You might be several years older than the “Gossip Girl” crew, but admit it: you’ve wanted to dress like Blair Waldorf, Serena Van Der Woodsen, or maybe even Jenny Humphrey at least once. Well, now is your chance. Eric Daman, the stylist who brought us all those cute looks, is designing a line of party dresses for Charlotte Russe, where he is also a creative director. These are party dresses, not cocktail dresses, so expect the line to be geared more towards the tweens and teens, but as we all know a pair of opaque black tights and a blazer can make almost any dress age-appropriate. The line is expected to hit the mall store on Oct. 24. [The Cut] Keep reading »
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I don’t know how to knit. My mom taught me after college, but I messed up my stitches and abandoned it in frustration. Debbie Stoller promises she can teach me. Why shouldn’t I believe her? The editor-in-chief and co-founder of Bust magazine has taught hundreds of thousands of women to knit and purl with her first book, Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitters Handbook. Her small library of Stitch ‘N Bitch books — there are many — are in every yarn store, groups of gals meet at hundreds of Stitch ‘N Bitch knitting groups that have sprung up around the country, and there is even a line of affordable yarns that bears her name. In other words, Debbie Stoller is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the hipster knitting craze that swept the 2000s.
So, naturally, when I heard Debbie Stoller had published an advanced knitters’ pattern book, called Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knitting, I knew we had to chat (despite being one of those fools who hasn’t learned to knit from her first book yet). After the jump, find out what Debbie thinks of being responsible for the 2000s’ knitting craze, why left-hand versus right-hand knitters are like the Crips and the Bloods, and her intense mama pride for what is now 17-year-old Bust magazine. Keep reading »
Another day, another pair of shoes (well, for the lucky Jane Aldridge). We just had to share this snap from Sea of Shoes of this impossibly impractical, sparkly, studded pair of Balmain heels. Tell us these don’t make you weak in the knees. [Sea of Shoes] Keep reading »
When the colder seasons come around, we go into heavy hibernation mode, building blanket forts and watching movies and only leaving the house for work, medical emergencies and, if we’re feeling really motivated, food. We’re not ashamed to admit that we’ve worn our ratty slippers out in public on more than one occasion. These gorgeous handmade Darlingtonia Moccasins are a perfect alternative: cozy enough for hibernation mode but too gorgeous to keep cooped up inside. Hopefully, the guy at the teriyaki restaurant down the street appreciates them as much as we do. (Available in various colors, sizes 5-11.)
“Sesame Street” has aired a new song, “I Love My Hair,” aimed at young black girls to teach them to value and love their natural hair. The character dances and sings in every little girl hairstyle imaginable, from a small Afro to ponytails to cornrows to twists. This is an important lesson for black girls to learn because even if they come from a household where natural hair is celebrated, like I did, they will no doubt get the “lesson” from the outside world that straight and silky is better. Keep reading »
This Halloween season, American Apparel introduced its “Costume Builder,” which we found out was really just a way to pass off clothes you already wear as a “costume.” Turns out, Urban Outfitters has also launched a halloween shop on its website, and although the offerings are slightly more holiday-appropriate, it’s still a bizarre mix of items. [Urban Outfitters]
As far as apparel goes, products seem to fall into three categories: Keep reading »