Fashion

Style Icon~ Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is now more than ever a household name brand. She has gone from fly to fabulous -- her relationships, philanthropic work, movies, albums and fashions keep her in the headlines constantly. Currently you can see Jennifer in the much anticipated comedy film, What To Expect When You're Expecting.

For the past two seasons of American Idol, Lopez, 42, has been in our living rooms on a weekly basis. Rumor has it that this year was her last time sitting on the judges panel of the popular reality show. However, the latin beauty is never too far from the spotlight as her world tour kicks off July 14th in Montreal. 

It's no secret that Jennifer loves fashion. Her favorite brands range from Marchesa to Louboutin. During her career, Lopez has launched a few fashion lines including J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez and Sweetface. In 2011 she and then husband, Marc Anthony, launched a joint fashion line with retailer Kohls. Since launching her first perfume, Glow by J.Lo, in September of 2002, 17 scents have followed. This includes her most recent perfume, Glowing, which launched this past spring and is a tribute to her inaugural scent. In addition to representing her own brands, Jennifer endorses a handful of products and brands including: L'Oréal, Gillette Women's products, FIAT and TOUS jewelry.

Knowing and understanding trends in fashion is what makes Jennifer a style icon. She effortlessly keeps her look on the cutting edge while maintaining a timeless signature style. J.Lo has had a plethora of stylish moments on and off the red carpet over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

 At the 2007 Oscars, Jennifer was a vision in this dreamy, lavender, Marchesa gown with a crystal beaded neckline.  Jennifer looked stunning in this sparkling, silver, Emilio Pucci mini paired with Swarovski crystal clutch and spiked Louboutin heels at the Grammy Awards in 2011.

 

In November of 2010, Lopez announced her collaboration with Kohls in this white Gucci sheath dress paired with python print heels and Neil Lane jewels. For the 2011 Met Gala, Jennifer looked stunning in this floor-sweeping, fuchsia, Gucci gown. A miniaudiere and H. Stern gems completed her look.

 

 Lopez made quite the entrance at the 2012 Oscars in this breath-taking, ivory, Zuhair Murad gown with a sexy plunging neckline. Lorraine Schwartz gems, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Jimmy Choo heels complete her sensational look.  At the 2009 Golden Globes, Lopez flaunted her curves in this glittering, gold Marchesa gown with a daring neckline. The singer added Lorraine Schwartz jewelry to complete her sultry look.

 

For the Miami screening of her movie The Back Up Plan, Lopez wore this striking, Georges Chakra minidress embellished with Swarovski crystals. Jennifer dazzled in this curve-hugging, bronze, Gianfranco Ferre dress with a plunging neckline for a benefit concert at the Apollo Theater. Sergio Rossi heels, an embellished Etro clutch and sparkling Roberto Cavalli gems completed her gorgeous look.

 

Jennifer hosted an American Music Awards after party in this sexy, Emilio Pucci feathered minidress. She added Jimmy Choo pumps and sparking roll clutch to complete her look. For the 2000 Grammy's, Lopez turned heads in this jungle print, Versace gown. This is the look that made Jennifer an instant icon, and people still talk about this dress.

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle, People, Zimbio

Fashion Blogger Look of the Day~ A'rielle Marie

Fashion Blogger: A'rielle Marie

Blog Name: Stylish Intuition

What She Wore: Arielle wore this flirty and feminine ensemble while shooting a few looks for her grad shoot. Her look included a pretty, Forever 21 romper featuring a ruffle at the neckline that she topped with a coral, boyfriend blazer.

A'rielle accessorized her look with colorful, tribal print, peep-toe wedges and bold gems.

What do you think of A'rielle's look?

Be sure to visit A'rielle's blog and follow her on Twitter @Style_Intuition

Stay tuned for more stylish blogger looks! If you want to be considered for our Blogger Look of the Day, submit your post here.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Joshua Ross

Free People Adds Sparkle to Special Occasions~

Free People has debuted a new line of special occasion frocks for summer that sparkle with elegance and sophistication. The collection is filled with dresses featuring dreamy lace detailing, eye-catching sparkle, feminine colors and silhouettes. A few key items include: a sleeveless, ivory, lace shift dress, a  navy blue, sequined jumpsuit and shimmering, 1920s inspired minidress, featuring ties at the shoulders. These flirty dresses are perfect for special events, cocktail parties and weddings.

Which items will you be adding to your wardrobe?

