How Moving (And Redecorating!) Changed My Life

It began, as so many great New York love stories do, with an ad on Craigslist. I wasn’t seeking a man, but an apartment, and this one sounded ideal: A charming studio in a former carriage house located in the heart of Chelsea. And then, two words that can stop any city girl’s heart: Courtyard garden.

“It’s like living in Europe,” the ad promised. I clicked on the photos and swooned at the sight of exposed brick and hardwood floors. After e-mailing the realtor, I announced to my friends with great solemnity. “I found the place where I am going to live.”

The last time I’d had that feeling was when I glimpsed my old apartment, a roomy one-bedroom in Astoria, Queens. I saw sweet black-and-white checkered kitchen tile, six large windows, abundant sunlight. “This is it,” I said and it was, for a while. Read more… Keep reading »

Get Toxic With Illamasqua

Some women play it safe when it comes to nail color, and rarely go outside of their pink and red comfort zone. But this spring, Illamasqua wants you to engage in some toxic behavior with the new nail varnish collection, Toxic Nature. Like nature itself, this collection isn’t sweet and light. Instead colors like mushroom, mint, orange, rose, and plum are kicked up a notch with rich textures and pops of acid brightness. The Toxic Nature collection consists of five varnishes with names as interesting as the colors — Purity is a peach, Ochre Radium is an acid lime shimmer, Gamma is a neon orange, Bacterium is a pearlescent ash, and Stagnate is a gray mauve. Illamasqua has aggressively jumped into the high-end nail polish game, and says its polishes are hard-wearing, chip-resistant, and will last until you remove the polish. The Toxic Nature collection will be available at Sephora and Sephora.com beginning in April. Keep reading »

Style Stealer: Michelle Monoghan’s Colorblocked Cool

Michelle Monoghan wore this hyper-cool ensemble to a Have A Heart For Children Charity fundrasing event in Los Angeles and we decided we just had to steal it. We love that she offset an edgy color combo and leather pants with a soft nude shoe–way to balance things out! After the jump, we give our go at the colorblock and leather pants trend. Keep reading »

Nick Cannon Is Trying To “Woman Up” Before The Twins Arrive

Parents-to-be, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are expecting their twins any day now, but according to the 30-year-old “America’s Got Talent” host, his mind is focused on one thing…getting through the delivery without passing out!

“I am probably going to faint in the delivery room! I need to man up!” Cannon tweeted on Thursday (March 24). “Or maybe I should say WOMAN UP since they are the ones that have to be the strongest in the whole ordeal! I am in awe of my wife!”

Luckily, Nick’s been getting some words of wisdom from the listeners of his radio show. Read more… Keep reading »

Don’t Be A Lemon On A First Date

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Not every woman wants to date an a-hole. Read More »

La Bella Figura, translated literally means “the beautiful figure.” It can mean many things but for Italians it is a way of life and it means the way one appears and presents oneself in the world. Italians are very protective of La Bella Figura, they guard it with their lives and would do anything to preserve it. It might be hard for us to understand, but in essence Italians take pride in the way they look, not only physically, but also figuratively and most importantly how they look in other people’s eyes. They are obsessed about making the best impression everywhere and at all times. In their minds there is a certain way that one is supposed to behave and act, and if one doesn’t … oh, well then it is a Brutta Figura (ugly figure)!

This way of thinking permeates the essence of the Italian being. No wonder Italians are known for beauty, presentation, quality and luxury. For centuries, they have mastered the art of presenting oneself in the most perfect way possible. Beauty is valued and respected in Italy as one of the venerated assets of the culture. From the art to the architecture and all the way to the perfectly designed dress, the Bella Figura can be found in the style and fashion we love and follow today. Just think about the effort Italian women make every day when they put on their stilettos and walk down the cobblestone street, now that is dedication! Keep reading »

Justin Bieber And 10 Other Notorious Hollywood Pranksters

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When you think about the “True Blood” set, you probably imagine lots of topless and bloody vampire boys, lounging around and feeding Anna Paquin grapes. But, apparently, it’s kind of a silly set and hottie Ryan Kwanten keeps everyone on their toes as the on-set prankster. His co-star Jim Parrack says, “He took our cameraman’s car and filled it with ladybugs. He goes all out … I think if Ryan could retire from acting and be a prankster. He would consider it.” [People]
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