En Vogue

Vogue Cover May 2009

Picked up my new Vogue yesterday after reading an article trashing the mag for making their May 09 issue one all about models. The cover features nine famous faces in the industry at the moment, shot by Steven Meisel, the photographer who discovered/promoted them all, and who is featured in an interview and self portrait inside the magazine. The article I read said that Vogue should stop trying so hard to promote models, make them popular, or famous, and that the models should stay in the background. 

To them I say: no way!

Personally, I am open for pretty much anything, since I believe people’s lives are extremely interesting, no matter who they are. I feel like the idea of doing an expose of sorts on the models of the moment is a great idea! Since the public knows very little about models, and too much about celebrities. Models do quiet work, and we only catch glimpses of them on runways or backstage, and I can’t say I’ve ever seen a long interview of a model – discounting Gisele, Kate, Naomi, or the other huge ones. I am interested in reading about their lives and loves, since one Vogue feature is the “Meet the Boyfriends” article. But then again, I’m a total sucker for relationship goss. 

I haven’t read much of it yet, but I’m going to go do that now!

Also noticed: striking similarities between this issue & April Harper’s Bazaar. 


  1. Vogue features models (including Gisele); HB has Gisele on the cover. 
  2. Vogue has a feature of Natalia Vodianova (“The Great Pretender”) role-playing nine fashion legends; HB has Gisele personifying supermodels throughout the ages
  3. Vogue pays tribute to Steven Meisel, a great photographer known for discovering models; HB heralds Richard Avedon, another great photographer.


I wonder: do most people read both magazines? Or do the editors know that the public probably only reads one of the two? Or is it all a giant coincidence? Either way, it struck me that they were remarkably similar. Strange, very strange.


Night night, 


Frustration Station

What I wish I could announce over the PA system:

“Good evening bookstore customers. The time is now 9:45 and the store will be  closing in 15 minutes time, at 10 o’clock. If you have left any stacks of books on or beside chairs, coffee cups on shelves, or piles of magazines on the window sill, now would be a great time to put them back neatly, exactly where you found them, so that we don’t have to clean up after your piggyness. For your shopping convenience, we will re-open tomorrow morning, at 9:30 AM. Thank you for shopping at our store, and have a wonderful night”.

..Because honestly, sometimes it gets to be too much. Yes, I am there to shelve books, and mildly clean up after you. But I think it’s rude to leave piles of books sitting on tables or hundreds of magazines scattered. I mean, who does that?? I would actually never even do that, even before I worked at the bookstore. It’s RUDE. Don’t do it. You have no idea how annoying it is. Oh and while I’m at it: don’t just leave books/magazines from one shelf on another shelf. That’s how books get lost if somebody doesn’t notice, and that’s what you get mad at when you can’t find that one book. It’s your fault! Just leave them all on a kiosk or somewhere visible, if you must. If you must. Yeah, it’s my job, but only to a certain extent.

It’s a rant, folks. I’ll still perform my job, but every so often, screaming is necessary.


Xoxo, Gossip Girl

So I have a question: is Gossip Girl becoming as elitist as it’s characters? Does it want to exclude new viewers?

I admit this would be a silly thing to do for a tv show, considering ratings and whatnot, so maybe what I saw was just bad direction. I walked in on my sister watching the show and was immediately completely lost. The scene was so jumpy! It just kept jilting and pausing and going to new characters and having long silences. In retrospect, it was sort of terrible. The bad acting in the next scene by Blair Waldorf (god love her style) didn’t help matters either. Maybe I should bite my tongue until I watch the full episode but I felt the need to make a comment on it. I seriously hope it’s not going downhill for these reasons:

  1. The clothes are absolutely fabulous
  2. The actors are gorgeous
  3. I love watching glamour in action
  4. Kristen Bell has a sexy voice!

I’ve seen only a few episodes in the past (only a few, I never catch tv) and enjoyed them, but it was a bad scene I think! Confusing, shifty and not glamourous in the least.



Stop And Smell The Roses

So first “Loves” post. I have to go edit my categories after this. They are all messed up.

