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Courteney Cox – still looking good – at “An Evening of Environmental Excellence”

Courteney Cox, with boyfriend Johnny McDaid, at “An Evening of Environmental Excellence” presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in Beverly Hills, California on March 21, 2014.

She still looks just fine to me.

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There’s still something about Cameron Diaz in a bikini

Wow – posting these photos was certainly a no-brainer.  At 41, Cameron Diaz still has a figure that would be envied by plenty of women half her age.  She was on vacation in the Caribbean last week with her girlfriends when she decided to do a striptease for her pals.

The following snippet comes from the Daily Mail (U. K.) online:

Cameron jokingly put on a strip show to amuse her laughing friends, pulling teasingly on the strings of her striped blue bikini top and pulled an exaggerated face as it fell off. Then breaking into gales of laughter, she flung the top to the side before grasping her breasts in her hands. The star, clad in her tiny red bikini bottoms, then enjoyed a dip with her friends.

Now I’m thinking, “Video!  Video!  Video!”

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Dream Builders project’s ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ benefit

Dream Builders project’s ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ benefit at H.O.M.E.  in Beverly Hills, California on March 15, 2014.

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Jill Wagner

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Kelli Berglund

Emmy Rossum at the ‘Before I Disappear’ after-party

Emmy Rossum’s new movie Before I Disappear premiered on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Here’s the synopsis of the movie, according to IMDb.com:

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

I can’t say Emmy’s one of my favorites, but then again, she is very attractive, and lately she’s really seemed to be blossoming.  At least that’s how it appears to me.  Here are a couple of pictures, from the film’s after-party after-party, held  at Supper Suite by STK with Blue Moon Beer, to help back up that opinion.

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Maria Menounos on the set of Extra at Universal City – March 7, 2014

As usual, Maria looks simply incredible, from every angle.

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Padma Lakshmi at the 6th Annual Blossom Ball Benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America

6th Annual Blossom Ball Benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America, held at 583 Park Avenue in New York City on March 7, 2014.

With Susan Sarandon, and Dr. Tamer Seckin, co-founder of the EFA with Padma.

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Today’s candids – Taylor Swift leaving Ballet Bodies dance studio in L. A.

March 1, 2014.

You like legs?  Here you go.

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Best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the after-parties – the “Wow!” factor

Many of the dresses worn by celebrities for their red carpet visits are high-fashion, custom-designed and tailored and very expensive statements – efforts to impress, created by the most famous and prestigious designers.  That’s fine for us, the viewers, who are the happy benefactors of their efforts and expense.  After the big awards show, there are the after-parties – big, important ones such as the Governor’s Ball and the Vanity Fair after-party. Here are some pictures that should get your attention.  They sure got mine.

Let’s hear it for Reese Witherspoon, who lately, much like Heidi Klum, has been dressing on the “Holy moley!” side of the fence, and all I can say is, “THANK YOU!” Of course, there’s Halle Berry, who almost always turns me to Jell-O, and Joanna Krupa, because when you think “Academy Awards” you automatically think “Joanna Krupa,” and Kate Hudson – oh baby! Let’s not forget Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, who always seem to find their way into these parties – and well they should! I can’t imagine any halfway-respectable party organizer leaving their names off the list!

And by the way – Jenna Elfman can come to my party any time.

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Reese Witherspoon

Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

Joanna Krupa

Joanna Krupa

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman

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Emmy Rossum

Worst of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the parties

Since there are plenty of celebrities – especially those who otherwise wouldn’t be part of the arrival scene or who might not quite be part of Hollywood’s A-list, and since so many of the A-listers change outfits for the after-parties, I thought they deserved a topic of their own – so here they are.

You can usually count on Diane Kruger to have a certain class when dressing for big events, so this outfit is a disappointment – this dress takes a couple of steps down in class.  It’s as if she’s simply trying to grab attention.  That may be understandable, considering the people she’s mixing with – or attempting to mix with – but she could have made a better impression by dressing the part.

Put simply, Paulina Rubio just looks like she’s a mess.  I can’t imagine what she was thinking.  I wonder if she thought that this is the way to gain prestige.  For me, this isn’t the way.

Is Nikki Reed wearing very nice pajamas or a casual kimono?  Is Olivia Munn wearing a bondage-accented toga?  Did Karolina Kurkova take fashion advice from the same consultant that advised Olivia Munn?  These questions – and more – pop into mind when looking at their dresses.  I wonder if celebrities in these kinds of spots even consider that such get-ups do their careers or reputations more harm than good.

