Girl Talk: Let Me Be Patient

“You are in danger of rushing something that needs to be taken slowly. Yes, okay, you may have slipped behind a bit in your schedule but is it really that important? Probably not. Take your time and get it right.” — My horoscope (Scorpio) on Sunday October 24th

I’m not always the most patient person. On Sunday, the day that I read the horoscope above — which I then photographed with my iPhone for safe keeping because it resonated that much — I made butternut squash soup and adapted the recipe to include caramelized onions. If you’ve ever attempted to make caramelized onions, you know they take an insane amount of patience. When you’ve gotten to the point where you think they’re done, that they’ve reached the ultimate level of sweet brown deliciousness, chances are, they need another 10 minutes more. I never ever give them enough time. Keep reading »

Don’t Call Your Significant Other By A Pet Name And Other Ways You’re Undermining Your Relationship

In this interview on PJTV, Dr. Helen Smith interviews Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis, coauthors of Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex: How Changing Your Everyday Habits Will Make You Hot for Each Other All Over Again.

Prior to watching the video, I thought, Eh, another couple of broads with a relationship book, but what they’re saying is actually really interesting — and, I think, spot-on. Keep reading »

“Back to The Future”‘s 25th Anniversary Proves We’re Old


“Back to the Future” is celebrating its 25th anniversary, which means we are officially not kids anymore. In this clip from “The Today Show,” Meredith Viera explains the plot to the six people who haven’t seen the film and talks with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Plummer, Lea Thompson and Huey Lewis (!) about making the flick. One exciting trivia bit: They had to film much of it at night to accommodate Michael J. Fox’s “Family Ties” schedule. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Feminists Can Wear Spanx Too

Tracy Clark-Flory, a senior writer at Salon, wrote of anxieties running high as subjects squeezed into uncomfortable shoes and deceptive shapewear at a photo shoot for More magazine’s November 2010 feature on young feminism, which both Clark-Flory and I participated in. Her conclusion? “There isn’t much that’s feminist about a feminist photo shoot.”

The problem with fashion spreads, of course, is that they’re subject to economic considerations which contradict feminism. The publications behind these spreads work with advertisers and designers that sell garments which are unattainable in size and price range to the average woman. (My photo shoot attire, for example, cost around $1,445.) Given their limitations, it’s not surprising that they end up perpetuating a very narrow definition of beauty that doesn’t exactly embrace individuality or diversity. But while I agree with Tracy that photo shoots are rarely, if ever, feminist affairs, I think ours was far more positive than most that make the pages of glossies. And perhaps there are a few lessons that editors and women can learn from it. Keep reading »

Would You Wear: Wendy Nichol’s Horse Hair Necklace?

Generally, we tend to think that hair belongs where it came from: On your head or on your pubes and nowhere else. But thanks to crazies like Lady Gaga, who has been waltzing around town with dresses and hats made of human hair, it would seem that’s all changing. Case in point: This Wendy Nichol necklace actually caught our eye. Maybe it’s because it’s made of horse hair and not human hair (relief!) that it feels slightly more acceptable. What about you—would you wear a horse hair necklace? [Creatures of Comfort] Keep reading »

The Latest Charlie Sheen Scandal Gets More Twisted

But wait—the story deepens. Yesterday, we told you that the police were called to Charlie Sheen‘s hotel room at 2 a.m. Monday night, and that they found him naked, intoxicated, and ranting about a stolen wallet. He was taken to the hospital. His rep said he had an allergic reaction to a medication—rumors said he was doing lots of coke with a prostitute. Some even placed the prostitute hiding in the closet when the police arrived because Charlie had been throwing furniture.

Now the rumor mill is also saying that Sheen’s ex wife, Denise Richards, met this call girl over dinner at a posh New York restaurant. She supposedly excused herself when she got annoyed with Sheen’s behavior. Keep reading »

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