Style Icon: Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez is proof that your style improves and gets better with age. This 40-something triple threat is showing no signs of slowing down, despite adding mother of twins to her resume. Oh, let’s not forget her American Idol judge stint too. This actress-singer-dancer can include style icon to her long list of credentials too. Her recent Oscars dress, that low cut nude glittering gown from Elie Saab, is a far cry from her now infamous Versace jungle dress.

Her style evolution is one to watch and here I give you a rundown of my favorite looks from J. Lo.

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Fur has always been in J.Lo’s repertoire. It is right up her alley since fur has always been the perfect representation of glam, whether it is in a casual or formal setting. The fur-lined collar of her gray coat and her black and glittery silver pumps is the epitome of fall style with a glitzy upgrade, of course.

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Jennifer Lopez certainly knows how to play up her assets, one of which is her incredible bronzed complexion. The dusty pink hue of this look complements her amazing tan and it shows that you don’t have to reveal a lot of skin to exude sex appeal. That little bit of decolletage goes a long way.

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J. Lo breaks a fashion rule and establishes herself as a fashion renegade as she matches her eyeshadow with her rust-colored full shantung skirt. What would normall be a fashion no-no becomes a surprisingly chic element in this look. Perhaps because the rest of this outfit, from the classic black pumps, snakeskin box clutch, and white halter crop top are all understated.main.original.585x0 (1)

Red is the go-to color for fashion vamps. It is the color that instantly grabs attention, oozes with mega confidence, and convey the maximum amount of sexy. This is exactly the formula for Lopez’s standout style. This red chiffon double slit number is one of her most memorable red carpet moments. Classic Hollywood glamour personified.  main.original.585x0 (2)

Although sexy style is her bread and butter, Jennifer Lopez turns heads in this ladylike style. This outfit certainly speaks to how her style has evolved over the years, and has taken a more sophisticated turn. I personally love that peplum skirt detail and that delicate gold anklet adorning her right foot, such a charming little accessory. main.original.585x0 (3)

In a monochromatic blush/nude look, this athleisure look is Jenny from the block all grown up. The urban style that J. Lo started out in the industry with, became a lot more refined as the years passed. The result? This ensemble that is equal parts casual, polished, and alluring. main.original.585x0 (8)

Wow! Look at those toned gams! Lopez certainly isn’t one to shy away from short hemlines and a whole lot of snakeskin. She makes this head-to-toe snakeskin look work, by keeping things straightforward and letting the print be the focus. I am loving the 60s vibe of this look too. main.original.585x0

Making a romper look glamorous is a tall order, Jennifer Lopez is certainly up to the task. She instantly ups the chicness of this navy romper with nude pumps, leather studded cuffs, and her signature aviators. This look certainly spells superstar.

 All Images from InStyle and WhoWhatWear

Aren’t you just envious of her killer legs and tan? Oh how I love J. Lo. She is undoubtedly an inspiration and living proof that you can do it all–career, family, and style. A modern icon indeed.

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2015 Oscars Red Carpet Report

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The Oscars is the most awaited and prestigious event of the awards season. For fashion lovers, celeb watchers, and style enthusiasts, the red carpet at the Oscars is the best time to spot the best beauty looks and most glamourous gowns. In an effort to be the best dressed star of the night, celebs pull out all the stops for the Oscars red carpet. This year was no exception. As most of Hollywood sashayed down the red carpet, us at home swooned over all the stunning (and some not-so-stunning) looks. Here are my picks for the best and worst dressed celebs at the 2015 Academy Awards.

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My top pick for best dressed of the whole night has got to be Jennifer Lopez. Jaws dropped and the crowd ooh-ed and aah-ed as La Lopez strode into the venue in this blush Elie Saab creation. The delicate embellishment and voluminous ball skirt contrasted perfectly with the low cut of the front of the gown.  The color works perfectly with J.Lo’s skin. This is modern elegance personified. 
enhanced-11832-1424645389-24Jamie Chung’s soft makeup look and luscious tressed with bouncy curls complemented the starburst adornment of her gown. The dark tulle overlay with the nude frock underneath is a great way to add dimension to an evening look. Choosing not to accessorize was a wise choice, as it let the gown design and sparkle take center stage.

enhanced-14941-1424653667-8Keira Knightley’s fairytale frock was a fashion risk, for sure, but it was one that paid off for her. With embroidery and delicate calligraphy all over her dress, Keira truly embodied a modern kind of romance. This look was certainly a step above your typical styled look for awards shows. Bravo.

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Now, you can’t expect musical duo Tegan and Sara to stroll in clad in matching ball gowns, do you? Of course not. The pair stayed true to their indie and edgy roots by opting to go the more tailored route. Leather details, crisp silhouettes, and subtle and sleek metallic accessories, both their looks are proof that you can tailor your evening looks to your personality. Gowns are great, but they are definitely not your only sartorial option for red carpets and black tie events.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum has my vote in this luminescent and immaculate white number. She looks positively radiant in this column gown that is perfectly accented with some bling and a well-placed Art Deco inspired waist cincher. The simple yet elegant shape and cut of the gown makes her diamond cuff and earrings stand out even more. The red orange lip is a bold beauty move that makes her look a cut above the rest. enhanced-30835-1424647567-26

Faith Hill’s short pixie cut looks even more regal in this soft yet impactful wrap column dress. The long diamond lariat is the perfect accessory to go with the low cut front of the down. A simple smoky eye and dewy skin finish off this look nicely. enhanced-31456-1424650327-2Zoe Saldana shows off her amazing post-baby bod in this stunning rosy blush gown. The beautiful draping combined with the fashion forward ruching and just the right touch of sparkle from her diamond necklace makes this an A plus red carpet look.

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Although Chloe Grace Moretz’s beauty look is on point (look at those brows), her dress is unfortunately left out in the cold. The fabric and cut just doesn’t do anything for her, and makes her look older than she actually is.

enhanced-32528-1424648303-16This robe/gown hybrid on Margot Robbie is proof that event the hottest bod can’t make a bad dress work. The length and the drape make this dress look more like a housecoat than a red carpet design. You can do better next time, Margot.

Who are you picks for best and worst dressed? Let me know!

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10 Leather Looks to Steal

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Fall means sweater weather, which also means leather weather. The gusts of wind and that definite chill in the air is a sure sign that it is prime season to break out your best, boldest, and toughest leather looks.

Nothing can compare to the rock n’ roll glamour that leather gives. The texture alone is enough for you to want more leather love in your closet. It just adds some edge to any ensemble. Leather is a very timeless material that is your surest route to “it girl” style and coolness. You can never go wrong when wearing leather or using it as a complement or finishing flourish to either your casual daytime or sexy evening outfits.

Here’s a rundown of 10 celeb-approved leather looks to inspire you

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Quintessential Cool Girl/model Agyness Deyn schools you on how to wear vintage tees to your next nightout. Ditch that slinky dress and go for this edgy street look, where the leather pencil skirt upgrades this vintage tee for the red carpet. Finishing it off with metallic heels and a red minaudiere just adds that perfect dressy flair to this vintage tee and leather skirt look.
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Want to look polished and stylish for your next long haul flight? Follow Jennifer Lawrence’s lead and put a leather jacket over your comfy airport attire. A gray burnout tee, black denim, and sneakers is instantly elevated by a leather jacket with quilted detailing. This chic leather topper is the solution to not looking sloppy while traveling.

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Jamie Chung displays her  leather savvy by using leather in an unexpected way. Black leather is the standard go-to for leather looks. However, there has been a spike in the availability and popularity of more delicate hues for leather as of late. Pastel colors, like this light pink leather jackets is the perfect harmony of the toughness of leather with the softness of pastel pink.4490a365acd168f82d086ea4cf6bc9e5

A plain LBD gets a style uplift from leather. An all leather little black dress is miles away from your plain black dress. It’s more seductive, more mystertious, and more daring. Pair it with nude pumps, like Cameron Diaz did, to lighten up the overall look a bit. Minimal accessorizing is best as it lets your leather number stand out and make a major statement. 94998911b5537fe7fba577b39d2e6f7b

Miranda Kerr knows that if you love to wear head to toe black, leather should be your best friend. Adding leather into the all black mix differentiates each piece in your ensemble, and adds more visual interest and depth to your look. Texture is key when wearing a one-color look like this one. A leather carryall and leather leggings are the right textural accents to the black peacoat, sweater, and pumps. c31b190485b944850e2df9e5452ba7aa

