So you thought the election was over and done with? Obama is in office already spending over $800 billion, but meanwhile in indie fashion land the democratic process is just beginning. I’m talking about the trendiest election you’ve ever seen and you don’t even have to go to the polls! Just sign up and log in to www.UsTrendy.com. They are having a Spring 2009 Designer Competition in which you, the fashionable public, decide on the winner. Each designer can upload only 3 items to the competition (yep, I did it already). Then the public looks through all the candidates and votes on them, giving them a 0ne-star rating if they aren’t so good and a Five-star rating if they rock your socks off. So, basically, I’m saying here, is forget about voting for all the other designers and just give my designs a 5-star rating. Okay, okay, so this is a free country and I can’t dictate your online actions, so you can feel free to vote however your stylish little heart desires. Just keep in mind, the prizes for this competition are pretty awesome for an indie online site. The winner receives $1000 for the prize, plus $2000 to go towards production of his/her line. Second place is $750 and third place is $500. For all the rules and regulations and to sign up and vote, go to http://ustrendy.com/spring-competition/ More »
If you’re not of African descent, the phrases “Good Hair” and “Bad Hair” may just seem like innocent ways to say you’re having a good hair day/bad hair day…or someone’s hairstyle is hideous/gorgeous…but if you are Black or African American, then you know how truly disturbing those little phrases can be. They can and have scarred many Black, African and even some Latino people with natrually kinky and tightly curled hair into thinking there is something wrong with them, that they need to change it, that their hair and consequently they themselves, just aren’t good enough. It’s a very big issue within the African American society specifically because it stems from slavery days when those with “good hair” and “light skin” (example: mixed race slaves) were allowed to be the house slaves while the “bad hair” and “dark skinned” ones had to work in the fields. Also mixed into that is the then later on practice of colorism by Black people themselves.
John Hagel and John Seely Brown at Newsweek has put out the word that WoW has built a path of innovation for the work environment. Sounds a bit crazy but they have an interesting angle.
They’re looking to incorporate common MMORPG (massive multi player online roll playing game) features like experience system, custom dashboard that display real time employee progress, and team building tips that are used in player created guild structure of the title.
Not exactly what I thought when I first read the article but it is interesting. On the other hand, WoW has made me more productive as I try to finish a lot of work early so I can have more time to play at the end of the day.
I had no idea what to do this week so I asked my boyfriend and he said (go figure) sports. While I’m not as fanatical as some, I do like sports.
I played a few in high school and absolutely loved it (volleyball and soccer). It’s such a shame that I had to grow up and stop playing. For a little girl, I was pretty aggressive.
Anyways, here are my favorite male sports players. Note that they’re based more on skills than looks. Ha! More »
ZOMFG! I’m really spazzing out right now because the The Seoul Fashion Report book I told you guys about is very close to being in effect! As a reminder, the Seoul Fashion Report is the photobook that’s compiled of original hardcopy street shots from Feet Man Seoul. What’s so exciting about this is that FMS is the first and most likely only street and coutour fashion site in Korea that showcases the original styles of it’s fashionable citizens. If you’ve every been to FMS, you know how great of a job they do at reporting the trends of Korea with style, and how the photos are just stunning. They really capture the uniqueness that is the style of Korea.
Oh snap, it’s finally out. The patch we’ve all been waiting for that’ll let you open clams while you’re riding a vehicle, sitting, mounting, stealthed and invisible.
Okay that’s not really the special party but Blizzard did fix a few things in this patch in addition to a sexy new interface. I am now able to make death knights on any server which is pretty freaking bad ass but don’t expect me to change servers any time soon.
Sales! Sales! I love Sales! Seriously, nothing gets me into a store like a 50 % OFF Sale. I am the best bargain shopper ever, if I do say so myself. Even the guy at the art store yesterday said I should do his shopping for him, cause I’m that good. Well, the best sales event is coming up this Saturday Jan. 31st only at the fabulous Hillary Flowers Boutique (40 Clinton St. between Rivington and Stanton in the L.E.S in NYC). None other than yours truly will be hosting THE best Valentine’s shopping party and sale you’ve ever seen. Yep, shameless plug, I know, but come on people, retail sucks these days, so I gotta do what I can. Anyways, if you come, you not only get 50% OFF all Kahri clothes that are already discounted (which is basically like giving them away) you also get FREE cupcakes and cookies! Now, have I got your attention? Yep, I said FREE sweets! Not only will you some free sweets just for walking in the door, you’ll get special Valentines decorated cookies and cupcakes. Now how cute is that?
