Runway Rundown: Hervé Léger by Max Azria’s Resort 2014 Collection!

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We’ve seen so many trends in the new Resort 2014 Collections, including floral details, lace & feminine accents, glitz & glam, menswear inspiration, & classic American minimalism. However, the latest from Hervé Léger by Max Azria shows a futuristic approach to its signature figure-flattering lines for both swimwear & sexy dresses. There’s a toughness in the line that makes me think of a blend of bondage with utilitarian post-modernism, which I especially love in pastels like chartreuse, stone, & blush. Also, there are plenty of current graphic designs that combine elegance with risk-taking fashion, perfect for celebrities like tennis beauty Maria Sharapova, Glee actress Naya Rivera, Newsroom star Olivia Munn, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, TV personality Kelly Ripa, & Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.

Which looks do you like the best? Are you following any of the latest from the resort collections? For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, & Gucci! Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Jessica Chastain’s Latest Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance Ads!

Beauty & fashion are synonymous with the leading ladies of the big screen, as well as how we determine our desires. Maybe that doesn’t make sense, but while looking over my previous posts for Ad Madness, I’ve found that Oscar nominees & winners have a history of lending their image to both beauty products & fashion collections. This list already includes Jennifer Lawrence‘s debut ads for Dior, as well as Marion Cotillard‘s collaboration with Lady Dior & Natalie Portman for Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara. Also, there’s Christoph Waltz for Prada menswear, Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein’s Downtown, a behind-the-scenes look at Kate Winslet for Lancôme, Kate Hudson for both Almay & Ann Taylor, Rachel Weisz for Bvlgari’s Serpentine collection, & Brad Pitt‘s highly publicized monologue for Chanel No. 5.

Last fall, Hollywood’s it-girl Jessica Chastain made her debut as the face of Yves Saint Laurent‘s fragrance Manifesto. it looks like the ad campaign is evolving with a more dramatic edge, showing the raw beauty of the two-time Academy Award nominee in all-black looks with a smoky eye & Veronica Lake-inspired curls. These latest photos were taken by Max Vadukul & under the direction of YSL’s creative director Hedi Slimane. For those of you who haven’t taken a whiff of the $82.00 fragrance, it effervesces with luscious notes of bergamot, green accord, sambac jasmine, wood & vanilla.

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These are quite the departure from the previous ad campaign, featuring the Zero Dark Thirty star rolling around in purple paint, as well as bidding on her art work in a gold auction room, as seen in the video below.

For more celebrity posts, check out the latest July magazine covers featuring Amy Adams & Shakira, Adam Levine’s self-titled debut fragrance, recent red carpet looks from Jennifer Lopez & Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Collins on the cover of next month’s Glamour, LWD looks on Angelina Jolie & Kerry Washington, & a gallery of this year’s CFDA red carpet featuring Sofia Vergara & Karlie Kloss! Happy Styling!

Magazine Must-Haves: Kate Mara’s Playful Dramatic Photo Shoot For ELLE!

When flipping through the pages of next month’s ELLE magazine, I was pleased to see Shakira returning to the spotlight as the magazine’s cover girl. However, in the pages of the fashion mag, I was most intrigued by he 12-page photo shoot & accompanying article on House of Cards actress Kate Mara, whose stylish red carpet appearances & career on both the big & small screen has always seemed to catch my eye.

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Of course, I’ve learned that the actress, who formerly co-starred in the first season of American Horror Story as Dylan McDermott’s psycho dead mistress, comes from NFL royalty, & was the first of the Mara sisters to hit up Hollywood with acting dreams. However, Kate proudly talks about little sister Rooney who snagged her first Oscar nomination for her gritty portrayal in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also, Kate discusses her role as Zoe Barnes & working with acclaimed director David Fincher on the Netflix series, House of Cards, alongside Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright.

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The shoot features plenty of enviable high fashion looks from designers like Valentino, Chanel, Rag & Bone, Dior, Ralph Lauren Collection, Donna Karan New York, Prada, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani, J Brand, Calvin Klein Collection, Versace, & Louis Vuitton. What makes this an especially interesting fashion shoot is the combination of luxe labels with novelties like stuffed animals, adorable puppies, & showcasing the difference stellar accessories make for an ensemble.

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Click here for more on the entire ELLE profile on Kate! What do you think of the shoot? Are you a fan of House of Cards? Which Mara sister’s style do you like best? For more fashionable photo shoots, check out previous posts including Burberry Prorsum’s Resort 2014 collection, Adam Levine’s debut fragrance ad, Lily Collins on the cover of Glamour‘s July issue, Prada’s Menswear Fall / Winter 2013-2014 campaign starring Christoph Waltz, Ezra Miller, & Ben Whishaw, & Vogue‘s homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window with Tobey Maguire & Carolyn Murphy. Happy Styling!

6/29/2013 Darling Of The Day: Olivia Palermo Stylishly Steps Out In New York City!

