She's A Betty has a great group of budget plaid finds
Bon Bons in the Bath posts about a recent bath experience
Go Fug Yourself posts about Gwyneth's disastrous W Magazine cover.
AM New York on American Apparel's latest stunt (you can read my recent post about American Apparel's advertising here)
Enjoy, and have a great weekend everyone!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
She's A Betty has a great group of budget plaid finds
Friday, August 10, 2007
I've spoken before about the discount-enduced stupor I enter every time I visit Bluefly or browse a clearance rack. I often overlook how flattering the particular piece is on my body, instead focusing on the brand name and that low, low price tag. The inevitable result is buyer's regret, as I end up spending too much money on a piece that doesn't fit well or flatter my body. For this reason, I've banned myself from discount designer stores until I learn some damn self-control.
But that doesn't mean that I can't look, and I certainly couldn't hold back on sharing my favorite sale pieces with you guys. Bluefly is currently holding their semi-annual sale, with additional markdowns on already deeply discounted clothes and accessories. Strangely, I couldn't find any information on the website regarding how long the sale will last (I'm going to assume it's more than a few days for this reason) but with a limited number of each item and size, there's no guarantee everything will still be available in a week or two. Don't take that as an invitation to buy impulsively though... I wouldn't want my bad habits rubbing off!
Vera Wang navy mesh belted pin-tuck dress, available in sizes 4,6 and 8
Original price: $475
Sale price: $259
Lotta Stensson black sequined chiffon mod dress, available in size 8
Original price: $395
Sale price: $209
Vera Wang teal crepe pleated tulip dress, available in size 10
Original price: $380
Sale price: $209.99
Sweet Pea midnight jersey crochet v-neck blouson top, available in four colors, in sizes small and medium
Original price: $104
Sale price: $52
Vivianne Tam black silk picot trimmed shift, available in sizes 0, 4 and 8
Original price: $450
Sale price: $239
Y-yigal daffodil strapless mini bubble dress, available in size 6
Original price: $315
Sale price: $179
Abaete olive gabardine "Marnie" dress, available in multiple colors and sizes 0,2,4,6,8 and 10
Thursday, August 09, 2007
2. If your blog is topical (not just about your personal life and thoughts), make sure you're not limiting yourself to one specialized subject. If your goal is for the blog to last and gain an audience, you've got to think about what you can write about 5-7 times a week for tens or hundreds of weeks on end. Don't box yourself in.
Once you've begun your blog...
8. Write posts in advance. Not everyone does this, but you'll feel a lot less enslaved to your blog if you have a safety net of posts. I try to have 5-8 posts saved up at any given time. This allows me to plan out the order of future posts (so there aren't too many similar posts going up at the same time) and relieves me of the fear that if something big came up in my life (a last minute vacation, a death in the family, a huge paper), I could go a week without worrying about writing.
10. Don't take hate mail and insulting comments personally, and don't respond to them. There are plenty of people who gain pleasure from putting others down, and if you're putting yourself out there, sharing your perspective publicly, you make yourself a target for their attacks. Usually these attacks aren't based in fact, but it can hurt nonetheless. I always find it funny when someone invests the time in writing me hate mail, or posting multiple insulting comments, as it only shows that they're still reading the blog. If you hate it or me so much, why waste your time reading what I have to say? Reminding myself of this point is how I've grown a thicker skin to insults. Also, it may be tempting to lash back at haters, but giving them this attention will only egg them on. Ignore them and they'll go away.
Now, I'm by no means an expert on blogging, but I hope that these tips will prove useful for those of you interested in starting your own blogs in the near or distant future. For additional information, check out blogs about blogging (ProBlogger and Copyblogger) are two of my favorite resources). I'll be back to regular posting on fashion, beauty and pop culture topics tomorrow, thanks for hanging in with me these past two days!
