Whether you’re a frequent buyer of Shopbop goods, or just peruse the site for style inspiration (we do), you have almost certainly noticed one glaring constant: the redhead model. She’s been a fixture on the site for six years running, and is instantly recognizable. Such a long tenure is perhaps now rare in the fashion industry when you hear reports of teenage models hitting the big time only to be forced to retire a few years later. But there’s a reason why Shopbop would stick with their signature model (there’s also a sultry brunette who often represents the brand). According to The New York Times, “A daily e-mail featuring either of these women acts as a Pavlovian trigger for customers to examine new arrivals on the site … ” But this tactic isn’t so much about mind games as it is knowing what the consumer likes to see. And, unsurprisingly, people like to see personalities. Relatable and familiar ones. OK, so maybe it’s kind of mind game-y. [New York Times] Keep reading »
Here’s the type of thing that we’d put on one of our “things we’d like to bring back” lists … if we were doing “Things We’d Like To Bring Back, The 19th Century Version.” Of course, right off the bat, anyone who wears a monocle glass around their neck is going to be labeled as some sort of fauxhemian going for the antiquated and obsolete because you’re just cool like that. (You still use your VHS and Walkman to look cool so why wouldn’t you use outdated eyewear technology?)
So what say ye, good fellows and ladies, to the monocle look? [The Curiosity Shoppe] Keep reading »
Watch out Spanx, Jill Zarin’s coming for you. “The Real Housewives of New York City” star is launching her own line of unfortunately named shapewear called Skweeze Couture. Zarin created the pinching and sucking garments because she’s “obsessed with looking my best.” Skweeze Couture should launch sometime next year and will join several other “Housewives”-related products, including Ramona Singer’s Tru Renewel beauty creams and Bethenny Frankel’s “Skinny Girl” diet products. Grrreeeeat. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
I don’t deviate too far from my daily skin care regime of washing with a benzoyl peroxide face cleanser and applying a prescribed MetroGel. I’ve found what works for me and I intend to stick with it until it no longer works for a while. But like most women obsessed with skin care, I know the benefits of a good face mask and recently tried the emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask. Keep reading »
It’s easy for us longer-haired ladies to walk into a hair salon with an Us Weekly, find a picture of a starlet whose look we envy, and say “Give me Katie Holmes’ hair.” But what if you’re a lesbian looking for a more butch ‘do — or, hey, a straight girl looking for a super-short hairstyle? Two hairstylists, Marco Roso and Laruen Boyle, created a poster of “queer haircuts” showing a diversity of hair types and styles so that salons, particularly in gay neighborhoods, have a better idea of how to do a ‘do.
I have one question, though: where’s the Bieber ‘do? [AfterEllen.com via Dis Magazine] Keep reading »