New & Hot: Agent Provocateur Massage Oil Trio

Saturday, June 30, 2007 • Permalink • 

Agent Provocateur Massage Oil Trio
Agent Provocateur Massage Oil Trio
icon$60.00
Available at: Beauty.com

Agent Provocateur, the wildly popular UK-based lingerie label, has been on the tip of every well-dressed tongue since it's first shop opened in 1994. Word spread quickly of Agent Provocateur's exotic, high-end lingerie and the label now counts celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera, Kate Moss, and Carmen Electra as fans. As the label grew in reach and popularity, so did it's range of offerings, which now includes maternity lingerie and a fragrance.

The latest product to get the Agent Provocateur stamp of approval? A brand new trio of massage oils that is sure to be a huge hit. Get in your pre-order now, because I predict that this chic, seductive trio will be the present to give and get at this summer's poshest bridal showers. Each housed in it's own black lacquered bottle, this trio includes Rose Passion, Sensual Ylang-Ylang, and Tuberose Intoxication. According to the company, "they can be used individually to great effect, but also in succession for a very sensual adventure." Get 'em while they're hot.

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New & Hot: BCBG "Buffy" Platform Pumps

Thursday, June 28, 2007 • Permalink • 

BCBGirls - Buffy (Hazelnut Rugged Leather) - Women's
BCBG "Buffy" Pumps

$113.95
Free Overnight Shipping
Available at: Zappos.com

Although I was technically born in the '70s, I don't actually remember them. I didn't get the chance to sport wide-leg, high waist jeans and huge sunglasses the first time around. Needless to say, I'm super excited about having the chance to indulge in the new '70s clothing trends for summer '07. Although wide-leg jeans are far and away my fave retro trend, intricate high heels are running a very close second.

One of the most vivid memories I have of my mom's late '70s and early '80s wardrobe is her elaborate high heels. A favorite pair of carved wooden platform pumps are the ones I most wish were still around. Since none of mom's heels made it past the '80s, it looks like I'm going to have to invest in my own throwback pumps. The brand new BCBG "Buffy" Pumps (right), which just hit the stores, are definitely the frontrunners so far. The combination of glossy Hazelnut leather, partially covered platform, and gradient lucite heel is oh-so-'70s and completely fashion forward. No one will mistake these hot new pumps for last season's model.

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New & Hot: Paige Premium "Hillhurst Celestial" Jeans

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 • Permalink • 


Paige Premium "Hillhurst Celestial" Jeans
$198.00
Available at: LiveNatty.com

Just another pair of trendy wide-leg jeans? Hardly. These are the wide-leg jeans we've all been waiting for. The brand new "Hillhurst Celestial" Jeans by Paige Premium Denim are the highly anticipated wide-leg offering from one of today's most sought after denim labels.

Paige Premium Denim, founded by former jeans fit model Paige Adams Geller, is known for it's spot-on fit and super flattering styles. One by one, each luxury denim label has turned out a pair of wide-leg jeans to match this season's hottest denim trend. Finally, we get a peek at what Paige has been keeping up her sleeve! True to it's name, the "Celestial" Jean is out of this world. A flattering high, but not too high, rise is set off by slant pockets up front and butt-enhancing flap pockets in back. Hot.

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New & Hot: Dolce Vita Chain Thong Sandal

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 • Permalink • 

Dolce Vita Agean Chain Thong in black
Dolce Vita Chain Thong Sandal

$88.00
Available at: PinkMascara.com

The official footwear of summer just got an upgrade. When plain rubber flip-flops just won't do, it's time to try the brand new Dolce Vita Chain Thong Sandal.

The European-style, genuine leather Dolce Vita sandal gets an upscale edge from golden chain link details woven with black leather. Just arrived in select boutiques, this chic little sandal is sure to be a sell out this summer. Why the fuss? It's the stunning combination of paper thin leather sole and glammy gold chains that make it lush, but not too crazy for daytime wear. This is the kind of sandal that makes you do a double take; the kind that makes you randomly compliment the woman ahead of you in the Starbucks line. I prefer the role of complimentee to complimentor, given the option, so I'm snapping up my pair of Dolce Vita sandals ASAP!

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New & Hot: Lush Fresh Face Starter Kit

Monday, June 25, 2007 • Permalink • 

Fresh Face Starter Kit Normal to Oily
Fresh Face Starter Kit - Oily

$19.95
Available at: Lush.com

Like just about everyone who has ever step foot in a Lush store, I am completely in love with the Lush brand. Everything they make is gorgeous and fragrant and looks good enough to eat. I have just one problem with Lush. I can never decide what I want to buy!

There really is too much to choose from-- I want to try it all. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across the brand new Lush Fresh Face Starter Kits. The first ever multi-product starter kits from Lush! These three kits-- one each for dry, oily, and combination skin-- each feature a Lush cleanser, toner, and moisturized geared toward a specific skin type. The portions are quite a bit smaller than full size, but the kit is priced very reasonably for the size and selection offered, and each kit has a totally different mix products. Almost makes me wish that I had three different skin types all at once so that I could try all three kits!

Fresh Face Starter Kit Normal to Dry
Fresh Face Starter Kit - Dry

$19.95
Available at: Lush.com

For normal to oily skin, you'll receive Coal Face cleansing bar, Tea Tree Water facial toner, and Enzymion sebum-reducing lotion (see photo top left). Dry skin got you in a bind? The normal to dry skin kit (right) features Ultra Bland cleanser, Breath of Fresh Air toner, and Skin's Shangri La moisturizer. Say your skin can't decide? The combination skin kit features Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, Eau Roma Water toner, and Imperialis moisturizer. Ok, so I still want it all, but at least now I can try out three perfectly coordinated products in one swoop without paying full price for each item.

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How to Shop for a Personal Trainer

Monday, June 25, 2007 • Permalink • 

-- By Hannah Foster

When Stiletto Jungle asked me to be Sports and Fitness Editor, my response was “Hell yes!” After the initial excitement wore off though, I kind of began to panic. The truth is, I find women who rock the cute little outfit with perfect hair and makeup at the gym kind of annoying. I believe the effort required to reach most sports/ fitness goals will probably ruin any fashion statement you are trying to make, and if it doesn’t you aren’t working hard enough.

This being the case, I wondered what I could possibly have to say that might interest Stiletto Jungle readers. Then I realized that most of my fashion conscious friends aren’t the type to hit the gym in a little gold lamĂ© track suit and lazily stroll the elliptical while chatting on their cell phone. Furthermore, most of them would agree with me that being inappropriately attired for your activities is not good fashion sense, regardless of whose name is on your lapel (or rear end, as the case may be). Note that this doesn’t mean you’re barred from looking decent, and while I don’t “dress” for the gym I’ve noticed I do pay a lot more attention to my appearance than I thought I did. Besides, when I get bored or upset, I shop... I think we can get along.

So, one doesn’t generally think “fashion” when they think “sports.” One tends to think more along the lines of block color and high contrast stripes. This is in part because the vast majority of athletic attire options make us look like smaller athletic men: turn it pink or slap a flower on it and it’ll do. While I can appreciate this from a production standpoint, it is ludicrous that millions of normally fashion sensible women are forced to choose items that either bring to mind a mu-mu re-created in swimsuit form, or make them look like a 12-year-old at soccer practice. We shouldn’t have to give up being feminine (and adult) to be fit, or vice versa. We are long past having to prove that men don’t have the corner on the sports market, and it’s high time we dress accordingly. So, while we won’t be much into the zebra print velour here, I also won’t simply be recommending the standard Nike/ Reebok/ Adidas, although they will make their inevitable appearances.

That all being said, we begin our sports fashion saga very simply with some tips regarding the ultimate gym accessory (and I mean this in more ways than one): the personal trainer. Your situation will vary with the type of training program you choose (independent vs. one at your gym), but here are 5 things everyone should consider before hiring a personal trainer:

1. Qualifications. Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials. Many of the larger gyms do not require staff to hold anything beyond a trainer’s certificate of any kind, but certification is actually fairly easy to come by. The better trainers will not only hold certification, but will also have a degree in an athletic specialty like kinesiology. The best trainers will have the certificate, a degree, and a certificate in nutrition.

2. Compatability. Whichever program you are considering, you should get a trial session with the prospective trainer. Each trainer has his or her own training style and personality, and if you have problems with either your experience will become more of a chore than a successful path to a healthier you.

3. Program content. In addition to work outs, a good program will have an introductory session which will orient you to the program, establish some preliminary fitness and nutrition goals, as well as review any injury history. The program should also include assessment sessions at regular intervals where you measure your progress and review your physical condition. Also, does the reality hold up to what you are promised? If you are told your fee is for an hour session but after half an hour you are left on an aerobics machine by yourself while your trainer attends another client, then perhaps it's not the value you thought it was.

