January closed with a bang in terms of fashion! Stephanie and Renee got together for a Be A Star rally in Miami and they both rocked their looks. We see a lot of denim and mini dresses from Divas and I love denim and a great mini as much as any girl, but I also love seeing something different. It wakes up my senses and fires up my imagination. Renee gave us a how-to-do for wide leg pants, a look that's been making serious in-roads in the skinny trend. Wide legs are incredibly chic when done right (more on that soon ;)). Cut (it's all about the right waist)and fabric are important - you want something with a little drape. This is not the time to give in to your desire for anything canvas or taffeta :). Renee matched her black pair with a white crop top for a modern, crisp look. This is a great way to play with silhouettes : sleek and form-fitting on top, flowy on the bottom. Nude heels finish the look with a hint of warmth. (You could do a pop of color too). Stephanie gave us two classic dresses, both updated with a super-sophisticated midi length. I love the cap sleeves on her red dress; they make the silhouette flawless and keep the look fresh. Her three-quarter-sleeved and scoop-necked black dress is as classic as it gets. You could keep the accessories simple, as Steph has done, or add a punch with bold jewels or a scarf. In both cases, it's her shoes that make the killage: these studded peeptoe booties (the unfortunately sold-out Michael Kors Bryn) bring the FIERCE hard. She also gets props for the beautiful flushed pink cheek look - how much more gorgeous can ya get ?- and the 90's-rerefencing asymmetrical-part hairstyle. This combination has a breezy, youthful vibe and looks aaaaaamazing!
OMG can't even! It's not every day that one my favorite divas wears one of my favorite pieces by one of my favorite brands! Yeet. Did I mark when I saw this amazing shot? Yes, I did. It's one of many Brie graced us with recently and which I will most definitely be raving/freaking/blathering over and sharing with you in ever-so-fabulous ways in the next few days. But for now, let's talk BLAZERS. I adore blazers. Like, couldn't live without them kind of adore. There's nothing that adds instant polish and elevation to an outfit instantaneously like a great blazer. Literally, nothing. And one of the things J Crew does best of all is blazers! They tend to get fabrics, cuts, linings, details (functional chest pocket for pocket squares (or silk flowers ;)), functional cuff buttons for when you need to roll your sleeves, pop-able collars) all just right. Blazers are something you invest in; they're not fast fashion that's gone in .02 seconds or forgotten by Monday. Blazers are pieces you have for awhile...think decades, lifetimes...future lifetimes ;). This beautiful camel example is J. Crew's Regent blazer. Right now, it's available in three-season wool (four season if you're anywhere with air conditioning ;)) in a number of gorgeous neutrals and one classic red shade. It's fitted in a softly femme way, as opposed to a hug-your-curves-like-a-glove kind of way and sports all the details described above. So, yes...you need one. Choose your fav neutral in wool...and then check out their velvet offerings and pretty spring shades in linen..you know...for your wishlist ;) (PS I'm also a fan of their "Looks We Love" section!)
It looks pretty as a picture where Brooke is, but as it's spitting like a p'd-off feline here, I thought I'd do some rain day inspiration and metamorphosize Brooke's look for those not-so-sunny days. I absolutely love wearing skirts in the rain! I kind of have this mental image of flipping off the weather like "Ha! Still stylin', even tho you're trying to stop me!" :) Skirts are just fun and femme and a great way to add bright color on a rainy day, which is another thing I love doing. Nothing is more blah to me than wearing gray (although I adore gray!) on a gray day. Get yo brights out :) Prints are especially fun since they're a whole lot of colors mixed together, making Brooke's pretty printed skirt a rain day insta-classic. Stay cozy by pairing it with a chunky sweater. Go dry with knee-high rainboots (in a color) ..are you sensing a common theme yet? :)...and a colored umbrella. The print makes it easy to blend a bunch of shades, so if you have hunter green rain boots and a pink umbrella, that can all work via the right print to tie it all together. (Hint: if you don't have a skirt that makes all this work, use a solid skirt (omg colored tulle!) and do your blending with a scarf - just choose a cotton, modal or wool one (not silk) that won't tend to get rain dots if some drops hit it). If your boots and umbrella match (props @ you for planning ahead!), you can do this combo with a print OR a neutral. If you're short on scarves and skirts, go for a low-neck sweater and layer a plaid buttondown underneath and blend your colors that way. See - there are gobs of different ways to pull all these beautiful brights together. So, go for it :) ...let's see you walking in the purple (or green, blue, yellow, orange) rain! #BrookeAndPrinceOhMy
If you are ready for spring stat..like yesterday kind of stat, then 1) I'm with ya and 2) indulge your springiness by enjoying Brooke's latest outfit: a cute white cop top, paired with a navy floral pleated mini skirt. There's nothing like florals and spring as a combo. They go together like a hand in a glove, ice cream and apple pie, red soles and Louboutin. Navy and white is also a classic combo - a bit warmer and more nautical (an important trend atm) than the classic black and white. And, like black, it matches pretty much everything. Brooke finishes her look with luggage-colored leather sandals. Shades of brown leather go through fashion phases and this color is presently having its moment. It has an earthy, bohemian vibe that works brilliantly with a number of looks from casual to classic, including a crop-top and printed mini pairing like this one :)
