June 30, 2007

Hip Weekend Links!

Summer sandals.. oozing with fug.
[The Shoe Blog]

Who wore it best? [Holy Candy]
Nike "Back To School" Sneaks. Cute.
[Nice Kicks]
Mo'Nique Talks to Essence.com
[Thick Misses]
Cute weekend outfit from The Gap [Shopalicious]
Transformer Shoes [Pink Rock Candy]

Have a fab weekend!

June 29, 2007

Fashion No No...

What is it with these white bras? Chick in the black tube top is not even trying... and as for the other lady.. a nude bra would have worked wonders under that sheer top ma, for real.

June 28, 2007

Cute, Not Cute: Eyelash Wigs

Eyelash wigs. That's right. "Wigs" for your lashes. Although I don't think they've made it here yet (they're currently available at Shu Uemura Eyelash Bars in Tokyo, Japan..) but, wow. What's next? Lacefront eyebrows? I know that Japan is usually on the cutting edge of technology and fashion, but this right here is a little weird for me. What do ya'll think? Cute? Or not cute?
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June 26, 2007

Second Day of Summer Fashion Show: A Recap

Even though I had to go into full "stealth mode" to finish 4 simple (but cute!) summer looks particularly for this fashion show (in a week's time, no less..), I'm glad I did it. I was very pleased with my showing of 4 fun, flirty, girly summer looks for Hip Couture (that's my strapless, belted babydoll top, with pockets! on the left...). I thought my models did great, even though I didn't meet them and get them fitted until the night before and even hours before the show! So I have to say a great big, THANK YOU, to Brandy (pictured), Patty, Amber and Ryan for making my top and dresses look fun and fabulous! I ended up doing 2 mini dresses with pockets (one of which could double as a beach coverup), the babydoll top (pictured) and one more mini halter dress. Other designers that showed were Jill Mulkey Design, Men's Avatar, Storyville, and Time Warp Boutique (a local vintage store) with the whole event put on by Decor Magazine. So as soon as I get more pics from the show, I'll get them up and posted for you to see!

Hip Couture will be available before you know it!

Stay tuned!

Win These Cute Denim Shorts!

Get your fashion fix and win this cute pair of Odyn Denim Daisy Shorts courtesy of the brand new fashion site Brand Habit! All you have to do is enter your name and email and you're entered. Click here for your chance to win!

Brand Habit is a new site that's here to help you find the brands you want at local boutiques, so check 'em out!


June 25, 2007

15% Off At Lulu's Fashion Lounge!

Now through August 1, Hip Candy readers can get 15% off EVERYTHING over at Lulu's Fashion Lounge! Just type in "hipcandy" at checkout, and get your discount off some young, fun summer gear! Happy shopping!


Hip Candy T-Shirt WINNERS!

Congratulations to Hip Candy readers:

Chloe from Detroit, MI
Winifred from Jackson, TN

They're the 2 winners in the
Hip Candy T-Shirt

And a great big "Thank You" to everyone who entered!

June 22, 2007

Second Day of Summer...

Summer is here! But if you live here in Louisiana like me, then you know it felt like summer back in February, lol! Well I just wanted to take this opportunity to make the Hip Candy readers privy to a fashion event that I'm involved in that's happening tonight (click the flyers for details). I'll be sending a few things down the runway at the event and my pieces will mostly be focusing on this trend, and this one. I've been sewing all week to get ready for it, and sewing is not always my deal. I pretty much have a "love/hate" relationship with sewing. Not much has changed since school. I'd love to just sketch out what I want and then hand it over to my "people" to finish for me. See? That's just it. I need more people. I think I'll work on that. But back to the event, if you're in town and you aren't doing anything tonight, and you have an extra $25 laying around (part of the proceeds goes towards charity) then come check things out! Having an eager audience after sewing all week will make it all seem worth it! Hope to see you guys there!

June 21, 2007

Hip Candy T-Shirt Giveaway!

To say a special "Thanks!" to all you fabulous Hip Candy readers for sticking with me for a whole year, Hip Candy is giving away 2 t-shirts to 2 people who are all about showing their love for their fave style site! Just enter "Hip Candy T-Shirt Giveaway" in the subject line and send it to hipnificent1@yahoo.com, along with your first name and the city you're from, and voila! You're entered. One entry per person. The tees are both "one size" with "I ♥ Hip Candy" on one and "Hip Candy - 'It' food for fashionistas" on the other. Fun right?! The winner will be announced on Monday, June 25, so get your entries in before 11:59 PM June 24! Get your entry in today!

