.Com Darling: Actress Jamie Chung Turns Fashion Blogger With ‘What The Chung?’!

When I create posts under the category of .Com Darling, it’s simply because I admire other fashion bloggers out there doing their thing, inspiring others. With that, I may be a little behind the times in talking about actress Jamie Chung‘s truly stylish blog, aptly named What The Chung? Move over Alexa because there’s a new chic Chung on the fashion radar & I’m obsessed with this blog.

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The California-born co-star of Once Upon A Time is also known for her roles in the last two installments of The Hangover, as well as Sucker Punch & the upcoming Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For. I love keeping an eye out for her on the red carpet & have added her social media networks to my favorites, including her Instagram (@jamiejchung) & Twitter (@jamiechung1).

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Not only does the blog share with readers & fans what it’s like to travel with the star, but also, she’s experimental with her personal style, bringing the wow factor to street style in a fresh & fashion forward way. She’s building a reputation for successfully mixing separates & the hard & soft trend without looking too overdone. The pictures really say it all & I know she’s one of the stars I’ll continue to watch!

For more stylish celebs on the web, check out previous posts including 90210 star Shenae Grimes, Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe’s Ring My Bell, a slice of Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop, & stylist Rachel Zoe’s tumblr page! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Lauren Conrad’s Newest Collection for Kohl’s!

I can appreciate celebrity collaborations with fashion designers, as well as the special one-time only capsules with celebrity inspirations, but most of the time, the prices & styles aren’t necessarily accessible to the mainstream Style Darling. Clearly, there is an exception to that & that’s Lauren Conrad‘s new LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s collection. Not only is the reality star-turned-fashion mogul sharing a sneak peek on her website, but she’s also conducting a contest to win $100 to shop her collection at the department store. The designs are clean, feminine, & versatile for a variety of looks, which is why I love featuring her collections with my readers.

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For more details on the contest, check out the rules here. Which look is / pieces are your favorite? How would you style these separates? What’s your favorite Kohl’s shopping experience? Also, to check out some of Lauren’s previous collections, hit up the following links: July 2013 lookbook, Spring 2013 gallery, & the holiday collection! Happy Styling!

.Com Darling: Willow Smith’s Fashion Blog On Tumblr, L’art Des Chiffons!

It’s no secret that Willow Smith, daughter of celeb parents Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith, is the next up-and-coming force in fashion to be reckoned with.  Her quirky & youthful style has made headlines & fashion critics are keeping an eye on the eleven-year-old actress & musical artist.  Now, she can add fashion blogger to her resume since she’s recently announced on Twitter her latest creative effort with, L’art Des Chiffons, a Tumblr-based blog that shares what’s current in the business, including images of Leighton Meester dressed in her Blair Waldorf attire during the latest season of Gossip Girl, street fashion, looks worn by models Miranda Kerr & Karlie Kloss, as well as the Olsen twins & Kim Kardashian.

For more from .Com Darling, check out posts sharing the latest online efforts from 90210 star Shenae Grimes, Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe, & Rachel Zoe’s The Zoe Report.  Happy Styling!

.Com Darling: ‘90210’ Star Shenae Grimes, The Fashion Blogger!

Trendsetter & actress Shenae Grimes, of 90210 fame, has been slowly making her way up the style ranks, & can now add fashion blogger to her resume.  After reading a very interesting interview with the Canadian-native on StyleCaster, I learned that Shenae cites Sienna Miller & Steven Tyler as style icons, & the fact that she’s got a voice for fashion which she is putting to good use through her official website, Shenae Grimes. If you’re looking to follow the next big thing, then add this site to your favorites to check out all the latest trends that she’s raving about, including strong shoulders, tonal looks, goth-inspired nails, & leather reinvented.

To be honest, I wasn’t always a big fan of Shenae’s red carpet style, especially considering that she was climbing the slippery slope between a bad version of the Olsen twins boho-chic & pre-engaged Miley Cyrus grunge.  After watching Shenae on an episode of E!‘s Fashion Police earlier this spring, she’s proven that she’s knowledgable about designers, what works for her age, & how to dress like a lady.  Shame on me for turning my head to this Style Darling who clearly knows her stuff.

Check out the video below to see one of Shenae’s appearances on Fashion Police to see Joan Rivers go through the young starlet’s closet! For more posts featured in .Com Darling, check out what Revenge‘s Ashley Madekwe is talking about, Gwenyth Paltrow’s inside GOOP scoop from her Tom Ford Oscar look, & Rachel Zoe’s up-to-the-minute Tumblr posts! Happy Styling!

