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Taking The High Road

August 1, 2016

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Lately, it seems like people are going out of their way to use their notoriety to hurt others. Celebrity feuds on social media are so prevalent right now, with everyone publicly airing one another’s dirty laundry. It only takes 140 characters to assasinate one’s character these days.

We are also in an election cycle, so the nasty-grams seem to be magnified tenfold right now.

Politically speaking, I am not interested in hearing why I shouldn’t vote for your opponent. Don’t fill my newsfeed with reasons why they aren’t the right choice. Instead, tell me why you are the better option. Tell me about your skills, your passion and compassion, and your brilliant ideas to make the world a better place. We are bombarded with slanderous comments, onerous fact checking, and then dispute over those facts if they don’t suit our personal viewpoint.

All this comes on the heels of Kim Kardashian posting an authorized recording of Taylor Swift telling Kanye West that the lyrics he wrote about her in his then yet released song “Famous” are fine to use, after she publicly took offense to them when the song was released. Since, the Twitter-verse has explosively taken sides, even starting a hashtag inviting readers to the #taylorswiftisoverparty. Why would we, or anyone else for that matter, want to celebrate someone else’s demise?

Even a week later, the war rages on, with other celebs joining the fray and continuing to perpetuate the onslaught. Perhaps Ms. Swift did give her ok for Kanye to proclaim “ I made that bitch famous,” or perhaps she didn’t. It still doesn’t make it acceptable to drag her through the mud and make her walk on hot coals for the rest of her life. The joy people are taking in seeing someone with a flawless track record fall from grace is appalling. We no longer think about her talent, her music or her quiet philanthropy. Yet we dwell on her failed relationships and on a conversation recorded without consent (illegal in the state of California BTW,) that we have no right to be hearing at all.

When did we become a society whose personal value is based on the inferiority of others? When did someone else’s pain become a key source of our pleasure? Have we come to a place where we can’t accept culpability for our actions, and need to take down others to boost ourselves up?
I am quickly losing respect for politicians, celebrities and anyone else who needs to publicly bash others in a childish plea for attention.

As someone for whom I hold great respect recently said, “ When they go low, we go high.

Let’s take that advice to heart, and try to take the high road in our interactions for awhile and see how that goes. Who’s with me?

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Belles of the Ball

May 7, 2014

The annual Met Ball, feting the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is the fashion equivalent of the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards all rolled into one. This year was no exception, as the rich, famous and simply fabulous walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening of the exhibition entitled “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in the newly christened Anna Wintour Costume Center. The dress code included white tie and tails for the gentlemen, and grand gowns for the ladies.
While the new designers generally set the tone for the future of fashion, tonight it was the old guard that ruled the red carpet.

Oscar de la Renta dressed some of the evening’s standouts, including this spectacular look on Sarah Jessica Parker:

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Allison Williams was also elegant in a red Oscar de la Renta gown:

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Taylor Swift glowed in her de la Renta dress:

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Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer wore a stunning baby blue Alexander McQueen gown:

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Idina Menzel ruled in a frothy Donna Karen Atelier gown:
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Blake Lively glowed in gold Gucci with the ultimate accessory: husband Ryan Reynolds!
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Others didn’t fare as well, as many of the younger stars took fashion risks and failed.

The very sexy Kate Upton donned something from a bad western movie. Just…no:
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Chloe Grace Moretz also missed the mark in Chanel:

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Sarah Paulson was a hot mess in Prada:

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Diana Agron looked matronly in Mui Mui:

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Katie Holmes channeled a Disney princess, and failed:

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Speaking of Disney, it appears that Sandra Lee’s gown was semi-homemade and came off as more wicked step mother than princess:

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Check back later this week to see the starlets that took risks and ruled!

Golden Girls

January 27, 2014

The ladies of the music world positively glowed in gold as they made their way across the red carpet:

Chrissy Teigen channeled old Hollywood glamour in her gorgeous gold gown by Johanna Johnson.

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Taylor Swift went platinum in  shimmer by Gucci.

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Amber Rose rocked golden stripes by Naeem Kahn.

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Chiara brought maternity glam to the red carpet in her Emilio Pucci devoré gown.

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Rita Ora wore a simple Lanvin frock in gold with a patina effect.

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Red Carpet Color Watch

January 13, 2014

Awards season is in full swing, and the ladies of the Golden Globes had their share of red carpet hits and misses.Among the standouts were the beautiful  shades of red and coral that turned up in some the the most stunning looks of the evening.

Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong’o wowed in a dramatic Ralph Lauren gown with cape-like sleeves.

Julia Louis -Dreyfus

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Julia Louis- Dreyfus channeled old Hollywood in her simple, yet sexy scarlet gown by Narciso Rodriguez.

Drew Barrymore

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A very pregnant Drew Barrymore wore scattered blooms by Monique Lhullier.

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift shunned her usual sparkles for a beautiful bicolored Carolina Herrera ball gown.

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick glowed in coral.

Amy Adams

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Amy Adams’ Valentino gown in red and burgundy, may have been one of the simplest, yet most striking looks of the night.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

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Emma Watson was youthful and trendy in her backless Dior coral dress over skinny black pants .

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

September 14, 2009

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What is going on in the world lately? It seems that good manners and respectful behavior have gone the way of the Walkman!

This week, we saw South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson interrupt the President of the United States by calling him a liar during his speech on healthcare reform, tennis star Serena Williams had a very public meltdown at the US Open, and Kanye West grabbed the microphone out of Taylor Swift’s hand during her acceptance speech at the VMA’s, to talk about fellow nominee, Beyonce.
It doesn’t get much ruder than that!
We all have bad days, and sometimes say things we regret. These cases go much further than that. The ego, rudeness and audacity that these supposed role models have shown us, is unacceptable. To add insult to injury, each one has issued a self-serving and insincere statement justifying their behavior.
Hey Kanye, take a lesson from the grace and dignity that both Taylor Swift and Beyonce demonstrated last night. Make a real apology, mean it, and then quietly go away.
Sometimes you have to eat a little crow. We hear it tastes like chicken.

artwork: Courtesy of Perez Hilton


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