January 11, 2011

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January 7, 2011

Julia Roberts Eats, Prays & Loves Her Bling

Photo by: Jackson Lee/starmaxinc.com  2010   Telephone/Fax:  8/10/10 Julia Roberts at the premiere of Eat Pray Love . (NYC) Photo via Newscom
As Julia Roberts’ Eat, Pray, Love hits the theaters, she has been traveling to promote her movie from America all the way to the Far East in Japan. She was the first actress to appear in Vogue, is one of the highest paid actresses of all time, has been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” eleven times and is an Academy award winner. Well, I’m sure there isn’t anything else left on her “to do before 40” list.

And If I was in her shoes I wouldn’t need to adopt power dressing at all. But that is what the Mona Lisa Smile actress did for the New York Premiere of her latest chick flick.

She sported a men’s-wear inspired black Stella McCartney blazer but gave it a sexy twist by combining it with a teeny pair of black tailored mini shorts by Diane von Furstenberg that exposed all 88 inches (or 82 rather) of her famous long legs. Had she removed her blazer though we would have had reruns of her micro-short body-con dress in Pretty Woman.
NEW YORK - AUGUST 10: Actress Julia Roberts attends the premiere of 'Eat Pray Love' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on August 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

The Tokyo press conference however was a fashion debacle of sorts as she went from sexy to saggy and her stylist should be given a good knock on the head! Yes, the multicolored floral print of her green Dries Van Noten Fall 2010 dress seemed sort of Asian but the old-lady fit did absolutely nada for her figure.

I do not even want to comment about her out-of-place green Celine ankle strap wedges. But from her neck up, Julia actually looked pretty stunning thanks to a pair of gold and diamond, tear drop earrings by Jamie Wolf which shows that the actress’ jewelry style is still intact.

The same goes for her colorful Indian-inspired jewelry by Me&Ro at the New York Premiere comprising of an ink-blue lapis bead bracelet, matching lotus lapis earrings and a gold necklace with dangling trinkets which wasn’t on her neck but innovatively wrapped around her wrist. Using your necklace as a bracelet is in fact a fun, stylish and effortless method to give off the illusion of many bangles.

Actress Julia Roberts smiles during a news conference to promote her movie Eat Pray Love in Tokyo August 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Her jewelry provided a colorful touch to her all-black ensemble and she seemed to be in total bliss. Well Julia darling, we are totally eating up your new movie, praying for you not to repeat any ancient looks but absolutely loving your mystical jewelry!

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January 2, 2011

Shine like Cameron Diaz

Photo by: JS/SevenPix/starmaxinc.com  2010  6/16/10 Cameron Diaz at the premiere of Knight and Day . (Seville, Spain)  Photo via Newscom

In our books, stealing is permitted only for one thing. CELEBRITY LOOKS of course! Do you want to go for that hot diva look that says you rule the red carpet? Let’s steal Cameron Diaz’s wardrobe for some inspiration now shall we? Tom Cruise and Cameron have reunited in action comedy, Knight and Day after Vanilla Sky and Cameron’s look for the movie’s premiere in Seville, Spain, serves as the perfect fashion recipe for all the diva-wannabes out there. It takes two to tango and only an additional step to shine like a Hollywood star:

Step 1: Become a black beauty

Choose a sexy black outfit with some shine and the perfect pumps. Cameron rocked an off-the-shoulder draped Lanvin Spring 2010 mini dress that had a belt detail, paired with a hot pair of Lanvin pump heels. The length need not be as short as Cameron’s but it solely depends on what complements your body type. Make sure it’s not too short that you’re not even able to sit comfortably in public without feeling like a conscious crouching tiger or an unhidden dragon for that matter. Simultaneously if the dress is too long you may end up looking like Morticia Addams from the Addams family which is not necessarily a good thing.

Step 2: Accessorize with ice for spice

It goes without saying that the ice/jewelry that you choose is what will spice up your outfit. The advantage of wearing black garb is that jewelry of almost any color and gemstone goes well with it, but this is the downside as well as the possibilities are simply endless and you may spend long hours wondering what bling would bring it. But the stars do shed some light here on how to sparkle like one. The secret behind a diva’s spark is to wear something out of the ordinary. Think outside the box. It may also be helpful to think big! Bold pieces certainly magnify your celebrity presence such as a cubic zirconia cocktail ring or large silver earrings.

