Red Carpet Fashion: 2015 Golden Globes

I fell out of blogging after classes ended last spring. Then summer came and I was working so much that I could not find the time to blog. Then it was all of a sudden fall and that brought about my most challenging semester of college yet. This semester is going to be a breeze (hopefully, fingers crossed). I wanted and NEED to get back in to blogging. So here I am 🙂

Fashion seems like perfect topic to start my blog back up. People’s Choice Awards got me in the red carpet mood last week. All the fashion buzz is so exciting. The Golden Globes last night had some amazing fashion moments. There are so many incredible and beautiful women in the running for major awards this year so I was so interested in what they would be wearing. Here are some of my favorites and not so favorites from the evening.

Zuhair Murad Chrissy

Chrissy Teigan in Zuhair Murad Chrissy

I adore this dress. She always looks amazing in whatever she wears. She outdresses so many of the actresses we see on the red carpet. Love love love this dress.


Amy Adams in Versache

Amy Adams looks SO classy in this purplish-blue gown. Her style is very old Hollywood glamour from the hair to the sleekness of the dress. Perfect.

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Kate Hudson in Versace

Envy of women everywhere. That’s all.

Vera Wang

Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang

She recently had a baby so props to her for showing off her amazing post-baby bod, but I just really want to pull this dress up. I usually really like Vera Wang, but something is just off with this one. It looks like it is falling down on her top half and it is uncomfortable to look at.

Saint Laurent

Jennifer Aniston in Saint Laurent

Jennifer never really goes all out with red carpet looks. She usually settles for something polished, sleek, kinda sexy–somewhere along those lines. This kind of fits in her usual style, but I am getting a late 90’s early 2000’s prom/bridesmaid vibe. That sequin halter is super awful in my opinion. You’re still my favorite though, Jennifer.

Ralph Lauren

Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren

I was torn between whether or not her hair was bad or the dress was bad…I decided that I don’t like either. Her hair is so harsh along with the makeup. The red gown is like HEY! HELLO! I AM RED GOWN LOOK AT ME. It is just SO intense. Maybe if her hair was down and polished like Amy Adams this gown would have looked a little better.


Quvenzhané Wallis in Giorgio Armani

She looks so adorable I can’t stand it. She dressed her age, yet it’s a little vintagey at the same time. It is such a fun, fancy little dress for her. Her hair to the side like that is also just perfect. Love it.

Michael Kors

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors

This is not awful, but I was expecting so much more from her. I know I always resort back to prom dress comparisons, but I am pretty sure I tried something on like this from Dillard’s 5 years ago, just sayin’. I can tell she was going for a classy, hippie vibe, but there’s just no wow factor here.
Mary Katrantzou

Kerry Washington in Mary Katrantzou

This dress is definitely interesting, but it stops there for me. It’s a little too Stepford Wives even though the attempt is a structured couture sort of look. The red in her shoes is really bothering me. Olivia Pope would never wear this. This dress needs Olivia Pope!!


Emma Stone in Lanvin

Love love love this look! She looks absolutely fabulous and you can tell how much she loves the look, too. It’s comfy, yet classy and dressy all at the same time. Perfect for the Globes.

JENNA DEWAN-TATUM In Carolina Herrera

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Carolina Herrera

I had no idea who this was until I saw her name, but I loved this dress so much so I put her on my list. The pale yellow is gorgeous on her. The structure along the bodice of the gown is so neat and makes this looks stand out.

Givenchy Couture

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture

I actually really love this on her. It’s very different and super edgy, but she is pulling it off. I hope for the Oscars she chooses something a little more sleek and timeless, though.

Giambattista Valli Couture

Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli

This woman seriously has never looked bad. I don’t know where she finds all her amazing red carpet looks, but they are simply stunning. The purple with her skintone is SO perfect. Love it. Love her.


Keira Knightly in Chanel

I would think that if anyone in the world could pull this dress off it would be Keira Knightly. However…..I don’t think she is. It really is just the dress. She looks gorgeous as usual, but this dress should have never stepped foot on the red carpet…or anywhere.

Calvin Klein

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

I read that the this gown took hours upon hours to make with all the beading. She was also wearing $1.5 million dollars worth of Tiffany jewels. HOLY BAJESUS. Just for all that I mean you have to say she looks amazing and she does because she’s Reese Witherspoon.

