The Snuggle Suit from JCPenneyEveryone is looking to cash in on the Snuggie fad, with dozens of imitators like the Necky and now the Snuggle Suit following its footsteps. But aside from being get-rich-quick gimmicks, we think the creators of these cozy garments have latched on to a larger and perhaps more depressing trend: people don't want to get dressed!
Here in the Northeast, snow has been coming down all month, and temperatures are in the negatives with the wind chill, so it's no huge surprise that people enjoy wearing warm, comfy sweats and cuddling up with blankets. But are Snuggies and Snuggle Suits encouraging us to spend too much time sitting on our butts? And are we foregoing actual clothing when we do head outside?
Recently we've seen men, women, and children alike wearing sweatpants, track suits, and even pajamas while running errands, on planes and even out at brunch! We believe that when going out in public (not just a quick trip to the drive-through window at the bank) people should wear real
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jan 5, 2010 8:32 PM EST
The Snuggle Suit from JCPenneyEveryone is looking to cash in on the Snuggie fad, with dozens of imitators like the Necky and now the Snuggle Suit following its footsteps. But aside from being get-rich-quick gimmicks, we think the creators of these cozy garments have latched on to a larger and perhaps more depressing trend: people don't want to get dressed!Read More »from Are we too lazy for real clothes? Meet the Snuggle Suit
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Jan 4, 2010 8:40 PM EST
Getty ImagesWe'd be willing to bet that one of the most popular resolutions is cutting out junk food, eating healthier, and getting into shape in the new year. But what is the real goal? For many women this means fitting comfortably into their old, favorite pair of jeans. Special K cereal polled 2,200 women about this phenomenon, and the results were surprising. 35% of women confessed to owning a pair of ''trophy'' jeans that they've kept around in hopes of fitting into again one day. 29% said reaching this goal would be better than sex, 29% felt it would be better than getting a promotion, 20% thought it would feel better than winning the lottery, and 11% would prefer it to a marriage proposal. Laura Bryant from Special K said, "this shows the endorphin rush women get when they achieve their goal of fitting back into that one special pair of jeans." Seriously!Read More »from Women think fitting into old jeans is better than sex or a promotion
Another 10% of those polled said their jeans have even outlasted their longest relationship. Good jeans really are important to women!
Getty ImagesWe can't believe that four days later, the world is still buzzing about the glittery bodysuit Jennifer Lopez wore on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." But then, on the other hand, we can. First off it is amazing, though not shocking, how incredible J.Lo looks after giving birth to twins. Yes, we've seen her post-baby body plenty of times, but never this, um, visibly. Which leads us to, WTF was she thinking when she decided to wear a skin-tight, nearly see-through piece of spandex on one of the most viewed television programs of the year? A horrible but completely buzz-worthy ensemble, it seems.Read More »from Love it or hate it: J.Loâ€™s New Yearâ€™s catsuit
Check out the rear view below, and let us know what you think of J.Lo's catsuit. Here at Shine, we've agreed that it ranks somewhere between Britney Spears in "Toxic" and Marilyn Manson in "The Dope Show" on the yuck-o-meter. And perhaps wasn't the best fashion statement to make going into the new year.
www.american-presidents.orgToday I read a really sweet blog on Huffington Post about how a reporter spotted Caroline Kennedy wearing a diamond brooch that once belonged to her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (pictured at left). The former first lady was said to have paid $100,000 for the diamond "sunburst pin" a long time ago. When the reporter noticed Caroline wearing it on a black dress at a recent dinner, she said, "my mother gave it to me."Read More »from Have you given or received any family heirlooms?
Whether an item is $100,000 or $50, there's something so special about wearing hand-me-down jewelry. I've had my eye on a charm bracelet of my mother's since I was a little girl--not because I wanted to take it or because it was very valuable, but because it reminds me so much of her.
I do have an heirloom story to share with you, though. A few years ago, I really wanted a pair of diamond stud earrings. I mentioned it to my mother, but of course when we went into jewelry stores to look, they were all way too expensive. Shortly afterward, my mom's step-mother passed
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 21, 2009 10:27 PM EST
Getty ImagesMany fans of "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker think she can do no wrong. While we'd agree that she's a good, likable actress and an extremely fashionable lady, her latest venture just plain stinks. Literally. In 2005, Parker entered the world of fragrance with her signature scent, Lovely, with huge success. In 2007 she launched a second perfume, Covet, and earlier this year she added to the Lovely collection with a trio of fragrances: Dawn, Endless, and Twilight. As she gears up for 2010, Parker has a new concept for her next scent... and it smells like someone who forgot to wear deodorant.Read More »from Sarah Jessica Parkerâ€™s new fragrance: "B.O. in a bottle"
"I'm working on a new genderless fragrance that's not out yet," says Parker. "I can't even tell you what it's called. It has taken me three years to decide on the scent because I really like B.O. and I think it's sexy. I wanted to figure out a way to make it palatable to everybody. I was like, 'How do you get B.O. in a bottle and make an atomiser of it?'"
