Lancome ‘Hypnose Drama’: The Mascara That Has It All

Lancome 'Hypnose Drama' Mascara ($24.50, Nordstrom)

Lancome 'Hypnose Drama' Mascara ($24.50, Nordstrom)

These days, there’s a mascara for every taste. Lengthening, volumizing, separating, especially made for tiny bottom lashes–the list goes on and on. But all mascaras are not created equal.

After about a month of alternating between samples of different brands’ mascaras, I went ahead and bought the one that I liked best–Lancome’s Hypnose Drama. I got it because it seems to roll a bunch of mascaras’ powers into one.

Hypnose Drama provides your lashes with a healthy dose of volume. Its brush is curved, so you get a curling effect as well. And I was able to get great length without even having to use primer. In my mind, it’s the ‘superhero mascara.’

Bottom line: Great quality for $25, which is about $5-10 less than other high-end mascaras from brands like YSL or Givenchy.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Tyra Banks: Red and Yellow DO Go Together!

Tyra BanksWhen many women think of wearing red and yellow together, they automatically think of either clowns or frumpy, old lady outfits. But red and yellow is not always a fashion faux-pas. Far from it actually, as Tyra Banks recently showed. At the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards she wore a beautiful cap-sleeved coral red dress with a yellow clutch and pointed-toe pumps.

The trick to making your inexpensive version of Tyra’s outfit pop like she does is to pick your yellow accessories in two different shades. Tyra’s pumps are a lighter, more neon yellow than her clutch, which is a richer mustard color. Keeping the colors too similar can kill the sophistication of the look and may make others wonder where your clown nose is. But balance out the intensity of the colors and you’re golden (well, actually you’re yellow–but you know what I mean!)

I really love all the pieces that make up our look-alike outfit. The Guess ‘Carrie’ pumps have that perfect heel that won’t kill your feet but is still tall enough to be sexy. And how gorgeous is that yellow crochet clutch from Bebe? And only $19, which pleasantly surprised me.

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Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe) Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21) Guess 'Carrie' Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21)

Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe)

Guess ‘Carrie’ Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

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Sandals with Stones and Jewels

As more and more stores begin displaying their spring and summer shoe inventory, I’m seeing an increasing number of earth-tone sandals that are adorned with stones, jewels, medallions and beads. I guess this is 2010’s answer to last  year’s hardware trend. I’m loving it–it’s like jewelry for your feet!

Blowfish Life Gladiator Sandal ($39.95, DSW) Steve Madden 'Spaced' Sandal ($79, www.piperlime.com) REPORT 'Calla' Sandal ($59.95, Nordstrom)

Blowfish Life Gladiator Sandal ($39.95, DSW)

Steve Madden ‘Spaced’ Sandal ($79, www.piperlime.com)

REPORT ‘Calla’ Sandal ($59.95, Nordstrom)

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Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

It’s been a while since I’ve felt as inspired as I did when I was looking at pictures of Donna Karan’s Sporing 2010 ready-to-wear collection. These garments may not be there as “out there” and unconventional as some couture pieces, but to me they are art.

Granted, this collection will not appeal to everyone’s style. Its overall look  is very feminine and romantic. The color palette consists of a lot of pastels and neutrals, while the fabrics feature tons of draping and ruching.

I love the idea of pairing a peach-colored top with a simple grey skirt. It’s a reserved color combination but it definitely makes an impact. For shoes, choose a grey or silver peep toe pump–one with an ankle strap if you really want to mirror the Donna Karan look. (I would KILL to have the shoes the model is wearing on the runaway, they are amazing.)

Can’t wait to see what Donna Karan will do next!

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Girly Girl Top ($14.80, Forever21)
Robert Rodriguez Twist Knot Pencil Skirt ($159, Nordstrom)

Plump Pumps ($24.80, Forever21)
Girly Girl Top ($14.80, Forever21)

Robert Rodriguez Twist Knot Pencil Skirt ($159, Nordstrom)

Plump Pumps ($24.80, Forever21)

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Twilight’s Ashley Greene: Who Knew Vampires Could Look So Good?

Ashley GreeneI’ve realized that one pop-culture phenomenon that we’ve never mentioned on StealThisDress! is Twilight. I watched the first movie and really liked it. But I’m definitely not one of those obsessed fans. When I read on Perez about how the cast was once again mobbed by hysterical teenyboppers or the latest speculation about the romance between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, I usually zone out. The one Twilight star that I do love, though, is Ashley Greene.

A combination of white, cream and champagne tones is a beautiful choices for brunettes or ladies with a darker complexion. There is something undeniably angelic about this combination. If you choose to wear these colors, you gotta accessorize your outfit with gold jewelry. That’s just an unwritten law, in my opinion. If you want to literally glow, this is the color palette you should be working with.

As for Ashley Greene, talk about stunning natural beauty! I really hope she gets more screen-time in the rest of the Twilight series.

