#FashionByMayhem

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Last March, m.blog introduced you to Mayhem, the pint-sized fashionista who has taken the Instagram world by storm. Well, it turns out that was just the beginning for the budding fashion designer. What we Mayhem fans and followers did not know was that, while we were scrolling through the four year-old’s construction paper creations on our iPhones from the couch, she was in New York. Designing a Spring 2015 line for Crewcuts by J.Crew.

How did this come about, you ask? After the Instagram account of Mayhem’s mother, Angie, was being raved about all over the web, she received an email from some J. Crew employee named Jenna Lyons (just the Executive Creative Director, whose flawless wardrobe and eye for style is enamored by prepsters around the world, including Duchess Kate). NBD. Before they knew it, the dynamic design team was on the floor of the J.Crew offices with paper, tape, crayons, and beads (the go-to design tools of a preschool child). Mayhem’s creations were transformed into a capsule collection, which will be available this Spring.

While Mayhem already has a more impressive resume than an FIT grad, it isn’t likely that she will be jetting off to New York to begin her fashion career just yet. In fact, I’m positive I would not put any four year-old in front of a sewing machine. Still, it’s very cool to know that youngsters everywhere will be running around the playground in her creations. You go, Mayhem!

Posted by Erin D. 

One Woman’s Junk Mail…

As a kid, I had what could be considered an unhealthy obsession with the LL Bean Home catalog. Once I had procured my monogrammed Bean backpack, I was all up in the pima cotton percale sheets. (The backpack just read EK, if you’re wondering. Couldn’t use that middle initial because having a backpack that said EEK was just asking for it. Thanks, Mom.) After watching an episode or two of Full House or Sister Sister, I would curl up with the LL Bean Home catalog (or the decidedly less exciting LL Bean Home section in the regular version) and pick out items to furnish my dream house in Bangor, Maine.

Anywho – while my desire to live like a Yankee grandma has dissipated, I still love flipping through beautiful print catalogs filled with weird, wonderful wares that have little or no use in my day to day existence. Last summer, when everyone had their panties in a twist over Restoration Hardware’s 11lb print catalog, I contemplated stealing my neighbor’s every time I walked in or out of the house. She had left it at her doorstep, in protest. And/or she was on vacation.

The holidays, of course, are a wonderful time for me and other catalog crazies. The mailboxes are flooded, and no one’s bitching on social, because Santa wouldn’t like that. Best of all, everyone’s looking. Some look to buy, some look to gawk, and others look to sneer, which, in the case of writer Drew Magary and Deadspin, results in what has become one of my favorite holiday traditions: The Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog.

The guide features an item, the WS copy, and then Drew’s take. Below, I’ve cherry-picked my faves, along with snippets of Drew’s snark. Why’d I do this? Simple, really. You, dear reader, are busy, and I’ve got to write this blog. Merry Christmas, people!

Item #66-7741952 – Gluten-Free Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix ($14.95)

1Copy: “This year, we’ve partnered with some of our favorite bloggers, bakers, and chefs to create a collection of recipes sure to win at any holiday cookie swap.”

The Best Part of What Drew Says:  “That bitch is gonna burn, thanks to the $16 I spent on this gluten-free sugar cookie mix. It’s like a regular sugar cookie, but for pussies! I’m gonna bake these things up, present them on a tasteful, silver-lined plate, and take that bitch to school.”

Item #66-5750161 – Croissonuts ($39.95) (!!!!!!!!!!!!)

2Copy: “Let rise overnight, fry, then roll in sugar or add your favorite filling. Set of 18.”

The Best Part of What Drew Says: “I have to fry them myself? FUCK YOU, WILLIAMS-SONOMA. I paid you $40 so that I wouldn’t have to go stand in line with all the jackasses at 5 a.m. You fry them.”

Item #66-4593893 – Spoonula ($9.95)

3Copy: “A spoonula combines the flexibility of a silicone spatula with the handy curve of a spoon. The result is an ultra-versatile tool for scraping, stirring, and folding … also available in yellow or pumpkin.”

The Best Part of What Drew Says:  “No, thank you. I will use a spoon for spooning and a spatula for spatula-ing. A spoonula is only useful for the ultra-light brand of BDSM that your standard New Canaan housewife shows an interest in once every three years or so. Get that spoonula out of my face.”

Item #66-7105646 – Snowflake Jacquard Apron ($34.95)

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Copy: “Jacquard-woven cotton. Made in Portugal.”

Drew Says:  “It’s worth noting that W-S founder Chuck Williams grew up dirt-poor and fatherless, and was forced to work on a date farm (literally named Sniffs) all through high school. Wikipedia says he also served in World War II as a plane mechanic. He is a legitimately self-made man and a fantastic American success story. So I like to imagine that he created this catalog just to fuck with rich trust-fund babies. ‘Tell them it’s made in Portugal. They’ll shit their dicks for Portuguese cotton.’”

All images and quotes source TheConcourse.com

Posted by Erin K. 

More Marsala Please

After much deliberation at the Pantone Color Institute, Marsala (Pantone 18-438 to be exact) has been deemed THE color of 2015. According to Pantone, Marsala will dominate everything from throw pillows to bikinis in the coming year, claiming its reign among the fashion-conscious.

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Described by Pantone as a “naturally robust and earthy red wine,” the color is more mature and easily incorporated into everyday life, at least as compared to 2014’s Radiant Orchid hue. In my opinion, I love Marsala. It’s easy to wear, practically a neutral, and its name simply evokes positive emotions in my mind (who doesn’t want to be thinking about wine?!).

