myStyle Q&A: Lauren Vélez
From rummaging through vintage shops to throwing the perfect dinner party, the Dexter star told us how she lives stylishly during GBK's Celebrity Luxury Gift Lounge in honor of the MTV Movie Awards. The actress also walked away with fun goodies, including HalfBreed clothing, a Cubify 3D printer, imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails and RevitaLash ADVANCED products.
WHAT SHE'S STYLIN': I'm just wearing stuff I put together. It's comfortable. These are Madewell jeans that I've had forever. This is a belt that I've been wanting to rock for a while. I am mostly happy about my hair.
HAIR COLOR POP: A month ago, my stepdaughter and I got this overwhelming urge to change our hair color—but just a tiny bit. It's like a secret underneath. I wanted it to be blue, but it came out as a greenish-y peacock feather. Everybody thought I was nuts. They were like, "Just buy something." I said, No! I want my hair green! Because I'm under a rock, I didn't know colored hair was a trend, so it worked out. It's really cool, and it's MTV. Although, I have to hide it for the show. I braid the piece and put it away.
FASHION PHILOSOPHY: It's eclectic, classic, funky with a little bit of glitter. I love vintage pieces! I shop vintage mostly in New York. I grew up in Rockaway Beach, which has a thrift store that sells vintage pieces that are insane for really cheap. There's also a place in Toronto called Divine Decadence, which is sick! They have couture vintage.
UNIQUE GLAM: I love to wear vintage on the red carpet because it's original. There are so many incredible designers out there, but you'll see that this person is wearing this and obviously it's a trend. I try to wear something that's very unique and expresses me. Sometimes, people don't think it works, but it doesn't matter. It's your own.
DECORATING PERSONALITY: It depends which home because I'm bicoastal. My husband, Jim Manos—he created Dexter—and I live in L.A. and in New York. We have a really industrial space—lots of iron, lots of warm colors. I'm Caribbean, so I like to have loud, bold colors everywhere. So, the mix comes out really nice.
PLANNING THE PERFECT DINNER PARTY: My stepdaughter and I do a lot of cooking. We love it! We just made some crazy lima beans—lots of beans, lots of chicken. We like to cook exotic dishes for friends who come over. We play music. We like to make it feel like anything can happen that night. We set the mood by putting peonies on the table because they're like a rose that's going crazy. They're kind of like something that's classic that can explode.
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