Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • 12 things that seem wrong about Fashion's Night Out

    Have you guys heard about Fashion's Night Out in New York City? Or seen the commercials for it? It's basically a kick-off to Fashion Week that's an attempt to reinvigorate the fashion industry with supposedly over 700 retailers, big and small, keeping their doors open late and hosting events so we can enjoy the shopping experience. It's a great sentiment, and we love that proceeds from the commemorative t-shirts will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. But the fact of the matter is many of us are struggling financially right now and can't afford a new Prada bag... or even a new Kohl's bag for that matter!

    In covering this fashion extravaganza, we couldn't even figure out how, as we ran into a zillion questions and concerns. We didn't even quite understand the logistics of it. Or if anyone would actually show up.

    Here are the 12 things that seem wrong about Fashion's Night Out.

    1. The commercials are silly. Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang, Donna
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  • Why I just got the Gardasil shot

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesA few weeks ago I got the Gardasil shot to protect myself against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). No, I don't sleep around--I've been in a committed relationship for nearly two years, but I still want protection. Yes, I am technically too old to get the shot--I'm 28 and the vaccine has only been tested and approved for women up to the age of 26. But here's why I'm spending $540 out of pocket to be injected three times with a really painful shot (my shoulder still hurts a few weeks later).

    Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease (there are more than 100 types), but many people don't know much about it or worry about it. You may have been exposed to HPV and not even been aware of it. Why do I say that? Because at least 75 percent of the reproductive-age population has been infected with one or more types of genital HPV, and up to 6.2 million new infections occur each year. It's approximated that 20 million Americans are infected with the genital form of the

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  • How do you grow up being Madonna’s daughter?

    Daily MailDaily MailYou may have seen Madonna's daughter Lourdes, who is 12 years old, featured in Madge's new "Celebration" video. Supposedly there is an alternate version of the video where Lourdes is dressed up in her mom's famous wedding dress outfit from "Like a Virgin." Is this really appropriate for a preteen?

    It's impossible to know how much of Madonna's current or past life Lourdes knows about or is exposed to. Is she aware that her mom has a sex book? That she was known for simulating masturbation on stage? That she has upset various cultures and religious leaders by pushing their limits in her music videos and performances? We wonder what it must be like for Lourdes growing up with Madonna as her mother.

    Lourdes joins her mom on stage in Israel. They almost look like sisters. Lourdes joins her mom on stage in Israel. They almost look like sisters. Many might argue that Madonna has set a horrible example for her daughter by being overly sexual and not acting her age or being an appropriate and responsible mother figure. Others might suggest that Lourdes will grow up particularly enlightened with such an open and free-spirited parent. One

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  • Rest in peace DJ AM

    Noel Vasquez/Getty ImagesNoel Vasquez/Getty ImagesIt is being reported that DJ AM aka Adam Goldstein was found dead in his New York City apartment this afternoon. After being unable to reach him, a friend went to his apartment and called police to gain entry. There they found his body and drug paraphernalia, specifically prescription pills, and are investigating a potential overdose. Goldstein was scheduled to DJ at Dusk in Atlantic City Tuesday and then tonight at Rain in Las Vegas. Goldstein is highly respected in the music industry. He is directly responsible for making the DJ part of the overall celebrity scene and the transformation of DJs as rock stars in the late '90s and 2000s.

    The 36-year-old narrowly escaped death last September after surviving a plane crash with Blink 182's Travis Barker in which four other passengers died. He famously dated Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore.

    DJ AM's last post on Twitter, dated Tuesday, was a line from a Grandmaster Flash song: "New york, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New

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  • Do celebs owe us an explanation for their addictions and breakdowns?

    Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesAstrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesEvery celebrity is different when it comes to how much of their personal lives they share with the public. Some avoid paparazzi at all costs and refuse to discuss their children or their relationships. Others talk incessantly about where and how frequently they have sex, or openly trash their exes. When it comes to getting arrested or heading to rehab, most stars keep quiet.

    Several weeks ago rampant rumors spread about Mischa Barton suffering a nervous breakdown. Supposedly this led to her being placed under involuntary psychiatric hold at LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and caused her to miss the premiere event for her new show, "Beautiful People," and pushed back production. Barton now adamantly denies the breakdown and any substance problems, claiming she had "terrible" wisdom tooth surgery. As for why she was removed from her West Hollywood home July 15 by police, Barton remains vague.

