Getty ImagesWith Father's Day around the corner, today's news story became even more appropriate in my eyes. Apparently Zoos often spray perfumes and colognes to attract and stimulate the animals, as each scent can invoke curiosity and elicit different reactions. The Wall Street Journal reports that back in 2003, Pat Thomas, the general curator for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in New York, tested out 24 scents on two cheetahs to see how they were effected by them. While the cheetahs sniffed at Estée Lauder's Beautiful for an average of two seconds, Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men occupied the cats for 11.1 minutes. Obsession is so intoxicating that it reduced a 450-pound Siberian tiger named Sasha to an adorable kitty-cat nuzzling a tree that had been misted with the cologne. Researchers are even using Obsession to lure elusive jaguars closer to their cameras.
So now we know what big cats like, but is Obsession for Men still a home-run for humans? The scent was introduced in
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jun 8, 2010 9:15 PM EDT
Getty ImagesWith Father's Day around the corner, today's news story became even more appropriate in my eyes. Apparently Zoos often spray perfumes and colognes to attract and stimulate the animals, as each scent can invoke curiosity and elicit different reactions. The Wall Street Journal reports that back in 2003, Pat Thomas, the general curator for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in New York, tested out 24 scents on two cheetahs to see how they were effected by them. While the cheetahs sniffed at Estée Lauder's Beautiful for an average of two seconds, Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men occupied the cats for 11.1 minutes. Obsession is so intoxicating that it reduced a 450-pound Siberian tiger named Sasha to an adorable kitty-cat nuzzling a tree that had been misted with the cologne. Researchers are even using Obsession to lure elusive jaguars closer to their cameras.Read More »from Whatâ€™s your favorite menâ€™s scent? Big cats are wild about Obsession
When it comes to bathing suits, everyone has the same agenda: you want to somehow look your best while wearing far less than you'd normally wear in public. Swimsuit shopping can be a scary thing, especially after a long, lazy winter. But as a fashion editor, my first thought is, where do I shop? In recent years, I have worn bathing suits from Forever 21, H&M, Target, Wal-Mart, Victoria's Secret, American Apparel, Lacoste, Burberry, TopShop, Missoni, Shoshanna, Pucci, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, and many more-I don't discriminate! But to be honest, I've realized that even though a Pucci print is admittedly stunning, that print fades in chlorine and sunlight, and you feel a whole lot worse throwing out a $200+ bikini than a $30 one. (Confession: I still have it in a drawer, because I don't want to part with it!) And some of those cheapies really hold up! I have an H&M bathing suit from five or six years ago that has barely faded and the elasticity is still perfect.
Since we found out that $100Read More »from 20 gorgeous swimsuits under $30
FitFlop Electra, $59.90, zappos.comAt last, the breezy days of summer are upon us. Instead of repeatedly checking the daily weather forecast to deliberate if we need a scarf or sweater for layering, we can enjoyably slip on some comfy shorts or an effortless sundress. For many of us, flip-flops become the go-to footwear to accompany such an ensemble, but as we've often been warned, these flimsy slip-ons do not always provide ideal foot support.Read More »from The right kind of flip-flops to wear this summer
USA Today reports that Justin Shroyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, studied over 100 flip-flop wearers to uncover patterns in their feet and leg movements. While presenting his findings at the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting in Baltimore this week, Shroyer explained some of the key problems with these shoes. Namely, he discovered that by trying to grip and hold flip-flops in place, people work the muscles in their shins much harder than when they're barefoot. He said that shortened strides while wearing
Perfect FormulaI'm admittedly a nail polish junkie. I've been hooked ever since I was about six when my mom first painted my nails hot pink on vacation one summer. From Tinkerbell's BOPO (brush-on, peel-off) and Hard Candy's pastels, to Essie's Ballet Slippers and Chanel's trendy Vamp and Jade, I've collected hundreds of bottles of nail polish over the years. When I enter a drugstore I make a beeline to the nail aisle to see if there's anything new for me to sample. Luckily, as a beauty editor, I have new polishes mailed to me so I can try out the latest and greatest. And boy have there been some polish evolutions this year.Read More »from New scented and color-changing nail polishes
Many brands are trying to come up with a new concept for recession-proof nail polish this year. You may have seen my story about the awesome innovations behind CND's Shellac polish, which lasts 14 days. Perfect Formula's new "In the Mood" collection boasts six color-changing shades. Remember the hyper-color shirts of our youths? Like those tees, these polishes are
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Bikini – Tue, Jun 1, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
From left: J. Crew solid twist-front bandeau top, $44, bikini with detachable ties, $40; Forever 21 monochromatic drawstring top, $9.80, bottom, $8.80; Malia Mills top $135, lowrider bottom $125; Victoria's Secret twist bandeau top, $22, double-string bottom, $14.50.At a glance, these bikinis all look fairly similar, but their price tags tell a different story. When shopping for bathing suits, we've become less stunned over the years at the escalating prices for skimpy pieces of colorful, stretchy lycra, but that doesn't mean we're willing to pay for them. What, for example makes the green bikini on the left cost over six times more than the pink one? we've never been able to figure it out. The New York Times did some investigating today, and they found some answers, but not all.