As far as street style is concerned, Olivia Palermo is stepping up her game & quickly joining the ranks of veterans like Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Miranda Kerr, & Rihanna when it comes to personal style. Of course, the American socialite always sits front row during Fashion Week, & also has all the best designers begging the former reality to don their duds, so she knows a thing or two about fashion. Here, in New York City, Olivia recently showed off her gams in shorts & a crisp, white shirt. She’s accessorized her look simply with metallic, neutral, & embossed pieces that can be mixed & matched with plenty of other wardrobe staples. I especially love her Olivia + Joy purse since animal-inspired textures always make an outfit look more luxurious.

To recreate Olivia’s street style, I’ve found pieces that not only follow the latest trends in summer fashion, but also come in under $100 for the total look! First, the belted safari shirt ($17.18) in optic white from New York & Company has more than just the tailored feel of a men’s shirt since it belts to the side, but can also be tucked in to show off your shape. Also, the cuffed twill shorts ($22.00) in surplus khaki from Old Navy are both functional when the temperature heats up & can make any frilly blouse or studded tank look street-savvy. A basic neutral shoe pulls the look together, like Dress Barn‘s chic crisscross wedge sandals ($40.00), which can work for any outfit, a maxi dress, or shorts romper.

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Additional accessories that make this look affordable & successful are the studded mirror cuff ($4.80) from Forever 21, H&M‘s clutch ($12.95), & the one-inch skinny belt ($2.99) from Private Island Party. Any of these can be coordinated with a variety of basics like a shirtdress with ballet flats, an LBD with chandelier earrings, & a printed jumpsuit with a floppy hat.

What do you think of Olivia’s street style? Do you like this look? Which accessories are your favorite? To follow more on Olivia, I recommend her official blog, Olivia Palermo, two photo-frenzied blogs The Olivia Palermo Lookbook & Olivia Palermo Fashion Style, & InStyle‘s red carpet gallery!

For more Darling of the Day posts, check out Taylor Swift’s leggy look in London, Ashley Madekwe’s Topshop jumpsuit, & Drew Barrymore’s floral look from Alice + Olivia! Also, for more affordable fashion ideas, click on links for stylish maxi dresses under $25, cap toe pumps from Payless, little white dresses inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, & my latest summer wardrobe updates! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Major Deals On Maxi Dresses ($25 & Under)!

While preparing for my long-awaited summer vacation, I’ve been scoping out dresses since they’re just so easy to wear & coordinate with all of my favorite summer shoes. However, I know that maxi dresses are a big part of summer fashion & I wasn’t always a big fan of them on me- worried about the length since I’m on the shorter side & concerned with extra volume where I certainly don’t need it.

The shopping fairies have been on my side lately since I recently picked up 2 stylish maxi dresses, which inspired me to surf for some more suggestions online.  This includes the Speechless animal maxi dress ($23.99) from Kohl’s, which brings out the wild side of any Style Darling, especially when paired with metallic gladiator sandals or patent leather platforms. Next, the tie-back knit maxi dress ($24.99) from Charlotte Russe is perfect for paying homage to a Grecian-inspired look, as well as showing off your taste in accessories with a studded belt, stacked bangles, or glittery dangling earrings. I love the simplicity behind the Mossimo Supply Co. drawstring waist maxi dress ($24.99) from Target, as well as the summer-friendly hue, which will match with any nautical-inspired pieces like a canvas tote or boat shoes.

For my plus-size readers, I was so excited to find the garden goddess floral maxi dress ($24.80) from Forever 21, which makes a colorful & stylish statement with nude sandals & a patent clutch for a date night by the water. Lastly, I’m always a fan of classic black & white prints, especially the Love, Fire chevron stripe printed side slit tube dress ($19.99) @Loehmann’s, which will stand out in the crowd when coordinated with cork wedges, a beaded necklace, or studded envelope clutch.

Which maxi dress is more your style? Where are you shopping for maxi dresses this summer? For more posts on affordable fashion, check out cap toe pumps from Payless, my latest bargain purchase of summer dresses, Taylor Swift’s leggy look in London, & little white dresses inspired by Angelina Jolie & Kerry Washington! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2014 Collection!

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Structure is no stranger to the runway, especially with the latest Resort 2014 Collection from Italian designer Bottega Veneta. I love the unconventional, yet modern looks in this collection, including the always stylish combination of menswear with brogues combined with sheath dresses & flouncy skirts. The graphic patterns are refreshing after seeing so much floral all over the place, as well as the solid black pieces & crochet tops. The line is aggressive, yet sophisticated, calling on celebrities like Diane Kruger, Chloe Sevigny, Emma Watson, & Leighton Meester to experiment with on the red carpet.

Which looks are your favorite from the collection? Where are you headed this summer? Which pieces most reflect your vacation style? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Alice + Olivia, Stella McCartney, Gucci, & Burberry Prorsum! Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys / Watch This Style: ABC’s Revenge Gets Its Own Fragrance, Double Infinity!

