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Girl Crush: 5 Style Lessons From Lennon Stella

Aug
28

Lennon Stella

She became a household name after starring in the TV show Nashville. And Lennon Stella is also a bonafide fashionista. The 18-year-old actress has never been afraid to try bold fashion looks. Check out five style lessons I learned from the stunning Lennon Stella!

1.Floral Embroidered Overalls

Lennon Stella

Lennon Stella

Overalls are a staple for summertime but Lennon went above and beyond – she sported one featuring a skirt bottom (versus shorts) and floral embroidery. The black color of the piece is a nice contrast to the regular denim staple and the skirt element is (at least for me) more comfortable. Nobody likes sweating in fitted overall shorts! Lennon styled the unique item with an off-the-shoulder white top.
2. Printed bomber jacket
Lennon Stella
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Lennon once again chose a detail oriented item – a printed bomber jacket – and I’m obsessed! The teenager rocked a maroon, green and brown striped cover up with floral embroidery for one Instagram picture. The boho style number is quite the statement piece. Lennon kept the rest of her look simple – opting for a black crop top, jeans and a choker.
Another printed look Lennon stunned in was a stunning Gucci bomber. The bomber featured a multitude of colors, making it a stand out piece. You can easily rock this look – Gucci or not – by choosing a similarly colorful silky bomber jacket.
3. Bandannas
Lennon Stella
Bandannas only seem to be popular during festivals, Lennon is bringing back the trend to a day to day basis. The Nashville actress tied hers in the front, adding layered necklaces and a bright red lipstick. The result is definitely classic with a twist. Try it as a fun way to jazz up an outfit. Trust me on this!
4. Button down dresses
Lennon Stella
Another staple for summer is a colorful dress, but try it a la Lennon – a sixties inspired button down number. The dress features a playful pattern as well with short sleeves. It’s deinitely not a trend piece – this type of dress is cute for school, work (maybe on a casual Friday haha) or for a date. They will be great this year, next year and pretty much as long as the piece last.
5. Polka dots
This is not a pattern for just kids! Polka dot patterns are timeless – for little ones to adults. It’s fun and playful and the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Lennon chose a rose patterned polka dot dress. The roses break up the black and white dots perfectly.
Or try a polka dot matching set like Lennon rocked for Coachella. The blonde chose a crop top and loose bottoms. She accented the pretty pieces with a lace embroidered choker and bright red lipstick.
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 Photo Credits: Lennon Stella’s Instagram

9 Olivia Culpo Looks You Need To Try This Summer

May
08

Olivia Culpo is a former Miss Universe, a model, an actress and a TV personality. She’s also one of the most fashionable celebrities out there. I’ve chosen nine of my favorite Olivia Culpo looks that you should try out this summer – check them out for yourself!

1. Red Crop Top X Jeans

Olivia sported a bright red crop top that featured off the shoulder sleeves. The belly baring top looked perfect with ripped jeans and a jacket tied around her waist. The 24-year-old rocked the look to the farmer’s market, adding reflective sunglasses and white sneakers.
Olivia Culpo red crop top jeans

2.Patterned Crop Top And Skirt Set

This outfit is perfect for summer 2017. Olivia picked a blue and white polka top set for her OOTD; the look had a square neckline crop top with a high slit skirt. The look is summery but still appropriate for day or night. I love the leather jacket as an edgy touch, as well as the chunky earrings.

This ensemble needed a pop of color on her lips and she did just that. Keep in mind this look is great for covering most of your stomach and staying comfortable, all the while looking stylish.

olivia culpo patterned skirt and crop topOlivia Culpo pattern top skirt

3. White Out

Olivia looked like the picture of elegance in an all white ensemble for an event. She kept her hair simple – opting to pull it back – while rocking a fitted neutral turtleneck dress.

The actress layered a matching coat that was nearly the same length as her frock, adding chic lace up heels. She added a pop of color with her black and white clutch and her mauve lipstick – perfect finishing touches.

olivia culpo white dress jacket

4. Touch of Gold

In the next look, Olivia jazzed up a simple black dress by adding a gold pleated duster coat. In reality, you don’t need to get a gold coat like Olivia if its too bold for you – try cream, burgundy or grey. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a shimmering coat – all eyes will be on you.

