Have you ever shopped at high end retail stores and watched enviously as the sales associates effortlessly gift wrapped package after package into Christmas perfection? No? Ok, so maybe that was just me. But coming from a family where my father used to descend into the basement to wrap his presents, we can only assume that power tools were involved in the process, perfect packaging was a rarity. Now, as I grew up, I became like most of America, reasonably proficient at wrapping a squarish parcel without resorting to a vise grip and table saw. However, I will admit, any odd shaped packages still got shoved in a bag, or if they were too large, my mother’s yuletide favorite, a laundry sack. Continue reading
Christmas is just around the corner and cars all over America have been driving the highway heavily laden with Christmas trees. And my car was no different last weekend. Now when I say Christmas tree, I’m envisioning a fluffy fir tree trimmed with white lights and teal, green, and silver colored ornaments. Hey, so it’s not the traditional red and green, but I like to be a little different. Now, let’s pause for a moment on the words, a little, different. Because I found a tree that’s been making headlines this week due to it being decidedly more than, ‘a little’ different. Now by different I don’t mean that they’ve hung it upside down, or covered it in meat a la Lady Gaga… that would just be gross. This tree is different in the fact that it is made entirely, from its base to the star at its summit, out of pure gold. Continue reading
The weather is turning colder and that can only mean one thing… that is, if you really like Victoria’s Secret. So, essentially, this one’s for the dudes, and ladies who like diamonds no matter where they’re located. Anywho, the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show is just around the corner and every year we get a bit of a sneak peak which includes one chosen model and…
Remember that post on the diamond skull where I claimed that everything was better if it was encrusted with diamonds? Well, wrong again, but this time its diamond covered lingerie. That’s right; the famed Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is approaching and with every VS show, comes the Fantasy Bra. (I feel that there should be appropriately dramatic music here, but since these blogs don’t come with a soundtrack feature we shall press on.)
Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasy Bra has been making headlines. Worn by catwalk legends such as Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Claudia Schiffer, the Fantasy Bra is every Angel’s dream; a dream that comes true for very few models. Miranda Kerr, who wore the famed bra in 2011 said of the experience, “I have always wanted to wear the Fantasy Bra”. “It’s really special”. It’s true; there is something very special about these bras, very special, meaning very costly. With the first installment, the Million Dollar Miracle bra, which retailed for, you guessed it, $1 million, the sparkly undergarments were poised to make history. And four years later, Gisele Bundchen strutted down the catwalk wearing a record breaking Fantasy Bra and panties worth a staggering $15 million. This year’s look is definitely worthy of it’s spot in the coveted tradition and is poised to make a splash.
Nope, you’re not seeing double. This year, in a surprising twist, Victoria’s secret not only took the show out of it’s traditional New York setting and moved it to oh-so-chic and cosmopolitan London, they’ve raised the stakes even higher by having not one, but two Fantasy Bras each valued at a royal sum of 2 million dollars and worn by two of Victoria’s Secret’s most famous bodies, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.
Which, considering that last year’s offering, ironically dubbed ‘The Royal’ (forshadowing much?), topped out at 10 million dollars, is downright thrifty. Maybe they had to offset the cost of jetting a whole plane full of models across the pond? But, cost aside, let’s take a closer look at these two dazzling creations which were “inspired by the magic of faraway lands”, took skilled artisans over 1300 hours to complete and tip the scales at over 10,000 carats of diamonds and gemstones.
According to the Victoria’s Secret website, Adriana Lima’s blue bra and matching chain set include over 10,000 precious gems including amethysts, topaz, sapphires, agate, and diamonds hand set in 18k yellow gold. And when they say chain set they aren’t kidding. Any guesses as to how many people it took to wrestle all of those bejeweled ropes, tassels, and fringes all over her body? It’s not that the set isn’t impressive, it is, but I can’t help but feel that all of the hoopla is detracting from what is, in truth, a really pretty bra.
And don’t even get me started on Alessandra’s getup. While she has nearly half the gemstones at 5,833, including red garnets, sapphires, blue topaz, and diamonds,
sidebar: I really feel for the poor guy who has to count all of those
she has what appears to be twice the amount of random chains, arm swags, etc. flapping around. I’m honestly surprised they didn’t strap a giant garnet to her head to complete the Arabian Nights motif.
I guess what i’m trying to say is, it’s called the Fantasy BRA not the Fantasy body chain, swag, fiesta. Sometimes less is more and at least for this year, the designers should have taken a page out of Coco Chanel’s book, looked in the mirror, and taken 82 pieces off before they left the house.
But the main question every year is not, is it a beautiful bra, because it is, but will it sell? Contrary to popular belief, the Fantasy Bra is not created as a showpiece. It is created to sell, and for quite a lot of money. However, only one has ever sold, and it was the very first, and very cheapest at a budget friendly $1 million. I think the reason is that there are so many things to spend millions of dollars on, and diamond studded bras just don’t rank that high up on the list. On my list they would fall miles behind things like mansions, yachts, and the Elizabeth Taylor diamond ring.
However, with all of that being said, I’m sure it would make a nice addition to anyone’s home décor. Because let’s face it, you can’t wear the thing. Besides it being ostentatious as all get out, it was made to fit a teeny, tiny supermodel. Although even if it did fit, I wouldn’t wear it as a bra. I personally think that it has gone beyond underwear and has become embellished enough to be worn as a top. I say throw that baby, minus the chains, on and hit the clubs, with a couple of body guards of course!
Now I want to hear what you think! Is this year’s duo of Fantasy Bras jaw-droppingly gorgeous, or a jaw-dropping waste of money? Would you buy one, and if so would you wear it? Catch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight!
It’s nearly Thanksgiving and we’ve been thinking over all of the things that we’re thankful for. So I made a list, and fair warning it’s fairly sparkly. I know… surprise surprise, but I hope you can bring yourself to enjoy it anyways! : ) Continue reading
Are you like many people out there and really dislike your birthstone? Well here’s a fresh take on picking your signature stone. The fashion mavens over at JCK have come up with a comprehensive guide to gemstones matching their vibrant hues with your hair and eye color. We especially love the caveat at the bottom saying that diamonds are perfect for everyone. We could not agree more!
The term ‘engagement photo’ brings to mind a whole slew of things. Everything from your parents saying, “There was never any of this nonsense around when WE got engaged”, or perhaps they’re whipping out that old leatherette bound horror film filled to the brim with baby blue bell bottom tuxes and ruffled shirts. No? Just me then? Even in the past decade there has been a huge leap in engagement photography moving it beyond just being a passport photo that happens to have two people in it. So how do you get from a Sears style portrait session so uncomfortable that you end up having to sub in another friend as your fiance because the man in question CAN NOT SMILE without looking completely creepy, to a beautiful engagement photo that showcases your relationship with each other?
These fun and sometimes surprising facts, compiled by BRIDES magazine, run the gamut from what month is the most popular time to put a ring on it, to whether or not that rock was a surprise or not. Wow that just got a bit Seussical on you there for a bit. Sorry about that. But onward to the trivia! I’m sure these will help you out the next time you’re on jeapordy… or not, but at least we’re having a good time right? Yep, thought so. Continue reading
Yep, the leaves are turning, the weather is cooling… it’s definitely fall. And with that comes one of our favorite things, pumpkin flavored, well, anything! From pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks to fragrant pumpkin bread in all of the stores and restaurants, nothing makes you feel all warm and cozy like the smell of pumpkin infused treats. Which is why we’ve combed the internet to find the very best and pumpkin-iest recipes to try this fall. Trust us, they’re delicious!
The world is in the grip of a tremendous energy crisis. From petrol to your cellphone, power is in short supply. Yet we can’t seem to part with any of them. We can’t live without our SUVs or our iPhones. But how far would we be willing to go for our fix? What would you give to keep leveling up in Candy Crush? We know that you’ll spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars, but would you spend something a bit more personal? A bit more macabre? Israeli designer Naomi Kishner thinks we will. With her collection, aptly named Energy Addicts, Kishner probes the limits of our dependency on electricity.
Many say that they would rather give up their life than live without their smartphone or tablet. Well Kishner is ready to call you on that boast, in a big way. But she doesn’t want your body… she wants your blood. Continue reading