Think in GOLD: All about the talented music folk at the 2016 Grammys

Tonight’s the Grammys. So, my red carpet commentary has returned. Let’s get started!

gettyimages-510437992 Kacey Musgraves: Well, her hair and makeup look simplistic yet really pretty. I’m not a fan of the dress– it’s the sparkles and the colors…

Here’s what it resembles to me:

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Doesn’t it though? I’m not sure looking like a childhood picture book is what every Hollywood starlet wants to resemble on music’s biggest night…

gettyimages-510436478 Charlie Puth: One, I’m totally obsessing over his voice and latest hits on the radio! And second, I love that he’s wearing a GLITTER suit! So epic! And cool for a guy. It’s so easy for a guy to throw on a plain tux, but he’s made fashion for guys and way less mundane than most men on a red carpet.

CbSwpQ5XEAAlj78 #BFFGoals, anyone? Besties Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez show up totally glam in their bright-colored gowns. As Gomez told Ryan Seacrest, she chose her Calvin Klein sparkly blue dress by asking herself, ‘What would I do if I was going on a date…and my date is Taylor Swift.’ And who else could rock a crop top/color-blocking gown (Atelier Versace) on a red carpet like Swift? But, I’m not a huge fan of her hair cut… Don’t get me wrong, it’s well done; I just don’t like how it resembles a vintage-y vibe, yet that’s not really her brand anymore?? But, I’ll forgive since everything else is impeccable.

rs_634x1024-160215153512-634-2016-Grammy-Awards-carrie-underwood Carrie Underwood going “Old Hollywood Glam” in a black strapless gown, an Angelina Jolie leg slit, with a chic bob. But, when does she ever look bad on a red carpet? Next.

rs_634x1024-160215151408-634-elle-king-2016-grammy-awards-arrivals-21516 Oh boy, Elle King… *shaking my head* Wow oh wow, this is um…. a hot mess? There’s just so much happening, with different lengths, fringy, feathers, lace– it’s just way too much. Blech: hurts my eyes a little.

rs_634x1024-160215150941-634-2016-Grammy-Awards-tori-kelly Tori Kelly looks stunning! Also, embracing her inner “Old Hollywood” actress vibe in this green, fitted gown. While it may be a bit much for the funky awards, she is nominated for New Artist, so I’ll let her have this one, since it’s such a huge moment for the new singer…

rs_634x1024-160215160529-634-adele-grammy-awards-arrivals-21516 OH MY GOSH, Adele in this Givenchy is perfection!! Not to mention it’s a CUSTOM gown. Wow, she looks incredible. Gorgeous. End of story.

rs_634x1024-160215162458-634.demi-lovato.cm.21516 Newcomer to the Grammys, Demi Lovato looks flawless in her tailored gown/suit look. And her hair is perfection. However, what is the chain necklace thing with the three pop tabs in the middle? Is she raising awareness for the Ronald McDonald House? (I mean that would be great, but I’m not sure if that’s what it really is…)

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.00.12 PM John Legend and Chrissy Teigen always look flawless on the red carpet and here is no exception. It’s just extra adorable with added element of being their first family red carpet photo.

CbTD3w5WcAEWaPK Speaking of adorable family photos- Justin Bieber playing with his little brother is the cutest.

Now off to watch the award show, and see the cast of Hamilton kill it live from NYC! (Side note: if you can get tickets in Manhattan, seriously, go see Hamilton. You won’t be sorry, and this performance will surely prove it.)

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My favorite looks from the Billboard Music Awards red carpet

With tonight’s BBMAs in Vegas, I thought it was appropriate to discuss my fave looks from the carpet.

kendall-jenner-jourdan-dunn-balmain-billboard-music-awards-2015-h724 First off, so excited to hear about the upcoming Balmain x H&M collab! (I mean, Justin Bieber’s Met Gala tux was epic!!) Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner stun in the future collection, and I’ll def have to stop by my local store when the collection is released!

rs_634x1024-150517165629-634.ChrissyJohn-jmd-051715 Tonight’s hostess Chrissy Teigen looks perfect in her perfectly tailored and perfectly styled 70’s-inspired jumpsuit. It looks ahmazing on her. One of the night’s best dressed for sure!

rs_634x1024-150517170511-634.Taylor-Swift-Billboard-Music-Awards.jl.051715 And of course, Miss T. Swift looks perfect in the night’s biggest trend: jumpsuits. And her Bad Blood video? Epic. (Bonus: who caught her cats’ namesakes walking side by side? I did!) Watch it right now if you haven’t seen it.

rs_634x1024-150517155433-634.Danica-jmd-051715 DWTS alum Danica McKellar stuns in her silver, sparkly one-shouldered gown. Gorge.

