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Oscars 2016 – Style Watch

The Academy Awards is one of my favorite nights of the year.  The glitz and glamour.  Star gazing and day dreaming.  There are a lot of dynamics that go into the Oscars each year, but one thing I look forward to the most is the fashion.

Oscars fashion can usually predict on trend styles for the rest of the year.  This year, however, there was not one particular style that went above and beyond what we can foresee for the rest of the season. There were a lot of different styles from plunging necklines to tiered skirts. Colors varied and jewels were almost non-existent. So, what were some of the favorite fashions this year?

I’ve done a bit of researching to see what us fashion junkies love and I’ve compiled my list of top 10 favorites.  If you don’t agree or have a different preference, let me know!  Here we go!

10. Cate Blanchett.  As much as I love her, this dress was not my favorite.  However, I love how this Armani Prive’ looked like something right from a fairy tale and reminded me of her role in Disney’s Cinderella.  This sea foam green dress was studded with Swarovski crystals.


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9.  Saoirse Ronan.  Although the beaded pattern of this Calvin Klein Collection is not my favorite, I loved how tightly this emerald green dress fit this Irish actress.  My favorite addition to this look is the intentionally mismatched Chopard earrings.


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8.  Brie Larson.  The Academy Award winning actress wore a regal blue ball gown style Gucci dress which she said was an organic fit to how she wanted to feel on her big night.  I love this dress, I was lost, however, at the pearl encrusted belt.


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7. Tina Fey and Reese Witherspoon.  I had trouble choosing between these two because, well, it’s pretty obvious.  The purple dresses are nearly identical.  Reese’s custom silk Oscar de la Renta was accessorized  with Tiffany and Co. diamonds.  Tina’s completed the look of her fishtail gown with Bulgari jewels. I guess the biggest question is, who wore it better?


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6. Jennifer Lawrence. I expected something a little more fun from the Academy Award winning actress, but she still looked gorgeous.  Her sheer black silk gown from Dior Haute Couture looked great and paired beautifully with her Chopard jewels.  Perfectly simple and sexy.


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5. Rachel McAdams.  The best actress nominee wore a backless halter-neck dress by August Getty Atelier.  I thought she looked amazing.  She would’ve been higher on my list, but the fabric of this dress was not great.  Just look at how it wrinkled on the red carpet. I’m sure by the end of the night she needed to have someone with a steamer follow her around.


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4. Olivia Munn. I’m not normally a fan or orange, but if you can pull it off, go for it!  I think she looked amazing in the Stella McCartney gown with the one shoulder caped neckline.  So minimalist.


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3.  Jennifer Garner. The Oscar presenter wore a black Atelier Versace dress which featured an asymmetrical neckline, half embellished bodice, and draped skirt.  This look was flattering and perfect for the 43 year old actress.  Eat your heart out, Ben!


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2.  Alicia Vikander.  The Award winning actress said of her butter yellow Louis Vuitton dress “I think if you would’ve asked 5-year-old Alicia what her biggest dream was, it was probably to be Belle in Beauty and the Beast.”  I couldn’t agree more!  And besides, if you can pull off a butter  yellow ball gown, you deserve to be treated like a princess.


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1. Charlize Theron.  Few people can pull off a plunging neckline like this.  The Oscar winning actress stunned in her red Dior Haute Couture, but I think the nearly $4 million Harry Winston diamonds completed the ensemble.


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5 Things I Learned From Russell Wilson

In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about finding my passion.  Figuring out who God created me to be.  And what that means to my life. Things did not happen the way I thought they would.  Nevertheless, I couldn’t be happier with where I am and where God has placed me, in the right moments at the right time. Unfortunately for me, I learned this later in my life than some.  At 40 years old, I know my purpose.  I wish I had known back in my 20’s what I was doing.  But again, that was all part of God’s plan for me.

There is someone I admire who, I’m sure, doesn’t have it all figured out, but has let God take control of his life.  At the young age of 26, Russell Wilson knows what he wants and how to get it.  So, I’ve taken some cues from him, and applied it to some of my own life experiences and want to share some of his words, with mine.  I hope you can find some things that you can add to your own life.


