Look, this might sound terrible, but I’ve got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran’s voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him, without a home. This is where Dégagé Ministries of Grand Rapids, MI comes in. The church-funded non-profit shelter for the homeless and disadvantaged collaborated with Design 1 Salon & Spa and Rob Bliss Creative to clean Jim up real nice and show people — and most of all, Jim — that beneath the scruff and the patina of rough living, he is still a respectable man deserving of a better life. With a shave, a haircut (and color!), and a sharp new suit, Jim liked what he saw when he looked in the mirror. And you know what he did? Post-makeover, he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the first time ever, and he’s now scheduled to move in to his own housing. Looking good isn’t always enough to make you feel good, but sometimes, when you’re at your lowest point, it can be the first step to lifting your spirits and reminding you of your own worth. [Buzzfeed]
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The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous (“famous”) for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity, 72-day marriages, explicit discussion and occasional tasting of bodily fluids, giving birth on camera … you get it. Not one of these things even begins to imply that they are known for any intellectual capacity or emotional sensitivity. Sure, they’re “smart,” in the same way someone like Miley Cyrus is smart — they know how to keep their names in the headlines. (Or their mother does, at least.)
So that’s why it’s depressing, but not at all surprising, that Kylie Jenner went ahead and stirred up some controversy of her own on the Twitters yesterday, posting an old photo of herself with a past hair color with the caption, “I miss my black hair I’m so bipolar :( .” :(, indeed, because girl, YOU ARE NOT BIPOLAR. I can’t even begin to describe the idiocy of this type of misuse of a word — changing your mind about something does not, I repeat, does not a bipolar person make. But hey, on the bright(er) side, at least she acknowledges that bipolar disorder exists, unlike her boyfriend Jaden Smith‘s family. Ain’t nothing Xenu can’t cure! (And no, they still have yet to pinpoint a medical term to describe whatever is amiss with Kris Jenner.) [Gossip Cop]
Don’t laugh, but “Beetlejuice” is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s got everything, and by everything I mean humor, horror, and Alec Baldwin. The film is fundamentally perfect … so naturally, more than two decades later, Hollywood is all like, “time for a sequel!” Michael Keaton, who starred as the titular character in the 1988 original, divulged to TMZ that “they” do indeed have plans to revisit the movie. However. (Fellow “Beetlejuice” fanatics, brace yourselves.) Keaton touched on the fact that Katy Perry is reportedly a fan by affirming that he would be more than open to co-starring with her in a sequel. “I’d do anything with Katy Perry. I love Katy Perry,” Keaton responded. KATY PERRY? IN “BEETLEJUICE”? This, my friends, is where childhood memories — and foolish dreams of successful sequels — go to die. Lydia Deetz forever!!!! [Complex]
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Kittens: they grow up so fast! It seems like just yesterday that mine was but a fluffy palm-sized gremlin. (Now he’s a fat-faced, 15-pound young gentleman and a formidable paw-wrestling opponent. That boy is HUSKY.) Himajin Sokuhuo of Japan, who owns a to-die-for tabby, documented his kitten’s growth in a series of 12 photos — the first weigh-in comes in at 70 grams, and the last at 954. But who really cares how much this kitten weighs when it is SO FREAKING CUTE? Check out the full series at RocketNews24!
Aaaand this one falls firmly under the category of Things I Do Not Wish To See On My Internet: “Teen Mom 3″ star Mackenzie Douthit McKee graced Instagram to share a touching family photo depicting herself, her husband, and their two-year-old son proudly showing off their latest kill. Trust, there is nothing I am more interested in seeing on my computer screen than a gruesomely murdered buck, blood trickling out of its mouth, eyes still open, organs exposed, being held up by the horns next to two grinning morons and their barefoot toddler on the back of a pickup truck. You can see the uncensored photo on Mackenzie’s Instagram, because I am not about to repost that shit. #lovemylife [Us Weekly]
I’m really feeling the love for Jessica Biel today, probably because I watched her 1998 classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (also starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas!!!) over the weekend. What a film! So while I’m aboard the Biel train, I figure I better congratulate her on the extraordinarily well-played look she wore the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Film Benefit. This white Chanel frock, if pretty, is unremarkable on its own, but the bronze shoulder chains and unexpected burgundy [Wait, are they burgundy or bronze? -- Amelia] pumps take it above and beyond. Turquoise eyeliner keeps the whole thing playful, and her hair, as always, is something I would like very much to pet. Well done!
Any time is a great time to take a nap, I always say, but the best time for a nap is while traveling. Unless you’re flying that plane or drivin’ that train, transit makes the perfect opportunity to conk out for a while, so long as you’re sure to nestle your purse securely beneath your arm. But with all of the lights, sounds, and distractions created by those other people, the ones who just don’t know the value of a good nap, it can be something of a challenge to drift off. Fear not, fellow frequent nappers: the Ostrich Pillow Light has got us covered. From the makers of the original Ostrich Pillow, a fantastic invention that is only a little cumbersome given its 50-pound weight and completely conspicuous design, the Light is smaller, sleeker, and overall more ergonomical. It mutes all sound around you, adjusts to the size of your head, and doubles as a super-soft scarf. Serious question: what more could anyone want out of anything, ever? [Refinery29]
Is it just me, or does the concept of an owl cafe not quite possess the same appeal as their predecessor, cat cafes? A bird of prey is not exactly my ideal coffee ‘n’ crumb cake companion … but as Japan would have it, “fukurou” cafes offering owl-themed food and drink are all the rage, with certain establishments even permitting patrons to pet the owls in residence. I’m interested in hearing what Amelia has to say about this. The owls are not what they seem. [Worst. Nightmare. No. That is all. -- Amelia] [via Refinery29] [Photo: Lonely Planet]