Sally Jessy Raphael’s Signature Red Glasses Came With Her Pap Smear

“I couldn’t see the teleprompter. So I saw an ad that said, ‘We do a Pap smear and give you red glasses.’ They said were going to trade me up [for a more expensive pair]. I said: ‘You’re not going to trade me up. I don’t have that kind of money.’ It’s all they had for $19.95.”

—Former talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael explains where she got her signature, over-sized, red glasses on “Oprah.” I’m sorry. Come again? A medical office that sells glasses and gives pap smears? Did that kind of place exist in the ’80s? If so, how come Sally didn’t cover that as a topic on her show? [Us Weekly] Keep reading »

The Reversible Jean Makes Its Debut

Finally, the conundrum of how to pack light has been answered. European denim line Salsa Fits My Life has designed The Two, a reversible jean with light and dark washes. One side of the jean is a light wash that’s perfect for day, and the other side is a dark denim finish that’ll make dressing for night a snap. The Two retails for $179, but think of how much wear you’ll get out of one pair — think cost per wear and you know you’ll get your money’s worth. Plus, since it’s two pairs of jeans in one, The Two also makes packing light easy. All you’ll have to add are a few tops, a dress, and shoes for a long weekend away. The jeans are available at Fred Segal, Lisa Kline, Tobi, and the Salsa Fits My Life boutique in L.A. What do you think of reversible jeans? Would you wear ‘em? [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “How Do I Mention My Dad’s Recent Death On A First Date?”

I took a break from the online dating pool for about four months because my dad was in the final stages of cancer. He passed away in July, and I’ve been back in the online dating waters for a month or so now and am having trouble deciding what’s appropriate to share about my dad’s death on a first date. I feel that I have taken time to focus on myself and deal with my feelings, and I can talk about his passing very easily because of the work I’ve done on myself. However, in the few dates I’ve had these past few weeks, the topic of family, whether my parents are still together, what my relationship with my parents is like, etc. naturally comes up. I don’t like lying, especially on a first date, but I also don’t want to bring down the room by saying, “Oh actually, my dad’s dead.” I don’t feel uncomfortable telling people he passed away recently, but it seems to make some guys uncomfortable, like I’m telling too much too soon. Is this a case of “Well, if the guy can’t handle it , hen that’s his problem” or more of a “Hey, stop revealing so much about yourself on a first date”? I don’t make the subject of his death into a long drawn-out discussion — it’s just a fact of my life. Is there “proper” etiquette for handling this? — WWMMD (What Would Miss Manners Do)

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Insider Claims Life As A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Is A Living Hell

Anyone been watching the CMT channel’s reality show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team”? Clips posted online portray the cheer squad as sugary sweet good ol’ girls: In one episode, they visit Iraq War veterans and in another they dig in at Cracker Barrel. (Although the actual eating part doesn’t make it onscreen.)

But alas, there’s a rat in their “white and blue star-spangled” midst! Keep reading »

Do You Keep Tokens From Exes Or Toss ‘Em Immediately?

When you and a partner break up, do you immediately dump everything that reminds you of him, or do you let stuff linger around? Post-breakup messes are handled differently by everyone. For me, I’d rather have a clean slate and I’ll typically get rid of anything and everything that reminds of me of my ex. I’ll throw items away, or stick them someplace where I won’t have to look at them for a really long time and generally try to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” my life. I realize not everyone’s the same though — and that’s where the Museum of Broken Relationships comes in. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why Does My Success Send Men Running Scared?

The other day, a guy I have been dating for the last month or so told me — via IM — “you’re a girl with great skin, and I’m a guy with pimples.” He dreamt up this metaphor as a way of explaining some emotional turmoil he had been feeling that I, apparently, had inadvertently set in motion. For so long, he had felt so “together,” but since meeting me, he “didn’t like the person he saw in the mirror.” And, just in case I didn’t get the original metaphor, “pimples = issues.”

Sigh. While I don’t think I’m being bulls**tted, I do think this is bulls**t. Keep reading »

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