I'm back again with another fashion review. If you haven't seen my previous reviews, and would like to check them out, here they are: Oscar Fashion 2009, Golden Globe Fashion 2010, and Oscar Fashion 2010.
As I always stress, I DO stay away from other reviews before writing mine. I also take into account what the celebrity looks like onscreen as well as in pictures featured online. I also don't just give best or worst dressed based solely on the dress. I take into account the entire look, including make-up and hairstyle.
I have used People.com's site to see red carpet dresses in the past, but the only thing I saw this year on their site was a link to the "best dressed". Of course Angelina was featured as their best dressed, but I didn't click on the link and look further. In the past, they have had a slideshow of all celebs in no particular order, and I could just skip the review part. Because of the way they featured them this year, I used OMG yahoo's site. This will actually make it easier for you to look at my reviews and each dress at the same time in a different window. I am going to review each celeb in the order they are featured in this slideshow. Follow along, and as always, I would LOVE to hear your opinions. Feel free to comment anonymously if you would like. :)
This year's GG awards featured a lot of neutral-colored dresses. I must say that some skin tones can glow in them, and some become easily washed out. It seems that ever since Jennifer Aniston wore this dress to the 2009 Oscars, metallic and neutral dresses have boomed on the red carpet.
It was unbelievably hard to pick this year's best dressed for me. There was so much glamour and so many great looks on the red carpet. I did actually narrow best dressed down to two though, but I will let you know in my reviews below, other celebrities who were also contenders for best dressed.
So here goes... these were my two picks for best dressed this year:
Emma Stone gives new meaning to the phrase "simply beautiful"! The actual color is a little darker peach than seen here in this picture. This truly says that sometimes less can be best. I love everything about her look, from her hair and make-up, to her accessories, and obviously the beautiful backless dress. Her soft up-do, subtle but stunning make-up, simple diamond drop earrings, and her bow ring are a perfect combination to her overall soft, sexy look. To me she screams "Hollywood glamour", and it just doesn't get much better than this.
This leads me to my tie for best dressed:
Catherine Zeta-Jones blew me away last night. The textured fabric of this dark green ballgown was a stunner onscreen and online. It accentuated her amazing figure and flawless skin. I like that she kept her hair down in the back since this was a strapless gown, and her chandelier earrings played perfectly into this look. Her make-up enhanced her lovely skin tone and her dramatic eye make-up gave her eyes just the right pop. Michael Douglas has a lovely woman for sure!!!
Let's talk about my pick for worst dressed:
Not that I expected anything great from Michelle Williams, but this takes the cake. Not only does the petite star look frumpy in this mess of a dress, but the plainness of her hair, and lack of accessories (that make it look like she is going to a barbeque instead of stepping on the red carpet at one of the biggest award shows of the year) only help this celeb look more like a plain jane than a star. The daisy print is obviously a nightmare, but even if the daisies were missing, this dress is ill-fitted and looks more like something made in a home economics class than in a designer's workroom. My advice to Michelle is to fire her stylist ASAP!
Remember, follow along here as I review each celebrity in the order they appear in the slideshow.
Angelina Jolie - Stunning! Definitely one of the contenders for my best dressed. She rarely disappoints on a red carpet. This sparkly, emerald green dress was a perfect color choice for her. I was glad to see her in a bright color, since we so often see her in black. Wide shoulders appear to be coming back in style, and this gown's lines did so much to accentuate Angelina's great figure. I love the waistline and the v-drop in the back. Her hair was a cascade of long mellow waves, and the color was brilliant. A+ for sure!
Scarlett Johansson - What? The Bride of Frankenstein meets Hollywood! You would think she would be trying to impress since she is newly divorced, but I cannot keep from thinking that she went out of her way to do the exact opposite. Not only are her skin and dress the same color, but her hairstyle should be reserved for Halloween only. Again... what?