She once again made her outfit the center of attention, opting to pull her locks back and strappy heels. The final elements were her chainlink purse and red lipstick.

olivia culpo black dress gold jacket

5. Pattern X Bomber Jacket

For a more casual look, Olivia wore jeans with a white shirt. To give the look a pop of color, the brunette sported a patterned green and yellow blazer. Patterned jackets are probably one of my favorite things this season – its bright, youthful and you just can’t help but feel happy in it. She wore her brown hair loose with a center part and hit the pavement in heeled boots.

Olivia Culpo white shirt jeans bomber jacket

6. All Red Everything

I loveee this next look – it’s so casual yet oh so flattering. Olivia paired long cropped red leggings with a matching sports bra and jacket. She broke up the crimson colors with white sneakers.

This is great for a casual day out, errands or a day date. You can also wear this to the gym but honestly its too pretty to sweat in.

olivia culpo red leggings crop top

7. Set X Oversized Duster

Olivia stepped it up in an olive ribbed crop top with a coordinating skirt for a fancy night out. The longer skirt and the high neck top makes the look appropriate for pretty much any occasion. The cover up resembles an oversized blazer, which is not only comfortable but a great way to balance the two piece.
olivia culpo khaki outfit

8. Neutral Top X Joggers

For a casual day out or like Olivia, a flight, try a neutral colored set. The star paired a loose fitting taupe sweater with coordinated joggers. For glam touches, swipe red lipstick on and add cream slip-ons. Keep the color palette of the accessories similar to the top and bottoms.

olivia culpo cream sweats

9. Cream Leggings X Crop Top

Last but not least, this is probably my favorite every day look. She wore high-waisted cream leggings with a classic white t-shirt. Keep the rest simple with minimal makeup and sneakers. I think this is not only sporty but it makes you look so put together. It’s great for running errands, a day date – I’d even wear it to brunch. It’s also appropriate for a workout – just add a sports bra and a hair tie!

olivia culpo leggings with white crop top

Which is your favorite outfit?

xxx

Sarah

Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Chanel Iman

Aug
30

Chanel Iman has impeccable style no matter what occasion. The stunning model always looks so incredibly good, whether its running errands in the city or dressed to the nines for a gala. The 25-year-old beauty chooses pieces that showcase her flawless figure in a classy and sensual way.  Check out six style tricks from Chanel Iman!

1.White X Camel X Gold

Chanel looked so chic in a white strapless crop top with a matching skirt featuring a thigh slit.  To keep warm, the runway star added a camel coat that grazed her mid-calf and sat neatly on her shoulders. She chose the perfect pair of heels – strappy gold ones that balanced the matching hued metal choker around her neck.

Chanel Iman white crop top skirt camel coat model style

2.All White Everything

Instead of the typical all black look, try it a la Chanel and wear all white. The beauty slipped on an off-white crop top with an asymmetrical purse and an oversized blazer on top. She showed off a hint of her flat midriff in the cropped top but opted to add a jacket to cover her arms for balance. To break up the all white ensemble, Chanel added a cream handbag.  She rocked black eye makeup for an edgy touch to finish off her look.

chanel iman white top skirt jacket model style

3.Concert Tee X Plaid X Thigh HIghs

Even though she’s wearing a concert tee with ripped denim, this look is a definite head turner. The star of her ensemble is her black thigh high boots that make her legs look long. To keep the outfit from being too much for the daytime, Chanel dressed it down with a loose fitting graphic shirt, Daisy Dukes and a colorful plaid top tied around her waist. Pull your hair back and keep your makeup minimal so that its not too much for the day.

chanel iman shorts concert shirt flannel thigh high boots

4.Crop Top X Shorts X Combat Boots

The star wowed at Coachella this year, choosing a cropped concert T-shirt with ripped denim shorts, adding a shoulder bag, choker and combat boots. The choker really gives the ensemble a nice Western vibe while the boots add that cool girl touch. She pulled her front tresses back and added a bracelet and earrings to complete her festival look.

