Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Will Pull-On Denim be the new Jeggings?

    Pull-On Denim by Beiji-FlorPull-On Denim by Beiji-FlorWe're always seeking out the next big denim trend, and while 1970s flares are big for spring, comfortable jean hybrids have really taken over the market. For the record we're on Team Jeggings (as long as zippers and pockets are still involved), anti pajama jeans, and think JeanPants are a total joke. Pull-On Denim is the latest jean on the market, and we're not sure where we stand.

    Pull-On Denim (aka POD jeans) was created by a Brazilian company called Beija-Flor and while they look like jeans and are made of denim, they have some major differences for your average pair. The first thing you'll notice is no zipper and button (see, this is why we're hesitant). En lieu of a typical closure, they feature a stretchy waistband that flattens your tummy. Sounds a lot like maternity jeans, no? They also hug your curves and are very stretchy and comfortable, aka all the things we love about Jeggings. Their website claims they're so comfortable you'll want to sleep in them, and that they're

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  • Carole Middleton’s mother-of-the-bride dress drama

    Carole Middleton borrows one of Kate's hats. Photo by Getty Images.Carole Middleton borrows one of Kate's hats. Photo by Getty Images.While everyone awaits what Kate Middleton will wear down the aisle (possibly a dress by Sophie Cranston), her mother, Carole Middleton, is faced with a tough wardrobe choice herself. Experts expect about 2.5 million viewers to tune into the royal wedding on April 29, and the 56-year-old mother of the bride also wants to look her best. According to the Daily Mail, Carole Middleton selected Kensington-based designer Lindka Cierach to design the dress and jacket she'd wear to her daughter's nuptials shortly after Kate and Prince William made their engagement announcement. (Cierach is best known for designing Sarah Ferguson's wedding gown.) Now after months of fittings, it seems Middleton has backed out of the arrangement.

    According to reports, Middleton found Cierach "unaccommodating" as she refused to let Carole take the unfinished outfit home to try on and show to a few friends. A source told the Daily Mail Cierach is "completely bemused" by Middleton's decision "after all the hard

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  • Shine Beauty Gurus review: Softsoap Strawberry Smoother body wash

    As temperatures rise and bulky layers are shed, it's time to revive our skin and get it silky smooth. But before body lotions and oils get to work you must exfoliate, cleanse, and nourish the epidermis in a shower or bath. This month, the Shine Beauty Gurus were asked to test out Softsoap Body Butter Strawberry Smoother body wash. Let's see how well this product prepared them for spring. Also! We are seeking new Beauty Gurus! Want to participate in monthly product reviews? Leave a comment below and we'll be in touch!

    Packaging and appearance
    "The body wash itself looks like a strawberry smoothie with the little exfoliating beads looking like little strawberry seeds!" says M.J. Fellow guru Mrs. Kim noted, "you can see the color and beads right through the bottle, leaving you craving your favorite smoothie." Several gurus also commented that they liked the bottle and easy-open flip top. "The packaging is ergonomic to allow a slippery wet hand to firmly grasp it while in the shower."

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  • Fashion that makes us sad: confused Miu Miu cutout heels

    Miu Miu heels, courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com. Miu Miu heels, courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com. Prada has produced a few pairs of ugly shoes this season, including the Marge Simpson-esque shoe boots and the three-in-one "must-have" creepers that make our heads explode. But designer Miuccia Prada is clearly on a role, because these new Miu Miu lace-up cutout leather heels, are an equally hideous Frankenshoe.

    The front of the shoe looks like your average pump. We can even deal with the gold buckled mid-section, though we're not loving it. But then you reach the back of the shoe and all rhyme or reason is thrown out the window. Oh, Miuccia. You are playing a practical joke on us (just like Louis Vuitton) aren't you?! Or maybe you didn't mean to attach a blindingly electric neon boot to the back of these heels. It was a mistake in the factory, right? Because you couldn't possibly want to stack these three colors side-by-side or expect women to enjoy lacing and buckling up these hideous shoe boots. Especially not for the price of $950.

    These are currently being sold on

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  • JeanPants: underwear that looks like denim

    JeanPants are neither jeans nor pants. Photo courtesy of japantrendshop.com.JeanPants are neither jeans nor pants. Photo courtesy of japantrendshop.com.No these are not denim short shorts for men. They're underwear! JeanPants are boxer briefs from Japan designed to look like denim. Kind of like those denim Huggies diapers that were so popular last year.

    We suppose they're sort of funny, but we'd think wearing them could get confusing. You know how you can always see the waistband of a man's underwear peeking over the top of his jeans? Now it will look like he's wearing another pair of jeans underneath. WEIRD! The retailer explains, "You can say so much about yourself with your choice of underwear, plus give yourself more confidence and panache, knowing that what you are wearing underneath is also original and funky." Can't argue with that.

