posted on March 03, 2014 by
The Oscar’s have come and gone. Let’s break down the best and the worst. And the red carpet.
The Best: Everything Ellen did. Her monologue. The most-tweeted selfie ever (over 2.5 million so far). The pizza. The Glinda gown. I loved her joke to Jonah Hill about his full-frontal scene in TWOWS: “You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very, very long time.” Cate Blanchett telling Julia Roberts to “hashtag, suck it.” Jared Leto joking that he is in fact dating June Squibb. Great musical performances. Pharrell got the audience dancing. Pink nailed one of my all-time faves, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Idina killed it.
The Worst: Speaking if Idina, I was so embarrassed for John Travolta when he butchered her name. I’ve also decided I’m boycotting until Leo wins. I just watched Dallas Buyers Club over the weekend and I thought there were stronger performances than Matthew’s. (But the “alright, alright, alright” in his acceptance speech kind of won me over.) Margot Robbie was almost unrecognizable with her new brown hair. Jennifer tripped. Again. But at least she’s the classiest klutz ever. And of course, it was good material for Ellen’s monologue. Also, the winners were totally predictable, so that was kind of boring.
The Red Carpet:
1. Beautiful Blues
Blue was the color of the night, ranging from Lupita’s custom pale blue Prada (which she chose because ”it’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, so I wanted to have a little bit of home”) to Amy and Sandra’s sapphire blue stunners. My vote for best-dressed goes to Lupita, but I’m thinking Amy should always wear that color. It looks great with her hair! And can we talk about those pink earrings?? NEED! Blue also made an appearance in Liza Minelli’s hair, which I kind of love on her, and as accents on Kellan Lutz’s tux. Also love.
posted on February 27, 2014 by
Men I may not know, but shoes — shoes I know. – Carrie Bradshaw
We all know Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, the shoe-obsessed star of Sex and the City. So it only seems natural that Sarah herself would create her own shoe line. In my opinion, ten years too late, but better late than never! (Sex and the City ended in 2004. Feel old.) Her shoe line, appropriately named SJP, is available exclusively at Nordstrom (online and select stores) starting tomorrow, February 28th. Sarah collaborated with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik (Carrie’s brand of choice), to create 25 gorgeous, Italian-made styles with prices ranging from $195-$500. So, not cheap, but I wouldn’t expect them to be. Only the best from Carrie.
Carrie’s shoe closet was every girls fantasy, and Carrie herself was a big influence on Sarah. “I’m privileged that I played her. I was exposed to so many beautiful shoes and to how they’re made. That role really cemented my love.” She even has a style named Carrie (which might be my fave in the line), and said that it is an ode to her. “It’s a strong shoe that can be worn for day and night.”
posted on February 26, 2014 by
The post otherwise known as There-Are-Empty-Spots-In-The-Hottie-Madness-Bracket-So-Let’s-Fill-Em-Up. In all seriousness, these guys are all relevant, and some have never been featured, so they definitely need to be in this year’s tournament! Just a reminder, the Oscars are this Sunday, March 2nd, with coverage starting at 7pm. And will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres for the second time, which I’m super excited about! Love her.
Leonardo DiCaprio | Best Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street
I don’t need to go on and on about Leo. He’s been featured a few times on the blog and it’s no secret that he is one of my absolute faves, if not my most favorite. A crush that’s been going strong since 1993. I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about The Wolf of Wall Street, but I loved it. I loved him in it. But then again, I love everything with Leo. I can go on and on about how he’s been snubbed too many times, but I won’t. He’s up against some tough competition this year, but obviously, I want him to win.
