March Morning Lust List

Hooray! March is finally here! Unfortunately, it’s already snowed in March & more snow is heading our way today! But, I’m still looking forward & excited for this weekend’s time change – I love that extra hour of sunshine in the evenings!

With spring right around the corner, I can’t help but lust over all the great spring fashions I’m seeing everywhere! Here’s a peak of some of the items on the top of my list:

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I love these! I want them in black, red & even yellow! I just think they’re perfect for spring & can see myself getting a lot of use out of them! They’d be super cute with the ankle skinny jeans you’re seeing everywhere, and also with dresses & skirts!

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Sephora + Pantone Universe – Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers – Emerald – $18

As a redhead, emerald has always been one of my favorite colors for clothing & accessories, so I’m very excited to see it EVERYWHERE this season! This nail polish set would add some glitz & glam to any spring outfit! I’ll definitely be sporting emerald on my toes once sandal season is finally here!

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Shop Ruche – Sonja Lace Detail Dress – $43

For me, spring & summer are all about light & airy dresses when it comes to everyday fashion. This dress is perfect! I can easily wear this to work & dress it up or down with my shoes & accessories!

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Baublebar – Gold Aztec Triad Collar – $42

From girly to edgy…. this necklace is great to spice up any plain white or black T, or any basic LBD! I love Baublebar too, everything I have them so far has been of great quality & worth the price! If you haven’t signed up for Baublebar yet, please feel free to use my referral link here!

These are just a few of the thing I’m lusting over right now. This list will definitely be expanding over the next month. I love spring & summer clothes so I’m always shopping this time of year! Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Until next time…

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February 13th Blues….

Ok, so I’ll admit it. I’ve totally neglected my blog in February. After having an awesome blogging month in January, I’ve just flat out been a bad blogger so far this month.

I should probably mention February is my least favorite month. Good thing it’s the shortest.

February also is usually the coldest month of the year. I hate the cold. Yes, I know hate is a strong word, but I really seriously do hate the cold. Being a Texas girl, February always brings me down in NYC. Even though I hate February, I still always look at things on a positive note, and the good news is: It’s the 13th. So, we’re basically half-way through the month & hopefully that means warmer weather is near.

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A lot of people are superstitious about the 13th day of the month, but I just roll with it.

This February has also been unusually busy work-wise (I know I say that a lot, but it’s so true). Luckily I like to be busy. On top of that, February is a stressful month for medical school applications since the interview season is winding down & a lot of people begin to worry about their medical school fate. Needless to say, I’m definitely looking forward to the President’s Day Weekend ahead. I have a four-day weekend and it’s all about relaxation! I have a spa day planned for Monday & I can’t wait! What better way to celebrate Presidents?

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So in the 2nd half of February, I promise more fun posts, with lust lists, product reviews, and just life-in-general (and hopefully a post early next week about a spa day that makes you relax just by reading it).

So Happy Wednesday to you all & Happy Love Day tomorrow (even if you aren’t in a relationship, make sure you still celebrate the ones you love & try to think of the day as a day to spread love & positivity…..yes, I realize that’s not exactly a word)!

Until next time….

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If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own…

I saw this video this morning before work and thought, “what a great way to start the work week!”

I love the message of love behind this video, of doing good, and of paying it forward.

Make sure you listen to the song too, it has such a positive message. My personal favorite lyric is “what you share with the world is what it keeps of you.”

So what do you think of this video? Do you see the world this way?

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A Sunday Lust List

Lately, I’ve been trying to even avoid looking at clothing sites or even inside store windows. As I mentioned in my 2013 goals post, we’re really trying to save money this year so that we can eventually afford to buy our own home & not be renters forever.

That said, I’ve snuck a few peaks here & there, but I’ve still been doing really well about not actually buying stuff I don’t need.

Here’s a look at few of the items I’ve been lusting after lately:

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How chic is this? I love it! What a perfect jacket for spring & fall!

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This is a little more whimsical but I think it would be great in spring, summer & fall with a nice cardigan on top. You could mix up the jewelry too in order to dress it up or down. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors (as I’m sure you can tell from the blog colors) and I just LOVE lace, so this is definitely tempting!

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Mila Rose Designs “the galatea” sparkle gold/silver star headband – $24

You all know about my MRD obsession. This will definitely be my next one – I am so in love. I love the sparkle to spruce up a boring outfit & I also love stars just as much as lace. :-)

25100493-03[1]Forever 21 French Terry Studded Pullover (Black) – $23

I’m in favor of adding a little edge to something ordinary. This is great for those days when you need a little bit of extra comfort. Since I work in a creative field, I can actually wear this to work & I think I’d get a lot of use out of this.

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Etsy – RawDezign Faceted Wall Clock with Gold Hands – $73

Ok, definitely not something I will be buying any time soon, but still very cool!

cn5918656[1]Piperlime Vegan Leather Chiffon Maxi Dress by Sabine – $98

A little bit of edge next to something a bit more refined. I think this dress could go through most of the seasons & I just love it! Black & Blue always go well together!

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Etsy - illuminancejewelry Large Quartz Arrowhead On Long Gold Necklace – $42

I think this piece could add something extra to a simple maxi dress or any other basic pieces, such as jeans & a tee or even a LBD.

Well, these are just a few of the things I’m lusting after for now. I hope I’ve given you some shopping inspiration!

Until next time…

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Introducing: The Giveaway Link Up (GiveawayLinkUp.com)

So, yesterday morning it came to me…. Blog readers need a place on the web to find all the amazing giveaways going on in the blogosphere. On top of that, bloggers could also use a place to promote their giveaways & help gain extra entries & extra audience for their sponsors!

So, introducing: GiveawayLinkup.com!

I wanted to get it up as soon as I thought of it, so right now it’s pretty basic, but over time hopefully I will be able to spruce it up a bit (this literally all got started while I was getting ready for work).

The concept is simple: Bloggers Post Giveaway & Readers Find them and enter!

I also wanted to make sure everything on the page was CURRENT so that people don’t have to scroll through tons of pages to find giveaways they can actually enter (I hate when I get sent to a non-active giveaway). Ultimately the goal of the page is to help bloggers, their sponsors, and blog readers, so I hope you will help spread the word (You can start by sending a )!

Here’s how it works:

If you’re a blogger….

Leave a comment on GiveawayLinkUp.com with your giveaway(s) in the following format (one comment per giveaway, please):

Blog Name:
Giveaway Link:
Giveaway Prize(s):
Giveaway End Date & Time (please note time zone, EST is preferred):
Entry Rules (Such as limited to US residents only, etc):

This format is required for every giveaway comment on GiveawayLinkUp.com & any comments there without this format will be deleted. This is to make the site as easy to navigate as possible for readers.

If you’re a blog reader….

Scroll through the comments on GiveawayLinkUp.com & enter the giveaways! It’s that simple. Keep visiting GiveawayLinkUp.com to learn about all the latest Giveaways!

My promise to bloggers & blog readers:

  1. All Comments will be moderated to ensure these are real giveaways
  2. All comments will be posted within 24-hours (and in most cases, MUCH quicker than that)
  3. Each comment will be deleted within 24-hours of the giveaway ending to ensure you’re seeing a list of LIVE giveaways (and hopefully quicker than that).

Yes, it’s that simple. So get to it, post your giveaways & get to entering now on GiveawayLinkUp.com!

As I mentioned, I would also love your help spreading the word about this link up, because the best way for it to be a success is for more people to know about it, more bloggers to enter their giveaways, and more readers to keep coming back to enter giveaways. If you’d like to partner with me to help get the word out, please give me a shout out via e-mail or in the comments below. I hope you like this concept (I’d love to hear your thoughts) & I hope it’s useful for you!

Until next time….

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Rounding out wedding week with Reception Photos & Portraits

Before I get into the “meat” of this post, I’d first like to say something about the significance of the day: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

I’m glad to see we have come a long way since the days of MLK’s amazing speeches and heart-felt actions, but overall, the world still has a long way to go. No matter what race, religion, gender, etc. you are, I think all of us as Americans can appreciate the work he did for us as a nation. I want to share some tremendous MLK quotes that have guided me as a human, and I hope will continue to drive our nation & hopefully the world.

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I hope these quotes have inspired you. Now, onto the wedding stuff!

A lot of these photos go without explanation, so here’s a look at my reception & some of our portraits. If you want to see some of the details of the reception, please take a look at my details post from earlier this week, these will show more of the party!

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Coming into the reception for the first time as man & wife!

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Hava Nagila!

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Our first dance (to Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend”).

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My dad cutting into the challah to start the meal.

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Mingling with guests.

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Reciting the blessing after the meal.

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Dancing!

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Cotton-Eyed Joe: Heck yes, I bring the Texan with me everywhere I go!

