Accessories Access: Holiday Party Circuit Clutches!


‘Tis the season to be glitzy! When you’re getting for your the biggest holiday events, shopping for & coordinating your favorite party dresses & shoes, don’t forget about the all-important clutch, especially when hitting the cocktail party circuit where a bulky bag just won’t do. Investing in a classic, all-purpose clutch bag will serve your wardrobe over & over again, & this time of year, you won’t even have to break the bank for that final finishing piece. Take some inspiration from red carpet pros whose clutch game is on point for any occasion, including Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Gigi Hadid, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Kendrick, & Kerry Washington

Because it is the holiday season, I scouted the web for party-specific bags that will pop with any look, whether it’s an LBD, sparkly frock, sleek jumpsuit, or fit & flare number. The following selections are $40 & under from some of my favorite retailers that I often turn to when getting my wardrobe state of mind into party mode.

SHOP: Tevolio merlot mesh clutch @Target, Luxe by Carmen Marc Valvo tassel clutch @dressbarn, sequin shoulder bag @H&M, & faux fur pouch @Nordstrom.

SHOP: metallic rhinestone clutch @Francesca’s, burgundy velvet minaudiere @Century 21, wine foldover clutch @Forever 21, & gold ring clutch box @Icing.

Happy Styling!

#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!

Red Carpet Review: The Wild Looks From The MTV VMAs, Featuring Ciara, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, & More!


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Music’s most popular & praised hit Brooklyn this weekend to celebrate the MTV VMAs. The ceremony featured a slew of performances that left audiences with their jaws on the floor & many heads scratched. I’m going to talk about talent here. I loved seeing Lady Gaga back in action, as well as the throwback to Justin Timberlake‘s career since his days in NSYNC & also, a memorable Bruno Mars who hit the stage with his new single, “Gorilla.”

However, we must consider the red carpet, which featured a lot of controversial looks, as well as elegant surprises. My favorites include sophisticated risk-takers like Selena Gomez showing her rock side in Atelier Versace, Katy Perry‘s leopard, leggy look by Emanuel Ungaro, Ciara in a Givenchy Couture, & Lady Gaga herself in a black Elvira-inspired look by Prabal Gurung. Of course, Taylor Swift looked stunning in Hérvé Leger & Naya Rivera‘s cut-out black gown was chic, but these girls need to learn to loosen up.

Which looks are your favorite? Which performance were you talking about the most on Monday morning? Do you think Miley Cyrus went too far during her performance? For more celebrity posts, check out previous galleries including the thrilling season 3 promo for Revenge, Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme, stylish September issues featuring Amber Heard & Kate Upton, Olivia Palermo in an ASOS look, & Girls actor Adam Driver featured in Vogue! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Robin Thicke Performs With The Roots & Jimmy Fallon, Kate Upton Is The New Face Of David Yurman, & More!


It’s been a crazy month & I’m in between trips, trying to catch up on the latest & greatest fashion & pop culture news from around the world, all while bopping to “Blurred Lines” in the car! What stories are circulating on your Twitter feed? Which stars have caught your attention this week? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines

*10 things you didn’t know about The Mindy Project*

*Watch this behind-the-scenes video of Michelle Williams during her latest campaign shoot for Louis Vuitton*

*Robin Thicke joins The Roots & Jimmy Fallon in a playful performance of “Blurred Lines“*

*Jennifer Aniston is Glamour‘s September cover girl*

*Penelope Cruz‘s racy video for L’Agent by Agent Provocateur has been pulled from YouTube*

*Kelly Osbourne & Jennifer Hudson are among the best dressed on the Do Something 2013 Awards red carpet*

*Britney Spears attends the premiere of The Smurfs 2 in blue*

*Check out the latest must-have pieces from the ASOS fall lookbook*

*Megan Fox is expecting baby number 2 with husband, Brian Austin Green*

*American supermodel Kate Upton is the latest face for David Yurman jewelry*

Red Carpet Review: Complete Coverage Of The 85th Annual Academy Awards, Featuring Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldana & More!


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The 2013 Oscars are just starting & there’s so much to talk about from tonight’s red carpet, including the anticipation behind the performances from the cast of Les Miserables, as well as the tribute to the James Bond series. Some of my favorites so far include Naomi Watts‘ high fashion look from Armani Prive, Reese Witherspoon‘s classic old Hollywood Louis Vuitton cobalt gown, Zoe Saldana‘s two-tone fishtail gown by Alexis Mabille, & Sandra Bullock‘s lace-detailed Elie Saab gown.

Other notable hits include Jessica Chastain (in Giorgio Armani), Nicole Kidman (in L’Wren Scott), Jennifer Garner (in Gucci), Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu), & Charlize Theron (in Dior Haute Couture). Not to mention that I predicted Jennifer Lawrence‘s Dior Haute Couture gown as an Oscar pick in my recent post, which is nothing short of fabulous when it hit the red carpet!

