Prepare yourselves: a motley mix of posts is coming for the days ahead. I’ll be covering a random mix of whatever I have time to get up ..but I promise, it will be fashion. That’s as narrowly as I can define it :). Let’s start said assortment with a look at the rest of the Bellas Cosmo ‘shoot from last fall. I raved previously about the fun, on-trend color scheme of Nikki’s pieced, lace-up top (good eyes if this reminded you of the color-blocking trend form a few years ago). The chunky knit got a fun textural contrast from smooth, sensual leather via her pants (x Belstaff) . That statement was accentuated by her strappy lip-embellished sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti . I usually wouldn’t go for a cartoonish shoe like this but I love the quirkiness of the choice here. It adds such a fun element to an outfit that’s already buoyant and joyous due to its color story. Brie and Nikki took on long-sleeved knit dresses next (from Cynthia Rowley), a style that’s been a trademark one for them both throughout their careers. Brie sports bouncy polka dots, while Nikki wore bold stripes, both in a black-and-white palette – except for Nikki’s burgundy fur-topped slides :) (Brie’s matching pair is in black). The fur gives the two dresses an on-trend twist and – as with the lip sandals – brings that lighthearted vibe to the look. Brie was back in red again with a coordinating set of blouse and tie-waisted pants (from Marimekko). This luxe red is gorgeous on Brie and I’m a huge fan of the tie-waisted trend that’s showing up on everything lately: blouses, dresses, skirts, you name it! It’s a classic and pretty way to define the waist – so basically, yes, please!
Read the Bella’s Cosmopolitan article here.
I’m deep in feels over the Bellas announcing their retirement from in-ring competition late last month. I watched their debut matches and the highlight moments of their early use of Twin Magic, so I’ve been a fan pretty much their entire career. I was just as sad when they announced their first hiatus from the company in 2011, and ecstatic when they came back. I’ve enjoyed every bit of their time in WWE - especially their fashion! :) While we’ll likely continue to be privy to their stellar street fashion (thank goodness! #SilverLining) - which we'll continue to cover! -, and there are rumors that Nikki will likely be offered a company ambassadorship, ring gear galleries will be a bit duller without their always envelope-pushing contributions. Sigh. Best of luck in all that you do in the future, Ladies! I'll miss you - again :) XO
Inspiration Board: Nikki - Red+Pink
We’re dipping back to Nikki and Brie’s Fall 2018 Cosmopolitan ‘shoot to snag a little inspiration from a color combo that’s been strengthening in the fashion world over the last few months: red and pink! There’s nothing subtle about this blazing pairing, but there’s plenty of fun :). Nikki’s cropped, lace-up sweatshirt gives this look a sporty twist. While she added leather pants for a super-fierce look, the same vibe can be achieved with colored denim, chinos or suiting pants. Give a nod to athleisure by topping them with a tank top, raglan-sleeved sweater or full-on sweatshirt ( I especially love the contrast of a casual sweatshirt with more formal suiting pants!). If temps are still chilly in your neck of the woods/plains/mountains/bodies of water, top the look with a bomber jacket or blazer. Keep the look fierce by completing it with pointy-toe heels and add gold hoop earrings a la Nikki. I’ve kept the color story front and center by staying with a single two-tone pallet, but softening the vibrant statement of this combo by adding a neutral heel and jacket is totally allowed. Black is your obvi bff, but don’t forget about gray shades, that provide gentler contrast, or beige and khaki hues that echo the warmth of the red and pink.
Fashion’s initial forays into this pairing centered on orange-reds with blue-pinks, but orange-pinks and coral tones can be employed as well! Pair them with center-tone, classic reds (think strawberry and apple shades) or burgundies. Adding a on-trend mule gives a simple dress a 70’s nod, while a block-heeled slide gives it a nostalgic-meets-now 90’s twist. Bold gold earrings of any geometric shape provide the perfect exclamation point to the look.
I spent a ton of time last summer loving the pairing of basic tees with more formal skirts – it became and remains a trademark combo in my wardrobe! That idea lends itself flawlessly to a strong color story, like this one: top a streamlined pencil skirt with a minimalist tee to echo Nikki’s sporty-meets-trendy vibe. Finish the look with of-the-moment sneakers to cement the athletic statement. Alternatively, you can never go wrong with a classic ballet flat. Choose a pointy toe for a clean, crisp look or a rubber-soled pair that ties in with the laidback feel of the tee.
Happy styling, loves!
When you think you have it tough, life almost always manages to get tougher…and mine has. I love you all for sticking with me! I’ll be doing the best I can with content in the days ahead and I promise to try to get some Wrestlemania coverage up for you. With gratitude, Brie
Top Inspiration Boards of 2018
We were a little short on Inspiration Boards this year first due to the demise of polyvore (I’m still crying) and my search to find a replacement and then my epidemic lack of time (much sorries, loves…I have some new plans for next year to hopefully remedy that!), but there were a handful that still got your creative juices flowing!