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Listening to our toasts!

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Cutting the cake!!

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And eating it!

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Sparkler exit! It was raining on our big day so the hotel actually let us do this inside. Again, can’t speak highly enough about our amazing venue & the staff there!

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Inside the getaway car!

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And we’re off! A great cap to an amazing day & night!

And a quick look at some of our portraits:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these few posts about our wedding. These past two years of married life have been absolutely amazing & I’m so glad I get to share the rest of my lifetime with such a wonderful man. Happy Anniversary love!

Until next time….

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Wedding Week Continues: Our ceremonies

Yes, you read that correctly: ceremonies. In Judaism, there are actually several “ceremonies” that take place prior to the main ceremony under the chuppah (wedding canopy) in order to become a married couple.

Before I get into all the details, let me first say I’m not a Rabbi, so how I explain some of these details may be how we decided to interpret particular traditions for us as a couple, so please don’t take this as the end-all-be-all of Jewish weddings, but feel free to ask any questions. :-)

Prior to the ceremony, we had a “tisch” and “bedeken.” A tisch is an informal reception for the groom where all the men come to wish the groom well wishes. During the tisch, the engagement officially ends, and the groom and witnesses also sign the ketubah. The ketubah is the wedding contract which traditionally lays out all of the groom’s obligations to his wife, as well as how he must support her through life.

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Another cool thing that happened during the tisch is that both of our mothers broke a plate together to symbolize the seriousness of the commitment between our families. I love how Judaism incorporates the family into the wedding ceremony so much, since marriage really is a bringing together of two families, not just two individuals.

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While all of this was going on in the men’s room, there is also an informal reception for the women where I greeted all my female guests (as well as some of our non-Jewish male guests who weren’t comfortable attending the tisch).

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Once the men completed all their tasks in the tisch room, the headed over to the ladies room for the bedeken. A Bedeken is literally the veiling of the bride. The tradition of the veiling dates back to the bible when Jacob accidentally married Leah when he was supposed to marry Rachel. After that, Isaac viewed his bride Rebecca to confirm she was the right lady for him, before she was veiled prior to their wedding. For the bedeken, the men all dance and sing into the bedeken room with the groom. This is actually a very exciting moment when there was a ton of joy and our fathers were arm-in-arm on each side of my groom. When the men arrived to where I was saying, both of our fathers, as well as my grandfather and our rabbi offered me a blessing & kind words before my husband came to me for the veiling. We exchanged a few words as this was the first moment we had seen each other all day. It was a very moving time for me.

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After the bedeken, all of the men & the groom once again leave while dancing & singing to head to the ceremony. All of the guests of course follow to find their seats for the “big event.”

Once everyone was seated, the ceremony finally began. We had the traditional ceremony procession with the groom walking down the aisle, followed by his groomsmen, my bridesmaids, and finally the flower girls & then me. He walked down the aisle arm-in-arm with his parents and I walked down arm-in-arm with mine (this is a Jewish tradition that I absolutely love).

Our parents also held candles when walking us down the aisle, to symbolize to literally light the way as my husband & I began our life together. Light in Judaism is very symbolic of joy, and often associated with all joyous and happy occasions, most notably, Shabbat. This is a tradition which is not often used any more, but it’s something I absolutely loved when reading about Jewish wedding traditions, so I wanted to incorporate it into our wedding.

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When I finally made it down the aisle, the ceremony began with the traditional circling. This is when both of our mothers & I circled the groom seven times. The number seven has several symbols for marriage (I’m sure there are some others besides these):

  1. The seven days of creation
  2. The torah says “and when a man takes his wife” seven times
  3. A biblical story exists where Joshua led the Jewish people into battle for the city of Jericho & was instructed to circle the city seven times. After his circling, the walls of the city crumbled. This is symbolic as when two people enter into a marriage, they all may face challenges in breaking down barriers or “walls” between them, but its important to keep the faith that those walls will be broken

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After the circling, the ceremony begins with a blessing over a glass of wine, as well as another blessing for the sanctification of the marriage. Both the bride & the groom drink from the cup and then the ring ceremony begins.

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Luckily my mom was right there with me to help me with my veil, otherwise I am sure I would have made a mess!

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We had a very traditional ceremony, so during our wedding, we actually only exchanged one ring, which was the ring he gave to me (I have him his ring during a private time after the ceremony and before the reception). One thing which varies from the traditional American wedding ceremony, is that the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony actually has the groom place the ring on the bride’s right index finger.

