Remembering my favorite person- my grandpa

Happy July 4th!

July 4th was always special to me, way before I moved to USA- it is the birthday of one of the biggest influences of my life- my grandfather. As I faced my first July 4th without him, I wanted to pen my feelings- which like his personality are full of joy and laughter…

My grandfather (thatha in Tamil) was a force of nature- he was born in a village, but always had big plans. He married my grandmother (his niece- this was normal in the 1940s) in his teens, moved to Bombay alone to build a better future for them- all with the will and determination that was like second nature to him. He slept on the streets, lived in huts but always found a way to make his life better. He worked 3 jobs at a time, and raised 3 amazing people, including my mom. His life story is an inspiration to me!

But the more personal memories are how he was the glue for all of us- I remember as kids I sometimes disliked being forced to Sunday lunch instead of being allowed to watch movies, but the Sunday lunch is the reason I love my cousins. Every birthday was a family celebration and my grandfather was always there (even though with his weak digestion, he couldn’t eat all that much!). Thatha was the life of the conversation, with witty one liners and jokes, he always wanted to know what was the trend. I remember when I was 13, thatha asked me what was the fuss for February 14th- when I explained to him, he asked my grandmother whether she would like to go on a date, much to her embarrassment!

Thatha taught me a lot growing up- he taught me to read the paper and would teach me about politics when I was 5, he taught me trump (a popular card game) and always called me affectionate pet names like German lady, etc. When we were kids and he would visit us, he would enthrall us with stories of his childhood and starting days in Bombay. As I got older, whenever I am in India, he used to call me every day to hear my voice. He was the only one who pulled my cheeks every time we met, loved debating politics, and enjoyed listening for all our stories.

Thatha is a creature of habit, his daily schedule was fixed: coffee, Tamil news, yoga, then breakfast of dosa at 9.30am, and so on. The world can come and go, but the schedule was fixed. I admired that always, because it’s easy to make and excuse give up on things like yoga but the discipline is rewarding!

Anyone who knows Thatha will tell you that he is stubborn and won’t budge. One particularly funny incident I remember was last year after his surgery. I was in the hospital with him, and the doctor told me and my aunt that he needs to be on a strict diet of mostly semi solids and sent a dietitian in to build a list of what he can and cannot eat. The dietitian walked in and we braced for the worst because he loved his routine food list and everything the dietitian was suggesting were things he won’t even try! But he was exceptionally agreeable, and we were thrilled! As soon as the dietitian left, I was arranging for soups and juices, when he said “why are you listening to her? Poor girl was so young so I didn’t want to give her a hard time. I want my dosa!”

The quality I hope I can learn from him is to be content. Every time anyone asked him how he was as he got older, Thatha always said “I have everything I need, I am very fortunate”. All he wanted was newspaper, Bengay, and his wife for company! :-)

I miss Thatha most when I imagine not having him around to share the small and big events in my life. He is always the first person I call after my parents to share because his reaction is pure joy!

Miss you Thatha! We think of you everyday….

Oh Martha! How I love thee…

After a long hiatus, I am getting back to blogging, and boy is it awesome to be back! :-)

In the East Coast, there are a few dreamy summer destinations that everyone dreams about- Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, Cape Cod. After a long freezing winter, you count down to spring an summer, and run to the nearest beaches for some much needed sun!

Martha’s Vineyard is the setting for the epic movie Jaws to Jumping the Broom, apart from being the vacation stomp ground for Obamas, Clintons, and other big shots! Watching the movies and looking at pictures, I always had a fantasy view of what it would like, and I finally got a chance to see what the fuss was all about!

After the perfect 3 day break, here is my take- Martha’s Vineyard was everything I thought it was and more: it is a picturesque setting- the beautiful blue ocean, stunning lighthouses, fantastic beaches, cute local stores, and seafood shacks. My bucket list is to be one of those people that spend a month on their boat, hitting port to port- Martha is full of people enjoying the boat and sail life, and I for one am very envious! There is something in the air- such a relaxing vibe, you feel the stress evaporate and sense of calm coming inside you.

Here is some proof! :-)

The ocean, beach, and lighthouse

The ocean, beach, and lighthouse

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Close-up of the lighthouse

The 50 shades of blue!

The 50 shades of blue!

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Cute boats

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More of the ocean lifestyle

I have never seen roses near a beach, but Martha is full of them

I have never seen roses near a beach, but Martha is full of them

The charmed ocean entertainment- spectacular!

The charmed ocean entertainment- spectacular!

