Among the many fabulous collages Kim dug out of obscurity for us is this stunning set from the Bellas' annual Bella Bowl - a tradition beloved by football fans and diva fans alike! The year represented here was one of my favorites - the navy and red combo looked amazing on Nikki (and, in a way, served as a precursor to the sporty ring gear she rocks these days!) and Brie's hair and make-up were spectacularly on point! I love how she worked in her trademark waist-tied plaid shirt too :). In honor of this collage, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at ALL the twin's looks from their six Bella Bowl 'shoots :) The ladies' style ranged from gridiron-worthy to made-for-the-front-row (how about their platform pumps and off-shoulder tee variation? I don't think football fandom has ever looked fiercer! Or sexier! Brie's low pigtails caught my heart both years that she wore them - she makes them look sooooo super-cute! Nikki's orange jersey was also a standout. I know it just happened to be the Bronco's shade, but that color was just so fab on her! We tend to see Nikki reach for red instead of orange, but I'd like to register a request for a gear in the latter hue some time! Of course, the very BEST part of all the Bella Bowl 'shoots are Nikki and Brie's poses! They always kill them. Always. And they utilize the competitive spirit to it's fullest, capturing pugilistic playfulness perfectly! Their mock-scrappiness and sisterly smack made me smile every single time. It's such a great side of the twins to see: vibrant, hot and lighthearted all at once. You don't get that combo in too many photoshoots and it always makes the Bella Bowls a special and memorable affair. Just how memorable were they to you? Can you match which year (1-6) belongs to which 'shoot? Give it a try and then get the answers below the break :)
As is usual for Total Divas-returns-time, the ladies got a promo 'shoot to highlight it. Usually these are stocked full of amazing fashion, but I confess to being a bit underwhelmed by this season's choices. Eva Marie's look paired a sheer-inset bodysuit with OTKs, a hot, but somewhat expected look. My favorite part of this is the au courant twist of the bomber jacket topper, as it brings a new dimension to a pairing we've seen explored fairly often. Maryse's dress is a silver metallic sheath with a fabulous square neck and some ruched details It's precisely the kind of piece we'd have seen her do in her Million Dollar Couple days, with added heapings of crystal. Here it's pretty and successful..I was just hoping for mind-blowing. The closest we get to that are her incroyable strappy heels, which are simply everything and which I need to see again. Need. Naomi's silver skirt is a standout piece and a 'shoot highlight, hitting just the right trend note. I'd have liked to see the styling tweaked a touch. First, a blacktop would have grounded it better and let the skirt have the deserved spotlight. Second, I wish the skirt had been rotated slightly to show a touch less leg, switching the focus more to the stylishness and a little less to the sexiness. This was so close to being killer that just...:'( shucks. Nikki's flowing, wide-banded top is similar - the piece itself is amazing: dramatic, unusual, and envelope-pushing. But the bikini briefs? Nah, girlie. Black leggings and peeptoe booties? Yes, please. Ditto with Brie's look. The graphic tank works perfectly and if it were paired with a tulle-embellished skirt, I'd be all over it as the best look of the 'shoot. Instead, we a get a tulle wrap over the (two-for-one special?) bikini briefs. I get that sex sells, but sometimes we want to buy something else. As with Maryse's look, Brie's is redeemed a good deal by those fantastic heels. Those are fab and def need to come to play in future! Natalya's print dress buddies up with Maryse's look in impression: it's fun, it's chic, it works. But it's nice-age more than slay-age. She gets props for her pose, though - hers is one of the best in the line-up: powerful, confident and flirty all at once. Paige's black bodysuit aired with leather OTKs suffers from the same redundancy as Eva Marie's look, without the redeeming bomber jacket. I think I could get into this look if she'd tossed a black trench over her shoulders. And no, I am not going to exit stage left without remarking on how killer those boots are. Those are HAWT in every possible way. Like so many other pieces in this 'shoot, I hope to see them again, perhaps restyled with blue denim, a lace-up top and a biker jacket. Despite having a vaguely superhero-esque feel, Lana's metallic-wrapped bodysuit succeeds among the best of the looks here. It ties nicely together, it has a degree of unexpectedness, it shows enough but not too much and it has a hint of risk-taking to hold our attention. Her favorite lace-up style pumps complete the look with fashion awareness.
