Does A Rude Guy Deserve A Second Chance?

The New York Times answers an interesting question. What do you do when a nice guy does something not-so-nice? Perfectly nice guys with terrible manners are all too common these days. Writes a victim:

“A nice guy, who I thought was interested in me, stood me up for dinner. I waited at the restaurant like a sad loser, but he never called. When I next saw him, he apologized and asked if I would have dinner with him. I refused. He told me he was going to make a reservation at the same place and wait for me there, hoping I might change my mind. I’d like to see him. What should I do? – D.T.

“Social Q”‘s Philip Galanes advises she should feel free to give the guy a second chance, but warns it might get tiresome dealing with a person who fluctuates between rude and gentlemanly. “The ending is often in the beginning,” he writes. “Over time, you may find yourself the recipient of as many slights as long-stemmed roses.”

As someone who is apt to give second chances in my quest for love, this really spoke to me. What would your advice be to D.T.? Keep reading »

Wallpaper Only One Wall, Maybe Keep Your Rental Deposit

I’m not a huge fan of most accent walls—you know, the decorating technique where you paint one wall with a color and leave the other three some version of white. It always seems to scream, “This is the wall where I got crazy and really went for it!” Why not buck up and paint all four? If you hate it, it’s paint; you repaint it white.

But when I saw Jason Wu’s bedroom wall wallpapered in a gray floral paper, I had to eat my words. I loved it! Here’s why it works for me: The wallpaper acts like a stand-in for a wall of art. If I could pick a wall to put up a gorgeous De Gournay paper (it’s hand painted, heavenly, and hyper-$$$), you bet your ass I would. If I didn’t have to pay for it, that is. Keep reading »

Who Wears Short Shorts? You Do

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Quick Pic: You Go, Girl!

Rachel Alexandra was the only girl racing in the Preakness Stakes today, but she whipped the boys, becoming the first filly in 85 years (and the fifth in the history of the race) to win. After the race, Calvin Borel, the jockey who rode her, said, “She’s every jock’s dream horse.” Yeah, she is! [Baltimore, MD, 5/16/09] Keep reading »

Lessons From The Fat-O-Sphere, By Kate Harding And Marianne Kirby

Oh, no! We forgot to celebrate our new favorite holiday, International No Diet Day, on May 6th!

But it’s cool. We can still score some body-image karma by grabbing a copy of Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body by bloggers Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby.

Both women call themselves bloggers of the “fat acceptance movement,” Harding at Shapely Prose and Kirby at The Rotund. These cool ladies critique our society’s obsession with skinny bitches and cover topics like how most diets don’t work and how women can be healthy at lots of sizes, not just when they’re Olsen-twin thin.

Maybe you want to buy it to empower a bigger woman in your life—or maybe you’re the bigger woman who wants empowerment. In any case, we’re really excited when anyone acknowledges what real women look like. [$13.95, Lessons From The Fat-O-Sphere] Keep reading »

You’re Hot. Your Mom Edits French Vogue. This Is What Your Apartment Looks Like.

Maybe the week after Mother’s Day isn’t the most tactful time to be envious of other people’s mothers, but, really, we wish Carine Roitfeld, the editor of French Vogue, was our mom the other 51 weeks of the year. Oh, if only Carine had delivered us, our apartment might look more like daughter Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s than a “before” pad on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

Click through the pics on The Selby for Julia’s trés, trés chic abode, where all is bejeweled, furry, or white—the way we would have imagined it in our flannel bedsheet-ed dreams. Julia wears red lipstick and heels lounging on her couch! There’s a glass skull! Shoes galore! A single, artfully photographed can of Coke Zero! Top that, Bee Schaffer. [The Selby] Keep reading »

Guys Love Beer So Much That They Want It In Their Chapstick

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If you’ve ever spent a long night chowing down popcorn and sipping beer, you know how great the combo can be. Pub Corn made the consumption process easier by combining the two into beer-flavored popcorn. It doesn’t have actual beer in it, and apparently tastes nasty but, whatever, it’s for dudes. [Pub Corn, $3.49]

By The Numbers: Ch-Ch-Cheap Travel Deals

If you’re a fast typist, a risk-taker, or a spur-of-the-moment kinda gal, listen up. Summer is approaching and the recession is upon us, so travel companies and travel websites are rolling out big savings for those of us in need. Or maybe they’re trying to boost revenue? Either way, you could be only a few bucks away from sunning on the beach in Cali or dancing the night away in Vegas. Check out these outrageous deals, courtesy of the New York Times. [NYTimes] Keep reading »

Gallery: Hollywood Hotties Play Historical Figures

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Is it just us, or does Hollywood seem like a history class lately? All the hotties are working on historical biopics. Leonardo DiCaprio is leading the trend—he has two in the works with director Martin Scorcese. First up, he’ll play former prez Teddy Roosevelt. And although it’s not official yet, he is the frontrunner in the skirmish to play Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Sometimes history can be fun.

Fashion Slideshow: Rihanna’s Style Transformation

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