I now completely blame WWE for getting the Cranberries' Zombie stuck in my head. Literally can not stop the tune. It is -highly unfortunately- excruciatingly appropriate for the newest photo gallery, in which a variety of WWE Superstars take their turn at being undead...and rather bloody. One might suppose the undead would have outlived their need for blood, but perhaps I am pondering this whole concept too deeply...yes? ;) The Co. takes a number of it's most gorgeous stars and makes them look absolutely repulsive...witness nearly-faceless Bellas, a blood-spattered Maryse, with gaping holes in her thigh or one-legged Summer. The body-con dress ain't doin' nothin' to help that. Clearly, there are some things fashion can't improve. Being undead appears to be one of them, although I hope I never have to test that theory. While I do get occasional "We totally Photoshopped this!" vibes, I'm head-over-heartless for the backgrounds chosen. They are superb - lonely farms, train tracks to nowhere, disheveled mansions, destroyed bathrooms: all the places you would most expect and least hope to discover zombies wandering about (don't any of you guys ever sojourn in well-lit, bright, clean spaces...you know, like crowded atriums?). Alicia's expression is horrifyingly joyful and makes the whole picture come alive. Sasha looks like even more of a boss with two heads on a spike (note to Charlotte and Dana: beware! ( I was gonna say "heads up" but...). Crawling Natalya looks like the safest of the bunch to be within photobombing distance of, but even then I'm not sure I'd trust the situation. Exactly how fast can a super-fit superstar crawl? Becky's ghoulish expression denotes a real flair for the zombie state. She also does wonderfully well as a vampire (a one-off from WWE's new Monsters of the Mat gallery, which also contains a nice shot of Asuka doing a noir take on the Mona Lisa's smile). Magic and otherworldy characters definitely seem to work for Becks - I wonder if she has the powers of witchcraft to go with it? On Halloween, anything is possible! I think I'd stay away from challenging her to a match on Halloween. Maybe schedule something further down the calender ;). For tonight, skip the wrestling and just have a blast becoming whatever you decided to be! (And collecting candy. Candy is always good...even if you're undead :))
So..before we get into all the late fall fashion, we're gonna stop before we start and do the whole Halloween thing 'cuz it's today! Woot woot :) First up, Alexa takes her turn at an old favorite: Freddie Krueger. I can def see Blissey being a part of people's dreams, but as a serial killer? Not so much :). Still, she does the de riguer torn red-and-olive striped sweater to perfection, layering it tastefully (if I can call a sweater such as that "tasteful" :)) over ring gear in coordinating colors. I wouldn't have minded seeing her take a bigger risk with her make-up (as we will in an upcoming FashionHap), but this cloud gray shading conveys her inner dark thoughts decently well and even manages to look pretty, something poor Freddy certainly never achieved. She slays the glove (pun intended..sorry, couldn't resist!) and adds in possibly my fave part of the shoot: her own trademark crystal hand-piece, accented with claw-like fingertips that remind me of Charlize Theron's Ravenna attire in Snow White & The Huntsman and reprised in The Winter's War. It's a special feat to take a totally glam piece of body jewelry and turn into something almost stomach-turning. She gets full props for that piece of mind-bending. I'm also loving her facials - she rocks a mean scowl, a sneer and a deadpan-"killed you three times in my head already" glare. Again, I'm pleasantly amazed at the way she can look so stunning while recreating a horror character. Lastly, the boiler room background is superb - precisely what was needed to complete the effect. That hand-piece is everything tho!
Also, in my fashion travels, I've come across a few interesting whatsits I wanted to share:
1. (#1 & #3) For anyone still seeking Maryse-esque Rockstud-alikes at I-didn't-have-to-sell-my-firstborn prices:
Ocie by Sam Edelman and Olyivatoo by J. Renee
2. (#4) Because killer crystal pumps are touch to find: the Chiave by Aldo..an approximate sim to the studded Louboutins worn by Natalya, Alicia and Dana at various times..oh, and Blake Lively. :)
3. (#2) For anyone still desperately seeking Stephanie's MK Berkely t-straps, there is a decent selection here.
I swear I am part magpie..or blue jay...or whatever those birds are who are attracted to shiny things because...sequined bomber! World full stop. If you're like me..or like Maria, who clearly loves them too, and you're jonesing for one to add to your collection to pair with skinny jeans and leggings and skater skirts and oh, pretty much...everything!...jones no more. I've ferreted out a bunch for you to pore over, savor and possibly select. Have fun! ;)
1. Sequin Velvet Bomber from Topshop
2. Soprano Sequin Bomber via Nordstrom
3. Club L Mixed Sequin Bomber via Asos
4. Women's Juicy Sequin Bomber via Kohl's
5. Black Sequin Bomber from WithChic
6. Sequin Ombre Bomber by Topshop
7. Two-Toned Sequin Bomber by Forever 21
We have a bonanza’s worth of fashion to cover over the next couple of days, so hang to your fedoras, honeys! We’ve got boatloads of Bellas, and bits of so much more.
We’re kicking it off with Maria, who let out her inner Taylor Swift (did you ever think you’d see that comparison? :)) as she topped her boldly belted kabooty shorts and glittering brassiere with a sparkly bomber jacket. I still haven’t gotten over my fascination with how casually cool bombers look, even though they are literfreakinally everywhere lately and I love the sparkly girly thing of adding sequins to the look, so yes, I’m all in for this piece. I can see it restyled in SO many ways. And remember – there are those holiday things coming up soon and sparkles = yes.
This first pic I ever saw of TNA’s Allie outside the ring was an Insta shot of her during that 30 second time period where she held the KO’s title. She has on a floral-printed peplum top and I was like “whoa – this is not how I usually envision Knockout’s fashion”. She has stayed true to that not-your-standard-KO path in a second peplum top and pencil skirt combo done in classic black and paired with a bevy of pearl-like beads. Her look comes off as youthful and fun and, as surprising as it is to see this kind of subtler sultriness coming from a KO, I can’t say I’m not intrigued by it. Rock on with your classy self, Allie!
This momentary pit stop in Brooke-land is not so much a fashion review as this beautiful lady is in her unmentionables, but I had to register the screeching halt I came to when I saw this pic – like omg her body looks AMAZING. And this is just a few weeks after giving birth. Like, how does she *do* that? I’m speechless. She gives you some of her tips on her Instagram, so go check that out (@realbrookeadams). And also, I can’t help but thinking: if she can do this - after having a baby – than I have zero excuse for not working out. Less than zero.
And we get to check in with Rosa, also with her post-baby body, also looking amazing and incredibly chic as well in this black midi-length dress. I love the texture provided by the sheer detailing and the way she kept the look simple and subtle by completing it with black peeptoe pumps. You could easily make this outfit cold-weather-appropriate by topping it with a cropped band jacket or draping a long wool dress coat over your shoulders.
And now…let the Bellas begin! They covered Muscle and Fitness in September as part of their wave of promotions for the Total Bellas series on E!, which premiered on Oct. 5. The concept was simple: two hot, fit ladies donning blue and black. The execution was successful, as the twins looked just as fabulous as we would expect. They gave us two variations on the color combo. The first included boy shorts and simple sports bras, while the second paired string-accented bottoms with a squared-out silhouette top for Brie and bikini-style bottoms with a zip-front halter top for Nikki. They also switched hairstyle from refined half up-dos to loose and flowing. Strappy black sandals finished Brie’s look, while Nikki finished hers with nude peeptoe pumps. The workout gear+ heels combo may not be especially practical for actually being in the gym, but as a photoshoot styling, it is killer!
It seems to me that, if you have a love of fashion, you have a beast inside - a kind of style spirit animal (or animals) whose aura you tap into when you go to your fierce place. So what if, instead of using that spirit as inspiration, you let it out to play? What if you actually became the beast? This Halloween, we're going to explore exactly that through the Divas and KO's and the animal instincts they conjure up for us. We're going to seek the fierce in it's raw form - complete with fur and claws and blazing eyes! - and let it run wild for a night, with us inside instead of the other way around. The true uncharted territory, the real safari, the forest where these creatures roam is a place we can all travel to - if we dare! Come with us and seek the beast within!
If lust for gold and jewels is more your scene, your fierce beast within might take to a Maryse-like dragon. The fire-breathing creatures of legend hoarded gold and precious gems and guarded them fiercely. Their protective nature and fearsome temper made them both revered and reviled. Either way, with their strength and magical powers, they made for superlative - and glamorous! - enemies. Clothe your inner dragon for All Hallows' Eve in the style of Maryse - a zippered bodysuit (leave the collar standing if it has one) with a glittering brassiere or bikini underneath. Alternatively, use a mermaid-scale top to suggest dragon scales. The look can even be done as a coord set with matching shorts. Add fishnet stockings (that scale-like thing again), a wide, jeweled belt and a dragon mask (I love the sophistication of this laser-cut piece!). Finish with OTK boots for a very sensuous, be-glamoured Halloween beast.
I didn't immediately think of Brandi's inner fierce beast as reptilian royalty. It was only when I saw the snake on her new gear that the similar qualities became apparent: wise, powerful, creative, a bit dangerous, and more than capable of biding their time until the right opportunity to strike. If, like Brandi, the snake calls to your beastie within, dress it for Halloween in head-to-toe snake print. Go with python shoes if you have pair, or finish with basic black. Feel free to get wild with snake-eye contact lenses, or glue flat-back crystals on a pair of sunglasses in the vesica piscis (pointed oval) shape. Add a smattering of low, curved horns for a little extra ferociousness and you're ready to slither your sultry way through any Halloween party.
Maria’s inner beast? Oh that creature’s a sexy thang for sure! And what mythological beats was sexier than the sultry, come-hither sirens who lounged on sharp rocks at beach-side and lured sailors into wreckage with their songs? I’m sure many a man (and likely a number of women ;)) have been lured into dangerous territory by Maria. If you inner beast shares that talent for temptation, dress her up for Halloween in a ruffled skirt (or use a dark neutral skirt or pair of pants and add a sparkling net hip shawl), paired with a glittering top. Try a sequin bikini, bra top or cami, or go for something with feathers (the sirens of legend were part bird). You could also bring the winged concept in with a feathered headband or earrings. Alternatively, try a seashell crown and/or pendant. Stay with cool shades: blue-greens, blues and purples, accented with touches of sandy beige or taupe. Finish the look with (what else?) flip flops :)
We're taking a quick break today from envisioning the Halloween costumes that could be inspired by letting our inner fierce beasts loose. Part 3 will be posted on Wed. For now, we're getting our daily dose of inspiration from Eva Marie...and it has everything to do with plaid! My usual go-to styling for plaid is to pop it under a jacket, but sometimes it's fun to let the fabric take center stage. In that case, adding an interesting detail or texture underneath helps elevate the look from "weekend chilling" to something with more honed style chops. Pick your favorite plaid of the moment to start. Then, choose your underlayer. Skip the easy-but-expected thermal. Yeah, yeah we know how laidback you can be; let your inner fashionista have a moment. Do it Eva Marie's way and go with a lace-up detailed bodysuit below for a sexy spin on plaid. Pair it with leggings or skinny jeans and coordinating OTK boots - black with cool colors, warm brown or of-the-moment burgundy with classic autumnal shades. Tie the plaid shirt at your waist, leave it flowing open for casual cool or let it slide off of one shoulder for a flirty take on the look. If lace-up isn't your style, how about just lace? I love pairing fabrics in ultra-disparate genres, like grungy, work-hard/play-hard plaid with delicate, frilly lace. The intricate pattern softens the plaid and gives it a quirky, boho vibe, especially when paired with blue denim (distressing totally allowed!) and finished with a suede belt and caramel ankle booties. Ivory, beige and vanilla tones brighten darker plaids, like navy and pine shades, beautifully. Since both of these are casual looks, ditch the baubles..and the bobby pins - let your hair blow free. Or, elevate the whole shebang a bit more and go with a fancy up-do. I hope this inspires you to have some fun with plaid sometime soon - 'tis the season, after all ;) Happy fashioning!
The end of September found the ladies of wrestling and beyond wearing a number of gorgeous dresses, with a few casual looks thrown in for good measure. In the former category is this wrap slip dress of Barbie's. The wrap style - made famous in the 70's by Diane von Furstenberg - highlights all her curves, an effect which is enhanced by the charmeuse fabric. Barbie added a metallic glimmer to the eggshell shade of the dress with her Rockstud sandals and a bold gold choker. If you asked me to split hairs, I think I might say I'd have preferred a slimmer style with a subtler profile, which would have kept the look a bit more cohesive.
Brie gave us her take on the dark-florals trend as she attended the Emmy in this beautifully patterned piece. In addition to the beautiful print, the dress boasts a stunning high-low hemline, which looks graceful and feminine. Brie paired it with ivory sandals, a color and silhouette which added lightness to the darkly romantic piece. I'm also loving the soft curls in her shorter hair - they make this style look so gorgeous on her!
Cathy commented lightheartedly about wearing white in this picture, suggesting that it was allowd after Labor Day since the dress has long sleeves. I'm not sure that quite qualifies as justification for obeying the old guideline, which may have originated for practicality purposes, or as a distinction between vacation seasons and the rest of the year. It is noteworthy that the prohibition applied solely to pure white, like Cathy's dress. It did not include ivory and vanilla shades; hence the rise of the term "winter white". Also, the classic white shirt has been a year-round fashion staple for decades, so you have plenty of options for skirting the whole issue and still following the etiquette, if you so choose. Or do it Cathy's way and say "to heck with tradition" ;). Whew. Having gotten all that out of the way, I love this dress! The mix of lace and sheer is lovely - a modern twist on a vintage vibe. She keeps the whole look light by pairing it with nude sandals, but you could just as easily finish it with black pumps for a stronger -and equally chic! - contrast. That would probably be the route I would choose, especially for this time of year, as the black and white is four-season classic and feels more sophisticated than summery. The again, I would probably try this dress in ivory instead of white (in case you're sitting there pondering "but what would Brie do?" ;)
Doing a complete 180 from Cathy's ladylike look, we find this black monochrome outfit from Becky. It's premise is simple: peplum top, leggings, flat knee boots, but it comes together solidly. It's stylish and looks fantastic on her. Score one for Becky and laidback-cool!
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion Let the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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