Another Stunning Red Carpet: SAG Fashion Round UP Tuesday, Jan 31 2012 

The Red Carpet for the Screen Actors Guild Awards is always a more fun, laid-back atmosphere because it’s sort of a major party for the entertainment industry.

Doesn’t your office party look like that? This year, Sunday, January 29th played host to the Awards, which played on TBS and TNT, and the Red Carpet featured lots of gorgeous bold, jewel tones and of course the neutral, understated trend we’ve been seeing all awards season. There were a few lows, but more highs as Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered to shower each other with love, praise and couture. Here are some of my favorite looks of the night:


Ladies in Jewel Tones

I just love Michelle Williams’ style. Even though she was nominated for her glamorous turn in My Week With Marilyn, all awards season she has kept true to her own unique style. She knows what she likes, and she knows what she looks great it. I just adored her in this lovely red, lacy Valentino.


Another bold turn in jewel tone was the ever-sexy Sofia Vergara. Even though she sticks true to her favorite silhouette, this time she at least switched up the designer and made a move from Vera Wang to Marchesa. With her gorgeous skin and the matching accessories, she was a gorgeous lady in magenta on the Red Carpet.


Sofia’s equally gorgeous co-star, Julie Bowen, is another leading lady who knows what works for her and rocked a jewel toned frock to show if off.  To highlight her insanely toned body, she chose an incredibly cool backless Temperley. Her gorgeous hair and makeup just enhanced her look.





Possibly my favorite look of the night was Emily Blunt in this ah-may-zing one-shoulder emerald Oscar de la Renta. Seriously, I stopped breathing for a moment when I saw her. Add adorable hubby John Krasinski to some serious fashion power, and the result is nothing short of spectacular.

A close second in the you-look-freaking-amazing category is the eternally youthful Diane Lane. With another one-shoulder stunner, plus another gorgeous Hollywood arm candy hubby, Diane stole several spotlights in this blue David Meister.


Soft and Natural

Following in the fashion footsteps of the Golden Globes, a few stunners kept in the neutral trend. I love Julianna Marguiles’ fearless confidence in this pale Calvin Klein.




Marchesa had another gold (or in this case, green statuette) goddess moment in Viola Davis. I just love the way this gown flows when she moves, even though she admitted she wasn’t comfortable walking in her Jimmy Choos. The white and gold against her gorgeous skin made us forget if she was wobbling or not though. As much as I want Meryl Streep to take home another Oscar this year, Viola win points for her gorgeous style and equally lovely acceptance speech.



Not-so-Basic Black

Emma Stone’s Red Carpet moments just keep getting better and better. She looked absolutely flawless in this black McQueen stunner. Seriously, girl crush just keeps growing. She can do no wrong and is taking the world by storm!



Of course, does it get any better than Angelina Jolie? For the relaxed SAGs (where she wasn’t nominated), she chose to go back to her slinky, silky, inky black roots in this Jenny Packham halter.

Who was your Best Dressed at the SAGs? Next stop: The greatest Red Carpet of them all, the Academy Awards!


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My First Restaurant Week in Charleston Wednesday, Jan 25 2012 

Last week was an indulgent treat for Charleston residents. No, not because of all the Republican presidential candidates in town, but because of the Restaurant Week program featuring the best local eateries.


Lowcountry food lovers could enjoy the best fine dining, selecting from prix fixe menus with options of 3 courses for $20, $30 or $40. As a New Englander transported to Charleston in November, I’m still adjusting to the Southern foods and the plethora of dining options here. This seemed like the best time hit the town and take advantage of a great deal.

On Thursday, January 19, my husband and I met a friend from out of town at La Fourchette on King Street. This adorable French bistro fell into the 3 for $40 category, and we were very excited to experience what this great-reviewed place had to offer. La Fourchette did not disappoint. I lived in Paris for four months, and the “steak frites” and “profiteroles” La Fourhcette served up were as wonderful as anything I enjoyed under La Tour Eiffel.

