Oct
07
2014
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WhyDid or Why Don’t: Picture Perfecting

instagram photo appsA couple of weeks ago, a photo of Beyonce posted to her Tumblr account was called onto the carpet and not a red one for being  a very clear case of (bad) Photoshopping.  There was a very obvious alteration to the image made more painfully obvious by the mysterious slope in the stairs behind her perfectly spaced thigh gap.  If this was not a case of Photoshop foolery, the Carters better be careful young Blue Ivy doesn’t stumble down that warped yacht staircase.

Sadly, that was not the first time Beyonce had been called out for altering her candid photos, but to be fair she is only one of a slew of celebrities to tamper with their social snapshots.  What started off as simple and standard in app filters to enhance a tan, deflect less than stellar skin, or add artistic flair has turned into full blown post production photographs worthy of five figure paychecks.  Isn’t social media a place where celebrities should be better able to connect with fans?  You know, celebrities, they’re just like us.  Ideally, social media should be a place for celebrities to take on more human personas as opposed to their perfectly airbrushed alter egos.

Models and actors are already Photoshopped to within inches of their lives for ads, interviews, and endorsements, but most of the masses realize that much of that is simply smoke and mirrors.  Obviously, glossy magazine spreads and movie posters are all part of the job description and many Photoshop fails have come at the hands of professional retouchers employed by major publications and big brands, but when has it gone too far?

When there is no longer a line between reality and fantasy, how are we, as mere mortals, supposed to digest this photographic perfection?  How are young girls not to feel bad about themselves after seeing their idols looking like they really did wake up like that- AKA, full hair and makeup?  Listen, if I don’t have a thigh gap, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Queen Bey does not either. While, I may be able to call out “fauxtos” for what they really are, what about those who take these digital masterpieces more literally?  Are we only exacerbating the ideal of unachievable perfection?

So, how exactly are celebrities stepping up their Instagram game beyond basic filters?  Well, there are plenty of apps available now (one of which I used in the photograph above that is worth downloading for sheer entertainment purposes), that allow for serious digital makeovers.  Some of them are essentially equivalent to using a desktop version of Adobe Photoshop on your smartphone.  You can smooth out skin, nip, tuck, and even whiten teeth making it nearly impossible to ever take a bad photo again.  But what is the point of sharing moments that are anything but authentic?  I believe the “Insta” part of Instagram is meant to imply that we are sharing the moment as we’re in it (since we all know it never happened unless it’s documented on social media).  It’s bad enough that we watched the sun set the screen of our iPhone, must we waste another twenty minutes applying the perfect filters?

Last week new photos of Beyonce wearing yet another bikini materialized on the world wide web, presumably to back pedal her previous posts, but what it’s really done has given us a vehicle for side by side comparison.  Celebrities, they’ll never learn… just like us.

 

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xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
02
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Shoe In
Written by: admin | Why Did You Wear That?

best fall bootsOnce you’ve procured all of this fall’s must have fashion trends, you’re going to need the shoes to accessorize with.  One of my greatest struggles in life besides fitted sheets and the mental battle between being rail thin or indulging in gnocchi, is putting together the perfect outfit only to realize I do not have the perfect shoes to complete it.  This has led to lots of late arrivals, pissed off friends, and missed appointments.  Pretty sure this complaint would fall under the hashtag of “first world problems.”  In any case, this fall you are going to want to round out your wardrobe with boyish brogues, combat boots, boots that go beyond the knee, statement booties in addition to basic black, and a pair of sneakers that thank heaven almighty do not include the word “wedge.”  Below find my picks for fall’s best footwear.

best fall combat boots

1. Ash Soviet Lace Up Flat Booties, 2. Church’s Angelina Polished Leather Ankle Boots, 3. Rag & Bone Cozen Boots, 4. Markus Lupfer Embellished Ribbed Knit and Leather Ankle Boots, 5. Maison Martin Margiela Leather Combat Boots

I Kneed You:

over the knee boots1. Stuart Weitzman Fifo Stretch Boots, 2. Chloé Textured Leather Over the Knee Boots, 3. Kurt Geiger London Rowland Over the Knee Boots, 4. Joie Daymar Over the Knee Boots, 5. Sam Edelman Jenkins Over the Knee Boot

Sweet Shoes, Brogue:

fall shoes brogues oxfords1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Hacienda Haircalf Oxfords, 2. Matt Bernson Thames Oxfords, 3. Finds +L’F Shoes Gipsy Ilga Gliter Finished Leather Brogues, 4. Schutz Nikola Chain Trim Oxfords, 5. Robert Clergerie Irvina Leather Platform Brogues

Shake Up Your Bootie:

best fall boots1. Narciso Rodriguez Sarah Leather Suede and Watersnake Ankle Boots, 2. Joie Lina Haircalf Booties, 3. Laurence Dacade Pete Studded Suede Ankle Boots, 4. Sergio Rossi Faux Pearl Embellished Suede Ankle Boots, 5. Club Monaco Autumn Booties

sneakers,

fall sneakers trend1. Isabel Marant Étoile Bart Leather Sneakers, 2.  Superga 2750 Boucle Sneakers, 3. Adidas x Opening Ceremony Stan Smith Finger Print Sneakers, 4. Vans Metallic Leather Sneakers, 5. Saint Laurent Court Classic Leather Sneakers

 

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Oct
02
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: F*ck It. We’re Done with Pants.

