Wednesday, 23 July 2008

The Randomness Of Teh Interwebs

It really is a small world. There I was, minding my own business when suddenly *ping* a message to my inbox from Bill and Elle at This Is By Us telling me what cool things people had been writing.

And lo! There was a mention of my good self. Naturally, it piqued my curiosity. My post on what men should wear had been read by some dude called John Tesh.


Investigating further, it turns out John used to present Entertainment Tonight and is now a musician with a radio show listened to by 8 million people...

You can read what he thinks about men's clothing here and read my own thoughts below (original here)

".....What kind of attire would make a male more attractive to females?

I've been pondering on this as it is a) more fun than pondering about financial forecasts; b) requires some - ahem- visual research of various Hot Men in order to assess what they're wearing (honest!) and c) because it's such a variable response.

What a male can wear to make himself more attractive is wholly dependent on the particular female's interests. What appeals to one might not appeal to the next. As such, trying to second guess is to be doomed to failure. Instead, focus on the universals - those things that all girls find abhorrent. Avoid those and you'll be part of the way there. I'm not going to lie and say girls don't judge on clothes - we do. But we also know that if you're worth bothering with, once you go out with us the only thing we can change about you is your clothes.

1. Don't wear holey/smelly/dirty/ill fitting underwear

Ugh. This pretty much goes without saying. You keep your most precious item in your pants so treat it with respect. No holes. No smells. No dirt. Not too tight. Not too baggy.

Do this, or similar, and you'll be fine. After all, we spend ludicrous amounts on frivolous underwear, the least you can do in return is spend a little on keeping your pants nice.

This goes for socks as well.

2. Don't wear skinny jeans

I used to think this was just a phobia I had but no - lots of women find the sight of a grown man in skinny jeans truly repellent. There are several reasons for this:

- Where the hell have you put it?? Honestly, where is your penis? If you can squeeze into jeans that tight and have nothing to show then you're either really uncomfortable or there's not a lot there to begin with. Either way, we don't want to go out with a living replica of a Ken doll....

- It's grossly unfair that you can fit into jeans several sizes smaller than we can. Not only does this remind us of any residual weight issues we may have but (to my mind anyway) also brings up the thought that we might break you if we got down and dirty. Unattractive on so many levels.

- You look like you want to be Pete Doherty/Johnny Borrell? They went out with Kate Moss/Kirsten Dunst? Wow, good argument because they're women who look hot all the time right? No. Doherty/Borrell just look plain unclean all the time. And their personality traits are highly questionable. That you want to emulate them tells us everything we need to know.

3. Don't wear obvious comedy slogan tees

It only tells us you have a dubious sense of humour. Or that you're a frat boy. Neither is a Good Look. We don't care if you're with Stupid or that you found a play-on-words Coke/Coca-Cola that involved cocks. It's not funny, clever and does not render you as funny or as clever as you think you are.

4. Make sure your clothes fit/are the right length

Just like there's nothing more unsightly on a woman than ill-fitting clothes, same goes for a man. It doesn't take a lot to try something on so please, do it. Also make sure that sleeve and trouser lengths are appropriate. There's something slightly sad and highly annoying about a trouser leg that is an inch too short or too long. If you don't care about getting these simple details right then what's to say you care about anything else?

5. Don't wear overt jewellery

You may think your display of bling will bring the girls to your yard. No, no it won't. It just looks kinda cheap and tacky. The only bling girls are interested in on you are a wedding ring (don't panic - only to check if you are already married - they don't want to be your bit on the side) and a watch. A nice watch though, nothing diamond encrusted. Again, tacky.

6. Don't wear inappropriate shoes

It's already established that women place some importance on shoes. So wear some appropriate to the occasion. We don't really care if all you have is one pair of sneakers and one pair of 'smart' shoes - wear appropriately. Date at the pub - sneakers. Date at a nice restaurant - 'smart' shoes.

So that's the basics on what not to wear. Converting that into what should you wear - clean clothes that fit you and reflect your personality. Those clothes you feel most comfortable in.

And the one thing that always works? A man in a well fitting tux. Every time. Why else did you think James Bond was so popular?...."

Friday, 11 July 2008

Shoe Of The Day

Everyone knows that disco is freaking awesome. Everyone also knows that disco shoes are freaking awesome. And? That Michael Kors is freaking awesome.

What happens when you combine these elements into a shoe-making pot? Why, it's the Michael Kors Disco platform sandal! Ce n'est-pas le freak mais totalement le chic!

And reduced to $298.00! (I'll be trying to find cheaper alternatives though!)

NES *hearts*..... New Look shoes (but not so much the clothes)

New Look. It's a conundrum to me. On the one hand they do great stuff with Giles Deacon and get pretty affordable 50s style underwear and swimsuits to the masses via the (ridiculously pretty) medium of Kelly Brook. Plus they make affordable, COMFORTABLE shoes.

Such as these:

And these:

But when it comes to their clothes.... I dunno, they just leave me flat. I've managed to find a few pieces in there (she says realising that as she types this she is wearing a rather lovely mint green scoop neck 3/4 sleeve jumper from the very same shop!) which is more than can be said for River Island and yet in my mind the two are somehow linked.

I don't know whether it's because I only run in there and head straight for the shoes that I forget that they do sell clothes too. I've just browsed the rest of the website and found nothing that would exhort me to part with my hard earned moolah when I know I could find something very similar across the road at Primark for at least a tenner cheaper.

The shoes though. Oh boy, do I love the shoes! My favourite dancing shoes are a silver glittery pair from a couple of seasons ago that I hunted down on eBay foe weeks because i missed the chance to get them in my size in store. true I got them cheaper than I would've done but I was more than prepared to pay the £20 (£20!!! For super glittery fabulousity!). They're comfortable and considering the price, well made.

Maybe one day they'll bring their clothes up to the same standard and then they might be able to claim the accolade of being my favourite shop.

Ooh! Pretty butterfly necklace thing!

It would be true to say that I love butterflies (perhaps the only thing me and Mariah Carey have in common) and that I love necklaces.

Voila! This pretty locket from Eclectic Eccentricity combines the two in a rather lovely vintage style long chained way.

It's only £14.50 and is worth treating yourself to. It's Friday, why the hell not!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Shoe Of The Day

My love of polka dots has already been documented but when I saw these on the La Redoute site, I squeed and knew I had to share them with you. I seem to recall Accessorize doing something similar last year but they're a style that will always be cute and summery.

I'm picturing mine with some colour co-ordinating full skirts or cutifying some denim shorts.

And? In the sale! £11.50 from £23. Bargain.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Shoe Of The Day

Pin Up Girl Clothing is one of my absolute favourite websites for finding retro inspired treats of goodness. And that includes the shoes.

These green and beige wedges are gloriously summery and suitably retro, with the red trim touches giving them a bit of edge.

The price is nice too at only $38!

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Shoe Of The Day

It's sale time and as always there are some bargains to be had. Let's start with these red laced courts from Faith. Now my love for red shoes is pretty much unconditional and given that these are a) cute and b) practical, never mind c) in the sale then they're a winner.

Clana, £40 from £60 at Faith

What The Fug?!

So there I was, browsing through the interwebs in search of preciouses and loveliness and I came across these.

That are sold out.

And cost $129.99.

Can I repeat that they've sold out? I'm hoping that's because only one pair were ever made and the designer's mum bought them seeing as only a mother could pretend to love such an abomination as created by their child.

Should you be similarly afflicted then can I suggest therapy or a visit here (if you really must but don't blame me when people point and laugh)