Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Stars Don't Fail Me Now! The High Waisted Fiascos...

Was this all a sham? Was the return of the high waist just good 'in theory'? I mean, when something even looks bad on Mishha Barton, we are all doomed! I know Jessica Simpson has packed on a few pounds lately, but even she doesn't deserve a front butt. I'm going to think twice before I sport my new pair. Or at least hope there are no cameras around.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Gap, You Did It Again


So maybe it's a three-hit wonder, but the Gap has pulled a really cool rabbit out of their hat: three CDFA award winners, Doo Ri, Thakoon, and Rodarte to design a line of creative white shirts for them. The stuff is dope...especially since the white shirt is looking so fresh right now. But alas, go to your rural stores to find any product left. This is sold out online already! Maybe the Gap should have actually made enough product for the demand and they could have pulled themselves out of their two year sales slump!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Does Your Size Depend on How Much You Like Something


Ahh yes. I did just buy this dress a full 2 sizes too small because I love it so. Alas, I will spend my evening moving snaps by about an inch to make this dress appear to be my size. I've found that my size varies based on 1) How much I obsess about something and 2) How much it costs. I could range from a 2 to a 12 at the Barney's Warehouse Sale. So if you see me hobbling down the street, know how truely and deeply I love those shoes, or at least loved the price tag.

But it was worth if for this doozy. It was featured in both In Style and Domino, and is sold out from Bergdorf to Intermix. Milly sure knew what she was doing with this frock, and it doesn't hurt that it is the color du jour. So you see, I just had to the last one, regardless of the size.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Pat Field for Payless



I interrupt posting of the Europe trends for some breaking news. Not only is famed Sex and the City and the Devil Wears Prada stylist, Patricia Field, designing a line for Payless, but Payless is actually doing an amazing job of marketing the line. Check out this hip sitelet.

Pat wore Payless to the Oscars this year. And looked pretty stunning...does this woman age well or what!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Diggin Gap Boyfriend Fit Khakis

Now I thought for sure with the dismal news coming out of the Gap in the past year, they wouldn't have anything worth viewing this season. So it wasn't until I was window shopping in Paris and ran across the cutest outfit that I actually fell into the Gap. I avoid all of the NYC Gaps because I know where each it located, but scouring windows overseas, I don't know what stores I'm looking at until something catches my eye and I walk in.
And this is what caught my eye this time. I haven't been so into white shirts and khakis since Mad About You. But this androgynous look, baggy pants, fitted top, swing jacket, has a newer look. It's not really baggy over baggy like it was in the 90's. There is a bit of a Audrey Hepburn look. Just in time for all of the cute ballet flats infultrating the country.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Hey Sexy Bumblebee

Yeah I know it sounds funny, but when I saw my friend Patty wearing a black pencil skirt, fab black Dior heels, and a shocking yellow sweater, it just rolled off my tongue. But knowing she had just come back from Europe, I realize now, sitting in my Paris hotel, what she just saw. Everyone is wearing black and yellow. It's part mod part matrix and definately leaves you looking like the queen bee. Not sure if I'm ready for it yet...especially with my 2 month old shade of blonde. Not good with most yellow hues. But I'm definately ready for Spring and this screams it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Bubblicious at BCBG


Now I admittedly embarrassed myself in a bubble skirt this past season, but I'm not quite over trying out volume shapes yet. I think I can give it one more try with the hottest bubble o' the moment, the bubble sleeve. This look is most appropriate for spring or summer, because trust me, it is impossible to wear a jacket over this look without having lumpy arms. It's also better when it's warm because the rule of thumb on volume sleeves is keep the silhouette short and sexy elsewhere. If you try this look in a long or full dress, you'll need to belt in at the waist to make it slenderizing. DO NOT do volume all over. It's important to show off something slim, whether its a long lean leg or a waistline. The skinny mini is the newest length because it gives you a 60's twiggy look.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Ben Kweller Is So Puppy

Don't worry, I'm over this word in about 15 hours. But last night, I decided that the sweetest, nicest, most lovely things in the world are 'puppy'. My friend Leslie and her fiance Olly cuddling in the corner are puppy, Tom Gray's smile is puppy, and Ben Kweller is just all around puppy!
But wait, there's more. Ben has quite a cool style, which is why he warrants a blog entry. Last night, he was very 'Chips Ahoy'...a nautical twist but with a yummy humor about it. Check out the head to toe...striped shirt: tres francais, gray jeans: very now, tiny blazer: brooklyn chic, and a cool cap. Captain oh my captain.

I also dig the curls, the songs, and most of all his attitude. He gushed about his grandma on stage, interacted with the crowd all night, and added my fav song, Run, to his set list just because my friend JB requested it. What a guy! Check out this link to see his g-ma getting down on mtv.com trl. Vote for the video while you're at it!

