Monthly Archives: February 2009

Thanks For The Love !

Blogger Mizz J Sends Fashion Sensei An Award

I have just a few minutes to post today (I have a crazy busy day), but last week Mizz J from Being High Maintenance, Not Bitchy awarded me the I Love Your Blog award and I wanted to thank her.

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To pay the love forward, I recommend you check out a few blogs that I love to read:

Coffeerama– A blog about my biggest vice—coffee.  I think I need another cup…

Ninu Nina– A new blog to hit my radar.  It’s about music, pop culture and my other biggest vice—fashion.

Running With Heels-  The hottest on-line magazine dedicated to shoes.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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Mad Men Fan Must Read…

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Photo Credit: AMC.com

If you are a fan of costume designer Janie Bryant from Mad Men, then I highly recommend Elle.com’s new interview.  Find out which movie stars inspire Bryant’s designs for the uber cool cast of Mad Men actresses and how to incorporate their look into your own wardrobe.

 

One Day Only…

Save 30% on full priced items In-Store Only today at Banana Republic.  See store for details.

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Were The 2009 Collections More Diverse At NYFW?

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Check out the statistics put together by the blog Jezebel on the diversity quotient for the NYFW runway models.  You may also be interested to know which designers did not cast one model of color–the results may surprise you.

 

What?!

Speaking of surprises, according to the Cut, rapper, former back up dancer and Britney’s babies daddy—Kevin Federline is said to be developing a line of children’s clothing.

“It’s a really tough business, I’m trying to take it seriously and make a quality product for kids but not have parents pay like $500 or something ridiculous for a pair of jeans," he told WWD.

I’ll let you leave your own punch line in the comments section below…

 

This Girl REALLY Need Help…

Folks are gasping at the site of Lindsay Lohan these days and not because of her substance abuse.  It seems that LiLo has a serious weight issue going on.  The two photos on the left are from May and June 2008 respectively and the last is her most recent photo–taken this month.

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Photo Credit: Huffington Post 

According to a story on Feb. 16th in the Huffington Post, Lohan was asked by US Weekly at NYFW about her weight loss and she said that it was “unintentional”

"I eat. I had my Big Mac yesterday from McDonald’s," she told Us Sunday at the Matthew Williamson NYC store opening. "I eat just as much as I always have."

The 22-year-old actress (who has raised eyebrows before for her skinny frame) said she thinks she has just been "working a lot." She said she also blames "stress … and lack of sleep when I travel."

Honestly, PLEASE eat a few of those Big Mac’s more often, you look unwell.

 

More Funny Fashion…

Do you remember the Pac Man themed fashions I posted on Halloween last year?  Well Giles Deacon didn’t disappoint during London Fashion Week with this zip-up party hat and the herculean proportions on the cropped jacket below.

Photo Credit: Style.com

While I’m at it, here’s a few doozies that are worth noting from NYFW.  Starting with these remarkably phallic ensembles.

Photo Credit: Style.com

Click on each image for complete collection and designer information.

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Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week F/W 2009: Emerging Trends

I have rounded up some photos of trends that I have noticed this week at New York Fashion Week.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

 

Click on each photo for designer information and a slide show of the full collection.  Photo Source: Style.com

Peek-A-Boo Cut Outs

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The New Blue

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Tuesday evening I went to a pre-screening of the movie “Confessions Of A Shopaholic” with Isla Fisher.  It was sort of a last minuteconfessions-of-a-shopaholic-01-thumb thing.  I entered my name a couple of weeks ago for tickets and found out the morning of the screening that I won a pair.

While waiting in line at the theater, I couldn’t help but notice certain women who were wearing boas with silly hats and a woman who had shopping bags tied to her clothes.

I discovered later that printed on the bottom of the preview passes (which I didn’t receive until just before entering the show), viewers who dressed like shopaholics had the opportunity to win 1 of 50 Confessions of A Shopaholic gift bags.   In front of the theater, we were presented with a red carpet to walk down while judges decided if you looked shopaholic enough for a gift bag. 

