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Out of the Box: Look of the Week – Part 2

30 Dec

Rounding off the Best of 2016 series with Part 2 of our favorite “Out of the Box” moments. Last week we dedicated the first part to the magazine covers that stood out and now it is time for style highs from red carpets, events, awards and panels.

The only rule was they had to appear as part of “Out of the Box” and we’ve got a good mix of casual, fancy and everything in-between.Evan Rachel WoodBest LadySuitWatch2016

So many fantastic Evan Rachel Wood ladysuit moments in 2016 and it was super hard to pick a winner. This red one is incredible, but the collar, lipstick and metallic pumps from back in June take the prize.Yara Shahidi

Tracee Ellis RossBest Sequins: TV Mother/Daughter Edition

Yara Shahidi is not only 2016’s best dressed teen, but an overall style icon for the year. This super sparkly sequin Tracy Reese dress that she wore to the BET Awards gives me so much joy as does Tracee Ellis Ross at PaleyFest in March.julianne-mooreBest Sequins – Awards Edition

Continuing the sequin love and we’ve got the whole year covered as this was pretty recent; Julianne Moore in Tom Ford to celebrate Tom Ford at one of the many film award season events. Alicia VikanderBest Post-Oscar Party

It is not just the Oscar that makes Alicia Vikander’s post-Oscar Louis Vuitton much better than the yellow Beauty and the Beast style gown she wore to the actual ceremony. Everything about this is incredible and just because it is black it is far from boring; so many fantastic sequins in 2016.Brie LarsonBest Pattern – Eyes

First up Jacob Tremblay is 2016’s best dressed kid and he also outdid a lot of his older male counterparts. At the pre-Oscar photocall his tie matches his onscreen mom Brie Larson’s super fun Emilia Wickstead skirt and blouse. An instant standout style moment that brings much needed whimsy. Mary Elizabeth WinsteadBest Pattern – Lips 

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was not only one of the best dressed characters on TV this year, but she also brought it on the red carpet. This Victoria Beckham red lip patterned dress is very high on my covet list.Kirsten DunstBest Cannes 

Serving on the jury at Cannes this year meant so many amazing Kirsten Dunst ensembles from the fancy to casual chic; it is this yellow Dior daytime perfection with an A+ red lipstick that was my favorite. Lupita Nyong'oBest Pattern Clashing 

Pleats tend to make me want to twirl and Lupita Nyongo’s colorful Prada frock at the Obie Awards is giving me those feelings. It could look like a lot against the equally bold floral backdrop and yet Nyong’o is totally pulling this off.Aubrey PlazaTatiana Maslany ColbertBest Talk Show Entrance 

Aubrey Plaza is a forever style icon and has featured in these end of year lists in the past. First she started my pleated leather skirt obsession and in June 2016 she arrived at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in pretty much my dream casual outfit. Tatiana Maslany on the other hand is doing the sneakers with heels in her hand thing while also arriving at The Late Show and she is another casual dress queen. caitriona-balfeBest Black and White 

Everything about Caitriona Balfe’s Burberry gown is a dream at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards showing that she looks fantastic in any era. I’m excited to see what she will wear to the Golden Globes in a couple of weeks.mads-mikkelsenBest Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen looks really great in a suit and this is the first Best of year without any Hannibal. Thankfully at the Doctor Strange premiere Mads is wearing a suit that wouldn’t look out of place on the famous cannibal he plays. matthew-rhys-and-keri-russell-operaBest Cape 

Serving up so much drama at the Met Opera in September and Keri Russell has worn Stephane Rolland for three very dressy events this year – the other two being at the White House and Emmys – and this black caped number is my overall favorite. A very fancy date night with Matthew Rhys. constance-zimmer-and-shiri-applebyBest Friends 

Thankfully things are a lot better IRL between Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby than their UnREAL counterparts and while season 2 was super messy/missed the mark in places, the subsequent promo tour and red carpet appearances always delivered.

