And the Oscar Goes to …

Hi Dolls! And the Oscar buzz continues. Not so much about who won, but for who wore what? Although, how about that sweet redemption for Ben Affleck!

Anywho, here is my Oscar Red Carpet Quick Post.

Guliana Rancic’s New Hair Cut. Love it much more than extensions. I also like the warmer color. It is much more becoming, and she looks younger.

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The Mani Cam. The mani cam is just a cute little red carpet feature. My Sunday night fav, Miss Pope. I’m sorry, Kerry Washington. Love the bauble!

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Miss Q. ~ Quvenzhane Wallis. Need I say more. What a fabulous little Doll in training. Loved the up-~do with the pearl headband. She was just too cute with the Sammy Puppy Bag. That will be all of the rage with the younger set.

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Jessica Chastain a la Veronica Lake.  I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of her dress, although it received raves. But, her hair was everything. The red lip was also a compliment to the red hair.

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Zoe S. Up to this point in the show, Zoe Saldana was my pick for best dressed. From the Alexis Mabille Couture dress, Neil Lane jewelry, Roger Vivier shoes, to the Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, she was so hollywood! Absolutely stunning!

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And Then Charlize Theron Graced the Red Carpet. I died! Not everyone can don this pixie blonde style. It was the perfect accessory to her Dior Couture two piece number and Harry Winston jewels. Love the slight hint of beading on the peplum and the perfect length train. My hands down favorite of the evening. (And she dances beautifully!)

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The Runner-Ups …

Melissa McCarthy. I thought the vintage ’60 style hair was fab, as well as the draping of her gray dress. Some bashed her. I thought she looked lovely.

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Halle Berry. I didn’t like how the dress presented on the red carpet (a little to Vegas for my taste), but was sold when she blessed the stage. She represented the Bond Girl franchise extremely well.

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And not to overlook the men, I thought Chris Tucker looked super handsome in his navy blue tuxedo.

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Well Dolls, that’s my Oscars Red Carpet Quick Post. Who were your favorites?

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sundays …

I’m back! I didn’t realize it had been so long since I last post to Pretty Domestic. Frankly, I’ve missed my little creative outlet. All I can say is I’ve been busy.

I started to title this post “Strike A Balance,” but Sunday’s are always reserved for “Champagne Sundays.” Here’s the thing, I’ve recently admitted to myself that I take on too much, with very little time left for me. On some level “me time” sounds selfish, but maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit is critical, and every once in a while we all need to stop and recharge our batteries. Now mind you, recharging one’s batteries is relative. My recharge may be different from your’s, but we all need to take the time. I don’t want to be the Doll who’s constantly proclaiming how busy she is, but is completely run down and always running late ~ you know this woman. (I hate lateness, but that’s for another post.) Anywho, I’m back and feeling good. I’ve done a personal assessment and made a list of which commitments and activities I will keep and those in which to let go.

Today is a recharge day. My family left the house in a whirlwind and here I am. I have everything I need, Gracie at my feet, my iPad, AppleTV, magazines, and so on and so on. It’s peaceful and I only have one committment this evening; but it’s one I enjoy. And yes, I’ll be home for the red carpet arrivals and Mr. Oscar.

On to the most important part of this post. It’s Champagne Sundays, and what will be my cocktail of choice. Today I’m thinking a simple Mimosa, but I’m going to use a Cava ~ Dibon is my favorite! Check out the champagne cocktail recipes below.

Dibon

Mimosa
Typically half sparkling wine and half fresh squeezed orange juice  ~ for me it’s 70% sparkling topped with 30% orange juice.

Champagne Cocktail
One cube of sugar, 2 dashes Angostura bitters topped with sparkling wine.

Bellini
Typically 1 part white peach puree and 2 parts sparkling wine. The modern recipe by “Art of the Drink” calls for 2 oz peach puree, 1/4 oz peach schnapps, 1/4 oz lemon juice, top with sparkling wine. (Note: I am allergic to peaches, but far be it from me to keep you from enjoying.)

Here are two fun variations, Bobby Flay’s Grand Champagne and Freixenet’s Raspberry Delight:

Grand Champagne (serves 4) by Bobby Flay
4 shots of orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or sub Cointreau)
4 teaspoons of honey
4 fresh strawberries sliced thin
1 bottle of champagne
Mix orange liqueur, honey and strawberries in a pitcher well. (Flay recommends blending in a food processor.)
Fill glass with half of mixture and top with sparkling wine.

Raspberry Delight (serves 10) by Freixenet
1 cup of raspberries
1 pint of raspberry sorbet
1 liter of sparkling water or club soda
2 bottles of dry Cava (Freixenet or Seguras Viudas)
Mix sorbet and sparkling water or club soda in a bowl until it has dissolved. Add sparkling wine and fresh raspberries. Add ice if needed.

I’m so glad to be back. I’ve missed Pretty Domestic and the Dolls that read my post. Here’s to you!

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic