Zee Red Carpet

True confession: I only watch the red carpet. My star crossed awards show love is the Golden Globes because everyone is fed and drunk and hilarious. The Oscars are long and a bit boring. But! The dresses.

Favorites (Ladies)

Kate Hudson 

Kate Hudson in Versace. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

I like to think that Kate wore this as a giant “eat your heart out” to Matthew Bellamy. The tailoring is impeccable. Her hair totally nails it.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams in Gucci. Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images.

I’m not typically a peplum fan and this dress wouldn’t work if it wasn’t so perfectly fitted. The coral earrings from Tiffany beautifully tie together her hair and give an oh-so-subtle nautical nod to the navy. Love it.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Lupita has been a red carpet darling the entire awards season. She brought her A game every single time. I’m thrilled she won last night. The lines of this dress are incredible. The styling left me a little underwhelmed. I’d swap the headband for a necklace but to each their own, I guess. Lupita also underscores how interesting life can be when you don’t tether yourself to one designer. JLaw, take note.

Favorites (Gentlemen)

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey in Burberry. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Frank Underwood, you did me so right. I love your contrasting lapel so much that I turned off the ceremony and watched House of Cards. Bless you.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

It’s not just that I love you and love Sherlock. It’s that you know how to show up and own the damn suit. Let’s make out now, kthanksbye.

Thumbs Down 

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts in Givenchy. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Kat argued that I should give Julia improvement credit after her Global Crime Against My Eyes. Each dress must stand alone to be judged. At least the earrings are nice.

Penélope Cruz

Penelope Cruz in Valli. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

She’s obviously stunningly beautiful and could wear a potato sack but she struggled with the shawl thing the entire carpet and it took away from the lines of the dress. Let’s talk a moment to pause and reflect on the fact that is the best the photo service could do. Ruminate on that.

Other Thoughts

I thought Ellen’s opening monologue was bland, safe, and not terribly funny. Her selfie bit, however, was the most amazing thing the internet has ever produced. JLaw looked lovely but is clearly bored of this awards shows and needs to get out of her Dior contract before my brain shuts down from boredom. Keri Washington wins Amazing Points for basically stopping off at the Oscars en route to giving birth. Angie looks scary and I dislike her glitter tear boobs immensely. All the looks are on the Cut. And check out Vanity Fair’s Instagram feed, you’ll thank me.

What did you guys think? Your favorites? Am I off my rocker?

How to Pack for a Long Trip

The Lizzie Way:

1. Freak out. Start a Pinterest board.

2. Pick one thing to fixate on (ex: attractive but comfortable walking shoes for under $100) and ask every single person you know until your best friend bans it from discussion and doesn’t acknowledge any links sent on gchat.

3. Assume you are packing too much. Freak out.

4. Stress about wearing the same clothes all the time. Freak out.

5. Forget that there are actual stores in other countries where you could buy things. Heck, you may even WANT to buy things.

6. Spend an entire day packing and be the only person in your group under weight!

7. Buy things all the time and have to ship extras home. Twice.

The Actual Advice Way:

1. Accept that you will be sick of everything by the time you’re done. Buy cheapies.

2a. Realize that you will wear the same 5-7 pieces for weeks on end. Bring things you actually like.

2b. The small things that minorly bug you about clothes will drive you insane if you wear them all the time. (ex: I should have bought deep V neck tees instead of the regular Vs.)

3. Pack in a color palette. I choose grass green, medium to dark blue, grey, black and white.

4. Bring at least 10 days worth of underwear and socks. No one should have to re-wear dirties and laundromats can be expensive and hard to find (also not necessarily in English).

5. Bring one Nice Thing to wear. Even if you only wear your Nice Thing once it will go a long way to helping you feel prepared for anything.

6. Scarves and jewelry are small, easy to pack and are a great pick-me-up. Bring a variety.

7. Other countries have stores. Stores that will sell you things you need. They may not be as cheap as they are in the States but you can buy things if, for instance, you arrive in Vienna, it is raining, and have no pants or sweater.

The Nitty Gritty:

I packed:

Pants: jeans*, black pants, leggings (for overnight trains and pjs)

Tops: 2 solid color tees, 2 white tank tops, lace trimmed peplum

Skirts and Dresses: cotton skirt, cotton dress, Nice Dress

Sweaters: striped pullover, solid colored cardigan

Other: Swimsuit, Socks, Underwear

*didn’t survive Russia, never replaced on trip

I purchased abroad: pants, sweater and cotton sundress out of necessity, lots of other things for fun

Ode to my Jack Rogers

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Istanbul, Corfu, and back

As Sparky knows all too well (through too many high school collages and slow afternoon gchats) I lusted after these sandals for years. Made famous my Jackie O and basically the epitome of preppy summer, how could I not worship them? Plus, hello versatility. The elegant construction means they look great anywhere and these puppies are built to last.

In my overly romantic mind, going to Europe was the perfect time to finally pull the trigger. Now that they’ve broken in they are like slippers. I’ve worn them every day for weeks. We’re bffls to the max.

So, darling Jacks, thanks for being awesome. I love how durable you are. I love how you highlight my tan-for-Lizzie vacation color. I love that you stay on even when I barely make it out of a crammed subway car. I love your pleasant clack on cobblestones. And I love that you just get more comfortable as we keep exploring. You’re so pretty. Let’s be together forever.

Living out of a suitcase

You know those vacation packing features in women’s magazines? “14 outfits from six pieces (and a buttload of shoes and jewelry we don’t count!)”? They always contain one or two outfits that are just a little off. Its clear they work in the editor’s head but not on a real person but the editor just decided to go with it. Well, after living with the same clothes for a month, I have a lot more sympathy for the editor.

We’re in Krasnodar now, our last city and definitely the warmest. The sunshine and heat are great but it further limits my options. I’ve basically alternated between three outfits since I’ve been here. This morning I have to pack for a day that includes a rotary presentation (uniform), lots of downtime (warm weather casual) and a nightclub tonight (fancy). You think limited options would help but nope. Le sigh.