June 20, 2007

Hip Candy is a YEAR OLD!

Stay tuned for some extra special giveaways!

June 19, 2007

Hip Candy: Looking Back Just a L'il Bit More...

The Top Model posts and the NYC Fashionweek posts by far took up the most man-hours. Whew! But those posts really represent what Hip Candy is all about. Fashion & entertainment! My silly candy posts are also below because ya'll should know by now that I love to laugh. And speaking of laughing, have ya'll seen the new "Axe" commercials? "Boom chicka wah wah!" Too funny. You can check out 2 of those Axe commercials below too!

Top Model Posts & Interviews


Silly Candy

Silly Candy - Axe Supermarket Commercial

Silly Candy - Axe Commerical (French) - funny!

June 18, 2007

Revisiting Hip Candy's Style Posts

The mainstays of Hip Candy. The style verdicts, the fashion no no's, and the cute, not cute posts. Your colorful responses to these posts are always the most fun to read! Check them all out (from now all the way back to the beginning)below:

Hip Candy Style Verdicts

Hip Candy Fashion No No's

Hip Candy Cute, Not Cute

June 17, 2007

I Want These Sunglasses!

But I have no idea who makes them. Anybody know? I already have a pair that's really similar to these (I wear them with blacks, whites, greys...). But a nice amber colored pair like Angelina's (to wear with browns, tans, yellows...) would make my aviator collection for the summer complete! Does she usually stick to the same brand? If anyone knows, I'd love to find out...

June 14, 2007

Hip Candy's Most Commented Posts

As we continue our trip down Hip Candy's memory lane, here are two posts that you, the readers were the most VOCAL about:

To date, Hip Candy's TWO MOST COMMENTED POSTS are:

The #2 most commented post with 34 comments (to date)
Hetero Men in Heels

And #1 most commented post with 54 comments (to date)
Did Jeffrey Cheat on Project Runway

My Project Runway entries gave this blog it's first introduction to a worldwide audience, as Hip Candy was named a top 10 finalist in the Project Runway Fan Blog Contest during Season 3. We didn't win, but the exposure from it was truly awesome!

June 13, 2007

Hip Candy Is Almost A Year Old!

Did you guys know that Hip Candy has been on the blog scene for almost a year! Hip Candy will be A YEAR OLD next week! Yay! So to celebrate this blogging milestone, we're gonna take a little trip down memory lane... all week.. a quick moment to focus, if you will, on the good times that we've all had right here on this very page.

And we've had some fun times haven't we? Wow. Great times... ok, let me stop before I get all emotional! Well if we're gonna go on a journey, we may as well start at the beginning. So check out a few of Hip Candy's "beginnings" below! More to come!

Very 1st Hip Candy Post

1st Post that's ALL ABOUT ME

Very 1st Style Verdict

2nd Post that's ALL ABOUT ME

Very 1st Cute, Not Cute

Very 1st Fashion No No

June 12, 2007

Who Had The LOOK On LOCK?

Shondrella Avery & Beyonce in H&M. Cute dress too, by the way. Go H&M!

Svetlana Metkina & Sienna Miller in Marchesa.

Kate Walsh & Marcia Cross in Thread Social. I'm loving this little yellow number.

Petra Nemcova & Michelle Rodriguez in Dolce & Gabbana.

Lindsay Lohan & Lily Allen in CHANEL.


June 11, 2007

Cute, Not Cute? Steve Madden Edition

Steve Madden "Phergie" Heels. The website is describing them as "Retro Glam". I recently saw these in my Lucky Magazine and couldn't decide if they were cute or not for myself. So what do you think? Cute or not cute?

Steve Madden "Leopard". The website wants you to go for exotic, but stay sweet with these ballet flats. I love 'em! They're really cute with skinny jeans, or anything in solid black, white, brown, tan, or even red! I have a similar pair that I purchased from here. But what do you think? Cute or not cute?

Steve Madden "Mystery" Wedge Sneaks. The website suggests you "elevate" yourself with these updated sneakers. Cute or not cute?

Monif C. Plus Sized Store Opening in NYC This Week

Mark your calendars! Monif C. is opening Manhattan's first contemporary clothing boutique that caters to curvy, confident, and stylish plus size women. Thursday June 14, 2007 marks the Grand Opening of the Monif C. Plus Sizes Boutique in Midtown Manhattan. Monif C. Plus Sizes is a contemporary, designer clothing line that launched in September 2005. Co-owned by mother/daughter team, Monif and Elaine Clarke, Monif C. was conceived to reaffirm every woman's desire for an inspired life, luxury, and unadulterated sex appeal.

