Monday Mashup: Pucker Up!

By |August 1st, 2011|Monday Mashup|

I honestly don’t know how I missed this one, but luckily I have the best friends a girl could ask for.  One of these great gals brought to my attention the striking resemblance between Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong and The Land Before Time‘s Ducky.  (Did I just date myself with that movie reference?)  No, I’m not saying that they are both “dinosaurs” (too obvious), I’m talking about their preposterously pouty puckers.  If you don’t really watch the Real Housewives (you’re a better person than I), all you need to know is that Taylor is the one with the GIANT mouth- literally.  It would appear that Ms. Armstrong and Ducky visit the same plastic surgeon…

When you look at Taylor, you can see that she’s a perfectly attractive woman who seems to have gone a bit syringe crazy.  Why do women opt to enlarge their lips?  Funny you should ask. Several years ago, an ex-boyfriend convinced me to go under the needle (real keeper, huh?).  My lips aren’t exactly shoestrings, but they sure as heck don’t rival Scarlett Johansson’s.  So, I made my way to one of New York’s premier plastic surgeons for some lip enlargement.  Let’s be clear, I’m not a wuss when it comes to pain- this was hand’s down the worst pain I ever felt in my life.  So awful, in fact, I considered just telling him to stop and walking out with lopsided lips.  However, I hung in there and finished out the procedure, leaving the office with noticeably larger lips.  Would I do it again?  Absolutely not.  But perhaps you’re ready for more luscious lips?

  1. Restylane– An injectable filler commonly used for wrinkles as well as pretty puckers.  Results last about six months and be certain to visit a certified professional for this procedure.
  2. LipFusion XL Lip Plumper, $50 – This product has been a beauty favorite for years.  Using collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA), this bedtime treatment gives you fuller lips without the needles.
  3. Toothbrush- Not just for your teeth.  Brushing your lip not only gets rid of those pesky flakes, but also increases blood circulation giving a (temporary) fuller appearance. I’ve actually used my Clarisonic to do this and it worked quite well.

While I’d be more likely to recommend options 2 and 3 (far less painful – not to mention much less expensive), the pursuit for a perfect pout may be never ending.

Kiss, kiss.



Monday Mash Up: Ex Factor

By |June 27th, 2011|Monday Mashup, Why Did You Date Him?|

It’s true, most people have a “type” which might consist of words like “tall”, “blonde”, or “athletic” but it’s very rare that someone has a type so terribly specific that it seems as though he’s dating twins.  Well, let’s give Reggie Bush a warm round of applause because he has take the term “type” to a whole new level.

Now, I swore I was done talking about Kim K on WhyDid, but this was too startling to ignore.  While Ms. Kardashian has clearly moved on from her breakup with New Jersey Nets player, Kris Humphries… (Have you seen her rock? Have you seen her registry?) It seems as though Reggie is stuck on repeat.  It raised eyebrows when he was rumored to be dating “model” Mayra Vernoica, but recently he stepped out with a lady so strikingly similar to his ex, Kim, that people started to wonder if this was merely a coincidence or totally creepy.

You may remember Melissa Molinaro from the Old Navy ad that had everyone talking about what a resemblance she had to the curvy Kardashian.  I remember her from the terrifically tacky but oh so addicting The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious.

So this begs me to ask: Is Reggie simply a man who knows what he likes or is he settling for a Kim K replacement?



Monday Mashup: Vintage or Just Used?

By |June 20th, 2011|Monday Mashup|

Some of my very favorite pieces in my wardrobe are things that belonged to my mother when she was (around) my age.  Not only does this lead me to believe that style may be a genetic trait (cause Georgia has great style), it also made wonder what the differences are between vintage, retro, and antique.

Lots of so called “fashionistas” like to throw around the term vintage, but is their bag circa 1992 really “vintage” or just something they picked up at a thrift store and probably should just be classified as “used”?  Since I really like to know what’s what, I did a little research to find out the official definitions of these time


Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. The phrase is also used in connection with a retail outlet, e.g. “vintage clothing store.” It can also be used as an adjective: “This dress is vintage.”

The word vintage is copied from its use in wine terminology, as a more elegant-seeming euphemism for “old” clothes.

Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980s is considered vintage.


Retro, short for retrospective, or “vintage style” usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro, clothing is a newly-made but faithful copy of an older garment.


Most authorities consider the actual definition of the term ‘antique’ to mean an age of at least 100 years. If an item is not definitively datable to 100 or more years in age, it should not be directly referred to as an antique.

So there you have it, ladies.  Vintage is basically a trendy way of saying “used.”  While I have no problem wearing my mom’s “used” clothes… I do have a hard time slipping my tootsies into some other broad’s old shoes.  On the bright side, shopping at a consignment store is a great way to save cash and just think… “it was somebody’s mom’s” clothes at one point or another.



