Profile for Claire Hannum

avatar

Life Dream Status: Taylor Swift’s Cat Blends Right In With Her Outfit

I’ll know I have arrived in life when 1) I find a cat that allows me to casually carry him/her down the street on my arm without scratching me and 2) that cat perfectly matches my sartorial choices. Who needs a cute purse when you can accessorize with a critter that will love you back? Clearly, Taylor already has my wildest cat lady dream all figured out, and is pulling off the ever-elusive “plaid for sophisticated people” vibe on top of it. I want to be her even more at this moment than when she had access to the Kennedy compound. [Image via AKM-GSI]

Miss America Pageant Has Platform To Educate On Domestic Violence, Chooses Victim-Blaming Instead

Miss America
Wrong Question

Given the dismal state of international headlines these past few weeks, the Miss America pageant had a whole host of issues to draw from when putting together the question and answer portion of the competition. The question judge Kathy Ireland asked Miss Florida during the Sunday night competition started off with an impactful topic — Ray Rice’s dismissal from the NFL for beating up then-fiancee Janay Rice (nee Palmer) last February. Things could’ve gone in a powerful direction from there and the pageant could have served as a platform to raise awareness about domestic violence. Instead, Ireland asked the most useless question of all:

“We were all rocked by the video of football star Ray Rice punching his wife Janay. She’s standing by him. As a woman, what do you think of her decision?”

Ugh.

Keep reading »

Kerry Washington Wants You To Know About Financial Abuse

“It’s the reason why so many people stay. That whole hashtag #WhyIStayed that happened last week, you saw how many of those responses were about feeling trapped financially … I think people just aren’t as aware of financial abuse. If a woman isn’t even aware of the dynamics of financial abuse — what it looks like, what it is — she may not even know that that’s part of the tools being used to control her and manipulate her and keep her trapped. When there is more information around it, people can begin to identify it and then get the help they need.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the amazing Kerry Washington kept the recent public conversations about domestic abuse in the spotlight by addressing the financial side of the situation. Financial abuse is talked about far less than physical violence, but it occurs in 98 percent of violent relationships, and can leave victims feeling just as trapped as a fist. Abusers can try to get their victims fired, accrue mountains of debt in the victim’s name, or hoard the couple’s finances leaving a victim with no cash of her own. Even after escaping the relationship, a victim can be left with a destroyed credit score or a wiped out savings account that could take years to recover from and leave them with little means to build a new foundation on their own. Kerry is the spokeswoman for The Allstate Foundation’s “Purple Purse” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of abuse and provide options to victims look for a way out. She specially designed a limited-edition purse for the initiative in hopes that it will serve as a symbol of a woman’s financial power. As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love her, she also recorded a kick-ass PSA for the organization, after the jump! [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI] Keep reading »

Beyonce Was Drinking Champagne This Weekend So I Guess She’s Not Preggo After All

It appears that Bey and Jay were beginning to panic that the world was finally bored of wondering if ther marriage was on the rocks, so they upped the stakes by hinting at a pregnancy over the weekend. At one of the last performances of their “On The Run” tour, Jay Z changed a lyric in “Beach Is Better” from “I replace it with another one” to “pregnant with another one.” Not surprisingly, the world exploded a tiny bit with questions about a second Carter baby. Unfortunately for these two, however, the universe is kind of getting sick of their vague gossip-mongering, so the freak-out wasn’t as epic as they probably expected. But alas, yesterday Beyonce was spotted in a tweet seemingly partaking in a champagne to toast the end of the tour.

Keep reading »

Watch Kristen Wiig & Ellen Bring You The One And Only “Frozen” Cover Worth Seeing

So Worth It

“Frozen” overload seems to have peaked sometime over the summer, and by now about a thousand mediocre covers of “Let It Go” have shoved their way into our lives, but this one is too awesome to ignore. Both Kristen Wiig and Ellen claim not to know the words to the song, but that doesn’t stop them from giving it a shot. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues. [Huffington Post]

Dream Or Nightmare: Purses Made Of Recycled Dog Hair

Dog Purse

Doris Carvalho, a veterinarian and designer from Tampa, has put together Fur You by Doris, a line of purses made of the dog hair that gets left over at the groomer’s salon (read: no dogs are harmed to make them). Carvalho launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $15,000 to create and market her first line of 30 bags. The dog hair is sterilized and used to make the yarn that adorns the bags, which are handmade and require about two pounds of fur each. Currently, they cost about $1,000 each, but if they were to be mass produced they’d become significantly less expensive. My first thought about these bags was NOPE, but that’s kind of hypocritical of me, right? People wear fur and leather all the time, and in most cases the animal dies for it, but these bags are cruelty-free. As Carvalho says on her campaign page, “These handbags are ecologically designed to help curve the immense global footprint on the planet, accessories used in the designs are also from raw pieces from the Earth. My product adds value to a sustainable society.” It’s not for me, but I feel like some diehard puppy lovers in the world would spring for this. If you’re into it, think about supporting her campaign — a portion of Carvalho’s profits will go to the Humane Society. [Oddity Central] [Image via Kickstarter]

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular