Style Spotlight: Jennifer Garner Thursday, May 10 2012 

New mom of three Jennifer Garner stepped out in public in Las Vegas on April 25th for the first time since giving birth to son Samuel Garner Affleck on February 27th. She looks absolutely amazing, and prompted me to delve into some of Jen’s most memorable-and adorable-style moments.

 

Jen first caught our eye as the awesome, ass-kicking Sydney on Alias. With her insanely creative disguises, wigs, leather ensembles, sexy lingerie- not to mention her incredibly chiseled physique- she soon emerged as a starlet to watch!

At the Met’s Costume Gala in 2007, Jennifer drew rave reviews for her bold red Valentino.

One of my favorite Jennifer Garner fashion stunners is the drop-dead gorgeous black Oscar de la Renta at the 68th Oscars in 2008. Her beautiful face is made all the more spectacular by the exquisite Van Cleef and Aprels diamond choker necklace. Pure Hollywood royalty!

Jennifer has exuded glamour on the Red Carpet, both solo and accompanied by her husband Ben Affleck. They co-starred in Daredevil and also in Pearl Harbor. They made absolutely one of the top three cutest couples in Hollywood. Cute enough, in fact, to hep us forget that Ben was once part of another-far less cute and admirable- Bennifer, and that Jen was once married to Scott Foley for a short time. These two look they they belong together, and have certainly embraced the happy domestic life.

 

With all her A-list star power, and dazzling Red Carpet moments, Jennifer shines most in her role as “mommy” to Violet, Seraphina and now baby Samuel.

 

Seriously, the kids are freakishly cute. And I hate kids. Upon announcement of their latest addition, Victor Garber (yup, her Alias co-star) said that Jennifer has never been more beautiful. She always looks happy, and fresh-faced even in casual clothes running errands with her children.

Congratulations, Jennifer Garner on the birth of another adorable (we’re sure!) child, on your recent 40th birthday on April 17, and on being one of the most beautiful wives and mothers in Hollywood! We continue to look to Jen and Ben as an enduring example of love and commitment in the crazy Hollywood chaos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

second photo (as Sydney) courtesy of mylot.com

third photo courtesy of fabsugar.com

fourth photo courtesy of fabsugar.com

fifth photo (with Ben Affleck) courtesy of babble.com

sixth photo (with Ben Affleck in Daredevil) courtesy of babble.com

seventh photo (with Ben Affleck) courtesy of centerblog.com

eighth photo (with daughter Violet) courtesy of nimbooz.com

ninth photo courtesy of zimbio.com

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My Very Own Pink Monday, May 7 2012 

As much I am loving my new strong nails and embracing bolder, brighter colors for the Spring/Summer season, sometimes, a girl just needs a good “pale pink” moment at her fingertips!

 

 

A soft, pale pink keeps your hands looking clean, elongated and feminine. I’ve gushed before about how much I love Essie’s Mademoiselle, but upon recent application I found it just a touch too pale for me. To brighten up my look, I applied a few coats of good ol’ Essie and then layered another coat of OPI’s In The Spotlight Pink. 

 

I’ve created my own little marriage of OPI and Essie wonder! All hail the pale pink manicure!

 

It was nice to sift through my Essie arsenal and come up pink with a nice OPI standard. I was extremely excited to create my own custom color. What are your favorite nail polishes to blend to create your very own perfect color?

 

Media Credits:

all images taken with my iPhone

Style Spotlight: Emily Blunt Tuesday, May 1 2012 

The sassy starlet first caught our hearts-and had us quoting “I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight”- as Emily from The Devil Wears Prada.

 

But the once put-upon, snarky fashion assistant to Ms. Streep has genuinely arrived in Hollywood and is now a star in her own right. She got her starring turn as another famous Brit- playing the title role in 2009’s The Young Victoria. With her European charm, unabashed excitement and girl-next-door beauty, Emily has taken both sides of the pond by storm.

 

Next up was an obvious Matt Damon screen teaming. (Side note: I mean, who gets ahead in Hollywood without at one point working with Matt Damon?) Anyway, Emily turned heads as the adorably doomed girlfriend that Matt is determined-if not destined- to meet.

She even had a starring turn in real life in a role most girls dream about- Michael Buble’s girlfriend. The two were a sickenly sweet example of young love for three years, but like most of Buble’s songs, it was too good to last.

 

Of course Emily picked up her fashionable self and moved on to another equally yummy star, the much sought-after John Krasinski. Last July, they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony. The couple regularly sizzles on Red Carpets.

