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Banish Coffee Cup Rings

Sure signs you’re in a responsible grownup’s apartment: there’s an actual bed frame, not just a mattress and a box spring; there’s the good, soft, thick kind of toilet paper in the bathroom; and there is a set of coasters on the coffee table. Everyone knows cup rings scream “stuck in adolescence.” Project the air of maturity we know you possess to all future house guests with this chic and earthy set of clay and glass coasters by potter Kelly Brooks. Pretty and functional, hooray!

[$32.00 Anthropologie]

Amy Winehouse, At Her Very Best


Some of us were lucky enough to see Amy Winehouse perform live before she passed this weekend at the age of 27. Fewer of us were lucky enough to see her when she was really at her best, before drug and alcohol addiction started to chip away at her ability to channel her truly extraordinary talent. In 2007, Winehouse performed on “Live on the BBC” and this video of that session is 51 minutes of her being just fantastic. (FYI, the volume is sort of low up until the 6:31 mark.) [Dangerous Minds] Keep reading »

Russell Brand Pays Tribute To His Friend Amy Winehouse

“…As I made my way to the audience through the plastic smiles and plastic cups I heard the rolling, wondrous resonance of a female vocal. Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie [Holiday] and Ella [Fitzgerald], from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse! That twerp, all eyeliner and lager dithering up Chalk Farm Road under a back-combed barnet, the lips that I’d only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses now a portal for this holy sound. So now I knew. She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a f**king genius.”

Russell Brand, a former drug addict who’s been sober since 2002, penned an absolutely beautiful tribute to his friend Amy Winehouse, who passed away this weekend at age 27. Read more, after the jump… Keep reading »

Amy Winehouse’s Last Time On Stage


On Wednesday night, Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter and protege Dionne Bromfield performed at the iTunes Festival and Amy accompanied her to the show. She also danced alongside Bromfield as she performed, though she didn’t sing, making this Amy’s last time on stage before her untimely death today at age 27. Our thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

RIP: Amy Winehouse Found Dead At Age 27

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Extremely sad news out of the UK today: singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. Though the cause of her death is unknown at this time, Winehouse had a well-documented history of alcohol and drug abuse, going to treatment as recently as May. Last month, she canceled her European tour after a breakdown on stage in Serbia, and a statement on her website read: “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” Earlier this week, she attended an event with her goddaughter, but sources had told various media outlets that Winehouse was “drinking herself to death.”
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10 Names For Robert Pattinson’s Truly Stupid New Haircut

I had two thoughts when I first saw Robert Pattinson‘s new haircut. First, “Wow, he’s still really hot.” Second, “But f**k that is a stupid haircut. It looks like he left the barber midway through getting his head shaved. There’s no rhyme or reason to it — from all angles, it looks ridiculous.” Turns out, there is a reason for this totally wack look! Robert is filming an upcoming movie called “Cosmopolis,” directed by David Cronenberg based on the Don DeLillo novel, in which he plays “a young man who makes an odyssey across Manhattan in order to get a haircut.” And then leaves halfway through? Someone who’s read the book — remember, I don’t read Don DeLillo — please explain! [Us Weekly]

In the meantime, I decided to come up with some names for Robert’s new haircut, since his popularity suggests it could be the new “Rachel.” Keep reading »

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