Friday, October 20, 2006


Okay, now that you've all had the image of John Travolta in drag burned into your retinas for all eternity...

I want to discuss hairspray.

I can't seem to find any kind that I like! With medium-fine, often color-treated hair (and living in a humid, rains-260-days-out-of-the-year climate), I can't seem to find anything that will hold a curl for more than a few hours. If it does hold a style, I've got stiff and/or greasy-looking AquaNet head.

So I'm sending out a Las F cry for help: what's your favorite hairspray? What kind of hair type/climate are you dealing with? And if you've found something better than hairspray--or you are just pure and simple anti-spray for life--let us know!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Product Review: Boots Body Butter

I picked this up on a whim at Target, and I'm glad I did. My skin gets very dry during the fall and winter months so I'm always on the lookout for good moisturizers.

This isn't the exact fragrance I bought, but I couldn't find it on the Boots website.

I've always liked body butters, so I was excited when I realized that this body butter was half the price of the Body Shop's butters. I put it on right out of the shower. It's light, but it takes away that itchy dry feeling. Afterward, my skin felt smooth but not tacky. I purchased the grape/lemon/avacado butter and my husband really liked the smell.

Overall I'd say this is a good product. It's not as good as Tutti Dolci; I would like it to be even heavier. Still, it gets the job done and the price is right! Definitely check it out if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the more expensive body butters.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Awwwww, Brit-brit!

So...I'm not a big fan of the shoes or the sunglasses, and I would never wear a turtleneck under a vest like that (that's just me), and I think a supportive bra would definitely enhance Brit's figure. But dayum, girl, you look good! Welcome back, honey buns!

Let's all have a drink (of the alcoholic or coffee variety--or both together, yum) to health, happiness, and less Le Fromage L'Orange for Britney!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Caped Couture

They're uber trendy, yet classic, and a throwback to the Edwardian era. Enter, the capelet. Oddly enough, while they're hot on the runways, I had a hard time locating any in the stores and online. When I finally did, the color selection was nil, and the styles few.

Sophia Kokosalaki

While few and far between, the capelet can be quite an interesting piece of your fall and winter wardrobe. Keep in mind a few things. Capelets are flowy and trapezoidal by nature, doling out plenty of fullness on top. You can wear this extra bit of fluff from the waist up, but only if you balance it out with minimalism from the waist below.
Pair your capelet with straight leg pants or a pencil skirt. Heels and flats work well, but use caution when wearing knee-high boots, which paired with a capelet, will only shorten your frame. The goal is NOT to look like the Caped Crusader...
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Monday, October 16, 2006

What to avoid this season: Fashions that have F. Cali Really Mad

Alright readers. It's official. There is nothing to wear this season. I've been shopping four times the past two months and each time I have come away empty-handed save a few cotton basic shirts from Old Navy. I'm appalled. I feel as if all the designers got together and decided to exact revenge on us, the women who keep their industry afloat. Is this a red-state/blue-state thing? Are they punishing us for not looking like models? Were their endless colonics making them irritable? No one can say for sure, but I do know that I have never witnessed a Fall season so chock full of completely unflattering and downright UGLY ensembles:

Superfluous Belts Need to dress up last year's suit? Put on a skinny belt! Not only will you instantly experience the Torso-Shortening Power of the belt, but as an added bonus, viewers will instantly be drawn to what is undoubtedly a trouble spot if you weigh more than 110 lbs: your belly! Goodbye all the efforts you've been making at the gym; hello stomach splooge. NOTE: Wide, low-slung belts are good. I encourage you to wear them as they have an elongating effect. Skinny belts, however, are the spawn of the devil.

Kimono Sleeves If anything speaks to designer's hatred for the Common Jane it is this fashion. You can just see them plotting at their design boards: "What does this shirt/sweater/dress need? It NEEDS something. Needs. I know! More Linebacker. That's it. 300-lb Linebacker is the new pointy shoe!" Please avoid this fashion. It bulks up your upper body, the sleeves will get in everything, and you look like you're about to take off like Icarus with his father's hand-made wings. It's ridiculous. Avoid.

Cropped Pants with Boots Would someone PLEASE explain this to me? I don't understand at all how this fashion took off. I'm willing to debate whether or not it could be flattering, but it LOOKS silly. I choke back a laugh every time I see someone wearing them. Here we have a perfectly GOOD pair of pants, beautifully tailored. What's missing? Only the bottom foot and a half. I imagine they're not good for snowy climates either. I've lived in the Midwest; I know what icy wind on legs feels like. Has this trend worked miracles for anyone? Please feel free to speak up.

Puffed Sleeves Forget what Anne Shirley said. Puffed sleeves are a more feminine yet equally virilent form of Linebacker Chic. They look cute, but in practice they're a nightmare. Look, they even make the model look bigger. Think what they would do to someone who actually eats every now and then. Just back away.

It seems that even my favorite store, Ann Taylor Loft, has fallen prey to these trends. I've also been to J. Jill (too expensive and too mature for me), Forth and Towne, Ann Taylor (not the Loft), and Macy's...where have you guys had luck this year?

Only Five Days Left!

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