Friday, January 30, 2009

Loving Right Now: Lara Stone in French Vogue

If it works for Carine, it works for me. The Feb. issue is hopelessly devoted to Lara, (she's so Kate Moss-meets-Brigitte Bardot!), and I do like the fact that she's not crazy emaciated. Peter Lindbergh, Inez and Vinoodh, Hedi Slimane and Nan Goldin are some of the headlining photogs who made it happen. My favorites so far:

So versatile. Thanks French Vogue!

On Sale: Michelle Obama at the Inauguration Ball-like Dress!

This cute H Chalayan Aphrodite dress totally reminds me of Michelle's Jason Wu. It's kind of like a diet version, and it would look so amazing this spring with metallic flats, no? Plus it's on sale at La Garconne today ($160 down from $534), so you kind of have to buy it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Are Pet Clothes Obscene (When the Economy Sucks)?

Speaking of the recession (and on a slightly lighter note), are objects like say, pet "accessories" and designer passport covers rendered obsolete when the economy goes south? I mean, even if you're lucky enough to have the extra cash to blow, flaunting outrageously expendable crap reeks of conspicuous consumption when so many people are out of work. 

I'm not normally one to fall for pet booties and such in the first place. Sure, I'm crazy about my dog Violet, but unless it's freezing outside and she's shivering her ass off and begging me to buy her a sweater, I'll pass. (Full disclosure: The awesome foster mom I adopted her from actually sent her to me with a blue hoodie, and yeah, it's kinda cute and Violet seems to love wearing it from time to time SO.) But when my friend recently sent me this picture, it was so knee-jerkingly odd and adorable that I admit, for just a sec, I thought to myself, "Now where can I buy one of these?"

That instinct was banished soon enough, especially when my cute friend Megan offered to knit one herself. She even handily provided this totally hilarious "How to measure your dog" guide, ha! (Thanks Megan! Still trying to find that measuring tape but then IT'S ON.)

Anyhoo, I'm trying to think of what other excessive, semi-worthless fashion items and trends will probably fall by the wayside in 2009. Wait lists for unimaginably expensive bags that will be out of style by next season? Lindsay Lohan leggings?  

Au Revoir Domino

Pourquoi!? Today Conde Nast folded their darling shelter mag, Domino. So sad on so many levels, (and on a personal one, a close friend works there and I feel so bad for her and the rest of the staffers--it truly sucks). I guess I get it. Times are tough. People aren't exactly in redecorating mode right now. But still, I wish they would at least keep the site up. Too lame. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Loving Right Now: Beetle Juice

In the mood for something dirty? Go check out artist Catherine Chalmers' "American Cockroach." It's brilliant.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

McQ Alexander McQueen for Target: Are we there yet!?

I know it's not March 1st yet, or um, even Feb. for that matter, but if it was, I would hightail it to Tarjay. Not since the Comme des Garcons for H&M moment have I been so excited for one of these "fashion for everyone!" collaborations. Some of you know I'm a real jumpsuit junkie--I've been wearing them since I idolized vintage Bianca Jagger in high school and now own about 14 of them--and this hot little number will definitely (I guess I mean, hopefully), be my next acquisition.

Nylon has the full lookbook up here.

Check out the silver jacket too. HOT.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Oh P.S.

The Frisky just posted my latest Love 101 column. This month we address: "How not to eff up your personals ad." Please go read it. Scintillating, I'm sure!

Happy Friday: My Worst (Croc) Nightmare

SICK. Gay marriage is illegal, yet this is not. 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I need you tonight: The Rachel Zoe shirt

From Chris Suave, the graphic design genius who brought you the infamous "Save Anna" t-shirts, it's the Rachel Zoe-inspired version

I die. Bananas. 

Amazing. Get 'em at Seven New York. (Too spendy? They'll have a fab Ebay resale value (much like these amazing Comme des Garcons pants. Trust.)

New Beirut video!!!

