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My Present Passion: Peplum

pep·lum/ˈpepləm/ : A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse.

Also, currently the most adorable detail that gives an emsemble instant class, while accentuating curves.  It’s been popping up on the catwalk and red carpet for the past couple of years and now it’s easier to find online and in stores.  Scroll down for how you can add some peplum to your wardrobe.

       

Where it has been seen

Alexander McQueen, Spring 2012, Photos courtey of Marcus Tondo/GoRunway.com

alice + olivia, Pre-fall 2012

alice + olivia, Fall 2012

Bottega Veneta, Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012, Christian Dior Spring 2012 and Badgley Mischka Spring 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos and Marcus Tondo of GoRunway.com

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012, Sachika Fall 2011, Elizabeth and James Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, Sachika, Elizabeth and James

Lanvin Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com

Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012, Milly Fall 2012, 10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Tory Burch Fall 2012, Zac Posen Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos and Alessandro Viero of GoRunway.com

  

Who is wearing it

Blake Lively, Ashley Greene, Michelle Williams, Dianna Agron

Emma Watson, Leelee Sobieski, Liv Tyler, Beyoncé

Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Emma Stone

  

How you can get it

Peplum is adorable on dresses and tops worn with pencil skirts or slim pants.  I just ordered a peplum dress from GoJane.com and I’m impatiently waiting for it to arrive just in time for spring.  Below are a few more options that I found online.  You can also try belting longer, flowy shirts to create a similar flared effect.  When doing so, select a wider belt and tops with a round or sweetheart neckline to convey a vintage vibe.  Update it with a top that is printed, sleeveless or has a deep V-neck and try an embellished belt.

My new dress: Zipper Peplum Dress $34 from Go Jane

Floral Tube Peplum Top $25.30 from Go Jane

Stripe Peplum Dress $26.50 from Go Jane

L.A. or Bustier $44.99 from Mod Cloth

Irresistable Enchantress Peplum Dress $169.99 from Mod Cloth

Eternal Flame of Love Peplum Skirt $42.99 from Mod Cloth

Bronze and Brains Peplum Skirt $72.99 from Mod Cloth

Broken Levels Skirt $138 from Anthropologie

Awear Floral Peplum Top $44.76 from Asos

Rare Peplum Dress $44.76 from Asos

Peplum Tee $16.90 from Alloy

Francesca Dress $1,495 from J. Crew

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The 2012 Oscars: White is still the new black… And that leg!

It’s that time of year again… Let’s just cut right to it.  Below are the nominations for my “Best Dressed” and “Pretty Good” list.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Emma Stone, in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with a Louis Vuitton clutch and jewels.  Love the neck, love the color, love her, love to see what she wears next.  She made me laugh as a presenter with her cheeky yet charming personality…  “We should have some banter. Where you act cocky and I shut you down and you say I look pretty and I say ‘no chance funny boy’!” My only complaint is that it looks a little big.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Sandra Bullock, in Marchesa.  The white top and black bottom theme from previous award shows continues on Sandra.  The embellished waist and shoulders is another notable trend on the red carpet.  The black and white combination is sophisticated, the shape and low draped back is sexy and the embellishments are chic.  But I may be a little biased.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Glenn Close, in Zac Posen with Bulgari jewels.  This evergreen color is so intriguing and it looks beautiful on the blonde Close.  I adore the structured corset and tuxedo jacket.  But most of all, I like how she exudes assurance.

Photo courtesy of Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

And here’s Angelina Jolie’s right leg.  Oh, and Miss Jolie herself, in Atelier Versace with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  I’m feeling the high slit but her permanent stance did seem a little odd.  Her highlighted, loose curls beautifully contrast the black velvet, structured gown.  I have a thing for black velvet because the rich shade is at its darkest in velvet.  She looks gorgeous, as always.  I’d love to know the name of that lip color.  However, I will agree with a fellow Oscar party guest, “She needs to eat a bowl of rice and beans!”

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Tina Fey, in Carolina Herrera with Bulgari jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch.  While Fey’s navy dress is not exceptional, I think she looks fabulous.  I adore the trendy peplum, color and perfect fit.  Her hair is swept off her face in a chic bouffant bun and her face is gorgeous.  Her glowing confidence doesn’t hurt either.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Michelle Williams continues to look sweet and adoring in Louis Vuitton with Forevermark jewels and a Bottega Veneta clutch.  I look forward to seeing her in something a little more daring. She further establishes the peplum trend, which I expect to be in high demand this spring.  To easily incorporate it into your wardrobe, choose a top with peplum and pair it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.