Atelier Versace

Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace

This was my favorite look of the entire night. Her hair against the brown/gold shimmer of the dress is SO amazing. Her and Amy Adams both rocked the side swept old Hollywood hair. This dress though is not easily worn, but she looks so so great in it. The color and style is so unique and Jessica Chastain looks absolutely stunning.

I can’t wait for the next red carpet looks! Yay for award season!


5 Spring Trends I Am Loving at the Moment

Lists are a fun read and easy to write so I am going to try to do more on my blog. No one wants to read long and boring paragraphs, at least I don’t. So with the weather starting to actually feel like spring I am SO excited to put my chunky sweaters and boots in the back of my closet. I have been wearing sandals for the past two weeks because I cannot stand boot socks or anything like that anymore. It is April! We have been in winter fashion mode for almost 5 months! That is almost half a year! So here are some spring trends that I am loving at the moment.

1. The Colored Blazer

I just bought this ‘hot orange’ blazer from Target last week. I wore it to an interview for an internship (which I got! yay!!!). I used to wear a black blazer all the time a few years ago and then I just got bored with it. I paired this blazer with navy crop pants and brown flats. It would also look great dressed down with a floral shirt and jeans.


2. The White Blouse

You can never have enough basic items. You can wear them so many different ways. A white top is no exception. I find my closet lacking in dressier white tops to wear with denim shorts/crops or leggings. I need to find some nice tops to wear with bright, chunky necklaces or a light scarf. I found these ones on The Chriselle Factor.

The Chriselle Factor

The Chriselle Factor

3.  The Nude Boot Sandal

I probably have over 15 brown sandals. I have a little bit of an obession. But I do not own a truly nude color. They would go great with pretty much every outfit, just like nude heels do. I love the higher, boot looking sandal like this one I found on Pinterest.

4. Boyfriend Jeans

Just once I would like to try on a pair of boyfriend jeans and have them fit me the right way. They end up looking like bad mom jeans on me unless they have a short inseam. These slouchy pants have such a relaxed and casual look that you can wear with sandals.

5. Print Mix & Match

Florals have always been a spring trend, as well as every other kind of print. Why not wear them all together for a fun and unique look? As long as the prints have a similar color or shape, they will have a sort of match quality to the outfit and you can pull it off.




Tangled Up In Frozen

I believe I was about four years old when my parents first took my older sister and I to Walt Disney World. I lived in the blue Cinderella nightgown they bought me for weeks after the trip. When I met Cinderella, my parents said I cried and gave her the biggest hug ever. Each time I have gone back I still tear up when I see her. The whole place makes me tear up–it truly is magical. When TinkerBell flies out of the castle at the end of the night, the World Showcase light show over the water at Epcot, seeing Peter Pan running around FantasyLand and by the time you notice him he is gone…this list could go on forever.

I am always reading up on the secrets of the park and I have used research papers and presentations for school as an excuse to learn more about Disney. One of my favorite papers I wrote about Disney was called “Feminism in Fairytales.” I discussed how I believe Ariel, Belle, and Mulan are independent and confident young women who act as good role models for girls. So many people bash Disney for ‘too good to be true’ story lines or submissive and powerless characters. True Disney fans know that it is just not the case.

Last weekend I had the privilege of being Rapunzel from Tangled for the night. I work at the Edwardsville YMCA and we had a princess themed night for little girls. All of the Disney princesses were there for the event and we read stories and took photos with everyone there. It is so fun to see the youngest generation still watching the older classics like Cinderella and Snow White. I surprised myself with how much I got into the character. I was probably an awful actress but the 4 and 5-year-old girls really thought I was Rapunzel. I felt like I got more hugs that night than I ever have in my life.



I also recently recorded ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen. I had been meaning to record this song for weeks. I finally saw the movie over spring break and it has such an awesome storyline. Anna and Elsa are strong female roles that do not succumb to the typical ‘end up with Prince Charming love.’ They realize that the true love needed to bond them together and to break the winter curse is the love they have as sisters. The music is AMAZING. I knew all the songs before I even saw the movie. Here is my cover of ‘Let It Go.’



While Out West

3 weeks. 3 states.  1 National Forest. 2 National Parks. 1 National Memorial . 1 National Monument. 1 rock concert. 5+ cities. 1000+ photos.

