11 Compact Mirrors Cute Enough To Show Off

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I never really thought about compact mirrors. (I guess because rarely do I peer at the outside of mine.) But yesterday I noticed that I’ve been carrying around a really cheap-looking, ugly compact that I received ages ago in a goodie bag, and I decided to remedy the situation. Check out my favorite picks…

New York Fashion Week May Change In A Major Way

CFDA President and fashion world matriarch Diane Von Furstenberg thinks that the industry is “in crisis.” From showing clothes months before the season they’re meant for starts to overly commercialized shows, and a growing sense of boredom coupled with a shrinking number of designers showing in the tents at Bryant Park, something has to change.

Von Furstenberg, for one, is a major proponent of moving back the show schedule so as not to be ramming mink down buyers’ throats in the dead heat of August. While we can’t help but feel that would be an improvement, it would also mean that the lovely, early sales we’ve all come to enjoy, would be much later in the season and likely less discounted. Sad for us, good for the industry.

Another area for improvement is the indie fashion arena. We’re not saying that every Parsons kid with a pair of scissors and a big dream should have a show during fashion week, but there are some rather talented youngsters (think Jason Wu and Alexander Wang) out there who’d definitely inject a bit of life into the generally predictable show schedule. London Fashion week is known for their many shows by up and comers (like Christopher Kane and Matthew Williamson a few seasons ago) and their maverick attitude is luring now-established Brits back overseas. If the massive exodus of British designers from New York to London for next season–Burberry, Pringle of Scotland, Matthew Williamson, etc.–is an indicator, the UK’s less commercial take is something to strive for. Keep reading »

Diddy’s Most Ego-Tastic Moments

Diddy, Sean Combs, P Diddy, Puff Daddy—I don’t even know what to call him anymore. But I do know one thing: This man has a gigantic ego. In his new show “Making His Band,” which premiered last night, people auditioned not to create their own band, but for a chance to be in Diddy’s band. Dude, why don’t you just have regular auditions like everyone else? [PopCrunch]

Oh wait, because you have the biggest ego ever! After the jump, some most of Diddy’s egotastic moments. Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Is Madonna Still In Love With Guy Ritchie?

  • Madonna is rumored to still carry a torch for Guy Ritchie after she penned a song in which she refers to the director as her “eternal love.” [OK! UK] — I would have thought that she was her own “eternal love.”
  • Lionel Richie is fueling rumors that he’s found a new love by going on a date with … wait for it … Bai Ling!? [Starpulse]
  • Kate Gosselin reportedly purchased a condo in Rockville, MD, to be closer to her bodyguard boyfriend. [Dlisted]

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Quick Pic: “But Drew, I Can Bench 300 Now!”

Excuse me, but when did Justin Long get so buff?I thought he was sexy before, but now… [Los Angeles, 7/28/09]
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How Much Is Too Much When It Comes To Yoga Duds?

I was walking by my local Lucky Jeans boutique today on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, when I spotted this peculiar sign outside: “Free Week of Yoga When You Purchase 2 Tanks for $30.” It’s a bit of a random promotion that kind of reminded me of Michael Moore getting a free gun when he opened a bank account in “Bowling for Columbine.” Then again, while yoga/Lucky Jeans might seem a bit incongruous, it’s kind of a genius idea: Lucky ropes in a new clientele and offers a temporary alternative for the money-sucking yoga clothing industry. Especially here in the Big Apple, where New York magazine recently pointed out that the brand Lululemon has captured the city’s wallets and turned yoga into “a spectator sport” through “must-have” $98 stretchy pants. [NY Mag]

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“More To Love” Actually Sweet, Not Horribly Exploitative

I assumed the worst about “More To Love,” the new reality dating show where Luke, a handsome 300-lb. bachelor, is looking for love from plus-sized beauties. How could a pop culture-weary feminist not expect the worst, really? First, it’s of a “reality” dating show, which pretty much guarantees it’s b.s. on Fox, a Keep reading »

7 Traits Of Irresistible Men

We’re not going to lie. A man boasting abs chiseled to perfection and biceps that pop just enough when flexed (without shredding shirts He-Man style) will no-doubt turn our heads. And even if caught mid check-him-out glance, we’re not about to look away. Fit, toned bodies are the result of hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. We certainly pay homage to that. But for a man to achieve a skyrocketing score on the sexiness scale there’s got to be more to him than physical assets. Throw in these seven traits and he’s guaranteed irresistible. Keep reading »

Japanese Women Turn To Hostess Clubs For Jobs

While the recession has wreaked havoc on relationships here, in Japan it’s given a better name to what used to be a naughty profession: hostessing. Hostess clubs are akin to gentlemen’s clubs, only they’re all about non-sexual attention—beautiful women are paid to tend to men’s drinks, light their cigarettes, and laugh at their lame jokes. Young Japanese women have a crazy hard time getting hired for other jobs, since companies tend to favor men of the same age. Meanwhile, hostessing can be crazy lucrative—top hostesses make between $100K and $300K a year—and thus professional hostesses have gone from being considered tarts to respectable career gals. High school girls ranked hostessing #12 out of the top 40 professions, above nursing or working for the government. And why wouldn’t they want to spend their nights in evening gowns, sipping champagne? It’s a helluva lot better than getting minimum wage to temp, right? [NYTimes] Keep reading »

Hipsters Are Funny

Usually, hipsters are funny when they aren’t exactly trying to be (mullets, legwarmers, unironic ironic mustaches). Sometimes, as this short film called “Hipster Job” (as in the biblical “Job”) proves, they’re funny on purpose (a rent-controlled loft in a former asbestos factory, an American Apparel model “g-fry,” a celestial trust fund from God). “Hipster Job” is a great reminder that people are always more endearing and likable when they’re poking fun at themselves. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go write about my wedding some more. Keep reading »

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