July in Photos

July in Photos

This summer is just zooming by like nobody’s business.  Frankly, July was a rough month.  Started out fine but then it took a nosedive.  My crazy work schedule took over again and a lot of late nights left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed.  Near the end of the month I made some adjustments in my attitude and did my best to start looking at things from a place of gratitude and abundance.  Amazing what a difference that makes.  Two things that have really helped me are the IG posts from @tarotandtea, particularly her daily tarot advice, and Katie O’Keefe’s blog and IG.  I’m loving watching her moving through #intentionalaugust and #mth (making things happen).  Both are two roads to the same destination, a destination of re-engaging with myself and what means most to me.  All a work in progress, but I’m feeling a lot better equipped to deal with the “stuff” that’s going on in my life right now.

So, what adventures did I get up to in July?  It was so nice to have a long weekend for 4th of July, and you can see I celebrated with a fun mani.  I spent a day with some girlfriends over that weekend too – I even baked cookies!  Eric and I opted to not go out to see fireworks, but instead we enjoyed the evening at home and watched some of the specials on tv.

We had lots of rain in July and it actually made for a much cooler summer than we’re used to in Texas.  I love it when it rains, so it’s always a little bonus.

As part of my attitude adjustment, I spent some extra time on myself – nails (of course), some new makeup (eyeliner and powder), dug out my favorite summertime heels (don’t those cherries kill you?), and some summery statement necklaces like my starfish that jingle!  I even went through all the lipstick I have hoarded in my purse.  Amazing what you find in there.

I had a little bit of relaxation time that I spent working on a gift for my Goddaughter (a summery yellow quilt) and catching up on my DVR’d shows, namely the red carpet from the Oscars.  Yes, it was in February.

Eric and I also did something for ourselves, we finally ordered our frame for the photo we printed from our honeymoon so we could hang it over our bed.  The frame is perfect and goes beautifully with the warm tones of the sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.  Apologies for the reflection/glare in the photo…but trust me it looks wonderful.  And it allowed us to mark our bedroom as complete on our home improvement list.

So that was July, and we’re already halfway through August so I’d better start thinking about my August in Photos post!


First Days of Spring

Oscar Red Carpet
With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red Carpet watching.  Seems the days are gone when I can actually watch things live.  But, what surprised me about this year’s Oscar Red Carpet was the overall softness of the colors.  There were very few bright colors, particularly the emerald green I was expecting to see everywhere.   But there was no lack of gorgeous dresses to choose from, as you can see above.  One of my favorites was Jessica Chastain in that amazing coppery beaded Armani Prive gown.  So many subtle shades.

And Chanel has released their lovely Spring collection of nail lacquers, Printemps Precieux.  You know I normally go in for the dark, vampy colors like Accessoire, but I’m really drawn to Emprise, which is a rosy beige.  Perfect almost nude nail that would go perfectly with a brighter wardobe.  And Fracas, who can resist a pretty, bright pink?  This one will most definitely transition into the summer months.

Chanel Spring 2013
Even Starbucks is celebrating Spring in Japan with their new Sakura line. It even includes cherry blossom macarons (which you know I can’t resist).  It’s too bad that this lovely pink deliciousness won’t be available in the States, but from what I hear the taste (not cherry at all) might not translate to the American palate.  But what fun a pink latte would be (as long as it’s not strawberry, since I’m allergic!).

And I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of the new Coach handbags in Mint.  I can’t resist, such a gorgeous color for Spring.  Too too tempting. Alas, I am on a new handbag hiatus, so no Coach bag for me. But look at those fun tassels too.  Gah!

Coach Bag in Mint
I did have to indulge in my own version of that luxurious mint color though. How do you like my Essie Mint Candy Apple mani this week?  Perfect, huh?  Such a fun color.  I’ve really enjoyed wearing it.

Mint Candy Apple
And how can I resist anything in a bright pretty yellow?  (I can’t) Of course, the J Crew bubble necklaces are almost everywhere these days, but I just love it in yellow.  A fun bright pop of color against a subtle colored top?  Love.  It.

Bubble Necklace

What’s bringing thoughts of Spring to you this week?


Things I Love Thursday: At the Movies

I’ve been working on catching up on my shows on the DVR.  We’re in need of switching out our DVR that’s been acting up, and unfortunately, when we switch out all my recorded shows will be lost.  Sad Panda.  So, I’ve been in a manic show-watching marathon and have finished up Gossip Girl, Grimm, Vampire Diaries, about 80 million hours of Dual Survival and am currently in the process of watching Smash (which I’m loving although I’m only a couple of episodes in).  The problem here is that around about January, when life got complicated, there was very little show watching going on.  So, I had basically an entire season worth of shows plus the Oscars.  Yes, I know they happened in February.  I finally made it through the red carpet shows, but have yet to watch the actual awards (don’t tell me who wins).

