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  • Heels in high school?

    Posted on 08/30/2010 by Mary

    If you watch enough TV you'd think everyone wears four-inch heels to school... but the realities of getting from class to class mean they're much rarer in real life. Some girls like the height and look of them; and some girls aren't even allowed to wear them to school.

    Are you a heel-in-high school person, or do you save them for special occasions? Which, if any, of these heels would you (or could you) consider wearing to school?

    Va-va-vampy heels

    Straight up high heels are only for the brave and dedicated. The cushiony wedge on these (A) leopard print espadrilles might make them kinder on your feet if you have a lot of walking to do. And the (B) cobalt blue patent pumps would definitely get you noticed. Would you feel self-conscious in either of these? Confident? Comfortable? Would you save them for the day you're asking your crush out, or just bust 'em out any ol' day?

    Boot-heels

    Since a boot lends more stability, a lot of people who feel awkward walking in pumps find them more manageable. Could you see yourself strutting the hallways in these (C) suede military booties? Or too much? And these (D) cowgirlish boots offer the same height-enhancement as many of the higher heels featured here, but don't seem so... high-heely. Think you could you swing 'em?

    Easy heels

    These gentler heels offer a little height, and less of a threat to your ankles -- and possibly your school's dress code. The wedginess of them also makes walking in them slightly less harsh on your constitution. Would anyone look at you cross-eyed for rocking these (E) mod, silvery slingbacks or (F) gladiator wedges?

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Degrassi stars: The Boiling Point will be "cataclysmic."

    Posted on 07/09/2010 by Mary

    Hey all! So, good times with Ray and Charlotte (aka Sav and Holly J) in NY yesterday -- I still have a lot to transcribe and you'll see it all eventually but I wanted to drop two of their answers to your questions on them asap. 'Cause we're TEN DAYS from the Boiling Point y'all! That's like, an official countdown!

    Facultybob asks: "Can you give me some shocking hints about what happens in Season 10? Is someone going to die? I'm really excited and can't wait."

    Charlotte: Ok, what I'm most passionate about in all the story lines is sort of the gender identity situation which, we can't give too much away cause it's gonna unfold the way it will. But that topic I was really excited that they tackled.

    There's also some other completely... like, even the most recent scripts we read, some of the areas they go to with Eli's character? I had no idea what was going on with Eli's character when I read the script. I was like, "Oh my god, this is something they sooo haven't tackled before."

    And then just in general, everything has really been stepped up. Like right from the first episode -- Fiona's going through some really rough stuff. There's a lot of tension... I mean, that's why it's called the Boiling Point; there's tension building underneath the surface of every character. And it all comes to a head...

    Ray: Cataclysmic.

    Charlotte: Cataclysmic is right.

    Ray:: I like that word.

    Chao asks: "Should I get a Mohawk?"

    Charlotte (without hesitation): Yes.

    Ray: Get what this... what is this called?
    (Ray likes my haircut. We talked about it in Toronto. I have really asymmetrical hair, shaved and weird on one side and long on the other -- not totally unlike my avi hair -- which, Ray said earlier that as soon as they're done shooting this season he's going to do pretty much the same. - Mary)

    Ray: I like it. Get that. If anybody's getting anything, get that.

    Charlotte: Yeah, I like mohawks a lot. Is it a boy or a girl? Whether it's a boy or a girl, I think mohawks are really sexy so, go for it.

  • D.J.'s shoe-obsessed... and she's not alone.

    Posted on 06/26/2010 by Lisa

    "Blow Outs are so rad. They actually inhale and exhale as you walk. And if I don't get these I'm going to be a total geek." That's D.J. from Full House, describing a pair of sneakers she's dying to own. (It happens in the "Working Girl" episode, which airs on TeenNick tonight @ 9pm.) I feel her pain, because I've been known to get a bit shoe-obsessed, too.

    I get shoe-crushes on pretty much every pair that Irregular Choice makes, because I love bright-colored shoes that really stand out. I wish I owned them ALL... but that'd be pricey, and I'd need a bigger closet. I also have an adorable pair of ruffly pink Payless flats that I wear all the time. Colorful shoes just make me happy.

    Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Did you obsess for a while before you bought them?

  • Degrassi Gear at Hot Topic!

    Posted on 06/15/2010 by Mary

    Old school Degrassi shirt from Hot Topic Your T-shirt drawer is probably so crammed with crap T-shirts you never wear anymore. And there are all these new Degrassi shirts at Hot Topic, just waiting to be lovingly folded into your collection. It's unjust I say. UNJUST!

    Unlame T-shirts, too, I swear! There's a Degrassi Panthers shirt, and even better there are RETRO Degrassi shirts, like this one. Yay life.

  • Thongs. How do they make you feel?

    Posted on 06/05/2010 by Mary

    Thongs. Some people like them, I hear.

    I am just not a thonger. I only own one thong anymore, a pair of Manowar buttfloss that my old boss bought me (not like that. It was a joke).

    I have thought about thongs, I have sampled thongs, I have friends who swear by thongs... but I do not thong.

    Do you have any?

    Do you actually wear the ones you have? If yes, why?

    And if yes, do you constantly want to pick a wedge?

    Please, share with me your deepest most innermost thoughts about thongs.

