Month: March 2014

Ten on Tuesday: Oscars fashion edition (2014)

I skipped the Oscars Sunday night (too tired), but I was really eager to see all of the gorgeous dresses come Monday morning. I eagerly turned on my computer and started flipping through slideshows of the red carpet, waiting for the slew of really jaw-dropping gowns that I knew just had to be hiding in there somewhere.

I’m still looking for them.

Truthfully, this year’s Oscar fashions sucked. I wasn’t feeling the plethora of nude gowns–they made most of the actresses look really washed out, and after a while they all just blended together. Also blah were the capes (Jada Pinkett Smith, Camilla Alves). And as much as I wanted to love the dresses on Elsa Pataky (aka Mrs. Thor) and Olivia Wilde, they both looked insanely uncomfortable–not to mention there was something weird going on in the boob area on both dresses.

Other offenders: Anna Kendrick and Ireland Baldwin seemed to be wearing dresses that didn’t know what they wanted to be. So many were just boring, like Meryl Streep and Emma Watson. And some were just harsh on the eyes: Gabourey Sidibe and Chirssy Teigen both looked like they were wearing prom cast-offs, not red carpet gowns.

With all of that said, I did see a few winners, so I thought I’d share them here!! Read more (and see pics) after the jump! And don’t forget to swing by Alyssa’s blog to link up for Ten on Tuesday!

1. Lupita Nyong’o in Prada. Of course I knew she’d knock it out of the park!


2. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen. She looks so youthful yet classy and elegant.


3. Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra. She had the best out of all the nude gowns on the carpet.


4. Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Haute Couture. Second-best nude gown. For some reason people really disliked this one, though.


5. Olga Kurylenko in Alice Elia from Red Carpet Green Dress. Her dress is eco-friendly!


6. Rachel Smith in Sherry Hill. She’s a beauty queen and TV personality, not an actress, so she didn’t show up in a lot of the slideshows I browsed. But she definitely had the best black gown on the carpet. (I wanted to like Charlize Theron’s number, but the strap/boob situation was weirding me out!)


7. Kerry Washington in Jason Wu. I was kind of torn on this dress, but it’s Kerry, and she would look good in a trash bag, so…yeah. She just looks so glowy and happy, even for being pregnant on the red carpet!


8. Viola Davis in Escada. Love the green, and love the hair.


9. Sari Mercer in Suzanne Neville. Isn’t it kind of bad when a nominee’s girlfriend is more pulled-together than the majority of the celebrities on the red carpet? Doesn’t that mean all those high-paid stylists are really dropping the ball? (That’s 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the tux.)


10. Jared Leto in Saint Laurent. Surprise, a dude! I liked that he didn’t go with the traditional tux. He truly looks like a rock star.


So who were your best-dressed ladies (and gents) of the night? Tell me in the comments!

Zoya promo order swatches!

I’ve finally got swatches for you from my Zoya Color Your World promo order!! I dragged my feet on swatching and was going to put it off a bit longer due to the terrible, terrible state of my nails, but I didn’t want to delay posting these shades any longer. They’re just too beautiful for words and I’m thrilled with all six of them!

Let’s start off with Rue, a dusty blush nude from the new spring 2014 Naturel collection. I have a lot of trouble with nudes because of the pink tones in my hands; straight nudes give me terrible lobster hands. (Which is odd, because too-pink lipsticks make my face look jaundiced…but that’s a dilemma for another post!) Rue is a perfect nude for me and I foresee wearing this a great deal. I used three coats for opacity. (You can see I botched my middle finger and my nail line is showing, which I didn’t notice until photo editing…oops.)

I also finally picked up Destiny, a coral PixieDust release of yesteryear that was very nearly a one-coater and dried super-fast. This shade is so beautiful and I love the idea of a 60-second manicure in the busy summer months! I used two coats here on principle but you could get away with one thicker coat if you were rushing.

