Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you had a wonderful week! Although, depending on where you live, you may have spent the better part of the week buried under a snowdrift. Somehow, the weather in Seattle has magically been sunny and wonderful, so I’ve been getting in lots of walks while I can. Our dogs currently love me.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, have a great weekend and enjoy my Friday Favorites from around the web.


Friday Favorites: Oscar dresses, Patty Murray, SNL 40, New York Fashion Week, McSweeney's


1. My husband loves musicals. He knows the lyrics to almost any show you can name. Thanks to one of McSweeney’s latest lists, I now have insight into his love of “Sweeney Todd.”

2. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Oscars are this Sunday. If you’re not already burned out on the hype, check out this cool infographic highlighting memorable gowns worn by iconic actresses over the years. If you need help with some last minute party planning, visit our Oscar posts: here, here, and here.

3. For your weekly boost of girl power, I offer you a study identifying female senators as better dealmakers than their male counterparts. So when are we getting our first female president, huh?

4. SNL celebrated its 40th anniversary this past Sunday with a multi-hour star-studded event. After a somewhat sleepy past few seasons, it was a joy to laugh once again at Steve Martin, Amy Poehler, et. al. Here is New York Post’s roundup of the show’s top eight moments. I particularly loved Melissa McCarthy’s impression of Chris Farley doing his motivational speaker bit.

5. Fashion bloggers from around the world have spent this week flitting from one designer’s show to another’s. While what’s on the runway is supposed to take center stage, the street style at Fashion Week events has become an increasing focus. Elle has a great roundup of pics from the week.


Oscar Inspired Outfits

Now that we’ve covered the appetizers and the cocktails, the last piece in the Oscar party puzzle is the outfit! I thought it’d be fun to pull together a few outfits inspired by characters in this year’s Oscar-nominated films. The key to a good ensemble is to balance accuracy with wearability. You want to look enough like the character to be recognizable, but should also feel cute and comfortable hanging out in it all night. Here’s my version of toeing that line with Fletcher from “Whiplash,” Cheryl from “Wild,” and Sam from “Birdman.”


Dress like Fletcher from Whiplash

In “Whiplash,” J.K. Simmons plays Terrance Fletcher, an aggressive and driven band director. He spends most of the movie in the classic musician uniform of black on black. I thought this comfy black v-neck tee combined with a modern cut blazer, skinny black jeans, and a “rock” necklace created a female version of Fletcher’s look. I was tempted to finish it off with black Converses, but jazz musicans are little classier than that, so kitten heels it is! (Image source)



Dress like Cheryl from Wild

Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed in “Wild,” spending most of the film walking up and down mountains in scruffy clothes and boots. My version of hiker chic involves the classic plaid and khaki combo, just with nicer cuts and materials than what I’d actually wear on the trail. Current Elliott plaid shirt + Grey t-shirt + Zara khaki pants + Smartwool socks + Free People boots = Cheryl, the hiking hottie. (Image source)



Dress like Sam from Birdman


In “Birdman,” Sam is the daughter to washed-up actor Riggan Thomson. She is a former drug addict with a leaning towards to the punk end of the fashion spectrum. I think the classic combination of black shirt, plaid skirt, fishnet stockings, and Dr. Martens does the trick nicely. I just love this Madewell plaid skirt, as it can easily be dressed up and down. Punk today, preppy tomorrow. (Image source)


This year, I think I’m going to let Cheryl Strayed inspire me, mostly because I wear my hiking socks on the regular anyway. If you could dress-up like a character in any of this year’s nominated films, who would you choose?



Oscar Party Essentials: Cocktails & Truffle Butter Popcorn

Oscar party

Who else is excited for Oscar night? We’re super pumped for hours of red carpet commentary this Sunday, not to mention placing our bets on the nominees! Jules has already planned out some creative Oscar-themed appetizers, and I have taken it upon myself to create the perfect cocktail for your Oscar party: the Red Carpet Sparkler. A variation on the Kir Royale, it’s sweet but not overpowering, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. My two selfless taste-testers and I loved it (thanks for the assistance, ladies!) and we all have very different preferences when it comes to alcohol. Read on for the recipe!


The Red Carpet Sparkler


2 oz. champagne

2 oz. St. Germain

Pomegranate juice


Pour a little bit of Chambord into the bottom of a champagne flute. Add equal parts champagne and St. Germain (about 2 ounces of each), then top with a splash of pomegranate juice. Garnish with fresh raspberries and enjoy!


If you ask me, popcorn is mandatory for any event celebrating movies. This truffle butter popcorn is not only easy to make, but insanely, sinfully flavorful. Be sure to make extra, because you will definitely eat a lot of it before you make it out of the kitchen…

Truffle Butter Popcorn

3/4 cup popcorn kernels

1/2 stick butter

1/4 cup truffle oil (or truffle-infused olive oil)

Garlic salt

2 tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped

Cook the popcorn on the stovetop as normal (if you’ve never done this, it’s so easy and tastes so much better than the microwave stuff)! Dump into a large bowl and set aside. While the pot is still warm, melt your butter over very low heat and once it’s liquefied, add the truffle oil. Then stir in a generous heap of garlic salt, along with the fresh rosemary. Let it sit for a minute or two so the mixture has a chance to absorb the rosemary flavor. Drizzle it over your popcorn and toss vigorously. Serves 3-4.

popcorn 2

Do you have plans for Oscar night? If you’re hosting a party, you can download printable ballots for your guests here. What’s your pick for Best Picture? More importantly, who do you think will be best dressed?

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Today is my first Friday Favorites post from Seattle! It feels a little weird to be back after being gone for about seven years. My days have been spent job and apartment hunting, so I still feel like I’m visiting for the week and then will head back home to Arkansas. I suppose when I start working again, sh*t will get real. In honor of once again being a Seattleite, several of this week’s favorites are hometown picks.


1. My husband recently started a job in the education department at Seattle Opera. His focus is on adult education, and a good part of his position involves traveling the region to deliver lectures at libraries and other community spaces. This week I tagged along with him to Whidbey Island, which I hadn’t been to in years. We took the ferry over and spent the day driving the winding roads and visiting each community’s cute little downtown. It was so much fun to be with Nick as he took in the views and the landscape for the first time. It’s purty here.

2.  Yesterday, Mil and I had a girls night out at one of the dress rehearsals for Tosca. It was my third opera ever. Mil on the other hand has probably been to at least fifteen. She’s classy like that. Since it was my first Seattle Opera show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The good news is that I was truly blown away by the singing and production value. It was more intense and thrilling than any musical I have ever been to. As they say in the opera world, bravi tutti!

3. Oscar nominations will be announced next week on January 15th. Every year I love getting wrapped up in the hype. I try to watch all the Best Picture nominees, read the blog predictions, and park myself on the couch (usually in a friend’s living room) to watch the coverage, which of course includes the pre-show fashion analysis. This year Mil and I have plans for a girls’ watch party. Stay tuned for Oscar inspired apps and cocktails.

4.  Tomorrow marks the start of the Sherlock Seattle Convention. I unfortunately can’t make it, but I had to shout it out anyway. I am a sucker for costume contests and have been loving Benedict Cumberbatch’s interpretation of the character. If you haven’t given the BBC series a shot, do it. Your only regret will be realizing that you spent your entire weekend eating pizza and binge watching all three seasons.

5. The Bachelor is back! To be honest, I burned out on this show a few seasons ago, however this season’s candidate has caught my attention. Chris Soules is an Iowa farm boy, and as I’ve married a strapping Midwesterner, whose parents now live in Iowa, I feel a certain sense of loyalty and pride. Plus, he is freaking cute!

Looking these over, I probably seem a little media and entertainment obsessed. I’ll tell you what, this week we’ve been staying with a friend who has cable tv (!!!).  We have not had TV for years. So sadly I’ve been watching a lot of it and as a result have probably been exposed to more ads and promos this week than in all of 2014. Hopefully the novelty wears off soon, although to my credit I have been averaging two job applications a day. Boom! And on that note, have a great weekend!


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