    "I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect

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  • Which decade most influences your style?

    FoxFoxWhile '80s trends don't seem to be going anywhere this fall (more leggings, lace, shoulder pads, acid wash) it's surely not the only fashion decade referenced these days. The last year or two we've also seen a huge '90s resurgence (colored denim, scrunchies, tight lycra dresses, floral prints, plaid). Designer Alexander Wang, whose clothing and accessories have been seen on Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Williams, Mary-Kate Olsen, Megan Fox, Nicole Richie and Taylor Momsen, attributes the '90s as his biggest inspiration.

    "Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford would always talk about how they're Seventies kids," says Wang, "and now, I'm thinking about how I'm really a Nineties kid. My ideas come from things that I didn't notice were trends at the time, like seeing my sister wear Via Spiga and watching Saved by the Bell." He says all his handbags are named after his favorite TV show characters when he was growing up. Brenda, Kelly and Donna of "Beverly Hills 90210" all have leather bags named

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  • Forget the wedding registry: This couple wants cash

    I've been to a lot of bridal showers and weddings recently and while each one is unique, there's one element that gets redundant: the registry. For the shower I went to last week, I scored by shopping early and got my friend the wine glasses she'd requested plus my favorite bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Earlier this summer I got another friend the magazine racks she wanted (we worked together on a magazine so the gift fit). But how much did it stink when I had to give my high school friend a stack of towels? The other gifts were grabbed up and she said to stick to the registry. Ugh.

    Today I stumbled on a video of one couple who claimed to have created "The World's First Start-up Wedding Registry." Drue Kataoka and Svetlozar Kazanjiev are asking friends and relatives to donate to their new internet company, Aboomba, in hopes that wedding guests would rather give money towards their new business than buying them a toaster.

    Unique registries are becoming quite the trend. With

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  • Is it OK to talk smack about your ex?

    Anne Heche went on "The Late Show with David Letterman" to promote her new show, HBO's "Hung," but you never would have known it. She spent the majority of her interview time explaining how much she hates marriage and putting down her ex-husband, Coley Laffoon.

    "Can you say 'lazy ass' on TV?" said Heche. Letterman enquired what Laffoon does for a living and Heche said, "He goes out to the mailbox and he opens up the little mailbox door and goes, 'Oh! I got a check from Anne! Oh! I got a check from Anne! Yay!'" What she failed to mention is that the checks are monthly child support payments for their 7-year-old son. Heche also mocked her ex for his new career as a soccer coach.

    "He wants me to come and watch him run around in his little white shorts playing soccer," she told Letterman. "Honestly, I don't want to come to rehearsal and watch you run around in your tight shorts like trying to pretend you know how to play soccer. I divorced you! I don't want to hang around with you

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  • Do you judge celebrities for getting plastic surgery?

    This week while checking out the latest tabloid photos of Lindsay Lohan (do they every stop coming?) we noticed the star's lips looked fishy. Literally, like a puffy fish mouth! Collagen strikes again. Not that we've had the highest regard for Lohan these days, but when we see a celebrity get surgery we can't help but make an audible "ugh." Is the pressure in Hollywood so strong that everyone must resort to Botox, face lifts and boob jobs? What ever happened to being an individual with quirks like a big nose or gapped teeth that give you character? Some of our favorite celebrities have become almost unrecognizable over the years, and quite honestly, we are sad. Check out some of the latest and greatest victims.

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  • Have you ever learned anything practical from TV?

    NBCNBCYou'd be amazed to learn how much intricate research goes into portraying doctor and law-related TV shows with accuracy. Not to say everything you see on the boob tube is 100% by the books, but if you're paying attention you might learn a few tips.

    Receptionist Judith Faeth is an avid viewer of "Law & Order: SVU" and when she spotted a criminal in her office she sprang into action with crime-solving skills she picked up from the show.

    Slick, ex-convict Kevin Moore walked into Faeth's office and distracted her by asking for a cup of water. After drinking half of it, the man blew his nose in a tissue, put it in the paper cup and left it on the front desk. Somehow during this time, Moore allegedly stole an iPod, cellphone and wallet before taking off through a back door. What would detective Olivia Benson do? Faeth quickly reenacted an on-screen scenario.

    "When they are trying to get DNA from a suspect on 'SVU' and that person is unwilling to give them a sample, they trick them into

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