If you’ve been to bars in major metropolitan cities, chances are you’ve come into contact with a “pickup artist”: a dude who is trying to get your number by following a script. Whether he learned about pickup artistry from Neil Strauss’s book The Game or that VH1 show, “The Pickup Artist,” the guy macking on you is focused on one goal — getting women, including you, into bed.
But the opposite is not true in a “pickup artist school” for women: in fact, London’s Flirt Diva Academy focuses mainly on flirting. According to “flirt coach” Sue Ostler, flirtation is “lighting the spark to your personality and letting people see it shine through” and her Flirt Diva Academy services women ages 16 to 60 in classes like “Bag A Boyfriend” and the “Flirt Masterclass.” Or they can partake in a “Flirt, Schmooze & Shimmy” tour to hone their technique in the field at London’s hottest bars.
Helen Croydon, a journalist for the Times of London, braved the elements and a “Flirt, Schmooze & Shimmy” tour one evening. What she learned will surprise you …
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Lindsay Lohan poses as Jesus on the cover of Purple, a fashion magazine, surely pissing off the last three people on earth who still like her.
Also, didn’t Kanye do this, like, five years ago? [E! Online] Keep reading »
“I don’t even know what my natural color is. Natural? What is natural? What is that? I do not believe in totally natural for women. For me, natural has something to do with vegetables.”
— Donatella Versace in LOVE magazine [Independent UK] Keep reading »
We’ve heard of diets where you consume no carbs. We’ve heard of diets where you refuse sugar and dairy. But this is the first diet we’ve heard of where a girl’s gotta drop, by far, the most delicious of all vices: shopping. Yes, shopping. Since September 2009, nearly 100 women have joined the Great American Apparel Diet, a “fashion fast” to slim down their closets and expand their wallets. There is one rule and one rule only: no shopping for new clothes for 12 whole months. Keep reading »
It’s a weight-loss company smackdown! Score one point for Weight Watchers, which convinced a judge last week to ban Jenny Craig from broadcasting its latest commercial because it contained — how do I put this? — untruths. According to the Weight Watchers lawsuit, Jenny Craig’s latest ad fudges some facts spouted by spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli. In the banned commercial, Bertinelli walks around a laboratory in a white lab coat, gestures to some nerdy-looking scientists, and says a “major clinical trial … run by some serious lab geeks” found that dieters who used Jenny Craig lost twice as much weight as ones who used Weight Watchers.
In real life, however, that “major clinical trial” doesn’t exist. Keep reading »
Marc Jacobs wants you to get laid in your car! Wait, scratch that … he wants you to get lei-ed in your car. Slight difference. Oh, well. Anyway, Marc is hawking a flowery perfume-scented lei for fashionable drivers to hang from their rear view mirrors — and it can be yours for a whopping $57! (True, the air freshening lei comes with a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy In The Air eau de toilette spray, which is the real cost behind the $57.) As much as we think Marc’s scents are lovely, we will stick with those $3 air fresheners you can get at Pep Boys, thank you. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Gay-bashing can be tough work: just look at the trouble that the Florida Family Policy Council of Orlando, Florida, ran into while protesting a Miami judge’s decision to grant a lesbian couple the right to adopt a 1-year-old boy. Lesbians Vanessa Alenier and Melanie Leon (photo at right) have cared for the boy, the child of one of Alenier’s relatives, since he’d been removed from his birth parents by child welfare. And last month, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia ruled that a Florida state law banning the gay couple from adoption the boy was “unconstitutional,” effectively awarding them custody.
Judge Sampedro-Iglesia’s decision did not sit well with the scaremongers — they got right to work lambasting her “arrogant judicial activism” in an email alert. Unfortunately, the lesbian adoptee moms were far too femme, smiley and “straight”-looking to scare the bejeezus out of homophobes. So the FFPC (which is affiliated with Focus on the Family) did some creative illustration and cooked up a faux-lesbian duo of butch women who “look” a lot more like stereotypical lesbians (see photo left) to presumably scare everyone away from gay adoption. Because, you know, butch lesbians can’t be good parents!
Klassy, right? [Orlando Sentinel, NBC Miami] Keep reading »
Yes, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads have aired — yes, I just said “ads.” The conservative group Focus On The Family apparently bought time to air more than one $2.5 million dollar commercial on Super Bowl Sunday Here’s the commercial starring the Tebows that run during the Super Bowl — not surprisingly, the word “abortion” is not mentioned once. After the jump, watch the other Focus on the Family commercial starring the Tebows which aired during the pre-game: Keep reading »