Dressing Like The Stars: SAG Awards 2018

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Welcome to Dressing Like The Stars, my awards season series where I show you how to replicate the best celeb styles on the red carpet! 

Although the spirit of #Metoo and #TimesUp were prevalent throughout the 2018 SAG Awards, it wasn't necessarily reflected in the fashion. Black was big, but it wasn't the uniform. However, if there was an overall theme that described most of the looks from the red carpet, it would be accessibility. Although the stars still looked like stars, it doesn't mean that regular people can't also achieve these looks. Here are a few of my favorites from the evening as well as dresses (and jumpsuits) that you can rock no matter your size, style or budget.

Yara Shahidi in Ralph Lauren Collection

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As a jumpsuit/romper enthusiast, obsessed doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about this outfit. While there isn't an exact dupe for this overlayed jumpsuit, I found a few similar looks. My fingers are crossed we see more outfits like this all season long.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

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While everyone wants to be like Reese, you don’t need to be green with envy. From the color to the style, I hunted down several dresses that have the same vibe. Okay, I'll stop punning terribly now. 

Kate Hudson in Valentino

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To be honest, I'm entirely sure how I feel about this dress. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I really heart the heart print. It's also a nice compliment to the star print trend that's been really big this year. 

Millie Bobbie Brown in Calvin Klein

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Millie Bobbie Brown always stands out and this outfit was no exception. For the most part, I've never really been into sneakers, but I like the way she rocked her Converse with a formal dress. I think this is perhaps the most accessible look of the evening. I feel like sneakers with formal dresses are going to be everywhere for the next year and then we will be sick of it. But until we are, enjoy...

Diane Guerrero in Christian Siriano

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I feel like Diane Gurrero's two-piece look didn't get enough credit. She was absolutely stunning! To re-create this look yourself, just get one of the tulle skirts below from ASOS (they have lots more, by the way) and add a mock turtle. But you could also go badass ballerina and wear one with a t-shirt. To make the look even more casual, Millie Bobby Brown it with Converse sneakers. 

Amanda Salas

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Styled by my girl, Ali Levine, Amanda Salas looked classic old-school Hollywood in a black off the shoulder dress by Faviana. Check out these affordable dress dupes, but don't tell Ali I jacked her idea, please.

 

All photos courtesy of Instagram

 

 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Golden Globes 2018 Edition

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Perhaps 2018 was the most interesting year for Golden Globe fashion. Hollywood showed solidarity in all black for the #metoo and #timesup movements. This is inspirational in so many ways. While 2018 will definitely be the year women take over Hollywood, it will also be the year of black on the red carpet. Here are some of the trends from the event as well as similar outfits that will inspire you to both dress up and stand up. 

Pants & Skirted Pants/Jumpsuits

Alison Brie literally said it best, “Tonight is about women wearing the pants so I chose to literally wear the pants.” Debra Messing, Christina Hendricks, and Alexis Bledel also wore pants or pants that resembled dresses aka skirted pants. This might be one of my favorite styles ever. I'm hoping this look is here to stay. 

Velvet

Natalie Portman and Viola Davis took classic old Hollywood to a new level. A signature winter fabric, velvet is forgiving on so many body types and really helps make your accessories pop.

Bows

Bow yes! Tracee Ellis Ross, Sara Paulson, Dove Cameron and Emilia Clarke all had very unique bow dresses. What an easy look to steal! 

Something Extra

Whether it's sequins, shine or something sheer, the stars were all about the extra this year. Kerry Washington, Octavia Spencer, Lilly James, Nicole Kidman, Ashley Judd and Issa Rae are great examples of this.

 Peter Pan Collar

Elisabeth Moss looked so prim and proper with her Peter Pan collar dress. These style collars are magical and can take any outfit someplace else, making a formal look more casual or a casual look more formal. 

Pop of Color

While everyone wore black, not everyone wore all black. Mandy Moore, Allison Williams, Saoirse Ronan and Katherine Langford all had a pop of color in their dresses. While Halston Heritage killed it this season with their pop of color dresses, it's easy to add a pop of color to any dress you already own using a belt or sash. 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Emmy Awards 2017

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The big winner this year at the 2017 Emmys was fashion. The red carpet was filled with so many beautiful dresses, you know that every stylist was not only on their A-Game, but their clients actually listened. Everyone was so fabulous that I'm not sure I even saw one thing that could have inspired any of the following thoughts—

What were there thinking?

Were they even thinking?