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Diane Kruger

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Paulina Rubio

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – Part II

Here are a few more of the best-looking dresses from the 2014 Academy Awards.  So far all of the photos have been from the show arrivals, and these are, as well.  I’ll show the after-party gowns separately, since so many of the attendees change to a different outfit for the parties.

Charlize, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner are all beautiful, and Kristen Bell isn’t too bad-looking, either, but I think Charlize is simply breathtaking.

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Today’s daily candids – sexy or trashy?

Elisabeth Rohm – 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Santa Monica Beach, California – March 1, 2014

Lately Elisabeth has been out and about at a lot of public events, and has been dressing a lot more provocatively than I I can remember.  This makes me very happy – and I find this dress to be sexy – daring, yes, but no more out of line than we often see at awards shows and movie premieres.

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Rihanna – Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 show – Paris – March 1, 2014

This brings us to the trashy portion of our program.  I think Rihanna is a beautiful woman, and Heaven knows she’s got a fantastic figure – look, even Victoria’s Secret voted her as having the best bikini body of 2013 – but this is just plain trashy.  She has for some time been in the same unfortunate group as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus – women who have had to resort to wearing more and more outrageous or scandalous or mystifying outfits just to get, and to stay, noticed.  They really should learn that you can be sexy and still have at least a shred of class.  I think that Rihanna – like Miley – needs some real guidance, and she needs it right away.

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Daily Candids

I see a lot of pictures of celebrities – the A- listers and the not-quite A-listers, at all kinds of events both public and private. Some are not so striking, such as 39 pictures of Jessica Biel walking her dog, or someone taking a jog in Toluca Lake or Brentwood.

And then there are others- pictures of women so beautiful and so incredibly dressed that there are almost no words to properly express my amazement – and I don’t just mean Salma’s or Sofia’s or Halle’s gown at the latest major awards show. No, sometimes you see pictures like these – Maria Menounos on the set of Extra at Universal Studios on February 26th.

If ever there were pictures that could knock me off my chair, these are the ones. They instantly go into my “Holy moley!” Hall of Fame. I hope you like them, too.

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Daily candids – Sofia Vergara filming Modern Family in Australia

Sofia Vergara in an Agent Provocateur swimsuit, filming Modern Family on Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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This week’s “40 and Fabulous” feature – Giada De Laurentiis

Giada in the kitchen

Giada in the kitchen

Giada De Laurentiis is such a sweetheart!  I always think of her as pure, yummy honey.  I suppose that’s no surprise, since so much of her life revolves around food – she’s a TV chef with her own very popular shows on The Food Network, Everyday Italian and Giada at Home – she’s a cookbook author, has her own line of cookware at Target, and has been a judge on The Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star.

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Giada in the kitchen again

Still don’t know who she is?  Here’s some brief biographical info: She was born Giada Pamela De Benedetti on August 22, 1970 in Rome, Italy, the daughter of Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband, actor-producer Alex De Benedetti. Her maternal grandparents were film producer Dino De Laurentiis and Italian film star Silvana Mangano. After her parents’ divorce, Giada and her brothers and sisters moved to Southern California where they took their mother’s surname. She married Todd Thompson, a fashion designer. The couple’s only child, Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson, was born on March 29, 2008. Jade was named after her mother – “Giada” is Italian for “Jade.”

Giada and Jade - 7th Annual Kidstock Music and Arts Festival - June 2, 2013

Giada and Jade – 7th Annual Kidstock Music and Arts Festival – June 2, 2013

From Wikipedia:  On her Chefography, a Food Network biography program, she admitted that she never wanted to be in her “family business” of show business. She felt very uncomfortable in front of the camera when she first began hosting Everyday Italian, but has since become more relaxed and open on air. When the program first aired, the Food Network received mail accusing the network of hiring a model or actress pretending to cook instead of a real chef. Can you imagine that?  I can.  She’s 43, has a 5-1/2 year old daughter and looks as slim and fit as can be – and of course, she has that “light up the room” smile. Maybe she didn’t want to be in “the family business” at first, but for several years she has blossomed in front of the camera.  She’s known for her bubbly personality, and has – there’s just no denying it – become known and appreciated for her cleavage.  Let’s face it – she’s quite blessed for such a petite woman.  Fortunately for many of us, she’s helped foster the image, wearing tops on her cooking shows that accentuate her figure, and then there have been her appearances at special events, such asa awards shows, book signings and food festivals. Just look around and you’ll have no trouble at all finding penty of examples of this.  In particular, the dresses she wore at two recent events – Go Red For Women The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show, and the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 leave no doubt about it – Giada’s got assets and she knows it and she shows it.  Both of these dresses made me say “out loud, “Holy moley!  Look at her!”  I’m sure you’ll understand my reactions.

