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Style It: Three Easy Pieces -- Seven Great Looks!

One of the secrets of expanding a small wardrobe is to make sure that each piece you buy can be worn with something you already have. Let’s look at for three easy pieces, and then think about how you can wear each one with something already in your closet.

Everyone needs a good pair of trousers , and these “Jackie” wide leg pants from Liz Claiborne do the trick. They’re denim with a classic cut and style. The flat waistband sits at the natural waist, and the hems of those wide legs are cuffed. These are classic pants you can dress up or down, and wear with almost anything.

The second piece of this outfit is this stylish scoop-line top from MICHAEL at Michael Kors. It has a flowing design to make it comfortable, and that scoop neckline is dressed up with little round studs. Its vivid red coloring is the perfect complement to the dark pants.

Finally, layer the top with another Liz Claiborne piece; this stretch denim peacoat is all about style, with a double breasted three-button front, pointed collar, and welt pockets. The cuffs have a button accent, and the jacket has a back vent for ease of movement.

Put the pieces together, and you’ve got a great outfit. But look at them separately and see what else they can do. The pants can dress down with a colorful tee, or dress up a bit with a long-sleeved shirt (think Tommy Bahama or BCBGirls) left out or tucked in. You can top the shirt with a cardigan when cooler temperatures arrive.

The peacoat, in navy denim, is a neutral that can top almost anything in your closet. If you have a sheath dress (look at the ones from Hype for ideas), top it with the jacket before you put it away for fall, and keep wearing the summer dress through the next season. Finally, the Michael Kors top would be perfect over white pants or capris for a bright summer look.

Now you’ve got three easy pieces and four stylish looks. Does life get any better?



Celebrity Gossip: Surfing Celebrities get a scare

Some surf-loving celebrities have had more to worry about lately than voracious fans – like becoming fish food! A popular surfing hotspot, Sunset Beach, has suffered a rash of scary sightings lately, with a 10-foot long great white shark cruising through the waves and leaping out of the water. Sunset Beach is one of several beaches located in that area of the coast. These area beaches are frequented by several celebs, including Matthew McConaughey, Orlando Bloom, Cameron Diaz, Anthony Kiedis, Helen Hunt and more. Hopefully, the shark will move on soon and the celeb surfing can resume.

Well-known British royal Prince Harry is back once again with his on-again, off-again flame, Chelsy Davy. Prince Harry, 25, and Davy, 23, met up for dinner and some clubbing at London hotspot Beach Blanket Babylon. Both Princes Harry and William have had some trouble in their love lives lately, with William on and off again with longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. Harry, who recently passed his British air force piloting exams, is rumored to have been seeing Davy again quietly for several weeks.

Is Penelope Cruz pregnant? That’s what celebrity gossip columnists and fellow celebs are trying to figure out. Cruz, 35, notched the gossip up to fever pitch Sunday night when she appeared for the premiere of her new movie, Broken Embraces. The Spanish actress wore a layered black gown, along with an enormous sapphire and diamond ring. Cruz refused to comment on her personal life, as usual, leaving columnists and photogs to continue the speculation.

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Celebrity Gossip: Amy Winehouse Gets Some Work Done

According to several sources, singer Amy Winehouse is making her comeback but she will have to start buying larger shirts . Apparently the singer has gotten herself a boob job costing $55,000 in which she went from a 32B to a 32D. Amy checked into a clinic in London last week where she remained for a week. She then emerged on the scene Saturday night for her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and she was definitely sporting a much larger chest. A patient from the clinic that Amy went to said, “She looks amazing, like a new woman. Amy told us she wanted a new look – it’s all part of her fresh start for her big comeback. When Amy was asked by another patient why she was there, she responded, “‘I’ve had a boob job. I ‘ad ‘em done for Strictly. I wanted to look my best and I’m sick of stuffing hankies down my bra.” According to Amy’s reps though she was only at the London clinic for a “routine procedure.”

After saying some not so nice things about the director of Transformers, Megan Fox may just be getting what she deserves in the third installment of the movie franchise. Sources are claiming that Michael Bay is considering killing off Fox’s character within the first 15 minutes of Transformers 3. He would then look for a new leading lady for the film to basically take over. An inside source says, “Michael’s pretty much discovered Megan and now he’s very quietly looking for her replacement. He hasn’t decided if he’s going to kill her off in the next movie, but he just wants to be prepared.” If you don’t remember, Megan compared the director to Hitler in comments she made about working with him.

After being dropped as a spokesperson for weight watchers for gaining back the weight she lost, actress Kirstie Alley said that she was coming out with her own weight loss program. Even most of her tweets on her Twitter page have been about her weight loss, diet and exercise. You would think that Kirstie Alley would be looking slimmer these days then, but not according to several reports. There are several sources who are actually saying that she is at her highest weight of 260 pounds right now. Maybe she should just be honest with herself and she could actually start losing the weight? Good luck Kirstie!


Easy Fashion Tips: Spring and Summer trends with a Twist

Fall has arrived and so have fall trends. However, some spring/summer looks are rolling over into the new season with an added winter twist. The simplistic look of a classic white t-shirt worn over a pair of distressed denim remains a strong look. But fall is all about outerwear and this year, designers are giving us plenty of variety to style with.

To take your effortless t-shirt and jeans look from day to night, simply add one of this season’s most sought after jackets. Sequence jackets are already all the rave, this look has recently been inspired by signature stage costumes worn by the late King of Pop. Jackets with embellishments on the shoulders are also a strong look for the season. These eye-catching jackets provide the right amount of glamour to make any simple outfit shine. Finish this look with a sexy pair of ankle booties and clutch and you’ll look red carpet ready in an effortless way.
Boyfriend blazers continue to be in the spotlight. Heavier emphasis on the detailing, like the lining on the cuff sleeves, will be the newest design to revamp this jacket. This jacket is still worn best draped over a pair of shorts; of course, try this look with a pair of over the knee boots to coordinate this style with its current season. The crop motorcycle jacket is another returning contender. Look for this jacket to draw additional attention to the exposure of zippers, another revolving trend of seasons past.

Military jackets may be the most influential jacket of all for fall. Designers like Vivian Westwood are creating strong silhouettes with a huge focus on exquisite detailing. Free people adds a feminine touch to its military jacket by adding ruffles along its closure while Moschino’s military jacket features all the bells and whistles including an asymmetrical button closure, tri-tone stripes at the collar, pockets and sleeve ends, not to mention extended shoulder accents, proving once again, that shoulders play a significant role in fashion this season.