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Stefanie Furer covers the fashion world

As with every awards show, there were some clear winners, and some unfortunate losers. And we're not talking about the hopefuls of the coveted Academy Award, of course. We're talking about the fashion gracing the red carpet.

And this year, we saw so many talented actresses donning some beautiful gowns created by amazing designers. Tom Ford's sleek white gown looked stunning on Gwyneth Paltrow. And hats off to her - she definitely rocked the unique look.

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Cameron Diaz's gorgeous cream and silver Gucci gown was spectacular, but I wasn't a fan of her hair, accessories and makeup. Especially the hair. The gown needed a more glamourous hairstyle to complement it, and the heavy necklace distracted from the simplicity of the dress. Cameron should have either gotten extensions or pulled her hair into a chignon with drop earrings.

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Octavia Spencer was another favorite of mine. I just loved how the beaded silk and tulle dress hugged her figure and made her look breathtaking as she accepted her award tonight.

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I was in love with Stacy Keibler's overall look tonight at the Oscars. The gold Marchesa gown was unbelievably stunning on her. She looked sleek, chic, and effortlessly beautiful. The detailing on the dress was exquisite. She wins for best dressed in my book.

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Okay, so I have a mini-girl crush on Natalie Portman. She's one of my favorite actresses and she can pull off most any look. Except for the red polka-dot dress that she wore tonight. I was crushed when I saw her walk on stage to present the award for Best Actor. I mean, seriously? A long, red dress... with polka-dots? So devastating.

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Sandra Bullock normally hits a home run on the red carpet, but she definitely struck out tonight with her black, white and gold Marchesa dress. It looked like something you'd pull off the rack at a department store. Boring and a little outdated.

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You could tell Angelina Jolie thought her high-slit black velvet dress was sexy, but she looked emaciated and almost like she was drowning in the bulkiness of that dress. And who wears velvet anymore? It's not 1995!

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I wish I could put Tina Fey on my best dressed list at least once, but she always seems to go the wrong way every year. Always black or navy, always boring, and never reflective of her fun, bubbly personality.

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View the full Oscars photo gallery.

This year, it was really difficult to find anything that really missed the mark. Most everyone who graced the red carpet looked breathtaking and I loved the rainbow of yellow, red, green, and sapphire blue gowns. The designers really did well this year. Here are my picks for best and worst dressed for the 2012 Golden Globes.

The fashion disasters:

Zooey Deshanel- The Golden Globe nominee must have thrown up all over the front of her Prada dress after a fit of anxiety.

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Jane Lynch- Same old, same old. A black halter…really? Designer David Meisster could have upped the ante with a different material or silhouette.

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Angelina Jolie- This dress had potential, but it reminds me too much of a Valentine’s Day costume.

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Michelle Williams- Jason Woo’s purple velvet dress looks incredibly outdated and doesn’t do her justice. It looks like something you’d buy off the rack at a discount department store.

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Missy Pyle- Oh my disgusting 90’s prom dress. Out of ALL the dresses you could wear to the Golden Globes, you choose this old, shriveled up mess that looks like a napkin?

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Reese Witherspoon- Zac Posen, what have you done?! You gave one of my favorite girl-next-door actresses a bad red dress that looks completely outdated AND with her disheveled hair, she looks like a VIP stripper who got the golden ticket to attend the Golden Globes with her sleazy producer boyfriend.

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…and the red carpet fashion winners!

Paula Patton- Monique Lhullier's amazing yellow dress is breathtaking on her figure and stands out against the red carpet. Maria Menunos' yellow gown was also gorgeous, it was hard to pick which yellow dress I liked better!

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Heidi Klum- The supermodel looked like she just returned from a trip to Fiji in this minimalistic nude gown with turquoise detailing at the neckline. The dress is incredibly chic and I love that she kept her hair down!

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Rooney Mara- I loved her edgy, beautiful black dress with beautiful cutouts and an unexpected bubble hemline.

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Evan Rachel Wood- Simply stunning. I loved her peacock inspired gown with shimmery details everywhere. The plunging neckline gave it an extra punch but wasn’t too vulgar.

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Charlize Theron- Dior Couture. I know some may not love it, with the gigantic pink bow on the side, but I think it's fun and youthful, a nice change among all the dark sapphire and black.

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Mila Kunis- She always looks perfect, but this black Dior gown is simple but absolutely stunning. Paired with Cartier drop earrings, she looks sophisticated and elegant.

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Salma Hayek- I am in love with this black and gold Gucci gown! It has an art deco vibe to it with the clean lines and architectural placement of the beading.

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Jessica Alba- Her violet Gucci gown with crystal detailing fit her body like a glove. Another actress that always looks beautiful no matter what, but this dress is impeccably designed and is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Sofia Vergara- Okay, I need to stop. Usually there aren't as many fashion hits as there are misses, but tonight I can't narrow my favorites down to just five! Her sapphire blue dress is out of this world. Can I steal it from her?

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RTR holiday favesWasn't it just NYE 2011? I literally feel like I was just at 415 Westlake ringing in the new year just yesterday. It's weird to imagine that a whole year passed by, especially when so much has happened!

The best part about starting a new year isn't all the resolutions or renewing my gym membership - it's finding that perfect outfit while you're celebrating the end of a great year and welcoming a new one with open arms.

Last year, I found an amazing cobalt blue bandage dress that I ended up wearing only once (tear). The year before, I went to a wedding and wore a chic black cocktail dress that I also... wore... ONCE.

