My Celebrity Neighbor – Kieran Culkin

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I love my neighborhood because it is the central hub of the city due to its proximity to museums, restaurants, theaters, shops and everything in between. So it’s no wonder that my building has a revolving door of short-term celebrities that float in and out for various gigs (movies / TV shows / theater productions / concerts). I have always been a fan of pop culture and am pretty well-versed in the world of celebritydom. I lived in LA for a year (where I was fortunate enough to attend movie premiers and parties) and encountered plenty of celebrities. I can’t really say I get “star-struck,” but it is always a pleasure to encounter someone when I’ve seen them on the big screen before. Fortunately, I’ve never had a bad experience. I thought it might be a fun idea to write about some of my neighbors every now and then. Of course, these are people who are no longer residents.

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{The cast of This is Our Youth: Kieran Culkin, Tavi Gevinson and Michael Cera}

First up is Kieran Culkin (you know, the guy whose brother, McCauley, was the star of one of the greatest movies ever, Home Alone). I first encountered Kieran while I stepped out with my husband. Kieran was waiting in the cab line outside of our building. I recognized him instantly even though the last thing I recalled seeing him in was Igby Goes Down (a movie I am very fond of). It’s so funny how (most) people look exactly the same as you see them onscreen and how, even if you haven’t seen them in over a decade, they still look the same.

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I immediately did a search to see what he was in town for. Turns out, Kieran was in town for This is Our Youth (a play tested here that eventually went on to Broadway). I would see him occasionally on the elevator and once ran into him at our building’s cafe. I said “Hello” and we exchanged small talk about the weather, coffee and such. I never let on that I knew who he was. After all, it’s not unusual to talk to your neighbors:) Here are a few films that Kieran has done.

  • Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II
  • The Mighty
  • She’s All That
  • Music of the Heart
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • Iggy Goes Down
  • Fargo
  • Quitters

{All photos via IMDB}

8 Favorite Looks from the 2015 BAFTA Awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is the British equivalent of the Oscars. I’ve had a love affair with Britain (London in particular) since I traveled there a few years ago (and before then). I would loooove to make another trip soon…or, as the British might say, I’d love to have a go at it again. Funny story, while I was at the yoga studio the other day, one of the students was telling a story about his time working in London and realizing much later that his friend Don was actually Dan, but when pronounced with a British accent it sounded like Don. And throughout his time there, he had to be conscious of introducing him as Don to his English friends and Dan to his American friends. Anyway, I guess you had to be there. Back to the BAFTA Awards, here are my favorite looks from the red carpet. Cheers!

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Julianne Moore in Tom FordI love that Julianne chose something so daring in so many ways, yet still managed to look classy and elegant. From the bold choice of color to the two-toned shade drawing your eyes to the top which brings you directly to the incredibly low slit on the front, it is at once sexy, yet demure.

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Amy Adams in Lanvin – I think Amy did a great job with accessorizing this pretty basic cut. She went for the trend-of-the-moment tassels and managed to still make it look glamorous.

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Léa Seydoux, in Prada and Monica Bellucci, in Alaïa – I have to admit, Lea’s dress is bordering a bit on the bridesmaid-wear side, but the slits on the side and the overflow of fabric immediately redeem itself back to red-carpet worthiness. Let’s talk about Monica! Oh.My.God! I have had a girl crush on this women For-everr. Seriously. She is the epitome of beauty. I love her choice of Alaïa here.It is fun, flirty and stylish.

Laura Bailey in Emilia Wickstead

Laura Bailey in Emilia Wickstead – This dress is amazingly rich in subtle details, from the quilted fabric to the pockets. Pockets on everything? Yes, please!

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Stacy Martin in Louis Vuitton – The cape on this dress is everything. I love the details, including the dark black contrasting piping on the collar.

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Romola Garai in Roksanda Illncic – How adorable does Romola look in this attire (Is it okay to call a grown woman adorable? I think so.)? This is one of the most unexpected color combinations I have seen on the red carpets this year, but it works so well. It’s quite refreshing. Again, there is the contrasting piping, but on the sleeves this time. Love her shoes!

Kristin Scott Thomas in William Vintage

Kristin Scott Thomas in William Vintage – Kristin looks so confident and happy. This dress looks wonderful on her. It is understated, but very classy and still red-carpet worthy.

