Nautical New Year~

For some of us, the cold winter months have us longing for the warm sun and sandy beach of the tropics. While for others, sipping an ice cold lemonade while relaxing by the pool or kicking off your heels and reading a book in Central Park on your lunch break in the afternoon sun are warm weather activities missed the most right now. 

Fortunately the fashion world is heading toward warmer climates and the nautical trend is a must-have for Spring/Summer 2012. The nautical look is classic and works well in every situation. Think about the sleek and sophisticated nautical inspired Alexander McQueen ensemble Kate Middleton was seen wearing last summer. From cute boat shoes to sensational striped dresses, here are some swoon worthy fashions to help you set sail closer to warmer days. 

Nautical New Year


~Christy Pastore@christypastore

Deal Of The Day~ Marc Jacobs 2012 Pre-Order

Deal: Pre-order the Marc Jacobs S/S 2012 collection at

Stay ahead of the trends by getting your hands on them first! Check out the positively pretty patent shoes and must-have metallic shades for spring.


Silver Patent Leather Shoes



Black Oval Sunglasses



~Christy Pastore @christypastore

First Look: Jason Wu for Target

Back in October it was revealed that Jason Wu would be designing a collection for Target and now the images have arrived! Sophisticated blouses with Peter Pan collars, ladylike pleated skirts, nautical printed and girly A-line dresses — as well as a plethora of luxe-looking handbags and accessories all inspired by French New Wave films and actress Jean Seberg.

 "My goal was not to duplicate anything from my main collection," stated Wu. "Instead I designed completely new clothes and accessories that reflect my taste and have a voice of their own."

February 5th can't get here soon enough and with a price range of $20 to $60, we're clearing enough space in our closets for at least a few of these must have items!

What do you think? Will you be heading to Target to grab up the Jason Wu fashion goodies?


~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Racked

Best of 2011~ Best Dresses of the Year

From breathtaking ball gowns, to sensational single-shoulder dresses, 2011 has given us a plethora of  color, embroidery, sequins and lace. Here's a wrap up of the ten best dresses seen on the red carpet this year! 

At the Oscars this year, Mila Kunis was lovely in this lavender Elie Saab scoop neck gown with flowing train, paired with Neil Lane diamonds. At the SAG Awards, Hailee Steinfeld wore this pink and orange striped Prada gown and we couldn't stop talking about it! Completely fun and age appropriate for a young woman.


Ashley Greene was stunning in this one-of-a-kind shimmering Donna Karan gown with swirling train at the Met Gala. She accessorized her look with Brian Atwood pumps, a Judith Leiber clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Channeling Old Hollywood Glam, Diane Kruger had a leg up on the red carpet competition at the Met Gala  in this gorgeous Jason Wu gown paired with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels and a Jimmy Choo clutch.


At the Emmy Awards, Lea Michele stunned in this scarlet, curve-hugging Marchesa gown featuring rosette detailing at the shoulders. The Glee star completed her red hot look with a statement ruby cocktail ring and Roger Vivier heels. Jennifer Aniston attended the red carpet L.A. premiere of Horrible Bosses in this curve-hugging, beaded Balenciaga mini-dress. She completed her sexy look with strappy Versace sandals, a Ferragamo black patent clutch and dazzling Fred Leighton jewels.


Angelina Jolie dazzled on the red carpet at the Golden Globes in a long-sleeved, sequined emerald Atelier Versace gown, paired with Robert Procop jewelry. The Duchess of Cambridge sparkled in this gorgeous pale pink Jenny Packham gown, embellished with Swarovski crystals, at the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) gala dinner in London. She completed her look with LK Bennett heels and satin clutch.


Emma Stone attended the MTV Movie Awards in June wearing this sensational Bottega Veneta lace dress, with a fringe hemline and a black ribbon tied to the waist. Emma completed her look with a woven clutch from the brand and orange Casadei satin pumps. Singer Selena Gomez wore this edgy, black cut-out Dolce & Gabbana gown with a thigh high slit to the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. She teamed her vampy look with red Guiseppe Zanotti bow bedecked heels and Neil Lane jewels.



~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People, InStyle

Best of 2011~ Fashion Wrap Up Celebrity Fashion Favorites

Each one of these celebrities constantly amazed us with fashions on and off the red carpet. These celebrities showcased several must-have looks and ensembles that we just couldn't resist to run out and purchase for our own wardrobes. See if your celebrity fashion favorites made our list.

Who: Blake Lively

Occupation: Actress

Designer Favorites: Marchesa, Chanel & Christian Louboutin

Why Blake Is Our Fashion Favorite: Blake isn't afraid to take risks on the red carpet. From her selections in shoes to daring hemlines, the Gossip Girl star always looks put together from head to toe! Not to mention Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour adore her sense of style. That in itself is enough said.


