La Chéri Marie


Category: Hollywood Film Style

2014 Update

Chéri suffered from a tragic fall while on a shoot in LA in February. She is very blessed that she is not paralyzed however it has been a long, difficult road for recovery that seems harder every day….many of you have asked where she’s been and its been difficult to respond to the overwhelming amount of love and support received both in her personal and professional working life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

And even while recovering and struggling every day, she says she is reminded just how precious and beautiful life is.




Winter Chic

Hello my dear readers!

Many exciting things have been happening: I’ve been traveling, filming, styling, designing, and living life to the fullest!

Right now we are having an awesome New York Fashion Week  and most everyone is still suffering through chilling winter temperatures…although my California is still sunny and warm (as well as my stylish readers from the Southern Hemisphere;), this post calls for giving some beautiful winter chić ideas—because no matter the weather, you can still be beautifully stylish!


And you can never go wrong with old Hollywood glamour vintage style!


Fashion Inspiration!







Don’t be afraid for some pops of color!




Stay warm and stylish 😉


Fall into Faux Fur

Hello my dear readers!

Although it’s starting to feel more and more like winter, it is indeed still the season of Fall….what better way to up your style a notch than to wear some fabulous pieces trimmed with fur! Faux fur, of course 🙂 (Animal lover here!)

Another great way to be fashion conscious, and also earth conscious, is to find some great vintage fur pieces—you can find these items at consignment stores, outdoor Saturday markets, thrift shops, etc. Don’t let these fabulous fashion pieces go to waste!

Like always, we can take a cue from timeless styles featured in the films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Doris Day wears the most fabulous fashions in one of my most favorite films, “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson.

I LOVE this short white fur coat!!


furdorisdaypillowtalkdvdI just LOVE this ensemble!



With Rock Hudson….see how it just looks so feminine!



Grace Kelly in her famous fur coat…



Not only can you keep warm, but this cold-weather look has always stood the test of fashion time. You are guaranteed to look stylish wherever you are! Just choose pieces that are right for you and your location…

So maybe you aren’t walking down 5th Avenue in NYC, but you can still incorporate some fur into your winter-weather look.

How about a feminine fur hat? These styles are lovely this season!

Jessica Alba keeping warm in a fur trapper hat

furjessicaalbaKate Hudson keeping it casual but still wearing a cute fur hat!

furkatehudsonOr, you can opt for some fur trim on any of your coats or accessories. I recently bought some lovely black gloves with fur trim on the wrists. Très chic!

furtrimmed1A long cardigan like this with a faux fur trim going length-wise, is flattering for all shapes and sizes!



A little fur trim is all you need to be on-trend and timeless this season 🙂


So you have many options, my dear readers, to look absolutely fabulous in fur–faux fur 🙂




The Importance of Shoes!

Hello my dear readers!

I hope you are all well and happy and feeling beautiful at this lovely time of year! There is much going on! Once again, I am still hopeful for launching my company very soon but alas, I’ve been quite busy working in Hollywood 😉 So much great news!

However, we must tackle the issue of…..the extreme importance of wearing the right shoes!!!

As evidenced by the lovely and talented actress Rebecca Hall recently, it’s good to just refresh ourselves on how to wear footwear properly! I absolutely love Rebecca and like her, we all make fashion mistakes from time to time. When she was attending the Venice International Film Festival this week, she made the mistake of wearing those oh-so-popular-and-comfortable shoes on the red carpet that are also very clunky and unattractive. Kind of like the crocs that are popular? You know what I mean? Now don’t get me wrong, I have many times whipped off my stillettos and gone barefoot or have slid into some comfortable flip flops while holding my towering high heels 😉 But let’s just talk about why you should wear the right shoes to make YOU look fabulous!

The beautiful Rebecca Hall

RebeccaHall1Also at the International Venice Film Festival….

Sophie Kennedy Clark


The beautiful Gia Coppola



Also this week, in New York, the ever gorgeous Christie Brinkley and her stunning daughter Sailor Cook


Now if you’ll notice, all of these ladies are wearing heels which elongate their legs and make them look more attractive. That is the whole purpose! You can also do the same thing with flats, you just have to choose wisely!

Remember: “Fashion fades but style remains the same” -Coco Chanel

These croc type comfortable shoes make be all the rage but they are definitely not going down in style books!

If you want to stick with flats and be comfortable (hey, who doesn’t!?) then opt for flats like these beauties highlighted over at Shoewawa….


