Crave: Nine West Emilian Sneaker

Clearly, we’re not sneaker women because we can’t find a pair of kicks that are stylish and make us feel as sexy as a pair of stilettos. But these by New Balance for Nine West are just plain fun. And with our feet firmly planted on the floor and no need for posing, we might actually have some fun too. Oh yeah, and they’re also good for when we want to pretend to go to the gym. [$89, NineWest.com] Keep reading »

Zac Efron’s Sexy Ear Wax, Plus Other Celebrity Grooming Misses

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ZOMG, did you hear?! Zac Efron, when he went to a premiere, tots forgot to use a q-tip and he had mad ear wax buildup! Stars really are just like us! Keep clicking for more celebs who forgot to fine tune their grooming before going out and about.

Lily Allen Has No Patience For Bad Bedroom Skills

We’re loving Lily Allen’s retro chic white jumpsuit and bangs-in-her-eyes-yet-polished ‘do for her “Not Fair” video. Plus, I enjoy a song that takes a boy to task for utter uselessness in bed. Keep reading »

Is Netflix Tearing Apart Your Relationship?

Shared taste in books, movies, or music can bring two people together. But they can cause tiffs, too, if you don’t share the same preferences. It used to be the debate over who controls the TV remote control was a big deal in a relationship, but as technology has progressed, so have our entertainment-related arguments. In Sunday’s New York Times, writer Michael Wilson considered the battles that wage in households that share a Netflix account. Wilson spoke to couples whose tastes in movies (and watching habits) didn’t mesh, and arguments ensued over who got the next pick in the Netflix queue.

Most of the fights, however, seem to be about how long the couples keep movies without watching them. Louis Marino had “The English Patient” for six months because his wife didn’t want to watch it. They never did see it before sending it back. Tom Smith has decided to limit the amount of time his girlfriend can keep a movie, because she’s really slow about getting to them. Greg Albrecht’s fiancee returns his DVDs after a week, regardless of whether he’s gotten to watch them. The fact that people are setting limits on how long their significant other keeps a movie goes against the whole point of Netflix — that you can get whatever movie you want and keep it until you’re ready to give it back. But why don’t couples just cancel their accounts or move to a less expensive plan if they’re only going to get to one DVD a month? Keep reading »

The Dating Show For Average People

Finally, TV producers realize there’s more to love than just appearance. Fox and Mike Fleiss, producer of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” are developing a dating competition show that casts “average-looking” people, including overweight competitors. The series, titled “More to Love,” will provide an alternative to the other dating competition shows that feature size-two women and handsome, buff bachelors. “For six years it’s been skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors, and that’s not what the dating world looks like,” said Mike Darnell, Fox president of alternative entertainment. “Why don’t real women — the women who watch these shows, for the most part — have a chance to find love too?” The popularity of NBC’s “Big Love” has proven that audiences will watch people who represent the makeup of society, but aren’t considered highly attractive. The show will follow the format of “The Bachelor,” but unlike “Beauty and the Geek” and “Average Joe,” the less-than-handsome guy won’t be paired with model-esque women. Producers describe the bachelor as a “Kevin James-type.” “More to Love” is casting, but no air date has been set, yet. Would you tune in every week to watch people who are as good-looking as you? [Reuters] Keep reading »

Seven Things I Learned About Men From Working At Maxim

Earlier today, we posted an essay by former Maxim editor Keith Blanchard in which he listed the nine things he learned about women from working at the magazine. I worked at Maxim, and I learned a few things, too — about men, that is. Most of my lessons were gained from working with a predominantly male staff. In the editorial department, I was one of two or three females over the course of two-and-a-half years. Here are seven things that have stayed with me … Keep reading »

A Little Emancipation For Your Crotch

The great panties debate — thongs, boy shorts, or granny panties — just got a new contender now that Wacoal, a Japanese lingerie company, is selling loincloths for women. Loincloths, called “fundoshi” in Japanese, are traditionally worn by men, but are rare nowadays. Women, however, could bring them back into fashion since they’re more liberating than conventional, body-hugging underwear or thongs. “We wanted young women to have a more sense of freedom and release,” said Tomoka Okamura, merchandise director for Wacoal’s Nanafun loincloths for women. “And as we tried to come up with the ultimate liberation item for women, we thought of a fundoshi.” Wacoal has sold more than 5,000 at a price of around $13 since December. At first, we thought a loincloth for women seemed impractical. After all, women do have a tendency to leak at times. But these actually look more comfortable and freeing than traditional underwear. Keep reading »

Dealbreaker: The Comedian

It was a drizzly night, and I was walking down the street with Luke, my boyfriend at the time, to a comedy club where he was performing that night. He held an umbrella over my head and had his arm wrapped around my shoulder. I should have been giddy, but instead I felt apprehensive. We’d been dating for a few months, but this was the first time I was going to one of his shows.

“So, you’re not going to make fun of me, are you?” I asked, flashing back to Jerry Seinfeld and man hands and close talking. What if he called me out in public on some absurd quirk I never knew existed?

“No,” he said. “That’s a cheap laugh.” His material was more sophisticated, even a touch political, he said.
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Don’t Forget To Vote In March Man-ness Round 2!

Round 2 of March Man-ness ends today at 6 p.m., so get your vote on and help decide who will be in the Final Four. Currently, Ryan Tiesi is leading the pack, followed by Chris Kramer, Conner Teahan, and Tyler Hansbrough. But Michigan State, Oklahoma, Xavier, and Duke fans, you still have time to rally and move your guys to the top! VOTE NOW Keep reading »

Happies vs. Crappies: Why Some Single Women Just Need To Shut Up, Get Over It, And Get On With It

In a recent column on the Huffington Post, “Why I’m Single,” writer Lea Lane lists all the reasons that she’s still single. Why? So she can send the URL to all the nosy, possibly well-meaning busy-bodies who keep asking her why she isn’t in a relationship.

Lane presents a persuasive case; it almost made me wish for the days I, too, had the whole bed to myself. She’s one of what I’ll call the “Happies,” women who are perfectly content with their single status. They don’t want for a companion; they love their solitude and have enough friends, hobbies, and passions to keep themselves busy. Although, most Happies, like Lane, are “open to options, and do understand the beauty and wonder — and blessing — of a good relationship,” they neither actively seek one nor passively hope and pray one comes their way. The Happies say they don’t need a relationship to be content, and, by God, they mean it. Keep reading »

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