April 19, 2016
by katie

Smart ladies love fashion, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit India and Bhutan, Royal Tour 2016




The Cambridges went on another royal tour (click here to see what we had to say about the Australia/New Zealand trip) and the clothes were more fab than drab –HIP HIP HOORAY! They did not bring the children –BOO! Since the tour was in India and Bhutan I went a little overboard on photos when things were pretty or fun or both.

April 6, 2016 – Pre Tour Palace Reception

Dress by Saloni London

I’m not sure how Melissa is going to feel about this dress but it fits a lot of our favorite dress criteria, its navy, long-sleeved, and has polka dots! I myself love it. I think I might even enjoy the ruffled neckline. Her hair situation really makes me want to invest in curlers.

I like it because it looks like what my mom wore in the 70s and 80s, though I preferred it when I thought it was a jumpsuit. WHAT HAVE I BECOME? -M

April 10, 2016 – Day 1

Dress by Alexander McQueen

Despite my undying hatred of those fucking shoes I realized we were in for a good week when look one turned out to be this bright patterned Alexander McQueen. I will probably mention this a million times in this post but I really hope she continues this trend of patterns once she gets back to the UK. The patterns distract me from your boring fucking shoes.

She will not continue the patterns or the colors that are not shades of blue or green in the UK because she is not as cool as Maxima, though McQueen IS one of her faves. I like the peplum–quelle surprise!–but I wish the skirt was in a stiffer fabric, and either a pencil or true a-line. I am picky when it comes to Kate. -M

Dress by Anita Dongre

I want this fabric as a duvet cover, kaftan, pajama bottoms, throw pillows, shower curtain, tunic top, curtains, and tapestry (I hope I’m not forgetting anything). Outfit number two might just be one of my favorite looks hence the insane amount of photos. I also want to run out to World Market and buy earrings like the ones she is wearing here.

I want everything Katie wants above, plus a nice midi skirt with a waistband. I wish she dressed with this many patterns IRL. -M

Dress by Jenny Packham

I like this dress but the real star here are those earrings (and that giant bouquet).

This is typical Cate and it’s nice–Jenny Packham will design my Oscar gown the first time I go–but I am disappointed after all the wonderful things she wore prior to this. -M

April 11, 2016 – Day 2

Dress by Emilia Wickstead

This is not my fave BUT not my least favorite either. These are the same earrings she wore with the Alexander McQueen on day 1. I want to burn those shoes.

I would like this in literally any other color. I think it would be cool in khaki-green because I love when people look like they’re going on a safari. -M

Dress by Temperley

Crop top and skirt! This is super pretty and very appropriate for a garden party in which one must cut a cake with a sword.

Pretty! For some reason she reminds me of Britney Spears in the face, and that is not because I’ve had two Moscow mules. -M

April 12, 2016 – Day 3

Dress by Glamorous

Kate wore flats but they are beige so lets instead focus on the fabric of this dress because it’s so pretty. I feel like Kate desperately wants to just go full kaftan but no one will allow it.

I don’t like the lace-up aspect of the top, but otherwise this is great. I would support her decision to go full kaftan and I would even buy her a belt to make it event-appropriate. -M

Dress by Temperley London

The color of this is so great that it distracts me from the kind of matronlyness of the dress. I don’t hate and it’s better than both Wickstead looks but I want everything to be patterned.

It’s definitely matronly. The skirt is too long and has too much fabric! Also, her boobs look sad. -M

Dress by Anna Sui

And then she ends the day in Anna Fucking Sui! OH INDIA YOU ARE GREAT FOR KATE. This dress is so much fun. Also this party looks like a ton of fun.

This is my favorite! So many patterns, and even in her acceptable blue and green!! -M

April 13, 2016 – Day 4

Top by RM Williams and pants are Zara Mid Rise Biker Trousers

Safari and biker pants –GOOD TIMES! Also love her top.

See–safaris are fun! Those look like driving loafers, but I feel some sharp oxfords, a fancier loafer or these shoes I love from Everlane might be better here. -M

Dress by Topshop

WOOHOO TOPSHOP! Melissa bought a really pretty purse from Topshop when we went to NYC. This dress is great and looks really comfy for elephant painting and rhino feeding.

