August - Crush List

Ready for a special Sunday post? I wanted to make sure to end the month with what I'm crushing on lately.
1 - These Wall Sconces from Jonathan Adler
2 - This Print from West Elm
3 - This Necklace from Banana Republic
4 - This Table Cloth from CB2
5 - This Coat Rack from The Container Store

I've been eyeing that table cloth for months now, and it's finally on sale! Why haven't I picked it up yet?

Update: I ordered the table cloth!! I can't wait for it come. Also, I picked up the necklace. So, cute in person, but I'm not sure yet what to wear it with.


Emmy Fashion - All the Rest

It's the last day of my Emmy Fashion retrospective. Let's take a look at some of the dresses that didn't exactly fit into the rainbow color categories.

Allison Williams
Allison Williams, from "Girls," wore this Giambattista Valli number that I was initially undecided on. Ultimately, I decided I liked it. The shape is great and fits her well (such a tiny waist!). The soft pink, yellow, black, and cream play off each other well. It's both pretty and visually interesting. Her hair is a little severe though, and I would have like to see it down around her shoulders.

Michelle Dockery
Nominee, Michelle Dockery, from "Downton Abbey" wore this lovely Rosie Assoulin gown that I also really liked. It was just so different. The colors are fresh and the fit is flattering. I love her soft up-do and make-up. Great job!

Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn from "Breaking Bad" wore this white and blue Rosie Assoulin dress.  It's an okay dress; but as a nominee and ultimate winner that night, I would have loved to see something with a bit more "wow" factor. It's flattering on her though, and I liked her hair too. 

Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer from "Game of Thrones" rocked this J. Mendel dress. I love the crew neckline, orange color-blocking, and silhouette of this dress. I will say it is on the verge of looking "Halloweeny", but I think her gorgeous hair, make-up (love the black nails), and fierce expression made it work. This was one of my favorite looks of the night. Awesome job!

Julianna Margulies
Nominee and eventual winner that night, Julianna Margulies, wore this black, slinky Narciso Rodriguez dress. I wasn't a fan. It starts off well, but once the black fades to the nude with black overlay instead - it lost me. It would have been so much better if it stayed that saturated black you see along her bust and waist. Also, a dress like this would have worked better with her hair down. 

Lena Heady
Lena Heady, looking very different from her Game of Thrones character, wore a black Rubin Singer asymmetrical gown. I liked her look. The interesting folds and cascading hem keep this basic black dress from being boring. Her fierce attitude is the only accessory needed. She definitely pulled this look off.

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler opted for a shimmering, silver, Theia dress that just missed the mark. This dress was made for someone with a curvier figure than Poehler. She had the right idea to wear her hair down, but it looks a little messy. I'm afraid she just doesn't have the va-va-va-voom factor needed to pull this look off. 

Gwen Stefani
New host of "The Voice", Gwen Stefani (can't wait for that!) looked appropriately rocker-chic for the event in this silver Versace number. I love the fabric and interesting neckline. Her straight hair and smoky eye compliment the dress perfect. This look totally suited her.

Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara, from "Modern Family," wore this figure hugging, white, Roberto Cavalli number and looked beautiful. She has the curves to pull off this dress. I loved her hair, make-up, and jewelry too. My only complaint is that I feel she wears this look all the time. I know it's probably because she wears it so well, but I would love to see her in a different style of dress sometime.

Lizzy Caplan
My favorite in this "other" category is Lizzy Caplan from "Masters of Sex" in this black and white Donna Karan Atelier gown. I just love what this dress is doing for her figure. The halter neckline shows off her gorgeous shoulders, and the cut-outs at the waist make her already tiny waist look even tinier. The black part of the dress would have looked lovely on its own, but the white train was such a refreshing twist and really made the dress. Her swept back hair, smoky make-up, and simple accessories all complimented the look well. Beautiful job!

That concludes this year's review of Emmy Fashion. I can't wait for all my favorite shows to start back up soon to see all these fabulous ladies in action.   

All photos from here except for Natalie Dormer's which is from here.


Emmy Fashion - Blue, Indigo, and Violet

Let's dive into the end the spectrum.  Here we go!

