How To: Wes Anderson Style

Although we here at For Elyse love the California girl, beachy style, we’ve been captivated lately with the throwback looks and rich color palates of the latest Wes Anderson movie, Grand Budapest Hotel. Today we thought we’d take you through our steps for infusing your wardrobe with a Wes Anderson-inspired feel. Enjoy!

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

 

Apple Necklace $604/ Boticca.com

Animal Print Top $24.99/ For Elyse

fantastic mr foxSunday Stroll Dress $48.99/ For Elyse

Charlie Horse Tail $149/ Superette.co.nz

Rushmore

rushmoreLove and Stitch Blazer $54.99/ For Elyse

Public City Road Bike $849/ Public Bikes

RushmoreBurke Sugar Maple Glasses $95/ Warby Parker

Wool Felt Beret $8/ Jacobson Hat Company

Royal Tennenbaums

Tennenbaums

 

Melissa Redwood Riding Boots $386/ For Elyse

Bi-Colour Satin Bomber Jacket $548/ Marc by Marc Jacobs

Bi-Colour Washed Satin Shorts $228/ Marc by Marc Jacobs

Tennenbaums

 

Carson Cognac Ballet Flats $146.99/ For Elyse

Kohl Eyeliner $10/ Sephora

Life Aquatic

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Blue Haze Skinny Jeans $49.99/ For Elyse

Contrasting Oversized Shirt $60/ Zara

Life Aquatic Open To Anything Earrings $12.99/ For Elyse

 

Octopus Ring $235/ Max & Chloe

life aquatic Aviators $150/ Ray Ban

Red Beanie $20/ American Apparel

Gold Twist Belt $16.99/ For Elyse

We want to hear from you? What’s your favorite Wes Anderson movie? Share with us in the comments!

Beat the Heat: Cool Summer Recipes

Baby, it’s hot outside. I don’t know about you, but when it’s around 100 degrees outside, the LAST thing I feel like doing is eating anything that emits heat. Leave the barbecuing to the boys I say, rather than being anywhere near burning coals or getting smoke in my eyes, I would much rather be surrounded by fans with popsicles in both hands. Okay, but a girl’s gotta eat. After this past week of 100+ degree weather, I must say, no matter what the temperature is, these light and cool summer recipes were delicious and good any time of year. Enjoy and stay cool!

Cold Soba Noodle Salad:

Courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 package soba noodles
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 5 green onions, bottom 4 inches, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1/2 cup julienned bok choy
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, optional
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted peanuts, for garnish
Directions:
  • In a medium stock pot, boil water, add salt and cook noodles. When finished, place noodles in an ice water bath to cool. Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine, sesame oil, vinegar, soy sauce, hot chili oil, hoisin and extra-virgin olive oil. Mix thoroughly and then combine prepared vegetables and noodles.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and peanuts.

Courtesy of the Food Network, for more on this recipe go here.

Roasted Garlic, Olive & Tomato Pasta Salad:
Courtesy of TheKitchn.com
Courtesy of TheKitchn.com
Ingredients:
(serves 4 – 6)
  • 3 small heads garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound medium pasta shells
  • 15 ounces whole or skim milk ricotta
  • 3/4 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 small tomatoes (about 1 pound), roughly diced
  • 1 cup black or green olives, sliced
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Slice the tops off the garlic heads. Drizzle with olive oil and place in the center of a large square of foil and fold to seal. Place the packet in a baking pan and roast for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the garlic is very soft. Remove, and let cool.
  • Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain and remove to a large bowl. Toss with a little olive oil, and let cool while making the dressing. Whisk the ricotta and yogurt together until lightened and smooth, and add in all of the roasted garlic – squeezing the soft garlic out of each clove. Whisk vigorously, until the garlic is well-incorporated. Whisk in the salt and season generously with black pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the ricotta mixture over the pasta and add the tomatoes, olives, and basil. Toss to coat. Taste and season further if needed with salt and pepper. Serve cold and enjoy!

Courtesy of TheKitchn.com, for more on this recipe go here.

Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com
Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com
Ingredients:
(serves 4)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bunch (about 8 ounces) spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Directions:
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Add zucchini; toss to coat, and let marinate while cooking chicken.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 7 minutes per side. Remove from skillet, and slice thinly. Chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Toss chicken with zucchini mixture, spinach, onion, pecans, Parmesan, and mint. Chill and serve.

Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com, for more on this recipe go here.

