Archive for September, 2008

Word of the Day

September 28, 2008

 

In the culture chapter of my tome,  Practically Posh: The Smart Girls Guide to a Glam Life, I write that one of the easiest ways to look more refined is to increase your vocabulary. So to help you on your road to enlightenment, here is a word that I had never heard before that I actually came across TWICE this morning: LOUCHE.

Louche is defined by websters as: “Dubious, shady, and disreputable.”

Here is how it is used in a sentence:

“In (the French film) ‘Tell No One’ Ms. Scott Thomas again plays an aristocrat of sorts, but one who is a little LOUCHE and completely at ease in her own skin.”

Another example:

“A month earlier, I’d written to Monsieur Gaultier and asked him to send me a list of the places in Paris that are the most meaningful to him. I knew that the selections made by an avatar of LOUCHE  glamour and subversive wit would provide a refreshing tonic to the City of Light’s inherent sentimentality.”

It’s occurring to me as I  write this that both of the articles that contained the word LOUCHE have a French context. Perhaps LOUCHE is a word commonly used in the Gallic language. Peut-être? I‘ll have to ask some French friends. Regardless, I think it is a clever word, and from now on I will deem everything questionable as LOUCHE!

Stay tuned for another brilliant “word of the day”. Until then, a bientôt smarties!

xxxoo-Robyn

Payless goes Posh!

September 26, 2008

NY Fashion week was a big fun blur, but one detail that managed to stay with me was hearing from Plum TV and fashion guru, Lauren Ezersky, that all the shoes at the Abaeté show were from for Payless. No wonder I filed that in the Practically Posh check-it-out box!

And so on a rainy day like today I did check out the payless.com site, and lo and behold: clever shoes designed by Laura Poretzky from Abaeté for Payless!

Love the “Nell Pleated Peep Toe”

I DIG the stud detailing and SEXY 4″ stiletto heel on this pewter peep toe pump. And their only $38!! Yeow!

 

The Abaeté for Payless line also has super cool suede bootines (killer with a cool dress!) and some rocking clutches. All the price points are Practically Posh!

Check ’em out  at www.payless.com

 

xxxooo, Robyn

Totally Twisted

September 25, 2008

So I have been coveting this disheveled damsel look for sometime, but was unsure how to achieve it. I experimented at home with braids, but the look was always more Pocahontas than Posh—until now.

Yesterday, my lovely little sister Bianca had a photo for her new fashion line: A Little Wicked, of which I will be blogging about A LOT. But what was especially cool was that the model rocked out the crown braids, so luckily I was on hand to see how it was done.

To get the look, the hair and makeup stylist, Jenni Kline (that’s her on left, the GORGEOUS model is Bianca’s friend Vanessa Ratnavich) started a French braid at the top left side of Vanessa’s head and continued brading across and around creating a crown. She bobby-pinned the end, then back combed pieces, so it looked wickedly messy, like a punk princess. This ‘do was surprisingly easy to DO, and looks good with our without bangs.

Such a pretty (and easy) way to wear your hair back. So long chignon, hello twisted sister!!

 

Xxxooo- Robyn

What kind of lingerie do boys like?

September 16, 2008

So last week at Fashion week here in NYC I visited the Victoria’s Secret Lounge in the Bryant Park Hotel, where in addition to free massages and food, they previewed a special collection of “Supermodel Obssesions.” The line was super cute and seemingly vintage inspired. I fell in LOVE with this jumper and went straight to the store THAT day to buy it. It was only $58, good deal!  I put it on before bed the next night and the next couple of nights to pretty much no word from my boyfriend. HMMM, what was up? 

Finally last night, I was really warm, so I chucked this number off, to which my boyfriend replied “Thank God!” “You hate my outfit, I KNEW you hated it!” I said. “Yeah, it doesn’t accentuate anything,”he said. “And, it looks like you’re wearing gym shorts that are hiked up to your waist.” 

Well, I don’t know how much truth I really needed to hear, but fair enough.  So what EXACTLY do men find sexy? I have to say in my experience, its not vintage pieces. I used to wear 50’s style slips with an old boyfriend, and he thought I looked too old-fashioned. His taste was questionable…

However, my current boyfriend has impeccable taste and loves vintage, so where’s the disconnect?

Maybe dudes just like when you put all out there, or maybe this piece was just too cutsey?

Whatever the reason, I’m keeping my baby, and will proudly wear it channeling my best ingenue, even if its for audience of none……

 xxxooo Robyn

Backstage at Fashion Week

September 7, 2008

 

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So after a full day of fashion week, I was chilling in the press area, which provided a respite from the madness of the masses in the lobby, but was frankly BORING: these journalists never stop WORKING. Luckily, a quick call to my in-the-know pal Anne of http://www.thejetsetgirls.blogspot.com, I found the place to be: BACKSTAGE.

 

 

I made my way through the models and makeup and hair people until I found what I was looking for: the coveted backstage lounge, where the champagne flows and the pretty people (and some CHEESEY ones) play. W Hotels had a VIP lounge that felt like a daytime disco, replete with a DJ and flowing vodka. Best yet were the snacks of chips and Pop Rocks, major!

I popped and locked for a while, then bounced to the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge where I sipped (I’m a lady!) champagne and enjoyed a veggie foccacia sandwich. Know that’s the Practically Posh way to relax.

 

Xxxxxooo Robyn

 

 

Me and Adrian Grenier go green

September 6, 2008

My first foray into fashion week was a green excursion as I attended the Be EcoChic Fashion show at the Museum of Natural History, where under a giant life-size replica of a whale cool models and celebs like Lauren Hutton, Alek Wek, Patti Hansen, and Ugly Betty’s Mark Indelicato, rocked out sustainable fashions by Loomstate, Carmen Marc Valvo, Sean John, DKNY, and Edun among others.

But my highlight was rubbing organic cotton elbows with Entourage’s eco-babe Adrian Grenier. He is as hot in person as on screen and his emerald eyes REALLY make me ga-ga for green. 

He talked about the challenges of living a green life, and was excited about his green makeover show Alter Eco, which airs on Planet Green.  Sexy and environmentally sensitive, I’ll be tuning in!

 

 

 Alter Eco Show

I kissed Chace Crawford!

September 4, 2008

 

 

Watching the recorded Gossip Girl premiere last night which was set in the Hamptons, reminded me of my own encounter with the cast a couple of weeks, and the kissing that ensued when I found out Chace was down with cougars (I am on the WAY younger side, a cougerette really).

Check it out:

Gossip Girl season premier party

I’m back!

September 3, 2008

Hello all!

After a hectic summer in the Hamptons, I am back in NYC and ready for action! Project #1: Fashion Week. I’ll be covering all the fun and fodder in the tents and beyond, so stay tuned as I bring you the  Iatest looks and (of course) those worth the $$$$!

I’m especially excited about the Target “Pop Up” Bodega stores, which are mini-stores opening for fashion week, and featuring clothes, accessories, and home decor from Anya Hindmarch, Rachel Ashwell, Keenan Duffty, and Sigerson Morrison. I have been on a shopping boycott as I’m apartment hunting, but this event I think I can afford, yeow!!!!

Back to you soon, besos, xxooo Robyn