Profile for Amelia McDonell-Parry

CameraBag App Turns Crappy iPhone Photos Into Works Of Art

This weekend I became a kick-ass photographer. Well, at least it looks like I did. I downloaded this super awesome app for my iPhone called CameraBag for $1.99 and it turns even the most dull iPhone photos into gallery-quality awesomeness (well, almost). Simply upload one of the images and then change the way it looks using different “lenses” and filters. I brightened and heightened the contrast on this photo of my dog Lucca looking miserable in the snow using the Colorcross filter. After the jump, check out a photo of the dinner that my BF and I prepared last night (butternut squash soup and seared scallops!) looking like it was ripped from the pages of Bon Appetit. Keep reading »

Jessica Simpson Goes Goofy For Ear-Candling!


No, Jessica Simpson hasn’t (completely) lost her mind and isn’t sacrificing herself to the hair-extension gods. Rather, the ditzy blonde had friend and hairdresser Ken Paves film her as she gives herself a little ear-candling treatment. Supposedly, the process is a natural way of clearing out the nasty wax and gunk that clogs your ear canals. You buy the candles at a health food store, stick ‘em in your ear and light the top on fire — the smoke is supposed to travel down the ear canal and then suck out the debris. I’ve done ear candling a few times (with the assistance of friends) and have found it to work — the best part of the whole process is cutting open the candle at the end and seeing all the crap that was sucked out. It’s really satisfying if you’re into nasty stuff like I am. However, our lovely style editor, Erin, has informed me there are some who think that the process could damage the ear drum or something, so either go to a professional or, you know, avoid it entirely and just watch this vid. [via Jessica Simpson's TwitVid] Keep reading »

Hello, Doctor!

Someone fetch the smelling salts! I knew the “Sex Rehab” doctor was hiding something under those tight T-shirts and button-downs. [Hawaii, 12/20/09] Keep reading »

The 5 Reasons Why Women Should See “Avatar”

This weekend I went to see “Avatar,” James Cameron’s epic movie that has been, like, 12 years in the making. Originally I had no desire to see this film. Though I love a good sci-fi movie (I’m a proud “Star Trek” nerd), the trailer made it look hokey and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why anyone would do anything to obscure the hotness that is Sam Worthington. But then I read the glowing reviews from just about everyone and considering every movie I did desperately want to see was getting terrible marks — “The Lovely Bones,” “Nine” — I thought maybe I should quit trusting my own instinct and just see the damn movie already. My boyfriend was pressuring me anyway. And I’m glad I did and think you should too. Here are five reasons why women should see and will love “Avatar.” Keep reading »

Poll: Do You Have Sex With The Lights On Or Off?

When you're gettin' it on, do you prefer lights on or off?

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Trailer Park: “Avatar,” “Crazy Heart,” “The Young Victoria,” “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”

It’s exactly a week until Christmas and if you’re lucky, this is your last week at work until the holiday. But since most of us aren’t, there is still an easy way to get away for a while. Yup, you guessed it; go see a movie! This week, most people will be clamoring to see “Avatar” since “Crazy Heart” and “The Young Victoria” are only opening in limited release and the only other movie coming out is “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Not that I’m insinuating anything about which movies are better … oh wait, I’m totally doing that. But you never listen to my advice anyway. Whatever, I totally warned you about that movie. Keep reading »

Quotable: Julie Benz Is Still Mourning The Death Of Her Fictional Character

“My first reaction was, ‘You’re killing the mother of the show! You’re killing the woman who’s suffered more violence than anybody!’ She suffered more violence than Dexter ever suffered. Dexter witnessed the death of his mother, but he didn’t suffer any physical violence. Rita was beaten and raped by an ex-husband on a regular basis, and yet she still has this innocence and sweetness about her.”

– Actress Julie Benz on her initial reaction to finding out that Rita, the character she played on “Dexter,” would be killed off in the show’s season four finale, which aired last Sunday. [E! Online] Keep reading »

Tiger Woods And Gloria Allred Inspire Sexy Spoof

OK, Tiger Woods I totally get, but throwing in an ol’ Gloria Allred-inspired character in “Tiger’s Wood” seems a lil’ harsh. To the viewers I mean. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: The Loner Gets Talked Into Speed Dating

Last week, I set out to interview “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger. My plan was to go in, impress her with my wife-ability, and be home in time for wine and “Parks and Recreation.” So I’m still not sure how, an hour later, I found myself sitting on a bar stool, roped into speed dating by the kind people at HurryDate.com. “There’s an odd number of men,” the publicist said, rationalizing why I needed to participate.

Being a serial online dater, I have had my share of awkward first dates. I liked the idea of spending five minutes with someone, rather than wasting a whole night to realize we were incompatible. Plus, I thought maybe I might meet a few people I wouldn’t necessarily think to go out with. Even though I had the lowest of low expectations, I was still sweating and self-conscious. Are they noticing how big my head is? Can they smell me sweating? Keep reading »

Quick Vid: Snooki Shows The Jersey Shore How To Dance


In case you missed it — what is wrong with you?! — here’s a quick clip of our favorite “Jersey Shore” girl, Snooki, gettin’ her freak on in last night’s episode. Keep reading »

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