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40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – June 16 2013

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The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 show, – February 6, 2014

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InStyle Summer Soiree at the Mondrian Hotel in LA (August 14, 2013

Food Network's 20th birthday celebration - October 17, 2013

Food Network’s 20th birthday celebration – October 17, 2013

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2013 Golden Globes Weinstein Company after-party – January 13, 2013

Giada De Laurentiis and Maria Menounos at the 8th Annual Pink Party in Santa Monica, California - October 27, 2012.

With Maria Menounos – 8th Annual Pink Party in Santa Monica – Oct. 27, 2012.

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2007 John Huba photoshoot

Fashions at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

It was one of the nights we live for every year.  The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 12, 2014.  As is always the case, there was a huge variety of remarkable (and unremarkable) dresses on display as the celebrities made their way down the red carpet.

I know that many celebrities put a great deal of time and effort – not to mention, expense – into the selection fo dresses, jewelry, shoes and hairstyling, not to mention assorted accessories.  That’s just how it is.  Within the spectrum of ensembles, I found it really easy to categorize some as obviously jaw-dropping.  Let’s face it – Sofia Vergara, like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and a select few others – just have to show up, and they own the venue.  No doubt about it, Sofia wore two dresses – one at the arrival and another at the after-parties – that just come right out and knock you on your butt.  Revealing?  You bet – and in control of everyone around her.

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Then there are other dresses that are sexy without necessarily being so remarkably revealing.  Amy Adams’ two-tone red gown certainly was about as low-cut as she could get away with, but there was a certain sophistication to it, to my mind placing it in a bit of a different category.  The same holds true for Kaley Cuoco’s floral gown.  She, too, made a very decent display of cleavage, but it had a classiness that set it apart.

Reese Witherspoon looked terrific in a pale green gown that was at once simple, mildly conservative and sexy.  Well done, Reese.  Naomi Watts (shimmery in beige) and Robin Wright (in a paler white gown) wore dresses that were rather similar in style, and both looked as good as I can remember.  I was pleasantly surprised to see them both looking so beautiful.  I also liked Kristin Chenoweth’s form-fitting blue number.  I’m sure that plenty of fashion experts will say it was too simple, but I think it was nicely done.  She’s very petite, but she looked extremely attractive, and her hair-style added a very nice touch of class to the overall picture.

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Amy Adams – arrivals

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Robin Wright – arrivals

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Reese Witherspoon – arrivals

 

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Naomi Watts – arrivals

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Kristin Chenoweth – Netflix/Weinstein Company after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Odette Anable – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odd – maybe not really bad, but not great, either

Of course, there were a few odd-looking gowns, from my point of view.  I saw a few such outfits and found it somehow tough to decide if I liked them or not, and whenever I have to second-guess if I like them or not, then I know they don’t work for me.  Jennifer Lawrence seemed to arrive to general acclaim, but I remain undecided about her gown.  Sexy?  Sure.  Classy?  Again, sure.  But the circular black stripes – I just didn’t love the overall look.  What can I say?  Ok, I know – if were were out to dinner and she were wearing a dress anything like that one, I’d be knocked out.  Even so, when compared to some of the dresses worn by other women at the event, I think it takes somewhat of a back seat.

I really like Alyssa Milano – I’ve liked her for a long time – but I don’t know what she was thinking.  She’s got some figure, but this dress was ill-fitting and strangely conservative – almost dowdy.  Nope, not a good choice, love. When I saw Julia Roberts arrive, I thought, at first, “What a stylish look.”  Then I saw that she was wearing a very low-cut gown with apparently a men’s white white dress shirt, I reconsidered.  Julia so often looks incredible that seeing her in an outfit like this is a disappointment.

