We got a very mixed bag of snaps from Axxess Day 3 - everything from full body shots to partial torsos. The latter naturally make it somewhat difficult to review per se, but being the fashion lover I am, I try to at least make a comment or two :).
Charlotte went for a classic combination of red and black, pairing a halter cropped top with stunning red wide-leg pants. She gets huge props for trying out the wide leg style and I really love how she makes it work. The key to the trend is defining the waist one way or another (which allows the pants to work their long, leggy magic). Charlotte's choice of the crop top accomplishes this perfectly. This shade of red is glorious - intense and attention getting. By doing it as the larger, bolder piece in her look , Charlotte gave it extra significance and made the whole outfit stand out.
Leave it to Alicia to slay the life out of an Axxess outift! I LOVE this look - her burgundy suede overall dress (yes - a dress with an overall top. This one is the Jameson Leather Overall Dress x For Love & Lemons via Mulaner. A few also available in black at lexandlynne.com) is super fun in and of itself, but with studs? Fierce, baby! So fierce! But Her Foxiness doesn't stop there. She adds trendiness to uniqueness and fierceness by layering an off-shoulder tank underneath it for a completely incredible casual look. This is how you make laidback be totally NOT boring! A short collar pendant necklace and a low bun complete this amazing look.
Nia went for a black monochrome outfit, which is solid throughout. She does an excellent job mixing textures for visual interest by topping a knit tee and black leggings with a leather-panelled knit waterfall jacket. I haven't seen enough of her fashion choices to know if all black is something she gravitates to often. If that's her preference and what she enjoys, that rocks! But I do get sad when I think that a number of curvier ladies stay with black because they've been told 18 million times over that it's slimming. The way an outfit looks on the body is much more about cut, fabric and visual geometry than color. So, curvy chicks, if you love color , this is my personal plea to you: don't shy away from it! Have some fun with your palette :)
Summer kept things light with a blush tank (or tank dress) with tonal striping. A pretty ivory lace choker accented the look. One thing that I love very much about this piece is that it definitely seems to not be a coord set :). Also, the softness of the combination is gorgeous for hot weather -light neutrals always have a dewy fresh quality.
The Wrestlemania Golf Tournament always turns up some interesting fashion. It can be a bit tricky to have functional athletic gear that's still cute too :). Dana goes for ultra trendy sage green with her tee and pairs it with wild mixed-print leggings. I like the way her tee coordinates with the dusty green tones in the marble patterning. Mickie earns some props by bringing color into her look as well. I can't say I'd immediately reach for these plum knee socks with their cobalt stripes, but I love the way they add a big punch of color to her look - as well as coordinating quite nicely with her playful polka dot polo (I get points every time I use alliteration :)). Set against the look's major hue of bright white, the color really works fabulously. Also, how cute is Mickie with glasses? So cute, right?! I wish she had put her hair in a ponytail and really showed them off! Naturally, Alicia slays her golf tourney look - pretty sure she does this by habit now :). Her checked pants are whimsical and so so fun! She pairs them with a classic black tee and then tops it all with a luxe fur vest - how often you see one of those on the golf course?! The texture is fantastic, but the surprise of the inclusion of such a piece is even more so. Oh, and she's not done: Foxy finishes the outfit with a black fedora embellished with a massive burgundy peony. That piece is completely aaaaaaaahmazing! This whole look is fabulous...and totally Foxy - relaxed, unusual, bold, creative and pulled together. Girlfriend is slaying that golf course like a catwalk! This killer causal look would be equally at home in a coffeehouse, shopping, a girl squad lunch,..so many places! Cathy gives Foxy a lil' style competition with her look - she pairs a black v-neck tee and a caramel leather skirt with oh-so-trendy pleats. I'm guessing she finished her outfit with the black sneakers each of the other ladies were sporting as well, which works perfectly in my book, picking up on the athleisure trend, as well as being functional for actual athletics. Like Foxy's ensemble, Cathy's look would be quite fab off the course as well. Nicely done, ladies!
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!
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!
