Look-for-Less: Taylor Swift

It's no secret that I am completely obsessed with Miss Taylor Swifts new album Red!  My favorite track at the moment would have to be Stay Stay Stay, it's so catchy and up beat.  As I mentioned in my American Music Awards 2012: Best Dressed post, Taylor is one of my style icons and I love seeing candids of her when she's not all dolled up for events.

I have no idea when this photo was taken. 
But the caption says it was in London in 2012, so let's go with that!  

1. QLook - $7.99
2. Forever21 - $33
3. Ann Taylor - $48
4. QUBE - $30
5. New Look - $27
6. Jayna - $50

The statement piece of her outfit is the black and white polka-dot sweater, and I adore it!  I really want more statement sweaters, and this one is perfect.  I tried finding formal red pants, but the closest ones I found was this pair by New Look.  I couldn't find open toed bow shoes, but I love this pair by QUBE.  Obviously real pearl necklace would be expensive, and the point of this post is to show you how to achieve the same look for less, which is why I chose this Ann Taylor necklace.  The necklace is simple, but yet formal at the same time.  I wrapped up this look with this simple Jayna brown satchel bag.  The grand total for the entire outfit is: $195.99!

Who is your celebrity style icon?


Outfit Ideas: Thanksgiving

If you live in the United States, than you know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  I always look forward to the holidays because I get to spend some quality time with my family, and I love the food!  I figured I would throw together some cute outfits, for those people that leave it to the last second.

1. Chiarafashion - $40
2. Mango - $37
3. White House Black Market - $48
4. Modcloth - $20
5. BCBG - $38
6. Modcloth - $33
7. Essie : Blues - $8

This first look is more formal than the next, I know many families make Thanksgiving a formal occasion so I wanted to create a formal look.  I also wanted to keep the look fairly inexpensive, so everything I chose is under $50!  I really adore this gold sequined mini, I love how the skirt of the dress flows and is white!  I paired it with a tan blazer to make it more of a sophisticated formal and less of a homecoming dress feel (save money by using an old formal dress!).  These patterned tights bring more texture to the look, and since it's getting chilly out the tights may help warm you up more (plus, if you forget to shave your legs, no one will notice hahah).  I wanted to keep the gold in the look so I added a gold sequined clutch and the gold BCBG earrings.  For a pop of color I went with the royal blue flats sold at Modcloth, and the Essie nail varnish.  You could easily choose any color of shoes you wanted, and wear heels.

1. River Island - $32
2. Chicnova - $30
3. Fashion To Figure - $22
4. Indress Me - $44
5. Joy - $9.55
6. Windsor - $30
7. Essie : Oranges - $8

My family is rather big, and I have many younger cousins so we are always running around, which is why I chose the pants.  I wanted to keep it neutral so I chose tan, and paired them with the striped sweater.  I love the pattern on the white strips and how they're shear, it makes it feel more elegant without going over the top.  I again wanted to go with gold accessories, so I chose a thick gold chain, I love it!  Then I chose a nude bag, and simple earrings.  I wanted to have patterned shoes to add more to the overall look, so I chose these floral boots by Windsor, and for $30 they're a steal!  I decided on this Essie nail varnish in Oranges to incorporate more color into the outfit.

I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?
I'm thankful for my family, they're some of the strongest people I know.


American Music Awards 2012: Best Dressed

So last night the American Music Awards were on, unfortunetly I forgot to record it, but I have been hunting through websites to catch what the celebs were wearing on the red carpet!

I am a major fan of Taylor Swift, plus I'm super jealous that she may or may not have a thing with Harry Styles right now!  I'm obsessed with her music, her charming music videos, and of course her style.  She's definitely my style icon for the girly side of me, and I don't think I've ever seen her in anything I haven't loved.

She wore a gorgeous Zuhair Murad dress last night, and I absolutely adore it!  It's a gold lace mini dress, with sequin and beading detailing on it, which really made it catch the light from the cameras.  It has sheer sleeves with a deep-v back and the bottom of the dress is scalloped.  Not only was I in love with her dress, but her hair looked amazing with her bangs and then the rest pulled back into the roll/bun thing (hahah, I'm so talented at describing things).  Her makeup was perfect for the look, since the dress is so neutral her bold smokey eye really helped her look alive and stand out.  She was my best dressed for the night for sure!

My next favorite would have to be Heidi Klum in Alexander Vauthier!

She looked stunning in this short gold lace mini, yes I'm aware that it's very similar to Taylor Swift's dress.  My favorite part of the dress is the neck, I love how the lace continues up the neck and covers the shoulders, it helps off-set the high slit and shortness of the dress.  I really love how Heidi chose to pair the daring dress with matching Christian Louboutin for Vauthier heels.  She also chose to hair her golden dress with a smokey eye and a bun!

