Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Speaking Of Jen...

Have you seen Ms. Aniston's new ad for Smart Water?

One word - Gorgeous!

- Erin Dustin

New Couples Alert!

Jen and John?
Had some fun in the sun together recently!

Mariah and Nick?
Reportedly engaged with a recycled ring!
Oh no he didn't...

- Erin Dustin

SS08: Marc by Marc Jacobs

For the last few seasons (ever since they got into the "grunge" look), I have not been too impressed with the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. This season though I am delightfully surprised! The collection is preppy and retro-chic. My style but with a refreshing twist!
This collection makes me WANT to buy something orange, and that is a difficult feat. I absolutely detest orange. But I am willing to break the rules for these two dresses. I just LOVE the orange dress with the fancy bow tie (though I cannot quite imagine what occasion that would be appropriate for) and the shirt dress is casual and chic.
I don't even mind being obviously Marc by Marc Jacobs. Many would recognize this very distinct geometric shirt dress (left) as Marc by MJ by now (along with the orange bow-tie dress above) but I still like it. I am really impressed that the color seems so "old" and yet, the whole look is still so young!
At first glance I thought this blue printed dress (right) was really cute. But if you look closer, can you tell that it actually has Marc Jacobs written all over it? I thought it was pretty cool that I couldn't tell at first. But now that I can, I think that kind of ruins the dress. Shame.
The definition of retro chic. I love how they mixed the flirty print and color with such a "proper" design. It is both refreshing and stunning. Though it is a bit too much for me. I prefer the more subtle purple dress (right). I absolutely absolutely adore this dress. It is simple, vibrant, youthful and fun. I've tried it on actually, but the fit of the bodice is a bit off. Maybe if I got it tailored.........
More fun casual dresses. I love the block print (right). Its so off and cute at the same time. And the cut of the heart leaf pinafore dress is just adorable!
The neckline and the prints are awesome. I especially love the neckline of the blue shirt (left: it is very ladylike, but the print makes it fun!) and the subtle pinstripes on the yellow shirt (right).
These two are my favourites of the collection, because I think they are great investments. I'm a great believer in outerwear and these two cardigans are perfect to carry around with you this summer- just in case of freezing a/c temperatures! I waaaaant the white one (right)! It is very Chanel-esque with a youthful touch.
A cute jacket is ALWAYS a good buy. You get the most mileage out of them cause you can just throw it over any outfit- and this one is so chic and stylish! (Though it may be a bit too heavy for the summer). And this pinstripe shirt with the ruffles is just darling!

Now if only I can win a free shopping trip for Marc by Marc Jacobs this season!

Image Source: Net-A-Porter

Neutral Handbags

I found these amazing handbags on Etsy shop Valhallabrooklyn. I love the soft colors and the slouchy shapes. And the prices are great too (shown $50 and $199)

PEOPLE's Most Beautiful

PEOPLE has just named their 100 Most Beautiful people.

And who is the lovely lady topping the list and gracing the cover?

"I was a tomboy. I had three brothers. I was the girl with the dress on that always came back in the house filthy with scrapes and bruises. But I was always very girly. I had to be able to twirl so that my underwear showed." - Kate Hudson (Love her!)

A few others that made the mag's coveted cut:

Borat's leading lady Isla Fisher

Samantha Who's Christina Applegate

Country girl Carrie Underwood

High schooler Vanessa Hudgens

One of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful couples, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker. Tony says he likes his wife "best in jeans, a T-shirt and Hugs." Eva's translation, "He means Uggs." Ha, how cute!

The cast of Gossip Girl (duh)

- Erin Dustin

England style

Cat Deeley arata impecabil in rochia alba si accesoriile aurii

Leona Lewis a cucerit pe toata lumea cu "Bleeding love" si prin tinutele ei bine alese dovedeste ca are si til. La Australian MTV Awards a purtat o tinuta alba superba, angelica.

Sugababes poarta hainute din colectia de primavara-vara de la Asos

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Spring/Summer Nail Varnish!

Just when I found the perfect winter nail shade (just in case you were wondering, it is the Essie Sole Mate. It is the perfect rich deep dark purple, with just a hint of red!) , spring comes around. Not that I'm complaining, I can't wait for the weather to get warmer and the sun to shine. Although now it means my nail colors will have to change along with it- to get into the spring mode you know. But I am kind of tired of the pale white pinks that I usually favor for warmer weathers. As classic as they are, it does get a bit monotonous after a while. AND it is super hard to apply properly (this might also be due to my lack of nail varnish applications skills- though I'd like to point out that I have no trouble with the darker colors! Odd, I know).
So I started to consider other colors suitable for spring. Flicking through the Essie advertisements (Yes, I have a preference for Essie!) bright pink crossed my mind (left: Secret Stash). As much as I wanted to try something new though, bright pink does seem a bit too much. I AM 21 now. Not quite Barbie. Then I considered pale purple (right: Looking for Love). It is subtle but still quite different from pale pink. But then I quickly rejected the idea- that is just TOO weird. Its just not a color one would relate to nail color! Kind of like how it is odd for people to put pale blue/purple lipstick on their lips!
After much consideration, I finally found the perfect color, Ball-timore (left). It is the perfect coral pink, with the sharpness of a super bright pink but toned down by orange/coral tones. I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It is youthful and fun with a hint of sophistication. The other color I bought is Hard to Get (right). A more intense version of my usual pale pink hues, I thought this would just be fun and girly to play around with.I also wanted to get a nude color, like this (above: bags to riches). This one is the definition of sophistication and simplicity. But alas, it was getting rather expensive (they hiked the price up in the place I usually go to!!!).

Image Source: Essie

Bathing Suit Lust: Zimmermann's Avalon Butterfly Suit

($242, Avalon,
To be sure, $242 is a lot for this bathing suit, by Aussie label Zimmermann, but it does come with a halter strap, and that's worth at least eight bucks! Very Golden Girls glam. Also, I don't really have $242 sitting around, but I do have some eggs ripe for the harvesting! Do you think Wink barters?

Another sweet butterfly motif Zimmermann suit:
($196, Zimmermann, Shopbop)

Will Broome For Topshop

Designer/illustrator Will Broome has illustrated for Marc By Marc Jacobs (he had to have done those robot designs), and his Topshop collection of tops with creepy-cool cartoon faces is now available. They're playful without looking too ridiculously young and '80-ish without treading into dangerous Hammer pants territory.

My two faves:

(Apprx $43 USD, Top Shop)

(Apprx $49 USD, Topshop)

+ Also, per Nylon, Topshop now ships to the U.S. YAY!
+ ALSO Also: Topshop New York is closer than ever to reality! Praise Jeebiz!

Gwyneth in her sexiest outfit yet

After three years away from the spotlight, Gwyneth Paltrow is certainly making up for lost time.The actress was back on the promotional trail last night with another glamorous red carpet appearance at a screening of her new film Iron Man at New York's Tribeca Grand Hotel.Gwyneth, who has trotted around the globe in towering 7inch heels this month - Burberry boots in Berlin! Pacchini platforms in

Geri la lansarea "Ugenia Lavender"

Pentru copii si copilarosi Geri Halliwell, miss Ginger Spice, a lansat o carte numita "Ugenia Lavender", prima dintr-o serie de sase. Pentru mai multe informatii vizitati siteul
Geri arata foarte dragut in rochia roz, Warehouse, boleroul cu flori si bentita cu fundita. Pretty in pink!

Cobain's Girl for Chanel

Fashion god Karl Lagerfeld apparently wants Frances Bean Cobain to be the face of Chanel. Frances is the daughter of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain. Frances is 15-years old and is the new muse of Lagerfeld.A friend says, "She and her mother are having talks with Karl about Frances appearing in his next ad campaign."Courtney is concerned about Frances pursuing a catwalk career at such a

Funky accessory

Un accesoriu funky il reprezinta ochelarii de soare in forma de inima. Nicole Richie poarta o pereche de la Anglo American.
Mai multe despre ochelarii la moda in sezonul cald am scris aici

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais la Saks Fifth Avenue intr-o rochie maxi, Diane von Furstenberg, accesorizata cu bijuterii aurii si clutch. I love her look!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Baby Mama In Real Life

Amy Poehler's gonna be a baby mama!

Poehler and hubby Will Arnett announced that they are expecting!

The comedic couple are due in the fall.


- Erin Dustin

Annie's Side Of The Story

“I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together, and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful.” - Annie Leibovitz

- Erin Dustin

Are Eco-Friendly Bags Worth It?

In my head, eco-friendly bags usuallt mean low-priced, off-white bags with some kind of save-the-earth type of message printed on it. Obviously, I've got Anya Hindmarch's "I'm not a plastic bag" bag -the first famous eco-friendly bag imprinted in my head. Back then, they were sold for 5 pounds each in the UK. (The whole craze for the bag is another story.) But clearly with over-demand, many other designers have tried to come up with smart slogans to put on suppsedly eco-friendly bags. I've managed to ignore that trend up until two weeks ago, I found this (literally) happy-looking bag in my mum's paper shopping bag.