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It’s been receiving a lot of criticism though, one website calling it “the color of your 85-year-old aunt’s favorite pant suit” and “the color of the crust that has formed around the mouth of the ketchup bottle at the back of your fridge.” Not exactly appealing when you put it that way…

But for the sake of being trendy, I fully support and encourage everyone to at least try this color once in the new year! Even if just in your wine glass. Hey, nothing like imbibing in style!

Posted by Carli

An Angel Gets Her Wings

To 20-something girls around the country, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show is not merely a fashion show (let’s be honest, it’s not really fashion at all… play along with me here), but rather the biggest night of the year. The super bowl of #basic betches, if you will.

This year turned out to be especially fantastic, due equally in part to Taylor Swift completely slaying life, and Ariana Grande getting smacked in the face by one of the model’s signature angel wings. You’d think Victoria’s Secret would tell the performers to watch out for the wings while on the runway, but Ms. Grande was taken by surprise, resulting in the photo (and face) seen around the world:

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After this photo started to make its rounds, the good folks across the Internet immediately began doing what they do best—making memes.

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What makes the whole situation even better, is the tweet that Ariana sent out after filming the show:

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#goals.

Posted by Tracy

Oh, Snap!

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I love a sassy comment, especially if they are delivered with the appropriate amount of restraint and, um, not at all directed at me. TV shows and books are full of sardonic comebacks I’d kill to have thought up first. Take, for instance, the exchange below between the always verging on spontaneous combustion Basil Fawlty and the mother of a young man intent on giving him a hard time. (For those who haven’t dedicated hours of their life to this gift from our friends across the pond, Basil = John Cleese, Mrs. Hall = the lady in purple attempting to defend her jerky son.)

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Mrs. Hall: [sweetly to Basil] He’s very clever… rather highly strung.

Basil Fawlty: [forcing himself to smile] Yes… Yes, he should be.

Mean, yes. Hilarious? Yes. Imagine how lame it would be if Basil held his tongue and skulked off to a corner to tweet his rage! Thankfully, we viewers can rest assured that he’d never do this because he’s above such a thing. Also because cell phones and Twitter weren’t around when the show was filmed…but mostly because he’s above such things.

Alas, the future is here, and IRL, the preferred mode of venting frustrations seems to be posting a passive aggressive status update/tweet/instagram. There are even guides on how to e-bitch. See here, here, and here. Sure, bitching online can be cathartic. Unlike Mr. Fawlty, we are not characters on TV shows, and an angst-ridden status update allows our network — our audience — if you will, to watch us and chime in. One time a woman basically sat on me on the Green Line, and hearing that FB friends far and wide were also disgusted with public transit in their cities felt pretty damn great.

Still, though, when we get down to brass tacks, real time quick wit > pitching an Internet net.  Don’t believe it? Here are some historic figures to back me up c/o www.sadanduseless.com:

Unknown actress vs Ilka Chase

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Calvin Coolidge vs. a lady at a White House dinner

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Dorothy Parker vs. a drunk

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Winston Churchill vs. a Member of Parliament

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Posted by Erin K. 

Bringing the Onesie Back

If anyone ever searched through the accounts that I follow on Instagram, it would be embarrassing to say the least—they  would have to weed through the 20+ French bulldog accounts I love, joke/sarcasm profiles, and random things that make me laugh (I’m lookin’ at you @textsfromyourex). But every once in a while, I do find some gems that need no explanation.

Enter: Zanna Roberts Rossi, or as I know her, @zannarassi.

Zanna not only leads a fabulous life as the Senior Fashion editor of Marie Claire, and fashion correspondent for E! and the Today Show, but she recently gave birth to the most adorable set of twins EVER.

Her Instagram still contains high fashion, celebrities and events, but now it is punctuated with snapshots of her munchkins Rumi and Juno. This adorable pair had their own hashtag before they even left the womb. Zanna created a hashtag #stylethebump, to showcase all of her best pregnancy looks. Now that the little ones are no longer a bump, they embody the hashtag #rumiandjuno.

Peep some of my personal faves of the ladies:

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Can’t wait to see what’s next for #rumiandjuno!

Posted by Kelsey

An Emoji’s Worth a Thousand Words

Millennials aren’t necessarily known as being the best communicators. Growing up in a digital world, people in my generation find it easier to send an email than pick up the phone (guilty of this), are more comfortable behind a screen than in person, and send text messages that hardly constitute proper English. On top of the texting epidemic, the rising popularity of smartphones made way for Emojis. You know, those cute little pictures accompanying a text message that range from a simple smiley-face to an ice cream cone to a traffic light to a ….

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Emojis have made texting even more cryptic, with people using Emojis in place of words with no true definition as to what they actually mean. But fear not Emoji users — Emojipedia has come to solve all of your Emoji-translating needs! Emojipedia includes not only the official meaning of the Emoji with definitions, but also an “Also Known As” category identifying other definitions people commonly give to said Emoji. For example, I always thought this Emoji was a big cheesy/awkward smile, turns out I was way off…

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And of course, in case you are STILL unclear about which Emoji you should use after browsing through Emojipedia, 9gag created a list comparing the “official” meaning from Emojipedia with what you would actually use the Emoji for. Some of my favorite and most applicable include:

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But please millennials, even with Emojipedia,  let’s try and keep our Emoji use to a minimum to avoid any and all confusion from these cute yet cryptic characters. That is, unless you’re Beyoncé.

Posted by Carli