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Friday, July 31, 2009
www - blaynistas, look at this advertisement for the upcoming season of dereon clothing. what's wrong with it? on the surface, nothing. it's fun, dynamic, and does a good job of presenting the different ways in which their juniors category pieces can be interpreted. in fact, over all, for a label targeted at the teen/young adult set - i think dereon actually provides decent products at decent price points. but am i the only one who feels that maybe if this brand wasn't connected to beyonce it would have a fighting chance (at least with public - or elitist new york city editor - perception?) p.s - did she really do that split? fab!
new york - ....you have options too. mulberry has launched a new clothing line for dogs appropriately called mutts. the line which features cute shearling lined, plaid jackets for your precious pups is scheduled to debut in stores in two to three weeks. i won't be rushing to stores for this though. my future dog, like my future daughter, will only wear chanel or kamali - or go naked.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Miami – Not a problem if you're staying at the Standard hotel! Quicksilver and Standard have collaborated to create a vending machine for silly tourist like yourself that can't remember that vacation ensemble must – some swimming suits! The men lucked out this time being able to choose from a variety of patterns and colors on the trunks while women can choose from black, black or... black! (I wouldn't be surprised to see someone interchanging the two in an attempt to make them uni-sex). Now if you're the really unprepared traveler and didn't research the city you are staying in then we strongly suggest getting your man into the trunks dedicated to your travel destination. Each of the cities, Miami, Los Angeles, New York and Hollywood have a pair dedicated to it. Each pair is inscribed with hotspots of the city. Just keep in mind; these will NOT pass as shorts! Not traveling to any cities where the Standard hotels are located? Don't fret you can purchase yours online at shopthestandard.com. Lola Méndez
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
When it comes to picking swimsuits, my motto is simple: safety first. And by safety, I mean a cut that safely fits and flatters. You don't want to sacrifice both for the sake of sexiness. This v-neck, double strapped one piece is perfect for just about any body type and the color flatters warm skin tones! Find it online at jcrew.com for $89.
italy - i mean, after what i am guessing was an enourmous amount of buzz, publicity and most importantly - advertising dollars - the italian edition of vogue is relaunching it's iconic "all black issue." if you remember (but then again, how could you forget!) the issue featured black models, from front to back in addition to features that highlighted trends and personalities in the black community. a year later, a highly anticipated follow up is in the works. weeks before it launches, they've leaked the news of a special insert which will be included: barbie - and ofcourse, not just any barbie - black barbie! the insert looks back on the history of the dolls which first launched in 1967. the issue is currently out on newsstands, so run - don't walk - to pick it up.
worldwide - ...and she continues to show them how to do this son. does michelle obama - or her stylist - ever have an off day? i'm not just talking about the sexy silhouette: always knee length, always cinched waist, always a peep of collarbone, the sickening labels (moschino anyone?), or the fresh, seasonal colors, but the complete poise with which my auntie (in my head ofcourse) wears clothes. she gets an a+ in this week's post for adding a designer i haven't noticed her in before: moschino. i was also loving the looks she wore while in my native ghana. check out my three favorite looks from last week. they were all hits to me, but do you spot any misses?
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
you are anything like me, you always wanted to style windows! I got to
live out that fantasy a lil bit when I styled the windows at nyc's
legendary charity/thrift store: housing works. check me out as I put the
finishing touches on the first look I styled and took a photo in the
window with the second one. The other pic is of me and my lovely
assistant for the day! zandile blay