Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cankle Awareness Month?

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As if women aren’t hyper-conscious enough about their bodies, the WSJ published a report last week discussing the condition commonly referred to as “cankles”; where one’s calves appear to draw a straight line down to their ankles.

Intrigued by the idea, the Today Show dedicated a whole segment this morning to the story.

To combat the condition, Gold’s Gym has dubbed this month as “Cankle Awareness Month” and is offering special classes to whittle down your ankles.

If that isn’t enough, there are plastic surgeons out there that will do liposuction on your ankles to give them a more tapered effect.

Is there nothing better to worry about than whether we need lipo on our ankles?!

What do you think ladies?  Is this over the top or a serious malady that requires month-long awareness?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Hey everyone, I hope that you have been enjoying your summer.  My apologies for the lack of posts this summer, but I have been spending time with my two little guys.

My head is moving back into fall fashion however, due to a big fall photo shoot that I am working on.  While I was out doing some pre-shopping, I noticed a collection of animal print t-shirts like this gorilla shirt by Christopher Kane, at Linda Dresner.  At over $300, I wondered who this shirt may appeal to and what inspired the designer.

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It turns out that the designer was influenced, among other things,  by Planet of the Apes and the gorillas held dear to famed scientist Dian Fossey.  Now, the primate shirts are emerging as a bit of a late summer/pre-fall trend.  Stars like Rihanna and Kristen Stewart  have been seen about town or in magazine’s wearing the gorilla dress version.

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So what do you think?  Emerging trend or more for a bumbling baboon?

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Fashion Sensei Says…

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Curtain Couture?

 

On the BBC’s Friday Night With Jonathan Ross last week, famed designer Vivienne Westwood awkwardly flounced onto the set of the interview attempting to make a grand entrance by tossing out the train of her make shift dress, which consisted of nearly 23 feet of Duchess Silk.  She then went on to advise fashionistas to turn in their cheap chic and instead either use materials you have at home, like curtains or towels, in a DIY fashion.  “But if you do buy fashion, choose well” the designer said.  Read: Don’t spend any money so that you can save up enough money to buy her uber expensive merchandise. 

Better to have one beautiful thing then look like everyone else, Ms. Westwood advised.  Further, she believes that it isn’t necessary to wash your one and only good outfit– “Wear it until it drops off your body”, she says; “It may get better with age—hopefully” .  

More like everyone will smell you coming. 

I slum it with the rest of the Target and TJ Max crowd.

 

Speaking of Couture…

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Photo Credit: Style.com; Monica Feudi / Gorunway.com

The couture shows took place last week in Paris and at the Dior show, they seemingly took their inspiration from a period of the 80’s when women wore their underwear as outerwear.  Remember Prince ingénue Apollonia 6?

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The updated couture is a bit like a mullet; conservative on the top and party on the bottom.  No word yet how many socialites have these looks on order for their luncheons at the club.

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Photo Credit: Style.com; Monica Feudi / Gorunway.com

 

Must Read…

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Photo Credit: Givenchy via NY Times

In a hilarious article in the NY Times, “Where Have All the Eyebrows Gone?”   Author William Van Meter explores the newest form of fashion expression: no eyebrows. 

Now I remember the late 80’s when folks who wanted to be hip hop cool would shave stripes into their eyebrows—and then pray that said eyebrows would grow back properly when they came to their fashionable senses.  But this is something else.

The hairless look has been popping up on fall fashion runways and photo campaigns.  Fashion house Givenchy bleached model Adriana Lima’s eyebrows white (boy would I be bummed if I were her). 

But here’s the kicker—the look is being associated with the economy: “Could no eyebrows be a reflection of economic downturn? Can one be too poor to have them? Having no eyebrows is certainly a way to express oneself without buying a product.” Mr. Van Meter muses.   “Sarah Brown, the beauty director of Vogue, took a similar stance: “People are saying, ‘How can I shake things up? I might not be buying a new bag every three months, but what can I do to feel fresh and current and in style?’ ”

Sorry, sounds stupid to me.  I may not be able to go buy some new stuff, but I’m certainly not going to go bleaching or shaving off my eyebrows.  I can just imagine the looks that I would get come fall at kindergarten drop off.  “Don’t mind me…”

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Opinion Survey: What Are Your Summer Essentials?

Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I took a little time off to enjoy with the family.  During the past week we enjoyed a series of  first experiences together: my son lost his first baby tooth, the family saw their first fireworks display (the kids went crazy they had so much fun!) and we all went to a big amusement park (Cedar Point) together.   It was really wonderful, but now it’s time to get back to work.

 

What’s Your Opinion?

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So here’s my question to you for the day: What are your summer essentials?  I conducted an interesting survey on the Fashion Sensei Fan Page asking readers what they liked to see on their men.  Now I would like to know what fashion, accessories or makeup items that you can’t live without in these summer months.  Leave a comment below.  I can’t wait to here from you!

Oh, and if you missed the Facebook survey, click here and become a fan!

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The Government Wants Your Gift cards

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In an effort to find more sources of revenue, the government is now looking to collect on unused gift cards.

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that more and more cash strapped state governments are considering legislation to collect on unused gift cards.  With an increase in job losses and bankrupt businesses—states are facing further reductions of tax revenues; sending them on the prowl for new sources of cash flow.

The government’s rational is that the gift cards are considered “abandoned property”.  And there is a lot of money to be collected.  According to the financial consulting firm TowerGroup, $6.8 billion goes unused each year from gift cards.

What do you think?  Should the government take your unused gift cards?

To read more about the story and to see if your state is considering legislation, go to WSJ.com.

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