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Models + Lingerie + Your Boyfriend = An Equation That Works

The words “models” and “lingerie” don’t usually belong in the same sentence as the words “my boyfriend.” That’s a no brainer. But I wouldn’t have minded if he’d had a shop like the UK department store, Debenham’s, to buy my Christmas girly-things. The store cleverly hired models of all sizes to stroll around the store to help men assess the right sizes for lingerie. (And, let’s be honest, tempt some men into the store in the first place.)

Bra sizes are static, of course, but I’ve owned different brands of panties spanning sizes from S to XL. So no wonder I opened up an early gift of lingerie—a black bra, garter belt, and panties—to discover my darling boyfriend misjudged the size of my giant ass. Seriously, these panties would have cut off blood supply to my vag.

Maybe next year he’ll have a sexy lil’ lingerie model to guide him—and it’ll be a Merry Christmas for everyone. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Evidently, Tough Girl Chic Is On The Rise

Remember last month when we reported on the New York Times‘ piece on androgyny in modern day street style? (Since gender bending in fashion is nothing new, we also took the opportunity to name our favorite cross dressing style icons.) This month, the newspaper’s style editors are clearly still fixated, because now they’re asserting that the ladylike look is dead, or as they cutely put it, the “damsel is in distress.” But more astutely, they’re putting their ink-smudged fingers on a trend that all the cool girls have been aware of for a long time: Your average 20- or 30-something has absolutely zero interest in dressing like Megan Fox. As the Times says, “If the old ideal of sexiness was the shoulder-baring voluptuousness of Scarlett Johansson, the new sexy is the European fashion editor Carine Roitfeld in a black blazer and tall vixenish boots.” It’s all about authenticity. Keep reading »

Rifle Paper Co. Ava Thank-You Cards

Show how much you appreciate the gifts you unwrapped this season by putting a pretty card from the recently opened Rifle Paper Co. in the mail. The hand-drawn letters, colorful flowers, and papaya-colored envelopes are the perfect antidote to the holiday reds and greens that have flooded everyone’s mailbox for the past month. Plus, a physical thank-you note reminds people how very classy you are, which could result in even better gifts next year. [$16 for 8, Rifle Paper Co.] Keep reading »

Frisky Staff Members’ New Year’s Style Resolutions

Every year we promise ourselves that things will be different in the months to come. “This year,” we say, hands in the air, in a triumphant sort of gesture, “I will say no to the chain smoking, late nights and that entire box of donuts. I will read! I will go back to yoga! Three times a week!” Then, no sooner has the first week of January come and gone before we’re back on our asses simultaneously smoking and consuming said entire box of donuts for no particular reason. So this year, screw it. Instead of countless personal vows that will fall by the wayside within weeks, we’re going to make some sartorial promises we can actually keep.

Personally, I plan to flat-out stop buying high-waisted, puffy skirts in favor of a more fitted variety. I’ve recently started wearing pencil skirts more often and pretty much everyone I know seems to think I’ve lost 20 pounds, prompting the switch as well as vague concern that all of my friends are incapable of discerning between a voluminous skirt and a disproportionately large ass. But I digress. Take the jump for New Year’s clothing resolutions from the rest of The Frisky staff, and join us for an increasingly stylish 2010! Keep reading »

How To Get That Red Carpet Look

It’s no secret that celebrities have entire teams of experts that work tirelessly to make sure they look nothing short of stunning for public appearances like the red carpet and industry events where the paparazzi will be waiting. Sadly, mere mortals do not have the luxury of devoting entire days to their workout regimens, much less personal trainers and nutritionists at their beck and call. The average woman can’t remember the last time she got a facial (if ever), and if you make regular manis and pedis a priority then we say you’re doing pretty well. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a peek into the world of celebrity style and steal a few pro tips and tricks. Here’s how to get that glamorous red carpet radiance without the entourage. Keep reading »

Indie Distilleries Are Marketing Home Brew Liquors—Spit Or Swallow?

Forget your fancy artisanal beers. The latest thing is indie distilleries, and they certainly pack a harder punch. Local absinthe breweries have caught the eyes of liquor connoisseurs ever since the U.S. became more lax and allowed the legal production of absinthe a few years ago. (And all this time, we were thinking we’d have to plan that trip to Prague if we ever wanted to taste the real “green fairy.”) While the idea of buying homemade booze may seem quaint, a description of one absinthe maker in the New York Times sounds more sketch: “She ordered a copper-pot still from Portugal that arrived with ‘decorative garden ornament’ written on the shipping label. Pierre Duplais’s bible of 19th-century distillation techniques became her best friend. She headed to her basement to concoct. Soon, the police were on constant patrol. ‘They probably thought I was running a meth lab,’ she said.” Keep reading »

What’s With All The Mullet Dresses?

Mullets are likely the most ridiculed hairstyle in history, but their influence has been great. So great, in fact, that we’ve been seeing mullet-style skirts and dresses popping up all over lately. Kate Hudson alone wore two dresses with short-in-the-front, long-in-the-back hemlines to two “Nine” premieres. And labels like Wink, See by Chloé, and Versace have similarly asymmetrical styles; some look quirky while others are questionable. Do these dress styles live up to the mullet motto, “Business in front and party in the back”? Keep reading »

Drink Gold Water, Become Younger, Poorer

You’ve heard of Goldschläger — the alcohol with little bits of gold flecks floating around inside — but now there’s a new liquid infused with the pricey precious metal. And that liquid is water. Yes, you read that right. The most simple of beverages just got quite a bit fancier with the creation of new limited-edition Exousia Luxury Water, an Italian spring water infused with the mineral. So why drink water with gold inside? Apparently, the addition has anti-stress and anti-aging elements. But if you’re prepared to put down the credit card for this H20, you’ll need to hold up for a second. There’s an order and reservation process you’ll have to go through first. [Wait, seriously? Price upon request for water!? -- Editor] Sounds like Ponce de León’s search for the Fountain of Youth, doesn’t it? Keep reading »

At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified

But I survived. We all did. So Arty Dandy put it on a t-shirt for you. [ArtyDandy.com] Keep reading »

Jeans To Help (Or Hide) Your Holiday Food Baby

Everyone over does it during the holidays, so no judgments when you walk away from the table suddenly looking like you’re three months pregnant with a food baby. So now more than ever is the time to add jeans with an elastic feature to help your Christmas pig-outs. The LA Times got into some tummy-tucking jeans, and turns out there are quite a few options out there. Like, for example, M’Chic denim (right), which includes a Spanx-like slimming panel to suck in your holiday spare tire.

Only thing is, wouldn’t wearing what’s essentially a girdle make a full belly feel worse? We say, take to the maternity jeans—like the elastic-waisted mom-to-be model from Citizens—and let it all hang out. Or just go for some Santa pants. [LA Times] Keep reading »

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