Monday, January 30, 2012

SAG Awards - Fashion, Fun & A Drinking Game

Drinking game alert! (ala Andy Cohen) Every time someone says Scorsese take a guzzlet of your cocktail.
Thanks to the ladies of Bridesmaids for amping it up and getting down and dirty. This is gonna be a fun night.

The vibe at Sunday's SAGs was upbeat, laid-back and (dare I say) drinky. The stars were enjoying themselves, laughing and having a ton of fun. Yes, even Angie! The red carpet was a bit more exciting than the Globes, but I'm left a bit confused by some and a bit irritated that I didn't have that oh-mi-god I'm dying moment. But there were some great picks, some really not-so-great-picks and some trending. And you know how I love myself a trend.
Note to self: Next time the girls and I get together lets all wear the same trend. Like leather leggings.

Best Dressed - hands down I can't even take it anymore because everything fits her so well and it kind of makes me nauseous but I love it anyway - goes to......

Sofia Vergara in Marchesa
Her hair, makeup, and accessories are perfection. I bet she even smells good.

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen


Bring a Great Date

Vincent Piazza & Ashlee Simpson, George Clooney & Stacy Keibler
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick, Diane Lane & Josh Brolin, Emily Blunt & John Krasinski

Creamy Nudes with Lace/Sparkly Overlay

Zoe Saldana, Rose Byrne, Judy Greer
Julianna Margulies, Katrina Bowden, Berenice Bejo

Some celebs learned a lesson from their Golden Globe look and amped it up for the SAGs.

Most Improved

Julianna Margulies in Calvin Klein

Melissa McCarthy in Badgley Mischka - which looked black in the
sunlight but really was this wonderful navy blue.

Meryl Streep redeemed herself in Vivienne Westwood.

Most Improved Behavior goes to Brad & Angie. Look how
much fun they're having! 

Do I love it? Or hate it? Even if I love the dress there is something I find just a bit off. Hmmmm

Lea Michele - Go ahead, laugh, but I like a girl who can pose. And she can out pose Zoolander. Love her hair down and she is all glowy and gorgeous but it all seems a bit forced. Can you tell that her shoe is at least a size too big? Who knows, maybe she swells after a night out.

Michelle Williams - Everyone seemed to love this dress and she's already on a lot of best-dressed lists. I find it a bit - meh. And the shoes look cheap like they came from Bakers. It also doesn't help that she's now getting as weird and standoff-ish as Kristen Stewart. Watching her being interviewed on the red carpet was painful. Yes, we know you're miserable and want to stay home and be a mom. Go! We didn't beg you to be so amazing.

Jayma Mays - I adore this dress. Love it from neck to toe. I don't know what I would have wanted her to do with her hair or jewelry but not this. What is wrong with me?!

Natalie Portman - Oh Nat, you are sublime. Just not in this color. You look a bit washed out and way less fabulous than your are. Please get it together before the Oscars, please.

Oh wait...there's more!

Julie Bowen - The color of this dress is spot on. And I love the draping, but something (hair maybe?) is a bit off and I can't put my finger on it.

Emilia Clarke -  It's every girl's dream to wear Chanel Couture and this dress is stunning. On someone older and taller this would be fantastic. It looks ill-fitting and the messy updo isn't helping.

Kristen Wiig - I'm getting irritated because Kristen can be pretty hot. She needs to let that hair down, lose the choker and grab some stellar cuffs.

Worst Dressed

Shana Woodley - You are such a sweet, sweet dear and this dress is all kinds of terrible and reminds me of a really bad 90's moment.

Amber Riley - Rip that bow off child and show off that body! You look like you're going to a homecoming dance.

Heather Morris - There is no excuse for this. That is all.

Tilda Swinton - I love myself some Tilda but as she proved at the Globes, you've got to go very structural to pull off a pale color on such porcelain skin.

Angelina Jolie - Ok. You're thinking this isn't so terrible, right? But it's Angelina Jolie! There is a whole other standard when it comes to her. I'm not a fan of this fabric. It kind of looks like a black garbage bag. And someone get her a burger - can't you see she's starving!

