Marc Jacobs' spring 2009 collection presented a mash-up of of American themes—from the New Frontier to Nineties grunge—all paired with piled on accessories and armfuls of bangles. We've selected some of the most wearable looks to be discounted at the Outnet this week, inspired by the Valentine's Day weekend and ready for the spring season.
Have you noticed? The sun is sticking around a little longer these days and the temperatures are steadily rising. Does that mean we should be doing anything differently to take care of our delicate tresses? To find out, I've asked the advice of Herbal Essences stylist Charles Baker Strahan, who has styled the likes of Leighton Meester and Lindsay Price, to name a few.
"Hydration is key as we walk towards warmer weather," advised Strahan. The combination of being out in the sun, flat-ironing, blow-drying, and/or curling, robs hair of moisture, therefore causing hair to react more to the dryness and humidity in the air. "Healthy, well-hydrated hair responds better to heat styling and allows styling agents to do their job more effectively," he said.
To put moisture back into weak locks, Strahan recommends Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.30 each). "There are three versions so regardless of your hair type, you can get the hydrated base you need," he added. So long, misbehaved manes.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, Spring is probably not your favorite time of year. All the pollen floating around causes sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and sinus congestion, which can make a person miserable. Here are some ways to avoid this plant allergen.
- Limit your outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Pollen counts are usually highest in late morning and early afternoon. Emission of the allergen starts between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. High temps, high humidity, and wind all increase pollen count. Pollen counts are the lowest after it rains. You can also check the local pollen count where you live by going to weather.com.
- Exercise indoors at a gym or in your home.
- Change your clothes after you've been outside to avoid coming into contact with pollen that might be sticking to them.
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The Garden Gun 5.1 designed by the Design Reaktor Berlin is deliberately ironic and playful, seeing as water is the source of all life. I can see children and grownups alike having fun with it, emulating action figures or Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith on their suburban lawns. Do you think it sends the wrong message or is it just fun and games?
Hooray for warmer weather and longer days. Isn't Spring the best? Well, not for everyone because 'tis the season when allergy symptoms rear their ugly heads: congestion, runny noses, sneezing, asthma, as well as agonizing pain and pressure around your eyes and forehead. Here are some ways to relieve sinus congestion.
- Make an appointment with an allergist to find out what's triggering your congestion since it could be dust under your bed, the mold or mildew in your bathroom, or pollen outside. After determining that your best friend's new kitty is causing your symptoms, you can avoid the trigger to ease your congestion.
- If you can't figure out the trigger or it's impossible to avoid, talk to your doctor about allergy medication. I'm a fan of nasal sprays since they clear up congestion but don't cause any other annoying side effects like dry mouth or drowsiness. You may have to take the medication for a week or two to start feeling results.
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Trend de la Creme is a Coutorture Network Partner and our resident comparison contributor--her ability to match runway images and natural phenomena is truly remarkable. This week marks her first foray into the Spring 2009 collections and it's an intense start for sure. Erin Fetherston (before she moved onto a more structured silhouette) showed a Spring 2009 collection with a number of billowing frocks. Trend de la Creme noticed a comparison immediately--between those frocks and the mushroom clouds produced by nuclear bombs. Probably not what Fetherston had in mind but there's no denying the resemblance.
>> Chanel and Dior may go full-out with couture presentations, but Donatella Versace prefers to do private appointments in January for Atelier Versace. A gown from her pleat-centric Fall 2008 collection made it to the Oscars on Marisa Tomei last weekend, and now that that's over, it's time for the big reveal: Spring 2009. The collection, modeled by Georgina Stojiljkovic, who seems to be Donatella's favorite couture model, focuses on ruffled red carpet-ready gowns, with a couple of whorled cut-out confections thrown in for good measure. Sketches included.