Life Dream Status: Hogwarts Courses Are Now Available Online

Good news for modern witches and wizards who don’t have time to pursue a traditional magic education: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry now offers an online option. The tech-savvy training program, called Hogwarts Is Here, was dreamed up by a group of enthusiastic Harry Potter fans who wanted to give people the experience of Hogwarts (without the need to ram yourself repeatedly into the brick wall at Platform 9 & 3/4). Here’s the lowdown from the site: Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Melanie Notkin, Author Of The Otherhood, On Women Who Want Children But Don’t Have Them Yet

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The Otherhood: a growing population of educated, professional women in their 30s and 40s who have yet to find love or start a family. In fact, statistics show that almost 50 percent of American women are childless — yet our society still isn’t quite sure how to treat these women, placing all sorts of assumptions and opinions on them without truly understanding their decisions.

Enter Melanie Notkin, the successful founder of Savvy Auntie and a vocal representation of this demographic. Melanie’s new book, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind Of Happiness, is part memoir and part reflection, digging deep into world of these women and the challenges they face. Keep reading »

Would You Watch A Documentary About Blogging?

So Many Bloggers, So Little Time!

Filmmaker Christopher Wiegand drove all over the United States interviewing bloggers (mostly of the “mommy blog” variety, it seems) about why they do what they do, and I’m cautiously curious. As someone who is a bit infatuated with the land of blogging — I even wrote my thesis on it! — I’d like to see if Wiegand has revealed anything groundbreaking about this bizarre industry. The film’s description is confusing at best. According to Wiegand:

The name “American Blogger” came not because I am representing all of America but because I am traveling America (40 states)  in my airstream and telling the story of the Blogger. This film is not supposed to be, nor is it, representing bloggers or America as a whole by any means. These are the women that said yes to my request, they knew my wife and trusted that I would tell this story in a positive way.

Um. Not what I was expecting. The film will be released on iTunes in early June, so you can find out for yourself just what this film is all about. Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised? [IndieWire]

Dater X: An Unexpected (And Surprisingly Pleasant) OKCupid Run-In

Dater X: An Unexpected (And Surprisingly Pleasant) OKCupid Run-In

The other night when a number I didn’t recognize flashed on my phone, I decided to answer the call and was greeted with a cheerful, “Hey there, it’s Andrew.”

“Andrew?” I replied, clearly confused about who was on the other end of the line. “I’m sorry. Andrew who?”

“From the bar on Saturday night. You gave me your number,” he said, sounding slightly defeated by my forgetfulness.

And then it hit me. I knew exactly who he was. He was my OKCupid run-in. Keep reading »

This Man Has A Kardashian Family Phobia That Makes Him Vomit

“Ugh, if I see one more magazine with Kim Kardashian on the cover, I’m going to puke!” I’m sure more than a few people have found themselves muttering those very words, but when Mike Amess says it, he means it — literally. The most ridiculous story of the day award goes to The Daily Mail, which has outdone itself with their profile of Amess and his vomit-inducing fear of the entire Kardashian family. According to the Daily Mail, Amess breaks out into a “cold sweat” whenever he sees a Kardashian — although his fear seems especially focused on Kim — and “the sight of a semi-naked Kim even makes him vomit with disgust.” REALLY?

The 24-year-old from Exeter explains, “Just hearing the sound of the Kardashians’ nasal voices or catching a glimpse of them on screen makes me feel nauseous and shaky. My hands get clammy, my breathing gets heavier and I start sweating. Sometimes, I get teary and want to retch.” Keep reading »

What’s Your Hipster Hobby? (Mine Is Making Foraged Mustache Necklaces)

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The Hipster Hobby Generator

Looking for new ways to use your copious amounts of free time? Getting a little tired of your kickball league and microbrew tasting club? Not to worry — cartoonist Dana Zemack has created The Hipster Hobby Generator to help you discover your new favorite pastime. All you have to do is click on the quirky label of the hand-blown mason jar, and the site will assign you a new, hipster-approved creative endeavor. So far my hobbies include thrift store quilting, making foraged mustache necklaces, assembling an “heirloom maple syrup collection inspired by the Infinite Jest Wikipedia page,” and aging bacon bow ties in vintage style oak barrels from Anthropologie. Sounds about right. Check out The Hipster Hobby Generator to get your own, and post it in the comments!

Report: Beyoncé & Jay Z Teaming Up For A Tour

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z are teaming up for a 20-city tour this summer beginning in late June, Page Six is reporting. Jayonce will be the must-have tickets of the summer for sure! Amelia is all the way in California, but I can hear her screaming “YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS” from here. [Page Six]

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Beauty Test Drive: The Benefit Brow Treatment

Benefit Brow Bar Test Drive

Jessica and I were invited to the Benefit Boutique in Soho to meet with “Project Runway” mentor Nick Verreos, “Under The Gunn” winner Oscar Garcia-Lopez, and Benefit global beauty authority Annie Ford Danielson. Annie unveiled the new Benefit apron designed by Oscar as we all discussed the little things that can transform how a woman feels about herself. When asked, I said that I feel like I look my best with defined eyebrows. Let me tell you, the beauty experts at Benefit take eyebrows very seriously. When they offered a full service brow treatment, I jumped at the chance to have a beautician tend to these caterpillars. Keep reading »

A Sweatshirt Made For The Itty Bitty Titty Committee

A Sweatshirt Made For The Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Small Boobs Rule!
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Got small boobs? Wear ‘em with pride! Kendall Jenner was spotted out at Coachella in this “I Have No Tits” sweatshirt, which is available for purchase at Red Bubble for a mere $47.01 (a penny for your penny-sized nipples!). Got large boobs? I totally support you wearing this sweatshirt sarcastically. [Red Bubble[Photo: Pacific Coast News]

Jon Hamm Brings His Emotions To “Sesame Street”

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This Is Jon's "Amazed" Face

I thought the first time I’d see Jon Hamm look “amazed” would be after a roll in the hay with me … but watching him act out facial expressions for a puppet on “Sesame Street” isn’t a bad consolation prize. Here’s Jon explaining the meaning of the words “guilty,” “frustrated” and “amazed” and showing what they look like for Murray.

After the jump, check out another (freakin’ adorable) video with Jon Hamm and Murray all about the letter “O.” Keep reading »

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