When we were kids, my younger brother Greg drove me bonkers. His favorite activity was lying like a corpse on my bed while I screamed, “GET OUT, GET OUT, GET OUT!” until I finally dragged him into the hallway. He also liked hiding, then jumping out and scaring me. He wailed like a cat in an imitation of my singing in the shower. I found out he read my diary. (How? By reading his.)
But we were still fiercely protective of each other, especially as the only Chinese kids in a neighborhood rampant with racism, and as we got older, we became more friends than squabbling siblings, banding together against our nagging parents and their disapproval of our non-traditional pursuits (book writing for me, screenwriting for him). But it was when I was going through the toughest time in my life that Greg became not just my ally but my voice of reason, my Cassandra, the one person I knew who was unafraid to tell me the truth. Keep reading »
This holiday weekend, we’ll be getting our Christmas tree up. Yay! But gurl, just because we like some traditions, doesn’t mean we want our 5-foot fir looking like everyone else’s. So, this year, we’re skipping bland plastic balls and grabbing a bunch of bad ass handmade ceramic ornaments by Edwards Pottery AKA Etsy seller HeartherLEdwards123. Our fave are these skull and cross bone cuties. Plus, she’s also crafted awesome owls, adorable kittens, and bitchin’ bones. But the best part is, after the holidaze, you can still show off these super cool ceramic pieces by wearing them as a statement necklace. Bonus!
Check this out: Mind What You Wear is a Dutch label that does what it calls “guerilla fashion” to promote non-conformism, awareness, and small revolution through dress. They’ve got a number of bizarre and off-beat items (try: a sock for your penis, fake Louis Vuitton bags printed with the word “fake” on them, etc.) but the one we found neatest was this pair of braille leggings, which would literally give new meaning to someone feeling you up. One thing we wonder—what do they say? [Mind What You Wear] Keep reading »
As Thanksgiving feasts wind down, another great American tradition takes flight.
About 180 million people coast-to-coast take part in the shopping frenzy that is known as Black Friday — infiltrating still-dark parking lots like packs of scurrying ants during the wee hours of the morning, with coupons and flyers in hand in order to score the best bargain buy of the year.
But if you’re not prepared, braving those daunting crowds can feel like a hazing. A few simple steps can help you conquer the craze, and return home victorious — and in one piece. Read more … Keep reading »
Britain apparently has a nation full of Emn Haddad-Friedmans. Who is Emn Haddad-Friedman, you ask? She was the bride who planned her wedding for July 31st in Rhineback, New York, the same weekend as Chelsea Clinton. Weddings are stressful enough without worrying the Clintons stole your caterers! After Prince William announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton and set the wedding date for April 29, 2011, couples across Britain who chose the same day started fretting. Some Brits are really nutso about the royal family and the prince’s wedding will be a big enough deal to skip weddings of people they actually, you know, know. Personally, I think if someone chooses to stand outside Westminster Abbey for a peek at Kate’s bridal gown, or parks in front of the telly for the televised ceremony, it’s one less d-bag’s dinner and drinks you need to pay for. [BBC] Keep reading »