2016 Oscars Countdown

Watching movies is one of my absolute favorite things to do, so it’s always a fun time of the year when the Academy Awards rolls around. While the talk of the town is Leonardo DiCaprio’s potential first Oscars win, I’m loving all the build-up to the actual event itself.

Kids Explain the Best Picture Nominees

Oh my word, this is too cute… and funny! I think it’s always interesting to hear a person’s summary of any film (everyone interprets so differently), but it’s particularly amusing when kids do it.

oscars-brooklyn-reenact

Kids Reenact Oscar-Nominated Films

In keeping with my cute-kids-do-the-Oscars theme, I can’t help but share these photos of kids reenactingย  the Oscar-nominated films. Room and Mad Max: Fury Road are both so spot-on, and The Revenant is hilarious.

2048x1500

Where Does the Red Carpet Come From?

True or False: The red carpet dates back to almost 2,500 years ago… True!

635917381840143076-XXX-SAG-AWARDS-ronan-213

Predicting What the Stars Will Wear

I know we’re not supposed to like the red carpet for the fashion anymore, but it’s possibly the prettiest and most glamorous part of the night. Can’t help but gush over some of these predictions (and wince at others – yikes).

c7f17e1366b7a257bcace6a97f789517

Black Artists Matter

This is a bit of a longer read, but it’s worth the time – it’s very good and very important. In another year when artists of color were shut out of the major Oscars categories, it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with the Academy and start asking what’s wrong with the industry.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 11.39.15 PM

#SmartGirlsAsk and #AskHerMore

I love red carpet fashion, but I also love the broader dialogue that #SmartGirlsAsk and #AskHerMore are creating about asking more meaningful questions on the red carpet (though, IMHO, some of the questions could be better focused on the topic at hand: film and entertainment). To help prep you for Oscars Sunday, you can watch answers to past #SmartGirlsAsk questions for the 2016 Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Emmys.

Will you be watching? What’s your favorite part of the Oscars?

xoxo

via 1 2 3 4 5 6

20 Books Recommended by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is the best. She’s funny, talented, and… an avid reader. I’ve been following her on social media for some time, but it wasn’t until I found this article that I realized just how many book recommendations she sneaks into her posts!

I love finding new recommendations for my to-read pile, but it’s even better when it’s from our girl Mindy.

CaZfQVGUEAQIk16

She’s recommended some pretty good reads that feel like they were cherry-picked from Mindy Lahiri‘s personal bookshelf: a little bit of romance, a little bit of comedy, and a little bit of quirk. Here are some of her book picks: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari), In Other Words (Jhumpa Lahiri), The Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes).

What’s your favorite book on Mindy’s list?

xoxo

image via

Weekend Reading

This has been kind of a weird week in terms of pacing. Sometimes it felt like the days were flying by, and other times… not so much. I’m just glad that it’s finally Friday!

My office is closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day, so it’s super exciting to have a long weekend and to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday night (and not worry about waking up early for work the next day!). Gavin is taking me to see The Grand Paradise, an immersive theater experience in Brooklyn. It just got a rave review in the New York Times, and it’s from the same company that produced the amazing Alice In Wonderland-themed immersive show Then She Fell (which we saw two summers ago).

Needless to say, it’s going to be be a fun weekend!

il_fullxfull.351003467

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

How to Read 100 Books a Year

Recipe: Creamy Hot Buttered Rum

Nice Women Finish First When They Ask the Right Questions

The Pursuit of Happiness: It’s All About Experiences, Not Things

5 Ways to Feel Productive Before 9 A.M.

Want to Influence Others? Start Using This Word

14 Stories That’ll Restore Your Faith in Love

A Heart Filled With Love, Not Stuff (grab the tissues – this one’s a tearjerker!)

On the blog this week:

3-Month Catch-Up

Me Before You Trailer

Winter Remedies

* * *

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day weekend!

xoxo

Image via

Winter Remedies

It’s impossible to get through winter without a few essentials. New York has actually has an extremely mild winter (aside from that record-breaking snowstorm!), but the humidity levels, temperature changes, and ancient radiators have been wreaking havoc on my skin and general well-being.

There’s a few things that have really helped make this winter a bit easier:

71da9926740398400650b19fc4333318

Cool Mist Humidifier

Oh my gosh – this little humidifier has worked absolute wonders on me. I had dry lips, dry skin, and a dry throat that were undoubtedly caused by my ambitious radiators, cold NYC wind, and general winter air. Once I started using a humidifier, I noticed an immediate difference in my breathing (especially at night) and my dry skin hasn’t been as itchy. I definitely recommend the Crane cool mist humidifier if you live in an apartment or house that doesn’t have a controllable heat setting (it truly helps cool down the room while adding some humidity!).

6bae28e7bbab7da4c5b0b6cdb271ba8d

Hot Toddy

I only recently discovered the art and wonder of the hot toddy – nature’s gift to cold sufferers and winter drink connoisseurs everywhere. The drink is really simple to make: hot water, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, and a splash of whiskey. I like to add black tea to mine, but it’s totally optional. A warm, boozy winter drink that can (maybe) cure a cold? I’m totally in.

IMG_8064.JPG

St. Ives

It makes total sense that there’s a picture of a snowy mountain on St. Ives products – they’re total lifesavers in winter conditions! When Influenster asked me to try out these products for free in exchange for my review, I got pretty excited. I’ve always liked St. Ives products, but haven’t tried some of the more refreshing scents.

I’m particularly loyal to the plain-smelling St. Ives Vitamin E body lotion and have been using it for years, so I was hesitant to try the Pear Nectar & Soy body lotion… But it works just as well and smells amazing! It does feel a bit greasy right after application, but it soaks right into your skin within a minute or two. A winner in my book. The Pink Lemon & Mandarin body scrub smells amazing and really makes me feel clean. And I really love the Oatmeal Scrub + Mask – it works well on dry skin (especially dry patches) and makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated after using it (super important when the air is crazy dry!).

The best part of all about St. Ives? It’s one of the most affordable skin care brands out there that actually works. All three of these products can be bought for under $5.00. Win-win.

3f0e9cdbb69d2fda3a85087199f9781e

Heat Therapy

I’ve been using a heating pad on my upper back and neck every night before going to bed, and it’s been an absolute lifesaver. I never notice how much I tense up when it’s cold outside and I’m shivering… until after I’m back inside and my muscles have a chance to relax. Applying heat before bed not only helps my muscles relax, but it also helps calm me into a sleep-ready mood. Totally recommend if you have sore winter muscles!

What are your essentials that you use to cope through the winter months?

xoxo

Images 1 2 3 4

Me Before You Trailer

Remember when I wrote about this amazing book that I read called Me Before You? Well, the trailer for the movie is finally here!

When I first heard about the casting, I couldn’t really imagine Game of Thronesย actress Emilia Clarke in the role of quirky Lou, and Sam Claflin just seemed too young to play Will, the quadriplegic man Lou’s been assigned to take care of. But after seeing the trailer, I’m totally convinced that these two can pull it off and bring this touching love story to life.

Here’s the trailer:

The only super disappointing thing about this trailer is the news that the movie’s release has been pushed back to June 3. I guess we’ll just have to wait until then to lose all sense of emotional stability in a dark movie theater..!