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Every so often I get an e-mail from a reader asking me for advice on starting a blog, or requesting that I link to their newborn blog. And when I mention to people that I have my own blog, it's inevitable that someone in the group will say that they were considering starting their own. I completely understand where they're coming from, as I was in their position about a year ago, but I also feel like their perception of what it's like to write a blog is very different from the real thing. I thought I'd spend today's post sharing my story of how I started FGB and what I've learned during the last 10 months.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Walk into any Sephora and you'll find shelves stocked with neatly lined bottles of brightly colored water, vitamin supplements, powders and serums that are intended for drinking, not spreading on your skin. The hottest trend in skincare right now is nutra-cosmetics, ingestable products intended to improve skin from "the inside out." Americans spent $50 million on these products last year, while worldwide sales reached $1 billion.
Borba was the first, but now more established brands like Origins, Murad, Phyto, Kinerase, Dr. Brandt, N.V. Perricone and Tarte are jumping on the nutra-cosmetics bandwagon with supplements promising skin transformation. Coca Cola and Dannon are releasing beverages and yogurts that claim to improve skin, and it doesn't seem long before we'll be encouraged to take a skin supplement in addition to our daily multi-vitamin as a "necessity" for maintaining healthy skin.
But as of now, there's no scientific proof that any of these edible beauty products are beneficial to skin. Many of these companies tout claims that their products are proven to improve "clarity," "moisture levels," and "elasticity" and remove "toxins," generic terms that can't be scientifically proven. None of these brands have submitted their products for testing in peer-reviewed journals, and the FDA considers these products "dietary supplements," so they don't need FDA testing or approval before going on the market.
In this New York Times article on the subject, dematologists recommended eating a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean proteins and boring old water will provide skin with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
A healthy diet, how boring is that? Everyone always wants a quick fix and the lure of the "latest and greatest" is hard to turn down. But in beauty, as in so many other areas of life, often the most basic routine is the best, and you're better off sticking to sunscreen, moisturizer and a well-rounded diet to keep skin healthy and beautiful.
Monday, August 06, 2007
When the subject of Victoria Beckham, aka Posh, comes up in conversation, my friends are often shocked to hear how much I love her.
"She's everything you hate about female celebrities! She's plasticized every part of her body, walks around like she's god's gift to mankind and is a total ditz! She's the farthest thing on earth from a real woman." They tell me this, and then wait for my response.
"But that's exactly why I love her! She's such a caricature of femaleness that you can't even compare her to real women. She doesn't care about being a real woman, she's an unapologetic fembot."
We Americans are late in the game in appreciating the Beckhams in all their absurdity, but I now understand why they're a national obsession in Britain. American celebrities spend so much time pretending to act like they're normal people, whether they're pushing their baby carriages in Uggs and no makeup or telling Jay Leno that they have fat days like everyone else. Our magazines eat this up, spending pages proving that Tom and Katie really are "just like us!," except that, of course, they have a net worth of $250 million and two of the most recognizable faces on earth.
Posh and Becks don't play that game. They're superstars with zero connection to the average family, and they're proud of it. Posh never leaves the house without her Louboutins and a fierce pout, her body squeezed into impossibly tight designer clothes. They're often photographed walking with their children, but it's hard to imagine Posh feeding a baby or changing a diaper in a Versace minidress. She supposedly subsists on a diet of soy beans, strawberries and lettuce (despite having given birth to three children, she still has a 23 inch waist).
Her body is so far from real-looking, she resembles a video game character more than a normal woman. She'll flash a smile maybe once in a given week, and god forbid a camera should capture it. Her breasts might as well be cast iron from the lack of movement they show. Every bit of her, from her hair to her expression to her shoes, is severe and a little bit scary. And if her look is the opposite of the "everywoman," her husband is so unabashedly metrosexual that together, they look like aliens from another hotter, more fashionable planet.
I'm glad Posh & Becks have chosen to grace our shores; Hollywood could use a dose of English absurdity and my hope is that Posh will singlehandedly reintroduce the concept of dressing up to the city of Los Angeles. Will the Beckhams become Scientologists? Will Posh attempt an acting career? Will Americans start caring about soccer? I know I'll be anxiously following the tabloids to find out.