{All photos from Style.com}

The 7 Best Red Carpet Styles from the 2015 Oscars

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Another year. Another wrap-up of Hollywood’s golden moment – The Oscars. I think Neil Patrick Harris did really well with the opening song. I loved Lady Gaga’s tribute to The Sound of Music and it was really great to see Julie Andrews. I LOVE The Sound of Music and watched it a gazillion times when I was a kid (and even as an adult).

There were definite hits and misses with the red carpet styles. And, it’s no surprise Elie Saab made my list twice this year —- he is just on point with the glamour and glitz. Some trends to note:

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Black and White

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What did you think of last night’s looks? What were your favorites? Here are my favorite looks from last night.

Jennifer Lopez, in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab Haute Couture – An Elie Saab creation always gets my attention.  They are so stunning and glamorous. And, is it just me, or does JLo get better every year? I loved her entire look.

Lupita Nyong'o, in custom Calvin Klein Collection

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection – Lupita looked stunning in this artfully-crafted pearls gown in the color-of-the-moment white.

Cate Blanchett, in Maison Margiela

Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela – I loved this rock-n-roll-meets-glamour-girl-meets-hippy-chick look Cate sported last night. And I especially love the bold turquoise necklace.

Emma Stone, in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Emma Stone in Elie Saab Haute Couture – Another gorgeous Elie Saab creation on the radiant Emma Stone. Chartreuse works so well on her and makes her eyes really pop. The dress is a nice balance of sexy and classy with large doses of glamour.

Gwyneth Paltrow, in Ralph & Russo

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo – Gwyneth’s dress spoke volumes without saying a word – from the sophisticated silhouette to the edgy one arm sleeve to the strategically placed gigantic fabric floral concoction and down to the pale pink color.

Meryl Streep, in Lanvin

Meryl Streep in Lanvin – Meryl’s look is simply classy and glamorous without being over-done or under-dressed. I think the tuxedo jacket gives her look an extra oomph (not that the 3-times Oscar winner and bazillion-times Oscar nominated Meryl needed it).

Scarlett Johansson, in Atelier Versace

Scarlett Johansson in Atelier Versace – I liked that Scarlet went with an unexpected color. The cut of the dress really works well on her frame and the color looks amazing on her. Her hair is refreshing and so is the mis-matched earrings combo. Of course, the statement necklace was absolutely gorgeous.

{All photos from Style.com}

15 Favorite Oscars Dresses From the Last 15 Years

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2000 – Hillary Swank in Randolph Duke – This was Hillary’s first Oscar (for Boys Don’t Cry — yes, the girl who got fired from Beverly Hills, 90210 won 2 Oscars). Loved the color and style on her and that necklace is just WOW!

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2001 – Renee Zellweger in vintage Jean Desses – This is a great color on Renee and this look was very reminiscent of Veronica Lake.

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2002 – Cameron Diaz in Emanuel Ungaro – This made every Worst-Dressed List that year, but I loved this look from the wrap dress, to the “messy” hair and the accessories, especially the Tarina Tarantino turquoise bracelet.

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2003 – Jennifer Lopez in Valentino – JLo looks as glamorous on the red carpet with this dress as she would in her Hamptons home, I’m sure. This style and color is perfect.

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2004 – Charlize Theron in Gucci – Charlize definitely didn’t look like the Monster she portrayed for which she won an Oscar.

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2005 – Gisele Bundchën in Christian Dior – Gisele looked like a Greek Goddess with this dress and hairstyle.

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2006 – Michelle Williams in Vera Wang – This was not the same girl from the creek that I knew. Michelle looked so glamorous and beautiful with this dress and makeup.

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2007 – Penelope Cruz in Versace – I love frou-frou dresses when done right. The top and bottom of this dress balance each other out.

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 2008 – Heidi Klum in Dior by John Galliano – Heidi looked really fierce in this fiery red dress.

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2009 – Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab – To be fair, is there anything Angelina does not look good in? And, to be more fair, the earrings should take center stage with the dress.

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2010 – Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab – Rachel is one of those chameleons that can wear anything and she looked especially pretty in this ethereal concoction.

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2011 – Cate Blanchette in Givenchy Haute Couture – Cate always takes risks and she always comes out a winner, like in this masterpiece dress.

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2012 – Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – Gwyneth is channeling Jackie Kennedy here, but her take is refreshingly modern.

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2013 Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta – didn’t I say I love frou-frou dresses done well? Amy looks like a princess in this gown.

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2014 – Lupita Nyong’o in Prada – I loved this look on Lupita from the color to the cut to the accessories.

{Photos from Style.com except where indicated}