April 17, 2008

Best Underwear Discovery Of The Year

I used to insist on natural fibers only next to my skin. But people can change. And as the Democrats are constantly reminding us, change is good. (Most especially when one is talking about change of underwear; I think we'd all agree on that.)

So now I'm a microfiber girl. Not only is Calvin Klein's 365 Microfiber Stretch Bikini the most awesome underwear ever, I have discovered that its male counterpart is gauranteed to drive me nutty whenever my man wears 'em. Touchably soft, hehe.

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May 18, 2007

80's Neon Making A Comeback?

Say it ain't so.

My parents, I'm sure, have pictures of seven-year-old Annie sporting the Madonna net vest, the dangly beaded earrings, the pleated skirt with dance tights, and most importantly the day-glo tanktop with matching socks and L.A. Gears.

[Those pictures must never see the light of day.]

But now I hear day-glo is making a comeback!

the current revival of black tights, black vests, winkle-pickers, porkpie hats, white-rimmed Ray-Bans, skinny jeans, skinny ties, skinny belts, crimped hair, asymmetrical hair, lace gloves, shoulder pads, pleated pants, bandage skirts, metal mesh and checkered Vans should have made the point that the ’80s was a decade rich in ideas so bad they were good enough to repeat. But neon? Wasn’t that the color of Boy George’s hair in 1984?

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This spring smartly dressed women are taking their cues from the bursts of daffodils and tulips that make the drab concrete of city streets seem pleasingly vibrant, as if they were outlined with a highlighter. Their recipe is quite simple, in that they have taken Coco Chanel’s adage about accessories and turned it backward: Pile on all the beige, cream and navy you like, look in the mirror and then add one more piece in neon.

What's up for next season? Acid wash? Swatches? Flashdance sweatshirts? Oh no. Please let it not be the jellies. For the love of God, not the jellies.

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May 02, 2007

Possibly The Last Fash-ism Post Ever

So I better make it good, huh?

I predicted the return of the peep-toe, I celebrated the year of the wedge heel, and I got completely blindsided by this season's gingham revival.

Combine all three fabulous trends and this is what you get.

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For the girls, here's my recommendation for that upcoming Memorial Day barbecue or pool party, where you know you'll need to make an impression because he might be there.

Combine these wedges with some tailored shorts and sleeveless point collared blouse? I think so! To avoid the inevitable Mary-Ann comparisons, stay with solid colors. Re fabrics, linen adds class and you'll feel as cool as you look holding that fruity drink. Let your outfit do the flirting for you. I know you'll thank me when it's over.

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February 25, 2007

Today's Travel Tip

From now on, when traveling by air, I plan to wear only cow-print clothing. Might as well dress the part.

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October 26, 2006

Meanwhile, Back In The Seventh Century

Australia's leading moslem dude says any chick who's not dressed like this...

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...is just asking to get raped.

Sheik Hilali was quoted as saying: "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside ... without cover, and the cats come to eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat's? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab [the headdress worn by some Muslim women], no problem would have occurred."
Well, let's see, that means pretty much every female in the western world, I guess — including you, me, your sister, your mom, etc. We're all pieces of meat waiting to get eaten by a gang of cats.

Nice religion, assholes.

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October 21, 2006

"Teach Your Children Well"

Check out the amazing transformation of a woman into a "model." The video, from Dove's Real Beauty campaign is at Beth's. It's an important message, as Beth says, "especially if you have daughters."

Dove's campaign site is here.

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September 16, 2006

Two Wild And Crazy Guys

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[It's the leisure suit. The guy's fashion sense hasn't changed since his embassy storming days.]

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September 08, 2006

I'm Shoe Blogging At 6MB

Check out Laurie Dhue's shoes at 6MB.

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July 06, 2006

Happy Birthday To The Bikini

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the bikini.

No, not this bikini.

I'm talking about this kind!

So scandalous was the first modern-day bikini that the only female free-spirited enough to pose in one was a stripper. Parisian engineer-turned-designer Louis Reard released the suit at a fashion shoot on July 5, 1946. It was cut high on the hip, but the really stunning feature was that it bared the navel, a part of the body that in modern history had been off-limits for public display.

The tiny two-piece shocker signaled the coming transformation of attitudes toward the body. Still, it would take more than a decade for most American women to get comfortable with wearing the skimpy suit.

The baring of the belly button was the big hurdle.

"I can't think of any situation in the thousand years before the '60s when it was acceptable to show the navel, '' said Kevin Jones, a curator and fashion historian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Maybe so, but as the article points out, the bikini wasn't invented in 1946. It was only re-introduced. According to Wikipedia (font of all knowledge) "Two-piece garments worn by women for athletic purposes have been observed on Greek urns and paintings, dated as early as 1400 BC."

