Another Mind Shift…


Oh boy.  I haven’t really been in the blogging mood these last two weeks since the news about Robin Williams.  I normally keep my opinions to myself (and don’t go blasting things on social media) when it comes to matters like these that are so personal and so private that we can’t possibly try to understand or comprehend what exactly the person was going through.  I believe matters like these deserve the utmost respect and especially… a restraint from judgement from everybody.

I kept seeing things on Facebook and Twitter that I don’t even want to repeat…

I really just wanted the whole world to stop… and go and hug someone.  I wanted the whole world to stop… and not judge or criticize or make an example out of this particular situation or a topic of discussion that was anything other than… a positive reflection and celebration of his life.

I have been thinking a lot this past week about the industry that I have longed to be a part of since I was 4 years old.  The same feelings came up months ago when Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed away too.

I think the one thing people don’t truly understand about this crazy industry is that we (actors, artists, creatives) are human beings.  We give our souls, our bodies, our minds, our talents and our fate to the industry and to the world.  As a result, (naturally) we become vulnerable to everything and often fragile.  This industry can be deceiving with all the Hollywood magic, and the spotlights and the fame.  It is easy to see actors and celebrities as objects because that’s how they are presented to you!  Sometimes I sit and wonder what the hell I am doing trying to be a part of something that can be so damaging to the spirit.

A dear family friend, who was an Australian TV star, who had wonderful experiences in the industry, as well as horrible experiences, sat me down and pleaded with me to not go into this crazy world.  I have had people tell me that I am too sweet for this industry and will never make it because of it.

I am 5 years into it and I know it’s only just the beginning for me. I spent the last 5 years grounding myself and building a foundation of support, belief, clarity and love… there were points in those 5 years where I could have gone down a dark path.  It’s so easy to in this town.  Now, you don’t have to suffer to be successful as an artist, but it is understandable why suffering is present in this industry.

What keeps me here is, well many things, but one thing that I know for sure is how powerful this industry is.  It can have such a positive influence on the world if it is used in the right way and in the right hands… so I keep trenching forward.  As my old school motto said… Per Aspera Ad Astra… Through Struggles to the Stars.

When I was in Year 7 in Australia, I had to perform a monologue in my drama class.  Everyone could choose whatever monologue they wanted to perform.  I (12 year old Allison) chose Robin Williams’ final speech in Patch Adams.

I still remember every word.  I could perform it right now.

Here are a few lines from the speech that stand out in my mind…

“What’s wrong with death, sir?  What are we so mortally afraid of?  Why can’t we treat death with the same amount of humanity, dignity, decency and, God forbid, maybe even humor.”

“If you treat a disease you win, you lose.  But if you treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win no matter what the outcome is. ”

What I can’t get out of my head, though, is the following quote…

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  (Plato got it right all those years ago.)

Let us not forget.


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SAG Awards 2014 – Best Dressed

Allison, here, reporting for The Milly & Grace Girls!  Emily is in Mexico for a Bachelorette weekend and Caroline is in Switzerland with no Wi-Fi!  (I’m on the couch watching football.)

Side Note: This is what I think about when I think of Caroline with no Wi-Fi/Technology…

I love that movie.  Anyways, back to the SAG Awards.  I love the SAG Awards. I feel like everyone lets loose! Like it’s just the kids with no adult supervision (Hollywood Foreign Press and The Academy) around.  I also cry during most/all of the speeches.  These actors speak in a language during these awards that speaks to the hearts of actors.

Like Brian Cranston’s speech…

“The only thing that got me through is imagining and dreaming that one day I could actually make a living as an actor.”


Now onto the Best Dressed – With the SAG Awards you can have a little fun with your look than with the Globles or the Oscars!  Lupita, Elisabeth, Jen Garner and JLaw did just that…

SAG AWARDS 2014 - Best Dressed

Amy Adams was our “Almost Best Dressed”/”Half Nailed”.  We wish that she would have off set her structured dress with hair down with a sleek straight blow out instead of a structured up do would have been killer.



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The 2014 Golden Globes Best Dressed

2014 Golden Globes Best Dressed

Let’s get down to business! Here are our Top 3 Best Dressed Picks from last night’s Golden Globes!


Emily's Best Dressed - Golden Globes 2014

Number 1: Lupita Nyong’o

My best dressed absolutely has to go to Lupita Nyong’o who wore Ralph Lauren.  For someone so new on the Hollywood scene, it is so impressive that she knocked it out of the park this far.  Love that she just wore simple jewelry so not to take away from the main attraction.  Well done!!

Number 2: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara did the best Hollywood glam look.  She was totally stunning.  And of course I love that she added a pop of color with the necklace.

Number 3: Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie could wear an ugly Lady Gaga costume and I would still be mesmerized by her.   Love this clean but very glamorous look.  The dress fit her beautifully and I love that her emerald green shoes match the emeralds on her dress!  Nice touch.  And an Australian accent is always a nice accessory as well.


Allison's Best Dressed - Golden Globes

Number 1:  Amy Adams

I just loved this look from Amy Adams last night.  I thought it was simple and beautiful.  I loved that her hair was back with a Grecian inspired style with braids paired with the two toned Valentino gown.  She was elegant and effortless.

Number 2:  Reese Witherspoon

Do you see a trend going here?  Another simple yet gorgeous look!  I am all about the minimalistic look.  This Calvin Klein Collection dress in that mermaid teal color.  Loved it.  I especially loved that she picked a fun contrasting nail color too.  (Probably Essie’s Wicked!)  And she didn’t do anything too crazy with the hair (unlike Jessica Chastain and Amber Heard).

Number 3: Emma Watson

I know, I know!  I bet a lot of you are going to fight me on this one!  Capris and a dress making the best dressed list?  I say… Hell Yes!  It definitely would have looked weird if the back wasn’t open.  Again, simple…but this time edgy too!  I think what made her look was her rebel smirk in every picture she took!  She owned it and I love her for it!  (I wore satin capri cargo pants to my Homecoming one year and I think people thought I was crazy… but I felt like a badass.  I’ll have to dig up a picture for you.)


Caroline's Best Dressed - Golden Globes 2014

Number 1: Leslie Mann

Okay, just look beyond her semi-creepy stare and you’ve got a winning look! I’m a sucker for lace and I think the design of the dress is classic and elegant with a bit of modern flare. And she complimented the modern flare with her gold clutch and bracelet perfectly. And as always, a pop of color on the lips is a must in my book.

Number 2: Olivia Wilde

I mean, she really does look amazing. That baby bump is absolutely adorable and I think she dressed it really well unlike some of her fellow attendees (ehem Drew Barrymore and Kerry Washington). The only reason I wasn’t blown out of the water is because I feel like I’ve seen this all sequined gown look a gagillion times. But, regardless, she looks beautiful so I have to give her credit!

Number 3: Michelle Dockery

I love this dress a lot. But, she didn’t quite get the look 100% right.  I think Michelle could have chosen way more amazing shoes for that dress. Those shoes are just a little frumpy. If you’re going to pick a dress that shows off your shoes then you need to pick shoes worth showing off. But, I mean hers match so they aren’t terrible. With that glitch aside, she still looks beautiful overall.


And that’s a wrap! I think it’s pretty funny how none of our top picks overlapped. It shows just how different our styles are even though we are sisters!

Do you agree with us? Who did you think was best dressed?

(All pictures above were found on Instyle)