Red Carpet Dreaming

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What do airplanes, doctor’s offices and the beauty salon all have in common?

PEOPLE Magazine.

While I’m not much of a magazine subscriber, I do like to peruse the pages of some colorful magazine spreads. Something about the simple act of flipping through the pictures and advertisements just relaxes me. It’s sort of a mindless activity, right?

So when I find myself waiting for forty minutes to see the doctor, I claim all available copies of PEOPLE Magazine.

Why PEOPLE Magazine?

Simply because its always chock full of great photos! My favorite editions are after award ceremonies. Like the Red Carpet edition.


I would love to just be one of those people on the red carpet–no awards necessary–just give me a gown and all the fixens. The only experience I’ve ever had that is close to red carpet treatment was my wedding. And I ate that up with a silver spoon. I do not plan on getting married again, so that’s that. No more fancy events.

Most of us ordinary folk we have about three shots at dressing like royalty: prom, prom, and our wedding day.

I’m not talking about you hoity-toity folks. I’m talking about your average, run-of-the-mill American family. We simply do not have that many events in life that allow for dressing extravagantly. And this is a shame.

Instead, we live vicariously through them folks on the silver screen.

This year, I’m living vicariously through Anne Hathaway. Because of what she did in Les Miserables, I’ve got her back. And since we both have daughters name Cosette we have a bond. Never mind that it was fictional for her.

I loved what she wore to the Golden Globes.


 I think she just looks so sweet and elegant. I love that she is pale and can pull off the white gown. When I was getting married I was so ashamed of my pale complexion that I subjected myself to weekly visits to the tanning salon. While I achieved the look I wanted, now I wish I hadn’t. I think there is something to be said for a woman who is beautiful in her own skin.

I also loved what Michelle Dockery wore. Sheesh. That gal is gorgeous! And guess what? She’s also a wee bit pale. Take that, tan people!


Now, people were all over Lucy Liu for her Grandma’s-drapes ensemble, but if I’m honest with myself, I kinda liked it. Before you throw rocks at me, let me explain. I think she looks like a little Madame Alexander doll, like if they made an Asian Scarlett O’Hara.

Now do you see? Charming, isn’t it?


Here’s my theory: she is always wearing really boring, neutral tones in Elementary (which by the way is a FANTASTIC show). Maybe she was ready to burst through Joan Watson’s winter wear with some spring cheer.

I’m looking forward to seeing what these beautiful ladies will wear for the Oscars this Sunday night! But even more than that, I can’t wait to see PEOPLE Magazine 2013 Oscars Double Issue! This year I’m treating myself to my own copy ???? If you wanna get your own copy and not wait to find the tattered, germ-covered one at the dentist’s office, they go on sale March 1st and are available only until March 18th.

So, in honor of the PEOPLE Magazine 2013 Oscars Double Issue, I’m giving away a $20 Target gift card. All you have to do is answer this question in the comments:

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23 thoughts on “Red Carpet Dreaming

  1. amber

    I adore Anne Hathaway and would love to see her grace the cover this year. Also, Lucy Liu was my favorite at the the golden globes. That dress is amazing.

    1. hillary

      I know. People were going on and on about how horrid Lucy Liu’s dress was, but I just kept thinking, “How fun would that be to get to wear that?!”

  2. Miriam Gomberg

    Ha! Lucy Liu does resemble a Mme Alexander doll. I used to collect them as a girl. Brings back fond memories except when my sister stole one of them and cut her hair!

  3. Amanda Nelson

    I love the “Best Dressed” lists that People magazine does! I can’t wait to see Jennifer Lawrence this year.

  4. Natalia

    I can’t wait to see Anne Hathaway either! She really is so classic & beautiful! Love this time of year!

    1. hillary

      The girl on fire ???? Sunday would be a good night for her to pull that stunt.

  5. nancy

    I would love to see more Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock. I love their styles and think they always look beautiful! Love their looks at the Oscars.

  6. Keri

    Jessica Chastain and Adele…I LOVE the Oscars and can’t wait to see them on Sunday!

    1. hillary

      OMG Jessica Chastain is absolutely gorgeous. She’s fun to watch because she always does something a bit different!

  7. Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} I wish I could pull off the Anne Hathaway hair!! So cute, but I couldn’t go that short. And her gown is fabulous. Sorry, though, the Lucy Liu dress? Looks like it was made out of Laura Ashley curtains! ????

    1. hillary

      I know. I think its one of those that you either hate or love. I loved it. And I would totally use it as curtains too.

  8. Hollywood Savvy

    […] on. So, remember how I was rattling on about PEOPLE Magazine and the Special Oscar Double Issue?  Welp, it  came out. So, I scurried my butt over to Target to snatch up a copy. And…$156 […]

  9. Esther

    Anne Hathaway, hands down. I loved Les Mis, and working on reading the book now. Yes, the WHOLE book!

    Loving your blog, btw!

    1. hillary

      Huge Les Mis fan over here–got the daughter named Cosette and all ????

      1. Esther

        When I read that your daughter’s name is Cosette, I knew you must be a big Les Mis fan too. ???? Found out all that after I commented!


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