It’s not often that someone can recreate something from the past in a modern way that’s completely covetable. (We can think of a few chains that attempt this all the time, and fail.) Jenny Lee Fowler, however, has managed to take the art of the Victorian silhouette and transpose it in a way that’s not kitschy, but rather completely innovative. Using leaves or bark, she uses traditional freehand and a small scissors to make custom profiles that you can then frame for decorative use. All you have to do is send in your profile shot against a neutral background, approve the outline, and await your bespoke leaf to arrive in the mail. [$65, Jennyleefowler.com and Etsy.com] Keep reading »
Who doesn’t remember “The Nanny”? Since it ended, the star of the show Fran Drescher has commendably branched out to working tirelessly on behalf of women’s health issues, and now she’s extending her efforts to a new organic skincare line called FranBrand. Drescher personally worked with a chemist in California as well as organic manufacturers in Oregon to develop the products, which are free of parabens and carcinogens (aka bad chemicals you don’t want on your skin). Her line will be available November 10th exclusively via, what else? The Home Shopping Network. [StyleCaster] Keep reading »
We’re not quite sure where Amazonian white clay has been all our lives (oh, right, in South America), but now that we’ve met, never shall we part. If you have oily skin or even a troublesome T-zone, you dread these hazy mid-summer months when the humidity peaks and causes a minor catastrophe in the form of greasy skin, clogged pores, and the subsequent breakouts all over your face. Enter the new Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Collection (in stores next month), which, frankly, has saved the day. If you want frilly, perfumey product, then move along, but we’ve been road-testing this combination, and it works. Really. First, you wash with their gently exfoliating Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, rinse with Refining Tonic to remove excess oil and re-balance PH-levels, then mattify with Pore Minimizing Lotion, which makes your skin look all perfectly porcelain doll-ish. And for those evenings when you need a more serious detox, bust out the big guns: Their Cleansing Masque contains signature ingredient Amazonian white clay (note: it’s fairly traded), along with natural, absorbent bentonite (clay) and soothing aloe vera. Basically, we haven’t come across a better hangover helper since discovering Bloody Marys back in college. [$20.50 - $28, Kiehl's]
We’re giving five winners the entire collection–yup, all four products–but you have to work it if you want one. (PS: We truly recommend this for normal-tending-oily-to-full-on-oily-skin types.) The five best commenters from Friday, July 31 to Thursday, August 6 will win a set of their own. Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Time and death were the inspirations behind Christian Dior‘s latest line of uber-opulent jewelry. Dubbed the “Kings and Queens Collection,” these luxurious accessories, designed by Victoire de Castellane, are crafted from opal, jade, and obsidian. The stones are then sculpted into skulls complete with ornate, blinged out crowns and collars. The garish heads are meant to represent the passing of time and the coming of death, while the sparkling crown and collar remind us to enjoy every moment. This time around, we sort of don’t see what’s so hot about this haute piece. [I strongly disagree. They're gorgeous and I'll take two please! -- Editor] Especially not when the rings, which are meant to be worn two at time, will surely cost a fortune. [D'oh! -- Ed.] We’re assuming this isn’t necessarily in your budget, but in case it is log on to Dior‘s fine jewelry website for details on where to buy — then call us for dinner! [Chic Report] Keep reading »
Dov Charney, American Apparel’s oft-sued CEO and general pervy slimeball, is at it again. This time around, he’s been accused of discriminating based on looks. Again. Apparently, one of his store managers tipped off Gawker, saying that Charney sent out a memo requesting that those employees not genetically blessed enough to hold up American Apparel’s aesthetic standards be fired. With all the time he spends sexually harassing dozens of employees, we’re surprised the dude even has a minute to actively discriminate based on looks!
But seeing that he has, in fact, made the time for the important things, we too will take time out of our day to make fun of him for it. With that in mind, check out our “How To Tell If You Work For…” chart, in which you’ll find every indicator you need to decide whether or not you do (or should) work for American Apparel or Abercrombie & Fitch, a company entirely different aesthetically but similarly besieged for discrimination legally.
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When I happened to come across these kicks filed under “Men’s Fashion” on the NY Times‘ The Moment today, I braced myself for disappointment. Doesn’t Converse know there are plenty of female metalheads out here in this crazy mixed-up world? Luckily, I was wrong. Visit the site to find extra-high voltage AC/DC Chucks in sizes that will fit men, women, and even Europeans! Kids, however, are SOL, meaning that Kingston Rossdale will be so freakin’ put out. [The Moment] Keep reading »
Yesterday, Catherine polled readers about this odd see-through shirt trend (and according to the results, over half of you are anti-), but what we failed to mention is that Rihanna is not only the ringleader of this scary mid-’90′s throwback, she’s by far the most in your face about it as well. Witness this handy montage of Nippies that she shamelessly paraded all over downtown New York. Moving on to a more personal note, unless you travel with an entourage and bodyguards and need to wear crazy getups to get in the tabloids because that’s part of the fame game (mouthful!), I am not feeling this look for real life. However! Must confess here and now that I love the plain, flesh-colored Nippies and I wear them all the freakin’ time with tank tops and strapless dresses and low v-necks and backless-es and everything but see-through shirts. Anyone else actually try them? Or actually like the look of glitter pasties underneath a $5,000 mesh top? Discuss! Keep reading »
As if a thong bikini wasn’t hard enough to wear already, a German company has created one that dissolves in water within seconds. Um, what’s the point of a swimsuit that disappears when wet? Well, supposedly the company is marketing the Get Naked Bikini as a way for spurned dudes to embarrass their old girlfriends. Spike.com called it “The Ultimate Revenge Gift.” Uh huh, cause nothing says “I still love you” quite like getting an itty-bitty bikini from your ex, right ladies? Sheesh, we can see right through this trick, literally. [Spike] Keep reading »
What is with Young Hollywood’s scissor aversion? If you’re not shaving half your head, you’re growing hair long enough to hit your waist! (From the looks of it, Lauren Conrad and Lindsay Lohan are front-runners, FYI.) It’s beyond mermaid-ish at this point—as far as I’m concerned, it’s getting downright icky, and that hair can’t be healthy (especially with all the coloring, blow drying and flatironing stars subject their heads to). According to her Twitter, Lindsay claims short hair isn’t for her: “I don’t think the director wants it short … I look ugly with short hair! Eeeeks.” I beg to differ. At the very least, chop off five or six inches. She won’t even notice the change! Lauren Conrad, also unconvinced on the short hair front told US Weekly: “I don’t feel girly without long hair! There is something so sexy about having long blonde hair … It’s so feminine.” Now, I’m all for long hair, but when it gets so far gone that it gets caught in your armpits on a regular basis, it has to go. (Anyone else ever experience this? No?) What say you? Long and sexy? Or just long and … long? Keep reading »
We’re not sure if the Shake Weight, which is “designed specifically for women,” is supposed to teach a gal how to give a handy, or if it’s going to give her an upper body like Madonna‘s. Causing further confusion? The company claims that in “just six minutes a day, you can get arms you’ll be proud to show off!” Six minutes sounds about right … So, ladies, would you shell out $19.95 for a vibrating hand weight? Keep reading »