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Warning: Don’t Wear Heels When You’re Preggers!

In addition to gaining weight, pregnant women have to deal with swelling feet and an expanding wardrobe to match their expanding bellies. But while fashion sense doesn’t have to change, it seems shoe choice really should. During pregnancy, it’s extremely important that women support their lower back, ankles, and muscles, but unfortunately most shoes are not created to do this — especially not high heels. That means if you’re ready to welcome a new baby into the world, your ballet shoes, flip-flops, heels, and flat sandals need to go to the back of the closet in favor of supportive shoes that will cradle your foot. Despite warnings and repeated reminders, women are still slipping their expanding pregnant feet into high heels and risking their health and muscles for fashion. Here’s an idea: Think of the new required footwear as an excuse to wear comfortable shoes for nine months. Teresa Giudice, are you listening? [BBC] Keep reading »

Snooki Shows Off Her Sun Love

Really, it was only a matter of time before one of the cast members of “Jersey Shore” scored a tanning deal of some sort. With their penchant for GTL — emphasis on the T — and the brand-new tanning tax, the guidos and guidettes need a new way to keep up their perfect orange glow. The first to not only find a solution to her tanning problems, but also cash in on her addiction is Snooki, who fell in love with Sunlove‘s spray tanner. Obviously, the company jumped at the opportunity to have her “celebrity” face repping their brand, realizing the power behind her deep tan and diminutive stature. Now she’s displaying her cancer-free bronzed glow as the company’s little spokeswoman, touting its streak-free look and golden hue. If you want it, you’d better buy it now, before it sells out at the shore. [Beauty Blogging Junkie] Keep reading »

10 Pretty Beach Towels For Your Summer Pool Parties

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Barf: Dress Your Little Beauty Queen In Miss America-Approved Attire!

Apparently, the world can’t get enough of pint-sized beauty queens and toddlers in tiaras because the Miss America pageant decided to expand its empire to include a clothing line for miniature divas! Where once stage moms dressed their mini-mes in poofy skirts and kitten heels from the local pageant store, now they can put them in French terry hoodies, purses, rugby-striped polo dresses, bathrobes, and ballet slippers — all for under $25 and preciously decorated with the requisite tiaras, sparkle, and stars. On the plus side, the line is vaguely age-appropriate in that there aren’t any midriff-baring shirts or skimpy skirts, and the makers claim the focus is on empowerment and positive self-esteem in young girls. Uh-huh. [WWD] Keep reading »

Don’t Buy Maternity Wear — Rent It!

Expecting mothers everywhere can rejoice in the fact that instead of purchasing a brand-new wardrobe to accommodate that growing belly, it’s now possible to simply rent maternity wear! No one really wants to spend money on clothes that they’ll quite possibly only wear a few times before they’ve outgrown them — especially clothes that are slightly dowdy and oversized. That’s where Rent Maternity Wear comes in. It’s fashioned after sites like Rent the Runway, which lets women borrow high-end designer clothes. Casual wear is priced at $35 for the week, while more formal wear will cost around $70, but the dry cleaning bill and shipping fees are included! The wares available at Rent Maternity Wear include designer pieces from Fierce Mamas by Christian Siriano, Olian Maternity and Maternal America, ensuring that stylish ladies with a bun in the oven will still have money in their pockets after giving birth. [LA Times] Keep reading »

Dutch Women: Don’t Find A Job, Find A Husband!

Talk about returning to the 1950s. Dutch women who are currently unemployed are being propositioned with a very sexist and archaic deal. Instead of encouraging unemployed women to find new jobs, a Dutch council is offering them free makeovers worth about $1,686 each, advice from a dating coach, and free membership to a dating site! Obviously, the underlying motives would be that with their hot new look and access to single men, the unemployed women would find a new husband, take themselves off the job market, and thus, off the support of state money. The companies backing the deal explain that with a new look, tips from a coach, and a new outlook on life, the unemployed women will be more inspired and have a more positive outlook on their life and situation, thus leading to job offers. Oh c’mon, we know what they’re saying — get a man and get off social security. Lame. [Times UK] Keep reading »

Would You Take Advice From Lo Bosworth?

