Kell on Earth finale, or Kelly’s final curtain?

I started this show with the declaration, “I heart Kelly Cutrone.” But, my enthusiasm has cooled, I must admit. I was so very excited when the series began, but after watching every episode and seeing the office staff verbally abused every week by Emily, Robyn and Kelly? I’m feeling pretty over it.

Not even the lovable, Type-A Stephanie Skinner and her best gay, the glam goth Andrew Mukamal (and his insane Versace chair) are enough to keep me feeling entertained. And that *is* the purpose behind watching TV, right? To be entertained? Because at this point, I’m not.

IF this show is picked up for a second season, I beg the producers to:

— find another place to film besides the sorry little dingy office space, with the air conditioner that’s circa 1977 and probably so loud when it’s on that they have to keep it turned off on filming days. I already understand that “fashion isn’t all champagne and kleig lights, it’s hard work,” so let’s move forward, m’kay?

— focus on editing the episodes with WAY more backstage scenes from fashion shows and shoots, and less on shots with staff on the telephone or poking on their Blackberries

— develop the characters more, so that we can gain a sense of emotional attachment to these people (and therefore, give a flying ^&*! about what happens to them)

— and, focus less on the dysfunctionality of the People’s Revolution office schedule and how it ruins the staffers lives, because that just makes me sad.

…Well, at least we have “Christian Siriano: Having a Moment” to look forward to. Hell yeah, let’s bring back the Project Runway Golden Child. At least he knows how to work a sound byte.

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Love thy Spanx

Chances are you’ve already heard of Spanx, because anything Oprah touches turns to gold. A mere mention by the Queen of Daytime, and legions of women flocked to get their hands on these wonder tights. Although it was company founder, Sara Blakely, whom we should thank, because her vision of slimming underwear included the prerequisite “comfortable” as well.

A decade later and Spanx sales are still going strong. Why? Because unlike the rubberized girdles of times past, today it’s all about the miracle of spandex. The breathable fabric provides stronger support than your typical control top pantyhose, they don’t get wet and sweaty, and the hose hold you up without squeezing your jiggly parts into places they weren’t meant to be. (Fat knees are not, and never will be, on-trend). 

I was a bit surprised by how the brand has expanded, each product another variation on the theme of slimming and supporting. Sheer, semi-opaque and thick opaque styles are available, with matte or shiny finish, and even boxer brief styles as well as traditional briefs.

Want control all the way up? No problem. Need something in black , or blue,  or even English rose? Got it! Sheer toe. Yup, even got reinforced toe as well as footless too.

But it’s their body shapers that have improved the most, starting with their Higher Power line, which offers wearers a stronger control than Spanx’s traditional Power Panties. A slimmer booty and no panty lines? Win-win!!

Spanx also carries camisoles and slips (both with or without straps), but for the ultimate, check out the Slim Cognito, the seamless version of the Higher Power. The mid-thigh bodysuit is definitely nothing like great grandma’s girdles.

And, they even have a maternity line, which I wish I had known about when I was pregnant, because the belly bands that I kept trying weren’t giving me the best underbelly support.

Love thy Spanx! And have seconds on dessert, because life is too short to worry about your underwear, eh?

Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Almighty 3.0

Alright, no one but me is really interested in these skin updates, but blogging the results once a month is part of my attempt at staying on track and remaining disciplined about my new year’s skin care resolution.

It’s been a tough month. The kids caught colds, and once I finished nursing them back to health, I’ve been unable to shake the cold myself (it’s been 3 weeks of coughing). We’ve had spring break (which means, my 8 year old is bouncing off the walls and riling up my 2 year old all day long). Even today and tomorrow are MORE days off from school (why didn’t they have this many days off when I was a kid?), the sun is barely up, and my children are raising Cain in the background while I type. I wake up exhausted every day (including today).

My point is: I’ve been literally sick and tired, and skin care is low on the list of things to-do. Blogging is low on the list of things to-do. Everything that doesn’t involve survival is low on the to-do list.

My skin results are the same as ever. My forehead wrinkles look slightly improved. My eyes look tired though, because I am. 

Tretinoin (generic Retinol) lotion: Still really harsh on my skin. I remember to put it on maybe 2 or 3 days a week, with the hope that cumulative results are still in the making.

Water: Sorta.

Vitamins: Only thing I’ve really kept up with, mostly from desperation to get healthy.

Pond’s + scrubby brush: Down from daily use to more like once or twice weekly. Too tired to care, and brushing my teeth is taking priority.

“Almighty” red LED therapy: Here’s where I need to get serious. Many nights, I’ve fallen into bed and been too tired to even watch TV, or knit, much less set up the red light wand. I’ve used the Almighty maybe once a week this past month.

But I’m going to recommit myself to 15 minutes a day with the Almighty, every day. And I hope to God that by the next Almighty update I’ll be much healthier and more energetic again.

