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Quick Tip Of The Day: How To Write A Thank-You Note In 3 Minutes

Writing a thank-you note can be a daunting task, but you only have to remember the rule of three. You have three days to send the card without seeming rude or forgetful. It should only take three minutes to write your message of three lines. Greet the recipient by name, obvi. You should thank them for the exact item you received, but if they gave you cash, don’t state the amount. Simply write: “Thank you for your generosity.” And if the gift is intangible, say, they let you stay at their country home, then write: “Thank you for your hospitality.” The second line should explain how you plan to use the gift. The third line is your opportunity to express your appreciation for seeing or hearing from the giver and that you hope your paths will cross again soon or they’re in your thoughts. Simple, right? Then wrap it up and sign your name. Keep reading »

Marc Jacobs Is Registered At JCPenney?

Yesterday, the fashion world went into a tizzy when blogs reported that Marc Jacobs and his fiancé, Lorenzo Martone, got hitched in St. Barts during the holiday weekend. With a guest list that included BFF Rachel Zoe and a party hosted by Larry Gagosian, complete with a cake topped by a mini version of the couple, it would be the perfect secret wedding. But as soon as the rumors began, they were dashed by a representative for Marc. In the short span of time that congratulations hit Twitter and Facebook, one trickster decided to have a bit of fun with the news and set up a fake registry for the designer at the extremely fashionable store of JCPenney. In case you’re interested in buying a gift for the happy (as of yet unmarried) couple, you can pick from a variety of specially picked items, including an Oreck® Tower Air Purifier, Portable Massage Table, and a Lexington Swivel Mirror for the bathroom. Just remember that Cintra Wilson made it well-known that J.C.Penney is anything but the ideal shopping location for a true fashion insider. Eye-roll. [WWD] Keep reading »

Fashion Fortune: “Yo, What If We Made A Belt Outta Legos?”


Meet Dee and Ricky Jackson, twin brothers from Staten Island who have struck gold in one of those ways that makes you either go “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “You’ve got to be kidding.” The duo creates Lego accessories in the form of belts, brooches, and necktie-shaped pins that have caught the attention of celebs (Rihanna and Kanye, to name a few), and designers. In the video above, Dee and Ricky tell the tale of their success, which is less interesting for what it is, than how it’s told; it basically reads like a fashion mockumentary. To begin, the brothers explain that their inspiration was kind of random: “One day, we were like yo, what if we did a Lego belt.” The belt then made its way on to the models at a Marc Jacobs fashion show, and apparently, “Everybody hated Marc’s show that year. People were saying the only thing that was hot on the runway was the Legos.”

Seems like a pretty easy and fun job, right? The Jacksons think so. Tells Dee to the New York Daily News: “It is easier than dealing drugs. We are flipping bricks – Lego bricks.” [NYDailyNews.com]

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Emily’s Style Diary: Wednesday

What I’m Wearing Today:

  • Gap navy blazer
  • American Apparel gray v-neck t-shirt
  • Old Navy teal skirt
  • American Apparel mustard tights
  • Gap plaid flats
  • red scarf (I think from Urban Outfitters)
  • bike pin

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Lady Gaga Is A Shopaholic

The crazy couture, the massive stage sets: It all comes with a price tag. For Lady Gaga, the cost of her accoutrement matters less than making sure her performances and appearances are over the top and up to her standards. Credit card bills and debt? Apparently, that’s a worry for tomorrow. But now her penchant for spending money has become a real problem, and her accountants are surely less than pleased. She not only dropped about $83,000 for the fabulous bathtub used just once for her X Factor performance, but the diva also spent about $800,000 on ONE stage set! Haus of Gaga outfits don’t come cheap either. Despite her sold-out tour, she’s reporting losses of about $3 million already. Yeesh. Lady needs to hire a financial planner and get a lock on those credit cards. [The Sun] Keep reading »

Cool Hobby Alert: Subversive Cross-Stitching

Traditional cross-stitching was one hobby I never really understood. I mean, are fabled unicorns so important that I should want to spend hours or even days memorializing them in thread? I don’t think so. But now that I can express my bitchy side, cross-stitching is a hobby I have to try. The kits from Subversive Cross Stitch help you tell people off without uttering a word. Messages like “Bitch, please!” “Shut Your Piehole,” and “Don’t Make Me Cut You” will let everyone know you’re not to be messed with. But you can also show your sweeter side with a framed “candy ass.” The kits include everything you’ll need for your new pastime, including fabric, thread, pattern, and instructions. So get stitching already! [Subversive Cross Stitch] Keep reading »

Name The Reality TV Star!

We’re not usually ones to blow up a celeb’s plastic surgery spot, and we’re not saying “Real Housewife” Danielle Staub actually made a trip to the get-younger-and-slimmer doctor but … Yeah, the next season of table-flipping, shenanigan-fun won’t catch her with a surprised look on her face—well, beyond the one’s she’s got now, and forever more! [NYC, 1/5/10] Keep reading »

J.Lo Brings The Leather Mama Look In Elle

While more than a few of us questioned her judgment when it came to that crazy New Year’s Eve catsuit, clearly, age-appropriate is not an issue for Jennifer Lopez. The February Elle cover pics have dropped and (with the help of Joe Zee, obvs), she brings it in leather and, well, more leather. On competing with 20-something pop idols as a 40-year-old mom, she has this to say:

“This is what I do—what, because I have kids and a husband now I’m not supposed to be me? I’m a more heightened me if anything. Hyper J.Lo. Everything I wanted before, I want twice as much now. And that doesn’t mean material things; it means to explore more, to think more. Being an artist doesn’t start because you’re 21, and it doesn’t end because you’re 51. You are who you are until the day you die.”

(Read more here at Elle.) OK, OK, “heightened” pop idol pics, after the jump! Keep reading »

Inspiration Board: The Guidettes Of “Jersey Shore”

I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and couldn’t help but dispiritedly think: “If only I could throw a really dark fake tan, some rhinestones and a pouf on this situation. Maybe then I would be happy …” OK, not really. But I did come across yet another picture of Snooki and finally realized and even appreciated the effort that goes into looking like that all the time. And when it comes to such dedication, attention must be paid. How it has taken us this long is unclear, but what matters most is that you now will finally have a definitive guide to looking hideous all the time “Jersey Shore” style. Keep reading »

Forget Me Knot Rings

Not sitting around waiting for an engagement ring from Tiffany? Can’t stand traditional when it comes to getting to the altar? The Red Sole Bride recommends these adorably sentimental Forget Me Knot rings by WhiteFly on Etsy. Cast from real string, this reminder from your betrothed or beloved will ensure they forget you not. The silver is a recession-friendly $65, while the gold will set you back a still-reasonable $425. [Red Sole Bride] Keep reading »

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