I was checking out Ryan Korban’s new interior design website this morning—he co-owns the super chic and English-y eclectic shoe shop Edon Manor, is besties with Alexander Wang (they went to school together), and has been designing Wang’s offices, etc., since day one—and happened upon this genius idea on how to make a non-working fireplace visually interesting: Stack it with books! Turn the books around so the spine sides are facing into the fireplace and stack them in all sorts of directions. (Don’t worry about it coming off as just a messy dumping ground; the uniformly colored pages create a cohesive look.) Plus, it’s not like you have to go out and buy anything for this designer trick—most of us already have books ready, willing and able. Now I’m dying for a non-working fireplace. [Ryan Korban] Keep reading »
Yesterday, one of our favorite funny ladies, Mindy Kaling, posed an interesting question on Twitter: “What retail store would people like to live in? I say Barneys on Wilshire because of the stairs or Dylans Candy Store in Manhattan.” Many stores where we shop have such interesting decors that we’d like to move in. Personally, I wouldn’t mind living in Madewell. The one in New York is mostly white with worn wood rafters and floors, and it’s decorated with old clocks and cameras, driftwood and plaid (in the form of clothes). Which stores would you like to live in? [Well I think we know at least one person around here named Amelia who would not choose Hollister. -- Editor] Keep reading »
In Hollywood, a bob is a bob is a bob, which is why Dakota Fanning‘s ‘do in the new Teen Vogue gives us pause. Sure, we feel a little weird fawning over a teenager’s haircut, but this is a look that would work for any age. The key lies in the layers. There are none, see? It’s as if your typical blunt bob was grown out with just a hint of flip at the ends, and it looks sophisticated without being too precious. To get the look, print this pic out and take it to your hairstylist. Or just ask them to keep it mid-length, go easy on the layers, and blow it all out. For DIY-ers, apply Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to damp hair. This cuts down on drying time, smooths, conditions and shines. [Teen Vogue] Keep reading »
A few years ago everyone went Kindle-crazy on Amazon, but we predict 2010 is the year of nook. The Barnes & Noble e-reader shares a lot of the same features with its predecessor (ink-like print, room for 1,500 books, and 3G wireless coverage), but nook steps up the digital reading game. Mark up pages on the digital screen by highlighting, take notes, look up words on the built-in dictionary, and lend books to friends nook-to-nook (or computer and cell phone) for up to two weeks. Also, did we mention this would be a seriously killer gift!? [$259, Barnes & Noble]
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Office temperatures are spastic. During the summer it’s like an arctic chill of air conditioning, and come winter, you’ll do anything for more heat. I’m certainly the first one to snuggle under piles of sweaters and scarves, but these gloves might be just a little too much. Hook them up to a USB cord, and they heat your hands — sort of like the butt warmers in cars. A pair of hand-warmers with faux fur trim will cost you $27.75, but if your fingers are consistently freezing, this may be a great option. I’m not sold yet, but ask me again in a few months when the wind chill in Manhattan is below freezing. [CNET] Keep reading »
This is what you get when you let Lindsay Lohan run wild at the Ungaro design studios—the critics denounce her flashy clothes, and then she ends up influencing trends anyway. Well, maybe it’s not all due to her, but a few months after Lohan’s sequined blazers went down the runway at Paris Fashion Week, we’re now seeing them all over the new crop of winter merchandise that’s just hitting stores. Labels like Paul & Joe, Tibi, and Sonia Rykiel have gotten in on the trend, and a lot of the styles are astonishingly expensive (take this gold Antik Batik jacket pictured on bottom, which costs $460 at Net-A-Porter). You can, however, find some more moderately priced blazers at Topshop in the $150 range (top, left).
Yet, that’s still quite a fair amount to drop on a piece that has a lot of potential to go out of style within a year. What do you think of sequin blazers? Awesome holiday party dress alternatives? Or blinding horrors? Keep reading »
What I’m Wearing Today:
I have trouble walking when I wear tights because they make my shoes really slippery, so today I put a pair of semi-hidden yellow ankle socks on top of this maroon pair. I say “semi” because Amelia noticed them and said, “Are those your bowling socks?!” (They are.) [We bought the same pair when we were playing in a bowling league last winter and needed socks. -- Editor] I hadn’t planned on anyone seeing them, but now I think the pop of color is kind of fun. Keep reading »
There was a time in my life when I was traveling so much it seemed I couldn’t unpack my bags before I had to stuff them all over again. Needless to say, through trial and error, I developed a few techniques to make the process easier and more foolproof. Since several Frisky staffers are already stressing over holiday packing, I figured I’d post a few of my tips, and, seriously, folks, we’d love to hear all of yours. After the jump, some ideas to help make packing way, way easier! Keep reading »
We’re not entirely sure that Dior’s Lip Maximizer gloss actually made our lips look larger, but it did make them look gloriously shiny and leave us with a tingling sensation that we would like to believe meant it was working. The gloss claims that it will help reshape the contours of your lips in 15 days, but we’re a bit skeptical of that claim. They looked a little more luscious (we think…) for a short period of time, but the light pink lip gloss doesn’t strike us as having the stamina to create lasting Angelina Jolie Mouth. That said, $30 is a lot to spend on a lip gloss with dubious plumping abilities. But the color is that perfect mix of sheer and sparkly that won’t leave you looking like a hooker if you wear it during the day, so if you’ve got the money to spend, it’s kind of the perfect wear-it-whenever gloss, and the pretty packaging doesn’t hurt, either. [$30, Dior, Sephora] Keep reading »