Lauren Conrad’s Fashion Line Is No More, Plus Other Celeb Business Failures

It’s official — Lauren Conrad’s attempt at a fashion line has ended (at least for now). Delivery of Lauren Conrad Collection spring/summer merchandise has been canceled. We knew this line was doomed from the very beginning. She charged way too much for clothes made primarily of jersey, and most of her “designs” were unoriginal and boring. Anyone could recreate the looks with a quick search online or a mall run. Unfortunately, Lauren seems to think this failure is just a minor setback. She’s actually rethinking her line and might using higher-end fabrics. The fabrics aren’t the problem, LC. Maybe she’ll take a look at this list of other failed celebrity business ventures and reconsider. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

Shopping At The Celebrity Product Mall!

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Kanye West is teaming up with Louis Vuitton to make a line of kicks that’ll be in stores in June. Ah, retina-burning pink and loafer-appropriated tassels. Just what my favorite ‘80s aerobics Reeboks needed! But not really. [$1140, not available yet, read up at NiceKicks.com]

Why, oh why, can’t celebs be satisfied looking pretty, singing songs or snorting drugs for the paparazzi like they’re supposed to? Must the Lindsays, Jessicas, and Olsens bludgeon us with their wares? Let’s browse the bad racks at Celebrity Mall…

U.S. Government Buys Cheaper, Foreign Condoms

Would you use a foreign-made condom because it was cheaper than an American-made condom? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Wait, does it matter where my condoms are made?” Perhaps. There was a time when the “Made in America” stamp on a condom box meant its contents were high quality and would perform their function. But the federally-funded United States Agency of International Development, which has distributed an estimated 10 billion condoms overseas, recently chose to replace its contract with Alatech, a condom manufacturer in Alabama, with manufacturers in China and Korea. The overseas condom makers can sell their product to USAID for 2 cents, whereas Alatech sells its condoms for 5 cents. The change came after Congress omitted “buy American” language from a recent appropriations bill. This switch threatens 300 jobs in Eufala, Alabama where Alatech is located, but could it also give the people USAID is trying to help a false sense of security? Keep reading »

Crave: Pearl Jam’s “Ten” Collector’s Edition

Chances are, if you’re between the ages of 25-40, you owned Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten as a teenager or twentysomething. The album was released 18 years ago and to celebrate, the band is re-releasing the record, newly remastered, with bonus tracks, including “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat.” Out today, the deluxe version also comes with a DVD of previously unreleased 1992 Pearl Jam MTV Unplugged performance, an LP of the band’s 1992 “Drop in the Park” concert, and a replica of Pearl Jam three-song demo cassette with Eddie Vedder’s original vocal dubs, among other obsessive additions. The one letdown? They didn’t redesign the album cover artwork, which is possibly among the lamest in history. [$27.99 for the double disc CD plus DVD or $124.99 for the collector's edition, Amazon] Keep reading »

Five Totally Fake Publicity Stunts***

***According to me

We’ve already discussed the clever use of girl-on-girl as a go-to publicity stunt for celebrities. But it’s not the only shady tactic used by Hollywood to garner interest in stars whose popularity is waning or in film, tv, and music projects that might otherwise go unnoticed. After the jump, five recent “celebrity” stories that I think are totally fake and carefully concocted. Keep reading »

Plan B To Be Available To 17 And Up Without Prescription

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the FDA to make the Plan B morning-after birth control pill available without a prescription to women 17 and up. In a very crime show-sounding ruling, the court said, “The FDA repeatedly and unreasonably delayed issuing a decision on Plan B for suspect reasons.” How sordid! Apparently, the FDA only considered a petition about Plan B when Congress threatened to hold up FDA commissioners’ confirmation hearings. And, the FDA ignored it’s own advisory panel and scientists, who found that Plan B could be safely used by 17-year-olds. Keep reading for five things you should know about the morning-after pill, no matter what your age. [NY Times, Reuters] Keep reading »

Meet Arlo Weiner, An 8-Year-Old Who Dresses Better Than You Do

You’d probably dress better if your dad was “Mad Men” creator, Matt Weiner, and you had all his “Mad Men” mad money to spend at the Top Hat Shop, the Plaid Pants Store and wherever else this dapper little lad gets his duds. But alas, your dad is not Matt Weiner and you are broke. But because envying the wardrobes of a fourth-grader somehow seems less pathetic than envying the wardrobe of, say, a Pussycat Doll, I’d like to introduce you to 8-year-old Arlo Weiner, pre-pubescent style icon. Click after the jump to look at more pictures of his stylish awesomeness, swoon, pinch his virtual cheek, and then plot how you can appropriate his style. (In Arlo’s elementary school parlance, that’s called “sharing.”) Keep reading »

Get To Know The March Man-ness Round 1 Players

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Gerald Henderson
Duke University
Age: 21
Sign: Sagittarius
6’4″/215 lbs.
Next game: 3/26 at 9:57pm EST vs. Villanova

Beauty How-To: Get a Facial

Facials are the most popular treatment for spas, but most menus have so many packages it’s almost impossible to know what’s happening to your skin. We’ve got the step by step rundown of any good facial so you know the process just as well as your esthetician. Keep reading »

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: The Grandfather

At this point, I love “Gossip Girl” the way I once loved a certain young lad back in my high school days. It’s almost like reliving that entire romance, in fact. Though I loved the show once with a passion beyond compare, it no longer satisfies me. I talk trash about it behind its back. But at the same time, I just can’t let go, because the good parts (the soundtrack, Ed Westwick’s face) are still so good. On some level, I’m still in love.

With that in mind, let’s enter the spectacular zone of white privilege and excess that is this thrice-baked trifle of a guilty pleasure… Keep reading »

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