With all the glitzy holiday parties just around the corner, how wonderful would it be to snag this red carpet look from non other than the lovely Charlize Theron? It’s the perfect modern ball gown with its sleek silhouette, deep V-neckline, and its absolutely perfect bow detail at the waist. The dress falls somewhere between goddess and princess and the accessories really pull it all together. The trick to looking polished instead of in costume is choosing the right shoes, bag, jewelry and headwear. Charlize nails this 1920’s style for the 21st century by pairing her stunning gown with minimal nude heels giving off a hint of shimmer, a beautiful antique looking brooch at the waist, and a gorgeous headband that gives a nod to the Gatsby-inspired outfit. Wondering how you can pull this off for your upcoming gala? Take a peek at some of the budget-friendly finds we’ve found below.
Charlize Theron’s Golden Globes Look 4 Less
With Halloween coming up soon, we thought it’d be fun to share a few of our favorite costume ideas. If you are anything like us and hate tossing money out on disposable, cheap-looking costumes every year, then consider this idea on how to dress up for the spookiest time of the year: Buy things that will create a theme together, but which can all be worn separately as well. Our first costume inspiration following this idea is “The Stylish Ladybug” – a look that is, in all, just the right amount of costumey without being over-the-top. And once Halloween is over you can keep all of the items in your closet and make them part of your everyday wardrobe as they’re both fashionable and versatile. What do you think? Do you like our ladybug look for Halloween?
The Stylish Ladybug
Olivia Palermo always looks fabulous and this look is no exception. I just love the way she paired two bold jewel tones (emerald and citrine) and made them look fantastic together. If I had to guess, I’d say the secret is the neutral basics she wore with them. The soft charcoal grey sweater softens the overall look and her handbag and accessories all compliment her skin and hair color. And then instead of the usual jewelry (like earrings or a necklace) she went for the unexpected brooches worn on her blazer’s collar. Vintage pieces like these are actually not very hard to find these days, with flea markets and antiques turning up many fun sparklers for just a few dollars. Of course, you can always get creative and repurpose some 1950’s shoe clips or clip-on earrings into a whole new look! The only thing left to finish off the outfit is some sassy red nail polish and a gold bracelet and watch. Ready to try it for yourself? Have fun shopping our awesome steals below!
Olivia Palermo’s Green Blazer & Yellow Jeans Look 4 Less
You might have thought that the oxblood trend is spreading like wildfire within the fashion scene only, but far from it! It is running rampant in the beauty world, too! Oxblood-hued lipsticks, nail polishes and other beauty products are taking over for fall! So if you want to be a real trendsetter this season, try incorporating oxblood hues not only into your outfits but into your beauty routine as well. Below you’ll find a great starting point in the form of our favorite oxblood beauty picks:
Beauty Trend – Oxblood
- NARS Sheer Lipstick in Vendanges, $26
- Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in “12 – Forbidden Burgundy”, $34
- Topshop Lips in Beguiled, $15
- NARS Nail Polish in Chinatown, 18
- Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side Of The Moon, $16
- Essie Nail Polish in Berry Hard, $8
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner in 11 – Diamond Burgundy, $23
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Powder Blush in Dark Red 131, $20
- Dior 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette in Nude Pink Design, $59
Declaring oxblood as a fall trend might not seem groundbreaking or particularly new as it is more of a recurring, seasonal theme that comes back year after year just like leather, tweed, mustard and jewel tones. However, some classic fall trends seem to be favored more than others each year and for 2012 we place our bets on oxblood to be the most notable trend. Sure, “oxblood” might not sound quite as appealing as “bubblegum pink” for instance, but don’t let the name scare you off this rich dark berry hue that flatters every skin tone, is considered to have a rather mystic vibe yet is a classic and totally work-appropriate color. In order to spread the oxblood trend, we’ve compiled a list with a few of our favorite oxblood-colored items, fashion- and beauty-wise.
P.S.: While you’re at it, make sure to check out more fabulous yet affordable oxblood items at Topshop and ASOS.