Omg you all can't imagine how frustrating it is to have all these awesome posts in the works and not have time to finish them/post them for you! Grrrr. Dang busy-ness. #Venting 'k over it. Actually, no...suppressing it...so I can move on to the good stuff :)
Renee topped her recent black monochrome look with this paisley capelet blazer (from Nasty Gal, ID by fashionofthedivas.tumblr). This is SUCH a fun piece - a really unusual way to inject some funky fashionality into a simple pairing. A statement jacket is an amazing topper for an otherwise neutral outfit and it's super-fast too: matching separates, holy grail jacket, classic shoes. Done. How long did that take? ;) I'm especially keen on having a few looks like this in my inspiration stash because of mornings like today where I hit "dismiss" instead of "snooze" and oversleep by 45 minutes. (YIKES). Get dressed in 2.25 minutes? Shove over, Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps: I got this. Renee's leather leggings bring in a bit of attitude. Also props for the pale carnation pink lip shade - I love the softness of that! (PS also good to have a make-up-in-an-instant look in your bag of tricks...cuz sometimes "snooze" happens.
Sasha's Battleground gear rocked hard! We've seen her do something similar in darker tones with a bit of a space theme, but this bright, clean-colored gear in ice pink, cobalt and lemon is fresh and joyful. I'm also a huge fan of the sprinkling of crystals - glam always gets me ;). The cross-strap at her bodice+ the drizzled crisscross arm wrapping is a fabulous silhouette, very unique and crazy beautiful!
The ruffles are coming! ( heads up: #FallTrend) And Lana showed off a cropped top accented with a major one and paired with high (hiiiiiiigh)-waisted wide leg pants for a modern-meets-70's look. The pale pink is feminine, but still has power to it, which she enhances by her sleek and strong pin-straight hairstyle. A metal choker at her neck adds just the right touch of trendy glam. The Ravishing Bride was also rocking more nuptial looks. This lacy confection gives me fairy princess vibes, especially when combined with the glamorous crystal crown and half up-do. For some reason, this makes me think of Mad-Eye Moody telling Harry " Fleur Delacour is as much of a fairy princess as I am" in GoF. Maybe it's because Lana has essentially the same effect on men as Ms. Delacour. Yep, I can definitely see Lana as a veela.
Maria has just a great flair for mixing elements in her outfits! Unexpected twists and combinations are a trademark of her style ...and definitely something we can get inspired by :). Here, she combines a graphic tee with printed shorts -so far, so standard. But then, she throws a fun curve into the look by finishing it with studded white ballet flats. The combo of strong, multi-dimensional print with the softly edgy glitter of studs is super cool! So, go forth to thee closet or thy chest of drawers. Select from said repository one basic tee. Do white, a la Maria, or pull a color from among those in your intended printed shorts. Next, return to repository and remove intended shorts. Floral and other natural prints are classic choices, but don't be dissuaded from reaching further afield. Got camo? Go for it! How about ikat, paisley or toile? While we're on the subject of more simply colored prints, let's think about polka dots and stripes as well :) Complete the look with studded shoes - heels or flats; whichever floats your ducks, it's all good! Add a bit of extra spark by piling on a few bangles in a coordinating color. Need a few more studs in your life? Add a studded belt for a bit more flash. If you're short on studded belts, consider a metallic that matches the color of the studs in your shoes. A belt can be also used to connect an otherwise discordant shoe color to the ensemble. For example, if you wanted to recreate the look above, but the only studded shoes you have are tan, a tan stud belt (alternatively, wrap it around your wrist as a "bracelet") will tie things together flawlessly. (Note: a belt with copper studs will work the same way). Therefore, go forth, Fiercenti and get your studs in print...or imprint your studs ...or stud your imprints...and have some fun with fashion soon! ;)
Psssst.. Maria spent the end of July and early August travelling through France and she gave us literally tooooooons of fashion shots from that trip, so stick around for a massive FashionHap of that coming soon!
