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2014, in all its glory.

Big Sur

2014 was a PRETTY big year.  So before we cheers to 2015 tonight (clink!), we wanted to take a look back at some of the best posts of 2014, and all things bitter and sweet that shaped us…  for the betta.

1. ON LOVE:  Karrie’s really real talk on marriage and everything learned – so far – on the subject.  We will ALWAYS try and be truthful, honest, and sometimes – to the chagrin of those closest to us (schorray, Teem!) – pretty darn candid.  Which brings us to…

Karrie & Tim | Covet Living

2. ON LOSS:  Steph’s raw and heartbreaking post – penned in the throes of a painful split – left our readers in a puddle.  The love that had joyfully radiated through the internet and the subsequent loss of it were equally palpable.  But how ‘bout that silver lining?!!  …the shift to a more fulfilling career in a warmer place, the goodness of so many loved ones and strangers, and the profound lessons learned… and learned a-gain at the end of 2014, just for good measure.  Many of which can be summed up by Mark Manson’s Love is not enough.  No regrets though – not a one.

I Loved, I Lost | Covet Living

3.  CALIFORNIA DREAMIN:  Once bi-coastal bloggers & besties, Steph’s cross-country move put us just down the street from each other (Santa Monica à San Diego)…  which means regular trips to the Rose Bowl Flea Market (stay tuned for the before & after of Karrie’s breakfast nook we’re currently revamping!), a lot of hilarity, and a lot of trips to Casa Machado.

Karrie and Steph, Encinitas | Covet Living

Southern Cali | Covet Living

It also means Tim wants to punch himself in the face on a regular basis.

Teem | Covet Living

4. ALL IN THE FAMILY:  Our hearts literally broke this Spring when we said goodbye to Steph’s beloved Grandpa, Bud…  a man who once said: “I never understood the point of fake boobs.  Anything you can’t fit in your mouth is a waste of time.”  What a stud.

BUD collage

Then they burst at the seams later in 2014 with the addition of one of the cutest, most angelic things to grace us with her presence – Karrie’s niece, Willow – a cooing little nugget we wanna eat up!  (Look at that FACE!)

Willow | Covet Living

Rounding out the fam-jam:  Steph moved into a bachelor pad with Karrie’s he-cousin + another young lad.  She affectionately refers to it as “El Frat House” and some days, wakes up to the sounds of thighs slapping and the sights of a sea of empty beer cans.  LAWD.  But to their credit, those 2 hooligans make for protective pseudo brothers, and the whole shenanigan makes for some amazing stories.

5. FASHION ROUND-UPS:  Look no further than our fashion round-ups {2014 Oscars | 2014 SAG Awards} to get a sense of the evil texts we volley to each other during awards shows (in sweatpants).  Who do we think we are – Anna Wintour + OP?  Nah…  just two hens cluckin’ about all things fashion related.  And when we’re not weighing in on stars’ fashion triumphs & mishaps, posts like this inspire us to keep our wardrobes effortlessly cool.  And fearless.

Camilla and Matthew | Covet Living

Jason Bateman | Covet Living

6. BACHELOR(ETTE) ROUND-UPS:  Speaking of being perched up in the judge’s chair…  Most Tuesday mornings, Steph shares her candid, kooky and controversial belly-laughing commentary from Monday night’s Bachelor episodes.

Cody and Mad Libs | Covet Living Bachelorette Commentary

Opera Singer on Bachelorette | Covet Living

Operation Doctor candidate | Covet Living And we can’t WAIT for Farmer Ted’s season – otherwise known here on Covet Living as the “Panty Dropper” – to start on January 5th!

Chris Soules Farmer Ted | Covet Living 7. ON TV:  Someday, we’ll tell you about the time Steph was in a close overtime thriller to be one of gals vying for Farmer Ted’s heart.  As for Karrie (a reality TV producer by day), this year we toasted not one but two of her MAJOR hit shows!  The pint-sized drama on Little Women: LA left our jaws on the floor, and the modern-day arranged marriage / social experiment that is Married at First Sight  had everyone from the ladies on The View to the check-out ladies at your local grocery store talking about it.  Look for even crazier TV shows to come from Karrie in 2015.

MAFS | Covet Living

8. GLOBETROTTING:  With girls’ trips to Palm Springs and Malibu, weddings in Big Sur, wine country getaways and jaunts across the pond to the South of France, we took in some of the most gorgeous places in the world.

Travel | Covet Living

9. HEALTHY BODY:  We both embraced dropping gluten and picking up yoga in a major way, and we feel a MILLION times better for it. And big props to Amy P at Corepower Yoga in San Diego for kicking our ever-loving butts in the happiest and most Namaste of ways.

Post-Corepower Yoga | Covet Living

Check out über healthy & delicious recipes for zoodles + meatballs, autumn ingredient salads, and lazy weekend brunches if you missed ‘em… and this post for our workout playlist.

Autumn Ingredient Salad | Covet Living

10. HEALTHY MIND: Though most of us love to read, we’re often so busy that we (whoops) forget.  And then when we remember, we don’t know what’s out there worth reading.  Well.  Leave it to Karrie to dole out good suggestions, always.

Books to Read, Covet Living

11. HEALTHY SPIRIT:  Many-a-Mondays, we shared words of wisdom like this & that… and maybe the most notable of all this year, THIS’UN.  Because if there is ONE thing we do our best to practice, it’s finding the joy (and hilarity) in everything, every. *single*. day… and being kind to people… and taking the leaps that scare you to death (“…because one day, there won’t be any more time to do the things you want to do.  Do them now.”)  Finding the good in all things – even the things that absolutely suck.  The entire reason we started this blog almost 5 years ago was to share with you guys that spirit for life and for all the things we love.  We love you to the moon and back for staying with us all this time.  And if you’re new – wassup!  Sit down.  Have a cocktail.  Stick arrooouuund.