Chanel Iman crop top denim shorts combat boots

5.Jeans X Thigh Highs

Earlier this month, Chanel absolutely slayed it in a black bodysuit with denim shorts. To jazz up the two classic pieces, the brunette beauty wore a red and green cropped bomber jacket and thigh high boots.  Thigh high boots are great investments – they are classic shoes that will never go out of style and extremely versatile. She wore her hair loose with minimal makeup to round out the evening ensemble.

chanel iman thigh high boots shorts bomber jacket

6. Sweats X Camel Coat

Chanel takes a pair of sweat pant and makes then evening appropriate. The beauty rocked grey bottoms with a white turtleneck crop top and a camel hued coat on her shoulders. The coat really dresses up the entire ensemble but the key item in this look is the pointed cream heels.  Make sure you choose track pants that have a drawstring waist so that the fit is flattering. I absolutely love this look – it’s so different but so chic!

Chanel Iman sweat pants turtleneck crop top camel coat style

 

Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Joan Smalls

Jul
27

Joan Smalls is a supermodel in every aspect–she’s been on various covers, modeled for multiple brands, and was even featured in a Beyonce music video.  Besides her hugely successful modeling career, Joan also designed a capsule collection for True Religion jeans.  She’s know for killer sense of style–alternating between daring looks and casual chic outfits.  Check out 6 style tricks from the one and only, Joan Smalls!

1. White Crop Top X Blue High Waisted Trousers

Photo Credit: Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic

Joan wears a simple white sleeveless crop top tee with high waisted blue trousers, finishing off the look with a cream colored clutch and heels.  This look is all about minimalism.  The white and blue is a classic combo and you can wear this color pairing day or night.  The great thing about this look is that each piece is super versatile and timeless.  The fitted top perfectly balances the loose nature of the pants, making the look feminine, elegant and chic.

2. Button Down X Jeans X Sneakers

Joan Smalls White Shirt Jeans Sneakers Simple Model Style

This next look is a very menswear inspired outfit.  She’s wearing an oversized white collared shirt, completely buttoned up and untucked, with skinny jeans and sneakers. She kept her accessories unisex, opting for a backpack instead of a purse.  This outfit is still casual chic because she decided to roll up her sleeves and added earrings for a feminine touch.  The sneakers add that sporty element to an otherwise preppy outfit, perfect for school, a day out with friends, or when you’re just looking for something comfortable but still cool.

3. Black X White Combo

Joan Smalls Black Sheer Top White Jeans Model Style

Black and white is one of the most timeless, effortless combos you could ever do, and Joan shows us two new ways to wear the colors.  In the top look, Joan decided to up the sexy factor by pairing a black sheer long sleeved top with a bralet underneath.  She added white jeans and leopard print heels.  By choosing a loose fitted top with dark red lips, Joan makes the look elegant and still nighttime chic.  The animal print detail is a great way to add some fun and color to the black and white look.

Joan Smalls White Long Sleeved Dress Black Crop Top Model Style

In this black and white pairing, Joan takes her street style urban by wearing a long sleeved dress with a short sleeved sheer top layered on top.  She added black and white sneakers, a chunky gold necklace and a black clutch to complete her look.  I think the layering is brilliant–you add color and dimension to a simple white dress by layering.  The gold necklace is an easy way to add another texture to the black and white outfit.  The sneakers are the perfect way to add a touch of urban flare to a dress, keeping it casual cool.

4. Track Pants

Joan Smalls Track Pants White Shirt Black Blazer Model Style

Track pants are one of my favorite trends this year–why?  Because you can dress it up or down, and they are just so comfortable!  Joan shows us two different ways to wear track pants.  In the top look,  she chose black track pants, pairing them with a white t-shirt, black blazer and patterned slip ons.  The blazer makes the look more formal, while the slip ons downplay the fancy vibes.  Her white long-sleeved shirt popping out at the cuffs is another great style trick to make the outfit more casual and less preppy.  The black and gold clutch also add a nice modern touch to the outfit.

Joan Smalls Black Strappy Crop Top Gray Track Pants Heels Model Style

In the above outfit, Joan takes a risqué strappy black leather crop top and pairs it with gray track pants.  The track pants make the look daytime chic, while the strappy heels and crop top make it sexy.  The combo of the slouchy loose pants and the strappy top and heels provide the perfect balance.  It’s not too revealing but it still pushes the envelope.  She went minimal on her makeup and added a fun bag, allowing the look to be more daytime wearable.

5. Add a Pop of Red

Joan Smalls White Shirt Red Handbag Ripped Jeans Boots Red Lips Model Style

Red is probably one of my favorite bright colors, because it looks really good on pretty much everyone.  I like touches of red–it’s sexy, fun and not overpowering!  Joan decided to wear ripped denim with a white tee and combat boots, adding a red fringed handbag, plaid leggings and dark red lips. The red looks gorgeous with the simple white and blue jeans combo.  This is another great tip from Joan–wear different shades of red when adding multiple colored pieces.  The bag is the brightest color, while the lips are much darker.  The plaid leggings are patterned, so it’s toned down with the black in the design.  Overall, this is a great summer look (if you don’t wear leggings underneath) as well as a perfect winter look (just add a coat).

6. Sweater X Mini Skirt X Oxfords

Joan Smalls Kenzo Sweater Bright Blue Skirt Oxfords Model Style

In this next look, Joan paired a graphic Kenzo sweater with a bright blue mini skirt, oxfords and fun socks. To keep the skirt for overpowering the whole look, Joan opted for a loose fitted sweater layered on top of the skirt.  Choosing a graphic sweater is key because it keeps the look youthful and fun.  Having her socks showing is another great way to make the look more playful, and is balanced perfectly with her oxfords.  The small black clutch is the right choice because it’s simple and doesn’t distract from her outfit.

Which Joan Smalls style trick is your favorite?  Let me know below! xxx Sarah

The Chicest Way to Wear a Crop Top With Trousers!

Jun
10

I love how versatile crop tops are–you can dress them up or down, show a hint of skin or more, depending on what you pair it with.  On the other hand, I love trousers because to me, it screams fancy!

When you put the two together, it’s pretty much magic in my opinion.  But there is a way to make the combo look even more amazing–by keeping your outfit monochrome!  You can wear this look on a date, a party, a night out or a day out with the girls.  When you do that, you are upping the elegance factor and it makes you look so put together.

For this monochrome look, simplicity is key, aka don’t put too many pieces of jewelry on.  Instead, choose one statement accessory and don’t add anything else. Take a look at three ways to style trousers and a crop top in the chicest way ever!

1. Baggy Trousers X Arm Candy

Sarah Hyland decided to wear all red, a bold choice, but super sexy.  Out of the three looks, this one shows the most midriff, but she perfectly balanced it by choosing baggy trousers.  The bottoms are so baggy that it almost looks like a skirt but note that the waist is still fitted.  She paired it with a strappy crop top and a gold arm band.  Her makeup is minimal, because her outfit color is so bold.  Make sure to keep your makeup like Sarah–neutral and light–because red is so loud!

Sarah Hyland Red Crop Top Trousers Date Night Ideas Style

2. Cropped Tube Top X Choker

Jamie Chung wore an all black outfit but decided to show off her shoulders and clavicle by wearing a cropped tube top. She’s only showing a hint of midriff, which is just the right amount to break up the all black look.   She added a gold choker and red lips to brighten the look.  It’s important to pull your hair back so that you can show off your arms/shoulder and not weigh the look down.

Jamie Chung Black Crop Top Tube Trousers Simple Date Night Style

3. Shades of Neutral

Kim Kardashian transformed cream colored trousers with a drop waist into such a must have piece! The loose fitting pants are about a shade lighter than her sexy wrap crop top she paired it with. Add in cream colored heels and a silver necklace to complete the look.  Kim also kept her makeup to a minimum and had her hair down with just a few waves.  While the top is revealing, it works well with the loose bottoms, resulting in a feminine, sexy yet still elegant look.

