Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I've Fallen


....I can't get up.

(image courtesy of what is reality anyway)

Me last night watching the episode of RZP with her jewelry collection auction...

GASP.


GUH.

THUD.


This keeps happening. Maybe I should stop watching TV standing up.

That is all.

Merci!

Ames

.
Or maybe we're all suffering from collective vertigo. That jewrey collection was S-I-C-K. I mean, sh!t on a stick - I drooled all over myself. That snake cuff, the giant leopard ring, and every other frigging piece? RZ's Jewrey - you are the wind beneath my wings.

Merci!
Shan

Monday, September 28, 2009

Stuff We Would Kiss On the Mouf: Vintage Vogue

1970s Paganne print dress


Last Friday I staffed a large meeting at work (large being about 175 people), and wore a vintage dress from the 60s, some turquoise jewelry, and a thrifted belt. I got more compliments on what I was wearing that I have in a while, and DANG if it wasn't nice (can I get an Amen, Amy?). It's funny, because I went to Target the next day and counted a handful of dresses that I saw at the meeting. Don't get me wrong - I have a veritable BUTTLOAD of clothing from Target, and in fact that very day was dressed in head to toe Tar-jay. Still, I think from now on I'm going to search for more vintage items to add into my wardrobe. It's green to recycle or upcycle, it can be cheaper if you score a smashing frock at a thrift store as opposed to an actual vintage store (where the owner knows what they have and usually charges accordingly), and most importantly, it's FUN knowing I'm going to have something on that no one else will.

Check out some of the uh-maz-ing, bananas items on Shrimpton couture.



1960s cheongsam
1970s Ossie Clark dress
1970s Ossie Clark wrap dress

1970s floral print dress


Shan,

Can we make a new category for all posts related to vintage clothing? I think you know how I feel about vintage and how it really makes you feel more fabulous when you wear it. You know. I know you know. Anyhoo, I propose a new category:

Vintage: Stuff We Would Kiss On The Mouf (With Tongue).

Merci,

Ames


Happiness Is A Choice


Found here on Flickr.
Read that this weekend. Pretty profound. That is all.

Merci!

Shan

True dat, Shan. True dat. I just reread "A Short Guide To A Happy Life" for the billionth time yesterday. If you haven't read this little 5 minute gem, I recommend it to everyone. I know it gets flack for being "simple" and formulaic, but I'm perfectly okay with that. (I mean you all can clearly see I watch some very fluffertainment TV shows, so it's not like everything has to be upper crust.) The book IS simple. Sometimes we all need to be reminded of the simple because we often overlook it because we're so busy looking all the "difficult" stuff.

That is all, all.

Merci!
Ames

PR Recap: What the WHAT?!!!!

I reached the point in last week's PR where I was almost ready to give it up. ALMOST. Is it just me, or ARE THE JUDGES SMOKING CRACK????????? I'm not even going to go into it - let's just get on with it, shall we?


The Winner: Nicolas







Shan: I think this comment from Project Rungay says it best: "It looks SOOO CHEAP. Like I could buy that costume from the CVS Halloween aisle." Note to Nicolas: Girlfriend, you need to build a bridge and GET OVER YOURSELF.

Amy: Because of the story and idea of it, this is my favorite thing Nicolas has done. But wait up, I don't care for Nicolas or his work, so really that's not saying much.


The Loser: Top Ra'Mon

Shan: I was so disappointed to see Ra'Mon go. I thought he had real potential, but this dress? Ra'Mon - Sigmund the Sea Monster called, and wants his drag costume back.




Amy: I loved Top Ra'Mon. He was a real highlight of this season for me. I miss him already even if this outfit frightens the bejeebus out of me.


Christopher:


Shan: I can't even do a "Should Have Won" this week, because the judging criteria was so inconsistent I don't think even the JUDGES understood it. Still, I LOVED this number. Vampire's wedding attire? I think Daryl Carol Hannah's fit that description better. For realsies though, that blouse? And the BACK of it? Even better than the front. Want.


Amy: I don't know why, but this is so insanely gorgeous to me. I love all the details. Love, love, love. I wonder if this dress has a brother?

Shirin:

Shan: Hey kids! Don't forget to stop by the Old Timey Photo Booth to get your picture taken in saloon girl getup! How this was not in the bottom three but Gordana's was is beyond me.

Amy: Well, she totally nailed the saloon girl outfit but there's nothing new about it at all. At allllllll.


Logan:
Shan: Logan, you are starting to bore me. Honey, you are hot, but you had better step it up!


Amy: Yawn.

Irina:


Shan: My fave of the night, even with the "Is it bubble-wrap or is it organza?" cape. Love the detail on the bodice, and the way she sewed the black strips. Gorge.

Amy: This is stunning and interesting and THANK YOU for not boring me.

Daryl Carol:


Shan: Probably my second fave of the night, but only because I'm a sucker for a patent leather catsuit and harness.

Amy: Shan really does love a good harness. The end.
Louise:


Shan: This dress really isn't bad, but man, compared to some of the other cool costumes that came down the runway, it was a SNOOZEFEST. I don't think it fit the criteria of film noir, but still, it's okay.

Amy: It's not bad but it's not exciting. I thought I was going to love it to infinity when she was constructing it but the end result was just okee.


Althea:




Shan: Pretty kick-ass, but still, nothing outstanding about it. Wait - can one be kick-ass and NOT outstanding?????? Yes, yes, I believe one can.


Amy: I can't even remember what category this was. Clearly it didn't knock me off my pedastal. Oh, I mean, knock my socks off me.


Gordana:



Shan: Judges, why you gotta hate on Gordana???? Seriously - I mean, she is probably not the strongest competitor on the show, but she's as strong as anyone else. I liked this dress, hated the shoes with it, and REALLY hated the beaded trim she used as a necklace. Still, she didn't deserve the bottom three. Again.

Amy: Yes, seriously, seriously. I think Gordana has turned out some of the better stuff this season so what gives? This is not very exciting but it's not bad either. Ease up on G, yo.


Epperson:



Shan: This was pretty awesome. That wrapped leatha belt KILLED me. The ruffles? Rufflicious. Not really straight up "western wear," but as close as anyone else got with the ambiguous challenge.

Amy: This.Was.Bananas. Someone call Best Western and tell them they have to share their title. The level of detail and workmanship on this driving me crazy in all the good ways. Giddyup.

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's All White With Me

After the Emmy's last weekend, I noticed there were quite a few white gowns. Unlike white cars, which I typically HATE, but could be biased because I had to sell my beloved yellow Beetle Daisy after the Trips came along so I could buy the obligatory mom van, in white (incidentally, her name is Pearl, and she is SUCH a nag), I love me a goddessey white gown. Below are some of my faves that I have run across.



Eva Mendez, last year's Golden Globes.



This dress is vintage, and It. Is. Bananas. Holy cats, it is sheer frigging perfection. That simple column, that ginormous bow, and gasp - the necklace? Shut the front door.

Joy Bryant


Came across this one on Go Fug Yourself, and I fell over dead.

Jada Pinkett Smith

I think I found this one on Go Fug also. It is like half kimono, half disco, 100% grade-A fab.

Rumer Willis

Again with the Fug girls (thanks for doing the hard work for me, ladies!). Rumer? Looking smashing here, doll.

Kim Kardashian, 2009 Emmys

I read sooooo many bad reviews of her dress, but I can't help it, I think it's hot, and she looks beautiful in it. I mean, come ON, girlfriend is wearing a skintight WHITE dress and looks like cream cheese. Dee-lish.

Happy Friday, and Merci!

Shan

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An Open Post To Shan

Listen...do you hear that sound? It's me totally sucking at blogging with you right now. Thank you for your patience.

And yes to Trin and Sus. Total BFFs always and forevah evah.

Mwaaaaah,

- Ames

An Open Letter to Amy


Dear Ames,
Why have we not discussed Trinny and Susannah before? Do you love them like I do? Watch their new show Making Over America? Do you cry every week whilst watching said show? Yeah, me neither.

Seriously - I have loved them ever since I saw the original BBC version of What Not To Wear. I would love the chance to meet them and have Susannah yank up my shirt , squeeze my boobs, and check out my bra.....oh, wait....did I just type that? I didn't mean it AT ALL. And is it just me, but does Susannah's husband look like Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley below? He cute...

For realsies, I know Trinny is thin as a pin, but I think she is amazing. Her accessories KILL ME DEAD. That giant beaded necklace she has been wearing on the show? Guh. I have to find one like it. And I wish I could've found a full-length frontal (tee heeee) of the gown she is wearing below. Great Oden's Raven, it is modern-day Cleopateriffic. I. Die.