Cameron accessorized with jewelry from House of Lavande and Falon which included a pair of big gold cabochon earrings with turquoise stones that really brought out her eyes and a thick colorful textured Swarovzski crystal cuff bracelet. But remember the golden rule: If you wear big earrings, cut out the neck wear & vice versa. It is imperative to add a unique personal touch to your jewelry too. Cameron’s playful personality shined through her chic black look via an unusual but funky pair of gold anklets.

Step 3: Classy Hairdo & Crimson Make-up

Usually, celebrities opt for a hair updo on the red carpet because one, that is simply the age-old norm and two, it gives maximum exposure to those super-sized earrings! But hey, you could always let your hair down for the after party. Cameron wore her messy trademark updo. Last but not the least, be armed with some scarlet lipstick to get that true Hollywood chic like Cameron to complete the look. And it could be pink-red, cherry or maroon if you have a tan.

So there you have it, the three fashion steps to red-carpet success. Ladies, it’s SHOWTIME!

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December 28, 2010

Madonna & Lourdes Team Up for New Fashion Line

NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Singer Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon attend the 2nd Annual Bent on Learning Benef at The Puck Building on April 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
A little birdie by the nickname of Lola told me that the world would witness the launch of an exciting new clothing collection in early August, called Material Girl designed by the original material girl, Madonna herself. The birdie is none other than Lourdes Leon, the only daughter of the music legend.

I must admit that I had an inching fear when I heard that Lourdes, who is only 13 years old, played an integral part in the designing process of the clothing and accessories line for young adults. I mean when you’ve got a world-famous celebrity for a mother and billions of star cash in hand, the formula for superficial success just seems a bit too easy doesn’t it?

But as they say do not judge a book by its cover or in this case do not judge a young celebrity by her stardom. After getting an exclusive sneak peek at the edgy outfits showcased by Gossip Girl actress, Taylor Momsen, Lourdes proved me and many other evil critics wrong.

The affordable Material Girl collection seems like a fusion between the looks of Madonna’s iconic fashion phases in her songs of yesteryear and this year’s hot trend of layering with a pinch of grunge and girly glamour added to the recipe.
And the layering is not just in the clothes but in the jewelry too, embodied by long chunky charm chains and numerous silver bangles and bracelets. I especially liked the cute angel wing earrings.

Madonna graciously says that 90% of the result was inspired by her daughter, whom she likes to call fondly, as Lola. Kudos to the mother and daughter for setting aside their diva egos and joining forces to create a truly promising and hip clothing line. Material Girl’s truly got the material fo’shizzle.

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December 24, 2010

Tron: The Fashion Legacy – Beau Garret

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18: Actress Beau Garrett attends the Tron: Legacy premiere during day seven of the 7th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 18, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images For Dubai International Film Festival)
In the previous post, I took you through the focal point in which fashion met cyberspace, courtesy of the Tron:Legacy premiere where Olivia Wilde glittered like the sequin of her gold gown. But folks, I think we’ve got a case of a lesser known star upstaging the main star of the movie based on my recent star-sighting at the Dubai premiere of the legendary movie where a beautiful actress by the name of Beau Garret walked the red carpet.

Her name says it all (google beau in French if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and so did her lovely silver-grey floor-length gown. The 27 year-old actress surprisingly wore a similar dress to Olivia Wilde’s one at the L.A premiere but her gown had a more regal, effortless feel to it in comparison to Olivia’s glitzy look and the dress seemed to hug her body in just the right places.

One winning factor was how Beau wore her hair. Olivia wore her hair in loose waves which wasn’t a suitable look to her already flowing gown. A pair of futuristic triangular silver earrings and silver bracelet were the finish touch to the lady’s look and this is one of the few times where subtlety won over all the drama. What a gorgeous beauty!
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December 20, 2010

Tron: The Fashion Legacy – Olivia Wilde

Over the past few days, everybody’s lips have been buzzing about a certain sci-fi movie which originated as a 1982 video game/live-action computer animated film and is now back with a sequel. Yes I’m talking about Tron: Legacy which got released on the 16th of December and has got theaters jam-packed already.

