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- 10/09/12--14:45: U.S. Teen Birth Rate The Lowest It's Been In Seven Decades
- 10/10/12--15:13: 7 Ways Women Affect Male Behavior
- 10/11/12--06:44: eBay Is The New Pinterest
- 10/12/12--07:02: 6 Outfits Ann Romney Definitely Needs For Her Wardrobe Immediately
- 10/12/12--07:36: Paul Ryan Still Wears Everything Huge
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- 10/16/12--09:46: What I Learned From Having a Stylist
- 10/16/12--21:13: Spin Alley Reacts To "Binders Full Of Women"
- 10/16/12--21:23: 23 Twitter Jokes About "Binders Full Of Women"
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Fendi is now selling DIY versions of its famous “baguette” purse. This might be the most expensive/fah-bulous purse crafting kit on the market.
DIY doesn't just exist in some Pinterest ghetto for fashion snobs to scoff at. It's gone high fashion: Fendi, one of the world's most high-end and expensive labels, is now selling a special DIY baguette kit. This means for $1,430 you get a plain baguette purse in a box with string and needles so that you can embellish the bag with your own needlepoint design. Like "I <3 cats" or whatever the hell you want! This makes perfect sense for the evolution of the Fendi brand since a lot of their famous baguettes look like craft projects anyway.
Denim baguette with beading detail, $2,170:
Vintage baguette with purple wool thread and tobacco-colored accent beads, $1,140
Okay fine, let's just call them what they are — cat fights.
The spring/summer 2013 show season ended this week with more feuds to its name than any in recent memory. Saint Laurent's new women's wear designer Hedi Slimane tweeted nasty things about New York Times critic Cathy Horyn, while Lady Gaga joined Oscar de la Renta in attacking her too. But the list of fashion people's spats is much longer than that! Ahead, some of the standouts from just the past few years.
“You try breaking in new leather pants.” Stress!!!
According to the Pinterest community, that is.
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She's got a line of — or endorsement deal for — just about every product under the sun a woman could possibly ever need (or, you know, just want ). She's clearly taking over the world, which can only mean one thing: a cook book of Rachel's famous baked salami recipes can't be far off!
Wake up and put on your "Rachel Zoe Major Must-Haves From Jockey" underwear and fat-sucking-in tank top.
Zoe curates a line for Jockey, the major marketing campaign for which is about to assault you from coast to coast for the duration of the fall season. "Style starts from within, and having the right foundation is critical to the ultimate success of your outfit," Zoe has said. So in case you haven't internalized it, do so now: the concept of "ultimate success" is something that can be applied to not just the day on which you're about to embark, but perhaps more importantly, your outfit.
Top your Rachel Zoe-endorsed underwear with your Rachel Zoe-designed outfit.
Zoe's clothing line has been a hit on the sales floors of stores like Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks. From season to season, she's always sure to remain true to her wardrobe staples, like shaggy fur vests (this one is faux and costs $425) and super-high heels. Since it's fall, you'll want to go for the stretch suede over-the-knee boots, of course:
Yours for $750. Zoe does not yet have a line of Dr. Scholl's gel inserts to make the shoes bearable, but until then, there's always booze!
When you get to work, check out "The Zoe Report" for all the news you need.
You'll be one of 350,000 people who gets an email about clothes and jewelry Rachel likes every day. Today, she suggests a gold lace cuff bracelet by Givenchy that costs $1005 a piece. (As a cheaper alternative she recommends the "Chantilly Lace Cuff" by Stella & Dot for $98.) After you read this newsletter, figure out how long it's been since you've asked for (and received) a raise — and act accordingly. Living the Rachel Zoe life doesn't come cheap!
But economists aren't celebrating just yet. Research suggests that when the economy improves, the teen birth rate could go right back up.
The teen birth rate in the U.S. is the lowest it's been in 70 years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year of 2011 saw about 330,000 teen births, which is 8 percent lower than the previous year and the lowest for a single year since 1946. The 2011 numbers also reveal that the overall downward trend in teen births that began in 1991 continues. While some economists think it's great that the teen birth rate continues to decline, they warn not to get too excited since the ailing economy seems like a likely cause — and the teen birth rate could start increasing once the labor market bounces back.
The University of Maryland's Associate Professor of Economics, Melissa Kearney, sees a correlation between "really high unemployment" and a lower teen birth rate. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why high unemployment would affect the birth rate for teens specifically, but she has some theories. "It's easier to think about a married couple in their thirties delaying child birth by a year or half a year," she told BuzzFeed Shift. "A lot of these teens are 18, 19 years old, and it's feasible that they might think it's harder for them to support a baby. It might be harder for them to get financial support from their parents if their parents are out of work."
