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DIY Vintage-Looking Books

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My parents have always had bookshelves filled with interesting, attractive books. When I moved out and tried to replicate the look, I found that a few of my tomes stood out a little too much — mostly for coloring reasons — and ruined the attempt entirely. Luckily, there’s a rather easy fix for this: custom covers made of cool paper that goes with my apartment. I happen to think that old world, vintage-inspired sheets get the job done best, but you can make your own book covers out of any wrapping paper you can get your hands on. And it’s easy as hell. We tell you how after the jump.

Black, White And Givenchy All Over

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NY Times Realizes Fashion Bloggers Matter — Three Months Late

Given that it was printed in a newspaper, the New York Times piece “Bloggers Crash the Front Row” was rather generous towards fashion blogs, acknowledging that we provide an of-the-moment service that magazines simply cannot. I’m not going to bother telling you that fashion blogs matter, because you’re blog readers and you already know that. It’s just ironic that The Times‘ capitulation to the bloggers perfectly encapsulated the very reason why online fashion publications are trampling print media in the first place: timeliness.

While it is true that fashion bloggers sat in the front row at various fashion shows, that was in September. As in almost four months ago. As in this has already been widely noted online. Yet, in swoops The New York Times as 2010 rolls around, there to make the power of the blogger “official.” Oh please. Keep reading »

10 Non-Dorky Laptop Cases

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My brother’s fiancee just got a new laptop, and as a computer geek, I’m wildly jealous. Know what’s not so envy-inducing? The ugly-ass laptop bag my brother got her to go with it. It’s clunky and boring and the sort of thing that guys buy in a misguided attempt to be “practical.” Luckily, you can find both cute and useful options out there. Click through for more! [$25, Built, Amazon]

Beauty Test Drive: Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream

Winter does horrible things to our hair, so we splurged on some Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream in the hopes that the gods of hair care would favor us with good results if we spent $27. Wishful thinking. While the stuff does, in fact, tame some of the fly-aways and add a bit of shine, it’s a tad more slick and goopy than we’d like it to be, often looking more icky-oily than pretty-shiny. Defeated with an almost-full tube of not-so-Brilliant Glossing Cream in hand, we decided to do the unthinkable and try the drugstore version, instead. Keep reading »

Pajamas Appropriate For Greeting The Big Guy

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If you’re anything like me, then you still used to think you could hide out near the tree all night on Christmas Eve and eventually catch a glimpse of Santa. You’ll also know that such clandestine missions require a certain sort of preparation that doesn’t go into just any evening. I’m talking specialty pajamas, ladies, because how embarrassing would it be to finally catch Santa while you were wearing Valentine’s Day heart PJs? I shudder at the thought.

If you’re planning on camping out again this year just for, you know, old time’s sake and stuff, you best make sure your outfit matches the occasion. [$20, Gap]

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