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Demi always looks flawless, and Oscar night was no exception! She was undeniably radiant in her Atelier Versace gown.

– Not that this tiered dress isn’t spectacular, but what I love most about Demi’s look is the way it highlights her skin. Seriously, this is the red carpet equivalent of a bikini!

– Yes! Something about this dress reads “beachy”–maybe it’s the scalloped ruffles–so I’d definitely translate this look into something cruise-appropriate!

– Find accessories that combine nude tones with floral elements. They’ll help you get that tousled, elegant look.

– Combine volume with tight fits that accentuate your favorite features. If your tank is tiny, your shorts should be loose; if your jeans are skinny, your top should be flowy.

– Curves, curves, and more curves! Show them off, but temper them with classic accessories like pearls and a tan fedora!

It’s Fitness Friday, and this week we hope you step up to a great cause! If you’re in LA, join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday, March 14th! The race will take place at Dodger stadium, and you can help women get the treatment they need! You don’t have to run–you can walk!

Walking is a great way to exercise! Here are a few facts that we hope will encourage you to take a step in the right direction!

– Walking helps reduce the risk of some cancers, including breast cancer.

– Taking a walk not only burns fat and calories, but can actually control hunger!

– A good walk every day will increase circulation, make your skin look better, and help you get a good night’s sleep.

– Walking has been shown to improve mental alertness and elevate your mood.

– Regular walks will boost your metabolism and, according to some studies, slow the aging process!

– Long, slow walks will help you lose weight, but short, fast-paced walks will give your heart and lungs a great workout so they stay healthy and strong!

We know our Dazzlers can walk the walk and talk the talk. Have a great weekend!

Rachel McAdams compositely rocked it in Elie Saab. Granite and slate tones are a great way to transition into the saturated hues of spring!
– Look for nouveau takes on tie-dye. They’ll embody the free-form coloring of this stunning gown!

– Instead of ‘tone-on-tone’ go for ‘shade-on-shade’. The beauty of this dress is the gradual, yet erratic, fade from one color to the next. So, feel free to highlight every step in between with a moderating accessory.

– Bring volume to your look with ruffles, raffia-style gathering, and vertical seaming. Although her dress is a melange of colors, the way it drapes creates vertical lines that slim and elongate any figure!

– Emphasize the mix! This is obviously an impressionist take on an Oscar gown; so don’t be afraid to mix colors, textures, patterns, and finishes for an outfit that, while made up of discreet elements, melts together to support an overall look. Take a few steps back from the mirror to get a better perspective on how others will see you!

-This look translates into super-casual; heather gray can play a huge part in outfits that combine athletic elements, like tights and track jackets, with trendy pieces that feature ruffles and metallic finishes!

Zoe Saldana looked gorgeous in a violet vision by Givenchy! But if you–like me–have neither the occasion nor the budget to strut your stuff in Oscar-calibur gowns, there are still some inspirational fashion lessons to glean from the masters of glam who create them! I’ve asked the stylists to select their favorite dresses from Hollywood’s biggest night and offer some suggestions for ‘dressing down’ the winning looks for everyday wear!

– Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of the same color! Just make sure the hues are obviously different; that way it won’t look like you were trying to go matchy-matchy. With so many, easily discernible hues, purple is the perfect color for tone-on-tone looks that don’t appear washed out!

-Keeping darker shades concentrated in the lower half of your outfit will anchor your look and brighten your complexion!

-Your Mariah boots offer a very literal translation of the gown’s billowing ruffles, but you can hint at movement with metallic details, pleats, and even frayed denim!

– The section where the bodice meets the skirt is a clear source of intrigue. Look for pieces that juxtapose shiny details, like sequins, with matte finishes, like jersey and denim.

March 5, 2010

It’s ‘Fitness Friday’ so here’s a list of reasons why a Friday workout is so great!

1. The gym is empty! That means there’s no waiting for equipment, no creepy lurkers, and no need to stay cute while you work up a sweat! It also means you can probably get your workout done in a fraction of the time.

2. It’s a great warm-up. I’m sure you have some killer dance moves to debut tonight; but if you plan on dipping it low later, you might want to limber up first!

3. Cardio doesn’t stop when you hop off the elliptical; a little exercise will keep burning extra calories all night long, even if you plan on a decadent dinner post-workout!

4. Detox. Not only will a good sweat clear your pores and make your skin radiant for your evening plans, but physical activity will purge a week’s worth of stress and anxiety so you can really let loose!

5. Boost your confidence. Whether you workout all the time or can’t remember the last time you saw your gym pass, even a swift workout will help you feel fabulous in the outfit you’ve chosen for tonight!

Ultimately, it’s about being healthy; and your fitness is as important as the fit of your ShoeDazzle shoes!

Have a great workout and a great weekend!

March 4, 2010

After noticing a bit of, shall we say, apprehension in the responses to the Akiko post, I’ve asked the stylists to offer a few pointers on how to wear this smart, little heel.

– Bring Akiko out of her shell with military inspired pieces.

– Look for pleated, layered, and geometric pieces that echo Akiko’s most notable features.

– Stick with solid colors in gradation. The reflection of metallic fabrics and the sheen of leather will give your look sophisticated depth without appearing busy.

– Bring a touch of nostalgia to your look with Henley tops, mildly distressed finishes, and creamy –rather than stark white– tones.

– Keep it simple; Akiko was designed to bring subtle interest to understated, but detail-oriented looks. Accessories should be minimal and thoughtful.

Totally appropriate for National Grammar Day, Akiko dots the i’s and crosses the t’s of succinctly chic, neutral styles!

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