Before You Watch the Oscars on Sunday, Revisit the Best of the Awards Season Red Carpet

Many think of January 1st as New Year’s Day, but if you’re like me it means the start of awards season. Every other weekend brings yet another red carpet. This has been a very difficult year for Hollywood in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, but it did give rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements encouraging and empowering all women and men to stop the culture of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

As the season ends on Oscar Sunday, let’s look back at the highlights of this year’s red carpet.

Yara Shahidi in Giambatitsta Valli

GettyImages-904042192-1-835x1253 Yara Shahidi
c/o Getty Images

Sarah Hyland in Naeem Khan

Sarah Hyland Pop Sugar
c/o JustJared

Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo

Tracee Ellis Ross JustJared
c/o JustJared

Kimiko Glenn in Peter Langner

Kimiko Glenn PopSugar
c/o PopSugar

Issa Rae in Prabal Gurung

Issa Rae Elle UK
c/o Elle UK

Jackie Cruz in Rami Kadi

Jackie Cruz Daily Express
c/o Daily Express

Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent

Zoe Kravitz Life & Style
c/o Life & Style

Natalia Dyer in Dior

Natalia Dyer SAG Awards
c/o PopSugar

Susan Kelechi Watson in Rubin Singer

susan-kelechi-watson-2018-sag-awards CelebMafia
c/o Celeb Mafia

Madeline Brewer in Reem Acra

madeline-brewer Hawt Celebrities
c/o HawtCelebs


The Oscars are on Sunday at 8pm ET on ABC, but they will have red carpet coverage starting at 6:30pm ET.

My Top 3 Drugstore Cosmetics/Skincare Purchases This Month

In the past I’ve spent way too much money on skincare and cosmetics. Yes, sometimes it’s good to splurge and some high end products are worth the hype, but I’m on a budget and determined to stick to it.  Luckily my new office is above a Duane Reade, so I basically live there now. Here are my top 3 purchases from this month:

  1. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
c/o Maybelline

I have a combination skin, so in the winter I have trouble finding a foundation. For some reason I seem to get a dry patch right between my eyebrows. This is a gel-whipped foundation so it feels very light on, but covers beautifully. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, stays on all day, and I’m happy to report no dry patches.


     2.  Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Simple Micellar Water
c/o Simple

I’ll admit, I’m late to the game with the whole micellar water trend, but I’m glad I finally arrived. I’m using this as a toner and it gets every last bit of makeup off, and I’ve already noticed a difference in the size of my pores. I hear micellar water will be in shampoos now, so I can’t wait to try those, too!


3. Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush

Burt's Bees Magenta Rush
c/o Burt’s Bees

Even though I love my Nars lip pencils, I have no control when it comes to lipstick. I must try every and all brands. I picked up Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush, and this has to be one of my top five lipsticks. It is so moisturizing and the color is so beautiful. I was a little worried about the name, Magenta Rush, thinking it would be too harsh, but it’s a good mix of hot pink and purple and I feel it would suit a lot of skin tones.

What are some of your favorite drugstore buys?

Top 10 Dresses Inspired By The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel All Under $200

With all the depressing news over the past year, like most people I’ve turned to television and/or books to escape. As a die hard Gilmore Girls fan, I was counting down the days until the premiere of Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and she did not disappoint! Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, is so inspiring and just what we need to cope amidst the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.

Set in New York City in 1958, Midge’s life is turned upside down when her husband leaves her and their two kids. She goes from housewife to working girl and aspiring stand-up comedian, relying on her sense of humor, confidence, style, and tenacity to make her way in a world and industry dominated by men.

If you don’t already know, I’m obsessed with the clothing from the ’50s & ’60’s, so the costumes on this show give me so much joy. I’m hoping Amazon teams up with a clothing line in time for the Season 2 premiere. Fingers crossed.

Here are my Top 10 dresses inspired by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and they are all under $200! Enjoy!