I am pretty sure if we met them, we would all hit it off and become forever besties with our OTHER BFF:
Sooooo, here's the dealio - Trinny and Susannah - I am sure you have PR people who are googling you everyday to keep up with what people are writing about you. When you find our humble blog, call us. We're free anytime (and SOME of us are cheap...)
LYL*TNC
(Tuna Noodle Casserole)
Merci!
Shan
P.S.
Cat, that goes DOUBLE for you!
Mmmmwwaaaahhhh!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Emmy's

Get ready to live, people - here comes our Emmys fashion recap (or re-crap, in some cases - you know who you are...)


Before we get to the glitz though, I just have a few comments:

1. Amy had her entire post typed out and saved, but Blogger decided at the last minute to wipe everything away, so you are stuck with me. If we're lucky, and she decides to recreate everything, she will addsies later. Carry on!


Amy: Shan is right. Fists were a shakin' at Blogger last night. Can we just all pretend it was hilarious the first time around? This one may not be so much but I will feel like a jerk if I don't play along.


Anyhoo....

a) Are you kidding me? Cat Deeley was not nominated as the best reality show host? What the eff? She is adorable, charming, self-deprecating, funny, sweet, etc. etc. ad nauseum. Let's make sure she IS nominated next year, capiche?

b) The Amazing Race got it a-frigging-GAIN this year? I have never even watched the show, and have vowed never to do it, because I'm so SICK of it winning.


c) 30 Rock: Okaaaaay, we GET it - you are funny! Are you funnier than The Office? No. Cheese and rice -step back and let someone else have a turn!


d) Jon Hamm: HOT. Hot hot hot hot hot. I don't even watch Mad Men, but DAYUM, he hot. Have I mentioned how frigging HOT he is?


e) Blake Lively: Aren't you a little too young to be wearing a dress slit up to your bajingo? Where was your mother, for the love of Nellie Olson?!

All right - enough of that. We're going to do a Top Five and Bottom Five between us, but let's face it, we share a brain, so there's a lot of overlap. Enjoy!

Merci!

Shan



Shan's Top Five:
1. Jennifer Carpenter
2. Ginnifer Goodwin

3. Perrey Reeves
4. Cat Deeley
5. Kara Diwhoseewhatsit from American Idol
Alternate: Rose Byrne



Amy's Top Five
1. Kara Diwhoseywhatsie
2. Perrey Reeves
3. Mila Kunis
4. Cat Deely
5. Jennifer Carpenter



Jennifer Carpenter



Shan: Gorgeous silhouette, dazzling beading, dreamy bodice and shoulder detail, but most importantly, eye candy on the arm. I will ATTEMPT to forget that she plays his sister on Dexter but is married to Michael C. Hall in real life. Jerk.
Amy: I really want to hate her because she's married to Hottie McHotPants MCH, but in this dress it's nearly impossible. She's never look better. Stunning.
Ginnifer Goodwin

Shan: ALMOST my fave of the evening. That color is sublime, I love the exaggerated sweetheart neckline and the necklace, and her makeup is perfection. She is adorable.
Perrey Reeves


Shan: Old Hollywood Glam at its best. Meluvs.
Amy: GUH. THUD. Those are the sounds I made when I saw her in this vintagey yet modern beaded beauty. Would you just LOOK at all the detail? THUD. Oh no, it happened again.

Cat Deeley



Shan: We all know by now that Cat can do no wrong in our eyes. We would probably put her on the list even if she showed up in something horrific, like a burlap sack, or a Juicy Couture Brentwood Trophy Wife track-suit. Okay, maybe not THAT, but as it was, she was stunning in a one-shouldered Grecian gown. Call us, Cat....
Amy: Yo, ACADEMY. Do not deny Cat D her shot at the prize. She kills it on many levels. She's more than a pretty face and a sick wardrobe. She is the Hostess With The Mostess. Next year better have her on ze list of nominees or you will have MBB to answer to.


Kara Diwhoseewhatsit


Shan: This photo doesn't do justice to the loverly white, goddessy gown that whats-her-face wore. Soooo delicious.
Amy: The draping. The scalloped (iz not Top Scallop) beaded neckline. Do I need to say more?

Mila Kunis


Amy: Mila schooled the model. Okay, sure so the dress was styled differently and altered some and sure I have a total girl crush on Mila from one of my fave movies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but still....this is hip and young and fresh and the color is to die for.

Shan: I couldn't decide whether or not I liked this look, but I thought her makeup was stu-huh-huh-ning.

Alternate:
Rose Byrne



Oh my. Dreamy, just dreamy.

Annnnnd the bottoms....

