Valentine's Day, Wishlist

    All You Need Is Love…My Valentine’s Day Wishlist

    Valentine’s Day is this Monday!! As my first ever Valentine’s Day with a significant other, you can imagine how excited I am. As I wait for the day to come, I’ve put together a little Valentine’s Day Wishlist (I had to strongly refrain myself from putting Andrew Garfield on the list). My number one wish would be for me to finally be over and done with this nasty flu, but I know whether that happens or not *crosses fingers*, I’m sure to have a wonderful V-Day because I’m with such an awesome guy *cue awws*.
    My Valentine's Day Wishlist

    1. Cupcakes from Lucy & Leo’s
    2. To FINALLY see Black Swan (or 127 Hours)
    3. A nerdy necklace from Casstasstrophe
    4. A cute, nerdy plushie
    5. Godiva chocolate-covered strawberries
    6. Wildfox Couture Big Love oversize sweatshirt in Witchberry
    7. Pink roses
    8. Purr by Katy Perry Eau de Parfum
    9. To rewatch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    10. To no longer be sick!!!

    Rachel Bilson Launches Edie Rose Home For Macy’s

    Rachel Bilson is back at designing for her Edie Rose line! Instead of clothing, however, she’s designing tableware for Macy’s. I have to say it seemed a little random, but apparently Rachel has been collecting dishes since she was a young girl. Who knew?

    Explaining why she decided to start the line, Rachel says, “I was on what seemed like an endless search for really cute dishware and tabletop items when I thought it would be fun to design what I was looking for. I have a passion for dishes and thought it would be a great opportunity to design exactly what I wanted — cute and stylish entertaining and dining ware that is affordable.”

    The line is aimed “to appeal to the modern woman at various stages of her life, whether she is going off to college, decorating her first apartment, registering for her wedding or simply in need of beautiful items for her home.” The pieces range in price from $12-58 and are meant to be mixed and matched. Every piece reflects Rachel’s love of “birds, butterflies and all things whimsical,” and the entire collection is tied together by a common color palette of turquoise, aqua, black and white.

    What does Macy’s think of line? “Edie Rose Home reflects a timely aesthetic that appeals to the fashion savvy Macy’s customer,” said Steve Cardino, vice president and fashion director of Macy’s Home Store. “We are proud to be the exclusive retailer of this eclectic and affordable collection that infuses Rachel’s eye for style with everyday pieces for the home.”

    Well, Macy’s definitely sound supportive. And the line looks promising, but I’ll have to wait and see. As most of my friends know, after living with so many for so many years, peacocks have become my least favorite animal on the planet so featuring them in the line is a bit of a turnoff, but even I have to admit the piece below is actually pretty cute.

    Best Dressed, Natalie Portman, SAG Awards, Tina Fey

    2011 SAG Awards: Best Dressed

    I was really loving the fashion at the SAG Awards. Many of the ladies really stepped up their game and pulled out some real showstoppers. Strapless, floor-length gowns were definitely the trend of the night, as were the colors red, white, and nude. Belted waists were also big. Hair and makeup-wise, we saw a lot of gorgeous tousled waves, smokey eyes, and nude lips. I have to say, I’m absolutely loving these trends!
     #1 – Mila Kunis – Alexander McQueen
    Definitely the best look of the night!! Mila looks absolutely amazing and so fierce in this fiery gown accompanied by flawless hair and makeup. By far, my favorite gown of any awards show this year.
     #2 – Julia Stiles – Monique Lhuillier 
    Julia looks head-to-toe gorgeous! The ombre gown is killer stunning and her hair, makeup, and accessories are perfect. 
     #3 – Tina Fey – Oscar de la Renta
    Definitely the best Tina has ever looked! I absolutely adore the woman, but she usually doesn’t have the best sense of style on the red carpet. Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when I saw her in his stunning gown. So loving this color on her.
     #4 – Hilary Swank – Versace
    Hilary looks like a Greek goddess in this gorgeous gown. I love the draping, details, and color. Plus, her hair looks amazing!

