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Wish list

Anyone who knows me, and I mean really knows me, is aware of how much I love boots. Riding boots, cowboy boots, rainboots – you name it, I love boots. I recently ran across this pair of Corral boots and added them to my wish list. Maybe some day Santa will put them on his sleigh. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.   Save

My jewelry box

I collect vintage and costume jewelry, and I recently ran across these two statement necklaces that I thought would be great additions. They both cost about $7 each, and I liked their vintage-style look. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Twitter tights

Today, there’s a big push for journalists to use social media to promote their work. I’ve done this throughout the years, and you can probably find me pretty easily on a lot of social media sites – the ones I’ve found to be most useful for journalism. To prove my dedication, I bought this pair of Twitter tights. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Entertainment: Mississippi native wraps up first season of "Pretty Wicked Moms"

Last night, was the season finale of “Pretty Wicked Moms.” Fans of the Lifetime reality show will have to wait until next season to see the antics of Mississippi native Emily Dees Boulden and her best friend, Nicole Noles. And it will be a while before we learn what’s happening with her Atlanta boutique, Swank; her daughter, Amzie; and her husband, Pete. Last night, the friends managed to get in trouble while attending a party at a “frienemy’s” house. While joking around, they found the party host’s preserved wedding bouquet, tossed it to one another as the camera’s rolled, and petals fell out of it onto the floor. The two also managed to knock over her wedding dress on display in the bedroom. Giggling ensued, followed by confrontational reality show drama that involved Emily telling the party host she was “fake.” You’ll have to wait a while to see Eli and Peyton Manning’s cousin steal the show, but she’s back in Mississippi this week. A couple of days ago, Boulden Tweeted: “Wheels Up to Mississippi! …

Check out a Mississippi reality star’s ‘Pretty Wicked’ return to Mississippi tonight at 9 p.m. on Lifetime

For those who have yet to see the new Lifetime reality show “Pretty Wicked Moms” Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., you’re missing the mean girl antics of Mississippi native Emily Dees Boulden – the Queen Bee of the show, who college students and professors studying modern feminism in pop culture may find a bit confusing. On one hand, she’s portrayed as a skinny, blonde, high fashion Barbie doll. Pull her string, and she makes superficial remarks about her “Pretty Wicked Moms” peers. She’s also married to a wealthy cosmetic dentist, and they live in an Atlanta mansion. But before you jump to the conclusion that Boulden is an accessory or trophy wife for her rich husband, she’s also a self-described “tough as nails” business owner who operates a clothing store called Swank that she started before marrying her husband. It’s “her baby,” but she also has another one – a little girl named Amzie. In an earlier interview, Boulden told me the reason she agreed to be on “Pretty Wicked Moms” after turning down numerous …

‘The Bling Ring’ review: If you’re ‘Pretty Wild,’ karma often comes with cuffs

There were two reasons I wanted to see “The Bling Ring” this weekend. 1. It stars Mississippi native Israel Broussard as one of the teen thieves who broke into Hollywood homes and stole designer clothing and jewelry from famous celebrities. I got a chance to interview Broussard by phone last week, who is a very polite and mature young man. I’m sure he has a good film career ahead of him because landing your first major role in a Sofia Coppola movie “ain’t” too shabby. 2. I had previously watched the E! reality television series “Pretty Wild,” starring Alexis Neiers and her two teenage “sisters,” which I think – as reality shows go – may be one of the most absurd and entertaining ones I’ve ever seen because of how oblivious these girls and their parents seem about everything taking place in their lives. I’m not sure how this happened since their mother tried to home school them using metaphysical consciousness principles with a curriculum based on the “The Secret” or laws of attraction. But …

More of the story: Israel Broussard – A Mississippi teen in "The Bling Ring."

If you plan to go to the movies this weekend, you may want to check out “The Bling Ring” that stars a Mississippi teen from Saucier. Since the stories that run in our newspaper are often cut for space, here’s a little “More of the Story” that ran this week about actor Israel Broussard and his role as “Marc” in Sofa Coppla’s new film. He’s another Mississippi actor to keep your eye on, because landing a role of this caliber is bound to lead to others. Mississippi teen in the “The Bling Ring.” In 2000, writer Nancy Jo Sales penned an article for Vanity Fair called The Suspects Wore Louboutins examining the lives of a group of celebrity-worshipping Los Angeles teenagers arrested for breaking, entering and stealing more than $3 million in designer clothing and jewelry in 2008 and 2009 from some of the richest and most famous people in Hollywood, such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. E! also aired a reality show called “Pretty Wild” about Alexis Neiers, a member of …

Is cat fashion a passing trend, or will it have nine lives?

