Baby showers haven’t changed much over the years. Guests, usually women, are forced to play silly games like Pin-the-Pacifier-on-the-Baby and that Don’t-Say-Baby safety pin game. Then, there’s the über-gross melted chocolate in the diaper thing that’s supposed to be funny but is simply disgusting. And don’t forget the obligation most guests feel to ooh and ahh at everything cutesy.
However, I went to a baby shower on Saturday expecting all these things and was actually rather surprised and relieved to find out it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Keep reading »
Huffington Post blogger Irene Rubaum-Keller is having a mid-life crisis. She’s even thinking about doing something really crazy, like getting a tattoo (!). Clearly, she has some misgivings, because she posted a Facebook poll, where she “found that people have very strong feelings about tattoos in general, and tattoos on women in particular. The responses I got were: ‘Pure Trash.’ ‘Do It!!!!’ ‘Reminds me of the concentration camps.’ ‘I guess it’s OK as long as it has meaning for you.’ etc…” [Huffington Post]
Now, besides the fact that you probably shouldn’t make the decision to get a tattoo or not based on what randoms on Facebook have to say about the matter, the first response she listed gave me pause. Does the whole “women who get tattoos are ‘trashy’ stigma” actually still exist? Do females tend to feel more shame when it comes to their ink? While I hate the idea that any of this might be true, I also have to confess that I do have a tattoo that I feel pretty bad about from time to time. Keep reading »
Just kidding. We hate the term “spice up your bedroom.” Barf. Still, if you’re a fan of super sexy, gorgeous lingerie made by crafty folks with mad skills, you best hurry up and go check this out. I was so honored to be a guest curator on Etsy‘s blog, and we worked together to come up with 12 slamming items that range from awesome for a really, um really hot date to just-reading-the-paper-in-bed fare. You’ll love. Trust. [Etsy] Keep reading »
I’m all for most hosiery trends, whether it be two-toned, crazy-patterned, or studded leg wear. And I’ve never been an opponent of “tights as pants,” as long as it’s done tastefully. But I have to admit that I don’t know what to make of Wolford‘s Voile leggings/footless tights. Keep reading »
Remember Hard Candy? It was the nail polish brand of the late ’90s, successfully marketing funky nail colors like green, silver and frosty blue. The must-have brand was a middle and high school status marker—if you wore Hard Candy (or better yet, had a collection of bottles) you told the world that you cared enough to spend way more than $1 on the Wet ‘N Wild variety, and that you loved being a trendsetter. Then somewhere along the way, Alicia Silverstone stopped wearing the shimmery sky-blue polish, and the company slowly morphed into Urban Decay, only to let Hard Candy fall to the wayside and become available only in hard-to-find ways, like on eBay.com. Well, she’s back!
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Everyone wants Michelle Obama’s amazing arms. However, no one wants to work to actually get them. Voilà the Shake Weight, a “revolutionary” exercise gadget for women that guarantees bangin’ muscles. All you do is hold the weight in front of you, grip the movable handle with both hands, and shake, shake, shake. You hardly have to move at all thanks to a made-up sounding concept called “dynamic inertia.” The best part? You need only spend six minutes a day looking like a complete idiot to get the super toned, lean arms you’ve always wanted. Don’t believe it? Extensive studies were conducted at a “prestigious California university.” Would that be the California University of New Technologies? (Think about it.) [YouTube] Keep reading »
Just when you thought ’70s and ’80s hair was dead and gone, the fall 2009 runways up and resurrect those looks. Spotted on the Brian Reyes runway was the one and only French Twist! But, before you skip the rest of this post and head on to the next, hear me out: This fall’s version is not what you’re thinking. Reyes’ version was sleek from the front and adorably retro in the back, making it the perfect complement to this fall’s classically shaped dresses and short hemlines. Here’s how to pull it off yourself. Keep reading »
The fairer sex didn’t always have to spend time grooming their underarm area. Women didn’t shave their pits before about 1915 because no one ever saw that part of their body. According to Mental Floss, even the word “underarm” was considered scandalous before that time. But then designers cooked up a dress without sleeves, and an ad in Harper’s Bazaar said that to wear the style, women first needed to attend to “the removal of objectionable hair.” And we all got out our razors. [Mental Floss] Keep reading »
There’s no shame in renting. Owning a home is good and all, but it definitely comes with a certain amount of responsibility, financial and otherwise. While renters out there don’t have to deal with shoveling snow from the front walk or replacing a leaky faucet (dial up the landlord, baby!), many times one does face aesthetic limitations. Can’t paint over the Day-Glo white walls? Facing a whole house of grim, wall-to-wall carpeting straight out of the ’70s? We feel your interiors pain. Luckily, Apartment Therapy has a few thoughts (ten, to be exact) on how to work around such decorating roadblocks. We gotta say, these are lifesavers. Wave your lime-green cupboard issues goodbye and five other great tips, after the jump! Keep reading »
I have a pewter Sean John dress that’s rather dressy. The problem is I rarely go anywhere that calls for cocktail attire. I was wondering if there’s any way to dress it down without looking as if I’m trying too hard. Please help me — I’ve had it for more than a year already.—GlamNiki
A pic of the dress in question and what could possibly be done to salvage this relationship, after the jump! Keep reading »