This morning, we were sad to learn of the death of Poly Styrene, the infamous singer of ’70s punk band X-Ray Spex. Styrene — born Marian Joan Elliott-Said — passed away yesterday at the age of 53 after battling an aggressive form of breast cancer. Her vocal stylings as the frontwoman and songwriter for the Spex had a profound effect on punk music and the waves of girl-fronted bands that would follow. Latter day feminist musicians like Sleater Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna looked to Styrene for inspiration; at the beginning of the Spex’s breakthrough track, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” (above), Styrene sweetly snarls, “Some people believe little girls should be seen and not heard. Oh bondage, up yours!”, encapsulating, no doubt, her marginalized position as a woman in British society, and in male-dominated punk rock specifically. Styrene’s free spirit was reflected even in her approach to the news of her terminal illness. “You remember that old song ‘Que Sera Sera, Whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see’?” she told a reporter in March. “I’ve always felt that. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change a thing.” As one fan wrote of her passing, “RIP Poly nothing plastic about her…” We couldn’t agree more. [The Guardian
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I grew up in Ohio (Lake Erie, what’s up!), about a million miles from an ocean. And so I understand that sometimes when you can’t get to the water, you have to bring the water yourself. That’s why we’ve selected these cool turquoise tops, skirts and dresses to immerse yourself in the blues.
Like may others on the interwebs, I am very excited for Anna Faris‘ upcoming flick, “What’s Your Number?” The movie is sort of like a female version of “High Fidelity,” and appeals to us because it’s about a woman having a hard time on the dating trail. When Anna Faris’ character reads in a magazine that 96 percent of women who’ve had sex with more than 20 guys don’t end up getting married, she freaks because, well, her number is 20. So she decides to go back and see if any of the ones she’s already boned—from Andy Samberg to Chris Pratt (Anna’s real life husband) to Joel McHale—was actually the one. The New Yorker totally spilled the beans on what happens in the end, but we’re still looking forward to it anyway. [NY Post] Keep reading »
It should come as no surprise that a woman who can rock animal print and leather at 65, once wrapped her girls in a sequined crop top. Damn. [F**k Yeah, Hot Actress] Keep reading »
Alissa from the blog Stylish Curves aims to “bridge the gap between straight and plus sizes.” Alissa wanted to create a place “where plus size women can come to find the latest fashion and style in their size. It’s a blog that’s dedicated to uplifting the plus size woman’s self-esteem through fashion. Whether you’re happy to be plus or you’re looking for a way to start appreciating your curves, I want to show women that they can get the same style as celebrities and as straight size women.” Explains Alissa, “The blog’s motto is Love Your Body,” and that’s something women of any size can get behind. Check out Alissa’s favorite things after the jump! Keep reading »
Levi Johnston has more dirt to dish on the Palin family, apparently: the ex-fiancé of Bristol Palin is penning a tell-all book called Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs. Alaska’s hunkiest baby daddy apparently didn’t tell all already in his Vanity Fair smear piece or in his forthcoming reality show, “Loving Levi.” This man’s well never runs dry! Levi released a statement through his publisher reading: “I want to tell the truth about my close relationship with the Palins. My sense of Sarah and my perplexing fall from grace – how I feel and what I’ve learned. I’m doing this for me, for my boy Tripp and for the country.” Also, the money. The sad truth is that I would read Levi Johnston’s book before I’d read any book by Sarah Palin. [People] Keep reading »