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Trixxi One Shoulder Dress ($68, Nordstrom)

Lakey Peeptoe Pump ($39.98, Aldo) Lulu Townsend Gathered Satin Clutch ($26.95, DSW) Hesson Earrings, Gold ($10, Aldo)


Trixxi One Shoulder Dress ($68, Nordstrom)

Lakey Peeptoe Pump ($39.98, Aldo)

Lulu Townsend Gathered Satin Clutch ($26.95, DSW)

Hesson Earrings, Gold ($10, Aldo)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

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Franchi ‘Carrie Crystal Cage’ Bag: For the Bling Addict in You

Franchi 'Carrie - Crystal Cage' Frame Bag ($238, Nordstrom)

Franchi 'Carrie - Crystal Cage' Frame Bag ($238, Nordstrom)

We often rely too much on our jewelry for sparkle. If you are of the opinion that other accessories can and should be used to dazzle, then the Franchi ‘Carrie – Crystal Cage’ Frame Bag is for you.

The crystal net surrounding this gorgeous satin clutch is to die for. With New Year’s just around the corner, your purse deserves to be dripping in diamonds just as much as you do! Those who wish to channel an old Hollywood glamor look will also love the vintage-style kiss-lock closure on this clutch.

In addition to plum, the Crystal Cage bag is also available in black, whine and champagne. I want it in all four colors!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Wear Blue, Make a Splash for the Oceans

“Wear Blue for Oceans” day is coming up on January 13th. Ocean conservation is a cause that I’m very passionate about. When is to comes to protecting the environment, I feel that many people tend to overlook the ocean. To get us thinking more about the importance of protecting our oceans, from now until Wear Blue for Oceans I’d like to regularly feature blue clothing and accessories that can help show your support for this cause AND make a major fashion statement. To get us started, I picked a few blue accessories which will add a brilliant dash of color to your outfit.

Two Lips Idol Jeweled Sandal ($59.95, DSW)

BP. Open Weave Scarf ($16, Nordstrom)

Poppie Jones Turnlock Wristlet ($16.95, DSW)

Two Lips Idol Jeweled Sandal ($59.95, DSW)

BP. Open Weave Scarf ($16, Nordstrom)

Poppie Jones Turnlock Wristlet ($16.95, DSW)

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Natalie Portman Nails It at ‘Brothers’ New York Premiere

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

La Regale Pleated Flap Clutch Teeze Me Origami Pleat Strapless Dress ($68, Nordstrom) 'Segura' Peeptoe Pumps ($80, Aldo)

La Regale Pleated Flap Clutch ($30, eBags)

Teeze Me Origami Pleat Strapless Dress ($68, Nordstrom)

‘Segura’ Peeptoe Pumps ($80, Aldo)

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Nothing Says Happy New Year Like Sequins and Glitter

It’s only December 1st and I’m already getting super excited about all kinds of festive outfits for Christmas and New Year’s parties. I love this time of year because sequins, glitter, rhinestones and anything else that sparkles and shines is a must-have trend. Just remember to not wear a lot of sparkly pieces together at once–you want to dance under a disco ball, not look like one!

Jewel Trim Sequin Top ($24.80, Forever21)Jewel Trim Sequin Top ($24.80, Forever21)

Beautiful Stranger Sequin Clutches ($17, www.lulus.com)Beautiful Stranger Sequin Clutches ($17, www.lulus.com)

Nadri Small Pave Ball Earrings ($38, Nordstrom)Nadri Small Pave Ball Earrings ($38, Nordstrom)

OPI Thrills in Beverly Hills Glitter Top Coat ($5.35, www.amazon.com)OPI Thrills in Beverly Hills Glitter Top Coat ($5.35, www.amazon.com)

Shellys London Luna Silver Sequins ($26.21, www.overstock.com)Shellys London Luna Silver Sequins ($26.21, www.overstock.com)

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How to Be a Bargain Balmain Beauty This Fall

Balmain Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection

Balmain Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection

A lot of the past week for me was spent glued to photos of the various fall collections coming out. Just heavenly.

The outfit I’ve chosen today from Balmain’s ready-to-wear collection drew me in because of its chic simplicity. If you do not yet own cropped black pants, go out and get a pair! This classic style is on-trend year after year, it seems, and is one of those pieces in the “mega-versatile” category. Balmain matches the trousers with a loose, zebra-esque print top–a design I’m seeing a lot lately. Charlotte Russe presents its interpretation of the look in a muddy grey, which also works equally well with black bottoms.

You can carry this look into evening, maybe replacing the flats with a slinky pair of heels and adding a cute clutch. The it-factor of the daytime version, meanwhile, is without a doubt the stylish comfort that the outfit provides.This is definitely the look to emulate if, like myself, you feel your best and most confident when you do not have to worry about moving in 5 inch heels or avoiding a possible wardrobe malfunction in a tiny dress.

Zebra Slouch Top ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Zebra Slouch Top ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Cropped Trousers ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Cropped Trousers ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

BCBGirls 'Sole' Flat ($78.95, Nordstrom)

BCBGirls 'Sole' Flat ($78.95, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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