We know her as the most level-headed, calm, relatively down-to-earth member of “The Hills,” and now Lo Bosworth is cashing in on her reality TV role to launch her very own advice and lifestyle website! C’mon, are you that shocked? After all, “The Hills” is ending, so each cast member needs to find a way to stay in the limelight. Lo’s M.O. is to join a growing group of celebs who’ve created their own media “empires,” like Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP and Teri Hatcher’s Get Hatched. Aptly named The LoDown, the site will provide a venue for Lo to continue to dish out her sage advice to teenagers and 20-somethings who avidly watch the scripted reality TV show. Given the fact that she’s the only member of “The Hills” who keeps her personal life and “professional” life somewhat separate, I have to admit that I might actually read her advice. Plus, the site’s name is pretty catchy. [Racked] Keep reading »

JWoww Flaunts Her Filthy Couture

Admit it. You’re anxiously awaiting the return of “Jersey Shore” to find out what trouble those guidos and guidettes get into in Miami. In the meantime, the cast is out and about, satiating the world’s need for tan bodies and fist-pumping with a few well-paid appearances. JWoww showed up on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards in a design of her own making: a pink lacy dress embellished with 1,000 Swarovski crystals that looks more like a nightie you’d wear to bed than a dress you’d wear for a date or night of dancing. Since she’s launching her own line, called Filthy Couture, it was about time she did some shameless self-promotion. If this dress is any indication of the future creations she’ll place on the market, her “designs” will be perfect fodder for worst-dressed lists. “I’m more like rocker-edgy, but very sexy,” she said, explaining her style. “Definitely all my dresses and bathing suits and my jeans and shirts will be like that. I keep it sexy classy. I won’t go to porn star sexy. I won’t go that far.” Too late, Jenni, too late. [People Style Watch] Keep reading »

The New Extracurricular Activity: Learning How to Walk In Heels

Normal after-school activities include sports teams, dance lessons, and maybe a language class, but Chyna Whyne, a former backup singer, is switching up everyone’s preconceived notions and offering a six-week “Sexy Heels In The City” course for 16-year-old students at South Thames College in Wandsworth, Tooting, and Merton in South London. Every Monday night, classmates come together to strut around, learn the how-tos of stiletto walking, and practice pre-shoe-wearing exercises to stave off late-night foot pains. Chyna legitimizes the need for the class by saying, “At some point, girls from the age of 15 upwards will start wanting to wear high heels. The point, if it’s going to happen, the earlier younger ladies learn how to walk in heels, the better it’s going to be in the long run — with business and social lives. The statistics of women with shoe-related injuries and foot problems are unbelievable high.” At the end of the program, the girls put on a runway show on Liverpool Street’s Broad Gate Tower to show off their new pride and stiletto skill. Though some may see this as a frivolous class, if I could learn how to exercise my feet so they wouldn’t kill after hours of wearing heels, I’d sign up. [Telegraph] Keep reading »

Levi’s + Gaultier = Denim Cone Boobs

With the news that Jean Paul Gaultier is leaving his post at Hermès, it’s safe to assume that the designer will have more time to focus on creative collaborations such as this one with Levi’s. The all-American jean company reached out to the eccentric JPG to create a collection of denim pieces complete with his trademark aesthetics, including cone boobs, to bring a designer feel to denim. JPG provided a selection of fashion-forward clothing items to the denim brand, ranging from harem pants to jean jackets. Out of all the options, I’m in love with the dungaree dress. It’s perfect for summer with cutouts perfect for warm weather, and you can layer in a tee to transform it into a day dress, or wear it on top of a bikini for a trip to the beach. The cost leaves much to be desired though, as pieces range from about $173 to $478, but they are Jean Paul Gaultier creations, after all. See more after the jump … [Levis via Styleite] Keep reading »

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