Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jennifer Aniston on Botox and Diets


"I could do it, and I mean these lines are getting deeper every day, but when I tell you what's happened to me - these lines are just about living. Look, I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. I don't starve myself in an extremist way. You're not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I'd be devastated." - Jennifer Aniston on why she won't get Botox and dieting in British Harper's Bazaar.

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Barneys Co-Op to Open Brooklyn

After months of rumors WWD announced yesterday that Barneys will in fact be coming to Brooklyn. They are planning to open a Barneys Co-op store in Cobble Hill. The store will occupy the space at 194 Atlantic at the corner of Court. No word yet on when the store will actually open.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spotlight on <i>The Last Song</i>'s Liam Hemsworth

I'm excited to see The Last Song. I'm a big fan of Nicholas Sparks, Miley Cyrus, and Liam Hemsworth. In fact, I'll admit that I'm mainly psyched about Liam Hemsworth. This break-out-star is about to be a sensation. He's gorgeous, talented, and quite a hit with the young ladies. Check him out in The Last Song in theaters tomorrow.







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Monday, March 29, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon Takes the Top Spot at the Box Office

How to Train Your Dragon knocked Alice in Wonderland right out of the top spot at the box office this weekend... Find out what other movies made the big bucks.

1 - How to Train Your Dragon: $43.3 M
2 - Alice in Wonderland: $17.3 M
3 - Hot Tub Time Machine: $13.7 M
4 - The Bounty Hunter: $12.4 M
5 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: $10 M
6 - She's Out of My League: $3.5 M
7 - Green Zone: $3.4 M
8 - Shutter Island: $3.2 M
9 - Repo Men: $3.0 M
10 - Our Family Wedding: $2.2 M

Man Gadget: Apple iPad

If you follow latest IT development, you should noticed the hottest news lately. Yes. Apple iPad. My first impressions of this device are largely positive. Apple has once again built a product that looks good and feels great in the hand, and the familiar user interface, borrowed from the iPhone and iPod touch, is perfectly suited to the bigger screen. The iPad whizzes along, opening applications, re-sizing web pages, and zooming in and out of maps almost instantaneously.

It's a great, fun gaming platform, and it's lovely to view full-size web pages while browsing the internet. Developers, no doubt, are already rubbing their hands with glee about the apps and services they could tailor specifically for this device.

As Steve Jobs said during his keynote, if you're going to create a third category of device, between the smartphone and the laptop, then it needs to be better than either for certain tasks. In many areas, this is true for the iPad -- web browsing is much better on the iPad than the iPhone, just because of the bigger screen, and physically flicking through photos, music and movies is just more enjoyable on the iPad than a laptop.

Apple has already sold out its initial supply of iPads, which is going to be delivered on April 3rd. If you make an order now, you will have to wait until April 12th. Apple has only started delivering Wi-Fi enabled iPads. If you don't mind to wait slightly longer, 3G enabled iPads will be ready and ship by late April.

H&M Garden Collection: More Floral!

What's up with floral? First Liberty of London for Target, and now this. The fashion industry apparently wants you to dress up like Easter this spring. Are you having it? If so, skip on over to H&M, where their eco-friendly Garden Collection launched on Friday and is reportedly going fast. The collection is dominated by feminine tops and flowy floral dresses and is made with materials including organic cotton and recycled polyester (hey, if it's gotta be polyester, recycled is the way to go). Here are the pieces I will might did venture out in the rain today to check out:

My favorite piece by a country mile is this psychedelic watercolor skirt, $29.99. UPDATE: Purchased! The colors are not nearly as bright as they appear in this picture; in fact, I'd say they about doubled the saturation on this image. But the cut is still really flattering, even with those pockets.

These sweet floral ballet flats, $14.95, are a close second. Methinks a little bit of floral goes a long way. UPDATE: Uh, not great quality. Unpurchased.

