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08 March 2010

Oscar fashion hits and misses

By: Jessica B.

Happy Monday everyone!

Normally, I would post a recap of my weekend but due to the Oscars and red carpet glamour, I am mixing up the schedule this week so I can give you a full recap of Sunday’s big show, even if it’s past my bedtime as I write this.

Overall, the celebs did a pretty great job tonight. There were a few hits and misses but nothing totally cringe-inspiring (but close). I was hoping for a little more bold color, but there were still plenty of gowns I fawned over and looks that made me shake my head.

So without further ado, here are my best/worst dressed picks!

Best dressed female: Vera Farmiga

Gorgeous color, flattering and the scallops/ruffles were to die for. Fab! I could not take my eyes off her when she was on camera

Best dressed male: Jeremy Renner

He brought his mom as his date and looked great in a classic suit/tie. Adorable.

Worst dressed female: Charlize Theron

She took a risk by reinterpreting Princess Leia’s buns on her boobs, but that’s all I could focus on and not in a good way. Your boobs should be used for good, not as dinner rolls.

More Oscar fashion winners:

Maggie Gyllenhaal

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Maggie’s dress choices (oy!) but this was simple and had great color. A necklace would have been nice but she makes it work. But damn is she skinny! Eat a burger girl!

Zoe Saldana

I LOVED this look. Vera barely beat her out as best dressed. I love the color, beading and bottom of this dress. Gorgeous and young.

Sandra Bullock

She looks like an Oscar herself. The detail and beading on the top were fabulous and with the simple hair and makeup, it was a great age-appropriate look. Now if only she could give me Ryan Reynolds phone number…

Kristen Stewart

I was shocked at how classy she looks. See how good you can look when you take a shower and put forth some effort? Now she just has to stop looking so pissed off and/or constipated

Gabourey Sidibe

Very figure-flattering and age-appropriate. Plus, she rocked the sh*t out of this on the red carpet. You go girl, fist bump!

Penelope Cruz

The movie Nine was awful, but she looks hot here. That red is very rich and gorgeous on her skin tone and it makes her waist look small and her boobs big. Win, win!

Oscar fashions that get a “see me” note:

Sarah Jessica Parker

Chanel fashion fail #1. Absolutely no shape, and I hate the yellow strap on the neck. I have no idea why it’s actually there. SJP, just because it’s Chanel Haute Couture, that doesn’t make it right!

Diane Krueger

Chanel fashion fail #2. I don’t hate the cream and black colors but it’s that loofah-inspired mid-section that confuses me. But if she brought Josh Jackson with her, that would have slightly distracted me from this mess.

Jennifer Lopez

I don’t totally know why she was here but a hip fabric puff when you’re a curvaceous woman isn’t a great idea. She actually looks a little like a teapot here. Ouch.

Miley Cyrus

You are young, rich and at the Oscars. Stand up straight! I don’t like the bodice of this dress and honestly with that bad posture and bride of Frankenstein hair, I’m not a fan.

Anna Kendrick

I’ve not been a fan of her fashion at award shows this season but the main issue I have with this look is the color. It washes her out and I can’t see the amazing detail on this dress. FAIL!

Other high/low points:

  • Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin: I thought they did a pretty good job. I still think Hugh Jackman was a better host last year, but they were funny and used dry humor
  • I really liked the best actor/actress introductions. They were funny, heartfelt and really sweet to watch
  • Kathy Ireland: OMFG what a train wreck. Her dress/necklace combo was a disaster and her interviews were so painful to watch with her claw-like hand that I had to look away
  • The random woman who ran up on stage when Music for Prudence won. Who was she? Where was security? Random!

Phew, well that is this year’s reacp. It’s now time to put the fashion judgement hat back in the closet until next year.

What did everyone else think of the fashion and show? Who was your best/worst dressed picks? What did you think of the show?

30 December 2009

Peace out 2009 and hello 2010

By: Jessica B.

So tomorrow is New Years Eve, which means I’m taking a look back at 2009 and looking ahead to 2010 by making a list of resolutions.

Or as I like to call them “things I try to achieve when I’m not lazy.”

But before I go out tomorrow night, drink loads of champagne, possibly force a guy to make out with me and spend the first day of 2010 hungover on my couch, I want to highlight a few 2009 highlights (in no particular order):

All in all, 2009 was a pretty good year, lots going on but a lot of positive things too. So as I continuously try to become a better person, let’s look at how I plan to do that starting Friday. Oh and this is separate from the yearly pledge to lose more weight.

