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A Bike That’s Perfect For Just Cruisin’

A couple of years ago, I had the chance to go to Amsterdam for a few days. My favorite part? No, not the weed, you stoners! It was the bikes! Most people get around on easygoing cruisers, with high handle bars that make it easy to see where you’re going as you’re biking around town. That’s why I’m really into this Schwinn Starlet bike, with its wide tires, high handle bars and bright, poppy color. It’s not necessarily the best bike for traversing the mean city streets, but it does seem like it’d be perfect for a meandering after-dinner cruise.

[$420.00 Schwinn]

The Life And Times Of Snookie Lanore

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Drag balls are a vibrant part of gay urban culture; the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning” perfectly encapsulated the showmanship, extravagance and fierceness of the underground parties, where contestants danced, vogued and walked off in “realness” battles. More than 20 years later, drag balls are still alive and well — and they’ve entranced a younger generation of queer youth. In “The Show Must Go On,” teenage ball emcee Snookie Lanore explains what his Kiki Ball is all about. [Vimeo]

The Procatinator: It’s What You’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of The Day

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Kitten Magic
When a kitten and a tigrillo hang out together. Read More »

Sorry, you probably thought you were going to take a short break from work, check up on The Frisky and then get right back to business. But that was before you and I discovered the Procatinator, a seemingly endless collection of cat GIFs perfectly timed to music. [Procatinator]

No, That’s Not ADORKable: Words That Need to Be Retired–Now

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I blame Zooey Deschanel. Not just because I blame Zooey Deschanel for most of my problems — why men in my demographic seem to all want some unattainable manic pixie dream girl, why my bangs will never be perfect — but I specifically blame her for the rise of the word “Adorkable.” Deschanel used it on her new TV show “The New Girl” and somehow, inexplicably, it has taken hold. And it is a terrible word.

But “adorkable”–which we assume means something or someone that’s both dorky and adorable–is hardly the only newish term that’s made a creeping rise into our vocabularies and the general consciousness. We’ve come to cringe at a variety of oft-heard terms. Below, the words, phrases and annoying sayings that we’re hoping we won’t hear in 2012. And please, feel free to add your own “adorkables” in the comments. Keep reading »

The Good, The Bad & The Totally Meh: The Trevor Project Live

This past weekend, celebs came out to support The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens through suicide prevention and crisis counseling. Lady Gaga was honored with a Trevor Hero Award for her efforts to help young people in LGBTQ community, while Amy Poehler and Neil Patrick Harris performed. So there were definitely laughs, but was there good fashion? Click through to find out. 

One Man’s Shirt, Worn A Dozen Pretty Ways

Style 911: T-Shirts
An array of cute, affordable, and ethical Ts. Read More »
DIY: Makeup Board
Make this awesome magnetic makeup board! Read More »
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We’re not much for tutorial videos, as they’re typically overly complicated and we have a mild case of ADD, but this one shows you at least five different ways to transform an old men’s shirt into a chic dress, top or skirt. We can totally do that! [YouTube]

“ANTM” Winner Whitney Launches Plus-Size Dating Site

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In 2008, Whitney Thompson made waves when she became the first-ever plus-size winner of “America’s Next Top Model.” These days, she’s parlayed her win into a successful modeling career — and a turn as an entrepreneur. This past month, Thompson launched TheBoldandTheBeautiful.com, a dating site geared specifically toward plus-size women and the men who love them.  Keep reading »

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Secret Santa-Worthy Gifts For Your Office Holiday Party

Aw, the office Secret Santa, that old gem. The special gift giving moment when you have to awkwardly select a present for a coworker you’ve barely talked to since the Halloween potluck two months ago. Well, never fear, we’ve found 10 gifts — all under $20 — that should help ease your office Holiday party anxiety, though we can’t help you if you happen to get a little too drunk and pass out during the boss’s year-end speech.

No, Alpacas Will Not Wear Your Foolish Hats

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I could look at alpacas all day, because I consider alpacas, just like corgi dogs, to be Nature’s Comedy. Like, HOW DID THE UNIVERSE COME UP WITH SUCH A FUNNY, WEIRD THING? Apparently the folks at Yestadt Millinery agree. They took some of their hats to Raspberry Hill Alpaca Farm and tried to get the alpacas to wear them, but no dice. Because hello, they’re alpacas, not hat-wearing fools. [Buzzfeed]

Shopping Guide: 10 Perfect Printed Shoes

We’re really feeling printed shoes at the moment: They’re an easy way to make an outfit feel a little extra special. And they’re also a simple, foolproof way to take an outfit from totally blah to something awesome. If you’ve got a bunch of neutrals in your closet, maybe invest in a pair of printed shoes to jazz up your basics? Just a thought. Behold our selection of possible fun patterns, shapes and sizes.

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