Girl Talk: I Lost My Boyfriend But Gained A Best Friend

“I know what you want and I just can’t give it to you.” My boyfriend of seven months, Jonathan*, started to cry before I could ask any questions. For some reason seeing a man cry immobilizes me. I don’t know what to do. I decided to comfort him. I put my arms around him, squeezing into my tiny love seat to sit next to him. I took his pizza slice and put it in the kitchen. I got him a box of Kleenex. Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Domesticated Jake Gyllenhaal

“Bottom line, she is not a mere mortal like the rest of us. She is an Internet-savvy, award-winning, lifestyle guru, making all of us look lazy. She doesn’t just find a nice guy to settle down with — she marries a rock star and then domesticates him. She doesn’t just cook — she goes to Spain with Mario Batali and then domesticates him! She is not just a lifestyle guru, but she invents a whole new fitness movement and then convinces me to try it, and I do it, and I am, therefore, domesticated … sweating my ass off in spandex, which is humbling and embarrassing.”

Jake Gyllenhaal singing the praises of his friend and former co-star (in “Proof”), Gwyneth Paltrow, at ELLE‘s 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute. While we would be fine watching Jake sweat his ass off, we’re not as stoked watching him kiss ass. Bottom line: even if her hair’s shiny and she’s married to a rock star, Gwynnie’s feet touch ground and she’s still gonna die just like the rest of us mere mortals on planet Earth. [via Us Weekly] Keep reading »

HRP-4C Robot Dances, Sings, Frightens

Check out HRP-4C, the singing and dancing robot, as she performs with her backup dancers at Digital Content Expo. I can’t believe I missed this show. Personally, I find the divabot, as they are calling her, to be totally horrifying: her (?) shrill singing voice, her giant hands, her sort-of-human/sort-of-robotic dance moves. This might sound weird, but I prefer the living flesh of her dancers. Still, I can certainly understand the savvy behind this kind of new pop star. No mental breakdowns. No late-night head-shaving expeditions. No substance abuse problems. And instead of paying for her penthouse suite, you can leave her in the trunk of your tour bus. I’m curious: Anyone know what she’s singing about? Tell us in the comments. Keep reading »

It’s A Vibrator. It’s A Chess Set. No, It’s A Vibrator Chess Set.

Finally! My endless days of praying for that vibrator chess set of my dreams are over. Aruliden has created a very chic and very kinky chess set that replaces the usual queen, bishop, and pawn with discreet black vibrators. Apparently, the knight is shaped like anal beads. My word. Will wonders never cease? Of course, this vibrator chess set isn’t for just any chess player. It’s only for the discriminating, oversexed chess enthusiast. Ergo, the vibes have gold detailing, and the whole set sells for a mere … $7,000. Dang! Does this mean I won’t be getting one for Christmas? Oh, dear. [Co.Design] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “What Should I Do With My Engagement Ring?”

A little over a year ago, I was engaged to a douche of a guy. He lied to me, took me for granted, cheated, and generally treated me terribly for the 2.5 years we were together. When he broke off the engagement, he began to freak out about how he had messed things up and how guilty he felt, and this threw him into a period of extreme instability. He was so emotionally sensitive that I didn’t dare try to offer the ring back. He was absolutely destroyed when I tried to give him his house key back, so I was afraid to try to offer back something as emotionally loaded as the engagement ring. Now, this ring was, of course, very cheap. We’re talking approximately $100 cheap. I have no interest whatsoever in keeping this ring. He has now calmed down and moved on, and I have moved on, and I want to get rid of this ring. It is just sitting in a box in a drawer and I want it gone. Would it be out of line to try to give it back after all this time? There’s no chance I’ll be able to sell it for anything much (pretty worthless), I can’t think of anyone I want to give it to, and I just can’t keep it anymore. What do I do? — Ring Around the Roses

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Touch Screen-Friendly Gloves

The downside to texting in winter? Freezing fingertips. The upside? Cute fingerless gloves that let you show off your manicure (added bonus). We’re digging these ribbed cashmere-blend “glovelettes” from J.Crew for their extra-long sleeves, which add warmth on days when you don’t have a long-sleeve layer on under your coat. Or, use them to extend the wearing period of your cape-like jackets by another few weeks.

[$22.50 J. Crew]
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