Apparently swimsuit "technology" is partially responsible for price discrepancy. The new line of Spanx swimsuits are claiming to contour and slim your body, and this bonus comes at a cost. The Times says other expensive bikinis claim to be weatherproof. Does this mean that the fabric is OK to get wet? Because we've seen some extremely pricey bikinis that just barely held up to that challenge.
Swimwear designer Malia Mills, told the Times that bikini bottoms cost moreRead More »from How much to pay for a swimsuit: $100 bikinis can cost $5 to make
Getty Images/Bag SnobSeveral weeks ago, Lady Gaga had artist Terence Koh write all over her white Hermes Birkin bag in Japanese with a Sharpie. Now Gaga has clumsily stuck hundreds of studded spikes through her black Birkin. As fashion lovers know, these highly coveted bags, named after actress Jane Birkin, start at around $10,000 but often exceed $50,000 depending on the materials used.Read More »from Lady Gaga destroys another Hermes Birkin bag
Surely we don't have the kind of budget to buy a handbag that costs as much as a yearly salary, but if we did own this purse, we'd be handling it like our first born child. Not defacing it with markers and studs. But we could find a lot more productive ways to spend (or donate) $50,000. That is, if she actually paid for them.
Don't get us wrong, we love Lady Gaga for making fashion statements. But it seems like she will wear anything these days to get attention, and she is constantly looking for new ways to outdo herself. Do you think Gaga is making some kind of commentary on fashion by customizing and essentially
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | SATC – Thu, May 27, 2010 8:51 PM EDT
Last night we attended a special screening of "Sex and the City 2," and despite a few cringe-worthy moments, there was so much to love. If you've been a fan of the series all along, you'll enjoy catching up with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda, and the people they hold dear. The girls have come a long way, and just as Carrie once explained, having a great relationship, a great apartment, and a great career all at once can be an extremely difficult feat. We experience some of their more painful, trying moments along with lots of lavish, carefree partying in this new film. Visually the "SATC" sequel cannot be topped, and as expected, the wardrobe never fails to disappoint.
The ladies have noticeably aged since the last movie, and certainly since the series, but gratefully, they seem somewhat enlightened about what this means for them as wives, mothers, and above all, as women. All those moments you were worried about from watching the trailer? They are in on the joke. This is whyRead More »from 5 things you'll love about the "Sex and the City" movie sequel
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, May 26, 2010 9:35 PM EDT
Getty Images/ShowtimePeople often say "imitation is the finest form of flattery," but when you're the one being copied it can be annoying. So we're wondering how Brad Pitt felt after seeing this photo of Rob Lowe on the set of Showtime's "Californication."Read More »from Men are copycats too: Rob Lowe imitates Brad Pittâ€™s look
Remember Brad Pitt's totally gross beard he said he grew out of boredom? For some reason Rob Lowe has decided to copy Brad's beard--and his hat--for several upcoming episodes of "Californication." Showtime says Lowe will be playing a movie star, so we're hoping perhaps he's just satirizing Brad Pitt and didn't choose this look on his own.
One thing is for sure: we think both of these men look a lot hotter without the scraggly beards. [E!]
I'll admit, I've definitely stashed cash in my bra before, though I can't quite remember the circumstances. Most women carry some type of wallet or money clip on them at all times, even when toting around the smallest of clutches. Surely it can be hard to fit all your essentials in those microscopic purses, so whatcha gonna do with all that junk? Well, the folks at Cleavage Caddy suggest organizing your cellphone, credit cards, lipstick, a pen, and all of your other necessities in this handy bra insert.
Avoid excess bulk in your handbag or your pockets and add it to pad up your chest! What a creative idea! Oh, except your bra probably wont fit anymore, and you may end up with some very oddly shaped lady lumps. [SnuggleBag.com]
Getty ImagesNicole Kidman who is known for her slim, statuesque figure, showed up at an event last week in a low-cut dress showing off noticeably fuller breasts. (The photo on the left is from five months ago in December 209, and her last child was born in July 2008, well before that photo was taken.) Having seen the actress wear next to nothing in movies like "Eyes Wide Shut," we know Kidman is typically around an A-cup. So what is up with her curvier new look?Read More »from Did Nicole Kidman get breast implants?
If Kidman is wearing a push-up bra, we're dying to know who makes it. It would have to be a strapless one with a plunging front, yet still able to maximize her assets. What we, and other bloggers, are weary of, is that Kidman may have had a boob job. Not that it is really our business what the actress does or does not choose to do with our body, but after flat-chested actress Kate Hudson recently got implants, we'd hate to see another small-busted woman cave to the silicone and feel the need to adjust her already awesome body.