That said, I do like this pretty floral dress, $19.95, but it looks like it has a tie in exactly the wrong place for anyone with boobs (click to enlarge).

And I also love the double pattern on this dress, $17.95 (!). It might be too little-girl for me, but I like it anyway. Toughened up with a leather or denim jacket, it might just work. UPDATE: Purchased! With the sash circled in front before being tied in the back, you can even give yourself a waist. Done and done.

Finally, there's a lot of volume on this pretty top, $24.95, but I bet it would look great with skinny jeans.

Earrings by Plume of The Banquet Brooklyn

I am loving the lavishness and decadence of these earrings by Plume. The gold and diamond cascades remind me of another era one with more style and grace. While the studs can be worn daily adding just the right touch of glamour for any outfit. Available at The Banquet (formerly Council) in Brooklyn.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Totally Old News

BUT. I was checking in on awesome preteen wonderblogger Tavi, she of the giant bow and front-row invites and whatnot, and she informed me that Carey Mulligan's Prada dress that she wore to the Oscars, when seen close up, is AMAZEBALLS:::

IT HAS TINY SCISSORS AND CORKSCREWS AND FORKS AND SHIT ON IT! (Click the pictures and they'll show up bigger.)

Pretty much best dress ever.

That's it, it's settled: Mulligan wins the Oscars.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Never Enough NUDES!

I am so with Tamar on this insatiable need for cream-colored footwear. However, I could give two craps about classic simple pumps and need a little more embellishment. Like so:

Jeffrey Campbell bow-back heel, $128. THAT BOW!

Faryl Robinson Madison wedge, $228. I could see myself wearing these a LOT.

Jeffrey Campbell Buttons peep-toe pumps, $96. Cute as a...yeah.

Vivienne Westwood by Melissa Anglomania Lady Dragon Ball matte pump, $150. With the rubber-stamp! On the rubber shoe!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This Buckle-Covered Ellington Leather Bag Is The Business

Buckles on boots? Well, sure! But BUCKLES ON A BAG? WHY is this not happening MORE often than like the go-round of Hayley's Comet? I mean, this buckle-covered leather bag by Ellington is really, truly the biznass.
($249, Ellington,

Also, is it not the handbag version of the Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain multi buckle boot?

And hey! This does too! ;)
($197, Guess,

NEED, LIKE YESTERDAY: Beige Nude Heels. Now.

I CANNOT stop needing for beige heels for spring. Like so:

($80, BCBG,
I love the simplicity here and the name: Cream Puff!

($83, rsvp,
I have (unofficially) declared this the spring I go opentoe. But I kind of appreciate the aesthetic of an '80s-style monotone beige pump. I might make an exception for these though.

($304, Michael Kors,
However, I'd absolutely make an exception for these excellent deconstructed beige and orange-toed heels. I mean, LOOK AT THEM.

($710, Vionnet,
These Vionnet beige leather heels are the Natalie Portman of footwear -- just plain perfect to look at, and also very expensive looking.

($476, Givenchy,
Clearly Givenchy's footwear design team has broken into my home, installed a secret camera in my bedroom, attached invisible electrodes to it, and monitored me sleeping to have created the shoe of my dreams. Obviously.

Tightening My Belt

Truth be told, my actual belt probably couldn't get any tighter at the moment (ahem). I speak metaphorically. These vintage belts are RECESSIONISTA-friendly. Bet ya haven't heard that one in a while, huh? Jesus, what a horrible word. Anyway, some cheapish belts for ya:

Vintage brown belt, $28. This unusual asymmetrical belt has a bit of an equestrian vibe to it, no?

Gold arrows belt, $14. Those arrows are both gold and silver. No info on waist size other than "SM." It's like fashion roulette! Or you could email the seller, I guess.

Double-mouse belt, $45. Eek! Two mice! Very cute!

