Poehler to star in, direct wine-filled comedy for Netflix

If you needed a reason to love Amy Poehler even more, her latest project may be it.

According to Refinery29, the actor and friend in our heads will be making her directorial debut with a Netflix film called Wine Country, which “film follows a group of pals who head to Napa to get their grape on and celebrate one of the women’s 50th birthdays.”

As if the plot isn’t enough, Refinery29 reports that the film’s cast features all of Poehler’s besties, including ” Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Tina Fey, and Emily Spivey, who also penned the script.”

With an all-star comedic cast, it’s hard to not be excited for the film — and Poehler & Co. seems to feel the same. Netflix announced the news Wine Country‘s forthcoming release by tweeting out a video of Poehler and her co-stars singing the Kenny Loggins song, “Whenever I Call You Friend” in slightly-tipsy unison.

While there has yet to be a release date announced, one thing is for sure: this film is going to be one to watch.

Watch the “trailer” here.

She Leads, You Follow: SAG Awards Edition

The best and brightest stars of Hollywood came out in droves to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The awards, presented by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is a celebration of the year’s best performances in film and primetime television. But prior to the awards ceremony, the honorees took to the red carpet to show off their best style.

Catching our eye first was a hot pink number by Sofía Vergara, who became the object of everyone’s gaze as she took her turn down the red carpet in a stunning Vera Wang gown, says E!Online. She topped off her look with a gold statement necklace and a fuchsia clutch to rival her bright dress.

Following suit in another pink ensemble was Saoirse Ronan, who opted for a subtler blush look by Michael Kors, says E!OnlineThe Brooklyn star let the simple elegance of her lace gown be the star of her look, as she swept her hair up in a tousled top-knot and accessorized with sparkly diamond earrings.

Kristen Wiig decided to take a different approach, opting for a chic Rouland Mouret jumpsuit instead of a gown. Wiig paired her black, white and embellished one piece with a silver barrel clutch and heels to match while styling her hair in a refreshing updo.

Bessie star and SAG Award winner Queen Latifah showed us just how beautiful a simple black gown can be when she hit the red carpet in a sparkly Michael Costello number. Done in a kaleidoscope pattern, the gown’s beading caught the light of every photographer’s flash, illuminating the already-glowing Queen Latifah.

Draped in merlot was Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, who opted for a flowy Prabal Gurung number for the night’s festivities. She completed her goddess look with wavy tresses, strappy heels and a sparkly clutch.

Rounding off our favorite looks of the night was Amy Poehler, who wowed in a black embroidered Stella McCartney gown, according to E!OnlineThe actress completed her simply, yet elegant ensemble with straight locks and simple diamond jewelry.

While these stars are all dressed up for an event in the height of awards season, there are certain things we can take away from their looks and apply to the way we dress every day. Each star obviously wore an outfit that accentuated her shape, done by seaming, beading or embellishment. Although color, in its various hues and shades, was a big theme throughout the night, traditional black was elevated through beading and embroidery, as well as through a modern black and white color combination.

The details of every single red carpet look are important, but what is perhaps most important is the way each actress carries herself — with confidence. Because each woman is confident in who she is, her outfit merely complements her personality and enhances her sense of confidence.

Beauty doesn’t come from a stellar outfit, flawless makeup and flashy accessories; it comes from the confidence within. And each woman on the SAG Awards red carpet showed us that very thing.


She Leads, You Follow: 2015 Emmys Edition

The stars of the small screen took to the red carpet outside of the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20 to recognize the year’s stellar television performances at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. And while the award show itself brought some surprising wins, it should come as no surprise that the the red carpet prior to the main event showcased some stunning fashion. Although it was hard to pick our favorite looks, there were several leading ladies who led the pack with their red carpet style.

Sparkling in a silver St. John gown was none other than Sofía Vergara. The Modern Family star walked the red carpet in a body-hugging beaded gown with a strapless neckline and modified mermaid silhouette.

Viola Davis was the picture of elegance as she walked the red carpet with Julius Tennon on Sunday night. According to E! OnlineDavis wore a Carmen Marc Valvo gown, featuring dense black floral beading at the waist that dispersed as it neared the gown’s fuller A-line skirt. The highlight of Davis’ night was yet to come, however, as she went on to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in How to Get Away With Murder.

