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1.18.2017

Coming Soon - The Founder

I saw a sneak peak of Michael Keaton's new movie, The Founder, which opens nationwide January 20th. Check it out!

After witnessing the revolutionary styled restaurant of two brothers, Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) takes McDonald's from a single site family run establishment to one of the most successful businesses of all time.

Let's hear it for your classic nice guys finish last story - and a true one at that.

I never know what I'm supposed to take away from a story like The Founder. To me, it read as a cautionary tale to those that dare put themselves out there by actually creating something new or innovative. Watch out, because guys like Ray Kroc are out there just waiting to leech onto your success and steal it right out from underneath you.

While I wouldn't say The Founder was celebratory in its portrayal of Ray Kroc, as the clear "winner" of the story the film thereby grants us permission to revel in his genius, however maniacal it may have been.  Again, as I pondered in my review of War Dogs last year (see here), what does it say about our country that we continually memorialize these types of men on film?

Yet, as the film reminds us, McDonald's is America. Ray Kroc's story is your classic American tale of rugged individualism. Anyone can make it here if they just work hard enough. Who cares who you might topple over on the way to the top, as long as you're the one who ends up on top in the end, right?

Michael Keaton gives an excellent performance as Ray Kroc - you'll love to hate him; and more notably Nick Offerman (who, by the way, looks so weird without his mustache) and John Carrol Lynch as the McDonald's brothers were amazingly solid throughout - humorous, hopeful, and painfully poignant.

If you're looking for a different kind of film glorifying the antihero in us all, then check out The Founder. It's an interesting film worthy of a view albeit more for the thought provoking conversation that is sure to follow than for the film itself.

1.16.2017

Let's Go To The Movies - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Friday night was date night, and Bill had been wanting to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

As a child, Jyn Erso's father is forced by the Empire to build the most dangerous weapon ever known, the Death Star. Now grown, she has received a message from him about the one and only way to destroy it. With the entire Rebel Alliance counting on her, Jyn leads a band of misfits on a life or death mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Full disclosure, for some reason, I wasn't too interested in seeing this film, and I might have dosed off here or there as well. Sorry.

I think if you're a big Star Wars fan then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was probably right up your alley. While I enjoy the Star Wars franchise, I wouldn't say I'm a fanatic. So, the biggest problem I had with Rogue One was that it assumes you're very well versed in their universe. The film takes place directly before the original Star Wars, and while I have seen it a few times in my lifetime - it's been years since my last viewing, and I'm not one who has all the minute details of the film memorized. This is my long winded way of saying I was probably not the target audience for Rogue One, and I was a bit confused throughout, not so much with the plot, but by the who's who of all the characters.

I still enjoyed the film though. It's a bit darker than most of the films in the franchise both in content and look. Felicity Jones did great in the title role, and you know how I like my heroines. The film is action packed and had some really funny moments too. The new droid, K-2S0 (voiced by Alan Tudyk) along with the blind guardian-warrior, Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), provided some much needed humor and great one-liners throughout. The battle scene was a tad long, but the payout is big, as the final moments of the film are worth the wait.

If you're a Star Wars fanatic, you'll love this film. If you're a casual fan, like me, love might be too strong a word, but it's an enjoyable enough ride.


1.13.2017

2017 Golden Globes Fashion - Best of the Best

I've saved the best for last. Let's take a look at my top 10 looks from the 2017 Golden Globes. Here we go!!

Lily Collins
First up, nominee, Lily Collins's romantic rose colored Zuhair Murad Couture gown. The color, which is a hard one to pull off generally, looks absolutely gorgeous on her. The illusion bodice is one of the best I've seen, the lacework lovely, and the extra ruffle adds that extra bit of visual interest and drama. The Snow White combination of her milky white skin, dark hair, and red lip accent the look perfectly. Absolutely stunning!

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra really stood out in this metallic gold Ralph Lauren dress. The color looks great on her, and the intricate pattern work brings a lot of visual interest. Her hair and make-up are styled well, and the pendant was a fun choice too. It's maybe a skosh too tight in the bust, but still a stunner of a look overall. Beautiful!

Claire Foy
Nominee, Claire Foy, wore this sparkly pink and silver gown. The fabric and bead work look gorgeous, and the wide neckline balances out the surprising choice of puffed sleeves. Then the whole look is anchored by the lavender belt which attracts the eye with its unexpected punch of color. Exquisite!

Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen wore this gold lacey Marchesa number. The embroidery and lace of the fabric look beautiful, and notice how it is fully lined? Finally! The dress is piling on the feminine with the frilly neck, peplum waist, and kick train, but it all combines perfectly. The fun earrings, sleek hair and bold burgundy lip compliment the look well. Fabulous!

Naomie Harris
Nominee, Naomie Harris, wore this intricately beaded gold Armani gown. Her figure looks amazing - OMG those arms! Loved the side-swept wavy hair, make-up, and earrings. Perfectly styled from head to toe. Love!

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoons's yellow Versace dress may not have been the most exciting look of the night, but there's no denying it suits her to a tee. The silhouette works well on her, the color fun, and the slit brings just a little bit of sexy. Hair and make-up are all in check, and the necklace a perfect choice. Classic!

Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell wore this sexy black Jenny Packham number. The squared neckline works on her petite frame. Great choices for the jewelry, accessories, and make-up; but it is her perfectly styled hair that really made the overall look for me. Gorgeous! 

Caitriona Balfe
Nominee, Caitriona Balfe wore this navy blue and orange Delpoza dress. Loved the dramatic touches from the flower, complimentary colors, and fabric folds. Keeping the hair and make-up simple really lets the dress shine. Pure elegance!

Emma Stone
Winner, Emma Stone, wore this star embellished Valentino Haute Couture gown in the palest of pinks. It's slinky, but still structured enough to hold it's shape. It's sexy, but the soft color and whimsical stars keep it playful. Her hair and make-up perfectly compliment the look - loved the lip color; and that stunner of a necklace capped off the whole look. Lovely! 


AND FINALLY...

Evan Rachel Wood
Nominee, Evan Rachel Wood in this Altuzarra tuxedo was my pick for best dressed of the night. It was a different and bold choice that paid off in spades. The fit is impeccable, the waist coat a delightful surprise, and the bow added the perfect little feminine touch to complete the look. Flawless!

All photos from here, except for Kristen Bell's which was from here and Caitriona Balfe's which was from here.

1.12.2017

2017 Golden Globes Fashion - A Dress Is A Dress Is A Dress

Today I have a group of dresses that really have nothing in common other than they are all being worn by women far more beautiful and talented than me, and well, I just wanted to talk about them. Let's take a closer look.

Natalie Portman
Nominee, Natalie Portman, had a whole sixties vibe going on in this yellow Prada gown (very apropos since she was nominated for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy, no?). The style suits her, and the color bold; but the dress looks like it's wearing her and not the other way around. She gets my automatic pregnancy pass though, as I'm sure comfort was top priority here. Not bad, Natalie. 

Felicity Jones
I may be in the minority here, but I kind of liked Felicity Jones's nude and pink Gucci gown. The black accents anchor the soft colors, and there's a lot of visual interest and movement going on - plus a cute metallic bow! Her hair and make-up complimented the look well. Way to bring a little whimsy to the red carpet, Felicity!

Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana wore this two-toned pink dress, which was also Gucci. There's a lot of pink and a lot of ruffles going on here. It's all very soft and frilly and feminine, which is fine, but her severe hair and barely there make-up felt like styling for a very different dress than this. I'm afraid this one was a miss for me.

Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski wore this yellow Reem Acra number. The color works well for her, and she can pull off the slinky look. It was a little over-designed for my taste, what with the strange silver stripe right down the middle. The shoes were underwhelming as well, but I loved her hair and make-up. It's not my favorite look, but I'll admit she wears it well.

Brie Larson
Red was not a popular color at this year's Golden Globes, so Brie Larson really stood out in this scarlet Rodarte dress. The sweetheart neckline, sparkly, and criss-crossed bodice all draw your eye upward to her lovely styled face. With so many interesting dresses this year, this felt like a pretty tame dress in comparison, but you can't deny - pretty is pretty. Good job, Brie!

