Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Seeing Double - 2016 Red Carpet Appearances Side by Side

Hey friends!

I’m getting back into the blog swing of things and what better way than a red carpet post!  Instead of doing a separate post for each of the 483 award shows that have aired I thought I would do a side-by-side comparison of the lucky ladies that attended more than one of the big three that have happened so far: The Critic’s Choice Awards, The Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Golden Globes.  [My invites obviously got lost in the mail.]

Amy Schumer, Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards, red carpet
Amy Schumer: The feminist darling has made a big splash at the awards this year, more for her antics than her fashion, given that neither of these looks are going to blow anyone away.  But maybe I’m biased because I can’t stand her.  Having said that, she looks nice in both.  The white dress looks really great on her but I much prefer the off the shoulder neckline and hair and makeup from the Globes.

Brie Larson, Red carpet, fashion, golden globes, critics choice awards
Brie Larson:  Hm…  The color is the only nice thing about her pale blue look from the SAG Awards.  And let's not even mention those unfortunate shoes.  Even though something looks odd about the way the gold dress from the Globes fits her bust, it’s the definite winner here.

Bryce Dallas Howard:  Now here are to majorly contrasting looks.  I can kind of see what she was going for in the black number from the Critic’s Choice Awards but something’s just not right.  Even though I like the smoky eye on her, it’s hard to beat the gorgeous dress and fresh face from the Globes.  And props for the three quarter length sleeves.

Emilia Clarke: No contest here for me!  The “simple” hot pink gown from the SAG Awards is amazing on her.  She’s practically glowing.  The black dress from the Globes with the super high neckline completely hides her gorgeousness.

Emmy Rossum: She’s one of the girls whose closet I would happily steal everything from.  She ALWAYS looks amazing in whatever style she goes for.  The red gown from the Globes of course looks great but I feel like we’ve seen her in this before and it’s SUPER similar to Naomi Watts yellow ensemble from a last year’s Golden Globes.  So for me the winner is the edgy black number from the Critic’s Choice Awards.  I love the super simple fit, open neckline and the amazing, unexpected sequins.

Eva Longoria: I’m definitely not a fan of either look.  The green dress from the SAG Awards is too much and the white dress is odd with that cut-out bow thing on the neck.  If I HAD to pick a winner I’d pick the dress from the Golden Globes based solely on the colorful flowers on the white backdrop.

Gina Rodriguez:  I kind of like this girl!  Two very different but very classy looks.  The coral color and the fit of the dress from the Critic’s Choice Awards is amazing and it’s tough call but I have to pick the navy ball gown from the Globes!  The off the fit of the bodice, the neckline, the earrings, and the hair are all simply perfect.

Helen Mirren: A triple header!  I’m not sure what’s going on at the Critic’s Choice Awards but the other two are really lovely and she always knows how to dress for her age.  I like the slinky, silver look of the SAG Awards, but the black dress at the Globes takes the cake.  The sheer shoulders are a nice touch and just give me that necklace.

January Jones:  I always look forward to seeing what she’s wearing.  This is an easy choice for me.  While I like the color and idea of the tulle gown at the SAG Awards (not to mention the gorgeous hair and soft makeup), it adds 20 pounds to her frame!  The pale blue dress at the Critic’s Choice Awards is so quirky and fun!  I only wish she’d worn different shoes…

Joanne Froggart: There’s a clear winner here.  The blue dress from the Critic’s Choice Awards is pretty but nothing special and the way she styled the red dress from the SAG Awards made it look like she bought it off the rack at Sears.  The Golden Globes dress is sweet, feminine, and beautiful.

Julianne Moore: Speaking of off the rack at Sears, what was she thinking in that ugly green dress???  There is nothing good about this dress.  Nothing.  Not a thing.  The color, the fit, the fabric.  It’s a green nightmare.  However, the sequined Golden Globes dress is gorgeous.  My only gripe is the piece of fabric around the neck.  Rip it off and it’s perfect.

