The secret to a sophisticated but affordable living space is pretty pillows and tasteful lamps. These types of functional home décor can polish off the most minimalistic space. This weekend, I ventured out on a mission to update my pathetic $10 bedside lamps with something a little chicer on a budget of $60. Instead of a pattered shade, which would compete with my duvet, I sought out a decorative base. At first I was discouraged by the high price tags, then by my husband’s hatred of anything ornate. Finally we agreed on two lamps at T.J. Maxx! The new lamps frame the bed nicely and are a wonderful addition to our otherwise boring nightstands.
Check out my new lamps after the jump and click for more affordable table lamps.
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This spring, jackets are breaking from tradition, and new materials and patterns have been applied to many familiar cuts. Check out the new takes on blazers, moto, varsity, and crop jackets above…
For me, the phrase “hotel pool” instantly conjures images of overcrowded, over-chlorinated concrete boxes teeming with rowdy kids with nosebleeds, but luckily, the airport Best Westerns of my childhood are not the only options out there. Case in point: the spate of gorgeous, relaxing rooftop pools popping up at swanky hotels across the country. These hip hangout spots boast jaw-dropping views, comfy cabanas, poolside bars, and exquisite design. The perfect place to laze away a hot summer day. Click through to check out six of the country’s most fabulous rooftop pools, but beware: common side effects of this slideshow include daydreaming about warm breezes, intense cravings for mojitos, and lurid fantasies involving cabana boys.
One of the weirder bits of news making headlines this week was that our beloved Red on “Orange Is The New Black” may be a little bit kooky in real life. Why would I say such a thing? Because the actress Kate Mulgrew has narrated a documentary with some pretty kooky beliefs about science: namely, the idea the Earth does not actually revolve around the sun but instead the sun revolves around the Earth. Geocentricism what what?!? In a new documentary called “The Principle” narrated by Mulgrew, she intones, “Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong.”
Considering this is the woman, Amelia reminds me, that played Captain Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager,” it seemed a little odd that Mulgrew would be so ill-informed. Turns out, Mulgrew is now saying she was misled into doing the narration for the documentary and that she was simply a voice for hire who should have done more research. Um, no kidding? Didn’t Mulgrew realize she was narrating junk science as the junk science narration was spilling out of her mouth? [Raw Story; AV Club]
Kate Mulgrew, inadvertent or not, isn’t the first celeb to spew interesting beliefs about science. There are actually quite a few celebrities who have made comments about science that gave us a double take. Let’s take a walk through a couple celebs who we think should keep their day jobs…
The country music world was rocked last week when news broke that Willie Nelson’s famous armadillo mascot had been stolen. The iconic stuffed animal (I had to read the story, like, six times to figure out it wasn’t a real, live armadillo and must admit I was a bit disappointed), which always accompanies Nelson on stage, was nabbed during a fan meet and greet after a Las Vegas concert. Nelson realized the armadillo was missing after his tour bus had already hit the road back to California. His crew called the venue in a panic, requesting the surveillance tapes to help track down the thief, but apparently the mounting guilt had already proved too much for the armadillo snatcher. The next morning, “an apologetic man” drove up to the resort and dropped off a shoe box with instructions to return it to Willie. Inside was the beloved armadillo. Willie’s kidnapped “pet” might have been stuffed, but other famous folks have had their living, breathing pets stolen out from under them. Click through to read the wild, wacky tales of six other celeb petnappings!
Out of all the gorgeous gowns I saw on the red carpet and on stage at last night’s ACM Awards, the Kristian Aadnevik corset dress Shakira wore to perform “Medicine” with Blake Shelton was my absolute favorite. My reaction to it was a combination of “Oh my God she looks amazing,” and “Oh my God I want to be wearing that right now!” And while most of us don’t have that many opportunities to wear a skimpy corset dress in real life, we can definitely make some opportunities to wear the lacy red lingerie that inspired it. Click through to check out a few fabulous slips, bras, and corsets to bring a little sexy Shakira style into your bedroom (or under your work clothes, if you’re feeling particularly daring!)…
Rumors about the existence of Demi Lovato “nude pics” have been floating around the internet since August, but they haven’t surfaced until now. To be honest, with the exception of one nipple shot and a glimpse of some butt, these do not live up to the usual hype. Unless of course you’re actually excited about Wilmer Valderrama’s annoying face being in about half of the other sort of sexy bedroom shots. Wilmer wants to be the real star of these pics, but that honor goes to Demi’s amazing eyebrow game. Click through to see the full set, including the one NSFW shot with Demi’s nips. The lighting is pretty great in a lot of these, though I do enjoy what Demi did with the sepia filter in this shot. Ass up has never looked so old-timey! [Dlisted]
You could basically put anything inside a tortilla, top it with sour cream and Tapatio, and I would eat it. And melted cheese inside? Girl. Hence my love for quesadillas, which can be stuffed with just about anything, including healthy crap for you kale and squash nuts. Here are 10 quesadilla recipes that will appeal to just about everyone.
Taylor Swift went and got herself a cool bobbed haircut with swoopy bangs and all of the sudden she’s my style muse. Maybe it’s just that her cool new cut is making me take notice of her and thus her fashion choices of late, but whatever, I am seriously coveting everything Taylor has been wearing lately. Whether she’s in head to toe black or working a touch of oxblood, lil’ Swift always looks pulled together without trying too hard. Click through for just some of the outfits she’s worn over the last week or so…
For the past year, Paris-based art director David Redon has been contributing a few hours a week to a unique hobby: Photoshopping modern celebrities into vintage advertisements. “I like the shift between vintage and modern pop culture,” he says, “because these days the border between art and commercial is very small, and artists work their images like brands do.” Redon’s handiwork lets us see what it might look like for Don Draper to design an ad campaign starring Rihanna, Drake, Beyonce, or Daft Punk. Click on the Riri/Drake ad above to check out a few more of Redon’s designs that will make you wish “Pharrell’s Happy Toothpaste” actually existed. [Design Taxi]