Gretchen Mol - Do you watch Boardwalk Empire? She's insanely beyond gorgeous. Not that you can tell here.

images via justjared, instyle, style, eonline, popsugar

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Now Boarding: Chanel - Sky High in Paris

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is less than two weeks away and I'm already beginning to twitch. There is this thrill that comes with watching the shows as they happen. In my case, streaming live off my macbook in the comfort of my living room. I plan out the week, which designers I like to watch live (and fit into my schedule) and which I will catch up on in between.

All this means that Tuesday's Chanel Haute Couture SS 2012 show was simply a teaser of the swooning to come. There was nothing I didn't absolutely love in the 14 minute show. Recreated larger-than-life aircraft? check. Sky high faux hawks adorned with feathers? check. Ambient ballast mood lighting? check.

my kind of runway

Featuring just about every blue imaginable (navy, royal, pale, teal) in flowy silks and beaded boucles - with pockets!

Check out the show:

It was hard to pick a favorite. Ok, not really, but it would have been hard to pick a second - after this:
merci beacoup!
The rest of my faves. You can find the entire collection on

Are you not just completely breathless?! I'm losing my mind over those collars. Adore.

The styling was pretty fantastic, as well.

Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line nail polish
Le Crayon Yeau Precision Eye Pencil in Bleu Aerien
The Bleu Illusion Collection will be avail starting in July. (possibly earlier!)
All images via, instyle

Friday, January 27, 2012

Boutique Bridal Bazaar Giveaway Winner!


The winner of a pair of tickets to Sunday's Boutique Bridal Bazaar at Dredgers Union is...Lauren!

Congrats Lauren! I will email you details and maybe I'll see you there.

Tickets can still be purchased here or for $10 at the door on Sunday.

Vendors include:
A Cookie and a Cupcake
Main Street Cupcakes
Spice of Life Catering

Something White Bridal Boutique
Tied Up and Tousled
David Cotugno Executive Tailors

The Budding Tree 
Urban Orchid

Grey Cardigan
Modern Meets Vintage
Borrowed and Blue

and many more! See a full listing here.

A big thank you to Something White Bridal Boutique for providing me with a ticket to attend and a pair to give away!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bacon - In The Oven

Giveaway Alert!! Today is the last day you can enter to win a pair of tickets to Sunday's Boutique Bridal Bazaar at Dredger's Union. Just leave a comment on this post or on facebook or twitter that you want to go and I'll pick a winner on Friday.

I'm a huge bacon lover. I'm not a huge fan of cooking bacon. For years I only fried it in a pan. Not only was I completely inept at this process -half cooked half burnt- but it stunk up the whole kitchen (not to mention my hair). Who wants to walk around smelling like bacon all day? That might be a conversation for another time.

I started getting this amazing, thick cut bacon from our CSA and I needed a better way to cook it so I wasn't ruining it. I ended up going to my end all, be all place for culinary guidance -, where I learned how easy it is to bake bacon. They have the best videos on mastering just about anything in the kitchen.

Want to learn how to:
Make a Doritos consomme?
Chop an onion without crying?
Cut proper fruit wedges?
Tell the age of an egg?
Fix undercooked Thanksgiving turkey?
Get stuck pie dough off the counter?
Pop popcorn in a wok?
Go to chow for the most memorable to mundane tips and videos.

First I turn the oven to 400 degrees. I do not preheat the oven. I just turn it on as I'm getting the baking sheet ready.
Then I line a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup), followed by a layer of parchment paper (to prevent sticking) and the slices of bacon. It doesn't really matter how close they are together since they will shrink up while cooking.


Put bacon-filled baking sheet into the oven and bake for 15-18 mins. I start checking it about 15 minutes in. No need to turn it, just leave it on the sheet.

mmmm... .sizzling in the oven

When it looks done, pull it out of the oven and let rest (and drain) on a paper-towel lined plate.

This method is super easy and all you've got to do (once the bacon fat cools down) for clean up is roll the foil up on each end and and throw away!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CLE Happenings & A Bridal Bazaar Giveaway

Giveaway Alert!!
I have a pair of tickets to give away for Sunday's Boutique Bridal Bazaar. Just leave me a message in the comment section here, facebook or twitter to enter. Winner will be drawn Friday morning and your names will be added to the list at the door. ($20 value)
*I received a complimentary pair of tickets via Something White Bridal to giveaway on my blog

So many fun things went on in the last week that I'm in a constant state of love for my city. Usually spending copious amounts of time defending why I choose to live here, I ended up spending the week with others like me - Clevelanders who LOVE their city!

