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Just as its name suggets, the Film Independent Spirit Awards—an annual precursor to the Academy Awards which doles out trophies for artier, smaller-budget films—is also a night when Hollywood’s starlets feel free to do their own thing on the red carpet. In terms of fashion, it’s like the Oscars’ cool younger sister (the Skipper to Oscars' Barbie, if you will). Set in a tent on Santa Monica beach, the chill atmosphere usually makes for more interesting semi-casual attire, a departure from the ball gown parade. From rompers to cocktail dresses, here are our favorite looks.

SHAILENE WOODLEY IN LYN DEVON

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.Photo: Getty Images

Shailene Woodley is case in point of the stark contrast between the Oscars and Indie Spirit Awards, where stars wear real clothes—or, at least, clothes most people have a better chance of wearing IRL. The Spectacular Now nominee serves as a tutorial on how to wear a crop top on the red carpet, keeping the trend strong. Her Lyn Devon outfit perfectly balanced out her bare midriff with a tasteful maxi skirt, and majorly complemented her new pixie cut. Best of all: Shailene didn’t look too precious or fussy.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press' Golden Globe Awards is one of our favorite red carpet events of the year. Sure, there's the Oscars, the Grammys, and of course, our own Movie Awards and VMAs, but there's a spirited mix of glamour and richesse when it's not only the hottest names in film but in television as well. Plus, there's the heightened pressure of being the award ceremony RIGHT before the Academy Awards. We're sure that picking the 2012 Golden Globe Winners wasn't an easy task, but cutting down a list of the night's best dressed to our top 10 was a VERY SERIOUS challenge, too. After some HEATED debate and 11 pounds of sugar EACH (thank you, Momofuku cake truffles and Sour Patch children) in the Official MTV Style Situation Room, *wipes beads of sweat from sodden brow* we did it. Here we GO.

DIANNA AGRON IN GILES DEACON

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron at the 2012 Golden Globes.
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Dianna Agron in head-to-toe scarlet Giles Deacon may very well be our favorite look of the night. While wearing red on the red carpet is a risky move, this gown is genuinely a work of art and styled so expertly that Dianna more than pulls it off. She keeps her hair in a simple updo with bold red lips and minimizes jewelry to highlight the majestic laser-cut tiers and swans.
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Talk about Golden GLOBES, y'all. *Violates EVERYONE'S personal space with aggressive elbow nudging and winking* We don't think we're alone in saying that tonight's red carpet showing could kiiind of be described as a "Night of the Living BOOBZ." Meaning that a grip of stunning starlets aired out their cleavage in a big way for the special event. From the plunging navel-grazing necklines of Rooney Mara and Evan Rachel Wood to the high-drama décolletage of Madonna and Reese Witherspoon, having your lady lumps in plain view was a definite sartorial theme for the night.

STRONG STERNUM

Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Lea Michele, and Evan Rachel Wood bare their sternums for the 2012 Golden Globes.
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Low-sloping necklines ruled the red carpet tonight. From Rooney Mara's edgy latticed Nina Ricci to Charlize Theron's WIDE open ballerina pink Christian Dior, from the sequined, sheer overlay décolletage of Lea Michele's Marchesa gown *deeeeeeeeeeeep breath* to the Gucci-draped glandulars of Evan Rachel Wood, sternums were a big star on this year's Golden Globes red carpet. Check out these lovely lady clavicles, too. Extra points abound for looks being left unfettered by any superfluous necklaces. Pro status.

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The 2011 MTV Movie Awards is behind us but all that means is that's it's time to saunter down (very recent) memory lane to muse and mull over our favorite looks of the night. Sure Twilight swept the awards and dominated the Red Carpet but our picks for the favorite were a little more diverse. Running the gamut from "Easy A"'s Emma Stone to Chanel muse Blake Lively, the ensembles boasted trends that were varied and inspired so with no further ado, here are our favorites.

