Colbie Caillat Goes Makeup-Free In Her New “Try” Music Video

Beautiful!

In the music video for her new single, “Try,” singer Colbie Caillat bares her lovely face without makeup, and looks that much happier without it. The song is all about the oh-so-familiar pressure women are under to chase perfection, and she co-wrote it with Babyface, of all people, who encouraged her to speak out about how tough it can be to experience the entertainment industry as a woman.

Something about Colbie is always so cheerful and calming, and this video is no different. She’s a joy to watch, and so are the other women who also shed their makeup in the video. I love seeing a performer own her natural beauty! The song is on her forthcoming album, Gypsy Heart. Watch the video above!

10 Life Lessons Learned From The Spice Girls On The 18-Year Anniversary Of “Wannabe” (In GIFs)

Life Lessons We've Learned From the Spice Girls (In GIFs)

Eighteen years ago today, The Spice Girls put their stamp on the world by releasing “Wannabe.” It’s hard to believe I was just a little pigtailed eight-year-old at the time, but this song has remained one of my favorite jams and girl power anthems over the years, crowned as my karaoke song of choice. (And I know I’m not the only one who knows all the words to Mel B‘s rap verse to this song, so don’t kid yourselves.) The Spice Girls were more than just a girl band, and “Wannabe” was more than just a song. Girl Power is a way of life that I’m proud to say I still abide by, but that’s not the only thing they taught me. Check out these 10 life lessons we all learned from Baby, Posh, Ginger, Scary and Sporty Spice. Keep reading »

Jimmy Fallon Impersonates Neil Young, Performs Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” With Crosby, Stills & Nash

Jimmy Fallon Impersonates Neil Young, Performs Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" With Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Still, Nash & Neil "Jimmy Fallon" Young!

Neil Young is on my list of sacred musical artists, but I have to hand it to Jimmy Fallon — his impersonation is damn near flawless. Last night on “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy donned a ratty bobbed wig and brought out special guests Crosby, Stills & Nash for a reunion of sorts, performing, of all things, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” Why? Because WHY NOT. This is the second time Jimmy has paid tribute to Neil — in 2012, Bruce Springsteen joined him in full ’70s-era Boss regalia on “Late Night” and the two performed Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” Check that out over at Idolator!

Occupy Modern Love

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Dozens of protesters gathered outside The New York Times building on Eighth Avenue last night to protest the no-comment policy of the newspaper’s weekly Modern Love column.

“The Times is suppressing free speech,” said Jax123, who, like many of the protesters, prefers to be called by his screen name. “And since we aren’t allowed to express ourselves in Modern Love, we’re here to make ourselves heard tonight.”

“It’s a monstrous policy,” said Titsrkul from Staten Island, who was holding a placard that read, ‘Stop Internet Abuse. Let Us Comment.’ “If it were another section of the Times that was off-limits, we wouldn’t be so offended. But this is Modern Love. Women are writing about heartbreak and loss, dating and divorce and sometimes even death. This is exactly when our comments are at their most vibrant.” Keep reading »

Brace Yourselves: Crumbs Cupcake Shops Have All Suddenly Closed

Brace Yourselves: Crumbs Cupcake Shops Have All Suddenly Closed
In Defense Of Cupcakes
Are cupcakes anti-feminist? Hell no! Read More »

The formerly beloved cupcake chain Crumbs closed its doors yesterday, likely to never open again. The company’s 48 stores in 10 states are suddenly gone, and countless Crumbs employees lost their jobs overnight. The cupcakery, which has been around since 2003, had a loss of $18 million in the past year. Does this mean the cupcake bubble has finally burst? Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: On The Great Robin Thicke Feminist Knee-Jerk Fiasco Of 2013

Frisky Rant: On The Great Robin Thicke Feminist Knee-Jerk Fiasco Of 2013
Rejected Robin Thicke Songs
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Announce That They’re Separating
Songs about Paula Patton that did not make the cut, unforch. Read More »

The first time I really listened to the lyrics of “Blurred Lines,” I was like, “This is my JAM!” It only took a few minutes of Googling and reading my favorite feminist blogs, though, before I started becoming horrified and dismayed at the feminist community’s reaction to the song. The Daily Beast kicked off a knee-jerk party by calling it a “rape song,” and from there it was over. Feminist blog after feminist blog started jumping on the bandwagon, then the fervor spread to major news outlets, and all summer I was mired in language that made me feel excluded from a community into which I’ve invested not only my time and energy, but also my identity.

