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When Fashion Gets Ethical

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The ethics of Fashion can be a blurry area. With so much to think about when we buy, from construction to provenance, how can we pick our way through such a minefield of issues and emerge with our ethics intact?

We all have a duty as consumers to be as informed as possible about the purchases we make, and this weeks Links à la Mode can help. Amongst this weeks picks Fashion in My Eyes talks about locally made fashion, Style Eyes discusses Organic Cotton, Hello Beauty buys some recycled sneakers, Oranges and Apples sorts the wheat from the chaff in second hand clothing and Shrimp Salad Circus brings you natural make up.

Once your done being educated we also have a good smattering of fashion frivolity to be getting on with too, and there’s even more on the original forum thread!

Links à la Mode : April 29

  • Avant Garb – Dedicated Follower Fashion grills Sandra Mendoza-Daly of Debutante Clothing
  • Betsey J – Why do we feel it’s necessary to financially compete with our fellow bloggers? Is it really worth it?
  • Dramatis Personae – Interview with Indie Designer Ureshii– fabulous made-to-fit clothes for the modern gal!
  • fashion in my eyes – Made in… Buying for the label
  • Glossary – Fashion 101: Back to Basics
  • hello beauty! – my new eco-sneakers, which are basically a jumble of hemp, recycled plastic bottles and car tires…
  • House in Tillford – Fur isn’t fashion! My rantings about fur
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Swoon-worthy Spring runway trends
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – How to Contribute Articles to a Blog or Magazine
  • La Moda Dubai – Photoshop isn’t the only to manipulate a photo
  • Le Quaintrelle – Outfits inspired by Michael Kors Resort 2010 collection with pieces out of my own closet.
  • Mystery Creature – Look great for a sleek and sophisticated summer wedding with these 1930’s inspired wedding dresses
  • Oranges and Apples – Taste and secondhand clothing: sorting the wheat from the chaff
  • Out Of Order – Interview with Marisa of New Dress a Day
  • Retro Chick – The Lost Art of Dressing Up
  • Return to Sender – Little black dresses for the FATshionista.
  • Ship-shape and Bristol Fashion – These days knock-off trends are common place but is cheap fashion still a taboo?
  • Shoe A Day – How does fashion fit into Earth Day?
  • Shrimp Salad Circus – Get high-fashion makeup looks for less with all-natural, afforadable handmade mineral versions!
  • Style Eyes Fashion Blog – Organic clothing – should I bother?
  • Style Symmetry – 5 Days of Symmetry Challenge ~ Wear a 100% Vintage Outfit
  • The Coveted – Why Say Never? Chambray Jumpsuit & Clogs
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Late night on Sunday, April 18th I was browsing the net for something and an article with Eugenia Kim and Target in it caught my eye. I clicked it and was thrilled to learn that Eugenia Kim had made a line of hats for Target. I found out about Kim in 2004. While watching Charmed I saw a really kick ass hat on Phoebe and of course had to add it to my Charmed Fashion Boutique site. Her hats were so expensive (around $300) though that I never really thought about her again until now.

I read in a couple of press releases that they had been released that day. I checked out Target.com and many were already sold out (Don’t worry most are back in stock now). The next day I hit our only Target and they hadn’t even finished putting them out yet. The ones that were out weren’t my style and the team member just gave me a look like she didn’t know when they’d be put out.

So I came back the next day and all of the glorious hats were on display. I chose the Tan Fedora with Flower Applique and the Teal Straw Fedora with Black and White Trim. I also liked the Plaid Straw Fedora with Blue Trim (the parrot one). It was gonna be my substitute if they didn’t have either of my first choices. I liked the straw sunhat but it’s very beachy and I don’t have a beach nearby. The Engineer Hats are cute but not my style. I could definitely see my sister wearing them. They had a bunch of other hats on sale too. I scored an Exhilaration Leopard Fedora for $3.24.

The hats are so much fun and I haven’t had any problems with them. Check out the photos below for a closer look.

Check out a short interview with Eugenia Kim here.

Eugenia Kim for Target hats retail from $14.99-$19.99 (a steal!).

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Eugenia Kim For Target
Eugenia Kim For Target by MissEmmaMM featuring Eugenia Kim hats
Items in this set:
Eugenia Kim for Target® 20’s Style Straw Cap with Green Trim – Natural…, $50
Eugenia Kim for Target® Plaid Straw Fedora with Blue Trim – Natural :…, $17
Eugenia Kim for Target® Fedora with Flower Appliqué – Tan : Target, $17
Eugenia Kim for Target® Straw Fedora with Black/White Trim – Green :…, $17
Eugenia Kim for Target® Straw Fedora with Sequin Trim – Black : Target, $17

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4 out of 5 stars
starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

FYI: Be aware of the fact that I don’t write and only skim in depth movie reviews. Spoilers aren’t my thing. To me reviews are about whether or not I (or you) should see it.