That pretty much sums up my vacation last summer out west. It was the most eye opening and awe inspiring trip I have ever taken. You can take a million vacations to the beach and have a relaxing, sun-filled week, but how many times can you say you’ve seen three waterfalls in one day. Or a herd of 500+ bisons crossing the road right in front of you. Or 5 moose in a week, each about 20 feet away from you. Or cowboys trying to get a ton of cattle up the mountain by herding them with horses up the highway causing traffic to stop. Or spent the morning in the historic gambling town of Deadwood, South Dakota and then drove a few miles to see Mt. Rushmore and Badlands National Park all in one day.

The west is where America’s beauty lives. It’s not in St. Louis. The real beauty isn’t on the east coast or in the south. All of these places are too populated and urbanized. The beauty is in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and all the other states in that area. This is where the last bit of untouched nature lives. Mountains, waterfalls, rock formations, canyons, geysers, hot springs, rivers, wildlife, forests, history…the list could go on forever.

My sister and I spent a week and a half on our own with our Aunt in Buffalo and Sheridan, Wyoming. They are very small towns, but full of natural beauty and the old west feel. It sits in the Big Horn National Forest. Crazy Woman Canyon is in the area as well, which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Crazy Woman Canyon

Moose in Big Horn Moutains

Overlook of Big Horn Mountains

Veteran’s home pond looking out at Big Horn Mountains

From there we went to Montana and visited Yellowstone National Park. There are so many things to see in the park. We saw the main sites like Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring. The park is full of natural wonders that are nothing like you have ever seen. Bubbling hot springs that plunge into darkness some 100 feet deep, waterfalls in the middle of the forest or off a canyon, and herds of bison and numerous elk around every turn. The amount of tourists there are also overwhelming. It was always a struggle to take my photos without having people in them.

Near the Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Canyon

Mammoth Hot Springs

Tower Falls

Hayden Valley

Devil’s Tower was another sight unlike any other. It takes over an hour to walk around the giant rock formation and each step you take you become even more in awe of how this formation occurred over time. It literally looks like it was pushed out of the ground with the vertical lines down the sides and the millions of rocks surrounded the perimeter.

Devil’s Tower

Mt. Rushmore should be on everyone’s bucket list. I thought I wouldn’t like it that much. I figured I’ve seen it in photos and I get it, some presidents carved out of stone. I’m not dying to see it. Well I was wrong. It was amazing to see in person. The heads are much more massive than they appear in photos. Learning about the construction of it was so interesting.

Mt. Rushmore

Badlands National Park was probably the most obscure park we saw all trip. The whole area looks as if you are on a planet in Star Wars. There is really no other way to describe the park other than the photos.


If you love the outdoors, traveling, hiking, sight seeing, nature, wildlife and pure amazement, then you MUST plan a trip out west. See if you can do it all in one trip. It was a challenge, but my family did it. Then again, we are a bunch of vacation freaks. We drove straight home to Shiloh without an overnight stay from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. But that’s another story.


Smartphones Cause Disconnections Between People

I literally feel like I am the only one on the planet without a smartphone. My phone was free with my plan. It slides open to a pretty sweet texting keyboard and makes calls. That’s really about it. It was the hottest thing in 2007. I understand it is 2014 now and I have a lot of catching up to do. I’m up to date in pretty much every other area of technology. I have a Kindle, MacBook Pro, Canon EOS Rebel, and a Smart TV. I have just not come to that point yet to pay the extra $30 or so per month for a smartphone. I would rather be spending that on food, gas, or a night out with my friends.

I am glad, however, that it is impossible for me to fall into the trap of being mesmerized by my phone screen when I am hanging out with people or trying to have a conversation with someone. There is nothing for me to look at on my phone. It doesn’t do anything. I am sure you have encountered at least a couple of these scenarios today already:

  • You are in the middle of a conversation with someone and they pull out their phone. They clearly stop paying attention to you, but they pretend like they are still are by nodding and saying the occasional ‘mhmm’ or ‘yeah I know.’
  • You are seeing your favorite band in concert and your view keeps getting blocked by the guy in front of you who has been recording the entire show.
  • It’s Friday night and you and are friends are out to eat. You just paid $10 to sit in silence with one another while everyone scrolled through the latest happenings on Twitter and Instgramed their dinner.
  • You invite friends over to hang out and play games, but the game is taking forever because everyone keeps playing Flappy Bird and not paying attention when it is their turn.
  • You are taking notes in class and really enjoying the lecture your professor is giving today. You look around and see people staring at the phones. You wonder why they even bother coming to class at all.