India’s strange relationship with cricket!

bleed_blueIt is the cricket world cup season- and for the Indian sub-continent, life comes to a stand still. Since it is in Australia this time, for all of us in distant land, it means all-nighters and red eyes in the office the next day. For India, the fandom is a new level- there are prayers, superstitions, and heart wrenching anticipation during the game. So at the end, it is a joyful eruption, or gut wrenching disappointment. What that means is we elevate the players to gods- worshiped for their talent, paid a ton, heartthrobs for millions, and advertiser darlings. They are gifted houses and cars, mobbed, and every moment of their life grabs eyeballs. But of course, there is the other side of the obsession- the disappointment, media slander and personal attacks, the effigy burning, stoning of homes- it can be extreme. Another peculiar- the match fixing allegations made us distrust extremely good or extremely bad results- classic “boy who cried wolf” situation. With the amount of money at stake, there is also a theory about the bargaining power of the cricket authority in India- with over 1 billion viewers, there are always rumors of preferential treatment for India. Whether or not there is match fixing or special treatment, the performance always raises questions. Our obsession with the players’ personal life and the superstitions collide to something ridiculous like the media and fans obsession to label actress Anushka Sharma as the reason for Virat Kohli’s poor performance.

Why are we discussing all this? This world cup showed all the extremes- before the world cup, we expected our team to have a dismal performance- there was a lot of discussion on selector bias and politics on team selection. But as we won all the early rounds, we moved from critique to appreciation. Everyone was proud of the team and we believed the cup is ours! Suddenly all negative thoughts were hushed, and we backed the team! But the inevitable happened- we played Australia, who are at the peak of their game, and predictably we couldn’t beat them. This was something we should have expected, and instead of being mature and accepting we were just outplayed, we are back to blaming Anushka’s presence for distracting Virat and match fixing. As Anushka pointed out, when her movie bombs, do we blame Virat? She is rooting for her man, and believe me, her not being there might be more distracting to Virat. Just let them be. Arnab Goswami, who I believe is the pit of Indian media, blamed the team for shaming the country, claimed Dhoni did not cry so he wasn’t motivated, and wanted Virat Kohli should apologize to the country- thankfully the #ShameInSydney hastag started by Times Now got replaced by #ShameOnTimesNow.

Come on guys! You can’t say bleed blue, and ditch the team the first chance you get! We have an incredibly inspiring and intelligent captain in Dhoni, and some amazing players like Kohli, Dhawan, Ashwin, and Sharma. You can’t win every game and you have to accept when you are outplayed. We are fair-weather supporters, and of course the next series when we win the first match, we will instantly be on-board on the bleed blue express. All I can assure you is I will bleed Blue for life!

Why to watch India’s Daughter

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Last week one of the big issues that hit headlines was the BBC documentary by Leslee Udwin “India’s Daughter”- covering the rape case of Nirbhaya (means fearless- the name used during the case to protect the victim’s name) in December 2012. A 23 year old medical student was mercilessly gang raped and later died due to her injuries. Her story caught national headlines and led to widespread protests. The documentary “India’s Daughter” covering the rape created headlines, with Indian government banning it. There were some questions on whether legal channels were used to interview the rapists in jail.

I watched the documentary, and I wanted to share my views. Firstly, I have to admit it was hard to watch, and leaves you shaken and upset.

A lot of the furore was directed at the fact that the documentary was taken by BBC, a British media house, and the intention was to paint India in bad light. In my view, there is nothing anti-India in the documentary. There are multiple documentaries on social issues in every country to raise awareness, and this shouldn’t mean the intention was to paint India as a land of rapists. It is important for us as a country to take a look at our problems, and discuss how to solve them. I have seen articles quoting rape statistics around the world. The point though is the root cause in each case is different. We need to see the problems and watching it through someone else’s lens is still a necessary reality check.The documentary isn’t offering us a solution (that might be perceived as condescending) but just showing everyone’s story during that fateful night. By ignoring documentaries like this, we are trying to convince ourselves that these aren’t serious social issues that need to be solved.

Hearing the rapist was chilling at best- there was no shame or repentance- only indignation- he felt he was teaching the girl a lesson for being out late at night. His other points included saying his brother has done it many times, and usually the girls never tell anyone so they can get away with it. On the discussion for death penalty for rapists, he felt it would make it more dangerous for women, since next time guys would just kill the girl- that comment drove me positively mad. It begs the question-the interview suggests nothing will change after their time in prison so can we really have lax legal framework for such grave offenses? The jail psychologist blamed their upbringing, but I don’t buy it- that isn’t the only reason and we really need to dig deep to understand more about such offenses.

