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Autobiographies From Rock N’ Roll Groupies

Rock of Ages is out this weekend, and if there was anything the glam metal rockers of the ’80s were known for — besides their big hair and sweet music — it was their groupies. These half-naked superfans were a lot edgier (and hopefully older) than the Beliebers of today.

We got another glimpse at an even earlier generation of groupies on Mad Men last season. In the Mad Men episode “Tea Leaves,” Don Draper does his best to get backstage at the Rolling Stones concert. Dressed like “the man” in his suit and tie, a look his much younger wife describes as “square,” Don and fellow ad man Harry Crane set out to try to get the Stones to sign on for a Heinz campaign. Instead of meeting the band, the pair hangs backstage with some teenage girls smoking joints — groupies! As we’ve come to expect from Mad Men, the show gave us a glimpse into the 1960s and its defining pop cultural characteristics. But if you want to know more about the real-life ladies who inspired the reference, here are eight groupie autobiographies to get in bed with. Read more …

Our Favorite TV Girlfriends From The ’90s

When we look back on our favorite TV shows from the ’90s, sometimes it’s the romances that stick out, like Zack and Kelly or Rachel and Ross — but what about the female friendships? Memorable girlfriends like the ladies of Sex and the City and the Beverly Hills, 90210 frenemies were always there to watch and relate to. And unlike in movies, TV friendships play out across several years, so we’re able to watch as the relationship grows and evolves. Here are our favorite TV girlfriends from the ’90s!

“Full House”

The girlfriends: D.J. Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler

Why we loved them: As childhood best friends, these two are there for each other’s every up and down. From boy issues to family drama, D.J. and Kimmy witness each other’s best and worst times. Kimmy’s goofy, happy-go-lucky attitude is the perfect complement to D.J.’s low-key rationality. Read more …

Words Of Wisdom From Mad Women

After an eventful season, the “Mad Men” season finale airs this Sunday. Don Draper might be the star talent of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but Joan, Peggy, Betty, Trudy, Megan, and the rest of the ladies of the show have always intrigued us, and we love their quippy one-liners on life, love, and sex. Check out some of our favorite words of wisdom from the women of “Mad Men” from all the seasons! Read more…

What To Know About The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Diamond Jubilee is another way to say 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II became queen. Technically, it kicked off on Feb. 6, 2012, 60 years since her father died in 1952 and she replaced him as monarch at the age of 25, but the main event starts Saturday. Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to reach 60 years on the thrown. Back in 1897, when Queen Victoria marked the same anniversary, she was much more feeble, having to celebrate the Jubilee service from her open carriage sitting outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral. If you know little about Queen Elizabeth, you’d likely recognize her in bright colored outfits and big hats still visiting gathered crowds at age 86. She’s not slowing down for the upcoming Central Weekend, which includes celebrations across the UK and Commonwealth for the queen’s 60-year rule, from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5. If you want to follow along at home, here’s what you should know. You might even consider throwing a Diamond Jubilee party, complete with Corgis, favors, and tea. Read more …

Life According To Kristen Wiig’s “SNL” Characters

This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” was a bittersweet finale, as one of our favorite funny ladies, Kristen Wiig, said farewell to the show after being on the cast for seven years. While we can’t wait to see more of Kristen on the big screen — especially after she killed it in “Bridesmaids” — we will miss her hilarious “SNL” characters and impersonations. As we wish Kristen luck on her new chapter, let’s look back at some of the best lines from her ladies, like Surprise Party Sue, Target Lady, Kathie Lee Gifford, Penelope, and “Tan Mom” Patricia Krentcil. Read more …

8 Mistakes Every Bridesmaid Should Avoid

It’s an honor to stand up in a friend’s wedding, and along with that recognition comes a range of responsibilities — but just how far do those responsibilities stretch? Where’s the line between helpful and overbearing, between celebrating and insulting? When it comes to wedding dos and don’ts, the boundaries aren’t always clear. If you plan to be a bridesmaid any time soon, avoid these common blunders to maintain your integrity and make sure your friend feels supported on her big day. Read more…

Does His Single Facebook Status Matter?

We have been dating for two years now, already talking about marriage. A year ago I changed my facebook relationship status into “in the relationship.” He didn’t. He is still single in Facebook. I never brought this up as it is sounds childish. Two months ago I changed mine into “single.” I figured why would I when he doesn’t care about these stuff.

Is this so immature that I want everyone in the world to know that we are in love? Read more …

The Rise Of Weight Watchers In The 1960′s

This week on “Mad Men“‘s “Dark Shadows” episode, Weight Watchers serves as a type of therapy for Betty Francis, who can definitely use it. Boredom, jealousy, and insecurity dominate Betty’s life as a 1960s housewife on her second marriage, and she’s turned to bags of Bugles to pass the time. Now determined to lose the weight, the former model turns to a new diet plan gaining popularity with women like her, Weight Watchers. Considering Betty’s mother-in-law already tried to push diet pills on her, which contained amphetamines at the time, the group meetings are the responsible approach to weight loss for Betty Francis. Read more …

Is It Normal To Feel Disconnected When You Live Together?

I’ve been with my boyfriend for two years now and this past month, we saw each other a lot more frequently (i.e. every day) since my parents weren’t in town. Essentially, we were pretty much living together for that month. We would see each other after classes, go out to eat together, make dinner, etc. I feel that from this past month, I can sense that he is not as affectionate to me as we used to be — after sex, we would just go to sleep and not really cuddle). Little things he does are starting to bother me too, like laziness. It’s nothing major, but I guess it’s something you really see with time.

Is it normal to feel like you’re a little more disconnected when you’re living together vs. not? It’s only temporary, so I’m not sure if this is a sign of things in our future if we were to get married? Read more …

5 Reasons Being A Single Man Is Kind Of Overrated

While most will probably remember 2012 as the “Year Of The YOLO” (and by “most” I mean “like seven people”), it holds special significance for me because it’ll likely be the first year since 2002 where I spent the entire year single. I haven’t completed a full calendar year yet — May will make it seven months since the former Lady Champ and I decided to go our separate ways — but because I seem to enjoy doing random anthropological experiments on myself for absolutely no reason (and because I’m an INTJ and INTJs apparently suck at relationships), I’m confident that I’ll make it to 2013 without having to change my Facebook relationship status again.

Anyway, if I could sum up my seven months of singledom in one word, it would most likely be “interesting.” Read more …

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