May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day.



Be safe :)

May 28, 2010

Hip Friday Links!



Beyonce's new House of Dereon ad for Brazilian TV (above).

Hello! I've been asking the same thing for the last few seasons. [WHAT?]

Check out MAC's new "To the Beach" line of lipsticks. [SEE IT]

What do you think about these platform bow sandals from The GAP? [SEE THEM]

Janet Jackson on the American Idol Finale in case you missed. [SEE IT]

Alicia Keys is engaged and pregnant. [SEE IT]

The Obamas have left the White House to spend Memorial Day in Chicago. [SEE IT]

Awesome rooftop hangouts in New York City. [SEE THEM]

Memorial Day links. Have a safe one :)

Gary Coleman Has Died. He Was Only 42.



via TMZ:
Gary Coleman has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week, the hospital tells TMZ.

Gary's wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this AM. Coleman died at 12:05 PM MST. He died of a intracranial hemorrhage. Family members and close friends were at Coleman's side when life support was pulled.

He was 42.

Coleman was rushed to a hospital in Utah after he fell and hurt his head. He was on life support since Thursday. Sad. R.I.P. Gary Coleman.




Money Can't Buy You Class My Friend.

Countess Luann de Lesseps from the Real Housewives of New York has released an official video for her smash hit single (lol) "Money Can't Buy You Class" I really don't know why I'm laughing because the song has been stuck in my head for the last few weeks. If I had to judge, I think the video is pretty well done. Can't really be mad at her for trying.


May 27, 2010

RHONY Sneak Peek: Kelly Tries to Explain Herself.



Even after watching Kelly try and explain herself in the video above, I'm still not understanding her. There's not much coherence in what she's saying. IDK. I said on Twitter last week that I thought she needed help, and seeing this video is not making me change my mind.

via USWeekly:
On Thursday's The Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Bensimon attempts to explain her infamous May 20 show meltdown -- but only leaves her pals even more confused. Sitting with Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps and Jennifer Gilbert, Bensimon, 42, says she lashed out at costars Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan and foe Bethenny Frankel during a trip to the Virgin Islands because they were gossiping too much. "From the minute we were together, it was everything that I hate – talking badly about people," she begins.

(Oddly, she then starts gossiping about Frankel, 39: "She’s, like, a cook and everything like that, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘I mean, not one person that I know has ever hired her as a cook.'")

Bensimon says she was "so over tired" and "feeling sick" when she snapped (among her quips: She called Frankel a "ho bag"). "I was drinking this wine – I never drink wine – and I was sitting in this room with these women. I just wanted to get out of there," she says. "... It was an out-of-body experience."

In the end, the ladies still had no clarity about what actually went down. Says de Lesseps, 45: "By the end of Kelly’s story about the trip, I was so confused. I mean, I just didn’t get it. I had to hear the other side of the story."

May 26, 2010

Hip Quotes: Iman




Supermodel Iman recently talked to WWD about being considered a style icon. She remarked,
"I'd rather have that than be, like, Us Weekly's best dressed. You know what I mean? No disrespect to Us Weekly."

Sandra Bullock Will Attend the MTV Awards in June.



via People:
Since her marriage crisis began Sandra Bullock has remained in seclusion while raising her new son, Louis. That will all change next month.

On Wednesday she was named the recipient of the MTV Generation Award "for her riveting and diverse contributions to the film industry," and her rep confirms, "she will be attending" the June 6 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., though she won't be doing any interviews at the ceremony.

Bullock, 45, joins Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Spike Lee, Mike Myers and Adam Sandler, who've also been honored with the award.

SATC2: Patricia Fields Explains the Fabulous Wardrobe...



Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Fields explains some of the more fabulous and iconic looks from the movie. She explains the looks above below:

