My Respect for Whitney Houston

The man and I were absolutely flabbergasted this past Saturday night when we found out (via Twitter of all media) that Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hills Hilton, where she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party. It actually, truly and honestly, bummed me out. No, I did not know Whitney personally, nor did I have any real connection to her…but her music, well her music really was a huge part of my formative years.


As a young child, I can remember Whitney Houston. In those years where things you remember are few and far between, I have vivid memories of borrowing cassette tapes (yes, cassette tapes) from my friends at school and then making my own copy of them. Whitney’s first album was one of those tapes. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “So Emotional”  were staples of my young music loving career. 


The early 90’s and middle school years brought The Bodyguard soundtrack that I, to this day, listen to. “I Will Always Love You”, “Queen of the Night”, “Run to You”, geesh, all of her songs of that album were hits. I can remember my sister and I trying to since just like Whitney Houston on this album.  Just last week, this album still sneaked itself into a Twitter conversation, a banter back and forth naming songs off this album.

In high school, my family absolutely could not get enough of The Prince of Egypt soundtrack. We loved the movie and we loved all the music from said movie. This included the Whitney and Maria Carey duet, “When You Believe”. Two divalicious performers and one great tune… you couldn’t go wrong. This is still a family favorite as I am sure it will be for a very long time.

I can remember being a junior/senior and one of two CDs could be found in my car.  Either Brandy’s Never Say Never or Whitney Houston’s My Love is Your Love. “It’s Not Right But It’s OK”, “My Love is Your Love” and “Heartbreak Hotel” were amongst my faves from that album. I have fond memories of getting my license, hoppin’ in my little black Mazda and jammin’ with Whitney on my way to school.

In college, her Greatest Hits album was still on my playlist and I got to revive my love for Whit. She really did  voice some of my favorite tunes over the years. There were so many other songs and albums that I did not mention but these were the ones that meant something to me. She had a stunning voice, timeless actually. It is a shame that things shook down the way that they did. I am hoping that she will be remembered for the fantastic things she did vocally and not her infamous statements and behavior. I will always love you, Whitney Houston and that is no lie.


My Respect for Whitney Houston

Meryl Streep’s Timeless Beauty and Vogue Cover

Along the same vein of having good role models for young girls in this country (please see yesterday’s post re: Kelly Clarkson), can we talk about Meryl Streep? At the Age of 62, she snags her first Vogue cover and is their oldest cover girl (woman) in the magazine’s history. Why a role model you ask? Well, people… isn’t Meryl one of the best actresses of our time? YES. Doesn’t she have the most amazing roles under her belt? YES. Hasn’t she done it all with grace and style? YES. And at 62, man is she still beautiful or what.

Meryl Streep attends the UK premiere of “The Iron Lady” Photo by PacificCoastNews.com

She has always impressed me and I am sure will continue to do so. She is already getting raves in regard to “The Iron Lady” and there is Oscar buzz around her performance. But one of the things that I LOVE most about her is that she doesn’t and hasn’t chosen her roles based on if she will get critical acclaim or not… Some of my favorite Meryl Streep movies are appreciated by so many yet may not have won an Academy Award (or they may have too). My faves you ask? Mamma Mia, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie and Julia and Death Becomes Her.

What do you think about Meryl? Do you think she has timeless beauty and class or do you totally disagree with me?

Meryl Streep’s Timeless Beauty and Vogue Cover

Outfit Inspiration, Emma Stone

Hey ladies, I am sure that you have seen one of these looks of Emma Stone’s on the red carpet. She certainly got attention for the pink and red semi-poof number that had people talking. So I know that this was this past Summer but as soon as I saw this dress on the newly launched Dorothy Perkins US Site, I was was like I.MUST.HAVE.IT! Granted, the Red/Orange Ponte Dress is not as exciting as Emma’s looks buuuuut it does translate more seamlessly into my somewhat simpler wardrobe.


Who have you taken outfit inspiration from recently?

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Outfit Inspiration, Emma Stone

I am a Winner!

I would consider myself a winner in that uplifting and inspirational sort of way. I have a great man, a job that pays the bills, some aspirations that aren’t so completely out of reach. I am a winner, a go getter… but in the truer sense of the word, I did actually win something.


Since joining Independent Fashion Bloggers, I have met some pretty lovely gals (and heck, even some guys) and seen some great new blogs (you should see my blog roll to the left, growing every day). One of my new friends is Miss Jess of Inked and Sewn.We are like minded peeps… we like fashion, and handbags and DIY goodness, so naturally I considered her an instant blogger friend.


Jess had a great giveaway for a handbag in honor of reaching a blog viewer goal, so again, naturally, I entered. And guess what… I won it! Once I received it, I promptly grabbed this little vintage bird pin that I have been saving for something special, and here it was!



I thought I would give a shoutout to Jess and her blog, in the hopes that you takey a look and likey her as much as I do! Merci and Gracias.

