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Friday, June 29, 2007

Fashion Friend Finale - Week of 06/29/07

Couture in the City shares a great way to support the troops in style wants you to weigh in on the bandana trend

Fabulously Broke in the City thinks the Starbucks Travel Mug is a worthy investment for you coffee-holics who want to save money and the earth at one time

The Glam Guide points out Old Hollywood influences on Fall 2007 fashion

Catwalk Queen wants to know what you think of L'Oreal's latest air-brushing of Scarlett Johansson for ads

Shopping Tip: Get Your Electronic Warranties

Hello Shopaholics!

Hope you're all gearing up for an awesome weekend of shopping and fun with friends. Just wanted to drop a quick line to let you guys know that I won't be able to post any outfit pictures for a couple weeks...or any other "homemade" photos for that matter. Sadly, my digital camera is on the fritz. Luckily, I purchased a four year warranty, so I dropped my baby off at Best Buy last night, and they shipped it off to be fixed. Anywho, the lesson here is that if you're going to buy a digital camera, or laptop, or anything electronic, you should get a warranty. I recommend a warranty that will last as long as you expect

1. that you will actually use said electronic before getting tired of it wanting to replace it with another, newer version
2. that will last as long as you think the technology will be relevant

With technology changing as fast as it does these days, I wouldn't get a five year warranty on something that will easily be replaced in two. Imagine that you bought a digital camera a couple years ago...already, the cameras are much smaller in size, have cooler functions, and have much more memory. What good would a five year warranty have done you if you purchased a new camera within two or three of having bought your first?

Anywho, my camera is only one year old, so I'm good to go for awhile. Will I replace her before my four year warranty goes out? Most likely...but lesson learned, right? And now I can share it with you!

Fashionably Yours,


PARIS - men's fashion SS 08 shows + party with andrea crews and sweatx, paris paris, 06/28/07

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Casting Call For Tim Gunn's Guide To Style

The casting director for Tim Gunn's new show has written to let us know that they are still looking for candidates. They are specifically seeking women who are "Empty Nesters" aged 43-60 and live within 30 miles of NYC.

They are also seeking men for one episode. No qualifications for the men - any age, gay or straight, but must live within 30 miles of NYC.

If you fit this profile and you are interested, please e-mail Katy Sarge.

Of course, we'd love to hear from you if you are selected!

Liz Claiborne Dies

Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Liz Claiborne. She was an inspiration to the fashion industry and to women everywhere.

You can read more about Liz at, Forbes, ABC News, and of course Bravo.

MADRID - sunny afternoon, malasana + gran via, 06/27/07

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

show me your dress and i'll tell you who you are

Genevieve, old - Soho
i was just photographing someone else when she�was�pointed�out�to�me on the other side of the street. indeed her casual, yet sphisticated style as well as that adorable dog left no doubt that she had to be on the books. her dress is by Spencer & Graham, shoes are Barber Bui, bag is by Prada and glasses are Lanvin. Genevieve works as a jewelry designer and was just right in the middle of dry cleaning and dog-walking.

Marisa, 20 - Soho
this young lady and her buddy Robert (see below) were just on their way to the theatre when i met them. her dress is vintage from a store in LA called "The Elegant Mess". shoes are Stella McCartney, glasses are Chanel.

Robert, 26 - Soho
the only man i saw that day who was on top of his fashion! Robert wears a top by Alberto Marani, Shorts with little scorpios on them by Brooks Brothers and shoes by Bottega Veneta. he works as a fashion publicist.

Sophie, 20
before agreeing to take this picture she made sure i didnt shoot for the Don'ts section in Vice magazine. and how could i when Sophie's style is a absolute Do. vintage shoes from Paris, a Marc Jacobs Skirt and leotard by American Apparel. all rounded up by my favorite accessoire - blood red lipstick. Sophie works in an art gallery and likes spicy food. (or she seemed like she would).

Anna, 33 - West Village
hey mate! this lovely australian musician has been living around new york long enough to make it hard to detect her accent, but it is there. her outfit is vintage from australia, shoes are from a store called Dalaga and the bag is from a yard sale.

