When I started seeing boat shoes in stores and fashion editorials I thought they were awesome — comfortable, versatile, with a laid back preppy vibe — but I quickly found out that not everyone shared the sentiment. My boyfriend, for example, who, upon seeing a photo, said, “I guess if you really like them, I could learn to like them too.” And my friend Katelyn, who was a bit more direct: when I picked up a pair while we were out shopping she grabbed them out of my hand and said, “Winona, seriously, you cannot buy these shoes.” I asked her why and she replied, “Because they’re ugly.” So, what do you guys think? Are you rocking boat shoes or wishing this trend would hurry up and sink? [Sperry Top-Sider Slip-Ons, $80]
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Last week, I told you about my trip to Paris, in all its gorgeous, historic, delicious glory. This week I explored Italy with my mom and my brother Devin. My family is Italian but we’d never been to Italy, and from the people to the scenery to the food, it didn’t disappoint. We went to my friend Milena’s beautiful wedding on Lake Garda and then drove down to Rome, stopping in a couple seaside towns on the way but mostly trying not to die on the highways. I’ve compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts based on my experience — read on to check ‘em out, and please share your own Italian travel tips in the comments! Keep reading »
Even though I grew up in Oregon, where the unofficial state motto is, “We’re always wet!” I’m not sure I have ever bought a truly waterproof jacket. I gravitate toward coats that look like they should be waterproof (my Gap anorak, for example), only to have them soak through and disintegrate in the lightest drizzle, like so many papier-mache art projects on the way to the school bus. A recent downpour in London made me realize that it’s time to get serious. I’m over being wet and cold and miserable, so I’ve rounded up some seriously waterproof jacket options. Not water-resistant. Not water-repellent. Waterproof. They may not be the cutest coats you’ve ever seen, but they will do their job diligently. Read on if you’d like to stay dry this fall…
Model: Heeeeeeyyyy girl!
Me: Oh, umm, hi.
Model: Would you like to pet my beaver?
Me: Not really, no.
Model: Are you sure? It’s soft and furry… Keep reading »
As I mentioned last week, I’m spending the month exploring Europe and I’ll be chronicling my journey for The Frisky. My boyfriend Nick and I began our trip in Paris. We spent a few days there on our own and then my mom and my brother Devin joined us. Well, they tried. Unfortunately, their first experience with the Paris Metro system played out like a formulaic sequel to “Home Alone:” Devin boarded a train and the doors closed before my mom could get on. Neither of them had a cellphone or directions, so they spent the next two and a half hours riding trains back and forth through the city trying to find each other while Nick and I waited for them at the Metro station — terrified that they’d been abducted — and chain-eating croissants to cope with the stress. Luckily Devin found a kindly Scottish farmer to guide him home and my mom found a payphone under the Eiffel Tower, but wow, what a crazy day (apparently my family has bad luck with trains). More thoughts on Paris after the jump… Keep reading »
It’s always a little awkward to admit these things, but I know I’ll regret it forever if I don’t, so here it is: I have a huge crush on you. Like, an actual crush. Not in the cute anthropomorphic way that some girls might pretend to be “crushing” on a cute purse. More like the way that crazy Korean guy had a crush on his pillow, and then he married it.
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A purse is far more than a simple accessory. It is a practical carrying case, a way to express your sense of style, something to play with during awkward moments, and even a weapon in times of trouble. In fact, if I were going to write a post called How To Choose The Perfect Man, it would probably be half this long because that subject is not nearly as important. The thing about a purse is that you carry it every day, so it has to be comfortable, versatile, aesthetically pleasing, and good quality enough to endure rough commutes, chronic overstuffing, and harrowing public bathroom trips. Shopping for the right handbag can be a daunting task. Here are the most important variable to consider when you’re in the market for a new purse… Keep reading »
Chris Benz told reporters that his Spring 2012 collection was inspired by the madness induced by this summer’s heat wave. This model’s pose at the presentation really drove that point home, don’t you think? See the whole collection here. Keep reading »