Hop on the Jamberry Train

This weekend I am throwing a Jamberry party.  Some of you who are like me and aren’t always up on the latest at-home party services might not be sure what that might entail.  Well it’s an experience you won’t forget.  I attended my first Jamberry party a few weeks ago when I was asked by my friend Allison to attend her launch party.  This means that she was having a party to announce her new endeavor as a Jamberry sales rep.  I fell in love with the product as much as she did (though I won’t become a sales rep anytime soon…I have enough hobbies already).  Let me get right down to it!

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As you can see in the manicure I did yesterday, the index finger and the fourth finger have the Jamberry product.  The Jamberry is a nail applique that lasts about two weeks when applied correctly.  It’s basically a long-lasting nail sticker.  They come in sheets for $15.50 and you can get a whole lot of bang for your buck out of them.  It’s way cheaper than going to the salon.  The application process involves the use of your hair dryer (for heating up the Jamberry in order to form it to your finger) and your basic manicure set.  I like to use the Jamberries as accents but you are welcome to do all your nails at once.  I prefer to mix it up with my own collection of polishes to give it a more eclectic look.  Plus you can get more manicures out of your Jamberry sheet.  Just call me Bargain Betty.  You can check them out and place your order here.  The deadline is Friday at midnight!  Get your Jamberry on!

SAG Awards Best and Worst

The SAG awards is always an interesting fashion event because there is usually a little more creativity than the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards, but this year there were some really chic simple gowns. I’m not sure if this is valid, but I felt like there was some star power missing from the show. And by star power I mainly mean Benedict Cumberbatch, the only star who matters (I also didn’t see Mark Ruffalo, Kate Hudson, Tina Fey, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, or Channing Tatum). I will forgive him though because his fiance is expecting, so maybe they have to pick their moments this year. (Speaking of pregnant: Is Amy Poehler pregnant? I can’t tell, and it’s always awkward to ask… I didn’t even know she had a boyfriend.)

I borrowed the images from People.com.

My Best:

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones: This is a perfect combination of interesting and understated. I love the architectural detail and the perfect fit. She looks flawless, timeless, glamorous, elegant…

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon: Another chic simple gown. Reese always stays pretty simple, but it usually looks great, and this was no exception. The back was interesting as well. She’s now a regular on my best list!

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum: I thought this was a great combination of pretty, interesting, flattering, and fashionable. I love a lace motif, and this is a great spin on the standard lace overlay dress. I’m not thrilled with the middle part bangs, but you can’t win ‘em all.

My Worst:

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones: This is just not doing it for me. The hair and makeup is nice and the silhouette is not hideous but I don’t really get the print and trim. It looks like it could be the makings of a great apron, but it doesn’t seem like a formal enough print/color for the red carpet.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep: This kills me a little because who would want to be negative about Meryl. The problem is that I could wear this dress to work, and frankly, it wouldn’t be one of my “dressy” days. She was a nominee! She pretty much does this for every awards show, I would love to see her do a gown and wear something other than black. Also, would it kill you to wear a necklace with that v-neck?

Claire Danes

Claire Danes: I don’t get it. The fabric looks like drapes, and the belt kills it. It’s baggy and not particularly flattering. I know Ms. Danes likes to be fashion forward in a creative way, but better luck next time. I will say, though, hair and makeup is pretty great.

Last Five

Songs I downloaded on iTunes.

1. Sugar Daddy by Neil Patrick Harris from cast recording of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I saw NPH perform this on the Tony’s last summer and I finally decided that I needed to own the recording. I think the soundtrack recording is not a high energy as his performance at the Tony’s but it’s still pretty great.

2. Stuck On a Feeling by Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg. I am obsessed with this song. It actually sounds a little bit retro to me. Not real retro, but late 90’s/early 2000’s retro. I have no idea who Prince Royce is, but I like him. I think it’s very reminiscent of the New Kids on the Block. Which leads me to my next download…

3. Give it to You by Jordan Knight. Stuck on a Feeling made me think of this song for some reason, and then I realized that I didn’t have this song. Problem solved. This is definitely on of the great pop songs of 1999. I’m pretty sure I listened to it 8 times in a row during a run the other day. I don’t know how I was living without it for so long.

4. Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande featuring The Weekend. I always am on the fence about spending money on Ariana Grande songs because I’m luke warm about her as a person and I figure it’s just a pop song that I’ll get bored of in five minutes. But then I always give in. This song is classic young pop star, “I’m an innocent young girl, but I’m going to sing about sex.” There is nothing discreet about these lyrics.

5. Jealous(I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo. Do not be confused, this is not the Nick Jonas song. I was browsing around on iTunes and I listened to a sample of this. It’s unbelievably catchy and hilarious like every other Chromeo song. It was a must have.

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Golden Globes Best and Worst

Awards season 2015: here we go!

First of all, I have not seen too many movies this year for whatever reason, but I did see The Imitation Game on Christmas day and it is the best. I think it should win every award from now on! I am a full fledged Cumberbitch now!