Amanda, 24 - Lower East Side
i stopped her right in front of whole foods (try their Terra Stripes and Blues exotic vegetable chips) and was astounded to hear that her fabulous yellow dress is H&M! elegantly combined with Louis Vuitton shoes, and a vintage bag and necklace. Amanda works in fashion PR and was just on her way to do cocktails with friends.

Katie, 26 - Soho
the second publicist i met that day was just on her way to the gym when this bright attention seeking blue dress caught mine. the match was made perfect by her blue eyeshadow and the shoes, a lucky cheapie find at Rainbow. dress is H&M, necklace is a gift that her dad once gave to her mom.

Hilary, 31 - Lower East Side
what would you guess this woman does for a living? a belly-dancer? a green peace activist? - no, she's a bond trader! Her shirt and skirt are by Calypso, the belt is from an antique bazaar and necklaces are from all over.

Single Women Can't Cook

I was watching that new series that started last week called Brothers and Sisters. It is a drama starring Calista Flockhart, she of Ally McBeal fame who plays Kitty Walker, a hard driven career woman. Brothers and Sisters is an ok drama, nothing remarkable apart from one scene where Kitty is making dinner for her boyfriend. She is on the phone and then we see her rush to the oven and take out some burnt dinner. Yep, girlfriend might kick ass as a TV host but she is totally wack in the kitchen. If that scene sounds familiar then it is probably because you have seen it a thousand times before. How many times have we seen single career women on TV being portrayed as undomesticated and unable to boil an egg? Let me see there was the tough DC Jane Tennison played by Helen Mirren in the award winning Prime Suspect who lived on recipe dishes. So lame was she in the culinary stakes that her boyfriend who was also a Policeman had to come round and rustle up a tasty dish for her after witnessing the sad contents of her fridge. Funny how he managed to cook and hold down a career at the same time. As much as I loved Sex and the City that show also let me down in the kitchen as well. Neither of my gals could cook to save their lives and in fact a couple of them seemed proud of it. The closest Miranda ever got to the kitchen was when she was putting her Chinese takeaway onto her fancy plates and Samantha only seem to go into her kitchen when she was looking for the wine corker. The hopeless Susan from Desperate Housewives couldn't cook either, oh and neither could Bridget Jones - the ultimate singleton. I once saw a documentary a few years ago about modern relationships where a bunch of guys where discussing the perils of the modern lady. One of them said that if you went to a young lady's home and you looked in her fridge you wouldn't see any food but you could bet on finding a couple of bottles of wine in there. How cheeky!!

I am a single woman but I can cook, in fact if I couldn't cook I would probably starve as there would be no-one else to cook for me. Either that or I would go bankrupt from eating out all the time. I am sure there are lots of single woman who cannot cook but there also are loads that can and I think it is ludicrous and harmful to consistently present single ladies who do not know one end of the kitchen to another. Most of the women I know simply adore cooking and love trying out new dishes and the majority of them have fantastic kitchens to cook in. With food being the new black and chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey now household names it is time TV bosses got real and started portraying single women in a realistic view. Great in the boardroom and fabulous in the kitchen. Thank god for Nigella Lawson with her wonderful foodie programmes, as well as the delightful programme, Dish it Up which features singers and best chums, Neneh Cherry and Andrea Oliver.

More News!

Tim Gunn makes his debut as "Tim Well Done" in this week's episode of Sprays in the City. Be sure to vote at the end and enter the contest for the $10,000 shopping spree. Thanks Cody.

Also, for designers, Babylock is sponsoring a Passion For Fashion design contest. Please let us know if you plan to enter.

There is lots of press coverage of the Trevor Project benefit. Tim Gunn, Daniel Vosovic and Andy Cohen were among those attending. Check out Broadway World, (Thanks Deb) The Observer, A Socialite's Life, and of course Andy Cohen's Outzone Blog.

Meanwhile, Mychael Knight was at the BET Awards. There is coverage at fellow blogger Young, Black and Fabulous.

Mychael will also be presenting a fashion show this Friday night in Birmingham. Please let us know if you are planning to attend. We would love a field report.

Here is a new interview with Tim Gunn.

Here is one with Heidi - thanks Wendie.

Anyone watching this?

Finally, I enjoyed this blogger's post about visiting Jay McCarroll!

MADRID - sunny morning, malasana, 06/27/07