Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"The air is crisp, the summer is gone. And for the first night in a long time, you need a blanket on your bed."

While I love summer, I can't help but be excited at this time of year, when fall is right around the corner. There are so many things I love about this particular season: cozy sweaters, rainy weekends curled up on the couch, new seasons of my favorite TV shows, September issues of my favorite glossy mags piled up on the coffee table, a slight chill to the breeze. Oh, and of course, my birthday! But let's go back to the main reason I love fall - the fashion!

Everyone in the biz knows that the September issue is the most important magazine of the year. So important, in fact, that a documentary was even made about it. And that front row of NY Fashion Week fall shows are some of the most coveted seats in all of fashion. There's just something so all-American about cable knit, denim, leather and wool. I can help but picture a Ralph Lauren print ad when thinking about the season.

That being said, I thought I'd share my top 5 accessories for fall wishlist:

A classic Burberry trench. Tim Gunn would be proud of any woman with this staple in their wardrobe. It is so versatile it can be worn over jeans and a sweater, a cocktail dress or slacks and a turtleneck. Doesn't the lovely Emma Watson wear it well?

Leather, or patent or metallic, Marc Jacobs lace-up oxfords. A huge trend in 2010, although not necessarily a new trend, menswear for women. They're somewhere between flats and boots and the perfect shoe, worn with a skinny jean, for the season.

Tall Tory Burch riding boots. Whether they are equestrian style or motorcycle boots, these boots look amazing with tights and a dress or over some skinnies. Plus, they add a little edge to a classic 'fit. And who doesn't love a little edge in their wardrobe?

A cashmere and silk Louis Vuitton leopard print scarf. The easiest way to add a little spice to your outfit. Throw a leopard print scarf around your neck and add subtle style to a simple black or white tee. Or anything, really.

Timeless Mikimoto pearl studs. There really is no other way to add glamor to an everyday outfit or a formal gown than throwing on a pair of pearl studs. White or black, they are one of the most timeless pieces of jewelry that every woman should have in her jewelry case.

I really would love to incorporate every single one of these pieces into my wardrobe. I would add every piece to my outfits every day, although, it may be tough to wear both boots and oxfords at once. Hopefully both Tim Gunn and Rachel Zoe would approve!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Carrie Bradshaw, "Sex and the City"

Monday, August 30, 2010

"As you know in fashion, one day you're in. And the next day, you're out."

Another award show come and gone! Although I had a few disappointments with winners and I was a bit underwhelmed by the fashion, there were still some hits of the night. I have to say, I was incredibly impressed with the opening number, and I was super excited to see CW darling Nina Dobrev taking part in the star studded video.

Check it out!

Moving on to the winners. It's a good thing I'm not a gambler and didn't put anything down on my picks because I failed miserably. Well, unless you could getting one out of 1 out of 10 right. That's not so bad, is it? A lot of newcomers took home the awards, with a few veterans also walking away winners. Here's a rundown of the winners:

Actor - Comedy: Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory"
Actress - Comedy: Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Actor - Drama: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Actress - Drama: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
Supporting Actor - Comedy: Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Supporting Actress - Comedy: Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Supporting Actor - Drama: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Supporting Actress - Drama: Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Comedy Series - Modern Family
Drama Series - Mad Men

I guess that Jane Lynch was kind of a given, though, so that was an easy pick for me. I've been contemplating jumping on the Modern Family bandwagon for a while now, and I think all their success at this year's Emmys will finally push me over the edge to add it to my Netflix queue.

Now for the best part. The FASHION!! Like I said, I was a bit underwhelmed by the red carpet this year, but there were still a few that really stood out to me and I would definitely not turn down the opportunity to wear. Here are my top 10, starting with my absolute favorite:

1. Glee's Jayma Mayes in Burberry Prorsum and Neil Lane jewels.

2. Dexter's Julie Benz in Pamella Roland and Jacob & Co. jewels.

3. Glee's Lea Michele in Oscar De La Renta and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

4. Best Actress in a TV movie winner, Temple Grandin's Claire Danes in Swarovski crystal encrusted, Giorgio Armani Prive.

5. Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev in Zuhair Murad and Chopard jewels.

6. Best Actress winner, the Closer's Kyra Sedgwick in Monique Lhuillier and Ofira jewels.

7. Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward Couture and Martin Katz jewels.

8. Glee's Diana Agron in Carolina Herrera and Cartier jewels.

9. True Blood's Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen and House of Lavande jewels.

10. Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton in Burberry and Neil Lane jewels.

Who knew the gal's from Glee would be able to shut it down like they did? I mean, Lea Michele has been killing it on the red carpet lately, so that was a bit of an obvious choice for best dressed lists, but I was SO impressed by Jayma Mayes. Her Burberry Prorsum, which I do typically love, was stunning and her styling was flawless. I can't wait to see what she brings to red carpets from now on.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Heidi Klum, "Project Runway"

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"There's nothing ironic about show choir!"

