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It’s Been Real 2013!

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Even though it may be hard to believe, today is indeed the last day of 2013.  Tonight the world will be welcoming a new year in the form of 2014, which they hope will be only better than the last 365 days of their lives.  Personally, I have little to no complaints about how my last year went.  Yes, there were some reals lows throughout the past 12 months and there is no doubt that there were many moments that I broke down in tears, was overwhelmed by stress, and burst out in anger.  However, these moments were greatly outnumbered by the accomplishments, the beauty, and the blessings that I experienced in 2013.  I graduated college, I dedicated more time to what’s important to me, I got some quality time with the real me, I created priceless memories, and I cherished every minute of it.  I realized that in the past it was hard for me to enjoy the present, pick out the positive in each situation, and focus on my own goals, but 2013 was different.  I feel like I grew so much as an individual and I can’t help but think that 2014 is only going to be a continuation of that positive growth for me.  I enjoyed every second of 2013, but I honestly can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer.  As the chapter of this year ends, I am welcoming the start of a new year with welcome arms.  Thanks for everything 2013, but now it’s time to give 2014 a chance to outdo you!

For my New Year’s resolution, I want to maintain a positive mentality, fighting off any negativity that can hinder my progress, while I also want to keep my life moving forward.  I don’t want to remain stagnant or stall out.  I don’t want to be content with anything.  I want to keep progressing without hesitating and without wanting to look back.  I want my optimism and my forward movement to maintain my personal happiness and increase my success, while also rubbing off onto those around me.I hope you all can look forward to the new year with a positive mindset, remembering that forward movement is the key to success.   You can only fight darkness with light, so always make sure to keep the light within yourself to assure that nothing will stop you from reaching your goals.  2014 can be your year, if you believe it and work hard to make it so.  All in all, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  End 2013 on a positive note, so that 2014 will start off on a positive one as well!

2013 AMA Recap!

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You all should know by now that I love award shows, especially when it comes to the music ones.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the American Music Awards live last night, but I caught myself up enough to share my two cents about the night with you.  I won’t dwell on the winners and losers of the night, even though Ms. Riri deserves some big ups for being the first recipient of the American Music Icon Award.  She definitely serves as an inspiration for me in between all of her madness.

Moving on to the fashion of the night, I thought there was a lot of the same.  There were a few people who dared to be different like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, but they mostly hit the mark for me.  I could point out a few favorite looks of the night, including Christina Aguilera, Ciara, and Naya Rivera.  They all kept it classy enough for the awards show, while still showing off some personality.  I loved loved loved Christina’s stark white gown with the side slit paired with silver accessories, short curls, and red lips.  She embodied the image of a diva and, with her blessed voice, Christina can do that!  Ciara strayed away from the solid colored dress, opting for a black patterned dress that had some sheerness to it, too.  I appreciate Ciara’s boldness, yet her specific understanding of balance by keeping the rest of her look to the basics.  Naya deserves some props for her gown, as well.  Her black, long sleeve dress was topped off by a flowing train, but kept its sex appeal with a slit down the center to show off some cleavage.  However, it was the gold cuffs that did it for me.  The bold gold against the jet black was genius to me.

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As for the performances, I was pretty impressed by what each artist brought to the table.  Kendrick Lamar’s R&B’d up versions of “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice” were pluses for me, while even Miley Cyrus made watching her performance worth while.  I wasn’t here for the cat theme, but I can applaud her on her raw emotion throughout the song.  A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera, Imagine Dragons, and, of course, Rihanna all gave great performances that didn’t leave me disappointed, while Ariana Grande definitely did her thing, too.  I really think she is the second coming of Mariah Carey and she made me a believer in her as an artist with the retro vibe of her performance last night.  However, my favorite performance of the night has to go to Jennifer Lopez.  I will be the first to admit that she hasn’t been on point with her music game for a while, but her tribute to Celia Cruz last night was more than respectable.  Sure, she doesn’t have the same lung power or range that Celia had, but she knows how to dance, making her a good performer.  I saw a lot of the old J-Lo in last night’s performance and I was happy to see Jenny from the block paying tribute to one of my favorite singers as opposed to the new diva-esque Jennifer Lopez.

Overall, I was not disappointed by the AMA’s and I can’t wait to see what another year of music will bring us!

Fall Trends of 2013

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RI ParkaIt’s October, the air is getting cooler, and Fall is officially upon us, so, naturally, it’s time to re-evaluate our wardrobes.  We all have to look through our closets and figure out what to keep and what to get rid of so that we can make room for new items that fall in line with what’s in this season.  Let’s get right to it!

First thing’s first, hang on to the peplum trend.  Peplum jackets, peplum dresses, and peplum tops still have a lot of life left in them, so make sure you keep your favorite peplum pieces.  Leather is another trend that’s sticking around for a little while longer.  Leather jackets, boots, and leggings are great ways to incorporate this material into your autumn looks.  However, as with anything, don’t go overboard with leather.  Yes, punk is making a little come back this season, but too much leather is never good.  If you want to be bold, do it using your outerwear.  An over-sized flyaway cardigan with tribal print, fur, and parkas are a great way to incorporate a bold touch to your wardrobe with ease.

