Last weekend, while some of my friends were off on weekend trips to grand places like the Poconos and St. Louis, I was in the place you can generally find me: home. But, thanks to a little planning, I felt like I had traveled hundreds of miles away from my apartment and had a relaxing, indulgent two days.
Staycations have gotten a lot of hype lately since people have less money to spend on actual trips out of town, but I didn’t believe it was actually possible to have a vacation-like time while remaining in the city I call home. I proved myself wrong. After the jump, the five things I learned about going on a staycation. Keep reading »
Our hearts and minds are in the midst of a fierce battle: to love or loathe this YouTube video. It’s an instructional video on how to do “The Barbie,” a new dance created by the same genius (seriously) who created the moves in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, JaQuel Knight. The dance features lots of stopping, posing, swirling, snapping, and is set to — what else? “Barbie Girl,” the hit ’90′s pop song (which originally enraged Mattel). Now they’ve made nice and reworked it with lyrics like, “You can be a star, no matter who you are,” to make it more inspirational and stuff. So why the dance party? To celebrate the new Fashionista Barbie! Besides sporting a major wardrobe, the new doll, $20, sports some serious dance moves, too. She has flexible joints and can bend, twist and turn into one hundred different poses. Literally. The vid launched this morning on “Today,” and commercials for Fashionista Barbie featuring the song and dance will begin airing in mid-October to coincide with the sale date. Are you buying it? [Media Decoder] Keep reading »
Humidity makes your hair look like ass, but British researchers have discovered Mother Nature’s awful mugginess is actually optimal for growing nails that don’t split! Air with 55 percent humidity keeps our nails pliable; unfortunately, excessive amounts of hot water from bathing or hand-washing soften nails too much. A researcher at Manchester University advised, “It’s best not to get nails completely dry or completely wet.”
Sorry, we can’t avoid hand-washing with hot water! But luckily we’ve found The Body Shop’s Almond Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment ($12) helps lock in moisture and keeps our manicures cute. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Check out this cute behind-the-scenes video of Lily Allen shooting “The London Issue” for Elle UK. Maybe she’s learned some modeling moves from her new bestie Kate Moss, because as mag photog Rankin notes, she kills it. Choice quotes include: “I love a wig on a celebrity”; “Lily is London”; “My weight fluctuates so much; the most important thing is being comfortable”; and “I thought she was gonna be cool, but she’s like, uber-cool.” [Pipeline] Keep reading »
For those who like to see things as they are, D-Vision, a design collective, has invented these wonderful dishes which take a literal interpretation of they food they hold. For apples, a bowl with a space to put your core, or the Bubblicious container made of spherical shapes, allowing it to sit different ways. A BBQ tray lets bloody juices of raw meat to trickle into vein imprints, although animal-lovers would probably prefer the bird feeder-themed bread boards. Realists do have a point—you are what you eat. [D-Vision.co.il via Irresistable.fr] Keep reading »
Most of American Apparel‘s shenanigans seem oh-so-cleverly crafted just to elicit laughs from the fashion blogosphere or to make imaginary people look like buffoons (because who buys metallic crop tops anyhow?). The latest, however, a “Bag-O-Scraps” is either a genius move in terms of resourcefulness or a test to see just how far AA fans will go to pledge their monetary support to the brand. According to the product description, the collection of fabrics is fit for many an arts and crafts project: “Make clever jewelry, accessories, a card for your grandma or a colorful hanging sculpture for your apartment. Each bag comes with a zine (printed on scrap paper, of course) with five fun and easy scrap projects, complete with how-to instructions.” Keep reading »
Do you guys remember when Guess jeans cost, like, $40 and your mom was all, “Sorry kid, I’m not made of money, forget about it,” and stuff? Around the same time, jeans of the hole-y on purpose, paint splattered and bleached variety started popping up? Newspapers like The Daily Mail, Houston Chronicle and the Washington Times have all recently confirmed what fashion insiders knew already: the new old jean is back (or something like that).
We’re fine with the ’80s being all totally awesome again, but the fact that all this distressed denim is way more expensive than ever makes us feel barfy. It’s absurd! Keep reading »
Maybe it’s the altitude. Or all the hard-bodied, active, young folks sauntering around. Or maybe it’s the fact that the city is exactly one mile high. Regardless, Denver has come into its own as a city that demands the nation’s attention (perfectly proven by the recent kick-ass DNC event). If you’re lucky enough to visit D-Town, don’t just hotfoot it to the mountains; take a few days to explore the city. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to discover why the natives like to do it at 5,280 feet. Keep reading »
This American Apparel baby sling looks like it’s either making this kid miserable or just very confused. Either way, he’ll grow up to be painfully hip. Poor thing. [American Apparel] Keep reading »
I’m sure several of the fashionable, dog-owning ladies here at the Frisky would like to look more stylish while picking up after their doggies, say, when Lucca drops her load on the sidewalks of Manhattan. It’s so unsightly! And what if a hot dude came along while you were scooping your pooch’s poopies? Now there’s Poupou Royal to the rescue. The corn fiber handles “allow for effective action and hygienic without dipping your fingers.” What that means, I am not sure. But it’s got to be better than using the plastic bag that last night’s takeout Chinese arrived in, right? [UQAM via NOTCOT] Keep reading »