December 31, 2010

Celebrity Style

Photo Credits: via Singer22; via Just Jared.

As three of the most admired Hollywood style icons, Blake, Rachel and Reese wear clothes with a style all there own. I thought that the dresses pictured above were so spectacular, that you would be interested to know who designs them. And, then Rachel Bilson's scarf is fun & reasonably priced at $88. My favorite item out of these is the Anlo Jordan dress - it's so cute!

1. Blake Lively wearing Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller Vaccaro Dress in Cosmos, $420
2. Rachel Bilson wearing Love Quotes Scarf, $88
3. Reese Witherspoon wearing Anlo Jordan Dress in Leopard Print, $264

Which actress' style do you most admire?

December 30, 2010

Dining in Style

Photo Credit: image 1 and 5 via LonnyMag; other images via HouseBeautiful

Dining in style... at home. While most social gatherings are held at restaurants nowadays as opposed to the dinner parties of the past, there is no excuse to pass on a chic dining space. These dining rooms inspire. Each room conveys a signature style all it's own. The last room pictured is so vibrant, modern and pretty.

If you could have any of these dining rooms, which one would you pick?

December 29, 2010

Emily Blunt for Harper's Bazaar UK

Photo Credit: Emily Blunt for Harper's Bazaar UK, January 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue

Emily Blunt looks so pretty in jewel toned dresses. For the cover, Blunt is featured wearing a stunning cobalt blue fringed dress designed by Tom Ford. Absolutely breathtaking!

Do you like jewel tones?

December 28, 2010

Budet-friendly Infinity Scarves

Photo Credit: via Diary of Style

Talk about easy - just loop one of these infinity scarves over your head, and voila, you have instantly updated your look. Since this is such a trendy item, I would recommend not spending a fortune on an infinity scarf (also called "loop scarf"). Instead, opt for one of these affordable & chic options.

Here are the best infinity/loop scarves for $100 or less: American Eagle in grey ($34.50), Collection XIIX ($27.99), Michael Stars ($92), Aqua ($40) and Jarvis Gift ($40).

Will you be trying this trend?

December 27, 2010

Planning for New Year's Eve




Photo Credit: Milly available at Revolve Clothing; via Style Notes (originally at Martha Stewart and Design Sponge)

Wear something sparkly, like the above pictured Milly Pailletes Brigette Dress in Gold, $360. If you are hosting a New Year's eve bash serve champagne, and take inspiration from these gorgeous party decor ideas. Don't limit yourself to the traditional color palette of gold, black and white - try incorporating bright colors, like pink, orange or red to your decor.

How will you celebrate the New Year in style?

December 24, 2010

Christmas Sweets

I couldn't resist posting the cupcakes I made with my Meri Meri Jolly Holidays cupcake kit. This was my first Gingerbread house to make in a long time and it was really fun!

Hope you get plenty of sweets and yummy desserts tonight & tomorrow! Thank you all for your support and comments in 2010. The readers of Young Sophisticates are the most stylish & chic women around!

Christmas Eve

Photo Credit: images 1 and 3 via Haute Design; image 2 via Chattafabulous.

It's Christmas Eve and I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful day with family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

What is your favorite Holiday tradition?

December 23, 2010

Gold Rush



Photo Credit: Vogue China via Fashion Gone Rogue; via Decorista.

Jessica Stam's 70's inspired outfit is simply spectacular. The interior design featured above is truly glamorous. If you love gold done in a chic way, you are sure to love both "the look" and "the interior design."

What do you think?

December 22, 2010

Ethereal Beauty

Photo Credit: Vogue January 2011, Peter Lindbergh via Fashion Gone Rogue.

In this Vogue editorial entitled "Spreading Her Wings," Natalie Portman shines with a resulting sense of ethereal beauty.

December 21, 2010

Handle & Spout

Photo Credits: Handle & Spout

Fun, flirty, or feminine - Handle & Spout has a hair accessory to suit your style. All of their hair pins and accessories are so pretty!!! All of these featured items are $35 or less - budget friendly & beautiful!

Handle & Spout makes a lot of other cool stuff, too (for the bride*earrings*necklaces*etc.).

See more of Handle & Spout.

December 20, 2010


Photo Credit: rose cocktail via Design Sponge; via Chattafabulous

These pink items are glamorous & glorious. This rose cocktail was first featured on Design Sponge, created by Jacinta Moore. It's easy to make and perfect cocktail to serve the next time you gather all your girlfriends.

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. white crème de cacao
  • 1/4 oz. rosewater
  • small pieces of Turkish delight or rose petals to garnish
  • 1 drop rose food color
Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add liquids; shake; pour; enjoy!

Thank you to all of you for your helpful comments & fabulous suggestions. Keep the comments coming. Cheers!

December 17, 2010

Small Treasures

Photo Credits: Williams-Sonoma; Valerie Confections; Polka Dot Shop; Saks.

These small treasures are luxurious and lovely.

1. English Breakfast Tea, $29.95
2. Valerie Confections Champagne Petit Fours, $55
3. Stitched Adorable Bunting Tags, $8.50
4. Diptyque Patchouli Candle, $60

December 16, 2010

Lulu Frost for J. Crew

Photo Credit: Lulu Frost for J. Crew

There's an exciting new collaboration between Lulu Frost and J. Crew! I am sure all of you will love it. Lulu Frost combines antique, vintage, and modern elements to create timeless classics. Each piece in the exclusive collection includes castings from original antiques, handpicked and hand-set glass crystals. This is the most exciting collaboration J. Crew has debuted in quite a while - scoop up one of these dazzling pieces at J. Crew now. The deco long drop earrings are my favorite out of all the pieces from the collection.

1. Lulu Frost for J. Crew Modern Deco Long Drop Earrings, $85
2. Lulu Frost for J. Crew Modern Deco Crystal Shield Earrings, $95
3. Lulu Frost for J. Crew Heirloom Crystalline Cameo Necklace, $260

Which piece out of the new collaboration is your favorite?

December 14, 2010

December 13, 2010

Lovely Day.

Photo Credits: via .V

Love, love, love ruffles & a lovely day to you.

What is your favorite item of clothing with ruffles?

December 10, 2010

Enchanted by Anthropologie

Photo Credits: Anthropologie December 2010 Catalog via Behind the Dressing Room Door; via Effortless Anthropologie.

The latest catalog from Anthropologie had me saying wow on practically every single page. Shop the catalog here.

Which one of these looks best represents your style?

December 9, 2010

In the eye of the beholder

Photo Credits: Sandra Suy

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, I can't imagine anyone looking at these fashionable art prints and not seeing beauty. They are marvelous.

Artist Sandra Suy's prints are available at Etsy, prices ranging from $35-60.

Which print is your favorite?