Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Dress Made of Wine

    Micro'be' fashion is made from wine and beer. Photo courtesy of bioalloy.orgMicro'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!

    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

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  • Pick of the Day: Summer Sweater

    A summer sweater looks cool when slung off the shoulder. This L.A.M.B cropped sweater (from Gwen Stefani's line) is a playful summer layering piece. It was originally $198, but now it's on sale for $79.

    Sale starts Tuesday at noon EST on MyHabit.com.

  • Pick of the Day: Colorful Scarf

    A colorful, lightweight scarf is a perfect summer accessoryThis Saachi Floral Dream Scarf was originally $135, but now it's on sale for $53. Add a burst of color to your basic ensemble.

    Sale starts Monday at noon EST on MyHabit.com.

  • Wedding Dresses: Short, Casual, Beachy, and Affordable Styles

    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 Staff

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  • Pick of the Day: Jersey Top

    We love an easy, draped top for summerThis Cut25 Studded Jersey Tank Top was originally $270, but now it's on sale for $95! Take it from day to night with a few accessories.

    Sale starts Friday at noon EST on MyHabit.com.

  • My Desperate Plea for Normal Heels

    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.

    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,

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  • Jewel Fixes Teeth for June Carter Cash Role

    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.

    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

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  • Pick of the Day: Sleek Sunnies

    Get some cool new shades for cheap!These Nine West Feisty Sunglasses were originally $135. Scoop them up on sale now for $44. 'Tis the season!

    Sale starts Thursday at noon EST on MyHabit.com.

  • Coral Clothing and Accessories

    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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  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee: Stunning Dresses, Outlandish Hats

    The holiday celebrating 60 years of funny hats-i.e. the Diamond Jubilee marking Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne-ends today after providing a rich pageant of British fashion. They're wearing matchy-matchy pastels, Union Jack manicures, stunning Alexander McQueen creations and of course, hats galore. Check out our favorite looks from the week.


    -- By Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff

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