I'm not sure how this happened, but I have a new, all-consuming pattern obsession. Herringbone has been creeping onto my style radar for a while now, elbowing out plaid and easily winnowing away my love of florals, polka dots, stripes, and even its pattern cousin, houndstooth. Composed of boxes of short parallel lines (which slope in different directions to resemble the bones in a fish), it's a handsome, timeless design-elegant in small form and playfully '80s when oversize. I love it on skirts, trousers, vests, and right now, especially coats. Check out the excellent examples I found on eBay today: a pale double-breasted jacket, which would be awesome with a miniskirt, tights, and ankle boots; this collegiate look, which I'd love to wear with broken-in jeans; J.Crew's hooded version; a chic cape style; and a crazy sophisticated piece from Valentino (again with the Valentino, I know), which reminds me of a 1977 business lady in the best possible way.
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I'm not sure how this happened, but I have a new, all-consuming pattern obsession. Herringbone has been creeping onto my style radar for a while now, elbowing out plaid and easily winnowing away my love of florals, polka dots, stripes, and even its pattern cousin, houndstooth. Composed of boxes of short parallel lines (which slope in different directions to resemble the bones in a fish), it's a handsome, timeless design-elegant in small form and playfully '80s when oversize. I love it on skirts, trousers, vests, and right now, especially coats. Check out the excellent examples I found on eBay today: a pale double-breasted jacket, which would be awesome with a miniskirt, tights, and ankle boots; this collegiate look, which I'd love to wear with broken-in jeans; J.Crew's hooded version; a chic cape style; and a crazy sophisticated piece from Valentino (again with the Valentino, I know), which reminds me of a 1977 business lady in the best possible way.Read More »from My new obsession with herringbone
- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 4, 2008 9:32 PM EST
Exactly two years ago today, I woke up in a hospital room to find that the Democrats had taken the House, and the surgeon had taken a big chunk of my stomach and a long length of my intestines. I've recovered from the surgery, but I still haven't entirely recovered from the physical fact of it--I elected to have a portion of my anatomy removed, and my intestines re-routed. Two years later, I am an entirely different person, in an entirely different place, with an entirely different life from the one I had started with. Once upon a time, I was three hundred and twenty pounds.Read More »from Body of Work: Two years out from weight-loss surgery
At one hundred thirty five pounds, I am not living the happily-ever-after I expected to be--things are every bit as turned upside-down as they used to be, and my problems have not been solved. Some things are far easier when you're skinny, when you fit into airplane seats, when the first thought someone has about you is less likely to be a judgment about your size or your shape, when the very act of buying clothes
Happy election day! It's the day that's been keeping me in a low-level state of panic for the past six weeks, and terrorized, and living around the fear like a rock in my belly. It's finally here, and I cannot be more relieved. I am also telling you guys right now that if you do not vote, I am going to come to your house and beat you with sticks.Read More »from Delicious: Election cake
It's been a long year, a long few months, a long couple of weeks, and it is going to be a long, long day and a longer evening, waiting for the returns to come in. A lot of drinks will work wonders for its calming, tranquilizing effects, but we also have to keep our bellies full and our strength up. Serious Eats has got a recipe for an extremely traditional, very patriotic cake that was originally created in the 1700s to both celebrate election day and to fortify those taking part in the great and glorious festival of democracy. Now we can use the effort that goes into baking it to distract ourselves from the exit polls all night, and to soak
- Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Tue, Nov 4, 2008 7:06 PM EST
Sometimes the best beauty products aren't in the aisles of Sephora, but in your kitchen. Welcome to a new TGIBD feature I am calling Alternative Beauty, where I will subject myself to a variety of homemade beauty treatments and remedies and report back. This week, a favorite sandwich ingredient doubles as a deep conditioning treatment.
Mayonnaise, which, in its purest form, is simply a combination of egg yolks, oil and vinegar, has long been rumored to be a highly effective conditioner. And while there are beauty versions of the remedy-Sally Beauty sells something called Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise Treatment-I wanted the real stuff. So I bought a jar-I opted for Trader Joes organic variety, versus Hellmans to avoid any extra additives-and gave it a go.
After scooping the mayo out of the jar and combing it through my dry hair, all the while resisting the urge to add salt and pepper, I covered my head with a plastic shower cap (saran wrap will also work) I swiped from aRead More »from Alternative Beauty: Make a Condiment into a Conditioner
If it is true that there is nothing more American than apple pie, then I submit that there is nothing even more American than this totally ingenious apple pie with cheddar crumbles baked right on top. Wait for it! It totally makes sense. We are a country of go-getters, ambitious dreamers with ambitious dreams, and really, what's more ambitious than taking an already nearly-perfect dessert food that has long symbolized the beauty of America (i.e., apple pie) and making it twice as beautiful. And not only just twice as beautiful any old way--twice as beautiful with the addition of cheese. America, I salute you. And I salute the two fat Als who were kind enough and patriotic enough to have brought this kind of resourcefulness, creativity, and live wire enthusiasm to the world as a whole.Read More »from Delicious: Even more patriotic than apple pie
Sticking to traditional apple pie? Try this delicious (and healthy) recipe from SELF--half the amount of sugar, still satiably sweet.