Eden is getting her sparkle on during these gray days. First, there's a simple sheath, made uber-dramatic by the deep, wide V-neck silhouette. This is a trademark Eden look: never fussy, but special! She completes it with pretty bow sandals for a feminine feel. She cranks up the fierce for the next glittering piece: a gorgeous sheath be-sequined in an ombre pattern. Because of the multitude of colors, the simple silhouette - no cutouts or plunge neckline- works to balance the look. Eden wisely let's the dress take center stage, finishing the ensemble with minimal nude platforms. #HowItsDone101
If you've been missing your Maryse lately,miss no more! We are getting to enjoy two looks this FH from the Sexiest of The Sexy courtesy of her birthday on Jan 21st. As usual, she makes them about as different as can be. The first is a boho-tinged empire waist dress in a light airy fabric, perfect for warm spring (there's that word again :) )days! This dress is sweetly seductive with it's can't-miss-it plunge scoopneck. In classic Maryse-style, she completes it with statement jewelry - a glamorous crystal collar- and highlight-reel shoes: gold triple-strap sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti. She goes from color-less to full-on color and mini to maxi in this stunning blue cross-front dress with a delicate tie at the waist. The hue is superb and the flowy fabric makes this gown an eye-catcher! Again, statement jewelry brings impact to her look. No one does go-bold-or-go-home jewelry beter than Maryse! Props to her for two beauuuuuutiful braided hairstyles - a look we don't see explored nearly often enough!- and s/o to the Miz for the photobomb :)
We also get an unusual and quirky look from Brie - a very simple A-line dress, paired with lace tights and... boots! This is a combo I probably wouldn't think to combine, but I like how the smooth satin and leather and textural lace play against each other. This is a classic example of how a riskier look can be held together by the use of black. Where a mix of colors could make this look like a hot mess, the sophistication of black elevates it considerably.
It's easy to think about layering as adding jackets and cardi's and long layers on top...but layering also includes long layers under shorter ones. It's something I loooove and do often. Clearly, Renee and Brie agree too :). They're showing off two iterations of the look in a recent Insta pic. Renee has gone playful with a classic white shirt (think oxford-cloth, broadcloth or fine woven cotton) layered under a cropped polka dot sweater. The dots on the top piece pull this classically chic shirt into lighthearted frivolity. Ripped jeans keep things on the less serious side (you could do this with a non-distressed jean too - just go for a slouchy boyfriend style, instead of a slim cut), while pointy-toe pumps add a dash of fierce and make a statement: "Yeah, I like to have fun, but don't forget, I'm still a fashionista!" ;) Renee finished her look with the nude shade of heel she's been favoring lately, but a black heel or a color that echoes one of the polka dot shades would be lovely as well. Brie's look is much more laidback, as she layers a plaid shirt under a graphic "Peace Love Yoga" sweatshirt. Skinny jeans and hiking boots complete her outfit. I love the pop of red underneath the white - this is where layering longer pieces underneath works fabulously because it carries the color through the ensemble, without being overdone. I also love contrasting formal and informal pieces so, while you could replicate Brie's look with a classic plaid blouse and a fun sweatshirt, you could also throw a curveball and do this look with a bright silk shirt- for a touch of drapey formality- and a lace sweatshirt. Full-on lace will work, as will a piece merely accented with lace (or crochet! :) ). Like Brie, I've chosen skinny/slim jeans here for a more polished look and kept the finish casual with hiking boots. The vibe of the tough boot against the soft silk and feminine artistry of the lace is a play that totally rocks my world! Hope it rocks yours too :) Happy styling!
Maria has been teasing us on Instagram with one-offs from a number of her previous 'shoots and saying she thinks it's time to do a new one. (<That. Yes, please!) So while we wait (hopefully not too long :) hint, hint), let's whet our whistle by taking a look back at her top 5 WWE photoshoots. (For those of you who would like to go digging, there are tons of Maria photos, including 'shoots, in the Photos section of her official website, MariaKanellis.com).
#5 goes to this Blue Jean Baby set for it's oh-so-cute girl-next-door feel. I've always maintained that Maria can pull off just about any look and this Top 5 lends credence to that assertion. She softens her trademark dramatic poses into flirting with the camera -generally from the floor, and finds more ways to rock the floor in this one shoot than most Divas have in a career. The fashion works beautifully as well: her ripped flare jeans are casual, but with an attitude - especially with that chain belt!-, while her ruffled crop top in pure, sweet white is a feminine as it gets. She keeps the jewels to a minimum, which is spot on, and finishes the look with...nothing! It's barefoot for this babe, which makes the shoot that much more laidback and fun. Lastly, she gets Fierce points for the whippy ponytail - it's joyful, playful...and gorgeous too!
