When my partner-in-blogging-crime Connie came up with the name “The Daily Obsession” for our site seven years ago, I had some reservations about the name. “Are you sure it doesn’t sound like a creepy guy peering at you from around dark corner,” I asked, “maybe waiting to attack with the latest airbrush foundation?” As it turns out, my girl was way ahead of her time as these past few years we’ve seen more and more columns pop up on other blogs and magazine sites utilizing what is apparently fashion’s favorite word — obsess. Last week, The New York Times even published an article on the history and evolution of the word, which of course I paid particular interest to and found fascinating. In other words, I was obsessed with the article about being obsessed!
So…”when and why did this verb, which once connoted a serious psychological disorder, become hijacked by the fashionable young women (and a few men) of America?” Read on to find out!
(Image: Johanna Goodman/ NYT)
It’s always fun to see a fellow blogger snag a modeling gig with a cool brand. In this case, I’m referring to actress, model and Trop Rouge blogger Christina Caradona, the new face of Ready to Wear designer Valentina Shah‘s Spring-Summer 2013 collection, which debuted this month.
Already seen on celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Cindy Crawford, Valentina Shah clothing is an sexy hybrid of old world beauty, inspired by Valentina’s days in Rome uncovering her grandmother’s vintage pieces, and modern chic, likely inspired by her 10+ years as a fashion executive. I was immediately drawn to this collection — her second thus far — because of its timelessness and versatility. READ MORE
Before even hellos, I blurted out”I love your shirt!” to Caroline, the lovely PR girl showing me the latest in Paterson J. Kincaid. And the subject of my admiration was the perfect chambray shirt, with descriptors like “just the right amount” of fade, slightly structured but not too structured, and with slight boyfriend appeal, thanks to the dropped shoulders. Part of The Man Repeller’s collaboration with PJK, the shirt is versatile to be worn in man-repelling ways (like say, if you wanted to wear it Texas Tuxedo style with more denim) or in man-attracting ways (to a spring music festival with loads of jewelry or with a pencil skirt to the office for more casual days.) My favorite detail of the shirt are the the beaded “friendship bracelet” style ornate cuffs. You can get your perfect shirt here.
What do the Grammys, Downton Abbey and Valentine’s Day have in common? That’s right: Dandy details! This Valentine’s Day, take a cue from Justin and Jay-Z in “Suit & Tie” and let your man get dandy. Try pairing one of these gentlemanly accessories with a dinner out (or request a private fashion show, if you know what I mean):
Gallant & Beau London Customized Dandy Box Set — As TDO’s Kathleen recently said, every dude needs a pair of socks. I couldn’t agree more. Inspired by “the original ‘dandy’ Beau Brummell,” these socks are the perfect excuse to experiment with color. And, for $48.50, you can customize your own box (shown: Sloane Red, Westminster Black and St. James Red). READ MORE
As you may already know, Girls star (and my personal beauty crush) Allison Williams is the new face of Simple Skincare, and honestly I can’t think of a better person for the job — her vibe is totally in sync with the holistic approach of the beauty brand and well, her skin is just amazing. Next week Allison will debut a new nationwide TV ad for Simple but you can already get a preview of it on Simple Skincare’s Facebook page. I’ll never tire of seeing her on screen!
I was also given the amazing opportunity to chat with Allison over the phone for an interview for The Daily Obsession. Read on below for skincare and wellness tips from Allison (obviously I’ve already started incorporating all of them into my own daily routine). READ MORE
I first fell in love with Stella McCartney when she launched her inaugural collection for Adidas. I remember looking through the collection photos thinking I’d never seen workout wear like that before — sleek, strong and geometrical, but also sweet and girly with its light pinks and dusty roses. I longed for a body to pull the clothes off, to be a Stella McCartney girl — equal parts strong and feminine. READ MORE
When’s a better time to win the Meaningful Beauty 30 Day Skincare set than now that the holidays are winding down, and you’re thinking about a fresh start for the new year? We’ve been trying the kit for the past month and totally loving the results (not to mention the philosophy behind the skincare). And now we definitely want to share to give you the opportunity to try it out for yourself as well! Want to look Cindy Crawford Young? Here’s how:
Happy holidays and good luck! x
Happy Holidays from all of us at The Daily Obsession! We’ll be posting on an abbreviated schedule for this week to travel, enjoy time with our families, loved ones, and finally conquer those pending Netflix and book queues. But we wanted to thank you, dear readers, for being with us this year. We’re so grateful that we’ve gotten to know you better, and share our life experiences (and some of our favorite fashion and beauty finds.) But we wouldn’t leave you bored. In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite posts from the year of 2012:
- Redheads, listen up! Charli interviews hair legend Marco Pelusi, who talked about his favorite haircolor and the trends to watch for 2013.
- Our first video ever at TDO. Carolyn gets all the tips and tricks from Cover Girl’s ambassador and celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey, who explains how to get the perfect smoky eye and how to make your beauty looks camera-ready (and looking good in all those holiday pictures.)
- Stacey talks about a Chanel polish that gives her a sense of vertigo, the good kind.
- I talk about my version of The Top Shelf, sharing my beauty philosophy and beauty secrets from my mom (6-step skincare routine, hello.)
- Connie shares about what’s on her Editor’s Vanity, including a bobby pin with a hint of whimsy.
- Seafaring for the holidays? We’re jealous! And Liz has the perfect wrist accessory for your trip.
See you all in 2013!
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