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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Maxi Dress Magic

The floor-skimming, ankle length maxi dresses are the perfect antidote to this season's shorts and mini dresses with sky-high hemlines. The maxi dress is a highly wearable, must-have during the sunny months.

Maxi dresses look very glamorous, laid back and elegant. Its versatility means you can wear it on a movie date, a day of shopping with the girls or just for attending a wedding. Nicole Richie, Kate Moss, Kate Hudson and Mischa Barton are amogst many celebrities who are adopting this trend.

Perfect Prints
Choose a delicate but delightful paisley print for some bohemian summer spirit. Retro swirls are another print that works perfectly within the hippie chic trend easing it's way into high summer collections. Paris Hilton made the right choice with this dress. I love the graphic print. It looks very bohemian and tribal.

1. Lucas & Lily Print Maxi Dress - $98.00 at Nordstrom
2. T-Bags Tube Long Dress - $220.00 at Revolve Clothing
3. J.Crew Talitha Patchwork Dress - Price N/A at J.Crew

Pretty Blooms
If you fancy sweet florals, you're in luck with a vast array of summery blooms to look beautiful in. Pretty florals will add a touch of vintage to your dress. Florals are a great way of incorporating the romantic trend into your wardrobe and Milla looks sultry in this vintage inspired dress.

1. Alloy Hibiscus Maxi Dress - $39.50 at Alloy
2. Wet Seal Floral Print Maxi Dress - $32.50 at Wet Seal
3. Tempted Floral Print Halter maxi Dress - $59.00 at Macy*s

Colour Crazy
For chic simplicity, choose one colour and go all out with your maxi manifesto. This summer is all about statement colours, so try to steer well clear of classic black. Colour block dresses are big this summer. Choose the lighter colours for the areas of your body you want to flaunt and use darker shades to disguise. Coleen is looking chic and sophisticated of late. She managed to pull this ensemble off by pairing her orange maxi with a chunky gold pendant and oversized shades.

1. Jersey Maxi Dress - $64.35 at Asos
2. Old Navy Long Crepe Dress - $30.50 at Old Navy
3. Tart Catarina Long Dress - $273.00 at Pink Mascara

DO :: Wear your dress with heels or wedges if you're lacking in height as the dress will drown you and lose its impact.

DO :: Accessorise with oversized sunnies and a headscarf and bangles. You'll have the LA look down to a tee.

DON'T :: Accessorise with a belt. It will ruin the shape and long flowing lines of your maxi dress.

DON'T :: Opt for a heavily printed maxi dress if you're curvier. Opt for plain or cool block colours.

DON'T :: Overdo it by layering your clothes. Stick to a cropped cardigan or fitted jacket to avoid a hemline clash.

2:54 PM

Friday, June 29, 2007

Chinoiserie Chic

Think mandarin collars, obi belts, wrap tops, apple blossom prints, and Oriental-inspired jewelry. The East never looked sexier.

  1. Voom Japanese Kimono Dress - $280.00 at ShopIntuition
  2. Paradisus Bamboo Bangle - $270.00 at Paradisus Jewelery
  3. Chelsea Oriental Dress - $173.00 at TwoSpace Studio
  4. Free People Mandarin Smocked Tunic - $78.00 at Free People
  5. Ku Birds Wide Leg Pants - $74.00 at Revolve Clothing
  6. Navy Taffeta Obi Belt - $25.00 at Etsy
  7. Beijing Clutch - $39.99 at Mudan Boutique
  8. Betsey Johnson Cut-out Flower Earrings - $35.00 at Betsey Johnson

Hot Tip ::

  • A kimono style top looks fabulous with jeans.
  • Alternatively, use an obi belt to add drama to a plain dress

  • 11:48 AM

    Wednesday, June 27, 2007

    Pick It

    Dear Shopaholics,

    Next month will be Haute Stuff's 6th month anniversary. YAY!!! I would like to take the oportunity to thank everyone for your kind comments and for staying with me for so long. Thank you.