When It’s Complicated was released I was super excited to see it. It looked like it was right up my alley. Plus it stars Alec Baldwin who I watch (& salivate over) regularly on 30 Rock. Then I started seeing movie reviewers putting the movie down and basically say “gross, old people in love”. That’s when I thought about my reaction. I’m not into watching senior romances anymore than any other 20 something woman. However this film stars two actors that I love. I was a big fan of Streep growing up because of the movie Death Becomes Her. My sister and I used to watch it all of the time. I rewatched it on Christmas Eve and it still rocked. Alec was trickier to figure out. While growing up my favorite Baldwin , as a child of the 90s, was Stephen not Alec. I remember liking the Juror but I didn’t really care much about Alec until he started to do an amazing job of guest hosting Saturday Night Live. Incidentally, Martin and Baldwin appeared together in a sketch on SNL not long ago.

I unsuccessfully tried to see the film quite a few times before I actually was able to but the wait was worth it. The film is about a woman who starts seeing her ex husband again after they’ve been divorced for years. The complicated decision is whether or not she actually wants to pursue this. Add a dash of a love triangle with Martin and some overly affectionate offspring and you get the general plot. The fun comes in getting to see Streep, Baldwin and Martin act silly and happy and rediscovering love.

Another great thing about this movie is it’s rated R. So many romantic comedies come out that are PG or PG-13 and sex is hinted at or giggled about like the characters are 11 or something. This movie is more realistic. These are normal adults who get laid, drink, etc. Plus Baldwin is a little self deprecating which is nice to see for a change. Martin also surprised me as a more meek, forlorn character than he usually plays. There are quite a few talented actors in the supporting cast. This includes John Krasinksi who I’m glad to see acting again after I tried to watch that movie he directed, ugh. I think one of the reasons I really dig this movie is because I can sympathize with all three of the main characters (from different times of course). BTW-If you’re looking for a laugh this is more sweet funny than knee slapping funny.

Verdict: If you like romantic comedies Rent/Buy this.

Buy It’s Complicated on Blu-ray or DVD.

Rent It’s Complicated on Netflix.

Buy Death Becomes Her and Saturday Night Live-The Best of Alec Baldwin on DVD.

Check out Alec Baldwin’s Saturday Night Live sketches on Hulu

If you want to read about the house the film was shot in go here.

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2010
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TV
Ugly Betty
Recently Ugly Betty had it’s Series Finale. I was a fan of the show during the first season. I knew I had to check it out because I had been a fan of America’s from Real Women Have Curves and I loved Eric Mabius in Black Circle Boys when I was a teen. Over the next few years it was a little too over the top. I only watched it occasionally. I thought that the finale was really good but they could have made it 2 hours. You can watch it on ABC.

Saturday Night Live

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Photographer Mary Ellen Matthews takes the most amazing photos of the hosts on SNL. Check out more of her work at her portfolio.

Promo for this weekend’s SNL hosted by Gabourey Sidibe. Andy Samberg is so awesome here.

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SNL-Ryan Philippe ESPN Women’s Weightlifting

SNL-Tina Fey as Justin Bieber’s Teacher

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I just love this pic.

FILM
Netflix
Flicks now streaming on Netflix include Moon (Sam Rockwell), A Scanner Darkly and Tape. I highly recommend all three of these films.

TRAILERS
I Love You Philip Morris-I’ve been dying to see this movie starring Jim Carrey as a newly gay con man who falls for Ewan McGregor. Unfortunately the release date keeps getting pushed. It was March, then April, now it’s fall. At this rate the DVD won’t be out until 2011, sigh.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoFANivV44g[/youtube]

Dinner For Schmucks-This flick starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis is a remake of the 1998 French film the Dinner Game which is very funny. It’s about a group who try to outdo each other by inviting the dumbest guest to dinners. This one looks like a winner.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ4i_woBTF8[/youtube]

The Killers-I’m not really sure about this one. It’s an action romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. She hasn’t made a good romantic comedy yet.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jUPUJ9vw20[/youtube]

