Last week the Gap unveiled their new logo--a generic looking thing with an oddly placed small blue square that was supposed to pay tribute to the iconic logo they've had for the past 20 years. When we wrote about the new design, most people were pretty quick to trash it, wishing Gap would return to the old logo. Reps for the retail chain took to their Facebook page and said they were looking for a change and that as part of a crowd sourcing project they were open to new logo ideas as well. It turns out the whole thing was a big waste of time.
The new Gap logo was admittedly awful. New does not always equal good. Shoppers have no positive associations with the new logo, whereas the old one makes us feel secure somehow. We know what we can find at the old Gap. This new design isn't fun or interesting in any way either, so we have no allegiance to it or reason to want to shop there. The brand thanked everyone for their input on the new design and now we know why--everyone hated it, and
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Oct 12, 2010 10:55 PM EDT
Last week the Gap unveiled their new logo--a generic looking thing with an oddly placed small blue square that was supposed to pay tribute to the iconic logo they've had for the past 20 years. When we wrote about the new design, most people were pretty quick to trash it, wishing Gap would return to the old logo. Reps for the retail chain took to their Facebook page and said they were looking for a change and that as part of a crowd sourcing project they were open to new logo ideas as well. It turns out the whole thing was a big waste of time.Read More »from Gap admits their new logo sucks, will return to old one
ThinkstockThis month rather than testing out or reporting on beauty products our Shine Beauty Gurus are sharing the best beauty advice they have ever received. Some are presenting words of wisdom imparted by their mother or other relative, while others are passing on important tips they've discovered over the years from magazines and other beauty sources. So lend an ear (or your eyes) and let their words sink in. They may just make you look, and better yet, feel more beautiful.Read More »from Expert beauty advice from the Shine Beauty Gurus
Carol B says "the best beauty advice I ever received was realizing the importance of facial cleansing. From the teen years when breakouts are inevitable to mature skin which brings on different challenges, proper cleansing is vital for a healthy complexion." She learned by watching her mother's daily regimen, and fondly remembers the wonders of Noxzema.
Sarah Y's best advice is to wash your face before you go to bed. "Makeup, pollutants, and dirt can clog your pores and ruin your skin," she says. "My twist on
The Gap may have been your go-to shopping place over the years for decently priced khakis, jeans, and, well, we're not sure what else because to be honest we haven't shopped there in a while. In fact, sales have been on a downward spiral, which is perhaps why the chain has ditched their iconic logo for a new one. New logo, new clothes. Better clothes. Really?Read More »from Gap unveils new logo and we don't like it!
We don't buy into that stuff, and we don't embrace this kind of change well. We liked the old clothes (at one point a trip to the Gap was something to really look forward to) and we liked the old logo. That logo is maybe the only thing we still like about the Gap! And we've come to understand that it would be around forever. Sure, Pepsi changed their logo about two years ago, and we've grown to embrace it. But imagine if Coca-Cola switched up their signature red can. They know not to mess with it anymore, because when we see that red can we get thirsty for Coke. And when we see that trusty old blue Gap logo, well, we know that's
It's time for a sleepwear intervention. Yes, sweatpants and old t-shirts are comfy, but sometimes it's nice to put a little effort into what you wear inside your home. After watching a recent episode of "Mad Men" it occurred to me that I don't own a single nightgown, or even a proper set of pajamas. I kind of throw on whatever mismatched items are around. Looking back, my mother also preferred random thermals, flannels, and oversized t-shirts, but not my grandma. As a little girl I loved sleeping over at my grandparents house mostly because my grandma humored me by letting me wear one of her pastel nightgowns to sleep. I felt like a little lady. Surely times have changed since grandma's nightgowns were in style, but I'm sick of looking like a schlub around the house. (And don't get me started on the pajamas in public look.) I'm going to bring back the nightgown, and I think you should help the cause. Not convinced? Peruse this slideshow and you may change your mind.Read More »from Itâ€™s time to bring back the nightgown!
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 9:42 PM EDT
Mariah Carey has been known to airbrush her body, and she even tried to pawn off an 11-year-old photo as a new one. But over in Saudi Arabia they're less concerned with wrinkled and cellulite, and more preoccupied with Mimi's bare arms, legs, chest, and belly. And so they airbrushed on some less revealing outfits, and bizarrely a fluffy cat, to make her album photos less provocative.
