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Style File: Miranda Kerr

Welcome back to the Style File series!

Today we’re breaking down this simple but chic, low-key outfit spotted on Victoria’s Secret model and busy mom Miranda Kerr when she was in Australia a few weeks ago.

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What I like most about this look is the high-low combination. The striped dress is stylish but casual and comfortable. The classic black blazer is well-tailored and adds a bit of structure to the look. And the red bag is an eye-catching splash of color that completes the look and gives it a personal touch.

See below for some affordable shopping suggestions for these pieces:

Striped Dress

G-Star – Asos

French Connection

Swell Paula – Swell

Depending on your mood you could rock a casual black and white striped mini like Miss Miranda Kerr, go for nautical-inspired navy & white stripes, or even pair a striped maxi dress with the rest of these pieces for a fun twist on this style.

Black Blazer

Classic Blazer – GAP

Boyfriend Blazer w/ Striped Cuff – Asos 

Cuffed Blazer – Victoria’s Secret

A simple cropped or fitted blazer, an oversized or exaggerated boyfriend blazer, or even a casual rolled sleeve blazer would all work well in this outfit. You can follow Miranda’s lead and go for a classic black or navy blazer, but I think that a neutral tan or grey would look lovely as well.

Black Shoes

ADELAIDE Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots – Asos

Sofft Cadence – 6pm

Me Too – Shoes

You can give your look a sassy twist with a pair of flat ankle boots or lace-up heeled Oxfords, or you could even try a simple pair of black velvet ballet flats depending on your personal style and – Of course – How far you’re planning on walking.

Red Handbag

 

Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Medium Shoulder Tote – Nordstrom

Contrast Colored Quilted Handbag – Oasap

Kate Spade New York Tote – Piperlime

A bold well-made red handbag is a great piece to invest in – Look for a classic style that you’ll be able to carry season-after-season. This is a statement piece that will add the perfect finishing touch to any look.

I’m a huge fan of Longchamp’s Le Pliage totes which are really versatile and perfect for traveling. I also really like this simple Kate Spade tote which is fun and feminine, and the lovely quilted number from OASAP – There’s really something for everyone in this eye-catching hue!

You can also check out past MCLV Style File looks below:

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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Fall's Sexy Boudoir Trend

Love the boudoir trend for fall? Check out Fabsugar’s Boudoir Breakdown.

Checkout the lookbook for Victoria Beckham’s Winter 2011 Denim collection here.

Watch the steamy commercial featuring Rosie Huntington-Whitely for Burberry’s new fragrance called Body.

Check out Style.com’s tidbits on the prep done by Fashion Week insiders here to get excited for all of the fashion week madness and keep an eye on Moi Contre La Vie’s Facebook page for intra-day updates on Fashion Week here as soon as I get back from vacation.

Health/Fitness:

Next in Garance Dore’s series on Changing Lifestyle/Becoming Gwyneth Paltrow, including the amazing line: “I bought a bra made of reenforced concrete.” You know you want to read it… 🙂 Including being hysterical and containing a chart comparing herself to GP, this post really does a great job of showing how slow the process of getting into shape/getting healthy/changing habits can be, and how great the results can be if you stick with it.

Hungry for a new type of salad? Try massaged kale for a great dose of antioxidants, beta carotene, calcium and Vitamins K & C. By “massaging” the kale with dressing rather than boiling/sautéing it, you’ll retain more of the nutrients that are lost during cooking. Evan over at The Wannabe Chef shows you how here.

Links relating to veganism courtesy of our friendly neighborhood hippie – Hungry Hungry Hippie.

Socializing enhances fat conversion and loss in mice – over at BBC news.

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

Did you enjoy my guest post on Low-Intensity Fasted Cardio? Then definitely check out this article on T Nation called Get Ripped. Get Walking.

This is a brief, but interesting discussion on the increasing prevalence of gluten-related diseases in the UK – Celiac Disease on the Rise in the US.

I’m all for healthy eating and teaching your children proper nutrition, but this “inspiring story” is a biiiit disturbing – Maggie Goes on a Diet.

An interesting take on the organic vs. pesticides debate on Discovery.com. While I’m not taking Ames’s side in this, I do 100% agree that if you can’t afford/are unable to buy organic you should NOT skip fruits & veggies each day, just be sure to wash everything thoroughly.

Are you vegan? Lactose intolerant? Plant-based ice cream hits European markets.

