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Bon Iver’s Imagined Director’s Commentary For His Vegan Shoe Commercial

Y'all know I'm not a huge Bon Iver fan, and though he has wide acclaim as some sort of indie rock heartthrob, I find the idea of sexing Bon Iver to be as repugnant as, say, Frenching a trout. Last year, he unleashed his shoe collaboration with the shoe company Keep. What qualified Bon Iver…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 5, 2013

5 Very Necessary Lessons I’ve Learned From My Personal Trainer

For the past three weeks, I've been going to a personal trainer. I realize that's not very long, but according to my muscles, it's nigh near forever. I am not entirely averse to exercise. In certain contexts I like it -- like when I'm playing soccer or dancing all up in the clurb. But whe…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 5, 2013

Celeb Style Poll: Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Edition

On Thursday night, the Young Hollywood Awards brought together a bunch of famous people to grant themselves yet another round of accolades. It seems a bit contrived, but since we're in the dead of summer and there seems to be a dearth of fashion-worth red carpet events, we'll take it. Below, four stars (from left…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 4, 2013

When Fashion Shows Were Psychedelic Happenings

This is a short glimpse at 1971 Yves St. Laurent fashion show in Paris for which St. Laurent, who was wildly ahead of his time in most respects, booked the Jean-Claude Vannier's psych rock band L'efant Assassin des Mouches to keep time for the runway models. Vannier was also known as one of Serge Gainsbourg'…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 4, 2013

There Is Nothing Better Than This Dancing Guy

As someone who is apparently not intelligent enough to follow the steps on my "Step Up Revolution" workout DVD, I'm in awe of the dancing in this clip from a 1964 episode of "The Judy Garland Show." While the guys in the backline appear to be phoning it in a little bit, the guy u…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 4, 2013

Behold, The OstrichCopter!

Artist Bart Jansen thrilled us all with his dead cat helicopter. Well, now he's back, with a much bigger, more bizarre (is that possible?) dead animal 'copter project. Jansen and his buddy Arjen Beltman took a dead ostrich that had died at a nearby ostrich farm, strapped a bunch of motorized propellers on it, and created…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 4, 2013

Totally Coveted: Beach Sprays, Lip Stains And Super Fancy Computer Sleeves

Welcome to the newest edition of Totally Coveted, our new whenever series documenting all the super ridiculous crap we want but (probably, most certainly) are too sensible to buy. Hey, a girl can dream — about $1,200 shoes — can’t she? Take a peek at what we’re coveting, and then tell us what you’re lusting

By: Julie Gerstein / August 3, 2013

The Good, The Bad & The WTF: 2013 Young Hollywood Awards

On Thursday night, Hollywood feted the newest and nextest at the Young Hollywood Awards. I believe it's supposed to acknowledge the young whippersnappers who are clawing their way to the top of the movie franchise heap (looking at you Josh Hutcherson, nicely done), but it also brought out a fair amount of used-to-be-young Hollywood, too.

By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

Woman Pays $1,200 For New iPhones, Gets Fruit Instead

Pro-tip: If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase something from a stranger, it's wise to check and make sure you're actually getting what you've bought. Case in point, a naive 21-year-old woman living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, who searched around on a Craigslist-y site called Gumtree for a new…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

Dream Life Status: I Want This Burrito Cake In My Mouth

I'm absolutely tickled by food that looks like other food. I love burritos. And cake. So this burrito-shaped cake is totally hits my sweet spot (no pun intended). The cake was made by a Reddit user with the appetizing moniker parakeetpoop, for a coworker's goodbye party. So what's it made of? The burrito is a…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

11 Toys That Scared The Crap Out Of Us As Kids

As far as I'm concerned, the '80s toy Teddy Ruxpin was already a bit of a creepster. A strange combo man/bear with perpetually outstretched arms, Ruxpin was at turns needy and difficult, with the vocal intonations of a serial killer. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. Portland, Oregon, artist Sean Hathaway hacked

By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

Celeb Style Poll: Who Looked Nicest In Neon?

I have very specific neon associations, related to the rise and demise of electroclash music in the early aughts. (Don't pretend like you weren't also all up in the club in pointy hot pink kitten heels. I saw you!) So I still tend to shy away from neons -- I can't deal with the Ladytron flashbacks.

By: Julie Gerstein / August 1, 2013

Let’s All Look At Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List, Shall We?

Vanity Fair, that magazine that your parents probably have in their bathroom magazine rack, does a yearly analysis of the best-dressed celebs, socialites and entrepreneurs. Generally, it seems, the only qualification to appear on the list is that you have to be really, ridiculously rich.  Of course, nice clothes help. But really, money does not…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 1, 2013

Wearing Your Makeup To Bed Will Turn You Into A Flaky-Skinned Hag

Chronic makeup-to-bed-wearer here. As such, I read with interest a new, very scientific study undertaken by Anna Pursglove, a writer over at the Daily Mail, who spent a month wearing her makeup to bed (and basically not washing her face) to see what might happen. Short answer: It's not pretty.

By: Julie Gerstein / August 1, 2013

Jay Z’s Hyphen Seeks Understanding Apostrophe Friend

Fun fact: Jay Z apparently did away with his Jay-Z hyphen around three years ago. Of course, most of us didn't pay attention. We liked the hyphen. We wanted it at our parties and movie outings. The rapper made the name change official in June, following the release of his latest album, Magna Carta Holy

By: Julie Gerstein / August 1, 2013

Be My Boyfriend: Just A Hillbilly & His Raccoon Dancing To Aretha

Love is a many-splendored thing, and it can exist in a variety of permutations. I mean, who are we to judge the love shared between a man and his raccoon? It's unclear just how "Coon Rippy," a self-described "hillbillly," came upon a raccoon and Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools." But whatever the circumstances, for this brief…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 1, 2013

Artist Makes Very Special Piece Of Art For Rapper Riff Raff

Rapper and professional James Franco hater Riff Raff is a pretty special guy. So it makes sense, then, that Cranbrook graduate Tré Reising would want to make him a super unique piece of commemorative art. Reising, who majored in sculpture, created an entire tableau for the man. It includes handmade resin letters, a papier mache…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 1, 2013

Today In Terribleness: High School Dean Accused Of Having Unprotected Sex With 4 Students

Malik Taylor was the dean of the Business of Sports School, a high school in midtown Manhattan. But in May, he resigned after admitting to "inappropriate sexual relations" with four students. And that's not all: Taylor confessed to sexually harassing students and asking one of them to purchase pot for him. Apparently, Taylor had bee…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 31, 2013

Yes, Women Can Be Real D-Bags To Each Other

Admit it, you've had a frenemy or two in your life. We may not mean to get in these weird passive-aggressive one-upping relationships, but suddenly there you are, saying something like, "You are so brave to wear your hair like that." Here, "Happy Endings" (R.I.P.) actress Eliza Coupe and Lauryn Kahn play nasty, vindictive, totally…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 31, 2013

Moreos Prove That A Brilliant Child Still Lives Inside Of Us

I think it's really hard to keep up your childhood wonder and curiosity as you get older. Your priorities shift, you suddenly have to pay "rent" and "feed" yourself and "get a job." You don't have time to do awesome stuff, like create earth-shattering snack innovations. The Moreo, pictured above, is clearly the result of much…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 31, 2013

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