Oh holy hell. First Lady Michelle Obama has caught some flack for daring to wear shorts while on vacation with her family at the Grand Canyon in 100+ degree heat. (Emphasis all mine because I cannot fathom the absurdity.) This morning on “The Today Show,” The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan and Mary Tomer, author of the upcoming book Mrs. O: The Face Of Fashion Democracy, discussed the brouhaha over Mrs. O wearing above-the-knee (GASP!) shorts. Apparently, some see this as her, I dunno, giving the middle finger to propriety and tradition since the look is so casual. The whole thing made me mega-stabby, especially since Lauer can’t help but acknowledge how ridiculous it is that they are even discussing the topic. If Obama had been wearing, say, a khaki skirt, would people have cared to comment? If the shorts had been below the knee, would that have been OK, or would the chatter then be about her looking frumpy? Also, isn’t there, like, a health-care debate going on? Keep reading »
In case of a fire, you might be thinking about: your safety, your property or how beautiful your fire extinguisher is. If you fall into the latter thought pattern, then feast your eyes on these Fire Design fire extinguishers. (We agree — the name could have been a touch more innovative.) They’re available in bright, pop-y colors like pink, yellow and green, fun prints or custom designs. Of course, leave it to the French to come up with something this functional and fashionable. If you can actually read Français, then brave their website to purchase yours. A custom extinguisher will set you back abut $133, a, erm, cool price for a hot item? [Chic Report]
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We all click on over to fashion blog “Sea of Shoes” to soak in the photos of heels we can’t afford and the sometimes crazy but otherwise inspired styling by both mother and daughter Aldridge. But what I mostly can’t get enough of is in the background of their photos—the ah-mazingly decorated home they live in. Have you ever seen a more glam dining room (above)? Sigh. Style/SWOON just posted a better look at their eclectic and slightly madcap interiors. Get a home tour, after the jump… Keep reading »
When earlier this year Polaroid announced that it would stop producing its instant photo film and cameras, Girl Talk concerts came to a screeching halt and American Apparel model wannabes actually registered something else on their faces besides indifference. What would the world do without the artsy party snaps? “Culture, man, is going down the sh*tter,” they said.
Who should come to the rescue but hipster shopping mecca Urban Outfitters, who is about to launch an international Polaroid-saving (they hope) campaign. Yeah, really. Keep reading »
It may only be Aug. 18, but it’s never too early to get crackin’ on your holiday shopping. While some of you may operate well under pressure, I need to start thinking about it now. Even if I don’t buy the presents right away, it makes me feel less desperate because at least I know what’s out there.
This year, I may go all-out and get super organized, making friends and family fill out this cute vital stats sheet designed by Made in England (and available to download for free). Yes, you might come across as a little anal, but calling your sister on Dec. 19 to ask for her shoe size kind of ruins the surprise. [Made In England] Keep reading »
If you have sensitive or colored hair, you know that pools are your nemesis, making discoloration and brittle ends inevitable. This may no longer be the case thanks to hair genius Philip Kingsley’s Swim Cap, $33, a deep conditioner that actually waterproofs your strands. The idea is you apply the cream under your swimming cap pre-dip, and your hair absorbs the protective formula first and guards against the harsh effects of chlorine. It’s also a good option for beach-goers looking for protection against sun, wind, and salt water. As a regular swimmer, I’ve found that the product hasn’t tampered at all with my blond hue, and even leaves my hair softer and shinier after I rinse and blow-dry it. I’d recommend Swim Cap for non-swimmers as well looking for a good weekly hair conditioning treatment. Keep reading »
So, we are already cringing at thoughts of Vogue editor and fashion royal Anna Wintour addressing the masses at Macy’s in the New York borough of Queens, of all places. The collision of these two worlds is guaranteed to be the stuff good reality shows are made of. (Too bad they’re no longer filming the soon-to-be released documentary “The September Issue.”) Wintour will be joined by designer and “Project Runway” host Michael Kors on September 10 at the department store, where the duo will be on hand to showcase fall trends and sign t-shirts for the first 50 folks in line. The appearance kicks off the city-wide launch of Fashion’s Night Out, a multi-day “shopping” event meant to jump-start fall retail sales across the country. [Racked]
Question is, will Wintour pull a Cintra Wilson and write about how disturbingly “middle-class” Macy’s is in her next editor’s letter? Only time will tell. Keep reading »
The hilarious part of this is that a quick glance at this new Gap ad will only send interested customers running to the rival they ripped off. (In fairness, they did add a dash of Calvin Klein, circa the Brooke Shields days.) Back to the drawing board! [AdWeek via Scanner] Keep reading »
Calling all artists and creative types—and those who just think they’re the next Da Vinci! Social Designer, a company that strives to get people thinking and creating differently, has started a colored pencils of the month club. Well, sort of. After you sign up, once a month you get a batch of 25 different colored pencils delivered to your door. So, just when you’re over the colors you’ve got, a new shipment arrives with loads more pigment possibilities! This so beats the mega box of Crayola crayons. [$33 per month for a 20-month subscription, 500 Pencils] Keep reading »
It’s no easy path to scoring a Nylon cover or being snapped by Kathy Lo. No no, you have to work at it, and by work at it we mean be too rich, too thin, party often and hard, be pretty, stylish–oh, and it doesn’t hurt if mama was good-looking (i.e. a model) and daddy was a rolling stone. Literally. But, should these parameters feel too constricting, don’t give up hope! There are ways to circumvent fate and genetics, sort of. Our friends over at Refinery 29 have put together a handy little chart that will help you navigate the fame game and plot your own path to It Girl status. Next thing you know, you’ll like, have your own perfume and TV show and stuff. Could ya just!? Er, good luck ladies. You’ll need it. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »