Cathy Horyn interviews Nicolas Ghesquiere on her blog On The Runway.
Next, Fashionista shows and explains couture.
The New York Times also has a beautiful slideshow of the behind the scenes action as the couture houses prepare for their collections.
Finally, Blogdorf Goodman highlights the beauty trends from the Christian Dior show. It'll be interesting to see what trends emerge in the fall in response to these over the top looks.
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Cathy Horyn interviews Nicolas Ghesquiere on her blog On The Runway.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Brands - Longtime readers might notice that I'm not writing about beauty products as much as I used to, and it's because my current job involves working with a beauty brand. I'm not invested enough in the job and my relationship with this brand to not want to talk about any beauty products at all, but I've made a decision that it would be a conflict of interest to discuss any products by this brand. If I ended up getting a job with a beauty or fashion brand, I would have to make some tough decisions about whether there'd be a conflict of interest in reviewing and discussing that category at all. Luckily, I'm not at that point.
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Thursday, July 05, 2007
In the four summers I've spent living and working in New York City, I've only had one celebrity sighting. It was July of last year and I was shopping for lightbulbs at the East Village Kmart near my dorm when I saw Sandra Oh. She was taking the up escalator as I was going down, chatting with a friend, dressed as your average 30-something New Yorker. She has a unique face, so while there was no one else who made it obvious that they recognized her, I was certain it was her. Later on I did some research and found out she was living and performing in a play in the neighborhood, so it made sense she'd be there.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
According to the New York Times it's not unusual for a woman in Los Angeles to spend $2000-$4000 a month on beauty products and treatments. Not $4000 per year...per month.
If I was a little shocked and annoyed last week that my beloved NYT would call Diane von Furstenberg "affordable", I was disgusted to read about these women who believe that spending up to $1000 a week on beauty is necessary for a woman over 30 trying to stay desirable in our youth-obsessed culture.
After running the "What's Your Routine?" contest earlier this year, I was unsurprised to learn that many of my readers, like myself are self-confessed beauty junkies. We feel genuine affection for our "Holy Grail" moisturizers, associate eye shadows with different stages in our lives and can passionately debate the merits of different mascaras. Our families and friends joke that we're "high maintenance" when we freak out over forgetting our makeup bag at home and shoot us looks of pity when we brag about scoring a limited edition lipstick.
But while I can't speak for everyone, I can't believe that even the product junkies among us would scoff at the idea of spending hundreds, let alone thousands, of dollars a month on our beauty habits. I know that the argument of "do you know what this money could buy for someone who really needed it?" could be applied to any amount of spending on non-essential items (clothes, accessories, beauty products), but I think this is just beyond outrageous.
As a college student transitioning from having mom and dad pay the bills to supporting myself, I was especially struck by a quotation from a financial analyst who pointed out that, "If you took that $100 a month you are spending on manicures and pedicures and invested it starting at age 25 in stocks that went up 10 percent a year, you would have over $500,000 by the time you were 65.” It really puts things in perspective when you start thinking about how those monthly or bi-monthly treatments (manicures, pedicures, hair coloring, facials, etc) really add up.
Because last week's discussion on clothes spending was so successful, I thought I'd throw out another question for you guys. How much do you spend per month, on average, on beauty products and treatments? How much is too much?
Here's my take:
Regular readers of the blog know that my beauty philosophy is basically that I don't believe in spending a lot of money on skincare products, because the stuff you can get from a drugstore is just as effective as the pricey stuff, and if you have any particular skin problems (acne, dryness, aging), a prescription from a dermatologist will do a lot more than any tube of Cream de la Mer. Same goes for haircare, since the ingredients in Pantene are essentially the same as those in Kerastase.
When it comes to makeup, I think spending more can be worth it because you're purchasing something because the color, texture and scent appeal to you, not because it will or won't get rid of your wrinkles any better than another brand.
As far as treatments go, that's another personal decision based on how much you have to spend (though there is a limit). It can be argued that going to a fancy salon will get you a better cut and color than a Supercuts, but I'm not convinced that a $80 haircut will look worse than a $400 one. Shop around to find a great stylist at a price you can afford, as there are good and bad people at every salon. I think the same goes for manicures and pedicures, and I think there's no reason to ever pay more than $50 for a mani/pedi.
According to every doctor I've ever spoken to and every article on the subject, spa treatments like facials won't actually do anything to improve your skin. Their purpose is to relax you and make you feel better, and while you might see short-term results, they won't change your skin for the long-term.
So what do I spend in an average month on beauty?
About $100 on skin, hair and body products. $30 for a pedicure (I don't get manicures). $20 on makeup (usually replacing a staple in my collection). $75 on a haircut (I don't color). I don't wear fragrance (I have allergies and sensitive skin) and I probably go for a spa treatment once or twice a year, so I'll add $15 a month for that. Shaving is expensive, so add $12 for razors. And because I use prescription skin products, my copay comes to about $30.
Grand total: $282.
Honestly, reading that number freaked me out a bit, as I thought I was being pretty frugal about everything and it's higher than I expected ($3,384 per year!). When I graduate in a year and try to live on a meager advertising salary in pricey New York City, I'll probably have to cut back. Or start a "Support Meg's Beauty Habit" fund through the blog. Scary thought.
So, what about you?
Monday, July 02, 2007
Fashion magazines are always glorifying outfits that successfully combine high and low pieces. Pairing designer with discount supposedly ensures that you're spending money on pieces that will last a long time, without wasting money on trends that go in and out of style with the season. I find myself nodding in total agreement as I read article after article praising this fashion philosophy. It makes perfect sense, both from a financial and stylistic standpoint. Problem is, every time I try it, I fail miserably.