2010 resolutions:

  • Sign up for dance classes (real ones at a real dance studio)
  • Run a 5k (and start the Couch to 5k program)
  • Be a better friend and daughter
  • Start a knitting project (other than a scarf) and FINISH it
  • Make one new recipe a month
  • Be more active in blogging communities in addition to my blog

Well that’s my 2009 wrap up and 2010 sneak peek for now. I hope 2010 will be as exciting and good to me as well as for all of you. I think 2010 could be the year of me!

I’ll be back this weekend with more but in the meantime, I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year! My New Years Day plans involve my couch, a pizza and lots of water and Naked Juice. Let’s party.

What was your 2009 highlight (blog or otherwise) or what’s your big 2010 resolution?

New movie review is up! You can read my full review of the musical Nine, get those jazz hands ready!

What I’m wearing: Sunday, I put up a picture of me wearing the below outfit over the holidays and then I didn’t share what stores I got everything from! I’m sorry! Details on my comfortable, “trendy” look are below.

Outfit breakout:

Shirt: Old Navy

Long vest: Banana Republic

Leggings: Hue, purchased at Nordstrom

Necklace: Banana Republic outlet

Boots: Banana Republic

Bracelets: Old Navy (black jet beaded ones) and David Yurman

As many of you know, I’m a huge Gap/Banana/Old Navy fan. Minus the Yurman bracelets, the most expensive item from this ensemble was the boots, which were $100 on super-end-of-season sale. Everything else individually was $40 or below.

21 September 2009

Emmy fashion recap-oh the fashion!

By: Jessica B.

Oh yes everyone, it’s award season where I sit at home in my pajamas and glasses, eating ice cream and watching the Red Carpet coverage, daydreaming of couture gowns and diamonds dripping off my arms and ears.

Yeah, I’m dreaming about it now……..

Anyhow, last night was the Emmy’s and I’m here to honor and highlight the good and the bad of last night’s fashion.

But first, I will say, I thought Neil Patrick Harris did a great job (so funny and dapper), Dr. Horrible was an AWESOME surprise (and hilarious) and Jimmy Fallon cracked me up with his fall-inspired song. I was laughing hysterically.

On to the fashion!

Best Dressed (female/male)

Actress Toni Collette arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

Toni Collette – Great color, hair and her arms are fierce!

Actors Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at the 61st Primet

Jon Hamm (couldn’t find a solo picture) but this classic tux with side swept hair, SO handsome

Worst dressed (female/male)


Jennifer Carpenter – The flower is a problem but it’s just tragic from head to toe


Jon Cryer – It’s like prep meets black-tie in the worst way possible

Quick ode to my dream man (he thinks I’m a-okay! I love you!)

Best Candy Interpretation (gum drop anyone?)

Actress Anna Torv arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards heldAnna Torv – Love the cut of the dress though

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Jenna Fisher – Finally, something that doesn’t make me cringe


Drew Barrymore – I love the base of this dress! Looks better when she walks

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Blake Lively (xoxo Me!)

Best creation of fabric saddle bagsActress Sarah Silverman arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Award

Sarah Silverman – Well her mustache bit was really funny

Best reason to have another cupcake Actress Christina Hendricks arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy A

Christina Hendricks – Dangerous curves ahead!

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Heidi Klum – Woman looks gorgeous. Hot d*mn!

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Leighton Meester – White dress + pale skin + deep red lipstick = mini ick

Actress Rose Byrne arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards hel

Rose Byrne – Love the dress, just wish I could see it

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Olivia Wilde – I just don’t like this. Flat out

Best disco ball/broken glass reinterpretationActress Kristin Chenoweth arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awa

Kristin Chenoweth – Cute length but I wonder how many mirrors had to be sacrificed

Tragic use of a flower

TV personality  Padma Lakshmi arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy

Padma – Pack that flower and go!

So in summary, I had to REALLY work to find material for this post. I was pretty happy with all the choices last night. Yes, the bad ones jumped out but overall the colors and cuts were great and everyone was dressing age appropriate.

I’m sure this won’t be the trend as we get into the Globes and Oscars, but this got the creative juices flowing.

Who was your best/worst dressed or your favorite part of last night’s show??

28 July 2009

BlogHer recap – Close encounter of the Tim Gunn-kind

By: Jessica B.

That’s right. I was touched by the right hand of fashion and style, Tim Gunn. Actually, we hugged. And yes, I almost screamed out loud like a teeny bopper waiting at the mall. But we’ll get to that later.

This past weekend was BlogHer and I love it because I get to hang out with awesome people I read all the time, get my geek on and party like a blog star.

