Selfies, Pizza and Stars- Oscars Recap

Although the red carpet is typically the highlight of any awards, I dare say that Ellen Degeneres really stole the show in her role as host last night. Her comedic timing is always perfect but on oscar night it was even more so; between record breaking impromptu selfies, to making good on her promise to order pizza Ellen remained entertaining during a show that can sometimes be a snooze fest. She was funny, incredibly well dressed and was the primary reason I stayed tuned in- besides waiting to see Lupita win!!!!

Here are my top 8 moments from last nights Oscars:

8. Fashion moments I loved Pharrells trendsetting boldness opting to wear a Lanvin tuxedo that included shorts. Pharrell continues to make controversial fashion choices that keep us talking.
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7. Best dressed- I also LOVED Charlize Theron in Dior, Kate Hudson in Versace and Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

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6. Speaking of Pharrell his performance of his academy nominated song “Happy” was another highlight. The choreography was on point and who can resist dancing along to such an infectious song? Plus he made his way to the audience and had several nominees dancing right along with him.

5. Judy Garland Tribute- Pink is usually incredibly edgy and prone to acrobatics during her performances; however I loved seeing her all dressed up delivering a powerful rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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4.Pizza! In the middle of the formality of the academy awards Ellen Degeneres polls the audience on how hungry they are and then proceeds to have pizza delivered. Apparently it was gluten free.

3.Matthew McConaughey’ acceptance speech- I have admittedly not seen Dallas Buyers club but after his acceptance speech for wining for his lead actor role in the movie I’m definitely going to check it out. He was the only winner to thank God for his win-
“There’s a few things, about three things to my account that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase. Now, first off, I want to thank God. ‘Cause that’s who I look up to. “He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.”
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2.Selfies! Ellen did an amazing job of infusing her authentic self into every moment as host. When she broke out her phone to take a selfie with several of the nominees she broke records for having the subsequent tweeted picture be retweeted over 2 million times.

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1. Lupita Nyong’o wins! Lupita looked like a princess last night in her custom Prada and she served as inspiration to black girls everywhere-” may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

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#TeamLupita We WON!!!

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Lupita Nyong’o has found her way into our hearts not only as a bonafide fashionista and this seasons “It” girl, the Yale graduate can now add Oscar winner to her list of accomplishments. Lupita won in the best supporting actress category for her portrayal as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.

Nyong’o was breathtaking on the red carpet with her custom made Prada gown in a beautiful shade that she referred to as Nairobi blue indicating that the hue reminded her of her native Kenyan home.

If you were not already in love with Lupita for her graciousness and savvy fashion sense, her acceptance speech definitely would win you over . “Thank you for putting me in this position. It has been the joy of my life. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Congrats Lupita!!!

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Cheers! Sterling Wines The Official Libation of The Oscars

2011 Sterling Carneros Pinot, bottle shot

The Oscars is what I always love to refer to as the Olympics of Red Carpets and this Sunday the 86th Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theater.    The competition for the golden statues is fierce this year with very deserving nominees in every category.

One of the biggest trends for entertainment buffs and fashionistas alike is bringing the red carpet experience home by way of hosting Oscar viewing parties.   As you are prepping to host your soiree why not add a little of the glamour of the Oscars to your party? Sterling Vineyards is the official wine of the red carpet and you can toast your favorite nominee and determine who was best dressed with a little Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc  or 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Cabernet .

Having wine as an accompaniment to your Oscar bites takes the hassle out of coming up with a signature drink and by including both a red and a white option you can satisfy the tastes of most of your guests!   I am a certified wineaux and when I tell you my initial reaction to the Sauvignon Blanc- was quite simply wow.  I am an equal opportunity wine drinker and will grab a red or white depending on my mood.  The Sauvignon Blanc is floral with a bit of citrus and is the perfect white wine to appease even the biggest wine snob.

Visit my Pinterest Board for more Oscar Party Inspiration and check out www.sterlingvineyards.com for locations and where to buy.

 

Cheers,

Lisa

56th Annual Grammy’s Recap

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night and if you watched while engaged in social media the general consensus across Facebook and Twitter was the show was rather boring; the highlights for me included Mr. And Mrs. Carter AKA Beyonce and Jay-Z opening the show with a performance of Drunk In Love the hit from Beyonce’s self-titled album. Kendrick Lamar’s performance with Imagine Dragons resulted in me joining Lamar’s fan club- seriously, color me a HUGE Kendrick fan. Other highlights included Daft Punks performance with Pharell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rogers and a rather confusing wedding officiated by the gorgeous Queen Latifah.

