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Last night, Ellen Degeneres made history by posting a star-studded selfie snapped from the front row of the 86th Annual Oscar ceremony, a pic that quickly became the most retweeted tweet to ever crash Twitter. Last night also made Let's Talk Style history in that there wasn't a single gown/look that I despised, which could probably be attributed to the simple fact that Helena Bonham Carter and Tilda Swinton were no shows.

While most of the stars played it safe, (Best Actress nominees Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock were visions in strapless navy stunners), I gravitated (pun intended) to the ladies who went for the wow factor.

Without further ado, here is a rundown of my most fab foursome.


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The It girl of this year's award season, Lupita Nyong'o was an angelic picture of perfection in her baby blue pleated Prada gown. The 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actress winner has graced her way down multiple red carpets and into our hearts, doing no wrong while inspiring us with her series of unpredictable looks, her Oscar gold winning smile and every carefully chosen detail.

A deep plunging neckline worked for Lupita and it worked just as well for our favorite California girl Kate Hudson, who was the epitome of Malibu Barbie goes glam in a custom silver showstopper gown by Atelier Versace that included a cape that added an extra element of structure and old Hollywood style drama.

Rounding out the top spots were Charlize Theron in an iconic black Dior complete with invisible nude straps to ensure against potential nip slips, and Jessica Biel (aka my huband's free sleep with celebrity pass) who was sleek and chic in an ultra form fitting silvery blush metallic accented strapless number from Chanel Couture. Honorable mention goes to ice Queen Naomi Watts in a white beaded cap sleeved sheath from Calvin Klein Collection.

It is time. Award season is upon us, and last night I had the chance to enjoy a relaxing prenatal foot rub from the babby daddy while taking in all of the glitz, glam and gorgeousness of the 71st annual Golden Globes. During the three hour presentation, 1/3 of which was taken up by Jacqueline Bisset's acceptance speech, I saw a majority of starlets who played it safe in basic strapless black gowns, yet there were a few risk takers who caught my eye. The envelopes please...

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Amy Adams. I was enchanted with this simple yet stunning statement that just flowed down the red carpet. Amy evoked her award winning American Hustle character in a Halstonesque gown with a sexy plunging neckline that celebrated the last days of disco.

Lizzy Caplan: Aye aye Caplan. The Masters of Sex star proved that she also has a masters in styling in a crochet-inspired black gown that featured some seriously amazing embroidery and hardware, with a gorgeous neck and sleeved overlay by Emilio Pucci. Cool, interesting, corporal couture.

In my eyes, Kate Beckinsale can do no wrong. The ageless actress stunned in a sleeveless, gunmetal metallic gown by Zuhair Murad yet kept things edgy and imperfect with the low messy side bun look I had wanted for my wedding.

Other Winners: Cate Blanchett's Armani Prive black lace and tulle gown with plunging back was perfection, Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie was simple and sleek in Gucci, and Emma Watson brought a hint of surprise with her Audrey Hepburn like slim black pants peeking under her orange/reddish Dior Couture gown.

Best & Worst Baby Bump


I'm preggers now, so I feel fully capable of judging this category. Rush/Her star and presenter Olivia Wilde made the most of her in utero accessory by showcasing it in a form fitting emerald green, silk, long-sleeved gown by Gucci Premiere. The metallic and emerald crystals made her shine from the neck down as much as her belly escort made her glow from the chin up. Oooh baby.

Whereas Olivia glamorized her knocked upedness, Drew Barrymore frumped hers all up, coming off like a cavity inducing confection that would be served at an Easter buffer. Her cream-colored Monique Lhuillier gown did nothing for her or her ever growing silhouette, complete with unflattering floral appliques that just made her look bigger and poofier.


J Law might have taken home a Golden Globe for her best supporting actress turn in American Hustle, but on the fashion front she only inspired a slew of silly lookalikes in her strapless, white Dior Haute Couture gown accessorized by a pair of black belts or two strips of washi tape, you be the judge.

I always look forward to seeing what Zoe Saldana will be surprising us with on the red carpet, but this season the Star Trek stunner left me wanting more in her black and pink accented gown by Prabal Gurung.

Robin Wright (who kinda played twinsies with Naomi Watts) looked statuesque in Reem Acra's gold-beaded halter gown, but experienced a fashion faux pas during her House of Cards acceptance speech by revealing some unfortunate side boob sticker action.



America's sweethearts might have turned out insane performances this year on the big screen, but on the red carpet their Golden Globe frocks earned themselves Fashion Police indictments. Sandra Bullock's Prabal Gurung color blocked gown was costumey, confusing, and the plunging neckline only highlighted the fact that gravity is not working for her, at least not on the bosom frontier.

Julia Roberts. Long time no see, Pretty Woman. Good news, I loved your Dolce & Gabbana gown from the bodice down. Not feeling the white Gap button down oxford you forgot to take off while you were getting your face put on and your hair did in the makeup chair.

Paula Patton. You are Robin Thicke's wife. You are gorgeous. You looked like your left side was being eaten up by a Georgia O-Keefe vagina painting. I no likey.

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Happy Monday my lovelies. I'm sure that by now you've read about all of the drama, hijinks and highlights surrounding last night's VMA Awards... JT and N'Sync were reunited, One Direction got booed by the audience, Harry Styles got dissed by ex T. Swift and Miley got freaky with Thicke. In other are the looks that I liked and the ones that need to go bye bye bye.

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The Good: The pop beauty bestie duo of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez nailed it in navy with Taylor rocking a sleek bodycon Herve Leger by Max Azria gown and a Boardwalk Empire inspired 'do while Selena amazed in an Atelier Versace number that showcased a half exposed bustier and dramatic thigh high side split.

The Bad: In addition to going a tad too far with her suggestive foam fingered performance alongside Blurred Lines crooner Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus came across as a tween matador in her bejeweled Dolce & Gabbana cropped top combo while Lil Kim looked more like a Kickass 2 superhero reject than a rock star ex-con rapper.

I passed up the Teen Choice Awards last night in favor of Dexter, but I did catch some post show highlights including Lea Michele's beautifully heart-wrenching tribute to her late Glee Co-star and boyfriend, Cory Monteith, and of course, the cutest and cruelest looks that walked the blue carpet. I'm loving life right now, so I'm only going to focus on the looks I adored. Without further ado*

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Pretty little liar liar pants on fire! Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell was the epitome of hot Halston chic in a stunning and sharp Jenni Kanye pantsuit that might have been a touch too sexy for the Nickelodeon crowd, but a-okay in my book. Good thing she didn't get slimed. p.s. Love the pop of color i.e. those chartreuse Jimmy Choos.

Oh, have percy. Percy Jackson starlet Alexandra Daddario looked utterly cool and confident in a simple yet elegant Diane von Furstenburg mini with neck accented bling and edgy black Jimmy Choos. Loved the hair, the makeup and the h2t (head to toe) look.

Easy, breezy, beautiful Bridgit Mendler looked every bit the adorable Good Luck Charlie cover girl in a strapless floral mini that was colorful, age appropriate and beyond cute, especially loving the pocket pose.

Happy Monday!

Hello there, Let's Talk Styler's. I hope you all had a happy Cinco de Mayo with plenty of macho nachos, mega margaritas and frozen sangrias to go around. Although I failed to catch any inspiring Mexican themed ensembles while hitting la calle yesterday, I did catch some stylin' sombreros that were beyond muy grande, spotted Saturday at the 139th annual Kentucky Derby races in Louisville.

You may not be able to trust the B in Apt 23 to come back for another season, but you can trust the actress who plays the B to perfectly nail the contemporary derby dress code. Yes, Krysten Ritter mastered the merging of old fashioned femininity with bold modern edge in a lace trimmed floral print Dolce & Gabbana dress to win, accessorized with a big ribbon trimmed hat to place and chunky black, unforgiving heels to show.

What can I say? The B knows how to derby dress. She came off as a belle of the ball with bite, and one of the best things to come out of Kentucky since bourbon (and George Clooney).


Yeah, yeah, yeah. Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the way to accept her Best Actress Oscar, host Seth McFarlane made a few tasteless jokes, get over it.

We're here to focus on the fashion, not the gossip, and I must say that I was pleased as champagne punch to have more fabs than fugs on my list of Oscar gowns that came out to shine for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Whether it was a tribute to James Bond or a salute to the periodic table of elements, a major metallic trend made it's way down the red carpet, with a respectful number of starlets choosing to glitter in gold and sparkle in severe silver sheaths. From Halle Berry in Versace to Naomi Watts in Armani Privé, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, and more A list actresses embraced the liquid sequin trend, bringing up the bling factor without any help from Neil Lane or Harry Winston.


Keeping it classy were Stacy Keibler (better known as George Clooney's sexier, taller half) in an ah-mah-zingly form fitted Naeem Khan gown and Best Actress nominee, Jessica Chastain, who looked better than a pretty penny, illiciting oohs and ahhs in her strapless copper hued Armani Privé masterpiece.

