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  • Best and Worst Dressed at the 2017 American Music Awards

    With the year coming to a close, another 2017 awards ceremony is now but memory. The 45th Annual American Music Awards took place on November 19, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. It was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross.

    With the 2017 AMAs being the last awards show of the year, the pressure was on for celebrities to make best dressed lists. Outfits had to be on-point and paired perfectly with accessories, hair, and makeup. With the pressure so high, celebs either end up succeeding with flying colors or totally missing the mark. See our picks for best and worst dressed below, and even how you can snag those best dressed styles yourself!

    Best Dressed at the 2017 AMAs

    Tracee Ellis Ross

    Source: Billboard.com, Getty/Nielson Barnard

    With Tracee Ellis Ross hosting the event, of course she is number one on our AMAs Best Dressed list. Our favorite look of hers for the night was the gorgeous burgundy sequined gown she wore on the red carpet.

    Grab Tracee's AMAs style with Primavera 9713, a glamorous sequined gown that comes in burgundy just like her dress. This magnificent fitted gown is covered in a lively sequin print, from start to finish. Our favorite part of this dress has to be the mesmerizing illusion cutouts on the back of the dress. Click the link above to view it on our website!

    Corinne Foxx

    Corrine Foxx is taking the fashion scene head-on this year! If you haven't heard this name yet, she is actor Jamie Foxx's daughter. Earlier this year, she walked the Sherri Hill runway to show off the designer's new Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Now, she's walking award show red carpets... right next to her big-time celebrity dad, of course.Jovani 50908

    Do you recognize the jumpsuit she's wearing? If so, that's because she's rocking another one of your favorite dress designers: Jovani! The halter jersey jumpsuit she's wearing is Jovani 50908. It's a stylish and sexy choice that still oozes with elegance for any event, whether the red carpet or the prom dance floor.

    Selena Gomez

    Source: Billboard.com, Getty/J.Merritt

    Selena went for full-on rock star at the 2017 American Music Awards. We loved her leather jacket inspired dress, and her brand new blonde hair! The black stilettos and clutch and red lips were the perfect way to finish off her rocker-chic look.

    While this is a totally original dress that's hard to duplicate, there are plenty of faux leather dresses you can choose from that are perfect for holiday parties, winter formals, or even prom.

    Selena showed off her badass side on the stage, too, debuting her latest single, "Wolves," a collaboration with Marshmellow. Check it out below!

    Lea Michele

    When does Lea Michele not look totally chic? Basically never. She chose a light pink gown that has us so ready for prom season! She kept her makeup and accessories simple to really let the sparkles on her dress stand out. Watch her twirl down the red carpet in her gown in the below video.

    Get Lea's AMAs style with Faviana 10006, and off-the-shoulder dress that features a lace bodice and chiffon skirt. It's a soft and sultry look that's sure to have you twirling around the prom dance floor just like Lea down the AMAs red carpet!

    Faviana 10006

    Jenna Dewan Tatum

    With Channing Tatum by you're side, we're pretty sure there's no way to look bad. Jenna's got a style all her own, though, and she looked so gorgeous at the 2017 AMAs! She wore a sparkly nude color dress and couldn't have looked sexier. She even said on her Instagram account that this dress is one of her favorites ever!

    Shameless dress pic. Because it’s one of my favorites ever. Thank you @julienmacdonald ⭐️❤️

    A post shared by Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennadewan) on


    To get Jenna Dewan Tatum's look for prom, go with Jovani 58506. This dress makes for a sexy choice with its all-over sparkles, side cutouts, and open back. It's a look perfect for a black tie New Year's Eve event or prom!Jovani 58506

    Worst Dressed at the 2017 AMAs

    Yara Shahidi

    Yara Shahidi 2017 AMAs Source: Popsugar.com, Getty/Nielson Barnard

    While we love all that sparkles, actress Yara Shahidi has a lot going on with her AMAs look. The combination of collared shirt, dressy shorts, trench coat, and knee-high socks with heels looks more like a totally funky day-out-with-the-girls outfit, rather than a red carpet outfit.