Recently, I’ve become a big fan of River Island, which has a 3 for 1 parka coat that I’m absolutely obsessed with.  It features a leather jacket liner with a fur trimmed hood, mixing three fashion trends all in to one.  I’d suggest dishing out a few dollars on a quality coat that’s warm and fashionable.  Why not do it with a parka like this?

GreenNow, for colors and prints.  For one, stick to classic prints.  Pinstripes, plaid, and houndstooth items will be some safe bets this season, so invest in them.  Don’t rely on your florals as it’s not spring anymore, so be careful with that.  However, one garden element you might want to look out for is emerald green.  It’s dark and rich, but yet brings enough elegant color to your whole look, creating something out of the ordinary.  Plus, it fits in quite nicely with this year’s updated military trend, so I’m sure these two trends will be great for any wardrobe looking for quick changes.

My last bit of advice is to remember to layer!  After all, the magic of layering is the true beauty in Fall fashion.  A simple top paired with a textured or patterned jacket that is topped off with a chunky scarf, tailored pants, and ankle boots can be a staple look of the season.  Don’t forget the power of details like boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and tights.  Layering is great and it’s what gives Fall and Winter an edge over Spring and Summer.

But, above all things, invest in a wardrobe you’re in love with.  If you can re-purpose something to fit the latest trends, do it!  As long as you love your pieces and feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, it’s very hard to not look good!

The Emmy’s Impressed!

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Given the way recent red carpets have gone at award shows, I was a little apprehensive going into this year’s Emmy Awards, but I was so relieved to see as many beautiful looks as I did.  I’m so grateful for this good fashion line up, since there were so many disappointing losses throughout the show.  The dresses and the dance number were just about the only thing that kept me content throughout the three hours.  But you can’t have everything, right?  Honestly, with the exception of a few really bad mishaps (no one is exempt from fashion mistakes… not even Jon Hamm), it was hard for me to pick a favorite.  I saw a lot of great classical looks that reminded me of the European Romance movement, while I also noticed some futuristic getups that were pretty impressive.  Overall, I was very happy to see some bolder choices in color, shapes, and textures, which, for the most part, seemed to really pay off.

Kaley CuocoIn the end, Kaley Cuoco won my heart over with her wine colored A-line tulle dress.  I love the elegance of the dress that is accented by the ruffles underneath a sheer layer of tulle mixed with the subtle fullness of the skirt.  The wine color sets it off and falls perfectly in line with the first day of Fall.  On top of that, Kaley’s has a sheer structured bodice and a fitted waist that gives the dress the youthful edge that she deserves.  The accessories and her loose locks add to the youthful tone of her age, keeping the entire look from being too mature.  In other words, I thought she looked pretty flawless.

A few bolder looks that were worth the risk go to Connie Britton, Constance Zimmer, and Ms. Heidi Klum.

Connie’s dress, overall, is beautiful.  I’m a big fan of the blue and gold color scheme, which takes me back to the infamous Marie Antoinette, one of my all-time favorite historical figures.  The detailing mixed with the subtle train creates a regal feel that does her justice; however, I am on the fence about the velvet fabric.  It seems a bit dated and is a little off-putting.

Constance also rocked gold detailing, creating the vibe of a 1920’s era socialite who knows her worth.  I love the black and gold together as well as the plunging neckline under that sheer top layer.  I know Constance as the uptight Republican from HBO’s The Newsroom, so it was nice to imagine her as a more daring character.  My only complaint is that the skirt of the dress doesn’t blend as seamlessly as I would like it too.  If the gold layer of fabric would’ve faded more gradually into the pure black, I think I would’ve been head over heels in love with Constance’s whole look.

Heidi Klum took us to the future and reminded the world that she’s a fashion enthusiast in her berry gown, which I simply loved.  The metallic detailing and patterns throughout the dress are gorgeous, but it’s that crazy neckline that makes me feel like Heidi is playing the role of a Queen of a distant planet in the year 2304.  I admire the fact that Heidi wore her hair back and purposely forgot to accessorize, so that the dress could speak for itself.  In the past, this retired supermodel has enjoyed being bold, but I’m glad this time it worked!

As for the boys, I think Peter Dinklage and Zachary Quinto simply killed it.  Peter embodied a modern day Tyrion Lannister in his classically, chic suit.  The touch of purple grey on his shirt and tie were perfect in making him stand out, so there’s no way I can criticize anything.  Zachary also impressed me in his stealth mode look.  The black on black with a hint of dark grey screams stylish, but doesn’t yell too loud to the point that all of your senses are begging for mercy.  Zachary kept it elegant and flawless.

There were so many other great looks on the carpet, but I can’t talk about them all, so enjoy some more pictures!