Crystal Reed’s outfit was not a success, perhaps a near-miss.  What seemed like horizontal-oriented stripes (maybe stripes is a bad description – ruffles?) were contrasted against a vest that was reminiscent of a bullfighter’s vest.  The combination was simply not complementary.  I couldn’t figure out Emilia Clarke’s gown, either.  What kind of print is that?  Protozoan?  Jeez, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single-celled animal print dress before.  Leopard, zebra, tiger, even ocelot – yes – but never something like this.  She’s a beautiful sexy woman who chose unwisely.  The dress that Elisabeth Rohm wore at The Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party wasn’t exactly bad, but I don’t think it was successful, either.  She looked very nice, but the dress seemed unremarkable to me, and the hairstyle wasn’t my cup of tea, either.  We already have a Pink, and one is enough, thank you very much.  That brings me to Taylor Swift.  She looked wonderful in her arrival dress – which I’ll show below – but her short, black outfit at the WB/InStyle after-party didn’t work for me at all.  I know what she was trying to do – wear something sexy, even a little edgy – but in the end, it was somehow too busy – if you want to make a statement, make a statement – but it might have a bigger payoff if you really commit.

Jennifer Lawrence - arrivals

Jennifer Lawrence – arrivals

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Alyssa Milano – Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party

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Crystal Reed – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tayloer Swift – WB/InStyle after-party

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Elisabeth Rohm – Weinstein Company/Netflix after=party

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Julia Roberts – arivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just plain bad

There were several downright bad outfits, too.  I can’t for the life of me figure out Patricia Arquette’s thought process.  Her dress seemed to consist of a badly-fitting black, floor-length gown at the bottom, with a white satin top.  She wasn’t done yet.  SHe also was wearing vest-like cover-up with lace sleeves near the wrest, while the rest of it appeared to have gone through a shredder.  This outfit was perhaps the worst dress of the night.  Maggie Q’s outfit at the HBO after-party was very nearly a pants-suit.  Black slacks and a black suit-jacket top – was that something she had in her personal collection or did a stylist “help” her shoose it?  Either way, it was, I should say, ill-advised.

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Patricia Arquette

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Maggie Q – HBO after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant

Let’s move on to happier results.  First I have to mention Sandra Bullock.  She was at the top of my “sexy yet elegant” list.  I suppose it was a little more revealing than we usually see from Sandra, but the whole story – a beautiful gown with large, bold color sections and an elegant (there’s that word again) hairdo – but she was the very picture of style.

Taylor Swift’s dress showed how well simplicity can be executed.  Simple in design, perhaps, but sophisticated and very attractive.  Top it off with a very appropriate hairstyle and you have a winner.

Hayden Panettiere was possibly the biggest, happiest surprises of the night for me.  She wore a dress that was form-fitting without being skintight, with a thigh-high slit. This was such a good choice!  She is another petite celebrity, and this outfit seemed to make her look taller.  The accessories – large, ball-shaped earrings and a large diamond brooch were fine additional touches.  I liked this one a lot.

Maggie Grace and Juliana Margulies looked terrific, as well.  From what I’ve seen so far, a lot of people were far more taken with Juliana than I was, but I have to give credit where credit is due – she looked beautiful.  At the WB/InStyle after-party, Amanda Righetti wore a slinky, pale gold dress that showed off her incredible figure.  Along with Hayden, Amanda was probably my second happiest surprise.  This was some dress!  Paz Vega, also at the WB/InStype after-party, looked positively glamorous.  And that smile!  It was nice to see someone who looked genuinely happy to be at the event.

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Sandra Bullock – arrivals

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Juliana Margulies – arrivals

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Hayden Panettiere- arrivals

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Amanda Righetti – WB/InStyle after-party

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Taylor Swift – arrivals

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Paz Vega – W/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaw-dropping incredible display

We now come to the “Oh my God!” portion of our show.  I admit – and I’m sure many, if not most, of you have to agree – these are the dresses we’ll talk about the most.  Usually this means Cleavage City, but it ani’t necessarily so.  Let’s take a look at the perhaps unsubtle, knock-you-right-out dresses that make us watch these kinds of awards shows.

First up is Kate Beckinsale.  Kate, all I can say is, “Thank you!”  For whatever reason, she’s never been a favorite of mine – there are too many other celebrities that I like a lot more – but when a beautiful woman wears a dress like this, it makes me very happy.

Next, at the WB/InStyle after-party (Good grief, this must have been some party!  Can you say “Eye candy?”) we have Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Miranda Kerr and Sofia “I own this place!” Vergara.  I’ll get back to Sofia in a moment.

It seems that Vanessa used the occasion to make a statement – “Hey!  I’m not a little girl any more!”  Vanessa, we know!  Ever since seeing her in a bikini in Spring Breakers, we’ve known!  I don’t need any more convincing but it certainly is welcome, so long as she doesn’t go over the edge a la Miley Cyrus.

