If you’ve ever made the grave mistake of plopping a small bottle of perfume in your bag and thinking you can get away with it not spilling … well, let’s just say we doubt you’ll make that mistake again. But when you’re running around from work to play and back to work again, it’s nice to touch up with a nice subtle scent every now and then. That’s why we swear by perfume solids, and now that we’ve found these cuties from Etsy seller Illuminated Perfume, there’s no reason why the packaging can’t be as lovely as the fragrance. This botanical scent, Sierra Solid Gold, is not going to make people a mile away sit up and smell you. Instead it’s a clean yet well-rounded blend of green conifers like spruce, fir and pine, mixed with warm notes of vanilla, tonka bean, spice and orange. It’s the perfect fragrance to take from late summer well into fall, you know, if you believe in stuff like seasonal perfumes and stuff. [$7.50, Etsy] Keep reading »
Some artists choose to see life through rose-colored glasses. Then there are those who see gritty reality, and still try to make something pretty out of it. Take Tristan Zimmermann, a designer who created these bonsai planters (pretty) and incorporated the concept of what parks are really like (reality). The white porcelain pottery depicts disturbing scenes of what goes on after dark—two men having sex in a corner, a pervert flashing an unsuspecting lady. Then there are also the just-plain-sad scenarios of a man getting mugged or a lonely fellow who has lost his way. In a way, these pieces are a poignant metaphor—not even the youngest, most innocent sapling is immune to the dark realities of the world. Or they’re just totally hilarious. Depends how you see things. [$100, CharlesAndMarie.com] Keep reading »
Today the Wall Street Journal supplied a helpful article on how to dress and act after one has been laid off. The advice regarding comportment seemed straightforward enough: Don’t badmouth your former employer, especially via YouTube video. Yeah, um, we kind of guessed that one already. But the sartorial directive, “In the aftermath of a layoff, style is critical,” had us scratching our heads.
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Elle UK has huge trend news for you: Everyone is wearing denim shorts right now! Umm, yeah, because it’s summer. And people wear denim shorts pretty much every summer. Know what else people do with denim shorts on an annual basis? Look terrible in them. Too often, the styling is off and they’re either too wannabe sexy (with pointy pumps and a corset, for example, blech) or the thought process seems to be “Hell, this is denim, who cares if I look homeless?” Well, we care. So we’re going to help you get denim shorts right. Keep reading »
If it were up to me, I would wear a totally fashionable, totally new outfit everyday. I would have a pair of hot heels or cute flats for everyday of the year and I would have at least one brand new, lust-worthy piece on every time I changed outfits. Alas, we can’t all be a tall, rich, bottle-blonde socialite, but we can still look fashionable everyday! Saturated colors, higher hems and edgy details like zippers, chains and asymmetry are still going to be hot in the Fall season. That’s good news for those of us that have a budget and are actually going to try and follow it this time! Instead of going out to buy a whole new wardrobe to suit the cooler weather and blow our meager savings account at the same time, a few basic and affordable pieces are all that’s needed to add a little warmth into our favorite summer ensembles! Add a pair of funky leggings to a mini-skirt for an uber-trendy Fall look, or keep it classic with a cardigan and some great boots that go along with that sundress you wore all summer! Leggings, boots, sweaters, tights… the possibilities are endless! Check out the slideshow for more ideas on versatile basics to help transition your favorite summer looks into the coming season. Keep reading »
Sweat has been on our minds quite a bit lately–it’s hot as hell in NYC! But sometimes you want to wear a top that isn’t black, even if it shows sweat stains. We tried these underarm shields from Hollywood Behind the Seams and are happy to report that they do a fantastic job at keeping the pits of our garments dry. They’re so soft and fabric-like that you’ll forget you’re wearing them. So, you know, you can wave your arms with proud gusto! [$8.30 for five pairs, Advantage Wear]
We’re giving five winners one set of Hollywood Behind the Seams Pretty Underarm Protection. But you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, August 21 through Thursday, August 27—will be awarded one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.
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Just because Miss Piggy hasn’t been in the spotlight recently doesn’t mean she’s any less of a fashion icon. And naturally, Miss P would want you to know that. In a rare interview, she recently discussed fashion, trends and her favorite designers. Wearing a Marc Jacobs dress, she told TwinCities.com that she enjoys collaborating with designers, and understands the process: “As an artiste myself, I understand the designer’s need to let their creative spirit run free. So, I do not want to interfere with their designs until the actual fitting — at which point I tell them exactly what I want and when I want it.” She actually has a pretty good interview strategy, careful to not play favorites to any one designer (for fear of getting free stuff cut off … we would feel the same way), and giving the interviewer crap about body issues (“If by ‘body challenge’ you are suggesting that moi’s body has imperfections, then I suggest you retract the question.”)
As for what to wear for fall, we’ll be following Miss Piggy’s advice wholeheartedly: (1) Set trends, don’t follow them; (2) Is it expensive? (3) Did you pay for it? (4) Is it clean? [TwinCities.com] Keep reading »
Check out the massive number of shoes Rachel Zoe has in her studio! Apparently, we didn’t even see half of her work-related closet on “The Rachel Zoe Project.” Luckily, The Huffington Post spoke to Rachel and got her to share this photo of the gorgeous view of a land made entirely of pretty heels. [HuffPo] Keep reading »
I wouldn’t dare pull a Madonna and wear a cone-shaped bra as a top, but now I can pay homage to Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic creation with this limited-edition necklace, $54, designed by Chris Habana for Oak‘s A.OK collection. If you’re more a fan of the late Michael Jackson or his kid sister, Habana has jewelry for you, too. Representing Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation, Habana created a hoop earring with a key charm, $36, and the King of Pop gets his tribute in the form of a white glove necklace, $46, (check them out, after the jump). Even though we can’t dance or sing–we’re even beyond the help of a really good producer–there’s a pop star in all of us. Or at least now there is dangling from our necks. [Oak via W Editors' Blog] Keep reading »
Question: Why do people who work in fashion feel like it’s totally okay to reach out and feel someone else’s breasts in public? After watching British style experts Trinny and Susannah molest Alexa Chung on her show, we got total Isaac Mizrahi making Scarlett Johansson blush on the Golden Globe red carpet flashbacks. This is not okay people! [Daily Mail] Keep reading »