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How To Shop For Midi & Maxi Skirts/Dresses As A Petite Girl

I may be a tad biased, but I feel like conventional fashion wisdom leaves petite girls like myself with very few sartorial options for summer comfiness. To make clothes look proportional instead of swimming in too-long dresses, short ladies are advised to show hella leg and whip out the wedges and heels, which is all well and good, but sometimes I just want a little functionality on a hot day. Lounging in the park, wandering around a new city on vacation, or attending a family barbecue is not much fun when you’re paranoid about flashing everyone in your short skirt or tripping in your heels and being catapulted through the air. As much as I believe in dressing to highlight your shape, I also think rules are dumb and hate being told that I “can’t” wear long skirts I could actually move in because of my height. Guys, we can all wear whatever we want! I’ll never look like Gisele in a maxi dress, but sometimes it’s worth it to get to spend a day without worrying about my skirt riding up. Fellow shorties, here are some tips for picking out maxi skirts and those ever-mystifying midi skirts as a petite woman. Keep reading »

Here’s Every Brand Name Ever Mentioned On “Sex And The City”

Sex and the City
An Ode To Consumerism

A 27-year-old French guy seems to have gotten very bored of some woman in his life’s “Sex and the City” habit, so he put together an alphabetical compilation of every single brand mentioned in the series. Carrie and the girls are even more materialistic than we thought: there are 324 brands mentioned 838 times — and the video comes out to nine minutes! The girls talked about Tiffany’s, Birkins, Vogue, and Chanel a lot more than we thought. [Glamour, Pierre Buttin]

Miley Cyrus Hired A Pet Psychic To Contact Her Dog Floyd

  • Miley Cyrus hired a dog psychic to help her heal from the loss of her beloved puppy, Floyd, who died in April. Question: is a dog psychic different from a regular psychic? [Mirror UK]
  • Jessica Biel will guest star on “New Girl” as a rival of Zooey Deschanel’s character. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Tara Reid believes a ”sharknado” — AKA, the giant shark-filled tornado in the SyFy channel movie — could happen in real life. “You know, it actually can happen. I mean the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually. Which is crazy.”  [InTouch Weekly]
  • This shelter cat accidentally dialed 911. Better or worse than a butt dial? [Jezebel]

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Kristen Bell Is An Underpaid Mary Poppins

Kristen Bell As Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Needs A Raise

Hey, even Mary Poppins needs to pay the bills. Maybe if the federal minimum wage were just a little bit higher, she wouldn’t have to quit! Leave it to Kristen Bell to combine musical theater and social justice. Just a $3 increase can make a living wage! [Funny Or Die]

This Girl Is Crowd-Funding Her Grad School Tuition (And It’s Actually Working)

Emily-Rose Eastop, a 26-year-old from London, is crowd-funding the expenses of her master’s degree program. The scientist with a talent for singing and dancing graduated in 2010 with a degree in Human Sciences, and was shocked when she was turned down for over 200 jobs (though it’s worth considering that she only applied for work through notoriously useless online job-hunting platforms). She’s spent the past fours years relying on the support of her mother and boyfriend to live and tutoring biology to make some cash here and there. Keep reading »

Awesome Obstetrician Welcomes Babies Into The World By Singing

Singing Doctor
"Welcome To A Wonderful World"

Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, the happiest doctor you’ll ever meet, has delivered about 8,000 babies, and greets most of them with a song. When Andrew-Jaja was in residency, and older physician was in the habit of singing to newborns, and when he retired, he asked Andrew-Jaja to carry on the tradition. He’s been singing to babies ever since, and pausing for the music gives everyone in the delivery room a moment to soak the arrival of a new life. “Sometimes the pregnancy has been difficult, the delivery has been complex and yet most of the time out comes this beautiful baby and it’s a moment when you forget that fear,” he told ABC News. He says that when he sings to the babies, he’s singing to a future important person. “So, to me, it’s a wonderful thing in my hand, the miracle of life. The rest of it is that’s it’s a beautiful world we live in. You forget about all the crisis going on everywhere, for a moment, when you see that miracle of life in front of you.” Too sweet! [The Root, ABC News]

Justin Bieber Is Reportedly The New Face Of Calvin Klein

  • Rumor has it that Justin Bieber may become a model for Calvin Klein underwear. Sorry, that sound is just the whimper of my soul being crushed. [Jezebel]
  • Britney Spears will launch her own lingerie line this September. [E! News]
  • The beard The Rock wore in “Hercules” was made of yak pubes. Do with that information what you will. [Uproxx]
  • Portia de Rossi is joining the cast of “Scandal”! [US Weekly]
  • Watch Rachel McAdams get utterly embarrassed while she watches her audition tape for “The Notebook.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

I’m Super Excited For Hilary Duff To Have A Comeback

Hilary Duff

Maybe I should be more embarrassed that I’m so excited about this, but for the first time in seven years, Hilary Duff is releasing a new album! Her new single, “Chasing The Sun,” will be released on July 29 along with its music video, and is already available for pre-order. Duff is still at work on the full album, which will come out this fall, and she’s also heading back to TV in the new TVLand series “Younger.” Since making us all fall in love with her as Lizzie McGuire and releasing a slew of pop albums a million years ago, Hilary has gotten married and then separated, had a baby, and even appeared on “Gossip Girl” when the series started to go stale (I totally still watched). Keep reading »

Blake Lively Decorates Cupcakes In A Mildly Awkward Vogue Interview

Blake Lively
Welcome To The Blakery

Blake Lively sat down with Vogue to answer 73 questions and heartily promote her new lifestyle site Preserve while decorating cupcakes. Things we learned? She identifies most with the male characters on “Sex and the City” (oh how I’d love for her to elaborate on that one), she’s a fan of Alan Watts, and she likes chocolate souffle. We also now know that her hubby Ryan Reynolds refers to their kitchen as “The Blakery,” and that she isn’t sure that people still go to Starbucks these days. Yes Blake, they do. [Vogue]

Would You Wear A Dress Made Of Condoms?

Ever wonder what happens to all the condoms that fail the quality control test? Artist and social activist Adriana Bertini crafts gowns out of them. Bertini’s Condom Couture project was created to raise awareness about safe sex and STI prevention. Using dyed defective and expired condoms, she puts together dresses that aim to get people talking about safe sex, though the dresses are so immaculate that it’s sometimes easy to forget what they’re made of! She’s also been known to weave condoms into images, like those of AIDS victims or activists. Bertini also teaches students how to create these dresses on their own, which provides an avenue to talk to them about safer sex. Bertini’s amazing handiwork has been shown in exhibitions at the United Nations and the International AIDS conference. They’ve even been featured in runway shows. [The Gloss] [Image via Condom Couture/Facebook]

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