Mayim Bialik
Nominee, Mayim Bialik, from The Big Bang Theory (love her character!) opted for a very matronly Oliver Tolentino gown. There are some good things going on here. The color is beautiful, and I don't mind the bodice and lace sleeves either. The skirt is just too voluminous though. It's just too much dress. Her hair, make-up, and accessories are lovely though.

Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer from Masters of Sex wore a bold blue Rubin Singer gown. I liked this dress a lot. The fabric looks gorgeous, and the mermaid silhouette is dramatic. The plunging V neckline makes it a real show stopper. Well done!

Viola Davis
The lovely Viola Davis wore an Escada column dress with embellished bust and sleeves. She looks fantastic. Another bold blue color, and the embellishments take it from boring to beautiful. Her hair and make-up perfectly compliment the look. Great job!

Rose Leslie
Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey wore J. Mendel. The dress is pretty, but doesn't really flatter her figure. I think it would be better suited to someone a little bustier. She looked okay, but not great.

Edie Falco
Edie Falco, also donned Escada for the occasion. I was under impressed.  As a nominee, it was a little boring. I feel like I've seen this dress everywhere - aka it's ordinary. Her hair and make-up look very everyday as well. I thought the whole thing was just "meh."

Melissa Rauch
Melissa Rauch from The Big Bang Theory knocked it out of the park with this Pamella Roland stunner of a gown. I would wear this gown in a heartbeat. I love the simple lines and small train. The black belt and clutch accent it well, and her hair and jewelry are perfect. Beautiful job!!

Natasha Lyonne
I've been a fan of Natasha Lyonne for years, so it was nice to see the Orange is the New Black star bring her quirky style to the red carpet in this tea-length Opening Ceremony dress. I didn't love the dress. I found the little flounce at the bottom distracting, but it still seems very "Natasha". I would have loved to see her wild mane in a cool up-do as well.

Christine Baranski
The Good Wife nominee, Christine Baranski, looked both sophisticated and statuesque in this gorgeous navy blue column gown (couldn't find the designer). It fits her perfect, is age appropriate, and sexy in a womanly sort of way. Her hair and make-up compliment the look perfect. Wonderful job!! 

Halle Berry
Halle Berry stepped out in this lavendar J. Mendel grecian gown. It's very pretty, but there's nothing really spectacular about her look at all. The color is not great on her, and I feel like she has not changed her look since...well, ever. There's never any surprise with Halle anymore. She looked just okay.


Julia Roberts
Surprisingly, nominee Julia Roberts, was both my favorite blue dress and my overall favorite look of the night. I loved the short, beaded Elie Saab dress so much. Maybe because this is a dress that us in the real world could actually wear. I haven't worn a gown since my wedding, but you never know when you'll need a great cocktail dress. The beading, plunging neckline, and tiered skirt help up the fanciness factor. Her legs look a mile long, and the shoes are super cute too. Her fresh faced make-up and pretty blonde waves complete the look. She looks very much the movie star mingling with those common TV folks. I loved it!!!

All photos from here except for Keke Palmer, Rose Leslie, and Christine Baranski which are from here.


Emmy Fashion - Orange, Yellow, and Green

Today we're talking about orange, yellow, and green dresses. I wasn't kidding when I said there was a rainbow of colored dresses this year. Let's start with the orange!

Kerry Washington
Nominee, Kerry Washington, wore this orange Prada dress. I didn't love the dress. The color...not so great. Also, the black sequined mini-skirt peeking out from the slit is distracting. I would have lost that and just lowered the slit a bit. Her hair and make-up look fantastic though.

Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum, judge on America's Got Talent, wore this lovely coral Zac Posen gown. I loved this look. The flutter sleeves and train really boost the fanciness factor. Her light make-up, soft wavy hair, and simple accessories complete the look. Beautiful job!

Sibel Kekilli
Game of Thrones star, Sibel Kekilli wore this orange Kaviar Gauche gown which I actually liked. I can't help it, I always love dresses with sleeves. It's a lot of material, but I think she wears it well. She was usually quite scantly dressed on Game of Thrones, so maybe she wanted to counteract that image here. It worked because I hardly recognized her. The gold belt and clutch compliment the simple silhouette well. Good job!

