Tim Gunn Loves Libraries, We Love Tim Gunn

The ever-adorable Tim Gunn has given us one more reason to love him: a public service video in support of the New York Public Library and its many “hidden fashion treasures.” Clayton Kirkin, the library chief of art & information services, talks with Gunn about some pretty bad-ass antique fashion books and the two of them totally convinced us to check out the Keep Your Library Open initiative, which even has a Facebook page. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want the place that houses a book about how to tie a cravat—it’s like a tie, but for fancy folk—32 different ways to lose funding. Keep reading »

Five Gems From Last Night’s “Real Housewives” Episode

Well, folks, it was a doozy last night! You wanted dirty dancing-style salsa lessons? You got it. You wanted extortion, kidnapping and “models” being arrested? It was your lucky night! You were feeling a little left out of the Chateau gossip? They gave you all the juicy details. So many moments of Jerz brilliance, so little space to opine—but here are a few of last night’s gems… Keep reading »

Dudes Gain Weight When Their Ladies Are Preggers

We’ve all heard of sympathy pains, though we definitely question their authenticity. But according to a new study, many men also pack on the pounds when the women in their lives are pregnant. On average, they gain about 14 pounds. And out of the 5,000 guys that participated in the survey, only 30% said they went on a diet with their partners after the baby was born. So why do they get pudgetastic? At least part of it has to do with anxiety over becoming a father. The fact that they also partake in weird craving meals probably has something to do with it, too. Also fascinating: scientists have coined a term for this phenomenon, “Couvade Syndrome,” whereby men get a lot of the symptoms their pregnant partners get, ranging from basic morning sickness to (this is uber-weird) contractions.

Now I am very far away from getting pregnant, light years even, but I do know one thing: I would much rather have my future hubby stay in shape so I have something hot to look at instead of wondering which of us is actually having a baby. Keep reading »

Quick Vid: A Woman With A Pet Hippo

With pet owners, there’s a fine line between sweet and just plain looney tunes. I gotta put this British woman in the later category—she has a pet hippo. Who lives in her house. And puts its head in her lap. And can open locked doors. And breaks lots of things, including beds. I also imagine that her home can’t smell very good? All that said, hippo Jessica is kinda cute. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Beth Ditto, Tights Are Not Pants

The fashion forward frontwoman of The Gossip must not have gotten our memo. This leg-baring look might fly at night or on stage, but it’s no way to go around London midday, let alone show up to perform at the esteemed Royal Academy. [London, 6/3/09] Keep reading »

Obama Mustache Watch: Day 1

Did you know President Obama is growing a mustache? The White House hasn’t released a press release saying as much, but it didn’t go unnoticed that the Prez was rocking a noticeable arc of fuzz above his lip on his trip to Saudi Arabia this week. As he seems to have shaved everywhere else (well, on his face), we can only assume Barack is bringin’ the Presidential ‘Stache back. We’ll do our civic duty by charting its progress. Keep reading »

10 Ways To Throw A Bridal Shower That Doesn’t Suck

When I got engaged about a week ago, the questions, inevitably, came pouring in: What’s the date? Where are you registered? Are you planning a shower? My answers were: No idea, I’m not, I’d rather be attacked by a hive of angry bees with no EpiPen nearby. People were aghast. No shower?! Why wouldn’t you want a shower? It’s a party in your honor! Espresso machines as gifts! Enough wine glasses to last through forty years of snapped stems! Expensive-ish linens!

So, I surveyed a group of friends about the shower phenomenon—some of them had been through their own showers, others who had been forced to buck up and attend about 84908923290123 of them like me. Here’s what I thought (and they agreed) would make a bridal shower vaguely tolerable, brides listen up! Keep reading »

A Frog Wedding To Appease Rain God

Oh, Hindu rain god, won’t you please bless this Indian village with rain so defenseless, independent frogs won’t be forced to marry? Villagers in the northeastern In the northeastern state of Asam, marrying frogs is a local custom that villagers say appeases the rain god after a drought. There hasn’t been any rain for the past couple of months, one villager told Reuters. The villager added that she is sure the rain will come soon, now that they have performed the frog wedding. The villagers didn’t take any shortcuts even though this wedding was between amphibians rather than humans, and the priest adhered to Hindu wedding rituals. Local women even gave the “bride” a necklace that she wore with her traditional veil for her big day. “The marriage went off well. Our region is absolutely parched,” said the local priest. “We need rain. We don’t know what else to do.”

Check out the video of the marriage. Surprisingly, the frogs seem to be enjoying the festivities. Keep reading »

Funny Or Douchey: SMUT Maze T-Shirt

Behold the SMUT Maze t-shirt, brought to you by U.K designer, Sascha Quiambao. Based on a Pac-Man-esque design, the shirt shows a maze, at the center of which is a naked woman with spread legs (get it? Eat your way in…). Is the goal here to infuse the overly-done ’80s trend with a bit of cheekiness by adding sex? Or maybe this is a metaphor for the complexities of the female sexual psyche (highly doubtful). If a man hit on me in this shirt, I’d want to rip it off of him, and not in a good way.

What do you think? Funny or douchey? Leave your answer in the comments below! [Design Spotter] Keep reading »

Crave: Tord Boontje Charm Necklace

You may know the name Tord Boontje from those lamps made from bendy metal cutouts of flowers and leaves. (Pronouncing the name? That’s a different story.)

The Dutch designer has now created wearable art with a collection of laser-cut necklaces for Artecnica. Mirroring the style of Boontje’s lamp casings, the interchangeable charms allow you to mix and match designs of birds, flowers, deer, and other nature imagery. Pick from four packets which each have three different charms in either sterling silver or 18-karat gold. We recommend layering to get that mangled yet whimsical look Boontje is so famous for. And we promise you won’t look like you’re wearing a lampshade. [$22 and up, Tord Boontje, Unicahome.com] Keep reading »

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