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Zoe Saldana’s Attitude Towards Plastic Surgery: Notable Quotables

Notable Quotables is a weekly series featuring a great quote. Whether it’s the founder of a beloved beauty brand, an eccentric makeup artist making headlines, or even a super-stylish celebrity, our favorite tastemakers always have something worth sharing. We discovered today’s quote by Zoe Saldana while browsing UsMagazine.com. The lovely actress said that she’s been told she should get breast implants and shared her feelings about plastic surgery on Lifetime’s “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet.” We think she has a really positive view on the issue.

"As long as you’re doing it for reasons that are balanced for you [it’s okay]. It’s not even about judging what’s right or wrong. There’s nobody on this earth who can tell you that what you’re feeling is wrong. They can tell you it’s different to what they’re feeling. That said, I’m okay with people trying to do whatever it is they need to do to feel better… What doesn’t feel okay to me, what feels a little bit out of balance, is when you want to turn yourself into something else — when you want to be another person."

—Zoe Saldana on Lifetime’s The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet

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Best Celebrity Ponytails of 2011 — Vote for Your Favorite!

One of my favorite things to see on the red carpet is a really chic ponytail. Because unlike complicated chignons or intimidating side-swept updos, ponytails are beautiful in their simplicity. From tightly pulled back to messy-sexy, ponytails are easy to replicate. This past year, celebs sported plenty sassy ponies and I’ve rounded up the best. Which one is your favorte? Vote in the poll below!

Photo: Stylist

When I saw this photo of Olivia Wilde back in August at the Berlin premiere of her movie, Cowboys and Aliens, I was mesmerized. As far as I know, this is the first time a celeb has sectioned off a pony like this with elastics (for a red carpet event anyway). Given how great the look is, I don’t think it will be the last. I especially liked the sci-fi feel of the style, which was very fitting given the film’s premise.

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Nailing It: Outrageous Manis At The VMAs!

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Clockwise top Left: Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Snooki. (All photos: BellaSugar)

I absolutely adore red carpet pre-awards show coverage because I love to check out what celebs are wearing, especially on their nails. This past Sunday, I was glued to my TV for MTV’s annual Video Music Awards, and luckily the stars did not disappoint with their fashion or their manicures. From Katy Perry’s intricate design that perfectly matched her outfit to Snooki’s glittery fan-like tips, I was able to take a close up look at the best accessories of the evening on BellaSugar’s awesomely comprehensive roundup.

Who was your favorite?

Just FYI: Our go-to manicure shade of the moment is Deborah Lippmann’s sherber-color Lara’s Theme.

Top 5 Best Dressed From the Teen Choice Awards

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited when I turned on the TV last night and stumbled upon the Teen Choice Awards. At 28, you’d think that my taste would have matured beyond the young adult genre…but it hasn’t. I still have a love for teen-targeted guilty pleasures when it comes to books (The Hunger Games), movies (Harry Potter), and TV shows (The Vampire Diaries)

Aside from seeing some of my favorite heartthrobs and starlets up on stage accepting awards, I like the Teen Choice Awards because the ensembles are more relaxed and fun than other red carpets. Sadly, last night was not the best sartorial showing — several ladies let me down, particularly Emma Stone and Zooey Deschanel. At any rate, there were some very cute picks. Here are my favorites — tell me if you agree with my choices in comments!

Nina Dobrev: The Vampire Diaries star looked a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e in her flared gingham D&G dress and white clutch. She finished off the youthful look with a sweet ponytail and a pair of beautiful Ferragamo pumps.

Zoe Saldana: There is literally no one else out there that could look as good in this tiered metallic Lanvin dress. I particularly love the lady-like and very on trend just-below-the-knee hemline, which is a style I am set on incorporating into my fall wardrobe.

Kaley Kuoco: The sassy blonde was the evening’s host, so it’s only right for her to make the short list. I loved her ethereal Rebecca Taylor dress and her romantic soft waves were the perfect compliment to the ensemble.

Blake Lively: She never fails to impress me with her risk-taking and bright color choices. I am sure that her tight-fitting orange Gucci dress wasn’t the most comfortable, but it was a worthwhile sacrifice because she looked radiant. She gets extra style points for finishing off the outfit with leopard print heels. Total perfection. 

Rachel Bilson: Last night, Bilson proved yet again that she’s worthy of style-icon stature when she stepped out in the best combo of the evening: a white Chloe frock and nude Brian Atwood booties. The juxtaposition of a floaty, flirty dress and hardcore spiked heels is just brilliant. I can’t wait to see her back on the small screen this fall in her upcoming CW show Hart of Dixie.

—Meredith

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