Do they have a brain?

WTF is wrong with this person?

Do they not own a mirror?

Someone call an ambulance!

Nope, it was a night for spectacular fashion, funny jokes and minimal regrets. Here are some of my favorite looks and a few suggestions on how to steal the best styles without getting arrested by the fashion police. (Too much?)

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman reserved her time on the red carpet in a gown from Calvin Klein By Appointment. Book your own style in either a satin and chiffon gown by After Six or this Morgan & Co lace and jersey dress. Both are from Nordstrom.

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Samantha Bee

Style made a b-line for Samantha Bee in a Rubin Singer gown. Go for green in a chic long sleeved cutout dress from Cavalli or a slightly more casual frock from Misguided.

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Marisa Sullivan

Marisa Sullivan rocked the red carpet in a Mac Dugal dress styled by Ali Levine. While it's hard to find a dupe, this burgundy Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Sateen Twill Gown puts a slightly more classic spin on her look, while the Fernanda dress by Amanda Uprichard captures the fun . 

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Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown's Calvin Klein By Appointment dress did pirouettes around everyone else on the red carpet. ASOS' Mini Tulle Dress is a different spin on the same idea. If you want to be a ballerina but maybe in sneakers or boots, this  J. Crew tulle skirt  is everything! 

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Amanda Salas

If I had to choose my favorite look of the night, it would be Amanda Salas' one-of-a-kind red lace sheath gown. Styled by Ali Levine, this also happens to be, in my opinion, one of the best looks she's ever styled. Aijek Millie's Lace Gown gets the look pretty close, while the Marie Lace Midi Dress is a little more appropriate for an extra sexy date night.

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Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley looked almost unrecognizable, but in a good way (obvs) at the Emmys. Her green Ralph Lauren dress had jaws dropping. Create a similar look in a green velvet mermaid gown from Jovani or basically steal it in this Aidan by Aidan Mattox Velvet V-Neck Wrap Evening Gown.

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So Last Week...I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes Edition

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What a week. Sorry if I’ve been a little MIA on the blog and social. I went to New York to see my mom for her birthday. It’s been fun, but I miss LA so much. I just want to go home and ignore everyone. But everyone knows that will most likely happen never. I've never needed a vacation so badly in my life. Does anyone want to send me on a press trip? Please? 

Here are a few links I found while 30,000(ish) above the ground or while having my patience tested completely by the TSA. Can someone please tell me why are drug sniffing dogs so darn cute?

My Domaine: IKEA Just Launched Its Most Un-IKEA Line Yet

WOW! None of these products from Ikea actually look like they are from Ikea. Get yourself to the place I have dubbed “Swedish Maze Hell” right now. Or just buy online. That’s probably easier.

The Mighty: Why I'm Coming Out About My Invisible Disability

Although my condition is far less severe, as someone with chronic debilitating lower back pain, I related a lot to this. It’s an important read.

The Village Voice: Just Say Julie

I am obsessed with Julie Klausner and her Hulu show Difficult People. She’s my redheaded spirit animal and a comedic genius. Don’t miss this interview with her and watch the show!

Architectural Digest: Carole Radziwill Gives AD A Tour Of Her SoHo Duplex

Carole Radziwill took her apartment from pad to palace. She is a Princess after all. You will want to steal her style hard. Your jaw will drop!

Bulletproof Blog: Why Coconut Oil is Better than Vegetable Oil

I feel like I’ve had this conversation with everyone I know. Can we just end this argument once and for all? Team Coconut Oil for life!

 

 

Thing We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Jamie Kennedy (Yes, That Jamie Kennedy)

Let's cut to the chase and just listen on iTunes.

Our dogs apologize in advance for this podcast. Ali and Amanda welcome actor/comedian/man of many hats JAMIE KENNEDY to Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About to talk about male rompers (romp-hims?), dogs, etiquette, and how crazy the industry is. They also discuss what it is like for both sexes to pee while wearing rompers, ADD, Jamie’s Podcast called Hate To Break It To Ya, standup, social media, Breckin Meyer, Jason Lee, Seth Green, The Property Brothers, People Magazine, Bethenny Frankel, creating your own projects, Marlee Matlin, Lifetime movies, blue check marks or lack therefore of, Cisco Adler and so much more. Finally, we school Jamie on the not-so-underground world of Instagram escorts.

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So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

I’d say happy Sunday, but Sunday is almost over. It might even be Monday where you are, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t enough time to click around and enjoy several things from around the web that I didn’t write.