Kim Kardashian Cream Crop Top Trousers Neutrals Date Night Style

Which monochrome crop top and trouser pairing is your favorite?  Let me know!

xoxo

Sarah

5 Ways to Wear High Waisted Jeans With a Crop Top!

May
26

High Waisted Jeans with a crop top is a great go-to look this summer–not only is it stylish, but comfortable too.  High Waisted jeans were THE look of the 1990’s, especially when paired with a crop top.  In reality, high waisted denim first became popular in the 1940s, and flared high rise jeans an IT item in the 1970s.  No matter what decade, high waisted jeans will always be a timeless piece in your closet!

Check out five different crop top and high waisted denim looks that you could be rocking this summer!

1. Wear Stripes With a Sweater Tied Around Your Waist

Selena Gomez put together a casual sporty look for a day out in LA.  She chose a striped red and white crop top, pairing it with high waisted boyfriend jeans, white tennis shoes and a sweater around the waist.  The crop top is very fitted, but balanced out by the loose style of jeans and the choice of sneakers.  I love the sweater around the waist–its very 90’s chic and perfect to wear for those cool nights.

Selena Gomez High Waisted Jeans Red Striped Crop Top Sweater Tied Around Waist 90s style

2. Add a Belt and Ankle Boots

Blogger Jazzabelle Rocks wears her high waisted denim with a belt, loose crop top and ankle boots.  Each piece is simple but put together it looks so effortlessly cool.  She kept the colors to black and the light wash denim–the perfect combo. The ankle boots really grunge up the outfit and the belt detail finishes the look.

She is such a gorgeous lady with impeccable style–make sure to follow her instagram @jazzabellediary and her blog: jazzabellesdiary.blogspot.com.

Jazabelle's Diary High Waisted Jeans Crop Top Black Belt Ankle Boots 90s style

Photo Belongs to: Jazzabelle Rocks, jazzabellesdiary.blogspot.com

3. Pair With Heels and a Fitted Top

Ariana Grande chose dark-wash high waisted jeans and a fitted crop top and black heels.  This is a easy look to put together when you’re in a rush and want to look cute.  The crop top is super simple but adding the high waisted jeans makes the outfit very chic.  The heels give a nice fancy touch to the overall look, which allow the look to be worn both day and night.

Ariana Grande Crop Top High Waisted Jeans 90s Style

4. Choose a White Loose Fitted Long Sleeve Crop Top and Add a Pop of Color

Kylie Jenner wore light wash denim with a loose-fitted white long sleeve crop top blouse and lace up heels.  The pink handbag adds a great pop of color to an overall simple look.  While hers is a mini Saint Laurent bag, any color or any bag would be perfect for this look, as long as it’s in a bright color.

Kylie Jenner high Waisted Jeans White Crop Long Sleeved Top Pink Purse Style

5. Add a Cropped Sweater With Flared Denim

Emma Roberts decided to wear flared high waisted denim with a mustard colored cropped sweater and leopard print heels.  She added a tan belt as well as a gold handbag.  This is such a refreshing take on high waisted denim because of the flared bottoms.  I love the 1970s inspired denim she chose, as well as pairing it with animal print heels and a fun colored sweater.  This look is great for night outs or a date–it’s casual but so effortless stylish too.

Emma Roberts Crop Top Sweater High Waisted Flare Jeans Style

Which crop top and high waisted denim look was your fave?  Let me know below!  And make sure to follow @thelifestylereporter on instagram!

xoxo

Sarah

 

Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Lily Aldridge

May
05

Lily Aldridge embodies the word ‘chic’–she’s got a great sense of style, and can make any look classy and timeless. She’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a Sports Ilustrated cover girl, and a mom!  I love that about her–she has a family and a career–and a keen eye for putting together outfits that scream elegant!  If you love Lily as much as me, keep reading to find out 6 style tricks to dress like Lily!

1. Overalls X White Shirt X Red Lips

Lily wore lightwash flared overalls with a white off-the-shoulder shirt–two simple pieces but always classic.  She transformed the look by adding red lips, tan heels, and a pink handbag.  The off-the-shoulder top gives the look a sexy vibe, perfectly complimenting the red lips.  These are actually the same Frame Denim flared overalls Kate Bosworth wore but in a lighter shade.  The key to this look is choosing the lightwash overalls and pairing it with the daring lip and shoulder baring white too.

