Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lingerie's the new Fragrance!

[Von Teese, "advocating glamour" modeling Wonderbra by Dita von Teese]

Celebrities and vanity projects go together like ham and cheese. Or like peanut butter and waffles. Once they build a viable "brand" as a singer, actress, designer, etc, it's nothing to add to that "brand" by stamping their names across everything from clothing lines to books to fragrances to cell phones, even ad agencies (see Jay-Z's Translation and Diddy's Blue Flame).

So, it's not surprising to learn that the likes of Dita Von Teese and Janet Jackson, both buxom women famous for, ahem, stripping down, are launching lingerie lines! Can you tell that I'm excited? One, because I hope that the lines will feature more sizes for the better endowed section of the female population.

Janet's, entitled Pleasure Principle (GENIUS!), is in conjunction with Australian designer Bruno Schiavi and is scheduled to hit the shelves (of where, I don't know) late this year or early next. But just in time for Valentine's Day, right?

[Janet with model wearing pieces by Pleasure Principle and designer, Schiavi]

The model looks great and all, but if 40-something year old Janet doesn't model the goods herself she's a fool!

And Ms. Von Teese (who I become more and more obsessed with by the day)'s line will be distributed through Wonderbra and will feature all the glamour and romance of the 30's and 40's with lots of comfort. I'm loving it already. Really.

More details to come! + Check out this throwback video:


Monday, August 11, 2008

Fall has Fallen!

Well, at least clothing-wise. I've told you guys over and over how much I luv Fall. There are so many great things about it, the new school year, the state fair, my birthday, Halloween and Thanksgiving. The colors are so rich and beautiful and the weather is the most perfect. It always makes me think of rainy nights, wind, Howard's Homecoming and riding boots, but not necessarily in that order.

Since I've been clocking hours as a part-time Banana Republic employee I've been anxiously awaiting the debut of it's fall pieces and when I walked into our store this weekend I was very pleasantly surprised. The bright yellows and pinks and oranges of the summer had been completely replaced with our transitional stock of burnt orange, pea green and chocolate brown blouses, jackets, boots, and dresses. Yes!

I was in a frenzy to finally use my discount and tried on lots of cute dresses that could work well now, in the fall and for a really big interview that I have coming up. I decided on this:

[Island Green Twist-front Dress]

I thought that it was chic and sophisticated enough for my interview but that I could also pair it with gladiator sandals for work or something more casual. Plus the material is cool enough for August but wouldn't leave me freezing should I drag the dress out with tights and boots for October or November.

But before I decided on that dress, I looked at lots more, like these:

I'm like going crazy with delight that two of my favorite colors, green and purple, are so prominently featured at Banana this season. And, even though they are not in my budget for another few weeks, I tried on nearly every pair of the new fall shoes that we got in and decided that, when the time is right, I'll definitely pick up a pair of these:

['Cecily' pull-on flat boot]

and these:

['Bree' wing-tipped high-heeled oxford ]

What are you anxious to pick up for fall?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

T-Shirt Wearers

Refer to the my thoughts on this commercialization of great ideas.

But Jay's white tee is fresh :)

Monday, August 04, 2008

8.4.08: Currently Obsessed With

[Vogue Italia]

[New York's daily fashion blog, The Cut]

[Nia Long, the Love Jones years]

[My Isaac Mizrahi for Target's Bronze Faux Reptile Skin Sandals]

[Hot Pink nail color by Nicole]

[The 1st Season of HBO's Tell Me You Love Me]

[Chloe Sevigny. And the name Chloe in general]

Saturday, August 02, 2008

22 22's: Brittany

When I Was 22: Take a look at a few great women that have recently passed 22. Share their wisdom, laugh at their pics. Enjoy!

22 22's: Brittany (2)

[Dallas, circa 2004, at 22]

Full Name:
Brittany M., Esq.

Birthday: April 23

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Currently Resides: Dallas, Texas

Famous For (Then): "Still dating my high school sweetheart, six years strong." Being my sister!

Famous For (Now): Blogging it up with 6 other EBP's over at The Real 7. The nickel jar where a 5 cents deposit is made for every time someone utters the phrase "Do you do Criminal Law?"

[Puerto Rico, 2007. Notice the giant hand clawing!]

Notorious For: "Telling it like it T-I-S. " Being the 'Miranda' of her clique. Snatching all the good genes before I was even born....

The Good Life: "[When I was 22] I had no idea how good I had it! Sure, I was broke and studied all the time, but I didn't have a job and I had way too much fun with my 22 year old classmates!" Yeah, yeah, but she's a big time law-ya now, so, I don't want to hear it!

Favorite Quotes: "It ain't always been easy!" Yes, I uttered this while being intoxicated for the very first time. It was kind of funny but strangely poignant.

Biggest Lesson: "That was a time of anticipation for me, as well as a fear of the unknown. I learned just how resilient I was and that everything really does work out OK in the end."

What I Miss About Being 22: "My dress size and lack of responsibilities!"

[with Me, Miami circa 2006, when popped collars were still relatively in]

Friday, August 01, 2008

I Can Be A Princess, Too!

Like most little girls, I fantasized about being a princess and really looked up to fictional ones. I LUVED Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Ariel, Belle and all of the other Disney princesses (but not Sleeping Beauty. The heffa just never moved me). But it didn't take too much growing up before I realized that none of them looked like me. Jasmine was kinda brown and so was Pocahontas, but the movies that I luved so much never featured African-American girls, and this really hurt. Where was our girl to look up to? With sable skin and raven hair, a recognizable voice and a tiara to match? She didn't exist, and by the time I grew out of watching Disney movies, I was convinced that she never would.

But that was before The Princess and the Frog.

A (hopefully) wonderful story of an honest-to-God Black princess and her frog, which I assume will turn into a prince. Set in New Orleans and voiced by Anike Noni Rose, the movie is getting lots of press because it will be the first Disney film to feature an African-American princess. Yay!!! I'm hella old now, but I'll still be in line to see this cute, groundbreaking-way-too-late film.

Check out the trailer, seen on this wonderful blog: