If there’s one fall collection I’m super excited to get my hands on right now, it’s Cotton Citizen. (Think James Perse meets American Apparel … but better.) This brand could change the way we look at T-shirts forever.
Made in Los Angeles, Cotton Citizen came about when Adam Vanunu, whose family runs American Dye House (makes sense!), experimented with premium fabrics (think bamboo, organic cotton, jersey and French terry) and unique washes and dyes often associated with denim (think acid wash). The effect was a show-stopping complexity of color. When I first got one of their shirts, an ultra-soft rust-colored number with faded, watercolor-like detail, I wore it almost every day for a week! (I’ve since restrained myself, but still want to wear it every day.) READ MORE
“!!!” “OMG, I’m so jealous.” “OMG, I love her.” “Ask her if she needs an assistant!” The responses varied, but the excitement level was palpable when I told my friends I had the chance to interview Bethenny Frankel. Bethenny may describe herself as a barracuda, but in person, she comes across as a professional, warm, but smart businesswoman. She’s like the cool, all-knowing aunt every girl needs in her life. The one who you can go to for things you can’t ask your mom. The one who will tell you, “No, you shouldn’t buy those jeans” and answer without hesitating when you ask, “Yo, should I dump this asshole?” (love this site.) Her “Frank-elness” (sorry for the terrible pun) and honesty are among the core values of her Skinnygirl brand, which is why I was initially surprised when I heard she was making the foray into shapewear. Because isn’t shapewear partly based on hidden illusion and smoke and mirrors through can’t-breathe, secret foundation undergarments? But leave it to Bethenny to inject some candor into the shapewear industry by taking the “hidden” out of the equation, and making a line of visible, lingerie-inspired foundation garments that are meant to be seen: Skinnygirl Solutions. I asked Bethenny about her new line launching exclusively at 25 Macy’s, her thoughts on the 90 day rule, and why she’s against texting boys.
TDO: When do you wear shapewear?
Bethenny: This is a classic tank, I wear that under everything. I wear it when I’m going out at night with my girlfriends or husband, under a dress or a tank top. It’s lazy lingerie because when I get home because it’s like, “Honey, I have something sexy on.” It’s smoothing and inexpensive at less than $50 a garment. It’s shapewear you actually want people to see. And it’s not just shapewear: it’s a bra, tank top, and a piece of lingerie, all in one garment.
What were the pain points in the current shapewear industry that inspired you?
My brand is about practical solutions for women. Women say, “It rolls up, it’s too expensive. I’m embarrassed to wear it in front of someone.” I listen to women. That’s my job.
At this point, Alison Brod, the PR impresario whose firm is heading the event, pops by to say hi to Bethenny. READ MORE
When I think of a 5-star culinary gem, I usually don’t think of a tiny strip mall by the freeway and a bill that’s under $200. This is what makes Papilles, my new favorite French restaurant, so endearing. Inspired by the bistronomique movement in Paris (uptown food meets downtown vibe), Papilles is one of the few places you can enjoy a rich gourmet meal and a fantastic bottle of wine for just under $60 a person—then stroll home in jeans and sneakers. (OK, I wore red Pour La Victoire pumps last time, but still.) READ MORE
Adriana Lima, supermodel extraordinaire and one of Victoria’s Secret’s most famous Angels, needs no introduction. I got to meet her yesterday at a press event and like any good blogger would, I jumped at the chance to ask her a few questions.
The Daily Obsession: What’s the most romantic place in New York City to you?
Adriana Lima: The most romantic place in the city is the restaurant La Grenouille, especially on the second floor where they have those magnificent flower displays. My idea of a romantic night out is going for a really nice dinner and this is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. I also love Central Park. READ MORE
In the week leading up to the Golden Globes, all I can think about is Marilyn Monroe’s style. Actress Michelle Williams may face tough competition for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (she’s nominated along with Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron, Kristen Wiig and Kate Winslet); but when it comes to who played the character with the highest chic factor, Michelle wins hands down.
Here, my favorite ways to channel Marilyn’s timeless look (clockwise): READ MORE
Last night, I caught a glimpse of the always-gorgeous Jamie-Lynn Sigler with Joe Jonas, as well as Dominic Monaghan, while sipping champagne at the ultra-chic, intimate Sayers Club in Hollywood. The occasion: a private celebration of the GQ November music issue and the new GUESS online miniseries with the fashionable, Brooklyn-hip-hop-style-inspired Theophilus London, who gave a special live performance. Also in attendance were TV stars and hosts galore, such as 90210′s Shenae Grimes, and of course GQ Luxury Advertising Director Brendan Coolidge Monaghan.
Check out the miniseries exclusively on the GUESS Facebook page. And thanks to GUESS for inviting us to this amazing event!
As the dress designer of choice for the GMA dubbed American Royal Wedding (yes, a bit much I agree), Vera Wang’s name has been on everyone’s lips for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, her new fragrance has been all over my wrists. On Wednesday, I went to the James Hotel to fête Vera Wang, Lovestruck, and Leighton Meester, the lovely spokesmodel of the fragrance.
The idea of romance is nothing new for a world-class wedding dress designer, but Lovestruck, as Vera told us, is not a wedding fragrance. It is romantic, inspired by a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet, but it’s about that butterflies-in-your-stomach thrill and Christmas Eve jitters you have when you are starting to really like someone. “ Lovestruck is about the emotion and rush you feel when you are falling in love and going for it…those heart-pounding moments of spontaneity,” says Vera.
She interpreted these feelings with a fragrance mix of slight tropical sweetness mixed with spicy florals, with top notes of pink guava and heady angelica flowers. Its tuberose base is tempered by musky woods, leaving a lasting and lingering scent. Evoking the R&J inspiration of the fragrance, Leighton Meester starred in the video and ad campaign, shot waiting for her beau on a Pretty Woman-inspired fire escape in SoHo.
Lovestruck retails for $48 and can be found at Sephora and Macy’s. Check out their Tumblr, where Shenae Grimes and Becka Diamond took the Lovestruck quiz and talks about what movies, music, food, and cities that have them Lovestruck (hint: someone has a thing for the movie Great Expectations).
We think she’s pretty … without any makeup on ...
Well, this weekend I saw Katy Perry in concert, courtesy of Proactiv, and she had a LOT of makeup on. But I still left the show with three things on my mind: the lyrics to “California Gurls” (unavoidable), Katy’s Snow White complexion and her lust-worthy sequin mary janes. READ MORE
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