A little over a week ago, we introduced a new feature, Don’t Show-cha Your Chocha, in which we document egregious examples of companies trying to sell shirts as dresses, or celebrities forgoing pants, or, well, you get the picture. This week we have some awesome reader submissions to add to the mix. Remember, if you’re shopping online or checking out celebrity photos and spot a Don’t Show-cha Your Chocha moment, send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it in a post. Stay vigilant. Wear pants when necessary. And click through for this week’s roundup of awkward crossed legs and thigh clenching…
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Inspired by legendary scientist Marie Curie, designer Pani Jurek created this chandelier out of test tubes and plywood. It’s clever, yes, but it’s also surprisingly beautiful. On its own it resembles a classic crystal chandelier, but the tubes can be filled with colored liquids or even fresh-cut flowers to create totally different looks. So smart. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to secure a copyright for my Bunsen burner candelabra. [Via Design Milk]
Whether you have a penchant for perfectly shaped graphite or simply want to impress your hipster friends, David Rees has just the service for you: artisan pencil sharpening. For $12.50 you can send your favorite pencil to David for sharpening; for $15 he will provide the pencil. The manual sharpening takes place in David’s Hudson River Valley workshop. Shavings are bagged and sent back to the customer as proof of authenticity. According to the website, “David loves #2 pencils and pencil sharpeners, and considers it a privilege to sharpen pencils for friends and strangers.” And apparently the service is legit. Says David: “Just because something makes you smile or laugh … doesn’t mean it’s a joke.” [Artisan Pencil Sharpening]
This recipe for apple-vanilla bourbon instantly made my mouth water, and the best part? It’s the easiest recipe ever. Three ingredients, three steps: cube the apple, split the vanilla bean, combine with bourbon, done. It needs to steep for 5-7 days, so pour yourself a shot of regular bourbon now, and enjoy the fruits of your labor next weekend. Should be well worth the wait! [via There Will Be Bourbon]
It’s time for your weekly dose of style stats! The couture shows in Paris this week gave us a wealth of interesting numbers involving barbecues, nipples, and airplane runways; not to mention other headlines like slipping profits for a retail behemoth and soaring ad pages for a major fashion mag. Read on to get the scoop! Keep reading »
This bright pink model was part of a rainbow of painted faces at the Alexis Mabille couture show in Paris on Monday. Check out the whole collection here.
Educational television in the 80s and early 90s was undeniably awesome: I mean, we had LeVar Burton encouraging us to read, an astronaut teaching us how to draw, a Jack Russell Terrier acting out Don Quixote, and a variety of manic scientists conducting crazy experiments for our viewing pleasure. No wonder we turned out so charming and clever. Ready for a trip down memory lane? Here’s a roundup of our favorites and the important lessons they taught us. Feel free to add your own TV memories in the comments!
There are normal fashion shows, and then there are fashion shows where a model lights a barbecue in the middle of the runway. As you can see, the Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov couture show in Paris this week was the latter.
Sock choice is often determined by a blind grab from the sock drawer 5 minutes before you’re out the door. And that’s fine–we live in a fastpaced world, socks are an admittedly trivial part of our daily lives–but it is also exactly why a well-chosen pair of socks make such a big impact. Men’s style is usually simple and streamlined–a peek of a perfect sock can take an outfit from staid to spectacular. The well-chosen sock might be a bold color, it might be stripes, or argyle, or classic black. The well-chosen sock works in concert with the color of the pants and the overall vibe of the outfit. A man who puts some thought into his sock choice is a man who pays attention to detail, who takes pride in his appearance, who appreciates fashion. And we appreciate that. [Photo via The Sartorialist]
To continue The Frisky’s transformation into All “Downton Abbey” All The Time, Check out this photo of a young Maggie Smith. Before she was “Downton”‘s Dowager Countess (not to mention Hogwarts’ Professor McGonagall) she was a film star in the UK, nominated for a BAFTA award in 1958 for “Best Newcomer” and acting steadily ever since. With her massive talent and those striking cheekbones, it’s not hard to see why. She’s 77 now, and, in our opinion, still stunning. [Old(er) Actors Who Were Hot When They Were Young]