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Friday, August 31, 2007

Colored Hosiery: Must Shop or Must Not?

Not sure if you've noticed or not yet, but colored hosiery is popping up left and right for Fall 2007. What do you think? Is it too over-the-top for you or right up your alley? If I got colored tights (which I probably will), I'd probably start with purple:

American Apparel RSAPH Opaque Pantyhose - $14 (available in many more colors

There's been a lot of buzz on the blogosphere over these and while I've seen them done well in a couple outfits, I just don't think I'm this brave:

American Apparel RSAC306 Gold Lame Leggings - $40

Are colored-hosiery a "Must Shop" or a "Must Not" for you? Are you brave enough to try the gold lame leggings?

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NEW YORK - union pool, williamsburg + on the street, soho & lower east side, 08/30/07

From The Mailbox

More about Tim Gunn's Guide to Style here at Popsugar.

Here is an interview with Nina Garcia.

More Neeena from Time Out Chicago.

Here is a slightly different perspective from the Gawker Book Club. has a great interview with Tim Gunn.

Here is a feature about Tim and Veronica from BuddyTV.

Here is an interview with Tim in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Keeping it chic in black

Hot summer days usually call for cheery bright colours and stand out prints, but many celebs have reverted away from big bold colours and stayed to true to classic black.

Kirsten Dunst was seen in as well as in Hollywood wearing a similar look made up of top to toe black, that could be due to the Parisian love of black or a reflection of her mood because it seems she has no one to go shopping with these days.

Miss Fergie, who has had three consecutive number one hits has also been seen transforming into a woman with a much more grown up style, and she's pulling off the whole black top-to-toe look really well.

At Home With Tim Gunn

Click here for the USA TODAY article featuring the new apartment of Tim Gunn. Thanks Ellen.

Now ... what would make the perfect housewarming gift for Tim? I'm going to suggest a bottle of Krug Grande Cuv�e and Anderson Cooper. But I know something that the readers of Blogging Project Runway can give him - high ratings for 'Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.' Make it work, people!

Bid on Britney's Fried Chicken Versace Gown

During an the OK magazine photo shoot, Britney Spears had a severe breakdown a couple of months back in which a ton of clothing and accessories went missing. On this particular day Britney also smeared fried chicken over a brand new Spring 2007 Versace Gown.

As bazaar as it sounds, this chicken stained dress is being Auctioned on Ebay by Ok magazine as we speak.

All proceeds go towards the charity Mothers Against Drink Driving, so if your a Britney fan, fried chicken fan or a want to help towards a worthy cause you can bid on the dress which started at US $1500.

Contest - Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

Make 'Tim Gunn' your number one friend on MySpace and become eligible for a trip to NYC and a consultation WITH TIM! Click here for the MySpace identity. And click here for the rules/details. Enter now - all the cool kids are doing it!

Latex is taking over the world!

Leggings have been a big hit for the last couple of months, then the runways introduced colored leggings, then metallics and now latex and the high street is bringing them to the masses!

But Latex is making it big. From Kate Moss at the Glastonbury festival to Hilary Duff preforming live and now Claudia Schiffer is rocking latex leggings in Russian Elle Magazine. The look is quiet cool, but the over-exposure of the look may deem it too tacky too soon.

Hayden Panettiere and her cape!

Hayden Panettiere looked like quiet the superhero earlier this week, wearing what appears to be a white cape inspired by our favourite childhood hero's and matching white Ray-Ban Wayfarer's. I don't really like this look but points for originality!

Victoria has a witchy nose

It's probably just me, but if you look closely at Victoria Beckham's nose in this pic, it looks like she has a pointy evil witches nose...can anyone else see it? Be warned though because cameras and lighting can play a lot of tricks on you...


For many season's now major designer's runways saw our eyes being drawn to the interestingly kooky footwear. From Balenciaga's robot like shoes to Dries Van Noten stacked heel sneakers. So Fall's footwear seems slightly more conservative in comparison.

