Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Experts debate dangers of wearing popular sheepskin boots

    Ugg AustraliaUgg AustraliaDespite the fact that Uggs and their many knockoff incarnations have long been considered a "fashion don't," lots of women love and continue to wear these suede and sheepskin boots all winter long. They're warm, they're cozy, they're easy to throw on with any outfit, they feel like slippers, and they're a celebrity favorite. Of course this makes the boots very appealing and popular, especially during chillier months. But are they actually good for your feet? Experts say no.

    In a recent Daily Mail article, professionals spoke out about the health risks of wearing cheap, imitation Ugg boots. Dr. Ian Drysdale, the head of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, said, "Because these boots are warm and soft, young girls think they are giving their feet a break. In fact, they are literally breaking their feet." Drysdale continued, "Their feet are slipping around inside. With each step, the force falls towards the inside of the foot and the feet splay. This flattens the arch and makes

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  • Drew Barrymore’s strong stance against plastic surgery

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesAs Botox and plastic surgery becomes increasingly rampant in Hollywood (um, there were some men and women we could barely recognize at the Oscars!), we love when we come across actresses who embrace aging gracefully. Especially Drew Barrymore, who has experienced more than her fair share of hardships in her early life, but has bounced back with humility, warmth, style, and resilience. In a recent interview she spoke candidly on what many actresses have done to adhere to Hollywood's standards of beauty.

    " f--- surgery!" says Barrymore. "I'm so curious as to what's going to happen naturally that I can't imagine wanting to alter things just yet. And to all those women putting botulism in their faces - we don't know what the long-term effects are, so stop! I'd rather look like a basset hound than do that to my face!"

    Barrymore acknowledges that the roles for aging actresses are scarce, and that Hollywood can be unfair to women when it comes to aging, but does not feel nipping and tucking

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  • Yay or nay: the ladies bowl cut

    Estelle, Parker Posey, Rihanna, and Agyness Deyn / Getty ImagesEstelle, Parker Posey, Rihanna, and Agyness Deyn / Getty ImagesWe have a love hate relationship with bowl cuts. We have a fondness for the haircut perhaps because it conjures up memories of the early Beatles, and it was a style worn by many of our childhood crushes in the '80s. Unfortunately, the style isn't always the most flattering.

    We couldn't help but notice many ladies taking on the bowl cut hairstyle in recent months. Singers Rihanna and Estelle have worn them, as well as English model Agyness Deyn, and actress Parker Posey. The look has been seen on many a fashion week runway, and even on Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. It's official: the bowl cut is back, and this time, on ladies. But do we like them?

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  • Women spend $13,000 each on makeup

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesSupposedly the beauty industry is recession-proof. Why? Because when times are tough and ladies can't afford to splurge on a new outfit, buying a tube of lipstick or a bottle of nail polish provides a cheap thrill. And we don't know about you, but it's often difficult to go into a drugstore or walk by a Sephora without purchasing a little something. Well, a new survey has revealed that all those makeup purchases add up to big bucks over time. The results claim that woman will spend, on average, $13,000 in her lifetime. Does that number shock you, or are you already feeling pangs of guilt?

    Superdrug, who conducted a survey of 3000 women, found that women begin regularly buying cosmetics by the age of 16. On average, ladies shop for makeup five times a year, spending around $39.45 on each trip. When multiplied by 65 years, the average female adult life, that brings us to a whopping $13,000. As for some specifics, they tallied around $1,620 spent on a lifetime of lipstick, $2,512 on eye

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  • Supermodels without photoshop

    Photoshop and airbrushing scandals grow less shocking by the day, but we are always super excited to see unretouched photos. It's satisfying to see what celebrities and models really look like! The photo at the left was taken last weekend in St. Barth's during a photo shoot for Glamour's June issue. From left to right we have Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, plus-size model Crystal Renn, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Brooklyn Decker.

    Of course makeup artists and celeb hair stylist Ted Gibson were on hand to help beautify the ladies, but this photo has not been airbrushed at all.

    Do you think women would feel better about themselves if photos were not retouched, and we were able to see celebrities and models as their true undoctored selves? [WWD][Fashionindie]


    *For the record, I just want to clarify that Crystal Renn is a size 12, and that is what the modeling industry--not myself--labels as plus-size.

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  • Introducing these bulge-enhancing, anti-muffin top boxer briefs

    Andrew ChristianAndrew ChristianIf women can wear padded bras, girdles, and butt pads, then men should be able to use some devices to create the illusion of perfect figures too, right? But we're wondering if the recent craze of man Spanx and male body enhancing devises is getting out of hand. Today we found the Andrew Christian Show-It Bulge Enhancing Boxer. They're like a push-up bra for the penis. Here are the stats:

    • Features Show-It Technology 2.0 with a hidden "comfy cup" that gently lifts and presents the package to the front.
    • The horseshoe shaped inner cup is lined by soft elastic that gently aids in the lifting and adds up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) to a man's frontal measurement and provides the biggest enhancement of any underwear.
    • The underwear also features the custom Andrew Christian 'Anti-Muffin Top' elastic to slim the appearance of love handles.

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  • Why grooming should be done at home: woman crashes car while shaving bikini line

    Here in New York City where public transit is the norm, there's a good amount of public grooming, as men and women head to work or to meet a date. I've personally seen everything from makeup application and brow tweezing to teeth flossing and nail clipping, and I really don't like it. Sure, a quick swipe of lipstick or powdering from a compact is innocent enough, but I feel like people should allot a couple extra minutes at home for more intimate activities like teeth flossing. Or at least go into a restroom.

    When you're driving your own car, there's a bit more personal space, so grooming may be a bit more acceptable. I myself am guilty of applying lipstick and mascara at red lights. But one 37-year-old Florida woman has really taken the cake this week. Megan Mariah Barnes caused a car accident by shaving her bikini line while driving. "She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit," says state trooper Gary Dunick, who was on the scene. Barnes

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  • Here comes the hipster bride: Urban Outfitters to make wedding gowns

    Look out Vera Wang! Hipster mecca Urban Outfitters is the newest name in bridal. Very soon they will be offering gowns, bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, accessories, shoes, invitation, and even a bridal registry. "We want to offer a community for bride," says CEO Glen Senk. "Travel services, wedding planning and flowers are things we could potentially offer. We're trying not to be just about selling products. We want to help the bride plan the wedding."

    Gowns will range from $1,000 to $5,000. We have to say, spending that much money at Urban Outfitters sounds like a joke. While we love Urban for their affordable, trendy items, they're not the epitome of quality. Or elegance. Senk says the pieces will be "heirlooms, to be passed on from one generation to the next," but we have yet to have a single item from Urban Outfitters last more than a year or two. So while the average bride spends $4,500 on her wedding attire, we feel that money may be better spent elsewhere. [WWD][New York]


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  • Where have all the real clothes gone?

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesAfter seeing these photos of Rihanna at an event last night, I just had to take a minute to vent. What the hell is she wearing? Is it a giant pea pod costume? Is this the spawn of Grace Jones? An eco-conscious bat?

    With celebs like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Amber Rose, Kelis, and even Beyonce trading in normal things like, you know, pants, for inexplicable costumes like this one, we couldn't help but wonder (like Carrie Bradshaw), where have all the real clothes gone?

  • Shine Beauty Gurus review: biggest beauty obsessions!

    This month the Shine Beauty Gurus are celebrating their beauty obsessions. These are the products they swear by, and the ones they compulsively collect. Some ladies are addicted to anti-aging products, several stock up on all things hair-related, a few have one product they consider totally addictio

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