Lana spent a few days in New York with her sister during the middle of Aug and, as she often does, totally switched up her style for that short time. It's SO much FUN when she does this; it keeps The Fashion Blogger Life interesting! So, speciba, Queen Lana! For this particular jaunt, she paired a denim lace-up pantsuit with high top sneakers and a baseball cap. Imagine - glamorous Lana does a baseball cap! She looks ttly downtown cool: "Lana From The Block" anyone? :)
Cathy has been showing quite a flair for amazing looks since she first caught our attention. This one is a fabulous blend of tough and tender. She pairs a studded leather mini skirt (from Nasty Gal, id by fashionofthedivas.tumblr.com) with a velvet camisole. This has such a great textural contrast - lush velvet, smooth leather, hard flashy studs ...and a touch of lace trim on her cami for a bit more femininity. The outfit is incredibly pretty...but not at all too sweet. Kind of like dark chocolate :). She adds a touch more gold with a delicate necklace from Topshop, which pulls the whole thing together. I'm envisioning black heels with this: fierce sandals or cool-girl ankle booties.
Spoiler alert! There will be a prom this season on Total Divas! Ooooo. Ahhhhhhh. The whole situation apparently arose because Miz discovered Maryse had never been to a prom (do they not do the prom thing in Canada? I can't imagine there would have been anything other than a line of guys stretching straight across the country waiting to invite Maryse to one). TD therefore decided to throw one the blonde beauty (and the rest of the divas (Ha! See - Total Divas ="divas"! It's not passe!)) could attend. We got a sneak peek at a couple of outfits thanks to the magic of Instagram. Maryse chose a white halter gown, embellished with gold stripes. The simplicity of this dress is lovely. She gets massive props from me for her elbow-length gloves (LOVE) and her gorgeous updo - I love the dangly tendrils falling to one side. Dana's choice was a modern dress in a classic shade. The wrap style I can totally get behind. the plunge front is just a bit much for the prom, though. (Yes, the prom. I like my definite articles. Leave it there. :D #GrammarSoldier). I'm not sure how I feel about the calf-high gladiators either. I'm leaning toward "nay", especially with the already risky dress. Her updo though! OMG is that ever gorgeous!! Natalya's coord set was on point, as always. She gets yyyyyuuuuuge ;) Fierce points for choosing navy. The simple skirt with its wide matching band offsets the glittering, be-crystalled bodice flawlessly. That's how it's done, folks. I love her pretty gold headband too! It gives me early Lana del Rey vibes and I thnk Nattie could also have rocked some big-volume locks piled up around it a la Lana, had she chosen to go that route ;).
Yeah, I know it's a bit odd to be celebrating Independence Day spirit at the end of July. But...in my defense...uh...actually I have no defense, I'm just running behind 'cuz life is BUSY, y'all. Still, any day can be a day of independence and a little extra celebrating never hurt anyone, right? ;) So, light up your sparklers (a sparkling smile will suffice :)) and let's get to it!
Maryse wows us on a continual basis by coming up with ever-evolving interpretations of a chic formula. The statement-coat-over-bodysuit look, paired with OTK's is her current slay-us-via-style genre. Lately, she has taken to ramping up the glam in the look by finishing it with massive, jaw-dropping necklaces. This one, a symphony of layered black stones set in a raindrop pattern gives this black monochrome look - already fabulous due to the complexity of her sleeveless trench- to a new level of bold elegance. I always enjoy seeing where Maryse leads us on her fashion journeys! She goes from dark glamour to red hot in her next look: a bodycon dress accented with some seriously daring cutouts, which are filled in with crisscross straps. Holy! The Sexiest Of The Sexy rides again. After we pop our eyeballs back in, can we talk about this ponytail? I love the juxtaposition of sleek with sexy!
Lana went for a sand-colored bodycon with an empire waist. This color has been all over fashion lately (especially paired with blush pink), and, even though it isn't red, white, or blue, I still love the soft warmth of the color for a summer picnic. Pop it with red or navy shoes and/or bag and/or jewels for a super classic look.
Renee's lace-up romper hits all the right color notes and is suitably free-spirited with its exotic paisley print. Her chunky camel shoes nod to both boho and the 90's and ground this look perfectly. The pairing is trademark Renee: lighthearted, functional and FUN. Adding it to the "To Borrow" list now.
Sasha's cutout pantsuit has a modern, architectural vibe that immediately caught my attention. It's simple, but strong - defintitely the kind of piece that makes an impression! Her "Boss" jewelry and bedazzled sunnies bring her personal spin to the look...but not nearly as much as her wedge sneakers do! They're a unique pairing with the jumpsuit and reiterates Sasha's claim on the sporty-street style territory she is carving out for herself. It's a theme that's different, interesting and makes her stand out.
Sometimes, all you need is one solid shot of fierce to make everything fall into place :). Such is the case with Dana's recent outfit. Skinny denim+halter top is a so-fab-right-now combo. But what really takes this look to new heights is the studded shoes. Hello, Fierce! A dagger necklace, cuff bracelet and statement earrings are just icing on the cake. So, let's play and light our stylish fires with this idea of fierce-on-foot as the raison d'etre for a look. Because there are so few pieces involved, the outfit has to be built via carefully selected and balance elements. Take the event into consideration. For date night or a concert, do it Dana's way and pick a top with a bit of interest. Don't think full-on sequins...more like a fringe detail, interesting straps, cute pleats, a special fabric (like hammered silk), but done in a simple tank silhouette. You're looking for a piece that's not run-of-the-mill, but isn't a stop-traffic conversation piece either. Bottoms = skinny jeans. Easy enough. However, if you have a personal vendetta against skinny jeans (hear ya!) or just plain don't feel like them today, consider slim chinos or ponte pants. Color is equally non-challenging: black, black, black! It's edgy, it's chic, it's just right. And now, the moment you've been waiting for...the zing! ...The YAAAS!....The ha-cha-cha!...The shoes! Whaddaya got, babes? Studded leather pumps? Bring 'em! Lace-up sandals? Right on! Strappy booties? Hell, yeah! Crystal or fringe accented stilettos? Spot on! If it's prim, proper and chic ...leave it home. You're here for the fierce and nothing but the fierce...so, take no prisoners. Post-shoes, throw on a bauble or two if the spirit moves you. Or don't. It's all good. Now, let's say your event is a little more chill...lunch with the girls, paint night, etc etc. So, essentially, it's the same deal...just tone the whole thing down by going with a basic top...a rib knit body-skimming tee, a slouchy tank. Add a studded wrap bracelet to bring in an extra touch of flash. If you want to split the difference between the two options, consider something like the oh-so trendy off-the-shoulder blouse. It's chic and sexy, without being overly dressy. And, as always, fierce shoes will raise it to new heights. Hope you bust out your most ferocious stilettos sometimes soon! Rock that shiz, girlfriends! XO
If you were craving a little Barbie Blank in your life, we got ya covered! She was featured recently in Most Fitness magazine's 15th issue, looking resplendent in black. She has literally the hottest workout gear I've ever seen, including a slashed bodysuit (previewed here), and a cutout one-piece paired with sheer sweatpants, as well as the sheer-striped inset halter top and the crop-top and leggings coord set above. The lace-up detail on her crop top takes it into crave-worthy territory. You could def skip the workout and wear this with jeans or a pencil skirt, as well as with the coordinating leggings. I love how the cuffs at the leggings match the side detail of the top so it's clear that it's a set! I'm also a huge fan of Barbie's mirrored metallic pumps and the way they enhance the silver flash of the grommets in her clothing. Just....wtdefbkgyfsiysiwzowjd. The lighting in the 'shoot was kept very cool and the settings are icy clean and industrial, creating a futuristic fierceness reminiscent of a Joseph Kahn video. So amazing! See more from the 'shoot here. (Psssst.... Eva Marie was featured in issue 14, so check that out too.) Black monochrome seemed to be high on Barbie's style radar this summer, as she also promoted WAGS in a smoldering dark look. This one utilized a chic suit, including a cropped blazer and high-waisted slim pants paired with a lace brassiere. Hot d**n. She accessorized with a pretty scalloped choker and black patent leather pointy toe pumps.