Sam Flynn, the hero of the film is the 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn who looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same cyber world of dangerous programs and gladiatorial games, where along his father embarks on a fierce journey in a visually stunning (yes the movie has been released as a 3D version) universe that has naturally become more advanced and exceedingly thrilling. It goes without saying that the movie would be a delight to all Sci-fi fans.

The premiere itself gave a taste of the film’s action-packed grandeur with laser and smoke machines lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with a dusky futuristic glow as the cast arrived at the El Capitan Theatre in L.A. Needless to say the stars of the film were dressed aptly in futuristic outfits themselves as a tribute to the film’s personality.

Olivia Wilde who plays the lead female role of Ourra had all eyes on her as she arrived in a sequined gold floor-length Pucci gown with a key-hole detail. The 26 year-old brunette is no stranger to figure-hugging outfits and this one did do a certain amount of justice to her fab figure thanks to a belt that gave the gown some shape, though I feel she could have maintained the original belt-less look that would have given her a more celestial tone.
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Olivia Wilde arrives at Walt Disney's TRON: Legacy World Premiere held at the El Capitan Theatre on December 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images)

A gold glittering clutch bag completed the look and the House actress took the right decision in wearing a subtle but gorgeous pair of citrine earrings from Tiffany & Co which didn't steal the limelight from her glittery gown but still highlighted her pretty face. The golden girl followed the golden rule of ‘less is more’ when wearing an overpowering sparkling gown.
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December 15, 2010

Stars Wars: Eva Mendes vs Jenny McCarthy

MTV Movie Awards held at The Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California on June 6th, 2010. Eva Mendes                                   Fame Pictures, Inc

Eva Mendes is known for her bombshell looks and flirtatious persona. But the Brazilian beauty had to face some tough competition from Jenny McCarthy in the wardrobe department when Jenny wore a sparkly blue and silver Stella McCartney dress to the 2010 American Music Awards recently. And it wasn’t just any dress folks but the very same one that Eva wore at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

Now it’s not uncommon for the divas of Hollywood to occasionally clash when it comes to fashion repeats, either intentionally or unintentionally. But the resounding question remains: Who wore the dress best? Let’s take Eva first. The 2 Fast 2 Furious actress  wore the stylish creation as a short-sleeved loose-fitting one (it didn’t show off her envious curves though) which came up to her knees and she accessorized with gold accessories.

Ms. McCarthy took the dress and gave it a wild modification sans the sleeves. It was shorter, sexier and sleeker and the diva paired it with killer Louboutin black peep toe pumps. The uber-high hairdo was the kick-ass finishing touch to the edgy look. So who won? Let the jewelry speak I say! When it came to the dress alone, it was Jenny who won without a doubt and she would definitely appeal to those of you who want to show the crowd who’s boss.

American Music Awards - Arrivals held at The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on November 21st, 2010. Jenny McCarthy Fame Pictures, Inc

But looking at the bling that the ladies sported, it was Eva who accessorized the sparkly number beautifully with a flashy gold bangle and an equally charming clutch bag whereas McCarthy’s silver floral cutout earrings did nothing to please the dress. Yes she did follow the golden rule of less flashy bling when one ears a flashy dress. But why the plain Jane earrings darling?

Remember that you cannot pile up on the jewelry when you wear a shimmery number but at the same time it won’t hurt to add a single statement piece that highlights the entire style like Eva’s gold cuff bangle. You go baby!
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December 11, 2010

Miley Cyrus' Wedding Style

Nov. 22, 2010 - Hollywood, California, U.S. - MILEY CYRUS.The 2010 American Music Awards Red Carpet Arrivals Held At Nokia Theatre In Los Angeles, California On November 21, 2010. K66964RHARV. © Red Carpet Pictures

Miley made my day at the 2010 American Music Awards which took place at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Other than being famous for her role in Hannah Montana, the young crooner is also pretty legendary for her fashion debacles, ultra mini nightmares and over-the-top pouting. *Cringe*

But since the actress hit her 17th birthday recently, it seems like Cyrus is finally coming out of her premature frolicking in the wardrobe department. And would it be too early to say the actress may have actually set a wedding trend for promising brides in 2011? Read on to decide for yourself.

