Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi's side-swept curls and flower hair accessory. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi took note from the Spring 2011 runways and cooked up this sexy summer hairstyle.

The 40-year-old actress, author and model donned her dark strands in side-swept curls and accentuated her 'do with a red flower. With her blossoming hair accessory pinned to the side of her luxurious locks, it added a fresh touch without being too overpowering.

Lakshmi kept her makeup minimal and paired her goddess glow with a sheer raspberry pink lipstick.

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