OSCARS 2016

There’s always much to swoon over at the Oscars but one thing is for sure is that the hair is always immaculate! With jaw-dropping, instantly iconic hairstyles sporting on the red carpet this year, we go through our top hairstyles from this years Oscars.

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 15.42.16First up we have Kate Winslet, she may not have picked up an Oscar but her effortless golden locks deserve a medal and some attention. The awards show is typically an over-the-top affair, but this year, celebs opted for simple and chic hair and make-up. Kate, in particular, channeled this California-cool-meets-Hollywood-glam vibe with her side-swept waves.

Jennifer Lawrence

The Joy star; Jennifer Lawrence walked the line for the Oscars, relying on neutral-tone makeup and heavy dark liner around the eyes definitely made her new bright blonde hair stand out from the red carpet! The starlet stepped out with a fresh new dye job. The pale shade of blonde struck an arresting contrast against Lawrence’s smoky kohl-rimmed eyes and black lace gown. Her bold change is a testament to the glow-inducing powers of a double process, but also why she Hollywood’s favourite golden girl.

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Chrissy Teigen – The mama-to-be was glowing at last nights Oscars. Like many celebs, the model opted for neutral makeup but let her bronzer do the work…however it wasn’t her Marchesca gown or make up that had everyone talking – it was her hair! Taking the hair braid trend to new heights, Chrissy wore her locks in multiple plaits for the biggest red carpet event of the year.

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Next up we have Brooklyn star; Saoirse Ronan and she reminded us that an undone, textured blowout could easily be pulled off on the red carpet. With a brushed out beautiful wave and backed away from her face, team with a smoky eye; this look was perfect for Saoirse. The metallic shimmer from her bold eye make up also matched the actress’ sequins dress.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara channeled her inner Star Wars fan girl with her triple bun and powerful make-up. The Best Supporting Actress nominee is the undisputed queen of sleek, and with a sculptural updo Rooney looked the part on the Oscars red carpet. Mara slicked her hair into a series of severe bun twisted parts, which upped the dramatic impact of the allover lustrous polish that was entirely her own. And while most stars choose to focus on one standout feature—hair, lips, eyes—further elevating her statement updo by way of warm, smoky brown lids and an immaculate matte crimson lip.

 

If you like it ladies, today is the day you should take a leap and put a ring on it!

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 12.31.24                                             Unlike Muriel, you’re not terrible. Just ask.

In 2016 woman can more than conduct their own affairs, choose whether to marry or not get married at all, they know how to take control of their lives and are encouraged to do so. Woman can ask for a pay rise, a promotion, decide when they want to become mothers and when to ask for a divorce.

But there is still a stigma about a woman asking a man to marry her as opposed to the traditional opposite. Many woman shudder at the thought of having to ask. However, ladies taking the reigns in a proposal of matrimony have their very own day, and today is that day!

2016 is a leap year and the 29th of February is officially recognised as the day when a woman can ask her beau to marry her.

This is the time when all the Muriel’s and Bridget Jones’s out there can take control of their own destiny and get the marriage ball rolling. Interestingly, it was another Bridget who got the ball rolling.

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No, not that Bridget!

A nun named St Bridget in fifth century Ireland, complained that woman were tired of waiting for men to ask them, so St Patrick decided to help, decreeing that once every four years there was a day when they could.

Back in 1288, the Scots passed a law that allowed a woman to propose marriage to the man of their dreams in a Leap Year with the law also stating that any man who declined the proposal on this day would have to pay a fine. The fine to be paid if a man declined could range from a silk dress or a pair of gloves. Seems like a fair deal.

There was a rule implemented that all those women proposing must wear a red petticoat while doing so, to give her suitor a heads up about what she was about to ask, giving him enough time to either prepare his acceptance speech or head for the hills.

If you are one of the ladies who is over the waiting game then forget about the stigma, go for it! And you are in good company! Behold a list of famous woman who took the initiative to transition from girlfriend to fiancé:

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Pink knows how to get the party and the marriage started.