Issa Rae
Nominee, Issa Rae wore this white Christian Siriano number. I loved this whole look. The stark white looks great against her skin. The fit is impeccable and it's accessorized really well. Everything is setting off her flawlessly styled head perfectly. Great job, Issa!  

Janelle Monáe
Nominee, Janelle Monáe, brought her fun graphic style to the red carpet. She almost always wears big black and white numbers, so this was no surprise. The dress is super cute and perfect for her, and I loved the hair too. The make-up and shoes felt like a missed opportunity though. A bright red pop of color on the lips and a more interesting shoe would have really finished off the look more to my tastes. Still, this is loads of fun. Good job, Janelle!

 Carrie Underwood
Presenter, Carrie Underwood, wore this interesting Iris Serban number. I was a fan of the frilly rose inspired bodice, but the dress lost me with the bubble-gum pink color. The effect would have been much more dramatic in a darker or jewel toned color. As is, the whole thing felt a little too Barbie to me.  

Riley Keough
Nominee, Riley Keough, wore this Chanel Houte Couture black gown. Again, the word over-designed comes to mind. There's just too much going on here from the two different fabrics, the pleating, the diamond and triangle shapes throughout too; it's like they patched a bunch of different dresses together. Unfortunately, another miss for me.

AND FINALLY...

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller looked the very definition of California cool in this white Michael Kors gown. I actually liked these cut-outs and how they gave the bodice a very crop-top feel. The big sparkly earrings and rings combined with the various sized pearls of the necklace and bracelets all mix well; as does the black clutch, which really pops against all that white. The barely there make-up and messy hair make the whole ensemble feel effortlessly chic. Way to go, Sienna!

All photos from here, except Janelle Monáe, Carrie Underwood, and Riley Keough which were from here.

1.11.2017

2017 Golden Globes Fashion - All About the Neck

The V-Neck was by far the most popular neckline of the night. I've showcased quite a few already, but here's some more noteworthy ones alone with a couple one-shouldered that caught my eye as well.

Jessica Chastain
I was having a bit of a love/hate reaction to nominee, Jessica Chastain's blue Prada gown. The V-neck was much too broad, but I liked the overall color and silhouette. The beadwork looks amazing, but I almost wish it covered the entire gown instead of just the one side. The jewelry and make-up all worked for me, but I wish she would have worn her hair loose around her shoulders. I feel like I should call this one a miss, but it keeps drawing me back to it, so...good job??

Gina Rodriguez 
I liked the flapper fringe on nominee, Gina Rodriguez's white Naeem Kahn dress. It brought a lot of sparkle and movement. The fit is a little wonky on the halter though, and it seems to be smooshing and squaring all her curves. Her hair and make-up were both pretty, but ultimately, this one was just okay for me.

Blake Lively
Blake Lively wore this black velvet Atelier Versace number with gold accents. The silhouette of the dress suits her, but the gold trim seemed like too much. It would have worked better without the pockets. I would have also preferred her hair long and loose instead of this severe style. Although I don't think it quite hit the mark, it was a memorable look.

Felicity Huffman
Nominee, Felicity Huffman wore this Georges Chakra jumpsuit. It fits her nice and shows off her fabulous arms, but for a nominee, it seemed a little on the casual side.

Gal Gadot 
Presenter, Gal Gadot, wore this slinky Muglier number. It's not my favorite look of the night. I'd have worn the hair down and nixed the necklace; but she's pregnant and looks fantastic and happy, so you know, good for her.

Laura Dern
Laura Dern wore this pink embroidered Burberry gown. It fits her well and her hair and make-up look great, but I'm afraid the fabric reminded me too much of upholstery. The only way this floral would have worked for me was if the lining was black and the flowers bright and multi-colored instead. Not so much a miss for me, as just a bit of a yawn. 

Busy Philipps
The adorable Busy Philipps looked adorable in this black Stella McCartney dress. It fits her great and the embroidery and train bring the visual interest. A slightly sleeker hairdo would have brought that final bit of polish, but overall, this gets the job done.

Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick wore this grey Vionnet number, and I almost loved it. The color is gorgeous, it has great movement, and I loved her hair and make-up. I couldn't get over the competing necklines though. It would have worked as a one-shouldered gown. It would have worked as a strapless gown. But, combing the two is too disrupting visually. This one was just okay for me.