Cold Cucumber Soup:

Courtesy of AllRecipes.com
Courtesy of AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cucumbers – peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

Directions:

Combine cucumber, sour cream, yogurt, vegetable broth, and garlic in a large bowl; blend together using an immersion blender until smooth. Blend in mint and dill. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Courtesy of AllRecipes.com, for more on this recipe go here.

Let us know what you think and add your favorite cool summer recipes in the comments below!

DIY Washi Tape Projects

DIY Washi Tape Projects with For Elyse!

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We LOVE washi tape! It doesn’t rip paper and it jazzes up everyday household items for just a few dollars. What’s not to love?  Here are a couple of projects we worked on (plus some pinteresting ways to use the magical tape ;)

washitapeprojects1. Add pattern to Planters 2. Clothes pins – hang your favorite photos with twine and clothes pins 3. Apartment-friendly frames for your prints

 

Other Fun Washi Tape Projects: 

Organize your Tech Cords/Color Code Via Designlovefest.com

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Washi Tape Stickers via DIY Creator

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Washi Tape Your Work Space via Brit + Co

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Follow us on Pinterest for more DIY projects!

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Our Favorite Fashionable Instagram Feeds!

It seems that fashion blogging is definitely here to stay, and with the advent of social media, platforms like Instagram have been flooded with a bevy of beautiful and enviable fashion icons. Today we thought we’d take you through a list of our current favorites!

Billie Rose Blog

Billie Rose

Is there a filter that makes everything in your life appear beautiful? If so, Billie Rose has definitely cracked the code. Her feed is full of hazy images that will make you feel like you’re walking through a fashionable dreamscape of beachy getaways and gorgeous little tidbits of life! Added bonus: Her sunglasses game is on point. Follow here here.

Gary Pepper Girl

Gary Pepper GirlNicole Warne, a.k.a. Gary Pepper Girl, has a life that looks to be nothing but travel, photoshoots and more travel. Her Instagram feed is full of sumptuous colors and incredible settings that look almost otherworldly in nature. Follow her here.

Eat Sleep Wear

Eat Sleep WearBesides being one of our favorite blogs to follow, Eat.Sleep.Wear. boasts an Instagram feed that’s been one of our recent favorites. Kimberly is a graphic design artist and fashion blogger who has an impeccable eye for color and design. Follow her here.

Sincerely Jules

Sincerely JulesJulie of Sincerely Jules certainly looks to have one of those lives that only seem to exist within the parameters of vacation. Her beautiful pictures chronicle everything from brunch to the beach, and her feed is most definitely worth following.

Tuula Vintage

Tuula VintageAnother feed chock-full of beachy beauty is Tuula Vintage. We stumbled upon this gorgeous group of pictures quite a while ago, and her pictures of far-off beaches and tropical-loving style have always caused a stir with us. Follow her here.

Feral Creature

Feral CreatureIf an alternative style is more your thing, you’ll love Feral Creature. Fashion student Eugenie Grey posts amazing photos of herself from her fashion blog (of the same name), and will have you wanting to push the boundaries of your personal style. Follow her feed here.

Advanced Style

Advanced StyleAdvanced StyleOk, so we might have saved our favorite for last… Advanced Style is a blog run by Ari Cohen who roams the streets of New York looking for the most fabulous and fashionable elderly style mavens out there. Always fantastic and entertaining, we dare you to check out this feed and not have a big smile on your face.

We want to hear from you! Did we leave out your favorite Instagram feed? Share with us in the comments below!

 

 

Summer Staycation Guide

If you haven’t unpacked your suitcase for a month because you’ve been gone every weekend, then you’re in dire need of a staycation. Actually, regardless of your summer schedule, staycations are for everyone. Whether you’ve been jet-setting, working long hours, or just need a recharge, a little time to yourself to do all the things you’ve been wanting to do for you, and only you, will have you feeling brand new. So recover from work (or wedding season) with these 8 easy things to do on your staycation – rest up, read up and rejuvenate!

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1. Get local. No matter where you live, with a little research there’s bound to be a secret swimming hole you’ve never been to, or a local museum you’ve never checked out. Plan a date with your city and go to that French restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, or just turn off your phone and go for a long drive/bike/walk around areas you’ve never been before but always wanted to go to.

2. Nap like it’s nobody’s business. Turn off your phone, get off the grid, and get cat-like. Summers are perfect for a nap by the pool or in a hammock. Still feeling a bit restless? Read for a bit or practice a few meditation techniques.

