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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.


87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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.


naomi-watts 2

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.


Steph's Scanned Signature


Reese Witherspoon’s Ojai Home: Drink It In

Now, I realize I’m about the 500th blogger to do a little write-up on Reese Witherspoon’s Ojai oasis, featured in this month’s Elle Decor.  And people are all up in it right now, because as the tabloids have reported, R-Pat’s been soothing his wounded heart here.  But I just don’t give a rat’s patooka.  Because it is glorious. All of it.  The exposed wood ceilings, the linen slipcovers, the cozy nooks, the unique chandeliers, the sunshine drenching all of the airy, expansive rooms.  OH – and did I MENTION that one of our favorite designers is to thank for all this?  That’s right, Reese-y poo hired the amazing Kristen Buckingham, who created such a gorgeous, inviting desert escape.  PS: Stephanie, remember the time you emailed Kristen to let her know you’d blogged about her, to which she personally sent you a sweet, gracious response?  K.

Reese and Buckingham

Above: Notice how Buckingham managed to layer in several “looks” into this room, without it looking like a discombobulated mish-mash.  The leather chairs, the sofa (Buckingham’s own design!), the velvet settee, the cotton curtains, the apple tree stump (!), the jute rug from Pottery Barn – all are different textures, but all are neutral colors that together create a serene, relaxing place to put your feet up and take an afternoon snooze.

Above: The intricate wrought-iron railing over this darling alcove kills me.  How peaceful would it be to sit at this mahogany desk from Lars Bolander and look out to your sunny yard, draped in shade by a leafy tree?

Above: Loving the mismatched seating around the dining table, including a couple Swedish wing chairs as well as custom-made leather benches.  That tile will be in my future house, too.

Above: Again, notice the non matchy-matchy furniture placed in Reese’s games area. An antique Belgian table, a Swedish chesterfield chair.  A custom-made, supremely elegant etagere sits prettily in the corner of the room, with various pottery.

Above: Ava Phillipe’s room.  Thank you, Buckingham, for crafting a room both delightfully feminine for a soon-to-be teenager, with pops of pink in both the upholstered vintage chair, the pillows, and do I detect a hint of pale pink in the 1920s tole chandelier?

Above: Little Deacon’s room.  Again, also unconventional for a kid, with a collection of antlers, a Turkish rug (though manly, for the little man), and antique desk.

Above: Reese’s itty bitty nieces.  Well hello there!

Above: Surely this gorgeous terrace is where R-Pat soulfully sipped on his morning coffee, contemplating how his wretched girlfriend could’ve hurt him so.   *Sigh.*