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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

And The Oscar Goes To...

Carolyn, the Magpie Pixie herself,
is celebrating her birthday today! And whoa. Does this lovely woman know how to throw a blowout gala!
Stop by to check it all out and to hop on links to other bloggers who will be celebrating with her!
Everyone who is anyone will be there...oh yeah, and I'll be there too.
Now most of you know how much I love the art of film. Okay, so I am absolutely gaga over the movies and have enjoyed watching the award shows since I was but a sprout! I adore the Oscars...the dresses, the hairstyles, the glitz, the glamor, the sheer unbridled excess of it all!
But to actually BE there, to walk the red carpet...this is truly a dream come true.
And now, thanks to Carolyn's generosity, I will be there! Whew! So much to do, so little time...where do I begin...
A dress...I need a dress. Hmmm...let's rummage through my closet...oof...what about...nah...too much cleavage shows...let's try...ooh. Too hear Kate Winslett is wearing this one and I wouldn't want to show her up poor thing...sooo...whatcha think? How about this one? Understated, really expresses who I am...
Too much?? Okay...
What about this? Doesn't show too much skin...LOVE
the red...what d'ya think?
Sheesh are you people hard to please! THIS is it. I think it says,
"I am elegant and sophisticated but in a youthful and childish way." That's the one...
What am I forgetting...uh...OH! Shoes! How about these sweet little numbers? Comfy and just made to bounce down that red carpet!
Now Carolyn requested that our dates all be "Toy Boys" but as most of you well know, my heart belongs to one Mr. Dennehy. Besides, he has been to so many of these award shebangs that
he is JUST the person I want to be with...yeah, that's the only Brian is who I pick to be my escort! Yup. He is date. M.Y. D.A.T.E.
* Did I just get goosebunps?*
Yoo hoo...Brian?
Oh you silly man...put that weapon down...this will be fun! I promise...Brian! Put that gun DOWN! NOW!
Yes sweetie, I SEE that you have your own tuxes. Whole closets of them. After all, you HAVE done this type of gig a time or two. But I have chosen the most PERFECTO tux to compliment my dress. Heads will turn my handsome man...heads will turn!
See darlin? You will stand out in the crowd!!
Stop crying Brian! Puleeze! Just put it on!
You are making such a scene...
Now doesn't my date look tickled pink about all of this?? I can not wait to step down that red carpet with Brian on my arm...or...ME on HIS arm? Which long as I get to touch his arm. For your gift dear Carolyn, I wish to present you with an Oscar Gift Basket filled with just a few of those odds and ends that all award nominees and presenters receive. It is only fair that you receive one after is YOUR big day!
Your treasures will include: • A Krups kitchen set. Not just a coffeemaker, either. This year's gift includes a toaster, an electric kettle and a year's supply of coffee and tea ($700) • A two-night stay at The Carlyle hotel in New York ($2,300) • A red leather case filled with Shu Uemura cosmetics, including mink eyelashes ($600) • A year's supply of Vonage broadband phone service ($500) • A three-night stay for two at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina ($3,600) • A two-night stay for two at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley (Calif.) wine country ($2,500) • A three-night stay for two (plus a "personal surf-butler") at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif. ($5,900) • A dinner party at any Morton's, The Steakhouse ($1,500) • Kay Unger cashmere pajama bottoms ($500) • An assortment of Manni Oils' extra virgin olive oil ($540) • An unlimited day of services at Cornelia Day Resort, which just opened this month on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue ($3,500) • A three-night stay at San Ysidro Ranch, a popular celebrity honeymoon spot in Montecito, Calif. ($3,000)
And, as an added touch, I will add some of the swag from other Oscar years...goodies like:
-- Three-night stay at the Esperanza resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ($3, 000) (Paul McCartney recently took advantage of the gift certificate he received in last year's package) or Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego County) OSCARS 2003 -- SkinCeuticals skin care products: antioxidant serum, skin lightener and sunscreen lotion ($208) -- Dinner party at Morton's steakhouse ($1,500 gift certificate) and a set of six steak knives -- Two-night stay at the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' Willow Stream spa (six locations) -- Gaiam's Organic Night's Sleep Bag ($475) including sheets, blanket and alarm clock -- Custom shirt from Oliveri Fashion ($100 to $300) -- Four-night stay at Rosewood's Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland($1,500) -- Charles Worthington shampoo and conditioner made of champagne extract and truffle oil, with a diamond hair pin designed by Erikson Beamon ($2,000) -- Jean Patou Enjoy perfume, not yet available in stores ($85) -- Kiehl's Academy Collection of skin care products ($200) -- Beamer Phone Video Station -- Amy Reiley's Pocket Vineyard and Amy Reiley's Pocket Gourmet software for Palm OS devices and Pocket PCs -- Palm Pilot software -- KATA Eyewear by Blake Kuwahar Sesna sunglasses ($350) -- Danier Leather flask with two shot glasses ($28) -- Jay Strongwater mirror compacts with salamander or frog detail adorned with Swarovski jewels ($275-$325) -- "Handbags World According to Jess" book -- A.T. Cross Liquid Saffron Ion Pen -- SkyMeals gift certificate ($150) -- Sanyo 5300 Camera Phone with one year of free service from Sprint -- Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort ($2,600 gift certificate) -- Cargo cosmetics in sterling silver gift box ($600) -- Nomination Composable Charm Bracelet made of stainless steel, 18-karat gold and precious stones -- Christofle Collection 3000 silver cocktail spoon -- Dooney & Bourke leather tassel bag -- Leather Accent Table from Thomasville Furniture Bogart Collection ($840) -- Revlon cosmetics Red Carpet Bag -- Trip to Kenya from Micato Safaris -- A.T. Cross Ion Pen with gel-ink ($25) -- Giorgio Armani cosmetics ($250)
Well, thank you so, so much Carolyn for letting me come along and experience the Oscars as only YOUR birthday party guests can do! It was
an experience to remember...and does anyone know where Brian went??
Happy Birthday Carolyn!
Love and Hugs,
Susie Q


