I try to be as eco-friendly as possible in most areas of my life, but sometimes my penchant for procrastination overpowers my desire to be green. Example: pretty much every Christmas eve, when I realize I forgot to get any kind of gift-wrapping materials and end up buying a pile of made-in-China plastic gift bags at the dollar store and feeling terrible. This year I’m taking a different route and crafting some of these recycled newspaper gift bags. They’re funky, colorful, earth-friendly, and almost free: what’s better than that? [Yours Truly, G]
If you’re looking for a gift for that hairy, manly, meat-eating hunk in your life, might we suggest a tub of bacon-scented shaving cream? Sold by bacon-obsessed company J&D Foods (the same people who brought you bacon-flavored lube), Bacon Shaving Cream is a “high end, luxurious bacon-scented shaving cream for all skin types.” It’s apparently formulated with heat-activated technology that releases an extra burst of bacon fragrance when the user’s skin warms up, which means if you shave with it in the morning and then hit the gym later in the day, your face will suddenly smell like a sweaty, sizzling breakfast griddle. Sexy, right? If you want to get in on the bacon-scented action, you better buy it soon: J&D produced only 2,500 jars, and they’re going fast. True bacon lovers, it seems, aren’t put off by the company’s warning that when using this product, one should “prepare to be loved, admired and possibly be eaten by bears.” [J&D Foods via Oddity Central]
This adorable elephant calf was born at 2:17 a.m. today at the Oregon Zoo. If her cute little elephant beard isn’t enough to brighten up your dreary Friday, well, consider the fact that no matter how crappy your day might seem, you almost certainly didn’t spend the past 30 hours in labor with a 300-pound baby. Props to her mom, 18-year-old elephant Rose-Tu, and welcome to the world, little(ish) one! [Oregon Zoo]
Seriously, is there anything better than sipping a hot drink when it’s cold and blustery outside? Whether you like your warm beverages chocolatey or fruity, with or without booze, I found 12 delicious drinks guaranteed to please your palate and warm you up this winter. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out!
Every time in my life that I’ve had the opportunity to use a sleeping bag, I have done two things: 1) lamented its lack of leg holes, and 2) pulled the opening up over my head and realized how sublimely happy I would be if I could live my whole life in a warm, cozy tube of flannel and nylon. Femke Agema, the Dutch designer who created this wonderfully creepy snowsuit, is obviously on the same page, and now I know exactly what I want for Christmas. [Femke Agema via Neatorama]
She might be a millionaire and she might date famous dudes and she might have a super cute toddler with a trendy name, but life hasn’t exactly been easy for Ashlee Simpson. She grew up livin’ in the shadow of (someone else’s dreeeaaam) big sister Jessica, biffed her lip syncing gig on SNL, divorced her baby daddy Pete Wentz, and broke up with her most recent BF while dealing with her parents’ divorce, which was reportedly caused by her dad’s secret penchant for twenty-something male models. Phew, I’m out of breath just typing all that! So if it’s any consolation, I’d just like to say: Ashlee, I’m obsessed with your outfit. You look cute, comfy, and trendy. Also I’m listening to “Pieces of Me” while I write this and having intense flashbacks of my college dorm room, so thanks for that too. [Photo: Splash News]
How cute does Hilary Duff look strolling the streets of West Hollywood in red jeans and sleek black motorcycle jacket and accessories? The pearly peep toe pumps are an unexpected (and somewhat impractical) choice of footwear, but somehow they totally work. Want to steal Hil’s style for yourself? We’ve got all the pieces after the jump! Keep reading »
The bloating of Thanksgiving and the bloodshed of Black Friday are behind us, and now Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s celebrations are ahead of us. It’s the most joyous time of the year, right? You’re ridiculously happy and emotionally stable right now, aren’t you? Not so much? Yeah, me neither. For one thing, we’re down to about three hours of cold, gray daylight every day. Seriously, yesterday I thought I’d pop out for a walk at the reasonable time of 3:45, but it was already so dark I would have needed one of those spelunking headlamps to safely navigate my neighborhood streets. At the risk of sounding like an emo poem I wrote in 7th grade, constant darkness outside is enough to make me feel constantly dark inside.
Whether it’s family drama, bad weather, relationship problems, financial issues, cabin fever, or some crappy combination of all of the above, a lot of people I know are having a rough time right now. How can you navigate the hyper-joyful holiday seasons when you’re not feeling so merry yourself? Well, here are 8 things to try… Keep reading »
If you’re a woman who has spent any amount of time reading fashion magazines, you probably know the (usually fruit-related) name of your body type and which clothing is most effective at covering up the “flaws” that come with being shaped like an apple, pear, or cinnamon stick. Cartoonist Madéleine Flores has some different ideas about how to dress for your body type–and they include enchanted daggers, swords, and war hammers. Check out her advice for becoming an apple or pear fashion warrior, after the jump! Keep reading »