Bad Invention: Wi-Fi Blocking Paint

Boo to anyone who, like myself, totally mooches wireless from their neighbors. Scientists at Tokyo University have created a paint that will block wi-fi signals, thanks to aluminum-iron oxide particles which resonate at the same frequency. In other words, if your neighbor uses the paint, your little “arrangement” is dunzo. In better news: you can use it for yourself and you won’t have to worry about security breaches from the internet whiz down the hall. Cool new invention or disaster? [Tech Yahoo] Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of October 5th 2009

For the first time in a month, there are not a lot of series premieres happening this week. So, it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch the shows you already love. This week, Tyra Banks and Hilary Duff make cameos on “Gossip Girl,” Rachel Zoe has a “fashion orgasm” in Paris, Jim and Pam get hitched on “The Office,” “FlashForward” gets trippier, and Wanda Sykes makes you say hardy har har. Here’s the best of this week’s television. Keep reading »

Awesome Boyfriend Gift: Custom-Made Dress Shirts

Over-sized dress shirts on boys are cute maybe until the end of third grade. After that point, the whole “I’m wearing my big brother’s hand-me-downs” look becomes significantly less adorable. And yet it so often persists years or even decades after the third-grade mark. Clearly, something must be done.

Cue ShirtsMyWay.com, savior to scruffy men and girlfriends in search of birthday presents. The site allows you to customize men’s dress shirts from the fabric all the way to the cuff and yoke (that’s the bit at the back near the shoulders) details for about $75-100. Want black with thin white pinstripes and pale pink inner collar? No problem. Is your boyfriend always trying to stuff his broad shoulders into a too-snug top? Shut it down here and now. You’re welcome. Keep reading »

10 Ladylike Fall Hats

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Not Your Average Manicures: Coolest Nails Spotted At Fashion Week

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Fashion Weeks — from New York to Paris — are where new trends are born for clothes, as well as for the makeup and accessories that complete designers’ visions. We spent time backstage during New York Fashion Week, checking out what’s coming up on the makeup front, when CND (that’s Creative Nail Design) invited us to see what their amazing nail stylists, Roxanne Valinoti, Angi Wingle, and Kristina Estrabrooks, created for 20 designers with the endlessly versatile Colour & Effects line. Click through for eight wow-worthy sets of digits, and tell us whether you use your nails as a canvas for daring looks or if you keep it simple with pink or red polish.

The YouTube Wife Is Back And This Time In A Music Video!


Do you remember Tricia Walsh Smith, aka the “YouTube Wife”? Last year, she made a video rant (relive the glory, after the jump) about her husband that went viral, probably because she talked about their sexless marriage and called him out on his porn stashes. Tricia’s husband is the wealthy New York president of the Shubert Organization, Philip Smith, who hid a clause in her pre-nuptial agreement that stated he could give her a “notice of termination” and throw her out whenever he’d like. And that he did. Her video didn’t get Tricia any money in the divorce proceedings, but it caused the divorce judge to accuse her of orchestrating a “calculated and callous” campaign of harassment against her ex. Oops.

Well, Tricia is back, and now she’s made a frickin’ music video. The song sounds a bit like old Pet Shop Boys, and I’m psyched for the inevitable remixes. This is a preview of the musical she’s working on called “Incredibly Brilliant Play.” Someone get this woman an agent! Keep reading »

Lucky & Misty: A Love Story


Is it just me, or is today a totally weird day? I finally got my new glasses — pics, eventually! — but they take some getting used to, so I think I am a wee bit off kilter. This adorable video helped set me straight! Lucky is a dog and Misty is a cat and they are totally in love! Seriously, majorly in love. Isn’t it sweet? Keep reading »

Crave: Miranda July Pillowcases

Pillow talk is one of those magical occurrences that only happens so often; it’s fleeting, just like dreams. If anyone knows anything about the subject, it’s Miranda July, the director and performance artist whose beautiful indie film, “Me And You And Everyone We Know” seemed, if just for a moment, to make everyone consider the artistic awkwardness of love.

If you’re a fan, check out July’s recent work, which you can bring into your own home. A set of two pillowcases, one has a poignant image with the words, “Here you will dream of endless kissing.” The other, which reads, “Here you will dream of people you admire exposing your fraudulence,” sounds more like a nightmare, but knowing July, there’s probably meant to be ambiguity in words just as there is in dreams. Or vice versa. [$65, ThirdDrawerDown.com] Keep reading »

100 Ways Fashion Changed The World

There are few things that I love more than history and fashion, but I don’t have the vintage shopping budget of Rachel Zoe or the means to visit every fashion history exhibit worldwide. Fortunately, the London Design Museum is bringing the fashion history to me and everyone else. Fifty Dresses that Changed The World and Fifty Shoes that Changed The World, due out Nov. 1, present a guided tour of how iconic shoes and dresses have impacted our society and fashion design. The little black dress didn’t become a must-have garment for just any reason. And cork platform shoes might not have been invented if it weren’t for Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. Don’t think of these two books as simple encyclopedias because they’re much more sacred than that. With all the fashion history they explore, these books deserve their own spot on your fashion altar right next to the fashion bible — Vogue magazine. [Pipeline] Keep reading »

Calling All Barbie Look-Alikes!

Do you look like Barbie? Have you been graced with her odd proportions and doll-like looks? Or maybe you have a lingering obsession from childhood that has yet to go away?

Well, Dubai Fashion Week wants you. While the blond bombshell took over New York Fashion Week in February, she’s making her way across the globe, and the next stop is the UAE. 7Days, a newspaper from the United Arab Emirates, is even holding a contest, calling for any real-life Barbie dolls. Simply email them with a description of your Barbie-ness and the winning entry will not only receive tickets to the Barbie fashion show but a feature in the newspaper. Maybe the woman who went through 100 plastic surgeries to look like Barbie should enter.
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