Now lets talk about clothes. There was a lot of white on the red carpet, and a lot of rather simple dresses. Lots of glamorous mermaid and column silhouettes rather than more fashion forward unique choices. It seemed relatively understated overall, but very elegant. A lot of pretty and sexy dresses, but not many statement fashion pieces. A good steady start to Awards season.

I borrowed all of the images from People.com.

My Best:

Amy Adams

Amy Adams: At first I thought this was a little boring, but frankly it’s quite impeccable. Usually she chooses a bolder color, so I was surprised she went for a pastel blue. The draping and the fit couldn’t be better. If it wasn’t perfect I think it would fall in the realm of bridesmaid dress, but Amy did it right!

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain: She always cracks me up because she seems like such a sweet, understated person during the red carpet interviews, but she really serves up the drama with her dress every single time. Not a groundbreaking silhouette but it’s definitely working for her and I love a metallic!

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick: Anna is a Kate Spade spokesperson, and this gown seems very Kate Spade-ish to me so it makes sense. I like that it’s classic but has some interest with the beading. It works very well for her.

Reese

Reese Witherspoon: This is very plain but I think it’s just done very well. There were several stars that did similar looks, but the metallic kicks it up a notch. I don’t know that Reese is usually this sparkly so I was happy to see her amp it up a little. (The one thing that would have pushed it up one more notch would be some big sapphire statement pieces to add some interest)

My Worst:

Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike: The concept of the dress is not terrible. I find it ill-fitting and very unflattering on her. It seems like the straps are two inches too long.

Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet: She usually leans towards a retro look (somewhere from 1920’s-1940’s), so this dress does not surprise me for her. I wish it was a little less blah. If the waist was defined with a wide band and it bloused out a little above the natural waist, it might be a little more flattering. With a little nip and a tuck it would be so much better, it’s just too much blousey material.

Taylor Schilling

Taylor Schilling: The dress is not a bad dress, but the whole look seems way too severe and she does not look her best. I think it’s the middle part, strong eye brows, and red lips. It’s a little much.

George Clooney, Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney: Could this be more of a snooze? I think she was trying to be subtle so she wouldn’t steal George’s thunder, but I was very disappointed.

What are your thoughts? Who were your best and worst?

2015 Resolutions

Happy New Year! The best has yet to come!

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Some people think New Year’s Resolutions are corny and unnecessary. Corny as they may be, I think it’s always a good opportunity to audit your life and set a few goals, whether it be in January or any other month of the year.

So here goes:

1. Streamline my wardrobe. Buy fewer clothes, but focus on higher quality, classics with a few statement pieces. Purge clothing that I don’t wear anymore. This is going to be a tough one for me, but I’ve already started:

2. Get a tighter reign on my finances and put some more forethought into my financial planning. I’ve already made a trip to the bank and gave my accounts a big overhaul! (this will be a fun one!)

3. Keeping up with friends new and old. Hopefully visiting (or hosting) old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and making an effort to meet up with local friends on a very regular basis. This sounds basic, but it’s always an area of improvement for me.

4. Focus on really engaging while I’m at work and learning as much as I can recognizing that I’m still in a phase of setting the foundation for my career.

5. And this list would not be complete without a diet related goal. With each year that goes by, I feel like I have a better handle on my eating habits. I’m not quite where I want to be yet, but I hope to continue to make progress in this respect. All the usual stuff: avoid emotional eating, prioritizing protein to stay fuller longer, and restrain myself when it comes to sugar.

Christmas Time is Here!

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It’s been a busy month for Sadie and I.  We have been getting ready for Christmas…baking, decorating, and enjoying the festivities.  Sadie and I were able to spend a weekend with our friend in the DC area since Sadie conveniently lives in Arlington, VA.  The pictures above are from our day in DC.

Meanwhile, back in Jersey I am all set for Christmas with one day to spare.  I literally just finished wrapping presents for my family. Getting ready for Christmas is a long process.  I always decorate the house Thanksgiving weekend, shop for gifts Cyber Monday and the rest of that week, bake cookies the next week, and then finish tying up any lose ends the last week before wrapping up the season of shopping literally!  I’m currently sitting in my winter wonderland (pictures below) and watching the sappy Hallmark Christmas movies.  I have already watched a few of my holiday movie staples (The Holiday, The Family Stone, and Love Actually).  Have a holly jolly Christmas everyone!

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Give Thanks

This year I hosted my first Thanksgiving.  I am proud to relay the message that it was a success.  While gathering around the table, I said a Thankgiving prayer and then took a moment to silently reflect on the past year.  I am thankful for many wonderful blessings…my family, friends, career, cozy home…the list goes on and on.   Now that I am myself again, I can also say that I am thankful to have been loved and to have experienced love.  I’m not sure when I will have a go at it again, but I can finally say that I am healed from the heartbreak.  I didn’t know how the holiday would pass, but I can honestly say that I didn’t miss having that special someone around.  I admit that it was quite refreshing to be able to do my own thing.  I spent the weekend with friends and family and enjoyed every minute of it. Here’s a look at the Thanksgiving spread.

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Now it’s time to get decorating for Christmas!  The countdown begins.