rs_1024x759-150517170537-1024.OneDirection-jmd-051715 And here’s One Direction. let’s just stare at their beauty for a minute, shall we? (Liam’s smolder.) Plus, who heard Liam’s “we would like to share this with our brother Zayn??” Too adorable. (I can’t wait to see them live in their town: London! First, I saw them in my home state, and now the tables have flipped! Eeeep I’m so excited about it— best study abroad ever!)

rs_634x1024-150517161930-634.Ed-Sheeran-Billboard-Music-Awards.jl.051715 And Ed Sheeran also looks great for one of my fave artists EVER.

rs_634x1024-150517162817-634.Idina-Menzel-Billboard-Music-Awards.jl.051715 And there’s IDINA. Still can’t I saw her perform LIVE!! She’s incredible! If you get a chance, go see If/Then on tour (an awesome show and Idina will be reprising her role this summer!!)

Great looks aplenty, what were your favorite moments and looks from the show?

Best Looks from the ACM Awards Red Carpet

Country music was out in full force last night in Texas for the annual ACM awards. And with that comes my red carpet breakdown! Here we go!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.34.05 AM Kimberly of “The Band Perry.” I love this dress, which could almost function as a wedding gown. But, it’s gorge. Love it.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.34.21 AM And let’s just look at Hunter Hayes for a second, shall we? #adorable

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.33.53 AM These two new Hollywood besties look gorge, and I’m totally obsessing over Reese’s dress: love the sparkles!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.34.53 AM Love Jana Kramer’s dress! Everything about this is perfect for a young starlet to wear on the red carpet! I love it!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.33.38 AM My namesake, Miranda Lambert looks very slim and gorge per always… (I think it must be the name, obvi… lol) But, loving the lilac and the draping!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.34.36 AM Jessie James Decker and Eric Decker are the pinnacle of an adorable celeb couple, as seen on Instagram and their E! reality show “Eric and Jessie–” I wish that would come back on the air! But, their outfits are tailored to perfection and they look so glam! Love her ponytail with her simple white gown.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.36.18 AM And no red carpet is complete without Miss Taylor Swift. T.Swift looks ahmazing here and I love her dress, the color and the cutouts! Gorge. And of course she couldn’t make a speech without plugging her newest tour right, lol?

What were your must-see looks from the night?

iHeart fashion at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

It’s Sunday night and the annual iHeartRadio music awards, which means it’s time for my red carpet breakdown! Here we go!

rs_634x1024-150329154207-634.Iggy-Azalea-iheart-Radio.jl.032915 Iggy Azalea: I like the jacket, shoes and pants individually just not together. It’s edgy and cool, but the see-through top and jacket are a little too busy with the printed pants. Also, with such a busy outfit, her hair should have been simpler.

rs_634x1024-150329154616-634.Meaghan-Trainer-iHeart-Radio.jl.032915 Meghan Trainor: I normally love her music and her style (i.e. what she wore to the Kids Choice Awards last night was perfection!), but this looks like a bad Homecoming dress from high school. I think it’s the sparkle jacket that crosses –oddly– in the middle of her tight, black dress. And her hair also evokes a high school dance type of look, not so much for a red carpet affair.

rs_634x1024-150329162033-634.Zendaya-iHeart-Radio.jl.032915 Zendaya: Lately, she’s been a risk taker in the fashion world (both with her clothes and hair), to put it lightly. But, here? It’s, like, a hot mess– though I like her skirt and shoes! Her top looks like a cheap men’s workout tank that she paired with a bandeau, making her look very much like Barney the dinosaur. Not a selling point for a music star or actor like her.She gets points for trying (at every red carpet), but not for execution, sorry Z.

rs_634x1024-150329163504-634.Nick-Jonas-iheart-Radio.jl.032915 Nick Jonas: Okay, so I like the concept of a plaid suit, very rock ‘n’ roll. But, I don’t like the plaid pants with the jacket. It’s too much. However, his stylist does a good job at getting fitted suits for Nick.

rs_634x1024-150329162937-634.Anna-Camp-iheart-radio.jl.032915 Anna Camp from “Pitch Perfect:” I like the concept, the dress, the fit: all of it. However, I’m not sold on the straps. I think something a little more substantial would look better, and support her frame better as well.

rs_634x1024-150329161447-634.Adam-Lambert-iheart.jl.032915 Adam Lambert: Definitely one of the best dressed guys on the carpet. The leather pants, blazer and heeled boots are the epitome of rock ‘n’ roll and perfect for the iHeartRadio music awards.

rs_634x1024-150329162802-634.Ariel-Winter-iheart-radio.jl.032915 Ariel Winter: The “Modern Family” starlet looks great. I love her whole outfit from hair, dress, shoes and clutch. However, I think it might be too mature for such a young (under 18) starlet. But, again her stylist pulls goods outfits for her (i.e. her Kids Choice Awards outfit last night!).

