The Unvalentine

It’s time for an Unvalentine’s Day. I’m not cynical about the day, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s time to look at this whole celebration a little differently. I was inspired by this blog, which pumped me up! It kind of made me think, “Oh yeah! I’ve been so steeped in the hype I totally forgot about enjoying my life!”

It was a good reminder that I need to take a step back and have some love for lil’ ol’ me, too. Disclaimer: I am not trying to get out of loving and spoiling my husband! I love the man and I intend to treat him to the candy bar and foot rub he gets every year. But this year, I’m not going to forget that there are different types of love that everyone can celebrate, whether it be the love between friends, family, spouses, or the healthy love I have for myself.
Eliminate the whole misconception that this day is about couples. It’s not. It’s about love. It’s about caring about people and letting them know it. When is the last time you let yourself know that you love you?

So here is my to-do list. Use it for inspiration and then make your own:
-Give myself a pedicure (Yes, I will use the PedEgg. I’m not ashamed, it works!) Paint my toenails an unseasonably cheerful color

-Open my shades to let the sun in

-Brew a cup of tea in my adorable green teapot

-Plug my iPod in and turn on some of that fabulous 90’s music I miss. (Maybe “I Will Always Love You” in honor of the late Whitney Houston)

-Light a fresh and clean-smelling candle

-Cuddle up with my fabulous Dane, Toby

-Pop open a magazine that makes me feel creative

-Just love being me for an afternoon
What’s on your Unvalentine list?


The Grammy Awards! Just the flops.

I usually try to keep things positive around PLandL. No one needs more negativity in their lives. So let me just use my “teacher language” and say these stars just “aren’t quite there yet.” Maybe musicians are just crazier than actors and actresses, but I found a ton of wack-o outfits walking down the Grammy red carpet.

Take this one for example:

Did you know it’s now totally normal to wear a swimsuit in the middle of winter? Don’t worry about all those people who say it’s a little chilly. Or those that say you have to dress up a little for an awards show. All you have to do is slip into a construction-worker orange lace dress. No one will even know it’s under there! Oh wait. You can definitely tell it’s under there.

Wait! There’s more:

Sasha Gradiva in concept design by Leonid Gurevich

I just can not decide on an accessory to wear with this lovely pastel gown. Silver bangle? Designer clutch? Oh wait! Here’s a bunch of guns! I’ll wear those.

Bonnie McKee in Falguni and Shane Peacock

It’s not just the awkward length, busy pattern, and the out-of-place tassels. There’s nowhere for the eye to land and appreciate a nice design. It’s a little seizure-inducing.

Lady Gaga in Versace

I know I’m supposed to think Lady Gaga is ahead of her time and fashion-forward, but you can’t argue with the fact that she’s weird. Whether that’s good or bad is up to you.


I don’t even know where to start. Usually I imagine people carefully selecting their red carpet wear with the help of stylists and friends, mulling over the options in their minds, and finally landing on the outfit that will make them stand out as the most ravishing belles at the ball. It would appear that Robyn had 15 minutes between her racquetball tournament and the Grammy arrivals. So she tucked her over-sized t-shirt into a spandex mini she had laying around from 1985 (taped half of the longer version on the back) and threw a jewel over her ear to add a little touch of fancy. Oh. And then she wanted to be taller and go for a hike in the mountains so she slipped on those delightful suede platform hiking boots. Ta da!

Nicki Minaj in Versace

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SAG Awards! Faves and Flops

I’ll admit I’m no expert. I’m one of those couch critics that just watches the red carpet show before the big awards ceremony. Maybe that makes me more of an expert than I thought! You know, because I don’t waste all my important opinions on the actual awards? Either way, here’s my two cents on last night’s SAG Awards, expert or no.

Big Yes to this Dress!

Ashlee Simpson in Jenny Packham

This, my friends, is my absolute favorite. Love the silhouette, love the color and sparkle, love the accessories. Brava, Miss Simpson. Brava.