Julianne Hough found a form-fitting – dare I say, tight-fitting – black dress that managed to be revealing, and see-through in parts, yet covered – a very fine discovery, if you ask me.  Supermodel Miranda Kerr wore a dress that perhaps few other woman could wear.  It looks as if it’s made up of separate front and back sections, laced together, showing her bare back, hips and legs – incredible!

Now for Sofia.  What can I say?  Some pundits have criticized her for always wearing the same kind of dress at these events.  My reply is, “Yeah?  So?”  I say, “Oh, Sofia!”  At the after-party she wore a very slinky , sparkly dress with a very wide, deeply-plunging cut that showed off her celebrated assets.  That would have been enough of a triumph for some women, but that was merely Chapter 2 for her – take a look at the much more elegant, arrival-appropriate but still knockout-quality arrival gown.  Do you have any doubt that everybody whipped their heads around to ogle Sofia when she arrived?  You probably wouldn’t want to place any bets on that.

One of the first arrivals was The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch.  Melissa may be petite – for Heaven’s sake, they’ve used the quip “teeny, tiny body” on the show – but when she’s on the red carpet, she’s dynamite.   She wore a canary yellow dress that had some toga-like features, yet must have been from a stylist who normally works with Sofia Vergara.   This dress sure got my attention.

There were two others in the “jaw-dropping” category that I want to mention.  Cassie Scerbo wore a black dress with such a large slit that almost seemed as if she could remove the skirt section of the dress, revealing culottes underneath.  Of course this wasn’t the case, but it sure made me sit up and take notice!

This brings me to Margot Robbie.  She was in the short-lived TV series “Pan Am” but because it wasn’t around for so long she still seems like a newcomer.  Her thigh-high slit, sparkle-trimmed, almost skin-tight white dress will no doubt be talked about for a long time.  I know I’ll be happy to talk about it.  The slit – not exactly on the side – showed lots of leg as she walked down the red carpet, and she looked so stunning that the phrase “head-turner” couldn’t have been overused.

Julianne Hough - WB/InStyle after-party

Julianne Hough – WB/InStyle after-party

Sofia Vergara - arrivals

Sofia Vergara – arrivals

Sofia Vergara - WB/InStyle after-party

Sofia Vergara – WB/InStyle after-party

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margot Robbie - arrivals

margot Robbie – arrivals

Melissa Rauch - arrivals

Melissa Rauch – arrivals

Heidi Klum - arrivals

Heidi Klum – arrivals

Miranda Kerr - WB/InStyle after-party

Miranda Kerr – WB/InStyle after-party

Vanessa Hudgens - WB/InStyle after-party

Vanessa Hudgens – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the night

Maria Menounos will probably never win an Oscar or an Emmy or a Golden Globe award or a Tony or a BAFTA award or even a Deutsche Fernsehpreis, but she is spectacular.  Her fuchsia-colored gown, with numerous strategic cut-outs, was, for me, the most amazing-fitting dress I saw all night.  It wasn’t exactly tight – rather, it was molded to her amazing figure.  Top that off with a simple but refined hair style, and you end up with a goddess-like aura that not only knocked me out, but knocked me out way more than anyone else.  It definitely wasn’t the most revealing dress of the night, but to me it was the sexiest, and the one out of all of them that I have the hardest time forgetting.

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Fashions at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Hooray!  The Hollywood awards show season has officially begun.  With the advent of the People’s Choice Awards on January 8th, we are in the midst of an ongoing feast for the eyes, knowing, as we do, how the women of the big screen (movies) and much smaller screen (TV) dress up for such events.

I’ll be the first to admit that I look forward to such events in the hopes that a number of women will wear dresses or gowns or some kind of outfit that’s very revealing, or even borderline scandalous.  I’ll get to a few examples of such outfits shortly.  First, let’s take a deserved look at a few celebrities whose outfits were attention-getting not because there were over-the-top sexy, but because they were sexy yet classy and stylish.

Leading this group were Sandra Bullock, Naya Rivera,

Sandra Bullock - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Sandra Bullock – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Juliana Margulies - 2014 People's Choice Awards - show

Juliana Margulies – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – show

 

Lucy Hale - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Lucy Hale – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

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Naya Rivera – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – press room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few outfits that look seem almost too sexy to be called really refined, but not as outrageous as the jaw-dropping ones seen a bit further below.

