This week I am going back to The Beatles and one of my favorite albums, The White Album. “Bouncy, cheerful, tinkly,” says Hunter Davies¹, “Martha My Dear” it is short and sweet, and apparently cuddly! Martha is turns out was Paul’s Old English sheep dog. The dog and Paul’s piano were the only inspiration needed to created this tune, with none of the other Beatles taking part in the recording. Recorded in October 1968, it is thought that, although Martha was indeed a real dog, that perhaps she may have not been the soul subject of the tune, as it was only a year prior that Paul’s engagement to Jane Asher was called off. Critics reviewing the lyrics believe that the song reflects Paul’s wish that Asher never forget him, even though it was his infidelity that lead to their split. “Martha My Dear” has not be considered one of The Beatles stand outs by any means, but it certainly has the upbeat, bubbliness that makes you want to hum along. While the true inspiration may have come from a break up, the sound definitely evokes the spirit of a jolly Old English sheep dog.
Well, after an extended hiatus do to my turntable failing on me, TBT vinyl is back!👏👏
To kick things off, a bit a of a tribute. Two weeks ago today we lost a memorable legend of rock, J. Geils. While born and raised in New York, we Bostonians like to claim him and the J. Geils Band as our own, as they were formed while Geils was attending Worcester Poly Tech and after recruiting local musicians including lead singer Peter Wolf, making the loss even more bittersweet.
The J.Geils Band first came onto the scene in the mid 60’s as an acoustic blues band, but started using electric guitars and adding in keyboard, harmonica, and other instruments and sounds, leading them into the genre of rock, with early performances opening for bands such as The Allman Brothers and The Byrds.
The early 70’s brought most of the bands commercial success, with their third album Bloodshot reaching #10 on the Billboard charts and their single “Must Have Got Lost” peaking at #12 in 1975. Then in 80’s, the debut of MTV help gained the band a #1 hit with “Centerfold,” of their 1981 album Freeze Frame.
“Flamethrower” is one of the B-side songs off the Freeze Frame album, rising to only #25 on the charts, however it does not provide any less vim and vigor than any of their more popular hits. The song is an ode to a woman who is all business during the day, but knows how to bring it when she clocks out. Here’s to working hard and playing harder!
Oh the Met Gala!
Everyone thinks that the Oscar’s are the fashion Superbowl, but done right the Met Gala can bring much more excitement!
The most exciting part about the Met Gala is that there is a theme. It’s truly the chicest costume party you will ever see!
This year’s theme was meant to pat tribute to the designer Rei Kawakubo, a Japanese designer best know for the Commes de Garçon label. In researching the designer’s aesthetic, one will find it to be very avant garde, with many pieces being very large and sculptural. Red and black are often used, but Kawakubo does not shy from bright colors either.
With the theme in mind, I was ready for people to really go outside the box, but for the most part all I saw was your typical red carpet looks. I have to say, It was actually a bit of a challenge to come up with my misses, because even if they did not stick to the theme, mostly every still looked gorgeous.
So here we go. Again, the evening started off pretty so-so, and then… wait for it… RHIANNA
Like there is no words. She just simply came, conquered, and continued on. This nailed the theme 115%. Bow down!
Ok now for some others who fared rather well.
I love Zendaya. Just in general, I find her to be amazing. But then on top of that she always seems to nail her fashion. This dress is no exception. It is so beautifully fierce, fits the theme nicely with its volume and nod to Asian-esque art, and her hair and makeup fall right in step! Kudos Zendaya!
I mean really, does Blake Lively ever not look fabulous? I really thought this was the way to bring a little bit of the theme/costume element without going to crazy. She looks super glam, but also like a beautiful Asian bird of paradise. Ugh! and her body is unfair to anyone who has had children or has been alive ever, but you go Blake Lively!
4) Chrissy Teigen
Another one who can do no wrong is the infallible Chrissy Teigen. Not only did she look beautiful, but also gave me enough drama to fit the theme. The train flowed behind her effortlessly and she smiled and laughed down the whole carpet. Her beauty came from within and and outside!
