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Now That Is What I Call Unforgettable TV

Kirsten Dunst DiorNicole Kidman Armani Prive

Karlie Kloss Stella McCartneyViola Davis Armani Prive

Michelle Williams in Louis VuittonOlivia Culpo in Marchesa

Naoime Harris in Calvin Klein CollectionEmma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & RussoBrie Larson in Oscar de la Renta

Wowza! I, along with millions of others, could not believe how last night’s Oscar’s ended. Talk about awkward and embarrassing. At least it garnered some unforgettable television. It is astonishing the ripple effect one mistake (albeit a colossally huge one) has on an evening.

My heart went out to so many. Mostly, Moonlight producers, Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney and its cast for its moment of glory being tainted. Hopefully, it will be remembered more for the brave, powerful and artful masterpiece that it was, and not the unfolding of its journey to the stage to accept its Best Oscar award. Secondly, to La La Land; imagine believing you won the golden ticket, and having it be snatched from your hands. Producer Jordan Horowitz handled it like a true mensch.

I felt horrible for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. So many of last night’s and today’s head lines read as if it were their fault. Let’s remember they were given the wrong card to read. And, to Jimmy Kimmel, he did a fantastic job of hosting the show with his subtle humor, his quick wit and all around entertaining personality. I hope his almost flawless hosting gig will be remembered not only for the last 10 minutes.

Lastly, I do feel bad for whom ever at Pricewater Cooper mixed up those envelopes. I’m sure, not only do they feel dreadful, but that they received an earful last night! Do you think they still have a job today?

Amid all the excitement from last night, I almost forgot to mention my top ten dresses from the evening. There were quite a few gorgeous gowns (2 of my what I want to see selections were worn), but my favorites were worn by Brie Lawson and Kristen Dunst — BBEG (basic black evening gown).

Kirsten Dunst in Dior // Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive // Viola Davis in Armani Prive // Olivia Culpo in Marchesa // Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture // Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta // Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo // Naoime Harris in Calvin Klein Collection // Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton // Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney

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Ladies That Deserve The Very Best

Christian Dior Ruth Negga

Christian Dior Spring Couture // Ruth Negga

Schiaparelli Natalie Portman

Schiaparelli Spring Couture // Natalie Portman

Elie Saab Emma Stone

Elie Saab Spring Couture // Emma Stone

Armani Prive

Armani Prive Fall // Isabella Huppert

Elie Saab Meryl Streep

Elie Sabb Fall Couture // Meryl Streep

The talented ladies that have been honored with an Oscar nomination in leading and supporting roles this year have put a lot of hard work, time and dedication into their performances. Each and every one of these actresses is worthy of the accolades that are being bestowed upon them. And, when they walk down the red carpet they deserve to be wearing the best of the best, and that is Couture  —  gowns that are rich in embellishment, craftsmanship and heavenly fabrics. Gowns that are no stranger themselves to hard work —   on average, a couture dress consist of hundreds to thousands of hours of painstaking effort.

Most of this year’s Oscar nominees are quite experienced with more than a few noms under their belts (Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Michelle Wiliams, Octavia Spencer and  Nicole Kidman). Yet, there are a few that are relative newbies having only been nominated once or twice (Natalie Portman, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone), and two actresses experiencing their very first nods (of many yet to come, I’m sure) – Naomie Harris and Ruth Negga. I’m rooting for Ruth Negga (can someone please explain how “Loving” was not nominated for Best Picture??), and the enviable Viola Davis. Both delivered awesome portrayals of woman with not a lot in common except for their courage, strength and resilience in difficult, trying times.

I’ve hand curated a selection of couture gowns that I’d like to see each of them grace as they glide down the red carpet. Let me know what you think of my picks!

