Nikki has been slaying away on the fashion front all summer, naturally :). First up is a classic Nikki-glam look she created for a girls' night out. She paired a sequin-striped mini dress with strappy black sandals and a slim black choker. The simple silhouette gains power from the variation in finish between the glittering sequins and smooth base fabric. It's fun and mod and exactly the kind of breezily fab look I associate with Nikki. She attended a red carpet event with John in this minimalist scarlet dress from White Fox Boutique, which she completed with gorgeous, delicate nude Lang sandals from Jimmy Choo. I love the way this dress uses an envelope styling to incorporate the super-trendy thigh-high slit, but keeps the look classy via the underlayer. There's a stripped-down power to this unembellished statement and I love seeing Nikki do sexy as more subtext than main theme. She looks stunning here! She took up the dark floral trend with this maxi dress, which we've seen Brie wear as well. Brie finished the look with strappy nude sandals. I wouldn't be surprised if Nikki did something similar, as there's a significant overlap in the twins' fashion sensibilities, even though their individual style is quite distinct. Nikki's next look is a perfect example of the divergent side of their preferences: this olive green one-shoulder mini dress has a fantastic knot-front detail that has a really fierce, couture vibe. She brings a dose of attitude into the look with her mid-calf Prada boots. Next up are two looks I completely adore. The lighting makes it a bit tricky to determine, but I think they actually utilize the same piece (the color is called Silver Blush). It's the pleated Teresa maxi skirt from Miami-based mother-daughter designed label Alexis. This magnificent maxi takes on a fairy tale quality due to the all-over scalloped drizzling of sequins. She tones it down in both cases, first in a relaxed way by pairing it with a casual black spaghetti-strap cami and a black choker in a look just made to be completed with flat, strappy sandals. Next, she tops it with a plunge-front ivory bodysuit a wide choker necklace. The all-ivory look grounds the magical quality of the skirt with a shot of modern minimalism. It seems like there's hardly a wrong way to wear this beautiful maxi!
A number of the Lady Superstars (DIVAS! Had to get that in there. Sorry not sorry ;)) paid tribute to D-Generation X (DX for short) for the stables' 20th anniversary in a recent photoshoot for WWE.com. If you're a new WWE fan, it might be hard to feel the impact DX had, but they were 100% awesome and hilarious and you need to check out some of their old skits on youtube. Also their wrestling :). DX went through various configurations, but it's anchor members were Triple H and Shawn Michaels, so they're the two I think of when anyone mentions DX. And that's not all I think of -in addition to the innuendo-laden humor, the duo created several infamous catchphrases and gestures ("Let's get ready to s**k it!", "If you're not down with that, I've got two words for ya: s**k it!", the crotch chop, the crossed-arm 'X'). The ladies have paid accurate homage to many of them, including Naomi doing the glow-stick version of the X and Bayley doing the crossed-arm symbol. Charlotte and Becky put their own spin on the iconic duo's repertoire, re-styling it as Tea-Generation X, complete with sipping hand gestures. It should be silly, but it comes off as quite cute and an appropriate homage to the kind of terrible pun Shawn and Trips loved and utilized habitually. Sasha wins Fierce points for nailing Shawn's signature smug stance, while Charlotte gets a ladle-full for re-creating the duo's trademark flex. The dress code is 100% DX-approved: it's all variations of DX shirts (tees, tanks and cut-up muscle tops) paired with denim (Naomi went for killer side-lace-up shorts, Becky and Charlotte for full-length styles, all in classic blue wash) or ring gear (Sasha chose her ivory, black and gold shorts, while Bayley went for her cerulean, baby pink and gold pants). The ladies did an awesome job of capturing the wise-cracking, in-your-face attitude of WWE's somewhat smarmy, but incredibly successful degnerate duo! Definitely go check it out. And if you're not down with that...well, I've got two words for ya: sip it! (or stick it...or style it...or..heck I could do this all day :))
If you saw Maryse's double buckle belt and decided immediately that you need one of those, I've ttly got ya covered on that! I felt the need to do some ..umm...er..."research" (just looking...honestly ;)) myself after seeing it and I'm sharing the fruits of said efforts. But really, how could I not have to have a belt that practically shares my name..twice? *innocent blink*
I don't a have a pic that shows the deets clearly enough to be 100% certain, but the Bri Bri (#1) from B-Low The Belt (a brand I looooove - don't get me started on the Moto Corset or Ramona Velvet belts!) would def be in the top picks as an exact. The Western detailing give it beauty and outfit-maker vibes and it's available in both black and silver. For a similar with a more equestrian vibe, check out the Blake Double. For a narrower (and slightly less pricey option try the Baby Bri Bri (#4), also available in either metal tone). All of the above mentioned pieces can be found here at shopbop.
