#RedCarpet Review: #Oscar’s #BestDressed Gallery, Including Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, & More!


 Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong'o, & Gwyneth Paltrow.

The long-awaited 87th Oscars ceremony is under way & the web is buzzing over the glamorous red carpet, featuring a slew of gorgeous gowns from nominated actresses & fabulous looks from presenters & performers. One of the biggest trends of the night was sparkle & color, as well as some surprises from favorite A-listers who have taken some risks & stayed true to their consistently celebrated style.

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Some of the night’s best dressed include Emma Stone (in Elie Saab), Reese Witherspoon (in Tom Ford), Jennifer Aniston (in Versace), Rosamund Pike (in Givenchy), Lupita Nyong’o (in Calvin Klein Collection), Jennifer Lopez (in Elie Saab), Anna Kendrick (in Thakoon), Jessica Chastain (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Jennifer Hudson (in Romona Keveza), & Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu).

Glowing & sparkling in white were Marion Cotillard (in Christian Dior Couture), Julianne Moore (in Chanel Couture), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (in Zuhair Murad), Lady Gaga (in custom Azzadine Alaia), & Zendaya (in Vivienne Westwood). Also, taking a cue from the paler hues were Chrissy Teigen (in Zuhair Murad), Felicity Jones (in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton), Gwyneth Paltrow (in Ralph & Russo Couture), Karolina Kurkova (in Marchesa), Nicole Kidman (in Louis Vuitton), Octavia Spencer (in Tadashi Shoji), Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang), Viola Davis (in Zac Posen), & Zoe Saldana (in Atelier Versace).

Some of the bolder looks came from model Behati Prinsloo (Armani Prive), Cate Blanchett (in Maison Margiela Couture with a statement necklace), Chloe Grace Moretz (in Miu Miu), Dakota Johnson (in Saint Laurent), Keira Knightley (in Valentino), Lorelei Linklater (in Gabriela Cadena), Giuliana Rancic (in Mireille Dagher), Louise Roe (in Monique Lhuillier), Naomi Watts (in Armani Prive), Scarlett Johansson (in Versace), & Solange Knowles (in Christian Siriano). Going for metallic statements were Anna Faris (in Zuhair Murad), Catt Sadler (in Charbel Zoe), Cheryl Hines in pewter, Faith Hill (in J. Mendel), Jamie Chung (in Yanina Couture), Katie Cassidy (in Julien Macdonald), & Laura Dern (in Alberta Ferretti).

Lastly, those donning black & other classic, tried & true looks include America Ferrera (in Jenny Packham), Gina Rodriguez (in Suzy Amis-Cameron), Kelly Osbourne (in Rita Vinieris), Margot Robbie (in Saint Laurent), Melanie Griffith in a black column gown, Meryl Streep in a menswear-inspired look, Patricia Arquette (in Rosetta Getty), Rita Ora (in Marchesa), & Sienna Miller (in Oscar de la Renta).

Who wore your favorite look of the night? Which celebrity did you think surprised or disappointed? What were the hottest trends on the red carpet that you loved most? For more Red Carpet Review posts from this awards season, check out complete galleries from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, & Critics Choice Awards! Happy Styling!

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11/1/11 Darling of the Day: America Ferrera is Red Hot in Nicole Miller!


As soon as I saw the former Ugly Betty star, America Ferrera, in this red hot Nicole Miller dress, I knew I just had to post it.  I don’t think she’s ever looked better & she’s miles away from where she was when she first made her red carpet debut during press tours for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Here, America is definitely stealing the show, attending a West End production of Chicago in London.

While I couldn’t find a red dress with the same neckline, anything figure flattering & curve hugging that helps frame the face will do to recreate the smouldering look.  This Ellen Tracy dress ($83.53) from 6PM is also available in black & turquoise, in sizes 2-16. The textured surplus dress ($22.80) from Forever 21 is super hot for my fuller-figured Style Darlings, available in XL – 3X.

As for the shoes, America’s wearing red velvet peep toes that make her look all the more luxurious.  I found velvet lace-up ballerina pumps ($38.00) from Charlotte Russe, which are both youthful & flirty for any night out.

Even though the glowing actress doesn’t seem to be wearing much jewelry, since her figure is her best asset, I added these delicate glittered bead earrings ($6.80) just for a polished touch of class & contrast.

For more on Nicole Miller dress designs, check out the official website here, along with America’s actual long sleeve matte jersey sheath dress ($275.00) from Nordstrom.

Also, to read more about Darling of the Day posts, check out Miranda Kerr, Gwen Stefani, & Lea Michele! Do you think this dress looks good on the Emmy winner?  Who are the other curvy stars that inspire your style?  Happy Styling!

5/10/11 Darling of the Day: Amy Adams in a Tory Burch Shirtdress!


Amy Adams is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood right now! She’s got some super style, as seen here in a navy Tory Burch belted shirtdress, which runs about $350.00 on the designer’s official store website.  This look is so regal, especially the navy against her striking red hair.

To put together a stylish ensemble like this, we have a few simple steps at affordable prices to help!  I searched high & low (& the search still isn’t over!) for a navy dress like the one is Amy wearing, but I found a black shirtdress @Macy’s for under $20.  You can switch up the fabric belt for a more special belt in cognac.  Don’t worry about the loop holes b/c something as thick as this from Forever 21 will cover them up & really cinch in your waist.  This is a little trick that celebrities like Kim Kardashian & America Ferrera always use.

Right now is the perfect time to find some great deals on open booties from last season.  This laced-up style runs close to $60, but they’re an investment piece with shorts & a vest, or in the fall with a sweater dress & textured tights & in the winter with a pantsuit.  On the DSW website, the shoes have earned some great ratings & originally ran for $150.00!

For the finishing touches, since we can’t all afford a gorgeous Cartier bag like Amy, try out something fabulous like a bucket bag to go with any day romper & scarf or sheath dress & ballet flats this season.  Lastly, the squared sunglasses make for a stylish way to hide from all the flash photography, or even the blingy ring.

The total for this look comes to just about $141.00, which is pretty decent when you think about all the different ways this dress can be styled throughout the spring & summer (with some gladiator sandals & dangly earrings), & how you can make great use of these accessories all year long!  Check out our previous Darling of the Day posts to find more celebrity look-alike deals!  Happy Styling!