Starting out with finally getting to meet all the fun CLE bloggers in person at the Ohio Blogging Association meetup at Whole Foods. There was much food and wine to go around and I felt like I was having an US Weekly moment getting to meet in-real-life all the cool bloggers I read. There may or may not have been excessive squealing (on my part) and conversation that girls with beer growlers are hot.

The following 2 pictures I stole from Jen at Why CLE?. I pretty much figured I could make it up to her over garlic naan tonight :)

Just a few of the super-fab peeps: Julie - wearing mascara, Crystal - Eat Dink Cleveland,
Alicia - Poise in Parma, Hans - Mr Poise in Parma, Jen - Why CLE? , me and Sarah - Cooker Girl 

Jen & I sporting our intsant beauty accessory - the growler!

Saturday was filled with a bit of BonBon Bakery and if you haven't been here GO NOW. It's quickly become my favorite breakfast/brunch/lunch spot. Sorry Latitude 41. I promise to be back soon. A quick stop at my favorite place for some vino and then a wine & tapas party over at Jaclyn & Oliver's, where we met even more new friends and consumed whites, then reds, then bubbly followed by more red and even more bubbly. Rolling home after 2 in the morning meant that I would definitely need a Sunday afternoon nap before the Crazy Tweetup at the Greenhouse Tavern for Chef Sawyers Iron Chef premiere. Read all about that over at Eat*Drink*Cleveland.
My favorite tweet of the night was from @rimthree: A duck fat grease fire @thegreenhouse would put a crimp in Cleveland culinary and social media scenes - so true!

Here's even more fun to keep you busy (and happy) in the CLE

Sunday 1/29
Boutique Bridal Bazaar @ Dredger's Union Noon-5pm
"An atypical bridal show for brides seeking vendors and products that will help them pull off a unique and stylish wedding. Come ready to taste culinary confections, acquire accouterments, feast your eyes on the latest wedding fashions and be all-around inspired."

By Ting image via Something White Bridal

Swap 'n Sale at The Rag Refinery 3-8pm - Not only will there be a bloody mary bar and prices of current merchandise discounted 20-50%, but if you bring in used clothes, shoes and accessories you can trade with your friends for free! Leftover items will be donated to Laura's Home (a shelter for battered women).

Thursday 2/2
Bash On The Bridge II - Viaduct Lounge - Come for great food and drink and celebrate one of the greatest views of the city or watch it snow on their heated patio! Complimentary food, drink specials and $5 wines. Get your invitation here or here.

Brick & Mortar Pop-ups presents Fresh Street Japanese Carnival at Noodlecat - 6:30pm
Have a little fun and learn all about Japanese street food. Check out the menu here. $42 includes tax and gratuity

Friday 2/10
Mom & Pop in the 216 @ Dredger's Union - Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-5pm
18 independent retailers under one roof! Vendors include: DU, Room Service, duoHOME, Evie Lou, Brigade, Aperture, Ohio Knitting Mills, CLE Clothing Co, Banyan Tree and many more!

Saturday 2/18
Brite Winter Fest - Cleveland's Outdoor Winter Art & Music Festival moves this year to the OHC!!
Bridge Ave & W26th St - Cleveland
Check out the venues and bands here.

Monday 2/20
Battle for Battery Park - "Stand-up comedy meets epic chef throwdown in Cleveland's first ever comedy food fight"
Reddstone vs Battery Park Wine Bar: featuring 3 courses at each restaurant with paired cocktail and a signature end of the evening cocktail. Performances from 2 up-and-coming comedians all for $55 for one or $95 for 2 tickets.
Appetizers-scallops, Savory-hanger steak, Sweet-chocolate

Players on Madison-ABC Wine Dinner (anything but Chardonnay/Cabernet) 6pm $60/person + tax + gratuity
A six course meal paired with wine. On the menu: Oysters Rockefeller, lobster risotto, beef carpaccio, fettuccine with porcini mushroom alfredo, peppered duck breast and vanilla bean cheesecake.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Neons & Neutrals


The neon trend is still going strong and one of my favorite ways to wear it is to pair it with neutrals. It seems a bit easier to pull it off in the real world if you work it into the basics you already own. As Brad Goreski would say "Everyone should do a POC!" - Pop Of Color

neon yellow with classic Chanel black via
street style camel and hot pink via Harpers Bazaar
Emily from cupcakes and cashmere in DVF
hot orange, tan and cream via Harpers Bazaar
nude and neon yellow rocks the runway via

Here are some great pieces to get your wardrobe moving in the 'bright' direction.

