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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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The Happiest Place On Earth!

Disneyland!  Yep, for me and my family it really is.  People frequently ask us if we ever just get tired of going there.  Really?  I don’t understand how one get ever get tired of going to Disneyland.  And yes, I’m acknowledging that this may seem a bit odd to some.

Me with my kiddos on the Disneyland tram, Nov. 2009

We try to go once a year.  Last year we were lucky enough to go 3 different times.  However, that rarely happens.  But if we can go once a year, we’re happy.  Not bad for a family of 6 from Seattle.  This year we decided to go in the fall.  111 days from now to be exact.  But I think one of the most fun parts of a vacation is the planning process.

We already know where we’re staying, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.  We already know the days that we’re going, Halloween being one of them.  So what’s left to plan?  Well, not much really, for most people.  But we have hours of Disneyland music to listen to.  Videos to watch.  Websites to visit.  The fun won’t end until the day we step foot back in our house from our epic trip!

But Disneyland holds a deeper meaning to us than to most, I think.  Duane and I met while working at the Disney Store. We got married and honeymooned in Disneyland.  Going back to where our romance first began is a huge part of what has made Disney such an important part of our journey together.  One that most people don’t understand and even question.

But we’re OK with it!  Because as Walt said, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” And that’s what Disney means to us.

Aging gracefully?

I’ll admit it. I thought this whole getting older thing would be easier for me. I’m certainly not complaining about aging. It is so much better than the alternative. I just thought that I would be able to handle my “changes” differently than I have.

I remember as a teenager my mom complaining about the spots on her hands and thinking, “What’s the big deal about a few freckles?” Granted, I have still been able to avoid the dreaded hand freckles, but I have found a few other things to be a bit more challenging to deal with.

For example, laugh lines. Such a nice way of describing something not so nice. Deceiving almost. And since I’m generally a happy person, I smile and laugh. A lot. Hence, I think I have more than enough laugh lines to last me through the rest of my thirties. And what about these “freckles” on my face? Why is such obvious proof needed that I enjoy the sun? But, like I said before, I’m not complaining. At least that’s what I say to myself.

Also, I think with each one of my kids, I have aged a little bit more. I’m pretty sure that when I had Audrey, people thought I was a teenage mom. Looking back at pictures, I’m certain they did. I would’ve thought that. But as time has gone on, my skin and my body don’t bounce back quite as easily as they used to.  But still, I’m not complaining.

You see, I have amazing genetics in my family. My mom had cancer and suffered through years of chemo and radiation. With all of that, she still looked better than most people her age. Thankfully I inherited my mom’s, and my grandma’s, genes for great skin.  Thankfully, people are still surprised when I tell them my age or that I have 4 kids.  And what if people don’t respond the way that I hope they do?

Ok.  Fine.  I still think I look great!  Because looking great is about feeling great!  Having confidence and being proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.  So instead of being ashamed of my laugh lines and my freckled face, I look at them and think, “Wow, I’ve earned every one of those!”  Which is exactly why I don’t complain.

Now, where’s my eye cream?

So many shoes, so little time

I love my kids more than anything! All 4 of them have such unique qualities, that at times, I prefer to be around one more than another. However, the other day, I had a huge proud mommy moment! Having 4 kids, I have a lot of proud mommy moments. But for some reason, this one threw me for a loop and made my heart swell at the same time. What was this mama proud? It wasn’t the fact that my 2 year old is already totally potty-trained. It wasn’t the fact that my 5 year old has started, not only calling me mommy, but the “greatest mommy in the world.” It wasn’t the fact that my 10 year old completed a HUGE reading goal that he set for himself for the last week of school. ALL of these things make me super duper proud to be these kids’ mommy. But this week, the thing that made me so happy and wanting to explode with joy was when my 12 year old daughter asked, “Mommy, can we go to DSW? I’d like to buy a pair of heels for my 6th grade graduation!”

Did you feel my excitement while I typed that out? YES!!! Of course we can go to my favorite store of all time and buy you, my jeans and t-shirt daughter, a pair of heels! I had a blast! She had a blast! The smile glued to her face the whole time let me know that she was dying from excitement inside.

Then came the dilemma. She found 2 pairs that she wanted. Both were the perfect color. Both had the same size heel. Both were on sale. Yes, I’m happy to say, that I have passed down my trait of being able to scope out a deal to my daughter. Which shoes to choose? There were too many. After about 10 minutes of watching her walk through the store with one on the left, the other on the right, she chose.

As she walked up to the counter and handed over her box and gift card, smile still plastered to her face, I knew that this would be a moment I would always remember. Not only because of the shoes. But because we were able to connect on a level that I never imagined would happen. My baby girl, my first born, has started her transition to becoming a young lady. And THAT is what made this mommy so proud!