Nina Dobrev  may have been noticeably absent from last night's People's Choice Awards (it was her 24th birthday after all!), but there was no way we could miss her tonight. The Vampire Diaries starlet stepped out in an ultraembellished teal-hued Monique Lhuillier  Spring '13 minidress that not only showed off her legs, but also bared a little décolletage, courtesy of one strategically placed cutout. And if you look a little closer, you'll notice the reason Nina shined so brightly is directly related to the amount of gems that made up the entirety of her dress. Translation: that's a real jewel-toned number. To finish, the actress accessorized with simple diamond earrings, ankle-strap peep-toe pumps, a smoky eye, and a sleek ponytail. Was this a hit or miss for your 2012 breakout star ?Vote in all of our Critics' Choice Awards polls here !