Monday Mashup: MET Madness

By |May 3rd, 2011|Monday Mashup, Red Carpet Recap|

The gorgeous and well groomed came out to strut their stuff down the red carpet for the MET Ball this evening.  Where most red carpets are a bit of a bore, the Costume Gala always proves to be  more interesting seeing as it is thrown by the fashion elite (you don’t see Anna Wintour at the Grammy’s).  Each year, the gala is themed and this year was “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”  Talk about one hell of a week for McQueen creative director, Sarah Burton.  A royal wedding followed by the year’s biggest fashion fete.

Above Tory Burch and Taylor Swift (in J. Mendel) slipped into their red carpet best and while both look absolutely beautiful (thanks for ditching that side swept ‘do, Taylor!) they look uncomfortably similar.  These dresses look like they could have been cut from the same cloth (oh yes, pun intended).

Tory and Taylor weren’t the only lookalikes this evening.  Quite a few starlets, and style icons were seen wearing similar get ups.

Ginnifer Goodwin in custom Top Shop, Barbara Walters

Too easy.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Burberry, Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors

Two blonde supermodels, one color. I love Rosie Huntington Whitely.  She’s absolutely beautiful and I do love Brooklyn’s dress.  I just wish they could have swapped outfits.

Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney, Jessica Alba in Ralph Lauren Collection

No, this is not season 4 of Teen Mom Goes to Prom.  These are just two very pregnant actresses dressed in prom gowns for the gala.

Dakota Fanning in Valentino, Fergie in Marchesa

Speaking of teens… why is Fergie dressed in the same outfit as seventeen year old Dakota Fanning (who is very much age appropriately dressed)?

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera, Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney

Seems that slinky metallics were all the rage for the over 40 set.  I can’t help but think these dresses look awfully similar to Anne Hathaway at the Golden Globes

Freida Pinto in Chanel, Janelle Monae, Anna Dello Russo in Alexander McQueen and egg hat

Three perfect examples of why women should stick to womenswear and stay away from menswear.

Chrissy Teigen in Chris March, Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Lucy Liu in Vionnet, Christina Hendricks in Carolina Herrera, Demi Moore in Prabal Gurung, Kirsten Dunst in Chanel

These six sexy black widows actually all ended up on my worst dressed list… just mere coincidence that they’re all in black.  Preparing for their fashion funeral perhaps?

Gisele Bunchden in Alexander McQueen, Dianna Agron in Michael Kors, Saorise Ronan in Rodarte, Kristen Stewart in Proenza Schouler, Emily Browning in Marc Jacobs

I’ve organized these ladies in red from “red hot” to “red not even kind of a little bit. uh uh.”

Diane Kruger in Jason Wu, Christina Ricci in Zac Posen, Bar Rafaeli, Ashley Greene in Donna Karan, Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren Collection, Leelee Sobieski in Vionnet

These six stunners got their red carpet looks right.  They are each wearing one of the above trends or themes that were so popular at this year’s MET, but they got it right rather than oh so wrong. These beauties were able to separate themselves from the savages.




Photos via JustJared & Huffington Post

Monday Mashup: Nice Guys Finish Last

By |April 25th, 2011|Monday Mashup|

Blair’s been there.  Carrie’s been there.  Even I have been there.  It’s the inner struggle between good and evil.  The choice between the good guy and the guy who makes your hair stand on end.  You know what I’m talking about.  There is the guy who you know will make a great boyfriend, great husband, great father and then there is the guy who makes your stomach flip flop when you hear the mere mention of his name.

We have all met the guys who are perfect on paper.  Good job, good family, good looking.  All reasonable logic would tell you, “Pick him! PICK! HIM!” but then there is that pesky little thing called lust.

For Blair, Dan is a complete departure from her usual type.  As a matter of fact, he is the epitome of all that is awful in her world.  Chuck on the other hand is cut from the same cloth as Ms. Waldorf.  But is Blair fighting against the very thing that she actually needs?  Are we programmed to think that we “need” one thing when in reality what we actually need is something completely different?

I’m fairly certain that women’s hearts around the world broke when Carrie ditched Aidan… not once, but twice in Sex and the City.  He was tall, dark, and most certainly handsome.  Not to mention, he was a man’s man who was good with his hands.  Carrie, WTF?  But alas, our heroine sauntered off into the sunset yet again with Mr. Big.  I can’t lie, there is something eternally endearing about Mr. Big (don’t we all have our very own Mr. Big?), but we all know he is nothing but trouble.  Was Carrie really in love or was she just addicted to the struggle?

So is there an answer to the age old question?  Head or heart?  Do good guys always finish last?

I like to think I got lucky and wound up with both head and heart.