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Avedon-Inspired Cards Help Models Stand Out From The Crowd

The coming of Fashion Week means that, if you live in New York, you’ll be spending a lot of time over the next few days feeling kind of short and fat as an inexplicably large number of models wander the streets en route to castings, clutching portfolios and cards that feature photos of them, their measurements and their agent’s contact info. The thing is, tall and impossibly thin as said models are, there are lots of them and standing apart from the gorgeous gaggle must be a pain in the ass, and challenging! One Model Management, however, is making it a bit easier with by far the coolest model cards we’ve ever seen. Inspired by famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon, these retro-looking numbers beat the pants off their classy-but-boring black and white counterparts, don’t you think? [Refinery 29] Keep reading »

Aliph’s Jawbone Prime Is One Chic Bluetooth

Behold the Aliph Jawbone Prime. In the world of basic, boring and predictably silver Bluetooth earpieces, it stands out in more ways than one. The sleekly designed Jawbone Prime is available in several electric and eclectically named colors: Lilac You Mean It, Frankly Scarlet, Drop Me A Lime, and ‘Yello! It’s not all about fun colors, it’s also about function. This earpiece touts its ability to drown out all background noise while allowing you to have a seamless and uninterrupted conversation. The earpiece is designed to barely touch your face, and as the name suggests, lightly grazes your jawbone. It detects your voice instantly and has discreet buttons to turn the device on and off. Find it online right now for $129.99. This product cannot, however, do much about the fact that no matter what, people still look hilarious and cannot be taken seriously when they’re talking into Bluetooths. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

What’s The Deal With Makeup Primer?

The last time I was shopping for a new foundation, I was tempted by all these bottles of foundation primer placed strategically next to concealer options. Hmph, I thought. Makeup brands are just like pharmaceutical companies—they both invent new “problems,” and then put out the product to solve said “problems.” What will I get roped into next if I buy a foundation primer? Foundation post-er?

As it turns out, foundation primer, while more of a professional product, can have some awesome benefits.
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American Apparel Ad Banned For Looking Too Much Like Child Porn

The model in these photos is actually 23, but her youthful gaze (what so many women aspire for, apparently!) has gotten another American Apparel ad banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority. That ad (see it here) originally appeared in Vice magazine and caught the watchdog group’s eye because, apparently, it “sexualise[s] a model who appeared to be a child under the age of 16.” The fact that she’s not doesn’t matter, I guess. I wonder if they still went out and bought some leggings though… [Marketing Week, Gawker] Keep reading »

Seven Celebrity Closets As Big As Our Apartment

In this sort of long and boring (well, depending on your taste) video, Miley Cyrus and her friend Mandy Jiroux go through her closet, creating a mountain of clothes she doesn’t want anymore. In it, she remembers the shirt she wore the first time she met Johnny Depp and gives Mandy a reject wallet. And her closet? It’s huge and filled to the brim. But her dressing room isn’t the craziest in Hollywood. After the jump, six notable celebrity closets and our oh-so-insightful observations about each one. [via NY Mag] Keep reading »

Crave: Peerless Photo Tint Watercolors

Folks had fun with dry watercolors back in 1885 when they were originally developed, but we bet you can have just as much fun in 2009 transforming your photos with watercolors. We admit the Peerless Photo Tint Watercolors look a little tricky at first glance, but painting with these is actually quite simple. Each sheet is coated with a vibrant color that only needs water to make it come alive. And a swoosh of your paintbrush changes up the color of your photos instantly. [$18, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »

Do You Abide By The “No White After Labor Day” Rule?

Between Sarah Jessica Parker‘s all-white ensemble on the “Sex and the City” sequel yesterday, Tiffany Thornton’s look for “It’s On With Alexa Chung” and Kylie Minogue‘s slammin’ ivory dress for just because, it seems like celebs are all frenzied trying to wear up their white clothes before the impending holiday weekend. Because, you know, someone in the public eye couldn’t possibly get away with — gasp! — wearing white after Labor Day. Keep reading »

Indonesian Beauty Chain Uses Hairy Advertising Tactics

Popular Indonesian salon and beauty school franchise Johnny Andrean wanted to get the word out about their new hair strengthening product. A simple television commercial or billboard ad was not enough. Instead, they opted for a more literal display: hanging what appears to be human hair ponytails on commuter trains in the capital of Jakarta. Besides being strong enough to keep commuters from falling during the average train ride (as illustrated by the picture above), the ponytails were decorated with a product card which told riders more about Andrean and the strengthening cream. Judging from the photo, the oddest part isn’t the marketing tactic itself, but how totally blasé subway riders seem about holding on to a random ponytail. Clever or creepy? [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Chic Dresses That Actually Cover Up Your Naughty Bits

So, who out there has ever had to layer a tank top under, say, a DVF wrap dress in order to remain “covered”? Or have you ever felt nekkid wearing a strapless dress to work, so you threw on a tee underneath? Or a cardi on top? Don’t know about you, but my hand is raised way up in the air. Why is it that chic dresses sometimes just leave us feeling a little too exposed?

Luckily, I just found an awesome solution. Keep reading »

What’s Your Haircut Horror Story?

Just when you thought we couldn’t blame the recession for anything else, here’s one more negative impact: bad hair. The Wall Street Journal just published an article about how sales of clippers (such as the infamous Flowbee!) went up as the economy sputtered and made the reasonable case that families and even individuals are resorting to DIY cuts in droves. Salon business is hurting, and if you’re jobless or even just strapped for cash, it makes sense that paying for a haircut would be one of the first things to get cut (ha) from your budget.

Then again, this is your hair we’re talking about, people. When it comes to amateur haircuts, plenty can go wrong. As Gordon Miller, executive director for the National Cosmetology Association, put it: “It may look easy, but it’s not.” [WSJ]

We started thinking about times in our pasts when we were brave and/or foolish enough to chop our own hair, or a loved one’s, like the time I trimmed my friend’s bangs and they ended up crazy short. (Sorry Eliza.) After the jump, our haircut horror stories! Keep reading »

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