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Would You Look at Your Daughter's Prom Date Like This?

04/08/2014

Teenagers going to prom is an age-old tradition. Yet that doesn't mean the parents of said teenagers have to be happy about it. Former Auburn football coach Gene Chizik accidentally photobombed his daughter's prom pictures and was caught giving her date a hard stare. Perhaps he's not impressed? Or perhaps he's worried this guy's hand is a little bit lower than he'd like?

-- Mara Betsch

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You Need This: 6 Not-So-Traditional French-Inspired Breton Stripe Looks

03/06/2014

A Breton stripe adds a classy French feeling to any outfit. Made popular by style icons like Bridgitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in the '60s, a boatneck Breton-stripe shirt—worn with jeans, or khakis—is a clean, simple and super hip look and it's really easy to wear. 

We've picked out six Breton-striped looks that defy the typical blue and white stripe you're probably thinking of.

Take a look!

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Boden Collared Breton, $43.20

Boden Colorblock Breton, $54

French Connection Cap Sleeve Dress, $138 

Rag & Bone Sleeveless Shirt, $92.40

MiH Jeans Shirt, $150

Etre Cecile Striped Shirt, $115

Plus-Size At 135 Pounds? One Model's Story

02/06/2014

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Madeline Hill


It's New York Fashion Week right now, which seems like a fitting time to be reminded that as much as we love fashion, clothes, and all things designer, the fahion industry still promotes rather unrealistic images of women. Case in point: Model Madeline Hill, who was considered "plus size" at size 6. 

Hill chronicles being told she's too big to model in fashion week in an essay for Fashionista, recalling how at age 19, she was told her 135 pound form was too bulky. Instead, designers wanted her to slim down to her 120 pound size—the weight she'd been when she was just 16 years-old. 

"At 17, I’d gone from practically starving myself—essentially trying to prevent my body from developing into adulthood – to being called the modeling industry’s version of “fat” in a matter of months," she writes. Hill thankfully understood that what her modeling agency wanted wasn't a super-thin adult woman's body, but actually a pre-pubescent body, the body of a girl. A body she no longer had and could never have again. it made it easier to turn away from the pressure to drop the weight. But a lot of other models aren't so lucky. They spend years fighting their body's natural desire for curves, developing eating disorders, starving themselves or subjecting themselves to extreme exercise regimens to maintain an unrealistic shape. 

Meredith Hattam also modeled and was told to lose weight or lose her contract. As she explains it, the lack of industry regulation is part of what allows girls to continue to be exploited. "There is no regulatory body for agencies because models are independent contractors, yet they are booked for jobs exclusively by an agency who takes commission. Basically, you’re a freelancer who can’t actually freelance. Not to mention, models are usually insurance-less, making mental health resources hard to come by. Models can’t even sue employers for sexual harassment, because they are not technically employees," she wrote in a recent piece for Vice"This environment breeds a sense of instability perpetuated by agencies who act as employers but refuse to take responsibility for basic labor rights, such as timely payment, health insurance, and protection from sexually abusive clients." 

There is one bright spot: In 2012, the Model Alliance was founded to help lobby on behalf of models and protect the rights of young women and girls who are modeling. In 2013, they were able to help pass legislation to protect child models. 

Madeline Hill believes the alliance will help prevent other girls from experiencing a fate similar to hers. "Sometimes it is hard to defy agencies in fear that they will drop you, but girls need to realize that they have rights too," she says. "If you don't feel comfortable, say something. If an agent is pressuring you to lose weight, they are not looking out for your best interests."  

 

 

 

Say Yes to Seth Meyers

02/03/2014

Syttd-seth-myers-300x200When Say Yes to the Dress returns, one bride is going to get the surprise of her life: a visit from comedian Seth Meyers!

The Saturday Night Live alum -- who's taking over NBC's Late Night on February 24 -- became acquainted with Shealynn Casserly, an Army medic, when he visited her at Walter Reed, a hospital for injured veterans, while she was recovering from an injury she got from a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

Through a program at Walter Reed that allows patients to meet a celebrity of their choice, Shealynn got a special introduction to Seth Meyers. It was an unforgettable experience -- but things are about to get even more exciting for her. Engaged and shopping for her wedding dress at Kleinfeld, Shealynn's going to be saying "yes" and "oh, my gosh!"when Seth reveals himself to congratulate her on the engagement -- and on her choice of the perfect dress.

Don't miss this special episode of Say Yes to the Dress when the series returns for its 11th season Friday, February 21 at 9|8c. We predict you'll have stars AND tears in your eyes.

Image credit: DCL

You Need This: Warm Winter Accessories To Keep You Cozy In Cold Weather

01/14/2014

If you're anything like us, you've already lost a pair of gloves or two winter hats. It's tough with this arctic winter chill (or polar vortex, if you like) to be hatless or gloveless, so we've come up with some cute matchy-matchy hat and glove options. And best of all — none of these sets is more than $50. So even if you leave a pair of gloves in a cab, or forget a hat at a friend's house, you're not out a huge amount. 

Happy shopping and stay warm!

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1. Emu Beechworth Earmuff and Glove Set, $43.96

2. La Florentina Acrylic Scarf Set, $22.12

3. Calvin Klein Leopard Set, $46.99

4. Muk Luks Pom Pom Hat & Scarf Set, $44.60

5. Muk Luks Scarf and Glove Set, $29.99

6. Muk Luks Beanie and Touch Gloves Set, $33.60

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

 

Irish Travellers Show off True Gypsy Style in Luck of the Irish

12/18/2013

Wedding-dress-400x300On Thursday, Dec. 26, after an all-new Gypsy Sisters, get ready for a special episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding that's luckier than most. In My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Luck of the Irish, follow brides, babies and brawling revelers for a taste of Irish Traveller culture.

Sixteen-year-old Lully was born and raised in England in a very strict Irish Traveller community. Even though she's never been to Ireland, Lully speaks with a thick Irish accent because she stays in the company of other Irish Travellers. Now that she's engaged to her true love, Martin, Lully is looking forward to planning a traditional wedding. But her path down the aisle is put to the test when wedding stress and family drama takes over. Will Lully make it to the altar?

In Ireland, the fearsome Joyce family is preparing for baby Alice's christening. Alice was born into strong Traveller stock; her grandfather Joe was a former bare-knuckle boxer known as "The King of the Travellers." The Joyces are determined to celebrate St. Patrick's Day before the christening, but they've been banned from almost every pub in town. The men take their partying to the streets, where festive drinking activities and disorderly chaos ensues. Will their conduct get them into trouble at a time when their family needs them the most?

Back in England, Irish Traveller Brendan, who's a distant relative of the Joyce family, is determined to visit Ireland for the first time and take a proper part in St. Patrick's Day festivities. He can't wait to head to his motherland for the most important day of the year, but will the experience be all that he's imagined?

Famous gypsy dressmaker Thelma Madine is also en route to Ireland to attend the wedding of Irish Traveller, Nan. Nan has enlisted Thelma's help in creating an incredible 200-pound dress to wear on her big day. But Nan hasn't anticipated just how difficult it will be to move around in a huge, bone-crushing gown like this. Can she physically make it through her wedding day?

Watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Luck of the Irish on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 10|9c.

Lully is all smiles as she prepares to say "I do," despite the family drama. (Credit: DCL)

Randy's Top Trends Countdown

12/16/2013

Randy-fenoli-200x300On Friday, Dec. 20 at 9|8c, join Randy Fenoli for a can't-miss special!

Say Yes to the Dress: Randy's Top Trends counts down the 10 hottest bridal trends of the moment -- and not just in dresses. Randy's holistic approach to wedding fashion means you'll also get tips on beauty and planning to make your dream wedding come to life.

Even if you're a traditional bride, you want to incorporate some contemporary elements into your wedding -- classic shouldn't mean dated. Whether it's the silhouette of the season (bombshell mermaid), the must-have reception venue (rustic barn) or the flavor-of-the-day favor (whimsical candy bar), all brides want something about their wedding to whisper, "I'm in the know. I'm stylish." And now that we're well into the 2010s, that doesn't mean a chocolate fountain or puffy sleeves!

Randy explains that the millenial bride was obsessed with designer labels, and her predecessors, the '90s and '80s brides, were all about minimalism and excess, respectively. So what defines today's bride?

As the resident expert shares 10 categories of contemporary bridal chic, get ready to be inspired -- and a little surprised, too!

Say Yes to the Dress: Randy's Top Trends airs this BrideDay at 9|8c!

Shopping Guide: The Pantone Color Of The Year, Radiant Orchid

12/10/2013

Every year, Pantone, the creators of the Pantone color matching system, announce a color of the year. In 2013, the color was emerald. In 2012, a poppy orange called "tangerine tango." In 2011, a deep pink called honeysuckle. 

This year's color? Radiant Orchid. 

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Radiant Orchid is "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones," according to Pantone. "[It] inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm."

Whether you believe all that, it is a very pretty color that you can integrate into your wardrobe. We've found five pieces that we think could work nicely. 

  1. Madewell Soffleck Sweater, $69.99
  2. Seven7 Pants, $75
  3. J. Crew Merino Tippi Cardigan, $85
  4. Oleg Cassini Grommet Detail Dress, $59.99
  5. Gap Dolman Sleeve Tee, $19.99 

 Tell us: What do you think of the color of the year?

 

You Need This: Colorful Booties In Every Shade

11/07/2013

We're all for simplifying your life and your wardrobe. One way to do that? Get a colorful booty. What, you're saying (we can totally hear you), how will getting an outlandish shoe make my wardrobe simpler? Easy. A statement bootie turns every outift up a notch -- it'll add pizazz to a simple jeans and tee shirt look and dress up a plain black skirt and blouse. 

The key to pulling off a colorful boot is to make sure you don't try and go overboard with the rest of your look or try and go to matchy-matchy with the boots. 

We suggest pairing your bold boot with either opaque black tights or dark wash denim so they'll really pop. Have fun and let your feet do the talking!

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  1. BCBG Generation Hellen Bootie, $99.95
  2. Diba Ruth Bootie, $49.95
  3. Nine West Melo Bootie, $79.95
  4. Diba Tapestry Bootie, $49.95
  5. Chinese Laundry Strawberry Field Bootie, $69.95
  6. Ziggy Soho Strut Wedge Bootie, $59.95
  7. Cole Haan Cassidy Boot, $159.99

 

You Need This: It's-A-Wrap Dresses

10/23/2013

Wrap dresses are great when you want to throw on a cute dress without having to think about it. Wraps, and their sister dresses, faux wraps, accentuate the waist and help give the body a feminine shape to it. Wrap dresses can work on big- or small-breasted women with the right kind of undergarment, and can be worn under a blazer or sweater in the winter, or alone in the summer. So basically, they work anywhere, everywhere, all the time. 

We've found five great wrap (and faux-wrap) dresses, all under $100, that'll help simplify and step up your wardrobe. Check 'em out, and share your faves in the comments!

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  1. Old Navy Women's Long Sleeved Wrap Dress, $29 
  2. JB By Julie Brown Allison Crocodile Print Faux Wrap Dress, $41.62
  3. BCBGMaxAzria Rhubarb Pleated Waist Jenesis Stretch Jersey Faux Wrap Dress, $65.09
  4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Petite Cap Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress, $79.99
  5. Ivy and Blu Faux Wrap Dress, $83.20

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