Boots were obviously a major feature on the catwalks and the designs and styles reflected a lot of the trends we'll be seeing in the up and coming season.
Alexander McQueen and Chloe boots showed off a rock chick almost aggressive look which reflects the dark tough looks of fall. However, these boots reflect the current period in fashion and very trend based.

While Gucci went for a much more classic and lady like look with the raised sole, which can be a staple for many years to come.
As for Jean Paul Gaultier, he brought metallics to the mix, however the cow-boy theme is so 2003...don't you think?

Kate Moss and Pete Doherty back together

These two are such a mess! They can't live together but they can't live without each other...

Miss Teen South Carolina Parent's in Audience

This is a video of Miss Tenn Carolina's parent's in the audience while she gave her infamous answer!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Shop The Lauren Conrad Collection

Our favorite "The Hills" star, Lauren Conrad (aka LC from Laguna Beach), has started her own clothing line (lucky girl), which will be available this fall on Recently, she spoke about her new collection, friend feud with Heidi, and other small talk topics on Jimmy Kimmel:

She even wore one of her own designs (of course) on the show. I was hoping for a sneak peek of more designs, but she only lets this one dress out and about. I don't know about you, but I've always liked Lauren's style, so I'm definitely interested to see what types of designs she has in the works.

How's that for making the most out of your reality TV show? You go girl!

What do you think? Will you buy one of her designs from "The Lauren Conrad Collection"?

Crazy for Kooba - Fall 2007 Picks

I've been seeing Kooba purses all over the blogosphere for the last...well, since I've been blogging, really. The more I see these fabulous totes, the more I want one...and compared to other premium designers, Kooba bags are pretty affordable. If I were to get a Kooba purse for Fall 2007, I'd probably get one of these:

Kooba Elisha Shoulder Bag
The bow helps make this chic purse extra feminine (and you guys know I love feminine) - the neutral color would make it super versatile and the metallic detailing adds extra glam

Hannah Metallic Clutch
This rock-chic clutch is big enough to carry around on a regular basis and cute enough to take your fave outfit up a notch. This purse would look great with jeans, mildly embellished boots, and a dainty top.

Paige Shoulder Tote
I love all the little buckles all over this simple yet ornate tote. The ivory-toned leather will look great with your "winter whites", as well as, either black or brown. Who doesn't like so much versatility in a lovely, leather package?

Which one is your favorite? Do you like another one more?

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NEW YORK - on the street, lower east side, east village, soho, nolita & williamsburg + orchard bar, 08/29/07

Preview Video - Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

It's one week until the premiere of 'Tim Gunn's Guide to Style' as well as the return of the Blogging Project Runway 'Party Post.' Mark your calendars for 10:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, September 6th and join us here at BPR to "watch what happens" and dish during the show with other Tim Gunn and Project Runway fans. Click here for AOL's charming interview with Tim. Thanks Zach. Here's a preview video of the show.

And, don't forget, Houston! You can still see Tim tonight. Click here for the 411.

Trend: Dress' over Tank tops

I am really loving this look that Kate Bosworth was sporting yesterday. She wore a strapless blue heart neck dress with a white tank. Its a great way to dress down what could be really formal dress.

Victoria Beckham was seen wearing this style last season as well in a cream Miu Miu dress. I really like the way Kate Bosworth wore it, it's a style to try out for the upcoming Australian summer!

Favourites from: Roberto Cavalli Fall 2007

Roberto Cavalli is one of those designers you either love or hate, his designs are not for the shy and usually consist of high glamor, high shine and low necklines.

I'm one of those people that actually really likes Roberto Cavalli's designs, and this season was no exception.

Here are four of my favourite designs:

1) The first suit is just magnificent, i love how it flares out at the waist, while the leg remains narrow whilst the black has a lovely sheen to it....and that hat makes it look ever so cool.

2) I love this dress, it's absolutely stunning on the model and it shows of her figure in a very womanly way. But I'm afraid that this sort of material will show off a lot more of your lumps and bumps if your not stick thin and 6 foot tall...still a lovely design and color.