Who wore your favorite looks? Which nominees are you rooting for? Are you excited to see performances by Adele, Norah Jones, & Jennifer Hudson? For more from this year’s awards season, check out more from Red Carpet Review including the Golden Globes, Grammys, BAFTAs, & SAGs! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: The 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Featuring Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, & More!


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While the 2013 Presidential Inauguration from yesterday might not have been an official red carpet event, some of the most popular names in entertainment were looking their best to celebrate President Obama’s next term. The fashion world was on the edge of their seat to see who FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, was going to wear & as it turned out, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as seen in her return to wearing a custom-made design in red by the always glamorous Jason Wu. Also in tow were Kelly Clarkson in an adorable outerwear ensemble, a smoldering Alicia Keys in a red gown by Michael Kors, & Beyoncé who performed the National Anthem in a black embellished gown by Emilio Pucci with emerald jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.

Did you follow yesterday’s public inauguration? Did you think the First Lady made the right fashion decision? What was your favorite part of the event? For more from Red Carpet Review, check out galleries including the all-black trend featuring Scarlett Johansson & Ashley Greene, the comeback of yellow on the red carpet with Lauren Conrad & Olivia Palermo, checkered Louis Vuitton looks on Kerry Washington & Jessica Alba, & the entire red carpet from the Golden Globe Awards featuring Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey, Hayden Panettiere, Emily Blunt, & more!

Cover Craze: December Issue Risk-Takers & Style-Makers, Featuring Keira Knightley, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, & More!


‘Tis the season to take your clothes off for a magazine.. well, not really, but that’s what Rihanna (in AllSaints) & Keira Knightley (in Chanel) have both done for the December 2012 issues of GQ & Allure, respectively.  I love the idea of being confident in your body & loving your shape, however I’m not sure that’s the message that these two cover Style Darlings are sending, but I don’t publish the magazines. However, Catherine Zeta-Jones is keeping it classy for In Style‘s final issue of the year in a v-neck dress by Nina Ricci.

Also, I’m happy to share the latest from Vogue, featuring Les Miserables actress & recent Saturday Night Live host, Anne Hathaway who is looking every bit the movie star in Ralph Lauren, Taylor Swift making her 2nd appearance this month (see previous Cover Craze post) for Harper’s Bazaar & she’s talking about how hard it is to wear the same dress twice, & the always ladylike Jennifer Hudson, who’s appearing in the 2nd season of Smash, for Redbook. Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Check Out Project Runway Winner Dmitry Sholokhov’s Winning Collection & Casting Session For Season 10!


I’m a big SUPER big fan of Project Runway & season 10 has been an exciting run for the designers.  I was rooting for Christopher Palu (a Long Island native, like myself) the whole time, but alas, his collection was not as victorious as Dmitry Sholokhov‘s, who was crowned the winner.  His strong collection was the clear winner, impressing judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, & guest judge Jennifer Hudson.

During New York Fashion Week, I featured the entire season 10 finale runway gallery in a previous Runway Rundown post, which is where you can see Dmitry’s polished presentation.  However, in celebration of his win, I’ve found a video of his original casting session with previous Project Runway victors, Seth Aaron Henderson & Mondo Guerra.

Stay tuned next week on Lifetime for more from Project Runway since the exciting second season of All-Stars in starting! Did your favorite designer win last night? Which collection were you most impressed by? Do you think the judges got it right? Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Jennifer Hudson’s New QVC Collection!


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Starting September 6th, Oscar-Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson will be debuting her very first eponymous collection for QVC, featuring elegant dresses, flowy tops, slimming leggings, & jackets.  Courtesy of In Style, Style Darling is sharing a sneak peek at the collection that’s priced under $170.  The American Idol alum told the magazine, “I wanted to focus on being comfortable, but being cute at the same time. I was [inspired by] Michael Kors, because I feel that he focuses on the ‘real woman,’ you know? Every curve.

The actress / singer is definitely keeping busy, launching this line, while also joining the cast of Smash for its second season this fall. Take a look at the collection & mark your calendar’s for the line’s QVC debut! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: The Best (310) Celebrity Looks of 2011!


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I’ve been compiling a long list of my favorite looks during the 2011 calendar year & while there are still a few days left, I wanted to share the highs of the red carpet, press events, famous Style Darlings on the street, as well as the looks that have made the headlines.  This is the ultimate gallery of the ensembles to wear for formal occasions, out & about on the street, to a cocktail party, or a date night, including the best descriptions that I could find of who wore what!  For more looks that I’ve featured this year, check out Darling of the Day, Red Carpet Review, Magazine Must-Haves, Silver Screen StyleStyle ABC’s (x3), & Watch This Style– all categories that thrive on celebrity-inspiration for your style on a budget.  I hope all of you had a prosperous 2011 & continue to do good for those around you, as well as for your style!  Happy Styling!