On the trashy front, real ex-housewife of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville, scored a win for indecent exposure with a cleavage baring bodice of her own design that was a sneeze away from turning Hollywood's most prestigious night into an after dark Skinemax special.

As for Best Supporting Actress winner, Anne Hathaway... You looked every bit the lady in your pink Prada gown, Tiffany jewels and Audrey Hepburn hair. I dreamed a dream that you concealed your lady parts with a pair of protective pasties.

Happy Monday Let'sTalkStylers! I'm here with a quickie Grammy style recap saluting the best and the worst of the red carpet rockers.

If you hadn't heard, this year the Grammy awards' hosting network instigated a war on side boob. CBS issued a preliminary wardrobe advisory to the attendees in order to avoid displays of side and under boobage, random nip slips, and other potential problems with the FCC.

Check out a few of my favorite regulations:

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes, bare sides or under curvature of the breasts are all problematic. Please avoid exposing bare flesh under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure.

I wonder if they'd be cool with visible unpuffy bare skin in the genital region.

Rules and regulations aside, here are my top 3.


Rihanna was a vision of romance in her custom made Azzedine Alaia gown that was the perfect shade of crimson and the perfect length of train. Rule Broken -- Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples.

John Legend's lady love, model Chrissy Teigen pushed the envelope with class, baring a bit of midriff and a whole lotta leg in her black lacy Joy Ciocci gown. Lovin' the seaform clutch Chrissy.

Some say the country star played it safe, I say Carrie Underwood played it smart, a pure revelation in her strapless Roberto Cavalli gown paired with $31 million worth of Johnathon Arndt diamond jewelry.

The Worst.


J. Lo looked underwhelming in a satiny one shouldered black Snuggie, Lisa D’Amato made a rockabilly/Mad Hattress statement in her costume party frock, and Lila Downs made me wish that I was color blind with a two piece getup that looked like a Frida Kahlo painting threw up on her.

Best Dressed SAG Awards

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Happy Monday Let's Talk Styler's! Time for another red carpet recap, this time covering last night's 19th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards ceremony.

It was Jennifer Lawrence's night. Not only did she win Best Actress for her role in Silver Lining's Playbook, but she also wins my pick as best dressed, looking exceptionally stunning in a navy blue Christian Dior Haute Couture gown. It was rumored that she had the flu, which makes sense because she looked totally sic.

Amanda Seyfried - Also nailed it in navy, wearing a Zac Posen blue mermaid gown and showcasing the popular Veronica Lake side swept do seen on many a best dressed starlet. p.s. Love the pendant necklace.

Naomi Watts - Best Actress nominee for The Impossible looked fifty shades of chic in any icy grey Marchesa gown that I absolutely adored, and not just because it bore a striking resemblance to my wedding gown.*

Jessica Chastain - Some people loved it, some people hated it. I'm a lover of this Zero Dark Hottie look, a bold red Alexander McQueen gown that paid homage to another red headed screen siren named Jessica, Rabbit that is. She's not bad. She's just dressed that way.



The Big Bang's Kaley Cuoco was a big bust on the red carpet, winning worst look all around with a cotillion like red lace Ramona Kaveeza dress that was too short, weird bangs and hair volume that was too high, and nothing that was just right.

Coming in a close second was Sigourney Weaver in a shiny black bib topped gown that did nothing to flatter her figure. Ripley, believe it or not, I know you have a hot bod under there.


Rose Byrne. I always applaud her for taking risks, but this Valentino Resort 2013 gown would only work on Michelle Dockery in a tea party scene from Downton Abbey. Cheerio.

Julianne Moore. The Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries winner for Game Change is in need of a Stylist Change, in a couture Chanel gown that had a skirt that appeared to have been seed bombed by some rogue gardener and an ill fitting deep plunge top that gave her a bad case of droopy boob. I know this is the SAG awards Julianne, but next time give your girls some support.

Happy Monday Let's Talk Styler's! If you didn't catch the Golden Globes last night, I'm here to give you the highs that rocked the red carpet and the lows that were trés misérables.

The envelopes, please...

Jessica Alba donned my favorite look of the night in a sublime silk faille trumpet gown by Oscar de la Renta. Some will call the shade coral, others will call it melon, my husband called it salmon fishing in the yemen. No matter what color you call it, it complemented Alba's skin tone to perfection, as did her Veronica Lake hair, Jimmy Choo heels and $5.8 million dollar Harry Winston diamond necklace.

Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway was a vision in white in a sleek beaded and strapless Chanel haute couture gown. Her creamy complexion, ladylike silhouette, doe eyes and posh pixie hair made her a modern day princess, a cross between Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and Liza Minelli, all in one. At the end of the day she looked smashing.

Presenter Kate Hudson looked absolutely regal in Alexander McQueen's fitted black gown with glorious gold embroidery detailing at the neck and waist, and best post baby bod goes to Homeland's Best Actress in a drama series winner, Claire Danes, sporting a flaming hot Versace gown and vixenish hairdo. Oh baby.



Although Morena Baccarin was part of the winning ensemble for best drama series, she did not bring it homeland in terms of styling. Her matronly dress did nothing for her figure and the sequined black landing strip down the front did nothing for her cleavage. Next awards show, go shopping with your co-star Claire.

Simple note to Eva Longoria. Choose one super revealing slit per gown. Your Emilio Pucci was pretty on top, too Angelie Jolie leggy down below. A little bit of skin goes a long way, especially when you're a shorty like me.

Rachel Weisz Skyfalls to the bottom of my list, scoring a double 0 negative 7 for her black sheer polka dotted Louis Vuitton gown that seemed better suited for retro queen New Girl nominee, Zooey Deschanel. You're married to James Bond missy, time to step away from getups that are the equivalent of Quantam of sartorial solace.


Best Emmy Dresses 2012

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I'm proud to report that I watched the 64th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony in its entirety last night, so I have all of the dish on who won what, what the stars wore, and all of the trends that lit up the red carpet.

As for the winners, Homeland, Modern Family and Game Change swept up the majority of the statues, leaving former Emmy darlings like the cast of Mad Men, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in the dust.

As for the fashions, the color palettes were far from safe this year with bright pops of color turning every corner with vibrant oranges, yellows and blues making bold post-spring statements, plus a handful of metallic gowns thrown in for good measure. Here are my favorite looks that were all good and the worst looks that were breaking bad.



Ginnifer Goodwin made the good list this year in a showstopping orange embroidered gown by Monique Lhuillier that was anything but average and ordinary. I love that you refuse to play it safe Snow White, and this time your risk earns you a big happily ever after, at least in my book.

Citron was the lucky color of the night with a trio of the Best Actress winners sporting the shade, including a pregnant and glowing Claire Danes and Game Change's Julianne Moore, but in my opinion Modern Family's Julie Bowen pulled it off best in a gorgeous citron Monique Lhuillier column gown that complemented her hair, her tan, and her body to perfection. If they had it in white I'd want to wear it at my wedding.

Zou Bisou Bisou songstress, Jessica Paré (aka Megan from Mad Men) wore an elegant white, asymmetrical, custom-made Jason Wu gown that was simple in silhouette, stunning in its styling, earning my last top spot.



Allow me to introduce the newest cast member of Dancing with the Stars All Stars, Mad Men's very own January Jones, who appears ready to tackle the paso doble leg of the competition in her sheer, flamenco like Zac Posen showdress. All she needs is a red rose between her teeth and Maksim Chmerkovskiy there to drag her across the floor.

Lena Dunham. I love your show (Girls). I love that you were nominated in three brilliant categories. I love that you're never afraid to show your tatas to the general public. The only thing I hate more than your not taking an Emmy statue (or two, or three) home was this sad, matronly wallflower of a Prada dress. This was your night baby, people are fighting to dress you. Fire Betty White's stylist and wear something a little more "Fun" next time, taking a cue from your boyfriends' band.

Happy Monday Let's Talk Styler's(!) I may be a few days late, but I finally took the liberties of reviewing last Thursday's red carpet looks from the VMA's and the ballots are in.

Here is a quickie rundown of my best and worst dressed picks from MTV's 2012 Video Music Awards, better late than never.

Simply the Best

Despite her shocking new boy cropped hairdo, Rihanna just reeked of Old Hollywood glamour in a sleek white and backless Prabal Gurang gown. Word has it RiRi hugged her infamous ex Chris Brown while making her way back to her seat. In a dress this hot, she had to flaunt it.

Seriously, how cute is Emma Watson in her adorably colorful Peter Pilotto mini dress? She's young. She's free-spirited. She's fresh. She's a "Fun" song. Always edgy, never trashy, that's what Emma Watson's wardrobe is made of.

Sadly the Worst

It wouldn't be a music-related worst dressed list without Nicki Minaj staining the red carpet. Don't get me wrong, I love Nicki's jams, but no matter how hard I try to cut her some slack, I still can't force myself to ignore her atrocious choices. Here she resembles a limo driving chauffeur who may pull over at any moment to strip for the Bachelor party passengers riding in back.