Giambattista Valli Naomie Harris

Giambattista Valli Fall Couture // Naomie Harris

Atelier Versace Nicole Kidman

Atelier Spring Versace // Nicole Kidman

Givenchy Michelle Williams

Givenchy Fall Couture  // Michelle Williams

Ralph & Russo Viola davis

Ralph & Russo Spring Couture // Viola Davis

Ulyana Sergeenko Octavia Spencer

Ulyana Sergeenko Spring Couture  // Octavia Spencer

Can’t forget the last year winners that will present this year winners.

Zuhair Murad Brie LarsonValentino Alicia Vikander

Zuhair Murad Spring Couture /Brie Larson // Valentino Spring Couture /Alicia Vikander

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For The Man In Your life

Neil Barrett Jay De Niro Jersey T-ShirtHealth, Wealth & Love Wishbone

Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-ShirtWest Elm Deco Handle Tray

Fleur Du Mal Silk BlindfoldAha Ted Weekender

I’m a romantic at heart, and even though I’ll be single this Valentine’s Day, I still find the day worthy of celebrating. I realize it has become a “corporate” holiday over the many years, and, truth be told, we should honor those we love every day not solely on the 14th. But, sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions, so a day to celebrate your love and commitment towards a significant other, or simply expressing the love you have for family and friends is a grand idea. Tokens of love are appreciated. Especially when there is plenty of thought behind the gesture.

A few of my favorite ideas:

Breakfast in bed. This West Elm handsome looking tray is just what you need to serve up all the goodies you present him while he relaxes in bed.

Take a weekend away, just the two of you. Gift him this Aha Ted weekender, and no matter where your journey takes you he will arrive packed in style.

Opt for a simple gift that could yield some not so simple results. Fleur Du Mal’s silk blindfold could play the part. And, while you’re there make sure to get something delectable for you to slip into.

Or, you could go the “home made” route. My girlfriend turns her fiance’s instagram account into a book every year. They’re both super creative people, and she loves to show her support and appreciation of his talent with this simple gesture.

Alexandra makes hers at Blurb

Alexandra Defurio Photographer Instagram // Peter Hastings Director Producer Writer Bass Instagram

Neil  Barrett “Jay De Niro” Jersey T-Shirt // Uncommon Goods Health, Wealth & Love Wishbone // West Elm Deco Handle Tray // Aha Ted Weekender // Fleur Du Mal Silk Blindfold and this (Sliquid  Organics Natural Gel) //Apolis Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-Shirt

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The Best and Worst 2017 Super Bowl Ads The Best and Worst 2017 Super Bowl Ads

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Get Him a Cool Valentine’s Day Present This Year Get Him a Cool Valentine’s Day Present This Year

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This Week’s Wish List

Wish list

Wish List

Wishing doesn’t always make it so, but it’s a start. To focus my desirous energy I decided to whittle down my list to my top 3 choices. Not easy, but here goes.

Saint Laurent Opium Logo-Heel Pumps: I love the use of the logo as the design of the heel, and my curiosity is piqued. Are these shoes made for walking?

Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum: Since the winter weather has taken a toll on my skin, and my best friend (as well as Gwyneth) swears by its benefits. And, because it is non-toxic and organic.

Spinelli Kilcollin Women’s Vega SG Pavé Ring: I literally can not stop thinking about these rings since I discovered them a year ago. This one makes my heart sing!

I love everything on this list, so I wouldn’t balk if any of the above lovelies made its way into my home, but it’s always nice to have a jumping off point.

My other, intangible wish is for refugees to be welcome the world over. Help refugees, forced to flee their home, and give them a chance to rebuild their lives. Donate here or here. Get involved here.

