Dating With Depression: Not As Easy As It Seems

It’s a cliche, but it’s true: when I was really ill from depression last summer, it became easy to see who really cared about me and who had only stuck around me for other reasons.

I had been hooking up with two different guys that summer—”Brandon” and “Mark.” Brandon and I had developed what I’d thought was a deep friendship and mutual respect for each other’s careers; Mark and I had passion and affection. Both of them knew how I’d been struggling with sadness for the past eight months or so.

But both guys flat-out disappeared after I told them I’d been diagnosed by a doctor and prescribed medication. Did naming it make it real? Did calling it what it was make it scary? It hurt to sit with the reality that Mark and I had been in his bed together on Saturday night, but when I texted Mark on Monday morning to say I’d gotten a scrip for Lexapro, he never replied. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: An Unusual Father/Daughter Date

Jon Gosselin took his daughter Leah to the UPS Store to help him pick out cards. Hopefully, he wasn’t sending cards to any of his girlfriends. [Reading, PA, 8/13/09] Keep reading »

Crave: Dinosaur Soup Recipe Book

In Dinosaur Soup Recipe Book, you’ll find 50 inspiring – and questionable – explanations written by kids on how to concoct their favorite foods. From Tripple Bibble Muffins, which take a hose to make, to Special Strawberry Pie, which involves adding a bowl of chocolate to a barrel of strawberries, these adorable recipes make up for their lack of sense with their ample creativity. You may not end up with anything edible, but you’ll be giggling the whole way through. [$16, Bob's Your Uncle] Keep reading »

What Does This Whole “Fashion’s Night Out” Thing Mean Anyway?

If Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg get their way, there will be no more sale racks to sift through for deals. But it’s a bit more complicated than that, as The Wall Street Journal explains. What is “Fashion’s Night Out”? Keep reading »

Will Chick Lit Survive The Recession?

Chick lit just got a whole lot less expensive. No, the price of the sometimes throwaway-quality books hasn’t gone down, but many recently published and upcoming books in this genre take the recession into account. Storylines in recession chick-lit books include dealing with a husband being investigated for embezzlement, scrimping on extravagant expenses after going through a divorce, and wearing less expensive clothes. Dang! Is nothing sacred? Keep reading »

How To Land A Redheaded Girlfriend

Quick Pic: Lady In Red

Have you spied French actress Marion Cotillard‘s new Lady Dior ads? They were shot in New York City by legendary–and financially struggling–photographer Annie Leibovitz. Word is they’ll be plastered all over Paris come Fashion Week. [Lady Dior] Keep reading »

Trendspotting: Boyish Shoes Just For Girls

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Nepalese Men Offered Money To Marry Widows

Women protesters swarmed the streets of Nepal after the country’s government proposed paying men 50,000 rupees (about $1,000) to marry widowed women. A 10-year-long civil war responsible for the death of thousands of Nepalese men has left many women husbandless. Being a widow in Nepal isn’t easy because they are ostracized there. One woman explained that widows are prevented from wearing colorful clothes or attending events and are considered bad luck. Keep reading »

Just Because It’s Hot Doesn’t Mean You Need To Be A Hot Mess

I sweat like a beast when it’s hot out and I’m running around. There. I said it. I’m so not that girl who somehow looks perfectly composed as I enter the cool air-conditioned office from the punishing 90-degree heat outside. Sorry. But my personal heat-induced nastiness has given me time and incentive to find ways to contain the terribleness. Here’s how to keep the moisture at bay on those days when it’s very, very clear that you’re minutes away from looking like a hot mess. Keep reading »

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