Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Star Mom Fashion: Contrast and Comparison

You know, I have to be honest and admit that I've never really liked Jennifer Garner real much. She always seemed sickly and pale, despite her beautiful dimples and generally attractive features. Although I liked Alias, I never watched it regularly and I always thought she was a sourpuss.

But then she got pregnant. Oh with the glowing and the smiling! Oh with the cute outfits and the burgeoning belly! She got HUGE there towards the end, but I still thought she was cute. (I try to go easy on pregnant women. I know that F Jersey didn't like Gynnie's dress but I thought it was cute, if a bit reminiscent of your grandmother's lace tablecloths.)

The bottom line is, I really like Jennifer Garner now. She seems healthy and happy. She probably got to eat what she wanted for the first time during her pregnancy.

I like the whole granola look she has going on. For the moment I'm going to pretend that guy next to her is a homeless man and not her husband.

Look at that, kids! Her hair is brushed, her outfit is perfectly coordinated. She looks casual without being frumpy or trashy. This just goes to show, dear readers, that motherhood does not equal the end of cuteness or classy dressing. Contributing to the world's population does not exempt you from basic cleanliness and at least an attempt at matching clothes, or, Heaven forbid, life-station-appropriate clothing.

Britney, I'm looking at you.

More than anything, I'm just confused by this picture. Why the high heels whilst carrying one's beloved offspring? What if she trips whilst adjusting her scanty garment? Perhaps more importantly, why that awful, awful shirt (I refuse to call it a dress) and absence of pants underneath it? We all know you have bosoms, and that they're nice and big since you had your baby--but we don't want to see them.

Why the horrible hair reminiscent of Duran Duran?

WHY, Britney? Why? I won't say you've ever been terribly classy, but PLEASE. Pull it together.

Call Jennifer. She'll help you. Jennifer seems to have realized, darling, that just because your husband is a slob doesn't mean you have to be one. Misery may love company, and mediocrity loves to drag others down, but you can resist.

Photos courtesy of Just Jared and What Would Tyler Durden Do?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Short Hair Styles

Laura, who is in the very enviable position of living in Brazil, loves her short hair, but has run out of ideas of what to do with it. It can be difficult - long hair can go up, down, out, in, any way you like. Short hair gives you less to work with. There are a few options with what you can do, and most of them revolve around different accessories. Jeweled barrettes have been a favorite of mine for quite some time, and they can be quite elegant for a formal occasion. You could also do vintage barrettes, casual plastic ones - the options are truly endless. The ones at left, available at the Red Envelope website, are a great way to start, which brings me to my next thought - your part. A middle part is a nice, everyday way to wear your hair, but if you want to mix it up a bit, do something on the side. For an even more dramatic look, do a severe side part with a barrette to secure your hair out of your face. It's the difference between being the girl next door and the hottie next door. Think Veronica Lake.

Another great option is the scarf , and contrary to popular opinion, it works with short hair, too. The tapered bangs sticking out from underneath is so very now, and with the variety of lengths, textures and colors scarves are available in, you can be anything from hippie chic to Jackie O gorgeous. The headband at right is from Free People. My only other recommendation for style is to experiment with curl. If you usually do it under, maybe try flipping it out for a That Girl look, if that's your taste. You might also want to try using a little styling gel and do a messy, chunky look for something with a little movement. Put a dab on the palms of your hand, rub your hands together, and then run your hands haphazardly through your hair. You're really only limited by your imagination, so experiment with anything and everything to find what you absolutely love. Be a trendsetter!