1.  How do you promote positive self talk?  This is a big one for me because, as a woman, my negative voice is usually louder than my positive voice.  I hear things from back in my childhood and teenage years.  Usually from myself, but still things that resonate.  Why are my jeans too tight?  Why can’t I get that promotion?  So, how do you overcome these things?  Speaking positive thoughts to yourself, sometimes audibly.  Russell (because I’m on a first name basis with him now) continues to publicly promote positive self talk.  I didn’t get that play?  Well, next year I will. I wasn’t a first round draft pick?  I’m going to make other teams regret that.  Russell has said publicly, “What you say, will change what you see.”  This doesn’t mean you will always get what you want.  But speaking positively will change how you view yourself and your situations.

2.  How do you ignore the noise?  This one kind of goes hand in hand, with my previous point.  Promoting a positive self-image, while ignoring the negative public image.  Few people know what it is like to be viewed publicly and then hear people from all over the world giving their 2 cents about you.  Imagine having the worst day of your career and then knowing the entire country saw what you did.  How do you ignore that?  One of my favorite speakers, Eileen Hunter Wolf , used Philippians 3:2 as a reference, “Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil.” Ignore the barking noise.  Those people who yap and bark.  Do they even really know you, anyway?  NO!  So ignore them.

3.  How do you recover from a loss?  In RW’s (yeah, I call him that sometimes, too) case, the loss is public.  In our cases, it’s usually not. But how do you recover from wanting something so badly, and then having it taken away in the blink of an eye?  This is something I continually learn from my daughter.  She is a budding actress and has had more losses than wins.  She goes on countless auditions, just hoping to gain one role, just a tiny bit of exposure.  She has experienced more loss in her young 15 years than I have in my entire life.  Yet she presses on.  How? Because she knows that the win is so much sweeter when you  have had the failures.  When your end goal is something that few people achieve and you’ve worked as hard as you can to get it, you keep pushing.  Even when it hurts and you feel like you have nothing left, you keep pushing.

4.  Who do you have in your life that’s pushing you toward greatness?  We all need a cheerleader.  For me and Russ (because I have nicknames for him, too), our cheerleaders have gone onto eternity.  My mom, my cheerleader, is not here anymore.  So who else do I have?  My husband.  My sister.  My kids.  My mentor.  Surround yourself with people who only want the best for you.  I have let go of anyone that does not support me, and some of them hurt to let go of.  But by surrounding yourself with like-minded people, who will make you a better person, you will become better and greater.  The bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Be around people who will sharpen you, not make you dull. Or as Russell says, “Eagles never fly with pigeons.”

5.  What are your next steps?  You have your goal, but do you have your plan?  I’m a visual learner, so I like to write my goals down then mark them off when I’ve achieved them.  Prepare for what steps you are willing to take. “The separation is in the preparation.  Chances are what you make of them.” Philippians 3:12 says, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection.  But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”  Find YOUR perfection.  And prepare for it. You were given a dream.  Figure out and plan for your dream.

525, 600 minutes.

I realize this has been a day of reflection for most of the world. As we look back on 2011 and remember things that were accomplished and memories that were made. Good and bad habits that may have just begun or happily ended. I look back on 2011 as an uneventful year.

Not uneventful in the way most people would think. Uneventful because my family didn’t have a lot of big change. In the 14 years that Duane and I have been married, we usually have some kind of a show-stopping, life-changing thing that happens. New job. New house. New car. Not are all good. We’ve been though job losses. My mom passing away. And losing an unborn baby. Good or bad, we’ve pretty much run the gamut.

This year however, was uneventful because of the lack of change that happened in our marriage. But 2011 held some huge changes for me, personally. I had a lot of “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar” moments. Here they are in no particular order.

