Crave: Classic Trenchcoat

Every woman should have a trenchcoat in her closet. Obviously, it’s great on a rainy day, but pair it with a bright scarf and fabulous shoes, and you’ll be chic on a sunny fall day, too. This trench from Banana Republic has all the classic details: shoulder epaulets, horn buttons, belted cuffs, the light tan color. You’ll use it for years because it’s perfect year-round. [$225, Banana Republic] Keep reading »

David Duchovny: The Sex Addict Returns

What’s better than a scandal? A sex scandal! When the studly star of a TV show about a Los Angeles novelist who can’t keep it in his pants revealed he suffered from the same sex addiction as his character, I had to wonder: Am I still going to enjoy watching David Duchovny hump his was through “Californication?” Would the show that once had his Golden Globe winning character, Hank Moody, getting punched in the face as he orgasms still be willing to go there, in light of his highly publicized sexual addiction problem? Within the first minutes of last night’s season premiere, I had my answer. In the opening sequence, Moody wakes up and whispers to his girlfriend, “I’ve got a godlike erection right now, and it seems a shame to waste it.” Touché, Hank! In this case of art imitating life, the on-screen sex has turned truly compelling. And here’s the kicker. Now, Moody’s trying to be monogamous. Oh, the irony. Maybe “Californication” fans like me are the ones who need the intimacy fix? It’s a good thing they’re not writing off Duchovny or Hank Moody yet. How else would the rest of us get off vicariously?

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Abbie Cornish

Since actress Abbie Cornish’s relationship with “Stop-Loss” costar Ryan Phillippe has gone totally public, we’re wondering: Who’s the Aussie that stole Reese Witherspoon’s husband? Apparently, Ryan likes women who steer clear of the tabloids. Keep reading »

Freaky But True: Teens Plot To Kill Mom For Breast Implants

From the strange but true files, a Colorado teen planned to kill his mother to get money so his girlfriend could get breast implants. Eighteen-year-old Nikita Lee Weis hired two other teenagers to attack his mother with a baseball bat. The mother survived the assault, and Weis and his accomplices were arrested on conspiracy to commit first-degree murder charges. It’s not yet clear if the girlfriend, Sophia Nicole Alsept, was involved. Keep reading »

The 10 Strangest Things About Being Suddenly Single

So I’ve concluded week two of being “on a break” from my relationship. Newsflash: It still sucks. So far, I’ve progressed from the “so damned depressed I may never emerge from under the covers” stage to the “okay, this may actually be real” stage. I’ve got no idea what week three’s stage will be, but I hope it’s better than this. Still, in the last two weeks, I’ve tried to pay attention to the changes in my life that have come as a result of all this upheaval. What follows are 10 strange things about being suddenly single.

1. Nobody says: “Have A Safe Flight!”: I’m not that anxious when it comes to flying, but I’ve always felt grateful for the times I’ve had someone sitting next to me with a hand I could squeeze. Flying alone, it feels like good luck to have a quickie phone call with someone saying, “I love you! Have a safe flight!” before shutting down my cell at the pilot’s instruction. Not so this time. Keep reading »

Why Does Sarah Palin Bring Out The Mean Girls In Us?

Any female who’s survived the treacherous battleground of a junior high school slumber party knows that no one can bring a girl down harder and faster than another girl. Slumber parties from my past always included as many crying jags, jabbing insults, hurtful gossip, and broken friendships as they did romantic comedies and popcorn balls. So is it any surprise the people who are most aggressively pushing for the immediate downfall of Sarah Palin are other women? In recent interviews, Palin’s comes across like a nervous beauty pageant contestant, and many of us grownup women can’t throw her bra in the freezer fast enough — metaphorically speaking, of course. So what is it about Sarah Palin that brings out the Mean Girls in us? Why are women — smart, savvy, sophisticated women — the first to use sexist tactics to bring a woman down? Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Hair Hat

Instead of putting hats on his models, designer John Galliano had their hair crimped into chapeau-like structures. Don’t try this at home, people. [Christian Dior fashion show; Paris Fashion Week; 9/29/2008] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Child Prostitution, Breast Cancer, And Gossip Girl Sneak Peeks

  • On Friday, New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill into law that decriminalizes child prostitution. Those under 18 who are arrested for sexually-oriented crimes will be provided with social services. If they refuse or have been through the state’s programs, they can be prosecuted. [Gothamist]
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    Trends: Are Girls Jumping Off Buildings The New Black?

    After watching this new Rhapsody ad and seeing this recent fashion layout for POP magazine, starring model-of-the-moment Agyness Deyn and shot by Ryan McGinley, I couldn’t help but wonder if women jumping off buildings is the new, new thing in pop-culture imagery. In late June, model Ruslana Korshunova, in an apparent suicide, fell from the ninth-floor balcony of her New York City apartment. What do you think is going on here? Keep reading »

    First Time For Everything: Shacking Up

    You truly don’t know your man until you perform the ultimate test of compatibility. No, it does not involve signing up on eHarmony.com to see if you’re meant to be. To know if your love will last until the end of your days, you must do the inevitable: Move in together.

    When my boyfriend of a year and I considered signing a lease together at the beginning of this year, the prospect of living together was a dream come true. I, like many other women, naively thought shacking up was the natural first step to happily-ever-after. Through my rose-colored glasses, I envisioned our bond strengthening and our relationship evolving. Best of all, we’d be together all the time.
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