So, a couple of nights ago, I started them.  My very very favorite night of the whole year.  And not only am I having to watch them months delayed, but I’m having to watch them in short bursts because I just don’t have three (or four) hours to watch uninterrupted.  But, within the first few moments of the show, I was reminded of why I love them.  Because I love the Movies, with a capital M.  From when I was very young, movies were one of my great loves.  And it’s not just that I love the movies themselves.  I love the movie experience.  I love the trailers, I love the darkened theater, I love the shared experience, I love watching the credits roll and letting it all sink in.  So, the other day when I responded that “I’m always up for seeing a movie”, I wasn’t kidding!

And one of my favorite parts about the award shows (especially the Oscars) is the montage.  Oh I love me a good montage.

Maybe what I love about the montage is that it captures that magic of the movies, those moments that stay with you.

And in watching just the first half hour or so of the Oscars, I was reminded about two enchanting films that I’ve seen over the last several months. The first one, is Hugo (photo at the top of this post). What a fun fun film. And so different from the usual Scorsese fare. Loved this one.

The second film I was recently treated to was Midnight in Paris.

This is another one that is just a delightful film. The kind of movie that makes you smile. If you haven’t seen either of these, you really should!

And there’s a couple of movies I’m looking forward to as well…

The Great Gatsby is being redone. (look at that champagne glass!!!!!!! I’m totally obsessed)  And speaking of champagne, last night a good friend mentioned this new Marie Antoinette film that I simply have to see (since I am also obsessed with all things MA).

So there you have it…my love of the movies.  That I know will be revisited again and again.  And I’m sure I’ll have more to share as I watch the rest of the Oscars.  Maybe this weekend?

And a few things I’m grateful for this week:

  • Making it to book club regardless of a migraine
  • Rain storms on Friday night
  • A last minute invite from a friend and getting together Saturday afternoon
  • Great car insurance and them making it easy for me to file a claim after a car accident
  • Some fun polish showing up in the mail – for free!
  • Getting to see a good friend Tuesday night and giving him a big hug
  • Kitten snuggles

Oscars 2011

I always love blogging about my favorite night of the year, even if I am a week behind.  And of course, one of my favorite parts of the night is the red carpet.  Although, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the coverage.  I tune into the red carpet to see the fashion, I don’t really care about all the talky talk these hosts feel the need to do.  I was a bit frustrated and I kept feeling the need to hit the mute button.  Regardless, I thought there were a few report-worthy ensembles.  I thought Mila Kunis looked lovely (above).  The lavender was a good choice, and this gown had so much flow and movement to it, it was really flattering on her.  I think it looked better on TV than it shows in photos.

I loved the color Natalie Portman chose in this gown by Rodarte.  I also thought her Tiffany & Co. tassel earrings were fun, but they did cause Eric to say “Is she really wearing tassels?” and then the conversation degraded from there, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Amy Adams looked beautiful in this L’Wren Scott gown.  I am in love with this color against her hair.  Not sold on the Cartier necklace though.  It’s beautiful on its own, but I think it’s a bit much with the neckline of her dress.

And I was thrilled to see Colleen Atwood win for Costume Design in Alice in Wonderland.  I loved this film, I thought it was beautifully and cleverly done.  But one of the things I loved most about it was the various evolution of Alice’s dress as she gets further and further into Wonderland.  The dress itself helps to tell the story.  It reminded me a bit of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.  Anybody but me ever seen that film?  The film was very stylized and each room or set had a different color – green, red, white.  The color really helped tell that story, and I thought it was an amazing use of it.  Alice reminded me a bit of this.

Colleen has also won Oscars for Costume Design for Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Watching this year’s Academy Awards though really reminded me of my love of film and how far away from that I’ve gotten.  It seems like forever since I’ve seen a movie, and I want to rectify that immediately.  I tweeted the other day that I really wish I could have an Oscar party, and I’d also love to start a film club.  Both of those would require a group of friends who love movies as much as I do, but one thing I can do is try to get out and see more films on my own.  It’s a shame that I haven’t even seen Black Swan yet, as much as I’ve been dying to go.  The King’s Speech is another one on my list of must sees.  Sounds like I’ve got a new goal for myself doesn’t it?  We’ll see how I do by this time next year!




