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Tavi Interviews Gwen Stefani For “Teen Vogue”

Freelance writing may have dried up for a lot of journalists, but the well has not yet run dry for Tavi. The 14-year-old fashion blogger got a gig a million girls would die for interviewing Gwen Stefani about her L.A.M.B. line for Teen Vogue! Writing in the February issue, Tavi initially revealed herself to be wary of celebrity-designed lines. “I can’t say I’m enthusiastic about the recent celebrity-turned-designer trend. In fact, I’m a skeptic,” she wrote. “Too often I feel people are expected to drop a couple hundred dollars just because X celebrity was good in Y sitcom, thus somehow making X’s design abilities top-notch.” Agreed. (Sorry, LiLo, but your products suck.) Keep reading »

Why Weather Woman Heidi Jones Lied About Sexual Assault

Why did “Good Morning America” weather woman Heidi Jones lie about an attempted sexual assault in Central Park? Because she wanted the attention.

Jones had claimed she’d been attacked by a man in Central Park while jogging and that bystanders scared him off. Later, she claimed the same man — Hispanic, in his 30s or 40s — showed up outside her apartment building and threatened her by saying, “I know you went to police.” She also claimed the NYPD refused to take her statement when she reported the disturbing events. Presumably, given her public profile, Jones was then given police protection by the NYPD for several weeks; they accompanied her to work, to the movies, and even out walking her dog. But over time, the detectives started to realize her story was not consistent. When confronted, Heidi confessed she “did make this up.” Keep reading »

A New Bag To Beat The Winter Blahs

What woman needs another new bag, right? We’re willing to break the “the holidays just happened so you can’t buy yourself something new” rule for a versatile hobo bag on sale for a whopping 50 percent off. It’s funky enough for a night out with the girls — without going into tacky studs overload! — and low-key enough to throw your books in for class. Heck, you could even use it as a diaper bag if babies are more your thing! A gorgeous satin lining will let you feel super chic, even though you know you got this bag for a steal. Now, every new bag needs a new pair of shoes to go with it, right …?

[$35.99 Piperlime]

Elizabeth Edwards Leaves Cheating Ex John Edwards Out Of Her Will

Not that John Edwards deserved anything after cheating on his cancer-stricken wife and fathering a child with crazy lady Rielle Hunter, but color me surprised that Elizabeth Edwards, who died in December, has left her estranged hubby out of the will. Cate Edwards, the couple’s 28-year-old daughter, was made executor of the will, which leaves everything to her and her two younger siblings, Emma Claire and John. The will, dated just six days before her death, reads: “All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles … to be divided among them … ”

Elizabeth passed away after a long battle with cancer; after John’s tawdry affair with his presidential campaign videographer burst onto the pages of The National Enquirer, the couple had separated but not yet divorced. Personally, I think leaving John out of the will was a last little “f**k you” to him. Instead of sentimental artifacts of their marriage, he just gets stuck with parenthood with Rielle Hunter! [Radar Online] Keep reading »

Two Men Accused Of Sexual Assault With A Snake – Yes, A Snake

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Girl Talk: I Swore I’d Never Snoop … But Then I Did

Some time ago, Amelia and I were chatting over IM about snooping. If I remember correctly, it was in the context of a discussion about sharing passwords. Should you share your email password? Your Facebook password? Your debit card PIN number? Is it a big, serious relationship step to do those things or not super-serious at all and just a byproduct of our digitized lifestyle? I was very pro-sharing passwords, because I have nothing to hide. Go read my emails, I don’t care! The only reason I wanted to share passwords with my boyfriend was to make life easier: we share his laptop at home and I needed to be able to log in whenever I needed. My reason for wanting passwords was not at all motivated by wanting to sneak around in my boyfriend’s private business. I sincerely believed he had nothing to hide from me either.

