Fight For Your Right

It’s a sad weekend in music, as Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys lost his battle with cancer. Were you a Beastie Boys fan? I listened to them in my younger days, and have always been an admirer of their music, their videos (so bloody good), their contributions to music, and just their way. They had a way about the stuff that they did that just oozed New York cool…which I desperately wanted to be a part of.
I was in my early teens when Fight For Your Right came out:

You wake up late for school – man you don’t wanna go
You ask you mom, “Please?” – but she still says, “No!”
You missed two classes – and no homework
But your teacher preaches class like you’re some kind of jerk

You gotta fight for your right to party

Your pop caught you smoking – and he said, “No way!”
That hypocrite – smokes two packs a day

Man, living at home is such a drag
Now your mom threw away your best porno mag (Bust it!)

You gotta fight for your right to party
You gotta fight

Don’t step out of this house if that’s the clothes you’re gonna wear
I’ll kick you out of my home if you don’t cut that hair
Your mom busted in and said, “What’s that noise?”
Aw, mom you’re just jealous – it’s the Beastie Boys!

You gotta fight for your right to party
You gotta fight for your right to party

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It’s still a great song, eh? :) There’s a much deeper message to that song about fighting for the things you want in life, and not just the right to have a good time. Last night I watched the AMAZING new show The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet…have you seen it yet? It’s on Thursday nights on Lifetime, and if you haven’t watched it, you must. Amanda is an amazing host, and the way that she interacts with her guests is fantastic. The show is set up in very casual settings, with Amanda having a one-on-one with different celebrities, talking about real things that matter to women. The first episode had her chatting with Jane Fonda, Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Silverman. Amanda spoke with such honesty about her own struggles after giving birth to her twins, and her feelings of inadequacy, the insecurities and everything else that she went through…it was incredibly moving. I found her honesty to be really amazing, because I wish I could be so honest about how I feel about things…I long for someone to be that honest with, because I don’t always feel like I have people to talk to, and I miss that. Last night’s episode featured Lady Gaga, Portia de Rossi, Rita Wilson and writer Leslie Bennetts, and it was just as great as the first show had been. She and Rita Wilson talked about their marriages, and the different stages that you go through when you’ve been married awhile – once again, I found Amanda’s honesty to be extraordinary. She acknowledged that she and her husband have been married for 10 years now, and she’s feeling anxious about what is going to happen next between them. That takes some balls to go on television and admit stuff like that. That’s the beauty of this show, though – it’s absolutely FEARLESS.  The conversation with Lady Gaga was fabulous – she talked about the idea of cherishing your loneliness, and being comfortable with yourself and your own company. Lady Gaga talked about the determination that it took for her to realize her music dreams, and she said the following: “There’s no way to convince people of your greatness, you have to know on the inside…whatever it is you want to be, you have to know it inside and knife fight your way to your dream.” Isn’t that magnificent?  The idea of knife fighting your way to your dream just kills me…that’s what I need to do. I need to somehow believe in myself enough that I will have the confidence to knife fight my way through the reams of bullshit and barriers that are blocking my way, and finally realize all of the things that I long for. I’m sharpening my blades as we speak…. ;)

As you go about your day today, try to think about your dreams and the things that you believe in….and I sincerely hope you find the courage to fight for them with all of your might. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be outside practicing my dagger-throwing skills. :) Happy Weekend, my beauties! :)
xxx
PS: Here’s Sabotage by the Beastie Boys – great video:

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Oscar Red Carpet

The Academy Awards were last night – and I LOOOOOOVED so much of what I saw on the red carpet, although I do have to admit that I kind of miss the real stinkers of the past like Björk and her swan dress. Anyway – what did you think of last night’s fashion? Here’s a recap (pictures from the lovelies at Jezebel):

Milla Jovovich’s Elie Saab was exquisite! Her entire look was perfection…she really REALLY took my breath away! :) Divine!!!! :)

The lovely Berenice Bejo also wore a pale green Elie Saab – that woman is so beautiful! There is just something (a certain Je ne sais quoi, perhaps) about the beauty and allure of a French woman….probably why I’ve spent my life trying to become a French woman. Hmm. Food for thought (and another post, perhaps).

 

I nearly fell off my couch in delight at the sight of Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen – love love LOVE this frock!  LOVE IT!!! :)  Soooo gorgeous! :)  Ellie Kemper’s Armani Privé is nice (good color), and Shailene Woodley’s Valentine Couture is okay, also….but check out that McQueen. Le sigh.

 

Melissa McCarthy’s Marina Rinaldi is very pretty (a bit jewel-y, though, don’t you think?), but very flattering on her. Maya Rudolph looks great in eggplant (seen here in a Johanna Johnson) – but hubba hubba Viola Davis in this green Vera Wang! Wowza!!  The color is breathtaking!!!! :)

 

Stacy Keibler looks like an Oscar in this gold Marchesa - as tall as she is…wow! Stunning!  Missi Pyle is wearing Valentina Delfino - LOVE the color!  Michelle Williams is in Louis Vuitton – her dress is pretty (nice color), but I feel that this is a look we see from her ALL the time. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but…I wish she’d mix it up a bit. But that’s just me. :)

 

Rooney Mara wore this white Givenchy – I love it from behind, but something seems weird to me in the boob area. What do you think?