    Want a pair of JeanPants? Get them in Medium or Large for $61 including shipping right here.




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  • The decline of male dress codes: what do you miss?

    At Manhattan's 21 Club you used to have to wear a tie. How often do you catch your man in a tie nowadays? Photo via Wall Street Journal.At Manhattan's 21 Club you used to have to wear a tie. How often do you catch your man in a tie nowadays? Photo via Wall Street Journal.While most people dress more casual these days, we've noticed that men in particular are letting themselves go. Yes, we hate the whole women wearing sweatpants in public movement, but guys are putting in little effort even when going out at night! While ladies still care a great deal about dressing up, putting on makeup, and looking pretty, guys will often accompany their gals wearing t-shirts, jeans and sneakers to really nice restaurants. What gives?!

    The Wall Street Journal has noticed this trend too, and found that New York's famous 21 Club has even done away with it's mandatory necktie rule. While a jacket is still required for dining (they have a closet full of loaners on hand), the 21 club noticed a visible upswing in business since changing their dress code, and 20% of guys now show up to eat tie-less. The celeb-frequented Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel also used to have a strict dress code. The manager told the WSJ their only policy now is "no tank-tops after 10 p.m."

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  • Panties that numb your parts pre-bikini wax

    Bare Ease numbing kit. Photo courtesey of bareease.com.Bare Ease numbing kit. Photo courtesey of bareease.com.Have you ever had a bikini wax? They can yield much better, longer-lasting results than shaving your bikini area, but they are also pretty painful. Many waxing technicians advise taking a pain reliever like Advil beforehand, and that does seem to help, but a new product called Bare Ease has another interesting solution.

    The Bare Ease pre-bikini wax kit numbs your lady parts before the pain begins. The idea of completely desensitizing your privates kind of freaks us out, but if you're super sensitive this could be an option to help you get through the procedure without the pain. Bare Ease include a topical anesthetic in the form of 4% Lidocaine cream, and a pair of pink latex panties to keep the cream in place and off your clothing. You must apply the cream 30 minutes before your wax appointment for it to work and the numbness should subside after 30 to 60 minutes.

    This one-time use kit costs $25. So while it may make your experience more pleasant, waxing will also be more costly.

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  • Fashion that makes us sad: the Puppoose

    The Puppoose bag. Image courtesy of the Pleat.The Puppoose bag. Image courtesy of the Pleat.We love bringing home a good doggie bag, but this is ridiculous. Thanks to our friends over at The Pleat for showing us the Puppoose, a dog/purse hybrid that is not only absurd, it looks cruel.

    Think of this as a stylish Baby Bjorn for your dog. Only chic! Wanna take him out on the town? A leash just simply won't do anymore. Strap in your little guy and carry him around while you shop, go to Starbucks, or even socialize in a bar or club. Because if Paris Hilton ever taught us anything, it's that pets are nothing more than accessories. Thats why the Puppoose comes in four colors: blue, pink, brown, and black. Buy them all to match every outfit. (Sorry! Small pink Puppooses are out of stock.)

    And these aren't just for puppies. No, don't let the name fool you! The Puppoose comes in a range of sizes from extra small (perfect for a chihuahua or teacup terrier, especially dogs you dress up in pet outfits and booties) and large (perhaps suitable for a Labrador or dare we say Great Dane).

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  • Girls are spending $1,500 on celebrity-style prom dresses

    Selena Gomez's Sherri Hill dress is a popular prom option this year. Photo by Getty Images. Selena Gomez's Sherri Hill dress is a popular prom option this year. Photo by Getty Images. When you're a teenage girl, the prom is a pretty big deal, and buying the perfect prom dress is often more important than your date. While many parents help shop for the gown or set a budget, the New York Post claims many are willing to shell lot more this year. "This year, kids are spending wedding prices for proms," Rashi Pinckney, manager of Oz Boutique in Forest Hills, Queens told the Post. "Everyone wants to be Kim Kardashian or Lady Gaga. It's increased by $500 since last year."

    With our constantly growing pop culture obsession, kids are now trying to replicate the lavish looks seen on stars with big budgets. Taylor Swift is a fan of Jovani, and one dress she wore on tour is a top seller this year. A $550 Sherri Hill dress Selena Gomez wore at a recent concert is another popular dress. "It's kind of sweet to know that celebrities are wearing dresses that girls traditionally wear to prom," Gina Kelly, fashion director of Seventeen Magazine, told the Post. "[Buying one] may

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