Keeping it simple in an all-black ensemble was Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen, who donned a Georges Chakra number for her walk down the red carpet. Featuring a multi-strap neckline and a trumpet skirt, Bowen took her gown to the next level by pairing it with bold jewelry and a shiny frame clutch.

The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski added a pop of color to the Emmys with her bright pink gown. Baranski walked the red carpet in an eye-catching hot pink gown, featuring a cap sleeve, a cutout at the neck and a defined waist. She completed her look with a gold clutch and gold jewelry.

Amy Poehler continued the cutout theme with her all-black ensemble, which featured  cutouts at the ribcages to accentuate her waist. The high-neck Michael Kors gown featured a column skirt that fell from her natural waist straight down to the floor. Poehler offset her minimalistic look by adding a stack of bold bangles to each wrist and dainty gold earrings to frame her face.

It seems like good style is all in the ‘family’, as Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland rocked the red carpet in a wine-colored Zac Posen gown. The dress featured an off-the-shoulder neckline (which created a cutout on the back of her dress) and a modified trumpet skirt. Hyland completed her red carpet look with a maroon bangle, beaded earrings and handfuls of rings.

Rounding out our favorite looks of the night was E! host Giuliana Rancic, who took her turn on the red carpet in a soft pink Zuhair Murad gown with all-over beading. The off-the-shoulder gown featured a defined waistline and soft, ethereal mermaid skirt.

Although these ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet of the Emmys, there are certain elements of their glamorous gowns that we can apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Define your waist – The one common thread among these diverse gowns that they define a waist in some way, whether it’s through cutouts, like Amy Poehler’s dress; a simple band, like Giuliana Rancic’s dress; seaming, like Sarah Hyland’s gown; or even embellishments, like Viola Davis’ gown. Defining your waist allows you to create the illusion of a smaller frame, while also making it seem as though your legs begin at your natural waistline (making them look much longer than they are). Each gown defines the waistline in a unique way, so there’s no excuse not to do so in your own outfits every day!
  2. Less is more – There were some simple gowns on the red carpet, but simple doesn’t necessarily mean ‘boring.’ Amy Poehler, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen and Christine Baranski all wore solid-colored gowns, but they each had intrinsic features that made then stand out, such as cutouts, an off-the-shoulder neckline, a multi-strap neckline and intricate seaming respectively. They also punched up their looks with jewelry and accessories, which instantly added visual interest to the blank canvases of their gowns. It’s so easy to discredit a piece of clothing just because it’s not flashy or loud enough, but these ladies showed us that sometimes, less is more.
  3. Confidence is key – The most essential part of any outfit is something that cannot be bought: confidence. All of these women (and those we didn’t have space to discuss!) walked the red carpet with confidence in who they are. The expensive dresses, jewelry and shoes, the hair and makeup all add up to make a stunning red carpet look; but all of this doesn’t equal the priceless value of confidence. So no matter what you’re wearing, be confident in who you are and believe in your own beauty, because that’s worth so much more than the cost of your outfit.

Take Her Look [For Less]

At the Hulu premiere of Difficult People on July 30, Amy Poehler wowed in an outfit that was far from difficult. In fact, Poehler graced the red carpet at New York’s School of Visual Arts Theater in an easy black culotte-style jumpsuit, which she punched up with not one, but two fierce animal prints — a subtle zebra print sandal and a leopard print clutch.

According to InStylePoehler’s effortless black jumpsuit is by Shoshanna and retails for $340 (if you love her jumpsuit, you can purchase the exact piece on sale for $170 here). If you love this clean, minimalist look, we’ve found all the right pieces to take her entire look for less — that is, less than the $170 sale price of her Shoshanna jumpsuit. Read on for the results!

Since jumpsuits are all the rage these days, finding a chic black midi jumpsuit to rival Poehler’s look was a fairly simple task. The Strapless Wide-Leg Jumpsuit from Forever 21 not only has a straight neckline reminiscent of the Shoshanna jumpsuit, it also has a very similar defined waist from which the wide, pleated pant legs fall. Adding to the charm of this jumpsuit are two slanted side pockets that fall naturally within its box pleats. For only $27.90, this jumpsuit is an easily accessible way to recreate Poehler’s look .

