Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscars - It's All About the Gowns...and maybe the shoes....

Okay okay.  It's not actually about the gowns, but come on...in some years, that's about the only thing that's entertaining about the telecast.  This would be one of those years.  Here are my favorites:

Mila Kunis - pretty, lacy, flowing, lavender...She could stand to smile a bit and not take herself too seriously...though she was probably trying to go for the more serious persona.  Lighten up while you're still young kid.  There's plenty of time to be "serious."


Halle Berry - there's not many faux pas moments in Halle's red carpet repertoire.  Gorgeous.




Jennifer Hudson - you can tell she's still a bit uncomfortable in her smaller size, but she's trying real hard to wear it well.  Color looks great on her and she's got the posing down.


Hilary Swank - normally I'm not a fan of feathers...but the way these feathers flow on the skirt of the gown makes it look more like flowing chiffon.  Very pretty.


Hailee Steinfeld - I don't know much about this young'un, except she picked...well, the best stylist ever for helping her navigate the red carpets for this awards season in such a gorgeous way.  This is seriously, the most perfect age appropriate Oscar dress for this young nominee.  Perfection.


Natalie Portman - who could forget our Oscar winning mommy-to-be?  Gorgeous in purple...there are only so many styles one could wear in this condition, and this one is probably the best go-to option of them all.  Beautiful.



My absolute favorite gown, however, is the one worn by Anne Hathaway about two thirds through the telecast.  This gorgeous ruby number by Versace is something that would be my go-to va va va voom dress, you know, if I had the design house's number on speed dial...oh and some place to wear it.  LOVE it!  Anne probably felt the same way because this is the one she picked to wear to the afterparties.  (She had 8 dresses worn last night to choose from.)



Besides the dress above though...what really caught my eye and was instantly put on my wish list?  Anne's Brian Atwood custom made Swarovski crystal heels she wore during her song number.  Drooled over those all night.





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**Not sure which agency posted the pic I included here of Jennifer Hudson.  I take no credit for the photo.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Karma - It Works Both Ways


My twitter timeline over the past several weeks are filled with people who feel screwed...by other people, by circumstances, by life.  Those who feel wronged by other people, though, tend to lean towards karma as the resolution and revenge for the ill bestowed upon them.  I am both amused and perturbed by this.  They appear to have forgotten that karma works both ways.  Does it not occur to them that they may have not done the very same thing to someone else in the past?  That maybe the crap you're feeling now is the result of the crap you "gifted" someone else with previously, and karma is just returning the favor? 

Now, I'm not saying that bad things don't happen to good people.  In fact, bad things happen to good people all the time.  But take a minute before you go wishing anything on anyone else and remember:  karma works both ways.  What you wish on someone today will be wished upon you tomorrow. 


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Return of Wonder Woman

Every now and again, I change my avatar on social networks to Wonder Woman. I love her.  I never read one of the comics.  I watched the television series religiously when I was a wee girl, but ask me anything about it other than Linda Carter portrayed her and she had a fabulous outfit, and I am bound to give you blank stare.  For whatever reason as a little girl I identified with her.  Once in a while when I need a mental or emotional boost, I will close my eyes, imagine myself twirling into that awesome outfit and let her strength and confidence take over until I could gather my own again.  I've never told anyone that.  Until now.  Everyone has a thing.  This is one of mine.

So it seems a little unsettling that Wonder Woman is popping up in the world again in popularity.  *Enter the overanalyzer* What does this mean that she's showing up so much now at this point in my life?  While I let my subconscious mind handle this question, here's where she's showing up.  I hear another Wonder Woman tv series is being made, M.A.C. Cosmetics has a new Wonder Woman line out, and who knows what else is on the horizon that I haven't heard about.  Maybe she will give a whole new generation of young girls a boost like she did and has done for me.  That would be my hope.  But in my 3-year-old pig-tailed spirit, she will always be all mine.

While I'm not a M.A.C. girl (I love the look of the makeup, just not on me), I was thrilled to see that they had some accessories that I could totally get on board with.  And here's what I ordered:

Because a girl needs an Invincible mirror and a tote to carry it in....




Photos courtesy of M.A.C. Cosmetics
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wonder Woman...Wherefore Art Thou?

Courtesy of Comic Book Resources
The other day I was accused of being Super Woman.  Again.  Which caught me quite off guard as it has been a while since I really was Super Woman (or Wonder Woman as what immediately appears in my head at the mention of this other moniker).  I was laid up in bed, exhausted after having put in a number of weeks working 80+ hours with the last week being the worst of it.  I had been surrounded by people during much of the last month, so when I'm really tired and recuperating, I want my bed, my tv and my isolation.  It's probably a factor of being an only child and moving around a lot growing up that I find solitude comforting.  It's what I know.

So when this friend, who called me Super Woman, let me know he was en route to my location one evening over the weekend...I recoiled a bit...and told him to turn around.  It's not that I don't want to see him - he's not local so we don't see each other that often to begin with.  It's just that I didn't want to see anyone, or let anyone see me in the exhaustive state I was in.  But here was the more deciding reason I gave the response I did...I knew he wasn't on his way to see me because he just wanted to see me and comfort me.  He was on his way to see me because he was bored, and I was a nice distraction.  He was telling me what I wanted (and needed) to hear, but I didn't have the energy to entertain him, and I was not going to pretend that I did.  That's when he went into a spiel about how I'm SO independent and called me SuperWoman and that I needed to make some changes.  I won't disagree with that, but I had to laugh. I could still probably stand to make a few more changes in my life that I haven't already made over the last 6 or 7 years.  But the reality is, this is SO not me being Super Woman.  This is me taking care of me. Period.

I'm still Wonder Woman (Super Woman).  She hasn't completely gone away within me.  She's just learned how to take care of herself when her powers need recharging.

*swinging my Lasso of Truth*


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!



While I would love to write an entire post about Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit (which happens to be my year), I don't have enough bandwith in my schedule to do it...soooo I'm just going to wish everyone a happy new year and much blessings in the upcoming year!



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