December 2009 archive

V Magazine Size Issue Preview Part Dos



V Magazine and Models.com are giving us another sneak peak of their size issue. If you recall the following posts, here and here, then you know what I’m talking about. If not, let me refresh your memory. V Magazine along with fabulous photographers and models are doing a SIZE ISSUE for January. It comes out January 14th to be exact, and they have been releasing previews for the past month. Here is the second preview from Models.com and V Magazine.

Day 2 Credits:
Photo: Sølve Sundsbø
Styling: Nicola Formichetti
Make up: Frank B (The Wall Group)
Hair: Esther Langham (Art + Commerce)
Models: Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Michelle Olson, Tara Lynn (Ford NY), Kasia P (Click)

Photo assistants: Karina Twiss and Ashley Reynolds
Stylist assistants: Emily Eisen, Jessica Shaw, Enrica Ferrazza, Angelo deSanto
Videographer: Bell Soto
Digital technician: Nicola (Republik)
Tailor: Alberto Rivera (Lars Nord)
Printing Box

New Years Eve Party Outfit Ideas





I used Looklet to come up with some party outfit ideas for New Years Eve. I hope you like them. I also hope that if you decide to go out and be crazy, please do so responsibly. Also, thanks everyone who tweeted and commented words of encouragement to me for my post yesterday. You all really helped me feel much better.

Kinda NSFW —LOVE

If you haven’t seen this by now, this is the Lanvin Men advertisement featuring the famed fashion photographers Inez and Vinoodh. Before you get all crazy on me, the last photo is a remake of another I&V; photograph called “Me Kissing Vinoodh (Passionately)” . I think the photographers are beautiful and breathtaking. The thing that makes these photographs so real is that they are actually married. You can see the passion in their love.

I want to find a love like that. I want to find someone who I can work with on a daily basis, communicate creatively, and just be so passionately into each other that it shows without being super cheesy. I’ve never been in a relationship, and even though I know I am really young, I turn 23 on the 22nd of January, I feel like there is a part of me missing out of a lil piece of life. I go on facebook, basically everyday, and see all of my friends getting married, engaged, pregnant, having babies, and finding new relationships.

Even though I am happy for my friends, it still bites. With every couple’s photograph or new wedding album, my heart breaks a little bit each time. I go places and my parent’s friends always ask me if I have a boyfriend because ” You are so beautiful” or “You are so pretty and smart.” I hate to tell them no, or I’m still boyfriend-less, but its true. Then I see these articles and video clips about the lack of Black men, or how hard it is for a Black women to find love and I just feel worse.

I guess what started out as a fashion post has really turned into something more, but I just don’t know how to express, explain, or even try to understand what I must be doing wrong. I think this is one of my most personal and extremely real posts. I hope you don’t mind it, but I just needed to vent.

So It’s True

Tyra Banks announced on Twitter yesterday that her talk show is ending after the 5th season, which I think is weird since it just moved to the CW network. I have a love/hate relationship with Tyra. I am happy for all of the things that she has achieved, but I feel like she can seem somewhat phoney and fake at times.

According to People Magazine:

“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”

Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments.

Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. Sticking to her mission, Banks aims to bring “positive images of women to the big screen,” says an industry insider.

You can catch the rest of the article here.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!
I forgot where I got this picture from but enjoy the season, and don’t forget the real reason for celebrating Christmas.

Bad Bish



Here is Liya Kebede in an editorial for the January edition of Elle Italia. It ws shot by Matt Jones. I found it on a site that loves shoes more that me called Pumpsicle. Fashion Gone Rogue has the whole photo shoot here.

I’m Not Really Into Sex and The City but…

I’m sure you are. Now don’t get me wrong. I love the styling of Patricia Fields and the fact that Kristin Davis is from my hometown, but that is it. I could never get into the story lines and plots. Anywho, here is the first video clip/trailer for the movie.

Sex and the City 2 | Get “Carried” Away | May 2010

Remember The Time…

I told you guys about the V magazine issue with plus size models in this post. Well…. we have a little sneak peak here.

They show two models of different builds but similiar looks. In this case you have Jacquelyn Jablonski: 5 ft, 9 in; 32/24/34 and Crystal Renn: 5 ft, 9 in; 36/31/41. They put them in the same clothes with the same styling and hair. Then they told them to do similar poses for photographer Terry Richardson. At first I wasn’t to keen on the idea of doing a skinny vs. not so skinny shoot, but I must say Crystal Renn fills the clothes out nicely. I really would like to see more of that on the runway. Not to say that skinny models should be banned all together now. I realize that people come in all shapes and sizes, therefore there should be a mix of sizes in stores and on the runway.

Photos from The Cut.

DIY / Answers

Before I get into the post someone asked me if I design and if I knew of any plus size designers. Well I just started dabbling in design this year. My flats aren’t great, but I try to practice from time to time. You can view some of my flats here. As far as plus size designers are concerned, Marie Denee at The Curvy Fashionista has a really good, no GREAT post on the plus size industry that I think everyone should read, including straight sized people. It breaks the industry down into categories and then list the designers and stores that fit under that category. I couldn’t write a better article or explanation, so check it out here.

Soooooo I found this website called PS I Made You a while ago, and it is TRESMAZING! It seems like they have great DIYs that totally make sense to someone like me who loves crafts but usually screws them up. This necklace would make a great Christmas present for someone. I can’t wait to try it out.

From PS I Made You:

Baubles ‘N Bubbles. They breathe a lightness and lend themselves to beautiful sphere shapes, which are perfect in the most imperfect way. Their translucent white and clear crystal hues are deliciously delicate. Mmmmmm how I love, thee!

An easy and unexpected way to create your own version of this look is with tape! I love the selection at Staples! I found mini-packing tapes which I strung on pretty black chiffon ribbon with Hex nuts in between. Knot a few on the ends for a more stylized-finished look, and you’re ready to sport your translucent-esque treasure!

Experiment with different size tapes and colored ribbons!

Have fun!

Such A Sad Sad Day


Twitter has been a buzz with this sad news and now I just found out from someone that Ben Sherman is shutting down their women’s line to focus on the men’s line. I need this recession to be over now!

From Fashionista.com:

We’d rather have a slow news day any time than get bad news like this—Phi is closing due to economic hardship, according to WWD.

There aren’t many details yet, but sadly we all know too well what this recession has done to our industry. Employees were given the news today and the pre-Spring collection that just arrived in stores will be the last. The Soho store is expected to shutter its doors by the end of the month. CEO Julia Hansen said, “It’s a really challenging climate right now for luxury goods. There is not so much confidence in that market going forward.” Ugh.

Phi was founded in 2003 by Susan Dell and fast became an industry favorite under the creative direction of Andreas Melbostad, known for his impeccable construction and body-con dresses. The show in September brought in a front row of fans like Carine, Lauren Santo Domingo, the Trainas, Kate Lanphear and Erin Wasson.

We can only assume they’re currently as devastated as we are.

Should I Be Shocked….

Photo from The Coveted.

This collaboration between Target and Rodarte was so hyped up it was crazy. They even had a video featuring Tavi and other fashion insiders praising the collection. The pictures were styled so beautifully, but I walked into my store yesterday and was shocked that our store decided to carry it and shocked that it was made so poorly. Before you say “it’s Target”, other designer collab collection production seemed much better than I thought it would be for many of the other collections. I know people, including myself, who still wear items from four years ago. This collection while cute in theory will probably not last four years if you wore it out once a year and washed it in baby detergent. Sorry to say that, but I was sorely disappointed. Don’t let my critique scare you off. Go check it out and see if your store hasn’t sold out of certain pieces. I have already heard tales of pieces being sold out. I know my store didn’t have some items and it was picked over.

She’s Going Places


Like most models, you start working for a few years, and then maybe, just maybe you get your big break. Lara Stone is one of those models. After being in the business for a few years, she is finally getting her big break. I have to say that 2009 really was her year. Some say it is her “curves”, others say it is gap-toothed smile, and many are just plain fixated with her breasts. Either way, she has something that made Vogue Paris dedicate a whole issue to her.

Now Lara is the cover model for Love Magazine, and guess what?!?!? She’s naked on the cover. Surprise, surprise. She is also the new face of Louis Vuitton ,replacing Madonna who modeled in the LV ads for two seasons. Photos from The Cut. Oh and sorry for the nudity if you are at work.

UPDATED STEALS & DEALS LIST

Say What?!?!?!?!

If you haven’t heard it yet, V Magazine is going to do a plus size model issue with some pretty famous photographers. Read the news story here. The thing that really gets my goat is that fact that one of the photographers is none other than Mr. Karl I Hate Fat People Even Though I Used to Be Fat Lagerfeld. Remember when he used to look like this…

Well isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? Remember when he said this and that. Self-hate is horrible, especially when you are in denial. What say you good readers?

Photos from Who’s Dating Who and Jezebel.

UPDATED STEALS & DEALS LIST

I’m Sitting On The Fence


Rachel McAdams is on the January 2010 cover of Vogue. I really like the hair and makeup and Prada outfit. It reminds me of the classic pin-up look, but they brightened up her face too much. It looks like there is a glare on her face. I was really hoping for something different for the new year *cough cover with actual models cough*, but I see nothing has changed. Photo from Fashionista.com .

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The Fat and Skinny Steals and Deals

Sorry I missed last week’s steals and deals. I was finishing up the semester. Happy shopping.

Tarte Cosmetics

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Thursday ONLY- 50% off Slide Tin Lip Balm Code: lip5
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Benefit Cosmetics

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Sunday, Dec. 20
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Rupert Sanderson

The Rupert Sanderson Sale

Start date: Saturday 26th December (online)…. Monday 28th December (in stores)
End date: End of January
Discount: 30% – 50% off all AW09 stock
Where: http://www.rupertsanderson.com
Rupert Sanderson, 33 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NP – T: 0207 491 2220
Rupert Sanderson, 2A Hans Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RX – T: 0207 584 9249
Example reduction: Khyber was £595, now £416.50. Delta was £450, now £315

Billion Dollar Babes

Monday 12/21-Tuesday 12/22 – Alison Raffaele, Betsey Johnson Eyewear, Cole Haan Eyewear, Chaiken and Rich & Skinny
Wednesday 12/24-Sunday 12/27 – Holiday break!

Monday 12/28-Tuesday 12/29 – Amrita Singh, Current/Elliott & Saint Grace
Wednesday 12/30-Thursday 12/31 – 7 A.M. Enfant, Local Celebrity, Rebel Yell & Seneca Rising
Friday 1/1 – Saturday 1/2 – Happy New Year!

All of our sales begin at 8am PST/11am EST and end at 11:59pm PST/2:59am EST.

Is This Not The Coolest Thing Ever!

The pics of the newest Mac Viva Glam spokesmodels are out.Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga look fantastic. I think these are the best Viva Glam pictures in forever. I can’t wait to see the new shades in the spring.

From the Huffington Post:

Lady Gaga is all glammed up for her new ad with Cyndi Lauper for MAC’s Viva Glam Spring 2010 campaign, to debut in February. Each songstress will tout her own new shade of lipstick, Viva Glam Gaga and Viva Glam Cyndi. The product won’t hit stores until March 18, so you’ll have to wait until then to have Gaga lip color.

Gaga and Lauper are the newest faces of the MAC AIDS fund, which has raised over $150 million since 1994. Previous spokesmodels include Fergie, Pamela Anderson, Christina Aquilera, Missy Elliot and Chole Sevigny.

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The Fat and Skinny Holiday Giveaway

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great week! Please view my video. I am talking about various things, and I explain the blog contest in more detail. You have to view the video to see the prizes. Also send me comments, feedback, and any questions you have in the comment section of this post. I hope you like it. GOOD LUCK on the contest!

The Rules:

1. State ” Hey I’m ____ and I’m entering the contest”
2. Give me your email address
3. Tell me your favorite thing about the holidays.
4. Tell me which prize you want. Again I’ll state that you have to view the video to see the prizes.
5. Only U. S. residents may enter. Sorry. I am paying for shipping.
6. The contest starts today Monday Dec. 14th and ends on Wednesday Dec. 16th.

Happy Holidays!

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