Olympic Superlatives: Fashion Edition

I’ve always been a sucker for a parade, and for themed outfits.

It stands to reason, then, that one of my favorite aspects of the Olympics is the unveiling of each country’s official uniform at the opening ceremony, be they good, bad, or downright ugly. Plus, the parade of nations is every athletes’ moment to shine; not all will go on to medal in the games, but they can rock their designer puffy coats all. Night. Long, and even again at the closing ceremony if they so choose.

So, let’s throw a little more pomp and circumstance at the ‘Games, and assign some superlatives to the world’s best ambassadors of winter wear.

Most Likely to be a Cadre of Stone Cold Assassins: New Zealand

Least Likely to be Mistaken for any Other Country: Canada

Most Likely to be Craving Fried Chicken, for Some Reason: Kyrgyzstan

Coming up later tonight #ontheblog – Olympic fashion choices, including these guys.

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Most Likely to be Filled with Delicious, Buttered Corn Ready for Popping: Australia

Most Likely to …I’m sorry, what were we talking about? Tonga

VDay Weirdness 2018: The Round-up!

For that Ken and Barbie couple

Oh Etsy, you veritable trove of odd and unexpected. Only you could offer up this disturbing show of affection.

Spotted at: Babble

McLovin’ on a New Level

There’s something to be said for getting your loved one something they truly love for V-Day. And if your partner is super into McDonald’s hamburgers, yes, Virginia: there is a gift for that.

Fossil, for some reason, made a designer McDonald’s-themed watch — sorry, timepiece –at one time and you can still score one online for about $170.

Spotted at: Crafts n Clocks

Filled with Candy and Sadness

This one I love: the anti-Valentine Piñata. Festive, accurate, and appropriate for anger-management, if not slightly dangerous, depending on the bat.

Spotted at: Amazon

The Gift of Truth

When you still care enough to buy a gift but you just want them to stop it already.

Spotted at: Zazzle

Pillow Talk

Grab these, and whose is whose is up to you. You can go all-out with an entire bed set though, too, if you so choose.

Spotted at: DefineDesign

Cover Image: Eggplant Earrings for the emoji-lover in your world.

Spotted at: sucresucre

GlobeWatch 2018: Turning to Fashion’s Dark Side

In a sea of black, how do we choose who wore it best?

As it turns out, making distinctions between best- and worst-dressed at the 2018 Golden Globes wasn’t — at least for me — affected much by the theme of the evening. The best were stunning, well-suited to the attendee’s body and personality, and on-trend.

The worst looked like belted trash bags.

But back to the best. My way-ahead winner of the night was Allison Janney in Mario Dice.

About last night…… #GoldenGlobes ( thx @InstyleMagazine) #instyleglobes

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The not-too-in-your-face butterfly design on the top gives it flair, especially those hip-hugging wings. But the overall fit is the real star, emphasizing Janney’s already willowy frame.

Next up: Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why in Prada, accented with Chopard jewels, and diamond star-shaped hair clips by Jennifer Behr.

I have my issues with the series, but none with this look — which, ironically, mirrors the tone of Langford’s character. It’s melancholy and sparkling at the same time, dramatic and understated, hopeful yet resigned. Someone put a lot of thought into the entire ensemble, and the work was worth it.

Getting to the Globes on time!!!!! With my brother following!

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Catherine Zeta-Jones had the hardest job of the night and did her time in flawless Zuhair Murad Couture. Her Lorraine Schwartz jewelry stood out as well, as the best representation of the event’s emerald trend.

Finally, Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano somehow managed to simultaneously rock capri pants and a ball gown. There were a lot of pants on the red carpet, including those shrouded with skirts, but Hendricks’ ensemble would have worked outside of a larger trend any day.

Leave your favorites in the comments – and see you at the SAGs 😁

butterfly in net

A Whimsical Wonderland

Festival of Trees 2017

We’ve cultivated a bit of an annual family tradition taking in the Berkshires’ Festival of Trees. Every year, there’s a theme – this year’s was Whimsical, Wonderful and the entire exhibit was augmented by an accompanying fine art show of Morgan Bulkeley’s 1-,2-, and 3-D art.

Ten different rooms were filled with trees decorated by various area organizations and businesses. Some of the favorites are below, including Interprint’s tiny universe-in-a-tree-trunk, the tree-sized Grinch, a nod to the Berkshire’s literary history by Arrowhead (which includes Ilvermorny atop Mount Greylock), and a diorama of the solar system called Cosmos, made out of ball ornaments and sponsored by Berkshire County ARC and Zip N’ Sort.

Juli’s favorite was ‘the blue one–‘ actually a mermaid tree complete with tails poking out of the branches. We also played a little ‘I Spy,’ finding hidden objects in each tree as listed on our programs for the first time this year, like ‘a whisk’ or ‘a girl on a swing.’ There were both simple and harder objects to find, to cater to kids of all ages.

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