Leighton Meester might be known for her daring style on-screen and off, but that doesn’t mean that every day is focused on fashion. “I like to be comfortable 90-percent of the time–and when it’s time to dress up, go all-out,” she tells PEOPLE of her style philosophy. “My inspiration is life! It comes from my family, my friends, traveling. Books, music…Love inspires me, and relationships, sex. You know? Food, fashion!” The Herbal Essences spokesperson, however, looked especially good while doing good, as she and her hairdresser Charles Baker Strahan (below) joined the brand in support of charity Portraits of Hope, which brightened up skating arena ICE at Santa Monica by painting it in children’s art. “We painted, we went skating, we ate pizza. [The kids] really were cracking me up,” says Leighton of spending her day with children from the Special Olympics and the Braille Institute. And while she tested her own artistic skills by painting alongside the children (below), not everything was smooth sailing. “I’m a terrible ice-skater,” she admitted, laughing. “I luckily didn’t fall today but it’s probably because I had a balancing act with people holding both my hands.” Learn more about Herbal Essences’ support of Portraits of Hope at their Facebook page. –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester
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