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 8:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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Jay McCarroll gets physical

Today’s blog is a bit tangential to fashion, but I can’t help myself. I just love Jay McCarroll. I don’t know why… he just seems so endearingly *real* in the midst of other B and C-list celebrities prancing about in the realm of scripted/”reality” TV shows. Or maybe it’s because he vaguely resembles my husband, and I’m experiencing what psychologists call “transference.”

I happened to catch my first episode of Celebrity Fit Club this week, and why did I tune in? To see Jay, of course. Half the contestants I don’t even know of. And I could care less about the Shar Jackson/Kevin Federline subplot. Sebastian Bach (it’s ok if you don’t remember him, he was never that famous either) needs to lay off the blue pencil eyeliner, that I can say with impunity. Men pushing 50 should avoid the big hair-big makeup look that they rocked nearly 3 decades ago. Turn the page, dude. Seriously.

But Jay? Love! Is signing on to CFC Jay’s attempt to stay in the public consciousness, and stretch out his 15-minutes-of-Project-Runway-fame? Maybe drive some more potential buyers to his website to buy his goodies? Dunno.

But he’s looking a lot thinner, and had lost nearly 40 pounds overall in the episode I watched, which was already 6 weeks into the Fit Club experiment.

Here’s to wishing Jay Bear the best while getting lean and mean, and healthy to boot. My favorite moment from the episode was Jay telling Bobby Brown (a fellow team mate) to follow the program and stop eating all the potato chips for the next 3 weeks, “and the Cheetos, and all the other things that I *dream* of eating every night, but I don’t!” 

Go Jay Go!

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 6:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Lovin’ Elvi

I’ve worn everything from a size 14 to a size 2 since giving birth 2 years ago. I think it gives me a unique perspective as a fashion buyer, since I’ve experienced the challenges to wearing (and even finding!) larger sizes. And it seems only in recent history that plus size fashion has finally found its place in the consumers’ lexicon.

One go-to retailer from the UK is answering the call for sizes 16 & up — Elvi. Overseas shipping is available, so no need to pout, my fellow Yanks. 

Elvi’s 2010 Spring/Summer new arrivals are organized into four color themes — Tuscany Range, Nautical Range, Monochrome Range, and Sahara Range — but the designer also carries many wardrobe basics and essentials available year-round.

This jacket called to me immediately, mostly because I’m drawn to tailored silhouettes. Close-fitting pieces can make plus size girls cringe, but a quality material cut into a sharply tailored fit results in a more flattering overall effect.


The jacket could be worn casually, over a tshirt and jeans with heels, or paired with a skirt like this for more office-friendly attire. Pieces that do double duty make for a more functional wardrobe anyhow.

But this sexy little number is also drawing my eye, and it’s “taffetta, darling.” Love the ruffles of the waterfall tie, and the hemline which draws the eye upwards. Wear it with jeans and grab a red handbag for a pop of color.

Elvi carries jewelry and accessories as well, and I really love this scarf too. I’d like to take this piece and practice the technique of tying a scarf into a demure halter top, for summertime.

And I’m a sucker for an animal print, so naturally this bangle was another favorite while browsing their site today.

Published in: on March 17, 2010 at 7:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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JPG and Target, part deux

It’s like the Christian Siriano/Payless thing all over again in my world.

Last week, I made time to stop by to check out Jean Paul Gaultier’s full line. And lo and behold, several key items I had been interested in had ALREADY sold out. In one day! I rationalize that I’d rather see the items in person, and try them on, anyhow.

Undeterred, I take myself and the baby shopping on Wednesday of last week to the local Target. After looking around and finding neither hide nor hair of the JPG line, I ask several of the sales associates if the collection has arrived.

Responses varied between disinterested shrugs, blank looks shared amongst the three of them, and apologetic smiles.

“It was scheduled for a March 7th release,” I offer. “Do you usually receive the items when they’re advertised, or is there a typical waiting time before it’s on the shelves?”

Insert more shrugs, and, “You could check online.”

“I did, several items were already sold out. Should I check back here next week?”

Yet another round of shrugged shoulders. “We never know what’s being sent to us, but you could check back, sure.”

Explaining that I need to know if it’s there or not prior to leaving the house again, and that I live out of town and it’s a 30 minute drive, one way, to the nearest Target doesn’t seem worthy of my time, or theirs, so I just smiled benignly.

“There’s another designer collection coming soon…” offers an older gentleman. “Can’t remember the name of it though.”

“Liberty of London?” I ask, and he smiles and nods.

“That’s it! It sounds like you know more about things here than we do.” To which I smile again, and say thanks while making my exit.

Sigh… oh well. If it was really important, I’d keep going back. But I guess I didn’t really need a yellow mini dress, or pseudo-tattoo sleeves and leggings anyhow. And it’s always wise to be thrifty in today’s economic times.

(Sour grapes? Me?)

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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