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Model Inner Monologue: A Socky Situation

As much as we wanted to like the Creatures of the Wind collection, the flat, dowdy presentation of the clothing, combined with the sullen faces of the models left a lot to be desired. Guys, it’s fashion, not a Soviet gulag! Check out the full collection here. Keep reading »

Want: Glow-In-The-Dark AIDS-Proof Cats

We like kittens, and glow-in-the-dark things, and also things that fight AIDS, so the fact that science (!) has managed to create a cat that is all of those things at once just warms our hearts. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, genetically engineered the glow-in-the-dark cats by modifying cat cells with those from expressed antiviral proteins taken from rhesus monkeys, which have been known to block HIV and feline AIDS. Preliminary results found that the genes did in fact provide protection against the virus. What’s more, the genetic protection — and the cool glow-in-the-dark side effect — was passable from mother cat to kitten. So, researchers are hoping that they’ll be able to help prevent feline AIDS in kitties, and can use some of that research to figure out ways to combat AIDS in humans, too. So, yup, science is way cool. [Live Science] Keep reading »

Fashion Challenge: One Dress, A Dozen Different Ways

I hope you like the dress I’m wearing in today’s “What Are We Wearing Today” because you’re going to see an awful lot more of it. That’s because, as of today, I’m trying out the Uniform Project. What is the Uniform Project? Started by Sheena Matheiken in 2009, the U.P. is meant to get consumers to reconsider how much they really need and to get creative with what they already have. Sheena wore the same little black dress (she washed it frequently, duh) for 365 days, to show people that they could make do with less. The challenge was to make it look different every day. As she styled herself through the project, she also raised funds for the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization providing education to underprivileged children living in Indian slums. The message was: with sustainability and responsibility, we can have fun with fashion and give back to our communities. Keep reading »

Tom Hardy Gives Us “Straight Talk” On His Sexuality

“I have never put my penis in a man. I’ve never had a c**k in my arse, and I have no f**king desire for it. If that’s what you like, cool. But it doesn’t do it for me … One thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

— “Warrior” star Tom Hardy on rumors of his homosexuality. Sure, that’s certainly one kind of denial, but there are a lot of ways to have gay sex, Mr. Hardy, that have nothing to do with putting penises in other men’s butts. Hardy had formerly copped to dating men. Just saying. [Marie Claire UK] Keep reading »

Bad Ideas: Beef Fat Is Not A Botox Replacement, Ladies

We all want smooth skin, am I right? But ladies, the key to getting it is not — most definitely not — injecting beef fat into your face. That’s exactly what Janet Hardt, of Homewood, Illinois, did, thinking that injecting beef fat into her face would mimic the effects of Botox. Instead, she ended up with a face full of hot, sweaty fat. Hardt was rushed to the hospital complaining that her face felt like it was burning, and died shortly after arrival. An autopsy revealed, however, that she actually died from peritonitis, which somehow wasn’t related. Either way, lay off the beef fat, mm’kay? [Chicago Sun-Times] Keep reading »

You Are Going To Want To Jump On This: Special Gilt Sale Today

As you might remember, some of us at Ye Old Frisky Office are huge Gilt Groupe fans. And so, we are especially amped at the idea of Gilt pairing up with some of our favorite style bloggers for a major sale. Bloggers from the website The Coveteur, along with Rajni Lucienne Jacques, Lauren Remington Platt and Diane Birch have curated a bunch of their favorite items. The sale starts at noon today, so get your mouse and your wallet ready. [Gilt] Keep reading »

Master Of Puppets, Hoarder Of All!


You guys, I would never make fun of another person’s mental health issues. Never. However, when this clip for “Hoarding: Buried Alive: ENSLAVED BY PUPPETS” (the full episode aired last night) popped up in my inbox, well…. Reads the copy on the press release:
“Donna was living her dream, performing as a professional ventriloquist in New York City before she left the stage to raise a family. But after a bitter divorce and subsequent bout with depression, Donna became convinced that she’d one day return to ventriloquism and began compulsively purchasing hundreds of ventriloquist dummies. Soon her collecting expanded far beyond just a career to the point where it has filled her house and left her over $300,000 in debt.”

So it seems, yes, ventriloquism IS a serious problem. Keep reading »

Rachel Weisz, In Blue Eye Shadow, Holding A Goat

I don’t know what to be more jealous of Rachel Weisz for: That she met and married Daniel Craig in a whirlwind romance, or that she’s holding an adorable goat on the latest issue of Another Magazine. It’s the goat, right? [Another Magazine] Keep reading »

Hair Horrors: Brazilian Blowouts Are Banned!

Good luck getting your hair straightened via Brazilian Blowout after next week — the Food and Drug Administration has come down hardcore on the hair straightening company for the high amount of formaldehyde found in its product. According to the FDA, the amount of formaldehyde found in Brazilian Blowout and similar hair straightening treatments is considered dangerous when inhaled and both salon workers and customers have complained of a variety of ailments related to the product’s use. Keep reading »

Model Inner Monologue: Richard Chai Has Models Going Blue In The Face

Richard Chai’s contemporary line Love is light, airy and dotted with great floral patterns and textures. See the whole collection here. Keep reading »

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