The yuppification of the yuppified has begun! It seems it wasn’t enough for Starbucks to infiltrate every neighborhood in America in the ’90s with its mass market gentrified style, but now they’re revamping that. In an attempt to make the brand feel more “local,” the company has been conducting makeovers on a few branches to feel out different styles. Pictured above is a Seattle store that’s been outfitted with regal red upholstery and dark wood furniture to give the place a manor-like quality. Another design goes for a crunchier, Pottery Barn aesthetic with earth tones and contemporary art.
While the Starbucks goal may be to convert coffee to café to lure in more customers, another aspect involves becoming a more sustainable empire. (Although, wouldn’t such a big undertaking require a huge amount of resources?) We’re not sure how this would change our feelings towards our morning cuppa just yet. You? [New York Times] Keep reading »
Hey, Life & Style? While I am usually a fan of makeunders, I really liked the “Jersey Shore” cast exactly as they were. Why did you have to “class” them up with those fancy dresses and stupid man vests? How could you deflate Snooki’s pouf? That’s just … wrong. [Just Jared]
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Here’s a trend I’d like to see die — sending oh-so-drop-dead-gorgeous celebrities “undercover” as one of the commoners by giving them layers of chub and ugly makeup. Tyra did it first, getting made-under to look like a “fat” woman so she could see what it was like to be one (coincidentally, that episode re-aired today). Then Vanessa Minnillo essentially copycatted her for “Entertainment Tonight.” Now Kim Kardashian has undergone a three-hour makeover process so she could be on some ridiculous new show on E! called “Secret Celebrity.” Hey, here’s a newsflash: Making over a celeb to look like a “regular” person (i.e., a non-celeb) doesn’t mean you have to give them fugs hair and a weird chin. OK? [ONTD] Keep reading »
You know how our grandparents grew up yelling “Hello, Mickey” back at the TV during cartoon hour? Well, today’s kids seem to view the helium-voiced mascot as more of a logo, or maybe a hat design, than as a lovable character. I guess that didn’t sit well with the higher-ups at Disney, who want their iconic moneymakers to hold not just our attention but our hearts. So Disney is re-imagining Mickey Mouse. Next fall, in a video game called “Epic Mickey,” Nintendo Wii players will have the opportunity to mold their own CGI version of Mickey, who will travel through the Small World ride gone wrong and face a disemboweled robot Donald Duck, among other dilemmas. Mickey’s appearance will change through his adventures, with the way gamers make Mickey behave. In this universe, Mickey will be a rascally character, a la Bart Simpson, which was his original persona. Sounds great. But, uh, what about Minnie? And Donald? And Goofy? And Daisy? After the jump, we suggest how to bring them into 2009 as well.. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Yesterday, many of you expressed shock and outrage at Hallmark’s tragic sexification (is that a word? probably not) of one of Gen Y’s most beloved children’s characters, the once-indefatigable Rainbow Brite. And R.B. wasn’t the first to get the Bratz treatment — lots of other mini-icons have been put through the ringer to please a generation of kidlins who’ve grown up surrounded by the living Barbie dolls who are blatant plastic surgery devotees. But for all their sickening contributions to the “princess syndrome,” Disney finally did right by one of their most famous characters, from a more feminist perspective anyway. While Tinker Bell, created in 1953, always had that total Marilyn Monroe-bod working for her, we worried that she must’ve gotten awfully cold flying around Neverland without any pants on. (So ahead of her time though, right Lady Gaga?) She’s recently been redesigned for a starring role in a DVD, “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” to be released later this month. Not only is sister now doin’ it for herself (she’s dropped that hapless Peter Pan like a bad habit), she’s dressed for success in boots, a capelet (so chic) layered over long sleeves, hat and leggings. Let’s just hope the latter aren’t made by Lindsay Lohan. [ONTD] Keep reading »
Caster Semenya, the runner who was forced to undergo sex-determination testing, appears on the cover of South African magazine You, with her hair down and her makeup done (including dark burgundy nail polish) and wearing a wardrobe that includes a silver sequined top with black leggings and a black dress accessorized with a necklace and piles of gold bangles.
Semenya does look more feminine in the You photos than she did in the other photos we’ve seen of her in her running attire, but why the heck does someone have to be styled in girly clothes to be accepted as a woman? The results of the sex-determination test aren’t in yet, but perhaps Semenya and her PR team are hoping they can convince the world she’s not a man by wearing a dress and lipstick. We, however, know plenty of guys who wear women’s clothes better than we do. [You via Broadsheet] Keep reading »
I often find myself writing about self-love, simply because I know that that is the key to accomplishing absolutely anything we want in life. Self-love breeds confidence, and once we’re confident, the sky’s the limit! I think that we tend to overcomplicate things, or get “stuck in the muck” of what happened in the past. Keep reading »
Bad boyfriends…frenemies…makeover TV shows. One of the fundamental questions of human nature is why do we love stuff that may not be so good for our self-esteem?
A new study from the University of Southern California says that that women who watch more makeover shows, like “Nip/Tuck,” “Dr. 90210″ or “The Swan,” feel more insecure about their bodies. It brings a whole new meaning to the words “boob tube,” doesn’t it? Keep reading »