Monday, January 30, 2017

Best of the Best on the SAG Red Carpet

I skipped the Golden Globes red carpet earlier this month because I was sick with the flu and slept through most of it. Last night my sister and I watched the Screen Actors Guild red carpet coverage and awards ceremony throughout which we offered our professional fashion critique.

I'm not going to point out the several candidates for worst dressed (they know who they are), although I'm sorry, Nicole Kidman really should have thought twice about that shimmering green double parrot Gucci number. I want to highlight just the best of the evening, so let me cut right to the chase:

Emily Blunt in Roberto Cavalli
Love it both coming & going.
The beading, the colour, the fit...c'est parfait!

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Yara Shahidi in Naeem Khan
This girl has an bold sense of fashion and I like it!!
This colourful dress turns heads in a sea of safe gowns.

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Gina Rodriguez in PatBo
More beading and a dash of colour, I sense a theme here.
Simple & chic.

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"Best Black Dress" goes to Amy Adams in Brandon Maxwell

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 "Best White Dress" goes to Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood

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Best Dressed Man
Ryan Gosling, naturally, wearing Gucci

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Just Some Stuff I Finally Did

I'm sure many of you understand the never ending to-do list that quite literally never ends simply because you never seem to get to the 'do' part. I've just passed four years of living in the "new" condo and there are several things that I've only just managed to cross off the list. Mind you, design is a process, and things have to happen in a certain order, and sometimes those things just take time.

Case in point: Shortly after I moved into my condo I created a gallery wall at the end of the front hall next to the built in study nook (see the finished product in this post). When I painted the wall a dark navy blue two years later, I took most of the artwork down and hung just four gold framed paintings. My intention was to recreate the gallery wall in the master bedroom. The plan was to hang the photos above a marble top commode (which I had yet to purchase) and also to incorporate a small bedroom television. It was nine months before I would find the right Louis XVI chest of drawers (see this post) and another 15 months before I wall mounted the tv and hung the photographs to recreate the gallery wall.

Et voila!

Of course I'm still not 100% done. I'd like to replace the Toronto photos in the center triptych with three new photos, but there's no rush, I'll get around to it eventually. If you're really paying attention, you'll notice that I went the extra mile and added a paintable cord cover to camouflage the ugly television wires.

Since I was on a roll, I also took the time to add a custom touch to the Pax drawers I had installed in the master bedroom closet four years ago (here is the original post). This past fall, while looking for cabinet hardware for a client, I fell hard for these Martha Stewart brass bin pulls. I ordered them up and they've been sitting in an envelope for months just waiting to be installed. I was nervous to do the installation on my own because the job required  precision - the pulls all needed to be perfectly aligned and level. Turns out it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, it took less than an hour, and the pulls added the custom look I was hoping for.


It's always nice to get things done around the house. The to-do list dwindles and there's a real sense of satisfaction that comes with a job well done. Onward & upward.