Spring Fashion 2015: SPY Takes Us ‘Crosstown’ With Guaranteed Happiness


Fashion Spotlight 2015: SPY Sunglasses have figured out how to boost your mood and make you look like a million bucks.SPY’s Crosstown Collection is the brand’s fashion-forward premium collection, handcrafted from acetate and mixed metals. It takes SPY’s beach-vibe to a more metropolitan setting.Some days you just can’t be bothered to apply a full face of makeup. Maybe you had a long night and your eyes are telling on you, screaming to the world that you had WAY too many drinkie-drinks. Or maybe you just haven’t made your next lash appointment!For Spring 2015, I fell for full Plum Camo Tort/Happy […]

Oscar’s Fashionable The Muses of Laura Kay, Sketch Artist


Oscar wasn’t the only thing shining at last night’s Academy Awards.Hollywood’s leading ladies pulled out all the stops when it came to the red carpet. Capturing the most glamorous looks of the night was Laura Kay, founder and artist of Diary Sketches, who re-created the best dressed…in sketch form!Sketching live throughout the broadcast, Kay freehand illustrated the most elegant ensembles, from Jennifer Lopez’s beaded blush Ellie Saab to Marion Cotillard Dior Haute Couture silk evening gown. Laura Kay’s website Diary Sketches is full of ultra-feminine illustrations. Plus her art can be purchased on her Etsy. Laura also does custom sketches.Inspired […]

Oscar Fashion Buzz: Crystal Cult’s Bedazzling Shades For Red Carpet Glare


Oscar Fashion spotlight: What would Cookie from Empire wear on the Oscar red carpet, sashaying up to that stick thin fashionista Giuliana Rancic? She’d be decked out in Crystal Cult’s screen goddess glasses that totally flipped us out when we got to see them! When you need to make a statement, and shine like a Silver Screen Siren, look to The Crystal Cult.Crystal Cult’s chic sunglasses are presented in an array of flattering looks to compliment any shape of face, and are priced affordably.Shine like a Silver Screen siren this award season with The Crystal Cult’s Swarovski crystal embellished sunglasses, adorned with […]

Baby Needs New Shoes: Freshly Picked Moccasins


    Fashion Spotlight:  There’s nothing cuter than baby shoes or the little feet that go inside them, and when you combine that with quality made in the USA craftsmanship, and one woman who has a clear vision of what makes sense for children’s fashion, you have a winner.American thrift and tenacityMeet Susan Petersen, Founder/Creator of Freshly Picked, a line of handmade clothing in the USA that took many attempts and six design prototypes before she struck pay-dirt with a very wearable and adorable pair of moccasins for babies.  Petersen started making baby moccasins in 2009 after becoming frustrated by the […]

Chilli Beans Sunglasses Going Retro in 2015


Thank you Brazil for blow-outs, bikini waxes and butt lifts. This country has outdone itself in helping us ladies look sleek, sexy and well, hairless down there! Now we can add one more item to the thank you –Brazil list of beauty must haves… Sunglasses!A line of sexy, chic and affordable eye-wear is finally getting noticed in the American market from the country that reeks samba sexiness. Chilli Beans Sunglasses have amped up the retro with designs that are classically cool but still have a contemporary vibe about themThe Chilli Bean brand is the brain child of CEO, Caito Maia […]

Margaret Cho’s Fashion Forward ‘Solitaire’ Kicks Girl Clutter To Curb


Monsters and Critics adores the witty and wickedly funny Margaret Cho, whose comedic flair carries the new TLC series “All About Sex” on Saturday nights, late of course. Cho hosts a no-holds-barred late night talk show with comic Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately), actress Marissa Jaret Winokur (Melissa & Joey), and sex-pert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.  Margaret’s personality and humor bridges gay and straight audiences and connects us all with common interests.Now she branches into the fashion world with a badass, must-have piece for every fashionista’s wardrobe, especially the busy women who travel, head out to showcases or simply want clothing […]

Golden Globes 2015 Fashion Hacks, More Glam For Less


Last night’s Golden Globes produced some jaw droppers and show-stopping fashion moments.We love finding red carpet lookalikes that are both on-point and on-trend that cost a fraction of the designer gowns.Bucking the glam trend was “Girls” star Lena Dunham. In a nod to the #FreeTheNipple campaign her producer Jenni Konner posted a picture on Instagram before Dunham hit the red carpet, where she posed topless with pasties over her nipples.Not everyone was down with making a political statement.Whether you’re looking for a classic black gown like Amal Clooney’s red carpet frock, craving to achieve the shimmering style of stars like […]

Tariq Trotter Pays It Forward in Style: MOSCOT Grunya Sunglasses Are Hot


Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is an American rap artist and the lead MC for the Philadelphia-based Hip-Hop group, The Roots. Trotter, who co-founded The Roots with drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, is widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content, his sharply honed live performances, and his poignant acting roles.MOSCOT joined forces with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, lead vocalist and co-founder of the Grammy winning hip-hop group The Roots, featured nightly on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, for a charitable collaboration that really counts.He’s also fashion forward and has collaborated with MOSCOT to design […]

Knomo Clutter! “Techcessories” Organize You With Style


I found a terrific Christmas gift for the tablet fiend who likes to be organized and chic, it’s called the Knomad Mini Portable Organizer and it is perfect for your boss, your mom, your teacher, your bestie or even yourself… would that be a “giftie”?Let me begin by saying, it doesn’t look like it was designed for 20-something year old who has a Hello Kitty fascination or lives in a 420 world. Hallelujah to the people at Knomobags.com who realize there are actually people in the world who want to spend their folding paper money on quality and timeless accessories.This […]

Santa Baby, Zooop It Up For The Holidays!