1. Chloe chain-detail ballerina pump, £299 at Farfetch
2. Melissa Royale 11 Latte pump, £65 at Coggles
3. Mulberry Oxford flat in cracked rose gold leather, £357 at Mulberry
4. Jimmy Choo Warwick blush leather ballet flats, £250 at Net-a-Porter
5. Giuseppe Zanotti python-embossed pump, £344 at Farfetch


Look for a more pointy toe to make your legs longer and leaner….

You can also opt for my favorite, the ever beautiful kitten heel

Taylor Swift wearing her kitten heels

Taylor+Swift+Heels+Kitten+Heels+PtRrAX886LElAnd if Audrey Hepburn wore them, then we should too!! 🙂

audreyhepburn1So the lesson is that we all make fashion mistakes, but we can easily fix them and look fabulous 🙂



Boutique Update!

Hello my lovely readers and website visitors! Just a quick note to say that I am working very hard on bringing my online store to life! I am planning on launching soon but in the meantime, please follow me on twitter @CheriBallinger to keep up-to-date on my latest adventures! I want to launch my company properly, so I will have to do it when the time is right (and I have the time!) but thank you for all of your support and interest! You are all my inspiration! 

CheriMarieLogoStay tuned and when the time is right, I will announce my launch 🙂


Sofia Vergara and Film Fashion

Hello my lovely readers!

Actress Sofia Vergara was sporting such beautiful, classic looks on the set of her latest film “Chef” filming in Miami yesterday…

sofiavergara1She looks so stunning in this dress and her addition of simple bracelets for jewelery and some tan/gold stilettos complete the look!

With her co-stars on the set:


Another beautiful, ladylike look:

sofiavergara4These looks can give us all a little bit of inspiration! I love adding just a few gold or silver bangles to bring some extra femininity to an outfit and the correct length and cut of your dress is so important! Everyone has a different body shape but the secret is to leave a little to the imagination 😉 so be sexy without being trashy. Stay classy with the length and cut! Sofia just looks so gorgeous in these 2 outfits!


Stay beautiful


Fashion Friday 7/5/13

Hello my beautiful readers! I hope everyone had a beautiful Independence Day yesterday!! Yesterday was a special day for America….hope you were all dressed in beautiful reds, whites, and blues! 🙂

Today is once again a Fashion Friday and I’d love to share with you the beautiful German actress/model Diane Kruger who was recently named the new face of Chanel

Here she is shooting her latest commercial for Chanel


Diane-Kruger-for-Chanel-Beauty-2013-by-Peter-LindberghAnd she also will grace the August US edition of Marie Claire magazine with a stunning editorial…I love this feminine red dress!!



Fashion Friday 6/14/13

Happy Fashion Friday!!

The beautiful Jessica Alba has been on her latest film set, Dear Eleanor, in Colorado. I can’t wait to see it, but what is capturing attention is the wardrobe!

Channeling the 1960s, she definitely hits the mark and looks fab!

So put on a lovely hat and summer dress and enjoy this beautiful June weekend 🙂




The Jeweled Collar Trend

Hello my dear readers! I just picked up a beautiful top from H&M that has the prettiest neckline–a jeweled collar. We are seeing this trend everywhere lately and I love it!

imageThere’s a few reasons why I just love this look! Not only does it add extra style to any outfit, but it allows you to wear little to no jewelry-thereby saving you money without sacrificing beautiful style  🙂

You can even do this yourself for any shirts you might already have! Madigan Made gives a great tutorial for anyone to do:


It’s very feminine and easy to wear…




Cannes 2013

Hello beautiful readers! Where is the place to be right now? Cannes, France !!

The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival is well underway, complete with a jewel heist and pouring rain during the red carpet. Clearly, a lot has been going down! However, Hollywood glamour is in full swing and the added touch of French air is making the beauty stakes high 😉

Here’s a glimpse of some of the most stylish…


Carina-Lau-In-Elie-Saab-Couture-–-‘Bends’-Cannes-Film-Festival-PhotocallA whole row of style!

'The Bling Ring' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

However, there were a lot of fashion misses too (I won’t name names)….showing too much cleavage on the side, too much of a plunge, or no support up top. It has to be set off with something so that it doesn’t look tacky. Also, the dresses with too much prints going on just never do a woman justice. Wear more solids then accessorize. We can all learn from this because “fashion fades, but style remains the same” (Coco Chanel)

In the spirit of style, here are some beautiful style examples from Cannes over the years…

cannesvintage1cannesvintage2cannesvintage3cannesvintage6cannesvintage5cannes_sophialorencannesvintage7Elsa Maxwellcannesvintage99Bon week-end!