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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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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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Fashion Lesson #29: Spring 2009 Pear Shape

Today’s fashion lesson highlights a few spring trends for the Pear Shape.

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This dress from J.Crew has a flattering silhouette for a woman with a tiny waist and fuller thighs.  Pairing it with a pop of color will brighten your spirits and add a little personality to a basic LBD. 

One word of caution though, stick with just one colorful accessory.  Otherwise, you may look a little too bright.

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Lucky for the pear shaped lady, just about everything was belted during the spring 2009 shows.  You will look fantastic belting everything from sweaters to jackets and blouses to dresses.  Take advantage of this trend with any number of the above suggestions.

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A staple for every spring collection, the nautical theme has lasting appeal.  A boat neck sweater broadens a pear’s narrow shoulders while a pair of wide leg trousers falling from the curve of your thigh gives you a lean look in these dark washed jeans.

The A-line skirt above flatters your small waist and when paired with a pair of flesh toned shoes, your legs will appear exceptionally long.

 

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Barbie Does NY Fashion Week…

In celebration of Barbie’s 50th birthday, the doll who has everything, will have a fashion show in her honor on Valentine’s Day. 

In tribute to each of Barbie’s years 50 years, 50 of fashion’s biggest names will be designing Barbie inspired confections for life size models while stomp’n it out in Christian Louboutin shoes.TopModelBarbie_001 

The color? Pink of course.

Barbie Trivia: 

Full Name:    Barbara Millicent Roberts 

Birthdate:     March 9, 1959

Hometown:  Willows, Wisconsin

Designers Participating

Alexander Wang                           
Anna Sui
Baby Phat
Badgley Mischka
Betsey Johnson
Bob Mackie
Brian Reyes
Calvin Klein
Carmen Marc Valvo
Catherine Malandrino
Chris Benz
Costello Tagliapietra
Derek Lam
Diane von Furstenberg
Donna Karan
Erin Fetherston
House of Field
Jeremy Scott
Juicy Couture
Kai Kuhne
Kenneth Cole
Koi Suwannagate
Lyn Devon
Marchesa
Michael Kors
Monique Lhuillier
Naeem Khan
Nanette Lepore
Nicole Miller
Norma Kamali
Peter Som
Rachel Roy
Rag & Bone
Rebecca Taylor
Reem Acra
Robert Best
Rosa Cha
The Blonds
Three As Four
Tibi
Tommy Hilfiger
Tory Burch
Tracy Reese
Trina Turk
Tuleh
Twinkle
Vena Cava
Vera Wang
Vivienne Tam
Yeohlee
Yigal Azrouel

 

Louboutin’s Fashioned For a Queen…

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In more Louboutin news, the shoe designer has teamed up with embroidery extraordinaire Jean-Francois Lesage of the House of Lesage to create Marie Antoinette inspired shoes.  With only 36 pair available for sale worldwide, these numbered Limited Edition pieces of art, are sure to be coveted by shoe and art collectors alike. [Fashion Week Daily]

 

Sex And The City Sequel One Step Closer…

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the sequel to last spring’s SATC movie is set to start filming this summer.  Although none of the four stars have formally signed a contract, all are said to be on board. 

It will be interesting to see if the girls will be touched by our real life economy.  I’m curious to see if any of the girls have joined the recessionista crowd or how Big’s investments are doing.

 

Mad Men Designer Working On Her Own Line…

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Fans of the acclaimed AMC show Mad Men will be thrilled to hear that costume designer Janie Bryant is developing her own clothing line.

Bryant who was nominated for a 2009 Costume Designers Guild Award (and should have won) inspired designers Michael Kors and Peter Som’s fall 2008 collections with her 60’s style pencil skirts and suits.

The collection is reported to be more contemporary and reflect the designer’s southern roots.  The line is currently being finalized and Bryant teased “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll have news in the next couple of months.”  I can’t wait. [Heard On The Runway]

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“Untouchable” Expenses

In a less is more economy, what are you willing to live without?

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In a recent online survey conducted by BIGresearch and Stores magazine, over 4,100 respondents said Internet service, cell phone service, basic cable television, scoring a good deal on clothes at discount retailers and getting their regular cut and color were “untouchable” in cutting their own personal expenses.

Conversely, the “It” bag was the first thing to go for a whopping 92% of respondents.   It also appears that Americans were willing to cut loose Satellite radio, high-end boutiques, pricey cosmetics and their maids.

Aside from the basic necessities of life which in my mind include,  Internet, cell phone and cable services; in addition to my regular cut and color, I would have a hard time giving up my subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Vogue and InStyle magazines- although they are all on borrowed time.

Of the personal services that I still maintain (many of which where traded in upon motherhood) I would have a very hard time leaving my hairdresser/friend of 10 years, Minda.  I think I would weep like a baby in the chair of a discount chain hairdresser.

On the other hand, I am willing to trade in my trips to Caribou Coffee for a pot of home brew; downgrade my makeup, styling products and nail polishes (as painful as it is) to drugstore brands and borrow more books at the library instead of purchasing them.

How about you?  What are you willing to send to the chopping block and what would you consider “untouchable”?

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