Stacking the Deck

Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday. I’ll slowly get back into the swing of things but as you suggested, am taking some time off here and there this week to relax a little bit (and plan a short getaway later in the month somewhere close but warm- suggestions welcome).

In the meantime, I was flipping through Architectural Digest while on the couch yesterday and fell pretty hard for the open, airy, sunny California home of Patrick and Jillian Dempsey.  The modern Frank Gehry house is so out of my New England colonial comfort zone, but I could SO see myself living there. Maybe it’s just the winter blues talking, as I’ve never desired to leave the northeast seriously, but man that open, sunny space sure is tempting.

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This is Jillian’s art studio. I mean…. amazing, right?

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The back yard has a large garden and Airstream trailer “getaway”.

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But my favorite aspect of the house is the architecturally stacked wood in recessed areas of the living room walls. I adore the texture, color and graphic pattern it adds but in a very natural way.

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Here are some more spaces that have used this element on a large and small scale:

Obsessed With: Cameron Diaz’s Living Room

When I was flipping through the new Elle Decor I became instantly obsessed with Cameron Diaz’s NYC living room designed by the one and only Kelly Wearstler. I absolutely LOVE the palette of peach, canary yellow, gold, black, white and stone. It’s feminine get totally cool AND a combo I haven’t seen a lot of either.

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Here’s my take on how to get this amazing palette and look on your own:

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And I have to say happy anniversary to my biggest supporter, fan and friend Andrew. Eight years has gone so fast, and through it all, I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side in life. xo

The Gwyneth Haterade

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Let’s talk about something that has been bothering me for a couple weeks- this whole hating on Gwyneth Paltrow thing that seems to be rampant.  When I heard she was voted the “Most Hated” celebrity last week I have to admit I was floored.  Not as a Gwyneth fan, but as a WOMAN. Chris Brown,  who I think is one of the most despicable celebrities (and people) around, was number 20. 20!!!! And a gorgeous, talented mother is number 1?  What the hell is wrong here?

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Kim Kardashian (famous for a sex tape), Kristen  Stewart (married guy thing) and Lindsay Lohan (duh) I can find reason for some public dislike based on their publicized behavior, but Gwyneth?  Sure, there’s a lot of reason to be jealous of her: married to Chris Martin (and he wrote “Fix You” for her…ahhhh), gorgeous, beautiful homes, great career, a closet you’d do despicable things to have….but hate? No, I don’t think so. Unless Gwyneth has personally wronged you, like ran over your dog or something, then hate is not an appropriate word.  And when she landed on the People cover as “Most Beautiful” (which is a ridiculous issue as no one person is “the most”) seeing comments like “she’s not even pretty” “she’s not beautiful she’s cute” made go “Ummm, seriously? Look at her!”…

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I’ve seen plenty of “quotes” from her that the media and others have pulled out of context to make her sound like a snob and her new cookbook get knocked around (it’s not the best, her first one IS however, great) but you know what, we all say stupid stuff and things that when repeated aren’t the most humble sounding.  And Gwyneth’s life IS pretty freaking awesome, so no, her reality is not always relatable!  I find it MORE annoying when rich, gorgeous famous people lament how they are “just normal” and “eat like a trucker and hate working out” when their six pack abs are visible through their dresses.  UGH.  True, her GOOP newsletter has the worst name and sometimes recommends CRAZY expensive stuff, but it’s fun to read and no different then most fashion magazines (and blogs!) out there.  And plenty of famous women have built an empire based on THEMSELVES- Rachel Ray, Jennifer Lopez the friggin’ Kardashians and aren’t as criticized for it as being “self-centered”!  I find it interesting that she didn’t rest on her acting laurels and kept developing sides of her persona and personality that she was truly passionate about! As someone who is trying to build a brand on herself, I look up to her, not reject her out of jealousy.