Sarah Hyland
Modern Family cutie, Sarah Hyland, wore this two piece Christian Siriano ensemble. I loved the skirt. Her make-up looks great, and the high bun is adorable. It all fits her perfectly, and she looks very age appropriate. Cute!

Samira Wiley
Samira Wiley from Orange is the New Black wore this Christian Siriano yellow number and I liked it. It looks great with her skin tone, and the bold color is all the accessory needed. I'm not big on mermaid silhouettes, but this worked for me.

Allison Tolman
Nominee, Allison Tolman from Fargo wore this one shouldered emerald green Romona Keveza gown. I thought it was just a tad too long for her, but otherwise I liked it. Also, I think her hair should have also been swept over to the other side.

Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon from Orange is the New Black wore this Gustavo Cadile dress. I like the color and the peek of blue under the peplum waist, but the collar on one side - sweetheart on the other neckline was very distracting. One or the other, and this dress would have been fine. Not a great look.

Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams looked stunning in this kelly green peplum waist dress (could not find the designer). Can you believe she is 51? The dress fits her great and is very flattering. Her hair and make-up sealed the deal. Great job!

Sarah Silverman
Nominee Sarah Silverman also looked great in this forest green Marni gown. It's simple, but the belt and plunging neckline kept it interesting. I really loved how her hair was styled too.

Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh's canary yellow Stephane Rolland gown was my favorite of this group. There's so much to love here - the crew neckline, capped sleeves, peplum skirt with sequins peeking out from underneath, and the train!! I loved it all. Even the bold color worked for me. It looked great with Kate's skin tone and hair. Beautiful!! 

All photos from here except for Sibel Kekilli, Samira Wiley, and Allison Tolman which are from here.


Emmy Fashion - Red and Pink

Did you watch the Emmy's on Monday? I had every intention of doing so; but when I got home that night at 7pm, Bill informed me they were already over!! I forgot live events like these are on earlier here. I hopped right online though to start checking out the dresses.

I was happy to see a lot of color, although it was mostly red, white, and blue. How patriotic of everybody!!

Let's "ROY G BIV" it this week and go through the entire rainbow of dresses, shall we?

First and pink.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Emmy winner wore a red Carolina Herrera halter dress. This dress fits her great. I love the halter and the belt. She looks amazing. My only complaint is that it's a little simple for an awards show.

January Jones
Mad Men's, January Jones, wore this red and black Prabal Gurung gown. I actually like the look from the chest down. The dress is cute (are those pockets!?!) and the shoes are killer. I only wish she had worn her hair down around her shoulders.

Christina Hendricks
Also from Mad Men, nominee Christina Hendricks wore this red Marchesa gown. I wish the lower half was more of ballgown and less mermaid. The horizontal line right above her knees throws the look for me. I think the look could have been improved if she wore her hair up as well.

Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling (love her show!) wore a Kenzo halter dress. I didn't mind the metallic striping, although I think it could have done without the one on her chest. There's just a little bit too much going on. Her hair and make-up are flawless though.

Minnie Driver
I really liked Minnie Driver's Marchesa gown. It's simple, yet elegant. The neckline is flattering and it fits her great. Her hair, make-up, and accessories all look great too. Well done, Minnie.

Claire Danes
Nominee Claire Danes wore Givenchy Haute Couture, and I almost liked it. The silhouette, color, material, and even the neckline beading was working for me. What threw me was the waist. I would have preferred the belt only. The cut-outs are distracting. Her hair and make-up looked great though.

Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba aka Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black (how different does she look in real life?) wore this beautiful Christian Siriano gown. The neckline, fit, and train were all perfect. She kept her hair, make-up, and accessories simple to pull off a great look. Awesome job!!

Lena Dunham
Poor Lena Dunham seems to have landed the worst dressed spot, and I'm afraid I have to agree. She opted for a pink to red ombre Giambattista Valli skirt with a pink top. I think if the skirt was black it could have worked, especially with her new blonde bob; or if the top was more tank-like...maybe? I get it, she's quirky, but I have seen her look so much better than this. Not her best look at all.

