You know that mid-afternoon feeling when you’d give anything to be curled up in your bed? Someone’s found a brilliant way to economize on that with pay-by-the-minute beds solely for the purpose of napping. Tokyo’s Nap Cafe Corne was designed for on-the-go upper-middle-class women to take naps in the midst of long, busy days.
For a $1.80 (150 yen) per 10 minutes, a cozy twin-sized bed with a cutesy canopy is yours, as well as a choices of pillows to best suit your taste. The cafe also offers make-up and changing rooms, snacks, and a kitchen. Customers who don’t want to wrinkle their clothes are offered a fresh set of clothes. At night, the cafe transforms into a karaoke lounge – even better. Can someone bring these to New York City please? I can’t imagine a better way to unwind on those chilly, frenzied days when your bed seems so very far away. [Gizmodo]
This Sunday, Sasha Obama wore this ASOS unicorn sweater to a basketball game, and the internet promptly exploded shortly afterward. People rushed to snatch up the sweater, which was on sale for $20, and it sold out almost immediately. For a while, there was talk of the sweater being indefinitely unavailable. TRAGEDY. As it turns out, it will be restocked on December 2! Get your credit cards ready! Follow ASOS’s Twitter for updates on the oh-so-famous sweater. [ASOS via Huffington Post]
David and Victoria Beckham may be mega-famous and strikingly beautiful, but they also happen to have giant hearts. Victoria Beckham tweeted today that she’s selling her shoes to raise money for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. She tweeted, “Big clear out of my shoes, on sale tomorrow in aid of @BritishRedCross #ShopDrop,” with a photo of a mountain of gorgeous shoes of every size and color. The Spice Girl and her family donated clothes as well, and they’re encouraging fans to do the same. The shoes will be a part of the British Red Cross’s shop drop, a program that encourages people to donate quality clothes and other items to shops throughout the U.K. More information about the sale is available here if you’re near local and would like to support a great cause. [Red Cross; People]
CatAcademy, the greatest smartphone app ever made, will you help you learn Spanish using cat memes. Oh yes! It features over a thousand cat photos. Some of the pictures are original while many are from I Can Haz Cheezburger, the cat photo mecca. Each of them is equipped to help you learn espanol.
Basically, this is the best thing that has ever happened to your iPhone. Keep reading »
When most people visualize their dream vacation, Caribbean beaches and margaritas on a lounge chair come to mind. For British writer and cyclist Lois Pryce, however, her dream trip equated to something a little different — a solo motorcycle trip across Iran. Pryce spent this September on a three-week tour of the country, her curiosity fueled by the conflicting advice she’d heard about traveling there. “On the one hand I’d hear awful things about women being stoned for adultery, the highest rate of execution in the world, and nuclear enriching,” she told the UK’s Telegraph. “Then overland travelers would say Iran was wonderful and their favorite country, and that difference intrigued me.” Keep reading »
We are obsessed with this brilliant commercial by toy company Goldie Blox, which aims to inspire and educate future female engineers. Their goal is to “disrupt the pink aisle,” as little girls are interested in lots of cool toys but primarily targeted with princess dresses and pop star dreams. The company’s creator, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineering graduate disappointed with how few female classmates she had. Only 11 percent of engineers are female and Sterling believes that encouraging girls to be inventive at an early age with construction toys that come from “a female perspective” is a step in the right direction. The video takes the notoriously sexist “Girls” by the Beastie Boys and revamps it as something of a feminist anthem as the girls in the commercial get creative with household items — and those silly feather boas and tea sets they’re “supposed” to be sashaying around in. Anyone else want to adopt these three? [GoldieBlox]
New York city performer Amanda Trusty is no stranger to the scrutiny the entertainment industry feels entitled to when it comes to women’s bodies. In a (semi-NSFW) burlesque performance at a benefit for Hawaii Island Gay Pride, Amanda refuses to take that criticism any longer. Set to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” she finds a way to let it all go as she literally peels off hurtful words like “cellulite,” “fat” and “suck it in” that have gotten in the way of the joy performing should bring. I have never felt more empowered (and misty-eyed) just by watching someone dance! Read more thoughts from this amazing lady on her blog. Keep being awesome, Amanda! [Huffington Post; Amanda Trusty Says]
“With ‘Girls,’ after I saw the pilot, I was like, ‘There’s no way I can watch the rest of this series, especially if it continues to go on,’ because I feel like there’s an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it’s always the imperfection I’m always more attracted to. And I feel like with the things I’m in that I have watched, I go into a spiral and obsess about all the mistakes I made. Even with the pilot — there are so many mistakes I wish I would have changed, but you know, you just can’t. I’ll drive myself crazy and the people around me crazy for months, just thinking about it.”
Here’s a surprise: Adam Driver doesn’t watch himself on “Girls.” I mean, hey, his character does do some pretty bizarre stuff and I don’t know that I’d want to watch myself act that out on camera either. Fortunately the rest of us can still watch “Girls” without wanting to obsess over every little thing. Set your DVR for the January 12 premiere! [NYMag.com] [Photo: Splash News]
Will Ferrell paid a visit to “Conan” last night in character as everyone’s favorite classy news anchor, Ron Burgundy. Ron is a big fan of Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford — whose got more than enough pussy to eat at home — and couldn’t help but serenade us with an endorsement of Rob’s campaign. I am choking from the laughter. [Team Coco]
The stories that live in Craigslist’s Missed Connections board are often the stuff of movies. A user at Reddit found one of its greatest gems this week: a post written by a man looking for the girl he spent Thanksgiving with in 1973. Pass the tissues please!
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