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Claire writes at The Frisky and probably thinks you're fab. Email her at claire[at]thefrisky.com.

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Vanilla Ice’s Arrest “Was Blown Out Of Proportion”

Vanilla Ice, who was released from jail yesterday after allegedly stealing from an expensive Florida home, told reporters: “It’s a misunderstanding, it was blown out of proportion. It’s sad that good news doesn’t travel this fast. It’s just out of proportion and I wish you guys would focus on all the good things I’ve done. It’ll…
By: Claire Hannum / February 19, 2015

12 “Uplifting” Quotes To Float You Down The Frozen River Of Denial This Winter

I've detested winter my whole life, but since it's inevitable whether I like it or not, I made a little project last year of trying to at least appreciate the season's finer points. (Sledding! Hot chocolate! Pine trees!) To really commit myself to this (ultimately fruitless) task, I tried to get hyped up by talking to the people in my…
By: Claire Hannum / February 19, 2015

Beauty Test Drive: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

I've never been into gel manicures, not only because they cost more than my lazy at-home DIY nail routine, but because the effort it takes to remove them kind of freaks me out. Gels aren't known to be great for your health either, so I was mystified by Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel nail polish. It promises two weeks of gel-like…
By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2015

Of Course There’s An App Based On Those “Fall In Love With Anyone” Questions

Remember those 36 questions that had a brief stranglehold on the internet about a month ago because of their alleged power to make anyone fall in love? The questions grow more intimate as the list wears on, increasing a sense of vulnerability to the two participants. Sharing responses to the questions with a partner, and staring…
By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2015

Melt Your Stress Away With This Enchanting Little Film

Designer Shunsuke Umiyama's latest creation is the bamboo copTer, a mobile made from a classic toy. These tiny helicopters, also known as taketambo or bamboo copters, lift into the air when spun. In Umiyama's mobile, they spin gently in the breeze, lulling the viewer's mind into forgetting the world for just a moment. If you're feeling…
By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2015

Christina Aguilera Is Coming To “Nashville”!

Christina Aguilera will guest star on "Nashville" as a pop star who loves to sing country. [Rolling Stone] Turns out, Tyga might not be dating Kylie Jenner after all, and could be hooking up with…
By: Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

5 Great Poems By Philip Levine, Who Found Magic In Everyday Life

Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate of the United States, died Saturday at age 87. His early life in Detroit and his work on the auto assembly line inspired much of his poetry, which focused heavily on working-class middle America. He was, in the words of the New York Times' Dwight Garner, "an outsider…
By: Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

Now We Can Bake Girl Scout Cookies At Home!

My fervent mission to build up a Girl Scout cookie stockpile just got a lot easier, because soon we can make them at home! Starting this fall, Wicked Cool Toys' Girl Scout Cookie Oven can be yours for $60, which may seem hefty for what's being marketed as a toy (puh-lease, this was definitely made for the…
By: Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

Drop Everything & Watch Beyonce Sing Stevie Wonder Hits

Last night, CBS aired a star-studded tribute to Stevie Wonder. "Songs in the Key of Life—An All-Star Grammy Salute" featured a host of celebs, and in this number, Queen Bey is accompanied by Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. I'm of the unpopular opinion that parts of this clip (ahem, "Fingertips") don't pack as much power as they…
By: Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

Compassionate Fashion: 10 Cozy Must-Haves From Appalatch

Appalatch is a North Carolina-based apparel company "with a rebellious spirit to upend the clothing industry for good," and it embodies every "practical Americana" cliche of my dreams, so I'm obsessed. The company is so committed to ethics that it eschews sustainability programs altogether. Instead, Appalatch's website reads: "Sustainability shouldn’t be a buzz word that i…
By: Claire Hannum / February 15, 2015

Madonna Is Unenthused By “50 Shades Of Grey”

Madonna on "50 Shades of Grey": "It’s not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, 'Hmm, a lot of spanking.'" [HuffPost] Two more victims of Bill Cosby , models Lise-Lotte Lubli…
By: Claire Hannum / February 14, 2015

It’s Time To Cry: Dog Escapes From Home To Comfort Owner In The Hospital

Nancy Franck of Cedar Rapdis, Iowa, has spent the last few weeks in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery, with her miniature schnauzer Sissy left in the care of Franck's husband, Dale. This Sunday, Sissy apparently decided she'd had enough of that, and escaped her backyard to find Nancy. In a scene straight out of "Homeward Bound," Sissy ran the…
By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2015

Taylor Swift’s “Style” Video Is Here

Taylor Swift's "Style" music video has arrived and it's chock full of "poetic" broken glass, red lips, and a hot dude -- everything you've come to expect from a Taylor video. I'm not sure how to feel about it. Thoughts? [Cosmopolitan]…
By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2015

This Picture Is Everything You Need To Know About Kanye’s Adidas Fashion Show

Kanye West had a runway show for his Adidas collection at New York Fashion Week yesterday, and friends and Kardashians alike turned up to support. Kylie Jenner walked the runway, and Rihanna, Big Sean, Alexander Wang, Jay Z, and Beyonce were in attendance - but the whole evening can be summed up in this tweet…
By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2015

Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Sweaters For Penguins Hurt By Oil Spills

At 109-years-old, Alfred Date is the oldest man in Australia. The grandfather of 20 spends his days knitting sweaters for penguins who've been injured in oil spills. When toxic oil sticks to penguins, it mats their fur and makes it difficult for them to regulate their temperature or find food properly. Date's handiwork prevents the penguins from picking…
By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015

12 Good Things About Being Stuck In A Rut

I'm in a strange emotional rut these days. The past few months have been some of the most eventful I've ever had. They've been full of revelations, confusions, major changes, and new conclusions about what life means to me -- but instead of making me wiser, all these new thoughts and the baggage surrounding them have…
By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015

This Is The Best Episode Of “Dr. Phil” You’ve Ever Seen

Even the "best" episode of a show like "Dr. Phil" would be setting the bar pretty low, but this clip removes the shrill, nightmare-y quality by presenting us with nothing but reaction shots. No dialogue. In the words of the YouTuber who posted it, "They say it best when they say nothing at all."…
By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015

These “Send Me Your Sexts” Videos Make Me Viscerally Uncomfortable, And That’s Kind Of The Point

Looking for a particularly awkward Valentine's Day gift? Filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian will turn your real-life sext exchanges into short films for $80. At sendmeyoursexts.com, you can upload screenshots of your steamiest (or silliest) sexts with a payment and receive a 1-6 minute film a few weeks later. She'll come up with the cast…
By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015

Here Are The Weird Ways We Cope With Stress

A recent stress study by the American Psychological Association put together a profile of the most stressed-out person in America: she's a mom in her late 20s or early 30s who makes less than $50,000 a year, and she probably needs a hug. The study found that women are more stressed than men in general, and…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2015

Please Give Me A Reason Not To Be Skeeved Out By Trendy IV Treatments

Hangovers can take us to the depths of physical despair, but no matter how I spin it in my mind, I just can't imagine having a pounding head and then begging someone to stick a needle in my arm on top of it -- yet thousands are regularly clamoring for elective IV drips that promise to improve their lives i…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2015

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