.Com Darling: Revenge’s Ashley Madekwe Shares On Blogspot!

I’m trying to catch up on some great fashion & style stories lately, which brings me to the very gorgeous Style Darling, Ashley Madekwe, of ABC’s Revenge.  The stylish Brit has taken to the web for quite some time now with Ashley – Ring My Bell on Blogspot, featuring her favorite street looks, what she wears to high profile parties, & her latest shopping picks, including from ASOS, Christian Louboutin, & Michael Kors.

Check out some of Ashley’s best looks from the site, add the link to your favorites, & follow the actress on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. For more from .Com Darling, check out how Gwyneth Paltrow prepared for the Oscars & details about Rachel Zoe’s Tumblr blog! Happy Styling!

.com Darling: Gwyneth Paltrow Talks About The Tom Ford Oscar Dress With Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman & More!

The following post is not written by me! It comes straight from one of my favorite .com Darlings, Gwyneth Paltrow, from her own site: goop! I read this on the train on the way home & happily rejoiced in my decision to sign up for goop’s super informative & fabulous newsletters.  If you’re into style, healthy living, celebrity access, & lifestyle trends, then goop is definitely a site worth checking out.  Do you really need me to endorse this? It’s Gwyneth-effing-Paltrow! Enjoy the read & Happy Styling!

The Oscar Dress

I don’t normally address false reporting in the media but this week I would like to clarify something. Last week, The New York Times inferred that I used a ghostwriter on my cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, which to me means someone else wrote the recipes and the text. That is not the case. My Father’s Daughter  was a three year labor of love, a collection of the food I make and serve loved ones, an ode to my dad. I had lots of tremendous assistance with things like note taking, recipe testing, logistical planning, but the recipes and words are all mine and come from my heart. Now, on to the fun stuff…

It’s always nerve-wracking to pick a dress for The Oscars, as it’s one of the (if not the) most scrutinized red carpets in the world. Getting the dress, the jewelry, the hair and the makeup requires a lot of work from stylists and designers who prepare months in advance for the event. Today we interview stylist Elizabeth Saltzman on her process and take a look behind the scenes at the prep for the big day.

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The Process of Finding a Dress

I’m lucky enough to work with stylist Elizabeth Saltzman who did an extra stellar job finding such a wonderful Oscar dress this year.  Ordinarily, in preparation for an event, she’ll work with no more than four  specific designers to gather several viable options for the event.  This requires months of work, of phone calls, meetings, and many long conversations just for this particular evening. This year, she called me up and said there was only one dress and it’s true; this white gown, with its long white cape by Tom Ford was just right.

Today, she’s kind enough to let goop pick her brain on how and why she chose this dress, and more generally how anyone can find the right look for any occasion.


How did you come across this Tom Ford gown?

A:              After looking at what Gwyneth wore last year, I called each designer that I wanted to work with and looked at their sketches first.  These are usually designs that they create specifically for The Oscars.  This particular time, I went to meet with Tom Ford at his studio about a week before the event.


Why did you pick this dress for Gwyneth to wear to this year’s Oscars?

A:This dress screamed OSCARS to me. It simply was ‘the one’. The dress was composed of all the elements that I look out for for Gwyneth: supreme elegance, grace, royalty, extreme modern luxury, simplicity without lacking intense skill and risk. It had a positive edginess to it as well. Also, being such a fan of Jackie Kennedy through the years, I thought the dress channeled some of her iconic style, but this is my opinion.


Can you tell us a little bit about the process of finding gowns for events like this one?

A:It’s a long process that begins the moment when the nominees are announced and doesn’t end until the moment she steps onto the red carpet.  The process consists of a lot of extremely late nights, when there are no phones ringing, no horns beeping, no children or husband needing attention. It’s the calm glow of a computer and lots of long-distance phone calls, discussions, FedEx’s to go through.

First I call certain designers that I know I’d like to work with for the event and find out if they have something special that might work. I ask all the necessary questions… If they are dressing anyone else. If so, what color and style are the other people’s dresses?, etc. After that initial conversation, they send sketches, and I gently try to make tweaks that I know will work for my particular client. I generally work with two or three designers from the beginning until there’s a finished dress to try.

We might Skype, email, and photos are often used so we can get a better idea of how the dress is taking shape. The best is if I can go see the dress in person, but I’m not always that lucky in terms of time or location. I always ask to see swatches (big ones) of the material – you never know… it might not show up well on a photo, it might be completely see-through, it might be rough to the touch or wrinkle prone. All of these need to be considered as it is my job to make sure there are no whooper mistakes on the evening. Once all is agreed, the dress is made.

