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How Bikram Yoga Is Making Me One Of “Those People”

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not an “exercise person.” In fact, if I were dating some smart, hilarious, darling and hot dude who was otherwise perfect but had a penchant for enthusing about his early morning gym regimen, I probably wouldn’t call him again. Overtly healthy people annoy me, maybe because they have an irksome way of making me feel guilty that my favorite leisure activities involve a glass of wine and a Parliament Light. OK, OK, I wasn’t always exactly a lazy slouch: I was a serious ballet dancer until the age of 18, and I ran and practiced some yoga in college. But since moving to New York almost a decade ago, let’s just say my workout history can best be summed up as “slightly cloudy with a chance of pizza.”

So how the hell did I become the kind of person who did one of those disturbing-sounding “Hot Yoga for 30 Days” challenges?
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10 Chic & Oh So Travel-Friendly Carry-On Bags

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After American Airlines lost my luggage not once, but twice a few years back, I swore to never check bags again. And beside the fact that I never have to wait the extra 20 minutes or so after my plane lands at baggage claim (which, let’s face it, rules), I’m also glad I’ve learned to pack so light, considering many airlines are now charging checked baggage fees. Show ‘em they can’t keep you down with a schmancy new carry-on. Check out these cute, overhead compartment-friendly options.

The 10 Worst-Dressed Men In Hollywood

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We looked a little closer at the pics from the “Iron Man 2″ premiere yesterday, and noticed Justin Theroux pulled an, um, “edgy” fashion move in the form of two different Nikes. So Punky Brewster, dude! Come to think of it, Mr. Theroux isn’t the only star in Hollywood who should fire his stylist. Click through for what not to wear, the male celeb edition. [Huffington Post]

Pill Chic–Cool Or Just Plain Messed Up?

When it comes to fashion, I adore the subversive. Black leather and studs, gun print dresses, safety pins, you name it — I’ve worn it and loved it. So it’s perhaps hypocritical of me, but I have to draw the line at this “cheeky” pharmaceutical trend. Keep reading »

The 5 Most Ridiculous Jobs In Fashion

Depending on your point of view, you could say every job in fashion is, at its heart, not just a little bit silly. But believe it or not, there are oh-so-many levels of ridiculousity. After reading the news about Rachel Bilson being named Sunglass Hut’s new (and first of its kind) “Eyewear Ambassador” — “I can’t say what makes me a good style adviser for them, but I am a huge sunglasses addict,” she told WWD — we started thinking about other funny and/or odd fashion jobs. They are, of course, presented after the jump! Keep reading »

What His Body Type Says About Him

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We’ve already thought long and hard about What His Underwear Says About Him, and certainly explicated His Style. (We’re so introspective around here!) But what about his body type? Click through for astute objectification observations!

10 Models Who Died Too Young

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It’s always tragic when young people die, and when it comes to the realm of the beautiful and famous who have passed away before their times, it’s also perplexing to society at large. Well-paid, wealthy models seemingly have everything, right? But an industry built on superficial pressures can be disastrous for the inexperienced, as evidenced by 10 of the most beautiful, tragic casualties of the controversial modeling industry.

Light My (Earth-Friendly) Fire

Ginger Fig sounds like a pretty sweet smell to begin with, but what makes this candle even more appealing is the fact that it’s green, too. The container is made from a reclaimed wine bottle and, once your candle burns out, can be washed and reused. The candle itself is made with pure, non-GMO soy wax that will burn for 70 hours, and even the label is made from recycled materials. Pretty sweet indeed.

[$30.00 Etsy]

Move Over Mink: It’s All About Rat Fur

Pardon me while I throw up in my mouth a little, but Vanity Fair‘s VF Blog reports that nutria, 20-pound river-dwelling rats that tend to thrive in Louisiana, are making a splash (!) when it comes to fur-trimmed menswear items this fall. Cute! And designers are already queuing up to put a super sexy spin on the trade:

“I love the masculinity of it. It’s sort of the bad-ass fur,’ [Alabama-based designer Billy] Reid explains. Gilles Mendel sourced his fall 2010 collection fur in Canada. ‘Tougher than mink,’ he says, adding that nutria’s combination of coarseness and shine lends it ‘a androgynous feeling’ and ‘a certain modernity.”

Well, gee guys, when ya put it that way … As if fur isn’t gross enough, did anyone really need to go there? You have to feel bad for this Billy Reid model, above. Hell, we even feel kinda bad for the rat. [Gawker via VF] Keep reading »

Go Easy, Girls: 7 Simple Bridal Beauty Tips

Maybe it’s because in my former life I was a beauty editor, but this time of year, my bride-to-be friends start developing this strange habit of asking me to do their wedding hair and makeup. It’s not that I have any special training whatsoever or that I’m a particularly talented makeup artist or hair stylist–if I were, then perhaps I would start offering my services professionally–but friends who have never before wielded an eyelash curler feel I have some savvy to bring to the table. Personally, I’m always a bit reticent. After all, it’s a lot of pressure. What if some normally sweet chick freaks the eff out because I messed up and it’s her wedding and stuff? Luckily, that’s never happened, and I think it’s probably because I tend to keep things real nice and simple-like. Here are a few essential less-is-more tips I’ve gleaned over the years that are so easy anyone can do them, even an amateur like me …
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