The obsession with staying youthful has led many to paralyze their faces with toxin and completely alter the face they were given. But the beauty industry offers an even more bizarre way to keep skin soft and supple. Beauty insiders are touting spermine, a powerful antioxidant found in human sperm, as the solution to diminish wrinkles and smooth skin. Bioforskning (yes, that’s the actual name), a Norwegian company, is now synthesizing the substance in laboratories and selling it. And stateside, some women are shelling out as much as $250 for a spermine facial at spas. They could keep their money and head to a college dorm, where, I’m sure, the occupants would be more than willing to give sperm facials for free. There’d probably be free beer, too. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
There’s no denying that in Hollywood, you are what you wear. In fact, everyone is so well styled that it’s often hard to tell the normals from the celebs (okay, that size two girl being followed by paparazzi? Yeah, she’s famous).
Yet, we gotta love LaLa land for its diverse and plentiful shopping areas. Hit up Beverly Hills for super luxe labels, Robertson for start gazing and fancy boutiques, or Melrose for funky thrift shops. Whether you’re looking for California-cool style or the latest celebrity trend, our list of Los Angeles shops will have you covered. Keep reading »
Summer is on its way now, so out with the flannels and in with pjs that have more sex appeal!
- These pink flamingo bottoms by C & C California are perhaps not sizzling hot, which is why I will leave it to you to decide what goes on top…if anything at all. [$32, C & C California, Bluefly.com]
- I will most certainly be happy in this cute nightdress from Scanty. The length and drawstring have a certain kittenish look, but the happy faces keeps the serious meter down. [$35, Scanty, Bluefly.com]
- Leopard print…my oh my, this is daring! Leopard print is high on rawr factor, but the jersey tops and bottoms make this look more of a wink-wink kind of sexy. [$35, Tart Intimates, Bluefly.com]
- Python. The world alone makes me think of a deadly sports car. This pink python number will certainly get hearts racing and I can still feel pretty in pink. [$66, Natori, Bluefly.com]
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Statement pieces don’t have to be big or flashy. Take this super simple ring by Verameat with a thin band and small flower that’s sure to garner compliments. Wear it alone for a dainty look, or layer it with other rings for a funkier style. If you’re buying for yourself, choose the design in copper. For gifts, consider a classier metal, like silver or 14-karat gold. Just looking at it makes us think that everything’s coming up roses. [$48, Verameat.com] Keep reading »
Just when you thought excess was winding down, Chanel decided to release its tricked-out Segway, complete with signature quilted bag and logo wheels. This, we thought, must be an anomaly. As it turns out, not so much. Quite a few design houses have decided to take classic modes of transport—from bikes to surf boards to helicopters-—logo them up, and charge more than your mortgage for the goods.
Chanel is the main offender in the logo war, but they’re not the only ones stamping their insignia on everything that moves. The $12,000 Chanel bike, designer surf boards, and Segways are no more silly than Gucci’s (admittedly adorable) red bike or Prada’s super sleek and insanely expensive skis.
But the top honors have got to go to Hermès for their $6 million upholstered helicopter. The copter was purchased by Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation. If I wanted to blow a few million on a designer helicopter, I would have gone with the black-and-white Versace chopper. It’s much more my color scheme. Keep reading »
This week in “Keepin’ It Classy,” I received a letter from a lady who is trying to get back out onto the dating scene, but she’s confused about current social mores:
“I’m recently single and although I’m not quite yet ready to mingle, I do want to go out with my old girlfriends. Now that I have so much free time, I thought that it would make my social life easier, but it totally hasn’t. I’m so used to just hanging out at home with my man or making couple plans, that I don’t know what the protocol for an average date with the girls is. When did I get this lame? If I want to make plans day of, can I text two friends at the same time to see what they’re doing? Or do I have to wait for one to respond first? Making plans to hang out with friends is even tougher than dating!”
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Headbands, headbands, headbands. From thin and satiny to chunky and plastic, this popular accessory seems to be taking over the world. While a pretty headband can add a nice touch to a cute outfit, some of the styles out there are a little too much. Meet the Extreme Headband. It includes head wear that’s bursting with feathers, overflowing with massive bows, or suffocating from fist-sized fabric flowers. While Blair Waldorf may be able to pull off these dramatic pieces, most of us cannot — and we shouldn’t try! Nobody above the age of 12 should be wearing giant pastel-pink ribbons on their heads. Still, I see thirtysomethings trying to pull it off every day. Will this fashion mistake ever go away?
Maybe. On the season finale of “Gossip Girl,” Jenny Humphrey declared headbands “out.” (Except hers, of course!) While I’m not ready to see all head wear take a leave of absence (a simple one can be fabulous), I wouldn’t complain if the outrageous ones disappeared. Would you? Leave your thoughts on crazy headbands below.
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Sporting ice—as in “bling”—is one thing. Sporting real ice is another.
If you’re into the latter, check out Katharina Ludwig’s work, which incorporates jewelry and ice. A recent graduate of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Ludwig’s creations are meant to be evanescent; the ice rings, necklaces, and earrings melt slowly. Yet, in their original form (if only for a few minutes, especially in the summer heat), they appear like beautiful rocks attached to gold fixtures and chains. While at first this would seem like a poor investment, the jewelry comes with molds so you can re-freeze the designs again and again. The real question is: Are you up for a wet t-shirt contest? Or would you rather just keep cool? [KathyLudwig.com] Keep reading »
Ever wonder what music smells like? Just ask Christophe Laudamiel and Stewart Matthew, perfumers who are at work creating a “scent opera” called “Green Aria.” Except in this case, there are no singers or actors; fragrances serve as the characters. As the listener takes in the original score composed by Valgeir Sigurdsson and Nico Muhly, a “scent microphone” placed near each seat blasts odors to accompany the music.
During the experience, the darkened room will be filled with flavors like Crunchy Green, “a fresh, watery smell,” and Magma, which reeks of tar. While you won’t get Chanel No. 5 or Marc Jacobs Daisy wafting pleasantly into your nostrils, the purpose of the duo’s scent-sational opera will be familiar to women on the hunt for their signature scent. “The real challenge,” asks Laudamiel, “is how do you give a scent meaning?” [Wall Street Journal]
“Green Aria” will be at the Guggenheim, beginning May 31. Keep reading »
Seersucker: it’s crisp, it’s WASPy and it’s the perfect print to wear as you chase the Kennedy grandkids out of your heirloom tomato patch. Or pretend to, at least. Anyone and everyone can wear seersucker—ideally with no small amount of irony. Here’s four looks we like:
- Perfect your “I feel for the working class” face underneath this sappy newsboy cap. (No one needs to know you actually are the working class.) [$19.50, Gap]
- This summer you’ll need a cotton cocktail dress—just be warned Grandmother may not approve of that halter top. Really, what would the Junior League think? [$26.99, Charlotte Russe]
- A pink one-piece with a flirty flower at the breastbone is the perfect bathing suit for sunbathing on the dock. [$76, J.Crew]
- Nothing says preppy like a blazer, especially one with three-quarter sleeves. It’s ideal for buttoning up over last night’s walk of shame outfit—oops!—when you simply must make an appearance at the lawn games on Sunday. [$89, L.L.Bean]
Images from Gap.com, L.L.Bean.com, JCrew.com and CharlotteRusse.com. Keep reading »