We try to be as green as possible, but we slip up when we go shopping — grocery or otherwise — by letting the cashier put our purchases into a disposable bag. We’re going to try to chuck our bad habit by carrying a reusable bag that’s too fabulous to throw out. its-laS-tik’s stretchy fabric bags can be scrunched up small, but somehow they can hold twice as much as a plastic grocery bag. And, toting groceries in a sparkly bag will make us look so much more glamorous than we would carrying plain ole paper or plastic. [from $11.99, its-laS-tik]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one complete set of its-laS-tik reusable bags so you can be green and glamorous, but you have to work if you want it! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Green Bag” telling us a favorite item you bought for yourself and why you decided to treat yourself by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Feb. 5. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck! Keep reading »
A few months ago, I decided to lop off all my hair and get a short pixie cut. I knew going into it that I’d have to get my hair cut more often to keep up the shape. What I didn’t consider as much was my color (I’ve been highlighting my hair blond forever). I soon came to see the dilemma of having a short haircut and dyed hair—your roots become noticeable very quickly. I began to wonder what would be best for maintaining my look that wouldn’t cost a fortune.
After getting my color done at New York City’s Eva Scrivo salon, I got some helpful answers from my stylist. Avoid a single process. Your roots will be completely uniform (almost like a stripe coming out of your head), and while a single process may cost less in the salon, the upkeep is every four weeks. You’ll still want highlights, but the best thing is to make them chunky. You can go for much longer in between salon visits, your hair will look a bit more natural as it grows out, and it will allow you to rock the roots-showing style for a while, without looking a mess. And there you have it. Keep reading »
While Erin has been obsessing over the sparkly silver tights at Chanel’s Spring 2010 Couture show, that wasn’t the only metallic moment that Karl Lagerfeld had in mind. We’ll leave the fingerless Michael Jackson gloves alone for a second to talk about nail hues. A few seasons ago, editors and fashion fans fell in love with the brand’s sleek black hue, followed by jade green, and most recently a light grey. But now it’s all about the silver look as models stomped down the runway this week with metal colored nails. With the recent obsession over Minx, it’s not surprising that polish fanatics would welcome any range of fantastical colors, and the metallic look certainly fits under that category. In case you need this look now, (because really, who doesn’t?) Essie provides a shade that’s almost a perfect match called Loophole. And here’s my advice to you: Silver nail polish chips really really easily, so you know, now you have an excuse not to do the dishes. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »
The problem with couture has existed pretty much since its inception. How much do we value fashion as an art, and at what point does couture’s importance cease if it remains not only elitist, but completely impractical? (Unless, of course, you’re keen on doing your grocery shopping in 40-pound ballgowns.) With an injured global economy and eco-conscious mentality trending, the past year or so has only served to emphasize how the fashion sector is becoming increasingly questionable in both morality and function.
And now, it appears that couture designers are dealing with the issue of modernity. For this reason, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn found the majority of the Paris couture shows this year problematic. “Haute couture,” she writes, “what remains of it, is a little like a fragile ecosystem under siege by modern tastes and habits, and by couturiers who are stuck in the past.” While other fashion critics may beg to differ with Horyn’s subsequent point that, “Most women don’t pay attention to haute couture, and the reason isn’t the money — made-to-measure clothes have always been extremely costly — and it isn’t the lavishness or circuslike atmosphere of the shows,” it is indeed evident that when aesthetic influences are distinctly “old-fashioned” and asynchronous with what people are wearing today, that “houses don’t give people a reason to care and at least follow along … It might help, for a start, if designers acknowledged that they are living in the 21st century.” Keep reading »
Can’t tell, right? This is my beef! Seriously, the above ad for spring/summer 2010, could be from 1989, 1997, 2001, 2008, 2009 … or any point in the last two decades! Here’s the Guess photo shoot formula: boobalicious model + acid-washed or sand-blasted denim that’s way too tight + fake tan + oiled-up skin + some soft porn poses. It’s the same every single time! [Design Scene] Keep reading »
One of our favorite things about reading The Catcher in the Rye was falling into a world of old-school aesthetics that J.D. Salinger evoked through his descriptions and characters. Yet, we’re finding that Holden Caulfield’s distinctive tone and style is still showing up in our wardrobes today. Some fashionable suggestions after the jump. Keep reading »
“I had no intentions of blocking the views of people behind me but it didn’t block any views-I’m SHORT, so watching the show behind me would be like watching it through a regular-sized adult, but better, because adult heads do not have holes in them. Other than the stinky cheese man, from that one book, from like, second grade, or something. My dad was sitting next to the Grazia writer that tweeted this picture and said there shouldn’t have been any problems in seeing the clothes, but I’m pretty sure she or he was joking, anyway?”
–13-year-old fashion blogger Tavi responds to complaints regarding her “showy” hat blocking fashion editors’ views at the recent Dior couture show. Also, the bow was a gift from the atelier’s milliner, Stephen Jones, making it maybe the best swag of fashion week ever. How could she not wear it? [Style Rookie] Keep reading »
It’s always a bit of a shame when a ravishing brunette highlights her hair. While we get that there’s a lot of pressure to lighten up in Hollywood and all, there’s nothing more striking than a true raven-haired beauty who is fully pulling it off. But real talk: Penelope Cruz is seriously rocking this rather subtle approach, beginning with the effortless-looking casual way her hair is styled. To get the look, the key word is “caramel,” and we probably wouldn’t attempt this at home, as it’s clearly the handiwork of a master colorist excelling at the hard-to-DIY balayage technique, which produces amazingly natural results. Getting just the right amount of tousled is fairly easy though: Just blow-dry, then shake your hair out and rake a product like Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Styling Cream through with your fingers. [Los Angeles, 1/29/10] Keep reading »
Admit it. Half the fun of getting your iPhone was shopping for cases and fingerless gloves afterward. So the Los Angeles Times makes a good point: What style accompaniments will the iPad produce? Two words: Big. Pockets. (Insert “Is that an iPad in your pants or are you just happy to see me?” jokes here.)
Scottvest, the maker of super-functional outerwear, is already on it, announcing “the first and only clothing line for the iPad.” The travel vest includes an enormous inner pocket, roomy enough to store the Apple gizmo. So, we had to wonder … what are some other ways techies will start toting? After the jump, three more scary possibilities.
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