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

 

Ashley Zaba Maximizes Your Wardrobe with Three Fabulous Pieces

Six different and unique looks with only three dresses? Yes, it is possible thanks to the lovely designs of Ashley Zaba! The Fashion Wrap Up team worked with model Amanda Katherine to show you how. These looks will make it easy for you to take your look from day to night effortlessly.

Five Blogs You Must Read Right Now~

The best part of our day is reading our favorite blogs. Fashion, pop-culture, DIY, beauty and more: blogs are by the dozen these days. How do you pick the best of the best when it comes to online content?

If you are anything like us, between busy social lives, meetings and deadlines, sifting through the #FF (Follow Friday) suggestions and reading links that are posted to your blog or twitter accounts, finding those great blogs and websites can get lost in the shuffle.

Help is here! We have taken a time out to bring you a list of a few of the most buzz worthy, entertaining and stylish URL's that you will no doubt be sharing links, adding a bookmark and suggesting to friends.

 

All Things Naomi - You have seen us mention Naomi Belt on Twitter and probably caught us tweeting with her about her fear of butterflies and love of fashion. Naomi's "My Week On Instagram" feature is our favorite and you'll love it too. See It....Love It....Be It..Blog It! That's Naomi's motto, now go see her blog.

 

 

 

Aspiring Socialite - Meet Vicky Sullivan, she IS the Aspiring Socialite of Manhattan's Upper West Side. Just reading her About page is inspiring in itself. Wishing you too could be a socialite living in New York City? Live vicariously through Vicky by reading about her fabulous, sometimes cocktail filled adventures and purchase your very own Aspiring Socialite stylish tee through her online store.

 

raannt.com -  If we haven't said it enough, we will tell you again, we love Alex Paredes and Peter Monn! From celebrity interviews, fashionable menswear posts, reviews of everything from Gossip Girl to the hottest spots in Las Vegas and beyond, these guys know what is sexy. Not only should you visit their website, but tune into their You Tube Channels: Pemovision and the boys of raannt.

 

 

 

Sofia's Journal - Sofia describes her blog as being "the whimsical ramblings of a 20-something English girl." Sofia's Journal is filled with all kinds of topics from fashion inspirations, her home interior projects and yummy recipes. Most of the photos on the site are taken by Sofia and they are inspired. She also introduced us to the Glossy Box, which is now available to order here in the United States. We enjoy reading her reviews of all the fabulous beauty goodies she receives, but we're also jealous. Hop over the world wide web pond and visit her blog today.

 

 

Some Kind Of Style - Some Kind Of Style is one of the first style blogs we ever started reading. The best thing about this blog is that there is a new post every single day, even on the weekend. Introductions to new fashion brands, jewelry designers, fashion week coverage and exclusive store events, which are frequently captured through Camilla's camera lens, are just a few of the features you will find on her blog. She loves to Tweet, chat on Facebook and post on Tumblr and Pinterest nearly everyday too. Camilla makes blogging look effortless and just too darn easy -- which is why we love it!

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Some Kind of Style Logo- @blogmilkblog, Aspire Socialite, All Things Naomi, raannt.com, Sofia's Journal,

Permission to use photos per all bloggers listed was granted to FWU

Animal Prints-It’s a Jungle Out There

What is it about animal print that makes it so glam despite the less than fashionable thinking that associates it with the tacky side of style?

First of all, it’s fun and it is just downright glamorous. There is an old Hollywood film star feel to animal prints. Marilyn Monroe was a fan. Others film stars like Ursula Andress, Bridgette Bardot and Catherine Deneuve made animal prints synonymous with sophisticated, seductive sex appeal through the 50s and into the 60s. Who can forget that look -- huge dark sunglasses, a leopard print head scarf while driving in a sports car in the French Riviera.

There’s also a long history of its use by the fashion elite. Christian Dior introduced us to animal prints back in 1947 with his spring/summer collection featuring a “Jungle” day dress and an exquisite silk chiffon evening gown aptly named “Afrique”. Coming after the Second World War, designers were trying to re-inject some glamour back into fashion after years of plain fabric rationed dressing and home sewing.

Animal prints are also a perfect way to add a touch of the “mad and bad” to your outfit. You don’t have to go for full on. If you’re afraid of getting too far out of your comfort zone, go from being a mouse to a tiger with just a pair of animal print shoes, a bag, gloves or a scarf.

There are some commonly held opinions on the dos and dont's of how to wear prints. I don’t agree with any of those opinions. Follow a few basic rules, and you’ll be  fine.                                          

Combining different prints does not have to mean style disaster. It’s on-trend right now to wear more than one piece at a time. The fashion savvy to mix it up will make you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.   

It’s not only about combining prints, it’s also about combining textures and colours. But don’t overdo it -- a faux fur leopard print coat worn with a fluffy cheetah bag and fuzzy animal print boots will make you look like an extra in The Flintstones. Instead go for a simply cut jersey or silk dress in a pale cheetah print. Toss this over with a darker leopard fur coat and accessorize with a pony skin shopper bag. Done well, you can look femme fatal yet classy, risk taking yet fun.

Whatever print you choose -- go forward, be bold and deck yourself out in the style of the urban jungle.

~Kate de Lacy @fashionedgy

Kate de Lacy is a writer currently residing in Bath, London. She has many passions and wears many fashionable hats  including those of  fashion blogger, journalist, illustrator, art historian and traveler. Kate is currently looking for an opportunity to move to the United States.

Image Source: Kate de Lacy, All Illustrations are copyright and sole property of Kate de Lacy and may not be used without her permission.

Step To It~

What are some of the hottest shoe trends of the season? We have two words for you to think about --flatforms (platform flats) and shooties (sheer booties). 

The quirky flatform shoe was spotted all over the spring runways in collections from Derek Lam to Prada. Pair your flatforms with a flirty spring dress or pack them for a day at the beach. 

 

 

 

 

Try these colorful Galicia Sandals by Anthropologie; $248.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or add these pretty floral, ankle-strap Wildflower Platforms from Free People; $79.00 to your wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

The runways for Oscar de la Renta , Vionnet and Sonia Rykiel all had these sporty-chic, sheer booties (Shooties) paired with taffeta ball gowns and floral print trousers. These mesh booties are a perfect alternative to open-toed shoes or sandals on hot summer days.

 

 

 

 

Add some edge to your look with these Razzle Mesh Panel Boots from Topshop, $80.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about these romantic Hurry Back Booties featuring lace and ruffled details by Chinese Laundry for only $69.95 at DSW.

 

Fashion Attitude: Cute

What is your fashion attitude towards these adorably trendy shoes? Would you wear them?

Next Thursday we will be traveling back to Indianapolis Woman Magazine. Join us for more fabulous interviews and reviews on this stylish journey.

Ciao!

Christy Pastore, Adrian Kendrick and Devon Scott

Spring Wishlist: Pretty Pastels~

Jill Stuart, Versace and Ralph Lauren all served up delightful stylish scoops of sorbet hues in every color of the rainbow for Spring 2012. We cannot seem to get enough of this girly sweet trend.

The key to pulling off this trend successfully is mixing separates to avoid the Easter egg look. Opt for clean lines and avoid neutrals as a base, but rather use them to accessorize. Pile on the pastels by balancing solids on solids.

Here are some pretty pastel items to add to your Spring Wishlist.

 

 

 

 

Spring Wishlist: Pretty Pastels
 
 
1. Cotton ankle grazer trouser, $64.00, Shop; TopShop
2. Oasis, pleated skirt, $69.58, Shop; ASOS
3. Laguna lace top, £49.00, Shop; Monsoon
4. Pastel color block bucket bag, $60.88, Shop; ASOS
5. Elizabeth and James, Daryl blazer, $395.00, Shop; Les Nouvelles
6. G By Guess, Verna color block pump, $44.95, Shop; DSW
 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

Zara's May 2012 TRF Lookbook is California Boho Dreamin'~

If you are planning your spring and summer wardrobe, you might want to check out Zara's TRF May Lookbook. The collection features a selection of sensational lace pieces mixed with bold, tribal print fringed separates. Not only that, but there are sophisticated button-down shirts topped with smart blazers, paired with ripped boyfriend jeans and studded shorts. To us it feels a little like California cool meets boho chic.

Here are a few key pieces we suggest you consider packing into your closet this season. To view the entire lookbook or shop head to Zara.com.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Resort 2013~ Chanel

480 seats, 71 looks, 66 models, 16 tents and twelve months of planning, all of which are the genius of one man, Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel presented its 2013 Resort collection in Versailles in a lavish and romantic setting. The collection is a cross between Punk Rock Chic and French Royalty of the 18th century. Models paraded around three fountains in variety of cotton-candy colored designs accented with gold embroidery, ruffles and billowy feather plumes. Lagerfeld styled the various looks with fingerless gloves, wide brimmed hats and platform sneakers. 

Here are a few of our favorite looks from the collection.

 

 

 

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

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