Take-The-Leap-Covet-Living

Happy 2015 to you all!!!  And yo…don’t forget to take an Uber.

xoxo,

Steph & Karrie

 

Oscar Fashion Round-Up

So listen… who am I to talk? I was wearing sweatpants and washing down Samoas with Chardonnay last night. With Gus in my lap. Ah, who cares – let’s dish!

BEST DRESSED #1:  HANDS-DOWN HOTTEST

My favorite girl takes the cake!  I mean, DAMN.  Look at ‘er go.  Smokin’ hot.  On top of which, we should all take a lesson from Kate: a girl’s best accessory is confidence.

BEST DRESSED #2:  PRETTIEST IN PINK

I mean, good LORD.  I doubt she’s anyone else’s best dressed, but I gasped when I saw her.  I’m just confused about the Dyeables clutch, which I can only assume she got at that one store in the Muncie Mall…  the one where I had my satin shoes dyed to match my seafoam green dress for Prom.

LET’S TALK ABOUT ELLEN.

I’m pretty sure she borrowed her opening get-up from Abraham Lincoln’s closet, and I felt like things were a little shaky at first… But then, she called Liza Minelli a man, poked fun at Jennifer Lawrence for tripping, ordered pizza and dressed up as Glenda the Good Witch.  And I lived happily ever after.

In other news…  Liza Minelli did an awful lot of twitching, jerking, and duck-facing last night.  She’s – uh – an interesting bird.

PERFECTION FROM THE NECK UP.

But from the neck down, it reminded me of Death Becomes Her.

HO-LY TESTICLE TUESDAY!

Somebody pass me a towel.  I can’t handle it.  Obviously his wife couldn’t either.. which is how she ended up 148 months pregnant.

ALSO…  LLLLISTEN.

Who am I to knock a pregnant lady?  But seriously.  This frightened me.  I want to get a giant bump bra to holster that thing.  And I love a little classy side-boob now and then, but if her bump sinks any lower, her whole right boobie is going to fall out.

STUNNING.

Also, the va-va-voom hair was off the charts.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T LOVE HER MORE…

SOMETHING’S JUST NOT QUITE RIGHT.

Like her.  Love the dress.  Jury’s out on the necklace.  Lips are too severe.  Don’t love the hair.  It’s just all 1+ 1 + 1 + 1 = 2 for me… aka doesn’t add up.

PRETTIEST PREGNANT LADY OF ALL TIME.

Olivia Wilde was a close second, but Olivia Pope pushed her off the pedestal.  Also: best hair I’ve ever seen from the back.  Ever.

I DIG ALL THE LONG-SLEEVED DOILY & SEQUIN ARMOR.

But seriously.  Did all of their stylists not compare notes beforehand?  I feel like every other girl had this get-up on.  Molly Sims did it best in my book.

BEST EARRINGS OF ALL TIME.

And I’m going to get crucified for saying this and I adore her, but the best thing I have to say about this dress is that it has some strategically placed sequins.  Otherwise it felt like Kerry Washington’s Marchesa from the 2013 Emmy’s, but with a Showgirls twist.

SIDENOTE: MY DREAM COME TRUE = A JOAN RIVERS RETURN TO THE RED CARPET

Remember the time she said to Sela Ward, who was wearing this number: “I understand you’re representing K-Mart.”  bwahahjfk;dhkjafhjkdhfhaha.  I cackled for DAYS.

LOVELY LADY IN NAVY.

I think I was expecting her to go not-so-safe, but she does look flawless.

MOST ENVIABLE BEACH WAVES.

And least enviable bow tie.

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT!

White-tux-done-right.  And I usually give Mr. McConaughey a big fat eye roll for being so full of himself, but this time I gotta hand it to him: that Oscar was well-deserved, times 10.  Speech was also sweet.

DOES SHE EVER GET IT WRONG?

The answer is no.

DOES SHE EVER EAT PIZZA?

Again.  The answer is no.  But she might be foaming at the mouth there.

BOYCOTT BOTOX.

Her face was stretched so tight, I was afraid it was going to pop.  Dress was fab though.

MEH.

I’m indifferent.  She looked fine.  I think I’m just over it – probably forever – after last awards season.

THE HAIR = TOO AUSTERE.

You could take that ‘do for a spin on the back of a crotch rocket going 400 mph and it still wouldn’t budge.  Otherwise, I adore her and like the dress/earrings combo.

JASON SUDEKIS IS GETTING BETTER LOOKING BY OSMOSIS, JUST FOR BEING HER BABY DADDY.

CC BLOOM’S IN BLOOM!

SO stunning in the Reem Acra.  And Wind Beneath My Wings??  She killed me.  KILLED ME.

DOILY MEETS DELIA SHADES.

And I loved it.  Portia also makes me want to start doing yoga and start eating bean sprouts.

A BIT BRIDAL, BUT BEAUTIFUL.

I never knew they made tulle in that color.  I’d like to chop that skirt to knee-length and pair it with a grey wife beater and cute stilettos.

DARLING.

She’s also totally channeling Lauren Hutton ca 1975 Oscars.  But the accessories felt a little too sweet…  like, too Cleopatra-meets-Tinkerbell.  Otherwise, she is precious, and her acceptance speech was so gracious.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:  HAS EVERYBODY MET MY NEW BOYFRIEND?

#drivingthebustohell

Who were your best & worst dressed??

xoxo,