2013 Emmy's: Best and Worst

I didn't start watching the Emmy's until about 2 years ago, when I realized they were the Oscar's for television. I love rooting for my favorite shows and actors, and I feel like even more than the movies, we are more invested in them since we watch them season after season. But of course, it is the start to award season fashion. And that's what I'm here to report. 

The Best:
Laura Dern

Kaley Cuoco

Malin Akerman
I couldn't help it, seeing the spring runway shows made me fall in love with light flowy fabrics, bright colors and neutral palettes. This is probably why I gravitated towards these 3 gowns as my best looks. I especially love Laura Dern in Naeem Khan, but think it would have looked stellar on someone liked Julianne Hough or Allison Williams. It was a case of right dress-wrong actress syndrome.

Honorable Mentions:
Kerry Washington

Julianne Hough

Allison Williams
These dresses were nice, but didn't quite hit the mark. I love Marchesa, but I still don't know if I like the ethereal, fairy-tale like gown on Kerry Washington. Julianne's dress could have been a real stunner, except the drop shoulder made her bust look smooshed and the bottom half of her dress needs some thicker lining (but still sheer) for it to be spot on. As for Allison, I love the trendy cobalt blue, but it's just a plain, simple and rather boring silhouette. 

Worst:

Lena Dunham
Connie Britton
Jessica Lange
Ah, Lena. We meet again. Apparently next to getting naked on screen, being on the worst dressed list is also becoming her thing. I realize fashion isn't her forte, but will someone please stop putting her in oversize dresses? Connie Britton is clearly a stunning woman. Putting her in teal velvet may not be the best way to enhance her beauty. Just saying. As for Jessica, the graphic print on her arms and upper torso makes it look like a cat got to her gown. Not a fan.

What were your favorites? Misses? 

xoxo, Courtney

415 Bond Turns 1!


I realized a few weeks ago that I started my blog one year ago yesterday. What started as a platform with no agenda, I have been able to chronicle topics that I find interesting but mainly (and to a fault) in the fashion realm. It has been a fun and productive escape and even more to see where the blog has grown since the very first posts. 
 
I hope to continue to grow the blog and post more fun and interesting content. I have a feeling next year will be a whirlwind, but I hope to chronicle it all here. :)
 
xoxo, Courtney

New York Fashion Week Recap

Yesterday was the last day of Fashion Week, and while I am sad it is over, it will be nice to have my social media accounts return to normal! There were, what seems hundreds of shows, and I did my best to stay on top of my favorite designers. Below is a tiny sampling of my favorite looks from the S/S 2014 runway looks! 
Christian Siriano



J.Crew

Jenny Packham


Kate Spade

Lela Rose


Mara Hoffman


Michael Kors



Monique Lhuillier


Naeem Kahn



Oscar de la Renta


Rachel Zoe

Victoria Beckham


Which shows were you most excited about? Any trends you think we will see next year, or any from this one that will fade out?

xoxo, Courtney

All photos from style.com

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing satisfies a craving like a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie. With a cold glass of milk. I was relaxing the other weekend and randomly thought, "man, I'd really love to make some cookies. I wonder if we have all the ingredients?" And so it started. We sure did have the ingredients, and I found the most amazing recipe. I could have eaten the whole bowl of dough. I'm living on the edge. 


Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. 
3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. 
4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

* Eat cookies within 2-3 days for maximum freshness