I love that purse, it is really well made! This dress is delightful and NOT blue or green! WTG, Kate! -M

April 14, 2016 – Day 5

Dress by Emilia Wickstead

She has worn this before and compared to literally everything else she has worn on this tour (even that white dress with the boob napkins) this is THE WORST! I do love her earrings which she wore with the Tory Burch dress down below (SPOILER ALERT, its AMAZING).


Skirt a semi-traditional Bhutanese look (half-kira) and cape by Paul and Joe

The fabric for her half-kira skirt was designed by Kelzang Wangmo and then fashioned into a skirt by Kate’s personal tailor. Here is a video of the designer.

The fabric designer in me is just in heaven with every look of this tour but this is just divine. Also I really want a blazer cape NOW.

I feel like a blazer cape would be very versatile until I tried to wear it to work and couldn’t get the full range of motion from my arms and then if I pulled the sleeves back like Kate did to shoot the bow and arrow I’d be cold. Anyway, I love the colors of her skirt! -M

Dress by Tory Burch

This might just be the best thing this woman has ever worn AND I don’t even hate her shoes in fact I like them.

AND an orange wrap? WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? -M

April 15, 2016 – Day 6

Hike to Paro Taktsang 

I’m not going to lie I found this so beautiful that I have included A LOT of photos of them on this massively long hike. As for the clothes I think they are excellent hiking attire and I really love her brown leather boots.


These two are super cute.

This first photo is after they got down from the mountain.

The next two I think are from before they went up the mountain. That is a ridiculously tall mountain.

This photo is from the halfway point.

And these are at a museum that is also halfway up. They did make it to the top but I think the press was tired so they stayed at the halfway point or I don’t know were too dead if they did make it to take photos of the experience. Did you see that mountain?

This is the prettiest her hair has ever looked down. -M


She isn’t even sweating.

Dress by Beulah

FUN FACT: poppies are the national flower of Bhutan! Kate and her team picked this red dress with poppies for her last night in Bhutan.

Lovely! This fits her really well. -M

April 16, 2016 – Day 7

Leaving Bhutan in Alexander McQueen

She has worn this before but I love this McQueen white eyelet suit and I like it. It’s a good suit to leave Bhutan in.

I wish it was red. Or god forbid ORANGE. -M

Touring the Taj Mahal in Naeem Khan

FINALLY NAEEM KHAN! If I had been Kate I’d have worn Naeem Khan the entire trip. Anyhoo this dress looks fantastic next to the Taj Mahal. ALSO the Taj Mahal is beautiful so there are A LOT of photos.

Remember when everything was in patterns like this about 10 years ago, even stuff from LOFT? I miss those times. I still have my LOFT skirt with a pattern like this. -M


GOODBYE GUYS! Also burn those fucking beige shoes.


Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander (Jesus, his name is long I hope he has a nickname) of the Netherlands in BAVARIA!

April 13, 2016 – Day 1

Look 1

What Máxima lacks in pattern she makes up with je ne sais quoi. This woman is a human delight. Also her shoes are very rarely, if ever, beige.

I would like to see her brooch collection. Maybe we can do some swapping. -M

Look 2

She also laughs a lot. And look her shoes are gold toed.

Of course she laughs a lot, she’s probably drunk. Oh wait, that’s me. -M

April 14, 2016 – Day 2

Coat by Claes Iversen

I think we have seen this coat before but I still love it. I also think it looks great with that pillbox hat. ALSO HATS!

This is like those sweatshirts J Crew made two years ago except way classier. She looks so happy. -M

Look 2

You two are just so cute together. This dress is nice and goes well with all of her grey accessories and the jewels in her coat.

Two brooches! Can you believe the balls of this woman???? -M


Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederick of Denmark visit from MEXICO!

April 13, 2016 – Day 1

Coat by Missoni

The gang from Denmark hosted a visit from Mexico and they were greeted by CP Mary in this lovely coat and another pillbox hat!

What a rad ombre coat! I think she should give it to me. -M

Dress by Jesper Høvring

Mary always does a good job matching her gown to all of the sashes she has to wear. This dress is nice. ALSO TIARA!

Mary suffers from a lack of brooches. Maybe she can get in on me and Maximas’ swap. -M

April 14, 2016 – Day 2

Look 1

Mary looks like she is the female DA on Law & Order.

Would be more regal with a brooch. -M

Look 2

And we end the post with a PATTERN! She looks good here especially that fuchsia lippie.

I wonder if her hair is naturally wavy. If so, she should do her hair like this more often. I wish her top was more interesting but the skirt is rad. -M

April 11, 2016
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, April 11, 2016

Movie Trailer Monday

Each week I review movie trailers that came out the previous week or movies that are about to premiere. Some of these movies I am excited about, some I am mildly curious about, and the rest I make fun of!

Notable movies coming out this weekend


I keep hoping we get the resurgence of Kevin Costner but I’m not certain this movie is going to do the trick, it’s more of a Liam Neeson-type flick. Costner needs to make another baseball movie. [I feel like Kevin Costner has never really left us. We need to miss him. There are so many older white dues in this movie. SNOOOOOOOZE. -M]

Kill Your Friends, is out onDemand and for Rent

This movie feels like American Psycho had a baby with Trainspotting, I’m not sure that is a good thing nor am I sure it’s worth 7 bucks. [You know I love all pop culture about music. AND James Corden. But this seems very dude-centric (though younger than Criminal) and I prefer my dollars to support diverse, smaller movies. This is a cable one for sure. -M]

Movies I can’t wait to see in an ACTUAL theater

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, November 18, 2016

This movie is starting to look more fun and interesting. I’m super excited about Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterston. [Should I read this book? I read all the Potter ones but I think by the time this came out, I was too old. The most important thing to note about this movie is that Ron Perlman, national treasure, is in it. -M]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, December 16, 2016

This movie looks so good that I’m getting super exited about a new Star Wars movie every Christmas (unless they hire that Ansel kid for the Han Solo movie). [I’m still holding out hope for Tony from Brooklyn. He would be the best Han Solo. Anyway, I have watched this trailer about a dozen times and it keeps getting more thrilling. I have seen so many “Who is Felicity Jones?” stories this week, which is hilarious, because she was nominated for an Oscar for a movie that every woman over 50 saw. Theory of Everything viewers must not overlap too much with Star Wars nerds. -M]

I won’t go to an ACTUAL theater but will pay for it on Amazon

Search Party, May 13, 2016

This movie is here for Melissa and her love of TJ Miller. [I do love him so much. And Thomas Middleditch. Despite this totally being a Hangover ripoff–though I love seeing household appliances become bongs–I will watch it on HBO every week. -M]

Swiss Army Man, July 1, 2016

It is only because of my love for Paul and Dan that this is not in “the Worst” category, this trailer makes me realize why this move was so talked about at Sundance it is definitely weird. [The fact that I know this as “the farting Daniel Radcliffe corpse movie” and not “Swiss Army Man” is not a good sign.  I like magical realism and Paul Dano so that may convince me to watch it. -M]

You would have to PAY me to see it in an ACTUAL theater

The Do Over, May 27, 2016

While we are trying to #StopGarryMarshall we should just go ahead and #StopAdamSandler as well for the good of society. [Is this a sequel to a Netflix movie that NO ONE SAW? Why does this exist? I will admit to not getting far in the trailer but I also don’t give a shit. -M]

April 4, 2016
by melissa

Smart ladies love fashion, the Best and Worst Dressed at the 2016 ACMs


It is understandable if you thought there was just a country music awards show recently–the CMAs are in November. I made this handy chart last year to set you straight:

Country Awards Show Comparison

And no, I did not watch the ACMs (baseball’s back!!!) and I don’t know who most of these people are but it is fun to talk about their wacky clothes. I did have a thought when I was texting Katie bad fashion: why are the only people in jeans men? If I was a country star I would wear jeans to this shit like half the dudes. Not that any female artists go to awards shows in jeans except Rihanna, and then the next time she’ll wear a $50,000 Givenchy gown.

