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Manus x Machina

All the interweb is abuzz with the talk of the 2016 Met Ball, and like everyone else I was all too excited to see the red carpet looks. Manus x Machina is an interesting theme given the growing influence of technology on how most of the world’s fashions are created – with the dawn of 3-D printing, and print productions. etc.

Golden Globes 2016

Award season is officially here!

Last night, marked the celebration of the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. The award show held at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California was broadcast live and honored the best in film and American television for the year 2015. Hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais nominees and their guests were entertained by uncanny and witty – sometimes albeit crass humor by the entertainer as well as many of the presenters.

But before the nominees got to enjoy their evening of dining and hob-knobbing with their industry counterparts they took to the red carpet in their numbers and in awesome splendor. Here are some of my favorites of the evening.

The evening began with the Ernst & Young representatives attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards with the winners envelopes (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The evening began with the Ernst & Young representatives arriving with the winners envelopes. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Golden Ladies - (from left to right) Eva Green in Elie Saab, Brie Larson in Ralph Lauren Collection and Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Atelier Versace with Jason Stratham
Golden Girls – One of the dominating colors on the red carpet. (from left to right) Eva Green in Elie Saab, Brie Larson in Ralph Lauren Collection and Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Atelier Versace with Jason Stratham
Ladies in Red - Tara Lynne Barr, Jane Fallon - host Ricky Gervais' partner, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Michelle Schumacher with J.K. Simmons, and Emmy Rossum in Armani Prive with fiance Sam Esmail
Ladies in Red – Not failing to be noticed. (from left to right) Tara Lynne Barr, Jane Fallon – host Ricky Gervais’ partner, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Michelle Schumacher with J.K. Simmons, and Emmy Rossum in Armani Prive with fiance Sam Esmail
And shades of wine - Zendaya Coleman in Marchesa, Natalie Dormer in J. Mendel, Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors Collection with Jason Sudeikis, Felcity Huffman in Loreana Sarbu, and Bernadette Peters
And shades of wine – (from left to right) Zendaya Coleman in Marchesa, Natalie Dormer in J. Mendel, Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors Collection with Jason Sudeikis, Felcity Huffman in Loreana Sarbu, and Bernadette Peters
And variants of Tangerine - Angela Bassett in Safiyaa, Amy Adams in Versace, Kasia Ostlun with Jefferey Tambor, and Amber Heard in Gucci
Pops of Tangerine – (from left to right) Angela Bassett in Safiyaa, Amy Adams in Versace, Kasia Ostlun with Jefferey Tambor, and Amber Heard in Gucci
All that glittered wasn't gold - Viola Davis in Marchesa, Regina King in Krikor Jabotian, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Marc Jacobs, Louis Ro, Kate Hudson in a Michael Kors Collection two piece, Julianne Moore in Tom Ford, Heidi Klum in shimmering silver Marchesa feathered gown, Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad Couture with Channing Tatum, Carly Chaikin in oil slick sequin number
And all that glittered wasn’t gold – (left to right) Viola Davis in Marchesa, Regina King in Krikor Jabotian, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Marc Jacobs, Louis Ro, Kate Hudson in a Michael Kors Collection two piece, Julianne Moore in Tom Ford, Heidi Klum in shimmering silver Marchesa feathered gown, Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad Couture with Channing Tatum, Carly Chaikin in oil slick sequin number
