Tuesday, March 9, 2010

row m, seat 17.

whew. returned this morning (omg, red eye flights are BRUTAL) from a whirlwind weekend in l.a. that included, oh, you know, the ACADEMY AWARDS (whaaaat?!?!), which i decided is a lot like prom for grown-ups but with a whole bunch of famous people who happen to be there too. you guys, it was SURREAL.

i don’t even know where to begin. maybe with the dress? i splurged on my first ever big designer purchase: this DVF cocktail ditty that i kind of fell in love while simply “looking” at barney’s (lesson learned, do NOT try things on if you wanna get out of there with your rent money, i lost all self-control as soon as i zipped that lil’ number up. don’t even ask how much it was. don’t do it!). if you could see it in person (the slightly asymmetrical neckline, the perfectly fitted empire waist, the amazing layers that look like artfully placed uber-fancy cupcake wrappers) you would understand my lapse in judgment. luckily, i got my patent-leather, stiletto mary janes at a sample sale for 20 bones so i feel like less of an asshole. too bad this photo is pre-accessorization cause caroline loaned me a vintage champagne-colored beaded clutch and karyn made me a beautiful sparkly bracelet and drop earrings so i wouldn't be blingless on the red carpet. and speaking of... oh, haaaiii, who's that there to the right behind cheryl hines? riff raff alert! thank goodness this pic is small cause i've got a real goofy look on my face which is not surprising since i walked the whole red carpet in a daze. lemme tell you what, when you arrive at the same time as rachel mcadams (whose dress was EPIC), it's really hard to get it together. especially when you realize charlize theron is in front of her (homegirl is amazonian, fyi) and SJP is in front of her (looking a little orange, i have to say) with matthew broderick and helen mirren is in front of them and you've only walked 10 feet. of course there were strictly NO cameras allowed so you have to take my word for it.

once we got to lobby though, things were a lot more chill (which may have had more to do with the free champagne?) but still totally bizarre. a few highlights: standing in line at the bar next to quentin tarantino and diane kruger (her dress was way more awesome in person), watching stefan narrowly avoid stepping on the train of demi moore's gown (eeep!), running into gabby sidibe in the bathroom (she is all kinds of adorbz), nearly bumping into zac efron (he really is just a baby!), watching vera farmiga try to walk in that crazy ruffled getup, and seeing rachel mca bro down with mariah carey/nick cannon and jake gyllenhaal while we sipped on some bubbly. oh, cruising by lauren bacall on our way out after the show wasn't too shabby either. and what about kathryn bigelow winning best director?!? watching history in the making was a super sweet bonus.

we had someone snap a sneaky iphone pic of us in front of oscar, cause who wouldn't want a photo with an enormous, anatomically ambiguous dude made out of fake gold? there's a shot of me on the other side of the statue, pretending to grab his butt (sometimes i like to put the ass in class, what can i say?) but i'll spare you that one.
afterwards we high-tailed it to canter's for some late-night diner food where we pulled up in the parking lot next to the mayor of sunset strip himself, rodney "on the roq" bingenheimer. talk about icing on the celebrity sitings cake. and how cute is my date?? i think the tux suits him. as does the vinyl booth. ok, the end. sorry for the monumental rambling narrative, i'm a little sleep deprived! tomorrow we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. thanks for indulging me!

23 comments:

Hello Lindello said...

Yeah right!!!!!! So awesome. Thank you for doing this little post. My face was glued to my computer screen. You look AMAZING by the way. That dress is perfection you. And heeellllo, THIS was the occasion to totally splurge on a dress.

mon ami said...

yes! by far the best oscar run down of 2010 - thank you!!

You (and your date) looked amazing (the dress was worth it hands down) and I could feel the excited buzz in your writing. Or was that the champagne talking?

love it
xo

lisa butterworth said...

you guys are so sweet! thanks for making me feel better about my purchase. and my blathering. :)

Stefan said...

addendum:

i peed right next to anthony mackie from the hurt locker.

Mallory said...

thank you for letting us live vicariously through your experience! haha

Robyn said...

This was a GREAT day to re-find your blog! I used to read you and lost the URL when I switched computers. This post is all kinds of awesome. So many good celebrity sitings! You look BEAUTIFUL, and I bet it WAS fun running into Gabby Sidibe-- every interview I've seen with her, she just makes me love her more and more. Thanks for sharing your amazing night with us!

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Bek said...

Great recap! I want deets on Gabby!

Kate said...

eep! oh man, living vicariously through you right now with my eyes closed. and can I just say that you date is unbelievably adorable? oh and of course you, duh.

Christine Chitnis said...

AMAZING...I just totally lived vicariously through you!

You looked beautiful...I just loved your dress. What a night that must have been!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for sharing the whole thing with us, i totally loved it! i think you looked amazing!!! I'm so jealous of you its my dream to go to the Oscars one day, could you tell me how did you get the invitation?

christina said...

so awesome! and you look amazing. the splurge was worth it!

Nikki said...

You were meant to wear that dress. Bask in that beauty guilt-free. Love the recap!

jjparks said...

LOVE the dress! Def. worth it for an unforgettable night like that!

House of Milk said...

WOW! you looked absolutely stunning! and your boyfriend is so cute!

Roberta Jane said...

You look gorgeous! I had no idea that ALL of the guests walked the red carpet - How crazy fun! And, think I've said this before... but boyfriend is hot!

Every Little Counts said...

whoa, whoa, whoa. thanks for the backstage lowdown. first of all, you look beautiful! and the dress...well, you will remember it forever right? can't put a price on that;)

AND then....LAUREN BACALL!!! i don't know if i could contain myself if i ever saw her. i mean, she's a legend. wow.

kittycat said...

first off im superrrr jealous! and i love the dress! i think i would go crazy if i saw rachel mcadams! she is so beautiful.

♥tiffany

{Tara} said...

HOW FREAKING AMAZING!! What a dream! Your dress is just gorgeous!

Megan said...

AHHHH! so much to say, it's taken me a few days to think abt it...FIRST OF ALL, your dress is adorbs, and there is no shame in investing in a swank party dress for such an event! SECONDLY, I LOVE that random photo of you behind cheryl, who I also love (though her dress bores me)...I laughed my ass off reading your description...#3, your man is also adorbs...love his glasses; he looks quite dapper...and FINALLY, I probably would have passed out seeing all those famous people up-close, b/c I'm not chill like that...AHHH! what a killer story you have to share for the rest of your life!

Jeanette Watson said...

You look beautiful! So glad I could participate in the pre-Oscars prep. Can I tag along next year?

A Beautiful Party said...

wow wow wow! How awesome! and Rodney! I think that made me the most excited. Did you talk to him?
Glad you had such a great time!

samantha hahn said...

how late am I to comment on this???
You look incredible!