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“Chelsea Settles”: MTV Hits A Trifecta With New Reality TV Show


MTV’s new reality show, “Chelsea Settles,” is all about a girl who moves from a small town to chase her dreams of a career in fashion. So far, so much like “The Hills,” right? But, TWIST! Chelsea also happens to technically be “morbidly obese,” weighing in at an unhealthy 324 pounds (think “Celebrity Fit Club” or “Biggest Loser”), and comes up against a lot of not-so-kind criticism in the industry. Add to that a quirky, extroverted roommate (think “Real World”-style dramz) and you’ve potentially got the makings of a hit show. Keep reading »

Civilization Is Crumbling: “Jeggings” Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

Guys, we have some problems. The list of new words in the 2011 Oxford English Dictionary is out, and not only has “jegging” made the cut, but “mankini” is also now officially an acceptable term. A couple of other disturbing non-fashion words that passed muster? “Cyberbullying,” “sexting,” and “retweet.” It’s not so much that we object to the words entering the dictionary–it’s more that “jegging” and “mankini” being acknowledged by Oxford means that they are real things that are likely going to be around for a long time. Yes, thanks to Borat’s lime green almost-bare bathing suit, we’ve now got an official word for when men wear inappropriate and weird lady bathing suits. Welcome to your sartorial nightmare, future, now officially a real thing, thanks to the dictionary. [Mirror.co.uk] Keep reading »

Chanel Does Denim — For Nails

You were thinking, My life isn’t matchy-matchy enough. You were thinking, But denim goes with everything. You were thinking, When will someone create a nail polish that plays off the glorious tones of my new J. Brand jeans? Chanel is on to you, and has come up with Les Jeans de Chanel, three glorious shades of denim-inspired polish. The three new shades — Blue Rebel, Coco Blue and Blue Boy — will launch on September 8, concurrent with Fashion’s Night Out. But you’ll have to get your Chanel shade fix quick: the colors will only be on offer until the end of September. Now that’s kind of giving us the blues. [Racked] Keep reading »

Will Isis’ Sex Change Help Her Chances On “Top Model: All-Stars”?

We’re mega excited for the season premiere of “America’s Next Top Model: All Stars,” set to go live next week. And we’re especially stoked to see how one of our favorite past contestants, transgender model Isis King, is going to fair. Especially because, after her first appearance on the show, Tyra Banks generously paid for Isis to have gender reassignment surgery. In 2009, she appeared on Tyra’s show to talk about the surgery — and received a marriage proposal. “It’s almost like I was supposed to have it,” said Isis. “Although it was swelling and bruising and everything, automatically I felt more comfortable. I was ready to walk around the house in my little shorts. I just felt more confident.” Her boyfriend of three years, Desmond, also proposed on the show, noting that, “When we were just friends, I had a dream I was getting married. As the bride came down the aisle, it was Isis … She’s strong, she’s beautiful, she’s my soul mate.” Keep reading »

Hangin’ Tough … With A New Kids On The Block Homemade Sweater

Necessity, and extreme fandom, are the mothers of invention, right? That’s exactly what prompted German mom Joanne Conklin to knit these totally out of control New Kids on the Block and Vanilla Ice sweaters for her teenage daughter. Before she knew it, she’d launched a full on NKOTB knitwear empire. “We were living in Germany at the time and bands like New Kids On The Block were huge with the teen set,” says Joanne. “However, there were no fan T-shirts to be found anywhere, so I decided to knit sweaters. I made one for my daughter, then her friends, and word-of-mouth spread and the next thing you know I’d knit over a hundred of them, selling all but about six of them.” And you can understand why. After all, these are no mere cableknit jawns [This will be the last time I allow Julie to use her obscure Philly slang in a post, FYI. -- Editor], but rather, works of Joey McIntyre-inspired magic. More sweater bliss after the jump! [Craftzine] Keep reading »

A Litter Box With A Good Look

As you might have noticed from my “What Are We Wearing?” post last Friday, I am the proud owner of a monster cat named Colonel Mustard. I also have a less monster-ed but still epically large cat named Pony. They are both big-boned and, okay, eat quite a bit, and as such, they both poop — a lot. And the Colonel does not understand the concept of burying his poop; he’s a weirdo, I know. The sleek, well-designed and super efficient litter boxes from ModKat are heads and cat tails above your standard pet store box. And they come with a reusable inner liner! Sadly, I’m a bit too poor to be throwing $180 away on a litter box right now, but a girl can dream (of litter boxes) can’t she?

[$180.00 ModKat]

Agyness Deyn Mourns Her First Love — In A Dr. Marten’s Ad


Model Agyness Deyn stars in this sweet commercial for Dr. Marten’s shoes, wherein she talks about her first love. And, oh yes, shows off her awesome combat boots, too. [Dr. Marten's] Keep reading »

The Good, The Bad & The WTF: The “My Idiot Brother” Premiere

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Sure, the new Paul Rudd film is called “My Idiot Brother,” but the movie is mostly about the idiot brother’s sisters — played by Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Banks. While Mortimer was a no-show at the premiere (mysterious!), Banks and Deschanel turned up last night, along with a gaggle of other fabulously funny ladies. But how did they fair in the fashion department? Keep clicking to check out their red carpet looks!

The 10 Best Picks From Urban Outfitters Fall Shoe Collection

This week, Urban Outfitters released its fall shoe collection–unveiling more than 600 new styles. We’ve culled through and selected the 10 best in wedges, heels, plimsouls and boots. These are the must-haves you’ll want this fall, and most of them are priced way under $100, so you can stock up without breaking the bank. Check ‘em out after the jump! Keep reading »

Infographic: How To Score A Guy By Following The Movies

Last week, guys were schooled on how to snag a girl by following the great advice in movies. This week, we decided to do you ladies a favor and show you just how easy it is to land the guy of your dreams. All you have to do is fail math, get a makeover, play the drums, date within your family or, uh, lie about your age, your job or who you are. Easy, right? Keep reading »

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