Crave: A Century in Red Lip Palette

We’ve been looking for just the right shade of red lip gloss for eons and in our search, we found a color palette that has been gracing the most beautiful lips of the last 100 years. “A Century of Red” contains the most popular shade of red for each decade of the 20th century, from bee-stung red of the 1910′s Gibson Girls to Futurama for the new millennium. Surely there’s a shade in there for everyone…even those of us with hard to complement red hair. [$45, Three Custom] Keep reading »

Mad Men: Don Draper’s Lost Weekend In Palm Springs

Last night’s episode of “Mad Men” gave viewers a much needed change of scenery — Don Draper and Pete Campbell flew out of Los Angeles to meet with various airline executives in pursuit of new business. But while Pete devoted his time to the task at hand, Draper took off for Palm Springs with a mysterious 21-year-old woman and band of pretentious, bohemian, and decidedly wealthy nomad friends. Don seemed to be incredibly intrigued by the laissez faire attitude of his latest conquest (yes, they did sleep together — so much for Don remaining faithful to his marriage) probably because she lives the kind of responsibility-free life that he kinda, sorta craves. It was fun to see the way L.A. was in the early ’60s, the bright sunshine of the poolside atmosphere a welcome change from the greyness of the Sterling Cooper offices. Also, Don Draper looks hot in sunglasses. Next week, it definitely seems like Don is going on a bit of a mission, taking time off from work to pursue something, or someone — there’s been a lot of questions surrounding what Don’s life was like as Dick Whitman. Might there be a love child out there? Keep reading »

Project Runway’s Leanne Marshall Sells Her Wares On Etsy

We’ve always known that “Project Runway” contestant Leanne makes beautiful clothes, so our decision to support Leanne on this week’s season finale was solidified when we discovered she has an Etsy shop where she has been vending her girly Leanimal line of clothes since last summer. Unfortunately, none of her designs are available right now — on her shop’s home page, she apologizes for her absence, saying “You may know it’s because I was working on a collection for Fashion Week. I am finally back to work for me as usual. More stuff finally coming this week!” We tried reading into the statement to figure out whether Leanne is this season’s winner, but then we got distracted by the feedback she has received on her clothes. While her 193 Etsy buyers aren’t Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, or Michael Kors, they are a satisfied bunch of ladies who adored Leanne’s line even before she became a reality TV star. Here’s a sampling:

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Biden Injects Some Tranquility Into The Campaign

Although the presidential election is less than a month away, Senator Joe Biden has been looking more tranquil lately. He and Senator Barack Obama are ahead in the polls, but I seriously doubt that they are resting easy until November 4. So what could have Biden looking a little more calm and less wrinkled? Keep reading »

Tips From A Recessionista: How To Host A Kick-Ass Clothing Swap

In my last column, when I gave five tips for staying chic for cheap during this economic crunch (and beyond), I promised to tell you everything you need to know for throwing a kick-ass clothing swap. Not only is a clothing swap a great excuse to organize your closets, get rid of stuff you no longer want, and gather a group of girlfriends for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and clothes, it’s also an opportunity to score some totally free new-to-you outfits and accessories. I mentioned in my last column that I found one of my favorite dresses — a vintage summer maxi dress — at a clothing swap a couple years ago, but I’ve also scored some cool jewelry, a couple silk vintage slips, a few purses, and once I even nabbed a pair of barely-worn Seven jeans that fit like a glove (for once, I was grateful for my curvy hips). Hey, one woman’s trash is another woman’s favorite pants, so after the jump, my top six tips for throwing a successful clothing swap… Keep reading »

What’s It Like…Being A Sex Writer?

What’s it like to be a sex writer? Inquiring minds want to know. To find out, we asked Lux Alptraum, editor of sex blog Boinkology and Gawker Media’s Fleshbot, and a Heeb100. After spending a decade covering the wild world of sex, Lux reveals what a day in the life of a sex writer is like, how covering sex affects her love life, and why sex will never be boring. Keep reading »

This Month In The Lady Mags: It’s All Political In The November Issues

Not sure if you want to spend $3.99 on this month’s Elle? Don’t worry, we’ve got Wendy Felton, editor of GlossedOver.com, here to tell you exactly what’s up on the sex, love, and relationships front in each month’s crop of lady mags.

Next month’s presidential election has totally saturated cable news, the internet, and even the November issues of the women’s magazines. (Check out the interviews with Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain in Marie Claire.) Reading relationship advice in magazines is a lot like watching the debates: There are applause-worthy truths, suggestions that make you roll your eyes and stomp out of the room in disgust (just me?), platitudes so vague as to be meaningless, and, of course, endless clichés. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: The Cathartic Post-Breakup Haircut

I’ve been growing my hair out for 10 years, ever since I got a totally tragic close-crop days before graduation from high school. I had kind of low self-esteem and I was majorly obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow’s new short cut (you know the one — it closely resembled then boyfriend Brad Pitt’s hair too) — I came to the conclusion that if I cut off all my hair just like hers, I, too, would be pretty. Fat chance. The haircut, for starters, was poorly executed. Additionally, my hair was still in that post-puberty stage of frizzy horribleness — and I did not yet understand that flat irons and blow dryers could be my friend. The haircut was a disaster and I have spent the last 10 years growing it out, associating prettiness and femininity with length.

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Dealbreaker: He Ordered The Cheeseplate

I can learn more about a man at dessert than any other time.

When it comes down to it, isn’t dessert the reason for a date? Witty conversation and sex appeal aside, it’s dessert that seals the deal. Lest I sound shallow, I can authenticate the efficacy of this dessert-litmus test. I can predict — with surprising accuracy — how long the relationship will last based on his dessert order. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: My So-Called Life, M.I.A., And Bad Wedding Food

  • Can you wait the 10-or-so hours until tonight’s “Gossip Girl”?
  • ABC is streaming four full episodes of “My So-Called Life.” Relive the ’90s by clicking here, going to “full episodes,” then clicking on “My So-Called Life.” [ABC via BuzzSugar]
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