Latest Love: Fragrances. I’m totally obsessed. For my 18th birthday, I got Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Lil’ Angel, which, if you haven’t smelled, is positively angelic. No kidding. For a brief description, here you go:

Harajuku Lovers Fragrances are a special collection of fun, mostly fruity scents, designed by the queen bee herself, Gwen Stefani. There are five different ones: G (for Gwen), Love, Lil’ Angel, Music and Baby. They come in 30 and 10 mL bottles, about $45 and $30 respectively. Each comes with a little plastic doll that acts as a lid for the bottle: totally adorable! Each is styled for the Harajuku girl they represent in Gwen’s stellar clique, and all of them look sweet as sugar. My personal faves are G and Lil’ Angel, just because they have gorgeous notes, all the way to the base. Lil Angel is: “Raspberry, Cranberry, Blackberry, Pineapple, Pear Blossom, Violet, Rose, Lollipop Accord, Hinoki Wood, and Crystal Amber” while G sports “Mandarin, Coconut, Apple Skin, Jasmine Sambac, Freesia, Magnolia, Coconut Cream, White Sandalwood, and Cottonwoods”. Both mm-mm good, for sure. Check out the very-adorable-if-not-slightly-out-of-date-now website below.

Harajuku Lovers

Also, it is worth mentioning all my perfume escapades now; I might as well get it over with. Last Monday I went shopping with my fabulous friend, and we tried on some perfume in Sephora while we were there. I had read a little about Vera Wang’s new fragrance, Vera Wang Rock Princess, and tried it on a whim, since I had disliked the Princess fragrance, and definitely liked the sound of the new Rock Princess:

“She’d trade her tiara in for a new guitar, attend a concert instead of the prom—she is Rock Princess, the dynamic new fragrance by Vera Wang. It’s all about the music, the fashion, and the spirit with this edgy yet seductively sweet essence.  Each verse is equally captivating in the dark, fruity scent that channels sultry rock-star attitude. It takes the stage with an exhilarating intro of succulent white peach, bittersweet red raspberry, and an illuminating flash of vibrant bergamot. The chorus reveals itself in lovely layers of ultra-feminine florals. Hypnotic heliotrope, vintage-inspired rose, night-blooming jasmine, delicate lily, and an unexpected riff of sharp, spicy accents. The melody bridges to a finale, cloaking the essence in the warm, sensual glow of plush cashmere woods, smoldering musk, elegant iris, and creamy coconut. You will not forget her.”

So I tried her out, and no. I did not forget her. She stayed on all day, many long hours, through sweat and tears, and only came off when I showered late at night. What I liked best was the mild spiciness that seemed to happen around hour three or so. It was unexepected and delicious and I wanted to run back and buy it right then and there. But I restrained myself, god knows why. For more info on my NEXT fragrance, see the stunning photo which follows. It’s even a totally pretty bottle!

Vera Wang Rock Princess

Only one more, I swear. So. While we were still shopping around, we stopped into the department store to check out the really high end perfumes, the gorgeous, coveted ones. Chanel especially. There’s something just so glamourous about Chanel, and nobody can deny. We smelled all of them, special emphasis on no5. But guess what? It was a slight disappointment. I’d never smelled it before, she had, we both agreed: not all it’s cracked up to be. It smelled a tad like baby powder to be honest. Not so amazing. Perhaps my palette will develop more with time, and I’ll change my mind on it. But for now, it’s going to be Coco Mademoiselle. Which is positively  scrumptious. Immediate happiness upon smelling. Definite love! Talk about it:

“Sexy, fresh oriental fragrance recalls the irrepressible spirit of the young Coco Chanel. Blends of jasmine and rose.”

Anyways, whatever it is, it is gorgeous. One issue: Chanel’s website. Sorry Chanel, it is consistently messing up on me, giving me some odd script instead of photos! What’s the deal? But no worries tadpoles, I have a lovely photolink for you to check out la gorge  Coco Mademoiselle. Plus, it’s pink. C’mon.

Coco Mademoiselle

What a beaut. Anyways, I can’t go into much more detail, or I’ll begin to annoy myself. But I’ll drop a few names of other ones I like, or else I may have to make a whole new post, and that would be tragic. So other ones I like:

For Guys: Lacoste, Old Spice, Caroline Herrera 212 Sexy Men

For Ladies: Calgon Get Juic’d line in Pineapple Coconut or Mango Starfruit, Marc by Marc Jacobs Splash line in Lemon, Tomato or Rain, Stella by Stella McCartney.

I can’t think of any more, thank goodness. SO that’s my fragrance post, but no worries, I’m not a total product dweeb (well, sorta) and I do have other interests. Thankfully.

Peace, S.