Cover Craze: 36 International September Issue Covers!


Last year when I posted the amazing September issues, I featured a mere 21, but even though we’re already into the ninth calendar month, I figured that in celebration of New York Fashion Week (#NYFW), I’d expand & look for more. My mailbox is bursting with the American issues of some of my favorite magazines, but I was also delighted to see A-listers like Claire Danes, Keira Knightley, Kate Bosworth, & Mia Wasikowska on international covers. To keep this post short & sweet, here’s what we have!

Ariana Grande for Seventeen Magazine September 2014-1

Ariana Grande for Seventeen

Aubrey Plaza for Nylon September 2014

Aubrey Plaza for Nylon

Blake Lively for Marie Claire September 2014

Blake Lively for Marie Claire

Brooke Burke-Charvet for Shape September 2014

Brooke Burke-Charvet for Shape

Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK September 2014

Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK

Chloe Grace Moretz for Allure September 2014.

Chloe Grace Moretz for Allure

Chloe Grace Moretz for Flare September 2014

Chloe Grace Moretz for Flare

Claire Danes for Marie Claire South Africa September 2014

Claire Danes for Marie Claire South Africa

Dakota Fanning for Lucky September 2014

Dakota Fanning for Lucky

Ellie Goulding for Cosmopolitan Poland September 2014

Ellie Goulding for Cosmopolitan Poland

Gisele Bundchen for Marie Claire Greece September 2014

Gisele Bundchen for Marie Claire Greece

Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK September 2014

Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, & Karlie Kloss for Vogue September 2014.

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, & Karlie Kloss for Vogue

Julia Roberts for InStyle September 2014

Julia Roberts for InStyle

Juliette Binonche & Kristen Stewart for Interview Germany September 2014

Juliette Binonche & Kristen Stewart for Interview Germany

Kaley Cuoco for Women's Health September 2014

Kaley Cuoco for Women’s Health

Kate Bosworth for InStyle UK September 2014

Kate Bosworth for InStyle UK

Kate Upton for ELLE UK September 2014

Kate Upton for ELLE UK

Keira Knightley for InStyle Germany September 2014

Keira Knightley for InStyle Germany

Kendall Jenner for Teen Vogue September 2014

Kendall Jenner for Teen Vogue

Kristen Bell for Redbook September 2014

Kristen Bell for Redbook

Kristen Stewart for Elle September 2014

Kristen Stewart for Elle

Lady Gaga for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Lady Gaga for Harper’s Bazaar

Lana Del Rey for Fashion September 2014

Lana Del Rey for Fashion

Linda Evangelista for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Linda Evangelista for Harper’s Bazaar

Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan September 2014

Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan

Maria Sharapova for Self September 2014

Maria Sharapova for Self

Megan Fox for Cosmopolitan UK September 2014

Megan Fox for Cosmopolitan UK

Mia Wasikowska for ELLE Canada 2014

Mia Wasikowska for Elle Canada

Naomi Campbell for Interview September 2014

Naomi Campbell for Interview

Natalia Vodianova for Vanity Fair September 2014

Natalia Vodianova for Vanity Fair

Olivia Wilde for Glamour September 2014

Olivia Wilde for Glamour

Penelope Cruz for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Penelope Cruz for Harper’s Bazaar

Rihanna for W magazine September 2014-1

Rihanna for W magazine

Rita Ora for Glamour UK September 2014

Rita Ora for Glamour UK

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper's Bazaar UK September 2014

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Salma Hayek for Harper's Bazaar Mexico September 2014

Salma Hayek for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico

Happy Styling!

 

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Lots Of White, B/W Looks, & Booties, Featuring Vanessa Hudgens, Gwen Stefani, & More!


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I’m all packed & ready to hit the road tomorrow for a highly anticipated break from reality while attending a very intense, yet chic Writer’s Conference out in Southampton for the next eleven days… which means that posts may be sparse for the rest of the month. However, I wanted to leave readers with plenty of inspiration, including some of my favorite celebrity looks who are toting head-to-toe white, black & white ensembles, & fall-ready designer booties that I can’t wait to put on my own feet! My top picks include Salma Hayek Pinault in a printed Christopher Kane dress with seriously stylish Giuseppe Zanotti booties. Also, there’s much to talk about with the usually belly-baring Rihanna who couldn’t look cooler or more casual, as well as supermodel Karolina Kurkova in elegant menswear-inspired separates & Kristen Wiig in a Viktor & Rolf shift dress at an NYC screening for her new film, Girl Most Likely.

My gallery also includes Gwen Stefani working the printed pant trend, young actress Holland Roden in a pretty Naeem Khan frock, Kelly Rowland testing gravity in a flouncy dress & towering booties, tennis star Maria Sharapova in a Valentino shift dress, socialite Olivia Palermo continuing her stylish streak, & Vanessa Hudgens in a cropped sweater by Catherine Malandrino.

