It’s hard out there for a hairdresser. They have to be talented, tactful, efficient, and up to date on the latest trends and techniques. They have to be able to create wearable art on people’s heads while discussing salacious celebrity gossip. I’m totally in awe of the people who do this job, and when I go in for a hair cut or color, I’m always wondering how I can make their job easier and walk out with the best possible results. With that in mind, I talked to as many hairdressers as I could find and asked them one question: What do you really want your clients to know? Here are their answers, in their own words … Keep reading »
Do you talk to yourself? Most people do it every once in awhile. Ami does it a lot. Self-talking definitely won’t make you popular on public transportation, but a new study indicates that it will speed up your thought process. Here’s the lowdown: psychologists asked two groups of volunteers to scan a series of photos in search of a specific object. One group was told to repeatedly say the name of the object they were looking for (“banana, banana, banana”), while the other group were told to remain silent. The results? Those zany self-talkers found the items faster, because researchers say when you talk to yourself, “you’re activating visual properties in the brain to help you find them.” So the next time your partner or roommate gets annoyed with your constant muttering, politely remind them that you’re not just talking to yourself, you’re activating visual properties in your brain. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find my cellphone. “Cellphone, cellphone, cellphone, cellphone…” [Mother Nature Network]
Happy Friday! It’s time for Don’t Show-cha Your Chocha! Click through to see the super short hemlines and questionable definitions of the word “dress” that caught our eye recently–we’ve got some doozies for you this week. And remember, if you spot a Don’t Show-cha Your Chocha moment, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Growing up a few miles from the Nike World Headquarters means I’ve always had complicated feelings about athletic shoes. Portland’s casual attitude combined with Nike pride meant everyone wore sneakers everywhere, and I was always like, “Really, you guys? Dirty gym shoes at a formal wedding?” I vowed early on that I would only wear sneakers to the gym. But then recently, something strange happened. I started noticing cool sneakers out on the street. I was totally jealous of Amelia’s wedge sneakers. And before I knew it I had purchased my first pair of high tops (I went with the Adidas Roundhouse, shown above) and am eager to start a collection. Here are five tips and tricks for others looking to wade into the wild and crazy world of stylish sneakers… Keep reading »
Singer Kimberly Cole showed up to the premiere of “The Raven” as a living, breathing embodiment of the phrase, “That’s a lot of look!” She’s got a leather bra top, varsity jacket, zip-up mini skirt, major jewelry, neon claw nails, bold makeup, bronzed legs, and a super-tight high ponytail. Whew. I’m exhausting just listing it out.
Of all the aspects of “Sex and the City” that were unrealistic — the fashion, the endless brunches, the 20-puns-per-minute banter, etc. — Carrie Bradshaw’s luxurious Manhattan apartment was always the most perplexing. I mean, she was a newspaper columnist with a shoe closet as big as my entire apartment. Right. And now all of our suspicions have been confirmed: the 4,100-square-foot Manhattan townhouse used as Carrie’s apartment building (one level of which was supposed to “hers”) in the show has been purchased for $9.8 million. The buyer hasn’t been identified, but I think we can be fairly sure it isn’t a struggling writer. Cosmo, anyone? [People]
As soon as I saw this photo of Jenna Fischer at the Tribeca Film Festival, I knew I wanted to recreate her outfit for a Style Stealer. I think she looks fantastic and this simple outfit would work equally well on many different body types, on a date or at the office. The black tights make it feel a little winter-y, but it would be just as cute with bare legs. Check out our super affordable version of Jenna’s pretty, professional look after the jump… Keep reading »
This Taco Bell tattoo is amazing for many reasons. The whimsical cursive font. The colorful star border. The flirty placement on the right shoulder. But I must admit I’m worried about the ramifications of such a permanent ode to a fast food joint. I mean, what if one day she succumbs to the salty siren song of Long John Silver’s? Awkward. [Guest of a Guest]
“I pinched myself everyday, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman. It was the highlight of my life. Nicole was something else and was always in character. She didn’t get weird method, like some actors do, but I have never seen anyone so centered.”
– Zac Efron discusses the delightful time he had filming “Paperboy” with Nicole Kidman. Zac plays the eponymous paperboy in the movie, while Nicole “stars as Charlotte Bless, a woman who writes letters to death row inmates and who is having a correspondence with the murder suspect, played by John Cusack.” OK, then. [Daily Mail UK]
In today’s edition of “Real Life Is Basically Already ‘Star Trek’,” researchers at the University of Texas have created a device that would allow cellphones to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other solid objects. Yes, seriously. A microchip taps into a range of the electromagnetic spectrum, a receiver translates the data, and ta-da: instant x-ray vision for your iPhone. It’s unclear when this new technology will be available for purchase, but damn, we’re already daydreaming about the scary and awesome possibilities of portable x-ray vision. How would you use a device like this? To locate wall studs? See if there’s a tampon in the bottom of your purse? Or maybe to find a definitive answer to that age-old question: is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? [EarthSky Science News]