It looks like 2012 could be the year of Mischa Barton's comeback, and I'll be the first to say, "Finally!" Ever since I watched Fox's The O.C., I've envied Barton's ability to wear cute, casual looks without treading into adolescent territory. "When I was younger, I tended to dress much more sophisticated than the average teen since I was fortunate enough to have some of the world's top designers willing to dress me," said Barton."I've become a bit more playful in my style as I've matured."
The British-born actress has flown under the radar for the past few years, but little did we know that Barton has been expanding on her eponymous handbag line that she launched last fall. "Accessorizing has always been my favorite means of sprucing up an ensemble, which is one of the reasons I've launched my own handbag line," said Barton. "It'll culminate in my own boutique in London this spring that also includes clothes and make-up"
Barton is also wrapping up two new films, "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" and "Apartment 1303 3D", so she admits she hasn't had time to plan for her 26th birthday this Tuesday. "I haven't put much thought into how I'll celebrate, but I imagine it will be with a close-knit party of family and friends. Each year, people approach me with fantastic getaways or Vegas experiences, which can surely be fun," said Barton. "But for me, it's more about who I'm celebrating with rather than how or where, so I tend to prefer a low-key dinner at a favorite restaurant."
While Barton celebrates her birthday, we asked her to share her thoughts on a few outfits from the past nine years. Check out her commentary in the captions, and tell us, which look is your favorite?
Meanwhile, check out this tutorial on how to get Barton's waves from her days on The O.C.
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