Into The Gloss: Natasha Lyonne

If you didn’t know, Natasha Lyonne has been my biggest girl crush since high school. Her unique look is sexy and just a little bit gritty. In this interview, Natasha shares her beauty routine and favorite products. I’m bookmarking this post for life!

Real Simple: Frosé Recipe

If you like rosé and mixed drinks, then frosé will be your new favorite summer beverage.

Blush & Pearls: 10 Foundation Mistakes You Might Be Making

Foundation is the foundation of your look. If you are shopping for a new foundation this summer or your current one just doesn’t seem to look right anymore, Blush & Pearls has some great tips to keep in mind.

Apartment Therapy: AT Writes An Episode Of House Hunters

If you are as obsessed with the HGTV show as I am, you will actually laugh out loud reading this. Warning: don’t click on the link in a public place because strangers will stare at you.

Fashvo: Timeless Bags That Never Go Out Of Style

I want all the bags! If you’re thinking of investing in a designer handbag, any one of these is totally worth the price.

Dressing Like The Stars: Met Gala 2017 Edition

The annual Met Gala in New York is a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute aka the fashion exhibits. It’s one of the most important fashion events, if not the most important fashion event on the East Coast. This year, the theme for the event was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which honored the designer and founder of the label.

Several of attendees this year really honored the theme, forgoing avant garde outfits and opting for more classic pieces instead. Here are some of my favorite looks from the night along with similar dresses that you don’t have to be a celeb to pull off or pay for. 

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow looked pretty in a pink Calvin Klein dress. Copy the cut, but in a more universally flattering color in Halston Heritage

Zoey Deutch

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Zoey Deutch wore an absolutely stunning Tory Burch dress. White House Black Market has an interesting version of it, that's a little more boho inspired and causal.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner definitely outshined her sisters in a La Perla dress made entirely of crystals. Missguided’s Glitter Fishnet Overlay Slip takes two of the most important elements of Kendall’s dress, the shimmer and texture, making it perfect for less formal and more fun occasions. 

Gisele

Gisele shined in a silver beaded cutout dress by Stella McCartney. Sharing a similar va va voom vibe, this cutout sequined stretch jersey gown by Halston Heritage won’t score you Tom Brady, but make you will feel like a supermodel. 

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel’s TopShop dress was my favorite look of the event. Obviously, I checked TopShop to see if the dress was available and it’s safe to say, the gown was custom. Seriously, TopShop, can you please release this dress to us non-model shoppers?  Luckily, Amanda Uprichard saves the day with her black sweetheart neckline dress, which shares a similar classic elegance. Who doesn't need another little black dress in their wardrobe?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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I will try not to comment or judge adult twins who still dress alike. I will try really hard. Okay, I just failed, but no one does boho quite like the Olsen twins do. In lace dresses that were accessorized in a way that can only be described as eclectic, they still rocked the white carpet, even if it does seem a little bit absurd (I'm being kind here). Say "I do" with TopShop’s Bride Bardot lace off the shoulder gown, which shares the Olsen's chill boho vibe with layers and bell sleeves. 

Elizabeth Banks

It was hard not to check out Elizabeth Banks in her Michael Kors checkerboard dress. While this is not a regular Elizabeth Banks look, I thought it was a fun and interesting choice.  Donna Rae New York’s halter dress has a similar print but no one will try to hail you 50 years ago. 

Kim Kardashian  

Kim Kardashian looked beautiful, but this Vivienne Westwood gown was the last thing everyone was expecting her to wear. It’s a mature new look. DKNY makes a similar white off the shoulder dress. However, just because Kim can get away without accessorizing doesn’t mean you can. This dress is just begging for a statement necklace or bold earrings. 

Dressing Like The Stars: Oscars 2017 Edition

All I can say about the Oscars last night is “wow.” It was night of mistakes (okay, just one really big one), but not when it came to fashion. I didn't see one jaw-dropping-but-in-a-bad-way dress on the red carpet at all. As I was typing this, I almost accidentally wrote "runway" instead of "red carpet." Perhaps that was a Freudian slip or fashion slip, but runway is a good way to describe the general vibe of the evening. The dresses were big, bold and much like the movies, each one told a story in its own unique way. Here are some favorites from the night along with similar dresses that will inspire you to win best dressed at your next big event.  

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris was simply stunning in Calvin Klein. Look just as wild in white with this shorter Black Halo cocktail dress. It has the same idea sans sequins. But, if you'd rather wear the "Best Supporting Dress" of the evening, this high-low from Halston Heritage provides a little more support than something strapless. 

