Itty Bitty Things, Is An AntiPrep’s Manicure Ducky?

We have a number of tidbits to share today, so we’ll jump right in with a look at something that is just fascinating, especially for those fond of the Brontë sisters.

Here is an incredibly tiny book written by Charlotte Brontë.

Press Association via The Daily Mail

From a Daily Mail story:

The 4,000-word piece is handwritten on 19 pages each barely larger than a credit card and needs a magnifying glass to be read properly.

Written in 1830 when she was only 14, Bronte’s story contains scenes which bear a striking resemblance to Jane Eyre, her novel published 17 years later.

Press Association via The Daily Mail

The book is headed for the auction block, it will be offered at Sotheby’s December auction of English Literature.  More on the tiny tome’s background:

The story has been held in a private collection and its owners are said to have had no idea of its significance until they approached Sotheby’s in London about selling it.

To see the entire article click here.
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Another itty-bitty item we wanted to share, below we see an Alexander McQueen shoe. (For reasons unknown, yours truly has a fascination with miniatures that clearly hasn’t gone away with adulthood.)

"Shoes for Show" via The Sun

That tiny item is part of an exhibition, Shoes for Show, put together by online shoe store Javari.  Also included in the weekend exhibition, Christian Louboutin’s 8″ ballet stilettoes, created as a fundraiser for the English National Ballet. (It may be difficult to see, but yes, the soles are red.)

Christian Louboutin/Swarovksi

It looks like a fabulous show, if only it were on this side of the pond. Sigh.

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As frequent readers know we occasionally look at collaborations, like the Versace for H&M collection (available November 19,more in this post) or next year’s Jason Wu for Target line.  Mr. Wu has been busy, this one actually surprised me.

Brizo via Huffington Post

Jason Wu for Brizo makes sense in terms of the business relationship, the company has sponsored Mr. Wu’s runway shows since 2006. While we very much like Jason Wu’s design aesthetic, this one reminds us of the Vera Wang mattresses.

Brizo via Huffington Post

Items come with prices you would expect from a designer line, the Soap Dispenser on the left will run $105, the Odin Lavatory Faucet $799.  Perhaps Lynn from Decor Arts Now or Tina from The Enchanted Home at or Stacey at Quintessence can enlighten us on this trend in the home decor and home furnishings market.

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A Gossip Girl fashion update, related to a collaboration mentioned above and actress Blake Lively. Below we see her at last night’s Versace for H&M launch party.

Getty via Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Here is what Red Carpet Fashion Awards says about the look:

I love Blake, so this is going to sting.

She looks uber tacky. The Vivienne Westwood look aside, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so bad.

This black and white mini dress with grommet embellishments is way too tight. Just look at her bust and hips for confirmation.

Trust us when we say that launch party was *quite* the soirée, below we see Ms. Lively’s co-star Chace Crawford and Jennifer Hudson.

Getty Images

Definitely the place to be last night.

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One more tidbit, looking at a manicure seen on the hands an original AntiPrep.

Ian Gavan/FashionMagazine.com

The savvy folks at Fashion Magazine noticed the nails:

It’s a trend we’ve been trying to ignore for a while, but Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi keeps trying to make it happen—the duckbill nail. Dubbed as such because of the way the nail gets wider at the ends, it takes a long afternoon at the salon to achieve this extremely fake nail look.

Another day, another look.

Via

There are no words.

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Finally today, if anyone is still thinking about a way to honor those who served between now and Friday, these suggestions come via My Veteran’s Day.

MyVeteransDay.org

My Veteran’s Day is an offshoot of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, a place the Consort has been fortunate enough to visit, a spot very high on my ‘must see’ list.

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4 responses to “Itty Bitty Things, Is An AntiPrep’s Manicure Ducky?

  1. here’s my question: how does snooki handle “personal hygiene” with those damn nails? ugh.

  2. If I kept a picture of those nails plastered to my refrigerator I swear I could lose 20 pounds and launch a crazy new diet fad…YUCK!!!!!!! That is so repulsive but since we are talking Snookie is that a surprise?
    Fascinating about the mini book, is it all handwritten? Is that possible? That is like nothing I have ever seen!
    I second the critique on Blakes uber tight get up, her chest is spilling up and out….looks horrible, and surprising as she normally makes good choices.
    Jennifer Hudson truly has never looked better, what an incredible transformation!
    The shoes are crazy but admittedly a work of art…whew!! Lots to cover here today…great job as always. xoxo

  3. Those fingernails are out of control. I’m not quite sure if it’s possible to do much besides pose with those on your hands!

  4. pink&grn4evr

    Although the Christian Louboutin pointe shoes “appear” excruciating, wearing them would be the only way I could appear in public for a grande evening these days. My BFF, CC & I, refer to them as “limo shoes:” one wears satin ballgown slippers into the Town Car, slips those on upon arrival (we were major dancers for over a decade), danced our way up the stairs hopefully another venue with a street entrance, slipped into some beautiful satin slippers and sent the point shoes back home. The last time I laced up my pointe shoes in hopes of doing a 30-minute barre, it was so painful, It even occurred to me a heel would be great for aging ballerina! Ah! But pride always extracts it’s price and an étoile worth her rosin would never committed such an abomination. All in all

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