Judging by the Spring 2013 runways, it would appear that there is a certain accessory attempting, yet again, to make a comeback. Designers Rachel Zoe, Lacoste, DKNY, and Jeremy Scott all sent the hip hugging fanny pack down the catwalk. This isn’t the first time designers have adorned their ensembles with the hip satchel though. It seems like for the last three years, fanny packs have been trying their darndest to regain social relevance. I hate to quote Mean Girls (slash, love it), but in the words of Regina George, “Stop trying to make fetch happen.”
But alas, it would seem some celebrities drank the Kool-Aid and designers are practicing what they preach… and who could forget the Carrie Bradshaw Gucci fanny pack moment? In theory, I get the fanny pack. We need both hands to carry our lattes, walk our dogs, hail a taxi, and simultaneously text and Instagram. Who wouldn’t want a little hip pouch a la kangaroos to hold all of our essentials? But really? I don’t even care if you gave it the chic new name of hip purse or waist wallet, the last place that needs more attention is my hip region… and these hips don’t lie. So, ladies, I must ask, are we doing this come spring?
My what big eyes you have… I’ve loved Amanda Seyfried since she played the dopey Karen Smith in Mean Girls alongside Lady Lohan, herself. So what a perfect choice she was for the storybook turned mega movie, Red Riding Hood, released earlier this month. With classic fairytale features, they couldn’t have cast a better beauty for little Ms. Hood.
It doesn’t take much for Amanda to look lovely. With gigantic green eyes, perfectly porcelain skin, and hair that dreams were made of, it would really be hard for this stunning starlet to look bad. Her red carpet style is simple, understated, and very sexy. She knows her legs are her best feature and she isn’t afraid to show them off (smart girl). During her downtime, Ms. Seyfried can be spotted around town with dog, Finn and her signature sunglasses. Her style is always effortlessly chic.
There’s nothing like having some great girlfriends, but sometimes the line between “friend” and “enemy” becomes a bit blurry. I want to go ahead and blame Sex and the City for this (among other things). For some reason, girls were led to believe that they should be living these totally “fab” lives with their besties in the big city. In reality, it is incredibly rare that four women (especially four who are so different) would have the time, energy, or even interest in maintaining such intense friendships. So, you start to wonder… are these my real friends or just friends out of convenience and appearance? Here’s a few ways to tell:
Gossip Folks: Ever have a friend who constantly talks about her other friends or your mutual friends? Sure, it’s fun to dish the dirt, but it’s true what they say. Someone who talks about other people will most certainly talk about you the minute your back is turned. The best thing to do in these situations is keep your mouth shut and try to change the subject. People like this, will most likely go back to said “friends” and tell them that YOU were talking about them. If you can’t cut this person out of your life completely, cut the conversations with her short.
Always a Bridesmaid: Girls can be very dangerous to one another and it’s really unfortunate. Instead of being happy for each other, there always seems to be some sort of competition and jealousy. Even (by even, I mean especially) between girlfriends. Rather than being elated that Nancy met the man of her dreams, Sue would rather talk trash about him and point out all of his flaws. If Nancy were to EVER to express any concerns about Mr. Right, Sue would be the first person to encourage her to leave him. Perhaps you should hold onto Mr. Right and leave Sue in the dust. A true friend will always be happy for you.
Oh the Tangled Webs We Weave: Remember how Joan wanted to totally stay out of your fight with Karen? Remember when Joan said she liked to keep Karen at an arm’s length? Remember when Karen talked about what a ditz Joan is? What about when Joan called Karen cheap? How about when Betsy was introduced into the equation? Joan hated Betsy and Betsy thought Karen was a creep… So how come Joan, Karen, and Betsy are toasting cocktails and your ears are burning?
Rose Tinted Glasses: Do you have a friend who always seems super happy about everything? Even when you know her boyfriend is full blown cheating on her, she hates her boss, and her dog just died, she has somehow managed to twist the story into something very different? (Girl… you need to get into PR with all that spin!). It’s incredibly difficult being friends with someone who doesn’t even tell you the truth. How on earth are you supposed to give her good advice on a situation that is totally fictional? On a sidenote, you wouldn’t even know she was lying to you if it hadn’t been for Frenemy #1 dishing the dirt.
Get “Used” to It: Sometimes you’ve got to wonder why your pal always wants to hang out with you at Soho House or why they only come around when things are fun and there’s a good party. She doesn’t want to be your friend! She wants to you use your connections and invitations for her own enjoyment. She will suck you dry and the minute she thinks you have nothing left to offer, she’ll be outta there. Trust me, girlfriend, you’re better off.
Friendship isn’t something to “do” so that you can lead the SATC lifestyle. A real friend doesn’t care if you aren’t “on the list” and you’re having a bad hair day. Cut out the fat and focus on real friendship rather than your frenemies. Here’s a little ditty from Ke$ha that sums it up.