This is from the Elle Women in Hollywood celebration at the end of October; they are giving off metallic dress and flaming hot jumpsuit excellence.Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Olsen, Michael B. JordanBest Sunglasses

As the Fug Girls like to say “Everybody looks hotter in sunglasses” and the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic helps prove this theory. Summer wardrobe delights from Elizabeth Olsen, Michael B. Jordan, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.TCA You're the WorstBest TCA 

Panel outfits are an “Out of the Box” fave as they tend to deliver on the casual cool. With Aya Cash she also delivers on great lipstick and she also let me know what brand and color (Inglot 13). I picked it up while on honeymoon and it is fantastic. Thanks, Aya!2 Dope QueensBest Crown

To my favorite podcast of the year and two women that made 2016 a whole lot better (including the time they were there for me when I traveled home on the train after my dad died in July). This fabulous shot of Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson from The New York Times puts the crown in 2 Dope Queens.Sarah Paulson and Sterling K BrownBest Look of the Week

I said this at the time and I’ll say it again, but the way Sarah Paulson is looking at Sterling K. Brown is how I would look at Sterling K. Brown. Marcia and Chris 4EVA.

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Best of the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

12 Dec

On the awards show rankings the Critics’ Choice Awards are mid-table at best, but they definitely deliver on the red carpet front and they happen to come nice and early in the cycle. Plus the combination of TV and film means this is a rather long round-up featuring ladysuits, so many florals, dudes in colorful/playful suits and some daring patterns.

For a full list of winners head here and check out this special appreciation post. Oh and the Golden Globe nominations will be announced later today!evan-rachel-woodEvan Rachel Wood has given us A+ cowgirl chic this year and she’s also high up on the #LadySuitWatch2016 rankings as she has delivered all year. Rounding 2016 out with this classic black belted Altuzarra stunner and I am full heart eyes for this.janelle-monaeJanelle Monáe goes big in a fantastic Nicci Hou gown that is giving me Alice in Wonderland adjacent vibes. Great lipstick choice too.portia-doubledayLove, love, love Portia Doubleday serving up glitzy futuristic seventies vibes in this long sleeve Jenny Packham number. allison-williamsQuickly followed by a gown that totally complements it and I would love to see Doubleday standing next to Allison Williams decked out in Balmain Resort; perhaps in a Studio 54 inspired shoot.  hailee-steinfeldHitting the floral portion of the red carpet and this is also a good time to say how much I love Edge of Seventeen and Hailee Steinfeld’s performance. This is a really fabulous Jason Wu gown and Steinfeld gets double bonus points because pockets and red lipstick.gillian-jacobsA playful twist on the botanic theme and there is so much about this Delpozo frock that shouldn’t work including the jagged hemline, but it looks fantastic on Gillian Jacobs.constance-wuConstance Wu demonstrates another fun structured take on flowers in Johanna Ortiz Resort and the splash of red on both the gown and with her lipstick really makes this pop.chrissy-metzThis is Us star Chrissy Metz also delivers strong on this very on trend pattern with a spin that feels winter appropriate. cynthia-nixonA striking mix of pink and red for Cynthia Nixon that stands out from all the blue on this red (okay it is actually blue) carpet.viola-davisViola Davis looks super sophisticated in a sparkly Michael Kors column dress and she never disappoints. Glad she has such a strong awards presence this year for both TV and movies.sarah-paulson-and-amanda-peetNow this is a power couple I want to see on screen with two very fun takes on the whole white dress thing that goes beyond bridal with Sarah Paulson in embellished Vera Wang and Amanda Peet in black and white. Both ladies also go bold with their lip color, much to my delight. er-reunionMaura Tierney gives casual cool ladysuit vibes in Styland and this pairing is giving me so many E.R. related feelings. For more Linda Cardellini reunion feels from the Critics’ Choice Awards head here.judith-lightBow down to Judith Light, always. shiri-appleby-and-constance-zimmerEverything looks so much happier IRL for this pair; Shiri Appleby in a sparkly Monique Lhuillier and Constance Zimmer’s sleek John Paul Ataker dress perfectly complement each other.stranger-thingsThe Stranger Things kids double down on their style domination and replace Jacob Tremblay as the kid to watch on this red carpet this year. rami-malekAnd Rami Malek continues his forever streak (hat tip to Ilaria Urbinati) of wearing interesting ensembles on the red carpet; this time in velvet green Burberry and Louboutin shoes.james-marsdenJames Marsden goes big in Salvatore Ferragamo and over the years he has shown how fond he is of grey plaid; we are very much here for this choice and the level of appreciation he is getting this year.sarah-paulson-and-sterling-k-brownLeaving on this because feelings and Sterling K. Brown is another dude who delivers on the non-black suit thing.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

28 Oct

A suit heavy week at “Out of the Box” much to my delight with a variety of styles on display including some with the word “jump” in them. There’s the Elle “Women in Hollywood” celebration, award season slowly coming into focus, talk show outfits and more magazine covers to enjoy in this selection of sartorial treats. constance-zimmer-and-shiri-applebyThe Elle “Women in Hollywood” shindig took place this week and this UnREAL duo kept up their recent fabulous outfit hot streak with a smoking hot La Mania jumpsuit and a L.K. Bennett metallic dreamy number. Both ladies are also crushing it on the lipstick front too.yara-shahidiKeeping on the jumpsuit track and Yara Shahidi joins the Magical Fashion Unicorn team as this Stella McCartney watercolor landscape vista should not work and yet it looks incredible on Shahidi.mads-mikkelsenI miss Hannibal.ruth-neggaOne item I really need in my wardrobe is a classic black jacket and Ruth Negga’s put a large lapel twist on this classic ladysuit at the Academy screening of Loving (a film which is high on my most anticipated list).

Negga also wore this ensemble for her same day appearance on The Tonight Show and it makes for an excellent talk show outfit. I have a feeling “Out of the Box” is going to be seeing a lot more of Ruth Negga.evan-rachel-woodGoing bold in a red Dolce & Gabbana ladysuit paired with super stacked Louboutins is Evan Rachel Wood while chatting Westworld on The Tonight Show; boy are we in love with this super sexy twist on the menswear theme which is dominating this week’s column.twdThe Talking Dead live event took place outside and with that the rain came to Los Angeles, but without that there wouldn’t be this great shot of Danai Gurira with umbrella in hand dreamily looking on at a bespectacled Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I’m not into Gurira’s entire look, but that blazer is killer. Particular in the super casual cool slung over her shoulders manner.tatiana-maslany-fashion-magazineAfter seeing Tatiana Maslany sporting a number of different styles and looks in Orphan Black this relatively fuss free cover shot from Fashion magazine is an effective way to show off Maslany’s versatility. In the interview, Maslany discusses a number of projects including Two Lovers and a Bear and Stronger along with her Emmy award winning performance on Orphan Black. Yesterday I mentioned that Helena is my probably my favorite clone and here is what she had to say about inhabiting this role:

“When I first saw myself dressed as Helena in the mirror—I had these red eyes and I was wearing a huge Twisted Sister wig—I knew immediately who she was. There’s something so ‘othered’ about her—so not part of conventional society. I needed to tap into what it’s like to feel that.”

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

19 Oct

Jane the Virgin returned this week much to my teary eyed joy and this cast continues to deliver on the social media behind the scenes front. Plus we have a week of super stylish moments including Insta postcards from Cannes, costume secrets and more.

 

Kicking off again with Gil and George because I really want to see Oh, Hello again and because the guest stars keep on coming. Care Delevingne (just know I’m doing the Reese voice) is essentially wearing lounge wear including boob slippers, which actually feels entirely appropriate for this show.

Family. #janethevirgin #season3

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The cast that watches their season premiere together, stays together.

 

From the Jane the Virgin season 3 premiere and what the cast looks like all aged up. Just let it be known that this was the part of the episode where I went from welling up, to single tear and quickly followed by double eye sobbing. This show.

Grace Kelly and Cary Grant back on the lot. #JaneTheVirgin #YouThoughtYouKnewYouHaveNoIdea

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While I am strongly Team Michael this is very flame emoji and I cannot wait for whatever fantasy sequence will deliver this costuming delight.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!!! So proud of her!!! #SNL

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Adorable husband alert.

Stupid shots 🎱

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It is going to be a while until Game of Thrones comes back so this will have to do for now.

 

Abigail Spencer has a whole lot of Timeless behind the scenes photos on her Insta including this incredible look at the costume detail from the Lincoln episode.

Malcolm & I. Promo shoot. #Timeless #bts

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Also this is delightful and giving every lipstick yes.

 

Carol’s got all the best clothes on The Last Man on Earth.

@vulture has a sneak peek at our new theme song in advance of the #crazyexgirlfriend premiere this Friday!

