Miss Mara

As I was adding a Rooney Mara photograph to Monday’s Looks of the Week when I decided I should probably dedicate an entire post to this little ingenue. She’s been making the rounds for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and has everyone talking. From gowns to two piece cocktail dresses to architectural separates, she always gives us something to discuss.

With her haircut growing out, severe black bangs and pale complexion, she made the wise decision to go for dramatic, high impact looks. And while you may not love everything that she’s photographed in, you have to admit that she’s making some very interesting, no-holds-barred choices.

Nothing safe and boring for this young lady.

Follow me for some of her most conversational looks from the last few weeks…

This Valentino gown is one of the most traditional looks that she’s put together. That being said, with her dramatic coloring, the striking hue of the dress and her blunt bangs, she still cuts a very striking figure.

 

I just adore this frock, it’s sweet but the silhouette, neckline, and color and unique and striking. It’s a great choice for a sit down TV interview. 

Black leather & bondage in Rome. Just kidding. Sort of. This Dion Lee dress is actually surprisingly stylish on her. The starkness of the color & cut outs emphasize her beautiful skin and slim figure.

She wore Louis Vuitton for the Parisian leg of her Dragon Tattoo tour and the bell-shaped silhouette and intricate beading of this dress are perfect for her, flattering her petite figure.

 

Simple almost to the point of austerity, this Miu Miu LBD is saved by the phenomenal silver glitter pumps.

This Miu Miu look just screams Audrey to me. The bangs, the headband, the high-waisted A-line skirt, the simple grey tank. Nothing I would think to pick out but somehow it comes together and works really well for her. Love the shoes.

I love this Givenchy jacket, which could be paired with pants in real life, but looks great here with a skirt, tights and platforms. A perfect dressy winter daytime look.

 
One of my favorite Rodarte gowns to date – polka dots! It’s amazing that someone who looks so at home in leather and cut-outs can look equally perfect in a sweet, pale halter gown. She’s incredibly versatile. 

Looking at the outfits above, this Prabal Gurung dress is as close to a “type” as Miss Mara seems to have. Its striking, head turning and unique. Can you imagine anyone else wearing it? 

 
One of the most consistent factors throughout these looks is the styling. Or lack there of. She doesn’t carry a purse or clutch and wears virtually no jewelry. She picks standout pieces and lets them do all of the talking.   

 As you probably guessed, I’m not the only one keeping an eye on Rooney Mara. BellaSugar has a breakdown on the various ways she wears her bangs here and Harper’s Bazaar talks about her sleek chignon here. She’s also covered Vogue and Allure recently. WhoWhatWear even named her Girl of the Month way back in May of 2010.

 So what do you think of Miss Mara’s personal style? Which of the one-of-a-kind looks above is your favorite one of hers to date?

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Red Carpet Looks

Over the past week and weekend the stars gathered en masse for premieres, red carpet events, store openings and film festivals. Now pull up a cocktail and join me for some eye candy.

Haywire premiere in Los Angeles:

The color of Matt Bomer's suit couldn't be more ideal and the fit is perfect. As it should be since the man lives in these skinny suits on Blue Collar. What makes this stand out to me is the tie, a really nice choice.

Channing Tatum looks nice in this muted blue plaid suit. The coloring works well for him and I like that the pattern gives the suit a little something extra.

 
 
23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Red Carpet:
 

Shailene Woodley's look is cute, flattering and age appropriate. What more could you ask for?

I know that I already featured this dress, um, yesterday - but I couldn't help it. The whole look is simple, sleek and sexy - absolutely ideal.

 
Variety’s Indie Impact Award & 10 Directors to Watch brunch:
 

Charlize Theron wore a beautiful Reed Krakoff dress while she was at a luncheon in Palm Springs. A really great choice for an outdoor event in nice weather.

 
Nation Board of Review Awards Red Carpet:
 

Keira Knightley looked adorable in lacy black Nina Ricci. I love that it's chic and fashiony, but low-key. You could almost wear flats with it!

Michael Fassbender looked dapper in his black suit w/ blue tie combo. I'm not sure why everyone is shaving their heads but I LIKE IT.

This may be just a simple Ralph Lauren dress, but it goes to show you just how important color is when it comes to dressing. Viola Davis couldn't look any more striking!

 
 
 
Audi Celebrates The 2012 Golden Globe Awards: 
 

Viola Davis wore an unbelievably flattering sheath in great metallic colors. Her hair looks really pretty here too!