Who wore your favorite looks? Do you wear all-white? Are you breaking out your ankle booties just yet? For more fashionable celebrity posts, check out Rooney Mara as the face of Calvin Klein’s Downtown, the trailer for Burton & Taylor starring Helena Bonham Carter, Lauren Conrad’s July lookbook for her Kohl’s collection, & Diane Kruger as the face of Chanel skincare! Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: Fall’s Faux Leather Forecast, Inspired by Jessica Chastain, Lucy Hale, Maria Sharapova, & More!


I’ve been on the prowl for great fall finds & one trend that keeps stopping me in my tracks is leather & it’s just not going away.  Why should it? The luxe, lush material adds an edge to a feminine blouse, contradicts a flirty skirt, makes you look like a rock star, or just helps any Style Darling stand out a little bit more.  Take it from some of our favorite celebrities, including Jessica Chastain, Kate Bosworth, Lucy Hale, Nicole Richie, Sophia Bush, Maria Sharapova, & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

My previous post about summer leather shared looks worn by Emma Stone, Alexa Chung, & Julianne Hough, but our calendars change to fall in just a few days, so why not start looking at ways to wear leather- or faux leather in this case, that can really spruce up your current wardrobe, as well as help welcoming the season.

At the recent celebration of New York Fashion Week, we saw lots of leather in recent posts for Runway Rundown, including Spring 2013 collections by designers Jason Wu, Holmes & Yang, Oscar de la Renta, & Michael Kors. Also, there was more leather to be found hitting the runway with metallic pencil skirts from DKNY, jackets by Marc Jacobs, pleated dresses by Tracy Reese, cut-out accents from Pamella Roland, & chic tops for Helmut Lang, as seen below.

However, when it comes to affordable fashion, it’s not always easy to find leather when you’re shopping on a budget. Enter: faux leather. You can’t forget that faux leather isn’t harmful to animals & is always less expensive.  It’s so easy to find faux leather separates, jackets, & dresses these days & I couldn’t decide on just a handful of items, so brace yourself… there’s a lot to look at!

What caught my attention to start posting about all these leather trends was a recent post made by Venus that I spotted on my newsfeed on Facebook.  These looks all include faux leather items, including (from left to right) the faux leather trimmed blouse ($36.00), faux leather mini skirt ($32.00), peep toe ankle strap heel ($39.00), sweater with faux leather ($18.00), faux leather leggings ($44.00), & faux leather dress ($64.00) in black. Of course, I couldn’t just write about items from one store, so here’s some more!

I should disclaim that I do not condone wearing any of these items with other faux leather pieces. You can take that risk if you’d like, but to avoid looking like a biker chick or appearing as though in costume, I’d recommend allowing for one item to be the standout & then mix with other fabrics to create a multi-dimensional & textured look.  First, the zipped faux leather denim skirt ($19.80) comes from Forever 21 & is available in plus sizes 12-20.  Underneath, you’ll find the essential faux leather shorts ($15.80), which are perfect for fall with tights & ankle booties.  Pair either of these bottoms with a fabulous blouse, studded tee, or menswear-inspired button-down.  The a-line skirt ($39.00) from Joe Fresh is cute for bringing to life the looks worn by Selena Gomez & Nicole Richie at the top of this post.  Also, add just a hint of leather with the zip back pencil skirt with (minus the) leather ($59.90) from Express.

We all know that leggings are all the rage right now, so to find the perfect pair for this edition of Basics for a Bargain, I turned to H&M for their leggings ($24.95) in black, which are also available in white, if you dare! Break these bad boys out with a chunky oversized knit & your fiercest pointed toe pumps, or help a graphic tee look less casual & top it off with a satin blazer.

I also found the plus size tee with faux leather shoulders ($34.99 – $39.99) from Jessica London & Antonio Melani Sardinia faux-leather top ($34.65) @Dillards which pair well underneath a suit for the office, or with dark denim pieces like jeggings or a mini.  If all-over leather isn’t your thing, then the touch of texture on the shoulders helps frame your face & becomes an accessory to your look. Lastly, the faux leather strapless cocktail club dress ($54.99) in black 2 cute 2 trendy crawls near the borderline of pinup, but with asymmetric zipper details, you could be working it just like Kristen Stewart or Brooklyn Decker do when making red carpet appearances.

Which leather pieces are your favorite? Which celeb looks the best in leather? Are you a fan of real leather or would you rather wear faux leather? How would you style your leather look? Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: The Best Looks From The ESPY Awards!


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Fashion & athleticism are connecting in the best way possible right now, surely with a little help from tennis star / designer Serena Williams & the always gorgeous Maria Sharapova. Athletes, models, & stars alike joined in this week’s festivities, celebrating the greatness of sport during the ESPY Awards.  This small, yet fashionable gallery is worth a look, especially considering how gorgeous Maria Sharapova looks in the pleated J. Mendel gown, as well as the knockout LWD by Christian Dior worn by actress Jessica Biel & a long-awaited & stunning red carpet comeback for the petite Hayden Panettiere. Click through & share with us who your favorite look belongs to! Happy Styling!