Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Welcome to MusicTown, may I service you?"

Hey music lovers! My favorite up-and-coming LA based band THE ROBOTANISTS is coming out with a brand spankin' new album: Plans in Progress.

It's not available until February 15, but click HERE to pre-order the album.

In the meantime, enjoy the first single, On/Off the Ledge and a couple other tracks the band has premiered this week.

Robotanists PLANS IN PROGRESS Preview by Erin Boy

Also, LA Until Next Time readers, the Robotanists have a residence every Monday the entire month of Februay at the Silverlake Lounge. Click HERE for dates. They'll also be at SXSW, so Austin peeps, be sure to check them out!

AND, be sure to click HERE to "like" them on Facebook.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Gina, "Empire Records"

"Brad. YOU are going to the Oscars WITH Anne Hathway. THEN getting her changed to open the Oscars and perform."

With the Golden Globes behind us, and the SAG awards this coming weekend, it's time to move on to the Super Bowl of Entertainment and Fashion: the Oscars! As you may or may not know, nominations were announced yesterday and, as per usual, there were surprises and snubs.

Black Swan's Natalie Portman (who will most likely win) is nominated for Best Actress, but not Mila Kunis for Best Supporting Actress? Blue Valentine's Michelle Williams is nominated for Best Actress, but not Ryan Gossling for Best Actor or Best Picture? The Fighter's Christian Bale is nominated for Best Supporting Actor AND Amy Adams is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, but not Mark Walhberg (from what I hear he owned that film) for Best Actor? No costume nominations for Black Swan's amazing Rodarte costumes? No song nominations for Burlesque even though Diane Warren won the Golden Globe for the film's song "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"?

Since I've only seen 1 of the 10 Best Picture nominees (movie marathon, anyone?), I can't really say anything about them. So I won't. I guess we'll have to wait and see who the winners and the losers will be when the show airs February 27. And, who else is excited for the (I'm guessing) countless Rachel Zoe styled costume changes co-host Anne Hathaway will have?

How chic does she look in her J. Mendel gown with James Franco in their promo pictures?

For a list of all the nominations click HERE.

Speaking of which, we all know the main reason I love all these award shows. The actual ceremonies aren't exactly the most exciting shows you'll watch each year, but what IS is seeing all the beautiful gowns sashaying down the red carpet (the handsome men in tuxedos aren't awful to look at, either). I think it's pretty safe to say that all the Hollywood stylists are in Paris right now, scouring the Spring Couture shows for gowns for their clients. I have to say, I would be VERY surprised if I don't see any of them on the red carpet. That being said, here are a few I'd LOVE to see...and I'm fairly certain would easily make every best dressed list.

Considering 4 out of the 5 of these are Elie Saab (the other being Armani Prive), AND my favorite dress last year was Elie Saab, it's safe to say I have a Couture favorite.

I'm looking forward to spending the next month catching up on all the nominated movies. Any suggestions for which I should see first?

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Rachel Zoe, "The Rachel Zoe Project"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Oh, my god, she's fashion roadkill!"

The 2011 Golden Globes are over. There weren't too many shockers, if you ask me, which, since you're reading this, I'm going to have to assume that you are indeed asking me. Some people/movies/TV shows won awards, while some didn't. Some losers were gracious when the camera panned over to them, while some took the time to reapply their lip gloss (too much making out with Brad, Angelina?). Now we wait a little bit longer to see who takes home the gold in the main event - the OSCARS!!!

For a list of all the winners, click HERE.

But let's move on to what's really important, shall we? The fashion! There were some major hits, as well as some major misses, which is pretty typical for these kinds of things. I was pleasantly surprised by all the color on the red carpet. Some of my favorite hues made appearances, both good and bad.

As per usual, I'm going to go ahead and break down my 10 favorite looks.

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein Collection and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels.

Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier and Chopard jewels.

Mila Kunis in Vera Wang and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci and Ofira jewels.

Jennifer Lawrence in Louis Vuitton and Chopard jewels.

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein Collection and Fred Leighton jewels.