Zoe Saldana looked phenomenal in this midi Jason Wu number. I like that she wore her hair up to show off the great neckline of this dress and kept the jewelry minimal. Fabulous shoes too!

 
 
The 7th Annual New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards:
 

I am including this look for a single reason - That necklace is TO DIE FOR. The end.

 
And if you’re already missing the holidays or have an unnatural obsession with Candy Canes – I don’t have a problem, I swear – make this. Soon. Before the Candy Canes are gone.
 
Good night!
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Looks of the Week

Welcome back to another Looks of the Week post. Hopefully some well-dressed celebrities will help get you through the last few hours of this Monday.

I absolutely love her Alexander McQueen dress and his non-black suit. Tan & corduroy, interesting. They also did an excellent job with the minimal styling.

 

Fierce. No other word for this. A gorgeous double-breasted blazer with shorts, platform peep-toes and a vintage Gucci bag. Tres chic!

 

Polka dot evening gown... Need I say more? Very understated for Rodarte, I absolutely love it. Such a hard color to pull off!

I also really like her daytime Givenchy look. It's hard to decide what to wear when you want to be dressy but stay warm, and I think choosing a standout piece like this architectural coat is a great way to solve that problem.

 

Late Afternoon may have called this look "Dabbling in Minimalism" but I think it's the perfect amount of styling! The vintage-inspired collar, booties & matching cuffs are the ideal touches to this fun school-girl meets biker chick look.

 

Olivia Wilde stunned in lacy, black Monique Lhuillier and a chic new hairdo at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. This dress is gorgeous and suits her incredibly well, I like that is manages to be minimal but still has interesting details.

And now I want to cut my hair…
 
 

There have been lots of 20's inspired looks on the red carpet lately but as I looked at Emmy here I realized that most of them have been gold - Gucci Gucci Gucci! I think she looks beautiful, this look suits her incredibly well.

I die! Think she'll let me borrow her accessories???

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Lea Michel looked phenomenal in periwinkle Peter Som, definitely a step in the right direction for her - a direction away from short & sparkly.

 
Interested in some more great looks?
 
 
WhoWhatWear has the breakdown on just what all the stylish gals are wearing for their travels these days. Rosie Rosie Rosie – Can you do no wrong?
 
 
 
Have a good night!
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Sonoma Weekend

Happy Monday!

I spent my weekend in Sonoma – I like it there in case you can’t tell. We did a little wine tasting, eating, walking, wine tasting, eating, window shopping, wine tasting, eating… You get the idea!

We tried a little bit of everything and enjoyed some great food and vino. The Sunflower Cafe, Audelssa, Charles Creek, Sonoma-Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grill, Two Amigos, GlenLyon,  Town Square Sports Bar, Ledson Harmony Lounge and The Wolf House Restaurant.

So how was everyone’s weekend? Feeling well rested and ready to face the week? Ya… Me neither.

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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Want to see Darance Dore dance? Thought so.

Not sure how to apply current and upcoming fashions to yourself? Check out Bazaar’s Fabulous At Every Age for some tips on how to style Resort looks for yourself. But keep in mind your personal style and what’s appropriate for you.

Need some Zoe in your life? Frugal Fashionista has a breakdown of Zoe Saldana’s fabulous 2011 looks, Mama’s A Rolling Stone shows off her love of brights here and here and WhoWhatWear featured her fabulous fringe.

 

Chanel Pre-Fall 2012

Did you enjoy Chanel’s Paris-Bombay Pre-Fall 2012 show that I reviewed here? Then check out the video – Eerily gorgeous is the phrase that comes to mind…

Health & Fitness:

Are you all set to make some huge fitness resolutions for 2012? Perhaps run a race, start using the fitness DVDs you got for Christmas, squeeze in even mini workouts when you’re short on time, taking up yoga to keep yourself calm and relaxed,

30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself from Polish My Crown and take some time to reflect on yourself and how you spend your time like Holly Would If She Could.

Both sides of the meat-eating versus non-meat eating arguments – Dead Cow Walking: The Case Against Born-Again Carnivorism and The Meat Of It. What’s your stance? Do you make your food choices based on moral choices? Nutrition? Health?

Ready to get started on your 2012 fitness regime? Whether you’re a gym-rat, take as many classes as possible or like to workout from home, there’s something for everyone to get into shape this year!

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