 

I am alternating between loving Emma Stone in Giambattisa Valli and hating it – I think I love it. There. I said it. Great color on her, eh? :)  Meryl Streep looks gorgeous in Lanvin – mind you, she’s so damn radiant that woman could wear a potato sack and be stunning. Seriously. Tina Fey is wearing Carolina Herrera – nice, but seems a bit boring, non?

 

Jennifer Lopez is stunning in this Zuhair Murad. Simple as that. (I don’t know why it pains me to write that)

 

Perfection in Tom Ford. PERFECTION. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I am DYING for the color of Penelop Cruz’s Armani Prive – this gown is GORGEOUS!!!!! :)

 

I don’t know why I hate acknowledging it, but I do….anyway, here goes: Angelina Jolie was simply AMAZING to look at last night. AMAZING!  I could have done without that stupid scarecrow pose of hers (and will somebody PLEASE feed that woman…PLEASE??!), but wowza is she ever gorgeous. Wow. Her dress was Atelier Versace, by the way.

 

I want to put this man in a bowl, and eat him with a spoon. Yummy – delicious! :)

 

Anyway – that’s a quick recap for you – tell me…what did you think of last night?

Happy Monday, friends! :)

xxx

2011 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala

Last night was the annual Met Gala event, and the fashions this year DID NOT disappoint!  The event was celebrating the late, great Alexander McQueen, and many of the evening’s best dressed wore classic McQueen. Check out some of the pictures (from People):

JENNIFER LOPEZ photo | Jennifer Lopez  Jennifer Lopez in Gucci – a beautiful, dramatic look, don’t you think?

SARAH JESSICA PARKER photo | Sarah Jessica Parker Sarah Jessica Parker in McQueen – very pretty :)

BEYONCÉ photo | Beyonce Knowles Beyonce in Emilio Pucci – I don’t really care for this dress much at all, and sadly I think she looks like sausage busting out of its casing…it doesn’t do a thing for her figure. :(

ASHLEY GREENE photo | Ashley Greene Ashley Greene in Donna Karan – stunning :)

BLAKE LIVELY photo | Blake Lively Blake Lively in Chanel – some people didn”t care for this dress, but I think it’s realllllly pretty :)

TAYLOR SWIFT photo | Taylor Swift Taylor Swift’s J. Mendel frock was also panned by some of the critics, but I think she looks BEAUTIFUL! :)

MIRANDA KERR & ORLANDO BLOOM photo | Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom Miranda Kerr and husband Orlando Bloom – I’m not digging her Marchesa dress at all, which is surprising as I usually LOVE Marchesa, but…this one isn’t doing much for me.

KRISTEN STEWART photo | Kristen Stewart Kristen Stewart in Proenza Schouler - certainly eye-catching, eh?  What do you think?

GWYNETH PALTROW photo | Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney – she looks AMAZING, but…isn’t this a look we’ve seen from her a zillion times?  Although, I guess there is something to be said for the theory ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

JENNIFER HUDSON photo | Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson in Vera Wang – very pretty :)

RIHANNA photo | Rihanna Rihanna in Stella McCartney… I just don’t know. I’m not digging it. What do you think?

GISELE BÜNDCHEN & TOM BRADY photo | Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady This picture is STUNNING – Gisele is flawless in archive McQueen, and the arm candy she’s rocking ain’t half bad, either. Look at her…can you imagine waking up to that sight in the mirror every day?  Sadly, neither can I.

MADONNA photo | Madonna For whatever reason, Madonna’s fashion choices of late have been annoying me - however, she did a lot to fix that last night. This Stella McCartney is very flattering on her, and is age-appropriate, as well (meaning she’s not trying to look 18 again, as she’s been guilty of lately) – the color is beautiful. :)

DEMI MOORE photo | Demi Moore Demi Moore is wearing Prabal Gurung, with a Phillip Treacy fascinator on her head (channeling the Royal Wedding, no doubt) -I find that this outfit makes her look somewhat severe, although it certainly is eye-catching and attention-grabbing.  What do you think?

MARY-KATE OLSEN photo | Mary-Kate Olsen Mary-Kate Olsen in Givenchy – I think it looks like a housecoat my mother wore in 1979…and not in a good way. :(
ASHLEY OLSEN photo | Ashley Olsen Ashley Olsen’s Dior Couture is better than her sister’s dress, but even it looks somewhat off. Maybe it’s just me.

PENÉLOPE CRUZ photo | Penelope Cruz Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta, showing everybody how it ought to be done. :)  STUNNING! :)

EMMA STONE photo | Emma Stone I LOVE Emma Stone’s Lanvin, don’t you? It is SO flattering on her :)

MICHELLE WILLIAMS photo | Michelle Williams Michelle Williams in Miu Miu…okay, I guess. Nothing overly special.