Eva Longoria - I LOVE everything about this look except for the duct tape used to make cleavage. That part tends to make me think she used to be a pageant contestant. Other than that bit of a flaw, she looks stunning. She wears black as well as any Latino, and the lines of this dress accentuate that amazing figure!!! The gown is accessorized just perfectly on its own without needing accessories elsewhere. Eva's lovely up-do and neutral make-up complete this look!
Anne Hathaway - I do love this metallic, backless number! I do love the color on Anne! I do think that it shows off her figure nicely! Here are some things I DON'T like... even though 80's inspired shoulder pads are coming back, this dress takes it a little overboard. I also think that as young as Anne is, she should have gone with a sleeveless dress instead of long sleeves. Leave that look to Angelina! There is absolutely nothing spectacular about Anne's make-up, hairstyle, or boring clutch. She may as well be going out to lunch with those!!!
Jennifer Lopez - If my grandmother was going to get remarried, I would definitely choose this dress. Enough said!!
Olivia Wilde - Definitely another one of my contenders for best dressed. However, her choppy, severely straight hair (as evidenced by her onscreen capture more than online pictures), and cat-eye make-up, took her from Hollywood glamour to nightclub flair! The dress is to-die-for though!
Julianne Moore - There is no surprise when I see Julianne on the red carpet. She hasn't had a good look in way too many years to count. She always chooses the wrong dress, wrong fabric, wrong color, and boring hairstyle. This pink dress looks thrown together by an amateur seamstress, and as I always say, "Don't wear satin to an award show"! It never photographs well!
Halle Berry - Well, she looks good in black, right? That's the only good thing I can say about the lingerie inspired number she had on last night. Lingerie belongs in the bedroom, not on the red carpet. And what's up with the sheer train?
Christina Aguilera - There are very few gowns consisting of black lace over a neutral fabric that I have ever liked. Neither of these go with Christina's pale skin. Even though Christina is petite with awesome curves, this makes her look frumpy and waist-less. A bracelet or necklace would have also looked nice. Her hair is just blah!
Lea Michele - I'm not usually a ruffle person, as most of you know. I did however like the "idea" behind this dress. The pink color looks great on Lea, but the fabric used for this dress made the seams appear like they were sewed by a faulty sewing machine. I think this look could have gotten an A from me if a less stiff fabric had been used. I really liked her simple, but elegant jewelry and her nicely loose up-do.
Sandra Bullock - 60 year old Joan Jett in a beautiful crystal overlay gown. Hmmm... Nice accessories. Very bad make-up.
Helena Bonham Carter - Bizarre and unconventional pretty much sum Helena up, personality-wise and obviously dress-wise too. She didn't get my worst dressed, because if Helena would have been in something elegant and subtle, it just wouldn't be her. Yes, it's a crazy look she had last night, but it suits her perfectly.
Carrie Underwood - It seems that I've used this word to review Carrie before... BORING! There is nothing that stands out about her look last night. She is one color head-to-toe, and even though the gown fits her nicely, it doesn't give her a wow factor at all. The very minimal accessories and extremely boring hair just make this overall look even more blah!
Sofia Vergera - This girl rocks pretty much anything she wears. Even though this choice of dress wasn't the best she's ever had, she does rock it with her amazing skin-tone, figure, and presence. The color is beautiful, and the black belt accentuates her waist and curves. She completes her amazing look with loose wavy hair and her glamorous make-up and accessories.
Megan Fox - I love Megan's dress. It is very elegant and is embellished perfectly with crystals, and ribbon-like strips. The thing that kept Megan out of best dressed choices is the fact that her hair and make-up are way under-stated. She looks pale and her hair looks more wig-like than natural.
Natalie Portman - Pregnant or not, Natalie can always rock a dress. I loved the "idea" of this dress. The gown flows nicely over Natalie's pregnant frame, and the rose applique could have been great if had been a color much closer to the original dress. The fact that it is red and is paired with a red clutch and red shoes, take away from Natalie's overall look. Natalie's hair looks great from the front, but the back makes me want to question whether or not her new fiance chose to style it for her.
Jennifer Lawrence - The picture of her featured on OMG Yahoo does not show the full beauty of this dress. I am going to write this review based on what I saw onscreen. I loved the look!!! From the wide black straps to the Spanish-inspired skirt, this dress was amazing. I also like the black and white airbrushed look. Her heels were beautiful, and I loved her messy up-do.
Heidi Klum - Heidi usually fails to impress, and she made no exception last night. I'm not sure what was up with this draped, striped number that used all the left over material to bunch together a belt. Heidi's hair looked like it needed a good coloring, and her make-up looked like a Mary Kay consultant did it. Will she ever get a red carpet look right?
Jennifer Love Hewitt - I totally get this dress!!! Jennifer had an old satin comforter and sheet set that she needed recycling. The heavy neckline on this dress, cheap-looking jeweled waistline, and overdone skirt made Jennifer look like an overweight grandmother. Her piled-high hairdo just added to this overall major FAIL!
Julia Stiles - She actually looked stunning last night! From her loose, curly hair to her amazing mermaid dress, she was the epitome of Hollywood elegance.
Kyra Sedgwick - If I were to take the guts of a pumpkin and make them into a dress, this would be the result! Her jewelry reminds me of an Egyptian queen (and not in a good way), and her severely-parted up-do did nothing to enhance her facial features.
Claire Danes - Although I would have chosen a different color for this dress, I do love it, and I think the simplicity of it does a great job of not overpowering her small frame. The high neckline, cutaway shoulders, and accentuated waistline hung great on Claire's petite figure. I am not too thrilled about Claire's hairstyle or accessories. They both could have been a little bolder.
Kelly Osbourne - She has worked so hard to get fit! This look that she chose last night did nothing to show that! The one-shoulder, satin nightmare that she was wearing looked like a backdrop to a play featuring a lightening bolt prop! Her hair looked greasy and her make-up made her look way older than she is.
Jane Krakowski - This is how you do preggers on the red carpet! She was probably the most stunning expectant mother I have ever seen at an awards show. From her golden locks, bright chunky earrings, one-shoulder blue gown with lace accent, to her perfectly professional make-up job, Jane is a definite stunner!
Nicole Kidman - Why do I always feel like I repeat myself when I write a review about Nicole Kidman's red carpet look? Oh, it's because I do, and because she always chooses a flesh colored gown that goes horribly with her skin-tone. I would love to see the dress she wore last night in color! The one-shoulder gown was nothing spectacular, but if it were perhaps a bright red or green, accessorized with some chunky jewelry, and paired with an elegant up-do, it could definitely become a look to remember.
Jane Lynch - This dress just proves that there are good uses for recycled trash bags. She should get an A+ just for going green! Go Jane... once again, you have failed to impress!
Tilda Swinton - Not worthy of my review!
Leighton Meester - The picture of this dress does nothing to show the beauty of it. I really liked it onscreen! I think it would have been well suited on someone older than Leighton, but it did fit her frame nicely. Even though this is another neutral color, it did have some silver airbrush-like color added to it. I loved Leighton's chunky, silver platform heels, but wasn't impressed with her hairstyle or accessories.
Elisabeth Moss - Origami gone bad! This green dress with an accordion-like bust, and patched waistline and hips didn't flatter Elisabeth in the least. Accessories were blah, and her hair was more suited for shopping than the red carpet.
Annette Benning - She absolutely looked like a transvestite to me last night. The dress wasn't bad, but it would have been nicer in a bright color. Annette's hairstyle, lack of make-up and nerdy glasses were all a tad scary!
Julie Bowen - Once again, this overall look was better featured onscreen than online. I loved everything about it!!! The taupe dress did have quite a few ruffles, but they weren't overbearing on Julie's small frame. I loved the lines running through her dress, and it fit her figure so well. Julie's hair was simple and elegant, and her dramatic eyes made a statement on their own!
Sarah Hyland - This was a little too much dress for this petite star. I did like the embellishments on the dress and her lovely necklace, and the way the dress flows at the bottom is stunning. Sarah's soft bangs were a nice change from the severe choppy bangs we have been seeing lately.
Christina Hendricks - I usually love this redhead in red. Not so much last night! The dress was overbearing, even though Christina isn't petite, and she has some nice curves. The flower-like embellishment that extends up into Christina's hair makes it look like it's attacking her. I think she should stick with embellishments around her waist or on her hips. She should have had her hair up for such a dress as this.
Dianna Agron - ANOTHER contender for best dressed. Even though I tend to steer clear of those who seem to be the same color from head to toe, she pulled it off beautifully! Her neutral dress had a shimmer to it that went great with her accessories... especially her royal-like necklace!!! Her loose, wavy, Hollywood hair topped it all off nicely!
Mila Kunis - Yet another contender for my best dressed! Once again, we had a beautiful, bold green gown on the red carpet last night. I loved the heavy fabric, the one-shoulder poof, and the waist wraps on this dress. It fit her perfectly! Her up-do was old Hollywood glam! She is definitely on her way to being a big star, and last night's look proved it.
January Jones - Once again, she proves that Ashton Kutcher did the right thing when he dumped her years ago! Does she ever look in the mirror before stepping out on the red carpet? The bandage-like dress looked like it was on backwards, and her old-hollywood hairstyle would have been better suited on someone with more grace and style.
Amy Adams - I was truly hoping she would get it right this year. Her dress choices always overpower her... even when she was expecting! This odd blue number, with some child-like cutouts on the embellishments, is all wrong. Amy's hair also, once again, fails to impress.
Mila Jovovich - The overall silhouette of this dress is stunning! When you get down to the details... not so much! There is nothing spectacular about any part of this dress. Mila's side-swept hair is as boring as the rest of her.
Tina Fey - I must say that this dress looked much better onscreen! I did like the royal blue color, the fabric, and the fit of this dress. I am not impressed by the ruffled sleeves, neckline, or by Tina's hair-don't. I do love her accessories however!
Hailee Steinfeld - What an amazing look! Nothing like a straight, side ponytail to keep this beautiful look youthful, but elegant. The pearl halter dress had just enough character to stand out, but not overpower this young star. She gets an A+ from me!
Melissa Leo - There is nothing spectacular about this dress at all. It's black (blah), it has a square neckline (blah), and even though it's sparkly, it has no character (obvious blah)! She could have found a gown to fit her figure better, and done something different with her mess of a hairstyle!
Jayma Mays - Can you say MOUSY? The hairstyle, the dress, the orange lipstick ALL go towards making this overly thin star look like a dressed up mouse. I took a long hard look and really tried to find something positive to say about her look, but it's just not coming to me...
Vanessa Williams - The one-shoulder metallic dress is beautiful. Would I have picked it for Vanessa? Nope! Not at all! Her figure isn't what it was 20 years ago, and I don't think she pulled off this figure hugging gown like she would have when she was younger. I totally think it was a bad choice for her!
Piper Perabo - I loved this dress onscreen. In the photos online, it's just "ok". It is in NO WAY a contender for best dressed, but it is definitely elegant, and when paired with Piper's beautiful up-do (better seen onscreen), and her amazing figure, it truly does shine!
Katey Sagal - Have you ever tried on one of those ill-fitting Halloween costumes? I believe that's what Katey did before stepping out on the red carpet! I can't say much more!
Gabourey Sidibe - Hmmm. I cannot figure out whether I like or hate this dress. Gabourey is a very hard fit, because of her obvious obesity. Aside from that, she has pulled off some nice looks in the past. This gown isn't horrible on her, but it isn't great either. If I had to stay neutral on any dress of the evening, this would probably be it.
Edie Falco - First of all, who? Second of all, I have nothing to say about this. Really!
Helen Mirren - This is SUCH an age-appropriate dress. I love everything about this look. Her diamond necklace is amazing! Her hair is perfect! Her dress is flattering! She gets an A+ from me for sure!
Amber Riley - Please tell me this looked much better onscreen, because here it looks like a big roll of aluminum foil! I do think the lines of the dress are perfect for her figure, including the waist-cinching belt, but the fabric is hard to get past!
Jenna Uskowitz - Simply gorgeous! Casey says that this dress looks like a prom dress above the waist and a Golden Globe dress below the waist. I just think that it's an overall Golden Globe WIN!!! I think Jenna looks stunning from her loose, curly hair to the bottom of her ruffly blue dress.
Jessalyn Gilsig - Fist of all... what a name... wow! I think this brocade dress was gorgeous onscreen. I'm not sure of the color, but I know it wasn't completely black. It would never get on the best dressed list, but it was definitely worth a look. Jessalyn's hairstyle and accessories were a perfect addition to this lovely dress!
Julianne Hough - I loved everything about this! The neckline of this black dress was adorned with a necklace-like applique, and the dress itself fit Julianne perfectly. I also loved her simple, but elegant up-do! A+ for sure!
Kaley Cuoco - Ewwwwww!!!! Nothing about her hair, her face, her skin, her dress, her accessories stick out!!!! She would get lost in the background if there weren't black letters on the signboard. What made her choose this?
Giuliana Rancic - Pretty? YES! Elegant? YES! Memorable? NO! Sometimes I think she tries too hard!
There are more celebs that I saw on the red carpet that I wanted to review. I cannot remember their names, and none of them were best or worst dressed, so I won't try to find them. This year, was by far, the hardest I've had to review as of yet. I am hoping that the Oscar's prove to be easier. Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts whether you agree or disagree with my reviews. :)
Monday, January 17, 2011
I'm back again with another fashion review. If you haven't seen my previous reviews, and would like to check them out, here they are: Oscar Fashion 2009, Golden Globe Fashion 2010, and Oscar Fashion 2010.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
My Life as a Brunette
Five weeks ago, I decided to become a brunette. I hadn't had brown hair in almost 10 years, and even then, I didn't consider myself a "brunette". It was always light brown. I wanted to see what it felt like. I wanted to actually call myself a brunette.. so after my hairdresser's 5 minute protest, she finally agreed to send me into brunetteland!
I found out some things during that time. First of all, even after having dark brown hair for a full 5 weeks, I still shocked myself everytime I looked in the mirror. I saw myself as pale and washed out, because I had been used to looking at blonde hair for so long. The day after I colored it, I wanted to immediately go and get blonde highlights. I called my hairdresser and she told me to give it a week.
Blondes and brunettes definitely get different responses from other people. Now, personally, I am drawn to people with darker hair. If you put a magazine in front of me and there is a blonde and a brunette on the same page, my eye will automatically go to the brunette. I don't know why.. I guess it's just the way I am. It's also one of the reasons I wanted to try it out.
As a brunette, I found women to be friendlier towards me. It wasn't my imagination. It's true. I don't know if women see a brunette woman as more trustworthy, friendly, or what, but I definitely got a more positive response from females. The opposite was true for men. It was almost like I became invisible. Not that I want men hitting on me, but it was so obvious that most men do prefer blondes. I did have a handful of men at church tell me they liked my brown hair, but for the most part, I would get a shake of the head (like "I can't believe you did that"), an actual "WHY DID YOU DO THAT?" or an "Oh, you colored your hair" response, which we all know means... "I can't stand it". My dad even shook his head at me.
As for my husband, he has always preferred brunettes so he tells me. He did like me as a brunette, but told me that he missed my blonde hair. After all, he married a blonde, right? Soooooo, after living 5 very long weeks with dark brown hair, I am finally a blonde again.
I learned a lot about people and myself while living in brunetteland. I also learned that I never want to go back there. Not because I don't like brunettes, because like I said, I naturally am drawn to them, but because I don't like ME as one.