#4 showcases Maria's flair for classy drama in her Dolph's Doll episodes. She pairs a minimalist strapless knit dress with classic ankle-strap heels. A bold crystal collar - always one of my favorite looks with a strapless piece- adds chic sparkle. The drama gets kicked into high gear, though, via her hat/hairpiece and poses! Maria works every ounce of the seductive ice princess with her stares, glares, half smiles and hauteur. The black background is a fitting setting for this histrionic affair with the lens.
The lace-up dress is definitely a thing. Three divas have been caught in one and, by now, you're probably thinking you should be too :). Dresses are fantastic because they're throw-and-go pieces - the perfect thing to wear if you're dashing out the door (I know because I am pretty much always dashing out the door). The lace-up can be styled as you see above: with or without tights, with pumps or boots..and I would add sandals to that list as well. The key is to go for a simple shoe; the lace-up dress is sexy, especially as the plunge gets deeper, so stay with classy-looking shoes (leave the fierce ones home this time) that have little to no embellishment (sorry, studs..and chains and crystals :)). If deep-v's are not your thing (with you there!), you can still wear this style, I promise. Just layer a tee, a thermal, a bodysuit or even a crop top underneath. If you're ready to shop, here are three options to get you started from Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters and Guess Factory. (PS more info about Eden's dress is on her Insta account).
If you find yourself neeeeeeeding a pair of cray hot booties rn, you'll def want to check out these FIERCE Wrapped In Bliss booties from Amazing Lace, worn by Summer. The closed-toe helps them be workable for winter, if the weather isn't tooooo hideous :) (unless, of course, you're like me and say "frack the cold, I'm wearing the hot shoes" ;)). They're a really fun addition to mini or midi dresses, or cuffed jeans. If you wear them with flared jeans at full length, the tops of the bootie will be covered, letting them double as a pair of black pumps. Nice! Lastly, they're quite affordable for a pair of shoes that are this versatile. Win win :)
It's SUMMER! ..in India. Literally. Here, not so much. Ha :) ...Okay, enough with the bad jokes. We really do have Summer in India here...in photos. She can't actually be here and in India at the same time. #BrieTriesToStopBeingAnnaInFrozen Her first look is a fabulous, casual look, pairing a high-low tee (could be done with a sweater too) over colored leggings What really makes the look sizzle is the accessories: her zippered suede OTKs and that fun multi-colored scarf that ties everything together. Can you say "fashion blogger style"? I can! Her next offering is completely different: a knit sheath in a stunning shade of blue, accented with a notch cutout at the collar and crystals at the sleeves. The dress is simple, but formal at the same time and a fitting way to express respect for her Indian hosts. She brings the fierce with these super-hot lace-up Wrapped In Bliss booties from Amazing Lace which add some attitude to her glamorous look. Finally, I couldn't resist blathering about this beautiful sari that Summer snagged on her trip. The colors and gorgeous soft, watercolor-esque pattern are just magnificent! Traditionally, these garments were made of silk (many still are, but there are now other options available as well). They can be tied in over 75 different ways! Pretty amazing, huh? :)
Lana also graced us with a couple of looks, both showing off her apparently new-found love of lace tights :). The first is a sheath dress in deep olive. The turtleneck design gives the dress a mod-60's flair, which Lana plays up with her OTKs and then softens a bit via the lace. Her next outfit is a coord set gone wintry - with long sleeves and, again, a turtleneck. The red wine color of this is super pretty and just the kind of warm tone I love on gray days. This time, Lana finishes things off with ankle booties...and one of her signatures: a fur jacket. Guess you can take the girl out of Russia, but you can't take the Russian out of the girl ;)
Who says maxi skirts are just for summertime? ;) True, I love wearing them then because they're cool and comfortable. But they can be just as comfortable in the winter and they make such a nice change from pants! (I know a wonderful tailor with a fabulous European accent who can complain delightfully about how women wear pants way too often. She has a point lol ;) ). Plus, maxi's are available in enough colors, fabrics, patterns and prints to fill a Cave of Wonders, making them the perfect way to do something different! So, how do I make my maxi's winter-ready? Instead of a slip (gasp, yes, it is still appropriate to wear a slip under skirts :)), I wear leggings underneath. See? Simple. Easy. Comfy. Stylish. Boom. Brie Bella recently sported a colorful floral version of the full-length skirt and, while Nikki's choice was a pencil shape, there's no reason why we can't re-envision it as a maxi. Both girls paired their bright-hued bottoms with black tops, which is a great, staple way to balance a lot of color. To make the looks cold-weather-ready, skip the sleeveless-ness and go for a V-neck sweater or cropped chunky knit. Keep the boho flavor of Brie's look by adding a cozy faux-fur vest or corduroy jacket. Velvet will work as well, bringing in a really fun, vintage texture. Nikki's modern glam gets a casual spin via a classic denim jacket in black (you can also do chino or leather). For both looks, I've kept things a bit more carefree than polished by finishing the look with booties: studded suede for Brie's boho version and pointy-toed leather for Nikki's mod-cool-girl look. Hope this inspires you to #GoMaxi sometime soon :) Happy styling!
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