Style Stealer: Reese Witherspoon Makes Denim-On-Denim Totally Classic

Style Stealer: Reese Witherspoon Makes Denim-On-Denim Totally Classic

I just did a massive closet purge in advance of my upcoming move and now I literally have an entire closet’s worth of clothes to either donate or sell. Flipping through the perfectly fine dresses, pants and tops I’ve bought over the years and never wear, I realized just how much I bought into trends that I didn’t actually love. But it was also clear from the clothes I’m keeping that I have found a signature style that I’m most comfortable and feel like myself in — chambray shirts, dark and skinny jeans, well-cut T-shirts, and dresses, lots of dresses. My vow going into this next phase of my life is to only buy things that truly make me feel that way, clothes that if I had my way and people wouldn’t think I was constantly doing the walk of shame, I would wear every day (even if that means buying them in every color). Like this outfit Reese Witherspoon is wearing. I would rock this look every single day if I had the patience to do laundry regularly. Get it for yourself — if it’s something you really like and feel comfortable in and think is awesome, of course — after the jump… Keep reading »

Sam Lutfi Claims He’s Trying To “Help” Amanda Bynes, Her Parents Deny His Involvement

Sam Lutfi Claims He's Trying To "Help" Amanda Bynes, Her Parents Deny His Involvement

You remember Sam Lutfi don’t you? Back during Britney Spears’ head-shaving days, Lutfi swooped in to become the pop star’s “manager” following her estrangement from her family, digging in his claws during her darker hours under the guise of “helping her.” Spears’ loved ones claimed he was a Svengali-like figure who took over Britney’s life, giving her pills, calling the paparazzi during opportune moments, and even moving into her house. Ever since Britney got her life back together and reunited with her parents, Lutfi has been kept out of the picture, including by restraining order. (Check out a long list of claims made by Britney’s mother Lynne in her restraining order petition — it’s disturbing.) Since then, he has worked with Courtney Love, and now he’s claiming to be a friend of Amanda Bynes, desperate to help her in her hour of need. Are you noticing a trend? Keep reading »

IKEA’s New Halloween Ad Turns Store Into “The Shining,” Is Scarier Than Assembling Furniture From Pictures

IKEA's New Halloween Ad Turns Store Into "The Shining," Is Scarier Than Assembling Furniture From Pictures
"Come Play With Us, Danny..."

It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen “The Shining,” because it manages to scares the bejesus out of me every single time. I watch it every Halloween and force whoever’s with me to join, so I don’t have to be alone when the two little ghost girls show up and ask Danny to play with them. I still half-expect to find “REDRUM” written in lipstick on my bathroom mirror one of these days.

To pay homage to the classic horror flick, IKEA Singapore has used their store as the backdrop for their very own “Shining”-themed ad, just in time for Halloween. The ad is a part of the store’s “Spot & Win” contest, which allows fans to win IKEA gift cards from finding items in their ads, but I’m too busy trying to get over my new fear of stepping foot into any IKEA. No, I would not like to take home an affordable end table and bathroom vanity if they come complete with assembly instructions and the ghosts of several IKEA shoppers (unless those ghosts will put together my furniture, obviously). The ad is great: clever, cute and perfect for the season, but I was taught to always say no to ghost people. ESPECIALLY if they look like my mom and dad.

 

The Lulu App Now Lets Men Ask Women For Anonymous Dating Advice, Thoughts?

Truth Bombs

Lulu, the app created last year to form an all-lady network and enable the power of girl talk, has launched a new feature that allows dudes to ask Lulu users dating questions. Lulu is most famous for its feature that enables women to rate men they’ve dated and leave comments about their character, but this new Q&A feature, called Truth Bombs, is a whole different animal. The Truth Bombs are anonymous posts that allow guys to ask their most burning questions about love, and enable Lulu users to anonymously reply. This is the first time the app has enabled guys and girls to interact. I don’t want to sound grim, but considering how full of pretense the dating world is these days, this kind of thing may be the only way for some people to seek unbiased opinions — and that makes the questions very enlightening to read. Keep reading »

What’s Better For You, Butter Or Margarine?

Like It's Even A Debate

ASAP Science asks one of the most important questions in nutrition: According to science, what’s better for you, butter or margarine? Not what’s better in general, obviously, because that’s a laughably easy question to answer.

They break it down thusly: Butter has one or two ingredients and is minimally processed but is high in saturated fat; margarine has a ton of ingredients and is extremely processed, is sometimes high in trans fats but sometimes not, and it’s hard to tell what its nutritional value is because there’s a lot of variation. So, bottom-line, it depends on what your nutrition goals are and how good you are at moderating what I can only assume are your unstoppable cravings for butter. Keep reading »

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Last week, we published a story by Tiffanie Drayton about encountering a strange man multiple times in her neighborhood in the span of a few days, including on her own block, who then hunted her down on social media and sent her creepy and “flirtatious messages.” The experience made her feel incredibly unsafe, understandably so, and I was distressed to see some commenters be quick to dismiss his completely bizarre actions as coincidental or a misinterpretation on her part, mimicking the way some of her friends responded. Unfortunately, I think that happens a lot. On one hand, the instinct to dismiss those concerns — “I’m sure he’s not stalking you, he probably lives on your block/has an innocent crush/won’t actually DO anything to hurt you” — could be a (misguided, but well-meaning) attempt to make the person feel better/safer. On the other hand, they are also an example of the ways in which we tell women to ignore their instincts and give complete strangers, in particular men, the benefit of the doubt and a trust that has not been earned.  There are very, very good reasons for women to not feel safe in this world of ours. The ways in which women’s personal spaces are violated on a regular basis are plentiful, from street harassment to inappropriate comments at work to online threats, and sadly, so too are stories of these behaviors taken to the extreme. As these 12 examples from Whisper illustrate, women who have been stalked are left isolated, do not always get the support they deserve from family, friends and community, and find the fear stays with them even after they’re finally “safe.” Keep reading »

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