Kirsten Dunst

I totally fell in love with Kirsten Dunst's Dior faille dress. Halton Heritage's halter has a similar shape and captures the same classic look, while this floral dress by Ienna For Mac Duggal puts a trendy spin on it.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron was daring in a Dior gold lame gown. Steal her look almost entirely in Nicole Miller or choose a more subtle style from A.L.C.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin was ravishing in a red dress by Zuhair Murad. Make your own statement in this red lace dress from Finity or try a crochet layered style from Self-Portrait.

Jillian Reeves

I'm completely obsessed with Jillian Reeves' jewel toned Matthew Christopher dress, styled by my girl, Ali Levine. Ieena For Mac Duggal's gown takes the trophy for being equally grand, but way less expensive. This Halston Heritage dress is in the same color palette, but more appropriate for a less formal event. 

Dressing Like The Stars: Grammys 2017 Edition

The Grammys are generally one of the most interesting nights for awards show fashion because we always expect artists to take risks and shock us. It’s fair to say that every risk with the exception of one really paid off last night. Overall, the red carpet felt more like a runway. With so much high fashion, the vibe was more like the Oscars than the Grammys. Think old Hollywood and less old time rock and roll. Here are some of my favorite looks from the event and similar styles more appropriate for those who give concerts in the smallest of venues, like their showers.

Adele

Adele was a green goddess in Givenchy. You'll want to say hello to these green dresses from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Ali & Jay

Jennifer Lopez

Purple has been the stand out color this awards season and Jennifer Lopez's Ralph and Russo dress was my personal favorite look of the night. Nasty Gal and Boo Hoo have stylistically similar dresses, both of which are affordable, no matter what block you're from.

Charli XCX

Charli XCX rocked the red carpet in Vivienne Westwood. Rock your own event in these ravishing dresses by Faviana and Nicole Miller.

Keltie Knight

Keltie Knight has never looked more stunning. Her Burberry dress shines bright. Consider her style your guide in this dress by Missguided or Amanda Uprichard

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum was anything but plain in Phillip Plein. Shine bright like a super model in a short silver dress from Carla G. or ASOS (plus size). 

Soundz

Styled by Ali Levine, Soundz aka the guy who produces Justin Bieber's music, took over the red carpet in a custom burgundy suit from Klein, Epstein and Parker (not to be confused with a law firm of the same name). If you don't have Bieber money (or Bieber girls, or that cool haircut), cover Soundz' style with a tuxedo jacket and pants from ASOS.

Tinashe

Tinashe had lots of panache in Alexander Wang. Cut out and copy her look with Halston Heritage's Hi Lo Crepe Dress .

Margaret Cho

The Fashion Police's Margaret Cho looked anything but lame in a lamé pantsuit. Go for the gold in this blazer from Sinéquanone.

 

Dressing Like The Stars: SAG Awards 2017 Edition

To summarize the 2017 SAG Awards in one word, I have to say it was inspirational. And it wasn’t just the speeches. It was the styles. Every single outfit was so incredibly unique. I started the Dressing Like The Stars series as a way to find versions of celebrity award show dresses that would be accessible to people who don’t have entourages or American Express Black cards. But, last night’s outfits were just so super custom that there was not one dress dupe to be found. Trust me, I look EVERYWHERE! But don't be disappointed, there are many dresses that share similar elements. So once you put your own spin on these celeb looks, you're guaranteed to be mistaken for a movie star. Remember to smile when the paparazzi try to take your picture.  

Julie Lake

Julie Lake was styled by my favorite celeb stylist, Ali Levine, who put her in a custom dress by Matthew Christopher. Red can be your new black in Amsale's Jaycie Drape Strapless Chiffon Gown.

Viola Davis

In what was my personal favorite look of the night, Viola Davis simply stunned in Vivienne Westwood. While not an exact dupe, this strapless Jill Stuart dress is pretty darn close.

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush looked marvelous in a magenta dress by Marchesa. Look pretty in your own pink dress from Laundry By Shelli Segal.

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic rocked the red carpet in Yousef Al-Jasmi, but you can rock any kind of flooring in this blush beaded gown by Adrianna Papell

Shannon Purser

Shannon Purser looked anything but strange last night in a full on tulle gown. Betsy & Adam's Lace-Trimmed Hi-Lo gown captures her glam in a way that won't terrify your dry cleaner. 