Simple brown belt, $16.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Product Review: Bloom Lipgloss

I recently had the chance to try this amazing lip gloss by Bloom. It comes in array of yummy flavors and colors. It is the perfect texture. Not too sticky and not too high gloss. It adds wonderful color to my lips and doesn't chap them at all. I can't get enough! Highly recommended.

Free Boots!

After many weekends of thinking about it but not actually doing it, I finally made it over to Beacon's Closet with Carl's $42 credit slip. His unwise button-down choices = my wardrobe's gain. Pickin's were a little slim (and I don't just mean the jeans rack), but I did manage to come up with a trip-justifying purchase (involving no actual money changing hands, which, yay!):

I snatched up these 80%20 patent-leather Jackie hidden-wedge boots, which list at $200 and are on sale at Amazon for $56, for a cool $27. Perfect for gray, rainy, depresso days like today, especially when worn with a pop of color. And they're supercomfortable, too.

Hooray, resale!

In other news, 80%20 has shoes both reasonably cute and extreeeeeeemely questionable in their new spring line. I leave it to you to figure out which are which:

Molly Tea Party sandal-bootie thing. (There are many more versions of this style, just not quite as...floral.)

Marlee seersucker sneaker. Note the circle on the back of the heel. (Have I given my hand away? These are cute!)

Sadie seersucker wedge, $92.99. I honestly can't even tell with this one.

These Brown Bess Studded Moc Boots Are My Achilles' Heel

($374, Bess,
Stick a fork in me. I'm done. These studded Bess boots are my downfall. I do have to say though, I'm hitting a wall with the studded stuff. I own a studded handbag, studded trench, and boots with studs, they're in constant wardrobe rotation, and never the three shall meet. It's more than enough, you know?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Eco Fashion: HUGO Fragrances Initiative

HUGO Fragrances is delighted to announce the launch of ‘One Fragrance, One Tree’, a new sustainability initiative inspired by the increasingly eco-conscious outlook of HUGO Fragrances consumers. For each special edition pack of HUGO Element and HUGO Man fragrance produced, one tree will be planted in the Amazon rain forest in Peru .

To help raise awareness of this cause in the UK , Hugo Fragrances has commissioned 5 artists to create their own eco-friendly interpretation of an urban jungle. Designs will be painted on 100% recyclable card in the form of large pop up trees. With creative support from the artists, people will be encouraged to make their own mark by painting blank trees that will be on display in 5 cities throughout the country.

The tour launched in London’s Covent Garden on Wednesday 17th March and travels to Bluewater in Kent (19th – 21st March); Bullring in Birmingham (26th – 28th March) Meadow Hall in Sheffield (2nd, 3rd and 5th April) and Centre MK in Milton Keynes (9th – 11th April) before returning back to Covent Garden on 15th April for a grand finale, where the pop up trees will turn the cobbled pavements of Covent Garden into an urban jungle for the day.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mara Hoffman Is Killing Me Softly

... Case in point:

($290, Mara Hoffman,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Military Chic Accessories

With the whole military inspired fashion craze I thought I would post a few items that won't make you feel like Rambo. These 80%20 sandal shoes ($149) are really cute and fun. They have a bit of a safari feel to them as well and will be great for tracking that coyote in Central Park. And the little bit of studded gold bling on this Pyramid Stud Stretch Band Belt by Cara Accessories $118 add just a touch of glam. Both available at Intermix.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green Is the Worst

Seriously, when were you ever like, hey, let me wear a kelly green sweater today? It's just not a good color to put on your person. I feel embarrassed for all these people walking around in bright green shirts and whatnot. Olive, okay. But come on people, you look ridiculous. However, I will celebrate my 1/8 Irishness or whatever it is by a) wearing green eyeliner, and b) posting these sandals, which would be fully awesome IF NOT FOR THE DAMN GREEN.

Matt Bernson Sherpa Buttermilk sandals in stupid neon green, $168. But how rad is that gold stitching, eh?

Happy St. Patty's Day. Go drink something Irish (NOT GREEN BEER)!