If you're scheming to get one in a different shade, head directly to the brand's website and check out the petal and silver (#3)or bone and gold variations.
Feeling a bit more square? Try the Leatherock (#5) iteration at Zappos.
I fell in love with the whipstitch edging on the Rebecca Minkoff piece (#2) - get it in white to match your Kendall-inspired boots, or go with more versatile black or brown).
Edited chic always catches my eye, too, making this slim, sleek variation from Brooks Brothers (#8) an immediate hit in my book. It's available in tan, as well as black.
If you neeeeed one of these, but also need groceries and gas in your car, consider the options from Amsterdam Heritage(#7), Topshop (#9) or Accessory Collective (#6)
1. Bri Bri Double Buckle Belt
2. Rebecca Minkoff Whipstitched Double Buckle Belt
3. Bri Bri Double Buckle Belt - variant colors
4. Baby Bri Bri Double Buckle Belt
5. Leatherock 1689 at Zappos.com
6. Accessory Collective Double Buckle Faux Leather Belt
7. Amsterdam Heritage Double Buckle Belt
8. Brooks Brothers Leather Two Buckle Belt
9.Topshop Western Belt
Maryse kept the nearly-monochrome theme going with her next outfit, which paired leggings (by Givenchy - a brand with a fabulous aesthetic, which I always enjoy, despite the fact that it's strayed far from the classicism of the days when Hubert de Givenchy designed for Audrey Hepburn) with a slim tee and cropped statement jacket. I much prefer the look of the leggings with this body-kissing tee over the pairing with the blouson-styled piece. It maintains the sleekness of the line. As to her topper, Maryse is the Queen of Statement Jackets and she has outdone herself with this one, a military-themed piece with gold embroidered-leaf detail and brass buttons. This Comino Couture piece is crave-worthy! It stands out beautifully here, against the black backdrop, adding spark and panache to the look, but it would to the same against color or lighter neutrals. As with so many of her other choices, the classic design will keep it relevant far into the future. Equally fun are her mid-calf flat boots. There's a casual toughness to the flat boot that makes a great addition to any fashion palette. This shaft height can be tricky to style, especially if you're of shorter stature as it can reduce the leg line. Be aware of proportion and lean towards pairing them with skinny pants or knee-length or above dresses or skirts. It's less of an issue with Maryse's height, but she, too, chose skinny pants as a combo. Note: heeled mid-calf pairs will help counteract this challenge.
Natalya's love of neutrals was in evidence this spring, beginning with this beige bodycon dress. The tonal pieced detailing gives the piece a distinctive touch and I love the way it enhances Nattie's curves; she looks amazing! Neutral sandals from Stuart Weitzman complete this monochrome look. Next up is a blush-nude jumpsuit with a deep-v front. As with the dress, this piece is tailored beautifully for Nattie's shape. I'm especially impressed because a charmeuse satin such as this can be challenging - the drapey-ness of the fabric can be very unforgiving, but this one looks polished and sophisticated - just what I'd expect from Natalya! Stand-out lips have been a long-running trend, but for summer, I'm loving the way she kept her whole make-up palette soft. The slight lavender tone in her lip hue picks up the blush tinges of her jumpsuit, pulling the whole look together flawlessly. Her next look is a 180 in both color and style, as she went for black monochrome in a much more relaxed styling. With her black tee, black leggings, cropped jacket and mid-calf flat boots, it's super-similar to Maryse's look and works equally well. Like Maryse, Nattie used skinny pants to elongate her leg and balance the shortening effect of the shaft height. Unlike Maryse, she chose a longer tee underneath her cropped jacket, a look I love!
