My Favorite Things- Fall Edition

Happy Fall to everyone! This is my favorite time of year and I love that in my area the weather is getting a little cooler. Definitely helps to get into the mood of the season. I don’t know about everyone else, but fall also commences a busy time in our family. Always, seems our weekends are jammed packed with activities. With that said, I know I have neglected my blog a little bit so I decided to make a post that included a lot of things I have been wanting to write about.

12 ways to wear a scarf

In recent years I have embraced using scarves as an accessory. It really adds a pop to any outfit and also adds a finishing touch to a basic jeans and t-shirt ensemble. So if you don’t use scarves as an accessory I urge you to try it out. You can get fun scarves for under $10, just look at Old Navy or Target.

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Yes, I know this ‘anthology’ is on its third season, but the first episode of The Coven saga has left me blind sided. First of all I don’t know how Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk come up with creepy amazing twisted tales time and time again. American Horror Story is scary story telling at its best. One thing that stands true from the past two seasons is that the show always has strong amazing characters. They have a habit of leaving a mark on our minds and striking a chord with our deepest darkest fears.  I also love that the actors come back to play different roles each season. For example, Jessica Lange has been a creepy intrusive next door neighbor, an unrelenting Mother Superior and asylum warden and currently Supreme Witch. The Coven also boasts an all star-cast, Kathy Bates, Angela Basset and Jessica Lange to just name a few. This season will take us through the lore of witchcraft and voodoo of New Orleans.  If you haven’t I suggest you tune in, just remember to keep the lights on while you watch.

BACK ROW: HAYLEY ORRANTIA, GEORGE SEGAL, TROY GENTILE; FRONT ROW: SEAN GIAMBRONE, JEFF GARLIN, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY I don’t know if it is, because I grew up in the 1980’s, but I find this show hilarious. I have a been a long time fan of Jeff Garlin ever since his Curb Your Enthusiasm days. It also reminds me a lot of my husband’s family. Not that I know how their family life was in the 80s, but it is how I imagined it. My husband has also commented that, its like watching his childhood at times. I wonder if the whole 1980’s setting will get old, but we will wait and see. I have really enjoyed the first few episodes and hope to see more.

Movie_4127_706If you haven’t seen Rush yet, run to the movie theater as soon a possible. It is the best movie I have seen all year.  Rush (directed by Ron Howard) is based on the true life 1970s rivalry of Formula One drivers James Hunt and Nicky Lauda. The movie depicts this rivalry very well. Nicky Lauda is played by Daniel Bruhl. I feel that he gives an award-winning performance. James Hunt is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth not only is he so nice to look a  but, he brings the sexy effortless swagger that James embodied perfectly. The driving sequences are pretty intense and well done, but also the human aspect of the film is just as good. Even if you don’t like car racing you will like this film. There is suspense, romance, action and some laughs. It has it all, go see it.

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Lastly, but certainly not least I want to give a shout out to my in-laws John and Joella on their 50th wedding anniversary! We had the pleasure of celebrating this momentous milestone with them and all our family this past weekend. It was really nice to see everyone and especially to have our kiddos hang out with their cousins for a weekend. Congratulations Mom and Dad!

I hope you all have a good rest of the week and remember even if life gets a little hectic, take the time to enjoy the present!

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My Oscar Recap

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The Show

What did you think of the big night? Even though the reviews were mixed, I really enjoyed the 85th Oscars. Whether you deemed him appropriate or not I loved Seth MacFarlane and thought he did a good job. The opening monologue is one of the funniest I  have seen in years. Click here to watch it yourself.  I think Seth MacFarlane gave it his all and I was happy with the result. He had some good one lines throughout the show. Some might disagree, but I thought the Lincoln joke was funny and he recovered well, while it was not well received from the audience.  Like I said to many people, you have to like his stuff to really “get” him. To be honest I don’t think many people “get” smart comedy anymore.  He also wasn’t the cookie cutter host, which I appreciated. His song at the end of the telecast with Kristin Chenoweth was genius. Click here to see it.  There was one thing I was disappointed with and that was the tribute to Bond. I was under the impression that there was going to be a Bond reunion of sorts? Was I mistaken?  I did enjoy the musical numbers throughout the show. Click here to see my favorite.

Did you enjoy the show last night?  Do you think Seth MacFarlane did a good job?

The Winners

I was beyond elated that Argo won Best Picture! Like I have said in a previous post, it really is a superb film and I glad it has gotten so many accolades this awards season.  Ben Affleck is so humble when he accepts his awards. I just love it.

The only surprise wins for me were Ang Lee for Best Director and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. I am really glad Ang Lee won. I haven’t had a chance to watch Life of Pi, but I hear it was an epic film. I am actually not that surprised Christoph Waltz won, but I thought Robert DeNiro was going to get the win. I think he and Tommy Lee Jones might have split the vote.  As the rest of the main categories go, I was satisfied with who the Academy picked.  I really do need to see Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi and Django in Chains as soon as they are available for home viewing. Click here to see a full list of last night’s winners.

Did your top choices win last night?

The Red Carpet

Let me just start this off by saying I was super disappointed in the red carpet last night. I really find it annoying that during the last 60 min of coverage, they cut off E! from having a red carpet interviews.  Instead, you are left to listening all the hosts talk about the looks or going over to the ABC red carpet coverage, which I am sorry to say was just sad. I  normally don’t like to write negative things on this blog, but that coverage was awkward and boring.

