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Inspiration Board: In Homage To Marilyn Monroe

On this day some 47 years ago, the world lost one hell of a saucy minx. We’re talking, of course, about Marilyn Monroe, the buxom blonde icon to end all icons who shagged movie stars, baseball players and presidents alike. (Allegedly, of course.) In an effort to bring out that little bit of Marilyn in all of us, here’s how we suggest paying your respects, sartorially, at least. Lindsay Lohan, we know you’ve already got your notepad out. Keep reading »

New Physique 57 DVDs Bring Luxury Fitness Home

Physique 57 is an exercise studio in New York City where people walk in with their too-many-donut butts and come out looking like Heidi Klum. No, seriously. Physique 57 has a reputation for giving their clients long, lean muscles through a challenging routine of isometric exercises, interval training, and stretching. The studio has just launched a DVD series, allowing you to take advantage of the luxury workout at home.

Getting yourself to exercise at home isn’t easy, but you won’t suffer from lack of motivation from Physique 57′s video choices because they’re cut down into short, specialized workouts. Choose from the Classic 57 Minute Full Body Workout, the Arm and Ab Booster 30 Minute Workout, or for the ADD-inclined, an “express” full body option that only lasts 30 minutes. [$24.95-49.95, Physique57.com via Stylecaster] Keep reading »

Social Networking Overkill? Lane Bryant Launches “Inside Curve” Website

When it comes to new ways of marketing products, businesses are really trying to cash in on social networking. The latest to stake a claim in the internet forums is retailer Lane Bryant, the plus-size mall chain. The new website, called Inside Curve, will allow users to give feedback and interact with the brand, as well as talk with other users. Says a company rep, “Our woman loves fashion, loves color, and insists on being on trend and knowing what’s coming next. Inside Curve is her opportunity to join thousands of women who feel the same way.”

Because digital marketing is still relatively new, taking an initiative like Lane Bryant’s brings up a lot of questions. Can social networking actually help your brand and business? Does it defeat the purpose of an online community if it’s created solely by sponsored content? And more specifically, for women: Is Lane Bryant attempting to mold out a better space for plus-sized women, as skinny fashion networks outnumber full-figured forums?

So what do you think? Cheap trick? Or a pioneer in bringing new options for women? [BusinessWire.com] Keep reading »

Crave: Hayley & Lucas “You Wash, I’ll Dry” Tea Towel

Here’s a perfect towel to purchase when you move in with someone new, whether it be your hubby or your friend. Everyone forgets to do their share of the chores sometimes, so why not invest in a towel that can double as a friendly reminder? It’s cheap, funny, and gets the dishes done. And when your roomie gets annoyed about having to wash or dry, he or she will have this towel to take it out on — not you! An accessory that helps keep relationships in check? Now that’s worth paying for. [$14.73, Keep Calm Gallery] Keep reading »

High Fashion Knock-offs Abound At Zara This Fall

Oh, Zara. For years now, the store has worn the crown when it comes to churning out retail collections inspired by what we see on the runway. Rest assured that this season is no different. Look closely at their Fall 2009 offerings and you will spot a flurry of faux designer gear. Is it just us, or do those big shouldered blazers look a lot like Balmain’s iconic jackets? Those slouchy trousers? Mighty similar to pants from Chloe’s latest collection. Oh, and the feather trimmed skirt? Didn’t Louis Vuitton debut the same thing on their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk? The answer might be yes to all three questions. But will that make Zara stop the look-a-likes? Never — and we love it! See a couple more images, after the jump… [Racked] Keep reading »

Topshop And Markus Lupfer Team Up Once Again

Topshop is joining forces with German-born designer Markus Lupfer once again, hot on the heels of the success of his previous eight collections with the retailer. This time around, Lupfer is offering his iconic sweaters in a lightweight fabric, emblazoned with oversized sequin images. There’s a pineapple, parrot, heart, bow, and lips to make pop-art lovers smitten, including the Rolling Stones fan. These sweaters will definitely help transition your wardrobe from summer into fall. And don’t be shy about wearing sequins in the day because sparkling is totally appropriate during the daylight hours now. But looking like Vanna White isn’t, so I’d pair these with simple leggings or skinny or straight leg jeans. The Markus Lupfer sweaters are currently available online for £85 (about $145), but will be in stores Aug. 25. Keep reading »

Should Airbrushing Come With Warning Labels?

Even though she’s a mom, Victoria Beckham‘s taut and toned body in the new Armani ad released today is utterly devoid of wrinkles and jiggly bits. Gisele’s pregnant belly was flattened in the London Fog ads. Beth Ditto got fattened up on the cover of Love. Kim Kardashian appeared slimmed and lightened in Complex. Jeez Louise, the Photoshop-wielding warlocks should win big fat trophies for all their Great Moments In Airbrushing humdingers this year.

Or maybe airbrushed ads should get warning labels, says one British politician. Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat in the U.K., said that airbrushing should be banned on advertising intended for viewing by children younger than 16 and all other airbrushed images should carry labels that say what’s been altered.

It’s an absolutely brilliant idea. But unfortunately, it will never happen. Keep reading »

Anthropologie’s August Catalog Features Real(er) People

Anthropologie’s August catalog is out, and instead of the whimsical models they usually include, the company photographed “real people” wearing their clothes. Everyone and their mother is into street style photography these days, with Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman even snapping the latest ad campaign for DKNY Jeans. It is nice to see different body types wearing the clothes that are for sale, but are they real people or simply models who have more realistic proportions? We took to Google and searched a few of the names listed in the catalog to find out. Keep reading »

Barbie Foosball Table Is Girly, Creepy, And Awesome

Fancy French department store Colette is selling this pink and lucite-handled foosball table, with armless Barbie dolls as players, for a whopping 10,000 euros. The Barbies’ feet have been replaced with foosball-appropriate stumps because the National Foosball League found that their permanently arched feet may look delicate and graceful but do not possess much kicking power. Just kidding. [via Refinery 29] Keep reading »

How To Keep Your Makeup Fresh In the Heat

It is so god-awful hot these days that the short trip from home to the office generally leaves us sweat-drenched (no, not “dewy”). We used to delude ourselves into thinking that we’d make it to the office with a full face of makeup intact. As it turns out, that assumption was full on crazy. So in the interest of being realistic and not finding mascara drip mingling with our lipstick slippage, we’ve put together a fool-proof summer face plan. Here’s how to get it done… Keep reading »

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