Fashion Detective Joanna Douglas reporting for duty!When it comes to shopping, I'm less impulse buyer and more jungle cat stalking and ambushing my prey. I know exactly what I'm looking for and I will not stop hunting until it is mine. Over the years many friends have enlisted my fashion detective skills, and I've decided to offer up my services to Yahoo! Shine readers every week for my new column: Find it Fridays.
Are you looking for a purple bridesmaid dress that you really, truly could wear again? Seeking some cute, comfortable red flats that aren't too pointy for under $50? Need a clutch to match a specific dress for a formal event that's big enough to hold all your essentials? Sadly having to replace your stained and worn-to-death favorite t-shirt? Email FindItFridays@yahoo.com with your budget, size, and a description of the elusive item and I'll track down five great options for select Shine readers on Fridays! (If you're feeling extra lazy you can also leave your request in the comments below.) I'm also hoping to get readers
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Fashion Detective Joanna Douglas reporting for duty!When it comes to shopping, I'm less impulse buyer and more jungle cat stalking and ambushing my prey. I know exactly what I'm looking for and I will not stop hunting until it is mine. Over the years many friends have enlisted my fashion detective skills, and I've decided to offer up my services to Yahoo! Shine readers every week for my new column: Find it Fridays.Read More »from Coming Soon: Find it Fridays!
Micro'be' fashion is made from wine and beer. Photo courtesy of bioalloy.orgWe've heard red wine can benefit your health, but how about your closet? Researchers at The University of Western Australia have just discovered a way to make the beverage into clothing. The process is a lot easier than you'd think: the fabric actually creates itself without any weaving. Talk about futuristic fashion!Read More »from Dress Made of Wine
Get a great price on a bottle of red
Scientist Gary Cass was inspired to create cellulose garments when he noticed a skin-like rubbery layer covering a vat of wine that was contaminated with Acetobacter bacteria (don't worry--it's non-hazardous and non-pathogenic). He worked together with artist Donna Franklin and used the bacteria to transform alcohol into a cellulose fabric by pouring and wrapping it against a mold or human body. The resulting material clings to the body and is entirely seamless. The duo then successfully created fermented fashion made of red wine, white wine, and beers like Guinness, which all retain their natural odor and color. Apparently the fabric
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Jun 8, 2012 4:15 PM EDT
Today's average wedding costs $27,000 and the average wedding gown price tag is $1,100. That's a lot of money to shell out, especially during a recession. And you can look equally beautiful on your big day without racking up credit card debt! If you're planning a low-budget, low-key affair, or merely seeking a wedding dress that's a bit more casual and comfortable, we've rounded up some great bridal options that are available to buy right now online. Many of them can even be worn again, after you say "I do." By Joanna Douglas, Shine StaffRead More »from Wedding Dresses: Short, Casual, Beachy, and Affordable Styles
These $4,000 Louboutins are yet another example of high heels on steroids. Photo courtesy of Net-a-porterI often write about the fashion that makes us sad, and lately the items that upset me the most are outrageous high heels. First off, I've never understood when women say "the higher the heel, the better." Towering stilettos might look "sexier," but any shoe I can't easily walk several blocks in, stand for several hours in, or dance in is not being purchased by me. Perhaps high heels aren't meant to be practical, but these days it's difficult to find heels that are 3.5" or lower and don't make my feet feel instantly numb.Read More »from My Desperate Plea for Normal Heels
The other element that makes me a combination of confused, disgusted, angry, and bummed out is the absurd amount of embellishments on high heels. I share Coco Chanel's philosophy on accessorizing. She said, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." I wish all shoe designers would keep this concept in mind. So many current heels are adorned with zippers, buckles, studs, spikes, crystals, rosettes, animal prints, intertwining straps,
Jewel as June Carter Cash. Photo via TwitterJewel's crooked teeth may be her signature, but she's been spotted with a perfect set of pearly whites for her new role as June Carter Cash in Lifetime's upcoming biopic. This week she Tweeted a photo (at left) and wrote, "Here I am as June in my trailer with her blue eyes and perfect teeth #ringoffire." Jewel also dyed her blond hair brown for the part.Read More »from Jewel Fixes Teeth for June Carter Cash Role
We were surprised to see Jewel altered her teeth. After all, her imperfect smile helped land her a role in 1999's Civil War film "Ride With the Devil." "I asked [the director], 'Why me?'" she told Shape in 2010. "And he said, 'You have period teeth.' So I got the job because I was the only actress in Hollywood who hadn't gotten her teeth fixed!" This makes us fairly confident her recent dental transformation is not a permanent one.
Many celebrities from Charlize Theron to Nicole Kidman have made themselves "ugly" for a movie role, but often actors are asked to enhance their appearance before filming. After a little digging, we
Coral is not only trendy, it's astoundingly versatile and looks great on all skin tones. Throw on salmon sandals or carry a melon clutch for a nice burst of color, or fully embrace the popular hue with an eye-catching honeysuckle dress. Whether your looking to brighten your wardrobe or your mood, check out our current favorite coral clothing and accessories. By Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff
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