1. Nikki – Camo Color Story…the runaway fave of the year, with five times the views of the runner up. Dang – y’all love you some camo! :) I loved the way Nikki combined brilliant color with the classic, tough print. Firing it up with red or giving it a dose of sweetener with still-everywhere blush seemed a rather amazing thought to me…and you agreed :)
2. Alicia – Gray & Blush …the first of our Sport Up series that accompanied the Olympics was your fave, as we brought Foxy’s casual take on style into the cool seasons. Contrasting cool shades with warm tones is a color story I always love. Here, blush acted as the yummy shot of warmth that fired up a chill look, accented with an outfit-making pair of earrings.
3. Charlotte – Transitional Florals…hot on the heels of Alicia’s look was one that rocked my world: Char’s paring of a floaty floral wrap dress toughened up with a fab pair of biker boots for a femme-grunge take on style that kept me living.
4. Brandi – Physically Fierce…the second look from the Sport Up series that earned your love, this rendition of Brandi’s sleek graphic skirt+sweatshirt combo was the perfect cataclysm of athleisure and sophistication. Oh so right for oh so many occasions, it just needed a cute pair of boots and a backpack to go from lunch dates to day classes to shopping excursions to movie nights. On-trend themes done in neutrals = style winning!
5. Cathy – Fancy Blouse, Chill Everything Else…the last of the Sport Up series to capture your fashionable hearts was this fun look from Cathy that elevated a relaxed outfit of leggings and sneakers with a formal blouse. Cathy’s version included a glitter-embellished bodysuit; we envisioned it with gardeny, on-trend florals or crisp stripes. You envisioned it as one of your faves. Cheers to your good taste, loves!
And here’s to a fierce 2019! :)
The last time WWE did a photoshoot celebrating a milestone episode for Smackdown, it was the 500th back in 2009. I know I didn't review the 'shoot because diva-fierce.com didn't even exist yet - imagine that :) The Lady Superstars – Divas, as they were then known..and kind of remain as in Brie’s head :) – broke out a bevy of blue dresses to celebrate the occasion.
I get such Mother Hen feels looking at these snaps. It’s like “awww – my lil’ girls are all grown up” when I see how far these ladies have come! Natalya’s soft blue v-neck sheath looks lovely and she threw a fun vintage-esque touch into her look via her embellished almond-toe pumps. She struck a solid version of a classic pose. The whole look gives us an insight into the woman she would become – her sense of sophistication and shades of Pinup Strong are clear. This is only about two years after he main roster debut and her Divas’ championship, the Divas Of Doom and the Empress Queen of today were all in the future. I can’t help but imagine how she would slay this type of ‘shoot now, with so much more sass and confidence
Maryse also chose a v-neck sheath, going with a saturated sky blue piece and pairing it with strappy nude heels. This sensual aspect of her style was pretty much the whole of what she showed us at that time. Who knew there was so much more to come! Today, she’d keep the sexy dress…and likely reach for yet more fabulous shoes ;).
Maria has always let her creativity and flair come shining through in her photoshoots and being over-the-top is something she never worries about. That she pulls off so much drama time after time is one of the things I love about her! She added a wide black waist belt to her royal blue sequined sheath dress and echoed it via her black peep-toe pumps – I loved the strap detail then…and I still do! She lent extra punch to the look with a fierce hat and added lace fingerless gloves for good measure. I can easily envision her rocking very much this same look today.
Brie hadn’t delved much into her bohemian tendencies at the time of this ‘shoot; her style was mostly casual and feminine. This beautiful square-neck dress with its slightly-puffed sleeves holds up incredibly well! She could easily pop this out of the closet and wear it today (ok, maybe next spring :)) She completed the look with brown leather peep-toe pumps. She nailed a tried-and-true pose – and she’s only gotten better at that over the years!
Nikki chose a long-sleeved faux wrap dress which, like Brie’s selection, holds up very well. She was the only lady to add the spark of another color to her look, rounding it out with red peep-toe heels (bringing a touch of Raw into Smackdown, perhaps? :)) This look feels very true to the fashion sensibilities we see her express today – once a fashion queen, always a fashion queen! Her half up-do is gorge and her stance is fierce! (Naturally :))
With Halloween fast approaching, here's look back at a fun little feature we did four years ago: a somewhat tongue-in-cheek guide to becoming a Superstar or Knockout for Halloween. I had a blast doing this piece...so much so that I'll be reprising it this year. Look for that to kick off in the next week :)
Finds: Brie's Tie-Sleeve Blouse
If you’re in love with the casual flare of Brie’s tie-sleeve blouse, I hear you! What better way to look casually stylish than with a relaxed, but detail-polished blouse set above denim? Finish the look with casual ankle booties…and add an engineer’s cap or pork pie hat if you’re feeling adventurous. Brie went with pants, but I could totally see tucking this piece into a denim midi skirt as well and finishing the look with knee or OTK boots. The piece is the Christine blouse from Cleobella via The Next Native and a very few are available here.
Consider these alternatives as well:
1. Etoile Flare-Sleeve Top from MinkPink via The Next Native
2. Bow-sleeve Top from J. Crew Factory in deep red, ivory and black
3. Lucky Brand Tie-Sleeve Top via Zappos (also in burgundy)
4. Karina Tied Bell-Sleeve Blouse from Dear John
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