Emma Watson starring in a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast? Yes, please. Just yesterday, Disney confirmed that the former wizard and diplomatic warrior will play Belle in the film to be directed by Bill Condon (of Dreamgirls and Chicago fame).While a release date is yet to be announced, production will begin this year. And our magic mirror tells us that Emma in a golden gown is a definite go.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 27, 2015

Every model has her quirks. And the Spring 2015 campaigns have been eager to embrace them, shining a lens on Lady Gaga’s selfies, Iris Apfel’s glasses, and now this little lass. Meet Toast, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and leading lady of the latest Karen Walker eyewear campaign.

Toast for Karen Walker

Image via Style.com

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January 26, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 26, 2015

The easiest way to take classic style to the next level? Add an unexpected twist. From graphic stripes to of-the-moment silhouettes, these celebs proved that tailored separates are statement-makers.

Best Dressed

1. Sienna Miller sported bold stripes in an Altuzarra runway combo while promoting American Sniper in New York, completing the look with a vampy lip and her signature tousled locks.

2. Jennifer Lopez balanced femininity and sex appeal for her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The star wore blush-hued separates, adding a touch of glam with metallic wide-leg trousers from Solace London.

3. Jennifer Aniston wowed in a rich Gucci tuxedo accessorized with layered gold necklaces – a welcome change from her normal rotation of no-fail LBDs.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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January 23, 2015

This morning, we remember Vince Camuto, the footwear designer known to have “the Midas touch,” who passed away Wednesday in his Connecticut home.

Throughout his 78 years, Vince built an impressive résumé, co-founding Nine West in 1987 with Jerome Fischer, launching the multi-billion dollar Jessica Simpson brand, and partnering with Tory Burch on the creation of the coveted Reva flat. And it doesn’t stop there: Vince led an eponymous brand of his own, starting with shoes and growing it into a complete ready-to-wear collection.

The one thing Vince never did? Retire. He told Footwear News,“[Retire] isn’t in my vocabulary.” While it’s a sad loss for the fashion biz, Vince lives on with the shoe addict in all of us.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 23, 2015

Perhaps you recognize Serena & Lily‘s print-happy designs. You’ve spent some time flipping through – and coveting everything in – a catalog or two. Or maybe it’s even your go-to home brand. But do you have any idea how it all began? We’ll tell you.

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Once upon a time in 2003…
Design-savvy Serena Dugan met business maven Lily Kanter. Eight months later, 15 whimsical nursery collections were born.

Celebrity moms? Obsessed.
And so is everyone else. In 2006 the brand is featured – twice – in PEOPLE magazine. By the end of the year, designs are in 600 stores.

Hello, growth spurt.
Grown-up bedding in 2009. Upholstered furniture in 2010. Entertaining musts in 2011. Two retail locations (in San Francisco and the Hamptons). Serena & Lily officially has it all.

Ready to redecorate with confidence? Our Serena & Lily Boutique opens Thursday, January 22, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2015

So you like Alexa Chung’s eclectic vibe. Well now, borrowing from this fashion muse is as simple as shopping her latest collaboration with AG Jeans.

Inspired by her own throwback style, the 30-piece collection features blues in every shape, from bell-bottoms to overalls. Alexa tells InStyle, “[It] is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late 60s, early 70s aesthetic.”

Who doesn’t like a little retro revival? If that’s where her sartorial cues come from, you can find us following right behind.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2015

Seeking respite from the icy vortex outside? Look no further than the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 ad campaign. Its lush images showcase the designer’s last full collection before he passed away in OctoberAnd if there were any doubts – the end result is as gorgeous as ever.

Oscar de la Renta Final CollectionImage via racked.com.

In the glossy snaps, models Daria Strokous and Sasha Luss are pictured in prim pink, white lace, and floral prints. And the enviable location? Oh-so-sunny Miami.

This campaign is a stunning end to Oscar’s career, but I’m excited to see how his successor Peter Copping interprets the designer’s legacy moving forward.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 21, 2015

If you thought Converse couldn’t get any more iconic, think again. The all-American sneaker brand teamed up with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts on a limited-edition collection, launching next month.

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Image via footwearnews.com

The Chuck Taylor All Stars (both high- and low-top) will boast various pop art designs from Andy Warhol’s most well-known creations. Think Lots of Campbell’s soup cans and bold splashes of color. But believe it or not, this isn’t the artist’s first brush with the footwear biz. Back in the 1950s, he created trademark whimsical designs as the illustrator for shoe labels like I. Miller.

I can’t wait to get my hands (er, feet) on these soon-to-be street-style stars. Fingers crossed my favorite Marilyn Monroe print makes it onto the canvas kicks.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 20, 2015

Nailing down a signature scent? It can prove daunting – but that’s where our fragrance wheel comes into play. Identify your go-to quadrant and you’ll be on the way to olfactory bliss. Now get acquainted with the top notes and start spritzing.

Fragrance Wheel

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January 20, 2015