Jane Wu sparkled in Theia
Jane Wu sparkled in Theia
Emeralds were dazzling - Debbie Matenopoulos, Jada Pinkett-Smith in Versace with Will Smith, Rachel Bloom, Jaimie Alexander in Genny
Emeralds were dazzling – (from left to right) Debbie Matenopoulos, Jada Pinkett-Smith in Versace with Will Smith, Rachel Bloom, Jaimie Alexander in Genny
Maura Tierney in Elizabeth Kennedy set the tone,
Maura Tierney in Elizabeth Kennedy set the tone in cool Blues anchored with a dark colored skirt
And Oceans were blue - Bryce Dallas Howard in Jenny Packham, Melissa McCarthy in a personal design, Gina Rodriguez in Zac Posen, Joanne Froggart in Reem Accra, Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren, Sarah Hay, Malin Ackerman in Reem Accra, Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka
And Oceans were blue – (from left to right) Bryce Dallas Howard in Jenny Packham, Melissa McCarthy in a personal design, Gina Rodriguez in Zac Posen, Joanne Froggart in Reem Accra, Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren, Sarah Hay, Malin Ackerman in Reem Accra, Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka
Standout stars - Michaela Watkins
Standout star Michaela Watkins broke the mold by not fighting neatly into any trend pockets and looked damn good at it
Pastels Abound - Amanda Peet in alexander McQueen, Cate Blanchett in Givenchy, Katy Perry in Prada, Leslie Mann in Monique L'Huilier with Judd Apatow, Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen, Zoe Kazan with Paul Dano
Pastels Abound – (from left to right) Amanda Peet in alexander McQueen, Cate Blanchett in Givenchy, Katy Perry in Prada, Leslie Mann in Monique L’Huilier with Judd Apatow, Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen, Zoe Kazan with Paul Dano
Canary was the call - Lola Kirke, sister to Girls' Jemima Kirke in Monique L'Huilier, Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli, America Ferrera in Jenny Packham
Canary was the call – (from left to right) Lola Kirke, sister to Girls’ Jemima Kirke in Monique L’Huilier, Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli, America Ferrera in Jenny Packham
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Lanvin with Brad Hall, Emilia Clarke in a Valentino gown and cape befitting of a Khaleesi, Kirsten Dunst in Valentino Haute Couture with Garrett Hedlund, Sunrise Coigney with hubby Mark Ruffalo, Sunny Ozell with Patrick Stewart, Sophia Bush in Narciso Rodriguez, Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling Thakoon's black bugle beaded evening suit, Co-star Uzo Aduba in a black sequined number and Nancy Carell with comedian hubby Steve Carell
Classics never failed – (from left to right) Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Lanvin with Brad Hall, Emilia Clarke in a Valentino gown and cape befitting of a Khaleesi, Kirsten Dunst in Valentino Haute Couture with Garrett Hedlund, Sunrise Coigney with hubby Mark Ruffalo, Sunny Ozell with Patrick Stewart, Sophia Bush in Narciso Rodriguez, Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling Thakoon’s black bugle beaded evening suit, Co-star Uzo Aduba in a black sequined number and Nancy Carell with comedian hubby Steve Carell
White Stole the Night - Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, Eva Longoria in Goerges Hobeika, Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent Couture by Hedi Slimane, Judith Light in an off-white pantsuit, OITNB starlet Laverne Cox was regal in Elizabeth Kennedy, Lily James in Marchesa, Soairse Ronan in Yves Saint Laurent Couture and Taraji was simply magical in Stella McCartney
White Stole the Night – (from left to right) Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, Eva Longoria in Georges Hobeika, Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent Couture by Hedi Slimane, Judith Light in an off-white pantsuit, OITNB starlet Laverne Cox was regal in Elizabeth Kennedy, Lily James in Marchesa, Soairse Ronan in Yves Saint Laurent Couture and Taraji was simply magical in Stella McCartney