This video called “I Forgot My Phone” is amazing. It hits on everything that I see everyday with smartphones. It is so well done and so accurate to the lives we live.

The field I am going into is Communications. Communications must keep up to date with technology. Would I get great use out of an iPhone right now? Yes. So many of my classes suggest different apps that I cannot take part in. My bank has a great app for making transfers and even taking a picture of a check and depositing it. Many of the stores I shop at have mobile coupons that I have to waste paper to printing out. Keeping up to date with Twitter and other news has to wait until I have access to my laptop or tablet.

I am not against smartphones by any means. If they are used for a purpose other than playing games and using social media instead of communicating with people face to face right in front of you, then yes, I do have a problem with that.

Look around you. Put the phone down. Don’t charge it when it dies. There is a huge world out there waiting for you to live in it.


Black Bean Veggie Bowl

Here is my first recipe post! I love Qdoba’s fresh ingredients and flavors, so I decided to try to copy their vegetarian friendly naked burrito. This dish was super quick and easy and I had plenty of leftovers. Here is what you will need:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • green onion, about 1/3 chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced (I cut mine into triangles)
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of Rotel, mexican lime & cilantro flavor
  • half box of brown rice
  • 1 small lime
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream (optional)
  • cheese (optional)
  1. Start to boil the water for your rice. Begin chopping the onion, green onion, and zucchini. Sautee over medium heat in a pan with a little bit of vegetable oil.1-IMG_0333
  2. Begin cooking the rice as directed. Stir the onions and zucchini every now and then until a little browned.
  3. Drain the corn completely. Drain the black beans, but leave a little bit of the liquid in there. Do the same for the Rotel. (The juices make the rice less dry.)
  4. Pour the beans, corn, and Rotel into a larger pot and begin heating on stove.1-IMG_0338
  5. Once the rice is finished, stir it into the beans mixture. Add in the onions and zucchini. Stir well.
  6. Chop up a little bit of cilantro and stir into the pot. Squeeze the lime over it all and stir.1-IMG_03541-IMG_0358
  7. Add cheese and sour cream if you wish!1-IMG_0370

This is so delicious I promise. All the colors make you feel really healthy. Go light on the sour cream and cheese to keep it that way. This also tastes great in tortillas and with chips! I also suggest squeezing more lime juice on the leftovers after you reheat it.

(all photos by Mollie Rittenhouse)



Photo by Mollie Rittenhouse

Photo by Mollie Rittenhouse

Like every other college student, the red and white logo of Netflix has been permanently burned into my sight. After a long day of classes and work, Netflix is just a given when I sit down with my leftover pasta that I have been trying to finish for three days. Recently, I started watching the series “Freaks and Geeks” that aired back in 1999 to 2000. Not only does it have an awesome, comedic cast with names like James Franco and Seth Rogen, but IMDB gave it a 9.0 rating. The show follows two groups of teenagers (the freaks and the geeks, of course) in the 1980s, dealing with everything from first love to embarrassing parents and everything in between.

It is a highly relatable show regardless of if you grew up in the 80s. I am almost finished with the first season and nearly every episode has nostalgic qualities. Innocence is everywhere in the show, like a boy having a huge crush on his best friend’s older sister and awkward dancing between hormonal teens at Homecoming. The show constantly reminds me of high school. I cannot believe I am already halfway though college. It seems like yesterday morning I was freaking out because I forgot my P.E. clothes at home or got turned around as a Freshman in my high school’s extremely confusing hallway system. It is hard to believe that was over three years ago. Nothing makes me feel more old than saying “I have not seen you since high school!” to an old friend.

The innocence of high school is something to be cherished. In college you still have a little bit of innocence left, but you are so much more on your own than you were in high school. Decisions are forced down your throat every second about your future. What will you do with your degree? Where will you live? How will you pay off your loans? You ARE going to get your Master’s aren’t you? Classes fill up quickly and you realize you might not finish in four years. Even though you earn above average grades and work really hard, scholarships are hard to come by when you are an average white girl with two working parents who are happily married. The world is so much bigger and scarier than high school. The real world is fast approaching and it terrifies me. I just have a couple more years of my parents being my own personal bank, summer and Christmas break, and late night Taco Bell runs. Cheers to making the most of it while I still can. Innocence is bliss.