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Uncategorized / August 7 2008 9:16 AM

It’s Called Dressing to Impress, Cupcake

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Evidently hard times have fallen upon Kristin Cavallari. Not only was she spotted shilling at the opening of the latest branch of the classiest of classy establishments Brother Jimmy’s (you just have to try the ribs platter with the Swamp Water, it’s divine), but she showed up sporting a saggy grey t-shirt and extra flat hair.

Its Called Dressing to Impress, Cupcake

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Okay, fine, so Brother Jimmy’s is kind of a glorified dive frequented by men wearing pink shirts with popped collars, but still, if you’re being paid to show up someplace, at least try to look like you didn’t pull on one of Talan or Stephen’s old gym tees and called it a night.  Other celebs have pulled off similar looks with aplomb simply by accessorizing properly; a fedora (to deal with the flat hair, natch) and some carefully selected jewelry would have turned this look from a fashion f*ck up into something acceptable.

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FASHION / August 7 2008 9:10 AM

Bonjour, Bensimon

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For those of you that exist in a constant state of envy of the effortless chic of Parisians and purchase everything in the APC showroom each season, you will be pleased to know that the classic Bensimon plimsoles are now available Stateside.  These little tennies are de rigeur footware for stylish Parisian girls– and unlike much of the fashionable footware out there, these are comfy beyond belief (and washable!).  Pick up a pair for yourself at Madewell in SoHo (online boutique is coming soon).  You’ll probably want to go a size up– stop by soon as when I picked up my pair, the selection was dwindling rapidly …

Bonjour, Bensimon

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FASHION / July 12 2008 2:21 PM

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

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Everyone and their bff/assistant/reality-show rival have been spotted wearing (or should I say encased in) Herve Leger bandage dresses of late.  I admit, these dresses do a fab job of showing off these ladies’ bodies, but their ship has sailed.  There’s only so much you can do with itty-bitty skintight dresses and with the exception of Rachel Bilson who looks more like a pixie than a sex kitten in her version, every other a/m/w who has shimmied into one of these dresses is trotting out the same old thing as everyone else, just in a different color.

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

Get Over It: Herve Leger Bandage Dresses

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FASHION / July 12 2008 1:43 PM

Time to Get Weirded Out

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I am very, very disturbed by the below photograph.  Fine, it’s art (and good art, I guess, since I’m having such a strong reaction to it), but … yikes.

Time to Get Weirded Out

The above is actually part of an exhibit currently on display by artist Julie Rrap at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia.  I’m no art critic but I imagine this shot in particular is intended to be a commentary on society/fashion/image perception and their effects on women.  It’s thought provoking for sure (and again … rather eerie) but I know for a fact that wearing shoes with a slight heel is better for you than wearing any sort of flat shoe other than a sneaker.  So, thanks but no thanks.  And give me back my platforms.

Image copyright of the artist.

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FASHION / July 11 2008 3:19 PM

Say Hello to the Shorts Suit

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I’ve said it and I’ll say it again; when it comes to fashion, nothing wows me more than interesting juxtapositions. So when I saw Anne Hathaway wearing this shorts suit by Jenni Kayne, I may have swooned (just a bit). The combination of casual with formal, loosely structured menswear with ultra-leggy glam … well, it’s kinda hot.  Have a look for yourself below; just don’t drool on your keyboard.

Say Hello to the Shorts Suit

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FASHION / June 27 2008 10:28 AM

Fashion Rant: High-Priced Idiocy, Courtesy of Chanel

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The latest addition to Chanel’s line of sportswear includes a luxury angler kit.  As in fly-fishing.  Now, I’m going to put myself out there and show that I know a little too much about fishing while I explain my numerous problems with this.  The kit includes a fishing rod, black and white flies complete with the looping double C’s of the Chanel logo, and is ensconced in a large quilted lambskin case (from the piccy,  looks like the strap is also the signature metal chain …).

