Monday, January 31, 2011

Anthropologie Weddings.

"What if Anthroplogie did weddings?"

This is what I got in my inbox on Friday.  Well, well, well!  What if?!  Unveiled on February 14th, I'm sure we will find some AMAZING dresses and accessories at, most likely, super expensive prices.

What do you guys think about this?

SAG Awards.

So, the SAG Awards happened this weekend.  What a hot mess of a show, right?  It seemed like everyone was just a little off, or maybe they just don't work so hard at this show compared to the other awards shows.  I'd believe it.  One thing that did go better this time around?  The dresses.  Well done, ladies.  I thought everyone looked good and there were only a few stand-outs in the bad category.  At least in my humble opinion.  Let's get started, shall we?

My favorite of the night was the preggo Jane Krakowski.  Natalie Portman please take notes (to be fair, Natalie didn't look terrible last night).  You all know that I am a magpie and this makes no exception.  But seriously, I think she looks fantastic and I would want this dress for my own non-preggo body. 

 Mila Kunis!  She looks breezy and bold and the close-up of her make-up is to die for.  It's hard to make them prettier than Mila and this Alexander McQueen is a daring choice done well.  Pattern can be tricky on the red carpet, but she looks fantastic. 

Lea!!  I LOVE this dress and I'm so happy that she's wearing something that doesn't overwhelm her tiny frame.  So sexy, Lea.  Now let's work on keeping those emotions in check. 

See, Rosario Dawson does naturally what Lea Michele is Trying So Hard To Do up there.  She looked effortless and beautiful.  I loved this creamy citron and the turquoise earrings.  Well done, m'lady. 

So this may not be my favorite dress of the night, but I gotta give it to my girl, Tina.  She gets it wrong so often that I was jumping for joy when I saw her pop up on the red carpet.  She looks fantastic and not completely out of her element AND she isn't wearing black!!  I'm proud of you, gurl.

You still there?  Let's move on to the maybes.

I thought Natalie Portman looked so much better than she did at the Globes.  I liked the white and the crystals at the top.  I even liked how it fit around her bump.  What I didn't like was the unfortunate wrinkling.  Could that not be helped? It was so distracting!  And I'm not feeling her hair.

First off, I'd like to say that I am a fan of a bold choice.  I like a lady that takes a chance, I really do.  I'm just not so sure if this pantsuit hit the mark.  Julie Bowen is beautiful and has an amazing body, but I feel like the pantsuit is a little dated.  Not necessarily ALL pantsuits, just maybe this one.  The SAGs was the perfect place to wear it if it were ever going to work, but I can't decide if it did.  

Still there??  Epically long post!  On to the bad. 

Nicole Kidman.  Remember when she had great style?  Or did I make that up in my head?  This dress wouldn't have been soo bad if she hadn't added that godawful necklace.  Who okay'd that decision?!  A high neck dress with tulle, shoulders, and lace paneling DOES NOT need a necklace.  Especially a ridiculous one.  Let's try this again next month, Nicole. 

This picture looks better than how I remember it, when I first saw it my mouth dropped open.  This is not a good dress for Winona; the tulle and bizarre layers are a hop, skip, and jump away from Helena Bonham Carter-style.  And the one thing that totally kills it is that weird purse.  Let's just forget this happened.    

That's all I've got.  Thanks for sticking around!  Do you agree with my picks?  Did I leave someone out?

all photos via InStyle 
except Winona

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekend time.

Happy weekend, friends!  It's been a week, yes?  I am reaaadddyy for this weekend if only to cuddle up and do nothing (do I say that every Friday??).  I even made sure to run my errands already to be free... for nothing.  That's how I roll these days.

What are you up to??  Let me live vicariously through your fantastic lives, dears.  Thankyou.  

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I saw this and sighed a long, heavy sigh.  Isn't it wonderful when you read something and it just strikes your fancy?  This did so for me.

Thank you, Design Crush.   

You know what else strikes my fancy?  The premiere issue of Matchbook Magazine!

I do, I do.

What a beauty!  I feel like this is the spring/summer version of Katie's wedding dress.  Swoon. 

I absolutely die for texture in a wedding dress.  What's your favorite part of a wedding dress?

found here 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Salt N Pepa.

Hahah!  These make me laugh. 

Buy them here.  
Found them here

Need Supply Co.

Need Supply is having a sale.  Go!

I'm obsessed with that dress above.  If I could rock the racerback it would be MINE.  And that bag is too cool for school.  AND it doesn't get much better than an interestingly-shaped, striped cardigan -- it's hard to find a unique cardigan ... and there it is!

Seriously.  GO.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blooms at their best.

We've all seen those brooch bouquets, yes?  I do love them and think they are unique, but I stumbled across these beauties yesterday and fell in love.  They are so decadent and romantic and would be the perfect addition to a twinkly wedding. 

Flowers and jewelry all in one -- I'm sold! 

Bonus: They never die.  I'd put mine in a short, squatty vase next to my bed and dream longingly of their original use.      

Outfit Tuesdays: Cozy and cool.

Cozy and cool.

Cozy and cool. by justagirlandherstuff on

Back to the cold.  Chicago was quite brutal this past weekend, but every week that goes by means a week closer to spring.  We will make it!  

Sometimes all you need is your jeans, Chucks, and a cozy sweater to get though the day.  Throw in an adorable yet functional backpack and you're ready to rumble!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Duck leg done right.

If you have 110 bones laying around I think you should get this duck leg mirror.  It makes me smile and would look perfect in any boudoir or vanity. 

In fact, you should check out everything Clayton Gray Home has to offer because there are so many inspirational finds.  Even if they don't fit into your budget, they'll definitely give you some food for thought.

Thanks to Nicole from Sketch 42 for pointing me in their direction, and you can go here to enter her giveaway and win something beautiful.  You should, you should!   


Not just the name of a great movie, but Rebecca is also a sweet jewelry, small accessories, and handbag line.  I'm charmed by the whimsical designs and the most expensive piece above is only $16.  That, I can handle. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Weekend!

I would like to spend my weekend here.  Doesn't it look so cozy?

What are you up to this weekend, friends?  I hope to lay low and stay out of this freakin cold!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and keep warm, warm, warm.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Casual and Brilliant.

What a fantastic pop of color!  I'm a big fan of the short pant and it is done best when most intentional. 

Nothing screams I Know What I'm Doing more than a well-placed pair of hot pink socks.

via The Sartorialist 

Say it ain't so.

I was afraid to find out the truth, and the truth was what I was afraid to hear.  Anne Hathaway is wearing some sort of ice skater's keep-me-warm-but-make-me-look-naked back on this dress.  Noooo!!

Anne.  Anne!  We can see the rest of your body in this dress and you OBVIOUSLY have nothing to worry about.  Wahat's the deal?  Please don't tell me you're modest; we've all heard how naked you are in Love and Other Drugs and Heath Ledger's butt was not the only thing we saw in Brokeback Mountain.  Puhlease. 

You see, there is a rule about these types of dresses: if you don't have the cahones to wear it the way it is meant to be worn -- you're not allowed to wear it.  And if the dress can't hold its own without this weirdo netting, it's not the dress you're looking for.  It's like you found the perfect man but, oh wait!, he's married!  Guess what?  It ain't ever gonna happen!  Just walk away. 

I'm sorry, Anne.  You looked so radiant and confident and I applaud that, but I need to revoke my best dressed vote.  I do.  I just can't handle an ice skater's costume on the red carpet.

the truth learned via go fug yourself  

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Golden Globes!

I couldn't let it all go by without throwing out my two cents, now could I?  What a crazy show, right?!  Ricky Gervais is kind of my hero for saying all of the things that we were thinking.  The only thing I wish we would have seen were some choice reactions that were noticeably absent from the telecast.  For example, Angelina's when Ricky Gervais basically ripped her movie apart -- where was that because I'm sure it was priceless!  Hands down the Scientologist joke was the most brutal and most fantastic of the night.  I'll say it again -- I love me some Ricky Gervais!

I was also a fan of some of the acceptance speeches.  Chris Colfer was by far my favorite and his absolute shock at winning was adorable.  Colin Firth was a favorite and I loved the shot of Ed O'Neill after Katey Sagal won, too cute.  I wasn't happy that The Social Network won, but what can you do (I'm hoping it won't take the Oscar).  AND Natalie Portman's speech was the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard!  I get it, I get it, she's pregnant, but I don't care.  It was terrible!  And totally unnecessary because we all knew she was going to win.  Even she knew.   

Now...let's get real.  Let's talk fashion... 

My ABSOLUTE favorite of the night was Olivia Wilde.  I squealed with delight every time she popped up on the screen.  Marchesa, I tip my hat to you. 

Anne Hathaway totally knocked it out of the park.  She looked so sophisticated and fashion-forward.  Rachel Zoe knew what she was doing that night!

Even Angelina stepped out of her comfort zone last night.  We never seen The Ange in color!  My friend, Bridgid, said she looked like the Emerald City and I totally agreed.  It only made me like it more.  

Another green lovely (there was so much green!) was Mila Kunis.  I loved this dress and I'm always impressed when such a tiny, petite lady can look so va-va-voom.  