With wearing gold being in the headlines every day due to the Rio Olympics, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how gold fits into a wardrobe ...even when one isn't able to pull off a full-in-double-back and stick it ;). The ladies of WWE and TNA have definitely managed to find some use for it! And why not? Gold conveys so much: luxury, glamour, fierceness, boldness. It's metallic shimmer enhances nealry any combination, but it's powerful enough in it's own right to provide the statement for an otherwise simple look. Barbie's shining monokini would definitely catch some eyes at the beach, but it's her pointy-toe pumps that win big with me! Shoes are one of my favorite ways to do metallic; they act as a neutral that's not black, bringing brightness and a touch of glam to any outfit. They're easy to blend as well: coordinate with your jewelry, or the color tone of the outfit. Sasha's statement dress is a flawless choice for cocktail hour. The gold really enlivens the black bodice and classic silhouette. Since weddings have been front and center around here lately, if you're wondering about this piece: yes, it could be worn to a night semi-formal or black-tie optional event ...I'd suggest going for a statement necklace that doesn't say "BOSS", though ;). Eva's metallic gold pants really spiked her crop top+skinnies pairing and would be a fab option for a night at the bar. I'm also a fan of her gold-accented sandals; the metallic bar is looking like it's a thing right now and the fierce flash it creates makes a strappy sandal like this super-versatile. Michelle let her glam shine with this sequined tank top. A sequined piece or two is always a good thing for a girl to have in her wardrobe for adding formality to everything from denim to pencil skirts. I especially love how Michelle paired this top with pearl accents - the creamy shimmer plays well against the bright sparkle of the gold. Barbie also showed her love for gold with this elegant metallic embroidered dress. Gold goes through various iterations from the bold, over-the-top sheen of lame to subtler usages, such as this. If you're building a wardrobe, stay with something along these lines - artisanal elegance will remain chic and current long after many envelope-pushing trends have faded. Eve went for the gold in this lace-up-detailed bikini and rocked it - proof that gold works as well in two pieces as in one. If you're mixing solid gold separates in real life, you can soften the blaze of the metallic by topping them with a neutral blazer or cardigan. Conversely, you can bring massive sparks to an all-neutral look by topping them with a gold coat, a la Maryse. It's amazing how many shades can be enhanced by gold: black, navy, red, burgundy, ivory, white, almond and khaki can all handle a shot of golden glimmer quite nicely. If a true "glimmer" is all you're craving, try doing gold Brooke's way: with delicate jewelry. Consider a body chain with right outfit (generally simple canvases that let the detail of the chain stand out), or multiple, layered slim necklaces. Lana proves that gold isn't just for pumps: metallic sandals are definite requirements for summer, and all-season dressy events. Pair them with a gown, pair them with destroyed denim..or get crazy and pair them with a strappy, bandage monokini as you lounge poolside at a five-star resort, sipping champagne and plotting which corner of the universe you're going to take over next :). In many cases, raw, gorgeous gold is best done in controlled brush strokes, rather than with a paint roller, but sometimes, letting your gold flag fly is better yet! Maria always leans toward making a yuuuge statement, so her choice of a full-on sequined mini dress is just what we'd expect from her fashionable Ladyship. Proms, holiday and late night parties and being leader of the KO's division all lend themselves to unadulterated glamour. Then again, maybe you want to play up gold's luxury in your look. For that, take a tip from Taryn and pair it with rich, seductive fur - a vest for spring and fall or a coat for winter. If you're feeling like a rock star, keep following Taryn's lead and add a black fringe necklace or dark, grunge-y hematite pieces and a pair of OTK boots. If you're feeling more "heiress", go for a crystal jewelry and classic sandals. Either way, show some Olympic spirit and go for gold in your fashion!
So, we've taken a look at some of the classic looks for a wedding (and we'll finish up with another), but I always like to explore some offbeat options as well. Because sometimes, a girl just likes to do something different! To that end, how about a suit for a wedding? If the event is casual through semi-formal, you can be very of-the-moment and go for a pantsuit. As with dresses, choose a neutral, pastel or classic color. Darker pieces, like this charcoal one, will be more formal than light colors or patterns. Pair the look with chic, classic sandals or pointy-to pumps (kitten heels = a def can do!). I love the idea of adding a touch of color to neutrals, especially for a summer wedding; it helps keep the look bright and festive! If you possess a business suit (non-black, if the bride requests), you can make that work too! A gray, sand or navy set will work nicely, just be sure to pair it with a non-office-y blouse. Stay away from bow blouses and button-downs. Go for something beautiful and feminine: a halter or high-necked silk top with cutaway shoulders, a lace-detailed blouse in a pretty color or a satin (sheen encouraged!) cami. Lace, charmeuse and similar fabrics that are more challenging for (and therefore less common in) office environments will help give this look that party-ready flair. A beautiful sandal (flat works for less formal occasions; choose heels for dressier events) is the preferred way to finish this look. Strappy, toe-bearing styles will help direct this ensemble away from work vibes. Statement baubles will do that as well, so be sure to sprinkle in a few ;). For dressier events (semi-formal through black-tie optional (sometimes called "black-tie invited", this is a step below black tie and does not require a tuxedo for gentlemen or a gown for women, though both can be worn respectively), you'll need a more-formal-than-business suit. Look for a statement-type jacket in a non-wool fabric, preferably with a sheen. This ruffled peplum blazer or slightly cropped princess-seam piece are just the ticket. A long-and-lean tuxedo style suit (as demo'd by Renee, just skip the ivory and go for a different neutral) works fabulously as well. Slim pants are ultra-chic for most occasions, but flowing wide legs (e.g. palazzo pants) are more formal, so depending on your jacket style and the formality of the event, they may be the better choice. Elevate the suit through your accessories: statement shoes and earrings in glamorous crystal, or smooth and luxurious metallic pieces. I love the bold minimalism of using multiple smooth metal pieces in an outfit, such as a collar, and belt on the outside of the jacket, with coordinating shoes and clutch. The repeated metallic makes a simple, but powerful statement that makes this ensemble much more formal, as well as polished and sophisticated. For black tie and above events, wearing a suit is possible, but a bit more complicated. Precisely the right style is required. While sequined suits should be avoided for day weddings, they would be appropriate and daring at evening events - definitely a fun and intriguing option!