The next step is the first fitting. This is a moment of excitement, as you want your client to feel great and body language says it all. I look at the fit, we find the shoe that gives the right height and that is wearable for such a long evening. Fittings happen quickly, so I take tons of pictures from all angles so that I can take them home and digest. If I’m lucky, I get a second fitting in, to try the dress we’ve chosen with full accessories and get an idea about hair and makeup. On the day of, I’m there with the makeup artists, hair stylists, everyone, discussing every decision in minute detail, every step of the way. When she gets in the car, I make sure that the dress won’t get wrinkled on that long drive to the event.


Are there politics involved in getting the right dress?

A:Oh yes, the politics, especially when it comes to this event, can be rough if you don’t know the players.  It’s hard because getting the right celebrity in the right dress can mean huge, and I mean monumental, publicity for a designer as well as the client. The advantage I have is that I’m not new in the industry and I’ve built relationships that are not about screwing anyone else over.  It’s about being honest with the designers and the other people involved, listening to what they’re hoping for, and striking a compromise between their vision and the client’s needs.


How much of your pick depends on what is simply a gorgeous gown versus the personality of and what will work specifically for your client?

A:The client always comes before the gown. You have to think about the person, their body, their confidence, their coloring, their wishes, their needs and what will be successful for them.


What advice would you give to anyone looking for the right dress?

A:Think about what looks best on you, not which dress you like on the hanger. Think about your posture. Look at yourself in the mirror with how you would naturally stand, not in pose, as you’re usually not posing. Think about where you are going and how much you can relax knowing you are safely, securely, happily dressed.

Oscar Prep

Once we had the dress decided on that week, everything else fell into place. Here’s a quick look into my day preparing for The Oscars and how we picked hair, makeup and jewelry to compliment my gown.

10AM: Pre-show workout

I did an intensive cardio workout with Stacey McDermott from the Tracy Anderson Method and tried out my partner, Tracy Anderson’s new mini Trampoline workout for the Metamorphosis series.

1PM: Arrive at the Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills

I get to the hotel for a shower and then get my roots done with Tracy Cunningham, who I always call when I’m in LA. She’s got my particular color down to a precise science.

My kids come for a visit and we all go hang out at the pool for a little bit.  I have my traditional pre-show turkey burger and fries before hair & makeup.

2PM: Hair & Makeup

Adir Abergel, who did my hair, initially goes for a tousled bun.

Meanwhile, in keeping in line with the simplicity of my gown, makeup artist Leslie Lopez emphasizes my eyes with some black liner while keeping everything else pretty natural. Stop me if I’m boring you…

We all decide that the dress requires even simpler hair. The straight, long ponytail mimics the straight, clean lines of the dress and cape.

Final product.

It’s more fun when you get ready with one of your best friends.

2:45PM: Dressed and trying on jewelry

First, I try these Anna Hu cuffs, as I was asked to represent her brand on the Red Carpet. They’re incredible. The one on the left is inspired by Van Gogh’s painting, Irises, and is made up of garnets, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds in the same colors as those of the painting. The orchid cuff on the right was inspired by Monet’s color palette and designed while listening to Chopin.

I also try some of Anna Hu’s amazing, statement Fire Phoenix earrings, which are made with pear-shaped cabochon rubellites, if you know what I mean…

            They’re gorgeous, but this double hoop diamond and purple sapphire ring and the amazing rose-cut diamond cuff that Anna made fits best with the dress. Maybe I’ll borrow the other ones for another time…
Here’s Anna Hu herself, helping me with the cuff.

Final touches as I leave.

3:45PM: In the car and on my way!

4:30PM: Red Carpet

Stephen Huvane, my publicist of 20 years, fixes my button right before I walk down the Red Carpet for pictures and interviews.

I stop to chat with a member of our Armed Forces.

5PM: One of my favorite red carpet moments

I snapped this on my Blackberry so it’s a bit blurry, but there’s someone holding up Sandra Bullock’s train, and Sandra Bullock holding up soon-to-be Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer’s train.

6:30PM: Robert Downey Jr. and I get on stage to present the award for “Best Documentary Feature”.

Robert helped write the funny mock documentary sketch for presenting the award to Undefeated.

The green room, where all the presenters go right before getting on stage for a snack and refreshments, was designed by Architectural Digest this year. Juniper Books made stunning custom-made book covers based on classic cinema especially for this year’s event.

6:45PM: After presenting, I duck out to meet friends at the famous annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

The event was at the Sunset Tower Hotel and I may have had the best french fries ever there.

9:30PM: As ever, Jane Fonda is totally punk rock.

