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Is Target Knocking Off TOMS Shoes?

I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of TOMS shoes for a while … but not from Target. Browsing the shoe department at Tar-jay this weekend, I noticed a cute pair of navy-and-white striped canvas loafers with a straight cut across the top of the foot. Very nautical, very Connecticut. One problem: they look a hell of a lot like TOMS shoes. As you might know, the majority of TOMS shoes are canvas or linen loafers with a distinctive straight cut.

Coincidence? I’m not sure. But TOMS loafers retail for about $44. Target’s knockoffs only retail for $16.99. Keep reading »

Extreme Makeover: Gaudy Homes Edition

Check out this home in Mexicali called the “casa de Louis Vuitton.” Anyone who stencils the bling-y logo on the outside of their home is either a genuine LV super-fan or someone so crazy-pants they’ve taken knockoffs to the next level. But, hey, it certainly distracts from those sketchy bars on the door and windows. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Friday Night Lights” Teen Character Chooses An Abortion

  • Wow, so “Friday Night Lights” did have an abortion on the show. After getting pregnant by one of the boys on the football team, 10th grader Becky decided to terminate the pregnancy. That makes Becky one of the few female TV characters to actually go through with an abortion instead of accidentally miscarrying at the last second. [New York Times, Feministing]
  • Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, calling her “a great commonsense conservative woman.” [AP]
  • Forever 21 is launching a new maternity line, love21maternity, in Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, and Texas. The last three states just happen to have some of the highest percentages of teen pregnancy in the country. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, though? [TheGloss.com]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is writing a memoir! [New York Observer]

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Quotable: Hugh Hefner Isn’t The Marrying Kind

Hugh Hefner: I think there is no single answer, no single road to Mecca. I have been married twice, and those were not the happiest times of my life. Part of the problem, quite frankly, is that when you get married, the romance disappears and the children arrive and the love is transferred. It shouldn’t be that way, but too often it is transferred to the children.

New York Times: There is more to life than being adored. There are other rewards to marriage.

Hefner:Unfortunately, they come from other women.

Playboy‘s founder— who’s boning three times a week! — on why he’s still a bachelor at age 84 [NY Times Magazine] Keep reading »

Whoa! Why Are Dan And Vanessa Pushing A Stroller On “Gossip Girl”?!

Admittedly, I’m not the most devout “Gossip Girl” viewer. But, I don’t remember anybody getting preggo last season, do you? Did Vanessa have a bun in the oven? Is Dan paying for NYU by becoming a manny? And how fake does that plastic baby doll look? [7/12/10, Astoria, NY] Keep reading »

Anything Over Size 10 Is “Plus Size” At Forever 21

I guess it serves me right for trying to buy denim at Forever 21. But what can I say? I needed new jeans and was trying to be thrifty. Last week Annika, Intern Carli, Intern Lauren, and I hit up the ginormous new Forever 21 in Times Square after work and explored its many cavernous floors. We were looking at duds in one section of one floor when we noticed all the clothes were large-ish; then somebody realized we were in the plus-size section. We headed to the floor below and I told Annika I wanted to check out the jeans. I had to grab a sales associate, though, because the sizes only went up to 10 and I needed something bigger. “Over size 10 will be upstairs in the left-hand corner,” the saleslady told me. “You mean in the plus-size section?” I asked. She nodded. Keep reading »

Angelina Jolie Says Something Sensible About Parenting

I’m not sure I’d want to be raised by a majah supah-stah like Angelina Jolie. Her kids will go to 72 different schools while she zips around the world filming movies. They’re followed by paparazzi everywhere and they’re probably mostly raised by nannies. Still, Angelina sounds like a kick-ass mom in the area where it really counts: supporting her kids. She recently came to her 4-year-old daughter’s defense when asked by a reporter about Shiloh‘s tomboy style Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s Latest Screaming Rant At Ex: Profanity And Death Threats By The Numbers

So. Mel Gibson, you might have heard, has some issues with misogyny and black people. The last alleged leaked audio of Gibson ranting at his ex-girlfriend was damning as hell. But that was kid stuff. The second alleged leaked audio of Gibson screaming — and I mean screaming — profanity and death threats at Oksana Grigorieva is bone chilling.

I don’t recommend listening to Mel Gibson’s Crazy Rant #2 if you’ve just eaten lunch, cuz this shizz is sick. For your convenience, I’ve tallied up “The Passion Of The Christ” director’s dirty words and death threats after the jump. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go get “You should just f**king smile and blow me because I deserve it!” put on a T-shirt. Keep reading »

Filmmaker/Exile/Rapist Roman Polanski Is Now A Free Man

Roman Polanski will walk free: Switzerland has denied the United States’ request to extradite the filmmaker on a 1977 rape charge. Back then, Polanski served 42 days of a 90 day sentence after he plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse for providing a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl, who he then raped. When a judge voiced an intention to send him back to prison, Polanski fled the country and has lived in Europe ever since. Keep reading »

Sam Ronson’s Got Lindsay’s Back In Nasty Twitter Fight With Joan Rivers

Fact: Joan Rivers will kick a girl when she’s down. The sharp-tongued comedienne turned on Lindsay Lohan this weekend, tweeting a string of funny-but-mean one-liners about the jailbird. In a totally uncharacteristic act of maturity, Lohan actually kept her cool on Twitter. So, who came to Lindsay’s defense? Her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson. See the whole exchange, after the jump … Keep reading »

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