celebrity sheer dressesCelebrities just can’t seem to keep their pants on and this time it doesn’t involve hacked photos, the  iCloud, or Miley Cyrus.  This past week alone, a slew of celebrities have forgone covering up their bits and pieces by wearing barely there ensembles leaving very little to the imagination.  From Miranda Kerr to Cara Delevigne, sheer panels gave us peeks at their toned thighs, tummies, and places Pilates pays off.  Even North West got in on the action while accompanying mom, Kim, to the Givenchy show in Paris.  Why shouldn’t a toddler have a custom creation when sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week?  Step your game up Gymboree.  This nearly nude trend is nothing new though, as we saw here on Erin Fetherston two Octobers ago.

kim kardashian givenchyBut before you figure me for head conductor of the Hater Express, let us take a moment to recall when I wore this For Love & Lemons dress sans pants last winter.  Brrr.  While, part of me fears for humanity’s eyesight as we all know that once something is worn by a Kardashian, it’s basically considered mainstream and one can expect to see it in every mall in America, there are some upsides to this trend.  One such silver lining is an opportunity to showcase those Barry’s Bootcamp legs you shelled out $30 a pop for.  Another, of course, is good ventilation, which we all know aids in the prevention of the epidemic known as thigh chafing.  Lastly, pants are just a hassle anyway.  The first thing I do when I get home is remove them, so let’s just cut out the middle man and stop wearing pants all together. F*ck it.

best sheer lace dresses1. Free People Romance in the Air Slip, 2. Assali Chloe Dress, 3. Maje Gabriela Lace Maxi Dress, 4. Mason by Michelle Mason Lace Gown, 5. Assali Loggia Dress, 6. Nightcap Clothing Dixie Lace Cutout Maxi Dress, 7. Nookie Wink Maxi Dress, 8. Lisa Maree London Fiction Dress, 9. Alessandra Rich Satin Trimmed Metallic Lace Gown, 10.Line & Dot Depp Lace Midi Dress

xx,

WhyDid

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Sep
25
2014
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Beauty Buzz: Falling for You
Written by: admin | Beauty Buzz

fall 2014 beauty trends to tryWhile you’re updating your fall wardrobe and tucking away summer’s short shorts and bathing suits, be sure to check in with your makeup bag as well.  This fall’s beauty trends are focused on fierce lashes, flawless skin, pops of color, perfectly lined lids, and metallic touches.  With only adding a few secret weapons to your beauty arsenal, you’ll take on this season’s updated face with ease.  We can get to the deep side parts, big bangs, and more braids for hair in an upcoming How To video.  In the meantime, check out five of fall’s most fabulous beauty trends.

All That Glitters:

fall 2014 beauty trends 3Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Metallic, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

Fabulash:

fall 2014 beauty trendsBenefit Cosmetics Big Spender Lashes, Sephora Collection Bulls Eye Lash Applicator, Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eye Mascara, Essence Volumizing Lash Powder

Color Wheel:

fall 2014 beauty trends 2Lancome + Jason Wu Color Design Palette, RMS Beauty Cream Eye Polish, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencil Essentials Set, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Couture Palette Eyeshadow

Bottom Line:

fall beauty trends 2014Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Flawless:

beauty trends for fall 2014Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder, Givenchy Beauty Teint Couture Long Wearing Fluid Foundation, bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with SPF 20, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze  & Glow

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Sep
22
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Seeing Red

fall trends 2014 sweater dressIt can be tricky trying to decide what color to wear with red.  When I was younger, I had an incredibly strong aversion to wearing black with red.  To me, it came off as a little cheap.  I don’t feel as strongly about it now as I did when I was sixteen, but I still prefer other options over basic black when accessorizing with bold red.  Well then, what options is one left with when black is eliminated?  You could opt for luggage colored brown, or even a soft taupe.  Another great option is grey (also a fall trend).  In this instance, I had forgotten I even had these deep oxblood Pour La Victoire boots hidden beneath my bed (that’s how we store shoes here in New York).  As soon as I’d wiped away the dust bunnies, I recalled that I also had a vintage bag from my mother that was of the same shade.  Once a complete faux pas and something only worn by women donning their Sunday best for morning mass, I threw caution to the wind and got wild by matching my shoes to my bag.  Another option right on trend would be to wear a leopard boot or carry a leopard clutch (thous in this instance, I’d opt for one or the other).  It may seem a little bit “The Nanny” but I actually believe despite what men say, that leopard is sort of a new neutral.  Besides, did Fran not get her man?

Speaking of my man and matching, Smitty celebrated his eighth birthday and one of his doting aunts was sweet enough to bestow him with his own scarlet sweater.  She pays attention to fall trends too.  Pretty much Smitty and I became this fall’s Justin and Britney, Katy and Riff Raff.  Sure, my sweater is just about the same size as Smitty’s and technically it’s just an oversized jumper as opposed to an official frock, but it’s not the first, nor will it be the last, time wherein I wear something not as it’s intended.

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smitty dog sweater dressbest fall outfits

how to wear a trench coatcoat: Michael Kors, sweater: Zara, similar by 6397 here, bag: vintage, similar by Oliveve here, shoes: Pour La Victoire, similar by Opening Ceremony here, dog: Smitty, Smitty’s sweater: handmade, similar by Ralph Lauren here, lips: Benefit Benetint

 

xx,

WhyDid

 

Photos by Michael Stiegler—-> have you check out his interview with Skinny Says Relax?

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