Now come out and pick out a cute V-day dress for yourself or your friends at Hillary Flowers Boutique. This super sale is one day only, Jan. 31st from 1-8pm. Of course, there are like 20 other designers you can choose from at the boutique also, from jewelry to handbags back to clothes, this boutique has it all! More »
So I’ll be honest. I have a wishlist that’s about 90 miles long. It’s got everything from electronics to clothes on it, and with sites like Polyvore it gets longer everyday. Unfortunately for me, my birthday is at the end of the year, so waiting for gifts from family seems like forever to me. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t get things for myself whenever right? Well, here are a few of the things on my wishlist that I’m looking at as a personal gift to myself. =)
Surprise, surprise I like fashion designers! Actually I like alot of the designs some fashion designers make, but there are few fashion designers I really respect and admire. These are the fashion designers with a vision that they actually stick to and don’t sell out for anyone. So here is my list of my top 3 favorite fashion designers. More »
I’m totally preoccupied with career stuff right now so my posts are probably going to be engineered towards that kind of stuff for a while. I had to learn some tricky things in the process of job hunting that no one but other college-age girls are conscious of, and so here’s to sharing the wealth.
Career Advice of the Day: Business attire is not club attire. Even if you don’t want to work in a corporate setting or don’t plan on it, at some point in time you will probably be in a situation where you need to look it (for interviews or a meeting or anything). This is a brief set of guidelines and hints that work in most industries, but definitely do some research since some industries (i.e. banking) are much stricter than others (i.e. non-profits).
Takeaway lesson should be there are ways to look hot (I mean check out the VS model on the left) without looking like a slut ;)
Suit: Wear a two-pieced matching suit (solid, darker colors such as black, brown, or navy are better if the situation is more conservative). The bottom can be pants or a skirt.
Pants: If you choose pants, they shouldn’t be so low on your hips that you have a muffin top or risk butt-crack exposure, and they shouldn’t be so tight around your ass that it screams slut. They also shouldn’t be so long that you trip over them in your heels. No skinny legs or big flowing trousers. More »
Who would have known Blizzard would be so Asian friendly?
Playing WoW yesterday, I noticed that there are Lunar Festival Emissaries in all the major cities. By talking to them you’ll get a quest to go talk to other emissaries which then leads to more quests involving fireworks and killing a demon.
It was completely unexpected and while they didn’t go all out like they would for Christmas and New Years, it’s still a nice touch. More »
I’m not so big on fast food. In fact I hardly eat it. As in almost NEVER. It’s kinda gross to me, except for Wendy’s but even still, I don’t eat there if I don’t have to. Maybe if it were the only thing around for miles, then I’d get some, but in general, I stay away from fast food joints. Yes, it’s convenient and cheap, but we all know it’s not good for us. Plus it all kinda tastes the same. No matter where you go, don’t you think it’s weird that Micky D’s, Wendy’s and Burger King tastes exactly the way they do back home? I remeber in London, my step mom couldn’t get over that fact. Kinda gross right? Well, just in case you need a reason (or another reason) not to eat fast food, check this out.
I know, I know. You want to be a big actress who is sobbing on stage after she wins the Oscar for the most critically acclaimed film since whenever. You want the lights, the camera, and the action….but some obstacles are in your road to fame. Fear not, dear reader, as the phenomena known as seat filling is your ticket to the top…at least for a night.
Seat filling is when an event or show takes in the general public to sit in seats when they are empty. Say someone has gotten up to go to the bathroom in the middle of an awards show taping - a seat filler is bought in so the section doesn’t look empty on camera. Seat fillers are recruited in advance and always usually dress pretty well.