3. Spa-out. Transform your kitchen or bathroom into your own private sanctuary with these easy all-natural at-home spa tips.

4. Movie night. It’s pretty impossible to stay up to date with all the amazing films that have come and gone – now is the time! Perhaps you’ve never seen all the Godfather movies, or you just missed seeing one of the Oscar Award winning films in the theater, get to your local Redbox or renew that Netflix membership. Pop some popcorn, do an at-home mani-pedi, and escape!

5. Get Julia with it. What have you been craving? Whatever it is, you have the recipe at your fingertips with a little online research. Pop a bottle of your finest red, turn on your favorite tunes, and wear that apron you received as a gift but have never worn (so NOW this cow-print apron with the pink ruffles comes in handy!). Start early, take your time, and reap the rewards of your relaxing kitchen time.

6. The heart of the matter. Has this staycation been a long time coming? Things can pile up no matter where you are in life, and it’s always good to make sure you’re centered. Turn off your phone and computer, light some candles and get out the journal if you need to, and just be. A lot of the time the answer to what’s bothering us is there the whole time, you just need some quiet time to reflect.

7. Treat yo’self. Put on that soft terry robe, burn that expensive candle, give your bed a nightly turn down service with a chocolate on your pillow even. Whatever your digs are, just a few thoughtful touches that appeal to you can make it a five-star resort. What things do you absolutely love when you take a vacation? Tune into what makes you feel super luxurious and take the time to treat yourself to this.

8. The art of being horizontal. Make your bed or couch your new command center. Surround yourself with all your favorite things or things you’ve been meaning to get to (magazine collage? Thank you notes? A hand-written letter to a friend you want to re-connect with?). Get super comfy, wear that onesie no one knows about, and realize how much you can get done with the least amount of physical movement.

Feeling rested? We want to hear how it went, what you enjoyed, and more ideas to add to the list!

 

 

Summer BBQ: Vegetarian Edition!

Ah summer, that incredible time of year when days are spent by the pool, and nights are that perfect balmy temperature that lends itself so well to midnight bike rides! Another classic cornerstone of summer is the backyard BBQ, and although the old standby is hamburgers and hotdogs, with the ever-expanding catalog of dietary restrictions people have, diversifying is key. Boca Burgers are good and all, but sometimes it’s nice to think outside the box from the freezer aisle. With that in mind, today we’re taking you through some of our favorite vegetarian and vegan recipes that will please your meat-eating and non meat-eating friends alike!

Portobello Peach Burger / Pumpkin Burger

Veggie BurgersHow amazing do these two burgers look? The sweetness of peach mixed with smokey Portobello mushrooms are enough to sell us on this recipe from Green Kitchen Stories. Not to be outdone, Peas And Crayons provide a recipe for these gorgeous pumpkin burgers that prove that pumpkin isn’t just for autumn.

Vegan Mac N Cheese

Mac N CheeseThere are all kinds of recipes out there for vegan Mac N Cheese, but we love this one from Vegan Yumminess. With a creaminess provided by potatoes, coconut milk and cashews, and absolutely no refined oils, this is one recipe we’re definitely saving for our next BBQ!

Vegan BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich

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The flavor profiles on this vegan burger look amazing. With a sweet miso coleslaw to go with, this BBQ lentil meatball sandwich has a few more steps than our other featured recipes, but the end product is definitely worth the effort. Get the recipe from One Green Planet here.

Grilled Artichoke and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

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Artichokes are definitely one of our go-to veggies to grill during the summer, but after stumbling across this recipe for lettuce wraps, we’re definitely going to be upping our artichoke game. Get the recipe for this citrus-y, savory side dish from One Green Planet here.

Grilled Beet Burgers

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We want to try these Grilled Beet Burgers for the fabulous color alone! This recipe from Green Kitchen Stories uses basil and goat cheese, but definitely keep the beets as the star of the show.

Egg Salad

Egg SaladWho says egg salad has be be boring? This beautiful salad features asparagus, grapes and broccoli for an outside the box side dish that will have your friends begging for the recipe! Get it from Green Kitchen Stories here.

 

We want to hear from you! What are your favorite vegetarian or vegan summer BBQ recipes? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Bachelorette Party Ideas & Planning 101

So the whole 27 dresses situation can be a real thing, at least I’m feeling Katherine Heigl when it comes to a closet full of tulle and the crazy pressure of being in a wedding party many…(many)…times. I do have to say, each time it does get easier. Be your MOH? I’m there. Plan a bachelorette party in a of couple weeks for 15 girls? Done. Make sure it’s the best time ever on a budget? Check.

