Gallery: The Tardiest Celebrities In Hollywood

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Apparently, J.Lo‘s 40th birthday party didn’t run too smoothly this week, and she threw a fit when guests arrived late to the intimate sit-down dinner party. Among those in the doghouse are Alicia Keys and her boyfriend Swiss Beatz. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes blew off the event entirely to hang out with Posh Spice and David Beckham. [NY Daily News]

How rude! Sounds like some of our other conspicuously tardy celeb friends. Hell, I invited James Franco to my house three months ago and he’s still not here! Here are some celebs who need watches.

True Story: Someone Actually Sold These On eBay

Yes, these filthy flip-flops were for sale on eBay and even managed to fetch $7.99. No, we’re not sure who icks us out more: the person who sold the sandals or the one who bought them. Either way, it just feels wrong. But what’s really worse? The fact that these are possibly not the grossest things that have ever been posted for sale on the auction site. Over the years, various vendors have blessed us with questionable retail items such as Justin Timberlake’s unfinished French toast (the bid went up to $3,154), a partially used pack of cigarettes (attracted 33 bids), and a group of 24 small kids (bidding ended at $51.) What’s the worst thing you’ve ever come across on eBay? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Urban Outfitters Lets You Build Your Own Bike

Just when we thought Urban Outfitters had completed their retail domination scheme upon entering into housewares and hobby supplies, they proved us wrong by opening an online bike shop. And, oh, what an unusual bike shop it is!

They only offer one frame shape (a standard sort of deal that isn’t too friendly to skirt-wearing riders, admittedly), but the color options and combinations are awesomely varied. We loved the neon, red, and black cruiser above, but something a little more sleek or even more intensely multi-colored works, too. The cycles are a bit of a splurge at $400, but just think how cute you’ll look riding that thing. Plus, they’re totally hipster approved. Keep reading »

Guys Can Offer Great Friendships, Too!

In a recent Salon article, Mary Elizabeth Williams challenges the idea that women and men can’t be friends. Because, as you might know, there’s been a rumor going around that straight women and straight men can never be friends, since sex always gets in the way. Supposedly, the best options ladies have for companions are among their own gender (or gay dudes). As films like “The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants” demonstrate, female bonds are some of the strongest. But does that make male/female friendships doomed and worthless? No! Keep reading »

Will You Watch Bravo’s “Launch My Line”?

Anyone excited for Bravo’s new series, “Launch My Line”? It may not be “Project Runway,” but there is something verrrrry familiar about it. Popwatch reports: “This time, 20 people who are already successful in different lines of work — music mogul! CEO! — need only exhibit a ‘passion for fashion’ in order to compete for the chance to launch a clothing line.” Why, we have seen this before, in the form of Lindsay Lohan leggings, LL Cool J jeans, Lauren Conrad jersey dresses, and pencil skirts from Victoria Beckham! Oh, dear. Will you watch this come September, or have you had it with clothes made by amateurs? [PopWatch] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: When Recycled Fashion Goes Too Far

Is this skirt for those who complain, “But nothing matches my raincoat!”? Or green fanatics who reuse everything, including their broken umbrellas? [Design Spotter] Keep reading »

The Inner Workings Of Cults, As Described By Women

When novelist Clara Salaman was young, her parents forced her to be part of a weird, religious “organization” that dominated every aspect of her life. Women weren’t allowed to wear skirts or makeup, and television, magazines, most books, and pop culture in all forms were also forbidden. Luckily, she never had to drink any mysterious Kool-Aid. While Salaman isn’t bitter, she recognizes that her experience in this cult, which she broke from as a teen, profoundly influenced her life. On August 6, her thriller “Shame On You” comes out, and it’s based on her cult experience. After the jump, more women who’ve lived to tell the tale. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

The Recession Is Wreaking Havoc On American Relationships

Compared with the rest of the Western World, American relationships and marriages are suffering the most during the recession, according to a recent international poll. Almost 30 percent of Americans said the recession has caused stress and strain in their relationships — or completely ruined them. However, only 23 percent of Canadians, 24 percent of the French, and 12 percent of Germans have had similar experiences.

OK, already, I get it. The economic crisis has really sucked. More women are choosing to sell their bodies or their eggs to make ends meet. Dudes are living at home longer. And next year, the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala is going to be downsized. Can researchers stop conducting these polls and studies without offering any solutions? [Reuters] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Steamy Swimmer Buns

Right before his Olympic qualifying race in Rome yesterday, US swimmer/cutie Ricky Berens tore his swimsuit in just the right spot. Ricky and his bare buns qualified for the 2012 London Olympics and won the race. He should probably just race like that all the time, because obviously it works! Enjoy. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Style Wars: Punks Vs. Hippies

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OK, so we already know that punk style, and all the accompanying leather, chains, and studs, is in. Less apparent is the alleged return of hippie chic. I mean, yeah, we’ve been seeing a lot of fringed sandals around lately, and, sure, tie dye is having a bit of a comeback these days. But does this constitute the rebirth of hippie style? And, if so, are we going to have a good, old-fashioned hardcore-kid versus love-child fight on our hands?

We hope so! Witness these conflicting styles duke it out, and tell us which you’d rather wear, starting with the crochet halter above versus a leather tank top. [Left: $70, Free People, Bloomingdales, Right: $110, OAK]

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