Miu, Miu, what do we have here? Ok, so you won’t fool anyone into thinking these are the real deal, but at $27.8o, you’ll quickly be applauded.
First of all, congratulations you ol’ duff! You’ve made it to one of the prime hallmarks of the aging process- your very first gray hair. Spotting your first gray hair is a simultaneously proud and petrifying moment. You look exactly the way you did a second before spotting the silver sliver of duffdom, however, everything immediately changes. Getting your first gray hair is a bit like entering puberty. There’s a wonder that your body can actually do that, followed by the realization that honey, we ain’t getting any younger here. Take a good look at yourself and start loving every inch, because this is your prime. Yes, now. Right now. As in Right.This.Moment. You’ve peaked genetically speaking, and it’s all downhill from here. But that doesn’t mean the immediate future is full of Clairol Root Touch-Up and brown mascara wands. Maintenance is key, so that’s what we’ll focus on.
So, what causes gray hair? Genetics and aging, obviously, but the process can be accelerated by poor diet, stress, smoking and poor lifestyle choices. Not hitting up KFC, freaking out over next week’s deadline, smoking a pack a day or laying facedown in a pile of Ruffles on the sofa, while channeling surfing for a 4 hours straight, and still spotting freakin’ grays, you say? Relax and read on for tips to keep those grays at bay for as long as genetically possible.
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Best to get the hardest one out in the open first (kinda like ripping off a band-aid). Apparently, guzzling coffee like water and slurping down bottles of wine on the regular is bad for one’s appearance. (But great for one’s social life. Always an optimist!). Limiting your caffeine and alcohol will ensure that you’ll keep getting carded at the liquor store for at least another year. Score one, doctors and medical reports.
Hydrate Thine Self
With water. Only water. And a lot of it. Aim for the standard 8 glasses a day, and if you fall short of that, you’ve probably drank more than enough.
B Ready for Gray
B vitamins are natures way of saying “This seat’s taken, Gray. TAKEN!”. Simply speaking, eating a diet rich in vitamin B2, B6, and B12 will keep new gray hairs from setting up camp on your pretty little head. Stock up on seafood, beef and eggs for B12, mushrooms, spinach and nuts for B2 and vegetables, whole grains and legumes for B6. Basically, ditch the fast-food and eat like Momma told you.
Eat Like A Pro(tein)
Getting enough lean protein produces melanin, the pigment that provides colour to your hair and skin. Eat it. Get less grays. Simple enough.
In the eloquent words of a cyclist whizzing past me at a crosswalk, “Move your slow ass!”. Direct? Yes. Accurate? Possibly, at the time. I did indeed move my former slow ass, and was a good idea. Exercise improves blood flow, which helps distribute all those healthy nutrients you’ve been consuming to your scalp and hair follicles. Get up and get moving to get a handle on gray.
Pop Your Copper
No, don’t go sucking on copper pennies (unless a nasty bout of hepatitis C is your idea of a good time.) Instead, consume foods like spinach, liver, sunflower seeds and almonds which all contain sufficient amounts of copper to momentarily limit grays.
Still smoking? Gross, but what can you do, right? Try quitting. Smoking is the number one cause of premature graying and aging. Spend saved money on celebratory teeth whitening treatment. You win.
Is there anything dreamier than a California sunset? Topshop has launched its new Festival Collection, and it’s everything you’d expect it to be. Shot in the rugged and wanderlust-inspiring Mono Lake, California wilderness, ’The Road to Coachella’ features sometime actress and full-time Topshop brand ambassador Kate Bosworth twirling, swinging and swaying along to the folky crooning of Neko Case’s ‘Favorite’.
Bosworth herself had a hand in creating 16 pieces of the collection. ’I’ve always had a love of fashion. To gain learning experience from the Topshop design team has been a great opportunity for me. Our intent was to create fresh, wearable, and effortless festival pieces. I am proud of our work together and I adore these pieces.’
Is Zara trying to bring back the skort? These infamous Zara Culotte “shorts” have been popping up all over the blogosphere in the past few weeks. When I spied them on Zara.com, I could hardly believe what I was seeing, but alas, they were, in all their skorty glory. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really understood the point of a skort. If you’re not comfortable wearing shorts, the additional front flap isn’t helping the modesty situation. If you love rockin’ a mini skirt, who wants to deal with the potential VPL situation in the back? Hmm. Admittedly, any skort I wore in the 90s was not nearly as cool as this Zara offering, so maybe I’m missing out on this one. I’d love to hear your opinion. What are your feelings on the skort? Do you love them? Wear them? Intrigued by their hybrid stealth? Let me know! x
UK high street fashion brand River Island is embarking on its second capsule collection with Rihanna. The collection, which will be available for purchase on May 25th, is primarily everything that you’d expect from the supergyal pop princess: short, sheer and unapologetically skimpy. The pieces are loosely 90s inspired- think black floral prints, spaghetti strap dresses and a baggy hooded shirt dress.
Much like the faded green tie-dye print, the feeling of this collection is muddled and incoherent. The cut of the sheer mullet dresses already feel dated, which is unfortunate because the vibrant red is fantastic and fresh. The pebble coloured knotted skirt with matching off-the-shoulder ruched top has all the right ingredients for a sexy summer outfit, but the sleazy full-frontal slit renders it practically useless.
Critically speaking, the tailoring lacks the practically needed to sell-through on the high street. Despite the press video (below), in which a pressed Rihanna slowly tries to formulate an articulate opinion on her collection (honey, it’s chic, not chick…) it becomes obvious that although she has an innate handle on her signature gansta-couture style, translating that into an exciting collection was easier said than done.
There are some potential winners, but less the fab floral cropped pant and tie-dye jumpsuit, the overall theme of the collection is too costume-esque to generate any major style hits off the stage.