Now we need to move on to the bad.  There were SO MANY bad dresses the other night I couldn't believe it!  I can't remember the last time I've been so put-out by the fashion choices at an awards choice.  For real.

Natalie, Natalie, Natalie.  Not only was your speech laughable (not that crazy laugh you let out during it.  not that), but your dress was embarrassing.  The material was a poor choice, it makes me think about silk/satin sheets that are never a good idea.  AND THE ROSE.  What's with the rose?  Not just the bloom too, but the stem!  Oh dear.  Let's hope you get this out of your system before the Oscars. 

This one breaks my heart.  Michelle Williams always look so cute and put-together and stylish that I was STUPEFIED when I saw her on the red carpet.  I don't care if this is Valentino, it is terrible!  It looks like a dress I owned in 1997 and, in fact, my dress was cuter.  The color was bad, the fit was bad, the DAISES.  What is with you ladies and the three dimensional flowers?!  DON'T DO IT AGAIN.  Whoever dressed Michelle the other night should never be employed again.  Give me a call, Michelle.  I will do you no wrong, girl.    

I could go on and on, but I think this will suffice.  What did you guys think?  Do you agree or disagree with my picks?  Tell me, tell me!

Oh, and yeah!  Did you catch that Catherine Zeta-Jones was wearing the dress that I blogged about here (and falsely predicted it would be on Lea Michele)??  I'm sure that's what you guys thought about when you saw it.  Didn't she look incredible?

all photos via this weird celebrity site 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Outfit Tuesdays: Twee.


Twee. by justagirlandherstuff on

I'm sorry.  I just can't do winter and tights anymore.  I felt like my outfits were becoming so predictable, so I thought I would do something I couldn't fathom wearing at the moment.  Shorts!  I surprised myself with this color combination, but those are my favorite outfits -- the ones that surprise me most. This outfit is a little twee (hence the name) for my general taste, but I thought it worked.  

It's been brought to my attention (more than once) that my outfits are way out of price range.  First, I want to say that they are WAY out of price range for me, too.  I was just using them for inspiration, but I understand that it may be frustrating for you.  I had always thought my outfits were understood to be inspirational in theory, but as a girl on a budget myself I feel like I'm not helping.  

I won't lie, it's MUCH easier to put these outfits together when I'm not paying attention to a price point, BUT I want to support those that support me most.  So... I'm thinking that I will once a month do a cheap Outfit Tuesday post.  Eep!  I'm nervous just announcing it because I haven't done any preparation, but I heed the call of my friends.  Please be forgiving if it's a slow start, but I want to give you what you want.  That's what a blogger does, right?      

It could be worse.

This photo has become more than iconic for me.  Sure, I remember seeing it many times in history class; I also remember hearing a professor tell me how this woman had no idea what she was being photographed for and was embarrassed at the outcome.  Whether that is true or not is not an issue I care about, what I do care about is that this woman obviously lived a much harder life than I will ever live.  

I'm sorry for my absence on Friday.  I had some Buster issues to take care of and didn't really feel like posting, nor did I really have the time.  Things are seemingly tough when an animal is sick and you don't know what to do, but I need to remember that that is the least of some people's struggles.  I am lucky.  Even if my cat is sick: I am lucky.

This is how I should I look at it.

You'll find a normal Tuesday post at 12:30.  I don't mean to seem morbid or morose, I just struggle sometimes between being too personal or too vapid and turned to silence as an answer.  I'm actually not a pessimist and I know all will be well soon!

Monday, January 17, 2011

I Have a Dream.

It's almost once in a lifetime when a person as influential and powerful like Martin Luther King, Jr. comes around.  He is one of those people that can be taken for granted.  Here is my little chance to respect the reverence and brilliance of this man.

Go HERE to read his famous speech, only because it would be too long to post here.  Really, you should read it.  It's rare to be near such vision.

 "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!"

I hope in the wake of what happened in Arizona that we all listen to a man that knew more than some seem to know today.  Equality is not impossible, it is a choice.  

I choose to believe.    

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Oh.My.Gawd.  I want this now! 

I LOVE banana pudding.  Love, love, love banana pudding.  In fact, I kinda love anything banana.

What are your favorite desserts?

via bakerella


What a lovely lady!  This outfit has so much cozy, classic appeal I'm bowled over.  I'm loving the color pairing and use of her brother's Ralph Lauren button-up. 

Well done, m'lady.  Well done. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


This is me today.  (Well, last night when I was trying to figure out what to blog.)

I'll be back in the morrow. 

via - what else? - pinterest


This color would pop so much against all of my darker, bleaker winter wear and that makes me happy.  I'm a big fan of the larger clutch and not just because I have so much crap to hold.  Have you ever tried to shove an iPhone into a tiny clutch??  Yeah -- impossible. 