Zooey Deschanel
I loved Zooey Deschanel's hot pink Oscar de la Renta gown. It fits her great and the color takes it from boring column dress to formal fun. The silver clutch and shoes were a great addition and her hair and make-up look great. She looks adorable all around.

Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco, from The Big Bang Theory wore this "love it" or "hate it" Monique Lhuiller gown and I loved it!! The sweetheart neckline is flattering, but it was the pink flowers and tulle layering that really made the dress. If it was only the flowers; it would have looked very romantic. If it was only the funky tulle layers; it would have looked very edgy. Combining the two was such an unexpected twist that to me looked awesome.

All photos from here except for Minnie Driver's which is from here.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I avoided it as long as I could, but my little sister challenged me and well...CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
Madeleine has really liked watching all the Facebook videos of her aunts, uncles, and our friends dumping water on their heads. For fun, my sister's kids challenged Madeleine and Seamus even though none of them are old enough to know the reasoning behind it all. Madeleine couldn't wait to do her "challenge" and poor Seamus was just along for the ride.
Bill did the challenge too, and we happily donated $100 at  I thought the whole thing was apropos as I had just blogged about how much I'm looking forward to "The Theory of Everything" film (here).


My New Jam - Shake It Off

Have you heard Taylor Swift's new song, Shake It Off? It's so much fun it almost makes me wish I had Haters. Check out the video below, it's hilarious.

I can't wait for her new album to come out!!

Have a great weekend!!


Filling in the Pieces

The kids are both at the point where they have been wearing their current clothes for a long time. Most of their wardrobe I'll be able to stretch through the Arizona winter too.  It's great on my wallet, but it gets a little boring too.  So, when I saw that Old Navy and the GAP had an one day only online sale I couldn't resist picking up some new pieces for each of them.

Funnily enough I got all Madeleine's pieces from Old Navy and all of Seamus' pieces from the GAP.

1 - Terry-Fleece Tee Dress in Pink

A little dress like this with a pair of jeggings is easy and comfortable, yet pulled together look.  I picked this one to go with dark denim jeggings she already has plus the new camo ones below.  She also has cute gold shoes that will go with it as well.

2 - Heart-Print Sweatshirt Dress

I've been eye-balling this dress for a little bit now.  The look of separates with the ease of a dress. I like how neutral it is. She can wear it as is now, and we'll add fun colored tights for the winter.

3 - Printed Pull-On Denim Jeggings in Green Camo

Camo is the big fall trend this year, and I love it.  It is such a versatile print that easily pairs with grey, pink, purple, and navy blue.  Madeleine has a ton of tops that will easily pair with these jeggings.

4 - Pull-On Chambray Pants

The wild card of the group.  I have no idea what in her current wardrobe will work with these cute chambray pants, but I just couldn't stop thinking how adorable they were.  Hopefully once I see her in them inspiration will strike.

5 - Cuffed Twill Shorts in Black Jack and Serpenteal

Madeleine already has two pairs of these shorts, and I love how they fit her.  They look cute and have an adjustable waist too.  These were on sale for $5 a pair, so I bought the next size up and will just hold onto them until next summer.

Now onto Seamus and the GAP. The GAP just always seems to have the styles I want for him more than any other store. The clothes fit him well too. Here's what I picked up for my boy.


1 - Baseball Hoodie

I thought this hoodie looked comfortable and would be a good layering piece.  He can still wear shorts and a T-shirt, but I can just throw this on for the cool mornings that are coming.

2 - Engineer-Stripe Sweater in Light Blue Heather

A sweater to perfectly match Seamus' light blue eyes.  That's really why I bought it.  I'll make sure he gets a lot of wear out of it though.

3 - Pull-On Selvage Original Fit Jean

This style of jean fit Seamus great last winter.  He's skinny, but tall.  The inner elastic waist gets him into the next size up faster which has the length he'll need.  As far as the style, I thought this lighter distressed denim was so cute.  I can pair these jeans with any shirt in his entire wardrobe for a nice casual look.