This simple outfit from Barbie packed a lot of impact, so much that we did an Inspiration Board look with it. There's just something cool and chic about the combo of gray with black! The gray cropped sweater exudes coziness, with the shorter silhouette providing just a hint of flirtation. Even more fun is the foldover detail at the collar - I love distinctive touches like that! Barbie paired this Intermix piece with Frame denim jeans. Her OTKs, which add the shot of fierceness to this look -as they always do! - are from Sam Edelman, a surprisingly budget-friendly choice from Barbie, but which is a jazz. I always get a thrill to realize that I can own the same piece as a favorite diva, without mortgaging my first-born for it ;).
Vests were the order of this particular autumn day in the Bellaverse. Brie combined a fur one (since it's Brie, I have no doubt of it's being faux fur!) with black leggings and black suede OTKs. There's a pleasing simplicity to this monochromatic look, which she breaks up with her burgundy leather choker (I could have been perfectly happy to have that in black as well) and her desert rose lip, which brings a lovely flush of warmth to this ensemble, without the harshness of red. Nikki went for a similar shade, with the same gorgeous effect, as she paired a ruffled cropped vest with studded leather pants. The contrast of the feminine (and spot on-trend) ruffles with the tougher vibe of the studs is stellar and gives the outfit its je ne se quoi. Like Brie, she includes a choker (barely visible in this shot - sorry ;(). Hers is black and works flawlessly. I'm also a fan of the way her dark nails bring a gothic edge to the look.
It's wonderful to see Brooke back on our scene, this time repping autumn-hot houndstooth via this cropped top, which we also saw her wear in Dec 2015. While she matched it with a skirt then, this time, she re-styled it with leggings and a tuxedo jacket. the whole look had a modern, graphic vibe, with the houndstooth creating an almost pixelated quality. It's a very different feel from the sexy, schoolgirl-esque aura she drew from the piece last time! This is such a great demo in how to re-use and re-work wardrobe items - something I am a huge fan of! Her metallic pumps add a perfect contrasting hint of flash.
Cathy attended NXT Takeover in this stunning blue-meet-sheer mini dress. The intricate, delicate pattern is beautiful, especially done in this incredible electric blue! She paired it with OTKs, which have become a fashion staple over the last few years, with a particular resurgence this season. They bring a nice twist of attitude to this sweet-n-chic frock.
As promised, a closer look at Steph's outfit is at the far right. This pic really shows off how well it's put together!
I'm completely loving this outfit from Mandy as well! She pairs a white cropped turtleneck with blue jeans, gives it a touch of flash with her Hermes belt and then makes it totally winter appropriate with her faux fur vest. The lightness of this still-wintry color palette, as well as the casual glamour of the styling makes it an instant hit with me! Her make-up is soft and natural and creates a girl-next-door vibe and her high ponytail is super-cute! That's one of my favorite placements for a pony - it's polished, fun and sp pretty!
Michelle may not be wrestling any more, but she's clearly kept abreast of fashion trends in a way that would be totally LayCool-approved! She pairs black leggings, which were a fave of hers throughout that era with a slouchy olive sweater, draped off of one shoulder for a sexy vibe. She added an of-the-moment choker to keep the look trendy and finished it with her Louis Vuitton Seduction boots that took the Divas' Fashion Universe by storm back in 2010 when she debuted them. They're proof now that a classic never goes out of style and the zippered details (which allow the boots to switch betwen ankle, knee and OTK height) add a distinctive edgy fierceness to this casually trendy look. The only thing on my wish list is that Michelle ease up on the braids a tad; they're pretty, but in this case look the tiniest bit harsh ..and she's been doing variations of them almost nonstop since April.
Maria was also feeling the casual feels in this October snap, where she paired a simple black tee with gray distressed denim. I'm a fan of the unique color choice of her jeans; it makes a fun change-up! She layered a multi-striped shirt over tee for warmth and an unusual way to play with both color and proportion (love that!) and then topped the look with a black leather biker jacket. Finally, she added a big pop of color with red ankle boots! The whole theory of this outfit completely works for me. In practice, I might have leaned toward a solid red, red stripe or red plaid shirt to infuse the color throughout the outfit. But the basic principles work perfectly. (And PS, you could mellow out the drama a touch by going with black boots, if you wanted to create the look without the boldness of red footwear.)
Charlotte wasn’t the only one who broke out some new gear for Hell In A Cell. Sasha debuted a variation on her trademark ringwear silhouette which paired camo with red. Camo can be hard to coordinate with, as it’s traditional tones are quite dusty, yet the pattern is busy. The red adds a big spark to the muted colors and gets full marks form me for being a unique combo. I like the subtle metallic flash of the silver piping, although I wonder if bronze might have helped to unite the red and the camo a little better. Overall, I think the pairing works quite well – it’s different and attractive, doesn’t fall victim to being wither too complex or too bland. Nice choice, Sash!