4. Contract. If they are asking you to sign a contract, read it before you sign it. All of it. You may be surprised by what you find in the fine print. Like hefty fees for cancellation or suspension of sessions (even for medical reasons), automatic renewal clauses, and time frames within which sessions have to be used or lost.

5. The trainer-gym relationship. This may sound silly, but find out as much as you can about the gym your trainer uses and how they treat training personnel. You may get a pretty decent idea about how the gym/program is likely to treat their clients from the way they treat their staff. For instance, are trainers allowed breaks? Do they have a staff room where they can rest or prepare/keep healthy meals? Do they appear fit themselves? If the training staff is in a position where they are tired, or eating out every day, or can be found smoking in the parking lot in front of the gym (really happened), it is perhaps not going to be the comprehensive program you are looking for.

Till next!
H.

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Hannah Foster is the Stiletto Jungle Sports & Fitness Editor. Hannah's current athletic pursuits include snowboarding, motocross, yoga, and avoiding the high school guys in the gym. She's played soccer, volleyball, and football competitively, loves swimming, hates running, and is certain being Captain of a 30 girl cheerleading squad gave her grey hair. Her degree is in biology/genetics.

New & Hot: Linda Farrow Vintage Eyewear

Sunday, June 24, 2007 • Permalink • 

Linda Farrow Vintage Sunglass in Brown
Linda Farrow Vintage Sunglasses

$288.00
Available at: Adasa.com

Everything old is new again. In the summer that has already seen the comeback of high-waisted denim, wide leg pants, and Wayfarers, is it really any wonder that one of the biggest names in '70s accessories is back in the spotlight?

Linda Farrow founded her own designer sunglasses label in 1970, at the ripe old age of 23. She quickly rose to fame in celebrity circles and is even credited with creating Yoko Ono's signature wraparound shades. As '70s fashions faded, so did the Linda Farrow label. Fast forward to 2003, when Linda's son re-launched the label after stumbling upon a stash of the vintage shades.

Linda Farrow Vintage Sunglass in Red
Linda Farrow Vintage Sunglasses

$288.00
Available at: Adasa.com

Here's the official story of the rebirth of Linda Farrow:
"Launching her own fashion label in 1970, Linda Farrow quickly became known for her trendy designer sunglasses, and her company acted as a wholesaler for the hottest designer labels of the time. In 2003, the designer's son stumbled upon vintage sunglasses from the company's golden era, and Linda Farrow Vintage was in a position to offer the designs of Pucci, Stendhal, Jacques Faith, and the designer herself to the public again, providing the greatest vintage sunglasses all in one place." [adasa.com]

Although the label, now called Linda Farrow Vintage, has been back in action since '03, it has been mainly under the radar until now. With the sudden popularity of all things '70s, Linda Farrow Vintage is all over the fashion media and pumping out new styles like crazy. Among the new creations are several unique offerings that have been co-designed by hot modern day designers such as Luella, Eley Kishimoto, Matthew Williamson, and Sophia Kokosalaki. Fans of the new line include Nicole Richie, Kimberly Stewart, and Drew Barrymore, who has been spotted multiple times sporting Luella for Linda Farrow Vintage sunglasses. A couple of my personal faves from the latest collection are pictured here.

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New & Hot: Courreges for La Redoute

Saturday, June 23, 2007 • Permalink • 


Courreges A-Line Dress

$139.99
Available at: LaRedoute.com

In the grand tradition of Libertine for Target and Karl Lagerfeld for H&M, yet another affordable fashion line has gone the way of the designer capsule collection. I hereby anoint this the decade of couture for the masses.

French designer Andre Courreges, best known for uber-modern fashions and practically inventing both the mini skirt and go-go boots, was the designer of the mid '60s. Although mod was his triumph, the House of Courreges hasn't stopped producing fabulous fashions since it's inception in 1961.


Courreges Glossy Leather Heels

$159.99
Available at: LaRedoute.com

The latest House of Courreges project? A 6-piece capsule collection for the trendy and tres affordable French fashion purveyor La Redoute. The mini-collection features a skirt, jacket, top, dress, pumps, and a tote-- all in coordinating red on white. The best pieces are easily the oh-so-Courreges mod, a-line dress and the classic red patent leather pumps. Stunning, really.

