Steal The Look: Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel When it comes to Jessica Biel, all we seem to hear lately is speculation about whether or not she and Justin Timberlake are over, still together, “complicated,” etc. In the midst of all this obsession with her personal life, I feel like her awesome style doesn’t get enough credit.

In a recent interview, JB said that while glam gowns and makeup are fun for the red carpet, her true, go-to style is casual and laid-back. And hey, more power to her, since she’s always comfortable and still manages to look like a million bucks.

The outfit in this photo is exactly that–comfy and fabulous. Denim shorts, which are quickly reclaiming the title of must-have summer staple, are great with simple basics like solid-colored tanks and sleeveless open cardigans. Together, the look is half structured and half what I call “loosey-goosey”–that’s StealThisDress speak for loose and flowy.

Knee-high suede boots in a muted color instantly take this casual look up a notch. If it’s already too hot for boots even at night time where you live, complete this look with a suede sandal. And to make it appropriate for nighttime, heeled sandals and a clutch are a great choice.

Basic V-Neck Cami ($3.80, Forever21) Open Slub Knit Cardigan ($14.80, Forever21)
Heavy Stitch Frayed Short ($19.50, Wet Seal) Miss Me Women's Pisa-1 Boot ($49.95, DSW)

Basic V-Neck Cami ($3.80, Forever21)

Heavy Stitch Frayed Short ($19.50, Wet Seal)

Open Slub Knit Cardigan ($14.80, Forever21)

Miss Me Women’s Pisa-1 Boot ($49.95, DSW)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

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AnnaLynne McCord: The Epitome of Flirty, Fun, Youthful Style

Anna Lynne McCord

Anna Lynne McCord

I really don’t know much about AnnaLynne McCord except: 1) she stars in the CW’s remake of 90210 and 2) she’s been linked to Kellan Lutz, who everyone seems to be obsessed with these days. Other than that, the one thing I keep coming back to each time I see her photo is that maybe blondes really do have more fun. Her style is super easy-going yet sexy and just screams ‘fun.’

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com) Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Stealing Brooklyn Decker’s Style

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker

Ah, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. If this title doesn’t make you a goddess, nothing will. Brooklyn Decker is exactly that. Tall, never-ending legs, flowing blond hair–the girl’s got it all. And she doesn’t seem to lack style savvy either.

I really loved one of her recent outfits. A simple black mini-dress, grey peep-toe booties and an unembellished gray handbag make for a put-together look that does not scream “this outfit required hours of maintenance.” What’s even better news for us is that you can easily find all of these staples for a fraction of the cost.

If you are shy about showing off your legs, you can still totally pull off this Brooklyn Decker-inspired look by opting for a dress that ends more towards the knees. Just be sure to choose one that is fitted. An a-line dress that flares out at the bottom is not the best garment to pair with an ankle boot. If you do go with a looser cut, wear it with boots that reach the calf or higher.

Keep in mind that this little number may just get you on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com) Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21) Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com)

Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21)

Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

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GoJane.com, a Must-Visit Site

Suede Zipper High Heel Boot ($22.99, www.gojane.com)GoJane.com is an online clothing and accessories retailer that should be part of any budget-conscious fashion lover’s arsenal. The shoes are, by far, my favorite thing at GoJane. If boots are your footwear of choice, let’s just say that you may never want to shop anywhere else again after you see the inventory at GoJane. I’m going to leave it at that and let you be the judge when you check it out. Stud Embellished Suede Finish Boot ($24.99, www.gojane.com)

The site also has some seriously fabulous deals on selected items–I want to say every week, but don’t quote me on that. This week, for example, you can get a long-sleeved V-neck t shirt for $4, some dressy tops in the $6-$14 range and sweater boots that look very similar to Cardy Uggs for $14.99.

So, have a look. This site is really a gem. I heard about it through another blog and have been hooked since.

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Black Friday (or Black Wednesday for me)

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow fashion addicts! It is no surprise that during  the last week, my house has been bombarded with catalogs, coupons and other mail promotions for the post-Thanksgiving sales. By yesterday (Wednesday), I couldn’t take it anymore. I just had to go shopping and here is what I ended up with:

Red and White Rasolli Rainboots, Writer's Own

Blue cardigan and safari print scarf, Writer's Own

Clearly, I was feeling quite inspired by color! Probably because the weather was extra gloomy.

Now I’ve gotten it out of my system and don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn on Friday, getting trampled at the stores. No, instead I’ll be at my laptop, checking out all of the crazy deals online and, hopefully, posting some of my favorite finds. Happy Turkey Day!

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Hilary Duff: Queen of Casual-Chic

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

This phenomenal Hilary Duff look is really easy to recreate with your favorite casual pieces and killer accessories like big earrings, a loosely draped square scarf and large tote.

Zip Front Jacket ($39.50, Wet Seal)
Scoop Pocket Tee ($4.99, Wet Seal)
Seamless Leggings ($12.50, Wet Seal) Unlisted by Kenneth Cole 'Butter Pecan' Knee-high Boots ($54.99, www.overstock.com)
Square Scarf ($19.50, Express) Riddled Disk Earrings ($4.80, Forever21) Deux Lux Prism Satchel  ($68, Urban Outfitters)

Zip Front Jacket ($39.50, Wet Seal)

Scoop Pocket Tee ($4.99, Wet Seal)

Seamless Leggings ($12.50, Wet Seal)

Kenneth Cole ‘Butter Pecan’ Knee-high Boots ($54.99, www.overstock.com)

Square Scarf ($19.50, Express)

Riddled Disk Earrings ($4.80, Forever21)

Deux Lux Prism Satchel  ($68, Urban Outfitters)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

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Studded Suede Ankle Booties: Splurge Vs. Steal

BCBGeration Model Ankle Boots ($125, Macy's) Urban Studded Bootie ($26.80, Forever21)

BCBGeneration Model Ankle Boots ($125, Macy’s)

Urban Studded Bootie ($26.80, Forever21)

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Distressed Leather Boots

Distressed Cowboy Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe) Distressed Wedge Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe) Distressed Buckle Boots ($39.99, Charlotte Russe)

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Fall Boots Have Arrived!!!

'Blondee' Boots ($99.95, Steve Madden)

'Blondee' Boots ($99.95, Steve Madden)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I always get a bit sad as summer comes to an end (ok, I sound a tad melodramatic–it’s only August 11th). But one of the best things about being close to the beginning of a new season is shopping for new stuff, of course!

Anyone for whom shoe shopping is a science or simply an addiction knows that the end of the summer is the best time to get boots for fall. With the new shipments of fall products starting to hit the stores now, this is the time to snag boots in your size and preferred color. Come September, the only things left are usually in Shaquille O’Neal’s size or bright yellow with polka dots.

So, I said to myself today, “Self, let’s give our readers a peek at what we have to look forward to this fall.” Have a look at what caught my eye so far and keep an eye out for more updates in the weeks to come. The cold is coming but not all hope is lost!

Gianni Bini Jackpot Boots ($79.99, Dillards)

Gianni Bini Jackpot Boots ($79.99, Dillards)

Women's Xhilaration Kameke Slouchy Buckle Boots - Black ($34.99, Target)

Women's Xhilaration Kameke Slouchy Buckle Boots - Black ($34.99, Target)

Sporto Erin Rainboot ($48, Macy's)

Sporto Erin Rainboot ($48, Macy's)

Suede Scrunch Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe)

Suede Scrunch Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe)

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