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new york fashion week: day five

September 14th, 2011 · 4 Comments

And you thought Kim Kardashian was my most amazing moment of yesterday!

That’s me!  (On the left, obviously!)

I was slotted in at the last minute to fill this seat at the Jenny Packham show, and to my incredible shock, once I’d gotten myself settled, I was two seats down from Mandy Moore!  She was so beautiful, and so, so sweet — a lot of the time, the front row celebs will book it out of a show the second that it’s over, but she stuck around (longer than I did!) to take pictures with fans, and was so giggly and sweet about it to everyone who asked her.

And the show: Unbelievable.  Now that Kate Middleton has been spotted in Jenny Packham a half dozen times, she’s become a household name in a way that she wasn’t back in February.  But there’s a reason hers was one of my favorite shows last season — these beautiful, impeccably detailed gowns are so wearable that you almost can’t believe they’re formalwear.  They’re the kind of dresses that the girl of the hour slips into to feel comfortable and incredibly elegant, and I’m dying to own one of my own someday!

It was actually an amazing day overall: the Rachel Roy presentation was just gorgeous (for some reason, I thought the presentation was for Rachel Rachel Roy, their lower priced line, and I couldn’t believe clothing that gorgeous was so affordable, sigh) — beautifully crafted, basic, and the kind of pieces you splurge on once and then wear two hundred times.

I had a blast hanging out with my favorite girls at the Walter presentation, which was on the roof of the Empire Hotel at sunset and couldn’t have been more stunning.  And I made it back to the tents for Perry Ellis, another menswear line with the ingenious idea of sending shirtless male models down the runway in large quantities.  (For some reason, there’s been a lot of male model abs this NYFW!) I also darted into a beauty lounge run by one of my sponsors, DDF, for a skincare touchup and a blowout!  Not a bad day, if I do say so myself.

On me: Zara dress (last seen here), Sophie Theallet for Nine West heels (last seen here), Dior bag, borrowed Ippolita bracelets, Hermes enamel bracelet.


{beautiful detail and movement at jenny packham}


{pretty sure we’ll be seeing kate in this one!}


{what i wore for the day!}


{my favorite look at rachel roy — can’t beat the loose shirt and shorts combo}


{the line of models at the rachel roy presentation — i love the accessories too!}


{preppy sportwear for men at perry ellis}


{and a line of models in swimsuits instead of a traditional finale}


{my favorite look at Walter — a gorgeous trench-inspired dress in neutral}


{another shorts combo i loved!}


{another photo of the stunning kim kardashian}


{with keiko and rebecca at the Walter presentation}

Tags: celebs · new york fashion week · style

practice safe sun

July 1st, 2011 · 9 Comments

Oh, that’s just me and my friend Giada. 

We’re besties, didn’t you know? 

Right after this picture was taken, we spent the afternoon whipping up some homemade pasta and she confessed that she’s been reading Sugarlaws every day since I founded it in 2007.

(Oh wait, that last part was only in my dreams…)

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I attended Cosmopolitan’s Practice Safe Sun Awards!  This year, they had another incredible group of honorees, including Giada and the beautiful Laura Linney (below), each speaking out about how dangerous and deadly Melanoma can be if you’re not careful about protecting your skin from the sun.

In fact, I felt a little terrible asking Giada for a picture ten minutes after she told us all about losing her 30 year old brother to Melanoma (so terrifying).  But I’m so happy that Cosmopolitan has taken up this important case, and has committed to getting the message to women in their teens, twenties and thirties that skin cancer is both deadly and preventable. 

I know at this time of the year especially, everybody wants to look tan and get that bronze-y glow — but there is no need to actually expose your skin to the sun to get it!  I have a post coming up about fabulous self tanner options, and you can do a better job getting a beach goddess look with makeup than you could with a real tan! 

So the next time you’re even considering going to a tanning bed, take that $15 and pick up a good bronzer instead.

And on that note, happy Fourth of July!  Hope you guys all spend the weekend sleeping in, eating corn on the cob and ice cream, and siting by the pool — just make sure you’re lathered up with sunscreen beforehand!

Many thanks to Jill of Glamamom.com for taking these photos!

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interview: bobby flay and lori loughlin

September 22nd, 2010 · 20 Comments

You know the expression, when it rains, it pours?

Well I do.  It was foremost on my mind when, smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week, I was contacted by Hellmans with the opportunity to interview superstar Food Network chef Bobby Flay.  Meeting Bobby Flay is one of those opportunities I could only have dreamed of when I first started this blog (almost three years ago!) and didn’t take me long to say OMG YES PLEASE.

Yup, pretty sure those were my exact words.

And, wow, I’m not going to lie — it was pretty awesome.  I loved the Food Network long before I had my own blog, so meeting one of its biggest stars made me feel like I was really hitting the big time!  Add Lori Loughlin, who is so talented and so unbelievably pretty, to the mix and I was basically totally overwhelmed.

Bobby and Lori started the event by cooking up some great dishes (one of which is pictured below) with Hellman’s Mayo as a main ingredient.  They also mentioned a new fantastic partnership between Hellman’s and Share Our Strength, a charity that combats childhood hunger with a focus on healthy, nutritious food for kids who need it.  (Want to know more?  Go to Facebook to build a virtual sandwich, and Hellmans will make a donation to Share Our Strength!)

After the cooking demonstration was over, I had a few minutes to chat with Bobby and Lori.  I started off with a question that I’m always curious about — what’s the balance, for such a huge food personality between being a performer and being a real chef?  He was quick to respond: “Being a chef is who I am and what I do.”