Maryse was rocking white on not one, but two occasions recently and no wonder: it's one of the summer's hottest looks! First, she attended a poker night fundraiser for Tower Cancer Research. Her white mock-neck dress is made of a fabulous, luxurious quilted material and accented with gazillions of crystals. It's chic and glam and oh so thoroughly Maryse. Let's just take a moment, shall we? ...She finished the look with nude pointy heels and topped it off with a sleek, top-knot bun. I love the refined sophistication of this outfit! Maryse does it again with her second white look: a white suit done with shorts and a cropped jacket, matched with a blush bodysuit. I'm a huge fan of the casual polish of a shorts-suit for summer. It has the chic, fierce vibe of a suit, but the relaxed effect of shorts. Maryse finishes the look with her new, world-dominating Valentino Rockstud heels.
Also looking fantastically chic is Natalya in a modern, sophisticated LBD with sheer insets. I'm really enjoying her decision to finish this look with these maple brown horsebit ankle strap sandals (by Gucci). Nude or camel is a classic pairing with black, but this slightly darker shade of warm brown looks amazing, as well as being a bit more unique!
Lana looks gorgeous in this powder blue mockneck cutout crop top and pencil skirt set. While the silhouette of her top is flawlessly on trend and makes this outfit fierce and modern, the real standout to me is this incredible color! It happens to be one of those shades that flatters many hair/skin tone combinations, including (clearly) fair and blonde :). Her black lace-up sandals bring some additional edge to this look. I could also see finishing it with bright white, vibrant blue, gray seude or silver metallic.
I was thrilled to see Dana bring out this look a few weeks ago; it's such a perfect pairing for her! The high-neck, cutaway-shoulder style looks wonderful on her, while the cropped style highlights her curves. The leather-esque accents toughen up the look in a subtle, but sexy way. She matched it black skinny pants that ramp up the edgy vibe. And her coup de grace is these crave-worthy studded pointy-toe pumps. Like...yes! That is how you complete a black-on-black ensemble! bold earrings and a spiked collar necklace add a touch more texture and sheen to this rocker-inspired styling.
Nikki brought a more subtle rocker touch to her Las Vegas trip with this white lace-up top, paired with distressed denim. I love how the ruffled cap sleeves bring femininity to this look, which plays nicely against the harsher feel of the torn denim. She took the look from "classic summer pairing" to "off-duty rockstar" by the addition of the wide, black choker necklace, which brings a great twist of fierce to the outfit. We don't get to see her shoes, but studded gladiators or block-heeled black ankle boots would work nicely here. I'd also be on board with a black leather belt (even a studded one!;)) to echo her black necklace.
Barbie graced the red carpet with this printed bodycon dress recently. The complexity of this pattern makes the piece a real stand-out! I'm also loving her exploration of this color - it's not one we've seen much of on Barbie, and it suits her quite well. She finished the look with nude pumps, a modern and successful choice. If I could tweak one thing, it would be to warm up her lip color a smidge - maybe just to a tawny pink. This sand shade is coming off a bit drab to me. Outside of that, this look is A+..i.e., classic Barbie! :-)
Maryse debuted a new statement trench at the end of last month and it is a jaw-dropper It's a sleeveless leather masterpiece of scalloped details and sparkling stones that perfectly realizes the rocker facet of Maryse's style.
And Dana Brooke makes this FashionHap not once, but twice, which is a good thing because call-out number one is ...well, less than I would hope for from her. This lace-accented, polka-dot sheer-inset embellished bodysuit has a very vintage vibe, which is set against a leather peplum and finished off with ballsy cutout leather leggings. It comes dangerously close to hot mess territory because it tries to combine too many vibes, rather than juxtaposing a selected few. Her next outfit is a dramatic improvement: a lavender bodysuit with a sheer-stripe overlay and lavender piping, enhanced by a sprinkling of blue-teal sequins. This works! It's got power and impact, but it's still pared down enough to allow the details to harmonize and be appreciated. Moe like this, please! :-) PS props for the azalea lip shade - it makes a nice pop against the black and purple.
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