The views of the lawyers sound appalling (“Our culture is the best. In our culture there is no place for a woman”- that being the mildest of the views shared, the rest I really don’t want to write here). These views are a random view of one individual- time and again, during the protests, we heard everyone from politicians to religious pundits blame women for going out at night, wearing clothes that attract attention, and suggest women just take it. We need to hear this in a broader forum- it will trigger a wider discussion on how women are brought up- in the documentary, Sheila Dikshit pointed out that often boys see their sister get less milk, or are raised under different rules. Boys that grow up seeing their father not respect their mother will never grow to respecting women later in life- exposure to violence and abuse at home is lethal in shaping the young boy’s minds. If you don’t start with respecting women at home, it is a hard trait to pick up later.

I don’t think the documentary was pushing one view or another- there are questions on why the rapists’ views were broadcasted- but it was important to show that there are some savages that show no remorse so believing in their humanity and being lenient is a mistake. I think the documentary told everyone’s story without taking sides- they showed more about the victim including a clearer picture on her hopes and aspirations. The parent’s story tugged my heart strings- they went against their patriarchal family, and chose to invest in their daughter- their strength is a remarkable size.

Some things I didn’t like was the documentary was a tad dramatic in footage at times for viewership. Another problem is the perception that rape is a result of poor uneducated men- it is a simplistic generalization that I am not sure is accurate.

At the end of the day, this documentary is a harsh look at the story of Nirbhaya that brought the country together- we shouldn’t let Nirbhaya’s bravery go in vain- it is our moment to ensure that we build a safer India for women.

Some thoughts on International Women’s Day

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Happy Women’s Day!

As I think about it, I had a few thoughts: First thing that hits me is why do we as women need a day to celebrate? So companies and spas can offer women’s day specials? My cynical side questions if we are equal, why do we need a day to make us feel special?

But of course, a more balanced me reminds me that we are a long way from being equal- women around the world face the challenges of security and fundamental human rights, and maybe a day like women’s day should be the time when we re-assess what is going on, and what we could do to help.

I have written before about women’s safety in India and my personal story (Women Safety in India- My Story). The recent furore over the documentary India’s daughter reflects the issue with attitude towards women’s safety. Indian government has banned the documentary for being slanderous against India- but aren’t blasphemous views by the rapists and lawyers a reflection of the views held by a section of the population. In my view, this is an essential viewing, for all sections of population from school on-wards. You cannot change a mindset unless you first show the brutally honest reality that exists. Until every village and city views girls and boys as equal, boys are taught to treat women with respect, and women’s safety is a focus for everyone- things won’t change. This isn’t just an India problem- many countries in Asia and Africa have challenges in ensuring women have rights to education, safety, their bodies. And this is what we need to focus on.

The other thing I often wonder about is the corporate world: are programs to promote women in corporations helping us or hurting us? In my mind, sometimes these reservations and policies to promote women hurt us more than help- somehow your growth or success is doubted or questioned because you got the special program.Programs to help women manage work/ home, options to be virtual, etc would give women the opportunity to stay in the corporate world, and they will grow in the company on their own merit. As an independent woman, don’t give me any handouts or concessions- I want to go ahead on my own merit.  In an article, New York Times noted that the number of working mothers has been dropping in the US, and is lower than other developed countries (Link)- the main reason they found is the 8 week maternity leave is too short and there aren’t family friendly policies.

There is a lot of debate on the “having it all” idea- I wrote about this in an earlier post: (My musings on the article: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All). I think women leaders have an opportunity to lead the dialogue and direct it to a more inclusive direction- inclusive because maybe you managed your work and home without flexible hours, but you cannot take that option away from someone who can’t (I am looking at you, Marissa Meyer). Women need to support each other- backing our individual paths to ensure that we can carve our own paths. And there is hope: Katherine Zaleski, president of PowerToFly recently discussed with Fortune how she used to judge other working women until she had a child of her own. She co-founded a startup which matched women with technical skills with jobs that they could do from home. (Link). Stories like this give me hope of a more inclusive women workforce.

So as I end this note, I hope that by next women’s day we move to a world that is a better place for women!

Oscars Fashion 2015- What were they thinking!

As we continue with the Oscars 2015 round-up, I want to list the worst dressed, or what were they thinking segment!

