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Plum Sykes On The Hazards Of Being Pretty

“A lot of people try to diminish anyone who’s pretty by saying, ‘Oh, they’re probably stupid.’ Which is terribly unfair; when someone’s ugly, you don’t say, ‘Oh, they’re probably clever.’ But I always wondered to myself whether those dismissive things are invented by men or invented by women. I think a lot of the time it’s invented by men who are threatened by very good-looking, very successful, intelligent women. They don’t know how to compete with them, so they just say, ‘Oh, it’s because they’re pretty or they slept with the boss.’”

— Plum Sykes, a Vogue writer/author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée/former model for Alexander McQueen, on the “either/or” assumption in our society that a woman has to be pretty or intelligent. Sykes knows a thing or two about being pretty and intelligent: her new book, Oxford Girl, is an autobiography about (duh) her first year at Oxford. [NYMag] Keep reading »

And The Prize Goes To … The Ultimate Summer Beach Bag Essential!

Sigh. Seriously, I think the hardest part of my job is picking the winners for our various giveaways. You guys post such awesome answers, I end up having to seek second and third opinions on who should take home the booty. Last week, I asked you to tell me your ultimate summer beach bag essentials, and the commenter with the best/most creative answer would score a limited edition Hayden-Harnett scarf and an autographed copy of Brenda Novak’s Inside. All of your answers certainly gave me great ideas for what I should throw in my beach bag this weekend (it’s gonna be 80 degrees and sunny, holla!). But when it came to picking a winner, I had to go with the commenter who had the most unique story behind their ultimate beach bag necessity. Check out the winning comment, after the jump! Keep reading »

Really Now, What’s Going On With Brad Pitt’s Style These Days?

We used to be able to count on Brad Pitt for reliably tasteful and appropriate grownup and sexy style. But lately? Lately, as Amelia’s noted to me over IM on numerous occasions, the man is looking like a broke-down grandpa. I take the style to be “East L.A. Low Rider Fanatic” meets “Early-Bird Special Grandpa,” but what do you think? Is Brad’s matchy-matchy Dickies thing cool or kind of over? Keep reading »

Urban Outfitters Steals Another Indie Artist’s Work … Again

Jewelry artist Stevie Koerner sells her “A World of Love” pendants on Etsy (left). They’re adorable little charms in the shapes of states with hearts cut out of them. Urban Outfitters liked the pendants so much that they decided to copy the charms, almost exactly (right), and call them “I Heart Destination Necklaces.” And they did all of this without approaching Koerner about her designs.

It’d be great if big stores like Urban worked with small designers to help get their wares out to a bigger audience — and often they do. I have several friends who create private label goods for the hip clothing company (private label is when an indie designer sells designs under another label’s name). But just as often, Urban — and other mega stores — have been caught straight up ripping off independent designers. Last summer, the company was called out for ripping off Brooklyn designer Lilian Crowe, who made necklaces featuring rib cages, spines and skulls (they’re neat-looking, really!). Keep reading »

Style Icon & Lady You Should Know: Kreayshawn


Nevermind that the spelling of her name is absolutely BEWILDERING, Oakland rapper Kreayshawn’s jam “Gucci Gucci” is one of the catchiest songs about fashion ever. The chorus, “Gucci, Gucci, Gucci, Louie, Louie, Fendi, Fendi, Prada/Those basic bitches wear that s**t so I don’t even bother,” is an ode to getting out of the labelwhore mindset. And to prove her allegiance to the idea, she and her nameless video sidekick (because a best friend IS the best accessory) rock the best style: doorknocker earrings, over-sized glasses, and babydoll shirts that, really, only 19-year-old rappers with 19-year-old abs can pull off. Listen to Kreayshawn’s track and check out our screen shots of their looks after the jump. Keep reading »

Because I’m Crazy: My Fake Nails & Hair Weave Fascinator

So, a few weeks ago, when the Greatest Wedding of All Time happened and all those classy British people got to wear crazy things on their heads, I got a little bit obsessed with fascinators. You know, like the weird toilet seat cover Princess Beatrice wore, and then auctioned off. I had a dream, and in that dream, I was directed to make a fascinator myself. Out of fake nails and hair weave. Thirty dollars worth of supplies later (it takes a lot of money to look this cheap, as Dolly Parton says), voila! My hair creation has come to life. And this is why I don’t DIY. Keep reading »

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