With the 62nd Emmy Awards just hours away, I wanted to go ahead and pick my ideal winners for each of the major categories. I definitely have not been shy about my love for certain nominated shows and actors/actresses, so I'm sure most of my picks will come at no surprise. Hey! I'm even beyond thrilled that the main actors from my new favorite show are among the nominees, and will hopefully walk away with their very own statues.

Let's run down the nominees and my choice to win, shall we?

Actor - Comedy. Nominees: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"; Steve Carell, "The Office"; Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; Matthew Morrison, "Glee"; Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Matthew Morrison

Actress - Comedy. Nominees: Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Tina Fey, "30 Rock"; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"; Lea Michele, "Glee"; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Lea Michele

Actor - Drama. Nominees: Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Matthew Fox, "Lost"; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Hugh Laurie, "House"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Kyle Chandler

Actress - Drama. Nominees: Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"; Glenn Close, "Damages"; Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order"; January Jones, "Mad Men"; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Connie Britton

Supporting Actor - Comedy. Nominees: Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"; Chris Colfer, "Glee"; Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"; Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"; Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Chris Colfer

Supporting Actress - Comedy. Nominees: Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"; Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"; Jane Lynch, "Glee"; Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men"; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"; Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Jane Lynch

Supporting Actor - Drama. Nominees: Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age"; Michael Emerson, "Lost"; Terry O'Quinn, "Lost"; Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"; Martin Short, "Damages"; John Slattery, "Mad Men"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Michael Emerson

Supporting Actress - Drama. Nominees: Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"; Rose Byrne, "Damages"; Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice"; Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"; Elizabeth Moss, "Mad Men"; Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"

MY choice to take home the Emmy: Christine Baranski

Best Comedy. Nominees: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Office, 30 Rock

MY Choice to take home the Emmy: Glee

Best Drama. Nominees: Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife, Lost, Mad Men, True Blood

MY choice to take home the Emmy: True Blood

I am very interested to see who walks away with each of these awards. I think each of the categories really are chock full of amazing nominees this year. Plus, I'm very much looking forward to seeing what fashion awaits the red carpet. I have no doubt in my mind that Lea Michele will "shut it down" as Rachel Zoe always says. And I still have high hopes that my fashion fave Cat Deeley will cross the pond and show up in something stunning, as per usual. Stay tuned for a fashion wrap up in the next few days!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Rachel Berry, "Glee"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It's my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now."

While being sick last week, I had to find ways to entertain myself while being unable to do much more than just lay there. At a friend's suggestion, I decided to finally check out the "watch instantly" section of Netflix and see what the big fuss is about the show Friday Night Lights. She has yet to steer me wrong on TV show suggestions (Veronica Mars, for example), so I figured, what else am I going to do during my self-imposed quarantine? Again, she was right!

Not only about the amazing show that is Friday Night Lights, but also about the best way to watch episode after episode after episode of a show without actually buying all the DVDs, Netflix's "watch instantly". Now, I'm not a fan of football, or high school football for that matter, which is what initially kept me away from the show, but let me tell you, I am now officially hooked. Who wants to head over to Texas and go check out a high school football game with me? Anyone? No?

Anyway, due to my new appreciation for this particular section of Netflix, I started thinking about instant gratification and wanting/needing things NOW. It seems to me that ever since the invention of the microwave in the mid 1900s, fast, instant, now, etc became key words in the vocabulary of American's. When looking up "instant" on urbandictionary.com, I came across pages of words and phrases that begin with instant or insta. Apparently getting things done quickly is very important to us!

I'm definitely a big fan of instant gratification, no matter how disparaging the term may be. Where would we be without cable on demand (and Netflix watch instantly for that matter) and microwave ovens? We would have to watch TV shows at their scheduled times or buy or rent the DVDs and cook meals in more than 5 minutes. I'm not even a big fan of online shopping because it just takes way too long to wait for the overnight shipping. I'll just run to the store and buy it now. Even blogs are a form of instant gratification. We no longer have to wait for the daily news or the latest entertainment gossip. Just check your blog roll and see what's going on in the world the second it happens!

Let's face it. Even though instant gratification may be "frowned upon" by some, it will always be a part of our culture. So come on stuffy, nose-in-the-air folks! Just jump on the band wagon!! We won't judge you.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Veruca Salt, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

Friday, August 13, 2010

"Fashion put it all on me. Don't you want to see these clothes on me."

Another season of one of my favorites shows has come and gone. With a new winner crowned, the adorable powerhouse Lauren Froderman, it is time to say goodbye until 2011 to So You Think You Can Dance. While I must admit that I was hoping for my fave Kent Boyd to win the whole shebang, I was so pleased with the top 3 that any winner would have be A-OK by me.

Anyway, while I wait another year for season 8 to come, I figured I'd again dedicate a post to the lovely and wonderful Cat Deeley and the amazing style she's graced the stage with this season. Since we're going to be going into season 8, I figured I'd run down the top 8 favorite 'fits of the year, in no particular order.

J Mendel dress, Jimmy Choo shoes.

Shareen Vintage dress, Givenchy shoes.

Vintage dress, Gucci shoes.

Roberto Cavalli dress, Gucci shoes.

Matthew Williamson dress, Jimmy Choo shoes.

Vintage dress, Jimmy Choo shoes.

Elise Overland dress.

Vivienne Westwood dress.

Hopefully the lovely Miss Deeley was start showing up on more red carpets over the next few months. I don't know how I'll survive without seeing her looking oh-so fabulous on a regular basis. Hey, doesn't every girl need her own style inspiration?

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Lady Gaga, "Fashion"

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"I went to rock and roll heaven, and I wasn't on the guest list."

I'm totally one of those people who becomes obsessed with a song and listens to it over and over and over and over....I think you get the drift. This week, there have been a handful of songs that have been blowing up my headphones.

From Part 2 of her Body Talk album, Robyn's "Hang With Me" is even better than the acoustic version I love so much from Body Talk Part 1:

Not to be outdone, of course, by another foot tapping song from her previous album, Robyn:

Coincidentally, the opening act of the lovely Robyn's current tour, the first single of Kelis' new album:

Of course, I can't forget the lovely Lady Gaga's newest album of remixes, with the "Dance in the Dark" remix I can't get enough of:

And finally, for good measure, from the so bad it's AMAZING new movie Step Up 3D, Flo Rida's (featuring one of my absolute favorite DJs David Guetta) lead single from the soundtrack:

These songs will definitely continue to ease me into the weekend. And prepare to throw on my zippered leggings and get ready to dance until I can't dance any more at the Lady Gaga concert next week.

Until Next time... xo

Title quote: Debra, "Empire Records"

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Who ever said 'the more things change the more things stay the same' definitely had the right POV."

While spending time over the past two weeks watching Disney's favorite party girl Hannah Montana with my 9 year old cousin, I got to thinking about the shows I used to watch as a kid/tween in the late 80s and early 90s. Back then, Disney Channel didn't come with normal cable, so kids spent their time on Nickelodeon, home of the green slime (don't say "I don't know"!!). While Friday nights were spent over on ABC watching TGIF classics Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters and Boy Meets World (among others), Saturday nights were spent over on Nick watching SNICK, featuring Clarissa Explains It All, The Secret World of Alex Mack and sketch comedy shows Roundhouse and All That.

Continuing with my theme from the past few posts, I'll break down my favorite Nick shows as a kid. I always forget that some of the actors that are still around today go their start on these shows. Maybe there is hope for some of the Disney kids, who weren't in High School Musical, Hannah Montana or a Jonas brother.

Clarissa Explains It All. Before Melissa Joan Hart was Sabrina, the teenage witch, she starred as the girl every girl my age I knew, including myself, wanted to be. She had a snazzy sense of style, was funny and smart and had a boy best friend who would climb in through her window. Plus, she made you feel like you were her friend too by talking directly to the audience. And who wasn't trying to find ways to get rid of their siblings when you were younger?

Hey Dude. Another Nick show starring now somewhat famous actors back when they were teenagers. Hey Dude made every kid want to go to the wild west and hang out at a dude ranch for the summer. And what girl didn't have a crush on Ted, played by David Lascher (who coincidentally starred in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch with Melissa Joan Hart) and what boy didn't love Melody, played by the always hilarious Christine Taylor?

Salute Your Shorts. Speaking of the way we wanted to spend our summers, how much fun did it look like to go to summer camp at Camp Anawanna? Every episode we saw the crazy kids harassing counselor Ug and rich girl Dina showing us that even at camp, you can still find a way to stay glamorous. I can still hear Donkeylips playing the trumpet and Bobby Budnick screaming "it makes me want to fart!" in the opening credits.

The Secret World of Alex Mack. Most kids dream about something extraordinary happening to them and having super powers. For Alex Mack, that dream came true! Only able to share her secret with best friend Ray and brainiac big sister Annie, Alex is able to navigate the rough streets of middle school (mean girls and cute boys).

You Can't Do That on Television. The show that first introduce us to getting slimed! The comedy sketch show taught us that if you say "I don't know" you get slimed and if you say "water" you get drenched. Plus, it was one of the first shows that us kids were allowed to watch that actually had a little bit of indecent content. With regular sketches like the locker room, detention/dungeon, firing squad and the questionable diner, we learned a lot about what those crazy Canadians find funny. And we found it funny, too!

The Adventures of Pete & Pete. This is randomly one of the shows from my childhood that I find myself referencing sort of often. From the daylight savings/Halloween/time travel episode to the introduction of Dawn Summers/Georgina Sparks/Michelle Tratchenberg to the television radar, ginger brothers Pete and Pete provided me with hours of entertainment in the early 90s. Maybe (little) Pete's dancing tattoo "Pentunia" is what inspired me to get tattoos when I was older.

Wow. I feel like I really must be getting old. As I sit here remembering all of my favorite shows growing up, I'm feeling a mega sense of nostalgia! Someday, decades from now, my little cousin will probably be feeling the same things for Hannah Montana, Suite Life of Zack and Cody and all the other Disney series on now.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Clarissa Darling, "Clarissa Explains It All"