The servers were friendly-and not just because of the two fabulous bottles of Cote de Bruilly Pinot Noir we ordered. I snuck a few bites of my husband’s “beef bourguignon”, which was brought to the table in adorable red Le Creuset cocotte dishes and was absolutely delicious.


I can also highly recommend The Belmont Lounge for a nice après-dinner drink experience. If you’re looking for the perfect place for a date or to catch up with visiting friends, you should definitely try the cozy couches at this place.


My first Restaurant Week in Charleston was a wonderfully delicious experience! If you’re looking to splurge on your New Year’s Resolution a little bit (let’s face it, French food is just not diet friendly) for a night out, make sure to catch the next Restaurant Week!



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How I Love the Differences Within the USA Network Tuesday, Jan 24 2012 

Lately, USA has become my 6am best friend. After waking up at 5am to fix my hubby’s breakfast and lunch, I crawl into bed again around 5:45 for a few more hours of sleep before work at 9, and I like to throw on my bedroom TV for some company. Thus, I have been pondering the many layers of this syndication network. They certainly have some great variety, too: my mornings oscilate between dark crime hits full of violence, incest, rape and murder of New York City and then suddenly a burst of light with a happy Hamptons doctor or a Miami spy.

USA often features several great marathons consisting of re-runs of hits shows like Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Detectives Benson and Stabler highlight the underbelly of human nature (and NBC), and the gritty realism of New York City is surprisingly a great way to start the day. I often find myself engrossed in the whatever crime ring the disturbingly smart Detective Goran is tackling. This is great, but it actually interrupts my sleep because I become invested and want to see them figure out how to catch the guy. Since I’ve already seen every episode of SVU, I can often drift off to sleep more easily.

However, I personally prefer the USA original series, especially Burn Notice, Royal Pains and of course the eye candy delight White Collar. I affectionately refer to these as the “sun-soaked” side of USA- they’re saturated with bright colors, plenty of sunlight, jewel tones, and gorgeous people, and a literally lighter and brighter color emanates from the shiny box.

Watching Fi and Michael try to track down the latest evil spy or rescue a kidnapped kid, whilst listening intently to explanations of how to break into a federal building or hotwire a car sends me off with a very “can-do” attitude. Of course, falling asleep during the yummy display of male perfection and high-class crime fighting known as White Collar is significantly more difficult. I am not surprised that it has become insanely popular following the premiere of the second season-hey, it has Stanford from Sex and the City!

Of course, nothing even remotely disturbing or distracting ever happens to the adorable Mark Feurstein in the Hamptons, where the biggest problem is whether or not to globalize his concierge medical practice. Entertainment at its best, ladies and gentlemen.

Then of course there is what I call the NCIS grey area. Lighty and witty with plenty of DiNozzo charm, this cult CBS favorite isn’t exactly a dark drama or a sunny pick-me-up. Perhaps therein lies the secret to the Belisarius success story- as much as I love Ziva, McGee, Abby, Ducky and Gibbs, I’ve also seen every episode of every season, and I can very easily tune it out.

Perfect background re-run TV show!

What’s your favorite show on the USA network?

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Wedding Secrets Part 4 Sunday, Jan 22 2012 

Another installment of wedding talk! Here we go.

Tip 1: Keep it Clean

We’ve all seen photos and video and sat hostage as some couples indulge in a slobbery, full-on make-out session at the altar. With parents, grandparents and friends of all ages looking on. Don’t be one of those couples. A dramatic dip is tasteful. Gently caressing your new spouse’s face is sweet. Anything more than that? Tacky. The same rule goes for the first bites of cake. I can’t stand when people smash the cake all over each other’s faces and then lick it off. So gross on such an elegant, classy day. Anything with too much tongue or too much passion should be reserved for just a few hours later, until the honeymoon really begins!




Tip 2: Kids or no Kids?