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New & Hot: Carol's Daughter Now at Macys.com

Friday, June 22, 2007 • Permalink • 

Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie Collection
Almond Cookie Collection
icon$13.50 - $30.00
Available at: Macys.com

Some see the sudden availability of "independent" labels at department stores as a kind of mini travesty. As if the "going mainstream" means that the product is no longer worthy of praise. I take the opposite approach to the situation. When previously hard to find products become easily available, we all win. The latest cult label to hit mainstream shelves? The impossibly hip Carol's Daughter.

Founded 13 years ago in Brooklyn by Lisa Price, Carol's Daughter earned a devoted following amongst fashionistas and celebrities over the course of many years. I can remember when it was nearly impossible to find Carol's Daughter. The news of the week in the online shopping obsessive world I live in: Carol's Daughter is now available online at Macys.com. Now, whether you live in NYC or the middle of nowhere, you can order Carol's Daughter quickly and securely from one of the most trusted online department stores. Happy day!

Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter
Healthy Hair Butter
icon$13.50
Available at: Macys.com

Haven't had the good fortune to try out Carol's Daughter yet? Well, now you have no excuse! Pictured here are a couple of their most popular products. The Almond Cookie Collection (top left) smells just as good as it sounds and features Body Cleansing Gel, Sea Salt Body Scrub, Bath Salts, Bath and Body Oil, Shea Soufflé, Eau de Toilette,and Body Butter. Yummy!

Is your hair a straw-like mess? Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter (right) is super nourishing thanks to essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and ylang-ylang along with nourishing shea butter, almond oil, and cocoa butter. Seriously, can't you just imagine the softness reading about all of the goodies packed inside?

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Girl Talk: Faux Glow or No Glow?

Thursday, June 21, 2007 • Permalink • 

I have recently discovered that I have a small obsession with achieving perfectly glowing skin. My makeup bag and skin care shelf are both filled to the brim with every type of self tanner, bronzer, and highlighting potion known to man. I just can't quit my quest to get the just right glow. The question is: am I alone in my quest? And, if I'm not, is there some ingenious product out there that I don't know about yet?

NARS Monoi Body Glow II
Nars Monoi Body Glow II
icon$59.00
Available at: Beauty.com

I put the question to the Stiletto Jungle Girl Talk panel. How do you faux glow? The answers I got were mighty surprising. From no glow to a list of glow-inducing products that rivals my own in length. So, ladies, lay it on me.

"Umm, ok, so I'm brown already... don't think I have any need for a faux glow. I got the real thing, baby!" offers Pearl, a 29-year-old music industry diva with naturally cafe-colored skin. "I don't really use any highlighters or shimmer lotions [either], so I think I'm going to have to sit this one out."

Seriously, Pearl? Not even a touch of shimmer? I understand the lack of need of tanning products, but every girl could use a little glimmer here and there. I suggest Benefit Kitten for you. The golden, as opposed to silvery, glow is perfect for darker skinned women and Kitten comes with a huge puff that makes it easy to apply to any part of your body. If you are looking for a stunning glow sans shimmer (it is possible!), give Nars Monoi Body Glow II oil (top left) a try. It's simply fabulous and smells like a tropical paradise. Any other no-glow girls out there?

"You know me, I spend tons of time at the beach in the water and, even with SPF 50, I tend to have a tan all year round," admits Tina, a 34-year-old attorney from sunny San Diego, California. "I am careful to use SPF all the time, but all that time in the sun means I just can't help it. I have used bronzers before in the winter month to add little color."

Puh-lease ladies, I can't be the only faux glow girl out there. What about you, Po? I know I've seen your skin in the glowing way before. It's stunning. What's your secret?

LORAC Bronzer For the Face, Warm Glow
Lorac Bronzer
icon$28.00
Available at: Beauty.com

"I love MAC's Iridescent Powder in Belightful. I recommend it to everyone I know," says Po, a 28-year-old attorney with sun-kissed southeast Asian skin. "A friend tipped me on this after she had her makeup done by a wedding makeup artist. Belightful is this beautiful, shimmery pressed powder that, when applied on temples, gives a slightly glittery but natural-looking, luminous glow. I don't believe it's meant to be put all over the face-- just above cheekbones and other places that highlight your profile. After I first used it and saw the effect on photos, I realized that this must have been the beauty secret of celebrities! Now I use it practically every time I go out. It just gives that extra ooomph to complete a glamorous look."