Featuring the 19-piece Jimenez Band and inspired by Oaxaca, I guess little Zach Condon was recently down Mexico way, too. LOVE the Owen Cook animation!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Repo! The Genetic Opera--all plastic surgery, all the time

Okay, much to my boy's chagrin, I finally succeeded in dragging him to see Darren Lynn Bousman's self-described "Rocky Horror-meets-Bladerunner rock opera," which just now made it out to one indie theater in Tucson. Make no mistake, I knew the film was gonna be crappy, but I had fairly high hopes that it would be so very tasteless that it might be kind of awesome in a Trader Joe's frozen mini-taco kind of way. The verdict: Yeah, it's retarded (though, I guess not completely without merit), but from a socio-beauty perspective, it's a somewhat deft commentary on plastic surgery's role in our society now and in the future.

Maybe that's reading into it too much. Shya thought it was more of a showcase for Paris Hilton to wear slutty outfits. (It was, at times.) And yeah, they ripped Bladerunner and Rocky Horror so hard. But there was something rawther astute in its concept of the near dystopic future, where cosmetic surgery will become so de rigueur that designing your own facade will be more of a societal requirement than an election. For example, in the film, an advertisement for the all-pervasive organ-replacement and surgery corporate monolith Gene Co. features a campy narrator promising a new bone-finishing technique that will, "make your X-Rays look more attractive!" In fact, Paris, in perhaps her best--or most fitting--acting turn ever, plays a pain killer-addled plastic surgery addict who ends up marring her pretty little face in her unscrupulous attempts to continuously chisel her image. Kind of like Lisa Rinna.

Did anyone else actually see this atrocity!? So curious to get some other opinions...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The best place to stay in Tulum

The reason I haven't been posting much lately is that I've been away on possibly one of the best vacations ever in Tulum, Mexico. Sadly, Tulum is most likely on a collision course to becoming the next Cancun (spring break! whoo-hooooo!), but in the meantime, it remains one of the loveliest, most low-key Yucatan destinations. Instead of concrete McResorts, Hard Rock Cafe's and topless, drunk sorority girls, the crazy gorgeous beach is populated by small b&b's and ahem, "eco-chic" Swiss Family Robinson-style huts. Last year, Shya and I stayed at Parayso, which, while we're not exactly picky types, walked on the rather weird side of the plank. Not so much this year: We lucked out and ended up renting a private home and adjoining casita where we comfortably housed our party of nine. 

Anyhoo, besides consuming copious amounts of cerveza and avocados, breaking my foot, running into Todd Selby, laying around in hammocks, and well, drinking more cerveza, we also managed to venture out on a wicked private tour of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, where we checked out Mayan ruins in the jungle and ended up straddling life jackets and floating down a crystal blue freshwater canal surrounded by mangroves. (Think uh, Wet n' Wild's lazy river, au natural with tropical fish and stuff.) Good times, good times. Later that evening, we drank some more beer.

If anyone is going to Tulum hit me up yo. I have lots of recommendations!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Is Karolina Kurkova too fat to moddle?

According to Perez, Karolina was deemed too um, "wholesome" for general purveyance in the Victoria's Secret show by the Brazilian press. I have two words for the esteemed journalists involved in that most offensive judgement call:


How 'bout it? Ugh. This is exactly why teenage girls starve themselves. Pretty sick, huh? Personally, I think she looks like a freakin' goddess. Also, I wonder what the average size of the typical Vickie's customer is? I'm willing to bet it's A LOT more "wholesome" than this...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy, Happy Snuggie Day!

Here's hoping you weren't too hungover today. Personally, I watched an unbelievably crappy Comedy Central movie marathon which included but was not limited to: Bachelor Party starring a young Tom Hanks, National Lampoon's Van Wilder (wildly underrated!), Duplex (the chemistry between Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore is so palpable) and My Boss's Daughter with Ashton Kutcher. Two of these films starred Tara Reid. A most eventful, auspicious way to bring in 2009, no?

P.S.-During the course of this illustrious film festival, this amazing commercial aired approximately 129 times. A blanket with sleeves! Miraculous!