1. DVF mandy hobo $695
2. DVF large obi wrap belt $265
3. ASOS corset with neon stitching $62.65
4. J Crew tippi sweater in vibrant flame $72.50
5. GAP neon orange patent belt $24.50

1. Made By Girl foldover leather clutch $72 and bracelet $55
2. KORS Michael Kors Ysabell sandal $250
3. LaPochette $145
4. J Crew enamel bangle $24.99
5. Michael Kors neon belted sheath dress $1245

1. GAP neon ruffle trim cardigan $49.95
2. GAP neon border scarf $29.95
3. ASOS boyfriend blazer $98.48
4. J Crew No. 2 wool pencil skirt - bright blue $120

Friday, January 20, 2012

OPI GelColor - Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not & Lea Michele's Hot Lipstick

After my NYE glittered nail look I decided to give my nails a bit of a rest. I've had some form of shellac, gelish, gelcolor on nonstop since spring/summer. I would wear each color for at least 2 weeks and then have that one taken off and another put on. So basically my nails got about 20 mins a month rest. I wasn't sure if this was ruining my nails, making them stronger or what.

I removed the shellac myself for the first time. (Usually I just have it done at the salon.) Soaking a cotton ball in pure acetone, I then put it on top the nail and wrapped the fingertip in foil. After 10 minutes, I took them off and the polish came off in one sheet. Pretty easy!

I let them rest for a week and I can say for sure that my nails are stronger than they've ever been. I've always had peeling nails and nothing over the years has been able to help. Until now. My nails were also super long, so I filed them down because I couldn't stand to look at them any longer.

Now that my nails were super short I knew I couldn't go too dark or too bright so I picked out OPI GelColor in Louvre Me Louvre Me Not.

 Louvre Me Louvre Me Not - artificial light

Louvre Me Louvre Me Not - natural light

Ever since the People's Choice Awards, I've been obsessing over the lipstick Lea Michele wore. It was the pink I've been looking for that will be perfect for spring.
Turns out, it's Roses in Love from Lancome's newest collection, Rouge in Love. Get one for yourself here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Golden Globes After Party

InStyle/Warner Bros. Dinner

You know how I love an after party. The starts let loose, get their drink on and snap boozy pics with all their celeb friends. And there is usually an outfit change. How I live for the costume change!

Best Dressed of the After Party

It's a tie. No, lovely readers, your eyes are not deceiving you. That really is Kim Kardashian on my Best Dressed list. Looking stunning and glamorous and better than the majority of the looks we saw on the red carpet. And Miss Alba does the after party look to perfection. Switching up her gorgeous gown with this beyond drool worthy little sparkly number. Ah, all is right with the world.

One thing I totally forgot to mention yesterday was Brad and Angie. I wasn't sure if they were really there or if Madame Tussauds just animated their wax figures for the event.

Real or Wax?

I guess the answer came later on when photos showed them slightly more animated. Getting warmer...

They should take cues from George and Stacy. Cause this is how you do it.

Why is everyone so awkward around Leo DiCaprio? Just trying to get their kiss on. Wherever it may land.

Even some of the RHOBH got in on the Globes action.

Taylor Armstrong giving her best Deer-In-The-Headlights look.
Kyle Richards working the red carpet and reminding us how much she loves her hair.
Kim Richards looking like she just got out of rehab. Oh wait -  she did. Are those pantyhose???

Random Fashion
Ellie Kemper in a rather unfortunate garden-party dress.  Erin Watson couldn't decide if naked or the lingerie look was in this year.
Cameron Diaz trying to show Diddy that there still is Something About Mary - we just don't know what.
Ahna O'Reilly busted out a hot pink and navy shoe number. And I love her for it.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen picked a perfect glittered mini. Even if it was a bit tight.  Joanna Coles and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
went downtown chic.

Lindsey Lohan couldn't decide on which of the evening's
trends to feature (nude, long sleeve, matronly) so she did
them all.

images via popsugar, perez, just jared, instyle

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