Sunday, February 28, 2016

Oscars Red Carpet Chat 2016

I wasn't so excited about this year's Oscars. First there was all the controversy about not enough diverse nominees and also the good films were few and far between last year. There were some standouts, but nothing I swooned over except Brooklyn. My other top movies were Spotlight, Bridge of Spies and The Big Short. I was glad Spotlight won though.

The show itself was trying hard -almost too hard to fix the diversity issue. Chris Rock did his best. It's a hard thing to fix though. I wonder how much can change by next year? The roles need to be available to have more diverse actors. When you really think about it - how many films are all white actors? Too many. Moviemakers are predominately white and so is the academy.  That has to change before the nominees will. I hope we are going in that direction.

 Also powerful last night though was Lady Gaga's moving performance of, 'Til it Happens to You,'  a song about survivors of rape and was joined on stage by real survivors of sexual assault. Everyone was in tears after. Lady Gaga seems so humble and is massively talented. I like this girl more and more.

The actress awards went to the young ones last night and Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander looked lovely in yellow Louis Vuitton.

The Best Actress award went to Brie Larson.

 Not sure I was crazy for her dress or belt. 

It was remarkable how much these two women look alike. They even seemed to have the same hair.

My favorite looks of the night...

Star War's Daisy Ridley in a divine Chanel.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Getaways -The Mauna Lani Hotel in The Big Island

 Last week it was winter break for our kids at school and we decided to make a trek to one of my favorite spots on the planet, The Big Island of Hawaii. Regular readers of this blog know how much I love this place and it's beauty. In fact I had to control myself from over Instagramming while I was there. There's just so much gorgeousness. I've been to Hawaii in June (our usual time) and in April for Easter, and this was our first time in February. Even thought it was high season by their standards, it never feels crowded in the Big Island or where we love to stay, The Mauna Lani.

What keeps bringing us back to The Mauna Lani is the serene and understated elegance that just seems to permeate the whole resort. It's modern and pretty, but has an old school Hawaiian vibe about it. To me that means wonderful Big Island people- the same employees have there since my boys were small and remember us, though it's often years between visits. 

It also shows in their huge commitment to historic preservation of the Hawaii culture as the 30 ocean-front acres are set amid historic Hawaiian fishing ponds.  A cultural center where you can learn ukulele or weave a pretty basket, as well as an historic cottage for storytelling and music makes you feel part of true Hawaii and not a big hotel's phony version of it.

The minute I walk through the entrance there is ukulele music gently wafting on air and the smell of tropical flowers hits me. I'm relaxed before I can even think about it!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Home Inspiration - Naomi Watt's NY Loft

Just got my Architectural Digest today and immediately fell in love with Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's beautiful Manhattan loft. I've been making some plans to renovate and this really inspired me. I love this mix of antiques and pieces from Ralph Lauren and Restoration. 

This entrance is pretty fabulous.

The dining room has an antique cabinet and mirror that are wonderful for display, but also great for entertaining. I'd love to find something like this.

 I like this icy blue cabinets in the kitchen and the built in banquette. Kinda retro and reminds me of our kitchen as a child.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Book Chat- Audrey at Home

I love everything about this week's book, Audrey at Home. I've had this book for a while and have been savoring it.

Audrey Hepburn was my mother's favorite so from an early age I was very familiar with everything Audrey. Long before there were VCRs and cable television, mom and I would spend Saturdays on the couch watching afternoon specials of her movies. By time I was ten Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Sabrina and Wait Until Dark (mom claimed it was her best role), were my favorite films. My mom even looked like Audrey and had the same hair styles and big glasses. That may have been on purpose now I think. My mom also loved Audrey's elegance and unique style. This book really had me thinking so much of my lovely mom who will be gone a year next week. I only wish I could have gotten her this book. I know how much she would have loved it.

After Audrey had her boys she rarely did movies, but I did have a chance encounter with her when I was in college...

Galentine's Treats

I just adore Valentine's Day. When I see all the cute Valentine's gift guides I think of my girlfriends and my niece who was born on Valentines day. I love the idea of Galentine's day. Who, but your gal friends would appreciate all this pink and girlish goodness? I tell you Valentine's is made for women and that's as it should be. A little Valentines's cocktail party is a fun idea too. Sometimes the best gatherings are those that are last minute and gosh it's better not to fret about how perfect the details are, but rather enjoy the company of friends.  Here's a few cute Valentines themed pretties that I couldn't resist sharing. I may get myself one!

Love this Kate Spade water bottle. Doesn't water just taste better from glass?

This Valentine's Cupcake kit is a fun idea to do with your kids for a little Valentine's Day gathering after school? They also could be pretty to serve with cocktails. ( I mean not for the kiddies.. I didn't word that right!!)

If you have no time to bake and want something extra special, Williams-Sonoma always has some gourmet creations by mail like this sweet cake. Link to all the goodies that you can still get delivered home if you order by Sunday the 7th here.