Though research has come out linking declining teen birth rate to policy changes, Kearney says she and her research partner haven't found any recent ones that would explain the significant decades-long decline. "When we see these announcements that the teen birth rate is down, advocates like to attribute it to their policy" — like abstinence education or comprehensive sex ed in schools, for instance, she notes. But the only policy that matters for the teen birth rate, Kearney has found, is Medicaid benefits. "More and more girls can get family planning free through Medicaid even if they don't qualify for Medicaid insurance," she pointed out. And that reduces unplanned teen pregnancies, even though the effect is small.
Graphics by John Gara.
Kearney finds connections between Obamacare and declining teen birth rates "absurd." "That's about requiring health insurance coverage to cover contraception, which is so different from expanding Medicaid," she notes. "If you take a middle income woman paying for contraception, if she has a copay and she pays her copay and now it's free, we're going to see no change in behavior. The reason we see a change in contraception use or behavior for poor teens is because they aren't paying for it for themselves."
Another way Kearney and her colleagues know policy isn't affecting the birth rate significantly is because the short-term steep decline and longterm slower decline aren't just U.S.-specific — the U.K. and Canada have seen similar patterns.
A paper co-authored by Kearney that came out earlier this year connected income inequality (between the poor and middle class, not the poor or middle class and highest income Americans) to high teen birth rates, especially in states like Texas, Misssissippi, and Minnesota where this gap is persistently large. But she says this is a different phenomenon from the declining birth rate across the country. And even though the birth rate is down for all Americans but teens in particular, the U.S. still has the one of the highest rates of teen births for a developed nation, which should remain a concern.
Women can make a man's exercise routine feel easier, for instance — but they can also cause them to show up late to the bus stop and do more dumb things on skateboards.
In the presence of ladies, men find running easier.
Running feels easier for men when women watch, according to a recent study. Ten men were asked to rate the difficulty of 20-minute runs when a man watched the last half, when a woman watched the last half, and when no one watched. The results: when the runners knew a woman was watching, they ranked perceived effort as lower than when no one was watching; when the runners knew a man was watching, they reported perceived effort has higher than when no one was watching. (The effect of canine observers was not measured.)
With women around, men take more risks.
Multiple studies suggest that men exhibit riskier behavior when women are present. One study at the University of Liverpool showed men arrived to catch a 9:40 a.m. bus later than women, who arrived at the fairly non-risky time of 9:35 a.m. The researchers also found that men were more likely to cross a street when cars were passing while women were present "as if this was their way of showing off for the opposite sex." (Hot!) Similar behavior has been seen in other studies — men skateboarding in front of good-looking researchers took more falls, for instance.
Men donate more money in the presence of attractive women.
The presence of hot men or women does not affect a women's monetary donation habits, but having a hot woman around causes men to donate more, a British Journal of Psychology study found. "Theoretically, this suggests that a good deed is the human equivalent of the peacock's tail. Practically, this research shows how societies can encourage selfless acts," study author Dr Wendy Iredale of Sheffield Hallam University explained. Practically? By hiring only pretty ladies to run charity drives?
Men consume more calories when having meals with women.
"Men, whether unconsciously or consciously, don't want to be seen as light eaters, especially in front of women," ABC reported of the 2011 study on college students' eating habits. While men consume more in front of women, women consume less in front of men and more in front of other women. "The theory is you're more aware of gender when you're with the opposite gender and may want to prove your gender more," a co-author of the study said. So, men shouldn't complain when women encourage them to finish their plates at restaurants, which is merely an unconscious assertion of gender.
Well, not really. But the redesigned site now looks — and acts — just like it (minus the eight million photos of “better than sex cake”).
Before you pass this video off as boring, just give it a chance. Does it remind you of anything?
This is a preview of eBay's new look, as presented by fashion people. Because, you know, yay shopping!
Maybe it reminds you of, oh, this other big ass site called PINTEREST.
Here's what my eBay page looks like when I login.
I get a bunch of Philip Lim stuff, I guess because I searched that last time I was on eBay some months ago.
When I search for other things, like "Givenchy," eBay gives me the option of "following" them.
Enough with the red shirt dresses. If Ann really wants to elevate her election style, she really needs to dip into lamé.