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In the past, fashionable television shows have included Sex & the City, Gossip Girl, the long-running Mad Men series, & now we can currently add ABC’s primetime soap, Revenge, to the frothy & glossy mix, which often includes to-die-for runway looks brought to life by the show’s leading ladies: Emily VanCamp (Emily), Ashley Madekwe (Ashley), Madeleine Stowe (Victoria), & Christa B. Allen (Charlotte). However, now the show, which will premiere its third season in the fall, is debuting its own beauty line, including a fragrance called Double Infinity, paying homage to Emily’s infinity tattoo, which drives her throughout the story. InStyle shares that “The red bottle boasts a dramatic combination of jasmine, peony, & pink pepper, with citrus notes like grapefruit & orange blended into the mix,” which sounds delightful enough to try. It’s sold @Kohl’s, ranging in price from $39-$49, a perfect pre-stocking stuffer gift for the Revenge fan in your life.

Catch up with the series in the video below & share which episodes & characters are your favorites. Will you be checking out this new fragrance inspired by the show? For more posts from Beauty Buys, check out Adam Levine’s latest fragrance ad campaign, Chanel’s celebration of nail polish, & Gwyneth Paltrow’s collaboration with Butter London! Also, for more stylish videos, check out the trailer for HBO’s Love, Marilyn documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at Lily Collins’ cover shoot for Glamour, & Prada’s Fall / Winter 2013-2014 Menswear ad campaign! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Burberry Prorsum’s Resort 2014 Collection!

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I could never sum my style up in one word; however among its description, the word “preppy” would definitely be there, especially since I’m a sucker for a cream cable knit sweater. While flipping through the throngs of Resort 2014 Collection galleries, I was taken with the latest runway looks from Burberry Prorsum, the epitome of preppy glamour for the modern jet-setting woman. This collection certainly helps transition our summer favorites into fall with touches of femininity in metallic brocade, as well as pastel separates in green & lavender. I can’t wait to mix up my figure-flattering pencil skirts with heavier knits, while also channeling a bit of menswear inspiration in shirts & outerwear. I love the idea of mixing anything military-esque details with softer, more luxurious basics like a sweater dress or textured jacket.

Which pieces are your favorite from this collection? Which lines are inspiring your latest wardrobe updates? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Chanel, Rachel Zoe Collection, Christian Dior, Gucci, Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, Erin Fetherston, Stella McCartney, & Christian Siriano. Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: Shakira Sizzles For ELLE’s July Issue, Katy Perry Makes Her Vogue Debut, & More!

It’s definitely going to be one hot summer, especially when it comes to the latest magazine covers. I’ve been trying to squeeze in some mag time & get inspired for some new summer looks & what to look forward to with my upcoming vacation wardrobe. However, I couldn’t help but share the latest & greatest in store for July, especially when the headlines there’s so much to talk about!

First, Shakira hits up ELLE, talking about her position as coach on The Voice, along with motherhood, her relationships, & her international fame. Also, another foreign beauty is Salma Hayek Pinault on the cover of InStyle‘s July issue. The dazzling 46-year-old actress has really never looked better, especially in this stunning Yves Saint Laurent red dress. The third & perhaps most exciting cover belongs to Katy Perry who makes her Vogue debut, showing off a stunning & feminine side to the popstar in floral frocks like her cover look by Rodarte. Lauren Conrad talks up her ambition & goals as both fashion designer & writer in the sunny pages of Marie Claire, while also giving plenty of tips on how to look summer-ready with bangs.

Man of Steel starlet Amy Adams is not only this summer’s big-screen Lois Lane, but she talks beauty in the pages of Allure, sharing that her plain face makes for a great makeup canvas. Speaking of beauty, Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale makes her Lucky debut with a slew of edgy menswear looks, including pieces by Chanel, that are easy for any shopper of any budget to achieve! Helena Bonham Carter may be Tim Burton’s muse, but she’s certainly bemusing in the pages of Vogue UK, especially since images have recently hit the web of her playing the iconic role of Elizabeth Taylor for the upcoming BBC movie Burton and Taylor. Lastly, Kesha makes fitness look sexy, especially with a minimalist take on activewear fashions in next month’s Self. The blonde singer has never looked more naturally gorgeous as she talks about how she keeps her gams in shape!

For more celebrity posts, check out the commercial for Adam Levine’s debut fragrance, gorgeous red carpets looks from Diane Kruger & Uma Thurman, Lily Collins’ girly Glamour cover, & the newest ad campaign from Prada starring Christoph Waltz & more! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Stella McCartney’s Resort 2014 Collection!

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Stella McCartney is always one of those in-demand luxury labels, especially by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, & Anne Hathaway! When I came across these amazing photos for McCartney’s latest Resort 2014 Collection, I loved the luxe, edgy feminine feel of the floral prints with emphasized metallic zippers, as well as splashes of animal-inspiration & youthful hearts. Not to mention that she’s seriously bringing back the blotted lipstick look, which is perfect for her younger fans like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, & Hailee Steinfeld.

Which looks are your favorite from the collection? Do you shop from the latest resort lines? Which celebrities do you follow for vacation style? For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Christian Dior, Rachel Zoe Collection, Erin Fetherston, Gucci, & Tory Burch! Happy Styling!