    Well, I have been contemplating on whether I should change the blog's layout. So, I have created 3 layouts and because I am so indecisive, I am letting you make the choice. Vote for the one you like.

    I will change Haute Stuff's layout by 15 July.

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    xoxo Estrella

    10:31 AM

    Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    Ashlee Simpson Paints The Town Pink!

    Ashlee was pretty in pink as host of Stride Gum's summer solstice party at Teddy's in Hollywood. The songbird wore an ultra-feminine
    Maria Bonita Extra Bow Silk Dress with black Christian Louboutin Round Toe Mary Jane. She completed her look with a black Chanel bangle amd flawless make-up. For once in a really long time, she actually looks good.

    To get Ashlee's edgy bubblegum look, pair rocker worthy accessories with your girlie pieces and vice versa - a girly bracelet and an edgy outfit.

    1. Lydell NYC Snake Bangle, $33.90 (was $68.00) at Nordstrom
    2. Free People Embellished One Shoulder Dress, $69.00 (was $118 .00) at
    3. A/X Drapey One Shoulder Dress, $98.00 at
    4. Steve Madden Loucee Mary Jane, $39.99 at
    Steve Madden
    5. Faux Reptile Chunky Bangle, $5.00 at
    6. Ted Rossi Lether Cuff, $75.00 at
    7. Nine West Lehana Mary Jame, Price Unavailable at
    Nine West
    8. Urban Outfitters Luz Knit One Shoulder Dress, $38.00 at
    Urban Outfitters
    9. Gabriella Rocha Aisling Mary Jane, $64.95 at

    3:42 PM

    Saturday, June 23, 2007

    What Did I Wear Today...

    My best friend Adrienne *hugs & kisses* is getting married today. I am really envious. I have always loved weddings. The celebration of love, Cinderella-esque gown and the reunion of friends and family.

    I am wearing wearing two dresses today. One for the wedding & tea ceremony (my friend is Chinese) and one for the Chinese wedding dinner tonight (which I left at my friend's last night).

    Dress :: Betsey Johnson Halter Dress
    Bag :: Francesco Biasi Wristlet
    Shoe :: Cynthia Rowley Heels
    Tiara :: Little Black Dress Cubic Zirconia Mini Tiara
    Watch :: Bulova Crystal Watch
    Necklace:: DeGem Solitaire Diamond Pendant [My mum's]

    This was what I wore yesterday for the rehearsal.

    Dress :: L'amour Vêt Sweetheart Dress from Italy
    Bag :: Isabella Fiore Satchel [I think it's called Zen Garden]
    Shoe :: Sigerson Morrison Wedge
    Brooch :: Kenji Crystal Butterfly Brooch from Singapore
    Earring :: Gratia Heart Earring from Spain
    Pendant :: Gratia Heart Pendant from Spain
    Ring :: Ily Pearl and Cubic Zirconia Ring

    9:44 AM

    A Night Without Marc Anthony

    Jennifer Lopez attended was at the launch of Lorraine Schwart’s Monkey Diamond Collection in New York City alone. For once in a really loooooong time, J. Lo is looking good. I think it's because her skeletor husband is not there to spoil her pics.

    'Jenny from The Block' looked like a Grecian goddess in a bright white Albino one-piece the launch of the jeweler's new line. Lopez paired her romper with a necklace from the designer's monkey-inspired collection and an arm-full of gold bangles. She finished her look with gold clutch.

    A romper is a one-piece short suit. Rompers are cute and perfect for Summer.

    However, rompers look best on a very particular body-type. You will have to be of average height, with long legs and a very lean body.

    If you happen to be that body-type, or you're going to wear a romper anyway, you should know that it is best to keep your look minimal. An ultra-hip sunglasses, a pretty necklace, a few bangles and a simple shoe + handbag should do the trick.

    7:38 AM

    Friday, June 22, 2007

    What Did I Wear Today...

    J. Crew Print Tee
    Chip & Pepper Shorts
    Pura Pura Bag from Bangkok
    Nine West Flats
    Kim & Maki Necklace
    Above Wood Bangle from Thailand

    Today I went over to Guang Zhou from Shanghai for a photo-shoot with Cleo (China). Theese are my favortite photos from today's shoot.

