RHOC: “Where do people go to shop, or to Nordstrom?”

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Real Housewives is, at its core, a show about small but abject suburban horrors. Although last night’s episode was the kind of quasi-filler that the series serves up every three or four weeks to fill out the season, it was subtly packed with the kind of stuff that would drive even the most stable McMansion dweller to guzzle some white wine and start a fight at an outdoor cocktail party.

First, the most horrible of the episode’s horrors: the notion of being trapped in a car for 21 hours while driving through the literal middle of nowhere with Noted Nutcase Vicki Gunvalson, two small children who still need to use the bathroom constantly in spite of a complete lack of bathrooms in the desert, and a post-surgical bacterial infection that has left you in incredible pain and is potentially threatening the use of one of your legs. That’s the nightmare situation in which poor, sweet, real-life decent human Brianna found herself for most of the episode, and if you wanted to pick a good word to describe how it felt, you wouldn’t go wrong with “harrowing.”

Brianna was leaving Oklahoma nominally because she wanted to come back to Southern California to see different doctors, but probably also (and maybe even mostly) because her mother is lonely and needy and Brianna felt guilty for trying to be a real human being far away from reality TV when she didn’t technicallyhave to be. It meant leaving her husband halfway across the country to settle his retirement from the Marines and sell the house before joining her, but Brianna has proved to be nothing short of an incredible daughter in the ten years we’ve been following her, even if her dedication to Vicki is often to her own detriment and occasionally requires her kid to take a dump on the side of the road.

Brianna ended up in the emergency room at the end of the trip, and when she got out, she still had antibiotic delivery systems poking out of her and a bum arm, in addition to the bum leg. Despite Brianna being more or less doubled over in various sorts of discomfort and unable to fully use half her limbs, Vicki then left her at home with two small kids and no help and went to the office. After all, tacky McMansions for every member of the family don’t buy themselves.

In fact, much of the rest of the episode was also concerned with the creation and acquisition of homes. Heather, having completely run out of other luxury goods on which to spend money, went to the Fancy Outdoor Appliance Store to demand a pizza oven which she would neither operate nor enjoy, as well as the largest, stainless steel-est grill available, because who knows what her personal chef might need in order to assemble her daily bowl of arugula and quinoa? Those are details for someone else to work out, someone who gets paid an hourly wage to operate machines that create fire and then, eventually, grilled chicken breasts. (Who knows what happens in the middle.) Heather was just there to take inventory of her new stuff and write the check, a skill at which she is long-practiced and quite adept. She then turned her attentions to the acquisition of hexagonal ice cubes, which are for sure a thing that someone invented with the express intent of draining some extra money out of rich people. Shannon, for her part, is also in want of a new house, but who knows when that or anything else about her will turn into an interesting storyline.

We discussed Meghan’s renovations last week, so this week, we were treated to her confronting her worst phobia in the world, by herself in her cavernous bathroom, on home video, jabbing a needle in the only morsel of fat on her entire body while chanting about the baby she wants to have with her husband’s preserved sperm. Just making it through that sentence gave me a thousand-yard stare.

Tamra already has a house and some babies, so instead of procreation or renovation, she set out building both her body and her relationship with Jesus. Luckily for her, she’s found what strikes me as a particularly Southern Californian combination: a woman named Mia, who is both personal trainer and Christian spiritual adviser. (See? I promised this episode was full of little horrors.) Although, I have to admit: Tamra is never going to be sane, just like the rest of the people on this show, but she seems a lot less like a little blonde powder keg than she did before she found both Jesus and her abs.

Vicki should say a woohoo prayer for that and thank her lucky stars, because when it came time to have the episode’s requisite Emotional Non-Apology For Totally Not Lying About Helping My Boyfriend Fake a Cancer Diagnosis, this week’s was given to Tamra while at Kelly’s otherwise-inoffensive beach party. (Kelly may be getting the villain edit this season, but as I believe we’ll establish next week, she has far and away the best taste in home decor of the group. Why do the others love brocade so much?) Perhaps because of the long, close relationship between the two (a relationship that I’m wiling to bet is largely genuine at this point), Vicki got a little bit closer to admitting that maybe she did indeed screw up, although maybe not in exactly the way her fellow Housewives think she did. But first she mentioned casseroles again, as if she wanted to subconsciously remind us that she is completely nuts. (Casseroles are definitely a horror in most cases.)