Ooh, Po, thanks for the tip. I've never used Belightful, but I'm definitely going to give it a try now. I always wondered how some people just manage to radiate in photos.


The Body Shop Shimmer Lotion
$8.00 (was $16-- save 50%!)
Available at: TheBodyShop.com

"Lorac Bronzer (right) is amazing," says Kim, a 23-year-old native of La Jolla, California, who has a naturally light-olive skin tone. "Although it comes in compact form, it does wonders wherever you put it, [but] there is a limit. I put it on my cheeks instead of blush and it automatically makes me looked sunkissed. I also recommend using L'oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion-- streak free-- on your legs. I would not use it anywhere else if you have sensitive skin, such as mine. I use it when I'm going out and wearing a mini-skirt, or you can put it on everyday for a gradual tan. If I already have a glowy face after laying out, I love to skip powder. Instead, I put a little MAC Silver Dusk Powder on my face and chest. I put it on with a huge brush so it doesn't get caked on. If I want some shimmer on the rest of my body I usually use my Body Shop Shimmer Lotion (left)."

Seems that I'm not the only one who has a bit of a fascination with glowing skin. I totally agree with the Lorac and L'oreal recommendations-- I've used both with fabulous results! And, with two big endorsements, it seems that MAC's shimmery powders are definitely worth a try. I might just go grab me some this weekend. Glow on!

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New & Hot: Kenneth Jay Lane Hematite Bee Ring

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 • Permalink • 

Kenneth Jay Lane Hematite Bee Ring
Kenneth Jay Lane Hematite Bee Ring

$88.00
Free Shipping
Available at: ShopBop

Like the Apple Necklace and Elephant Cuff before it, the Hematite Bee Ring is destined to be the next big sell-out item from celebrity jewelry maker Kenneth Jay Lane. Just arrived at select boutiques and online retailers, this chic crystal ring is a showstopper.

So, how exactly does one wear an oversized bee? I'd pair this gunmetal-colored wonder with simple ensembles. This is definitely one of those accessories that can carry the entire outfit by itself. Pair it with anything too busy and you'll run the risk of it looking "too much." A simple Little Black Dress will do nicely. As will any of summer's basic and bright Crayola-colored dresses. I'd even wear it in broad daylight paired with wide-leg jeans and a slim fitting top. I think you'll be surprised how versatile this little bug can be.

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ONLINE DEAL: American Retro Eyelet Top 68% Off

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 • Permalink • 


American Retro White Eyelet Top
American Retro Eyelet Top
icon$39.98 (was $125-- save 68%!)
Available at: SmartBargains

It's girly and glam; sweet and sassy. This adorable Eyelet Top from American Retro is a just right way to go super feminine without going overboard.

The eyelet lace and ruffle sleeves are girly-girl, but they are tempered by the gathered waist-- which will show off your womanly curves-- and the simple three-button closure. Being fairly scared of lace and ruffles, I'd pair this confection of a blouse with denim trouser jeans to further tone down the super girly effect. Are you a little more comfortable baring your ultra-fem side? Then try out a swingy skirt and kitten heels.

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ONLINE DEAL: The $99.98 Designer Sunglasses Sale

Saturday, June 16, 2007 • Permalink • 

Gucci Oversized Brown Horsebit Shield Sunglasses 2900
Gucci Horsebit Shield Sunglasses
icon$99.98 (was $275-- save 63%!)
Available at: SmartBargains

Has the summer sun got you going all squinty? The best way to save your peepers and make an instant fashion statement at the same time is to sport a pair of chic designer sunglasses. With designer sunglasses clocking in at $200 to $300 a pair these days, it's hard to justify the splurge. I should know: my Gucci sunglasses fixation has cost me a pretty penny over the years!

Want to score a pair of designer sunglasses for a fraction of retail price? Online outlet SmartBargains has just started a huge $99.98 Designer Sunglasses Sale. They currently have over 100 pair of high-end designer shades all priced at a mere $99.98-- no matter what their original asking price was!

