Hollywood Style Icon Beach Inspiration

May 24, 2013 by  
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In this day and age magazine and online media publications constantly use stick thin women as their cover girls, yet just 50 years ago fabulous Hollywood superstars were gracing our magazine covers with womanly hips and curvy hourglass figures.

Each year many women panic over their body image especially when going on holiday so why not take a trip down memory lane to the days of Monroe, when being curvy was sexy and use our beach inspiration looks for your summer holiday this year to make you feel good.

Marilyn Monroe has to be the No1 icon of our time as she is known for her size 14/16 curvy figure; today not many women over a size 6 are referred to as being a pin up!  Like many women, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated and when she was unhappy she ate more but to all men she was always a sex symbol no matter what her dress size was. Marilyn once made a statement which has become a memorable saying on the subject of weight: ““To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”

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Monroe was well known for her blonde curls and ruby red lips and no matter where she went she always looked sensational – even on the beach in her costume and revealing beach outfits!

If there is a holiday coming up in your schedule then try pairing a beautiful white costume and these ballet pumps from Lotus Shoes which are similar style and colour to Marilyn’s, and make sure to do your hair and make-up to give you that extra confidence boost!

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You would often find Monroe wearing bathing suits rather than two pieces as not only were they fashionable at the time but they are extremely flattering for the stomach making them a very desirable essential to take away on holiday.

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Marilyn always had the skill to pull of amazing accessories on the beach like this red two piece, skirt styled bikini (which is slimming on the thighs) and a summary yellow shawl which looks beautiful draped around the neck!

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Here she is sporting another slimming bathing suit in a metallic green colour and yet again her hair and make-up is perfectly done for that added confident and sex appeal on the beach.

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There is no better feeling than wearing heels as they create the illusion of slimmer and longer legs and Marilyn often wore heeled sandals or wedges to the beach to create this exact illusion.

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Find a similar pair of heeled sandals to Marilyn from the selection of Lotus Sandals as these will make the perfect addition to any beach look!

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My One of a Kind Style

February 22, 2013 by  
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To help celebrate the kick off of the Diet Dr Pepper Sweepstakes on March 4th  I was asked to write about my one of a kind style.  In a nutshell, my style has always been eclectic and deeply inspired by music and movies.  Musicians like Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin played perfectly to my boho/hippie style, while actresses like Edie Sedgewick and Natalie Wood greatly influenced my flirty retro looks and even my hair.  While in high school I shopped the malls like every American teenager, but I was always looking for ways to add pieces that were unique and found on the side streets where thrift stores thrived.  No joke I hit every smoky dungeon I could find in New York in a fervent effort to add to my trendier mall finds (something I still do to this day).

My style hasn’t changed much and I still shop at the malls for affordable trendy pieces but as I get older I’ve learned to dress to my evolving body and shape and the thrift store finds focus more on jackets, bags and more importantly accessories!  I tend to lean more towards modern, better fitting pieces but still keep my overall look in the boho vein.  I believe that it’s the little details that count and not a specific style. For example, one day I will be dressed in a modern white jacket with skinny jeans but the next time you bump into me I’ll be wearing the very same jacket over a flowing dress (like the one seen below).  Two completely different styles that I make my very own with over sized bags, chunky rings, a stack of bangles and always – and I mean always – with a pair of over sized shades.

In my look below I decided to try out a trendy high low dress for the very first time.  I decided to give this one a shot because it has all the right elements of everything that my style embraces.  The feminine length and chiffon is complimented by a studded camouflage  top – I love it and it was only $25!  As soon as I saw it I immediately envisioned it with a cropped denim jacket and flats but when I brought it home I realized that it would look amazing with my white blazer and ankle tie wedges. The jacket definitely gives it a dressier look and the bow on the wedges give it the perfect dainty touch.

I’m all about the accessories, but it has to be the right amount.  While this outfit has plenty of character thanks to the camo, studs and white jacket, I had to add a ton of bangles! The belt was a last minute add-on that looks like it came with the dress and helped accentuate my waist a bit.