As usual, the real focus of any award show is always the red carpet and here are my favorite looks from the evening:

Rita Ora was in an iridescent cocktail length dress by Lanvin. I loved the bombshell-esque waves of her hair, the bodycon fit of her dress and her makeup,were all just pitch perfect.

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Rita Ora

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Tamar Braxton
I’m a huge fan of Tamar’s music, however her fashion choices always ring inauthentic to me. Last night she found her voice wearing crimson Michael Costello.

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Tamar Braxton

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Taylor Swift wore a chain link Gucci gown and was simply stunning in a gown that quite possibly could be my favorite look of the evening.

 

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Taylor Swift

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Beyonce also opted for a Michael Costello gown which definitely demonstrated her alter-ego “Yonce” is here to stay.

 

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Beyonce

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Please visit Grammy for a complete list of winners.

Women Crush Wednesday- Lupita Nyong’o And Her Natural Hair

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes Red Carper

Lupita Nyong’o Golden Globes Red Carper

I have been obsessed with Lupita Nyong’o since I first spied the gorgeous actress slaying red carpets for her role in 12 Years A Slave. Though Nyong’o did not win for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years, her choice of a vibrant red Ralph Lauren gown for the Golden Globes cemented her as winner of fashions newest rising star.

Much attention has been given to the actresses gown for the evening however naturalistas everywhere were most definitely checking for her hair.

I was able to get the scoop on Nyongo’s gorgeous tresses, styled by celebrity stylist Larry Sims.

First he used Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Curl-Licious Mist to freshen up her natural curls.

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Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Then he used a rat tail comb to add a dramatic part to her hair. He polished off the look by applying Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Butter Bouncin which added both hydration and made her coif easier to mold.

 

 

 

Smooth and Shine go pro curls retails for 12.99

Smooth and Shine go pro bouncin butter retails for 12.99

Beauty to Go with Super Styled

 

Hair Room Service has established themselves as the go to beauty and glam squad for celebs in Los Angeles and New York. With a list of celebrity clients including iconic talents like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, the salon is THE place for celebs needing mobile hair, make-up and styling services. Super Styled is a new makeover show dedicated to transforming the every day woman into a super star with looks created by Michael Duenas (Hair room founder and hairstylist) make-up artist James Vincent, and celebrity manicurist Honey who are part of Hair Rooms roster of talented artist.

 

You can tune into the first episode by clicking on the link below and leave a comment, like or favorite the video and a randomly selected winner will be entered for a chance to win a MAC book Pro!

 

Jill Scott Storytellers- Sneak Peek!

Storytellers, which delivers an intimate look into artists lives a well as feature live performances, will air on May 21st at 11pm. The first artist is one of my favs- Jilly from Philly. Here’s a sneak peek into the show that was taped at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Jill asks attendees are they blessed up in the house and encourages them to taste the fruits of their labor before she launches into her newly released single Blessed.

Check out the sneak peek!

Beyonce Offers Intimate Glimpse With New Tumblr

I have no problem admitting that I am a Beyonce Stan. From her iconic beauty, to her amazing talent Bee is a business woman who is strategic with everything she does. Well, Mrs. Shawn Carter just released a delicious new tumblr account which offers images of Beyonce unedited,  in intimate moments with her family. Feast on the eye candy simply titled “I am” here.

Beyonce and Solange

 

Seen- Celebs Spotted During NYFW Fall 2012

 

New York Fashion Week is always an awesome time to do some celeb spotting who are often friendlier than some fellow bloggers or editors of obscure magazines that you’ve never heard of BUT that’s another story.  Here are some of the celebs I spotted during the Fall/Winter season.

 

Plus Model Liris Crosse- spotted at Luzern Press Event

Michael K. Williams "Omar" from the Wire spotted at "the tents"

Chef Roble!!!! spotted at the Style 360 Sachika Twins event

Dwight (RHOA) spotted at Korto

Simone Smith spotted at the Korto presentation

Faces of Truth- Beauty Marathon

 

Click on flyer for more details

 

DC area beauty photographer Ajani Truth is providing make-up artist with the opportunity to showcase their talents and build their portfolio’s.  Artists will be given the challenge to create beauty looks on the models provided.   The event takes place in Studio 400 and is an awesome opportunity to network, create and of course have fun.

Check out the flyer for details and for more information about Faces of Truth: Beauty Marathon visit ajanitruth.com/event or contact info@ajanitruth.com.

Check out Ajani’s profile at www.ajanitruth.com

 

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