I couldn't resist the opportunity to yabber on about this look. It's #tbt Maria posted from her previous run with WWE and the look is classic Maria! Studded leather pants paired with a floral gemstone bra topped with a cropped fur jacket - it's 100% dramatic and glamorous and daring! She accessorized with a wide studded waist belt, a bold pedant and hardware-embellished chunky-heeled black leather boots. It's a reminder of Maria looking like a total rockstar, a look she excels at. On days when you feel like setting your onstage persona free, look no further than Maria for some inspiration :) On a much more somber, but equally praiseworthy note, Maria earned her college degree this year - congrats, girl! (Yes, in addition to working for the Co. formerly known as TNA and WWE and doing who knows what else - she's a busy lady!) I love seeing her dedication to her goal and the hard work she put in to pursuing it. It's as inspiring as her fashion is! She wore a blue bodycon dress for the occasion, finished with de rigueur nude pumps. She has a wonderful ability to change her style to be appropriate for the occasion, something I very much admire and applaud.
Maryse embraced the dark floral trend with this sheath dress, in a gorgeous, oversize rendition of the print. With the dark backdrop, the whirling florals feel less frivolous and much more sophisticated. Maryse plays that up with a leather jacket and taupe ankle boots (from Gucci). After the long reign of the pointy toe (which isn't over, by any means) this rounded shape has a fresh and interesting vibe to it. Next up is a re-use of a perforated pencil skirt from Mistress Rocks. This time, she pairs it with a diamond-printed top from Revolve Clothing, which sports a mock neck and sheer sleeves. The way the look plays on the two different geometric patterns is quite intriguing and unusual, while the black and white/ivory is as classic as it gets. Her Valentino Rockstud pumps round out the look with a nice contrasting delicacy and shine. Her visit to the Porsche Museum (oh my - I could def get carried away in there!) was all about statement outerwear. She paired a simple black top and pants with a Mossman Clothing overcoat: a classic silhouette with flap pockets and a statement color with distinctive military-esque button details. The rich burgundy is hard to ignore! A coat with this combination of iconic styling and unique hue is the kind of investment piece that will last decades and which everyone should have! I wish I could say the same about her Louis Vuitton boots. I love a good pair of derriere-kicking, lug-sole boots as much as the next girl, but even Maryse can't sell me on these. The white laces unfortunately give me clown vibes that I just can't get past. Oh well. Chalk that up to an extremely rare (like rarer-than-a-solar-eclipse-rare) questionable selection by Maryse.
I love the multitude of colors in this look from Emma it's like her bright, bouncy, print-happy introductory fashion persona, but done in a much more grown up and sophisticated way. She pairs a simple, deep blue cropped top with a vibrant, free-form print that looks as it was done with washes of color. A mallard blue blends into amethyst, bittersweet red and magenta. It's a perfect example of mixing without matching. I also adore how her dark nail shade adds moody gravity to this look.
We've seen a couple of great ring outfits from Laurel, so I went off to see what the rest of her fashion is like and lo and behold, she kills that too! First up is a sweet floral romper, which she toughens up with split-sided booties. The warm tones of her boots work perfectly with the muted red and sage tones and ivory backdrop of her romper. With a caramel-toned jacket tossed on top, this is a flawless transitional look. Next up is a super-cute and playful combination of a Mickey Mouse tee and cut-off blue jeans. She finished the look with black Converse sneakers and a high pony tail. I love the 90's vibe of her sneakers and the laidback, youthful ease of her styling. She then switches things up with a breezy, feminine off-the-shoulder blue dress (from A'gaci store). Embellished caramel wedge sandals give a beachy, summery spin to this on-trend, pretty dress. A low bun and tendrils enhance the femme vibe. She takes things in a fierce direction with her next look, an envelope-style LBD with a deep-v neckline. She's accessorized it simply, with a slim black choker and ivory ankle-strap shoes. The minimalist philosophy works beautifully. She then does an about-face color-wise, going to an all-white look that pairs a frothy dress with strappy flat sandals. The lace bodice, pleated skirt and criss-cross details give a gentle formality to this dress. Laurel counteracts that by choosing flats and enhances the casually femme vibe with a low pony. I'm so impressed by her wide range of style genres and the way she uses different hair styles to accent her look. Often, we see ladies with gorgeous flowing locks getting stuck on one or two styles, but Laurel works a whole range of options. Brava!
