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 »
En Vogue should really consider doing a reunion tour. The classic ’90s vocal group is having a serious moment. In a span of a week, their lady-power anthem “Free Your Mind” appeared in song-and-dance numbers on two of the biggest shows on television—”Glee” and “Modern Family.” On Wednesday night’s “Modern Family,” Mitchell joins a flash mob grooving to the song at an outdoor mob. “This dance is my love letter to Cam,” he said, explaining why he rehearsed after work to be a part of the group dance.
The “Glee” clip after the jump. Keep reading »