     #5 – Heather Morris – Romona Keveza
    Heather looks oh so pretty in this flowy and feathery (but not too feathery) gown! I love how soft the whole look is.
     #6 – Lea Michele – Oscar de la Renta
    Lea tries again with Oscar de la Renta and this time scores! This gown is so gorgeous and sleek (although I don’t know why she insists on showing so much cleavage). She does look like she’s trying too hard/constipated though. Smile, girl, you don’t want to get Megan Fox-face.
     #7 – Natalie Portman – Azzaro
    Much better than her Golden Globes look, this dress perfectly flatters her baby bump. I’m not a huge fan of her hair or her black handbag and shoes, but I’m so relieved there’s no giant flower on her chest, I’ll let it slide.
     #8 – Rosario Dawson – J. Mendel
    What an amazing color on her! This dress is so lovely and I love her choice in accessories!
     #9 – Claire Danes – Louis Vuitton
    She looks so sweet and pretty, and I like the risk she took in choosing a dress with a print. 
    #10 – Valerie Bertinelli 
    Great hair, great makeup, great dress. I honestly can’t believe this woman is over 50, she looks fabulous.
    SAG Awards, Worst Dressed

    2011 SAG Awards: Worst Dressed

    For this awards show, I decided to post the Worst Dressed list first. Figured I’d get the bad/blah out of the way first. As always, comment and let me know if you agree or disagree!
    #10 – Jenna Fischer – Fendi
    I like her makeup, but the dress is simply too boring and shapeless (a common problem of the night).
    #9 – Edie Falco – Carolina Herrera
    Once again, I like the makeup and there’s nothing particular wrong with the dress, it just suffers from being a bit blah and underwhelming.
    #8 – Angie Harmon – Monique Lhuillier
    I actually love this pink color with her skintone but the whole thing is just a little too much, too young, and too feathery. Plus, it brings to mind images of Bjork and that’s never a good thing.
     #7 – Helena Bonham Carter – Marc Jacobs
    A HUGE improvement over the Golden Globes! And she’s actually wearing matching shoes! Her intentionally bizarre style, however, still lands her on my worst dressed list.
    #6 – Mariska Hargitay
    She looks great from the neck up, but this purple gown is too simple, too shapeless, and too…blah.
    #5 – Melissa Leo
    This dress makes her look like a shiny robot… or an alien. The cut is not flattering to her figure at all and makes her appear boxy.
    #4 – Kate Mara – Herve Leger by Max Azria
    Here is a gown that seriously did not translate well off the runway. I love Herve Leger but this dress is almost hard to look at. Just no.
    #3 – Christina Hendricks – L’Wren Scott
    She looks like a vampire who just got out of bed and slipped on their bathrobe. The dress does nothing to flatter her curves and the makeup is way too severe.
    #2 – Jane Lynch – Ali Rahimi
    What is Jane doing in this horrible prom dress? The color looks great on her, but other than that, it looks cheap, odd, and in need of an ironing.
     #1 – Paz de la Huerta
    Hands-down, worst look of the evening. I can’t find anything redeeming about this outfit.
    Gift Ideas, Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    Valentine’s Day is just around corner, and Kembrel (one ofmy current obsessions) has some AWESOME sales that would make perfect gifts forthat special someone. I’ve already bought myself and my sister (who reads myblog so I’m not going to say what) two necklaces, and I’m definitely forwardingthe link to my boyfriend 😉

    Here’s just a preview of what’s on sale:

    The Valentine’s Day essentials for guys offers a nicevariety of items that will surely impress your man! Can he not go anywherewithout his iPad? Get him a stylish Moshi iPad case! Does he love working outat the gym? What about a eco-friendly Hydros water bottle? Is he always latepicking you up on a date?  I’m surea watch by Phosphor will solve that problem!

    The Valentine’s Jewelry section made me drool.  From the exotic Taara pieces, theadorable One Luv necklaces, and the stunning selection by Juliet & Co, youwon’t know where to start! I wouldn’t worry too much over what you choose foryour girl though, because any of these pieces are sure to win her over!

    GIRL or GUY
    Or what about some sweet headphones? The ones on sale byWeSC are definitely unique and make a statement. I love all the differentcolors and patterns to choose from! Perfect for any music lover, girl or guy!

    Finally, why not sit and enjoy a book together? Kembrel has a nice selection that range from funny to romantic. There’s really something for everyone. Read actual love letters collected across America or love poems written by some of history’s greatest poets. Spice up your love life with a handbook or read about the most inspiring and romantic locations in Italy and France. Even if you’re single, these are sure to be an interesting read (if you believe your true love is written up in the stars, why not check out Cosmic Coupling?) 

    Golden Globes, Worst Dressed

    Golden Globes: Worst Dressed List

    So you all know who I think got it right at the Globes. Now, here’s who I think needs to hire a new stylist (in no particular order because they’re all tragic).