Carolyn said...

Nice to meet you - Susie Q !!
What can i say - but your post is awesome girl !! you have a wicked sense of humour great taste in clothes and your date Brian is a gorgeous man ! Like the tux and as a saying goes here - my man wears the trousers - but i choose which pair for him to wear !!
Infact i think i saw Brian sneaking off to change - as i heard him say he feels like an oven ready turkey !! ;o)

Thankyou for the gift baskets - normally i don`t bother with them - as i am happy with my presents - but these look too good to turn down !

Enjoy the rest of the party !
And thankyou for joining in this year and i hope to get to know you better - i`m following you now .

and thanks for commenting on my xmas video message !

Let`s mingle !!

Meggie said...

Oh Sue! I should have know your dress would be a real standout! You look stunning, of course. I am truly stunned with your outfit. Only you could pull it off in such gleeful fashion. Your Brian doesn't look too pleased, however. Perhaps if the 4 of us meet up somewhere, my Kevin can soothe his ruffled jacket? If you would like a lift home over the Atlantic, Kevin and I would be happy to give you a ride. Kevin brought his own plane to the gala. So glad you could join us at the celebration. Later, dahling.....ta ta

Gretchen said...

Oh dear...Happy Day to Carolyn.

I'll fight you tooth and nail over the rainbow dress, Sue. The gloves are off, my friend.


Smilingsal said...

That gift basket looks good to me. BTW, my birthday is...

Dianne said...

LOL! What gown did you chose? Glad it wasn't the swan dress worn a few years back!
I want an Oscar gift bag too! : )
Have a blast.

Bonnie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,CAROLYN!!!! I am soooo jealous, Susie. I'm so glad you had a great time. The dress looked MAHVELOUS on you....and the tux for Brian was the perfect touch. And what great gifts you gave Carolyn. You are so thoughtful. Hopefully you'll catch up with Brian soon.

justabeachkat said...

What a cute and funny post! It's ALWAYS fun to visit you!


bj said...

ahhh, this post was just waaaay cute, Susie...and if Brian could be around you just 15 minutes, he would BE IN LUV !!
I am lovin' your, those gift baskets...WHOA...some haul, I must say...
How fun this was...I didn't know about it or else JOHNNY DEPP and I would have double dated with you !!

Carolyn said...

Thank you for taking part today Susie - i am gracefully retiring due to a flu bug here and time difference - i had a wonderful time .. hugs

nikkicrumpet said...

You could SO rock that dress!!! And Brian only wishes he had a date as hot as you! I'd like to get in on some of that swell swag though. Swipe a bag for me while you're there!

Pamela said...

OMG... I need a nap after reading that. I'll probably have nightmares about those first two dresses.

*Noelle* said...

whoa girl! you give some gifts!!lol thanks for stopping by to see me and my date;)


PEA said...

Sue!! There you are darling...kiss kiss. How gorgeous you look, I'm glad to see you decided on the pink dress. lol But Sue? I've just heard a man crying and he's locked himself in the you think it might be Brian??? Tsk tsk, never mind, I'm sure he'll be only too happy to escape...I mean return to you soon:-) Oh my, look at all the wonderful goodies that you are giving our birthday girl. Now I want an Oscar party for myself! lol

Oh! I see that Dame Judy Drench is signaling to me, I must go over and say hello to her. Ta ta for now my darling, will see you at the movies I'm sure:-) xoxo

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Happy Birthday Carolyn! I don't think anyone's birthday bash could top Susie's though. BD spent the day running from us that day too. :)

Great post, sweet bunny lady! You're always the 'belle' of the ball! xxoo

Jeanie said...

Everytime I visit Rabbit Run, I leave smiling. Sometimes laughing out loud! Thanks for the grins!

Pat said...

Oh my -- would that gift basket make some birthday gift! Fun post, and happy birthday to Carolyn!
Hugs, Pat

Lisa said...

Brian went to look for a new, more colorful tuxedo.

salmagundi said...

Oh please-- what good are cashmere pj bottoms without a cashmere top? I have my modesty issues!! Funny post. Sally

Sue said...

I'm shocked....I said SHOCKED...that you didn't super impose your face over Judi Dench's face....your slipping!!!

Susancnw said...

Well, instead of Brian Dennehy can I take Jack Bauer?