Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Two Quick Questions...

1. I'm slow with the updating lately because I've been having a hard time getting the pictures on to load. Is anyone else having this problem, or is it just my computer?

2. I feel like such a loser for asking this, but does anyone have an invite for the Fashion Spot forums? There have been several occasions where I've wanted to ask questions that I feel like could be best answered there, but I don't know who to turn to other than my favorite readers! I'll send you something awesome in return... although I have no idea what it will be yet.

Thanks to you all!

Edit: Thanks Wendy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Story of My Disappearance

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed that I dropped off the map for a couple of days towards the end of New York Fashion Week. I didn't gush about the Oscar show (classic and flawlesss, as usual) or tell you about my favorites (Boy, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs). If I could, I would spend the next few weeks going through the detail and beauty shots of all of the shows (and if you haven't, you must go through the detail shots of the Marc show because there is so much to look at and take in and it's all gorgeous!), but instead I took a break for something special!

I was lucky enough to grow up in BB King's hometown, and so I've been able to see this amazing performer in concert since I was barely old enough to walk. This weekend was the grand opening of the museum built in his honor, and I went home to celebrate. It was an especially big weekend because, once upon a time, I worked for the museum when it was just in its infancy.

Let me tell you, a lot has changed. People, this place is amazing. Indianola, Misssisssippi is a town of about 12,000 people, but the museum could easily stand next to any museum in Atlanta, New Orleans, or any major city. Everything is absolutely beautiful, the displays are all fascinating, and you really come away feeling like you understand the story of his life and how incredible it is that a man who started in smalltown Mississippi has millions of fans throughout the world. Check out this article in USA Today about the opening of the museum..

We also got to go to the gala opening, where we saw Keb' Mo' , Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and others share the stage and play an incredible, once in a lifetime performance that absolutely blew everyone away. It's truly a performance that I will be telling my grandchildren about one day.

I hope that if you are a fan of the blues, or just of music in general, that you'll go check out the museum. Find out more about it here.

Congrats on your opening, L!

Has This Ever Happened to You?

I can't be the only one who has spilled nail polish on their carpet? It's truly a moment of panic, especially if you're like me and you rent your house. I just dumped about half a bottle of dark plum polish on my (rented) cream-colored carpet. What did I do? The same thing most of my generation would do... I Googled! And guess what? IT WORKED! Plus, the ingredients used in the stain remover can be found around your home.

If this ever happens to you, here's a solution that worked on my carpet:

1. DO NOT APPLY NAIL POLISH REMOVER. This will only smear the polish around your carpet. I would have had much less to clean up if I hadn't immediately tried polish remover.

2. Coat the stain in rubbing alcohol. If you have a spare toothbrush laying around, use it to scrub the liquid all the way down to the base of the carpet weave. If not, you can also use your finger.

3. Blot the excessive liquid up with a towel.

4. Spray the stain with Windex (I used Windex brand, so all I can do is guarantee that this type of window cleaner works), then scrub it in with the toothbrush/finger. Blot up the foam with a towel.

5. Cover the stain with hot water, and blot. 

6. Alternate between Windex and hot water until the stain is out!

Tomorrow I'll be back with an awesome post about why I suddenly disappeared in the middle of Fashion Week! Something unusual but special for the music fans.

*I can only vouch for this method working on a light-colored carpet. I'd try this in a tiny little corner to be sure that this doesn't cause discoloration on your carpet!

** If you're curious, I spilled about an hour ago. My carpet had a deep purple stain. It now looks like this:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Plea to NY Desginers...

Can you please quit messing with the model's eyebrows? So far I've seen metallics, blues, and completely bleached eyebrows on the runway. Really, it's quite distracting, and it's not a trend that many (if anyone) is going to try off the runway. So stop. Thanks!

P.S. Quit with the jumpsuits while you're at it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

OPI for Sephora

It'll be a quick post tonight because I've got an early doctor's appointment in the morning. I've added some more pictures to my lookbook since yesterday. I really loved all of the Boy by Band of Outsiders clothes, so if anyone wants  to buy me early birthday/Christmast presents, that collection would be great.

I do want to rave about the Sephora by OPI polish. I bought two bottles this past week because of the great color selection. Right now I'm wearing Run With It! on my nails, which is a a really beautiful neutral with an an edge and works surprisingly well with fair skin. I've also got Meet for Drinks on my toes. It reads as a metallic purple against my skin, which is great for fall. While the colors are fantastic (I'm dying to try Metro Chic once it's back in stock - in the meantime I'll be using You Don't Know Jacques! as a substitute), it's the longevity of the polish that amazes me. I usually get chips in my polish within the first eight hours of giving myself a manicure, but I've had this polish on for going on five days without a chip in my tips or toes. I used my regular base and topcoats, so it seems that this polish is a good one. Is anyone else using this polish? Did anyone get their hands on Metro Chic? Let me know what your thoughts on this polish is.

P.S. Congrats to Rumi over at Fashion Toast for her amazing Fashion Week luck! Erin Wasson for RVCA party, Alexander Wang's show, and then being featured on the Sartorialist... what awesome luck!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

NY Fashion Week

This season, I'm doing something different. Instead of describing all of the things that I've been lusting over, I'm going to start a lookbook on If you're interested in checking out what's looking good to me this season, you can search for gumdropsdaily under public lookbooks.

As far as things I'm seeing this season:

-While the models are still mostly white, it seems like I'm seeing a few more models of colors on the runway this season. I'm hoping that this will continue as the major names start their shows and into Europe.

-I'm seeing more rompers and jumpsuits on the runway. Did these really sell well enough to make them worth showing again this season?

-Colors are back! Yay! Things seem to be either brightly colored or black/grey and white/cream. Very few pastels (except for at Erin Featherston) or the neutrals we saw last season.

-Blazers and leather jackets are the new cardigans. Blazers are worn with the sleeves pushed up towards the elbows. Leather jackets are shrunken bombers instead of the biker jackets that we saw in the fall.

-Big, chunky, sternum-length necklaces are all over the place.

I'll be back tomorrow with more reports. Enjoy!

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