We Tried It: Getting Ready for an Awards Show Like a Celeb

Follow along as two editors gear up for the Jan. 17 Critics' Choice Awards on A&E. Yes, some of the A-list-inspired prep will give you FOMO — the dresses! the stars! the glam squad! — but some will definitely give you JOMO (joy of missing out) — the Spanx! the studying! the sweating!

01 of 15

MEET THE STARS — ER, WE MEAN EDITORS

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For their first trip to the Critics Choice Awards, Style and Beauty Director Andrea Lavinthal and Features Director Zoë Ruderman are channeling their inner A.Schu and J.Law (they're still deciding which one of them is which) and spending the week leading up to the big show doing everything the stars do. See them get styled in a fancy showroom, get sweaty in a Hollywood-loved workout class, get studious as they prep for backstage interviews, plus lots more. First up: the dresses! Then check back every day this week for more updates.

02 of 15

A VISIT TO THE SHOWROOM

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Brian Nichols

Zoë: We don't employ personal stylists (our moms sending us links of what they think we should wear doesn't count) so we did the next best thing and used Gilt by Appointment. You visit a showroom (just like a celeb) where a stylist has pre-pulled looks based on your taste and body type (just like a celeb) then you stand around with your friend in nothing but a thong and Prada heels trying to narrow it down from a dozen dresses to one all whilst wishing you'd gotten a spray tan and shaved your legs before the appointment (just … like … a celeb?).

03 of 15

DECODING THE DRESS CODE

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Brian Nichols

Andrea: While celebs typically choose floor-length gowns for major awards shows, the rest of the guests (anyone without an IMDB page) tend to wear cocktail attire. But that didn’t stop me from trying on this Valentino design because VALENTINO. It’s probably more appropriate for an international film festival than a party with porta potties in the parking lot (true story), but try telling that to my high-fashion loving heart.

04 of 15

ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES

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Brian Nichols

Zoë: The shoe wall was our favorite part.

Andrea: Speak for yourself. [said while hovering over the locked jewelry case]

05 of 15

FINDING THE WINNERS

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Brian Nichols

Andrea: Things I won’t wear: ruffles, bows, peplums and the color green. Things I will wear: Anything that's fitted, but not so tight that I can't enjoy the buffet at the after-party.

06 of 15

FINDING THE WINNERS

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Brian Nichols

Zoë: I like anything plunging so I was, of course, immediately drawn to this Alice + Olivia stunnah. Seeing all the stars at the Golden Globes showing off their, well, Golden Globes, only confirmed that I made the right decision. (Next stop: plastic surgeon's office. KIDDING, guys.)

07 of 15

IT DOESN'T GET MORE L.A. THAN JUICING

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Brian Nichols

Andrea: What do Kendall, Miranda, Cara, Zoë and I have in common? We're all internationally sought-after supermodels. Oh, wait, upon further fact-checking, it appears the correct answer is: We all drink Juice Press. The cold-pressed drinks are created to keep you healthy and energized (important when you're heading to an awards show). My favorite is the immunity-boosting blend of ginger, lemon, orange, oil of oregano and cayenne called “Fireball.”
Zoë: After getting over the initial disappointment that the “Water + Rosé” flavor was actually “Water and Rose” (big difference), I was converted into a Juice Press fan. Now, am I ready to go full-on juice cleanse in preparation for the red carpet? No. That seems disrespectful to the committed and long-term relationship I'm in with the free popcorn and M&M dispenser at the PEOPLE offices.

08 of 15

NO, WAIT. IT DOESN'T GET MORE L.A. THAN MEDITATION

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Zoë: Following a reformer class at New York Pilates, we did a 15-minute meditation session with Lynne Goldberg, the creator of the insanely popular OMG I Can Meditate! app. I admit it was hard to tell myself, “I love you, you are beautiful” (as she instructed) without eye-rolling, but Goldberg acknowledged that those self-affirmations becomes more natural over time because of something called neuroplasticity (Google it).
Andrea: Zoë, did you know Kate Hudson meditates?
Zoë: Yes, you've mentioned it 47 times in the last day.

