Friday, May 28, 2010

ModCloth: Style Soundtrack is On a Boat

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Are you readily embracing the impending summer? We are! As Fleet Week NYC sets sail, ModCloth took the opportunity to not only style a seafaring look, but also put together a mix of bands with nautical names. From Beach House to Lighthouse, White Whale to The Octopus Project, it was fun to fish out the most Mod-worthy songs for a nautical inspired soundtrack that I hope you enjoy! First, let’s check out Side A, in which ModStylist Nicole brings you a lovely look for your summer by the sea.




Side A

Track 1: Gorgeous Galley Gal Dress

Pull up the anchor and put on this classy white and navy dress.


Track 2: All Aboard Heel

As you walk up to the deck, everyone will want a glimpse of your sand and cream colored cutout heels.


Track 3: Call Me Stylish Necklace

This golden necklace is a whale of an accessory!


Track 4: Full Style Ahead Blazer

The breeze on the ocean may get nippy, but this sea savvy blazer will keep your shoulders warm.


Side B

Now that’s we’re looking fabulous, let’s push play!


Let us know your favorite bands of nautical nomenclature that we missed! What would you put on an oceanic mix?



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ModLife: Woman, Make Me a Sammich

Woman, Make Me a Sammich: "

Last weekend, I was out with some friends when I was approached by a guy in his late twenties. We started chatting, and came to a point in the conversation when I felt it appropriate to drop the ‘F bomb.’


“I’m a feminist,” I said. After a brief silence, he replied, “Okay, that’s cool, I guess. As long as you would still make me a sandwich when I told you to.” Maybe he meant it as a joke, but the fact that I couldn’t tell was slightly off-putting, and after talking to him for a few more seconds, I decided I didn’t want to stick around long enough to find out, and made a quick escape.


This interaction got me thinking. When did making a sandwich become so fraught with meaning, so representative of prescriptive gender roles? I’ve made lots of sandwiches for guys — from brothers to boyfriends — but always felt doing so was a sign of love or affection, not subservience. What is it that makes the act symbolically degrading? I decided to investigate, and turned up some vintage ads that look as though they may have played a part in shaping — or, at the very least, reinforcing — a simple sandwich’s larger social significance.


The above Wonderbread ad (circa 1968) is particularly striking, because it presents sandwich-making (with Wonderbread, of course) as a form of empowerment. This women’s lib-era ad wants us to believe that this young woman is the one in charge when it states, “Wonder’s the neatest way to trap a boy since…well, since apples. Try tempting him with his favorite Wonder sandwich. He’ll bite.” At the same time it alludes to the “fallen” biblical figure, Eve, this ad depicts the woman with her mouth covered, and could be interpreted as an act of silencing.



The ad for Underwood Deviled Ham makes a similar appeal, promising that “devilicious whole ham flavor is the surest way to your man’s heart.”


The adjacent Heinz ad is not for sandwich making supplies, per se, but since soup often goes with a sandwich, and because this ad uses tactics similar to those in the others, I decided to include it here. It reads, “most husbands, nowadays, have stopped beating their wives, but what can be more agonizing to a sensitive soul is a man’s boredom at meals.” Indeed. What could be worse?


What do you think, ModLovers? When is making a sandwich for someone else a healthy way to express love and affection? When does doing so become indicative of unbalanced power dynamics? Can it be both at the same time?


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ModLife: Top 10 Popular Expressions Terms of the Past

Top 10 Popular Expressions Terms of the Past: "
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Photo: Flickr user Festivals Gallery



If you’re a real hepcat, you know all the latest lingo. But what if you were to time machine-it back to another point in history? How would you be able to say things with savvy? You’d need a list like today’s Top 10 on hand!


10. Groovy [adj.] Cool, wonderful. (c. 1960s – 1970s)

“I got a new lava lamp for my pad. It’s really groovy.”


9. “You snooze, you lose.” Idiom meaning “if you wait too long, someone else will beat you to it.” (c. 1990s.)

“Oh, you wanted the last cookie? Too bad! You snooze, you loose!”


8. Antsville. [n.] A densely populated place. (c. 1950s)

“Antsville is getting to me. Let’s take my wheels for a spin in the country.”


7. “Zoinks!” [interj.] Used to express fright. (c. 1970s)

“Did you see that ghost, Scooby? Zoinks!”


6. Big cheese. [n.] Big shot, boss. (c. 1920s)

“Listen to his ‘refined’ talk about Roquefort and Beemster Graskaas. Who does he think he is, the big cheese?”


5. “You slay me!” An expression meaning, “You crack me up!” (c. 1920s)

“Did you really just dance the funky chicken on national news? You slay me!”


4. “Eat my shorts.” A general comeback. (c. 1980s)

“What’s that? You say you make a better mac ‘n’ cheese? Eat my shorts!”


3. On the stick. [adj.] Intelligent, prepared. (c. 1950s)

“Thank goodness you brought an umbrella! You’re really on the stick.


2. “Can you dig it?” A saying for “Do you understand?” (c. 1960s)

“It’s useless trying to plant this tree without a shovel. Can you dig it?”


1. “…NOT!” [interj.] Used at the end of a sentence to indicate falsity. (c. 1990s)

“I have a pet dinosaur named Zelda… NOT!”


Which old (or new) expressions make you laugh?




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You The Designer: 40 Excellent Fabric Textures for Your Next Designs

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