Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Celebrity Wedding Trends

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

2011 was a year of many "talked about" weddings -- first on the list is, of course, Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William. Then, there's the Monaco Royal Wedding. Another royal who got married was Prince William's cousin, Zara Phillips. And then among these royal weddings, there's Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth's March wedding and Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries.

These celebrity weddings sparked a lot of wedding trends, as TresSugar so kindly enumerated for us.

Here are 6 of those 10 wedding trends:

1. Festive Fascinators - Although I am sure fascinators have been around for quite some time, I think the Duchess of Cambridge made them stylish and fascinating again (okay, sorry, I just had to use "fascinating" to describe fascinators, haha!).

My favorite out of these is the one she wore to christen a boat in Wales.

And of course everyone wore fascinators to the wedding of the year
(or maybe I should say wedding of the century):

Victoria Beckham, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Zara Phillips, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice

Here is an example of one you can buy from

Francesca - click for enlarged image
Francesca - £85

2. Sisters-Only Bridesmaids - The Duchess of Cambridge made her sister, Pippa Middleton, her Maid of Honor.

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Kim Kardashian did the same thing, making her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, her Matron and Maid of Honor.

3. Dripping in Diamonds - The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Cartier Halo tiara borrowed from her Grandmother-in-law (aka The Queen) and diamond earrings - a gift from her parents.

Duchess Catherine's cousin-in-law, Zara Phillips, also wore a tiara and diamond earrings.

Kim Kardashian joined in with the royals - she wore a diamond wraparound headpiece and diamond drop earrings.

For those of us who don't have relatives to borrow tiaras from (or sponsors to lend us diamonds like Kim Kardashian), there's Jennifer Behr! :)

Arielle ($1250) and Agnes ($498)

Check out to see more fabulous headpieces!

4. Nonbridal White - Again, Duchess Catherine started this trend when her sister, Pippa, wore white to the royal wedding.

Prince William and Pippa Middleton - Royal Wedding Party at Westminster Abbey

And again, Kim Kardashian copied her... okay, I'm gonna be nice, she borrowed the idea. All her sisters wore white, and she asked her wedding guests to wear either black or white.

I think Kate and Pippa Middleton did it right because it was just the two of them wearing white as opposed to Kim who had all her sisters wear white dresses (plus her mother and some of her guests!)

I don't know, I guess I'll wait to watch Kim's wedding special to see if the black and white thing worked out okay.

5. Costume Change - The Duchess of Cambridge wore another Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation for their evening reception hosted by her father-in-law, Prince Charles.

Princess Charlene of Monaco, on the other hand, changed into a Giorgio Armani Prive evening gown for her wedding reception.

6. Splash of Color - Reese Witherspoon tied the knot in a pink Monique Lhuillier wedding dress.

Here are two colored wedding dresses from Shopbop, if you want to follow Reese's lead:

Marchesa V Neck Full Skirted Gown ($4950) and Catherine Deane Giselle Gown ($2050)

To read more about these 6 wedding trends (and to see the other 4), visit :)

Which of these 2011 wedding trends do you like the most?

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beauty: Anastasia of Beverly Hills

Hey, guys!
How is your Tuesday going?

I've been hearing about Anastasia of Beverly Hills for a while now, but I've never really taken the time to check out their site and see their products... and I really should've done that a long time ago! They have a lot of amazing products that sure sound and look like they are of excellent quality.

Anastasia has long been the definitive eye and brow expert for icons such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah as well as hip up-and-comers like Dianna Agron, Selena Gomez and Kristin Cavallari and has recently expanded into colors that match their superior standards for skincare based cosmetics.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills has also been featured in many of our trusted beauty magazines!

Here are some of them:

Glamour - Blake Lively

Harper's Bazaar - Britney Spears

InStyle - Taylor Swift

Here are three of Anastasia's many amazing products:

ILLUMIN8 Bronzer - Get an instant sun-kissed glow without the sun! Illumin8 Bronzer is the first clinically and consumer-tested bronzing powder that hydrates the skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The ILLUMI8 Bronzer is available in two shades: Sun Kissed and Sun Bronzed

Price: $29

HydraFull Gloss - Clinically tested gloss proven to help maximize and maintain lip hydration and fullness. Paddle applicator smooths product across lips. Drench your lips with multi-dimensional pigments that release high shine and color that stays put without the sticky residue. Rich and fortifying formula nourishes your lips with the added benefits of Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and our exclusive Balkan Botanical® Infusion.

It also features their precision silicone applicator, pictured below.