But more importantly, snooping in someone’s email, or listening to their voice mails, or any of those other privacy-violating things, just seemed like a douchey thing to do. It implied a lack of trust. It implied suspicion. It implied an insecurity on my part. I am a huge, huge, HUGE believer in the Golden Rule and I would never snoop in someone’s private business, I thought, because that is not the way that I would want to be treated. “I just couldn’t go into someone’s emails like that,” I surely told Amelia. “You say that now when everything’s fine,” she replied, in words that have stuck in my head ever since. “But if you really thought something was up, you would do anything at your disposal to find out what he wasn’t telling you.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: A Horse Is Not A Woman, espnW

  • So ESPN has this new site for women, right? And espnW ran an end-of-year news roundup called “The 10 Biggest Stories In Women’s Sports,” right? And #4 on that list was about a female horse. Yes, a horse. A horse ridden by a male jockey, too. How do we feel about that? And did anyone consider that including a horse in a list of great moments of women’s sports might be perceived as offensive? [Guardian UK]
  • Inspired by my post yesterday on BJs-while-sleeping, Crushable has tips on how to “sleep sex” your mate so it’s pleasantly surprising, not creepily violating. [Crushable]
  • Kathryn Gray of New Brunswick, Canada, age 10, became the youngest person to discover a supernova (an exploding star). When I was 10 years old I think I still picked my nose. [CNN]

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Are You The “Distancer” Or The “Pursuer” In Your Relationship?

Recently, I was having a Big Serious Relationship Talk with a woman I really respect. I know Dr. Debra Haffner in a professional-relationship-turned-friendship way for her work as executive director of the Religious Institute, which promotes a greater understanding of sexuality issues within religion. Debra is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and, as such, she works with a lot of individuals and couples on answering “the big questions” of life. I’m not an especially religious person (“faithful,” might be a better description) and I’m not one to go around calling ministers when I have problems. But when I knew I needed to talk to someone wise and thoughtful, her image came to the forefront of my mind.

I am so glad we talked. I don’t read many self-help books or psychology books. Much like WebMD always making me think I have cancer, self-help books put “ideas” in my head. But there is something Rev. Debra explained to me that I found really enlightening: the concept of a “distancer” and a “pursuer” pattern in a relationship. Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

“[After the birth of her son, Moses,] I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect.It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person. About four months into it, Chris [Martin of Coldplay, her husband] came to me and said, ‘Something’s wrong. Something’s wrong. ‘I kept saying, ‘No, no, I’m fine.’ But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble … I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure.”

Gwyneth Paltrow opened up to Good Housekeeping about her bout with postpartum depression five years ago. Much like my own experience with depression, Gwynnie wasn’t a sobbing mess every day; instead, it just felt like the color was leeched out of her life. She’s super lucky her partner was able to identify her pain and support her recovery. I, for one, respect that she’s willing to follow in other actresses’ footsteps and talk publicly about it. [CNN] Keep reading »

We See Chick Flicks: “Barney’s Version”

Okay, “Barney’s Version” is not a traditional chick flick. But I’m a chick (and it co-stars three chicks). It’s a flick. And I loved this movie with every fiber of my being.

Q&A QUESTIONS FOR ROSAMUND PIKE IN MY PHONE

HE BELIEVES IT IS LOVE AT FIRST SITE

HE IS A STALKER: FOLLOWING HER TO HER TRAIN ON HIS WEDDING NIGHT, SENDING HER FLOWERS NONSTOP, REFUSING TO STOP WHEN SHE ASKS HIM, HE BARFS ON THEIR FIRST DATE AND PASSES OUT DRUNK

UNCLEAR WHY SHE CHOOSES HIM – I GUESS SHE SEES THE ROMANTIC INSIDE AND IS STILL REELING FROM HER FATHER’S CHEATING AS A CHILD

HE’S NOT EXACTLY A BAD HUSBAND – DEVOTED AND SWEET AT TIMES, BUT AN ALCOHOLIC WHO PRIORITIZED DRINKING NIGHTS OUT AND SPORTS MATCHES OVER SUPPORTING HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, ALSO DISCOURAGES HER FROM GOING BACK TO WORK AFTER THE KIDS ARE BORN (THOUGH THAT MAY BE A FUCNTION OF THE TIMES)

HE’S A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE CHARACTER, SELF-LOATHING FOR RUNNING A PRODUCTINO COMPANY THAT DOES A SOAP OPERA, THE DRINKING, GIVING MONEY TO HIS ARTIST FRIENDS WHO IN SOME CASES DON’T HAVE MUCH TO SHOW FOR IT, HIS BEST FRIEND IS A COCAINE ADDICT, MARRIES RACHELLE LEFEVRE ONLY BECAUSE SHE’S PREGNANT, MARRIES MINNIE DRIVER ONLY BECAUSE SHE’S PRETTY

YOU WONDER AFTER MARRYING TWICE PPOORLY IF ONE IS ALLOWED TO FALL IN LOVE INSTANTLY AND ALMOST OBSESSIVELY Keep reading »

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