The Oscars are a no-expense-spared event, from the bottles of champagne to those adorable little gold trophies. Actors and actresses dress up in designer clothes (though each piece is likely borrowed), primp with hair and makeup gurus and stylists, not to mention all those limos. But this year, the recession took hold in not one, but two different ways. While many starlets choose Christian Louboutin or Manolo heels to pair with their red carpet dresses, Natalie Portman went a very different route, and actually wore shoes that everyone can afford… a pair of black satin open-toe Segura platforms from Aldo! Just imagine little Natalie strolling into her nearest Aldo store, with a picture of her dress in hand. Refreshing, isn’t it? And in a bold move, Diane Kruger decided to forgo the makeup artist cost and mastered the impressive feat of applying her very own beauty look. We have to say bravo to Diane — she looked flawless. [Stylelist and Lucky] Keep reading »
“[Photographer] Terry [Richardson] doesn’t force girls to do anything they don’t want to. He puts you in a G-string in a pile of mud because you want to do it. You touch yourself because you want to.”
– Australian model Abbey Lee reveals why she likes a good mud bath [Times] Keep reading »
Have you heard of “haul vloggers”? In a similar style of homemade YouTube makeup tutorials, haul vloggers are generally women who make videos of things they’ve bought on a shopping trip. While not necessarily a new YouTube phenomenon, the trend was recently covered by New York mag’s The Cut, which presented the subject through the example of one particular user, ChanelBlueSatin, saying that haul vloggers “seem to be primarily of one species: the girl who flatirons her hair, wears too-thick eye shimmer up to her eyebrows, drowns in eyeliner, and gets her brows waxed regularly.” ChanelBlueSatin was none too happy when she got wind of this, and retaliated with a very detailed video response. She complains, “The editor made no attempt to get to know me and what I do on YouTube. There was no e-mail, no interview … Everything in that article was based on assumptions and outward appearance. The editor slash all the people who commented in the article know nothing about me.” Keep reading »
You’ve probably seen about a million resort-pretty striped dresses, which, if you want one, makes choosing seem both difficult and pointless. We emitted an excited “eek!” when we realized this breezy number by Velvet wasn’t your average tank dress. While the front features a standard scoop neck design, the low-cut back with triangular seams on the butt is unexpectedly sexy. For the brave (or those vacationing in European countries with topless beaches), go braless. Still, we’d wear this design over a bathing suit, or even with a white or navy bandeau bra for casual outings.
We wonder if these 10-inch platform heels made of elephant dung smell as horrible as they look. [HighSnobette] Keep reading »
Here’s a lesson for everyone out there. If you’re looking for freebies, do not claim that you’re a Vogue editor. Emma Charlton did just that, and now she’s stuck in prison for three years. After convincing an unsuspecting man to marry her, she booked a wedding at the Slaley Hall Hotel in Northumberland, and claimed to be an editor for the fashion mag in order to earn perks for her nuptials. This isn’t her first foray into a career as a con artist, though. She was sent to jail in 2007 for stealing money from men who fell in love with her and sadly stole £126,387.90 from her grandmother after writing 19 checks from her checkbook. Sure, working in fashion is a desirable career — it comes with stylish clothes and parties — but the lying about working in the industry? Certainly not worth three years in prison. Become an intern and work your way up. [Telegraph] Keep reading »