Emmy Hair: The Dirty Dozen


Allow me to introduce Becca, one of the new editors at Hair Thursday. Becca will keep you up-to-date on new celebrity hairstyles and will be helping me with some of the future Hair Thursday candidates. Welcome, Becca!


I must say that the Emmy Awards were a bit yawn-inducing this year, but the one thing that always draws my attention (whether positive OR negative) is the award show hair.  While there was much to choose from this year, these 12 lookers are my hair highs and lows of the 2008 Emmy Awards:

Photos care of myLifetime.

While many stars are attempting to channel Old Hollywood these days, some are better at pulling it off than others. Case in point, America Ferrera and Kyra Sedgwick. While I admire America’s efforts, the end result is frizzy and unfinished looking. Perhaps a bit of anti-frizz serum or a dollop of glossing cream is in order?  Kyra has a softer, more polished version of this classic look, which results in a fresh and sophisticated look on the red carpet….from the neck up, but we’re focusing on hair here people!

Photos care of myLifetime.

A common awards show look in recent years is the messy updo, worn either high or low; this look can go south quickly if proper precautions aren’t taken. Here we see Lauren Conrad and Jennifer Love Hewitt sporting varied versions of the messy updo.  Lauren pulls this look off by keeping the mess to a minimum and accenting her pretty look with small braids and soft curls.  Jennifer Love Hewitt, on the other hand, has taken her version of this look into dangerous territory with spiky waves worn high on the crown. She ends up looking a little less Hollywood and a little more High School Musical.

Photos care of myLifetime.

Many women are partial to long and flowing hairstyles for an event, but even a simple look can fail miserably. Brooke Shields looks lovely here with beautiful curls that cascade down her back and accent her brightly colored gown. On the other hand, Kathy Griffin has added some not-so-subtle extensions to her hair and the end result leaves something to be desired. Perhaps that something is a brush and a little glossing cream?

Photos care of myLifetime.

In contrast to long and loose, some stars prefer a more tailored look for a special event. Let’s compare and contrast Vanessa Williams with Christina Applegate. Here we see Ms. Williams with great volume up front and a sweet little chignon at the nape of her neck. The overall style is well put together and simple. It allows her beautiful face to be seen without distraction and is very age appropriate. Christina’s version creates a bit more volume at the crown than would be desired and it detracts from the simple and lovely chignon. With her longer face and signature pursed lips, this high and tight look leaves Christina looking a bit like an alien.

Photos care of myLifetime.

Celebrities have become quite taken with the bob this season and I happen to love this haircut so much, that I consider it my signature cut. While it is great for an everyday look, it can be difficult to style for an event. Both Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria Parker have taken to the bob, but they displayed different versions of award show style on the red carpet this year. Felicity keeps it soft and simple, understanding that a bob is best shown as a smart cut with minimal fuss.  Eva takes her look a step further and dare I say, a step too far.  The end result is a slicked down greasy mess that is certainly not complimented by her make-up!

Photos care of myLifetime.

Men can fall victim to red carpet faux pas in the hair department as well.  A shining example of red carpet class is Patrick Dempsey.  Looking fresh and clean with a slightly shaggy cut is one way to keep the ladies wanting more.  Unfortunately, Alan Cummings has taken the quirky characters he plays to heart, with this style being a bit more Flock of Seagulls than a flock of admirers.


La Plates Winner!


Congratulations to Michelle, commenter #150.


Thanks to everyone for participating, and remember, Lara is offering a 10% discount with the code laplates10 at checkout. (The holidays will be here sooner than you think!)


La Plates Giveaway


(First off, with all of the review-type blogs popping up, I feel the need to clarify that I do NOT write about products here unless I absolutely adore them and use them myself.)

With that being said, let me count the reasons why I love this line of darling, monogrammed melamine plates.

First off, LOOK AT THEM.








However, the cuteness is not the only reason I feel the need to squeee. Let me elaborate.

1. The plates are made from melamine, which is unbreakable, dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. (Hallejuah!)

2. They are perfect for kids and outdoor parties. (No need to waste paper plates!)

3. The design options are limitless.

4. They make a perfect gift for a new family addition. (Heads up. If you are a personal friend and just had a baby, this is probably what you will be receiving. Surprise!)

5. The owner of La Plates, Lara, donates a percentage of revenue to differing charities. This month, she is donating 10% of her web sales to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

6. Just look at sweet Wito’s personal plate.


(Of course, you knew it would be green. And simple. I’m like an open book over here.)

I could go on and on, but you can learn everything you need to know at the La Plates website.

Probably because she is a Kansas girl (which makes her a lovely person from the get-go), Lara has agreed to give one La Plate to a commenter, who can choose whatever design and monogram their little heart desires.

Additionally, Lara is offering a 10% discount to all whoorl readers by using the code “laplates10″ at checkout.

From now until this Sunday, September 28th at 9pm PST, leave a comment and consider yourself entered. Good luck, and thanks to Lara for the giveaway!


Good Reads


Your book recommendations are awesome, and like a good obsessive-compulsive organizational queen, I’ve entered all of the suggestions into my Goodreads account for safekeeping. I think I shall start with Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series because, frankly, Kristin told me they were a “jiggity jillion times better than Twilight” in the comments.  And who am I to ignore such a bold statement? A JIGGITY JILLION TIMES? Sold.

As a thank you for your recommendations (keep ’em coming!), I am going to post a little giveaway tomorrow. A giveaway involving the cutest monogrammed object in the history of the world. I am not kidding, you will cry tears of precious joy.

I’m sobbing right now just thinking about it. Oh, wait…no, THAT would be due to Wito not taking a much-needed nap. Why is it that, in his utterly unfair eyes, a 3-minute snooze in the car is a perfectly acceptable substitute for his normal 2-hour afternoon nap? WHY? Why am I being punished for letting my child gleefully run around a dewy park all morning, only to have him conk out 5 blocks from my house and wake up mere seconds later all refreshed and shit? Once again, my attempts to keep him awake for the last mile of my drive failed miserably, and I will now pay dearly.

I mean, will you look at this?


He’s not even lying down. What ever happened to the good old college try? At least show me some effort, kid.

Oh! One more thing. Only two days left to enter my Accessories Challenge at The Working Closet. Come on, you know you want to show off your lovely accoutrements. A darling scarf could be yours…