Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Break: Cabo Edition

“Mango Deck, you have to go to Mango Deck.”
“Don’t forget Squid Roe!”

“Should I do the 1-day cleanse at Pressed or the 3-day? #cabodiet”
Image via Instagram


Friday, March 14, 2014

Best of the Web: Blogs

You may have noticed that I've been conspicuously absent from the blogosphere this past week.  Blame it on my impending finals.  But in the interest of fulfilling your desire for more Otis Unfiltered, I bring you the next best thing: my six favorite blogs.  The concept is loosely based off my experience working on the "Best of the Web" guide for InStyle magazine, which provides rankings of the best websites and apps in different categories.

1. Ever wondered what Miranda Kerr’s beauty regimen consists of, how to get Cara Delevigne-esque eyebrows or what’s the best waterproof mascara?  Into The Gloss provides an insider’s look into the beauty industry with reviews, makeup artist profiles and in-depth interviews.
2. The Coveteur brings you into the homes of models, musicians, actresses, fashion houses and emerges with gorgeous photos of their enviable closets and insightful interviews.  Think Pusha T, Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31 rue Cambon and the costume designer for Olivia Pope.
3. The New Potato delivers restaurant reviews from fashion, food and entertainment industry influencers.  Bobby Flay’s favorite restaurants?  Man Repeller Leandra Medine’s local digs?  Yes, please!
4. The Cut, the style section of New York Magazine, provides witty commentary on news, fashion and 21st century romance with eye-catching headlines like “The Definitive Emoji-Sexting Glossary,” “At Home with Princeton Mom: Susan Patton is a gleefully snobby rape-denier.  You’re going to love her,” and “Juan Pablo Is the Worst Bachelor in History: And that’s why this season might be the greatest.”  You know you’re going to get a well-developed, highbrow argument about the decidedly lowbrow realm of pop culture.
5. What initially began as a series of outfit of the day posts with Leandra describing how to turn a “man getter” item like an Herve Leger dress into a repeller via seemingly endless layers, The Man Repeller has evolved into a full-blown business with additional writers.  Expect to find self-deprecating humor, creative styling and thoughtful considerations about the direction of the fashion industry.
6. Cupcakes and Cashmere is always certain to provide a little light into what could otherwise be a gloomy day.  Emily Schuman’s outfit posts, entertaining ideas and baked goods inspiration are endlessly cheery.  Think a St. Patrick’s Day ombré cake, pairing Zara with Prada and hosting a whiskey and donuts party just because.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Iggy Azalea's Ode to Clueless

It's only Tuesday, but my #WomanCrushWednesday has to go to Iggy Azalea for remaking cult classic Clueless in her latest music video "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX.  The Australian rapper plays Cher Horowitz -all yellow plaid skirt suit ounce of her- to perfection.  Just watch.


Monday, March 3, 2014


On March 3, 2014, there were 39,921,259 posts uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag, “mcm,” an abbreviation for Man Crush Monday in which users upload pictures of their crushes, typically celebrities but occasionally boyfriends and for the most emboldened among us a real-life crush.  Its counterpart Woman Crush Wednesday reigns equally as popular yet both distant seconds to the holy grail that is Throwback Thursday.

From top left to right: Channing Tatum, Christian Bale, Chris Evans, Pharell, Cam Newton, Dave Franco, James Marsden, Michael Ealy, Tyson Beckford

Oscars 2014: My 7 Favorite Moments

The Oscars.  They came, we saw, and now I break it down for you.  Here are my seven favorite moment's from the 86th Academy Awards.  It conspicuously avoids a "Best Of" fashion feature primarily because I think the Oscars play it safe: pretty girl in a pretty dress.  How inspiring!  Wait for the Met Gala for all of the couture-inspired fashion risks to elicit any sort of emotional response from me.  So without further ado...

1. Cate Blanchett’s Acceptance Speech
If you haven’t seen Blue Jasmine, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  Cate Blanchett delivers an awe-inspiring performance of an Upper East Side socialite’s fall from graces into Xanax-fueled mental instability.  On Sunday, Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Actress and did so in a stunning fashion.  First off, she stunned in a sheer nude Armani Privé gown with silver beaded detailing and gorgeous Chopard drop earrings.  Secondly, her acceptance speech was spot on in addressing the “random and subjective” nature of the Academy Awards, she congratulated her fellow nominees in a non-Macklemore-at-the-Grammy’s type of way and shattered the idea that “female films with women at the center are niche experiences –they are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.”  Blanchett FTW.

2. Ellen’s Inside Joke to Jonah Hill
In probably her best joke of the night, Ellen Degeneres said, "Jonah Hill is nominated for his amazing performance in Wolf of Wall Street. Honestly, I have to say, you showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very, very long time. You get it?"  The thing about a joke is that it becomes exponentially less funny when you have to explain it, so here’s the back-story: In Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill publicly masturbates at a pool party.  Ellen is a lesbian.  Think about it. 

3. The Selfie that Crashed Twitter
The Oscars are a breeding ground for live Tweeting for attendees and viewers alike.  Where else would you find out Kerry Washington couldn’t eat the pizza Ellen ordered because she’s gluten-free #SnacksInMyPurse or see your timeline collectively go really when hearing Matthew McConaughey admit that his hero is his future self?  So, when Ellen literally crashed Twitter’s servers by posting the biggest celebrity selfie in –ever, you knew it was a momentous occasion.  It’s not everyday you have Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother in one photo.

4. Steve McQueen’s Reaction to Receiving Best Picture
There’s something delightful about witnessing pure, unadulterated happiness.  And that’s how I’d classify McQueen’s jumping up and down after delivering his acceptance speech for Best Picture.  12 Years a Slave delivered an unflinching portrayal of slavery with stellar performances by a star-studded cast that included Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Michael Fassbender, so it was only fitting that the Academy Awards ended with the entire cast on stage celebrating.

5. Darlene Love Singing During Her Acceptance
Another shameless plug for one of my favorite movies of last year: 20 Feet from Stardom, which took home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  It chronicles the lives of some of the most well known voices but most obscure faces in musical history.  Try to imagine the Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter” without the piercing scream of “Rape, Murder!” and you begin to understand the importance of the backup singers who have brought shape and style to popular music.  So, Darlene Love’s singing her way through her acceptance speech was just the cherry on top of her incredible struggle from obscurity to Grammy winner documented in the film.

6. Lupita’s Acceptance Speech
The awards season has catapulted Lupita Nyong’o from unknown to “it” girl.  A fresh face in an otherwise established industry (18 Oscar noms, Meryl Streep, really?), Lupita has perfected the role of the grateful, gracious nominee.  She has made a name for herself not only with her powerful performance in 12 Years a Slave but also her colorful red carpet appearances.  It seems the girl can do no wrong, which she made even clearer in her astute acceptance speech: “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s, and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance.  And for Solomon, thanks for telling her story and your own.”  No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.

Let's look at Lupita Nyong'o's Oscars win reac... on Twitpic 

7. Jared Leto’s Hommebré

This wouldn’t be an Oscars post if I didn’t mention the gloriousness that is Jared Leto’s hair.  He rivals The Bachelor’s Andi for best ombré.  Call it the hommebré (I wish I came up with that on my own.  Thanks, NYMag).  Oh, and congrats on the Award for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyer’s Club.

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