Garance Dore’s 3rd entry in her Changing Lifestyle/Finding Balance series. Highlight: “Realizing my “rules” weren’t anything more but bad habits to hide behind”

Fashion:

Karen Elson & Raquel Zimmerman show off their dancing skills for Lanvin. Sigh. Didn’t Alber get my audition tape???

Check out these great hippie-inspired felt hats at Momma’s a Rolling Stone.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Fashion

Love Rosie’s sweet, summery look? Check out the Frugal Fashionista’s breakdown here.

See the list of Summer 2011’s chicest women over at Harper’s Bazaar.

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Fashion Crushes

 

 

When I think about fashionable and memorable looks that I’ve enjoyed recently two individuals immediately come to mind – Red carpet darling Zoe Saldana and Michael Fassbender. Does the latter not sound familiar? Perhaps you know him as Magneto from the recent X-Men First Class – I saw the movie in theaters months ago and am still thinking about his wardrobe!

Zoe Saldana:

What I adore about Zoe’s style is her ability to mix pieces and she’s a master of the high-low, which make her looks much more accessible to those of us not making millions per picture. Thanks Zoe! Another thing she’s fabulous at? Accessorizing! She always has gorgeous jewelry, enviable shoes, and to die for bags, whether she’s on the red carpet or running errands on her days off.

{Not only is the color phenomenal on her, the lace back and sweet accessories pull the look together perfectly! The floral earrings might seem over-the-top on some, but she makes them look stylish.}

{A little black dress is anything but boring when Zoe gets her hands on it. This Barbara Bui mini is sleek, sexy & fun and those Balenciaga heels are to DIE FOR.}

{This Express dress was all the rage last summer but I loved the way Zoe made this dress totally her own by belting it and adding a chic cross-body bag.}

{Only Zoe could make this Balenciaga shorts suit looks so chic – I love that she paired the printed, embellished suit with a basic white tee. The red carpet never looked better!}

Michael Fassbender:

Boys – The costume designer for this latest installment in the X-Men franchise, Sammy Sheldon, is an utter genius! Not only are these clothes gorgeous and tailored to perfection, they’re right on trend for this fall. In case you’ve been sleeping all summer, Mad Men is all the rage – See Banana Republic’s Mad Men-inspired collection here and I promise you wont be disappointed.

Please proceed for some much deserved eye candy and menswear fashion porn.

{This linen suit is the perfect Summer look paired with a white collared shirt – It couldn’t be further from the stiff formality of the white suit made infamous by Mark Twain or Colonel Sanders – And evokes hot Summer nights is Havana!}

Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Caleb Landry Jones, Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne

{Turtle necks can be a great layering tool during the Fall & Winter, as can a chic leather jacket. Invest is both!}

{Retro sunglasses are always going to be in style – Find the shape that suits you best and stick to it!}

I can’t be the only one who saw X-Men and immediately wanted to take my boyfriend shopping, right? I mean, the actor is cute enough, but those turtle necks and three pieces suits – Swoon!

Who are your fashion crushes? Is there someone who you always looked to for fashion inspiration over the years or who helped your personal style evolve?

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Style File – Kate Middleton

 
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to dress like a Duchess?
 

 
While the commoner formerly known as Kate Middleton’s recent straight-from-the-runway Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2011 look could run you a couple thousand dollars (blouse $1,355 & skirt $995 @ Net-A-Porter) you can definitely put together a similar look for less.  
 

(L to R) See by Chloe - $240 (sale) @ My-Wardrobe.com, Paul & Joe Sister - $70 (sale) @ TheOutnet.com & Tibi Military Bodysuit - $83 @ Tibi.com

 

(L to R) AK Anne Klein - $50 @ Macy's, Moschino Cheap & Chic - $100 @ Outnet.com & MARC by Marc Jacobs - $330 @ Bloomingdale's

If a pencil skirt and blouse combo isn’t quite your style or you’re looking for an outfit that’s a little easier to put together, a navy double-breasted shirt dress is a great alternative, like the examples below.
 

(L to R) Laundry by Shelli Sega - $105 @ Bluefly, ABS by Allen Schwartz - $150 @ Lastcall.com & JCrew - $130

The perfect finish to this regal look are a pair of classic navy pumps, heeled Oxford’s or peep toed heels.

(L to R) Pilar Abril - $105 @ Endless.com, Giani Bernini - $90 @ Macy's & Badgley Mischka - $120 @ Bluefly

Read TLo’s comments on this outfit here.

This isn’t Kate’s first navy & white military-inspired outfit, see below for other classic looks she’s worn with the same style.

Check out MCLV’s first Style File look – Red Maxi Skirt
 
 
 
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