4 - Lined Pull-On Camo Pants

It's not often you see a uni-sex pattern trend, but camo is it.  For boys, you can pair this with navy, grey, light blue, orange, or yellow.

5 - Pull-On Straight Jean in Dark Wash

I had to make sure he had at least one classic dark pair of jeans.  I like to pair his brighter shirts with these or just a white crisp button down for a slightly dressier look.

Everything at Old Navy was 30% off and everything from the GAP was 40% yesterday (they're still 30% and 35% off respectively today - more if you use your Old Navy or GAP card).  Also, it was free shipping! I saved $80 and if anything doesn't work I can return it to any store in town. The perks of online shopping.

Did you take advantage of any Back-to School sales?  I actually rarely buy clothes for the kids, so this was a huge haul for me.  I usually just pick up one piece here or there if I notice they need something.

Update: I had to return Seamus' Camo Pants. They didn't have them in 18-24, so I ordered 12-18 figuring he could wear them for a little bit. When they came I could immediately tell they were going to be too short. Such a bummer.


Let's Go To The Movies - Guardians of the Galaxy

Bill and I got out for a date night recently and saw Guardians of the Galaxy. It was so much fun!

I love a good super hero movie, and this one did not disappoint. Not being a comic book fan, I wasn't familiar with the story at all. It's always nice to go into something like this completely blind and end up loving it. I would love to know if the comic book fans enjoyed it as much as I did.

Chris Pratt was excellent in the lead role of Peter Quill. I've been a fan of his for years thanks to Parks and Recreation, so I was so happy to see him successfully make the jump to the big screen. Zoe Saldana, as Gamora, was equally entertaining; as was the rest of the cast too. I especially liked seeing Karen Gillan again, although I almost didn't recognize her without hair!!

If you're looking for a movie that is fun, action packed, and doesn't take itself too seriously...this is the movie for you. Fun for the whole family. I highly recommend checking this movie out.


In the Nude

I'm a big fan of the Duchess of Cambridge. I love, love, love her style. I'm constantly admiring her nude pumps she has been rocking for a few years now, so I decided to hunt down a look-a-like pair for myself. Why a look-a-like? Well, I don't really feel like dropping $345 on the exact shoes. In case you're interested they're the Sledge style from L.K. Bennett (check them out here.) I'm sure the L.K. Bennett shoes are fabulous and worth every penny, but I have other things I need to spend $345, you know, groceries and daycare.
Image from here
Anyway, I ended up getting the Regola Platform Heels from Nine West for $79. They're a really close match for under a quarter of the price. Works for me.
Image from here
I've only worn them a few times so far, but I love how they look; especially with dresses. With no visual interruption as leg meets foot they'll make your legs look longer. I'm also finding they go with pretty much everything. As far as comfort, they're a pretty high heel (4"), but I'm used to that, so I don't mind. I've worn them the entire day at work and have been fine (although it always feels good to kick them off at the end of the day too). This is a very versatile pump to add to your wardrobe.

Just for the record, this was not a paid for or sponsored post (I wish).  I think this is a good product, so I just wanted to share.


Coming Soon

Have you seen the trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic, "The Theory of Everything"? I don't think I've been so moved by a trailer since...well ever. This looks like it will be such a beautiful story.

Are there any movies coming out that you're really excited to see? Bill and I saw "Guardians of the Galaxy" last weekend, and it was fabulous; such a fun movie. I'm glad we splurged to see it on the big screen.


Book Report - Game of Thrones

I've been watching Game of Thrones on HBO since it started a few years ago, and I had no intention of reading the series. However, even though I've seen every episode I hardly know anyone's names and sometimes have no idea who anyone is or how they play into the story. I follow along well enough, getting the gist if you will, but I thought reading the book might help me understand the show better.
So, after just finishing the behemoth that is Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin I can honestly say that I do understand things better! Besides getting additional back story on the prominent characters there are a number of other characters that I was clueless about from the show that I now know who they are and understand their purpose. So, yay!

Having watched the show already though, it took me a long time to get through this book. There was no suspense knowing where it was all headed, so I would go long stretches of time between reading it.

