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I’m Hating on Marsala Tonight


Pantone Color of the year via

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There’s a company out there known as Pantone.  According to Wikipedia, it is the worldwide color-picker and we’re supposed to love what it loves:

Annually Pantone declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; for example, the color for summer 2013 was chosen in London in the spring of 2012. The color purportedly connects with the zeitgeist; for example the press release declaring Honeysuckle the color of 2011 said “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.” The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View ($750), which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.


A few weeks ago Pantone decided that Marsala is next year’s color.  Period.  That means Pantone wants us to wear their color, decorate with it, put it on our lips, paint with it and everyone from QVC to Burbury is undoubtedly scrambling to put stuff out in that color as we speak.

Ugh. It’s a drab, depressing red. Dusty. Been there done that during the Queen Victoria era. My grandmother, who was born in 1896, would have loved it.

I hate it.

Just sayin’.  Buy. By.






December 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM Leave a comment

Americans Know More About What Colors Not to Wear After Labor Day Than They Do About the Minimum Wage

Take MSNBC’s Labor Day quiz:

How much do you know about Labor Day?

What color not to wear after Labor Day wins.

Labor Day Quiz re min wage


Labor Day quiz #2

The move to dumb down education in the U.S. is a success!  Yippee.  The corporatocracy is cheering!


August 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM Leave a comment

Illinois Middle School Says Girls Can’t Wear Leggings. What’s Next? Burkas?

Geezus.  For real?  In 2014?  In the United States of America?

Middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill., are picketing for the right to wear leggings. Sophie Hasty, 13, told the Evanston Review that teachers at Haven Middle School informed female students this month that leggings are “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.


The lesson to be taught here is to boys, not girls.

What’s next?  Burkas?  The Taliban forces women to wear burkas for exactly the same reason…boys and men just can’t control themselves when they look at the female body…even if it’s covered in leggings.  Males can be so weak when it comes down to it but, natch, women and girls pay the price because men wield the power.  They’ve got the guns.

Burkas via Nitin Madhav (USAID)  Wikimedia Commons

(Image Nitin Madhav (USAID) via Wikimedia Commons)

You go Sophie!

March 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM 1 comment

Kohl’s Selling Real Rabbit Fur Accessories Marked “Faux”

Check out this press release from the Humane Society of the United States:

Rabbit via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Independent laboratory testing confirms accessories being sold on and promoted as “faux-fur” are actually made with real rabbit fur. The Humane Society of the United States is issuing a consumer warning about the falsely advertised products on Cyber Monday – one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.

HSUS investigators purchased several different styles of Nicole Lee Fabiola brand handbags, which were prominently advertised as having “faux-fur” trimming, from in October and November.  However, upon examination, the handbags were found to be trimmed with animal fur, and laboratory testing determined the fur to be from a rabbit.

Selling animal fur as “faux fur” on a handbag is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in commerce and carries a civil penalty of up to $16,000 per violation.

Pierre Grzybowski, research and enforcement manager for the Fur-Free Campaign of The HSUS, said: “Consumers should be aware that animal fur is still being sold as ‘faux’ by major retailers – in this case Kohl’s. We’re calling on Kohl’s to adopt a fur-free policy and more robust quality control program, and urging consumers to learn how to tell animal fur from fake fur so they can shop with confidence.”

More than 75 million animals, including rabbits, raccoon dogs, mink, bobcats, foxes and even domestic dogs and cats, are killed annually to make unnecessary fur products.


So is real fur cheaper than faux fur?  I mean, why would Kohls use real fur instead of faux fur if it wasn’t?

My grandmother had what I guess would be called a scarf or a shoulder wrap made out of a dead fox.  The head was still attached and the clasp operated by opening and closing the dead fox’s mouth.  I’ll never forget it. I was 9, 10 and 11-years-old back then and the sight of that scarf horrified me.  The poor thing had little orange and brown glass eyes.  Having the head attached kind of brings home how the garment is made, if you know what I mean.  If we’re going to slaughter 75 million animals (!) to use as fur “products,” maybe we should leave the heads on and see if people still think wearing real fur is cool.

December 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM Leave a comment

Oh No, That Guy Wore The Same Suit Last Month!

Tell me if you think we’d ever see an article like this about a guy.  Or, this is how sexist and petty the D.C. media is:

Somebody Spot Janet Yellen Some New Threads

Whether Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s latest pick to head the Federal Reserve, proves to be the financial genius our sputtering economy so desperately needs, remains to be seen.

At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture.

Here’s the black-on-black ensemble she sported last month when President Barack Obama officially nominated her:

Janet Yellen via JewelSamad:AFP:Getty Images via

(Image: JewelSamad/AFP/GettyImages via


And then the bored-out-of-his-mind moron who thinks this is important news goes on to show a photo of Yellen in the same outfit today when she appeared on Capitol Hill for her confirmation hearing.

Imagine someone saying the same thing about a guy wearing the same suit during two appearances a month apart.  It would never happen.

If this isn’t clear evidence that the “liberal media” will pick at anything, ANYTHING, having to do with the Obama administration, I don’t know what is.

Not only that, Yellen is arguably going to be one of the most powerful people on the planet if she’s confirmed.  Is nitpicking about her clothes what immediately comes to mind here?  Really?

Yes America.  You’re being dumbed down big time.

November 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM Leave a comment

Sexist Guy Learns About Victim Blaming

Mini Skirts via

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LOVE this:

omg i just witnessed a horribly hilarious thing

i’m in a mixed group with some students, discussing sexual assault. i asked if anyone feels like assault is the victim’s fault, to raise their hand. one boy raised his hand and started to explain that girls who wear revealing clothing, or get excessively drunk should be held responsible for whatever happens. he was about to say something else when one girl got up AND DECKED HIM SO HARD HE BLACKED OUT FOR TWO MINUTES

when he came to, he’s all, “why’d the fuck you hit me?!”

“if you weren’t just standing there when i decided to start swinging wildly, you wouldn’t have gotten hit. it’s your own fault. see how victim blaming works?”




October 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM Leave a comment

The 2013 Fall Fashion Colors are UGLY

I’ve had my eye on this vest from LandsEnd for a year.  It’s on sale so when I was cruising around today I thought hum, maybe I’ll spring for it.  I love the color; the Tanzanite blue.

While wasting time (I’m always kind of lethargic after spending the morning at the food bank), I remembered that there are people who decide what colors we’re supposedly going to want to buy during the next “fashion season” and I decided to do the Google for Pantone, the folks who make that decision for the cosmos.

Check out the U-G-L-Y colors Pantone wants us to love come September:

Pantone Colors for Fall 2013 via

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I decided to buy that Tanzenite blue vest before it’s disappeared in deference to the drab colors above.  The “emerald” might be good if it were more on the turquoise side and the “carafe” is ah, meh, but other than that, LET ME OUT OF HERE!  Oh, and I hate the “Miykonos Blue.” So depressing.



August 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM 2 comments

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