3) The third dress is something i would definitely wear if i was rich and had a glamorous party to attend were all the paparazzi had their eyes on me (i wish)...but it reminds me of Beyonce for some reason...

4) I think those long sleeve gloves are really classy in the last picture. They remind me of 50's elegance and that dress is probably the most practical outfit for work for any stylish business women.

Venice film festival: Keira Knightley plus Chanel

Keira knightley attended the start of the Venice Film festival today in a dress from the Chanel Resort Collection. As the face of Chanel's new fragrance, Chanel Mademoiselle, Keira looked nothing less than spectacular in this simply classic Chanel Resort Collection dress.

Gorgeous girl in a Chanel dress. Enough said.

Victoria Beckham wearing Flip flops

And you thought you would never see the day..Victoria was seen doing her groceries in what appears to be flip flops (and very toned arms). It's nothing revolutionary seeing that most people wear flip flops on a daily basis during summer, but when you proclaim on your reality T.V show that you'll never be caught dead in flat footwear, then your kinda busted!

She was also seen wearing flip flops on a family day out at the beach...but this is far more sensible than wearing stilettos in the sand...could you imagine how uncomfortable that would be? or pathetic for that matter!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Me and Mr Darcy

Me and Mr Darcy is the story of Emily Albright, a hopeless romantic who loves Shakespeare books. This is highly appropriate considering that she manages a bookstore in NYC. Her idea of a perfect night in is curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine with her nose in Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately for Emily modern men do not do it for her and seem to lack the good old chivalry that is rampant in period fiction. With her love life looking rather bleek, Emily faces spending Xmas alone in her apartment, well it is either that or spending it on a nightmarish 18-30s holiday with her mate Stella. She decides to head to the England countryside on a guided tour of Jane Austen. The holiday turns out to be full of fun and adventure and rather like the books that she reads. I had the honour of interviewing Alexandra Potter, the author of Me and Mr Darcy and asked a few questions or two about writing, coffee and life in LA.

What was the inspiration for your latest book? Did it have anything to do with the current trend for period books and dramas?
My inspiration is actually quite funny! I was complaining to my boyfriend about how men these days are not romantic anymore, and I said 'Why can't the men in real life be like the men you read about in books, all chivalrous and brooding and sweeping you off your feet. Why can't men be like Mr Darcy?' And my boyfriend said, 'I bet you wouldn't like Mr Darcy if you dated him.' And I replied. 'Yes I would!' To which he laughed and said, 'You should write a book about that.' And so I did.

You tend to write about women who are not willing to settle for second best in terms of their career or relationships. Do you think this is a common trait in modern women today?
Yes, I think women today are far less willing to compromise and 'settle'. In older generations, women were brought up believe that their role in life was to be a wife and mother. That their husbands and children come first. Most women didn't have careers, and if they did, they came second to that of their husband. Today things are very different, women earn their own money, they own their own apartments, they pay their own mortgage, and with this come a sense of independence that my mother's generation did not have. Of course with this can come lots of problems�.:)

You have written about a wide range of interesting female characters which one do you think you are like most?
Gosh, that's a hard question. I see parts of myself in all my lead characters. My first heroine, Delilah, was very much like I was when I was twenty-three and first moved to London. Many of her experiences, were my experiences. However, since writing that book I have changed and grown � it was eight years ago after all � and so therefore my characters have also changed. I try not to be too autobiographical, after all, I am writing fiction!

