Old-school sneaker line Vans might be more masculine by design, but has long since become unisex by reputation, seeing as the skater boy kicks are just as popular with the skater girls. (Or any type of girl, for that matter.) Now the company is coming out with a new model for its spring collection made just for women. “The Sophie” brings the sneaker to a slightly fancier level by streamlining the design and adding the teeniest, tiniest of heels. Styles include the traditional Vans checkerboard, a black and white saddle shoe, or a blue faux denim.
What do we think of the Sophie? Prefer your Vans the way they are? Check out pics from the rest of the line after the jump! [PSFK] Keep reading »
For anyone who has ever been freaked out by the idea of getting a tattoo, here’s a new invention that will really make you squirm: the Digital Tattoo, an implant which sits beneath a layer of your skin and shows up as a tattoo-like electronic interface. Here’s where things get really weird—this gadget can work as a phone or computer. So, yes, you could literally press a button on your skin and answer a call. Or, explains Geekologie, it can just look like a “traditional tattoo by downloading a picture of a unicorn from the internet.” Whaaaa??? What’s more is that it is powered by your very own blood. That can’t be good for you.
Is this for real? It seems like something out of a science-fiction movie, and we can’t quite wrap our heads around it. [Gizmodo via Geekologie] Keep reading »
I’ve been using the Nivea Touch of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash for two weeks now, and I’m very happy with the results. For one, the wash contains diamond powder and conditioners, but it leaves the skin luminous as it lathers, not shimmery. Also, the cream oil moisturized my extremely ashy skin, so I didn’t have to do my usual routine of oil on wet skin, then lotion on dry skin. I only did one or the other. Oh, and the calla blossom scent was heavenly, but not strong enough to compete with my signature scent. A word of caution, though: I noticed I had to scrub my tub more often while using this body wash because the moisturizers really attract soap scum. I’m willing to make that trade, though, because the benefits outweigh the negatives. And when I think about it, scrubbing my tub is a great way to tone my guns. [about $6.99, at your local drugstore] Keep reading »
The recession is affecting everyone. From layoffs to budget cuts, a few money problems are inevitable it seems. But in England, those issues are hitting the middle class so hard that people have resorted to crime in order to keep up appearances. Over the past year, shoplifting has increased by 20 percent, while clothing and fashion accessory shops have suffered the most. With unemployment on the rise in New York City and the United States as a whole, do you think we’ll see a similar statistic? Walking down the streets, I’ve seen stores and restaurants closing their doors simply because they can’t afford the rent — the recession is surely at fault. Eating out is a luxury, and buying new clothes simply isn’t a part of tight budget plans. But resorting to petty theft in order to satisfy a craving for new accessories? That’s going a bit far, no? [Times] Keep reading »
“Lindsay Lohan’s collaboration was a disaster. I am furious but I can’t do anything about it. That happens to a lot of designers. We were the creators and patrons, responsible for the creation and destiny of our houses. But when we gave up our houses, we gave up our souls.”
—Emanuel Ungaro, founder of the legendary French couture house, discusses his, er, slight disappointment over what’s become of his eponymous fashion line and Lindsay’s involvement in it. [Independent] Keep reading »
Women in Need is NYC’s largest provider of shelter and vital services for homeless families. This year, they’re raising funds in a truly different and creative way: They asked a bunch of celebrities, designers, and athletes to custom-design a paper mache house around the theme “Home is where the heart is.” Let’s just say people were into the idea because Oscar de la Renta designed a home (above), Kate Spade, Isaac Mizrahi, the Beckhams, Diane von Furstenberg and loads more people you know did too! Best part is, the houses really portray who and what the designers are all about. Check ‘em out after the jump — which is your personal fave? Keep reading »
These are loafers get it!? (Har, har.) Crazy thing is, you can actually buy these slippers made of bread. And they’re only $100. We’d explain to you the DIY version, but really …. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Remember our old friend Este Lewis, the 25-year-old artist who makes ultra cute wallpaper out of images of everyday objects like candy dots and pencils? That little busy bee is at it again with one of the most interesting and easy — albeit time-consuming — projects ever: She’s made a scented curtain out of tea bags! (Insert dirty jokes here.) We actually think this is a great idea for when you’re sitting around bored during the holidays. Plus, it’s better for you than chain smoking, so much more modern than making a quilt and it delivers aromatherapy benefits while you work, which you’ll need after you’ve been bickering with mom/dad/Uncle Nick, etc., all day long. All you need are 200 tea bags and some glue and/or needle and thread. Click the link for the full instructions. [Time Out New York] Keep reading »
A maxi dress on a summer day gives a sense of easy, comfortable style. Alex, looking like a hybrid of Penny Lane and Marcia Brady, wears a General Pants maxi dress. It’s one of the best we’ve seen Down Under. If you don’t have a cool breeze at your disposal, might as well look like one! Keep reading »
I never thought I’d be sitting here today defending the Snuggie, but after coming across this blatant rip-off called the “KN Kozy,” I feel like someone has to stand up for this gross injustice. Then again, upon closer inspection, we’re strangely drawn to Karen Neuberger’s ultra-plush copy. At $40 with a satin ribbon trim and “attractive gift tag included!” it’s like a fancier, new and improved version. Go ahead, ask anyone who has actually ordered the original blanket with sleeves and they will tell you the fabric is way lacking. Also, as Amelia points out, this oddly chic getup looks like something style icon Tilda Swinton might wear on the red carpet. Since it’s backless, she’ll want to be careful not to turn around and expose herself. [Karen Neuberger] Keep reading »