Billboard Music Awards 2018

It’s been a long time since I watched the BBMA’s for the music, and last night was no different – with a few exceptions.  I realized when I hit 25, I no longer knew who even half of the people were.  As I was watching last night, I had every intention of taking really good notes and writing an even more amazing blog post on it.  However, twenty minutes into the red carpet I realized I was failing horribly.

I started off somewhat okay – I note that I love Kelly Clarkson, I’m excited to hear Christina & Demi perform together, and I need to see what JLO is wearing ASAP.  Jason Kennedy from E! News is interviewing Shawn Mendes (I know of him….but I’m totally blanking on anything he sings), but his suit is on point and he discusses being open about anxiety, so I give him points.  I have to a double take when I see Jesse McCartney – he still sings? I thought Beautiful Soul was his last hit?  I actually had to google or not that it was him, I was so confused.  You’re too old for this, E, I chastise myself, but I keep going, determined.  I see Dua Lipa and I freak out – finally, somehow I know, and LOVE!  She’s looking gorgeous and I’m so excited. And then Jason interviews Kelly Clarkson and I’m finally getting into this – I love love love Kelly Clarkson, she’s amazing, and that outfit is everything.  After Kelly is Derek Hough (who, by the way, looks really hot in that blue leather jacket), but I don’t really know him….I know of him because I know his sister, who happens to be best friends with Nina Dobrev.  (I act like these celebs are friends of friends wmoji LOL but I’ve always loved Nina, I was obsessed with TVD at one point in life.)  And then my notes go like this:

  • Who the fuck is Diplo?
  • Who is Bonnie McKay?  Stumbling in those heels, girl. I feel your pain.
  • Side Note: Jason looks really handsome, I really like him as a host.
  • Lusi Fonsi (he sings Despacito, I clearly wrote to remind myself) – he’s charismatic, charming, handsome.
  • BTS???? I’m way too old for this shit.
  • Ugh there are so many commercials.
  • OMG Chrissy Metz!!

And then I completely quit after I watched Chrissy’s interview.  I was still very much interested in the fashion, and then I decided I would focus my blog around that.  But before I get to that, I did enjoy some parts of the actual award show.  Kelly Clarkson’s performance was spectacular, and so was her speech.  I loved when Halsey presented an award and also spoke about Avicii and raising mental health awareness.  And The Chainsmokers acknowledging Avicii also really touched me.  I love when celebrities use their platform for good.  Please, let’s raise awareness!  Mental health issues, and suicide, are much more common than people realize, and we need to end the stigma. So thank you to Halsey, The Chainsmokers, and anyone else who may have mentioned this that I missed.

I probably won’t be watching the #BBMAs again (unless Britney is performing!), but I may check out the red carpet for some looks.  Here were my favorites from last night:

Kelly Clarkson – Queen of The Night

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I am obsessed.  Those shoes are so gorgeous.  That dress is beautiful.  She is beautiful!  Loving her new blonde locks.  She just looks so happy and glowing.  Gorgeous.

Taylor Swift – Pretty in Pink

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Tay looks so pretty!  I was so excited to see her at the BBMA’s also, since it’s been a couple of years since she last was there.

JLO – Red Hot Mama

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When does JLO not look anything but perfect?  This look literally reminds me of the dancing salsa emoji girl.  Slay, JLO.

Dua Lipa – Your Royal Highness

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Dua Lipa is looking beautiful and royal in a satin, purple ensemble – absolutely stunning.

Jenna Dewan – BDSM Babe

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Maybe BDSM is taking it too far – but this leather, studded look Jenna is going for is giving me serious Bad Bitch Vibes.  Get it girl.

Halsey – Princess of Darkness

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I live for Halsey’s every changing looks and hairstyles.  I love this black dress, it has such a dark feel to it, especially with her tattoos and black hair, but she still looks like a Princess. So dope.

Erika Jayne – Simple & Sophisticated

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I love this!  Erika Jayne is known for her super over the top outfits, but this look is so simple, yet so chic and sophisticated.  She is looking beautiful in black, and I’m loving the pop of blue with her heels!

 

What were you favorite looks of the night? Or least?

 

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Nails

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Pumpkin spiced flavored everything, big chunky sweaters, scarves galore, apple picking, carving pumpkins – I could go on forever. I know it’s technically not fall yet (and won’t be for a few more weeks),  however, back to school traffic is back in full force, so therefore it’s time to start celebrating.

Fall nail polish colors are my absolute favorite.  (AKA, basically black.)  During the Summer I try to spruce it up – neon pink, or a cool blue like Bikini So Teeny by Essie, but it feels forced.  Dark colors just look so classy.  And, lucky for us, we’re not just stuck with one solid color.  They’re are so many different shades to choose from!

 

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Fall Nail Polish Colors.  (In no particular order! 😛 )

  1. Lincoln Park After Dark – OPI

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   2.  After School Boy Blazer – Essie

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3. Vant to Bite My Neck – OPI

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4. Roadhouse Blues – OPI

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5. Carry On – Essie

Carry On Essie

6. We’ll Always Have Paris – OPI

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7. Honk if You Love OPI – OPI

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8. Smokin’ Hot – Essie

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9. William Tell Them About OPI – OPI

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10.  I Brake for Manicures – OPI

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What are your favorites?

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TOP TEN | Favorite Females

 

 

  1. Britney Spears

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“I’m miss American Dream since I was 17” – need I say more? Brit is absolutely fabulous.   For someone who is constantly in the spotlight, her every move being scrutinized and critiqued, she is so sweet and modest.  Brit is known as the “Princess of Pop”.  She has won a plethora of awards – a Grammy, six MTV VMA’s, MTV”s Lifetime Achievement Award, ten Billboard Music awards, the Billboard Millennium Award, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Brit has sold 100 million albums worldwide, and over 100 million singles.  Talk about an accomplishment!

To See Brit struggle in 2007 was heartbreaking. I’ll never forget seeing her picture on the front page of some stupid tabloid, shaving her head.  My heart broke for her. She was clearly going through some personal struggles-  couldn’t everyone just leave her alone and let her be?  I couldn’t even begin to imagine my life under a microscope like that.  It makes me anxious to even think about it.   Despite her hardships, though, Brit bounced back, like all of her true fans knew she would.  Even while she was going through her own issues, she released Blackout in 2007, her fifth album.  To this day, it’s still my favorite album of hers.  It’s like a “I don’t give a fuck” album.  She was at rock bottom, and she still slayed.

Since 2007, Britney has only risen and grown in everything she has done.  She has full custody of her children, who are adorable and clearly love their wonderful mom.  She’s released 3 more albums, with a 4th on the way! (You can pre-order Glory on iTunes now!  It comes out 8/26/16!)  Her Vegas Show has been nothing but extremely successful, and I couldn’t be prouder or happier for Brit!  She’s amazing.  I admire her strength, her ambition and her dedication.  She is truly an inspiration.

 

 2. Ashley Graham

 

 

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I didn’t really discover Ashley until the Fall of 2015, though she has been modeling since 2001.  In 2016, Ash was the first “Plus Size” (hate that term!!) model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Since I started following Ashley, I’ve been a little bit obsessed.  She exudes self confidence in everything she does.  She promotes self-love and body positivity.  She is exactly what this generation needs.  She looks fabulous in her bikini, and she shows girls everywhere to be proud of your body, regardless of your size!  Love her!  Fuck yo thigh gap. 😛

 

3. Iskra Lawrence

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Like Ashley, I recently discovered Iskra Lawrence through Instagram, though she has been modeling since 2008.  Iskra is most famous for modeling for Aerie, American Eagle Outfitters Lingerie Line.  I love Iskra because she is all for Body Positivity, and has no problem calling out body shamers.  She refuses to retouch her Instagram photos – they are Au Naturale, just like her.  I love how real she is.  She doesn’t refer to herself as “plus sized.”  She’s beautiful, confident, and she doesn’t pretend to be anything she’s not.  Iskra is a refreshing face in the modeling industry!

 

4. Selena Gomez

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I love Selena Gomez. I’ve loved her since she played Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverely Place.  When she began her singing career, I quickly fell in love with her music, too.  After listening to Revival, I realized how much I truly admired Selena’s talent.  Revival was raw – she just let it all out there.  It was beautiful.  I think that she is a great role model for younger girls.  I look forward to seeing what else she accomplishes in the future.

