It’s prom time, ladies, and we’re all waaay too old to participate. Sounds sad, but just think: no more rhinestone-encrusted mess of a dress, no more too-fancy tiaras, and no more way-awkward posed pics. Yay!
But just because we’ve all passed that monumental mark doesn’t mean that we can’t do it up better in homages to high school dances gone by. Throwing a grown up-style prom has its benefits, not least of which is worrying about the state of your V-card at the end of the night.
So, let’s get down to party planning business. It’s time for Prom Part Deux, and this one’s going to be off the hook. Keep reading »
Summer is the most fun and carefree of all seasons, but let’s not get too carried away here, people. You’re already going to be spending your diñero on breezy cocktails, concerts, and maybe a mini-break or two, so save your money by skipping on these overpriced trinkets.
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We’ve spent years eschewing jelly sandals, turning our backs on the sheer plastic beauties we grew up with. We’re too old for those, we thought, gazing wistfully, but moving on to more grown up footwear. Well, screw it, jellies are back with a vengeance, and I’m leaving leather and other perhaps more legitimate footwear material behind for the molded, vaguely smelly plastic of yore. They give you blisters at first, and the whole time you’re wearing them you’ll intermittently wonder if maybe wearing shoes made entirely of rubber in 100-degree heat isn’t the best idea. But as you and your jellies get to know one another again, you’ll remember why you loved them so much when you were a kid and wonder why you let anyone tell you they’re terrible. Sandals this old school-cute don’t deserve to be vilified like that! ($15, New York & Company) Keep reading »
A recent study shows there’s a narcissism “epidemic” spreading among college-age women. Apparently, ladies of generation “me” are three times more likely to think they’re “special” than those of previous generations. In honor of all that ego going around, here are four cool mirrors for our self-centered sisters (and you know who you are) within which they can check their supreme awesomeness all day long.
- Show that self-love, baby! [$39.99, Target]
- You and your gorgeous reflection can play peek-a-boo for hours with this whitewashed shutter mirror. [$119, Wisteria]
- You don’t even have to ask: “Who’s the fairest of them all?” [$148, Anthropologie]
- This ’70s “brilliant” mirror says it all, no? [$59.99, Bed Bath and Beyond]
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This weekend, the new “Star Trek” prequel hits theaters. I’ve got tickets for the movie screening, but I bet it’ll be more of a sci-fi fashion show! Even the most die hard Trekkie has to wonder: Can a true lady boldly go to the theater in a costume?
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It takes a lot for us to be excited by clothes designed by celebs (we blame you, Jessica Simpson), but we could really get behind, not to mention inside, any one of these tees designed to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention projects. H&M and Designers Against AIDS asked a bunch of celebs we love, like Dita Von Tees, Yoko Ono and Estelle, to create T-shirts for the second annual Fashion Against AIDS Collection. Twenty-five percent of the profits on each tee sold will go to charities that help curb the spread of HIV.
And, of course, you’ll spread the safe sex message by wearing one. Cyndi Lauper’s tee reads, “Girls Just Want To Have Safe Sex,” and Estelle’s says “Life Is Too Short — Have Safe Sex.” Even Yoko Ono chimed with an “Imagine Peace” tee, which doesn’t have anything to do with safe sex, really, but what the hell, she’s Yoko Ono. The tees go on sale in 1,000 stores at H&Ms in 30 countries and at DesignersAgainstAIDSShop.com on May 28. [Designers Against AIDS] Keep reading »
If the June issue of Playboy looks a little more “Boogie Nights”-retro than babes-bare-all, it’s because famed fashion photog Terry Richardson shot the cover that features actress America Olivo. (No, we haven’t heard of her either.) In any case, while this might seem like a raunchy side job for someone whose work has appeared in French Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, Richardson’s favorite subject is nudes. His iconic soft-core photo style (think American Apparel ads) has garnered him huge fans. He’s photographed everyone from Barack Obama to Kate Moss.
He also has his fair share of detractors who have labeled him amateurish and misogynistic. Whether you like his style or not, his work is provocative. In fact, if you fancy your own Playboy-like photos, Terry is casting nude models via his website. Good luck! Keep reading »
Forget everything you think you know about vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free desserts because Erin McKenna has changed all that. McKenna’s BabyCakes bakery became a much sought-after destination in New York City for its delicious desserts, but now you can turn your kitchen into its own hot spot as you recreate the delectables in BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery. She has recipes for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Bread, and her New York award-winning Chocolate Cupcakes. Since the recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and mostly sugar-free, everyone will enjoy these treats. [$14.40, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of the BabyCakes cookbook, but you have to work if you want to make delicious desserts. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, May 8 through Thursday, May 14 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
We’re all about high-tech fashion and accessories, but sometimes things are all gadget-y without actually being useful. They’re cool, but what do they do? This solar panel necklace designed by Mae Yokoyama is one example. Wear it for two hours in the sun and embedded LEDs will shine for four hours. Very cool if you’re at a Disney World light show, but not actually beneficial. What would rock our world is if you could wear the necklace during the day to collect energy in a discreet way, and then plug your phone into it at night to recharge. [Dvice] Keep reading »
No one is more surprised than my family that I write for a beauty and style blog because I was the dirtiest little tomboy in my youth. Dresses? Prissy. Makeup? Prissy. Nail polish? So prissy.
But, try as I might, I couldn’t escape everything grooming-related. I remember how, after a bath, I’d sit on the stool in our old kitchen while Mom would brush detangler through my locks and then blow dry it. I used to complain that the heat from that devil machine was hurting—burning!—my ears and scalp, and Mom would tell me, “It hurts to be beautiful.” I’d say, “But Mooooom, I don’t want to be beautiful!” But I was going to be beautiful, dammit.
So, while my mom’s twisted style advice was that looking attractive might be liable to cause me pain and discomfort— she’s right about stilettos— read on to hear crazy tricks other mommies have taught us over the years. Remember: It doesn’t have to hurt to be beautiful. Keep reading »