The 2010 Golden Globes showed off Emily’s philanthropic side, too. She auctioned off her amazing blush Dolce & Gabbana gown to raise money for Haiti relief.

 

 

 

 

At the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Emily caught fashion attention for her sparkly silver Pamela Roland. She’s certainly comfortable wearing haute couture and showing some skin. I loved how she went minimal with her accessories.

 

 

Of course, my favorite Emily Blunt fashion style might be her stunning emerald moment at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She drew inspiration right from the runway, and just screamed “elegance” in this Oscar de la Renta. Who doesn’t love a bold green?

On and off the Red Carpet, Emily has been pretty loyal in emulating the role that made her famous, and stuck to high-end couture designers for her fashion moments. After all, once you wear Chanel boots on a set for a long period of time, I can’t imagine it’s easy to let all that glamour go.

Next up: she will star alongside Jason Segal in the much anticipated The Five Year Engagement. Not only do the ads for this film look hilarious and adorable, but Emily certainly garnered some interest when she showed up at the film’s New York City premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in a spectacular Jason Wu. Is it just me, or does it look better on Emily than on the model?

 

Pair that fashion sense with Emily’s super-sophisticated accent and Grade A man candy, and you have one of best British imports since tea and crumpets.

 

Media Credits:

first photo (as Emily) courtesy of telegraph.co.uk

second photo (as Victoria) courtesy of nostalgicallyyours.com

third photo (as Elise) courtesy of ballerinaflats.com

fourth photo (with Michael Buble) courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

fifth photo (with Jon Krasinski) courtesy of eonline.com

sixth photo courtesy of fabsugar.com

seventh photo (with Jon Krasinski) courtesy of popsugar.com

eighth photo courtesy of redcarpetfashionistaawards.com

Clean and Crisp Wednesday, Apr 25 2012 

With the boom of Pinterest, anyone who isn’t planning their wedding-real or imaginary- is definitely decorating their one day “dream house.” The magic of home décor is that, unlike wedding planning, you can always keep garnering new ideas. Decorating carries no expiration date. No matter where you live now, there is always room for improvement, and no matter your budget, it’s always fun to look at dream ideas for the perfect “someday” home.

 

My hubby and I have a list of must haves for our future dream home. We bandy these ideas about, and over time, some fall off to the wayside, but some stick to each and every list we craft. We definitely need at least one large walk-in closet, a kitchen with double ovens, some sort of  fireplace, a ceiling fan in the bedroom, and plenty of large windows. I also have a wish list for my future home. Things that would be great additions and I’d love to implement/renovate over time. My master bathroom is very important to me. A bathroom is supposed to feel like a spa, and always smell accordingly. A haven of cleanliness and relaxation, the master bathroom is where I spend a huge portion of my time-showering, makeup application, hair styling, etc.

 

A major element of a beautiful bathroom is that it is white.

Soft and white. Clean and bright. Yes, I probably would work edelweiss into my fresh-flower rotation in my bathroom as well. 

 

 

Ivory, with its warmer tones, is my neutral of choice in all other regards (wedding color, living room palette, etc.) but for the bathroom and bedroom, only crisp white will do.

 

 

 

I also love a nice, plush towel. Call it an obsession, but I love nice thread count on towels and bedding. These are my absolute favorite white towels from Pottery Barn and the Hotel Collection from Macy’s… a HUGE perk of our wedding registry!

A fresh, clean white palette will make any space feel larger and more luxurious. By keeping the major color a lovely neutral, you can work in colorful accents over the years.

Right now, my accent is a dark, rich purple. I have a few plum hand towels, and a deliciously soft dark purple little rug in the bathroom entryway. Our current bath mat next to the shower is a softer lavender color, to ease the transition to the stark white shower curtain and other bathroom accessories.

 

 

What are your favorite bathroom décor ideas? Color schemes?

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of houseofturquoise.com

second photo courtesy of pinterestguccibags.com

third photo courtesy of yourdictionary.com

fourth photo courtesy of designstaging.com

fifth photo courtesy of remodelista.com

sixth photo courtesy of potterybarn.com

seventh photo courtesy of webnuggetz.com

eighth photo courtesy of southernliving.com

ninth photo courtesy of room-by-room.com

 

Fitness Focus: Brandi Glanville Tuesday, Apr 24 2012 

She’s not only the snarky, refreshing newcomer on the most recent season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or the famously-spurned ex-wife of dog Eddie Cibrian. She’s also a mother of two boys with an incredible body. And for the record, how much does that suck that whenever someone (for the most part) writes about her or thinks about her, the Eddie Cibrian/Leann Rimes stuff comes up? That must be hard for her.

