing from the Bluth family: Arrested Decision 2012. So, so good.
  4. The Ten Commandments of Air Travel. This should be required reading before anyone gets on a plane.
  5. Adele sings the new James Bond theme and, as expected, it is fabulous.
  6. As a history major, Midnight in Paris fan, and nostalgically-inclined person, I loved this article: The Perks of Being Nostalgic.
  7. Not going to lie: this Google Chrome Ad makes me teary-eyed.
  8. Holy cute: 40 Fantastic Animal Costumes. I love them all.
  9. I have always been bitter about Rose not making room on that damn door, so this is awesome.
  10. Mr. Rogers defends PBS. Just beautiful. What a wonderful man.

(Image via Entertainment Weekly)