Fashion Rant: High Priced Idiocy, Courtesy of Chanel

So, why fishing?  Supposedly Coco Chanel was a big fan salmon fishing in Norway (which you have to do in saltwater, so you can’t flyfish, meaning the flies provided in the kit can’t be used for Coco’s fave pasttime, but that’s another story).  Something tells me she didn’t bait her own hooks and that the messier, smellier side of fishing was never explained to those haute folks on the design team at Chanel.  Not only will that quilted lambskin stink after a few fishing expeditions, but it sure isn’t going to hold up well to water (flyfishing is best done in the early morning, when there is generally a lot of moisture in the air.  And you stand in the water, wearing waders, which are ridiculously un-fashionable).  My final, enormous problem with this exorbitantly expensive piece of sporting vanity is that there are different types of flies for each fish, and while I’m not an expert, something tells me that a trout isn’t going to be attracted to the Chanel logo on the flies in the same way that Upper East Side princesses are.  In the unlikely event that a fashionable fish is paddling around out there, it will probably eat the lure and escape with it, as fish are often wont to do.

P.S. Having grown up in a coastal area with lots of fishermen, it’s pratically di rigeur that you toss back a few beers, preferably something that comes in the always classy 30-rack.  Natty Light and Chanel?  It’s a match made in heaven …

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GIRLS / June 27 2008 7:09 AM

Style Icons: Little Lady, Big Dress

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Mary-Kate Olsen was a sartorial success as the premiere of her new film The Wackness (ie the movie where she makes out with Sir Ben Kingsley).  Lady loves her big long dresses with plunging necklines, but it’s a pleasant alternative to other stars that can’t even remember to put on their underwear before leaving the house.  Seriously, though, I heart Mary-Kate and Ashley– they take fashion risks, sometimes with more success than others, but when they pull it together they look fantastic in an interesting way.  I love it when celebs consistently look put-together and elegant, but they rarely add their own flair and style to their red-carpet ensembles (Cameron Diaz would be an exception).  Well done, mon petite vedette.

Style Icons: Little Lady, Big Dress

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GIRLS / June 26 2008 8:00 AM

Let’s Hear It For the … Boys?

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First came the widespread acceptance of the man-purse.

Lets Hear It For the ... Boys?

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Then came the Prada miniskirt/tutu (though they claim it’s a belt … whatever) …

Lets Hear It For the ... Boys?

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… and the Manolo slingback.

Lets Hear It For the ... Boys?

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Now, we have the Fendi wedge

Lets Hear It For the ... Boys?

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And, because it has the potential to burn the retinas of everyone in a 25-mile radius when worn by someone not as cut as this strapping young fellow, the mankini (also, there is something else odd going on but I’m too tasteful to explicitly point it out):

Lets Hear It For the ... Boys?

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Now, I’m all for experimental fashion and I love it when a guy can carry off pink, or purple, or a punchy paisley … but this is going a little overboard.

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FASHION / June 25 2008 10:06 PM

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

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Boutique Funky LaLa is having a serious sale, and I do mean serious. Now is your chance to scoop up pieces by Generra, Rebecca Minkoff, Gustto, Rozae Nichols, and Nicholas K (basically everything is to die for including the Sahara trench, which I currently have in forest green and love) … there are 465 pieces currently at heavily slashed prices, to be precise. Have a look-see at some of the loveliness below:

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

Sale Alert at FunkyLaLa

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Uncategorized / June 23 2008 10:28 PM

Just Another Day in Heidiwood

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Just Another Day in Heidiwood

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are officially my new favorite people.  Why, you may ask, would such two colossal wastes of space earn such high levels of my esteem?  The answer, dear readers, is because I can always count on H&S for comedic entertainment.  Take, for example, the video of Heidi’s first “song”:

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And guess who it was filmed by? None other than her eternal beloved/manager Spencer.

But, it gets better, because nothing is funnier than laughing at someone else’s delusions of greatness.  Heidi and Spencer have formed their own record label so that Heidi can release a full-length album (subtext: no one else would release it).  Spencer says “We’re financing [the album] ourselves on a shoestring budget … It’s so organic.”  Spencer, cupcake– there’s nothing organic about Heidi, most of all her rack.

Check out Heidi’s latest track “Fashion.”

Just Another Day in Heidiwood

Just Another Day in Heidiwood

Just Another Day in Heidiwood

Just Another Day in Heidiwood

Just Another Day in Heidiwood

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