Girl Talk: The Quickie Breakup Vs. The Slow Band-Aid Peel Off

In the few months following my breakup from Mr. Ex-Jessica, if and how to couple up again has hovered in the periphery of my mind. It’s clear to me that I’m still very sore about the breakup and earning my trust will be a slow, perhaps even Sisyphysian Sisyphean, task for a man. But still I want occasional companionship: although there’s plenty of things to enjoy about being newly single, like lots of time to read books and hang out with my girl friends, it’s also nice to have drinks and flirt with a dude sometimes. I am OK at this point with that companionship being totally casual. In fact, I think it has to be casual. I’m not ready to be in a committed relationship or to be anyone’s girlfriend so soon.

I thought I’d found someone online to casually date: he’s smart, he’s funny, he took care of me, and he understood how sore I still am from the breakup. He’s an all-around wonderful guy who would make a great boyfriend to someone. It warmed the cockles of my black, bitter heart to know that there are good single men out there. But after about six weeks or so of going on dates once or twice a week, it became clear to me that our personalities are just too different. We clashed so many times that the romantic butterflies flew away, so to speak. I wrestled with the idea of continuing to date him because, after all, it was just casual. But putting myself in his shoes, I asked if I’d want someone to keep going on dates with me even if they weren’t feeling anything anymore. I decided “no” and that I would end things with him.

But the way I finally broke up with him was just … not … good. Keep reading »

Whitney Houston Is In Rehab … To Cleanse?

According to TMZ, singer Whitney Houston has entered an out-patient rehab program, but not because she’s got a problem with drugs or alcohol. No, a source told the gossip site that Whitney is “cleansing herself to get ready for a new movie.” In this particular program, apparently, Whitney can go about her usual business but she wears a “monitor.” Monitoring what, exactly? Here’s my hunch — this is all legalese. Whitney isn’t sayin’ she has a problem with drugs or booze, but she’s drying out — er, cleansing — from one or both and the monitor is to make sure she sticks to it. In other words, she’s (probably) on a booze and drug sabbatical! Hey, I wouldn’t have minded a monitor when I was doing mine… [TMZ]

UPDATE: Whitney’s rep issued a statement to People which says: “Whitney Houston is currently in an out-patient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment. Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process.” I still don’t really get what that means, but good luck to you Whitney! [People] Keep reading »

“CSI” Co-Star Says Justin Bieber Was A “Brat” On Set

“I shouldn’t be saying this but he was kind of a brat [on the set]. He was very nice to me, but he locked one of the producers in a closet and he put his fist through a cake that was on the craft service table.”

—Marg Helgenberger of “CSI” tells French magazine Le Grand Direct Des Medias what it was like to have Justin Bieber co-star on the show last year. Well, I personally just had to spit out my orange juice reading this. I totally believe it. After all, Justin is known for his pranks. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

10 Super Creepy Tampon And Pad Ads

10 Super Creepy Tampon And Pad Ads
Tampon ads are a big business. I mean, without them, would we understand the carefree-ness of white pants? Or the importance of feminine deodorizing? These ads have long been doling out advice. Like Kotex and their 1950s “Are you in the Know?” campaign, which offered gems like: “When at a restaurant, choose what appeals to you then give your order to your escort; he should pass it on to the waiter.” According to Harry Finley, curator of the Museum of Menstruation, ads started in the late 1800s and they’ve changed very little. “The companies (usually run by men) take advantage of the secrecy surrounding menstruation. They’ve always been about covering up any sign of menstruation, sight or odor. The worse women feel about menstruation the more vulnerable they are and companies make money from that.” With thanks to Finley, here are a collection of some of the weirder ads from all around the world throughout the years.

Take It To The Max

Let me tell you a secret: sometimes, when I am feeling supremely lazy, I will wear a maxi dress all day long and then sleep in it that night. I mean, a maxi dress is essentially just a nice-ish looking nightgown, so can you blame me? Well, one maxi dress I won’t be wearing to bed this spring is this slightly dressier version from Gap. Available exclusively online, I love the subtle grey and cream print, racer back, and sexy keyhole in the front. Perfect worn with simple flats during the day and colorful wedges at night, throwing on a fitted denim jacket to keep warm. I’ll figure out my PJ situation later.

[$89.95 Gap]

The Good, The Bad & The WTF At The Kentucky Derby

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The Kentucky Derby was this past weekend, and celebs and socialites alike came out in droves to support their favorite horse–or favorite cocktail. A Kentucky-bred horse named Animal Kingdom took top honors at the track, and his name was rather in line with the wild fashions on display at the Derby itself. Check out what the celebs wore — and whose style trotted into last place — after the jump!
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