Monif is known for her debut during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005, and features on The View, BET's Rip The Runway, the Tyra Banks Show, and TLC's What Not To Wear, among others, Monif C. is bringing fashion to plus size consumers who would otherwise have no outlet to get their contemporary fashion fix. Monif's line of stylish plus size clothing can be purchased online at www.monifc.com, in specialty boutiques worldwide, and now live and in full color at the Monif C. Plus Sizes New York Boutique.

Monif successfully created the Curvy Girls Night Out, a New York City one-day shopping and pampering event held twice a year, she would get calls from customers asking for the opportunity to shop Monif C. year round in New York City. As a plus size woman herself, she understood the frustration of shopping in the New York City area. "I always wondered why in one of the fashion capitals in the world I could never find stylish plus size clothing. I am my customer, and I know that we are stylish, fashion-forward women that are on the go. We want to be able to come in, and buy a dress to wear to a special event later that evening. I wanted to provide women in the tri-state area and visiting tourists the convenience of shopping the Monif C. line."

Go to www.monifc.com to visit the site now!

June 8, 2007

Style Verdict: Summer Plaid Short Shorts

I think that these are a cute look for summer. You could make it into a cute weekend look or a cool vacation look, it's just a neat, casual look to try when the temperatures are hot. The key to wearing short shorts is to go up a size. Or two. Or more. This'll give your shorts a more relaxed and easy fit instead of them being so exact. But I know that some of you still may not be sold, which is why I want to know what you really think about this look. Do you like it? Hate it? Don't care? Would you wear it? I wanna know your style verdict.

Splurge (above): Vince Laundered Plaid Cuff Shorts, $109
American Eagle Madras Roll Up Short, $35

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June 7, 2007

Bitten By Sarah Jessica Parker: My Review.

I woke up bright and early this morning to get over to the Steve & Barry here in town to check out the newly released Bitten line by Sarah Jessica Parker for myself.

First, what I liked about the line. The price. There's something just so right about $7.98, $9.98, $14.98, and $19.98. I couldn't be mad about that. I also liked her striped tees, and her message tees. Cute. The peep toe canvas wedges were also nice and summery and they came in a variety of colors. And lastly, I tried on a pair of her brown trouser shorts. The fit was so spot on (and cute!) that I HAD to have them. I also think that the visuals that they have of her wearing the gear in the store are very good. But don't make the mistake of thinking that you are gonna look like she looks in a lot of it.

Which brings me to what I didn't much like about the line. Some of the pieces are cut small, similar to a true designer cut. Her jeans especially. I'm normally a size 6 sometimes an 8, but I had to go up to a size 12 in her ankle zip cropped jeans. But by the time I tried the size 12 on, the waist didn't fit me at all, so the jeans were a bust for me. I didn't try on any of the dresses or pants so I can't tell you about the fit of those with certainty, you'll just have to try those out for yourself. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give her line a good 6.5. It's not a bad first attempt. She loses points for cutting her jeans ridiculously small (I really wanted a pair..), and she gains points for doing a cute, although basic, low-priced line that's just in time for summer. That makes it easier to stock up on a lot of simple summer pieces for just a little money.

Click to check out a few looks from Bitten here.

June 6, 2007

Natural Highligting Tips For Summer Streaked Hair

I sometimes get an itch during the summer months to do something different with my hair. But I've had to learn (the hard way) not to try to things on my own, specifically hair color. Believe me, I have hair horror stories that I won't go into right now. But I am proud to say that my hair has come full circle, and it's in rather healthy shape now... and I'd like to keep it that way. So if you're like me, looking to maybe try something new for the summer without the threat of putting the harsh chemicals in your hair that most hair dyes and bleaches use, find some natural hair lightening alternatives to try out below.

Highlights - Olive Oil
Not only is olive oil a great hair conditioner, but it's also a great hair lightener. Just comb it through and let the sun do the rest of the work for you. It may take a few times before it takes and a few washes to get it all out afterwards, but your hair will be nicely moisturized and beautifully sun-kissed!

Highlights - Lighten With Lemons
Lemon juice + the sun = highlights! This is great for people who are already blonde and just wanna lighten up. If your hair is very dark, like dark brown or black, careful, the lemon juice mixture can give you a reddish hue, so I would do a strand test first. Just add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to 3/4 cup of water, put it in a spray bottle and spritz it on your hair - but NOT on your scalp. Then let the sun hit it or either zap it with the blow dryer and watch your highlights unfold.

