Ah, Thanksgiving. When you’re a kid it’s all about the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. When you’re an adult, it’s all about rude inquisitions from your nosy aunts and your dad getting horrifically, embarassingly wasted. I don’t know anything about stuffing a bird or making a perfect cranberry sauce. But I do know a thing or two about dealing with family, seeing as I have a huge, colorful one. Gather ’round, children, and take in my wisdom from awkward family holidays past! (Also, I’m a full-blooded WASP, so take my stiff-upper-lip swamp Yankee suggestions with a grain of salt. Maybe in other parts of the country, you solve problems differently!) Keep reading »
Attractive women are getting the shorter end of the job stick, according to a new study out of Israel. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University tested the idea that more attractive people get more job opportunities. They sent out identical resumes with “average-looking” male and female headshots, “attractive” headshots, and no headshots to prospective employers. Attractive males got more callbacks than average-looking men, and — surprise, surprise! — attractive women got FEWER callbacks. The study argues that “female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace is a primary reason for the punishment of attractive women.” But we’re wondering if it’s something else — that those in power are intimidated by conventionally attractive women, not jealous of them, and anecdotal evidence seems to back this up. Either way, it’s a good thing that most places in the U.S. (sans Abercrombie & Fitch) don’t require headshots upon submitting your resume. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
Last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” the sanctity of the mirror ball trophy—not to mention the order of the universe—was restored. A champion was crowned and it was not, as many people had feared, Bristol Palin. Nope, the “DWTS” voters of America came to their senses and gave the win to Jennifer Grey, who turned in many a perfect 30-point performance during the season, despite being over 50 and having a slipped disc in her back. And we couldn’t be happier about this because Jennifer is, in two words, freaking awesome. After the jump, 10 reasons we love Jennifer. Keep reading »
Breaking news: I am not a “dating coach.” Yes, I sort of give dating and relationship advice. I write about relationships and love and cupcakes and samurai for this site. I also dispense advice for other websites, and I’ve written for lady magazines, primarily because sleaze pays very well. But to answer a reader who e-mailed me, I am not, nor will I ever be, a “dating coach.” I hate the term “dating coach.” It suggests that love is a game to win. Love is not a game. It is a journey that requires courage. “Dating coaches” sell that love can be won; that it’s about touchdowns, and victory dances, and spiking a heart. But they sell that because if they sold the truth, they’d be out of business. Here’s the truth: love isn’t about scoring points for yourself. Love is intercepting your own pass, and running the ball in the opposite direction. Love is losing. Keep reading »
We’re sure you recognize the face of Mickey Mouse’s famous girlfriend Minnie, but something else is different about her. Has Minnie gone fashionable? Why, yes, as Forever 21 and Disney have teamed up for a special holiday collection featuring the stylish Minnie Muse. Minnie has traded in her chunky pumps and polka dots for strappy YSL-esque platform sandals, a chic red peacoat, and two It-bags. But, of course, her signature, oversized bow is still present. We’ve fallen hard for the Minnie Muse Note Pad, but the rest of the collection shouldn’t be missed either, especially at Forever 21 prices.