Carmella's graphic tee paired with camo pants is yet another iteration of the look that has become her trademark. She has a wonderful sense of what clothing elements work for her style and character. And she always injects enough je ne se quoi into her styling to make it look more put together than random - casually put together, but put together nonetheless. The low waisted pant silhouette, with her leopard unmentionables showing, gives me throwback, Lita-esque vibes. However, paired with sneakers, the skinnies feel very right now, with that delightful urbanity I've always loved in Carmella's style. What really gives this look it's punch, though, is the mahogany smoky eye and nude lip combo. It's almost startling in the way that it draws attention to her pretty eyes and I'm ttly loving the effect!
Charlotte attended the International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas wearing this swingy mulberry mini dress. I'm wild over this gorgeous, unique color, as well as the way this silhouette works on Charlotte. A fairly straight dress like this, in a soft, flowy fabric obscures curves, but draws attention to the legs. That makes highlighting them with a pair of killer heels a flawless choice -which is exactly what Charlotte has done here with these strappy sandal-booties. I love how the wide, almost industrial, vibe of the straps contrast with the softness of her dress. This is a flawlessly styled, A+ look from Char! Next up is a black monochrome look with a front lace-up detail. The picture lightning and quality makes an exact id tough, but I'd bet on this being a burnout velvet piece. Add leggings or skinny jeans and pointy-toe ankle booties and unleash your inner Dark Queen! I love that this is such a different style from the dress, but that both looks feel completely at-home on Charlotte. She keeps the casual going by pairing a Ric Flair tee with skinny jeans and the same ankle booties. She completed the look with a cropped biker jacket and oversize aviators. The change in tops gives this a more laidback, urban vibe, but she rocks it just as hard!
Cathy looked casually trendy as she combined this off-the-shoulder cutout top from Parker with medium wash denim skinny jeans from Madewell. So many of the current offerings of off-shoulder tops have ruffles and other frilly details that I'm loving this pared-down iteration that lets the silhouette do all the taking. I also love the hint of lightness gained by choosing blue denim over black. She finished the look with nude pumps, which works, although I'd have loved a simple black strappy sandal. She embraced the stripe trend with her next ensemble, which paired another off-the-shoulder top with dark jeans. It's hard to tell if these are black or blue, but considering her choice of a gold metallic pointy pump to finish the look, I'd have gone with blue. With shoe fiends everywhere doing almost nothing but nude lately, I'm enjoying her switch to a metallic, particularly since the polished gold contrasts with the breezy vibe of the stripes.
Eva Marie has had her NEM fashion line for about a year now and in celebration of that, we thought we'd do a Inspiration Board focusing on the pieces from her collection. Be aware - NEM pieces tend to sell out each season, so if you love something, grab it! NEM's overall focus is toward trendy, fast fashion styles, but there's also a nice selection of the more classic silhouettes I love. That makes it super easy to put looks together, especially as we head into the season of transitional dressing.
This gray midi pencil skirt is about as classic as you can get, which is why it immediately caught my eye! The sleek lines of a pencil skirt always look polished, so softening it up with something like this crochet sweater is a winning match-up. I love the pattern of this piece - it's delicate and very feminine. Layer it over a blush cami or tank and then get in one of this year's hottest color trends by finishing the look with red shoes. The pink is muted by the crochet, so this is a subtle and safe way to try this daring match-up. (Don't forget that you can reverse it with a red cami and blush shoes instead, if you possess those pieces already ;)). This look will translate to fall easily - just add a jacket on top. Look for one that's slightly shorter than the sweater and let the scalloped hem and sleeves show beneath. I would probably opt for a blazer here, but military, biker or a classic leather piece will look flawless as well. Swap the mules for pumps or ankle booties (play it cool with beige or black neutrals or take a risk with burgundy velvet ones ;))
Summer Crochet Top
All In Skirt
SummerSlam brought us it's usual line-up of gorge gear and we are breakin' it down for ya!