No, my mum didn't buy it. She bought a jacket and the bag was a gift for shopping at Seibu, a department store in Hong Kong. We didn't think anything of it until we got home and discovered a HK$500 price tag on it. Wait, $500?! Yup, that was our reaction. We were kind of confused with why this bag would cost $500 in the first place and why the department store gave it away as a gift. I mean sure, the green smiling tree is sort of cute and it does have Moschino printed on it, (-as we all know, anything with a brand name printed on it allows it to be priced above what we think it ought to be worth,) but is it really worth 500hkd? (-500hkd is around 64usd or 30 pounds.) My point is not that I'm complaining about wasting my money on it because it was free, but that who would pay that much for it in the first place? And what you may not be able to tell from the photo is, this bag is small! It is probably the most impractical eco-friendly bag I have ever seen. Even the "I'm not a plastic bag" bag is more practical since it was wide (making up for it's lack of depth.) Plus, there was no message tag attached and the saleslady didn't even explain the point of the bag. Perhaps the proceeds of the bag goes to an unmentioned charity?

Anyway moving onto the Feed Bag. BG blogged about the first style last April. Recently, Lauren Bush released Feed 2 Bag. I have to admit the reason I looked it up was because I was surprised by the 50pound price tag when I saw it in Tatler magazine. But after reading the Harrods website, I am actually convinced it is worth it -According to Harrods' website, "each Feed 2 Bag sold will provide a year's worth of lunch meals in school for two children in need" for the UN World Food Programme's school feeding program. As for the design, it is reversible and made of 100% organic fair-trade material. OK, I can't claim to fully appreciate how 'green' the material is, but the cause actually sounds solid and worth it. I'm assuming people use these eco-friendly bags as their grocery-shopping bags, not to replace their Chanels, so even though it's not supremely stylish, it looks fit for the job, (although I would much prefer one that didn't have "Harrods" imprinted on it.)
What do you think of the whole eco-friendly bags trend in general? Do you use them for grocery shopping? Have you bought any?

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Miley Apologizes

Due to recent photos that have found its way across the web as well as her sudden embarrassment over her recent semi-topless photo shoot (Billy Ray and mom Tish were in attendance as well as other Miley family members/supporters) for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, teen queen Miley Cyrus has issued this statement to PEOPLE:

"My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie [Leibovitz]. I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed."

I don't know, but if she was going to feel this much remorse over the whole situation, maybe she shouldn't have done it in the first place, but that's just me...Becoming a star has its price.

- Erin Dustin

Introducing Georgina Sparks

Who's "G?"

I think our whos, whats, wheres, and whys will (hopefully) be answered soon enough!

Gossip Girl tonight!


- Erin Dustin

April Showers Bring...

... The need for a new jacket. A few I'd like hanging in my closet:
($1050, Rena Lange,
A veritable steal considering it was 2,995! It's the only trench coat you'll ever need. Until you need another one. In which case...

($330, Mike & Chris,
Simple, elegant, gorgeous. Inspector Gadget meets The Mod Squad!

($179, Suzabelle,
Wool is a bit heavy for April, but it's a great piece to hang onto.

I've been seeing so many cute fitted leather jackets lately. I love the gathered panels on this one = girly and presh! Perfect mid-season piece at a perfect price. Yo quiero!

Gwen in Santa Barbara

Cuplul Gwen Stefani si Gavin Rossdale, la o plimbare in Santa Barbara, California. Gwen, insarcinata in cateva luni, a adoptat un look hippie chic, foarte modern si lejer, purtand o rochie maxi cu jacheta din piele, in nuante de albastru, geanta plic mare si ochelari oversize Dior . Starul rock nu a renuntat la suvitele impletite si rujul rosu.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Is Heatherette Over? PLUS: Beauty Binge - Heatherette for MAC Sock Hop Lipglass

Oh bew. Has the mirrorball shattered at Heatherette? That'd suck but wouldn't be so surprising -- they pulled out of their last Fashion Week show. Apparently they're venturing down their own sparkly paths, which will surely be paved in glitter. But still, this split would be fairly unfierce. More at The Cut.

Also, uh, while you still can, you should check out Heatherette's "Sock Hop" Lipglass from their MAC line -- it's a spring-ready, salmon-pink coral gloss that doesn't reek of hot trannybotmess-ness:
($14, MAC, Macys)
It's totes sold out at MAC online, but SUUUUUP, Macy's -- you can still get it there, along with much of the rest of the collection. Better late than never. Check out more swatches and shots here.

OK, speaking of lates, it's bedtime. Happy Zs, FBs!

Oh, PS: Here's a slightly intoxicated me with the Heatherette dudes at a MAC event. Tee!