Saturday, February 28, 2009

Clean laundry! | The Fashion Dungjen

I did laundry last night. Four loads. Cool.

I don't know, I might be the only one who does this, but I like to count my clean underwear when I'm folding laundry so I know when the last time I washed clothes was.

Today's magic number: 28. I guess you could say it had been awhile.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dear Giles, WTF? | The Fashion Dungjen

Ready-to-wear collections should often be just that - looks every woman (or, well, "every woman") can walk out of the house in without looking a damn fool.

Could someone pass that on to Giles Deacon? Please?

If the Bearcats are ever looking for a uniform redesign, I'm going to go ahead and throw this idea their way. Are we headed to football practice, coach? Perhaps I'll just send this in a memo to Brian Kelly. I bet he'd appreciate it. Plus, Connor Barwin would look outrageously attractive in this, I'm sure. Oh, and is it a full moon? Is this model turning into a warewolf? What's happening to her arms? Can someone get this girl some Nair?

This model here, in the spiked skirt of death, hopefully isn't on the opposing football team (see: above). Clearly she would puncture the jacket(?) if an attempt to tackle was made. Seriously, you can't even just hug someone in this. Are there spikes on the back? If there are, you better hope you're wearing some super comfortable shoes because you're either going to be standing all day.

I'm not sure what's going on here, but OK, no, I have nothing. This is supposed to be reminiscent of the Pac Man inspired collection from last season, but it's less like
Pac Man and more, oh, I dunno, like the person who makes minimum wage passing out fliers at the new wieners stand...?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Who needs pants anyway? | The Fashion Dungjen

I love Twitter. Seriously, it's so fascinating. It's like sending a mass text message to unreasonable amounts of people whenever you want. The people on Twitter, or the ones I follow anyway, are so clever and often tweet some incredibly interesting stuff.

For instance, yesterday while I was sitting in my room, presumably working on something extremely important (important by what standards is what you should consider) when Kaylee King, a journalist at the Chicago Tribune, tweeted a story about a woman in Chicago who gave up wearing pants for an entire year.

Naturally, I was fascinated.

So, instead of taking the fascination and stuffing it in my back pocket and squashing it under my big butt, I decided to take the idea, and run with it. Why not, ya know?

After talking to a few friends, we have decided to go pantsless for one week starting Sunday, March 1. It's no year-long experiment, but as college students with limited resources, this is what's feasible.

Next week my friends and I will all chronicle our adventures of being without our pants on this blog - photos, write ups and maybe an emotional video or two. What's even cooler is my friend Alyssa, after reading my column today, has decided to join in on the adventure all the way from Texas.

So, here's what I'm proposing: Give up your pants next week. Join us in our adventure. Take photos, submit them and be a featured guest blogger so the world can know how you handle - or don't handle - being without your pants.

Yeah, yeah. It's a little chilly outside still, but come on! This Chicago woman gave up pants for an entire year. That's 365 days in the Windy City, where it's significantly colder during the winter, without pants. If she can do it for a year, you can do it for a week.

Interested in participating? Leave a comment and do some laundry before Sunday so you're prepared!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Barbie: The good | The Fashion Dungjen

It would be wrong of me to ignore Barbie's 50th birthday. So, to make sure I covered all my bases, (paying homage to the toy that shaped my childhood and making sure my column is sort of timely), I decided to write about the Barbie runway show at New York Fashion Week.

There were some good, some bad and some outrageously terrifying outfits. Here is my first post, in a series of posts, about my faves, the ones that made me gag and the outfits that made me vomit.

My favorites: (In no particular order)

Lyn Devon: This 50s silhouette screams Barbie. It's just as classic and timeless as she is. Her belt adds a little bit of modern flair to the otherwise streamlined dress. The perfectly pink patent leather peep-toe stilettos, which were worn by every life-size doll who strutted her stuff down the catwalk, were designed by Christian Louboutin. I have a feeling Barbie would approve. The cat-eye sunglasses and headscarf cap off this Barbie ensemble perfectly.

Kenneth Cole: The only Ken cast in the entire show. He walked alongside Barbie, her T-shirt adorned in "Everyone needs a Ken!" It was the perfect couple setup for the Valentine's Day show. I love that Barbie's hair is beyond huge. So perfect. It's nice to see Barbie in pants. I don't know about anyone else, but whenever my real Barbie's had pants, it was way too difficult to get them on and off for a change of clothing. I bet she had an easier time. Or I hope so, anyway.

Costello Tagliapietra: You can't go wrong with this dress. I'll take one too, please. Although the model looks mildly terrifying in this photo - I think the red lipstick is a little too much for her - it doesn't change the fact that the dress is absolutely stunning. I'm not so sure it goes well with the pink pumps, but paired with the sheer black tights and the black gloves, it's perfection.

Kai Kuhne: The strapless, tiered pink polka dot dress is wonderful. This,actually, might be in my top three favorites. I especially love it with the blue gloves. I think I need a pair of those, too. Maybe throw in that blue clutch and I'll be sold. Again, I think the bigger the Barbie hair, the better the outfit looks. Then again, I am the ultimate advocate of big hair (if you've ever seen mine in real life, you'd understand why).

Betsey Johnson: This dress would not only be perfect for Barbie, but does this not scream Carrie Bradshaw? I think this dress should make a cameo in the Sex and the City sequel.
Nicole Miller: This checkered-print dress is reminiscent of an actual outfit Barbie wore sometime in her early years. Normally I hate white tights on anyone who isn't 3-years-old and younger, but of course, leave it to the unnaturally thin model to pull it off well.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Barbie at Bryant Park | The Fashion Dungjen

I'm planning a huge spread centered around Barbie's first runway show from Saturday, but, for now, I'll leave you with this video I found:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Chop, chop | The Fashion Dungjen

With a [probable] non-local summer internship on the horizon, putting down a security deposit in the near future and paying bills, Confessions of a Shopaholic has inspired me to try to get my finances in order. This mean, no more frivolous spending. It'll be hard, but I think I can do it. I mean, I went to the mall today and left empty handed. That almost never happens.

Here's to a New Year's resolution a month and a half late:

As sad as it was taking my scissors to my credit card, it felt goooood. I'm debating on cutting up the other one ... Should I keep it for emergencies or sever the ties?

Valentine's Day | The Fashion Dungjen

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Obama Effect | The Fashion Dungjen

“Fashion shows have basically been Caucasian for a while. I feel like that’s going to change now. I’m not really a black model, I’m a model. I just love putting on the clothes and jumping into the character ... Maybe having a black president will make the fashion industry be a little bit more about reality.” - Shawn Sutton, 19-year-old model, to the New York Times, about more fashion gigs for minorities and what they're deeming "The Obama Effect."

WTF | The Fashion Dungjen

There are a few different fashion Web sites and blogs that I frequent because I generally agree with what the site says or what the overall content is. FabSugar is one of the particular sites that I really like.

So, when I saw the site advocating this monstrosity of a skirt, I had to reevaluate my feelings toward the site. (I decided that everyone makes mistakes. This is just one of their unfortunate oversights.)

This Pencey skirt reminds me of a bad swim suit cover up. Seriously, what? It has drawstrings. Who thought that was a good idea? I hate beach apparel and this just screams "Like, surfs up, dude." What's even more horrifying about this skirt/tube dress is its price tag: $198.

Confessions of a Shopaholic | The Fashion Dungjen

My official review of Confessions of a Shopaholic will be in print Monday, Feb. 16, but here are some random thoughts on the film, in 175 words or less:

Confessions is every girls fantasy life … minus the credit card debt. Isla Fisher and the rest of the cast were dressed almost flawlessly. The movie was quirky, funny and, uh, hello? Hugh Dancy? Stud muffin. Dare I say, but forget Carrie Bradshaw, every fashionista's aspirations and inspirations are now courtesy of Rebecca Bloomwood. If you thought Sex and the City was merchandised beyond compare, you haven’t seen anything yet. Sex and the City the sequel has a lot to live up to if it plans to out stylize Confessions. Even the most novice or apathetic movie goers will now recognize a pair of Louboutins after seeing this flick – they might even want a pair, that’s how smart the movie’s stylist used them. Seriously, pieces of clothing I would normally loathe I fell in love with. Do I recommend this film? Yes, but only if you can control the urge to binge spend afterward. My only disappointment is that I didn’t trample enough people to get a free sample of Prada perfume after the showing.

Some of my favorite looks from Fisher (that I could actually find):

This cape is brilliant. Bravo, Patria Field - the movie's stylist.
Speaking of things I should hate ... Those boots on the right, those furry pink ones..? Yeah, they're hideous, BUT THEY WORK. I don't understand. What's happening to my sense of judgement? Can I get a second opinion? I think it's because I love her jacket. And her gloves. And her Gucci bag. And on the left? How fun. How daring. The movie is full of such smart mis-matching. Does it get much better?

Have you seen the movie? Will you? What do you think of Fisher's wardrobe?