Emma Stone wows in this bright, tomato red dress and nude pumps. Her leather jacket of choice has moto zip details and lapel as well as a double breasted buttons and silhouette that proves once again that leather motorcycle jackets are worthy investments for any fashionista. As you can see, this jacket improves her look dramatically and makes sure that her dress can go from day to night.
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This super adorable everyday outfit shows that you can look put together and casual at the same time. Kate Hudson does a great job in pairing her sporty gray crop top with an A-line leather knee-grazing leather skirt. The white pumps and black top handle purse keeps this look ladylike, while the sliver of midriff and leather keep things interesting and rebel chic. e7d9c304f932d02879a84f65c2e13243

This look could’ve been too plain or too simple, but this pair of leather leggings pretty much guarantees that Hillary Duff looks amazing while running her day-to-day errands. These leather leggings play off the check print knit sweater and cap toe heels and make those two pieces look more modern. e399adfad680d5e9315d16cb2e1f7493

Leather can go very dressy too, just take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s stunning evening ensemble. Leather and lace are two textures that pair very well together. The intricacy and daintiness of lace balance the visual strength of leather. Gwyneth knows that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Her crop top and lace midi with laced ankle strap heels are toned down with this deep plum leather jacket. fcb939dd38b2c8fa61db5fb2d3a2fee2Gwen Stefani loves a good motorcycle vest. Instead of following its typical use as a layering piece, she uses it as a chic statement all on its own. Zipped all the way up and paired with cropped boyfriend jeans, this leather motorcycle vest spells bad gal on-the-go. The pointed pink pumps give this look a much needed and surprising pop of bright color.

Which celeb looks did you love? I love them all! How do you plan on wearing leather this season?

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Style Icon: Taylor Swift

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British Vogue’s November Issue cover star, country music icon, street style star, and pop culture phenomenon Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with. At such a young age she broke out onto the scene in a big way, with infectious rhythms and insightful, deeply felt lyrics. Her famous relationships (and breakups too) have been immortalized into country/pop-rock songs that has the rest of the world singing along. She has recently been making the news and making major headlines with her feminine and vintage inspired street style looks. Each look she steps out in is pure perfection, and she has us swooning over her to die for style. She always looks polished and always look paparazzi ready, which goes to show that you can stay true to yourself and not always follow the trends.

Start your own trend just like T-Swizzle has, and  learn from her sartorial savvy, as you browse through my top 10 picks of Taylor Swift’s best street style looks.

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A departure from her typically sweet street style, Tay Tay shows that she can turn up the glam and exude a bit of naughtiness with this sexy black jumpsuit. She still maintains her signature girly vibe by toting her top handle vintage frame bag. Opting out of accessorizing and just letting the black pieces be the focus of this look is such a classy style move.  102714-taylor-swift-1-567

In the summer, we saw Taylor Swift in one matching printed two-piece set after another. She practically lived in those crop tops and full skirts. She stays loyal to her affinity for matching sets and makes it more fitting for the fall in this knit sweatshirt and pencil skirt duo.
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Taylor Swift turns up the glamour in a sparkling and shimmering Gucci gown during this year’s Grammy Awards. With just some elegant ear danglers as her accessory, she completely owns the red carpet in this beautiful silver column gown. taylor-swift-street-style-15

I wish that we could all look this good on the reg, just like Taylor Swift does. She manages to look modern while donning vintage pieces. She looks absolutely flawless in this covetable outfit composed of a yellow houndstooth cropped sweater, mint green skater skirt, coral heels, and a lovely taupe frame bag. taylor-swift-street-style-19

Want to know how to make even a pair of denim cutoffs look elegant? Do it like Taylor and add some polished extras into the mix. You can never go wrong with nude pumps, black frame top handle bag, and a white sabrina neckline top. Improve this casual look even further with a red lip and loose, tousled hair waves. taylor-swift-street-style-25

If there was ever an argument about investing in tailored shorts for the summer, this look will be one of the strongest cases for it. A pair of brightly colored tailored shorts up the ante and gives a ladylike vibe to Taylor’s fondness and preference for menswear inspired footwear like these low-heeled oxfords. Taylor Swift coming out of the Smile store in NYC

Taylor Swift might not be a school girl, but she certainly nails back-to-school style in this outfit. A red and blue patterned sweater dress  with her two signature staples, heeled oxfords and structured leather totes all make for an A plus look.

