Setting the Mood: Labor Pains

By |September 1st, 2016|Beauty & Trends, Setting the Mood|


While Labor Day is not actually the official end of summer (I repeat, LABOR DAY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL END OF SUMMER), it sure can feel like it.  I prefer a glass half full approach to this holiday weekend- meaning, buck up, we’ve still got another three weeks of summer (fall begins on September 22nd- also known as Smitty and my father’s birthday).  However, if you are a bit more pessimistic and it’s about to be check out time at your summer share house, I understand your desire to go out with a bang.

It was a weird summer, let’s be serious.  The weather was the equivalent of most of my decision making- it didn’t know what it wanted to do.  Fortunately, we only got blasted with one intolerable heatwave and for the most part there was plenty of sun.  While the majority of my friends posted pictures from Ibiza to Istanbul, I sat on the sidelines watching enviously as I scoured the internet looking for a new home in the borough of Brooklyn.  That endeavor turned out to be about as successful as transporting a snow cone through the Sahara.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the half full or half empty camp, Labor Day is now upon us and we must prepare.  Sunglasses, swimsuits, and sunscreen, ahoy.

The List Volume XXXIX

By |February 25th, 2011|The List|

So, I thought I’d switch things up a little this week.  One of my favorite things to do is check Google Analytics to see what exactly people are Googling to land on WhyDid.  I’ve compiled a list of this past week’s most interesting and/or popular searches (I promise you I did NOT make these up) and will do my best to answer all queries.

  1. Justin Bieber’s haircut. Here. Don’t ask again.
  2. Do people eat Bump Its.  Sweet heavens, I hope not.
  3. What to wear to a coffee date. I’m fairly certain we’ve covered this.  You don’t go on a coffee date. Period.
  4. Fishtail braid. Here is WhyDid’s “How To” video for the good ol’ fishtail braid:               
  5. How to pee in a one piece romper.  Well, when you take on the task of wearing a romper, you’re taking on a lot of responsibility.  This includes having to basically strip down nude when going to the ladies’ room.  Sorry, kiddos, no shortcut for this one.
  6. Kanye West wearing leggings. I didn’t know about such an incident until I saw this.  I presume this is in reference to the ridiculously tight red metallic skinnys he wore during the NBA All Star Game performance.
  7. What is why did you wear that? Um, well, you’re here now.  In case you haven’t figured it out, WhyDid is a lifestyle blog dishing out real life advice on fashion, love, food, and fun. Think of WhyDid as the big sister you never had.
  8. Why can’t Jennifer Anniston make a good movie? I laughed out loud at this one.  Great question.  If anyone has the answer, please let me know.  As a matter of fact, you should probably let her know.
  9. Dog cupcakes. Here’s a delightful recipe for dog cupcakes (aka pupcakes). I smell a “How To” video coming…
  10. Did Rihanna have on panties at the Grammy’s? If you look really close. Like really creepy stalker close in this photo you can see the nipple covers as well as the edge of a nude thong.  So while she may not have the best fashion sense, she does have enough good sense to cover her hoo ha.

Keep Googling, guys.



Why Did You Eat That: In Good Company

By |December 14th, 2010|Why Did You Eat That?|

It’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about. Company Christmas party time. Oh boy… I wonder if these are just orchestrated in order to cut overhead by reducing manpower in the new year. Some of the insane behavior that occurs during these parties is just shameful. Last year, the illustrious TJ Kelly (Why In Gay Hell?) gave some pointers on proper holiday behavior and I get a feeling it may be important to revisit some of these points as well as discuss proper attire.

A few key pointers:

  • Do not get hammered. I know the booze is free and you had a hell of a day crunching the numbers for next month’s budget, but tonight is not the night. Limit your cocktail intake to two.
  • Holiday parties are also not the time to reveal the crush you’ve had on Sally from accounting either. Just because the atmosphere is relaxed for the evening, doesn’t mean it will be when you awake tomorrow.

  • Going along with the previous pointer, this is also not the time to act on (read: hook up) with said crush. This has disaster written all over it.

  • I have always been a firm believer in keeping your professional life and social life somewhat separate. Certain things are just not meant to mix. You don’t need to be an ice cold, antisocial bitch, but there is also no need to fill everyone in on each detail of your failing relationship.  Don’t forget, your boss is still your boss.

Now onto “what to wear.” They may suggest that the attire is more “casual” but that doesn’t mean “look like a slob.” On the same note, there is no reason to over do it. Most importantly, do not over “sexify” yourself. Wear something you’d feel comfortable wearing to a normal day in the office but add at touch of holiday spirit with sequins, velvet, plaid, or color.

Adam Sequined Bamboo and Cashmere Blend Cardigan, $395

Talbots Ruffle Plaid Blouse, $59.99

White House Black Market Slim Satin Pant, $98

Kate Spade New York Giada Glitter Dot Shoes, $350

Have fun, relax, and make sure you have a job on Monday.




Why Did You Eat That: South of the Border

By |September 20th, 2010|Los Angeles, Why Did You Eat That?|


Last week one of my besties came from New York to visit me here in sunny Los Angeles. After launching into a diatribe about the amount of fedoras she had seen with in her first five minutes of being here, she then made a very poignant statement. She said, “Call me crazy, but I feel like everyone here tries really, really hard.” She couldn’t be more right. So, rather than take her to the typical sh*t show restaurants of Hollywood, we opted to take her somewhere a bit more low key.


Since my pal was in dire need of cocktail and craving Mexican,  El Compadre seemed like the obvious choice. Modeled after a traditional Mexican hacienda with dim lighting and live entertainment from some muchachos with guitars, it is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious food and great company… not to mention it is home to the famous “Flaming Margarita.”

l-1I really love this restaurant because it is zero glitz and glamour, but serves up totally authentic (and yummy) Mexican (though it will never replace Benny’s Burrito). There’s a reason that El Compadre has been around for thirty plus years and it probably has quite a bit to do with their enchiladas. Most plates are fairly large and could probably be shared between two people (but no one will judge you if you don’t).


El Compadre

7408 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90046


So what does a girl wear to a laid back dinner in while still looking chic (and leaving enough room for tacos)?

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Free People Chiffon and Lace Slip, $68

Screen shot 2010-09-20 at 5.11.41 PMWe the Free Navajo Cardigan, $168

Screen shot 2010-09-20 at 5.37.31 PMGianni Bini “Gigi” Cross Body Bag, $59

LDS15213Frye Melissa Button Boot, $288

Hasta la vista, baby



Why Did You Wear That: See Ya Later, 2008!

By |December 6th, 2008|Why Did You Wear That?|

So, it is now December. I can hardly believe it. This year has flown by!

Anyway, this means that you are starting (or if you’re an overachiever, have already started/finished) planning for your New Year’s Eve soiree. Obviously, my favorite part of any holiday, or party, or basically any occassion to dress up, is getting totally decked out. So whether you’ll be in NYC, South Beach, or jet-setting off to St. Bart’s, I’ve come up with some festive dress ideas for your very special evening. Careful with the champagne…


Oh, New York. I have spent a few New Year’s here, myself.  While New Yorkers tend to be elegantly understated, it is still fun to sparkle and stand out. (Trust me, I was once the only one in the room in a cocktail dress, loved it). Go with a little bit of subtle glam and comfortable (but still cute) shoes because after all, this is the city that never sleeps!

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, $324. Available at www.shopbop.com

Insight, Field of Diamonds dress, $90. Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com