January 31, 2007

Fall Fashion Week Pre-Show: Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy showed off her fall 2007 collection on Wednesday (Jan. 31) in New York, and although I really liked a couple of her pieces (like I don't quite understand why I totally love the little grey mini-dress with the pockets... but I do!) I think that her Spring/Summer collection was a little stronger. I do however, LOVE that she included pockets on almost all of her pieces. A nice touch.

See pics from Rachel Roy's 2007 Spring/Summer Show

Mychael Knight Teams Up With Starbucks

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A handful of celebrity presenters at the Golden Globe Awards were surprised with personalized "My Starbucks" T-shirts depicting their favorite Starbucks beverage.

Starbucks collaborated with Mychael Knight from the hit Bravo TV show Project Runway to create T-shirts showcasing the thousands of beverage options at Starbucks.

Starbucks is donating the one-of-a-kind celebrity-signed T-shirts to the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire, with proceeds going to benefit various children's charities.

The T-shirts are up for auction through March. Other celebs doing T-shirts are Jessica Biel, Terrence Howard, and My girl, Jennifer Hudson. Don't you want one?! I do!
See shirts up for bid

January 30, 2007

Elie Saab's "Bo Peep" Couture

Like my title? That's just my "fashion editor" alter ego emerging. Anyway, after viewing Elie Saab's Paris couture collection, see if you don't agree. Elie Saab showed during Paris Couture Week last Monday, and after viewing his collection (online), I thought that his gowns were beautifully executed, and also wonderfully wearable for couture, but the "Little Bo Peep" influences, with his use of oversized bows, ruffles and tiers was pretty "out in front" to me. But like I said, you can see for yourself.
The madness that is New York Fashion Week begins in 3 days! Stay tuned...

January 29, 2007

I'm Tired.. But I'm in Recovery. Some Links For You.

Looking for a economical way to replace your worn out sneaks? Look no further. [Adventures in the Stilletto Jungle]

The Day Clutch. The small purse isn't just for evening any more. [Swish Style]

Makeup for Valentine's Day. [The Makeup Girl]

Hat solutions for those bad hair days. [Total Betty!]

Fun and flirty polka-dot dresses for Spring! [Stained Couture]

K-Fed's Superbowl Commercial, for realz. [Straight Outta NYC]

What's "Project Runway's" Nick Verreos up to now? [Pink Rock Candy]

John Legend, John Mayer, and Corinne Bailey Rae will perform together at the Grammy Awards on February 11. [Eurweb]

January 28, 2007

SAG Awards Style Star

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"Ugly Betty's" Ana Ortiz!

Hands down. Chick was on fire in this dress IMO.

To see more SAG Award Style, visit

January 26, 2007

A Dress Re-Worked...

Well, I had a black dress in my closet that I hadn't worn for YEARS. The dress was just in there.. hanging. This dress was completely forgotten in my closet until I did that Black Mini Dress post, and then a light bulb just went off in my head... So I said to myself, "Self, why don't you just change the hem on this dress and make your own version?

So that's what I did!

Woo woo woo...

January 25, 2007

Fashion No No...

Unless she's on somebody's "halftime show dance team"... not a good look.

[Spotted @

January 23, 2007

Style Verdict: Black and White for Spring

I spotted this black and white "trend" over at Elle (2007 Spring Season's Biggest Trends!), but I have to tell you, I have a problem with calling the classic and timeless color combination of black and white a "trend". To me, black and white together NEVER, EVER goes out of style. It's perfect together, it's "yin" and "yang". It's "ebony" and "ivory". It lives together in perfect harmony. Sorry... couldn't resist that one! But whether it's photographs, movies or clothing, I think black and white is fabulous together. But what do YOU think? Do you think it's great together? Do you like it? Hate it? Don't care? Would you wear it? I wanna know your style verdict.

Photos left to right: Column dress-Ralph Lauren, Babydoll frock-C'N'C Costume National, Swimsuit-Emporio Armani, Strapless print-Nicole Farhi, Polka Dot Mini-CHANEL.

Related Story:
I Heart Black and White

January 22, 2007

Just One More Reason Why I Need to Be Rollin' In It...

I spotted this over at CHANEL Amour. This bag costs just under 2 grand. But there's something about this bag. This bag reached out to me. This bag right here desperately wants to come and live with me. This bag wants to go shopping with me, it wants to go out to dinner with me, it wants to style and profile with me 24/7. This bag has my name on it. Figuratively and literally. Just one reason why I know that this bag is for me. Destiny. It's destiny I tell you. And you should know. You don't mess with destiny.