Pink made a series of signs for her proposal to motocross star Carey Hart. She stood at the sidelines of the Pro 250 class finals in 2005 and held up the first sign asking, “Will U Marry Me?” The next sign asked the question again and added, “I’m serious!”

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Kristen Bell forgot all about Sarah Marshall and tradition.

After gay marriage was legalized in America, Kristen Bell proposed to her longtime boyfriend, actor Dax Shepard, over Twitter with: “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove.”

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Hollywoods biggest star wasn’t scared of life biggest proposals.

Elizabeth Taylor proposed to British actor Michael Wilding in 1952.

 

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Zsa Zsa knew a thing or nine about marriage.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is as famous for being an actress as she is famous for being married — she is currently on her 9th husband and claims she proposed to every single one of her husbands. Zsa Zsa said “I pay all my own bills … I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me.”

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‘Aaannd I am TEEEEELING You, We’re getting married!!’

Jennifer Hudson decided to have a ring made for and proposed to her man David.

 

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From the runway to the marriage alter, Diane is a boss.

Diane Von Furstenberg proposed as a gift. She said ‘ One year I didn’t know what to give him for his birthday and I called him and said, ‘You know, if you want, for your birthday I’ll marry you.’

So you see, theres nothing to it! Can you really put it off for another four years!? Nope, seize the day, pop the question! Just remember the red peticoat.

 

 

2016 Grammys

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58th Grammy Awards

Hosted by LL Cool J, the 58th Grammy Awards got underway in Los Angeles last night and the AJC team were there as special personal guests off Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy.

Ok not really, but we were there in spirit. Here is the round up: Adele’s sound was mucked up, Taylor Swift made history, Lady Gaga got her Bowie on and Kendrick Lamar laid down the performance of the night. There was no sight of Kanye, who is was too busy angry tweeting.

Taylor Swift won album of the year for her 1989 offering. Swifts win was made even more special as she becomes the only woman in history to win Best Album twice! Her first win in 2010 made her the youngest artist to win the award. Just as well she had a new hairstyle to mark the occasion.

Lady Gaga stepped in very big shoes to pull of her energetic tribute to the late David Bowie, sporting some very Bowie-esq hair as she covered a melody of his hits.

Adele’s got up to sing ‘All I ask’ but a mic dropped on the piano strings and the result was a guitar like sound over her song that gave the illusion that her performance was off, which of-course it wasn’t, because she’s Adele for gods sake.

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Taylor Swift kept it Anna Wintour with her hairstyle and glam with the help of some Versace threads and accessorised with her abs..

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Adele was like ‘Hello…I’m in Givenchy’

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Lady Gaga came in strong in Marc Jacobs.

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Justin Bieber won his first Grammy and he also performed but his set was also effected by technical difficulties with the sound. Luckily everyone was a little too distracted by his facial hair situation and Saint Laurent to notice. We are still Beliebers though.

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Kendrick Lamar had no such sound problems and delivered a powerful politically charged performance of ‘The Blacker the Berry” which was amazing. He also scooped five awards last night!

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The man, the hair, the legend that is Ed Sheeran also collected his first Grammy, in Burberry.

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Johnny Depp Got up and sang with Hollywood Vampires in tribute to Lemmy Kilmister and now we can’t look at him the same again.

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James Bay missed out on his Grammy for Best New Artist to Meghan Trainor. Criminal.

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Rhianna called in sick. Which is very suspicious behaviour for a Monday but we won’t point fingers. We wouldn’t dare.

 

And the winners are:

Record Of The Year

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

1989, Taylor Swift

Song Of The Year

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Best Rock Performance

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Song

Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)

Best Rock Album

Drones, Muse

Best Rap Album

To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar

Best Blues Album

Born To Play Guitar, Buddy Guy

Best Folk Album

Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Best Reggae Album

Strictly Roots, Morgan Heritage

Best Comedy Album

Live At Madison Square Garden, Louis C.K.

Best Musical Theater Album

Hamilton

Best Music Video

Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar: Bad Blood

Best Music Film:

Amy

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