"It was a concern of Sarah Jessica’s that Carrie’s not a kid anymore, and so maybe we should change her style, but I said, 'No, she's not a kid, but she's still Carrie! She doesn't all of a sudden have a lobotomy and become like Charlotte, or become a designer-driven dresser.' In this shot, Carrie has a potpourri on." (This is the $50,000 outfit.) "That’s a Chanel skirt over a pair of jeans by the Blonds, the same design team that made Samantha’s dress. They have all these cuts and slits in them, behind which are Swarovskis and studs. And it’s just a simple blouse she’s wearing, I think it's vintage, which is classic Carrie. Charlotte’s wearing a vintage YSL that I found at a vintage dealer in New York. Here, Miranda's wearing an old Halston, which I used a lot of in the movie. It’s green, one of those colors that not many women can wear, but that looks great on her. I’m not sure what’s going on with her hair, though. I don’t like it curled up that way. Hair-makeup and wardrobe are two different departments. I love Samantha’s dress! It’s from a design team that I have a personal relationship with called the Blonds. They're both men, but one dresses like a woman, and they're like a couple. And Phillipe Blond was wearing this red dress at some event we were both at, and I said to him, 'Phillipe we have to have that dress for the movie!' ... You know how people talk about how Samantha is just like a drag queen? This was my little double entendre about that." Click to see a slideshow and more commentary on some of the fashion from SATC2.
Courtesy of: HBO/New Line Cinema

May 25, 2010

Naomi Campbell is Barely There at a Charity Gala...



via HuffPo:
Supermodel Naomi Campbell attended the NEON Charity Gala in Moscow on Monday with her boyfriend Vladimir Doronin in tow. Campbell wore a sheer, black dress with patches of strategically-placed strips of leather and lacy leaves. What do ya'll think of her dress? Do you like it? Hate it? Don't care? Would you wear it? I wanna know your style verdict.

Bra Knowledge: What to Wear Underneath This Summer.


Wonderbra Women's Wonderboost Convertible Strapless Bra. Click to buy it below.

Convertible bras, strapless bras, t-shirt bras. What's the best bra to wear underneath summer clothing? Watch the video below to find out...





Wonderbra Women's Wonderboost Convertible Strapless Bra 



Is Lauryn Hill Performing at Rock the Bells 2010?



The folks over at URB think so.

The official press conference isn’t until, but we’re ready to call this one like FOX News. Hip-hop enigma Lauryn Hill will be headlining this year’s Rock The Bells tour. The ex-Fugees songstress will be performing her classic solo album, The Miseduction of Lauryn Hill, as part of a complete album format that has become an increasingly popular way for legendary acts to draw attention to current tours. Also rumored to be performing a full-length at RTB2010 is A Tribe Called Quest. Perhaps they’ll join Ms. Hill in a rendition of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly,” The Fugees’ most infamous hit, which sampled ATCQ’s “Bonita Applebum.” URB spoke to representative of Rock The Bells who would not confirm…or deny the booking.

Well there you have it. Wouldn't that be the hotness if this actually happens? Even hotter? Me being in town with a ticket and good seats to this thing ;)


May 24, 2010

RED CARPET: New York SATC2 Premiere...



Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker (wearing a Spring 2010 Couture Valentino) attend the premiere of "Sex and the City 2" at Radio City Music Hall on May 24, 2010 in New York City.


Click READ MORE HERE below for more premiere pics from SATC2 in NYC.

See Through Her Tennis Outfit? Venus Williams is At It Again.



Venus Williams returned the ball to Switzerland's Patty Schnyder during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 23, 2010. But that wasn't the big deal. The big deal was what Venus was wearing. When Venus Williams served Sunday in the first round of the French Open, photographers were down on the ground, getting as low as possible to get pictures up her dress.


[photos via AP Photo Getty Images]
What does it say about women's tennis, always dangerously balancing the sale of sex and sport, when photographers are shooting Venus' serve from the bottom up instead of the top down? "The outfit is about illusion,'' Williams said. "And that's been a lot of my motif this year.'' Click READ MORE HERE below to see what all the fuss was about.

May 21, 2010

Janet Jackson at the London Premiere of "Why Did I Get Married Too"



Janet Jackson attends the preview screening of 'Why Did I Get Married' at Brixton Ritzy on May 21, 2010 in London, England.



How cute is she?! Some people never lose their "cuteness" Janet Jackson is definitely one of those people.


Liza Minnelli Covers Beyonce's "Single Ladies" in SATC2.



Liza Minelli covers Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' for 'Sex and the City 2,' in which she makes a cameo. "It's a wonderful number," Liza told Contact Music. "We had a blast. It's rock and roll. Everything is moving! And I just got a whole new knee, so I can promise you everything is moving."

Hip Links!



Awesomely HORRIBLE denim. [SEE IT]

Awesomely bad fashion at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival [SEE IT]

Missed what First Lady Michelle O. wore to their 2nd State Dinner? [SEE IT]

Lauren Conrad's new style book cover revealed. [SEE IT]

In the most obvious news of the day, Jesse James admits he threw away his amazing marriage to Sandra Bullock (VIDEO) [SEE IT]

These people have no shame. [SEE IT]

In case you missed it. A recap of The Real Housewives of NYC's most insane episode ever. [SEE IT]

Find the best makeup for your skintone. [SEE IT]

May 20, 2010

The Making of My "Sabrina" Dress...



