{Luxe for Less} Valentine’s Day Dresses

Whether it’s a date, a night out with the girls, or an anti-Valentine’s Day – VDay party, we just want to look good and feel good on and around Feb 14th. Single or taken, I like to look at it as that silly day the greeting card industry created to sell more cards, but that I now get to take advantage of to go out and have a good time. So thanks greeting card industry – the restaurant industry is now reaping the rewards more so than anything…from me at least! And of course, we have to look cute. So shopping! Let’s take a look at some of the best Valentine’s Day looks out there right now.

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{Celeb Style} Emma Roberts in Babydoll Grunge

I love the 90’s throwback style Emma Roberts wore with her latest outfit with on-again boyfriend Evan Peters (who adorably still looks very sheepish in front of the paparazzi) in LA the other day. The couple was seen taking a stroll after grabbing some coffee, and Emma wore this navy lace babydoll dress with bell sleeves.

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{Spring 2017 RTW} Tadashi Shoji

For his Spring 2017 RTW collection, Tadashi Shoji took inspiration from artist Wu Junyong, whose surreal works include The Flying Ark, featuring a crane in flight, lifting a tree full of animals above the scorched earth in rapture.

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Flying Ark by Wu Junyong

Despite the dark subject matter, the visuals of the animated short film and Tadashi Shoji’s compositional interpretations are, as Shoji put it “light, light, light, light”.

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{Steal Her Style} Taylor Swift Pops in Sunshine Lace Crop Top + Skirt

She doesn’t make as many photo op appearances as before, but when she does, she usually delivers. This time, we got to see TSwift wearing this laser cutout lace crop top and skirt set in sunshine yellow. She also wore a navy bomber – a great Fall 16 runway trend – and I love how the interior was lined in a popping hue like orange. Plus she was carrying the new pink Miu Miu bag from their Resort 2017 collection – not out yet, but so cute!

Of course, her makeup was on point with a rich fuchsia that looked gorgeous against the yellow. Not so sure what she’s doing with the bob. A couple of the shots looked very 80’s and sad, but maybe this is the in-between time that we’ve all gone through!

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Taylor Swift – Photo credit-celebmafia.com

The Look ~ Top (here and here) // Skirt (here and here) // Jacket // Shoes 

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{Fall 16 Couture} Zuhair Murad

When Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is playing, you know the energy of the collection is going to be high. Infused with the ’70’s vibe, Zuhair Murad‘s Fall 2016 Couture collection broke out of the princess shimmer gown stereotype and went a little rocker, a little hippie chic, and a little Gustav Klimt art piece.

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Zuhair Murad – Photo credit-Yannis Vlamos-Indigital.tv

The base looks were very much house Murad, with sheer skintight embroidered body silhouette gowns, jumpsuits, a caftan, mini dresses, and a stunning bridal gown to close the show. The vintage 70’s vibe was infused with ruffled hemlines over thigh high boots, velvet capes, dipped down cartwheel hats, and intricate macrame embroideries.

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{Resort 2017} Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad went for the obscure with his inspiration for the Resort 2017 collection: an imaginary conversation between French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau and British photographer David Hamilton.

Rousseau painted in the naive or primitive style during the late 19th/early 20th century, and his works for the most part were ridiculed by his contemporary audience. That is until he began to gain the attention and respect of top artists like Pablo Picasso, when slowly his works became widely admired.

I can see why Rousseau, a self-taught hobbyist painter, was placed firmly in the primitive and naive camp. His paintings come from a perspective of innocence, even in the jungle scene with a fully nude woman lounging. There is a lack of sensuality that you would expect to see with nudity -the woman is posed almost uncomfortably and stoically. Also, the figures of both woman and child are disproportionate, adding to this sense of either naivety or elementary technique.

The controversial British photographer David Hamilton took a vastly different perspective with his scenes and figures. His works became well known in the 1960’s and he’s been working and publishing mostly portrait photography ever since. Hamilton has been the source of many attempted book bans, installation removals, child pornography investigations, and surely a litany of hate mail.

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{Celeb Style} Olivia Culpo in Dreamy Shoulder-Baring Maxi

Olivia Culpo just posted this pic on her insta account of her wearing one of my favorite Self-Portrait dresses from their latest collection.

The dusty blue lace trimmed off-the-shoulder maxi dress has a floaty and feminine trapeze silhouette that I love because it’s pretty much flattering on just about everybody. So if you’re like me, and your scale keeps yo-yo bouncing up and down when you have your moments of weakness, then trapeze maxis are a godsend. Plus that off-the-shoulder pop of skin actually makes it look sexy even if the rest of you ISN’T looking its best. Thank goodness designers think of these things.

She looks so cute and SO happy! And seriously, Olivia. Where’s my coconut drink, girl?!

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Olivia Culpo – Instagram

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