The Red Carpet Did Not Disappoint

Of course my building would have a false alarm fire situation right when the Academy Awards were starting…I just paused and then got to scoot through some commercials. So many beautiful dresses on the Red Carpet this time. Here are some favs…I have to say I kept thinking that Joan Rivers was going to rip some of them apart tomorrow. We’ll see…

Halle Berry in Marchesa.

Celine Dion looking fabulous in her post-baby body in Armani Prive

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture

Ann Hathaway in Valentino..her first of many dresses

Jennifer Lawrence in full Calvin Klein bombshell mode

Wow..Jennifer Hudson looking amazing in Atelier Versace

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab..very pretty

I don’t love this dress..but Penelope Cruz JUST had a baby!

She looks great in L’Wren Scott.

Michelle Williams in Chanel

Hillary Swank in Gucci

Adorable Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa..she looks adorable.

Fav Gwyneth in a stunning Calvin Klein column. Love the super straight hair and amazing Louis Vuitton jewels.

This Kaufman Franco dress was stunning on Camila Alves. I love love love it.

The beautiful green room for the Academy Awards designed by Michael Smith.

Photos courtesy of UsMagazine, Just Jared and Architectural Digest.

Oscar Weekend

So excited for Sunday’s Oscar telecast. I have a luncheon to go to, but in the afternoon, I will be parked in front of my tv ready to go. Couldn’t resist putting pics of my fav Oscar dresses..hopefully Sunday will offer some new favorites to add here…

My all-time fav Jennifer Garner in vintage Oscar de la Renta. She looks perfect.

Halle Berry in Atelier Versace
Julianne Moore in Yves Saint Laurent

Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

Jennifer Lopez in a Valentino Jackie Kennedy inspired gown

Loved Kate Winslet in Ben De Lisi

Gorgeous Keira Knightley in Vera Wang

This was the dress that elevated J Lo to fashion icon status. This couture Chanel was beautiful and her mink lashes were the talk of the fashion commentaries

Michelle Williams in Vera Wang

One of my favorites for sure..Resse Witherspoon was amazing this year in Nina Ricci

Renee Zelweger in vintage Jean Desses..she looks fantastic here

Dame Helen Mirren in Christian Lacroix

Of course Gwyneth would be on my list even though she got raked over the coals for the loose fitting bodice on her Ralph Lauren gown.

Classic Grace Kelly in Edith Head

Cate Blanchett in Valentino

Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer

Who will make the list??????
Sunday…8pm on ABC
Also, wishing a happy happy birthday to Brooke today!!!

The Last Birthday Dinner

My birthday finally ended last night at a super fun dinner at George’s. A few last minute cancellations left Ricky and Brian with a harem of ladies. Several rounds of truffle fries and champagne later, we ate a delicious dinner and marveled at how many birthday dinners there were on a Tuesday night. When it was finally our turn, they came in with a nutella pizza and a firecracker lit on the top. It was great to catch up with everyone.

Thanks to all my peeps who came to dinner.
It was so much fun!

Caught with Vanity Fair

Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
I know there will be many people nastily commenting on this delightful picture of Suri Cruise caught thumbing through the pages of on old Vanity Fair magazine, but how funny is she? I get such a kick out of her and her unbelievable life. Even though I was not properly introduced to her on board the Allure of the Seas in November, we were mere inches away from each other multiple times, so we are practically bffs. So, the naysayers can go on and on about her little high heels, her bottles at age 3 and now her reading an adult magazine in a library, but mark my words..someday Suri Cruise, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Violet Affleck are going to rule the world…you’ll see.

Maryland Crab Feast on the Roof

The evite for Hoby’s birthday party came through the wires two weeks ago promising a fabulous crab dinner on their roof. I was so excited, not only because I have been lucky enough to go to one of their crab dinner before and loved it, but a party on their unbelievable roof downtown is really something to witness. Hoby hails from Baltimore and so the theme was a Maryland feast. Little did I know there would be more than just the crabs flown in…

A few hours before the party, he sent me this pic of the fun!