I know for my first couple bachelorette parties I googled for hours looking for bachelorette party ideas, best practices, organizational tools, etc. A lot of what I came across were pretty cheesy ideas and some that were way out of our league. Hopefully this serves as a happy medium with helpful tips on planning with a large group, destination ideas on a budget, and fun activities that don’t involve this.

Happy planning!

Where do I start?

You just got the phone call from your bff. “Maid of honor?? Of couuuuurseeee….I can’t waitttt…OMG…it’s gonna be AMAZINGGGG…” you hear yourself say. When really, you might be thinking: “WTH AM I GOING TO DO. WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN.” Breathe! It’s going to be okay. In fact, it may actually be really fun. First steps:

Get with the wedding party.

These are your go-to girls, and for the next month/year they will be like your sisters (ie: after planning, perhaps some drama, and traveling with these people you will be pretty much bonded for life whether you choose to or not). Schedule a phone call or skype session to brainstorm ideas. More than likely you will all be in different parts of the country (or world) and logistics can play a big factor on where/when the partying takes place. Also make sure to tackle the biggest issue with bachelorette party planning: BUDGET. What is everyone willing to spend?

Bachelorette Destination Ideas:

The Classic: Viva Las Vegas.

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This one never gets old because you really just can’t go wrong. We’ve got you covered with money saving trips if you’re on a budget and unique things to do. Also, don’t limit yourself to the regular itinerary of Chippendale’s and gambling – Vegas is forever hosting new and exciting shows and things to do. From indoor skydiving to fancy dinners with aerialists floating above your head, Vegas continues to out-do itself and is never, ever boring.

Mexico: Mariachi and Margaritas.

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Whether it’s Cabo, Puerto Vallarta or smaller cities such as Sayulita or Manzanillo – they’re all GORGEOUS. Not only that, you can’t beat the many all-inclusive hotels that are the norm there. Whether you’re renting a party boat, having an all night dance party, or simply only at the spa or swim-up bar(s), Mexico has it all. Stop trying to mimic the best fish tacos in the world and just go to the source – everyone will thank you.

Austin: Meet in the middle.

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Maybe not your typical bachelorette party destination, but Austin has been making a name for itself as a new go-to for bachelorettes. Austin hosts some of the best restaurants in the world, an unbeatable music scene, and thriving nightlife. It also boasts budget-friendly, chic places to stay and a convenient locale if you’re having people fly in from around the country.

The One Time It’s Okay to be a Little OCD.

So you’ve run your ideas by the bride, she picks one – you’re good to go right? Actually, you’re just getting started. Now it’s time to fill in all the blanks – where to stay, where to eat, who wants to room with who, arrival times, activities (this site is the best!), props, prices – the list goes on and on. If you don’t want an email chain that blows up immediately, it’s best to email each person individually to get an idea of budget (also so they feel comfortable) and what they would like to chip in for. From there, start putting together places that you know the bride will love and still falls reasonably within everyone’s budget. This website does a great job of supplying the right tools and ideas to get you started. From there, put that Excel expertise to good use! Start plugging in the itinerary and costs so you can let people know the total you’re looking at per person. Yes, I just said itinerary. Whether it’s 5 or 15 people going, you can easily end up with a lot of confusion of who is going where when, who’s arriving at what time, etc. The less confusion the better! Also, let’s be real, after the first bottle of champagne is popped, the likelihood of people losing eachother goes up at least 150%.

Wait, What to Wear?

Itinerary is set, you’ve made classy props for everyone to wear, you’ve packed the bride’s favorite card game – basically you’ve checked off your 100-item list and you’re ready to go. Except for one minor detail – legit what are you wearing? Perhaps the first night you’re all wearing red or black, and maybe the second night it’s all out sequins and mini skirts. Whatever you’ve decided as your theme, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect ensemble here.

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We want to hear how it goes! Post what worked and what didn’t and any funny stories (okay, we understand if you want to edit them…) in the comments below!

 

 

 

Fourth Of July: Must Haves!

With the 4th of July just around the corner, we thought we’d share our list of must-haves for the holiday! The fashion, the food, the accessories, we’ve got it all.

July 4th Outfit! 

