Etsy Find: Jenny Lee Fowler Leaf Silhouettes

It’s not often that someone can recreate something from the past in a modern way that’s completely covetable. (We can think of a few chains that attempt this all the time, and fail.) Jenny Lee Fowler, however, has managed to take the art of the Victorian silhouette and transpose it in a way that’s not kitschy, but rather completely innovative. Using leaves or bark, she uses traditional freehand and a small scissors to make custom profiles that you can then frame for decorative use. All you have to do is send in your profile shot against a neutral background, approve the outline, and await your bespoke leaf to arrive in the mail. [$65, Jennyleefowler.com and Etsy.com] Keep reading »

Summer Is Bad For Women’s Health

Damn, it seems like us gals just can’t catch a break! First we found out about summer on-set depression. Now a bunch of new studies are saying that summer is hazardous to women’s health in other ways. And I mean, legitimately dangerous. Sorry to be a downer, but researchers have linked the sunny season to higher levels of autoimmune diseases in women. It seems that us gals are more likely to develop these icky diseases in places where the UV intensity is high. But that’s not all. Research also claims that warm weather decreases amniotic fluid levels in pregnant chicks. This condition, known as oligohydramnios, is a lot more common in the summer because more people get dehydrated. Great, so I guess I can add “summer” to my ever-growing list of health concerns. So is summer still your favorite season? [LA Times] Keep reading »

From MTV To Art: “The Hills” In Pastels

Vancouver-based artist Karin Bubaš was watching “The Hills” last year when she realized the range of emotions shown by the characters on the MTV reality show would make for good art, especially since so many of us are familiar with the drama depicted, so she decided to recreate some of the show’s epic moments using soft chalk pastels. Keep reading »

Now You Too Can Be As Pretty As “The Nanny”

Who doesn’t remember “The Nanny”? Since it ended, the star of the show Fran Drescher has commendably branched out to working tirelessly on behalf of women’s health issues, and now she’s extending her efforts to a new organic skincare line called FranBrand. Drescher personally worked with a chemist in California as well as organic manufacturers in Oregon to develop the products, which are free of parabens and carcinogens (aka bad chemicals you don’t want on your skin). Her line will be available November 10th exclusively via, what else? The Home Shopping Network. [StyleCaster] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Kelly Clarkson, Hold Your Tongue!

Seriously, Kelly, Breakaway! You need to let go of that poor “Good Morning America” weatherman, Sam Champion. We know he’s tasty, but, FYI, he’s gay! And you’re supposed to be a lady, not to mention a professional. No licking people who book your act. [NYC, 7/31/09] Keep reading »

Has Michael Cera Broken Charlyne Yi’s Paper Heart?

Well, hipster ladies, there you have it. George-Michael Bluth is single now: Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi hath broken up, says Star magazine. Charlyne Yi played the giggly stoner girl in “Knocked Up” and Michael Cera is, of course, Michael Cera. According to a source, “He’s been with her since before he was super famous and now all these girls fawn over him. He’s itching to date other people.”

No one would care about the alleged Yi-Cera breakup if not for the fact the two are starring in a quasi-documentary/quasi-comedy “Paper Heart” together and doing the press junket thing to promote the flick right now. Awkward. [IMDB]

UPDATE: Thanks to commenter _jsw_ for pointing out the correct spelling of Charlyne’s name. Keep reading »

Support Victims Of Domestic Violence With Just A Few Simple Clicks

Last week our own Judy McGuire shared her story of being in an abusive relationship. This week, she emailed me to let me know that Safe Horizons, a NYC-based domestic violence program, is currently in competition for a $100,000 grant. She and I would like to encourage you to vote for them by heading to ClickToEmpower.com and clicking on “Safe Horizons.” There are other wonderful organizations competing against them, so vote for whoever you’d like, but Safe Horizons is our favorite.

In other domestic violence advocacy news, that couple whose wedding procession video became hot s**t on YouTube last week are now using their global fame to raise money to combat domestic violence, in part because the music playing in the video is by Chris Brown, who beat up his girlfriend Rihanna earlier this year. Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz explain on their new website that they want to direct all the viral attention towards a worthy cause. “Due to the circumstances surrounding the song in our wedding video we have chosen the Sheila Wellstone Institute. Sheila Wellstone was an advocate, organizer, and national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities.” It’s awesome to see two people using their sudden fame for good, isn’t it? [Star Tribune] Keep reading »

Woman Jumps In Front Of Train, Search For Body Ends In Her Bed

French police were hurriedly searching for the body of a 58-year-old woman who threw herself in front of a train on Tuesday, assuming the 93 miles-per-hour impact would have sent her body flying. There was only a little blood on the platform and on the train itself, so the police brought in helicopters to help in the search. Hours and hours later, they stopped searching when the woman’s partner found her at home in bed. Apparently, the woman dragged herself home with only a broken arm and a few other injuries. Sadly, this wasn’t the woman’s first suicide attempt either. [Reuters]

Um, the woman survived a train going nearly 100 miles an hour? Maybe she’s experiencing some sort of “Groundhog Day” thing and every time she tries to kill herself, she wakes up in bed to “I’ve Got You Babe” and curses her existence? Keep reading »

Susan Sarandon Pole Dances With Her Daughter, Plus Other Wack Celeb Parent-Child Bonding

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It’s nice when big name celebrities make time in their high-profile lives to spend with their kids. Just take Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon. Susan recently joined her 24-year-old daughter, Eva Amurri, for some mother-daughter bonding time… pole dancing. Yup, Susan accompanied Eva to her daughter’s pole-dancing training for her stripper role in the third season of “Californication.” But Susan didn’t let Eva go at it alone. Like a good mother, Susan got up and slid down a pole herself. You know, just for kicks. [NYMag.com] While I’m sure Susan’s mommy-daughter strip outing was a well-intentioned and admittedly a funny one-time event, there are a few other parent-child bonding moments we’re not so sure we can approve of.

Dubai Doesn’t Want To Play Host To “Sex and the City”

For some rather obvious reasons, the “Sex and the City” sequel is having trouble getting permission to film in Dubai, a Muslim country. From all that glorified promiscuous sex down to the very name of the show, it’s no wonder that the set and the plot aren’t really meshing. But because we’re morbidly curious about how they’re going to make this even vaguely interesting, we’ve got a few ideas to help them speed up filming. [Daily Express] Keep reading »

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