 

5. Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen is someone I would want to BFF’s with.  She’s hilarious – she tells it like it is, and holds nothing back.  Her relationship with John Legend is so cute – absolutely love that pic of them when they’re in the pool, and Chrissy’s balancing a plate of chicken wings on her butt and John’s eating them.  Could you guys be any more perfect?  Their daughter, Luna, is adorable too.  They’re just such a cute little family!

Chrissy is best known for her modeling career.  She’s also a great cook, and her cookbook, Cravings, was released this year.  It was instantly a NY Times Bestseller.  I also really admire Chrissy for how open she was during her whole process with IVF.  It’s not an easy topic to talk about.  She slammed any judgemental haters as eloquently as possible.  Her bravery for speaking up for herself is truly inspiring.

 

6. Jennifer Lawrence

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I have loved JLaw since I first laid eyes on her in The Hunger Games.  Not only is she an amazing actress, but she is so real and genuine off-screen, how could you not love her?  She’s very outspoken, down to earth, and funny.  She doesn’t take herself too seriously.  She’s like the girl next door that everyone is able to relate to.  She is a huge advocate for feminism and gender equality, which is amazing.  She has openly admitted that she is pro-choice, which gives her more points in my book. She is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which supports various charities and organizations.  She uses her fame for good – she truly wants to help people.  If more women were like Jennifer in Hollywood, the world would be a better place.

 

7. Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke is best known for her role on Game of Thrones, as Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons.  It wasn’t until I saw her play Louisa Clarke, however, in Me Before You, that I truly noticed her.  Emilia was amazing in the film, and I was surprised I hadn’t really seen her before.

Emilia has debuted on Broadway on Holly Golightly, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in 2015.  She was also named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive the same year.  She was offered the role of Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades of Grey, but she declined, due to the amount of nudity that was required.  I believe that fact alone says a lot about her character and the kind of person she is.  Emilia is beautiful, inside and out.  She’s a fabulous actress, and I’m excited to see her in more films in the future.

 

8. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon has been acting since 1991.  I feel like I grew up with her, though she’s 13 years older than me.  Majority of my favorite movies star her, however, and I’ve always thought she was just the cutest, sweetest, Southern Belle.  Not only is she a fabulous actress, but she’s a wonderful mother, too.  Reese owns her own production company, Pacific Standard.  She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Critics Choice Award for best actress, along with others.  She also has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Not only is Reese extremely successful, but she is really involved in children’s and women’s advocacy organizations, which I love and admire.  She is an avid reader, which just makes me love her more.  Reese is adorable.  She is always looking for ways to help.  Her positive attitude is refreshing and lovely.

 

9. Lana Del Rey

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I started listening to Lana Del Rey’s music in 2013, and I instantly fell in love.  Her voice was phenomenal, her lyrics were beautiful, and they had so much power and meaning behind them.  Growing up, she wanted to be a poet, which is something I can relate to, and immediately made me like her even more.  Lana has volunteered at homeless youth and drug & alcohol outreach programs, which I also find admirable.  She is kindhearted.

Her musical style is unique, and her songs really speak to me.  I can listen to her music no matter what kind of mood I am in.  I’ve said before, I feel like I relate to Lana on a spiritual level.  I read quotes of hers from magazines, and I just get her.  She’s a sad soul, in a way.  But it’s beautiful.  I adore her. She had a quick rise to fame, but that fame never got to her head, the way it does to so many others.

 

10. Lady Gaga

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Last but not least, is the Lovely Lady Gaga.  Lady Gaga is an absolute Queen.  She does whatever the hell she wants, and she doesn’t care what you think.  She wears her heart on her sleeve.  She’s real, she’s genuine.  She is passionate about her beliefs.  I went to her concert in 2014.  I was so inspired. I love how much she promotes gender equality.  Listening to her at her concert, I realized why so many people loved her so much. She was just so amazing, so understanding.  She truly loves her fans!  It was so beautiful to get to see that.

Not only is she an amazing singer, but she absolutely slays at acting. She killed it in American Horror Story last season, and I cannot wait until the new season premieres in September!  She recently broke off her engagement with Taylor Kinney, and she posted the saddest Instagram shortly after, about how they believed that they were soul mates, but they were going through some stuff.  She’s human, like the rest of us.  She’s not afraid to share her feelings or show her sensitivity.  I think that is a truly beautiful trait in person.  Lady Gaga is entertaining, a fantastic performer.  You’re crazy if you don’t like her! 😛