After prohibiting smoking in bars in January, the French government is now cracking down on other vices by banning open bars and happy hours. The measures come after rising binge drinking trends among its country’s youth. This may come as a surprise to Americans accustomed to college kid-culture which traditionally stands in contrast to Europe’s seemingly refined youth who have profited from liberal attitudes on drinking. But, it appears weaning youngsters on beer and wine is no longer working as alcohol-related visits for minors rose 50 percent in the past five years. The law will also raise the drinking age from 16 to 18. While wine and cigarettes might be health threats, they’re also staples of French culture. If the government continues this trend, what’s next? Better start clinging to those croissants for dear life. [Reuters] Keep reading »
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It would seem that American body image desires are shifting — an NYU study found that in a depressed economy, men go for meatier women, while super-curvy singer Beth Ditto recently made an impression with her nude Love cover and is planning a plus-size clothing line. And she’s not alone — now megachain Forever 21 is tapping into the plus-sized market with a new clothing line set to debut in May called Faith 21. The collection is wisely aimed at targeting the oft-ignored “average” woman, who you might be surprised to find is a size 14. The Faith 21 fashions will be similar to Forever’s mix of standard runway knockoffs and hoochie club wear, but available in XL, 1X, and 2X sizes. Hmm, wonder if the line is called “Faith” 21 because of the company’s strong belief in Christianity…does Jesus believe bigger is better? [LA Times] Keep reading »
Laundering your lingerie can really get your panties in a twist, especially when they get ruined in the wash. The new Bra Dryer claims to take care of this by individually drying bras without messing with the fabric or wiring. The device uses infrared heat to evaporate water and a boob-shaped frame so that your underthings keep their form. There are different settings for every possible kind of brassiere (padded, soft cup, silk, etc.) and accommodation for a range of cup sizes. The downside—you can only dry one garment at a time, which is sure to wear on your patience as much as conventional drying does on your bras. Check out another image, after the jump! [Popgadget] Keep reading »
Men with libido problems might find themselves taking food fetishes one step further. A new study from the National Academy of Sciences finds that the scent of rotten eggs can have the same effects of Viagra on men. It turns out that the smell, hydrogen sulphide, is released in small amounts from a guy’s penis through nerve cells. We can see it now — Eau des Oeufs Outréfiés by Dior.
What doesn’t turn him on? Being a fatty. Researchers have discovered that excessive weight relates to lower testosterone levels. (Although we have to question if overweight men just have a harder go at it in finding mates, and eventually get used to a life without sex. Sad!) But not to worry! A little gastric bypass surgery can turn men back into love machines, as participants in the study reported better sex lives post-op. Keep reading »
Behold the European beer giant’s latest ad that’s been airing all over Holland. You don’t need to speak Dutch to get the gist. The scene takes place at a couple’s new home, where the woman is giving her friends a grand tour. The situation quickly turns into a screaming contest between men and women, beer and shoes, as enormous closets of both are revealed. I don’t doubt that most women wouldn’t be stoked over a huge walk-in—it’s just that I kind of want the room full of beer as well.
When the cold weather hits, looking hot isn’t an easy thing to achieve. In many cases, an attempt to stay warm can result in a Marshmallow Man phenomenon, something that wasn’t even stylish in 1984. Check out these scarves, gloves, and other winter warmers that will dress you up, but not necessarily weigh you down. Keep reading »
As the romance capital of the world, Paris has the authority on many sexy things. After all, they did give the world couture dresses, Catherine Deneuve, and, of course, French kissing. Here are our suggestions for getting down in the city of love.
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Just because Paris is the city of love doesn’t mean its men know much about the subject.
Take it from me, someone who spent a year chasing after French men, only to find the pursuit to be disappointing, and at times, disturbing.
I arrived in Paris a few days before my twentieth birthday, full of hope. I was about to spend the next twelve months studying and living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. While I had certain goals in mind—becoming fluent, seeing every museum, and learning how to cook French cuisine—I wanted most of all to find a Parisian lover. I had spent the last two years at Smith College, an all-women’s institution in Massachusetts, not getting laid. There was no way I was going to allow this to happen in such a romantic city. Keep reading »
Rhett Miller doesn’t just have a pretty voice. He’s also quite a looker. So it’s inevitable to not get that weak-in-the-knees feeling when he sings, whether it’s with his prolific alt-country band, the Old 97s, or on his solo pop albums. Here, Rhett’s picks for songs to get it on to. Although Rhett cautions, “Don’t try to make love TO the song itself, let it play in the background while you and another human engage in this most primal act.” Wow. He’s smart, too!
These days, my laptop is my boyfriend. We eat meals, watch movies, and spend lots of time in bed together. I’ve even taken to sleeping next to him so that when I wake up after a bad dream, he’s there to comfort me with funny YouTube clips and pictures of pretty shoes. It’s probably time to return the favor and pay Lappy some respect, so check out these hot cases, bags, and sleeves to make your ‘puter dapper, after the jump…