Fit For A Queen – Get Dolce & Gabbana’s Regal Beauty Look

December’s almost here and with its approach comes all of the shimmery and shiny glitz and glitter of holiday fashion and beauty. Lately I’ve been drooling over the pages of December issues in wide-eyed amazement like a kid staring at a Christmas toy display.

One of my favourite gilded collections this year came from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 runway. The beauty look was inspired by sultry style icon Sophia Loren and featured a matte powdery complexion, crimson lips and a black cat eye topped off with a chic chignon with volume at the crown. Speaking of crowns, some of the models even sported bejeweled, Byzantine-inspired crowns.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

To recreate the regal beauty look myself, I turned to Lancome’s new Artliner 24H in Black Diamond. The precision-tip, foam applicator makes it super easy to create a bold line and the perfect cat eye flick. The formula boasts 24 hour staying power, which I haven’t been able to test yet, but come party season I may just have the chance.

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

For the luscious crimson pout, I would recommend Anna Sui’s Drama Queen lipstick collection – shade 401 to be exact, which is a brilliant red. This shade is part of the Vivid Base range, which offers 17 vivid colours in an ultra-smooth and almost emollient-like texture, which is something I love about Anna Sui’s lipsticks, along with the glorious rose scent of course. As well, if you didn’t know Anna Sui cosmetics are now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations!! Thank you beauty fairies.

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, TK at select Shopper's Drug Mart locations

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, $29 at select Shopper’s Drug Mart locations

If you really want to bring some wattage to this look without going the crown route, then I would add some dangling, chandelier earrings. Below, I’ve included a couple favourites that I’ve found to complete the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired look.

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

– Jodi Goulart

Freshly Squeezed

Spring accessories are starting to crop up in stores and the big, bright and fruity finds are perfect for a modern-day Carmen Miranda. Known as the “Brazilian Bombshell,” Miranda became a film icon in the  ’40s known for her singing, dancing and colourful costumes, which included a headdress of fruit.

Carmen Miranda

I couldn’t help but think of “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat” at the sight of cherries, bananas, pineapples and apples cropping up on tote bags, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. The tutti frutti accessories have me longing for a tropical trip and also realizing that I’m probably not getting enough Vitamin C in my diet. Look below for some of my freshly-picked favourites.

Forever 21 Sweet Fruit Earring Set $4.80

Aldo Follin Charm Bracelet $15

Forever 21 Sparkly Pineapple Earrings $5.80

Aldo Wexell Tote $25

— Jodi Goulart

Take A Piece Of My Heart

I’ve never been one to shy away from cutesy details on clothing and accessories like hearts and bows. Luella, a designer who always puts ladylike and traditional English tailoring through a cheeky punk wringer, gave feminine details her signature spin on the Spring 2010 runway. The fun, feminine and quirky collection featured big bows in shades of lemon, bright orange and lipstick red adorned on bouffant hairstyles. I tracked down small bow pins at Forever 21 that you can use to dress up your hair.

Minnie Mouse Bows At Luella Spring 2010

Forever 21 Satin Grosgrain Bow Pins $1.50

Forever 21 Satin Grosgrain Bow Pins $1.50

One of my favourite highlights of the collection were the heart-shaped cut-out details on the front of dresses. I found a cute-as-pie gingham print dress at Fred Flare with the heart detail on the back of the dress.

True Love At Luella Spring 2010

Gingham "I Heart You!" Dress available in black or red, $54 U.S. at Fred Flare.com

Gingham "I Heart You!" Dress available in black or red, $54 U.S. at Fred Flare.com

— Jodi Goulart

‘Cause She’s A Lady

With holiday parties coming up I’ve been finding inspiration in Christian Dior’s Fall 2009 Couture collection. Yes, the models were dressed in various stages of un-dress, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look to the garters, lace-trimmed slips, girdles and stockings for inspiration of what to wear under your holiday dress.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

The contrast of blushing pink and black frilly under-things with the bright lime, orange, raspberry, yellow and animal prints of the fitted jackets, pencil skirts and cocktail dresses made for a striking image. The lady-like accessories of pearls, hats with veils and long gloves were also to die for.