Highlights - Chamomile Tea
Here's a natural way to bring golden highlights to your hair! All you have to do is boil a pot of chamomile tea and let it cool. Rinse your freshly washed and conditioned hair in the brew and relax in the sun. If you want to go lighter, then do it everyday for a week.

Highlights - Spray-In Lighteners
Spray-on products, like Sun-In Spray-In Hair Lightener, is another easy alternative. I've used these before, and they basically use the same lemon juice and water mixture, so use similar caution if you have darker hair. As the name suggests, you spray it on your hair and can either sit out in the sun for it to work its magic, or use the heat of a blow-dryer. The more Sun-In you spray on, the lighter your hair will turn. Or the redder. It all depends on how dark your hair is.

Mini Skirt DON'T.

Ok, yes. We are approaching the summer months. It's hot. That still does not in any way excuse this. (mildly NSFW)


Gap Names Patrick Robinson New Head of Design

Hot on the tails of his GO International collection for Target, Patrick Robinson's days as designer for a mass retail chain will soon be extended – this time for Gap Inc. The company named Robinson executive vice president of design for Gap Adult and Gapbody as of May 29.

"Patrick brings broad experience – from high-end fashion to mass market retail – demonstrating his versatility to interpret and create fresh, clean designs true to the Gap brand aesthetic," said Marka Hansen, president of Gap North America.
Robinson was most recently the artistic director for Paco Rabanne in Paris, where his collections have received a mixed response since he began designing for them in 2005. Prior to Paco Rabanne, Robinson designed for Perry Ellis, Anne Klein and Giorgio Armani.
The announcement of Robinson - one of Vogue's 100 rising stars in 1996 as head designer at Gap is a part of the company's design overhaul. Facing slagging sales at the end of the 2006 fiscal year, Gap's then-CEO Paul Pressler stepped down. In April, Gap produced a series of limited edition white shirts designed by CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners Doo.Ri Chung, Thakoon Panichgul and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.

June 4, 2007

The Answer To This Arden B. "Jumpsuit" is NO.

Halter Pantsuit with Cutout Bodice - $128.00
Description: Pantsuit with self-tie halter neckline, shiny gold hardware on straps, center ring and sexy cutout bodice.

When I first saw this on the Arden B. site, my first thought was that they couldn't be serious. I mean, what are the designers over there thinking? That this is cute? That somebody would actually pay $128 for it? That someone would actually wear it somewhere? But then I got to thinking a little deeper. You know who this outfut would be perfect for, seriously? A magician's assistant. Yeah. Somebody who's sole purpose is to go out on stage and be placed in a box on a nightly basis to be "sawed in half" for an audience of about 8 people at one of those tiny small town casinos you've never heard of. This outfit is perfect for that.

See? That's called focusing on the positive.

June 2, 2007

2007 Spring/Summer Style Trends: La Redoute

My grandmother literally gets every clothing catalogue known to man in the mail and she usually passes the ones that don't interest her any to me. One of the better ones being the La Redoute catalogue. I can usually find some really cute pieces in there (it's French fashion designer clothes at great prices.. yay!) but I don't usually see anything like what they've showcased in their spring/summer runway show below... while I was watching it, I found that there were too many cute pieces to try and point out for you. So when you have a free minute, check it out for yourself!

June 1, 2007

Who Had The LOOK on LOCK?

America & Eva in Nanette Lepore.

Miss Universe Riyo Mori & Oprah in Gucci.

Nicole & Halle in Madison Marcus.

Jessica & Maria in Herve Leger.


Children + Tanning? Why?????

Am I the only one HORRIFIED by this clip?

Patricia Field: Style Icon & Fashion Disaster...

Patricia Field, famed costume designer from "Sex & The City" has put together some outstandingly enviable looks over the course of that critically acclaimed show. Which is why the way she dresses is such an enigma.

It's like this particular hairdresser I use to frequent in the hood years ago. This hairdresser's hair would ALWAYS look TORE UP. Always. But she used to do the BEST HAIR in the whole place. When she finished my hair, it would be so bouncy and full of body, I swear I could have done the slow motion, "swing your hair" scenes in any hair commercial after leaving that salon. Hard to figure, right? Well I think Patricia Field suffers from a similar type of syndrome. She can style OTHER PEOPLE like nobody's business. But she is a complete mess whenever she has to dress herself. Like in the pic above, she's attending a New York City Opera benefit with a multicolored, fringed and belted strapless minidress (that's "this close" to showing off her lady parts) with black bondage-style shoes.

It's just not right.