This dress started out as a fitted halter blouse that I re-drafted into a drapey, flowy swing dress. I'm always blissfully naive and excited when I get pattern ideas. It never fails. I always go into them thinking it's going to be a simple and quick re-do and it never happens for me like that.  Looking back, I really wasn't fond of any of my pattern classes when I was in design school, probably because it always felt like I could never win and get that "perfect" grade (you're penalizing me because I was off one/eighth of an inch? Seriously?) but I can honestly say that I truly appreciate the close scrutiny and the invaluable knowledge that I gained from those classes now.



Overall I'm very pleased with the way my "Sabrina" dress turned out. I especially like the way it drapes. It's a beach/poolside/cocktail party "I'm on a boat" dress all wrapped into one, lol. 


SJP on SATC2: The Four of Us Bonded in the Desert [VIDEO]


May 19, 2010

Beyonce Set to Perform at The White House State Dinner.



 Beyonce along with Rodrigo Y Gabriela and the United States Marine Band are set to perform at the White House State Dinner that the Obama's are hosting for Mexican President Felipe Calderón and first lady Margarita Zavala on May 19, 2010. Tonight's State Dinner will be held in the East Room of the White House. Performances will be held under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House. Other notable celebrities expected to attend are Salma Hayek, Whoopi Goldberg and Eva Longoria Parker. Click over to Michelle O. Style for more info on the Obama's 2nd State Dinner and other festivities.

IMG Models Signs Ariel Meredith & Re-Signs Tyra Banks.



You know, that Tyra Banks is turning out to be one smart business woman. I think a lot of people may have underestimated her business savvy. She is continually making moves to build and expand her media empire and her brand. Tyra has recently re-signed with her old modeling agency IMG Models, so if you start seeing her on more magazine covers, this is why.

And Ariel Meredith (who is she? See her here in SI, and here walking for LV Fall 2010) was just signed to IMG as well. She's a pretty girl with southern roots (born right here in my home state, Louisiana!) Congrats to both of them.

May 18, 2010

Mary J. Talks About Essence Fest & Her Upcoming Projects

Mary J. Blige spoke to Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford about Essence Fest 2010, her foundation "Keep the Schools Clean" in Yonkers, NY, and her upcoming role where she'll be starring as the legendary Nina Simone. Watch below:



May 17, 2010

Is Curvy the new Sexy?



I've watched the piece below with Robbie Myers from Elle Magazine, and I don't know. Something kept rubbing me wrong about the way she was phrasing things (Model Elle MacPherson is not skinny? Really?). But that could just be me. Anyhoo, the trend towards curvy chicas has left the train station and is headed down the track full force! Don't believe me? See here, here, here, and here.



The Little White Dress: Summer's Must Have.


Ujena Sangria Dress in White

I think white is perfect for summer. It's clean, cool and crisp and really, you can wear it year round (so don't believe all the silly hype about the "no white after Labor Day "rule" because really. Says who? psh.) Anyhoo, just remember to wear the proper undergarments under your white ensembles. Nude colors that match your skin tone is always the way to go underneath white.



The Ujena Sangria Dress in white. Also under $100 and available at Amazon. Get it below!


May 16, 2010

Jennifer Hudson is Making Weight Watchers Look Good.



Jennifer is looking great isn't she? (on the left) Jennifer Hudson attended the Vanity Fair and Gucci Party Honoring Martin Scorsese during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc on May 15, 2010 in Cannes, France. (on the right) Jennifer attended the "Winnie" Cocktail Party held at the Martini Terraza during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2010 in Cannes, France.



Jennifer Hudson posed with Terrence Howard in Cannes France on May 16th to promote the movie biopic "Winnie" based on the life of Winnie and Nelson Mandela where they'll both star. Could this be Oscar number 2 for Jennifer? I guess we'll see. But the movie already has it's share of controversy even before the start of filming. Hopefully everything will work out in the end.

Carrie Bradshaw's Greatest Style Hits [LINK]



Just in time for "Sex and the City 2" click the link below to check out some of "Carrie Bradshaw's" Best Looks Ever as chosen by series costume designers Patricia Field, Rebecca Weinberg and Eric Daman—as well as InStyle Magazine's fashion director Hal Rubenstein.