Below are some of my picks to get the look. Next week, I’ll post my beauty finds to create the ’50s chic makeup looks from the collection.

H&M Blue Strapless Dress $49.95

Forever 21 Jewel Button Cardigan $34

H&M Corset $29.95

Kimchi Blue Silky Lace Tap Short, $28 US at Urban Outfitters

H&M Feather Hat $17.95

Long Leather Ruched Gloves, $48 US at Urban Outfitters

Forever 21 Chiffon Pearls Necklace $10.80

La Senza Beyond Cleavage Bustier $54.50, Lace Garter $24.50, Lace Thong 3 for $30

— Jodi Goulart

Ahead Of The Pack

On a recent episode of Gossip Girl, the sympathetic Dan Humphrey may have pulled off Blair’s headband and said, “no headbands in college” to help the Upper East Sider fit in among the NYU crowd, but as we know, Blair is always ahead of the trends. On the Fall 2009 runways, headbands were adorned with jewels, stones, studs, feathers and bows. They were seen at Zac Posen, Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana and Eva Mendes recently wore a bejeweled headband on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Here are some of my favourites that are in stores now:

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

— Jodi Goulart

Tarantino’s Inglorious Beauties: Chapter Two

As promised from last week’s story on the brave beauties in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, I’ve found some key pieces (even heels that resemble those that play a vital Cinderella moment in the film) to give you the old Hollywood style of Bridget von Hammersmark. The fearless German film actress (played by the stylish and sophisticated Diane Kruger) is armed with loads of tenacity, confidence and a whole lot of glamour.

The Stakes Are High For Bridget

The Stakes Are High For Bridget

Urban Outfitters Felt Bowler, at Urban Outfitters stores

UO Felt Bowler, at Urban Outfitters stores

Le Chateau Tweed Blazer with Leather Look Trim $150; Tweed Skirt with Leather Look Trim $79.95

Le Chateau Tweed Blazer with Leather Look Trim $150; Le Chateau Tweed Skirt with Leather Look Trim $79.95

Aldo Firlik Leather Heel $135

Aldo Firlik Leather Heel $135

Bridget Is Every Ounce The Starlet

Bridget Is Every Ounce The Starlet

Aldo Crivaro Chandelier Earrings Made With Crystallized Swarovski Elements $100

Aldo Crivaro Chandelier Earrings Made With Crystallized Swarovski Elements $100

Forever 21 Large Flower Elastic Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Large Flower Elastic Headband $10.80

— Jodi Goulart

Tarantino’s Inglorious Beauties

As a fan of director Quentin Tarantino I saw Inglorious Basterds the weekend it opened. I was blown away by the characteristically cool Tarantino-isms that worked in perfect unison with the serious nature of the film and also by the strong female characters. Shosanna Dreyfus (played by Melanie Laurent), a Jewish woman who escapes capture from the Nazis to open her own cinema, and Bridget von Hammersmark (played by Diane Kruger), a German film actress and double agent, are both characters who find their own way to thrive under Nazi regime, kick some serious ass and look amazing while doing it!

Here is a look inspired by Shosanna. Next week look for pieces that will give you the old Hollywood glamour of Bridget.

Shosanna Looking Beautiful Before Going Into Battle

Shosanna Looking Beautiful Before Going Into Battle

Forever 21 Feather Veil Head Piece $15.80

Forever 21 Feather Veil Head Piece $15.80

French Connection "Sweet On You" Dress $178

French Connection "Sweet On You" Dress $178

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in "Are You Red-dy", $9.99 at drugstores and mass retailers

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in "Are You Red-dy", $9.99 at drugstores and mass retailers

— Jodi Goulart