'Sup Riff Raff? So nice of you to join us in between shooting hoops with your bros. Next time do us all a favor. Shower first.

I didn't have a chance to catch the MTV Movie Awards last Sunday night because I had a date with my man and the other love of his life, Game of Thrones.

From what I hear, Russell Brand did a decent job as host, delivering the expected trifecta of Beiber-Kardashian-Charlie Sheen jokes, but we're not here to discuss the performances of flamboyant British comedians.

Here's a quick fashion recap on the clothes:


MTV's Trailblazer Award Winner (and the new Spiderman's real-life girlfriend) Emma Stone looked fab yet again, in a sophisticated yet sculptured black and tan combo made up of a black Origami/Givenchy-like top and a mini ivory bubble skirt. Tres chic Gwen Stacy.

Twilight's best kiss winner for the upteenth year running glittered in a metallic Guishem mini with what appeared to be yellow and purple tentacles creeping over her boobs and midsection. Don't ask me why, but it worked. Next time, brush your hair.

New mom and K-Stew's Snow White & The Huntsman co-star Charlize Theron posed to perfection in peplum, rocking a simply elegant red Lanvin sheath.

I love the acting stylings of Elizabeth Banks, but I hated her Hunger Games getups and hairdon'ts almost as much as I hate this rigid eighties bun and black lacey jumpsuit. You are better than this Ms. Banks, and I wish I could escort you back to the Capitol as District 12 tribute for wearing this "trying way too hard" costume. You're dressing in a spiderweb, leave a message and I'll call you back.

Happy Monday LTS's (aka Let's Talk Stylers)! I have the scoop on what all the stars wore on the red carpet during last night's 84th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony, and I bet you're aching to see my Oscar hits and misses. I'm proud to report that no one fashion failed miserably... there were a few standouts and a few sitdowns, but I'm being picky.

The Top of the Oscar Fashion Charts


Jessica Chastain - The Help's Best Supporting Actress nominee makes the top of my list yet again, this time evoking romantic Renaissance charm in a totally modern strapless Alexander McQueen gown. Love the hair, love the makeup, love the $2 million dollars worth of Harry Winston diamonds. Didn't love The Tree of Life.

Michelle Williams summoned up the spirit of Marilyn Monroe and Mia Farrow combined in a demure, feminine hued coral Louis Vuitton gown. The dress was sublime as is, but Michelle's unexpected styling took it a step further with an adorable bubble-gum pink crocodile clutch and diamond bow brooch pinned at the hip. Diamonds are a girl's best friend and I wish you were my best friend, so I could raid your closet.

Natalie Portman - Isn't she lovely? Nat had a baby boy since she accepted her Oscar statue for Black Swan last year, but you'd never know it with Miss Cherie Dior herself rocking the red carpet in a vintage red chiffon silk Christian Dior Couture gown with a sweet and retro velvet polka dot detail. Understated perfection.

Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Best Actress nominee was all contrast in a dainty, lacy and dramatic white Givenchy gown paired with dark blunt bangs, a porcelain complexion and a dark red lip. Fresh and pretty yet still dark and dangerous, like she might have had a taser strapped to her leg. I can't wait to see Mara you on the red carpet.

The Worst, but Not Really That Bad


Gwyneth Paltrow - Simply put, I loved your Tom Ford dress but did not love your matching Tom Ford cocoon. Silly rabbit, capes are for kids... and superheroes.

Angelina Jolie - Every heterosexual male in the world is going to disagree with me, but this isn't about your dress, it's about how you wore it. I guess you wanted to hightail it home to your 6 pack of kids pronto because you were apparently trying to hail a cab all night with your thigh thrust out of your dress. Yes, your custom black velvet Atelier Versace gown was hot, but your posture and body language were not. The sexy thing about daring super high thigh slits is the random peek, not the overexposed limb.

Melissa Leo - Shirt or dress, shirt or dress? Although your sparkly two tone black and gold Reem Acra gown glittered, it was not Oscar gold. Again, I'm being picky here, but if I were your friend in the limo with you, I would have cut the top gold shirty part of your dress off, removed the belt and given you a sheer piece of floaty fabric to drape over your shoulders. If you need any other tips for future red carpet appearances, I'm available 24/7, just Ask Sammy.

Grammy Style 2012

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If you didn't catch the 54th Annual Grammy Awards last night, never fear, Sammy Sanchez is here with your quickie gossip/fash recap.

Adele was the big winner of the evening, taking home 6 awards and rocking her 1st public performance since having surgery on her vocal cords; Jennifer Hudson made us cry with a heart wrenching vocal tribute to Whitney Houston; Bruce Springsteen rocked; Paul McCartney looked old.

Alls well was not on the fashion front. I was surprised to see that some of the music industry's biggest stars chose to make more matronly statements this awards season, with Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, and Adele opting for floor length long-sleeve beaded gowns, while others took risks. As always, some paid off, others will be mocked.



Rihanna - Some folks are gonna love your black plunging Armani gown, others are gonna hate it. I loved it. Your ex Chris Brown was there and you looked so hot, it should have been illegal. Like when Chris repeatedly punched you.

Jessie J - Adele wasn't the only Brit who had a brillliant night. The sexy siren went full on Star Trek in a futuristic metallic mirrorball gown designed by Julien Macdonald. Live long and prosper in that dress, Jess.



Fergie- Psst, Fergs, your bra and panties are showing. Bravo for taking a risk with your Gaultier Couture gown, but I'm so not orange crushing on this dress. I have only seen orange lace once before, on a girl who dressed up as a slutty pumpkin on Halloween. Here's hoping I never see it again.

Nicki Minaj - Why look, it's Little Red Riding Ho. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to lay off your red carpet choices, but this was before you showed up wearing a ruby red nun's habit with a Harelquin mime beaded on the skirt. Your get up was a Versace, but looked more like an Illuminati. Hail Mary full of grace, the lord is not with thee.

Tilda Swinton was not there.

Hi LTS's, (My cool new acronym for Let's Talk Stylers. Let's see if it catches on).

I've been a bit behind on my Red Carpet Award Season coverage. I really don't have any excuses, except that I had to take my dog to the vet, had a serious case of bronchitis, and have been really, really tired. The important thing is, here I am. Better late than never.

Best: Every now and then, out of the blue, a starlet will surprise me with a gown that is so simple, yet so striking that it takes my breath away. The Help's Outstanding Supporting Female Actor Nominee, Jessica Chastain, did just that, looking as smooth and sleek as a chaise upholstered in blue velvet, with a gorgeous blue bustier style gown by Calvin Klein. The 145 carats of Harry Winston diamond jewelry certainly Help'ed.

Honorable mentions: Glee's Lea Michele in Versace, Kyra Sedgwick in Pucci, and Ashlee Simpson's beaded Boardwalk Empire worthy gown by Jenny Packham.

Worst: Boho? Oh no. Cougar Town's Busy Phillips made me want to scream blue murder in her mumu inspired, multi-tiered, and way too long frock that I highly suspect was stolen from Mrs. Roper's closet. The blueprint was too busy, Busy, and this ain't Woodstock. Peace out.

Dishonorable Mentions: Kristen Wiig's choker, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris's ungleeful gowns.

As I promised, we won't even discuss Tilda Swinton.


Good afternoon/early evening LetsTalkStylers. I'm a little late with my Golden Globes recap, but I needed some extra time to let the looks sink and settle in.


Salma Hayek. Sofia Vergara might be getting all of the attention lately (esp for her multiple Modern Family Best Comedy wins) but in my humble opinion, you are a Latina with longevity, looking hotter than a puss in boots on a hot tin roof in your metallic bustier, cleavage enhancing Gucci gown. Like your co-star and co-presenter, Antonio Banderas, you were muy caliente, and way too sexy for this Golden Globes party.

Emma Stone. Hello Emma, and congrats on making my best dressed Golden Globes list for the 2nd year in a row. You obviously did not need The Help in starting off this awards season right. Your wine hued Lanvin gown was sleek, unexpected, and pushed the envelope in a sexy, sophisticated, and totally edgy way. I expect great things from you Miss Stone. Tell Spiderman I said Hi.



There is one thing I have come to count on during these awards shows. 1) Meryl Streep will underdress. 2) Tilda Swinton will look like David Bowie. Here are a couple of other underwhelming offenders:

Jessica Biel. I have a bone to pick with you, Jessica Biel. You are hot. So why do you choose to wear the same antiquated wedding dress that Betty White made Sandra Bullock wear in The Proposal? No, that mega center slit in the front does not make up for the fact that your dress gives you the illusion of having a third droopy boob. You are with Justin Timberlake. Bring sexy back to your red carpet ensembles, or you will cry me a river when you guys break up...again.

Kelly Osbourne. Avatar was so 2010. Your blue Zac Posen gown and matching blue light special hairdo do not show off your svelte figure. Rather, the pointy sleeves and fluted skirt made you look like a Trekkie. Put that in your Fashion Police file. I have five words for you. Take. Me. To. Your. Leader.