The only thing I found totally strange about the book was how young the characters are all - like really young. Characters that look to be in their early twenties on the show are only 14 in the book. All the Stark and Lannister kids (who are main characters mind you) are between 7 and 14. It becomes very icky when you think of all the sex and murder that is happening. I'm very glad they aged everybody up for the series, or it would be seriously disturbing to watch. Eventually while reading I just ignored the ages and made them all older in my head as well.

I think I'm going to continue reading these. I liked it that much despite already knowing the plot. Maybe I can catch up, and get ahead of the show.

So, whether you watch the show or not, I highly recommend this book.

Have you read Game of Thrones, or watch the show? Have you ever read a book after you saw the movie? I hardly ever do that because of how it warps my imagination. Even if I haven't seen the movie, but just know who they've cast as the characters messes me up. I can't help but picture the actors no matter how they're described in the book.


From Baby to Toddler

Seamus didn't started walking until late June, but I hadn't really gotten a good picture to showcase it yet. It's hard to capture in a picture. We have lots of video, but I still wanted a good photo for the album and baby book. Well, I finally captured one that I think perfectly captures the happiness of Seamus' new found freedom.
I'm so happy he is finally walking. Both my kids were 15 months when it finally happened for them. When did your kids start walking? I'm always shocked whenever I hear of those babies who walk prior to one. I don't think I would have been ready for that.


Four and Twenty Blackbirds Hanging in My Yard

We have a serious bird infestation going on in our back yard right now. Seriously, it's like an Alfred Hitchcock film back there. There are about 20 or so in this picture, but we've looked back there sometimes to see 50 or more pecking away at the grass.  I have no idea what is attracting them.
We're pretty much just letting them be. They're not a nuisance or anything, it's just really strange.


Let's Go to the Movies - Chef, Tammy, and X-Men: Days of Future Past

I have another trio of movies I've seen recently. Here's what I thought.

First up, Chef, starring Jon Favreau. He also wrote and directed it, and got some big names like Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson to partake as well. Chef tells the story of Chef Carl Casper, who loses his job in a fancy restaurant, and decides to open up a food truck. He travels across the country with his son rebuilding their relationship as well as his reputation.

This was such a sweet film. It's all about finding happiness in your life by being with your family and following your passions. However, the real star of this film was the food!! Everything they were cooking looked so good (that grilled cheese!!). You'll definitely enjoy this film, but I'll warn you though, that much like grocery shopping, don't go to see this film while hungry.

Next up, my sister and I went to see Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy. We were in the mood for something funny, and we thought this would fit the bill.

After losing her job and her husband, Tammy takes her grandmother (played by Susan Sarandon) on a wild road trip.

There were definitely moments in this film that made me laugh, but on a whole I'm afraid this movie was a miss for me. It was inconsistent. Sometimes the character was over the top silly (almost stupid) and then she'd do a 180 and was pretty the movie couldn't decide if it was going to be a slapstick comedy or a sweet comedy. I've loved Melissa McCarthy since her Gilmore Girls days, and I'm glad for the success she's achieved, so maybe my expectations were just to high going into the film. It was a bit of a let down for me.

Finally, Bill and I went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past on a recent date night. I'm a fan of this franchise, and was really looking forward to this one. I can tell you, it did not disappoint.

The X-Men are at it again trying desperately to fight off robots specifically designed to find and eliminate all mutants, but they're not winning this war. In a last ditch effort, Dr. Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) put their differences aside to save their kind. They send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to team up with their younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender respectively) to stop the creation of these robots and change history forever.

This film was a straight-up triumph for the franchise. I mean, really, how awesome is it that they found a way to successfully mash up the awesome stars of X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence) with the awesome X-Men of the future films (Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, and Halle Berry). Plus, I always think the logistics of movies like this must be insane, and to successfully get all the original actors on board and in one film (many of which are far more successful now then when the franchise started) just blows my mind, and as a fan, I truly appreciate it. Needless to say, I loved it. If you can only see one of these on the big screen...this is the one to see!


My New Jam - Fireball

Have you heard Pitbull's new song, Fireball?  Check it out below. It is sure to brighten up your Monday morning.

I've been jamming to it all day. Such fun!!