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5.30.2016

Let's Go To The Movies - The Jungle Book

Happy Memorial Day everybody! Bill and I took Friday off, and while the kids were at daycare/school, we went biking, out to lunch, and caught up on some TV shows. The rest of the weekend was spent swimming, tiling, and relaxing at home. Madeleine and I capped off the weekend by going to see The Jungle Book this morning!

A human child, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), is abandoned in the jungle, saved by a panther, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), and raised by wolves. When the vicious tiger, Shere Kahn (Idris Elba) decides the child must die, Bagheera and Mowgli go on an adventure ridden journey through the jungle in an attempt to get Mowgli back to the man village to save him from Shere Kahn. Other voices include, Bill Murray as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Christopher Walken as King Louie.

I wasn't sure going in, if this was a remake of the 1967 Disney cartoon or a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel. I'd say, it's a bit of both, although it has been a long time since I read the book to say for sure. The story here is different from that of the cartoon, but it does still include the familiar songs we all know and love from the animated version.

This movie was pretty amazing. The entire time I kept wondering how they made it because it is so life-like. Like crazy, life-like. Turns out, this "live-action" version is not so live. Other than Mowgli, the entire film is CGI, and it's incredible. It just might be the best CGI I have ever seen.

It's a great story too, with phenomenal acting and voice-acting done by all. It's fun, scary, and full of action. I'd say I loved every minute of it, but I have to address the songs. Like I said, they used some of the songs from the original Disney film - The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. I'll give them The Bare Necessities. As Mowgli and Baloo float down the jungle river singing and playing; that one worked okay and would have been the perfect little nod to the original film. But when the fearsome King Louie, and he was seriously scary, started singing I Wanna Be Like You, it was so out of left field that I found myself saying, "No, No, No!" It was so weird and wrong and was the one flaw in what could have otherwise been a flawless film.

Overall though, I loved 99% of this movie. It's a fantastic family film.

5.27.2016

(Don't) Walk This Way

Summer is approaching Phoenix, which means, unlike most rest of the country, we're running out of time to tackle our outdoor projects. Believe me, when temperatures hit 115°F, outside is the last place you want to be.

So, a few days ago, Bill took it upon himself to remove the big, ugly walkway that leads from our porch to the pool. Yay!
I know what you're thinking. Wait, what about your new kitchen back splash! Well, you see, that's not how Bill and I role. We like to get projects about 90% complete, and then abandon them for totally new projects, never knowing if or when we'll ever finish the first project. I kid, I kid, but also I'm totally not. So, unfortunately, you'll have to wait a bit longer for the big back splash reveal.

But back to the walkway. We weren't fans. They were just these giant cement slabs with a hideous faux finish on them that cut the yard in half. A while back, Bill dug up the edge pieces on each side, but we still had to tackle the big slabs. He gave a sledge hammer a try, but we quickly realized this was a job for a jackhammer. He rented one from the hardware store and got to work!
It quickly turned into this!
Then, after all the rocks got cleared away (aka moved to the side of our house for the time being), we were left with this!
And here it has stayed as we try to figure out what to do with it now. Seriously, 90% done, then we stall out. For now, we're thinking we just want grass here, but we're not sure if we should attempt to grow some (which can be difficult in Phoenix) or just lay down some sod.

If we ever make a decision and finish it up, you know I'll be sure to share, but I have no idea when that will be. I guess you'll just have to check back here every day!! 

5.25.2016

Beautiful Brooches

I've been noticing so many pretty brooches out there lately. I've been a fan of them for ages. They're such a great way to add a little sparkle and a touch of whimsy to your everyday look. I rounded up a couple that have caught my eye lately.

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Do you wear brooches? If so, how do you wear them? I think the easiest way to get started is by pinning them to a jacket lapel. Give it a try sometime.

This post contains affiliate links for ModCloth, which means that if you click on one of the product links for ModCloth in this post and buy the product; I may receive a small commssion on the sale. 

5.23.2016

Let's Go To The Movies - Captain America: Civil War

Bill and I got out over the weekend to see Captain America: Civil War.

When the actions of the Avengers causes substantial collateral damage, politicians get involved to put a system of accountability in place for them. The team is divided, with Captain America believing strongly they should be able to do their jobs without government interference, while Iron Man is in favor of a little oversight. When Captain America's old, but dangerous, friend Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier, is framed for a deadly bombing at the UN, the team is pitted against each other in a fight that could end the Avengers for good.