Who doesn't love weddings, right? You get to celebrate love, celebrate a couple you love, dance to songs you love, wear fashion you love. Ah, but what fashion? That is the question. With Lana's wedding garnering headlines across social media, it's a perfect time to reconsider the deep, ancient philosophical question: what the Helsinki do I wear (to this wedding)? Perhaps it was easier for the Greeks of old: hmmm... toga 1...or toga 2. Since togas aren't really in vogue (or in Vogue) atm, we're going to explore some more modern options for looking aaaaamazing! ...But a leeeettle less aaaaaamazing than the bride ;)
Black with hints of silver has always been one of my favorite color stories.The metallic flash brings an icy, cool vibe to black, whether it's shaded to the rocker, glamorous or futuristic genres. Barbie's mod-thletic look gets a next-gen spin from the pieces' metallic lace-up cuff details and her mirrored silver pumps. If you're brave enough to go for the crop-top+leggings, this is a look that's easily re-created. Even a tied-high tee will work, albeit with an 80's-Madonna nod. Pick or DIY your cropped top, add your leggings and silver heels and bippidy-boppidy-poof: you've got the magic. The caveat is that, outside of a photoshoot and a few other sexy-meets-mod/fierce occasions, your options for places to wear this look just as it is are likely to be fairly limited. So, let's make it a tad more life-friendly, shall we? ;) Swap the crop top for a tank/bandeau/tube top/corset and top it with a an open-weave poncho. The look will equal Barbie's for chic, but will have additional movement and depth due to the see-through effect of the weave. A black mesh pullover sweater would be an alternate option and would enhance the athletic feel. Or, keep the crop top and switch up the pants. Instead of leggings, go all Selena Gomez and do harem/jogger pants. (Hint: feel free to swap the heels for sneakers on this version, if that floats your ducks). Still not getting your fires...uh...firing? :) K. Keep the leggings and the heels. Drop the crop top and the poncho/sweater. Go for a tunic top instead. Note: the 90's-darling asymmetric hemline is wooing fashionable hearts everywhere right now, so def consider going that route! Finish with a shot of silver baubletry: a cuff bracelet (or two ;) or bold pendant necklace would do the trick. Like Barbie's look, the tunic over leggings (*can also be done with skinny jeans) is a mix of simple elements...spiked with just the right splash of cool metal. It always carries a punch! I hope this inspires you to let your dark side come out and play...with a touch of cool flash. Happy styling!
WWE gave us a doubler in photoshoots...woot woot! The beach is the playground for Charlotte and Becky as they each rock their respective 'shoots. First up is Char in her gorgeous sky blue halter bikini, paired with string tie bottoms. This is a fabulous combo - I love the idea of pairing a print with a solid color that's pulled out of the print in order to make a coordinating set. Charlotte's fun paisley brings brightness and a playful vibe to the magnificent blue shade of her top. Her make-up is amazing as well; she looks sun-kissed and fresh! Her eyes are bold, but everything else is soft and sweet; the look comes off natural ...and exquisite! With the glimmering waves in the background and white sand as a setting, this set of snaps has a lot in its favor. The only place where I would love to see Charlotte step up her game a smidge is in her poses. What she does works wonderfully! But, it's also fairly straightforward and expected. I'm hoping for big risk-taking and new-ground breaking :) (I know, I ask a lot....but I root so hard for these gals and I believe so much in what they're capable of!) I'd looove to see her let loose a bit more: lift up her hair, look backward over her shoulder, twist her legs around in the sand...think Rhonda Rousey in Sports Illustrated or Maria Sharapova in Harper's: a little athlete-meets-model. Not because she's a diva, but because she's a champ and that spirit is worth conveying with intensity, purpose and beauty. If she let her personality and athleticism shine through just a tad more, this 'shoot could rule our world. It's a skill that takes a little honing, but Char's got the talent! (As does Becky!) I know she's a busy gal and she's got a title to reclaim, but I've got my fingers crossed she can spend a few minutes experimenting in front of her mirror and taking on the adventure of finding out what works for her, her body and what she wants to communicate. And if she does, I can't wait to go along on that journey with her!
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