Once Upon a Time, Ginnifer Goodwin knew how to wow on the red carpet.

Now, she's been reduced to this.


Ginnifer chose this hot pink Roksanda Ilincic dress for the People's Choice Awards last night, and I do not have Big Love for it.

Yeah, yeah, it's not that bad, and I know we've seen worse, but if I were her bestie, I would have ripped those bell sleeves completely off right before she stepped out of the limo, because in my humble opinion, this look was more Dopey than Snow White.

Best Dressed AMA's 2011

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Happy Monday Let's Talk Stylers!

I'm in a particularly awesome mood this morning. Short work weeks will do that to me.

If you didn't catch the American Music Awards this past weekend, here is my Red Carpet recap of my flat out favorite looks that all of the starlets and songstresses rocked, as well as the gowns that fell flat, musical pun intended.

Selena Gomez is on a red carpet roll. Her bf's alleged baby mama dropped her allegations that Justin Beiber fathered her baby and Selena celebrated by standing by her man on the red carpet in a slinky, silky, and in a word Selenasational Giorgio Armani gown featuring a halter neckline, low open back, ruched bodice and perfect length train.


They wear fug gowns
I wear scene stealers
They're made fun of
And I'm a close the dealer

Taylor Swift not only swept up the Best Artist Award, (and every other award she was up for, Kanye West interruption free) but she also tripped the night fantastic in a sparkly, sequined, strapless and simply stunning Reem Acra gown paired with Jimmy Choo heels, intended for musical royalty. Oh can't you seeee, that dress belongs with meeeeee. Seriously Taylor. It belongs with me.

With the good comes the bad. I know you're all expecting me to place Nicki Minaj at the top of my Worst Dressed list, but here's the deal. Now homegirl is just expected to make weird fashion statements, and I don't like to do anything that's expected. Here are my least favorite AMA looks worn by a duo of older stars who should just plain know better.


Jenny McCarthy's purple Victoria Beckham dress would probably have looked good on the string bean frame of Victoria Beckham and/or a Toddlers & Tiaras contestant, but didn't come off as posh on Jenny. Too short, wrong shoes, bad call. p.s. In honor of Thanksgiving, someone please let Jenny know her turkeys are done.

I am usually in awe of Julie Bowen's red carpet choices, but it looks like the Modern Family star stole a Gap sweaterdress from my closet and had her kids sprinkle glitter all over it. Just because you aren't nominated for an award doesn't mean you can slack on style. Next time, run your outfit by Sofia Vergara first.

Happy Monday, Let'sTalkstylers!

I hope you all enjoyed a pleasant weekend. After the Dolphins got their tails kicked by the Texans yesterday, I high-tailed it home to take in the 63rd annual Emmy Awards where an All-American color theme dominated the red carpet. If you weren't rocking a red, white or blue gown, you were playing it safe in black or beige.

All in all, it was a pretty tame evening, except when the warlock that CBS picked a fight with took the stage. Charlie Sheen's well wishes to those involved with the new season of Two and a Half Men seemed forced, delivered with as much enthusiasm as a child ordered to apologize for wiping their boogers on the neighbor's new suede couch. Thank you for leaving your goddesses at home Charlie, and for keeping it together. You are a bi-winner. Now for the clothes.


Best Dressed: Kate Winslet has always displayed the perfect combination of classic and fantastic fashion sense on the red carpet. This year was no exception. Kate accepted her Best Actress win for Mildred Pierce in a simple yet figure flattering Elie Saab gown that embraced one of the most bangingly real bodies in Hollywood. Well played, Kate. I can't wait to see your pretty, unbotoxed face at the Golden Globes.

Let's face it, Sophia Vergara can always be counted on to add the Va Va Voom factor to any event. All eyes were on Sophia as she sashayed around the stage numerous times, accepting multiple Modern Family honors in a coral Vera Wang gown that clung to every Colombian curve.

Katie Holmes: I was surprised to that Mrs. Cruise was getting some flack this morning for her simple belted Calvin Klein Collection halter gown. My boyfriend didn't like it, but I thought Katie looked like a Grecian goddess in a breezy, effortless gown and no fuss updo. A gown doesn't have to be bold to be beautiful, and I thought Katie looked young, healthy and Suri approved.


Worst Dressed: Hello, Heidi Klum. Sometimes in the fashion world, you are either in or you're out. Your griege Christian Siriano sea urchin dress has qualified you as out. Please leave the runway.

I love you Juliana Margulies, I really do. You are A Good Wife, and A Good Actress, but your weirdly stiff, space-like gown frightened me, especially with what appeared to be alien eggs splattered all over the bodice. Congratulations on your win, but from now on leave these kinds of gowns in Katy Perry's closet where they belong. ps: Tell your Good Wife co-star Alan Cumming that David Arquette called, he wants his orange pants back.

Here is my quickie recap of last night's VMA's - The cast of the Jersey Shore looked collectively hideous. Sadly, the Situation skipped out on the event once he realized that tee shirt time was over now that he was contractually obligated to not wear his Ambercrombie and Fitch graphic crew neck tees.


I kid. On a positive note, there were more than a few rock star stunners in the crowd. I say "muy bueno" to Columbiana star, Zoe Saldana, who smoldered in a sexy black beaded leather deep V mini by Barbara Bui paired with babelicious Balenciaga pumps.

Pre-show black carpet correspondent and Beiberbabe, Selena Gomez, looked like a classy Miss Universe contestant-slash-Morticia Adams in a lacy black Julien Macdonald dress. Don't ask me why, but it worked. Trick or treat, smell my feet, hey Selena, give me something good to eat.

Beyonce was a fiery vision in red, wearing a beautifully draped, regal Lanvin gown. Our favorite former single lady maximized her time on the black carpet by announcing that she had a bun in the Easy Bake Beyonce oven. Congrats B, on your pregnancy and on finding the right dress. p.s. Vanessa Hudgens looked more pregnant than you.


Tie for Worst Dressed goes to Nicky Minag who is apparently still under a SARS scare, and Versace geisha Katy Perry who both looked like toys that came out of my Big Kids Happy Meal for girls.

Best Crossed Dressed goes to Jo Calone, Lady Gaga's greasy male persona who rocked a southern rendition of You and I with Brian May from Queen. You were incredible on the piano Jo, but you looked like a mixture of Tony Montana of Scarface and Sal Mineo from Rebel Without a Cause. When it comes to taking risks, you're always good to go Gaga. At least this year your outfit didn't stink of rotting meat.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim kicks off today and I'm busier than a honeybee, rsvp'ing, mani/pedi'ing and primp'ing in preparation for the festivities. Yeah, I'm stressed, but having the home court advantage makes it so much easier than fighting my way through the crowds to see the MBFW Fall and Spring collections in New York.

The gossip around town is that Laguna Beach's quintessential beach girl, Kristin Cavallari, is slated to make a splash for the first time at MB Fashion Week this season. Apparently the newly engaged Hills alumni will strut down the catwalk at the Cabaña Grande tonight for the Diesel Swimwear Show in get this -- an eye-catching never-before seen "Skyy glass bikini" inspired by the vodka’s iconic signature cobalt blue bottle and logo graphics, infused with strong Diesel DNA.

Me excited.


Post runway show, don't mind me, I'll just be hanging poolside at the Raleigh for the Official Kick Off Party sipping hand-crafted signature cocktails at the Skyy bar with K. Cav while celeb DJ Jessica Szohr (aka Vanessa on Gossip Girl) will be spinning stylish jams (umm...who knew).

Don't hate me because I scored an invite. You can catch the Skyy-Diesel fashion show for yourself live at 7pm tonight at

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As for me, I'll be checking in with more dirt throughout the weekend, live from the sands of South Beach.


I missed the Mtv Movie Awards last night because I was busy watching the Miami Heat open up a can of whoop-ass on the Dallas Mavericks to take the lead in the NBA Finals, just two mere games away from the NBA championship. What can I say? I'm a Miami girl, born and raised, and my allegiance was elsewhere. Don't be hating.

I did, however, take in a Red Carpet rundown first thing this morning and will now share my picks for best and worst dressed based on the rotten tomatoes sliding scale.


Certified Fresh:

Kristen Stewart always rocks the Mtv Awards red carpet. Her safety zone is always something short, something scarlet and something severe. This year, she did not stray from her signature style with a mini Balmain sheath that was safety pin and sequin studded, making Kristen rival that hot chick from the ZZ Top video. Yeah, she's got legs.

While Kristen explored her spicy side, Selena Gomez dominated the sweeter side of the Red Carpet in a neutral toned minidress from Giambattista Valli that fit her like a ladylike glove.


Rotten Tomatoes:

Supermodel and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition goddess, Brooklyn Decker, decided to hide her amazing borough of a bod in a gold and sparkly shapeless shift while Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr decided to cougar it up in a black and white paisley pantsuit.

Allow me to remind you both that:

1. You are at the Mtv Movie Awards.
2. You are both in your twenties.
3. You are not making a guest appearance on the Love Boat, circa 1981.