Darcy and Purity were my wild card polishes–I have a lot of trouble with whites and yellows and wasn’t sure if I’d like these or not. Both drag and streak terribly, pool at the cuticles, and resist self-leveling. However, with a little work, these polishes are really beautiful; just make sure to wipe the brush, don’t drag too hard, and keep your clean-up brush handy for the edges.

I used only two coats for Darcy (sunshine yellow), with the first thinner and the second thicker; if you look closely at the pictures you can see it probably could have used a third coat for perfect leveling, but in real life there’s no noticeable flaw in the polish. I was able to get Purity in three coats (again, thicker on the second and third coats). A high-shine, ding-resistant topcoat is definitely recommended with both of these; I like the Julep Freedom Polymer topcoat.

Charisma is a neon matte magenta that dries lightning-fast and very nearly covers in two coats; there is some visible nail line in my photo, but in real life you probably wouldn’t notice that unless you’ve got longer nails. This is such a beautiful eye-popping shade and perfect for 2014’s Radiant Orchid trend!

Finally…Song. I bought this polish because a) Yun’s swatches at The Polish Hideout were stunning and b) the name reminds me of one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Aimee Song. This is a one-coater on me, though I think if you had longer nails you might want to do two coats to prevent any hints of VNL. The shimmers in this polish are what really kill me! The blue is very bold and not too dark, either.

All Zoya polishes are five-free and vegan. You can find them at the Zoya website or in beauty stores like Ulta.

Recipe Writers March 2014: St. Patrick’s Day Snacks

Can you believe it’s March already? Me neither…especially since we just got several inches of fresh snow yesterday.
Last month Recipe Writers celebrated Valentines Day with recipes like these Nutella Filled Crescent Hearts, Rachel’s Heart Shaped Fudge and these Chocolate Covered Cherries.This month, we’re moving on St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or just celebrating your pretend heritage, this is the month to celebrate luck and all things green.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Snacks
One more thing! The past few months we have been testing out Recipe Writers and getting it up and running. It turns out that you guys enjoy it as much as we do! We really think we will all enjoy it just a tad bit more if we could see the delicious recipes we have all been raving about…so, we now have photo links! I can’t wait to see what you all have to share, especially since St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal in this house (my husband is part Irish)–so be sure to grab our button and link up after the jump!

Here’s how it works: At the beginning of every month we will introduce a new theme with a link-up for sharing our recipes. The link party will close on the last day of the month. This way you will have plenty of time to share your recipes, try new ones in advance of a holiday, and find new food bloggers to follow! Don’t forget to check in next month to see if your recipe was featured.
So, what are you waiting for? Make your favorite St. Paddy’s Day recipes, blog about it and share them with us!
Co-hosts:
Amanda Rose from Sew Much 2 Say
 

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Ethical/vegan/USA fashion picks: March 2014

I thought it would be fun to start doing a regular feature of ethically sourced, charitable, vegan and/or made in the USA fashion picks. I don’t know if I’ll do this on a monthly basis or just as the mood strikes me. For now, here are some spring picks for you, all under $100.

1. Folk Like Us cotton crinkle maxi skirt; $54 (converted from pounds) from Fashion Conscience. Fair trade.
2. Crowned Earrings; $28 from Roozt. Designer Glit-Z donates a portion of proceeds to charities benefiting autism awareness and child abuse prevention.
3. Hopeful of Life tank; $27.99 from ModCloth. Made in the USA.
4. On Deck sneaker in pink; $60 from Pure Citizen. Vegan, fair trade, recycled and eco-conscious.
5. Chinese Laundry Vegan Milk Shake Tribal Wedge; $80 (converted from pounds) from Fashion Conscience. Vegan-friendly synthetic design.
6. Ellie Bouquet Dress; $80 (converted from pounds) from People Tree. Organic and fair trade cotton.
7. Everyday Hobo; $32 from One Mango Tree. Locally sourced and stitched by Ugandan artisans.
8. Heads or Tailwinds top; $37.99 from ModCloth. Made in the USA.

(Links are provided for ease of shopping only; they are not affiliate links.)