Photo via TwoFatAls
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- Glamour Magazine | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 3, 2008 8:44 PM EST
Read More »from Crave: Organic, super-green paper goods from Whimsy Press
Whimsy Press makes some of my favorite paper goods ever in the history of paper goods. There is something about having a gorgeously graphic little notebook to make to-do lists and grocery lists and notes about work almost bearable and even a little wonderful. They make note cards, holiday cards, gift tags, and calendars, most with recycled and sustainable materials and all of them so cute. But now, to my great delight, they're offering a line of adorable things called "Mixed Greens," a collection of cards and wrapping papers and accessories made with certified Forest Stewardship Council paper, soy inks, organic and biodegradable cotton, compostable packaging. It's feel-good loveliness. And if you place an order by October 31, you get 20 percent off with the coupon code GREEN. Then write your mom and tell her you love her.
Use your Whimsy Press paper to create a happiness list--collecting together all in one place reminders of all the things that make you happy!
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- Glamour Magazine | Parenting – Mon, Nov 3, 2008 5:59 PM EST
We are living in uncertain times. And Crabkid feels it. She is full of tough questions and so she forces me to confront the big issues of the day, whether I'm ready for them or not, e.g., "How do you make a toilet?"
She asked me that at the crack of dawn last Friday. And at breakfast, "How do you make a spoon?" And walking to school: "How do you make a country?" When I was younger I used to laugh at my aunt when her little boys asked questions that made her scratch her noggin for half-baked answers: What do whales drink? Do fish sleep? It's a cute stage cute in kids, yes, but one doesn't feel quite as cute when after many years of living, one still can't spill the answers, or at least, not without some serious hemming and hawing.
After several slugs of coffee, I did manage to spit out something about "runny stuff in molds" for the toilet and spoon questions, but I know this is only the beginning of what is surely to be a long line of questions about the natural and man-madeRead More »from Crabmommy: Kid questions that crack you up (or put you in a daze)
- Glamour Magazine | Parenting – Mon, Nov 3, 2008 5:30 PM EST
Money may make the world go round-but in the face of the upcoming election, which candidate's economic spin best suits your family's needs? Here's how the nominees' plans compare.
--By JJ Ramberg and Jen Rogers
MCCAIN: The senator supports some changes to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) but would not call for increased funding. He supports providing school vouchers for families, which could financially assist parents who want to move their children from struggling public schools and which he believes will foster competition between schools. He also supports merit-based pay for teachers and bonuses for teachers working in troubled school districts.
THE BREAKDOWN: Families that can afford a portion of private- or parochial-school tuition might be able to use funds from their public-school districts to pay the rest of the costs.
OBAMA: The senator wants to reform NCLB by changing the solitary emphasis on standardized tests and putting more funds into the law. He intends toRead More »from Election Cheat Sheet: Which candidate's economic spin best suits your family's needs?
One of the weirder things about being a beauty editor is the perfect-looking people who consult you for solutions to their supposed beauty problems--even as you stand there gazing at them in disbelief. Such people are full of solutions they've already enacted, insisting that they would be completely disfigured if only they hadn't gotten "the problem" under control. But just because they're delusional doesn't mean they don't have great beauty tips:
Vaniqa: This prescription cream minimizes facial hair, and not one but two stunning friends of mine insist that this product is the only thing standing between them and an alternate destiny involving Trotsky's goatee.
Prescriptives AnyWear Multipurpose Makeup Stick. My former-model friend Christy whipped this cream foundation out of her purse one night on the way to dinner, smoothed it on till it was virtually invisible, and went suddenly from tired and blotchy to smooth, lovely perfection. Not that Christy can actually look bad,Read More »from Beauty confessions of the naturally gorgeous
So, I washed my favorite wool scarf this morning. I just scooped it up with a bunch of sheets, and what was once the best neck warmer of all time (a long, soft swath of wool in light brown with a subtle check) is now a fluffy, shapeless, short mess that smells like a wet dog. It is beyond a bummer. And, because it's already freezing outside, I need a replacement immediately. What to choose? Should I go boldly patterned? Something more salt-and-pepper '80s? Or a more classic and bookish version, like this muted plaid? Incidentally, if, say, I was still grieving and unable to let go, does anyone know any way to fix a washed wool scarf?
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