When I saw Melissa, my reaction was, “Wow!  She looks great!  You never see her like that on The BIg Bang Theory!”  Taylor Spreitler and Adelaide Kane are certainly dressed attractively, yet appropriate for women so young.  They don’t look inappropriately provocative, as a smiliaarly young Miley Cyrus has obviously never learned.  And Kaley?  At the moment, it seems that Kaley – like Sandra – can do no wrong.  She’s got the looks and the persona that allow her to dress to impress and shout, “Look at me!” yet remain tasteful.

Melissa Rauch - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Melissa Rauch – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Taylor Spreitler - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Taylor Spreitler – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

 

Adelaide Kane - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Adelaide Kane – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Kaley Cuoco - 2014 People's Choice Awards - press room

Kaley Cuoco – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – press room

 

Here are some examples of the very nice-looking outfits that were quite nice, but somehow a little restrained – and in a couple of instances, perhaps almost too restrained.  It’s probably unfair to show Melissa Joan Hart in this kind of category, but it’s a little tough to classify.  After all, she looks great, and she’s showing a fair amount of leg, and I do like the dress and wanted to show a picture of her – but I just didn’t know where to place it.

That brings us to Emily Deschanel.  I think she’s a beautiful woman and I like her a lot.  She’s very talented, popular and successful, but somehow at events like this, she manages to choose a gown or dress that’s on the verge of being dowdy.  Maybe in this case that’s not truly reasonable, but that was, after all, my first impression.

Melissa Joan hart - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Melissa Joan hart – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Emily Deschanel - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Emily Deschanel – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

 

And here are the outfits many of us are most interested in seeing, if we’re really honest.   I’m talking about the kind of gown that makes you say, “Holy moley!  She’s about to pop out of that dress!” or, “How does that dress stay up?” or, “Does she know we can see right through it?”  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not upset about this – these dresses always make me very happy.

About all I can say about Malin Akerman’s dress is, “Thank you, Malin!  Thank you very much!”  And, I might add, “Yesssss!”

When I saw Kat Dennings’ arrival dress, I thought, “Holy mackerel!”  Kind of tough to tear my eyes away from her.  Then again, this is pretty typical for her, but hey, why not?  She’s blessed with the assets and proud to show them off.  Who am I to argue?  I hope she stays in the public for a long time to come.

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi – you don’t have to prove anything to me!  In the last couple of years, she’s been wearing similar traffic-stopping gowns – maybe as a statement to the world after her divorce, and maybe as a self-confidence affirmation – whatever it is, I approve.  Just take a look at her dress at the 2013 American Music Awards, the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the 2013 Academy Awards – Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party (incredible!) the “Nebraska” premiere at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival or MTV’s 2012 European Music Awards. (Also, truly incredible!)  I mean, really!  Heidi, I believe!

Then there is Jessica Alba.  Good grief, she seems to have the world at her feet.  She’s wearing a skin-tight, low-cut, zipper-front, almost bondage-themed dress that like several others that night, made me say, “Oh, holy moley!”  But the thing is, however else the dress may look, or whatever it may represent, it seems to have an element of elegance.  Sure, that seems contradictory, but I think it’s a fair opinion, and the look certainly works for me.  No complaints here.

Malin Akerman - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Malin Akerman – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Kat Dennings - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Kat Dennings – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Heidi Klum - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Heidi Klum – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Jessica Alba - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Jessica Alba – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Jennifer Hudson’s dress belongs in the super-sexy category, since it takes an incredible figure and a lot of self-confidence to wear a outfit like this, but it seems somehow elegant – but it’s almost celebratory, a statement dress.  I’d imagine that relatively few women can wear a dress like that, and at 32, she’s on top of her game.  In addition, was at the show to receive the “Favorite Humanitarian” award, in recognition for her charity work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she formed with her sister Julia Hudson in memory of her nephew following his murder (and that of her mother and brother) in 2008.  It’s pretty tough to argue with that.

Jenifer Hudson - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Jenifer Hudson – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

There are plenty of celebrities that I haven’t mentioned here.  Of course, I can’t show pictures of every celebrity who appeared at the show, let alone comment on them, because I don’t really have the space or time, and besides, that would be unfair.  There are plenty of people, and entire organizations, that make their living, from doing just that.  That’s not my sole job or responsibility so I’ll be satisfied with the pictures of the beautiful women I’ve posted here.  And just think – the Golden Globe Awards are on January 12th, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are on January 18th, and the Academy Awards are on March 2nd, 2014, so there will be plenty of more amazing pictures to follow!

