Anyone who happens to own a dog and live in a concrete jungle knows there are certain challenges the urban environment presents. Without a yard, it’s hard to simply let a dog be a dog, and especially for childless 20- and 30-somethings, the animal can often become a surrogate child. In this situation, as detailed in this week’s New York cover story, we tend to project questionable human qualities on our four-legged companions. But nowhere is this potential misstep more disturbingly reflected than in the new Pup-to-go, which is basically an outward-facing baby carrier marketed for canine owners. (And let’s reiterate canine here, because there is no way a cat would stand for this brand of humiliation.) While some city dwellers insist this is a great solution to toting small dogs around, we have to say, there is a fine line folks, and if you’re carrying your dog in a “pupoose,” you have totally, irrevocably crossed it. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
It looks like some of the most criticized trends of fall—jeggings and harem pants—are sticking around this spring for another go. Browsing through new merchandise on some of our favorite retailers, we noticed that these styles were widely available, and, in some cases, more prevalent than before. As for harem pants, we assume that Alexander Wang‘s football collection had something to do with the drop-crotch staying in style, and becoming transposed into sweatpants. Over at Shopbop, you’ll find many of these offerings, which appear to be marketed less as a harem cut, and more as an athletic-chic style. Oak‘s merchandise, however, glorifies the baggy pant as a high-fashion item. Perhaps the most surprising is the availability of jeggings—denim leggings—at Saks. We counted over 20 pairs, and from some surprising makers. While there were styles from trend-happy labels we’d expect like C&C, Juicy Couture, and Joe’s Jeans, we also came across offerings from some more sophisticated brands like Rag & Bone and Alice and Olivia. We have to admit, when these stretchy pants haven’t gone acid-wash crazy, and just have a nice dark color and simple lines … they’re not half bad. Dare we say that we might actually consider getting in on the jeggings trend if the wares were more classy?
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Another celeb has taken to Twitter in order to address outrageous magazine Photoshopping. But while Demi Moore fought against the claims that she was altered, Kourtney Kardashian is readily admitting that her body in real life does not match what appears on the cover of OK! magazine. And to make matters worse, in the race to secure exclusives, it seems that editors failed to actually ensure the rights to the story. “One of those weeklies got it wrong again … they didn’t have an exclusive with me,” tweeted Kourtney. “And I gained 40 pounds while pregs, not 26 … But thanks!” In addition to their inaccurate figures, the magazine also altered her cover image, making her appear skinnier than she really is. Keep reading »
Seeing these Kiki de Montparnasse pearl bedroom restraints instantly reminded us of Samantha’s pearl thong in “Sex and the City”—cute, sure, but damn impractical. It would be great to sit in the privileged lap of luxury, but this item has us scratching our heads. For starters, $2,400 seems like quite a high price for something so precious that you’d be getting so close to your love juices.
While you can wear these strands as full body jewelry, the product description says that you can also “Pull strand through metal loops to create restraint cuffs.” Doesn’t that just seem like a recipe for disaster if things got a bit rough? A too-sharp tug, and you’d have balls flying through the air. Which, for all we know, could be par for the course in your sexual routine. [KikiDM.com] Keep reading »
A little R&R isn’t usually high on our priorities list. How can it be when we’ve got deadlines, bills, and drama to deal with? Yet we all have experienced the painful effects of stress and know that going non-stop is unhealthy. (We’re not Energizer Bunnies, you know.) Now, you might not be able to take a spa day weekly, or monthly for that matter, but you can have a little daily release. Spread a little Buddha Nose Bodhi Balm on your temples, shoulders, or back of the neck for a tension-relieving experience that will have you calm in no time. Who knew juniper berry, ho wood, cedarwood, and frankincense could be such lifesavers? [$24, Beautyhabit] Keep reading »
In an attempt to foster party pride, the African National Congress of South Africa commissioned a line of jackets, hoping they would take off as a unifying trend. But, judging from the blinding neon offerings and negative preliminary reactions, this collection is going nowhere fast. The line of coats for men and women may have incorporated national colors and the party logo, but the designers also seem to have mixed in every fashion trend in the book, using a military style for one, and a schoolboy blazer for another. Don’t feel bad if you think you’re being culturally close-minded for disliking the designs, because the locals don’t like them either. Says one designer, Thula Sindi, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in them. It all just looks like patchwork … I don’t think anybody younger than 40 would wear that, out of fear of being ridiculed.”
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Tennis star Venus Williams also considers herself a fashion pro (she even has her own sportswear line, EleVen), but apparently fans were not feeling her choice of flesh-colored panties for the Australian Open this weekend. According to Twitter, she explained: “I am wearing undershorts the same color as my skin, so it gives the slits in my dress the full effect!” Uh, full moon effect? Personally, we think it’s kind of hilarious to imagine the stodgy crowd in the bleachers being so shocked by the whole thing, heh. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Annet King knows all there is to know about skin. As the Director of Global Education at The International Dermal Institute (Dermalogica’s prestigious post-graduate school), it’s her job. King was kind enough to allow us to hit her with a barrage of questions, and gave us some solid advice when it comes to dealing with our own problem skin. If you’re a complexion fanatic, read on and prepare to get schooled.
The Frisky: Is it ever OK to do a home extraction (i.e., pop a zit), and if so what is the best procedure?
Annet King: Popping an inflamed pus filled pimple is not advised as it can lead to secondary infection and scarring … but we know people are likely to do it! It’s better to treat with a topical application of a pimple product and let the lesion dry up and heal. Blackheads are non-inflamed so won’t cause scarring if done correctly. I suggest prepping the skin by cleansing and then exfoliating as this will help the pimple or blackhead to come out more easily. Also if you have showered or have a facial steamer at home, it does help soften the skin and make this skin more pliable (but it doesn’t really open pores like people think). A hot moist washcloth could also be held on the area.
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Forever 21 has unveiled the new arrivals to the Twelve by Twelve line, and we’re totally smitten. Maybe it’s the styling. Maybe it’s the fact that model Georgie Badiel is the epitome of Parisian chic, despite hailing from Burkina Faso. Or maybe it’s simply the clothes. One thing’s for sure, we’ve got some spending to do. Check out more photos of the line after the jump. [Forever 21] Keep reading »