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And let’s not forget her hysterical performance on Glee, or her iconic turn as Margot Tenenbaum or her small but great film Sliding Doors and her recent honesty about marriage (even to Chris Martin) as being crazy hard and sometimes shitty.  There’s a whole lot of good there and very little I see as being worthy of so much public slamming.  I think it highlights a problem that pervades society today, which is women being cruel to other women out of sheer jealousy, misunderstanding or judgement. Can we stop that?  As someone who spent formative years in an all female environment I know we are capable of being kind, encouraging and inclusive to each other.  This whole “mean girl” thing is so disheartening, no? I hate how much negativity is spewed between women.  I know for sure, if I had a daughter I’d rather she look up to Gwyneth then 90% of celebrities out there. She’s stayed out of rehab, isn’t photographed missing her underwear and has stayed out of gossipy, drama filled headlines.

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C’mon, the girl has GREAT taste, for sure:

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And looks cool even when at the airport…

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And does glam really, really freakin’ well…

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But still shows up for book signings with no makeup fresh off the beach….

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What do you guys think? Am I just being a Gwynnie worshipper?

Eh, whatever…go on with your bad self, GOOP.  I got yo’ back.

Oscar Red Carpet Review

I don’t know about you, but I thought last night’s Oscar’s telecast was the worst I’ve ever seen- from the red carpet coverage that was lacking/gimmicky (guessing games?) to Seth McFarland who I thought failed pretty miserably. He has a great voice, and I am a HUGE Family Guy fan- but hosting a live award show I think should be left to screen and stage stars and industry veterans. I barely laughed at all (except for the amazing series of tweets flying back and forth on Twitter!) Social media for the win! The fashions too left me wanting. Nothing rocked my world at all. Not one dress made me gasp a la Michelle Williams circa 2006 or Cate Blanchett circa ALWAYS. Where were all the stars? I feel like we were missing half of Hollywood!
So let’s just get into it, shall we? The biggest fail of the night comes first with Anne Hathaway’s horrible choice.  That neckline should never be paired with a necklace, EVER.  If you want to rock that necklace, pick another dress.  You know what, pick another dress anyways. I also thought it looked like a cheap bridesmaids dress and that darting at the bust made it look like it was -47 degrees out.  She looks so edgy and cool with her short hair she should have gone a little more modern but still classy.  If the top was lined on this Naeem Khan I think it would have looked stunning. I also simply can’t stand “Oscar Nominee Anne Hathaway”, who is all breathy at every acceptance speech (is it physically exhausting being so faux-humble?).  Bring back “Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway” in 2013.

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I didn’t loooooove Jennifer Lawrence’s dress but she did look very pretty….

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However the second I saw hoe MASSIVE that skirt was I knew this was going to happen:

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But who cares when these are the guys rushing to help you back up.  I would have pretended I broke my leg in five places so Bradley Cooper would have carried me in his arms up to the podium. #winningx10

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We all thought (in my house) that Amy Adams looked like she was about to burst into tears when walking the carpet- maybe it was her makeup? Or perhaps she’s still upset about Downton?  Either way, did not love the dress.  The color was too blah for me and the skirt too much (plus, hasn’t she worn this before?)

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I would have loved her in something a little less froufy and a little more modern- like this Badgley Mischka that I happen to be crazy obsessed with (look at the back!)

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Jessica Chastain did look perfectly gorgeous. She did. I just am not loving the nudes on the red carpet on pale girls.  It does nothing for me.  Especially redheads who look SO SO amazing in emerald green and navy!

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Amanda Seyfried looked pretty good too- sexy with quite amazing makeup and hair.  But again, a smidge boring.  Something with a little more attitude and color for her perhaps, like this canary ballskirt dress, which I think could be styled to look way better than it does on the runway with big earrings in a color like turquoise and fab updo?