Beastly-This is getting press because of Mary-Kate Olsen appearing in it. It’s like MTV’s take on the Beauty and the Beast fable. I think I would have loved this as a preteen. It could be a big hit.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Envv05EDzNU[/youtube]

The Other Guys-Buddy cop comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as two doofy cops. At least it looks better than Cop Out.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1wy_E7h2Wg[/youtube]


The Big Lebowski
: A XXX Parody-You know I love these porn parody trailers.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGb72TPj9l8″ href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGb72TPj9l8[/youtube]

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It’s the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. There was recently an issue of Entertainment Weekly out featuring rarely seen photos. Of course my favorite are of Han Solo. Ford will be doing a rare Q&A about the film in Hollywood next month but unfortunately the tickets are already sold out.

Clip from the new Kim Cattrall flick Meet Monica Velour.

At Long Last, Sam Worthington – Screencaps of Sam Worthington shirtless.

Music
Amazon is currently offering 100 Albums for $5. My picks are Battle of the Sexes by Ludacris, Sixteen Stone by Bush, Young Americans by David Bowie, Lust For Life by Iggy Pop, All the Way In by Berlin and Fast Lane Addiction by Shannon Curfew.

Lady GaGa Karaoke App for the iPhone

Lindsay Lohan
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYBIBGaU5os”[/youtube]
I love Lindsay Lohan’s music. Her new single Stuck has just started getting some play.

Britney Spears
There are rumors of a new Britney Spears album being released this summer. A singer named Myah Marie (Stiletto Sex) is used to sing demo songs for Britney so she can choose those she wants to record.

Fall Back

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4BWVI2Pl64[/youtube]

Infectious

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myHTCpiEcmQ[/youtube]

Hey Hey Hey

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC3LTRKr-zo[/youtube]

REQUIRED READING

Alicia Silverstone will be appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday April 24, 2010 due to her book The Kind Diet.

Lady Gaga gets lippy: The pop star teams with Mac to raise Aids awareness. She talks about practicing celibacy.

A Day in the Life of a redbox Ninja. This is about the people who stock redboxes.

Channing Tatum Details February 2010. Check out the interview and photos.

FUN PICS
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Actor Eric Balfour’s newest twitter pic, Gerard Butler in his recent W Magazine spread and Ray Liotta filming his new film Son of No One starring Channing Tatum and Katie Holmes.

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If you love costumes you should be following model Adrianne Curry on twitter. She’s gotten really into cons and posts awesome pics.

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Christina Hendricks in the May’s Esquire, old pics of Amy Acker and Eva Mendes that I like.

FASHION

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Sarah Jessica Parker in the May 2010 Vogue.

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New Photos of Lindsay Lohan modeling her line 6126.

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from Vogue Italia

I recommend
OOTD: Ugly Sweater Dress!

Jessi’s Rainbow Birthday

Castle Fashion features info on clothing worn on Castle. It reminds me of my old Charmed site.

My Futuristic 80s stylehive Character Grid.

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Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin came to my attention in 2007 when he starred as Mick the private eye vampire in Moonlight. I loved this series. This was prior to the whole vampire craze of Twilight and True Blood. It had poor ratings and was canceled after one season.

Recently he starred in the medical drama Three Rivers. Despite the show being set in Pittsburgh, PA (not far from me) it didn’t really interest me and I didn’t watch it. I’m not a hospital show type of gal although I do watch Grey’s Anatomy & Private Practice occasionally.

Now O’Loughlin is starring in the newest J. Lo vehicle The Back-up Plan which is a cheesy romantic comedy. So I’m all over that.

Up next Alex will be playing Det. Steve McGarrett in a remake of the series Hawaii Five-O.

Collage loughlin vib

Interview With A Vampire-Moonlight Promo

TV Guide Behind the Scenes Photoshoot & Interview-Three Rivers

In Depth Interview On Moonlight & Being A Working Actor

Fan Photo Montage Set To Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back

Fan Video Montage Set To Korn’s Cover of Word Up

WATCH
(via Netflix Streaming)
Three Rivers
Oyster Farmer
via IMDB.com
Hawaii Five-O

Check out tons of sexy pics of Alex from his TV Guide Photo Shoot

Check out The Back-up Plan Official Movie Site for photos, video clips, games (Back-up Babies and Love Shot), downloads (widget, ringtone, wallpapers, posters) and info on The Humane Society.

For more on Alex O’Loughlin visit alexoloughlinfan.com, Alex O’Loughlin Online Fan Site & News or Alex O’Loughlin.ORG.

Alex O’Loughlin’s Official Myspace

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