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2014 Emmys Fashion

25 Aug

Okay, is it just me, or was the fashion kind of meh this year? Not bad, not amazing, just whatever. I don’t know, maybe I’m still cranky about the whole Monday thing. These are my best and worst picks, even though they’re hardly the best or worst things I’ve ever seen on a red carpet.

Images from E! Online.


Best Dressed

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

This woman can do no wrong. First of all, she seems to be aging in reverse. She’s always sleek, elegant, and on point. Another win from JLD.

Julie Bowen

This is a departure from the kind of thing we usually see Julie in on a red carpet, and I love it. The airy fabric and fun pattern are perfect for summer in LA.

Samira Wiley

The color and fit are perfect on her, but what really makes this a “best” is how happy Samira looks. She looks so confident, and you know she thinks she looks great. And that’s the best look of all.

Edie Falco

Again, the color is perfection on her. I love the fit and the drape on her. She’s so strong and beautiful, and she always looks great.

Melissa Rauch

This is probably my favorite from the night. Her hair and makeup are right on point, the accessories are perfect, and the dress is gorgeous. No one particular element is fighting for attention, everything works together seamlessly and perfectly.


Worst Dressed

Lena Dunham

The skirt looks like Pepto Bismol and the top doesn’t fit. I’d look miserable too if I had to wear that thing.

Kerry Washington

NOOOO!!!! Kerry, you usually look so fabulous! What went wrong? This looks like a last ditch effort from a soon-to-be-eliminated Project Runway contestant.

Sarah Paulson

Halloween’s not for two months, honey, you can put away the spider webs and fake blood droplets.

Taissa Farmiga

I don’t know what this is, but no.

Amanda Peet

Is Amanda Peet pregnant? Either way, there’s no excuse for any of this. She looks like she just escaped a fundamentalist compound and somehow made it on to the red carpet.

So those are my best and worst dressed picks. What do you think? Were you as underwhelmed as I was?

It’s Emmy Weekend!

22 Aug

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s Emmy weekend! I’m trying to focus on the positive – a whole weekend to prep for the Emmys – instead of the negative – are you freaking kidding me with the show starting at 5:00pm PDT? Because hi, Television Academy, some of us have jobs and we can’t sit around all day on a Monday obsessing over red carpet arrivals. Being hyper-critical of women who look far better than I ever will is a favorite pastime of mine. How am I supposed to decide which 95 lb actress looks fat if I can’t watch the 360 cam?

But enough of my whining. Because Emmy weekend is the perfect time to catch up on all the nominated shows you haven’t had time to watch yet! On breaks from binge watching #EverySimpsonsEver, you can binge watch other shows! I should totally be a life coach.

You can see all the nominees at Emmys.com. I’m not listing them all here because there are a ton, and what do I look like, Variety? But here are a few of my favorite nominated shows that I think you should take a look at this weekend if you haven’t already.

Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Mom
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program (Half-Hour Or Less)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series

Mob City
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Outstanding Special And Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

Orange is the New Black
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or A Variety Program
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Fargo
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
Outstanding Miniseries
Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie
Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Who are your favorite nominees this year? Will you be watching the show live or setting your DVR and then cursing traffic on your way home from work?

Mark Your Calendar: CHOC Walk

20 Aug

The Children’s Hospital of Orange County is having their annual CHOC Walk to support their life-saving research and treatment for children in Southern California and beyond. So save the date, Sunday, October 12 at Disneyland.

This is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. I’ve toured children’s research hospitals before, and it’s always a powerful and moving experience. You all know I don’t like to get all emotional, so I’ll just say that this work is amazing and desperately needed. And cancer research ain’t cheap. That’s where you come in. At the CHOC Walk.

The CHOC Walk is a 5K that winds through Disneyland and California Adventure. You’ll have your favorite Disney characters cheering you on, and there will be amazing photo ops along the course. Best of all, I’ve been promised I won’t have to run and can wear a tiara. I made up that part about the tiara. But I’m still wearing one.

An expected 800 teams made up of 15,000 walkers will join in the 5K, getting a sneak peak of the magic before the parks open to the public. The walk will end in Downtown Disney, where sponsors, shops, and restaurants will have special offers for walkers. So basically, you can wear a tiara, walk, shop, eat, AND raise money to fund life-saving treatment and research. That’s winning all around.