Inspired by Michael Kors... 1st Update.


Boy! I'm really gettin' it done aren't I!

But really, I'm gonna start on it soon. Click here if you've forgotten what I was even doing. Stay tuned...

Fashion No No...

And ya'll thought this was bad... Not. Even. CLOSE.

[spotted @ Haute Gossip]

January 21, 2007

Saints Lost. No Really.. I'm OK. Here's Some Links.

Celebs without makeup. Not the best look. [TMZ]

American Idol Judges say they're no crueler this year. Umm... ok. [People]

Is it Jennifer Lopez or Hilary Duff? I swear, I almost couldn't tell. [Allie Is Wired]

"Get Shorty!" Short shorts, short skirts, short dresses. It's what's up for Spring. [Style Bytes]

Holy push-up bra Beyonce! Oh, and this must be her new pose for the '07, so we might as well get used to it. And B? Since you're hell bent on rocking that pose, then may I suggest a more "clear" deodorant?

And if any of you are interested, here's a little tribute to the New Orleans Saints. Even though they didn't go "all the way", they definitely "showed" and "proved" this season.

Hey ya'll! There's still time to vote for Hip Candy in the GLAM Awards! Hip Candy is nominated for 5 of the 14 Awards! Click to cast your votes for Hip Candy NOW!

Woo-hoo, yeah!

January 19, 2007

Came So Close...

There's always next year...

Who Had the LOOK on LOCK?

Jennifer & Gwyneth in PRADA.

Samantha & Toni in FRENCH CONNECTION.

Jennifer & Jane in MARC BOUWER.

Ali & Maria in CALVIN KLEIN.

Photo Source: People, Us Weekly

January 18, 2007

It's Raining Here...

It's cold too, and I don't like it. Just about the only thing I can stand about cold, rainy, wet, soggy, moist and nasty weather is that I have the shoes for it. Wellies! Yes Wellies. Puddle jumpers. Rainboots. The plaid pair below is the EXACT pair I own. And I love 'em.

And before you ask, NO, you don't have to be a 4th grader to wear a pair. All you need to own a pair of Wellies, is a severe love for your suede peep toe wedges that you are soooo not gonna ruin by wearing them out in the wet and nasty. You can wear your Wellies with your fave jeans tucked in or out or even pair them with a fun skirt. Mine are so roomy inside that I can wear them with my fuzziest pair of fuzzball socks underneath for maximum dryness and comfort! And let me tell you, everytime I wear mine out in rainy weather, someone compliments me on them. I can always count on a "Wow! You knew what to do today didn't you!" Or a, "Oh! How cute those are! You're smart!" See?

I'm telling you, if you decide to buy a pair, believe me, it won't be a wasted purchase, and don't even worry about it... you can just thank me later. Click to browse more Wellies from designer to bargain priced, and next time it rains, you'll be so glad you did.

Fashion No No...

Fishnets done wrong.
Among other things.

Many other things...


January 17, 2007

The Links Just Don't Stop...

Proud Mary! Some of the sweetest Mary Jane shoes I've seen in a while. [Scarlet B. Designs]

Check out this Clip of the Week. Funny stuff. And ya'll know I likes the funny. [Haute Gossip]

A Red Carpet Dress Copy! OMG! The Horror! [Us Weekly]

Proenza Schouler is coming to Target February 4! [Fashion Nette-Work]

Like MAC Cosmetics? Enter to win Free MAC Products! [Lavish Magazine]

Have you VOTED yet for HIP CANDY in the GLAM Awards? There's 14 categories and Hip Candy is nominated for 5! Having your votes would be just peachy! Click to vote for Hip Candy NOW!

January 16, 2007

Brad and Angie are Moving Here.

Brangelina just bought a house here in Louisiana (New Orleans).

Hollywood’s favorite nomadic couple is finally settling down – far away from Tinseltown.
Angelina Jolie tells Us Weekly that she and Brad Pitt have moved their three children, Maddox, 5, Zahara, 2, and 7-month-old Shiloh, to New Orleans.

“We love it there,” Jolie told Us at the Golden Globe Awards after confirming the move. “The kids are going to go to school there. We're really looking forward to it.”

On January 12, just a day after moving to The Big Easy, Jolie was already mixing with the locals at restaurant Angeli on Decatur.

Diner Jorge Palacios tells Us the star – clad in an ivory dress over white pants – blended right in: “No one at my table believed me when I told them it was her.” And that’s just what she wants.