Zooop it up just in time for Xmas!Have I got a gift idea for you!  Well actually, it’s the designers of Zooop who are going to help you find that last minute different, fun cute and cuddly gift to give for the holidays and no, it isn’t a puppy, it’s a Zooop!!First off, let me explain just what a Zooop is… a Zooop is the ultimate in comfy wear. If you just want to kick it at home and spend the day keeping warm and watching TV, then wear a Zooop. If you want to tease and flirt with your […]

Holiday Gift Guide: BelleDangles Gets You Organized


I have a lot of jewelry, some cheap and trendy, some expensive, some old and some I just got yesterday… (I’m kind of a magpie!).The problem is that most of my pieces are gathering dust in a box on my dresser and my nightstand and in tiny little boxes scattered around my apartment. This makes choosing what to wear more of a jewelry treasure hunt and who has time to hunt for baubles when you have to meet the gal pals in 10 minutes. If it’s tucked away, I probably won’t remember that I have some really neat stuff that […]

Holiday Perfection: My Saint, My Hero Inspirational Jewelry


Inspiration: Hope Affirmation: I AM Found Day: June 13th Lifetime: 1195 to 1231Saint Anthony is the patron saint of lost souls and lost articles.People pray to St Anthony whenever they need help finding something they lost. St. Anthony had the miracle of words, he helped the lost at heart find their way back home to God.If you find your life completely changed and turned around to an unexpected new direction, St. Anthony will be there guiding your way so that you feel safe. It is the road back home, back to your soul, back to God.Connect with St. Anthony and […]

Long Elegant Legs: High Fashion for the Leggy and Lovely


I’m 5’8 with a 33 inch inseam, and wouldn’t mind an extra inch or two. So, I’ve never been one to offer a crying shoulder to the tall girl’s lament: “I can’t find anything to wear off the rack. The pants never fit, the sleeves are too short. I can’t wear heels”Hey all my Long-Limbed Sisters: cry me a river.You get picked first for Varsity Basketball, you don’t need a Bed Bath and Beyond stool to reach the high shelf in the kitchen and you can pass yourself off as a Rockette at Christmas.But it wasn’t until I bff’ed (i.e. […]

Nailing It For Christmas, Nik Stone Jewelry’s Unique Pieces A Must


Who doesn’t like jewelry? And when I mean jewelry, I’m talking strong and powerful pieces, not Barbie looking, butterfly-winged, over-embellished, chintzed up, gaudy, “look at me” statement pieces that are glaringly tacky and often worn by sad ladies who lunch before having their next cosmetic procedure.You know who I’m talking about, don’t you?So thank you Nik Stone Jewelry for not being that!Jewelry designer, Jelena Nik obviously has an aesthetic in rock and Gothic chic as her solid silver pieces are edgy and decisive. They can also be worn by either sex. This collection is sleek and tastefully simple but still […]

Holiday Gift Essentials 2014: Triple Graces Shades Affordable Hollywood Chic

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Everyone loves a gorgeous sexy pair of sunglasses, but no one likes to pay over $75 for a stylish fashionable set of shades.It’s fun to have a wardrobe of looks that you can switch up depending on your mood, and no one offers a more current affordable selection than Triple Graces, a line seen on Hollywood types, music stars and celebrities at every award show or music festival.This incredible line of quality eyewear brand, Triple Graces, dips into the classic frame styles of yesteryear with panache. Their 80s vintage inspired Blake’s, the always timeless Aviators in fun NEW colorways (gold […]

Holiday Gift Essentials 2014: Heet Makes Delicious Arm Candy


Give the gift of Heet this winter. We all want some arm candy. Heet is a new contemporary-luxe jewelry and accessory line that should be on your radar if you are a fashionista, jewelry-sta or another “ ista” that likes being a la mode!Their celebrity appeal runs the gamut and everyone- from Cee Lo Green, Guy Fieri to Kristin Chenowith- is wrapping their wrists in Heet. The handmade jewelry line uses genuine Swarovski crystal elements plus they use natural leather and suede to create beautiful little works of wearable art.  The bracelets also look good in groups of three or more on the […]

FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Inspires New Jewelry Line

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Sons of Anarchy news!I’m still trying to erase the “everybody wants some” opener to the exceptionally good last episode of Sons of Anarchy. The scene where Marilyn Manson is giving it high and hard prison style to Theo Rossi snippet especially. Marilyn really does look better with his makeup on.  I really wasn’t expecting to see so much ass from a cast that has no Kardashian in the ensemble.Like all good things, the long running series is ending and the culmination of all of Gemma’s dirty deeds done dirt cheap are going to kneecap her, somehow. Unless the big twist […]

Glamorous, Sexy, Scary Vivo Halloween Masks To Try On!