In your books some of your supporting characters have been very colourful such as Vivienne in 'What's New Pussycat' Rita in 'Going La La' and Stella in your latest title, 'Me and Mr Darcy. Have you ever considered writing a spin off title about any of those characters?
Actually, no I haven't, but I like that idea. Hmm, maybe I will�

What do you think of the term chick lit do you see it as insulting or a great definition for modern women's fiction?
Actually I do find the term 'chick lit' as rather insulting as it is usually used in a very patronising and dismissive way. There are many, many female authors writing a huge diversity of fiction with strong female characters, and to lump them all together under the term 'chick lit' is insulting. Would you call all fiction written by men and featuring male lead characters as 'lad lit'? Of course you wouldn't. Methinks there is a little bit of jealousy and snobbery going on, as modern women's fiction often tops the bestseller lists and is enjoyed and read by millions around the world. Far more than much of what is deemed 'serious' literature�

How do you get into fiction writing?
I used to write features for women's magazines in both the UK and Australia and one day I read an article about six young authors, under the age of thirty, who had all just written their first novels. The article showed extracts from their novels, and inspired me to have a go myself. And so I did. I wrote the first three chapters in my spare time and then sent them to several agents � one of whom was Stephanie Cabot at the William Morris Agency. She loved what I'd written and told me to go away and write the rest of the book, so I gave up my job, sold my car, and lived off the money for six months. At the end of it, I finished my book, and handed it into my agent, who sent it to several publishers. Two of them loved it and there was a bidding war. It was very exciting. At the end of it I had a two-book deal worth six figures, and a brand new career!

What other authors do you admire and why?
I admire lots of different authors � both classic and modern - for their style of writing, their brilliant ideas, and for their ability to simply entertain with a cracking good book. The Brontes, Jane Austen, Sophie Kinsella, Nick Hornby and Audreny Niffenegger who wrote Time Traveller's Wife, to name just a few.

What advice would you give to budding authors out there?
Don't give up. Oh, and get an agent!

The life of a writer must be a busy one. Can you describe your typical day?
Make coffee, check emails, go on the internet: read, my horoscope (and my boyfriend's) iChat my mum, call my friend Dana, make more coffee� No, but seriously � Actually, I am being serious. Every morning I go through this ritual. Only once I've exhausted every single possible excuse for procrastination, do I finally start writing. Writers are experts at procrastination. For me, it's mostly down to fear � the fear that I won't be able to think of a single funny thing to write and I'm going to spend hours staring at a flashing cursor, my mind as blank as the screen in front of me. I've written six books and trust me, I still have those days. So this is what I've learned: Inspiration does not strike in the Zara changing rooms. You're bottom does not leave that chair until you've written something. And a lot of somethings, eventually, make a novel.

Where do you do most of your writing; desk, garden, coffee shop?
I write from home a lot, but it can get very lonely � and it's VERY easy to be distracted � so sometimes I go out and work at a local coffee shop called, rather aptly, 'The Novel Caf�.'

What are you working on next?
My next book is called 'Pleased To Meet Me'. It's a high-concept romantic comedy that follows the character of Charlotte Merryweather, a successful 35 year old, who through some inexplicable chance somehow manages to bump into her younger 21 year-old self. I'm working on it right now and it's due out January 2009. So far I'm having lots of fun writing it!! Here's the blurb for the back of the book.

If only I knew then, what I know now� Imagine if you could meet your younger self � what advice would you give yourself? What words of wisdom would you bestow? What lessons about life would you share? Start a pension? Don't give that idiot your phone-number? Wear sunscreen! For one girl, there's no need to imagine. She's about to find out for real�

You divide your time between NYC, London and LA which city do you get your ideas from?
Ooh, that's a hard one. I get my ideas from all over the place: conversations with friends, articles I read online, places I visit � oh � and a lot of daydreaming�. I daydream a lot!

Me and Mr Darcy is out now!

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NEW YORK - six six sick, happy ending + bar 205, 08/28/07

Which Was Your Favorite Season of Project Runway?

It's been a while since we did a poll. With all of these marathons on Bravo it's just natural to sort of compare one season to another. So, I was wondering: which season of Project Runway was your favorite? Click here to cast your vote.

Paris Hilton without extensions!

A lot of people are liking Paris Hilton without long blonde extensions in her hair, but i don't know if I'm really liking her new look. I'm so used to Paris being the little Blonde Hollywood Barbie Doll, that this extra short do isn't appealing to me.

It makes her look a lot older and more mature which is perhaps what she's going for...what do you think of Paris' new hair, love it or hate it?