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman wasn't kidding around in her ready for the runway Gucci gown. Dress The Populations's Elizabeth Sequin Midi
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Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek was a ray of sunshine in Gucci. Apiece Apart's Reina One Shoulder Ruffle Dress steals the flounce neckline just a few shades away. Choose pink accessories to further Samlafy your look. 

Natalie Portman

Mommy-to-be Natalie Portman looked radiant in this bell sleeved Christian Dior dress. Luckily, you don't need a bump to appreciate her maternity style because we all just want to be comfortable sometimes. This ASOS dress is a bit shorter and more casual, but shares a high neckline, bold bell sleeves and has an equally forgiving shape.

Yara Shadidi

Yara Shadidi's Naeem Khan dress was a fashion risk that paid off. While I've rarely seen stripes that work, unless they're Missoni of course, her dress was the exception to the rule. Phoebe Couture's Sleeveless Halter Striped gown has a fun, but sophisticated vibe with vertical stripes, which are frankly more flattering for most body types.

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams amazed in Charlie Braer. It was one of the most talked about looks of the night. Trust me, people won't shut up when you wear this Faux Wrap Satin Dress by Band of Gypsies. 

Dressing Like The Stars: The People's Choice Awards 2017 Edition

When it comes to the People’s Choice Awards, it doesn’t really matter who wins or loses, as long as they look good on the red carpet. Honestly, I didn’t watch the show and couldn't even be bothered to find out who the winners were. As far as I'm concerned, the red carpet is the main event.  After all, awards season isn't simply a time to watch a bunch of people you don't know give speeches you don't want to listen to. It's about finding new inspiration for those nights when you need to look extra fabulous (or at the very least, when you must get out of sweatpants). Luckily, you don't need a stylist or an unlimited bank account to dress like the stars. Here are my favorite looks from the event last night alongside some similar, more affordable styles that will make you look so good, you might just get chased by the paparazzi (your friend with one of those cameras not designed to make phone calls).

Blake Lively

Blake Lively topped all of the best dressed lists in Elie Saab. Top everyone at your next event in these fringe-tastic dresses by Aidan Mattox and French Connection.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra made everyone blush in Sally LaPointe, but you can make everyone swoon in Misa and Forever 21.

Ruby Rose

Blaze the red carpet (or the carpet at your office) like Ruby Rose in her Veronica Beard suit with these lookalikes from Vince Camuto and Express.

Ashley Greene

Ashley Greene went purple in Jeffrey Dodd. These dresses from Adrianna Papell and Diane Von Furstenberg share the same stylish, but reserved vibe at a fraction of the price.

Fifth Harmony

This might be the only time Fifth Harmony can be described as neutral. Look equally harmonious in these fabulous frocks by Reverse, Paper Crown and Amsale.

Keltie Knight

Own the night like Keltie in your own striking green dress from Women's Social or  Boohoo.

Lilly Singh

Look anything but lame in lamé in Topshop and Nicole Miller

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend. Here are some thought-provoking things I read online last week. Okay, so techically I did't read all of these posts because I'm including a podcast here. But this is my blog, so I get to make up the rules. #GirlBoss

The Perpetual You: How I Transformed My Heart Chakra by Dani Havasy

Dani Havasy (who is one of my IRL best friends) writes a beautiful essay about opening up her heart chakra. Even if you have no idea what a chakra is (seriously it's okay if you don't, no judgements), you will relate to her story. Dani recently launched Core Chakra, an innovative fitness program that combines yoga and pilates. 

Style Scouting Podcast With Alia Ahmed-Yahia

I really like Alia Ahmed-Yahia's Style Scouting Podcast. This episode features an eye-opening conversation with Katie Sturino and Allison Neslage about influencers and the body positivity movement. While anyone will find it interesting, bloggers will particularly enjoy the "inside baseball" aspect of this discussion. 

Lenny Letter: Untitled And That's The Point! by Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie pens a funny and fearless essay for Lena Dunham's website. Having recently turned 35, Nicole reflects on her identity at various life stages and learning from her past mistakes. So many of us, myself included, allow the labels other people give us to influence the way we perceive ourselves. Nicole candidly discuss how she overcame this problem. Bookmark this link. If you don't read it now, you will need to at some point. I've always been a fan of hers and this is just another example of why.