Let’s not forget the evening’s gentlemen who were mighty dapper themselves;

H8tful Eight Director Quentin Tarantino, Mr. Robot's Rami Malek, Sam Heughan, and Singer Sam Smith were all in attendance
(from left to right) Hateful Eight Director Quentin Tarantino, Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek, Sam Heughan, and Singer Sam Smith in Dior were all in attendance
Alan Cumming, Brad Goreski, Empire's Bryshere Y. Gray, Damian Lewis, Eddie Redmayne in Gucci, cutie-ie Jacob Tremblay who was only matched by his very own father, John Krasinski, John Hill and Jon Hamm wowed in the tailored pieces
(from left to right) Alan Cumming, Brad Goreski, Empire‘s Bryshere Y. Gray, Damian Lewis, Eddie Redmayne in Gucci, cutie-pie Jacob Tremblay who was only matched by his very own father, John Krasinski, Jonah Hill and Jon Hamm wowed in the tailored pieces
Revnant's Leonardo Di Caprio, Ray's Liev Schreiber, Martin Wallstrom, Paul Feig, Creed's Michael B. Jordan were also in attendance
(from left to right) Revnant‘s Leonardo Di Caprio, Ray‘s Liev Schreiber, Martin Wallstrom, Paul Feig, Creed‘s Michael B. Jordan were also in attendance
Denis O'Hare surprised everyone with his red carpet antics, Michael Shannon, Michael Fassbender, Orlando Bloom and Oscar Issacs were also present in fine style
(from left to right) Denis O’Hare surprised everyone with his red carpet antics, Michael Shannon, Michael Fassbender, Orlando Bloom and Oscar Issacs were also present in fine style.

For some it was a family affair;

Jaimie Foxx was joined by his daughter Miss Golden Globe Corrine Bishop, Creed star Sylvester Stalone graced the carpet with his lovely wife and daughters in tow, Dwayne "Rock" Johnson was also joined by his eldest daughter Simone Alexandra Johnson
(from left to right) Jaimie Foxx was joined by his daughter Miss Golden Globe Corrine Bishop, Creed star Sylvester Stalone graced the carpet with his lovely wife and daughters in tow, Dwayne “Rock” Johnson was also joined by his eldest daughter Simone Alexandra Johnson.

Or a glitzy date night;

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Adorable couple Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney and his pop-star fiance Lady Gaga
Melissa Benoist, left, and Blake Jenner arrive at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Melissa Benoist, left, and Blake Jenner (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Matt Damon, left, and Luciana Barroso arrive at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Matt Damon, left, and Luciana Barroso (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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(from left to right) Dr. Ken Jeong and his wife Tran Jeong, gal pals Amy Schumer in Prabal Gurung and Kim Caramele, Patricia Arquette and beau Eric Hall – who all donned black and white outfits for the evening
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Funnyman and Ride Along star Kevin Hart was joined by fiance Eniko Parrish
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David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana aslo graced the carpet with the Mrs. Jessica Oyelowo
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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was also present joined by Maria Eladia Hagerman
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Former Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and the lovely Robin Dearden made an evening of it
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Bale attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) 596862121 (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Bale (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) 596862121 (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Robe Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff
Robe Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff

And then the evening began, but not without some shockers:

 Rosie Huntington-Whitely is engaged to British actor – official hulligan, bad guy – Jason Stratham. Take a peak at the sparkler that sparked all the buzz;

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The sparkler that sparked them all…

Google+_IconOn Demand Tv Dominated -Three out of four nominations in the Best Drama Series category are from on-line streaming services Netflix (Mr Robot and Narcos) and Amazon Prime,  (Outlander).

Returning online returning favorites across the various categories; Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Transparent; was also markedly increased. (not really a shocker)

America Ferrera and Eva Longoria started some hollywood buzz of their own – the ladies had a little fun with the media mixing up their names during their presenters’ speech:

Presenters America Ferrera and Eva Longoria
Presenters America Ferrera and Eva Longoria

Hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes.

And hi, I’m America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez.

Two big face offs between some of Hollywood’s greatsHelen Mirren vs. Kate Winslet – two of Britain’s best-loved actresses have been nominated in the Best Actress: Motion Picture category for their performances of characters based on real people, whilst Eddie Redmayne vs. Leonardo Di Caprio went head to head in the Best Actor: Motion Picture category. Other nominees in the categories are: for Best Actress: Motion Picture – Jane Fonda, for Youth, Jennifer Jason Lee, for The Hateful Eight and The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander; and for Best Actor: Motion Picture – Bryan Cranston, for Trumbo; Michael Fassbender, for Jobs; and Will Smith, for the forthcoming The American Can.

BFFs Amy Schumer and J-Law were reunited on stage as presenters, some what disappointed not identically styled by Dior. Lol.