Here's a scene from the famous Roman "bikini girls" mosaic at the Villa Romana del Casale in Italy, which dates to the early 4th Century A.D.

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(The chick on the left demonstrates something the Romans liked to call "nipplae slipae.")

Over the course of this blog, I've done a couple of bikini related posts. Let's take a look back, shall we?

Two years ago, I linked to a swimwear poll, which revealed that 7 out of 10 women own a bikini, and California girls prefer low-rise bottoms, while East coast girls like a mid-rise.

Last winter, I went all out and did a bikini fashion preview. In that post I predicted that polka dots would be "in," and I was right. I saw polka dots all over the place. Speaking of nipus slipus, that was the post where I coined the term ""dunstation."

I'll probably toast the bikini's 60th birthday with a fruity drink and a swim after work. That sounds like a plan. How will you celebrate?

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June 20, 2006

Tuesday Night Shoe Porn

The world's greatest blogger once had a tip jar, just so he could get a cheapo car.

I however, need a set of wheels like these:

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Anybody wanna flow annika's journal a spare thou, so she can cruise the Westside in style?

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June 13, 2006

Want To Make £100?

England's The Sun newspaper will pay you £100 if they use your picture in the paper. All you have to do is wave the flag of St. George next to some local landmark, to show yourself as England's "furthest flung fan."

Hey, if I sent in a picture of myself next to the Hollywood sign, butt naked and waving a crusader symbol, I could be a page 3 girl, earn roughly $184.24, and piss off some islamofascists all at the same time!

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May 27, 2006

How Come Nobody Told Me About This Place?

Here's another reason this NoCal girl prefers SoCal these days: the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

When I told Betty that I needed some shoes and pants for work, she said, "I know just the place." Now I've been to the Vacaville outlets many times, and when I'm in Sacramento I usually go to the Folsom outlets, but neither compares to the Disneyland for shoppers known as Camarillo. I understand now how people can afford to live in L.A. The money you can save here is good for at least a couple of mortgage payments.

They got Nine West, Ann Taylor, Diesel, Bebe, Nike, Saks, Jones New York, Big Dog, the list goes on and on. The place was packed with people. I got a $70 pair of platform slides for $39 and the perfect khaki pencil skirt for work. Also a Timberland shirt for the boyfriend's birthday coming up. Unfortunately the summer shorts I've been needing eluded me. I have to go back.

Two additional attractions: it's on the flight path of the Camarillo airport and it's next door to a bunch of strawberry farms. I think I saw a P-38 landing, and afterwards we drove down the road and got fresh strawberries. So I'm a happy camper.

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May 10, 2006

These Might Be Good On Chloe

... or perhaps: The feminine answer to the shoe bomber?

Shoes that double as a stun gun.

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But I like to think I can send a man 100,000 volts just by smiling!

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Via, Janette, Beth, Beth at SondraK's, LindaSoG, and Feisty, oh hell the whole Cotillion should get some!

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April 12, 2006

Coolest Thing On The Internets Of The Day

Ever wish you could dress up your favorite stars? What would you do if you were the stylist for celebrities like Johnnie Depp, Amanda Bynes, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Bo Bice, or Nicole Richie, just to pick a few names at random from this awesome site.

Playing with this stuff is like being a little girl again. But I also get to snark at celebrities, which is always adult time fun.

Charlize with red hair and Pat Benatar lipstick/eye shadow? I just click a few boxes and there she is. And she looks awful. Maria Sharapova as a goth? Horrible.

Want to watch manic Angelina on the catwalk? Look in the games section. You can change her clothes instantly as she marches to an unheard soundtrack.

Craziest thing though. Even with access to Jessica Simpson's wardrobe, I still can't find a damn thing to wear.

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October 05, 2005

Hello Love...

mmmmm wow.

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August 06, 2005

Jeopardy With annika, Round 23

The category is "Fash-ism," for $300. It's a video clue.

Trevor is in the lead with $1600, Casca has $1200, Victor has $1100, Phil has $500, Skippy and D-Rod have $400 each, Jasen has $300, Ken and Kyle have $200 each. Astoundingly, the two Daily Doubles still haven't been found.


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August 02, 2005

Flip-Flops In The News Again

Wearing flip-flops for certain occasions is not only something that can get you in trouble, it can also get you killed!

Or maybe just seriously injured.

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July 27, 2005

Jeopika With annardy, Round 13

The category is "Fash-ism," for the big 500.

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July 17, 2005

Jeopardy With annika 4

The category is "fash-ism," for 200.

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Jeopardy With annika 3

Victor has the board. The category is "fash-ism." for 100.

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