by (@shalapitcher)

15 Essential Fashions At The Republican National Convention

Fashions at the Republican National Convention

New York Fashion Week starts next Thursday, but trend-watchers are getting an extra treat this week as we watch a very different kind of show going on in Tampa. The Republican National Convention provides a very, er, unique venue for folks to show off their personal styles. From hats and buttons to Hawaiian leis and patriotic footwear, accessories seem to be the name of the game for the GOP. Seriously, the Dems are going to have to step up their game this year if they want to match this level of expression. But then again, there are plenty of protesters showing off their own stars and stripes, and privates, so we’re not too worried about their ability to flaunt it.

As day 2 (and a half?) of the RNC winds down, here are 15 of our favorite trends:

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[Photos: Getty Images, Code Pink Twitter]

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Teen Bride Courtney Stodden Turns 18! Celebrate With Her 18 Most Outrageous Looks

*Sigh* They grow up so fast. When we first met Courtney Stodden in May of 2011 she was just a 16-year old girl about to settle down with the (50-year old) man of her dreams, Doug Hutchison. And now she’s an 18 year old woman! Where on Earth does the time go? We watched her grow up before our eyes. Oh, wait…she was kind of already there.

She’s still insanely young, but just look at what she’s done so far! She’s invented the floor flashing craze, become a twitter poet laureate, been banned from facebook, and ceaselessly campaigned for animal rights. She posed a serious challenge to Kate Upton’s Queen of the Cat Daddy throne and is now busting into the wide and wild world of reality TV on VH1′s own Couples Therapy. And she’s done it all while wearing some of the most fabulously crazy outfits of all time. So in honor of her big day, let’s take a look back at Courtney’s 18 Most Outrageous Outfits Ever! *tear* Thanks for the memories, Courtney. (Cue Wonder Years music)

[Photo: Twitter/Facebook]

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by (@hallekiefer)

Alec Baldwin Continues To Benjamin Button Himself After Marrying New Wife Hilaria Thomas

Alec Baldwin Looks Young With Wife Hilaria Thomas

We’ve always been into Jack Donaghy’s “Daddy Bear” steez on 30 Rock, but please take a look at those photos. The picture of Alec Baldwin on the left was taken yesterday at the U.S. Open with his new wife Hilaria Thomas, the other a snapshot of Baldwin from the 30 Rock set…in 2008. The man is looking real good this summer, is basically what we’re getting at. Since we’ve already given Hilaria credit for getting Alec off Twitter back in June (a good idea considering the fact he seemed unable to stop escalating his paparazzi brawls/making confusing Trayvon Martin jokes), why not give this win to her too? Well-played, lady!

Baldwin also returned to the 30 Rock set today to work on his last season of being Tina Fey‘s boss, and looked equally fresh. Pay attention, celebrities! This is how you subtly whittle a few years off your face without turning into Mickey Rourke (minus the crazy hair, weird hat and Bane-sized back). Maybe all you guys need is a dye job and some deep moisturizing, rather than having your mug reworked into  sexy fetus face? Just floating it out there…

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by (@hallekiefer)

Jessica Alba Just One Of The Many Celebs We Wish Wouldn’t Go Blond

Jessica Alba Dyed Blond

Jessica Alba, whyyyyyyyyy? We understand that actors don’t have any control over the hairstyles their characters wear, but Alba’s bleached blond Sin City 2 look is making our retinas detach. “She got roots that Nancy,” the actress tweeted about her character, along with a photo of her hair in an ombre in-between phase. Later Alba post another photo of her hair dyed completely blond, and it’s giving us fashion flashbacks to her peroxide locks in Valentine’s Day. If you’ve seen that movie, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Then, as in now, light blond not Jessica Alba’s best look, but she’s nowhere near the only celeb whose bleached hair makes her look washed out rather than glammed up. From Lindsay Lohan to Victoria Beckham, Emma Stone to Angelina Jolie, a lot of famous ladies know blond is not always a girl’s best friend. Sometimes it just looks bleached.

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by (@shalapitcher)

From McKayla Maroney To Channing Tatum: The Top 10 Breakout Stars Of Summer 2012

McKayla Maroney, Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum

Summer’s nearly over, and what do we have to show for it? Some tan lines? A big dent in our reading list? A new fitness routine? Hardly. We do, however, have a whole new roster of celebrities we’ve been obsessing over for the past three months. We’ll count that as an accomplishment! Some, like Olympians McKayla Maroney and Ryan Lochte, were brand-new to our radar when they came on the scene in London. Others, like Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum, have been around for a while, but this summer just seemed to be when they reinvented themselves into bigger stars that would not be ignored. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and TLC’s favorite beauty queen Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson made our TV screens come to life, while Tom Hardy and Joe Manganiello made us have some pretty good dreams. Model Claudia Romani made her mark on this very site via the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards, and singer Carly Rae Jepson etched her song into our ear canals forever. Who made their way permanently into your hearts this summer? Peep our gallery, vote in our poll and give us your write-in candidates in the comments!

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[Photos: CBS, Twitter, Warner Bros.]

by (@shalapitcher)

True Blood Season Finale Leaves Us With 10 Mostly Rhetorical Questions

Eric kills Russell in the True Blood season finale

I’m not the only one who had nightmares and delicious dreams about True Blood all night, right? Season five’s finale was intense. And it totally put to rest our doubts that Alan Ball and company could wrap up all of those crazy plots in one hour. Still, it also left my brain churning with all sorts of questions about what will happen in season six. Departing exec producer Ball answered a bunch of those questions over at TVLine.com last night, and HBO Go has a whole bonus scene that hints at a bit more, but it wouldn’t be True Blood if we could predict everything that’s coming up for Sookie, Eric, Jason and the rest. Here are 10 (mostly rhetorical) queries that kept me up for most of the night.

