Only One More Day To Enter For Your Chance To Win A Diamond Ring
That’s right – you read that correctly. BRIDEfinds has teamed up with I Do Now I Don’t to give one lucky BRIDEfinds reader a diamond ring worth $2,000. I Do Now I Don’t has a huge selection of gently used and never-been-worn diamonds, fine jewelry, watches and even dresses. The prices are amazingly low – because most pieces come from individuals motivated to sell. I Do Now I Don’t is the site to go to if you are in need of some extra wedding day bling, or if you want to unload a few pieces from an ex. Each item is thoroughly checked by a gemologist, so you know exactly what you are buying – and your money is held in escrow and only released to the seller once their expert verifies the piece. Follow I Do Now I Don’t on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest deals. To enter for your chance to win this gorgeous white gold ring with .76 TW of princess cut diamonds comment on the original post and don’t forget, you’ll also need to sign up for our newsletter. Rules:
Freebie Friday: Win A Diamond Ring Worth $2,000 From I Do Now I Don’t
That's right - you read that correctly. BRIDEfinds has teamed up with I Do Now I Don't to give one lucky BRIDEfinds reader a diamond ring worth $2,000. I Do Now I Don't has a huge selection of gently used and never-been-worn diamonds, fine jewelry, watches and even dresses. The prices are amazingly low - because most pieces come from individuals motivated to sell. (more…)
Only One More Day Left In Our 4-Day Honeymoon Giveaway! Enter To Win Now
There is just one more day to enter for your chance to win a Be My Guest Pass - good for a four-night stay at any Hilton Garden Inn property. From Napa to Florence, Hilton Garden Inn is everywhere - and you can be, too. Bask in post-wedding bliss and enjoy all the amenities this award-winning, upscale (but affordable) hotel brand has to offer. To enter to win this fabulous prize, visit www.hgi.com and comment on the original post, telling us which Hilton Garden Inn is your dream honeymoon location. Don't forget, you'll need to sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Enter now, by clicking here.
Freebie Friday: Win 4 Nights At Any Hilton Garden Inn (Think Rome, Napa, More)
4 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn, Rome could be yours. Spent so much money on that couture gown, that you had to forsake your honeymoon? Fret not. One lucky BRIDEfinds reader will win a Be My Guest Pass - good for a four-night stay at any Hilton Garden Inn property. From Napa to Florence, Hilton Garden Inn is everywhere - and you can be, too. Bask in post-wedding bliss and enjoy all the amenities this award-winning, upscale (but affordable) hotel brand has to offer. To enter to win this fabulous prize, simply visit www.hgi.com and comment on the post below, telling us which Hilton Garden Inn is your dream honeymoon location. Don't forget, you'll need to sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. (more…)
Only One More Day: Enter To Win A Signed Copy Of ‘How I Planned Your Wedding’ – Plus A $50 Sephora Card
There is only one day left to enter this week's giveaway - don't miss your chance! What: One lucky reader will win a signed copy of How I Planned Your Wedding, the new book by New York Times Best selling author, Susan Wiggs. You’ll also win Wigg’s best-selling book, Marrying Daisy Bellamy and a $50 gift card to Sephora. Why: An entertaining read and must-have resource for any mother or daughter in the midst of wedding planning. This charming book goes over the trials and tribulations of mother-daughter wedding planning. Plus, that $50 gift card to Sephora will come in handy when getting all the necessary beauty products for your wedding. How: To enter, sign up for our newsletter, then comment on the original post.
Freebie Friday: Win A Signed Copy Of ‘How I Planned Your Wedding’ – Plus A $50 Sephora Card
What: One lucky reader will win a signed copy of How I Planned Your Wedding, the new book by New York Times Best selling author, Susan Wiggs. You'll also win Wigg's best-selling book, Marrying Daisy Bellamy and a $50 gift card to Sephora. Why: An entertaining read and must-have resource for any mother or daughter in the midst of wedding planning. This charming book goes over the trials and tribulations of mother-daughter wedding planning. Plus, that $50 gift card to Sephora will come in handy when getting all the necessary beauty products for your wedding. How: To enter, sign up for our newsletter, then post a comment below telling us who you are planning your wedding with, and what's been your funniest wedding planning moment so far. We want to hear your stories, tell us about your wedding planning below for a chance to win. Rules: 1. Sign up for the BrideFinds newsletter, then comment below on your funniest wedding planning moment. 2. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Friday, February 25th, 2010 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to be eligible. 3. One winner will be selected during a random drawing. The winner will be contacted and must reply via email as instructed in the newsletter to claim the prize. 4. No prize substitutions. 5. You must be 18 years old or older to enter and a resident of the USA. Residents of the state of Florida are not eligible to enter; entries from the state of Florida are void. 6. No purchase necessary. 7. Void where prohibited. 8. Click here for the full rules.