Photo courtesy of Getty

I’m supposed to like this look.  It’s Givenchy Haute Couture on Rooney Mara.  It has topped the majority of the ‘Best Dressed’ lists.  But I can’t help but think of my grandmother’s vintage bras when I look at the bust detail.  She must be chicer than I.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Milla Jovovich continues the white is the new black trend, which is a welcome change of pace on the red carpet.  Add a little train, loads of shimmer and one sleeve and we get this stunning Elie Saab gown.  This is one of my favorites.

Photo courtesy of Getty

More white: Sofia Vergara, in Roberto Cavalli with Casadei heels, Judith Leiber bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.  Do I really need to comment?  Miss Vergara seems to do no wrong.

Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Octavia Spencer, in Tadashi Shoji with Lorraine Schwartz jewels, a Leiber clutch and only one pair of Spanx.  This is one of her best looks yet.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Gwyneth Paltrow, in Tom Ford.  She manages to make a long cape look chic and effortless.  Without the cape the dress is a little boring but then there’s no distraction from her beauty.

Photo courtesy of Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Jennifer Lopez looks oh so glam in a silver Zuhair Murad gown with a 70s vibe.

Photo courtesy of Kevork Djansezian/Getty

From white and silver to pastels, pale shades have stepped onto the main stage.  This is Louise Roe, in a blush Black Halo gown.  Some of you may be thinking, who is this girl?  Well, I’m not sure.  In my brief research to find her dress’ label I saw varying claims, including actress (StyleBistro), ABC Oscar correspondent (Socialite Life) and Glamour magazine’s new fashion editor (Yahoo!).  One thing’s for sure, I adore this tailored gown with jacket-like top, structured layers and embellished belt.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Kate Mara, in Jack Guisso Couture.  The way she is standing – shoulders slightly slumped, chin down and a little smirk – reminds me of her creepy character, Hayden, in American Horror Story!  But looking past the vengeful ghost, this is such a pretty blush dress with floral appliques and lines of shimmer.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Continuing the pastel parade, Melissa McCarthy, in Marina Rinaldi.  While, I think Marina Rinaldi, the women’s division of Max Mara, was a better choice, I wish she chose a more vibrant color and wasn’t afraid to reveal more.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Meryl Streep, in Lanvin with a Lanvin clutch and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  Gold is big right now and I love this gold fabric!  It’s fun and glamorous, without being too over the top.  The shape is sexy, yet sophisticated.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

More gold: Jessica Chastain, in Alexander McQueen with Harry Winston jewels.

Photo courtesy of Getty

Olivia Wilde paired her Gucci with gold.  This simple look is oh so sexy with smoky eyes and hair in a bun.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Do me a favor.  Put your hand over Kelly Osbourne’s face.  Isn’t that an awesome Badgley Mischka dress?!  Her figure looks fantastic.  The sheer cutouts are super trendy and the emerald embellishments are so pretty.  I think Kelly is beautiful and so funny.  But I wish she would change her hair color!  Or take a cue from Katy Perry and at least color coordinate.

Photo courtesy of Getty

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, in a custom made Imperial Violet silk velvet Johanna Johnson gown with.  Again, the color of this dress is so rich because of the velvet material.  I do wish she had pulled her hair up.

Photo courtesy of Billy Farrell/BFANYC.com

Kathy Freston, in an unknown dress.  While this is a more casual style for the Vanity Fair Oscar party, I adore this color.  She must be ready for spring and so am I!

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The It List: 2012 SAG Awards

Love Lace

Lace, as a trend, has evolved over the past few years but has stayed mainstream among all types of well-dressed ladies, including actresses walking the red carpet.  So it’s refreshing to see Michelle Williams wear the dainty fabric as a unique detail on a dress with a modern cut.  Expect the novel trend factor to wear off, but such an elegant look will always be “in.”

Michelle Williams in Valentino and Roger Vivier shoes - Photo courtesy of Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Off the Rack Option

The oversized lace pattern, irregular V-neck hem and full skirt on the first option and the lace back and high collar on the second choice, set these lace numbers apart from the rest.