Tutu Number 2!
“That skirt was actually a slip under a gown. It was so pretty! I was like, 'Let me make this a skirt and put it with a T-shirt,'” Field said of the purple skirt and J’adore Dior T-shirt that Carrie wore in the sequel. “It had that same quirkiness as that short tutu from the series’ intro scene.” 
Click HERE to see more of Carrie Bradshaw's greatest style hits from InStyle.

May 15, 2010

Keri Hilson Keeps the Jumpsuit Trend Going...



Keri Hilson attended the Belvedere Pink Grapefruit "In The Pink" launch party at The Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Pop-Up on May 14, 2010 in New York City wearing a cute jumpsuit. JUMP HERE (get it?) to see more even more jumpsuits in action.

Getting Out of Sticky Situations: A Survival Guide.

Need tips on how to fake a call on a blind date? Do you know what to do when you accidentally drop your phone in a bathtub full of water? Well Author Jane Buckingham says that she runs into minor disasters like these almost every day, so it made sense for her to pen a survival guide. Her new book, "The Modern Girl's Guide to Sticky Situations," gives women contingency plans for dealing with tough situations that everyone has to deal with from time to time.


May 14, 2010

Are You Ready For the "Cami Secret?" [VIDEO]


Kourtney Kardashian & Whitney Port: Look-a-Likes?



Is is just me, or does Kourtney Kardashian and Whitney Port look somewhat alike? Kourtney looks like a darker version of Whitney and Whitney looks like a lighter version of Kourtney. Or am I reaching?

May 12, 2010

Salma Hayek Wears Gucci's First Ever Couture Gown to Cannes..



Salma Hayek wore Gucci’s first ever haute couture gown (made under Gucci's new Premiere label) to the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Robin Hood Wednesday. Odd timing to launch a haute couture collection though. Just ask Oscar de la Renta.

Selita Ebanks Wears Red Lips to Fight Human Trafficking...



via StyleCaster:
Ruby red lips may have been a recent runway trend, but for some females around the world the scarlet hue is anything but beauty fun. "For girls in prostitution and sex trafficking, they're forced to put on red lipstick," co-host of the evening Selita Ebanks explained. Selita was on hand to celebrate a new series of 60 portraits inspired by the work of the Somaly Mam foundation –whose goals are to fight sex-trafficking in Cambodia and beyond. Along with the model, Susan Sarandon, Noot Sear, Brooklyn Decker and Dita Von Teese were among the high-profile subjects who sported red lips for the series aptly titled The Lipstick Portraits. Read the rest of this article HERE.

May 11, 2010

Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz to Headline a Concert for the Gulf Spill


via The BVX:
Artists Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz will perform at an upcoming Gulf Coast oil spill benefit concert in New Orleans on behalf of fishers and wetlands restoration efforts.

 As oil spreads around the Gulf of Mexico like a black plague unleashed from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, it's become apparent that this will ultimately affect the lives of fish and wildlife, but also the livelihoods of fishers and hunters who worked and lived off of those waters. So concert promoters have wasted no time organizing a benefit concert to raise money for fishers and wetland restoration.

Mos Def, who's no stranger to New Orleans, is one of the headline acts, along with Lenny Kravitz. After Hurricane Katrina, the MC wrote "Katrina Clap (Dollar Day)" -- a makeover of Juvenile and the UTP Playas' "Nolia Clap" -- to expose governmental neglect in New Orleans. In 2006, Mos was arrested for disorderly conduct outside of the MTV Video Music Awards while performing the song. Kravitz has claimed part-time residency in New Orleans for years and performed at last year's Voodoo Experience fest, the producers for which are also producing the upcoming Gulf Coast benefit.

The benefit concert will be held on May 16 at New Orleans' Mardi Gras World River City.

9 Year Old Model Makes $250,000 a Year...

Fatima Ptacek makes $250,000 a year striking a pose for Ralph Lauren, Benetton and the Gap, smiling for the cover of magazines and picking up the occasional acting job. She's sweet, well-spoken and level-headed. Also, she's 9 years old. Models--they're making them younger and younger these days!




Ptacek talked to Maggie Rodriguez of the CBS Early Show about her career, her schoolwork, her aspirations (Harvard, first female president and lawyer) and hanging with Michelle Obama on Sesame Street ("She is very sweet, very down-to-earth").

May 10, 2010

Latifah Talks About Her First Love Scene in "Just Wright"



I'm looking forward to this movie. Anytime you can see Common on screen is a good look. But don't take my word for it, check out Common "styling and being fly" right here.


Oprah Celebrates "O" Magazine's 10th Anniversary...



Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Oprah Winfrey took a walk for charity during Oprah Magazine's Live Your Best Life event in New York City on Sunday. Hudson celebrated her first Mother's Day by singing "Happy Birthday" to Winfrey, whose "O" magazine turns 10.

May 9, 2010

Sweet Rest: Lena Horne Passes Away at Age 92...



via the NYTimes
Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan.

Continue reading this article with more info about Lena Horne's film career HERE. Below, the legendary Lena Horne singing "You'd Better Love Me" (1967)



Lena Horne lived a long and full life. Sweet rest to her...


In Case You Missed: SNL Starring *The Fab* Betty White



Betty White "killt it" on SNL when she hosted on May 8th and it was just in time for Mother's Day, which I hope everyone had a great one btw. This was the first SNL where I laughed pretty consistently. And it was way cool to see past SNL cast members return for this episode. Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph (her "Whitney Houston" was her best yet, lol) Amy Poehler and Sally O'Malley!
CLICK HERE to watch the FULL SNL episode that aired on May 8 starring Betty White.

May 8, 2010

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet...

It's the weekend! And for many of us, that means doing laundry :( Well good news (sorta) if you're washing your bed sheets, below is a fab video on how to fold fitted sheets. And don't act like you never just rolled that thing up and threw it in your linen closet and claimed "I'm done."

May 7, 2010

So Many Cute Dresses...



Celebs have been stepping up their game with their choice of cute dresses (Victoria Beckham in Isabel Marant above). Click HERE to see more.

CUTE DRESSES

Spotted Out: Tia and Tamera Mowry



Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry attended the 2010 A&E Upfront at the IAC Building on May 5, 2010 in New York City.


Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother's Day from Amazon...

A few last minute gift ideas for Mother's Day at Amazon.com. Click below to browse and shop. If you're ordering at this late date, make sure you order early and overnight it.



May 6, 2010

American Fashion from 1800 to Early 1900 at the MET.

via NYMag: The main reason guests went to the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute ball last night was not to see and be seen and find out if they were important or intimidating enough to escape with a train unscathed. They went to see the Costume Institute's new exhibit on American fashion from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The pieces now on display at the Met were pulled from the Brooklyn Museum's collection; each museum is running an exhibit simultaneously. New York fashion director Harriet Mays Powell stopped by both museums for a preview. Check out some of the dresses in the video.



Spring 2010 and Shoe Sale at Max Studio...



Browse and shop MaxStudio Spring 2010.



Shoozapalooza at Max Studio! Shoes from $38-$78, discounted up to 50% *While supplies last, get yours today!*

Donna Karan Failed Draping. Now Makes Beautiful Draped Dresses.



Thinking back to my own design school days, I don't think I did all that great in my draping class either. But it's definitely something I want to master. Stories like this just make me love her that much more. Donna Karan talked to CBS Sunday Morning last weekend about her rise to designing fame. She admitted that she wasn't an exemplary student at Parsons:


At time of posting, this Donna Karan dress was sold out.

"They never thought I would make it as a designer," she said. "I failed draping!"


Get this dress

She talked about creating her famous "seven easy pieces." "I needed a wardrobe, a real clear defined wardrobe that would take me from day into evening," Karan explained. "You know, I start with a body suit, wrap a skirt around, which you know is the kind of thing that I would wear, a scarf or a sarong. Add a tailored jacket and a scarf and you go."
[source]

Betty White Hosts SNL Just in Time for Mother's Day...

Actress Betty White will host SNL on Saturday May 8, 2010.


May 5, 2010

Toni Braxton is Back and on the TODAY Show...

Toni talks about her health issues, how her children are doing and her excitement about dropping her 6th Album "Pulse" with Hoda and Kathie Lee.



Toni performs her single "Hands Tied"



Toni performs her classic "Unbreak My Heart"



May 4, 2010

Sade's Official Video for "Baby Father"

Wow, everybody wants to be a real housewife in their new videos. First Beyonce in "Why Don't You Love Me" now Sade in "Baby Father" But I have to say, Sade is bringing it harder in the hot housewife department. And that hair. I love, love, LOVE Sade, but that hair is the real star of this video. Fab.




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