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After the ring ceremony, the ketubah is read to the guests. The ketubah was mainly read in Hebrew, with a few interjections from our Rabbi in English.

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After the ketubah is read, there are seven blessings recited (called Sheva Brachot in Hebrew) which are special blessings in honor of the wedding. These same blessings are also said at the wedding reception after the meal & also in the first few days after the wedding. We gave the honor of each of these seven blessings to people important to us, including his brothers, father & my grandfather.

Once the blessings were completed, one more glass of wine, and finally, the breaking of the glass!

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We were officially married! We shared a quick kiss & then went back down the aisle as husband & wife!

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(One of my favorite photos, taken by a friend)

After the ceremony was completed, we were able to have some private time together to breathe, take in the day, and just enjoy a few minutes alone before taking portraits & heading off to the reception.

Hopefully later this week I’ll have a chance to share some of the reception highlights!

Until next time…

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It’s our wedding anniversary week! Details, Details….

This week marks the two-year anniversary since our wedding. I thought it would be fun to kick off the week with a look into some of the little details from our wedding. Hopefully I’ll be able to share a few posts about the wedding this week.

Even though we live in New York, we chose to get married in Miami Beach, FL for a multitude of reasons. Mainly because Miami has a rich history for both of us & we just love it there, not to mention that we also both have family there.

If you’re thinking of planning your wedding & live in the Miami area, or if you’re thinking about planning a destination wedding there, feel free to reach out to me. I’ve got tons of advice when it comes to vendors, etc.

Planning our wedding from so far away & in a very short amount of time (we got engaged in August & married in January) was no small task, but I still managed to have the wedding of my dreams & didn’t really leave any detail unnoticed. Here’s a look at some of the little details from our wedding.

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This was my bouquet which I absolutely loved! I love how our amazing photographer (Gregory Paul Photography) captured every detail of our big day, but I especially love this bouquet shot, since it also captures the modern decor of our venue.

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Something that was extremely important to me was honoring my grandparents who are no longer with us on my big day. I chose to attach a vintage brooch featuring a locket with a photo of them to my bouquet.

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Here’s a close-up on my dress. My dress actually began as a very simple, strapless wool dress by Lela Rose. I seriously lucked out in finding my dress. I knew that almost any dress I would find would have to be built up to preserve modesty (since so many wedding gowns these days are strapless or don’t have much in terms of coverage). While hunting for gowns, I saw a tiny ad in my local paper (literally a 1-inch by 1-inch ad) that Lela Rose would be having a bridal sample sale. The sale wasn’t for a couple of weeks after & I had a trip planned to Florida to look at dresses with my parents & sister. I thought I fell in love with one in Florida & then began searching for the best deal on it (hey, wedding dresses are expensive) when the sale came up. Not only was I looking for a good deal but I’d also need the dress expedited considering the proximity of my wedding (time-wise), so the chance at a sample sounded quite nice. One of my coworkers and I went to Lela Rose‘s design studio during lunch for the sale. I looked around and everything looked very detailed which I knew would be hard to build up. On top of that, I also was very set on my dress including lace (I’m obsessed with lace) and none of the dresses seemed to be lace. Finally, my friend picked out my dress which I had passed up due to the size. It was a size I thought I would NEVER fit into, but the girls who worked there said I should try it on just in case. I tried on the dress & wasn’t all that wowed… but then the lady helping us picked up that awesome belt, and it totally made my dress! I snapped some photos to send to my mom & sister, and then called my dad for financial approval. It all happened very quickly, but I knew it was the one. Then came the hard part: building up the dress. One of my colleagues was nice enough to recommend an AMAZING dress-maker on the Upper West Side (if you’re in NYC and need alterations or even something made from scratch, please reach out to me for her information). This dressmaker worked with me to make my vision a reality & I was so pleased with the results. Most people at my wedding were actually shocked that my dress was two pieces when I told them.

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When it came to my feet, I knew I wanted to go with flats so I could be comfortable on my big day. I also knew I was wearing a gown & that it was likely nobody would see my shoes or even notice them. These little sparkly numbers did the trick!

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That’s a look at our programs which I made. There is a kit at Michael’s to make them & it’s so incredibly easy! The worst part was tying all those bows, but luckily we only had 60 guests. Even though the programs didn’t match the rest of our paper 100%, they still kept to our black, white & garden green color scheme so I thought they worked perfect since I was definitely on a budget (and programs usually get thrown away).

