I have been a huge "Vampire Diaries" from the very beginning (read the books if you haven't!) My friend Meissa and I became obsessed from watching the first episode together and I am totally hooked. I also have a tiny girl crush on the female lead Nina Dobrev. I got to see her up close at the Young Hollywood awards last May. And Yes - she is that beautiful in real life. So it's no surprise to me that she looked absolutely stunning on the red carpet in this blush Zuhair Murad gown. I love everything about this look. Her hair and makeup? Perfection. And I am dying over those diamond earrings. But it's the dress that has really captured my heart. I am in L-O-V-E and it is ahhhh-mazing and fits her to a T. Because the color of the dress is so soft and pretty, the ruffle and lace details don't overwhelm her. Her high slit also adds a bit of sexiness without going overboard. Overall, this definitely in the running for my favorite of the night. Check out more photos of the gorg Nina below:
Love the back! And I need those chandelier earrings asap.
I am absolutely swooning over this metallic gown worn by "Dexter" star Jennifer Carpenter. It's simple, elegant and edgy all at the same time (if that's possible!) The proportions of skin to dress is absolute perfection and I love that this one shouldered look has a full sleeve instead of just sleeveless. Trains were another big trend at this year's awards and I love how this one is directly opposite her bare shoulder and arm. Plus the gunmetal color of the sequins keeps this dress from running into the Vegas territory and more in the land of edgey-glam. Jennifer knew the key to nailing this look was to keep it simple and let the dress shine (or shimmer in this case) Fuss free hair and barely there jewelry complete this fantastic look.
Jayma Mays, who plays uptight germ-a-phob counselor Emma Pillsbury on Glee, decided to go with one of the more popular colors of the night - midnight/navy blue. Her Burberry chiffon dress fits amazingly on her body and I love that this was an unexpected pick for me. The rouching and detail at the bottom is totally drawing me in. Plus with her gold accents and gorgeous strawberry blond hair the whole entire color scheme totally works. Take note ladies - this is how you do touseled locks correctly!
In the words of the amazing Rachel Zoe "Honey, I love myself a sequin" and do I ever! This Giorgio Armani Prive absolutely takes the cake for me. The second I saw it I turned to Billy and gushed "goooooorrrr-geousssss!" Claire Danes looked every bit Hollywood Glamour as she shined in this Swarovski crystal number. Love that all she needed was a sun kissed glow and a pink cocktail ring - simple and anything but understated. She was definitely a winner on and off the carpet as she picked up her statue for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie. Congrats on a great dress and nabbing the emmy too!
These last two looks are honorable mentions. I'm not in total full on love but definitely in like with both. Kyra Sedgwick looks positively glowing in her Monique Lhuiller gown. I love how everything was kept in the same color family yet strayed away from matchy-matchy. Her beautiful waves and red lips are right on trend - but I am loving those accessories she is sporting. The ruby red ring and colorful bracelets were perfect accents for her bergundy gown. Plus Kyra seems like the sweetest woman ever you can't help but be excited and happy for her anytime she wins. You know I just had to include a short dress in my picks - and surprise surprise - it's Heidi Klum. Only Heidi could rock this extremely short hemline and still look absolutely fantastic doing it. Wearing a gorgeous textured Machesa, the Project Runway host wore spikey Christian Louboutins and her usual Lorraine Schwartz jewels. I can't believe this woman has had 4 babies and still looks like she does. Check out the closeups of their gorg accessories:
Also I would like it to be known that I resisted putting January Jones' fashion forward cobalt blue dress on here. I know that everyone hated it - but I kind of loved it! But what are your thoughts on this red carpet? Did you agree with any of my picks? Is there anyone who you thought was better dressed? I would love to know! Leave your comments below in the comment section!! Happy Monday everyone!! xoxo
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