Dina Was On “My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding” Years Before “The Real Housewives”

This weekend, I was skimming through the TV Guide Channel trying to figure out what to watch, when I came across the description of VH1’s “My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding,” which said something to the effect of “Dina,” “wedding,” “fiance owns catering company,” and “New Jersey.” I thought—there can’t be more than one uber-rich Dina in the state of New Jersey who is related to people that own a banquet facility. And by golly, I was right—there isn’t! Before rising to distaste on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” housewife Dina Manzo had her wedding documented on VH1.

Soon, Dina (looking the same), Caroline (a little thinner), and even little Lexi lit up my living room as I watched the we-swear-we’re-not-part-of-the-mob clan plan the 600-person, $1 million dollar wedding. From watching Dina purchase her $10,000 Badgley Mischka dress which she called a bargain, to refraining from rolling my eyes as she demanded that little $500 butterfly decorations be placed in the flower arrangements, the only word I can think of to describe this wedding––extravagant—is an understatement.
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Emma Watson Continues To Morph Into Kate Moss

The “Harry Potter” actress, who was just recently unveiled as the new face of Burberry, must have caught the fashion bug on set. Word on the street is, she’s in the beginning stages of designing a clothing collection with a twist: all proceeds will go to charity. Apparently, Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel is giving the actress tips on design. Okay, so can we expect lots of tweed jackets fit for a witch? [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Drew Barrymore Took Little Edie’s Style Lessons To Heart

While she was doing press and attending premieres for the HBO film “Grey Gardens,” Drew Barrymore looked amazing. At the various premieres, her style was completely different, yet she nailed it every time. And then her style (or stylist) went on hiatus. When Drew first wore a crazypants outfit in public back in mid-May, we thought she was on her way to an ’80s-themed skating party. But then it continued.

For the past few weeks, Drew has been showing up in public wearing outfits that are outrageous, even for her. Her clothing choices have included a dress that resembles a plaid blanket, strangely placed eyeliner, a diaper-like skirt, and repeated appearances of warpaint makeup. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Can You Regrow A Girlfriendship?

I have been truly lucky in my life in terms of the quality of female friendships I have experienced. As much as I love being in a romantic relationship with a man, the love in a girl friendship is somehow much sweeter. I tenderly look back at the hours on the phone every night giggling and gossiping over a shared secret. I remember long summer evenings at summer camp on the screened-in porch playing jacks. I can’t look at a piece of chocolate and not think back to the nights of gorging on Reese’s Pieces and watching all six hours of the BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice”… on VHS. Due to many circumstances, best girl friends have wandered in and out of my life for years. I moved, they moved, the event which brought us together ended — there are a myriad of reasons why a girl friendship can die a natural death. It is always a sad event, but when distance or time is the major culprit, these girl friendships often dissolve as innocently and seamlessly as they began. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Pink Gorillas Take Over Dolce & Gabbana Campaign

We’ve never seen such well-dressed pink gorillas, have you? Keep reading »

What, No One Wants To Dress Like Michelle Obama Today?

The Thakoon dress Michelle Obama wore on the final night of last year’s Democratic National Convention is on sale on Gilt Groupe today for $498 and, surprisingly, wasn’t the first item by the designer to sell out (it was still available at 12:45). Were customers afraid to buy it for fear that when they wear it everyone will recognize it as Michelle Obama’s dress? [Gilt Groupe] Keep reading »

Is Jessica Simpson The Best Person To Lead A Conversation About Unrealistic Beauty Standards?

When I heard a few months ago that pop star Jessica Simpson was considering a reality TV show about “real beauty,” I was thrilled. Finally! A celeb who sought to use the negative press attention towards her and spin it a positive way! In the wake of the offensive tabloid lynch mob over Simpson’s “mom jeans” weight gain, taking the high road seemed like a classy thing to do.

The details of said show are finally out: in a docu-series called “The Price of Beauty” for VH1, Simpson will travel around the world speaking to women about the lengths they go to to achieve physical perfection, including their diets, clothes and beauty regimens.

It does sounds like a cool premise for a TV program. But when I read Jessica’s statement regarding her show, I came to my senses about just who the feel-good, body-positive “messenger” is. Keep reading »

Leighton Meester Sex Tape Has Set Off A Bidding War

And rightly so! Something tells me that the brunette bombshell of “Gossip Girl” fame has a bedroom trick or two she could show us. Apparently, internet porn sites are thinking the same thing. Since word got out that Meester has a homemade sex tape, the bids have been rolling in. The short video allegedly shows Meester and an ex-boyfriend in a very “playful” mood, with Meester showing a particular talent for foot jobs (use your imagination). The broker behind sex tapes for Paris Hilton and Verne Troyer is also peddling this tape and says that bids have shot past $1 million dollars for the footage. [Contact Music] Keep reading »

Does Chris Brown’s Punishment Fit The Crime?

On Monday, before his preliminary hearing even started, Chris Brown plead guilty to one count of felony assault. He won’t be sentenced until August 5, but according to the plea deal it looks like he’s going to be on probation for 5 years and will have to do 6 months of community service. Meaning, he’ll be scrubbing graffitti or picking up garbage on the side of the road for approximately 1,400 hours. The judge told Rihanna and Chris to stay at least 50 yards away from each other unless they are at an event, in which case their separation distance must be 10 yards. This goes both ways, so if Rihanna gets too close to Chris, she could get in trouble. But she already knows that getting close to Chris is a dangerous proposition. Keep reading »

10 Hilarious And Awkward Dating Confessions

It’s been awhile since I read “Dating Confessions,” Nerve‘s community blog where readers confess their darkest dating and relationship-related secrets, but after someone posted a particularly interesting one on Current yesterday, I had to go check out what else I’ve been missing. Like community confessional blogs before it, “Dating Confessions” is at once seedy, sad, funny, hopeful, and heartbreaking — kind of like its topic, I guess. After the jump, the confession that got me reading again, plus 10 others that made me glad I’ve found a smooth spot on the rocky seas of romance.
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