When I arrived, a bunch of friends were already there. The weather was fantastic and a perfectly clear night to see all of Miami’s splendour from high above.

Me and Hoby

An amazing raw bar

Lots of friends

When dinner was served, we all sat down as they put the crabs out on the table. Also served were sliced tomatoes, fried chicken and french fries. It was so great.

The overhead view..I was laughing when I saw this because I got up to get a drink refill and ended up gossiping with girls-look on the right half way up.

The bar..with a sweet lady making Southsides. This lime and minty drink was served in mason jars and it was delicious. I did my research about the history of this cocktail which is famously served in two of Baltimore’s more exclusive clubs. One story is that it originated on the Southside of Chicago during the Depression. The citrus was used to mask the inferiority of the gin it was made with. The more logical story is that it came from a bar book from a Long Island private club and was perfected by the bartender at the Green Springs Valley Hunt Club, George Lee. He has kept one ingredient secret but has been making them for years and now sells the mix to clients all over the Baltimore area. The mix of limeade, ice, soda water, mint and either gin, vodka or rum tastes too good, it is a little dangerous because you don’t really taste the alcohol!!!

The amazing hosts

The famous Berger Cookies..which were BEYOND and served with vanilla ice cream

And the party ended with a farewell toast to the guests from the birthday boy, with shots of his private stock of Almoncello. I can’t wait for tne next party!
Happy Birthday Hoby! xo

Loving Colin Firth

Having always liked Colin Firth, my interest in him has reached a fever pitch these last few weeks with him in the spotlight for his amazing work in The King’s Speech. He has been around for a long time, many times playing pivotal roles in terrific movies and he seems to just keep getting better.

the title character in Valmont (1989)

Simon in Circle of Friends (1995)

The most amazing Mr. Darcy…he makes the 6 hour BBC mini-series worth watching. (1995)

Geoffrey Clifton in The English Patient (1996)

Hated his character Lord Wessex in Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’ of my favorite all-time movies (2001)

Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

Johannes Vermeer in The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003)
Jamie Bennett in Love Actually (2003)

Harry in Mamma Mia (2008)

George in A Single Man (2009)

His amazing performance in The King’s Speech is earning him all sorts of accolades..he and the film just swept up the BAFTA awards..hopefully an Oscar is next. (2010)

My fingers are crossed for Colin on February 26th at the Academy Awards!!!

Kate’s Paperie and Lunch at Fred’s

One of my must-see stops in New York is always Kate’s Paperie. Luckily, the subway goes down to Soho and one of the stops literally lets out right at the door of this delightful paper store. If you are a lover of all things paper, this store will overwhelm you. What I love so much about it is that they have the highest quality greeting cards (I am always buying good cards to keep on hand), photo albums (many different types in every color imaginable), custom services and much, much more. There is now only one location in Soho and a condensed location in the Time Warner Building…and on their website.

Paper by the pound..I have always been such a sucker for mixing and matching notes…
Ribbons galore….
Tons of wrapping paper and scrapbook accessories..

I have been very purse obsessed these days and I picked up this handmade cute card when I was there..for no reason other than I thought it was super cute. Little did I know that less than 24 hours later at our fabulous lunch at Fred’s, all my girlfriends presented me with a Louis Vuitton large Neverfull bag!!! I was so overwhelmed, I started crying at the table. Oh was just too much. I was so excited and thrilled to finally get a new purse!!!! Now, that card makes me laugh…I have a few more bags on the list…for the future!

Lunch was so great, the best french fries, yummy salads and endless diet coke refills. Afterwards, everyone disbursed in the drizzling rain to shop. We met up later in the evening before dinner at Buddakan. I am still waiting on some pics from friends..who seem to have lost their camera cords..hopefully tomorrow???