Only One More Day For A Chance To Win $1,000 Towards Your Wedding Gown
It's your last day to enter to win $1,000 towards a made to measure gown from European designer, Witty Brides and GlobalFashionBrands.com. What will you do with all that extra money in your wedding budget? One lucky BRIDEFinds reader will win a $1,000 Gift Certificate towards the dress of their dreams. If you can’t wait, click here to shop the Witty Brides collection. To enter, simply take the comment on the original post - and subscribe to our newsletter. Good luck!
Freebie Friday: Win $1,000 Towards Your Wedding Gown (And Spend That Money On Your Honeymoon)
Every bride dreams of an intricate wedding gown worth thousands of dollars. If that's just not do-able, how about a $1,000 gift card to boost your budget? One lucky BRIDEFinds reader will have the chance to win a $1,000 Gift Certificate toward a made to measure gown from European designer, Witty Brides and GlobalFashionBrands.com. If you can't wait, click here to shop the Witty Brides collection. To win $1,000 toward your dream dress, leave a comment on this post. Briefly tell us how you and your fiancee met and got engaged - the most romantic story will win. You’ll also need to sign up for our newsletter. That’s it! Rules: 1. Sign up for the BrideFinds newsletter, then comment below about how you met and got engaged to your fiancee. 2. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Friday, January 21st, 2010 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to be eligible. 3. One winner will be selected during a random drawing. The winner will be contacted and must reply via email as instructed in the newsletter to claim the prize. 4. No prize substitutions. 5. You must be 18 years old or older to enter and a resident of the USA. Residents of the state of Florida are not eligible to enter; entries from the state of Florida are void. 6. No purchase necessary. 7. Void where prohibited. 8. Click here for the full rules.
Top Five: Summer Beauty Musts To Keep You Pretty In The Heat
It's quite a chore, trying to stay as fresh and rosy-looking during the sweaty summer as you look in crisper, more bundled-up weather. Don't worry, we've gone through and found everything necessary to make that cool-as-a-cucumber facade a reality during the warmer months, too. 1. You'll be showing more skin, whether you're a champion swimmer or just lounging in the sun. Make sure you're looking taut and toned with Nivea's Good-Bye Cellulite Regimen. 2. This particular summer beauty item has saved me from hair disaster more than once. I adore dry shampoo, particularly because when summer hits, sweat can make hair look dirty even when it's not. 3. Frankly, we're always on board with faux color over sun damage, so we figured out the best self-tanners to keep you from ever looking streaky. 4. Bathing suit season is the time for hairlessness. Whether you prefer shaving, waxing, depilatories, or the most innovative hair-removal tecnhnology around, we know all the best options for every type of procedure. 5. Last but not least, it's time for recovery. All those gladiators and thongs sure look great, but they don't leave your feet feeling too hot. Not to worry - we know just how to fix you up. Peruse our other buying guides for more products to keep you looking your best this red hot summer.
Deal Of The Day: Up to 50% Off Light Day-To-Night Tops At J. Crew
These fun blouses from J. Crew are prime examples of work-play clothing. Wear one to the office, and then don't even think about changing before heading out to dinner. I'd like to wear this blouse ($39.99 from $78) to a garden party, so hopefully someone sends me an invite to one soon. This top ($59.99 from $88) is wacky enough to be the most interesting shirt in the room, and yet it's still 100% appropriate for work. There are seven colors to choose from, which means you may want to wind up owning more than one of this pretty number (was $88, now $59.50). More Sales and Deals: Armani Exchange: Save 70% on clothing and accessories Ralph Lauren: 60% off select items, plus free shipping with code RLDAD
Wednesday’s Sample Sale Scoop: Tag Heuer, Sergio Rossi, 7 For All Mankind And More…
Editors' Pick: Tag Heuer watches at Beyond The Rack Y Yigal clothing, MOR cosmetics, Bedat & Co. watches, Sergio Rossi shoes and accessories and Mosley Tribes & Paul Smith sunglasses at Gilt Groupe Fabien Baron eyewear and Danielle Stevens jewelry at Billion Dollar Babes Tusk bags and accessories at Editors’ Closet Elaine Turner bags, Geren Ford clothing, Go Smile tooth whitening kits and Adina Reyter jewelry at Hautelook Pink Tartan clothing at Beyond the Rack Kristinit clothing at Juxzy. Use code cc8570. 7 For All Mankind denim and Victorinox clothing at Rue La La
Manage Your Bikini Line Without The Help Of That Scary, Yet So Meticulous, Waxing Lady At Your Spa
A few years back, leaving our delicate bikini lines to anyone but the most highly skilled professionals was out of the question. Now, in these anything-to-save-a-dollar days, it's razors up. We're even going DIY down there. Luckily, there are some handy tools to help us through our at-home endeavors. We took two for a test drive. Contender 1: Bliss Spa's Bikini Perfect Deluxe Spa Edition Razor Set ($50) Bliss' Philips-branded set sure does have all the bells and whistles—which is a pro and a con. There are six interchangeable razor heads, so every shaping and shaving need, from bikini line to brows, is taken care of. But we can't help but feel that the kit could be a few dollars cheaper if it didn't include unnecessary extras like trial-sized tubes of body butter and scrub. Contender 2: Schick Quattro Trim Style Razor ($13) Once the razor industry realized that adding a sixth, seventh, or eighth blade would be ludicrous, brands like Schick started throwing in other enticing extras, like a battery-powered bikini line trimmer. The trimmer end isn't going to help anyone get the Brazilian look, but it does its job in the shaping department, with the help of three different guard settings. The Verdict: If we're only considering bikini line benefits, it's Bliss by a hair. There's just nothing that little rechargeable gizmo can't do. But if we throw value and overall performance into the mix, it's hard to beat a tool like Schick that can take care of your legs and your bikini line for a quarter of the price.
