The first real day of spring — not the official start of spring, but the first day you notice the leaves are green, the birds are singing, and you feel warmth on your skin — will arrive in no time, so it’s time to get your wardrobe ready. This sweater dress oozes sex appeal and sophistication, but it’s also a perfect transition piece, since it’s made of a lightweight fabric. We think it’ll look best with a belt, heels, and simple jewelry. [$140, BananaRepublic.com] Keep reading »
Barbie just doesn’t cut it for little girls in Japan, who would rather play with Licca-Chan, a rival doll. So instead, Mattel, Inc. will cater to adult brides when it launches the Barbie Bridal line, a collection of wedding gowns complete with ruffles and bows embroidered with the Barbie logo, only in Japan in June. “Once our apparel brand is established, then we can go back to our core target, kids,” said John Cullen, vice president of Mattel Brands. Offering Barbie-themed wedding dresses seems like a disastrous plan for Mattel to bolster the Barbie brand in Japan, but really, it’s not at all far-fetched. Keep reading »
We can barely make it through family dinners without getting into a fight with one of our siblings, so we think it’s kind of a miracle that brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone make such beautiful music together. A Book Like This, their first release in the States, is perfect listening for when you’re making waffles on Sunday morning, or when you’re wallowing because you’ve just been dumped, or when you’re making sweet, sweet love. You choose. [$9.99, iTunes]
After the jump, watch the video for “Hollywood,” one of our fave songs on the album.
We’re giving away five copies of A Book Like You, but you have to work if you want it! The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, March 6 through Thursday, March 12 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.
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Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie hit store shelves recently, and parents aren’t happy. What’s disturbing most parents is the “tattoo gun” that comes with each doll and allows children to put temporary tattoos on Barbie, her clothes, and themselves. “Now she’s teaching our little girls how to apply tramp stamps. Next she’ll have her very own Barbie’s Hot Brothel. Way to go Mattel,” said one parent. So basically, tattoos lead to prostitution? As someone who played with Barbie dolls until I was 13, is an adult collector, and has six-soon-to-be-seven tattoos, I’m rather offended. Keep reading »
I have great and not-so-great design news. First, the good news:
H&M is finally going the way of their Netherlands-neighbors, IKEA, and rolling out its home line in stores across Europe. H&M zeroed in on three separate color palettes: neutral, nautical (blues and reds with white) and neon/candy striped.
Personally, I’m all about the nautical (have I mentioned the 11 striped shirts and dresses I own? Yes, really.), so sign me up for some of those perfectly-striped navy bed linens!
But don’t get too excited about decking your place out H&M-style, because here’s the bad news: the H&M home decor line has yet to make it over to this side of the pond. But it’s coming, promise! In the meantime, race you to eBay… [WSJ] Keep reading »
Aside from Carla, the crazy Muppet-like chef, our favorite contestant on “Top Chef” this season was Fabio, hands down — and the fans agreed! On the reunion show, which aired on Wednesday, Fabio won “Fan Favorite” — and now you can take Fabio home with you. Show your amore for the sexy and charming Italian with this “I Heart Fabio” shirt. The only thing that would make it better, is if the back said, “This is Top Chef, not Top Scallop.” [$24.95, BravoTV.com] Keep reading »
Forget eye creams, wrinkle creams, Botox, and cosmetic surgery because Ageless Fantasy perfume will erase eight years from your age. Certain scents, according to the company, remind people of youth. In a study cited by Ageless Fantasy, people were shown photographs of models while smelling grapefruits. All the male participants guessed the models to be three to eight years younger. The fragrance combines mango, pomegranate, grapefruit, jasmine, and musk because the company’s research found that 15 men thought these fruit smells were youthful, whereas the jasmine and musk smelled modern. In case you need further proof that people can smell your age, a study of only 22 people showed that women over 40 produce twice the amount of a particular pheromone associated with age. Is it just me or does all this “proof” sound bogus? Keep reading »
Barack Obama T-Shirts are so last presidential election. Instead, show your pride for a woman who is changing what it means to be First Lady — Michelle Obama! With her smarts and her guns, Miche is a true superwoman. Now you can show your support for her powerful, positive message of equality. [Taylor Gifts via Random Good Stuff] Keep reading »
The bad ass-ness of a biker jacket, the comfort of a sweatshirt — sounds awesome to us! This bright blue, fleece sweater jacket from Silence & Noise is perfect for the impending spring weather, and would look great roughing up a structured dress or warming up a denim mini and T-shirt. The only negative? Your rejected cardigans will be sad. [$68, UrbanOutfitters.com] Keep reading »
Normally, I like one thing about people’s outfits — sometimes two things. But I adore ever single thing about this girl’s outfit. In fact, I’d like to break into her house and steal it from her closet. [Weardrobe] Keep reading »