Now go play some shuffleboard on the Lido deck and stop wasting my time.

Last night I had a vested interest in the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, and not only because I entered the $100,000 Outguess Roger Ebert contest (which I did by the way). One of my best friends was actually there walking the red carpet at the Kodak Theater, representing his masterpiece of a film - The Social Network. He wasn't asked if he was wearing Prada, Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana, but he did celebrate a whopping win alongside Aaron Sorkin (for Best Adapted Screenplay) who thanked him by name for his mad Facebook researching skills.

I haven't had the chance to get the scoop from him on what the Oscar chicks really look like all up close and personal, but I'm sure we'll social network about that later.

In the meantime, here are my best dressed pics of the evening:


Halle Berry was the best dressed Oscar gem of the night, glowing in one million dollars worth of Neil Lane jewels and a nude and sparkly Marchesa gown that had a glamorous Old Hollywood feel to it, a perfect fit for her heartfelt tribute to old school songstress, Lena Horne.

Mila Kunis looked soft and sweet in her lacy lavender Elie Saab that revealed the right amount of rack, the right amount of ruffle and basically all the right stuff all around.

My total recall of Gwyneth Paltrow's metallic Calvin Klein sheath is that it was chic, modern and a lesson in understated sparkle. I also adored her hip bling paired with her Louis Vuitton earrings. I have seen the future, and it promises more red carpet dresses like this for Gwynnie.

Along with the good comes the bad. Sorry ladies.


Cate Blanchett. I'm confused, was this a Haute Couture Givenchy gown or a beaded crafts project that your children helped you with? I don't get how the yellow beaded neck details go with lilac, or why your bodice reminded me of laser tag.

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior. You've moved so far and away from your past Oscar red carpet moments, and now your 15th birthday quince dress choices make me want to keep my eyes wide shut. p.s. Your husband had on more makeup than you.

Helena Bonham Carter in Colleen Atwood. So nice of you to show up at the Oscars fresh off the stage from your Sunday matinee of Macbeth. This look is totally Union jacked up, but take a breath, enjoy your win for Best Picture and relax. Award season is over, and with it my harassment...

until next year.

Best Grammy Gowns 2011

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The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Good day Let's Talk Stylers/music lovers. I am slammed here at work, so I hope you'll be a'ight with my swift Cliff Notes Grammy recap.

- Lady Antebellum won a lot of stuff.
- Justin Beiber won P. Diddly squat.
- Christina Aguilera performed and remembered the lyrics.
- Arcade Fire won best Album of the Year(!)
- Cee Lo Green + Muppets + Gwyneth Paltrow = awkward awesomeness.
- Sade is still making music.

I will also keep my best dressed and worst dressed list short, sweet and under 16 bars.



Lea Michele - Well sung and extraordinary in Emilio Pucci.

LeAnn Rimes - I don't like the way you have affairs with married men and break up marriages, but I like your Reem Acra dress. Bygones.

Julianne Hough - I Dig the plunging neckline and the print. A marvel in Malandrino.

Jennifer Hudson - In Versace. You go on with your bad self.


Janelle Monae - The only way this look would have been appropriate is if you were Brandon Flowers from the Killers, Kd Lang, or a gay Lyle Lovett.

Willow Smith - You are not Scary Spice. You are way too young to be screwing up this royally on the red carpet. Next time, steal something from your mom's closet. I'm pretty sure you're the same size.

Nicki Monaj - Look out Lady Gaga, there is a new Bride of Frankenstein/poorly dressed kitty cat in town.

Next stop, Oscars.


In his celebrated pastoral comedy, As You Like It, Shakespeare wrote: All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players... but not all of those players dress well, as illustrated last evening during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Nestled in between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the SAG Awards ceremony is generally a simpler affair, in comparison to its other award show counterparts. The nominees and presenters slip into more relaxed styles and are able to redeem themselves for any previous goofs on the Golden Globes red carpet. I wasn't terribly offended by any of the Guild gowns represented, but with that said, there were still a few SAG WTFs.

Let's begin with the no class acts.


Helena, Helena, Helena. In The King's Speech you hired someone to help your husband George VI conquer his crippling stammer, why can't you hire someone to help you conquer your crippling fashion stammers? Your Marc Jacobs gown was pretty understated on top, but then you got all Beetlejuice with the back tiered skirt and messy cotillion inspired updo. You did listen to me and match your shoes though. Thanks for that.

Jane Lynch. I love you Sue Sylvester, but this is probably the first awards show appearance where you hit a bad note in your lavender Ali Rahimi ball gown that made you look dated, hippy (wider in the hip area, not bohemian) and like you were tossed a reject bridesmaid gown from the Katherine Heigl rom-com 27 Dresses.

Winona Ryder. You might not have stolen the show in your cream mock prom/bridal number, but I wouldn't put it past you to have stolen that Alberta Ferretti gown. I'm just saying.

As for the best in class acts, I loved Mila Kunis' red Alexander McQueen gown, suitable for a Black Swan Queen alternate; January Jones revealed a lot less skin that normal in a lacy, ladylike Carolina Herrera gown perfect for any Hitchcockian heroine; and Rosario Dawson was the picture of elegance in J Mendel.


Most honorable mentions:

I appreciated Julie Bowen for rocking a pantsuit without looking like Diane Keaton and Julie Stiles for her flowing ode to ombre, but Best Actress winners Natalie Portman and Claire Danes came closest to making it to the top of the class. Natalie showed off her baby bump effortlessly in a dazzling white Azzara gown that fit her expanding abdomen like a glove. Why doesn't she get an A+? That dress only works if you have a bun in the oven, and last I checked this blog post wasn't featuring the Best Pregger SAG dresses of 2011.

Claire Danes also impressed in a sweeping, floral patterned Louis Vuitton gown. Why didn't she go all the way? Her looped de looped belt threw me off. Don't go all hip hop on me Claire. Next time, keep it classy.


Last night I was excited to sit back and take in the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, especially since I've seen the majority of the films nominated this year, with the exception of The King's Speech. Congrats Colin, I'll catch you on Netflix old chap.

As for the red carpet looks, overall I'm sad to report that the theme was more Golden Girls than Golden Globes, with gowns that were long, heavily adorned, and a bit dowdy. Blanche, Rose and Sophia would have looked smashing in most of the dresses that made their way down the red carpet (Dorothy would have worn pants), but most of the starlets who were 30 and under came off looking like they had just arrived at the Kodak Theater after spending the day playing dress up in their Nanas' closets.

Nevertheless, here are my golden pics for the best dressed chicks of the night.


Love and Other Drugs best actress nominee and future Oscar host Anne Hathaway got my attention even while seated in a striking backless amber Armani Privé gown embroidered with Swarovski crystals. My boyfriend did not like Anne's dress, but he is a boy and straight, therefore his Fashion Police opinions are overrided.

I kinda liked Leighton Meester's Loretta Lynn-like long sleeved Nude Crepon Print Ruched Crescent Dress from the Burberry Prorsum collection, thanks in part to the sexy open front slit, but I loved her sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes even more, proving that shoes have the power to transform any mediocre outfit.

Claire Danes won Best Actress in a Miniseries for her multicolored performance of Temple Grandin and she also won points from yours truly for taking a chance on the color wheel in her custom Calvin Klein Collection neon silk halter dress that was bold, backless and an awesomely flattering shade of hot pink.

Best actress nominee, Easy A star Emma Stone scored an Easy B minus in my grade book, making an understated choice in a minimal peach hued Calvin Klein number. Even though she came off as prim, poised and plain, I still couldn't take my eyes off of her Grace Kelly doppelganger effect due to her dyed blond Gwen Stacy hair for her role in the next Batman movie. Simple and nicely played Emma, you wore enough slutty outfits in Easy A.

Worst Dressed

Natalie Portman didn't look her best in her Valentine's Day inspired pink frock with a sequined red rose splattered on the bodice, but she's pregnant and won Best Actress, so she is forgiven.

Helena Bonham Carter. You are not Lady Gaga. You are nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The King's Speech, which I did not see but heard was lovely. Match your shoes.

Michelle Williams. Michelle, my belle. You are not allowed to dress like this after rocking the red carpet year after year. This gown is fine for Drew Barrymore, not for you. Even though your daisy decked dress is Valentino, I'm not feeling the flower power.

Tilda Swinton. Enough with the Oxfords and skirts. Help her Jil Sander. You can do better, and put on some make-up, people are taking pictures of you.

It seems like it was only yesterday when Kanye West made cyber headlines for busting in on Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, but an entire year has passed and there are so many new egomaniacs to make fun of.

I will begin on a positive note with my best dressed pics for the evening.

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Nickelodeon nymph Selena Gomez classed up the joint in a grown up silver Reem Acra gown with a divine bustier inspired bodice, Emma Stone scored an Easy A at the VMA's in a black leather Pucci perfectly paired with a purple mini clutch and Twilight's Ashley Greene vamped it up like the bad girl at prom with a naughty and nice strapless white Giambattista Valli dress with black lace detail.