When It Comes To Beach Prep, Three More Options Can’t Hurt
It's time to start hitting the beach, and you know what that means- time to do some beachwear shopping. The Daily Beast has thrown its hat into the ring with 19 suggestions for what they think you absolutely must have, but they still managed to miss a few essentials. Here are three choices that pick up their slack. 1. While the Beast has bikinis covered, it's not a bad idea to have a one-piece around as well. The ruching on this suit by Rachel Palley ($185) is great for masking minor imperfections. 2. Sometimes I just want to lay out on the porch or in the grass to work on my tan. For these waterless situations, there's no need to lug a heavy towel around. Instead, I much prefer a light cotton sarong, like this floral-printed Antik Batik ($70, was $100) that also doubles as a cover-up. 3. Vast swatches of sand can make the beach a veritable graveyard for sunglasses. Bring a cheap pair that you won't be upset to lose, like these 80s Ray-Ban imitators from Forever 21 ($5.80). And check out our swimwear and sunglasses guides for more options to get you in the mood for summer.
News: Audrina Eats Burgers (Maybe), Jewelers Realize There’s A Recession, And More…
1. Audrina Patrige is the newest face of Carl’s Jr., and just shot an ad for the burger chain in Malibu. After all those takes, she might need a suit that’s more forgiving than that tiny gold thing. [The Frisky] 2. Jewelers are marketing their wares as special-occasion gifts, rather than indulgent retail therapy. Or, you could find some cheap jewelry and buy it for yourself. [WWD] 3. Xbox 360 is debuting a game that has a function that looks a lot like Cher’s virtual closet from Clueless. We wonder if the avatar looks better with shapewear. [NYPost] 4. Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on the Tonight Show with some seriously shiny (GOOP-y?) legs. Better than forgetting to shave. [Gawker]
Week In Review: A Shopping Tool Surfaces, Our June Calendar Is Here, And More
Must-Reads: A new shopping tool, Covet.com, tells you whether you're Sporty Modern or Modern Sporty. Because there's such a difference. Our June calendar is here, which means new self-tanners, summer blockbusters, and the random leather accessory. Isaac makes The Fashion Show contestants design for real women...imagine the horror! Taste Tests: Which linen dress won't break the bank? Which metallic thong is more budget-friendly? Sales and Deals: Up to 40% off basic Theory belts at Bloomingdale's Up to 40% off bright flat sandals at Anthropologie Up to 50% off strappy day dresses at Max Studio
Round-Up: Heard On The Web This Week
SheFinds is more than a little uncomfortable with the main ingredient of the spermine facial. Can you blame us? StyleBakery.com picks their favorite maxi dresses at mini prices to wear to the beach and beyond. Do The Beauty Brains give a "sheet" about Ted Gibson Hair Sheets? Smarter Fashion gives us their top 7 beach-going essentials. SheZoom shows you how to spice up your little black dress without breaking the bank. Girlawhirl institutes a new office policy: no cell phones in the bathrooms! FocusOnStyle.com says bikini season is here and we gotta mow the lawn… Bikini Perfect keeps grooming in check! At Real Simple's Simply Stated, we encourage you to accessorize with shimmer instead of a scarf. Lemondrop tells you what to wear with these denim shorts.
Good Stuff From Mall Stores: Summer Scarf At Aéropostale
What: Tie-Dye Cloud Scarf, $10 Why: My mother and I used to make an annual pilgrimage to Aéropostale at the beginning of summer to stock up on cheap tanks and cargo shorts for camp. For nostalgia's sake, I recently re-visited my old haunt, and was greeted by much of the same merchandise. But while my fourteen-year-old self would have freaked out over the babydoll tank in the window, this time my well-over-drinking-age ass got pretty giddy over a blue tie-dye cotton scarf on the sale rack. And if Mom were still footing the bill, I would have grabbed the pink and yellow too. Get Yours: aeropostale.com
We Can’t All Be Angelina…But We Can All Do A Little To Better The Planet
What: MUD Cares Palette of Eye Color, $25 Why: In an effort to raise money for orphaned children in Africa who have lost their parents due to the AIDS epidemic, NextAid has teamed up with Make-Up Designory (MUD) to create MUD Cares Palette of Eye Color. A pretty heavy issue, but a really great cause. This collection of four supersoft shadows lends itself to tons and tons of different eye looks; the pale gold and pink shades work well for daytime, and the darker moss and bronze colors can be blended into the crease or used wet as eyeliner for an earth-toned smoky eye. The best part is knowing that 100% of the proceeds will be going towards an amazing cause. I can’t think of a better reason to shell out for some new makeup. Get Yours: mudshop.com
Taste Test: Which Linen Dress Won’t Break The Bank?