Kate Winslet:  Kate!!!  This girl rocks a sheath dress like nobody’s dang business.  I keep looking between the two and I honestly can’t pick a winner!  I love the emerald color, the sleeves and the mermaid fit that shows off her gorgeous curves in the  SAG Awards dress.  But I also love the color, the satin and the halter neckline of the Globes dress.  It’s a tie closer than the Iowa democratic caucus.

Leslie Mann: She’s never been one of my favorites on the red carpet, and dresses like the pink Golden Globes ensemble is the reason why.  However, I do like the flirty dress from the Critic’s Choice Awards!  Fun things like this is what I like to see her wearing.  And I actually just noticed the splash of hot pink lipstick.  Props for that.  Let’s just get some better shoes next time.

Queen Latifah:  That blue color looks AMAZING on her skin.  I’m partial to blue but there’s something about the fit of the dress that just doesn’t look right.  But I think she just rocked the black number.  The long sleeves, fit and black color and super flattering and I love her hair up.

Rachel McAdams: Three different looks and three home runs.  I love them all!  The slinky, sexy look of the red dress at the Critic’s Choice Awards is gorgeous.  But so is the black and sheer dress.  And her makeup is perfect.  But then there’s the gorgeous, floral gown from the Globes with the perfect silhouette and lipstick to match!  So much awesomeness!!  If I HAD to pick a winner….  Screw it.  It’s my blog and I don’t have to pick a winner.  They’re all fabulous.  You go, Regina George.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely:  Does anyone else’s self-esteem take a hit when they look at her?  The black dress is amazing (even if I wish the neckline was a tad higher) but the golden dress from the (appropriate enough) Golden Globes is stunning.  She looks like a goddess.

Saoirse Ronan:  I love all of these looks on her!  What keeps the blue dress from the Critic’s Choice Awards from being a perfect 10 is the hair.  It distracts from the detail of the shoulders and looks messy.  The pink gown is gorgeous but the white Grecian dress from the Globes is the stand-out winner here.  It’s a look we’ve seen before but she looks absolutely ethereal.

Sarah Paulson:  She’s an oddball isn’t she?  But I wouldn’t love her if she were anything less.  The sequin dress is cool in a weird way, but I have to admit I really like the black feathered dress from the Globes!  I love the contrast of the bright colors with the black skirt.  It’s so her. 

Now all that’s left is the mother of all Award Shows!  The Oscars!  And if my boy, Leo, finally gets his hands on a statue you are going to hear my fangirling from wherever you happen to be at the time.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Baby Boy on his birthday morning.
Reading: I started Pride and Prejudice again. I began it a few years ago but just couldn’t get into and honestly found the language too hard to understand. Since then the 2005 version of the movie has become one of my favorites so I thought I’d give it another try and I’m enjoying it MUCH more this time around. I made a goal for myself at the beginning of the year (a goal NOT a resolution) to read one book a month in 2016. That doesn’t sound like much but since Cooper’s been around I’ve read three. Three. That’s pathetic. So when I finish P&P I’ll hit up again for my next load!

Watching: As far as TV shows go, not much of nothin’. Just waiting for The Walking Dead! Can I get an amen.

Wishing For: Black moto boots. A book/DVD shelf for the living room. Subway tile in the kitchen. A conceal carry purse. Red flats. More leggings to be worn as pants!!

Dealing With: A baby with either hand, foot, and mouth or chicken pox. He was exposed to HF&M at his party and since then another little girl at the party has had it. Even after his fever broke, he continued to get new bumps and they were spreading up his legs and on his trunk. Chris took him into the doctor and he wasn’t even sure by looking at it. He said it could definitely be HF&M but he could have also contracted chicken pox from the chicken pox vaccine he received last week. The doctor said about 5% of babies get it from the vaccine itself. They took a skin sample but we won’t know until some time today which it is. Such weird timing that it could very well be either one! So this week Chris and I have been tag-teaming work and staying home with Cooper since we have to keep him out of daycare in case it IS CP. This is weird for us because he’s such a healthy baby this is the first time either of us have had to miss work other than for the usual check-ups. He was miserable for a few days and super whiney. You could tell the little fella didn’t feel well. But the past couple of days he’s been more like himself, more like my happy baby. And that makes Mama happy.

