And on that note… The perks of being Blake Lively

Blake Lively may be self-effacing when it comes to her acting skills. But she has no problem admitting the incredible access and privilege her fame brings — especially in the fashion world.

In her new interview with Marie Claire (previewed by People.com), the lithe, blonde “Gossip Girl” star reminds us once again that she is not like us.

“Maybe it sounds jerky,” she tells Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia, “but I’m lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There’s no designer I don’t have access to.” And on the subject of her future wedding:

“What I planned before I got into the business has changed,” she says. “Now I’m like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. And which couture house should I go to?’ “

But of course. Christian is a FOB (Friend Of Blake), naming a shoe after hergiving her personal style advice and gifting her his entire Spring 2012 collection. In short, it’s good to be Blake.

To be fair, the star has acknowledged how lucky she is to live a life of fame and fortune. “For me, this other stuff — well, the perks — is not the reason I do the job,”she once told Interview. “Couture fashion week, getting to meet Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano and Christian Louboutin is so exciting. [...] But at the end of the day I wouldn’t be there without my job. There are a few things in life that matter above all else: your family, your friends, your loved ones.”

And by “loved ones,” we assume she means Ryan Reynolds. Some girls really do have all the luck.

Read more at People.com and MarieClaire.com and get a glimpse of her Marie Claireshoot below. Seriously, how gorgeous does she look?

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Disney movies that stuck with us part II

A pair of Louboutins are certainly the stuff that dreams are made of in Florida, so its no surprise that the hallowed house has announced its intention to take on the most sought-after and sigh-inducing shoes of all time. Can you guess which fairytale foot the brand is taking inspiration from? We’ll give you some hints: Due to the material, this heel wouldn’t be optimal for walking days or our yearly trip to the Magic Kingdom, they may be great to wear out (but not past midnight) and before Louboutin made the shoe, it only came from Fairy Godmothers (or, um, Marc Jacobs). Yep, in honor of Cinderella‘s appearance on BluRay and DVD this fall, Christian Louboutin is making the iconic glass slipper.

Of course, Christian’s Cinderelly’s slipper is supposed to have a “magic touch” on the shoes, and we wouldn’t need any magic to guess that his special addition might appear as a bright and bold sole. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. (WWD)

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Wearing nice clothes makes you feel better about yourself

Proof Positive: What You Wear DOES Affect How You Think

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As people who wear many hats (literally), we know that we feel differently when we’re wearing a beautiful outfit, and when we just climb into what’s the most comfortable…and now, we have proof. Scientists part ofThe Journal of Experimental Cognition have been researching the effect that clothing has on the way we think and act, a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”…and here’s the magical part: You have to be wearingthe clothes for it to take effect. According to the New York Times, if you wear someone else’s white coat and believe it came from a doctor, your ability to pay attention dramatically increases, but nothing happens if you think it came from a painter. “You have to wear the coat, see it on your body and feel it on your skin for it to influence your psychological processes,” Dr. Galinsky said, before he went on to explain how dressing like a pimp on Halloween made him feel more self-assured. We’ll pass on the feather boa and walking stick, thanks — but we’ll go ahead and get those Carven heels now, thank you very much! (NYT)

Snow White and other Disney movies that stuck with us

Disney movies tend to take on a whole new meaning once you watch them as an adult. As a kid I saw the movie Snow White and it contained no further meaning than the one that was evidently there, which was a story about a girl who comes across seven dwarfs and goes to live with them and take care of them. Then when a wicked witch comes and offers her a poisoned apple, she eats it because she is the fairest in the land and doesn’t believe that anyone could harm her. Her fairness simply doesn’t allow her to believe in evil. She briefly dies and then she is then awakened by the passionate kiss of the beautiful prince and they live happily ever after.

However once you see this movie through the eyes of an adult, you realize the absurdity of its content and how it portrays women. In the movie snow white is 13 years old, which under any concept is an inappropriate age to get married to the prince. Then the fact that the names of the dwarfs are very similar to the side effects of cocaine is something to wonder about. And last but not least the roles that every single one of the characters interprets in the movie and book exemplify the views society has about women and domesticity.

This is what happened to me when I went to see the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Yes its a brilliant movie, and quite a sight for sore eyes since the characters cast in the movie are not only gorgeous but dressed in probably the most beautiful costumes I have seen in a long time. But it made me realize that the whole battle against Snow White was because of something as shallow as her beauty and not because she possessed any other relevant trait. Now is this really the message we want to send little girls around the world?

The CFDA in review

The CFDA Award’s are the Fashion Industry’s version of the Oscars. Here is a short list of the people who took home the gold!

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Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen, The Row
Menswear Designer of the Year: Billy Reid
Accessory Designer of the Year: Reed Krakoff
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Phillip Lim
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Tabitha Simmons
International Award: Rei Kawakubo, Commes des Garcons
Media Award: Scott Schuman & Garance Doré
Founders Award: Andrew Rosen
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Icon Award: Johnny Depp

Now I have to admit that I owe most of my English to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I grew up with these girls, so watching them receive this award was almost like watching my childhood friends being awarded. Plus the fact that they decided to thank each other nearly made my heart melt. Congratulations little Olsens!!