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Coffee Break: Celine Pumps

Ron White Celine | CorporetteThese beautiful, feminine heels look gorgeous — and while there are only a few reviews, they’re all really positive. I like the bow, and in general I’m a fan of strappy pumps. They’re available in four colors at Zappos for $495. Ron White Celine

These pumps are similar but more affordable.

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Love It or Leave It: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Box Mamma Bag

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If there’s something Dolce & Gabbana loves reliably, it’s a literal fashion homage to something overtly Italian, and for Fall 2015, the duo’s chosen target is the traditional Italian mother. Not only did they have pregnant models walk the runway in several looks, but they’ve emblazoned a series of bags with mom cartoons, some of them rendered in sequins and embroidery.

We all made cute drawings of our moms when we were kids, and the vast majority of them are stowed in folders or plastic tubs somewhere in our parents’ attics or under our childhood beds, if they’re around at all. One such drawing, though, has been immortalized on the bag you see above, which will run you $2,995 via Net-a-Porter.

I’m all for celebrating moms (mine is great, and so was hers), but this seems like a ham-fisted way to celebrate them, particularly when moms are the ones theoretically shelling out three grand for the bags. Not to mention, of course, that the duo made some insensitive public comments about non-traditional motherhood shortly after unveiling the collection. It all makes the tone of the bags seem a little weird.

Are you into these bags, or do they miss the mark? Let us know in the comments.

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Love It or Leave It: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Box Mamma Bag

Dolce-and-Gabbana-Dolce-Box-Mamma-Bag

If there’s something Dolce & Gabbana loves reliably, it’s a literal fashion homage to something overtly Italian, and for Fall 2015, the duo’s chosen target is the traditional Italian mother. Not only did they have pregnant models walk the runway in several looks, but they’ve emblazoned a series of bags with mom cartoons, some of them rendered in sequins and embroidery.

We all made cute drawings of our moms when we were kids, and the vast majority of them are stowed in folders or plastic tubs somewhere in our parents’ attics or under our childhood beds, if they’re around at all. One such drawing, though, has been immortalized on the bag you see above, which will run you $2,995 via Net-a-Porter.

I’m all for celebrating moms (mine is great, and so was hers), but this seems like a ham-fisted way to celebrate them, particularly when moms are the ones theoretically shelling out three grand for the bags. Not to mention, of course, that the duo made some insensitive public comments about non-traditional motherhood shortly after unveiling the collection. It all makes the tone of the bags seem a little weird.

Are you into these bags, or do they miss the mark? Let us know in the comments.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Interview N.W.A

As an exclusive cover story for Billboard, Kendrick Lamar was given the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of his biggest icons, N.W.A. Kendrick, a fellow Compton native who claims “Anything that I do, at all, has come from what y’all [N.W.A] done,” brought up a number of topics to the seminal rap group, such as how Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella balance their work and family lives, their favorite rappers in the game (which include Kendrick, Pusha T, and Drake), their legacy and the impact left by their late friend and former member Eazy-E.

“He knew before we knew what was going to pop,” explains Ren. And though Dre admits that though he and Eazy “argued night and day,” it was “always out of mutual respect. Always out of a desire to get the best. And always settled with a cool compromise.”

Watch the full conversation between Kendrick and N.W.A here. Afterwards, be sure to listen to Dr. Dre’s Compton and find out 5 key facts about N.W.A before seeing Straight Outta Compton, which hits theaters tomorrow.

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Gregg Allman Previews Peach Fest, Talks Allmans Reunion

The Allman Brothers-curated Peach Festival returns for its fourth season of jammy vibes, screaming fiddles and drum circles this weekend, but, according to Gregg Allman, don’t expect this to be the moment where his band, who took their final ride to midnight at the Beacon Theater last year, comes together for an impromptu (or even planned) reunion. Because, if the Allmans ever do jam again, Allman likes to think bigger — and doesn’t want it to appear like just a publicity stunt for the annual event tucked away on the Montage Mountain resort outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

“It’s a coincidence that we are on the same bills, because we are booked by different people,” Allman tells Rolling Stone Country about the lineup, which includes ex-bandmates like Warren Haynes, Jai “Jaimoe” Johnson and Oteil Burbridge, along with Bob Weir (with Billy and the Kids), Willie Nelson & Family, Old Crow Medicine Show and Santana, as well as buzzy groups like Whiskey Myers and Cabinet. “They don’t book us together so we can jam. Check with me in two or four years — I don’t know the timeline — but if we did [reunite], we’d do it right. And to do it right, we’d do a whole damn tour. I’m not ruling that out, and I never did.”

So good and bad news from Allman: a long-term revival tour isn’t out of the question, though this year’s Peach Festival will be more about showcasing their solo selves. Allman, for one, just released the excellent Live from Macon, GA, and Haynes’ Ashes and Dust has been inspiring similar praise for its set of bluegrass-inspired originals. But does Allman have mixed feelings heading into the first Peach since the Brothers disbanded?