Oscar night again. One of my favorite nights of the year. For whatever reason, I didn’t talk about last year’s Oscars here on the blog, I must’ve been sleeping on the job! But you can see my thoughts on the 2008 Awards here. And of course, one of my favorite parts of the night (other than the montage – because we all know how I love a good montage) is the Red Carpet. It’s always fun to see what everyone’s wearing.

There was not a lot of red this year, which is what I’m typically drawn to. There was a lot of gold though. This year several of my favorites were all in the same color family – grey. While some tended more toward the lilac, and some more toward the dove or blue grey, I found myself drawn to them over and over again. Photo above is Elizabeth Banks. This was a gorgeous gown and my first favorite of the night. Below is Helen Mirren, who always looks amazing, but I think this silvery grey suited her well.

Kate Winslet is a favorite actress of mine, and so I am always curious to see what she’s wearing. In this metallic gown, she looked very old Hollywood. I love her “Veronica Lake” hair. And look at that necklace! What a statement piece of jewelry. It appeared to be canary diamonds and white diamonds. Lovely!


And Kathryn Bigelow in another beautiful grey. I loved the detailing on the top of a very simple gown.


There were a few that I really loved that weren’t in the grey category. I loved seeing Kristen Stewart in this gorgeous midnight blue dress. She looked amazing and thank God the Joan Jett mullet didn’t make an appearance.


I love Maggie Gyllenhaal and I always look forward to seeing what she’s wearing. I was not disappointed at all and I thought this dress was one of my absolute favorites of the evening. It looked gorgeous on her and the color was so vibrant.


Vera Farmiga also chose a stand out color. I loved this cranberry/fuschia dress with the beautiful fan pleats.


And of course I was happy to see some of the stunning purples on this Red Carpet that I loved at the Golden Globes. Zoe Saldana chose this amazing gown with what looked like an encrusted bodice (yay sparkly!) and then the beautiful ombre ruffles at the bottom just completed it. Fabulous!


And of course, one of my favorite categories of the awards is Best Costume Design. Sandy Powell (who also did The Other Boleyn Girl and The Tudors) won for her costume design on The Young Victoria. She has previously won Oscars for Costume Design on Shakespeare in Love and more recently, The Aviator.


Well-deserved, Ms. Powell.


I hope you enjoyed the night!


Oscar Night – A Few Months Late

Ok, ok….so the Oscars happen in February and here I am in May finally talking about them. It’s been a crazy whirlwind ride here since December when I was laid off from work. But, enough about that…let’s get on to the red carpet.

I love Oscar night, it is one of my favorite things to watch during the year. I love the movie industry, so I always find it exciting to see who wins. Of course, I also love fashion too, so it is a wonderful night to see what everyone in Hollywood is wearing on what could be the biggest night of the year.

There weren’t as many favorites for me this year as there usually are. This could be because I watched the red carpet special with Regis rather than the E! red carpet coverage, and hardly saw anything worthwhile. But, there were a few stunners that caught my eye.

Of course, I was immediately blown away by Nicole Kidman’s jewelry (photo above). I love this necklace, which apparently is one long strand of diamonds that is just wound around her neck. While the dress was nothing spectacular (although she looked beautiful), this necklace was amazing. I think it was striking against the black dress as well.

Red was an obvious choice for several women this year as well. Of course, I love red so my eye was immediately drawn to Anne Hathaway.
Apparently this wasn’t a favorite across the board, but it reminded me of Nicole Kidman’s dress and I just love the effect on the shoulder. I could see this with opera length white gloves. Very Audrey Hepburn, I think.
I also loved Helen Mirren in red. She looked so elegant, and the effect of the Swarovski crystal drop sleeves and back was beautiful.

I always love Cate Blanchett, so I was eager to see what she would be wearing. I loved her in this deep hue. The necklace by Lorraine Schwartz was a lovely addition to the overall feel of the dress. Pregnancy becomes her.

And then, finally, there was Marion Cotillard ‘s gorgeous mermaid-style dress complete with “scales” by (of course) Jean Paul Gaultier. I loved this for its originality and that she chose to wore white while most others were dressed in more vibrant hues. Again, this one was a love it or hate it kind of dress, but I loved it.

And one of my favorite categories at the Oscars is for Best Costume Design. I just adore costuming, and so I am always anxious to see who wins. This year, the Oscar went to Alexandra Byrne for Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Here are a few photos from the film.

And, since I am currently in the process of watching all the Best Picture films from the beginning, I was excited to see what the next Best Picture winner would be. This year’s winner was the film, No Country for Old Men. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my list now!