As far as big-budget summer blockbusters go, Captain America: Civil War was decent enough. I will say it did feel a bit contrived though. Did we really need the Avengers fighting each other? In some ways it felt like they just threw this movie together to make some money (which they did). In other ways, it was a lot of fun; if for no other reason than for the introductions of Black Panther and Spider Man. Don't expect much in the way of plot, as upon too close inspection it really starts to fall apart. However, if you're just looking for a little fun and a whole lot of fighting from your movie experience, then you'll enjoy this one well enough.

Did you see this one? What did you think? I'm starting to wonder how many more of these Avengers movies we'll be getting. I like them and all, but the casts are getting so big that, in my opinion, they're starting to suffer. There's just too many big names competing for too little screen time.

5.20.2016

KonMari Method - Clothes

In my last post, I raved about Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. So, today I thought I'd share how I have actually been putting the KonMari Method into practice in my own home.

The KonMarie Method is a categorical approach to decluttering (as opposed to room by room). The recommended order is clothes, books, papers, komono (aka miscellaneous), and finally things with sentimental value.

So, I headed to my closet. Step one is to gather every piece of clothing you own, and I do mean everything, and put it out in front of you. I threw everything on my bed, like so.
Step two was to separate the pile into the following categories:  tops, bottoms, clothes, socks, underwear, bags, accessories, clothes for specific events, and shoes. This is the order you'll go through each item in the discarding process too. I'll stress again that you should have every piece of clothing you own in your pile before starting. This is not a room by room approach, so you have to make sure you have gathered all your clothes from all the various closets, dressers, and other storage places - coats, seasonal stuff, everything! She makes a point in the book that if you discover any clothes after the process has started that you should automatically discard them. If they didn't mean enough for you to remember them initially, then they aren't bringing you joy.

Next, you handle each piece of clothing individually, and decide whether or not it sparks joy for you. If it does, you keep it. If it doesn't, you thank it for its service and discard it. I'll admit, it sounds kind of silly. I assumed this would be just a quick internal decision made on my part, but as I went along I actually started to talk to my clothes. I was saying things like, "Cute little black shirt, we had a lot of good times back in the day, but you don't quite fit right anymore. I appreciate what a great shirt you were for me back then, and you've fulfilled your purpose. Thank you for your service." Then, I would happily throw it in my donation pile with no regrets. Silly? Yes, but it works. It's really hard to let things go sometimes, but the KonMari Method is very cathartic and provides closure as well.

At the end of the process, my pile of clothes to keep looked like this.
And I donated all of this!
That may or not may seem like a lot to you, but remember, I really didn't have a ton of clothes to begin with (see here), so the fact that I was still able to fill three full garbage bags of clothes to give away was pretty impressive to me. Plus, I had an additional pile of things that I just ended up throwing away too. I was stoked!

The next step though, was putting it all back away, and the KonMari Method is all about the fold. I've always stacked the clothes in my drawers after they were folded, so this was new for me as well. The book outlines how to fold (and this video helped me too), but basically everything gets folded into little rectangles that if done correctly, stand up on their own.
I was amazed at how much I could fit in my drawers too, and I loved being able to see all the contents at once. No more digging around for or forgetting about your clothes. Plus, it looks so nice and neat!
I could fit so much in my drawers, that I was left with hardly anything that needed to be hung up. I even have room to grow as my wardrobe slowly increases as well.
I actually did the process back in January, and I've kept it up really well. I've even discarded more clothes as I've replaced them with ones that bring me much more joy. The folding takes a little bit of time still. I'll occasionally end up leaving a pile of clothes on my bedroom floor for a few days before finally tackling folding them all, but I haven't relapsed into my old ways by any means at all.  Also, I'm more aware of my clothes and the state they're in, which is helping me as I try to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe yet.

I think what I'm most surprised by, is that I don't miss a single thing I gave away.

What do you think? Does it seem silly, brilliant, or somewhere in between? Would you be willing to try? I still have the rest of the house to go yet, but so far I'm a fan.  

5.18.2016

Book Report - Yes Please and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The next two books I read as part of the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge were Yes Please by Amy Poehler, which marked off "A book by a female author" and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo which marked off "A nonfiction book".

First, Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
Amy Poehler's first book is a comedic memoir of her life from her early days of improv to making it big on Saturday Night Live. She offers up her words of wisdom on all things like love, divorce, parenting, and career. No matter where you are in life, Yes Please offers up a seemingly endless supply of funny stories and anecdotes from one of the great comedic voices of this generation.

