Top 5 Performances at the 58th #Grammys

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I had way too much fun watching the 58th Grammys on Monday night!

From the fashion to the presenter monologues, the show was definitely one to watch. LL Cool J hosted with his LL broach on the lapel of his suit jacket and several pieces of blindingly sparkling rings on his fingers.

Also, is it just me, or did everyone decide to show up with a haircut?! Taylor Swift went à la Anna Wintour, Sam Smith looked so much older with a closer shave, and Adele looked stunning with a shorter ‘do. Even the Lincoln Navigator commercial that showed during the Grammys featured Matthew McConaughey with shorter hair. WHAT IS THIS?!

Anyway, here were the performances that got me off the couch and on my feet throughout the evening.

1. Lionel Richie Tribute Medley, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Tyrese and others

You know you were alive before the new millenium when you get uber excited about hearing “Hello” and “Brick House.” I also really loved the suit Demi Lovato wore for her portion of the performance.

2. “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night” by The Weeknd

Gotta love seeing this crazy haired man perform!

3. “Love Yourself” and “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber 

Loved the acoustic version of “Love Yourself.” Not sure how I feel about that cheetah jacket on the Biebs, though.

4. David Bowie Tribute Medley, Lady Gaga

Can we just stop for a second to appreciate how much effort she put into the aesthetics of this performance?! They couldn’t have picked a better person to do this tribute. Also, that robot keyboard is too cool.

5. “El Taxi” by Pitbull

Two words: SOFIA VERGARA. Boy, does Pitbull know how to close a show!

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Gallery Mondays: Jessica Calderwood’s ‘Pressed’

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Did you get to press your lips against someone’s fuzzy face for Valentine’s Day yesterday? I hope you did!

I saved this piece of art I found at R|R Gallery in the West Village of NYC called Pressed specifically for the day after Valentine’s Day because, well, you know, it’s so cheese. And squish. And warm. And fuzzy. 

The artwork was part of an exhibit called Flora and Flesh by Jessica Calderwood, which I got to see on it’s opening night, January 21st. The piece was created using enamel on metal. I’d love to have been there to watch Calderwood make these, because they look super difficult yet so fascinating.

I really like the anonymity of the artwork because it’s easy to just imagine yourself or a couple you know as the faces hidden in fuzzy pom poms. Since the arms that are visible look like newspaper print black and white, there’s no exclusion when it comes to race either.

It kind of reminds me of the face in a hole images, except way fancier.

See more of Calderwood’s work at www.jessicacalderwood.com.

Photo Diary: Marisa Perry Atelier Bourbon & Baubles Event

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Never did it dawn on me that jewels and spirits might be the perfect combo.

I was invited to the Bourbon & Baubles event at Marisa Perry Atelier, a jewelry shop in the West Village of NYC, on February 11th. The event was part bourbon tasting and part jewelry perusing.

I’m not much of a bourbon fan so I settled on some sparkling pomegranate to start and then moved up to a sparkly white wine I didn’t catch the name of. When I asked for the wine, the bartender looked at me weird and asked “How old are you?”

“I’m 21,” I told him. He just stared at me. “Do you want to see my I.D.?”

I never get carded at intimate events like this, but I wasn’t leaving that table without my white wine, so I pulled my wallet out.

Just then, Marisa Perry walked by in her gorgeous red dress and purple pumps.

“Are you serious?” she asked when she saw me taking my I.D. out of my wallet.

“She looks 17!” the bartender exclaimed.

Marisa then gave me a side hug and laughed. “Take it as a compliment, darling. I’d be jumping over tables if someone asked me for my I.D.”

Yes, Marisa Perry hugged me. She’s is officially the coolest jewelry shop owner I’ve ever met.

Since none of the friends I invited were able to make it, I had way too much time on my hands to take photos at the event. I hereby present to you the bourbon, the baubles, and the adorable chocolate lab.

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My sparkly white wine.

My sparkly white wine.

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Douglas Elliot jewelry

Jewels by Marisa Perry’s husband/co-owner of the shop.