“It feels fine, just fine,” he says, much more eager to shower his new band with praise than harp on the past. “Anyway, I got my work cut out for me. Every night [my band] astounds me with how tight they are. . .they are so in tune. It took me seven years to find these guys.”

As an entity, the Peach Festival has a nice way of illustrating the bridge between Nashville and jam-band rock & roll. Nelson has mastered the hippie-country crossover, and both the Allmans and the Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead personified the infusion of southern spirit. The event has also prioritized spotlighting Pennsylvania-based artists, like Philadelphia’s jam-meets-EDM quintet Lotus, and Cabinet, a bluegrass-rooted outfit from Scranton who will play three out of four nights.

“We’ve been playing since the first year it started,” says J.P. Biondo of Cabinet, one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know. “We’re looking forward to hanging out with some of our idols. The setting on Montage Mountain is perfect, it’s the perfect setup for a festival. But it’s also a great blend of people. It’s not too crazy of a party, and it’s not too straightforward. A good mix of folks.” Cabinet’s sound — a rollicking blend of roots and danceable, classic-rock energy — is pretty reflective of the eclectic lineup.

“I always look forward to performing alongside such talented artists at the Peach Music Festival,” says Jaimoe, who plays with his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band on Friday and with Butch Trucks on Saturday. “You can’t beat the energy of the crowd at Montage Mountain, and I look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing great music to the Northeast.”

The Peach Festival kicks off tonight with two sets from Dark Star Orchestra on the main stage (and a rumored all-star jam) and continues through Sunday. Allman headlines tomorrow, after which he’ll tour through the summer, including a stop at his own first-annual Laid Back Festival in New York. Next on the agenda? Another solo record, for which he dreams about collaborating with Sam Smith.

“Though I enjoyed it,” says Allman, “I thought 45 years with the Allman Brothers was plenty enough.” For now, at least.

Top 5 Unexpected Canvas Bags: Yes We Canvas!

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As we head towards the end of summer (noooo!), there is one thing we don’t need to leave behind. While nautical prints and caftans will have to move to the back of closet, there’s a certain fabric that gets to remain front and center: Canvas.

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Top 5 Unexpected Canvas Bags: Yes We Canvas!

givenchy_messenger_balenciaga_shoulder_karenwalker_shoulder_zagliani_tote_toryburch_clutch_canvas_bag

As we head towards the end of summer (noooo!), there is one thing we don’t need to leave behind. While nautical prints and caftans will have to move to the back of closet, there’s a certain fabric that gets to remain front and center: Canvas.

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Naked Nails, Nail Care… and Polish

naked-nails-professionalCan naked nails be a polished look?  Are unpolished, unmanicured nails unprofessional?  Reader A has an important question:

I have a reader question that I’d like advice on. I’m about to start my first job out of law school and would love to have a very low-maintenance nail routine (no color polish) that I can do at home. Mostly, I have terrible cuticles and I’d like to have a more polished appearance, but my job is not flexible about leaving during working hours and I’d rather spend my weekends with my kid. Manicures seem like a waste if I’m avoiding color polish. Can you or readers advise? Should I be trying to fit in weekly/monthly manicures as a requirement of working?

This one speaks to me as I also hate spending time on manicures — so I’m curious to hear what readers say here. As I’ve discussed before, there was about a month of my life (maaaaybe 6 weeks) right after I got engaged that I went for manicures weekly. Then: it got old. I don’t particularly enjoy them, I get bored if I can’t be reading during it (like one can with pedicures), and with the recent NYT exposé on nail salons I’ve just skipped the entire routine this summer. I have, in the past, advised readers to get a simple manicure (with clear or light pink or beige polish) for job interviews and possibly the first week of the job, on the assumption that you’re shaking a lot of people’s hands and you want to look as polished as possible.

But after that: I say, screw it.  I type way too much for manicures to last a long time on me, I stink at doing them myself, and I really hate the experience of getting a manicure. (And I keep hearing horrible things about gel manicures, but maybe that’s me!)  I keep my nails short and neat… and that’s about it.  I’ve been a fan of Nail Envy in the past when I’ve wanted to do a bit more upkeep (and we had a recent post a few months ago where we talked about nail brightening polishes, which still intrigue me), but for most of my working life I’ve just left my nails plain.

Raggedy cuticles can be another thing, I suppose, and I have a few thoughts on that point as well.  First, a regular manicure may just make your cuticles worse unless you’re getting a treatment done on your nails; I’ve always read that for health reasons it’s best to not clip your cuticles (see this article from WebMD).  Personally I find that regularly moisturizing my hands really helps with my cuticles — just a simple bottle of Curel on your office desk or in your bathroom at home can help with that.  If you’re still noticing a problem beyond that, you can always take the next step and use gloves — either plastic gloves to protect your hands while doing the dishes, and/or moisturizing gloves at night to help moisturize your hands.

Ladies, I’m curious: what are your thoughts on naked nails at work? At what point do nails or cuticles become a Problem?  What are your best tips for caring for them — any favorite products for cuticle care? 

Pictured: My own nails, in a picture taken about 10 minutes after I got engaged.  All rights reserved.

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