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This is further evidence that you need not hold yourself strictly to the matching purse and shoes style rule. Sometimes, breaking fashion rules can be fun since the unexpected always leads to more excitingly chic looks. Simply take a gander at this printed sheath dress look and how the hot pink peep-toe pumps and hunter green bag play off each other stunningly. taylor-swift-street-style-42

An orange and pink color block sweater can make your daily spring to fall uniform so exciting. Pieces such as this sweater are great for quickly and easily perking up your basics, like camel colored skinnies and black tasseled loafers. taylor-swift-street-style-43

Taylor makes us like her even more as she embraces high street brands like Aldo. She totes a maroon structured purse from Aldo and matches that deep burgundy red shade with a deep-V sweater worn over a grey mini dress. The bowler hat and matching burgundy colored booties are just the right accessories to finish off this winsome look.

Which look is your favorite? All of Taylor Swift’s looks are so amazing, I simply can’t choose!

Images from Teen Vogue and InStyle

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Style Icon: Beyoncé

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Beyoncé a.k.a Mrs Carter, a.k.a Queen Bey is currently the reigning queen of music and pop culture. One half of the hottest and most powerful couple on earth, she and her hubby Jay-Z pretty much have the whole music industry on lock. Between that, and her wildly successful album which she launched without any fanfare at all, Beyoncé’s pop culture icon status cannot be disputed.

Beyoncé is on top of her fashion game too. All glam and all curves, Beyoncé never steps out in anything less than stellar, and anything unworthy of a paparazzi shot. Let’s forget those unfortunate Destiny’s Child costumes of the early ’00s, and let me call your attention to her current spate of jaw-dropping red carpet worthy looks and sophisticated urban street style. She is definitely a style icon in her own right, just get a load of these 10 looks for royal style inspiration from Queen Bey herself.

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A striped two-piece matching skirt and crop top set (spot those amazing abs!) is elevated with a bowler hat and coral pumps. Beyoncé isn’t a stranger to graphic lines with color pops.

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A radiant and gorgeous Beyoncé wows in this orange one-shouldered gown from Lanvin. Here she’s sporting two of the best accessories, a baby bump and beautiful glow. This is look is a reminder to everyone, color is your friend. An intense color can give your look a quick fashion forward upgrade.

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What does Beyoncé wear on a casual day out? Leather shorts and a crisp white blazer, of course. She also shows us her strong love of color with  a pair of mint green heels. Take a cue from Beyoncé ladies, a hit of color is always a welcome addition to a monochromatic outfit.

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Beyoncé can do tailored and prim on the red carpet better than anyone. This black and white jumpsuit from Osman shows off this signature curves to perfection, and her classic and clean beauty look completes this look nicely.

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Elegant and ornate, this intricate Michael Costello gown stole the show during the Grammy’s. Beyoncé’s dark lips and smoldering makeup add to the romantic feeling of this memorable red carpet look.

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Only Beyoncé can pull of this over-the-top yet chic Versace look for the Met Gala. Bold, daring, and dazzling all at the same time, the coordinating thigh-high boots and dress combo slayed on the red carpet. Bravo.

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This is definitely a classic Beyoncé look, legs for days in a sparkly and colorful mini. Unapologetic glamour and effortless sexiness at its best.

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This earthy and tribal Thakoon outfit was such a perfect choice for a tropical vacay with her hubby, Jay-Z. The mustard yellow and the zebra print is unexpectedly chic with a hint of vintage feeling, reminiscent of a modern safari look.

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Rocking this trendy Tom Ford boots and dress killer combo. Thigh-high boots are most certainly a staple in Beyoncé’s closet, it just adds seductive vibe to any look.

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Feminine and polished in these polka dot separates from Marc Jacobs, Beyoncé shows that she can mix it up and pull of a vintage ladylike ensemble.

Which one is your favorite Queen Bey look? If you can’t get enough of her style, she does #OOTD posts on her Instagram too.

Have a great week, ladies!

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