rs_1024x759-150329160853-1024.5-Seconds-of-Summer.jl.032915 And here’s 5SOS because, yea. Love their edgy looks; they look great and make great music.

rs_634x1024-150329164232-634.Taylor-Swift-iheart.jl.032915 And last but not least, probably the night’s most anticipated star: Taylor Swift. Her dress is pretty, though, I’m not sure how I feel about the side cutouts. It’s a little weird. I love her shoes. The one thing I’m not a fan of here: her hair. I’m not sure what the idea behind the sixties-inspired bob, with a bump-it thing and the bangs. It’s not looking good or Taylor-like. With that dress, I wanted to see her trademark “1989” wavy bob. That would have been much better for the carpet.

What are you thoughts on the red carpet looks from tonight?

‘Music’s Biggest Night’ all starts here… on the red carpet.

Today is the annual Grammy Awards (Fingers crossed for Ed Sheeran and Hunter Hayes! Third times the charm!) and so, it’s my annual red carpet fashion breakdown. Here we go…

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 6.45.25 PM It’s MADONNA. Who can critique the original Material Girl? My only question: why did Madge arrive so early into the red carpet show? She’s MADONNA.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.03.10 PM slide_398532_4967176_compressed Ariana Grande: let’s start with a compliment– her and Big Sean are so adorable (in this picture and on the carpet getting their pictures taken. #adorable). Now, her dress… I like the white part, gorgeous, except what is that silver “flap” on the dress??? It’s, like, a hot mess. Her stylist should have left it without out the silver part… the white is a classic, gorgeous. The silver is just a mess.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.03.25 PM Another adorable couple: Nick Jonas and his GF Olivia Culpo. My only question: why did Nick arrive so early into the red carpet show? He’s NICK JONAS. Oh, maybe because he’s not nominated, right?

slide_398532_4966998_compressed Kelly Osborne: edgy, couture, gorgeous.

slide_398532_4967206_compressed Jessie J: love this dress, it’s so gorgeous! However, I’m not a fan of that sheer overlay on her shoulders. It would’ve been absolutely impeccable as a strapless dress. But, I love it regardless.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.08.24 PM Blast from the ’00s past: Jess McCartney looks dapper in a green velvet suit… However, did something happen to his face? (uh oh, or is it just a lack of sleep?)

slide_398532_4967258_compressed Gwen Stefani looks edgy and perfection. Tailored to perfection, HOWEVER, not a fan of the MC Hammer-type pants. I would’ve preferred the pants to have been longer and straightened out. But for her: flawless.

rs_634x1024-150208162844-634-meghan-trainor-grammy-arrivals.jw.2815 Meghan Trainor looks gorge: this photo does not do her dress justice. Watching her E! interview: it’s impeccable.

rs_634x1024-150208161346-634.miranda-lambert-grammy-awards-020815 Miranda Lambert: first off, we share a name, so obviously she’s awesome. Second, I love her dress. It’s fun, edgy– perfect for the Grammys. Plus, that pop of pink is perfection. And her dress is tailored to perfection. Great job, Miranda, great job.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.42.11 PM I just had to add Ed Sheeran because, duh. I like how he wears suits and tuxes with sneakers: it just makes his fashion more his own personal style. And he rocks it.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.44.02 PM Sia and her mini-me Maddie Ziegler (from Dance Moms!) matching in well-tailored suits and giant, frizzed Chandelier wigs. As a Dance Moms fan, OMG that’s so huge for a little 12-year-old dancer, to walk the red carpet at the GRAMMYS, after starring a video that was NOMINATED; all that before age 13: wowza.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.58.11 PM Katy Perry in a Zuhair Muraid dress straight off the Paris Fashion Week runway… gorgeous. Love it. Her dress, hair: impeccable. However, I might chosen less strappy heels or lose the belt.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.58.22 PM Lady Gaga. Gorgeous, for once. This picture doesn’t do her dress justice.

slide_398532_4967624_compressed Kim Kardashian West: worst dressed of the night for me. It’s like a super sparkly robe… Also, where are her hands??? Lol. The one thing I like about this look: her hair. It’s gorge.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 8.06.14 PM Rihanna’s princess moment as she’s the very last person to arrive on the carpet. So pink and so fluffy.. “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!!” — Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 8.02.40 PM ANNA KENDRICK. OH EM GEE, she looks AH-MAZING. Love it. Tailored to perfection, per usual. Hair, suit, everything is perfect. And I can’t wait to see “The Last Five Years” next weekend and hear the cast album Tuesday on iTunes!

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 8.05.50 PM T. Swizzle is gorgeous. Love her dress, shoes, jewelry and how the colors of all three look amazing together. Perfect, Taylor, just perfect.

Those are my best- and worst- looks of the 2015 Grammy Awards. Thoughts?

Reviewing 1989. (The album, not the year)

 

I know it’s a little late, but I’ll be reviewing T.Swift’s new pop-online album. First off, I wanted to say how I was initially concerned that I wouldn’t like the album, but I really do like it. It’s well-written and very catchy. A+ Miss Swift. Can I just say how yesterday at chapter, our president asked who had this album. I proudly raised my hand: it’s that good.

Tracklist for 1989:

Welcome to New York. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!!! And not to mention, it came out the day I found out I was accepted to go to NYC this summer. I call that fate. It’s so catchy and peppy. It’s making so excited to be in the city this summer. And it’s the official NY tourism song, insane right? Yes, “New York has been waiting for me.” Love this song.

Blank Space. Easily one of my favorite songs off the album. It’s pure perfection and I love it! “It’s gonna be forever or worth the pain. I got a blank space baby and I’ll write your name.” I love it. PERECTION in terms of a song.

Style. So peppy and upbeat, it makes me want to dance! 🙂 Ugh, I’m waiting for a dance to it on DWTS!

Out of the Woods. The iTunes preview doesn’t do this song any justice. It’s great. And is it really about HARRY STYLES??? Can someone confirm? As a journalist, I want to know the truth! (Haha, lol.)

All You Had to do Was Stay. Amazing. Love it. So great. 

I Wish you Would. LOVE LOVE. Great song. So peppy.

Bad Blood. Oh wow, this is so catchy. More importantly, who is Taylor feuding with??

Wildest Dreams. At first, I didn’t like it. But it’s growing on me as a sweet ballad.

How You Get the Girl. I LOVE THIS SONG. Hands down, one of the best off the album. It’s very dance-y and I love it. It’s even my alarm. 

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I Know Places. Kinda haunted. (haha, I just realized that pun. Oh wow, that was not intended.) But, really good.

Clean. The one song I’m not crazy about. 

No matter my tastes, I think we can all agree that Taylor did a great job on this album, and as Brad Paisley said, “New York’s gain is Nashville’s loss.”

And speaking of music, One Direction just released a new track off their soon-to-be-released album, called “Ready to Run.” I love it because it’s more than their traditional past songs that are very dance-y. It’s a beautiful ballad, and I really like the mature sound. Great job, One Direction, great job. It’s mature, well-written and catchy. I love it. People are comparing it to Steal My Girl: but I don’t see that. (Partly because I wasn’t a fan of the previous single, but Ready to Run: it’s good.)

LISTEN HERE.

New post. New thoughts.

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven’t had much time to devote to this blog recently: a journalist’s job is never done, as I’ve been crazy busy with homework, class projects and everything thing else I’ve overcommitted myself to. (But, I sort of love my life that way.)

I thought I’d just sit in ramble for today’s post. Just talk.

What’s been happening since I last posted?

  1. George Clooney is officially off-the-market and married an amazing high-profile human rights lawyer.
  2. I’ve become obsessed with “Once Upon a Time” AND “How to Get Away With Murder.” As well as, “Manhattan Love Story,” “A to Z,” “Red Band Society”  and of course, Greys and Scandal. Great shows, start watching. (I mean, #TGIT, anyone?)
  3. The whole Ebola news thing everyone should be aware of is big news.
  4. Applying to study and intern in NYC this summer and London this fall. (Dream: to intern at a publication like Seventeen. Fingers crossed!)
  5. I interviewed a major YouTube star (“HelloKaty”) and wrote a profile on that. Read it here.
  6. One Direction announced the track list for their fourth studio album, “Four.”
  7. Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars.
  8. Taylor Swift’s new pop album “1989” will be released any day now. And “Out of the Woods” may be inspired by a Mr. Harry Styles.
  9. Everyone’s been obsessing over “American Horror Story” which stars my camp alum, Emma Roberts.
  10. The Kansas City Royals will officially be playing in World Series. (GO CARDINALS!)

One thing I’ve noticed about the world: is such a huge focus on the superficial sides. And while, I love fashion and celeb gossip, I admit that’s not what matters: family, doing what you love, etc– that’s what matters, not what you wear or how popular you are, it’s how you perceive yourself and who you want to be. No one can belittle who you are or tell you who to be except for yourself. Be brave, be strong, be yourself. Because no one else for stick up for yourself other than you.

I just wish more girls, and people in general, would be able to be 100 percent themselves and not worry about how others perceive them. So, if you want to wear a certain outfit or attain for a certain career: go for it. Chase your dreams. Be a superstar. Be amazing. You are amazing. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that. Your opinion is the only one that matters.

Alright, I’m off to watch Greys, Scandal and the Cardinal game, as well as work on some essays. Thanks for reading. xx