Who Exactly Is Mark Sanford’s “Maria?”

Mark Sanford may be getting a little slack from the media because some guy known as the King of Pop passed away, but that doesn’t mean his mistress will get the same treatment. Some websites are identifying the mysterious “Maria” as María Belén Chapur, a Buenos Aires native who’s a 43-year-old mother of two. Getting details on her has been so difficult that one Fox News article decided to give a detailed account of the apartment building where she lives. After the jump, some things you absolutely never wanted to know about María Belén Chapur, but the media deemed important enough to print. Mostly because they couldn’t find out anything better. Keep reading »

How To Initiate A Friendship

You know that awkward stage between acquaintance and friend? That in flux place where you chat whenever you happen to run into each other but never make actual plans to see one another? I am there a lot. I meet someone and we hit it off, but then what? We become Facebook friends? How do you really turn a few fun chats at the coffee machine into an actual friendship? Well, luckily for you I have often been in new situations where I didn’t know a single soul, so I have been forced to cast aside my shyness and forge ahead to build new friendships. Here are my tried and true techniques for turning a casual acquaintance into a friend… Keep reading »

“Do You Remember The Time…”: Childhood Michael Jackson Memories

As an omnipresent cultural figure, Michael Jackson influenced the ways we grew up, whether you had your first kiss to one of his songs, or just spent hours trying to master the moonwalk. Here, some of your best memories and stories about the King of Pop. Share your own in the comments below! Keep reading »

Where Single Men Way Outnumber Single Women?

I’ve been doing a lot of navel gazing lately, wondering why so many women I know in New York City are hot, smart, fun, successful…and still single. Myself included, of course. And why are all my friends in Cali scoring great dudes? A new “Singles Map”of the USA has solved these mysteries for me—in New York, single women outnumber single men by more than 210,000. Meanwhile, in California, single dudes far outnumber the single ladies. So is it time to start a new gold rush? Keep reading »

Celibacy In The City

It was about a year ago that I realized it was time to just make a commitment.

If I had a checklist for where I was in my life, it would have looked pretty good: late 30s, living in Manhattan, freelance writer, founder of an improv school, volunteering for an organization dedicated to creating a better future, plenty of good friends – all dimensions accounted for.

Well almost. It was everything but “a man.”

I was one of those “date a few times and then be inseparable for two years” people. When I moved to NYC in 2001, “Sex and the City” was at its peak. That show and its promise of the perfect city life for a young single woman was a factor in me moving from LA. I know, it’s sad. But it just shows how deep and powerful the desire to find — and how much fun it is to look for — that one guy really is. Keep reading »

Anna Sui Does “Gossip Girl” For Target

Don’t bother denying it, you’ve been trying to dress like Blair and Serena for months now. Well, your days of attempting to make $50 dresses look like Chanel are over, courtesy of Anna Sui. The quirky chic designer has just released images of her Gossip Girl-inspired collection for Target and we’re definitely getting the appropriate level of Blair vibes from the dress all the way on the left. Check out the whole collection here before it launches September 13. [The Cut] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: I Don’t Care If They’re Comfy, These Shoes Are U-G-L-Y

These shoes look creepily like gloves for your feet. They are called Vibram FiveFingers (which sounds more like the name of a vibrator) and are designed to make you feel like you’re walking barefoot. Also, they cost over $150. Expensive shoes should accentuate your calves and butt, not your toes. [Vibram FiveFingers] Keep reading »

Michael Jackson: The Latest News

  • Michael Jackson‘s autopsy has begun, and TMZ is already speculating that drug use may be at play. They’re saying that family members wanted Michael to head to rehab because of an addiction to morphine and prescription pill. They think a overdose of Demarol may be what lead to his heart failure yesterday. [TMZ]
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And So The Michael Jackson Fairy Tale Begins

In the last 24 hours I’ve been shocked by how, well, overwhelmingly glowing and one-sided the rememberances of MJ have been by celebrities, the media, and the public in general. Is reflecting on the undeniable strangeness — to some, grotesqueness — of Michael Jackson suddenly off-limits because he’s dead? Keep reading »

Madonna Dons Bunny Ears For Louis Vuitton

A photo from Madonna’s second Louis Vuitton ad campaign was leaked, and — surprise, surprise! — it features Madge wearing a pair of the bunny ears she rocked at last month’s Met Ball. Luckily, they look a lot less crazy in the campaign than they did in real life — some fashion just doesn’t translate to life beyond the Playboy mansion. In this upcoming campaign, she appears less like a hooker than she did in the last one, but I still prefer the brand’s series featuring former astronauts. No one sells Louis bags like Buzz Aldrin. [Fashionologie] Keep reading »

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