Homme Sweet Homme – Paul Newman

Dear Paul Newman, Because of the Old Hollywood theme of last night’s Oscars, I have classic movie stars on my brain. I’ve been playing with a theory for a while now and I thought a cloudy Monday would be the ideal time to make it public. My theory is that you are the most attractive and stylish human being that ever lived. Here is the evidence: It doesn’t hurt that you were buddies with one of my favorite writers ever (Gore Vidal) or that you created a great brand of organic foods (Newman’s Own). Your face, your clothes, your career….

Outdoortimez in the City

Dear Cities, You know, I love living in a bustling city filled with people from all over. But lately, I’ve been feeling cooped up. All I do every day is drive around searching for stuff. Which is fun. But sometimes I just want to get away from everything. Normally, when I feel this way I go visit my parents in the forest where I grew up. But work has prohibited getting away lately so I’ve been craving some time away from the crowds, outside in nature. This week, Emily is hosting some web shows for HGTV so I’ve been helping…

Dollhouse Update: Done? Not Even Close!

Dear Dollhouse, We’ve had a tumultuous relationship. At first, I loved you hard. I worked so dilligently on you and was so excited to see you. Now, I fall into the fetal position an start crying every time I hear the word “Dollhouse.” I’m not saying that working on the dollhouse isn’t the funnest thing I’ve ever done in my whole entire life, I’m just saying that my life is devoid of the kind of “free time” that would be conducive to contributing the necessary time to my beloved dollhouse. Anyway, I have made a bit of progress with the…

What is a Food Stylist Anyway?

By Contributing Food Editor Jared Levan Dear Non-Food Stylists, I would like to set the record straight on what exactly we, as food stylists, do for you and your endless love of food. Though you may not realize, food as you know it could not be the same devoid the skills we employ to practically every photo shoot or TV show you’ve ever seen. For example, do you think the limes in this photo just happened to fall into frame and angle themselves perfectly in respect to the light source? Nope. Did this perfect sprig of cilantro trim and place…

Fun With Fashion: Hippie Weirdo Artist Glamour

Dear Fashion World, I go through phases with fashion. Sometimes, I’m preppy. Sometimes, I’m casual. And sometimes I want to dress like a crazy misunderstood artist. Right now I’m feeling a strong attraction to anything casual or hippie-inspired. I just want to put on some comfortable, soft, flowing clothing with a lot of layers and sit at a coffee shop talking about my feelings to anyone who will listen. The following looks are from Diesel Black Gold. For more Diesel Black Gold looks go here. These three exciting ensembles are from Acne. These looks incorporate one small hippie nod (the…

Whut Glamour – Richard Haines Fashion Illustrations

Dear Artist & Illustrator┬áRichard Haines, I was perusing the style section of the NYT recently when I came across some of your fashion illustrations. They reminded me of how much I love your work and how much joy I get from looking at the drawings you create. Seeing them makes me want to be transported into a cartoon world where everything is as gorgeous and appealing as it is in your work. The line quality, the casual yet refined rendering style, the lovely washes of color. It all makes me so happy. Thanks for making such pretty illustrations. Thanks also…

Why It’s Okay To Be Sad About Whitney

Dear Diary, I was in the car on Sunday after the Rose Bowl Flea Market and a Whitney medley came on the radio. At which point tears started streaming down my face. I was a little confused as to what I was so upset about. After all, it’s not like I was besties with Whitney Houston or that I was one of her biggest fans. Quite the contrary, I made fun of her crazy antics along with everyone else. But upon further investigation I’ve decided what bothers me so much about her death is the loss of something so beautiful,…

Chili: The “Gumbo of the Midwest”

By Contributing Food Editor Jared Levan Dear Chili, We’ve historically recognized you as a spicy stew made of beef, red chilies/chili powder, tomatoes and beans, but these days it seems you’ve lost that straight-forward sense of identify. When you look at any number of recipes today, the combinations aren’t limited to just beans and beef. On the contrary, the combinations are practically endless yet they all retain the name chili. Some have meat and no beans. Some have vegetables and no meat or beans…it reminds me of gumbo, actually. A wise man once described gumbo to me as follows: “If…

Wherefore Art Thou Roman Shade?

Dear Roman Polanski, I know you’ve been quite controversial recently, and I’m not going to comment on that. What I will comment on is the fact that you share a name with my favorite type of window covering (Roman Shades). And perhaps that counts for something. Actually, no it doesn’t… Roman Shades are a great alternative to drapery for a few reasons. Firstly, if you’re a dude (or a butch lesbian), they’re way more masculine in appearance than a flowing drape. Having them in your apartment and/or home will make you look way less ladypants than a house full of…