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Travel Like an Editor: What I Packed for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Last weekend I was lucky enough to head out to Santa Barbara for the star-studded annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Packing for a trip to California in the winter months can be tricky (it gets cold at night on the coast!), but what I love about this film fest compared to others that I’ve been to is that everyone there is super laid back and casual—which filters right down into the clothing. So the challenge this time was packing casual enough clothing that was still InStyle (see what I did there?). With my hectic travel schedule, I often get asked how I master packing for so many different occasions. Since the weekend was going to be a casual one (yoga, brunch, and a night out on the town on Saturday night), I kept it simple and packed some essentials that I actually bring on many of my trips across the globe. Below, I share my suitcase essentials from the #SBFF and what I wore to the Virtuosos Awards, presented by UGG.

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Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig Share a Sweet Moment at 2018 Oscars Luncheon

The countdown to the 90th annual Academy Awards is officially on, and with only a mere month to go, this year's crop of nominees got a head start on the celebrations today. Everyone who earned a coveted nod gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 2018 Oscars Luncheon, where they schmoozed and reveled in the excitement of being recognized.  Two ladies who seemed extra thrilled to be there with each other? Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and the film's star Saoirse Ronan. The friends and coworkers shared a sweet moment inside the luncheon, embracing each other amidst the excitement. Naturally, they both looked very chic for the occasion with Ronan wearing an orange and red slip dress and Gerwig in a pink and blue tweed look.  They weren't the only ones enjoying the special lunch together. Laura Dern shared plenty of snaps from the afternoon on Instagram, posting shots of herself with various nominees, including Kobe Bryant, Meryl Streep, and Timothée Chalamet.  Below, see more of the best lead and supporting actress nominees—already winners in our eyes—at the luncheon.

Mary J. Blige Announces Star-Studded Lineup of All-Female Performers at 2017 ESSENCE Festival

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