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Where Have All the Models Gone?

In the furor over the surprisingly glam Susan Boyle Harper’s Bazaar pics that came out recently, some of you may have forgotten early rumors that she’d be on the mag’s cover rather than an inside feature story.

Well, I wrote about the rumors for another site a few weeks ago and the readers there haven’t forgotten. Instead, I’m still getting diatribe-esque comments, many of which have been taken down because they were a hot mess that violates site commenting policy. Honestly, I didn’t think I was saying anything everyone wasn’t already thinking when I wrote that the idea of Susan Boyle on the cover of high-fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar was insane.

I may not be popular for saying this, but I, for one, would rather see models on the covers of magazines. Let me explain. Keep reading »

Looks Like John Robshaw—Priced Like Real Girl Decor

Raise your hand if you love textile designer, John Robshaw’s colorful, Indian-inspired throw pillows, linens, bedding and printed dhurries. Yeah, me, too. But what my bank account can’t get over are his prices—one-of-a-kind, hand-printed stuff doesn’t come cheap. Or does it? Behold the non-profit, Friends of Tilonia—it’s an organization that benefits the craft section of the Barefoot College, a 35-year-old institution in Tilonia, India, that addresses the basic needs of the local, rural poor by promoting their artisanal skills. Truth. They offer all sorts of soft home furnishings (think bedding, throw pillows…sounds familiar, coughJohnRobshawcough, right?) and their block-printed fabrics are other-worldly. No, I’m serious—click here, here and here. And I’m not going to even get into the insanity that are the decorative pillows! Take it from someone who just bought Robshaw pillows on eBay for at least $90 each, this site is a welcome addition to the decorating arsenal. [Nick's Dream House] Keep reading »

Padma Lakshmi Gets Nude For Jewels

So if that commercial for the Western Bacon Thickburger didn’t convince you, this advertisement surely will: Padma Lakshmi is really,really sexy. It’s for her jewelry line and was shot last spring by legendary fashion photographer, Steven Meisel. As is plenty obvious, Lakshmi is in the buff and “dressed” only in gold necklaces and gemstones from her collection. The ad will be featured in magazines this fall and will also be seen on her website, PadmaLakshmi.com. The jewels are sold online at Bergdorf Goodman stores nationwide. Nude model/designer not included. Do we like? [WWD]

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More GOOP From Gwyneth: Homemade Beauty Recipes!

Another day, another Gwyneth Paltrow GOOP edition chock-full of sage advice. This time she addresses the beauty realm, and here’s a synopsis of the tips: Make a body scrub by mixing Turbinado (that’s sugar that comes from the first pressing of the sugar cane), olive oil and coarsely ground coffee, the latter of which Miss Paltrow does not, repeat, does not ever drink. Soften skin with oatmeal and honey before rubbing it with aloe vera juice to reduce redness, and reduce puffy morning eyes by placing chilled spoons over your lids or use cotton pads soaked in cold milk. Prevent wrinkles by doing daily facial exercises like sticking your tongue out as far as you can while keeping your eyes wide for 30 seconds. Apply a boatload of coconut oil after a bath to goop up your skin, which we can assure you is the story behind her seriously oily legs on “Letterman” recently.

Okay, Goopy, let’s talk. Keep reading »

Etsy Find Of The Week: Zulasurfing Crystal Rings

For the most part, raw crystal jewelry can stay where it is now: in between the new age-y mystical books and bundles of sage. And no, we don’t need any smoky quartz to balance our sex chakras, thank you very much. What we do need, however, are some of the goods from Zulasurfing’s Etsy shop. And while the accessories there are made from crystals, there’s nothing corny about them. Keep reading »

Not-So-Secret ‘Stache: Website Hearts Hairy Lips

Do you wax away your lady ‘stache? Well, that is a mistake my friend, because you could be a superstar on WomenWithMustaches.com. Do not deny the world your womanly Tom Selleck anymore! You too can become an internet sensation by submitting your own fuzzy foto to the site, not to mention save some dough on pricey trips to the salon. And girl, with one hot shot, you could ask the whole world, “Wanna go for a mustache ride?” [via Trend Hunter]

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How To (Extreme) Part Your Hair

In the last 12 to 24 hours or so, two celebs have appeared on separate red carpets with two very similar deep side parts, and I sort of love it—check out Milla and Sienna, above. This marks a clear shift: For, well forever it seems, every celeb rocked the middle part (think Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston to name a few). But this new development is actually great for 80 percent of the population with hair on their heads. Side-parts are way more flattering on way more people and I for one, love the romantic feeling the look invokes. Wanna know how to get one? Read on… Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Karl Lagerfeld On Feminism

“I was never a feminist because I was never ugly enough for that.”

— Karl Lagerfeld pretending to be Coco Chanel in Harper’s Bazaar. We wonder if he used a girly voice to answer the questions. [Also, shut up Karl! -- Editor] [Chic Report] Keep reading »

Harvard Launches Fancy-Pants Fashion Line

Camille from “NYC Prep” may not get accepted next year into her dream school, Harvard, but if she doesn’t mind donning menswear — and something tells me she probably doesn’t — she now has the chance to dress the part a little more easily. That’s because the Ivy League school has curiously launched a new men’s fashion line called Harvard Yard. Harvard and fashion? It’s not exactly the modern marriage we might expect, but nevertheless, the university has signed a ten-year licensing deal with a clothing manufacturer for a line of preppy men’s apparel. Inspired by photos of students lounging in Harvard Yard in the ’60s, the line includes “short-sleeve plaid shirts, Liberty print wovens, seersucker shorts, regimental stripes, sporty knits, patterned jackets and fancy pants — all in a contemporary, tapered fit.” Prices range from $165 for pants to $495 for sports coats. Keep reading »

Curly Or Straight? Tell Us Which You Prefer & Win Hair Products, Too

Decisions, decisions. We love how voluptuous and sexy curls look (a la Amy Adams, here at the New York premiere of “Julie and Julia“), but we’re also suckers for slick, straight hair. For these particular events, her hair guru, Matrix celeb stylist Mark Townsend, made the style decisions above based on the clothes and um, just a “feeling.” For the NYC event, he wanted her hair to look modern and glamorous to match her ritzy Carolina Herrera gown. “I’ve been very inspired lately by hairstyles from the ’80s with lots of volume,” he said. But for the more slick look in LA, he was inspired by “beauty shots from the ’80s that I’ve collected over the years, very Carol Alt,” he says, referring to the supermodel who reigned supreme back in the day.

We’re torn. Which do you prefer?

Oh, and P.S. We just happen to have a few bottles of the Biolage Shine Endure Spritz that Mark used on Amy laying around the office. It’s good for shine, protection and both straight and curly hair. It costs about $14 in stores, but we’re willing to part with three bottles for our favorite comments regarding woman’s greatest mystery, that very serious conundrum: curly or straight? Keep reading »

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