Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were on The Martha Stewart Show yesterday to tie-dye scarves and show off select looks from their spring 2010 surf-inspired collection. Today, the Proenza Schouler designers released a limited-edition tie-dye racer tank available exclusively at ProenzaSchouler.com. The hand-dyed tops are all unique and — compared to their collection counterparts above — are very reasonable at $275 a pop.
Treesje handbags are toted by Gossip Girl's Blake Lively and Jessica Szohr as well as Katherine Heigl and Anna Lynn McCord among other celebrities. What makes these bags so hot for Spring? Watch our video to find out what to look for when shopping this season and why all the celebs including Mena Suvari and Krysten Ritter can't wait to get their hands on a Treesje handbag!
When the Easter egg hunt comes to an end, you may find yourself with baskets of dyed eggs. But, you can recycle er, reinvent them into these yummy dishes. These kid-friendly and easy to prep recipes make the days after Easter a breeze in the kitchen. Check out our week's worth of goodies!
One of spring's most ubiquitous accessory trends is a retro-inspired, sharp-framed sunnie. Seen on the runways of Alexander Wang and Miuccia Prada, the cat-eye-shaped sunglasses are hitting online stores now. Diane Kruger recently sported one of our favorite styles — the Seberg from Jason Wu for Modo — which comes in five different colorways including aqua, onyx, tortoise, and topaz. Good thing for you, this frame works on almost any face shape.
This Easter, Giorgio Armani's 5th Avenue flagship will be selling Armani Dolci-branded chocolate eggs for your most discerning friends and family. The dark, milk, or white chocolate eggs come in two sizes, all stamped with a giant "A" and gift wrapped in navy and fuchsia packaging with a cherry blossom charm. For those not in Manhattan, no need to worry, as these high-fashion treats can be shipping anywhere in the US until the end of May.
In other fashionable Easter collection news, Ladurée's pastry chef has designed little edible rabbits in a variety of springtime hues.
If, like me, your thumb resembles the color of coal more than grass, the best way you can Spring-ify your living/working space may be with the addition of fun, fresh office accessories. I love Japanese and Korean stationery stores because they are always bursting with bite-size stickers, playful paper, and everyday supplies in unexpected shapes and colors. Online arts and craft shop Cute Tape carries everything from puppy-shaped post-it notes ($10) to envelopes with smiley faces ($6.50) to an impressive selection of that colorful Japanese masking tape I love. See some of the pretty goodies below.
Rachel Zoe launches her spring 2010 collection for QVC this week, and no piece is over $200. Some of Zoe's favorites — which she shares with FabTV in the video above — include a leopard tuxedo jacket (that she layers under a matching trench coat), zipper-covered biker jackets (available in tan, black, and gray), a classic "every girl needs one" black blazer, and colorful spring scarves in peacock prints. Our pick? The update to fall's faux fur vest — a lighter-weight version with a satin back in dove gray and off-white.
Scrubbing the handle on your fridge and all the light switches with germ-killing cleaners may be on your to-do list when Spring cleaning this year, but those aren't the only germ-infested areas in your house. Prevention magazine has a list of places you don't want to skip when scrubbing:
- Kitchen faucet. The screen on your faucet is perpetually moist and dark — the perfect environment for bacteria. It doesn't help if you accidentally touch the screen with food or your dirty hands. Once a week, it's recommended to "remove the screen and soak it in a diluted bleach solution — follow the directions on the label. Replace the screen, and let the water run a few minutes before using."
- Garbage disposal. We all know that we let all kinds of things go down the disposal, from raw meat to cucumber peels to leftover milk from our cereal bowl. The disposal and the bottom of the sink are full of bacteria, "about 1,000 times more than the average toilet has." So whatever comes in contact with it, whether it be utensils, dishes, or your cutting board, can become contaminated. At least once a week you should "clean the disposal's rubber stopper with a diluted bleach solution — soap and water aren't enough."
- Welcome mat. This was a surprise to me, but it makes sense. It's a place where people wipe their shoes off, and one study found "that nearly 96 percent of shoe soles had traces of coliform, which includes fecal bacteria." The solution? "Spray the doormat once a week with a fabric-safe disinfectant (such as Lysol Disinfectant Spray). Leave shoes at the door, and avoid resting bags and groceries on the mat, too."
Curious to know where else germs are lurking in your home? Then read more
Donatella Versace presented her spring 2010 Atelier Versace couture collection by appointment only in Paris last January, and this week released images from the look book starring Kasia Struss. With the house on track to be profitable by 2011, its recent well-reviewed collections, and for the first time offering ready-to-wear and accessories online at Net-a-Porter, it looks like 2010 might be a very good year for Donatella and company. Click below for the complete Atelier Versace look book.
Spring is here! Daffodils are in bloom and ready for the picking. I just purchased two bunches of the sunny yellow flowers for only $3, and I'm intent on keeping them around as long as possible. Usually, the bouquets will wilt after about three days, but there are a few things you can do to make them last up to five.
- When you're picking your daffodils, either from a grocery store or from the wild, avoid choosing any petals that look discolored or crumply, or have signs of translucency.
- Before you put your flowers in a vase, hold the stems in bowl of water and trim off the bottom half inch of the stems. Then arrange as you see fit!