This is a hugely controversial issue about the guest list. I’ve heard of some brides stating that some guests will adamantly refuse to come to a wedding that their rugrats are left out of. Other brides go so far to include “Adult Reception to Follow” on the invitation. I am of the opinion that weddings are an adult affair, for adults only, and that should be understood by the guests. The envelope clearly indicates who is invited to the festivities. If you receive an invitation to “Mr. and Mrs. Parent”, does that include your children? Nope. Just the Mr. and Mrs. You would think that most parents would want a night out away from their kids- a date night? Some people will complain about getting a babysitter or traveling without their children, but that is their choice, not yours. You, as the bride, are arranging a beautiful day all about you and your love, and we know that can get pricey. There are also the logistical safety concerns. If your wedding is at a venue like a ballroom or restaurant, what is to prevent the pitter-patter of little feet from crashing into a glass window or even the cake display table? In my own case, since very few of our friends and relatives have small children, we didn’t have to face too much of this issue. One exception from the no-children rule? Newborns. One of my older cousins was still breast-feeding her two-month old baby girl, so obviously she was included on the list. I think most parents would appreciate a kids-free zone, so they can drink and relax and socialize without having to keep an eye on them. Maybe it’s just me, but an event where adults are drinking and focusing on dancing and enjoying themselves is not the place for young children.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you- if you have children of your own or are close to the children of your friends and you want them there, go for it! My suggestion? Be consistent across the board- if the age cut-off is 5, then everyone over 5 is invited and no one under 5 is allowed. All of your guests-friends, family, female, male-should follow the same guidelines. What do you think of children at weddings?


Tip 3: Keep an Element to Yourself

At a time when you’re sharing very intimate, personal details with your entire guest list, it can seem that you’re performing at a spectacle for everyone else to judge and comment on. Everyone is suddenly privy to how you met your fiancé, how he proposed, what you love about each other, and your plans for the future. This can seem overwhelming when you think about it. But the truth is, you are inviting your nearest and dearest friends and family to join in your happiness and celebrate with you. That means no one gets to dictate where you’re married, what time, who else is invited, what anyone else wears, or any other little details that can snag up your excitement. My suggestion to stay sane during the people-pleasing moments is to keep some secrets from the masses.  Don’t tell everyone and their guest what you plan on saying in your vows or who they’re sitting next to at dinner. People will have their opinions, and some may be more vocal about it than others. You’ll never be able to please everyone. Just accept that fact and move on. Focus on making yourself and your fiancé happy. Hopefully, your guests will just be happy to be there with you and keep any negative thoughts to themselves.

Tip 4: Don’t lose sight of the big picture.

When you’re meeting with vendors every day and making decisions at every turn, it’s easy to get caught up in the madness of the event. But it’s important to remember that you are celebrating something. Your love and commitment to each other. Sure, you can get weary with addressing envelopes, arranging seating charts and making everyone else happy. But when you have to decide whether or not to have chair covers, or how many appetizers-per-person for the cocktail hour, or who sits at what table, just remember: you will be married by the time any of this matters. When you’re munching on that delicious menu you’ve been angst-ing about for months or listening to your 8-piece orchestra strum away your favorite classical tunes, you will have a wedding ring and a husband by your side who has just promised to love and honor your forever. When you look into each other’s eyes, do you really care if all of the bridesmaids’ dresses match or how many tiers of cake you have? I didn’t think so.


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Clutch Player Friday, Jan 20 2012 

What’s a girl’s best friend? A diamond? A puppy? Christian Louboutin?


No, my friends, the answer is a classic, useful, stylish clutch bag.

Every well-heeled fashion plate will tell you the importance of high heels, the perfectly fitting LBD, a luxurious trench coat and other Tim Gunn-approved items. But something that no closet should be without is the perfect carry-all for a night on the town. Hobo bags are trendy, smart, structured brief bags are professional musts, a sturdy shoulder bag for traveling are high on the list of bags a woman should own. But let’s not forget the littlest one of them all: a snazzy, sexy clutch.


