Monday, February 28, 2011

Jennifer Aniston/Bad Hair Day

(Done Right)

(Gone Wrong)

Me no likey, what say you?

Word of the Day

cosset \KOSS-it\, verb:

1. To treat as a pet; to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.

1. A pet, especially a pet lamb.

Sumner's parents, for instance, were routinely attended by butlers, maids, coachmen and grooms while little Sumner and his sister, Emily, were pampered and cosseted from infancy by nurserymaids and governesses.
-- Benjamin Welles, Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist

Assunta played a larger role in the lives of her children, whom she cosseted and cared for as best she could.
-- Patricia Albers, Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti

In these two years, Adolf lived a life of parasitic idleness -- funded, provided for, looked after, and cosseted by a doting mother, with his own room in the comfortable flat in the Humboldtstrasse in Linz, which the family had moved into in June 1905.
-- Ian Kershaw, Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris

Cosset comes from the noun cosset, "a pet lamb."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 Grammys: Red Carpet

The Grammys is the most action-packed, performance-filled award show of the season.

Muse was one of the best performances of the night:

These divas killed it during their tribute to Aretha Franklin:

Note 1: Martina McBride's stunning gown.

Note 2: You do not need not wear musical notes to a musical award show.

Here it is, folks - the Best and the Worst.

(Best Of)

Love it:

Work it:

Basil Soda and Jimmy Choo


The group ensembles really pulled it out this year:

Kings of Leon

Well, maybe just the right-hand side of this group:

Little Big Town

Sons of Mumford

Even Gaga looked pretty good:

Once she got out of her shell . . .

Wait . . . okay, I will understand if you disown me for the terrible joke. 

(Worst Of)

You make me feel like I'm livin' a "couture" nightmare:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Love It or Hate It?

Pink + Red? I almost didn't even notice that the shoes were such a contrasting color . . . Love it.

Max Mara

Except the shoes are hideous and the pink number is a jumpsuit (with extremely high slits) . . . Hate it.

Braids (Done Right)

Dolce & Gabbana

Vivienne Westwood

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hot Mess

Actually, just take off the bow and you're good to go:


Pros: Dress
Cons: Shoes

Love It or Hate It

Hates it. Another prime example of why I dislike Marchesa.


Hot Mess

Black and White (Gone Wrong)

Hot Mess

This Charlie Brown look is not workin' for ya, hon:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

18 There are three things that amaze me—
      no, four things that I don’t understand:
 19 how an eagle glides through the sky,
      how a snake slithers on a rock,
      how a ship navigates the ocean,
      how a man loves a woman.
-Proverbs 30:18-19 
(New Living Translation)


Alexander Wang Fall 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. "
-Benjamin Franklin

Word of the Day

philomath \FIL-uh-math\, noun:
A lover of learning; a scholar.
It is precisely for the philomaths that universities ought to cater.
-- Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies
It's nothing to laugh about, he says. "Strange things happen in this country -- things that philosophers and other philomaths had never dreamed of."
-- Tomek Tryzna, Miss Nobody
Philomath is from the Greek philomathes, "loving knowledge," from philos, "loving, fond" + mathein, "to learn, to understand."

Monday, February 7, 2011

The 2011 SAG Awards: Red Carpet

Let's be honest, nobody watches the SAG awards.  So, let's just get to it, shall we?

(Top 5)

#1. Love, love, love this ombre number (PS. Who knew Julia Stiles was still alive?):

Monique Lhuillier

 #2. Perfect combination of sexy and romantic:

Alexander McQueen

 #3. How can you not love this vintage neckline?  I die for it:

Thierry Mugler

 #4. So age appropriate and the lines are stunning:

Tony Ward

#5. The dress isn't even all that, she makes it hot:

Roberto Cavalli

(Love It or Hate It?)
Love it:
Carolina Herrera

 Hate it - although I love the colors and the risk she took:

Oscar de la Renta

 Hate it - sorry, sweetie!:


"I'll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
To die upon the hand I love so well."

-William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Word of the Day

What does it mean “to pink” something, and how did the color become associated with Valentine’s Day?

You are minding your own business in the grocery store when wham! Pink hearts and candies placed at eye level by merchants remind you that once again, Valentine’s Day is here.

Why pink? How did pink become so strongly associated with February 14, roses and romance?

The word pink dates back to the 1570s, when “to pink” was to create a small cut or perforation, such as on a decorated edge (think pinking shears).

The story of pink’s link to color is an incredible story of linguistic conversion. That’s the concise way to say the word started out as a verb, became a noun, and, after that, an adjective.

Let’s not forget that small but crucial part of your hand, the pinkie. Learn what it has to do with the color pink, here.

The Dutch associated pinck oogen, “small eyes,” with the small, delicate flowers of the Dianthus, whose petals look distinctly perforated or crimped. Common names for Dianthus include carnation and pink, which lead to pink’s association with two more ideas: the color of the flower and the idea of the flower as perfection. Perfection is what Shakespeare’s Mercutio is referring to in Romeo and Juliet when he says, “Nay, I am the very pink of curtesie.”

At the point where scholars pinpoint the first attribution of pink as a color, around 1681, people could not stop talking about it. In Elizabethan England, pink hose were all the fashion for men. Fortunately, Sumptuary Laws, which determined the color of clothing people wore by their social status, made pink available to both the upper and lower classes.

In the 1920s pink started to be used for the marketing of products for boys. The color association was considered appropriate for boys, full of energy, not yet mature enough for the full heat of the color red. Conversely, baby blue was associated with girls as a soft, mild color, and one strongly associated with the Virgin Mary. Post-WWII these associations switched, with pink directed at products for girls and blue for boys.

So why did pink become associated with Valentine’s Day? Our speculation concludes that a combination of pink as perfection, a tiny flower, and the term for crimping as on Valentine cards created an unstoppable combo.

What do you think? Is the pendulum of pink’s associations swinging back to masculinity? What other associations does pink inspire for you?