Earlier this week I sketched Lupita Nyong’o in a softly fitted gown by Prada in a lovely “Nairobi blue.” Charlize Theron also tops my best-dressed list in a sexy black Christian Dior haute couture gown with a plunging neckline.
Before I talk about the fabulous gowns at the Oscars, I have to say I loved host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue and her low-key approach to the show -- including ordering pizza and that star power selfie that famously shut down Twitter! And I think Lupita Nyong'o gave one of the best acceptance speeches I've ever heard.
One reason I watch the Oscars is to see all the fabulous gowns. Last night the celebs rocked the red carpet. While watching the awards I started sketching my favorite dresses.
Lupita Nyong'o was stunning in her pleated custom-made Prada gown with deep plunging neckline. She reminded me of a goddess in her light blue dress. On the red carpet she gave some backstory on why she chose this dress, "It's a blue that reminds me of Nairobi. It's a little bit of home." The sparkly Fred Leighton 18kt gold-and-diamond headband and crescent diamond earrings were the perfect touch.
I'll be back during the week updating my #Oscars2014 series with more sketches. Check back later :)
My weekend included some quality time with the puppies In case you were wondering about all my pupppy photos and movies on Instagram, I was volunteering this weekend at my favorite animal shelter. Lots of fun. Lots of puppy kisses. And even hugs from the sweetest Pit Bull ever.
Meet Dolly the Pit Bull and Gilligan the Poodle mix from the adoption fair. Too cute!
Images: #OTRC Illustrations of Academy Awards fashions featured above by me, Chris Olson. Feel free to pin image on Pinterest with a link back to this post. Thanks!
It's not quite sunny and 70 here today in Colorado. A fresh 6 inches of the white stuff blankets my neighborhood this morning, but I am stil hopeful about warmer days ahead. Found the photo of a neighbor's home that I took months ago and something about the sun baking on the rock wall and the warm terracotta tiles makes me at least dream about spring.
Part of the old world charm of Tuscan landscaping is the invitation to stop, sit, stay awhile. A bench under a tree makes the outdoor space inviting. Landscaping like the home above includes a native plant garden and that often means a low-water garden. Sunflowers, poppies, ornamental grasses, and lavender are common both here and in Tuscany. Using drought toleranting plantings in place of the lawn adds beauty and saves on water. It's estimated that in some dryer parts of the coutry nearly half of a household's water supply is used for watering the lawn. Before I moved here I had no idea that xeriscaping and drought tolerant plantings could be so beautiful.
Illustration: Photo above by me, Chris Olson. Feel free to pin image on Pinterest with a link back to this post. Thanks!
Here are 22 favorite—but not so typical—love songs on my playlist. It's a perfect soundtrack for Valentine's Day or an anniversary. Oh yeah, I added a few alternative songs if romance is the last thing on your list—because we know that sometimes falling in love can be both the best time and the most difficult time. xo, Chris
Click on the links and you can hear the songs in iTunes preview:
Back in 2004 on February 4th, Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com in his Harvard dorm room. The social media platform has grown from a small campus website to something it seems like just about everyone has joined or at least talks about. One thing is for sure, Facebook has changed the way many of us communicate.
With each status update—from the highly personal over sharing kind and to the more generic stuff—you Facebook helps you form connections with friends and family. As Hanna Ingber at the NYTimes put it so well, "Facebook has become an elementary tool of modern life — a repository for the minutiae of everyday interactions, photographs, news and personal announcements like engagements and new jobs."
How has your life changed since you joined Facebook? To celebrate the big birthday, thanks to the folks at Facebook, you can see a personalized video of your posts. Take a "Look Back" at what you've been up to while you've been on Facebook—a video featuring 15 or more of your most-liked photos, statuses, and life events, set to music. Check out your personalized video by Facebook here.
Images: Facebook 10th Birhday illustration featured above by me, Chris Olson. Feel free to pin image on Pinterest with a link back to this post. Thanks!
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