Charlotte is, as always, conservative chic in the girls' trek to the Dubai in the recent "Sex and The City 2."
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Charlotte is, as always, conservative chic in the girls' trek to the Dubai in the recent "Sex and The City 2."
Monday, June 28, 2010
If jamming your clothes, your IPhone, your sneakers, your loafers, your socks, your underwear, and whatever what-nots into a jumbled mess into a duffel bag makes you not want to travel or get away, Tumi has the solutions for the traveling man.
For the techno guy on the go who needs his gear wherever whenever, Tumi redesigned its Alpha T-Pass Laptop into an office in a bag.
This TSA-friendly tote, not only has secured zippered compartments to protect your notebook. By unzippering it completely flat, you can shove the whole bag through the x-ray without taking out your notebook, making it easier on you, the other folks, and the TSA screeners.No need to pack extra and separate chargers for this and that so they can all lost in the deep recesses of your bag. Tumi thinks of everything. Their Alpha T-Pass Laptop Bag comes with this Slim Power Adaptor pack for all with multiple tips and plug-ins for all sorts of electronics. When times do change and your technology does change, Tumi will offer new tips, free with service. In fact, all the tips are free with service.
The front left pocket comes with a internet cable for your notebook while the smaller, front right pocket comes with a nifty umbrella.
If hauling this bag is still too much for you, you can carry Tumi's portable charger in your own pockets and carry Tumi's zippered pouch for your notebook and wallet as a impromptu briefcase. The chargers last for four to five charges before you need to juice it up.
Tumi's new light and tough Vapor collection makes you into 007 in this polycarbonate sleek, gray case.
This carry-on tilts and wheezes by on 360 degrees wheels.
Tumi suggests you use the left section for your wardrobe and the right compartment for your toiletries, accessories, and laundry.
This Tumi representative uses the mesh pouch to store his undergarments and socks. Other loyal fans use this as their laundry bag.
For a few extra bucks and for easier packing and organization, you can use Tumi's intriguing folding packs to store, organize, and protect your wardrobe.
This representative uses two, one for day wear and the second for eveningwear.
Unfold the pack flat until it's a cross. In the middle of the cross, following the guide book that comes with the pack, fold your jeans or slacks first into a square, then your shirt and top it off with one or two belts. Then take all four legs of the folding pack and overlap them into a neat cube. This way, your wardrobe is neatly pack and literally squared and tucked away.
Whenever an occasion calls, all you have to do is take out one of the folding packs and your entire outfit is already cooridnated and prepared.
Once squared away, pull out the extended handle, top the Alpha T-Pass Laptop Bag onto the Vapor Carry-On and you're ready for your tour or vacation.
Regardless if you're global trekker, a jet-setter, or hiker, Tumi makes sure you have everything at your hands.
Did this scribe mention Tumi monograms free of charge?!
Monday, June 21, 2010
"Breaking Bad" and "Gossip Girl" star, Krysten Ritter, told this writer that her lovely "antique" cream lace dress was actually a 213 Industry dress she fell in love with on a photo shoot and had to have it; and she got it!
On sale now on www.revolveclothing.com!
You can get your hands on these tees and tanks right now to celebrate "Toy Story 3" on www.revolveclothing.com. There is nothing "kiddish" about these tops. Better hurry up! These limited edition tees will only last as long as the movie is in theaters before they disappear like a childhood memory.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
When Barry Alford met Jefferson Hoffman, a Minnesota native, they were Arizona State University football players constantly slathering on women's upscale lotions and balms for their suffering skin, boomeranging between extreme cold and dry desert Arizona heat.
It was rough at first, getting ribbed from fellow football players for stealing from the ladies. Then, when things quiet down, their teammates confided in them for product advice for their own problem skins and blemished faces.
Both health buffs and atheletes, these jocks figured there has to be a better way to take care of their skin than stealing women's skincare. Alford always equate smooth, clear skin with a body in top performance. His teammate, Hoffman share the same belief. Both recognized there is a gapping hole in men's skincare for high performing lotions and cleansers for men that doesn't reek of vanilla or florals. Knowing that men's skin is thicker and oilier, they know their products have to be durable and potent without being fussy. They had to wait for the right time and formula.
When a family member suffered a severe neurological-related illness, Alford stumbled upon Sirtuins and their ability to prolong cell longevity. Known as "youth proteins", they were also being researched for skin care products.
Now, that they found the right formula, Barry and Jefferson named their skincare line, Alford and Hoff then quickly built an all-male celebrity fan base. Name brand atheletes flock to them because Alford and Hoff understand an active man needs for his skin. Marcus Allen and Lawrence Taylor, to name a few, are fans.
You can find their entire line at their site, http://www.alfordandhoff.com/store/, as well as Fred Segal/Ron Robinson in West Hollywood.
In using their products, Barry and Jefferson offers clean-cut tips:
CLEANSE Use: Massage onto wet skin, lather for one minute, then rinse. Sensitive skin may experience slight tingling. Avoid contact with eyes. Key Ingredients: Exfoliating AHA, Calming Oat Extract, Soothing Cactus Extract and Sea FennelResults: Deep cleans, gently exfoliates, removes impurities, and activates cellular renewal clearing away dull and damaged skin
SHAVE Use: Massage cream onto warm wet skin to create a light lather. After shaving, rinse thoroughly. Key Ingredients: Allantoin (soothing) and Pro-Vitamin B5Results: Improves skin condition leaving it soft and hydrated
EYE Use: Morning and night, gently apply ultra light cream to area above and beneath the eyes.Key Ingredients: "SIR2stac Complex", Dipeptide-2 (firming), Tetrapeptide (elasticity)Results: Routine use delivers maximum penetration and eye lift
MICRODERMABRASION Use: Twice a week, after cleansing, massage evenly onto face and neck in a slow circular motion avoiding eye area. Rinse thoroughly. Key Ingredients: Exfoliating Magnesium Oxide Crystals, Aloe Extract, Oat ExtractResults: Evens tone, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles to deliver a younger more energetic complexion
MOISTURIZER & MOISTURIZER SPF 15 Use: In the morning (for SPF) and evening , following Serum application, gently massage moisturizer into face and neck area. Sensitive skin may experience slight tingling. SPF — For optimal performance reapply after extended sun exposure. Key Ingredients: "SIR2stac Complex", Natural Amino Acids, Bamboo Silica, Glucosamine, Phytosterols, Sodium Hyaluronate , Plankton Extract (SPF only)Results: Moisturizes for younger looking skin. Moisturizer SPF Protects from the sun’s rays
SERUM Use: Morning and night, after A & H Cleanse, gently massage a thin veil of intensive "SIR2stac COMPLEX" formula over entire face and allow to absorb. Key Ingredients: "SIR2stac Complex", Modulating Rice Extracts, Rice Botanicals, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Marine Lavender, Pea Extract, and Natural Amino AcidsResults: Breathes new life into skin and combats and reverses the skin’s aging process
For something more traditional, with more heritage, a person can't go wrong with Caswell-Massey.
Since its founding in 1752 in Newport, Rhode Island by Dr. William Hunter, Caswell-Massey has been privileged to serve a distinguished clientele including the Founding Fathers, the pioneers of Wall Street, and legends of art and film.
This all-American brand can be found at Fred Segal and on their site, www.caswellmassey.com.
Almond Pre-Shave Oil- $12
Moisturizing natural oils and extracts help to prepare the beard for shaving, and help protect from razor burn and ingrown hairs.
Almond shave cream- $16
Rich lathery cream leaves the skin smooth, soft and moisturized.
Greenbriar Shave Soap- $18
Greenbriar Cologne spray- $30
With a blend of scents including Artemisia, sage, thyme, and a hint of lavender, seasoned with sandalwood, vetyver, and amber, it’s just the right amount of fragrance.
Leaves the face brisk and smooth and gives dad an incomparable close, comfortable shave.
Whether it's high tech or traditional, now you can give daddy something he can use. No more ties!
Friday, June 18, 2010
He can bring out his grilling tools and gear in this nifty tote/tool bag/briefcase from Filson,
Filson Tote Bag with Zipper, http://www.filson.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2092406&cp=2065674.2065687.2065708&view=all&parentPage=family, $135.
Wine Wars, http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,books/products_id,8191/path,1-8-54/title,Wine-Wars/, $19.95
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
When they're not working as enemies on the "Gossip Girl" set, Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and Jessica Szhor (Vanessa Abhrams) hang out together off the set.
Jessica carries Kara Ross NY clutches. Above, she totes the Melitta clutch in black crocodile at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Jessica holds onto her Prunella in matte gold python in the limo with Ed Westwick in London.
Her friend and castmate, Ed Westwick is lucky enough to have something most men want but rarely ever get or find, a sturdy, ruggedly, and functional tote that isn't girly enough to be mistaken for a "man's purse."
With Summer soirees ramping up from brunch soirees to afternoon events to evening galas, you need a wardrobe that will take you places-especially three parties in one day.
Taraji Henson rocks Tracy Reese's newest and latest dress for VH1's Hip Hop Awards, a light cocoa dress with black lace shoulders.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Due to Sucker Jeans' growth spurt and hungry demand, this article has been supplemented from notes and research from an in-depth article by Maggie Winterfeldt's "Sucker Punch," in the Charleston City Paper and a Question-and-Answer" interview, "Behind the Brand, Sucker Jeans," by Motto Agency, a trend-tracking branding agency; and this fashion journalist's very own interviews cobbled together from personal "fly-by-seat" interviews, impromptu phone tid-bits to finally doing a drop-by visit at Sucker Jeans' headquarters in the heart of Downtown Charleston's Fashion Design District on Upper King St. or go watch them in action, www.suckerjeans.com.