I actually debated on using a clutch but this zippered accented bag played off the camo’s masculine feel.

From the front this jacket looks like your basic boxy cut blazer, but the back is what makes it special and the high low hem accentuaed it even more – love it!

So there you have it!  My One of a Kind Style: a little boho, a tad tomboy, but 100% girly girl when it comes to accessories and shoes.

PS – Don’t forget to check back for more updates on the Diet Dr Pepper Sweepstakes, kicking off on March 4th for a chance to win one of thirty amazing one–of-a-kind prizes!

With delicious one of a kind taste and zero calories, Diet Dr Pepper is as unique as you are. We know it’s a long road to get to who we’re meant to be. Along the way, we make choices, we make mistakes, we get up, and we keep going. And like an amazing work of art, we become one of a kind. At Dr Pepper, we celebrate all that makes us an original, from your unique style to adventurous spirit. To check out more one of a kind stories, watch our films at www.youtube.com/drpeppervideos and make sure to check back in for more updates on the Diet Dr. Pepper sweepstakes for a chance to win one of thirty amazing one-of-a-kind prizes.  

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Diet Dr Pepper via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Diet Dr Pepper.

Taking It Back With SnapHats

November 1, 2012 by  
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As a kid growing up in Brooklyn back in the 90’s, snapback hats were the ultimate urban fashion statement and closely associated with the style and music of hip hop legends like Dr. Dre and Tupac to name a few. The trend of course spread wide from sport legends like Michael Jordan to celebrities such as Will Smith when he was “moving with his auntie and uncle in Bel-air!”   Flash forward to today and my boys are rocking vintage snapbacks and listening to today’s trendsetters like  Kanye West, Mac Miller, Jay-Z and even underground YouTube sensations like D-Pryde and George Watsky.

 

Yeah, some things in life come full circle and never go out of style! Oh, and if you are wondering the origin of the name snapback, here’s the quick version: it’s a hat with an adjustable strap on the back that snaps together…snapbacks!

The popularity is continuing to grow an many snapbacks today aren’t exclusive to sport teams –  they also use designer brand names like Diamond, Krew and Crook League.  From a fashion standpoint the snapback definitely adds a street vibe to your look whether jeans and a tee shirt or a sports jersey with shorts.  Best of all there are a ton of options and styles to choose from online.  Check out the huge selection at SnapHats.com .

 

 

 

Celebrity Copycat: Taylor Swift’s Look for Less!

October 10, 2012 by  
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Have I mentioned that I love Taylor Swift‘s style?  I know I keep featuring her outfits but I just can’t help it!  This one is by far my favorite – its perfectly on trend with the polka dot skinny jeans, oxblood top and mustard cardigan yet still has a classic feel making the pieces worthwhile investments and easy to mix with other seasons and trends.

 

Celebrity Copycat: Taylor Swift’s Look for Less!

September 28, 2012 by  
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Taylor Swift looks amazing!  The on-trend lace in red is perfectly matched with her skin tone and her red lips take it over the top.  Love this look because Swift deftly combines a retro feel that’s sexy yet classy – perfection!  Get Taylor’s exact dress from French Connection for $18, or try my more afforadble version for only $85 (the nude peep toe pumps from Yesstyle for only $36). Great outfit for the upcoming holidays or any special occasion.  Check out some similar options below!

Celebrity Copycat: Zooey Deschanel’s Look for Less!

August 9, 2012 by  
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Zooey Deschanel looks adorable as usual – love her style!  Get Zooey’s retro vibe look that’s perfect for back to school or for a casual day at the office.  Lots of cool pieces to play with here: swap out the dress for boyfriend jeans and a tee, or pair a button down under the dress for a cool preppy feel.  Get the look for less with pieces from Forever21, JcPenney & more!

Quilted Satchel – $33.96 at Handbagheaven.com

Vintage Inspired Wayfarer – $12 at OCshades.com

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