Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vogue – 758pgs of Pure Bliss

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Red Lips – David Letterman once asked Anna Wintour (former Editor and Chief of Vogue) if you have only $20 to spend on  “being fashionable” what should you buy?  Her response “you could always buy a lipstick.”  That’s so true for Fall 2011.  Pictures of women with retro red lips and fluttery eyelashes are everywhere in this year’s issue.  Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rouge ($23) was featured in the Index.  I might not get to jump on every trend this year but I will definitely invest in a high quality red lipstick:

Vintage Hollywood Glamor for women.  Glamor is definitly the right word.   “In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.” Elsa Schiaparelli.  It’s Katie Perry/Marilyn Monroe inspired pin up girl for those with the courage to flaunt it.  Scarlet Johannson/Grace Kelly elegance for those who like subtle glamor.  Naughty or nice either way you can’t go wrong with tailored feminine pieces, long lashes, skinny waists, perky boobs, high heels, soft bouncy wet set curls, knee length dresses and voluminous skirts.  Pulling off this look is surprisingly cost affordable.  A lot of today’s inexpensive fashion items are the staples of yester-year.  Want sky high perky boobs like the early 60s?  Go to walmart and reach for the 18hr bra in a box ($20).  Want the flawless curls? Raid the hair roller department at the dollar store ($3).   Can’t afford a diamond necklace?  Neither can I.  A strand (or two.. or three) of freshwater pearls will do the trick ($25+).  Paired with wardrobe staples a girl can look expensive and trendy without having to pay a fortune.

Slim suits & Skinny Ties for Men  Gone are the days of cargo pants and ratty t-shirts.  Suits and shiny shoes are back in and I’m very excited about it. 

Fur – Fur jackets, capes, boots, bags, gloves,  dresses, belts, etc. etc. etc were all over this month’s issue.  Trying to go all out with this trend could cost a small fortune.  I think a simple fur scarf & fur lined gloves paired with staples will do the trick.   Not into wearing dead animals?  There are plenty of authentic looking look-alikes on the market.  Some of them are softer, more cost effective and more durable than the real thing. 

Ankle Boots.  Are in.  Undeniably so.  I might be a social outcast for opting out of ankle boots but they’re just not flattering on my body type.   Even so, if you like them, stock up… this is your season!

Jacket & Boots paird with EVERYTHING.  Double points for jacket & boots paired with skirts & dresses.  And tripple points for a grey trench/boot pairing.

Grey, Tan, Wine & Berries  Is how I can best describe this year’s color scheme.  

Simple Leather Bag You should always end on a good tote.  The simple leather bag is a trend I can stand behind.  No fancy clasps or prints.  This is a load up once, take everywhere & wear with almost anything kind of bag.  [Round of applause] 

Why I hate the NFL

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#1.  Sunday Night Football:  Sunday night football was a bad idea by whoever created it.  It overlaps Jersylicious.  Strike one.

#2. Fantasy Football: Makes you watch every NFL game.  Strike two.

#3. Madden 2012:  Actually more boring than watching football.  Strike three.

#4. Pink Jerseys:  Pink is not an NFL team color.   It used to be the safest color (as a girl) to wear to any sporting event.  Now it’s not. 

#5. Mascots: Don’t make sense. In the real world a lion would eat a ram.  Saints can’t steal.  Cardinals are about as tough as hummingbirds.  It’s just wrong for the patriots to beat the Chiefs.  And dolphins?  If you have to go aquatic…go with a shark, stingray, killer whale, octopus even.  Not a dolphin.   If I had to start an NFL team it’d be the “I – Crush – Yous.”   

#6.  The rules.  Are impossibly confusing.

#7. The announcers.  Are even more confusing.  This is what I hear…. “67 to the 32 yard line.  Second to three.  Inside hand off.  At the first down.  Beautifully done by Scotty Hampton. Set 3 great play by the defensive offensive line to the quarterback.  Full back.  Defensive end.  Biochemical engineering. At&t. Human Genome Project.   Blue 42.  Back to you Ted.”

#8.  The pants. 


9.  “Official NFL” Sports Merchandise.   There’s a lot of it.  I bet you could find an official Green Bay Packers snow globe whistle that doubles as a toaster oven.

10.  The reactions.  I don’t hate this per say it’s just really amusing.  My husband is not a loud man.  If he drops something heavy on his foot you get a barely whispered “ouch.”   If he wins $100 you might get a calm “hey look at that.”  But a touchdown.  Now that gets a completely different reaction.  ” GO!   GO!   GO!   GO GO GO!!!!   TOUCHDOWN!  HELL YEAH!  TOUCH – DOOOOOOWWWWWNNNNN!!!!!!! Did you see that?  DID.  YOU.  SEE.  THAT.  TOUCH DDDDDOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWNNNNN!!!!!  HELL!!!! YEAH!!!!  THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!   Replay.  Replay.  Check this out. THERE HE GOES.  O…O… OH!  OOOOOOOOHHHHH!    TOUCH DOOOOOOWN!”