Dana hit a huuuuge high note with this look; it’s easily my favorite ring gear look from her ever! The halter shape looks aaaaaafreakingmazing on her, the scrollwork is really beautiful and adds an artistic flourish to the gear. The sheer inset, crossed with crystal-embellished straps adds just the right touch of au courant sexiness, while the additional sprinklings of sparklers on the black background ramp up the glam factor. The strappy side-slits on her pants echo botht the design of her top and it’s sultry flavor, while the chevron-to-chevron design of her top and pants-waistband works precisely how it’s intended to. Lastly, she ditched the cropped legging hemline and went for full-length pants, which lengthened the line of the gear and made for a smooth transition to her boots, elongating her legs. So much “yes!” on that! Synopsis: this gear to totally FLAWLESS. Awesome job!
Post HIAC, Charlotte was playing with texture in this black monochrome look where she paired a leather-look top with a moto jacket, structured denim and luxe suede. The mix of smooth and lush brings a nice dose of visual interest to an ensemble that’s simple in terms of its color story. I wouldn’t have minded seeing her add a little pop via a bright lip, or drama with a darker one, but this soft pink one works and her side French braids are so pretty!
If you’re needing a bikini fix here in the middle of the cold and snow, the ladies of WWE have been happy to oblige! Emma was smoldering in this strappy white number with its chevron front. The poolside setting did nothing but enhance the pristine beauty of her pose. Her dark nail brought a touch of edge to the shot which added a nice balance to the overall softness of the styling. This glamorous new Emma is totally gorge!
Mandy took a different approach to her equally summer-y shot. Her sun-kissed-beach setting was brightened by this neon bikini in a stunning shade of orange, popped with lime trim. I love bright colors for bikinis; this is exactly the kind of color combo I’d gravitate to. Consequently, I love it on Mandy. We’ve seen on Summer what an amazing color orange is for blondes and Mandy reinforces the conclusion. With her sunnies and sexy stance, she nails “beach babe”!
On a more muted note was Lana’s warm sage choice. While the top is fairly standard, there seems to be a fun sheer detail at her hips, which adds an intriguing touch to a set that otherwise is unusual only for its color. I love how Lana went with bronzy, earth tones for her make-up palette; they complement the shade of her suit so well! Her hair is beautiful here as well – long and loose, with hints of salt-born waves, and pulled back just enough to stay out of her eyes when the wind blows. It’s beach flawless! The background of this snap – a retreating cavern that adds wonderful depth – is a highlight as well! She switches from intense, styled sexy to casual, breezy girl-next-door beauty with this make-up free snap. There, she paired a striped string top with simple navy bottoms. The look is breezy, classic and the shot feels laidback and “in the moment”. It’s an about face from her previous shot, but Lana looks just as stunning!
After regaling us with a selection of can't-unsee-that sweaters, WWE redeems itself somewhat by releasing a gallery of Bella Twins shots. Some are golden oldies revisited, perhaps my favorite of which is a BTS from the twins' day of frolicking atop a piano in a collection of lovely neutrals. Tidbits are here from their somewhat risque carwash 'shoot, their cowgirl's celebration of the American West and several gear 'shoot outtakes. In addition, some new snaps have been added, including Nikki's turn as a NASA astronaut, which, though not especially fashionable, is visually impressive. he complex, metallic silver spacesuit is one of the few outfits which truly shines (no pun intended) against a plain black background and her poses are dynamite! In a similar vein is the NASCAR-themed snap. It's well-designed and, because of the simple color scheme, works successfully, despite the complexity of the ladies' outfits and the backgrounds (sponsors are great for competing, but no so easy to make aesthetically pleasing ;). Other fun new pics include several shots of Brie and Nikki in brighty colored oversized hoodies with massive sunglasses in neon shades and brightly colored thigh-high socks. While these again don't do a whole lot for my desires as a fashionista, I appreciate the fun use of color and the twins' unique and glamorous poses which, by acting as a counterpoint to the casual fashion, bring a lot more interest to this artistic endeavor than if they had gone with more staid ones. They continue to show their love for casual glamour in a classic black-top + denim 'snap. While this looks like an unreleased item from a couple years ago, the fashion choices are excellent. Their matching black bustiers are gorgeous and the pairing of the more formal top with casual denim succeeds brilliantly. Brie spikes hers with a chin belt, while Nikki opts for a flower-embroidered piece. She completes her outfit with strappy sandals, while Brie goes for fierce peeptoe patent booties. Both looks are A+. The twins score equally well with a more casual iteration of their style, in which they rep their WWE t-shirts, Brie in her red "Brei Mode" piece and Nikki in her black "Fearless" tanks. Nikki adds suit pants with a slightly formal vibe to her look, and then reiterates the casual feel with a baseball cap. The fit her of pants appears to be slightly off - which may be just a function of the camera angle. I think it disrupts the look a bit, though and I would have loved to see her try a belt here. I applaud her, though, for trying this pairing and pushing boundaries beyond leggings and denim. It's a much needed exploration and I hope she does more of it! Brie's outfit works a better, but doesn't take the same risks. She pairs her teewith jeans and adds a red plaid button-down tied at her waist, as was her wont in this latest style era. A bold pendant and a red headband complete her simply stylish look with classic Bella chic.
