Fashion Designer Anand Jon Alexander’s Legal Troubles Get Even Messier

At the end of last year, fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, who was featured on “America’s Next Top Model” and has worked with celebs like Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige, was convicted of raping seven aspiring models between the ages of 14 and 21. Now, the case has gotten even more messed up. Last week, the LA district attorney’s office released a transcript of a phone conversation between a juror who sat on Alexander’s trial and Alexander’s sister Sanjana. In it, the juror flirted with Sanjana, saying he thought she was sexy and wanted to see her after the trial. She had called him after he slipped her his number a couple times during the trial and said she did so against orders from the judge because she didn’t want to anger the juror. In the taped phone conversation, Sanjana didn’t say much beyond “thank you” to the juror’s advances. Keep reading »

Jean Shorts Epidemic

Due to the fact that it is disgustingly hot and on the heels of the fourth of July, an epidemic of jean shorts has broken out. Now I realize there are some very cute jeans shorts women are sporting but that is not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kind of jean shorts my dad used to wear with his thick white socks rolled out of his sandals before my mother put that to a swift end. Personally I think they are just “meh” but walking around with one of my guy friends this weekend he quickly noticed and announced that “men who wear jean shorts are freaks. period.”. Keep reading »

Buh-Bye, Accutane

You either love it or loathe it. For me, many, many years ago, Accutane was a life (or should I say face?) saver. A new college graduate, I was supposed to be past the age of weekly (and daily) breakouts, but somehow, my body didn’t know that. Go figure. So, after trying everything else in my derm’s arsenal, I finally succumbed and let the doc put me on Accutane, with its monthly blood tests, three gajillion forms of required birth control backups and insane drying effects. (Let’s just say I should have bought stock in Aquaphor. I’m still, closer to a decade later than not, trying to finish off the tubs of it I bought for my constantly chapped lips.) But at the end of it all, I ended up with some pretty decent skin. But not everyone had the low-resistance path I did—side-effects included depression, mood swings, extreme dryness…one guy even tried to use the drug as a defense in a murder case. So, when I heard the makers of Accutane were taking it off the market, I was a little surprised (despite the side-effect claims). Keep reading »

Rachel Zoe’s Fashion Newsletter Promises To Be “Bananas”

How did this skip my radar? Celeb fashion guru and reality TV star, Rachel Zoe, is launching a new project. Mercifully, it’s not one of the usual suspects: a book, a clothing line or an album. Instead, Zoe is debuting a daily newsletter called The Zoe Report. Folks who sign up for it via her website will get daily emails  which provides tidbits on all the fashion and beauty finds the stylist-to-the-stars adores.  Personally, I think it’s a brilliant idea. But I am slightly concerned about the uber-enthusiastic promise to be “bananas.” When was the last time that term was used without irony? Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Helena Bonham Carter Reprises Her Corpse Bride Role

We wish Helena Bonham Carter was on the set of a film when she put on this dress, but this is actually “normal,” everyday wear for her. We’re not sure which offends us more, the dress or the shoes and socks. [London, 7/6/09] Keep reading »

Do You Eat Dude Food? Does Your Guy Like Chick Drinks?

If you’ll indulge me in a little gender stereotyping here, most men are total trash compactors when it comes to food. They’ll just eat, eat, eat, eat, eat anything on their plate and suffer the consequences in the john later.

Except, that is, when it comes to a fruity yogurt parfait. Or a granola bar. You see, those foods are just not manly enough.

A. K. Whitney at Sirens Mag has an interesting essay up about “gendered foods”: how our culture designates some dishes “male foods,” while others are “female foods.” And though there are definitely exceptions, she is correct that it’s women who usually nosh on “lighter” foods like yogurt parfaits, rice cakes, garden salads, and quiche.

More than likely, silly sexist belief systems are the reasons foods get “gendered.” But here’s another thought: maybe guys are just smarter than us and realize rice cakes are generally lame and flavorless? Keep reading »

Will Ferrel…Sunscreen?

It’s somewhat expected that a celebrity might come out with a line of clothing or other branded product, but in this case we were happily surprised. Will Ferrell is launching a line of sunscreen to raise money for College’s Willpowered Scholarship Fund, which gives college funds to cancer survivors. You can get yourself a beach ready in three shades of 30 SPF. A “Sunstroke” will give you a manlier, dark bake while the “Forbidden Fruit” is mysterious and warns that the “…the less we say about this one the better for fear of being cast into a pit of fire. Lastly the “Sexy Hot Tan” will of course give you a sexy hot tan, which after all the naked scenes Will Ferrel has done, we should trust is true by now. Despite what you may think from the bottle and scantily clad poses, it is indeed fragrance free and not chest hair scented or anything equally ridiculous. [$12, Cancer for College] Keep reading »

Why The Eff Did Sarah Palin Resign?

On Friday, I was vegging out on the beach, enjoying an Italian ice and the latest issue of Lucky, when I got a text from a friend: Sarah Palin was peacing out as the governor of Alaska at the end of the month. For the next hour, I compulsively read the news on my iPhone, trying to make sense of Palin’s semi-loopy announcement.

“[I want to] fight for all our children’s future from outside the governor’s office,” she said. “I thought about how much fun other governors have as lame ducks. They maybe travel around their state, travel to other states, maybe take their overseas international trade missions. I’m not going to put Alaskans through that. I promised efficiencies and effectiveness.”
[New York Times]

Um, Sarah, remember 10 months ago when you ran for freaking VICE PRESIDENT? What if McCain had won the election and had some inevitable health problem? You could have landed plop in the Oval Office. Would you up and quit then? Also, you think the best way to by efficient and effective is to…hand the reigns over to someone else? Keep reading »

Bowl Cuts Abound

The line between a bob and a bowl cut is a fine one, determined by just a few snips of a hairdresser’s scissors. Do the bangs blend right into the rest of the hair? Are the edges rounded? If so, you’ve got a bowl cut, the style you might have had back when your mom was still deciding how you wore your hair. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why Some Guys Date Train Wrecks

I will never forget the feeling in my stomach the night I found out the guy I was dating was still sleeping with his ex.

The fact that he was canoodling with any other woman behind my back was bad enough. The fact that it was ex added insult to injury. But what really made me want to throw up was that she was a complete and utter train wreck.

We all know train wrecks. She’s your college roommate who drank every night, never went to class and slept with the football team. She’s your friend whose favorite hobbies are causing drama and being self-destructive. She’s all the girls from “Rock of Love.” And sometimes, she’s the girl your man leaves you for. Keep reading »

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