Friday is a big day, and not just because it’s the opening day of the Beijing Olympics. It’s 08/08/08. In Mandarin and Cantonese, the word for the number eight sounds like the word for “good fortune,” so eight is considered a lucky number. Because of this year’s triple eight, a lot of couples are hoping that if they get married on Friday, they’re marriage will work out well. Jennifer 8. Lee reports in the New York Times that China expects more weddings than usual on Friday, and in the U.S., there are 22,000 weddings registered on TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, which is four times as many as any other Friday in August. Still, nothing can beat the numbers for last year’s lucky number seven — 07/07/07, which had 70,000 online-registered weddings on those websites. However, you can’t exactly compare the two directly, as Saturday as always a way bigger day for weddings than Friday. [NY Times] Keep reading »
The Gossip Girl star fights the wind’s urge to blow her away as she heads to film a segment at MTV. [New York City, 8/04/08] Keep reading »
Who needs celebrities for style inspiration, when you have these fashion plates walking the street? In our latest installment of this regular video feature, a guy with a taste for purple professes why labels do not matter. Keep reading »
Now you can take more than style tips — kudos to the genius person who set up the blog “What Would Joan Holloway Do?”, answering oh-so-cerebral reader questions from the redhead’s fictional perspective. Our favorite so far:
How do you deal with a hysterical co-worker? There’s one woman in my office that is always running off to the powder room to sob. I don’t know her, so I feel strange asking her what’s wrong.
You do nothing, sister. Keep your trap shut and your eyes open. The last thing you need to do is show the office that you’re best pals with the tearful girl who can’t keep a secret.
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This weekend, I went to Lollapalooza and got to see many of my favorite bands play. Seeing people perform live lets you see a different side of them; it shows you the real-life side, as opposed to the recorded album or press photo side. After seeing Bloc Party in action, I have a major crush on frontman Kele Okereke. He messes with my brain’s chemicals, even if he isn’t straight. [Bloc Party] Keep reading »
We were excited to see photos of both Liv Tyler and Rihanna looking all hippie-chic with tie-dye clothes this week and are especially enamored by RiRi’s scarf. While hers is probably made by someone fancy, it can be easily reproduced on the cheap.
Just take a white American Apparel scarf, and wrap rubberbands around it at regular intervals. Then, follow the instructions on your box of dye. For more tie-dye inspiration, check out our slideshow of groovy clothes and accessories. Keep reading »
Lauren Conrad, from MTV’s The Hills unveiled her fall 2008 collection, le vie en rose, recently. I’m not really impressed because I’ve pretty much seen every piece somewhere else. She changed up the fabrics or added a little detail here and there, but the feel is no different from everything else being offered by trend-driven retailers. And the prices are ridiculous for what she’s selling ($58 leggings, seriously?). Now I’m not a proponent of stealing from a designer, but since LC borrowed heavily from the trend world, I decided to peruse the Web for less expensive versions of her clothing.
Lauren’s Inspiration Look: Zoe Dress, $230
Less Expensive Version: Halter Necklace Maxi Dress, $29.80
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We don’t know anyone who actually uses the phrase, “My heart melts for you,” and the only time we actually see it is when we’re trying to find non-cheesy cards for anniversaries and Valentine’s Day and are stuck with sentiments like that. But if someone gave us these 14k gold Yayoi Forest earrings with a note saying, “You make my heart melt,” we have to admit, our heart would probably melt. [$320, Matter] Keep reading »
The majority of Malaysia’s population is Muslim, and government censors do quite a bit of cutting to keep overly sexual scenes out of movies and other forms of entertainment. These days, they’re having a much more difficult time keeping naughty information out of the news, as two of the country’s top politicians are involved in sexual exploits that are being written about all over the internet. The first man, Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister, is accused of sodomy, a crime that can carry a punishment of up to 20 years in prison. The other, Najib Razak, the deputy prime minister and heir to the current prime minister, has been linked to a woman who was brutally killed in 2006. Since widespread internet censorship is very difficult, Malaysians are learning a lot more about their government officials’ lives than they’re used to. [NY Times] Keep reading »
If you’re really into your parts down there, you should make plans to attend the second annual Vagina Festival, October 24-26 in Times Square, New York City. For three days this fall, you’ll be able to watch performances and view art dealing with the “unabashed exploration of the plain, ordinary, mysterious matter of vaginas.” The deadline for participants just passed, so check their website for updates on who will be speaking, performing, and displaying their lady parts…er, art. [Vagina Festival] Keep reading »