Whatever Wednesday: Princess Diana, Wendy Brandes, Miranda Kerr and more.

Princess Diana…Remembered?
There are certain moments in your life that impact you in such a way that you always remember exactly what you were doing when they occurred.  I have had a few of these.  The first was probably the Challenger explosion.  Another was 9/11/01.  Another was Princess Diana’s death in a tragic car accident on August 31, 1997.

Yesterday was the anniversary of that tragic accident.  While people around the world, especially those in London, were remembering her, a company in China began exploiting her image.  Jealousy International, a Chinese lingerie company, launched the campaign for their newest lingerie line, simply entitled “Diana.”  The slogan?  “Feel the Romance of British Loyalty.”  The images?  Disrespectful.  They hired a Diana look-a-like to pose for these photos in an attempt to gain notoriety and cash-in on the memory and popularity of Princess Diana.

There is nothing right about this.  


First of all, based on what we know of Princess Diana, she wouldn’t have been caught dead in a lingerie campaign. Second, there is nothing right about an image of a woman wearing lingerie, playing a cello, with a little boy in the scene. Is that supposed to be one of her sons? Ick.

The UK Daily Mail ran an article about the campaign and, needless to say, people are in an uproar.  In the UK it isn’t legal to use likenesses of the Royal Family in ads without their permission.  Too bad that rule doesn’t apply abroad.  #Fail.

Miranda Kerr: “A Vision of Femininity”  

Last month, Vogue Italia made waves with Steven Meisel’s controversial “Water & Oil” photoshoot.  How do you top having an oil-soaked Kristen McMenamy?  With Miranda Kerr.  Half-naked. 

In 3-D.

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Click here for the rest.

Steven Meisel shot these images of Kerr during a regular photoshoot and they were then converted to 3-D.  A spokesperson for Vogue Italia stated that, with this shoot, “[the magazine] escapes its own pages to become real in the hands of its readers…It reinvents itself and — first among fashion magazines — challenges, once again, the strict schemes of printed paper.”

Personally, I think 3-D is highly over-rated.  I feel like it’s become a gimmick to sell movies while adding nothing to the value of the film (don’t tell James Cameron, but I preferred the 2-D version of Avatar!).  Now it seems it’s become a gimmick to sell magazines as well.  

I don’t doubt the issue will sell well, it is something different, and she is beautiful.  Being that the images are also online, I can see it now – young boys everywhere busting out their 3-D Avatar glasses and “admiring” Kerr in all her 3-D glory.

Which magazine will do 3-D next?  Playboy?
F@#! Yeah, I
these rings…
Question One: How many of you are familiar with Kickstarter?  If not, check out this IFB article profiling the website.  

Question Two: How many of you have heard about Wendy Brandes’ Kickstarter project?  You can help her raise some much needed funds by pre-ordering her Fall 2010 Swear-Ring Collection! 

For anyone who may not be familiar with her work, Wendy Brandes is one of the most talented jewelry designers out there.  These are some of my favorite pieces (All images property of Wendy Brandes):

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

And this, of course, is my future engagement ring.  I just need to find the right man to buy it!


This swear ring (F@#!) is amongst her most popular sellers:


Now she is introducing three new rings (LOLZ, NYC, and OMG) to the collection for Fall 2010. Note: the GaGa ring is not available for purchase.

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

In order to keep the cost of these rings down for buyers, Wendy also has to keep the manufacturing costs down.  In order to do that, she has to manufacture the rings overseas instead of locally.  She explains more about this here

Wendy turned to Kickstarter to help her raise the factory minimum needed to move forward with the production of these new rings.  She was able to reach her initial Kickstarter Project goal of $7,000, but now with the introduction of the NYC ring, the factory minimum needed for the project has gone up to $10,000. 

She is currently at $8,745 of the $10,000 needed and has ten more days to raise the rest of her funds and kickstart this project.   

Pre-order any of these new rings today, or check out the other ways you can help her reach her goal!  I used this opportunity to finally buy my F@#! rings.  Can’t wait to get them!

Random Product Rave:
I have been getting compliments on my hair all morning.  “Did you get it done?”  Nope.  “Did you color it?” Nope.  “Did you wash your hair?”  Ha ha.  Funny.  “New haircut?”  Nope.  

So, what is different today, you ask? 

I used my newly purchased Moroccon Hair Oil Treatment for the first time.


Quite simply: this stuff kicks some serious you know what.  

Moroccan oil is derived from the Argan Tree which grows in Southwest Morocco.  If you’ve heard of Argan Oil, you know that it is extremely moisturizing.  It’s also ultra-light and non greasy.  I have tried other Argan oil products, like Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, and am a fan.  

I had never tried the Moroccan Hair Oil Treatment, though, until today.  After just one use, I have already decided that it will be a permanent fixture in my hair routine.  My hair feels wonderful.  It’s shiny, bouncy, smooth, and much more manageable than usual.  I have really thick yet fine hair, and the oil didn’t weigh it down at all.  

Plus, it smells like the Caribbean.  *love*

Now – what are you thinking about this Whatever Wednesday? 

All images from Google Images unless otherwise indicated.

{ 10 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Grit and Glamour September 2, 2010, 8:22 AM

    Ew, the Diana campaign. How is that legal? That's disgusting.

    ♥ V

  • style'n September 1, 2010, 6:39 PM

    Love that future engagement ring and I really need to try some moroccan oil!

  • WendyBrandes September 1, 2010, 6:17 PM

    This is soooo soooo nice of you! I can't thank you enough!

  • Beautifully Invisible September 1, 2010, 5:47 PM

    Even though the Moroccan Oil is a little pricey, you literally use SO little of it, I think the bottle will last ages. I have long hair (mid back length) and I had to use about a nickel-sized amount. Not a lot at all.

  • Beautifully Invisible September 1, 2010, 5:46 PM

    The Moroccan oil is wonderful. Buy it, buy it!

  • Beautifully Invisible September 1, 2010, 5:45 PM

    I think the ad is in bad taste all around. It's disrespectful to her memory as well as inappropriate.

    I am convinced 3_D is just a gimmick. Hopefully it's a fad that will disappear sooner rather than later.

  • Cloud of Secrets September 1, 2010, 5:12 PM

    I've heard such good things about Moroccan Oil in magazines, and it's even more impressive to read a random rave from an uncomped blogger. I think I'll need to make some room for it on the credit card soon, as another gal with thick but fine (and sometimes quite unmanagaeable) hair.

  • Tanvi September 1, 2010, 4:34 PM

    I have to get this Moroccan Oil already!!!

    Loved the post! I like Miss Kerr but I do not care much for 3D either!

  • Stylethroughhereyes September 1, 2010, 2:59 PM

    People seriously have no respect for others. I can't believe they made that campaign with Diana dresses in that attire right next to a LITTLE BOY! Honestly, this world is getting sicker and sicker.

    I agree with you about 3D! I'm so sick of it! I saw Avatar in 2D and 3D and I think the 2D is so much more realistic and less distracting. It took me a while for my eyes to adjust to the 3D and the glasses were giving me a headache! I can't believe they now have magazines in 3D…. I think that is a little ridiculous.

    Great post. Love your thoughts!