SALMA HAYEK photo | Salma Hayek Salma Hayak in McQueen – this is my best of the night…she looks AMAZING!!! That dress is to die for – GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIANNA AGRON photo | Dianna Agron Dianna Agron in Michael Kors – simply delightful. :)

LEA MICHELE photo | Lea Michele Lea Michele in Escada - soooo pretty! :)

CLAIRE DANES photo | Claire Danes Claire Danes in Calvin Klein – very beautiful, but I feel like she almost always looks like this, don’t you?

LIV TYLER photo | Liv Tyler Liv Tyler’s Givenchy Haute Couture is a wee bit Big Bird, but man do I ever love this one! This is what the Met Gala should be about!! :)

AMY ADAMS photo | Amy Adams Normally I adore Amy Adams and I LOVE L’Wren Scott, but I am not digging this dress AT ALL.  :(

JULIANNE HOUGH & RYAN SEACREST photo | Julianne Hough, Ryan Seacrest Julianne Hough’s Burberry gown reminds me of a Monet painting…I love it! :)

DAKOTA FANNING photo | Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning’s Valentino is PERFECTION (and SO age-appropriate) – I LOVE IT! :)

EVA MENDES photo | Eva Mendes The color of this Stella McCartney that Eva Mendes is wearing is spectacular, don’t you think? :)

KIRSTEN DUNST photo | Kirsten Dunst I find myself loving and hating this Chanel Haute Couture on Kirsten Dunst at the same time. I need to ponder this one further, I think…I’m just not sure what to think about it.

ISLA FISHER photo | Isla Fisher I love the color of Isla Fisher’s Tory Burch gown, don’t you? :)
CHRISTINA RICCI photo | Christina Ricci Christina Ricci in Zac Posen – no no no :(

EVAN RACHEL WOOD photo | Evan Rachel Wood Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci – SO pretty! :)

MIA WASIKOWSKA photo | Mia Wasikowska I am crazy about this Thakoon that Mia Wasikowska wore – LOVE IT! :)

NAOMI CAMPBELL photo | Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell wore this McQueen gown…it looks like an angelic piece of art, don’t you think? :)

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion Recap

Yaa! It’s Oscar Sunday! :) I’m having a great time checking out the red carpet coverage on tv, and I am LOVING the gowns!! Here’s a few early delights:

Check out first-time nominee Jennifer Lawrence – hubba hubba!! :)

Jennifer Lawrence

Her Calvin Klein gown is flawless, and she looks simply stunning…the only jewelry she’s wearing is the one bangle, and she is exquisite in her simplicity, don’t you think?  Gorgeous!
Mila Kunis wore an Elie Saab gown in the loveliest shade of lavender – it’s BEAUTIFUL! :)
Milka Kunis At The 2011 Oscars Academy Awards
Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld’s Marchesa was beautiful, and very age-appropriate. Love this!! :)
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Mandy Moore’s Monique Lhuillier is stunning – the crystals on this dress are so beautiful! :)
Mandy Moore At The 2011 Oscars Academy Awards
Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway wore a red Valentino gown on the red carpet – I loooooooove it when she wears red!!  (What I wouldn’t give to look good in red…je suis jalouse…)
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I’m not sure about this Chanel that Michelle Williams is wearing…she looks beautiful (and pixie-like), as always…but there’s something different about this gown…is it the sleeves?  Maybe it’s just me. What do you think?
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Good Lord does Jennifer Hudson look smoking hot! Wow! Her gown is by Versace :)
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Now…on to Cate Blanchett, who never disappoints. Her gown (Givenchy, I believe), is quite the statement, don’t you think?  Love it or hate it….it’s certainly memorable! :)
Doesn’t her hair/makeup look exquisite????!  She is so beautiful…sigh. I want to wake up and look like that tomorrow morning – I’ll cross my fingers. :)
Isn’t this quite the number that Scarlet Johannson’s wearing (it’s Dolce & Gabbana)???  Wowza!!
Oscars: Scarlett Johansson on the Oscars red carpet
Now…this next one shocks me. Check out how FIERCE Sharon Stone looks!!  AMAZING!!  In what universe is this broad in her 50s??!?!?!?!
Oscars: Sharon Stone at the Oscars 2011
Hilary Swank’s dress (ostrich comparisons aside, of course) is quite the attention-grabber, don’t you think? It’s by Gucci Premiere :)
Oscars: Hilary Swank on the Oscars red carpet
Halle Berry NEVER goes wrong on the red carpet – and this Marchesa is no exception. STUNNING!!!
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How do you feel about Nicole Kidman’s Dior?
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Okay….life is not fair. Look at Penelope Cruz (in L’Wren Scott) and how GOOOOOORGEOUS she looks at the Oscars – didn’t she just give birth a month or so ago??!  NOT FAIR!!!!!
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Best hair of the night???!  Reese Witherspoon!!  I LOOOOVE IT!!  Her gown (Giorgio Armani Prive) is stunning, also, don’t you think? :)
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Calvin Klein gown looked like water as she moved…exquisite! :)
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And….finally, Natalie Portman wore a Rodarte dress in a lovely plum sort of color – maternity chic is something this girl does soooooooooo well, don’t you think? :)
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So…that’s my recap of the red carpet this evening! :)  I will write more tomorrow about the broadcast itself (and the winners, bien sur!) – talk then! :)
xxx