While Pitt works (he’s filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button locally), sources say Jolie, 31, plans on being a low-key mom in the $3.5 million, six-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath mansion the pair recently purchased (their fourth house) in the French Quarter.

“She’s interested in befriending normal moms so she can do things with the kids,” says a Jolie source.

And who can forget their humanitarian efforts? “Angelina has asked for places she can do charity work,” says the source, who adds that Jolie had inquired about a school for disadvantaged youth. And construction is set to start this month on the 20 environment-friendly homes Pitt, 43, jointly commissioned with Global Green USA.

The couple also hope to raise awareness for the region, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Says the source, “They think it is important to be there right now.”

Well if Brangelina can bring more attention to the region to make a difference, I think its a good thing them being here. A lot of progress has been made in the city of New Orleans since Katrina, but there is still a very long long way to go.

January 15, 2007

Celebrating The Life...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2007

It's Roberto Cavalli!

Thanks to my girl Jamie, [thanks Jamie!] we now know who makes this [Jessica Alba] dress that I want! It's Roberto Cavalli! Roberto Cavalli!

Once again, resourceful Hip Candy readers get it done.

Inspired by Michael Kors...

This dress right here is for ME. Vintage done RIGHT! When I saw this Michael Kors metallic brocade dress in my January '07 issue of ELLE magazine, let me tell you. I fell HARD. I may get upset with Michael at times during his judging stints on "Project Runway" but the man's talent is undeniable. There's an air of "wearable luxury" to his pieces, in my opinion. I love the Audrey Hepburn look and feel of this dress. I want this dress! And I will truly attempt to do it justice when fabricating my own version (the Michael Kors version will set you back a cool $1,595, just fyi...).
That embroidered black fabric above? I purchased 5 yards of it like a year ago, and I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with it until I saw that dress. Now, I'm gonna try and take my time on this one, as I tend to rush through sewing. Back when I was in design school, (FIDM) we generally had to crank out a new piece on a weekly basis, and I think operating in that kind of fast paced environment carried over into my post-degree sewing activities. I usually sew like I have to have it done RIGHT AWAY, or I'll wait until RIGHT BEFORE an event, and want to sew up an entire ensemble to wear to said event without giving myself ample time to complete it. It's probably psychological. Design school was an extremely intense venture. One day soon, I'll tell you all about it!

Anyway, I don't currently have any upcoming special events to where this dress to. But I'm certain I will! I'm excited about it! Stay tuned...

January 12, 2007

Linkety, Link...

Ya'll should know by now... I loves the links! Read up on the latest in style and entertainment.

Fall Fashion week is around the corner (NYC Feb. 2-9!) Just FYI for you happenin' fashionistas. The pic to your right is from the Tracy Reese spring show.

Fashion week tackles the skinny model ban... kinda. [The Australian]

Nude is the new black... in footwear. [Fashion News]

The Golden Globes airs Monday, January 15. Brace yourselves, these award shows are just getting started. [Hollywood Foreign Press]

Star in your own Levi's jeans ad! Win cash and prizes! I'm doin' it. [Levi's]

Mr. Blackwell's Worst Dressed List for '06. [7Online.com]

Paula Abdul is off her meds. Or she's drunk. I can't tell the difference.
[Us Weekly]

Happy Friday ya'll!

We have a WINNER!

After a strenuous evening of vote counting, we have "scientifically" determined a winner! (my husband pulled the winning entry from a cereal bowl...)

Congratulations to
Sarah Afshar!
Sarah is the WINNER of HIP CANDY'S first HIP GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to everyone who entered! And your favorite posts were The Best of Hip Candy 2006 entries (your top fave!) with the Top Model interviews running a close 2nd! And the "Hip Candy Love" was tremendous in your emails by the way, so I have to say (pause) **sniffling** that I am humbled by the undying adoration for Hip Candy. But jokes aside, ya'll's emails were really positive and encouraging and I so appreciate that, so THANK YOU.

Well Congrats again to Sarah Afshar, WINNER of HIP CANDY'S first HIP GIVEAWAY! What FUN this was! We'll do it again soon!

January 11, 2007

Style Verdict: Baby Doll Mini Dresses in Black

Ok, I have to admit, I LOVE this babydoll mini trend! Everytime I see it, I picture myself looking oh so fab in one of my own! Sienna Miller wears hers with a bare leg, sandals, matching bag and necklace. "Joan" (Tracee Ellis Ross) wore hers with leggings, black pumps and a headband (cute!) in the "Everybody Hates Monica" episode of "Girlfriends". And the last dress by Foley is lace (Shop Bop) and is accessorized with black hosiery and pumps. Nice all three ways! Now that you know that I'm head over heels for the trend, what are YOUR thoughts on it? Do you like it? Hate it? Don't care? Would you wear it? I wanna know YOUR style verdict.