Anyway, I really enjoyed her on RHOBH, and thought she was hilariously honest, funny and likeable. Just the breath of fresh air that the glitzy zip code needed.  So I’ll stop talking about her dramatic divorce now, and move on to gushing about her gorgeous body.

 

At 5’9, Brandi was obviously a former model- not surprising anyone, right? She’s another hard-working celebrity mom who credits her body to the leaning, lengthening Pilates, starting during her first pregnancy nine years ago. She says she now hits the Pilates studio three times a week, after dropping her boys off at school.

She’s also a fan of the outdoors, staying active with hiking, biking and walking her dogs. Of course she doesn’t eat like a glutton either, focusing on a healthy diet, complete with perfect portion control. She sounds so normal about her exercise regimen, making it sounds attainable and a normal, healthy part of her life. She obviously values her appearance but isn’t obsessed with herself, and that in itself is something else to emulate.

She may be trying that whole “normal Hollywood mom” thing, but her body is anything but ordinary.

 

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of examiner.cm

second photo courtesy of examiner.com

third photo courtesy of celebrityfocus.com

Date Night Out Thursday, Apr 19 2012 

Every magazine and relationship expert will tell you how important “date night” is to a lasting marriage. Getting busy and bogged down with work, kids and other obligations can let romance fall by the wayside, and imposing a “date night” strategy will help keep your connection to each other alive.

One major problem I have with this is the incredible discrepancy between this “date night” philosophy, which is all about closeness and intimacy, and the comfortable options available to today’s couples. Let’s face it: a number of options are not quite “cuddle”-friendly.

Old movies like Grease embody the adorable drive-in date nights of decades past. But today, the dependable “dinner-and-a-movie” evening plays out in a series of uncomfortable seats. Most movie theaters today have horrible seating, with-get this- armrests that do not lift. How does that mitigate cuddling for couples, or even the ever-popular stretch-then-arm-around-the-shoulder? Come on, even airplanes, in all their infamous glory, let you lift your armrest!

Sure, some novel theaters (like the 21+ Luxe Level at the Patriot Place Cinema at my home theater in Foxboro, MA) do feature a plusher movie-watching environment, complete with first-class cushiony seats and a selection of beer, wine and snacks. But unless you want to fork over serious cash (for a new release, you could pay upwards of $25 per adult evening ticket) you’re stuck in the too-tight, too-cramped stadium seats that force you to stand up any time someone in your row wants more popcorn, sticky armrests locked in place.

Sure, some theaters do feature the fancier seats that allow the armrest to lift between seats, but not nearly enough. We all know how important cuddling is!

With all the FABULOUS new movies coming out this summer, why not bring back the Drive-In? You can cuddle up in your trusty old car, where you spend most of your commute anyway, put your feet up on your own dashboard, and sprawl out as you please. I would much rather go see The Dark Knight Rises in my hubby’s comfy Volkswagen Eos than be stuck in a dark room of strangers squished together, subjected to those annoying beams of light from not-so-subtle iPhone glances all evening long.

Drive-ins have proven to be a more enjoyable, intimate date experience- just look at all the happy couples who got to enjoy them back in the day. Younger couples today face more stresses, demands, less free time and of course, the ever-looming and rising statistic of divorce. Why not re-charge our date night attitude and invest in a future of happy date nights for years to come?

Bring back the cuddling in date nights! Who’s with me? Would you prefer the drive-in or comfier movie theater seats?

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of assoconcierge.com

second photo courtesy of cinemaretro.com

third photo courtesy of eralving.com

fourth photo courtesy of cepro.com

fifth photo courtesy of theater.com

I’m Posing Wednesday, Apr 18 2012 

A wonderful blogger friend, Christa of www.freshqueezedfashion.com recently introduced me to the newest App to hit iPhone’s catwalk! “Pose” is a fabulous fashion-forward photo sharing App, where celebrities like Rachel Zoe and Catt Sadler post photos of their OOTD. Oh, and us mere mortals can also share our daily fashion statements too!

I love the “tagging”- you can tell everyone what brands you’re wearing. A little bit Instagram, a little bit Polyvore, and very Red Carpet.

My biggest problem with their “tagging” feature is that not all brands are represented. Of course it would be impossible to include everything, and they do let you type in your own “tag” if you’re wearing a brand they haven’t already prompted. Pose seems to favor big-name brands like Michael Kors, Chanel and other high-shelf labels, which is quite fun to look through.

