Celebrities have been doing Christmas specials for eons—from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Donnie and Marie, to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and Mariah Carey. But this year, stars are clamoring to do Thanksgiving specials. First, Paul McCartney got one. Then Beyoncé announced one—it’s a 90-minute program full of footage from her latest tour, complete with appearances by Kanye West and Jay-Z. And now Taylor Swift has signed on for one, called “Speak Now,” which will feature her performing songs in her tour bus, Central Park, and many other locations. So which of these Thanksgiving specials will you be watching? [USA Today, NYMag.com]
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Even if the ingredients for your feast next Thursday aren’t from Whole Foods, I think it’s safe to say the meal will definitely cost a lot more than $1 per person. Well, self-proclaimed professional “frugalista” Jeffrey Strain is planning to spend only that on his T-giving spread. He has embarked on a mega cheapskate challenge: to purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 6 for $6. Where was this guy when I was planning my wedding? But seriously, how is this even possible? Keep reading »
Our roommate started it.
He came home one day with a shoebox of Vibram FiveFingers toe shoes, pleased as can be. Toe shoes, to quote directly from the Vibram FiveFingers website, are “different than any other footwear on the planet. Not only do they bring you closer to your environment, FiveFingers deliver a number of positive health benefits — by leveraging all of the body’s natural biomechanics, so you can move as nature intended.”
“They’re ugly,” I told him. “They look like gorilla feet.” I snapped at him to get the dirty toe shoes off of our ottoman — they are shoes, after all. But my boyfriend just eyed the rubbery footwear enviously. Boys and their toys, I thought to myself.
It was not long before he purchased a pair of himself. Keep reading »
We ladies sometimes get a bad rep for carrying around purses so large you could house a small zoo in them. This may be true, but at least your handbag isn’t this big. Behold, a giant replica of an Hermès Kelly bag, which is on display at a Dublin department store. Standing at over 9-feet-tall, the monument isn’t just for sitting pretty; it’s also interactive. Shoppers can climb inside and watch short films all while the purse moves so that you feel as though your life has actually gone “Honey I Shrunk The Kids”-style and you’re being carried around. Completely weird? Yes. But at the same time, this sounds so cool! We want to test it out—it’s like Disneyland for fashion! [Ruth O'Connor] Keep reading »
I am a total nerd, which means that I am kind of obsessed with the trend of authors making trailers for their books. Check out this one for Shya Scanlon’s debut novel, Forecast. It’s the tale of a woman named Helen living in Seattle in the year 2212, when the weather is totally out of wack and the city is being run on the energy of negative human emotions. Sounds like just the book for people like myself who love dystopian novels like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Keep reading »
When I was pregnant and watching DVDs about the birthing process, the OB-GYN onscreen kept insisting that no matter what, “You do NOT want a Cesarean!” She herself had managed to have twins out the viola without drugs, and if she could do it, so could you! She drove this point home over and over: natural childbirth is good, without any drugs is even better. C-sections are BAD. Bad, bad, bad. Epidurals, bad. Pitocin, worst of all.
Of course, I immediately told my husband, “Good God, I am never having a C-section, how horrible! She says the healing process takes two months and it’s super traumatic for the poor baby and so bad for you as a woman! I’m totally going to have a nice and easy vaginal birth.” Well, of course I didn’t have a nice and easy vaginal birth. I ended up having a C-Section. With both Pitocin and an Epidural to boot. Keep reading »