Best Dressed

Kacey Musgraves

Lipstick deficiency aside, this is some high fashion realness. No one looked this good. PERIOD. -M

The fit of this is fantastic and her eye make-up game makes up for the lack of pigment on her lips. -K

Dierks Bentley

He could have gone in the men’s or couple’s categories (his wife is adorable), but he deserves to be in Best Dressed. His suits are always interesting and perfectly tailored. I don’t know why every country superstar isn’t using the same stylist and tailor as Dierks. -M

I even like his shoes and his hair is perfectly disheveled. -K

The Band Perry

I’m not in love with Lady Perry’s dress there but Neil’s suit is a thing of wonder:

Both suits are perfectly tailored. Those silver shoes need to be in my closet. -K

Renee Felice Smith

I do not watch any of the NCIS franchise, but she is on the Los Angeles flavor. I think she looks darling and different. Great job! -M

She looks like a glam witch, I dig it. Also dig her lipstick. -K


I think yellow is Cam’s thing–it really looks fantastic on her! I love how this fits. -M

This is amazing. I think it’s better than her yellow Grammy dress. I’m down with a blond in butter yellow. -K

Carrie Underwood

I like the Gatsby-ness of this dress, which is miles better than what she has been wearing lately. Her hair is especially lovely. -M

My only quibble is the sheerness BUT her hair and eyes make up for that AND all the sparkles. -K

Miranda Lambert

The neckline is a little wide for my liking, but I love the necklace, hair and colored shoes!! -M

Miranda is WORKING it! LOVE! -K


She was on The Voice!! This dress looks really fun and I love the color. If she was at any other event this would be a Meh due to the hair, but this was a tough night. -M

This is my favorite dress of the night. I too wish her hair was not so drab but at least it’s not sad. -K

Cyndi Thomson

The dress is great and fits her perfectly, but her hairdo is very high school cheerleader. -M

Dress is very pretty. Her head needed some more work but again it’s not awful. -K


Charles Kelley and Cassie McConnell

Charles is in Lady Antebellum and I can always count on him to look impeccable at these things. I think the fringe of her dress is a little much but her hair is so shiny and she looks lovely. -M

I’m taking that fringe as an ode to Crystal Gayle whom I was obsessed with for most of my youth. -K

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

I don’t like that someone tried to one-up Kacey. I would appreciate Nicole’s gown more, but the red parts remind me of skin sickness. Keith always looks the same, which is fine, because it’s foxy. -M

These to are totes on my list for my imaginary celebrity dinner party –current guest list includes, Nicole and Keith, Felicity and Bill, Ellen Page, Ed Holms, Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, and the Obama’s. -K

Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer

I think they’re both having an off night–his shirt is cheesy and so is her dress. -M

She needs lipstick. -K

Canaan Smith and Christy Hardesty

Him: fine, but sleazy. Her: tie-dye summer nightie with some of the ugliest shoes ever. -M

That velvet blazer deserves better. -K

Drake White and Alex White

I like his jaunty hat but preferred his blazer when I thought it was denim. She looks like she is wearing a dress pattern made of paper that is missing some pieces at her abdomen. -M

This is NOT my favorite. I don’t even like his boots. -K

Eric Decker and Jessie James

He plays football, she’s a singer, and together… they look acceptable. -M

I love her gold sandals. -K

Randy Houser and Tatiana Starzynski

Her dress is better than her makeup and I can’t get down with his u-shaped vest. Usually I don’t look these people up but I wanted to see if she was anybody, and she’s just his songwriting partner’s sister-in-law. Also: she’s Australian and 18 years younger than Randy, who has a 3 year old! Mazel to the engagement, you kids! -M

I love this dress but wish she was wearing the gold sandals from the above photo. -K

(Sometimes) Dashing Dudes

Tom Hiddleston

Did he promote the Hank Williams movie? I am really hoping it’s good. You can tell Hiddles is an actor because he looks better than everyone here except Dierks Bentley. -M

