Best of the 2012 Oscars red carpet

Ladies, this is the big one that we’ve been gearing up for all awards season. The Superbowl of red carpets was last night, and overall, the stars did not disappoint. For me, white gowns ruled the evening, which is not usually my thing. There were a few great bursts of colors — in addition to Emma Stone, Michelle Williams came close to making my list with her coral peplumed gown. And then there was Angelina in black. It was a gorgeous gown, no question. But I can’t take any actress seriously when she’s jutting her leg out of a slit so hard (Lea Michele, I’m talking to you!). That posing alone kept her off of my list.

Drum roll please… are my favorites of the night:

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab (via) — Milla was one of the first to hit the red carpet, and she looked completely glamorous in this one shoulder beaded gown. This is what movie stars are supposed to look like!

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji (via) — Octavia has done really well this awards season, but I don’t think she’s ever looked better than in this gown. She should wear nothing but Tadashi going forward.

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli (via) — Blah blah, Nicole Kidman, blah blah. This girl made heads turn last night, and I thought she looked absolutely stunning. The huge bow isn’t for everyone, but I think she really pulled it off.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford (via) — Stunning. Fierce. She looks absolutely statuesque in a gown that VERY few women could pull off. My only quibble was with her ponytail, which looked unfinished.

Cameron Diaz in Gucci (via) — Cameron’s style doesn’t always do it for me, but I thought she looked fantastic. Yes, her hair and her gown are the same color, but she manages to look like herself (somewhat beachy-chic), while still looking appropriate for the Oscars.

Agree? Disagree? Who were your favorites?

Golden Globes best dressed

I was out all day and got home late so I’ve been catching up with the red carpet on DVR. Which is really not ideal, as I’ve not been able to participate in live tweeting. Sigh. Anyway, here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite picks.

Viola Davis looking stunning in burgundy Pucci, rocking some serious leg. She should wear that color every single day.

Good god, could Frieda Pinto be any more stunning? Her teal Prada gown is fairly simple, but the texture is rally cool, and the jewels make the look.

Rooney Mara has been killing it on the red carpet lately, and she didn’t disappoint tonight (as far as I’m concerned) in Nina Ricci. She’s definitely going with the edgy look right now to fit with her Girl with the Dragon Tattoo role, and I love it.

I still do not get the Stacy Keibler/George Clooney relationship, and I wouldn’t have paired those shoes with this dress, but I can’t deny that Stacy looks beautiful tonight. The red looks awesome against her skin and hair color.

Who were your favorites tonight? Least favorites? Were you impressed overall, or did you think tonight was a bust?

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My 2011 Academy Awards best dressed list

When Geoff questioned the need for a 2+ hour red carpet for the Academy Awards, I explained to him that it’s the Superbowl of fashion — those are terms he can understand.

In my opinion, this was a fairly middle of the road red carpet. There weren’t any (or many) horrendous looks, but there also weren’t many gowns that made me drool. That said, many ladies did bring their A games to the red carpet. Here are my picks for best dressed:

Anne Hathaway wearing Valentino.

Hilary Swank wearing Gucci.

Halle Berry wearing Marchesa.

Hailee Steinfeld wearing Marchesa.

Cate Blanchett  wearing Givenchy.

Natalie Portman wearing Rodarte.

Do you agree with my favorites, or did I miss any that you loved?

Psst…any Project Runway fans out there?

In case you somehow missed the memo, everyone’s favorite (and if it isn’t your favorite, it should be) fashion design reality show, Project Runway, returns tonight with its eight season!

I was lucky enough to get to speak with Kristin Haskins Simms, one of this season’s contestants, who happens to come from the Philly area (which is where I live, if you didn’t know). Kristin told me a lot about herself, her design asthetic and her experience with the show, so stay tuned — I’ll be posting the interview tomorrow.

Don’t forget to tune into Lifetime tonight at 9pm!

Jessica Biel’s smoky eye look in Glamour

You know how women are always told to go through their closets if they’re in a clothing rut? It never fails that you find something hidden that you’d totally forgotten about. That’s how I am with makeup. I own a lot of makeup. I mean a LOT. But despite having probably 40 to 50 eyeshadows to chose from on a daily basis, I end up going back to the same couple of looks.

So, I’ve resolved to rediscover some of the makeup that I’ve spent a lot of money on and then forgotten. The first look in this experiment was a serious smoky eye, inspired by Jessica Biel’s photo shoot in the July issue of Glamour.

This is the best picture I could find online, but there are others in print that show her face up closer. She’s rocking a dark black eye with no other colors and some serious mascara.

Now I’m not shy about dark makeup, but it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a black smoky eye — I usually stick with charcoals or metallics these days.

To achieve the look, I first used lots of MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder. I lined the top and bottom lids and winged the liner out just a little bit. Then I used the E.L.F. Small Smudge Brush to smudge the liner out. I topped it off with a layer of MAC shadow in Carbon over the liner. And for mascara, I used Clinique High Impact Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

I’m no Jessica Biel (and our eyes are colored and shaped completely differently), but I think it turned out pretty well. Certainly not an everyday look, but great for a night out.

Next up I’ll be experimenting with some of the brighter colors that I haven’t used in a long time (think lime green, corals, etc.). If you’re like me, use the start of summer to go back and play with the makeup you already have. Much more economical than buying new stuff!

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Flat irons are your key to looking like Jen Aniston

Yesterday, an article from The Daily Mail commented that Jennifer Aniston and her always covetable hairstyles have made flat irons a must-have product for women around the world. They’re 100% right. I let my hair air dry a lot of the time, so my hair dryer doesn’t get a ton of use, but I can’t imagine life without my flat iron.

If you’re in need of a new flat iron (or maybe your first one), make sure to check out Barbar, where the 50% off discount code that I posted about back in January is still good through the end of the month! They’ve got a bunch of different irons to choose from, using some of the newest technologies like tourmaline and titanium-ionic plates.

Happy shopping!