Last year’s CHOC Walk raised more than $2 million, and since 1990 the walks have raised more than $23 million. What say we blow this out of the water this year, eh? I’m starting a team for bloggers, and I want YOU. Or your money. Well, really both. If you’re local, I would LOVE for you to join Blogging While Walking. Each walker must raise a minimum of $50. I just went ahead and donated $50, because it’s easier, and I’m lazy. If you’re not local, I will take your money. You can donate to Blogging While Walking here. :) (That team page is a work in a progress, bear with me.)

Be sure to keep up with all things CHOC Walk on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube using hashtag #chocwalk. If you’re not sure if you want to join the team, or have more questions, leave a comment or shoot me an email at anne@annehogan.net and I’ll get answers for you.

So who’s in?

Get Ready for The LA Feline Film Festival

18 Aug

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You guys, YOU GUYS, I cannot even handle how excited I am about this. The LA Feline Film Festival is coming. Presented by Organikat and the Walker Art Center, the festival will be on Sunday, September 21 from 1pm to 10pm at Christmas Tree Lane at Exposition Park in LA and is being hosted by Lil Bub and Tara the Hero Cat.

There is so much going on at this festival that I almost don’t know where to begin, so I’m going with bullet points.

  • Crazy Cat Costume Contest
  • Appearances by Lil Bub and Tara the Hero Cat
  • Cat Adoptions
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Music
  • Beer Tent
  • Feline-themed Exhibits
  • Fun Feline Vendors
  • CAT VIDEOS (duh)

And not just any cat videos, the web’s most watched cat videos, shown on an 80′ outdoor screen. Needless to say, I can’t wait. And yes, I WILL be wearing the famous space cat leggings.

If you want to go, tickets are available now and start at only $15! Cats are welcome, but must be on leash or in a carrier, and should be good with crowds and noise.

To help you get into the spirit, I’m giving away a gift basket filled with goodies from some of the festival’s great sponsors! There are coupons from Swheat Scoop for free products at your local pet store, catnip from Organikat, toys from Feline Yogi and magazines from Modern Cat Magazine!

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Sponsored by LA Feline Film Fest.

I’ll Be the Woman in THAT Country Song

14 Aug

Disclaimer: I love the men of country music. Some of bro-country’s biggest offenders are some of my favorites. Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, love you boys, it’s all in good fun. ;) *blows kisses*

You all know that I’m a huge fan of Maddie & Tae and their new song “Girl in a Country Song” and I recently saw a Florida Georgia Line interview in the Chicago Tribune where they said:

“All I’m gonna say about that is, I don’t know one girl who doesn’t want to be a girl in a country song. That’s all I’m gonna say to you. That’s it.”

Well alrighty then. Between you and me, I think Florida Georgia Line needs to meet some new women. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Because here’s the thing. The basic gist of most of these songs is “Hey girl, we just met because you were dancing barefoot at a bonfire, why don’t you get in my truck and we’ll spend the night driving around some dark country roads?”

Ummmm….. no. I have seen one too many episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for that to sound like a good idea.

New country song idea: “If a guy you met 10 seconds ago asks you to get in his truck, say no and maybe post a few geo-tagged Instagram pics just in case.”

So, if I don’t want to be your doe-eyed arm candy, then who do I want to be? Well I’m so glad you asked, because these fine men of country music have gotten it right, and I would have no problem being the woman in any of these country songs. Boys, take note.


“The Woman With You”, Kenny Chesney

Been juggling, struggling, closing big deals
Dancing backwards in high heels


“Hell Yeah”, Montgomery Gentry

She’s got an MBA and a plush corner office
She’s got a don’t mess with me attitude


“Tough”, Craig Morgan

She’s strong, pushes on, can’t slow her down
She can take anything life dishes out


“She Let Herself Go”, George Strait

When he said he didn’t love her no more,
She let herself go


“She’s Every Woman”, Garth Brooks

She’s anything but typical
She’s so unpredictable

(LOLOLOL if you think I’m gonna find a Garth Brooks video online.)


“He Stopped Loving Her Today”, George Jones

(I know this one doesn’t quite fit with my other tough as nails women, but this song always gets me.)

This time he’s over her for good
He stopped loving her today

Notice a theme here? The best of the best, the all time greatest men of country music, they know how to sing about a woman. ;) (Although the next time I do one of these, I’m picking songs with videos that are easier to find.)