Viola Davis 
Viola Davis looked stunning in this canary yellow sequined Michael Kors dress. It's a lot of color, and I questioned the shade of yellow, but ultimately I think she pulls it off. It makes her gorgeous skin pop. The fit is flawless. The sequins add visual interest. Her hair and make-up compliment the look well. My only quibble, and it's so small really, is that I would have chosen a black or gold clutch instead of the white. That's it though. Great job, Viola!

AND FINALLY...

Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel's belted Elie Saab gown made quite a statement. The pattern and the applique on the skirt is gorgeous. The deep...um, U-cut, I guess, of the bust combined with the high slit of the skirt brought the sexy. The belt worked, the shoes worked, and the hair, make-up, and jewelry all complimented the look well. It felt fresh and modern, and I loved it. Beautiful job, Jessica!

All photos from here, except for Laura Dern and Busy Philipps which were from here.

1.10.2017

2017 Golden Globe Fashion - Let It Shine

There was quite the array of sparkly, shimmery, and metallic dresses at the Golden Globes as well. Let's take a look.

Ruth Negga
Nominee, Ruth Negga, wore this silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown. It was a bold choice, but I couldn't get past the rectangular frame around her bust or the front zipper. Her beautiful hair and face more than make up for it though. Not bad, Ruth!

Thandie Newton
Nominee, Thandie Newton, wore this white Monse dress with firelike sequined detailing along the hem. I liked the combination of the off-the-shoulder neckline and long sleeves. It's a good silhouette for her too. I think it would have worked better if the main color of the dress was orange or red though. It's almost too stark a contrast between the bright white and the fiery colored sequins. Still, good job, Thandie! 

Amy Adams
Nominee, Amy Adams black sequined Tom Ford dress seems so basic compared to all the variety of this year's red carpet. As pretty a look as this is, I'm afraid it's ultimately quite forgettable in the end. Just okay for me.  

Sarah Paulson
Nominee, Sarah Paulson wore this silver and gold sequined Marc Jacobs number. The style suits her, but I would have preferred if the lining continued all the way to the floor. Still, it gets the job done.

Kerry Washington 
Nominee, Kerry Washington wore this gold lace Dolce & Gabbana dress. I loved the sleeves, little sash, and even the length was working for me. The shoes were a little lackluster, and of course, it should have been completely lined and in the color along her bust instead of black. Beautiful hair and make-up though. Not bad, Kerry.

Annette Benning
Nominee, Annette Benning wore this Pamella Roland sequined gown. I would have preferred this in a color, and the silhouette gives her a very rectangle shape. Still, it's age appropriate and has a very classic Hollywood feel to it.

 Regina King
Regina King's silver Romona Keveza dress mostly hits the mark. The fit is great, but the slightly asymmetrical top seemed odd. I don't think the hair was the right choice though, and the make-up a tad too soft. The jewelry, however, is all fantastic. That butterfly ring and those ear cuffs - so much fun. Good job, Regina! 

Judith Light
Judith Light's sequined Balmain gown was a lot of fun. It's a relatively simple silhouette, but the zebra print really brings the personality. Great job, Judith!

Tracee Ellis Ross
Winner, Tracee Ellis Ross, wore this white and silver Zuhair Murad Couture number. It looks unfinished to me. Actually, it looks like the corset and underpinnings one wears under a dress. The whole thing was pretty underwhelming from the hair to the shoes. This one was a miss for me.

AND FINALLY...

Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown's sparkly Jenny Packham cocktail dress was my favorite of the bunch. She's just too adorable. It's completely age appropriate (she's only 12!), yet blends in flawlessly among much fancier gowns. The shoes are adorable, the simple hair let's the dress shine, and the bright pink lip is the perfect pop of color. Fantastic job, Millie!

All photos from here except Regina King and Judith Light's which were from here.

1.09.2017

2017 Golden Globes Fashion - Capes and Dropped Sleeves

Did you guys watch the Golden Globes last night? I was so happy for Emma and Ryan and La La Land. Seriously, give that movie all the awards!