I was really looking forward to reading Yes Please. Amy Poehler is a favorite of mine, and I had really really high expectations for this book. I don't want to say that the book fell short of them, more it didn't quite live up to what was probably unreasonably high expectations on my part. I enjoyed the book a lot, and it was funny; but I felt she was holding a lot back too, or at least not focusing on the parts of her story I was most interested in like her childhood and her journey to success. I wanted to hear more about how she got to where she is, not necessarily what life was like once she got there. Like I said though, still a very funny book, not just the funny book I was hoping for.

Next, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
Marie Kondo offers up a whole new way to tidy; a way so effective, you'll never have to do it again. By keeping only those things in your home that truly give you joy, her wise words and categorical approach to decluttering will have you itching to grab a garbage bag and get going on applying the KonMari Method to your own home immediately.

I loved this book!! So much so, actually, that I rated it my favorite Non-Fiction book read in 2015 (see here). I'm always longing for an organized and tidy home, but can never seem to achieve it. Marie Kondo's method (aka the KonMari Method) really resonated with me, and I started to question why I was holding onto so much stuff. By going through your entire house item by item and keeping only those things that truly bring you joy you'll be left with a home free of clutter. Instead of your home being another source of stress in your life, it will be the calm and motivating retreat of your dreams. It all made perfect sense to me, and I found Marie's words to be innovative, practical, and inspiring. If the clutter in your house is causing you any sense of stress or unease, I highly recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

What are you guys reading these days? 

5.16.2016

Hang 'Em High

Back in early 2000's all my favorite pop stars (Britney, Christina, Beyoncé) were rocking low-rise jeans. I hopped on the low-rise jean train and happily showed off my curves through most of my twenties.

Ten years and two pregnancies later, I think I want off the train.

Thankfully, fashion in on my side again, as I've been seeing high-waisted jeans popping up all over the place. Yay!
I recently picked up these jeans from The Loft in the dark wash and am loving the way they fit. With the higher waist everything feels so nicely tucked away. There's no risk of a muffin top situation with these babies. They only had my size in the dark wash in the store, but I plan on ordering the lighter wash color online soon.

What do you think? Are you into the high-waist look? What about flares? It's been skinny jeans for ages now, but I'm starting to see flares again too. What are your favorite jeans?

This post totally brought this old SNL skit to mind. How long until I turn into this, do you think? Chris Parnell's face when Rachel Dratch meets him on the porch for their date is priceless!

5.13.2016

Family Photos

I like to get family photos taken a couple of times a year to showcase how the kids have grown; usually right around their birthdays in March and November. Here's a quick look at the session we did shorty after Seamus turned three back in March.
I still can't believe this little guy is three. Also, his eyes kill me every time.
Partners in crime, these two. 
My beautiful girl - inside and out.
I mean, come on, how cute are they!
Love this little family of mine. 
I had trouble finding a good photographer here in Phoenix. So, if you're local, we used Jeni Lewis Photography and I was very happy with her prices and product.

Do you take family photos? What do you do with the photos? I always mean to print out one to frame, but half the time I forget. Eventually, I'm going to put all our professional family photos and portraits into a digital album, but who knows when I'll get to that. When I do actually get around to making books, I like to use MyPublisher.


5.11.2016

Book Report - Eight Hundred Grapes and Love, Life, And Elephants: An African Love Story

The next two books I read for the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge marked off "A book with a number in the title" and "A book a friend recommended" with Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave and Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story by Dame Daphne Sheldrick.

First up, Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.
Georgia Ford grew up on her family's Sonoma vineyard, but left it behind to forge her own path; becoming a lawyer in Los Angeles instead. A week before her wedding, Georgia finds out her fiancé's been keeping a secret that has her now questioning everything. She returns home, longing for the comfort of familiarity, but finds her parents and brothers have been keeping secrets too; and the home she has always counted on is on the brink of slipping away.

In general, I enjoyed Eight Hundred Grapes, but it's certainly nothing to write home about; more like a good beach read. It's formulaic and predictable, so doesn't require much effort on the part of the reader. I knew how the novel was going to end pretty much the moment I started reading it. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. Sometimes you need a mindless novel to help you decompress after a long day. So, if that's what you're looking for, then give Eight Hundred Grapes a go.

