Flip-flops and fancy sandals are obviously summer footwear necessities, but I’ve found that a cute pair of light sneakers will also get a lot of wear in the warmer months. Throw ‘em on for spontaneous trips to the river, evening walks with your BFF, or braving the dirt and dust at outdoor concerts. Here are seven pairs in a variety of styles and colors that will be totally trashed by summer’s end–but don’t worry, that’s the way it should be!
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If you wake up one morning to find your house sparkling clean, you might be a victim/beneficiary of the Cleaning Fairy, aka Sue Warren, an Ohio woman who has come up with a novel way to grow her cleaning business–breaking into people’s homes, spiffing things up, and leaving a bill. Last week her cleaning spree brought her to Elyria, Ohia, where she broke into the home of an 18-year-old woman named Mallory Bush and left a $75 invoice–including her name and contact info–on a napkin (shown above). When Bush called the phone number provided, Warren told her she was “driving down the street and randomly picked our house and cleaned it cause she was desperate for money.” That’s when Bush called the cops, who confirmed that the “Cleaning Fairy” had similar charges pending in nearby cities. I’d just like to say that if the Cleaning Fairy ever finds herself in Portland, she is more than welcome to make a stop at my apartment. I’ll leave some milk and cookies out, just in case. [Oddity Central]
The term “cat lady” is often used to describe a dowdy spinster, but we’ve always considered it a compliment. Looks like the world is finally catching on, because cat ladies are actually having something of a fashion moment right now. Here are eight of our favorite cat-themed items to help you become a crazy-stylish cat lady. Check out shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
It took months of begging, pleading, bribing, and promises to convince my parents to get me my first guinea pig. We lived on a 38-acre farm with dogs, cats, and chickens, but I yearned for a pet of my very own, a pet who would entertain me and understand me, a pet who would impress my friends and make me popular at school. A guinea pig seemed like the obvious choice. When my mom finally drove my brother and I to the pet store a couple towns over, I chose a white-haired girl and named her Snowflake. My brother chose a black-haired boy. He named him Blackie.
When we got home, we carefully placed our pets in their new cage and they started squeaking excitedly. Suddenly my dad appeared in the doorway, eyes locked on the two fur balls. “Look, Dad!” we said. “This is Snowflake, and this is…”
“Guinea pigs,” he muttered. “I hate guinea pigs.” And then, like a bad omen in a horror movie, he disappeared.
It seems like lately I have about 15 tubes of lipstick in my purse at all times but whenever I need a pen there are none to be found. I’m hoping this clever lipstick pen can help me remedy this problem. [$5, Fred Flare]
A new study published in the journal Psychological Science found that women are objectified at much higher rates than men. That sound you just heard was every woman in the world yelling, “Well, duh!” but still, this is a pretty interesting development, because as much as we can see and feel the effects of sexual objectification in our society and in our personal experience, it’s always been a difficult phenomenon to measure. Here’s how the most recent study worked… Keep reading »
If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about the tuna sandwich waiting for you in the office fridge, you might want to take a look at NeverSeconds, a food blog curated by nine-year-old Martha Payne. For the past month, Martha has borrowed her father’s camera and diligently documented the lunch offerings at her Scottish primary school, including important stats like health ratings and how many hairs she found in her food. She also often complained of not feeling full: “I’m a growing kid and I need to concentrate all afternoon and I can’t do it on 1 croquette. Do any of you think you could?” Her daily musings soon gained an international following (over 1.5 million pageviews so far), a Twitter shoutout from Jamie Oliver, and school lunch photo submissions from other kids all over the world. It also effected a major change in her school’s policy: yesterday, Martha announced that her cafeteria was now allowing unlimited side dishes. Martha, keep doing your thing, and if you ever visit the States, we’re totally taking you out to lunch. [NeverSeconds]
In case you haven’t heard, Kelly Clarkson has a new boyfriend (who just happens to be Reba McEntire’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock), and she’s also looking noticeably slimmer lately. Coincidence? She says no:
“I have a boyfriend, and if I’m being completely honest, no one likes to be not toned when you are dating someone. I’m eating better and working out, but I’ve always fluctuated within 20 pounds. I tone whenever I want, and I chose to now because my boyfriend and I are both really into it. But we don’t work out together. We did that once and I didn’t like huffing and puffing. I didn’t like looking all red and gross, so I don’t do that.”
This got me thinking about how our relationship status often affects our bodies and body image… Keep reading »
At first glance, I would assume this was a role-playing costume for people who wanted to dress up as those giant talking trees from “Lord Of The Rings” (“They’re called Ents, dumbass.” — Email I’m going to get from my brother as soon as this is published), but it’s actually a vintage skirt suit that’s being sold for $832. I’m not sure what the going rate is for an Ent costume these days, so who knows, that might actually be a good deal. Even so, I think I’ll pass. [Farfetch]