Lazy Girl’s Oscar Party

I know I’m a little late to the party in talking about an oscar party and the oscar fashions, but it just helps support the theme of this post – lazy! We love to host parties at our house but we all know it’s a lot of work! We really wanted to have people over for an oscar viewing party but wanted to do it cheap and easy. I can’t think of anyone that would disagree that a potluck is the easiest and laziest way to throw a party. You hardly even have to host, just open your front door and have plates available. We had a lot of fun; with popcorn, chocolates and drinks in the basement with the academy awards playing on the big screen and upstairs hosted the food and what was supposed to be the “quiet” watching area, but I think it ended up being much louder. My only request was that people bring their favourite dish and that could have been literally anything. I joked to my friend Hollie that she could bring pepperoni sticks and a 2 litre of coke! We also do winner predictions with $10 each contribution, this year I won the pot – but that wasn’t just good guessing I do a lot of research online before making my predictions!

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I leave out the categories that no one really knows about, like shorts and foreigns and documentaries. Not that those aren’t worthy!!! They’re just not as out in popular culture. It was really a neck and neck race between myself and my step mom Jane, we are both pop culture junkies and super competitive, but I came out victorious!

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My friend Erin and I did 2 cheese and 2 chocolate fondues as our contribution to the potluck. The cheese ones were a baked brie with apples and a swiss cheese and champagne (seemed fitting for an oscar party), the chocolate ones were a coffee toblerone and white chocolate marshmallow with walnuts (that one was pretty much made up on the fly, after some serious trial and error). We put three of them in crock pots, they had to mostly be heated up on the stove to get the cheese melty enough, but they lasted all night once they were transferred. So delicious!

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The dippers! We also included a veggie tray for the dippers – really good with the swiss.

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Baked brie, coffee toblerone, swiss cheese, and the white chocolate peeking out from the loan fondue pot!

People brought so many delicious things to this party! I had so many leftovers for the week (another major benefit to hosting a potluck!)

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Hollie’s fancy pants charcuterie, Hollie is the ultimate Martha Stewart. Canada’s younger, hotter Martha.

Spinach dip, ham and cheese buns, cheese and cracker platter with fruits and veggies.

We had several crockpots plugged in all over the kitchen, the mac and cheese and my Dad’s delicious chili that I ate for three days after.

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You have to have wine for an Academy Award party.

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Filling up the plates, I went several rounds!

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Part of the downstairs crew.

Now onto the fun part, the dresses.

My absolute best dressed without a doubt was Saoirse Ronan. The dress was amaze, so gorgeous and the colour! I die for it!

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Close seconds were Charlize Theron in Dior (simplicity at it’s best) and Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad (an edgier look that I thought was amazing on her).

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Worst dressed – sorry to say because I adore Mindy Kaling but this Elizabeth Kennedy dress was not cutting it for me. Way too tight and completely bland in the front while carrying a giant tarp from the back! I know there were some dresses that were ten times more offensive then Mindy’s  but I guess this was more my biggest disappointment because she usually takes a lot of fashion risks and kills it.

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Close seconds – Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren – WHY with this material!? What is it even? It makes her look large and she actually has a great figure. It’s basically a garbage bag that has been pinned into dress form, I hate it!

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Reese Witherspoon in Oscar de la Renta; terrible material (is it taffeta?), bad fit and stupid additional material all over her breast and bum! She can do better!

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Finally, the dress I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I know I don’t like the belt but I think I like the colour and the ruffles – I really can’t decide on this one. Brie Larson in Gucci, I know I hate her hair.

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My Oscar outfit consisted of a tank top and jeans, so I’m not in much of a position to judge! My top is Triumph and my jeans are Express.

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Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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“Man, I really like Vegas.” part 2

As this was such a long trip to sin city, it is no surprise that this trip has to span across two blog posts. And honestly, I could talk about my adventures in Vegas all day.  The third day with our friends, we wanted to try a party pool so we went to Bare at the Mirage. It was just ok, and definitely a different experience when going with husbands than with a group of girls! Really expensive and not really worth it. We soon moved over to the main pool at the Mirage and enjoyed relaxing in the pool and eating a big mid afternoon lunch poolside that we got from California Pizza Kitchen – they have awesome tortilla soup!

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IMG_7847After this hot and sunny pool day we had plans for dinner and a show. We had a really casual dinner and then stopped by the Las Vegas sign for a photo op. After some drinks and gambling (and losing!) at Mandalay Bay we saw the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil and it was fab! We had great seats and the dancing is amazing. We finished the night with some late night pizza at Pin Up Pizza!

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Vegas has such an unlimited supply of unique picture spots. I’m obsessed with the shoes I was wearing that night, I got them in San Francisco when I was there a few months ago. Although, my feet were pretty sore after a whole night in them.

The next day was Ryan and Lisa’s last full day so we spent the whole day at the pool, sipping on their skinny strawberry splash cocktails  (a few pitchers truth be told) and soaking up the sun.

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Once we had our fill of the sun for the day, we went up for a little nap and got ready for a casual night on the strip. I know this is really embarrassing and kind of tacky but every time I go to Vegas I have to eat at the Cheesecake Factory! It’s soooooo good and we don’t have it in Canada. The menu is basically novel sized and they have this Luau salad that I am obsessed with, I get it every time. We did some shopping at forum shops, ate dinner at cheesecake factory, went on the New York roller coaster (every time I go on that ride I’m sure it’s one away from falling right off the track) and basically just strolled the strip doing the touristy things. We ended up at the Wynn and had some drinks at the Parasol Down patio where they do these bizarre but really entertaining waterfall shows.

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Ryan and Lisa were on an evening flight the next day so we had the whole day of fun! They and my husband Ryan wanted to try Shake Shack which is supposed to have the best burgers in the world or something. Burgers and fries aren’t really my weakness, I could take it or leave it. I’m more of a candy girl, or movie popcorn! They all thought the food was awesome, I had the shack-cago dog with a chicken hot dog instead of beef and it was ok. We also had our first ever experience at PinkBerry that day which I also thought was just alright. I guess Americans have their fast food that they swear by and we have ours.

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They seem to have really tried to revitalize the area around New York New York and Monte Carlo. New restaurants, the facades on both hotels look new and updated, they have removed some of the dated décor. Maybe it’s making a comeback! But Vdara remains my favourite.

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We finished the day off before they had to head to the airport with drinks and snacks at the lounge Vice Versa at Vdara. Ryan and I had reservations at Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental that evening, a hotel neither of us had ever even been in. It’s kind of hidden and I don’t think it has a casino, it’s part of city centre and super luxe. Mandarin Bar is on the 23rd floor and the views are amazing. I drank their champagne cocktails and it was worth the hefty price tag, that’s for sure.

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We spent a little time exploring the hotel and they have so many gorgeous details. We went down a hallway that leads to a restaurant (that was unfortunately under construction when we were there) and the whole walk was lined with silk butterflies hanging from the ceiling.

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We were pretty tired that evening and did a little gambling and got some treats at one of the many chocolate shops available and hit the hay!

Ryan and my last full day consisted of a lot of rest and relaxation, a morning work out (believe it or not!) and more pool time. I would do anything to be back beside that pool, as I type this the leave are literally turning colour before my eyes. We had a reservation to eat at Todd English’s Olives at the Bellagio that night. I had been once before with my girlfriend Erin and the food was great, but we sat inside. My mission was to go and get on the waiting list for the patio because you are basically sitting on the fountain, which you also get to see from the back side instead of from the strip. We got a seat on the patio and it was hot (Vegas in July!) but totally worth it. The food was great, company was perfect and I loved seeing the fountains from that angle.

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I was waiting the whole trip to wear the skirt I wore that night. But you guys, I realized after when I was looking at the pictures that I had it on sideways! You can totally see the seam! Complete moron.

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That’s the wrap up of my fabulous Vegas trip number…. who knows! Can’t wait to head back as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Everyday Face

I am all about making it quick in the mornings. I start work at 8 and I get up at 7:20. Lots of the time for work I just do mascara and tinted moisturizer with some light contouring, with brows of course! But when I want to do a bit more but still keep it quick and light this is my go to.

I know these picures might look like my neck is more tan then my face, but it’s only because I don’t know how to control my flash, I really do wear the appropriate foundation!

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I have blue eyes so I wear a lot of brown and gold shadows. Plus I don’t claim to be any kind of makeup expert, everything I learned is from my makeup artist sister who you can find at http://www.makeupbygillianml.wordpress.com, she is amazing.

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When I’m going out, I’ll wear a red or fuscia lip but for everyday I stick to light pinks and nudes. Right now I’m obsessed with these NYX butter glosses, they are pretty perfect. Not too sticky but still thick enough, really velvety on your lips in lots of colours and they’re about 6 dollars.

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I do a pretty consistent contouring routine that my sister taught me. I use pressed powders for highlighting and contouring, I have never used liquids for it but there are so many you tube videos if you prefer not to use powders. I find them really easy to use and I tend to have a heavy hand with bronzers and the powders seem to keep that at bay.

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I’m all about the neutral palettes. I used to buy a lot of individual shadows and then kind of make my own palette but I have been buying preset palettes more lately. My go to is the Smashbox Full Exposure.

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I’m certainly no pro at makeup, but with a little guidance and a lot of practice I’ve gotten quicker and better! I don’t like to wear a tonne of makeup day to day so I think this look is a good fit for daily wear. I use a mix of more expensive products and cheaper drugstore products, finding things that work for you is all trial and error but I do have a couple products I absolutely swear by.

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  • Primer: NYX Photo Ready Primer
  • Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20
  • Concealer: Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up in Porcelain
  • Pressed Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent
  • All Over Bronzer: Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sunshine
  • Face Contour: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony
  • Nose Contour: NYX Single Shadow in True Taupe
  • Highlight: Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer in Stardust
  • Blush: NARS Deep Throat
  • All over eyelid: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette in M4
  • Eyelid crease: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette in M2
  • Middle and Inner Lid: Smashbox Full Exposure in S3
  • Brow bone and Tear duct area: MAC Nylon
  • Lower lash line: Smashbox Full Exposure in S2 and M2
  • Mascara: Lancôme L’Extreme in Black (I live in this mascara, I have tried many others and for me nothing compares)
  • Eyebrows: NYX Eye and Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe (I have pretty full brows so I use this mostly for colour and definition)
  • Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair

Have fun!