Blanket Coats….formally known as the Snuggie

I’m pretty much a sucker for fashion trends. While I try to keep the essential classic items in my wardrobe, you’ll also find the sneaker wedge, a lot of faux fur, double-fingered rings and an assortment of other fleeting “must-haves” from the past few years. However, there are times when I simply have to put my foot down.

A recent example I’ve been seeing this fall is the Blanket Coat….seen here on SJP in a monogrammed Burberry rendition.

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Now I know ponchos have been on the map for ages (and they’re great), but these daper duvets are too much. I just can’t get into the idea of draping a blanket across my shoulders and calling it couture! Mostly I’m drawing a (slightly unreasonable) parallel to a ridiculous trend from about six years ago. Do we all remember that infomercial sensation that had people in stitches? That’s right, I’m talking about the infamously celebrated Snuggie.

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Oh yes, the Snuggie. The wearable blanket. Looks like it’s back and, this time, it’s got some A-list endorsers.

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The Ultimate Halloween Showdown

It’s that time of the year, folks — time to head to the nearest iParty in search of the perfect Halloween ensemble. Or if you’re like me, scrounge for something around your house 10 minutes before you walk out the door (did you know a sheet with two holes cut out makes a great ghost?!).

Over recent years, costume companies have gotten creative with their “sexy” female getups, trying to capitalize on the fact that young women like to dress like sluts on Halloween (even if that means being a Sesame Street character?). And some retailers took it WAY too far (remember the Anna Rexia controversy of 2011?).

My favorite part about Halloween has never been seeing what crazy, creative costumes people will come up with. For me, it’s more about how people will dress up their dog.

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So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a post on Mashable pitting sexy chicks and adorable pugs head-to-head in costume.

Here’s a preview:

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IIIII know, right?!

Check out the whole thing here.

(Spoiler alert: hands down, pugs take it every time.)

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Workout Chic

I’ll admit it—I’m a shopping addict. I’ll indulge in fast fashion, shamelessly spend too much on shoes and spend more time putting together an outfit than I’d like to admit. Recently though my purchases have turned from girly-girl dresses and heels to yoga pants and sneakers.

I wish I could contribute this change to my newfound healthy lifestyle; unfortunately it’s mostly due to the new trend in fashionable workout clothes. That’s right, you don’t actually need a gym membership to look like you have one.

Workout clothes have evolved from unflattering, baggy sweatpants to colorful form fitting frocks that can be flattering for everyone. Although, athletic wear is hardly a new trend, from the bright spandex and legwarmers of the 1980s to the unflattering Juicy Couture sweat suits that we don’t ever want to remember from the early 2000s.

This time around is different, with fashion-forward bloggers mixing and matching workout attire with their everyday clothes to create comfy and versatile looks. Recently, blogger Leandra Medine of Manrepeller did an experiment for Glamour where she wore fitness clothes for five days straight. The result? She received more compliments in her gym gear than she had the previous week wearing regular clothes.

Over the past year or so, there has been a plethora of designer fitness collaborations ranging from Adidas by Stella McCartney to Heidi Klum for New Balance, which makes it almost too easy to be comfy AND chic. Pretty much, I don’t see who wouldn’t want to embrace this trend. The worst that will happen? You’ll actually start going to the gym.

Get inspired to workout (or not) below:

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If Lil Jon Can Do It, So Can You #TURNOUTFORWHAT

Hey kids — if you haven’t been living under a rock, you may know that we’ve got some voting coming up this November. Although I’m not well-versed in politics and the like, I AM well versed in Lil Jon banter… which is exactly the kind of response from a millennial “they” were looking for.

As many of you know, the “Rock the Vote” campaign has been well and alive since Madonna’s Rock The Vote Commercial in ’89, parodying her hit, “Vogue.” Since then, we have moved on from red bikinis hidden behind American flags and are on to bigger and better things… like Lil Jon at the President’s podium parodying his latest club rocker, “Turn Down For What,” or in this case, “Turn Out For What.”

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The video features some awesome cameos including Whoopi Goldberg (or Aunt Whoopi as Lil Jon calls her), Lena Dunham (why YES, Lil Jon asks her about the impending season of GIRLS), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie & OITNB bada$$ extraordinaire), E.J. Johnson (why are “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” relevant?), and more. Each cameo shares a line on why they are “turning out” to vote and include some patriotic confetti and interpretive dancing courtesy of “Lil Lena,” you guessed it — in a onesie.

What will you turn out for this year? Prison Reform? Reproductive Rights? Education? As they say — every vote counts. Find out where you can rock the vote here and #TURNOUTFORWHAT.

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40 Years of Love, Scandal, Sexiest Men Alive… and Taylor Swift

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People magazine turned 40 years old this year. And damn, she still looks good! I’m not up to speed when it comes to the best time-wasting activities like random iPhone apps, Reddit, etc., but I do have a guilty pleasure… and it’s People. Five minutes to kill? Let’s read about Sofia Vergara’s workout regimen. My pop culture knowledge is embarrassingly good. I always have that Jeopardy category in the bag (who needs World Geography and Literature anyway?).

Of course People celebrates its birthday in a big way with oodles of fun like 40 Years Later: Headline Makers Then & Now, an infographic of the top 10 celebs with the most People magazine covers, a look at other stars that turned 40 this year (Posh Spice??? I feel old.), and Taylor Swift recreating the first issue ever with Mia Farrow on the cover.

If my love for celeb news is big, my love for all things 70’s – 90’s is even bigger. Combine the two and I find myself pouring over this timeline of past People cover pages, reminding us that in some ways, history tends to repeat itself. A few favorites include:

-          1977: Farrah Fawcett loves the “new” trend of jogging! I wonder if she would like today’s Cross Fit/Pilates/Swinging from Ropes mash-up exercise.

-          1985: Mel Gibson is voted the Sexiest Man Alive. And now known as the sleaziest.

-          2000: “Britney Spears – Too Sexy, Too Soon?” Yes.

-          2007: Billy Ray Cyrus says of daughter Miley: “The biggest phenomenon in all this is that the kid’s been able to keep her head on her shoulders. She hasn’t flipped out. I’m going to knock on wood.”  Let’s all take a minute to let that one sink in……

Happy Birthday!

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That Time an 11-Year-Old Was Cooler Than You

I don’t know about you all but when I was around 11, my parents had me involved in anything and everything our little town had to offer. From the Tae Kwon Do classes, to the brief (and I mean, like, very brief) stint with piano lessons, my free time was spent in one extracurricular activity or another. But out of everything I did, one of my favorite activities happened to be my dance classes. I danced tap and jazz for several years and, believe you me, I thought…no, I knew I was good. I remember my parents’ friends coming up to them after my recitals to tell them how much of a “natural” I was and I enjoyed every single second of their praise. Now, whether I’m tearing up the dance floor at a club or memorizing a short routine for an audition, whenever anyone asks me about my dance experience I usually say to them, “Yeah, I used to dance when I was younger.” Well…I’m not so sure I feel very confident in saying that anymore. Why? Well, because of this girl:

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Her name is Taylor Hatala and if you’re not familiar with her, then block off a few minutes in your workday today so you can binge watch her YouTube videos.  You might be thinking, “Yeah cool, another viral dance video of some trying-to-be-famous kid.” And while that might be partially true, let us take a moment to marvel over the fact that this girl is 11 YEARS OLD!! A few weeks ago a video of Taylor dancing to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” started going viral, and today, with more than 8 million views, she has become an Internet sensation! People are marveling over her technique and the overall confidence that she exudes while dancing. And I’m not just talking about a few beginner-level “shuffle ball changes” guys – this girl gets down. I mean, even Ellen took notice and had her on her show, and that’s when you know you’ve made it!

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Last week another video of Taylor was released on YouTube, this time dancing to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” And once again, she totally kills it. It’s pretty amazing to see such young talent being recognized but I can’t help but hate Taylor a little bit. Not because she got to meet Ellen or because she’s a rising star (calm down Griff, you’ll get there) but rather because she makes my very own dancing as a youth (and let’s be honest, my present-day dancing) look completely irrelevant. So the next time I’m getting down at the club, I’m not going to channel my years as a child dancer, I’m going to channel me some Taylor Hatala!

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Bananas, Potatoes, and Carrots.

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Q. And what’s your name?

A. Hello, my name is Max and I live with Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis and Dysmotility (aka. I can only eat three foods).

Q. Holy smokes.  Could you help me understand what that is exactly?

A. I have severe reactions to food proteins.  For starters, there’s more letters in the abbreviation (FPIES) than I can literally eat.  One time, my mum fed me milk and I turned blue and I went to the doctors and they gave me a lollipop while they did some tests and I was allergic to that too.  All in all, I ended up being allergic to almost everything edible Planet Earth had to offer.

Q. What’s it like living with FPIES?  Do you have a tough time being normal?

A. Most of the doctors my mum and pops took me to see had not a clue what was wrong with me.  They definitely figured I was an alien.  I felt like an alien.  I was like an alien toddler.  Nobody understood me.   But truth is I’m really normal.  I like to roll around in the dirt and make goofy faces with my sister Halle and I love dinosaurs!  Dinosaurs are my favorite and before that photo was taken my mum had another outfit picked out for me, but I wore the dinosaur shirt instead.

Q. How do other kids at the nursery react?

A. Over at the nursery, I’m not allowed to sit and eat lunch with my friends because it’s way too dangerous.  If I get my hands on the tiniest crumb of something I can’t eat, I go into shock.  I have no clue what’s going on when it happens but it scares my mum and then it scares me, so I do my best not to eat anything other than bananas, potatoes, and carrots.

Q. So, what’s it like over at the nursery? Do they know about your trip to the hospital?

A. Other kids at the nursery are always curious.  I’ve become the fixation.  A few days ago I had to go to the hospital to get a food pump.  I’m not sure what they’re feeding me, but I don’t turn blue when I eat it!  And it fills me up!  I’m kind of nervous though because I have to stay at the hospital for eight weeks and I feel like that’s a really long time.  But If I start feeling better and it helps me than I’ll be so happy!

Q. Do the doctors think you’ll get better?  If not, how will you manage?

A. Some of the doctors think I’ll grow out of my allergies and some don’t.  If I don’t, then I want to spend my first week home finding banana, potato and carrot recipes online.  But if I do, then the first thing I’m going to try is mac n’ cheese.

Q. Good idea.  Anything else you’d like to add Max?

A. Um. My sister really wants to play tag, so can I think about it.

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