Monsters and Critics was recently introduced to this new brand of gorgeous handmade masks made with European and classical masquerade flair.VIVO founders Josh Bluman and Jackson Cunningham launched their business in 2013 wanting to create beautiful and luxury masks that looked expensive, but were affordable.  They found that the best masquerade masks on the retail market came from Italy.As a result, they developed partnerships with the top manufacturers in Italy to hand-make some of the world’s most beautiful masks and bring them over to this side of the pond. Not only did they find a manufacturer, they hired actual artists […]

Fall/Winter Fitness Fashion: Latest RYU Apparel Picks Crafted from Organic, Recycled Materials

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Fall/Winter Fitness Fashion Spotlight:  American company RYU (Respect Your Universe) has introduced new shapes and styles made from organic and recycled materials.RYU initially began when a group of extreme sports fans decided to create the finest Martial Arts performance short on Earth. They got feedback from elite athletes to create the best design for shorts that allowed them to move freely and perform at their best.RYU also broke new ground in areas such as four-way fabric stretch and construction that created the most comfortable, flexible, and durable wear that money can buy. Their ethos of respect, diligence and sustainability are […]

American Horror Story Freakshow Costume Contest with Judge Christian Siriano


This is the coolest! Fans of FX’s  “American Horror Story,” whose fourth installment, Freak Show, returns to FX on October 8th is already gaining major heat from the legion of fans eager to see what the look of the new season will be. The production design, the brilliant costumes and the makeup will rock in this period horror Gothic set in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s!In celebration of the ensembles that make American Horror Story one of the most visually engrossing shows on TV, FX is announcing a ghoulish costume contest, launching today.They’re calling for sketches and mood board submissions […]

Ringy Dingy: Amabel Fashion Jewelry Covers Emmys and VMAs

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Fashion Spotlight: Amabel Fashion Jewelry was all over Los Angeles the last two big award show events.This past weekend, Monsters and Critics got our first glimpse of Award Trending Styles from the Video Music Awards and The Emmys. The stars took to the carpet and showed off what is popular, pretty and eye- catching. One thing that captured our eyes was the abundance of big, bold cocktail rings.These pieces can be a huge stylish hit to compliment any style whether it be casual or dressy.With this Fall season approaching, we are entering the time for Holiday party wear and will […]

Fall Fashion 2014: Spotlight On Three Classic Fashion Equestrian Boots


Equestrian-style riding boots are a fashion item that never ever goes out of style.If you purchase them wisely, they’ll be staples for years and will be the foundational piece that can take slim pants or leggings and transform a work-out outfit into a work/office or ‘going out to dinner with friends’ outfit with a top and handbag change and a makeup touch-up.When taken care of properly, fine leather fashion riding boots last forever. Naturalizer shoes have always been known for comfort, but their new Fall line was designed to be incredibly stylish as well.Naturalizer’s 2014 lookbooks are offering footwear with […]

Fashion Spotlight: August 2014 T-Shirt of the Month


Here at Monsters and Critics we celebrate the wines of the month, cocktails, new desserts, food items and even cars. So when we spot badass t-shirts, we have to alert the masses.One of our favorite late night hosts and comedians W. Kamau Bell has created our pick of the month.  Kamau’s latest shirt wins for general overall badassery.Plus if you’re a fan, he has added some shows in Tempe and San Diego to his growing club tour.He writes M&C:“I know you just heard from me a week ago, but now that I’m back in the Bay Area for good (READ […]

July 4th Feet? Yes! American Company Stance Has Sock Explosion For Summer


Wear This Not That: Stance Sock Company is one of our best finds for sock freaks of every stripe.Everyone loves socks. Toddlers to hipsters, Nanas to jocks. You name it, a new pair of cool socks makes pretty much all of us smile. The weirder the design the better.And lo and behold….here it is July 4th! Announce your independence by flying a new flag—or at least by slipping on some fresh socks. Thanks to its luxurious combed cotton and mesh vents, Stance’s brand new Banner Sock keeps things comfy and cool. And to cradle the contours of your feet, the […]

Emerging Designer AU VYDA Wows Us With His Fall 2014 Collection

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We love finding new American designers who fly under the radar and have compelling collections.The Fourth of July is coming around the corner, and it’s all about cute shorts, dresses and tops to wear at our popular barbecues but we had to tell you about this new emerging designer, Davy Yang of AU VYDA.He recently debuted his 2014 Spring Collection and garnered much praise from VIPs such as celebrity stylist, Linda Medvene and Beverly Hills socialite, Adrienne Maloof of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”His 2014 Fall Collection consists of attractive custom made prints and designs which are nothing short […]