ContestsName the Dress Contest #101!

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Winning Dress Name: Para-Floral Activity

Winner: Rebecca

CelebrityGwen Stefani, The No Doubt Years

I love Gwen Stefani. I always have and always will.
I remember stealing my sister’s Tragic Kingdom album (and later her Return of Saturn album) and doing my best to memorize every lyric, and I even tried to pay homage to her at school by wearing a bindi . . . but admittedly I can’t pull it off as well as Gwen.
So when news broke that the band No Doubt would be releasing their first album in over a decade, I got suuuuuper excited, to say the least! So excited, I decided to share my look back at 90′s (and early 2000s) Gwen and her amazing sense of style.
Love. Love. Love. I suddenly have the urge to dye my hair pink, and Gwen’s tiny shirts are still a classic! Of course, we can’t leave this post without No Doubt’s number one hit, Just a Girl.
Anyone else exicted for No Doubt’s return? Let us know in the comments!

GeneralSTOP Project: Read the Messages

Road rage, pull over. Somehow, that bright red octagon isn’t nearly so abrasive anymore due to the creative copy of Changing Lines.
Here’s how the designer describes his creations, entitled the STOP Project:
“I love typography and I always loved to combine different styles of typefaces. In my new project I have tried to communicate some ironic and critical messages by combining several cool typefaces. STOP signs were chosen in strategic locations in order to create an immediate relationship between the messages, the locations and the experiences of the moment. They force people to stop and read the messages, causing a reaction that requires them to question their acquired habits and behaviors.”
Kinda makes you “stop” and think, doesn’t it? 

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(Pics courtesy of Changing Lines and My Modern Met.)

FashionFilm to Fashion: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

As my fellow cinephiles out there can attest, some classic films have a magic about them that make you feel like you’re right there in it, watching history change before your very eyes. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, filmed waaay back  in 1919, was at the forefront of the German Expressionist movement, and the most classic of all classic horror fiilms (yes, even before Nosferatu!). Madmen, murder, sleepwalkers, and silent screams . . . Oh yes, it’s silent, which always takes a little getting used to for us modern viewers, but the striking, abstract visuals are more than enough to keep you hooked.
With something so stylized, my mind automatically shifts from highly stylized… to highly stylish! How can I wear this?! So how about working some Caligari-inspired pieces into your wardrobe? Abstract prints, sharp angles, and geometric shapes channel the silent classic, while injecting some sharp chicness into these dramatic looks!

(Images courtesy of Google Images)

FashionDare to Bare: Top 10 Most Famous Bikinis

Ever wondered where the bikini came from?
By the time the 1940s rolled around, American actresses had popularized the still-modest, high-cut two piece bathing suits. With the end of the war, however, came a resurgence of independence and attitude. French automobile engineer Louis Réard set out to win a contest to design the world’s smallest bathing suit. What he came up with was one that would leave the belly-button exposed, a fashion feat that had never been performed. He called it the “bikini” after the atomic bomb test site in the Pacific known as Bikini Atoll. Apparently, he wanted the shock to be as explosive as an atomic bomb. Go figure.
And there you have it! The bikini was born! And here are the top ten (in my book, anyway), that followed.
#1. Micheline Bernardini wore the first ever bikini at a poolside fashion show in Paris on July 5, 1946. Nineteen-year-old Bernardini was actually a nude dancer for the Casino de Paris at the time, and she was hired for the show because none of the other French models would wear the “scandalous” bikini.
 


#2. Brigitte Bardot made waves with a skimpy floral number at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 that shocked American housewives and had all the men drooling.

#3. Ursula Andress played the role of Honey Ryder in the 1962 first-ever James Bond flick Dr. No. She won a Golden Globe for the role as well as the title of “quintessential Bond Girl” and one of the most iconic film moments of all time.
#4. Babette March was featured on the cover of the 1964 Sports Illustrated first Swimsuit Edition. She was the first elite model with gapped teeth (move over Sookie) and the highest-paid model in her day.
#5. Raquel Welch in the 1966 One Million Years B.C. put a whole new spin on sexy cavemen.
#6. Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia will stand out in our hearts forever in the 1983 Return of the JediWho could forget the sexiest sci-fi babe of all time? 
#7. Halle Berry in the 2002 Die Another Day. Okay, so maybe she’s a bit of an Ursula knock-off in this suit, but she’s still damn hot.
#8. Jessica Alba in the 2005 Into the Blue. I’m pretty sure I watch this movie to drool over Jessica Alba as much as Paul Walker. She is my summer motivation for a six-pack and perfect beach hair.
#9. Demi Moore kicked some serious patootie as a fallen angel in Charlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleSo what if she was partially plastic?
And last but not least…
#10. The Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is the most classic of them all. It even has its own song.
So, did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!
 
 (Pics and info courtesy of Daily Caller, History of Water Filters, Lisa Curran Swim, Moonage Fashion, Colour Lovers, & Google Images.)