5) Ruby Rose
So on this one I am totally bias, because Ruby Rose is my girl crush and she could be wearing a potato sack and I would love it. But, in this case she happened to wear a stunning dress! It had just enough drama,not quite on theme, but still daring enough,and truly looked effortless. I love seeing her all femmed out! Perfection!
*Honorable Mention goes to Nikki Minaj, Ashley Graham, and Halle Berry, as they were about the only others to stay on theme.*
And now the worst…
1) Rose Byrne
Oh dear. This was so bad I feel in pain. It was a sad combo of Borat’s unitard bathing suit and mosquito net. Topped with hair that should have staid on the set of Saturday Night fever, and you can just call it a night!
2) Lena Dunham
Ugh. Why do we let Lena Dunham out of the house. She always looks like a hot mess and last night was no exception. Her hair looks like rats are nesting in it (sorry! but its true!), her eye makeup is way too heavy, and the dress is looks like something one of the goth girls in home ec tries to make for prom. I just can’t. Did I mention I also just don’t really like Lena in general? In case you couldn’t tell!
3) Solange Knowles
What in the Lord’s name? Solange, sweetie, this was the Met Gala, not the REI Jamboree. Please return your sleeping bag and come back with an actual outfit,OK? This event is also not on ice, so shoes over skates might be a wise choice as well. Girl, bye.
4) Karlie Kloss
Well, here we have a case of when bad styling happens to beautiful people. While costumes are encouraged at the Met Gala, I do not think a “Sexy Secretary” is what Anna Wintour had in mind. I’m really at a loss on this one!
5) All the Kardashians
I wasn’t going to even bring them up, because my loathing of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is so unreal that one of them could have been wearing Rhianna’s dress and I still would have hated it. But in this case, they all looked foolish (well minus Kylie, she did alright, but I’m lumping her in for good measure!), so my thoughts are justified.
Kim did not even try. She put on a beach cover-up and said “Ta-Da!” Go back to Bali Kim! No one wants you here!
Kendall was almost acceptable, until she turned around and you found out the dress was assless… as is she. I just find this to be completely tasteless. Like she is actually a pretty girl. Do not do this to yourself.
Kylie, well she is just bad by association. I actually liked this look a lot.
Last night was the 2017 Grammy Awards. Some stars came to rock, while others I would have liked to see be rolled right out the door. As always, lets start with the bad and the ugly.
- Jennifer Lopez
Well all I can say is J. NO! For starters that color has got to go. This is the Grammy Awards, not brunch with Grammy! That pastel hue has no edge, no femme boss power. It is putting me to sleep. And then, obviously there is that neck line. It looks like she was walking past a circus tent during high winds and someone’s cotton candy flew by and stuck on her. I like her shoes? But not nearly enough to save this.
2) Nick Jonas
My first male review because I just can’t understand this. He looks like a gay Johnny Cash. The Bedazzler needed to stay in the the attic with the rest of the 80’s memorabilia. And why, when you have one of the most gorgeously ripped bodies on the carpet do you wear a tee shirt so large it looks like he just came from the Biggest Loser ranch? Not to mention that the rhinestone cowboy jacket, while being stand alone ugly, is also too big and boxy. Ugh, has he never heard of the KISS method? Keep It Simple, Stupid! Should have worn a suit.
3) Tori Kelly
Tori, Tori, Tori. This is not cute. The layers make you look wide, the neckline looks like a tissue box cover, and overall this just looks sad. Did no one remember that the Grammy red carpet is a time to have a little fun with fashion? This dress is safe and blah and does not scream Diva. Keep dressing like this and your voice won’t be able to keep you a float. You have to look the part too!!
4) Katy Perry
I don’t even really have words. I was not aware that she was here to promote the new Beauty and the Beast film, but…
Thankfully there was some good
- Demi Lovato
While I loathe the Kardashians, Demi keeps wanting to dress like one, and I am surprisingly OK with it. This fits her impeccably, her hair and makeup are flawless, and while there is a lot going on here, somehow it doesn’t seem like too much. Well done Demi! Keep doing you!