And speaking of what a guy...a special shoutout to JB (aka John-Be-On-Dough-Lil-Oh) for getting 'Run' added to the set. That was the highlight of my 2007 so far! You're so puppy John!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Bringing Back the Dittos


Daniella Clarke, the hot designer responsible for Frankie B lowriders, is bringing back one of her first loves...Dittos. Dittos was a huge late 70's, early 80's brand that focused on tight t's and high waisted jeans in bright colors. And on the front end of the high waist revolution, the timing couldn't be more perfect. This will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe in fun electro bright colors. And perfect with this summers casual comfort wedge. Bring back the rainbows and unicorns and your euphoric summer is complete.

The line ships to better stores (Bendel's, Intermix, Lisa Kline, etc) on March 30th.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

How High Can You Go?

As I sat on a barstool with my very hot date last night, it dawned on me that I was wearing my 'standing room only' jeans. Meaning, if I'm in the sitting postition, rest assured my bum is being beared to the general public. Definate reason to not sit at the bar stool the makes your backside face the restaurant patrons. You just end up being a 'yanker' all night...making sure your sweater stretches as far is it can go to mind the gap between your jeans and your top.

Which is why I'm finally ready for the high waisted pant. I was afraid I would get 1980 mom's butt...the elongated backside view that makes your behind look like it's 1/3 of your total body height. But I've found the key to this look is making sure the mid-section of your pants, that is, the section from the top of the pant to just below the belly button, has a corset effect and actually looks like a seperate piece. It should have some sort of seam around your low waist, so you get all the beauty of a long torso, but the added benefit of a tiny weeny pinched waist. Now the only thing to bring back is the vintage exercises with the belly band or the broomstick so you can nip that waist in!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Scarlett Loves Reebok-BIG Disappointment!


So Scarlett's line for Reebok debuted yesterday...and the fact that you've probably heard nothing about it is no accident! The line is about 6 styles and a couple of colors...including the ever exciting white and gray? Maybe things fizzled out in the partnership after she spend her last six months concentrating on LV and JT...but the design team at Reebok could have AT LEAST come up with something presentable. With so many design partnerships happening today (Stella for Adidas, Madonna for H&M, everyone cool for Target,etc) celebrity names are just par for the course. You have to have cool design to back it up. Shame on you Reebok.

BTW...good luck finding it on Reebok.com as they make no mention of it. Click here to see the handful of styles.

Lanie Learns to Krump

I'm OBSESSED with meez.com, so much that I just burned a half hour finding the cutest Lanie version I could create. And I thought turning myself into an elf on officemax.com was cool!



Meez allows you to select from oodles of hairstyles, eye colors, outfits, settings, you name it! They even have ethnic face features which is a step up from the Barbie.com games my niece *makes* me play with her. Welcome meez Lanie to the PS blog...I'll try to update her outfits and her settings often (she is krumping for a limited time only).

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Scarlett Johansson Fell From Heaven


As if I needed another reason to adore Scarlett Johansson, I came across these pictures of her in the Spring LV campaign. I love the style of these photos with a porcelain type finish. Dior is doing something similar this season with color that looks like it came straight off of the white range of a paint store.

Scarlett is a mix of natural beauty and imperfection. She has such a reality to her voice, style, attitude. I imagine Scarlett is cool and smooth, but can still be the girl that text messages a guy too much after a breakup and regrets it.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Black, White, and Red All Over



No it's not new, but black and red hasn't looked this fresh since the White Stripes ruled it.
I think I love it more now because it feels more black and white with hints of red...most importanly the lips! There were so many raspberry red lips on the runway, that I'm almost ready to throw out the gloss! Matte lips are starting to look good again. And leave the shine to all the great new giant crystal beads and mirrored gemstones like this cool Chloe dress.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sarah Jessica Parker Bends Over Backwards for the Environment


Mrs. Ferris Bueller lives just down the street from me and I see her and the fam quite a bit in the West Village. I've seen little James throw fits, SJP talk to neighbors, and Matthew shoveling the walk. So they pretty much seem like an all American family. Save for times that an Escalade rolls up to pick them up in evening attire for Broadway debuts, movie screenings, etc.

So today I was extremely impressed when the unassuming Prius that was complete with driver came to attention as SJP carried out her stroller. Looks like the Brodericks have downgraded their wheels and upgraded their cool factor in my opinion. If you don't know the Prius, it is has both a gas engine and electric motor, great fuel economy and low emissions. Don't care because you take the subway? Well you'll be surprised to learn that us NY'ers produce as much if not more CO2 than the avg American. Go to stopglobalwarming.org to learn more.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Reese's Pieces...vavavoom at the 2007 Oscars

While I'm tempted to comment on multiple winning looks at the Oscars, we all know that many are nominated, but there is always one winner. And this year it is by far Reese Witherspoon in a fab Nina Ricci plum layered gown.