Lady Gaga (Source: Invision)

Lady Gaga (Source: Invision)

We have to start this list with Lady Gaga, this was probably what we expected anyways. But this white Azzedine Alaia outfit with ridiculously large gaping sleeves and strange oversized gloves. I never get the creative theme that Lady Gaga tries to achieve.

Felicity Jones (Source: Invision)

Felicity Jones (Source: Invision)

Felicity Jones, star of Theory of Everything, was a huge disappointment in this Alexander McQueen dress. It was all wrong- the neckline looks uncomfortable, the fabric and skirt looks unflattering, it looks like a bridesmaid dress. Fail!

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard (Source: Invision)

Maybe I don’t get high fashion, but this white polka dot Christian Dior Couture gown that Marion Cotillard wore was a mess! She has such an awesome shape, so why is she wearing this blanket! And what is the black price tag like thing on her back?

Lupita N'yongo (Source: Getty Images)

Lupita N’yongo (Source: Getty Images)

Last year’s fashion darling Lupita N’yongo underwhelmed in this 6000 pearls dress by Fransisco Costa as part of Calvin Klien Collection. I am sure it is high fashion, but the top part looked too busy! Huge disappointment!

Emma Stone (Source: Wireimage)

Emma Stone (Source: Wireimage)

Emma Stone wore this pale green embellished number by Elie Saab- the dress overwhelmed her in my opinion. Not a good fit for the fashion forward Emma!

Nicole Kidman (Source: Invision)

Nicole Kidman (Source: Invision)

Nicole Kidman wore a strapless shimmery dress with a red belt. The dress in itself looks like a disco ball, but add a red belt that looks like a ribbon from a gift store, and you have a disaster!

Gwyneth Paltrow (Source: Getty Images)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Source: Getty Images)

No this isn’t because of GOOP! Gwyneth Paltrow wore this pale pink dress by Ralph Lauren. This dress reminds me the episode in Friends, where Pheobe’s dress has a spill and she covers it with a large Christmas flower ornament. The shoulder flower seems random and out of place.

Jessica Chastain (Source: Invision)

Jessica Chastain (Source: Invision)

I love Jessica Chastain, and I love this shade of blue- so I was a bit sad to put this on my worst dressed. But this sleeveless number by Givenchy makes the slender Jessica look awkward and out of shape.

Naomi Watts (Source: Invision)

Naomi Watts (Source: Invision)

Naomi Watts, my style favorite, wore this rather casual looking dress by Armani Prive. It reminds me of the casual beach tunic with the bikini peeking through the sides. Not the right occasion!

So that rounds it off folks! Sound off your views! Au revoir red carpet season!

Oscars Fashion 2015- The winners!

We are already at the end of the fashion season-today is the day of the Oscars! Its time for beautiful gowns, incredible jewelry, and a lot of questions saying “who are you wearing?”. The E coverage of red carpet was more muted with questions on role and the Oscar experience, due to the protests against mani cam and the fashion questions.

The big trends for the day: strapless dresses and statement necklaces. No hugely different trends, but I felt like it was better than last year.

So without further ado, here are the Best dressed from the Oscars 2015!

Julianne Moore (Source: Univision)

Julianne Moore (Source: Univision)

One of my favorite looks for tonight was the woman who would most likely win best actress tonight- Julianne Moore. Julianne wore a white custom Chanel off shoulder gown- class and a winner all around! Loved the simple earrings and stylish bun- perfection!

Rosamund Pike (Source: Invision)

Rosamund Pike (Source: Invision)

Gone girl star Rosamund Pike looked spectacular in this red strapless Givenchy number. She was underwhelming me this red carpet, but she brought her A game for the main event of the season, and she looked sensational!

Reese Witherspoon (Source: Invision)

Reese Witherspoon (Source: Invision)

Another best actress nominee Reese Witherspoon looked fantastic in a white and black Tom Ford number. The dress fits her like a glove, and the simple hair was just what it needed. Excellent!

Margot Robbie (Source: Invision)

Margot Robbie (Source: Invision)

Margot Robbie looked sensational- firstly blonde is her color, the dark hair is just not her. She looked stunning in this black Saint Laurent dress, but what stole the show for me was her Van Cleef & Arpels necklace. I would give my arm and leg for this stunning masterpiece!

Jennifer Aniston (Source: Invision)

Jennifer Aniston (Source: Invision)

Jennifer Aniston was one of the surprising snubs this year- she looked incredible in this sparkled strapless Versace gown.