At the AMAs she arrived at the red carpet wearing a dress which I think has been one of her best. She looked surprisingly cute in a Marchesa Spring 2011 mini dress but, but…there was an added twist. Her chiffon strapless creation had a floral illustration, beaded details, a large dramatic bow detail on the back but I haven’t gotten the twist yet. Trailing at the back of this sexy number was a gorgeous flowing train that looked absolutely gorgeous in the winter breeze.

It wasn’t just the dress I loved though. Her hair and makeup were doing their thing, her Christian Louboutin Maralena glass heels would have given Cinderella a run for her money and best of all, Miley showed us that she knew how to jazz up a beautiful dress in just the right way via a stack of silver bracelets and three cocktail rings that featured diamonds and pearls and contrasted beautifully against her goth black nail polish. Ooh La La girlfriend.

The look was the epitome of the modern bride who likes to keep it on the edge and sexy but at the same time add a subtle touch of elegance. I just hope Miley can keep up her new and improved fashion resolution for 2011. *Fingers crossed*

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December 6, 2010

Emma Watson: From Witch to Pixie

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' at Alice Tully Hall on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Hillary Swank did it, Halle Berry always had it, Keira Knightley was no exception and now the latest to jump on the pixie hair bandwagon is none other than our favorite know-it-all witch from Hogwarts, Emma Watson.

Doing the same role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter saga for ten years can certainly be slightly cumbersome for a growing actress who wants to spread her wings. So after a decade of magical spells, broomstick battles and young wizard love, fly she did, like a pixie to be precise by chopping off her glorious auburn hair and shocking her fans far and wide. Guess they never thought she would be drinking some of that Polyjuice potion in real life huh? ;-)

Nov. 15, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - EMMA WATSON arriving at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1'' at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City on 11-15-2010.  2010..K66811HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

Jokes aside, the girl has clearly transformed into a woman with the new edgy hairdo and brought some black magic to the black carpet at the NYC premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Alice Tully Hall, rocking a black slinky floor length dress with a sophisticated backless style. The dress was custom-designed for her by Calvin Klein and she paired it up with small floral stud earrings and a fun gold bracelet.

But what wowed me the most was the bling she chose to wear on her hair which was a dainty gold hair clip and showed us how to make a crop cut more chic with a dash of femininity. Not only did the hair jewel highlight her hair but it gave her entire black look some glamorous sparkle. She didn’t need a wand to do that now did she? J

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December 1, 2010

Alicia Keys Kills it in a Nethi Chutti

Sept. 30, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball NY 2010.Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 09-30-2010.Photos by ,  Photos Inc 2010.ALICIA KEYS AND SWIZZ BEATZ.K66040SMO. © Red Carpet Pictures

The 7th Annual Keep A Child Black Ball took place last month at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NY city. A string of stars graced the red carpet including Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and Usher to name a few. A certain 8-month pregnant someone attended the event too with her hubby, Swiss Beatz and she looked absolutely divine in a gray, strapless and lace Dolce & Gabbana gown with a hair updo.

You can see from the photo on the left that I’m talking about the gorgeous Alicia Keys who gave birth to a baby boy, named Egypt Daoud Dean, fourteen days after the photo was taken. Her baby bump did its thing, her skin was glowing but there was another element of hers that outshone all the stars that evening and I really don’t know how it missed my jewelry radar. You guessed it. It was the exotic pearl, ruby and gold headpiece on her forehead that caught the spotlight.

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw this jewel because not many have dared to wear it for its sheer royalty. It’s called the ‘nethi chutti’ or ‘gold tikka’ and yes its roots are Indian. The head adornment has been around for centuries and was worn by Moghul princesses in the past and today it is a 21st century jewelry-must for the Indian bride on the day of her wedding. As you can see the gold tikka is a long ornament pinned to the middle of the head with its pendant falling near the forehead, just below the hairline and the one Alicia has on is a ‘Kundan’ design.

Sept. 30, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Singer ALICIA KEYS attends the 7th Annual Black Ball held at the Hammerstein Ballroom. © Red Carpet Pictures

In my opinion, it’s the best jewel that can highlight your face and eyes with earrings taking second place. But only Alicia can take an age-old Indian traditional jewel, merge it with a modern evening gown and still look amazing with a huge baby bump! Swiss Beatz is surely one lucky man (he tied the knot with Alicia in July on the French Island of Corsica). A wreath of traditional Indian jasmine flowers around her hair bun would have been the perfect finishing touch to the exuberant new bride.

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