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Looks of the Week

Welcome to another Looks of the Week post. I have to confess that I really love this series, not only does it give me an excuse a chance to scan blog after blog looking for great outfits, it provides me with much-needed inspiration for my own daily looks each week.

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From great uses of jewelry to inspired styling to new handbags to interesting new ways to pair things… These looks have it all!

A white dress (LWD) is a must this Spring and Kayture blogger Kristina shows us how the pros do it here. Her Topshop shirt dress is simple but the look is anything but with the dramatic silver choker, bright pink clutch, and adorable polka dot Zara platforms.

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I really like the muted plaid of this double-breasted coat as well as her adorable low ankle boots. I love boots but since I walk everywhere so flat or low-heeled boots are great options, and these are a lovely choice!

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I'm not going to lie, these shoes kind of freak me out. What drew me to this picture was actually the mixing of the black & white stripy print with polka dots and a splash of pink. Great styling!

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Despite that fact that she's wearing cheetah print pants, this look still manages to be low-key. Low-key and fabulous to be sure, but low-key nonetheless. And that's what I like about it. A standout printed piece paired with a basic button down and sandals. The accessories are top-notch as well, LOVE the stacked bracelets.

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A great neutral look that isn't boring can be hard to put together and what I especially like about this look is the layering and the flashy gold shoes.

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No one does hippie-chic quite like Kate Moss. This gold & black embroidered tunic and gorgeous gold over-the-shoulder bag are right on trend. Call it boho, hippie, or gypsy, the truth is that she's just plain stylish.

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Brooklyn Decker looked fresh & chic in Theyskens Theory & Isabel Marant. Pairing the fun, ornate jacket with a basic but stylish dress was brilliant, and I love love love her shoe choice.

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While this dress is cute and a great color for her, what this look really shows you is the power of tailoring. This dress fits her perfectly and that really makes the look!

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These bold stripes are right on trend for Spring. I love the unexpected color combination and the subtle sheen of the fabric. And that Stella McCartney bag is TO DIE FOR.

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0% Country, 100% fabulous - Taylor Swift looked STUNNING on the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Of Country Music Awards this weekend. From tween to award show goddess - well done Tay!

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The maxi season is upon us! Lily Collins looks adorable in this brightly colored Peter Som maxi, it's a fun, standout look.

Source Has anyone seen Mirror Mirror yet? It’s on my To Do List for this weekend… My love for fairytale-based movies is second only to my love for comic book movies.

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Looks of the Week

Happy Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but I have quite the week ahead of me and losing myself in some pretty pictures each day is a MUST in order to preserve my sanity. So enjoy the pretty that I have planned for you this week!

Diane looking tres chic in contrasting colors and patterns. The dress in interesting and eye-catching but it was those shoes that stole the show in my opinion.

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Can you imagine anything more adorable or more Alexa? A basic, well-worn tee paired with a gold sequined mini skirt. Perfection! I just wish that I could see her shoes...

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Zoe Saldana looking fresh-faced and ready for Spring in an adorable coral Alexis Mabille crocheted dress. I love the color and especially the gorgeous bronze accessories that she paired with it.

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Miranda Kerr stunned in a printed coat and great Louis Vuitton bag - Proving yet again that she's one of the girls to watch when it comes to street style.

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I love the combination of prints here - the black & white geometric mixed with a Spring floral. I also love those shoes & need that jacket desperately!

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Natalia Vodianova was the picture of understated French elegance during Paris Fashion Week. I love the zipper details on the textured dress and the idea of wearing a turtleneck underneath.

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Magdalena Frackowiak's flat boots here were just too cute not to share. Love, love, love this casual & fun, but 100% chic look.

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Heather Marks walked Joe Fresh @ World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto with Meghan Collison & Alanna Zimmer. Colorful & toasty warm!

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Interested in seeing what the top models are wearing these days as they relax post-fashion week? Modelinia has photos of everyone from Hanne Gaby Odiele and Elettra Wiedemann to Victoria’s Secret Angels Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.

Are you a Hunger Games devotee? Well here’s a little red carpet action to wet your appetites…

The Hunger Games Los Angeles Premiere Red Carpet:

Leslie Mann blew all the kids out of the water in a Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit. Chic and fun - j'adore!

Great cocktail dress! Its fun and eye-catching but the high-neck keeps it from being too too.

Odette Annable looked sleek and adorable in her simple green dress. Perfect standout look for a red carpet.

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The Hunger Games London Premiere Red Carpet:

Elizabeth Banks looked stunning in this yellow Bill Blass confection. A great, head-turning color for a blonde.

 

I like that this isn't your standard young male on the red carpet look... It's interesting and different, a nice change of pace - Way to go Josh!

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The Hunger Games Germany Premiere Red Carpet:

This custom Elie Saab number suited Miss Banks to a T. She's setting these HG red carpets on fire!

The three-piece grey suit is quite sharp but the highlight of this look is the striped shirt & checkered tie combo. Brilliant!

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Now don’t forget to enter the Spring Giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Bloomingdale’s. What better way to start a new Spring season?

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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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