You know what they say, great minds think a-like!  Taylor and Heidi totally pulled off their similar look, and I love it!

Some of my other favorite looks of the night were:

(left to right: A.J. McLean, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson)
The Backstreet Boys!  Personally I think Nick Carter looked great in all black!  I'm not digging what Brian or A.J. wore, but I also want to point out how sharp Howie and Kevin look!  I also love how each of them wore something different, so they didn't blend in together.  Overall, good job boys!

(left to right: Carrie Underwood, Stacy Keibler, Shay Carl)
Carrie wore this breath-taking Abed Mahfouz gown, this was a close 3rd in my favorites of the night!  I love how it gives her curves without taking away from the gown, but I also love how she wore the dress and didn't let the dress wear her!
Stacy wore Colette Dinnigan, I love how the dress has so much detail but yet it's not overwhelming.  I'm also dying cause her legs are killer!
Now I totally freaked out when I saw Mr. Shay Carl!  If you don't know who he is, he makes youtube videos and I'm just obsessed.  I think he looked adorable, I love how he went with the dark pants and tie, but chose the grey blazer with a pop of color button up!

Who were your best dressed of the American Music Awards 2012?


Look-alike: Kourtney Kardashian's Outift

I have over 30 episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and another 20 episodes of Kourtney and Kim Take New York saved on my DVR, you could say that I'm a tad bit obsessed.. But you can't blame me, the family is full of head strong, powerful, and determined women.  Some may think they come off spoiled or bratty, but I personally love Khloe's sass, Kim's humor, and how Kourtney can be super mature one minute and hilarious the next.

If you pay attention to the ladies at all, than you know that they each have different styles with similar aspects.  Kourtney tends to cover up more than Kim or Khloe, which in my opinion is totally respectable since she is a mother of two.  I adore both Mason and Penelope, and I am all for Lord Disick.  I love the clips of when Kourtney and Scott are alone and goofy, they're so cute together.

So I decided to do a look-alike for Kourtney's outfit pictured below, now I imagine this candid is an older one (look at how little Mason is!)  But her outfit fits the fall season perfectly, and I think it's really timeless.
1. Tory Burch - $695
2. Theory - $220
3. Chatsworth - $45
4. Adriano Goldschmied - $159
5. Wall Is Fashion - $21
6. Steve Madden - $60

I really love the simplicity of this outfit, and how all of the pieces are timeless.  I first picked out the black jeans and  the white button up, which were extremely easy since practically every clothing company sells them.  I added the Chatsworth sunglasses, may I mention that I love the round frame shape?  Kourtney pulls them off so well!  I actually prefer the belt I chose instead of the one that Kourtney's wearing, I like the shape of the gold and the texture better compared to hers.  Then the Steve Madden black oxfords can be found anywhere from Target to JCPenny.  Than last but certainly not least, is the Tory Burch cheetah print handbag.  Kourtney's handbag is a bucket bag, but I couldn't find a cheetah print bucket bag so I chose this Tory Burch one.  I love how it's structured, so it doesn't look cheap like most cheetah print pieces.  It's something that you can pair with just about any outfit, and is a great statement handbag!  This is a great go-to fall outfit, and everyone should have at least one of these pieces in their closet to begin with.

Who is your style icon?


Now Trending: Peter Pan Collar

1. Blue Inc - $40
2. My Theresa - $596
3. Miso - $24

So this trend has been hot hot hot for a few months now, and I'm obsessed.  I think something as simple as a collar can add so much to an outfit, but it doesn't put it over the top.  The rounded shape of the peter pan collar adds a touch of more feminine, which is wonderful since leather is so popular this fall, and the best part is it's so easy to get your hands on!  I've seen peter pan collars in so many stores, such as American Eagle, JCPenny, Dillards, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and so many other stores.  This trend is very easy to incorporate into your wardrobe, and I don't see this going out of style anytime soon.

1. Superfine Friend - $1,375
2. Blue Inc - $40
3. Hot Topic - $12
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs - $626
5. Kenneth Cole - $24
6. Alexander McQueen - $295
7. Essie : Mezmerised - $8

I'm loving the leather trend this year, and how it brings masculinity to anything, so I paired it with a girly top that has a peter pan collar, it's a great mix of the two opposites.  I added the Hot Topic bracelet to add an edge, and the Marc by Marc Jacobs bag because it has a more neutral vibe and goes along well with the entire outfit.  I thought these Kenneth Cole earrings and the Alexander McQueen ring were both stunning! (Alexander McQueen is my favorite designer, may he rest in peace)  I adore the color and vibrancy of Mezmerised by Essie, it's just the perfect touch of color.  I just realized I forgot to add shoes to the look, but you could easily dress it up with a great pair of nude pumps or dress it down with a pair of flats.
Are you also in love with the peter pan collar?