.Com Darling: My New Gig With Ladies Outfitters!

Style Darlings,

Ahem. I know it’s been a few days & there’s just so much to catch up on!  It seems that life threw me a curve ball over the last week & now, thanks to all of you, my friends @Movie Buzzers, & editors @Culture Mob, all my hard work has paid off in the form of a full-time, paid with benefits writing gig with Ladies Outfitters.  Although the hike to Brooklyn is making me look as the phrase “paying ones dues” in a whole new fashionable light, I’m happy to say that I can now share with all of my Style Darling readers some of the exciting & affordable finds that I’ve been writing about while couped up in a teeny tiny office, gratefully of course!

In the last two days, working with Ladies Outfitters has allowed me to write a total of 8 blogs so far.  My job requires me also to work on product descriptions & title items on their online catalogue, but I haven’t done any of that yet.  I’m not asking any of you to buy anything on the Ladies Outfitters site, unless you do so desire.  I’m simply recommending that if you follow me here, via Facebook or Twitter, please consider lending your support to a a very dedicated staff for this online start-up.  There are a few stores located in Brooklyn, under different names & if you’re ever interested in seeing the merchandise in person, I’d be happy to give you the store’s information so you can contact the boss or drop by!

So these are links to all of my posts so far!

Don’t Let The Rain Get You Down! Boots Are 25% Off!

Why Not Wear White? Ladies Outfitters Thinks So!

Jump for Joy in a Jumpsuit like Gwyneth Paltrow!

Prom Look Of The Day: Pretty in Pink & Shimmering Silver!

Prom Look Of The Day: Bring It On In Black & White!

The 5 Shoes You Need To Know About Now!

Take A Walk On The Wild Side With Our Top-Selling Animal-Print Favorites!

Oscar-Inspiration Is Just One Click Away!

Also, if you missed it a few days ago, as an extra boost to get my high-heeled foot in the door, I posted a blog on here, talking about the some of the super cute little black dresses currently for sale on the Ladies Outfitters website! Happy Styling!

.Com Darling: Alissa’s Top 10 Most Stylish Films of 2011!

So… I’m not trying to psych out my readers by just feeding them a link to another page, but in all fairness to Movie Buzzers, I’d like to invite all of you to check out my article on the Top 10 Most Stylish Films of 2011 on its official page.  Happiness is sharing the ability to network, so rather than just posting the very informative fashion piece, please click the link below, which will bring you directly to the article on Movie Buzzers.  For those of you who missed last year’s edition of the list, click below accordingly.

Alissa’s Top 10 Most Stylish Films of 2011!

Alissa’s Top 10 Most Stylish Films of 2010!

Also, if you’re just learning of my work on Movie Buzzers, click here to check out the hundreds of posts (both new items & film reviews) that I’ve contributed to the growing resource for all things movie-related.  As always the direct link to the website can be found on the sidebar under my blogroll.  For those of you who have film fanatics in your life, be sure to share the link with them to also enjoy the intelligent & well-composed work of my fellow writers: Alex, Brandon, Melissa, Chris, & Graham!

Aside from this particular Top 10 article, I’ve also been following a number of stories that mix fashion & film, including:

My Week with Marilyn review

Images from the Set of The Great Gatsby

Miss Piggy Models For In Style

Tom Ford’s Involvement With The Next James Bond Movie

& also on Culture Mob: A Dash of Fashion: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Style Comes to H&M!

What were your favorite stylish movies of 2011?  Happy Styling!

.Com Darling: Designer / Stylist Rachel Zoe Shares Her Favorites On Tumblr!

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of any & everything Rachel Zoe.  I’ve already covered news about her latest Spring 2012 collection, as well as a very special collaboration with Exude to create classic lip colors.  However, I’m super excited to see Rachel share her style wisdom on yet another online forum, with her daily blog, The Zoe Report on Tumblr.  Of course, there’s plenty of magic going on the official website for The Zoe Report that’s just to die for!

For example, today on the blog, she’s featuring the essential pieces to recreate a nouveau grunge-inspired look, with pieces from Topshop, Zara, & Marc Jacobs.  As for yesterday’s post, I can’t get the black & white Oscar de la Renta strappy heels out of my head! To catch up on what you’ve missed, if you aren’t in love with this site already, check out the archives!

Since I find her style, work ethic, & accomplishments in the fashion & entertainment industry so inspiring, I’ve decided to name the new mom my first official .Com Darling! Also, I wanted to share a little gallery of some of her best looks, sporting designers like Gucci, Christian Dior, & Alaia. Happy Styling!