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There’s a new Crazy Ex-Girlfriend theme and while I’m definitely going to miss singing along to “she’s so broken inside” I really love the aesthetic and vibe of this new one.

Aww. Many hrs of prosthetics and silly outfit stuff. @janiebryant

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More Mad Men costume flashbacks from January Jones and the time Jones was pregnant meaning Betty had to put on weight.

you know what they say about girls who wear glasses WE DOPE AF.

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Regular readers will know that I have major Stephanie Beatriz glasses envy and this collection really is everything. Saving this picture for when I get a new prescription.

Ruth x Rochas #Loving

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Now entering the amazing outfits portion of the week and first up Ruth Negga in a very cute Rochas skirt and short sleeved sweater. Lipstick points too.

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Yara Shahidi continues to deliver with her style choices and her makeup here also looks incredible.

#Cannes you believe how much my outfit matches the colors here 🇫🇷#Cannes #MIPCOM #unrealtv

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Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby have been in Cannes for a television industry event and it was hard to narrow down my picture choice to just two as they have been crushing it.

merci #mipcom see you next year #unrealtv @shiriappleby we out!

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I am so happy it is fall for knitwear reasons and this is very chic example. When in France.

Fancy's had a lot of different looks since we started dating

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Sarah Silverman making photo collages of Michael Sheen is relationship goals.

Best of the 2016 Emmys Red Carpet: Bold Color and Couples

19 Sep

Game of Thrones and American Crime Story dominated the actual Emmy awards and there were also plenty of surprise winners. Of course a few grumbles were had and while I was rooting hard for The Americans I can’t be sad when Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek won in the main acting categories.

This was also a really strong red carpet year and the first of today’s bumper posts showcases the array of bold color frocks and adorable couples.sarah-paulsonSarah Paulson in my actual favorite look of the night in an incredible plunging Prada gown that made me full gasp when I first saw her and while girlfriend Holland Taylor was absent (she is currently rehearsing The Front Page on Broadway), she made sure to give plenty of shout-outs on both the red carpet and when she won.tatiana-maslany-and-tom-cullen

Tatiana Maslany has been crushing it all weekend and this was no exception; Alexander Wang is favoring red (see also Priyanka Chopra) and this is one trend that worked on a numerous occasions last night. Tom Cullen is also serving up great beard and tux.portia-doubledayGoing Old Hollywood glam is Portia Doubleday in Armani Prive and a season in stunning neutrals on Mr. Robot means this is a very welcome colorful sight.kate-mckinnonKate McKinnon’s reaction to winning was an early contender for best surprise face and this is another fabulous lady in red moment. Perfect lip color too.priyanka-chopraFor best twirling; Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu.tphYellow also dominated and Taraji P. Henson crushed it in Vera Wang with the best clutch accessory: a custom made Edie Parker.courteny-b-vance-and-angela-bassettForever favorite couple Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett are forever looking incredible on the red carpet/in life. ellie-kemperA different take on the yellow trend and Ellie Kemper’s Jenny Packham frock has pattern and sparkles; two things that will always draw my eye.amanda-peetAmanda Peet gifs from Togetherness were super helpful in getting across how I felt about some of the awards last night and I’m so glad I get to show off her Altuzarra dress too. Another sequin and yellow treat.shiri-applebyDiane von Furstenberg is best known for the iconic wrap dress, but she also makes killer red carpet attire including this super bold Shiri Appleby number.constance-zimmerA newly blunted bob gives Constance Zimmer’s look a fun edge against this very pretty Monique Lhuillier gown.viola-davisMatching the bow tie to Viola Davis’ Marchesa is a nice touch and a fabulous look from the couple.tina-feyThis color is stunning on Tina Fey as does the shape of this Oscar de la Renta; a red carpet best?jane-krakowskiAfter dominating at the BAFTA LA Tea Party, there was sadly a lack of great pattern at the Emmys this year. However Jane Krakowski delivered and I am also very much feeling her colorful shoes.keri-russell-and-matthew-rhysI don’t love Keri Russell’s Stephane Rolland dress, but I do love this shot with Matthew Rhys and her Giuseppe Zanotti heels are also amazing.

For more Emmys red carpet head here.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

3 Aug

Shows back from summer hiatus while others come closer to their end. Plus cast reunions, dancing, fancy dinners at the White House and more from this week’s TV Instagram highlights.

