7 Vacation Destinations To Wild Out With Your Girl Friends

The cavalier girl clan (Leslie Mann + Cameron Diaz + Kate Upton + Nicki Minaj = stoked) in the new film “The Other Woman” (in theaters April 25th — check out the trailer after the jump!) has us reminiscing about our love (nay, dire need) for booze, beautiful men, and bonding time with our best friends, all while enjoying some amazing, luxurious destination. Yes, we need all of that, more of the time … but especially that last one. Now, where’s that suitcase?

When we plan the occasional (completely necessary) lavish getaway with our best girls, there are a few “must-have” determining factors when deciding where to book it.

The destinations in this gallery are our top picks to “let loose and get wild” with your gal pals, as calculated from the algorithm presented by the delicate matrix of factors below:

  • Booze: Let’s get drunk.
  • Men: Preferably lots, and preferably beautiful.
  • Shopping: We want to buy cool shit (ex. Co-worker asks: “Where did you get that boho chic bag?” Reply: “Oh, just from this one-of-a-kind vendor in Aruba with my best girls”).
  • Relaxation: Sun, beach, spa, all of the things. Yes, please.
  • Photo Opp Potential: Because it doesn’t really matter unless it’s all over social media, making people jealous.

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Introducing Barbell Denim: The “Anti-Thigh Gap” Jeans

As anyone who has ever not been able to pull a pair of jeans up higher than their knee can tell you: skinny jeans and most current cuts of denim are certainly not made for people whose thighs are larger than, say, a salami. Athletes, especially, struggle with finding flattering, comfortable jeans that properly fit their muscular legs. A group of gym rats in Nevada decided to do something to change that, so they started Barbell Apparel, a premium denim company that makes what they call, “the anti-thigh gap jeans.” Made specially to accommodate muscular thighs, with a bit of stretch and quality construction, Barbell tested the demand for their product with a Kickstarter page. Their goal was to raise $15,000 to get things up and running. So far, they’ve raised $312,000 and counting. Hmm … apparently this was a long overdue idea or something? I’m very excited to see the finished product and how, if at all, mainstream denim brands will respond to Barbell’s instant popularity. Want to know more? Check out Barbell’s Kickstarter video after the jump!

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Style Guide: 5 Wedding Dress Trends

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As a child, whenever I closed my eyes every wedding dress looked the same: a strapless ball gown, with a long white veil. (Maybe that was the dress my Barbie came with?)  In reality, wedding dresses (or jumpsuits) come in many shapes, sizes, and fabrics, the unique beauty of each being in the details.

I was lucky enough to be invited to David’s Bridal and Zac Posen’s fall previews and I have to say the dresses were stunning. As a married woman, I found myself pining to get married all over again just because of the all the potential fashion moments! Then Katie kicked me in the shin and told me to leave some wedding dresses for the single ladies.

Unfortunately many of our favorites won’t be available until Fall 2014, but here are some examples of our favorite dress trends.

New York City Has Its Own Pop Up Cat Cafe Because Dreams DO Come True

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Cats, Cats, Everywhere!

Breaking, Earth-shattering news: New York City has its very own cat cafe.

The downside is that the cafe is a pop up, and it only lasts from today through Sunday, April 27. Cat food company Purina One launched the cafe to benefit North Shore Animal League, a Long Island rescue organization that the largest no-kill shelter in the world. [Jessica's Note: That's also where my family adopted two of our dogs from!]  All 16 adorable kittehs will be available for adoption, and visitors get to play with them while sipping free coffee (from what I hear, it’s provided by the always-delicious Brooklyn fixture that is Cafe Grumpy, AKA the coffee shop on “Girls”).

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Former NFL Cheerleaders Sue The Buffalo Bills For Paying Below Minimum Wage, Forcing “Jiggle Test”

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Five former NFL cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills are suing the team for alleged violation New York State labor laws by paying the woman less than mandated $8 minimum wage.

The ex-cheerleaders, called the Jills, said the team “exploited the women” by not paying them/underpaying them for events like game day performances, practices two times a week, and up to 35 corporate events. The Jills are also required to attend six annual events on behalf of the team. Their work for most of those activities was uncompensated, the lawsuit alleges, calculating that Jills worked for free up to 20 hours per week — or 840 hours of unpaid work per person per year. Some women took home as little as $1,800 in pay a year from their Jills job! Yet they still had to pay for their own uniforms, out-of-town travel, hair and nails.

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Enjoy This Semi-Derpy Footage Of Will And Kate Spinning Beats

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One of the many reasons I love the royal couple is that they’re always good sports about trying new things. You know, like things that commoners enjoy in real life. Case in point: their recent foray into DJing on a visit to Australia. Their awkward fumbling as they attempt to move the record back and forth is adorable ‚ and hey, they’re not totally shabby at it either! DJ Jazzy Kate for sure. On an unrelated note, let’s all have a moment of silence for Kate’s beautiful outfit because damn, that girl just never disappoints in the sartorial department. [NYMag.com]

The Struggle Is Real: 10 Problematic People In Every Office (In GIFs!)

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This morning, just like every other morning, I got into work and meandered over to the company Keurig in desperate need of coffee to find that, yet again, the last person to use the coffee machine didn’t refill the water. How hard is it to put the container under the sink for five seconds? For months we’ve been plagued with this problem thanks to lazy caffeine drinkers, and I have been seriously contemplating the installation of nanny cams to find the culprit(s). Maybe then we’d determine who’s guilty of some of these other workplace crimes.
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Student Says Professor Lowered Her Grades Because She’s A Stripper

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An anonymous Portland State University student called “Red” alleges that her history professor lowered her grades after finding out she was a stripper. Red was relatively open about her career, she told a few people and even wrote about her experience for another class but when she told the wrong person her honesty backfired. Read more on College Candy…

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Challenges James Franco To A “Bedtime Selfie” Showdown

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Did you feel a subtle but undeniable shift in the balance of the universe last night? We all did. That’s because approximately 9 hours ago, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean took to Instagram to issue a challenge to the king of undressed selfies, James Franco. He posted the photo above, along with the following message: Keep reading »

Dude Dateability: Ranking The Men Of “Game Of Thrones”

It’s not easy out there in the trenches of modern love. Finding someone even somewhat acceptable to go to dinner with is a struggle, never mind a person you want to see more than once a week.  While sifting through duds on OKCupid and swiping left on every single match that comes your way on Tinder, your mind might start to wander towards the kind of men that existed at a time when things were more rustic, more dangerous, with more fur capes and dragons. Maybe you’ve cast a critical eye to the comforting glow of your Sunday night television lineup, and realized the answer has been streaming into your home every Sunday on HBO. “Game of Thrones” is a veritable buffet of available, attractive men. When faced with so many options, what’s a girl to do? Don’t worry, we got your back. Here’s our definitive ranking of the men of “Game of Thrones” by dateability.

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