So it turns out you guys are as big of freaks about butter as I am! I really did feel weird writing my Ode to Butter until a rash of you swooped in and expressed how dedicated to butter you are, too. There’s nothing like the Internet to build communities you didn’t know you needed.
That being said, it’s also given me a damn good excuse to sift through the web to find the best compound butter recipes out there. Use this shit on bread. Put it in your oatmeal. Cook burgers in it. Cook steaks in it. Mash it into potatoes and sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Slather it on all your vegetables. Use it for your Italian buttercream. Use it for your American buttercream. Put it in your cocktails and your coffee. Eat it plain for that matter! Just get more butter in your life.
As Abercrombie & Fitch continues its slow descent into obscurity, the company is attempting to regain some profit by removing the logos from their clothes that once made the chain famous. After all, logos just aren’t trendy anymore, and Abercrombie is only a store for “cool” kids. Teenagers are apparently opting to spend their money on cheaper brands like Forever 21, Zara and H&M, leaving Abercrombie in the dust. The company has spent the last while scrambling to bounce back from a string of dismal PR moves like starving models, selling T-shirts that bully celebrities, and claiming for years that plus-size shoppers are not welcome in the store. The real problem isn’t these horrible decisions, it’s the douchebags behind them who are running the company. Abercrombie’s CEO, Mike Jeffries, seems to be sorely lacking in ethics, and lost his chairman title earlier this year. While North American stores will opt for a more generic look, international stores will continue to sell logo-focused apparel. At the company’s height, the Abercrombie logo was emblazoned on every popular kid’s chest in high school hallways as the brand made its fortune touting itself as an exclusive club that only the sexiest and wealthiest of teenagers got to be part of. That exclusionary attitude has gotten a whole lot of flack since the company’s prime, and maybe by letting go of the logos, they’re trying to shed that reputation. The idea of Abercrombie suddenly aiming to be inclusive is too optimistic for me to imagine though, so I’m going to assume instead that they’re hoping shirts without logos will make kids less embarrassed to buy a brand that most people now loathe. [Chicago Tribune]
Move over, Michelle Obama — there’s a new woman in American political life vying for the snappy dresser crown. “Hillary,” a women’s clothing store in Kosovo, sells a wardrobe of power-dressing staples just like those worn by the former Secretary Of State. As reported by Yahoo Travel, the shop mostly sells matching pantsuits in solid colors, but ladies can also purchase an array of tasteful ballgowns appropriate for a twirl around the dance floor with the French president. Mrs. Clinton herself visited the Pristina shop in 2012 and was gifted with a navy blue pantsuit. The shop’s owner told Yahoo Travel, “We respect her name and her personality here. Our clothes are modeled after her own fashion.” No word yet on whether they sell headbands. [Yahoo]
WAIT! I know what you’re thinking — that culottes are just baggy, long shorts that cannot possibly look good — but please hear me out. If you like full midi skirts, you should really consider trying culottes because they give you the same silhouette — dramatic volume with a tiny waist! — without the risk of exposing your ass should a gust of wind attack. The key to wearing culottes is balancing the proportions of your top and bottom half — because culottes are so voluminous, you should wear them with a tucked in or cropped top. Heels, of course, look great with culottes, but I totally think you can rock them with flats too. I immersed myself in the mindset of a culotte-wearing fashionista and came up with three ways to wear this pair from Topshop. Click on to see all three outfits and then tell me if I’ve managed to convince you to give culottes a shot.
I may have a love/hate relationship with Taylor Swift, but if there’s one thing we have in common, it’s loving a bright red lip. So, when I heard that a new premium beauty line (with over 100 lip products!) became available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy, I went on the hunt for an affordable and kickass red gloss. Like the answer to my cosmetic prayers, I found Makeup Academy’s Luminizing Lip Gloss in Crimson and Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in Red, and decided to give them a good, old-fashioned Beauty Test Drive. Keep reading »
When my favorite arrow-shaped midi ring broke this weekend, I went on the hunt to find a new one to take its place. While browsing, I came across a boatload of awesome arrow-themed pieces that kept the structure of a classic arrow, all with their own elements of glam and uniqueness. Even with the simplicity of their shape, arrows never fail to make a statement. Click through the gallery for 16 pieces sure to send your style game in the right direction.