Watch This Style / Cover Craze: Behind-The-Scenes With Zöe Saldana For InStyle’s Annual Hair Issue!


Zoe Saldana for InStyle Hair Spring 2013

Zöe Saldana has been an actress to watch over the last few years, especially with her starring roles in Avatar and Star Trek, & is slated for both highly anticipated sequels, as well as taking on the titular role in Nina, a biopic about singer Nina Simone. However, the Jersey girl is lending her stunning face to the cover of InStyle‘s annual Hair issue, in breath-taking looks by Dior, Balmain, Gucci, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, & Lanvin.

 “I like androgyny,” Saldana told the magazine, adding, “I don’t feel like myself when I’m looking pretty. But every now and then, maybe four or five times a year, I just want to be a girl and look like a cherry apple.” Also, she talks about her beauty secrets, including her at-home remedies for treating her hair, as well as her hair style inspirations like Halle Berry, Sissy Spacek, & even Brad Pitt!

Take a look at the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the high fashion shoot! Which celebs do you look to for hair inspiration? What’s your hair philosophy this spring? For more video posts, check out Katie Holmes’ shoot for Allure, Gucci’s Spring / Summer ad campaign, the Lena Dunham-direct video for Rebecca Antonoff, & Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear runway show! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Season 5 Preview Of ‘The Rachel Zoe Project,’ Banana Republic Reveals Another Mad Men-Inspired Collection, Carrie Underwood’s Latest Music Video, & More!


Haute Headlines

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, which will be all anyone is talking about, but for us more fashion-friendly Style Darlings, here are a few headlines that I wanted to share! You know, just in case you’re stuck at a party with some bored ladies & wanna strike up a conversation! Happy Styling!

*Chanel‘s Spring 2013 video stars Lindsey Wixson & Aymeline Valade*

*H&M will show its first collection in 8 years at Paris Fashion Week*

*Check out the Season 2 preview of It’s A Brad, Brad World*

*Taylor Swift strikes a pose for Disney*

*Take a look at Vera Wang‘s ethereal Spring 2013 ad campaign*

*Banana Republic plans a sequel Mad Men-inspired collection*

*Victoria Beckham relaunches her website with a personal touch*

*Diane von Furstenberg collaborates with Gap Kids*

*Watch the Season 5 preview of The Rachel Zoe Project*

*The video for Carrie Underwood‘s latest single “Two Black Cadillacs” is out*

*Kim Kardashian posted a baby-bumptastic Instagram pic with sis Khloe*

Runway Rundown: Lauren Conrad’s Stylish Spring 2013 Paper Crown Collection!


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It was only a few days ago that I shared a gallery of Lauren Conrad‘s Spring 2013 Collection for Kohl’s, featuring classic separates, feminine pops of color, & spring-ready dresses for a date; however the former reality star has also created a fabulous Spring 2013 line for her luxury brand, Paper Crown. The combination of belted & minimalist maxi dresses, luxe button-downs with chiffon accents, leather leggings paired with oversized matte sequins, & timeless pieces for day, date, & the office offers a variety to mix & match with any wardrobe. Of course, Lauren’s ladylike prepster style will resonate with the J. Crew / Banana Republic / Lulu’s shopper & I’m crazy about the details like cream lace, soft bows, a relaxed fit.

Would you wear any of the pieces in this collection? Do you like Lauren’s style & taste for this line? Do you follow celebrity-turned-designer brands? For more galleries, check out posts including the red carpet looks from this weekend’s SAG Awards, the latest Pre-Fall 2013 Collection from Rachel Roy, & the Prabal Gurung for Target lookbook! Happy Styling!

Fabulous in 4 Ways: Floral Skinny Pants From H&M For Day, Date, Cocktail, & Weekend!


Just b/c the holidays are mostly over, it doesn’t mean that the glamour has to end. The latest trends in spring fashion are slowly, but surely emerging & this includes floral pants. They’re not just for springtime, especially when there are so many chic & cozy ways to dress up or dress down florals when the weather is still chilly outside.  I’d like to take a look at some celebrity inspiration to see how the A-listers are wearing this trend.

Kristin Cavallari shares her chic maternity style in Joe’s Jeans with a basic black top & blazer to offset the vibrant pattern.  90210 star Shenae Grimes adds some punk flavor to her Alice + Olivia cropped pants with strappy booties & a leather top.  Playing with the same idea is Minka Kelly, whose Dolce & Gabbana floral pants are enhanced by suede peep toe pumps & a bright rectangular clutch.  Singer Lana Del Rey plays up her demure style in Citizens of Humanity pants under her trench coat with embellished ballet flats.  Lastly, Twilight star Kristen Stewart sticks to her favorite designer, Balenciaga, for her micro floral printed pants, paired with a Rebecca Minkoff blazer & a Juicy Couture tank.

Kristin Cavallari, Shenae Grimes, Minka Kelly, Lana Del Rey, & Kristen Stewart.Even if we look to the runways for Spring 2013, you’ll find that there’s plenty of floral on the bottom. Floral isn’t meant just for dresses, skirts, or blouses anymore. It can be an unexpected pop of femininity or juxtapose more masculine pieces for day or evening.  For example, we’ve seen this in collections from Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lela Rose, Paul & Joe, & Tanya Taylor. Here, complimenting colors in your floral prints can work to accentuate a factor of luxury in your look, especially when it comes to jackets, cardigans, scarves, & heels.

Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lela Rose, Paul & Joe, & Tanya Taylor. The pants in question for today’s Fabulous in 4 Ways post are the floral pants ($24.95) from H&M. Not only are these an amazing bargain, but I’m convinced that these can be worn in a variety of ways to get the most out of your wardrobe basics for day, weekend, date, & cocktail hour.  These may be a little hard to pull off in the office, depending on what your work dress code is, but for the more casual environments, I recommend a cute blouse & pumps to make your look polished & professional.