LEIGHTON MEESTER:

Leighton Meester at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Leighton Meester's art-deco-gone-disco-ball not only flaunted the mirrored shard trend but a second trend of a shortshort cocktail length juxtaposed by long sleeves. Plus, a deep, dark tan and lighter hair set off the dramatic reflections exquisitely.

REESE WITHERSPOON:

Reese Witherspoon at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Oh man, if Reese Witherspoon didn't wail on R. Pattz for his flubbed lines in the show (good natured ribbing of course. Ever the consummate professional, Reese brings flawless effortlessness in a juuuuust about knee-length, ultra fitted, Zac Posen leopard-print aqua and brown dress. The subtle sweetheart bodice adds a nuanced air while her tousled, beach-wavy blonde hair hits all the notes of a calculated informality. We see you, Reese!

EMMA WATSON:

Emma Watson at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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We were on pins and needles (frantically chatting with the Marchesa twitter feed) about whether or not Emma would wear their fitted, stark white, mini-sheath—with the fringe and the beads and the YUM—and we're thrilled that she did. The Potter star was lovely, gracious, and appeared to GLIDE on her reflective silver, sky-high Brian Atwood heels. Heavenly. Naturally.

BLAKE LIVELY:

Blake Lively at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Blake Lively is a sleek aerodynamic nymph in a gorgeous cut-out Michael Kors dress, which further proves that she is probably most at home being some sort of beautiful mer-creature. And to further prove the fact that she is actually a WOMAN times 10, she's got that hair pulled into a streamlined ponytail, which makes us feel like she probably got right out of the pool after "kissing her skin" with sun and just came on over to the awards.

HAILEE STEINFELD:

Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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The thing about this Louis Vuitton tuxedo that we've rhapsodized enthusiastically about SEVERAL times now is that the fit was just perfect. Now, we realize the 'p' word is bandied around so frequently as to be egregiously diluted but the cut was insane. The sequin lapel and tuxedo stripe on the pant showed a fantastically whimsical element but the slightly flared trouser leg added just the sleekest hint of '70s that was reminiscent of the BEST Stella McCartney pant circa early Chloe in a way that made us feel wildly nostalgic and happy. Fash geek-fest over.

MILA KUNIS:

Mila Kunis at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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So Mila Kunis didn't walk the Red Carpet and for that we have a single-teared frowny face sticker added to her permanent file. But it's scratch-n-stiff and smells like lilacs so it's still a happy ending! The Justin Timberlake molesting 'Black Swan' star kept it simple and complemented a deep, black top with a silver and gold HEAVILY textured metallic, body-con mini. Balmain and therefore IMPOSSIBLE to go wrong.

ELLE FANNING:

Elle Fanning at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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There are all of these girls on the red carpet at the Awards, and while most of them are bright young things, Miss Elle Fanning is so young, so tall, and clearly has a much-talented older sib to possibly over-shadow her. But instead, she goes for the bloomers (with blooms! Blooming bloomers!). Sure, it's a youthful romper and all, but the she drops the bomb on us that it is Dolce and Gabbana.

KRISTEN STEWART:

Kristen Stewart at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Kristen Stewart's hardware-laden Balmain strapless dress was PUHLENTY impressive from a distance as we were deafened by the screaming Twilight fans but as she approached we realized that the deep red number wasn't beaded as we'd earlier thought but pierced throughout and riddled with hundreds of safety pins. Bad. Ass. Plus, think of the countless wardrobe malfunctions she could ameliorate with the handy fastenings! Yes. I just said, "ameliorate" it is one million o'clock here.

HOLLAND RODEN:

Holland Roden at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Who is this lovely statuette of a woman that has shown up on our screen, looking a bit like an idol/goddess? Grab a pen all: This is Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden. She’s prepped for her first red carpet (and judging by the Amy Adams’-like nature of her get-up, definitely not her last) in a killer Jad Ghandour gown that has a massive train, but is still fitting her form and showing off her killer gams. And lastly, the one-shouldered geometry of this dress is just slaying us. Forget wolves vs. vampires: We’re Team Holland.