Image by ABC, Ida Mae Astute / AP
Alfred Fiandaca is a designer who sells his clothes in New York, Boston, and Palm Beach. Ann Romney is his most famous customer, and has worn his stuff a number of times for high-profile campaign appearances. If he's not her number-one favorite designer, he's got to be up there. But unlike some of the other designer names Ann wears — who put their political capital toward Obama and Vogue editor Anna Wintour's Democratic fundraising efforts — Fiandaca is an unabashed fan of the Romneys.
"I just go with my gut, and I know this man, and he’s funny and he’s an honest person," he told NYmag.com, explaining that he met Mitt when he came into his store to buy things for Ann. "He’s not someone who’s just giving us B.S. and telling us what he thinks we want to hear."
Anyway! Ann wore Fiandaca to guest host Good Morning America this week (pictured above).
And she loves this dress by Fiandaca so much she has it in two colors – red and blue. Maybe her white one got lost at the cleaners.
Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters
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Is it because his hobby is “getting huge” via P90X?
We know Paul Ryan likes his suits big and swishy. What we did not know so well is that is preference for gigantic extends to his tie and flag pin. At Thursday night's vice presidential debate his shoulder pads seemed to have reached Working Girl proportions, while his flag pin, twice the size of Biden's, seemed to have taken on a vigorous P90X routine of its own.
Ryan's tie, unfortunately colored as well as sized, led Comedy Central to snark, "The 1970s Called, They Wanted Paul Ryan's Tie Back." The item continued:
On the other hand, Ryan's knot is much neater than Joe Biden's.
This concludes the part of our programming in which we show how the media would talk about the candidates for the whole 90 minutes if they were women.
To his credit in this major Biden-Ryan FASH off, Ryan's tie bore the requisite stylish man's dimple. But let's take a closer look at the fit of that suit again.
Image by Pool / Reuters
See how the jacket gives him absolutely no waist?
Even though the designer once told a group of people in her store at an event: “Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!”
Image by Charles Dharapak / AP
The designer Diane Von Furstenberg told a group gathered in her meatpacking district store for Fashion's night out last month: "Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!" She then hurried home to watch the president's convention speech taking place that night.
Either Ann Romney hasn't heard about that, or doesn't care, because this week she wore a magenta printed wrap dress by Von Furstenberg ($345 on Shopbop) for a campaign event in Florida. A DVF spokesperson told BuzzFeed Shift "we're actually not quite sure how Ann obtained the dress," but did not comment further.
Ann's spokesperson did not return request for comment. So it's possible that, despite Diane's wishes, she popped into a DVF boutique and bought it.
Image by Charles Dharapak / AP
This is New Jersey Real Housewife Melissa Gorga's video for "I Just Wanna." (In case you're unfamiliar, Gorga is the artiste behind previous and likewise creatively titled singles "On Display," "Rockstar" and "How Many Times.") Check out the visual effects!
This is her backup male singer, Noir. (Think of him as the Pitbull to her J. Lo.)
And this is Gorga.
The latest bridal collections are hitting the runways yet again proving few things are more fun than looking at wedding dresses.
Wear part of your dress around your neck.
Something that will make it harder for your new spouse to mess up your makeup.
(This dress is by Vera Wang.)
Image by Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images
Image by Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images
Actually, why bother with the makeup?
Just wear that tired feeling you'll surely have after months of wedding planning and tossing and turning all night.
Oh, and turn your hair into a turban. HIDE THE RING IN THERE!
Image by Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images
Definitely make sure your up-do doubles the volume of your head.
When are you ever going to wear your hair like you're going to prom again? Well, probably not until you have to be a bridesmaid in One of Those weddings but still.
(By Douglas Hannant.)
Image by Randy Brooke / Getty Images
For as little as $50 an hour, regular people who aren't celebrities can hire stylists to clean out their closets, take them shopping, and make sure they wear Bad Outfits a lot less often.
Image by John Gara/Buzzfeed
A few minutes before 6 on a recent Thursday evening, I open my Manhattan apartment door for a tall, thin, pretty woman with long blonde hair in a perfectly tousled side braid. She's wearing a gray maxi dress, flat black sandals, a black waist-belt, oversized black blazer, and big black floppy hat — and looks like she just walked off the Saint Laurent runway in Paris. (Or Pinterest.) Black floppy hats often victimize regular people, but this woman is clearly one of those not-average, blessed individuals with a sense of style so innate she could wear anything — gorilla arms, a Nicole Richie headband, a fedora — and make it look not just good, but necessary. She clearly knows how to dress herself — and I hope she can do the same for me. This is Natalie Decleve, my new stylist, who's going to try to turn me into someone who dresses with similar ease and considered sense of fashion.
Stylists are typically hired by celebrities to make them look their best on red carpets or at press junkets, but before you start thinking that I a) need to look fancy every day or b) have gobs of money to spend, let me disabuse you of both notions. I wanted to know if the services of a stylist could have value for normal people like me.
I found Natalie through a company called Style For Hire. Launched in 2009, it's backed by What Not to Wear's Stacy London, and acts as an agency for a roster of around 140 stylists ranging from around $50 to $300 an hour to dress not celebrities, but normal people. Such services are only proliferating: In 2013, the website Keaton Row will connect women with stylists virtually around the country. These companies show that styling is no longer a behind-the-scenes profession. Fashion-inclined women are hyper-aware of it, thanks to the work of women like London and Rachel Zoe — who are not just stylists, but also celebrities in their own right, with their own TV shows, product lines, and (perhaps less fortunately) catch phrases. The more consumers are attuned to such a service, the more likely that service could become as necessary for many as, say, a twice-yearly facial.
When Natalie breezes in, she plops her hat and bag on my couch. Things get a little weird after the exchange of pleasantries, since styling is frankly a more intimate process than you might imagine: As soon as you meet this person you don't know, you bring them into your bedroom and let them have at everything in your closet. They might sit on your bed. Who sits on your bed? Even your friends don't come over and sit on your bed. But whatever, you think. Clothes play awaits! Like a blind date slumber party for grown women.
Before the closet gutting, she has questions. Most important, she wants to know if I have "separate workwear."
I don't. My workplace leaves me free from the sartorial confines of a formal — or even businesss casual — dress code. BuzzFeed celebrates animal tees. But I still like to look non-slovenly day-to-day, and don't want to go into the office dressed like I took a wrong turn on the way to Coachella.
"And how would you describe your body type?" she continues.
Another thing I don't really do with friends is discuss my "body type," and here is a stranger with a lovely side braid sitting on my bed wanting to know.
"Well, I'm tall..." I begin, unsure of the right answer here, because I hate the idea of dressing just so that one looks thin, and would never deprive myself a good muumuu to that end.
"More like, do you feel like you're bigger on the top, the bottom?" she presses.
"I'm not busty. I have hips," I say.
"What are your favorite parts of your body?"
I think for a minute and say I like my waist.
"I ask because when you're dressing, I want to know what parts of your body you want to highlight," she explains.
We then go over my style icons — Carine Roitfeld (whose style Natalie boiled down to: "easy... lots of dark eyeliner and bitch heels") and Rooney Mara — and favorite labels: Helmut Lang, Rick Owens, Haider Ackermann, Diane Von Furstenberg.
Both are in hot pink dresses — and Ann isn't the one wearing pearls. What is this, BIZARRO dressing?
Responses to the response range from “fantastic” to “we don't live in binders!”
Image by Lucas Jackson / Reuters
HEMPSTEAD, NY — Binders. They're nowhere to be seen in the Hofstra gym where the press watch the debate. You might not even keep them on your desk at work anymore! But this dated office document management tool is now a viral sensation, thanks to Mitt Romney's comment that when he was looking for women to hire for his cabinet as governor of Massachusetts, he had "whole binders full of women" brought to him.
Should he have phrased it differently?
"I think he was asking for more resumes," interpreted Barbara Comstock, who consulted on Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
"It was clear what he meant," echoed Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, describing Romney's overall response to the wage gap question as "fantastic."
Somewhere behind Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who was telling reporters Romney's attitude toward women in the debate was "condescending," was Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, who unsurprisingly cast the line as a gaffe.
"We don't live in binders!" she exclaimed. "All things being equal women really have to work ten times as hard as men... to get ahead."
Kerry Healy, who advises Romney, served as his lieutenant governor in Massachusetts and argued the turn of phrase was merely apt. "When we were reaching out to the Massachusetts women's political caucus," she said, "it was pretty memorable when they delivered these massive piles of resumes to us of thousands of women who wanted to work in this administration."
The Internet's enthusiastic response will probably also be pretty memorable.
“I may have to throw a binder burning party.”
Politicos are even weirder than celebrities. More lasagna, less conversation.
The view from my seat in the spin room.
HEMPSTEAD, NY — Sitting in the press file at Hofstra University during the presidential debate, I can see why Michelle Obama's stylish clothes are such a big deal. Here, it's as though everyone deliberately dressed in the most forgettable things possible — navy suits, argyle vests, medium-wash jeans, button-down shirts. The standard look reminds me of a conversation I had with a man who hates shopping who once told me: "I wear clothes. They're not outfits. It's not style."
