My first gray hairs were cause for celebration. My mother, politically liberal, but parentally strict, had forbidden me from coloring my hair “until you start going gray.” So when, at 14, I was able to show her a few silver hairs buried in my thick black mop, I was overjoyed. And, God bless her, she took me straight to the store for the box of burgundy dye that was the obsession of adolescent girls (thanks to Angela on “My So Called Life” of course). By the end of high school, I had grown out a Bonnie Raitt-like gray streak on one side. Keep reading »
Whenever I get on Facebook I feel depressed. I seem to spend most of my time untagging myself in pictures so my third grade boyfriend doesn’t see me looking like I have four chins and a lazy eye. To make matters worse, it seems everybody else is beautiful, photogenic and having The Best Time Ever. Given that I’m generally having a decent time and am at least moderately attractive, I believe the problem is the pictures.
Upon closer examination, most photogenic people (by that I mean anyone under 25) have a sort of signature look, the pose they do in every picture—whether it’s on The Great Wall or at their grandmother’s house—that they know makes them look fabulous.
I have no look. I have tried to create one, but I just end up looking pained. I figure it’s time to go the experts… Keep reading »
The Chinese New Year (year 4707 on the Chinese calendar) begins on January 26, so why not throw a bash to celebrate “The Year of the Ox?” Who cares if you’re not Chinese or an ox? Winter is lasting way too long and we need a party up in here!
While the festivities surrounding Chinese New Year kick off on Monday (the first new moon of the year), they last for 15 days—so you’ve got a bit of time to pull it together. Here’s a rundown of all the décor must-dos, culinary traditions, go-to music and important Chinese customs so you can host the most smashing “Happy 4707 Party” ever! Keep reading »
We’ve had a hankering for all things sweet since we were in single digits, and candy was one of the first words we knew how to spell. Since we weren’t born yesterday, it’s hard to surprise or impress us when it comes to the sugary stuff. When a friend told us to try these chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, we said, Huh? Chocolate-covered what? But now that we’ve tasted Sunny Seed Drops, our lives will never be the same. [$2.90, SunflowerFoodCompany.com]
We’re giving away five tubes of Sunny Seed Drops, but you have to work if you want to taste this delicacy. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Jan. 23 through Thursday, Jan. 29 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama’s two Inauguration Day outfits are already getting copied. Faviana, known for “reinterpreting” gowns worn by celebrities, drew up sketches immediately after Obama appeared on Tuesday. The knock-off of Isabel Toledo’s lemongrass dress and jacket will retail for $450 and the copy of Jason Wu’s white gown will cost $400, and they, along with other Mrs. O-inspired looks, will be in stores in four to six weeks. This of course might negate the positive effect Obama has been having on independent designers. Also, don’t people realize that they’re not going to look anything like the first lady, even if they wear replicas of her clothes? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Michelle Obama is getting a lot of attention for her keen fashion sense, but it seems that she passed along her style gene to daughters Malia and Sasha. In November, the first lady’s team approached J.Crew about submitting sketches for inaugural events, and the label submitted 20 sketches based on details they received about the first family. “Malia, she likes pleats and pared-down things and is not a huge fan of sparkles, but little Sasha loves bright colors and sparkly things,” said Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director. It seems that at age 10, Malia’s fashion tastes tend to be on the sophisticated end of the scale, while Sasha, 7, prefers to dress more playfully. So far, Malia and Sasha have worn two outfits each designed for them by J.Crew, and Michelle Obama has worn one; There were 15 outfits, comprised of about six pieces each, created for the Obama women. Come fall, similar clothes will be introduced into the crewcuts by J.Crew line, but they won’t be exactly the same. “They’ll be versions of them but not the exact coat, in that color, with those buttons,” Lyons said. “Malia and Sasha will not go to school next year and see the girl next to them wearing the same coat.” Heaven forbid anyone else have the same coats as the first daughters! [WSJ] Keep reading »
Perfumes that waft the scent of rose petals and jasmine, your time is up. What we would normally consider to be a not-so-sexy scent is now being bottled up, sold, and just might be the new aphrodisiac. Say goodbye to the conventional perfumes like Chanel No. 5 and Ralph Lauren’s Romance. New to the market are more unique perfumes with a totally bizarre top-notes. Photographer Nick Knight is working on a scent called Violence, which is supposed to smell like sweat. Gag! Keep reading »
Pretty soon spring will begin to bloom in retail stores across the country, even though it is still rather frigid outside. This season you can get more bang for your buck by creating a streamlined, more cohesive style rather than buying a ton of stuff that doesn’t really go together. We explain the biggest trends this spring after the jump. Tell us in the comments which one appeals to you most.
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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Winter is really all about having fun with tights. If you find an awesome pair that doesn’t match anything you own, just wear them with colors that are in the same family, like this young lady and her palette of deep hues. [Weardrobe] Keep reading »
True story: I mostly miss the boat on trends. About three years ago, Ray-Ban Wayfarers made the scene. I saw them on the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Sienna Miller in paparazzi photos—and, at the time, wasn’t so sure about their place in my wardrobe. For one, I wasn’t about to spend the money on something that wouldn’t at least kick around for a season (cough cough, my numerous misguided baby doll dress purchases) but also, I didn’t know if they could be me. Let’s just say that, sartorially speaking, I’m not hipster-ish, not super-pink-green-and-pearls-preppy—I try to be a classic version of what’s happening in fashion at any given time. How would Vogue characterize me? Slightly seasonally madcap, but optimistically sophisticated? Uh, yeah sure, I’ll stick to that.
So, for the last three years I’ve mulled over the Wayfarer purchase, at times getting quite close to plunking down the 120 dollars—i.e. spending an hour in Solstice discovering that buying a pair can be rather confusing, didja know there are about three versions of the original out there?—and alternatively swearing off the trend completely. Fashion shouldn’t be this hard. I should save my over-analyzing nature for more important topics, right?
Mostly my M.O. is to become entirely no-looking-back enthralled with a trend because of one photo. Keep reading »