Lily Aldridge White Shirt Blue Overals Red Lips Style Model

2. Cropped Top X Cropped Trousers

This breezy look on Lily represents springtime!  The white crop top has a feminine and unique shape, exposing some of her midriff. Her cropped trousers/culottes balance the whole look–they’re loose and high waisted, which compliments the crop top.  The white and yellow tones of her outfit screams spring time, and the tan bag and mules give off an elegant vibe.  This look reminds me of the 1960s classic look or something Audrey Hepburn could have worn, but the midriff showing really modernizes the look.

Lily Aldridge Yellow Culottes White Crop Top Tan Heels Model Style Tricks

Photo Credit: PACIFIC COAST NEWS

 

3. All White X A Splash of Pink

All white-a quick way to do ‘fancy’ without really trying. Lily nailed this look–fitted high waisted trousers with a tucked in tank, and topped with a duster coat and nude heels.  For a pop of color, she added a pink bag, which is a great way to break up the all white look.  The key to this look is to make sure the trousers have a fitted waist, so you don’t get lost in the layers.  The pink bag is a great handbag color because it’s not your typical color and it really softens and feminizes any outfit it’s paired with.

Lily Aldridge All White Look Pink Bag Fancy OOTN Model Style Tricks

4. Leopard X Gold

When Lily wants to add edge to an outfit, she likes to add a little leopard and gold.  In the first photo below, Lily dressed up a white turtleneck and black pants with a leopard purse and studded gold and black chelsea boots.  These two accessories give the whole outfit an edgy vibe!  Both the leopard print and the gold accents are must haves for any wardrobe because they will always be stylish.  The second photo below is another take on the leopard and gold.  Lily wore a animal print strapless top and paired it with black trousers.  She accents the look with gold arm cuffs and bracelets, making the outfit so night out sexy!

Lily Aldridge White Top Black Pants Leopard Print Bag Celine Studded Booties Model Style Tricks

Lily Aldridge Cheetah Leopard Print Top Black Trousers Model Style Tricks

 

5. Evening Coat X Deep V Dress

Lily is wearing probably one of my all time favorite evening coats–it’s a unique color–I’d call it a mix of blush and tan. The material for this coat is silk but any type of coat that has that slinky, satin-y material will definitely work. I love the fact that you don’t have to tie anything with her coat, it’s simple, streamlined and super long.  To balance the coat, she wore a red deep v long sleeve dress (Alice + Olivia $242).  Lily really shows you can wear a braid and it can still look sexy for a night out–for those nights you don’t want your hair down or in a ponytail.  The braid looks great with the whole outfit and subtle makeup plus drop earrings. She finished off the look by wearing black strappy shoes–classic heels that every girl should have!  The coat she’s wearing is the Sofie Coat by Wes Gordon ($2890), but check out this similar camel coat on JohnLewis.com.

Photo Credit: Splash News

Photo Credit: Splash News

6. All Black Maxi Skirt X Crop Top

Instead of wearing a mini skirt, choose a maxi skirt a la Lily.  The black skirt looks amazing when paired with a crop top.  The one Lily wore is showing a lot of stomach and clavicle, which balances out the long, loose skirt.  I love the all black look of her outfit–it’s fancy, chic and easy to recreate.  For the crop top, choose one that you feel most comfortable in–for Lily, she wore a deep V crop top but if that’s not something you want to wear, pick one that goes a little higher on the chest. The key for this look is to wear a sleeveless crop top with a maxi skirt.  Make sure to wear heels for this look so the skirt doesn’t drag and finally, pull your hair back in a simple middle parted ponytail to complete the look.  Add a few bracelets and some simple earrings for the accessories. Boohoo.com has similar bralet for only $20!  Misguided has a similar skirt for $50.

Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Which look is your favorite?  Share below!

3 Ways to Wear a Chambray Top

Apr
27