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Red Carpet reviews

X00129_9[1] X00050_9[1]It's the day after the Oscars, and everyone's a fashion critic -- with some people actually getting paid for it!  A quick review of fashion blogs, online magazines, newspaper articles and, OK, comments from the women a few desks away leaves me with these impressions:

Best supporting actress winner Penelope Cruz's couture gown circa 1950 was a hit with many. So were the gowns donned by Viola Davis (above right), Kate Winslet, Freida Pinto, Marisa Tomei, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Taraji Henson.

Not so great? Sarah Jessica Parker's Glenda-the-Good Witch number, for sure. Also Heidi Klum, Jessica Biel, Tilda Swinton (above left) and Goldie Hawn got some thumbs-down.

But it's not just the gowns people have been talking about. Amy Adams' necklace was awfully BIG. And Mickey Rourke wore a statement necklace of another sort -- a pendant with a photo of his recently deceased dog, Loki.

These are just to name a few. Share your comments here on last night's fashion hits and misses.

Red-y to wear

Red clothing of many styles will be featured in a fashion show at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 14) at Boulevard Mall. It's all part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women national campaign to wipe out heart disease. 

The fashion show will take place at Center Court in front of Macy's, a national sponsor of the Go Red for Women campaign. Besides Macy's, TT New York, Christopher & Banks and Tuxedo Junction will send out red fashions. Local heart survivors will be among the models. For a $5 donation, shoppers may be eligible to receive a $250 mall shopping spree.

A mouse tale

I once had a mouse in my hotel room in New York. I returned to the room at night, opened my laptop to do some work and saw it scamper across the floor near the wall.

Mice do not freak me out, but I did not want to share my room with one the next few nights. That is what I calmly told the man at the front desk.

He moved me to a new room. I had nearly forgotten my little mouse tale until I began working on my story on mice in today's Home & Style section.

Many people have a mouse story - where they saw it, what they did about it, etc. Feel free to tell yours here.

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