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Oscar Fashion

BOOM!  That settles it.  I’m switching teams.

Just kidding, but SERIOUSLY: the side part… that LIP… the bejewled tassel… the deep V – this is a SHOW STOPPER. And I love that it’s a showstopper without her boobs hitting her in the chin or without her doing anything scandalous.  She’s just exquisite… in a Scarface throwback kind of way.  Best Dressed 1 of 3.  The Wolf is a MO-ron.


Her post-baby bod is sculpted perfection, but between the hair and the X-Men costume, I’m frightened.


KILLED IT.  Gone Girl done got it RIGHT.  I love that this has a vintage bombshell feel to it.  There was a second when I thought I was looking at Vivien Leigh ca 1940 something – probably when they panned in on her waist that’s the size of my wrist. Hair, makeup and strappy heels are also perfection.  Best Dressed 2 of 3.


This was beautiful, and like something that belongs in a museum.  I expect nothing less from her.


Very OP.  Not my favorite but I loved it – probably because I love her for always doing something different and being so comfortable in her own skin.


I meeeeean.  It’s really pretty.  She looks gorgeous.  I have nothing bad to say about this, other than the fact that it didn’t blow up my shorts.  I was excited to see her, but when I did I just went:  “Eh.  Alrighty.”


That looks like fun.


Honestly, this is the best she’s looked in quite some time.  The detail of that dress was beautiful.  And she looks so at ease – like she went to the beach this morning, ran some errands, then got dressed for the Oscars.  I love that.


A million yards of bejeweled pantyhose.  Slash, I love it.

J Lo

This I cannot handle.  That elephantitus of the corsage reminds me of those paper flowers that you order on Etsy and then have to pull apart and hang from the ceiling for kiddies’ birthday parties.  The earrings are too much.  Worst dressed.  And I think I’m tainted because I’ve heard her say one too many snobby, clueless things in the media the past few years.  Color’s pretty though.  And she obviously busts her hump in the gym, so I gotta give her props for that.


I adore her, and that color is exquisite, and the back of it is great, and her confidence is ALWAYS her best accessory…  but I dunno.  This aged her for me.  In a reptilian octogenarian sort of way.  Maybe if her hair had been pulled up and in a really mod updo that offset the dowdiness of the dress, it would’ve helped?


Love her, love the dress, love the ponytail more than anything.  Also love that she borrowed one of the sparkly ropes she got tied up with in 50 Shades and wove it into her attire.


Prettiest dress for a black tie wedding in Palm Beach.  Or for the Prom.  Or to host the Miss America pageant.


PERFECTION.  Best dressed 3 of 3.  The hair/center part, the dewy complexion, the earrings… and the DRESS!  It looks so fresh & pretty, and so perfectly tailored.


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I mean.  I can’t even.


Why so glum, dragon lady?


I was so sad I didn’t get to see my girl Kate on the carpet!  But this is what she sported to an Oscar party.  Which, of course, is amazing.


Huh.  Kind of an unlikely pair.  I kept wondering what Meryl was thinking.  Or how J Lo manages to look 22 when she’s 45.  That woman is a wonder.


Whose hair looks prettier?


Haaaaa – I love him and I loved his bit with Anna & Neil.  He looks so tired though! Take a nap there little fella!  Also, I’m pretty sure his tux pants were from Baby Gap.


Maybe it’s because he’s hilarious – and so endearing in roles he played in movies like Dan in Real Life and Crazy Stupid Love – but I think Steve Carrell is adorable.  And I don’t think he’s ever looked better.


Watching Ethan Hawke in Boyhood made me like him again… and almost made me forget for a sec that his marriage to Uma ended when he got busted porking the Nanny.  Wait – or was that Jude Law?  Ahh I can’t keep all the cheaters straight.


I could’ve lived with Gwyneth’s choice if it would’ve been this number.


I thought she looked beautiful, and that color on her was perfection.