While we fully enjoy the
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Dec 21, 2009 8:22 PM EST
Rodarte for Target ribcage dressI've loved many of the designer collaborations for Target, H&M and other low-end retail stores. How awesome is it to buy designer labels for affordable prices? But the more trendy and popular these diffusion lines become, the less likely you are to get your hands on the goods for cheap.Read More »from $50 Rodarte for Target dress sells for $250 on eBay. Sigh.
Yesterday the Rodarte collection went on sale at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com. I logged on to their website around noon, hoping to score this sequin ribcage dress ($49.99) and one of the lace cardigans ($29.99), but both were already sold out. In fact, nearly every single one of the 55-piece collection was out of stock. Darn, already? Buying into the hype, I logged on to my eBay account to see if any pieces had made their way to auction. Yup! 284 Rodarte for Target items were listed. I added the ribcage dress in a size medium to my "watching" list on eBay, but it ended up selling for $251.50. There's another dress listed with less than an hour to go, and it's already over $100.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Sat, Dec 19, 2009 12:41 AM EST
Media WalesMiley Cyrus may enjoy getting bronzed from a bed, but if she lived in the UK, she wouldn't be able to. The BBC reports that British Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron, announced that the government is looking to ban those under 18 from using tanning beds. She is supporting a bill that demands a ban for minors as well as increased supervision over adult use of tanning machines. "Cancer Research UK's recent report, commissioned by the government, showed worrying levels of sunbed use by under 18s and confirmed that voluntary action by the industry is not enough to protect young people," says Merron. The study found that 250,000 11-to-17-year-olds in England use the beds.Read More »from How young is too young? UK bans tanning beds for minors, Italy bans implants
Last week, a tanning salon owner was sentenced to community service after disobeying health and safety codes when an unsupervised 14-year-old received 70% burns. Scotland added a new law that bans underage kids from tanning beds this month. Skin cancer rates have more than quadrupled in the last 30 years, largely due
Beyond the successes, the comebacks, the transformations, and the untimely deaths, this year was plagued with scandals and conflicts. Between extortion, cheating, abuse, theft, and overall bad behavior, these famous figures have earned their position in the 2009 Hall of Scorn.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 16, 2009 11:30 PM EST
Getty ImagesMarilyn Monroe famously said "diamonds are a girl's best friend," but maybe she should have said shoes. In a new study, over 92% of women could remember the first pair of shoes they bought with their own money, but more than one in three women polled could not recall their first kiss. Seriously?! We thought a first kiss was supposed to be a monumental occasion! Over 1,000 women were questioned for a survey on tszuji.co.uk about their relationship with footwear in contrast to their romantic history, and the results were really surprising. While 96% of these ladies regretted throwing away a pair of shoes, only 15% of them felt badly about dumping a boyfriend. Ouch!Read More »from Shoes are a girlâ€™s best friend: More women remember first pair than first kiss
Experts say these findings may be a result of women purchasing shoes for special, memorable occasions like weddings or birthdays, but wouldn't you think they'd recall or care more about their romantic memories than which heels were on their feet at the time? The website director Glendon Lloyd said, "These results show that
Mario Testino/VogueRachel McAdams, who stars in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes," is one of today's most beautiful, talented and sought after young actresses. While she won our attention and applause in "The Notebook," "Wedding Crashers," "The Family Stone," and "Mean Girls," we never really knew much about her. After reading her new interview in Vogue, we discovered that she's from Canada, shares a home in Toronto with her brother, and enjoys writing in her diary before bed. But digging deeper, we found out some very surprising facts about McAdams that have only left us wanting more.Read More »from 5 things you donâ€™t know about Rachel McAdams
She's not into fashion
McAdams says she'd rather spend her hard-earned cash on food or travel than shopping for clothes, and her eye for designer duds is admittedly lacking. She was gifted with the now highly coveted Proenza Schouler tie-dye tee before it was even seen on the runway, but she wore it to sleep.
She has enrolled in a knife-skills class
But not for self-defense-for cooking! McAdams is a foodie, cooking