Loving: My newly cleaned and organized bedroom. Cooper standing by himself. Instagram (always). The cold weather. Mini cherry pies. Quiet time at night after baby goes to bed.

Looking Forward To: I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I’m looking forward to going to Monday Night Raw live in Birmingham. Chris got our tickets months ago and supposedly our seats are in a prime camera area so look for us on TV. I don’t know who will fan girl more: me over Roman Reigns or Chris over…everybody else.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Since The Last Time We Talked...

Hello, friends! Remember me? I don’t blame you if you don’t.
I had ZERO intention of taking a “blog break”, it just kind of happened that way. But really and truly with the craziness of the holidays, working so much because of said holidays, and planning and executing a first birthday party, there was very little time for blogging.
So much has happened since I last posted!

Since the last time we talked:

…We celebrated Thanksgiving. And Cooper was really excited about it apparently.
thanksgiving, family photo

…There was a terrorist shooting in San Bernardino and I once again prayed for Jesus to come back soon.

…We successfully transitioned CT to his crib and it’s amazing. This was HUGE for me.

…Steven Harvey crowned the wrong girl at the Miss universe pageant and gained several enemies in Colombia.

…I turned 28. No biggie.

…Cooper had his first Christmas and aside from the little trip to the tornado shelter and his mother having a little panic attack, it was SUCH a wonderful day.
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…Alabama won their 16th National Championship and the haters continued to hate [Chris].

…The Golden Globes took place and my first husband won his category, was bumped into by Lady Gaga, and made the cutest “oops” facial expression ever.

…Alan Rickman died and I was more upset over the loss of Hans Gruber than Severus Snape….and then a few more celebrities died.

…Cooper turned ONE and we celebrated with a lumberjack party. Pictures to come later!
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Casey Marie Photography
Yea, I’ve been on a hiatus for a while. I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL holiday season. After Christmas, and weeks of party planning I feel like I’m still trying to de-stress and get out of “I have so much to do, and plan for and not enough time, and what should I do next” mode. Luckily, this girl got the most spot on birthday gift from a husband in the history of ever: a gift certificate for a massage. Yes, please! That will be used SOON.

So here’s to a new year and [hopefully] more blogging!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dear Cooper - Your First Birthday

Dear Cooper,

Happy Birthday, my beautiful boy!

I’m so excited to celebrate you and the fact that you’re a healthy, growing boy, but at the same time I’m sad because this special year is over. You’re looking more and more like a toddler and less and less like my little baby. I nearly cried when you cut your top teeth because I would miss that gummy, babyish smile so much. That smile lights up my life and one of my favorite times of the day is when I pick you up at Nanny and Poppie’s house and you see me walk through the door. That big grin greets me and you’re quick to give me a kiss (if I ask for it). My other favorite time of the day is when I’m getting you to sleep and I’m sitting on the bed with you cuddled up to my chest. Sometimes I just sit there with you long after you’re in a deep sleep and I could easily lie you down in your crib. I sit and listen to you breathe with your little hand resting on my shoulder. I know one day you’ll be a stinky teenager and you might not want to cuddle with Mom so I’ll take advantage as long as I can.

I’m not the only one who’s crazy about you. You are your daddy’s boy and you’re everything he always dreamed about. Never doubt that he adores you.

I can’t believe it was a whole year ago you came into our lives. But then again it feels like we’ve known you forever. You were our missing puzzle piece. Today we not only celebrate your birth, but we celebrate the day we became a family. We celebrate the day you completed us. You are so smart, and loving, and more beautiful than I ever dared to hope you would be. I love watching you grow.

Happy Birthday, son. I love you more than words.

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