Adele loves to dress like Lady Grantham and I love every minute of it. Her mother-of-the bride style somehow works. She always looks gorgeous and always picks something that glides over her shape in all the right ways. This is no exception. This dress would literally be completely unacceptable on anyone else, but on Adele, it works!
I am in love with this look in so many ways! She said she wanted to do an early 90’s/TLC throwback, and she nailed it! Her hair and make up look great, this color looks great, and this is the edge that I demand from the Grammy red carpet! She had fun with fashion and took a risk, and I wish I could pull this look off! Although have to say, it apparently did not photograph well, as this looks rather wrinkly.
4) Lady GaGa
At first I wanted to hate this. GaGa stepped onto the carpet, and I was a bit taken aback because I thought GaGa may be past this phase, as many of her latest awards shows she has gone the Hollywood glamour look. But then, I fell in love, because this is classic GaGa that we all know and love, it had the edge of a music super star, and was such a fashion moment. All hail Lady Gaga for bringing this award show to life!
Last night the 2017 SAG Awards aired, which means another chance for stars to make their mark on the red carpet. While I didn’t get a chance to watch the show itself, I have done a thorough review of the wardrobe wins and fashion fails of the evening.
Unlike the Globes, where many usually on point icons were off their mark, the SAGS provided a plethora of Best Dressed nominees. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety, from suits to prints to shear and barely there, there was something for everyone.
Of course, even among all these bright stars, there were some that just fell flat. So lets start with those!
While some bad looks do not have any explanation, this one clearly does. Winona obviously was feeling nostalgic and decided to take a time machine back to 1988 where she borrowed her wardrobe from her Beetlejuice dressing room. While not a wise decision at least we have an answer!
Unlike her partner in crime, Michelle Williams, who redeemed herself from her horrible pilgrim costume that she wore to the Globes, Busy decided to taker her turn on the worst dressed list. I love a good glittery gown, but I look at this and think “Limited Too is calling, they want their purple camo back!” Seriously, I’m pretty sure I had a pair of cargo pants in this fabric circa 1998. To her credit, her hair and make up look great! But, the dress has got to go.
Oh Salma, so close, but so far away. Her body looks lovely, hair and make up are beautiful too, but this dress, it is the dress that I have seen on many a Barbie birthday cake.
I mean, can you deny the resemblance? If anything, this is certainly not a red carpet gown. She might have gotten away with this if she wore it to a beach wedding? But, then again, I still think I would see the cake.
This pains me. Emma Stone is a beautiful woman. She always comes dressed to impress. Not to mention her talent. But this…OOF! What happened? It looks like the pins let loose on one side and the fabric fell down, leaving us with nothing but her Spanx! Besides just being ugly, this dress does nothing for her figure, with that belted portion hitting in a spot that makes her hips look much wider. Is it just me? Or is it also too short? Ugh, why oh why does bad fashion happen to good people?
Now for the good stuff!!
Sophie Vegara has been switching up her look lately, and I love it! Gone are the body-con va-va voom dresses and in are the feminine and romantic. And, being that she is ageless and flawless, she can pull of both looks with ease. However, her new looks are really breathtaking. This dress is classic, simple, and light, and just lets her natural beauty be the focus. Her hair and make up are so elegant as well. The only thing is I might have added a necklace, as its a tad bare near her neckline, but over all, stunning!
I feel I will probably have people disagreeing with me on this pick. I get it, the images at the bottom make zero sense. But if we could look past the crazy images, there is a gorgeous dress underneath!. The shape and fit are beautiful, the sparkle is great, I’m in love with that collar! So please, just squint past the odd Persian style horses, the crows, and the random Ferris wheel, won’t you? Because her skin, hair, makeup, and confidence, make up for them!