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We love this nautically-themed dress from Lucy Love, especially when paired with our Commuter Cutie Earrings!

Summer Pie!

Summer Pie

 

Who doesn’t love pie? Our summer favorites have been this Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie from Neighbor Food Blog, and this Key Lime Pie from Port and Fin! Perfect for a backyard BBQ, either of these pies will have your guests begging for the recipe!

July 4th Cocktails!

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How festive are these cute cocktails! We love the Snow Cone Drink from Kirbie Cravings, and this perfectly pink 4th of July Cocktail from Tasty Trials!

Backyard BBQ Recipes!

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We’ve been drooling over this Lemon Lavender Potato Salad from Running To The Kitchen, and these (vegetarian friendly!) Dog-Less Corn Dogs from Pepper!

Festive Manis!

july 4th How cute would this nautically themed manicure be with our Sail Away Dress! Both of these manis are perfect for July 4th, and oh-so-festive! Instructions for the mani on the right can be found here.

Casual July 4th Outfit

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If you’re loving the crop top trend, try out our Ignite The Night Crop Top with our Underwater Treasure Earrings for a casual and laid back look that’s perfect for your July 4th celebration!
We want to hear from you! What are your plans for July 4th?

DIY: 4th of July Shorts

Holidays are the perfect excuse to get a little creative with your clothing. So in honor of the 4th of July, here’s a little last minute (easy peasy) DIY for the creative procrastinator ;)

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DIY: 4th of July Shorts

Supplies: 

1. An old pair of denim cutoffs 2. Red & white fabric paint 3. A star stamp 4. Paint brushes 5. Small bowl for paint (optional)

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Step 1: Put white paint onto a star shaped stamp. You can either dip the stamp into a bowl of paint, or (for more precise results) you can paint the stamp with a paint brush.

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Step 2: Firmly press the stamp onto the jean.

stampjeanStep 3: Place strips of tape in rows to create a vertical stripe pattern (I used washi tape because it’s what I had, but any ol’ tape will do)!

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Step 4: Fill in the stripes with red fabric paint and let dry.

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Step 5: Tear off tape (feel free to touch up the stripes with paint as needed) and that’s it!

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Super easy & fun! Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Style Icon: Shailene Woodley!

Although Shailene Woodley has been acting in Hollywood since 99′ it wasn’t until her recent releases of The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series that she’s exploded onto the scene. You may remember her as the petulant teen in The Descendants, or even from her stint on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but lately we’ve been smitten with her red carpet looks. Today we take a look at our favorites from the last few years.

Feminine Gowns

Shailene Woodley How gorgeous is this red lace Valentino gown and vanilla-toned Marchesa beaded dress? Somehow Woodley manages to pull off the feminine/bold look at one red carpet event, then totally change course and embody a totally different vibe at the next.

Classic White

White Gowns Maybe it’s her impeccable posture in these classic white gowns with clean lines, but we just love both the cream-colored Valentino gown on the left, and stark white Zuhair Murad dress with gold accents on the right. On someone else, the long sleeved, high necked Valentino dress might look stuffy, but Woodley wears this classic number with ease.

Black Jumpsuit Proving that she can be just as fashion-forward as anyone else, Woodley has shown an affinity for jumpsuits when on the red carpet. Between the two, we love the styling on the BIRD for Juicy Couture jumpsuit on the left, especially with her long locks and black pumps. The Elie Saab suit on the right is also gorgeous though, although with the gold heels we’d probably have chosen a lipstick shade with less of a coral tone and more a classic red with blue undertones.

Unexpected Showstoppers

Floral Gold Just when we think we know what to expect from Woodley, she throws in a curveball, like this sweet vintage-inspired floral dress from Dolce & Gabbana, or this sheer gold gown with dramatic lines from Eli Saab Couture.

Playing With Shapes

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Somehow Woodley also manages to take silhouettes that could be considered shapeless, and give them life, is another reason we adore this fashion powerhouse. Whether it’s this patchwork dress or black and white halter dress (both from Calvin Klein), Woodley is an undeniably eye-catching anytime she graces the red carpet!

Midriff Muse

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Last, but certainly not least, Woodley proves she can rock a trend with the best of them. This Slate green piece from Lyn Devon seems both structurally interesting yet classic, while the basic black top and colorful blue skirt from Emilio Pucci is equally gorgeous.

What do you think, fashionistas? Did we leave out your favorite Woodley look? Tell us below in the comments!