This week’s “40 and Fabulous” feature – Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross really came into the public eye when she played Laurie Richardson on “NYPD Blue” beginning in 1998.  She had been appearing on television for years before that – in such series as “The Heights,” “Murder one,” “Days of Our Lives,” the much un-lamented “Pauly,” “Trinity” and “Beggars and Choosers.”

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Shower scene on “NYPD Blue”

Ross’s stay on NYPD Blue was punctuated by an indecenty lawsuit brought against ABC.  The Federal Communications Commission tried to enforce its rules governing what’s acceptable or unacceptable to show on broadcast television.   In the opening scene of the episode titled “Nude Awakening” that aired in February 2003 during the series’ 10th season, Ross was seen nude from the rear and partially from the side. The scene involved Theo Sipowicz (Austin Majors), young son of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), encountering his dad’s girlfriend, Connie (Ross), in a bathroom where she was preparing to take a shower.  In January of 2011, the court found that the FCC’s rules governing various aspects of program contents – in this case, a “fleeting” glimpse of Charlotte Ross’ bare derriere – are “unconstitutionally vague” and, therefore, “impermissible.”

"Safe Haven" premiere in Hollywood - Feb 5, 2013

“Safe Haven” premiere in Hollywood – Feb 5, 2013

It took the FCC five years, after receiving complaints

from watchdog groups, to assess fines totaling $1.21 million. The fines were to have been divided among the 44 ABC affiliates that aired the episode. In its story posted Tuesday, Broadcasting & Cable reported that ABC has already paid the fine because, apparently, the company had to pay the fine in order to appeal it.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party - Feb 27, 2011

Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party – Feb 27, 2011

More recently, she has appeared in several TV movies and had a recurring role as Judy Fabray on Glee, and Olivia Vincent on the series “Hit the Floor”

For several years, she has been a regular attendee at awards shows and movie premieres.  I’m not sure what brought about this r resurgence in her popularity, but I am very grateful for it.  In some ways, she reminds me of Heather Graham.  Granted, Charlotte may be a bit curvier, but still…

Pink Party 2011 - Se[p. 10, 2011

Pink Party 2011 – Se[p. 10, 2011

Although she may not exactly be a Hollywood A-lister – which doesn’t bother me in the least – she seems to be well-regarded.  At the very least, I regard her highly.  She’s 45 and still looks fine.

21st annual Environmental Media Awards - Oct. 15, 2011

21st annual Environmental Media Awards – Oct. 15, 2011

2013 Genesis Awards benefit gala - March 23, 2013

2013 Genesis Awards benefit gala – March 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Genesis Awards benefit gala – March 23, 2013

Emmy Week 2012 Cocktail Party - September 16, 2012

Emmy Week 2012 Cocktail Party – September 16, 2012

Robin Roberts comes out as gay, gives thanks for her “restored good health”

Robin Roberts, co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” thanked her loved ones and her ‘long-time girlfriend,’ Amber Laign, for their support during her year of breast cancer-related treatment in heartfelt message on Facebook on Sunday, December 29th.   Although those close to her have known about it for years,  it was the first time that she had publicly acknowledged that she is a lesbian.

“I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health,” Roberts wrote.  “I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life.  I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.”

Roberts’ girlfriend, Amber Laign, is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in treating patients recovering from injuries, sources said. The couple met through mutual friends and have been in a committed relationship, living together in New York, for more than ten years.

Roberts survived a bone marrow transplant in 2012 to treat myelodysplastic syndrome, a disorder spurred by her treatment for breast cancer – as if the breast cancer weren’t enough. The treatment included undergoing chemotherapy to destroy her diseased bone marrow.  Laign was reportedly the major source of her strength through the health crisis. She survived breast cancer in 2007 and Myelodysplastic Syndrome in 2012.

“I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health,” she added. “I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life.”

Sources told TMZ that Roberts chose this opportunity to acknowledge Laign for all that she’s done after a challenging year together.

Roberts added, “On this last Sunday of 2013, I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too.”

I wish her well.  Heaven knows she’s had a difficult few years.  I’d say she’s due a few years of peace and good health.  With that in mind, I must say that while she is much admired, well respected and popular, and her health problems have been quite public, her battles – while noble, are no more righteous or praiseworthy than similar battles from non-famous, determined people fight serious illness with quiet dignity but don’t receive well-wishes and encouragement from thousands of people from all over the world.  Who knows?  Maybe the extra positive spirit could be the difference between enjoying more years of productive, joyful time with family, friends and colleagues and leaving your loved ones much too soon.

