The epic Hollister in NYCHollister and Abercrombie & Fitch locations in New York City have both been dealing with bedbug infestations this past week, and while I'm truly sorry for those who have been bitten by the pests, I can't say I'm bummed out about the store closures.
I grew up in New England, where khaki pants, polo shirts, and cableknit sweaters tied around your neck are the norm. While surely I had a few pieces from J.Crew in my wardrobe, and even used an L.L. Bean backpack, there was one store that made me cringe: Abercrombie & Fitch. From their shirtless male models greeting you at the door, to their overpriced chinos and grandpa sweaters, the whole preppy environment just turned me off. I had already moved to New York City when Hollister (another retailer owned by Abercrombie) opened in our local mall, but it seemed like an Abercrombie clone with 75% less lights in the store.
But these stores are both extremely popular in New York City, too. Locals and tourists alike line up outside both of
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jul 6, 2010 10:16 PM EDT
The epic Hollister in NYCHollister and Abercrombie & Fitch locations in New York City have both been dealing with bedbug infestations this past week, and while I'm truly sorry for those who have been bitten by the pests, I can't say I'm bummed out about the store closures.Read More »from Bye, preppy clothing: Hollister and Abercrombie infested with bed bugs
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Jul 2, 2010 2:57 AM EDT
A recent British poll conducted by online fashion store very.co.uk surveyed thousands of women on the worst fashions for guys. As reported by The Daily Express, those polled declared Hawaiian shirts the worst men's item of all time, followed by high-waistband pants (like the ones Simon Cowell tends to favor). Socks with sandals also made the list, as did white socks with nice shoes. They also said they hated when guys tried to dress too trendy or too young for their age. Over 40% of the ladies questioned also admitted that they do 100% of the shopping for the men in their lives to avoid embarrassing fashion moments. Better safe than sorry!
While we feel these results do resonate stateside, we decided to make our own poll to find out what Shine readers felt was the worst fashion crime made by men. Browse through our slideshow of what we consider some of the biggest offenders. Please vote on what you feel is the absolute worst choice. We couldn't possibly include them all, so pleaseRead More »from Menâ€™s worst fashion crimes: seeking submissions!
Some of my favorite Swatches ranging from 1985 to 2010. As an '80s baby, I grew up with Swatch watches. They were such an important part of the fashion culture. Over the years I've collected nearly 20--some of my favorites are pictured on the right. I remember exactly when I got each one of them, and have specific memories of wearing them. The one in the middle with the purple face broke when I mistakenly wore it in a swimming pool, and I saved up to buy the 3rd one from the left before my first trip to sleep-away camp. I had colorful swatch guards (more for decoration than to actually protect the face), and sometimes I would even wear two at once! I think Swatch watches have maintained their popularity to this day because they're cute, they're durable, they're affordable, and above all else, they put a smile on your face.Read More »from A tribute to the Swatch watch
Earlier this week I read that Nicholas Hayek, the founder and chairman of the Swatch Group Ltd, died of heart failure at 82. He was known as "a genuine business celebrity" and was credited with saving the Swiss watch
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Jun 30, 2010 9:56 PM EDT
Madonna and daughter Lourdes / Wire ImageBritney Spears has designed a new collection in Kohl's stores today, and Madonna is launching a new line for Macy's on August 3. But having seen the clothes, we're not sure who they're for! The days of shopping exclusively in the juniors department versus women's contemporary are over. While surely each line has its own agenda and target demographic, we've seen increasing crossover among garments and even the designers themselves.Read More »from When teens and adults dress the same, who are Britney and Madonna designing for?
Designers like Zac Posen and Anna Sui can be found at Target, and Sonia Rykiel at H&M to hawk their more affordable wares to a younger market, but adults are buying up the collections. Stores like Forever 21 were once frequented by teens and considered taboo for adults, they now cater to a more mature audience looking for deals on trendy items. Young celebs like Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning are gracing magazine covers in sophisticated clothing.
Let's talk specifics: leggings, floral sundresses, jelly shoes, neon tops, plastic bangles,
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jun 29, 2010 9:19 PM EDT
Getty ImagesLast Friday a gargantuan new Forever 21 store opened in New York City's Times Square. They took over the famous Virgin Megastore spot which over is 90,000 square feet, four floors, and now has 121 dressing rooms. I feel dizzy just thinking about it, which is why I haven't attempted to enter the store yet, despite admiring it from afar and dreaming about the endless racks of affordable trendy items that may or may not fall apart after several washes.Read More »from New Forever 21 store attracts seven times more daily visitors than Statue of Liberty
Another New York City attraction I've yet to visit? The Statue of Liberty. I've gone past it on several ferry boat rides, and once looked down upon it from atop the World Trade Center, but I've never actually gone inside. As someone who has lived in New York for over a decade, I assure you it is high on my to-do list, but the thought of sweating it out amongst hoards of camera-crazed tourists deters me every time I contemplate a visit.
You may be wondering why I've made such a comparison. Well, you see, the Statue of Liberty had 14,000
Getty ImagesA quick glance into your closet and you'll find high heels, flats, sandals, shoes for the beach, shoes for special occasions, shoes you've outgrown, shoes you've never worn, and shoes you've worn so much they should be thrown away but you can't bear to part with them. We once reported that more women remember their first pair than their first kiss, but we had no idea how much money ladies actually spent on footwear over a lifetime. A new survey of 3,000 women conducted by British insurance company GoCompare.com found that the average woman spends nearly $25,000 on shoes. Nonsense, you say? Here's the breakdown via Daily Express who reported the results.Read More »from Women spend nearly $25,000 on shoes
The average woman has about 19 pairs of shoes in her closet. Girls buy their first pair without their mothers at 14 years old, then seven pairs a year for the rest of their lives, which comes out to be 469 pairs. Ladies spend an average of $53 per pair (around $370 annually) and about $ 24,741 over a 67 year period.
The 19 current
Splash News via PeopleWhen it comes to fashion beauty items and trends, I've seen (and most likely written about) it all. I think some are fun, but some trends totally drive me crazy. Obviously my preferences on beauty trends all come down to my personal style and individual taste, but there are some items that the majority of us find cringeworthy (think about the permed hair of the '80s, or the still-pravalent orangey fake tans). Some of the trends I hate may stem from a bad experience (overly-plucked eyebrows) and some of my opinions are totally irrational. Like my distaste for hair extensions.Read More »from Which beauty trend do you wish would go away?
Surely hair extensions can be a fun way for people with short hair to try on a longer style for the night, a few weeks, or years (hey there, Britney Spears). But I actually get grossed out by the stringiness of super-long, Paris Hilton-esque hair extensions. "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen also rocks the mile-long, obviously fake extensions, and I just hate it. So when I came across a photo on People.com of the
Flynet via ModelinaThis week British actor Orlando Bloom and Australian Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr announced their engagement. (Um, if they have kids, they might be the most adorable babies ever.) Miranda looked adorable as she went to scout potential churches for the wedding ceremony with her mom and her Yorkie, Frankie, who never leaves her side. But we were so distracted by the giant rock on her finger that we turned into zombies.Read More »from Would you wear a $450,000 engagement ring?
Unfortunately we can't find a closer image of the ring, but it's a 5-carat diamond estimated to be worth around $450,000.
While we understand that these two lovely specimens can afford to spend nearly half a million dollars on a piece of jewelry, isn't it a bit dangerous to wear something that costs that much without, like, a bodyguard and homing device attached to it? Poor Megan Fox lost her new engagement ring on the beach in Hawaii as soon as she got it. Miranda, you better glue that thing to your finger!
Would you ever want a super-pricey engagement ring? And
Suck UKOne thing we often forget when we see all the stunning celebs on the red carpet is that many of them are quite petite. Today we stumbled upon this fun "Who Tall Are You" mirror from Suck UK which cleverly shows you if you're tiny like Dolly Parton, Missy Elliott, and Kylie Minogue (they're all 5'1") or tall like Charlize Theron, Sigourney Weaver, and Taylor Swift (they're all 5'11").
After doing a little research, we realized that many the most popular and beautiful stars these days are under 5'4", which is the average height for American women over 20 years old. So while many of us may not be as stunning or as thin as these famous ladies, we do have the height advantage!
Check out the list of celebs who all stand comfortably below the average height:
- Kristin Chenoweth - 4'11"
- Lil Kim - 4'11"
- Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen - 5'0"
- Christina Ricci - 5'0"
- Kristen Bell - 5'0"
- Nicole Richie - 5'0"
- Paula Abdul - 5'0"
- Carmen Electra - 5'0"
- America Ferrera
Ta-ta-toosTemporary tattoos are back this summer, and thanks to the fancy ones spotted on Chanel's spring runway, they're not just for kids anymore. But I was immediately fascinated/disturbed by the email I got this morning about Ta-ta-toos, fake ink designed for your cleavage area.
"Getting something off your chest never felt so good," says founder Jodi Greenberg. "Ta-ta-toos allow you to express traditional statements in a unique way. They're for when you want to do more than wear your heart on your sleeve."
Retailing for $12.95, your Ta-ta-toos can last for one week, so be sure to choose your design wisely! Here are just some of the messages you can deliver via your breasts with Ta-ta-toos:
- Happy Birthday
- 100% Natural
- Just Married
- Let's Celebrate
- Paid For
- Missed You
- Special Delivery
(and my personal favorite...)
- Guess What? I'm Pregnant
As the press release says, "With collections covering a multitude of Read More »from Things we don't get: Ta-ta-toos