    Christina Hendricks: That giant ruffle is SO distracting and unflattering.
    Michelle Williams: Granny prints are not Globes-appropriate.

    Helena Bonham Carter: This look is the epitome of “Hot Mess.”
    Lea Michelle: Reminds me of Pepto Bismol. Not a fan of her messy hair either.

    Halle Berry: This dress screams cougar.
    Julianne Moore: Someone get this woman an iron STAT!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: What is up with that neckline??
    Kaley Cuoco: The odd tiering of the lower half of the dress is just wrong.
    Agree/Disagree?? Did I leave someone out? Comment and give me your thoughts!

    Best Dressed, Golden Globes

    2011 Golden Globes: Best Dressed List

    The Golden Globes have comeand gone. You know my opinion when it comes to who won the awards, but who didI think ruled the red carpet? Like the People’s Choice Awards, I was a bitdisappointed, but I do applaud many of the stars for their fashion risks. Did Ilike many of the fashion risks? No, but a lot of fashion “experts” did, and theyended up on many best dressed lists so good for them. But here’s my list ofbest dressed ladies, and it’s filled with what many might call “safe” choices,but whatever, it’s my list and they look gorgeous to me. I’ve also included those who almost made the cut, but for one reason or another, just didn’t quite do so.

    #1 – Dianna Agron
    I love everything aboutthis look! Hair, dress, makeup, accessories, even the black nail polish! Diannalooks absolutely gorgeous, channeling old Hollywood in this J.Mendel gown! Asone of my friends said, “She’s just so perfect!” It’s so true.

    #2 – Carrie Underwood
    Carrie is always one of myfavorites on the red carpet, and she once again looked fabulous in a quartzsequin strapless gown by Badgley Mischka Couture. She absolutely glows and what an amazing smile!

    #3 – Sarah Hyland
    I’m one of the few who don’t watch Modern Family so I don’t know who she is, but I absolutely adore this Café Au Lait Max Azria gown. It’s so elegant, and the color is simply gorgeous on her. I wish I could steal this dress, I love it so much. 

    #3 – Mila Kunis
    I am in love with the color ofthis emerald Vera Wang gown! Just stunning! She looks like a grecian goddess!

    #4 – Megan Fox
    Why does she look so poutyin all her pictures? It’s so unflattering, and she’s very pretty. Nevertheless, I can’t deny that I love her pale pink Giorgio Armani Privé gown. If only she would smile and wear some less severe makeup, she’d look amazing.

    #5 – Milla Jovovich
    Underrated much? I don’t think I’ve seenanyone say anything about this gown, and I have NO idea why. It and Milla lookstunning!

    #6 – Olivia Wilde
    The gown that’s on nearlyevery Best Dressed list. At first look, I thought it was too much, but I’veactually come to like it. Plus with a gown by Marchesa, shoes by Christian Louboutin,and jewelry by Tiffany’s, how do you go wrong? Talk about the ultimate combination!

    #7 – Helen Mirren
    I sure do hope I have Helen’s grace and style when I’m her age. She is just fabulous and the dress is beautiful. Flawless.

    #9 – Kyra Sedgwick
    Kyra looks so classy andelegant in this orange chiffon Emilio Pucci dress. I don’t know too many whocould pull of this color, but she does so effortlessly.

    #10 – Eva Longoria andMandy Moore
    I thought Eva looked verysophisticated in her black Zac Posen gown. It was very feminine but also strongat the same time. My one negative is that I feel there is a bit too much fabric at the bottom and it looks like its swallowing her. Mandy Moore wore one of my favorite designers, MoniqueLhullier, and while her hair and makeup do look wonderful, there was justsomething off about the gown that kept this look from being higher on the list. I actually think i would’ve liked it a lot more if it had just been a deeper blue.

    Close…But Not Quite (in no particular order)

     Emma Stone

    Love thesilhouette and simplicity of the gown, but not the color, at least on her skin tone. She still looks gorgeous and sophisticated, nevertheless. 

    Scarlett Johansson
    This Ellie Saab dress is indeed beautiful (I love the detailed beading), but she’s single now, and I feellike she could have done better. I would have loved to see her wearing something bold and striking.

    Sandra Bullock
    The Marchesa dress isactually incredibly beautiful, but the hair is justhorrible and distracts from its loveliness. Why, Sandra?