As for the worst dressed, Lady Gaga assumed the position once again accepting her Moonman in a very unladylike gown fashioned from bacon. Although she swept the awards for her single "Bad Romance", she was butchered for her "Bad Happenstance" on the red carpet that created a bloody stir.

Okay Lady, I get it, you like to shock, but if you're going to wear a dress made out of meat, at least accessorize accordingly with a bone in your hair.

PETA had a beef with Lady Gaga's red carpet concoction. Gaga's response? "Eat me."

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Best Emmy Gowns 2010

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I'm trying something new here, ladies and gents - This evening, I am reporting live on the fashion highs and lows of the 62nd prime Time Emmy Awards, not the morning after the telecast, not from the red carpet... from my living room, but I am blogging with all of the ardor and buoyancy as if I was sitting on John Hamm's lap over there at the Kodak Theatre

The evening just got off to an amazing start with a show stopping opening musical number with a hodgepodge of misfits singing their hearts out to Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, featuring the cast of Glee, host Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock's Tina Fey, Mad Men's John Hamm, Hurley from Lost and the Soup/Community star Joel McHale.

While the cream of the Television Arts and Sciences crop arrived on the red carpet, there was the usual assortment of safe, uninspired yet acceptable black gowns, but my eye was immediately drawn to a not so basic black gown worn by an effervescent and glowing Kelly Osbourne, a white asymmetrical Pamella Roland gown with a glorious circular cutout side detail rocked by Dexter alumni Julie Benz, and Jayma Mays who gained my best dressed nod for a neutral navy gown that was classic, understated and fit her to a Glee tee.

Honorable Mentions: Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos also stole the spotlight from the nominees she was interviewing in a glittery backless sheath, except for nominees Lea Michelle of Glee in a navy Oscar de La Renta gown and Julie Bowen of Modern Family who nailed modern elegance in a dark and strapless stunner with extra brownie points for having just given birth to twins.

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As for the bad, Lauren Graham was a Gilbore Girl in a weirdly proportioned black and white drapey bodiced gown, True Blood's Rutina Wesley was a bloody mess in a gown that her transvestite cousin Lafayette sure as hell didn't pick out, and Mindy Kaling's black frou frou gown and pineapple hairdo was far from appropriate Office attire for a best Comedy writing nominee.

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The CMT Music Awards were handed out in Nashville last night and sadly, I was unenthused by almost all of the looks on the country-style red carpet. The only dress that caught my eye was a stunning rust colored Galliano gown worn by Taylor Swift who looked gorgeous from head to toe with pin straight hair seductively draped over one shoulder and a rocking pair of triple buckle strap Christian Louboutin for 3.1 Phillip Lim heels that mimicked the straps of her gown.

American Idol alum Carrie Underwood might have beaten out Taylor for two of the night's top female honors but in my humble opinion, Taylor gave her a swift kick in the style dept.

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I didn't catch the show last night, but I heard about all of the MTV Movie Award hijinks and highlights after the fact - from a wicked dance off between J Lo and Tom Cruise's Tropic Thunder alter ego, Les Grossman, to America's Sweetheart Sandy Bullock clearing the air with class in her first public appearance since Jesse James broke her blind sided heart.

It was a rocking night PR wise and fashion wise for Sandy (in a black sequined backless Oday Shakar dress and Louboutin heels), for the cast members of the Twilight Saga who won all major gold-plated popcorn awards and of course for the girls who made my best dressed pic list...

Scarlett, Eva and Nicky all looked brilliant, cool and elegantly MTV chic - Scarlett Johannson scored in a green strapless Dolce & Gabbana belted number and scored a smooch from Sandy Bullock, Eva Mendes was stunning in an asymmetrical Stella McCartney dress and solid gold accessories and Nicky Hilton also rocked the one shoulder look in a Missoni turquoise knit mini.

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As for my negative nods, the Jersey Shore's Situation was slumming it but made up for it by randomly flashing his rock hard abs and Lindsay Lohan hit rock bottom looking like a cross between a bell-bottomed Real Housewife of New Jersey and Liza Minelli. Dwayne Johnson looked fine, just going for the cheap joke here people.

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Last night Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosted the 82nd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony and brought a Martin & Lewis-like lightness to the show that hadn't been there in years.

There were a few surprises that ruined my chances of winning some Oscar ballot booty, but they were good surprises with The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow beating out her ex, Avatar's James Cameron, in the Best Director category (making history as the 1st woman to take home the statue for directing). Kathryn also won the biggest award of the night for Best Picture. Ahh, sweet revenge. You might have been the King of the World over a decade ago Jimbo, but your ex-wife is now the Queen. Bow down before her and enjoy your Visual Effects win.

Fashionably speaking, the fanciest frocks of the night ran the gamut from Posh to Ginger and Baby Spice with black beaded encrusted and metallic gowns, to scarlet fever hued haute couture creations and pink and purple prom ready confections.

No one looked Scary Spice though, which is a good thing.

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My award for Best Dressed goes to the angel who wore Prada. Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan for An Education channeled both Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow last night, with her Rosemary's Babyish blond cropped do and her black Prada gown that was age appropriate, graceful, daring and a bit on the rebellious rock star side without being over the top...the stuff that every memorable Oscar gown is made of.

My second favorite dress was worn by the ever so romantic, always simple, always elegant Rachel McAdams who flowed down the red carpet and the stage as a presenter in a soft, ethereal print Elie Saab gown that was truly a work of art.

There was a definite Old Hollywood vibe in the air with the glamour gal duo from The Holiday - Cameron Diaz who glowed in a beaded Oscar de la Renta gown with Veronica Lake side swept hair and the regal Kate Winslet, ending her reign as Best Actress in a structured metallic YSL creation that had a hint of the days of old, but will not be forgotten.

Best dressed boys? Tie between Twilight's Taylor Lautner and the Prince of Persia Jake Gyllenhaal. Yum.

Most improved: You were at the bottom of my lists last year and look at you now. Meryl Streep - In an exquisitely flattering crisp white gown designed by surprise surprise, Project Runway's usually campy contestant, Chris March.

With the good comes the bad. Here were my worst dressed:

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel. I adore you Carrie Bradshaw, but this mellow yellow shade cast a similar yellow glow to your teeth and you looked older than your years with your Maude'ish dress and Big Mac of a bun... and hello, flyaways.

Best Supporting Actress Nominee Anna Kendrick - Your pale Elie Saab gown was lovely, but the muted color washed you out, so you came off looking more like a vampire like than any of your Twilight saga Cullen co-stars.

Zoe Saldana - You've been doing so well this award season, taking risks and standing out, but although your lilac Givency gown was decent on top, it appeared as if a gang of Muppets were fighting under your skirts, not to mention the fact that the slit down the center almost brought a Basic Instinct element to the evening.

Charlize Theron - In my opinion you are one of the most gorgeous creatures that has ever graced the red carpet. Why are you covering up your spectacular boobs with a pair of strategically placed Cinnabons?

The 52nd Annual Grammy's Awards were on last night and I was lucky enough to catch a few memorable moments and some unforgettable fashions, both good and bad.

It was quite a show with stellar performances by Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas and my girl Pink who astounded us when she stripped down to a nude bodysuit, took an unexpected dunk in a tub and performed a daring wet act on the flying trapeze (or some other Cirque du Soleil type concoction).

Big winners of the night were Beyoncé, who took home six Grammys with her smashing girlpower anthem - "Single Ladies" winning Song of the Year and Best R'n'B Song, while an exquisitely dressed Taylor Swift came in right behind her with four award honors including Album of the Year. No appearance by Kanye West who finally decided imma let people finish accepting their awards.

As far as who wore what, the overall trend seemed to fall under long, dramatic gowns, intricate necklines and neutral/navy colored numbers. Who were my favorites? I thought the Victoria's Secret Angels dominated the red carpet while standing out in pretty minis that were chic, short and so rock and roll.

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Bronzed beauty Marisa Miller wowed in a simple yet stunning strapless white minidress accessorized by a pop of ruby red platform pumps while her angelic counterpart Heidi Klum showed off her post-baby body yet again in a long-sleeved, low-cut 80's style sequined mini to support her man who was up for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. I'm sure he gave her the Seal of approval.

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As for the low notes, Britney Spears failed to impress in a sheer black Dolce & Gabbana dress, Nadeea needed to be covered by some nice man's tuxedo jacket and Lady Gaga was... well, Lady Gaga. Seriously though, if Lady Gaga showed up in a plain black evening gown, we'd all feel let down now wouldn't we? These awards shows require a bit of risk, something to talk about and Lady Gaga's totally tubular dress and our Lady of Liberty getups give us the little bit of Björk that we need to get through the show.

I lagged on my 2010 Sag award coverage. Sorry guys. I missed the broadcast, but I've scoured all of the image banks and have tallied my ballots. Without further ado...