Marc Jacobs MJ069 Gold Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses
icon$99.98 (was $260-- save 61%!)
Available at: SmartBargains

I know what you're thinking. These must be the leftover ugly sunglasses that no one wants. You are SO wrong. You can find everything from iconic Gucci horsebit sunglasses to uber-trendy Marc Jacobs shield style sunglasses to beachy finds from Juicy Couture. They also have hot designs from Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Kate Spade, and hotter-than-hot Tom Ford. You really can't go wrong. A couple of my favorite finds are pictured here, but there are plenty more fab finds where these came from!

Click either photo to link directly to where you can purchase that pair of designer sunglasses online and on sale for a mere $99.98, or visit the entire $99.98 Designer Sunglasses Sale at SmartBargains. Want the fist word on the most unbelievable online sales? Subscribe to Stiletto Jungle and get free updates by e-mail or RSS.

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ONLINE DEAL: 3 Bejeweled Brand Tees Under $30

Thursday, June 14, 2007 • Permalink • 


Bejeweled by Susan Fixel Rock Royalty Top
Bejeweled "Rock Royalty" Tee
icon$29.99 (was $68-- save 55%!)
Available at: SmartBargains

Is your inner rocker chick yearning to make an appearance? There's no better way to add a dash of rock to your girly-girl wardrobe than by sporting a rhinestone encrusted tee from Bejeweled. The whole concept is made even more appealing by the fact that online outlet SmartBargains just posted three fabulous long-sleeve Bejeweled tee shirts marked down to 55% off retail.

Not sure Bejeweled is for you? I think Bejeweled's blinged out tees are loads of fun, but don't just take my word for it. Bejeweled is a favorite label of pre-lock up Paris Hilton, Madonna, Britney Spears, and Hilary Duff-- just to name a few. My favorite sale priced offering is the slim fitting, black "Rock Royalty" tee (left), but the "Original Outlaw" and "Gothic Denim" tees (below) are none too shabby. Decisions, decisions.




Bejeweled by Susan Fixel Original Outlaw Top
Bejeweled "Original Outlaw" Tee
icon$29.99 (was $68-- save 55%!)
Available at: SmartBargains


Bejeweled by Susan Fixel Gothic Denim Top
Bejeweled "Gothic Denim" Tee
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FOUND: Rihanna's Electric Yellow Skinny Jeans

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 • Permalink • 

Are you the kind of girl who likes every head in the room to turn when you walk in the door? Are you not afraid to make a big fashion statement? Then I've got the trend for you. Skinny jeans in day-glo, '80s inspired colors are all the rage among the rich and thin these days. Are you ready to take the color plunge? I know at least one Stiletto Jungle reader who is! When Summer e-mailed asking where to find the electric yellow skinny jeans Rihanna was sporting during a recent appearance on MTV's TRL, I knew she had spotted a trend in the making. Mark my words, yellow denim is about to explode.

Cassette Skinny Denim jeans in Yellow
Cassette Skinny Denim

$265.00
Available at: Madison

Want to steal Rihanna's uber-hot, day-glo denim style? She's wearing the incredibly popular, and incredibly hard to find new denim line Cassette. The Cassette Skinny Denim jeans (right) are popping up in a range of crazy colors all over Hollywood, but the yellow pair is easily the hardest to track down. Never you fear, Stiletto Jungle has your back. We tracked down the yellow denim in question at the hip LA boutique Madison and it's online store, MadisonLosAngeles.com. If skinny denim in see-and-be-seen color is your vibe, I'd snap up Cassette before you're forced to get on a waiting list.

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Girl Talk Reviews: Smart Heel High Heel Protectors

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 • Permalink • 

Having lived in more than one urban area, including nearly two years of living in downtown San Diego during which time I doubt I got in my car more than twice a month, I've ruined quite a few pair of delicate high heels. Walking absolutely everywhere in your best heels will do that. Although common sense tells us that shoes are made to protect our feet, the female brain has a whole different shoe story running through it. Tall, delicate high heels are good for little more than decoration. Durable they are not. And, once you are truly hooked on high heels, it's nearly impossible to go back to flats.

Smart Heel High Heel Protectors
Smart Heel

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This leads to the inevitable ruined high heel issue. When you get to that level of heel devotion where you start wearing high heels to places like the grocery store and sporting events, trashed heels are just a fact of life. Heels scrape the curb when you are getting in and out of cars, get stuck in sidewalk grates and cracks in the concrete, and take the fidgety frustration when we are waiting impatiently for for a table at our favorite outdoor cafe. The result is nasty, scraped and banged up leather that can cost $40 and up to repair properly. In fact, I have a pair of super cute BCBG strappy sandals in my closet right now that have been sporting a scraped heel for nearly eight months because I'm dreading the shoe repair bill. If only there was a way to prevent the problem...