Cute, Not Cute: The New Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth

I am not a fan of bluetooth devices, and my phone is bluetooth capable! But I wanted to see what you guys thought about this new style spin on bluetooth...

Appealing to gadget and fashion lovers alike, Aliph’s Jawbone Bluetooth headset gives us functional simplicity. Designed by award-winning product designer Yves BĂ©har, this sexy headset curves to match the silhouette of your face, hence the aptly named Jawbone. With a sleek, perforated metal exterior available in red, silver or black, tech meets chic with what Aliph is referring to as “the world’s first adaptive Bluetooth headset.” This is where the military-grade noise-canceling system comes into play. We’ve all gotten annoyed on our cell phone when ambient noise or wind makes conversations difficult. The Jawbone Bluetooth headset claims to use Noise Shield technology that subtracts the unwanted noise, then identifies, isolates and boosts your speech. Go ahead and play that video game while talking to your mother, she won’t have a clue.

So what do ya'll think? CUTE or NOT CUTE?


January 10, 2007

Cute, Not Cute: People's Choice Awards

The 2007 People's Choice Awards went down last night in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium, so I said to myself, "self" you haven't done a CUTE, NOT CUTE red carpet post in a while, not since the 2006 MTV VMA's last year, so here is my first one for 2007!

Halle is 40 and fabulous! I thought Halle looked great last night in this gold plated number. It showed off her legs and her toned physique. And she don't look no kinda pregnant in this pic like what's been widely speculated. CUTE.I don't know what Sandra Oh (or more likely, her stylist) was thinking when they let her leave the house with this shapless dress on. She has the cutest little figure! And this dress looks like the Chrysler building to me. I don't like it. NOT CUTE.

Now this little taupe off the shoulder number that Ali Larter is wearing, well I thought this dress was super chic! Nevermind that I LOVE almost ANYTHING that's off the shoulder sexy. CUTE.
Katherine Heigl from Grey's Anatomy in this... blue.. number. Uh-uh. Didn't like it. Another shapely girl wearing a near shapeless dress. To me, it looks like her grandma or her great aunt or somebody made it, and not well either. This dress is sooo not flattering on her, and she should KNOW better. NOT CUTE.Now I've been a Malinda Williams fan for a long time. She's cute as a button to me, this dress, however IS NOT. Not by a long shot. Short in front with a long train in back??? No ma'am. NOT CUTE.
Kate Walsh in a navy blue STUNNER! Now this chick is showin' 'em how it's supposed to be done! Fabulous. Definitely CUTE.

Joely Fisher. Ya'll should already know exactly where I'm about to go. I think Joely may have forgotten this little tidbit of info, that if your "girls" are a bit on the heavy side, that they need support. They need to be reigned in, hoisted and harnessed. Your "girls" can't support themselves anymore Joely. I'm gonna need for you to handle that a l'il better next time, mmm-kay? Thanks.

And lastly, these long, floor sweeping ball gowns on a red carpet that's NOT the Oscars. I take a bit of an issue with this. And maybe it's just me, but floor length ball gowns at movie premieres, the MTV Awards, the Grammy's, the AMA's, the People's Choice, and I could go on, but to me, long dresses are supremely OUT OF PLACE at some of these events. The Oscars? Ok. The Tony's? Ok. But IMO, a long formal gown at an event that seems more suited to a chic cocktail dress (see Halle, Ali, and Kate above), just looks like silliness. It looks like people who are way too eager to play "dress up" to me. So I don't like it, and I'm not saying I don't like these gowns, but I don't like these gowns for this occasion. Personal preference. So this one is a NOT CUTE.

January 9, 2007

Style Verdict: Spring '07 Trend-Primary Colors

Well, I don't know about ya'll, but I'm loving this color trend for spring! I've already purchased some of that green, and I plan on getting some yellow, red, pink and purple too! And I love that [green] Stella McCartney dress btw! There's nothing like color to add some punch to the black, tan, navy and grey that's probably already crowding most of our closets. And if you're still thinking that color is a bit too much for you, how about trying it on a smaller scale, like a shoe, purse or a scarf? I love it! But that's just me, I wanna know what you think about this bright color trend for Spring '07. Do YOU love it? Hate it? Don't care? Would you wear it? I wanna know your style verdict.

