It’s enough that she’s got Damon Salvatore on screen and Ian Somerhalder off screen. Could Elena/Nina and I just switch places already? Before this season I have to say Elena’s been almost sickeningly perfect. Vampire Diaries is back this week and as much as I’ve been counting down the days to until the show comes off hiatus, I know the next few episodes will be the last I see of Mystic Falls for a few months. Nevertheless the doppelganger beauty has a gothic air about her that keeps her looking stunning in every episode. I love her hair best when she’s dressed up in those early twentieth century dresses and her hair’s been tousled and curled to perfection. Mimicking those curls is as simple as slipping the T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers Set ($99.00) in for about ten minutes. For the most part, Elena’s style is marked by two signature pieces – that verveine locket necklace ($21.00) and her KRMA crinkle leather jacket ($499.00, FYI KRMA’a actually Nina Dobrev’s favorite line of leather jackets). I sometimes forget the reason behind the name for the show, but these Smythson panama notebooks (55.00€ each) with “Love & Life” and “Live, Love, Laugh” stamped in gold on them would make a pair of lovely diaries. Perhaps I’ll pen a piece of VD fan fiction where I somehow sub myself in as the object of Damon’s affection.
Her voice is one of those soulful sounds that would sound even better on the scratches of vinyl. I could dance around to her music all day. She’s got this great frame for flared dresses, and the poise to pull off just about anything she throws on. Her cheeks are always the perfect shade of coral blush, accentuating her stunning bone structure. That photo of her above sort of radiates, so much so that I’d love to recreate it, and the acorn pendant strung around her neck has this sort of natural elegance that is probably how I’d describe Corinne herself. As for the secret to that hair, it’s a combination of genes and Aveda Damage Remedy Conditioner.
Phylicia Rashad’s portrayal of one of the strongest black women ever on TV, the Cosby Show’s beautiful and brilliant, Claire Huxtable had it all. Her style, her grace, her uncanny ability to be every woman, is exactly what every woman needs. As far as black style icons go, fictional or not, Claire Huxtable is the epitome of classic, timeless style. From a wardrobe of silk blouses and oversized earrings to a house decorated with an unimaginably tasteful eye, Claire Huxtable made it look way too easy. The loose fit of this yellow silk blouse from Reiss is the quintessential Claire Huxtable blouse. Clip-on or not, I love these big shell earrings, the epitome of accessories from the eighties right on through the nineties, I could definitely have raided Claire’s jewelry box. I remember a kettle that looked just like this in the ever frequented Huxtable kitchen, and I want one just like it, the teal metal just adds a little fun. Claire’s raspberry lips spoke infinite words of wisdom, perhaps a little of it will rub off on me with the Bobbi Brown raspberry pink lipstick. The cheekbones, the wardrobe, the infinite wisdom of Dr. Claire Huxtable makes her the sort of woman every woman should want to feel like.
I’ve been toying with the idea of styling my hair with dreadlocks like Lauryn Hill for a really long time. I haven’t gone through with it because I’m chicken and my family isn’t very supportive. They weren’t supportive when I cut it off either, but something about the persona of Lauryn Hill makes me want to try it. A venerable style icon in the world of R&B, Lauryn Hill set the stage for both music and style for today’s artists. Janelle Monae has been named as her predecessor of sorts, but I’m hesitant to say that anyone can compare to this empress of cool. Her music has spoken to generations and from afros to locks and leopard print to black, she’s this driving force that has the potential to overpower the soul. I suppose marrying into the closest thing to Jamaican royalty, the Marley family, Lauryn Hill holds a sacred place in the hearts and minds of anyone who’s ever took heed to the lyrics of any track on ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. Lauryn always looks amazing in a halter, and she’s never been shy about prints, a piece like this Missoni vertical striped jumpsuit is a must-have when channeling her style. I love wire necklaces and this one is almost an exact replica of a necklace Lauryn has been photographed wearing time and time again. The cover art for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is legitimate art as far as I’m concerned, and this acrylic painting from Artie Barksdale elevates it to another level. Lauryn loves her leopard, and while I’m not sure I could pull off a leopard print coat like her I most certainly could rock this cross body vintage-esque leopard print bag.
She’ll be remembered as one of the most beautiful women in the world, a style icon, humanitarian, and so much more. Elizabeth Taylor lived her life with no apologies, she really lived. From her signature red lips to the draped bust line of her cocktail dresses, her glamor is the stuff the rest of us only dream of. To her dying day, Elizabeth had the world on a string, keeping true to that even after her death – this is a woman who arranged to arrive fashionably late to her own funeral. It’s with a heavy heart that I send off this week’s ‘I Want to Feel Like,’ but who wouldn’t want to feel like the actress, the legend, the woman. Feeling like Elizabeth constitutes a certain air, and a little Lancome Red Haute lipstick sets the perfect tone for her glamorous persona. I have to believe she’d have reveled in these Erickson Beamon crystal chandelier earrings if they were around in her hay-day. Emerald green looked positively stunning on Elizabeth Taylor, especially with those smoldering rare violet eyes, this Dolce and Gabbana emerald green draped cocktail dress has her name written all over it. I think this Perla vanity chair is the perfect last piece in channeling the ultimate Old Hollywood Style Icon, Elizabeth Taylor, it’s simply beautiful, just like she was.
Let me make this perfectly clear, Holly Golightly isn’t my favorite of all of the characters that Audrey Hepburn has played, but that doesn’t stop me from hanging out on Fifth Avenue in front of Tiffany’s imitating the opening scene. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is probably the single most recognizable Audrey Hepburn film, and the film that has immortalized her in the style diaries of so many women. Some turn their nose up at the fact that in reality Holly Golightly was a prostitute of sorts, but if that be the case, she was a very well dressed one. The claw foot tub sofa is the kind of deconstructed-chic design piece that doesn’t quite make sense but does. Deep down, I’m the kind of romantic sap that would love it if a guy gave me the ring from a cracker jack box over a diamond with questionable Africa conflict ties. Waking up in the afternoon like Holly takes a skill I have yet to perfect and the Holly GoNightly’s sleep mask is the perfect tool to help me practice. Holly tossed around quite a few pieces of costume jewelry and each tiara was as bewitching as the other but I love these fantasy crystal earrings because the remind me of the ones she wore while casually discussing her trip to sing-sing. It’s an intense shade of pink but if anyone could have pulled this Dolce & Gabbana Barbie pink dress, it would have been Holly.
She’s the diva of all divas, the queen of big hair with a voice sweet as honey, she is the one and only Ms. Diana Ross. Diana Ross isn’t just the former lead singer of The Supremes, she’s a style icon like no other and no one does glitz and glamor quite like her. Diana’s love of accessories and gorgeous costumes makes for a closet I’d give just about anything to raid. Diana has gone through so many different phases that pulling together a few picks isn’t all that easy. The Ranjana Khan turquoise and pearl Silk Teardrop Earrings are a tribute to her love of gaudy chandelier earrings. Diana’s got this thing for posing with tigers and other members of the feline family (think ‘Eaten Alive’), and this leopard sculpture would definitely come in handy if I was trying to recreate a Diana Ross moment or add an interesting piece to my decor scheme. Britney Spears wasn’t the first musician to pose in a bejeweled bodysuit, Diana did it first on ‘Everything is Everything’ and these Bebaroque Lourdes tights are the perfect more practical alternative to glamorous full bodysuit. I can’t resist sparkle on anything and these Giuseppe Zanotti booties are the perfect last touch to any look channeling Diana Ross.