1. Could Eric get any hotter?
My heart stopped when he swooped in to save Sookie and the fairies from Russell — even though, in typical Eric fashion, he labeled it revenge for his family’s murder more than a heroic deed. He and Nora could have skipped town after that, but his better self drove him to venture back into the Authority to save the day. Swoon.

Jason and Eric on True Blood
2. Also, are we done with serious Eric and back to more of his playful side?
His interactions with Jason reminded us of why we fell for the dangerous vamp back when he was mostly a villain. Leave the dreary stuff for other vamps!
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by (@hallekiefer)

Important Style Lessons Learned From Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Harper Beckham And Other Celeb Kids

Celeb Kids Fashion

Sometimes it’s easy to get in a fashion rut. We can’t be the only ones who open our closets and want to dump everything down the garbage shut, right? Luckily there is one source of constant style inspiration, and that, of course, is celeb kids. From queen Suri to Harper Beckham, Zahara Jolie-Pitt to Ava Jackson, the lessons offered by famous offspring can help energize your excitement for fashion again. Click through our gallery for the important tips these miniature style icons have to offer. We’ll give you one right now: comfortable shoes can be cute too! Especially if they’re made out of cloth and you have a giant person constantly carrying you around so they never touch the ground. Who wouldn’t want to have that look?

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by (@hallekiefer)

No Ryan Lochte Nudes Yet, So Please Enjoy The Next Best Thing: Ryan Lochte Playing With A Puppy

Ryan Lochte With Puppy On Access HollywoodEven that tiny dog can’t believe he’s being held by Ryan Lochte. First he gets to wear a teeny shirt and be on TV, and now this! While we’re still waiting to see that alleged Ryan Lochte nude pic (and we will wait for eternity), at least we have these photos of the Olympian cuddling a little pup to tide us over/print out and pin to our vision boards. Ryan stopped by Access Hollywood Live this morning and had the honor of holding rescue pooch Woody. We’re betting they get a huge rush of people wanting to adopt pets…or Olympic gold medalists. You…you can’t do that, can you? Legally? Jeez, alright. We just wanted to ask!

As if the adorable puppy kisses weren’t enough, Ryan seems pretty pleased that he dodged the Prince Harry nude photo scandal earlier this week. “His people came over to my table and said, Hey, Prince Harry wants to meet you,’” Ryan told Matt Lauer on the Today show this morning about meeting the gregarious royal in Vegas. “I was like, ‘Alright, yeah, let’s go meet him.’ So I went over there, met him. I was, like, fully clothed, so was he. He was like, ‘Hey, you want to do somethin’?’ I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘You want to race me in the pool?’ I was like, ‘Alright, let’s go.’ I just took off my shirt, and we jumped in, and we just started racing.” After hanging out with Harry poolside, it’s probably for the best the prince didn’t ask Ryan up for a game of strip billiards. “I’m kinda happy. I don’t need that,” he laughed about dodging a naked bullet. Not with these golden puppy P.R. moments, he doesn’t!

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by (@shalapitcher)

Snooki? Gisele? Tamera? Play Our Guess The Celebrity Baby Bump Game, Summer Edition!

Celebrity Baby Bumps

We begin staring at them, wondering if they’re merely the result of a big burrito lunch; then, soon enough, we marvel at their size in proportion to their petite carriers and placing bets on when they’ll pop — yes, we’re talking baby bumps. Particularly those sported by our favorite pregnant celebrities. It’s fascinating how some famous ladies, like Megan Fox and Gisele Bunchen, play coy for months, hiding behind cleverly draped dresses or simply ignoring questions when we know they’d never allow themselves to acquire food babies like the rest of us. Others, like Snooki, Tori Spelling and Vanessa Lachey, flaunt their bumps like crazy, posting pics on Twitter, posing in front of the paps in revealing outfits. To each her own!

But once again, we’d like to make their beautiful maternal bodies into a fun little game to while away your summer afternoon. Guess the celebrity baby bump! And don’t cheat by studying the thumbnails here; that’s just silly.

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[Photos: Getty Images, Splash News Online, Twitter]

by (@hallekiefer)

A Ryan Lochte Nude Pic Is Being Shopped Around: The Only Shocking Part Is That It Took This Long

Ryan Lochte Nude Photos Being Shopped Around

Let’s see. A constantly shirtless playboy Olympian…who hangs out with Prince Harry…who had his own nude photo scandal just this morning. Yup, the only surprising thing about the alleged Ryan Lochte naked photo being offered to the highest bidder is the fact that it took this long for it to show up! And by “this long,” we of course mean “the few hours it’s been since Prince Harry’s nude photo scandal broke.” Those guys are like two naked peas in a luxury hotel pod!

Perez Hilton reported that the photo in question had been sent to Ryan’s former girlfriend in college. We know! We’d assumed it was from some naked pool game with Prince Harry too! Perez’s description of the image, however, does give us pause: “And although you can’t see his face in the FULL-FRONTAL shot, pretty much everyone will be able to recognize his body now that it was broadcast all over the world during the games…AND you can even see the tan line from his speedo!” Hmmm, we just hope we aren’t being tricked into looking at some other hot, ripped naked guy. We won’t stand for it! Looks like we’re going to have to do some intense side-by-side scrutiny of the supposed Ryan Lochte photo once it gets revealed. You know, just to make sure it’s legit. It’s like we’re a bunch of perverted detectives!

[Photo: Splash News Online]