Enter the Smart Heel. Created by an NYC fashionista who was sick and tired of dealing with ruined heels and the expensive, mis-matched repair jobs that followed, the Smart Heel is a deceptively simple-looking device that is designed to protect your heels from urban mishaps while walking to and from your destination. Sounds like the answer to every high heel lover's prayers. But, does the product live up to the promise? I turned the two biggest high heel devotees on the Stiletto Jungle Girl Talk panel-- Po and Kim-- loose with the Smart Heel to see if it is shoe heaven or shoe hype.

Anatomy of a Smart Heel
"Once you get over putting the Smart Heel on the heel of your shoe it is useful," says Kim, a 23-year-old recent college graduate from La Jolla, California. "I had some trouble locking in the Smart Heel on my shoe. I had to cut the top ['leaf'] part twice and that was time consuming... but it was well worth it once I realized I wouldn't get any scuff marks on my delicate heels. The Smart Heel chipped on the bottom of one of my shoes, but it still managed to protect my heel from damage while walking to my car from work. I recommend getting the Smart Heel in the exact color of your shoe. The Smart Heel is excellent for those who live an 'urban living' lifestyle. Also, it is great when you park far from downtown and you have to walk blocks to your destination, whether it is an evening of partying or a nice dinner. The Smart Heel can be used repeatedly on the original shoe it was placed on in order to protect your heel from any danger, because it is sacrifices itself for you and your heel."

Smart Heel High Heel Protectors
Smart Heel

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While Kim was ultimately quite satisfied with the Smart Heel, Po had a few "technical difficulties" while trying to master the new device. "The Smart Heel was incredibly difficult to use," laments Po, a 28-year-old attorney living in Ceres, California. "I must've pulled out every stiletto in my closet and I was really unable to use it on any pair of shoes. Either the heel was too big or it was just too awkward. At some point, I finally cut off the portion I was supposed to, and it still didn't work! I think this product needs to come with a video or with more user-friendly instructions stating specifically what size heel works with it. Stilettos don't come in tiny heel sizes anymore-- some are a little bit thicker than they used to be. I think the concept of the Smart Heel is very, very exciting. I might just be slow, but I honestly did find it very hard to use. In fact, it was frustrating."

Looks like it is a mixed review for the promising Smart Heel. If you have the time and determination to figure out how to get the Smart Heel positioned just right, you can ensure that your most delicate heels are well-protected. If your heel collection comes in unusual sizes, or you aren't interested in a product you have to customize to each pair of shoes you want to protect, you might have some issues. In defense of the Smart Heel, they currently have five different heel size/width designs set for production. Our fearless reviewers only had access to Tango, the Smart Heel designed for thin high heels 3-4" in height.

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FOUND: Nicole Richie's Hip High-Waisted Shorts

Monday, June 11, 2007 • Permalink • 

If you've got it, flaunt it. Are you one of those naturally slender girls who's got legs for days? Take a cue from Nicole Richie and show off what you're working with in a pair of super trendy high-waisted short shorts. As Ms. Richie shows us in this recent pic from the Disney Couture launch party (left), by pairing this high fashion retro shorts silhouette with a basic black tank and simple peep-toe pumps you can achieve a look that is simply fabulous.

sass & bide Hulsey Parks High Waisted Short
Sass & Bide "Hulsey Parks" Short

$209.00
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Want to steal Nicole Richie's uber-trendy high-waisted shorts look? Her pants pick is a pair of the brand new "Hulsey Park" high waisted shorts from stylish denim label Sass & Bide. These spankin' new shorts boast a whopping 9" rise, but a super tiny 2.5" inseam. This crazy proportion is not for the feint of heart, but it will shine a huge spotlight on your long, luscious legs.

Here's a helpful hint free of charge. As with any obviously retro re-creation, if you are old enough to have worn high-waisted shorts the first time around-- in the '70s and '80s-- you are banned from wearing them this time around. That is, unless you enjoy looking like you are desperately trying to re-live your youth. Some retro looks really are best left to the barely post-pubescent.

Click on the photo at right to link directly to where you can purchase the brand new Sass & Bide "Hulsey Park" short, as seen on Nicole Richie, online.