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Thursday’s Sample Sale Scoop: Sunglasses From Coach And Lanvin, And More…
Editors’ Pick: Coach sunglasses at Editors’ Closet Michael Kors shoes at Beyond The Rack Fratelli Rosetti shoes, Leonello Borghi bags, Ben-Amun jewelry, Gustto handbags and Vera Wang Collection clothing at Gilt Groupe Alicia Simone swimwear at The Top Secret Lanvin sunglasses, Pa-tou-tou bags, Raj scarves and Kier & J clothing at ideeli Varun Sardana clothing at Juxzy. Use coupon code cc8570. New Yorkers for Children charity sale, a.v. max jewelry, LnA clothing and Letarte swimwear at Hautelook Missoni and Toy watches at Rue La La
Latest Blog Posts From MomFinds
Deal of the Day: Get Ready fo Summer with Bliss’s Blowout Sale Tone those legs, trim that tummy, and look your best in your summer wardrobe with the help of these goodies we found on sale at Bliss. Baby Steps with Stride Rite Chicks Every step is an adventure when you’re a new walker, and these Stride Rite shoes ensure that baby’s feet are protected. Win it Wednesday: Win a $150 Visa Gift Card from IU2U.org Enter to win a gift card from IU2U.org, plus join thousands of parents by signing the Fit Kids Act that would mandate schools adhere to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s recommendations.
Find A Tee That Fits Your Shape… And Then Buy Three At A Time
A good tee is a hard thing to find. You want one that flatters the figure, is comfy to wear, and can go with almost anything. Our latest guide brings you tees for every shape - from full busts to large tummies to long torsos - that are sure to become your new favorites this summer. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter and get the latest sales and deals delivered directly to your inbox.
Deal Of The Day: Up To 40% Off Designer Maxi Dresses At Bluefly
In a season where celebrity pregnancies are making headlines, and everyone who's not expecting is heading for exotic summertime destinations, is it any surprise maxi dresses are making maximum impact? There's no breezier way to elevate your look than to don a floor-length stunner in favor of short shorts and a tank. Whether you're headed to the beach or boarding the plane, these maxi dresses go the distance in a comfortably chic way. Channel Angelina's Oscars dress (albeit a much more casual version) with this Nicole Miller gold rose window dress ($378, was $630). Strapless and amber-hued, this beach-ready frock will look slamming with a golden glow. Hit that Hamptons beach bash (or just that pool party at your local clubhouse) in ADAM's striped silk maxi ($255, was $425) and you're sure to turn a few heads. This summery stunner features showcases the whole spectrum of ocean, sun, and tropical foliage-inspired hues. Hip the world to your earth-friendly vibe in this grass green halter dress from Fourtys ($159, was $265). Paired with ultra-flat sandals and a few chunky turquoise baubles, you'll be quite the eco-chic maven in this ruffled take on the maxi. More sales and deals: Check out the new spring markdowns—up to 40% off—at C&C California. Every last thing at Delia's is 20% off when you enter the code GRAB20 at checkout. Spend $175 at Forzieri and get free shipping (enter the code AEBOF2) through the beginning of June. Find more sales and deals in our SheFinds Forum.
The Latest Blog Posts From MomFinds
Eco-Find: Reusable Shopping Bags With Style The line of reusable bags from Envirosax are made from lightweight, waterproof polyester that is incredibly strong (equivalent to two supermarket plastic bags), and folds up into a portable 4x1.5in. pouch that can be easily stashed in your bag. But they are also so incredibly stylish that I actually get stopped all the time by people asking me where I got my “purse.”Beauty Find: Miracle Balm From Clarins If ever there was a 411 for reviving skin in pinch that didn’t require a trip to a doctor or a day in the spa, this is it. Small enough to fit in your purse, this miracle balm from Clarins provides a healthy infustion of moisture and an indescribable glow from the moment you sweep it on. Shoes That Grow With Your Kid: Would You Spend $80? Does it seem like your kid outgrows his or her shoes as soon as you take them out of the box? The folks at Inchworm Shoes have a solution—shoes that grow up to a full size with a push of the button.
News Updates: Lanvin Explores Denim, New Handbag Charges Your Cell Phone, And More…
Lanvin's Alber Elbaz has announced he will design a line of denim with Acne Jeans to launch in 2009. [FWD]C'N'C Costume National has come up with a solar-powered handbag that contains a device for recharging cell phones and BlackBerries. [WWD]Jean Paul Gaultier will launch a line of men's makeup this Thursday called Monsieur. [NYMag]. Fans of the line might also be interested in checking out some male shapewear.A new type of exercise called Mallercise has become popular across the US and Europe. It involves power walking while window shopping throughout malls. [GuardianUK]
Only 1 Day Left To Win A Hip-T
Why leave your backside out for the world to see? Don't pull a Britney - stay demure, classy, and covered up with a fabulous Hip-T. It will become an essential part of your wardrobe - and keep both your outfit and pride intact before walking out the door. Want to win one? Hurry up and click here to enter before the contest ends tomorrow.
