Painter Valerie Leonard is the Annie Leibovitz of pet portraits—without the mounting debt and camera, that is. Valerie’s “process” is an insanely involved one: She devotes days to each portrait, studies images of a particular animal, researches traits and characteristics of specific breeds. Then, she researches classic artists for the most fitting painting, using the client’s direction as a guide. And once chosen, she merges the animal image with the human form. In the final product, the animal features and background are often cobbled together from a composite of different images. Wondering what that looks like? Check out the dogs above, and a bunch more of her images, after the jump!
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People were shocked when President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace prize today for his initiatives to reduce nuclear weapons, reduce conflict in the Muslim world, and promote worldwide diplomacy. Why so shocking, since these are Nobel-worthy causes? Because Obama had only been in office for two weeks before the February 1 Nobel nomination deadline. The Nobel Committee doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. They attribute a change in global mood to Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation, even though his initiatives have not yet had the time “to bear fruit.” So what do you think? Does he deserve the award? [MSNBC]
After the jump, see how Obama stacks up to the other presidents that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Keep reading »
Do you have what it takes to become America’s next top fashion blogger? Bluefly and StyleList are looking for the next big internet sensation, so give it your best shot by entering their America’s Most Stylish Blogger contest. The gig sounds pretty sweet—eight finalists will compete by crafting weekly posts about Bluefly items, and the blogger with the most votes will get a $1,000 Bluefly shopping spree, a special section on the site, plus a weekly column for StyleList (and, we’d imagine, tons of freebies from all over thanks to the exposure).
To enter, fill out the contest form which asks you questions about your blog, style, and fashion rules. But wait …. is “what’s your #1 style rule” a trick question? Are there style rules? Man, this test is hard. [AmericasMostStylishBlogger.com] Keep reading »
Tired of your hair getting fried and smashed in a typical flat iron? Then get with the program! Everyone in entertainment, from Kelly Clarkson to Cyndi Lauper to Leona Lewis, has an InStyler rotating hot iron because it uses less heat than traditional heat-based styling tools and delivers better results. The bristles first separate the strands, then smooth, straighten, and style your hair gently, leaving it bouncy, shiny, and full of life. Plus, it works on most hair types! [$119, InStyler]
We’re giving an InStyler to five readers, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Oct. 9 through Thursday, Oct. 15—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Halloween is right around the corner, and I’ll readily admit that my costume has yet to be decided. Agent Provocateur must be counting on the fact that girls all over will not only wait until the last minute to decide their alter ego for the night, but also on the idea that Halloween is an excuse to dress as slutty as possible. The undies brand launched their newest superhero-inspired collection just in time for the holiday celebration. Sexy Tarantula? Check. Racy Reptile? Also there. Keep reading »
This is the most bad-ass story my mom has to tell you: Before she married my dad, she dated a guy who rode a motorcycle and she smoked a puff of marijuana with him. She didn’t get high. The End! My dad has never smoked pot, ever, and neither parent experimented with any other drugs. It’s like the ’60s came and went and both my parents missed it.
The addiction clinic, Hazelden, recently released a study which said 33 percent of teens reported their parents haven’t talked to them about their own drug use. Of the parents that haven’t yet told their kids about that time they ate three pints of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting, the majority (74 percent) cited the old parenting chestnut: “Do as I say, not as I do.” Keep reading »
Looks as though the red lipstick trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Have you seen any of the Prada spring 2010 runway beauty? It’s high time we get to dealing with those pesky lipstick stains we are all leaving behind on our wine glasses. Seriously, how didn’t we already know this hyper-easy trick? What you do: Before taking a sip, lick (as stealth-like as possible) the spot on the rim you’re about to touch your lips to. You won’t lose any color and the glass won’t look tack-town. [Cup of Jo] Keep reading »
MTV deemed Jay-Z 2009′s Hottest MC in the Game, an annual online list, this week. Others on the list included Lil Wayne, Drake, and Kanye West. True to his form, Jay-Z wasn’t the least bit humble about his new title, but he also borrowed a little from Kanye when he said that Eminem deserved to be on the list because of his high album sales this year. Read Jay’s acceptance speech after the jump. Keep reading »
Despite having that pregnancy glow, Padma Lakshmi looks exhausted and bewildered by all the extra attention as she visits “Live with Regis and Kelly.” [10/9/09, NYC] Keep reading »
File 2LoveMyLips gloss in the “So Useful We Didn’t Even Know We Needed It” file. Sold in British vending machines, the gloss will turn your lips blue if your drink is tainted by a date-rape drug. Judging by the look of things, Sean Lennon‘s model girlfriend Kemp here is about to be date-raped any second, as are the gals on the Doo.Ri spring 2010 runway. Models, they’re date-raped, just like us! (OK, gah, that was in really poor taste, I know. TGIF!) [BuzzFeed] and [Gawker] Keep reading »