Next up, Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story by Dame Daphne Sheldrick.
Daphne Sheldrick came to Kenya from England as a child and grew up calling Africa home. Later, she meets and married David Sheldrick, warden of Tsavo Park, and together the two of them work tirelessly to protect and save the local wildlife - especially the elephants who are in constant danger from poachers. Told in her own words, Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story is a poignant memoir about love in all its many forms. 

Oh my, this book was such a joy. Daphne Sheldrick lived an amazing life and it was such a fascinating read. She recognized the animals that came in and out of her care over the years as living souls, and her ability to humanize them for the reader made for such an interesting cast of characters. What really struck me though, was the beautiful love story told of her and David. Her words were honest and real and really resonated with me. As much as they loved each other though, I think they loved Africa and the animals there more. Their mutual passion for conservationism was so inspiring. I highly recommend reading this book.

Also, please considering donating to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It's such a great organization that helps so many animals in need. We need more people like the Sheldricks in this world. 



5.09.2016

Mother's Day At The MIM

We spent the day before Mother's Day at the Musical Instrument Museum here in Phoenix. I had been wanting to check out the special Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker exhibit they have going on right now. So, when Bill suggested it for Mother's Day; I was all in. I played violin for many years growing up, and the violin holds a special place in my heart. I couldn't wait to check out the exhibit.
It was pretty cool to see violins that were hundreds of years old in such amazing condition and in some circumstances, still being played today.
There was actually only one Stradivarius in the exhibit, and of course I had to pose with it. It's the closest I'll ever come to ever getting to play one.
After the exhibit, we headed to the Experience Gallery where Madeleine and Seamus were able to try out all sorts of instruments.
Madeleine was especially partial to the drums. She totally wants a drum set now with cymbals and everything.
Seamus wasn't particular - he ran around and played everything. We had lunch at the museum, toured a bit more, and then ended up back in the Experience Gallery for another jam session.
Then, on Mother's Day I got to do whatever I wanted. I slept in, and had breakfast in bed. I got lots of homemade gifts and even the Kate Spade necklace I mentioned here from Bill. I spent time with the family, I spent time by myself, and of course, I napped. Bill took care of the kids all day long, and it was the best gift ever!
That was my Mother's Day. How did you spend your day?

5.06.2016

2016 Met Gala - Missed The Mark

One last Met Gala post for you to showcase the looks that were...different. Some were great looks on their own, but didn't quite live up to my Met Gala expectations. Some were...well...not so good. Let's take a look.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse
Sarah Jessica Parker usually owns the Met Gala, so I was a little surprised by her casual get-up here. It's a cute look, but not what I like to see at this event. I liked the pop of color from her blue shoes, but didn't understand why the decorative accent on them were mismatched. Her make-up felt imbalanced too, she either needed a bolder lip or a more natural eye. I was digging her wild hair though.

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (designers unknown)
The Olsen twins have a look, and you're looking at it here. They like their Grandma Chic, and it works for them. Again, nothing wrong with these looks in general. However, they love the fashion world and the fashion world loves them, so it would be really nice to see them take a risk at an event like this and wear something really amazing. Also, why are they always together? It's a little weird at their age, am I right?

Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs
Kerry Washington looks like she's ready for Halloween in this lacy get-up. The gloves were the wrong choice - or at least sheer gloves were. There's a lot of sheer going on already, so if she wanted to don opera length gloves they should have been opaque instead. Mostly though, it was her hair that really ruined the look for me. The magenta highlights were not flattering and cheapen the whole look.

Nicki Minaj in Moschino
Um...no. First, this sheer dress trend has got to die soon. A black lining alone could have seriously helped this look. However, it was the jeweled belt buckles all over the place that bugged me most - so distracting! Plus, her poor boobs look in pain being strapped in this way. This one was a definite miss for me.

Michelle Williams, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connely, and Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton

There were a number of ladies that sported similar looks all from Louis Vuitton, and they were all far too casual for the Met Gala. Plus, the last thing you want your Met Gala look to be is similar to someone elses. Alicia Vikander's is the best of these looks, but as good as it was, it feels unoriginal when you look at the group as a whole. Also, combat boots, no matter who designed them, is never appropriate footwear for an event such as this.

Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace
I would expect someone like Lady Gaga to go for an eccentric look such as this for the Met Gala. She's never one to shy away from taking a fashion risk, and there are elements of this look that I actually like. The motherboard inspired jacket is actually pretty great, and even the structured sequined corset brings a lot of visual interest. I just can't get behind the no bottom look. If this could have been interpreted into some sort of gown instead I think it could have been really cool. I'll just leave it at that and not even mention the ridiculous of the shoes and wig. Definitely a missed opportunity here. 