My favorite look of the night was elegantly worn by my favorite Inglorious Basterdess, Diane Kruger, with a marigold, off-the-shoulder Jason Wu gown that was reminiscent of Michelle Williams' still talked/blogged about curry-colored Vera Wang Oscar dress that she wore as a Best Supporting Actress nominee back in 2006. The resemblance is uncanny, is it not?

Who else impressed? Best Comedy Ensemble winner Lea Michelle in a plunging emerald Malandrino gown, Carey Mulligan in a lovely red Lanvin gown, and Kate Hudson redeemed herself after her double red carpet bombs at the VMA's and the Golden Globes in a white plunging back Pucci number. Kate's Nine co-star Nicole Kidman, however, went all Bollywood in a hippie maxi dress looking rather dazed and confused. Just because it's Oscar de la Renta and sparkly Nicole, doesn't mean it looks good, although it was a nice shout out to last year's Best Acting Ensemble Winner, Slumdog Millionaire.

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Sophistication and timeless elegance ruled the red carpet last night at the 67th Annual Golden Globes with A-list ladies skimming their way down the red carpet with strategically held umbrellas protecting their fab frocks and customs coifs. Black and red ribbon pins supporting the relief efforts in Haiti made appearances on a number of gowns in the crowd but not on all, which made me wonder if some starlets had refused to be pinned for the cause. How awkward must that have been... "Uh no, I don't care to show my support for Haiti, I only want to show support for my cleavage."

But alas, the big question is - who reigned supreme? In my humble opinion, the Jens had it.

It was all about Jennifer to the 2nd power with Jennifer Aniston in a safe yet stunning simple black plunging Valentino gown with a side split that showed off some nice gams while Jennifer Garner sans Ben, dazzled in an asymmetrical slim, beaded lilac Atelier Versace gown.

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There were far more good looks than bad ones, too many to name in fact, so here are a few most honorable mentions - Christina Aguilera classed it up in a peach Versace chiffon gown with metal-lined bodice, Anna Paquin shone in a gold Stella McCartney sheath and Olivia Wilde was a statuesque beauty in a sequined Gucci evening gown that she auctioned off after the show with proceeds benefitting Haiti.

Okay, she's off the hook for not wearing the pin.

As for the bad? Cher is a given, Kate Hudson's white Marchesa structured gown wasn't close to a Nine or ten in my book, January Jones looked Mad in a macabre black Lanvin gown and matching headband and Mariah Carey's blatant boob display was far from Precious.

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If you didn't catch the red carpet arrivals at the American Music Awards last night, here is a quick recap on the styles that were off key, as well as the looks that were music to my ears.

Neutral and metallic shades sparkled at the AMA's this year and if you weren't sporting some serious sparkle, you might as well fire your stylist because she or he definitely did not get the AMA dress code memo.

Blonde bombshells reigned supreme with country cutie Carrie Underwood and Kristen Bell rocking it in a gold lame one shouldered dress by THEIA and silver lurex seperates by Christian Cota, respectively. At first glance I thought "Really Kristen, a shiny bra and skirt?" But then I realized I had to give the gal props for making a bold choice that was surely noticed, plus it's okay to have a little belly pride when you have a midriff like the one on Veronica Mars.

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Now for the bad news. Gowns that Randy Jackson would describe as "pitchy dawg" were surprisingly spotted on former red carpet A listers Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson.

Nicole's dress wouldn't have been that bad if it didn't look like someone painted a sick pair of pink stripes diagonally across her body and Kate came desperately close to pulling a Tara Reid boob flash while introducing the Black Eyed Peas. Oh Kate...I know you're dating A-Rod and you're the envy of every woman/gay Yankee fan in America, but I do not envy this silver jumper look unless you are competing for the gold medal in solo figure skating and/or starring in a remake of Staying Alive.

Kate - heed my advice - you are dating hot Yankee, this is not the time to give up. Save this dress and use it as a cute beach cover up and next time you're invited to walk the red carpet make sure you're not tripping, because this fashion fall was worse than Adam Lambert's and Jennifer Lopez's AMA whoopsies combined.

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The 61st Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards celebrated the HD screen last night, hosted by former Doogie Howser star and jilted How I Met Your Mother Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee, Neil Patrick Harris. Mad Men, 30 Rock and Grey Gardens swept the big awards, but we don't really care about who won or lost... we only care about what the gals wore.

Overall, the fashions glimmered more than a 5+ carat sparkling diamond with a brilliant variety of gowns that embraced the 3 C's of red carpet regality - cut, color and clarity.

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My favorite look of the night - Blake Lively's low-cut ruby red Versace gown, hands down. Blake is never one to shy away from sexing it up on the red carpet and her look was bold, risky and totally made up for the fact that she screwed up announcing that winning writer's name. I wasn't crushing on her Amish-like mega long braid, but her nude Christian Louboutin shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels more than made up for it.

I'm happy to report that there were more flattering looks than fashion train wrecks, other favorites were Sandra Oh who was oh so glamorous in gold, Damages star Rose Byrne was a vision in Valentino, Blake's co-star Leighton Meester looked virtuous in white chiffon, Alyson Hannigan - a MILF if ever I saw one, and Debra Messing in a chic Michael Kors number that complemented her fiery locks Will and Gracefully.

Now for those exhibiting a total lack of clarity and fashion focus...

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Sarah Silverman - Your joke moustache was more attractive than your sad blue gown that made you look three times hippier. You won't be effing Matt Damon for much longer if you keep dressing like this.

Phoebe Price - Repeat after me, "I am not Lady Gaga or Charo".

Victoria Rowell - I voted for Obama and think he's the bee's knees. Wear it on a Barack the House tee, not on an Emmy gown.

Other disappointments were Melora Hardin of The Office who looked kooky in a big yellow Spring Fling-like frock, Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi with a weird floral growth on her abdomen and House star Olivia Wilde fell somewhere in between with a mullet gown that looked gorgeous from the front and a hot mess in the back resembling a dolled up Frankenstein with a giant zipper holding her together.

Alert: We interrupt NY Fashion Week Spring 2010 coverage to bring you a quickie rundown of the MTV VMA Awards. Fashion Week has made me a little more critical, sorry ladies.

Beyonce - Our girl Bey Bey took home the pinnacle Video of the Year Award beating out Britney Spears, Eminem, Kanye Pest and Lady Gaga. Beyonce also nabbed the Award for classiest VMA nominee after inviting Taylor Swift onstage to enjoy her one moment in time after Kanye West took it upon himself to figuratively urinate all over her win.

Working it in red, Beyonce showed off some skin and leg with a plunging ruffled neckline and thigh baring skirt that made Jay-Z very proud that he had indeed put a ring on it.

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Ashley Greene - Ashley Greene has done it again, stealing the best dressed spotlight from former mulleted and newly bobbed co-star of Twilight, Kristen Stewart. Rocking out long extensions (give 'em a try sometime Kristen) and a sweet retro half updo, Ash played it cool in a hip, age appropriate top paired with a solid gold metallic skirt winning me over with her silver bullet style.

Leighton Meester - Leighton was my Prom Queen at the Teen Choice Awards and was as stunning as usual in her sequined Christain Cota shift dress with pretty petal sleeves. From the thighs up Ms. Meester was right on target, once I caught a glimpse of her feet, I was texting Gossip Girl myself with a hell to the no to the shoes.

In other VMA Fashion news, Pink and Shakira wore the same dress (repeat after me, awkward)...

And as for Lady Gaga... I still need some time and therapy to process this.

I caught a bit of the Teen Choice Awards last night, and although I felt a good decade older than the intended demographic, I still found myself slightly that time I was up until 4am watching Kids Incorporated clips on YouTube.

Hosted by a trio of Jonas Brothers, the show catered to a boisterous bubble gum and surfboard loving Cali crowd and the teens and pre-teens in the audience reminded me of a small, four-eyed dorky girl in middle school who used to perform the New Kids on the Block Right Stuff dance every night on her bed (Oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh).

Rather than compile a best and worst dressed list, I'm honoring these kids with the ultimate teen honor - the Senior Superlative. In the Teen Choice Award 2009 Yearbook, here are the stars I'll be remembering.

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Teen Choicecoming King and Queen - When it comes to Teen Choice royalty, Chace Crawford and Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl receive double honors as King and Queen and Best dressed male and female. Leighton looked young, fresh and adorable in a Louis Vuitton Resort striped silk taffeta dress paired with the perfect bright-red platform pumps by Brian Atwood. Chace Crawford looked sexy in slate with a gray long sleeved shirt and vest combo and a new manly do with bangs styled away from his forehead.

