Wednesday, December 07, 2005

What to wear for The Big Date

One of our faithful readers, Rocksteady, writes:

Las F, I need your help. On the 17th, I will be attending a black tie event with the boyfriend. I will be donning this dress from White House/Black Market.

But I need help! I need a recommendation on a good bronzer (because these winter months have NOT been kind...), and what is your feeling on hosiery with a dress like this? What color, if any? If you could give me your thoughts, I'd really appreciate it. This thing's kind of a big deal -- it's our 2-year anniversary, and there's a possibility it could involve a RING. I must look fabulous!!!!!


How fun! I love the dress. It has a wonderful vintage feel to it. You WILL look fabulous!

I'd avoid bronzer altogether. Being pale is not a bad thing, honey! It will give you a much more classy look. Coloring your skin as if you are ignorant of the weather doesn't look sexy--it looks kind of silly.

I'd definitely wear the hose. A nice dress like this one, if worn during the winter months, calls for a light pair of nude stockings. Since this is such a special occasion, splurge and get a nice pair from Macy's. Go for control top as they'll smooth any problem areas from the waist down. Control top will also help the dress to fit better. Try and find a pair that matches your skin tone, but don't worry if it's not an exact match.

As for shoes, you want something comfortable but memorable as well. I personally like these sexy shoes from Zappo's. The bow on the front is a nice touch and it is in keeping with the bow theme on your dress. Or, if you want something simpler, opt for a vintage-style Mary Jane like this one.

Finish the outfit with pearls and a simple black clutch handbag.

Have a wonderful time! You'd better let us know if you get a ring!

A Guy's Guide to Gift Giving

Knowing the appropriate gift to give your significant other can be difficult. It's hard to tell what a person's going to love, how they'll react if they don't love it, and if you should surprise them or just ask them outright. What can complicate matters even more is the status of your relationship. What if you just started going out a week ago? Do you buy something? If so, what? What if you've been together for a month? There are a ton of mitigating factors, so we'll try to sort things out and show you what girls are thinking when they get a gift, because you know they superanalyze almost everything.

Let's say you've been dating for a couple of weeks, and things are going well. In this situation you should go for something that shows you've been thinking about her, and yet you don't want to overwhelm her with a hugely expensive gift and scare her off. I personally recommend a gift around $20 and a nice card. It's a comfortable, non-offensive amount, somewhat like what you'd spend on an office grab bag gift. Some people may want to do more or less, so it's up to your discretion. As for what to get her, don't just hastily buy some girly looking body wash and call it a day. You have a golden opportunity to earn some brownie points, so don't waste it! On the next few dates before you buy her present, pay very close attention to when she mentions she likes something. She might mention she loves Memoirs of a Geisha, so you could head over to C.O. Bigelow and get her something from that line of cosmetics. That way she'll see that you are paying attention to her likes and dislikes, and that you were thinking of her when she wasn't around. Maybe she'll mention she loves a certain store. A gift card is not a bad option, although not nearly as thoughtful. It will really impress her if, during a date, she casually mentions that she loved the movie Serendipity, and her Chrismas present is ice skating in Bryant Park (free admission!) followed by coffee and dessert at the cafe the movie was named for. That will only work if you live in or near New York, but you get what I'm saying. Get creative. You can be a romantic sweetie on the cheap if you're smart.

If you've been dating for a few months at this point, you can go ahead and spend a little more. Between thirty and fifty dollars is reasonable, and in this situation, a thoughtful gift is always a great idea. By now you must know her fairly well, so you'll know what she likes. If you're going for the brownie points in this scenario, you can knock her socks off with a little attention. Most women have that one purchase that they've wanted for weeks, months or more, and they wouldn't buy it for themselves because it's either embarassing or too extravagant. She's probably mentioned it wistfully a few times, or she might stare longingly at it every time she passes it in the mall. Take notice of this. Maybe there's a piece of jewelry she loves at Free People, but she never buys it because she doesn't "really need another pair of earrings" or they're a little more than she'd usually spend on jewelry. Go ahead and get them for her. That way she can have the bauble she wants without the guilt of having bought it herself. Boyfriends don't let girlfriends have buyers remorse. Of course, don't forget the thoughtful card.

If you've been dating for much longer than a few months, like a year or more, you already know what she likes, and you already know what she's putting on her list for Santa. This is an easy one for you, but if you're again a brown-noser and want to go the extra mile, the key word is once again attention. Think of the thing she loves most, but this time, it's okay to splash out and blow a wad on her. You don't have to, but you can do a lot with $100. A day of beauty at a local spa is a heavenly treat for most women, or maybe there is a luxurious coat or purse she would die for. The bottom line is, it's the season to show her how much you love her, care about her, enjoy her company, or what have you. Dig the romantic side out of the moth balls and give her a gift that will make her smile.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Two Jamie Presslys

So, I'm watching the Big in '05 awards, when they announce Jamie Pressly. She walked out from backstage wearing a lovely cocktail dress, hair in a neat ponytail, wearing some lovely accompanying jewelry. All I have to say to that is, "More of the same, please." The change between the Jamies of yesteryear and today typify what we at Las F are all about - the good life for everyone, even JP.

Let's go back in time a bit and look at Jamie, version 1.0. Jamie started to become well-known in the 90s for two roles: tramp and trash. Don't believe me? Google Image her. That was interesting. She did the Playboy spread, played a stripper on the WB, and did a turn in Trash, Tomcats and the ill-fated David Spade vehicle Joe Dirt. At this point, I figured Jamie would be relegated to the same category as Donna D'Errico and her kind. There's nothing wrong with her kind, but she's not exactly the poster child for good taste. In short, Jamie wasn't generally destined for long-term employment in a treasured project. She did her thing in silly throwaway parts like the one at left in Not Another Teen Movie. And that's the end of Jamie.

Or is it? I'm telling you, Jamie has seemed to really turn herself around. There wasn't too much wrong with her as much as her career, and things are getting better for her every day. She's got a successful sitcom role, ironically playing trashy Joy in My Name is Earl. It doesn't matter, however! It's a great show and she's equally great in it. It seems now that she's starting to be where she's always wanted to go one day, and when she makes appearances now, she's actually doing it in style, and fully clothed! Check her out at this appearance at the Video Game Awards of 2005. She's - coordinated! Her hair is perfect! She truly is the catepillar that turned into the butterfly. Who knows what could be next for her...Emmy? Serious movie role? We'll have to wait and patiently watch as she continues to metamorphosize, and teach us all a lesson. You don't have to start out a foxy, elegant woman to become one. If you're listening, Donna D., this one's for you.