The fashion trend for last night was metallic, sparkles and light colors. Again, I don’t want to be negative, but I was disappointed in the fashions. It’s the biggest night of the year in Hollywood and I really think the stylists and stars could have done better. There were few jaw dropping styles.  I can say that for me there were definitely more misses than hits. Here are the looks I enjoyed.

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I just love Jennifer Garner and I thought this Gucci gown looked lovely on her. The color looked great on her and the back is what makes this dress so great. Well done!

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Jennifer Hudson looked amazing in this Roberto Cavalli gown. I love the blue. It looks great on her. I also liked her hair and jewelry. I think she could haven’t gotten away with a little more color on her lips though.

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This Dior gown was meant to go to the Oscars. I am not going to lie it’s not may favorite look on Jennifer Lawrence ( maybe I would love it more if it was in a different color), but it is Oscar worthy and it did look great on the stage.

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Jessica Chastain was by far my favorite head-to-toe look of the evening. The Armani Prive gown she chose was made for her. It looked so lovely against her hair color. She looked amazing last night!

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This was a risky dress, but it is flawless on Naomi Watts. She looks so sophisticated and modern in this Armani Prive gown. Well, done!

What did you all think of the red carpet? What were your favorite looks?

Hello There Oscar!

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One of my favorite days of the year is soon upon us….Oscar Sunday! I really don’t do anything big. I sit in front of the TV from the pre pre red carpet coverage until the end of the awards show.  The last few years my friends and I started a Facebook viewing party. About 20 of us get on a thread on Facebook and comment from the red carpet coverage until the end of the show. We do it for most of the big awards show to prepare for Oscar night. It really is a lot of fun. My husband has also starting putting out a food spread for us. He figure since I do that for him for football games, he will do it for me on my Super Bowl. This year I also got my favorite champagne to drink during the telecast. Moet bottles will pop when the red carpet begins!

My dream is to one day host a massive Oscar viewing party at my house. I would love to plan the menu around the Best Picture nominees.  With year nominees my friends and I came up with a fun menu. This is what we came up with so far. Maybe you can help us to fill in the blanks.

Argo: Persian Grapes. Click here for recipe. A typical desert from Iran.

Amour: Heart shaped sugar cookies. Click here for recipe. The movie is about undying love.

Beast of Southern Wild: Crab Boil. Click here for recipe. It seemed that was all they ate during this movie.

Django Unchained:

Les Miserables: Loaf of Bread. Click here for recipe. The reason why Jean Valjean was imprisoned. He stole a loaf of bread to give to his starving nephew.

Lincoln: Oysters on the half shell. They were served at his second inaugural dinner.

Life of Pi: Tiger Pie. Click here for recipe

Silver Linings Playbook:

Zero Dark Thirty: Chicken Biryani. Click here for recipe.

I really think Argo will win Best Picture. Daniel Day Lewis will take Best Actor and Anne Hathaway will take Best Supporting Actress.  I don’t think the other big categories have definite front runners. I think Jennifer Lewis and Jessica Chastain might split the vote  in the Best Actress category. I am very excited to see who will take home gold on Sunday!

Click here for your own printable ballot.

Do you do anything special for Oscar Sunday? Who do you think will take home gold on Sunday?

My Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

First of all let me start by saying that I had a fabulous birthday weekend! Would like to thank my hubby, my boys, my BFF and her fabulous hubby for really taking the time and making an extra effort to making me feel extra special this entire weekend! Also, thank you to all my loved ones that sent me gifts and/or birthday wishes. You all really made this girl feel like a star!

We did watched (who didn’t right?) the game on Sunday. I will be honest, I partly watched while I got other stuff done. I really did enjoy the performances of America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner. When the Sandy Hook Elementary Choir started singing I couldn’t help, but not shed many tears. I thought Jennifer Hudson sounded and looked beautiful. Alicia Keyes rendition of our National Anthem was also moving.

Here are the 3 commercials that I really enjoyed last night.

Who didn’t laugh out loud when this ad was said and done?

I couldn’t help but shed many tears while this was going on. Being an Army family and having gone through several deployments, I could relate to the images and the words. It really hit home. It was very well done.

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How does this commercials not tug at your heart-strings (Especially with Landslide playing in the background)? So sweet.

 

What were some of your favorite commercials from last night?

 

 

 

Joy To The World!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! Sorry, this is a day late. I was too busy playing Bey Blades, Angry Bird Star Wars Jenga and Apples to Apples. I also had the pleasure of going to see Les Miserables (review to follow at a later date) with 2 of my favorite people.  Our celebration continues today with my Sissy and her family.

Joy To The World: Aretha Franklin (my favorite version of this song)

 

1 More Day: Oh Holy Night….

is quite possibly my favorite Christmas hymn. I can’t help, but always tear up when I hear this song at Christmas Mass.  I have enjoyed many versions of it. Here are some of my favorites, traditional and non-traditional. I have to thank my BFF for helping me discover many of these version through her Christmas compilations.

Jennifer Hudson’s version

Neil’s Diamond version.

Weezer’s version

Tracy Chapman’s version (this is very lovely)

One of my favorite things to do today is track Santa on NORAD with the boys. I think I get more enjoyment out of it than they do. If you would like to check it out click here.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Eve day and night. I hope your day and night is filled with joy, laughter and love! Enjoy the ones around you, especially the little ones. It is great to see all of this through their eyes. xoxo

 

Day 3: Baby, Please Come Home

For those waiting for love ones to arrive!

An extra clip and songs for all U2 fans out there. If you scroll to minute 5, you can see the fabulous Do They Know It’s Christmas video. It has such a great showcase of the 80s fashion and all the magnificent coif’s of that time.