I find Hiddles so delightfully charming. -K

Brothers Osborne

I don’t know anything about TJ and John Osborne and I’m sure they’re annoying hipsters but they have style, so hooooooray!!! -M

Are John’s pants pleated? -K

Brodie Smith

Is this Ultimate Disc League player wearing an unbuttoned leather shirt? Related, what is the Ultimate Disc League? -M

This man looks super stoked to be here! -K

Jake Owen

GREAT color. Music awards shows are so much more fun. -M

And great fit! -K

Frankie Ballard

The cool factor is lessened slightly by the striped vest under the jacket, but overall I dig this look. -M

I want those boots. -K

Easton Corbin

I love this awards show because men wear pink suits! -M


Eric Paslay

I see from some light googling that blank baseball caps are his thing, but I wish it had a baseball logo on it or something. His ensemble needs some spark–it’s clean and it fits well but it’s boring. -M

He makes me sad –Eric you need some SPARKLE! -K

Sam Hunt

Sam has started his slow change to become the country Adam Levine. -M

We do NOT need another Adam Levine. -K

Jon Pardi

100% Pure Country. -M

This is so TIGHT. -K

The Swon Brothers

If you want to be in country music, go on The Voice and join Blake’s team. I am sure Left Swon’s jeans were $300 but they look like they’re from Old Navy. This is also where I’ll note that I wish the men of country music would decide on a new haircut. -M

I should watch The Voice. -K

Meh Dressed

Maddie and Tae

They are young and I wish they were wearing more color but the shoes of the one in the jumpsuit are just SO freaking cute. -M

Jumpsuit girl is my FAVE. -K

Lauren Alaina

I love her lipstick, but Lauren Alaina is TWENTY-ONE. Take a tip from RaeLynn and try something more youthful. -M

I wish the front of her dress was a little lower and a pattern and that her shoes were cuter. -K

Cassadee Pope

Another Voice alum! This is the very definition of “meh.” I am not moved. -M

Those shoes are TERRIBLE. -K

Maran Morris

This is a little Kardashian-y but I appreciate the colors. The shoes are heinous. -M

She is too young to be showing me her thigh. -K

Mickey Guyton

Good: color and cutouts. Bad: limp hair, too-tight bodice. -M

Melissa is on point! -K

Worst Dressed

Katy Perry

In thumbnails, I thought this was Bellamy Young, which is… not a compliment. I like her sense of whimsy (AND the boots!!!) but the jacket is too small, the crop top looks like what I wear to the gym, and it’s all just generally fug. I think it’s hilarious she brought Jeremy Scott to a traditional country music awards show. -M

It is too tight but you have to commend Katy Perry for sticking with a theme. -K

Karen Fairchild

Are these leggingboots? How high do they go, exactly, and why is did she pair them with what Scarlett will wear when she eventually marries Gunnar? Furthermore:

The second guy in Little Big Town is Jimi Westbrook and the whole band should have dressed based on his great outfit. These people never look like they know each other. They need a stylist who can give them a consistent look like Lady Antebellums does. Curly there probably insisted on a ballgown like a brat and now I hate her because of the imaginary personality I’ve given her.

I am NOT okay with boots for pants! Also that ballgown is the WORST! -K

Maggie Rose

I don’t know what is worse–the too-low belt or the peep-toe ankle booties. -M

This makes my laugh whenever I look at it. -K

Kelleigh Bannen

Aren’t we done with high-waisted panties under ugly lace dresses? Why won’t this trend die? -M

I want someone to go completely batty and wear RED high wasted underpants under an ugly black lace dress. -K

A Thousand Horses

I like the low-slung jeans, but guy on left in the purple blouse should have followed the memo. Mostly I’m offended at the over-accessorizing here. -M

I want to know the second dude from the lefts hair care regime. -K

Rascal Flatts

A Thousand Horses in twenty years. -M

That is a sad sad fate. -K

You Do You, Dressed

Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons can do whatever the fuck he wants. His episode of WTF was one of my favorites. -M

I love the beading on his jacket. -K

Dolly Parton

Ladies, take note of Dolly’s lipstick. Fabulous. -M

I love that she looks like she is going to hug us all! -K