    Madeleine Petsch

    Madelaine Petsch 2017 AMAs Source: Celebzz.com

    Black dresses are perfect for any event, but there's a little too much going on with Madeleine Petsch's black dress. A black dress is all about classic elegance; keep it simple, rather than trying to fit every trend, like feathers, lace, illusion, deep v-neck, etc, all into one dress.

    Sabrina Carpenter

    Sabrina Carpenter American Music Awards 2017 Source: Popsugar.com, Getty/Emma McIntyre

    We love Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter, and she usually has such great style! But, she may have gone a little overboard with taking a cue from the funky styles she wears on Girl Meets World with her AMAs looks. While it's always fun to add a touch of uniqueness to your looks, keep it within limits for semi-formal and formal events.

    Julia Michaels

    Julia Michaels American Music Awards 2017 Source: Eonline.com, Getty/Neilson Barnard

    We're not sure if Julia Michaels is trying to dress up as Lydia in her wedding dress from the Beetlejuice movie, a Christmas present, or a loofa Halloween costume! Either way, while bold red is a totally great color choice, the excessive layers of tulle are a little much.

    Rene Bargh

    Renne Bargh 2017 AMAs Source: Eonline.com, Getty/Neilson Barnard

    We love army green, but it may be misplaced at a formal event, especially when paired with a statement belt like on Rene Bargh's AMA dress.

    Remember, whether on the best or worst dressed list, there are always style cues you can take and incorporate into your own outfits. So, even if there are certain elements of the worst dressed looks you loved, don't be afraid to incorporate them into your next outfit! After all, the most important thing in dressing up is choosing something you're comfortable and confident in.

  • Lauren Conrad's Cruella de Vil Halloween Costume is a Perfect Way to Spook Out Any LBD

    With Halloween so close, if you haven't conjured up your perfect Halloween look yet, it's time to get your bones moving. Being the fashion obsessed gals that we are at RissyRoos.com, we're not about to settle for any store-bought Halloween costume. As we're sure all of our Roo Girls know, we're big proponents of accessorizing little black dresses to create a totally chic Halloween look. From a sexy vampire, to a fierce black cat, to a sassy witch, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to a LBD, or any black dress for that matter.

    That's exactly why we're excited about Lauren Conrad's DIY Halloween costume this year! On Thursday, October 19th, she revealed her 2017 Halloween Costume. Guess what was at the forefront of it: a black dress! This year, she's dressing up as Cruella de Vil, which couldn't be a more sassy and evil, but super chic look for Halloween.

    The costume is easy to put together. Here's everything you'll need:  Continue reading

  • Watch The Sherri Hill Spring/Summer 2018 Runway Show

    We may be going into the cooler fall and winter months, but dress designer Sherri Hill is in full Prom 2018 mode with steaming hot new looks. While the new Sherri Hill Spring/Summer 2018 Collection isn't available yet, the designer held their runway show on Tuesday, September 13, 2017 as a preview of what's to come.

    The entire show was streamed live on Facebook, and we are obsessing over all of the new styles! If you missed the live stream, watch the entire Sherri Hill Spring/Summer 2018 Runway Show below.

    It looks like fringe is coming back in full-force with Sherri Hill for the upcoming season. So many looks featured chic fringe detail that we can't wait to get our hands on. Other than fringe, there were lots of bold colors, unique patterns and embellishments, florals, jumpsuits, dresses with capes, and lots of sparkles.

    The gorgeous new Sherri Hill dresses are not the only reason that we loved what we saw on the Sherri Hill Spring/Summer 2018 runway. We also loved who we saw on the runway! In case you missed it, actor Jamie Foxx's daughter, Corinne Foxx, was one of Sherri Hill's models. InStyle went behind the scenes to show the 23-year-old transforming into a bonafide supermodel. Watch the video below.  Continue reading

  • Miss America 2018 Cara Mund Wins In JOVANI!

