Are We Warming Up To Cape Coats?

What do you think of the cape coat trend for fall? On the one hand, you might feel a bit like Samantha of the American Girl dolls. On the other, you get a lightweight jacket for crisp weather that’s different and chic. For the most part, merch in stores is hugely expensive—think thousand-dollar Marni and Balmain pieces right off the runways. Yet, more affordable versions of the coat are popping up. If you want to get in on the high-end look, think about altering the feel with these cute picks. You can also scour eBay, which has some nice vintage jackets at the moment. After the jump, the deets on our four more accessible picks.
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Is It OK To Steal From Work?

Friskians, pop quiz time! (Disclaimer: If your boss is standing nearby, please close this window ASAP. But then again, you would never cruise the internet during work hours would you?) Imagine you work in an office: You consider yourself a dutiful, honest employee, though you may have taken an extra granola bar or two from the office’s kitchen stash. In your spare time you have taken on some volunteer work helping out a non-profit company with a special project. You are tasked with making 10,000 copies for an upcoming meeting at the non-profit. Do you:

A) Go to Kinkos and pay way too much for the copies.

B) Ask your employer permission to make 10,000 copies for a “good cause.” Corporations love “good causes.”

C) Sneak into the office wearing all black at 9 p.m. when the last workaholic has gone home and make the copies.

D) Tell the non-profit company that you can’t afford to volunteer for them anymore and that they should find richer volunteers. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Lily Allen Is Not Effing Around When It Comes To The Chunky Necklace Fad

Damn Lily! The singer-turned-Chanel-model showed up at a London party this weekend dripping in (presumably gratis) Chanel hardware. We knew the whole chunky necklace trend was mage right now (Rihanna certainly thinks so), but this rendition is totally intense. We love it but, budget-wise, we’ll probably stick to the DIY version our own Lily recently suggested. [London, 9/07/09] Keep reading »

Jon Gosselin Shows His Sour Grapes On “Primetime”


Jon Gosselin apparently didn’t get the memo that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Last week, he sat down with Chris Cuomo for an interview which airs tonight on “Primetime: Family Secrets.” (Excerpts are also on today and tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.”) In the interview, Jon didn’t hold back at all on his negative feelings towards Kate. “I can’t sit on a sofa with that woman,” he said. “I despise [her] because she’s not speaking from the heart.”

Jon says that throughout their marriage, Kate controlled him. “I was beaten down for so long, I couldn’t even make my own decision,” he said. “I was verbally abused.” The content of said abuse? She called him a “lame fish,” which, in the grand scheme of four- and five-letter words out there, doesn’t seem so bad. One of Jon’s other claims: that Kate took his wedding ring. He knows this because he put it down and now he can’t find it. He also claims that Kate only wears her ring as a sympathy ploy which, well … maybe. Overall, I wish Jon had learned a lesson from Anne Heche the other week — that dissing an ex is an art form that must be done with subtlety. So what do you think: Will this interview affect Jon’s status as a chick magnet? Keep reading »

Sept. 8: What Are People Wearing Today?

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Welcome back to work, people! We hope you enjoyed the long weekend as much as we did. Our fearless leader Amelia is home with the flu today, so you get to meet our photo editor/designer Emily, who has a knack for sewing and loves cross-body bags. Tell us what cute outfit is helping you get through the day!

What’s Your Favorite Fashion Film Of All Time?

And please don’t say “Sex & The City.” Just in time for Fashion Week, Turner Classic Movies has released its list of their top 15 “favorite fashion trendsetting classic films” and we easily agree with their picks (and not just because we’re related). There’s simply no match for Faye Dunaway’s tams and pencil skirts in “Bonnie and Clyde” (number 10), not to mention those cheekbones. In “And God Created Woman” (7) Brigitte Bardot brought the bikini to the forefront of fashion and epitomized sexy style. We love that for “Annie Hall” (13), Diane Keaton stuck to her guns and insisted they shoot her wearing what she preferred in real life, menswear-inspired (and actual) trousers and vests. And while we admit that there’s simply no rival for Grace Kelly’s impeccably-dressed, haute couture turn in “Rear Window,” as clichéd a film as it has become, it’s Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (9) that we’ll always think of when it comes to the ultimate marriage between fashion and film. Well, that and “Blade Runner,” which, um, oddly didn’t make the cut. Check out the entire list here. Keep reading »

Christian Audigier Purchased Neverland Ranch?

Oh lordy, how’s this for crazy back-from-Labor-Day-weekend news? There’s a scary rumor circulating that our fashion nemesis, Christian Audigier of Ed Hardy fame, has purchased Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch. Um, yeah.

According to an interview with Agence France-Presse, Audigier said, “I bought the Michael Jackson house. It’s something I’m gonna open just for the birthday (sic) of his death every June, where the media is gonna be able to come in and we’ll do exposes, etc.”

Of course entertainment bloggers are having a field day with this, but we’re more concerned with the sartorial side of things. It’s not as if Neverland is known for being a tasteful setting per se, but plop some Ed Hardy crap in there and it’s officially the tackiest place on earth. We just hope this rumor is false. [Houston Chronicle] Keep reading »

MERRIme.com: Episode 11

In episode 11 of “MERRIme.com,” after dinner with Mac and his boyfriend Christian, Merri realizes that Drew is just a “friend” and Patrick is much, much more. Has that happened to you before? Where you’ve woken up one day and realized you had feelings for someone you never thought you would? Keep reading »

When Boobs And Babies Don’t Mix

Boobs and babies don’t mix … their boobs, that is. I’ve seen enough pasties for kids and stripper poles for toddlers to get stabby about anything that sexualizes an impressionable kiddo. So I’m not too keen on the breast cancer awareness tees for little girls that say “Find A Cure! Before I Grow Boobies.” Clever T-shirt, yes. But as the aunt of three pre-school aged girls, I feel weird about anything that could draw a creepy person’s attention to their non-existent “boobies.” (FWIW, I’d balk if my nephew had a tee shirt that said “Testicular Cancer: Find A Cure Before My Balls Drop!” too.) A pink ribbon or something would be just fine to raise awareness, thanks. What do you think: Are these T-shirts kinda icky or are they cute? [Zazzle.com] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Lily Allen Is Not Effing Around When It Comes To The Chunky Necklace Fad

Damn Lily! The singer turned Chanel model showed up at a London party this weekend dripping in gratis Chanel hardware. We knew the whole chunky necklace trend was mage right now (Rihanna certainly thinks so), but this rendition is totally intense. We love it, but budget-wise, we’ll probably stick to the DIY version our own Lily recently suggested. [London, 9/07/09] Keep reading »

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