Designer Spotlight: Melanie Auld (On Sale!)

Designer Spotlight: The Melanie Auld Sale

My name is Sophie Leon and I am addicted to online window shopping, which I guess is better than being addicted to just online shopping. I can’t help but open every “New Items!” email and click through every lookbook of the latest fashion porn. Every once in a while, a designer collection catches my eye, but my inner accountant sternly reminds me that my favorite item is out of my price range. I return daily to gaze upon my favorite piece and imagine what it would look like with my current outfit. Months later, if the item goes on sale and I am still obsessing over it, I consider it a sign from the gods. Today, my friends, is one of those days. Keep reading »

Why Do Women Say “Sorry” All The Time?

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Sorry, NOT Sorry

This Pantene ad really struck a chord with me. I find myself involuntarily saying “sorry” about a million times a day for things I don’t need to apologize for. What it really communicates is that I somehow feel guilty for taking up space (which I don’t), and I see so many other women do the same. You are not an inconvenience, so don’t feel the need to apologize!

Zoe Saldana On Being Successful As A Woman Of Color In Hollywood: “My Balls Are Pretty Big”

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“I don’t want to spend my life thinking about all the impossibilities I face when I wake up in the morning. But the reality is, I’m a woman of color in America. That itself is enough for you to wake up and go, “Oh, f—!” … My balls are pretty big. There’s a confidence that my sisters and I were raised with. After my dad died [in a car accident, when she was nine years old], my mom moved us from Queens back to the Dominican Republic. A very macho sort of place. But my mom raised us to know that we are equal to anyone.”

Zoe Saldana has always struck me as the best kind of interviewee: someone who will sound off openly and honestly and say things that make you want to be her friend. Scratch that, I want both Zoe and Mama Saldana in my corner.

In this interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zoe also talked about the controversy around her role in a biopic about Nina Simone. Some people, including Frisky contributor Erica Watson, complained that Hollywood whitewashed Nina’s story by casting a lighter-skinned woman of color like Zoe for the role. Nina Simone was a darker-skinned Black woman who was very proud of her Blackness. Here’s what Zoe — who has addressed the controversy before — has to say about that: Keep reading »

RIP Society: Zebra Steaks Are Now The Other White Meat

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Coming to a health food store near you (maybe): legally farmed zebra meat. A food supplier in the UK has been selling Burchell’s zebra steaks, which come from farms in South Africa. You might be surprised to learn, according to TIME, that game meat, including zebra, is legal in the United States so long as the animal species is not endangered. While I wrinkle my nose at the idea of eating what is essentially a horse, the benefits of zebra meat are manifold: it’s a high source of protein and more lean than chicken. Zebra meat appears on the website for MuscleFood.com along with crocodile burgers, horse meatballs, buffalo sausages, kangaroo filets, and zebra steaks. Your black-and-white friends taste “sweeter than beef but still have a subtle game flavor.” Dig in, I guess? [MuscleFood.com via TIME] [Baby zebra via Shutterstock]

Be My Pet: “Piggie Smalls,” The Little Rescue Pig That Could

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Meet the Notorious P.I.G., a micro pot-bellied pig who was rescued from a neglectful home in Florida. There, the little pig was fed only Cap’n crunch and horse feed, but he’s since found happier times in his new home at Brooklyn Cares vet clinic. The pig, who also goes by “Piggie Smalls,” got his name after rapper Biggie Smalls, who grew up just a block from his new digs. When Piggie arrived at the vet he was in very poor health, but now he cheerfully snorts away as he runs around the office and makes new animal friends. “It has been awesome to see the Notorious P.I.G. come out of his shell. Every day he is happier and more social,” Dr. Timothy Mann told DNA Info. Mann has always wanted a pig. These days, Piggie eats lots of healthy veggies, takes regular baths, and is even being trained to use a litter box. It’s a far cry from his lonely days eating sugary cereal in the Florida heat. Pot bellied pigs aren’t allowed to live in New York City homes, but they can live in veterinary facilities, so Piggie spends his days there with Ruby, the dog who is also a fixture at the clinic. When Piggie has adjusted more to his home, he’ll make his way to the front waiting room where he can greet customers. Who knew happy little pigs could be so cute! [DNA Info] [Image via DNA Info/Brooklyn Cares]

Soon You Will Be Able To Preorder Your Starbucks Via An App

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[Said in the voice of a petulant teenager:] ”Thanks, Starbucks, for taking over my life EVEN MORE.”

The ‘bux announced last week that it’s making your fast food coffee experience even easier: you will soon be able to preorder your drinks and pay via an app, according to the tech blog Recode. Just like hailing a cab with Uber or ordering sushi over Seamless, coffee jerks can save time by paying for a coffee ahead of time and avoiding lines. The company is testing the process at an “undisclosed location” and will eventually bring it nationwide. I could see myself downloading the app, but  use it only when I’m in a rush. (And I’m not that important to ever really be in a rush.) Part of what I like about Starbucks is it being a “third place” in addition to work and home. It’s a reason to get out of the office for a 10-minute break in the afternoon and stretch my legs. It’s about the short walk, the music, the socializing. The app sounds useful for, say, personal assistants in a rush to please their boss, but for me, I’m happy to take my time. Within reason, of course. [Recode]

Christian Siriano Has Grim Thoughts On Casting Plus-Size Models In Fashion Shows

“People say that designers don’t design for ‘real women,’ and I hate that. Why wouldn’t every designer want as many customers as possible? I think [the reality of casting plus-size fashion models] is one of the the hardest things about this part of the industry. When we show samples, we’re making a model. Like any architect would make a model, any chef would make a tasting before they make the meal — that’s what the pieces on the runway are. We only make one for the first time ever. It’s not that I don’t want to make it in every size right away, but it has to work first.”

Designer Christian Siriano talked to The Huffington Post about how frequently people misunderstand the use of thin models in the fashion industry. I get what he’s saying, but I also don’t understand why those samples he’s talking about can’t be at least a few sizes bigger. His response seems like an evasive answer to the very real body image issues the industry has sparked in its consumers. [Huffington Post] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]

10 Traits Of An Awesome Girlfriend (According To Men)

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We’re feeling a little misty-eyed thinking about true love. Maybe it really does exist, you know? Despite the odds and everything. Maybe there’s more to life than playing the field. Well, you can create your own relationship success by looking for the right traits in a woman instead of just swiping right on everyone on Tinder. Let’s take a look at the top 10 things in a significant other that’ll make for a lasting relationship. Read all 10 traits on TResSugar…

Frisky Eats: Drizzle It With Honey

I recently bought a big ol’ 24 oz. jar of local honey at the farmer’s market and can’t wait to dig into the amber goodness. So far, I’ve managed to drizzle a little over Greek yogurt. I know, delicious but dull. Time to sweeten the pot with some ingenious honey-based recipes.

14 Reasons Maxi Dresses Are The Best

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You might say that the maxi dress is just a glorified muu muu. And to that we say: okay, you are right. But what of it? Keeping up with fashion puts so many demands on women. Can’t we just have this one thing that’s easy, and most importantly, comfortable? The Frisky staff are all such fans of the maxi dress (and its slightly more formal cousin, the “hi-lo” maxi dress) that we thought we’d get a list together with 14 reasons why:

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