The birth of Sucker Jeans is compiled from research and a sit-down interview with Sucker Jeans' founder and CEO, Cary Weber, former psychologist and professor.
Over a blurry-eyed business brunch in The Palm's Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Mr. Weber personally told a story of an epiphany this ex-Californian/current Charlestonian experienced while driving on Pacific Coast Highway visiting back home on a summer break three years ago.
Knowing he is one of many recent emigrants into the South, bumping the upsurge in demographic and populace into millions, Cary knows there is a sizeable population of fashionistas living in the South seeking something comfortable and stylish to wear everyday, especially when the weather turns sweaty and wet during the Summer. More than ever during the Summer, they want to something that is just as hot, sultry, and sexy as the weather. This is where Sucker Jeans was conceived.
"The South is 100 million people, yet there are no brands saying, "We're inspired by the South."
Mystified why there was no brand targeting the modern, contemporary actual South, Cary figured it was up to him to do it. Having lived here for close to twenty years, he not only saw changes in the region but witnessed overall changes in American apparel industry years before.
Growing up as a kid in his hometown, Hermosa Beach, California, he saw the inception of Ocean Pacific and Body Glove and his childhood friends, Mossimo's then Modern Amusement's Alan Burdine and Volcom's Thom McElroy buck the Manhattan's dominance in fashion by selling the California lifestyle.
While his buddies marketed the California Dream, the adolescent Cary hit the emerging Downtown Los Angeles garment district for cheap and plentiful New Wave and Punk clothes.
Now as a long-time Charlestonian, he became acquainted with the history and the comfortable feel of seersucker.
Telling Ms. Winterfeldt, he liked the idea of elitist college students taking over a poor man's silk, seersucker, as their version of subversive "reverse snobbery," then transforming it into the cliche cloth of Olde Money and Old South. Cary called this irony, "conservative usurping."
"It's Americana," he states. "There are two American fabrics: denim and seersucker, and the seersucker story is better to me in that it was really the first punk fabric."
As a proud fourth-generation Californian and a new-found Southerner, he wondered...
"Why does the South keep looking to New York or L.A. for their fashion sensibility, when really the 'New South' has its own style?" Weber says. "(Our style) is not as pretentious as New York and not as relaxed as L.A. It's elegant yet casual, edgy without being ridiculous."
Cary's Sucker Jeans arrived at this particular moment in time where it's not only hip but encouraged to say "We're from the South."
Sucker Jeans is one of several denim brands riding Southern heritage and culture. If they represent the modern, affluent South then Justin Timberlake's William Rast showcases Southern laid-backness meets Hollywood hip in Nashville while Rag and Bone pays homage to Kentucky's long-lost textile mills and denim plants.
Trading on Southern heritage is a significant microcosm of the rise of Americana. A yearning for something tangible and authentic, armed with the knowledge it's locally grown and made (better for the environment) and quality in limited amount.
Freedman Clothing's Western Shirts is the West Coast representative of the Southwest, the other side of California Dreaming.
Regardless of which coast a person is on, as long the wheather is sizzling, nothing feels better than a pair of seersucker jeans bouncing from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami.
Sure, it was tough having jaded textile veterans laugh in your face for something so different but the joke is on them.
Sucker Jeans is expanding on it's indigo-rinsed seersucker jeans, building blazers, jackets, and shirts upon them. Cary felt it was wrong using other brands' clothings outfitting his runway show for Charleston Fashion Week. In addition to the women's and mens wear, they're tackling infantwear, just in time for the birth of Cary's son, Van.
He is the first people to tell you their seersucker is the same weight and durability as traditional denim. The only difference is the weave. The fiber thread is pulled to pucker the seersucker while the denim is twill-weaved on a bias direction., making it close to the body. It is the puckering, not the cotton, that wicks or removes the sweat off the skin for faster evaporation.
Traveling the country, Kevin amusedly cites regional tastes. Here in the Southeast, they prefer the classical straight leg from Alexandria, Virginia to Coconut Grove, Florida. In San Francisco, they are into flashier flare cut. They need something dressier for events, parties, and nightclubs. To meet the demands for eveningwear denim, Cary and company are planning on a creamy Winter White for Fall.
Smiling with bemusement, it will be interesting for Kevin to see what Hollywood wants when he and Cary land there for Los Angeles Market Week. Picking this L.A.-based fashion writer's brain, the first thing to come to mind is the skinny jean to fit into a girl's tall, sexy riding boots with silhouette heels.