What Vicki finally said, though, is that she might have gone wrong by being unable or unwilling to see what the rest of them saw. She didn’t seem to realize or understand that she had hit on something important, but it’s a notion that, if expanded and explored and made into narrative, might just be the only way for her to gain forgiveness from the other women without admitting she knew Brooks was lying about having cancer, if she indeed did. (I still think she knew, for what it’s worth, but I tend to assume longtime reality TV stars are pretty craven.) When that explanation–that Vicki was overcome with the kind of desperate love that makes you ignore your concerned friends and lie on behalf of your boyfriend, because desperate love does not allow for the possibility that your partner is lying to you–was introduced, Tamra softened immediately. Vicki had bumbled her way into the key to the whole thing, even if only because she had already tried all the other keys on the ring.

It’s anyone’s guess to see if Vicki even knows what came out of her mouth that caused the change in Tamra’s attitude toward her, but if she can find it and hold on to it, she might be able to mend fences with her cast mates. Well, all of them except Shannon; she still needs her beef with Vicki because it gives her something to talk about other than her husband’s affair and the fact that her family needs to move into a smaller house. The episode ended with a literal “to be continued…” though, so the producers seem thirsty to ensure us that there will be even more drama next week. And isn’t there always?

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks for Fall 2016

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The Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipsticks for fall 2016 are the latest additions in the beauty industry in terms of tempting lip colors that let you channel Kim K., Cindy Crawford or Nicole Kidman, just to name a few. Inspired by some of the most iconic style icons and mesmerizing women in the world, the makeup line features 16 exclusive HOTlipsticks you can already purchase from Charlotte Tilbury’s official websiteNet-a-PorterNordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks for Fall 2016

The celebrity favorite makeup artist knows the power of a great lipstick color, calling it “happiness in a tube”. To develop iconic colors that will match every skin tone and personality, Tilbury teamed up with 16 of the most inspiring celebrity women of the modern world for an incredible charity – Women for Women International. £1 from each lipstick sold during the first two months will be donated to the charitable organization to help women affected by war and conflict.

Why lipstick, you may ask? “Lipstick is that thing that pulls you together, makes you feel like a woman – it gives you confidence and makes you feel powerful. That’s why I’ve called on all of my friends, these beautiful and inspirational women, to help me spread this message as much as we can,” Tilbury explained.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks for Fall 2016

Formulated with an antioxidant from Lipstick Tree, special waxes and light-diffusing pigments, the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipsticks not only provide an amazing color payoff with a single application, but also care for your lips. What’s more, in this range you have every color that’s trending in the makeup world now, from the perfect nude to petal pink and true red.

Tilbury, who has worked with almost every star that comes to your mind, borrowed the “beauty DNA” of these 16 celebrities to create special colors that would perfectly embody their style and spirit, while also appealing to our senses. While Kidman’s color is ideal for women with pale skin tones, Emily’s coral red is here to add an enviable vintage, Seventies vibe to your look. Kate, Victoria, Penelope and Kim inspired nude shades are the ultimate go-to lipsticks, if you want to embrace a timeless modern beauty look with hints of retro allure.

Below are all the colors you get in the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips fall 2016 lipstick collection:

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick 

• Hot Emily – bright coral inspired by Emily Ratajkowski
• Penelope Pink – nude pink inspired by Penelope Cruz
• Nude Kate – biscuit-beige inspired by Kate Moss
• Liv It Up – velvet rosebud inspired by Liv Tyler
• Kim K.W. – vintage, pale pink nude inspired by Kim Kardashian West that makes lips look fuller

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks for Fall 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick 

• Miranda May – fresh, pinky coral with a matte finish inspired by Miranda Kerr
• Sexy Sienna – golden coral inspired by Sienna Miller
• Very Victoria – suede, taupe nude inspired by Victoria Beckham
• Bosworth’s Beauty – 1950s retro pink inspired by Kate Bosworth
• Hel’s Bells – rich magenta mulberry inspired by Helena Bonham Carter
• Carina’s Love – siren red inspired by Chinese actress Carina Lau
• Secret Salma – deep-rose plum inspired by Salma Hayek
• Super Cindy – taupe nude inspired by Cindy Crawford
• Kidman’s Kiss – rose petal-pink inspired by Nicole Kidman
• Electric Poppy – cerise cherry inspired by Poppy Delevingne
• Tell Laura – geranium red inspired by Laura Bailey

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks for Fall 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks for Fall 2016


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Snob Essentials Collection: Happy Snobiversary!

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As we kick off yet another New York Fashion Week, we celebrate 10 years of Snobbery with you. On September 6th, 2005 we put up our first post. It started off as a hobby for Kelly and me, an elaborate pen pal system, if you will, so we could share our love of bags and fashion while our newborn babies napped. People often ask me if I ever thought our career would take off as it has, and honestly, we talked of big dreams (At least I did! Kelly is the realist who keeps me in check) but never in my wildest did I think we would go this far and for this long. We owe it all to our readers and supporters in the fashion industry because frankly, without you, we are merely two women with dreams.

To celebrate properly, as Snobs do, we asked some of our favorite designers to create exclusive limited-edition items for our new e-commerce site. Think of it as a bespoke shopping experience on a larger scale. Each and every piece was created just for our readers, available here only (in some cases on the designers’ own website, as well) and in very limited quantities. This collection is for the Snob who is looking for that unique purchase, one that isn’t already ubiquitous thanks to street style coverage or massive brand-gifting by the time it hits the shelves. For the Snob who wants to treasure her luxury purchases whether it be a $195 hat or a $2,195 bag. In short, for you.

Our collections will not heed to seasons or trends. When you order a custom piece, it’s perennially chic. This is the ultimate evergreen wardrobe, which we’re kicking off with the Rag & Bone hat in a hint of pink with grey trim and the Paul Andrew for Bag Snob Bellevue shoe in your choice of exclusive Snob Pink (the exact hue of our original logo 10 years ago!) or Mercury Grey. Look forward to more to come next week, and as a special thank you (if you have read this far!) we are offering a 20% discount to our snobby readers for this month only. Enter the code Snobby20. Happy shopping!

Snob Essentials Collection

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Sophie Hunter and Sienna Miller show the shirt dress is still right-for-now at Wimbledon

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
 The humble wardrobe staple might not be about to reinvent the trend rule book, but it makes getting dressed a whole lot easier. Both breezy yet elegant, a shirt dress is a faithful friend that never fails to pull you together.

Serving up new shirting inspiration this weekend, were Sienna Miller and Sophie Hunter, who both chose beautiful riffs on the dress style to wear to Wimbledon.

First up, Hunter took her place in the royal spectator’s box wearing a white mid-length Temperley shirt dress stitched with symmetrical pretty black embroidery. (Side note: could Hunter and husband Benedict Cumberbatch be vying for a place as 2016’s best-dressed couple?)

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

The theatre director left the button-down dress style fastened tightly at the collar for a preppy twist on the feminine cut and print, then threw a nattily-cut blazer on for good measure. With black accessories acting as an extension of the black embroidery, the whole look was utterly delightful for a British summer afternoon.

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Etta dress,, Temperley

If Hunter’s dress hit a high note between preppy and pretty, then Sienna Miller’s symbolised the fluid, pared-down potential of the shirt dress. The actress watched Andy Murray take the title of men’s champion in a white Ralph Lauren sablé dress, which fluttered just below-the-knee in beautifully flattering proportions. Unlike Hunter’s starched collar, Sienna’s was left open, relaxed and in keeping with the 1930s silhouette of her day dress.

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Sienna Miller in Ralph Lauren CREDIT: REX

For Miller, the ruffled neck feature, with delicate mother-of-pearl buttons stitched onto the bodice, was enough to occupy the eye. The mother-of-one kept everything else on her outfit minimal, choosing brown woven T-bar heels, tan sunglasses and a white shoulder bag as simple accompaniments.

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Eva dress,  Ralph Lauren

Don’t let these well-dressed women kid you that the shirt dress should be the reserve of formal wear. It’s actually a multiple-use item. Sure, you can wear it as a dress, but how about layering looser styles over trousers? With a roomy jumper worn over the top and the shirt tails left swinging, you’ll have a fresh take on workwear that is brilliant for combatting office air con.

Hunter and Miller’s shirt dresses might sing of ladylike fashion, but there are myriad of minimal styles out there that could be toughened up with trainers or chunky boots for the weekend. Oh and did we mention how forgiving they are on derrières?

Go forth and stockpile your own wear-anywhere stash of simple shirt dresses. You won't regret it.

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FKA TWIGS POSES FOR ELLE, TALKS DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT

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FKA Twigs on ELLE August 2016 Cover
FKA Twigs on ELLE August 2016 Cover

FKA Twigs lands the August 2016 cover of ELLE Magazine, posing in a Prada look complete with a corset and chained bag. Inside the magazine, Paola Kudackiphotographs the R&B singer in cutting edge styles from the likes of Valentino,Salvatore Ferragamo and Calvin Klein Collection. FKA rocks her signature braids in the feature as well as some statement jewelry.

In her interview, FKA Twigs talks about being in the public eye, not using the term fan and more.


FKA Twigs stuns in Calvin Klein dress with headwrap
FKA Twigs stuns in Calvin Klein dress with headwrap

FKA Twigs on being in the public eye:
“Being in the public eye is so weird,” she says. “People want to shame you. It’s not a celebration of a talent.” She speaks wistfully about an era before social media, whenJosephine Baker could dance on tables all night, then “go out for vegetables in her T-shirt” the next day and not have it all documented.

FKA Twigs on why she refuses to use the word “fan”:
To her, it feels “derogative,” so she opts instead to call them “people who like my music” or “people interested in me as an artist.” “They don’t influence what I make,” she says, “but they have a role in us all coming together and creating something genuine.”

FKA Twigs makes a move in Salvatore Ferragamo coat and skirt
FKA Twigs makes a move in Salvatore Ferragamo coat and skirt
FKA Twigs shows off a braided hairstyle in the photo shoot
FKA Twigs shows off a braided hairstyle in the photo shoot

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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Happy Chinese New Year (for those celebrating)! I am still in Japan for the holiday (Kyoto right now, to be exact) and have eaten more on this trip than I have on any other travels this past year. I’m very happy here, and extremely well fed!

1. I saw the chicest woman checking in simultaneously with us at our hotel in Kyoto, and couldn’t help admiring her straw bag and asking where it was from. Imagine my surprise when it ended up being not from some local Japanese store, but Net-A-Porter!

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I love the vibrant colors of this tote and think it’d be the perfect shopping bag/travel tote for spring and summer. I always think a straw bag looks super chic, and this one is particularly unique because of all of the colors. Perfect with a simple top and jeans as modeled above.

2. Since I’m in Japan, I thought I’d share this interesting article from David Chang’s Lucky Peach (did you know he had a magazine? I didn’t!) about making ramen in Japan, versus America.

3. Those with some free time and an interest in the entertainment industry will enjoy this in depth article about the Sony hack, via Vanity Fair. I think it’s a shame that Amy Pascal resigned – I’d love to hear your opinions.

4. Continuing on the Japan theme…I wanted to recommend a great Japanese (translated) mystery/thriller novel I recently read, Salvation of a Saint.


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