Is it possible to not have a girl crush on Gwen Stefani? She's seriously enviable--ridiculously stylish, super talented, has an insanely darling family--and yet despite that fact, she's also completely relatable. And though she excels in so many areas, the thing that inspires us the most is Stefani's seemingly limitless amount of creativity. Who else could simultaneously create best-selling collections--her line L.A.M.B. closed the F/W 11 shows during New York Fashion Week and receives uniformly positive reviews--and write albums? Yup, you read that last bit correctly; Stefani's currently working on her sixth studio album with her No Doubt bandmates as we speak! How she manages to do all of this while keeping her signature red lipstick smear-free is beyond us, but we're just glad she's able to balance it all! We're also delighted that she managed to take time out of her insanely busy schedule to do a little Guest Editor work with us. Read on for all of Stefani's favorite items, handpicked by the style star herself!
Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Gabion Dress ($1000)
While Stefani tends to wear her own label in real life, for red-carpet appearances, she often turns to Vivienne Westwood's impeccably crafted, always edgy confections. As such, we weren't surprised when Stefani picked one of Dame Westwood's recent runway pieces for today's story. The full-skirted plaid dress has a bit of a rogue-pirate-meets-punk-rock vibe, which is in perfect keeping with Stefani's style sensibilities.
Persol Sunglasses ($235, 212.226.8276)
Today's Guest Editor has been spotted wearing a vintage pair of Persol 009 sunglasses lately, which are very cool, but sadly no longer produced. That said, these tortoiseshell shades have a very similar shape and print, plus they're actually available for purchase!
Slatkin & Co. Vanilla Coconut Candle ($19.50)
As the creator of numerous perfumes, we know that Stefani has a nose for must-have scents. So it's interesting to note that her go-to fragrance for her home is this ultra-affordable candle from Bath & Body Works. A combination of Tahitian vanilla, coconut, and warm ocean breezes, this candle is essentially a vacation with three wicks!
L.A.M.B. Trademark Audrey Leather Tote ($398)
As a self-professed animal-print lover, we had a feeling Stefani would include a piece in her picks. We were right! The item she chose is this slouchy ocelot-patterned tote from her own L.A.M.B. collection--a fabulous item indeed. This large leather bag is lightly textured and a nice departure from the more traditional leopard, so be sure to pick one up today.
L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor ($9.99) in Ravishing Red
Stefani is synonymous with red lipstick, so naturally we needed to include one in today's story. This is the exact shade of rouge she wears in her new L'Oreal commercials and we can assure you that it really lasts--impressively so! Best of all, the 10-hour long-wear formula is actually quite conditioning, so your lips never look parched.
L.A.M.B. Kapono Wedge ($325)
Stefani's no stranger to extreme footwear herself, so we were expecting a bold shoe choice from her--and we got one! We're honestly obsessed with these ivory linen and natural leather wedges, which boast a 5.5-inch wedge heel. Perfect for grounding a LWD or paired with slouchy, cuffed trousers, these sky-high wedges are a summer must-buy.
L.A.M.B. Cocoon Sweater ($325, 917.463.3553) in Black
One of the things we always admire about Stefani's day-to-day ensembles is all of the lovely knits she incorporates into her outfits. So when she chose this snuggly sweater as one of her must-have essentials, we were elated. The long, draped shape and full-to-snug sleeves are decidedly more interesting than your average cardi!
nOir Spike Ball Pyramid Ring ($210)
When we think of Stefani's jewelry choices, we tend to imagine vaguely dangerous looking pieces that have a bit of a gothic touch, and this affordable ball spike ring from nOir exemplifies our assumptions! There's something a little medieval-torture-device about it, yet it's delicately done, making it a perfect tough-girl piece.
nOir Bugle Bead Collar Necklace ($285)
Stefani's other jewelry pick--this stunning collar necklace--is a knockout. It's very Egypt-meets-Art-Deco and is certainly a statement piece. While Stefani loves it in black/gold, as seen here, it's also available in clear/gold for those of you who are interested in a slightly subtler version.