The surprises aren't just on Raw this week! Last night on Smackdown Live, we saw the debut of Sarah Logan, Ruby Riot, and Liv Morgan. The trio first attacked Naomi and Becky Lynch backstage, before they interfered in the title match between Charlotte Flair and Natalya. Liv has been signed to NXT since 2014, going through a gimmick and name change before she really got her start in 2015/2016. Ruby has worked for numerous independent promotions before she was offered an NXT contract in January of this year. Sarah has made various appearances for WWE since 2014, signed her performance center contract in 2016, and most notably was a participant in the Mae Young Classic. That makes 5 main rosters debuts this week! WWE is really shaking things up in the women's division, let's see where they go from here. Welcome to SD Live, ladies!
The moment many of us have been waiting for finally happened last night on RAW when Paige made her much anticipated return to the WWE. Not only that, along side her debuted Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville from NXT. Both women were part of the 2015 season of Tough Enough, where Paige was a judge. Mandy was also a cast member for season 5 of Total Divas. The three women took out the competitors in the ring, before attacking the current RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss backstage. What a way to remind everyone that this is her house. Welcome back, Paige! And to Mandy and Sonya, welcome to the main roster!
Gail looks amaaaayzing as Amber from Sucker Punch! The character’s costume is loosely based on the fatigues of a World War 1-era flying ace – with a few sexy updates, naturally :) – and Gail shows off a wonderful re-creation of it, right down to the fishnets and visible black lingerie. The traditional flight jacket gets cropped, while mission-functional pants are re-imagined as raunchy chaps. Happily, the awesome hats are kept intact in a rendition that is fairly faithful to the original. It’s rare that we get to see Gail in a hat, but I’m completely loving how this one looks on her – so hot! I usually rave over Gail in bright colors, but this dusty army-olive green has me fired up too. It’s super gorgeous for her! We’ve seen the photos from Impact get much more technical lately, with manipulation of the backgrounds and various filters being used. That holds true here as well and, while it sometimes has seemed a little heavy handed, it works perfectlyfor these snaps, giving them a vintage vibe that contrasts with the modern clothing for an intriguing interplay of old and now. This concept is a brilliant one for Gail, coming across as an alternate rendition of the sexy fighter we see in the ring: powerful, empathetic, but deadly. The absolute highlight of the snaps is Gail’s posing. Whether she’s flashing a hint of cheek(s) ;) as she gazes pensively off at the horizon or channeling Amber’s fetish for her ever-present lollipop, Gail SLAYS. Her comfort with the camera and confidence are palpable…and sexy! She uses her facials to add nuance to the stances and the total package is tantalizingly stellar.
We have a couple of addenda to Impact’s Halloween ‘shoots ( I know, I know...I’m a full holiday behind *hangs head in shame*). First up is McKenzie as a lovely and quite glamorous mermaid – a theme that seems to be a perfect choice for her. Her outfit is classic and flawless, from the seashell bra to the aptly named mermaid skirt of her costume. I really love the color combinations in this set – they create an ombré effect starting with metallic azure, shifting into bright lime and then into shimmering mint. It aptly reflects the sea theme but also looks quite stunning. Many mermaids are content to allow the seashells to be their only baubles, by McKenzie gives us a flashier, more luxe interpretation of the look, adding a sparkling crystal choker and glittering statement cuff, which definitely up the wow factor. Her eyeshadow echoes the colors of her outfit, as well as it’s sheen, enhancing her natural beauty. She nails two standard poses, setting up my only regret regarding this ‘shoot: that we didn’t get a couple more snaps in it.