This week’s “40 and Fabulous” feature – Elizabeth Hurley

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Lights up the Empire State Building – October 1, 2012 – 20th anniversary of the Estee Lauder compay’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

Where do I begin?  Elizabeth Hurley seems ageless to me.  I know she’s not – after all, nobody really is, no matter how much we may wish for it – but I think Liz comes pretty close.  No, she’s never exactly been an angel – witness the various relationships she’s had – and maybe she’ll never win an Oscar – but I don’t care.

Breast cancer awareness campaign event at Rinascente on October 25, 2006 in Milan, Italy.

Breast cancer awareness campaign event at Rinascente on October 25, 2006 in Milan, Italy.

For a number of years, she’s been a spokeswoman for Estee Lauder and the effort to raise breast cancer awareness.  Whatever you may think of her, it’s tough to denigrate such effort for such a worthwhile cause.

The way I see it, I’d rather just let her pictures do the talking.

 

 

Breast Cancer Research Foundation's 2013 Hot Pink Party -  New York City - April 17, 2013

Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 2013 Hot Pink Party – New York City – April 17, 2013

Did I mention that she’s 48 years old?

Elizabeth Hurley switches on the pink lights for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Selfridges in London, September 29, 2011.

Elizabeth Hurley switches on the pink lights for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Selfridges in London, September 29, 2011.

From IMDB.com:

  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#83)
  • Voted the 13th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine – September 2002.
  • Named #45 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005″ special supplement. (2005)
  • Named #75 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006″ supplement. (2006).
 2012 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street -  New York City, - August 2, 2012

2012 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street – New York City, – August 2, 2012

According to Harold Ramis, who directed Liz on 2000′s Bedazzled, he wanted her to continue with the sexy costumes she had worn throughout the film with each change in persona.  In her last scene, in which she played a lawyer, he wanted her to wear a short skirt.  (A very wise idea, I must say.)  She told him, “I have just the thing.”  The super-short number she wore was from her own wardrobe.  Gotta love that!

ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner in London June 9, 2011

ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner in London June 9, 2011

Liz had her first child at age 36, a son Damian Charles Hurley on April 4, 2002. Damian’s father is her ex-boyfriend, Steve Bing.

Elizabeth Hurley & Evelyn Lauder Light The Empire State Building October 1, 2010

Elizabeth Hurley & Evelyn Lauder Light The Empire State Building October 1, 2010

And now for some good news.  It turns out that her acting career is back in gear.  According to IMDB.com, she has finished one movie- an action-thriller called Viktor, is due to be released in 2014, and another movie titled Purgatory has been announced,  This makes me very happy!  And finally – here’s a photo of Liz at the National Ballet’s Nutcracker reception in London on December 12, 2013 – just in case you thought some of the photos above weren’t recent enough.

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Yep, still looking very good!

 

This week’s “40 and Fabulous” feature – Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen can’t really be 50, can she?  It doesn’t seem possible, does it?  Not to me – not even close.

'Robot Chicken's Skate Party Bus Tour' - August 1, 2009

‘Robot Chicken’s Skate Party Bus Tour’ – August 1, 2009

She first came to public attention in “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.  THen probably most notably she played the role of Dr. Jing-Mei ‘Deb’ Chen on the TV series ER from 1995 to 2004.  There followed the role of Judge Linda Harris on Two and a Half Men from 2007 to 2010, and then Stargate Universe from 2009 to 2011.

Disney & ABC Television Group's 2013 Summer TCA Party, LA  - Aug. 4, 2013

Disney & ABC Television Group’s 2013 Summer TCA Party, LA – Aug. 4, 2013

Next came Eureka (on the SciFi network, now SyFy) from 2011 to 2012.  There have been other, smaller roles between the longer runs, but these are, I’d say, the most notable parts.  Oh, and let’s not forget – she voiced the role of the title character Mulan in the Mulan movie series.

2013 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards - Burbank - June 26, 2023

2013 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards – Burbank – June 26, 2023

Not too bad, I’d say.  That brings us to the present, and I’m happy to say, she is once again on network TV - as Melinda May on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 promotional portrait

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 promotional portrait

She seems almost ageless.  I don’t know how she does it; I have to assume that she works very hard at staying in shape.  After all, that is her livelihood, isn’t it?  Whatever it is, the point is – she does it, unlike so many of us.  And whatever it is, I love it!