Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Not so impressed with this year's Golden Globes red carpet showings

"Don’t be into trends.
Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are,
what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live."
~Gianni Versace

The Golden Globes aired on Sunday and though I didn't watch them, I certainly checked out the red carpet photos on Monday morning. To be honest, I was not that impressed. It was rather disappointing, actually. There were very few that I liked, even a little bit.

Even so, I've selected a handful to share with you in no particular order, but I'm still not even sure how much I like them.

Helen Mirren can be counted on to deliver a classy red carpet photo. I love the color, the neck, the sparkles, and look at that smile. She seems delightful.

Helen Mirren at the 2015 Golden Globes in Dolce & Gabbana

Diane Kruger had a sparkly number, but I couldn't find a picture of her smiling or looking remotely pleasant, so this one will have to do. The sparkles were sparkly enough but not too overpowering.

Diane Kruger at the 2015 Golden Globes at the 2015 in Emilia Wickstead

Yellow is typically not my favorite clothing color. Well, I suppose it's not ever MY choice, but I really love the color on other people. Jenna Dewan Tatum pulled this shade of yellow off quite well.

Jenna Dewan Tatum at the 2015 Golden Globes in Carolina Herrera

Next up is Emma Stone. I appreciated the comfort that pants must afford on at an event when you're constantly surrounded by cameras. No long train to trip over. Beautiful sparkly top. But what is the drape she is carrying? I would have liked to see that on.

Emma Stone at the 2015 Golden Globes in Lanvin

This teal-colored gown worn by Felicity Jones leaves me with mixed feelings. But I thought it earned a spot on my I-guess-I-sorta-liked-it list. The color is beautiful.

Felicity Jones at the 2015 Golden Globes in Dior

How could I not include Amal Alamuddin Clooney on this list, no matter what she ended up wearing? As we've been hearing she quickly joined the rank of fashion icon this year due in part, I'm sure, to her widely-publicized marriage to George Clooney. She'll be photographed all the time now. She does make good fashion selections, but still this ensemble was only okay in my book. Elegant touch added with the gloves.

Amal Alamuddin at the 2015 Golden Globes in Dior
And finally, this red number. I certainly like the shade of red. It complements Catherine's skin and hair well. The fabric drape on the top adds some alluring interest.

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the 2015 Golden Globes in Angel Sanchez
Well, that's it. Not bad. But not any that will top my list of all-time favorites. Nevertheless, they all looked lovely. I hope they had a good time.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Christmas in Salt Lake

"Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second."
~Marc Riboud

Christmas at the LDS Conference Center

Christmas lasted quite awhile for me this year since I started thinking about putting up my tree and listening to music on November 1st. I refrained from putting up all my decorations until the day after Thanksgiving, but I was certainly listening to and rehearsing Christmas music at the beginning of November.

What follows is a few pictures to remind me of what went on this Christmas: concerts both attended and performed, a play, dinners, a wedding, warm weather in early December, cold weather just after Christmas, daily walks downtown, and loads of pleasant days.

A beautiful December day in Salt Lake City

Mom and I saw "Peter and the Starcatcher" at Pioneer Theatre.

Emery, Amber, Mom

Stephen, Mom, me, Amber, Claire, Emma, and Grant

After my concert in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square

Terra and Bryce got married