Taste Test: Which Pewter Slingback Will Set You Back?
Pewter seems to be a hot color this winter and we're kind of loving it because it goes with everything. It's a subtler metallic than gold and silver -which can often look tacky - and it is a little edgy too. Which pewter, bow-adorned slingback will you be adding to your wardrobe - the steal or the splurge? See if you can tell which is which: Test your fashion intelligence with other Taste Tests.
Would You Wear A Thong On Your Feet?
We all know that letting your thong peep out over the top of your jeans is one of the biggest fashion no-no's there is. In fact, it's a crime so heinous some cities are considering making it a finable offense . But what if the visible thong in question wasn't concealing your nethers, but rather exposing your newly manicured tootsies?Foothongs by Mic were designed to "add some muscle to the hosiery industry", according to designer Marcella Islar. Unlike traditional toeless hose, racy Foothongs thigh-highs are meant to be seen, with their positionable "thong" adding a graphic element where only toe rings and polish dared go before. The Foothongs website even suggests some places you might wear these revolutionary stockings: "the bedroom, the boardroom, the ballroom, or on your honeymoon night (for something new)." They come in lace-topped or plain versions so you can spice things up by wearing them as a lingerie item, or be more discreet in avoiding that other fashion sin—visible hosiery seams with open-toed shoes.So what do you think? Will you be showing off your thong-tha-thong-thong-thong (pairs start at $15 ) or will you be sticking to the sucked-in safety of your Spanx? Let us know what you think of this new development in the comments section below.
Trend Alert: The Ikat Print Invades 2008
It’s a wonder your biggest designers haven’t lined the runway with it because this fabric is the new year’s big hit. One might even say it’s the Ikat’s pajamas. The Fall 2007 collections of the likes of Balenciaga and Armani were awash with this resist-dying technique which has trickled down into the ethnic-inspired looks of Zara, Topshop, and Etsy.Topshop's Ikat Print Tie Waist Top ($32) and Stripe Longline Camisole ($50) show off this psychedelic print and look fierce paired with skinny jeans and biker boots. But why stop there? Burberry makes a stunning Ikat cocktail dress ($2950) that makes your LBD look just plain boring. This Hache Print Bustier Dress ($560) is another stellar standout. My personal faves come in the form of lingerie - like Topshop's Ikat mesh bra and panty get-up (bra $24, panty $8). Ain't no Ik about it, ladies.
Quick Fix Solution: How To Hide Dirty Hair
It's a lazy Saturday morning, and you've earned the luxury of sleeping in. You awaken from a fabulous dream about your sexy neighbor, turn around to look at the clock, and suddenly realize it's Friday morning, not Saturday, and your alarm didn't go off. You're late for work. In order to salvage what's left of the morning, you'll have to run in and out of the shower without washing your hair. But that will leave you with dirty locks all day, right? What's a poor, confused, tardy girl to do? There are a few home remedies you can try. Shaking some talcum powder on your scalp will help absorb excess oil, but for brunettes, the white residue can leave you looking worse off than before. We suggest Shampowder by Buttercream Cosmetics ($15.99) as a quick fix for unwashed locks. Shampowder comes as a large makeup brush with the powder in the base. You apply the powder to your scalp, and it will absorb the dirt and oil. But unlike baby powder, these come in two shades for different hair colors - one for dark and red hair, and one for light. So next time you freak out about going to work with a nasty mane, opt for Shampowder before throwing on that knit beret you know you can't really pull off.For more solutions that will save you in a pinch, check out our SheFinds Guide To Embarrassing Questions.
Deal Of The Day: Up To 65% Off Pencil Skirts At Liz Claiborne
Pencil in a little time to build up your workweek wardrobe. These tailored narrow skirts have become a fashion staple and will always look chic and appropriate. The Ponte Knit Skirt (was $79, now $27) has a beautiful draped look in an easy-to-care-for knit and a fashion forward inverted pleat at center front. The Tropical Wool Pencil Skirt (was $118, now $41) is a favorite over at Liz Claiborne. It is made in a seasonless tropical wool so that you can wear it all year long. The Herringbone Tweed Skirt (was $89, now $44) is retro-inspired and has a great curve-hugging fit and textured finish. MORE DEALS:L'OCCITANE gifts for your loved ones! Buy a fragrance get 30% off on a moisturizer. (Expires February 17th).Free Laura Mercier deluxe samples and bag with your $75 purchase. Shop NORDSTROM$15 Off Wet 2 Dry CHI Ceramic Flat Iron at Overstock.com! Offer expires February 11th.
