Monday, February 28, 2011

Need Something to Cure That Hangover?

Queasy Pops from Three Lollies (of California) are a healthcare-professional-recommended treat manufactured to cure your upset stomach.

The formula combines all-natural essential oils with aromatherapy and may be perfect for fixing that post-crazy-evening hangover should you be so unlucky to have it.

Purchase the remedy for around $4 HERE.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

VIMwatch: 2011 Academy Awards

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (promoted oddly as "Oscar" this year) have finally happened and the fashion was, again, fabulous. Below see our top picks of tonight's stunners.


Again, Mila Kunis stunned on the red carpet (she is killing it lately!) in a purple, lace Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. Kunis' accessories were from Neil Lane (jewelry) and Bottega Veneta (clutch).

A performer for the night, Gwyneth Paltrow, looked amazing in her metallic-gold — or silver, we can't tell — Calvin Klein dress (the metallic look is quite the trend this awards season — tough to pull off but quite beautiful when done right). Paltrow topped off her look with Brian Atwood heels and a gorgeous Louis Vuitton ring (among other lovely accessories).


When it comes to the Academy Awards, the men tend to play it safe, sporting the classic tuxedo look. This style was brought to perfection on the 2011 red carpet by the men of The Social Network who all looked awesome (and might we say are part of one of the sexiest casts ever). From left, we have Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield and below right is Jesse Eisenberg.

Russell Brand, who took his mother to this year's Oscars (as his wife is currently on tour), was a presenter at this year's awards and we love his funky take on the penguin look. He chose a plaid undershirt and navy blue color with black accents to spice up his look.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Quote of the Day: February 25

"I'm very careful about the things I buy because a year from now, I know I'm gonna look at a thing that I spent 30 grand on and say, 'What the heck was I thinking? I don't want a diamond skull.'"

Miley Cyrus, actress/musician, on shopping to Marie Claire.

Mirrors, Mirrors on the Wall

Mirrors are a design element that can often be overlooked in spaces. Boring, stale frames leave mirrors hanging lifeless on walls.

Here we provide a different (cheaper!) way to dress up your mirrors:

Creating a collage offers a great way to mix different styles of art and can also work for mirrors. By purchasing different miror shapes, sizes and styles you can mix and match to create your own work of art. This idea works for all different types of spaces from modern to eclectic. It’s just a matter of picking out which mirrors work the best for you. If you place them close together, it will give the appearance of one large mirror; or, feel free to space them farther apart for more visual interest. Painting all the different styles the same color makes your mirror-collage more unified (avoiding the eclectic). Also, it creates more appeal and gives off the illusion that the room is larger than it actually is.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Say 'No' to the Seventies

We're usually quick to jump on-board with the most current fashion trends because, let's face it, who doesn't love a new look? But this year's most recent trend, which aims to bring back the style of the Seventies, is not our cup o' tea.

Stylish celebs Vanessa Hudgens and January Jones were recently spotted out and about sporting psychadelic, bell bottom chic.

Our response? Oh please no.

We prefer to leave the 1970s where they are and seek to remember them solely through photos and footage of Woodstock (and maybe in period pics).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quote of the Day: February 22

"I was never raised to think that I was pretty. It’s not that I was raised to think I was unattractive, but it was just never something that was pointed out to me by my family."

Mila Kunis, actress, on beauty to W Magazine.

Introducing... Sex at State

Good afternoon and welcome to my debut VIM column "Sex at State." Before diving into the many different issues that plague our East Lansing existence, I want to introduce myself (and warn you what you're getting yourself into). A lot of this column is "about me" and I find that I have had a number of typical college experiences (mixed with not-so-typical ones that you'll probably just be happy did not happen to you). I also have a number of friends who have helped me through it all and kept me sane, but who also provide me with great stories of their own ... especially when it comes to dating.

I think that I've dated almost every kind of guy there is in this small bubble of ours—the jock, the pretty boy, the rocker, the charmer, the list goes on. I am lucky enough to have had that life-changing relationship that most people are looking for, only to have my heart ripped out at the end of it, but that is a story for later.

My love for this school and its little city never falters, though it may sometimes kick my ass. I guess you could say that I've had a great time, bopping around, trying to figure out what the hell I'm supposed to do with my life. There are still a ton of things I don’t know, but I’ve found that I learn best from falling down and forcing myself to get back up. After all, college is the time in your life when you're supposed to make mistakes because later the "real word" is not going to be as forgiving.

So once a week, if you're up for some laughs, stories and life lessons, stay tuned…

…after all, I love a good story almost as much as I love a new pair of shoes.

Jennifer Aniston Debuts New 'Do

Jennifer Aniston and "hair" became synonymous when the starlet's cut during the second season of Friends was deemed "The Rachel" (a hairstyle the actress recently revealed that she hated *GASP*).

That said, Aniston debuted a shorter bob-style haircut this week in Madrid at a photo op for her newest flick, Just Go With It.


Hot Jam: Go Outside

Above is the new music video for "Go Outside" from indie pop artist Cults, signed to Lily Allen's label In the Name Of. The video stars actors Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, who just so happen to be related to even bigger stars, and is part of MTV's Supervideo project, pairing actors/filmmakers with artists for mini-movies.

We are loving the French/new wave theme.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Word-y Pledge

Read the Printed Word!
Thanks to Readtheprintedword [dot] ORG, print lovers all over the world can now find and embed one of ten buttons to be used all over the Internet as a way of displaying their love of hand-held texts (no matter the form) and of supporting publishing in its most basic fashion.

We obviously love to read, not only as writers and publishers but as educated students. If you also love to read (and find this as neat as we do), feel free to choose your favorite image and embed it on your Facebook, blog, website or any other online tool you enjoy using and pledge to support printed words.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Quote of the Day: February 18

"As an actor you have no control over the final product. It’s hard because you’re so involved in the pre-production process and the filming process, but as soon as that’s over, you’re not really a part of it anymore."

Ryan Gosling, actor, on his craft to Interview Magazine.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

VIMwatch: 2011 BAFTAs


If it hasn't been made obvious already, we pretty much adore Brown University sophomore and British actress Emma Watson. Last night, the Harry Potter hottie chose a one-shouldered, lace Valentino gown and absolutely stunned, putting many of the others to shame.

We simply couldn't come to a decision regarding our second choice so have decided it's a tie: The always lovely Amy Adams chose a salmon-colored Elie Saab gown for the event and the Fighter actress and mother wowed us from head to toe. Also, Harry Potter star and recently engaged young lady Bonnie Wright managed to create bohemian-chic for the red carpet in a creation from Clements Ribeiro.


Always a Spartan favorite, Gerard Butler looked dapper over the weekend as he sported a classic black-and-white suit and silk bow tie.

Second only to Gerard, designer Tom Ford attended the ceremony as Julianne Moore's date and looked ravishing in what we can only assume is his own, velvet coat creation. Work that red carpet, Tom.

Ways to Go 'Pink'

Pink isn’t just for Valentine’s Day anymore and can be a great way to brighten up your space, something that's always important during the dreary winter months. Even the smallest amount of color will draw attention and please the eye.

Scared of that much color?
Try using a muted coral or blush. From a piece of furniture to a single flower, pink can give life to any space you put it in.

Monday, February 14, 2011

In the Mood for Love

Whether you are or are not attached on this most loved (or most hated) holiday, we at VIM thought it more than appropriate to provide a list of our top picks for the best romantic films to date.
1. Casablanca (1942)
A classic any time of year, this '40s smash involves the timeless story of a couple torn apart during a time when the world was as well. (Hint: It's centered around World War II.)

2. Titanic (1997)
If Leo didn't make your heart swoon in the late 1990s as a result of his portrayal of Jack Dawson (or you didn't convince your parents to let you go so you could see the fully naked Kate Winslet), we're not quite sure where you were hiding. One of the highest grossing films of all time, Titanic is the love story of a generation and will surely live on for many years. (Cue "My Heart Will Go On.")

3. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
While not your standard "love story," this indie flick (released in the summer of 2009) tells it like it is and involves the offbeat story of a man who falls for a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, featuring excellent performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

4. The Notebook (2004)
Nicholas Sparks is undoubtedly the romance author of the times and the story that inspired this flick is perhaps one of the best novel-to-screen adaptations we have ever seen (we may even like it more than its prototype).

5. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal star in this witty tale of two friends over the span of many years that continuously avoid romantic involvement, though it's obvious to nearly everyone else around them that they're perfect for each other. The notorious "will they or won't they" dilemma. We can almost feel the tension.
Now you have all the makings to get together with friends (or lovers), curl up with some popcorn and enjoy these romance masterpieces.

VIMwatch: 2011 Grammy Awards


Attending the award show to pay tribute to Ms. Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson stunned in her navy, mullet-style Versace number. She topped off the look with jewelry by Neil Lane and some fabulous Louboutin shoes.

One of our fave stars, Jennifer Lopez, is on quite the comeback press tour with multiple endorsement deals and a new stint on American Idol. JLo, seemingly, can do no wrong and last night at the Grammys was no exception as she rocked an amazing Pucci mini, looking like the prettiest disco ball we've ever seen. To add to her look, Lopez carried a Cartier clutch and sported Louboutin heels.