EMMA STONE:

Emma Stone at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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The temptation to flub a vitamin C opening joke in this write up is an enticing one but we're not sure it conveys the proper sentiment which is that we ADORED Emma Stone's playful foray into prettily, citrussy color palettes. From her nails to her clutch to the foundation layer of her Bottega Veneta dress, we loved the completeness of her convictions.

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Jem from 'Jem and the Holograms.'
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• Guys, Jem and the Holograms is coming back to TV. YAHOO!! In celebration of this glorious event, we found numerous ways to dress EXACTLY like her. Check out how to cop Jem's look here!

• The Movie Awards are almost here!! No, seriously it's, like, this weekend, and we are SO EXCITED to see all the amazing FASHION! So far we've gotten a sneak peek of Bella's wedding dress from Twilight: Breaking Dawn (the full clip will air on Sunday!), noodled over what Kristen Stewart might wear to the show, guessed the top beauty trends, announced that Christian Siriano will be hosting the red carpet report, and looked back on Generation Award winner Reese Witherspoon's iconic fashion movie moments.

• What were those hot dudes up to this week? Bradley Cooper surprised us all by speaking impeccable French, Dita Von Teese's boyfriend Louis-Marie de Castelbajac looks super model-y and hot in Paris, Rain stylishly traveled around the world with us, and Álex González begged to be put on the cover of a romance novel. Also, can we just add that we LOVE dudes with long hair? KAY.

• This week our cover girls knocked it out of the PARK. Beyoncé radiated otherworldliness on the cover of Essence, Zoë Kravitz looked rocker chic for ASOS magazine, and Rihanna KILLED it in a tribal ensemble on the cover of Cosmopolitan.

• Fashion isn't always about runways and high-end couture. Sometimes it's about the WEIRD-AS-HALE stuff you stumble upon while searching the internetz. Here were some of our favorite finds: dresses made of cheese, rat fashion conventions, and totally reversible jeans.

Check back on Sunday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. ET because MTV Style will be live blogging straight from the 2011 MTV Movie Awards red carpet!! See you then!

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Guys. The 2011 MTV Movie Awards are upon us, and of course, we'll have our eyeballs glued to the red carpet for all the most memorable moments but the announcement that holds us in THRALL right now is the fact that the coveted MTV Generation Award is being presented to none other than the elegant and talented Reese Witherspoon. The woman's range is unbelievable, from winning an Oscar for a poignant American biopic AND starring in an awesomely campy blockbuster that yielded multiple sequels (not to mention a Broadway musical). This award is totally 250 percent deserved, so in honor of this esteemed accomplishment and Reese's epic career, we're taking a look back at her top 10 most iconic movie looks. Again, for us, it's all about the FASHION.

10. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (2011)

Reese Witherspoon as Marlena Rosenbluth in 'Water for Elephants.'
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Character: Marlena Rosenbluth
Costume Design by: Jaqueline West
The Look: With platinum finger waves, tight curls, and elegant, figure-flattering cuts, Reese channels Jean Harlow in the old Hollywood glamour of Water for Elephants. Even in casual wear, she's dressed to the nines in a nautical striped belted top, a white midi-length pencil skirt, and a smart white beret. Very Gaultier of a certain period.

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Lady Gaga performs in Las Vegas on March 25.
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Lady Gaga reportedly has a new side hustle as a writer for V, a high-fashion magazine. Before her first column hits on May 12, she's asking her fans to submit illustrations of her as an editor (don't forget the horn bone prosthetics). The best drawing will accompany the singer-turned-scribe's monthly musings. {Fashionista}

• At least one student at Ellender High School in Louisiana is fighting the principal's ruling that prohibits girls from wearing tuxedos to the prom. Hello, Mr. Principal! Isn't this the 21st century? {Glamour}

• We didn't see this one coming: According to Reese Witherspoon, her Water for Elephants costar Robert Pattinson had "dirty fingernails and hair," and "his clothes were dirty all the time." Method acting? {People StyleWatch}

The Kardashian crew—Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney—and their mom, Kris Jenner, are clad in white frocks and nude pumps on the May cover of Redbook magazine. Inside, the ladies tell why they just might be the hardest-working family in showbiz. {Us}