Thank you beautiful Nicole for getting back on track. The Globes was not your finest moment, but this heals all wounds! The color does all the right things for your skin, the feathers are a stand out, but not over the top, and the frills at the bottom are giving me great movement and texture! I feel like she looks like some wonderful Amazon queen, parrot armor and all!
And my best dressed for the evening goes to Mayim Bialik, because I want to live in the dress right now! The fit, the color, the sheen, the shape, the EVERYTHING! She looks like she is wearing the most luxurious wrapping paper, and she is the beautiful gift inside. But seriously, where can I get this dress. I’m obsessed!
Can’t wait to tune into Fashion Police and hear their take tonight! Bring on the rest of awards season!
I have been wanting to add some new material to this blog, and since TBT Vinyl is on hiatus (my record player went belly up! But a new one is in the works.), I felt it was a good time to introduce something. I have always wanted to write about fashion, but wasn’t sure how to start. So with the Golden Globes kicking off awards season last night, I thought I would start there!
The Golden Globes is an interesting awards show, because the dress code falls somewhere between putting on the Ritz (aka the Oscars) and arrival night at The Bachelor mansion. Stars don’t want to break out their best and brightest, but they still need to try and be on point…key word there is try.
I think I shall start from the bottom and work my way to the top, beginning with those that should probably reassess how much they are paying their stylists.
1) Michelle Williams
Ok, girl, you are in one of the hottest movies right now. And, all I can say is while the movie may be Manchester by the Sea, this get-up looks more reminiscent of something one would find in another Massachusetts town… Plymouth.. actually Plymouth Plantation. Please, save this sexy (?) pilgrim look for Thanksgiving, or lay it out and use it as the Thanksgiving table cloth, but don’t try and tell me this is attractive.
2) Carrie Underwood
Carrie, beautiful Carrie. What happened? You are usually flawless, always rocking something sleek and shimmery. This, while right off the bat does noting for your figure, then culminates in collar that has me almost lost for words. Wilting radishes? Melting strawberry ice cream cone? Molting flamingo? I’m not sure, but It was not right. Your hair, your make up BEAYOOOUTIFUL! This dress, no.
3) Sienna Miller
Oh, pardon us Sienna Miller, we were not aware that your Soul Cycle class was scheduled for the same time as the red carpet! I mean, that has to be the only excuse for this. You can’t see it from here, but her hair was literally held up with a thick black string, and actually most of it was falling out. The dress, looks like she could have taken some scissors to a terry cloth spa robe and made this in the car ride over. It is overall too casual. But wait! Some pearls will dress it up! Nope, sorry. Thanks for trying (or not!).
4) Sarah Jessica Parker
It pains me that I must insult this woman. She is one of my style icons, and typically her grace and poise are exquisite. But this, this is unforgivable. OK, I could almost forgive the dress, almost. But that hair! It looks like a combination of a wreath and antlers. Add it to the dress and she looks like a Christmas tree topper. Or perhaps her next role is in a Shakespearean play? All I know is that SJP needs either a new stylist, some new friends, or a new mirror, because one of the 3 failed her in telling her this was acceptable.
5) Winona Ryder
Poor Winona Ryder looks like she is lost on her way to the saddest prom ever. The shape and style of this gown just reminds me of every 12th grade girl’s attempt to feel like a pretty princess (not excluding myself!). The fit is completely wrong, as there are more wrinkles in that corset than on Donald Trump’s frowny face after hearing Meryl Streep’s speech. This could have some redemption if she made any attempt to accessorize. And, if you tell me that purse is an accessory, then I will show you the receipt from the last 10 for $5 sale I went to at Claire’s back in 1997 where I purchased the same thing. Winona, you haven’t had a moment in awhile. Coming out to awards season for Stranger Things could have been it…but then you wore this.
Whew! Now for the good ones!
1) Emma Stone
Ah, Emma Stone! Never failing to bring true Hollywood glamour in a modern and effervescent way. Light and airy just like it appears her spirit must be. I wish her hair was a tad more put together, but over all, a glimmering breath of fresh air.
2) Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington, thank you! You took a risk without looking bizarre! This dress is warrior chic without looking like a suite of armor. This is warrior chic lace people! Only Olivia Pope could make this dream a reality. Her figure looks beautiful her hair is on point, her shoes are stunning. She is rocking this H2T!
3) Drew Barrymore
What I have always loved about Drew Barrymore is she always stays true to herself when it comes to personal style. She always pulls of a bohemian, free-spirit vibe with ease and class. This dress is no exception. On the carpet she simply floated when she walked and just looked like she was enjoying every moment. Which in a dress like that, how can you not! You go Drew!
4) Evan Rachel Wood
On each new red carpet, everyone is looking for “the moment,” the look that when you think Golden Globes 2017 you automatically remember. I think Evan Rachel Wood’s tux will be that. And it’s not just because its a tux, because there were plenty of stunning dresses, but this was a whole look. The fit was superb, her hair was sleek, and her make up was flawless. This look provided more glamour than most of the gowns that graced the carpet, without a single stitch of sequin or tulle. Like Drew, she also appeared to be very relaxed and enjoying every moment, which helps make the whole package even more memorable.
5) Kristen Bell
By far, the greatest moment of the night was Kristen Bell. This was a gown like I have never seen. It was the perfect about of glitter and svelte-ness. It was smooth and sleek, yet sharp at the same time. Every inch looked like it had been melted onto her body. And while most could not pull off that neckline, all I can say is WORK IT KRISTEN! Beyond the dress her hair and makeup shine as bright as the smile on her face. It was all just so stunning that I feel like someone should commission a portrait of it.
Well, that’s all I have for the Golden Globes. I have no commentary on who won or lost, because I really don’t pay too much attention to the awards themselves. I just come for the carpet.
Good Morning! And welcome to 2017!
Here’s hoping you are waking up with a skip in your step and a smile on your face, because the tragedy that was 2016 is gone!
OK, honestly, I was not so adverse towards 2016. Did it have its challenges? Certainly. We lost some great minds and gained some ones that were DOA to begin with (here’s looking at you incoming cabinet! God help us all!). Terror and violence seemed to be on the rise, going hand in hand with the decline of race and religious relations. And Shonda Rhimes continued to kill off our most beloved TV show characters (RIP Wes!).
But for me, overall, 2016 really didn’t phase me. Nothing much has changed. Which brings me to the topic that we are all so focused on this time of year, resolutions.
Every year people are goaded into setting such high standards for themselves. While most of this is well intended, it can leave some of us feeling rather deflated when the next New Year’s Eve comes around. For example, I did not lose 10 pounds, move out of my parent’s house, find my prince charming, or write an award winning novel (OK, so I knew that last one was a stretch from the get go). Not a single resolution accomplished; What an epic fail! I put this in italics as it is the voice my ice cream carton whispers to me every night when I walk by the freezer.
So was there anything that can define my 2016? Was there any meaning to it at all? Lucky for me, I do not define my year, my success, and my meaning in life by the exceptions of my imagination or the expectations of others, and neither should you! Here’s my reasons why.
In 2016 I got to be a part of my best friend marrying the love of her life. Similarly, I got to see my brother get engaged to the love of his. I got to see my first Broadway show and bravely take my first Uber. I crossed seeing Paul McCartney in concert off my Bucket List. And I got to celebrate one year of coming home to the sweetest fur baby, who’s wiggly butt can warm my heart just as fast as a hug from his fluffy fur.
I measured the success of this past year in moments. This measurement of success may not be easily acknowledged by others, and they may all still be wondering what the heck I am doing with my life, but to me, 2016 was a good year. Do I still want to lose 10 pounds, move out of my parent’s house, meet prince charming, and write an awarding winning novel? Of course, but maybe it won’t happen in 2017 either, and that’s OK with me. The most important resolution for me in this new year, is to continue defining my success on my own terms, and not letting the chaos of the world take my own inner triumphs away from me.
So happy New Year everyone! May you create moments and memories that define you…especially adopting a fluffy dog. Everyone should adopt a fluffy dog.