Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Face Masque is a cult classic among beauty experts. People swear by its detoxifying prowess and it’s known to tighten and shrink the oiliest of pores. So, last time I was browsing the drugstore aisles I picked up a tube of the exfoliant version, Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub, to see if it measured up. I was pretty pleased with my purchase: After all, at just under $4 it was more than affordable, and I was relieved to see that the company abstains from animal testing. And hell, I couldn’t wait to experience the “pleasant, tingling mint glow!” the label promised.
After a few weeks of testing, here’s the verdict… Keep reading »
Sneakers, the final frontier! Voilà Airwalk’s new “Star Trek” shoes, complete with Enterprise logo. Geeks with foot fetishes should be squirming in their crew suits right about now. [InventorSpot.com] Keep reading »
You know how sometimes you come across a pair of shoes or a dress or whatnot and you simply have to have it? And there’s no rhyme or reason to it and said object of desire probably only looks good on whomever it’s being modeled on and definitely won’t do you any favors in real life? I am currently having that moment. I know that this new Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony unisex scarf pullover is going to make me look like a scary little old lady (one who is an extra in a medieval period film and playing a peasant). I also realize that the fabric — a blend of polyester and wool — will likely be itchy and possess asthmatic-like breathing problems. And the price tag, a whopping $495, is clearly insane. I mean, really cray-cray. Then again, part of me believes that it will be yummy and snuggly all fall (maybe it’s a Snuggie I’m really after?), and come winter, it’ll look smashing layered beneath a nice black overcoat. Judging by the fact that they only have one color left in stock, I’m not alone. Still, can anyone set me straight here? I’m afraid I’m going to make a very expensive mistake. [Opening Ceremony] Keep reading »
You know how sometimes you just think—Man, I really wish I had a necklace with Billy Idol’s face on it. Plaguing, right?
Good thing we found out about Yazbukey, a French design duo who create necklaces with pendants depicting the faces of famous people. Using plexiglass as a base and shoelaces as fastenings, Yazbukey puts together silhouettes of your favorite icons including Billy Idol, electronic music-maker Sebastien Tellier, and yes, even Barack Obama (although … it’s not quite the most accurate rendering). The collection also includes coin purses shaped like mice, necklaces with art deco motifs, and brooches in the shapes of cartoon thought bubbles. These necklaces might not be “pretty,” but will they up your cool cred? Hellz, Yazbukey! Get them at Colette.fr. [Yazbukey.com via Cool Hunting] Keep reading »
Shaving disaster much? Introducing mohawks for your legs. [$88, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Starting just this summer, a company called CoveringsETC is offering 100% recycled and 100% recyclable textured tile made out of recovered aircraft fuselages (the tiling is called Bio-Luminum)—and ahem, yes, it’s stuff that you’d actually want in your own home! (Think: A kitchen backsplash.) The idea is that parts from airplane graveyards all over the world are melted into blocks and then sliced up to create lightweight textured tile. And better yet? CoveringsETC hopes to get to the point where the material is sourced and produced locally. Kinda nifty, no? [Re-Nest] Keep reading »
It’s not that there is anything particularly wrong with Beyonce‘s clothing line. It’s just that the usually cheap-looking threads, well, don’t come cheap. That’s why news that they’ve gathered enough of a customer base to expand is a touch surprising. The House of Dereon (or House of Dead Wrong, depending on your taste), is adding yet another category to its roster: day-wear. By way of explanation, Sasha Fierce’s mom Tina Knowles told Women’s Wear Daily:
“Beyonce and I have had several occasions where we are in meetings all day and don’t have time to run and change by dinner. This is the perfect collection to wear from the office to dinner because every piece can easily be dressed up or dressed down.”
They’ll debut in stores at end of the year and are estimated to range in price between $100 and $200 per piece. Um, yay? [WWD] Keep reading »
Iconic New York City boutique, Henri Bendel is embracing the future. Instead of the standard slim mannequins draped in high end gear, the Fifth Avenue store has hired live models for their display windows. These girls are not posing for your viewing pleasure, instead, they are Facebooking. (And you thought it was tough working at Hollister…) How to participate and win a Bendel’s shopping spree, after the jump… Keep reading »
Hip NYC boutique-turned-empire of sorts Opening Ceremony
opens in Japan next week, complete with an indie star-studded — Jena Malone, Jason Schwartzman, etc. — video series meant to promote the whole enchilada. We’re sure the Japanese are rather excited about the coming of Opening Ceremony’s particular brand of fashion-y hipster cool clothes. But WTF is with this odd Chloe Sevigny
video (above)? Is this a cultural divide thing? Or is it really just all-around too strange to comprehend? [Refinery 29
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Who says the fashion world abhors food? Not Assouline, the publishers of a new book called the “American Fashion Cookbook.” Containing original concoctions by 100 members of the CFDA, the recipes are also accompanied by fashionable illustrations and sketches. With a forward by Martha Stewart, you also get the lowdown on Isaac Mizrahi’s mushroom truffle spaghetti, Derek Lam’s yellowtail crudo, and Mark Ecko’s chocolate chip cookies recipe.
Just promise you won’t feed the models. [$45, Assouline.com] Keep reading »