Who What Wear: Try Sienna Miller's Outfit When You're Over Your Skinny Jeans

I saw a link to this post on Facebook and wanted to jump for joy because I'm always trying to find new inspiration for casual looks. However, the headline is misleading because (SPOILER ALERT) Sienna isn't wearing jeans at all. Either way, you will want to copy this great idea.

My Domaine: Are You Making These Rookie Decorating Mistakes?

It doesn't matter if you live in a studio apartment or sprawling estate, we're all trying to make the most of the space we have. This list features smart but simple ideas to instantly improve all of the rooms in our home without spending a dime. 

Fashion Inspired by Slate's Dear Prudence aka Investment(ish) Clothing For Fall

I’m a huge fan of Slate’s Dear Prudence column. While I don’t always agree with Mallory Ortberg's option, I always look forward to reading it. Last week, this question really got me thinking… 

I want to give the letter writer a hug and offer her a cocktail. Not only was her new bag destroyed (seriously the worst), but she also has to be reminded of this awful incident every time she encounters the most inconsiderate coworker in the world.

One argument I noticed came up in the comments was whether $200 was a lot for a handbag. After really thinking about it, I’ve concluded it’s only fair to say that it totally depends on the person and the handbag. $200 might be a steal for some, but a splurge for others.

Sometimes, it’s challenging to write roundups both for this blog and all of the other websites I’ve written for in the past. It’s always been my personal policy to feature products that work for a variety of budgets. There are two reasons for this. The first is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have style. The second reason is that it sucks when nothing is in your reach. I don’t want anyone to read my blog and feel badly about themselves. I’m all about being aspirational, but overly aspirational just isn’t my niche.

However, while fast fashion has it’s place, I am a big proponent of spending a little more to buy quality clothing you’ll want to wear for more than one season aka investment(ish) pieces. Here are some of my favorites for the fall. 

Honkey Tonk Skirt by Draper James

Draper James’ Honky Tonk Striped Skirt is timeless and versatile. Wear it to work with a white button down, a sexy top on date night or with a t-shirt to brunch. At $215, this is one of those bold pieces you can wear just about any place.

I love Draper James. Created by one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, the brand is all about curated southern charm that stands out whether you are in Dallas or Detroit.

Chantal Faux Fur Cropped Vest by N:PHILANTHROPY

N:PHILANTHROPY’S Chantal Faux Fur Cropped Vest puts the “vest” in “investment(ish).” . If you’re not a vest person (no judgments here), but like the look, check out the Georgie Faux Fur Cropped Jacket instead. Both are 100% cruelty and guilt free because N:PHILANTHROPY donates 10% of their net proceeds to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the SPCA of Los Angeles.

Alana Cropped Distressed High-Rise Skinny Jeans by J. Brand

For $240, J Brand’s Alana cropped distressed high-rise skinny jeans are the happy medium of being distressed. Finding distressed jeans has been a challenge for me. Jeans that are not distressed enough look I'm wearing something that needs to be thrown out and overly distressed jeans look like I'm trying too hard. 

Luke Lace-Up Blazer by Intermix

For $425 with unique raw edges, Intermix's Luke Lace-Up Blazer is more badass than business. It’s the perfect blazer to wear with your J Brands or with leggings and boots.

Split-Side Wool and Cashmere-Blend Midi Dress by T by Alexander Wang

If you’re missing your summer maxi-dresses, T By Alexander Wang has your fix for fall. Their wool and cashmere blend midi dress is equally comfortable and stylish. For $345, you’ll be able to wear it through the winter with warm leggings.

Meridian Cashmere Wrap by Lilly Pulitzer

This $198 Lilly Pulitzer cashmere poncho does two things. It keeps you warm without being heavy and it adds a fun pop of color to your ensemble. Seriously, if you are one of those people who wears all-black a lot, you need this poncho like water. 

Trista Dress by Trina Turk

If you like Missoni, but also paying your rent, check out Trina Turk’s Trista dress. It’s a really useful fall piece for those of us who live in warmer climates. It’s currently on sale for $283.50 but normally costs $378. 

Adalyn Long Sleeved Blouse by Equipment

If there is one item I think is absolutely essential to spend more money on, it’s a white button down shirt. French label Equipment has built their popularity this type of shirt. While Equipment’s signature style is somewhat menswear inspired, their the Adalyn Long Sleeved blouse has softer lines and is worth every penny of $218.

