Spit or swallow? Sorry, sorry. But for once you might actually choose the latter with this beautiful bandana featuring a printed swallow design. Made by Box & Flea, a design collaborative, each bandana is hand-printed in their Brooklyn studio. We love how this scarf communicates a story, appearing almost like an illustration out of a children’s book. The swallow represents “love, care and affection towards family and friends, showing the loyalty of the person always returning to them.” Of course, the birds also represent a journey — one that hopefully makes it straight to your purse or neck, or wherever else you want to show the bandana off. [$40, LeTrainBleu.com] Keep reading »
If you have to drive to work, you don’t really have to worry about locking yourself out of the house — you sort of need your keys to leave the driveway. But for those of us who take public transit (and have our doors set to automatically lock behind us), getting shut out of our apartments is a reality. After having to walk a mile to a friend’s home to pick up a spare set of keys three times in one month, I decided I needed to change something about my routine.
While some like to put a decorative tray on a table by the door as a home for keys, I found that my keys blended in with the tray, and I failed to notice them as I walked by. So, to nip this bad habit in the bud, I hung a hook on the wall by the door. I hang my key chain on it when I arrive home in the evening. On my way out in the morning, I can clearly see whether it’s still hanging there. I haven’t forgotten my keys since! [Horse Bit Hook, $10, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Kate Gosselin is so hot right now; you may already have her fabu hairdo. Or you might have a raccoon that digs through your trash that inspired you to be her for Halloween. Whether you worship the cable TV mother of the year or just have a lot of spare kids to dress up in costumes, here’s how you can recreate her reality-show chic on the cheap. Now that Kate’s back on the market and it’s Halloween, what better time to slut it up like a reality television fame whore?! Keep reading »
Topshop just sent us their new Kate Moss holiday collection preview pics, and while we love all the festive party frocks and glammed-up knits, everyone seems to be gravitating toward the pajamas and robes section of the lineup. I don’t know about you guys, but I can remember many a holiday season where I was gifted a pair of pajamas — soft bottoms and a matching top — that I’d wear all winter long. They were usually fleece and bore some kind of childish print (snowflakes, hearts, etc.), and maybe it’s the equivalent of getting new socks in your stocking, but I just loved them! Anyway, perhaps that’s why these Topshop ditties are even more appealing. They’re the much sexier, grown-up versions of your tween holiday loungewear, like this beyond gorgeous butterfly kimono, which is a real standout in the collection. After the jump, the pajama sets, sexy rompers and sleepy winter attire we have our hearts set on this season. Keep reading »
Last week, I had the pleasure of sipping Earl Grey at the Russian Tea Room while listening to Anna Post (Emily’s great-great-granddaughter) and anthropologist Genevieve Bell discuss etiquette as it pertains to technology. The event was hosted by Intel, which just completed a study on tech etiquette that shows that people believe there are unspoken rules when it comes to technology use, but we haven’t been able to agree on what those are.
Anna and Genevieve spoke to these differences in opinion, agreeing that we’re in a transitional period. There’s no clear-cut answer to the question, “Can I use my phone in the bathroom? just yet. Mobile devices and programs, like Facebook and Twitter, are still relatively new, and society needs a little more time to figure out how to be polite about using them. But Anna did share some advice. … Keep reading »
My older brother is getting married to a girl I legitimately like. I’m happy for them. Really, I am. Keep that in mind as I make the following statement: Their wedding and all the surrounding events make me want to hurl. It’s not so much the constant “So what about you? Is there a boyfriend?” questioning I’ve come to expect from family, our friends and people I’ve not seen since I was maybe two feet tall. It’s the dresses. Cocktail dresses for the busty and hippy are a difficult thing to come by. Usually, it’s a shapeless mess of a tent dress or a slutty problem of a form-fitting one.
You, however, can learn from my years of double-D drama. Use these tips to find a happy medium that you’re not quite literally busting out of. Keep reading »
Christ on a cracker, we don’t think we’ve seen more perfect hair ever. Some paparazzi yelled, “Hey Charlize, over here!” at the recent Hollywood Film Festival Awards, she snapped her head back, and boom, somebody could put this pic on a magazine cover. To get this look, you’ll need some seriously good genes, a killer set of baby blond highlights, and a conditioning treatment to make it look extra glossy and silky. Ask the colorist to use a balayage technique (that’s when they paint the highlights in) to get it looking extra natural and sun-kissed. If you’re just interested in the style, blow-dry, create an extra-deep side part, sweep to the side, and coat ends with just a dab of L’Oreal Studio Line Curl Smoothing Cream. Use a small-barrel curling iron to create individual curls, then use your fingers to separate them so they look wavy. God help you. [L.A., 10/26/09] Keep reading »
And now for the latest in crazy Japanese products: the Beauty Waist Cushion, an ergonomically designed pillow which will give you a rockin’ bod just by sleeping on it. The Beauty Waist is “designed to enforce healthy posture and the tightening of key muscles, which in turn encourages an ideal body shape.” Wow, and to think all this time you were killing yourself with crunches when you could have just been dreaming yourself to rock-hard abs. But that’s not all! There’s also the Beauty Bottom Cushion, which will make your butt “taut enough to bounce a 100 yen coin off of.” So would this mean you could literally sit on your ass all day and get some benefit from it?
Sounds like the best workout ever. Also, if you believe all this, we have this bridge to sell you … [Japan Trend Shop] Keep reading »
Not everyone enjoys dressing in costume for Halloween, but that doesn’t you need to be a total Debbie Downer and wear your normal clothes on Saturday, either. Jewelry of the spider, bat, or vampire varieties is the easiest way to acknowledge it’s Oct. 31 without donning a full-on costume.
If you’d like to take things up a notch without putting on a “sexy fill-in-the-blank” outfit, go for these spider knee highs. They’d look great — elegant even — with a simple black dress. And unless your skirt is lady-of-the-night short, only your suitor, perhaps dressed as Prince Charming, will be privy to the spiders’ webs at the top of the socks. [Pyramid Collection via Trend de la Crème] Keep reading »
You know there was a time in life where you owned a sweet, sweet bean bag chair. (In fact, it might have been the only furniture you owned.) Amelia spotted this bear-shaped one, $135, and we must admit that we are awfully smitten kittens. But we’re torn, because these log pillows, $40-$69, are kind of ultra rad, too. [Better Living Through Design] Keep reading »