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Stop Trying to Make Scrunchies Happen, American Apparel

We’ve kept silent while Dov Charney has screwed around with fashion.

We put up with the pervy advertisements.

We put up with Charney masturbating in front of a Jane reporter.

We put up with his numerous sexual harassment lawsuits.

We put up with messing with our main mensch, Woody Allen.

But we’re not going to take it anymore—the scrunchies must be stopped. Keep reading »

O.P.I. Permanent Manicure Creates A Whole Other Nail Problem

I feel so ladylike and put-together when I have a fresh manicure, but that same polish job makes me feel like a sloppy slacker when it chips a few days later. I’ve tried a couple of things to solve this problem. I was a dedicated daily re-applier of Nail Tek Xtra, but then I got a life. Now I’ve settled on boring light colors that make peeling polish less noticeable, along with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. I was really excited when I read about O.P.I.’s Axxium Soak-Off Gels, a permanent nail lacquer that lasts and lasts. It’s basically the same powder used for acrylic nails applied thinner. When dried under a UV light, the powder forms a chip-proof bond with the nail. To maintain the color, wearers get “color fills,” similar to an acrylic tips fill-in, when their nails grow out. Permanent in this sense doesn’t mean you have to rock the same nail color forever, though. Regular nail polish can be applied on top of the Soak-Off Gels. And the gels are removed by soaking the nails in an acetone solution. Keep reading »

Modern Romeos And Juliets Can Proclaim Vows In Verona

Bring your own Romeo to this 13th century Veronese mansion and you could feel as romantic as Shakespeare’s most famous couple. Verona’s town council is now allowing couples to get married on the balcony of the Capello family mansion. It’s believed that the Capellos were the Capulets in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, so lovers across the world have flocked to this mansion to scrawl love vandals on its walls. The privilege of exchanging vows isn’t as costly as Romeo and Juliet’s fatal love affair, but it isn’t cheap either. Non-European lovers can expect to pay nearly 900 euros, or about $1,288. Soccer star Luca Ceccarelli and his Juliet, er… bride were the first to take advantage of this new wedding venue. “I feel very emotional. You know, marriage always gives strong emotions especially in a situation like this,” said Ceccarelli to Reuters before he and his bride exchanged rings. “We hope that this bring us a lot of luck.”

Hopefully, the Ceccarellis and any other couple that gets married at this mansion won’t end up committing suicide like Juliet and Romeo did in one of the most overrated tragedies of all time. Keep reading »

iPanties: Unlock Your Crotch

Apple’s ubiquitous “i” has found its way to our nether regions — or, at least the fabric that covers them. iPanties are the latest in a long list of products to get “i”dolized. With a “slide to unlock” guide along the crotch, these panties are cute and helpful…and the possibility for downloadable applications are endless. [$12 a pair at iPanties.weebly.com via Like Cool] Keep reading »

Rolls-Royce Adds Girly Feature To New Concept Car

We’re not sure whether to be insulted or overjoyed by Rolls-Royce’s new concept car. The 200EX features a backseat pop-out purse holder that senses when you put down a bag and holds it in place. We hate that the car company thinks women are all about handbags, but, you know what, we are. (In fact, we were just drooling over Marc by Marc Jacobs’ new bags.) It would be nice to be able to make sharp turns without have our handbag tumble to the floor, spewing tubes of lipstick everywhere. And, if you’re driving a Rolls, you probably have a super-nice purse that you’d want to preserve. Our bag on the other hand, cost $15 on eBay. [Luxuo] Keep reading »

Carla Bruni’s Beauty Secret

There’s something about Carla Bruni that is a bit robot-like—how she’s always cool and collected, how she never seems to age. The only thing we could attribute her puzzling aura to was her Frenchness. But it seems there’s more to it. The first lady keeps her visage glowing and wrinkle-free by regularly downing a “Biooster Grog”—a beauty cocktail offered by the Hôtel Gabriel in Paris. (The world’s first “detox” hotel, the place includes such amenities as illuminated wallpaper, customizable lighting and music patterns to aid sleep, and a bevy of detox teas.) Bruni’s regular beverage improves complexion through a blend of oranges and purifying herbs. Where can we get us some? [W Magazine]
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Keep Dry Under Your Shuella, ‘Ella, ‘Ella

Rain in the summer is a bummer. Wearing hot, sticky rain boots in the summer is a double bummer. That’s no longer the case with fashion invention #954 that you do not need, yet intrigues anyway: Shuellas, rubber rainboots for your shoes! The waterproof plastic booties wrap around nearly any type of footwear—heels, sandals, wedges—to protect from rain and puddles. With pink material and triple Velcro closures, the Shuellas have a bit of a futuristic ’80s vibe. The fashion girls over at the U.K’s Daily Mail were brave enough to give the invention a try, but noted, “Wearing them felt like stepping into the rubber booties of an elf,” while enduring the “laughter of passers-by ringing in our ears.” You never know when bad weather is going to strike and ruin your favorite heels…which would surely rain on your parade. [Daily Mail]
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Crave: “He’s Just Not That Into You” DVD

Are you an Anna, a Gigi, a Beth, or a Janine? Find out now that “He’s Just Not That Into You” is available on DVD. Most women will identify with at least one of the female characters as she navigates today’s dating scene. See if this movie provides any insight into your man dilemma. [$16.99, Amazon] Keep reading »

Trend Alert: The Asian Afro

Harajuku girls and boys’ love of Black culture has seeped in their beauty routines. Behold the Asian Afro, also known as the “reverse perm.” It is catching on amongst Asians, especially Japanese and Koreans. The process uses a chemical cream to transform traditionally straight, silky Asian hair into tightly-coiled curls which are extremely similar in look and texture to African American hair. Ironically perms are equally popular in Black culture too, except the result is the opposite: it makes hair bone straight. I think the “Asian Afros” look really cool, what do you think? Let me know in the comments section! [Honey.Brown.Sugar] Keep reading »

Coffee Filter Prom Dress Sparks One-Of-A-Kind Memory

No girl ever wants to show up to her prom wearing the exact same dress as someone else. Aimee Kick, a senior at Francis Howell North High School in Missouri, wanted to wear a creative prom dress that would not only be elegant and fashionable, but also one-of-a-kind. So she decided to make her own, but not out of fabric. She ruled out tea bags, stamps, bubble wrap, and aluminum foil, and settled on coffee filters when she realized the other materials were either perishable or not durable enough for a night of dancing. Aimee had become known as “the girl with the coffee cup” around school, so it was fitting that coffee filters served as inspiration. Movement and breathability were other important factors in deciding on the material. Aimee also wanted to be able to make and complete the dress on her own in a reasonable amount of time. Although she has three AP courses, an online college course, and a part-time job, Aimee folded, cut, stained, dyed, sewed, and blow-dried every single coffee filter used in the dress. She completed the dress in about a month, even though she has never made clothing from coffee filters. “When I really started to notice how into making the dress I got was the day before a large (and tedious) research paper was due. I kept saying to myself, ’Just finish the paper and then you can work on the dress as much as you want,’” Aimee told the Francis Howell School District. She said this project was more of a stimulating challenge than a difficulty.

Aimee isn’t the only high school student to don an unconventional dress for prom. Check out the Coke Can Pop Top Dress and the 2008 winner of the Stuck at the Prom Duck Brand Duct Tape Scholarship Contest.
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