Olivia Wilde in Marchesa and Tiffany jewels.

Leighton Meester in Burberry and Cathy Waterman jewels.

And finally, my favorite (this seems to becoming a trend), Diana Agron in J. Mendel and Cathy Waterman jewels.

There you have it. Another red carpet full of chiffon, diamonds and stilettos. With so many more award shows in the next few weeks, I'm pretty excited to see all the pretty dresses!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Stanford Blatch, "Sex and the City"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"What say we settle this on the runway... Han-Solo?"

With less than a month until the collections of Fall 2011 hit the catwalks of NYC, I've been spending some time with some of my favorite designers checking out their "Pre-Fall" collections. And when I say "spending some time" I actually mean stalking the fashion blogs and scrolling through hundreds of pictures of what's been shown over the past few weeks.

J. Mendel
Gilles Mendel is quickly becoming my favorite designer. I was pretty much obsessed with everything about his spring/summer collection and now I'm completely obsessed with everything for pre-fall. The delicateness of the draping of his gowns is incredible and the toughness of his outerwear creates such a great dichotomy of femininity and masculinity. Plus, this orange gown is probably the most stunning thing I've ever seen!

Click HERE for the full collection.

Monique Lhuillier
Always a favorite, Monique Lhuillier does it again for pre-fall. As per usual, she has created some of the dreamiest gowns that show up on the catwalks, and the jewel tones she's chosen look amazing on pretty much everyone. I am pretty sure I need this purple ombre gown.

Click HERE for the full collection.

Reem Acra
Another new favorite, Reem Acra has blown me away with some of the most intricate, blinged out gowns and cocktails dresses over the past few seasons. Every fashionista wants to sparkle on the red carpet (you know, because I'm on the red carpet so frequently) and these dresses are the perfect way to make an impact. I wouldn't be at all surprised of some of these show up at the Globes on Sunday. But seriously. How insane is the bead work on this gown!? I wonder how heavy it would be...

Click HERE for the full collection.

Nina Ricci
I'm not all about the drama on the catwalk. I would absolutely LOVE to have every look Peter Cropping is showing this "season". Each look is styled perfectly to create the most chic outfits for everyday. That is, if your everyday includes dressing fabulously, which I wish mine did! I am obsessed with absolutely everything about this outfit.

Click HERE for the full collection.

Vera Wang
Another less dramatic, but still incredible collection, Vera Wang may have won me over for pre-fall. While I'm not always the hugest fan of her ready to wear (a HUGE fan of her bridal, however), I really love the looks she's put together this season. Again, many of these are much more for every day than the gowns I'm usually blown away by, but the gowns she did show, like this one, are absolutely stunning.

Click HERE for the full collection.

If these pre-fall collections are any indication of what's in store for fall, I cannot wait! As I've said before, fall is my favorite fashion season and I can't wait to see more dramatic gowns and comfy coats and luxurious sweaters. Give me gray skies and a reason to wear a boots and a trench any day!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Derek Zoolander, "Zoolander"

Monday, January 10, 2011

"What makes you think I'm not interested in fashion?"

2011 award season is upon us with the Golden Globes just days away. While I'm very much looking forward to seeing what all the starlets are wearing on the red carpet Sunday evening, I figured I would take this time to reflect on my favorites from 2010.

In no particular order:

Anna Paquin in Stella McCartney.

Diana Agron in Reem Acra.

Zoe Saldana in Louis Vuitton.

Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani Prive.

Kate Hudson in Marchesa.

Vera Farminga in Dolce & Gabanna.

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta.

And, just for good measure, here are a few of my favorites from the People's Choice Awards last week.

Malin Akerman in J. Mendel.

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra.

Mila Kunis in J. Mendel.

I just love award show red carpets! I'm awfully curious to see what pregnant Natalie Portman will be in. Especially considering she's pretty much a given for taking home the Best Actress award. I wonder if there will be a lot of the Marchesa S/S 2011 collection showing up. It was pretty incredible.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Andy Sachs, "The Devil Wears Prada"