• The latest comic book heroine? That would be Angelina Jolie. We're kinda sad that the new 32-page book "Female Force: Angelina Jolie" features an introspective look at the star's career and family life...instead of showing Angie kicking bad guy butt. {Us}

• Rapper Foxy Brown got the boot in the Cayman Islands from cruise security after she LOST IT when spa staff denied her an onboard nail appointment for which she was three hours late. Dang, don't mess with a girl in need of a fill-in! {Us}

• The new Alexa Chung for Madewell collection hits soon, but as you wait (patiently), check out the five mix-and-match pieces she plans to wear to the ground. {She Finds}

Nicki Minaj wore her now-signature beehive wig dyed green for the Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth event held yesterday in New York City. So apropos. {Just Jared}

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Lady Gaga performs at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13
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• Lady Gaga is slated to receive the Fashion Icon award during CFDAs (aka "the Oscars of fashion"). But, really, who could compete with shoulder bone prosthetics? {The Cut}

• Whoaohoh! Adele looks mazin' in the April issue of InStyle (shot by Eric Traore), where she's demonstrating how to wear violet makeup like it's nobody's business. {Coco Perez}

• TOMS shoes creator Blake Mycoskie sure knows how to leave you in suspense. He recently announced that the company would be branching out from shoes, but he won't give details until June 7! Patience is NOT our virtue. {Fashionologie}

• Denim wax strips make the gawd-awful procedure of a bikini wax less painful, discovers journalist (our own field reports pending). {Allure}

• Didn't make it on Project Runway?...or The Fashion Show? You're in luck—NBC is casting amateur and professional designers for a new competition show. {The Cut}

• Fashion designer Nicole Miller is capitalizing on the whole social media thing—she's smartly launched Nicole Miller TV, where fans can get a closer look into her world. Studio time and private dinner parties abound. {Fashionista}

• Monique Lhullier snaps up another celeb-bride-to-be. Reese Witherspoon has reportedly chosen to wear one of the designer's gowns when she gets hitched to CAA Agent Jim Toth. Done and done (eh-hmm, Kate Middleton). {Us}

• Were we the only ones that didn't know that Giorgio Armani owned a basketball team?! The Milan-based squad is called the Olimpia Armani Jeans. That is all. {Refinery}

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8:26 pmNatalie Portman glows as she shows off her growing baby bump in a violet silk chiffon Rodarte gown with matching shoes and fringe earrings.

Natalie Portman on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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8:16 pmZachary Levi, who is singing with Mandy Moore at tonight's show, proves (once again) why we chose him as a Hottest Hustler a few weeks ago. This guy looks amazingly sharp from neck (the bow tie!) to toe (the shiny lace-ups!).

Zachary Levi on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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8:01 pm — We're seeing a trend! Sandra Bullock ALSO wore red on the red carpet. Her pick: a classic and beautiful Vera Wang strapless gown with a full and fabulous bustle.

Sandra Bullock on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:56 pmGwyneth Paltrow looks sleek and modern (like we'd want to look on a red carpet!) in a metallic gold Calvin Klein gown with a deep skinny V-neck front.

Gwyneth Paltrow on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:53 pmJustin Timberlake might just be the best-dressed man on the red carpet. Probably because his Tom Ford tux is custom-tailored to fit him like a glove.

Justin Timberlake on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:51 pmNicole Kidman, who is nominated for Best Actress, looks statuesque in a strapless origami-style Dior gown.

Nicole Kidman on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:49 pmReese Witherspoon took a cue from all of the men in black and white tuxes. She's rocking a strapless B&W Armani Privé gown with a super-subtle train.

Reese Witherspoon on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:44 pmHalle Berry can do no wrong, especially when it comes to her dress picks. She looks flawless in a nude glittery Marchesa dress with tulle details around the skirt.

Halle Berry on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:41 pmAndrew Garfield, who is presenting tonight, looks totally dapper in a Louis Vuitton tuxedo (with a bow tie) and shoes.