    9:54 AM

    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    What Did I Wear Today...

    Top :: JC Penny Camisole
    Boxer Shorts :: Paul Frank (I bought it from London)
    Lounge Socks :: K&N Socks
    Ponytail Band :: Found in my sister's drawer

    I was wearing this the whole day because I am still ill. All I did today was watch soaps and sleeping and occasionally eating soup.

    11:21 AM

    Monday, June 18, 2007

    Victoria Beckham Launches DVB Collection

    Victoria Beckham made her in-store debut of her dVb denim & sunglasses collection at Saks Fifth Avenue recently.

    Posh told
    Female First, "I am completely obsessed about jeans. I have started wearing high-waist jeans, but they do really squeeze you in round the waist and by the end of the day I was beginning to have mental images of my epitaph, 'Victoria Beckham, done in by denim.'"

    Check out
    dVb for more information on the collection.

    1:40 AM

    Saturday, June 16, 2007

    Fashion Face-off :: Mariah Carey vs. Victoria Beckham

    Mariah and Victoria were seen in the same Azzedine Alaia ruffle frock.

    Victoria wore her nude version during her interview with Matt Lauer earlier this week, whereas Mariah wore her black dress for the Fresh Air Fund's Salute to American Heroes event last weekend.

    I prefer Posh's nude choice but I think Mariah wore the dress better.

    Who do you think wore it better?

    10:23 PM

    Monday, June 11, 2007

    Hey All

    I am going to be away for awhile as I am down with flu, mild bronchitist and fever. Going to rest.
    Will try to be back as soon as possible.

    xoxo Estrella

    6:28 AM

    Friday, June 08, 2007

    I'm in Seventh Heaven

    I walked pass Chanel in Ginza, Japan and just fell head over Steve Madden heels in love. Never believed in love at first sight, but now I so do! It is just so exquisitely beautiful. I fell in love with the Chanel Ivory Chain Handle Bag. I just love drawstring bags like Louis Vuitton’s Noe. Drawstring bags looks very chic yet laid back.

    Anyway, I walked in to the shop and just bought it. I think it was a mixture of peer pressure, sales girl pressure and the sight of the first Chanel bag I have ever loved. I have always felt that Chanel bags are a tad too old for me.

    I bought the bag for 580,000 Yen (aprox. USD$1,800)

    What do you think of my new love?

    8:02 AM

    Tuesday, June 05, 2007

    Shiny, Happy People

    There sure seems to be plenty of sparkle and bling. The stars seem to be stepping out in plenty of bright satins or picking pieces that are embellished with lots of sequins and gems for that extra glow. Complement the soft shine of satin with delicate sequins trim. Finish a plain outfit with just the right of sparkly embellishment.

    Sienna Miller wearing Marchesa
    Gwen Stefani wearing Tom Ford
    Paris Hilton modeling for Steve Madden
    Rihana wearing Matthew Williamson

    1. LaRok Keyhole Tunic - $167.00 at Couture Candy
    2. Forever21 Heathered Metallic Tee - $12.80 at Forever21
    3. Sergio Rossi Sequin Hidden Platform - $745.00 at Vivre
    4. Anne Maa Designs Step Cut Ring - $142.00 at Anne Maa Designs
    5. Sigerson Morrison Ballet Skimmer - $395.00 at Piperlime
    6. Wide Croco Headband - $16.00 at Urban Outfitters
    7. Stella McCartney Metallic Coated Canvas Bag - $825.00 at Net-A-Porter
    8. Sparrow Clothing Satin Wrap Top - $52.00 at Sparrow Clothing
    9. Blumarine Sequins Bowling Bag - $2,015.00 at eLuxury
    10. Asos Cotton Sequin Embellished Kaftan - $38.61 at Asos
    11. La Redoute Embellished Jeans - $19.99 at La Redoute
    12. Lara Bohinc Sequined Knot Earring - $308.00 at Eva Newyork

    9:40 AM

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