And this year was no different. I got to meet up with some of my favorite bloggers from San Fran last year and discovered three new blog crushes: Modern Gal, Life in Pink (who has the best laugh ever) and Chookooloonks. I actually fell in love with Karen while we were talking after a session she moderated. No joke.

There were a lot of highlights from this year’s conference, and I’ve put them together in a little list and photo montage for you below.


  • Sit-down dinner at the Signature Room (thank you Brand About Town). Our table kicked a**! I’ll never look at a scratching post or think about dry humping the same way again
  • BowlHer/Cheeseburger party. I won’t lie, I was so drunk I don’t remember a lot of both parties, but if  I slapped your butt, tried to pull your shirt down and/or grab your boob. I’m sorry (sort of)
  • Lunch! OMG the lunch food was so much better than last year. I got to sit and eat family style with awesome people. Win, win
  • Sheraton hotel beds. I’m not kidding, it was one of the best beds I’ve ever been in. It was like sleeping on a cloud, wrapped in a hug (and you know how I love to hug)
  • Friends. I’ve said this before but I’m so fortunate to have great blog friends. One bought me champagne to congratulate me on finishing my work at the conference and everyone was so supportive when I thought I might lose my mind
  • Wooing. BlogHer can be a little overwhelming so to keep our group of bloggy ladies together, we adopted the “woo” chant, a la HIMYM. Silly? Maybe, but it works

Okay here are some of my favorite photos.

Me and Tim Gunn – Yes, that is the look of pure joy on my face

Me and Edward Cullen – I think that is the only clean picture we took with him :)

Photo of me, April and Rick Bayless. Me = Super Top Chef fan

So that was BlogHer 2009 in Chicago. And let me just say, it blew my skirt up (not literally).

We’ll see you b*tches in NYC next year. Woo woo!!

Tonight’s question! If you had the chance to meet one celebrity, who would it be and why!

Reader note: Thank you everyone for your sweet words about the new blog design! I’m super happy with it and am so glad you’re joining me over here. Your comments definitely made my day!

Site updates: Sorry about the little feed issue last night. Google went a little crazy on me. So sorry! Working on resolving that issue now. Stupid feeds. Also, the “Subscribe in Google Reader” link on the right is now working!

23 June 2009

Kicked off the pop culture island

By: Jessica B.
I do love celebrity gossip and entertainment news, but there are a few things I’ve been hearing a lot about lately, or I’ve been hearing about certain things for way too long.
So let the tribal council gather because I’m kicking the following things off my pop culture island.


I cannot begin to explain how much I loathe these two. If I had a nickel for every d-bag thing Spencer said, I could pay off my student loan and I don’t like that. Between “the Hills” and “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” I’m tired of hearing about both of them. Fortunately, E! is on the right track by going “Speidi-free” and now we need to rally other celebrity news outlets to stop talking about them too!!
John & Kate (and ALL the drama)
I won’t lie, I’m not a Kate Gosselin fan, but I don’t want to hear any more about them. I’ve had more than enough over the last few months (this picture as one example). And last night came the expected result: divorce. Who saw that coming??? Wha?
Yes, the kids are cute and Kate’s hair and behavior are beyond awful, but as a kid from a divorced family, this is the best thing for everyone. Kids pick up on their parents being unhappy, so I’d rather have them be apart and happier, which will ultimately be better for their kids. I hope they use the show’s network-enforced hiatus to get back on track.
Scary pregnancy shows
These shows scare the absolute sh*t out of m. For example, TLC’s “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant” or MTV’s “16 and Pregnant.” For me, the former is way scarier than the latter but both make me want to OD on birth control. In fact, I can’t even really explain why these scare me because I’ll start shuddering in a ball on the floor. I think the titles say it all
Melissa Rycroft
Getting dumped on national, live television is awful. I can only imagine how humiliating it was, especially after the man who dumped you, hooks up with another woman moments after you leave. That is awful, but you’ve done “Dancing with the Stars” and now you’re on GMA and I think it’s time life goes on. I’m tired of hearing how you got your “revenge.”
Lindsay Lohan
I don’t know what to say, she’s a trainwreck. An absolute trainwreck. But I’m holding out for Britney shaving her head again so I am kicking you off the island. Oh and start wearing pants, leggings are not attractive on bony legs. And get your sh*t together girl, seriously.
Jennifer Aniston/Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie
Similar to my open letter to Jenn awhile back, why are we still talking about this??? Please, please stop and let them each go on being equally hot.
None of these things would ever be part of my desert island game. Ick.
Who would you like to vote off your pop culture island?