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Mar 032013

It’s been a week since this year’s Oscar awards and as I looked at all the best dressed lists, they all had pretty much the same top pics for best dressed.  Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture and Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé were among the favorites as well as Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan, Naomi Watts in Armani Privé. and Halle Berry in Versace.  I am happy to report that my friend Octavia Spencer, once again made the list with a gorgeous ethereal Tadashi Shoji gown. 

My top pick of the night, however, was Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture. Not only did the dress fit her to a tee, but her hair and makeup were stunning. Especially, since she was sporting a short haircut.


Jessica, Jennifer, Octavia 2013 OscarsJessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Octavia Spencer at the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet


Stacy, Naomi, Halle 2013 OscarsStacy Keibler, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry at the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet


85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsCharlize Theron at 2013 Oscar Red Carpet (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


But my real favorite picks of the night who wore bright primary colors were from Robin Roberts in a dramatic Marc Bouwer gown, Jane Fonda in a gorgeous Versace gown  and Reese Witherspoon in a form-fitting gown by Louis Vuitton. These ladies really  showed that color can be gorgeous on the Red Carpet!  Way to go, ladies!


Reese, Jane Robin 2013 Oscars


Feb 122013

Last year, I had the pleasure of finally going to London for my very first time, not once but twice.  The second trip was for Octavia Spencer’s nomination and actual win of the 2012 BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards)!! As I grew up in Monterey, I always thought that the grey skies of London would be a turn off!  It was quite the opposite!!  The amazing old world architecture and the city’s energy was brilliant! And I am anxious to go back! 

So, I am sitting here watching this year’s show…. I watched the show for the first time live from my hotel room last year and was struck at how funny and amazing this award show was!  Stephen Fry, the host, was truly genius as he kept the show moving and made me laugh out loud lots of times.  This year, Stephen, is again the host and it was not a fluke….. he truly has a command of the Award show format and is again delivering a funny and quick moving show. (We need to take notes for our Oscars)

So, here are my picks for the fashion and style that I noticed on the red carpet……. My favorite look was Helen Mirren in a goreous Nicholas Oakwell Couture gown and a fabulous short pink hairstyle!  She shows that style has no age!! Black was a favored color, as Anne Hathaway showed in a simple black Burberry gown with silver accents, Sarah Jessica Parker’s black pantsuit and Sarah Silverman’s black halter top gownJennifer Lawrence kept it simple in a beaded strapless gown, while Jessica Chastain turned up the volume in a gorgeous royal blue satin gown.  Thandie Newton was on trend with a black lace gown.  A job well done, ladies…..    Cheers….   -Valerie


Helen Mirren at 2013 BAFTAs Red Carpet

Helen Mirren at 2013 BAFTAs Red Carpet


Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman at 2013 BAFTAS

Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman at 2013 BAFTAS Red Carpet


Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Thandy Newton at 2013 BAFTAs Red Carpet

Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Thandy Newton at 2013 BAFTAs Red Carpet



Oct 162012

So, of course, by now you know that I was fortunate enough to do Octavia’s hair and make-up for her fantastic award season last year, culminating in her Oscar win.  It was such an exciting time for me as well.  So, this year award season has begun and Octavia has lots of events to attend. It’s been a deja’ vu experience as we work our ‘get ready for the carpet routine.’ Here are a few images from the exciting events Octavia has attended in the last 2 weeks in beautiful designs by Tadashi Shoji.….  starting with Jay Leno and The Ellen Show…. and ending with her shoot for Elle Magazine! 


Octavia with Jay Leno holding up her Elle Magazine cover shot.


Octavia on the Ellen Show


Octavia is Honored at Elle Magazine’s 19th Annual Women in Hollywood (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)


Octavia at the AmFar Charity Event


Octavia at the GLSEN 2012 Awards


Octavia for Elle Magazine November 2012 Issue


Looking good, Octavia!!


Feb 052012
So, it has been quite a busy beginning of the year for me.  I am really lucky to be doing the hair and/or makeup for a very talented, Oscar nominated Octavia Spencer, as she wins some amazing awards leading to the Oscars.  It is a very exciting time and I am betting all my cards on Octavia to win the big award! Whoo Hoo!!

Octavia Spencer on the SAG Award Red Carpet/Hair by me

I had a chance to talk to Blogger extraordinaire, Patrice Grell Yursik, from Afrobella to give the details of Octavia’s red carpet make-up for the Golden Globes.  Thanks a million to Afrobella for a fantastic interview…. check it out here..

Octavia Spencer winning the GoldenGlobes/Makeup by me


Here’s to winning the Grand Prize, Ms. Spencer, for a spectacular performance!!
Mar 222011

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted so here’s a little update…. February was crazy busy, which I love, with finishing issue 6 of Regard Magazine doing photoshoots and  doing lots of red carpet glam for Tia Mowry and Gloria Govan. I love being able to do glam for red carpet events and both ladies had lots to attend so here’s a look at a few….

                                                         Tia at the Children’s Dream Award

                                                                                                                  Tia at the Essence Luncheon

Tia at the NAACP awards

                                                                                                                          Tia at the Battle: Los Angeles Premiere  

                                                                                          Husband Cory Hardrict and Tia at Battle: Los Angeles Premiere

                                               Gloria at her event for All-Star Week

                                                                                                             Matt and Gloria at an All-Star event

                                                                                                                         Gloria at KTLA appearance