  1. Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Tea-Length Dress
Adrianna Pappell Tea Length Gown
c/o Adrianna Papell/Bloomingdale’s

2.  Adrianna Papell Fit & Flare Dress

Adrianna Pappell Fit and Flare Dress with Illusion
c/o Adrianna Papell/Nordstrom

3. Betsey Johnson Floral Fit & Flare Dress

Betsey Johnson Floral Dress
c/o Betsey Johnson/Nordstrom

4. Adrianna Papell Alyssa Floral Organza Fit & Flare Dress 

Adrianna Pappell Floral Organza Dress
c/o Adrianna Papell/Lord & Taylor

5. Modcloth’s Fabulous Fit and Flare Dress with Pockets in Navy

Modcloth Fit and Flare Dress
c/o Modcloth

6. Adrianna Papell’s Tafetta Skirt Dress

AP Taffeta Skirt Dress
c/o Adrianna Papell/Bloomingdale’s

7. Eliza J. Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress

Eliza J Jacquard Fit and Flare Dress with Illusion Neckline
c/o Eliza J/Nordstrom

8. SL Fashions Plus Sized Sequined Dress & Jacket

SL Fashions Sequined Dress and Jacket
c/o SL Fashions/Macy’s

9. Tahari Arthur S. Levine Bow Waist Fit & Flare Dress

Tahari Bow Dress
c/o Tahari/Lord & Taylor

10. R&M Richards Belted Floral Brocade Fit & Flare Dress

R M Richards Belted Floral Brocade Fit & Flare Dress
c/o R & M Richards/Macy’s

If you haven’t binged The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you are in luck. To celebrate their Golden Globes wins, Amazon Prime is allowing you to watch for FREE through Monday.

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 31

This is it. We have reached the final day of Dress-tivus, the 1st annual 31 day celebration of designer dresses to help inspire your holiday party ensembles. Thank you so much for putting up with me through all of this. Daily blogging is no joke. Much respect to those who do this every day.

For my final dress, I wanted to choose one that said, “Peace out, 2017. I’m over you. I’ve met someone else. Don’t call. Don’t text,” and I feel this Oscar De La Renta dress fits the bill. At first glance, I thought the material was leather, but it’s actually 100% silk. Is it just me, or does the bodice have a Wonder Woman-like quality to it? Overall, I like how it straddles the line between badass and classy just like. . .Wonder Woman!

Oscar De La Renta Strapless Flared Dress
c/o Oscar De La Renta/

Happy New Year! Be safe! 2018 is going to be amazing!

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 30

The penultimate day of Dress-tivus! Two more dresses and one more day until we get to kiss this year goodbye. I hope everyone is enjoying their time off and getting some much needed rest.

Today’s pick from Parker Black has a lot going on! There’s beading, sequins, fringe, and ostrich feathers! That’s right. I said ostrich feathers! I don’t think you could stop me from shimmying all night in this dress. LOVE!

Parker Black Allegra Embellished Fringe Mini Cocktail Dress
c/o Parker Black/Neiman Marcus

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 29

The final 3 days of Dress-tivus, your favorite celebration of dresses to help inspire your holiday party outfits! Honestly, I don’t know how anyone is going out on Sunday. It has been so bitterly cold this past week. I came home 2 hours ago and I still can’t get warm! As I write this, I have a fleece shirt under a onesie and a wool blanket over my lap.

However, if you don’t mind the arctic chill and still plan on venturing out for NYE, good for you. I’m loving today’s pick from Jenny Packham. It somehow manages to look both Art Deco and Studio 54 at the same time. That is impressive. Plus the color is gorgeous!

Jenny Packham Zigzag Beaded Dolman Cocktail Dress
c/o Jenny Packham/Neiman Marcus

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 28

Final 3 days of Dress-tivus, the bestest celebration of designer dresses to help inspire your holiday party wardrobe!

This dress needs no explanation. It’s a Carolina Herrera confetti dress, and what is more perfect for New Year’s Eve then this? NOTHING! It’s an actual party dress!

CH Confetti Embellished Silk Faille Cocktail Dress
c/o Carolina Herrera/Saks Fifth Avenue