I was given a Rear Gear Sports Cushion, a rollable butt pad, while vacationing in Las Vegas this past weekend. I was in total relax mode while lounging next to the hot tub, so I wasn’t really thinking about work or testing any products. But the moment I sat my caboose on the Rear Gear I knew it was a product I wouldn’t be able to live without. For starters, it made my chill time even more pleasant because it stopped my butt from sinking through the plastic slats of my lounge chair. It also helped make my six-hour flight home a little more bearable because the foam keeps its shape and sort of cradles the behind, taking pressure off the hips. I’d imagine a lot of sports spectators enjoying this too because sitting on a hard bench or bleacher seat for more than 15 minutes can be rather painful. And there’s no embarrassment factor either because this pad is really discreet. It folds into its own pouch and has a handy zipper compartment for keys, a credit card, or cell phone. Rear Gear looks like a fanny pack when it’s rolled up, and it can also be used for lumbar support in this position. Our butts don’t really get any love normally, even though we use them all day long. So why not treat your bum to some R & R? It will thank you. [$18.95, Rear Gear] Keep reading »
We don’t care how permissive your fancy prep school is, we’re pretty sure this skirt would get you kicked out. Also, now we know who Kelly Osbourne was complaining about at the Teen Vogue party. [NYC, 9/29/09] Keep reading »
When I hear stories about people who wake up at 5 a.m. to “put their face on,” I kind of feel like vomiting. (And if I weren’t too busy sleeping in, I would.) Honestly, it should never take more than about five minutes to put on totally passable makeup for the day. And if you pass the 20-minute mark, you’ve got way too much junk on your face. Here’s all you need to look good without waking up at the ass crack of dawn. Keep reading »
Knitters, listen up! Use your skills and take action by participating in Knitting Against AIDS (brought to you by the Designers Against AIDS foundation). All you have to do is put those needles to work, knit a scarf, and send it in (you will have to pay for international shipping because this particular project works with STD- and HIV-awareness organizations in Antwerp … but, charity, people!). They’ll slap on a special tag, and sell the goods a week before World AIDS Day (December 1, 2009). Your garments will be sold alongside those of famous fashion designers. The proceeds will be donated to the Cause-For-AIDS Fund.
With the recent advances in the field of AIDS and HIV research, it’s important to keep the momentum going. So take part and warm some hearts! Or, erm, necks. [DesignersAgainstAids.com] Keep reading »
You certainly wouldn’t let your IT department predict clothing trends for next season. So, why is the fashion industry looking to scientists for their opinions on the future of design?
Yes, that’s right. When it comes to the new looks on the future runways, scientists are working with designers to come up with high-tech, brand-new fashion inventions, like spray-on clothing and outfits that change the environment you walk into. But the creative genius doesn’t stop there. How about clothes that can snag you a date by exuding just the right smell? Keep reading »
Interior designer Kimberlee Paige Hanson has just launched a new firm called “Sexy Bachelor Pad” which focuses on transforming post-college bachelor-pad disaster zones into hip, chic and sexy spaces. According to Hanson, “Women are nesters, so when they walk into a home where a man has really created atmosphere, it creates a different kind of connection with the man, and it makes them see him in a different way. We try to give him a little edge in that arena.” And her firm’s catchphrase is, tellingly, “Trust us. You need our help.” Since so many residential-focused interior designers get their start working on bachelor homes and apartments, a firm explicitly geared towards unmarried men with a good amount of disposable income makes sense! But get a load of this transformation video, featuring one apartment. Now, imagine yourself walking into that apartment for “post-date drinks”—what the hell would you think? For me, it’s a little too aesthetically pleasing and a touch too done-up—c’mon, what guy has a spice rack? (Uh, I’m decently into cooking and even I don’t have a full-on spice rack!) What say you: Does a done-up apartment make a guy sexier or slightly off-putting? [Daily Candy] Keep reading »
Milan Fashion Week is finishing up, and then it’s off to gay Paree. If you were suffering from fashion fatigue this week, here’s a cheat sheet to what the critics had to say:
NYT fashion scribe Cathy Horyn was none too pleased with Milan’s presenters, singling out Dolce & Gabbana for “cafe curtain lace” corsets, Marni for “Dr. Seuss characters,” and, “Heavy on beige, Karl Lagerfeld’s boudoir show for Fendi made you think a giant pair of old pantyhose had fallen over Milan.” Ooh, burn. [NY Times]
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Fall fashion gets a little ho-hum—another cardigan, anyone?—which is why we’re ordering this short-sleeved military jacket by BB Dakota, stat. Unlike other military jackets, it’s not made of long or bulky fabric which covers up your body. Nor does it scream “nautical trend!” which was so last season anyway. We dig any piece in our closet that is demure enough for the office but still funky enough to wear on a night out. [$70, Revolve Clothing] Keep reading »