posted on February 24, 2014 by
As you know, I’m a huge fan of stripes and I’m totally coveting these Kate Spade Tanya Flats. They are a classic ballet flat but the bold, graphic stripes give them something special. A classic silhouette that makes a statement. Since they are black and white, they’d go with anything. And since they go with anything, $238 is a bargain, right? I’ve never paid more than $150 for shoes (excluding boots), and it seems ridiculous to pay this much for flats. But the stripes. And the turquoise lining. So tempting…
But over the weekend I saw a Payless commercial featuring a pair of shoes that looked very similar to the Kate Spade’s: the Chelsea Flat. And for only $20, they are a bargain. (They are actually on sale now for $17.) Of course, they are not exactly the same. They are a made of a synthetic material while the Kate Spade’s are made of leather. The Kate Spade’s have a small wood stacked heel and the Payless version is rubber. The stripes are also a little different — the Chelsea’s are a bit thinner and the Tanya’s have more of a cap toe with a wider stripe at the front. But overall, they are both a round toe, black and white striped ballet flat.
posted on February 19, 2014 by
Somehow almost three years have passed without a John Krasinski hottie post. He’s made a few small appearances, mainly beside his equally hot wife, Emily Blunt, but has never had a fully dedicated post. Even though he has no movies or shows or whatever to promote right now, there is nothing wrong with just promoting his hotness. And celebrating the fact that he is a new dad! John and Emily welcomed their daughter Hazel into the world on Sunday.
As a huge fan of The Office, I’ve loved John since 2005, when he debuted as the somewhat unkempt office prankster and hopeless romantic, Jim Halpert. I don’t know anyone who didn’t love Jim, and while I know Jim is just a character, I want to believe his not that dissimilar to John himself. John has a great sense of humor. He’s tall. Handsome. Effortlessly charming and has a killer smile. Did you ever see Leatherheads? I kind of think of John as a young George Clooney, but with a wife. They both have a similar charm and sense of humor, they both love to play practical jokes and they both get more attractive with age. John even got married at George’s Italian villa. I’ve also loved John in his other movies like It’s Complicated, Something Borrowed and even License to Wed. I love that he lip synced to a Katy Perry song with Jimmy Fallon (it’s a MUST WATCH). I love the fact that he’s smart (graduated from Brown) and wanted to be an English teacher so he could wear “corduroy jackets with patches on the side.” And beyond all that, he seems like the perfect husband. An actual romantic, not just playing one on TV. Like I want to snuggle right into the middle of his marriage.
posted on February 18, 2014 by
A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram of a hairbrush I spotted in Bloomies called the Tangle Teezer. I had never seen it before, but I’m a sucker for anything that’s brightly colored and packaged in a box with a Union Jack. Someone commented on my photo that it was a must-have, so of course, I had to have it. I’ve mentioned this before, but I have long, fine hair, and a lot of it. Even though I color it, it’s fairly healthy and shiny. But for some reason, maybe it’s the length or damage from coloring, it is super knotty. If I wear anything that comes up around my neck, I always get a huge knot underneath. Even my ponytails get knotty. If I go to sleep with it wet, forget it. It’s a tangled mess in the morning. So anything that promises to fix the rat’s nest, I’ll try. Especially when it’s only about $15.
So let’s break down the obsession.
The Promise: Detangled. Healthy. Shiny. These are the three stages to gorgeous looking hair and we have a hairbrush that helps you every step of the way. Yes, our patented teeth are used on all our hairbrushes, but it’s the functionality and creative design of each one that helps make up your complete hair care cycle. Tangle Teezer The Original professional detangling hairbrush is loved by hairdressers and used in professional hair salons. It’s a super smooth operator that works the minute hair is lathered and rinsed. Glides through wet, vulnerable and color treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking. Hair peace at last! The Tangle Teezer dramatically reduces hair breakage, splitting and damage, resulting in beautifully shiny hair.
posted on February 14, 2014 by
Before there was Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey, there was The Bronze Horseman, written by Paullina Simons. And before Edward Cullen or Christian Grey ever entered my fictional boyfriend fantasies, there was Alexander Belov. I’ve been obsessed with The Bronze Horseman since I first read it (and could not put it down), somewhere around 2007, and it has stayed with me ever since. It’s a breathtaking historical fiction; a sweeping saga with an epic, intense romance. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, it seems like a good time to finally share the obsession. This is how I like my history, by the way. Disguised as a love story. My mother-in-law introduced me to this book – a paperback copy she smuggled into the States from the UK. And I say smuggled because, for some reason, this book wasn’t available in the States until late 2009. But since I got my hands on it, I’ve lent it to everyone I know. If you’re a fan of romance, and romantic heroes, I suggest you get this book. Immediately. Alexander will be the perfect Valentine’s date, I promise.
