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Are Facebook And Hookups The New Frontier Of International Relations?

Cultural conservatives and grannies alike are bemoaning the end of an era. They wax on about a time when people wrote letters on parchment with fountain pens instead of posting OMG's and WTF's on Facebook walls. They reminisce over the days of proper courtship, when holding hands was considered forward. Many adults these days see…

By: Ali Jawin / July 3, 2009

Vampires Are Yesterday’s News, Zombies Are The Hotties Of Tomorrow

The front page of the latest New York Times Style section is plastered with the faces of sexy vampires. Not that vampires are not the "it" sex symbols of the moment, but whenever the Times writes about something, that thing has inevitably jumped the shark. Not that I think the blood suckers from "Twilight" are…

By: Ali Jawin / July 2, 2009

Notes From The Set Of “Bruno”

The "Bruno" producers must have had a long chat with J.K. Rowling. How else could they have possibly guarded the secret perils and dangers faced by a not-terribly-bright gay Austrian fashion commentator? Whatever wizardry was conjured for the keeping of secrets, it worked. No one seemed to know anything about the upcoming movie release of…

By: Ali Jawin / July 2, 2009

Oprah Gets A Comic Book

When I heard about an Oprah comic book, I snickered. Not the classiest reaction ever, but I thought it was kinda funny that Oprah had sort of already conquered the world, but now was going to be illustrated doing so in a cape. While I still think a caped crusader-style Oprah would be nifty, it…

By: Ali Jawin / July 1, 2009

What The Founding Fathers Think Of The Frisky

We at The Frisky love of all of your comments. Truly, there is nothing like checking your crackberry in the morning and getting an email declaring five people have commented on your post. Not that your comments aren't enough for us, but we thought that, in honor of Independence Day, we ought to check i…

By: Ali Jawin / July 1, 2009

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Exfoliate With These Scrubs!

It’s that time of year, ladies, when you gots to show off your bod. And if you’re like me, you are a scaly, ashy mess. Not to worry, you can soften up your rough bits with some quick exfoliation and put your best skin forward. Here’s the dirt on the best scrubbing suds out there……

By: Ali Jawin / July 1, 2009

Passive Aggressive Behavior And Why It’s OK, Sometimes

Passive aggressive behavior is probably on most people's list of annoying qualities in another person. Scratch that, passive aggressive behavior usually falls into the category of legit reasons to banish someone for your life. I have never been pro passive aggression, in fact, I get rather peeved when someone pulls the hot/cold routine on me.

By: Ali Jawin / July 1, 2009

Chillax At The Beach In The Ostrich Chair

It has been a while since I brought you anything seriously wacky from the blogosphere. I hit a dry spell. This time I have found something pretty nutty. Actually, I am a bit thrown off as this oddball find looks like it might really do what the box says it will. How unusual!

By: Ali Jawin / June 30, 2009

Breaking The Ten Commandments In Dating

It's a rough and tumble world out there, especially when it comes to dating and relationships. Many of us as children were taught to follow the Ten Commandments, or some version of it, in order to ensure that we become good people or "Leave It To Beaver" neighbors. I can't remember them all off the…

By: Ali Jawin / June 30, 2009

You + Me = Us, Dating Height Calculus

Yesterday I wrote Advice For The Vertically Challenged and was surprised by some of the comments. Many quite fairly pointed out that perhaps my definition of "short" should be revised, or that I should be clear that just because I feel short at 5' 5" does not make this height or anything bellow it qualify…

By: Ali Jawin / June 30, 2009

What You Need To Know About Your Prescriptions

Last week was rough on my poor nose. After excessive bleeding (ewwwwww) my sadistic doctor thought the best way to help me out and become my BFF was to shove lots of random things up my nasal passage. Don't worry, it's not you, this tale does sound like a bad prison porno. Well, my doc…

By: Ali Jawin / June 30, 2009

Advice For The Vertically Challenged

Why is it that the one thing you really dislike about your body is always the one thing you can't do anything about? I have sort of accepted my short legs, or, rather, I have kinda accepted the fact that they are short and sparing a minor miracle, that's not going to change. Standing somewhat…

By: Ali Jawin / June 29, 2009

Men, Manners And The Recession

Is it just me or are men getting a little bit more polite? Jaded New Yorker that I am, I tend to assume anyone close to me on the subway is trying to steal my wallet or feel me up. Though the "accidental" ass-grab still happens about once a week, it's becoming less frequent. I…

By: Ali Jawin / June 29, 2009

How Much Financial Responsibility Should A 20-Something Have?

I am not great with money. I think the problem is I don't love money. Don't get me wrong, I love material things, but money in and of itself doesn't really interest me. Maybe the idea of having money isn't as compelling because as a recent college grad, I don't have any. Until very recently…

By: Ali Jawin / June 28, 2009

Harry Potter And The Case Of The Raging Hormones

I can't begin to count the numerous ways I am on the edge-of-my-seat excited for the new Harry Potter movie. The number one reason (besides the obvious fact that I am obsessed): "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" is going to be one massive snog fest!

By: Ali Jawin / June 28, 2009

Doggie Style: Accessories That Keep Your Pup Sane

Dogs are always in style, so I wasn't surprised to see a hip pooch chilling at a party I attended last weekend. I was a bit surprised that the dog donned a cape, but I was even more surprised when the owner told me the cape was less about fashion and more for psychological reasons.

By: Ali Jawin / June 27, 2009

The Pale Girl’s Guide To Summer Travel

I am not a vampire, though my reactions to the sun might make you think otherwise. Tragically, I have a mild allergy to the sun, so beach holidays aren't really my thing. I tried to fight the fates for a while and burned and blistered my way through the Caribbean and Miami. But after my…

By: Ali Jawin / June 27, 2009

How To Initiate A Friendship

You know that awkward stage between acquaintance and friend? That in flux place where you chat whenever you happen to run into each other but never make actual plans to see one another? I am there a lot. I meet someone and we hit it off, but then what? We become Facebook friends? How do…

By: Ali Jawin / June 26, 2009

The Best Things In Life To Fake

I am not a huge fan of "keeping it real." Real often sucks. Where does real usually leave me? For starters: pale, too broke to afford jewelry I really want, mousy mop-topped and sleep deprived. I am not suggesting we all become cookie-cutter Barbies and I am all for embracing what nature gave us, yet…

By: Ali Jawin / June 25, 2009