Lauren Conrad has announced that she’s starting a new clothing line with her best friends. Just to recap: Conrad has already dabbled in the fashion business when she created a line of jersey dresses a few years ago (that tanked) and, more recently, when she teamed up with Kohl’s to do a gently priced daywear collection. (It was cute … but wasn’t a runaway success.) “The Hills” star tells People, “This will be more specialty basics, more of a boutique line. It will be at a higher price point. It will be very different.” So what are “specialty basics”? Sounds kind of like high-priced jersey dresses to us, which we’ve already seen from L.C. And who are the “best friends”? Lo would be awfully dissed if she heard that and it turns out she’s not a part of the project.
Help us all? Or maybe this will be good? [People Style Watch] Keep reading »
What’s the best way to sell running shoes to women? Nike goes with big butts. (Well, “big” by print advertising standards. You’re not going to see Gabby Sidibe‘s ass in any of these Nike Women ads.) In 2005, the company hawked its lady products with a big juicy booty. Similar to Dove’s Real Beauty campaign, a print advertisement declaring “My butt is big” was pretty groundbreaking at the time. Critics, however, disliked the fact that only a woman’s ass — as opposed to, say, her face — was used in the ad.
Now, five years later, Nike Women is recycling their big butts and, oh joy, the model isn’t just a disembodied bottom. But, personally, I’m not crazy about it. Some of us don’t have an interest in doing “ten thousand lunges” and couldn’t care less about luring “herds of skinny women away from the best deals at clothing sales.” We just rock our big butt for our big butt’s sake!
What do y’all think of Nike Women’s new ad? [Guanabee.com] Keep reading »
I used to work retail and “fitting room” was my favorite shift. While my other coworkers dreaded it, I thought it was friggin’ hilarious. Let me tell you, what people say when they’re in their underpants trying to squeeze into something is comedy gold! As a grownup fat kid, I’ve always struggled with my body issues, from my back titties to my general spherical nature. Nowhere was I ever able to laugh at myself more than in that dressing room, where I’d hear hot women of all shapes and sizes completely rip on themselves … instead of blaming, oh, the cut or the designer. It was ridiculous! And the best part was, the woman who picked the most ill-fitting clothing always bought the most. Self-acceptance is a cosmic joke. So, let’s laugh together with these completely true, yet hilarious, things women are insecure about when it comes to their bodies. Keep reading »
“I think breastfeeding really helped me keep my figure. Some people here (in the US) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”
– Gisele Bundchen tells Harper’s Bazaar UK that she thinks the people in charge of passing “worldwide laws” — who dat? — should make breastfeeding mandatory. Look, I’m about as pro-breastfeeding as anyone and plan on whippin’ out my titty whenever my future babies demand it, but Gisele seems to forget that there are very good reasons why some women choose or are not able to breastfeed. Of course, in Gisele’s world, giving birth is a painless experience; no wonder she thinks breastfeeding should be a piece of cake. [Google News] Keep reading »