Sweet Jesus, where do I start??  What’s up with the white patent space boots, the lumberjack beard (I love some scruff, but seriously, that’s like a 70’s bush glued onto his face), and the baby blue suit I’m pretty sure he scooped up at a shop in Harlem with bars on the windows.  Also, yo Ma – could you pass Jared some of my No More Tangles for his hair?  And maybe some Summer’s Eve for his face.  #worstdressedman


Age appropriate and really gorgeous… but what was it about this that I couldn’t swallow??  Maybe that she seemed so rigid to me?  Like something was forced, and like everything was coiffed and gelled perfectly into place.  And – honestly… like she had to drop the Cosby kids off at the pool.


My homegirl.  Love her.  And how ’bout when Patricia Arquette started rapping about equal pay and Meryl stood up and starting throwing her arms around like she was at an Eminem concert??  They can both go on with they bad selves.


Love the dress, hate the hair.


Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  I kind of expect more from her.


I don’t even know what to say about this, other than the fact that that iridescent inside-of-a-pretty-seashell color was my favorite color in 4th grade.


Oh sugar pie…  Felicity Jones is SO incredibly stunning and sweet that she literally could’ve stolen the carpet all awards season… and instead the miles and miles of taffeta drapes she wore as dresses swallowed her whole.


Is her skin made of velvet?  I mean seriously.  I also dig the deep burgundy lip.


Perfect for the VMA’s.


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Perfect for HER.  Sans the bed head / gym class bun.




The Fashion Police people knocked this, and I think it’s bad a$$.


Didn’t love the dress, but her earrings were my favorite accessory of the night… next to Margot’s bejeweled tassel.


PS, last night I won the Oscar for most Girl Scout cookies eaten in one sitting.  BANG.

Steph Oscars

The only thing all night that made me tear up:

JK Simmons Quote

What did you guys think??  Faves?  Best & Worst?  Spill it.


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{Currently Loving}…

EVERYTHING from Revolve Clothing right now… including this amazing dress I just ordered in preparation for b-day fest 2015.

Revolve Clothing :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

This jam…  for running:

The vintage rug layered on top of that Tabarka Tile… the vanity… the sconces in the mirror… and just about everything in the hizzle Amber of Amber Interiors just did in this California Eclectic home.

Amber Interiors :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

And if you need gorgeous, one-of-a-kind rugs, I suggest her shop.  They look fab online, but I have a friend who bought one in real life and said they’re all beautiful and in great condition.

Amber Interiors Rug :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Arcona products, including this new serum.  My skin flipped its sh*t when I moved here – probably because I was slathering it in sunscreen every day – but then I got a facial at the Arcona Spa in Santa Monica on Karrie’s recommendation, and my skin cleared up in a matter of days.  I haven’t looked back (or used anything else, other than their products) since.  It’s pricey, but the line is all natural and amazing.  I use the Toner Tea Bar + Magic Dry Ice + Advanced A Serum (below) when I can hoard enough samples of it.  Did I say that out loud?  The Mandarin Brightening Peel is also the cat’s pajamas.

Arcona Advanced A Serum :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Just started binge-watching on Netflix.  Can’t stop.

Blacklist :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

I’m all about pinning some life lessons these days.  It helps.

Boiling Water :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

This dress + that hair do.  I’ll take it.

Dress :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Galbraith & Paul’s Lotus pattern is something you usually see covering the walls of Powder Rooms all over Pinterest, but the gals from Good Bones Great Pieces (or, I guess they’re McGrath II now) recently did some chairs in ‘em.  So pretty.  We also just ordered samples of all the color ways in this pattern, and they are stupidly gorgeous in person.  Dove Gray might be my fave.

Galbraith and Paul Chairs :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Long, flowy mermaid hair.  Every time I try to grow mine out, I get fussy and impatient, and cut it in the tweener stage.  I’m gonna let it hang out this time.