We talked a little about how the Food Network has changed the way people think of cooking — it’s gone from being a chore to being something people really enjoy and use as a creative outlet, and a good part of that is because television and celebrity chefs have made cooking exciting and glamorous in a way that’s new and pretty amazing.

I asked if there was anything he’d tried to make and hadn’t succeeded at, and he laughed — anything that involves flour, sugar and eggs is, apparently, kryptonite to chefs, even for Bobby Flay.

We got a little sidetracked bonding over both of our Texan spouses (his wife is from Dallas, and of course Chad is from Houston) — apparently, on a regular basis, his wife wakes up and the first words out of her mouth are what she wants to eat.  I think if I were married to Bobby Flay, I’d probably wake up demanding buttermilk biscuits too.

I asked Lori how she balances her career with her family (somehow that’s always the question for successful women, isn’t it?) and she talked about teaching her kids to cook, being as prepared as possible for mealtimes during the week, and how she’d always rather be in her own kitchen than running around getting take-out for her family.  When I have a family of my own someday, I hope to be exactly the same way.

More photos below — many thanks to Hellman’s for inviting me to this awesome event!

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style: spring 2011 fashion week

September 13th, 2010 · 23 Comments

For the past few weeks, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve felt like I was living someone else’s life.  Starting with the Emmys and culminating with New York Fashion Week, I’ve been around more glamour and beauty in the past fourteen days than probably ever in my life.  I feel like I need to pinch myself every time I walk into the tents, just to make sure it’s not a dream.

I saw five shows this weekend and attended a number of other events, and I’m wildly exhausted but so happy.  And it’s not over yet!  My poor feet are going to need a month to recover from all the walking around in heels I’m doing this week.

Since I wasn’t in front of a computer all weekend, I didn’t have time to write up a proper post for today.  So for now, I’m just going to leave you with a handful of images from the last few days, and promise more soon.

Above: A gorgeous, airy skirt at Jill Stuart.

Michelle Trachtenberg asking for directions to Rebecca Minkoff.

Simple, feminine shapes and patterns at Rebecca Taylor.

Me with Brad from the Rachel Zoe Project outside the tents.

Fun, flirty patterns at Whitney Eve.

Clean, streamlined shapes at the Trias finale.

Chic, wearable and perfectly accessorized at Rebecca Minkoff.

Celeb-studded front row at Jill Stuart.

A pop of color at Trias.

Showstopping finale at Jill Stuart.

Line of photographers braving the rain on Sunday outside the tents.

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style: Emmy Awards

September 9th, 2010 · 20 Comments

What.  A.  Night.

I’ve actually had trouble writing up this post, because this was seriously one of the craziest nights of my life — it was pretty incredible to have all of the stars of my favorite television shows in one room!  As a little taste, I made this video to take you guys along while I was getting ready and at the awards:

It’s a little bit of a hodge-podge because I was sometimes too distracted by the show to remember to pull out my video camera — and once we got to the afterparty, the video camera was basically the last thing I was thinking about.  It was replaced with ohmygod there’s Tina Fey or ohmygod there’s Elizabeth Moss or OHMYGOD THE SMOKE MONSTER.

Yeah, see, there was a lot on my mind, okay?

Also, Ricky Gervais was particularly hilarious, because at some point about two and a half hours into the awards, I was getting hungry and Chad wanted a beer — but no.  Neither one.  No food, no booze.  No wonder people get cranky when the show goes over three hours!

I was tweeting photos throughout the night, but I’m not sure they capture how amazing it was to tell Michael C. Hall, face to face, that I’d bought Showtime just so I could watch the most recent season of Dexter.  What a night!

The best part, though, came when we were standing in the limo line leaving the afterparty.  Our limo came before Terry O’Quinn’s (John Locke/the Smoke Monster from Lost), and my sweet and thoughtful father-in-law offered him a ride!  He declined (which is good, because it might have been an awkward car ride, with us trying to grill him about the Others and the four-toed statute and all sorts of unanswered Lost mysteries that he’s probably sick of hearing about by now).

But ZOMG.  That’s the type of night it was.  A night where it wouldn’t feel totally bizarre to ask the Smoke Monster if he needed a ride home.

The whole night, I’d turn around and there was Ed O’Neill or Jane Lynch — people who I feel like I already know because I spend hours with them every week (probably too many hours, but let’s not nitpick, okay?).  As much as I love movies, going to the Emmys was probably more exciting for me than going to the Oscars* — these are the shows that make me laugh or cry, week after week, and it was just so amazing to be able to say to their faces how much of a huge, starstruck fan I am.

* (Although, eek, if someone out there wants to invite me to the Oscars, I’d be down, okay?  Let’s just make that clear.)

I’ve created a full album of my photos on the Sugarlaws Facebook page, but I’ve also included some highlights below!  But seriously — it’s raised a very important question.  If this is what Chad decided on for our first year anniversary, how on earth will he raise the bar next year?

Max Azria dress, Jimmy Choo clutch, BCBG bracelet, gifted pumps from T.J. Maxx.


The stage during the intro


Me with Ed O’Neill of Modern Family


Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer of True Blood


Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter of Dexter


Me with Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock


Me with Joel McHale of Community and The Soup


Pre-Show Red Carpet


Me with my adorable husband


Me with Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men


Me with Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock


George Clooney accepting his award


Me and my mother in law with Terry O’Quinn of Lost


Me with Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family

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