Presenters Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence
Presenters Amy Schumer in Prabal Gurung and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Denzel Washington receives Cecil B. DeMille Award which honors extraordinary contributions to the entertainment world. He was joined on stage by his wife and 3 of his 4 kids. Making him the third black actor to receive the prestigious DeMille Award.

Denzel Washington receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award on stage with his wife and 3 of his 4 kids
Denzel Washington receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award on stage with his wife and 3 of his 4 kids

Taraji P Henson becomes third woman to win the award for Best Actress in a TV Drama – and in true Cookie fashion she gave cookies to everyone – her treat. After waiting 20 years for the honor she was not going to be rushed in her acceptance speech either.

Taraji P Henson with her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama
Taraji P Henson with her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama

And now, the full round up of all of the night’s winners:

Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder” (Fox)
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk” (Starz)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)

Best screenplay — motion picture
“Spotlight”
Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Room”
“The Big Short”

Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”

Best animated feature film
“Anomalisa”
“Inside Out”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie”

Best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Best actor in a TV series, drama
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Wagner Moura, “Narcos” (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Best original score — motion picture
“Carol”
“The Danish Girl”
“The Revenant”
Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
“Steve Jobs”

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall” (CBS)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander” (Starz)

Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo” (FX)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” (HBO)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Best TV movie or limited series
“Fargo” (FX)
“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
“Wolf Hall” (PBS)
“Flesh and Bone” (Starz)

Best TV series, comedy
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Veep” (HBO”
“Casual” (Hulu)
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)

Best actress in a TV series, comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox)
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Maura Tierney, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Best motion picture, drama
“Spotlight”
“Carol”
“The Revenant”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Room”

Best motion picture comedy/musical
“Joy”
“The Martian”
“Trainwreck”
“The Big Short”
“Spy”

Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

 

Best director — motion picture
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best original song
“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”
“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”
“See You Again,” “Furious 7” -Wiz Khalifa
“Love Me Like You Do,” “50 Shades of Grey”
“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre” – Sam Smith

Best foreign language film
“Son of Saul”
“Mustang”
“The Fencer”
“Brand New Testament”
“The Club”

Best TV series, drama
“Empire” (Fox)
“Mr. Robot” (USA)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Outlander” (Starz)
“Narcos” (Netflix)

Best actress in a TV series, drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (Fox)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)

Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo” (FX)

Hope you guys enjoyed this recap. Are you looking for the SAG Awards later on this month? I know I am.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

Weekly Rewind

     I trust everyone has been having a productive and exciting summer!

Thankfully it has not been a typical New York City summer of mugginess and near breathlessness from the humidity and heat. Whew! I am always so grateful for the rain these days even though on those days I don’t get to enjoy my summer sandals and my fresh pedi – but it is a worthy sacrifice.

     Let me start again by saying thank you for checking in and sticking with me even though I am not always on here! I love hearing from all of you.

     So without anymore fan fare, let’s get into it!

     I hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend and have been able to take in or enjoy some of the awesome summer activities that having been going on in your respective cities!

     Therefore, let me start by saying, (albeit, late):

Happy Independence Day

With that said, let’s go!

Instagram

 On Instagram this week;

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Yummy macarons; rose leches, lavender and vanilla.

     Sweet treats after a long week.

 

Tv

Power Opening Title
Power Opening Title

     The last few episodes of Starz’s Power have been incredibly dramatic and are building to one hell of a climax – which possibly might be a cliff hanger season finale. If so, then hang onto your seats because you just don’t know what to expect with this one.

     All you history buffs – have you guys checked out Tut? Yet another one I’m going to be adding to my list. 

Spoils Before Dying Poster
Spoils Before Dying Poster

     Have you guys checked out The Spoils Before Dying on IFC. I’ve been meaning to catch up and see if it’s any good. What do you think?

     This one will take all millenials back to their childhood days because it has been reported that a reboot of ” Xena: Warrior Princess” is in the works with NBC. Oh-EMm-Geee!!! *Sorry! Flashbacks!