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I am a Winner!

My Style Icons/Crushes

There are a lot of women that I idolize for their seemingly effortless glamor and style… I am not in a dream world though. I know that celebrities and such have people around them all the time, letting them know what looks good and what doesn’t, but I feel like the following ladies, would have it under control even if they never had a stylist. There is personal style to account for too… which is what I admire. Also there is timeless… if you are timeless, you are timeless. Ya dig? These are ladies I try to emulate whenever possible. Some are new to my list and some are forever…

Hello junior high crush turned major music star and designer. Gwen Stefani has been on my radar since Spiderwebs and while I prefer her style much more now then when it was a bikini top and wide legged pants, I have loved her since legit, I was 12 or 13. She is glamorous with an edge and I LOVE the platinum blond/ red lipstick combo and let’s face it, Gwen rocks it! Love you Gwenie-poo.

Emma Watson is a new entry on my style icon list but girl, ever since she got that pixie short hair cut, I have been smitten as a kitten. She looks so much more mature and high fashion then her Hermoine days let her be. She has a rocking little bod, a slamming haircut and that enviable ability to look good in almost everything. It’s kind of creepy I am crushing on her though, seeing as how I am 10 years older than her (me softly weeping).

You have to have been living under a rock to miss my obsession with Rachel Roy… She is absolutely gorgeous, she is so super stylish and she happens to design some of my favorite clothes. She has got that certain something. After recently seeing her on Project Runway, and hearing her speaking voice, I imagine her to be super sweet. We would, of course, be best friends upon meeting one another.

You also would have to be living under a rock if you missed my new style crush, Evan Rachel Wood… I swear I paid her no attention until she got that haircut (see recurring theme) and now I can’t keep my eyes off of what she is wearing on the red carpet. She is beautiful, with a bone structure some would kill for… and what? She looks ab fab in menswear inspired looks. I do love a good vest.

Marilyn, sweet Marilyn… Again, I have always loved her, since I was ever able to register seeing a photograph of her. The blond bombshell look has been something I have always wanted to BE. You know what else I love about her? She was a size 10… in your face, stick thins! She was beautiful and curvy and wore that red lipstick like a champ.


So what do you think? Who are your style/fashion icons?

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My Style Icons/Crushes

Bridesmaids, Awesome


 

In honor of one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time, arriving on DVD today, I thought I would highlight my fave looks from each of the movie’s leading ladies. This cast is so talented and hilarious and beautiful and diverse and ummmm, awesome. Love them all, mostly because this eclectic group represents real women… word to my mother. This movie is officially in my permanent rotation, along with Anchorman and The Hangover (part one of course).  It’s actually probably more important to my rotation, because it’s female driven and my boyfriend likes it too!


Melissa McCarthy, earlier this year at a CBS photocall looks so great in this simple white and creme ensemble. Funny, beautiful and representin’. Ellie Kemper at the Bridesmaids Premiere… all I can say is looooooving the blunt bangs and the mustard colored shoes. I am really starting to feel the mustard color.



Kristen Wiig at the Paul premiere earlier this year (another movie that I think is hilarious) looks so funky yet put together. I am obsessed with this dress and I think that she exudes personality without being garish. Maya Rudolph, hello making pregnant look so glam in Alexander McQueen. Geesh, I wish I looked half that good on a regular basis, let alone pregnant… making motherhood look glam. Love it.



Wendy McLendon-Covey at the Bridesmaid premiere looks sassifrass AND I love her shoes. Like big time Love.Her.Shoes. Before this year, I was used to only seeing her in her Reno 911 uniform so it is a breath of fresh air seeing her on the red (or purple) carpet. Rose Byrne had some MAJOR looks this year (hello Tommy Hilfiger anyone?) but this ensemble features this amazing dress and her blunt bangs… which she totally rocked. Hmmm, I am seeing a trend in my love of blunt bangs.


So guys, are you with me? Bridesmaids rocks in all categories, yes?? Ahem, I thought so.

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Bridesmaids, Awesome

Lady I Love: Lucille Ball

I go through phases of “crushes” I guess you could call them. My most recent crush? Lucille Ball. Yes, I know that she is no longer with us but that doesn’t mean that I can’t still totally admire her career, her super sultry stylings and he oh so glamorous photos. Besides Amy Adams, this is the woman who has always made me want to go red.  Lately, I have been reminded of her. August 6th would have been her 100th birthday and Google celebrated on their home page. Fast forward to this past Saturday, which I had to myself due to the man being at a Bachelor Party. I whipped out some of my “old” movies… one of which was Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), which I happen to love.

So as you can imagine, I have had Lucy in the brain… and these are some of my favorite shots of her. She is glamorous but a little unconventional at the same time. Old Hollywood glamour is where is at. Yet another lady I love.

Lady I Love: Lucille Ball