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Well color us charmed! My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming by Nina Chakrabarti adds another to our list of cool coloring books for the grown-ups. Chakrabarti, an artist who has worked with Vogue and French Connection, now shows off an indie zine vibe with pages filled with handwritten notes and artistic design. The quite thorough tomb (it’s over 200 pages) features, for example, illustrations of real designer shoes by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, or vintage fashions (educational, too!).
Chakrabarti also provides tons of how-tos: turning napkins into headscarves, constructing beautiful Indian saris, or tie-dying (careful with that one unless you’re on the recent dyed denim trend bandwagon). Give it to your DIY-crazy friend, or better yet, a young and budding fashionista—the book, above all, is meant to “encourage creativity.” Sometimes learning to draw outside the lines is just as important as drawing in them. [$19.95, Amazon.com via CoolHunting.com] Keep reading »
Two weeks ago, my gentle and loving boyfriend of three months held me down and forced me to have sex with him against my will, and then told me I had asked for it. And technically, he was right.
Jacob and I had only been dating about a month and a half when I intimated that I had a rape fantasy. Over the years, I’d had my share of experience with role-playing and rough sex. I vividly recall a male friend of mine in college telling me that I had a distinct air of “sexual prey” about me, and me thinking that this was a huge compliment. Being dominated and playing the innocent who secretly wasn’t had been my currency and had guided the sexual dynamic I forged with partners for the last 10 years. But only for the last few months had I allowed myself to entertain what I considered to be the final frontier — a simulated rape. Keep reading »
I’m totally guilty of becoming obsessed with three or four high-end fashion finds at a time. Recently it was a black Alexander Wang cocktail dress. The week before that it was a See by Chloe tulip skirt. Both of which I could never, ever afford. Luckily, I’m equally obsessed with trolling the internet to find cheaper versions of my objects of desire. One item I had been thinking about for quite a while was a pair of Repetto oxford lace-up heels, which would have cost me about $300. I almost considered shelling out for them, knowing the purchase was an everyday classic and the good brand would last and be comfortable.
Yet, the oxford heel is redundant in fashion today. So against my better judgment, I sneakily settled for a pair from H&M. I even went against some of my own advice, having blogged in July about how fakes and knock-offs really show off cheap details. Keep reading »
Gossip is to high school as dry kindling is to fire—it doesn’t take much for things to get heated. And now with technology and the internet, we can only imagine that it’s like throwing kerosene on the blaze thanks to IM, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. That’s where ThatsNotCool.com steps in, a rad website for teens looking for help with uncomfortable online disrespect or textual harassment. In the mix: videos of “Crank Yankers”-type puppets considering questions like, “What should I should I do if my girlfriend texts too much?” and “My boyfriend keeps asking for nude photos, what should I do?”
Uh … OK, so maybe we’re reading That’s Not Cool because we have the same issues, too. We’re especially loving on the Callout Cards section which features cheeky sendables, à la Someecards style, with phrases like, “Now that you’ve violated my e-mail account, I won’t feel bad dumping you,” and “You must be proud to have nothing to do but IM me all day.” Like, yeah. [ThatsNotCool.com] Keep reading »
By now, you’ve probably heard of RealDolls. They’re those lifelike, anatomically correct silicone sex dolls that costs thousands of dollars. They’ve appeared in movies (“Lars and the Real Girl”), on TV (Howard Stern, natch), and in books (Still Lovers). These days, though, it seems the love doll industry is taking a hit. In these tough economic times, not every guy who longs for a synthetic lover with a fully articulated internal armature has the means to buy one. Sniff. The man who dreamed of spending $6,499 on a life partner with a choice of vagina attachments may be S.O.L. Thankfully, the folks at RealDoll.com are offering some unique deals. “Order a RealDoll, RealDoll2 or Male RealDoll2 and get a FREE FACE!!” the website advertises. “Order a Female Flat Back Torso get the Head Kit FREE!” You know, this 21st century depression might not be such a bad thing if it means free faces and head kits for lonely guys looking for women with removable visages. Keep reading »
You love the man, you love his work. But you can’t always afford the goods because The Man forces you to spend your money on more practical things like rent and food. Marc Jacobs handbags will never be recession-friendly, but Gilt Groupe is once again throwing us worker bees a break and selling a whole mess of ‘em at wholesale-ish prices. There’s the $695 Rad bag that will be on sale for $228 and the highly coveted Tess bag for $698 (down from $1750). Personally, I’ve got my eye on this Tote (above) which is $428 as opposed to $1195 and looks like it will fit a lot of my belongings, in case I really do spend my way out of my apartment. OK, let’s not even joke about stuff like that. Sale starts at noon ladies! Keep reading »
“Apparently, there’s a lot of debate going on right now whether I’m qualified or not to be the new judge on ‘American Idol’ … I’ll tell you right now, how I know I’m going to be a great judge … I’ve spent my whole life being judged. So I know what it’s like. So I will be kind. I will be compassionate. I will be empathetic, and I will be truthful. I will be an honest judge without being mean. But the things that people are saying…I thought America had moved past this. First, we have the first African American President. We’ve sworn in our first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. I think ‘American Idol’ is ready for their first blonde judge … I do.”