Splurge or Save… On Summer Gingham Tops!


When it comes to summer, there are so many prints that make for a fashionable look, but among them, gingham gets top billing! The typical gingham button down is classic for a variety of outfits, but this summer is all about the trendy, off-the-shoulder, ruffle, or halter gingham top available for shoppers of all sizes! Celebrities even love gingham, as seen on Baby Driver star Lily James, style blogger Olivia Palermo, singer / actress Vanessa Hudgens, A-lister & fashion mogul Reese Witherspoon, & Shameless actress Emmy Rossum.

For a trendy, one-season item like a gingham top, you don’t have to break the bank. There’s so much fashion out in the world & online for shoppers of all budgets, but I do love checking out high-end designer duds for a little inspiration when it comes to finding something to write about, as well as putting together my next outfit. Here are a few examples that range in price from $88 – $265, but still worth keeping an eye on for an end of the season sale item.

SHOP: Carmen blouse @White House Black Market, McGuire Florentine top @Saks Fifth Avenue, Rag & Bone off-the-shoulder Drew top @Neiman Marcus, Draper James Cloister top @Nordstrom, & Mindy Cindy one-shoulder top @Nordstrom.

The six gingham tops below are much more affordable & perfect for styling with white skinny jeans, red chino shorts, a denim skirt, or with bottoms in a bold pop of color like yellow, green, or orange.

SHOP: checked top @H&M, gingham tie top @Saks Off 5th, Design Lab blouse @Lord & Taylor, flounced gingham top @Talbots, plus off-the-shoulder lace-up top @Charlotte Russe, & plus one shoulder ruffle top @Lane Bryant.

Which summer trends are on your wardrobe wish list? Do you prefer the black, navy, or red gingham color scheme? Where are you shopping for summer favorites? Happy Styling!

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8/21/2013 Darlings Of The Day: Emmy Rossum In Banana Republic & Olivia Palermo In ASOS!


I’m always scouring the web for look-alike pieces to celebrity outfits that budget-conscious shoppers can access. While I was catching up on the latest red carpet & street style images of my favorite A-listers, I found that Shameless actress Emmy Rossum & socialite / designer darling Olivia Palermo are acquiring their looks from stores that the (more stylish) rest of American can shop.

Banana Republic recently revealed their newest collection from British designer Issa, featuring this flirty blue ceramic printed wrap-tie dress ($130.00). This universally-flattering look was seen on Emmy, who played it up with tough accessories like lace-up booties & a black shoulder bag by Gerard Darel.

Emmy Rossum. Banana Republic - Issa Collection Blue Ceramic Printed Wrap-Tie Dress $130.00

Of course the price tag is a little steep if you’re looking for a bargain, but this style is timeless & perfect for any time of year. At the end of the summer, it’s a great transitional piece for fall with tights, knee boots, & a denim jacket. For the office, add a metallic belt & blazer with some pointy toe pumps.

While in New York City, Olivia stepped out in style in the skater dress in paisley print with lace up sleeve ($67.50) from ASOS, which she styled with a studded belt, a gold chain-link cuff, snakeskin flats, sunglasses by Westward Leaning.

Olivia Palermo. ASOS - Skater Dress In Paisley Print With Lace Up Sleeve $67.50.

The free-spirited frock is another versatile must-have that has multiple styling possibilities. Take a cue from Olivia’s choices with a textured belt, statement jewelry piece, & contrasting printed shoes.

Which dress is more your style? Are you a regular or ASOS & Banana Republic shopper? Which celebrities inspire your street style? For more celebrity looks, check our previous posts including the latest red carpet looks from Selena Gomez & Julianne Hough, Ashlee Simpson for Jessica Simpson Collection’s Fall 2013 campaign, Lily Collins’ press tour for Mortal Instruments, & Lauren Conrad’s lookbook for Kohl’s. Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Emmy Rossum’s Glamorous 2013… So Far!


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We’re already through the first fiscal quarter of 2013 & it’s clear that one of the most stylish beauties on the red carpet has been actress / singer Emmy Rossum. Her flirty, youthful, & effortless looks have made her one of the most photographed women of the year. She’s a designer’s darling in dresses by Naeem Khan, Tory Burch, Temperley London, Oscar de la Renta, DiorCatherine Deane, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, & countless others. Emmy has been busy promoting her recent film, Beautiful Creatures, & the newest season of Shameless, but she’s recently released an album, Sentimental Journey, & posed for the cover of Self magazine.