Laverne Asymmetrical Dress by Alice + Olivia

You need a black dress for forever and the Laverne Asymmetrical Dress from Alice + Olivia is such a keeper. (I seriously want it for myself.) While the asymmetrical look is super trendy right now, this dress is so something you could wear to every wedding and event you ever attend for the rest of your life. I mean you wouldn’t, but you could… 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Emmys 2016 Edition

Whether you are going to the Emmy Awards or your friend Emmy’s wedding, we all want to look and feel fabulous when we go to a special event. Awards shows are a great source for style inspiration. While you might not be able to score your own Christian Siriano like Nicey Nash (one of my favorite looks of the evening), you don’t need to wear couture to feel like a Hollywood star. Here are some of the most note-worthy dresses of the 2016 Emmy Awards alongside similar dresses that embrace the same trends. Any one of these choices will get you voted best-dressed, even if it’s just at your cousin’s bar mitzvah. 

One of the biggest surprises this year was how many people wore yellow. It is such a fun and refreshing, but elegant color. Both BCBG's Danielle and Ruffle Gowns are equally sunny and stylish. 

White dresses after Labor Day? Why yes! Nicey Nash's Christian Siriano dress was one of my favorite looks of the evening. This white sweetheart neckline dress by MISHA COLLECTION captures your curves like couture, while the white high neckline of KEEPSAKE'S Clockwork Dress is a more causal take on the awards show favorite.

Cutouts were everywhere on the red carpet. Copy the look with this white one-sleeve dress from MISGUIDED or jaw-dropping black stunner from MICHELLE MASON.

Floral appliques and overlays were very unique to the Emmys this year. It's a beautiful trend that will hopefully continue through awards season. This ALICE + OLIVIA Tamera Tea Length Dress is a great take on the trend you can wear year round.  LUSH'S fit and flare dress is a totally different style and combines several trends we saw at the Emmys, overlays and the colors nude and red.

Is it a coincidence that some of the most glam dresses and carpets are the same color? I don't think so. Red automatically kicks everything up a level. Check out this plunging neckline dress by ABS and the still sexy, but slightly more appropriate keyhole dress by AIDAN MATTOX. 

 

 

All red carpet pictures are courtesy of Getty.

Seasonal FOMO, Wardrobe Anxiety and Getting #OOTD Ready With My Favorite Jewelry From Sterling Forever

One thing I love about Los Angeles is that it’s warm and sunny all year round. This means I can sip coffee on my terrace almost every morning, hike on Thanksgiving, and sit out at the pool pretty much whenever I want. While I can’t say I don’t love the semi-eternal summer of this city, I have a little bit of FOMO when I see pictures of people in their Fall coats and boots. That’s just not going to happen for me, so transitioning to a seasonal wardrobe can be a bit of a challenge. While I’ll rarely look truly Fall, I do what I can by choosing darker clothes, rotating long sleeves back into my repertoire and incorporating new accessories into my ensembles.

One of my favorite accessory brands is Sterling Forever, which I recently discovered through my friend, Ali Levine, who is a celebrity stylist. She designs and curates her own collection for SF.  They have high quality, but affordable pieces (and bonus, there are always promo codes). The styles are always on trend for the season, but you’ll still want to wear them for years to come.

Great accessories do more than just complete an outfit. At least for me, they prevent me from overthinking what I’m wearing and changing approximately 400 times before I leave the house. All I need to do is coordinate an SF bracelet or necklace to the first (okay, maybe second) thing I put on and then I’m #OOTD ready.

Here are my four favorite SF pieces for fall along with how I incorporate them into my wardrobe.

I can’t get enough of this black Layered Bar Bracelet. One feature I love is the toggle clasp. Obviously, it’s beautiful, but it also makes it possible to put on the bracelet without having to ask for help. Have you ever screamed in frustration trying to put on a bracelet when there is no one around to assist? Okay, maybe that’s just me. The toggle makes the entire thing so not an ordeal and just a one-person operation. It also helps the bracelet stay secure, so you don’t have to experience that nagging anxiety about your jewelry falling off. This can be a huge problem among bracelet-wearers. I really think more bracelets in this world need toggle clasps. Designers, are you listening?

I love coordinating my bracelet with a casual dress like the one I’m wearing here or even jeans and a t-shirt. It would really compliment a pair of black leather boots or booties.

I am borderline obsessed with this gold and pink suede tassel necklace. Such a versatile piece, it’s like having at least three necklaces in one because there are so many ways to tie it. The rich-colored suede and gold are warm and sophisticated for fall. If you’re not a pink person, it’s also available in navy, aqua, cream, grey and black. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it, I might have to buy another color. Even my dog, Lulu insisted on borrowing it from me. Who wore it better?

