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How To Be Romantic Without Being Creepy

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The romantic gesture: a lovely thing or reserved for creepy stalkers? Blogger Joshua Lyon, writing for Thought Catalog, seems to feel that the romantic gesture is dying. He talks about being branded “scary intense” for writing a letter to a man he had a crush on and suggesting an old-fashioned correspondence. That seems rather sweet to me. Also, he mentions a time when a boyfriend pulled a “Say Anything” and played “In Your Eyes” on a boombox at his window, Lloyd Dobler-style. He found it to be “one of the bravest and most romantic things” anyone had ever done for him. I see what he’s getting at. The grand romantic gesture does deserve a rightful place in the world of wooing. But it can walk the fine line of “creepiness.” Romantic gestures only work when being done by the right person in the right way. For example, a guy I was dating once had a handwritten note couriered over to my office to ask me out on a date. Sweet! Another time, a man I had exchanged a smile with followed me home from the grocery store to leave a letter of admiration on my doorstep. Frightening! After the jump, the difference between sweet/romantic and creepy/romantic. [Thought Catalog] Keep reading »

Style Stealer: Gwyneth Paltrow Is Simple And Sophisticated In B&W

I know I poop all over Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle newsletter GOOP on a fairly frequent basis and that some of you don’t, uh, agree with me. To each their own! The thing is, I am able to put aside my personal distaste for GP and acknowledge that I absolutely love her style. With very few exceptions — the Alexander McQueen getup that made her boobs look like chicken cutlets, for example — I think Gwyneth looks flawless every time she walks out the door. Last week’s appearance on “Ellen,” for example — I adore the simplicity of this black and white outfit, especially because it is so easy to replicate on any budget. After the jump, the three keys pieces you need, all under $100, which means you’ll have money left over for that salade niçoise you’ve been craving. Keep reading »

“The Office”‘s “Seasons Of Love” Tribute To Michael Scott


I haven’t been a loyal watcher of “The Office” in a few seasons, but that didn’t stop me from totally tearing up while watching this tribute to Michael Scott from last night’s episode. My high school choir (I was not a member) sang “Seasons of Love” from “Rent” at my high school graduation and, damn, does that tune tug at the heartstrings (even when the lyrics are ridiculously altered). Next week is Steve Carell’s last episode — will you be watching? Keep reading »

Before She Was An Oscar-Winning Actress…

Penelope Cruz was a model with a pixie cut in Sassy magazine. Who knew? This pic, from a 1994 issue of the iconic teen magazine, also features platform Converse. Remember those? [via F**k Yeah Awesome '90s Stuff!] Keep reading »

Please, No: “Real Housewives” Husband, Simon Van Kempen, Sings “I Am Real”


Is this really happening again? Is another “Real Housewives” star trying to turn their 15 minutes of reality TV fame into a music career? Actually, no. A “Real Housewives”‘ star’s husband is following in the footsteps of Countess LuAnn, Kim Zolciak, and Danielle Staub. Alex McCord‘s hubby, Simon Van Kempen — both from “The Real Housewives of NYC” — has released his first song, “I Am Real.” It is just as Eurotrash as you’d expect from the banana hammock-wearing Aussie. Simon told PopEater that his style is similar to Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and while I appreciate the reference — love Jarvis — I politely disagree. (Though I do think it establishes him as more of a gay icon than Sonja.) But what do you think? [PopEater] Keep reading »

The Good, The Meh & The Amazing At Coach’s Benefit For The Children’s Defense Fund

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Lordy, were the Hollywood clubs empty last night? It seems like every single famous female celeb in Tinseltown was at Coach’s “Evening of Cocktails and Shopping” to Benefit the Children’s Defense Fund. Except Lindsay Lohan, so I suppose the clubs did alright for themselves after all. Anyhoo, as this event was for a good cause, I found myself unable to critique anyone’s look as “bad,” per se. So, keep clicking to find out who looked good, meh, and amaaaazing
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