Style Mafia Nara Top // Chanel Gold Plated Black Leather Charm Belt / Necklace // Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum // Alexander Wang Boyfriend Bomber Jacket with Mesh //  Saint Laurent  Opium Logo-Heel Pumps // Stella McCartney ‘Elyse’ Eco Patent Leather Wood Platform Derbies // Intermix Women’s Joanne Slit Sleeve Knit // Spinelli Kilcollin Women’s Vega SG Pavé Ring // Gucci Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top-Handle Satchel Bag // Adeam Tie Straps Cardigan

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 At Home and Around the World With Michael S. Smith At Home and Around the World With Michael S. Smith

This New Dating App Will Find You Someone Who Dislikes All the Same Things This New Dating App Will Find You Someone Who Dislikes All the Same Things

The Books We're Turning To Now The Books We’re Turning To Now

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Time Management On The Red Carpet






With the rise of the “Ask Her More” initiative, celebrities are demanding to talk about topics other than the clothes on their back while on the red carpet, especially when their time is so limited. With all the talented women that were housed under one roof at last night’s Golden Globes, surely there was more to discuss. After all, these women are actresses, writers, producers, activists, mothers and human beings that have not only created and participated in award-winning projects, but have lived full lives outside of the entertainment industry. It’s time to let the world know that too!

Yet, when you are loaned a dress worth thousands, and the jewels come with their own personal body-guard for the evening, those designers deserve to get acknowledged. Last nights pre-award’s host/hostess did a good job of keeping that portion brief, and delved into as many more substantial matters as the time allotted permitted.

After last night’s speech I’m sure no one will be making the mistake of asking Meryl Streep, “Who she is wearing?” Way to go, Meryl! You rock. (see below for speech)

Teresa Palmer in Armani Prive // Jessica Chastain in Prada // Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan // Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier // Amy Adams in Tom Ford //Anna Kendrick in Vionnet // Caitriona Balfe in Delpozzo // Natalie Portman in Prada // Blake Lively in Atelier Versace // Thandie Newton in Monse

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keep-your-trump-jokes-meryl-streep-is-here-to-actually-say-something-that-matters-about-the-president-elect Keep Your Trump Jokes, Meryl Streep Is Here to Actually Say Something that Matters About the President-elect

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Holiday Gifts For The Guy(s) In Your Life

Holiday Gift List For The Men In Your Life

Fathers, brothers, boyfriends, guy friends, and husbands. No matter what your relationship, men are notoriously hard to shop for. Us girls, we’re not so difficult. Jewelry, a cozy sweater or a delicious smelling candle, and chances are we are one happy camper.

This year I’ve rounded up some of my guy friend’s favorite picks so you can gift the man/men in your life something he really wants. From unusual shot glasses, to a superb grooming kit, to a pair of awesome kicks, this list is loaded with the coolest gifts for men.

Vince Camuto Austin Military Coat // L:A Bruket Grooming Kit //  John Hardy Men’s Classic Chain Braided Leather Bracelet // Polo Ralph Lauren Fingerless Driving Gloves // Gianvito Rossi Justin Sneakers // Moya Liqueur/Vodka Glasses – Set of 2 // Patrón Añejo Bottle With Limited-Edition John Varvatos Stopper

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Gifts Every Girl Will Adore


I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love jewelry as a gift. Not a one. Whether you are buying gifts for your mom, sister, BFF, or need to send this to your significant other for hints, this curated jewelry gift list has something for every personality type on your list.

For the rock ‘n roller in our lives there is Cynthia Desser’s Stingray tri-colored cuff, or Alexander McQueen’s Swarovski crystal and pearl Queen skull ring. Or, maybe you’re shopping for someone more classically refined? In that case, there is the vintage 1940’s bracelet with Cartier and Tiffany & Co. charms, or Pamela Love’s Gravitation stud earrings from her fine jewelry collection. For the person who lies somewhere in the middle, I suggest either Pamela Froman’s turquoise 18 K Crush earrings, or Finn’s Figa fist necklace made from coral with a dangling diamond. They are all beautiful and unique in their own right. Just like the recipients!

Stay tuned for more gift lists coming up this week!

Pamela Froman Turquoise “Crush” Earrings // Alexander McQueen Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Queen Skull Ring // Finn Figa Fist Necklace // Cynthia Desser Genuine Stingray Skin Bracelet // 1940s Gold Charm Bracelet with Cartier and Tiffany & Co. Charms // Pamela Love Fine Jewelry Gravitation Stud Earrings

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