Links à la Mode- Costume Drama: A break from all things outfit

Thursday, October 28, 2010



0 Comments 28 OCTOBER 2010


Edited by: Holier than Now
It’s the Halloween season, when some of us choose to experience the thrill (or horror) of looking nothing like ourselves for a night. For those of you who blog or socially post your outfits, perhaps it’s a chance to take a break from the judgmental eye of the spotlight (consider Love Brown Sugar and One More‘s pieces on the subject) – one night where you turn in “looking good” for looking scary, time period-accurate, or just … a little sexier than usual. Inspired? Find last minute costume inspiration from Tickle Me Chic and more.
And for those of us who don’t celebrate the witching hour, there’s still a chance to step away from the closet and remind ourselves that great lingerieshoesbags, and jewels can make even a white tee and jeans look scary good.



Everyone deserves to be happy....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Maura Kelly, has some nerve.  I am saddened by her post, Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?). She writes about the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, a show that is centered about a couple who met in Overeaters Anonymous group.  Kelly then, compares overweight people to alcoholics and heroin addicts??? "To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room." She goes on to say "I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.” Anyone who is so close-minded should not be allowed to share their opinion, especially for a well known magazine that, for years, has promoted a  healthy body image.

The post was published October 25, at 9 a.m. By 6 p.m. October 27th, there were over 1200 comments, most of them outraged or hurt. People even took to Twitter, tweeting about their disgust.

These are some of the readers responses:

"My question is how on earth can a well publicised website get away with discriminating people with weight issues. You think being FAT IS DISGUSTING no! Nothing is more disgusting than being the person that wrote this. I would rather be fat than a heartless %&*$# who is so self centred she needs to slam other people to make herself feel more beautiful. As well as that I actually have to comment on how poorly written an article this is... and this is coming from a high school student! I am actually questioning your editors sanity when posting this! What a disgrace."-GRRRR

"I think you are being not only a bit insensitive but also narrow minded. I've heard your reason of "I wrote this blog really quickly" before. You might as well say "my dog ate my homework." Do you write your blogs very quickly because you don't care enough to really think about the question or issue at hand? Or is this just a bad excuse? I suggest really thinking about the material you post because as you said, although you wish you could erase this post unfortunately you can't." - Aimeelie

"I've made sure to post this and share it with every single family member and friend I know - I'll see to it that they all read it and understand what kind of hateful, useless drivel pours out of the pages of Marie Claire in hopes they will cancel subscriptions or never pick a Marie Claire up from a magazine rack. I'm also considering creating a facebook page protesting the publication of this post, though it is still just a consideration. Hmm...(thinking as a fatty takes a little more time, cause you know I have to shove out all those thoughts of cheeseburgers and candy bars to make room for intelligent thought process)....................................................................................Oh, I hope I encounter this Maura one day, just so I can cross her path like a black kitteh and make her vomit all over her $800 shoes. Or to save the shoes I guess she could puke into the handbag that Marie Claire recommended she buy by taking out a home equity loan. Have a nice life! I sure as %&*$# will. :D"-justanotherfatty

Kelly goes on to give readers "advice" on how to focus on losing weight. "I'm happy to give you some nutrition and fitness suggestions if you need them — but long story short, eat more fresh and unprocessed foods, read labels and avoid foods with any kind of processed sweetener in them whether it's cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup, increase the amount of fiber you're getting, get some kind of exercise for 30 minutes at least five times a week, and do everything you can to stand up more — even while using your computer — and walk more...."

Then she takes another stab by saying, "I guess these characters are in Overeaters Anonymous. So ... points for trying?"

After the comments of angry readers came pouring in, Kelly posts an apology. In there she reveals her own battle with anorexia, but that doesn't mean that you can bully others. We all have our imperfections and insecurities.
  (photo from Marie Claire website)

In her apology, Kelly seems sincere for the most part BUT, she adds "And for whatever it's worth, I feel just as uncomfortable when I see an anorexic person as I do when I see someone who is morbidly obese, because I assume people suffering from eating disorders on either end of the spectrum are doing damage to their bodies, and that they are unhappy. But perhaps I shouldn’t be so quick to judge based on superficial observations" It just seems like another stab and such a stereotyped opinion. She really does make herself seem like a superficial person.

This picture to me, is a beautiful thing. Everyone deserves to be happy. It doesn't matter what size you are, what color your skin is, or what ethnicity you are, EVERYONE deserves happiness. For someone to nationally bully people for their weight, it breaks my heart. I have fought eating disorders and when I was just 12, I was told to lose weight by loved ones, so I know where she is coming from. That should make her MORE compassionate for those who are struggling with weight, not less. Now I am average size, petite but I still struggle to believe that I am thin, or "tiny" as my friends say. But reading her article, post, whatever you want to call it, just makes me sad. It makes me realize we, as a society, still have such a long way to go. 

The song"Beautiful,"by Christina Aguilera, plays in my head while reading her post & writing this one. 

Remember everyone,
"We are beautiful no matter what they say
 words won't bring us down, 
We are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring us down, oh no
So don't you bring me down today"

My heart goes out to those who were hurt by Maura Kelly's rude rant.

Cute costume ideas inspired by fashion ....

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween is a week away and many are scrambling to find a costume. Here are six cute costume ideas inspired by fashion.

1. Twiggy - the world's first supermodel. 
Pieces you will need:
Vans, American Apparel, Forever 21, MAC
2. Where's Wanda - the cute gf of Where's Waldo has a fun street style. With these pieces you will look just as cute and be able to use the pieces over and over again.
Forever 21, Swell, Target, Modcloth.

3. Strawberry Shortcake- become the cute little dolls that we used to play with as kids. 
Hot topic, Spirit Halloween, DSW, Ulta, Asos, Modcloth.
You can use streeker temporary hair color or grab a wig to achieve the red locks. I opted for the streeker because it's more inexpensive. 

4. Meow- Cats are a staple for Halloween costumes. This is an easy way to look like the sexy feline you are.
American Apparel, Spirit Halloween, DSW, Ulta, MAC.

5. Lady Gaga- the fashion forward singer is all the rage this Halloween. Here is one of her many looks.
Forever 21, DSW, Urban Outfitters, Spirit Halloween.
If you want to up the ante, create your own Gaga rhinestone sunglasses like I did. It's cheap and easy. 

6. The Mad Hatter- this favorite of Alice in Wonderland is an easy choice. Put together mixed matched pieces with a pea coat, tights and booties. Find accessories that have to do with watches, hats, tea cups and rabbits. 
Forever 21, Modcloth, Disney Store, Spirit Halloween. 
Don't forget the colored hair spray, white face make-up and mystical smile. 

Hope these ideas help. Happy Hauntings X

"You're a bad mama jama"

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Doing my daily check of E! online, I came across this picture and thought, "oh no no no....."
Being pregnant is a beautiful thing. I have not gotten to that stage in my life yet but, you can look at a pregnant woman and see the gorgeous glow. While most celebrities try to still dress red carpet-ish and sexy, these women need to embrace their pregnancy and be proud to show off those extra curves in a good way.... not an unflattering way like Matt Damon's wife, Luciana. 

Highlight the joy of becoming a mother.

The fashionable side of expecting moms in Hollywood....

Nina Garcia knows how to look stylish while showing off her pregnancy discreetly. 

Here are a couple more shots of the pregnant fashionista.
 The Project Runway judge and Marie Claire fashion director, is pregnant with her second child. Garcia is due in December. 

Tiffany Thiessen was won the May cover of Pregnancy Magazine, glowing, while showing off her cute baby bump. 

Here are a few more bump watch shots.

Thiessen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Harper, June 15, 2010. 

Alicia Keys still knows how to rock her funky style while sporting a baby bump. 
At the BET awards Keys was stunning in a Grecian style dress. 

More pictures of the stylish singer, showing off her baby bump. 
Keys welcomed a baby boy, Egypt Daoud Dean, into the world October 14, 2010. 

Christina Applegate is glowing, while showing off her baby bump at the premiere of Warner Bros. ‘Cats And Dogs 2.

The breast cancer survivor and soon to be mom, glows in more baby bump pictures.
Applegate is due this winter.

Alanis Morissette glows while rocking her cute street style.

Here is a couple more photos of the songstress and her baby bump.
While Morissette didn't expect to be expecting, the songstress and new hubby, Mario ‘Souleye’ Treadway were happily surprised. No due date has been announced. 

The not so stylish side of expecting in Hollywood....

While Ali Larter is glowing and happy, she is a little flashy with her fashion choices. 

Suggestion to Larter, choose more modest pieces.

Jodie Sweetin looks happy to be expecting but the fashion choices are not flattering for this mama.

Suggestions would be to ditch the unflattering fits and patterns. Horizontal stripes are not a friend to anyone who is sporting a baby bump. 

Lily Allen does the one thing that is NEVER a good look for a mom to be
The quirky singer, is thrilled to be expecting but smoking while pregnant is never in fashion. 

Being pregnant comes with a world of new changes, challenges and exciting new experiences. Looking good and showing off your baby bump can be easy with just a few easy fashion tips.

Pregnant looks good on ya.....
  • Show it off: You don't have to wear things that make you look like you're wearing a potato sack or garbage bag. Wear pieces that flatter you beautiful growing belly.

  •  Monochromatics: Darker colors are slimming. Choose colors that look good on you but in darker tones. This will help you look sleek and stylish. Keep in mind the less contrast you have the better. The outfit will look more put together. 

  • Layer it up: Layering pieces, like shawls, capes, cardigans and jackets, are great for mama's to be. The pieces break up the look while still keeping it chic. They can be used after pregnancy too.


  • Empire waist: The flattering fit is a good choice when pregnant and not. This fit, accentuates the tiniest part of you, your waist.  Wrap dresses are another great way to bring focus to your waist. Pair the look with tights, a scarf and boots for a cute winter mommy look. 

  • Lay low: Choose sensible low heels or flats. Don't try to wear 5 inch stilettos. When you are pregnant,  your feet swell, so putting more pressure on them won't help the situation. 
(All fashion photos are from

Remember to keep it simple. Don't over do it by adding crazy patterns, unflattering fits or sky high heels. Being pregnant is a blessing and you need to show it off while looking fabulous in your in own skin. 

Remember, fashion is fun. It is uniquely you.

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