The Strapless Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, found on Forever21.com.

The Strapless Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, found on Forever21.com.

Poehler’s zebra print sandals kept in line with the title of the new Hulu series, proving to be a ‘difficult’ find. However, we finally landed on another black and white animal print sandal to incorporate into our look for less — the Berkeley Sandal in snakeskin by DV by Dolce Vita mimics the black and white of the zebra stripe while also maintaining the simple two-strap construction of Poehler’s sandals. Available on Amazon.com for only $29.35, these sandals will not only add some personality to this look, it will definitely become your wardrobe’s new utility heel.

The Berkeley Sandal in Snakeskin by DV by Dolce Vita, found on Amazon.com.

The Berkeley Sandal in Snakeskin by DV by Dolce Vita, found on Amazon.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a killer leopard print clutch, and Call It Spring has just the right clutch to polish off the look. The Teora clutch offers a true leopard print in a sleek silhouette, and the best part — it’s on sale for only $15 on CallItSpring.com.

The Teora Clutch, found on CallItSpring.com.

The Teora Clutch, found on CallItSpring.com.

Amy Poehler’s $340 minimal-chic jumpsuit look wowed us with its hidden complexity in mixing two different animal prints. But what is quite possibly more stunning is that we were able to recreate this look for only $72.25 — that’s $97.75 under the sale price of her Shoshanna jumpsuit! Now you can take all that extra money you saved and go shopping for another amazing outfit!

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: ‘Inside Out’ Premiere Edition

The purple carpet was rolled out on Monday in Los Angeles for the premiere of the “major emotion picture” Inside Out, a film about a little girl named Riley who has to learn to manage her emotions after her family moves to a new city, leaving her to start over at a new school and make new friends.

Although Inside Out has been a highly acclaimed film, perhaps more noteworthy was the fashion on yesterday’s purple carpet. Here are just a few of THL’s favorite looks from the ladies of Inside Out:

Amy Poehler wowed in an all-blue ensemble, with the electric blue of her shoes reminiscent of the blue of her character’s hair in the film. The long lines of her dress help to elongate her frame, and by keeping her shoe simpler, their bright color doesn’t take away from her dress. What is particularly great about Poehler’s outfit is that the different shades of blue really emphasize her blue eyes and intensify their color.

Mindy Kaling‘s all-black outfit was injected with a shot of color from her bright seafoam blue Jimmy Choo pumps. The overall silhouette and proportions of Kaling’s outfit are perfect: the way the straps of her crop top cut in give her a stronger shoulder and narrower waist, and her fuller skirt pulls away from her waist, making it even tinier. And the slight high-low hemline allows us to see her gorgeous pumps!

Rashida Jones seemed to have followed suit in an equally simple outfit, wearing a black top, a black and blue pleated skirt and  funky fringed heels. Keeping the rest of the pieces in her outfit rather subdued without a tone of embellishment or accessories allowed Jones to pull off a heavier, edgier shoe without looking overdone.

Poehler, Kaling and Jones may be styled for the red (or purple) carpet, but there are elements in their looks that can apply to styling ourselves everyday. Here’s what to remember:

  1. Use color to your advantage – Just as Amy Poehler used different shades of blue to emphasize her blue eyes, you also can use color to play up your best features. Just be sure to keep in mind your skin tone (for example, if you have olive skin, the base color in your skin is yellow, so you will want to wear colors that have more of a blue base, such as fuchsia, maroon, and jade green), and your eye color (you can take Poehler’s lead and wear blue to enhance your blue eyes).
  2. Crop tops and fuller skirts are always a good idea – If you love the crop top style but are hesitant to wear it, don’t be! Kaling’s crop top look is very accessible and easy to replicate on your own: pick a more fitted crop top that stops at your natural waist. Then, pick a fuller skirt that rests right in your natural waistline; when paired with the fitted crop top, it will give you a little peek of skin without being too revealing, and it will also make your waist look tiny!
  3. Make a statement with a statement shoe – We so often hear about statement jewelry, but we never really hear about statement shoes. Rashida Jones’ shoes are the perfect example of a statement shoe, and she wore them in such a way that allowed them to really be the star of her outfit. If you are going to go for a stronger shoe, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit and accessories fairly simple to let your shoes be the star of the show.