And why? Although it is obvious, let's break it down:


1) FIT-This dress is perfectly nipped at her best asset...her waistline. It is refreshing to see a dress that fits in a real vintage way. Plus we are all sick of people making their cleavage a key part of their look.

2) HAIR-She is rocking the long layers that Gwenyth and Nicole had, but her bangs look so fresh and updated.

3) ATTITUDE-We all love a survivor, but she's not sending out the pathetic Teri Hatcher 'look at me know' vibes. She is truely confident, strong and super sexy.

So firm nod to Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Watts, but Reese gets the gold.

Friday, February 23, 2007

You CAN Mix Your Whites

A loyal 'PS' fan recently asked me if he could a) wear white in the winter and b) mix different shades of white. Well OF COURSE you can wear white in the winter...that trend has been around a couple of seasons now. The question is whether you are bold enough to brave the glaring looks of tradtionalist who are dying for Memorial Day to arrive so they can gleam in their best whites. (PS. I don't recommend exercising this trend in the state of Texas).


But can you mix whites? I would have initially said no...actually seems kind of weird to me. But low and behold, several Menswear designers show various shades of cream and white mixed in the same outfit, Valentino and Vuitton to name just a few. Now these aren't rebel design teams, they are well established high end brands, so if they say it's ok...go nuts! Just make sure leave the white patent dress shoes to Cousin Eddy.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ga Ga for Gucci


Not to be a Prada hater, but every season, Prada sends down the runway these frumpy outfits that may speak to the trend-du-jour, but always fail to bowl you over with femininity. Low and behold, you step into the Prada store and find about 10 of their runway looks and 100 basics items.


So I have to give Gucci props, for showing a very wearable line that looks fresh and new and then sticking to it in season. This 1940's retro glam look is the most amazing show I've seen so far this season. Not only is it chock full of new elements: feather prints, Hepburn trousers, Sequin embellishments, but if feels very modern in it's interpretation. Get out the bobby pins...this look is amazing with fingerwaves and berry lips.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Some Dope Dots at the Luella Show

Ok so maybe I'm a week late at the NYC shows, but I've just decided I love these velvet and burnout dots. They are super 80's but look great in moderation. Now that I've converted my wardrobe to all black, it's now about how can I get even more black without being boring...and I think this is it!

It's way cute in this bubble dress. And attitudy boots like this, makes it not quite so sweet.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Rock Candy Rings


I have to give a shout out to a Megan Greene of Magpie Rings, for her delish cocktail rings. They look good enought to eat!

I bought a couple of her rings at the last Shecky's 'Girls Night Out' and they have become my signature pieces. Especially since I can either be a) not much into lots of jewelry, and 2) too forgetful to put on jewelry, I just keep a ring stashed in my bag at all times to give some flash to my outfit. Not only do I get tons of compliments on them, but it ups my cool factor because each piece is original art!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Eye Love Eye Let



Once the snow thaws, I've got my eyelet dresses ready to go. The newness this year is to wear eyelet in graphic patterns. It should have a slight 60's and vintage vibe. Make sure to ditch the Little House on the Prarie eyelet from two years ago. If it's at the knee or below, it's gotta go. Good rule of thumb...or rule of knee.



If you're nervous about wearing white too soon...ease into it with some tall boots. White is NOT for post memorial day only. Wearing true white all year round is tres MOD! And wearing white doesn't have to be basic...add color in your accessories to make it really pop!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Lovely Lily...Ghetto Fab is Back!

Obsession of the moment...big gold hoops. Gwen, Fergie, and now Lily are cementing the comeback of ghettofab and I love it!

If you haven't heard of Lily Allen, run don't walk. Her smooth voice is so cute and sweet, you can hardly believe her lyrics are about breakups (being happy to see the ex cry), getting hit on by nasty men, and her brother smoking pot in his bedroom. It's like Liz Phair with Nora Jones voice. Layer on her cool style (trainers with sundresses) and you have a cult classic. Does anyone know where she got her SNL dress? Love how overdramaticly full it is. It laughs at prom.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Gammy's, I mean Grammy's

Granted there were some beautiful long luxiourious gowns on the red carpet, these are the only three girls that got it right last night. It's not the prom, it's the GRAMMY'S!!! One of the most fun and hip awards shows around. Let's see those gams!!!





What's worse, is when the cameras scanned the crowd, even the common folk thought it is acceptable to wear an updo and a bad bridesmaid dress. How can you get down to Chris Brown with your satin dyed-to-match t-straps?

These gorgesco girls are showing the right amount of show stopping leg. Ever since the return on the sixties mini dress, the leg is the new accessory. And with all this glam happening on the dresses, it is even more appropriate to be short and not look too serious. They are definately going to be the envy of the afterparty set. Who wants to table dance in a hoop skirt?