Are you red carpet ready for the OSCARS?By Karen Reid, Associate Editor, Harlequin Superromance
(All images in this post have been shamelessly stolen from various internet sites.)
I love the OSCARS. The glitz, the glam, the fantastic movies… Are you caught up on your movie watching? No? Well, me neither. As I’m looking down the list of Best Motion Picture nominees, I realize it’s been a really bad year for one of my favorite pastimes, movie watching. So, let’s just focus on the glitz & glam…and one of my other favorite pastimes—fashion!
There’s no debating that besides film making, the OSCARS are all about the fashion. Which is why years ago, my sister and I began picking our dresses for the big show. Have I ever gone to the OSCARS? A definite no. Should that stop me from virtual dress shopping? Absolutely not. In fact, when you are fantasy shopping there are no rules, no budget, no boundaries. So, every year I beeline it to the haute couture shows, of course. I mean, this is the OSCARS, no way would I be caught buying off the rack, darling!
Naeem Khan, Haute Couture Fall 2016
Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016
Tough choice, I know! I love both…perhaps A for the ceremony and B for the numerous after parties I’ll be attending? (Remember, I have no budget).
I realize, to some of you this may seem a tad silly, but I cannot stress how much fun this is and how much joy it has brought me in the middle of many a drearyToronto winter. So I encourage each of you to give it a shot, search the internet for haute couture shows and I challenge you not to lose half a day to your search for the perfect dress.
And once you’ve done that, if you’re looking for another way to whittle away your day, choose a date. Now, perhaps this won’t take much time at all. We all have that special someone at the top of our “list”, but when attending the OSCARS, you may want to consider a few extra things:
· Arm candy factor (um, you’re going to have a lot of pictures taken of you so he better look every bit as good as you, or at least almost J)
· Sense of humor (someone who can make you laugh will come in handy during the boring bits of the show)
· Strong, broad shoulders (for you to lean your head on and shed your tears when you don’t hear your name called. Boo!)
· Ready to party (because you are not interested in heading home early—no, not on the night of the OSCARS!)
This year, I was going to go with a fictional date, “Lou Solverson” from FARGO, Season 2…but now that I’m thinking about, he’s probably an early-to-bed type, so instead I’m going with James McAvoy. sigh.
Not only is he incredibly talented and super handsome, with a too-die-for accent, but he seems like he’d be loads of fun to share a few drinks and have some laughs with. He’s also been to the OSCARS before, so he would be relaxed about the whole affair (i.e. low maintenance). And, yes, he’s happily married, but so am I—and this is fantasy, ladies!
So have some fun, picking that dress and perfect date. And if you need Hollywood inspiration, check out these Superromance books that have celebrity themes: Red Carpet Arrangement, by Vicki Essex (Jan/16), His First Choice, by Tara Taylor Quinn (May/16), No Ordinary Home, by Mary Sullivan (Oct/14), A Touch of Scarlet, by Liz Talley (Oct/11), and A Perfect Distraction, by Anna Sugden (Sep/13).