I was going to rave – yet again – over Alexa Bliss’ most recent iteration of her gear in a FashionHap and then, the stars aligned, the gods smiled and poof: a photoshoot was granted! Now, I get to rave over a whole set of Blissey snaps :) And there is much to rave over indeed. I’m going to start, though, with the one thing I would change: the tulle. She can lose the tulle and the world will improve. Other than that, so much yes! It’s no secret that this gear has rocked me since I first saw it. It’s just a confection filled with everything good: crystals, color, studs, non-humdrum silhouette, crystals, studs, practicality, studs, crystals. You understand. Alexa stampeded on to my radar as a NEWBIE TO WATCH: it was immediately clear that this girl has a FASHION SENSE, in addition to wrestling chops. I haven’t seen this crave-worthy blend of grunge and glam since the dissolution of LayCool and, frankly, it makes my mouth water. Blissey makes the character her own via her ferocious, scrappy attitude. It’s eminently *not* stereotypical. In fact, it makes a conscious effort to explode the archetype of the sarcastic, snobby glamour girl who can’t really get the job done without depending on her looks or cheating. Alexa’s heading for a place where she backs the talk up. Yeah, she likes her crystals, but she can also kick your keister if you decide to make fun of her for being a girly chick who likes her crystals. It’s a confident, unabashed, unafraid to defend exactly who she is kind of thing and I’m really jazzed to see how this comes to fruition. And to see more of her style! She’s added a punk 80’s pairing of hot pink and bright aqua to her gear this time around and I like the effect. There’s a sweetness to all that neon, which she instantly balances out with her bold, stud belt and a good dose of black. Her make-up is also something seriously special! I confess to not being a make-up goddess and I know that someone who was could break this down into a series of facial ecstasies. But I know enough to say that the exaggerated cats-eye, the glitter eye-shadow, and the magenta-meets-frosted-lilac lip shades are seriously, inescapably AWESOME. I’m also quite excited about the range of expressions she’s displaying here – a snarl, a pout, a glare, a smile…she’s rocking a whole selection of them – AND breaking new ground – and this is like, what? Her second photoshoot? This girl…this could be really, really good. Yep.
I’m really am dang grateful for Instagram! With Impact’s photography kinda on the fritz, it’s one of the few ways we get to keep up with the style of those ladies over there. And they have style we wouldn’t want to miss!
Maria wore an LBD to a recent Impact event and it is anything but basic. I love the way the satin is pieced in strips; it gives the dress such a cool, almost distressed-glam quality, which is heightened by the sequins peeking through underneath. She chose to complete it with a platform pump, done in a very right now color: nude. The color choice and pairing is a great way to keep these shoes current. I also could envision going with a brash, punk-influenced black leather ankle boot here (thinking these, but could see a hybrid like these too) for a bit of a rebellious glitter. And then Maria chopping her hair and bleaching it. No, just kidding! :) The other thing I could love here is a choker.
We also got a rare look at some actual (as in non-gym :)) style from Michelle McCool. She was on vacation in St. Thomas, wearing this pretty navy halter dress, with a chic midi length. Nude lace-up sandals finished the look, which she spiked with statement earrings – always a trademark look of hers – and oversize sunglasses. It’s so great to see her style again! *Brie has a moment* *sighs and moves on* The multi-braids are a new thing of Michelle’s and I’m loving the low bun styling – also something new for her!
Summer, like the Bellas, has been all over magazines lately. This shot is from her recent spread in Nationalist. Her white crochet-embellished set is from Australian brand Sabo. She accented the look with a gold fringed bangle – so pretty! – and added a cranberry lip for an extra punch. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the cranberry; it might be a bit of a strong contrast with the floaty loveliness of the rest of her ensemble. What do you think?
This two-tone dress worn by Charlotte is the Desra by Alice and Olivia (available at Nordstrom ). It combines a white lace top with a black crepe skirt in a single piece. I absolutely LOVE this dress on Charlotte. It’s flawless example of dressing perfectly for your body type. The top-half/bottom-half design defines the waist, while the a-line style skirt creates visual curves. If, like Char, you’re a straighter shape, take note – this is the kind of styling you want in your “Inspirations” file. Char completed the outfit with black minimalist sandals, which look incredibly chic! This look is absolutely spot on and slays every way. Brava, Charlotte!
I swear I am done with August fashion after this :)...does that make you happy or sad?
Maryse decided to switch up the bodysuit era by giving us some throwback style. This sequined sheath is the kind of piece she would have slayed around 2010 and she proves the look has staying power, as it looks just as fabulous now! There's one detail that makes this piece super special - and sexy! - the boatneck. This wide silhouette helps to accentuate and show off the shoulders and it adds a classic-meets-modern spin to this bodycon dress. Rather than complete it with OTK's, Maryse went for fierce, strappy sandals, which brought a bit of attitude to the glam - something Maryse excels at! I'm always all in for this kind of look. Always :).
Brandi is out and about proving she knows more than just street-style. She slayed the heck out this ring gear look, pairing a crystal-encrusted bustier top with black leggings and OTK's. Shhhaaaaaa-zaaam! This is like a How You Do Ring Wear clinic of an outfit and it's basically the first time she's stepped out of an announcer's role. Like...omg: can you see why I'm going ape over her being on Impact tv every week? If she's starting out like this, where oh where is she going to take Impact fashion next?
Also on the list of things I'm all in for always are great graphic tees. I'm picky about my graphics; it has to say just the right thing: not too off-the-moment, not too dull, not to sweet. More timelessly rebellious. This "Nuit Noire" tee (by BCBGeneration [id by fashionofthedivas.tumblr.com] but sadly sold out) worn by Summer fits the bill. We don't get to see what she paired it with, but I'm thinking black skinny jeans and ankle boots would work ;). Also noteworthy is her pretty and complex updo; the juxtaposition between her casual tee and fancy hair is completely, carelessly fabulous.
This eye-catching slipdress which Lana wore recently is an incredibly unique piece: the crisscross design makes it work almost like a wrap dress, but it gives the illusion of being fashioned out of a single piece of fabric - how seductive is that? Classic pieces done in an unusual way are everything. Her prim topknot suits the formal feel of this dress beautifully, while her gold choker amps up the 90'svibe. The whole ensemble is stellar. I do confess though to getting a bit weary of those shoes. They're fab, but I could def get behind something else now - fierce laser cut booties, or perhaps even totally commit to the updated grunge-glam vibe and go with ivory sneakers and a full length trench draped over her shoulders.
I really think Lana’s way to celebrate a wedding should be the only way: a first ceremony with one theme, a month or so of wedding attire and celebrating your attachment and then another ceremony with a second theme, concluding the whole festival. The second ceremony in Lana’s case was magnificent, traditional Bulgarian ceremony in an Orthodox church. There are so many customs, each with special meanings, that are part of these time-honored practices. Lana gives us a peek at some of them in her recent interview with WWE. The depth and intricacy of the proceedings is fascinating and beautiful. Starting a life together after sharing those moments and that heritage must be a truly amazing feeling!
Lana posted a pre-nuptial shot on her Instagram of her walking out of the church, wearing wide-leg pants and a gorgeous square-necked blouse. I love how unusual this silhouette is! It pairs the strength and sensuality of the square neck with the elegance of floaty cap sleeves. Lana finished the all-white look with minimalist sandals.
For the ceremony itself, she once again turned to Olia Zavozina, who created her first-ceremony dress. If you thought the designer couldn’t top that first effort, think again! This gown had a more classic silhouette, more lace and a muuuuch longer – and incredibly dramatic – train. Per the Orthodox tradition, Lana’s shoulders were covered while inside the church. Zavozina used a miniature capelet-stype piece,done in lace, with scalloped tendrils that made Lana look like a fairy tale princess. After the ceremony, the capelet was removed to reveal delicate spaghetti straps beneath.
Lana also went with more traditional colors for this event. Her round, ribbon-wrapped bouquet was done in a mix of whites, celery-ivory and burgundy. Rusov’s boutiniere consisted of a single burgundy rose. Using the colors and designs to reflect the more traditional nature of the affair was a wonderful idea and the simpler color scheme was stunning, both against the white masonry and gray stones of the church’s outer façade and natural surroundings, and the inner majesty of the building.
It's quite gray here and those annoying weatherpeople keep threatening rain (booooo). The only good thing about rain is that is gives one a chance to break out bright rainboots and umbrellas. Otherwise... booo. It's hard to be inspired when the sky is gray or it's drizzling (which makes me need to say this), so I like to save up fun looks for these special I-don't-know-what-clothes-I-want-to-get-soaked-in kind of days. Maria, who always has a way of using fashion to add a spark to life, wore this look awhile back and I've hung on to it for just such an occasion as this. She does a few things here that make this look pop. The foundation is your standard black slim fit top (tank, short-sleeve or long-sleeve/thermal, depending on the current temperature and your reaction to it) and leggings (feel free to sub in skinny jeans or ponte pants). She adds a shot of color to this basic canvas with a striped shirt in lighthearted red and white. I love the idea of a print in wet weather; it's even more playful than a bright solid color! If you don't feel al stripey, definitely consider dots, paisleys, geometrics, even a chic toile. She also knotted the shirt, a favorite styling of mine. It's casual, but more polished than un-tucked or a half-tuck and it lets you control where the visual waist of your look is. Next, she finished the look in such an intriguing way: what better to add to a gray-day outfit than hot and wild leopard print? Maria went with leopard rainboots, which are about as fab as rain boots can get! If you don't possess a pair, let the cat out another way: a leopard belt, leopard baseball cap or newsboy, leopard cuff, leopard scarf. Or, swap the placement and go with a leopard top and red rain boots. Lastly, Maria finished the look with an anorak/field jacket/barn jacket. The laidback vibe of this type of jacket suits this outfit perfectly, but you could just as appropriately shade things in a more polished direction and employ a classic trench. The longer topper adds an interesting proportion-play to the mix. Also, while I'm pretty sure her jacket is black, the photo makes it look olive, which would be another awesome color to blend into this mix. I especially love the idea of olive with leopard, so consider that as an option if red's off your radar atm. PS if it happens to not be raining or gray wherever you are, make this look a dry/sunny weather outfit by swapping the rainboots for leopard (or red) ballet flats or pumps.
Ooooo! Brandi said she had big surprises in store for us and awesome projects to be revealed and now... THIS! She's signed to Impact Wrestling as one of their new Knockouts! I don't know what this means for the KO's division, but I know for dang sure it means something AWESOME for us. Maria has been the undisputed moving force behind the KOs ever since her arrival earlier this year. Brandi is a lot like a Maria in many ways - a strong driven women, with a powerful vision, a fabulous sense of style...and a bit of a temper. Will these two ladies be besties and rule the roost between them? Or will the gloves come off and war go on? I can not wait to find out!
PS If you're worrying over poor Cody - don't! Impact has signed him as well, so, like #TheMiracle of Mike and Maria, the #GameChangers, Cody and Brandi, will be a duo. Oh, the possibilties! #Goosebumps I'm so excited for Cody and Brandi; they've both wanted an opportunity to show what they can do for some time and I just have a feeling they're both going to make the most of this one...which means Hurricane Brody has just made Impact :)
We’ve followed Maria’s example and taken a look at how to Parisian-ize your wardrobe. But what would WWE’s Queen of all things French have to say? Weren’t you wondering about Maryse’s take on all this Francophile styling? Yep, so were we! To that end, we went collecting. And now, we present to you Maryse’s most Parisian fashion moments!
It’s not often that we see the Sexiest of the Sexy break out her pearls, but when she does, she knows how to make a statement! In this incredible ‘shoot, she styled them with a lace bustier and neutral lace pencil skirt. Being the glamorous gal she is, she topped it all with a luxe fur coat. I’d hedge a bet that you might see a Parisian girl toughen up all that lace by topping the look with a leather biker jacket. And I’d further bet that Maryse would be right on board with that! On a different day, she might even have topped this look with the military-inspired jacket we see in her next look, which is all about casual style that still has that je ne se quoi. This is one of my all-time favorite ‘shoots of hers, set in Strasbourg and capturing Maryse’s journey around the city. She perfectly demonstrated one of my tenets of fashion: dress (stylishly) for the occasion. As glamorous as she can often be, Maryse knew just how to keep it practical for exploring, while staying completely fabulous. She paired blue denim with a simple tee and this incroyable hardware-heavy statement jacket. My favorite part of the look? Her broken-in, chocolate leather flat boots! (Wait…Maryse wears flats?! :) Oh yes…and looks fantastic doing it.). This outfit it a 101 course in keeping “laidback” seriously chic!
SummerSlam week is always a great week for fashion, nearly rivaling Wrestlemania. This year, we got a taste of everything from boho to Black Swan looks.
The former is represented by Brie (shocking, right? ;)) as she donned this blue mini dress with bell sleeves and a crocheted hem. The lace-up detailing at the front adds a dash of sassy modernity to this carefree piece. She paired it with a camel leather bag and white strappy platforms. It's a simple combination that works perfectly. I also love how cute her new, shorter hairstyle looks here!
We also got a look at Carmella's out-of-the-ring style, as she visited the One World Observatory. She combined a sleeveless, high-neck ribbed top in toasted almond with dark floral shorts. Caramel lace-up sandals finished the outfit. I'm digging everything about this look...right up until the shoes. And here's why: the golden warmth of the caramel is gorgeous, but it forms a big contrast with the cool tone of her top. If that color play was the raison d'etre of her look, I could ttly swing with it, but there's more going on with that floral print. It makes her shoes look like something of a mis-match. I think I'd have gone with black sandals instead - same style, same everything, just a color swap. But I don't worry about Carmella. Girlfriend's got fashion sense and I can' t wait to see her intriguing style!
Bayley has always been about bright colors and fun, whimsical accents in her gear. When she first debuted, it was all a bit wild on the eyes, but she's been working on staying true to her bouncy self, while creating a more cohesive visual and I like the results! This gear incorporates purple holograph fabric, edged with dark teal metallic and some funky graphics at the sides. I love the way this ensemble fits her lighthearted personality, but still feels harmonic. Nice one, Bayls!
Charlotte appeared on Good Morning America to promote SummerSlam and she did so in this vibrant coral dress. The simple, sleeveless fit-and-flare silhouette let's the color do all the talking and this glorious melon shade has plenty to say! It looks amazing on Char, with her blonde hair and tanned skin. She paired it with her current fave BCBG Jetts heels, her trademark watch, a few band rings with lower digit placement for a trendy nod and stud earrings for a touch extra flash. Her black sandals ground the look, while her touches of jewelry embellish this dress,without overwhelming. It's a flawless example of doing style just right - just enough twists, just enough pizzazz, just the right color, just enough editing. Brava.
And about that Black Swan reference? That's immediately what came to mind when I saw Charlotte's SummerSlam gear. It's an interesting contradiction that she's gone with bright colors all through the spring and now, here, in the heart of summer, chooses to go dark. Not expecting that :)...but that just makes me love it more! And I do love this gear! All the glamour and bedazzlement take on an almost surreal mysteriousness when set against these mesmerizing dark tones, while the tiny hints of deep purple whisper of royalty. I'm sure it's the feathers that make me think of the Black Swan and while so many of them - especially in addition to all the sparkle - could seem ostentatious, the noir palette works as a flawless counterbalance, softening their effect into one of graceful, delicate texture. It's stunning!
Summer's gorgeous stripes and florals combo looks amazing in this warm-weather silhouette, but it can be appropriated for fall as well. Florals are having a very autumnal moment, with a number of designers showing darker garden-type prints on the runway. Stripes always offset florals in a flawless way and they don't need to be done with shorts to do it :). A more accessible - and classic - piece is the button-down, although a non-button blouse will do fabulously as well, as will a sophisticated floral tee. And while we're on the subject of options, let's talk about other print-on-prints! I loved Summer's look (and Nikki's similar pairing of floral stripes), but it got me pondering what other patterns would work together, carry a punch, but not be overwhelming. 'Cuz multiple prints in one outfit can frankly go Mad Hatter preeeeetty dang easy. For realz. But, it can be done without looking like an escapee from a Wonderland tea party. the trick is to blend one complex print with a simpler one. Florals, geometrics and paisleys all fall under the "complex" category. Simple prints include dots, stripes and checks (think gingham for warm weather, houndstooth for fall). "Simple" means two colors max and more of a "pattern" type design. The closet staple blazer is a perfect companion for this look, as it's readily available in said patterns (you probably even have one hanging out somewhere in the recesses of your wardrobe) and makes a solid (pun not intended, but cheerfully accepted now that it's here) investment piece, even in a non-solid fabric. If you wnat to switch up Summer's theme, try dots with your florals - just as interesting as stripes and a bit more playful: i.e., a flawless antidote to the dark glamour of a jewel-toned floral. Try saucy, modern geometric against iconic, conservative houndstooth and haberdashery-inspired pinstripes over artistic, bohemian paisley. Keep your bottoms and your shoes simple: neutrals only! Weellll, maybe go for a pinch of color in your shoes if you're audacious ;) -choose one that's pulled from the print. Stay with straightforward fabrics: denim, chino, woven wool, and classic footwear silhouettes devoid of embellishment: pointy or almond toe pumps, loafer or ballet flats, pointy-toed ankle boots (but keep them classic; skip the studs, Western vibes, fringe, peeptoe styles). Jewelry = minimal or none. If you're not a blazer girl, consider using pants as your alt-print piece; stripes, houndstooth and dots all lend themselves to trousers quite nicely. A cool-girl variation would be a bomber instead of blazer - how about a floral bomber over a striped or dot tee? If you're still a bit shy about all this, try it will all-neutral prints - editing out the color simplifies the look and keeps it cleaner and less busy. Mixing multiple prints may sound daunting, but it's actually easier than you'd believe ..and it's fun, a bit whimsical and definitely quirky! I hope you give it a try sometime soon :) Happy styling, loves!
Lana's NYC style swung from downtown girl to uptown chic when she dressed for this Reading Celebration. She exchanged her denim and sneakers for this sleek, cutout pantsuit in a sophisticated shade of navy and completed the polished look with strappy sandals. I love the way the black and navy works together, as well as the way her pretty blonde messy braids keep the look casual and down-to-earth. If I were going to split hairs, I think I'd advocate a piece bold gold statement jewelry somehwere...but who needs to split hairs all the time? ;)
Jojo put together a super-cool outfit for the same Reading Celebration, pairing a simple black tee with oversized houndstooth pants in a lovely combo of ivory and almond. I love the way the unusual scale of the houndstooth takes it from classic to graphic and give the outfit it's pop! She topped it all with a cropped black zip jacket - another piece I'm mad for. Every girl needs a casual, fierce jacket like this to pair with...oh, EVERYthing. Jojo finished the look with black ankle booties. I think I would have leaned toward pointy toe leather pumps here, but I like the way the booties make the outfit feel more laidback.
Stephanie hopped on the white trend when she visited a New York city-area children's hospital in this simple white sheath. This is the kind of classic look we see often from Stephanie and here, as in many cases, it's just right. A simple, polished statement is classy, professional and stylish. I'd wager she paired this look with black sandals. I could also see adding a scarf to this outfit- it would maintain the same refined feel, while bringing in a touch of color. I tend to gravitate toward that idea when visiting hospitals as they can sometimes feel quite drab to those who are healing. A bit of brightness in an outfit can bring a happy spark.
Dana's contribution to the SummerSlam festivities was a visit to a Be A Star rally, where she wore this ribbed sand-colored tunic over black leggings. Although I'd sort of have loved if this was a maxi dress instead of a tunic, this is definitely one of my favorite looks from Dana. I love the chic color combination and the trendy pieces. Her statement necklace brought just the right spike of glamour, along with those fabulous Rockstud pumps (you can always get me with a great pair of shoes! ;)). Her straight, side-parted hair is flawless. This is such a great styling from Dana; it doesn't try too hard and it fits her fashion sense - she owns the look, not the other way around. Loving it!
I've made mention - Honorable Mention to be exact :) - of Alexa's super cool gear previously (see our 2016 Ring Gear Awards for details). Her SummerSlam outfit is one more in the line-up of gear that makes us eeee! Black plus something seems to be her current theme and this time around, the "something" turned out to be silver, a ttly fierce match-up for black. that goes double when it's emblazoned with tiny crystals. Oh, and let's not forget the studs at the hems, straps and waists. Basically, Alexa's look is a treasure trove of all things good in gear embellishment. Add to that metal gloves and glitter in her hair and we're just...SLAY US, girl #KneelingInWait.
Naomi is next up, attending a Special Olympics basketball game in blue and white plaid leggings with a denim bustier top and a denim vest layer over all. I'm kind of borderline about each element individually, but they work well together and Nay-nay gets props for playing with proportion by layering the longer vest over a high-waisted style of pant. I'm also a fan of how she paired this casual look with boots; they fit the laidback vibe. They're my fave part of the look...along with her neon lime hair color - that's HOT!
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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