First, for daytime when you’re running some errands or meeting with your girlfriends for a casual luncheon (á la Sex & the City), I recommend playing with the colors in the pants, including the ruched panel cardigan ($9.99) in gold from Dress Barn worn over the lurex lace bra cami ($14.99) in true white from Express. When floral pants such as these are the focal point of your look, you can play with textures to add interest, which is why I’ve selected the Kenneth Cole ‘Slip Me One’ flats ($29.97) in red @Piperlime & the easy metallic combo of Forever 21‘s beaded hoop earrings ($5.80).

Keep it cozy when it comes to a weekend look, if you’re headed out to a movie during the day with your beau & then sit by the fireplace eating Chinese food. Yes, that’s what I’d like my weekends to be, which is why I picked the striped sweater with oversized cowl neck ($34.96) in herbal mist from New York & Company to wear with the Brash Zoey riding boot ($39.99) in black from Payless. The mixture of stripes & florals has fascinated me for a while, so when you’re cooped up with your significant other in the house when the weather is on the frightful side, experiment with your looks a little to keep things fresh.  However, if you’re headed out, I love the mix of tassels with the patent textures in the daisy fuentes Gemini studded cross-body handbag ($29.50) in magenta from Kohl’s matched with a little more spring fever in the floral bangle set ($7.80) from Forever 21.

When it comes to date night looks, you always have to consider where you’re headed.  Floral pants may seem busy, but if accessorized correctly, they’re the perfect foundation for a sophisticated & smart look to impress your date.  I picked the teardrop cut-out blouse ($24.99) in black from The Limited, a piece that is sure to make the rounds with other wardrobe staples like a pencil skirt, boyfriend jeans, & leggings.  Of course in skinny pants like these, a pair of DSW‘s BCBG Paris Preena pumps ($29.94) in fuchsia will elongate the legline & won’t be as intimidating as some seriously pointy toe shoes.  For a special finishing touch, I love the colorblocked flap crossbody ($19.80) from Forever 21 & Mixit hematite stone tassel drop earrings ($4.00) from JC Penney.

For a cocktail event, pants aren’t necessarily the first thing to come to mind, especially when a dress is so easy to throw on with some snazzy earrings & killer heels. However, if you’re running around & don’t have time to get that go-to LBD dry-cleaned, you can rely on floral plants to build an evening-ready cocktail look, including the gem collar peplum top ($30.00) in aubergine from Topshop with a built-in jeweled neckline that helps accessorize your ladylike ensemble.  Also, I’ve added the Abrianna heels ($34.99) in bone from ALDO with the sparkling sequin hinge wallet ($9.99) in champagne from Charlotte Russe. Lastly, b/c there’s so much going on in the look already, I didn’t want to bog it down with extra bling, but here’s your opportunity to break out a really fabulous cocktail ring like the affordable stretch oval ring ($12.99) in orange from Target.

Do you own floral pants? Would you consider adding them to your wardrobe? How would you style them? For more styling posts, check out my affordable LBD look, statement rings for under $10, & how to wear a metallic faux leather skirt in 4 ways! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 Collection @New York Fashion Week!


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Shame on me for not updating my readers about the fabulous on-goings of New York Fashion Week. Not only is that excitement happening, but I’ve just come off a multi-day celebration of my 29th birthday, which was super exciting since I decided to skip last year’s birthday. Of course, in the midst of the wine-drinking & dress-wearing, I’ve finally acquired a new job & decided to freshen up my wardrobe with some affordable new additions from the end-of-the-season clearance racks.

However, let’s talk business & I mean Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The first collection that I’ll be featuring in this latest edition of Runway Rundown is Monique Lhuillier‘s Spring 2013 Collection. The line features feminine details like lace, ruching, slits, cut-outs, & peplum hemlines. Leave it to Monique Lhuillier to create a timeless collection that is sure to grab the attention of celebs like Eva Longoria, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, & Krysten Ritter, especially as the big fall / winter awards season is descending upon us.

Take a look at the gallery to ooh & ahh at the 45-piece collection.  Also, for more runway talk, check out previous posts, including the 10th anniversary collection of Project Runway for Lord & Taylor, shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood’s jaw-dropping 106-piece Fall 2012 collection, & Chanel’s dazzling & classic Fall 2012 Haute Couture collection! If you’re looking to shop these trendy new looks, Monique Lhuillier designs can be found at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, & Saks Fifth Avenue. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Stella McCartney’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection!


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One of the benefits of sitting at the computer practically 24/7 is getting exposure to all the latest & greatest that’s going on in the world of fashion.  Typically I don’t feature entire collections, but one particular posting on Facebook made my Stella McCartney caught my eye, especially since I’ve been feeling a lot about separates this season.  As you can see by my previous blog about the lovely Solange Knowles, it’s never too late to put that frock back in your closet & mix a menswear-inspired jacket with a frilly dress & edgy heels.  Here, the famous British designer has brought a refreshing new twist on her signature androgynous looks.  Surely, big name celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Kate Hudson will be donning some of these pieces, which are already so perfect to mix & match with other wardrobe staples.

Of course, these are not inexpensive items & do not fall under the category of “bargain,” by any means, but as always, I think it’s important to keep up with what trends are hitting the runways, opening up yet another opportunity for some style inspiration!  What do you think of the Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection by Stella McCartney? Do you have any favorite pieces?

For more from Runway Rundown, be sure to check out my previous posts, which includes male celebs hitting the runway for Prada, Zac Posen’s Z Spoke for Lord & Taylor, & Mischa Barton’s debut clothing collection!