Taste Test: Which Sheath Dress Makes The Cut?
We know the sheath dress is a closet staple that can be dressed down for the office, or gussied up for a night out. But not all sheaths are created equal. Can you guess which one of these dresses is the better buy? Test your fashion IQ with other Taste Tests.
News Updates: Nordstrom Goes Avant-Garde, Old Navy Ditches The Family, And More..
Nordstrom takes its Ruben Toledo ad campaign to new heights with photographer Ruven Afanador. [FWD]Tired of dressing the Joneses, Old Navy has decided to target the more fashion forward Gen Y crowd. [WWD]Giorgio Armani will open his first Armani Hotel in luxurious Dubai. [Vogue UK] Victoria Beckham got naked for Marc Jacobs to raise money for the NYU Skin Cancer Foundation. [Medical-News-Now]
Deal Of The Day: Up To 65% Off Designer Blazers At Bluefly
Dress up a pair of office-appropriate jeans or a casual jersey dress with a nice tailored blazer. Choose one with a little style: A fun and girly Aveline Blazer by Jill Stuart (was $465, now $191) is made from a textured stretch poly blend with a ruffle trimmed cuff and collar. A classy wool blend Vince Blazer (was $365, now $120) in a subtle plaid has a handsome notched collar and lightly padded shoulders for that extra sharp look. A little risqué as far as blazers go, this Robert Rodriguez Herringbone Blazer (was $520, now $184) leaves plenty of room for a cute frilly shirt to peek out. MORE DEALS:75% off select merchandise throughout the SteveMadden.com site. Through January 31st only! FREE SHIPPING on orders over $59 at Perfumania.com. Use code: 59PLUS Free Mascara Sample Duo with any purchase. Use code CLASSIC at checkout, while supplies last at Prescriptives.com.
Name That Designer: Which Project Runway Guest Judge Integrates Parisian and New York Fashion?
We love to test your fashion knowledge around here:It's all about the designer name these days, so let's see how well you know your labels. We'll give you a few fun facts about the designer, and our favorite product picks, and then we'll leave it to you to guess the brand name. If it's too tough, just click on one of the images and the designer's name will be revealed. A former guest judge on Project Runway, this person loves to incorporate the energy of Manhattan and the romance of Paris in his or her designs. This established talent created an iconic American flag dress, which is exhibited at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, has had a show at the Apollo theater in New York, and whose most recent collection featured geometric prints that were inspired by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. A few of the brand's latest resort frocks that we love: After your done taking the poll check out our two other 'Name That Designer's': 1. Who is the Duo that Revolutionized the Basic Hoodie?2. Who Designs that New Eco-Friendly Dress Collection?
J.Crew Hates Trees And They’re Using Your Mailbox To Prove It
From October to February, I probably receive enough catalogs to paper all the walls of my apartment building. It seems like every week another J.Crew or Harry and David arrives. They start to breed and multiply. Soon I'm receiving catalogs for senior citizen apparel and luxury ski goods. (I don't know how to ski and am as afraid of puffy jackets as I am of heights.) I always scan them to see if the inventory has magically changed...but no, it hasn't. It's the same stuff in a different binding, kind of like Mexican food (which I belive is just 100 different ways to serve beans, rice, and cheese.) Apparently these companies believe the MTV generation's attention span means one catalog per season is just not enough. Not only is this phenomenon annoying, but it's not exactly environmentally friendly. According to catalogchoice.org, 19 billion catalogs are mailed every year at the cost of 53 million trees. I'd give you the full stats of how that relates to energy and carbon dioxide, but I fell asleep during "An Inconvenient Truth", so you can read them here. Basically, every time a Victoria's Secret Catalog Angel gets her wings, trees cry and say goodbye to a cousin. So, a new activist Web site called Catalog Choice offers a free service: Sign up and stop receiving paper catalogs you just don't want. The organization claims you can reduce your junk mail while simultaneously helping the environment.Launched on October 9, C.C. says it has signed up 300,000-plus people, each of whom declined to receive an average of 12 catalogs. However, note the word "claim." Because when it contacted companies like L.L. Bean, Williams-Sonoma and Harry & David and asked them to take thousands of people off of their mailing lists, the retailers pretty much ignored the request. What did they do? The Direct Marketing Association held a "catalog summit" on December 17, warning attendees about activist groups and advising them "not to encourage" the anti-paper people. By encourage I assume they must mean to not mind the request.So, how do you stop getting Victoria's Secret every four hours? Well, you can adopt a teenage boy. When my brother was younger I didn't even know we got Victoria's because the boy fished it out of the box with Nascar pit crew speed. Otherwise, you have to pay $1. Yeah, you have to pay $1 to STOP lugging magazines you never wanted (or paid for) to the curb. The Direct Marketing Association has its own opt-out service - but it requires users to submit a credit card number to verify their identity and costs $1. Feel used? At least you're not a tree or a Victoria's Secret catalog in an adolescent boy's house.Read the full Business Week article here
Deal Of The Day: Up To 50% Off Alice + Olivia At Shopbop