  • How to make your own bubble skirt

    Posted on 05/30/2010 by Mary

    Bubble skirt for promKelly Henderson from Harsh Designs gave me this tip at the Degrassi carnival shoot -- if you find a cute vintage or thrift prom dress and want to customize it, you could always turn it into a bubble skirt (kind of like Zoe Saldana's wearing in that picture). Here's how:

    1) When you have your dress (probably one that's not already super short), buy a shorter skirt made out of jersey fabric -- a somewhat fitted one, rather than a circle skirt.

    2) Then sew the bottoms of the skirts together, gathering the fabric of the outer dress to fit the jersey skirt (somewhat symmetrically -- kind of like pleats, but you don't have to be militant about the measurements). Experiment with pins first to make sure you like how it bubbles out.

    3) You just wear the jersey skirt waistline around your waist with the dress over it; the bottom of the outer dress will be pulled into a bubble shape.

  • Prom hair tips from a Degrassi stylist

    Posted on 05/26/2010 by Mary

    At the Degrassi carnival shoot, since everyone was looking so gorgeous and all, I decided to ask some of the hair and wardrobe stylists if they had any advice for prom. The hair the cast was wearing that day was all a little too high-maintenance for a night out dancing, but I did find out about:

    A simple, elegant, danceable prom hairstyle

    A low side chignon for prom Hair stylist Heather Fox recommended a low, loose chignon for prom, because:

    1) It's beautiful and elegant. (Here's a pic of Amy Adams wearing the same style to the Oscars last year.)

    2) It's simple enough that if it falls out 'cause you're dancing too hard, you can go into the bathroom and do it again, no sweat.

    3) Since it's a loose, soft look, you don't have to put a tube of gel and two cans of hairspray on it. So your hair will be touchable.

    Here's how:

    1) After your hair is thoroughly dry, pull it gently into a low side ponytail. Don't pull it tight... just gather the hair and secure it gently with a ponytail holder.

    2) Back-comb the ponytail (also known as "teasing" it), but don't be rough with it. Just enough to give it a little volume.

    3) Twist the ponytail around loosely once or twice, roll it into a very loose bun, and use as many bobby pins as you need to secure it. Then finish with a light coat of hairspray.

    4) Don't worry about every little flyaway hair. If you plaster them into submission, this hairstyle loses its charm.

    Awesome. And next time... one of the wardrobe stylists told me how to make a cute DIY bubble skirt out of any ol' thrifted prom dress. Coming soon!

  • Degrassi Wardrobe Tip: Declan's hoodie

    Posted on 05/20/2010 by Lisa

    Nice hoodie, Declan!After Mary posted about Declan's wardrobe awhile back, great1zero wrote in with a question about Declan's striped hoodie:

    "I have been trying to identify the designer of it for awhile now but haven' t had any luck and was hoping you could help out. Declan wears a lot of cool clothes and I never seem to see any name brands on any of them."

    I checked in with Steve Wright, the wardrobe supervisor on Degrassi. He says, "The hoodies in question are from Montreal, Canada. Point Zero is the brand." Steve also mentioned that Declan wears a lot of Armani Exchange and that "you can find great stuff at the outlet store for cheap."

    So there you go! YAY, now we can all dress like Declan.

  • Guys' prom shoes are kinda gross.

    Posted on 05/19/2010 by Mary

    You know those weird tux rental shoes that are like pointy and have almost no sole? Also the generalized idea of shoe rental is seems more appropriate for the bowling alley than a formal dance, no?

    Black Patent Chucks -- Guys' Prom Shoes That Aren't Ugly Anyway, there are options! These patent leather Chuck hi-tops aren't hard to find (here's a link... they're all over the Internet and probably the stores, too). I also saw a pair of black patent Vans slip-ons (covet, covet), but it was someone selling them used.

    Actually... a girl could rock something like that with her dress, if that's her style and she's feeling saucy. And she wants to actually dance instead of teeter around getting blisters.

    It's your prom; wear what you want, right?

  • Complete Prom Looks for $150. True Story.

    Posted on 05/13/2010 by Mary

    Someone asked you last minute? Or you just found out some other girl is wearing your dress? You know, you can replace your entire prom look for under $150, like right now. 'Cause, real talk: the key to having an awesome prom is not how much you spend. (The real key is a complicated formula involving friends, dates, after-prom plans, and who's in charge of hiring the DJ.) Not to mention, prom tickets are expensive enough these days.

    With that in mind, we found -- and it wasn't even that hard! -- four different head to toe prom looks for less than $150. Except one that went $5 over, but... don't call the cops on us, OK?

    The Party Girl, $144.64 (Total)

    Coral polka dot dress, $59.90 at windsorstore.com; White bow pumps, $24.99 at payless.com; Silver bow wristlet, $32.45 at shoebuy.com; Rhinestone cuff, $27.30 at cache.com.

    The Little Black Dress, $134.88 (Total)

    Black diagonal strap dress, $52.99 at gojane.com; Red-soled black satin peep-toe pumps, $39. 99 at flyjane.com; Rhinestone ponytail holder $11.95 at discountdance.com; Black lace clamshell clutch, $29.95 at dsw.com.

    Too Cool for Prom, $132.48 (Total)

    Floral dress, $51.99 at modcloth.com; Purple gladiator heels, $39.99 at flyjane.net; Purple crystal dangle earrings, $18 at etsy.com; Silver fold-over clutch, $22.50 at ebags.com.

    Hot but Girly, $155.29 (Total)

    Yellow satin ruffle pump, $22.99 at charlotterusse.com; Black and white dress, $99 at promgirl.com; Big ol' dangly crystal earrings, $13.50 at sammoon.com; Black slinky mesh bag, $19.80 at ebags.com