- Imelda puts Rick James to shame during his three day New Year's bender
- Kingdom of Style presents wearable sound waves by Japanese artist Sakurako Shimizu
- Style Discovery reminds us that Hollywood starlets actually had class at one time
- The Coveted proves that yellow gold can tastefully step beyond the New Jersey border
- Mahalo Fashion gives reason #1654 why we shouldn't trust magazines
- Chasing Anna Wintour offers up 10 suggestions to combat those post-holiday blues
- She Breathes falls head-over-wallet for dreamy jewelry by Kimberly McDonald
- Stockin Girl gives a 'lingerie lesson' on holding up your stockings
- Rock.The.Trend goes au natural with flower children by Sanchez & Mongiello
- My Fashion Life sees 80's-style sequined jumpers creeping back into our closets
- And finally, Neu Black has the making of 'The Seed' by Johnny Kelly, an animated journey through the life of an apple seed. (I promise it's far more interesting than it sounds!)
Okay, so maybe these aren't technically toolbelts (at least not in the traditional sense). But these magnificent tool-inspired belts by independent eco-label Susie Maroon definitely say something about the woman wearing them. (I was thinking something along the lines of, "I can fix a sink in a pair of stilettos faster than you can say boo," or "If you think I'm fierce in a pair of 3" heels, you should see me work a 3/4" Ryobi power drill.")
If you're even the slightest bit drawn to tiny objects, you'd be hard pressed to pass up on these one-of-a-kind creations by New Zealand jewelry designer, Jewels Vine. Each intricately-detailed futuristic piece is made by hand, and possesses a personality ten times it's size. Her inspiration? A love of tiny objects, self-taught wax carving methods, and a huge imagination. And with most of these handmade pieces priced under $100, her work is truly a labor of love. (I'm holding out for a version of the robotic bear "Teddy" from the move AI, although I've definitely got my eye on Robo Kitty and Thing Bot!)
You may have missed the fringe-covered groping hands on Ashish's Spring 2009 runway. (Don't feel bad -- most people did.) But such acts of fashionable 'frotteurism' are gaining momentum as measures to protect against groping (e.g. female-only trains in Japan) are becoming more prevalent. In fact, Chikan (the Japanese word for men who commit acts of non-consensual touching) are such a problem that huge anti-frotteurism signs are posted throughout train stations to stave off would-be gropers. And, while I'm not about to tell people how they should dress, you might as well write "grab here" with a Sharpie across your ass and chest if you decide to wear one of these hands-on designs.
Some famous gropers you may (or may not) remember:
* Prince Harry, photographed cavorting with a blond television presenter. (Pictures of his brother, Prince William, groping a woman also popped up soon thereafter.)
* Don Vito (of MTV's "Viva La Bam" fame) arrested at the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood, Colorado after groping three underage girls (two 12 and one 14 year old) during an autograph signing.
* Actor/Comedian Andy Dick, arrested for groping a 17-year-old girl’s breasts and pulling her top down after urinating in a Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot.
* Clay Aiken, photographed groping women in a desperate attempt to prove himself to the world. (God, I'm so glad he finally came out. Nobody should have to pretend to be something they're not!)
As we count down the final hours of 2008, I have but one final question: What the hell took you so long, 2009? Honestly, this has been one of the most trying years of my life (and all I have to show for it are 703 blog posts.) I watched my savings account roll over -- in it's grave. I lost my beloved dog, Sam. I've struggled with health issues, both personally and with family and friends. I've watched financial opportunities slip through my fingers, and I've cringed while those near and dear to my heart have lost jobs, homes, significant others, and their faith in all that is right in this world. (And, on a lighter note, I also waited months to see actor/comedian Joel McHale live, only to come down with the flu the morning of. *Ack*)
So, f@#k off 2008! I'm starting my count down early. (Is it any coincidence that rockets are fashionable right now? They definitely make my end-of-year rant all the more interesting to look at.) Okay, enough from me. Here goes nothing ... 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... BLAST OFF!
Silver Rocket Cufflinks by Ravi Ratan
Round Rocket Cufflinks by Fine & Good Jewelry
The lovely Wendy Brandes (jewelry designer extraordinaire) confessed that she has a thing for Faberge Eggs with surprises inside. ("You know how much I love the real thing -- jeweled eggs that open and display little thingies? So me!) So, I couldn't resist posting these Faberge Egg-inspired lockets I came across the other day. (Wendy, I know it's not exactly the 'real deal,' but I hope they're to your liking.) Oh, and one more thing: How on earth do they get such amazing detail into such tiny little packages?