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This weekend, ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars star, Shay Mitchell attended Teen Vogue's Back-To-School Event rocking one of our favorite looks cas to glam hot pink blazer, white cami and a cute pair of leather shorts that are cut in a romper style. She paired this with neon limon nails, a turquoise beaded necklace, blush pumps and an agate ring. Of course I had to enhance the look just a bit with a number of pieces that are perfect to top off this look and become great staples for whatever you're wearing.
I love this Botswana Agate Ring by Chan Luu which is a great neutral, of course these fab double platform heels by Rachel Zoe are perfect and have a bit of twise as I love that the ankle has a bit of a point - as someone who adores shoes, this is such a great paor to have in your closet. I'd switch out her limon nails for a soft butter melon hue by Butter London known as Bumster. Finish the look off with this fab turquoise necklace by Kendra Scott.
If you've been checking out your Twitter Feeds, you know that Comic-Con took over San Diego! With a number of people on panels, we had to take note of the uber stylish, Kerry Washington who was at the press conference panel to promote her new Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained” with costars Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx.
I fell in love with J. Mendel's full pleated floral skirt from his Resorrt 2013 collection. I love that she paired this fun skirt with a collared and sleeveless top from A.L.C. - who doesn't lover a femme look with a bit of edge on the side. I definitely love the apparel but I would tweak the accessories. Let's swap her red and purple belt which seems like a little bit of an after thought and pop on this black wide Lanvin bow belt. In addition, I find her heels to be a bit chunky but have fallen in love with a sleek stilleto that adds a twist to the rounded versus pointed toe debate - this boxed style by Giuseppe Zanotti. Slipping on this cigar ring adds another depth to the look by Melinda Maria. In terms of her beauty look, I love this high pony tail with a bit of a tease and a strong red lip is always a plus - I'm a huge fan of Dior Beauty and when it comes to a dark eye, I have been rocking Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero which is the perfect way to have rocker chic!
L-R: Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx.
I think I would like the whole outfit more without the belt and the chunky platform pumps. A sleek stiletto pump like the Christian Louboutin classic “Pigalle” would have been a better choice, in my opinion.
She finished off with a teased ponytail and bright red lips.
As many of you know, I was in New Orleans at the end of last week for the Essence Music Festival at the My Black is Beautiful Booth which included a number of P&G brands! As a Brand Ambassador for Crest, I spent the day meeting a number of attendees and celebs that came through as I gave them accessories tips as well as explaining why Crest ensures that my best accessory, a white smile, is the perfect way to complete your outfit! I'll create an album and will update this post so that you can see all of the fun.
I love wearing white dresses and this linen dress from Miguelina which had intricate work . I paired that with a Virgins, Saints and Angels Magdalena Necklace which is always fun (I also paired it with one of my VSA rings as well as this stach of bracelets which can also be worn as necklaces - a fun way to bring in pearls) to bring ornate elements into the look. I also wore a number of pieces from Linea Pelle including this wrapped bracelet that you can see on my arm which incorporates orange and gold into the look as well as their fabulous Dylan Double Zipper Bag which I am obsessed with!!!. I capped off the look with my Ana Reign onyx ring! In terms of makeup, I'm all about keeping it simple and dynamic. I love that I on my cheeks not only do I have my usual bronzer that looks sunkissed but I also have Estee Lauder's Blush in Fearless (this can also be used as a lip color due to its formulation which is amazing).
I had such an amazing day that allowed me to meet a number of fabulous women, men and kids as well as to be embraced by the people of New Orleans who were super sweet and generous! I also loved seeing my fellow industry peeps such as Bevy Smith that I am pictured with who is always phenom no matter where you see her and as an Accessories Expert, I can say that she is always accessories approved! On another note, I love that I am more prone to wearing my sunglasses indoors than I am when I am actually outside!
A classic black dress with lace overlay from Theia, never goes out of style! Earlier this year, Paul and I saw Angella Bassett in The Mountain Top which showcases the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. Yesterday, Angela Bassett hit the red carpet at BET Awards last night! I'm loving her classic chic look in black with a bit of lace! I'd have accessorized her the following way: black onyx. I have been a fan of this gemstone ever since I can remember. David Yurman has this fabulously detailed wheaton ring as well as cable wrap necklace - perfect items to wear whether you're dressing up or dressing it down. I'd stacj a few bracelets together such as Irene Neuwirth as well as Ivanka Trump's piece as well. Finally pop in a bit of rose gold with Deborah Pagani cognac diamond Maiko earrings.
