Seriously, what is it with guys and their annual beard-growing fascination? (Maybe it’s for Movember?) Doesn’t it seem like they do it just to prove they can, rather than to change their look? David Beckham is now sporting a beard which he started growing during a camping trip with his kids and he then “got carried away,” he tells the Guardian. The British newspaper, however, hates Beckham’s beard, not just a little bit, but quite a lot. Keep reading »
Remember the Eloise books by Kay Thompson about the mischievous child who lived in New York City’s Plaza Hotel? While you may have loved them as a kid, envision Eloise as a grown-up and all of a sudden she’s a sexy character to dress up as for Halloween—schoolgirl skirt, knee-highs, playful attitude (plus, you can’t ignore the fact that she lives in a high-class hotel, wink wink). You can keep the look cute by playing up the hair ribbon and wearing some innocent ballet flats, or add some extra vixen with bedhead hair, an extra button undone and slutty pumps. Keep reading »
Is it a headband? A bow-tie? Whatever the case may be, I give this jauntily styled forehead hair bow thing a thumbs-down. You? [New York City, 10/19/09] Keep reading »
You may know Jessica Schroeder, fashion blogger behind the site What I Wore, for her thrifty, feminine wardrobe and mad collection of tights, but girl’s got mad chops when it comes to creating super cheap costumes, too. All this week on her blog, she’s featuring daily Halloween costume ideas created almost entirely for free with everyday items she (and probably you!) already owns. Yesterday, she posted pictures of herself as a very convincing Frida Kahlo along with a list of what she wore (this entire costume was pulled from stuff in her closet). Today, she dressed as George Washington — her most expensive costume of the week at $1.79! — and included a how-to guide for creating Washingtonian hair and makeup. Be sure to check her site the rest of the week for more super cheap, homemade Halloween costumes ideas. Keep reading »
The Desert Boot turns 60 this year. To celebrate, Clarks Originals has released six new, unique designs inspired by the 1950s through the 2000s. There are three styles for women and three for men. Each pair of the 60th anniversary Desert Boots, which retail for about $146, comes in a specially designed box. There are souvenirs too — the booklet on Six Decades of Looking Forward to the Past and a replica keychain made from the same materials as the boot. [Clarks]
All this talk about the Desert Boot has made me nostalgic for my Catholic school days because this boot was one of the only shoe designs that could satisfy the strict dress code but also provided style and safety for the female students. After the jump, see how you can sport the Desert Boot today. Keep reading »
The Polish word “pajaki” literally translates to “spiders of straw” in English, but the paper chandeliers made through this art form are so much prettier than the name would suggest. The town of Lowicz, which is 90 miles outside Warsaw, and surrounding villages are known for their colorful folk art, but, lately, the pajaki, which are also called mobiles, are generating some buzz on the internet. The delicate paper chandeliers are handmade by girls and women to decorate the home in bright colors of pink, orange, yellow, blue, and purple. These colorful mobiles, along with flower paintings and paper cut-outs, probably provided a much needed respite from the dreary Polish winters. Sometimes, all you need is a bright and colorful greeting to make you forget Jack Frost at your back. Fortunately, you don’t have to go all the way to Poland to get your hands on a pajaki. The Polish Art Center has several examples of traditional pajaki created by the older, less modern generation. Or you can try your hand at making one yourself, like this one by Wren Handmade. And if you’re in the NYC area, I hear designer Lena Corwin sells her versions for $35 to $65 at the Brooklyn Flea Design Co-Op] Keep reading »
“Everything old is new again” is a saying that you hear over and over again in the fashion world because, as we all know, trends are recycled. A few years ago, my mom bought me a copper necklace that consisted of a filigree … well, I called it a basket at the time … and green, maroon, and clear beads from a vintage store. The necklace was really heavy, a little too ornate, and didn’t really fit with my style at the time, but I enjoyed looking at it. And I thought someday my necklace would be the signature piece of an outfit.
I had no idea at the time that my mom had stumbled upon one of the oldest jewelry trends in history. The pouch necklace has been worn for centuries by those looking to mask their odor or to ward off evil spirits. Nowadays, jewelry designers are giving pouch necklaces the studded and metallic treatment, but you can still find traditional leather ones. I’m really feeling the ones above by Bona Drag, because they’re sweet with the delicate crochet pattern, but are also a little tough with the oxidized brass chain. Keep reading »
I have long adored (from afar, that is) Moschino’s lady-like and fanciful “Cheap and Chic” line—you see, it is chic but not at all cheap—which is why I’m so happy/frantic about their new, less bank-balance-damaging line of accessories called “Love Moschino.” (Check out a sampling of bags from the line, above.) What do you think? Cute, right? Actually, let me tell you the pricing, because for me, that sort of changed my opinion: the line will be priced between $168 and $445 for totes, shoulder bags, wallets and clutches. Now what do you think? $168 for a heart-smattered wallet? I’m just eh—if it all was under a hundo, I’d like the line way better. What say you? [Racked via WWD] Keep reading »
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan is no dummy, so she must’ve anticipated the article she wrote for the Washington Post this weekend was bound to generate some controversy. She’s added her two-cents to the fashion world’s skinny model debate drama by essentially saying we love to hate on twiggy ladies because we’re filled with self-loathing for our own fat asses.
Sooo, um, yeah … Keep reading »
We’re still in a recession, people. This Halloween, costumes certainly don’t need to be purchased from those expensive pop-up stores. Besides, the most creative and innovative Halloween get-ups aren’t those that come from a box but rather from the imagination. And for everyone who’s not so skilled in thinking up their own DIYs, here are a few ideas … Keep reading »