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      So the other day I was going through my Instagram feed and I came across this:

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      Don’t you just love how a single IG post has a way of describing an entire emotional experience in a simple worded sentence plus a few #hastags and an emoji or two!? I mean this exact notion was my college roommates and my mantra for years! When the 4 of us lived together in one house with 4 different closets and 4 different shoe collections – one could only imagine the fun we use to have getting ready which, besides for the very rare occasion, was always a better party than being out #justsayin!!!

      Now almost 14 years later (don’t tell anyone I’ve been out of college for that long) the same holds true today. Taking on the role as wife and mother- let’s just say the moments I have to myself are few and far between.  Sometimes, I can’t even change my tampon without someone barging in!!!  So when Saturday night comes along and our beloved babysitter takes over and relieves me from mommy duties and my husband takes that time to put his head down for some R&R, I make my own little party (for one) in my closet!!!  That one hour of “me” time is something I look forward to all week.  As I light my favorite Jo Malone candles, get my Beyoncé on, sip some bubbly, and decide between the Valentino Rock-Stud or the classic Manolo, I get taken back to those college days when getting ready was just as much fun as being out!!!

      So for those of you who take the “getting ready” part as a chore, this post is dedicated to you.  Instead, take this time and make it a party!   Trust me, it will soon become your favorite part of the night!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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   Last night while the whole house was sleeping I stayed up with my favorite award show: The Grammy’s!!! What makes this one of my favorite shows- the fashion obviously!!!  This is the red carpet where everyone gets a little more playful, taking a little more risks leaving us fashion obsessed peeps busting at the seems in anticipation!  This was the show after all where just over a year ago Beyoncé killed it with a leotard and wet hair in her performance of “Drunk In Love” and Britney Spears infamously stripped down to a nude, crystal embellished two-piece in her 2000 performance only to outdo herself a year later draped in a live snake when she sang “I’m a Slave 4 U”!  Needless to say this year’s fashion did not disappoint! Check out my picks for best dressed at Grammy’s 2015 below!

xoxo Dara Michelle

Chrissy Telgan in Gucci.
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Gwen Stefani in Ateiler Versace.
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Beyonce is flawless in white.
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Gwyneth Paltrow in red sequins.
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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab.
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     If there is one night a year when you can be sure that the fashion won’t disappoint it is the Met Gala, and last night was no different!  The Met Gala, also know as the single most important fashion event of the season, formally kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly Costume Institute exhibit. This year’s theme:  A tribute to Charles James, America’s First Couturier.  The biggest designers, editors and celebrities came together to deliver some truly spectacular ensembles.  From Blake Lively’s curve hugging Gucci, to Victoria Beckham (the queen of minimalism) looking chic and classic in her own design, and Rhiana’s white hot Stella McCartney I just couldn’t get enough!  Check out my complete list of favorites below!!!
xoxo,

Dara Michelle 

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Blake Lively in Gucciimage

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Queen Bey wears Givenchy.

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Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel.

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Amy Adams in Zac Posen.

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Suki Waterhouse in Burberry.

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Gabrielle Union in Prada.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung.

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Rhianna in Stella McCartney.

 

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I know it’s been few days but I’m still not over the Grammy Awards 2014.  From the “Queen’s” (Beyonce’s) opening act of Drunk In Love complete with a thong-esque body suit and cameo from her cutie hubby Jay-Z to having Jay thank the “beautiful light of a young lady” (referring to Beyonce) in his acceptance speech and telling his delish baby Blu that “daddy got you a gold sippy cup” (modeling how if you held the gold Grammy award to the side it looked like a sippy cup) to Pink showing some serious acrobatic moves that could rival any from Cirque du Soleil and Katy Perry’s performance of Dark Horse (to name a few) by the time I got to thinking about the fashion, it was like adding sprinkles to some already amazing ice-cream!!!  Check out my picks for best dressed at the Grammy’s below!

xoxo Dara Michelle

Pink

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Pink looked radiant as she stepped on the red carpet in her stunning red Johanna Johnson frock that highlighted her ridiculous (in a good way) post baby body!!! I loved how she kept her makeup and accessories simple to not take away from this gorgeous gown!!!

Ciara

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Ciara looked beautiful in her Emillio Pucci metallic gold gown.  The dress hugged her curves in all the right places making her preggers belly so sexy that I was kinda thinking (for a split second) should I go for round 3… but then I remembered, “Oh yah, that’s right, when I was pregnant I looked more like a swollen house and not quite like the hottie that is Ciara!!!”  Don’t get me wrong it was totally and completely worth it.  All I’m saying is at this moment (I never say never) the kitchen is fuc&*ing CLOSED!!!

Beyonce

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Beyonce looked exquisite in this white lace number by Michael Costello.  Her best accessory by far- her doting hubby Jay Z. 

Paris

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I know everyone has their opinion about Paris Hilton but I have to say I’ve never seen her look better! Hilton glowed from head to toe in a white, beaded Haus of Milani gown. I loved how the gown was  “business” from the front with the high neckline and “party” in the back with all the sheer detailing!!! Her make-up summed up in one word- FLAWLESS. 

Chrissy Teigen

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John Legends model wife Chrissy Teigen looked stunning in a metallic gold number by Johanna Johnson.  I loved how the gown dramatically trailed behind her and how she paired it with only a few well-placed gold accessories, including Neil Lane earrings, Casadei sandals and a Kotur clutch.   I can only think that her wavy locks and side braid were meant to add a bit of rock-star edge to all of that metallic glamour.

Madonna

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Seven-time Grammy winner Madonna (and the only person that could make a Ralph Lauren tux look so chic and glamorous) arrived on the Grammy red carpet looking hotter than ever.  I loved how she accessorized this look with major glam red lips, a black hat and cane, a silver beaded Michael Jackson-esque glove, and her adorable son in a matching tux!!! 

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