09 of 15

OBLIGATORY PACKING PIC

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Brian Nichols

Andrea: If you pack a bunch of travel-size beauty products and don't Instagram a highly stylized photo of all of them, did it really happen?

10 of 15

CARATS UPON CARATS UPON CARATS

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Andrea: Even the A-est of the A-listers borrow jewelry (the one exception: Oprah) so we stopped by the D'Orazio & Associates showroom where they have gorgeous pieces from all over the world. And while we were there, we couldn't help try on a few engagement rings.

Zoë: How can you say no to a pear-shaped ring that is the size of an actual pear? And yes, I'm counting lifting my hands as my cardio for the day.

11 of 15

TRAILBLAZING

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Source: Zoë Ruderman/Instagram

Zoë: If you've ever seen a photo of a celeb on a hike, chances are it was taken in Runyon Canyon. Unfortunately, we didn't see any celebs, but I'm sure some of the dogs we spotted on the trail have, like, totally starred in dog food commercials. Here's me channeling my inner yoga-posing, belfie-ing Lea Michele. Does it count as a belfie if your jacket's covering your butt? A question for the ages, people.

12 of 15

7(0) MINUTES IN HEAVEN

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Andrea: After scaling the Mt. Everest of Los Angeles, it was time to hit the spa at the Four Seasons hotel for some celeb-level pampering. I tried the new DNA Facial, created by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Moy. It incorporates a special oxygen machine which exfoliates skin while simultaneously infusing it with all kinds of high-tech anti-aging nutrients. It made my skin look so plump and radiant, I could've passed for Penelope Disick.

Zoë: The stress of the possibility of interviewing my forever crush Leonardo Dicaprio (who's nominated for Best Actor) has me feeling really tense so I got the incredibly relaxing Manipur massage, plus a spray tan. You know, in case we fall in love and jet off to Ibiza.

13 of 15

SELFIE TIME!

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Andrea: We hit massive traffic on our way to the awards, so we spent the extra 40 minutes prepping for our celeb interviews. That, and taking a zillion selfies because whenever you get your hair and makeup done and wear borrowed jewels, you have to document the moment on every single social media platform possible. We didn't speak to each other for a full 12 minutes because we were so busy finding our best light. On that note, we'd like to thank our glam squads for making us look a zillion times better than we normally do. The crew includes: Spoke and Weal hair pros Lindsay Victoria and Javan Stone, NARS makeup artist Adrienne Trewolla and Essie celeb manicurist Michelle Saunders.

14 of 15

LOOKING FOR LEO

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Zoë: Spoiler: I did not meet Leo at the Critics' Choice (he accepted via Skype because he was, like, busy planning his proposal to me or something), but I did meet another crazy-talented guy, Jacob Tremblay, who picked up a statue that night for his role in Room. And he was as charming as you've heard.
Andrea: We grilled him on the really hard-hitting topics and got him to reveal a number of juicy tidbits: He's met Johnny Depp , who asked him if he likes sushi (answer: yes, “but only California roles”), he was planning to celebrate his win with a milkshake and if he ran for president, his running mate would be Steven Spielberg. I think our work here is done, Zoë.

15 of 15

WORKOUT. WORKOUT AGAIN. WORKOUT SOME MORE.

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Couresy Body by Simone

Zoë: “That Pilates class and meditation was just the pregame to our week of intense celeb-inspired exercise. And the best way to exercise like a celeb if you don't have a celeb budget is with something called ClassPass. You pay a flat rate for the month and can go to tons and tons of fitness studios and gyms. Some of the most star-loved ones available on ClassPass: Y7 (vinyasa sans mirrors, with candles), Body by Simone (a dance-based workout, but you won't feel ridiculous, swear), Gotham (boxing!) and Aerospace (everything from barre to jump-roping to boxing).”
Andrea: “Apparently we're very into boxing?”

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