Hold that diet pill! The Food & Drug Administration recently recalled a whole slew of diet products made by Universal ABC Beauty Supply International due to safety concerns.
The company didn’t officially declare the products contain an ingredient called Sibutramine. While Sibutramine is FDA-approved for weight loss, the FDA says products containing it must be labeled as such because it can “substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients.” Yeesh.
Thirty-four of the company’s different dieting products are coming off the shelves. The most recognizable among them is Slim Fast. Other products include Slim Express, Royal Slimming Formula, and Body Creator. All products can be returned to the store you bought them from for a full or partial refund. Get rid of those diet pills, and play it safe—blogger’s orders. You know there are healthy and do-able ways to fit into a size six that aren’t dangerous. It’s not worth it to put your health at risk. [FDA] Keep reading »
The Frisky staff was talking about what ’80s fashion trends we wish would make comebacks, since most styles from back in the day have returned. Jean jackets covered in sequins and pins, catsuits, and lamé all came up in the conversation. I said acid wash denim, and everyone jumped all over me. For most people, acid wash jeans seem like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea. What do I think is a horrible idea? Wearing acid wash jeans with an American Apparel T-shirt and tough-girl boots. Instead, I’m looking for a pair to wear with preppy striped shirts and button-downs. Sadly, not many companies are making them. Am I the only one who thinks they’d be a good idea? [Bleach Acid Skinny Jeans, $80, Topshop] Keep reading »
If there was ever a time to ditch your Gap Body bras and underwear, it’s now. (Nothing against Gap underthings. They’re supremely comfy, but they lack in the ME-ow! department.) The ever-so-seductive Dita Von Teese has a new collection of vintage-inspired bras and underwear by Wonderbra and they are H-O-T. You want them.
The Grand Dame of Burlesque got it right. The line is a combination of 1950s shapes and 1940s fabrics and includes a mixture of suspenders, thongs, and bras that Von Teese says are so comfortable she wears them regularly. Now, I’m not advocating the suspender get-up for you r9-to-5 gig (unless work happens to be about shedding layers of clothing), but adding a little Von Teese sexy into your life has got to be a pretty cost-effective upgrade, especially in these economically grim times. [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »
Back when we were sweet young things, our moms taught us that sharing is caring. Like, if we had a cool new toy, we had to let our playschool friends in on the fun. Now that we’re older, we’re cool with lending gal pals clothes, but we’d rather not swap spit with them by mixing up our drink glasses. ClinQs reusable drink stickers let you toast until the booze runs out without catching a bug from your BFFs. Our drink is the one with the boombox on it, so back off. [$5.50, ClinQs.com]
We’re giving away five sets of ClinQs reusable drink stickers, but you have to work if you want to keep your rosé to yourself. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, April 24, through Thursday, April 30 — will be awarded a set of 25. Be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Dancers in Germany rehearse “Snow White” in fancy-schmancy costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. [Berlin, 4/24/09] Keep reading »
Women are foregoing pricey salon hair dye jobs, choosing instead to color their hair at home. At home hair color, like red lipstick, is getting a push from the recession. Fifteen percent of 1,000 American women surveyed by a market research firm said now they color at home instead of having it done professionally. Sales of Clairol Root Touch-Up have increased by 20 percent over the last year, according to another survey. Obviously, ladies still want to look good, even if their discretionary income has dwindled. At-home coloring isn’t foolproof and causes some women to quake in their stilettos, but experts say that when used properly, hair dye from a box can yield professional results. Check out seven tips for coloring your hair at home after the jump. [The New York Times] Keep reading »
One-finger name rings went out of style eons ago, but we’d still rock a 3-D ring. The minute we saw this Love Ring by Chutapat Wittaya we were in love. We especially like how the letters seem to be exploding from the finger. The only problem is that we can’t choose between the gold-tone, which fits into our ’80s nostalgia mode, or the silver-tone, which has an ethereal feel. [$69, Desingboom] Keep reading »
Have a taste for the strange? Feeling a bit dark? In the mood for something ghoulish yet glittery? Check out this hand-jewelry created by twentysomething-year-old designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi, a fourth-generation member of the Fendi family. For a mere $24,000, you can own this jewel-encrusted piece of wearable art that’s part bracelet, part ring, and part exposed human anatomy. It’s a bit like the unique hand-piece Lorraine Schwartz designed for Beyonce that you can see here, but this one’s more romantic than robotic. Ectoplasmosis observes: “You’ll be the envy of just everyone as you sway to the strains of Sisters of Mercy, twenty-four thousand dollars of jewel encrusted carpals and silver metacarpals shining under the dim, dim lights.” If you could afford it, would you rock it? Keep reading »
About two years ago, I went through a holistic kick in which I got really into yoga (these days I go to yoga, like, once a week), meditation, and eating copious amounts of brown rice and drinking smoothies. I picked up Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and forced myself to read it in its entirety. Skinny Bitch‘s message confused me. It was hardcore veganism swathed in vain wrapping, a dangerous combination which can give people with body image issues the perfect “morality” excuse for having and hiding an eating disorder. The Skinny Bitch diet doesn’t consist of much — no meat, no dairy, no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol. It angered me that the message was being targeted at women — and that the authors felt like the only way to get their pro-vegan message across was to tempt them with promises of beautiful skinniness.
Now, the bitches are back, and they’re going after men. Freedman and Barnouin’s latest book is Skinny Bastard, and it repurposes all their Skinny Bitch advice for “real men who want to stop being fat and get buff.” Honestly, if I saw Skinny Bastard sitting on a dude’s bookshelf, I would hightail it out of his apartment before he could even suggest going to a raw food restaurant for dinner and doing wheatgrass shots. [NY Times] Keep reading »