Taya’s Viking-themed “set” unfortunately suffers from the same paucity of shots, but what’s there is solid. She dons an ivory bodysuit with a metallic front panel, which gives a nice illusion of armor and adds a heavy dose of fur: gloves, epaulets, even a sort of bustle, which I’m sure there is much tougher, more technical, and far more Viking-esque name for :). Fur also trims her horned metallic cap. Fishnets stockings add a subtle dose of sex appeal to the look, while the red streaks in her hair bring in a welcome shot of color. We sadly never get to see her footwear choice, but I’d put good money down on fur-lined boots – what else would a Nordic warrior face battle in? Her pose is an appealing one and presented with confidence. On my wishlist: I would have loved to see her carrying a giant shield or sword…I’d even settle for an ice pick. Perhaps those were in the snaps that didn’t get released. Ooo..and maybe she’s off to do battle with the one keeping them prisoner. If so, I hope she wins! ;)
I love the way Becky elevated this simple tee and jeans pairing so easily and effectively by topping it with this intriguing floral bomber! Jackets are one of my favorite – and one of the simplest!- ways to turn an outfit from “something I just threw on” into style. This one has a quirky blend of femininity from the flowers and sportiness due to the stripes. It’s such a strong and fun statement that it immediately gives weight to the look and it touches on the crucial floral trend without being all fancy. It’s simple enough to re-create: boxy tee and slim blue denim (distressed works, un-distressed also works; pick your passion!)create the backdrop. Gray makes a versatile alternative to Becky’s choice of white and keeps the look lighter overall. I would def be on board for doing this with moodier dark tones as well: charcoal, navy, forest green, wine. If you’re shivering just looking at a t-shirt, try this with a sweatshirt (even a hoodie ;)) or an oversize thermal to maintain the super-chill vibe. Or, go with a cable sweater for a nod to the oh-so-trendy 80’s. The floral print has my deep love and appreciation at the moment, but the casual ease of this ensemble can take other directions: play on texture by choosing a quilted topper, enhance the sporty feel with a classic varsity-inspired piece or let your whimsy loose with an animal-embroidered jacket. Since it’s officially fall, finish the look with ankle booties: a chunky-heeled lace-up with a military/moto vibe gives this an edgy grunge twist (and acts as a counterweight to any sweet florals), while a classic jodphur (pron: jahd-per) boot evinces laidback refinement. Do it Becky’s way and ditch the baubles. But feel free to add a leather backpack or a chain-handled crossbody for carrying all your necessary flotsam and jetsam ;). Happy styling!
I just recently saw a look with a sweatshirt layered under a trench coat done by one of my favorite fashion bloggers and ever since I’ve been obsessed not only with wearing such a look, but also with creating one here. When I saw this pairing from Barbie, I was totally on board! Her version is super laidback and maybe a bit chilly for those of us in colder climes, so I metamorphosized it a bit to make it autumn and polished-event (or work)-friendly. Barbie’s plaid shirt, knotted 90’s-style at her waist, gets transformed into the collared under-layer of the sweatshirt, giving it a dressier vibe. Pale gray shorts become black (or gray or dark blue wash) slim denim. With a cropped sweatshirt like Barbie’s, leaving the plaid shirt un-tucked balances the proportions and adds extra color (an also addresses that whole work-appropriate thing). With a boxy, oversize piece, consider tucking the shirt in...or jettisoning it entirely :). To cement the casually chic feel, top the ensemble with a blazer. A classic silhouette will do nicely. Alternatively, go with a double-breasted version for a power vibe and the visual interest of the extra hardware. For less dressed-up events, skip the jacket and add interest on the bottom: leather leggings, slim tuxedo-striped pants, pieces with lace-up, button or hardware details – anything with polish, edge or both! Keep the baubles simple and chill: an initial pendant or other necklace with personal meaning is all you need. While Barbie’s concert-ready iteration could be finished with sneakers, this version gets a shot of panache from ankle boots. Classic black leather is an always-chic go-to, while velvet (how fab is does this deep blue look?! Sims here and here) makes a gorgeous and trendy option. Other pairings include back patent for modern attitude or a heeled, lug-sole moto or hiking boot for a totally fun and unexpected grunge twist. I love the fiercer vibe that cool neutrals (black, gray, navy, ivory) provide, but classic red or black watch plaids (the latter being a combo of navy and hunter) would be equally fitting. Happy slaying, loves!
WWE came to terms on the release of Summer and Emma as of the end of October. I’m always sad to see any of the ladies leave. I get to know them and their style and watch them grow and it feels like my sister is leaving for college. I can always keep in touch, but it’s not the same. Summer’s release is the less surprising of the two, as she has not been on tv for nearly a year, due to injury. I loved her classy Instagram comment following the event:
“They say you'll never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Well that wasn't true in this situation. I knew the value of this moment, I knew the magnitude of this moment. I hear some of you say "but you didn't become champ", "you didn't get the push you deserved", "you didn't get a title run". But see, I got MY title. I became a WWE Diva.”