At the beginning of the month, celebs hit the red carpet for the MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios in LA. It's definitely one of the more light hearted shows but I love that Charlize Theron didn't skimp on giving a wow moment when she wore this red ensemble by Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and jewelry by Dsquared crystal and studded pumps which are befitting for star! In addition, a fun triangular clutch from Simone Rainer which creates a playful look.Finally, why not add a statement necklace with Oscar de la Renta?
Last night, I kept my attention to my Twitter Feed to see how Laura Osnes did as she was nominated last night at the Tony Awards for her lead role in Bonnie & Clyde. Although she didn't take home an award, I was so pleased to be able to work with her during as she was our guest of honor as we launched, Accesshairize, a celeb focused event where myself and co-founder (Celebrity Hair Stylist and Beauty Blogger of Serafino Says.com) Kristan Serafino partnered with the James Bentley Salon to present her during our Red Carpet Moments theme. It was such an amazing night with sponsors including Victoria's Secret, Kaaral USA, Ted Rossi and Nina Handbags. In addition, attendees enjoyed, Georgetown Cupcake and Bartenura Wines.
Enjoy the montage of images from the night and see all the images from the night in our gallery of Accesshairize Red Carpet Moments! We're super excited to have been able to send Laura Osnes off on her way to her big night and we're equally excited to host our next event later on this month!
Over the past few days, we have all heard about The Queen's Diamond Jubilee which celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 60 years as the Queen of England. With a number of celebrations, this was a great way to check out a number of fashionable ways to rock a look while being respectful of the decorum that this series of events requires. Kate Middleton (picture courtesy of WENN.com), rocked out in this amazing Alexander McQueen pin dress at the River Pageant Flotilla. I have seen it worn by a number of celebrities and I love the way that Kate is wearing it. She paired this with one of her favorite go to shoes - the nude pump by L.K. Bennett.
I would complete this look with the fun and compact clutch by Nina which has a nice embellishment on the top of the clasp. I would also pair these Charriol champagne diamond and bronze drop earrings. Together this is such a fab look!
If you want to get in on a celebration, you can go to a number of bars that are whipping up drinks in honor of this event! Our friends at Whitehall here in NYC (19 Greenwich Ave) have The Queen's Jubilee Cocktail made by mixologist, John McCarthy.
British singer Cheryl Cole arrives for the screening of "Amour" (Love) at the Cannes Film Festival in this drama filled Stephane Rolland! I'm loving this fabulous dress which comes from his Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection. This dres is absolutely stunning and after seeing it on the runways earlier this year, it's fab to see this finally coming out at an event! With the stunning firey tones, I would have rocked this Salvatore Ferragamo clutch which is a crystal and suede box in order to complete the look.
Who doesn't love Brandy Norwood? She has a phenomenal voice, acts and very much so comes across as the girl next door! Last night, she hit the Red Carpet arrivals at yesterday's 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Obviously we'll update you on the pieces that brand is wearing but we're loving the blush/mauve hued fringe dress that allowed her to show her inner Grecian Goddess. Her little clutch was fabulous and I love that she didn't skimp on the bracelets and rings (although I would have loved to have seen a wider arm cuff as well as a statement ring! Although her peep toe pumps were cute, I would have streamlined the look just a touch by pairing it with this Lanvin Cone Sandal - it creates a lightness and more of the golden look that she has throughout her accessories choices!
I love Rachel Zoe she's a phenom stylist, designer and overall mogul! When it comes to her personal style, she has a number of looks that I love! I'm obsessed with finding the perfect white shirt dress. I love this maxi shirt dress and there's so much that can be done with it. I would definitely roll up my sleeves and unbutton a few buttons. Like Zoe, I like belting this and would totally rock it out with this obi style belt that's grey from DVF which adds nice dimensions to the look. Continue the grey love with this Stella McCartney grey chain tote that is super roomy! Slip into this Banane Watersnake Peep Platforms which are by Christian Louboutin of course and make a little pop with this Roberto Cavalli ring!
Last week we gushed over Kris Jenner's white dress and here we go back in white! Maybe it's the fact that later on today we have the Met Ball (dubbed the Oscars of the East Coast by many will be live streamed and available on Amazon, Vogue and Metropolitan Museum of Art) where we know the fashions will be stunning (and this year you can see it streamed live) that we're even a little more excited today! Last week, Giulliana Rancic rocked this fabulous dress by Theia at E! Upfronts which looked phenomenal. As a huge fan of this media everyday girl gone glam, it's hard to suggest tweeks - but of course I am!
I'd definitely play up the blush love by adding in these amazing Casadei studded pumps. I would layer on pops of shimmer with Charriol (loving that one of these a Nordstrom exclusive) - together it's just enough bling which every girl loves! To add a little neutral, how about Nam Cho's eye popping ring with champagne diamonds? This amped up look is so G and one we're super excited aboout!
The Kardashians definitely have a matriarch that keeps everything in check even while she works on her personal empire. Last week, Kris Jenner stepped out to attend Google and The Hollywood Reporter hosted an event right before the White House Correspondants dinner! I love Kris Jenner wearing this long sleeved banded dress in white! It's a sexy look while definitely being age appropriate as she is always on point with her look .We're loving her woven black clutch and may we suggest this one by Bottega Veneta which is oh so chic. I'm drooling over her earrings as they are classy, eye popping and can be noticed wherever you happen to stand! To get a similar look, try Colucci Diamonds availale at one of my favorite sites, Forzieri! Finally, it's always about the shoes, I would have actually opted for this fab mesh pair by Giuseppe Zanotti as I love the fun exchange of textures between mesh, banded and woven! White is so crisp and there is a way to bring it to a feminine as well as an edgy look.
She grew to being one of my favorite characters on The Hills due to her laid back style and great advice, when she moved on to The City it was great seeing her practical nature being put to good use by working in the fashion industry in NYC from Elle to People's Revolution. Seeing that she has a line that is oh so very her - is an amazing accomplishment. I had the pleasure of attending her fashion show which debuted at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, here in NY this past February and as I sat front row, I was excited to see a number of pieces that I fell in love with!
As a brand ambassador for Crest 3D White, I have been invited to a number of events to learn more about the brand and their current spokesperson, Whitney Port. Last week Whitney and I had a chance to chat about her line, her upcoming accessories venture and her position as a judge on Britain's Next Top Model! First off, she is always on the go and although it was a lot of time that was put in to make the runway show successful, when all was said and done, it was worth every minute to see Whitney Eve come to fruition. In addition, all the accessories are from her upcoming line called, Bits and Bobs! If you love chunky pieces, necklaces, hair accessories, rings and more - this line is something that will definitely take your interest. Like me, she shares a love for layering and accessorizing. For the purpose of today's post, I have shared two fab accessories that Whitney could have paired with this look as well as the accessory that we both agree on - a smile! Like me, she knows that Crest 3D White Whitestrips Intensive Professional Effects allows you to whiten your teeth for 2 hours for the next 5 days in order to have a lasting smile! You just can't look past the amazing results. In fact while she was filming in London, for Britain's Next Top Model as a judge (airs in the UK in June), she was the ultimate ambassador by letting people know about them and passing them out as apparently it wasn't available over there! It kind of sounds like what I do when I'm on HSN and having some downtime, I'm always passing out an extra strip to encourage others to try it as they are shocked that my teeth are so white because of them and not due to a pricey procedure!
Much like you would expect, Whitney is a doll to chat with, believes in the individual and enjoying life in whatever it is that you're doing and of course, when you wrap that all together - that sense of style is always in season and on trend!
Animal Print is always in season. It's a great way to keep it seasonless no matter what the time of year it is. I also love that for the girl who questions rocking this look, pairing it with black is always a fab choice. Wendy Williams (who I have loved since back in my visual merchandising days when I would hear her radio show while working in various workshops in creating windows. Her "how you doing" kept me going day by day! I'm loving how she looked when she hit the step and repeat for The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People event - and yes she definitely is one! I'm loving her look and of course, I definitely have some ideas on how I would have added a little nuvo glam in there!
Rocking a motorcycle jacket with a chic dress is a fabulous look! Personally, I think that this jacket is a bit too edgy and would actually pair it with Ann Demeulemeester who does leather jacets with a feminine twist to it without losing the edge; moroever, not confusing this as a piece that you would wear if you were actually on a motorcycle. She could rock this look with a fabulous onyx cocktail ring by Ivanka Trump. Keeping it super classic is easy with this Chanel Vintage Coin Cuff which is a great look for any outfit your sporting. Finally, I'm loving her heels; however, I love a rounded peep toe and this pair by Casadei in python is phenomenal and would have taken this look to a whole other level!
If you've been watching your favorite programs, you may have noticed that Jennifer Love Hewitt (she plays Riley Parks) is in a new show, The Client List on Lifetime which premiered last night at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood (see images from the party here)! The Client List follows Riley Parks who lives a double life in order to maintain the lifestyle of her and her children that takes place at a her job which appears to be a day spa. Last week there was a red carpet and I'm loving actress Alicia Lagano's (she plays Selena) look as she hit the red carpet for the premier hosted by Lifetime and Sony Pictures for this new show.