    Another year has gone by, and a new Miss America has been crowned! Sunday, September 10, 2017 marked the Miss America 2018 pageant, held in our hometown of Atlantic City, NJ. The 91st Miss America crown was given to a first-time state winner. The history-making Miss America is Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund!

    Not only is this the first time North Dakota has won the crown, but it's also the first time that a woman from her state has placed in the top five. Cara Mund did an amazing job, from being judged in categories like talent, evening wear, lifestyle, fitness, and their answer to an onstage question. During the talent portion of the pageant, Cara wowed the judges with a jazz dance performance to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." Our favorite part of Cara winning the Miss America crown, though, was what she was wearing when crowned. She won in a Jovani dress!

    Miss North Dakota Cara Mund

    Cara represented North Dakota in a beautiful chic and sophisticated black velvet Jovani gown that featured a unique keyhole detail on both the front and back. It's style 27462, and is available for custom order.

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  • Jenelle Evans in Sherri Hill for the 2017 VMAs

    29This past Sunday, August 27th, so many celebrities walked the red carpet for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, where they celebrated and honored music videos that were released between June 25, 2016 and June 23, 2017. Katy Perry hosted the event, and certainly made for a fun night.

    Possibly the most anticipated moment of the evening was the premiere of Taylor Swift's music video for her new single, "Look What You Made Me Do." Earlier in the week, she had surprised fans when she deleted all of her images from her Instagram account, to be replaced by two videos of a snake. So, we knew something big was coming, and that something big was the release of her newest music video during the 2017 VMAs!

    The video was much darker than Taylor's usual direction. The video was all about Taylor's reputation, displaying different versions of herself, including as a zombie! It was a direct jab at past issues with Kanye West and Katy Perry. So, it was certainly quite the statement for the video to be released during an awards ceremony that Katy Perry was hosting! If you haven't watched the video yet, check it out below.


    Believe it or not, with Tay being the dedicated, creative artist that she is, Tay has already also released a lyric video version of her song. Check out that video, as well, below.


    There were so many other memorable events during this year's VMAs, including P!nk's acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. But, being Rissy Roo's, we're here to talk about the red carpet fashion, and there is one very important VMAs 2017 dress that we're here to share with you!

    We know there were so many gorgeous looks on the VMAs red carpet, but there was one special look that really stuck out to us - a Sherri Hill dress! Reality TV star Jenelle Evans, known for MTV's shows "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom 2," rocked a Sherri Hill dress on the 2017 VMAs red carpet, and it looked so gorgeous on her. Check out a picture of her in the dress below!
    Jenelle Evans Sherri Hill 50948 Photo Source: Facebook
    The dress that Jenelle wore was Sherri Hill 50948, a beautiful two-piece gown that features a v-neck top with an open square back and a full, floor-length a-line skirt. The top is embellished Mwith a vibrant bouquet of floral embroidery that makes for a stand-out look against the black skirt. It's difficult to tell in Jennelle's picture, but the skirt features a hide side slit. Check out the dress on our website to see the slit!

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  • Top Trends for Homecoming 2017

    With summer on its way out and fall 2017 almost here, it's time to update that wardrobe with new looks to take you into the cooler months. Of course, our favorite fall dress-up day is Homecoming, and there are six trends that we are obsessing over for Homecoming 2017. Check them out below for some great ideas to ensure you're totally on-trend for your back to school homecoming dance.

    Trend #1: Lace Dresses

    Homecoming 2017 Trend Lace Dresses

    The most in-demand Homecoming 2017 styles starts with a trend that's been a staple over a few years now, for both Homecoming and Prom. That trend is lace! A dress embellished with lace details makes for such a timeless romantic look, and can easily be dressed up or down.

    The dress shown in the picture above is Alyce 2646. This cocktail dress not only features lace, but also another Homecoming 2017 top trend, velvet. This romantic two-piece party dress features a velvet halter top with a high neckline, sleek side cut outs, and an open lower back. The short A-line skirt features not only lace, but a beautifully beaded waistband, opaque underlay, and a scalloped hem.

