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Steal the look: Penelope Cruz

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog etsymay.blogspot.com.

Sparkle chic

Penelope Cruz pairs a sparkly top with a subdued blazer to create a look that is universally fun and flattering. We've got the scoop on how to steal her look.

Penelope Cruz lives up to her siren status in fine form in this covet-worthy ensemble, which stylishly toes the line between fun casual and sophisticated professional.  Here's how to make her chic look your own.

Blazer

Penelope keeps her outfit from being a ho-hum nighttime shirt-with-jeans combination by layering a simple blazer on top. It is an unexpected pairing that works wonderfully.  Penelope chooses a long, loose blazer, which keeps the look from looking overly professional.

For a blazer like Penelope's, try the Long Boyfriend Jacket from Express. This simple, all-black blazer has a similar menswear-inspired vibe. While the piece is a perfect fit for this flirty afterhours look, it's just as suited for a subdued office-appropriate ensemble, making it a versatile and affordable find. $79.50 from Express.com.

Shirt

The star piece of Penelope's outfit is undoubtedly her stunning metallic gold top. It steals the show with its eye-catching sheen in a subtle and sophisticated shade of gold. While Penelope opted for a metallic top, any top with some sparkle will achieve a similar effect, whether it does so with sequins, studs, glitter or metallics.

Here's one specific product recommendation to get you started: Lauren by Ralph Lauren's Ginnie Sleeveless Metallic Shirt may be a shimmery silver instead of Penelope's shirt's golden hue, but it has a stunning metallic sheen for a similar effect. The oversized bow adds an extra element, but we are loving it for winter season holiday-inspired soirees. $129 from Macys.com.

Jeans

Penelope keeps it casual yet classy with simple dark wash straight-leg jeans. There are tons of similar styles on the market, but one we are especially digging is the Real Straight Jean from Gap. The ultra flattering, super-slimming fit coupled with a chic dark wash, creates a piece that is a versatile must-have for any girl's wardrobe. Available in three inseams (ankle, regular and long) to help you avoid a costly extra trip to the tailor. $69.50 from Gap.com.

Shoes

Penelope gets a seriously stylish boost from some super chic sky-high black peeptoe pumps. While we mere mortals may not be able to afford the iconic red soles like Penelope, we have a fabulous find that will give you similar style props at a rock bottom price.

The faux black leather peeptoe upper on Forever 21's Jocelyn Platform Stiletto mimics the appearance of Penelope's pumps. And for all the gals on the shorter side, the faux wood stiletto heel tops off at a staggering 5.25 inches. This ultra versatile style also comes in a party-ready shiny gold color. $26.80 from Forever21.com.

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