Every once and a while, a trend comes along that you may not be able to sink your claws into. Maybe it’s a style inspired by an Asian motif or the popular Internet meme Grumpy Cat, but like it or not, feline fashion is currently the cat’s meow. Yes, being a cat lady, for some reason, is cool these days. Check out Pinterest, and you’ll find many examples of this trend that isn’t for scaredy cats who are afraid to be a little quirky. In addition to finding a cat in a hat, you may find a cat on a dress, tights, sweaters and even a puss in boots. It’s a Meow Mix of clothing that some will find cute and others will find crazy. But for feline fashion addicts, or practicing catholics (I mean cat-holics), there’s plenty on the market, even if you’re not a fat cat with a thick wallet. However, if you think there’s a chance that looking at these clothes will make you catatonic, you may want to turn the page. …

Movie review: Why Southern women may appreciate "The Great Gatsby"

I understand what it feels like to hear that a movie you love is going to be remade. It sometimes evokes strong emotion, you can’t imagine improvement, and it’s a reminder that a chunk of time has evaporated, at least one generation has passed, and your memories are somehow threatened. I get it. I would imagine that some feel that way about the remake of “The Great Gatsby,” but I am not one of them. Having seen both films for the first time recently, the 2013 film is an improvement with an explosion of modern artistry that blends the classic 1920s words penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald with contemporary technology almost 100 years later. I enjoyed the new film much more than the original. Here’s a quick synopsis: Daisy Buchanan was the beautiful belle of the ball in Louisville, Ky., who could have had any man she wanted. Suitors were tripping over themselves to gain her affection and hand in marriage, and one was Jay Gatsby, a man of modest means with whom she fell …

Mississippians can’t cut those apron ties: New video and more of the story

As one of only two women employed full-time for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Brookhaven deputy Krysten Butler carries a gun and badge, and with versatility, works an array of cases, from narcotics investigations to child abuse and sexual assault crimes. It’s a job that only someone tough could do – someone who must stay in control in any situation. “I can hold my own,” Butler said. “I’m not a girly-girl. I never have been.” But when this hardcore mother of five – who can also stand her ground with three teenagers, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old – gets home from work, she’s still fierce, (in both the fashion and bravery sense of the word), when standing in the kitchen wearing a vintage-style, multi-colored, ruffled apron. “My mom brought me the apron because she said that I made a horrible mess of my clothes when I cooked,” Butler said. “After I put it on, I fell in love with it – not with the actual apron itself, even though it’s pretty cute, but the way …

New video: How to get that Great Gatsby style

When I started researching style from the 1920s because of this weekend’s release of “The Great Gatsby,” I ran across a few fashion terms I’d never heard of before like “hobble skirt,” “Eton crop” and “deerstalker.” Check out the video above to see what a “hobble skirt” is if you’re not familiar with it. An Eton crop is apparently a slicked down hairstyle worn by ladies at the time that helped show off their cloche hats. And a deerstalker is a hat worn by hunters. Think Sherlock Holmes-style, even though the character originated before the 1920s. This week, we ran a story about Gatsby style that you can read here. In it, you’ll learn how you, in 2013, can create the 1920s flapper look. Here are a few suggestions from Stephanie Jo Abby, a third-year MFA costume design candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi who just won the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Award for Design Excellence in Costumes. Suggestions to get the “Gatsby” look: • A vintage store can be …

How to do it “Downton Abbey” style

The PBS series ‘Downton Abbey’ has become a cultural phenomenon among viewers, and many Mississippians tune in each Sunday to watch. That’s why we decided to ask local fashion expert David Creel to tell us how to create “Downtown” style. Check out the interview below, along with the slideshow that features some of his work at the front, along with pictures of other Mississippi “Downton Abbey” fans who recently attended Mississippi Public Broadcasting preview parties for the show. You’ll also see pictures sent from MBP of DA cast members. Note: Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t watched the latest episodes. The PBS show “Downton Abbey” has become a nationwide hit, and Mississippi style experts say it’s influencing trends and fashion. We asked local hair and trend expert David Creel, of the Ridgeland salon Beautiful With David, to tell us how he defines “Downton Abbey” style. Q. When did you first become familiar with this show? Do you watch it now? What do you like about it? A.Not only do I watch it, I am addicted …

Would you let your baby rock a mustache?

Log on to Pinterest, and you’ll find picture after picture of adorable babies with their noggins covered in some of the cutest crocheted hats you’ve ever laid eyes on. I spotted lions, skunks, mermaids, snowmen, puppy dogs, baby fishermen and even Rapunzel wigs while researching one of our latest Style stories. Photographers love the hats for props, and parents love them because it turns their itty bitty precious baby into something even more adorable – an itty bitty precious bunny rabbit or kitty cat. It reminds me of something I blogged about in 2006. A company called Baby Toupee was making hats with hair in them for babies to comically wear. You could get them fashioned after celebrities like like Bob Marley, Donald Trump and Lil’ Kim. I’ve also recently noticed that some company is making mustache pacifiers, so you’re baby can rock a stashe while he’s soothing his gums. Here’s our latest Style story about baby trends. Check out the gallery of photos. Hope you enjoy: Photographer Jennifer Sparrow doesn’t have to leave the …

Designer Hilton Hollis brings his spring fashion line to Jackson this week

Natchez Native Hilton Hollis is a New York City designer who is currently promoting his spring fashion line. He will hold a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, at Maison Weiss at 4500 I-55 North 109 in Jackson. We recently caught up with him to ask his predictions about what trends and fashion will be hot this spring. Q. What is your business and where is it located? A. We produce a high-end clothing line called Hilton Hollis, as well as a diffusion brand called HHollis. Hilton Hollis is refined and sophisticated with business, dressy, evening and casual elements. Prices range from $295-$2,495 at retail. HHollis is casual and sporty, with an emphasis on a relaxed lifestyle. Prices range from $155-$395 at retail. Both lines offer great fabrics, a unique color sense and a fit that is perfect for the woman with curves. I don’t dress models, I dress ‘real’ women. We are located in the heart of Manhattan’s Garment District. Q. Spring is coming up. …

Kardashian khaos kaptivates Mississippians

The city of Ridgeland and Northpark mall were well prepared for “reality” television star Kim Kardashian’s appearance tonight. An ambulance, a fire truck and at least two police cars were parked outside the entrances to Belk, where Kardashian was inside signing autographs for those who purchased her $95 bottle of perfume, True Reflection.  Because we had posted a couple of stories on The Clarion-Ledger website about her upcoming appearance, and they were followed by a slew of negative comments from readers, I wondered just how popular she would be in Jackson, and how many people would show up at the mall to see her. Despite the negativity, I suspected there would be quite a few, since she is – like it or not – one of the biggest celebrities of the day. Kim Tweeted a few comments about her Mississippi visit before making her grand entrance at Northpark, and posted the picture above before the Belk event held from 6-8 p.m. It’s how I was able to recognize her from a distance. Her Twitter comment: …

In the bag: Ole Miss grad’s handbags sought-after totes

University of Mississippi art graduate Katie Kalsi, 34, is making a name for herself as a handbag designer. The Memphis native launched a line of 23 hobo-style handbags in 2003 with hand-painted, interchangeable straps. Since then, Kalsi said the bags have gotten attention from Taylor Swift and Priscilla Presley, and Belk began carrying them. We caught up with Kalsi to ask her about her life and design work. Q. Tell me about your childhood. What are some of your earliest memories of growing up in Memphis? A. I have always been creative and spent a lot of my childhood drawing, painting, sewing and crafting. My mother and father always encouraged and praised my ideas and creativity. My best memories are at my parents’ home in Shelby County. When you think of Memphis, you may not think of immediately lakes, barns and greenery, but I saw all of that right outside my window. I loved being outside. I was always able to find something to do and something that inspired my creativity. Q. Tell me some …

Because he’s worth it: L’Oreal Paris inks deal with Miss. native Billy B.

A Mississippi native turned celebrity makeup artist has just signed a deal with L’Oreal Paris to become one the company’s makeup experts. Billy Brasfield, also known as Billy B., will deal with product development, consumer education and trendsetting makeup looks for the company’s spokespeople. “I love my job,” he said in a news release. “I feel lucky to have discovered my talent and consider it a privilege to share what I’ve learned. Working with women to help them look their best and feel more confident is the most rewarding part of what I do.” Brasfield, a native of Aberdeen, has spent his career decorating the faces of iconic celebrities like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and currently, Britney Spears. His work has appeared at every notable high-profile event, including the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys and Cannes International Film Festival. It has also been featured in leading magazines and music videos. The self-taught artist lectures and teaches both up-and-coming and established artists. He has been called one of the most influential makeup artists in the world …

How to turn your iPhone into a vintage pay phone or Polaroid camera

Chances are, this Christmas, someone you know will be getting an iPhone, and they’ll need a case. Here’s a story we recently ran about some of the unique iPhone cases that are on the market, specifically the website Etsy. The vintage trend is alive and well here. Check out some of the cases fashioned like obsolete objects of the past. LaReeca Rucker The Clarion-Ledger As we move into the future, almost a decade past Stanley Kubrick’s vision of 2001, our culture has become fascinated by obsolete objects of the past that now hold sentimental and nostalgic value, and that fascination has been directed toward our cell phones. It’s become hip and ironic to snap on a phone case and turn your modern smart phone into vintage pay phone, your keypad into an old typewriter or your iPhone camera into a Polaroid. Lisa Russo, of Pennsylvania is a fine art photographer who turns her photos into iPhone cases and sells them in her Etsy shop LisaRussoFineArt. “The cases came about as simply another medium for sharing …

These boots were made for . . . Rebels, Eagles and Bulldogs

Everybody needs a pair of cowboy boots, and I saw these in Oxford’s Belk store recently. If you’re an Ole Miss, Mississippi State or Southern Miss fan, you may want to check out Game Day Boots. They sell personalized team boots for 70 schools, but I only saw UM, MSU and USM from Mississippi. At $399, they are a little pricey, but you could think of them as an investment if you wear them to every game. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Would Norman Bates approve?

Last week, I went blonde for our office Halloween party. Today, I thought I’d delve a little darker into the Halloween spirit. This tree dress that I refashioned using an old shift dress from a thrift store and upholstery fabric from a craft store, seemed like a fitting Halloween ensemble, even though I wear it year-round because I like tree prints. I guess I’ll be wearing it tonight at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Screen on the Green showing of Psycho. It sounded like a Halloween night event worth checking out. Update: A picture from the event: Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save