One amazing thing about fashion: it’s always there for you. It never lets you down. No matter what’s going on in your life, you can escape to fashion. It can be your solace when times are tough, your way to celebrate when they’re good and your personal form of expression and comfort every day in between. And, we’ve got a special treat today! After a big drought of Knockouts’ fashion, we’ve got a boatload of it to review! So, settle in and enjoy :-)
When Gail was inducted into the Knockouts’ Hall Of Fame, Christy and Taryn were on hand to congratulate her. Gail looked aaaamazing in her coral gown with its daring front slit. I love this color on her, as well as the chic simplicity of this piece. The color and hint of sex appeal bring just enough drama to the look, which she completed with gorgeous metallic gold strappy sandals. Everything about this look is spot on.
The flawless fashion was still raging strong as September came to a close. Lana slayed at Olia Zavozina's birthday party in a being knit dress which she paired with patent leather mid-calf boots. She tossed a classic biker jacket over her shoulders, added a choker necklace and, lastly, topped the whole look with a porkpie hat. The porkpie has long been a men's staple piece, but has become a favorite of women as well during the last few decades. It has acquired a definite hipster quality and lends an avant garde vibe to modern looks - as demonstrated here. I love how it gives a quirky twist to Lana's modern pairing. Actually, I love this whole outfit; it's stellar!
Jojo has been wearing a complete catalogue of great dresses lately, but this cherry red wrap piece is a standout! Even though the silhouette is simple, the color gives it a huge pop. My favorite part of her look though is - you guessed it ;) - those shoes! Pumps with lace-up straps and cuff details? I am SO in! What a great choice from Jojo!
We also have more looks from the Bellas' promotion efforts for Total Bellas, including this snake-print maxi dress from Brie. A strident print like this is something of a departure for her and, while it's not my favorite, she gets huge props from me for trying something new. The choker looks fab with this v-neckline and her nude-meets-cinnamon make-up palette looks completely gorgeous on her!
Brie has fab style - definitely the kind you want to snag a bit of now and again. This Maje shirtdress is a perfect combo of grunge and chic. I'm loving the bright blue tones and the tie waist! It's a great look for school, a casual restaurant, girl time, even a chill date night. So, let's say you want to appropriate Brie's look for the day. There are several ways you could do it:
Literally: her exact dress is available at the Maje website here. Her shoe choice is the Louboutin Berlinissimo bootie which is sold out at major stores, but might be available through places Poshmark. To make matters easier, you could go with the newer Cajaboot, a platform-less variation with a similar vibe. At least, you can do that if you're willing and able to spend four figures on an outfit :). If not, there are - fortunately :) - other options. You can also steal her look
Similarly: if you don't mind foregoing the blue, this plaid, tie-front shirtdress from BB Dakota might fit your bill. It's got the same casual, carefree vibe as Brie's. And, it won't require you to pawn anything you value :). If you neeeeeeed blue plaid in your life, but can compromise on the tie-front (or add your own belt/scarf to recreate the effect), consider this mini dess from Eleven Paris. It gives you all the great color at a much more palatable price point. Then again, maybe the black-and-blue plaid and tie-front combo is your hearts' desire and you just can't let go. In that case, you might be able to steal Brie's style
Alternatively: This English Factory blue plaid buttondown echoes all the essential elements of Brie's dress, just in a top. Pairing it with a black A-line skirt - or leggings/skinny jeans if you're happy to stretch even a bit further afield - will give you the feel of Brie's look, but let you make it your own.
After you've picked your main piece(s), you'll need to finish the outfit with a pair of cage booties. And there are a ton of great options to consider:
The Report Alden
The Seychelles Drum Kit
The Steve Madden Cyder
The Dolce Vita Tinlie
The Nina Cypress
The Dune London Meeli
The Guess Anasia
The final step: enjoy feeling fabulous..in the most Brie-eque way!
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