Moving on though...let's talk fashion. The dresses from this year's Golden Globes were quite different. The red carpet was full of new trends and risk takers. It was quite refreshing actually.

I'm going to come right out and say it though - there were a lot of wonky sleeves going on, no? Some worked well, but alas, some did not. Let's take a look.

Keri Russell
Nominee, Kerri Russell's, leopard print J. Mendel number was an interesting choice. The pattern, choker, and smokey make-up bring an edginess to the entire look despite how soft and flowy the fabric is. It's quite the juxtaposition. I will say though, that the whole look has the slightest air of trashy to it, but it somehow is still totally working for me. Nice job, Keri! 

Kristen Wiig 
Kristen Wiig's sheer white lace Reem Acra dress left much to be desired. The whole thing would have been drastically improved had it been lined in white. As is, the nude mini-dress underneath is distracting (although it didn't look as bad on stage). Cute hair and make-up though, plus, her and Steve Carrel had the funniest bit of the night. Next time, Kristen!

Mandy Moore
Nominee, Mandy Moore looked quite the statuesque beauty in this Naeem Khan gown. The blue/black color combination was different and very pretty. The silhouette works great on her and the width of the v-neck is just right. As is, the dress was fine enough, but the cape really brought the drama. Lovely hair color, amazing jewelry, and a great smokey eye made for a winning combination. Great job, Mandy!

Michelle Williams
Nominee, Michelle Williams wore this white lace Louis Vuitton gown. She looked fantastic from the neck up. Her alabaster skin, platinum blonde hair, and barely-there make-up really popped against the stark black of the dainty choker. She's gorgeous! Unfortunately, I couldn't get behind the gown. I didn't care for the contrasting black lining, and felt it cheapened the look of the lace. The dropped sleeves and sweetheart neckline combination call attention to her small chest, and the whole thing looks like it's going to slip right off her. This one was just okay for me.  

Angela Bassett
Angela Basset opted for this berry colored Christian Siriano dress which worked well on her. It's relatively simple, but the flounced sleeve and color add a bit of drama. I would have gone a different way with the jewelry and accessories (more gold and sparkle), but overall, not a bad look. Good job, Angela!

 Nicole Kidman
Nominee, Nicole Kidman loves her a whimsical gown, and this Alexander McQueen number is no exception. There's a lot going on here what with the sleeves, sparkle, and fluff. Ultimately, I found the sleeves distracting and thought it would have been a far better look without them. The head-styling was lovely though and the necklace the right choice as well; just a bit too busy overall.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Nominee, Sarah Jessica Parker's white Vera Wang gown was another I thought could have been improved by losing the sleeves. They felt out of proportion with the rest of the look. The hair and make-up felt to severe as well. It's a lovely fabric and white looks good on her, but overall this one was a miss for me.

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore's neutral Monique Lhuillier number was the first dress where I thought the dropped sleeves worked. There's a little bit of 70's glam to it which suits her. The loose waves, make-up, and fun jewelry all complimented the look well. Nice job, Drew!

Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara wore this form fitting Zuhair Murad Couture metallic number. The shoulder bearing sleeves worked with the color and tight fit of the gown, reading more cut-out than a drop to the eye. She looks good and I actually don't even mind that it's not lined. The strategically placed sparkles get the job done. I would have preferred if she wore her hair down, but other than that, no complaints. Good job, Sofia!

AND FINALLY...

Hailee Steinfeld
Nominee, Hailee Steinfeld looked adorable and age appropriate in her lilac Vera Wang gown. The color is gorgeous and looks great on her. I loved the fabric and the ballgown silhouette. I can just picture how it must have flowed as she walked. It is a tad over-designed, what with the bust details and the sleeves; but the fit is impeccable and the sheer overlay and sparkle crew neck draw the eye upwards to her flawless face. The hair and make-up compliment the entire look perfectly. Beautiful job, Hailee!

What did you think of this whole dropped sleeve trend? Who is your favorite of this bunch? I actually was all set to declare Mandy Moore's my favorite, but as I started writing and looking at Haillee's dress more closely I just couldn't get over how pretty it was. 

All photos from here except for Keri Russel's which was from here and Angela Bassett's which was from here.