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Spotted | Bootylicious Beyoncé at the Super Bowl!

The online world is buzzing with Beyonce’s half-time show at the Super Bowl XLVII that took place last night in New Orleans, LA.

Beyonce thanks the crowd following her stunning performance.
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While sports enthusiasts were crazy about the score, I was going crazy in love with Beyonce’s outfit or should I say outfits! New York based designer Rubin Singer created several pieces for the performance that the Single Ladies singer stripped out off to finally reveal a bodysuit made with strips of python, iguana, and leather with black chantilly lace trim. Beyonce finished off the look with her signature fishnet stockings and leather boots.

Beyonce Sketch
A sketch of Beyonce’s outfit by designer Rubin Singer
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All leather and exotic skins were assembled by hand by Singer’s seamstresses and amazingly enough, constructed and sown onto Beyonce’s body to complete the elaborate final look!



In Monster In Law, Jane Fonda's character wears a white dress to upset Jennifer Lopez's character who is marrying her son.

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Fashion Fails | B*itch Stole my Wedding Dress!

I was invited to a wedding in the Summer of 2012: everything was set; the flowers were fresh, the photographers were snapping pictures of the arriving guests, and the groom was standing at the altar impatiently waiting for his bride to arrive. And there she was, making a grand entrance in a long ruffled off-white, pearl strapped, and embellished dress… I stood up to watch her walk down the aisle, but no one else did. Weird- I thought to myself. Well it turned out Ms. big sparkly white dress WAS NOT the bride!  She was a guest just like I was, and much worse, she was the bride’s cousin!
I was beyond furious. How could she just walk in like that in a whole lot of dress and not care that she’s stealing the bride’s thunder?


In Monster In Law, Jane Fonda's character wears a white dress to upset Jennifer Lopez's character who is marrying her son.Photo from Google
In Monster In Law, Jane Fonda’s character wears a white dress to upset Jennifer Lopez’s character who is marrying her son.
Photo from Google


I know that getting invited to a wedding is a huge deal for us girls; we want to have the perfect dress and the sexiest sky-high stilettos. Weeks ahead, we plan different hairstyles experiment with different shades of lipstick, and endlessy wonder if we should go for a red or French mani. We may get so caught up in our own plans that we forget that this is the bride’s day. She’s had it planned down to the color of the napkins. Shes been perfecting every last little detail for months, years, and maybe since she was old enough to have her first imaginary tea party.

So please, the next time you’re invited to a wedding, remember that this day is the bride’s time to shine. You can shine too, just do it in one of 36 colors other than white!


Spotted | Jennifer Lopez at the Las Vegas Premier of “Parker”

Oh wow!It’s only January and Jennifer Lopez decided to land herself on the year’s best dressed list so far!

Jennifer steps out on the red carpet in this demure looking Kaufman Franco white gown looking all classy and elegant.


As soon as she turns around, the sheer side panels from her dress are revealed and JLo’s bootylicious booty is on full display. No one could have pulled this look off better than this 43 year old Puerto Rican Diva. What do you think?





Red Carpet | Top Looks from the SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (the final stop before the Academy Awards) took place last night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. And since the actresses prefer to save their best dresses for Oscar night, the fashion wasn’t very impressive.

Nontheless, 5 stars managed to stand out from the rest in beautiful gowns and dazzling jewels. Here are the top looks from the 2013 SAG awards:

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda could be easily mistaken for Ariel from The Little Mermaid in this Zac Posen dress. Looking every bit the sexy ocean siren, she stuns in this midnight navy blue sweetheart gown and ruffled hemline. The cherry on top of the cake is the Lorraine Shwartz pendant necklace and shiney blond locks!



Amanda Seyfried


Michelle Dockery

Downtown Abbey’s Michelle Dockery goes vintage chic in this Chado Ralph Rucci column number. The sheer side panels add a little va-va-voom to her otherwise demure look. Michelle completes her look with a side updo and sexy scarlet lips. Way to be sexy and classy all in one look!


Michelle Dockery


Jessica Chastain

Following her Calvin Klein disaster at the Golden Globes, Jessica majorly redeems herself in this tight (almost too TIGHT) Alexander McQueen gown. Putting plenty of cleavage on display, Jessica’s loose red waves are the perfect match to her red dress. To top it off, she chooses a Water by Harry Winston necklace that is simply breath-taking to say the least! Can’t wait to see what this gorgeous red-head will wear at the Oscars!