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2013 VMA MVPs

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After a whole year of new music, videos, and performances leading up to one event, just like that the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards came and went.  Generally speaking, it went exactly how I expected it to.  Getting frustrated at the “bias” victories, waiting for those few good performances and appearances, looking out for the quirky fashion, and wanting to change the channel, but instead watching the show until the very end.  It wasn’t the best production MTV has given us, but there were some pretty good performances… JT, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars I’m looking at you guys.  And even Kanye West and Drake stood their ground in their own ways.  As is to be expected I didn’t agree with all of the winners, but you win some and you lose some I guess.  All I can say is at least Kevin Hart made a few appearances to fill in the gaps.  But enough of that and on to the fashion.

RihannaFor the most part, I was surprised to see how conservative this year’s attendees were.  Most of the famous faces were dressed safely and fell in line with a lot of the current trends.  I think a few people *cough* Becky G and Miley Cyrus*cough* tried a little bit too hard to stand out, but that’s how you learn I guess.  In addition to those two, I was honestly disappointed in my girls Rita Ora and Rihanna who showed up in some not so impressive attire.

Rita’s dress on the red carpet looked great on the runway and I can see why she gravitated towards it, but it just didn’t look right on her and, after last year’s to die for jumpsuit, I was expecting her to be on point.  The plus side is I’m loving her new bob and the red dress she changed into did her much more justice.

Rihanna, on the other hand, went in the complete opposite direction and just threw on some jeans and a tee.  I guess she knew she wasn’t going to win a moon man and decided to just be comfortable.  Tisk tisk Riri!Ciara

As for the outfits I did like, I don’t have a favorite, but I do have a few top looks.  Ciara looked beautiful in her sheer embellished gown.  I love the detailing throughout the dress, which gives her whole look a certain amount of class and elegance.  I also am a fan of the sheer fabric and feathered skirt because it gives the gown a touch of edge that you need at any and every MTV event.  I’m not sure how I feel about the casual hairstyle with that dress, but it doesn’t look bad either.

My girl Selena Gomez also made me proud with her look of the night.  Her floor-length navy dress seemed to formal when I first saw it, but then I caught sight of the black and sheer bodice underneath along with that not so shy slit going up her thigh and I had a quick change of heart.  I like the fact that Selena left a lot to the imagination, but still showed off some fresh sex appeal.  It’s clear that Sel is growing up, but I’m glad she’s not twerking on stage or having a public breakdown to tell us that.

Last, but not least, I have to give a little shout out to Danity Kane who announced last night that they are back together and ready to release more music.  Not only was I happy about their return, but I was also happy to see their black and white ensembles they were rocking on the carpet.  Aubrey’s shoulder pads were questionable, but I think Shannon’s whole look and Aundrea’s killer shoes saved the day.  I just couldn’t stay mad at DK for long.

Of course, I couldn’t talk about everyone who graced the red carpet with their presence, but I’ve included some pictures of other celebs who, in my opinion, did the right thing.

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The Shining Starlets of the Oscars

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Catherine Zeta-JonesIt is the biggest night in Hollywood, yet just like that it’s all over. The awards are out and now it’s time to start looking at the newest films and actors that will get nominated for the 86th Annual Oscars next year. In the meantime, we get to take a look at the big names that shined the brightest on the red carpet. The starlets definitely stepped up their fashion game for the Oscars this year and I was glad to see so many beautiful dresses, but not everyone can be on top, so I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorites.

My best dressed goes to none other than Catherine Zeta-Jones. She wasn’t nominated, but she did perform and she made sure to let people know she was at the Academy Awards in her metallic gold number. The top half was gold with baroque-style detailing, while the skirt trailed off from the shiny gold to a soft nude that flows to the ground. Her stunning dress was paired simply with gold earrings and her dark waves completed the look. Kudos to Catherine on her classy, sexy, timeless look!

In second place, with a tie, came the two best friends of Hollywood, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, dazzling in metallic as well. Naomi opted for a very modern take on fashion with an asymmetrical, straight cut gown that was silver from top to bottom. Her light make-up and pulled back up-do made created a nice balance with the edge of the dress itself. Nicole went for a less structured kind of metallic with a black and gold gown that had a slight mermaid cut to it. The gold swirls coming from the bottom hem only enhanced the ocean-esque look. Her hair and make-up seemed effortless, letting Nicole’s natural charm shine through.

My other favorite of the night was definitely Amy Adams who made all of the ball gown lovers proud. It’s usually a bit challenging to pull off such a big dress on the red carpet, but I applaud Amy for making it look like a no-brainer. The paleness of the dress mixed with the light ruffles all throughout the skirt stopped Amy from being swallowed in her gown and instead made her look like a princess. Amy has a talent for always coming off as a timeless beauty and she just knows how to be elegant, so props to her for that. She may not have won the big award, but she surely looked beautiful.

Those were my top looks of the night, but I fell in love with a few other ones, so enjoy the pictures!

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The Start to Four More Years

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Yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 Inauguration Speech to start off his second term as President of the United States. The leader of the free world really did not disappoint, as he worked to unite the people of his country, assert his position to remedy our current issues, and encourage an overall forward movement for the nation. Whether you voted for Obama or not, there is no denying the beauty and significance in moments like this. You have to soak it in and embrace it because the fact of the matter is that we are witnessing history being made. In case you missed the President’s speech, here it is.