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)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Designer Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Christian Louboutin is the first name most women now associate with luxury footwear. With the brand becoming a household name, Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song about her Louboutins. I love Louboutin’s classic Platform Pump, which is incredibly simple and chic.

However, if you’re not ready for that type of splurge quite yet, check out the Go Max Justice pump from the Runway by Kmart collection. It mimics the signature red heel of Louboutin and features a beautiful checkerboard-like texture. Love!

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus) Go Max Justice - Black ($27.99, Kmart)

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus)

Go Max Justice – Black ($27.99, Kmart)

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear: Recreating the Look

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 ready-to-wear show was truly a feast for the eyes. The best way to describe it would be an explosion of rich textures and patterns, including velvet, lace, tweed, florals and animal prints. Your mother probably always told you to never wear these together at the same time; D&G brilliantly defies this style principle.

Layering is a recurring theme in this collection. Never afraid to push the envelope, D&G had models marching down the runway wearing black blazers with nothing but lingere-like leotards underneath. While I’m not suggesting you don one of these combinations for your next outing, there are a number of other looks from this collection that translate perfectly to the everyday setting.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Where am I going to find a gorgeous D&G-esque silk yellow dress with black lace accents?” This is where creativity comes in. Simply throw a black lace or delicate crochet scarf over a super girly yellow dress and you’re good! Complete the look with semi-opaque tights, a black tote and pumps.

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy's) Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)
Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal) Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy’s)

Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)

Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal)

Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Nude Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Nude and tan-colored shoes are another big trend for Spring 2010. Since they go with every other color, they’ll quickly become one of your most dependable staples. You might as well say that nude is the new black. As an added bonus, nude pumps have an incredible leg-lengthening effect, making your them look a mile long!

Women's Mossimo Virginia Pumps - Taupe ($29.99, Target) Charles by Charles David 'Pompadour' Pump ($124, Zappos)

Women’s Mossimo Virginia Pumps – Taupe ($29.99, Target)

Charles by Charles David ‘Pompadour’ Pump ($124, Zappos)

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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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Pink Pumps Make the World Go Round

This may be my favorite StealThisDress! post to date. Pink heels! What more could you ask for? If your style is similar to mine, nothing. The shows below, all of which I found on Zappos, to me all scream Carrie Bradshaw and it’s fabulous. Just imagine how amazing any of these pairs would look with a dark-colored dress or dark jeans and a fancy top.

My favorite pair is probably the second one from the top. That jewel-encrusted heel is to die for. Let’s see, only about three more months until it gets warm enough to wear shoes like these outside. Here’s to a summer of pink pumps coming soon!

rsvp 'Rain' Peeptoe Pump ($85, Zappos)

rsvp 'Lovely' ($109, Zappos)rsvp 'Jaceline' Peeptoe Pump ($88, Zappos)

Promiscuous 'Kalei' Pump ($89, Zappos)Jessica Simpson 'Astor' Peeptoe Pump ($78.95, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Rain’ Peeptoe Pump ($85, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Lovely’ Pump ($109, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Jaceline’ Peeptoe Pump ($88, Zappos)

Promiscuous ‘Kalei’ Pump ($89, Zappos)

Jessica Simpson ‘Astor’ Peeptoe Pump ($78.95, Zappos)

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Elizabeth and James Reina Suede Button Pumps

Elizabeth and James Reina Suede Button Pumps ($325, www.shopbop.com)

Elizabeth and James Reina Suede Button Pumps ($325, www.shopbop.com)

Say what you want about the Olsen twins, but they have earned every last bit of their fame and success. They are only 23 and have already built a huge empire, including the genius Elizabeth and James clothing line. They have some really fabulous stuff; one of my recent favorites is the Reina Suede Button shoe.

Suede shoes are unbeatable, in my opinion. Feminine and elegant, they have a more refined look than do leather pumps. The Reina shoe uses a super simple concept–little dots–to create a stunning design. I’d wear it to work with a cute dress or on day off with jeans and a sweater.

And isn’t it always the simple designs that are best? Yes, especially in these times.  They are versatile, allowing you to pair them with almost anything in your wardrobe. The Reina Suede Button shoe is no exception.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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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

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

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Splurge-worthy Christmas Wishlist

A few things that we at StealThisDress! would be delighted to find under the tree this year:

Burberry Skinny Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Camel ($195, Neiman Marcus)Burberry Skinny Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Camel ($195, Neiman Marcus)

7 For All Mankind Houndstooth Seam Leggings ($159, www.shopbop.com)7 For All Mankind Houndstooth Seam Leggings ($159, www.shopbop.com)

kate spade new york Big Apple Neda Continental Wallet ($145, Bloomingdales)Kate Spade new york Big Apple Neda Continental Wallet ($145, Bloomingdales)

Badgley Mischka Halma Open Toe Pumps with Stone Detail ($215, Bloomingdales)Badgley Mischka Halma Open Toe Pumps with Stone Detail ($215, Bloomingdales)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Gold Watch 44MM ($250, Bloomingdales)MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Gold Watch 44MM ($250, Bloomingdales)

What splurge-worthy items are you lusting after this holiday season?

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Black Crocodile Platform Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Black Synthetic 'Franchette' Pump ($90, Aldo) Patent Croco Platform Pumps ($29.80, Forever 21)

Black Synthetic ‘Franchette’ Pump ($90, Aldo)

Patent Croco Platform Pumps ($29.80, Forever 21)

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