Whether it's the Pinterest-worthy rainbow layer cake depicted on a slouchy sweatshirt, an insulated food bag stamped #lunch, or a gizmo to snap the perfect selfie, social media is at the center of this year's back-to-school purchases.
Spanx has expanded from sleek, slimming underwear into the field of everyone's favorite outerwear: jeans. The company, whose foundation garments have been helping women fit smoothly into work and special occasion clothes since the year 2000, introduced jeans in two styles, several cuts and three washes this summer.The Signature, $148, has a wide panel, control-top midsection with a slimming waistband and it zips on the side. The Slim-X, also $148, has a regular waistband, but promises to "tame your tummy, trim your thighs and lift your rear." We caught up with Spanx founder Sara Blakely to find out more.
When it comes to style influence beyond the flickering blue box, few Emmy-nominated shows can begin to hold a cathode ray tube to "Mad Men." But as Don Draper & Co. are close to shuffling off to the great walk-in closet in the sky, it's worth looking at how some of the other shows vying for Emmy gold this year have affected what the world is wearing.
The old things-to-do list is always there, isn’t it? Funny how some things are on the list for days, weeks, maybe even months before finally getting checked off. Those are the things we don’t necessarily want to do, and there is no immediate need to get them completed.
It isn’t necessarily news you can use, but I’ll admit morning television can be food for thought. While I read the newspaper in the morning, a morning talk show gives me “pop news,” the weather everywhere but here (thank goodness for local cut-ins) and topics that will be discussed “around the water cooler.”
As if we didn’t have enough effects of gravity to worry about, now there’s “tech neck.” No, it’s not that your neck is stiff from clamping your cellphone between your shoulder and your ear. It’s a wrinkle. Yes, a wrinkle caused from constantly looking down at your phone, iPad or other device.
Looking at the 16-year-old girl propped against the window of an airplane headed to Paris, it was difficult to imagine this person was Jamie, our granddaughter, who, like her older sister, decided on Paris for her 16th birthday trip with me. She was a little girl dancing around our house in a tutu not long ago.
Many people talk out loud to themselves. Sometimes I do especially if I’ve done something stupid, forgetful or thoughtless. Out comes, “Bing, you idiot,” or some such sentence. Frequently, I ask a question when there is no one there to answer.
After emceeing a large number of fashion shows over the past three decades, I must admit I have a few favorites, and the annual Divas on a Dime might top the list. Not many fashion shows leave you inspired.
Those of you who are not basketball fans may be tired of hearing about the wildly successful season the Wichita State men’s and women’s basketball teams have had. But the good news for the rest of us is there’s more to come.
Remember when you marveled at how your grandparents and parents could recall in detail things that happened many, many decades ago? Granny told me exactly how she met Grandpa more than 50 years earlier. I was amazed. Then there are the Beatles on a recent television special, showing them performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 50 years ago. No way. Yes, it is true. It’s been a half-century, and I remember it well.