Shan's Bottom Five:
1. Obama Girl
2. Jessica Lange
3. Sarah Silverman
4. Nancy O'Dell
5. Lisa Edleman
Alternate: Kyra Sedgwick

Amy's Bottom Five
1. Obama Girl
2. Shar Jackson
3. Jeanne Tripplehorn
4. Elizabeth Perkins
5. Sarah Silverman


We're going to mix these up a bit, just for sh!ts and giggles....

Obama Girl


Shan: What da HAIL?????

Amy: Really? She's just being ridiculous. We all need a Health Care plan after this vomit-inducing disaster.

Nancy O'Dell

Shan: Nancy O'No She Din't is more like it.

Jessica Lange

Shan: WHAT has happened to Jessica Lange's face? The entire time I was watching her last night, I just kept thinking "She looks NOTHING like she did in Tootsie or Cape Fear." I am just sad looking at her, because of what she used to be. I can't even say that I would never have any kind of work done, but she hardly looks like the same person anymore. And the dress? Had a horrid fit, it just seemed to pull and pucker across the bodice.

Shar Jackson


Shan: Are those arrows on the dress pointing to the part that was made from coffin lining?

Amy: Am I more disturbed by this old lady/prom gone wrong number or the fact that SHAR JACKSON was at the Emmy's? Toss up.


Jeanne Tripplehorn


Shan: Again with the horrible fit! I think ya'll know I loves me some sequins, but this just makes her look wider than she is. In fact, that seemed to be the theme for most of the night - wiiiiiiider than she is....
Amy: Sequins + Classic Shape should = Perfection. The sum of these parts does not add up though. Baaaaaaaad fit and the color is doing nothing for her.

which brings me to:

Elizabeth Perkins
(case in point #2)


Shan: I have loved Elizabeth Perkins ever since I saw her in About Last Night, but seriously - is that a pegnoir from the Frederick's of Hollywood circa 1978 catalog?
Amy: 18,437 Mothers of The Bride called and want their dress back.


Sarah Silverman
(case in point #3) Shan: This is not an Emmy gown - it's a costume for a serving wench from Medieval Times. Her hips doth protest. P.S - Is she hiding Jimmy Kimmel under that skirt?
Amy: Oh I'm sorry, I thought this was the Emmy's, not a Cotillion. Who says, "Can you make my hips look bigger with lots of fabric?" I can't get past the color either because royal blue was all the rage in Jr. High for the formal dances. I have pictures to prove it. (Loves her though.)

Lisa Edelman


Shan: Note to Lisa: FIRE YOUR STYLIST. You are gorgeous - you should look better than this. Prom 1987 called and wants its crankin big permy hair back.
Amy: Have to comment on this with a big huge WHAT THE HAIL?
Alternate: Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick is a gorgeous woman, but this dress is too young, or cutesy, or SOMETHING. I HATE the color, hate the little flowers all around the edge, hate the shoulder barf (yes, that is a technical term), and I REALLY hate that she couldn't find appropriate shoes and had to wear her work pumps with it.

P.S.
Blogger, why you gotta be such a little bitch?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PR Recap: Black and White and Read All Over

FINALLY! An interesting challenge that separated the wheat from the chaff. I can't believe I just wrote that. Let's get on to it, because we have Emmy ensembles to review as well.

Amy: Let me preface this by saying I've been working on a Princess 5 Year Old Birthday Party all weekend and am just now getting to this. I'm fresh out of wheat sayings and probably anything remotely interesting. I's tired. Okay then....

Shan: Fresh out of wheat saying????? I'm so confused, sooooo, so confused.....

The Winner: Irina

Shan: Praise Jeebus, the right person FINALLY won a challenge! I. Love. This. Coat. If I didn't think it would melt right off of me in a rainstorm, I would wear it tomorrow. Irina, can you please recreate this in wearable fabric? Love the giant collar and cuffs, love the length of the sleeve, the belt, and I think you know how I feel about the pockets. No? Well, I would carry Irina around in them.

Amy: I can't recall now who was making fun of this coat but I can recall that I wanted to punch them in the lungs. I adore this. I want.



The Loser: Johnny and "Please Pick Me, I'm On the DREAM TEAM" Model

Shan: This is the first week I have been royally ANNOYED with the models. Dream Team, you need to build a bridge and collectively GET OVER YOURSELVES. You are not curing cancer. Granted, it can't be easy to stand around all day wivout peeing or eating, but Mother Teresas you are not.