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Heart shaped sugar cookie

Heart shaped sugar cookie!

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Max, Marisa’s chocolate lab. She was trying so hard to find crumbs all over the floor to eat!

Learn more about Marisa Perry Atelier at www.marisaperry.com.

Valentine’s Day 2016: Nicholas Sparks Style

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What do you do on Valentine’s Day when it’s 21° F but feels like -10 ° F outside and you don’t want your Valentine to get frostbite?

Stay inside with a book or a movie!

Although his personal romantic life may be a bit of a mess right now, Nicholas Sparks is one of the most romantic storytellers of all time. His romances will warm your heart, whether in book form or on the flat screen TV in your living room.

So grab a blanket for two, a bottle of wine and cuddle up with your Valentine, because it’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2016, Nicholas Sparks style. Here are four books and movies by the author that’ll put the sap in sappy romance.

1. The Last Song (2010)
Starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth as Ronnie Miller and Will Blakelee.
For those of you who miss the old Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth pre-Gale Hawthorne, this one is a must watch. Animal lovers reading the book or watching on screen will fall in love with the sea turtles they rescue on the beach.

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2. The Longest Ride (2015)
Starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood as Luke Collins and Sophia Danko.
If you love all things rodeo, fine arts, vintage love stories, and city meets country romance, this one’s for you. I dare you not to see Clint Eastwood every time you look at Luke!

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3. A Walk to Remember (2002)
Starring Mandy Moore and Shane West as Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter.
This one is a tear jerker. Gentlemen, if you’re having trouble figuring out how to ask her dad to let you take her out on a date, pay attention to the scene where Landon asks the reverend the big question.

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4. The Choice (2016)
Starring Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker as Gabby Holland and Travis Parker.
Spend some time reading The Choice and take a rain-check on seeing it in theaters. Warning: beware of Travis’ obsessive southern hospitality.

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Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day 2016!

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Fan Art Fridays: Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp is the latest actor to portray none other than Donald Dump  Trump in a biopic/parody.

The actor’s role as Donald Trump on Funny or Die is based on the 2016 presidential candidate’s book The Art of the Deal. I couldn’t handle how accurately Johnny Depp portrayed Trump, from the hair to the voice, all the way down to the antics.

I honestly wonder if there’s anyone that can’t imitate Trump…

Anyway, this led to my decision to feature Johnny Depp for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. This one was created by Singhooi Lim who has also made fan art of other celebs like Jackie Chan and Michael Jackson.

Is it just me, or does Johnny’s hair not look as if there weren’t a strand out of place?

View the original fan art here and enjoy the Funny or Die’s The Art of the Deal trailer below.

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Lily Aldridge in LA

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Oh, how I wish it were still jumpsuit weather in NYC…

Lily Aldridge stepped out in Los Angeles on February 8th in a tribal print jumpsuit featuring red, white, black, and tan colored patterns.

She topped off the look with a black designer bag and some comfy black strap sandals. I believe she met up with her husband for a meal at some point during the day, making this the perfect laid back brunch outfit.

You can shop the same jumpsuit and handbag Lily is wearing below (marked with *) and find some alternatives to the other items to complete the look.

Jumpsuit:

1. Net-A-Porter, $454.00 *

2. Forever 21, $20.99

Sandals:

3. Express, $24.90

4. J. Crew, $284.99

Bag:

5. Barneys, $2,990.00 *

6. Kate Spade, $268.00

 

Valentine’s Day Dresses in Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

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It’s Wednesday and you still don’t have a clue what to wear for Valentine’s Day on Sunday. Let’s try to not make this a first world problem.

Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year happen to be two romantically charged hues. Many romantic-style rooms are decorated with pink and blue, which are the basic names for Pantone’s 2016 colors Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Here’s some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day 2016 look, a-la-Pantone:

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ASOS, $146.00

Charlotte Russe, $28.99

Venus, $29.00

Maykool, $27.99

BCBGeneration, $118.00

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Tobi, $68.00

Lulu’s, $58.00

Tobi, $66.00

Yoins, $33.95

Oasap, $27.99