1. I went to LA by myself! Twice! This may not be super huge for some people, but for someone with a huge fear of flying and the never-ending thought of my plane plunging to the ground resulting in my demise, this was a really big step for me. Both trips resulted in me feeling a little more confident about who I am and where I want my life to go.

2. I started a blog. Again, not huge for some people, but for a non-writer, non-creative like myself, my blog has been a huge turning point for me. I realized that I am comfortable stepping out of my happy homemaker box and finding a creative outlet that doesn’t seem very mom-ish. Thank you to everyone who reads and subscribes. You make me feel like I have something important to say that isn’t aimed at the stylings of a preschooler.

3. I went back to work. Another huge step in the life of a stay at home mom. I took the plunge to find something more than scrubbing toilets and wiping noses. Granted, I still do both of those and more, but I feel like I have found something for myself that I enjoy, my husband likes to brag about, and my kids take pride in. To me, a huge win.

4. I grew back my green-thumb. My garden was happily restarted, a little late in the season, however, but still flourished to my happiness. I also managed to can and freeze most of my crops. Yes, little Suzy Homemaker still exists and thrives in her suburban home.

So, how do you measure a year in the life? 525, 600 minutes doesn’t seem like much time, but in this last year of my life, I have accomplished much. And much happiness has been had during this season. I hope and pray that this next year will welcome such change as 2011.

Start small.

As I have previously stated in other blogs, I’m not the best at keeping with my goals.  I love setting them, but when it comes to crunch time, I’ve usually checked out 3 days prior. So as 2011 nears its end, I have been putting a lot of thought into what my New Years goals might be.

I usually go with the old standard goal of “Get in Shape.”  You know, cut out sugar and carbs, daily trips to the gym, and that sort of crap.  I usually do great with it until, like most Americans, 2 weeks into it and time gets ahead of me and I lose interest.  Next up?

I know, I’ll organize my house!  Clean out everything.  From top to bottom.  Everyday adding new and more chores to my list.  Except, even as I write this, the thought becomes overwhelming with 4 kids, a part-time job, and a house that I, for the most part, maintain by myself.  I guess it’s a good thing I got caught up on laundry this morning because now, I don’t want to touch it for days.

What’s a super busy mother of 4 in her 30’s to do?  Simply, start small.  One new-ish thing a day.  Yesterday, I tackled a project that I have been putting of for about 2 years.  I cleaned and organized my spice and baking cabinet.  It felt so good to accomplish something.  As small as it may be, it’s done.  And it feels great.  Today I will try something else small, like cleaning the baseboards in my bathroom.  Small yes, but it’s something that gets neglected.  Slowly, but surely, tackling things that I’ve been putting off.

And of course the “Get in Shape” goal is still on my list.  But I have a feeling that as I’m doing a cleanse of my home, my body and soul cleanse will come naturally.  It will also follow my mantra of my New Year’s goal – Start small. Maybe even with a trip to buy a new pair of cross-trainers.  Small, but oh, so satisfying!


Setting goals is the easy part.

I love a good goal.  I’m all about goals.  In fact, I used to make goal posters and jot down when a goal had been achieved.  Setting goals can be fun and, most of the time, coming up with a goal is the easy part.  Reaching a goal is where it starts to get tricky.

Everyone has heard the expression, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  That’s kind of how I feel when I set a goal.  But when reality sets in and it’s time to start or reach that goal, it can be a little overwhelming. I’ve learned on the “road to hell” that setting a goal should be simple and fairly easy to achieve. Something like, oh I don’t know, blogging everyday for 25 days may be a bit extreme.  Like I said before, a goal should be something that you can see through, from beginning to end.

I was asked in a job interview this week to give an example of a goal that I set for myself and was able to complete.  Sadly, in my 36 years of life, I could only think of one example.  The goals I tend to set for myself seem to be a somewhat overwhelming.  Too good to be true, even.

Let this be a lesson to me.  A goal worth setting should be a goal worth completing.  If I think, even for a moment, that it might be too big, it probably is.  It should be something that can be achieved a day, a week, or a month at a time.  Set your eyes on the prize, just make sure it’s something you can see.