Media

And the Emmy nominations are in!  Last week the nominations for the 2015 Prime Time Emmys dropped and boy oh boy is it interesting. While many of the shows and actor nominations are returning hits from years prior, this year brings a number of new programs and actors into the fold. This year we see a number of new entrants, including AMC’s Better Call Saul, a spinoff from AMC’s hit, Breaking Bad, portraying actor Bob Odenkirk, new streaming TV originals, like Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and actors getting their first – and much deserved nods, including Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder, and Taraji P. Henson, Empire. And, of course, Game of Thrones (HBO) is taking the cake once again with a whopping 24 nominations.

     Perhaps most interesting from the list of nominees is the more than 40 nominations for streaming television original series, including those from Netflix and Amazon, with almost one show or actor representing every category. The top-nominated shows included House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), and Transparent(Amazon Instant Video.)

Here are some of the top nominations;

     Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones (HBO), Homeland (Showtime), Downton Abbey (PBS), Mad Men (AMC), House of Cards (Netflix) and Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Better Call Saul (AMC).

     Outstanding Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ( Netflix)Transparent (Amazon), Modern Family (ABC), Louie (FX), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Silicon Valley (HBO), and Veep (HBO). 

     Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Jimmy McGill and Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jeff Daniels, (The Newsroom -HBO), Kevin Spacey(House of Cards – Netflix), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan – Showtime).

     Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -Taraji P. Henson( Empire – Fox.), Claire Danes (Homeland – Showtime), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Viola Davis for her role as Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder – ABC), and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black – BBC America). 

     Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Matt LeBlanc (Episodes – Showtime), Don Cheadle (House of Lies – Showtime), Louis C.K. (Louie – FX), William H. Macy (Shameless – Showtime), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent – Amazon Instant Video), Anthony Anderson (black-ish – ABC), and Will Forte from (The Last Man on Earth – Fox). 

      Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback – HBO), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie – Netflix), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie – Showtime), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation – NBC), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in (Veep – HBO). 

     Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Peter Dinklage(Game of Thrones), include Jim Carter (Downton Abbey – PBS), Alan Cummings (The Good Wife – CBS), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards.)

     Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Joanne Froggat(Downton Abbey), Lena Headey ( Game of Thrones), Emilia Clarke ( Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife – CBS),  Christina Hendricks ( Mad Men😉 and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black). 

     Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – ( Ty Burrell, Modern Family;Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Adam Driver, Girls (HBO), Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (Comedy Central), and Tony Hale, Veep.

     Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Allison Janney (Mom – CBS), Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory – CBS), Niecy Nash (Getting On – HBO), Julie Bowen (Modern Family – ABC), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent), and Anna Chlumsky (Veep).

     Other Awards: The Last Man on Earth, tech-friendly Silicon Valley (HBO), American Horror Story: Freak Show and Transparent were nominated for outstanding directing.

     Several actors received nominations for supporting roles in American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX), including Denis O’Hare as Stanley, Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott, Sarah Paulson as Dot & Bette Tattler, Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, and Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling.

     The Awards will air on September 20.

Health

     Alaska Governor to expand Medicaid. After failing to convince his his legislature on the necessity for expanding Medicaid, Governor Bill Walker of Alaska has decided to unilaterally accept federal funds to cover the approximately 42,000 low income residents who would benefit from the program. The Governor sees this as a “common sense” decision as it benefits not just the economy of the state but the general wellness of the population if more people have and can receive affordable benefits and coverage. I concur.

Planned Parenthood Logo
Planned Parenthood Logo

     Planned Parenthood President apologizes for comments made in video. After secret video recording surfaced of Planned Parenthood official, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services, discussing how the organization provides tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers, Conservative motions for tighter restrictions including elimination of federal funds, kicked into high gear again. Even speaker of the House got in on the action saying, quote, “I think i would vomit trying to talk about the video”. Theses comments and anti-family planning rhetoric prompted leader Cecile Richards, President of The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to issue her own video response, as well a an apology for her colleague’s “lack of compassion”. The official remains employed by the organization but has since been “reprimanded”. But, ha enough really been done to curb public outcry and the drone of the Conservative argument? 

   “Illegal Activity” clauses leave some insured, “uncovered”. In a growing number of cases, several insured and /or their family members who were injured in a “criminally negligent manner” have been refused coverage or treatment, even though said individual were not charged or convicted of any wrong doing – all due to a legal loop hole! How, you may ask. Simple. Several policies hold “exclusion clauses” that allow the insurer to deny coverage if it suspected that an injury was obtained from drug or alcohol use, felonies, self-inflicted trauma, or “hazardous” or “high-risk” behaviors. The decision to deny these claims are based on the administrators opinions of the matter and allow the insurer a great latitude. The court have upheld these denials as well – even when there has been no conviction – negating the burdens of “beyond a reasonable doubt”. These denials have left several insured in debt and in some more severe cases have resulted in fatalities after patients succumb to preventable conditions. And yet the cycle continues… 

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Contraceptive Methods

     Courts rule that, Contraceptive coverage, is not a burden on religious organizations. The federal United States Court of Appeals for the 10th circuit, in Denver, took a bold stand last Thursday issuing another win for Obamacare and it’s initiative to provide contraceptive options for women. The judge decided that the option to provide contraceptive options for women they cover under medical insurance can “opt out” of providing them the service and that this in no way hinders their ability to uphold their religious practice nor makes them complicit. The decision issued another blow to challenges presented by the Roman Catholic church and their Little Sister of the Poor, order of nuns. 

Another Ebola fatality reported in Liberia. In Monrovia, Liberia, a young woman who was part of the list of individuals who had been in contact with the 18-year old who was the first reported fatality after Liberia’s May 9th declaration of being Ebola free, died shortly after being admitted to an Ebola treatment unit. She is the 2nd fatality. An investigation is being conducted to determine why it was not reported that the young woman had become symptomatic while under quarantine.    

Fashion

designer Donna Karan
Designer Donna Karan

     Donna Karan steps down at DKI. Donna Karan is stepping down as the Chief Designer of the brand she founded after 31 years at the helm. According to LVMH, which bought Donna Karan International in 2001, Karan will remain a close adviser. Karan, will devote her time to her Urban Zen company and foundation. No earch for a successor has been announed thus far.

     Tory Burch wins big in copyright trial. The designer has been awarded $41.2 million after winning a trademark infringement lawsuit against Lin & J International Inc., who the designer successfully proved had copied her trademarks and designs.The judgement, which was made by the US District Court on Friday, draws a line under a battle between the two brands that started in 2013 when Burch “sent a representative to Lin & J’s showroom in New York and that representative was shown a variety of knockoffs and told the minimum order was $350,”.She also “identified a wholesaler in Alabama who pointed to Lin & J as their supplier of thousands of units of fake jewellery.”Following initial legal proceedings, Lin & J then unsuccessfully countersued Tory Burch, accusing the New York-based company of “unfair trade practices, defamation, trademark infringement and other claims.”  The breakdown of the awarded amount equates to  $38.9 million in damages and $2.3 million in legal fees.

     Italy makes € 20 million U.S. fashion bid. ITALY is said to be announcing a €20 million initiative to strengthen its relationship with the US regarding textiles, fashion and leather goods exports. This move has been encouraged by Italy’increasing exports to the US (which last year totalled $5.6 billion), and the country hopes to profit from “the ever-influential youth culture” since 34 per cent of the US population of 315 million is under 25.

     LVMH to launch apple watch rival. LVMH’s watch division president, Jean-Claude Biver, has revealed that the French luxury conglomerate plans to launch a smart watch to compete with the Apple Watch.The device, which will cost just over £1,000, aims to attract a new generation of consumers for whom a wrist piece has become a must-have item.

LVMH to rival Apple watch
LVMH to rival Apple watch

    LVMH, which owns the Zenith, Hublot and Tag Heuer watch brands, hopes to make the most impact with its new device in China, where it wants to focus on “winning market share, rather than being driven by specific sales and profit targets.”