Jessica Chastain


Sofia Vergara

It wouldn’t be the best dressed list if Sofia Vergara wasn’t on it! Possibly having a dress rehearsal for her upcoming wedding, Vergara stuns in a white Dona Karan Atelier sexy gown. White bridal platforms and a million dallars worth of Neil Lane diamonds finish of her look. Sofia knows that she owns this red carpet. And if you have any doubts, simply check out that pose!


Sofia Vergara


Naomi Watts

There are barely any words to describe how beautiful Naomi Watts is at the SAGs. Looking lovely in a gray lace Marchesa gown, Naomi’s blond hair delicately falls down her left shoulder in a side side-swept do and rich raspberry lips compliment her elegant features. Faberge earrings, an emerald cocktail ring, and shimmery clutch round up the look. Naomi Watts is a vision of class and in a class of her own!


Naomi Watts


Following the SAGs, the final stop for awards season are the all important Academy Awards. Untill then, the upcoming Grammy Awards are sure to keep us entertained with the wacky fashions we’ve become accustomed to. Stay tuned!


Trends | Elie Saab Presents SS 2013 Haute Couture Show

With the likes of Dita Von Teese sitting front row, famed Lebanese designer, Elie Saab presented his Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion show in Paris yesterday. The elite crowd welcomed Saab’s feminine and fairytale creations as pastel colors dominated the collection.

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Fitted high waisted and belted designs (now a staple of the fashion house) with flowing tule skirts were shown in ivory, pink, light blue, and golden beige. The models floated down the runway in fully embellished gowns reminiscent of Disney princesses. Red, white, and black also made a statement at the show, with Saab showcasing a red caped dress very similar to the white Tom Ford gown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to last year’s Oscars.

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The glamorous affair was broadcast live on and attracted worldwide live social media coverage from the glossiest magazines including Vogue, Glamour, and Elle. Online activity hit a high note towards the end of the show as a model wearing a stunning strapless couture bridal gown hit the catwalk, sending the crowd into a standing ovation.




With award season in full swing, here’s hoping we get to see some stars in one or more of these red carpet worthy creations!



Red Carpet | Best Dressed at the Golden Globes 2013!

The Golden Globe 2013 Awards show took place 2 Sundays ago in Los Angeles and the stars came out to celebrate a big night for TV and Film and award the past year’s achievers.

So many beautiful ladies strut their stuff down the Red Carpet, but only 5 of them landed on The Best Dressed List!

Sofia Vergara

This Columbian beauty sure knows how to bring effortless glam to the red carpet! Sofia- who usually favors big names (such as Vera Wang) for award shows- went for a sweetheart, yet very caliente black gown by Filipino designer Michael Cinco with sequins all over. Sofia completed her look with sleek straight hair, red lips, and gorgeous Loraine Shwartz diamonds!


Sofia Vergara

Kate Hudson

I have to say Kate Hudson hasn’t looked this beautiful since wearing that amazing yellow satin gown in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”! She chooses a second-skin black belted Alexander McQueen gown with embroidery all around the neck. The gown’s gold details and her hair color perfectly compliment this entire look and make her stand out from the crowd. Way to go Kate!

Kate Hudson

Jennifer Lopez

If there’s something we know about JLo, it’s that she looks good in anything Zuhair Murad makes! After wearing his designs for her Dance Again world tour, Jennifer slips into this nude illusion gown complete with a train for the Golden Globes. She finishes up the look with a side swept curled-do, Jimmy Choo clutch, and Louboutin heels. Casper Smart is one lucky man!


Jennifer Lopez

Miranda Kerr

Proving that she can look just as sexy in clothes as in lingerie, Miranda Kerr choosese this Zuhair Murad gown with a cut down-to-there and a slit up-to-there and hits the runway…ah I mean red carpet! She seals her look with old Hollywood glamour waves, rich dark lips, a sassy model’s attitude, and Orlando Bloom on her arm; Miranda is a flawless beauty and she’s not trying to hide it!


Miranda Kerr

Jessica Alba

How stunning is Jessica Alba posing on the carpet looking like Summer in the middle of January? Jessica is perfect in an orange fitted Oscar De La Renta gown, loose waves, bold tangy lips, and a furry Roger Vivier clutch. And if the dress doesn’t quite do it for you, how about that stunning Mrs. Winston by Harry Winston necklace? That’s a whole lot of $5.8 million of beautiful!


Jessica Alba

Well done to all these gorgeous ladies! Awards season is just beginning and the next stop is the SAG awards where actors honor other actors. Let’s see who will be honored with the biggest award; best dressed at the SAGs! Stay tuned!