The right clutch can transform your outfit from B-list to Ba-na-nas. That being said, the improperly attired bag can totally drag down your entire look. You don’t want to bother with anything too small- sure, our phones are getting smarter, but that means they tend to take up a bit more bulk in your purse real estate than years past. And we all admit we wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without our trusty iPhone. You should be able to fit: your phone, keys (you can take them off the key ring, that’s not cheating), lip-gloss, debit/credit card, powder, ID and Band-Aids if you’re wearing heels for more than an hour. Anything that can’t fit those items are too small to matter- don’t even bother with them, unless you’re planning on using a clutch for a cocktail party in your own home. Some ladies like to take a teeny tiny weeny purse out to hold just their ID and a few dollar bills and make your guy carry all your heavy things- that’s just a bit dramatic and damsel-worthy, in my opinion. You want to be armed with everything at all times, and not rely on your escort’s suit pocket to freshen up your make-up or call a taxi.


Not convinced? Here is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with the perfect Jimmy Choo glittery clutch. Perfection? I think so.

I also love clutches that have unique ways of holding them- be it a wristlet, a delicate chain, or even a loop to put your hand through. Some come with light-up mirrors on the inside flap-great for re-applying lip-gloss or finding your way through a dark ladies’ room.


Here are some of my favorite lust-worthy clutches. You can get them for a steal, or splurge on a brand name.

I recommend picking one up in basic black in a matte, classic fabric- like this Lauren Merkin.

You also definitely need something with a bit of sparkle- again, black is a good option, but don’t shy away from silver or gold. A warning about sparkles: you want soft, smooth sparkles that you can run your arm across without catching any threads, not the hard crystal rhinestones that will snag on your nylons, your dress and your fingers. Those also tend to be looser and fall out more easily.


If you’re feeling adventurous, why not add some color to your palm? Something vibrant-sparkles or no-will add a pop of color to your sophisticated black ensemble. Clutches can be an economic way to easily add some variety to your outfits- the different clutch can take an entire outfit in another direction. You can coordinate with your shoes, earrings or accent pieces. Why not grab a few gorgeous hues?





You can spend mucho dinero on clutches by Christian Louboutin, Judith Lieber, Gucci or other luxury brands- but there are equally beautiful options at the department store or vintage shops. I love one-of-a-kind bags that no one else has.

One of my favorite bag brands is Be&D. I have a handbag and this sexy blue snakeskin clutch- it’s a bit on the small side, but believe it or not,  the iPhone fits!

What are some of your favorite clutches?



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Giuliana’s Golden Globe Style Thursday, Jan 19 2012 

Was anyone else blown away by the Golden Globes Red Carpet? I haven’t been that impressed in a long time. Angie, Charlize, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Michelle Williams, Diane Lane and Jessica Alba all made headlines and drew raves for their gorgeous gowns.

In the afterglow of couture and Best Dressed lists, I’m now able to focus on another equally stunning aspect of the 2012 Golden Globe Red Carpet: E! interviewer extraordinaire Giuliana Rancic.

Yes, my girl crush isn’t going anywhere! Giuliana has been back in full fabulous force at E! for several weeks, and when she took to the Red Carpet to host the pre-Red Carpet Fashion Police show, she looked every inch the statuesque journalist that the world adores. She sat down with Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos in a gorgeous, black lace Monique Collignon. She said she had asked her stylist to avoid any cleavage-baring gowns after her double mastectomy in December, and I think the high neck just elongates her already swan-like neck and her new, softer hairstyle really complements the look. Even though she looked amazingly glamorous in years past, with her hair pulled too tightly off her face and tape holding her dress up, I think this was her most classy look yet.

Of course, the Queen of the Red Carpet couldn’t just have one dress! After a quick change, she donned a nude Basil Soda, complete with non-functional zippers that would have truly helped the ever-adorable Sarah Hyland when her dress burst open! I caught Modern Family’s Sarah, among others, mouthing “You’re such an inspiration” to Giuliana before she descended the steps- but whether this was before or after the starlet’s wardrobe malfunction, we can’t be sure. I didn’t love this dress as much as the black, but Giuliana certainly kept on trend, with all the neural and gold tones on the Red Carpet.





The past year, all the publicity surrounding Giuliana’s infertility and breast cancer struggle has made her a beacon of hope to women everywhere, and A-listers did not forget her inspiring journey when they came to G’s microphone. Several leading ladies could be seen praising the reporter before leaving the stage post-interview. Like the pro she is, Giuliana sincerely thanked her couture-clad fans as emphatically as she has thanked everyone who speaks to her, and then went right back to her Red Carpet duties, seamlessly telling us who was wearing what.