    Amy Adams
    I like the color, hair, andmakeup. But there is something about that giant thing growing along her torso that I just don’tcare for.

    Nicole Kidman
    Many thought this gown byPrada was too boring. Maybe a little, yes, but I do think she looks very elegant.

    Natalie Portman
    She is so pretty, but that big sequin rose plastered on her chest is not.

    So that’s my list, agree/disagree? Who did you like? Comment and let me know! Coming up: My WORST Dressed List!!
    Golden Globes, Movies, People's Choice Awards

    My Picks: 2011 Golden Globe Winners

    Glee’s Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera
    Okay, now thisis more like it! At least award-wise. It’s nice to see some amazing movies getthe awards they deserve. None of this Twilight ridiculousness. I was so happyto see The Social Network dominatingin nearly every movie category because it really was a fantastic film. However,I wouldn’t have minded seeing it share some of its awards with Inception or Black Swan, also two very well done films.

    Best Motion Picture, Drama
    Winner: The Social Network
    My Pick: Quite a competitive category, but it’s a tie between The Social Network and Inception for me, but TSN does haveAndrew Garfield…

    I though the Best Musical or Comedy category was a joke. Most of the films were pretty ‘eh’ to me. Alice in Wonderlandwas very disappointing, and The Kids AreAll Right was just…all right. Congrats to Red for being the first comic book movie to be nominated in thecategory though.

    Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
    Winner: The Kids Are AllRight
    My Pick: None of the nominees. I would choose Easy A for being a genuinely funny, smart film.

    I pretty much would’ve been happy for whoever wonBest Director, all were worthy nominees, although I do feel like Danny Boyle wassnubbed for 127 Hours.

    Best Dramatic Actor
    Winner: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
    My Pick: James Franco, 127 Hours. I can’t wait to see this riveting performance myself.

    Best Dramatic Actress
    Winner: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    My Pick: Natalie Portman, for sure!!I am so happy she won! Natalie’s been a long-time favorite actress of mine, and I’m sohappy her talent is finally being recognized! Congrats, girl!

    Best Comedic Actress
    Winner: Annette Bening, TheKids Are All Right
    My Pick: Emma Stone, EasyA. Her performance was genius. She has a bright career ahead of her, andI’m definitely looking forward to seeing her in the new Spiderman films!

    Best Supporting Dramatic Actor
    Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter
    My Pick: I agree with Christian Bale,but once again there’s my love/obsession for Andrew Garfield…

    Best Drama TV Series
    Winner: Boardwalk Empire
    My Pick: Haven’t actually seenBoardwalk Empire, but The Walking Dead was pretty awesome.

    Best TV Drama Actor
    Winner: Steve Buscemi, BoardwalkEmpire
    My Pick: Hugh Laurie, House. The show has let me down over the years, but Hugh neverhas.

    Best Comedic TV Series
    Winner: Glee
    My Pick: 30 Rock or The Big Bang Theory. I do enjoy myself some Glee, but 30 Rock is sheer brilliance, and The Big Bang Theory was made for super nerds like me.

    The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons
    Best Comedic TV Actor
    Winner: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    My Pick: Competitive category filledwith great performances, but I gotta agree here. Jim Parson’s Sheldon is absolute perfection!

    Best Comedic TV Actress
    Winner: LauraLinney, The Big C
    My Pick: Tina Fey, 30 Rock. Because she’s the most brilliant and funniest woman on TV. The end.

    Best Supporting TV Actress
    Winner: Jane Lynch, Glee
    My Pick: Agreed, she’s hilarious!

    Best Supporting TV Actor
    Winner: Chris Colfer, Glee
    My Pick: I agree. Chris Colfer has delivered some pretty powerful scenes this season on Glee, so I wasn’t surprised when he took home the award. Congrats to him! 
    Best Dressed, People's Choice Awards

    2011 People’s Choice Awards: Top 5 Best Dressed

    Honestly, I was a littlelet down by most of the stars’ fashion choices this year – maybe they’re savingthe good stuff for the big award shows like the Golden Globes and AcademyAwards? Let’s hope so. However, there were a few bright spots, and withoutfurther adieu, my top 5 red, I mean, sapphire carpet picks:

    #1 – Selena Gomez
    My number one pick wassuper easy. This girl is always flawless, and she definitely didn’t let medown! In fact, she was able to wow me twice in two stunning looks. Fun fact: hersecond look was by Project Runway Season 6 winner Irina Shabayeva.

    #2 – Kristen Stewart
    Kristen surprised me by wearing this fabulous gold sequinedReem Acra minidress. And check out those Jimmy Choo heels! Her fashion choicescan either be a hit or miss but here it was definitely a hit.

    #3 – Emma Roberts
    Emma said she was going for a “Black Swan” inspiredlook. Well, whatever look she was going for, she looked fabulous in her ruffledDior dress and Brian Atwood shoes. Very youthful, yet sophisticated!

    #4 – Taylor Swift
    I expected a little more from Taylor since she’ssuch a red carpet goddess. However, she still makes the top 5 because everyoneelse was so lackluster. She does indeed look pretty in her J Mendel dress and Prada shoes, I’mjust used to her looking gorgeous.

    #5 – Tie with Kaley Cuocoand AnnaLynne McCord
    Both of these looks I’mkind of on the fence with. I love Kaley’s white floor-length gown, but I’m notcrazy about her hair and makeup. And while I love AnnaLynne’s hair and makeup,I don’t know about the dress. Great, flattering color which looks amazing fromthe back, but just blah in the front.

    Next up are the GoldenGlobes! Time to step it up, ladies!
    People's Choice Awards

    2011 People’s Choice Awards

    Last night was the People’s Choice Awards! Although it’s notone of my favorite award shows, it’s still interesting to watch just to seewhat all the stars are wearing.
    While some of the winners were just straight up ridiculousand some categories just so silly I could care less who won (or I was justambivalent about all the nominees), there were a few where I really would’vechosen differently.
    Favorite Movie & Favorite Drama Movie
    Winner: Twilight Saga: Eclipse (seriously, how many tweensvoted in this?)
    My Pick: Inception/The Social Network
    Favorite Action Movie
    Winner: Iron Man 2 (love the original, but the sequel was aletdown)
    My Pick: Kick-A**
    Favorite Comedy Movie
    Winner: Grown Ups
    My Pick: Easy A
    Favorite TV Comedy
    Winner: Glee (although I do enjoy the show)
    My Pick: How I Met Your Mother (it’s just so awesome)
    Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy Show
    Winner: Fringe
    My Pick: Supernatural
    Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure
    Winner: Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    My Pick: Tosh.O
    Favorite TV Guest Star
    Winner: Demi Lovato on Grey’s Anatomy
    My Pick: Neil Patrick Harris on Glee
    Favorite TV Comedy Actor actually had a great list ofnominees and any of them would’ve been deserving, but I’m glad to see NeilPatrick Harris getting some props for his amazing work on HIMYM. I was alsohappy to see Tim Roth win Favorite TV Crime Fighter. I don’t follow Lie to Meregularly but he’s one of my favorite movie actors and I’m so happy for hissuccess. Congrats to Conan O’Brien for Favorite Talk Show Host, I’ve always loved him. Also congrats to Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift for their wins, they’re both so fabulous.
    People’s Choice Awards Fashion Post Coming Up Next!

    What Did Santa Bring?

    Doesn’t everyone love presents? This year, Santa was, once again, very generous, although my dad did tell me that the jolly man was having a hard time coming up with gifts for me so… to compensate for the fact that my sister got an iPhone (now we’re a complete iPhone family), iPad, guitar, and $300 Coach purse, among the usual lot of dvds, video games, etc, I get to do some sweet after-Christmas shopping. Sounds good to me.

    Despite what my dad said, I still think I made out pretty nicely. Here’s a quick rundown of what I got from not just Santa, but the rest of my family, as well. 

    Avatar: The Last Airbender Seasons 1-3
    Community Season 1
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Vol. 1-3
    Supernatural Season 5 **wishlist item!
    The Vampire Diaries Season 1
    The Venture Brothers Season 3

    Video Games for PS3
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    – Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions
    – Spiderman: Web of Shadows

    – Bebe Eau de Parfum
    – Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette
    – Michael Kors Island Bermuda Giftset
    – Victoria’s Secret Noir Giftset 

    – Barbie Basics doll
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s coasters
    Death Note manga box set
    – Express skirt
    – Garmin GPS
    – Roy Mustang plush and keychain
    – Spike Speigel figure
    – Taylor Swift’s Speak Now CD **wishlist item!
    – Vera Bradley “Imperial Noille” note cards & mailbox

    How blessed/spoiled am I, right? Don’t worry, I know this is a season of giving not getting. And as much, as I love receiving gifts, I love giving them even more!

    What did you all get for Christmas?