Golden Globes 2019 Fashion Faves

I’m going to start this post with my own acceptance speech of sorts. I’d like to thank my husband and his friend for allowing me and said friend’s wife to take over the TV for most of the red carpet and all of the Golden Globes Awards even though there was an NFL playoff game going on. I’d also like to thank the people in charge of the Golden Globes stage lighting for making every woman’s breasts look insanely huge (seriously look at them onstage compared to when they are seated, the difference is ridiculous). Without this cleavage coverage, my male company would not have remained captivated enough for me to retain control of the television for as long as I did without a fight. Also, thank you fashion world for the Year of the Plunging Neckline. You kept Dave on the edge of his seat with what he thought was sideboob, until I pointed out that sideboob spills out from the side, and that what he was salivating over was flat-out front-boob. He said, “Hey, it’s still boob.” Good point, Dave. Now, onto my fashion favorites, in no particular order:

  1. Patricia Clarkson

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There was a lot of red on the red carpet, but I thought the well-deserved winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Made for TV Movie was an immediate stand-out. And one of many women celebrating the Year of the Plunging Neckline.

2. Emily Blunt

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John Krasinski might be the sweetest accessory I saw last night (did you see how he cheered Emily on?). And Emily exuded elegance and class in this Alexander McQueen gown. I’m stunned that Duana deemed her the worst dressed. Fashion is subjective, but dang, Duana.

3. Olivia Colman

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I admit I had never heard of Olivia Colman until last night, but she’s on my radar now (and The Favourite is on my “to watch” list). My fellow viewers were not as impressed with the mesh details of her Stella McCartney dress, but I felt sartorial vindication this morning when I saw she made Harper’s Bazaar’s 10 Best Dressed list.

4. Thandie Newton

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I’ve had a crush on Thandie Newton since her ER days, even though until last night I was pronouncing her first name with a full-on “Th” (as in “Thorazine”). She could honestly wow me in a potato sack, but she also manages to amaze in a cut that gives me prom flashbacks — because no one I know went to prom in Michael Kors.

5. Janelle Monae

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This ensemble was my favorite pure fashion moment of the Golden Globes. I sensed it as a work of art, worrying that others wouldn’t get it and that it might end up on the “worst dressed” lists for how different it was, but I was stoked to see that media outlets like PinkNews and Popsugar were picking up what Janelle — and Chanel — were putting down. For a more detailed look behind the look, which comes from Chanel’s Egpyt-themed Metiers d’Art collection, check out this story from Garage.

I also loved: Lauren Harrier in Louis Vuitton, Rachel Brosnahan in Prada, Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton, Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad.

Who Wore It Best?

Rachel, Kelly or Brenda?

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Okay, I know Rachel Weisz made a lot of “Best Dressed” lists. But while you heard cheers for her on the red carpet, all I could hear in my head was “Donna Martin graduates!”, which isn’t the worst comparison ever. I mean, it’s not like her look reminded me of Andrea.

Which looks did you love? Which ones gave you ’90s flashbacks? And speaking of style flashbacks, am I the only one terrified of the second coming of wicker furniture?

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What Nobody Tells You About ‘Kondo-ing’ Your Closet.

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If you aren’t familiar with the term “Kondo,” it comes from Marie Kondo, who has become the household name in tidying up and decluttering. Like Googling and Tasering, Marie has hit branding pay dirt with her name transforming into a domestically blissful buzzword.

I Kondo’d my closet last year. First, I read the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Upand it was indeed life-changing. While her methods apply best to people who don’t share space with others, you can still Kondo areas of your home (like your closet) that solely belong to you. So lets stick with the closet example. There are many details involved (like special ways to roll and fold your underwear), but the premise is that you only keep items that “spark joy.” You go through every single article of clothing, holding it between your fingers, and if it doesn’t spark joy (i.e. make you happy), you get rid of it. Forget who gave it to you, or holding onto it with the hopes that it might fit one day, or that you might have a reason to wear it if you change jobs. If it doesn’t spark joy, it’s gone.

What this book doesn’t come with is a warning not to Kondo areas of your home when you are in a depressed state when nothing brings you happiness. The day I Kondo’d my closet, I could’ve held Robert Downey, Jr. in my hands and been as joyless as the Rockbiter from The NeverEnding Story:

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I got rid of everything. And do you know what happens when you have no clothes? You might think, “Shopping!” But when you are on a budget, chemically imbalanced, and super down on your body to begin with, it’s tough to fill those voids with any urgency. So no. No shopping spree for me. Instead, I did (and still do) a lot more laundry. And a lot of wearing the same thing two days in a row when I know I won’t see the same people. I’m slowly building back up my wardrobe, but when it brings you no joy to buy things in your current size, and you’re waiting until you lose at least 10 more pounds, it’s quite the process. Plus, even though Ms. Kondo swears once you go tidy, you’ll never go back, I went back. I just cleaned it again, so you can actually walk into my walk-in closet, but it’s not the wrinkle-free beacon of minimalism it once was (for a whole month in 2017).

I’m thinking of bringing back the muumuu. Then I can finally open up my store of oversized dresses called Everywhere A Muumuu. I swear I’ll do anything for a pun. In fact I just (as in this very minute) bought this vintage maxi oversized dress from WanderWears on Etsy. Yup, I feel the spark. Will I still feel it when I’m holding this dress in my hands or more importantly when I try it on? Or is this just a momentary shopping high to be followed by buyer’s remorse? We shall see, Marie.

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On a related note, I’m looking for more Instagram influencers to follow for style inspiration. So far I’m loving @styledsnapshots, @lovelyinla, and @laurabrown99. Who are your favorites?

Bicycles, Birds and Mustaches.

I’m not all that into cycling, have a healthy fear of anything winged and firmly believe that Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds and Ron Swanson are the only three people who can pull off a ‘stache (and one of those is fictional). But for some reason, I’m obsessed with things (mugs, stationary, clothing) with bikes, birds and mustaches on them.

I already have a pair like these, but I want this set:

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I have a strict policy of not wearing white before or after Labor Day (I’m a grass stain waiting to happen). First fashion rule: Know thyself. But I still had to stop and admire these when I saw them the other day in one of my favorite local stores:

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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein wrote Portlandia’s “Put a Bird on It” sketch for me. I’m sad this sweater coat from Anthropologie is no longer available, but my savings are breathing a sigh of relief.

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Do you have an ironic fashion obsession, or is it just me?

When life gives you lemons… go shopping.

Okay, that statement may not have much merit on the surface, but my favorite Asheville boutique has been given its own share of lemons. Parlour is closing its doors at the end of the week and everything that used to be way out of my price range is now within reach at 50-75% off. Not to mention I’ve been desparately needing a new pair of jeans:

Yes, that’s a big tear you-know-where [insert “easy access” jokes here].

I hate to take advantage of others’ misfortunes, but being that I’ve had my own share of misfortune lately, I rationalized my way out of it with the  “misery loves company” route and decided to treat myself while the gettin’ was good (and in my size):

I got my jeans, a tee and what I like to refer to as an “elevated hoodie” to boot! It’s difficult to capture the details of a black hoodie with an iPhone camera — its wrap belt and buttoning dress it up a notch or two higher than your average loungewear, but it still has the comfy factor of a fleece sweatshirt. Win, win!

I hate dislike fear birds, but love them illustrated, embroidered and screenprinted on everything from shirts and sweaters to bags and paper. I don’t know why. This shirt was only $10! You can’t even buy a “clever” used tee at a vintage store for less than that these days.

Is there any point in showing an angle other than the butt? I tried on the women’s jeans in my size but with my long torso and generous behind, even plumbers can’t compete with my crack factor. On my frame, even women’s jeans that aren’t “low-rise” still seem to be. So rather than pay extra for the boyfriend-style jeans, I just bought men’s jeans. They cost less and fit me perfectly! Why didn’t I think of this before? An “ah-ha” fashion moment.

When I combine my “treat yourself” loot from today with the “I’m sorry you got fired” dress my parents bought for me the other week (also at Parlour at 30% off…thanks Mom and Dad!) I’m sittin’ pretty. And feeling not at all guilty, I tell you.

Like what you see? The hoodie and dress are by one of my fave fashion-forward brands, Skunkfunk. After this week, Parlour is moving that brand along with a few others to their other store, Honeypot. So if you’re in Asheville and want to do some fun shopping, check them out!

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