I love these babies! #youretheworst

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You’re the Worst returns this month – August 31 – and I cannot wait; just look at these faces. All the heart emojis. Catch up on Hulu now and in the meantime I will be listening to this season 2 credits music playlist to get in the mood.

Taking a break on the set of season three. #youretheworst

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But wait! There is more You’re the Worst cast antics on Instagram and I spy sunglasses to covet on Aya Cash’s head.

Kicking off Season 5 with my mini @elementaryofficial @kickeepants

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Keeping with the sunglasses trend and adding a big dose of “holy crap this is adorable” from Lucy Liu with her son Rockwell on the set of Elementary.

 

Fun getting ready pictures of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’ trip to the White House last night from hair stylist Brian Magallones. Cue every Russian spy joke ever and it would appear that the Obamas are fans of The Americans as they scored a prime spot at the state dinner table. Excellent dress choice by Keri Russell and a nice prelude to the Emmys next month.

I did a thing….. 💆🏼

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Sometimes a hiatus beard happens (see Matthew Rhys) and other times in between seasons a different dye job is the thing (or this could be work related). Regardless, from this obscured shot the blonde looks great on Sophie Turner.

Keeping promises. Indy my #DornishQueen

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While we’re on the subject of Game of Thrones here is a fun reunion.

 

This is actually from the Fast and Furious set, but Tormund would look great with a wolfie of his own as this photo shows.

 

It can be dangerous as well as super stylish on the set of BrainDead.

 

OITNB cast closeness continues even when one of them is away.

How we christen our new sets #behindthebrains #iZombie #behindthetoes

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I am so glad I am all caught up on iZombie for a number of reasons. One is that I get to enjoy these delightful “behind the brains” shenanigans.

 

Oh there’s more dancing.

Caught @robertearlbuckley in violation of his contract…#BehindTheBrains

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And sneaky eating. Craft service would easily be my downfall. Just look at all those pastries.

Happiness with @shiriappleby 📷:@russlamoureux

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There have been a lot of missteps on UnREAL this season including keeping Rachel and Quinn apart and at loggerheads. The end of this week’s episode included a really satisfying moment that doesn’t erase everything that has come before it, but it felt good to see them together again. Also this is a really nice photo of Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby.

 

Joining the shows that are no longer on summer break; New Girl.

Back at work and it feels so good slash productive. #superflexible #bevhills90210 #aahndrea @lastmanfox season 3

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Last Man on Earth is also back from hiatus and January Jones continues her reign as Insta Queen.

Last day shooting in Hannah's apartment. Ever. Feelings all around.

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While other shows are nearing their very end.

Just because @demianbichiroficial #neverforget

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And in shows/onscreen pairings that I miss we have Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir back on The Bridge.

 

For a closer look at some of the Emmy nominated costumes including this personal fave head to the Costume Designers Guild Awards page for a lot more treats.

Looking forward to talk about motorcycles and stuff on @thetalkcbs today! #harleyandthedavidsons

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This photo of Michiel Huisman led to a very fun conversation about dudes in sweaters on Twitter last week and I thank him for that much needed break from work.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

14 Jul

Lots of behind the scenes treats this week including soon to be returning shows such as You’re the Worst and Looking (in a one off movie form). Plus the first table read of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 2 and a whole lot of style highlights from Instagram.

Cable sex scenes vs network sex scenes. Modesty cover comparison.

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Aya Cash gives an inside look into the different types of cover ups worn when filming sex scenes on cable and on network. Yes I googled (or rather Binged as I’m on my mother’s laptop and maybe on a CW show from two years ago) Shibue; they have a lot of products.

So excited we found the table where they shot @loveonnetflix !!

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All the LOLs at Aya Cash and this not so subtle shade throwing.

 

I am already highly anticipating this episode. As I mentioned last week 2 Dope Queens turned my teary state into a much needed moment of laughter and this is one of many endorsements I have for this podcast.

 

The Looking movie is almost here and while I am not ready to say goodbye, I am ready for all the behind the scenes photos like this.

 

BrainDead is a lot of fun and pretty much the ideal summer show. It doesn’t entirely know what it wants to be tonally, but I could watch Aaron Tveit and Mary Elizabeth Winstead heating up the screen all day long.

First day of school y'all and look who's here. @oitnb @netflix @tarynmanning

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And the Orange is the New Black cast are back on set for season 5.

👍up to an unreal episode directed by our very own @shiriappleby! See it tonight at 10/9c! #UnREALtv

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UnREAL hasn’t been hitting the heights of season 1, but this week’s episode was a turn in the right direction and the it happened to be directed by none other than Shiri Appleby who crushed it (and me) both in front of and behind the camera.

Love a mirror selfie! And I love my @houseofholland dress I got at @hampdenclothing in Charleston!

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Busy Philipps is on a dress hot streak of late and this is yet another reason to fire up that 100 emoji.

 

Busy Philipps is also killing it in the robes stakes and I’m gonna go ahead and add this to the robes I love list.

On the way to cacio e pepe in MA, babies! ❤️

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Jenny Slate delivers us a good example of a great cooking look.

First table read of season 2! (Note: some cast members were busy and couldn't make the read)

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I finished Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (which I love) and now I get to follow Rachel Bloom on Instagram! Season 2 table read time!

 

Also on the recently followed list and I am so ready to look back at the many varied costumes on Sex and the City.

“I’m able to recall hundreds of important details at the drop of a hat” 👙💖🎀 #LegallyBlonde15

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Also looking back as yesterday was the fifteenth anniversary of Legally Blonde and Reese Witherspoon celebrated in style with an Elle Woods costume retrospective including this bikini number.

2016 Emmy Nomination Acting Wish List

13 Jul

Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow (Thursday, July 14) and that means it is time to offer up some quick thoughts regarding who I would like to see on the shortlist. I’ve split my list into drama, mini-series and comedy with some shows getting multiple nomination hopes. These are all actors who have submitted their work for Emmy consideration and some of these are repeats from last year’s wish list.

A mix of certain locks, potential first timers and complete outsiders make up these choices and while I am sure there are some amazing performances that are not included below this is the list of actors I have gone for.

Dramathe americansMatthew Rhys and Keri Russell

Every year The Americans tops its previous season with Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell taking levels of soul crushing heartache to new heights. It was hard not to spend half of any review I wrote praising the leads for how much they manage to convey with just a look and the number of ways they manage to devastate, but I get to repeat myself here for those that missed that.

They’re not the only Americans actors who deserve a nod this year with Alison Wright turning Poor Martha into something so much more than a tragic lovelorn figure. I would like to this show reap all the awards this year and have my usual gif lined up for when this doesn’t happen. Again. The Leftovers TCAJustin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Regina King

The Leftovers hit new highs in season 2 and relocating to Texas was a huge part of this. Three scenes really stand out; the first is when Nora wonders if there’s been a second departure when she wakes up to find Kevin is gone. A desperate phone call to emergency service is followed by a desperate hug when Kevin walks in through the door which quickly shifts to anger that he put her through this. The second comes when Nora gets Erika to take the questionnaire she has given to countless others and as the camera pushes in on both actresses we get to see the best of both Carrie Coon and Regina King. The third and final scene I want to highlight comes from the season finale and when I heard this clip on a recent Vulture podcast it made me cry; when Justin Theroux sings “Homeward Bound” the tears and snot flows freely and it tops off an incredible season.Krystal Orphan BlackTatiana Maslany

Even in this fourth season of Orphan Black I still manage to forget that Tatiana Maslany tends to be a least 50% of the characters in any one scene and that she can break my heart in an instant. Caitriona BalfeCaitriona Balfe

While I’m on the subject of heartbreak which is a common theme among all my picks; Caitriona Balfe delivered a raw and emotionally devastating performance when Claire experienced a huge loss midway through season 2. “Faith” is the ideal Emmy showcase episode, but Balfe has delivered on a number of levels this year showcasing Claire’s strengths and vulnerability in equal measure.UnREALShiri Appleby

On UnREAL Shiri Appleby as Rachel teeters on the edge of falling apart at every turn; she is fantastic at her job but that means a whole lot of questionable actions and Appleby conveys both the conflict and excitement in the manipulation of the Everlasting contestants that she gets off on.