Wearing a button down shirt in a pink shade akin to Michelle Obama's and Ann Romney's oddly matching dresses was Republican strategist Bay Buchanan. Approached in Spin Alley, she mistakenly said she remembered me from previous events. I explained I was merely making a cameo on the political scene and "normally cover fashion."
"You're not doing me with fashion? Come on!" she half-kidded.
I remarked that she, too, was having a pink moment.
"It's a good color for TV," she said.
Of course, cameras for TV outlets and otherwise are everywhere in the spin room/Spin Alley. I'm used to attending events with lots of cameras — Fashion Week, movie premieres, etc. — but the weird thing about this group is that no one wanted to be photographed. At Fashion Week, for instance, bloggers and editors make whole careers out of showing up and being on camera for wearing something bizarre/allegedly fashionable. They diet for the occasion.
But here, the attendees' goal seems to be filling up on free lasagna and brownies served out of buffet troughs in a circus tent located a short, chilly walk away from the spin room, rather than secretly nibbling dime-sized hors d'oeuvres (the only food available at Fashion Week events). They also have no interest in getting photographed. Sitting at one of the long tables where my work station was (where reporters eat their lasagna and garlic rolls openly) a Hofstra photographer approached and asked if he could take pictures of the "Hofstra" tote bag I picked up on my way in while I stare nonchalantly at my computer screen. I said okay and once he left BuzzFeed's Michael Hastings said, "You're going to end up on Reddit" — as though this is the most embarrassing fate that could befall a debate attendee.
It's not that there aren't egos in this room. Of course there are! This is politics! They're just different. I love how celebrities here (the politicians) are not presumptuous enough to assume you'll know who they are in Spin Alley — the area in the press holding quarters where politicians mill about for post-debate interviews — without minions at their sides holding giant signs bearing their names. I can't imagine going to a fashion show and watching celebrities walk in wearing their cocktail dresses and spray-on foundation along with a big-ass sign that tells everyone who they are. It's too bad because I cannot state how helpful that would be. I couldn't pick a CW star out of a lineup, much less the 20th person listed in Twilight's acting credits. And a lot of the time, even the photographers don't know who front-row celebs are. They just take pictures of the people posing in front of their chairs that look awkwardly dressed up, because other people are shooting them, causing everyone to assume that person is a "someone."
The other difference between politicians in Spin Alley and celebrities is you don't have to butter the politicians up in interviews. You can go up to them and ask about whatever you want to ask about, whether it pertains to the event at hand or not, and they'll talk to you anyway. When interviewing celebs at fashion shows, premieres, or charity galas, you at least have to ask a few bullshit questions at the beginning that pertain to the event, like: "Why is curing cancer important to you?" "I love your dress. Did [designer putting on show] pick it out for you himself?" "How did it feel to play a love-struck housewife in this film?" Then you move onto what you really want to ask about, like: "How do you feel about slutty Halloween costumes?" "Are you afraid your boobs are going to pop out of that dress?" "So, sometimes, don't you just want to smack Blake Lively?"
Ann is not photographed nearly enough or as well as Michelle Obama. She's just not as exciting, said a Times photographer.
Image by John Gara/Buzzfeed
Ann Romney is not photographed as well as Michelle Obama. If you need a stellar full-length shot of Michelle, it's not hard to find with a quick search on Getty Images. If you need the same of Ann, BuzzFeed's photo editors and I have found, you'll have to dig a bit harder. Ann is more likely to be awkwardly cropped, hidden by a shadow, or photographed at an awkward angle.
You get a sense of this just looking at Michelle and Ann's Google Image results. Michelle's top result is basically flawless:
Ann's is an incredibly awkward shot of her leaving a restaurant, her eyelids half-closed and hair mussed.
Shopping one's closet instead of stores is a celebrated, frugal pasttime of Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and now, Ann Romney.
On October 21, Ann wore one of her favorite dresses, this red zip-front sheath by her favorite designer Alfred Fiandaca.
The Romneys attend church in Boca Raton, FL ahead of the final debate Monday night.
Image by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
She previously wore it on October 6.
At a campaign rally in Apopka, FL. Repeating outfits is not only a practiced condoned by the fashion press worldwide, but most importantly, serial outfit repeater Anna Wintour, who once said, "I think it's always fun to have something new, but it doesn't mean that everything you already have in your closet has to be thrown out, you know? Recycle."
Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters
And September 18.
To speak at a fundraiser in Dallas.
Image by Jim Young / Reuters
She also has it in blue!
Here she is on September 12 boarding the campaign plane in Florida. This really is the perfect thing for a northerner to wear in the sunny state of Florida.
Image by Jim Young / Reuters