And that is most definitely the bourgeoiest thing I've ever said.

But, for real, I love this clutch.  And it's on sale.   

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2011.

She's really outdone herself again, don't you think?  I predict that last dress (the green one) will be on Lea Michele at some point throughout the awards season.  Doesn't it look like a dress she would wear?

These are only four of the twenty eight pieces offered.  Go see for yourself all of the loveliness that is offered.

I really like how she went a little more sophisticated and sexy.  I feel like she has cornered the ethereal market and cornered it well, but these are a welcome change.

Outfit Tuesdays: Sunny Days Ahead.

I know, I know, it's only January, but a girl can still hope for warmer days ahead!  I really love this color combination (even if it is dangerously close to my high school colors [I was never very good with school spirit]) and this dress is only $15.  Holla!

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Princess Engagement.

I thought this was amusing: someone paired engagement rings with their assumed respective Disney princess. 

I'm partial to Belle's and Jasmine's, which are definitely not my favorite princesses.  I'm more of a Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid kind of girl. 

Which one are you drawn to?

via Pinterest

Gold bow.

Where was this dress on New Year's Eve?  Surely someone should've made an entrance with it.  Or an exit!

I bow down to you.

(See what I did there!?) 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Weekend!

Heyo!  It's the weekend!!  The first week back after almost two weeks off is always the worst.  Thank god it was a four day week.  And now it's almost over!

What do you guys have planned for this weekend?

I'm going to see The Social Network tonight (finally).  Saturday I'm having brunch and taking a girlfriend shopping to spend some cashy cash from a giftcard -- I love spending other people's money.  It's always easier that way, don't ya think?  I'm very excited for the plans ahead, but I'd especially love to cuddle up in this amazing home.  My god.  Could you imagine living here??  In a future life, I guess.

I hope you all have a fantastic, restful, and fun-filled weekend!

Do you know who this is?

It's an Olsen sister!  Meet Elizabeth Olsen, the little sister to Ashley and Mary-Kate.

Expect to see more of this 21-year-old in the future, you can currently see her above in V Magazine.  Supposedly Chace Crawford is a fan and asked for her to be cast in an upcoming indie flick.  And I'm more than a little jealous that she found a mentor in Catherine Keener (in aforementioned flick).

I feel like there can never be too many Olsens.  I am an unabashed Olsen Twin fan and can happily add another one to the mix.  Welcome, Elizabeth!   

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ring of Fire.

I found this via Pinterest (does everyone else see how addicted I am to Pinterest?).  It's a fireplace for your tabletop.  Ingenious!  And cozy.  And somewhat forbidden.

I love it and think it should be the next guest at your dinner party.

(Also, I love Johnny Cash -- that good music I got behind a long time ago.)  

Music Nation.

Let's talk about music. 

I am not known for my music library, music is not really my thang.  In fact, the other night I had a conversation with someone about how the electronica music sounded like it was skipping to me and he called me a grandma.  I'm very aware that my taste and opinion for music differs greatly from my discerning taste for the Other Arts.  I need my own version of self-help, music self-help, if you will. 

I've talked before how I don't hear lyrics very well. I'm just not an auditory learner!  I also don't spend much time listening to music, I'd rather be watching tv or doing other things.  It's true.  I'm not really happy to admit it; I would feel much cooler if I liked music more, but this is the life I must lead.

I also must admit that I don't like cool music very much.  Well, that's a lie, I do like cool music a lot, but I also like really shitty music.  If it catches me, I'm a total sucker.  For instance, I am SUPER drawn to the Glee music lately.  I know, I know.  I'm ashamed, but it's true.   [I'm currently listening to the Glee cover of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.  I'm sorry, Andrea!  I know our friendship will never be the same.)

But this is really what I want to talk about:  how do you listen to music??  I don't find much time in life to do so, I'm no longer in a car and therefore don't have endless time to do nothing but listen.  My commute is too short to whip out the headphones, or maybe it's just me.  And, when I come home I turn on the tv (it's sad, but true). 

ALSO, I'm one of those people who buys a few songs and becomes really obsessed with them.  I only listen to the last five songs purchased on iTunes over and over and over again.  I am TERRIBLE at the playlist.  I think it's because I listen to the songs I purchase so much when I first buy them that I get sick of them.  And I only create playlists with the songs that pop out at me, there isn't any sort of deep thought that goes into it.

Tell me, how do YOU listen to music?  How do you find new music??  What goes into creating a playlist for you?  Tell me all your music secrets; I am dying to know.

image via pinterest        
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