I’ve seen postings for seat fillings everywhere in the country; where there are events, there are seat fillers needed. The website most commonly used is but I’ve also seen litings up on Craigslist, casting websites and even campus bulletin boards.
Today in Asian culture is “Lunar New Years” aka “Chinese New Years“. It’s basically New Years only with more perks.
For starters, all the youngins receive money in red envelopes as a sign of good fortune. Also we gamble and party for 3 days straight (1st day with family, 2nd with relatives and 3rd with friends), sometimes even more depending on who you talk to. Did I mention there’s also lots of food?
Anyways for those of you confused about Chinese New Years, the new year date various each year dependent on the lunisolar calendar. The holiday will usually fall on the 2nd new moon after the winter solstice.
If you’re still confused, wiki is your best friend!
So happy Chinese New Years everyone or chuc mung nam moi (Vietnamese)!
Yeah, so you know how I’m obsessed with my hair? And how I constantly change my hairstyle? Right. So last night I decided to give a go at finger coils. What’s a finger coil? Well, it’s basically when you coil your hair around your finger (or rat-tail comb) in a spiral curl which you then set to dry. Think of it as a straw set, without the straws. The only difference to me, is that straw sets can be worked on almost any hair type, while finger coils are best for naturally curly hair. Anywho, yes, I gave myself a finger coil style…and it was horrible!
If you had asked me fifteen years ago, what my favourite colour is, I’d have immediately answered pink. Now, though, I suffer from “pinkaphobia” (especially the hot pink varieties), so my answer is very different now. I’m really picky with colours. There are certain colours I will never want to associate with. Then again, there are colours I love and here are my favourites. More »
These last couple of weeks I’ve been hunkered down prepping for investment banking interviews. Truthfully not very girly and not very fun to talk about. It’s a bit convoluted how I got to be interested in selling my soul to the most white-elite-male-dominated industry of the corporate world, but the experience is putting me right up against the notorious “glass ceiling” facing women trying to break into male-majority environments and hopefully making me stronger for it.
The other night I was at a dinner hosted by a big firm for the interviewees they decided to extend second round offers to. We had a private room in the swankiest and most expensive French restaurant in New Haven. The waitress was going around getting wine requests from everyone while we schmoozed, and since I’m not a huge fan of wine nor was I interested in getting drunk in front of a potential employer, I ordered a Shirley Temple (ginger ale and grenadine). In the end, out of a room of about 20 people, I was one of two females and the only East Asian. I was definitely also the only English major. And of course, I was the only one with a Shirley Temple.
Career Advice of the Day: I spent the whole night blotting my teeth with a napkin to make sure the grenadine wasn’t staining my teeth pink, so I definitely don’t advise Shirley Temples for this kind of schmooz-a-thon. I will advise, however, to be yourself even when you feel like being yourself is the last thing you should be doing. At the end of the night and at the end of this process, I know that if I sacrifice my girliness and bubbliness in order to get a job, I’m not going to happy doing it. If anything, I have to use that stuff to make myself appear different. If you can’t smash the glass ceiling with your fists and have a beer afterwards, you can certainly pop out a pane with your stiletto heel and sit on top with all the Shirley Temples you want.
While outside it was snowing, inside we were burning up my dirty cold basement. While outside the people were blasting gangsta rap, inside we were blasting 80’s rock. While outside, the girls were wearing 2 sizes too small cheap knockoff jeans, inside were were fashionably edgy making trends. Still have no idea what was going on in my basement last Sunday? Well, we were shooting my Fall 2009 Collection Lookbook. In the middle of my not-so-cool-or-fashionable hood we rocked it hardcore. Fashion Week is less than a month away, so I thought I’d give you a bit of a teaser as what is to come and what will be in all the edgy magazines come this Fall. Mark your calendars for Feb. 17th for my Fashion Week Show, details to come. More »
“Did you want me to autopsy your watch?” –Ducky (NCIS)
Inspired by previous Tara’s Fab Fave, I decided to list out my favorite things to do to kill time. I rarely ever have time to waste but when I do, it’s the greatest thing ever. It makes me wish that I was younger for a lot longer. More »