Just because New Year's is over, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy some glitz. Treat yourself to an Alice + Olivia sparkly party dress and have a ball in 2008. A sleek, black stretch-silk mini dress (was $396, now $198) with slimming sequined stripes will make you the best dressed at any party. A sophisticated turtleneck sweater dress (was $297, now $207.90) has rows of matching sequins covering the front and back. Its cozy long sleeves give it that 'casual sparkle' look. The sexiest of the bunch, this sequined pencil dress (was $495, now $346.50) has a beautiful detailed boat neckline, which gives it a vintage appeal. MORE DEALS:Vivre Winter Sale - 40% off Select ClothingSave up to 63% on ESCA Mirrors and Train Cases Only at Folica.comWinter Sale - Save up to 70% at RedEnvelope
Be Kind to Your Feet: Functional and Fashionable Shoes
Although four inch heels are a magical means to elongate gams, perk up a tush, and add model-esque height, they are also a form of fashion masochism. After all, women are getting foot surgery to fit in Manolos, foot surgery because they fit into Manolos (and wore them), and knee surgery after years of a dysfunctional love affair with stilletos. And so, ladies, we at Shefinds would like to make a public service announcement on behalf of the cartilege in your knees. This season is sporting some wonderful, fashionable, FLATS! They're kind to your feet and any short man in your life. So, let's take a look while you soak those blisters.A night on the town doesn't mean that you have to sport spikes. You can dance without pain and scale the stairs to a VIP room without taking a tumble in these Sigerson Morrison embellished flats ($221). Taking cues from the new trend of chunky jewels, these ballet flats will compliment any LBD and be versatile enough to sport at the office. And, should you want to add a bit more glitz to the glamour, Report Signature ($165) has a pair of sequin sling-back flats that would make Dorothy wish she wasn't so attached to those ruby ones. (Or gingham. Yech.) Now put away those worn out sneakers or wedges for running errands. Even those most basic jeans and Hanes white v-neck t-shirt can be updated in a comfortable manner with a pair of colorful flats. Coral, green, and purple are the new "it" colors for this coming season, so pamper your feet in a pair of lavender Tory Burch ballet flats ($195). If you are like me and prefer to spend less on casual shoes because you walk enough to wear them out within a season, Kenneth Cole's Tribeca flat comes in yellow and green with a cost ($30) that won't make you consider taking a taxi to save its sole. As hot weather approaches (or you jet off for a warm weekend in the sun), you can show off your pedicure in a pair of Bernardo sandals for $125 (Jennifer Connolly is a fan of the label). Who would have thought that a pair of flip-flop alternative flats could be sexy? For those stuck in cold weather, try the stylish yet affordable Buckle flats ($96). If you're braving inches of snow to shovel a sidewalk or make it to the office, you don't need to wear dad's galoshes or sacrifice your Jimmy Choos to the salt. Wellies ($99) have been worn by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and are undeniably cute in a chunky, rubbery way. I own a pair and couldn't live without them.Looking for more ways to stay chic without getting blisters? Check out our guide to comfortable shoes.
Got A Beauty Crisis? EmerginC to the Rescue
What: EmerginC's "Hot Date" mask, $47Why: Little crises pop up all the time: you're supposed to meet your significant others' folks for brunch the morning after some serious partying; you've blocked your upcoming class reunion, and now you've only got a day to look fab; you finally scored a date with your dreamy coworker, but he wants to meet for drinks...tonight. Never fear; there's a quick-working product out there for just such situations. EmerginC's miracle-working face mask has been dubbed the "Hot Date Mask" by aestheticians at top spas, including the ones at Caesar's Palace and the Wynn in Las Vegas (where you know last-minute beauty emergencies crop up all the time). The clay-based formula, which includes high concentrations of exfoliating agents like Vitamin C, green tea, retinol and lemon juice, is action packed so you see results after one application. Fifteen minutes after applying, you'll notice brighter skin, a more even tone and fewer nasty dead skin cells. Get the same glow you thought you could only get after some intensive spa treatments in only minutes (the tingly feeling tells you the mask is working its lightening-speed magic), and prepare to face whatever look-fab scenario might crop up.Get Yours: SkinStore.com
News Updates: Women Get Naked For Carson, Designers Tackle Cell Phones, And More
"How To Look Good Naked", hosted by Carson Kressley, premieres this Friday (Lifetime, 9pm EST). The Queer Eye star unleashes his fashion prowess upon women of all shapes and sizes. [TVGuide]Following in the footsteps of Dolce & Gabbana, several fashion designers are now creating stylish cell phones. [WWD] Men's wear outsold women's apparel this holiday, but still couldn't make up for a disappointing spending season. [DNR]Already having trouble keeping that 2008 resolution? Apparently, it's just human nature. [Washington Post]
Deal Of The Day: Up To 50% Off Handbags At Nordstrom
Although today marks the first day of 2008, tomorrow will be the first real day of the new year when we all go back to the daily grind. Hit the office in style by picking up one of these groovy bags on sale now at Nordstrom.This Francesco Biasia Olga satchel (was $665, now $329) is large enough to fit everything you need for the office without looking ridiculously oversized. Although we'd never sport a Juicy tracksuit, we do love some of their leather bags, including this bowler (was $525, now $329) that comes in a lovely winter white. To up the bling factor, try this Rafe New York Metallic Satchel (was $550, now $367). It also includes a shoulder strap for slinging it across your back as you're running to catch the subway.
