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Do Not Want: Arden B.’s Stretch Denim Jumpsuit Nightmare

Let’s think about when it might be appropriate to wear this Arden B. stretch denim jumpsuit: If you’re role-playing a sexy car mechanic? Parachuting out of a ’70s prop plane? Halloween? If you’re not doing one of those three things, then really, you have no excuse. [$69, Arden B.] Keep reading »

Get Your Soda Jerk

I know that water’s really good for you, but seriously, I hate drinking straight water. As a Jew, I was raised not with glasses of water or milk at the dinner table, but with seltzer — delicious glasses of carbonated water — that is somehow the best thirst quencher known to man. I love seltzer, but I hate buying bottles of it at the store, because it seems foolish to cart around tubs of water, and also wasteful. Enter the Sodastream Jet Starter Kit, which allows you to make your own seltzer — or cola, or Italian sodas — at home. It may have a high initial price, but it’s worth its weight in refreshing carbonated water, for sure.

[$93.00 Amazon]

Shopping Guide: 10 Glorious Gunmetal Looks

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We could try and convince you that gunmetal is the new black (well, it is), but instead, we’ll just say that we’re loving the sheen and shine of a deep, steely grey right now, and want it in shirts, skirts, denim and dresses. Gunmetal is a richer, more glammed up tone than your standard grey, which makes it the perfect shade for getting dressed up without bothering with basic black. After the jump, some gorgeous gunmetal pieces to get you started.

Sneak Peek: Kara Janx On Tonight’s “All On the Line”


Check out this clip from the new Sundance show “All On the Line,” starring “Elle” Creative Director Joe Zee. Recognize the designer featured here? It’s Kara Janx, from Season 2 of “Project Runway.” Watch Kara go toe-to-toe with Joe over her next collection.

And don’t forget to enter “All On the Line’s” Fashion Hunt sweepstakes to win a prize pack worth $500! The Fashion Hunt goes live on April 6. “Like” the page in order to participate in the Fashion Hunt. Each right answer counts as one entry in the contest — and if you get all five questions right, you’re entered in the sweepstakes five times, increasing your chances of winning.

“All On the Line” airs on the Sundance Channel Tuesday nights at 10pm E.S.T. Keep reading »

J. Lo Eats Diamonds For Breakfast

Jennifer Lopez is one fancy lady. She’s eating sushi jewelry in the new ad for Tous, a Spanish jewelry company. We should all dine so decadently! [Examiner] Keep reading »

What Can You Really Make Working Retail?

The truth is out: Thanks to a little comparative research by our friends at Brokelyn, we found out what the rates and benefits are for working at some of the most popular retail spots. Anthropologie? Sales associates start at anywhere between $9 and $11 an hour and get 40-percent discounts on apparel, 25 percent on home, and no discount on sale items. American Apparel employees make between $9 and $10 an hour to start as a cashier, and assistant managers only make a dollar more. Employees get 50-percent off everything in the store. The downside? They have to work for Dov Charney. Victoria’s Secret employees make minimum wage (which is dependent upon the state) and get 20-percent discounts to start, while Abercrombie & Fitch employees also toil away for minimum wage but receive 40-percent discounts on merch. Abercrombie & Fitch merch, but still.

Of course, that’s just a small sampling of the retail opportunities out there. So tell us: what’s the inside story on working retail in your town? [Brokelyn] Keep reading »

Photoshop Disasters: Just Giraffe-in Around

This Danish Elle magazine cover model (the one on the right) seems to possess quite an amazing neck. Perhaps she’s one of those special giraffe girls, born with an especially long retractable spine. Or, more likely, she’s just been Photoshopped within an inch of her life. [Photoshop Disasters] Keep reading »

Style Stealer: An Array Of Zooey Deschanel

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Love or hate her music (personally, I find her chortle unlistenable), there’s no denying that Zooey Deschanel is cute as pie. We’ve selected an array of some of her recent looks and searched for some more affordable versions to get her retro-fied ’60s glam. Check ‘em out after the jump! And if you have an icon whose style you want to steal, {encode=”julie@thefrisky.com” title=”shoot us an email!”}

Cheapskate: 10 Totes Under $25 To Take It All With You

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I have a lot of crap, and despite liking to give off the appearance of organized civility, I secretly throw tons of junk in my bags and drawers in all manner of disarray. That’s why I love a tote. They’re cute, and they allow you to carry around half of your bedroom with you, if you need to. Which, yes, I often do. After the jump, 10 totes–all under $25–to make your bag lady thing work.

Would You Wear: Bright Blue Walter Steiger Platforms?

These clown car Walter Steiger platforms will add an extra 4.5 inches to your height, but on the flip side, they may make you look like a circus freak. If you’re okay with that, then by all means, wobble forth in these mega-platforms. But if you’re less than sure-footed, may we suggest you start off on a less-steep wedge? What do you think? Would you wear a platform piled this high? [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

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