Four Cheap & Easy Dinner Party Tips, Courtesy Of Lauren Conrad

Well, if you were wondering — which, um, we’re sure you were — now we know what Lauren Conrad was up to last night. According to her Twitter, she was hosting a dinner for a bunch of friends. Check out the photo of her table, above, all “did-up” for her guests! (Dinner parties: very grown-up.) Now, really check it out. Go in for the close-up, because LC employed some pretty genius tricks when putting together her “tablescape” (as Sandra Lee likes to call it). After the jump, four ways to set a swanky-looking table with minimal money/effort… Keep reading »

Quick Pic: This Better Not Mean What I Think It Means!

I was so hoping they were going to have a boy! [Los Angeles, 7/29/09]
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Dating Don’ts: To Tell Or Not To Tell?

The first time I met my now-close friend Gina, she was rhapsodizing about her awesome boyfriend, Eugene. After a few minutes, I realized I’d already met him. But he wasn’t the sweetheart she was describing.

I was familiar with Eugene because the weekend before he had propositioned me in a particularly crude manner. I realized I had two choices: tell her what kind of loathsome dirtbag she was dating or keep my mouth shut in the hopes that she’d someday figure it out on her own.

I went with Option A. I told Gina that she could do much better than that jerk and blurted out the whole tacky tale. She was understandably upset, but appreciated my candor. I was lucky—she dumped him, but kept me as a friend. Keep reading »

The Rumor Mill: Topshop To Open In Brooklyn Next Year?!

Swirling, unsubstantiated rumor has it that British mega-brand and recent New York immigrant TopShop–yes, the place to whence our collective wages go–will be setting up shop in Brooklyn next year. Keep reading »

British Illamasqua Makeup Has Arrived Stateside

One of the things I love to do is walk into a Sephora–the bright lights and subtle fragrances remind me of beauty heaven, if there ever were such a place. But I often find that I’m overwhelmed by all the makeup, skin care, and perfume choices. That’s why I’ve been shopping at MAC shops lately for makeup with bold colors that are visible on my skin. Now, however, I don’t have to decide between atmosphere and fun makeup because Illamasqua, which has been dubbed Britain’s version of MAC, has arrived in Sephora stores. Hello, vibrant pigments and unexpected textures! Now all I need to do is find time for one of their free lessons to take my makeup to the next level. [Beauty & the Blog] Keep reading »

One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s … Shrunken Head?

Paris-born artist Junior Fritz Jacquet has figured out a unique way to give new life to old toilet paper rolls. In an effort to keep the cardboard cores from clogging landfills, Jacquet turns them into eco-art through a series of intricate origami-like folds, enhanced with layers of richly colored paint and varnish. The result is something like a shrunken head, reminiscent of the faces one might see on a totem pole. What do you think of this kind of crafty recycling? [via Greenwala] Keep reading »

Duffel Bag Slideshow: Who Needs Alexander Wang, Anyway?

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Alexander Wang has recently created the Coco Duffel bag in the prettiest shade of denim blue. It’s exclusive to Shopbop and costs $850! As much as we love it and him, that’s well-above my budget. Anyone else? But we can still get in on the duffel trend. Check out these affordable options…

Star Couplings: Jude Law Is Having Another Baby!

  • Jude Law has been advised by an unidentified woman that his fourth child is due in the fall of this year. He had a “relationship” with her last year, but they’re no longer involved. [Hollywood Insider] — He intends to support the child he fathers, but wouldn’t life have been much easier if he had wrapped it up?
  • Kenny Chesney is blasting a tabloid rumor that Jessica Simpson flirted with him in front of Tony Romo on July 4, which was days before the couple’s split. — [People] — Now that was nice of him to come to Jessica’s defense. Hopefully, he’s not one of those people who can’t tell when someone is flirting.
  • Kim Kardashian thanked fans for their “love and support” and added that she’s doing “OK” after her breakup with Reggie Bush. [Us Weekly]

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The Rumor Mill: More Topshops In The New York Area!?

Swirling, unsubstantiated rumor has it that British mega-brand and recent New York immigrant Topshop–yes, the place to whence our collective wages go–will be setting up shop in Brooklyn next year. While we’re all excited for the Brooklynites who’d no longer have to cross the bridge for Topshop’s particular brand of decently-priced designer knockoffs inspired pieces, there are a few other places we’d rather see the chain open. Like, in lots of other cities across the nation. And right next door to our offices. Or, you know, in the same building. Who do we talk to about setting that up? [Papier Blog] Keep reading »

Is Katherine Heigl Annoying?

This week Newsweek asks: “Why Is Katherine Heigl So Annoying?” a question some of us may have asked ourselves once or twice already. Newsweek wonders: “The Grey’s Anatomy’ star was supposed to be America’s new sweetheart. Now we’ve all turned on her. Is it her fault, or ours?” Ken Levine may have the answer. According to the Emmy-winning “citizen journalist,” the fault — at least for the complaint she lobbed on Letterman last week — is allegedly all hers. Heigl whined: “Our first day back was Wednesday and it was — I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them — a 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.” But Levine writes:

Poor Katherine Heigl. What she neglected to add was this: This “cruel” shooting schedule was only to accommodate HER and her needs. The producers graciously shuffled things around so she could go off and do promotion for her new film. Also, with union rules, the producers had to pay a ton of overtime and penalties to make this happen. The thanks they get is Katherine Heigl going on national television hoping to embarrass them.

So, what do you think? Is Heigl annoying or lovable? [via NYMag] Keep reading »

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