Mini-Series

THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" Episode 106 (Airs Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Paulson a Marcia Clark, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FXThe mini-series category is stacked this year and I’m hoping that both Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown will have their names called out on tomorrow. Paulson is pretty much a lock for her incredible portrayal of Marcia Clark and while Brown is more of an outside chance I will be disappointed if someone like John Travolta (because he is a movie star) gets nominated ahead of him. For the chemistry between Brown and Paulson alone they deserve an Emmy nod with late night office intimate dancing and a look in the hotel corridor that had me screaming KISS HIM; I did not expect American Crime Story to result in shipping of any kind. Fargo - Peggy in stripesKirsten Dunst

On Fargo this season Peggy Blumquist became a new TV style icon and Kirsten Dunst took a character who could have felt incredibly cartoony and delivered something a lot more nuanced. Wanting something better than the life she has and ending up in a murdery cat and mouse game, Dunst makes Peggy a tragic figure we root for and shake our head at while also giving me a good reason why I have kept so many magazines.

Oscar Isaac

I’m not just picking Oscar Isaac because I want to see him in a tux come September, but because Show Me a Hero is still something that almost a year later feels like a gut punch when I think about it. Isaac also manages to work that mustache and is delightful in the moments where he fixes up the house in dad jeans while listening to Bruce Springsteen.

ComedyGretchen You're the Worst 2.04Aya Cash

A lot of the performances I have chosen have involved some element of crushing heartbreak and this isn’t just relegated to drama; Aya Cash and You’re the Worst took the comedies that make me cry to new levels this year and this exploration of depression was an unexpected and welcome turn from one of my favorite shows on TV.

Crazy Ex GirlfriendRachel Bloom

I am late to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend party having only started (and finished) the show last week and Rachel Bloom is doing such a wide range of things both in front and behind the camera. There are the song performances (and I have a number of these swirling through my head) coupled with the range of emotions from the funny to the agonizing and I think we have found a common theme among my nomination choices.

Aziz AnsariAziz Ansari

Another creator/star that stands out this year is Aziz Ansari with his Netflix series Master of None and for things that get stuck in my head I have been saying “The Sickening… It’s happening!” a lot this year. Also for getting in my favorite passage from The Bell Jar into the season finale in such an interesting way and gifting us with amazing weekend date ideas, showing the difference between experiences walking home if your are a dude or a woman and highlighting diversity on TV/film issues. I hope to see multiple nominations for Ansari.

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Gina Rodriguez

Another case of a comedy that makes me cry just as much as it makes me laugh and Gina Rodriguez delivers in both arenas. Season 2 saw Jane juggling motherhood, grad school and so many romantic triangle situations; it is the relationships between the women on Jane the Virgin that really hits my sweet spot and the chemistry Rodriguez has with her co-stars is a huge part of this charm.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

10 Jun

After a brief period of minimal red carpet events it is suddenly all happening again including the CFDA Awards and plenty of Emmy related events with roundtables, screenings and general awards chat. Plus, magazine covers!

Some shows in contention are also promoting their upcoming seasons – that really is some A+ plus timing – and there are lots of super summery looks for you to enjoy this week including a whole array of patterned frocks, sunglasses and light suits. Kerry Washington, Aziz AnsariEverything about this cover is pure delight and Kerry Washington’s Dolce & Gabbana frock is giving off so many European summer vacation vibes; so much so that I’m writing this in the morning and yet I’m hankering for a patio, the biggest selection of bread and cheeses and an Olivia Pope size glass of wine.

Aziz Ansari as ever looks great in a suit and you can watch their whole Actors on Actors chat here.Kate McKinnonLadysuit Alert! The cast of the new Ghostbusters get their own covers for the Elle ‘Women in Comedy’ issue and they are all pure joy with Kate McKinnon just edging out in the front as my favorite.

My one caveat (and it is something Elle has previously been guilty of) is the Melissa McCarthy choice as her full body shot is so great and I don’t know why they opted for the close up (well I do know why *sighs*). As Samantha Powell points out the black dress photo looks like it was part of the cover set.Lauren LapkusLauren Lapkus crushing it in Alice + Olivia at the Elle ‘Women in Comedy’ celebration and if I had any more weddings to go to this summer (other than my own) then this would be ideal guest attire. Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Olsen, Michael B. JordanFollowing the Fug Girls mantra that ‘everybody looks hotter in sunglasses’ and also in a week where I took a deep dive into this accessory choice in my TV and Style column over at The Observer; this group shot at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is most welcome.

