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Charlize Theron Is Actually Kind Of A Good Shoe Designer

We’re just going to call it now. 2009 is officially the year of celebrity fashion collaborations. And Charlize Theron just made it into the design world at the last minute by teaming up with TOMS Shoes. But while many celebrities simply think they have the ability to cull fashion brilliance from their dramatic interiors, Charlize is using her style sense for a good cause, and given TOMS’ charitable aspect, the partnership really is quite perfect. Keep reading »

What’s Your Fashion Kryptonite?

Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist) was lamenting just yesterday about how he loves a nice chunky cardi, but because of his body type (and maybe fashion personality?) he can’t ever pull one off. I’m with you, Scott! There’s just some stuff I either don’t have the guts to wear or would just look horrid on me. I have to assume everyone has one or two cuts or styles of clothing that just look terribly wrong on them. Personally? I’ve got more than one or two. How about this wedding dress? Gorg, right? Not when I put it on—it made me look like a linebacker. I couldn’t rip it off my body fast enough! Or this onesie and this babydoll top? Can’t even wear them outside of a store dressing room they look so bad on me. Normal white tank tops (like the kind from Hanes or anything that looks like them) also prove to be not a good thing for my upper body. And you know how those Diane von Furstenburg wrap dresses are supposed to be flattering on everyone? Well, I’m apparently the exception to that rule. My list is long, but knowing what just will never work for my body and complexion also helps me to find what will. What about you — do you have a list of clothing kryptonite? Keep reading »

Please, Whatever You Do, Don’t Buy Someone A Fancy Christmas Puppy

I’ve been thinking a lot about the popular “Christmas puppy” phenomenon lately. Because like many of us, at one point, I was guilty of asking for one. What better gift could one receive on Christmas morning than a gorgeous, yummy, adorable baby dog? But I know now that there’s a truly ugly side to what seems like such a sweet notion and the demand for shiny new purebred pups it creates.

Recently, the LA Times published this article chronicling a similar travesty in the canine industry that they quite astutely referred to as the “Paris Hilton Syndrome.” To date, “A third of the dogs held at San Francisco’s city shelter are all or part Chihuahua. New ones have come in every day for the last year. If the trend continues, officials said, the shelter would become 50% Chihuahua within months.” One Humane Society administrator commented that at the shelter where he works, “the number of Chihuahuas has eclipsed pit bulls as the most common breed.” As someone who has been a pit bull advocate for many years, this statistic makes me nauseous.

Here’s what over-bred dogs and Christmas puppies have in common. Keep reading »

Does Anyone Remember Tambourine Bags?

Some of you young whippersnappers out there weren’t even born yet, but back in the ’80s, tambourine-shaped bags were the jam. I believe I was introduced to the trend via a cool, more sophisticated older cousin and vaguely remember seeing models in Vogue–maybe even Brooke Shields–sporting the look. (Sure, I was in elementary school, but I loved fashion even then!) No matter, point is, while we’ve seen a resurgence in everything from rubber bracelets to shoulder pads over the last decade, tambourine bags have stayed recessed in the annals of fashion history, until now. I did a double take when I spied the new MCM version (left and also available in red and white) at their recent spring 2010 press preview, and I’m totally loving this crazy-looking grape Junya bag from Hayden-Harnett (right). I bet you anything more designers will rediscover this old-school look (in fact, the Urban Outfitters versions can’t be far behind). Hey, this fly style hasn’t been around in so long, well, it actually looks brand spankin’ new. Keep reading »

Feel the Heat with Beyonce

This morning while reading the news, it took me a second to comprehend the fact that Beyonce’s never launched a fragrance before. She’s a movie star, fashion designer, and talented singer – surely the diva must have put her personal scent favorites into bottle form already, no? Apparently not. But reading on, I have to commend Beyonce for her devotion. You see, it’s not that she hasn’t had the opportunity to package a perfume, it’s just that when the girl does something, she does it right. “Everything, from the bottle design to the name and the ideas for the commercials — that’s me,” she explained. “When I commit to something, I do it 100 percent, and I’ve never had [creative control over a fragrance] until this project. I wasn’t worried about deadlines. It could have taken me three, four, however many years — this was my first fragrance, and I wanted to make sure that it was something I would love forever.”

Thankfully, her debut fragrance with Coty will launch on February 3, so the waiting will soon be over. And in true Beyonce flavor, it’s all about high temperatures, as she’s embracing the hot factor all over, from the ad campaign shot by Michael Thompson to the commercial where she’ll perform her own rendition of the song Fever. The scent is a mix of red vanilla orchid, magnolia, neroli and blush peach; a heart of honeysuckle nectar, almond macaroon and crème de musk, and a drydown of giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber.

If you miss out on her introduction to the world of perfume, there will be plenty more chances. Already she’s planning on providing the world with more scents a la Beyonce. [WWD] Keep reading »

Barbie’s Latest Career Move—Becoming Lady Gaga

This seems like one of those cases of life imitating art imitating life, and makes you wonder, which came first? Lady Gaga? Or Barbie Gaga? The likeness is crazy-similar! The guy who makes these is a Gaga-obsessed artist who has recreated the pop singer’s hairstyles and outfits with painstaking accuracy. Check out more pictures after the jump! [StyleFrizz] Keep reading »

Win This! Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book

Have you ever wanted to eat at a well-known restaurant but couldn’t get there in time for dinner because you live on the opposite side of the country? Yeah? Well, then you know how excited we are that Jenny Katzinger, owner of the Flying Apron Bakery in Seattle, is sharing her recipes in Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book. The cookbook not only includes recipes for delectable baked goods like scones, cookies, and cakes, but it also has step-by-step instructions for entrées and soups anyone — even the pickiest eaters — can enjoy. And even though all the recipes are 100 percent gluten-free, they’re easy to follow. We can’t wait to try the Dark Chocolate Cake. [$14.93, Amazon]

WIN THIS! We’re giving away Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book to two readers, but you have to work if you want it! The best commenters for the next two weeks—from today, Friday, Dec. 18 through Thursday, Dec. 31—will be awarded with the book. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can. Click HERE to read the official rules. And remember to check Gift For Gab on Jan. 1 to see if you’re the winner. Keep reading »

Guidette Makeovah: It’s All About Thuh Bronzah


Hey guidette wannabes! The first step to looking like “Jersey Shore” trash is to get the makeup down right, mkay? Check out Joanie’s makeup tutorial, which gives you the official lowdown on how to get the look. In a nutshell—”It’s all about the bronzah. You want a nice healthy glow of orange.” Then comes contouring, where you add a darker shade to your cheeks to look skinny, and lastly, a light foundation as lipstick. Now all you need is a neon tank top and 18 shots of Jager. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Get Rihanna’s “Military Couture” Red Lips

We weren’t so sure what to think about the “couture military” style Rihanna spoke of while filming the video for her song “Hard.” But now that we’re seeing the outfits in context, they’re not nearly as scary or horrible as we had first concluded. Rihanna can keep this style to herself, however, because we certainly won’t be putting on anything remotely similar, well, except for her gorgeous orange-y red lipstick. The shade resembles Nars’ Heat Wave and Revlon’s Hot Coral, and it will look just as good when worn with something other than an army green jacket, a bustier with electrical tape-covered nipples, and a pair of practically nonexistent cut-offs. Keep reading »

Face Masks That Work In The Winter

When the weather gets cold, it’s important to change your skin care routine to keep up. The face masks that work so well in the hot, oily summer will have entirely different results in the dry air. If you don’t want your formerly lovely skin to quickly turn dry, flaky and all around nasty, make sure you’re using the right masks for your skin type and the season you’re in. We’ve got the goods after the jump Keep reading »

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