There was also a photographer taking pictures of movie viewers in front of a screen-celebrity style- for a new local fashion magazine called StyleLine.

It certainly created a bit of a buzz before going into the movie and I couldn’t help but think about the unmistakeable timing of a movie about fashion set to open the same day as New York Fashion Week.

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The movie is about a recent college graduate played by Borat’s baby mama, Isla (pronounced I-la) Fisher whose dream it is to work at a Vogue-like magazine in NYC. 

After missing her opportunity to interview at the magazine, she settles for a job writing a financial column using the pen name “The Girl With A Green Scarf” at a financial magazine in an improbable twist of circumstances. 

Isla’s character-Rebecca Bloomwood, becomes a star reporter who has a knack for explaining financial concepts in terms that the masses can understand.  The blatant irony is that Rebecca is dolling out financial advice to others while she herself, is over her head in credit card bills.  While working at the magazine, she predictably falls in love with her boss, played by the handsome Hugh Dancy.

Ultimately, her little white lies begin to unravel, and she is forced to come to terms with the consequences.

While I thought that the movie was cute and enjoyable to watch, I had to consider it’s PG rating and think of the movie as not one that was geared to win the hearts of Sex And The City fans, but one that a mother could enjoy with her teen daughter. 

If you are viewing this with your kids, I would give this movie a B.  However, if you were thinking about going to see the movie with your girlfriends, I would wait until this one comes out on cable before I spent the $10 at the movie theater.

Shopping & Facebook Confessions

If you are interested in the clothes that Rebecca wears in the movie, I discovered that Blue Fly has partnered with the film as the official shopping site to get Confessions Of A Shopaholic inspired clothes.  Click on this link to hear Pat Field talk about her costume designs for Rebecca, see the trailer and even get a Confessions Facebook application.

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Fashion Sensei Scoop! Interview With Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger

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She’s back!  Tonight is the premiere of The Millionaire Matchmaker’s second season.  I had the chance to chat with the show’s star, Patti Stanger on Tuesday and ask her about the new season, her take on style and her fascinating background-and boy did she dish!

For those of you who missed last season, let me give you a quick synopsis of what The Millionaire Matchmaker is about.  The show follows Patti Stanger who owns The Millionaire’s Club, a matchmaking service for wealthy men who are looking for a serious relationship with a beautiful and intelligent women.  Women are first pre-screened by the discerning Ms. Stanger and her staff.  Once vetted, she may then may join the club for free and have a shot at meeting the man of her dreams.

Last season, I was a little skeptical of the idea and assumed it was a group of gold digging, bubble headed bleach blonds and strippers who were looking for their sugar daddy.

It’s really the opposite, Patti and her staff do some serious evaluations before a woman is welcomed into the Millionaire’s Club.  While screening, Patti is looking for the sort of women that is looking for a traditional lifestyle-where the prospective wife or girlfriend would stay home and raise a family while her husband pursues his career.

Another example of Patti’s traditional values in dating is the implementation of her 10 Commandments for her bachelors; which includes a no sex until they are in a committed relationship commandment.

This Season, Equal Opportunity Matchmaking

In season two, not only will there be men looking for the perfect woman, but Patti will be setting up three high powered female millionaires and some gay men too.  Here’s a sneak peak at two of her lady millionaires.83487 

Heidi Cornell the creator of Young, Fabulous & Broke and a single mother, has solicited Patti’s help in helping her find the perfect guy.  Patti encourages us to keep an eye on Heidi’s story in particular, because there is a big twist leaving viewers wondering which man she will choose.

Shauna Raisch of Split Ends and the owner of Twiggs salonspa in Minnesota, is leaving her shop and moving to LA to find her own little Ashten Kucher.  Shauna has a reputation of being a diva and I got the impression from Patti that her expectations were a little unrealistic.  We’ll see what happens…

Patti On Style

When I wrote about The Millionaire Matchmaker last season, I can’t tell you how many people landed on my site by Googling  “what does Patti Stanger wear” or words to those effect.  I also had folks e-mail me asking if I knew where she shopped.patti red

So I asked Patti about her style and what her influences were.  Patti told me that her mother was a true fashionista when she was growing up and she learned early during her days working at Saks Fifth Avenue at Christmas, to save her money and buy the best that she could afford when it came to staples and shoes.  She is a big fan of Gucci and Chanel shoes, Black Halo dresses-which she says “sucks you in” all the right places, and Nanette Lepore (one of my favorites too).

But lest you think she spends her days shopping like a diva on Rodeo Drive, Patti confessed that she loves online shopping, especially edressme.com.  She’s also a devotee of Loemans and Forever 21, “I love their jewelry!” she says .

“A Player Will Give You The Best Advice- He Know What Makes The Flagpole Raise.”

Last Season during one vetting session with potential mates for the millionaires, Patti told one of the ladies that she looked like she was ready to wrap herself around a pole.  So I asked the 47 year old matchmaker for her best advice for women over 35 who wanted to look sexy without appearing desperate.  Here’s her advice:

  • The key to looking sexy, is to show off your assets.  If you have great legs show them off.  If you have fat ankles, cover them up.  The best way to do that is with boots that have a 3 inch heel.
  • Go for a sexy secretary look with a fitted blouse and a pencil skirt along with high black heels.  To take it from day to night, wear a brooch at your décolleté. 
  • When wearing skirts, keep them at 1 inch above the knee.
  • Shapewear, Shapewear, Shapewear!  I hate Spanx, they ride up.  My favorite brands are Body Wrap and Sassybax, especially the one piece.  I also love shape fx at Spiegel, it has shapewear in the dresses.

In her new book, “Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate”, Patti who is known not to mince words, advises women over 40 not to go shopping with their girlfriends.  “They won’t tell you the truth!  Neither will your gay boyfriend.” she says.  Instead, she advises, “Take a player.  A player will give you the best advice- he knows what makes the flagpole raise!”

Advice For Gay Men

Patti also has fashion advice for gay men, “People always think just because you are gay, that you have taste.  It’s not true. Queens attract queens.  If you are a queen and you want a butch guy, you need to dress like a lumberjack.”

5 Random Facts About Patti Stanger

If you have a Facebook page, then by now you have be tagged to respond to 25 Random Things about yourself.  I asked Patti if she would give me 5.

1.) She was a practicing astrologer.

2.) She worked as a psychic and director for Kenny Kingston Psychic Hotline.  She says she gets premonitions all the time, even about celebrities.

3.) If she weren’t a matchmaker, she would be a professional chef.

4.) She is currently writing a screenplay based on her new book.

5.) While she was going to the University of Miami, she sold jewelry that she made and designed, along with hand painted T-shirts.  But her best sellers where her erotic candies that she sold from door-to-door.

2 Words To Describe Patti

In preparation for my interview with Patti, I watched several videos from last season where Patti talks about each of her clients and at the end she describes the man with two words.  I thought it would be interesting to hear which two words she would use in reference to herself.   

Energetic was the first and based on the pace of our interview, and how fast she talked, in addition to how warm and upbeat she is, I would totally agree.

The other word she used to describe herself was insane.  Not because she is crazy, she is a very sharp woman.  But with a book, a business and a hit television show on her hands who wouldn’t be?

Don’t forget to check out The Millionaire Matchmaker tonight on Bravo at 9pm/10c.

Photos of Patti courtesy of NBC/Universal.  Photo of Heidi from Askmen.com.

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Bye-Bye “It” Bags

Say hello to the hottest new accessory for spring.

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In a reversal of fortune for the high priced seasonal designer handbag, otherwise known at the “it” bag- bangles, bracelets and cuffs are all making a comeback this spring.

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Seen stacked high and dancing on the arms of runway models, bracelets add a little personality to your overall look.  Although the price of some bracelets combined can cost just as much as a designer bag (think Hermès) stores like Forever 21 and H&M offer some of springs latest trends for a fraction of the price.

To get the runway look, why not use the above photos or pictures from your favorite fashion magazine, as a guide while shopping?  Here are a few other options I found online in a variety of price points.

(Click on the image for shopping information.)

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