iStockphotoMy mother-along with your mom and generations of moms behind us-is crazy. Most of our talks aren't so much conversations as they are her instructing me to do insane things. "Start a low-carb gift basket company!" "Learn masonry!" "Do a flamenco dance in the face of men!" Last night it was, "You look tired, you should put cold spoons under your eyes." Huh? Stick two in the freezer, and each morning hold the backs of the spoons beneath your eyes. It will relieve puffiness and make you look refreshed. Apparently, this is a pretty old beauty trick in the book. But, I tried it, and, I must say…sheer genius. What are some other weird (but helpful) beauty tips your mother has given you?--Leonora Epstein for The Frisky
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iStockphotoMy mother-along with your mom and generations of moms behind us-is crazy. Most of our talks aren't so much conversations as they are her instructing me to do insane things. "Start a low-carb gift basket company!" "Learn masonry!" "Do a flamenco dance in the face of men!" Last night it was, "You look tired, you should put cold spoons under your eyes." Huh? Stick two in the freezer, and each morning hold the backs of the spoons beneath your eyes. It will relieve puffiness and make you look refreshed. Apparently, this is a pretty old beauty trick in the book. But, I tried it, and, I must say…sheer genius. What are some other weird (but helpful) beauty tips your mother has given you?--Leonora Epstein for The FriskyRead More »from What Is Your Mom's Best Piece Of Beauty Advice?
- The Frisky | Fashion – Tue, Sep 15, 2009 6:32 PM EDT
It being Fashion Week and all, it's a bit inevitable that we're thinking about size. As much fun as it is to watch beautiful designs come down the runway, there's always the underlying thought, Wonder if that would fit me?
And so, we're getting hung up on how designer sizes are never consistent! You know the dilemma: You pick up a garment to take to the dressing room and find with horror that some designer "expert" has decided to tell you, "Dear Shopper, you are actually a size 1,000 XXXXL." Why do so many designers size down their clothing? (Seems like a bad marketing tactic.) But then again, there's always the secret joy of finding labels that make you think you've just magically lost 30 pounds.
After the jump, our experiences behind the dressing room door. Share your own experiences in the comments!
"I'm normally in between a 4 and 6. When I tried on an Alexander Wang dress yesterday, the 4 was not even CLOSE to fitting, which made me predict that in Alex Wang'sRead More »from A 4 Here, A 6 There: Does Designer Sizing Disturb You Too?
iStockphotoAfter talking DIY haircut tales of terror last week, naturally, we started thinking about other beauty disasters we've suffered, and hair color mishaps topped the list. Personally, I've endured them all. There were various Sun-In incidents (and yes, I went from brassy orange to green on that trip), cranberry juice-fueled binges, at-home highlights (do not attempt at home!), henna, the time black did not look as cool as I thought it would, bleached blonde (also not as rad as in theory), and a million and one crazy-looking streaks in between. But there's nothing so seductive as the pretty model with perfect hair on the front of that cardboard box filled with promise, even though we now realize, in this age of the airbrushing revolution, that her 'do is as fake as the dye itself. For the past few years I've sworn off coloring my own hair, but as every professional colorist I've ever interviewed has asserted, color correction is their bread and butter. And these real women, who share theirRead More »from What's Your Hair Color Horror Story!?
"I've been reading The Frisky for a month or so (religiously!) and I thought this would be the place to get my questions answered. (You guys always seem to have the answers.) I'm getting married on Oct 31st of this year and want to know if it's acceptable to wear a black wedding dress. I would pair it with an ivory shawl (in cashmere) with white pearls as accessories. Is this a fashion no-no? I just want something non-traditional and the bridal stores aren't doing it for me. I've found this vintage black cocktail-type dress and hope that I can wear it! Thanks in advance!" -Melissa
Hey Melissa, what's up? And welcome to The Frisky! Glad you're here. I love your question because, personally, when it comes to fashion rules, I like to get all rebellious and say there are none. (Eh, OK, maybe just a few…) After the jump, let's discuss whether a black dress can work for you on your wedding day or not.
So here's the deal: The only reason that I can see for a bride to wear white to herRead More »from Style 911: Can I Wear Black To My Own Wedding?