Let me be clear, Robin Thicke as a person seems like a giant douchenozzle and his latest album is pathetic. But I looooove “Blurred Lines.” The accusation that it’s “rapey” is unfounded if you look at the entire song in context: It’s about two sexually expressive people flirting. That’s it. At no point in the song does the male narrator imply that he’s willing or going to bypass consent. The idea that it’s about the “blurred lines of consent” was projected onto it by people who came to the song with prior hangups. The “blurred line” he’s referring to is the line of knowing or not knowing if the person you’re flirting with is into you. Like, “I’m pretty sure I know you want it, but you haven’t expressly said so, so we’re still in this hazy flirting territory.” He doesn’t say — at all, ever — “I know you want it, and whether or not that’s actually true, I’m going to take it.” But nonetheless, that’s what it was made out to be. Keep reading »

Zooey Deschanel Rants About Feminism In InStyle (Stars, They’re Just Like Us!)

“Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that. And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me.”

Zooey Deschanel has always been pretty upfront about her disinterest in having children and in August’s InStyle, she calls out the tabloids for their complicity. You tell ‘em, sister!  [InStyle]

Dating Don’ts: 5 Possible Outcomes Of Defining The Relationship

Dating Don'ts: 5 Possible Outcomes Of Defining The Relationship

Nobody handles The Talk very well. Usually, it’s a stilted affair, capable of rendering even the most confidently grown to their pre-teen self, stuttering and drawing circles in the condensation left by their wineglass, assiduously avoiding eye contact. Defining the relationship, or DTR, if you’re of the ilk that favors cutesy acronyms, is a necessary evil, but something that not a single soul is very good at. The nature of modern dating is such that the traditional markers of what make a relationship real change every day and it can seem like there’s a decided lack of stability. It’s not as easy as getting someone’s letterman jacket and walking down Main Street to the soda fountain anymore. The way we date now easily lends itself to shirking real commitment. First dates in the traditional sense are replaced by weird group outings in which you attempt to get to know someone you made goopy eyes with at a bar while surrounded by a buffer three people deep, including his friends from college and that dude at work, Josh. It’s a honest miracle that anyone even makes it to The Talk, because the obstacle course that stands between you and a relationship is harrowing.

The fun doesn’t end once you’ve actually sat down and faced the person of your intent, with all your emotions out on the table. The kind of relationship you can neatly explain to your mom in a hastily composed text message is a thing of the past. It makes sense that the end result of a nebulous and frankly, confusing wooing process, is also difficult to pin down. With that in mind, here are some possible results of the dreaded Talk. Keep reading »

Coming Soon: Remote-Controlled Contraception

A start-up in Massachusetts has come up with the ultimate “Jetsons”-inspired upgrade to birth control — a remote-controlled chip that lasts for 16 years. The wireless chip would automatically release contraceptive hormones into a patient’s body unless someone chose to turn it off, which could also be done with a remote. The hormones could be deactivated without visiting a doctor, unlike current long-term birth control methods like IUDs. Keep reading »

12 DIY Ways To Upgrade Your Summer Sandals

DIY Sunglasses!
DIY Sunglasses
Make your own trendy sunglasses. Read More »

Guys, I live for sandal season. — they’re the next best thing to going completely barefoot. While I typically rock flip-flops the minute the temperatures hit 65 degrees, I’m excited about all the DIY possibilities sandals offer. Now, you’re not going to want to take a hot glue gun to your Lanvin flat sandals of course, but if you’ve got a cheap pair of rubber flip-flops or ankle strap flats, or a desire to update last year’s gladiator sandals, here are some easy DIYs to try!

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