Created by writers Robin Rice and Lisa Meade, the Stop The Beauty Madness campaign aims to shake women out of the belief that they are not beautiful and to wake us up to the impossible aesthetic standards we’re held up to. The ads, which can be seen here, state some not-so-pretty truths about the way our culture perceives women. Like the photo above, they’re not exactly pleasant realities, but the campaign’s choice to present them without sugarcoating strikes me as very bold. Few body acceptance campaigns are as direct and brutally honest as this one — and that’s the point. Stop The Beauty Madness wants to create a better world for women’s worth than the one we currently live in, and has even put together a free 10-week audio series that will encourage listeners to better understand unfair beauty standards and the road to self-acceptance. More information about the campaign is available on its website or on Twitter via the hashtag #StopTheBeautyMadness. [The Gloss]
If you’re a coffee lover and a wine lover, we’re about to tell you something that will either completely excite or disgust you. Friends Fun Wine has launched a collection of low-calorie, low-alcohol coffee wines in cans: Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino. I’m completely confused about how to feel about it. Keep reading »
If the Bling Ring ever decides to get the gang back together for another round of robbing celebrities closets, I would not be surprised if Jessica Alba’s pad is at the top of their list of houses to cruise. I almost feel embarrassed by how often I feature her in Style Stealer. I swear, I don’t want to wear Jessica as a skin suit, but I would like to come over, borrow all her clothes and never return them. However, since we typically frown upon real thievery, we’ll just have to steal her look by paying for it the old fashioned way. Womp womp. Details after the jump! Keep reading »
I get the feeling most people under-appreciate chicken salad. As a kid, my grandmother used to make tuna and chicken salad as dips for every party. With just a few ingredients, a flavorful dish can be made in advance and enjoyed all week long. Although I grew up on chicken salad, at some point, I started to shy away from all things mayo. I appreciate how the flavor and texture of mayonnaise can enhance a dish, but can’t stand when the flavor is overpowering. For years, I have preferred most salads (pasta, potato, etc.) with a light dressing instead of mayo. The neighborhood deli makes a chicken salad with dried cranberries and celery that my husband loves. Then my world changed when I spotted Good Foods cranberry almond chicken salad in individual serving cups at Costco! These little cups use Greek yogurt and poppy seed dressing. Can you tell I am already hooked? They have me rethinking my chicken salad boycott and searching for more little-to-no-mayo chicken salad recipes.
The UK brand Eylure has a long history with lashes. Developed by two makeup artist in the 1940s, Eylure offers lashes ranging from natural to dramatic. When presented with the opportunity to Beauty Test Drive a pair, I couldn’t resist going for the most intense pair I could get my hands on. Keep reading »
The Mineko Club, a volunteer group in Hitachi City, Japan, is selling jeans personally shredded by animals to raise money for wildlife conservation. Lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo were given toys covered in the denim to tear into, creating a “worn-in” look. The denim was then sewn to create the pants, Zoo Jeans, which are being auctioned online through Monday. The tiger-designed pair’s current price is well into the thousands, which proves this bizarre fundraising idea was brilliant. As a person who gets beyond annoyed when I see “distressed” jeans going for triple the price because some factory machine or employee ripped them up for show, it’s awesome to see a pair of pants that were torn up in a more, well, authentic way. [Uproxx, Australia Network News]
I often hear complaints that compassionate fashion is difficult to identify and access. Los Angeles-based fashion line Della is attempting to bring handcrafted clothes made in Ghana to the masses. This week, Della launched its new eight-piece capsule collection (items start at $50) in Urban Outfitters in hopes of infusing social consciousness and initiating sustainable change. Designer Tina Tangalakis works directly with a community in Hohoe, Ghana, employing over 55 employees and impacting the lives of over 250 with fair wages, education and job skills training. I don’t know about you, but I have my eye on that romper!
Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all genders sport, sparked discussion both among fans and style outlets.
One in particular, People magazine’s StyleWatch section, posted a story Tuesday about Ciara’s newest mane and stirred a dialogue about far more than trendy summer hair colors. Associate Style Editor Brittany Talarico noted that Ciara is set to wed fiancé Future in a “very elegant affair,” then said immediately afterward in parentheses that the wedding was “another reason [People thinks] she’ll ditch the dreads.”
While the phrase has since been removed, the undertones of Talarico’s words were not lost on some Black readers. YouTube comedienne, natural hair guru and Upworthy curator Franchesca Ramsey pointed out People’s words on her blog shortly after the article was posted. A Black woman with dreadlocks herself, Ramsey noted that the article suggests Ciara could not possibly want to keep her loc extensions for an “elegant” wedding—meaning the locs extensions themselves cannot be elegant. Keep reading »
I know the idea of $32 blush must make some people scream. How could anyone possibly spend that much money on makeup? But I have a ringing endorsement here: Laura Mercier’s new Bonne Mine Stick Face Color stays put all day long. It doesn’t sweat off in July’s sweltering humidity, it doesn’t get eaten up by my skin — and it comes off with a wipe at nighttime just like it’s supposed to do. Keep reading »
Guys, I live for sandal season. — they’re the next best thing to going completely barefoot. While I typically rock flip-flops the minute the temperatures hit 65 degrees, I’m excited about all the DIY possibilities sandals offer. Now, you’re not going to want to take a hot glue gun to your Lanvin flat sandals of course, but if you’ve got a cheap pair of rubber flip-flops or ankle strap flats, or a desire to update last year’s gladiator sandals, here are some easy DIYs to try!