Go the Aussies!!!

Natalie Imbruglia and Daniel Johns are two Aussies I'm very proud of! There talented, don't exploit their relationship everywhere and have fantastic style!

I love they're looks in these photos taken in London this week, Natalie is looking alot more rock chick than usual and i love her hairstyle!

Daniel Johns has come along way from his long greasy hair days and is a true style marven...and is it just me or are they both wearing matching sunglasses?...very cute!

Jessica Simpson's style back on track

Rewind a couple of years back and you'll remeber Jessica Simpson being an "it girl" with a much copied style, a love for designer and glamour, glamour, glamour!

Fast forward a bit, and you've got a newly divorced Jessica trying her luck with John Mayer and a new look. A look that didn't really work for her...either tooo casual or trying to hard, it was just all over the place!

Fast forward just a bit more, and now we have a newly single Jessica Simpson, who's style is coming back on track. Showing off a great figure, in simple yet stylish outfits, hopefully the Jessica we all loved will make a comeback!

Kylie Minogue and High Waist Jeans??

High waist jeans are probably one of the hardest looks to pull off this season. You have to make sure you get the right color, right style for your shape, right waist rise length whilst avoiding the dreaded camel toe!!

Kylie Minogue is known for her sexy little body, but i don't think she's really rocking these jeans too well. I think it may have looked better in a darker shade, a narrower leg and perhaps a less fussy top?

I think it may have looked more modern that way as opposed to actually looking like it came out of your mum's closet, but i love Kylie so I'm going to stop there...

Ex-Atomic Kitten, Natasha Hamilton's boots!

OK you might consider me tacky for this one, but i am really loving Ex-Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton's over the knee boots! I don't just love them, i actually think their fabulous!!

This style was made famous by Stella McCartney on the 2005 catwalks, but the look was apparently killed by the likes of Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Pamela Anderson who were all first seen wearing Stella McCartney's design.

But i think Natasha who was performing at Manchester Pride really rocked these black leather boots by pairing them with a brown and white mini dress, without flashing too much skin. And the tie up bow fronts on the boots are just adorable!

Me and my Gucci shades!

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Thanks to a comment from WendyB from Wendy Brandes Jewelry, i decided to post a few pics of me in my new Gucci 2591 s shades. Not the most flattering pictures after a long day of university but they will do...

I'm quiet obsessed with sunglasses, i don't know what it is but i think they can really transform just a simple outfit, cover up the imperfections of a late night and I'm amused by how one particular style of shades can look completely different on two different people i.e Me and Victoria Beckham!

Kirsten Dunst Shopping in Saint-Germain, Paris

I'm not a big fan of Kirsten Dunst but i really do like this outfit she was seen wearing on a shopping spree in Saint-Germain, Paris.

Keeping to true Parisian style, Kirsten wore a complete black and white ensemble while still maintaining her own sense of style. Wearing a printed Chanel baby doll dress, a classic Chanel handbag and ballet flats, Kirsten was low Key in a very high fashion kinda way.

A-List Parties and Flat Footwear

This summer the ladies behind our favourite fashion magazines, models and high profile celebrities all took it upon themselves to start a new trend of wearing flats of all sorts to the many A-List parties!

From T-bar sandals to peep-toe flats, famous feet took a break from sky-high pumps and lavished in the night long abundance of comfort.

Flats can be glammed up with metallic hues or toned down to really bring attention towards a beautiful frock.

Kiera Knightley at Venice Film Festival

Keira Knightley is one gorgeous girl, ever since i watched Pride and Prejudice i fell in love with her classic beauty. So most of the time what ever she wears comes across as great in my eyes, and this outfit is no exception.

Keira Knightley was seen out and about in Venice, wearing a 60's style boat neck shirt, this seasons must have high-waist pants, Ray-ban Wayfarer shades, Chanel handbag and accessorized with an Egyptian style necklace and a turquoise cocktail ring.

Kiera really knows her trends and look ever so cute smiling cheekily for the cameras!