Quick Pic: Sonogram Cakes!

If you’re not quite artistic enough to make one of those diaper cake things people always give at baby showers, maybe this gift will be a little more up your alley. A sonogram cake! It may seem a little icky at first, but it’s totally foolproof and most likely delicious. Just get a pic of your pregnant friend’s sonogram, drop it off at the cake store, and BAM! The best preggo gift ever! [Mom Logic] Keep reading »

Gay Rights: What Would MLK Do?

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is trying to fire Reverend Eric Lee, the president of its Los Angeles Chapter, because he supports gay marriage and dissed Prop 8. While it’s pretty ironic that the SCLC would give him a pink slip over gay rights, that’s sadly, not the only thing funny about a leading civil rights group turning their back on a marginalized community. Reverend Lee was a key figure in the marches and rallies against the California bill. But sadly, 70 percent of black voters did not share his sentiments at the polls. While the SCLC refuses to comment on the matter, perhaps, as the WOW Report pointed out, this quote from a 2003 speech by MLK’s widow, Coretta Scott King, can come to his defense now.

“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people. … But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.”

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Models Live Messily, Just Like Us!

We already know that models like to blog like us, but here’s a home tour we can really relate to as well. The Selby, this is not. Downtown photographer Kathy Lo snapped equally downtown-dwelling model, Hanne Gaby Odiele, in her messy, normal gal-looking apartment. See how the fashionable half lives—when they don’t pay someone to clean up after them! Computer cords littering the floor, cardboard boxes that have probably been there since she moved in, wine cork-screws left lying around … I sort of love it. It’s reality. (Especially when you are never at home and didn’t employ an interior designer, like so many un-supermodel models.) [Refinery 29] Keep reading »

Estelle And Rachel Roy Team Up For Jewelry Line

Singer Estelle will collaborate on a jewelry line with fashion designer Rachel Roy, whose clothing is demure and beautiful yet also alluring. Roy announced the deal via Twitter saying, “I am excited to work with @EstelleDarlings on a jewelry collection, which will debut in Spring 2010.” No details are available yet because the collection is still in its early development stages, says Roy’s spokesperson. We’re curious how the duo will merge Estelle’s high-glam, in-your-face style with Roy’s mysterious and refined aesthetic. But if you can’t have fun with your jewelry and accessories, then what’s the point of getting dressed? Estelle will be on hand to host the launch party for Roy’s pop-up shop, which opens Sept. 10, during New York Fashion Week. (You may remember that Estelle has honed her design skills during her collaborations with shoe designer Jonathan Kelsey and H&M.) Although Roy’s marriage to Damon Dash has failed, this collabo and the launch of Rachel Rachel Roy at Macy’s in August are spelling success for her brand. [WWD via Sassy Bella] Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston Is A Puma

Jennifer Aniston will star in the upcoming film “Pumas,” directed by Wayne McClammy (yes, that is his name and it’s already funnier than this movie could ever be), about two thirtysomething women who make a habit of romancing younger men and “take a French skiing vacation that challenges their romantic expectations.” “Pumas,” for those not in the (lame-slang-term) know, are similar to “cougars” only younger by about a decade. Coincidentally, you may remember that Courteney Cox Arquette, Aniston’s bestie, is working on a TV show called “Cougar Town.” We’ve heard rumors that there’s been a rift between the pair, so could this be Jen’s way of stickin’ it to Court and being, like, “Nanana, I’m younger“? Whatevs, all I know is that both of these projects are going to be tragic. [Variety]
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Rachelle Lefevre Replaced By Bryce Dallas Howard In Third “Twilight” Movie

There’s something very fishy going on in “Twilight” land. Rachelle Lefevre, who played evil vampire Victoria in the first two flicks, has been replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (aka, Ron Howard’s daughter) in the third film, “Eclipse.” Coincidentally, the third movie is when Victoria gets the most screen time. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the film, said they recast the role due to “scheduling conflicts” with Lefevre’s much smaller indie flick, “Barney’s Version,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. But Lefevre begs to differ about the conflict. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Does Anyone Need Stirrup Socks?

Back when I was five years old, stirrup pants were my very favorite thing to wear in the world. Then, in middle school, I totally got on the knee socks bandwagon. Apparently VPL has combined the two items that covered my legs in years past to create a combination stirrup-legwarmer-sock thing, which they call “Knee Lows Socks.” I don’t understand these ribbed stirrup socks. Does the stirrup even have a purpose? And why, oh, why do these suckers cost $95? I could make a pair by cutting the feet off some knee-highs and adding elastic from a craft store, but I’m not going to because why would I want my calves to be kept warm but not my feet or thighs? [Shopbop] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Schwarzenegger Cuts All Of CA’s Funding For Domestic Violence Programs

  • California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, cut all of the funding—$16.3 million in total—for domestic violence programs from the 2009-10 state budget. State Assembly members say many shelters rely on that funding for a substantial part of their support. [The San Bernadino Sun] — We understand CA’s in a budget crisis, but why are the neediest people shouldering the burden?
  • The IUD is the best form of birth control, according to one health writer. It’s 99 percent effective, has a one-time cost for implantation, and requires no upkeep. [Slate] — Too bad they sound so retro.
  • The horrifying gang rape of an eight-year-old Liberian girl in Phoenix by four adolescent boys has shed light on how sexual assault has been used in that African nation’s culture during the country’s civil war. It has also shown how Liberian culture still stigmatizes rape, because the girl’s family disowned her once they heard about the crime. A human rights researcher from Amnesty International, who spoke to CNN, speculated that the boys who raped her, who were all also Liberian, may have been exposed to sexual assault at some point in their young lives and had “normalized” it. [CNN] — It’s an awful story, but it’s not something we can ignore in a melting-pot country.

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Diane Keaton To Star On HBO Comedy As A Feminist Icon Running A Porn Mag

Diane Keaton will star in her own half-hour HBO series where she’ll play “a feminist icon who attempts to reignite the movement by starting a sexually explicit magazine for women,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Annie Hall working for a porn mag? Yes! Yes! Yes! The show’s writer, Marti Noxon, says Keaton is the first actress she considered for the role because there are so many similarities between her and Gloria Steinem. We don’t see the Keaton-Steinem similarities, though, other than the fact that we want them both to adopt us and share joint-custody. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Would You Buy Your Pup A Sex Doll?

We’re written about dog sex toys before and didn’t think we’d ever have the opportunity to write about them again, but, well, SURPRISE! The thing about this particular doggy sex doll, made by Brazilian pet toy company Petsmiling, is that it’s, uh, anatomically correct. The doll is described by the company as “a female canine manufactured in soft rubber with a silicone vagina and an easy to clean reservoir.” Two thoughts. 1) How sexist! Where is the boy version? 2) Not even the most insane pet lover like myself would be cool with cleaning out that “reservoir.” They should really make one that is dishwasher safe, amiright?! [Paw Prints Magazine via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

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