And now, I present to you Johnny, The Amazing Lying Liar. The steamer maliciously squirted all over your Dioriffic initial gown and ruined it? Beyotch, puh-leeze. Did you think the camera crew following you around and filming as you wadded the dress up and threw it in the trash was there for your E True Hollywood Story? That dress was a hot mess. Tim Gunn's comments to your initial dress that it looked like kindergartner's had made it was kind. The pointy, uncentered boob plate, the ziggy-zaggy hem, the giant faces pasted on the front? Epic. Fail. Buh to the bye.

Amy: Oh, Johnny. Those people in the room have film in the camera (or magic digital thingies that I still don't understand but am grateful for) so sistah please. I love your overcoming addiction story but do not love this dress. Kisses. Don't let me see you on Intervention because crack is whack.



LeAnne, errr...Anna from The Fashion Show, errr...Shirin

Shan: And the winner for the most copied butt-cup dress goes to Shirin. Don't get me wrong - it was adorable, but I just saw it on the craptastic PR replacement on Bravo - The Fashion Show. Been there, done that.

Amy: SO not "wearable" but thanks for playing.

Top Ra'Mon:

Shan: Yeeeeeaaaah, not loving this one. And after hearing that the models were forced to stand and not pee for 7 hours, I can understand why she is standing like this. I realize they are working with paper, but his design makes her look much bigger than she is. Just don't love it.

Amy: I don't love it but it's paper. PAPER. So I'll not withhold all props to you.


Nicolas:

Shan:What in the name of Sid Viscious is punk about this look? Oh, right - NOTHING. At the very least, he should've had her wear razor blades around her neck or something, instead of a delicate string of beads. Thank you for playing, try again!

Amy: I actually like the stripedy goodness of this outfit but probably not nearly as much as you love it, Nicolas. You bug me with your overconfidence.


Louise:

Shan: Did Louise take all the corks from every bottle of wine she has had in the last few months and use them to make that neck funk? Don't love it, and I HATE what she did to Minnie Mouse's...errr...Fatma's hair. The actual bust and skirt of the dress I like - it's just that cork like detailing I am not fond of.

Amy: Love the skirt but the corkneck makes me want to knock it all off.



Gordana:

Shan: I was really kind of upset on Gordana's behalf. I thought hers was one of the best, most wearable looks, and then the judges pulled that "it looked TOO wearable" crap. I totally agreed with her response that she was given such unconventional material to work with, and thought that the objective was to MAKE SOMETHING WEARABLE. Was it my favorite look? No, but I can appreciate the construction and effort that went into it, especially in comparison to some of the others.


Amy: I'm with Shan..."wearable" should not be a four-letter word. A) Because I know how to spell and it's 8 letters and B) compared to a lot of the dredge that's gone down the runway this season, "wearable" is a very good thing. I love this. Love the patterns she made with le papier (oooh, French) and the silouhette of this.



Epperson:

Shan: I liked this, but it was just so middle of the road that nothing reallllly stands out to me about it. Next!

Amy: Meh. A little too angular for my liking.


Daryl Carol Hannah:

Shan: No, no, no, no, no.

Amy: I really love the idea of this but think it's the color that is making my eyes throw up a little.

Logan:

Shan: And the winner for Hottest Guy Who Probably Shoud've Been Auf'd Last Week But Thank God He Wasn't Because He Look GOOOOD In Tight Shiny Pants And Came Back With This Gorgeous Little Dress goes to......

Amy: This is so freaking cool. I know, I have a way with words. You work on a Princess Party for days and tell me you don't just want to go sit down with some wine and watch the Emmy's.


Christopher:

Shan: And the winner for the Dress I Thought I Was Going to Like Best Upon Description Until I Saw Irina's goes to....Seriously, he had me at "feathers." Durrrrr....Loved this dress, and did his model WORK IT or WHAT? I was expecting her to bust a move to I'm Too Sexy at the end of the runway.


Amy: First of all I LOVE this. Love. I do not love the fact that Shan has that stupid song stuck in my head now. Hey, Shan....I want my Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back...Chiliiiiiii's. You're welcome.
Althea:

Shan: And the winner for the "Is She Getting Too Big For Her Britches?" award goes to....I really did love this dress, and the effect she got from the construction and repeating pattern she used, not to mention that the shape of the dress is just fierce. Still, Althea is starting to tap dance on my last nerve. I don't even quite know why - she just is.

Amy: My faves o'the night. I don't know how she made paper look elegant but she did. I think it's stunning.