Wedding of the Century Saturday, May 28 2011 

Quick Wedding Rant

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Sorry, be warned: this could be categorized as a rant. A rant against all things, in my opinion, wrong with the world today. Wrong with television, wrong with business, wrong with family relationships, wrong with reality, the list goes on and on. I’m going to address this once and then toss it to the four winds and never speak of it again.

Some trashy reality star apparently got engaged recently. She’s famous for having a sex tape and hanging out with Paris Hilton once upon a time. She’s disgustingly rich for her large derriere and equally fame-hungry family. She gets paid for being herself-bratty, snobby, elitist and just gross. If you’re that desperate to be rich and famous and inject Botox into your 29-year old forehead and own more Hermes bags than anyone should that you are willing to completely whore yourself out to anyone who will watch you eat a salad or break up with your boyfriend on TV. Everyone and their mother has seen you naked, (not a particularly pretty sight by the way) life can only go south from there. Of course, she gets engaged, with her gigantic monstrosity of a ring to prove that someone either loves her enough or loves her money enough to subject themself to the public eye for as long as Ryan Seacrest reigns and produces reality TV.

Of course, next step is the blogosphere and random celebrity rags comparing her upcoming wedding to that of the gorgeous Kate Middleton. Headlines scream “Bigger than the Royal Wedding?” When I read something like that, I have to stop to pause to think about what marks us as a society. Thirty years from now, when I look back on all the commemorative magazine special editions I have collected from the year I got married, do I want to see William and Kate or Kim and some other aptly K-monikered flea? This is our year. Our century. Do we really want “The Wedding of the Century” to be a multi-million extravaganza of American materialism at its absolute best featuring a pig of a bride busting out of a body skimming costume, or one of English (yes, expensive, not denying that!) class glorifying Sarah Burton and the late, great Alexander McQueen?

We all know how much I adore Catherine- not just for her girl-next-door and down-to-Earth persona, but for the grace with which she has handled a situation more stressful than anyone could possibly imagine. 2 billion people across the globe scrutinized her first kiss with her husband- who, by the way, she’s known for more than a New York minute- and yet she applied her own makeup. She actually has an excuse for an excessive entourage and the incredible pomp and circumstance that comes with her new title. I don’t claim to know anything about her in person beyond what I read in hordes of magazines, but the newly minted royal has a reason to be on the cover of said magazines. She is the ultimate fairy tale story; no wonder the world relates to her so. She does her own grocery shopping with her 18-carat sapphire that had first belonged to possibly the most recognizable face of the 20th century. She smiles demurely for the billions of cameras eager for a glance of the blushing bride instead of pouting her lips and strutting around with her hand on a protruding hip.


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The Duchess of Cambridge, in my humble opinion, deserves a bit more respect than to be uttered in the same breath as someone famous for being famous.

Springtime Sexy Wednesday, May 4 2011 

The warmer weather brings thoughts of sunshine, driving with the windows down, and of course anticipation of those hot summer nights just a few weeks away. Whether you’re spending time at the beach this summer, going on vacation with that special someone, or if you just want to pull a Victoria Beckham and “spice up your life” a little bit, the lingerie and lifestyle boutique Gilly Hicks has great options.

They’re best known for their adorable bras and panties, and let’s be honest, who couldn’t use some cute new spring-themed underthings? Their bras are by far the most comfortable I’ve ever tried (maybe it’s because they have a such a better size selection that Victoria’s Secret- sorry maybe I’m just bitter haha) Plus, everything comes in DELICIOUS color combos and patterns.

(photos courtesy of gillyhicks.com)

Check out these floral undies. Every pair has it’s own name- warning: it’s hard to resist purchasing your own namesake. They have every imaginable cut, style and size. They offer great deals, too. 5 for $25 anyone?

Not in the market for new lingerie? Don’t fret- they have the cutest swimsuit and even cover-up options. I’ve found that their bikinis run a tiny bit small for the way I am, ahem, built, but you can mix and match sizes and colors to find your perfect set.

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They also have the yummiest sleepwear, yoga pants, tank tops and camis. Indulge in some funky spring colors for any late-night study sessions or sexy slumber parties.

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Beyond what you see here, Gilly Hicks also has skirts, jean shorts, beach cover-ups, sweatshirts, hoodies, and cozy sweaters in the winter. Everything is deliciously soft, and the quality will last you long past the Indian summer days have lingered. If you’re not located near a store, check out www.gillyhicks.com to stock up on some adorable new items for all your spring fashion needs- in and out of the pool!

Pen Picky Sunday, May 1 2011 

With graduation right around the corner (!!!!!), it’s time to start thinking about incorporating little touches of style into everyday grown, up real life. Oh. Em. Gee. Ok, time to focus.

Sure, purses, shoes and jewelry are always classic gifts for girly graduates, and it’s hard to go wrong with something sparkly, but if you’re in the market for something a bit more practical for a friend or relative graduating this year, be it from college, high school, or grad school, consider another classy option: a fabulous pen. This is also a great gift for the special guys in your life, who, let’s face it, are impossible to buy for. Pencil this in your mind for Father’s Day- not too far away!

A Feminine Fave: A pen is a great way to add your own little flair into an otherwise professional business look. As much fun as Cher Horwitz’s flashy feathered pen is, I don’t really see a successful, ambition young ingénue using that to scribble memos or sign important employment documents. Instead, indulge in this deliciously pink stylo from Cartier. Here, you can add your own sense of style and still keep your professional demeanor.

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Go-to-Guy-Gift: Whether it’s a fountain pen, which can be a little bit more high maintenance with buying refills or a lovely roller or ballpoint pen, if your guy can be trusted with small objects (i.e. not losing them- it happens to the best of us), consider investing in a gorgeous pen to help him through his business paperwork. Consider engraving options, initials or a sweet (but still manly!) inscription. There are tons of options out there, but Levenger is my favorite place to shop for my dad.

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So treat the writer or graduate in your life to a future of stylish signatures. Happy shopping!