Just Another Reason To Stay Home If You’re Depressed

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety or depression, you know the appeal of simply staying home and hiding in your bed forever. Sounds kind of dangerous right? Maybe not. Scientists in the UK were trying to come up with alternative ways—other than flippantly prescribing meds—to treat anxious and depressed patients, who often have to wait over a year to visit a shrink. And they came up with the idea of virtual therapy—essentially, IMing a shrink. Turns out, it’s just as effective if not more so than actual talk therapy. The study looked at 297 people, half of whom had 10 sessions of therapy, each lasting about an hour, where they used instant messaging to chat one-on-one with a trained therapist. The results? About four in 10 people who had online therapy improved to the point where they were no longer depressed. Only two in 10 people recovered without any therapy. Keep reading »

Is Silvio Berlusconi A Sex Addict?

How convenient. According to Fox News, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being encouraged by those closest to him that he needs to seek help for his “sex addiction.” The PM has been embroiled in molto controversy ever since he attended an 18-year-old’s birthday party, engaged in sexy phone calls with her, allegedly had sex with a call girl, and supposedly tried to fill parliament seats with actresses and showgirls. His wife has since filed for divorce because of these icky shenanigans. While Berlusconi certainly has an over-the-top sexual appetite, I’m a little sick of boys behaving badly using the “sex addict” excuse. There’s been some debate as to whether “sex addiction” is for real — I tend to think it definitely is, but I also don’t think it’s nearly as prevalent as the David Duchovnys of the world would have you believe. Some dudes can, but instead refuse to keep it in their pants. [Fox News] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: At Least Our Kids Won’t Be (Inglourious) Basterds

I cannot wait for the day I get to mail my grandma this Someecards note. Brad Pitt, I love you, even with a goatee. That’s how I know it’s for real…. Keep reading »

Crave: Barbie Hearts Jonathan Adler Canisters

Jonathan Adler brought his “happy chic” style to Barbie‘s Malibu Dream House earlier this year. Now you can add some of that glamour to your own home with these hand-painted canisters that instantly increase the sophistication of any bathroom or boudoir. The mod black and white stripes will coordinate with just about any decor, and the canisters’ playful design screams HAPPY! The only word of caution: Be careful what you store in them because the cheeky labels will make friends curious enough to snoop. [$28 - $135, Barbie Collector] Keep reading »

Love To Love You, Baby

If you’re in New York, stop what you’re doing, run over to Opening Ceremony and grab a copy of the first issue of I Love You magazine. (If you’re in Paris, skip over to Colette. Immédiatement!) Produced by a pack of wickedly talented stylists who met a few years back in Berlin and don’t take their fashion too seriously, the subversive, and yes, seriously high fashion, debut issue focuses on sex, European-style. What that means: loads of nudity, as in Maison Martin Margiela accessories modeled in the buff; witty takes on the runway’s best looks; the coolest kids you should know about but don’t; and designer lollipop porn. (You’ll have to pick up the mag to understand the genius of that last one.) In short, it’s everything that Katie Grand and Condé Nast want their Love mag to be, on a tenth of the budget. [I love you] Keep reading »

Five Women Who Paved The Way On Wall Street

Wall Street is mostly a man’s world. Even as our economy has fallen apart, most of the people making headlines are male (and some go as far as to believe the collapse of the financial markets might not have happened if there had been more women involved). But Wall Street’s minority is being honored with an exhibit at the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian in New York City. “Women of Wall Street” runs through Jan. 16, 2010, and features five historical and five contemporary females who made a name for themselves in finance. After the jump, a quick intro to Wall Street women who led the way — and inspired us to contribute a little more regularly to our 401(k). Keep reading »

Odd Look-A-Like Plastic Surgery: Woman Pays Way Too Much to Look Like Queen Nefertiti

What do you do when you have visions of yourself as Queen Nefertiti in a former life? You spend a quarter of a million dollars on 51 plastic surgeries so that you can look like her, of course. That’s exactly what a 49-year-old mother of three, Nileen Namita, has done. She has spent more than 20 years attempting to turn herself into the ancient Egyptian Queen. She’s gotten eight nose jobs, three chin implants, three facelifts, two lip surgeries, five eye surgeries and many other minor tweaks. And after all that, I just look at her face and see … no resemblance whatsoever. [Daily Mail]

Namita has been to therapy to try to get over these fantastical visions of herself as Nefertiti. All I have to say is that this clearly is an addiction, and any doctor participating in it is the equivalent of a pusher man. After the jump, other people who have taken the plastic surgery look-a-like thing waaay too far. Keep reading »

Faces Of Ecstasy

The models in this Giulio Sciorio shoot are fully clothed (at least from the neck up), but the title of the spread, “Faces of Ecstasy,” makes an otherwise pretty PG editorial far more risqué. What do you think of these open-mouthed, closed-eyed strangers? Sexy or creepy? [via Trendhunter] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Taylor Swift Is Having A “Beauty Moment”

Holy red lipstick Batman! We’re suddenly inspired to match cherry lips to our nails, though we’ll probably skip the curling iron. But only out of sheer laziness. [London, 8/24/09] Keep reading »

Face-Off: Zombies Vs. Werewolves


We heart vampires, but even we know they’re just having their day in the sun. Vamps are a trend that will soonish return to the darkest depths of subculture. But who, or rather, what will rise to take their place? Benicio del Toro is backing the werewolf camp. Check out this trailer for his new flick, “The Wolfman.” Oh, if only we could get our claws in him! But is Benicio beastly enough to reign in world werewolf domination? Or will zombies kill it? Let’s examine the evidence in this blood-thirsty supernatural face-off!
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