APW Happy Hour It's Oscar Weekend! Best holiday of the year. by Meg Keene HEY, APW! IT’S OSCAR WEEKEND. Oh, I’m sorry, is that not the holiday of the year in every household? In our house it’s serious business. Even with a one year old, we’ve still seen six of the nine nominees (and we’ll see at least one more before the red carpet starts). While we wait on the bubbly here is every best actress winner’s dress. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go place my bets. In non-Oscar related news, this week was awesome in both work and mothering (though perhaps not so good in sleep). It can be hard to convince yourself that you’ll be the kind of parent you want to be when there are so few models out there that make sense to you. But then you drag your eight month old to an art opening, and that helps. Or, like this week, you have your one year old “help” on a photo shoot. Our tiny art director ruled with a tiny fist (and footie pajamas) before daycare. After school, he rolls around in the middle of the set, kicking his feet in the air in pure joy. We’re going to keep him. In the meantime, it’s your open thread. Make it rain (comments). XO MEG Highlights of APW This Week Weddings are not about regret. Do you hear us wedding industry? So you’re a friend officiating a wedding. Congrats! We’re here to help. A cancer patient’s guide to wedding planning. It’s really for everyone (but you knew that). A gorgeous Episcopalian wedding, with a potluck reception. This made me cry, so be warned. How to pick your wedding playlist. Especially helpful if one of you just wants to play Ke$ha on a loop, MADDIE. Our first What The Staff Said. They said, “Tell your partner to get lost.” Evaluating your relationship from the lens of a camera, once a month. “Oh, your ring is so… unique. Perfect for your… small hands.” Stillbirth. “I will be here to carry some of the weight like I carried your train on your wedding day.” Link Roundup The piece that worked my brain hardest this week: is getting rich worth it? (Spoiler: it changes your relationships forever.) But whatever. THIS is the most important thing you’ll see on the Internet this week. (I am in no way joking.) Speaking of fashion, our girl with the purple hair will be asking questions on the red carpet. Two out of two of your lead APW editors love Kelly Osbourne—survivor, risk taker, hilarious lady, unfailingly polite. Just in time for the Oscars, Oscar nominee Actors received 150% more screen time than Oscar nominee Actresses. Olivia Wilde’s supersmart commentary on women in Hollywood and supply and demand. Once the Oscars are over, you’ll have time to watch Twenty Feet From Stardom, on (diva) backup singers. This is just the trailer, but you can find it on iTunes, and Rachel highly recommends it. Abortions in TV and film, and how the statistics differ from reality. In case anyone was curious, TV in the seventies was pretty much a thousand times more boundary pushing than TV today. Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook, killing it. No, you don’t need to marry a rich man to have a successful creative career, ladies. Speaking of, women entrepreneurs on sexism (God the sexism) when you’re doin’ it on your own. Beauty bloggers are using their social media platforms to break into new entrepreneurship ventures. Amtrak is now starting to offer writer residencies aboard their trains. (Sound familiar? Wedding writers apparently don’t count, even if they did it first.) Selfies: the uglier, the better. Martha Stewart paint color, or Macklemore song title? The pseudoscience of Whole Foods. Longest ever APW reader Sera dove into APW Selfie month by doing 28 days of selfies on Instagram, as a way to work on self appreciation. The project itself is beautiful, the essay she wrote about it, maybe more so. MUPPET SELFIES. Selfie month is now complete. APW’s 2014 Happy Hour’s are sponsored by Monogamy Wine. Thank you Monogamy for helping make the APW mission possible! if you want to learn more about monogamy (and possibly win birthday treats), head over here and sign up for their newsletter. Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.