Sonia Sotomayor Gets The A-OK From Senate Panel

Hotly contested Latina Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, by a vote of 13 to 6. Twelve Democrats and one Republican voted for her, which means maybe this thing won’t be so hotly contested after all? The New York Times says that Senate confirmation is pretty much guaranteed, even though some Republicans are pissed because they think Sotomayor is a liberal activist. Do you think Sonia Sotomayor will make a good Supreme Court justice? [NY Times] Keep reading »

“Police Women of Broward County” Promises To Be The New “Cops”

“Bad girls, bad girls, whatchoo gonna do? Whatchoo gonna do when they come for you?” Or, more importantly, what you are going to do when the “Police Women of Broward County” come for you? A new reality TV show from TLC, this 10-part documentary series set in Broward County, Florida, reveals life on the streets for the female sheriffs who patrol it. “Some Moms pack lunches. These Moms pack heat.” Wielding Taser guns, armed with handcuffs, and willing to push anyone in their way to the ground, these are the ladies you do not want to mess with — unless you are looking to spend the night in jail. “There’s always a good time to use a Taser,” Andrea Penoyer, a 26-year-old mom, explains. You go, girl! The program premieres August 6 at 9 p.m. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Karl Lagerfeld’s Tech-Friendly iPhone Gloves

That whole “heart on your sleeve” stuff is so retro. From now on, a new digital-age-appropriate adage: “She wears her iPhone on her hand.” Perhaps this is what Karl Lagerfeld was angling for when these iPhone glove holders showed up in his Fall ’09 runway show. The fingerless, leather gloves feature a ruched strap that allows the wearer to secure a phone to the outside of her hand. It would seem that Apple could be the source of inspiration for a whole new direction in fashion as designers look to incorporate its chic accessories into styling and garments. OK, fine. It’s not like the iTie is about to be the next couture hit, but we’d actually gladly take a chance on Karl’s glove. [Trendhunter.com] Keep reading »

Dove To Release A Super Duper Body Wash

Honestly, because just keeping you clean isn’t enough. These days we need our body washes to multi-task: moisturize, tone and doedorize. Dove hears our cries and is answering it with a new line of body washes which make more promises than a politician during election year. The as yet titled sopas are made with a special NutriumMoisgture technology which was developed at Dove labs in New Jersey. What’s so special about them? They keep oils and your skin while you bath instead of making it dry. Keep reading »

Fall Beauty Preview: Can A Grown Woman Wear (MAC) Eye Glitter?

When it comes to glitter makeup, I can take it or leave it, preferably back in grade school. But all these famous chicks keep wearing crazy eye makeup (Drew Barrymore and Lily Allen spring to mind), and when I recently ran into makeup artist Regina Harris at photographer Marilyn Minter’s studio, I became mega-inspired. Harris was there celebrating Minter’s MAC collaboration and did the makeup for this shot (above) of model Cintia Dicker sporting thick, textured sparkle with not just a hint of Minter’s signature mix of, as Harris puts it, “glamour and deconstruction.” Before we digressed into art speak, I asked Harris what was really on my mind: “How can a grown woman ever pull off glitter in real life?” Keep reading »

Hollywood’s Newest, Youngest A-List Couple

Camilla Belle dumped Joe Jonas, causing him to cry? Sorry, but I don’t really care. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are still dating? Whatever. Normally, I try to ignore stories about teen stars’ relationships, but reports of a dinner date with two child stars is making me say, Aww. Dakota Fanning, 15, and Freddie Highmore, 17, reportedly went out to eat together in Beverly Hills over the weekend. The reason I think this is so cute is because they come across more like actual actors who are class acts, and less like Disney brands custom-designed for the tween set. Hopefully, their young love won’t get sabotaged by paparazzi and the tabloids. We don’t need to see photos of them making out. Both Dakota and Freddie look about three years younger than their actual ages, and we aren’t pedophiles. [E! Online] Keep reading »

Why Do Women Have Frenemies?

This weekend, The New York Post ran a piece by author Lucinda Rosenfeld called “Why Women Are Frenemies.” Rosenfeld has a book coming out that’s related to the topic called I’m So Happy for You: A Novel About Best Friends, and in her essay she implies that the root of most female frenemy relationships is jealousy. I like Rosenfeld’s writing — she’s best known for What She Saw — but I’m a little resistant to the notion that all women engage in these “frenemy”-type relationships, and that if they DO have them, it all comes down to being jealous. She writes:

“For girls in their early 20s, rivalries tend to revolve around beauty and the attention of men. Later, it becomes easy to measure your lot in life (against that of your best friends) by the size of your wedding ring, the square footage of your apartment, the number of zeros in your or your husband or partner’s salary, and whether or not your kids got into a gifted-and-talented program.”

Really? I don’t have any frenemies I can think of, though I do have a few friends who occasionally grate on my nerves. But anyone who would ever fall on a list of enemies — even just for an hour or a day — is not someone I think I would call a friend to begin with. To find out just how true Rosenfeld’s theory is, I asked some fellow women about their experiences with “frenemies.” Keep reading »

Furverts Are Not Perverts

Have you ever heard of furries? Furries are people who dress up like animals. Not like a mascot. Like, that’s your thing. That’s what you’re into. Some people are even “furry lifestylers.” Every summer, furries from around the world gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for Anthrocon, a furry convention, upon which the media descends to get footage of people running around in fur suits. Furries, though, get upset because the media keeps making lewd suggestions, like Anthrocon is some kind of furry orgy. Here, a guy named Carl explains how furries can “put the best face on furry fandom” when talking to the media, advising furries that they should tell the media that they don’t get off sexually on running around in fur suits. Sure ya’ don’t, Mr. Furry. [Lindsayism] Keep reading »

Preview: Lily Allen’s Jewelry Line Kind Of Impressive

Lily Allen’s style has varied over the years, as she’s gone from a poppy Brit icon to a highbrow Chanel cover girl. So when the singer announced that she’d be putting out a jewelry collection, guesses as to what it might look like drew a blank. Vogue UK has released the first images of the line, and the pieces prove to be delightful with pendants of fruits, animals, coins, and friendly icons. In short, classy and simple but still fun and cheeky — with an edge that is undeniably Allen. Interestingly, her inspiration came from her totally cool-sounding grandmother who was a gypsy. (Other pieces in the bunch feature gypsy sovereign coins.)

We’re starting to see a much more sophisticated and grown-up side of Lily—Grazia even caught her on video as she shot the line’s ad campaign. She’s totally professional and apparently did her own styling pre-camera, dressing herself in Topshop and vintage Chanel (nice!). After the jump, the video plus a few more looks from Lily’s collection. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »

15 iPhone Apps We Could Really Use

What is it with creepy iPhone apps? I thought the vibrator iPhone app was pretty bad, but this, this really takes the cake. Using the microphone, accelerometer, and several other iPhone features, the new application Passion, which is now available in the iPhone App Store, apparently rates people on how they perform in the sack. “All you have to do is start the application, put your iPhone on the bed, in an arm band, or even in your pocket and have intercourse, it is as easy as that. Once you are finished, press the stop button and view your results.” Um, I think I’ll pass, thanks. When are people going to start developing iPhone apps we really want to use? After the jump, 15 iPhone apps I wish someone would create. Keep reading »

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