    Trend #2: Green Dresses

    Homecoming 2017 Trend Green Dresses

    Still trying to figure out what color to rock for Homecoming? Green is the color of choice for fall 2017! The reason that green is such a popular color this year is because Pantone named "Greenery" as the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year! Whether you rock a bright green color like the Color of the Year, or a darker hue, you'll be totally on-point with a green dress this fall.

    The dresses shown above are: Sherri Hill 51289 and JVN by Jovani JVN42635. Both of these dresses are perfect for showing off your figure. Sherri Hill 51289 is a lively cocktail dress that's covered in a wild sequin pattern. Jovani JVN42635 is a lovely lace pattern with botanical hints of flowers and leaves throughout the dress, all placed over a nude lining.  Continue reading

  • Rissy Roo's at the JCC of Atlantic County Sip & Shop in Margate NJ

    All of our local Roo Girls know we love to be a part of our southern New Jersey community. The latest in community fun came last week, on Wednesday, July 12th, when Rissy Roo's attended as the Fashion Sponsor at the JCC of Atlantic County's Sip & Shop Ladies' Night Out Shopping & Wine Tasting Event.

    Rissy Roo's at the JCC Sip & Shop Event

    The special one-night Sip & Shop event was for a great cause, to help JCC facilitate sensory play in their early childhood education classrooms. All proceeds from the 2017 Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out went to support the effort to enhance the sensory centers in each of JCC's preschool classrooms. The purpose of the sensory centers is for children to learn important skills, including math, science, physical development, and social and emotional skills.

    JCC of Atlantic County

    Over $4,800 was raised for the early childhood education center classrooms, and it was such a fun community event that brought together both local vendors and national vendors, who traveled in for the special event.

    Other than Rissy Roo's attending as the Fashion Sponsor, Salon Kink was also a sponsor of the event. They styled the hair on all of our Roo Girl models at the event, and even did the makeup for our Roo Girl Juli!

    Thirty six vendors were present in total, including Lululemon Athletica, Aearance Dermatology, Arbonne, BathFitter, Bocca, Brace Urcelf, Cutco, Embellish, Hope Jewel, India Hicks, Le Fashion Cottage, Lularoe, Lusciously Scented, Marilyn Chackman, Mary Kay, Messed & Distressed, Monat, NuSkin, Paper Chase, Pendant of Light, Perfectly Posh, Premier Designs Jewelers, Psychic Answers, Pure Romance, RetroChic Beauty, Sabai Soap, Stella & Dot, Sugar on Topp, LLC, Tara Bella, Traveling Jewels, Usborne Books and More, Wildtree, Younique, and 3 Girls Gifts. Bocca may have been one of our favorite vendors because they provided delicious pizzas and appetizers for everyone!

    Rissy Roo's models

    Our Roo Girls showed off some of our latest styles, perfect for any party, from summer events to a Bat Mitzvah, to a back to school homecoming dance. From left to right, Emma wore Sherri Hill 50608, Mackenzie wore Dancing Queen 9484, Juli wore Faviana 8093, Skyler wore Alyce 2648, and Morgan wore Sherri Hill 51404Continue reading

  • 5 Ways to Style Black Homecoming Dresses

    With summer coming to an end, that means it's time to get ready to go back to school. Of course, back to school also means celebrating homecoming. 

    Homecoming is a fall tradition and rite of passage for high school students. While the festivities vary from community to community, most homecoming activities include a formal or semi-formal dance. For the ladies, this is an ideal opportunity to get dressed up. 

    For this year, we love the idea of a classic black dress. This look is simple and looks great on pretty much everyone. Also, unlike a lot of other homecoming dresses, you can always wear a black dress again. By adding different accessories to a black dress, you can make an entirely new outfit. 

    Of course, with a big event like a homecoming, it's natural to worry that a black dress would be too simple. But it's all about how you style it. Black homecoming dresses can be easily enhanced with a variety of accessories.

