The actress opens up on the red carpet about escaping snowy NYC and her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown
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Stronger than the storm.

Not even New York City’s inclement weather could keep Drew Barrymore from slipping into Monique Lhuillier for the the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards.

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The actress stepped out in a silver and white sequined cape sleeve sheath gown by the designer, paired with Harry Winston jewels. Barrymore carried a Jimmy Choo bag and wore Stuart Weitzman. She wore her hair in loose waves with a dramatic smokey eye.

“I was in New York in the snowstorm last night because I wanted to maximize my time with my children, and I was literally going like, nail biting, ‘I have a job to do!’ ” Barrymore, 41, told E!’s Live from the Red Carpet. “But I chose to be a parent first and I sort of got – the priorities paid off.”

She added, “My karma – we got on the plane and JetBlue got me right here and it was all good. I was playing with my kids all day!”

Barrymore is mom to Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2, with ex Will Kopelman.

Earlier, Barrymore shared a snap of herself getting ready – both pre- and post-face mask application.

“I love it,” she said of being on the red carpet. “It’s the first awards show, it kicks off the season, people are having a good time. It’s a party. There’s an energy about this night that’s different than any other and I love being here.”

Lee Harris, Barrymore’s stylist, tells PEOPLE of her look, “We were both drawn to what we saw as a vintage art deco quality in the gown, and the special detailing of the bare shoulder and pleated sleeve.”

Harris adds, “The bare shoulder was something we thought was pretty unique, but after watching the telecast I see that many other designers had the same idea – the bare shoulder was certainly the trend of the evening.”

The idea to load up Barrymore’s hand with tons of Harry Winston jewels, was her own, Harris says. “In the end, Drew wore an incredible array of seven exquisite diamond rings and the most incredible pair of flawless diamond earrings.”

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the 2017 Golden Globes will air live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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