Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday: 2011 Oscars

If you follow me on twitter (@Sarah310) then you will see I was tweeting during the Oscars.  So you can see my opinions there of the entire show.

Everyone does best dressed. Here are my picks:

Fashion badass. Givenchy Haute Couture.
Top is leather with pearls, at the bottom it's alllll chiffon!

Dress by Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton jewels.

Gwyneth you are SO THIN!

I was so impressed with her look.

I loved this look. She looks elegant and sophisticated.  

But who cares. This is what I would have worn if I had been nominated.  Green Oscar de la Renta: BAM!


If I was just invited to the Oscars and it wasn't my "moment" I would have worn this: 


Or if I HAD to be subtle: 


I enjoyed the show! I hope you did as well. Until next year Oscars.... 

xo Sarah

Sunday: Oscars

This post isn't about actual the show the Oscars, if really a post about if you come to Los Angeles and want to see something on Oscar night.

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly

I will take this time to say that this is the first year I have disagreed with the Academy on who was nominated for Best Actress.
Gwyneth Paltrow for "Country Strong"
Kimberly Elise for "For Colored Girls"

Best Supporting Actress:
Phylicia Rashad for "For Colored Girls"

I can't believe "For Colored Girls" wasn't nominated.  I'm honestly annoyed that Black Swan will win so many awards. I feel they should only win for "Best Costume" by Rodarte and they aren't even nominated in that category!

As you can see, I won an Oscar last year.  For Best Girlfriend.

If you want to see Oscar stuff going on. DO NOT. I repeat do not bother trying to get to Hollywood and Highland to the Kodak.  You will not see a thing. I promise you that.

Go to Saddle Ranch on 8371 Sunset Blvd and have dinner and drinks.  Once the Oscars are over, and they have eaten dinner at the Governor's Ball, you will see all the celebrities you want going in and out of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.  Some of the celebs walk there (I don't know why) so you can see tons of people.  Some of them don't want to wait in traffic to be officially let out of their cars so they get out of their cars way down the road and walk to the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Also you can go to In and Out at 7009 Sunset Blvd and try to see celebrities which we did last year as well.  We only saw Miranda from Sex and the City and talked to a paparazzi for 20 minutes.

Faye Dunaway at the Beverly Hills Hotel

I will be watching it at home but it really is fun to go out on Oscar night..

xo Sarah

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday: Terms of Endearment

I love this song and I love the movie "Terms of Endearment"

Here's the trailer if you haven't seen this movie:

This is one movie poster I would totally have in my house.

Come to laugh, come to cry, come to care, come to terms

xo Sarah

Friday: The Monogram Guide

I love monograms.  There is something about seeing your initials embroidered that is so luxurious and unexpected. OH HEY! Those are my initials.  I really just wrote "unexpected" because I love design and cooking shows and that seems to be the word to use when you have no clue what your talking about.  I love the "unexpected pop of color" etc. . Honey life is unexpected!

More monograms, more custom looking and unique

So monograms are great, they are affordable unless you want your own custom one designed (this will happen for me one day).

According to "Vogue's Book of Etiquette" by Millicent Fenwick:
"In having anything monogrammed or marked with one's initials, there are three main considerations.  The first is just proportion, too small a monogram will be lost, too big a one will look overwhelming. A good eye is needed! The second factor is the number of letters, a monogram by definition is two or more letters intertwined.  The third consideration, and the most complicated, is the form of letters, or what printers would call the "type" (426)."

So size, number of letters (not so often a factor these days because most people have three initials), and the type or style you wish to have your monogram done.

So in case you didn't know: Pretend your name is Gwyneth Chloe Owen
This would be your monogram: As you can see, your First initial comes first, then your LAST NAME is larger in the middle, followed by your middle initial.
Once a woman is married, her maiden name then replaces the middle initial in the monogram.
The monograms used widely today were mainly used for women's linens and personal belongings.  Men's monograms are very simple and traditionally the same letter size.

One of my personal heros, Kevin Sharkey, (for whom I need to do a 'total homage to Kevin' blog post) is big on monograms as well.  Kevin Sharkey has such good taste he's like the cool girl in high school that had the Louis Vuitton backpack before Louis Vuitton had their major tidal wave of popularity.  I actually called his radio program on Martha Stewart Radio months and months ago and posed the question: "When can there be TOO many monograms in a room" His answer was never and I happen to agree.  It's an art form that has remained unscathed by bad taste.
Here are some photos from Kevin's blog of his personal monogrammed items:

Oh to have a drawer of linen monogrammed cocktail and dinner napkins... 

Kevin's monogrammed garment bags.
A moment of silence please.
Reason #29024802384 Why I love Kevin Sharkey.
In hermes orange as well. 
Jackie Kennedy's monogrammed horse blankets and tack trunk.  I remember when these went to auction and I remember wanting them.  C'est la vie! 

Circle monogram horse blanket.

Diamond monogram tack trunk.
And here is Martha with a monogrammed tea cozy.  Oh Martha!

Goyard Trunk:

You know you've made it when you can afford to have one of these bad boys monogrammed.

Goyard tote
There isn't any one particular monogram business I endorse.  I do have a "monogram guy" in Maryland that I can send things to which is nice.  Many working moms have little monogram businesses on Etsy that you can support.  Some mainstream businesses such as Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs (they offer FREE monograms), JCrew, LL Bean, and Tervis Tumblers offer monogramming.  

Monogrammed items are great and they are a wonderful gift to someone that you care about! 

My dogs Sophie and Winston were especially annoying while I was trying to write this post so they get a mention. 
xo Sarah

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday: Happy Valentine's Day

Pride and Prejudice
Mr Darcy: 
"You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. 
If, however, your feelings have changed, 
I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. 
I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

Quite the scene...
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.  

xo, Sarah

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday: One Day At A Time

I am the last pages of the book of “The Giving Tree”:
“I don’t need very much now,” said the boy, “just a quiet place to sit and rest.  I am very tired.”
“Well,” said the tree straightening herself up as much as she could, “well, an old stump is for sitting and resting.  Come boy, sit down.  Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.