I was so proud of Giuliana for her beautiful work on the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes- she certainly had her Fashion Police and reporting work cut out for her, with some of the world’s most beautiful women gliding along the Carpet in designer dresses. I can’t wait to see what Giuliana wears to the other upcoming Awards shows! I also look forward to the new season of Giuliana and Bill, coming out in April, which could show a bit of her difficult journey at the end of 2011. I’m sure she will look as beautiful and inspiring as she has every step along the way.

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Review of Clarisonic: Mia 2 Wednesday, Jan 18 2012 

Unfortunately, I think I am allergic to the Clarisonic.

I received the Mia 2,, the fanciest Clarisonic on the market, as a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law. She had seen me admiring it in a magazine- she promised she wasn’t suggesting I desperately needed facials or a new beauty regimen!


I began using the Mia as directed on January 2, 2012. It seemed like a great experience, and I used it in the morning, followed by Cetaphil moisturizer and at night, followed by Olay’s Touch of Moisture cream. My skin felt tingly and clean afterward, and I definitely noticed a change for the smoother.


But after a few days, I noticed a few tiny pinkish bumps all along the left side of my face, almost forming a circle on my cheekbone under my left eye (avoiding skin that I did not clean with the Clarisonic.) I thought it was nothing- maybe my pillowcase or something else that only affected the left side of my face. But as they did not go away for another two days, I stopped using the Clarisonic all together.


After three days off of Mia, the little bumps were faded and completely gone. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but my skin is way too sensitive and breaks out way too easily for me to attempt to use the Mia again. I’ve heard great things about it, so I wish it had worked for me! I am literally allergic to almost every other product I try (had a horrible reaction to a new Trish McEvoy eye color on New Year’s Day!) so I don’t blame the Clarisonic. Maybe I was too rough on that side of my face or I wasn’t properly storing the brush head.


I’ve gone back to my pre-Mia routine, which includes the French line of products by Collins, and Garnier’s own mini-Clarisonic brush head “The Brusher”- it doesn’t rotate but it scrubs with its own cleanser.



Has anyone else tried the Clarisonic Mia 2? What were your results? What are some of your favorite beauty products and gadgets?


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I Just Can’t Pick One Best-Dressed from the Golden Globes Red Carpet 2012 Monday, Jan 16 2012 

Awards Season 2012 officially kicked off Sunday, January 15 with one of the most spectacular Red Carpets I have seen in a long time. I’ve been thinking about who to name “Best Dressed” for almost 24 hours, and I just can’t pick one! I am going to declare a tie between Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron.

Ange-freaking-Lina. Like wow. In this stunning Atelier Versace, her body looked absolutely perfect. The red accents were what pushed this over the top into the Stratosphere of Amazing, though.

Charlize Theron somehow sounded even sexier with laryngitis. The sparkly headband and this couture blush Dior took her from A-list Dior spokesmodel to a little piece of Fashion Heaven on Earth.

I just can’t choose, and really, aren’t we glad we live in a world where we don’t have to choose? They are both out-of-this world gorgeous, and both brought her “A game” last night. They just owned the Red Carpet. But some other leading ladies looked fabulous as well, and they can all compete for Honorable Mention. Nude hues were a huge trend, and Red Carpet staples and newbies alike were dressed to impress.

Team Two: Surprisingly Stunning

I was blown away by Reese Witherspoon! She always looks adorable, but this scarlet Zac Posen was quite a sultry statement for the usually wholesome star. The sexy beachy waves complemented her amazing figure perfectly.

Another favorite lady in red was Emma Stone. She’s been a starlet to watch on the Red Carpet lately, and the Golden Globes gave her a great opportunity to show her fashion sense. She called her Lanvin gown “fuschia and purple”, and the plunging neckline looked fabulous on her.

Claire Danes always cleans up whenever she attends an awards show, winning raves on the Red Carpet and often a statuette or two as well. The Homeland winner definitely got it right with this black and white J Mendel stunner. She is the epitome of someone who knows what looks good on her- thin, column dresses that don’t need a bra, hair pulled off her face, and Hugh Dancy on her arm.

