Sometimes it feels like that whole “best things in life are free” thing is a crock when all you really want are a pair of YSL cage heels or a mansion in the south of France. Okay, so maybe that’s asking for a lot, but at least fashion retailer Topshop gets your point. This summer, the U.S. newbie is offering up lots of free stuff. Beginning June 20th, New Yorkers can rent out free bikes through the Topshop Bike Rental Program, which we’re sure so many Manhattanites are psyched on not only because bike style is completely in these days, but also because NYC has been hard at work creating real bike lanes (go green!). On June 26th, the store will also host a screening at the Brooklyn Yard of “The Blow Up“, a sixties classic about a mod photographer living in London. The event (with an after party!) will be exclusive as entry can be gained only by finding secret tokens hidden in the Topshop store between June 20-25. Put the pedal to the metal! [StyleCaster, Topshop] Keep reading »
Every month a gazillion magazines boldly discover the top three items we must have for this season. I mean must in the sense that the articles foretold our fashion doom if we did immediately drop the glossy pages and run to the mall. I will give the magazines their due, most of them have toned down on the necessity of buying a new closet every year and the average price of featured items are not as absurdly high as they used to be. So, when all the magazines this winter told me there were only three must have trends for this summer, my glee poured from every fiber of my fashion being…until I realized what these trends were: harem pants, jumpsuits and sheer. Maybe it’s just me, but I have not seen one everyday woman wearing harem pants down the street. These trends died a premature death, with is just fine with me because I thought they were butt-ugly anyway, but why did these three die when so many other fugly trends are allowed to live on? Here are my diagnoses on why the three major must have’s died. Keep reading »
Don’t want to go the whole blow-’em-up blockbuster movie route this summer? That makes two of us. Well, word on the street is that there’s a bumper crop of new documentaries hitting the big screen, the festival circuit and DVD aisle examining America’s food system this summer. If you’re looking for this August’s version of “No Reservations,” these movies ain’t it. The filmmakers are more intent on showing us just how disgusting eating has become. Think “Fast Food Nation” and the Humane Society’s debbie-downer cow video. An obvious suggestion would be to eat dinner before heading to the theater, as I’m pretty sure you won’t want to stuff your face after. Here’s the sampler:
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I’ve finally got a base tan, which is how I know summer is almost here. To celebrate, I’ve put together a kick ass summer playlist of old and new jams that act as the perfect accompaniment to frosty Coronas, gossip mags, and a day at the beach. And check out the playlists our girls at Lemondrop put together for gals planning on hitting the asphalt for a summer roadtrip — “99 Luft Balloons” AND “Forever Your Girl”? Hell yes. Keep reading »
Summer is on its way now, so out with the flannels and in with pjs that have more sex appeal!
- These pink flamingo bottoms by C & C California are perhaps not sizzling hot, which is why I will leave it to you to decide what goes on top…if anything at all. [$32, C & C California, Bluefly.com]
- I will most certainly be happy in this cute nightdress from Scanty. The length and drawstring have a certain kittenish look, but the happy faces keeps the serious meter down. [$35, Scanty, Bluefly.com]
- Leopard print…my oh my, this is daring! Leopard print is high on rawr factor, but the jersey tops and bottoms make this look more of a wink-wink kind of sexy. [$35, Tart Intimates, Bluefly.com]
- Python. The world alone makes me think of a deadly sports car. This pink python number will certainly get hearts racing and I can still feel pretty in pink. [$66, Natori, Bluefly.com]
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Drop that Aristotle and Dostoevsky immediately. The best part of summer? Cheesy beach books!
You know what sort of books I’m talking about … those fantastically trashy books that you can’t put down but are ashamed to tell people that you’ve read. Yep, we obsessively read those, too. So stop trudging through War and Peace now and pick up one of these guilty-pleasure beach reads. 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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How long has it been since it was cool enough for you to wear pants? Far too long, in our opinion. This hat-wearing gal, with her tank and skinny jeans, makes us yearn for sunny days that aren’t at all humid, when pants can be worn without sticking uncomfortably to the legs. Autumn rocks. [Trender Bender] Keep reading »
The weekend’s finally here! And in the summer time, that can only mean one thing, it’s time to put on your bathing suit and hit the beach, pool, backyard, hood of a car…whatevs, you’re getting into a swatch of spandex and it’s time to show off! How to look your best in a bikini may seem like an existential crisis, forcing you to question everything from your food intake to how deep you need to go into the water. But we’ve distilled down the strutting your stuff essentials into a few easy steps so you can step out and confidently show some skin!
1. Ooze with Attitude Be confident and casual — that’s always sexy. If you know you look good, so does everyone else.
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Summer is all about showing some skin while you’re having fun in the sun and tanning goes with the territory. Sadly, as well know, getting that bronze glow can also be life threatening. While fat roll tan lines, raccoon eyes from your sunglasses, or even the dreaded Oompa Loompa-like burn are cause for concern in the short term, there are health risks on the horizon. The rate of melanoma among white women between the ages of 15 and 39 has doubled over the past 30 years. There are almost 14 cases out of every 100,000 young women. Yikes! [Indeed. I got a sunburn this weekend. -- Editor] The medical establishment says the tanning trend is to blame for the tally. So, if you’re still inspired to look like your tanorexic celeb heroines, try a cocktail of self tanner and sunscreen or beware! Have you ever seen the old ladies that look like lobsters lying around the retirement community pools in Florida? They will make you turn white as a ghost! [Truemors] Keep reading »