Guys Can Offer Great Friendships, Too!

In a recent Salon article, Mary Elizabeth Williams challenges the idea that women and men can’t be friends. Because, as you might know, there’s been a rumor going around that straight women and straight men can never be friends, since sex always gets in the way. Supposedly, the best options ladies have for companions are among their own gender (or gay dudes). As films like “The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants” demonstrate, female bonds are some of the strongest. But does that make male/female friendships doomed and worthless? No! Keep reading »

Will You Watch Bravo’s “Launch My Line”?

Anyone excited for Bravo’s new series, “Launch My Line”? It may not be “Project Runway,” but there is something verrrrry familiar about it. Popwatch reports: “This time, 20 people who are already successful in different lines of work — music mogul! CEO! — need only exhibit a ‘passion for fashion’ in order to compete for the chance to launch a clothing line.” Why, we have seen this before, in the form of Lindsay Lohan leggings, LL Cool J jeans, Lauren Conrad jersey dresses, and pencil skirts from Victoria Beckham! Oh, dear. Will you watch this come September, or have you had it with clothes made by amateurs? [PopWatch] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: When Recycled Fashion Goes Too Far

Is this skirt for those who complain, “But nothing matches my raincoat!”? Or green fanatics who reuse everything, including their broken umbrellas? [Design Spotter] Keep reading »

The Inner Workings Of Cults, As Described By Women

When novelist Clara Salaman was young, her parents forced her to be part of a weird, religious “organization” that dominated every aspect of her life. Women weren’t allowed to wear skirts or makeup, and television, magazines, most books, and pop culture in all forms were also forbidden. Luckily, she never had to drink any mysterious Kool-Aid. While Salaman isn’t bitter, she recognizes that her experience in this cult, which she broke from as a teen, profoundly influenced her life. On August 6, her thriller “Shame On You” comes out, and it’s based on her cult experience. After the jump, more women who’ve lived to tell the tale. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

The Recession Is Wreaking Havoc On American Relationships

Compared with the rest of the Western World, American relationships and marriages are suffering the most during the recession, according to a recent international poll. Almost 30 percent of Americans said the recession has caused stress and strain in their relationships — or completely ruined them. However, only 23 percent of Canadians, 24 percent of the French, and 12 percent of Germans have had similar experiences.

OK, already, I get it. The economic crisis has really sucked. More women are choosing to sell their bodies or their eggs to make ends meet. Dudes are living at home longer. And next year, the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala is going to be downsized. Can researchers stop conducting these polls and studies without offering any solutions? [Reuters] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Steamy Swimmer Buns

Right before his Olympic qualifying race in Rome yesterday, US swimmer/cutie Ricky Berens tore his swimsuit in just the right spot. Ricky and his bare buns qualified for the 2012 London Olympics and won the race. He should probably just race like that all the time, because obviously it works! Enjoy. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Style Wars: Punks Vs. Hippies

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OK, so we already know that punk style, and all the accompanying leather, chains, and studs, is in. Less apparent is the alleged return of hippie chic. I mean, yeah, we’ve been seeing a lot of fringed sandals around lately, and, sure, tie dye is having a bit of a comeback these days. But does this constitute the rebirth of hippie style? And, if so, are we going to have a good, old-fashioned hardcore-kid versus love-child fight on our hands?

We hope so! Witness these conflicting styles duke it out, and tell us which you’d rather wear, starting with the crochet halter above versus a leather tank top. [Left: $70, Free People, Bloomingdales, Right: $110, OAK]

Aspray Fights Odors In Special Places

I hadn’t realized this, but there’s a market for people who want to Febreze their intimate areas instead of showering with soap. Aspray promises to fight odors in special places like your armpits, feet, vag, and even your butt! And, yes, this is a real product created by Doc Bottoms and sold here. If being able to skip washing isn’t convenience enough, Aspray even comes in a portable Pocket Shot size. Aspray finally has answered the prayers of thousands of plumbers and streetwalkers who give a damn about BO but oppose showering. Keep reading »

Five Things To Know About Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s Sex Life

Have you heard? Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is a total horndog. Worse than Bill Clinton or Mark Sanford, even!

Call girls, audio tapes, barely legal teens, “gifts” of seats in the Italian Parliament for pretty girls … mamma mia! Four years of high school level Italian did not prepare me to make sense of this mess. Click through for a cheat sheet on why Italy’s head honcho, Silvio Berlusconi, has said, “I’m no saint.”
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Crave: “The Girl Who Played With Fire” By Stieg Larsson

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in a trashy chick-lit beach read. During the boiling months of July and August even contemplating taking up a serious novel makes us break a physical and mental sweat. Unless, of course, said book has the unusual yet magical combination of serious literary street cred and “Twilight” silliness. If you have yet to read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” drop whatever you are doing and sequester yourself for 24 hours while you read one of the best murder mysteries ever written. Now you are prepared to read the sequel to this fabulous Swedish novel, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” available today, July 28. Prepare yourselves for a full-throttle adventure involving lovable misfits, oddballs, organized crime, long funny Swedish words and piles upon piles of herring. Sit back and relax and enjoy a tale that is at once engaging, insightful, and educational, but most importantly for summer: fun and impossible to put down. [$25, Amazon.com] Keep reading »

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