Andrew Garfield on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:35 pm — Presenter Hilary Swank rocks a glittery strapless gown by Gucci. The silver feathers around the skirt are so funky and fun!

Hilary Swank on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:33 pm — Best actor nominee Jesse Eisenberg makes nerdy look so freakin' chic in a classic black suit with a skinny tie.

Jesse Eisenberg on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:24 pm — Who's digging the lacy, form-fitting Dolce & Gabbana gown that Scarlett Johansson is rocking? WE ARE!! Our only critique is that the maroon hue doesn't pop off the red carpet as much as we'd like it to.

Scarlett Johansson on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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7:09 pm — In a sea of black and white tuxes, Jennifer Hudson brings a pop of color in this tangerine Versace halter dress. And the word on the street is that she's wearing purple shoes underneath!

Jennifer Hudson on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:59 pm — Bucking the black-and-white tux trend, Russell Brand wears a black-and-navy ensemble with a horizontal striped shirt.

Russell Brand on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:57 pmAmy Adams' L'Wren Scott '40's-style glitter dress is fab, but the biceps that she's baring are even more awesome!

Amy Adams on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:53 pm — Lovely is probably the best way we can describe Michelle Williams' look—her lightly coiffed pixie, her circle diamond earrings, and her glittery Chanel frock.

Michelle Williams on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:51 pm — Performer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine wears a lot of nude/beige on red carpets, so this lacy Valentino number was no big surprise. But we love it nonetheless!!

Florence Welch on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:48 pmAnne Hathaway looks red hot in a strapless, body-hugging Valentino gown. Check the gorgeous train details!

Anne Hathaway on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:44 pmMandy Moore, who is slated to perform tonight, may have looked to "Oscar" for inspiration—she sparkles in a glittering gold Monique Lhuillier gown.

Mandy Moore on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:34 pmMila Kunis dazzles in a peekaboo lavender lace tiered Elie Saab dress paired with pink clutch and minimal jewelry.

Mila Kunis on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:28 pm — Cutie Hailee Steinfeld takes a cue from Black Swan in a ballerina-esque light pink Marchesa gown.

Hailee Steinfeld on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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6:15 pmJennifer Lawrence heats up the red carpet in a fiery Calvin Klein Collection gown. One word: smokin'!

Jennifer Lawrence on the Academy Awards red carpet.
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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards is tonight! Will King's Speech win for Best Film? Will Natalie Portman take home an Oscar for her role in Black Swan? Who knows! The more important question (as far as we're concerned) is: What will the stars be wearing? Will young nominee Hailee Steinfeld rock something new from Prada or something vintage? Will cohost James Franco keep his ensemble classy or kooky? Well, it's time to find out. We'll be here live-blogging the red carpet arrivals, so come back and tell us what you're loving/hating. And for the whole kit and caboodle, click here to check out the MTV Style Academy Awards fashion gallery!

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Nicki Minaj in New York City on November 23, 2010.
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• If you weren't lucky enough to score Nicki Minaj 's Pink Friday lipstick for MAC (it sold out FAST), there's still hope. The rapper and cosmetic company are in talks to bring the light pink lip lacquer back. {Coco Perez}

• On Monday, Jersey Shore's Vinny is launching his own T-shirt line for charity. We love that! {Coco Perez}

• Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell designed--and modeled for--her own swimsuit line. {Daily Mail}

• Still looking for a New Year's Eve makeup look? Try one of these eight creative lip looks on for size...if you're brave enough! {Stylelite}

Reese Witherspoon's talent agent boyfriend, Jim Toth, popped the question with a ROCK; a 4-carat Ashoka diamond set on a pavé diamond and platinum band. How could she say no? {E! Online}

• The goal of model Elle Macpherson's new lingerie line is to erase VBL (aka Visible Bra Line). Genius! {Glamour}

• Promo shots of Alexander McQueen's spring 2011 bag collections have started to emerge. We are swooning over the cool-looking skull clutches. {Purse Blog}

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