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2014 ESPYS Must See (Part 2)

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My second favorite moment from last week’s ESPY Awards was Michael Sam’s acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Award.  If you can, take the time to watch the full segment, featuring Sam’s back story with footage from the NFL Draft.  It is very touching.

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The Golden Stars of the Golden Globes

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Okay, well maybe these celebs weren’t literally golden being that black and dark hues seemed to be the palette of the night for most of the big names, but they still found ways to dazzle and awe with their looks of the night.  For the most part, I saw a lot of black, navy blue, and dark green that caught my attention.

Uma ThurmanUma Thurman definitely stole the spotlight in my opinion with her monochromatically embellished halter top gown.  Uma is Uma and she can do pretty much anything.  I mean she’s Black Mamba and she was surely dressed to kill in this number.  I love how edgy and different the dress is.  Yes, it has classic elements and it screams elegance, but the juxtaposition of the fabrics and the gunmetal next to the black push Uma’s whole look into its own category.  Plus, she just looks so fierce and gives off an air of confidence that is impossible to hate.

Right after Ms. Uma Thurman comes Olivia Wilde who slayed the competition in her tight-fitted emerald dress.  It sparkles from head to toe, giving off rich green tones mixed with a bit of black and silver.  I’m definitely a fan of her long sleeves and the body hugging feature of the gown that keeps all eyes on her very visible baby bump.  Plus, I think her ombre locks paired with her light eyes perfectly compliment her whole look.

Rounding out the lovers of the dark, my kudos go out to Sofia Vergara in black and Kate Beckinsale in metallic grey.  Sofia opted for an all black ballgown style dress, which was a refreshing change from her signature body flaunting mermaid gowns.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for the mermaid and trumpet cut gowns, but variety is always nice.  I think by keeping the dress black with no patterns or embellishments helped keep the gown from being too much.  I was also a fan of her turquoise statement necklace that brought in the perfect pop of color to her look.  Kate Beckinsale also looked good in her metallic mermaid number.  The silhouette itself is girly and classic, while the fabric and patterns are industrial, tough, and modern, which I love.  It kept her outfit from being too safe or predictable.  Kate’s updo and simple make-up completed the look passively, yet perfectly.

Although the girls in dark hues were running the red carpet last night, I will say that there were a few looks that were giving those ladies a run for their money.  I loved, loved, loved Margot Robbie’s crisp white leg bearing gown paired with emerald details, while Lupita Nyong’o kept me interested with her red caped gown.  For more of my favorites from last night, take a look at the pictures below.

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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!

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 Best of the Billboards

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I’ll just jump right into it by saying Selena Gomez was my best dressed for last night’s 2013 Billboard Music Awards.  Her white floor length dress was, in many ways, classy and elegant, but she added a youthful touch with neon accents and a thigh high slit on the gown.  I would dare to say that Selena found the perfect balance between the formal yet lighthearted vibe of the Billboard Music Awards.  Plus, her pulled back hair, light pink lips, and lack of accessories let the dress speak for itself and she did well in not being too overwhelming.

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift and Emmy Rossum also showed up dressed to impress on the red carpet.  Taylor opted for a blue metallic mini dress with long sleeves and sheer cutouts.  The bold color and metallic sheen to it embody her youth and the fact that these awards are less formal than something like the Golden Globes, but the long sleeves and conservative accessories make the whole look very appropriate for the event.  Emmy, on the other hand, went for a floor length black gown, giving her an almost completely opposite look than Taylor.  I was personally loving the sheer cutouts with polka dots and I thought that it helped keep her dress from looking too maternal.  I almost felt like she stepped out of the 1960s in this dress and I was loving it.

Taylor Swift

Emmy Rossum

The biggest surprise of the night was definitely Nicki Minaj who showed up in a floor length red dress, reminding me of Rihanna’s red gown from the Grammy’s earlier this year.  The cut of the dress was actually very elegant and I loved it, but I loved even more that Nicki chose red for her dress and let her wild locks out instead of slicking her hair back or anything like that.  Red just screams fierce which is equivalent to Nicki’s personality, while her big hair reminded everyone that Nicki Minaj isn’t going anywhere.

Nicki Minaj

There were some other nice looks of the night, but these were my favorites.  They remembered what kind of event they were going to, how old they were, and what looks good on them.  Kudos to all of these ladies for rocking their looks well.

The Best at the MTV Movie Awards

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Selena GomezIt might not be the most critically acclaimed or the most glamorous award show around, but the MTV Movie Awards, which aired last night, certainly gives the young stars an excuse to strut their stuff on the red carpet.  Although I was excited to see Selena Gomez’s performance and Rebel Wilson didn’t do a bad job as hostess, I had my eye on the fashion to scope out who wore my favorite looks of the night.  I’m usually really excited for the looks at MTV shows because the relaxed, youthful vibe allows for riskier outfits that tend to be more fun.  I will say that many of the celebs last night took on a more conservative approach to their outfits, but there were a few who made sure to stand out.

My best dressed of the night goes to none other than Ms. Selena Gomez.  She’s recently been embracing the fact that she’s growing up and has been letting everyone know that she is no longer the cute Disney princess from years before.  She rocked a glittery gold long-sleeved dress with a short hem.  The metallic fringe and the short hem line brought in a sassier taste to Selena’s look, while the long sleeves and nude fabric held on to the classic style that she’s known for.  I know there were some mixed reviews about her hair, but I was a big fan of the rocker-chic braid.  Plus, the subtle make-up and heels adds a little extra something without overpowering the starlet.

My number two spot goes to Brittany Snow.  Some people thought that her navy blue dress was a bit too formal for the MTV movie awards, but I think it was perfect for her.  Yes, she’s young, but she’s also matured in the last few years, so it’s only natural for her to go for a more sophisticated look.  The color mixed with the high neckline lets her keep her class, while the leg bearing hem, draping, and shoulder embellishments add a funky touch to her whole look.  I’m also a big supporter of her blonde bob paired with her smoky eyes.

I also liked the fashion choices that Greer Grammer, Zoe Saldana, Kim K, and Kylie Jenner made last night.  Greer reminded me of a trendy ballerina in her black and white dress that included a leather halter bodice.  Her high bun complimented everything perfectly.  I don’t think I would have chosen those heels, but I see where she was going with it and I can respect it.  Zoe got the casual memo of the MTV Movie Awards, but she didn’t sacrifice fashion either.  I loved the black sheer maxi shirt with floral embellishments and I think her red lipstick topped off the outfit perfectly.

As for the famous, fashion forward sisters, I’ll admit that I had to let Kim K’s ensemble marinate in my mind before deciding that I actually did like it.  I was a big fan of the body hugging bodice of the dress, while I also liked the batwing sleeves that, at first sight, I wasn’t so sure of.  I think that the gold necklace was a perfect touch and I liked that she kept her look simple.  Kylie Jenner did me proud by being chic and trendy all at the same time.  Her pencil skirt paired with a white crop top was adorable.  She topped it all off with a gold chunky necklace, which brought us back to the fun MTV Movie Awards.  Overall, congrats to the celebs who know how to rock a good outfit!

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