While some may protest Mariah's skimpy outfits, we have to say, we love living in a country where there is freedom to wear as much or as little clothing as you like (to a degree). Take a look at some of their oddly executed airbrushing and see the whole batch here.Read More »from Mariah Carey censored in Saudi Arabia: receives airbrushed clothing and cat
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 7:35 PM EDT
Getty Images47-year-old Lisa Rinna may have become famous for her trout pout, but she's sick of it. "My lips started to define who I am," Rinna tells People. "That bothered me." When she finally confessed to her 1986 silicone injections last year, admitting she "looks like a freak," she was not greeted well by the public. "I took a big hit for being honest," says Rinna. "It gave everyone online permission to lambaste me. It hurt my feelings."Read More »from Lisa Rinna gets surgery to make it look like sheâ€™s had less surgery
So once Rinna realized she could have more surgery to undo the bad surgery, she was all for it. And despite feeling bad about the criticism, Rinna says she had her upper lip reduced on August 26 for herself, insisting "it doesn't matter what other people think." Whatever the reason, we're glad Rinna recognized that her swollen fish lips were a mistake. Though it's unfortunate that she had to undergo yet another surgery to have the silicone removed, here's to hoping she looks normal again soon and stays that way. Now if only a few other Hollywood stars would
This October it seems like every brand is releasing their popular products in pink and donating some portion of the proceeds to breast cancer charities. This can be a wonderful thing, but sometimes it's unclear exactly how much of your money will benefit the cause. Before you stock your kitchen with pink appliances that will only donate a minuscule 5% of your purchase, check out this list of products you'll love that will really make a difference. Every item featured here promises to donate anywhere from 50% to 100% of sales to an important cause. Now that's money you can feel good about spending.
Also remember that you can always make a donation without buying merchandise. Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer in the United States, and many of us know someone who has, is, or will be affected. Click on the links below to help.
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Sep 30, 2010 7:37 PM EDT
Photo via Daily MailMajor fashion magazines tend to cater to a very specific demographic: white, thin, rich women. In recent years they have been making strides to diversify by featuring models of different colors and ethnic backgrounds and even by lowering their price point to include more affordable items during the recession. Which is a wonderful thing. But plus-size models wearing more realistic sizes remain few and far between. While reaching a fair balance in popular fashion mags may not happen just yet, a new UK publication called Just as Beautiful is looking to cover this ground.Read More »from New UK womenâ€™s magazine bans skinny models and diet tips
Just as Beautiful is the first fashion magazine dedicated to curvy women and will feature models who range from size 14 and 20. Other publication rules: no airbrushing, no diet tips, and no thin models in the advertisements.
The magazine's editor, Sue Thomason, is a size 18 and worked as a body image life coach for five years. "If you're a woman over Size 14, you're likely to be stuck for something to read that doesn't
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Sep 29, 2010 9:43 PM EDT
The Princess Jasmine dress by Alfred Angelo for Disney.If you're looking for a fairy tale ending, you'll need a proposal from your very own Prince Charming and a dress fit for a princess. But how would you feel dressing like a Disney princess? Wedding outfitter Alfred Angelo has teamed up Disney on a collection of gowns inspired by those worn by princesses Ariel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White and Tiana.
No, we're not joking. You can actually dress like the Little Mermaid on your wedding day. Granted there is no aqua mermaid tail, but sea-inspired dress does have a mermaid-style cut, pearl beading, and sequin sparkles. Each of the other gowns takes on a similar liberal interpretation on the style of the princesses. The Sleeping Beauty gown is romantic with a willowy skirt. Belle's dress has a draped waistline and is inspired by the ballroom dance scene from the movie. The Cinderella-inspired dress is heavy on sparkle as a reference to her glass slipper. Snow White's dress is traditional and inspired byRead More »from Disney debuts movie princess-inspired wedding gowns
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Sep 29, 2010 6:57 PM EDT
With baseball season buckling down and football season well underway, it's time to put down the fruity summer cocktail and pick up beer! Right?! Well, truth be told, I've never been a beer drinker, but I am tempted to guzzle a bottle of Bud after perusing all the lazy fashion that's designed with it