When a guest doesn’t know anyone at a party, she usually ends up talking to the host or congregating around the snacks and booze. But these Chat Plates designed by Ikuko Nakazawa, which resemble conversation bubbles from manga comics, will remind everyone that the whole point of a party is to schmooze. Each set includes one large plate and two smaller ones that are microwaveable and dishwasher safe. This is the perfect time of year for entertaining, as you know, and your guests will thank you for not inundating them with more holiday-themed decorations. [$48, Velocity] Keep reading »
Last year for Christmas I bought my grandparents a DVD player. One year later, I think it’s about time they own a DVD, and for cheap too. Keep reading »
Just what we all need—a hat that makes
us smile. Constantly. It’s called “The Happiness Hat” (obviously) and you either smile in it or suffer the consequences—literally, from a jolt of pain it inflicts upon you. For some reason
I don’t think Bright-Sided
author Barbara Ehrenreich would be feeling this contraption—because as she sees it, we are a nation of anti-depressant-popping, cheerfulness-obsessed, unrealistic folks who prize a happy outlook above all else. But back to the hat: It literally jabs you in the back of the head with a metal spike when you frown! Check out this ridiculous video of it exacting revenge on some non-smiler. Spooky. Keep reading »
Sure, Serena van der Woodsen is supposed to be the talk of the town, but we’re more interested in Blair Waldorf’s prep-school style. This costume has all the naughty school girl appeal with a touch of Upper East Side class. An added bonus? Each piece is really cute and completely re-wearable! Get the deets, after the jump. Keep reading »
The accessory of the moment: two-finger rings. Keep reading to find out how to get them for a steal. Keep reading »
Who needs real fur when fake looks this chic? Arame, visiting Prague from France, is the epitome of fabulous in a faux fur that she bought on Oxford Street in London. The cherry on top is a styling headscarf that only a select few can pull off (hi, Nicole Richie!) without looking like a fashion victim. This chick is totally acing it. Keep reading »
And now for another round of “Who Buys This Crap?” … next up, these Rodarte charm necklaces available at Barneys. They start at $1,750 and go as high as $2,500. We get it: The Mulleavy sisters are hot hot hot right now. But come on. Why are these so pricey? No clue, and the description doesn’t give any hints either: “Decorative cable chain necklace with various charms.” Sounds like something you could find at any Forever 21 or make yourself. [Barneys] Keep reading »
So, last night I had a date with a guy who showed up with mutton chops. Three weeks ago he did not have them. And now he does.* Sigh.
The man who can pull off exaggerated sideburns is a rare breed, but it seems, guys really like to go for it several times in their life. Looking back, I recall with dismay two boyfriends who decided to grow mutton chops, plus a handful of male friends who had surprised me with new facial ‘dos after not seeing them for a while. Commenting on it, of course, is inevitable, and always met by the question, “Yeah, do you like it?” “Ummm … interesting.” In a way, you can’t blame them. Girls have so many more styling options, and if I were a guy, I’d probably get bored and frustrated with my look. I’m just not sure I’d turn myself into Colonel Mustard. You know how in women’s fashion, we always talk about “dressing for guys” and “dressing for girls”? Is this the male equivalent? Do any ladies find mutton chops hot?
*For the record, the date was splendid—disliking a guy’s facial hair situation wouldn’t change the way I really feel about him. Keep reading »
If you have an unbearable case of nail ennui, here’s the cure: flecked nail polish. Deborah Lippmann has been leading this trend with her 10th Anniversary Set, which contains three bedazzled shades (red, copper and black), and her holiday shades (multi-colored Happy Birthday (left) and silvery Marquee Moon), $18 each. Kinda spendy but we love the look — it’s chunkier and less precious than glitter, and an unexpected touch when paired with winter tweeds and thick sweaters. [Beauty Snob] Keep reading »
Does anyone around here remember Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the valley girl/goth goddess who introduced B horror films on “Movie Macabre”? (Maybe, if your parents were cool enough to let you stay up and watch
that much cleavage scary movies on late night TV.) Cassandra Peterson has been making the morning news rounds since it’s that time of year, and we are suddenly so very nostalgic for all the sexy goth style she spawned. [NYC, 10/29/09] Keep reading »