Porcelain Planters Depict Parks And (True) Recreation

Some artists choose to see life through rose-colored glasses. Then there are those who see gritty reality, and still try to make something pretty out of it. Take Tristan Zimmermann, a designer who created these bonsai planters (pretty) and incorporated the concept of what parks are really like (reality). The white porcelain pottery depicts disturbing scenes of what goes on after dark—two men having sex in a corner, a pervert flashing an unsuspecting lady. Then there are also the just-plain-sad scenarios of a man getting mugged or a lonely fellow who has lost his way. In a way, these pieces are a poignant metaphor—not even the youngest, most innocent sapling is immune to the dark realities of the world. Or they’re just totally hilarious. Depends how you see things. [$100, CharlesAndMarie.com] Keep reading »

Does Being Unemployed Change The Way You Dress?

Today the Wall Street Journal supplied a helpful article on how to dress and act after one has been laid off. The advice regarding comportment seemed straightforward enough: Don’t badmouth your former employer, especially via YouTube video. Yeah, um, we kind of guessed that one already. But the sartorial directive, “In the aftermath of a layoff, style is critical,” had us scratching our heads.
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If Readers Love This Photo So Much, Why Don’t Magazines Print More Like It?

Earlier this week, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive wrote a blog post about a photo in the magazine’s September issue that has caused her inbox to overflow. The 3-by-3-inch photo on page 194 of the magazine is of 20-year-old model Lizzi Miller in a practically non-existent pair of underwear. What got Glamour readers so excited was how normal Miller looks. She’s a size 12 to 14, and has a little pudge on her stomach.

Leive suggests readers toast Miller and “the spectacular sexiness of owning who you are,” and goes on to say that Glamour is listening, and asks what kinds of images women would like to see in the magazine. If this is the kind of image that gets women excited, why don’t magazines print more like it? Keep reading »

What You’ve Been Waiting For: A “30 Rock” Porn Spoof

And, no, it’s not called “30 C**k.” Porn company New Sensations — which produced porn spoofs based on hit shows like “The Office” and “Scrubs” — has released the XXX flick, featuring characters “Limon,” (based on Tina Fey’s “Liz Lemon”) “Trey Jordan,” (“Tracy Jordan”) and “Jake,” (“Jack Donaghy”). I’m pretty sure “Limon” is played by the same actress that portrayed “Sara Paylin” in “Nailin’ Paylin.” NYMag.com rightly points out that the skin flick does its parody well. “Someone out there in porn-making land has actually done their ’30 Rock’ homework — there’s even a TGS movie-parody-within-a-show-within-a-show-within-a-parody-porn scene. Color us impressed.” Check out the trailer here. Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Inglourious Basterds,” “Post Grad,” “Shorts,” “World’s Greatest Dad”

Do you really need an excuse to go to the movie theater? It’s nearly fall, you’ve gotten enough sun to worry your dermatologist, it’s still hot out, air conditioning is expensive, and there are a helluva lot of movies coming out these days! Keep up! This week you can get some revenge on Nazis with “Inglourious Basterds,” get anxious about the employment rate with “Post Grad,” make a wish with “Shorts,” or take solace in the fact that your life isn’t as depressing as Robin Williams‘ in “World’s Greatest Dad.” Keep reading »

How To Wear Denim Shorts Without Looking Schlubby

Elle UK has huge trend news for you: Everyone is wearing denim shorts right now! Umm, yeah, because it’s summer. And people wear denim shorts pretty much every summer. Know what else people do with denim shorts on an annual basis? Look terrible in them. Too often, the styling is off and they’re either too wannabe sexy (with pointy pumps and a corset, for example, blech) or the thought process seems to be “Hell, this is denim, who cares if I look homeless?” Well, we care. So we’re going to help you get denim shorts right. Keep reading »

Wear Your Favorite Summer Pieces Through Fall! (Stylehive)

If it were up to me, I would wear a totally fashionable, totally new outfit everyday. I would have a pair of hot heels or cute flats for everyday of the year and I would have at least one brand new, lust-worthy piece on every time I changed outfits. Alas, we can’t all be a tall, rich, bottle-blonde socialite, but we can still look fashionable everyday! Saturated colors, higher hems and edgy details like zippers, chains and asymmetry are still going to be hot in the Fall season. That’s good news for those of us that have a budget and are actually going to try and follow it this time! Instead of going out to buy a whole new wardrobe to suit the cooler weather and blow our meager savings account at the same time, a few basic and affordable pieces are all that’s needed to add a little warmth into our favorite summer ensembles! Add a pair of funky leggings to a mini-skirt for an uber-trendy Fall look, or keep it classic with a cardigan and some great boots that go along with that sundress you wore all summer! Leggings, boots, sweaters, tights… the possibilities are endless! Check out the slideshow for more ideas on versatile basics to help transition your favorite summer looks into the coming season. Keep reading »

Crave: Hollywood Behind The Seams Pretty Underarm Protection (Win One!)

Sweat has been on our minds quite a bit lately–it’s hot as hell in NYC! But sometimes you want to wear a top that isn’t black, even if it shows sweat stains. We tried these underarm shields from Hollywood Behind the Seams and are happy to report that they do a fantastic job at keeping the pits of our garments dry. They’re so soft and fabric-like that you’ll forget you’re wearing them. So, you know, you can wave your arms with proud gusto! [$8.30 for five pairs, Advantage Wear]

We’re giving five winners one set of Hollywood Behind the Seams Pretty Underarm Protection. But you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, August 21 through Thursday, August 27—will be awarded one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.

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Police Women Of Broward County’s “Cavity Search” Ad Is An Eye Roll And A Half

TLC’s ad asking “Cavity Search Anyone?” for the show “Police Women Of Broward County” is misogynist, Dylan Stableford, a blogger at The Wrap, has noticed. Really, TLC? Instead of marketing towards women like me who’ll think this show is really cool, you’re going for the porn-y cop angle? Sorry, chuckleheads, but there has not been even one cavity search on the show. Despite TLC’s eyeroll-inducing ad, “Police Women” is one of my favorite shows on TV right now (and the episode about prostitution and johns gave me fodder to write about). Its portrayal of the canny, athletic, highly principled women police officers, some of whom are working moms too, is more educational and thought-provoking than that stupid ad makes it look. See the ad in question, after the jump… [The Wrap] Keep reading »

10 Activities That Should Be Illegal To Do While Driving

After hearing the appeal of a man who was caught using his mobile phone while driving and fined $350, a German judge is making the argument that this shouldn’t be illegal in the first place. In his ruling, Judge Albert Bartz wrote that if it is against the law to use a phone while driving, shouldn’t other dangerous activities be illegal, too? Examples he cited included masturbating or typing on a computer that’s sitting on the passenger’s seat. Sure, there have been studies proving telephone use while driving, especially texting, can lead to accidents, but there are a lot of other dangerous activities we engage in behind the wheel that aren’t illegal unless they distract you and cause an accident. After the jump, 10 things that aren’t illegal to do while driving but should be. [Spiegel Online] Keep reading »

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