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Photo: [left to right, Stella McCartney (green); Fendi (hot pink); Moschino (red); Etro (yellow)]

Click the link below to browse and shop for bright colored dresses over at Couture Candy!

January 8, 2007

Meet the New Girl...

Meet the new Hip Candy Girl... The Hip Couture chick is going to work in 2007.

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Cute, Not Cute: Foliage Felt Collar

This bold felt collar by Candy Thief is made out of a wool-blend felt, crafted into foliage and then lined with warm flannel. It technically is still winter, and it's different from your basic winter scarf I guess. But what are your thoughts on this new crafty invention? Cute or not cute?


Fashion NO NO...

Britney Spears [source: People.com]

January 7, 2007

Hip Style Links...

Yellow is what's up for Spring '07. [Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle]

Socks and Sandals? Marc Jacobs or not, it's a FASHION NO NO. [B Glam]

Gwen Stefani's look for less. [Cheap Chica]

Probably one of the greatest inventions. EVER. [Daddy Likey]

Nice clear framed sunglasses. Those "Courtney Classic Vintage" Frames are for me. [Fabsugar]

Who needs a vacation? You couldn't see me, but I had up BOTH MY HANDS. Check out Bebe's resort collection. [Fashion Nette-Work]

Just in time for Valentine's Day. [Stained Couture]

Some cute gear if you're resolved to excercise more in '07. [Style Bytes]

Tyra Banks in Vanity Fair, HOT.
Eva Mendes in Citizen K Magazine, NOT. [Style It]

January 6, 2007

Who Makes This?

This beautiful summery dress that Jessica Alba is wearing as a beach coverup, who makes it? I must know! The last time I asked you guys about this jacket, an anonymous but very observant Hip Candy reader got the job done, yo! Anyway, if anybody knows, let me know!

'Preciate ya.

The Links, The Links, The Links are on FIRE!

Paris Hilton wants YOU to wear her clothes [Buzzle.com]

"I Love New York" premieres on Monday January 8. Will I be watching that foolishness? Umm, yeah. [VH1]

Weird new Eddie Murphy Flick. I think I wanna see it. [Ghettofabu]

Will Mariah Carey bare all? Wait, hold up... doesn't she do that already? [BV Newswire Blog]

Oh Tyra... [Juiicy Scoop]

James Brown's "widow" Tomi Rae Brown. Must. See. TV. [Crunk & Disorderly]

Happy Saturday ya'll!

January 4, 2007

They're Talkin' 'Bout Me!

I have some fabulous PRESS! I'm in the January 2007 issue of local style and entertainment magazine, 225! [for those who don't live here, 225 is the area code] Shout out to 225 staff writer Sarah Young who thought enough of Hip Candy to include it in their "Whispers" section! And another special shout out to my girl Kimberly Brannon who took a most stunning photo of yours truly (visit my myspace to see a few more fab pics Kimberly took of me for my birthday last year). Yay! Click on the pic above to read the 225 issue online and see my article below:

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Hip Candy's 1st Hip Giveaway!

Yay! Hip Candy is giving away "All the Sexy Best" by Victoria's Secret, which includes everything you see above, even the pouch! And wait until you see the lining of the pouch... TOO CUTE! One lucky winner will receive the prize. There's no trick questions to answer, no outrageous games to play, this is a "I really appreciate you for being a loyal Hip Candy reader" contest giveaway! Well alright! So I bought ONE GIFT TOO MANY when I was Christmas shopping over the holidays, but HEY! You guys benefit from the OVERFLOW! Can't beat it! To enter, just send your name, and your favorite Hip Candy Post, to hipnificent1@yahoo.com, then type "Hip Candy Giveaway" in the subject line, and VOILA! You're entered to win! Too easy! One entry per person. Contest opens TODAY January 4, and closes next Thursday, January 11. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 12! You can submit your address in the event that you are the winner. The drawing will be completely random. Winner will be announced on this site and notified by email. The Grand prize will be mailed to the winning name entered! Tell a friend and enter to win TODAY!

Victoria's Secret
All the Sexy Best includes:

A sparkly little bag filled with all your party-perfect must-haves! Imported and domestic polyester twill. Bag includes:

• Very Sexy® For Her Eau de Parfum Spray, .25 oz.
• Mini Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Strawberry Fizz
• Mini Very Sexy® Makeup Lip Gloss in Lover
• Bare Bronze Daily Glow Moisturizer, 1 oz.
• Mini Very Voluptuous™ Lip Plumper

January 3, 2007

Fashion No No...

Not the best way to start off '07.