Anna Kendrick (Source: Invision)

Anna Kendrick (Source: Invision)

Anna Kendrick looked flawless in this pink sleeveless gown by Thakoon. The color was a welcome pop of color in the sea of white and black.

Dakota Johnson (Source: Invision)

Dakota Johnson (Source: Invision)

Star of the 50 Shades of Grey movie Dakota Johnson looked like a movie star in this gorgeous red Saint Laurent gown. I loved the dress, but she might need better Spanx!

Scarlett Johansson (Source: Invision)

Scarlett Johansson (Source: Invision)

New mom Scarlett Johansson looked stunning in this green sleeveless number by Atelier Versace- I am on the fence about the necklace, but the dress was sensational!

Jennifer Lopez (Source: Invision)

Jennifer Lopez (Source: Invision)

I was suprised to see Jennifer Lopez at Oscars- her outfit didn’t disappoint. She wore a sleeveless embellished Elie Saab gown, with a plunging neckline. This is exactly what you would expect from J Lo!

OK, so that was my list- let me know if you agree! Next up, what you were thinking segment…

Grammy 2015 Fashion

I have to start with saying I am obsessed with Stay With Me by Sam Smith. This year’s Grammy’s had some awesome songs- All of me, Stay with me, Shake it off, Dark horse, Sky full of stars- so many great songs. My only gripe with the show- artists should play their hit numbers, not try new numbers (or unpopular ones!)

Here is a round of the always unusual, and sometimes outrageous fashion….

Katy Perry (Source: Getty Images)

Katy Perry (Source: Getty Images)

The star of the moment, Katy Perry- fresh of her super bowl performance, looked incredible in this sparkly number by Zuhaid Murad, complimenting her lavender hair. Love her spunk, style and confidence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Swift (Source: Getty Images)

Taylor Swift (Source: Getty Images)

Next up, my brother’s favorite Shake it off star (and Katy Perry’ frenemy!) Taylor Swift- Taylor wore this blue number by Elie Saab. I am impressed with Taylor’s style evolution- she is moving from her standard sparkly numbers to more edgy styles. Love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyonce (Source: Getty Images)

Beyonce (Source: Getty Images)

Next up, Grammy royalty- Beyonce! Winner and performer every year- she stuck to her trademark sheer style in this black number. Looks great, but nothing special!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rihanna (Source: Getty Images)

Now for the ridiculous number from Rihanna- she used to be edgy and now this is just crazy! This pink Giambattista Valli tulle gown is shapeless and tent-like. She could smuggle a person under that! Disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gwen Stefani (Source: Getty Images)

Gwen Stefani (Source: Getty Images)

One of my teenage favorites Gwen Stefani was back on the red carpet, and how! She looked incredible in this pant suit number by Atelier Versace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meghan Trainor (Source: Getty Images)

Meghan Trainor (Source: Getty Images)

I was looking forward to seeing All about the bass star Meghan Trainor- but her outfit was a bit of a disappointment. This sheer number by Galia Lahav was a mess to me- it looked like her Spanx were showing under a sheer dress. Sorry Meghan, your songs rock, but the dress- not so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kim Kardashian (Source: Wireimages)

Kardashian clan star and wife of Kanye West looked like she was wearing her sparkly bathrobe to the red carpet in this sparkly number by Jean Paul Gautier. Not as high fashion as she imagines it to be…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna (Source: Getty Images)

Madonna (Source: Getty Images)

Madonna continues in her mission to look young by dressing provocatively, and failing. In this burlesque inspired Givenchy number, she looked ridiculous. Grow up please- give us the chance to admire your music, not mock the ridiculous fashion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? Who were you obsessed with!

The New York Winter Experience!

I have lived in New York for 5 years- each New York winter is brutal on it’s own, especially for someone who grew up in the Indian summer. Then add the nor’easter and winter storms, which are peppered throughout the long cold winter.

When you move here, you notice people fall into familiar patterns of behavior when they hear about the storm. I was surprised when I was initiated to the process, but I can honestly say I am not a pro!

