Posts for September 25th 2006
The Diane von Furstenberg Utility Wrap Dress, available for $345 here, is a timeless classic, with its flattering torso and flowing jersey fabric. But really, isn't 350 bucks a little steep for a casual daytime dress? If you love the look but aren't crazy about the price, I've found a great dress that gives you the same look for $275 less. To see what it is, read more
I've already waxed poetic about the magical, sweet-smelling hair styling paste that is Dirt by Jonathan Product. As Jonathan (from the reality show Blowout) explains on the label: “There’s something amazing about the way hair looks and behaves the day after — washing, that is." Seeing as how I'm obsessed with Dirt, I couldn't help but notice a suspiciously similar product while browsing the aisles the other day at Walgreens. Called FX Special Effects Texture Dirt Texturizing Paste, this styling paste proclaims: "Texture Dirt has been created to easily give you the amazing way your hair looks and behaves the day after washing."
Sound familiar? Since the FX brand has obviously been paying attention to Dirt's copy-writing, I bought a jar to see if it had replicated the styling effect, too. Plus, the Texture Dirt, available here costs just $5.99, versus $26 for the Jonathan product. However, after trying the FX brand, I think I'm going to stay loyal to Jonathan. The drugstore stuff wasn't terrible for a budget buy, but it had a more glue-like texture that made it hard to disperse though my hair. Although it gave my hair similar piece-y results, it didn't leave my locks looking or feeling nearly as smooth and silky as the Dirt by Jonathan does. I guess you get what you pay for.
There are so many cute iPod cases out there, I could probably write about a different one everyday. But how many can you find that resemble a classic retro sneaker? Available for the 30-gig and 60-gig video iPods, this Speck Products Canvas Sport iPod Case is designed to look just like a Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, complete with the striped rubber trim. Not only does the case come in three cute colors (including pink, black, and white) but it also has all of the essential features I look for in an iPod case, including a screen shield, a belt clip, and plenty of rugged protection in case you drop it. You can buy one for $34.95 here.
Saks Fifth Avenue is hosting a special beauty event, called In The Mood; a promotion that takes place both in stores and online. The online promotion begins today and the in-store promotion begins on September 28 and runs through October 9th. During this period, every time you make a cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $100 or more, you get a free red-and-black patent leather tote with a special cell phone pocket on the inside. (If you're buying online, just be sure to use the code INTHEMOOD when you check out.) What's cooler, though, is the grab bag of goodies inside the tote, including some of our favorite products! Here's a peek at the free samples.
- A Fresh Sake Bath Packet
- GoSMILE Touch Ups Mint-liscious Refresher
- Lancome Secret De Vie
- Revive Arrete Booster C
- Estee Lauder More Than Mascara in Black
- Narciso Rodriguez Eau De Toilette
- Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
- Bond No. 9 Chelsea Flowers
- Frederic Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist
Whether it's a hobo or a tote adorned with brass hardware or silver bling, a gray leather handbag is an incredibly hot accessory for fall. Much like teal handbags, gray bags are extremely versatile and can be worn with outfits that are predominantly black or brown or even multicolored. Here are some of my favorite gray handbag finds, at both designer and non-designer prices.
Goldenbleu Jordan in Light Grey, $656, available here.
Betsey Johnson Handbags Betsey's Royalty Bowler, $253.95, available here.
BCBGirls Bleeker Hobo Bag, $198, available here.
To see the rest, read more
Celebrities like Hilary Swank and Winona Ryder don't often get naked on screen, but they will get naked for Marc Jacobs. In order to raise awareness about skin cancer, a bunch of sexy stars—including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Selma Blair, Dita Von Teese, Rufus Wainwright, and Julianne Moore—took it all off for an ad campaign and a series of Marc Jacobs t-shirts, the proceeds from which will go to NYU's Melanoma Cooperative.
The t-shirts, along with the huge banners adorning Marc Jacobs store windows, show the celebs in the buff with just the important parts covered, alongside cheeky slogans like "Protect Your Largest Organ" and "Save Your Ass." The $20 tees will be available at Marc Jacobs stores for a limited time. For more photos of Winona, Selma, and the storefronts, read more
Ok, here's the deal: It's Monday, and you just found out you have to meet your boyfriend's parents—for the first time—at dinner on Friday. If ever there were a delicate fashion challenge, this is it. After all, you want something that is classic and ladylike—nothing flashy—but that also hints at your personal style.
I'll start things off with this aptly named Silk Lady Blouse, available for $178 here. It's not something I'd typically wear to a dinner, but it's a classic, and with the right funky accents, I could make the look my own. So let's all go Fab Finding to complete the outfit, and don't forget the accessories. Be sure to come back and tell us all what you found. To learn what a Fab Find is and how to make one, click here. To see some of my favorite online stores, read more
If you're going to ride the ankle-boot trend, why not go all out with some Louis Vuitton Mimosa Monogram Mini Ankle Boots? At once luxurious and severe, these pointy-toed shoes have the shape of a pump with the volume of a boot. A must-have for those who lust after LV logos, the boots are made from canvas but trimmed with beautiful patent leather and a gold buckle. What do you guys think? Love them or hate them? If you love them, you can buy them here for the (relatively) low price of $785.
Freeze 24/7 Ice Shield Facial Cleanser With Sunscreen is a revolutionary product: It's the first to combine a face wash with SPF 15 sun protection in one easy step. You actually wash the sunscreen on in the morning to screen your face from damaging UVA and UVB rays.
To use, simply wash your face as you normally would, then pat dry so you don't wipe the sunscreen off. It doesn't leave a greasy residue like a traditional sunscreen would; in fact, you won't even know that it's there. The cleanser also contains antioxidants such as white tea extract, as well as white willow extract, which is a natural salicylic acid to help clarify your skin. Buy a 4.2 oz bottle here for $48.