Gina's before photo via BeforeYouWereHot.comDid you have an awkward stage growing up? Maybe... feathered '80s bangs? Alternating colored braces? Were you the queen of ill-fitting neon pleated-front shorts? Now you can share all the embarrassing fashion ad beauty moments of your youth with others at BeforeYouWereHot.com, a brand new site that showcases a more regrettable past image alongside a fabulous one from today. And if you're too shy to contribute your own photos, you're more than welcome to browse and laugh heartily along with others. Here's what the site creators (who also run iheartdaily.com) have to say about their new endeavor:
Every swan was once an ugly duckling, and this is what BEFORE YOU WERE HOT is about. We're calling upon our super hot peers -- that's you! -- to send us your not-so-hot photos from before you blossomed into the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie clone you are today (bonus points for bad perms or headgear).
This is all in good spirits, like "we were all in this awkward phase together." Keep it clean,
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
Gina's before photo via BeforeYouWereHot.comDid you have an awkward stage growing up? Maybe... feathered '80s bangs? Alternating colored braces? Were you the queen of ill-fitting neon pleated-front shorts? Now you can share all the embarrassing fashion ad beauty moments of your youth with others at BeforeYouWereHot.com, a brand new site that showcases a more regrettable past image alongside a fabulous one from today. And if you're too shy to contribute your own photos, you're more than welcome to browse and laugh heartily along with others. Here's what the site creators (who also run iheartdaily.com) have to say about their new endeavor:Read More »from Fun new site: BeforeYouWereHot.com
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, May 20, 2010 10:38 PM EDT
A recent poll conducted by online fashion retailer offerssupermarket.co.uk surveyed readers on the most memorable dresses of the last half-century. Since it's a British site, the results were notably different than what we'd find here in the United States. For example, Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell's Union Jack dress nabbed the top spot. While we do feel the poll included a few great choices, some were memorable in a bad way a la Bjork's infamous Swan dress. And while we love their selection of Marilyn Monroe's white dress from "Seven Year Itch"-and think of it every time I walk over a subway grate in a dress-the film came out in 1955 and is actually too old to make the 50-year cutoff.
Naturally, we decided to come up with our own U.S version of this list. So without further ado, take a look through our slideshow at what we consider the top 10 most iconic dresses of the past 50 years. You can contrast that with the UK poll results below.
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | SATC – Tue, May 18, 2010 11:05 PM EDT
Forget oversized handbags, statement necklaces, and sky-high stilettos: a shiny manicure is the "It" accessory of the moment. Beige neutral nails and bold bright polish are both on-trend this season, but in a time of recession, many women are going the DIY route with their nails. Who wants to spend $15 to $25 on a manicure that chips after two days? Well, the folks at CND are hoping to bring ladies back to the salon with Shellac, an innovative hybrid nail color that they guarantee will last 14 days.
Yes, you read that right. Shellac manicures last two whole weeks, and I should know. I tried the Shellac manicure at the end of April and documented the entire process so I could report back. As someone who does her own nails or gets a manicure about once a week, I was prepared to be a tough critic, but I was won over by Shellac pretty quickly. It does cost more than a regular manicure (typically around $40 to $45), but the results are well worth it. While nail innovations like theRead More »from Would you believeâ€”a manicure that really lasts 14 days?
Blake Lively, photographed by Mario Testino for VogueWe know, we know, magazines use airbrushing to make models and celebs look "better." But in the media, "better" typically means younger, skinnier, healthier, less cellulite, fewer wrinkles, and perkier curves. Many stars have even shunned their own movie posters for adding cleavage they don't have, or whittling their waists. So we were really puzzled by this photo of Blake Lively in the June issue of Vogue. The "Gossip Girl" star is the magazine's latest cover girl, and was shot by Mario Testino on a surfing trip in San Diego wearing bathing suits. But as The Cut points out, there's something missing from the photograph at the left: her cleavage.Read More »from Huh? Vogue flattens out Blake Lively's chest
Blake Lively, who serves as her own stylist, has a proclivity for showing off her lady lumps--and with good reason! Her cleavage looks so good peeking out from dresses and jackets that there's been speculation that they are too perfect, and must be implants.
So why would Vogue airbrush out one of Lively's best physical assets? Her cleavage
Getty ImagesWhen the weather gets warmer, what is the first thing you want to do? Take off your socks and put on some sandals! Well, that's what I like to do anyways. But living in New York City where the sidewalks are uneven and you can unexpectedly walk several miles in an afternoon, a pair of flip-flops just doesn't cut it. And I know that thanks to Dr. Rock Positano, Director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Center at the from the Hospital for Special Surgery. If you're planning on wearing flip-flops, sandals, or high heels this summer there are some things you should know.Read More »from Why your toes are in danger this summer
Dr. Positano has many celeb friends and clients, and I have used him as an expert in my stories where he discussed the dangers of wearing sheepskin boots like Uggs, and what can happen to your feet after prolonged use of high heels. During these interviews he warned me also about wearing sufficient, supportive footwear when walking around the city. OK, sneakers with good arch support are obviously the best choice, but as
Is it ever acceptable to wear sweatpants in public? Shiners seem torn. But Tide has made a firm anti-sweatpants stance in their new commercial. While advertising their Tide-to-Go pen (which I have been obsessed with for years, by the way), they poke fun of a dude who tries to clean up his dirty pair and wear them out on the town.
With the inventions of pajama jeans and Snuggie outfits and the popularity of high-end sweatpants, I've begun to wonder: are we too lazy for real clothes? Though, yes, people are free to wear whatever they want, I imply a self-imposed dresscode: no sweatpants or pajamas out of the house. In fact, it's on my list of fashion trends I wish would die forever.) I would feel fine going to a drive-through window, or dropping kids of for school while wearing sweatpants, but I don't like anyone to see me "not dressed" outside of the home. One British supermarket has banned pajamas and all "nightwear" from their store, because they feel it is inappropriate. Yet, when
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, May 13, 2010 9:22 PM EDT
Getty ImagesAs the Fashion + Beauty editor here on Shine, I comb through all of your posts looking for fun user contributions to feature and share with the community. Sadly, I haven't seen as many user posts lately. And I WANT to feature your posts! Shine is very unique in that we have a forum where expert bloggers and readers alike can speak their minds, and I want to make sure that you are being heard. Don't be shy!
Reading your thoughtful, funny, and often helpful comments on blog posts are what I love most Shine, but I would love for you guys to share even more. Every time one of you writes about your fashion obsession, has a question about eye makeup, or needs help finding a pale yellow bridesmaid dress in two weeks, I feature the post. (Hope you found something, Katie!) Now I want to promote a post of yours.
Getty ImagesTo get the ball rolling, here are some topics you could write about:
- A new trend that you love, or completely hate
- Your favorite new makeup item that you can't believe you lived
Diet Coke and Nails Inc. City Collection nail polish.Coca-Cola knows good taste, and now they're putting their fashion sense to the test. Marketing Week reports that the popular soft drink company has collaborated with Nails Inc. to create the Diet Coke City Collection. Each shade is inspired by one of the four fashion capitals: London, Paris, New York, and Milan.Read More »from Diet Coke launches nail polish
As for the color selection, "London" is a nude hue depicts the cool fashion of Brits. The deep purple of "Paris" is said to depict the sunset over the Eiffel Tower. "New York" is a vivid fuchsia for the city that never sleeps, while "Milan" is a fiery Italian red. But no matter where you're from or which city is your fave, these pretty shades will look nice on every skin tone.
The nail polishes will be given away free with every purchase of two 500ml bottles of Diet Coke at Boots in England until June 30, and for those of us living stateside, you will soon be able to order the polish online at Asos.com, which has an ongoing partnership with Coca-Cola.
Coco Rocha in an ad for Coca-Cola Light by Karl LagerfeldThe brand is making a
Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt during happier times. / ReutersAccording to the Wedding Report, the average wedding costs $28,000. Depending on the bride, a good percentage of that can be spent on the dress, a gown she will only wear once in her life, and the way marriage statistics are looking these days, perhaps money could be better spent. Cue: the dissolvable wedding dress.Read More »from The dissolvable wedding dress
British engineering students at Sheffield Hallam University have invented a wedding dress that breaks down into five separate pieces. Jane Blohm, a lecturer on the fashion design course at Sheffield Hallam, said: "The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society's attitudes towards throwaway fashion. The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing. The wedding gown is perhaps one of the most iconic and symbolic garments in humanity's wardrobe and represents the challenges of 'throwaway fashion'."
5 incarnations of the dissolvable wedding dress. / Sheffield Hallam UniversityWe love the idea of
The new Crocs store in New York City / photo via RackedMany people consider New York City the fashion capital of the world, and I often see trends take off and fade out here before they reach the rest of the country. Sometimes, the runway-inspired looks never even make it to the suburbs, and other times they go there to die. Crocs is one of these latter items. I never saw anyone wearing Crocs in New York. Thankfully. I'm sure many of you will disagree with me claiming they are cute, or really comfortable, or practical, but I just think they're hideous and was shocked that such an unlikely trend like Crocs became immensely popular. To me the rubber clog-like footwear are best suited for garden work.Read More »from Which fashion trend do you most wish would die?
So imagine my surprise when I was walking through Manhattan's super fashionable Soho neighborhood, and spotted a gigantic, brand new Crocs store amid designer shops like Chanel, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. Seriously? Why Crocs, and why NOW? Also, the store was packed. I don't know if I felt for angry or scared. I definitely couldn't go inside,