JS Collections at Dillard's

Body Central

Bold and Blue

Shades of cobalt graced the SAG Awards and is quickly becoming my favorite color of the moment.

Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein Collection - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-Getty Images

Diane Lane in David Meister - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-Getty Images

Jane Lynch in David Meister Signature - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

When selecting a cobalt dress, look for a vibrant blue that really pops, like this one:

Caché

All That Jazz

I am so excited that fashion powerhouses like Badgley Mischka, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chloé…  are reveling in the roaring 1920s!  Now we can all pretend we’re living The Great Gatsby.

Ashlee Simpson in Jenny Packham - Photo courtesy of Getty

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-/Getty Images

Shailene Woodley in L’Wren Scott - Photo courtesy of Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Bérénice Bejo in Ralph Lauren Collection - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

While fashion from the twenties is the next big revival, there aren’t many options available off the rack just yet.  I did find this blush pink gown from Caché.  Search for loose-fitting pieces with beaded embellishments and drop-waists.  Until then, try a flapper headband, like this one from BaroqueAndRoll on Etsy.

Caché

BaroqueAndRoll

Berry Sweet

Shades of berry were oh, so pretty on the red carpet.

Natalie Portman in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Sofia Vergara in Marchesa with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Thale Blanc clutch - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Julie Bowen in Temperley London - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera - Photo courtesy of Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

Express Ombre Stripe Bandage Dress

Pretty in Pale

Gowns (and a jumpsuit) in pale colors of white, silver and other pastels did NOT pale in comparison, but rather stood out as an elegant sigh of relief.

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka - Photo courtesy of Frazer Harrison-Getty Images

Rose Byrne in Elie Saab Haute Couture - Photo courtesy of Kyle Rover/Startraksphotocom

Lea Michele in Atelier Versace with Casadei shoes - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Judy Greer in Collette Dinnigan - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji with Irene Neuwirth jewels - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

Jason Wu for Target

Windsor

Greek Goddess

We’ve been seeing more Grecian gowns lately, from the ladies below and also on Vanessa Hudgens at a recent movie premiere.  Who doesn’t enjoy feeling like a goddess?

Viola Davis in Marchesa by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Tilda Swinton in Lanvin - Photo courtesty of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

Grecian style, which gained popularity in 2009, is characterized by one shoulder strap, flowing fabric and draping.

Jennifer Lopez at Kohl's

Caché

Cut It Out

What’s sexier than upexpected peeks of skin on unusual places?  Mrs. Bacon used her cut-out dress to flaunt a family tattoo.

Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Amber Heard in Zac Posen - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Off the Rack Option

BCBGeneration at Macy's

White On Black

The classic white and black combo was represented with a white top and black bottom on the ladies below, as well as Kate Winslet at the Golden Globes.

Emilia Clarke in Chanel - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Maya Rudolph in Naeem Khan - Photo courtesy of Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Paz Vega in Carolina Herrera with Bulgari clutch and jewels - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

White House/Black Market

I also must mention…

Emma Stone – She does no wrong.  I adore her Victorian-inspired Alexander McQueen dress with a matching custom-made clutch.  It’s covered with the same black lace as her dress and the knuckle handle is embellished with the iconic McQueen skull and two unicorns.  I covet a McQueen clutch, but as a fan of unicorns, I especially want this masterpiece.

Lucky me found a similar clutch with an emellished knuckle handle at T.J. Maxx.  I wore it with the navy lace dress to the auto show preview.

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-Getty Images

Glenn Close – While I’m not sure how I feel about this sexy corset dress on Glenn Close, I would love to wear it myself.

Glenn Close in Zac Posen - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

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A Night on the Town: Navy Lace

Last night, I had the opportunity to get all dolled up and schmooze with some of the community’s finest at the Toledo Auto Show preview gala.  I wore a navy lace GB Gianni Bini dress from a sales rack at Dillard’s.  The mini dress with 3/4 sleeves was the perfect mix of demure and enticing, with a high boat neckline and low open back.  I paired it with light pink patent heels and crystal chandelier earrings.  My esstentials were kept in a pearl snakeskin clutch with an embellished knuckle handle à la Alexander McQueen, which I got for a steal at T.J. Maxx.

NOTE: This is my first post about my style (a little nerve racking) and I hope you check back for more!

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