Getty ImagesThis week Paris Hilton launched her 10th (seriously?!) fragrance, Tease, dressed up like Marilyn Monroe. She wore a white Herve Leger dress, fur stole, red lipstick, loads of Chopard diamonds and a platinum blond wig. Personality-wise, Paris really has the flirty, ditzy blond thing down, but despite previous efforts she is no Marilyn Monroe. And neither is Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera, Anna Nicole Smith, or any other of the hundreds of ladies who have attempted to pay homage over the years.
Paris Hilton once said, "There's nobody in the world like me. I think every decade has an iconic blonde-like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana-and right now, I'm that icon." Gosh, we certainly hope not. And of course, Marilyn Monroe is iconic, but how about we let her be remembered as she was, not hawking cheap perfume on a pink carpet with Hello Kitty in the background. [Styleite]
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Aug 12, 2010 12:39 AM EDT
Getty ImagesThis week Paris Hilton launched her 10th (seriously?!) fragrance, Tease, dressed up like Marilyn Monroe. She wore a white Herve Leger dress, fur stole, red lipstick, loads of Chopard diamonds and a platinum blond wig. Personality-wise, Paris really has the flirty, ditzy blond thing down, but despite previous efforts she is no Marilyn Monroe. And neither is Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera, Anna Nicole Smith, or any other of the hundreds of ladies who have attempted to pay homage over the years.Read More »from Paris Hilton is latest star to take on Marilyn Monroe
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Aug 11, 2010 11:20 PM EDT
Olivia O'Neil holds up a photo of her short reign as a blond Miss Teen Wanganui (center). Photo courtesy of New Zealand HeraldFifteen-year-old Olivia O'Neil recently won the title of Miss Teen Wanganui, but her reign was short-lived. According to The New Zealand Herald, Facebook photos surfaced of her newly dyed brown hair (she was blond when she was crowned), and pageant organizer Barbara Osborne was incensed. "Is that a wig?" Osborne wrote. "I hope it is, don't give me heart failure."Read More »from Teen pageant winner decrowned after dyeing hair brown
• Photos: See Olivia with her blond hair and crown
Olivia admitted that she had in fact dyed her blond hair dark, and said that if she wasn't allowed to dye her hair, then maybe pageant life wasn't for her. "Well you better decide, miss. Hand over your crown with an attitude like that. I'm sure someone will step into your place with manners," said Osborne, adding that O'Neil "would not go far in this world."
• Flashback: Miss USA contestants create controversy
Olivia O'Neil pre-dye. Photo courtesy of Miss WanganuiOlivia gave up her crown and went straight to the Herald. "I don't think you can tell a 15-year-old that they aren't going to go very far in life," she said. "It's
Ed HardyAccording to our Shine poll, Ed Hardy clothing is the most loathed trend for guys, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere just yet. There's Ed Hardy iPad cases, sandals, pajamas, candles, inflatable pool rafts, and yes, even hand sanitizer.Read More »from Things we donâ€™t get: Ed Hardy hand sanitizer
Attention Ed Hardy fans (I know you're out there): Buy three 8 oz. bottles of "world renowned" Ed Hardy hand sanitizer for $23.97. Then douse your entire body in the stuff. Meanwhile we'll keep our fingers crossed that you'll disinfect the douchiness and we can associate with you again. [Ed Hardy Shop]
Whether you're getting your first tattoo or your 20th, getting inked up is a serious commitment. You will have this artwork on your body forever, so you'll want to be as satisfied as humanly possible with the result. Before you go rushing into the tattoo parlor, please take a moment to contemplate these major tattoo mistakes. They're painful in more ways than one.
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Aug 6, 2010 9:30 PM EDT
Vogue ItaliaA new 24-page fashion spread in the September issue of Italian Vogue features model Kristen McMenamy wearing oil-soaked black feathered outfits, withering away on a beach. Famed photographer Steven Meisel shot the controversial Gulf disaster-inspired images of McMenamy caught in nets, spitting up oil, and flopping like a dying seal on rocks. But while the images are powerful and striking, we're left wondering whether they were done in good taste.Read More »from Italian Vogue's oil-spill themed photo shoot: thought-provoking or tasteless?
Vogue ItaliaWithout question the photographs are beautifully constructed, and overwhelmingly dark. They bring about a sense of urgency that makes you want to educate yourself, donate money, or help in clean up efforts. But we do question the intentions of Italian Vogue, and whether or not they wanted to make a poignant statement or merely hoped to get attention by being provocative. We reached out to Italian Vogue for comment, but have not heard back as of press time.