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We thought jeggings were the last frontier in the leggings craze, not to mention the downward turn in a persistent fash "moment" that simply refuses to end. That is, until, we spotted these bleggings (black leather leggings) on Ashlee Simpson in NYC today (she was guesting on Alexa Chung's show). Turns out, the trend we tried to turn a blind eye to awhile back has indeed caught on with celebs and their stylists alike (apparently Rachel Zoe just pronounced black leather leggings a must-have for fall-d'oh!) and judging from the crazy amount of them we've spotted on ShopStyle, well, bleggings are like, all official and s**t. And as silly as they are, why is that we're kind of craving them? Maybe it's the rock 'n' roll vibe they give off, or the Angelina-back-in-her-edgier-Billy-Bob-days appeal. No matter, the fact is, here's one item where it seems ridic to splurge: I mean, it's not like we'll be wearing these into our old age. And due to all that leather, much like thigh-high boots,
Just when you thought we couldn't blame the recession for anything else, here's one more negative impact: bad hair. The Wall Street Journal just published an article about how sales of clippers (such as the infamous Flowbee!) went up as the economy sputtered and made the reasonable case that families and even individuals are resorting to DIY cuts in droves. Salon business is hurting, and if you're jobless or even just strapped for cash, it makes sense that paying for a haircut would be one of the first things to get cut (ha) from your budget.
Then again, this is your hair we're talking about, people. When it comes to amateur haircuts, plenty can go wrong. As Gordon Miller, executive director for the National Cosmetology Association, put it: "It may look easy, but it's not." [WSJ]
We started thinking about times in our pasts when we were brave and/or foolish enough to chop our own hair, or a loved one's, like the time I trimmed my friend's bangs and they ended up crazy short.Read More »from Whatâ€™s Your Haircut Horror Story?
- The Frisky | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 28, 2009 8:22 PM EDT
Over on Slate, a male reader wrote to Dear Prudence, asking whether it was normal that his girlfriend of six months has been wearing the same bra every day for two weeks. Was she unhygienic, or simply a normal gal? Prudie responded, saying she polled some of the cleanest women she knows and they wash their bras at most once a week.
We did a little research on the topic, and while it's pretty easy to find information about how you should be washing your bras (preferably by hand in cold water, air-dried), how often isn't something that has been spelled out or set in stone.
According to a British survey, women wash their bras an average of six times a year. That's not even once a month.
But a few experts say we should be cleaning them a lot more frequently than we are. Cindy Johnson, co-owner of Sol, a lingerie store in Denver, believes you should have seven bras and wash them all once a week. "If you have seven good bras that you are washing frequently, your bras will lastRead More »from Whatâ€™s The Longest Acceptable Amount Of Time You Can Go Without Washing A Bra?
- The Frisky | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 28, 2009 7:04 PM EDT
Splash NewsBetween Mary-Kate's bag-lady hippie style and those fun-in-a-traumatic-way memories of the Tanner twins, it's kind of hard to think of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as legitimate, serious designers. Perhaps that's why we've more or less ignored The Row since its launch a few seasons ago. But, all of a sudden, every big fashion person and their mother, from New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn to Barney's New York director Julie Gilhart, can't sing The Row's praises loudly enough. So we're finally listening. And kicking ourselves for being dismissive for so long.
We browsed The Row's early fall offerings on Barney's site and, though pricey, we now understand why everyone's saying their sales will jump 30 percent this season. Check out a few of their classic-cool best pieces after the jump. Could they actually be celeb designers that we'd want to encourage?
Thoughts? --Lily Q for The Frisky
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- The Frisky | Fashion – Wed, Aug 26, 2009 7:30 PM EDT
I think we can all agree here that the whole celebrity-turned-designer thing has gotten a little out of control. Apparently, Julia Stiles agrees, because she filmed this spoof on the practice using some very hot male models, green styles and some "shants" you'll never forget. [Julia Stiles Styles]--Erin Flaherty for The FriskyRead More »from Sick Of So-Called "Celebrity Designers"? Then Check Out Julia Stiles' Styles!
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Is $24,000 too much to pay for a haircut? The obvious answer is yes! But not when you are the Sultan of Brunei. The 61-year-old, who is said to be worth an estimated $24 billion, paid exactly that to have his hairstylist Ken Modestou cut his hair. The British barber has been cutting the Sultan's hair for the past 16 years, and while he charges his regular clients about $60 per cut, it looks like the Sultan kicks him a little more change. (The $24,000 fee includes a luxury flight on a Singapore airline to the Sultan's home in the Middle East, sumptuous hotel accommodations for a few nights and several thousand dollars as the actual fee of the haircut.) Not a bad gig if you can get it, right?
But all this makes us consider how much we shell out for our own cuts. As anyone who's suffered major post-snip trauma knows, sometimes it pays to spend a little extra. Then again, sometimes expensive isn't always best. What's the most you've spent on a hairdo?--Zandile Blay for The Frisky