Emma Watson in Calvin Klein
Emma Watson's gown looked like it was not finished in time for the event. The dress was made out of all sustainable products - recycled plastic, organic cottons and silks, and was even designed to be worn again in different ways. From a construction standpoint it's cool, and on theme. However, it's not much to look at. There seems to be too much pleating around the pants and the train looks like she's trailing a garment bag behind her. I did like the bustier though, and her hair and make-up all looks good. 

Michelle Monaghan in Rosie Assoulin
I'm sure there are some really interesting construction elements to Michelle's gown that is probably totally on theme, but it really just looks like she's wearing a duct taped top and a garbage bag skirt. This one was a miss for me as well.

Kim Kardashian in Balmain
I originally was just going to showcase Kim Kardashian's look here, but when I looked at her alone it's actually not a bad look. It wasn't the best Sci-Fi/Robot dress of the night, but it certainly doesn't offend by any means. It was most definitely Kanye West that brought the whole look down. I don't care how sparkly your jacket is, in no way, shape, or form are jeans and a t-shirt appropriate attire for the Met Gala. He should have been banned from entering. I do not understand why the fashion world has embraced these two like they have. They're definitely seeing something I'm not.

AND FINALLY...

Madonna in Givenchy
Okay, where to start with this one. First, I have no problem with a woman of her age wanting to dress provocatively (did you see her from the back?), but this whole look just feels too try-hard. There's no interesting design elements or even cool construction here. It feels like she is trying to be shocking just for the sake of being shocking. But, she's Madonna, so this isn't even shocking anymore. Instead it feels expected and tired. I absolutely love Madonna, but I didn't love this look - political statement or not. Time to reinvent yourself again.

2016 Met Gala - Nailed It!
2016 Met Gala - Honorable Mention
2016 Met Gala - Model Moment
2016 Met Gala - Resting On Pretty

The Olsen Twins, Kerry Washington, Nicki Minaj, Michelle Williams, Alicia Vikander, Selena Gomez, Michelle Monoghan, Kim and Kanye, and Madonna photos from here.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Connely, Lady Gaga, and Emma Watson photos from here.

2016 Met Gala - Resting on Pretty

I mentioned before that there is no requirement to dress according to the Met Gala theme, so you can't blame those that decided to play it safe. There's no real risk takers in this bunch, but they sure do look pretty.

Naomi Watts in Burberry 
I really liked Naomi's whole look here, and there's a definite nod to the night's theme too. The metallic was on trend for the night. It would have been a cool enough look with the disco ball sequins alone, but the flower appliques really made the look. They took the edge off and softened the overall effect. I loved the jewelry, and the hair and make-up looked great too. Well done, Naomi!
  
Emma Roberts in Tory Burch
Emma's purple ombre gown has a ton of visual interest. Between the colors and the geometric crystal details it has a lot going for it. I didn't care for the clutch, the arm band, or smoky eye here though. There's enough going on in the dress alone, and I thought they all distracted from the overall look. Her hair was cute though - love her as a red head. Nice job, Emma! 

Emma Stone in Prada
The hardware on Emma Stone's gown elevated what would have been a very plain look. It's fun and on theme. I'm not loving her as a brunette, but a bolder lip color would have pulled the hair and make-up styling together better. Not bad though.

Jessica Chastain in Prada
I loved Jessica's royal blue and black gown. The bead and embroidery work is beautiful, and the fit is flattering. Loved the high neck collar! Her hair and make-up compliment the look perfect, and how cute is it that she wore a watch! Well done, Jessica!

Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen
The embroidery work on Bee Shaffer's gown is stunning. The colors really pop against the black background. The silhouette of the dress is gorgeous from the puffed long sleeves down to the long train. There's nothing not to like here. Beautiful job, Bee!

Hailee Steinfeld in H&M
The color on Hailee's gown is beautiful. It fits her well, and I liked the texture on the top half (although I wasn't loving the cutouts). The gold accents in her shoes and jewelry choices accented the look well. I can't decide about the necklace though. The lip color bugged a bit as well, but overall, I enjoyed this look. Not bad, Hailee.  

Blake Lively in Burberry
Blake Lively's red carpet style is very old Hollywood glamour, and this look is no exception. The color is pretty and the flower embroidered train adds some drama. I wasn't in love with the shiny underlay fabric, but that's my only quibble. Her hair, make-up, and jewelry all look great. Love the red lip and earrings. Lovely look, Blake!