But the thing is, some items- especially my jewelry- are not a “brand.” They’re from a fabulous little boutique underneath the Louvre in Paris, or they were a gift from a wonderful local jewelry shop. But how do I “tag” those? That’s where I fill in the description underneath each photo.

Are you Pose-ing? What do you think? Follow my poses! I’m jmmccormick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of luckymag.com

second photo courtesy of overlapps.com

third photo courtesy of crunchbase.com

All Hail, Ser Jorah Mormont Tuesday, Apr 17 2012 

Today’s Game of Thrones obsession: Ser Jorah Mormont.

 

The fallen-from grace knight exiled from Westeros, dashing escort to Danaerys Targarean. Estranged son of Lord Commander Mormont of the Night’s Watch. I can’t really say more about him without tearing up or gushing, so we shall stop there.

 

His rugged good looks, charming persona and obvious-yet-honorable infatuation with his Khaleesi are enough to make us adore him, but it’s his real spirit and enigmatic Westeros back story that gives an entirely new angle to the Dothraki story lines.

 

After the death of Viserys, Ser Jorah is Danaerys’ only tie to her homeland, and her only “Common Tongue” companion for much of her journey. It is Jorah who tells her “There is no word for thank you in Dothraki,” and we can then see the fear in Dany’s eyes as Khal Drogo lifts her up onto her white horse to begin their wedding night.

He admirably watches her grow and embrace the Dothraki ways, and heartbreakingly watches her with Khal Drogo during the first book. Their journey together takes many turns, and of course it’s Game of Thrones, and thereby unpredictable. His acting in the last scenes of the amazing season one finale was the perfect mix of anguish and enthralled wonder.

 

The brilliant Scottish-born actor Iain Glen brings warmth and generosity to Ser Jorah, and delivers his memorable lines with the perfect mixology of charisma and pallor.

He also appeared in the wildly popular Downton Abbey and played Otto Frank in the 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank. I was delighted to stumble across an old (as in 2007) movie starring Colin Firth, Ben Kinglsey, Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt!) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, the adorable little boy from Love Actually, in a totally washed out epic of the Roman Empire. I watched for a few minutes, enjoying the Uncle Jamie action and mini-Love Actually reunion between my two favorite characters, when what do I hear but the gruff, refined voice of Ser Jorah Mormont! Looking exactly the same as on the plains of Vaes Dothrak in his glittering armor, there was Glen, appearing in this film as Orestes. I must admit, the fabulous ensemble cast was not enough to keep my interest, and since Glen’s character soon left the screen, I soon switched the channel.

 

Anyway, Glen’s energy as Ser Jorah Mormont is one of my favorite elements of Game of Thrones. His line “I believe what my eyes and ears report. As for the rest, it was 300 years ago. Who knows what really happened?” speaks to Danaerys’ inner conflict but is also a major theme of the entire series.

 

Besides Ghost, he may be my favorite supporting character.

 

 

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of imdb.com

second photo courtesy of page2rss.com

third photo courtesy of tumblr.com

fourth photo courtesy of iainglen.com

fifth photo courtesy of tumblr.com

Springtime Shoe Thursday, Apr 12 2012 

Who doesn’t love adding a pop of color to their wardrobe?

With bright colors trending nationwide for the Spring, bold hues are everywhere. Even Kate Middleton was rocking some fabulous coral jeans!

 

While I don’t quite feel thin enough to wear such a statement color denim, I am all for bringing the brights! So I turned to one of the Duchess’ favorite shops, Zara, to bring some much-needed turquoise to my shoe collection.

 

 

 

These deliciously soft suede pumps are just what I need to add some excitement to my work outfit. I also happen to love the price and free shipping from the UK store! Highly recommend!

What’s your favorite way to add bright colors to your spring wardrobe?

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of gvb.com

second photo courtesy of dashofglam.com

third photo courtesy (my shoes!) courtesy of my iPhone

I’m Tumbling Wednesday, Apr 11 2012 

A few of my fabulous writer friends from school have been on Tumblr for a while, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying their posts about their glamorous lives in NYC.

 So I decided to make my own little Tumblr page– as a sister site to this portfolio. I’ll use it for more images, and little Parisian-themed posts along the way. Nothing lengthy like on here.

As for those fabulous friends I mentioned, feel free to check them out as well. The lovely Lana Russo has just started her Tumblr page. My dear friend Catherine (one of my Paris amis!) has been tumbling for a while.

Thoughts on Tumblr?

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