Who: Mila Kunis

Occupation: Actress

Designer Favorites: Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab & Versace

Why Mila Is Our Fashion Favorite: Mila ruled the red carpet this year! She captivated at the SAG Awards in the fiery red McQueen gown and proved oh-so-glamorous the rest of the year. The Friends With Benefits beauty has major star quality when it comes to fashion and style.



Who: Duchess of Cambridge

Occupation: Royal

Designer Favorites: Burberry, Alexander McQueen & Erdem

Why Kate Is Our Fashion Favorite: Since she stunned the fashion world with her gorgeous lace, wedding gown crafted by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton in April, the Duchess has yet to disappoint. We love that she isn't afraid to up-cycle previously worn items in her own wardrobe and making pantyhose popular again! This year Catherine took the top honor on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List.


Who: Diane Kruger

Occupation: Actress

Designer Favorites: Jason Wu, Miu Miu & Chanel

Why Diane Is Our Fashion Favorite: Diane has impeccable personal style and always graces the red carpet in something captivating and often daring. The German beauty exudes elegance and glamor, while having fun and taking risks with her style.


Who: Zoë Saldana

Occupation: Actress

Designer Favorites: Calvin Klein, Giambatistta Valli & Salvatore Ferragamo

Why Zoë Is Our Fashion Favorite: Zoë is style star on and off the red capet  -- from her laid back casual looks, to her sleek minimalist looks. The actress is known for mixing sophisticated classics with eye-catching dramatic details, such as glittering jewels or a sexy pair of heels.


~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle, People

Look of the Day~ Sandra Bullock

Sandra made quite a statement on the red carpet for the NYC premiere of her new movie Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close in this sleek, black, shimmering Alexander McQueen satin suiting ensemble with sexy plunging neckline.

Our Editors are especially loving Sandra's total beauty look-- her super straight hair and berry lip color completely add to the drama of her look.

The actress teamed her look with stacked Casadei heels, metallic snakeskin clutch and statement pave diamond jewels.












~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle

Editor's Pick~ Alexander Wang Luca Boot

For some girls it's the jewels that make the outfit complete and for others its the shoes. Alexander Wang's Luca boot will yield you many compliments and give your ensemble a hip appeal.

These super stylish ankle boots feature an asymmetrical strap and a lace-up closure. We are in love with the stacked chunky heel that provides both comfort and fabulous support!

Shop Barneys; $625.00.





~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Your Beauty Questions Answered~

Fashion Wrap Up's Beauty Editor Melissa Ingersoll answers YOUR questions! 

Neva Hughes Griffith asks: I am having a problem with NYX jumbo eye pencils (shadow sticks). I have written to NYX, but they will not respond. I use the pencils as a base and then layer powdered eye shadow on top. It's an awesome effect but the eye pencil creases. I use primer and it doesn't seem to effect it. Do you know of any other tricks to keep this from happening? Thanks for your help.

Melissa says: We love using that technique as well! The ingredient that holds the "shadow" together to become a pencil may be the culprit. If it is too waxy it will definitely crease. It must be, if layering powdered shadows are not setting it. I would try a different brand because your application steps are perfect.

If you have a "how to" or a beauty question, tweet Melissa @AllureSalonIndy or email

Style Icon Amanda Seyfried: Get Her Look

Amanda Seyfried's style strikes the perfect balance between young, fresh and sexy. Her favorite designers are Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang -- Seyfried adores their causal pieces with unique touches. To get Amanda's look these are the top five things you need to have in your wardrobe:

Tailored Shorts - You'll never see Amanda in trousers on the red carpet, so a suiting ensemble featuring tailored shorts is a bold and sexy alternative. Try Tibi's, Morgan Suiting with Leather Trim Short. Shop Revolve Clothing; $275.00.



Ankle Wrapped Heels - The "Marina" from Sam Elderman is one of the most comfortable and sleek pair of heels you can treat your feet to! Shop Zappos; $130.00.

Embellished Mini-dress - Seyfried loves to show off her toned legs. Add a mini-dress with eye catching sparkles or ornate details to your wardrobe for that look-at-me show-stopping moment. Try this black sequined mini with sweeheart neckline from TFNC. Shop Asos; $90.90.


Contemporary Necklace - Amanda adores the modern designs from Tom Binns. Add the Petite Rogue Swarovski crystal necklace to any ensemble for an extra flash of sparkle! Shop Net-A-Porter; $450.00.

Comfy Leggings - A must have for running errands or a weekend get away with friends. Try these cotton leggings from Rag & Bone, you'll love the shapley silhouette! These leggings come in a variety of bold colors but we are smitten with the burnt orange color. Shop Rag & Bone; $176.00. 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Editor's Pick ~ Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter

With most of the country plunging into colder weather, dry skin is an all-too-common problem for many people. If you do any outside activity, it can be worse.

Bliss Skincare offers a variety of great products to keep your skin moisture-rich and glowing throughout the winter. 

The lemon+sage body butter (available at Sephora, Saks, and other retailers for between $6-$79) smells delightful and keeps your skin healthy when used daily.




~Devon Scott @DevonScottIndy

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