Best looking dude - Josh Duhamel

Most likely to become a game show hostess if acting doesn't work out - Hayden Panettiere

Most likely to give you a dirty look for checking out her boyfriend - Vanessa Hudgens

Best accessories - Ashley Tisdale with spiked peep toe Laboutain stilettos, matching cuffs and mirrored clutch

Most Likely to Flub her Speech - Cameron Diaz

Best pit stains - Hugh Jackman

Most likely to pull off a onesie - Kristen Bell

Most likely to lose her religion in 5 years - Miley Cyrus

Most Likely to molest a Jonas brother - Kim Kardashian


Last night, New York City's SNL master of the digital short, Andy Samberg, officially arrived on the West Coast shining his brightest and radiating more heat than a Laser Cat during his first big hosting gig for the MTV Movie Awards. Andy came well equipped with more than a few tricks in his box and rocked young Hollywood like a hurricane with his clever song stylings and goofy sweet presentation style.

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All of the "It" guys and gals of young Hollywood were dressed up for the rockin' affair with a colorful crowd of fashions for me to go Lady Gaga over. My top honors for the night go to Sienna Miller in a glam, glitzy green sequined mini from her own sexy line Twenty8Twelve, The City's reigning fashionista Whitney Port in a drapey white goddess number that showed off her LA girl at heart bronzed glow, and Kristen Stewart - the Twilight girl of the hour who might not have won marks for classiest ensemble, but she stayed true to her personal style and her young age rocking black hi-top converse and a cool scarlet mini that I'm sure Robert Pattinson thought was bloody hot.

I'm not going to hate on anyone because the Movie Awards are ultimately a time for irreverence, a time for kids to take risks and experiment without it counting against them on their permanent fashion files, so I won't mention Megan Fox's slicked back mullet hairdon't, Miley Cyrus's desperate need for a bra, and Bruno's (aka Sacha Baron Cohen's) less than angelic bikini line.

Next to Christmas and my birthday, last night was my third most favorite night of the year. I've been a fan of the Academy Awards ever since I could pronounce the word "Oscar". While other babies called out for the unsanitary trash can resident of Sesame Street, I was calling out for a different Oscar. The first full phrase I ever uttered was asking my mom to hand me the envelope please.

This year I was lucky enough to see most of the major films nominated and was thrilled to see the little-India-film-that-could Slumdog Millionaire sweep a majority of the night's awards. Other highlights included Heath Ledger's win for Best Supporting Actor, and as I predicted Kate Winslet's Best Actress win. You all owe me twenty bucks.

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This year there weren't many huge surprises on the fashion front. For the most part, everyone looked radiantly divine, although I was a little disappointed with all of the teen starlet gown choices. Miley Cyrus was wearing a dress that would have looked great on Lucille Ball circa 1955, but not on a 16 year old pop princess. Vanessa Hudgens followed suit with a gown that bore a striking resemblance to the dress seen on the Tattinger's champagne model. Best Supporting Actress nominee Marisa Tomei glammed up, trying to make up for her prior fashion offenses but her pleated Versace gown was more complicated that a Sudoku puzzle with a level 5 difficulty. To make a long Oscar fashion blog short....Sarah Jessica looked too poofy, Amy Adams too vampy and MIckey Rourke too Saturday Night Fevery. Now that I've gotten the Oscar ball rolling, here are my top three faves and my three least faves of the night...

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Penelope Cruz : Last night was the night for the Latin goddess when she took home the statue for Best Supporting Actress for her scene stealing portrayal of a bipolar ex gone mad in Woody Allen's tribute to Spain: Vicky Christina Barcelona. Penelope wore a vintage gown and summoned up the spirit of Audrey Hepburn from the hair to the gown to her graceful acceptance speech. Felicidades Penelope! Besitos!

Natalie Portman: In a Beauty and the Beast like moment, Natalie saved us from changing channels during Ben Stiller's odd Joaquin Phoenix impersonation. Your exquisite pink gown from Rodarte looked great against your skin tone and was a pleasant distraction from all the black and white. Wish you could have shared the podium with a sharper dressed man instead of one half of ZZTop.

Anne Hathaway: Anne, you're my girl and I blogged with pride when your Oscar nomination was announced. You may not have won the li'l bald guy, but you won a spot on the Let's Talk Style best dressed list...isn't that reward enough?

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Tilda Swinton: No. Just, no.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman: hey Phil, I Doubt a stylist advised you to wear that hat. You may be one of the finest American male actors we've got, but that does not reserve you the right to wear a scully to the Academy Awards.

Whoopi: Whoopi, according to the fashion police, you in danger girl. Your leopard print dress was so not Oscar material. I'm sure fashionistas everywhere will share my View.

Award season 2009 continued with the 51st Annual Grammy Awards last night at the Staples Center in LA, and although I wasn't able to watch the arrivals live on the red carpet, I've spent the morning poring over the cold hard evidence and have dutifully scored my rock and roll regalia ballots. Who hit the high notes and who fell flatter than Bikini Girl from American Idol? Read and rock on...

Sugar: Singer Sara Bareilles. She was nominated for her hit Love Song and dressed accordingly, showing up red carpet ready, looking like she just stepped out of an ad for Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely perfume. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea and crumpets, but I say Oui Oui to Sara's romantic Parisian frock. In a sea of leather, sometimes it's nice to look like you enjoy being a girl.

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Spice: Call me crazy, but I think I loved David Cassidy's daughter's dress. Actress Katie Cassidy brought a bit of bohemia to the red carpet with a spicy look that definitely stood out from the collection of safe Grammy styles hitting the red carpet. Normally I don't dig the hippie headband look, but Katie made it work for me. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus wore lovely black gowns, but were they memorable? I think not.

Most Honorable mentions: American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood. Simon says, you both looked hot.

Not nice: Most folks are going to point a finger at M.I.A. claiming she was by far the worst dressed of the evening, but I'm coming to her defense. To me M.I.A. came off as young, hip, edgy, fun and got points for being true to her ecclectic style while ingeniously covering up that baby bump...Plus, someone has to take over when Björk isn't invited. Paula Abdul on the other hand? If you were going for Barbarella, you ended up looking more like Barbarhella...Get sober and fire your stylist Paula. Your outfits hurt my eyes.

The big question of the night was what happened to the dynamic R&B duo no shows - Chris Brown and Rihanna? Turns out instead of beating his fellow nominees, Chris Brown was beating on his Rihanna. Next time Rihanna, hit him with your umbrella-ella-ella, hey hey.

The stars and starlets were red carpet ready last Sunday night for the 15th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards with statues handed out by the actors, to the actors, chosen by other actors. Yep, that's a lot of actors. Silver, white, blue and sparkly seemed to be the running trends of the evening with sleek and sexy slip gowns stylishly sauntering down the carpet everywhere you looked.

Who dazzled and who disappointed? Here are Sammy's Saggy Awards for Best and Worst Dressed...


Emily Blunt - You looked like an Award yourself. Like glittered up Barbie. I likey.

Taraji P. Henson - You lived up to your character's name in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button looking like the Queenie of Old Hollywood in your white halter gown by Herve Leroux. Get down with yo sexy self.

Anne Hathaway - I have 5 words. Your Azzaro gown completes me.

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Angelina Jolie - You looked like a great-grandma. Having six kids doesn't mean you have to dress like the old woman who lived in a shoe. You're Angelina Jolie, not Delta Burke. Dress like it.

Meryl Streep - Meryl, you're the most celebrated actress in the world. I know you weren't expecting to win, but don't phone it in, glam it up. Pretend you've just gotten the role of an actress nominated for a glitzy award. Now do your research.

Tina Fey - Tina, I love you. You know I love you. You are who I want to be. It hurts me to tell you that your dress was a bit too short for your age and looked like the dress I wore to my Senior Banquet in High School. Find a shop that specializes in floor length gowns Tina and say to yourself "I want to go to there".

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Ba-dee ba-dee ba-dee -- That's all, folks!

Everyone keeps asking me, "Sammy, what are your picks for the best and worst Golden Globe fashions?" I've taken some time to let the dresses, bling and updos from Sunday evening resonate, and am finally ready to go out on a limb with my list of Yays and Nays.

No doubt about it, the biggest trend of the night was the fitted fishtail gown. Everyone was wearing them, giving a shout out to Ariel of The Little Mermaid. Some did it right, some did it oh so wrong.

Yay: I'm a fan of fashion risks. That is when the risk fits the risk taker. This may surprise some of you, but my favorite look of the night was Drew Barrymore. Her Dior by John Galliano gown fit in with the whole fishtail under the sea theme, but it was soft and pretty and her big ratty hairstyle (à la Marilyn Monroe/Brigitte Bardot)contrasted the sweet frailty of the gown nicely. Drew actually looked ten years younger and seemed to be reincarnating her former bad girl, poison ivy self.

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Fellow fashionistas may disagree, but to me Drew's look was memorable, true to her own personal style, and evoked the old style Hollywood glamour of yesteryear.

Honorable Mentions: Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Eva Longoria Parker and big winner of the small screen Tina Fey.

Nay: Renée, Renée, Renée. I have not one nice thing to say about Renée Zellweger's Globe getup, and when you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all.

Honorable Mentions: Marisa Tomei (Arg!) and Glenn Close who looked like a mixture of all four Golden Girls combined. Thank you for being a friend Glenn, but I hated your outfit.

See you at the SAG Awards!

Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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