I’ve created 24-image gallery, which shares Emmy’s go-to designer, Andrew Gn, & favorite silhouettes with cinched waists, peep toe pumps, & halter cuts. What do you think of Emmy’s red carpet style? Which look is your favorite? For more from Red Carpet Review, check out previous posts including peplum looks on Amy Adams & Olivia Palermo, the floral trend on Selena Gomez & Jessica Chastain, the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards red carpet featuring Jessica Alba & Fergie, Ashley Madekwe’s Mulberry ensemble, & the latest black & white looks on Amanda Seyfried & Nicole Richie! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Vignette Videos From Emmy Rossum’s ‘Sentimental Journey’ Featuring Vintage American Standards!


Emmy Rossum's Sentimental Journey

While I was doing online research for Emmy Rossum‘s Self magazine shoot, I was intrusted to learn more about her music career & the debut of her American standards cover album, Sentimental Journey. Once I came across these vignettes from the album of “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down & Out)” & “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You),” I instantly fell in love with Emmy’s sound & The Artist-inspired look in both videos. I’m considering the slinky & luxe look of slipdresses, decadent chandelier earrings, feathered trims, & t-strap heels.

Not only is Emmy’s voice pitch perfect, but she solidifies her stunning talent with what I’d like to call her most artistically significant work to date. Of course, she can also be seen in the upcoming film, Beautiful Creatures, & Showtime’s Shameless, but these are must-see videos! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Cover Craze: Emmy Rossum Is Self’s February 2013 Cover Girl!


Emmy Rossum for Self February 2013

Emmy Rossum isn’t just a pretty face, but the talented Shameless actress already has a Golden Globe nomination under her belt for her performance in 2004’s Phantom of the Opera. In addition, the trained singer is currently promoting her debut record, Sentimental Journey, featuring covers of oldies from the 1920s-1960s. As the latest cover girls for Self magazine, the multi-faceted New York native talks about her music project, which hits stores on January 29th, as well as her tricks to staying fit & healthy.

Emmy Rossum for Self February 2013

During the shoot, Emmy frolics outdoors on inflatable furniture in bright & flirty frocks that we’d love to be wearing right now at the end of this cold January. Designers for the shoot include Ralph Lauren Black Collection, Jill Stuart, Milly, Kate Spade, & accessories by Courtney Lee Collection. You can also see Emmy in her latest big screen role as a witch named Ridley in Beautiful Creatures opposite Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, & Jeremy Irons.

Watch the video below to learn more about Emmy’s latest work, what she likes to drink, her favorite colorful pieces from the shoot! To see more of Emmy’s red carpet style, check out posts including her hot pink Monique Lhuillier dress, shimmering gold Donna Karan gownblack polka dot Theia dressedgy chiffon & leather outfit, & the Zuhair Murad lace confection! Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Stars Like Emmy Rossum, Malin Akerman, & Ashley Madekwe In Sweet Dresses, Minis, & Pretty Pumps!


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Get your dresses ready for the end of the summer & even if you’re not heading anywhere special, make a standout entrance in your favorite frilly frock.  I’m all about the dresses any time of year, but I think right now is the perfect season for feeling feminine & fashionably fierce.  If you need a little celebrity inspiration, check out the below gallery, featuring some of my favorite summer looks that have hit the red carpet, made public appearances, or have been caught walking out & about.

My top picks include Shameless actress Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier, Hart of Dixie star Jaime King‘s Marchesa masterpiece, & a sultry Jessica Biel in a belted Giambattista Valli dress while promoting her latest summer blockbuster Total Recall.  In addition, I’m featuring Anna Kendrick in Mulberry, Revenge style icon Ashley Madekwe in Zimmermann, a lovely Jennifer Garner in Lanvin, Jordana Brewster in laser-cut Bec & Bridge, Leslie Mann cute in coral, Lizzy Caplan‘s multi color Lisa Ho mini, & Malin Akerman‘s sexy slitted Cushnie et Ochs halter dress. For more fabulous celeb looks, check out previous posts of Top 10 Celeb Sightings featuring sheath dresses & Kate Middleton, stylish separates worn by Miranda Kerr & Anne Hathaway, & sweet summer looks worn by Emily Blunt & Krysten Ritter! Happy Styling!