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Home Style Stealer: A Serenely Chic Bedroom

In my dreams, my bedroom is a relaxing minimalist Zen palace, a place of comfort, warmth and delicious sleep. In reality, I have cats, and lots of books and junk. And oh, clothes that sometimes take over the floor. But if I lived in a bedroom like this, my life might be different, no? Better, yes? Since this week is all about prettying up the place, I thought I’d give myself a fantasy bedroom makeover — for a fraction of the cost. After the jump, our affordable bedroom makeover options. What room are you dying to makeover in your house? Keep reading »

Public Displays Of Grossness: Bare Feet Edition

This morning, I was getting my daily fancy coffee drink — an iced soy latte with a shot of vanilla, if you please — at a neighborhood shop called Cookie Road. The woman in front of me was well-dressed and European — she was discussing the status of the Dutch Kroener with the barista behind the counter, and nothing, at first, seemed amiss. And then I realized that she was barefoot. Like, stinking-feet-on-linoleum-tile-in-a-bakery barefoot. Gross on multiple levels. First, you’re in a cafe, where food is served. Second, you had to walk on city streets, covered in basically the urban equivalent of herpes. Not cool. So, that was a pretty nasty thing to see first thing in the morning.

What about you? What’s the nastiest thing you’ve seen someone do in public lately? Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: 10 Duvets And Quilts To Get Your Bed In Gear

Shopping Guide: 10 Duvets And Quilts To Get Your Bed In Gear
Maybe you don’t have a million dollars to spend on a total room renovations, but you want to make some kind of change. Fair enough. That’s why we recommend you jazz up your bedroom by switching up your duvet or quilt situation. (I find this is especially true after a breakup, when you need some new magic to happen.) After the jump, we give you 10 duvets and quilts to give your bedroom a whole new look! And all, this week, check out our other “7 Days To A Prettier Place” features!

Lady Gaga’s Lady Parts Are Extreme, Too

Lady Gaga’s always looking for new ways to shock and awe her audience, so over the weekend at the Much Music Awards, Gaga decided to sport a lovely sea green merkin, to go with the mop of sea green wig on her head. Oh no, it was tasteful–it was on over the pants. As you do. [The Superficial] Keep reading »

Do You Want To Know When Your Friends Run Into Your Ex?

This weekend, I received a text from my good friend Cara, letting me know she’d run into my ex-boyfriend out front of a local bar. (The ex that broke up with me over IM and then moved four blocks away, because he’s a really cool guy.) Apparently the first thing he said to my friend was, “Julie hates me,” which I took as a half-hearted attempt to elicit sympathy and pity, and reassurance from Cara that I didn’t (no, no, I do.). Thankfully, she didn’t buy his act, and told him that, well, yes, he probably could have handled our breakup better (see aforementioned breakup-over-IM for reference). But did I really want to know my lady friend had run into my dumb ex?

Well… Keep reading »

A Completely Uncomfortable Engagement — Between A Politician And A High School Girl

This week in totally disturbing nuptials news, a staffer on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign met his bride-to-be while on a tour stop on behalf of the Republican candidate. The only problem? Oh, she was 17, and he was visiting her high school. There are so many gross gems from the romance of 29-year-old Christopher Cox and his now 21-year-old bride Andrea Catsimatidis, featured in the New York Times Vows section this weekend. As the couple explains it to the Times:

“She was the only person I remembered meeting that day,” he said. Ms. Catsimatidis, who at the time was five days shy of her 18th birthday, found herself taken by Mr. Cox’s political convictions, as well as his boyish looks.


“All the girls were cutting me in line,” remembered Ms. Catsimatidis, now 21. “They all wanted to meet the cute McCain guy.”

Oh, uh, okay. Keep reading »

Blog We’re Loving: Fatshionable

Blogger Jay Miranda is a 26-year-old fashion lover from San Francisco. She started her incredible blog Fatshionable to show that good style translates, no matter what size you are. Her message? Wear what you love and don’t worry about the size. Miranda creates outfits that are adorable and on-trend, without costing a million bucks. We’re taken with her style and love her approach, and we hope you get a chance to check her out. After the jump, a few more pics of Jay in some of her favorite outfits. [Fatshionable]
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8 Hot Celeb Women Who’ve Gone Streaking

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Take a trip in the wayback machine to 1992: I used to dye my hair with Manic Panic and Kool-Aid (yes, Kool Aid, and yes, my mom thought I was crazy) because it was a very punk rock thing to do, and all my idols in riot grrl bands and on the pages of Sassy magazine did the same. These days, every popstar on the block has had a brightly colored streak moment, with far less bleach involved. Stars like Katy Perry and Ke$ha (blech, Ke$ha) can simply get taped-in hair extensions when they want an extra pop of color. But does the look work? Would you do it? Keep clicking to see stars getting streaky and tell us what you think in the comments!

Paloma Faith, In Plumage

Why hello there, it’s just a little ol’ picture of Paloma Faith rocking out on stage with my faux British boyfriend Mark Ronson, wearing a gorge feather headdress at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball in London. I’m still hoping to one day live a lifestyle befitting of daily headdress adornment. Until then, no feathers for me. Keep reading »

Tobey Maguire Is The New Face Of Prada — Huh?

We never thought of Tobey Maguire as much of a style icon, but apparently Miuccia Prada saw something high fashion behind his nerdy exterior. She’s tapped him to be the face of her Fall/Winter 2011 menswear line, shot by David Sims. I’m still not sure it’s working for me. He looks a little out of his element. What do you think? Keep reading »

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