I Wanna Dress Like: Rachel Menken From “Mad Men”

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Ms. Menken is no Betty Draper-esque wilting violet. Girlfriend has a department store to run, and the wardrobe to back up her moxie. She’s a working woman in a working man’s world, after all. Her style reflects the sometimes tenuous nature of her being in charge in that the-man-is-the-moneymaker time period. Rachel sticks to more conservative styles (think past-the-knee skirts, tweed jackets to cover the shoulders, basic shifts), but she sets herself apart when it comes to the details. She’s a big user and abuser of statement jewelry, satin floral fabrics, and leopard peeking out from under structured layers. Want to rip off her I’m-the-boss-of-you look? Here’s how…

The Crowns for Best Beauty Pageant Scandals Of All Time Go To …

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We love scandals, and, lucky for us, beauty pageants are chock-full of ‘em. News broke that Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, who will pass on her crown on August 23, has posed topless for the September issue of Maxim. We give her props for her amazing timing. [NY Post] You’ve inspired us, Dayana. Inspired us to take a look back at the queens of beauty pageant scandals, that is.

Models Go Bare-Faced For September Harper’s Bazaar

Hopping on the au natural, no-makeup trend that French Elle popularized, Harper’s Bazaar features bare-faced supermodels in its September issue. In an eight-page spread, Peter Lindbergh captured iconic models like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Helena Christensen in black and white photos wearing simple tanks and shirts and naturally styled hair, as if they had just rolled out of bed. (If only we normals could look that incredible first thing.) Also included: Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, Kristen McMenamy, Nadja Auermann, and Tatjana Patitz. Gorgeous. [Models.com] Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: Helping A Friend Who’s Being Hit

“Why does she stay?” is the question most often asked when we hear about someone involved in an abusive relationship. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least helpful things you can say to a woman caught up in this cycle. So what can we do to help when we suspect a friend is being battered?

Several years ago, project manager Jenny found herself in that position when she noticed a new friend was covered in bruises. “I told her flat-out that I had seen the bruises and that I was concerned,” Jenny says via email. “I told her that I didn’t know if she needed help or someone to talk to, but that she could call me any time, day or night.” Keep reading »

Laura Ling And Euna Lee Say Thank You

Americans rejoiced when U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were pardoned last week by the North Korean government after being detained in a prison there for nearly five months. The women look forward to sharing their experience with the public, but are first taking some time to settle back into their normal lives and enjoy being with their families once again. In the meantime, they’ve posted this video at Current, the news organization the two work for, thanking everyone for their support — the letters, postcards, candlelight vigils, websites, messages to congressmen, etc. “[They] gave us strength to endure the difficult time we spent in North Korea.” When they’re ready to share it, I’m sure their story will be fascinating. Keep reading »

Kourtney Kardashian Is Preggers

The Kardashian sisters couldn’t have dreamed up a better way to plug their new E! reality show, “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.” The elder of the two announced she’s pregnant. Kourtney, 30, said she felt sick while on a tour of the Everglades in Florida and took 20 pregnancy tests before going to the doctor. Guess this means she really is “into men” despite sharing a kiss with a woman on the show. “I was just … so shocked,” she told Ryan Seacrest. In what we think is an attempt to get more viewers to tune in, Kourtney isn’t revealing the father’s identity just yet. She’s due around Christmas. [E! Online] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Jerry O’Connell Plays Mr. Mom

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About That Heidi Montag Playboy Spread? She’s Not Actually Naked In It.

It’s always so shocking — shocking, I tell you! — when it turns out that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have been telling not-truths yet again. I expect so much more from my reality TV stars! Truth, honesty, and an ability to eat really gross food-like items. In any case, remember that Heidi Montag naked in Playboy spread that we told you about? That “The Hills” duo has been yapping about, like, for-ev-uh? Well, as it turns out, Heidi’s not even naked in it. All six glossy pages of the female half of Speidi are totally PG. Purportedly, the instructions given to the magazine (by who, her vagina wrangler?) were: “No nipples, no vagina, no a**.” You can’t make this stuff up, people. I mean, if you’re going to go Playboy, don’t you think you should, like, go there? [TMZ] Keep reading »

Slideshow: Jaime Pressly Pees In Public? The Best Intoxicated Celebrity Moments Caught On Tape.

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Poor Jaime Pressly. The “My Name Is Earl” star is getting flack for a photo that shows her at her bridal shower over the weekend, peeing on the curb outside of The Abbey in West Hollywood. But wait … Jaime claims it’s a joke? “That is me doing dare #8 at my bridal shower..Things are not always what they seem…Notice my hand in the back..its pouring a bottle of water!!! C’mon guys! Do you think i would really pee in the entry way to the Abbey in broad DAYLIGHT!!!” [X17Online] The old bridal shower truth-or-dare excuse. OK, we kind of believe her. But this reminded us of all the other celebrities caught doing embarrassing things on film while totally driz-unk. After the jump, our favorite intoxicated celebrity moments.

Girl Talk: I’m Just Not That Into Anyone Anymore

A year ago, my average week was something like a “Sex and The City” episode. Maybe it wasn’t that funny, maybe my clothes weren’t that fabulous, and maybe there weren’t that many hot-yet-problematic men, but there were guys, quite a few of them. I’d never had a boyfriend in high school. Then I went to an all-women’s college. In my senior year, I was in a serious relationship. When that didn’t work out, I found a Pandora’s Box of pleasures in the City. Keep reading »

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