Friday, Feb. 13 | The Fashion Dungjen

I went to Melinda's house for some simple cookie baking and assembling of my clip book, but my friends had further intentions. They pulled my leg and convinced me to go with them to a Pure Romance party at our friends' girlfriend's house. It was interesting, to say the least. I will never think of dildos quite the same way...

Anyway, after we were almost hit by a car trying to cross Jefferson Avenue in Clifton, the girl in the passenger seat rolled down her window to tell me she liked my outfit. I'll take it.

I bought this skirt, which I've worn more times than I dare admit, for $3. Such a good buy. Really.

Also, Melinda, Alyssa and I had a conversation about wearing black and brown together. Clearly, as I do it often, I'm a huge advocate. I do, with that said, believe there is a right way and a wrong way to wear the traditionally faux pas color scheme. They like the way I wore it tonight, but in general, they're not convinced. What are your thoughts on black and brown as a color combo?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I wanna be on TV | The Fashion Dungjen

It's true, I want to be on TV. But, shoot, who doesn't? Well, I'm about to have my 15 minutes of fame sometime next month. Neat, right?

This coming Sunday, Dan Wells, from Fox 19 News, is coming to the University of Cincinnati campus to interview my co-editor, Liz Gnau, and I on a story we did for The News Record, "How secure is campus?"

The interview is Sunday, but the broadcast won't air until sometime next month, so I'll be picking at my nail polish for weeks until I'm able to watch myself on TV. Exciting, right?

Friends, family and foes, we're asking for your help.

Liz and I are unsure of what to wear. Liz is going for "I look good but I don't look like I'm trying to look good" thing and I'm shooting for fiercely fabulous but effortlessly chic. Clearly, the possibilities are endless.

Post comments with links, use Net-a-Porter or describe what you think would be perfect for Liz, me or make a suggestion for both of us! If you think you've got what it takes to come up with something TV-worthy, send your suggestions our way.

If we like what you have to suggest, we'll pick your outfit and try to emulate it the best we can with what we have to work with (our wardrobes). BUT, the lucky e-stylista will win a fabulous hand-made Valentine, sealed with a kiss and all, yours truly.

So, what are you waiting for?

To kind of help you out, here is a photo of Liz (that I straight up ganked from her Facebook) and a photo of myself ... for reference sake.

Here is my wonderful co-news editor, Liz.

And here is me...

Sike! OK, so the blonde really wasn't for me, but at least I gave it a whirl. The wig shops in Alabama are world class. ONTO THE REAL ME:

Ready, set, spaghetti, my friends! Give me us outfits worth wearing for our three second TV debut! You have until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. GO, GO, GO.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Lee Content! | The Fashion Dungjen

The new Lee Magaizne content is up on its Web site now! I have two pieces in the magazine this month: Homemade beauty and The Essentials.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday, Feb. 3 | The Fashion Dungjen

I'm so mad at myself! I'm hardly ever in my room so I always forget to change the date on my day-by-day desk calendar. Today just so happened to have one of the cutest bags yet. Literally, I would carry this ... And wear the matching gloves. This is an embroidered envelope clutch with matching gloves by Alexandrine. It's a fabulous combo from the '30s.

Anyway, here's what I wore Tuesday, Feb. 3. (I'm two-for-two this week with outfit posts. Albeit they're not really on time, but that's a minor, minor detail!)

Lots of black on brown this week. Maybe, just maybe, I'll mix things up tomorrow.

What I'm wearing:
Pants: Thrifted in Auburn, Ala., $3.99
Shirt: Forever 21, $5
Sweater: Forever 21, $20(?)
Scarf: Thrifted in Opelika, Ala., $2.99
Boots: Steve Madden, $160

Monday, Feb. 2 | The Fashion Dungjen

Friends! It has been awhile. I've been slacking. And busy. We can assign most of the blame to my tight schedule even though a great deal of it is probably more accurately attributed to slacking. To make up for my lack of updates, I have a couple posts for you tonight. I have several, but I have a few things to accomplish before I can go to bed tonight...

So, here's my outfit from Monday, Feb. 2. I was really quite fond of this combination and I received quite a few compliments on it. It's a good thing I'm not one of those weird-o's who doesn't repeat outfits. Freaks.

And I have no idea what my deal is, but all of my black tights seem to rip. The last time I wore black tights (with the green skirt a couple weeks ago) ... ripped. Yesterday? Ripped. What the heck?

What I'm wearing:
Dress: Target, $6
Tights: ?
Boots: Steve Madden, $160
Belt: Oma's closet, FREE