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If I knew Charlize was going to be on a red carpet with me I’d just wear yoga pants and call it a day because that woman is UNREAL.  No one can compete with her beauty.  Even with an inch of hair this lady just slays it. And her body is the perfect mix of curves and athleticism.  Also a statuesque beauty, Stacy Keibler totally won one of my best dressed nods.  That dress is AWESOME (Anne Hathaway should have taken notes from THIS playbook).  I did not like Stacy’s hair at all, I would have preferred something sleeker, but that DRESS! Heaven!!!

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Reese’s hair and makeup was SO pretty! She glowed (does she ever not glow though?)  I loved her dress’s color but hated the fit and the little bow above her boob.

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The Aussie’s BROUGHT the sparkle and looked totally amazing. Especially Naomi Watts who always looks flawless and doesn’t get enough props for her consistent good taste. One of my favorites of the night by far!  And Nicole Kidman’s L’Wren Scott was such a great look on her!

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I also could not love the Affleck’s any more? Do you think they would adopt me? Ben’s speech and Jennifer’s Gucci dress were standouts.  But can we take a moment and stare and oogle Jennifer’s necklace??? It was absolutely amazing!  Another Jennifer, Aniston that is, looked different than she typically does in that she usually never wears a big skirt- but she needs to try something else with her hair!  Not my favorite look on her, but you can’t say she looked BAD.

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I loved the color and sparkles on Kerry Washington’s Miu Miu dress but something was off and I can’t quite put my finger on it- maybe her hair? Lack of jewelry? It’s so close to being perfect but misses somehow.  And Zoe Saldana’s dress just has way too much going on between the top, the belt (with side bow?) and then busy ruffled hem and too heavy shoes. Simmer down, designer.

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Holy shoulder pads- I thought Halle’s dress was way too Dynasty for her age.  She obviously looks amazing in everything, but I have a serious issue with shoulders like that.  Except on a 70 year old like Jane Fonda who apparently has the best surgeon in Beverly Hills and the fountain of youth plumbed directly into her bathroom faucet.  Loved the bright yellow- a little COLOR, finally. Methinks I should dust off that old Jane Fonda Workout VHS about now.

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I would have loved to see Halle in this Badgley Mischka- I think the color and modern peek-a-boo silhouette would have been different and fun.

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Adele has never looked better- her hair and makeup while she was performing was absolutely awesome- so Bond.  And her red carpet dress (the long version- didn’t like the length of her performing gown) was perfect for her.  Also in black sparkles was Sandra Bullock, who I adore, and I like this Elie Saab gown, but I wish her hair had been up and they had skipped that behind the ear clip that looked like a bedazzled Blutooth earpiece to me.

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But then again she did this on stage and I love her even more now. #funnywomenrule

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Accessory of the night: the puppy purse. Oh yes, we all need to get one.  You think Judith Leiber could have hooked Quvenzhané Wallis  with a bedazzled version though for the Oscars!. :)

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Salma looked both hot and over the top at the same time. It was all a touch too much- hair, makeup and sweetheart neckline (had it been straight across I would have liked it better).  I had no idea who this was, but Andrew quite liked Samantha Barks’ dress- the simplicity and necklace were understated but stunning- and as he said, she has a nice rack. :)

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Jaime Fox’s daughter looked better than most of the movie stars, didn’t she? Love that color on her! And I think Queen Latifah looked the best she ever has- that dress with the subtle sparkles on the straps…. just awesome.

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The WORST- Melissa McCarthy who did this to you becasue I want to hurt them!!! The hair and the incredibly ill fitting dress were just horrible. HORRIBLE.  Same with Kristen Stewart who desperately needed a brush and an attitude adjustment.  I find her “I hate Hollywood but I’ll take the paycheck” so disrespectful. Grow up, the nine year old on the red carpet acted and looked more mature than you.

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And Helen Hunt wore H&M. I was all, wow, that’s amazing- major props…. until I saw the full body shot and the absurd amount of wrinkles and then I was all “Yup. H&M.” I wonder if it fell apart by the end of the night?

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That did you guys think? Am I totally off base?