Hair :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Baby hex mosaic tile flooring, comme ça.  I dunno if it reminds me of Grandma’s bathroom floor or the floors at my high school (built in 1929), but I love it.

Hex with Flower Mosaic :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Drinking lemon water in the a.m… (I also pop mint + cucumber in mine, and let it marinate in a giant Ball jar before I drink it).  Super refreshing and apparently also super good for you.

Lemon Water :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Again.  More wise words.  Nous sommes nos choix means “We are our choices.” Ain’t it the troofs.

Nous sommes nos choix :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

I love my mornings, which look like this.  It’s like I haven’t adjusted to Pacific Coast Time yet, even after a year, because I get up around 5am and can hardly keep my eyes open after 9pm.  But that time in the mornings – right before anyone else gets up & before the sun comes up & everything is quiet = one of my favorite times of the day.

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This is what almost every sunset here looks like.  The sky is always pink.  I snapped this walking Goose after work the other day in our hood.

San Diego Sunset // Currently Loving // Covet Living

This sculpture by Peter Gentenaar.  I’d take it as an art print, a sculpture, the ruffles on my skirt or printed on fabric.  It’s fab.

Peter Gentenaar Sculpture :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

The sun is always warm here but the water is FREEZING right now, and if I had balls, they would shrink to the size of raisins every time I jumped in.  But I do it anyway, because there’s next to nada that’s more invigorating.

Just dive in :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

That pink marble.  I die.

Pink Marble :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

I need a pair or 12 of these for summer.

Pom Pom Shorts :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Everything from Raoul Textiles (thissun via Lulu DK’s Pinterest).  So playful and unique – especially in a sea of (everything else that looks the same).

Raoul Textiles :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

The perfect (staple) dress – for work (with a blazer over it), for Sunday brunch, or for date night.

Striped Midi Dress :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Vintage Hmong textiles, like this pillow (sold out now on Etsy), but that chick’s shop is legit. Vintage Hmong Pillow :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Monday nights at my house, which look like this.  And all the amazing friends I’ve made that come over every week.

Monday Nights :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

My new Billabong weekender bag from Becker’s Surf Shop in Malibu.  (Look at the bright coral zipper!)  It’s perfect.


Le sigh.  I know this feeling well, and I am holding tight to the hope that I’ll have that again someday.


Last night, which looked like this.  Design Porn + DVR + Pasta = perfection.  I’d love to feel like a nerd, but I hit the town twice this week on school nights, and found my house keys in my underwear drawer once.  #timetomarinate


Molly’s hair color.  I tried “brown” for the umpteenth time last week in one of those efforts to go au naturel and save some coin, and it’s beyond godawful on me.  I’ll save elsewhere.  Bring on the blonde.


Here we go again.  But seriously – ye gotta, right??  Otherwise then you blink and it’s almost over.  Sure, there’s always a chance that if you try something that scares you, it may not work out.  But damn, those are better odds than the 100% chance that it WON’T work if you don’t even try.  How does it go?  “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”


Spring-y, vintage-y, and so colorful:

Yellow Dress :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

When have I not loved a good Vintage Sputnik?  …but I REALLY love this one.
Vintage Sputnik :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

The perfect Spring outfit.  Aviators, a wife beater, and giant Hammer pants.  2 Legit.

Spring :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

These bistro chairs are PERFECTION.

Brown, Cream, Pink & Gold Bistro Chair, Maison Midi :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

A sweet and inexpensive way to display old family photos… with washi tape.

Washi Tape Photos | Covet Living

Layered necklaces.

Layered Necklaces :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

The cane chair + the blue drapery panels (and really everything) in this room by Betsy Burnham.

Betsy Burnham :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

Again with the mermaid hair.

Long Hair :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

This little hanging porch chair / swing thing makes me want to rent a shack on the beach so I can hang this outside.

Porch Hammock :: Currently Loving :: Covet Living

An all-white bedroom with one big, bad ass show-stopping element.

Amazing Headboard // Currently Loving // Covet Living


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