    Here are favorite ways to style your black dress for this year's homecoming.

    Make a Statement with your Jewelry

    One easy way to accessorize your black dress is with some beautiful jewelry. This can liven up your look by adding some color and shine.

    For instance, a large statement necklace can make black homecoming dresses with a simple neckline more interesting. A necklace with chunky, brightly colored stones can create a dramatic effect. Or, for something more classic, you could choose a necklace with a thin chain and an elegant pendant. 

    Another choice for jewelry is a pair of big and bold earrings. Both long, dangly earrings and large hoops can help draw attention to the face. Or, you can try some large studs, for a unique look. 

    We also love bracelets with black homecoming dresses. You can either wear a single, large bangle or try stacking multiple smaller bracelets. The latter choice will add more variety to your outfit. 

    Add a Pop of Color with your Shoes

    An easy way to add color to your outfit when wearing a solid black dress is by pairing it with brightly colored shoes. Since the dress itself is simple, you can take risks by choosing more elaborate and creative shoes. 

    For instance, you could wear heels in a bold color like red or turquoise. Or, you could go for something more unique, like an animal print. Choosing an interesting material, like leather or velvet, can also make your outfit more interesting. 

    Don't forget that heels aren't your only choice for formal shoes. A pair of fun flats can be just as effective in adding an interesting touch to your dress. We especially love the idea of flats that include a buckle, or a gem. 

    Black Homecoming Dresses look Great with Layers

    Typically, homecoming in celebrated in the fall. Depending on where you live, it might be chilly out. Luckily, adding layers to black homecoming dresses will both keep you warm, and add to your style.

    You could choose tights that add a different color, pattern, or texture to your outfit. For instance, lace tights are a great way to make your style more formal. By contrast, patterned tights with interesting shapes will add variation and complexity. 

    A jacket or sweater is another multi-purpose layer you can add to your dress. We love the idea of a blazer with shortened sleeves. Also, blazers and sweaters are a particularly good option because you can always remove them during the course of the night. 

    For a loose-fitting dress, a belt or a sash can help draw attention to your waist and show off your figure. A brightly colored or glittery piece will be particularly striking. 

    Coordinate your Hair and Makeup

    When you're putting your outfit together, remember to consider how you want to do your hair and makeup. The style you choose will make your outfit more or less sophisticated, depending on the look you're going for. 

    For something simple, you can wear your hair down, in loose curls. You can also use a volumizing spray to add depth to your hair.

    Hair accessories are a great way to step up your look. A hair band or a large barrette will look feminine, and add an interesting touch. It will also help draw attention to your face. 

    For makeup, we love the idea of choosing a bright red lipstick. The vibrancy of this color contrasts nicely with black homecoming dresses. 

    Don't Forget about Your Bag

    Finally, whenever you're putting an outfit together, it's important to consider your bag. Your bag is more than a functional piece to carry your belongings. It's also an important accessory that can add to the overall style of your outfit.

    Depending on what kind of look you're going for, there are different handbag choices to add to your black homecoming dress. 

    For instance, a cross-body bag creates a daring look. Choosing a bag in a contrasting color will make your style look more complex. 

    That said, while we love the look of a bag with a strap, it's not necessarily the most formal choice. But, if you are going for something a little more casual, a cross-body bag works perfectly. For a truly formal look, the best choice is an elegant clutch. 

    Bringing the Outfit Together

    Remember that one of the best features of a black dress is its simplicity. The "little black dress" is a classic look, and it's easy to elevate with fun accessories. 

    But keep in mind that you shouldn't overdo it with the accessories. Adding too many pieces to the dress can defeat the purpose of choosing a simple dress in the first place. For this reason, we recommend choosing one or two statement pieces.

    For instance, if you decide to wear a statement necklace, then you should choose simple earrings. Similarly, if you wear fun shoes, make sure to carry a simple bag. These choices will bring balance to your outfit.

    What's your favorite way to style black homecoming dresses? Let us know in the comments!

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