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We were supposed to be married outside in a garden right on the beach, so I didn’t plan for too many florals during the ceremony since I figured we could just enjoy the natural decor. When we got word that it was going to be raining all day on our wedding day & that we’d have to be married inside, I got a bit worried about this. I can’t speak highly enough about how wonderful our venue was. They actually set up these nice candles at the end of my aisle to add some extra decor to the ballroom we ended up getting married in, and these candles were the first thing I noticed about the room when I walked in.

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Since we had a Jewish ceremony, there were a few items needed for our Jewish rituals. We had two silver kiddush cups which my in-laws brought for us to use from Israel (and one was a lovely wedding gift). Also in that little purple bag was the special glass that my husband broke at the end of our ceremony. We may have been married two years, but I still haven’t done anything with the glass shards yet… although I do still have them and hope to have them put in a picture frame or mezzuzah or something.

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Outside of our reception sat this guestbook & place-card table. We had a Polaroid guestbook where our guests took a photo of themselves and signed the book. We also had our place cards match the motif of our invitations which was a modern tree limb (to symbolize the tree of life). On the table we also featured several of our engagement photos along with photos from our parents & grandparents weddings.

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This is a look at my tables (before they were actually fully set-up, actually). On each table we had a small flower arrangement (I personally prefer small or at least short arrangements on tables so they don’t hinder conversations across the table), along with a prayer book engraved with our names & wedding date (in Judaism, there is a special set of prayers said at a wedding meal), and a little gift at each place setting (we gave Uno cards wrapped in silver paper – Uno because it’s the best and because, ya know, we found our numero uno, lol). In the background you can see the palm trees of Miami Beach. Outside of our reception & ceremony rooms, you had a great view of the bay.

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This is a better look at the table florals.

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I had always dreamed of leaving my wedding in a fabulous car. My dad thought we should leave in a yacht, but I’m glad that was way out of our budget (considering leaving in a boat in the rain would not have been fun). I decided to leave in a vintage Rolls Royce which was a fun little experience!

So there’s a look at some of my little details. Later this week, I hope to get into more about the wedding.

Until next time….

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My personal faves (and least faves) from the Golden Globes Red Carpet 2013 (Best / Worst Dressed)

This year the Golden Globes couture seems to be all about lace & florals! Personally, I’m obsessed with lace so this is basically the best red carpet ever!! Here’s my take on the real stand-outs (for better or for worse!

Here’s a look at the best dressed (in my non-expert opinion):

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Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen.

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Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen): Such a chic couple! I love her modest gown! Gorgeous!

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Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier.

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Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood Couture.

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Lea Michele in Elie Saab.

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Olivia Munn in Armani.

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Emily Blunt (in Michael Kors) & John Krasinski: I love her dress & they just look great as a couple!

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Anne Hathaway in Chanel.

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Allison WIlliams in J. Mendel.

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Morena Baccarin in Valentino Haute Couture: I have no idea who she is, but I love this dress!

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Kristen Wiig in Michael Kors (I like this sleek look on her, even if it is simple).

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Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka (she always just looks so classically beautiful).

Here’s a look at some of the stars I think may want to find a new stylist:

Deborra-Lee Furness: Platforms and Pockets on the red carpet? No!

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Jessica Chastain: This dress makes her look very droopy on top & the hair is all wrong!

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Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton: Looks like he has a broken arm, poor guy! But, what’s her excuse? This is the red carpet! Not a funeral!

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham: That neck box is way too big on her, side boob is not cute & his suit is all wrinkled up.

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Rachel Weisz: That dress looks like it belongs on a 12-year-old.

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Kaley Cuoco… that dark lip & the sash are just so wrong.

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Emily Mortimer: She looks like a disco ball.

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Lena Dunham: This dress does nothing for her figure.

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Debra Messing: That rouging is all wrong!

What do you think? Did I hit the nail on the head? Did I get it all wrong? Who was your fave?

Until next time…

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One of this week’s goals: Discover a new band

This week, one of my goals is to discover a new band.

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of The Canvas Waiting, City & Colour, Capital Cities, American Authors, etc.

If you haven’t heard any of them yet, make sure you check them out. And please feel free to comment with some of your favorite songs/bands. I’m all about discovering new music! Here’s one of my favorites from The Canvas Waiting (it may be from 2008, but it’s still great):

 

And since two videos are better than one, here’s some American Authors:

 

Happy Listening!

 

Until next time…

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