The men of Glee blew all the other nominees out of the water last a mile. Most notable (and perhaps our favorite characters) were Kevin McHale and Darren Criss, who each ditched the classic, black tuxedo look for less conventional (yet absolutely adorable) white and gray suits, respectively.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Quote of the Day: February 10

"I've learned that you can't predict or plan for [love]...Love is the one wild card."

Taylor Swift, musician, on finding love to Glamour.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Obsession: Nixon's 'Rubber Player'

One of Nixon's newest creations, The Rubber Player, comes in a variety of colors and has our hearts aflutter.

Since early winter, we've become obsessed with rubber watches, not to mention oversized items, so this Eighties-inspired, color explosion fits our preferences to a tee (especially this green one!).

Purchase one of the watches for $150 HERE.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hip Hop Doc to Premiere in East Lansing

MSU filmmaker, Matt Ortlieb is premiering his first-ever, feature-length documentary Respiration: Feel the City Breathing this Saturday, February 12 in East Lansing.

In honor of Black History Month, the event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the RCAH Theatre in the basement of Snyder-Phillips Hall.

Click here to view an extended preview of the film.
Check out the Facebook event here.

Quote of the Day: February 8

"People think, 'You’re an actor, you can afford clothes,' but I just try to take the clothes from (my movies), which makes the selecting of film projects that much more difficult, because you try to play characters that might wear something you’d want to wear."

Jesse Eisenberg, actor, on his fashion sense to Interview Magazine.

Green Cleaning

Caldrea is a company famous for creating quality, earth-friendly cleaning products that smell fabulous and fresh.

The key is their method of combining essential oils with leading-edge cleaning know-how. Further, all Caldrea liquid products are biodegradable (and all packaging is recyclable!).

The Caldrea Essential Collection is now available at Target with prices ranging from $9 to $26.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

VIM Picks: Best Ads of Super Bowl XLV

There are two things to take away from the Super Bowl each year: the game itself (especially the champs—congratulations Green Bay) and the advertisements. Below is VIM's countdown of this year's top five ads. Let us know if you agree (or disagree)!

5. Doritos (House Sitting)

4. Chevy Cruze (Status)

3. Bud Light (Product Placement)

2. NFL (American Family)

1. Chrysler (Imported from Detroit)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quote of the Day: February 5

"I'm a grown woman and sometimes, I might be a little fat, you know! Am I alone there? Not really!"

Leighton Meester, actress/singer, on being judged to NYLON Magazine

Friday, February 4, 2011

Attention Aspiring Fashion Designers!

The recently opened Michigan Fashion Proto (MFP), 1305 S. Cedar St., Ste. 304, has been established for YOU, aiming to provide designers, established businesses and students with a fully functioning pattern and sample room for production and production-management functions. The MFP consists of industrial machinery, professional standard goods and highly skilled workers.

Owner Rebecca Clark, 35, of Okemos has more than 12 years of experience working in New York's fashion district and has worked with such fashionable presences as Vera Wang, Daisy Fuentes and Lori Goldstein.

Clark's Michigan Fashion Proto will be officially introduced to the public through an opening event that will celebrate Michigan's budding fashion industry on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the MFP studio.

Check out the company's website HERE.

Save Up and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Starbucks reported in January that they will be raising prices this year (tisk, tisk). As a result, many of us may need to start occasionally skipping that morning latte and what better way to save than with a cool, new piggy bank.

Well, we've found that for you in the Coffee Fund Money Box.

You can purchase the bank for around $8 here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Quote of the Day: February 3

“…When you tell a kid that’s three years older than you to shove it, you’re going to get your ass beat.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and environmentalist, on being a punk to Rolling Stone.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Stop the Water" While Using THIS

According to NYLON Magazine, the new Stop the Water While Using Me line of skin and bath products is designed to do just that: conserve (and save) water.

The line will be released later this year and features toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners and facewashes (among more). Further, each bottle comes equipped with the brand's message (a.k.a. their name) to remind users of the environment and to not be wasteful.

Oh, and they're organic. So the question is:

Where do we sign up?

Crazy or Cool?

We'll let you be the judge of that.

Self-taught photographer Mariel Clayton creates all her work with a 35mm camera...using Barbie as a subject.

That's right: Barbie.

But not just ordinary Barbie, psychopathic Barbie (to be fair, sometimes Barbie doesn't look all that psycho in Clayton's work). Despite finding this art a little bit odd, we couldn't stop flipping through the site to see what Barbie would be doing next. After all, she was our favorite toy as a child.

Anyway, thoughts?