Like many people, I tend to assume that every girl’s goal is hold the title, but when you think about what it takes to even make it on to the roster –all the years of training, the travel, the stress on your body, the discipline, maintaining the fitness level – it becomes clear that just becoming a Diva is a significant achievement. Summer’s thoughts put it in perspective beautifully and I’m so happy that she reached her goal. I will, however, miss her fashion muchly. Her NY Fashion Week looks in particular stand out for me as complete killage. So, I fervently hope something fashion-related is in her future!
Emma (Tenille Dashwood) was also upbeat after initially posting a broken heart emoji, saying
“I feel very fortunate to have the most amazing family, friends and fans in the world! I am excited for the future. The best is yet to come!”
Her release was very unexpected, as she had recently begun a feud with Asuka. Her various fashion evolutions – from bouncy Aussie to dark attitude to Emmalina – were always intriguing and a sign that reinventing herself is something that she’s quite comfortable with, which should stand her in good stead for the future. We wish both her and Summer the very best for whatever direction the future takes them in!
They say all good things must come to an end, and our Fearless Nikki Bella was sadly eliminated from the Dancing With The Stars on Monday night. We're definitely shocked along side Nikki and Artem, as last week they had 9's across the board and their fan base had been so strong with the votes. But now, we're going to look back at the last few weeks of the competition and review how Nikki wow'd us with her fashion.
Brie: Nikki and Artem’s dance to “Remember Me” from Coco during Disney week captures the Latin theme of the film perfectly. This flowing ruffled dress with its sexy, shoulder-baring silhouette is a style Nikki is very comfortable with, as anyone familiar with many of her early WWE photoshoots can attest. With a theme that’s this much in hr wheelhouse, I was expecting her to nail it from top to bottom and I wasn’t disappointed! I loved seeing this gorgeous turquoise shade on her! It’s not one we often see her try out, but it’s stunning and threw an unexpected twist into a familiar theme.. Her up-do and the perfectly-placed flowers were flawlessly chosen. Of course, there’s a touch of Nikki’s trademark glamour in the metallic touches on the ruffles, the gold belt and glittering bangle, all of which helps to give the look a subtle formality that’s suitable for a performance such as this. I’m of two mind about the red eye-shadow. I can feel that it makes everyone look red-eyed, as if they had been crying, unless it’s done in a very particular way. Then again, it changes the way Nikki’s a face looks and that’s quite captivating and works especially well for this dance. I don’t know if I’d want to see her wear it every day, but as a change and for this type of theme, I think I could get sold on it :).
After all the months of waiting, BirdieBee is finally here, open and ready to be shopped! Woot woot! First and foremost, congratulations to Brie and Nikki on reaching this milestone. They’ve put a lot of time, energy and thought into this, so it’s wonderful to see it come to fruition. Next, this is not everything they intend to offer. Think of it as a capsule collection. Lots of new items are still coming in and extended sizes will be debuting early next year. I like that they opened with a variety of different items: tees, sweaters and activewear, in addition to the intimates that seemed to be the original focus of the line. They also get props for awareness of fabrics: the workout gear is done in quick-drying nylon blend, while the intimates are in a fabulously soft modal-cotton combo. There are a couple of basics, but most of the clothing is sprinkled with inspirational quotes or graphics. My favorite is the “You literally can even” sweater :). These are collectible pieces, intended to be bought as functional outfit-highlight pieces. Don’t be expecting 2/$10 tees that you can get spaghetti sauce all over without caring; that’s what Walmart is for. The activewear seems to be a genre that will be a brand highlight in future: the streamlined seaming on the leggings has a cool vibe and the simple bralette, which immediately set me raving, has a super-hot strappy back design and is my favorite piece of the whole collection so far. It has a very Nikki-esque vibe…and who wouldn’t want to feel like Nikki when they’re working out? ;) Props to the ladies for a solid, workman-like debut with some intriguing moments. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store (literally and figuratively ;)).
BirdieBee is available to shop right now HERE.
Note: there were apparently a few web site bugs with international shipping in the launch, which have now been fixed, but if you see an issue, please let the company know (without freaking out :)) so they can fix it.
I’m so excited to finally post this for all of you! It’s been in process since literally August. I plead lack of time and scope of post: this season’s “blast” is more like a ka-boom - fashion is going in so many directions right now! There are a multitude of subtexts underlying a few dominant themes.
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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