Julianna Margulies in Calvin Klein

I usually am not a big fan of Julianna M’s style. Everyone loves this look from the Golden Globes a couple years ago but I just thought it was weird. And if she’s not wearing something like that, I feel like she’d be wearing velvet. However, this time, she hit the nail on the head. She’s not wearing black, there’s no weird sleeves, there’s interesting texture, and it hugs in all the right places. Simply gorgeous!

Jayma Mays in Reem Acra

I love how this dress just hugs all the way down. It’s got some flow to skirt but not so much that it looks frumpy. Keeping the silhouette simple makes the all-over sparkle really pop. The back is awesome, too! It has such an unexpected lace cutout. Love it!

Ariel Winter in Collette Dinnigan

I think this is a totally perfect choice for a young actress. It’s just unique enough to be interesting, but sweet enough to make sense for her.

Julie Bowen in Temperley

Keeping it going with the Modern Family hits, Julie Bowen shows up in this fabulous find from Temperley. I love the color (it was what my bridesmaids wore!) and those bejeweled details on her shoulder add just enough sparkle.

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen

Just for something different, I have to applaud Emma Stone’s choice here. The whole thing is just perfection.

Honorable mentions:
Sophia Vergara in Marchesa
Viola Davis in Marchesa
Rose Byrne in Ellie Saab
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa (anyone noticing a trend?)
Kyra Sedgwick in Pucci
Amber Heard in Zac Posen

The Flops

Lea Michele in Versace

It’s not that I don’t like this dress. On the contrary, I think it’s a great color, very flattering, and a perfect fit for Lea Michele. It’s just so very annoying that Lea Michele consistently had her leg sticking out of it ALL NIGHT. I dare you to find a picture of her on the red carpet with that leg put away. I couldn’t do it. To me, that means one of two things: she was trying to get noticed using one awesome leg (read: cry for attention) or the dress just doesn’t look right without her gam sticking out. If that’s the case, this probably isn’t a great dress anyway.

Michelle Williams in Valentino

I’m going to get in trouble for this one. It seems to be a big hit with most of the fashion world. If you love this dress, stop reading because I’m about to ruin in it for you. I’m just warning you. The shoes are way too matchy-matchy, not to mention they remind me of the shoes I used to wear to prom. Second, the hem is just weird. It ends at the most awkward place; not quite above the ankle and not far enough below it. To make it worse, it’s slanted. I’ve seen that called unique by some, but it isn’t an elegant, gradual swoop like Dianna Agron’s. I think she could have done much better with just a longer hem.

Heather Morris in Masai Payan

Ew, Heather Morris. Don’t do this to yourself. Please realize that you have mixed short leather with curtain sheers and wore it out to an awards show. This is a look that only Madonna can pull off. Even then…

Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga

I think Kristen Wiig’s dress is fabulous. So why is she on my flop list? Well, because her choker is awful. That’s all.

Shailene Woodley in L'Wren Scott

The dress has a nice shape, but it reminds me of a swimsuit I had when I was 9. She could’ve made this a hit by wearing it in a bold solid color. I know I’m adding salt to the wound, here, but she needed to do something else with her hair. The low pony is what I wear when I vacuum my house.

And now for the absolute floppiest flop:

Busy Phillips in SIMONE

Let me start off by saying that I love Busy Phillips. She’s so hilarious on Cougar Town and has such a strong, fun personality that I love. However, this choice for the SAG Awards was awful. It’s not just that it isn’t my style, it’s actually an awful dress. I think cinching in at the waist is one thing, but when you have elastic three more times between there and the hem, you’ve done something wrong. The dress doesn’t do her curves justice and it’s simply way to casual for the red carpet. Also, I’m pretty sure I saw this dress on clearance at the mall once.

(Dis?)Honorable mentions:
Amber Riley in Badgley Mischka
Meryl Streep in Vivienne Westwood (Please never wear a giant brown leather belt around your waist to an awards show)
Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein (Not bad, just boring)
Maria Menounos in Dolce&Gabbana

Any faves or flops I missed?

Day 1

I can’t lie and say this is my first blog. However, I will take the leap and (deep breath) commit to more than 3 posts before I throw in the towel. I figure I’m in the sweet spot in life to start something new: no kids, stable job, no more school (finally!), but still a million or so new experiences every day. Welcome to my journey.