And yes, I know I’m wearing a summer caftan in this picture, but I’m at a pool, are you expecting me to wear cashmere? Hey, at least it’s long sleeved.

Ali told me I had to get this Cobalt Mosaic Necklace. When a celeb stylist gives you advice, you listen. And I am glad I did. The epitome of a statement necklace, it really stands out. I usually wear it with a blue top, but it would also look fab with a freshly ironed white button-down shirt, making the ensemble a little more fun and slightly less conservative. 

Style Secrets With Celeb Stylist Ali Levine

A lot of Hollywood stylists tell you that you need to follow the trends to dress well, intimidate you to buy things you can’t afford, or say your body needs to fit a certain size to be beautiful. But, not Ali Levine. This celebrity stylist, who you probably recognize from Vanderpump Rules, Star Magazine, Nightline or approximately a billion other places, has worked with everyone from Lisa Vanderpump to Holly Robinson Peete, Chelsea Kane, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Lisa Edelstein and too many other fabulous people to list, is also a jewelry designer, blogger, media personality and inspirational ray of sunshine. All about confidence, she believes inner beauty has a big influence on outer beauty. 

I recently sat down with Ali to discuss how she got started in the industry and expanding her brand. She also divulged some of her favorite style secrets. Read this people! Trust me, this is stuff you need to know!!!!

How did you become a stylist? 

To be honest, it sort of just happened. I was always into fashion. After working in retail for Target as an executive of softlines, designing and working in product development for Coach, Lactose, Fragments and Talbots, I started realizing I wanted something more fast paced, trending, and constantly moving. That was the entertainment industry. I started working as a production assistant to the great Oliver Stone and Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick, assisting on the hot show Newly Weds and much more.

Before I knew it, I was assisting and shopping for major players in the industry and eventually started my own styling business, Ali Levine Design. I've been incredibly blessed to have many celebrities to style for red carpet, television and press events. 

Why do you love what you do? 

I love making people feel good in and out. The right look does that. Myself as a person, and brand, I am about positivity and I love to spread that to my clients.

Why do you think confidence is your best accessory? 

I believe confidence is the most important accessory to your look. When you look at someone, and they are owning what they wear, standing tall, smiling and feeling themselves- that’s their confidence. Someone could be wearing the most gorgeous couture designer, if they don't feel like themselves, than the garment won't hang well on them. Their posture may be off. There are plenty of things that can happen when confidence isn't there.

Whether it’s a red carpet or your best friend’s baby shower, you want to look and feel your best. As a stylist, that is my ultimate goal for my clients. 

What are some trends you are looking forward to for the upcoming season? 

I am really excited for the spring! There are so many great trends coming about from the runways. Some of my favorite are the mirror trends and the bright color and contrasts. I love bright colors and the idea of mixing and matching. I love all of the bright patchwork prints. 

You’ve branched out your brand from styling and blogging to designing a jewelry collection with Sterling Forever. What inspires your designs? 

I love being a part of Sterling forever! They have chic, on trend jewelry that’s affordable! As a stylist, I think its really important to have the red carpet looks I style on A-list celebrities be affordable to the every day fashionista. That’s what my collections are inspired off of. I am always looking at new trends, what people are loving, what’s on the blogs and in magazines, and some of them are just ideas I've had and fallen in love with. Sterling Forever allows me to be creative with designing new ideas for them and myself, as well as my curated collections.

What is your most important style secret? 

FIT is everything! You can wear something from Target or Dolce & Gabbana, if it doesn't fit right, no dice! On that note, the tailor is your best friend. You can take a discounted blazer, tailor it for $20 and make it look brand new and custom-made. It screams quality. Who wouldn’t want that?

Where do you see your career going in the future? 

I think there are endless possibilities with my styling. It has opened me up to many avenues and amazing networks of people. My blog has taken off and I am loving blogging and sharing my every day tips with my fans and followers. From my blog and styling, more and more, I've been asked to be on camera as an expert, which I have really been enjoying! So as my career grows, I would love to further get into hosting. 

I have started hosting on an amazingly fun fashion show this past year locally in Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs called Fashionista Now Boarding on Channel 63. Producer Kathy Marino has really opened my eyes into the hosting world and we been having so much fun with it! I would love to host on E! and talk fashion every day, all day. That would be on the bucket list for sure.

For more info about Ali Levine, visit her website or follow her fabulous adventures on Instragram and Twitter