Chloë Grace Moretz in Coach
This is the most grown up I have ever seen Chloë look, and I hope her style choices continue in this direction. The cut of the bust is not the most flattering, but the dress is visually interesting enough to compensate for that. The patterned iridescent fabric is gorgeous. The look could have been made more venue appropriate with a little sleeker and more dramatic hair and make-up, but she looks great as is too. Nicely done, Chloë.   

Fei Fei Sun in Chanel
I loved the simple elegance to Fei Fei's gown. The combination of halter and off-the-shoulder necklines works well. It's a soft feminine looking gown, but the metallic stripe detailing feels fresh and modern. Her hair, make-up, jewelry, and accessories all compliment the look well. Beautiful look, Fei Fei!

AND FINALLY...

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors
Emily Blunt looked absolutely adorable in her long sleeved navy gown. The simple silhouette is flattering, but the lace and sparkle really elevate the overall look. The hair and make-up are simple but lovely. Honestly though, it's that smile and gorgeous pregnancy glow that really makes the look. No other accessories needed. Gorgeous!

2016 Met Gala - Nailed It!
2016 Met Gala - Honorable Mention
2016 Met Gala - Model Moment

Emily Blunt, Bee Shaffer, and Blake Lively's photos from here. All the rest are from here.

5.05.2016

2016 Met Gala - Model Moment

Being a fashion event, there are always a ton of models in attendance at the Met Gala. Let's take a look at how they fared going from runway to red carpet.

Cindy Crawford in Balmain
Yes, Cindy's gown looks like a disco ball, but she's still rocking it! With her ageless looks, she could have gone a much sexier route, but I liked that she picked a gown befitting her age, and guess what? She still looks sexy. The gown fits her great, is visually interesting, and a lot of fun. Good job, Cindy!

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Ralph Lauren
The statuesque Rosie looks great in this white one-shouldered column dress. There's a slight nod to the theme with the hardware on her shoulder, but other than that I thought this was a pretty dull dress for the event. She looks fantastic, but ultimately forgetable.

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger
Gigi really made an effort to be on theme, and it paid off. Her and her boyfriend, Zayn Malik, definitely have a Sci-Fi vibe going on here. I loved the color of gown, the sequined bustier, and even the sheer skirt over the sparkly underwear or whatever it is. The choker and panel of fabric running from neck to waist wasn't my favorite detail, but I didn't hate it either. Good job, Gigi!

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
I loved Poppy's whole look. The dress is stunning, and I'd love to inspect it closer. It's a little bit Vegas showgirl, a little bit flapper, and a little bit Victorian all rolled into one. The straight platinum blonde hair combined with the dark lip and nails make for an excellent dramatic look. Well done, Poppy!   

 Kate Upton in Topshop
Kate Upton wore this sparkly one-sleeved gown. She looks lovely, but for a Met Gala dress it's nothing special. A sleeker hairstyle would have easily made the look feel more on theme. Obviously a very pretty look, just not a Met Gala look.
    
Karolina Kurkova 
Karolina literally lit up the red carpet with this grey and white flower applique dress (although it could hardly compare to Claire Danes' gorgeous creation). I liked the silhouette of this dress. The tea length is pretty, and her shoes complimented the look well. Her simple hair and make-up really let the dress take center stage. Nicely done, Karolina!

Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell
I'm not usually a fan of dresses with cut-outs, but I was digging this look on Karlie. From a construction standpoint it feels on theme. The color looks great on her, and I like that she accented the look with a red lip. I didn't love the clutch, but overall this was a nice look. Good job, Karlie! 

Jourdan Dunn in Balmain
There were so many Balmain dresses on the red carpet, and Jourdan's was one of my favorites. It has a very robot feel to it, and I loved the black mesh accents. The touches of metallic in her hair and make-up were a really fun accent too. Great job, Jourdan! 

Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors
The fit on Lily's gold, sparkly gown is flawless. This is definitely a "For Models Only" dress, and she is rocking it. The sleek hair and warm make-up compliment the look perfect. Gorgeous look, Lily!

AND FINALLY...

Naomi Campbell in Cavalli Couture
Naomi Campbell slayed it in this metallic gunmetal grey gown. The beadwork on this is really cool, and I loved the whole art-deco vibe of it. The metallic bangles were a fun addition, and her hair and make-up look really great too. Well done, Naomi!


All photos from here.