Thankfully, there's a way to still look chic and wear your favorite designer for your NYE festivities without breaking the bank or feeling bad that you only wore the outfit once the entire year.

Rent the Runway is an awesome site that has grown tremendously over the past year or so. They've added tons of great designers to their database, including Versace, Christian Siriano, Missoni, Cynthia Rowley, Herve Leger, Parker, among so many other amazing designers! I have a few friends that swear by this website and rent designer dresses for almost every occasion, whether it's a wedding or girls night out.

Dresses range from $40-350 to rent, and they'll send you two sizes just in case. Be sure to order SOON if you want something for NYE. Bonus: Use code NYEBLOWOUT for 25 percent your order!

Happy New Year! Be sure to celebrate in style!

bluecoatBrr! It's freeeezing in Seattle. And as the rain drizzles down over the city skyline and the dark gray clouds hang low, it's easy to blend in with all the winter drear.



pippacoat Thankfully, there are so many adorable winter coats and jackets that will brighten up your otherwise cold and icy day!



J. Crew has a gorgeous cobalt blue peacoat that looks amazing with skinny tangerine cropped trousers. And I love Pippa Middleton's eye-catching red coat, paired with leggings (or jeggings) and riding boots. Simple, chic,and so effortlessy sophisticated.



Pair a bright jacket or coat with muted colors for a classic look, or complement your coat with a color opposite on the color wheel. For instance, if you spotted an amazing yellow coat, pair it with a chic purple dress or blouse. And if you love red, find a fantastic green blouse to wear underneath. Check out my fashion board below for inspiration!


Did anyone watch the American Music Awards Sunday night? I caught glimpses of it – and in between Jennifer Lopez’s over-choreographed performance with blatant product placement and Taylor Swift’s three wins (yawn), I wasn’t too impressed…except for the fashion.

And while Taylor Swift annoys the living daylights out of me, I still have to admit she looked beautiful in her shimmery gold gown. Jennifer imagesCAETXJA9

Hudson looked crazy amazing in her metallic mini dress. And say what you want about Selena Gomez. She may have absolutely NO talent (oh wait, that’s me saying it), but she looked stunning in her long, silk champagne dress that was incredibly sophisticated.

But there were definitely some major misses, including Christina Aguilera’s silver bandage dress, which made her look like an overstuffed sausage. The big, poufy hair didn’t help either. Does she not realize that she can’t wear ultra-short, tight dresses anymore?! And Katy Perry? Did you see her? Who would wear anything that looks remotely like a scroll with pink paint splattered all over it? She can do a lot better. And don’t even get me started on Nicky Minage. She looked like the evil witch in Hansel and Gretel.

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Did you watch on Sunday? What did you think?

marcjacobsOne of my favorite designers, Marc Jacobs, has offered a reward to anyone with information about his missing spring 2012 collection.

The collection, which comprised of duplicates from the original samples in New York, went missing around 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The collection, which included shoes, handbags, and apparel, are worth $65,000. The brand offered a reward via tweet for anyone who has seen "any chic truck drivers cruising around Europe dressed in #SS12 collection."

No word on how much (or what) the designer is offering for photographic evidence of the missing spring collection.

Thankfully, the stolen collection can be replicated as the original samples haven't been compromised. Phew!

Do you suffer from the Ugg Boot Virus? I know I do, I own a couple pairs of those oh-so-comfy, squishy boots...and there are a few new styles that I kinda like. So this vaccine won't work for me.

Is it almost Halloween already?

I feel like it was only a couple months ago that I was picking out my Snooki costume, complete with a skin-tight leopard print dress, hoop earrings, fake lashes, and a serious spray tan. Oh yeah, and a HUGE bump in my hair.

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(Above, a blonde Snooki)

This year, I'm making a 180 and dressing as Betty Draper from Mad Men. Lace dress, white gloves, prim pumps, red lips, and a sophisticated 60s beehive.

And, if you're like me, you leave your Halloween costume to the last minute and frantically tear through costume stores trying to find something to wear this year.

Instead of panicking, take a look at some of my favorite costume stores, all of which have never disappointed after all these years of last minute costume conundrums.

Red Light. My #1 one-stop-shop for costumes year after year. Whether you're dressing up as a sexy nurse, groovy 70s chick, flapper, or Amanda Knox (yeah I said it), you'll find everything you need here. All costumes are categorized by genre and you'll find tons of vintage duds to complete your do-it-yourself costume.

Goodwill. Goodwill is a gold mine for buried treasure. Grab a crimson suit jacket to channel your inner Ron Burgundy. Find a flowy, white halter dress and cream gloves - and you're Marilyn. And pick up some sparkly accessories while you're there, they always have a great selection.

Champion Party Supply. If you don't want the hassle of putting together an original costume with vintage pieces, check out Champion - you can rent pretty much ANYTHING. And if you don't want to rent, they also carry a wide selection of brand new costumes. Plus some scary accessories to plant around your house. Maybe even a giant egg a-la Lady Gaga.

Le Frock. This Capitol Hill gem has tons of amazing jewelry, handbags, and wallets - plus some great pieces that make fantastic costumes. Black leggings and taffeta? HELLO 80's.

And finally, my favorite new Halloween costumes for 2011:

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1. Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison
2. Michelle Bachmann
3. Black Swan
4. William and Kate
5. Charlie Sheen (this one actually exists - see above)
6. Princess Beatrice's Hat

Happy Halloween!



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