Kim: Not only did Natalya become the new Smackdown Live Women's Champion on Sunday, she totally wow'd us in this pink and black embellished body suit. The Queen of (Black) Harts came down to the ring sporting a black and pink jacket, that was very reminiscent of her Uncle, Bret Hart. I think what I love most about this gear is the V cluster of crystals on the top and along her neckline. We already know Natalya loves her embellishments from her previous gear. They add so much to her look, which mostly consists of black leather and sheer material. Finally, I don't know how I didn't notice until I looked at the photos, but she also wore these adorable cat ears while making her entrance. Oh so fitting for Nattie!
Brie: First, let me say WOOHOOOO and Congrats to Natalya! I'm insanely excited for her to have a belt again! It's been such a long wait and Nattie has been amazing about putting SO many girls over. I swear every diva superstars' last stop before their title win was a match with her, so she unquestionably earned this. I hope her reign is lengthy and incredible. All Hail the Queen Of Harts! And her gear was worthy of a royal! She took the best parts of the fleur-de-lis look form Wrestlemania that I've been raving over, switched it to pink and added more gems, including a jewel-encrusted collar and a Princess-Dala-Pink-Panther-esque pendant. This attire is everything . From the scalloped edges, finished in fleur-de-lis, to the sheer sections to the glittering stripes to the opulent gems to the modern attitude of her cropped leather jacket topper, this is utterly jaw-dropping. I'm in heaven!
Finally - I am back to FashionHaps again! Sorry it's been such a drought, loves! XO
Barbie took the pajamas-as-daywear trend to heart with this LBD from Meshki Boutique. The drapey shape and wrap styling give a strong impression of a silk bathrobe. I can't say this would be my first choice to grab off a hanger and wear (also I would need to glue it in place for fear of a strong wind), but Barbie pulls it off, mainly because of the simplicity of her styling. Fabulous, minimalist ankle straps, super-slim necklaces and pin-straight hair complete the look - nothing to get in the way of the dress' unmistakable sexy statement. And that's enough to keep it on the side of [daringly!] chic. Next up is a super casual pairing of a black bodysuit and cutoff jean shorts. I like Barbie's choice of a light denim wash here - it keeps the look from being overly dark and autumnal. I'm also a huge fan of her knee-high lace-up gladiators; the drama of the shoes gives this simple look a big dose of cool. Barbie completed the look with a cowboy hat, which look fantastic on her. I would have preferred the breezy, it-girl vibes of a Panama hat with her sandals and paired ankle booties with this Western-style head-wear. It was back to formality with her glittering Kourvoiseur dress. The patterning, sequins and slim straps gives me something of a Gatsby-era vibe. I applaud Barbie's decision to pull her hair back - the refined styling let the gown have center stage. We've seen similar pieces often enough before, but this is nicely done, as we'd expect from Barbie. I'm hoping she completed the styling with her nude ankle straps sandals, but they might be the clear sandals she's favored so much lately. I'm hoping it's the former. The same hope exists with her next look, a white mock-neck cropped top paired with beige cropped pants. The color, silhouette and lace-up detail all combine to make these pants a hit with me. Her top is a bit less so, due the thin-ness of the fabric allowing the edge of her bra to be extremely visible. It breaks the line of the outfit and looks somewhat unkempt, which is unfortunate because overall, the look exudes an easy, modern sensuality. As a bonus, it would translate nicely to fall with the addition of beige ankle booties. She went with white and cropped on top again for her next look, but the styling of this piece is quite different: rather than a minimalist tee, this is a feminine blouse with trendy flowing sleeves and a graceful v-neck. Barbie reprised the flowy-ness on the bottom with wide-leg pants in a cranberry shade. I just can't commit to the Fandom Of The Front-Slit pants, but leaving that aside, this color is magnificent and the high-waisted, wide-leg style is has a soft elegance. There's a good bit of motion and fabric in the combination of these two pieces, making the strongly defined waist a crucial aspect of the pairing. It acts as a grounding point for all the swirl of the sleeves and pants. Barbie's nude ankle straps complete the look, which works nicely. White sandals would have been quite fab here as well.
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