So I decided in the interest of society, I will write a short step by step instruction on surviving the East Coast winter storms (* Disclaimer: This is a funny, almost sarcastic survival guide, so don’t take it too seriously!*)

  • The Weather Updates: It always starts the same way- the weather channel shows us a complicated map with many colors, and there is a new name- Sandy, Juno, Irene. It becomes a breaking news/ storm alert- you see wind speeds, accumulation and the stress builds.
Exhibit A: Colorful scary map

Exhibit A: Colorful scary map

  • The stocking up game: The next thing you do is prepare for groceries- you have to make sure you are stocked up. This doesn’t just apply to things you actually need, you suddenly feel the world will lose all the good stuff you love, so you pile on things like ice cream, that cookie you know is loaded in sugar and haven’t eaten in 10 years, and Lays, the list goes on. You stand in line for an hour, but hey, a bag of Lays is totally worth the wait! Making my point on stocking for perceived essentials: this article (Daily Mail article: surge in lingerie sales) shows in New York the sales of lingerie was up 500%- apparently lingerie is what you need to keep warm in a blizzard- who knew!
Exhibit B: Empty Grocery Shelf

Exhibit B: Empty Grocery Shelf

  • Planning for cabin fever: When there is the calm before storm, you start planning for your “work from home” day- you pick your Netflix shows to catch up on. Then there is a panic- what if there is no power? So you keep charging your phone and laptop, you find books to read. For the single and ready to mingle, there is always Craigslist to find blizzard buddies (Article on Blizzard Buddies)!

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  • The social media overload: As the winter blizzard starts, you get ready for Facebook status update explosion I am guilty of that too!) and the snowy Instagram posts. It seems super cute for a while, until you get sick of it. Almost as sick of the pictures, as you would be of the storm itself!
Exhibit 3: The Instagram Explosion Expecations

Exhibit 4: The Instagram Explosion Expectations

  • Enjoying the snow: After monitoring the weather updates and tackling the cabin fever, there is finally some fun to look forward to- making snowman, throwing snowballs, skiing! So put on your coats, your hat, gloves, and boots, and get ready for some snow mania!
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Exhibit 5: A snow mountain at your disposal!

What’s in your blizzard survival kit? Share your thoughts below!

SAG awards 2015 Fashion!

So the second big award show is here- I was pleasantly surprised to see very different looks from the Golden Globes.

Sidebar: I missed Ryan and Giuliana- I was visibly cringing watching Maria interview, especially when she asked everyone to walk the mani-cam and they all turned it down! Awkward!

10 Notable Looks from the SAG awards:

Emma Stone

Emma Stone (Source: Getty Images)

Emma Stone always brings something different to red carpets, and this time is no different. This time around, she rocked this tuxedo styled Dior haute couture gown with the red lip for a pop of color- hitting the androgynous trend and wowing the red carpet audience!

Felicity Johnson

Felicity Jones (Source: Getty Images)

Felicity Jones, who stars in the highly acclaimed movie Theory of Everything  looked incredible in this Balenciaga gown.

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Sofia Vergara (Source: Getty Images)

Newly engaged star of Modern Family and one of my red carpet favorites Sofia Vergara doesn’t disappoint. She wore a red one shoulder Donna Karan that perfectly complimented her gorgeous ring and arm candy Joe Manganiello.

Kiera Knightley (Source: Getty Images)

Kiera Knightley (Source: Getty Images)

Best supporting actress nominee Keira Knightley looks incredible in this draped purple Erdem gown. This is the perfect gown for the pregnant star, though her hair looks messy!

Julianne Marguiles (Source: Getty Images)

Julianne Marguiles (Source: Getty Images)

I might be partial to Julianne Marguiles because of Good Wife- I loved her in this blue Giambattista Valli gown with a mega-high slit. I wasn’t a fan of her hair style, but still a stunner!

Julianne Moore (Source: Getty Images)

Julianne Moore (Source: Getty Images)

Julianne Moore wore this green beaded number by Givenchy. I love the bottom of the dress, but the top looks a lot like t-shirt dresses- nothing fancy!

Rosamund Pike (Source: Getty Images)

Rosamund Pike (Source: Getty Images)

Rosamund Pike was the star to watch on the red carpet- so far her fashion choices haven’t won me over. This purple Dior Haute Couture number is shapeless and doesn’t really impress.

Reese Witherspoon (Source: Getty Images)

Reese Witherspoon (Source: Getty Images)

Reese Witherspoon looks incredible in this fitted white Giorgio Armani number with stunning Harry Winston diamonds.

Jennifer Aniston (Source: Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston (Source: Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston wore a vintage Galliano gown- I like the gown, but there is too much cleavage, maybe it’s the fit. Somehow short of awesome!

Lupita N'yongo (Source: Getty Images)

Lupita N’yongo (Source: Getty Images)

Lupita N’yongo tried a fashion risk with this psychedelic long sleeved Eli Saab gown. It wasn’t a stunner, but something different and fresh!

Sound off your views!