Sunday, January 30, 2011

SAG Awards: Fashion Police

Awards season, aka my NFL season with the Oscars being the Superbowl, is in full gear meaning oogles and oogles of runway/couture fashion. Yes it is bananas!

Tonight the SAGs (Screen Actors Guild) where actors honor actors, yes it gets a little pretentious. Where is Ricky Gervais to humble the audience when you need him?

The overall fashion was pretty safe and boring but there were a few standouts.

Here are a few of my favorites and worst dressed of the night.

Claire Danes in Louis Vuitton. Fabulous print, great texture and movement all the key elements to an amazing dress! Love the easiness of her hair, works perfectly with the dress.

Grade: B+
Diana Aragon in Chanel. Classic Chanel and I actually love the hemline it adds to the Frenchness and chicness of the dress. Love the shoes, now that is how a platform pump is done right!

Grade: B

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta. Sexy and sultry she pulls it off splendidly (hope there is Scotch double sided tape!) with the hair, makeup and confidence. Love the touch of the belt to give a little structure to the bodice. Not a design I would expect from Oscar but still an A.

Grade: A-
Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen. My favorite of the night. So youthful and effortless and the hair and makeup are perfect! So bummed she's not nominated for an Oscar, bc I'm sure she'd kill on the red carpet.

Grade: A+
Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli. Perfection as usual. She knows exactly how to dress her shape and the color is stunning. Classic bombshell, always a red carpet favorite!

Grade: A

Jane Lynch in Ali Rahimi. My worst dressed of the night. Look I love Jane Lynch, one of the funniest women out there and usually she does the red carpet fairly well, but not tonight. This dress is all wrong from the color (too light) to the structure (it adds 15 lbs). Jane I know you and your stylist can do better, here's waiting for the Emmys.

Grade: F

What are your thoughts on the SAGs red carpet?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thank God for Jameson and Pasta

When you've had a long work day being good and making it the gym and cooking a fresh meal just seems like one more hassle and the guilty pleasure alternatives start to run through your head...

What to eat for dinner? Kraft mac & cheese (the golden voice makes it sound so creamy and delicious) or that new recipe I already bought all the ingredients for

Am I going to go to yoga or make myself a cocktail? The Jameson is already in the house and its only 18 degrees out...

So to make bad decisions for the rest of the night or good decisions, I decided to be devil's advocate and land in the middle.

I did make the new recipe (Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta, recipe see below) I had all the ingredients for, but then again food with pasta and garlic you never really have to twist my arm too hard. By the way it was delicious, and I officially could never be on a no carbs diet. Life without pasta is not worth living.

...and Yoga lost to my favorite cocktail the Big Ginger (recipe below). I can be good and do downward dog tomorrow.

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Servings: 2
1/2 lb pasta (I used linguine)
1/4 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tsp basil, chopped
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
olive oil

1. Cook pasta in boiling pot until al dente
2. Mince garlic, chop basil, pulse sun-dried tomatoes in food processor until smooth
3. Heat saute pan on medium-high heat, add olive oil when hot
4. Add garlic and basil until fragrant (about 1 minute) then add sun-dried tomatoes for 2 minutes
5. Add milk and cream and red pepper flakes and cook for 7 minutes until sauce thickens
6. Drain pasta, reserving pasta water if sauce needs thickening
7. Mix pasta and sauce, top with fresh basil and Parmesan if desired. Season with salt and pepper.

Shown on my beautiful pasta plates from Cabo!

The Big Ginger
(credit: The Local Pub, Minneapolis, MN)
1/2 cup ice
double shot of Jameson
ginger ale
slice of lemon and lime

Pour Jameson over ice, add ginger ale to top off the glass and then add lemon and lime. Enjoy!