Thus far there is one piece of evidence that leads us to believe this project had a
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Aug 5, 2010 9:04 PM EDT
Getty ImagesIn an age when everyone from Nicole Kidman to Megan Fox to Nicolas Cage has an eerily unnatural and wrinkle-free face, we always love it when celebs age gracefully. A few months ago, Drew Barrymore claimed she's rather look like a basset hound than get Botox (hilarious!), and "Eat, Pray, Love" star Julia Roberts couldn't agree more.Read More »from Julia Roberts: another awesome lady who wants to age gracefully
"I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded," the 42-year-old actress told Elle. "Your face tells a story and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office." She also said she wishes that women wouldn't succumb to unrealistic pressure to maintain their youth. "It's unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don't even give themselves a chance to see what they'll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I'll look like before I start cleaning the slates."
Bravo, Julia! I've always had a soft spot for Roberts- long before being dubbed 'America's
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Wed, Aug 4, 2010 9:30 PM EDT
Columbia Pictures; Mark Seliger for Harper's BazaarJennifer Aniston landed the coveted September cover of Harper's Bazaar, but rather than delve into her personal life, her interview focuses on another famous celeb: Barbra Streisand. Their looks have been compared before, but we never really took Jen for a "Funny Girl" until we laughed out loud at her striking resemblance to the singer. Aniston mimicks several of Streisand's iconic on-screen moments in her photo shoot for Bazaar, and explains why she's so smitten with Babs.Read More »from Jennifer Aniston loves Barbra Streisand, astoundingly looks just like her in Harperâ€™s Bazaar
On what she's learned from Barbra Streisand: "You don't have to stop at one thing. You can do it all if you want to."
Mark Seliger for Harper's BazaarOn being in the spotlight: "[Barbra and I] are people who have been put in the spotlight, for better or for worse, and you just keep riding, and you keep overcoming."
On looking up to Streisand: "Barbra inspires me because there isn't anything she hasn't done that she wanted to do, especially as a female in the time when her generation was prime. She's a true renaissance woman...I had a long
Ann TaylorIf we've learned anything in the past year or two, it's that anything can and will be airbrushed. Hands, faces, limbs, waists, and hips will be altered, bodies will be swapped, and bellybuttons will be moved. While we understand that a company selling a product may smooth out clothing wrinkles or belly bulges from time to time, we're constantly shocked by the exaggerated alterations that occur under the Photoshop wand.Read More »from Ann Taylorâ€™s retoucher strikes again
[Read more: Magazine editor defends photo retouching]
Back in May, Ann Taylor was called out for overly airbrushing their clothing, whittling down their models to nothing and assigning them Gumby-like curves. They took to their Twitter account to apologize, saying "we may have been overzealous on retouching but go (sic) forward we'll be sure to feature more real, beautiful images. We want to support and celebrate the natural beauty of women and we apologize if in the process of retouching that was lost." It was admirable of Ann Taylor to accept responsibility for their
Getty ImagesHave the smells around you ever influenced your dreams? I remember once having an extremely vivid dream that I was in a fire and I woke up to the smell of burnt toast coming from a neighboring apartment. Apparently our sense of smell is equally perceptive while we're sleeping. Science Daily reports that German researchers tested both negative and positive smells on sleepers (think rotten eggs and roses) and recorded the subjects' dreams once they woke up. Unpleasant smells yielded negative experiences within the dreams, while enjoyable odors led to pleasant dreams.Read More »from Pleasant scents yield sweet dreams
The article states that this is the first valid study that confirms the impact of olfactory function on dreams. So if you're looking for sweet dreams, forget that crumbly cookie under your pillow and consider spritzing your sleep area (or maybe even your neck) with a nicely scented linen spray or perfume! I'm going to try it out tonight. [Beauty Brains]
Huffington PostFeeling insecure about how you look wearing shorts during this hot summer day? No? Well maybe the Gap can make you feel bad about it. The retailer is featuring new ads in their store windows which read: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all look good in shorts."Read More »from Gap tells shoppers to put some pants on
Gap, we have some major issues with this ad. Number one: who asked you?! Sure, maybe some people look better in shorts than others, but as a store that sells shorts, why would you tell your shoppers that they look bad in them? Ever heard of "the customer is always right?" Secondly, you're hardly an authority on what looks good when you're promoting JEGGINGS on another corresponding window sign. Does everyone look good in those? And finally, don't try so hard to be edgy. This sign comes off as insulting, not cool.
If we could remake the ads to endorse their fall pants and jeans we'd change it to: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all be Lady Gaga." Now that's a slogan we think many people would stand behind.