The Bronze Horseman is part of a trilogy, a very long trilogy, each book averaging around 700+ pages. I don’t like to give spoilers in my book posts, but with this much substance, it’s hard to give a synopsis without giving too much away. The trilogy continues with Tatiana and Alexander and ends with The Summer Garden. Even though I loved all three, none can compare to The Bronze Horseman. And good news for fans of the book – it seems like a movie adaptation is finally in the works. There were rumors that it would be made a few years ago, but the studio who was working on the project let the rights expire. Since then, the rights have been optioned by another studio, and Paullina herself has written the script. So there is a chance that we’ll finally see this on the big screen sometime in 2015. Although I have no idea who they could cast as Alexander! Seems like an impossible task. Although, they did a good job with Edward and Christian, so there’s hope…
posted on February 13, 2014 by
I’ve been meaning to do a post on Warby Parker for a while now, and since they just released their Spring 2014 collection, I figure now is as good a time as any! Plus, it’s nice to dream about spring when stuck inside on a snowy day. If you’re not familiar with Warby Parker, they are an eyewear company that was founded to provide an alternative to overpriced and boring eyewear. Their eyewear is crafted on the same production lines as $500 frames, but they are able to sell theirs at a fraction of the price, starting at $95. They are able to keep costs down by creating their own designs and selling directly to the consumer.
One of the best things about Warby Parker is their “buy a pair, give a pair” model. They’ve partnered with non-profits to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. To date, they have donated over 500,000 glasses. It’s nice to be able to do good just by updating your look!
posted on February 12, 2014 by
I’m not usually awake for late-night TV, but when I am, my talk show host of choice is definitely Jimmy Fallon. And I’m thrilled he’s making the jump from late late-night to “primetime” late-night, taking over Jay Leno’s spot on The Tonight Show starting next week. I think Jimmy is one of those cases where an awesome personality can make someone so much hotter. Don’t get me wrong, Jimmy has a cute foundation. I mean, the man is adorable. Ridiculously excited and happy, all the time. He seems like the most fun-loving guy on TV. Or maybe in life. The kind of guy you want to be your bestie. But if you layer the cute with Jimmy’s universal appeal, his charm, his joy, his infectious smile…that’s what makes him hot.
The guy can do it all: sing, dance, play guitar, act, do countless impersonations (did anyone hear his bit on the Howard Stern Birthday Bash?). And he does do it all, and will say yes to anything for a laugh, including cracking up during his sketches, which I find endearing. ”Definitely a comedy foul. Lorne didn’t like it. I didn’t like it. But the sketches I laughed in became popular. At the end, it was like the audience was waiting. The studio started to shake. Like an earthquake. I couldn’t hold it in anymore. Torture.”
posted on February 05, 2014 by
It’s been far too long since Matt Damon has graced this blog with his presence. Like two years too long. So with his new movie, The Monuments Men, coming out this weekend, I think it’s time we get another look at that handsome, smiling face of his. Is anyone looking forward to seeing The Monuments Men? I know I am! It’s based on the true story of a World War II platoon who were tasked by FDR to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves. I love that it’s a war movie about art. Totally into that! And it stars another fave hottie, George Clooney, who actually shared a post with Matt a few years ago.
Since I’ve already listed many of the reasons I adore Matt in my last post, all of which are still true, I’ll just add a few more things. And one fun fact.