I love the chic romper style of Alicia's look and you can rock this for your upcoming events, birthday parties and appearances too! L*space Callisto has a cute romper that can be dressed up and down for wherever you happen to be off to! Pait it with this fabulous belt by Linea Pelle and croc caged shoes by Elizabeth & James with a fun ALC double antler ring!
I'm such a fan of Kelly Osbourne! She's the perfect mix of sweet and feisty and I love seeing her on E!'s Fashion Police. I also love that Kelly takes care of herself and always shows a number of looks that are on point with the season's trends as well as (more importantly) being true to her own style aesthetic. I love the look she's rocking for Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards this past weekend. You can recreate this fun look by wearing Stella McCartney Ruffled One Shoulder Cotton Blend Dress which is super chic and very easy to wear. Pair this with Giuseppe Zanotti's hot pink pump. I would have also added in (as this is a fun show) this fabulous Mesi Jilly Cowrie Shell and Onyx ring with Kara Ross's Cuff which adds some symmetry to the overall look.
I love flowy dresses for special events and Sonja Morgan (earlier this month) hosted Nickelodeon's Orange Carpet Premiere! Yellow is definitely the color of the season and my closet. But there are other fabulous chiffon gowns that you should have on your list. I'm loving Oscar de la Renta's one shoulder silk number which is fabulous and makes you look like the belle of the ball. I also love Halston Heritage's Ocean Degrade Hem dress which has a gradiating hue that also allows a bit of skin to show so that everyone can see how fab your shoes are. I also love this necklace by Bidermann which is a cuff and accents your neck (this works with all three dresses). These dresses have a bit of the Grecian aesthetic so Cathy Waterman's, Gold Laurel Leaf Ring is the perfect way to complete this look.
Our largest focus in terms of our wardrobe as we countdown to touching down in the Hamptons is a fab bikini and you can't go wrong with sunny yellow hues! I remember watching the always fabulously fun Brooke Burke-Charvet (picture credited to Startraks) on E!'s Wild On Series. Of course now, she is on Dancing With the Stars as well as being a CEO of Modern Mom. I have to say that she is rocking this fabulous yellow bikini while away on St. Bart's - if you're like me, I don't really get in the water so my accessories are everything. Here's how you can get this fabulous look.
I'm loving Heidi Klein's stunning yellow bikini which is the perfect item to pack on your getaway. Stack a seires of Amrita Singh's bangles on your arm as it's always fun to have extra bling on your arm. I love a fab pair of wedges and this denim set by Gianmarco Lorenzi is the perfect item to complete this and many more of spring and summer's finest! I believe there should never be a naked finger, this beyond eye missing Nak Armstrong. Finally, carry everything you need in this fun Will Leather Goods Small Classic Carry All!
As you can see, Mingling Mondays is getting a bit of a facelift of sorts. Mingling Mondays will be about fab trends that are in season (which right now will be Spring Summer as we are in transition) worn by many of our fave celebs as they're out and about and not on the red carpet! It's a great way for you to see their personal style and to give you options. Kitten Lounge will pop in elements that we love and want you to love and the accessories that can bind this together. Sandra Bullock hits the streets of New Orleans (image from US Weekly) and I'm loving that she's rocking a maxi (which has been a huge portion of my wardrobe in Spring and in Summer. I love that she's rocking it in a stripe that becomes a chevron at the top. Chevron is definitely a huge trend for this season and you can't go wrong within this black and khaki shade. I can't say that I'm a fan of having a north/south bag slung over her in a cross body style but I love that she personalized her look and took some of the volume out of this maxi by tying a knot in it - definitely a bit unexpected!
We've seen a number of celebs rocking maxis and I'm definitely loving Ella Moss' striped maxi which has the length that I love but also adds in a bit of a nipped in waist by having a romper element added in which allows a blousson effect! I love the wider straps as sometimes having skinny straps can dig in a bit. And when it comes to vibrant hues, Vince Camuto has this fabulous keyhole effect with a tangerine hue (hot off the runways of the spring/summer 2012 runway shows) that results in colorblocked chevron! I also love that the neckline has this natural collar which is like a necklace! In terms of rocking a cute bag, these dresses beg for clutches and an envelope style is the perfect item. One of the new neutrals which has been shown for a few seasons is this gorgeous yellow python clutch by Jil Sander. Together, this is the look of spring that will carry over into the summer!
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