Elle’s 2013 Oscars Red Carpet Roundup

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

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How flawless are all of the ladies above?

Anne Hathaway may be the only startlet who can pull off nipples as an accessory and still look completely pulled together and amazing. I wish her hair was a little more slicked and less Dorothy Hamill though.

Giorgio Armani and Naomi Watts pulled off a feat of almost impossible dressmaking engineering here. The cut of this dress makes the possibility of armpit fat, cleavage, and any errant squishy bits gone awry very real, but there are none in sight! The fit is impeccable. Naomi’s choice for super simple hair and jewelry suits the dress beautifully as well.

Amanda Seyfried has been gorgeous in white this season, and this gown is no exception. Just the right amount of sparkle, and somehow (even with the train) this dress does not come across as “bridal” at all. Hair, makeup, and jewelry are all perfection. I think this is my favorite look of the night.

Sandra Bullock’s Elie Saab has enough detail and sparkle to make black seem fresh and new. The straight hair really lets the dress shine. Love. (Don’t love the clutch though. Doesn’t seem to match or contrast with the dress at all.)

The amazingly detailed spiderweb beading on Jessica Chastain’s gown elevates the flesh toned Armani to angelic proportions. Ms Chastain has made questionable choices this award season, but this time she got it right, down to the pop of color on her lips.

JHud is a sparking vision in Cavalli. Everything about her look is just right.

There weren’t any looks that I outright hated, but there were a few I strongly disliked. Here they are.

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While I’m sure that Helen Hunt’s dress is supposed to look like that, I really hate it. She looks like a wrinkled mess. I want to rip it off of her, steam it and then give it back. I also don’t think the fit is great.

As far as I’m concerned, Nicole Kidman and Salma Hayek look a little too much like mafia wives at the don’s daughter’s wedding. The hair, the gowns, all of it. Ick. I’m not loving either of their looks.

What were your favorite looks? Same as mine? Or do you think I missed the mark? Lemme know!

xo,
Elle

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High Five For Friday!

It’s Friday, which means I am once again linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk to share my five favorites of the past week. Here they are in no particular order.

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1. My pretty new pink teacup filled up with pretty pink tea (Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea, to be specif.)

2. THIS. Best teabag quote ever. Truly words to live by.

3. The last bite of deliciously amazing bread I had on Tuesday night before embarking on being gluten free for the next five weeks. Wish me luck!

4. Mon couer on mon … nail? I don’t know the French word for nail, so I’m just going to stop typing now.

5. Valentine’s Day fun and festivities! Hearts were everywhere. Intense.

Hope you all had a great week!

xo,
Elle

Sometimes there are blizzards named after cartoon fish…

…on the East Coast and I get bored after shoveling for hours. So I download silly apps. And I make M do the same because she is bored too. Then (thanks to group messaging) we rope Nikki into our pass the time fun even though she’s where the sun always shines.

Then suddenly there is a collage with cartoon versions of us.

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Download I Made Face immediately. You’ll hate me for making you waste so much time and for that I apologize.

xo,
Elle

Gold, gold, gold!

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Leggings: Old Navy; Cardi: J. Crew; Top and Ring: H&M; Shoes: Sam Edelman; Watch: Target; Blue Gemstone Necklace: Bauble Bar; Multi Colored Necklace (doubled): SO old

If you haven’t noticed by now, my daily uniform (of sorts) is pretty much leggings, a cardi, and flats. Then I pile some accessories on top. The day I wore this was sad and grey out, so I really needed to bring my own warmth and sparkle to the day. Enter a giant flowy golden top (which I would never normally wear with a cardi, but I loved it once I tried it!) and layers of gold everywhere. On my shoes, my wrists, my neck, EVERYWHERE!

(Note the perfect braided bun. I finally figured out the trick to this not looking like a mess and I’ll be sharing it with you next week!)

Hope you’re all having a great week (and staying warm if you live where I do)!

xo,
Elle

Elle’s Grammy 2013 Best Dressed!

This best dressed post is going to be a bit different from my usual red carpet roundups because of CBS’ batshoot crazy dress code this year. No side boob? No underboob? No fleshy bits? No nip slips? What the what, CBS? This isn’t the Oscars or Golden Globes when we all tune in to see our favorite stars dressed to the nines in high glamour! This is the Grammys! Home of rock and roll and shocking outfits! Such a disappointing move, CBS.

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In light of the new dress code, the four ladies pictured above earn my vote for best dressed.

JLo’s leg. Nice working around the rules, Jennifer.

Katy Perry’s cleave. Don’t you let anyone tell you to hide your fleshy bits, Katy! They’re spectacular!

Kelly Rowland’s mass of sheerness which could have shifted at any moment. Live on the edge, Kelly! Destiny’s Child forever!

Alicia Keys’ performance dress which showcased the elusive Grammy underboob. (Also, how amazing was that performance? Drums? Adam Levine? Love!)

These ladies all straddled the line of what CBS considered appropriate and looked great doing it.

What were your favorite looks?

xo,
Elle

High Five For Friday!

Friday means I’m linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk again to share my favorite things this week! Here they are, in no particular order:

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1. My perfect Dirty Chai! I’ll share the recipe/formula with you guys next week.

2. Last Sunday’s perfect glittery dusting of snow. (Fingers crossed that today’s is no more than this.)

3. Shopping fun at Bauble Bar Unwrapped (BB’s awesome popup shop in Meat Packing) with our own M and my friend R. Picked up some really cute goodies and got to play with all the pretty baubles!

4. Fake names at Starbucks. It’s a hobby of mine. Who will you be today?

5. Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t watch football. I do however watch amazing halftime shows and enjoy snacks and themed merriment. It’s a win all around.

Hope you all had a grey week!

xo,
Elle

Elle’s Spanakopita

I LOVE spanakopita. It is by far my favorite thing to order at a Greek diner, even though I’m sure the way they make it includes about seven sticks of butter and five thousand calories. Enter homemade healthified spanakopita. And quick! This took maybe an hour start to finish!

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Elle’s Healthified Spanakopita

1 bag frozen chopped spinach
1 bag frozen chopped kale
1/2 package phyllo dough (or however much you think you need), thawed
1 package reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
2 small onions, chopped
2 eggs plus 1 white, beaten
2 heaping tablespoons chia seeds
Olive oil spray
Salt and pepper to taste
(I purchased all of the above from Trader Joe’s.)

Thaw your spinach and kale, then squeeze all the liquid from it. Chop it up a little smaller if there are larger stems of kale. (I’m lazy and didn’t want to dirty a cutting board, so I did this with shears.) Let that stuff hang out on the side and preheat your oven to 350 F.

Sauté your onion in some olive oil. Once it is soft, translucent, and starting to brown, add the spinach and kale to the pan. Sauté all that together until the leaves are dry and heated through. Dump that into a bowl and let it hang out.

Spritz your 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ square pan with some olive oil. Lay down a sheet of phyllo, fitting it to the corners of the pan. Spritz lightly with olive oil. Repeat this process with about four or five more sheets of phyllo. (While you’re working with your phyllo you should cover it with some plastics wrap and a towel so it doesn’t dry out.)

Now, go back to your bowl o’ leaves. Stir the feta in and then check for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if necessary. Now stir in the eggs and chia seeds. Dump the whole pile into your phyllo lined pan and smooth it out.

Now you’re going to top the whole thing with about 6-8 sheets of phyllo, spritzing with olive oil in between each layer. In all honesty, I do this very haphazardly.

Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, covering halfway through. Once the top is golden brown remove from oven and let cool. This really tastes best at room temperature or refrigerated.

Enjoy!

xo,
Elle

Super Bowl Style!

As far as I’m concerned, Beyonce was the real winner of the Super Bowl. Football isn’t really my thing. I was surrounded by Ravens’ fans on Sunday though, so I rocked their team colors in support (and because I love a theme)!

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Tank: American Apparel | Cardi: DKNY Cozy | Necklaces: Bauble Bar

I’ve got purple, I’ve got loads of gold I piled on, I’ve got black, I’ve got white. I might as well be a Baltimore Raven. Seriously, I went all out.

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Hope you guys all had a great Super Bowl weekend!

xo,
Elle

PS, Did you guys notice something off about the photo above? Pssst… I forgot to remove something!!! Whoopsie!

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High Five For Friday!

It’s Friday which means I am once again linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk to share my five favorite parts of the week. Here they are!

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I. My waterfront lunch. Easy on the eyes and the tongue.

II. Unseasonably warm weather. Freaky, but I’ll take it! Much easier to run errands without a bulky coat for once!

III. THIS. Ghirardelli Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee. If you love dark chocolate and you love Cabernet, run out and get a bar. It’s the perfect melding of the two.

IV. Beyonce’s press conference/vindication. You win, Beyonce. Our hearts, life, everything. You win it all.

V. Finding these vintage baubles that were given to me by a childhood neighbor. They are amaze and I’m so excited to wear them.

Have a great weekend, everybody! Enjoy Sunday’s Beyonce concert, awesome snacks, and commercials! I will be!

xo,
Elle