Seeing A Photo Of Chocolate Cake May Make You Crave An Apple

Let me just start by saying this doesn’t make a lot of sense. But don’t shoot the messenger, OK? Dutch psychologists have discovered that looking at decadent desserts somehow works to deter women from eating badly. The study made 54 weight-conscious women look at pictures of either a flower or a slice of chocolate cake, and then offered the women either a slice of chocolate cake or an oatmeal cookie. Turns out, those who were shown the cake chose the healthier oatmeal cookie. The idea is that the photos might bring up feelings of guilt. Researcher Floor Kroese said, “Food temptations do not always trigger indulgence. It seems that seeing a food temptation reminded people of their goal to watch their weight and helped them act accordingly.” So, according to these Dutch researchers, hanging pictures of unhealthy food on your fridge might keep you from actually eating it. Wait, I can totally see why this works because my fridge is stocked with veggies and V8 juice right now and all I want to eat is delivery pizza and Sponge Bob popsicles. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Can The Hipsters Save Polaroid?

When earlier this year Polaroid announced that it would stop producing its instant photo film and cameras, Girl Talk concerts came to a screeching halt and American Apparel model wannabes actually registered something else on their faces besides indifference. What would the world do without the artsy party snaps? “Culture, man, is going down the sh*tter,” they said.

Who should come to the rescue but hipster shopping mecca Urban Outfitters, who is about to launch an international Polaroid-saving (they hope) campaign. Yeah, really. Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Brendan Benson To Sean Paul

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin! While I’ve been rocking out all day to Calvin Harris’ Humanthesizer, this week’s new music has got angst, sorrow, and even some bounce to go round. So, let’s punk out with Jay Reatard, relive “Twilight” with Mutemath, hold onto dear life with the Antlers, get turned out with Ledisi, rock on with Brendon Benson, take a sonic stroll with As Tall As Lions, and booty bump with Sean Paul. Get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: The Children’s Edition

Childhood is supposed to be marked by innocent playtime, school, and family. Children shouldn’t have to endure anything more serious than parents’ divorcing or the death of a relative. Recently, however, children have been in the news for reasons that would make most adults unable to cope. Keep reading »

Organized Gift Giving Is Better Gift Giving

It may only be Aug. 18, but it’s never too early to get crackin’ on your holiday shopping. While some of you may operate well under pressure, I need to start thinking about it now. Even if I don’t buy the presents right away, it makes me feel less desperate because at least I know what’s out there.

This year, I may go all-out and get super organized, making friends and family fill out this cute vital stats sheet designed by Made in England (and available to download for free). Yes, you might come across as a little anal, but calling your sister on Dec. 19 to ask for her shoe size kind of ruins the surprise. [Made In England] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Swim Cap By Philip Kingsley

If you have sensitive or colored hair, you know that pools are your nemesis, making discoloration and brittle ends inevitable. This may no longer be the case thanks to hair genius Philip Kingsley’s Swim Cap, $33, a deep conditioner that actually waterproofs your strands. The idea is you apply the cream under your swimming cap pre-dip, and your hair absorbs the protective formula first and guards against the harsh effects of chlorine. It’s also a good option for beach-goers looking for protection against sun, wind, and salt water. As a regular swimmer, I’ve found that the product hasn’t tampered at all with my blond hue, and even leaves my hair softer and shinier after I rinse and blow-dry it. I’d recommend Swim Cap for non-swimmers as well looking for a good weekly hair conditioning treatment. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Jennifer Esposito Looks Gam-ourous

Jennifer Esposito showed off her gorgeous gams at the “Inglourious Basterds” premiere. She keeps the look tasteful by wearing a mid-length full skirt with a three-quarter length blouse. I want this whole outfit! [NYC, 8/18/09] Keep reading »

The Queen Of Queens? Anna To Make Awkward Store Appearance

So, we are already cringing at thoughts of Vogue editor and fashion royal Anna Wintour addressing the masses at Macy’s in the New York borough of Queens, of all places. The collision of these two worlds is guaranteed to be the stuff good reality shows are made of. (Too bad they’re no longer filming the soon-to-be released documentary “The September Issue.”) Wintour will be joined by designer and “Project Runway” host Michael Kors on September 10 at the department store, where the duo will be on hand to showcase fall trends and sign t-shirts for the first 50 folks in line. The appearance kicks off the city-wide launch of Fashion’s Night Out, a multi-day “shopping” event meant to jump-start fall retail sales across the country. [Racked]

Question is, will Wintour pull a Cintra Wilson and write about how disturbingly “middle-class” Macy’s is in her next editor’s letter? Only time will tell. Keep reading »

Gallery: Go Beyond The Basic Tee

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Sure, the T-shirt is one of the simplest garments, but when it’s been embellished with sequins, embroidery, or some other bits, it becomes the focus of any outfit. It’s time for you to go beyond the basic tee, and we’ve got 11 picks for you.

The New Cast Of “Dancing With The Stars” Dishes About Their Two Left Feet

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres on September 21 and the producers have nailed down a pretty dope cast. We were really surprised to hear that former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be sashaying across the stage, along with Macy Gray, Melissa Joan Hart, and Aaron Carter. After the jump, hear what the new contestants have to say. [ABC News] Keep reading »

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