Taste Test: Which Track Pants Will Have You Running for Less?
You'll probably be needing another pair of track pants, you know, since you'll be going to the gym everyday now... One of these pairs costs almost three times the other. Which one will save you some money?
Deal Of The Day: Up To 35% Off Boots At Piperlime
The holidays have passed, which means we have nothing but a dreary three months of winter to look forward to now. Keep your spirits up by outfitting your feet in a pair of stylish new boots. Whether you're sweating the bootie craze, looking for something taller, or just want to stay warm without spending a ton of money, Piperlime has something on sale to suit your needs. The Frye Sunny Multi-Strap boot (was $298, now $208) comes in both dark brown and black, sports a small heel, and would be a great way to give some more feminine skirts and dresses a bit of an edge. If you wear a 7.5, start clicking. These cute yet comfy Steven by Steven Madden Puffe boots (were $140, now $90) have sold out in all sizes but this one. The cozy boots provide the perfect way to keep feet toasty without sacrificing a leg-flattering heel. Booties were all the rage this fall, and now you can get a pair from top designer Cynthia Vincent for a fraction of the original price. These Faith booties (were $420, now $294) come in croc-embossed leather and sport oversized button detailing we absolutely adore.
Happy New Year From SheFinds
Happy New Year! We hope all our readers had a wonderful (and stylish) New Year's Eve and aren't awakening to terrible hangover on this first day of 2008.For those of you who aren't feeling 100%, take our advice: drink a big glass of water, stay in bed, and allow yourself a little retail therapy by shopping the great post-holiday sales going on now. You can also take a look back at some tempting Deals of the Day and test your shopping knowledge by trying our Taste Tests. And, of course, if you haven't entered already, be sure to add your name to the list of readers hoping to win a stylish pair of ballet flats. We can't imagine anyone could still feel so lousy with a aparkly new pair of shoes on their feet. Still need something else to perk you up? We're also running a Worst Christmas Present Ever contest that offers a box of the best beauty brands featured on SheFinds to the reader who received the worst gift this holiday season.
Once you go Brazilian â€“ you never go back
The Brazilian, named for the Brazilian bombshells who spend their days scampering around Rio in G-strings, is the most "thorough" of the bikini waxes. It targets the lip and â€˜backâ€™ areas, and then gives you the option of going completely bare or leaving some hair (elegantly referred to as a landing strip). Facing my first ever bikini wax, I made an appointment with Shobhaâ€™s (voted â€œbest bikini waxâ€ in NYMag). They kindly sent me the game day rules. On the day of your waxing you should be clean, menstruation-free, dry, hairy (at least Â¼ in. long), comfortable and relaxed. To tell you that it didnâ€™t hurt would be an insult to your intelligence, as well as a bold faced lie. Being a germaphobe, I was relieved to hear about the salon's strict No Double-Dip Policy, which means that the same spatula will NEVER be re-dipped into the vat of wax. It hurt like hell, but Hibba, my waxer extraordinaire, was, wellâ€¦ extraordinary. Though she had me in positions that would make Jenna Jamison blush, I felt completely at ease and taken care of. I left with detailed aftercare instructions to avoid hot baths, ultraviolet rays, steam rooms and saunas, sexual activity and any products containing acid for at least 48 hours. DIY waxing is not as bad as it sounds, you just need the right hair removal tools. Beginners go easy with the Poetic Waxing Poetic Waxing Kit-- not painless, but easy to use. Anastasia is the goddess of brows but her salon and products cater to the manicuring of other patches of body hair. If you've had enough pro waxes to get an idea of what goes on or have the patience to follow directions, try the luxe Anastasia 4 - Piece Ultimate Hair Removal Wax Kit. Prevent bumps and post-ripping-the-hair-from-its-roots rash with Skindinavia Post Shave/Wax.
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Beauty Find: Conditioners for Normal hair
Even if your hair isn't dry or oily or damaged, it can still benefit from a good conditioner. If you're eco-chic, then Nature Girl has the perfect conditioner for you. Their Nature Rinse Botanical Creme Rinse Moisturizes without weighing down so you can use it every day. $36.
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SheFinds News: Give Thanks, Designer Style
Meaningful. Stylish. What more could you (or Jennifer Aniston) want from a designer t-shirt? St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital â€” the hospital that provides free medical care and research to children suffering from life-threatening diseases. St. Judeâ€™s provides more than $500 million in care annually, and no family is turned away for an inability to pay. Copy Jen (who has supported the hospital in the past) and don this Shop.StJude.org