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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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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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Thanks for Showing Up at the Grammy’s!

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Last night, the biggest names in music came together for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and, because it’s one of my favorite award shows, I was certainly excited to see what the red carpet would look like this year.  I’ll admit that the night had a bit of a slow start, but, by the end of the night, I couldn’t complain too much.  Those who I expected to shine, picked their ensembles perfectly (for the most part), while there were also a few pleasant surprises in the mix.  All in all, I think it was a good night in fashion.

Katy PerryMy best dressed pick has to go to Ms. Katy Perry.  She said she was going for a 1970’s Priscilla Presley feel and I think she nailed it with her own flair.  The whole look is a perfect combination of playful elegance with a little Katy Perry twist.  Plus, the jade green color of her dress adds a unique touch that has definitely been missing this award show season so far.  I would say that Katy just looked adorable and I loved her whole outfit.

I think there was actually a tie for second place between Kelly Rowland and Rihanna.

Kelly certainly stepped out onto the carpet with a mission to be remembered and get out of Beyonce’s shadow.  Lately, she’s been doing a good job, but we all have to admit that the famous Superbowl performance set her back a bit by propelling Beyonce even further up.  However, I think that if we’re just looking at last night’s fashion choices I would definitely give Kelly the edge.  Beyonce looked great in her black and white jumpsuit, but it was way too casual for the Grammy’s in my opinion.  Kelly, on the other hand, dressed up her look, while still incorporating a lot of sex appeal.  Her silhouette in this dress is amazing, the geometric patterns are fun, and the shear lines are just plain sexy.  Plus, I have to applaud Kelly for knowing to balance things out and keeping everything relatively simple, considering the power of the dress alone.

Rihanna also rocked the red carpet in a very different look.  She proved that she knows how to keep it classy in a floor length flowy number that went perfectly with her loose waves.  I appreciate the shear details in the bodice of her dress, which to me was a nice nod to the bad girl Rihanna we all know and love.  Much like her best friend Katy Perry, it was nice to see some rich colors on the carpet.  You also have to give Rihanna props for her dope performances.  Again, she just knows how to surprise people with her many sides.

Katy, Kelly, and Ri weren’t the only ladies who made me proud on the carpet, but they were definitely my top picks.  I thought Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, and Solange Knowles did their thing, too.  I also have to give a little shout out to the boys who proved their good fashion taste.  Justin Timberlake is surely taking his comeback seriously as he rocked a classic bow tie and side part, which, in my opinion, is very fitting for his new old school vibe.  Kudos to him.  Also, as much as I love him, I have to be honest and recognize that Mr. Aubrey Graham doesn’t always know what’s best for him when it comes to style, so I was very glad to see that he came correct to the Grammy’s.  Big ups to Drake for his look of the night (including the scruff) and congrats on the win.  As I said before, I think the Grammy’s didn’t disappoint!

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More Washington Heights Please!

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When I first saw the commercials for Washington Heights, I immediately got excited and I couldn’t wait for the premiere.  It made me think of one of my favorite musicals In the Heights and I knew that just the vibe of the show alone would keep me interested for at least one episode.  The New York setting mixed with the Dominican and Boricua cast made the series something I could relate to, so obviously I was attracted to it, but I honestly had no idea I would love MTV’s Washington Heights as much as I do.  Then again, that’s probably because I didn’t know much about the show before I actually watched it.  Yeah it follows a group of Latinos living in Uptown like I expected, but it doesn’t solely focus on the fights or the partying.  Of course those things pop up throughout the series because that’s just life, but the show is much more about family, friends, and following your dreams than anything else.  Besides entertaining, I would say Washington Heights is definitely inspirational and relatable.

You have a group of friends, who practically grew up together.  They know each other so well, they mostly get along, and they are honest with each other no matter the situation, but then within that tight-knit group you have individuals embracing their passions, creating more depth to the show and the friendships in general.  Music, art, poetry, and fashion are just a few of these passions, but, despite these different interests, the friends all have a common goal of following their dreams and making it.  They support each other by going to each other’s performances or even just saying a few encouraging words, while you see these individuals putting everything out there to reach their goal.  From the audience’s perspective, you see the journey of simply having a dream and actually working to make it a reality.  After seeing how motivated the cast of Washington Heights is, you feel even more empowered to follow your own dreams.  You get to see yourself in these figures and doing what you want becomes that much more real.  At the same time, you also see the personal struggles that come into play and, unfortunately, can affect your progress.  You realize that life around you doesn’t stop, but that you have to learn how to deal with it all and keep moving forward no matter what.  Things are never perfect, yet you have to continue to work toward your goal.  You’re reminded that you’re not the only one going through ish and that it should never be a limiting factor no matter how often it happens.

The series is only about four episodes in, but it has quickly become one of my favorite shows.  It is among the best representations of real life that I’ve seen in a while, which is extremely refreshing.  The relatability of the cast mixed with my weakness for positive, driven people trying to live out their dreams and help each other out along the way is probably why I’m so hooked, but either way I have no regrets.  I can tell you right now that I see a weirdly large amount of myself in one of the cast members and it certainly helps me make sense of a lot of things.  I have to recognize that I have already learned so much from the Washington Heights crew and I can’t wait to see what new realizations I experience along the way.