Price: $21

Available colors:








Sugar Pink

And, perhaps one of their most well-known products:

Beauty Express brow kit -

Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes
All-in-one kit with instructions straight from Anastasia!

Kit Contains:

Available in two shades: Blonde and Brunette

Price: $39.50

Visit to see more Anastasia of Beverly Hills products, and they are also available at Sephora!

Here is a video tutorial from Anastasia on how to use the Beauty Express brow kit. Check it out! :)

Have you tried anything from Anastasia of Beverly Hills? Is there a specific product you think we should all try?

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Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Happy Monday!

The MTV Video Music Awards was held here in Los Angeles yesterday.
It was extremely hot, so they had to move the red carpet -- or, I should really say black carpet -- inside. There weren't a lot of showstopping looks (after all, it's not the Oscars), but nevertheless, let's have a quick VMAs fashion recap. :)

Beyonce -- She looked beautiful and absolutely glowing in her one-shouldered orange Lanvin dress. Dripping Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a side ponytail completed her flawless look.

And she's pregnant!!! :D

Beyoncé photographed on the red carpet at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

I am so so so happy for Beyonce.
It seems that this is the perfect time for her and Jay-Z to have a baby. She's had a very successful career and she's accomplished so much - I think she is going to be a great mom.

Zoe Saldana -- She is totally rocking this leather Barbara Bui dress!
She paired her LBD with Barbara Bui sandals, Lanvin clutch, and Ofira jewelry.

Adele -- I love love love Adele! :)
This custom Barbara Tfank dress is not something you'll see most celebrities wear, but this is so Adele. I love how she has her own unique style and I admire how she doesn't feel the need to conform to "Hollywood standards".

Her performance of Someone Like You was amazing! Wow!
She is so incredibly talented. And she has gorgeous hair! ;)

Demi Lovato -- Demi looked va-va-voom in her sparkling Mandalay mini-dress and Christian Louboutin shoes.

I don't really like the term "va-va-voom", but I think that's the best word to describe Demi's look, don't you think so?

Victoria Justice -- I think she looked pretty in this sparkly Theia mini-dress.
Although I gotta say that it feels like I've seen this look many times before.

Katie Holmes -- I love her outfit! I think her lace-up booties complement her Azzedine Alaia halter dress really well.

Maria Menounos -- I think she looked smashing in her Amanda Wakeley dress and Giusseppi Zanotti heels. She completed her look with a Lana Marks clutch and XIV Karats Beverly Hills jewelry.

Britney Spears -- Oh man, Britney! I love Britney Spears, but I wish she wore something else!

She was given a tribute, surely she could've worn something better than this sequined Moschino romper. And oh my, those black Gina shoes? So wrong. :(

Jojo -- Same... I wish she wore something else too! The upper part of this Marco Marco dress looks good, but the lower part kinda looks like a trash bag. :/

Kim Kardashian -- Mrs. Humphries wore a silver Kaufmanfranco dress.
Not her best... she's definitely looked better. And is it just me, or is there no newlywed glow in her?

Miley Cyrus -- She wore a Roberto Cavalli gown, Azzedine Alaia shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Ummmm, not my favorite.

Selena Gomez -- The 19-year old wore a Julien MacDonald gown, Brian Atwood heels, Ofira jewelry, and a Judith Leiber clutch.

I think this is better than her Teen Choice Awards dress, but I'm not sure if I actually like it.

And she has this fascination with dresses that have a long back/short front thing going on... I don't get it. I think this dress would've looked better if it was just plain short.

Katy Perry -- She sported this Atelier Versace mini, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels as she walked down the black carpet with her husband Russell Brand.

She is known for her eccentric (but not overly-weird) looks, so there's really nothing much to say except this is so Katy Perry. ;)

Jessie J -- She wore a bedazzled corset, mirrored leggings, and crystal-adorned crutches.

I'm not sure what to say about this, but kudos to her for walking the black carpet with her crutches. :)

Nicki Minaj -- Amato Couture pink corset, Shojotomo Japan shorts, thigh highs and critter socks, Tsimori Chisato stockings, Onch Movement ice cream necklace, Fifi and Romeo plastic cuffs, and Duepunti rings.

I'm confused.

And I think one Lady Gaga is enough, thank you very much.

Justin Bieber -- I just added him on this recap because I want that YSL brooch he's wearing, haha! ;)

Did you guys watch the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards? Whose look did you like and whose did you not like at all?

P.S. If you weren't able to catch it, I hope you can find Adele's performance on YouTube or something. And watch Beyonce's as well! She's amazing as always, and she showed her baby bump in the end -- so cute! :)

I wish all of you a great week ahead! :D

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