Girl Talk: I’m A Doula

Usually, when I tell people that I’m a doula I get two questions. The first: How do you spell that? And the second: Isn’t that like a midwife?

The concept of doula, at least in the way I use it, is relatively new. The word itself comes from ancient Greek, meaning “helper” or “woman slave,” but it’s been adopted in the last 40 or so years to refer to someone who provides support to women during pregnancy and childbirth. The support a doula provides ranges from emotional cheerleading to massages and acupressure to aromatherapy and meditation. It runs a wide gamut of all things non-pharmacological, a unique service for women giving birth mostly in hospitals. Keep reading »

For $15,000, This Edible Gingerbread House From Neiman Marcus Will Eat You Out Of House

The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out! We had to ask ourselves what could possibly top last year’s cupcake car, and have found our answer in an edible, life-size gingerbread playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar, which retails for $15,000. So what does $15K get you? Three-hundred and eighty-one pounds of gourmet gingerbread, 517 pounds of icing (which is how heavy you will be if you attempt to eat it), and thousands of fixings including “giant cookies, lollipops, gummies, mints, gumdrops, and (of course) a candy-encrusted roof.” Your child’s new abode also comes partially furnished with a lollipop tree inside. We imagine the recipient of this gift is either a complete Candy Land freak (with loaded parents) or this kid. [Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »

Hump Day Lunchtime Poll: 2 Days And $5 Million Dollars

The bitchy “Heathers” chicks are kind of our heroes. And in honor of them, and all the foxy Veronicas out there, we’ve started a new series called Lunchtime Poll. Share your answer to our lunchtime poll in the comments and we’ll highlight our fave answers later this week. First up, the classic Lunchtime Poll, straight from the movie “Heathers”:

You win five million dollars from the Publisher’s sweepstakes, and the same day as that big Ed guy gives you the check, aliens land on the Earth and say they’re going to blow up the world in two days. What are you gonna do with the money?

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Dear Wendy: “I’m Engaged But Fantasizing About A Colleague”

I am happily engaged to a wonderful man, and we are planning an amazing life together in the years to come. I couldn’t be more excited about how my life has turned out thus far. But over the past year, I have developed an excellent working relationship with someone I have a lot in common with. My company is actually his client, and I am his main contact. Until recently, our interaction had been only through email or over the phone. But at an industry event several weeks ago, we finally had a chance to connect in person, and it turns out that he is QUITE the looker. A few drinks were had at an after party, and he admitted that he had feelings for me and tried to kiss me. I was taken off guard and sincerely flattered, and though I did not kiss him or become physically involved, I didn’t remove myself from the situation immediately. Since then, I have found my thoughts drifting to him, and to what would have happened if I had let myself slip up. My rational self wants nothing to do with slipping up! I am already resolved to drink less and leave earlier at the next industry event. But I am having trouble managing my daydreams, and my ego it seems. How do I kill this fantasy so I can get back to my real life and love? — Afraid of Slipping Up

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Reader Mailbag: On Gender Equality

I get very nice mail from readers (thank you!), every once in a while I get pretty awful mail, and sometimes I get mail like the following letter, which just makes me scratch my head and say, “Huh?”

Subject: Compliments on “Padded Underwear Gives Men A Bigger Bulge

…but you’re too cynical. For years we men have stood by and watched as women have advanced on the territory we thought was our own – going to the best colleges, getting prestigious and high paying jobs, owning big houses, driving cool cars. Now it’s our turn to take some of the ground that your side has held. So look out world – dyed hair, plastic surgery, and hair plugs were only the first steps. Padded underwear is next. We’ll know that we’ve arrived at true equality when men begin anxiously asking their wives and girlfriends whether their butt looks too big. All best. xxxx

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Tim Gunn Admits He Attempted Suicide

Tim Gunn admits he once attempted suicide in a PSA for the Trevor Project—a hotline for LGBT and questioning youth. “As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself,” he confesses. “When I woke up the next morning after taking more than 100 pills, I was in a whole other level of despair. I thought, ‘I shouldn’t be here. This isn’t what was meant to be.’” His message is that “it gets better” and “you can’t do this alone.” It certainly got better for Tim. He found a way to make it work and in doing so he’s had a very successful life and career. I commend him for making this video. It’s raw and honest and I think it will inspire a lot of young people. Keep reading »

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