The Show Goes On

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Of all the highways I’ve driven on, 195 is probably my favorite, or at least it was my favorite.  It’s a typical highway with two lanes and a sixty mile per hour speed limit, but what makes it stand out are its brevity and sheer openness.  Once I get off of 295 North and merge onto 195 West, I know my commute to school is within five minutes of its end.  It is rare to meet traffic on this road, so rare I have never experienced it even during peak rush hour.  If traffic were relevant, stress wouldn’t be a priority, knowing that I have to endure it for a mere three miles.  In jogging time that’s intense, but in a Honda Accord, or any other vehicle for that matter, that’s not even enough distance to finish listening to a song.

My point is that for the last few years of my life if I had to drive anywhere, 195 would be the place I would choose to drive on, but things change.  Perspectives, experiences, and associations are no exceptions to the inevitability of change.

One Monday morning, October 3, 2011 to be exact, I was on my way to my 9am class like any other Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.  I left my house no later than 8:20am, was merging onto 295 North by 8:27am, and by 8:32am my beloved 195 West had become my location.  It all was normal.  There was no congestion and Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On” had just started playing on the radio as I got closer to the UMBC campus exit on the right.  I remember seeing a green Taurus driving in front of me with an oversized smiley face decorating the back window.  It was odd, but nice.

I turned my right blinker on.  I checked my mirrors and blind spot.  I was in the clear, so I started for the exit lane, while my right foot, comfortably fit into my black UGG boot, lightly released its pressure on the gas pedal.  Directly ahead of me, a taupe Ford Explorer made an abrupt stop that jolted the SUV.  Another jolt was forced from the Explorer by the impact of a car that hadn’t allotted enough space for a possible necessity of brakes.

At that moment, my eyes widened with horror and shock as my foot forced itself onto the brake pedal until my car approached a sudden yet more gradual stop, compared to the Explorer’s example.  I knew I was going to stop in time as my speedometer moved from twenty down to ten and then it happened.  My mind was cluttered with the thoughts of “this cannot be happening” and “this is going to be bad.”

I felt the full force of a four door sedan pushing me forward into the smiling green Taurus that was beginning to cut me off.  My body whipped diagonally and sideways, back and forth, as my brother’s poor silver Honda Accord slid across the damp tar road.  With each car that crashed into the four door sedan in my rear, I couldn’t help but scrape past the green Taurus, which soon enough was stopped behind me.

I heard a total of five loud thuds of crushing metal and utter force, four came from behind and one from the front.  The drum beats were accompanied by shattering glass, from my left headlight and side mirror, and grating painted steel, which made for the most terrifying percussion orchestra I had ever witnessed.

Amongst the audio feast I was hearing, my face got bashed by a rock-hard, air-filled “safety device” and I instantly felt the right side of my bottom lip swelling as if I had gotten stung by a bee.  My sight was cut off by a combination of the smoke from the airbags and the tears filling my eyes.  The only scent I could pick up was the smell of burning and pure friction.  With that stench and smoke alone, I could have sworn fireworks had been ignited in my steering wheel and in my dashboard.

I was now stopped.  My Honda Accord was lifeless and I was stunned.  All I could do was repeat “Oh, my God” in my attempt to process the last thirty seconds.  In front of me, two deflated baby blue bags hung from the steering wheel and dashboard.  My pink glasses laid by the odometer and I could feel my now slightly lopsided bun.  Everything beyond my windshield was hazy.

Forgetting my bloody, enlarged lip and ignoring the loud screech, I opened the door with two assertive pushes.  At this point, forcing the door open couldn’t cause half as much damage as the chain reaction I had just been caught in the middle of.  I looked around and I knew I would not be going to class this morning, I would not be driving that Honda Accord anymore, and that 195 was no longer my favorite place to drive on, particularly westbound just before the UMBC campus exit.

I will never know why half of the people standing in shock hadn’t realize that slowing down is considered proper etiquette when exiting the highway, but I can only hope that they know that now.  Everything could have been avoided, but, then again, everything happens for a reason.  I can only trust that their driving habits have changed for the better.  Perhaps, this event has made them better people, more cautious, or simply more appreciative.  Maybe, it didn’t have a long-lasting effect, but I can still hope so.

I will admit that I think the people involved have, at the very least, temporarily adjusted to this occurrence.  We all experienced the same chain reaction car accident, but we all felt the impacts differently.  I got major whiplash with a busted lip.  One boy got back pains.  The lady driving the Ford Explorer walked away just fine.  Some may value a car more.  Others might find a new route to school.  A few may even feel skittish behind the wheel.  One single event can be a catalyst for countless new paths, but the most interesting part is that you can’t predict these life changing situations.  They manifest within a matter of seconds, so fast that they leave you stunned still.

I thought about what my path would now be.  I couldn’t imagine driving again as my hands trembled in shock.  I went over how I was going to come up with the money for a new car.  I worried how I would get to my classes until something was sorted out, but I really wasn’t thinking at all.  I was only running through ideas in my head as my life slowed down.  It had stopped, but it really hadn’t.  Life as I knew it had ended.  Now, my life with some temporary hard times had begun.  My life had never stopped because I was still walking.  I was still talking.  I was still breathing.  I could still feel the cold drizzle falling onto my black sleeves.  Yes, my life had changed drastically, but my life had not stopped at all.  It was now simply turning in a new direction.

At the time, I didn’t see it that way.  That Monday I only saw this car crash as a barrier I couldn’t get through, but, as I reached into the Honda Accord for my phone, Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On” was still playing on the radio, as if Lupe himself was reminding me that my life would still go on.

The Honda Accord just after the accident.

A Night To Celebrate All Latinos!

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As part of the kick off of Hispanic Heritage Month, the 2012 NCLR Alma Awards were held to honor Latino actors that have put their best into what they do throughout the past year.  Although not every Latino in the good old U.S. of A. was given a snazzy award, seeing so many Hispanics doing wonderful things is something we all can be proud of.

The event was hosted by George Lopez and Eva Longoria who mixed in some good jokes with some inspirational messages (as usual).  One topic of conversation was certainly encouraging Latinos everywhere to vote in the upcoming election.  Another was to support undocumented Hispanics in becoming citizens and realizing their real American dreams.  Both are points that I definitely support.

The event also included the A-list Latinos from the past year who were nominated for, of course, the Alma Awards.  Actors like Zoe Saldana, Naya Rivera, Diego Boneta, and Rico Rodriguez were just a few of the recipients of this year’s Alma Awards.  I was honestly surprised to see certain actors being nominated simply because I didn’t know they were of Hispanic heritage.  Being more aware of the successful Latinos in our country is a beautiful thing and I think it helps bring our community that much closer.  I’m certainly glad that I learned some new things!  Cheech Marin and Christina Aguilera were also given special recognition for their impacting and successful careers.  Cheech, of course, has always been an icon in the Latin community, while Christina has always been one of my personal heroes, so I thought the two were very deserving of their awards.

Along with these traditional forms of recognition, the Alma Awards also gave the 2012 Olympic medalists from the USA team that are also Latino some time to shine with a special tribute, including swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Danell Leyva.  Playing for the USA team must feel incredible, but being able to represent where your family is from might be a nice change for the USA Olympians.  Might I add that I thought it was a clever touch for Danell to bring on stage a crate to stand on.  It’s no secret that gymnasts aren’t the tallest people in the world, so I’m glad he can have a sense of humor while standing next to a water polo player.

No award show is complete without some sort of honor for the fallen members of its community.  I was particularly moved by the tribute to Lupe Ontiveros, who passed away this past July from liver cancer.  I knew her best as her role of Yolanda in the film Selena, but there was no doubt about Lupe’s endless talent.  I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing and, with her family in attendance, I thought the standing ovation was an unforgettable scene.

The Alma Awards definitely don’t rank as the most popular award show, but I do love it for how positive and community-oriented it is.  There is no denying the feeling of comradery at this kind of event.  Everyone knows the struggle and adversity that the person sitting next to them has faced, so there is certainly a mutual respect for each other.  It seems like all attendees are rooting for each other.  They want to see their Latino brothers and sisters succeed and progress, so that their community as a whole can succeed and progress.  Now, wouldn’t the world be so much more beautiful if we all took this into consideration?

It’s Their Last Chance

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Tomorrow night SYTYCD’s final four contestants will dance for America’s vote one last time.  Last week, they gave it their all with a solo and two duets.  For the most part, all of the dancers aced their solos and at least one of their duets.  Honestly, even the two eliminated dancers, Cole and Whitney, worked their talent in their routines.  Overall, I think that Eliana, Cyrus, and Chehon stood out the most for me.

Tiffany is a beautiful dancer and she is so likeable, but I still think that Eliana has the edge for the girls.  She has consistently been an excellent performer throughout the whole competition and there are hardly any routines that she hasn’t been able to master.  Yes, her hip-hop last week wasn’t to die for, but, if you’re given a weak routine, you can’t show your full potential.  I think that her Mia Michaels piece with Cole definitely redeemed whatever points she may have lost with her hip-hop.

As for the boys, I still don’t know how America is going to vote.  If they go strictly off of character, then Cyrus wins it for the boys.  He is absolutely adorable with such a positive spirit and a passion for dance like no other.  Cyrus hasn’t put out the strongest performances, but the fact that he has never experienced being in the bottom says a lot.  Plus, there is no denying how amazing he was in his hip-hop number with Comfort.  However, fans might want to go the traditional route and vote for a great technical dancer, giving Chehon the win.  Sure, latin ballroom is not his forte, but his Tyce Diorio routine with Kathryn speaks wonders about this boy’s talent and potential.  Not everybody can make an entire audience and panel of judges cry like he did.  I would like to say that Chehon will win, but I just don’t know because of how strong Cyrus’ fan base has been throughout the season.

Either way, I have definitely enjoyed the performances that season 9 has cranked out.  I honestly cannot wait to see who wins it for the girls and the guys.