This event always brings out excellent summer style and from Elizabeth Olsen’s shorts take on a ladysuit to Michael B. Jordan’s no tie polka dot look they are oozing sunshine cool. TV Ate My Wardrobe couple fave Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale also deliver on the polo watching front in summer frocks and a pink shirt seems like a ubiquitous choice for an occasion like this.Mr RobotMr Robot isn’t back until next month (Wednesday, July 13) so I think we can expect to see a lot more of this cast in the coming weeks and this is only a good thing.

Rami Malek and Christian Slater have shown on numerous occasions that they can mix their red carpet style up from casual to fancy pants with Rami throwing his hat into the floral trend at the Television Academy 70th Anniversary celebration. We’ve seen a version of Portia Doubleday’s Philosophy dress on Sarah Paulson a couple of months ago and I much prefer this plunging neckline take and Carly Chaikin’s giving lots of chill vibes in RVNNYC.Shiri ApplebyAny regular readers will know how happy I am to have UnREAL back and this has been a super fun press tour (although the premiere viewing numbers are less than encouraging).

The premiere took a deep dive back into the dark and twisted world of reality TV and I can’t see Rachel wearing anything as cute as Shiri Appleby’s Kayat floral mini with super poofy sleeves any time soon. Hot pink Stuart Weitzman sandals really set the whole look off.Scott SpeedmanWelcome back to TV Scott Speedman and to the promo train with Animal Kingdom (premieres Tuesday, June 14 on TNT). Okay so this suit is a little on the crinkled front, but I’m willing to forgive that for Ben Covington related reasons and it is very much keeping with the summer vibe.

Also here is Speedman on The Late Show being totally charming.

Happy Friday!

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

8 Jun

Co-stars supporting co-stars, returning summer shows, crushes are all included in this week’s “Behind the Insta-Scenes.” Plus plenty of stylish moments, a very cute TBT and more from the CFDA Awards.

Because I said something funny @portiadd @realchristianslater @ramimalek

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The Mr Robot season 2 promo train is gearing up with a dash of Emmy FYC and here is an adorably stylish photo of the cast being adorable.

Can you believe these women? Can you? Can you?!!! @selenisleyvaofficial @sheisdash @uzoaduba

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OITNB returns in just over a week (!) and some of the cast were in Berlin giving off serious glam vibes.

Doogie and me #TBT

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UnREAL returned this week with a strong and biting premiere; here is Shiri Appleby gifting us with a Doogie Howser flashback.

#wcw To my true partner in crime @shiriappleby! I can't imagine going on this journey with anyone else! #UnREALtv #june6

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Back to the present and this pairing makes me so happy; great wcw choice.

 

Tonight is The Americans S4 finale and Holly Taylor not only plays one of the best teens on TV, but her notebook prop from the show is so spot on with detail even if we barely get to see this stuff on screen.

 

Lupita Nyong’o continues to get excellent backstage visitors and this week 12 Years a Slave co-star Sarah Paulson dropped by.

 

Keeping on this track; the Jane the Virgin cast are coming out to support Jamie Camil’s summer turn on Broadway in Chicago. 

 

More Jane the Virgin co-stars supporting co-stars delights.

 

This week I found out that Kristofer Hivju is on Instagram and my Tormund crush continues to grow.

#AnimalKingdom star #ScottSpeedman kept it causal in the studio today! @animalkingdomtnt

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While I’m on the subject of crushes. Oh, hello. So excited to have Scott Speedman back on TV.

Women 👀 ❤️ #Paulson #Ferrera #QueenBeasts

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From inside the CFDA Awards there are some fun Lena Dunham picture hangouts (and the second Sarah Paulson appearance on here this week).

w/ my broad bitties

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And another.

We're going to an awards show

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A pre-awards look from the Broad City ladies.

 

From one awards show to another across the pond and another excellent group of ladies hanging out.

Love these fools very much. #WorstieFam @maybeayacash @desminborges @ketherdonohue #S3/EP1/8/31/16

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A whole lot of You’re the Worst feelings going on and so many heart eyes at every outfit.

With the boy @mcgregor_ewan in a high stakes tweed hunt at @stewartchristie_co

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Shopping while shooting the Trainspotting sequel.

 

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