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  

Jay Loves Germs

 Jay, Jay, Jay… you are so weird. And we love you for it.

 Jay’s selling new fabrics at his website, and if you’re particularly handy with a sewing machine (which I aspire to be someday) you might find this rather interesting! Let’s talk costs first… $9.50 a yard is reasonable, but I had trouble finding the fiber content (cotton maybe?).

 “Germania” is McCarroll’s new fabric line, and the classicist in me harkened back to wonder, “Why would Jay do a line of fabrics based on ancient Germany?”

 NO! Silly me, it’s not an antiquated reference to Germany at all. It’s Germ-Mania, as in Jay is loving on germs. Is this the true motivation behind naming his site “The Colony”? Ok, maybe not. But it would seem the hot air balloon inspiration phase of Jay’s career (circa 2006-7) is officially over, the Wonderland theme came next (and is still available as of today!), but this Fall, while the rest of the world is muttering, “Swine flu,” while washing their hands, Jay has embraced his inner amoeba to take a whimsical look at the life of germs.

 Here’s what Jay has to say… “Somewhere in the valley of bed bugs bugging and kooky crawlers crawling lies a place called GERMANIA where facemasks and hand sanitizer are strictly prohibited. Come celebrate an infectious good time care of your hosts the nerggles, the gwarbbles and the gablobs. Who says all germs are bad? Being clean is boring. Get a little dirty with GERMANIA.”

 Love ’em? Or hate ’em?

Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 9:07 am  Comments (2)  
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Jay McCarroll and his sunglasses

 Season One Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll was known throughout the season for his flamboyant style which included his choice in eyewear, especially his sunglasses which have become a regular signature to his ever-evolving look.

If you haven’t popped by his website, the colony, you might wanna check out what the designer has been up to of late. Personally, I love his line of sunglasses he offers. Logo-less, brand-free, and every style is just $22. At that price, you can have as many styles as the designer himself!

 “Style 93” (shown here in green) remind me a lot of some of Balenciaga’s more recent sunglasses silhouettes, and are certainly a more friendly price tag. Also in White, Black and Burnt.

 “Big O” are really yummy and summery in white,  I think they’re so cute. Also available in Black.

 “Chromatic Moo” allows a bit of Jay’s humor to find expression here, but as an owner of pants made of cow-print jersey, I think the fashion joke is a fun one. Other colors include Heidi Gold (named for the show’s spokesmodel perhaps?), Chromatic Silver, and Chromatic Wild (think ‘leopard print’).

 “Style 52” looks really sharp in red, with the two toned look. This style in the color “Mix” looks like tortoise shell, and color “Transparent” resembles other designers’ frame color known as “Smoke.”

 “Style 74” rounds out the collection and reminds me of some of Dior’s recent looks. Besides Black, you can also land this one in Red, and White.

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm  Comments (2)  
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