News

Making the rounds in this news cycle:

     Two African American women both found dead in their cells while in police custody, less than a week apart of each other. As family and friends of Sandra Bland began asking tough question around her mysterious “suicide” death while in police custody, after being booked during what should have been a routine traffic stop, the news broke that another African American woman also in police custody had died under the same strange circumstances. 18-year old Kindra Chapman was found unresponsive in her cell after being booked for first degree robbery. This is the third such death of a young African American woman whilst in police custody ruled as an apparent suicide by the respective officials, recall the 2014 death of mother of three Kimberlee King who was found hanging by her shirt in a cell in St. Louis? Her family is still seeking answers around her peculiar death. It begs the question can this seriously be coincidence?

In other U.S. relation news;

Cuban Flag raised at the Cuban embassy in Washington
Cuban Flag raised at the Cuban embassy in Washington

     Cuba raises her flag in Washington at the reopening of the Cuban Embassy there. The opening of embassies in the U.S. and Cuba after approximately 54 years of embargo and tense relations between the two nations comes after an agreement struck last year putting aside decades of hostility came into force. This marks the formal restoration of diplomatic ties, and improvement of international relations within the region. Despite the historic shift, both sides admit to lingering difficulties. A flag will not be raised at the American Embassy in Havana until Mr Kerry pays a visit there on 14 August.

Making it’s way around the international news circle:

     Greece pays the 2 billion arrears to the IMF. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed that Greece has cleared overdue debt repayments of €2.05bn (£1.4bn) and is no longer in arrears. The repayments, and another for €4.2bn to the European Central Bank (ECB) due on Monday, came after the EU made Greece a short-term loan of €7bn. Earlier on today, Greek banks reopened after being closed for three weeks. However, many restrictions remain and Greeks are facing price rises with an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT is rising from 13% to 23% meaning Greeks will pay more on a range of goods and services, including taxis and restaurants. Below is a brief synopsis of the Greek Financial deal:

Greek Finance Deal
Greek Finance Deal

     For the past three weeks, Greeks have been waiting in line at cash machines to withdraw a maximum of €60 (£41) a day, a restriction imposed amid fear of a run on the banks. From Monday, the daily limit becomes a weekly one capped at €420 (£291), meaning Greeks will not have to queue every day. However, a block on transfers to foreign banks and a ban on cashing cheques remain in place.

     Bomber massacres activists in Turkey. A bomb attack has killed at least 28 people and wounded nearly 100 others in the Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the Syrian town of Kobane. Officials say the explosion may have been caused by a female suicide attacker. The blast targeted a group of young people who planned to travel to Kobane to assist with rebuilding. Kobane has seen heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters. Turkish authorities believe IS may be responsible for Monday’s attack. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the bombing and described it as “an act of terror“.

Shopping/Sales

Loft – 60 % of sale items and select full price items as part of their summer must haves

New York and Company – All dresses on sale $15, All Soho jeans B1G1 $10, New Arrivals B1G1 50% off, all clearance 50-70%off

Banana Republic – extra 40% off sale, and select date night items

Old Navy – 25% of any amount, 30% off $75, 40% off $100. Code: SUPER (online only)

Nordstrom – Anniversary Sale – up to 50% off

J. Crew Factory –  50% off summer styles,Plus, An extra 50% off clearance. Code: SALETIME (online only)

Sole Society – Summer Sale, up to 60%, (end tomorrow)

Madwell – Extra 40 % off sale styles

Look Ahead

     I am über excited to get the chance to enjoy some of the city’s awesome summer events like;

NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2015
NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2015

     Now I don’t claim to be an aficionado or anything when it comes to food….but lord knows I loooovvveee to eat – hence I’m always in the kitchen whipping something up!

     Also on my list for the rest of summer…

     Checking out one of the Brooklyn museum’s latest collections, (post will soon follow), The Rise of the Sneaker Culture;

Patiently awaiting the listing for the Martin Luther King Jr. WingGate summer concert series line-up and getting in those last bits of summer before it’s time to brace for the chill of fall and winter;

And introducing you guys to some of the awesome new things to come for the blog.

Don’t forget:

Just keep on Keeping on and believe.
Just keep on Keeping on and believe.