My favorite thing about fashion week is the craaaazy things designers parade down the runways in an effort to stand out, like bondage hula skirts and models with giant, eye-less lizard heads. My second favorite thing is looking at the season’s fresh crop of breathtakingly opulent gowns, and the Spring/Summer 2013 collections didn’t disappoint. Here are 21 of the most gorgeous gowns that showed up on the runways this week, many of which quite literally made my jaw drop when I saw them. So. Freakin’. Beautiful. Click through to see for yourself!
This is Obie, who is quickly gaining fame in his quest to lose weight and become the Dachshund Biggest Loser. His story began when a relative of his owners, an elderly couple in failing health, asked the Oregon Dachshund Rescue for help. They’d been showing Obie love with food and were unable to provide him with physical activity, and now this pup was in trouble. The organization posted a plea on Facebook: could someone foster Obie and help him get healthy? Nora Vanatta, an EMT and veterinary technician from Portland, stepped up to the plate, and when Obie arrived from Seattle, he weighed a whopping 77 pounds. Now this sweet pup is in the process of losing 40 pounds on a low-fat, high-protein diet, and inspiring other overweight canines to get fit with his “Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition” Facebook page, which already has over 33,000 fans. “My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight,” says Vanatta. Obie, we’re all cheering for you. [OregonLive]
It’s been so crazy and fascinating to watch Tavi rise from 11-year-old fashion blogger to the editor of her own magazine, Rookie, and bonafide celebrity. Now she’s working the media circuit to spread the word about Rookie Yearbook One, a new book featuring the best articles, photos, and illustrations from Rookie‘s first year. Stopping by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” yesterday, Tavi was poised, insightful, and funny as she described her rise in the fashion world, getting her hand stroked by Bjork, and, of course, how she perfected her bitchface technique. The whole interview is great, but the bitchfacing tutorial starts at the 2:45 mark. [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]
I went to a wedding this weekend at a beautiful farm outside of Portland. When it came time to eat, we all took our plates outside to sit at picnic tables under a small grove of trees. The sun was out, a pleasant breeze was blowing, horses were frolicking in an adjacent field, and I spent the whole time hyperventilating as a group of yellow jackets darted around the table and one of them leisurely ate my sandwich.
To answer the obvious question, no, I’m not allergic to bee stings, I’ve just harbored a phobia of bees ever since I was a kid (or maybe ever since I saw “My Girl”?) that, to my chagrin, hasn’t abated in adulthood. Here are four ridiculous things I’ve done as a result of my ridiculous fear of bees… Keep reading »
Want to travel like a queen? Why don’t you book a stay in a castle on your next trip? Turns out the phrase “affordable castle” isn’t an oxymoron: from Belgium to France to Ireland to New Jersey(!), we found eight beautiful castle hotels with prices starting at less than $200 a night (a few for much less than that). Click through to check ‘em out, and prepare to add a few new entries to your travel bucket list…
I quite literally squealed with glee when I saw this photo of Tami Taylor–er, I mean Connie Britton–and Hayden Panettiere decked out in gorgeous gold dresses for their new country music drama, “Nashville,” which debuts October 10th. As someone who is obsessed with Connie Britton, sequins, country music, southern accents, sassy ladies, and melodrama, I will definitely be tuning in. Check out a preview of the show after the jump! [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »
Denim is totally having a moment. I mean, yes, you could say that denim has been having one long moment since the day it was first invented, but I’m hard-pressed to think of a time there was such an exciting variety of denim pieces available in so many cuts, colors, styles, and sizes. From pencil skirts to chambray shirts to colored jeans, here are 12 fabulous denim pieces for my plus-size ladies, perfect for work or play. Click through to check ‘em out!
I was telling Ami about an awkward concert experience I had with a guy friend recently, and she was like, “You know, I’ve had so many awful concert mishaps, and most of them involve a guy.” Turns out everyone on the Frisky staff has had at least one concert ruined by a dude, and the stories are way too good not to share. After the jump, check out the funny, awkward, and downright horrible ways guys have ruined concerts for us, and please feel free to share your own in the comments! Keep reading »
Can you imagine being this model? You show up at the Asher Levine show ready to show the world your incredible cheekbones, you watch all the other models get outfitted with cool sci-fi hats and belted trenchcoats, and then the stylist comes up to you with this giant eye-less lizard mask and is like, “Uummm, yeah, so you’re going to be wearing this.” That’s gotta sting.
This is Emily Finch, a mother of six who traded in her gas-guzzling Suburban for a thigh-burning family bike. Apparently a full load of kids, gear, and groceries can weigh up to 550 pounds, but Finch keeps pedaling away in her cute wedge sandals, making sure to “rotate kids into pumping position to keep them fresh.” Would anyone be surprised if I told you she lives in Portland? Anyone? Anyone? That’s what I thought. [Bike Portland]