Team Three: The Trendy Neutral Tone

Jessica Alba rocked this beaded lilac Gucci. Score one for Brad Goreski, and score two for Jess for looking this hot just weeks after giving birth to her second baby.

Diane Lane looked phenomenal in this glittery gold Reem Acra. With her brunette hair and Josh Brolin nearby, she is looking better and better every Red Carpet I see her on lately.

Looks like she’s still The Body. Elle Macpherson was the envy of all women in this creamy Zac Posen show-stopper. Holy workout tomorrow.

Team Four: Jewel Tones Galore

Sofia Vergara’s custom Vera Wang hit all the right notes. The navy color, the mermaid cut, the peacock bottom and the sleek long hair all highlighted her numerous assets.

Tina Fey pleasantly surprised in this lovely fuschia Oscar de la Renta. See, Tina, you can look like a movie star and still be cool enough to photobomb Amy Poehler.

Paula Patton just looked like she brought her own sunshine. This vibrant yellow Monique Lhullier did wonders for her skin tone and body, and she seemed to be extremely giddy all night long.

We all know how much I love Michelle Williams. For the Globes, she chose a gorgeous navy hue. This long-sleeved Jason Woo is perfect for Michelle’s style. The headband was adorable as well- I can’t wait to see what she wears to the Oscars!

Team Five: Red Carpet Rock Stars

Debra Messing hasn’t hit a Red Carpet in a few years, but Rachel Zoe wasn’t left out of all the glamour. Grace Adler’s altar ego looks absolutely divine in her classic Monique Lhullier one-shoulder gown. The black color and the emerald earrings are perfect with her coloring.

Kate Winslet, always a favorite on the Red Carpet and the winner’s stage, looks stunningly gorgeous in this black and white Jenny Packham. She always chooses something classic that flatters her beautiful blonde hair and curvy shape.

But does anyone walk a Red Carpet like Nicole Kidman? She just deserves to be in a category all her own (in my opinion, she’s the only one who gave Angie or Charlize a run for her money!) This impeccably cut Versace fit her statuesque body perfectly, and the result is out-of-this-world exquisite.

Sorry I couldn’t cut it down AT ALL this time! I promise I’ll be more discerning with the Oscar Red Carpet. It was just impossible with all those stellar looks last night.

Ok, here’s a quick list of ladies I love but who I felt could have done better last night:

Zooey Deschanel wearing a custom green and black Prada creation. She is super quirky and off-beat, and this worked for her style, but when you’re attending the same awards show as Angelina and Charlize, you have to take yourself-and your manicure-more seriously.







Lea Michele. At least she (sort of) covered up her chest this time! But she still brought her desperate pout, and her silver, lacy Marchesa is not the direction she should be heading.

Julianne Moore. I love love love her, and I adored her emerald accessories (as a redhead, she knows what works!) but the flouncy ruffles on this black Chanel were just too much.
Julianna Marguiles. I usually adore her style, but even the turquoise accessories couldn’t save her from this eggplant Naeem Khan disaster.
What did you think of the Red Carpet? Who was your Best and Worst Dressed?
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My Favorite Real Housewife: Camille Grammer Saturday, Jan 14 2012 

I’ve been religiously watching all Real Housewives franchises (except the Bravo brain farts that were D.C. and Miami, ew!) and I have admired several favorites. I think Tamra Barney is the most naturally beautiful, and she is so entertaining and likeable; I think Dina Manzo is the most genuinely kind-hearted and admirable, and Kyle Richards is too cute for words. But lately, an unlikely character has been emerging as my new favorite Housewife.

The reality TV world was introduced to Camille Grammer- and got a front row seat to the train wreck ending of her marriage to Kelsey Grammer- during Season 1 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which first aired in the summer of 2010.

During season one, as she was (understandably) going through a difficult time in her life, Camille wasn’t necessarily a “fan favorite”- overshadowed by Giggy Vanderpump’s utter frivolity and the Richards sisters’ sibling squabbles. She caught flack for her four nannies. She was even positively UN-likeable during the infamous “Dinner Party” episode when she so viciously sicced that wacky “medium” upon her dinner guests, inciting one of the most dramatic Real Housewives episodes to date.


But as early as the Season 1 Reunion, and certainly in Season 2, we see a softer, mellower side of Camille. I can’t say how graceful or gentle I would have acted if I were going through a divorce scandal as publically humiliating as she was at the time. Post-Kelsey, Camille has become more fun- she’s able to laugh at herself, and people are able to relate to her.


Plus, she has the most amazing body. This shot from the January 2 episode, shot in Hawaii, was enough to make me put down the Haagen Dazs strawberry ice cream. We’ve seen her dance provocatively on the show before, and don some gorgeously slinky Ramona Keveza gowns, but this season, she lounges by the pool with fellow hottie Housewife (and public divorce veteran) Brandi Glanville. New girl crush alert? Maybe. Certainly not Giuliana Rancic status, but I can say, I’ve truly come to admire Camille for her honesty as well as her style this season. And I want to know her workout routine!


She had the guts to call Taylor Armstrong’s bluff during the tea party/intervention. With the hindsight of the tragic events that unfolded later for Taylor and Russell Armstrong, that can’t be easy to watch back on Bravo, along with millions of judging viewers. But she shows grace, humility, and genuine friendship along the way.  Also, I love how she snidely shuts down wannabe suck-up Dana’s brags about her $1 million lollipop holder and $25,000 sunglasses.


I wanted to give Camille a hug when she was checking in for her flight to Hawaii, and after saying her last name, responded with a giggle “Umm, one” when the check-in agent apparently asked how many Grammers were traveling. She emerges as a single mother struggling to deal with the aftermath of an incredibly painful, public divorce. I give her kudos for embracing her new single, independent role on national television. I’m a new fan!


What do you think of Camille? Who is your favorite Housewife?

Style Spotlight: Michelle Williams Friday, Jan 13 2012 

Someone’s come a long way since Dawson’s Creek. Sure, Katie Holmes may be wife to the most recognizable movie star and mother to the youngest style icon of the century, but does she have any Oscar noms? Didn’t think so.

Michelle Williams, the erstwhile Jen Lindley, has solidified her status as an A-list fashion plate and award-winning actress.

I absolutely adored her heartbreaking performance alongside her late baby daddy Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, but more notably, the mustard Vera Wang gown she wore to the 2006 Oscars on Ledger’s arm is one of my all-time favorite Red Carpet stunners. She owned the entire Red Carpet that night, and her fashion-and film-choices have followed that bold move ever since then. That breathtaking move will be remembered as one of the greatest fashion moments in Red Carpet history.

She drew raves for another raw, gritty turn in Blue Valentine alongside another heartthrob, and was rumored to have lived with co-star Ryan Gosling to get into character. Suddenly, the world woke up to the incredibly talented actress that had been lurking there underneath the teen Joey/Dawson/Pacey drama typecast.

Her pixie cut also caught attention when she walked the Red Carpet as a nominee at the 2011 Oscars. How adorable is she? Michelle has taken style acclaim in stride, as she privately tends to her and Ledger’s young daughter Matilda. She genuinely seems to not crave the spotlight for any crazy off-camera antics, and she has so far succeeded in being recognized for her work and style. Mom to 6-year old Matilda is also admired for keeping her daughter as sheltered and out of the Hollywood spotlight as much as possible- saying “it’s very much an adult world.” Next up: playing Glinda in the highly anticipated Oz, which she has called “the best thing to happen professionally to us” because Matilda can come along to set.

Of course, the current buzz is about her transformative role as Marilyn Monroe in the acclaimed My Week With Marilyn. Michelle is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical- and an Oscar nom might not be far behind. She channeled the bombshell for the film and magazine covers, and exuded every inch the mystery and drama of the late icon (she even does all her own singing!)

Be sure to keep an eye out for this emerging style star on the upcoming Red Carpet  Sunday night and all awards season! And with her talent, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see her on many a Red Carpet to come.

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