12.04.11 Beauty

Look à la Mode: Bang On Trend

Remember back in the 80s when fringe was full and fluffy?

Thank goodness bangs have gotten much sexier over the years.

Instead of being barrel-curled, stacked way too high, and drenched in AquaNet, face-framing fringe today is sleek, chic, and the easiest way to shake up your strands and transform your tresses.

Whether blunt and piece-y like Michelle Monaghan’s, or choppy and wispy like Lake Bell’s, bangs are girlish yet grown, sophisticated yet sultry, modish yet mysterious, and rakish yet rock n’ roll.

Inspired yet?

Go faux first—try Hairdo by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson Clip-in Bangs, $29 at Ulta.com.

That way you can enjoy the fringe benefits with none of the commitment.

Michelle Monaghan In Juan Carlos Obando – MTV’s ‘The Seven’

Jake Gyllenhaal was been spotted in Spain promoting his new movie “Source Code”, whilst his co-star Michelle Monaghan stayed in the US to promote the movie on MTV’s ‘The Seven.’

Juan Carlos Obando’s gorgeous dresses have become very popular recently. It’s almost like celebrities have just discovered the designer.

I’ve always been a fan, so I’m happy to see Michelle showcasing this stunning blue watercolour Spring 2011 dress.

Her dress was paired with a gold cuff and navy Jimmy Choo heels.

We’ve had several issues with hair and make-up for Michelle’s last few outings, but I happy to report the hair is looking silky and fabulous on this occasion, but I’m still not too fond of the eye-shadow.

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Michelle Monaghan In Roksanda Ilincic – “Source Code” New York Screening

Michelle Monaghan attended a New York Screening of her new movie, “Source Code” last night with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.

I really love her teal sleeveless Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2010 dress.

The asymmetric gathered skirt is very much Roksanda’s signature and provides an interesting detail on her dress.

Unfortunately, I’m having a problem with Michelle’s hair and make-up again.

The hair is a lot more smoothed out, but I’m still not fond of the bangs. The make-up is just too heavy for her pretty face. Less would be more in this case.

A black Jimmy Choo ‘Latoya’ clutch and Chrissie Morris ankle strap black sandals completed her look.

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Michelle Monaghan In Versace – “Source Code” LA Premiere

Michelle Monaghan arrived at the ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in LA last night, to join her co-star Jake Gyllenhall for the premiere of their new movie, “Source Code.”

The actress looked stunning walking the red carpet wearing a Versace Spring 2011 dress.

Her perfect for Spring dress with a patent leather belt and strap details off-the-shoulder, was paired with nude Versace pumps with a white heel.

The modern-day classic dress fits her like a glove.

My only problem with this look is that I feel like she’s hiding behind her hair.

I would’ve much preferred this look had she pulled her hair back.

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Michelle Monaghan In Lanvin – “Somewhere” LA Premiere

It’s always a pleasure to see Michelle Monaghan on the red carpet, as she’s always full of energy and possesses great style which is never forced, false or contrived.

Last night she attended the “Somewhere” LA Premiere with a host of other stars.

She did her best to stand out by showing off her toned legs wearing a pretty ruffled Lanvin Resort 2011 mini dress.

The actress let her purple dress do all the talking by adding a simple bracelet and nude sandals to her look.

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Michelle Monaghan In Roksanda Ilincic – 2010 Beat The Odds Awards

Michelle Monaghan arrived at the Children’s Defense Fund California’s 20th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA last night.

The brunette actress wore a Roksanda Ilincic khaki green dress from the Fall 2010 collection.

Whilst the dress may not immediately float our boats, you should remember that this was a children’s’ charity event.

It may lack glamour but it’s appropriate for the occasion, and it’s not a Herve Leger bandage dress with a plunging neckline – yes Jennifer Lopez we’re looking at you.

Michelle’s long silk dark khaki green Roksanda Ilincic dress has a bateau neckline and a dropped back with waterfall draping.

Her look was paired with Brian Atwood ‘Maniac’ pumps and a gold bracelet.

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